The Power of Words

powerwords

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more inspiring than hearing a good Word that hits my spirit and ultimately changes my life. The blog posts that I create are God-inspired thoughts and messages that are meant to shake up your spirit and help you live your life out loud. I may never know which post touches what person or in what way so I have a goal to just keep on writing and thanking God for whoever’s life may be changed because of my words. Words are truly powerful, which is why the Bible is my lifeline. I will be honest, I have not always understood nor utilized the words of the Bible as a resource. I had to grow into this skill and habit. But…once I gained the knowledge of who I was from the sight of God and learned to utilize the Bible as my primary resource…man has my life changed. Maybe, just maybe reading my words will encourage you to start reading the Bible for yourself or start a more genuine relationship with God. Living for God everyday and enjoying it…now that’s living out loud in my opinion. That’s my one desire…to inspire as many as will to live out loud for the Glory of God! Start reading my blogs from the bottom up, because that is just how God gave it to me…

God has not forgotten about you, He is only waiting to give you double!

double

 

Why does God not answer me? Why in the worst time of my life, when I need God the most, He is silent and I can’t seem to find His direction? If you have ever asked yourself these questions then just know, God has not forgotten about you, He is only waiting to give you double! The key here is OBEDIENCE. God will sometimes allow time for us to decide to be obedient or not. He is testing our will for Him so that He can give His will to us. Even though our will is free, it has benefits and consequences.

This spiritually inspired statement is birthed out of a true story of a family that is near and dear to us (my husband and myself). In this story the wife, who I will call Janice, and her spouse, who I will call Joseph have been married for several years. Now, Janice entered into the marriage with Joseph who had been previously married and had three children of age. I watched Janice through the years of knowing them embrace her stepchildren with much love and acceptance as if the children were her very own. You see, Janice is unable to have children. Instead of being mad at God and living a defeated, unfulfilled life, she embraced the goodness of her circumstances and raised and nurtured children as if they came from her own womb. This is inspiring enough without me finishing the story!

Well…In 2014 I get a message from Janice stating “I’m preggo!” My spirit leapt with excitement, shock, and thankfulness to God whom I knew deserved all the credit. I immediately called Janice and wanted all the juicy details. Janice began to tell me that she had been diligently following her work out plan to lose some weight and live a healthy lifestyle when all of a sudden she noticed her weight numbers were increasing not decreasing. She said she thought to herself “I know I am doing all the right things”. She finally decided to take a pregnancy test and lo and behold…she was pregnant! What a MIRACULOUS God we serve! When I told my husband we yelled, screamed, cheered, and thanked God as if we had won the largest lottery there is. You see, my husband is this couples’ spiritual father and he has spoken many words prophetically over their lives that have come true every time to the tee. Now, this testimony was just another example of God’s anointing on my husband’s life.

I could end the blog here knowing that many people have already been inspired by the end of my last sentence. But…it doesn’t end there! I have to put the icing on the cake. Two years later, year 2015, we get another unexpected message from the same couple with some news. (Now the children that Janice helped raised are grown and living out of the house, with the exception of one who is close to launching from the home). The couple shared with us that they are yet pregnant again…with TWINS! Yes I said it, TWINS! Now…your jaw may be to the floor as you reflect on my previous words that, she could not get pregnant! Right I know, that is just how our God works. He will take what seems dead, unfruitful, least likely and turn it into a blessing for His glory. As probably is expected, my husband and I repeat our response of yelling, screaming, cheering, and thanking God as if we had won the second biggest lottery there is.

Here is the take away…God has not forgotten about you, He is only waiting to give you double the blessings! You see, if you do the math, Janice raised three children as if they were her very own and God then turns around and blesses her with three kids of her very own. She goes from having three children to six, she received double. And I know she received double because of her obedience for the many years she was childless in the flesh, but a mother to many in the spirit. As you reflect on this testimony you may be thinking about your own life and what you are believing God for. If you want double the blessings, check your obedience. Because your obedience may just qualify you for double!

Live out Loud,

Dr. TC

LOL…Live Out Loud!

live boldy

I love the phrase, LOL, which commonly means Laugh Out Loud. I enjoy reading or watching something funny and experiencing that burst of expression of genuine laughter. There is something very spiritually cleansing and healing when we laugh. In fact, researchers have suggested that laughter increases blood flow, encourages a healthy immune response, lowers blood sugar levels, and promotes relaxation and good sleep!* Now, if laughter promotes holistic healing, why don’t we do it more?

This blog title is birthed from the LOL acronym seen on many social media sites, text messages, etc. I believe the expression of laughter connects with the art of living. When we laugh, we live. So if we replace the word laugh with live, we can Live out Loud every day of our lives. Living is not merely just breathing and existing…living involves action, constant movement. If you are not moving in some shape, form, or fashion then you are dead.

I teach the women at my church the art of Living Out Loud through inspirational activities and events. Our God gives us breath day in and day out as a means to truly “live” the life He has prepared for us. A life that is good and abundant with blessings and His glory. God’s breath is action. In order to truly live, you have to be willing to resurrect those things that are dead in your life…spirit, soul, and body. Are you spiritually dead, having no real relationship with God? Are you merely on autopilot in your life? Are you holding on to dead stuff from your past that prevents you from even living in your present, much less your future? Are you physically consuming substances that are literally killing the cells in your body? Are you holding on to dead thoughts, thoughts that lead you towards a slow death, a form of mental suicide? Are you in a dead marriage or relationship that continues to suck the life out of you every day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I challenge you to start Living Out Loud today! Start examining those dead areas and speaking life over them. Start taking ACTION and read your LIVING WORD daily to begin living out loud! (for those that do not know what the living word is…it’s the BIBLE! LOL…for real). This blog is designed to help you do just that…LIVE OUT LOUD! I hope it inspires many to start living a life of purpose and fulfillment and boldly declare through their actions…GOD IS THE SUSTAINER OF LIFE AND I PLAN TO LIVE EVERY SECOND OF IT OUT LOUD!

Live out Loud,

Dr. TC

*Laughter facts found at http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter?page=2. Not all facts are supported by evidenced-based research. Personal research is encouraged to confirm or deny scientific claims.