Monday, December 26, 2011

"The Motions"-Matthew West



This song is ministering to my heart. I will serve the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. To God be the glory.

Monday, November 28, 2011

What Kind of Tree Are You?

Greetings, my friends!

Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, themed his sermon on Sunday, November 27, 2011, “Be The Right Kind Of Tree”. This sermon was from Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.” (NIV)

Rev. Dr. Williams told the congregation that we do not need any forecast of our future; we do not need to be paying any palm reader or psychic, nor do we need to be reading horoscope. The Word is all we need!

Rev. Dr. Williams said that you know you are blessed when:

1) you know what not to connect to and what not to connect with;
2) you do not hang out with certain kind of company; when you know the right company to keep and the right book to read;
3) you do not have to give in to the atmosphere you are around;
4) you will be in the space of the unrighteous but you are stronger because you will not be overcome by whom is in your space;

Rev. Williams said that you can be in an environment that does not prosper, but you will prosper because of the Holy Spirit! He then posed the question, “so what kind of tree are you?” I am a palm tree! A palm tree, according to Rev. Dr. Williams, does not need storm-free living!

Storms become evident of how much faith you have. Palm trees weather the storms – hurricanes and tropical storms and thunderous rains! The leaves of a palm tree sway from side to side, one of the branches may even get broken off but the leaves point up! A palm tree does not die because a branch is broken off, it continues to prosper. Being blessed is like a tree …. a palm tree, that is!




Taken from the sermon of Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, 11/27/11, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church)


God bless,
Therese from Belize

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spiritual Warfare

Greetings, friends-in-Christ!

Today, I could not help but to seek God's help with this spiritual warfare going on in my life and around me. As Paul warned us in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (KJV)
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal, had conducted a survey of 1,200 Christians asking, "Have you ever experienced spiritual warfare?" The responses were significant. 84% of those surveyed believed that they had indeed experienced some type of spiritual warfare in their lives. Most in this group felt that experiencing spiritual warfare was actually a confirming sign that they were true believers in Christ. (1996-2011 ChristiaNet)®

Friends, during the time of spiritual warfare, that is when the weak is weeded out from the strong. It is during this time that our faith in Christ is tested. Will we pass this test trusting in God to bring us through or will we allow the enemy to defeat us? A writer for Christianity.com stated, "The more our minds are filled with the truth of God's Word, the less susceptible we are to Satan's deceptions and temptations." (2009 article, www.christianity.com)

So, how do we fill our minds with the truth of God's Word to fight this spiritual warfare? Paul advises us in Ephesians 6:13-18, "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (KJV)

Therese from Belize

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Domestic Violence: A Challenge For Faith Communities

Greetings, my friends:

I had the opportunity to speak to members of clergy regarding recognizing and discerning domestic violence in our places of worship.

Domestic violence is prevalent in our faith communities, however, as I told the clergy, we often turn a blind eye to the needs of our congregations. In a 2004 survey that was conducted by the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, they found that 75% of the women who were affected by domestic violence talked to someone (family member, community member, etc.) and of that 75%, 26% of those women contacted their clergy. My question, what did the clergy do? Are we seeking assistance for these women or are we sanitizing sin, throwing the problem under the rug, ignorning or simply do not care? Do we get the perpetrators out of the pulpit, out of leadership positions, or do we continue to let them sit in the pew without calling on them for prayer and counseling? Do we visit the home? Are we mentoring?

What I stressed to the clergy, was to make members feel that they are listened to, that we care about them. There needs to be support from the pulpit for victims of domestic violence. Preachers and pastors, evangelists, prophets and prohpetesses should be speaking out about this evil. I directed scripture from Romans 5:5, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (KJV) We must never let someone feel that it is their fault why they are being abused. PositiveChristianWoman.com tells women, "at the core of our very beings, we should base our self-worth in nothing more and nothing less than Christ, in HIS magnificant love for us and how HE demonstrated that through HIS death and resurrection."

This is the time for us as God's people to get educated about the prevalence of domestic violence in our places of worship; to provide assistance through organizations for members who come for assistance. How we respond to someone of our congregation may make the difference between them coming closer to Christ or them walking out in darkness.

I pray that our churches and places of worship will get serious about this issue.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Soulful Relationship

Greetings, my friends in Christ!

Today, I am thanking God for blessing me with life, a new beginning to get things right with HIM! Thank you Father.

Rev. Ronald McFadden, Soulful Relationship, said, "An African proverb states, 'Before you get married, keep both eyes open, and after you marry, close one eye'. Before you get involved and make a commitment to someone, don't let lust, desperation, immaturity, ignorance, pressure from others or a low self-esteem make you blind to warning signs. Keep your eyes open, and don't fool yourself that you can change someone or that what you see as faults aren't really important. Once you decide to commit to someone, over time their flaws, vulnerabilities, pet peeves, and differences will become more obvious. If you love your mate and want the relationship to grow and evolve, you've got to learn to close one eye and not let every little thing bother you. You and your mate have many different expectations, emotional needs, values, dreams, weaknesses, and strengths. You are two unique individuals who have decided to share a life together. Neither of you are perfect, but are you perfect for each other? Do you bring out the best of each other? Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete, compare, and control? What do you bring to the relationship? Do you bring past relationships, past hurt, past mistrust, past pain?
You can't take someone to the altar to alter him or her. You can't make someone love you or make someone stay. If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and "a life", you won't find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain. Manipulation, control, jealousy, neediness, and selfishness are not the ingredients of a thriving, healthy, loving and lasting relationship. Seeking status, sex, wealth, and security are the wrong reasons to be in a relationship.
What keeps a relationship strong?
Communication, intimacy, trust, a sense of humor, sharing household tasks, some getaway time without business or children and daily exchanges (a meal, shared activity, a hug, a call, a touch, a note). Leave a nice message on their voicemail or send a nice email. Sharing common goals and interests.
Growth is important. Grow together, not away from each other, giving each other space to grow without feeling insecure. Allow your mate to have outside interest. You can't always be together. Give each other a sense of belonging and assurances of commitment. Don't try to control one another. Learn each other's family situation. Respect his or her parents regardless. Don't put pressure on each other for material goods. Remember for richer or for poorer. If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as resentment, withdrawal, abuse, neglect, dishonesty, and pain replace the passion.
"The grass withers, the flowers fades, but the word of God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight? Always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary. The difference between 'United' and 'Untied' is where you put the I." (Rev. Ronald McFadden)

A soulful relationship. Amen.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hallelujah Anyhow

Friends, greetings, in the name of our Lord!
Today, I am just shouting hallelujah, anyhow! Thank you Father. Sometimes, all I can say is hallelujah anyhow! We serve an amazing God that no matter the circumstances, no matter how grim things may look, no matter the attack from the enemy and the frenemy, God always allow us to come through! I am just giving God all the honor and glory for HIS name is worthy to be praised!

This blog today is just a hallelujah shout to my Lord! Thank you, Father, thank you for redemption, thank you for mercy, thank you for grace, thank you for providing, thank you for comfort, thank you for joy, thank you for peace, thank you for laughter, thank you for the tears.

