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I woke up early this morning with a clear and bold message on my heart to share.  This blog post isn’t about pregnancy abortions—it’s not a pro choice or right to life campaign whatsoever, so keep reading until you reach the end and pray that your heart and eyes remain open as you read.

Before pregnancy abortions were legal in this country, women would go through life risking measures to get one.  Throughout history, women have had unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Time after time, we have found ways to terminate those pregnancies.  If you study underground abortions you’ll learn about women that injured themselves as a result of obtaining an underground abortion under dangerous conditions, or from trying to induce the abortion themselves.

The Lord revealed to me that so many of His daughters abort God’s divine plan for their lives every day by uprooting themselves from where He’s planted them– maybe the journey began to be too difficult or the people too hard to tolerate. Regardless of the reason for the self abortion, we harm ourselves by trying to uproot from where He has planted us.  Just like the women from yesteryear, we back-alley abort ourselves from being planted firmly in good soil. God sees the end from the beginning; He planted us for good reason.  Uprooting ourselves usually leads to humiliating and regretful results. Think about those countless women that made things much worse when they took matters into their own hands to carryout the wire coat hanger abortions.  Sure they terminated the pregnancy, but their physical bodies also suffered perpetually.

God is crying out asking His daughters to not butcher themselves. Will you trust Him today?  Make up your mind to journey with God and to trust in His sovereignty alone.  He planted you in that role for a reason—be still until He tells you otherwise, not your flesh.  Stay strong in prayer relying on God’s divine will to manifest.  Ignore your emotions and your “wisdom”.  Pay no attention to the opinions of your girlfriends, how dare we trust them over an all knowing God. Don’t take matters into your own hands, rely fully on His wisdom.  It breaks His heart when we say, “God’s plan? Yeah right, mission aborted!  Sister, don’t you know that His gift is in His plan.  His best blessings are hidden in His divine will. 

REFLECTION:  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10

Heavenly Father in the matchless, incomparable name of Jesus, I pray for an open spirit and a godly heart for each of my sisters.  Forgive us for taking matters into our own hands.  Have mercy on us, God.  Show us daily, how to learn to trust in You more.  Shower us with the fullness of Your presence. Lord we ask that You remove any and every hindrance from us that causes us to question Your perfect plan.  Mute the Zechariah’s in our lives, Lord. Make them silent and unable to speak until the day of Your plan for our lives blossoms at the appointed time.  We thank You for Your word and the renewing of our hearts and minds.  Although the road is winding right now and we can’t see ahead of the curves, we completely surrender to You, Lord.  All that we have and all that we are, we commit it to Your faithful, loving hands.  We take our jobs (or current unemployment), our husbands (or boyfriends), our children (or potential future children), our gifts, our churches, our finances, our friends and family, our dreams, our businesses, our goals— we take everything we have and know, Lord and we place it at Your feet. Spare us. Mold us. Shape us. Mature us. Bless us. Perfect us. Equip us. Prepare us. Carry us, Lord. Thank You loving Father for hearing our prayers and for answering our prayers. Thank You Lord for loving us so passionately and unconditionally—even when we don’t know how to love or trust You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I encourage you to spend time with the Heavenly Father today.  Get serious about trusting Him as you journey and remain firmly planted until His appointed time.

Employ purposed living!

Aziza Bailey

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Imagine a hot, summer day where the temperature is 114 degrees outside.  The heat is smoldering and your clothes are sticking to you.  Your hair has gone from beautiful silky tresses to a kinky or frizzy mess.  All day, you’ve been walking around desperately craving an ice cream cone, but you don’t have a dime in your pocket at the time to buy one.  Meanwhile, everywhere you go, you see someone with an ice cream cone and it seems like you are the only one on the planet without one.  No matter what you do, you can’t shake the craving.  The desire to devour the creamy, cold treat is driving you crazy and there is absolutely nothing you can do, but go home to a hot house empty-handed.  

