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The “Oceans” Experience

You call me out upon the waters 
The great unknown where feet may fail….

I sang the lyrics, standing on the altar during worship service. The words were deep and profound, filling my mind with great possibilities.

 “….When oceans rise 
My soul will rest in Your embrace 
For I am Yours and You are mine” 

Oh, how my spirit was filled with receiving that revelation: For I am YOURS! And you are MINE! I had lived my entire life looking for this, and even the “Christ & Church” experience I had, failed. I came to realize that no human could give me that, only my Lord and Savior could.

…….Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me 
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now” 

It was comforting to know that God has never failed me, even in the midst of what looked like a crisis. The love that he has for me transcends all things. He wouldn’t overlook me or forget me. The song was building my faith in a way that I had never conceived.

The chorus was the repetition of a promise that I still had yet to truly embrace. I came to understand my ability to focus was paramount in this season that was coming. I came to understand that the ocean was surely going to rise, but not all trouble was an indication that I was doing anything wrong. The fiery darts were coming, but my soul could be at peace, no matter what.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders 
Let me walk upon the waters 
Wherever You would call me 
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander 
And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.. 

Oh, my!!! I had no clue of the magnitude of what I was praying. Trust without borders?? It was easy to say, “I trust you to no end.” When I was tested in this, I looked around and thought, “Wait a minute!” My eyes showed me one thing, and it didn’t look good at all to my human mind. My inclination was to do it my way because I knew what my plan was. But then I realized the very lyrics I sung and believed months prior: “You’ve never failed, and you won’t start now…” Ok. Now to get my bearings together and walk this thing out:

Wherever he would lead and call me.

No matter how it looked.

No matter how it felt.

As I looked around and saw that it was certainly deeper than my feet could ever wander, I had rest in knowing that in faith, and in his presence, I would be ok, no matter what.

The quicker I let go and stopped doing things in my own strength and power, the quicker I was able to receive what he had for me. The “Oceans” season is about learning to abide in him. It is my prayer that you will prayerfully give up your plans and agenda so that he can do the same for you. 🙂

Check out the song here: (Oceans) Where Feet May Fail

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Lyrics: www.google.com
Lyrics to “(Oceans) Where Feet May Fail” were written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm and sung by Taya Smith.

It’s Already There

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She flipped her legs up, and came back down. She tried again, leaning against the front door. Her feet came back down to the floor. I watched as my daughter continued trying to do a handstand. She didn’t stop. For twenty minutes, she flipped upside down, over and over. She was determined to do a handstand.

Then she said, “I can do it. I can do it. I know I can! I can feel it right here!”

She pointed to her hips.

I have no idea how to do a handstand, and I got ready to google it, but I wanted to see how much longer she would go. That’s a part of parenting sometimes. You just have to let them figure it out on their own.

But hearing her words enlightened me. We often work towards different things in life, and the going gets tough. We forge forward, with the motivation to get the task done. And we sometimes have to stop and remind ourselves of the reason WHY we are still pushing. In the case of my daughter and the quest to do that handstand, minutes prior, she had done it and held it for six seconds.  There was a muscle memory of sorts that allowed her to have some inkling that she knew what occurred when she did it before, and that she could do it again.

So I say to you, whether or not you have previously accomplished what you’re working towards, it’s ok to give yourself a pep talk, and remind yourself of why you’re pursuing that thing.

Know that God has equipped you for all that he has ordained for you. Iantha Taylor of Haven Enterprises once had a conference which was themed “Packaged for your Purpose”. I’ll never forget that. It is a beautiful reminder of God’s provision: that he has placed everything you will ever need to walk out your purpose, right inside of you.

Be encouraged. 🙂

 

 

The Difference Between Giving up and Letting Go

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I love to write. I’ve been writing since I could remember, but I started to write grammatically sound literature when I was in third grade. In the last 5 years, the Lord impressed it upon my heart to start a blog and inspirational page on Facebook, which is titled, Kingdom Helper. It is always an undeniable experience when God drops words into my spirit. I have come to a point in my tenure as a writer, where I don’t even want my pen to touch paper, for the purpose of those words to grace the eyes, ears and minds of others, unless I hear directly from God.

Most writers glean from their personal experiences, and even the experience of others, to create some of their best writings. 2016 has definitely been a year of personal transition for me. I went from severing broken relationships to losing my father, then taking great leaps of faith with my career. These were all very heavy decisions or situations to handle. It sparked a thought process that helped me to understand why God was allowing me to experience all of these situations in what seemed to be a short time span:. Learning the difference between giving up and letting go.

