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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





Don’t Fall For It

but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Cor. 15:57, AMP)

Satan shows us what we can’t do, but God shows us what we can do. With a loud voice, the enemy screams out what we will never be, but God whispers to us, in a soft voice, who we are through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Devil tries to prevent us from accomplishing what God has already given us victory over, but we cannot fall for his lies.

The deceiver’s goal is to make us not believe anything God has already said about us. The accuser’s mission is to speak defeat over God’s children (John 1:12, Rom. 8:16). The father of lies’ job is to constantly keep us from believing in who God says we are.

Throughout scripture God tells us who we are. In His Holy Word, affirmations about who we are and what He has called us to be, can be read in each book.

Here are a few affirmations about God’s chosen people, the Believer.

We’re forgiven of all our sins and washed in the Blood! (Eph. 1:7)

We’re redeemed from the curse of the law of sin and death! (1 Pet. 1:18-19)

We’re blessed….the head, not the tail, above, and not beneath! (Deut. 28:1-13)

We’re healed by the stripes of Jesus! (Isaiah 53:6)

We have overcome the world! (1 John 5:4)

We have received power, power of the Holy Spirit, power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, power to cast out demons, power over all the power of the enemy! (Mark 16:17-20)

The enemy wants to speak curses, condemnation, and negativity over God’s children. Don’t let him. Don’t allow him. Don’t listen to him and don’t fall for any of his lies! Decree and declare what God says about you and who He says you are.

My sister, our accuser wants us to live in defeat, but why should we when Jesus has set us free (John 8:31-36)! In order for us to live a life of freedom, we cannot fall for anymore of Satan’s deceptions.

Read God’s Word daily. Speak His Word over our lives. Let’s not fall for Satan’s lies, but decree and declare what God says!

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day. Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

He was a murderer from the beginning. He has never stood for the truth, because there’s no truth in him. Whenever that liar speaks, he speaks according to his own nature, because he’s a liar and the father of liars. (John 8:44b, CEB)



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He Loves Us

John the apostle is known as the beloved disciple, the disciple whom Jesus loved. He’s the disciple who leaned on the bosom of Jesus after supper. (John 13:23). This disciple loved Jesus and he followed afar off as they marched Jesus from judgment hall to judgment hall (John 18:16, 19, 28). Because of his boldness and love for Christ, John was banished on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Everyone wants loved. All we really want and need is to be loved. We want someone to love us and show us true love. I believe Jesus told His disciples over and over again that He loved them. He tells us He loves us over and over and over again, though sometimes we’re not listening. And the enemy doesn’t want us to hear nor does he want us to know God’s love. He doesn’t want us to believe that the Creator of all loves us. Satan doesn’t want us to hear our Savior say to us, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” So, he fills our ears with non-sense. He doesn’t want us to know just how much we are loved; however, throughout scripture God makes His love for us very clear!

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you….”  (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 AMP)

There are many passages from the Bible about God’s amazing love for His creation, but we have to read it for ourselves. We have to learn of God’s wonderful love. Search the scriptures and find out for yourself just how His love is indescribable! Get to know the Savior and His amazing love today. For we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Once we truly understand just how much God loves us, the shackles will begin to fall off. Once we see ourselves the way God sees us, we can truly walk in freedom.
Jesus loves us so much and He wants us to know it! Every day God goes out of His way to show His amazing love towards us. Our Father’s greatest example and display of love was seen when He suffered and died for all mankind. He took our place on that old rugged cross. He became our substitute, giving His life for ours. Yes, He loves us just that much and so much mor e! More than we can imagine.

Sisters, it’s Wednesday, Hump Day!
Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

“But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5, AMP)
May we embrace God’s love today!

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

*Originally posted 5/23/11.  

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.


“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14, NKJV)

Words are powerful! Words can mean one thing to one person and those same words can mean something totally different to another. If used maliciously, words can hurt and destroy lives. Words can hold a person captive, rip a life a part, cause division and conflict. Words can create doubt, worry, fear and low self-esteem. Words can cause guilt and shame. Words can send a person into depression and cause confusion. Words can start a revolution, wars between nations, make a person commit a crime, acts of evil and even murder.

“All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.”  

(Prov. 8:8, AMP)

Words can create a winning attitude, give confidence, and raise up leaders. Words can make a person believe that they’re unstoppable, larger than life, and potent! Words can do the unthinkable, start a movement, an empire, and leave a legacy. Words can kindle a fire and start a chain reaction. Words can cause extraordinary moments or lasting damages. Words can begin a romance, make a person fall deeply in love and quickly, out of love. Words are influential!

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, making people happy and healthy.” (Prov. 16:25, NCV)

Spoken or written words are powerful. The words we speak and write can cause emotional and physical pain. At the same time, those same words can cause pleasure and delight. Written words can give life and freedom, as well as oppression and death. Spoken words can uplift, inspire, and strengthen a person. They can give hope, courage and victory.

With powerful Words, God spoke the world into existence (Genesis). His mighty Word created the heavens and the earth. At His command light and darkness appeared (Gen. 1:3). He used His awesome Words to decree death over a rebellious nation in the wilderness (Num. 14:1-38). His Words proclaim blessings and promises as rewards for obedience. And for disobedience, He pronounce curses (Deuteronomy 28). God’s Word is so magnificent!

