Calling

SHE Spotlight: Miracle Reed

We were blessed with the opportunity to sit down with Miracle Reed, to interview her for our ARE YOU SHE spotlight series. Miracle is a dynamic woman of God who is dedicated to serving God through ministry, evangelism, books and just her everyday life.

Miracle’s Bio

Miracle Reed is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and has been committed to serving God as well as people since 1994 at the age of 7! She was born 3 months premature, weighing 1.6lbs at birth, placing her in the 20th percentile of babies who survive weighing a little over a pound. Not only did the “Great Physician” take over but He allowed the life of one, to prove to all those who would meet her, that nothing is impossible with God. There is no wonder why her name is Miracle!

Under the leadership of Donald Clay- Senior Pastor of Petra International Ministries (a congregation of 1,500 at the time), Miracle ministered her first official sermon at the age of 7 years. This was only a small glimpse of what was to come but yet another indicator that a series of miraculous events would follow her life. Shortly following her first sermon, it was a known fact that Miracle was no average child but indeed called and set aside to inspire and represent God.

It was certainly apparent from the very beginning that her life would be an inspiration to many. She is a graduate of the Marilyn J. Davis School of the Bible where she received her license for ministry as well as a diploma in the Bible. She is also a graduate of Geneva College where she completed her undergraduate studies, receiving Bachelor degrees in both Biblical Studies and Human Services. Her obedience, passion and love for God have given her the opportunities to not only preach, but counsel and pastor in the United States, Caribbean, Canada and now in Africa. She is the author of multiple books including:

She recently developed PO(People Overcoming Obstacles) which is a movement that brings forth healing, complete wholeness, family restoration, and inspiration to people around the world that have lost sight of their ability to “overcome obstacles” by conducting workshops, seminars and educational teachings made available through her website.

She believes that the only limit in life is that which we create and that one must be open to God without restraints, to truly live without limits.

So without further a due, let’s meet Miracle!

 

Advertisements

Pitch Your Tent.

My mentor and accountability partner, Rev. Dionne Edmonds, explained the current state of the church best:

“Many people are churched but very few are discipled.”

Even though many are saved not all have a personal relationship with Christ.

It sort of sounds like an oxymoron as if the two statements don’t fit together, but sadly it’s true.

Life with God was never meant to be religious but relational.

This post isn’t meant to be a jab at Christians but a wake up call to the body.

And it’s something God has been placing on my heart a lot lately.

The Israelites suffered the same problem with being “churched”.

When they were first in the wilderness, they believed in God but didn’t have a face to face relationship.

But Moses encountered the glory after taking one simple step:

He moved away from the camp and pitched his tent.

“Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting.” Exodus 33:7

After reading that verse, that’s when it hit me: Moses had to move away from the camp in order to get into the presence of God.

So why would our relationship with God be any different?

pitchtentThis past year and season of my life, God called me to pitch my tent somewhere else. Even though it was difficult and didn’t make sense to many people, I went to churches, conferences and meetings where I barely knew anyone. God called me to stand alone and walk away from what was familiar so I could not only grow in deeper communion and fellowship with Him, but also encounter the manifested presence of God.

There were nights during worship services that God’s glory dropped so hard, I could barely get up. It was the first time in my life where I encountered Him in ways that words can’t even describe. Sometimes I would be face down on the floor; other nights I couldn’t control the tears that I cried. One time I prayed to God, asking Him to ruin me for His glory and He still hasn’t disappointed me.

My faith is no longer a belief system but an experience for me. And it’s in this season that I’ve learned that if you want to experience the tangible presence of God, you can’t be caught up in the camp.

If you want to grow and go places with God, you have to learn to live uncomfortable.

The Israelites were so comfortable and stuck in their ways, they always complained when God told them to get up and go another way. They thought at one time it was better to stay in Egypt or worship a golden calf. And truth be told, many of us operate the same way.

Since we don’t like change or know how things would look like if we lived a different way, we succumb to staying the same. When we don’t trust God or stand on His word, we end up devoting and worshipping other things like finances or marriage.

It’s not easy to surrender and make a covenant to God, promising your life is no longer your own.

But when you do, it’s one of the greatest and most fulfilling spiritual journeys.

Embarking on my spiritual journey wasn’t easy. But looking back, it was a necessary and integral part of not only of my purpose but also for my spiritual growth.

God wants us to draw closer to Him. But it’s up to us to pick up and pitch our tents. That’s what it takes to go into the secret place and press into the presence of God. That’s where we encounter the Holy Spirit.

If you’re struggling spiritually, ask yourself this: when was the last time I picked up and pitched my tent?

How often do I get out of my Christian comfort zone and step outside my box?

If you’re not willing to move because things are so comfortable around you, then you can only expect the same results. You can only expect life to stay stagnant and be the same.

But if you’re bold and brave enough to move (which I know you can do!) just watch how the Holy Spirit brings blessing and breakthrough. It’s the best thing you could ever do for you.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in this season, it’s that complacency cripples your calling.

The beginning of your new beginning is when you let go and pitch your tent in places you haven’t been yet.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

Photo: tomclarkphoto.com

Are You Too Fat? Why Weight Makes You Beautiful.

In American culture, we look at being fat as a bad thing. But when it comes to the bible, it’s a beautiful thing.

There’s a phrase Christians use continually:

The anointing destroys the yoke.

It’s a phrase I’ve been hearing over and over again recently.

Those words have been stirring in my soul and don’t seem to be going away.

As I was in the bathroom, God put it on my heart to look more into this anointing-destroys-the-yoke phrase.

I stumbled upon this article from Charisma Magazine, talking about how the King James Version translators misinterpreted the scripture.

The phrase stems from Isaiah 10:27:

“It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” (NKJV) 

The Hebrew word for “anointing oil” is shamen. According to an article written by Michael Brown, translators interpreted shamen for shemen which means oil or anointing. The word shamen actually means fatness.

The literal translation of the verse should go a little something like this:

“The yoke will be destroyed because of the fatness”.

So the phrase “the anointing destroys the yoke” isn’t wrong — the meaning behind it so much deeper than the phrase.

A clue of the scripture’s meaning can be found in the NIV.

“In that day, their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck, the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.” 

The yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat. 

fat

I like that.

When I was a kid, I went to Jeannette Jay’s School of Gymnastics in Pittsburgh. Jeannette Jay would always tell me I’m “as strong as an ox”. As a little girl, I used to hate when she said it because she said it in front of the other kids. I mean, come on, what 9-year-old girl wants to be described as something as wild, beastly and fierce as an ox?

But looking back, I’m beginning to see it was more of a compliment than a criticism. Jeanette Jay wanted me to know that I was strong as an ox — fat enough to break the yoke. The anointing in my life is destroying the yoke and I pray you’ll get the same revelation, too.

When you’re too fat, you’ll begin to get uncomfortable in places that aren’t big enough for your calling.

When you’re too fat, you’ll walk away from situations and relationships that aren’t the right fit for you.

When you’re too fat, you’ll begin to break free from bondage and liberate others through the power of your testimony.

When the word talks about us becoming too fat, it’s not about a physical weight but a spiritual one. Your weightiness — the glory of God manifesting in your life — should be so heavy, it breaks some yokes. Spirits of religion and mindsets from old wineskins keep us bogged down in bondage. But a relationship with Christ and a lifestyle of obedience, surrender and worship brings freedom.

Before we move into deeper dimensions with God, we gotta get our weight up.

Read your word. Walk it out. Pray without ceasing. Make fasting a lifestyle.

So no matter what the scales say in the natural, your weight in the spiritual is what makes you beautiful.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com
Photo: blackandmarriedwithkids.com

Love Like Me On The Outside.

I’ll never forget a girl at my elementary school. Her name was Robin Zickerfoose.
She was small and frail, but an outcast at my school.
Even though she was bullied and taunted, something inside of me wouldn’t let me be cruel.
My last memory of her was in art class.
She had a squeaky high pitched voice and stringy, long black hair.
And just years later before the school year was over, she would no longer be there.
At the time, I didn’t realize God was teaching me an important lesson about loving people on the outside.
We all say we want to be like Jesus, having compassion for the multitudes.
But the love the LORD requires of us stretches beyond the pulpit and the pew.
He’s calling all of us to step outside our comfort zones and to love others whether their bullied or labeled as so-called “sluts” at school.
love outside
Over and over again, these are the words Jesus keeps speaking to me: love like me from the outside 
His words hit me even harder when I lit my menorah during my own personal Hanukah celebration.
As I read from Luke 13 as the Pharisees asked Jesus if He was the messiah they’d seek, while He sat on the steps of the temple, an area called Solomon’s porch, Jesus actions made it all so simple.
Even though the Pharisees questioned Him, asking if He was really the Christ, His posture was the example.
Literally, Jesus is the door.
He didn’t reach people by sitting all day at the temple. He had compassion for the multitudes and not just for the chosen few.
It’s time for the church to stand up and love like Jesus from the outside.
It’s not about speaking in tongues or the amount of our mantles —
Corithians warns if we don’t have love, then we have nothing at all.
By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com
Photo: Lightstock

Chasing After You: How God Breaks The Chains Loose

So many of us are going to church every Sunday but still have chains that won’t come loose.

We go week to week because it’s the “right” thing to do. But as you sit there motionless, sometimes you wonder when the word is going to hit you. If this circumstance describes you — you’re not alone. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re like the woman we meet in Luke 13:10:

“Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had the spirit of infirmity eighteen years…”

Even though the woman sat in the synagogue every Sabbath, just in the same way many of us sit in church on Sunday, she was still in a state of bondage. She had the spirit of infirmity — a demonic condition many believe was a spinal disorder. But if you look deeper in the Greek, she could have a host of many things.