We have often heard the phrase “Never give up!!” For those of us who are go getters, it is natural for us to keep pushing, to keep striving and keep our heads above the water…we were not built to break. There is an innate ability to keep pushing, because our spirits just won’t let us quit. There comes those moments of frustration, those moments of exhaustion. Usually the physical goes before the mental, and the mental before the spiritual. We get a second wind. And a third wind. Then we have those moments when we just don’t have anymore wind, and we have to coast on God’s strength.

If you have found yourself coasting on God’s strength, congratulations on NOT giving up. It is usually in our darkest hour that we truly learn how much strength we have, but also how much more strength we can tap into, when we are connected to God. Being connected to God is imperative in not giving up. When we choose to give up on something we are usually operating in our flesh, and make the decision because we just don’t WANT to push anymore, not because we CAN’T. If you don’t want to push, that’s your sign to push ANYWAY!

Giving up is sometimes the byproduct of laziness and we must be careful as believers, that we don’t allow the enemy to convince us to give up on that which we have been assigned. We know that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, and there is danger and destruction connected to lazy or lukewarm believers.

On the flip side, if you can’t push, well, that could be a sign that it’s time to let it go. Sometimes we have to let go of things because God NEVER told us to pick them up. It takes a certain level of maturity to take a step back and look at a situation and be clear on whether God ordained it for you, or if you made the choice to take it on. There is a difference between operating in obedience to the Holy Spirit, and operating in fleshly desires.

We have to be careful with this. The closer you are to God, you will have a better ability to discern if you’re being led by your flesh, or by His Spirit. God will ultimately lead you to let go of anything that is not a part of His will for your life. These are often recognized as “dead” situations that you keep trying to rekindle, or dead weight that you keep trying to carry. You find yourself exhausted and overwhelmed because it is “too much.” Prophetess Tonya Hall of Victory Way Christian Center once said, “Peace is the highest form of prosperity.” I have come to understand that if there is no peace in a situation, it is time to LET IT GO.

I’ll close with this: The pages of your story are beautifully scripted as the Father guides and directs you. As your life plays out, page by page, be clear on whether you’re giving up or letting go. If you don’t know, prayerfully give up your concerns to the Lord, and watch and listen as he guides you towards actually letting go. For those things that you must let go of, you must then have the courage to walk away.

Peace and Blessings to you.

 

Cycle of Influence

The first time a prophet spoke over me, he said, “You feel like when you are somewhere, if there is a problem, you were put there to fix it.” He went on to tell the leader of the children’s ministry at that time that I would be an important part of the transition of the ministry.

This all blew my mind. He was certainly correct in his statement about my innate desire to be a problem solver. Little did I know that this was the beginning of a season of God giving me a deeper understanding on why I loved working with and being around children.

Over the next four years, I committed myself to teaching them the basic fundamentals of the bible. Each lesson was just as much for me to embrace and receive personally, as it was for me to teach them. I learned that the three to four year old children needed a different approach than those who were seven and eight years old. I learned that the older children were more inclined to ask challenging questions concerning the things of faith.

I also learned how to discern those whose hope somewhat depended on their interaction with me for those few hours we spent together. I was a light of inspiration, of love, and of peace, to those who didn’t have that at home. On occasion, I needed to take the little hands of a dear, precious child and pray for them because I could literally feel their brokenness in my own spirit.

One of the most important things I keep in mind is that children are impressionable. They see what you do, and whether you make it look “cool” or not, they want to follow in the footsteps of those whom they admire. I too, was once that child that looked up to certain people and decided, “I want to be like you!”. I realized how important it is to watch my words and my actions in dealing with children to avoid teaching them something without even trying. They look at adults and generally accept what we do as permissible. We are being watched, and no matter whether you have children or not, there is a child who will probably be impacted and influenced by their experience with you.

I took some time to think about those from my childhood who impacted me most by tapping into my gifts and abilities, which contributed to the woman that I am today.

Mrs. Muhondro, my first grade teacher who made coming to school an oasis experience, in the midst of my brothers and me going through the foster care system.

Mrs. Gilbert, a third grade teacher who ignited my love for words and poetry with her lessons on literature. It was then that I grew to love writing, whether it was poetry, short stories or essays.

Mr. Richfield, a sixth grade math teacher who made learning math a great experience. I hated math growing up, because it seemed so difficult to understand, yet I ended up specializing in Freight Audit for nearly 10 years of my corporate career, which required a level of analysis and mathematical acuity that I never imagined I’d utilize, because math “wasn’t my thing”.

