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Stay calm. Relax. Settle down. You are fine. You’re going to be fine. Things are going to be fine. Everything is fine.

Now, take a deep breath. It’s okay. You’re okay. Breathe. Don’t lose control. You got this. You can handle this.

Don’t get all worked up. God has you. He knows exactly what He’s doing. He has it all figured out. This is all part of His plan.

This is not about you, but all about God. God wants to be glorified and magnified. He wants to be BIG in your life. He wants to be seen. So, let Him!

This is not your fight. This is a fixed fight, a set up! God will fight for you. The Lord will give you victory and He will be with you. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be dismay, but hold your head up. Look to the hills! (Ps. 121)

God has you right where He wants you … depending on Him.

This is just a test, a test to strengthen your faith. This will build you up. This will give you character. This will grow you and make you stronger in the Lord.

So, look to God! Trust Him. Believe on Him. Lean on Him. Follow after Him. Chase after Him. When He moves, you move. Keep your eyes on Him. Don’t get distracted! Don’t become unglued! Hold it together! STAYF.O.C.U.S.PLANSTAYF.O.C.U.S.PLAN

Wait on Him. Stand firm on the Word of God. Remember what His Word says. Remember, He’s come through for you before. Now is not the time to doubt Him!

Let Him be God! Let Him do His great work! Let Him do the impossible (Matt. 19:26)! Let Him work it out! Watch Him show up! Then, watch Him show out!

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!” (2 Chr. 20:17, NLT)



Your Sis and Encourager,
Rhovonda L. Brown
Co-founder/Co-pastor of The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church
Founder/Executive Director of Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom!
Founder/President of The Pillar of Hope







Many, many times, I ask myself, why on earth should I encourage God’s people (especially when I’m having one of those not-so-very-good days)? However, when I’m struggling with walking boldly in my purpose, the Lord reminds me of His word and what He has called me to do.

 3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.( 2 Cor. 1:3-7, MSG).

Because God comforts and encourages me, He has called me to encourage you. Today I find myself doing what I urge others NOT to do on Mondays, mope. Yep, I’ve got the Monday Moping Blues and I’m in a funk. My emotions are a mess. I hate feeling and being this way. But it’s where I am right now. Consequently, I am deliberately fighting to tame that Emotional Beast! But thank God for Jesus! Using one of the principles from, It’s Monday… Already, the Lord is encouraging me.

M– No moping on today! Don’t grumble, pout, complain, or sulk. Rejoice instead (Phil. 4:4).

Do you have the Monday Blues? Are you moping today? Finding it difficult to get your Monday moving in the right direction? (Join the club!) Seriously, may I encourage you as the Lord is encouraging me? Rejoice in our great Father, my friend!

Philippians 4:4 commands us to “celebrate God all day, every day” and “revel in Him” (MSG). That means to take great pleasure in the Lord. Relax and find peace in the presence of God. Show great joy and delight by exalting His magnificent name. Think about His goodness and the victory He gives to all who call on and believe in His great and holy name. Make music and melody. Shout forth praises and jubilation unto our marvelous King for all of His mighty works. If we do these things, I am confident that our behavior and attitude will change from sadness to gladness, from complaining to thanking, and from moping to rejoicing. I already feel better!!

My sisters, it’s Monday….already! And there’s nothing we can do about it, but what we can do is rejoice in our all-sufficient Savior. We have been blessed with another day to celebrate our Jesus and the abundant life He gives to us. Now, let us purposefully make it a great day!








Red Sea

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” (Exodus 14:21-22, NKJV)


I know. You’re facing an impossible situation. You feel there’s nowhere to turn. Your back is against the wall. If you go forward, you will drown. If you go back, you’ll die in the desert. You’re facing a hard decision. You really don’t have a clue about what you will do or what to do. All you know is that there won’t be a happy ending. Your situation is impossible. You’re facing a Red Sea!

I know, believe me, I know. You’re at your wits end. Your head feels like you’re in a daze. You even asked yourself a few times, “Am I dreaming? This has to be a nightmare!”

As reality would have it, it is not a dream. No, you’re not dreaming. This pain, this news, this crisis is real and you’re the main character. You have the leading role and this drama is set on the impossible channel. You’re thinking there is no way things can get better. You believe there’s no way you’ll make it through. No way can you cross this Red Sea!

But, you’re wrong. There is a way! Though your situation seems impossible, God says “It’s Possible!” (Luke 1:37, 18:27; Mark 10:27; Matt. 19:26)

Though your back is against the wall and it seems too hard for you to make your way through, God says, “Nothings too hard for Me!

Yes, you may feel like it’s a losing battle. Yes, what you’re experiencing may be a hard pill to swallow. Yes, your problem seems hopeless.

But believe in a God who specializes in the impossible! Believe in a God who can do exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we ask or think! (Eph. 3:20) When we think it can’t be done, God turns it around and gets it done! When we think we can’t do it because it’s too hard, God makes it look very easy!

Sisters, like the Israelites, we may be facing a Red Sea. It may feel like the roaring waves are going to overtake us, but we have a God who won’t let us drown! He won’t let us down!

God is dividing the waters.

God, who has matchless power and ALL the authority, will open up the Red Sea and allow us to walk on dry land!

“So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:30-31, NKJV)