Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For July 7th

Happy Friday, Team!


As we end another week, I want to reflect on the power of faith and perseverance. I love the verse in Hebrews that says, “Faith is the substance of what we hope for and the evidence of what is not seen.” What in the world does that mean to us as individuals or as a collective organization? To me, it means that I (and you) can have the assurance and inner confidence that God will fulfill all of His promises. To me, it means that I believe all the things we are doing in this wonderful organization are God-inspired, and we will ultimately achieve our aggressive goals. 


Let me explain a little more. You see, I pray over everything; that’s just who I am. That’s how I grew up, and prayer, to me, is essential. I don’t see prayer as a chore or just something to do at church; I see it as important as drinking water. We need water to quench our thirst and to live. We need prayer to satisfy the longing in our souls. 


My entire life, I have been told that I never settle and always reach for the top-shelf item and go for the most outrageous things. The people that said that to me are indeed correct. My imagination, my desire to achieve beyond what others think is possible, is God-inspired. I was the first person to attend college in my family. I was the first to hold a white-collar position and rise high in my career. Many see me and think I have just been so “lucky,” but I disagree with that characterization. I have been blessed! That scripture in Hebrews 11 is an example to me of how God “promised Abraham to make him a father of many nations, and Abraham believed God, and ultimately it happened.


As a child, I just wanted to grow up and be a professional who traveled the world and wore nice clothes. I was a Pentecostal child, so if you don’t know, none of those things were important in my circle. My influencers were people of strong faith, and when I look back on my life, when I think of those people, I did not want to grow up to be, they are the ones who built my foundation of faith, believing that anything was possible with Christ. So here I am today, a professional woman, highly educated, experienced, and wearing the clothes I dreamed of as a child. These things were the things I hoped for. Hey, I get that this is a stretch, but look. God has fulfilled so many promises that others may have laughed at. 


So, if you have something in your heart that you want to accomplish and others tell you it will never happen, don’t believe them. Try reading your Bible, stand on the promises of God —He cares for the minor things that affect you—and start speaking promises over your life.

Here are some promises that I claimed for myself over the years. I hope you will claim them for yourself. May you stand firm in knowing that God is on your side. Your goals are important to Him as long as your desires align with Him. And when someone tries to tell you what cannot be done, you say, “Nothing is impossible with God.” Guess what? It’s true!


  1. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  2. Fear not, for I AM with you; be not dismayed, for I AM your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
  3. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though you may stumble, you will not fall, for the LORD will uphold you with HIS hand. (Psalm 37:23)


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