Breaking Down B.E.L.I.E.V.E.-The I Stands For Initiate and Intimacy

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Hello Daughter of Day! We have covered the B, E and the L in believe.Now it is time for the I! The I has a lot to do you with you. “I must Initiate and have Intimacy with God”.

Initiation is imperative when it comes to believing. As we have discussed, believing is an action word. It is not something you just “say” you are doing. You don’t sit back and believe but you roll up your sleeves and do something in faith that shows you are expecting  something to happen.

Initiate is the I in believe. You must initiate action to assist in bringing what you are believing for to come to pass. What activity can you initiate in your belief process? If you are believing at a spiritual level and asking God for something, initiate meditating on scripture and becoming more intimate with God. Spend time with God and ask Him for the steps you need to take in order to bring the vision to pass.

Maybe you are believing to lose weight. Well, there is obvious action that needs to be initiated in this feat. You must initiate activity/exercise, you must initiate a better diet that promotes health and wellness. It is surprising how many people sit back and say they are believing for something to happen without initiating any activity.

Take initiative! Read a book about how to start a business, read about how to be a better spouse or parent. Believing takes action! No one else is going to do it for you.

When we were believing for our son’s healing we had to initiate time and intimacy with God to determine our next steps. We had to initiate picking up the Bible and reading about what God said belonged to our son in regards to healing. How could we claim what we were unaware of? We had to find out what he had a right to possess in his life.  This intimacy with God and then initiating what we heard God say created a faith funnel!

Real belief causes you to get into a tunnel of focused activity while keeping an intimate connection with God. Are you ready to take initiative?

Write out three things that you can do to ignite your belief by taking initiative. Make one item something you will complete this week and give the other two an initiation and completion date. Ready, set, go!

God, thank you for giving your daughters the direction they need to take initiative as they believe for their visions and dreams to come to pass. Let them believe you at a greater level as they become more intimate with you in their daily lives. We thank you for the power there is in an active belief system. Amen.

James 2: 14-26  NKJV “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 

 

 

March Word of Inspiration

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Dear Daughter of Day,

The month of March will bring the fruit of blessing in your life as you produce the Fruit of the Spirit. God is giving you low-hanging fruit in this season that is ripe, ready and easily accessible! As you raise your hands in worship they will be filled.

March begins a new harvest season. THIS harvest will be easy for you to attain. THIS harvest will not be a one-time blessing but God is going to make preserves that you can taste of and see that He is good, time and time again. There will be enough blessing to save up and enjoy later!

This month, if you walk in the Fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control you will receive a reciprocal return.

As you live out the Fruit of the Spirit, God will also preserve you. He will protect you and keep you safe. March is the month to stay wrapped up in His protection through surrender and obedience.

Because you are a tree of righteousness you shall produce good fruit and people will come back to you to pick from your tree.  This could be customers (repeat business), managers, family members, new contacts and/or friends. If you walk in the Fruit of the Spirit this month you will be known as a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither and whatever you do will prosper.

You will be recognized and rewarded because of your fruit!

Psalm 1:3

Matthew 7:16

Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

 

 

 

Find Friends Who Are Like Flowers

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Dear Daughter of Day,

Friends are an important part life. A Daughter of Day will quickly realize that everyone will not qualify to carry this title. Many people will not graduate past the title of an acquaintance. In order to let people get to know you at a deeper level, you must feel comfortable with them.

At different stages of life, the definition of the word friend will have different meanings. As priorities change, the number of friends you have and the time you give to friends will more than likely change also.

There is nothing wrong with knowing the characteristics of your friends as well as their strengths and non-strengths as it relates to your relationship. This shows that you are insightful and use wisdom. This wisdom translates into knowing who you can call when you need prayer, when you need information, when you just want to vent or when you want to simply laugh and have a good time.

In all circumstances of life and in every season it is good to have friends who are like flowers. Friends who are like flowers have deep roots with you.  They are able to stay in the dark places with you and they stay planted with you during both good times and bad. In this rooted relationship you are able to celebrate each other as you grow and bloom. Finally, a friend who is like a flower does not cut you off when God places you into a beautiful arrangement of your destiny.

A friend who has deep roots means that you have known them for a significant period of time or that your connection is deep because your values are the same. This can mean that you met them you were in a totally different space, age, area and /or stage of life than you are now or you immediately connected with them in a deep and refreshing way. Your belief systems may be the same and your priorities coincide.

The growth of a flower begins in the soil, underground. It is dark and there is not much recognizable light at first. We all have these moments in life where we feel like we are underground covered in dirt. It is a very uncomfortable place but it means you are about to break ground and come up to another level. Friends who are like flowers can stand with you as you go through this phase of growth. They remind you that it is a temporary part of the process and that beauty is ahead.

