Encouragement

“A great big bundle of potentiality…”

Empty promises and broken dreams.

If there’s anything that this package of life contains, it’s those two things. We’ve all fallen in love before. Some with people, some with things, and some with ideas. I am a victim of the latter, unfortunately. I see the potential in a person or a situation, and I am so fixated on bringing out the best of that person or situation. Everyone deserves to have their fullest potential brought out. But the issue with falling in love with an idea is that, in some cases, that’s all it ever is- potential. It can be better. They can be better. Does it necessarily mean that it will get better? No, it doesn’t.

We’re so stuck on what can be instead of focusing on what’s in front of us. We’re so hell-bent on potential when the reality of life and bloomed potential surrounds us every day.

“How do I give up something (or someone) that I’ve spent so much time on?” This must the question that looms over us and ricochets around in our minds. My advice is don’t see it as giving up but merely letting go. Isaiah 43:18 (NIV) says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Dwelling on the past has the potential to end in vicious cycles that you do not want to be involved in.

In verse 19 of Isaiah, it goes on to say, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” This verse is not only the comfort that you need but also the reassurance that God will do a new thing in your life. He’ll make a way through the rough seasons. He’ll satisfy every need you have. He’ll give you the desire of your heart if it is His will. This is the perfect reason why we are encouraged not to “dwell on the past.”

As God makes a new way for us we must acquire a new mindset. A mindset that is in alignment with our new path.

Let’s vow to not fall in love with potential but to fall more in love with God. With ourselves. With each other.

“I see you. I feel you…”

Pain, to me, is like being shot or injured. In the heat of the moment, you feel nothing. In the present moment, with the adrenalin coursing through every vein in your body, it hasn’t hit you yet. But when the adrenalin has run its course, and you slowly come back to reality, that is when it finally hits you. That’s when the realization eventually creeps in, and then there’s this sudden sense of awareness. I’ve been hurt. I’ve been hurt badly.

In this moment of realization, we do and say things that we don’t really mean. We stir up conflict; we engage in the conflict. We welcome the conflict. Why? The only answer to that is the cliche saying, “Hurt people hurt people.”

Hurt people do and say things that will protect them. There are a plethora of defense mechanisms that they use. Whether they pick a fight or throw harsh words your way, they’re really crying out on the inside.

I know someone whose words will cut you in a way you didn’t even know was possible. Insult after insult hurled your way, and there’s no way to dodge it. You will get burned. She wants you to get hurt. After speaking with her, I came to the conclusion that this woman has been seriously hurt. Hurt in ways you can’t even imagine means you couldn’t even fathom.

So this post is for the hurt people out there. The ones too afraid to speak up because talking about trauma just hurts too much. The ones who feel like they don’t have a voice. Those who feel like no one could ever understand you and what you go through.

I see you.

I feel you.

I understand you.

I’ve been there.

Psalm 34: 18 ( one of my personal favorites) says, “I am CLOSE to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” These are easily the most comforting words that could ever be put in a sentence. Reassurance that God is close to me and that what I am going through doesn’t go unnoticed.

Make the decision to draw closer to God as he draws closer to you.

-T

Being the best you.

Being a black adolescent high school girl has its tribulations. For example, I feel like it is instilled in us girls to compare ourselves to other females. Whether it be your hair or your skin or even your physique, there is always something that you have that I want. Physically.

For me however it can be both genders and it doesn’t only stop at your appearance but your intelligence, your achievements, your drive etc. I find myself comparing my drive to someone else’s, my involvement in my school community to someone else’s and so on . Crazy I know and it truly gets annoying.

I have to constantly remind myself that this is my life and if I want it to be better then I have to work towards it. However when I see someone doing well and achieving so much my initial reaction is happiness. I’m ecstatic that that person is living their best life. Secondly I begin to feel paranoid as if I’m wasting my life away and I’m watching it wither.

I then begin to think; I can wallow in my paranoia or I can get up and do something. I can try my utmost best to live my best life or I can watch in the sidelines and be the spectator. But you see how my ambition is set up, the latter is not an option.

