Dear Alarm Clock,

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Our relationship is so complicated. At times I feel like you’re all I need to get me going in the morning, but other days I hate the very sound of your voice.

I need you- I would never make it anywhere on time if it weren’t for you. Although God is the one who wakes me up, you make sure I don’t go back to sleep.

I hate you – There are times when you get on my nerves because you always sound the same. You are so loud- Why, oh why must you be so loud? You’re so annoying and because I put you across the room I have to get up just to shut you off.

You can be so quiet – There are some days when you don’t go off at all & I miss you. Whether or not I turned you on or not, I actually miss hearing from you on those days.

You are with me wherever I go – Back in the day, you used to only be in my room right next to my bed on the nightstand. These days I can’t get rid of you. You are on my cell phone, you are even on my tablet. So no matter where I am, there you are ready to go off at any time.

Other than your alarm clock, what else do you need to get going in the morning?!

You Are Responsible for Your Own Life

Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. 
—James 1:22 KJV

One of the biggest problems in society today is that people don’t want to take responsibility for their lives. They want quick fixes. Society has trained them to believe that if they have problems, somebody else is responsible. Their parents are responsible. Their spouses are responsible. Their schools or employers are responsible. The company that made the cigarettes or vehicle or junk food is responsible.

I’m not saying you are responsible for the current state of your life. Lots of uncontrollable events occur in our lives. Sometimes we do get very bad messages in childhood. Sometimes we have bad people in our lives who hurt us. The situation you find yourself in may or may not be your fault. But it is your fault if you take it lying down! You do not have to stay in that bad situation. You get to make a choice. And that choice is 100 percent yours.

No matter how you got to where you find yourself today, don’t let it be an excuse to stay there. I had many excuses and reasons for my poor health, bad attitude, and unbalanced life. As long as I offered excuses, I never made progress.

The time has come to be very honest with yourself and with God. When you have a moment of privacy, take a deep breath, clear your head, and repeat this phrase: “I am responsible for my own life. No one can take charge of it but me. If I am unhappy or unhealthy, I know I have the power to change that. I have all the help and knowledge I need; and with God’s hand today, I start becoming the person of excellence I have always known I could be.”


*Originally published by Joyce Meyer.

How To Please Your Future Spouse

While unmarried, our goal is to please God, and not worry about pleasing people.  As First Lady Serita Jakes said during this year’s MegaFest, “Have you gotten so caught up in pleasing people that you’ve forgotten who you are?”

Don’t lose your identity in trying to please others.  Live for God and live to please Him while single.

Today I want to go over the next verse in 1 Corinthians 7 which states:

But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:33

This Scripture is very important because some people get it twisted. Some people think one should get married solely for the purpose of companionship (a very conversation I was having with a gentleman earlier today) or for the purpose of getting the most they can get out of the relationship.

Whereas Scripture informs us that a married person’s number 1 goal shifts from pleasing God (1 Cor. 7:32) to pleasing their spouse (1 Cor. 7:33).

A shift takes place once you get married, and not just spiritually when the two become one in the sight of God, or physically when the two become one in the bedroom, but also your mind should shift into thinking, “Okay, I’m
married now.  My #1 priority is now to please my spouse”

Not the church.  Not your pastor.  Not your mama’nem… your spouse!

The way God sees it, in pleasing your spouse, God is pleased.

God is pleased when two married people learn to submit to one another as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:21), because, to God, two married people that are both His child are really one.  He doesn’t love one more than the other, and he wants both of them to make each other happy. Even Scripture talks about when you don’t make each other happy that your very own prayers are hindered, because of inward division (1 Peter 3:7).

There is power in oneness, and God is a God of unity.

When two people can come together not just for show in front of a hundred people and for the sake of cute wedding pictures – but for the purpose of committing to serve one another in order to have a lasting marriage, then God is happy.  God is pleased. God smiles.

So before you rush to the altar because you just want to be with somebody, make sure it’s the right somebody who you see yourself respect and valuing his opinion as your spiritual covering and somebody you wouldn’t mind pleasing all the days of your life because you’ve lived a fulfilled life as a single and now you’re ready to give.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12