God Redirects Our Journey- by Diana Moye-Mitchell

Have you ever traveled on unfamiliar roads and began to doubt if you were headed in the right direction?  Well, that is exactly what happened recently on our family trip home from Illinois to Georgia.  At the on-start of our ride, my husband and I had placed our home address in the GPS and were following the directions. 

As we began to travel down the road, daylight disappeared and night drew near.  At this point, the GPS redirected our route, and we found ourselves driving on unfamiliar roads.  My husband became very agitated and uncomfortable with the new directions.  He kept saying, I’ve driven through these States in the past and have never driven on these roads before!” “Are you sure we are going in the right direction?”  In an effort to calm his doubts and fears, I placed our home address in the GPS twice over, and received the same directions.  I assured him that the final destination on the route was to our residence.  Despite my reassurance, he continued to express his mistrust of the directions, and his desire to drive on the roads he was familiar with.  I was determined, however, to follow the GPS, and encouraged him to trust the directions and stay the course. 

As all of this was taking place on our ride home, I was reminded of how God redirects our journey in life.  There are times when we have plans to go in a certain direction, and while comfortably traveling on the route, something happens that disrupts our plans.  At this point, we come to realize that God is interjecting His will and the path he desires for us to take.  When God redirects our route in life, our responsibility is to submit to His plan.  We must trust that His way is the best way for us.  In the end, His purpose and plans for our lives will prevail, and we will reach the final destination He has purposed for us.

Today, my prayer is for trust.  Dear heavenly father.  Help me to trust you in the midst of unfamiliar territory.  When I am redirected by you in life to travel on unfamiliar roads, help me to follow your guide.  Give me the fortitude to stay the course, recognizing that you know the best path for me to take.  Help me to never doubt that you are near on my journey in life, even when others all around me are filled with anxiety and express fear.  Help me to follow your direction, by embracing the wisdom in Proverbs 19:21 that reminds me that in life “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”  Heavenly father, I trust the path you have ordained for my life, and willingly submit to your will.    Amen.

DAILY VERSE

“I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8

LIVING FOR TODAY

Living in trust is remembering that God never directs me on a path where He will cease to protect and provide for me.  On a daily basis, I choose to follow His guidance for that day so that I will be productive in the things He has purposed for me to accomplish.  I intentionally live with my heart open to God’s redirection, and choose to trust Him, even in the midst of doubt and uncertainty.  I  rely upon the leading of Holy Spirit, who guides me on the right path.  I am grateful for His gentle nudging and whispers to go right when I’m tempted to go in the wrong direction.  I am living each day by “Faith over Fear,” trusting God to safely guide me to my final destination. 

Dr. Diana Moye Mitchell

Highway to Spiritual Reconstruction

Have you ever seen a street, road or highway under construction and there appeared to be nothing in need of correction.  Well, as I left out the front door of my home the other morning, to my surprise, there were several trucks and construction workers busy removing asphalt from the street.  During my routine walk through the neighborhood, I was baffled over the sudden repairs being done.

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Nothing appeared to be wrong with the roads, as there were no existing problem areas with cracks or potholes in the streets.  However, as trucks were busy removing gravel, I noticed that only portions of the streets were being repaired.  There were designated rectangular patches on the road where asphalt was being removed, recycled, and repaved.

After asking a construction worker what was going on, I learned that the County Department of Transportation had recently inspected the streets and identified weak spots in need of repair.   Although things appeared to be okay on the surface, there were weak spots hidden underneath the asphalt.  If ignored and never repaired, the streets could potentially cave in and become hazardous to the citizens in the neighborhood.

As I pondered on this finding, I thought, “as in the natural, so in the spiritual.”

On our Christian journey, we can become weary and worn to the point of having weak spots in our lives that are in need of repair.  Often times, the weak areas are blind spots in our lives that we do not recognize or do anything about to remove them.  When left unaddressed, these areas often leads us into sin, which separates us from our loving God (Isaiah 59:2 ~ “But your iniquities separated you from your God;”).

On a regular basis, we must invite God, who is the Master Construction Worker of our lives, to search our hearts and identify areas in need of repair.  Hidden sin must be repented of and removed from our lives in order to avoid sinking deep into a bottomless pit of eternal separation.

God is willing and able to repair, renew, restore and reconcile us back to Him again.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father.  Today I desire to be free from anything that dishonors you, and separates me from your loving care.  I invite you to search my heart.  Reveal any hidden weak and sinful areas in my life.  Open the eyes of my heart so I can see the things you see about me, good or bad.  I surrender my life to your care and repair. Thank you for your grace and mercy that grants me the opportunity to repent, be renewed, restored and reconciled back to you.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

DAILY VERSE

Search me, O Good, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

LIVING FOR TODAY

Living a life of Restoration is remembering that God’s love allows me to return to Him, and be  renewed again.  He is the great physician who specializes in repairing underlining issues of the heart that no one can see, and at times, even me.  There is no sin, so deeply rooted within that the blood of Jesus can’t set me free from.  I live each day grateful and thankful for God’s grace and mercy.  Because of it, I can recover, when overtaken by a sin, and be reconciled to run this great race again.