God is showing me that so many of my sisters are struggling with being content while we wait for Him to deliver on His promises or bless the desires of our hearts.  Waiting on God is an extremely humbling experience, but in the end we are always blessed more than we can think or ask.  If God has promised it, the blessing He has in store for you is going to knock your socks off!  Some of you are waiting on God for a husband and every time you look up you see happy couples hugging and kissing all around you.  Meanwhile, you go home to an empty house every night.  Maybe, your biological clock is ticking and you desperately want God to bless your womb so you can experience the joys of motherhood.  However, every time you look up you see a pregnant lady or a woman with beautiful children and you go home childless feeling like your prayers will never be answered.  Perhaps, you are married to a man or have children that refuse to surrender to God and you are waiting on the Lord to move mightily on their behalf.  Maybe you are waiting on that promotion or for the job of your dreams to manifest.  Regardless of what you are waiting for right now, in different seasons of our lives, we each have to learn to trust and wait on our Heavenly Father.

No matter what we are waiting on God to do, we have to discipline ourselves to soak up His presence while we wait.  In our emptiness, our posture needs to be all about Him.  He desires to have true intimacy with us.  However, we cannot realize genuine intimacy with God until we learn how to fully immerse ourselves in His glory and experience the fullness of Him alone.  The Lord wants us to clear our calendars and make a reservation just for two—God and you, with no interruptions.  Every time the feelings of incompleteness and lack bully us, we need to immediately stop what we are doing to spend Daddy-daughter time exalting Him through worship.  Make a habit of abiding in the secret place of the Most High.  When you least expect it, at God’s ordained time, He will open up the heavens and pour out showers of blessings. 

Points to Ponder:

  • His word encourages that He will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is stayed on Him, because we trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
  • Psalms 91:1 reminds us that He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • Philippians 4:7 teaches that the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will be a garrison to guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  A garrison is a major military station that has the specific role of guarding a particular location. Garrisons are very secure.  When we have this type of peace, which comes only from God, we are blessed and protected in Him.
  • Colossians 3:15 instructs us that we should let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body we were called to peace and to be thankful.

One of our goals as a Purposed Princess is to live a life that’s reflective of a woman who counts her blessings continuously. Instead of throwing a pity party or allowing jealousy or discontentment to grow in our hearts, let’s keep our eyes on God and wait patiently on Him.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Our mouths and our tongues plant seeds for our own destruction when we spit venom at people who have hurt us. We have to turn all that hurt over to God for Him to heal and restore.  In every harsh word and in every judgment, we speak evil against ourselves when we have a wayward tongue toward people who have wronged us.  God’s grace is sufficient.  When we are huring, sometimes it’s best that we remain quiet and be still.  I have to often remind myself that the person who has hurt me is a repentant child of God. They are God’s servant regardless of their past mistakes. Likewise, I am a repentant child of God who has been cleansed by the blood for the sins that I have caused and the lives that I have hurt.  The truth is, we all experience pain and we all have hurt one another.

 Points to Ponder:

  • Isaiah 43:18-19 teaches us to not remember the former or old things. God will do a new thing.  The new thing shall spring forth.  God will make a way in the wilderness for us and will provide rivers in the desert.  We have to trust God to do a new thing in our relationships and in our hearts.
  • Philippians 4:8 encourages us to focus on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, we should securely fix our minds on those things.

Lord, I invite You into the hearts of every person reading this right now, starting with me first.  Measure us Father.  Where there is hurt, remove it and in its place leave love and peace.  Restore us Lord.  Show us the beauty and Godly character in individuals that have once crushed us.  Teach us how to trust You and to submit to Your will.  Instruct us daily on how to walk in forgiveness.  Father, do a new thing in our relationships and in our hearts.  Bless us abundantly as we rely fully on You to be our source. In Jesus name, Amen.

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In my own struggles of the past few weeks in dealing with ambiguity in churches across the nation, I took my concerns and worries to God.  He birthed the following prayer through me.  Satan wants us preoccupied with chaos to keep us from living out our faith and the work that God has for us to accomplish.  In my cry out to the Lord, His continual theme was that He will deal with the transgressions of man, but He requires that we COMPLETELY focus on Him.  I urge each of us to focus on our vertical relationship with the Father.  We have a human tendency to look at the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye while paying no attention to the wood beam in our own eye. Let’s use this season as a time to self-examine and make corrections in our lives.  Jesus said it best in John 8:7 when He said that the person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone.  Brothers and sisters of Christ, join with me in prayer this week.  We EACH have Kingdom responsibilities and purposes to accomplish.

Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for an open spirit and a godly heart for each of us.  We bind and cast down miscommunication, confusion, suspicion, lies, destruction of your ministry, pride, the spirit of gossip, arrogance, self-serving agendas, negative attitudes and  false confidence.  We will not be seduced from the secret place of intimacy with You, God.  In ALL that we do Lord, we proclaim that we will not lose sight of Jesus or the great commission. Father, we will not be sons and daughters of pride.  We will be steadfast about being broken before You.

We speak against condescending attitudes about the body of God.  We will not dishonor Your authority, God.  We speak into the life of every leader in our churches and join together in agreement that EVERY leader will operate under the complete direction of the Holy Spirit in all of our words and actions and will yield to Your voice Lord.  We bind satan’s attempts to stifle spiritual growth and the development of current and future leaders. We will not rely on carnal strategies or conventional tactics, but EACH of us will DAILY go before Your throne for self-examination and direction.  Thy word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our paths (Psalm 119:105).  We speak against hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked plans, false witnesses who speak lies and discord among brothers and sisters. Father, we rebuke the progression of sinful attitudes and we ask You to break our hearts so we may ALL be healed.

We thank You for Your wisdom that crowns us.  Our feet will not be swift to running toward evil.  We cast down the accuser of the brethren.  Father show us our hidden areas of darkness. Rebuke us and bring forth Your correction, leaving no area unexamined.  We give all areas of self-righteousness to You and we thank You that we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  We put miscommunication, misunderstandings and misperceptions under our feet. Father, we thank You for keeping suspicion, mistrust and distorted images out of our hearts and minds. We will not allow the enemy to twist Your truths or to rob us from our purposes.  We stand in faith on Your word and Your purpose for our lives in this season at our church.  Lord, crush our hearts to repent.  We humble ourselves. We thank you for strengthening us for the battle. We are triumphant over this and every circumstance the devil brings our way.  We cast down all negative and ungodly spirits.

We have unwavering faith in You, Lord. You have individually and uniquely equipped each of us to do a great work in our church, in our communities and in this world.  Bless our synergies and our relations with one another.  We ask that You stir up the gifts in us.  Have Your way Lord.  None of us and ALL of You.  Rekindle our commitments and our focus to do Your great work.  Anoint our hands and feet to live out the faith on this day and every day.  Touch us so that we walk BOLDLY in our calling and that we honor You in all that we do. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray, Amen. 

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Have you ever walked into the workplace and as soon as you stepped through the door, you began to huff and puff or complain under your breath about your job.  How many times have you looked at your husband or child and mumbled about how they were getting on your last nerves.  I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit guilt.  This morning, God caught me at the onset of a bad attitude and convicted me.  I was caught red handed with my arm all up in the cookie jar.  I was on the verge of complaining about something that I once begged and pleaded with God to obtain.

It’s amazing how we quickly forget about our blessings. Not long ago, I attended a family reunion in Washington DC and participated in a tour of the National Geographic Museum.  One of the museum exhibits educated patrons about world poverty. This exhibit reminded me of how blessed we are to live in abundance in the United States. Roughly ninety percent of the world lacks the means to purchase or obtain the most basic goods. What we consider poverty in this nation, is wealth in many other nations.  We take so many of our blessings for granted.  There was a time when you cried out to the Lord asking Him to bless you with a child or your man of God.  It wasn’t that long ago that you rallied up prayer warriors to stand in agreement with you concerning the job of your dreams. Now that your prayers have been answered, you are probably doing the same thing I was convicted of doing this morning, complaining about the very thing you asked for.

It’s time we fall in love again with life and all the challenges, hurdles and opportunities that come with the package deal.  Falling in love takes work though.  It’s not the magical experience television promotes, nor is it a quickening emotion that suddenly surfaces without time and commitment.  Falling in love requires that we labor in God’s word until our joy and appreciation are overflowing.

Points to Ponder:

  • Proverbs 15:15 reminds us that every day brings trouble for a miserable person, but when we are happy at heart, life is like a perpetual six-course banquet. 
  • 1 Peter 5:7 teaches us to take all the things that trouble us and to literally cast them into God’s loving hands.  Once our cares are casted, let them go.  Our Daddy cares for us and does not want us lamenting over life’s challenges.
  • Proverbs 17:22 warns us that joy facilitates good health, whereas a broken spirit wipes us out completely.  We weren’t created to walk around broken all the time.

