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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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WAIT ON IT!

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BlogFam!
I hope and pray that 2016 has started off with much excitement and a renewed energy for your life's goals, dreams, and aspirations!  I hope and pray that you are focused and doing all that you can to THRIVE!   And I hope and pray that your desire to grow in the knowledge of our Lord is your highest priority!

Friends, a new year is a new beginning.  New beginnings are opportunities to start over, make amends, get on track, moving in a direction that hopefully is better and more productive than before.  New beginnings  are opportunities to rediscover your purpose and reignite your passion to live your best life.  New beginnings are opportunities for fresh ways of seeing God's movement in your life and for embracing God's will for your life.  A new year is a new beginning.  And a new beginning is full of potential, hope, and promise of brighter days ahead.  
But, BlogFam, do not get anxious or restless or overly frustrated by one inevitable reality that comes with every new beginning... the waiting period.  For with every new beginning, there is a waiting period.  I just want you to know that now.  I do not want you to be blindsided  or caught off guard or feel tricked by the waiting period.  I want you to know up front that there will be a waiting period at the point of every new beginning.

Think about it.  When you begin a new job or a new relationship or move into a new house, there is a waiting period.  We wait for all paperwork to be processed.  We wait for the first phone call.  We wait for the keys to be handed over.  Waiting is an inevitable reality that comes with every new beginning.  

We wait for yes.  We wait for no.  We wait for maybe.  And I love you all too much to let you think that your new beginning will not carry you through a period of waiting.  As fast as you want to jump right in and get things going, at some point, you will have to wait.

And waiting does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong or someone has lied or that circumstances have changed.  It could mean one or none of those things but either way, you will be waiting.  And waiting is good.  I know that you may not want to hear that.  We want everything quick, fast, and in a hurry OR we at least want it to happen in what we personally deem a reasonable period of time that we would consider a quick turnaround in line with our own level of patience.  I know that there are times when I have to wait and in my own mind, I have consciously or unconsciously set a "deadline" for something to happen or for someone to respond, etc.  And that may or may not have been communicated, but that clock is ticking in my head.  What about you?  Let's be honest.   I know we all do.  Even the most laid back of personalities is doing that mental check in that we all do, even if nothing is said.  

And then we still have to wait.

But waiting is good.  Waiting in some respects gives us time to process, to further investigate, to pray, to step back before we engage in something or with someone that with more time have decided is not the best for our lives.  Waiting is good.  Waiting is kind of like a grace period that humbles us and reminds us that we are human and convicts us that God's timing is not our timing.   Waiting is good.  And at some point I hope you recall that someone has, is, or will have to wait for you.  

Friends, EVERYBODY has to wait.  Waiting comes with every new beginning.   Therefore, since we love new beginnings, starting over, starting fresh, we must come to terms with the waiting period that will follow.

So, do not let your waiting be in vain!  Embrace your waiting period as you never have before!  Reprogram your thinking about waiting.  Develop a strategy for what you will do while you wait.  And encourage yourself in your next waiting period.  Above all, TRUST GOD and know this...

They that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. [Isaiah 40:31]

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings! Glory! And Sunshine!
Delesslyn

YOU Don't Know Me Like THAT! [And I Don't Either]

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (2)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
I am on Day 8 of the My Vision Fast.  The My Vision Fast is a 21 day journey to seek and to see God's vision for your life.  For more information, visit www.MyVisionFast.com.  I only mention this because the scripture for reflection is actually the assigned reading for the fast on today.  

Psalm 139:1-12: 

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

BlogFam, YOU don't know me! And that is a true statement when I read our scripture for today.  Actually, if I really think about it, I do not even know if I know me like that.  "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain." [Psalm 139:6]  Have you ever really thought about that?  I mean, have you ever really thought about how much you really do NOT even know yourself and how knowing ALL that there is to know about you is "too lofty to attain?"  