Coach Gazaway, my 12th Grade History teacher. I wasn’t a big fan of history class. I took a Sharpie and wrote on my class binder, “I hate U.S. History.” Coach Gazaway saw this one day and I’ll never forget the look of amusement on his face. He reassured me that I would change my mind about that. Needless to say, I did.

Pamela Green and Renee Little. Two women who were on staff at non profit organizations I was a part of growing up (Girls Inc and Anderson Boys & Girls Club). These two were great examples of strong women with a love and desire to pour into children. They both had a great impact on me at a time when I had very little self esteem as a teen.

Although they raised me, one of the most valuable things that my grandmother and grandfather taught me by example is to being willing to serve people. You cannot lead unless you know how to serve.

There were many other great teachers and people of influence who have been a part of my journey, but these were some of the most memorable. I’m grateful to have cross paths with them, and will always cherish the positive experiences I had through their willingness to share their passion.

One thing that is embedded in my heart and mind is the fact that children don’t forget those who make an impact on them. I strive to make my experience with children full of love, happiness and most of all, teachable moments. I have had the beautiful blessing of experiencing the love of children who appreciate what God does through me. Their smiles, their hugs, their little voices….it motivates me to be a great example. To hear, “I want to be like you when I grow up!” is such a humbling thing. I have friends who joke about how I usually end up with the little children when we’re in a group setting. I can’t help it. The joy that I feel when interacting with them is something I can’t really explain. I’m grateful to be called to our little ones. I’m grateful to be able to share the values that have been passed to me from those who have poured into me. It is a never ending cycle of influence, and we must be intentional about making a positive impact.

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

Why you can’t throw shade at the sun…

As I was listening to a sermon one day, something crossed my mind. The pastor was speaking on Mother’s Day, and the statement he made was about the fact that before you’re a mother, before you’re a wife, you are a woman. You’re more than the job you do, the children you have, the ring on your finger. Your success is not defined by your relationships. You are an entity on your own and your titles and responsibilities are like embellishments that enhance who you are.

For some reason, this sparked a thought process about the new school colloquialism: “throwing shade”.

In essence, throwing shade means to talk trash. In my opinion shade throwing is usually underhanded, however the words used can still be direct and to the point. The “spirit” or attitude behind the words spoken can be subtle and unintentional or mean and downright malicious.

Ok, so now that my interpretation of it is out of the way, here is what I gathered in my thoughts which was way deeper than I really thought it was going to go:

God created us as individuals then allowed us to connect to one another. He gave everyone something unique that is tailored to each of us individually, and this is a part of our contribution to life while we are here.

The sun is a distinct and independent creation. So are the clouds. The sun doesn’t cease to exist on a cloudy day. As a matter of fact, the day is lit because the sun is still there, behind the clouds. Wow. God is awesome.

No matter why or how shade is “thrown” at you, you are who you are. Just like the sun and the clouds, you are a distinct and independent creation. There will be days where there are no clouds, (no shade), and other days, it will be complete overcast. Although it is much easier to deal with one over the other, you have to know who you are through both scenarios.

Shade is temporary.

Shade doesn’t define you.

Shade can “cover” you, but can’t remove you.

Like clouds, shade has to keep it moving. Life goes on!!

What I love about this analogy is that shade comes whether we want it to or not. There will always be people who don’t like what you have, who you are, or what you do. Sometimes, people don’t need a reason. In Job chapter one, Satan was given permission to test Job. Job wasn’t aware that this was coming, but as it happened, he praised God anyway. He let go of what God had given him, because he had faith to believe that God was in control, and that nothing that came to him was out of God’s hands. And Job was right!

 So, I say to you my friend, no matter what kind of shade comes your way, remember who you are. And like the sun as it peeks through the passing clouds, SHINE!!

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you! 🙂

 

Until YOU Believe…

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A Prodigal Princess is a book that was recently released by Pastor Adara Butler. She shares her testimony on how she ran from her calling but ultimately came to Christ and her journey along the way.

As I navigated the pages of the book, I was able to identify with a lot of what Adara shares, because I too, dealt with an identity crisis early in my walk. So much so that I dealt with relationships God never told me to walk into and developed ungodly habits, but through the blood of Jesus, I have accepted forgiveness and learned to move on with my life.

