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The Spiritual Growth Process!


The Spiritual Growth Process!

Humans all go through the same human experience of growth.  You are first an embryo, a fetus, a baby, a toddler, and childhood.  We all have to submit to the process, it is part of the deal of eventually becoming an adult; some get stuck in the teenage years.  Those that get stuck refuse to grow up and remain in the mindset of a youth.

It is not a good look for a 40-year-old man to still walk around with his pants sagging and his underwear showing.  It is not a good look for a 45-year-old woman to dress like a school girl showing off a body that has long past the mini skirt age.  The only thing worse than these examples is a Believer acting like an unbeliever or a baby Christian.

We all need to continue to grow in Christ; that won’t happen if you never pick up God’s word.  We need to invest in our salvation, you can start the New Year out right by purchasing “In the Cool of the Day,” this tool will assist you in the areas of growth.  You have bible verses for the day, a story to illuminate the text and prayer objectives.

The journal even has lines for writing what you gleaned from God’s word that day.  Spiritual growth is mandatory or you will be picked off by the enemy.  He (Satan) is looking for those sheep that stray and leave the pack.  That will not be you in 2019, you are going to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Prayer Focus: Father God, we pray this day that every reader has re-committed their lives to growing in Christ for 2019.  It is our hope that they will demonstrate this commitment by purchasing “In the Cool of the Day” as a seed of faith for 2019 in Jesus name.

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 3:14-19 New Living Translation Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth 14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

 2019 The Year of Mind and Heart Changes!

Pastor Edward Williams  1 Corinthians 2:16” Books available now in ebook format.



A seat at His table!

Thankful to have a seat at the Kings table.

Matt 22:1-14

I am captivated by this parable where Jesus speaks to the fact that God has prepared a table before us and has called all his guests for a seat at his table. Many may have not known the benefits that went along with that so they shrugged it off. Then I find that Our Heavenly Father extended his grace to others the good and the bad to offer a seat at his table he has prepared. I never knew the significance of these passages of scriptures to our every day lives in Christ. (He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. (Psalms23:5) At his table we have his grace, blessings, protection, and provisions and so much more. We are treated with such honor as his children.

Not only is it an honor to be invited into the kingdom but we are clothed in special wedding garments. (Christ) Holiness, Cleaned/spotless, and honored as his peculiar people.

But then as I look further at the passage, it states that someone came to the table without his wedding garments. I take it as he was not saved. And he was cast out. Perhaps he has seen all the blessings of the saved and wanted them too but without accepting the Son as his Savior.

Imagine wanting the blessings of God that come through acceptance of the Son but not wanting to honor the Son with his life. And At his wedding feast at that. Nerves right?

I guess it’s no difference if we say Lord, Lord but don’t really make him Lord of our lives. How can we expect to have a seat at the table and all blessings that go with it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alexis Smith

Prayer Power

A prayer of faith avails much.  James 5:15

There are so many books on prayer today and we are constantly reminded that prayer changes things. But why is it so hard to do it. What makes it so difficult to pray.

There are so many different reasons like, lack of time, self -reliance, thinking our issues are not important enough or just a lack of faith, to name a few.

I’m sure we can identify with some of those and of course, we rationalize in our mind why we don’t pray and we can make a really good argument about it. But we cannot deny that many of us have had our prayers answered and know others who have had also. Deep down we know that God indeed does answer prayer.

I think the first hurdle to get over is to pray to God in Jesus name. Getting past all the obstacles that keep us from going to him and telling him all about it. Not because he doesn’t know but because you are trusting him with a solution to the problem.

When my youngest daughter got sick I felt so helpless to help her. I took her to doctor after doctor trying to find a solution to her failing health. Sure I prayed, But I was also looking for answers in so many other directions. I think when you are hit with devastating circumstances it knocks you off balance if your eyes are not focused completely on God. I was in a state of panic I had to pull from everything I knew about God and his truth to help me to believe and then trust in his power to help my little girl.

Needless to say, it was a very challenging time that not only kept me on my knees but it also showed me the power of God step by step. It took almost a year for us to get a diagnosis and a solution to her health problems but God bought her through it. During that time I have seen the hand of God carry us through every step. Each one leading us to the next and closer to our solution. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But the lessons of faith I don’t regret. We had our church family praying also and God showed us his mighty power to save. This also taught me that it’s okay to ask for the prayers of the saints of God. People you know will take your case seriously before God. We are sometimes taught to be private with our business but as a Christian, it is important to know that it’s okay to have a prayer group or prayer partner to agree with in prayer. It’s very powerful and not only binds us together in love but it also builds our faith in God together. Sometimes you just need that extra support when you are discouraged or when your faith is weak. My prayer group and family was a great comfort and support to us during that time. (James 5:14, Matt.18:19)

It’s all about faith in God.