Friends, I have been in many conversations where people claimed that they "know" me.  I have even had experiences where people claim to not only "know" me but they will try to make decisions for me or speak up for me or maybe even try to take my place.  BUT reading this scripture reminds me that if fully knowing myself is "too wonderful for me" and "too lofty for me to attain," how can anyone even attempt to do any of those things?  I do like to think that people mean well but the truth of the matter is that their well-meaning intentions fall short of all that they think they know.

I am continuously and reverently AMAZED at how AWESOME our God is!  And to think that that God is the ONLY one in the universe who completely knows everything there is to know about me and God STILL loves me is worth giving God praise!  I cannot lie.  There are things that I learn about other people and I will adjust my view of them, distance myself from them, limit my conversations with them, and do whatever I need to do to protect myself from them because of what I think "I know" about them.  The flip side is that others have done the same because of what they think they know about me.  Such is life.  We pass judgments and offer critiques and fall in love based on what we think we know about another person.  But this scripture reveals that WE don't even know ourselves, much less a whole other person.

Think about it.  How many decisions have you made based on what YOU think you know about someone?  How many decisions have been made based on what someone thought they knew about YOU?  And the answer to BOTH questions is: Way too many decisions to count in a lifetime!  So, what are we to do with the ignorance that has been revealed to us on today? 

Well, I suggest that we go to the ONE who knows everything there is to know about YOU and ME and EVERYBODY else and still LOVES us anyway!  We go to God and we ask God to help us to get to know ourselves.  We ask God to help us to know what we need to know to be in relationship with our neighbors.  AND we ask God to give us a love for ourselves that helps us to keep one of the greatest commandments which is to LOVE our neighbor as we LOVE ourselves.

That is what we are to do... AND stop acting like you know about others because you probably have only barely scratched the surface of getting to know your own self.

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!!!
Delesslyn
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My First Communion [in 2015]

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (10)
Greetings!

BlogFam, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

This is my first blog post of 2015 and I am excited to be in the groove of writing again.  My goal this year is to post every Monday.  And YES, I know today is Tuesday. [Insert Blank Stare with a Kind Smile here LOL]

Anyway, moving forward, I will do my very best to keep my commitment to myself and to you by sharing a NEW blog post every Monday!  PLEASE do subscribe and share the blog with at least 5 people for me so we can build our blogging community.  Also, feel free to leave a comment on the blog.... though the trend has been for my readers to comment on Facebook and that is cool too!  Lastly, follow me on Twitter @AudraSunshine or @SpiritedConcept AND be on the look out for my NEW YouTube Channel - Spirited Concepts TV - that will launch in the next few weeks!  More information soon...

Now on to the reflection for this morning...

MY FIRST COMMUNION.... I participated in my very first communion when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old.  I honestly do not remember much about it.  I remember that in the tradition of my home church, you could not participate in communion until you were baptized and I I got baptized around that age.  I remember my baptism.  My dad and one of my favorite deacons baptized me at Midway Church - Folsom, LA.  I was wearing a specially made white baptism robe and hat crafted by my grandmother and I was nervous.  I remember all of these people standing and kneeling around the baptism pool watching me and singing and smiling.  It was a very special moment.  A happy time in my life and on my journey as a believer in Jesus Christ.... but I do not have a very clear memory of my first communion.  I just know that it came after my baptism.

I had another first communion just a few years ago.  I was new to the ministerial staff at Salem Bible Church - Atlanta, GA - and I was on the schedule to serve communion.  It would have been my very first time.  I was so very excited to share the elements that represented the body and blood of our Lord.  I prepared my mind and my spirit by fasting a few days that week in preparation for that moment.  I remember that I just wanted to have the right spirit as I served God's people.  Well, on the Sunday morning I was scheduled to serve, there was a very bad storm and since I was staying with a sick relative for the weekend to help care for her, my commute was a longer distance from the church.  I was so determined to make it to church to SERVE my first communion that I pressed my way through the storm and the rain but I was too late.  The elder had already reassigned my duties and I was heartbroken.  I cried.  I cried because I was so prepared and so ready and so looking forward to this moment and I missed it because I was late.  I went to the elder to apologize for my tardiness and to ask for another opportunity.  He graciously accepted my apology, another minister gave up their spot and I served my first communion on the same day in the next service. 

