Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Trust God, Won't He Do It"?


PSALM 37:5
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. (King James Version)

I am in a Season of my life where I can honestly say, “PEACE”, rules and reigns in and on me. After many years of doing what I wanted to do, revelation HIT me like a ton of bricks. This life is not my own, it has been designed and purposed to be a Servant of The Lord. When He Moves, I Move, Just Like That. Whatever he says, is what it IS. Wherever He says Go, I am THERE. I Gave Myself Away and when I did, He opened up doors SUDDENLY. Jesus!! Do you know the Man?

Trusting in God entails us relinquishing our own personal agendas, wants, situations and desires. The text says “commit thy way unto the Lord” and that word commit means roll off onto. The second part of the text commands us to “trust”. Trust says I totally depend on the All-Mighty God to flow and move freely and take total control of the difficulty and or situation that I am faced with. Committing and trusting says I have let go and I am allowing God to move on my behalf. You may be in a fire and although it is scorching hot you will not get burned, because you know for certain that God can and will bring you out. God is a God of possibilities in an impossible situation. When the storms of life are raging, we will roll off ALL things to the Lord and into His hands. He SHALL and WILL bring “IT” to pass. Won't He Do IT? I am a living Testimony, YES, He HAS! Jesus!!! Do you know the Man?

Peace and Many Blessings
*Q. D. Johnson*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"You know where you have been, but you don't know where you are Going"

"You know where you have been, BUT you don't know where you are Going"

If the Lord doesn’t build the house, the builders are working for nothing. If the Lord doesn’t guard the city, the guards are watching for nothing. (Psalms 127:1 NCV)

Growing up as a little girl and a young adult, my Grandfather use to say, "you know where you been, but you don't know where you are going". I never understood this until now. When I decided to say YES to The Lord, it has literally cost me MY life. You see I thought I was the Captain of the Ship, the Pilate of the Plane, the Builder of the House. But if God is not in it, it is totally in vain AND a waste of time. God MUST Build your house and Guard over your city, NOW that's scripture. Success comes when you surrender your WHOLE Life to God. You will NEVER get Promise without allowing God to be the Artist of the Oil Painting, the Potter of the Clay. You will always operate in partial. So today I say to my Grandfather(God rest his soul), No I don't know where I am going but with The Lord being in charge, I am in GOOD Hands. Be encouraged today and KNOW that God has got THIS, whatever your THIS is. Trust Jesus our Savior with ALL of you and your life. Commit your way to The Lord; trust in Him and he will do this. (Psalm 37:5 NIV)

Transitioning from familiarity to un-familiarity takes TOTAL Trust and Surrender to God! The song says, "I give myself away so You can use me". Withholding Nothing, because You belong to Him!

Worship Songs for this Season: "I give myself away", "Withholding Nothing", "I Belong to You", "I won't go Back". William McDowell  QDJ 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"When the going gets tough, the Tough gets GOING"

"When the going gets tough, the Tough gets GOING"

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord ’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV)

I am reminded today of a little boy who was 3 years of age and on his way to Walgreens with his Mother, upon getting out of the car he was skipping and fell. He fell so hard on the concrete ground that he scraped the skin off of both of his knees. With tears streaming down his face and thick red blood running down both of his legs and barely walking because of the pain, Jayden turns around and looks at me and says, "come on Mommy, let's go". I teach my son to have staying power, even in pain and adversity. Come on here Glory! I speak today with clarity and boldness, "when the going gets tough, the tough gets going"! Oh YES, we do!! We take a licking and keep on ticking! Holy Ghost!!! Like the Duracell Battery, we are built to last. You see, you must be mindful on investing your time, energy, money and thought on things that will not last. Dollar Tree/Family Dollar brand batteries DON'T last, oh but baby, Duracell Batteries do. Yes it is about the brand. You see when the going got tough as though it appeared. David whom was built to last by the ALMIGHTY and Powerful God we serve, dropped bows(tough got going) on Goliath. David simply told the puny giant, "you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of The Lord Almighty". 1Samuel 17:45 

Whatever it is that is seemingly trying to take you out CANNOT. It may seem like a giant over you but David(you know the one that slayed Goliath with 5 stones and a sling shot) and I come to testify and let you know that, point blank period, it ain't gone happen. Yes it is tough but we keep it moving, because no weapon formed against us shall be able to prosper. God has given us Grace to sustain us. Paul(2 Corinthians 12:9) just did a drive by in my Spirit, "My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in  weakness".  WHAT??? You mean to tell me that when Qua' Sonya is weak(going gets tough), that is when my God the Father pours on Grace to get me through. YES!!! The tough got going when David(with my Spiritual imagination, was ride or die), told Goliath in verse 46, "This Day". Come on here Glory!! Not on Friday or Saturday but on THIS Day, The Lord will hand you over, I'll strike you down, and cut off your head. Lord help me God! David goes on to say with Holy Boldness(Duracell, built to last), "I will give the carcasses of the Phillistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth". Show him what you are working with, AND who is operative in you.