Isaiah 53:5-6, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." (KJV)

Sometimes, when we just do not know .... it is hallelujah anyhow! Jesus has payed the price for you and for me.

I pray that you will give God a hallelujah shout.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In Observance of Domestic Violence Prevention Month

Greetings, my dear friends!

Not only is October celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also celebrated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Lu-Ann Farrar of the Lexington Herald-Leader has a Question of Faith segment of the newspaper. For this month, she asked about movies that offer the best life lessons. I wrote on Tyler Perry's, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman". See the below excerpt from this article:

Lu-Ann Farrar, Manager, Lexington-Herald Leader wrote:

Therese Warrick, Sisters Road to Freedom, Lexington: My favorite movies are Imitation of Life and To Sir, With Love, from my childhood and youth, and now Diary of a Mad Black Woman. These movies offer the best life lessons (love for family, love for God, forgiveness, believing that one can do all things).

However, the best life lesson is revealed in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. This movie portrayed a Christian marriage that fell apart due to greed and adultery, but most importantly, it showed the power of forgiveness.
Other life lessons in this movie are love for family and portrayal of intimate partner abuse (emotional, physical, financial).

The lesson we get is that no matter what we have done to someone or what someone has done to us, we must forgive, just as Christ has forgiven us. Movies portray spiritual life not only by exposing the wrongs and the strife and struggles that families encounter, but by showing how to deal with the strife and the struggles. Movies now have pastors, choirs and spiritual counselors getting significant parts. We see people expressing their love for God, praying and testifying about deliverance by God, and people showing forgiveness and love despite what has happened to them.

Friends, this movie has so many life lessons for us, especially for Christian marriages. One, thou shall not commit adultery; two, only God knows what tomorrow holds; three, forgive others as God has forgiven us; four, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us; five, salvation is for everyone, Jesus gave HIS life so you and I can have life.
This movie also deals with abuse within the marriage, which is taking place in numerous Christian marriages today. It is important for women to keep in contact with their families, important for women to recognize abuse verbal/emotional, physical, financial, spiritual) and seek help, to not be ashamed, but most importantly to seek immediate help. Abuse can get violent from emotional/psychological to physical (as we see in this movie) and can even result in death.

Some statistics for awareness:
Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Source: Commonwealth Fund survey, 1998

Studies by the Surgeon General's office reveal that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined. Other research has found that half of all women will experience some form of violence from their partners during marriage, and that more than one-third are battered repeatedly every year. Source: Journal of American Medical Association, 1990.

May God bless women and men everywhere suffering from any kind of abuse, in the name of Jesus.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Habits To Develop

My friends in Christ:

I am getting into the "habit" of saying something kind or actually performing an act of kindness for someone each and everyday. Usually when we refer to someone having a "habit", we are usually referring to something bad--habit of gossip, habit of eavesdropping, habit of smoking, habit of drinking, habit of overeating, habit of lying. I am pretty sure if I ask you to write a list, you can come up with a long list of "habits", most of them would probably be behaviors that are not good. In Belize, we say someone has "bad habit" when they ask for something they knowingly do not want, but they just ask for "ask-sake".

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, habit is "a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance." As Christians, we know that we should develop certain habits; habits such as praying often and daily, reading the Bible regularly, helping others, encouraging others.

Pastor Max Lucado, acclaimed Christian author and pastor, had a study lesson on "Habits". Pastor Lucado wrote that as Christians we must develop habits, and the habits that are worth having are: one, the habit of prayer; two, the habit of study; three, the habit of giving; and, four, the habit of fellowship. Friends, these are excellent habits we must develop as followers of Jesus Christ. How do we develop these habits? We develop these habits by repetition and performance. Pray regularly. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. Prayer is a very important part of our Christian walk. How can we profess to be Christians and not pray? We must pray giving thanks to God for all that He is and all that He has done for us. Study, as disciples, we must stay in the Word, how can we bring others to Christ if we do not know what the Word says? And, if someone asks us a question, we must be confident in answering, leading them to the scripture. We must study to keep our minds and hearts alert and in good form for Christ. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we must always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have. Giving. God loves a cheerful giver, as believers we must give to our neighbors and to our enemies. To whom much is given, much is expected. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us that each one should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily. Fellowship. Fellowship requires practice and unity. We must come together with other believers in praising, worshipping and honoring God. Being around fellow believers will strengthen our walk with Christ. 1 John 1:7 tells us that if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other.

My friends, let us develop the habits God wants us to have. Let us get into the habit of reading our Bibles for at lest 30 minutes each day, let us get into the habit of sharing our testimonies with one another; let us get into the habit of joining the company of other believers; let us get into the habit of giving and sharing.

May God bless you today and always,
Therese from Belize

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Prayer of Deliverance For Women

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus. I am a member of Jesus Saves Ministries Network and this month's focused is on "Focused Prayer". Min. Angela Lee Price asked members to pray about specific issues and this is my prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, this prayer is being lifted up on behalf of women everywhere in the world who are broken; women who have fallen and cannot lift themselves up; women who are suffering from depression and anxiety; women under the bondage of shame from divorce, bankruptcy, abortion, prostitution, sexual exploitation, low self esteem; women suffering from addictions of shopping, alcohol and drugs (over the counter, prescription and street); and women who are being abused by intimate partner (psychological, physical, spiritual and financial); women who have one foot in your House and the other in the world; women who are unemployed; women who are looking for love in all the wrong places; women who have lost all their self respect and self worth. Lord God, in the name of Jesus, please have mercy on us and extend Your mercy and grace to women lifted up in this petition.

Father Lord, it is only by Your grace and mercy that I have been delivered, released and redeemed from bondages, guilt and addictions, and for that I say, thank you Lord. Lord God, please have mercy, please extend your grace, please touch each and every woman being lifted up under this petition every where in the world. As Romans 5:5 tells us that hope maketh not ashamed, and Father God, you did it for me, and I know you will do it for these women because I have hope and faith in You and am not ashamed of the things You have delivered me from. Lord, You have redeemed me, and as Psalm 107:2 declares, let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Father, your Word in Psalm 120:1 also tells me that in my distress I cry unto you and you hear me.

Father, I know you have heard my cries often and have answered my requests. So dear God, I am humbly asking you to please,

please, please deliver and release these women, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus. We know that after 12 years You delivered the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5. Lord God, I am thanking You in advanced because I know, yes I know that women will be delivered, released and redeemed, all in the name of Jesus. Thank you precious Father, thank you dear God. Thank you Father. Amen.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Have That Conversation Today

Greetings!

Please forgive me for not writing for so long. I am sure you would agree with me that sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day! I am still thankful and grateful for every hour of the day. God has been good to me; every time I look around HE is blessing me and the ministry. For that, I just say, thank you, Father.

Friends, as I get my feet wet in ministry, I am finding that there are genuine people and fake people who will want to see you succeed and some who secretly wants you to fail! The devil is lie because what man fails to realize is that when God appoints, HE also anoints! God never lets HIS children just go out without the tools they need to win souls in this dying world.

