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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- Fearless Faith: 3 Steps To Be Bold In Your Faith And Trust God’s Plan

I often let fear hold me back from so many opportunities. Whether it is a job opportunity, relationship opportunities and even ministry opportunities. I do this because I don’t have trust in His plan over my life. I will rely on my own abilities first before letting God work in my life. The Bible clearly says:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

I always said I was too busy or I did not have time. I had so much on my plate, and I did not want to fail. So I decided I was going to try to juggle multiple things at once.  The problem was I was so busy doing things that were not kingdom’s work that I often felt emotionally, physically and spiritually drained. When I was spiritually drained, the enemy came in to attack my confidence in God’s power. He’d reiterate the fact that I was so “busy”  and that because my time was limited something had to give. One of the first things that went was spending time with God. Here are the excuses I made:

  • “I’m too busy to read my Bible because I have to work.”
  • “I’m too busy to pray because I’m tired.”
  • “I’m too busy to go to church because I have to study.”

The second lie I believed from the enemy was that I was not qualified. Again, because I was fearful of failure and I was relying on my own abilities, I held myself back. Whatever “it” was, “it” was not going to happen.

I had one potential job opportunity where I allowed fear to hold me back and make me feel unqualified. I got to an interview, dressed in a suit and with my résumé in hand. Instead of having confidence, I doubted myself so much that the employer had second thoughts and I did not get the job.

I even did this within ministry. I left ministry positions because I thought I did not have the time to be effective, not trusting that God will help me be effective regardless of my circumstances. What I did not realize is my qualification does not come from man but from God.

“It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

So this year, 2016, and from now on, I will have Fearless Faith. I will no longer let fear hold me back from my purpose and the plan God has over my life.

Here is a how I will have fearless faith this year and moving forward-

  • Deeper in the Word– I will be intentional about having quiet time and to have consistent prayer. Some people said if I don’t have time I should multitask. This is true but I cannot multitask prayer because I’ll only do one thing well. In order to have faith and a stronger relationship, I need that quiet quality time with Him. So I plan to set time aside to read His word and to pray.
  • Deeper in my Worship– One area I didn’t realize I have fear in is my worship. I used to believe I can only worship in church or only behind close doors. But now I know I can worship multiple different ways. Now, I will be obedient to how the Holy Spirit is leading me to worship.
  • To have FAITH– I no longer want to worry about the unknown. Even though I cannot see the future I still need to have faith in God’s plan. I will trust God’s got my back. No matter what I’m going through God will see me through it. Lastly, I will not worry! My go to scripture for this is:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6

I know this is easier said than done, but I I need to remain faithful daily. I sometimes have to say this to myself periodically through the day. This reminds me to stop worrying and give it to God.

I hope this encouraged you all. Remember to have fearless faith, trust God and know He’s got your back.

By Patrice McKenzie
patrice@areyoushe.com

P.S.- Check out this awesome spontaneous worship song by Bethel Music featuring William Matthews

Day 10: #100DaysOfGloryChallenge

Words cannot even express how blown away I am by God…Last night, I had a dream that a man in a wheelchair got up and walked at my church. Today, that dream manifested in such a powerful way. As we prayed, declared and decreed Mr. Leslie was going to walk in Jesus’ name, he got up out of that wheelchair after being bound to it for 40 years!!! There’s nothing our God can’t do! If you have the faith the size of a mustard seed, God will move mountains!

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com

The Christmas Story- Carry Your Purpose: Faith In God’s Plan When You Don’t Understand

 

Christmas is in 2 days! To celebrate Christmas, I want to highlight a significant part in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ- faith in God’s plan! Mary was engaged to Joseph and she was a virgin. However, she still gave birth to the son of God by remaining pure. It was Mary’s God-given purpose to carry and give birth to Jesus. What an honor! Despite her initial puzzlement of God’s plan, she was obedient and had faith in His purpose for her. Even though many did not understand or believe her, she carried her purpose.morethings

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth to tell Mary the good news.

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:30-33 NLT).

At first she questioned Gabriel’s statement by presenting logic. She told him she was a virgin so she could not be pregnant. Which is common for us to do because we tend to want to lead with our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) rather than believing God’s supernatural power. But Gabriel reminded Mary of her relative Elizabeth’s miracle. Elizabeth was barren and old in age. She was told she could never have children. But God made it possible. Elizabeth conceived a son when others thought she could not. “For the word of God will never fail.” (Luke 1:37 NLT)

With this remembrance, Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1: 38a NLT)

Her fiance Joseph also had a difficult time understanding how Mary was pregnant. Although he was a believer, he used logical thinking rather than trusting in God’s power. All he knew was his soon to be wife was pregnant and the child was not his. So he decided to divorce Mary quietly. Then an angel came to Joesph in a dream and assured him Mary’s child was from God.

Fast forward nine months later- Mary gave birth to Immanuel (God with us).

Three questions to ask yourself as you reflect on this scripture-

  1. Are you expecting?
  2. Do you see your situation with faithful eyes or are you using the logic of human limitations?
  3. Which miracles in your life can you look back on that will remind you of God’s power?

Remember, God has a plan for you that you may not understand. Have faith and trust in God’s plan over your life. We are all pregnant with purpose and when that time comes we must be ready to PUSH.

Merry Christmas ladies!

By Patrice McKenzie
patrice@areyoushe.com

Photo: morethings.com

Waiting On God Won’t Cost You More.

You ever put on a dress that was the perfect fit for you?