And now to my first communion of 2015...  I decided to launch 2015 in a different kind of way.  On Friday, January 2, I attended a half-day silent retreat that blessed my life.  It was a unique experience in some very obvious ways.  I was the only African American woman and probably the youngest person there except for one lady who brought her twenty-something daughter.  All of the women there were probably old enough to be my mother or grandmother or at least a significantly older big sister.  It was my first time gathering with these women who have obviously known each other for years and who regularly worship, fellowship, pray and commune together.  

I did feel welcome from the moment I entered the door.  It was not way too over the top but just enough to show that they were glad I came.  Now, I am sure that there were a few who might have wondered if I knew what I was doing there and I did get asked the question "How did you hear about the retreat?"  But I did not mind.  It was not the first time I had been the "only one."  The retreat opened with a light breakfast and then we gathered in the chapel for devotion.  We said a few prayers, read a litany, listened to a reading of the Gospel, and enjoyed a sermonette from our retreat leader.  At the end of the short sermon we were invited to receive communion.

I will not lie.  BlogFam, my mind started going in a brief whirlwind for a quick moment because I did not see any gold communion trays that were used in my very first communion, the kind that held individual cups of grape juice.  And I did not see any baskets filled with the pre-packaged communion that many churches use today, including the place where I served my first communion.  I only saw a tray of bread and ONE cup and two women holding out each of these elements inviting us... inviting ME to come.

I had a decision to make and it had to be made quick, fast, and in a hurry.  Do I get up or just sit and observe?  Do I take the bread and skip the wine?  Do I take the bread and dip it in the wine?  OMG!  I have never ever ever drank from the common cup!  Should I wipe my lip gloss off?  Will these white women want to drink after this black woman?  Does this one black woman want to drink after this row of white women?  OMG Again!  What would Jesus do? And Lord, I need you to speak quickly!

Friends, all of these questions were running through my mind and then I found myself standing and walking and thanking God in my spirit and then the tears began to flow...  And as I walked  up to take my first communion of 2015, this older white woman with deep wrinkles and a messy head of curls, looked at me and smiled as she offered to me the blessed body of our Lord.  With tears in my eyes and beginning to roll down my cheeks, I received it.  Then I walked a few steps over and was greeted with another smiling middle-aged white woman with short, straight brown hair who lifted up the Common cup to my lips and invited me to drink.  And I drank.  For as often as you do this, you do this in remembrance of ME.

I walked back to my seat in tears but so full of JOY because I had never participated in Communion in that way in my whole life and I believe the Lord blessed me and freed me to LOVE Him and my neighbors in a better way.  

BlogFam, my first communion of 2015 changed my life and I know I will never be the same.  The Lord invites ALL to participate and remember, to receive His grace and His mercy, to experience peace and community, to enjoy His presence and His promises, and to give and receive blessings at the table of the Lord.  And anytime we exclude anyone from this contact with Him, we are doing a disservice to the Kingdom and misrepresenting His amazing love.   For as often as you do this, you do this in remembrance of ME.... in remembrance of Jesus Christ.  Communion is not a time for just you or just your church or only your traditions or your hangups or your way of doing things in life and ministry.  Communion is for EVERYONE because we ALL need to remember Him often.

Friends, I pray that in 2015, you would have a FIRST Communion with God that will change your life for the better.  I already have!  TGBTG!

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

P.S. - And YES I was crying as I wrote this post because that moment was just so powerful to me... THANK YOU JESUS!!!






Get Yourself READY!!! - Jeremiah 1:17-19

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM Comments comments (0)
Greetings! 

BlogFam as I write this post, I, along with men and women from around the country,  are just over halfway through our 21 day commitment to fast and pray to seek and to see God's VISION for our lives! The MY VISION FAST is an opportunity to focus on seeing God, seeing yourself,  and seeing clearly what God has created you to do and be in this season and in your life. It is in large part a time of intentional preparation to gain clarity about what your next right step must be in order to fulfill the purpose(s) for which you were created.