Dr. Diana Moye-Mitchell

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

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DR. DIANA MOYE-MITCHELL received professional training and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago State University in 1991, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard School of Divinity in 2006, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta in 2013. Dr. Moye- Mitchell’s doctoral work focused on the inequalities and sufferings of women in the “Black Pentecostal Church.” As a ministry servant of prayer, teaching and training, Dr. Moye-Mitchell seeks to encourage people of all ages to live their godly purpose with passion, and to pursue excellence in life.  In 2010, she organized a nonprofit organization for women, titled Sister-to-Sister Mentoring, and in 2020, she launched a new nonprofit organization, titled H.O.P.E. in Life, Inc. Dr. Moye-Mitchell is married to Elder Dwayne Patrick Mitchell, and was gifted by God with two beautiful children Visit her blog at: DianaMitchell.org

There is no need to fear by Diana Moye-Mitchell

Are there any sounds in this world that grip you with fear and make you feel unsafe? Well, for my 15 pound mixed Maltese Shih Tzu named Sam, it is the sound of fireworks. On yesterday evening, as he heard the booms and bangs from fireworks blasting in the night air, he paced, stared and ran frantically throughout the house. When nowhere seemed safe, like a child, he jumped on my legs and begged to be picked up.

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As I held him close, he was shaking uncontrollably with fear written all over his face. I wanted nothing more for him but to relax, be at peace and rest in his favorite space. So, I drew him nearer and gently assured him with these words, “It’s okay Sam! You don’t need to be afraid! Nothing is going to harm you! I’m here, and you are in the safest place!”

As I comforted Sam, my mind reflected on the numerous times when I behaved like him. I lived each day driven by anxiety from the banging noise and uncertainty that came from life circumstances. We quickly forget that there is no need to fear, when God’s presence is always near. Amid our racing hearts the Spirit calmly whispers, “Trust me my Dear!”

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father. Help me to trust you during the clanging noise and chaos in life. Help me not to become distracted, with fear and distant from the truth because I know you are always near. At the moment of fright, give me the courage not to freeze or flight. Help me to practice my faith by always being obedient to your word, which instructs me in 1 Chronicles 16:11, to “Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.” Heavenly father, in the midst of fear give me the courage to seek you and run straight to your side. May I find comfort looking upon your face knowing that there is no safer place than in your presence. Amen.

DAILY VERSE

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

LIVING FOR TODAY

Living in trust is remembering that God never sends me the spirit of fear. I know that His love and comfort is always near. Daily I am choosing to run to the safest place, which is in my heavenly father’s face. It is during my intimate talks with Him that He fills each space within me with peace. I am being comforted as Holy Spirit speaks to me dispelling any anxiety that attempts to creep within. There is no time for being frantic or afraid. I am too busy trusting and obeying His word. My faith is growing stronger each day for every tomorrow He safely leads me to.

Dr. Diana Moye Mitchell

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

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DR. DIANA MOYE-MITCHELL received professional training and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago State University in 1991, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard School of Divinity in 2006, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta in 2013. Dr. Moye- Mitchell’s doctoral work focused on the inequalities and sufferings of women in the “Black Pentecostal Church.” As a ministry servant of prayer, teaching and training, Dr. Moye-Mitchell seeks to encourage people of all ages to live their godly purpose with passion, and to pursue excellence in life.  In 2010, she organized a nonprofit organization for women, titled Sister-to-Sister Mentoring, and in 2020, she launched a new nonprofit organization, titled H.O.P.E. in Life, Inc. Dr. Moye-Mitchell is married to Elder Dwayne Patrick Mitchell, and was gifted by God with two beautiful children Visit her blog at: DianaMitchell.org

Faithful to the Commitments by Diana Moye Mitchell

Have you ever dropped the ball on something you committed yourself to continue to do? Well, I have. I recently dropped the ball on my commitment to physically workout while on vacation. I packed workout gear, and a jump rope to remain faithful to walking and jumping at least five times a week. However, it has been three weeks, and I have not worked out a day. Total disappointment in myself is an understatement.

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Today, my prayer is for faithfulness. Dear heavenly father. Help me to be faithful to the commitments I make to myself no matter where I am. Lord, give me the mental strength to resist the temptation to be slack in not only my daily physical workout routine, but in my commitment to spend time with you. According to 3 John 1:2, you desire for me “to prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers.” Lord, help me to realize the work I expend in prayer and in bible reading ensures I am spiritually fit. Thank you for your new mercies I experience every day. You are consistently faithful in gifting me with “a point-in-time” within 24 hours to pick the ball up and continue in my work for you. Being in good shape physically and spiritually is important to me. May I reciprocate and demonstrate my love for you by being consistent, committed, and faithful in carrying my daily cross. Amen.

DAILY VERSE

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

LIVING FOR TODAY

Living in faithfulness is putting my trust in the strength of God on a daily basis. I refuse to turn to others, or even rely upon my physical strength to do what God has called me to do. As a daughter of the Most High God, “I CAN BE” because it is He who strengthens me.

Diana Moye Mitchell

 

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

DR. DIANA MITCHELL | MINISTER & LIFE COACH

Group Leader

DR. DIANA MOYE-MITCHELL received professional training and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago State University in 1991, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard School of Divinity in 2006, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta in 2013. Dr. Moye- Mitchell’s doctoral work focused on the inequalities and sufferings of women in the “Black Pentecostal Church.” As a ministry servant of prayer, teaching and training, Dr. Moye-Mitchell seeks to encourage people of all ages to live their godly purpose with passion, and to pursue excellence in life.  In 2010, she organized a nonprofit organization for women, titled Sister-to-Sister Mentoring, and in 2020, she launched a new nonprofit organization, titled H.O.P.E. in Life, Inc. Dr. Moye-Mitchell is married to Elder Dwayne Patrick Mitchell, and was gifted by God with two beautiful children Visit her blog at: DianaMitchell.org