A Simple Concept

This month we covered all the dynamics of basketball. We talked about initiating the play with the jump ball, not letting anyone steal your joy, going for the rebound of hardships, and being able to get the perfect assist. When all of these concepts come together then we are able to have a perfect plan and win the game that we call life.

When I think of a perfect play I think of everything going the way that I planned. I imagine my plans to succeed executed perfectly with little to no distractions, obstacles or steals! I imagine my accomplishments coinciding with the timeframe that I planned for them. However, maturity and life lessons will teach you otherwise. I have learned that if I didn’t consult with the Lord about what my plan may truly be then I have wasted some serious time. Because no matter what my plan may be for myself that doesn’t mean anything if it is not the plan that the Lord has for me. No matter how bad I may want it.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ;

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

God’s perfect play does not have to coexist or coincide with what we would consider our perfect play to be. We much acknowledge Him as the omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresent Lord that He is.

We have to understand what it means when we say that the Lord is our shepherd. Many times we give ourselves a lot more accreditation then we should. It doesn’t matter what your degree is in. It doesn’t matter what your level of expertise on a topic. The Lord’s plan will always supersede, bypass, and excel your own understanding every time. It is impossible for us to have the intelligence level to predict what the Lord has for us. We must humble ourselves and understand that we cant do this without the Lord and we shouldn’t want to!

I didn’t want to write a long blog to reiterate a simple concept.

Don’t miss out on your blessings by trying to create your own. Ask and He shall give you understanding. Trust in the Lord and He will guide you.

 

-K.T Jacks ❤

 

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THE DIVINE ASSIST

Who says that you have to do everything by yourself? I’m not sure about the basis of this idea or its origin, but I do know that it maybe very difficult to carry out. This month we have been dealing with different aspects of basketball and relating it to everyday life. Basketball is a sport I really do enjoy watching. My favorite detail about it is observing the teamwork in action. Every player on the team is an asset and is unique to the structure of the team. If you have ever played a sport then I’m certain that you’ve heard the coach say,” There is no I in T-E-A-M.” Why must they always mention this in practice or a game you might ask”? They mention this as a reminder that no matter how talented you are, your position, or what your plan is you are not in this alone. You must learn to work with others on your team to get the win. This rings true in life and from a spiritual perspective. When God wrote your story for His Glory the lineup for the supporting cast was already in place. Your only assignment is to play your part and stay in your lane. There are people whose paths you will cross that will play a part in your next level in God. Don’t be afraid or alarmed because they are on your team. There are doors that will open only for You and it will have nothing to do with you being deserving of it. The ways being made and opportunities being granted on your behalf are predestined. I like to call this the Divine Alignment Connection. This connection is orchestrated by God and it supersedes even the most strategic networking plan. When God is in it you won’t have to force your way in, your credentials won’t matter, and you may not be able to make sense of any of it. You may have a hard time even believing that He is working it out right before your very eyes. God always sends reinforcement and confirmation just for you! What God has for you it is tailor made for you only.There is nothing and no one that can interfere with that. Don’t let your ego and pride get you caught up in self preservation and miss out on the assist from the other teammates! Real strength knows its limitations and doesn’t waste time wrestling with its weaknesses.

In the Basketball World

Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen

Kobe Bryant had Shaq

Lebron James had Dewayne Wade

In the Bible World

Naomi had Ruth (Book of Ruth)

Esther had Mordecai (Book of Esther)

But the Helper, thee Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name He will teach you all the things and bring to your remembrance all things I have said to you.”(John 14;26 esv)

Have you witnessed God’s Divine Alignment in your life. Share your thoughts and comments below. I would love to hear your testimony!

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER

Pray for the Assist

Pray for the Assist,

Lord, I first come to you today and first ask for forgiveness of my sins. I want to enter your graces with a pure heart, a pure mind, and a pure conscience.

I want to thank you for who you are and who you continue to be upon my life. I want to thank you for your grace, your mercy, your wisdom, and the pure love that you have rained upon my life.

Lord, I ask that you look into my heart, look into my soul, and tackle my deepest concerns. During this play called life, I understand that there is nothing that I can do without you. I can’t score without you. I can’t win without you. But with you, I am a champion. With you I am victorious.

Lord I ask you for assistance during this time of need. Lord, I ask that as I am raising my children you are alongside court with me. I ask that in my household I can pass the burdens and concerns to you because with you I know that I can win. But without you, I don’t have a chance.

I pray that you are on my team as I enter into work, school, and the different places that my life may take me. I ask that I can pass you the concerns and the weight of life…for it is too much to carry without you Father. Lord, I am asking that you make a way out of no way. Lord grant me with your wisdom, fill me with your grace, pour into me until my cup runneth over.