As Saturday approaches, “Conversation Among Hannah’s Sisters”, I will continue in my time of prayer and praise. God always wants us to be prayerful in anything and for everything. Philippians 4:5-6 tell us, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (KJV) Please pray for me as I pray for you. Please pray for people who are living in darkness, people who have seen the light, but have chosen to turn off the light.

Hey, I do not know if I am talking to you or about you, but it is not too late to get things right with Christ. I was once lost myself, but now found, thanks to God’s redemption plan for my life! Thanks to God’s free gift, Salvation, which HIS only Son paid for with HIS life. Lord have mercy on us.

Friends, it is not too late to have that conversation with God. HE is waiting to hear from you today. Tomorrow is not promised. Do it today.

God bless you today,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Spreading the Good News

Greetings, my friends, I pray that all is well with you and your families!
God is an awesome God. I thank Him for His grace and mercy and for His favor over my life.

Just as Paul encouraged Titus to be an example in every way of doing good deeds, we must do the same. Paul advised, "when you teach, do it with honesty and seriousness. Speak the truth so that you cannot be criticized." Titus 2:7-8.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be an example for others. We must live our lives in such a way so that someone who does not even know us will want to know Jesus just because of the way we live our lives. Our lives must reflect that of obedience, faith, love, happiness, joy, peace, self control, patience, kindness, and I can go on and on.

As followers of Jesus Christ spreading the good news, we must set examples for others by doing good deeds. What are good deeds? Good deeds are working in ministry, whatever your calling or purpose may be; helping and assisting others in need; spreading the good news of salvation; say a kind word to a stranger. When our lives reflect what comes out of our mouths, God is pleased with us. When God is pleased with us, our blessings flow from heaven.

My friends, as followers of Jesus Christ, we must spread the good news. In order for us to spread the good news, we must know what is in the good news for ourselves. We must study God's word so that if someone asks us a question, we may be able to provide a scriptural answer. When we provide scriptures for others, they read them and they become more and more interested in learning about Jesus Christ. That is how we will win souls for Christ.

I pray that we will continue to study and pray and fast as we spread the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. we must pray for any and everything. We must pray, we must fast, we must believe, we must submit to God's will.

Ta ta,
Therese from Belize

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Putting On My Big Girl Panties

My friends, I pray all is well and everyone is staying in the Word! Where do I start? Firstly, I am giving God thanks for the forgiveness of my sins, and I thank Him for His mercy and grace.

I do not know about you, but it just seems that every time I look around there is someone grieving the loss of a loved one; someone asking for prayer for some illness that have overtaken him/her; someone losing his/her mind because the bills are not being paid, children in trouble with the law, cost of living going up but the paycheck decreasing. Lord have mercy.

My friends, we must continually praise God in the present and in the future, praise Him now, praise Him today, praise Him in advance. My friends, we do not know what tomorrow holds, so we must live each day like it is our last, whether good or bad. As for me, personally, I am leaning and depending on God for everything. When adversities and struggles come my way, I put on my big girl panties. I am no longer a babe drinking milk, I am feeding off the Word, I am witness for our Lord. I am not a wimp, I am a sister walking on the narrow road.

In Paul's letter to the church in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Paul wrote, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." (KJV) My friends, I pray that as disciples of Christ, we go to the Lord in prayer instead of trying to find comfort and answers in man. We must keep praising God through good times and in bad times. I know it may be difficult in bad times, but we serve a God who hears our cries. I promise you when you turn your troubles over to the Lord, He takes care of them for you. I am a big girl, I know what I need to do during hurting times, I know what I need to do for my friends during their hurting times. It feels good to have on my big girl panties! I am praying and praising because I know God has everything under HIS control! Glory.

With all my heart, mind, and soul, I will continue to thank the Lord in good times and in bad times, and I pray you will too! I have my big girl panties on because I know that with God by and on my side, I can handle all things that come my way. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Friends, you are a big boy, you are a big girl, no wimps here.

Be blessed, stay prayed up, keep hanging on to the hem of Jesus' garment. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Glory.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

My friend, Sis. Mary, told me about the "Big Girl Panties" for us walking on this road!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Surrounding Yourself With The Anointed

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus.

As I thought about how my day has been going, I thank God that HE keeps surrounding me with the anointed and appointed. I am standing in HIS promises, I am keeping my faith in Christ Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. (Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (KJV)

In November of 2009 I wrote a blog, "Surround Yourself With The Anointed". In that blog, I shared what my pastor, Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III had told his congregation. Rev. Williams told the congregation that as Christians we should be surrounding ourselves with anointed folk. After this sermon from Rev.Dr. Williams, I had attended Sisters Keeping The Covenant Conference, where I met Rev. Maxine Thomas of St. Paul AME Church in Lexington, KY. Rev. Thomas is a woman who is on fire for the Lord. The women's conference was such a blessing to me, I left there feeling rejuvenated and excited about my Christian walk, and I wanted to do more in my walk with Christ. I wanted to follow up on those conference topics. What I did was to conduct an internet search on women in ministry, and I came across Rev. Angela Lee Price's website, www.jesussavesministries.ning.com. My friends, I can tell you that ever since I visited Rev. Price's website, I have become even more excited about my service to God. This woman is an anointed servant of God. Her blogs, the "groups" such as Clean Up Woman, The Prayer of the Righteous, the discussion topics on her site, and just everyday conversation with her give me encouragement to keep doing what I am doing. She also encourages me to keep on going in my walk with Christ.

My friends, Proverbs 13:20 says, "He who walks with the wise, grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." When we surround ourselves with anointed and wise people, we ourselves get wise and God will anoint us as we keep doing what He wants us to do. Proverbs 14:7 warns us to keep away from fools because they can't teach us anything. The apostle, Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 3:6, commands us to keep away and withdraw ourselves from every person that walketh disorderly and who does not follow the teachings they have been given.

I don't know about you, but I know that I will continue to walk in obedience and keep surrounding myself with those who love and follow the teachings of the Lord. I am not talking about those who have one foot in the door and the other foot out. I am talking about my brothers and sisters in Christ who have both feet in the door. I am talking about those disciples who speak life. I am talking about my brothers and sisters who teach about God's free gift to us, salvation.

I am surrounding myself with people who are anointed and appointed.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Standing On The Promises of God

Greetings!

Have you ever been disappointed one too many times? I certainly have, and then I am reminded of the phrase we used in Belize, "promises are meant to comfort a fool." So now, my friends, I am relying on God's promises because I have been disappointed one too many times by man when the promises are not fulfilled. Glory to God, David, in the Book of Psalm 145, stanzas 13-14 encourages me, "... The LORD is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.[c] The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." (NIV)

My friends, I am standing on the promises of God because I have the victory.

As Tye Tribbett sings, "I've got the victory, the victory because whatever situation I face, I win..." My friends, if you want the victory, if you want to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, if you want to win, turn to the promises of the Lord. Just turn your life over to the Lord and submit to His will. God will give you the victory because that is what He promises to those who call on His name.