I am convinced that too many of us want the assignment (Vision) of God without the instructions of God. We want to know the ultimate end but we don't want to take the time to go and grow through the process to prepare ourselves for that end.  This is an unfortunate and lazy attitude to have.  It is unfortunate because lack of intentional preparation reveals a lack of maturity necessary for your spiritual and intellectual development that will aid in accurately attempting and completing your Godly assignment.  It is lazy because lack of intentional preparation also discloses the time that you have wasted in advance of this divine assignment to get your life, relationships, finances, and any other area of your life ready for this new call.

But BlogFam it is not too late! (I hope) 

For today we are reminded in the call story of the Prophet Jeremiah...

17“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.
18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
[Jeremiah 1:17-19]

BlogFam, GET YOURSELF READY!!! In light of these verses and what I have already shared, I do not know what more to add to this directive from the Lord to the Prophet and I believe to us as well.

GET YOURSELF READY!

You can only go so far without intentional preparation.  And yes the Lord can make us ready in ways that we might not be able to see until after the fact. However, do not miss the grace that has been extended to each of us to willingly avail ourselves to be made ready by God so that when the time comes, we can stand up and say/do whatever the Lord commands AND we will NOT be afraid!!!

BlogFam, GET YOURSELF READY! 

  • What do you need to do? 
  • Where do you need to go?
  • How much more do you need of whatever it is you think you need?
  • Are you in the right place spiritually or physically or financially, etc.?
  • When will you start to get yourself ready?
  • What excuses do you need to let go of in order to remove the mental and emotional blocks to your own progress? 
  • What is your next right step? 


Friends, I invite you to take a few minutes on today asking the Lord about the ways that you need to get ready for what's next in your life. I invite you to be open to whatever the Lord's instructions are to you and trust that everything you are going through right now will in some way work TOGETHER for your good.  I invite you to be mindful of the creative ways our God will fortify you so that whatever you are called to face or endure will not overwhelm or overcome you!  I invite you to rely on God to rescue from any person, place, or thing that might seek to distract or destroy you! 

BlogFam,  GET YOURSELF READY! 
And know that our God has been,  is, and will be with you EVERY step of the way!

God Loves You and I Do too! 
Delesslyn

#MyVisionFast 
January 6-26, 2014
VISIT www.myvisionfast.com

What is God's Vision OF Your Life? - Psalm 139:23-24

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
When God looks at your heart, what does God see?  Have you ever really thought about that question?  Most of us will jump to the verse of Psalm 139 that offers a positive image of creation filled with gratitude for the Creator's handiwork in creating us just the way we are... 

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;    
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

We jump rather quickly to how wonderful we are and for good reason.  After all, from the moment of conception, God had a purpose for our lives, a plan for our journey. We pray about that and we sing about that and we rejoice in that.  So, I am not here to burst your bubble.  I do believe that you were fearfully and wonderfully made from the moment God began to form you in your mother's womb.  However, I am also clear that our whole lives are continuing to be shaped into lifestyles that are filled with works of wonder.  I know that full well.  Without a doubt, I know that when God looks at our hearts, everything that God sees is NOT fearful [reverential, honorable] and wonderful.  God sees things that would make any of us shake our head and wonder why did I do this...again?

BlogFam, I can only imagine God's perspective on our lives.  Having infinite knowledge of the plans God has for us to prosper us and the thoughts that God thinks about us for good and not evil, I wonder how God's vision from heaven to our hearts reflects our awareness of the ever present eye of God.  This is truly worth pausing to consider.  We go from day to day, week to week, and month to month living our lives without regard to this this until we have to face ourselves and then we are confronted with the darkness inside of us that has never been hidden from God.

So on today, we are invited to pray the prayer of all prayers, asking God to LOOK AT US.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;    
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,    
and lead me in the way everlasting.