Lord, I need your help and because of who you are I know that it is already done. I know that you are in the midst. I know that you are fighting my battles even when I can not see it. And for that, I thank you, Lord.

In the Lord’s name, we pray.

Amen.

Today I wanted to write a nice long blog about the term assist in basketball. I wanted to relate it to our lives from the perspective of assisting other and being in the need of assistance. And as I wrote I realized that we all are in need assistance in some form or another. We need assistance from God to guide our heart, our mind, and our spirit. And sometimes we just need flat-out help! 

As I pray upon life, I pray that these words are able to assist someone as it may assist me. So many times we are relying on our own strength and wisdom but its okay to say, Lord, I need you. Assist me. 

-K.T Jacks ❤

1 John 5-14-15

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Beautiful Timing

“I feel the momentum of my ambition fading. I don’t want to lose the grasp that I have on my vision. My dreams are gridlocked and I am apprehensively waiting for the appearance of progress.” -KBKorner

It can be a struggle to exercise patience while you are navigating the “in between the vision phase”. This phase can be described as a place where you contend with unexpected hurdles and delays. This is the place where many throw in the towel and walk away. Others acquire an ambivalent attitude toward the process and are stagnant. Then there are those that seize the moment with a “never giving up perspective.” This phase also puts a demand on your faith and cultivates patience. Faith is defined as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. There will be times when it seems like everything that you are working towards is beyond your reach. However, you must remember that God’s plan is designed so that you can win in the appointed time. The plan is already established it just has to manifest in the earth.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Timing is Everything

Expecting a baby can be an exciting and terrifying experience. The ideal time of full-term pregnancy is 39-40 weeks. If the baby is delivered prematurely the Obstetrician must delay the delivery so the baby can be treated with medication. This medication helps speed up lung development so that he can breathe outside the womb. God doesn’t just want you to survive, but He wants you to thrive! God’s will for your life may not include your plans. However, your heart’s desire should be in sync with his will. The appointed time is all about his Glory and you bearing witness to his goodness. Don’t rush the journey you’re developing each step of the way.

One on One Time

I challenge you to take time to spend it in prayer and devotion daily. There is clarity and peace in the quiet time with God. This may be in your car on your way to work, while you are on lunch break or while taking a stroll in the park. Being in fellowship with God will fortify your faith and build endurance to thrive. There are so many wonderful things that God wants to reveal to you in one on one time.

Until next time,

KBKORNER

REWARD OF THE REBOUND

In the basketball world rebound shots can be game changers. Being in a place to retrieve the ball has amazing advantages. The most important reason is scoring more points. Great rebounders are great at having their hands ready to catch the ball and their bodies close to the basket. Being in the right position at the right time is a resounding sentiment throughout this series. Of course getting the rebound will require you putting the work in to see it through. Waiting for the ball to come your way usually doesn’t work in your favor. “You Have to Go and Get It!”

It is amazing how If the world wants to know anything about you they dig for the dirt first. It is a tragedy that in our society we take pleasure in another person’s misery and misfortune. The culture is all about “pouring the tea” with no regard to who it hurts even if it’s untrue. Your dirt placed in the spotlight is used to discredit or shame you. This could be a HUGE hinderance to you starting fresh. However, truth be told we have all done things we aren’t proud of. Even in that God’s grace kept us covered and His blood washed our sins away. We have to ask for forgiveness daily!The most humbling aspect of my faith in God is that despite my past, pain, and insecurity His love and confidence in my potential (my not yet place) continues to propel me forward. People and my past will keep score and build monuments in memory of who I was, where I’m from, and the things I did to serve as a reminder of the negatives in my life. This is an unhealthy coping mechanism for THEM because it is an attempt to lower the volume of insecurity that is blaring into the speakers of their already empty existence. When you are trying to do better it makes others self-reflect. Don’t dim your light to make haters feel secure. Let your little light shine! I will say it again, ”Get the rebound don’t miss the opportunities to score BIG!

Here is some good news for you! God Never Gives Up on us or what He wants to do through us. God is not the God of a second chance, but many chances. Although he gives us the opportunity to keep trying and get it right, it doesn’t give you a license to habitually moonwalk into sin. His grace and mercy is a gift and is not in place to be misused intentionally. When you fall get up quickly and get back in your rightful place with your heart, mind, and spirit in position. Remaining in a fallen state of mind and posture gives room to the feeling of self-pity and contentment. Contentment in sin is like making it a place of permanent residence. If you are down in a low place, just remember it’s only temporary. If you can just muster the courage to look up then the Lord will you help you stand up! It may look foolish to others to keep trying, but don’t stop aiming for the goal. The goal is to be a better version of you and maximize your potential. You will miss a few shots, but no worries you are on the winning side! The reward of the rebound is an accomplishment!