In a sense, all friendships start underground because you do not know each other very well. There are still things that are in the dark about both of you that haven’t been brought to the surface yet. You must remember that every relationship has a beginning phase and takes some time to develop.

A true “flower friend” does not leave once you finally start to come through your dark situation. They stay beside you as you gain the nourishment you need to embrace the light you are now experiencing after rising up from the ground. They want to see you bloom!

As you grow and bloom, like a flower, the hue of you will intensify and your fragrance will fill your life and the lives of others. A good friend will encourage you to make this type of impact and increase your influence.

As you move into destiny, “flower friends” recognize the beautiful arrangement that God has put together in your life and they share in the excitement about your vision and your goals. As you gather together around the table of life you compliment the beauty that both of you bring to the world!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING DOWN B.E.L.I.E.V.E. -L is for Longsuffering

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Hello, Daughter of Day!

Let’s continue with our breakdown of the word B.E.L.I.E.V.E. This acronym was given to me in a reflective prayer. After we completed our journey of belief for our son’s healing, I looked back to determine the steps that we took to come out as conquerors. Each letter has an action step that we embraced during the process.

I want to share this acronym with you so that you can be encouraged as you wait for what you are believing for to come to pass! So far we have looked at the B and the first E. It’s time to find out the meaning of L. The L in B.E.L.I.E.V.E. stands for Longsuffering.

At first, longsuffering was not a word I was very fond of, especially as we were believing that we were coming out of this stressful situation with our son. I did some more research on the word and the findings blessed me and gave me the courage to continue in belief.

Colossians 1:11 says that we are “strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, for all patience and long-suffering with joy”. My first realization was that as we are believing for something to come to pass that is taking longer than we would like, it does not mean that we do not keep our joy intact! We also get to exercise patience which is a great practice. Patience is a fruit of the spirit that strengthens us in other areas of our lives as well.

The definition of long-suffering is stated as “long and patient endurance”. No matter what you are embarking upon in life, endurance is necessary if you plan to arrive at your desired goal. You cannot give up during the process. Is what you are believing to come to pass worth enduring for? If you can’t endure maybe what you are believing for is not truly a desire of yours.

The biggest problem I had with the word longsuffering being in the process of believing was simply the word ‘long’! We are sometimes okay enduring for a short amount of time but as the time increases, we may become discouraged. However, true endurance sets its sight on the outcome and determines not to waver or give up. As I determined if I could endure throughout the process, I heard this in my spirit, “Long-suffering means to wait as long as it takes and determine to believe!”

That was my aha moment!  At this moment I made peace with longsuffering being a part of the process. Longsuffering is not about the time frame but the frame of mind!

As you continue to believe in that business, marriage, book to be published etc. determine to endure and wait as long as it takes with a positive frame mindset!

Father,

Thank you that your daughters have a desire within them to believe for the vision inside of them to manifest. Release the gift of patience and long-suffering to them so that the fruits of your spirit will be evident in their lives. When they become weary, remind them of the joy they will have when the mission is accomplished. Give them a taste of that joy now as they endure to the end. Amen.

You’ve Been Approved, You Must Arrive

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Dear Daughters of Day,

I want to remind you that you do not need the justification of man. You have already been justified by your Father in heaven. He has approved the plans He has for you and they will prosper. Some of you may be stepping out into a new arena. Yes, there will be critics and doubters but do not be dismayed. Criticism and doubt proceed women who are called to be  game changers. You must defy the opposition and move forward, launch out into the deep. It is the old Star Trek mantra, “Go where no (wo)- man has gone before.”

In order to do this, you must have courage, boldness, and confidence in yourself but more importantly in the direction of God. He will not lead you astray if you include Him in all your plans. The scripture says, “Acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Allow Him to guide you. Then step out! Launch out into the unknown and create a new path as you conquer new territory.

Remember, the status quo is just your launching pad into the greater! God will be with you. Do not let their faces affect you!

God, I thank you for calling your daughters out into unchartered territory. Thank you for using them as pathfinders and creators. In all of their ways, as they acknowledge you, breathe a new trust and confidence in you into them. They have been approved, access has been granted and they will arrive. Amen.

It’s February: Time to Align!

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Dear Daughter of Day,

February is the month to get your ducks in a row! It is time to align with those of like minds. This is the time to make plans and work diligently to implement them.

Three Instructions to Follow in February:

Forge ahead and forget the mistakes and disappointments of the past.

March forward with confidence to make favored connections through networking.

Stay on track with your goals and actions plans so that you will produce new fruit this month.

God,

Thank you for this inspirational word of direction for February. Help your daughters trust you as their Father in this month and always. Guide them as they move forward, forgetting those things that are behind them. As your love flows to them, I thank you that it will flow them. May your favor be attracted to them as they make new connections, produce new fruit and blossom in their purpose.

Amen.