In Psalm 145:20, "The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy." (NIV) We just need to stand on the promises of the Lord because we know that the Lord is good to everyone and is kind and shows mercy. As the psalmist emphasized to us in stanza 17, "The LORD is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does." (NIV) I am surely relying on the promises of the Lord! I know HE will never disappoint me.

Be blessed,
Therese from Belize

This Is The Year Of New Beginnings


Girl, just look at you, with your pretty self.
You are so beautiful! Not only are you beautiful, but you have the nerve to be talented and gifted by God.
Hold your head up Girl, and know that you are loved and appreciated. Don’t give the enemy any place to cause you to have low self-esteem or doubt. You are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.
This is your year to decree it and speak it! This is the year of new beginnings. So get your step on Girl, because God is faithful to perform all that HE has promised to you! Be confident in HIM and HIS word. The words you speak from your mouth determine your outcome. Why not speak good and positive things over your life Girl? You are not defeated but rather you are more than a conqueror.
You have been through a lot in your life and look at you now, just as pretty and as strong as ever! Oh, how blessed you are. Look what God has done and look where HE has brought you from. Begin to bless GOD and praise HIM for all that HE has done, and for making you so beautiful! HE had you in HIS precious hands all the time. Your life is orchestrated by HIM. HE knows you and what is best for you. Believe that HE has even greater things in store for you and your family.
Girl, get over the silly stuff and grab hold of faith. Seek God as never before. Sure, times are hard, but GOD is good! Learn to love who HE has made you to be.
There is no one like you.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What To Do When Your Adversary Provoke You

Greetings my friends, in the name of Jesus!

I came across a serious, praying sister! A sister who was provoked to wrath by her adversary. 1 Samuel 1:6, "And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb." This sister, Hannah, is an original prayer warrior! Hannah's story is recorded in The First Book of Samuel 1. Hannah was constantly provoked to wrath because her womb was closed, she did not have a child, and so her husband's other wife would provoke her sorely. Hannah could not take it any longer. Now, this is a virtuous woman. Hannah did not fuss or cuss or fight with her adversary. What she did was the most powerful thing a woman could do and that is PRAY. Hannah put herself at the mercy of God, she prayed and prayed. She prayed where only her lips moved but her voice was not heard and so Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk! 1 Samuel 1:12-13, "And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken." Hannah was in prayer, serious prayer with God.

Friends, Hannah is a perfect example of how we should deal with our adversaries. LET GOD. Hannah did not talk sorely about her adversary, nor did not fight the adversary. She took the situation to the Lord. That's what we need to do when our adversaries provoke us. Instead of calling this one and that one who only makes our situations worse, we should take it to the Lord in prayer. We see God favoring Hannah, answering her prayer! Hannah, my friends, prayed again to God just as intensely after HE blessed her womb and gave her a child. She did not forget to thank God for HIS blessing. She prayed and praised God. 1 Samuel 1:26-28, "And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there." This is the best victory someone can get. When God answers our prayers, the adversaries are put in shame!

It is time we pray and pray and pray sorely, and weep sorely to the Lord bringing forth our petitions. Hannah, my friends, prayed again to God just as intensely after HE blessed her womb and gave her a child. She did not forget to thank God for HIS blessing. She prayed and praised God. This is the example we need to take with our lives. Pray and praise during the bad times and pray and praise during the good times.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Praise God, Always

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus!

I pray all is well with you. God has been so good to us, let us give HIM a hallelujah shout! Why should our praise not quit? Rev. Dr. Beecher Hicks, had told the flock Mt. Calvary Baptist Church:

1) Our praise should not quit because God favors us with unexpected blessings;
2) Our praise should not quit because when we are favored with God’s blessings, it is obvious to others that we are blessed;
3) Our praise should not quit because when we are blessed, the people in our circle “get it”; they too get blessed!

Life seems to be getting you down? Give God a hallelujah shout! Bad news about your health? Give God a hallelujah shout! Children acting like they have lost their minds? Give God a hallelujah shout. Our praise should not quit no matter how dire our situations may be. Friends, do not let life's circumstances stop you from praising God. God is faithful to us and HE expects us to be faithful to HIM. Get your praise on, my friends! Praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noon time, praise Him in the nighttime, just praise Him, praise Him, praise Him.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Monday, August 8, 2011

For I Am Persuaded Nothing Can Separate Me From The Love Of God

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus!

God just keeps showing me HIS love, and I thank Him for every blessing He has bestowed upon me and my family!

My Pastor, Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, had once said that favor is not fair. Guess what? I have personally found that he was right in making such bold statement. Favor, said Rev. Dr. Williams, is a blessing God gives us even when we do not deserve it. I thank God for favor. To back-up Rev. Dr. Williams' statement, Rev. Jamal Bryant the week after told his congregation that when the anointing of God comes in their lives, no one can separate them from the love of God. Rev. Bryant went on to say that it does not matter who likes you or who does not like you, because all that matter is the love of God. And, he said, because you have the love of God, He has re-written your life!

My friends, God has re-written my life, He has re-written all the bad into good. God has favored me with HIS mercy and grace. God is opening up doors for me. God is replacing people in my life. All I want to do is shout about it! All I want to do is dance about it! All I want to do is sing about it! All I want to do is praise God for it!

Paul, in the Book of Romans 8:35-39 posed to us, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (KJV)

God has surely re-written my life, and nothing and no one will separate me from the love of God, which in Christ Jesus our Lord! I will forever serve GOD with my whole heart, with my whole mind, and with my whole soul, and I pray you will too!

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Kept Woman

I pray everyone is doing well.

This weekend I traveled to Louisville to bring awareness about the services of SISTERS ROAD TO FREEDOM, INC. I had a blessed time in the Lord, ministering and sharing about our Lord Savior Jesus Christ, and educating participants about SISTERS ROAD TO FREEDOM, INC.

Driving back from Louisville to Lexington, I thought about God's goodness. There are no words to express God's goodness in my life. All I could do was prayed and praised my way back home! I am a kept woman, God has brought me a mighty long way and I will be forever grateful.


I want to share this with you:

I Am a 'Kept' Woman!

You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind, but GOD kept me sane.
(Isa. 26:3)
There were times when I thought I could go no longer, but the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)
At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong, but the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)
Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,
but GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30)

I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!

I'm blessed to be 'kept'! Thank you Father.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Saturday, August 6, 2011

EXPOSURE - Temptation to Holiness

Greetings, friends in the sweet name of Jesus!

As I sit and reflect on my life as it today, my spiritual life, I am thanking God for HIS mercy and grace. You see, there is a formula to getting from temptation to holiness! I have that easy formula as was given to me by Senior Pastor, Jon Weese of Southland Christian Church. Pastor Weese had said, "you expose yourself to the truth - read at least 30 minutes from the Bible each day." Pastor Weese's sermon was taken from James 1:1-25 --he was preaching about suffering leads to joy; poverty leads to wealth; temptation leads to holiness; listening leads to faith. He went on to preach that we should read and reflect on God's Word. I started dedicating time to not only reading, but actually studying God's word, and then reflect and mediate on HIS word.
Paul, in Galatians 6:16, wrote that we must live by following the spirit then we will not do what our sinful selves want. Amen. Today, I can tell you that the Holy Spirit is my guide. The Holy Spirit is my help.