My Friends, what is God's Vision OF your life?  What does God SEE when God searches YOU and YOUR Heart?  Will your heart pass the tests of love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, meekness, and faith?  Is your heart filled with anxiety and worry about what has been or what is or perhaps what will be?  Is there any offensive way in YOU?

Pause and RE-Consider these questions.

We know that God has a plan FOR  your life' but as your life is in this present moment - 
What is God's Vision OF your life?
What does God see about you that is in need of confession and correction,
 revival and re-dedication? 

Pause and RE-Consider your answers.

LORD, SEARCH ME, TEST ME, KNOW ME, SEE ME AND THEN LEAD ME in the way everlasting!!!

God Loves You and I Do Too!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

MY VISION FAST - January 6-26, 2014 - Join men and women from all over the country as we fast and pray to seek and to see God's Vision for our lives.








The Transfiguration - Matthew 17:1-9

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!!!

BlogFam, Please read the following verses from Matthew 17...

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

These verses [including verses 10-13 in the same chapter] are known as THE TRANSFIGURATION.

During this brief moment on the mountain with Jesus, a selected few were privy to a glimpse of the Glory of God as they had never seen it before.  I can only imagine  the thoughts that overwhelmed their minds as they watched their friend transfigure right in front of their eyes.  It was indeed a vision that they probably could not put into words and the words that we read in the verses above cannot fully capture the sights and sounds of that holy moment.

There are so many things I could attempt to say about The Transfiguration that I will reserve but what I would like to highlight is the notion that when we are given the privilege to see the Glory of God in one special moment that is unbelievably amazing, we will be forever changed.  And the VISION that God has allowed the selected people to see is justifiably exclusive to those who were invited to the unveiling and to those who are willing to go where they needed to go to see God in this way.

BlogFam, whether we want to accept this truth or not, we see it clearly illustrated in the verses above.  When God chooses to reveal God's self in ways that give us a closer look into God's character and God's plan, it is NEVER revealed to the masses first.  The preview is given to the visionaries who are OPEN to see God in ways that they have never seen God before.  Everybody cannot handle this.  All of the disciples could not make the trip up the mountain, could not handle what was to be revealed on the mountain and probably would not know what to do with what took place on the mountain.  So, in God's infinite wisdom, only a fraction of the larger group were invited to see Jesus in a new way, in a new place.  

There are so many of our friends and family who do so much talking about wanting more and wanting to experience God in a fresh way but then they close their eyes and stop up their ears and shut down the pathway to their heart because what they really want is NOT something new and exciting that could possibly lead them to go in a  totally different direction.  NO!  The majority of the people really only want to reenact an encounter they had with the Lord God weeks, months, and even years ago that will NOT challenge or disrupt their present reality but just give them a minute surge of inspiration to stay right where they are.  This is so discouraging to others in relationship with them who envision and seek God for so much more!

I do not know what Peter, James, and John expected when they were walking up that mountain but I have to believe that they expected that their lives would never be the same if they just kept climbing upward one step at a time.  BlogFam, I pray that YOU will be the types of men and women who will not look at the mountain and run away or be intimidated by its size or by what you have heard from others who walked away in fear.  

On the contrary, I pray that you will climb upward, expecting to meet God and expecting to SEE God in a new way that just might change your whole life and maybe even the lives of those you left behind.  I also pray that YOU will be changed, that you will be transformed, that you will be transfigured so as to be encouraged and exalted to live as the man or woman God is calling for you to be. 

And in the words of our Lord,  Do NOT be afraid!  LISTEN to what the Lord will say!  And in wisdom, until further instructions, do NOT tell anyone what it is that you have seen on the mountain!


God Loves You and I Do Too!!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

MY VISION FAST- January 6-26, 2014 - Join men and women from all over the country as we fast and pray to SEEK 
and SEE God's VISION for our lives!