When I came across the following words, it hit my spirit like the first time I realized it for myself:

“…no matter how many people tell you that you are beautiful or special, those are just empty words until you believe who you are.” 

For many years of my life, people would say such nice things to me like how beautiful they think I am, or other personal attributes like having a sweet spirit. I would say thank you, without really realizing the words that were being spoken to me.

I can’t remember when that moment of truth was, but at some point I really started to believe for myself that I am beautiful. And that the beauty starts in my heart, not from the outside. I came to understand that people would say I have a sweet spirit because that’s the vibe they got in their interaction with me. I started to believe that I AM a good person. I started to walk in the understanding that my creator knew what He was doing when He chose to put me here, and the best thing I could do is embrace it and walk in it, because running from it was going to cause more harm than good.

Unlike Adara, I didn’t have a two parent home with mom and dad; my parents never married. And now, the only parent that I truly had is with the Lord.

I didn’t make that comment to bash my mother or make her out to be a bad person. She is still in the process of being delivered. My point is that I didn’t have the same foundation. The dynamic of my family life was dysfunctional and unstable. But even with the stability of a great foundation, Adara and I both battled similar issues. One of which was the fact that we both had an identity crisis.

Some people have the idea that in order to go through such things, you had to have a certain background or circumstances. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The enemy can attack anyone who has a purpose and a calling on their life, no matter who you are or where you’re from. God can choose whomever he’d like. It doesn’t have anything to do with your upbringing.

But God led me to take it a step further as those words resonated with me. I realized that the concept of what you believe about yourself applies to anything that is being said to you. Until you believe something for yourself, you will not experience the full realm of the manifestation of that thing.

Until I believed that I was a manager on my job, on the very basic and foundational level, I couldn’t really operate as a manager. I couldn’t see past being a peer to my employees.

Until I believed that I was creative, I didn’t understand the gift that God had deposited in me. I have since discovered that I love to play with colors. From painting to interior decorating to thrift shopping, I have discovered something so great about myself and I have learned to embrace it.

Until I believed that God had a plan for my life, I was afraid to walk away from things that He never told me to pick up. As hard as it was to let go after all of the logic I kept trying to convince myself of, I had to come to understand that it was supernatural, and that my logic paled in comparison to what God was trying to show me. God had greater works he wanted to do through me and I had to let go of what I thought was best and embrace what God was showing me.

On the flip side, the reverse is true. you choose what you receive regarding what others speak to you.

I have had this conversation with my daughter: People can say whatever they want to you, but it is ultimately your choice whether you believe or receive the things that are spoken to you. I have bound and rebuked things spoken to me that I don’t receive or believe about myself. Note that there is a difference between accepting constructive criticism and receiving or believing flat out negativity about yourself. For example, it’s one thing for me to be told that my demeanor makes me unapproachable. It is another thing to be told that I’m a mean person because my demeanor isn’t received well. I can learn how to have a more positive demeanor, but lack of a positive demeanor doesn’t mean that I have an intention to be mean to anyone.

I am not even halfway through Adara’s book, and I’m receiving so much fresh revelation. I can hardly wait to see what other evoking thoughts will come of this.  I highly recommend this book. You can order the digital version here, or the paperback version here.

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

Living to leave a legacy

In the days after my father’s passing, I quickly learned to accept what happened. Although it was a sudden thing, I don’t like to call it untimely, because God already knew.

I felt that God was preparing me for the news I was about to receive as I was on the way to the hospital. As I rushed out the doors of my job, I said, “Lord, you know that I pray for your will, but I don’t want this to be bad. I want my daddy to be ok.” Minutes later, as I was at the traffic light near the hospital, a yellow butterfly flew into my line of vision, and I felt a level of peace that I cannot describe. I knew this feeling and what it meant, but again, I spoke to the Lord, “I don’t want that to be it. I want my daddy…”.

This was the same peace I felt nearly a year before when one of my faithful servant friends had passed away. 

I knew before I even got the news from the officials, that daddy’s spirit was with the Lord.

There’s an old saying that you can’t “preach” people into heaven. As the days following came and went, I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t believing my dad went to be with the Lord, just because it was a consoling thought, so I prayed, “Lord, if my daddy is really with you, confirm it.”

My God! It has been an amazing two weeks to see what God is showing me. As I was standing in the cemetery with an employee who was giving me information regarding the burial process, she took me over to a space that she said she didn’t really recommend, but that it was a nice spot. As I looked around, I saw these bugs flying, and I asked, “What are those??”

“Dragonflies.” she said.