The same way we expose ourselves to the things that are not of God, the same way we must expose ourselves to God's word. Spiritual exposure is needed if you want to move forward on the road to life.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Virtuous Woman Is A Crown To Her Husband

Greetings, my brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus!

As I studied on the story of Nabal and Abigail, I noted that in 1 Samuel 25:3, the author let it be known immediately that even though Nabal was rich, he was churlish and evil in his doings. On the other hand, his wife, Abigail, was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance. 1 Samuel 25:3, "Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb." (KJV) As I continued reading this chapter in awe of Abigail's abilities and virtues, I went to look at Proverbs 12:4 which tells us, "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones." (KJV) To God be the glory, we see that Abigail was a crown to her foolish husband. Abigail exhibited the traits of the virtuous woman as prophesied in Proverbs 31. If Abigail was a fool like her husband, their household would have been killed by David and his men. Thank God for the virtuous woman in a fool's life.
Proverbs 18:22 tells us that a man who findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favour of the Lord. Nabal surely had the favour of the Lord because of his wife, Abigail. This is a beautiful story which shows that a virtuous woman is indeed a crown to her husband. Abigail's truthfulness and countenance made David not shed blood on the household. She spoke words of wisdom, words of the Lord into David's heart, and he was pleased and he blessed her and thank God. Abigail was a woman who feared the Lord, and a woman who feareth the Lord, Proverbs 31:30 tells us, she shall be praised!

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Friday, July 29, 2011

PRAISE IS ALWAYS IN ORDER

My friends, greetings to you praying that all is well!

As I get ready to facilitate the first SISTERS ROAD TO FREEDOM, INC.'s women empowerment workshop tomorrow, God shows me just how much HE is in control! I praise HIM for being in control. My friends, every time I look around, HE is blessing me. I praise HIM for HIS continued blessings. God just keeps blessing me with praise reports from friends regarding sicknesses; praise reports regarding doors being opened; praise reports regarding re-dedication of lives to Christ! Glory!! I praise HIM for HIS mercy towards me and towards you!

Today, I went to my bank, PNC Bank, and I met a lady who has returned to God's House! We had an awesome time sharing about God's goodness and mercy towards us. She has been a blessing for me today. As we say at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, nobody mad but the devil. Heaven has been rejoicing because this Sister is back at home! I am praising God for touching that Sister, for never, ever leaving her. In the name of Jesus, we will continue to bring lost souls back to the Kingdom of God! Satan has no power, no rule over the children of God. I praise God because Satan has to ask for permission to mess with God's children. God has us covered in HIS loving arms.

I am filled with praise. I am filled with gratefulness. I am overwhelmed with joy by God's continued favor over my life and over the lives of many who I have come to know! Thank you Father. I am calling for all my friends who have left the church; those who have given up hope; friends who continue to straddle the fence; friends who are in shame, hurt and pain; friends who need a true and loving FRIEND. Oh yes! I am calling you because I want to introduce you to a man I know. HIS NAME IS JESUS, HIS NAME IS JESUS! Call on HIM, today, HE is waiting to hear from you. Do not delay.

God bless you all,
Therese from Belize

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yes, I Am A Believer

My brothers and my sisters, I pray all is well with you.

Friends, a simple message for today .... yes, I am a believer!
God has opened my eyes of HIS wondrous power and love! Glory. I am experiencing each day how my faith in God gives me a peace and an understanding that God has everything under HIS control.

Yes, I am a believer that when we give it to God HE takes care of it. He may not do it on our imperfect timing, but HE does it on HIS perfect timing.

James 2:20 warns us, "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (KJV) It is a joy to be serving others.

I am thanking God for SISTERS ROAD TO FREEDOM, INC. for using me as a witness to other women. Yes, I am a believer.


God bless us all,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, July 24, 2011

You Better Recognize

My dear friends, glory and greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

My message for you today ... you better recognize. Yep, you better recognize. Ok, now you are asking me, "better recognize what, Therese?" My friends, I come to tell you that you better recognize Jesus as the Lord and Savior who came in this evil world to die for me and for you, to save us from destruction and damnation. I had to recognized that God wanted to use me for whose I am. HE is not concerned with what I have done because that is what salvation is all about ...God's mercy and grace, HIS forgiveness and redemption. I have recognized that I cannot make it in this world without God by my side. Ok, now you get it, right? How can you recognized? Well, begin to walk and talk and act like you know who wakes you up each and every day; begin to walk and talk and act like you know who is your redeemer, your provider, your healer, your counselor, your faithful and true friend.
Recognizing that God is our Father, the KING of all kings, the LORD of all lords will allow you to see more clearly, think more clearly, and believe in the promises set out for us in the Bible. My friends, my favorite apostle, Paul had to recognize! We see what happened to him! God blinded him on that Damascus road. For three days he was without sight (Acts 8). Some of us have been without sight for many, many years. Why? It is because we just do not want to recognize. Friends, we can get back our eye sights if we only just recognize! Recognize our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. The Christ who walked on this earth, who was persecuted, crucified, died, and was buried. Glory, glory, glory, you see, you know how it goes ... on the third day HE rose from the grave and is now seated with our Lord God! I cannot wait to get before the Son. Glory. Glory.

Thank you Father for bringing me to the point of recognition. Friends, I do pray sincerely that you will recognize; recognize today, do not delay for tomorrow is not promised.


God bless,
Therese from Belize

Friday, July 22, 2011

When Prayers Go Up, Blessings Come Down

Friends, I greet you, in the precious name of Jesus!

As I enter into the weekend, I am like a kid at the candy store! All happy and joyful, merry and cheerful, even skipping and singing! God is good. I am a true believer and a witness of the power of prayer. Today, I have gotten several praise reports in all aspects of life, that is, spiritual, financial, medical! Glory.

James 5:13-16 tells us, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (KJV) Glory.
What more do we need but to sing if we are merry and pray if any is afflicted? My friends, let us continue to trust in the Lord and HE will direct our paths.

I believe in the power of prayer. Do you?

God bless.
Therese from Belize

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birds Of A Feather, Flock Together - Who Is In Your Company?

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus!

As I become more studious in my studies of God's Word, I am finding that the unnamed men and women whose stories are recorded are powerful. Their stories, the faith that they exhibit, the extra mile that they go to bring God's truth to light is exactly why, I believe, we do not know their names. God wanted to show us how the unnamed have passed HIS mighty assignments! Glory.

The Queen of Sheba, from the accounts in both the Book of Kings and 2 Chronicles, was a woman of great wisdom. What is fascinating about this queen is that she did not take the rumors and reports that she heard about King Solomon as gospel truth; she came face-to-face with the king. This queen asked many, many difficult questions of King Solomon, and she was not only impressed, but highly blessed by his wisdom.
1 Kings 10:1-7, "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard." (KJV)

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Stanley, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, asked God's people to reflect today on the company we choose. Rev. Dr. Stanley advised us to choose our companions wisely. In his Morning Reflection, Dr. Stanley suggested, "It is essential to recognize that those that you walk with impact your life. Associate with wise men and you will reap from their wisdom. Walk with fools and you will face destructions. You must choose your companions wisely."