David was a bad boy, he went on to say in verse 47, "all those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that The Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give all of you into our hands". NOW, that is good news because David just spoke prophectically into your life! Holy Ghost! I encourage you today that whatever your situation/circumstance may be it is puny compared to the ALMIGHTY God. We win, it is not sword or spear(this represents what Goliath had and your own strength) that conquers. It is the God of Much Grace that conquers ALL. Stand on this Word today, KNOWING, Trusting and Believing that, the battle is the Lord's and whatever is coming against you that The Lord has already worked it out. 

"When the going gets tough, the Duracell Battery built to LAST Spirit along with Grace, comes out swinging and keeps it MOVING! The TOUGH keeps Going! Oh Yeah, it is about the brand! Question, what brand are you? Duracell(built to last) or dollar tree(none-lasting)?

"When the going gets tough, the TOUGH gets Going"!! 

Lord I thank You for Your GRACE! QDJ  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Tough Love IN being THANKFUL"

"Tough Love IN being THANKFUL"

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalms 100:1-5 KJV)

Psalms 100 is one of my favorite chapters in the book of Psalms. It simply tells us to praise The Lord, Serve Him with a Merry Heart, with a song on your heart, know that God has created us and none of our own doing. When we enter His Gates we should have a Spirit of Thanksgiving and into His Courts shifting the atmosphere with Praise. Be Thankful for who He is unto Him, plainly put He is Good. The Lord's Mercy is everlasting and unexplainable and He is the Truth and His Truth abides(remain), sustains(support/hold), withstands(to stand) and yields(produce) to ALL creations(generations). That was my paraphrase, rewording and translation of Psalms 100, it is my heart matter. 

On Sunday I experienced something that broke my heart. By Jayden being the only child he pretty much gets what he wants. Now, he does not ask for much when he does ask. We both have been learning and living out a HARD matter, and that is cutting WAY back and being thankful for what we have. Jayden is very observant, at times it appears he is not paying attention but those are the times he is most alert. When I am in the a salon working Jayden is able to see my clients giving me money for a service I rendered to them. He SEES money coming in but doesn't have a clue on what I have to pay out. We normally communicate about everything, but paying bills and staying a float we don't need to discuss those matters. Jayden is 8 years old and needs to remain pure at heart and free of worries. We rushed out of church on Sunday to meet with the mechanic because we barely made it the way the car was jerking on the way to church. Got to the mechanic's house and he accessed the car told me the problem and how much. I called Auto Zone ordered the part and went from there. In all the hustle and bustle I had to still be a Mother and feed my child. Before getting the car squared away I had to go to the grocery store. While in the store picking up the things we NEEDED and the things that were in the budget, Jayden wanted something that wasn't on the list or in the budget. So I said "let's compromise and get this instead of that". He said, "that's ok Mommy, I don't want anything". I said, "Jayden, keep in mind Mommy has to get the car fixed". I said, "we MUST be thankful for what we have"! He started to pout and was in a foul mood, so unlike him. Normally if I say I can't do a certain thing he says, "okay Mommy". But here lately I have been saying no which seems for a long while, due to cutting back and being Thankful for where we currently are. By no means is he spoil, he just doesn't really understand. We pay for our things and get in the car and Jayden has the saddest look on his face. I turn to him and say, "son, I so apologize and it will not always be this way". I went on to say, "we must ALWAYS be happy and Thankful for what we have, God is Faithful and He will Provide for us". By this time his eyes were filled with the biggest pocket of tears I have ever seen. He broke down out of hurt and cried his eyes out. My knees buckled because I felt his pain but refused to let a tear flow or fall. I told him, "Mommy's new job is coming soon and things will be much better". Needless to say, he cried even harder. At this time I am silently praying to The Lord and saying, "ok, these fancy words that I am so eloquently speaking are not working". This is where the story gets REAL!! LISTEN Jay, I need you to sit up straight, wipe your tears and KNOW who God is to You!!! I go on to tell him that, "God is a God of timing and when He opens the door I am going to run track getting there". While we are here, we will give Him Praise and Thanksgiving, I said, "He is our Father and He knows BEST"! It's going to happen, we must keep praying and believe!! Then Mommy 101 rose up and said, "you wanna ride or walk"? Right now, we have to get the things we need and not so much of the wants. I reminded him that we are BETTER than Blessed and we WILL give Thanksgiving unto The Lord.   I put the car in reverse and drove off into the sunset, his whole attitude and demeanor took a turn for the better. I am a Nurturer by nature but the Soldier and Tough Love had to take a difficult STAND.  Psalms 100 was heavy on my heart this am, because in a paraphrasing way I was telling Jayden  that on Sunday. I remember when he recited Psalms 100 verbatim at church and he was about 6 years old, it brought tears to my eyes. Now today at 8 years old he is not reciting it we are walking, living and breathing it.  And I leave you with this, "Be Thankful UNTO Him and Bless His Name, For The Lord IS Good; His Mercy is everlasting; and His Truth endureth to ALL generations. Psalms 100:4(clause b,5)