That’s what happened to me in Atlanta this weekend.

While shopping for a graduation dress with my cousin Jordan, I found a super cute dress at the Gap. With gray and blue stripes and pockets on the side, when I put it on it just screamed Sydni.

But there was only one problem.

The promotional advertising in the store was misleading. I thought when I saw the signs in the store that said 40% off that meant everything in the store. So when I got to the cash register and the sales associate rang up the dress and it came to $31 which included sales tax, my jaw dropped to the floor. As I thought about the state of my bank account and the other bills that needed to be paid, sadly, I told the sales associate to put the dress back.

I’m not gonna lie — I felt a little tear well up inside of me as I parted ways with the dress.

Being the bargain shopper that I am and a former Gap employee, I couldn’t come to terms to paying that much for the dress. Instead of dishing out $30 dollars, I trusted my instinct, believing the dress would eventually be marked down again.

Before leaving the store, I asked the employee to see where the dress was in Pittsburgh. She told me there were two dresses in my size at Ross Park.

So I took a chance and waited until I got home to Pittsburgh. (Plus, I wouldn’t have to pay sales tax).

After I got off work today, I went to the store at Ross Park Mall. When I went to the rack, I saw the dress was marked down even lower than the store in Atlanta at $14.99.

But God had an even bigger surprise for me. When I swiped my debit card at checkout, the dress came down to $10.49. I smiled and thanked Jesus.

That sale really touched my heart.

As I was driving home, thinking about how cheap I got my new dress, God dropped this in my heart: When you wait on God, it won’t cost you more. 

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Waiting is a word God has speaking to me a lot lately. It’s a principle that not only applies in shopping but also in our spiritual lives. When God puts it in our hearts to wait, He knows the cost and what you’ll save if you just follow Him. It’s not always easy to wait especially when you’re anticipating a breakthrough. But despite it all, putting your trust in the LORD is key. 

When He gives you a vision or a promise, you have to believe He’s going to manifest everything He promised. Over and over again, we see men and women of God in the bible put to the test when it comes to waiting on their promises. Whether it was Abraham trusting the LORD for a son or Mary believing Joseph would be the one to help father the Son, they both went through a season of waiting.

If we don’t wait, we can easily become like the Israelites, wandering the wilderness for 40 years instead of getting there in 40 days.

When we don’t wait on the LORD, we end up paying $30 dollars for a dress that God wanted to give to us for $10. Don’t go over your budget and into debt because you’re tired of waiting. Galatians 6:9 says, “Don’t grow weary in doing good.” In other words, don’t grow weary in following the LORD. Don’t grow weary when He tells you to hold off on something you really want to do.  Don’t grow weary in listening to God’s voice for direction. God’s word has to come to pass. But our patience determines the path.

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

3 Things To Do When Everyone Is Getting Blessed Except For You.

If your news feed is anything like mine, it’s filled with engagement announcements and pictures of ultrasounds.

You’re happy for the people who are getting married and having babies. But have you ever wondered, “When is it going to be me?”

If so, you’re not alone. Many young women I have been talking to lately are struggling with the same thing. They’re trusting in the LORD, doing everything right, but their time hasn’t come yet. And sometimes, it can feel like a lonely road.

waiting for blessingI thought I was going to be one of those girls who meets “the one” and then would be married immediately. But God apparently had different plans for me. My man and I had accountability partners, abstained from sex and took pre-martial counseling classes at our church. But after several years of our courtship, spiritual attacks and personal setbacks, we still weren’t engaged. Instead of waiting on God and trusting in His timing, I was frustrated with where I was and wasn’t going.

Whether you’re hoping for marriage, a family or a new career, it’s not easy seeing everyone else get blessed except for you. During this season of waiting, God revealed to me I had a heart issue. I was looking more at the world instead of focusing on Him. I had to repent because I was coveting what others had instead of being grateful for all God has given me. But in the midst of my sin, God taught me 3 things to do while waiting for a breakthrough.

Pray In Circles. If God has placed a promise in your heart or prophetic words have been spoken over you, keep praying. The word instructs us to pray without ceasing day and night. You can’t birth something unless you push — pray until something happens. Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening in the natural. We’re called to walk by faith and not by sight. Jesus is our intercessor, presenting our prayers before the Father. When we pray according to His will, we can’t lose because He already won it all for us when He went to the cross.  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 9:11 (NIV) 

Praise Him For The Breakthrough. When we give God thanksgiving, we’re thanking Him for what He’s already done. When we praise Him, it’s to glorify who He is and what He’s about to do. Praise isn’t just for Sunday. We’re called to go into the secret place with Him everyday. Tell God how good He is and how much you love Him. We’re always waiting on God to make a move but sometimes, He’s waiting on you. Don’t wait for the worship team and your pastor to glorify His name. Be bold and be brave and start worshiping Him on your own. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4 

Count It All Joy. That’s one of the hardest things a Christian is called to do. When your world is falling apart and there seems to be no breakthrough in sight — counting it all joy isn’t easy. When our soul becomes downcast because of our situations, we lose sight of what God is doing behind the scenes. The hardships are all just a set up to move you closer to your destiny. They are meant to test and try you so you become the woman God has called and destined you to be. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, James 1:2”

When you’re waiting for breakthrough, God is all about healing your heart and building your character. He wants you humble and whole so when the promise is fulfilled, all the glory goes to God instead of your head.

As you go through trials and tribulations in this season, remember this:

“…suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:4 

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com
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