God has given us the Holy Bible to live the Christian life. He’s given us His glorious Word to prosper and be equipped to live an abundant life. Not only did God give us the scripture to live by, but He has given us His Holy Son – the Living Word – for salvation. Jesus Christ gives eternal life to all who believes (John 3). WOW!!

My sister, we use words every day, whether they’re spoken, written, read or heard. Words are absolutely phenomenon and they have lasting effect. Words take on many different meanings. We must wisely decide how we’re going to use our words and how we’re going to allow the words of others affect us.

Therefore, how will you use words today? How will your words be effective?

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Col 3:17, NLT)



*Originally posted 9/26/13.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

*Eyes on the Prize

As Believers, God has placed us in a race. It is a race that was already set before the world began! When Jesus walked this earth, He showed us how to run this race and how to finish it. He, in turn, ignited and equipped others before us (such as Peter, John, James, Paul…) to give us tools we’ll need to cross the finish line. As runners in this Christian race, we’ll need a lot of training and preparation to cross the finish line, which can only be obtained by studying the Word of God, spending time with God, and believing in His every Word. Having confidence in God, we can reach that goal and receive our prize!

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14, NKJV)

In today’s passage, Paul encourages the Philippian Christians to keep their eyes on the prize! He tells them that he’s made a conscious decision to keep looking up and moving forward to cross the finish line. Paul was going to look back, but had his mind, heart, and eyes set on what lies ahead: the prize of the upward call (Phil. 3:13-14).

Therefore, my sister, I’m praying that we will do the same. I’m praying that we’ll have tunnel vision today and every day. Don’t look to the left or to the right, but keep our eyes on the prize. Don’t worry about what this person is doing over here or what that person is doing over there, but keep our eyes on the prize. Remember our purpose. Remember what God has told us to do and what He has shown us. We can’t lose sight of the prize!

Don’t let those things that are going on around you knock you off the path God has set for you. Your journey that God has you on is just what it is…….a journey. So, there will be potholes, bumps in the road, and sudden turns. Your journey is not supposed to be easy, it’s a journey! No, you won’t know what lies ahead; though, God knows. All the roads won’t be smooth. It’s going to be rough patches and a lot of opposition. In spite of all those things, you must remain focused on the prize God has for you!

Keep fighting a good fight. Keep praying. Keep the faith. Keep looking up. Keep your eyes on the prize and finish the race!

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

(2 Tim.4:7-8, NKJV)

It’s Monday……already!! Now, run the race with endurance and determination!

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE on God’s Word and keep walking in freedom!



*Originally posted 10/28/13.   

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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*Dress to Impress: The Perfect Outfit

Half-length portrait of great African model wearing lovely dress sitting on the vintage sofa in front of the wonderful wooden table looking attentively at the photographer

We are familiar with this statement, “Dress to impress” and sisters we know how to do just that! One weekend I searched for the perfect shoes. I needed a nice pair of heels that would match nicely with my gold dress. I searched and searched, even asked my husband to help me (my husband hates shopping!), but he patiently went with me to several stores. Eventually, I found the right pair, the perfect pair!

That following Sunday, I got dress for church and got annoyed at how long it was taking me to get dressed. I pulled and tucked. Straightened and primped. I made sure my outfit and hair was perfect. Everything had to be perfect to match those perfect shoes. But then, I noticed how I was making such a fuss over what I was wearing and how I looked. I noticed how I was using so much time and energy in my appearance that I felt drained as I left the house later than I wanted.

As I rushed to church, I thought to myself, “Man! I put all that time and energy in my appearance, making sure my outfit was flawless, that I failed to focus on what was most important!” I failed to draw all my attention to the One who is perfect.

Instead of concentrating on how I would take advantage of a brand new day pleasing the Lord, I focused more on my outer appearance!

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. (1 Pet. 3:3-4, NLT)

Filled with Your Spirit – Mary Alessi

Sisters, we go to church all dressed up. We take pride in looking good and smelling good. We’re meticulous about what we have on, how our shoes, hats and purses match our outfits impeccably. We love it when our hair and makeup are flawless. We enjoy hearing those compliments about how well we look and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that! Everyone enjoys looking good. I know I do!

But how often……

Do we spend that needed time and effort striving to make our inner beauty perfect like Christ? How often does the inner woman compliment the light of our Savior? How often do we take the necessary measures to make sure our inward beauty matches our outward beauty? How often do we dress to impress our Heavenly Father? How often do we make sure our lives line up with what we sing about, praise about, teach and preach about on Sunday mornings? How often?

As we dress to impress, and as we adorn ourselves with outward beauty let’s not fail to do what’s most important.

Let’s strive to…..

Dress up our inner beauty with the virtues of a Godly woman and live a life that’s pleasing to God. (1 Pet. 3:1-7; Prov. 31:10-31; 1 Tim 2:10).

Daily allow God to clean us from the inside out, as we dress to impress Him, inwardly and outwardly (Matt. 23:25-28; 1 John 1:7-9; 2 Cor. 7:1).

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!”
(2 Pet. 1:3, MSG)

Happy Friday! Let us dress to impress!



*Originally posted 4/23/12.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.