I lost it. That unspeakable peace came over me again, and those dragonflies were symbolic and a reminder of something God has spoken to me years prior.

Once we got back into the office to continue our discussion, it dawned on me that I had taken a picture near that same area where the dragonflies were, a little over 9 years ago.

Yes, a picture. I don’t know what made me take a picture in the cemetery that day, but I went and dug up that picture, and my heart was so full at God giving me a glimpse of my future, even as sad and melancholy as it turned out to be. The word tells us in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” What a tremendous blessing, to be able to ask God something like that and not only get an answer, but get confirmation  over and over again. I have seen more dragonflies in the last couple of weeks than I have ever seen before. 

As the days continued to go by, I heard so many wonderful stories about my father, his character and how he lived his life. I was disappointed at having to grieve AND figure out how we were going to pay to have a funeral but I had joy in knowing that my dad left this place with a good name, and had a positive impact on family and friends.

In the days after his memorial service, a received a devotional titled “A Legacy Life”. It spoke to what my dad represented. It spoke of a man who had an amazing turnout for his funeral. It was thought that he was famous, but it turned out that he was just a good person.

“Just a good person” is an understatement. Being a good person bears more weight in the kingdom than having great riches or being famous. The devotional goes on to share this wisdom: “Live to leave a legacy for God’s glory.”

This is exactly what my father did. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but when he did his deeds, he did them from his heart, and not for anyone to see or to talk about. He lived his life serving others. He didn’t meet a stranger. He extended love and kindness no matter who you were.

I’m incredibly proud to continue that legacy.

It can be a challenge being genuine and generous in a society where selfishness is promoted, and generosity isn’t easily received. I have struggled with rejection, and also with knowing how to set boundaries in relationships. Many want to reap, but few want to sow. We must always be genuine, there’s no question there. We must also be generous, but we must be led by the Holy Spirit in sharing our gifts.

Matthew 7:6 says, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (NKJV)

These words in red, spoken by Jesus, are referring to preaching the Gospel, however the same concept can be applied to learning how to identify how to share what we have been entrusted with. We must be more discerning rather than judgmental.

 As difficult as this process has been, I have pressed through and continued to walk in faith. I’m grateful for the things that have been revealed, and how it has brought me that much closer to my creator. I will continue to strive to make my dad proud, and carry on the legacy that he so effortlessly carried out. 

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

Why I share my faith

I-see-the-cross-christianity-30262685-1365-1024Last night, God made me really understand that I was built for this, and that he purposed me to share my faith and that it WILL impact people.

I was on an Uber ride with a young lady who was surprised that I was able to hold it together less than a week after the passing of my dad. She shared that she was angry with God for taking her mom away from her, and that she had stopped going to church as a result.

I explained that God doesn’t make mistakes and that as difficult as it is, when we lose a loved one, we have to trust God’s plan. I told her that God would meet her wherever and whenever she chose to go, but that she had to be open to hear from him. The next thing out of her mouth touched my heart.

She said, “Your strength gives me strength. I don’t understand how you do it, but you’ve inspired me. I’m going back to church.” She went on to explain that it was the first time she really felt like she could go back to church.

This weekend has been full of people sharing with me how my faith inspires them.

One person kept saying thank you for something I did for them, emphasizing that I didn’t understand what it meant to them that I would extend myself when their own family wouldn’t.
Understand this: As a child of God, he will use whatever or whoever he wants to make things come to pass for you. God knows every detail of your life, and if he chose to use me (or whomever), then I’m just a vessel, and GOD gets the glory for making that happen for you. I can’t take credit for that. Also understand this: I am BLESSED. Beyond blessed!! It’s not about material things. Having the measure of faith that I do is what undergirds me to be an inspiration to others. I cannot share faith that I don’t have. Just the thought of that overwhelms me, so I’ll just move on….

I don’t share what I think will make you believe that this is a walk in the park. It’s not. I choose to be positive and look at the bright side of things. When things are ugly or seem to be out of control, I trust that the God that created me, put the very breath in my body and allowed me to live this life, has already got a plan and a solution.

Yes, sometimes I worry. But I remember, “God is in control.” He’s watching and he knows. Anyone who does wrong to me? He’s watching and he knows. When I get out of line or fall from grace? He’s watching and he knows. He covers me, protects me and holds me accountable. He’s a good, good father.

Like the young lady who got in my car last night, I got angry this week about my dad not being here anymore. But God reminded me that I had the opportunity to reconcile with my dad after a 13 year gap of not seeing or hearing from him.