No matter what, God is MOST Faithful and Psalms 100 is a POWERFUL reminder. 

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!! Enjoy and Love on your Family for Family is MOST Important and a Blessing to have.  QDJ

This Devotional is dedicated to my Champion, King Jayden whom takes a licking and keep on ticking! I Love Him and I am most Thankful that God chose me to raise him.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Build on What You Have"

"BUILD on What You Have"

Psalm 118:23 NLT
This is The Lord's doing, and it is wonderful to see. 

Build--to establish, increase, or strengthen.

Growing up as a little girl I did not have a consistent relationship with my earthly Father. For reasons unknown to me he was in and out and seeing him was far and few between. I grew up not understanding why he wasn't consistent with me. In school, some of the kids fathers would pick them up from school and at times would come to the programs at school. I suffered as a teenager and for a season as an adult for him not being present. I remember when I opened up my first Salon my Father gave me $100, it was as if he had given me a million dollars. I treasured that moment for a long time. On 11/11/13 I was in Birmingham and I called him and He ANSWERED. Good God from Zion, He ANSWERED!!! When you seek and call on The Lord, He will ANSWER. I had not talk to him or seen him in a very long time, BUT, and can somebody say BUT!!! When I called, He ANSWERED!!! Lord Jesus!!! When he picked up the phone I said, "hey dad, I am coming to see you today". He said, "hey baby, ok I'll be here at 5". Keep in mind I really have not built a relationship with my earthly Father. For many years I tried but it never came to pass. So I pressed my way over to visit with him, not really knowing what I would say or how I would say it. When I got there we hugged each other and I proceeded to sit and talk. I began talking and being myself, it was as if he had been there all along. You see I had made up in my mind and settled in my heart that I had forgiven my Dad for the pain that he was unaware that he had caused in the previous years of my life. We were talking and laughing and having the time of our lives. I decided that the past didn't matter and that I would "Build on what I have", and at that particular time it was that NOW moment. The laughter and smiles on our faces was priceless!! I felt like a little girl sitting in McDonalds eating a cheeseburger happy meal that my Dad had bought and anxiously waiting to open up the toy inside the box. I had a BLAST!!! I had an opportunity to speak life to and over my Dad. I encouraged him and told him that, "we don't lay down or stay down, we get up for the Bless UP"! I told my Dad to open the blinds and let some life and light in the house. I called my Dad 2 days after visiting with him and he said, "girl you changed my life, I opened my blinds this morning". He went on to tell me that he had gone to work, in which he has not worked in a while. My Dad is equipped and certified in brick masonry, my Dad is a Builder. Lord help me God!!! My Jesus is a Builder and He has delivered and healed me so I am able to see my earthly Dad in a different light and to, "Build on What I Have". My Dad and I are establishing, increasing and strengthening our relationship, AND this IS The Lord's doing and it is wonderful to SEE. Psalm 118:23 NLT

God is mending broken relationships in this very hour. Forgiveness is necessary to move on to your next. I admonish you on today, if you don't have a functioning relationship with your Mother or Father reach out to them and watch God BUILD. The visit with my  Dad took my relationship  with God to another level. Build a strong relationship with God and He will Build everything else, including YOU! 