The Greek word for infirmity is astheneia. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word means weakness, sickness or an ailment that deprives someone of enjoying or accomplishing what they would like to do.

So in reality, this woman was sapped of her strength, unable to do the things she really wanted to do. She didn’t chase her dreams or go after the things she always set herself to do. Her condition was so crippling, it even held her in a bind for 18 years where she couldn’t even muster the strength to raise herself up.

“…she was bent over and could in no way raise herself up”(v.11)

I believe many of us at times can feel that way. We go through seasons spiritually sick and downtrodden, unable to get up. With our hope deferred and hearts growing sick, we stop living and simply just exist. The woman in the synagogue was living out her life in the same way. But everything changed when Jesus called her name.

“He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity”. (v.12)

Jesus loved the woman so much, He called her close to His side. I can hear the Savior now, speaking softly to this woman, a woman many may have casted off and thought her as nothing, say, you’re free. You don’t have to hang your head down low anymore. You’re free to be the woman God called you to be.

During my last season, Jesus called me loose from my infirmity. I wasn’t in need of a physical healing. The truth of the matter is, my heart had grown sick. I was holding on to a lot of pain and in some ways, I couldn’t let it go. The more I carried it, the more it began to weigh me down. I was dealing with a lot: my parents’ separation, drama at my job, closed doors, on top issues between me and my man.

I’ll never forget the day when I knew I wasn’t okay. One of my co-workers asked me how I was doing and I could barely say “I’m okay” with out breaking out into tears.

But one day in September, God turned everything around. I went out to lunch with a group of young people I met at a prophetic conference in Pittsburgh. Before we walked into Panera Bread, one of the guys in the group felt led to pray for me. As about a dozen young men and women poured out of their cars and laid their hands on me in a parking lot, speaking promise and purpose over my life, a new sense of hope came over me. Just like the woman who had the spirit of infirmity, when I heard Jesus calling me, I couldn’t but help to leap for joy and worship the name of the LORD.

“And He laid His hands on her and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (v.13)

In an instant, God used a group of twentysomethings to break off the “infirmities” that were hindering me. Who knew that would be the way I’d get my breakthrough. Since then, my life has never been the same. I have so much clarity and peace. But you know what’s even better? I know He desires the same thing for you.

God wants you delivered, healed and set free. He doesn’t want you walking around with the spirit of infirmity. No matter what’s crippling you in life, He wants to see you whole, walking in the hope of your calling. He’s chasing and calling out to you so this would be the year you would walk into all that He has for you.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com
Photo: westernseminary.edu

The Love Story Of Mary: How Can This Be Since I Do Not Know A Man?

You ever notice how no one says they want their love story to be like Mary and Joseph’s?

They were betrothed but not yet married.

Mary was called to be the mother of the Savior of the world but Joseph didn’t know how he was going to fit into the story.

Mary’s life changed in an instant — a visitation from an angel sealed it.

mary

The virgin was to be impregnated by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The testimony of this small town girl from Nazareth was about to be known all over the world.

When the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary, she asked, “How can this be since I do not know a man?” Luke 1:34

I can only imagine what Mary was thinking.

God, how can this be since I’m betrothed to be married?

How can this be since I got a man that’s committed and willing to wait for me?

The wedding, premarital counseling and her betrothal between Joseph put on hold just so the greatest love story ever would be told.

If Mary and Joseph’s love story teaches us anything, it’s this: becoming pregnant with purpose can create a fork in the road within a relationship.

Just look at Joseph and Mary. She got spirit filled and received visitations from an angel. She got pregnant by the Holy Spirit which was downright unbelievable. So instead of humiliating her in front of their community, Joseph thought it was best and more respectful to divorce her quietly.

Ouch. 

The road to marriage for Joseph and Mary was a bit rocky. It wasn’t a picture perfect love story. But if we’re honest with ourselves, many of us in Christ-centered courtships can relate. The journey to “I do” is just as much as a struggle as it is beautiful. But one thing’s for certain — it takes a whole lot of faith.

When God gets you alone and meets you in the secret place, revealing all of His plans and purposes for your life, you have to trust and believe like Mary that if it’s meant to be, the Holy Spirit will bring the two of you back together.

What I admire most about Mary is that she was more in love with God than becoming Joseph’s wife. She was more concerned about carrying out the will of God than living a life of holy matrimony. And guess what ladies? That’s where God wants us to be. He wants us to have the same mindset as Mary. If God encountered you supernaturally and told you all and everything you were called to be, could you trust Him, knowing your favor and anointing could put your relationship on the line? Or would you chose to walk the other way, go the the other route, where love would leave you blind?

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

Photo: Free Bible Images