When you pray do you believe that God can do what you ask or give you a solution to your problem?

That is a key factor in getting an answer to your prayer. I will say like many, I believe God can do anything but still ask the question; Will he? I think with every experience we face God has already given us the victory. But sometimes we don’t attain it because of our own unbelief.

God’s word Says:

The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much James 5:16

The prayer of Faith will heal the sick. James 5:15

But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. James 1:6a

..That if two of you shall agree on earth touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father. Matt 18:19

Acting on your faith.

Faith without works is dead. James 2:14-26

Do you believe God will answer your prayers? Then by faith, you will follow him based on that belief. But if you don’t believe you will do nothing.

To give you an example of this: When we were going through treatment for my daughter’s condition she had been miraculously scheduled for surgery within weeks with the only doctor in California that could treat her, due to a last minute cancelation. Her surgery was a success. We praised God. But a few months later I felt my faith was being tested again because her symptoms came back. We believed God would heal her and to have to deal with this again put me into prayer combat mode. I didn’t have to relearn that lesson. I prayed to God again and asked for a solution. The Doctor was away at a convention and was on his way out of the country so I was told to talk to another doctor since her surgery was already done. I prayed to God that he would work things out for my daughter again and her surgeon contacted me within that week to bring her in to see him before he left out of the country. We did and they scheduled an emergency surgery the next day to do more work. I was told because of her age the first surgery didn’t work. So this time her surgeon was praying with us that God would guide him. God answered our prayers again and it brought us to our knees in gratitude for his faithfulness. She has been symptom-free now for almost a year and is leading a healthy life, thanks to God and those doctors and nurses that he lead us to. Needless to say, if I would have just sat there just believing that God would heal my daughter and not putting action with it to follow him for a solution I don’t think the outcome would have been the same.

I can think of so many failures I’ve experienced just because I have not put my faith into action. We can pray all day and ask God to help us but if we don’t lift a finger in obedient action we are not putting ourselves in the position to receive the blessing. Example: If you pray for a certain job but fail to put in an application. But by faith you put in the application, go through the steps to qualify and leave the outcome to God. If it’s for you, it’s yours.

As simple as it sounds it happens far too often and we blame God for not coming through. God answers our prayers and sometimes not the way we expect. I was hoping for instant healing of my daughter but through the months of following his direction, he led us to the victory months later.

Having a receivers mindset: 

Having Faith in God means to know without question that whatever He answers he knows what is best. Walking in trust and expectation we seek the answers to our prayers. Asking, seeking and knocking and the doors will be open to us. (Matt 7:7)

What do you desire? Ask God, Seek his will and Knock, do whatever he tells you to do. He will give you an answer to your prayer according to his will. (1 John 5:14-15)

According to your faith be it done unto you. (Matt 9:29)

Alexis Smith


3 Tips to having Peace Everyday

3 Tips for having peace Every day!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Prov.3:5-6

Think about it, We face so many things on a daily bases and with life moving so fast we find it necessary to make hasty decisions. Sounds familiar?  The stress of not fully knowing if we made the right decision and what kind of results to expect can be unsettling. What if we could be confident in every step we take and every decision we make? Wouldn’t that give you great peace of mind, knowing that everything will work out for your good?

The Bible shows us just how to do that. Let’s look at Proverbs 3:5-6 more closely.

Tip #1:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

Trusting in the Lord can be difficult at times especially when you are so used to just trusting yourself and making your own decisions.  I have had to relearn this so many times and I am still practicing this simple but powerful action. These truths have helped me thus far, to reflect on who God is and how he wants to be included in every aspect of my life; Nothing is too small for him to want to help with and there is nothing too large that he can’t handle, and Reflecting on what the bible says is true about God,

“God is our Refuge and strength an ever-present help in time of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Now unto him, that is able to keep you from falling.” Jude 1:24

“Be strong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;” Jeremiah 31:3

These are just a few. But you get the point. When you know someone is for you 100% and wants what is best for you, wouldn’t you trust them? Now reflect on that and know that’s how God is towards us. But with an all-knowing eye and an all-powerful hand.