The Best Plan - Psalm 33:11-12

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam,
All of us, at some point or another, have made plans.  We have made 

  • school plans, 
  • work plans, 
  • dating plans, 
  • wedding plans, 
  • shopping plans, 
  • grooming plans,
  • eating plans, 
  • family plans, 
  • reunion plans, 
  • bill payment plans, 
  • savings plans, 
  • retirement plans, 
  • housekeeping plans, 
  • car maintenance plans, 
  • [accepted] data plans, 
  • travel plans, 
  • health plans, 
  • strategic plans, 
  • career plans, 
  • parenting plans, and on and on and on and on.  


We have made a lot of plans.  So many of us keep a full calendar of appointments that have to be scheduled and rescheduled, alarms that are set and snoozed, and activities that tend to be fun or complete wastes of our time.  We have all made plans.  

Thus, it is not a surprise that having plans is an ancient practice of nations and peoples.  Having a plan has always been a way to get things done in our lives.  Having a plan is a good thing.  It helps to clarify your goals, assess your resources, keep you focused, and connects you with like-minded individuals and groups with the same plan.  

Having a plan is a good thing but our plans do change, shift, get altered and cancelled.  Our plans, even the plans that are "set in stone" can be overturned by unforeseen circumstances, unwanted intrusions, and unspoken or hidden agendas. 

Furthermore, if you are doing your very best to live a life surrendered to God, your plans - well, it almost seems like a joke to even call them "your" plans - are to be whatever God has planned for your life since you were formed in your mother's womb.  And whatever you thought was a good plan, could very well be outmaneuvered by the Holy Spirit as you seek to fulfill God's will for your life.

So, BlogFam, today's verses are compelling to those of us who are choosing to surrender our plans to God.

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
 he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.                                                      But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,                                                    the purposes of his heart through all generations.          [Psalm 33:11-12]


My Friends, planning is good.  It is good to have a plan.  But it is even better to remain open to the plans of the Lord.  And let me remind you...

For I know the plans I have for you, 
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future.
[Jeremiah 29:11]

These are the plans our God has for each of us and no matter what kinds of plans we attempt to make for our own lives, this is the ONLY plan that will stand firm forever.  This is the BEST plan.

God Loves You and I Do Too!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

MY VISION FAST - January 6-26, 2014 - Please join men and women from all over the country s we fast and pray to SEEK and to SEE God's VISION for our lives!  VISIT www.MyVisionFast.com.



What Does the Lord Ask? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:41 AM Comments comments (5)
Greetings!

BlogFam,
There are some Scriptures that I will read and then I will re-read and insert my name as if I was the original intended audience.  I do this in a way to personalize the instruction, the praise, the encouragement, the comfort, or whatever else I am in need of giving or receiving in that moment.  And on today, YES, I acknowledge that Moses did not have my BlogFam in mind when he wrote the book of Deuteronomy but today I invite YOU to read our selected verses as if he did...

And now, BlogFam [or insert YOUR name here], what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 
[Deuteronomy 10:12-13]

If you have ever wondered, Lord, what is YOUR plan for my life?  What would You have for me to do?  How am I supposed to live in this world?  OR any other question along those lines... well, BlogFam, Deuteronomy 10 is a great place to start if you are trying to discern God's Will for your life.  It is a great place to start because the question posed in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 expresses some of the most basic things we can do as servants of the Most High.  The question posed in these verses essentially summarizes the characteristics of faithful men and women and in and of itself refutes any challenges to what we can offer as our reasonable service unto the Lord.

Again, I ask... Have you ever wondered, Lord, what is YOUR plan for my life?

Here is the answer...

FEAR the Lord your God
BlogFam, this does not mean that we are scared of God as if God is the monster hiding under your bed or other dark places in your life.  This simply means that with everything within us we must reverence God.  We must put God FIRST and live our lives spiritually conscious of God's presence at all times and it is this consciousness that will cause us to consider and re-consider the things we say, do, and think.  It means that in everything we do, we will make every effort to PLEASE the Lord because we do not want to dishonor or disrespect God in any way.