I know it’s not going to be easy but nothing in life is. So I’m trying to appreciate the struggle and keep pressing on because that’s all I can do to reach where I desire to go.

Fools-glitter

In the latter part of 2017 I made a promise to myself that 2018 would be a year of spiritual growth for me. With that declaration, the enemy came full force and I kid you not when I say this, about 18 minutes from 2018 temptation tapped me on my shoulder and looked at me with shy eyes.

For a couple of days into the new year I didn’t know what to do, but for my own sanity and wellbeing of my spirit, I cut it off and prayed against it.

After that, temptation came again, only this time it looked as if it was returning from non-stop bacchanalia. This one was easier to get rid of but I began to think about how these instances or moments attempted to tamper with my spirit. I began to think about how these temptations were consequently and insidiously trying to get at me and how they each took different forms.

Sometimes these temptations look so pleasing to the eye and this feeling of want grips your entire being but not all that glitters is gold my friend. I know the feeling when you desperately want something and you feel as if you just have to have it. But the following questions arise:

Do you need it?

Is it going to make you a better person?

Is it bringing you closer to God?

If the answer is no to all these questions then I strongly advise you to move on.

I know it’s easier said than done but don’t be the person living recklessly and then you’re praying profusely to rid yourself of the guilt and regret. Trust me. Save yourself the trouble.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

What is life without the hard times?

What is your journey without a sudden devastation, mixed with a little hesitation and you’re worrying are you going to come out of it?

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Your hardships are not forever. Your pain is not everlasting. Your issues are not eternal.

Our almighty God who loves and cares for you puts you in a situation that may make you uncomfortable just because He knows that you can get out of it. It’s your own test of faith. It is not His intention to harm you but to strengthen you. Whenever you are enduring the trials and tribulations, be honored. God thought about you and said no one could endure this but you. You were made to go through this.

So when you’re down with bruises covering your body and your soul know that it’s not permanent. This is your test of faith. Rise through it. Strive through it.

In Jesus’ name you will get through it. You are loved, you are needed and you are important to the Lord Jesus Christ and I’m telling you that this pain is not going to destroy you. 

 

– For Abigail and her family.

Letting go…

I know that we all have a past and that past can consist of some very dark and painful memories that are hard to let go of because they still haunt you. Every time you feel yourself getting better, becoming stronger and letting go, the regret from the yesteryears begin to infiltrate back into every thought and then you’re left with a broken heart from something that happened a long time ago. In the midst of your pain remember God is forever doing something in your life.

Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV

[18] Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. [19] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. …

I understand what pain is and what it’s like to hurt from things in the past but I’m telling you, advising you and encouraging you to move on. You owe it to yourself not to carry those burdens anymore. Cast your burdens on the Lord because he’ll be happy to carry them for you. Let peace dwell within your spirit knowing that you gave your literal all to God. You may not see it yet but God has something fantastic in store for you. So push through.

Let go and let God.

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Gratitude: Peace Lives Here!

The way we view our life, our circumstances, and our current situation will determine our level of joy and peace in this life. We were created for more than just problem solving. Two women/men can be faced with the exact same challenge, however one is devoured by the challenge and the other is victorious in spite of the challenge. What’s the difference? Their view of life and its challenges are very different.

Let’s look closely at an example: Christine (a devout Christian) and Kim (Christian who wavers in faith) are both faced with a life-threatening illness. Christine looks to Jesus and remain thankful, trusting that God knows everything about her and cares for her needs. She knows that the Word of God says in,

 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

As a result, she understands that God has her best interest at heart and will faithfully deliver her the way he deems best. Additionally, Christine remains prayerful as mentioned in,

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Having a heart of thanksgiving daily and in every situation will invite the peace of God to rule in our hearts. Knowing that she is a part of God’s master plan and believing that He will take care of every intricate detail concerning her life, Christine places her complete trust in God. She gracefully submits to His Word in:        

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.                                                               

Kim on the other hand, may have a more difficult time coping with this challenge if she doesn’t abide by the Words of God. She may find herself focused on the problem thus spend countless hours worried, stressed, and overwhelmed about what may happen. She may feel defeated or she may even pray, but never believe God hears her, so she continues to worry.  In addition, she prays but doesn’t believe in the Word hence her faith is shaky. This worry can add unnecessary stress to her current situation possibly worsening the outcome. The Word of God in:

James 1:5-8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

A life with Christ at the center of everything brings peace, love and joy. The believer knows that Christ died for their sins and is now advocating for them at the right hand of God. The believer prays without ceasing. The believer understands the Word in Philippians 4:7.