So in times of decisions bring it to him first, ask him for his direction.

This brings us to our second tip:

  1. Lean not to your own understanding;

It is so easy to think we have it all figured out. I know for me I’d think a situation is one way but after consulting with the Lord in prayer he shows me a totally different solution with a totally different understanding and perspective. It has saved me from making many stupid mistakes and has also given me great peace in knowing God’s truth.

The Bible states:

“His ways are higher than our ways. Isaiah 55:8-9

“God sees not as man sees.” 1Samuel 16:7

 There have been times when I have been hurt or upset about an offense but after submitting it to the Lord, He gave me the big picture and then the wisdom to deal with it appropriately. He has helped me see things through the eyes of Jesus, which is Love. It has been a great comfort.

This brings us to our 3rd tip:

3) “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

In every decision, every concern… in everything, bring it to God in prayer. There is a song that says, ”Oh what peace we often forfeit and oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not take it to the Lord in prayer;”  Old habits die hard, I get it. But making a habit to pray first will help you not panic later. You can be confident that He knows what is best for you and those you love.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Look for his direction and follow it. Many times we know what we should do but we don’t want to do it.  This is where we must really decide on who we are going to serve; Ourselves or the Lord?

If we obey the Lord we will have blessings, joy, and peace;  We will have the assurance that he knows the whole picture, and wants what is best for us. Knowing this and acting on it will give you Great peace every day.

“The Peace of God that passes all understanding, shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7


Alexis Smith

Sometimes You Have To Survive The Storm, By Coming In On The Broken Pieces

By:Pastor Apostle Charles Willis

Sometimes You Have To Survive The Storm, By Coming In On The Broken Pieces
What you are trying to make happen may fall apart; but you don’t have to fall apart with it.

Don’t kill yourself because things are hard, and it looks as though you can’t survive without it.

Don’t go down with the ship, get on top of the broken pieces and ride them to shore.

Even though your situation may be over, your life is not over.

Your bad experience will work for your good, if you don’t give up. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you will walk into another chapter of your life.

In the Holy Bible Acts 27:41-44 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul (or whatever your name is), kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast first and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

Just Don’t Give Up. “You Are Going To Make It” Even Though You May Have To Come In On Broken Pieces……

Must you always speak your mind?

Must you always speak your Mind?

It’s something to hear people talk to each other especially when they feel they have the right to say whatever they feel like saying, dumping all their acid from their heart all over the person. All for the sake of “truth’ and “freedom of expression”.  When, what they are saying is just plain rude and hurtful, leaving the person feeling unloved and uncared for. But “they feel good” because they were able to get it all off their chest. But at what cost?

The Bible gives us instruction on how we are to communicate with each other.

In Colossians 4:6 (NIV) it states: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

 And in Eph 4:15, it states: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ.”

Even though there are many scriptures that speak to this, I thought these two would do fine.

I can speak for myself when I say, It’s easy to point out flaws and problems in others, especially when it’s a spouse or children. But it is so hard expressing those issues without sounding judgmental or critical.

I know as Christians we sometimes feel the need to correct or be the “voice” of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life. But this can, unfortunately, turn us into “the spiritual police” or the “Judge and Jury” and always saying  “Guilty”.

I believe this is not what Christ meant when he said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace”,

Grace, as undeserved favor, kindness and forgiveness toward a person. Considering their feelings, their frailties, their issues, their struggles and the fact that they are imperfect just like us.

One scripture I try to live by that helps me to be graceful is in Romans 15:1-NIV: “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves.”

It helps me to be patient, understanding and not so desperate to get my feelings heard. We are all at different levels in our walk. We may see all the flaws but what you may not know is how far they have come. Your words can give them hope or give them discouragement. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)

So should you just say what you want? Should you give someone a piece of your mind?

No, we shouldn’t. I know it’s hard sometimes but we have to take ourselves out of the equation. It’s not about us really! It’s about the Christ in us. The “Truth”. That is why it is very important to pray first, for yourself and that person. Tell Jesus all about it. Allow him to shed his light on the situation. He will give you understanding and guide you on what to do. He may use us to speak for him but it will be based on his truth, not ours.