"Build on What You Have", that is your NOW!!! QDJ

There is a HUGE Shift in the Atmosphere, there is motion and movement in the places that seem still and stagnant. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Cuts ARE a Must"

"Cuts ARE a MUST"

John 15:1-2
"Iam the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. NIV

Cut-- to remove or eliminate 

This past Saturday at work was challenging and busy BUT when the last client showed up it changed my perspective of what I have been encountering. Oh Yeah!!! This particular client I hadn't seen in months, and I literally had to perform surgery. Her hair was in disarray and needed a MAJOR Cut!!! Good God from Zion! She said "I am prepared for what you must do today". So I entail, put my surgical gloves on and proceeded. I accessed, based, relaxed, neutralized, moisturized, conditioned, and detangled. Now here comes the meat of the matter, her hair use to be middle ways of her back. When she arrived on Saturday, her hair had traveled up her back and was all different lengths. As I picked up my surgical shears, her face began to light up like a down-town Christmas Tree(bright). She knew change,a new beginning and a fresh start was about to take place. Being a Certified Cosmetologist for 20 plus years, one thing I KNOW  about hair growth is, "Cuts are a MUST"!! Sweet Baby Jesus!!! It pricked my soul to have to cut her hair, for it was a MAJOR CUT!!! The ends were raggedy choppy and uneven. The word came to me, He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit.....John 15:2. In order for anyone's hair to GROW properly and healthy it must be trimmed/cut every 6 to 8 weeks. Not doing so, your hair will be stagnant, motionless, dormant, and idle. If in fact you are holding on to dead hair, people, situations, the past or ANY other thing that is hindering you, you will NEVER Grow. "Cuts are a MUST"! My Friends anything that has not produced life, light, positive action or change in this Season has to GO!! Cut it!! Because for growth purposes, the Father WILL. Insanity is doing or staying in something or with someone and things remain the same(folly, absurdity, craziness, unbalanced). Make the Cut!! After completing the CUT, her hair looked better felt better and moved better. Lord help me God! You SEE in order for Growth to take place, our Father has to CUT off ALL things that stunt our motion/movement. The Word goes on to say, "while every brach that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" John 15:2. So by me cutting/pruning off what was bad the productivity of what was left can NOW produce LIFE. That is what the Father(Gardener) is doing, cutting and Pruning so that we will remain in "The Vine". "I am the Vine: you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing". John 15:5 
So in essence, what was NOT producing got cut and what was bearing fruit(the hair that was left) will be pruned for GREATER Productivity. From Glory to Glory. 

To Remain in the Vine, "Cuts are a MUST"! Let Him CUT you! QDJ

The cuts are painful but WILL Produce Purpose and necessary Growth! Be Encouraged!! Greater is HERE! 

Shout out to the "Ride or Die"!! Keep it Moving! Oh Yeah!!! Covenant Relationship, oh yes it IS! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"unFeigned Love, Breeds unFettered PRAISE, Fervently"

"unFeigned Love, Breeds unFettered PRAISE, Fervently"

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  KJV

Unfeigned--sincere; genuine
Unfettered--to free from restraint; liberate
Feverently--having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm

When disappointment tries to birth interruption in or lives, remember that Love Conquers ALL. My Best Friend says all the time, "Love the hell(what is residing in a person) out of people". Even in let down/disappointments that people/situations may try to spill in your lap continue to sow unFeigned Love. Now this task at times can be most difficult, BUT with the full dependency on and in God, it shall be accomplished. On October 1, 2013, the month and season of "Harvest", I was given a job. The career move I have been waiting patiently on for sometime now. I was super excited, jumping up and down crying and thanking God for my Harvest! I began singing, "The Best is Yet to Come"and every other song I could think of pertaining to my Season of Harvest. I texted my Bishop screaming through via text message, something he had preached about, "MY HARVEST HAS COME"!!! Then I said out of my mouth, "Oh Yeah"!!!!  My "unfettered praise was fervent"!! Previously in June I had an interview with  the same company and position, BUT I got a, "Dear Abby" email(while on vacation at the beach) stating I didn't get the position and best of luck in my near future. Really???  Ok, while waiting on a date to start something didn't seem right. I called several times and I even talked to the person whom had copied my drivers license and took possession of my Certified Certification license(what I went to school for). They said "I will call you in a couple of days and give you an attentive date".  Well days went by and no phone call as promised. Was my Praise Unfettered and Fervent??? Answer, YES it was!!! Time went by and 21 days had suddenly come upon me. Study shows that a person can make a change in 21 days. We often fast for 21 days and it brings GRAND change in my life each and every time. Ok, I got up because enough was enough, I got dressed and headed to get some verbal answers because in my Spirit I already knew. When I got out of the car I looked at my calendar it was a Monday, BUT the 21st day. I walked in asked for the person and trust me they were waiting and expecting me, because they had my liscense that I went to school and worked hard for. Got in the office and to make a long story short this person spits disappointment to me out of their mouth while sliding me my liscense across the desk back to me. They said I have given the position to someone else. Oh my!! Not, Oh Yeah!! Really? Unbelievable!!! Oh, Yes IT was!!! I walked out, IN Love, with my knowledge, gift, liscense and my DIGNITY. I said thank you and left. On the onset I was HIGHLY disappointed, BUT I got passed it quick! Oh Yes I DID!!! You see, what God has for "Q" it IS for Me!! That was not for me. Can you still have unFeigned Love and unFettered Praise, Feverently after that?? Yes I DID!!! I couldn't be upset over what wasn't mine!! Because MINE is Pressed Down Shaken Together and Running Over!!! 

I Speak Life and Prophectically OVER myself:

Qua' Sonya that door closed and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has just opened another one. This one is, HUGE, COLOSSAL, MEGA, ENORMOUS, TREMENDOUS, STUPENDOUS, INCREDIBLE and WILL Shift me to a whole New, Next LEVEL!!! Already has!!!

My Brother said to me on yesterday, "There is no Climax without a climb"!! He also said, and I LOVE this one, "The Team Work, makes the Dream Work"!! Grand God from ZION!! You see, this particular situation has put FIRE under me, Oh Yes it has!!! Thank You for disappointing me, the stakes just went UP!! Oh Yeah!! You must ALWAYS Love inspite of, with Praise in your Heart and on your lips. In and with Geinuine Love it will ALWAYS tear DOWN satan's teeney, weeney kingdom. 

"unFeigned Love, Breeds unFettered Praise, Fervently"!!

My Worship is for REAL!! This Devotional is Dedicated to my BEST Friend!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Walking with a Purpose IN Obedience"

"Walking with a Purpose IN Obedience"

1 Samuel 15:22--But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to The Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. NLT 

About 3 weeks ago my car was down and I had no means of transportation except a ride to church and then back home. Well one day, while waiting on the accumulation of funds(working each week) to get my car fixed, Jayden didn't have a way home from school. My fuel pump was broken and after doing my research it was pretty costly to repair. I called 2 of my good friends knowing they would be able to pick Jay up for me. Both friends were in predicaments and could not come through. Oh my, my world was shattered, they could not produce. Then I heard in my Spirit just as clear as day, "use what you have". Huh?? What I had was the activity of my limbs and mobility to move. Now I could have made more calls, BUT I had to be Obedient. I had to, "Walk with a Purpose, IN Obedience". This just seemed absurd to me, but God had Divine Purpose in so many ways. So I got out of my party of pity and woe it's "Q" and packed my backpack with snacks and water for Myself and Jay. I put on my headphones, shades and put IT into MOTION. To make it plain and personal, The Lord told me to, "WALK"! God is MOST Faithful because that particular day the wind was blowing and it was not hot. What normally took me 7 minutes while driving took me 45 minutes walking. I was conditioned for the process because I walk/workout about 4 to 5 times a week. On my journey of walking it seemed that everyone was passing me and getting to their expected end faster. On the way I saw people running, driving cars, riding motorcycles and whatever else they had. But it seemed I wasn't getting to my destination fast enough. I hit a hill and it seemed as if I would never come down.
But when I began to embrace where I was(cool crisp air, beautiful green trees, the ability to move) it did not seem bad at all. While walking, periodically I would look UP and see an Eagle(strength) soaring over me. I said, "Lord I know You are here". Upon reaching my destination I SEE my neighbor passing by. Oh my, here comes obedience OR sacrifice. She spins back around and says, "girl what are you doing"? I said, "exercising AND picking up Jay". She said, "oh no, get in this car or at least let me get Jay". I said, "I am fine". She left in confusion. It did not make sense to her, BUT perfect sense to me. God said walk! I could have took the ride or even allowed her to pick Jay up(sacrifice). But I was set in my HEART on being OBEDIENT. I kept walking with tears in my eyes, I knew God had Divine Purpose behind this process and episode of my life. When I got to the school, the Principle looked confused and said, "Miss Johnson, are you walking to get Jayden today"? I replied, "yes Sir, my car is down". He looked confused as well and said, "you're going to make Jayden walk that far"? I motioned my head yes because I got choked up about the whole process. By this time, Jay walks out with the BIGGEST Smile on his face. Jayden says, "mommy the car is still not fixed"? I said no, we are walking, he says, "COOL, let's GO"!! While talking and embracing the laughter and fellowship with my son, the phone rings. Out of OBEDIENCE, that was the call that sent a check to cover the entire bill of the car. Come on here GLORY!!! You see Saul pulled a "partial", God does not operate in partial(1 Samuel 15:7-8), He said, "destroy ALL".  Saul did what seemed right to him. People may not understand your reason behind certain things that you have to do, BUT, when God is in the motion picture obedience is a MUST. Out of disobedience Saul lost everything(1 Samuel 15:23). In closing Jayden said, "mommy that Eagle has been soaring over us since we have been walking". I just looked at him and smiled and said, "son as you can SEE, God is with us and has been since I started walking". Hello Somebody!! Good God from Zion!!! Be encouraged today in obedience, it takes a strong willing, submitted heart to walk in obedience. What FEELS or seems right to us, most of the time does not line up with God. 