5 Questions to Quicken Your Business

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This blog focuses on the Daughters of Day who want to rise up in their own businesses in 2017. Whether you are a current business owner or you are planning to start one this year, January is a time to embrace a fresh start to keep your progress going.

There are five questions you should ask yourself and answer as you move forward into 2017. Remember, the answers are important but they are only realized when you ask yourself momentum driven questions.

The first question you should ask yourself this month is:

Where do I want to go? Where do you want to see your business at the end of 2017? This translates into being aware of the goals that you want to set and achieve. Each short-term goal that you achieve will bring you closer to your overall destination. Make sure you to set specific, realistic goals that allow you to thrive and galvanize your opportunities. The best way to end up at your destination is to know exactly where it is that you want to go. Also, make sure that you attach time frames with your goals. Make sure to check out my Rule of T.H.U.M.B.B. for goal setting in the It’s Daytime post found here: https://daughterofday.com/2016/06/20/its-daytime

Next, it is important to ask yourself:

What do I need to know? Knowledge truly is power. What information is going to provide you with the directions needed to make your vision for the year a reality?  What knowledge can you gain from those who have already gone down the same path to the success you want to achieve? This is the time to become a researcher of information. Set aside time to study those you look up to in your business arena. Most successful people share the obstacles they have had to face and give a glimpse into the steps they took to get around them. Imagine the time you can save when you have an awareness of the types of problems you can expect and then prepare to avoid. Take advantage of opportunities to become a student and learn as much as you can.

Thirdly:

Who is it I want to show? This question makes sure you hone in on your audience. Who are you reaching out to? Who needs to see your business and what you have to offer? Develop a profile of your ideal customer. Then identify the best way to reach out to them, i.e. social media, flyers, mailers etc.

The fourth critical question you should pose is:

What makes me a pro? Now that you have targeted your audience it is time to present your qualifications to them. What is it that makes you the best choice for the consumer? Sit down and think about all of your abilities, talents, experience and credibility? Develop this list and then determine how you will present it to the public. This audience should definitely include your ideal customer base. Make sure that your resume of experience is up to date. Is it time for you to upgrade your profile or credentials? Who are the people in your life who can validate these experiences? It is important to communicate what makes you stand-out above the rest. Make sure you have created a brand that is recognizable and consistent. Use your resources and connect with those professionals who specialize in branding and marketing.

Fifth and Final:

Am I causing things to move too slow? Have you set a timeline to complete goals and your implementation process? Have you established a productive pace to get things done? Are there areas where you need to move quicker? How long ago was your last major accomplishment or effective action?   It is important to find your activity rhythm so you develop a fruitful schedule of completed tasks.

Go, Know, Show, Pro and Not Too Slow! 

Father, I thank you for your daughters. I praise you for their purposes and the anointing for the industry that you have given into their hands. I thank you in advance for quickening their businesses. As they ask these questions, please give them the wisdom, the knowledge, and the understanding they need to launch and/or grow their businesses to bring you glory! Amen.

2017: A Time to Be You and Do What God Says Do

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Jeremiah Chapter 1 and 2, 2 Corinthians 4:7, James 1:17, Psalm 31:19

Dear Daughter of Day,

2017 is your year to “Be You and Do What God Says Do!” It is a year to step out with boldness into your purpose and destiny.

In the Bible, the prophet Jeremiah is an example of someone who initially had doubts about his calling but bravely stepped into his purpose.  Jeremiah’s first response to his prophetic call was that he was too young to speak on behalf of the Lord to the people of Israel. God assured him that before he was born and formed in his mother’s womb He had chosen him to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah recognized God’s sovereignty but still responded with doubt because He did not understand who he was chosen to be in Him.

Jeremiah’s immediate response to God was, “When I am older, then I can speak for you.” God then spoke Jeremiah’s identity to him and touched his lips. He assured Jeremiah that He would put the words to speak in his mouth. Next, God told Jeremiah to stand up and be ready to speak to the people of Israel without fear.

Be obedient to speak forth the words God puts in your mouth.  Flesh and fear are the only things that will prevent you from operating in this type of obedience.  In 2017, you must meditate and live out 2 Timothy 1:7. Embrace the fact that God has not given you a spirit of fear or timidity but of power, of love and self-control.

When your ears are not clogged up with fear you can hear God clearly.  When you hear God speak to you about your destiny, do you bring up reasons as to why you can’t step out and do what He has purposed for you to do?

Maybe, like Jeremiah, you feel unprepared. You may have also developed a “when-then” approach to your own destiny. “When I know more scripture then I will minister to others.” “When I get my personal finances together then I will start my own business” “When I get this weight off then I will be more comfortable speaking in front of people.”