That is where the other scripture come into play, ‘Speak the truth in love…” I think sometimes we get so caught up in trying to get heard that we forget about this major component, “Love”.  Think about it, Love is patient, kind, not prideful, selfless, not vindictive, not faultfinding, peaceable, well behaved, hopeful, persistent, persevere, protective and rejoices in the truth.  (1Corinthians 13: 5-6) I know this is a tall order but it is what is expected as Christians.  God says to Love each other, (1 Peter 4:8) “Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.”

Imagine how powerful that would be in a person’s life to know that you care more for them then your feelings about the offense/sin. You care that they receive all their blessings from God and that you want to rejoice with them living in the truth of God.

That is why the bible says to get the beam out of our own eye before we try to remove the speck for our brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 “paraphrased”)

Our beam is “self”.  We can only see clearly when we look through the eyes of Jesus.

So, in closing, If God uses us to speak,  we should humbly speak the “mind of Christ” not our own.

May God help us all,  is my prayer.

Alexis Smith

A Mother’s Prayer 



It is so important that we pray for our children. In this new age of parenting our children is most difficult. It seems there is more for them to be confronted with.

May the beauty of your spirit be so evident in us that we will be a godly role model for our children. Give us the communication, teaching and nurturing skills that we must have. Make us parents you want us to be and teach us how to pray and truly intercede for the life of our children. Lord you said in your word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). In Jesus’ name I ask that You will increase our faith to believe for all things You’ve put on my heart to pray for concerning our children.



Dr. Lorena Buckner,

Looking Forward to the Future


Lonzo Lucas, Judge (ret)

Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, recounts, “In those long midnight hours when morning seems like weeks if not years away, the words of Howard Thurman have kept watch with me.” Howard Thurman, minister, philosopher, and educator, at the time of his death in 1981, had taught and lectured at over five hundred institutions and around the world. He wrote more than 21 books of spiritual discovery and inspiration.

In his book, For the Inward Journey, he shares an experience in his life. As he walked across a field in La Grange, Georgia he came upon an old man planting pecan trees. The little trees were not more than two and a half to three inches in height. Why did you not select larger trees so as to increase the possibility of your living to see them bear at least one crop of nuts? Dr. Thurman inquired.

With a gaze that took in the totality of Dr. Thurman’s features, the old man replied, these small trees are cheaper and I have very little money. So you do not expect to live to see the trees reach sufficient maturity to bear fruit. The old man replied no, but is that important, all my life I have eaten fruit from trees that I did not plant, and besides the man who plants because he will reap the harvest has no faith in life.

The truth of the matter is, much of life is made up of reaping where we have not sown and planting where we shall never reap. Now in exactly this way, let us consider another dimension in the brotherhood of man, that is the disposition of our future interests and our assets. In that regard I shall share a few tips and insights on the administration of a living trust.

Generally, the post death administration of a living trust is much easier and less cumbersome than that of a probate. In each situation, many of the same events occur. The descendent’s debts, expenses and taxes are paid and the balance is distributed to the descendents named beneficiaries. The main distinction is that if the decedent (the person who makes a will/trust and dies) has properly transferred his/her assets into the trust, there is no probate action required, and that will save the beneficiaries a plethora of headaches and problems. It is important to note that probate court and related fees, which are based on the dollar value of the decedent’s assets or estate, are given to the beneficiaries. Note that the larger the probate estate, the greater the probate fees and statutory fees and expenses will be.

Let me hasten to point out that there are a few common misconceptions about living trusts. Firstly, that if a living trust is in place, estate taxes can be minimized or avoided. This is clearly not true, it is possible to take planning steps to reduce the size of your estate prior to your death, and this can be done through life insurance.

Yet another misconception is that with the use of a living trust, attorneys and accounts fees are avoided. I find that in most cases it will be necessary and good common sense to retain an attorney and an accountant to assist in the post-death trust administration. While the fees may be less than they otherwise would have been if there had been a probate, some trust fees will be incurred.

If a living trust is established it is necessary for the settler (person making the living trust) to execute a will. This process is called a pour-over will and it is intended to capture assets that have not been or are not capable of being retitled to the trust. A pour-over will can generally have terms that will transfer these assets into the living trust, or other estate documents at the death of the testator. Throughout life we accumulate items, assets and property and we do not take the necessary time and steps to arrange for the smooth transfer of these asset to designated parties or entities. If we are properly looking to the future, we will continue to plant so that others may reap the harvest, perhaps the most high.