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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!

 

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Testimony Tuesday: Why I Quit My TV Job.

I consider it to be one of the greatest decisions of my life:

The day I quit my job.

Like many millenials, I had my own personal exodus from a career this year.

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After 3 1/2 years of working at a local news station, enough was enough.

So I resigned. And I didn’t even put it in writing.

The truth of the matter is, I had been frustrated for months. With no signs of ever being able to move up or get a promotion, I felt like I was stuck. Many days I would sit at my desk, staring blankly at my computer screen, telling myself,  I know God created me to do more than this. 

Working in a newsroom was not only stressful, but it took a mental and spiritual toll on me. It seemed the more and more each day, the more terrible the stories became. And they started hitting a lot closer to home, too.

A story I’ll never forget — a man part of a black biker club shot and killed outside a nightclub. What made the story even worse: I was a youth leader for the victim’s young teenage daughter at my old church. I’ll never forget going to the wake. Everything seemed so surreal. As I walked into the church and saw that father laying in the casket dead, the weight of it all became too real for me. I was the one who who told the world his name and wrote the end to his story.

From that point on, I struggled spiritually and asked God to reveal to me why He even had me in the TV news industry. I knew it was part of a greater calling, but all the gloom and doom made my future so foggy for me.

But being the great God that He is, He put a scripture on my heart for prayer and meditation:

“I will surely make a way in the desert and rivers in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (TLV) 

That verse was my prayer almost each and every day. Work had turned into a wilderness to me and I desperately needed Papa to make a way out.

God answered my prayer in March. That month was a really rocky one for me. Not only was I having a tough time professionally, but also personally. After 2 1/2 years, my ex broke up with me and one of my managers questioned me about whether or not I thought television was the right industry for me. As I stood at the crossroads, Jesus did something supernaturally for me.

It was by far one of the worst days at my job. Things got so bad, in the middle of my writing, I got up and prayed to God in the bathroom and told Him I wasn’t going to leave unless He moved. As I went back to work, I never thought He was going to move so fast. To make a long story short, all hell broke loose. In the middle of the chaos and pandemonium, one of my coworkers said, “If you have to leave, you have to do what you have to do.”

And that’s when I knew God was giving me my cue.

So I left.

And I’ve never looked back.

For the summer, in order to make ends meet, I worked as a nanny and administrative assistant at a tax firm. The transition wasn’t easy but necessary. I knew the LORD had called me to leave my job and He had so much more in store, but in the meantime, it was hard to even imagine walking through an open door.

But God always stays faithful to His word.

When I got the call from Cornerstone, offering me a position with the network, I knew that was the door I had been waiting for. It wasn’t just a job, but the beginning of walking in my purpose and destiny.

It’s been nearly 4 months since I’ve started working at my new job and I’ve never felt more fulfilled. There’s even days where I don’t even feel like I’m working.

There’s nothing like experiencing the manifestation of the river God made in your wasteland for you.

I know if He did it for me, He’ll surely do it for you too.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

 

Ready To Push?

We’re all pregnant with something. The question is whether or not it’s our time to push.

Maybe you’re called to a miracle or a breakthrough.

No matter what it is, God has divinely appointed the day for whatever you’re birthing to come through.

The process isn’t always easy and pushing is the hardest part.

But before you push, seek God and ask Him what phase of your breakthrough you’re in today.

Wait for the day the LORD has ordained.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

Promises After The Storm.

Going through a rough season?

No matter what you’re going through, the best is yet to come. (I promise you).

Despite your trials and tribulations, God is going to work it all out and it’s even going to benefit you.

Here’s some words of encouragement to help you get through whatever storm you’re going through.

“But the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory, after you have suffered a while, perfect establish, strengthen and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10 

By Sydni Grant

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. 

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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

It’s Up To You.

My mom said something simple yet very profound the other day.

You can hear all the prophetic words you want, but it’s up to you to believe. 

In the course of our lifetimes, we hear countless sermons and listen to words spoken over our lives.

Many of them speak of promise and perseverance, triumph and travails.

But it doesn’t matter how many times you sit and listen in the pew — what you do with the word is up to you.

You need hope and faith to believe God is going to manifest your destiny.

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When we move away from standing on God’s word, we open the door for lies and attacks of the enemy.

Doubt cultivates unbelief, creating a double-minded mentality.

The bible warns double-mindedness blocks blessings.

“For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD; [she] is a double-minded [woman], unstable in all of [her] ways.” James 1:7 

I’ve been in a season where the very things I believe have been tested and tried. Sometimes the opposition is so much, my will to continue on has nearly died.

But even in the midst of my doubt and disbelief, Jesus speaks to the stormy seas roaring within me.

Whether it’s through a sermon or a prophetic servant, the message is always the same thing: only believe.

It’s as if God continues to send words of encouragement and people in my life so I won’t give up on the very things He has promised to me.

And I believe He wants the very same thing for you too.

No matter how dark it gets, no matter what it looks like on the outside, know you serve a God that is faithful and does not lie. (Numbers 23:19)

Even though it can be hard, put on the armor of God and allow worship to be your weapon. Speak words of life and not death over your situation. Declare and decree everything that has been promised over you. Ask Jesus to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) so you won’t open any door that will make you more susceptible to the devil’s deception.

But at the end of the day, it’s up to you. You have to decide whether or not you’re going to believe every word that was spoken over you.

“Blessed is she who has believed the LORD would fulfill His promises to her.” Luke 1:45

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