Philippians 4:7

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Believers remain thankful in all situations,

believers remain prayerful

and believers STAND BOLDLY on the Word of God. 

~Be Encouraged~

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Will you go the extra miles with Christ? 

We’ve been called to greatness through Christ Jesus. I can imagine God didn’t save us here on earth for us to keep the great news of Salvation to ourselves. Yes we are citizens of heaven, but whilst we are still here on earth, we have been called to perform work in the Kingdom of God. 

Let us reflect on the Great Commission, one of the last words spoken by Jesus, while on earth:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus reminds us here that ‘all authority is His’, and if everything on the earth and in the heavens must obey Him and we are His, consequently we now have a pathway to boldly carry out the greatest commission. Obeying His Words is the first step towards a fulfilling life, knowing that He is always with us.

Have you been searching and yearning for a deeper relationship with Christ? Do you feel that tugging on your heart or that emptiness inside? Jesus is calling you to go those extra miles with him. 

Do you have that deep desire to accomplish a task he has laid on your heart? Do you feel there is more to the life your living? Jesus is calling you to go those extra miles with him. 

To answer that call is to be obedient to His Word. Obedience to God’s word shows your humility, it shows you’ve surrendered to His will, it shows you’re ready to develop that relationship with Him, it shows that you acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior and that His ways and thoughts are higher than yours. Reflecting on Isaiah 55: 7-9, 

Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Your obedience to God goes far beyond your thoughts and what you feel. There are many souls awaiting your obedience. Once in alignment with God’s will, you’ll be surprised how many lives you’ve touched. Every follower of Christ in the vineyard of God’s Kingdom is important and there is no work that’s insignificant. Living a fulfilled life means going those extra miles with Christ. I urge you today, reflect on your life, build a better relationship with Christ, obey God’s Word, and trust Him with every aspect of your life.


Are you ready to develop that relationship with Christ? Are you willing to spend more time in His presence? Are you ready to completely trust that His ways and thoughts are way superior than yours? Are you ready to dive into the unknown with Christ? 

Ask for Pardon

Obey His Words

Spend More time with Him

Trust Him

Peace in the Storm

As children of the Most High God, we can enjoy peace through any storm. Our faith is anchored in the Word of God and as a result, we have the liberty to face any storm through Christ Jesus. When Jesus becomes our only source, we have a natural tendency to seek Him first; our never failing GPS. In doing so, we are guaranteed that His plan will take effect, His purpose for our lives will prevail and we will grow to reflect the character of Jesus Christ. 

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 and verse 33: 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

we are encouraged to seek, or in other words, actively look to God first and everything  else we may be concerned about will be taken care of by our Father. 

‘I remember when planning to move to Jacksonville- Florida, we weren’t certain when we would leave New Jersey, how we would arrive, how we would pay the rent, where our income would come from, but we trusted God that He would take care of it.’ We knew God was leading us to move there, however the exact details of how everything would occur was non-existent. As a matter of fact, the only thing we knew to do was to trust in God. We trusted in God and put faith into action. We moved into our apartment in one of the best neighborhoods in Florida with only $200, we were both offered about four different jobs at least, we had more than enough food, we had more than enough support from family, we were blessed beyond measure as we continued to seek God first. 

Be encouraged, the will of God will NEVER take you somewhere, where the PROVISION has not already been made. Trust in His Holy Word and you will reap from good soil. Here are a few reminders for you: 

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

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Continue to look up… ” He will never leave you nor forsake you.”