Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THANK YOU!! :)

Let me first start by saying I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you for supporting the ministry of encouragement in me :)

It's been August 2013 since I've published a Tuesday Morning Encouragement. Real Talk, I committed 10yrs of my life encouraging the nations & simply needed time to encourage myself! I decided a long time ago not to write unless I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to do so. I wasn't and I took a selah, a rest & I thought folks will check a month later, but after that they will stop looking. I logged onto my blog just now to discover that people are still checking...almost 40, including today.

I'm in awe. I'm humbled. I'm grateful.  Thank you Lord & thank YOU readers in nearly 40 countries for 10 wonderful years of allowing me to be a tiny source of  encouragement to you all!

What's next? Whatever God wants! I'm open! I look forward in EXPECTATION of what God has in store NEXT :) God's blessings to you!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sick On Tradition

"making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do." - Mark 7:13

Browsing through online news articles, I came across a story about a wedding celebration in the Ukraine that put the phrase "in sickness and in health" to the test. As a Ukrainian tradition, massive amounts of dishes are prepared to celebrate as a community over a course of several days. It is believed that lack of refrigeration space for all of the food caused wedding guests including the bride to be sickened with food poisoning and hospitalized. The traditions of men can make a bride sick. Just ask the Bride of Christ.

Many struggle with whether or not the word of God is real, accurate, true or if it is effective. In Mark chapter 7, Jesus warned that the very traditions of men lessen the impact and effectiveness of the word of God. We make concessions because we love people and we shudder to think about the consequences that may be attached to the actions committed. We compromise to make others feel comfortable instead of allowing the conviction of the word to be the rule instead of the exception. All too often in our churches, we place the tradition of men over God-given common sense and reject what we know is truth to embrace manipulation powered by popular opinion and peer pressure. The Bride is sick. 

The Bride has become sickened as she gobbles high amounts of rotting compromise. She knowingly feasts on the delicacies of poisoned theories and hypothetical conclusions unsupported by scripture. The Bride is doubled over in pain as she regurgitates the waste-covered sweet nothings instead of the word of God she has ingested. She reeks of the stench of sin and her gown is stained with remnants of the rejection of swallowing what is not to be consumed. All in the name of tradition. 

The only remedy, the only solution that will help the Bride recover is the unadulterated, unequivocal word of God. Lifting the word of God over every opinion of man, every lust-driven, sin-filled desire to appease the flesh rather than a sacrificial holy life. The medicine is strong, but it will cure every ailment, sickness and disease. Hebrews 4:12 says "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.". 

Well wishes to the Bride....her groom comes.




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Swaportunity

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” – Deuteronomy 30:19

Swaportunity - "the opportunity to swap a higher calorie snack for Yoplait Light." Yoplait has created a word for trading what seems to be a lesser choice, but is actually a better choice. When was the last time you swapped your high calorie snack for something lighter? And I don’t mean food. I’m talking about high calorie sin snacks.

High calorie sin snacks are the ginormous lifestyle defects that started out as recreational, turned into habitual, and now make up the definition of your character. High calorie sin snacks fill you up quickly and leave you hungry for more, because sin can never be satisfied. That’s why you find yourself opening the door after that familiar 2 a.m. knock without even thinking about it. That’s why you can’t seem to keep your mouth off of people and your nose out of their business. Continued indulgence of high calorie sin snacks will develop into full-blown meals of self-pride, the lusting of children, unforgiving of others, embezzlement from those who trust you, secret hatred of your own brother, secret drunkenness, and concealed drug abuse. Your flesh is getting hungrier for sin rather than for righteousness. That’s why you struggle to pray, you fight to truly worship, and your bible is merely a collection of passages you memorize to impress. Your body is being entertained and indulged while your spirit man suffers from the weight and heaviness of your sin. It’s time to consider a swaportunity!

For all that sin you’ve packed on and become comfortable with carrying, Jesus has a better choice for you today. It may not seem the like choice you want because you will have to sacrifice those killer snacks your body has become accustomed to. The “lighter” choice that Jesus has to offer will leave you with zero guilt after drenching yourself in the Holy Spirit. Making a swaportunity for righteousness gives you the freedom to indulge in His presence and feel as light as a feather when you come out!


Brothers and sisters in the Lord, I want to encourage you to take some swaportunities today. Swap your sorrow for joy! Swap your ashes for beauty! Swap your sickness for pain! Swap the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise! Above all, swap ungodliness for that which is holy! As Deuteronomy 30:19 offers you the chance to make the swaportunity of a lifetime, the swap should be simple: choose life. There’s no swaportunity better than that. 




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm About to TURN UP!

"My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad" - Psalm 34:2

Have you ever been through times so trying, so difficult, so excruciating, that you said something like "when I come out of this I'm gonna dance a jig"? How about being in the middle of the press, but knowing God had already ordained your exit strategy so you stopped, dropped and praised Him like it was nobody's business? Yes, some of you are no strangers to getting "TURNT UP"!

Don't get concerned, I haven't lost my spell check capabilities or slipped into an ebonics coma. But, if you spend any time around urban teens, you may have heard the phrase "I'm about turn up!" If you don't know what it means, let me explain in "grown folk" terminology. It means that it's time to celebrate without holding back or quieting down. It means to let loose and have a good time without worrying about who's watching or who's listening. And while the phrase "turnt up" may be a passing catch-all, the act of getting "turnt up" has been happening for centuries! And I'm about to TURN UP now! 

I can't help but to get '"turnt up" about the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God that I serve! As David wrote in Psalm 34 when his life was spared yet again, "I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth"! The best part about Believers getting "turnt up" is that we don't need drugs to get high, we live the HIGH life 24/7 by the power of the Holy Spirit! Who needs alcoholic bubbly when we have the naba of the Holy Spirit bubbling up and overflowing? I can feel the joy of the Lord bursting through my soul! I'm about to TURN UP!

Let's not wait for the world to get quiet, let's show them how the Kingdom has been turning up for years! Come on and TURN UP your voice to tehillah (sing) and make it heard for the glory of the Lord! TURN UP your music and kara (dance) before God without caring if anybody else is dancing with you! TURN UP your praise and bless God even if you're still in the midst of your miracle! TURN UP your faith and SEE yourself set free! It's time for Believers everywhere to TURN UP! An explosion of celebration is about to hit your life and mine! I'm about to TURN UP! Will you TURN UP with me?


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

You're About to Turn GREEN!

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." - Ephesians 3:20

One of my favorite Marvel comic characters is the Hulk. As a child watching the old TV series (I'm dating myself), I was always fascinated by how a mild mannered scientist would be provoked week after week to transform into this strong, powerful man of green just after someone made him angry. David Banner seemed fearful to release the power of the Hulk and would rather live a life of seclusion and obscurity to protect his true identity. 

I've come to realize that there are some David Banners in the Body of Christ. Endowed with strength and power, anointed with authority and dominion, they choose to tuck their true identity away rather than to reveal to the world who they really are. They suppress the explosive power of the Holy Spirit living within so they can live a life of acceptance rather than living an exceptional lifeFearing rejection, betrayal, envy and jealousy they move from place to place, friends to friends, relationships to relationships as to not draw attention to the potential that burns underneath their skin. On the verge of turning GREEN, they're constantly running from the monster hunters. 

The monster hunters were the ones searching for the Hulk to kill him without regard or explanation simply because they feared his strength. Spiritual monster hunters will try to force their fears and their insecurities upon you because the threat of your potential is too great for them to handle. Your light will shine too bright for their dark souls. Like Banner's famous line, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry", we need to become angry. Angry that we have for too long been intimidated, rejected, and ridiculed and feel unsafe to excel or achieve among those we have surrounded ourselves with. Can you feel the power inside? Watch out now, you're about to turn GREEN

What's GREEN? Greatness Releasing Exponential Elevation Now!

Banner was a fictional character just like his Hulk identity, but you...you are real. You are the vessel in which God chose to impart the expression of His very essence of power! Isn't it our responsibility, our assignment, our destiny to exude every ounce of magnificence within us that was gifted by our Creator, no matter how uncomfortable others may be? It's time for you to turn GREEN! Your willingness to shine without apology may provoke someone else to live up to their potential to shine along with you and in doing so, can you imagine the amount of Christlike illumination it would bring to the world!

Friends, I'm excited about you turning GREEN! I'm ready for the Greatness of God to be Released to levels of Exponential Elevation in your life NOW!! And I hope you're ready for me!

I'm turning GREEN too!

Tracy Gale

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Praying Today...

"and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7


"Father, we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that Your peace would surround all who is effected directly and indirectly with by the storms. We know that our understanding is limited compared to your infinite knowledge and wisdom, so Lord where there is a lack of understanding, we ask for divine peace. Father, heal hearts today, provide resources, and comfort the mourning. These things we ask in Your name today...amen."


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Strong, Courageous and Determined

"It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity."
- Proverbs 21:15

This encouragement is dedicated to mothers who embrace purpose in the midst of the pain; mothers who won't let the memories of their children fade like old newspaper articles; mothers who aren't afraid to speak their names until their children are recognized for more than a tragedy, but a triumph; the fierce mothers. 

This encouragement is dedicated to the mothers everywhere who mourn; the mothers who ache; the mothers who hurt; the mothers who long; the mothers who wait. Mothers who hold on to the love and memories of their beloved children. The mothers laying awake at night wondering why, when, where, how, and even who?

This encouragement is dedicated to mothers whose dreams of justice drive them to cry aloud and spare not to anyone who will hear their petition; the mothers who stand in the gates, in the courts, on the streets and demand justice for ALL our children and not just their own; the mothers who dream. 

I dedicate this Mother's Day to you. My strong, courageous and determined mothers. God's continued strength and peace to you on Mother's Day. 

A special dedication to my friend & sister, Tracey Peppers-Mitchell, founder of Mothers Overcoming Violence Everywherehttp://www.mothersovercomingviolence.org/ and to Ms. Gonnie Goins of Hearts Healing Hearts, LLC. Thank you for being the mothers you are!

Tracey & her son Brandyn - Read Brandyn's story