Yes. You read that correctly.

I had the opportunity to get back in contact with my dad. I forgave him and cleared my heart of any negative feeling I had, because God led me to do it. My dad and I had the opportunity to talk about his absence in my life, and he not only apologized and gave an explanation, but he received my forgiveness and we moved on with our lives together. I am ok 6 days later because my father and I had PEACE when he took his last breath. This doesn’t mean that I’ll never cry another tear. But I have been able to maintain my peace. I know that my dad is with the Lord. I will certainly miss my daddy, but my point is that I’m strong because I lean on God’s strength. There are even moments when I’m just not feeling it and God’s strength reaches to ME and undergirds me. Don’t ask me how lol. I just walk in peace because God gives me the reassurance that everything is ok.

If I have been an inspiration to you, thank you for being open to receive what I share. The enemy HATES it, but I will always prevail because I am covered.
I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

Sorry, not sorry

Last week I posted a meme with the words from Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I was sharing that this needs to be the foundation of our confidence. Our confidence MUST be rooted in God. When our confidence is not rooted in God, it wavers. As a matter of fact, anything we do or attempt will not last, if we are not rooted in God. I know that all to well.

There is a song called Confidence by Tasha Cobbs. Her delivery of the song speaks to a level of faith that we all should strive for.

“I’ve got so much faith in you, Lord I trust your word is true
No matter the circumstance, my life is in your hands
I’ve got confidence, so much confidence, in you…”

Whatever we choose to put our confidence in is what will drive and develop us. What comes to mind is how as teenagers, we often sought after approval and acceptance. Those whom we chose to follow or identify with, we put our confidence in them. We shared common interests, hobbies and even habits. We become who we connect with. This is just as true for adults.

Of course, this could go good or bad, and because as life happens, this is when we may (or may not) learn valuable life lessons. You cannot let your confidence be rooted in people. You cannot let your confidence be rooted in money. You cannot let your confidence be rooted in things. ALL of these things will pass away.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

When we realize who we are in God, we don’t have to seek acceptance or approval from anyone or anything. God has already accepted and approved us when he created us. You must own that, and be unapologetic about being a child of God. There is nothing that anyone can say or do to take away the fact that you are a child of God. Absolutely nothing. It is my prayer that as you grow in your walk, you will walk in who God created to to be. People may challenge it, but they certainly can’t change it without your consent.

Stay rooted in God. He will never let you down. I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

Are you available?

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One Saturday evening , my daughter and I had just left a wedding rehearsal where she was a flower girl. We were overflowing with excitement, anticipating the impending nuptials. As we rode through the country back roads of Georgia, we marvelled at the beautiful homes on large plots of land, making plans for our own dream home.

Once we got back to our side of town, we decided to grab pizza for dinner. She is a foodie, so before we entered the restaurant, I established that we were on a $15 budget. She agreed, and we proceeded. Our server was a cheery young lady, engaging as though we were regular customers, although this was our first time there. As she finished taking our order, my daughter said, “Are we within the  budget, mommy?!” The server and I laughed as she said that she completely understood having to stick to the budget. We made small talk about buying houses and maintaining budgets. There was nothing out of the ordinary about our interaction.

We received our pizza and garlic knots, and everything was tasty. We wrapped it up and I asked for my tab. The server asked, “What was your budget again?” I smiled and looked at her suspiciously as I told her, “Fifteen dollars.” She grinned and walked away. Moments later, she came back and put the folded receipt in front of me.  I picked it up, and read off the items and found a total of $13.34 after a discount of a little over $4.00 was applied. My heart was filled and although it was a small amount, it was still a blessing in my eyes. It was a very thoughtful and considerate thing to do.

One thing that I love about being a child of God is that he does care about the details of our lives.  I believe he touched  her heart to meet my desire. As I prepared to leave, I felt a strong urge to leave her a little note. I declared a blessing over her life and invited her to church. Looking back, I think it was a better idea to tell her, but I couldn’t resist the urge to leave the note…after all, I am a writer 🙂

After leaving, I explained to my daughter that we never know the influence and impact we will have on someone’s life. It is my prayer that this server (whom I happened to not even get her name) knows the Lord. If she doesn’t, I feel like we were placed on the same path for that seed to be sown. We all have a purpose, and God will put people in your path to make sure your purpose is fulfilled, and for his glory. Dont miss the opportunity to be available, for someone’s deliverance is attached to your obedience, even if you don’t get to see it manifest.

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you.

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