“Rest Assured, It’s All Good”

“We might second guess, but He already knows. We’ve got to show our trust in Him, even when things don’t go as planned.” – ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Matthew 1:20 (NKJV) – “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

“This morning I thought about how confused Joseph must have been when he planned to take Mary as his wife and then found out she was pregnant. It wasn’t until that messenger from God reassured Joseph that he was on the right path that He was able to rest. We have all been confused and at times wondering if we are making the right decisions. When we start feeling overwhelmed by our decisions, let’s be reassured that God knows just where we are and how to get us where we need to be. If we feel moved by the spirit to make a choice, to make a decision, let’s not second guess it. Instead, let’s cast all our fears and replace them with trust. We’ve got to trust that God will lead us in the right direction. But hey, we have to have a relationship with Him to be able to follow His lead. So let’s strengthen that relationship and trust that He won’t fail!” – #ToddCPittman

“There’s a Strong Leader in Each of Us”

“Each of us is a leader in our own way to our own audience. A leader is strong, courageous, and is trusting in the Lord.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

“When Joshua was tasked with leading the children of Israel into the promised land, they had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. The same words of comfort and encouragement the Lord provided to Him in Joshua 1:9 are the same words that should refresh our souls and renew our minds today. Look, we all have to be a leader at some point in our lives. Whether we lead by example for our family members, lead by strategy for our business colleagues, or lead through guidance to those close to us that are battling their personal demons – we have to be strong and courageous and part of that means trusting the Lord. I don’t know about you but in the past, I’ve had to battle my own demons and sometimes we have to minister to ourselves. No matter what the situation, we become great leaders when we ask for answers to our personal challenges. I’ve learned that when I turn to the Lord for guidance, success comes my way because He has the answers I need. Let’s stop thinking we know it all and have all the answers and let’s start prayerfully seeking His direction in guiding our children, strengthening our relationships, battling our addictions, and stewarding our financial gifts. Let’s ask Him to work on us so we can lead by example. Someone is always watching.” – #ToddCPittman

“Are We Done Living Life Already?”

“We cannot let our hurts of yesterday stop life today. If I can write and you can read, God’s not done with us yet.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Proverbs 19:23 (NKJV) – “The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.”

“Someone needs to hear this today, so I’m gonna say it: POINT BLANK, STUFF HAPPENS. True testament, it’s time to let it go. Relationships fail, jobs are lost, health takes some turns, and finances go up and down. But that shouldn’t cause us to settle where we are and lose our joy. Nah man, we’ve got to keep it movin’! We were not created to flourish, have a setback, and then die out. We were created with a purpose and that purpose is to flourish according to He’s Will and weather any storm that comes our way so we can live out all our God-given days with joy and passion! If you were with me last week, on Thursday the scriptures reminded us in John 16:33 that this thing called Life wasn’t going to be a smooth ride and problems along the way are promised. BUT, if we keep pressing forward and stay in the game – I’m a witness – not only will He bring us out, but He will bring us out better than we were before! Hey, if He has never given up on us, why would we give up on ourselves?” – #ToddCPittman

“We Might Have a Different Interpretation of Good”

“We need to first understand what He interprets as good. Don’t let our selfishness misinterpret God’s expected outcome.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Romans 8:28 (NKJV) – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

“One of the most used and misinterpreted bible verses is Romans 8:28. The misinterpretation is that when the scriptures promise ‘all things work together for good’ too many of us think this means a big house, nice car, and a fat bank account. Let’s not get it twisted. When it comes to certain circumstances, the term ‘good’ doesn’t necessarily mean we will personally be happy with the outcome or we won’t feel any pain, or we will come out on top financially. You see, ‘together for good’ does not always end up with our desire for what we think is the best outcome. The reality is that the ‘good’ is the experience we gain and grow through that will ultimately glorify us in eternity. The bottom line is the GOOD is when we are serving His purpose! So, whether a situation brings us pain or brings us suffering – let’s learn from it, grow through it, and let’s take comfort in the outcome knowing that no suffering or waiting we endure is wasted and it DOES have a meaningful purpose.” – #ToddCPittman

“Peace and Joy Is a Gift”

“Each day we rise is a gift of peace and joy. We can open that gift and enjoy it or leave it in a box to be stolen.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Psalm 90:12 (NKJV) – “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

“My, my, my, it’s 3:30 am raining, cold, and once again I’m getting ready to face the commute and grind of Washington, D.C. and guess what…IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE! Every day we rise it’s a gift from God that includes peace and joy. What we do with that gift is up to us. We can choose to receive it with faith and gratitude or we can choose to reject it with doubt and joylessness. The scriptures remind us that if we choose to turn away our daily special gift, there are plenty of ways the enemy will creep in and steal our peace and joy, and man I used to get robbed daily! So, believe me, the next time that driver cuts us off or our co-workers aren’t pulling their weight, let’s remember how fragile life is and instead of cussin’ folks out, let’s open that gift of peace and joy. Remember, it’s a gift from God and once we receive it with faith and gratitude NOBODY can take it away! So let’s choose to focus on the blessings of each and every moment today instead of allowing those little things to steal our peace and joy. Ayo, I’m tryin’ to tell yah, IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE!” – #ToddCPittman

“Suffering Was Promised”

“The scriptures don’t say suffering MIGHT happened, they promise it WILL happen. There are good lessons in pain and suffering.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep I Said It!

