Rosh Hashanah 5781: The Year of the Plumb Line

Many of us, both Jew and Gentile, will prepare to celebrate and step into this New Year, beginning sundown on September 18th.  As has become my custom, I sought The Lord on what He wanted to say about this coming High Holy Time. Immediately, what came before my spiritual eyes was a plumb line.

Last year, we entered the Decade of Peh (pronounced Pay), as represented by the number 80 (5780). Peh means “mouth, speech” (Jewish Dictionary). We moved from a decade of seeing (closing on two years ago, 5779) to a decade of saying, as of last September (5780). Looking at this month, the ‘81’ of this New Year (5781) resembles to me our very selves as a building next to a plumb line; where the ‘8’ represents us as individuals and what we say, and the ‘1’ resembling God’s plumb line that is coming along side us to measure what we say, what we stand for, how we stand, and our corresponding actions.

God’s timings are for ALL of His creation, whether we operate in them or not. While initially given to the Jews, they have since long ago, been released for everyone to align with so that we can step into the fullness of every plan, purpose, and blessing that God has for each and every one of us. God wants us to win! Whether we win or not is up to each one of us.  Our Creator provides the plan, the equipping and the equipment, road map, and provision for us to go where we need to be; but again, it is up to us whether we want to endeavor in God’s best by showing up.

God’s Sacred and highly appointed Times and seasons are destination spots for those who follow the compass of His Word, and arrive on time, in place, and in position to these oases of revelation, refreshing, restoration, intimacy, and blessings abounding! Rosh Hashanah is one such Pocket of Provision, serving as a greater Haven of Intimacy with the One Who cares most about us, and loves us with an everlasting love.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Rosh Hashanah is “the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September).” further explains: “It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning ‘head [of] the year’, is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days.”

Isaiah 28:17 measures up as it stands tall proclaiming “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.” And Zechariah 4:10 lines up with “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”

Webster’s Dictionary straightens things out in bringing the plumb line into perspective: “a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; measuring-line; a line (as of cord) that has at one end a weight (such as a plumb bob) and is used especially to determine verticality; a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical.”

These next few days require of us deep individual reflection and introspection, sometimes painful internal searching, and a humbling of and dying to self to determine and choose how we each, personally, will align, measure up, and be measured. Will you choose to align with the ways of the world, or take the higher place by traveling on the road of righteousness? Will you situate yourself in remaining steadfast in what is right; or choose to forsake and lay aside righteousness by waning and wandering to worship at the altar of what is considered popular, or politically correct? Will you choose to betray what you truly know deep down inside to be who you are called to be, and do what you are called to do; or will you determine in your heart and purpose in your mind to follow God’s Golden Compass of His Word, and travel on His Holy Highway, rounding the Bend of Blessings and arriving at the place where “the grain and grapes grow faster than they can be harvested.  Where new wine drips from the mountains and flow from all the hills, where you will be among those who will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, planting vineyards, drinking wine; making gardens and eating their fruit” (Amos 9:13-14).

The alignment you choose will determine the way you travel, and the places you arrive. You can either embark on straight and smooth paths leading to delightful destinations abounding with abundance; or traverse upon roads riddled with rough and crooked terrain, leading to deserts of desolation and despair.  The choice is yours. And God will not love you any less. I pray you choose to properly align with the strongest, purest, most profoundly transformational, and most reliable Strong Tower ever built—The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Eternal One who never changes, and is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Faithful Father who is fiercely for you and me and wants us to win.

With warmest regards,

Seek the need over the noise (Podcast)

There is a lot of noise right now in our collective community of humanity, which serves to impede our ability to identify, see, hear, and meet the need. When we are unwilling or unable to see and meet the need because we are so clouded or focused on the noise, we continue to perpetuate and contribute to a toxic cycle of unmet needs, unresolved issues, and unhealed hurts, which diminishes all of us.

The current noise generated from the echo chamber of misunderstanding, offense, and unreconciled differences that is resulting from the chasms of black lives matter and all lives matter is deafening. So, how do we look past the noise in order to identify, meet, and reconcile the need? Meet me in Breakthough Land to find out! Come on, let’s go!

With warmest regards,

Strive to be productive over busy (Podcast)

Too many people wear “busy” as a badge of honor; thus, missing the mark on making a dent and making a difference in their day–and of more profound importance: their destiny. I don’t know about you, but I desire and strive to be productive over busy. If you feel like you are just spinning your wheels, or need to be better positioned to be productive, then join me today in breakthrough land. Come on now, don’t put it off any longer. Put down your busy so you can pick up your productive!


With warmest regards,

Developing consistency creates much-needed harmony

While consistency should not be situational, we need it now more than ever. We must resist the urge to tether this constitution of constancy to specific events, situations, circumstances, episodes, and seasons.

Consistency is an important stand-alone substance used to build an internal house of harmony and peace, providing a stable wrap-around fence to combat the emotional and mental waves of turmoil swirling all around us. Come with me, as we journey to breakthrough land and pick up some much-needed consistency!

With warmest regards,

Enlarge your territory by increasing your capacity

It’s time to cover new ground, Family! It is time to enlarge your territory. Especially during these times, when circumstances have caused us to lose ground, surrender territory, feel confined, hemmed in, and not much going on. Now it is the PERFECT time for capacity-building and gaining new ground. Start your expansion today by making a trip to breakthrough land.

Now get going and be even greater!

With warmest regards,

Celebrate a Black Life today

Celebration is our breakthrough word for today, Family. According to Webster’s Dictionary, celebrate means “to honor, to hold up.” Many of us need the breakthrough of celebration in our own lives. Celebrating others is the key to getting this breakthrough for ourselves (just make sure you are doing it for the right reason: which is, because it is the right thing to do).

And right now, the lives that need to be celebrated the most, are those of our precious black brothers and sisters. In order for all lives to truly matter, black lives need to matter more than they currently do. So join me at the OWB to help celebrate those who currently deserve and need it most!

With warmest regards,


My Message to the Black Community

When we were growing up, my two brothers and my sister and me, we would always try to get our mom to tell us who was her favorite. Whenever any of us would ask her who was her favorite, she would always respond “the one who needs me the most at that moment.”

I have agonized over these past weeks to find the right words to say, and I have struggled, because no words can ever be the right words in proportion to the atrocious act of barbarism that has been committed against Mr. George Floyd, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans.

Right now, the black community needs us the most. They are our favorites right now in this time of great need. We owe it to our precious black brothers and sisters to lift them up high and comfort them. And because of this, Black Lives need to matter most right now.

To my wonderful black community, I am so sorry. And I am here for you. Black Lives DO Matter, and they matter to me.

I love you, and I pray God’s Peace upon you.

God bless you,


Throwing the perfect pitch (Podcast)

You don’t have to be a pitcher to throw a perfect pitch; nor do you even have to play baseball! The perfect pitch is your perspective on how what you do is received. Having the winning perspective is a key strategy to breaking through to your most effective you! After throwing myself a colossal pity party, I went to this position for a much-needed change in my vantage-point. So, what are you waiting for? Get your pitch ready and meet me on the mound!

With warmest regards,


Put down that JELL-O (Podcast)

During this time of pandemonium, it is more important than ever that we be intentional about what we are focusing on, and how we are nourishing our whole selves. So, what in the world does JELL-O have to do with how we equip ourselves during this shut-in time, so when we do go back into wide open spaces, we can step into new places? Have a listen, so you can get and maintain the victory, and come out better than brand new!