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Felicia serves as a blog contributor for The Ministry of Linda L. Johnson. The Love of My Life is the first of a series consisting of 12-monthly blogs.

Victory Comes with a Cost

July 20, 2018

Blog #9

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Victory Comes with a Cost



I was recently at my son’s basketball tournament in Chicago, IL.  My son and his teammates are a good group of players, but each of them have one or two weaknesses.  In past tournaments we would do really well.  We would earn the right to play in the semi-final game, but then would fall short.  Surely this time in Chicago would be different.  We worked on our weaknesses, made improvements and won the championship!  I’m sorry to say this did not happen.

Here’s what did happen.  As in past tournaments, we won every game to earn a spot in the semi-finals.  Our team was up by 10 points most of the game.  Then it happened. Slowly, but surely the other team begins climbing closer and closer by our own self-implosion.  What’s happening?  Our weaknesses, the things each player was supposed to be working on throughout the season had not been worked on or had not been worked on consistently. We were up by 3 points with 10 seconds left, all we had to do was prevent the opposing team from making a three pointer.  However, the other team scored a three pointer at the buzzer.  They tied the game to send the game to overtime, our team lost confidence, the opposing team didn’t give up and they won the game.

While it was only a game, we were all praying for a victory, surely, we wouldn’t be defeated in another semi-final.  “God please allow us to get over this hurdle”.  God did not allow us to win.

We were all saddened by the loss, but the coach said something profound that stuck with me.  He said, “I’m glad we did not win that game.  We did not earn it.  Winning that game would not have allowed each of you players to improve on the areas in which you need to develop.  You would have forgotten about what you need to do to get better.  Each of you must focus on developing your flaws over winning”.

I immediately thought about our loving, good father in heaven.  We’ve all prayed asking God for victory or to overcome something.  However, some of us wanted this victory without a cost to us.  We wanted the degree without studying, we wanted the promotion without working hard in our current role, we wanted the spouse without changing our ways and preparing for him/her.  This is the reason God does not always allow us to win.  If He gave us the victory without any effort on our part, we wouldn’t learn what it means to work hard or we would receive a thing and lose it simply because we weren’t prepared.

Know this – God is good.  He has our best interest in mind, but we must play a role in gaining victory.  He will not promote us to receive his promises until we have proved we are ready.  James 1:4 says, “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”  This means that if we’re not successful the first time (at something within God’s will), we must take a step back and determine if we’re working hard, doing are part to be successful.  God teaches us to work hard and be good stewards of what he’s given us.  I’ve found that when I’m working hard, the enemy will try to discourage me (the opposition).  However, it’s time for us to stand against the enemy, persevere, until the manifestation of the victory is evident – completed! Put in the work child of God and God will promote you when He feels you’re ready.

~Sister Felicia
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Moving Forward with God

June 30, 2018
                                             

Blog #8
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                                                   Moving Forward with God

Recently, I was studying Genesis 12 & 13.  It is the beginning of Abram’s, later Abraham’s, journey with God.  Genesis 12:1 reads, “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.””  That was quite a great call the Lord gave to a man and it would be a ...


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Is it God or You?

April 29, 2018
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor


Blog #7
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Is it God or You?

As we walk with God and ask Him to lead our path, we know to walk by faith.  We ask for him for direction and move accordingly.  However, there were times when I would ask for direction, but I didn’t quite get the result I was looking for.  I knew God was telling me to move that way, but I didn’t understand why it felt like a struggle.  That’s when I discovered I was asking the wrong question.

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All Things God Works for the Good

April 2, 2018
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor
  
Blog #6 
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All Things God Works for the Good

On this Resurrection weekend, God has had me to just stop and meditate on him.  Jesus, the Son of Man was sacrificed and slain for the crime of blasphemy.  He claimed to be the Son of God.  Little did the men know at the time, that He was telling the truth as He is the Son of God and cannot lie.
It is written in Romans 8:28, ...
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Blind Faith

February 19, 2018
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor

Blog #5
 
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Blind Faith

“Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”, Hebrews 11:1 .  “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7….These are two of the most popular scriptures on faith in the bible.  In my opinion, having faith is one of the most difficult aspects walking with God.  I pray and ask God for things. I start out with great faith, but then when I don’t se...
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Keep Going!

January 25, 2018
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor
  
Blog #4  
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Keep Going!

This past weekend I attended a wedding - a January wedding in Minnesota.  I wanted to look nice and go the extra mile so I was determined to find a nice dress for the occasion.  My son advised me he’d be attending a basketball game with a friend the Thursday night prior to the wedding, so I knew this was the only day I had to find this dress. 

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Do you trust Him?

December 11, 2017
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor

Blog #3

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Do you trust Him?

I decided to make God Lord of my life in August of 2016.  Ever since then, my life has been directed by Him.  I have found surrendering control to Him to be challenging at times.  Even the times I know God has told me to do something, sometimes I wonder why or if I Him heard right?  Have you ever been there?  The bible says in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...
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Are You Willing to Sacrifice?

November 5, 2017
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor

Blog #2


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Are You Willing to Sacrifice?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16….This is probably the most well-known bible verse today.  However, do we really know what God did?  The bible tells us that God “gave” his only son, Jesus, so that we, man/woman, could be saved.  Giving is often not easy.  God gave His only son...
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The Love of My Life

October 2, 2017
By Sister Felicia, Blog Contributor

Blog #1


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The Love of My Life

In my season of singleness, I sometimes have feelings of loneliness.  I have met and spoke to other singles who have similar feelings.  One of the weapons I use to fight off these feelings of loneliness is writing/journaling.  I pour out whatever is inside of me on paper.  Sometimes those feelings are positive, in a state of thankfulness.  However in my periods of loneliness, the writing tends t...


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Divine Appointments

February 16, 2015

Divine Appointments

Events and circumstances in our lives are not always just mere common occurrences but rather divine set-ups and many times they unfortunately go unrecognized. Hence, you did not recognize your answer or your blessing that you have been praying about.

The book of Samuel (Judge, Prophet & Priest) sites a clear situation in the case of Saul who had no idea he would be chosen as KING over Israel on a very ordinary day “going about” doing an ordinary task.  Saul was as ...


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