2017 is the season to begin to implement what you can do now to work towards your end goal.  So instead of waiting, do what you can do now. Minister to others from the scriptures that you do know. Start working on your personal finances, but also start reading about how to develop a business plan.  Build your confidence about your appearance. If you would feel increased confidence at a different weight engage in a healthier lifestyle that will promote weight loss.

In 2017, the conditions on your purpose must be removed and you must do something now! Do not wait for another time when things are different. It is time to move in a “Now faith.”

God in His sovereignty knows everything about you and the purpose He planned for you before you were in your mother’s womb still stands. If he has called you to be in the marketplace in Sales, then He knows you will be successful.

2017 is the year to ask God to put His words in your mouth, just like He promised to do with Jeremiah. What if you knew exactly what to say in the interview? What if you knew exactly what to say to that family member who is on the verge of suicide? What if you knew exactly what to say to the investor?

2017 is the time to mature in your obedience to God and step out in the areas of your strengths instead of focusing on your non-strengths. Find support systems to enhance your non-strengths. For example, networking in this season will help you to find others who can support you where you need more guidance or information.

God is calling you, like Jeremiah, to stand up and be ready this year. You must not worry about what other people think about what you say or do. It is important to be more concerned about not saying or doing what God says. If God asks you to share a scripture or a word of encouragement with someone, will you? If He asks you to share your expertise with someone else will you be open to sow this seed of knowledge into their life?

Control the selfish desire to keep your gift hidden and wrapped up inside. Unveil yourself in this next year and allow others to experience the hidden treasure that you have in your earthen vessel.

As you use the gifts that He has given you with diligence and focus, this is the year that they can be multiplied and strengthened. It is a year for more of the hidden talents and gifts you possess to be revealed and bring increase into your life.

This is the year to begin to implement the strategies and plans that will birth forth your destiny, now.

 Happy New Year!

Breakthrough to Freedom

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December 2016 Word of Inspiration

Dear Daughter of Day,

December will be the month that you breakthrough to your freedom! You will feel a new movement and walk into new opportunities. These new opportunities will offer you a chance to connect with your true identity. There are places you have been stuck and your movement has been hindered. God is calling you out. He is calling you to a new place of prosperity where you will begin to see things come together. You will know that you are moving according to His plan because you will feel like you have emerged from a small place and feel comfortable in this bigger territory. You will not feel intimidated or unworthy of your new surroundings.

The breakthrough of December will require focus and determination. It will be important to not become sidetracked by what looks easier or simpler. This is the month to step out of the box and be comfortable breaking into something new. You will begin to feel more free and a new fluidity will come to your house. The anointing will flow through your home easily. You will feel free to move as yourself in your true identity.

God will go before you in this month and you will walk through the closed places because He will open them up to you. You will breakthrough into the new! This breaking point will open up the door to 2017 and you will enter into the new year with a new boldness.

Stay close to Him and follow His lead. Do what you hear Him say to do in this season. Follow through on tasks and you will see Breakthrough at last!

Declare, “I am breaking through to my freedom in December. I am free to be me!”

Amen.

Isaiah 45:2″I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors

Psalm 107:15-16 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

Galatians 5:1  “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 2:4 “…our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus…”

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

BREAKING DOWN B.E.L.I.E.V.E.-Expectation

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Last time we discussed the B in the acronym B.E.L.I.E.V.E. Now it is time to move to the first E. This E stands for Expectation. Expectation is what fuels belief!

When you decide what your roadmap will be on the path to what you are believing for, you must develop an expectation for the end result to come to pass in your life.

When we plan a trip to an unfamiliar place we have expectation that a map or GPS will give us the right directions to ensure that we end up at our desired destination. We expect that the end result will put us exactly where we want to go. When you are believing for something to happen in your life, you must also expect that it will happen.

What are you expecting? Are you expecting to arrive at the place of satisfaction, prosperity, and/or dreams fulfilled?

The Bible is what I base my personal belief system on. I believe in what the Bible says and the promises it says I can have in my life. My belief in the Bible is great but I must also couple my belief with an expectation. I must expect what I am believing for in my life to come to pass.

Our expectation increases our motivation because we believe that the steps we are taking to bring our dreams and goals to pass have purpose. We don’t think that these actions are in vain because we expect them to lead up to our point of completion.

In order to have an expectation for good things to happen to you, there must also be a strong sense of self-worth. If you have place a high value on yourself you will not struggle with have expectations for good things to happen to you because you believe that you are worthy of receiving.

There is no need to believe in what you are not expecting to happen.

Think about what you are believing for in your life. Is it a new job, to get married or to move to another city? Now, rate your level of expectation for this to actually happen on a scale of 1-10. What is your level of expectation?

If you rated your level of expectation below a 7 now is a good time to begin to process why your expectation isn’t higher. Are there obstacles that you see in your way that you do not believe can move? Do you need to develop a better plan?

Increased expectation will increase your follow through and enhance your excitement as you believe for better things!