WALK in OBEDIENCE to God
 BlogFam, this is a pretty self explanatory phrase and I know that you have already got in your mind its meaning.  OBEY!  Period.  We are to OBEY the things that we learn to do through reading God's Word.  We are to OBEY the one's that God has allowed to have authority in our lives. We are to OBEY the promptings of the Holy Spirit that leads, guides, and directs us into truth and faithfulness.  We are to OBEY God.  And this also means that we have to be constantly listening and paying attention to the Word the Lord may speak into our lives so that we might know what we are to be doing, how we are to be doing it, and when we are to be doing what the Lord would have for us to be doing.

LOVE God
BlogFam, I know that this might be one of the things that we are commanded to do that we too often take for granted.  We sing songs about loving God and testify about loving God but do we really LOVE God?  How do you know that you LOVE God? How have you expressed your LOVE for God lately?  Does anybody else know by the way that you live your life that you LOVE God?  Or is it a secret LOVE affair?  BlogFam, LOVE God.  I really do not know how else to say this.

But a few chapters earlier, Moses puts it this way...
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
[Deuteronomy 6:5-6]


SERVE the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul
Now, BlogFam, a few of you might be thinking... well, if I am walking in obedience wouldn't that necessarily mean I am also serving the Lord?  And my answer to your smart self would be YES but not completely.  And this is what I believe that Moses is emphasizing here in this phrase.  I believe that we can indeed walk in  obedience, we can be doing those things that the Lord would have for us to be doing BUT we can do those things and our hearts can be far from God.  It is kind of like when people say that others are "playing church."  They know exactly what to do and what to say and it appears that their actions are in line with God's will BUT God sees deeper than we can see.  God looks at our hearts.  So, Moses addresses this by including in his question the very honest acknowledgement that acts of obedience does NOT necessarily equate to a having a heart of service.

BlogFam, we are to serve the Lord from the depths of our hearts.  We are to Love the Lord the very same way.  We are to serve the Lord from a place of sincerity and integrity, honesty and purity.  We are to serve the Lord in a way that transforms us from the inside out.  This is where God looks and  God knows whether or not our hearts are filled with Godly intentions even if our actions look one way to the natural eye.  


OBSERVE the Lord's Commands and Decrees FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
BlogFam, everything that we are commanded to do by God is for our own good!  The minute that we can all TRUST this truth, we will ALL be in a much better place.  Far too often we question or try to modify the commands of the Lord in order to suit our personal preferences in the moment BUT when we TRUST that God is in control of the times and seasons of our lives, we are also trusting that God has our BEST interest at heart.  AND whatever God commands us to do, wherever God directs us to go, it is for our own GOOD.  Do you believe this?  Do you believe that when you are mindful of God's will for your life, that God is also mindful to work everything together for your GOOD?  This is a critical TRUTH that we must all learn to TRUST.  God has in God's mind a plan for our whole life and this plan unfolds as we observe to do and to be ALL that God is calling for us to do and to be.  And God's plan is GOOD.

So, BlogFam, Again, I ask... Have you ever wondered, Lord, what is YOUR plan for my life? If your answer is YES, well, here is great place to start...

And now, BlogFam [or insert YOUR name here], what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

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A NEW Beginning - Genesis 1:1-5

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (4)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
TODAY is the first day of the 2014 My Vision Fast.  On today, men and women from all over the country have committed themselves to fasting and praying to SEEK and to SEE God's VISION for their lives.  Today is the FIRST day and for many, I believe that today is a NEW beginning to LIFE with God!

Now, I know that this might be a bold claim, but that is my belief and this is my space, my opportunity to Speak LIFE and so that is what I did! :-)

YES, I believe that on today, as so many of us commit to fasting and praying to SEEK and to SEE God's Vision for our lives, we are really opening our hearts and minds to a NEW vision of WHO God is to us.  There are so many people who have either lost sight of WHO God is; OR whose vision has become blurry of WHO God is due to complacency; OR others who have simply never ever had a clear vision of WHO God is because they have ignored or never heard of the amazing things God has done or they have witnessed such distorted representations in the lives of those who say they do believe.