One of our objectives as a Purposed Princess is to live a life that’s reflective of a woman who counts her blessings continuously.  Sure, we’ll experience heartache, trials and tribulations from time to time.  However, instead of complaining, let’s shout, “Thank you God for taking care of that!”

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Many women have asked me about the significance of being a princess versus a queen.  In other words, why did I choose Purposed Princess as the name of my inspirational ministry as opposed to referring to women of God as being queens?

Although, both characteristics reflect our God given responsibilities to walk in dominion and authority, the term princess resonated with me more.  There are countless women and teens that have an enormous need to be loved by a father and to know God as such.  Due to either mental, emotional or the physical absence of earthly fathers, many of us have become accustomed to fatherlessness.  Living this way affects our ability to fully accept, love and connect with God, as well as our capability to love ourselves.  When a daughter is loved by a father, she’s less likely to settle for mediocrity and will hold out for God’s best.  Additionally, some of us have had wonderful relationships with our earthly fathers, but still struggle with our connection with God and don’t see Him as a loving Dad.  Experiencing God as our Father opens our hearts to His appreciation, grace, gentleness and passion for us.  

There is abundant power in knowing you are His princess and that you were made royal in His Kingdom (Revelation 1:6).  Once we know our identity, we are able to walk firmly in our destiny.  Purposed Princess strives to spread the love of God so that every woman and girl can boldly employ purposed living and know that she is her Daddy’s girl!

Be abundantly blessed,

Aziza Bailey

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It was prophesied to me yesterday that I had an anointing on my life to speak to nations.  Shortly after that, one of my spiritual big sisters spoke into my life that there was a huge anointing on me.  A couple weeks before, a healing and deliverance pastor prophesied that I was one of the most anointed people he’s ever met.  If that wasn’t enough, last week, I heard a testimony from one of my writer friends concerning how God has opened up a huge door for her to open up schools of ministry in the continent of Africa.  As I listened to her speak, I could literally feel God whispering reminders of my destiny to touch the hearts of His daughters.  These encounters may seem like great news, but each one freaked me out tremendously.  I’d much rather be the behind the scenes girl who makes things happen and not the one under the spotlight.

If I can be boldly honest with you, I will be first to admit that my flesh wants to put on the brakes.  Remember when Fred and Barney used the heels of their feet as car brakes in the Flintstones.  Well, that’s how my flesh feels. I feel like screaming to God and begging Him to wait a minute or two, to give me a moment to come to grips with all this.  One day, I’m minding my business, and the next, He’s sending friends and strangers to activate destiny into my life.  For an entire month, I have felt like I ought to be the next runaway bride and have wanted to flee from what my Groom, the Almighty God, has for me.  However, in doing so, I will potentially harm not just myself, but may even cause those that God sends me to reach to miss their mark.  Every time I imagine myself sprinting far, far away from the responsibilities of my calling, I can feel God calmly reminding me…

My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in [your] weakness… (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Each of us has different challenges.  What freaks me out may not be a big deal to you and vice versa.  Some of you would be excited to speak to nations.  I am a strong introvert though.  I am stretched to speak to small groups, so when I heard the gentleman tell me that God said I would be speaking to nations, I was thinking OMGosh!!! My flesh started protesting and I immediately thought that dude had no clue what he was talking about.  I began to compromise with God telling him that I’m comfortable speaking to small groups within the nation that I live in, but no more.  However, like most loving fathers will do, God didn’t pay my little objection any attention.  He gently reminded me that it’s not about me and all I could do was surrender with a few tears (of course).  Ya’ll know I keep it real.  Let’s not get it twisted; I am greatly challenged by what God wants me to do.  However, I know that to God be the glory. 

I know I am not the only one going through this. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been so adamant that I blog about fear for the second time in a row.  Sisters, it’s normal for us to have short spurts of fear concerning what lies ahead, but our Daddy gives us grace, even through our intermittent moments of fear or even our temporary questioning of His will.  However, we are purposed to trust Him to guide us day-to-day as we live out our destiny.  Meditate with me on Numbers 23:19 and remind yourself that God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not carry it through? Does He promise and not make good on His word?  What has God spoken concerning your purpose?

Employ purposed living!

Aziza Bailey

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