… and so did John 16:33 (NKJV) – “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

“We all have asked at one time or another why God allows pain and suffering in our lives. Each of us has faced either sickness, abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, disappointment, addictions, crime or even death. And at some point, we all questioned, “Why? Why me? Why now?” Let’s not forget that we are promised in John 16:33 that we will go through some mess, but we were also reminded that it’s not the end and God’s got our back. The key for us is knowing what lessons we take away from the mess we go through! Pain and suffering are not meant to mean it’s the end. No, not yet! We’ve got to look at pain and suffering as opportunities for learning. Things are not dead for us because the Doctor gave us bad news, we were sexually abused, went through a divorce, got caught up in an addiction, or even suffered a devastating financial loss. We’ve got to tell ourselves, “Ain’t no way, it ain’t over!” We’ve got to take our tribulations, document our lessons learned, and apply that experience to God’s Word and we will be a witness that everything that our haters meant to bring us down, God used to take us to the next level!” – #ToddCPittman

“Hurts and Forgiveness Can’t Reside Together”

“Forgiveness is a choice that results in bitterness or peace. We can harbor the wrongs folks have done to us or we can let it go and make room for new blessings.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Mark 11:26 (NKJV) – “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

“It took me a minute to realize that ‘I ain’t the one’ who needed to choose not to forgive others. When I realized that and forgave those who trespassed me – just as God forgave me for all the mess I done did – I found that I made room for the new blessings He had stored for me. Our blessings may differ – to some it may bring new relationships, a new job, or even a new health status – but what we have to remember is that holding onto hurts and pains takes up valuable real estate on the inside. There’s no room for new romance if we are holding onto the hurts of our last relationship. There’s no room for a new career opportunity if we are holding onto the bitterness from getting passed over for the last job promotion. And MY GOD, there’s no room for restoration of our health if we are holding onto the busyness of the world and turning to dependencies, poor nutritional choices, and lack of exercise. Today lets think about tomorrow and not get stuck in the past. Let’s evict anger, bitterness, and envy and welcome into that space forgiveness, pardon, and kindness so we can live in peace.” – #ToddCPittman

“Let’s Not Take Our Relationships for Granted”

“Appreciate & Assume, two key relationship verbs. We shouldn’t take relationships for granted or assume everyone is doing ok.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Romans 15:5 “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,”

“The scriptures reminded me this morning that I need to do a better job of touching base with those folks that are close to me and have been a part of my family’s life for a long time. We sometimes get so busy CONNECTED to work and our everyday grind that we get DISCONNECTED with folks that we care about and care about us. We have to appreciate and stay connected with the people God has put in our lives and we can’t assume that everyone is doing just fine. It is pleasing to God when we reach out to others, touch base to see how folks are, grab a beer, coffee, tea…whatever it is we all do to connect, let’s make it a point today to ask the Lord for discipline to take the time to connect with those we love and unify with those who love us. A-Yo, when we walk in the spirit of unity it is not only pleasing to the Lord, but we are also able to share encouragement with others and we are able to receive encouragement when we need it most. Make that call, send that text, connect today because tomorrow might be too late.” – #ToddCPittman

“Our Children, Short-term Pain Results in Long-term Gain”

“I chose to define the boundaries between a parent and a best friend. To this day the relationship with my children brings me pure joy and one of the most enjoyable relationships I have.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Hebrews 12:11 (NKJV) “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

“A conversation with some friends on the commuter train last night followed by scripture study this morning is a reminder that when it comes to the relationship with our children, the commonalities between a parent and a ‘true’ friend is that both are approachable, accessible, and have our children’s best interests at heart. We can be both parent and friend, but the boundary is that unlike a friend the parental role needs to command the respect of effective discipline. No doubt, the reason we don’t like to discipline our children is that it causes them temporary pain & hurt. Heck, my children are now all adults, living in 2 different countries, three different states, two have children of their own and to this day I still struggle with applying the discipline of strong disagreement with their decision making but I never hold back because I know my guidance will yield long-term gain long after I have gone home to be with the Lord. My mother implemented strong discipline and there were times when I had childlike hateful feelings but now I understand the long-term value. Raising my children, I learned that when we get too soft and sometimes even remove regulations for the reason of choosing to be our children’s best friend over being their parent then we are no different from the ‘so-called’ friends too many of us already have today. We’ve got to be mindful that children are diligent students of parental behavior so let’s forget about any parenting mistakes of the past, and let’s be mindful that it’s what we as parents do today that will have a generational impact.” – #ToddCPittman

“How Many of Us Know the Greatest Author of All Time?”

“Who is the greatest author of all time? Let’s ask ourselves if we really know Him or His works.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

“At any level, it is truly a great accomplishment to author a publication and many of us, including yours truly, will wait in line to get to know the author. The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 the morning were a reminder of our need to continue to strengthen our relationship with the greatest author of all time. I’m talking about THE author and perfecter. I’m talking about the one who foretold our ending before our beginning. Contrary to popular belief, the phrase ‘The best is yet to come’ is not in His book, but ‘all good things come to those who wait’ and ‘all good things work together for good’ only ‘to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’ IS part of His amazing literary work. Let’s take a look at three facts about this amazing author: 1) He always has the best in store for us, 2) He will keep it moving and won’t stop until He finishes the great works He started in us, and 3) all that is in His heart is for our good. He brought together about 40 writers to write 66 books to give us the most amazing publication of all time! Let’s be sure to take some time to get the know Him and His work.” – #ToddCPittman