Friends, the Queen of Sheba chose wisely. She chose another wise man to be in her company. King Solomon chose a wise woman to be in his company. Today, let us choose wisely the people we have in our circles. Choose today to have followers of Jesus Christ in your circles. Be wise. As Proverbs 13:20 warns us, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." (KJV) Let's get wise up and get in the company of wise men and women.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Thank You, Father" Is Always In Order

God is so good, HE is so good to me,and to you,and to you,and to you!

Friends, we serve an awesome God! You know that for yourself, right? Today, I was feeling a bit down, you know, not my usual bubbly self. I was thinking too much about some people and some things that have been bothering me. I took this situation to the Lord, and a couple hours later, I received a call, a call that made me smile, a call that got me right back to my bubbly self, a call that told me I need to continue serving God, a call that tells me God's name is being glorified through my words and through my actions. God never leaves HIS children. Psalm 34:17-18, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (NIV) The Lord always hears the cry of HIS children. HE heard my cry today.

Father God, I just thank you for hearing my cry. Please let Your light continue to shine in my life for all men to see, that Your name may be glorified. Thank you, Father. Glory.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

HE IS MINE, I AM HIS

My friends, I pray all is well with you and your families!

Today, I have been singing Pastor Marvin Sapp's, "He Saw The Best In Me". Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, Pastor Sapp sings, "He saw the best in me when everyone else around me would only see the worst in me." Pastor Sapp then asks, "does anyone know what I am talking about?" Yes, Pastor Sapp, I know exactly what you are talking about. As I walk on this narrow road, I realized that carrying some extra weight around with me will not do. I am talking about deadweight. In the song, Pastor Sapp ministers, "HE is mine, and I am His, it doesn't matter what I did, HE only sees me for who I am." That's it. I am a child of God, no matter what anyone says about me or think about me or talk about me. John 1:12-14 says, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (NIV)

I recall a sermon preached by my pastor, Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, titled, Training Day. Rev. Williams had said, "you carry conflict because you carry God's blessings." Yes, praise be to God. Today, I can only ask for God's continued mercy and grace. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (NIV) Friends, I get a peace of joy and understanding when I can see my flaws and faults, but it is even more rewarding when I go to the Lord in prayer and ask God for forgiveness, and for His extension of mercy and grace.

As I close, remember, we must always put on the armour of God. We must know that as children of God, no weapons formed against us shall prosper. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God is our refuge and our redeemer. Sorrow comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. The Lord is my light and my salvation, in whom shall I fear? The joy of the Lord is my strength. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. I will bless the Lord at all times. Hallelujah, glory be to God. Thank you Father.

May God have mercy and grace on us all.

Ta ta,
Therese from Belize

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Extend Mercy

Greetings my friends, in the name of Jesus!

Today, I couldn't help but shout for joy as I think about God's goodness. Noted American clergyman and writer of the 19th century, Maltbie D. Babcock had written, "Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them, the more of them we will see. Blessings brighten when we count them.” Oh what a merciful God we serve. God's mercies have opened the door for me to have mercy on others and others to have mercy on me. I cannot imagine my life without mercies. In this walk with Christ, we need God's mercy and we need to have mercy on others and we need others to have mercy on us.
Be merciful to someone today. It is time to extend mercy the same way God has extended His mercy to us. Matthew 5:7, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (KJV

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It Is Time To Give It All To God

Greetings, my friends!

I pray all is well with you. Today, I have a simple message for you ... GOD wants it ALL today. I am serious, God wants it all. HE wants HIS children to give HIM everything that is bothering them, that is holding them down, that is making them sad ... HE wants it ALL.

Rev. Tina Findley of Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center in Louisville, Kentucky made it clear that God wants to give us healing of everything. She said that as believers, God gives us what she called the "Three "E's" of Healing". Rev. Findley indicated that God wants it all that is why HE gave us an Exodus.

Exodus, indicated Rev. Findley, is God's way of delivering us from captivity. Psalm 34:19, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all." (KJV) God wants it all, and so we must exchange our bondage and baggage with HIM. Rev. Findley said that an exchange is God's way of taking our baggage away. Psalm 30:11, "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness." (KJV) When we have our exodus and our exchange with God, HE gives us that excess. Rev. Findley said that excess is the state of abundance enjoyed by God's children. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (KJV)

Friends, I can tell you from my own personal experience that because I gave it all to God, I am finally reaping the benefits that surrendering to God brings. I have exchanged my shame, my pride, and my fear with the Lord. Now, I am bold, I am humble, I am a witness for our Lord, and I do not fear because I know the Lord is my light and my salvation!

I pray God's mercy and grace.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Monday, July 4, 2011

I AM "B*R*O*K*E*N"

My friends, greetings!

Today, I am rejoicing because I am BROKEN! Yes, a sister once lost now found; a sister who was walking on the wide road of destruction, but crossed over to the narrow road of life!

Rev. Bruce W. Burns, Sr., former Pastor of Keas Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky said that women of God are "BROKEN", and I agree with him! Here is why. Friends, Rev. Burns let women know just how broken we are. He said that women of God are BLESSED; REDEEMED; OVERCOMERS; KNOWLEDGEABLE; ENCOURAGERS; NURTURERS. (Rev. Burns, 3rd Annual Keas Tabernacle C.M.E. Church Women's Day Conference) Thank you Lord, and thank you Rev. Burns for that reinforcement.

Even though Rev. Burns were speaking to women, this message is for men too. As children of God, we must realize that whom the Son sets free is free indeed. John 8:36, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (KJV) When the Son sets us free, HE breaks us away from those things that bring grief to our Lord. Friends, when we are set free, we have broken away from the things and people that had us in bondage.

We can all be BROKEN -- it requires obedience to God; it requires a prayer life, consistent prayer; it requires trusting and depending on God with all our hearts, minds and souls. When we are BROKEN, we are not ashamed to speak of God's goodness, grace and mercy over our lives.

BLESSED - Psalm 1:1-6
REDEEMED - Psalm 107:2
OVERCOMER - Revelation 12:11
KNOWLEDGEABLE - Acts 17
ENCOURAGER - Hebrews 10:24-25
NURTURER - Ephesians 6:4


God bless,
Therese from Belize

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Working Towards Being That Virtuous Woman Of God

Greetings, in the name of Jesus!

Every now and then I do a self-assessment. After having a blessed and successful day with the women, through SISTERS ROAD TO FREEDOM, I knew it was time for that self-assessment. For me, as a single, Christian woman, it is very important, not only for my walk with Christ, but for my own personal life. "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10 (KJV) In my assessment, I found that I must continue to be able to put up with hardships, pain and trouble that come my way without getting angry and upset. I can only deal with those through continuous prayer and self-control. The Holy Spirit, I know, will be my guide. As King Lemuel's mother had prophesied to him, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31, 30 (KJV)



Be blessed,
Therese from Belize

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rejoice With Me!

Greetings, my friends, in the name of Jesus!
Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone! I have been overwhelmed with God's goodness and mercy!