There are so many perspectives of God and names for God and on this FIRST day of the My Vision Fast, I pray that you would embrace this opportunity to embark upon a new beginning to LIFE with God!

I am so very EXCITED for all of US who will declare that TODAY is MY NEW BEGINNING WITH GOD!

Now, PLEASE be clear that when you choose to make such a convincing and convicting declaration, YOU are opening your LIFE up to GOD activity that WILL make your life better than life as you presently know it!  Let me explain...

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty,darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. [Genesis 1:1-5]


In these few verses, basically God had created something and that something needed to take shape and to be filled because what God had created as the heavens and earth was formless and void.  So, from the infinite view of God's perspective, God called forth exactly what God knew the heavens and the earth needed.  And while many parts of creation came later, as you can read in the verses after the ones I have selected, I think it is NO mistake that the very first part of the creation story acknowledges God calling forth LIGHT.  And God called the light "day" and the darkness God called "night."

BlogFam, on today, I admit that there are areas of my life that are formless and empty.  There are areas of my life that NEED the presence of God to hover and then speak a LET THERE BE.... and whatever needs to be WILL be.  AND it will be GOOD!

Friends, what about you?  

BlogFam, I just want to encourage you ALL to know that if you need a NEW beginning on this day, GOD is the God of new beginnings and God has the infinite perspective of your life that will afford God the privilege to call froth LIGHT and everything else that you need to be all that God has created and called YOU to be.  AND because it will be God who will be doing the calling forth, LIFE WILL BE GOOD.  

And yes, you will still have ups and downs, hurt and pain but because you have allowed God to shape and fill your life, God's presence will not only hover in those times, but God's presence will break in and call forth whatever you need in that moment to be healed, set free, and delivered.  And LIFE WILL STILL BE GOOD!

So, on today, I declare that this is YOUR day to embrace a NEW beginning to life with God!

Please do NOT be afraid of what God sees as God hovers over your life as it is, just know that God's infinite perspective of your life is so far beyond your imagination and IF you allow God to call forth LIGHT and everything else that YOU need to shape and to fill your life, LIFE WILL BE GOOD!

My Friends, Make this declaration with me - 
TODAY is MY NEW BEGINNING WITH GOD!

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

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NEW YEAR, NEW LOVE [Introduction]

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:14 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BlogFam!!!

I just want you to know that I only have one defining truth as I begin this brand new year.  I do not have a list of things that I have resolved to do or not to do.  I have ONE thing that  impressed my heart in prayer on this morning and I will share my prayer, my defining truth for 2014 with all of you...

Lord, YOU are my one true love and I want to love you extravagantly!

I know that this might not be much to you, but loving God with EVERYTHING is the least that I can do for all that God has done for me.  I have definitely loved people and I have been in love but there s NO love in my life that can remotely compare to the love I know that God has for me.  And being reminded of that truth, I want to do so much better in the ways I love My God back.

There are two ways I want to do begin to do this:

FIRST - I want my love for God to embody one of my many favorite passages of scripture:  Philippians 3:10-11 [AMPL]
 10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

SECONDLY - I want to recommit to giving God the BEST and my FAVORITE part of the day which is the morning.
Psalm 63:1-4 [KJV]
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

AND I also enjoy The Message version of this same passage... 
Psalm 63:1-4  [MSG]
1-2 God—you’re my God!
    I can’t get enough of you!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
    traveling across dry and weary deserts.
2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
    drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
    My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
    My arms wave like banners of praise to you.

So, that is it BlogFam!
I want to spend my year IN Love!
I want to spend this year giving and receiving AGAPE LOVE...  What about you?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW LOVE!
God LOVES You and I Do Too!
Delesslyn

P.S. - The 2014 My VISION FAST begins on Monday, January 6, 2014!!!  PLEASE visit www.MyVisionFast.com for more information!!!  I hope that you will join men and women from all over the country as we fast and pray to SEEK and to SEE God's VISION for our lives!