To reflect on my week I have gotten messages on not taking life for granted. Mean what you say and just step out on faith. Don’t let fear consume you because it was designed to distract, disappoint and discourage. So, realizing when the spirit of fear comes to tell me who I am not, remember who I am. I am a conqueror, forgiven and loved. We all make mistakes, and it’s by God’s grace that we can try again.
It is so funny how life can repeat itself. I look at what is going on in the world today being a cycle of the civil rights movement. Our world is suffering and one of the reasons is the lack of unity. This did not just happen overnight. We can get so much accomplished if we just come together.
Being from New Orleans and seeing the New Orleans Saints win the Superbowl is when I witnessed unity prevail. People showing compassion to those affected by the devastation from mother nature that has taken place in this world brought about unity. These events showed people from various walks of life coming together to take a stand for the greater good and spark change. It is a process, like the old saying goes, “you have to crawl before you walk.”
Needless to say, with the media reporting of those dying from senseless acts is very disturbing. Let us stand for one another. Are you willing to commit to saying I am my brother’s keeper? Yes we can! We don’t need to turn on the news each day to find someone killed.
We are losing a generation, and I stand to end this war! With another election approaching we have to take a stand for our vote to count. We may not know what the future will hold, but one thing is for certain, life is a cycle to be learned and not repeated.
Not long ago I had moved forward with plans for starting a nonprofit but realized there were a lot of pieces to the puzzle. I have spoken to several professionals to give insight from their entrepreneurial path, and it has mostly been the same advice. The majority have shared to step out on faith with your project. I have taken classes, attended seminars, and networked, but something was missing. That something was finishing what I had started. I am the person who wants to do it all at the same time, but I have to remind myself I am not superwoman.
My first project I started collecting clothing donations and collaborating with other organizations. I realized quickly more workers were needed when I started to get sickly. Yes, I tried to do everything and other doors were opening for me. With me getting sickly I knew it was on me because I had to do it my way. Instead of listening I was stuck at a crossroads, and I had taken a step back from the opportunities that were presented. I had worked myself into a mess all because I did not listen to what God had told me all along. My plans are not His plans, and I did not understand. All I knew is that I had decisions to make, and it had to get done quickly.
So here I am with a new start taking it one step at a time. One thing I know this time around is that it is best to listen to the voice that will never lead me wrong. Being attentive to His voice so that I do not get off track helps, but listening is key. So when faced with life decisions ask, receive and act.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
So much has happened in our world that it feels like it is in your own backyard. It has affected people to the point where they are taking action. From protests, to boycotts and prayer vigils, a call to action is being subjected. In times like these it takes a village to rise up to let their voices be heard. Some are calling on the leaders of the community and government officials, and some are calling on a Higher Power. In this place that we call the United States of America, the question becomes more evident, “are we really one nation under God?” In times likes these we continue to move forward no matter what may come our way knowing that there is something strong on the inside of each and everyone of us. In times like these let us never forget we still have work to do.
The summertime brings on the weather we like to chill out in whether it is at the beach or a backyard pool. Lately it is so hot a nice splash with the hose pipe will do. It is a nice time for family gatherings and to celebrate each other. I find it great to have a time to stop from the hustle and bustle of working and have some lemonade and great food.
Recently I spoken with someone who was going to visit with another side of their family. I thought it was awesome but for this person it brought about a slew of emotions. God has a way of working things out that we don’t understand. It’s just us to take the step of faith and trust that God knows what He is doing.
While talking with this person my favorite scripture came to mind, God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) This reminds me that God is walking and talking with each of us. What we worry about He had already taken care of it. So let us not fret when we get down or whatever the case maybe just celebrate and know our God has worked it out.