I told my story; I gave my testimony to the readers of the Lexington Herald Leader. As I look back at how far God has brought me, I just want to shout, shout, shout with everything I have in me! I am giving God the glory for HE has given me the gift of salvation; HE has redeemed me!

Friends, today I am asking you to rejoice with me for I have found that piece which I had lost! That missing piece .... my sweet Jesus! Luke 15:10, "Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." (KJV) As my pastor, Rev. Felix G. William, III always declare, "aint nobody mad but ... the devil!"

I found my way home, a sinner once lost but now found. What a peace and joy I have in my heart, way down in my heart!

I will forever put my trust in the Lord.

Be blessed,
Therese from Belize

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Support Sisters Road To Freedom, Inc.

Greetings, my friends!

I am so thrilled to let you know of Sisters Road To Freedom, Inc. It is a ministry providing inspiration and encouragement to women. This ministry is as a result of my walk on the road to freedom, that is, road to life. As Matthew 7:13-14 tells us, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (KJV)

Sisters, it is time we get on the road to freedom. It is time we get serious about our walk with Christ. I pray that you will support this ministry. I pray that you will join me on this narrow road, the road to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

These bowls can be yours in support of the ministry for a donation of $20.00 or $15.00. Please contact me at theresewarrick@insightbb.com if you would like to support the ministry.

This ministry will be outreaching in the community. There is a "Saturday Interaction" for Sisters scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch located at 1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY. This Interaction of Sisters starts at 12:30 p.m.

I pray you find it in your heart to support this ministry as we reach out to women in the community. Thank you.


God bless.

Therese from Belize
theresewarrick@insightbb.com
(859) 327-6126

Sunday, June 12, 2011

No Shame In Starting Over

My friends, greetings, in the name of the Lord! I pray everything is well with you and your families.
Thanks to Facebook, I have been reconnecting with high school classmates, neighborhood friends, and meeting new friends. Some are not surprised by my passion for ministry, while others are quite surprised that I am following the Lord! You see, I have not always been on the road to life. I thank God for my new beginning, for my new starting over in life!

You remember a TV show called, "Starting Over"? It is an American reality TV show that followed the lives of women who were experiencing difficulty in their lives and wanted to make changes, with the help of life coaches. Six women at a time worked to overcome obstacles and worked to meet personal goals. When it was determined that a woman had met all her goals, she "graduated" from the house and was then replaced by a new roommate. On the other hand, if it was determined that she had not met her goals, she could be put on probation, or even asked to leave. (Wikipedia.org) My friends, God gives us a fresh start each and every day when He wakes us up. God promises us that if we obey His commandments we will be rewarded in Heaven. The great Psalmist, King David, reassures us in Psalm 145:14 that "the Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down." (KJV)

To get a fresh start in life, we do not need to hire any life coaches, we do not need to go on any reality tv show; we only need God in our lives. In these bad economic times, everything God wants to give us and do for us is FREE! God promises us success, long life, peace, happiness and joy when we obey His commandments. I am a "Start Over" woman. Thanks be to God, I am redeemed, and God gave me a fresh, new beginning to start over. I got that start over when I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior. I confessed my sins and I was forgiven. I asked the Lord to create in me a clean heart and to renew my spirit.

Starting over is the best decision you can make in these last of times. When God gives us a fresh start, a starting over, and we strive for obedience to His will, we enjoy God's grace and mercy and favor! When we start over and strive for obedience to God, Romans 5:1-5 tells us, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (KJV).

Friends, have you been thinking about your new beginning? Have you been thinking it is time for a fresh start? Today is the day. Make that decision. There are three easy steps in starting over:
1)ADMIT that you are a sinner. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
2)BELIEVE that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, on this earth. Jesus was crucified, He died and was buried. But on the third day, He arose from the grave. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
3)CONFESS your sins and ask God to come into your heart. "For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

My friends, three easy and simple steps, no life coach is required to take these steps. Do it today, do it now because tomorrow is not promised. I pray today for God's mercy on us; I pray that we may walk in the path of the Lord. I pray that you will be courageous and get your new beginning.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Monday, June 6, 2011

Passing A Process To Receive The Blessing

Greetings my friends, in the name of Jesus.
I remembered back in 2009, Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams-Bryant told women at the Sisters Keeping The Covenant conference in Lexington that intercession is an "at-risk" procedure, but women must become bold and partake in such procedure.

Last night, at Joint Heirs With Christ Ministry in the village of Ladyville, Belize District, Pastor Oscar of Santo Domingo, preached that "you have to pass a process to receive a blessing." What is that process? The process, preached Pastor Oscar, is intercession through prayer and fasting. He says that you must pray to get the blessing.

My Sister, Inda, and I had studied early Sunday morning the text found in 1 Samuel 1:9-13, where we are told of Hannah's distress for a son. Hannah prayed to the Lord continuously, she cried bitterly as she prayed, she prayed silently; she prayed with her lips moving but no sounds coming out. Pastor Oscar in his sermon directed the congregation to the same text Ind ns I had studied earlier in the morning, 1 Samuel 1:9-13, "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard..." (KJV) In verse 19, we see that Hannah's prayer was answered, Hannah got pregnant with a son. Glory!

Friends, when we pray continuously and unceasingly God will answer our prayers. What are you praying for today? Are you praying continuously and unceasingly? Are you fasting? Are you praying believing that God is hearing your cry as He did with Hannah? Friends, prayer is the key, prayer is the key. Keep God first, believe in His promises, and just keep praying unceasingly. I thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit.

God bless,

Therese from Belize

Monday, May 30, 2011

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Greetings friends, in the name of Jesus!
Pastor Anna Davis, Pastor of Christ Temple New Assembly Church, during the Home Going of Sis. Mary Etta Coleman, said that there are so many hypocrites in the church who profess to be Christians yet our actions and behaviors indicate differently. I have been pondering on her words because she was right.

My friends, one of the things we grapple with as believers is what and who to let go. We cannot follow the ways of the world yet follow Christ. In the First Epistle of John 2:15, we find where John is warning us, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (KJV) This warning right here just let us take heed that we need to let go of those who do not follow the ways of the Lord.

Living for Christ means praying, studying, reaching out to those who need our help and uniting with other believers. Striving to live the life that is pleasing to God requires us giving up the things of this world. The things of this world are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (Galatians 5:19, 21, KJV). Friends, I know that it is difficult for us to give up certain things but that is where we need to call on the Holy Spirit for help. My pastor, Rev. Felix G. Williams, III, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, had once said, "sin is delicious." Yep, the things of this world are sweet, but these very sweet things will cause us our own destruction and send us to hell.

