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

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

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

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

His Will Not My Will by Kris Waldron

In one hand, I hold my belief that God is able and still does answer and perform miracles. God’s Will is to answer our prayers. But in the other hand, I hold the reality that He may choose not to answer my prayers the way that I want Him to. It is not a matter of Faith. As God’s child, I believe!!

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I do have the faith to believe in miracles. I believe His Word, I believe His promises, But I have to accept that He may not give me the miracle that I desire. His ways are not my ways. His will, not my will.

I know without a doubt that God cares for me and Loves me. I know that He always does what is right for me. God does what is best for those who love Him, Always!!

But God in His infinite wisdom may choose a different path for me to follow, other than what I want. He may choose to say No, or not yet. But I know that no matter whatever and however God chooses to answer my prayer, I know that it is always right, and that God is Always good.

DAILY VERSE

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

LIVING FOR TODAY

Today I choose to live in the assurance that God sees and knows my needs and what is best for me. I choose to trust God no matter what His answer to my prayer is. As His child, I will rest in His Best for me.

Kris Waldron

KRIS WALDRON | BIBLE CAFE™ MINISTRIES LLC

KRIS WALDRON | BIBLE CAFE™ MINISTRIES LLC

Group Leader

KRIS WALDRON has been an active member of the Bible Café community since 2016. She has completed numerous online studies. She is co-owner of a small trucking company, working from home and parenting her children. She has a passion for leading people to Christ and to know Him through Bible study. Kris has a reputation for encouraging the students in our discussion groups and making sure every voice is heard.

Simply Me and the Challenge by Tricia Mcwilliams

For the most part I am a simple girl. I like the simple things in life, reading a good book, the music of my windchimes, a glass of sweet tea, the smell of a rose, a hug from my grandchild. But at times I can seem complicated, talk too much, not understand my own emotions or have little confidence in myself.

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Today I will work on loving myself. I will do that by declaring a positive statement wrapped in who God says I am over myself.

My Gracious, Loving Father, I thank you that you know and love me whether I am feeling simple or complicated. Thank you for your Word that helps me grow wiser. In Jesus name Amen

Psalm 19:7 NIV

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple

Declare:

I am a simple girl who is the Beloved of God.

What will you declare over yourself today? Remember it doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

 

TRICIA MCWILLIAMS | BIBLE CAFE™ MINISTRIES LLC

TRICIA MCWILLIAMS | BIBLE CAFE™ MINISTRIES LLC

Prayer Leader

TRICIA MCWILLIAMS was led by the Holy Spirit in answer to prayer to the Women's Bible Cafe in 2013. She has been a participant, a Bible study leader and at present serves on the Prayer team of the ministry. She believes praying for others is both a honor as well as a gift to share with others. She has completed 35+ studies. She is a wife, mother to two grown children and grandmother to one adult granddaughter. She has also recently been blessed with a young 8-year-old step grandson come into her life. She believes prayer should be our first reaction to life's ups and downs.

 

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

Keep Things Simple by Christine Abraham

“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts Bible Study

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Sitting beside me is another planner. With the tools to focus my day, my mind still wanders into the land of chaos. Five minutes into my day and “the planned” has become overshadowed by complexity.

Craving simplicity, I seek for opportunities to minimize me. Less overwhelm and more peace. Less measurable reward and more transformation. When my planner has too many boxes to check- I have traded simple for pride. Perfection becomes the enemy to my progress.  

Today my prayer is for simplicity, Oh Lord. Help me keep things simple so I’ll finish my tasks. Let me resist the temptation to complicate things and cause frustration to myself or to others. Help me schedule my day into short blocks of time, and let each time block be productive.

My Bible study is an important part of my day and I will set aside time to meet Jesus there. I look forward to this day because it will be uncomplicated and simple to complete! You have my love, my loyalty and my life. Amen.

DAILY VERSE

Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37 NLT)

LIVING FOR TODAY

Living in simplicity is being myself. I refuse to identify with world labels. Because I know God and I love Jesus- the label I wear today is BELOVED.