I Am at the Helm

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Dear Daughter of Day,

I want to remind you that the Lord is at the helm of your life. When you make Him the captain of your life, you give Him the operating power to guide your journey.

I heard the Lord say, “I Am the captain of your ship and the sustainer of your destiny. I will not make sharp turns because I already know what is ahead. This will ensure smooth sailing.  Allow me to steer as I will not grab the wheel. I Am the captain, but you must commit to staying onboard with Me through the calm and rough waters. I will guide you to the shore of My promises and wonderful opportunities time and time again.”

Remember, God wants to guide and His Holy Spirit wants to ride beside you and show you the wonderful things to come. You are never alone. As you prepare to meet destiny, remember you need not sail alone. The captain is on board with you!

Amen.

Dear Lord,

Show your daughters how to trust you to guide their destiny. When the rough waters come give them a peace and security to know that you know the route and the way that they take. Lead them and guide them and command peace to be still.

Amen.

Luke 8:22

Word of Inspiration for May-A Month of Emergence

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May- A Month of Emergence

There is an emergence of heaven in this month of May. The stairwell has been released down to earth. Angels are ascending and descending. Go up higher in worship and meditation to awaken to His intensified presence. Spend even more time with God so that He MAY release the treasures of heavenly revelation to you.

I hear the Lord say, “Surely I AM with you. I have been there all along. That hard place you have been trying to rest on was housing My Spirit. I have been underneath you to hold you up. Now, I AM calling you to look up as heaven opens over you. Lift up your heads so that I MAY come in and move mightily on your behalf”

You do not have to try and emulate anyone else to receive this blessing of heaven. It will descend on your life on earth as you walk in authenticity. This is the time to let your purposed identity come forth. Walk unashamedly as who you are called to be in Christ.

There are two instructions that will release heaven over you this month:

Walk in Love
Ephesians 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Walk as Sons & Daughters Fully Aware of Your Identity & Inheritance
Ephesians 5:1 In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance to His pleasure and will.

Look up! Heaven has emerged over the sons/daughters of God!

Genesis 27
Genesis 28 10-17
Psalm 24:7-10

Lesson at a Lemonade Stand

 

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Dear Daughter of Day,

I learned a great lesson simply by opening up my front door. A little boy stood there with bright eyes and a big smile. I recognized him because he lives down the street from me. He asked a serious, yet upbeat, question. “Hey, can you help me?” I immediately found myself ready to adhere to his request. “Sure, I can help you.” At this point, I had no idea what he wanted or needed but he asked for my help and something inside of me wanted to be an answer for him in that moment.

He informed me that he and his two siblings were having a lemonade stand and he needed me to buy some lemonade from them. “Lemonade is $1.00, Kool-Aid is .50.”

Wow, I thought to myself. What a simple request and what a quick buy-in on my part. He had asked me for help. He didn’t ask me to buy lemonade. He let me know that he needed me to help him by investing in what he was doing. Before I even knew what he wanted, I was in! He felt that I could help him and the trust and confidence he had to ask me made me feel good.

At that point, it was no longer about the lemonade but how I could be of service and support. Which got me to thinking. As a Daughter of Day, you should not be afraid to ask for help. There are people who are more than willing to help you just because you asked them. Buying that cup of lemonade made me feel good because I was able to offer him what he needed, help with a sale.

He was encouraged when I left. I saw hope in his eyes. After I walked to the stand and got my cup,  he ran off to ask for more help!

 

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.