What better time than now to take a good look at ourselves, take a good look at our walk and make some serious and sincere adjustments in our lives as we strive to serve the Lord. Jesus Himself, in the Gospel of Matthew 7:21, warns us, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (KJV) Friends, as we look over our lives, is our behavior, is our action in alignment with the will of God? I am still a work in progress. I am striving to live that life that is pleasing unto to the Lord. However, the human that I am, the flesh that I grapple with each and every day, sometimes I fail, sometimes I fall, sometimes I do things outside the will of God. However, when I fail and when I fall, I call on the name of Jesus. I pray each day for the Holy Spirit to come into my heart, for the Holy Spirit to create in me a clean heart and renew my spirit. As disciples of Christ, our actions and words , the way we live our lives must be lined up in the accordance with the will of God. How do we get in the will of God? How do we get out lives to align with the will of God? We can through letting go by prayer, fasting and getting in obedience with the way of the Lord. It is not easy, but it is achievable. Let go and let God.

May God bless you,
Therese from Belize

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Sister On The Road To Freedom

Greetings, my dear friends!
I pray all is well with you! Oh my, my, my! What a mighty God we serve! The Holy Spirit is working with me, I tell you, working with me to stay on the road of freedom. You see, these past few days I have been battling with the flesh, you see, battling to not be mad at the world, and get off the road. I just thank God for His Holy Spirit and the conviction that the Holy Spirit brings. The Holy Spirit has been telling me to stay on the road, that is, the road to freedom!

The Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 7: 13-14 says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (KJV) As you know for yourself, it is very difficult to walk on this narrow road. On this narrow road, we have to make difficult decisions, decisions we certainly grapple with because we want to do it our way, instead of God's way. My friends, you best believe that I am a sister striving to stay on this narrow road, so I am letting go and let God. Despite the fall I had yesterday, and the falls I have had in years gone by, God reminds me that today is a new day! I have another opportunity to get it right with Christ.

John, in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12:11 tells us, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (KJV) My friends, I am an overcomer, I am not a wimp. I will overcome Satan because I am covered under the blood of Jesus. I will overcome the hurt and pain by the word of my testimony! If I didn't have the past that I have, if I didn't do those things which were unpleasing to God, I wouldn't have a testimony today. You see, by Jesus' stripes, by the blood that Jesus shed for me on Calvary, I have been made whole. I am redeemed and I thank God for my redemption. Glory!

My friends, all I am trying to do is stay on this narrow road, the road to freedom, the road to life. So today, I declare publicly to Satan and his cohorts, leave me alone, I belong to Jesus. My testimony is that I am healed, I have been made whole, my sins are washed away by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am redeemed, sanctified and blessed. I pray that you overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimony. Stay on this narrow road,the road to everlasting life.


God bless.
Therese from Belize

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Lord Hears The Cry Of His Children

My dear friends, I pray all is well with you!
I just want to thank the real women of God, the real men of God who have consistently and continually kept me in prayer. I have been on a roller coaster ride these last few months, and let me tell you, I do not like roller coasters. However, each day God wakes me up; I thank Him because He did not have to favor me with breath! Thank you Jesus that you have me clothed in my right mind! Taking these roller coaster rides have allowed me to laugh, to cry, to read, to study and to testify about God’s goodness in my life. Every time I am at the point of falling, God lifts me up and hold me in His tender loving arms! Thank you Father.

My friends, I am not ashamed to let you know I have some good days, I have some bad days, and I even have some in-between days! Glory. I am shouting glory hallelujah today because Satan is defeated, in the name of Jesus. Friends, Satan has a way of lurking in the bushes, just waiting to catch me when he sees an opening. Today, I am declaring in the name of Jesus, he will keep watching because I will work on closing every crevice, every opening, and every space. I am not allowing Satan to steal my joy, you see, my God has given that joy to me! I may not have silver, I may not have gold, but I have the love of Jesus and that is more than silver and gold put together!

As I read the scripture, taken from Psalm 34:8-17,
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth
in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that
fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek
the LORD shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto
me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth
life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good;seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” (KJV)

Today, I know that the Lord hears my cry, and I believe and I declare that HE will deliver me out of all my troubles. For that I want to say, thank you, Father. Thank you Father for Your deliverance, for Your mercy, for Your grace, for Your love, for Your forgiveness of my sins. Thank you Father for redeeming me. Now, I will keep pressing on, I will keep moving forward, for this is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Friends, put that smile on your face knowing that the Lord will deliver you from all your troubles. Keep pressing on, keep moving on, keep praying steadfastly and continually for the Lord hears the cry of His children.

Glory!! Glory, hallelujah!!!

God bless,
Therese from Belize

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Queen Esther's One Night With The King

My friends, I hope you are doing well and being blessed as I am!


As we celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow, and Rev. Price posed the question,"Who is your favorite queen in the Bible?", I immediately thought of Queen Esther as my favorite queen in the Bible. Queen Esther exemplified courageousness, faithfulness to God, and the love she had for her people. Esther, a young lady who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, became the Queen of Persia. The importance of her story is that she had faith in God that He would deliver her people, the Jewish people, from the hands of Haman who wanted to destroy them. Esther went before the king and told the king exactly what she wanted him to do for her and her people. You see, my friends, she was being in obedience to God, she fasted, she had patience, she prayed and she had faith that God would allow the king to hear her. She stepped out on faith when she went before the king. If he was displeased with her, he would have killed her. That was a risk she took because she had enough faith that God was with her. As a result of her obedience to God, and her love for her people, the king gave her what she wanted, that is, set her people free from Haman, who wanted to destroy them.

My friends, Esther had only one night with the king and she was prepared to let him know what she needed for her people. Just the same Esther showed boldness, we must do the same. When opportunity knocks at our doors, we must be ready to say what we need, and when someone needs our help, we must do what God wants us to do. When we do not take the opportunity to be a witness for God or help someone in need, God is disappointed in us. You see, our fear, our timidity may cause someone to lose the little hope they were hanging on to because we did not have the courage to be that witness to them. We must be willing to fight for God's people, we must be willing to step up to the plate when we are needed and when we are called.

Remember what Paul told Timothy, God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). We need to start standing up for what is right, we need to start standing up and be a witness for God.

My friends, do what Esther did, she stepped out in faith. We must live in faith and we must step out in and on faith if we are to be obedient to and be blessed. We must always be steadfast with prayer. Prayer is powerful. God bless you.

Ta ta,
Therese from Belize

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

National Day of Prayer

Hello, I sincerely hope this blog finds everyone at their best!

Today in the United States is National Day of Prayer. I am asking that each of you will please lift up a Sister in your prayers, not only here in the United States, but the world all over. Please lift up Sisters in those parts of the world where the Bible is not being taught, or heard, or seen and where girls and women are raped and exploited and persecuted.

Friends, I am humbly asking that you please pray with me for our Muslim Sisters that they get converted to Christianity. Pray for our Mormon Sisters that they get the power to leave those polygamous marriages and raise their daughters to be fearful of the Lord instead of fearful of Joseph Smith. Pray for our Christian Sisters that they will continue to walk in the light. Just pray, pray, pray, pray. This is the time for intercession and intervention. So please join me today in lifting up our Sisters all over the world.

James 5:20 promises us, “…remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” Today is the day for us as believers to help others who may not know Christ or even those who have fallen along the way. Today is the day to get ourselves renewed, revived, rejuvenated in our walk with Christ. My friends, do it today, do not delay.


I pray for you, you pray for me.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

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