Walking is slower but has a powerful impact and purpose in the END.  QDJ

Rest in Peace Summer Hillsman!! Gone BUT always IN our hearts!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"THE fear Factor"

"THE fear Factor"

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 2:9 NIV

When I started doing hair MANY years ago, I started as a shampoo technician. Now as the years went on I wanted more because there was much more in me than being confined to a shampoo bowl. Eventually I faced my fear and got cards made and I started promoting my gift. In my early twenties I was a go-getter and I was unstoppable. As time went by I made up my mind(changed my perspective), and went to the owner of the Salon and with BOLDness told her that on a particular date I would no longer be her shampoo technician. I had clients but not enough to make a BOLD move or statement of such. Needless to say I stepped OUT on Faith and Trusted God and started renting a booth that cost me $100 a week. The scripture clearly says that WHEREVER Joshua went The Lord would be right there. That was a reality for me as well, I had no product, supplies or booth rent(money). BUT, what I had was my GOD and what He had Promised. In my decision making the supply man came by, I told him that next week I would be an official booth renter. He said that he was proud of me and that was a HUGE step. So he said, "come out to the product van and get what you need and pay me when you get yourself established". Come on here somebody, Good God from Zion!!! Then one of my friends drove from Atlanta after I told him of my decision and took me to Sally's Beauty Supply and gave me $300 to get what I needed to start my journey. That Tuesday before I started work I went in my prayer closet(back then it was my bathroom), and lifted my hands with tears streaming and covering my face and I said, "Father I stretch my hands to Thee NO other HELP I know." Got to work and on a Tuesday(slow day) 3 persons needing relaxers walked through the door   and as the day progressed a lady came in wanting a shampoo and style. Hello somebody!!! In the words of my Mother, "Won't He Do IT"!! Yes He Did! I gave the Salon owner my booth rent($100), that was due on Saturday on Tuesday. You see if I had let fear trap me, I would have never left where I was. After that Faith Move I opened up my own Salon and the rest has been my process and journey. The fear Factor is nothing more than NOT Trusting in God. Operating in fear causes you to rely on your own strength, knowledge and capabilities. The Bible says, "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
So if in fact and it is a true fact, that God didn't give us the spirit of fear. Where did it surface from? Past failures and rejection are a MAJOR part of fear. Fear presents the outcome of a situation/circumstance as a foggy day and will not allow you to SEE God. Fear prompts you to walk by sight and stay in a place of comfort, confinement, complacency, stagnation and paralyzation. You become immobile, because you are afraid to step out of what is familiar to you. My God is a MOVING Forward God, not an immovable God. He is the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords! He is my Peace, Fortress, Strong Tower, Refuge, Provider, Comforter and much more. Entail and with BOLD conclusion, He IS Qua' Sonya's EVERYTHING!!!  I Command fear to be Gone, I Declare and Decree with Holy Boldness fear is totally annihilated. Don't let fear define, shape or form your thoughts. As a man thinketh, so is he. Today, be Strong and Courageous and Trusting that when you take that first step forward God is most Certainly with you!

Who is fear? What is fear? In God I have NO fear!!!

Perpetual Peace and Unmerited Favor on your week!! QDJ

Rest in Peace my Friend Summer Hillsman. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013



Colossians 3:13-14
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14--Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  NLT

Transform--To change in condition, nature, or character; convert. To change in form.