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.” (Prov.24:16 NLT)

If this post is a blessing to you like,share and comment how do you rebound when things get difficult.I would love to hear your story.

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER

Go For It! #Again

As mere humans, we always seem to remember the missed shots. The things that we did not say, the opportunities that we missed, and the dreams that we didn’t make a reality. It’s rare that someone tells you that you can make a rebound or that you can try and try again. Instead, people tend to advise you on different things that you can accomplish rather than giving you the encouragement to tackle the very thing that you initially sought after.

However, you’re only a failure if you choose to stop trying to succeed. 

The moment that you give up on yourself is the moment that everything that you once worked for goes to waste. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore enourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

We should encourage one another but sadly that is not always the case. The truth is that you don’t need others to validate your purpose on this Earth. And the Lord has put everything inside of you that you need to succeed. We miss that a lot because we live in a time where people broadcast your failures and whisper your accomplishments, but it’s important that we understand our self-worth! The best encouragement is self-encouragement. It’s the nights that you put in perfecting your craft alone. It’s the studying, the footwork, and the overtime that goes unaccounted for. It’s the self-awareness of knowing your limits and knowing what it takes to push them without recognition from others.

As a friend to a friend, I encourage you to go after the rebound! If you missed your shot grab the ball and shoot again! Re-take the test, rebuild, rebrand, or start over if you must. But never give up!

-KT. Jacks ❤

Just because you’ve missed a shot doesn’t mean that you can’t try and try again. May these words find you and fill all of your empty places. May you see everything in yourself that the Lord has placed in you!

1 Peter 2:9

But you are chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE

In the theme of March Madness this month with this series I wanted to talk about turnovers. In basketball, a turnover is when a team loses possession of the ball to the opposing team. The turnover can be a result of a number of things like throwing the ball out of bounds, the ball being stolen, traveling, or an illegal screen just to name a few. With a turnover, it has to do with position, timing, player’s vision in the game, and decisions. I realized in order to be in the best position for a victory you need to know the rules of the game. Understanding the game will equip you to play within the boundaries that have been established for you. The player is an asset and has the advantage. You also need to be knowledgeable about your position as a player. A good player understands no matter where you are in your skills there is always room for improvement. In the kingdom of God as a Believer, we have authority, dominion, and power to tread on the enemy’s head. We have been equipped to be a light in a dark world.

Decision making in our lives is often times influenced by our position and timing. It is important that we have clarity and instructions by being guided by the Holy Spirit in everything that we do. We have the homecourt advantage because we have been setup to Win and that is an upset for the Enemy. The truth is we are victorious because the battle is already Won. However, He knows that we are imperfect and we will still make decisions that are a “hot mess”. I’ve learned that in my walk with the Lord to put Him at the forefront of ALL my decision making. The major and minor decisions are all intertwined. His desire for us is to stay in His PERFECT will and we can be successful in that by giving Him the wheel. The gift of doing this is peace and Divine direction. You make the Lord an afterthought when you decide without HIM because you think if this doesn’t work,”Jesus can fix it.” You are absolutely right He can, but that mindset is out of order. The weight of your decisions will not only impact you but those connected to you. God’s design was not put in place for us to be like,” a ship without a sail. God is the Captain of our Soul and we are going to our place of destiny with a Purpose on purpose!

Will we always feel or look like we are winning? The answer to that is no because what you see and how you feel is not reliable. Even when we are playing by the book(Bible) will there still be unforeseen challenges? Yes, it will be and you can be certain of that. It won’t always be the Enemy trying to undermine and cheat you out of what is rightfully yours. Sometimes we get in our own way. Even when God has given information and revelation our heart desires steer us wrong. Disobedience (rebellion), moving slowly, and not seeking His face gives place for a turnover. The comeback from this is staying in the word by reading and studying it. The Bible is your playbook and it is where you are affirmed, powercharged, and spiritually nourished. It is where you learn how to live, behave, and operate in a Kingdom mindset. Get in the book if you really want to hear His voice.

My prayer is that we step aside and let God continue to be a Waymaker. Lord give us the mind, heart, and spirit to be receptive and obedient to your instruction with urgency. Sharpen our discernment to know the difference between good and evil. To recognize who is in our space to help or hinder. Stay in position and be ready for the play. No more excuses just expectations that we will win! We have Home team advantage!

“If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you.”(James 1:5 NLT)

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER