Our Interview with Christian Soul Artist Raquel Herring

Christian Soul Artist Raquel Herring

Christian Soul Artist Raquel Herring

Raquel Herring made history in the 90s on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club.  Today, she’s making musical hits as a Christian Soul Artist.  Listen now as she shares her inspiring testimony.

Follow this link to our interview:  http://bit.ly/2930uyI

 

 

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As Little Children

I’m enjoying my extended visit to Michigan. It’s always good to reconnect and spend time with family.  Last week, I attended my nephew’s end-of-year recital.  I watched in amusement as he, along with his fellow classmates, performed nursery rhymes for proud parents and teachers alike.  They sang, clapped, and stomped to the beat of the music.  How adorable! Children are truly a gift from God.  They’re excellent teachers too.  Have you ever spent time simply observing children?  They’re carefree.  They simply believe.  If you have children of your own, you probably know this already.  If you promise them something like taking them to their favorite park, treating them to ice cream or purchasing a toy they’ve had their eye  on, they fully expect you to do what you say.

As I reflect on my nephew’s performance, I’m reminded of God’s Word that says, “become as little children”.  As adults, we’re to believe the Word of God just like children.  We’re to believe like that group of singing 2-year-olds that brought so much joy to their parents as they performed.  Admittedly, that can be a hard act to follow.  As adults, we become jaded by life’s disappointments and failures.  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when there’s no earthly evidence that what we’re hoping for will ever come to pass.  That’s why we need faith.  And I suspect that’s why God instructs us to believe like children. He knew that life would throw a few curve balls.  Enough to make even the most seasoned Saint doubt the Word of God at times.  If we’re honest with ourselves, I suspect that we’ve all had moments wherein we wondered if God would come through, yet again.  I have.  And I’ve had to humbly repent and ask for forgiveness for doubting the Almighty God.  He has never failed me.  There is no ask that’s too big for God.  As a child of God, you can come to Him fully expecting that His promises will come to pass in your life.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Selah!

Meditate on this:  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name received me.” — Matthew 18:3-5

Pray

Friends, I don’t know about you, but the events that have occurred in Orlando over this last week have deeply saddened me.  It started Friday with the death of 22-year-old Christina Grimmie who was fatally shot by a man who had no apparent connection to the mega talented singer-songwriter.  We all know what followed the next day with 49 innocent people slaughtered at Pulse, a popular nightclub.  And now, we’re getting word that the body of a 2-year-old dragged away by an alligator  into a lagoon near a Disney hotel has been recovered. I don’t know that anyone has words that can bring much comfort to the survivors, victims, and their families at this time.  I can only offer my prayers for healing, peace, and that one day our questions will be answered.  I know that prayer changes things.

Selah!

Meditate on this“Oh Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.”  — Psalm 88:1-2

 

 

Raise Your Expectations…

The guest speaker at a recent women’s fellowship at my church ministered on the subject of hope. It was a great message.  One that had me reflecting over my life even days after the Friday meeting.  Essentially, if  your hope is in God (as it should be), you can always expect good things from Him.  God will cause good circumstances to manifest in your life. Why?  Because God is good. That seems simple enough, but it can be hard to believe at times, especially when things seem to be going all wrong .  What are you to think when you face a series of disappointments? Is God still good?  Assuredly, He is!

The Word of God is clear in Jeremiah 29:11, which states, “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.”  So then, when disappointments come (and know that they will come!), we can still have hope for a bright outcome because our hope/ faith is in God. (Hope and faith are interchangeable).  Our guest speaker reminded us that while circumstances may not always turn out the way we would want, things will still turn out good for us in the end because God is good.  And, since God is good, our expectation should be that good things will eventually take place in our lives.  When our hope is rooted in the promises of God, we can live with expectation knowing that good is on the way.   Rest in the truth that God is able; God is good; and God is willing.  Child of God, I encourage you to raise your expectation and anticipate God’s best to unfold in your life.

Selah!

Mediate on this:  “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” — Romans 5:5