God is Love and Love is God. To be fully and effectively transformed by Love you must undergo Spiritual Open Heart Surgery. On last week I spoke about having the Spirit of Gratitude. Well this past weekend I had Spiritual Open Heart Surgery with no pain meds and no one in the operating room. Lord help me God! It was God my Heavenly Father and myself, I was forced to deal with a level of pain I have not experienced in a LONG time. In fact I didn't think it would ever happen, but the "Heart Check Up" came. After the check up, I was immediately rushed to the Spiritual Operating Table. It was overwhelming and I literally felt like I was dying, in fact I was. I was dying to self. I was in so much pain that although I was smiling and appeared like I had it together, everyone around me felt it too. I could not shake the pain, I was in major disbelief. I tried to sweep it up under my work mat that is used to stand on for comfort but that didn't work. You know how we do, we stand on the comfort of something or somebody in times of discomfort. Well this mat that I spent $300 on, and was designed to give me the GREATEST level of comfort failed me. Here is where the story gets real and transparent. This is how I ended up in Spiritual Open Heart Surgery, with no pain meds. I have a Best Friend that is so close to my heart, we are connected in so many ways, but most importantly we are connected Spiritually. This friend I have known for almost 30 years. This friend knows me better than I know myself, and will call my mess straight up out of me. This friend I can bear my soul to and never judges me and TOTALLY Loves me unconditionally. This friend can pour INTO me Spiritually, and knows what I am about to say before it forms and comes out of my mouth. Yes, that friend, the friend, Qua' Sonya's Best Friend. Well my friend hurt me to the CORE, I believe when it happen I stopped breathing. I thought of all the things I would say and how I would say them upon speaking to my friend. But my Savior, you know Him! The ONE that Loves "Q" in ALL her mess,  redirected that negative energy. I am now being transparent and stepping on the devils head to deliver someone and set them free. I have for many years dealt with rejection, and this does not feel good at times it feels like you are dying. My Best Friend in life took me back to something I thought I was delivered from, and knew in my heart that I would not experience from them. But God!! Ok Qua' Sonya, you have been running around here singing, "For Your Glory, I will do Anything". Really, oh ok!!! Let's SEE!!! I put on my favorite worship song to push me up out of the funk I found myself in, that did not work. I laid in the floor, cried and prayed all that. But the pain still remained. Church was  Phenomenal, but I came out feeling the same way I went in. Good God from Zion. Ok, ok, ok,!!! My car was down for a week or so and it was my fuel pump. My mechanic said it was the hardest job he had experienced in a long time. Reason being, he said, "the straps(stronghold) on the gas tank did not want to come off". He said, "it was old and was holding on tight". It took him 3 hours just to get the straps off. Sweet Baby Jesus!! How many times do we walk in offense and hold on to something that hinders us from moving forward?? Check your heart!! The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "put IT(offense, un-forgiveness, hurt) to death, and I will Resurrect the situation in 3 days". Today is the third and I am FREE!!! Real Love lets go of all offenses and forgives and NEVER to bring it up again. Colossians 3:13-14 says and I paraphrase, let go of the faults of others and forgive the offender. Remember ALL the mess God has forgiven you for. Clothe yourself in your BEST outfit of Love, which Love(God), binds us together in perfect harmony. Lord help Qua' Sonya!!! I was done after I read this because I just opened my Bible and there it was. In all essence, surgery went well and I had a speedy recovery! Thanks be unto God, whom gets ALL the Glory!!! Life is to short to hold on to any offense or  un-forgiveness. One of my friends died yesterday after 9 days of having a baby, the last time we spoke was when I couldn't make it to her baby shower. I did not get a chance to say good-bye. God does not make mistakes, at all. So on today, I say to my BEST Friend(you know who you are) in life, forgive me and I forgive You!!! I Love You and I appreciate Your friendship, thank You for being real and an asset to and in my life! You totally Rock!!

I have been "Transformed by Love"!  QDJ 

Rest in Sweet Peace, Summer Hillsman!! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013



1Thessalonians  5:16--give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  NIV

Gratitude--The quality or feeling of being grateful/thankful.

On last Wednesday my car stopped in the middle of 5 o'clock traffic on Memorial Parkway with no warning. I was on my way to pick up my son and visit a friend of mine whom had just had major surgery. Needless to say, I did not make either destinations. You see, in life on our journey there are stops(test, trials, situations, circumstances) that causes us to halt for a moment. Many times these things come without warning. But if anybody knows Qua' Sonya she takes a licking and keep on ticking. Thank You Lord! I called Roadside assistance and while on the phone with them I texted one of the young ladies that help me with Jayden. I informed her I was stuck on the side of the road and where I could be found, she came immediately. Thank You Lord! Before I could get off the phone with Roadside Assistance one of my College friends pulled behind me and jumped out of the truck he was in. He said, "are you ok"? I told him, "YES"! Thank You Lord! After that Jayden and the young lady pull up behind me and offered to get Jayden something to eat while we wait. Thank You Lord! Then Jayden gets in the car and say, "Mommy are you ok"? Then he says, "Mommy I need to walk off and talk to God". I looked over and hear him literally talking to God and tears(of joy) began to stream down my face. Thank You Lord! He gets back in the car and says, "Mommy, God said EVERYTHING is alright". Thank You Lord!  Roadside Assistance pull up, load and secure the car. Thank You Lord! While all this is going on three church members stop to make sure we were ok. Thank You Lord! We got home safely! Thank You Lord! In ALL circumstances, we should have a Spirit of Gratitude. God is STILL Good and He is Most Faithful AND in CONTROL. Someone today may feel immobile like their car has stopped(stagnant, like things are not moving). My Friends it is in those times that God IS Moving. Trust Him! Thank Him for the test! God will get the Glory out of your situation. Wait, Be Patient and Trust His Timing! Thank You Lord!

Perpetual Blessings on Your week!!  QDJ


Tuesday, October 1, 2013



Wait--to delay temporarily or be temporarily delayed. 
Synonyms-- tarry, pause, abide, remain, stick around.

Acts 1:4
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 

There are times where we are in a hurry/rush to get things or to places. There is a song that says, "you can't hurry God, you just got to wait". Waiting can be uncomfortable, uneasy and down right frustrating. Good News my Friends, it is in your Season of "Wait" that you gain strength in The Lord and your relationship gets STRONGER. You will literally learn how to put it, ALL in His hands. Your it may not be my it, but His Hands are Bigger and can hold IT All. The song says, "whatever the problem, I put it all in His hands, I know that He can solve it, I put it all in His hands, this and that, I put it all in His hands". Psalm 130:5 I wait for The Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. After you release your it in His Hands, wait, stand on His Word and be hopeful, knowing He has it. Jesus, do you know the Man??  In the book of Acts Jesus commanded the Apostles not to leave Jerusalem( City of Peace), BUT(however, on the other hand), WAIT for the gift the Father promised(paraphrased). Jesus goes on to say, and I paraphrase, you heard me say this before. God has Promised some things to you, but He is getting you ready in your wait for what is to come.  On today be encouraged. Know that while you tarry, pause, abide, remain, stick around that in His Hands there is NO Failure. Your delay is NOT definite it is only to posture you for your Destiny!! 

Read Acts 1 for deeper revelation and it is good reading. Bless You!! QDJ 10/1/13

"Harvest Time"!!! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"HIS Timing"

"HIS Timing"

John 11:6 Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days. NIV

My friends the timing of The Lord is NOT our perception of time. What we perceive perfect/appointed time to be is not the timing of The Lord. The word kairos comes to us from the Greek word for time. It literally means, the SET Timing of The Lord, an appointed time in the purpose of God. Merriam Webster says that kairos is a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment. In the book of John chapter 11(using my spiritual imagination), Martha and Mary had an urgency and was devastated that their brother was sick. They knew that if anyone could fix this catastrophe it would be Jesus. In fact, they wanted Jesus to make haste before things got worse. BUT, and I paraphrase, "after hearing that Lazarus was sick, Jesus stayed where he was a little while longer". Oh my!!! Really!!! Why? Lazarus is Dying, we NEED You NOW Lord!!! That is what many of us are saying right NOW. Lord I have prayed to You, where are You? My situation is sick and dying and it appears that it can't be resurrected. But let us take a backwards flip back up to John 11:4, Jesus clearly says that this sickness(your circumstance, problem, situation, unemployed state) will not end in death!!! Jesus goes on to say that, "no it is for God's Glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Come on here Glory!!! Hello Somebody!!! In fact, when we REMOVE ourselves from the issue, God can "sho-Nuff" show Himself Mighty and Strong in our life. He sees and knows ALL, it is His appointed and perfect time. In short, Lazarus was sick and did die(your circumstance/situation). What is taking place in your life is simple, where is your faith?? What belief system are you clinging on?? John 11, verse 4 clearly tells us that this is NOT over, this is NOT a death point/place. Let me help you understand it a little bit better, "IT AIN'T OVER"!!!!!! Jesus was 2 miles away from where Lazarus was(verse 18). Jesus said, "your brother will rise again"(verse 23).  In essence, Jesus is not far, and you WILL Rise, Come Forth, Come Out and the Glory SHALL be REVEALED!!! The Time has been set, for you and your situation. Get your Judah(praise) on because, Jesus is 2 miles(not far) away!!!

Resurrection Time, God's Set Appointed Time!! Kairos Time!!! Glory Time!!! Oh Yeah!!! QDJ  

Scripture Reference: John chapter 11:1-44 NIV

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Seal IT"

"Seal IT"

I was in conversation with the pest control man today. I asked him, "how do you keep someone else's pest under control, that comes in without notice creeping and crawling in your personal space without your permission"? His answer was, "you have to SEAL up any space that may be open". He goes on to say, "if you leave the door open something is liable to walk in"!! Good God from Zion!! Question: What are you leaving open and allowing to come in and contaminate or tarnish your Spirit?? My God!!! 

"SEAL IT"!!!  QDJ 9/16/13