Have you ever had a time where you could not get yourself out of a rut? I know it’s not a good feeling, but I’m thankful for the good days that outweigh the bad. Getting oneself out of a bad place takes time and effort to say to self, “yes I can.” Lately, when I realize those moments of darkness try to consume I have said to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philipians 4:13 NKJV. There comes a point when all you can do is turn to God. There is a song that I love, “Encourage Yourself,” that I am thankful to be reminded of during moments like these. It says, “speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord”. Sometimes we don’t know what to do when caught off guard, but remember you are not alone. Change the story and do the opposite.
Waking up this morning I knew today was going to be a busy day. For one thing, there was going to be a late afternoon Saints game. During this time my family likes to get together to cheer on our favorite boys. Well for me, I was not feeling like getting out my bed. I wrestled with staying in bed versus going to church for about 45 minutes. My husband came in to wake me up, but still I did not budge. Next, I saw him putting on his clothes and coming in to tell me what time we needed to be leaving. However, I still laid in bed. After wrestling some more, I thought about the rest of my day and all that I had to do. Then I was reminded that today was Communion Sunday, and that really got my attention. Thinking about my Heavenly Father and all that He has done for me on the cross reminded me of His love for me. Given a love like this was all the reason I needed to be reminded of who do I love? He first loved me, and I do it all for Him. That’s my love!
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Lately, this is how the weather has been. I’m thankful for the times the light has come to brighten up the day. Regardless of the weather it’s a privilege to experience the transition from one season to the next. Make it a great week!
You look outside and see dark clouds with limited light shining through. When there is a shift in the weather some of us tend to make a shift too. What I am talking about is the breeze and gloom that comes with a cloudy day. Seeing this makes some us feel tired, or wanting to go to sleep. We look to see or smell if it will rain. Now wait! I did say smell the rain. Yes, you can smell the rain. It may sound hillarious, but it is true. Unknowingly, we all don’t know what will happen next, but we can only imagine. We may ask the question, is a storm approaching? In past events knowing that the cloudiness gives us warning to a shift in the weather. Either it will remain the same or something else will follow. So next time you experience a “cloudy day” think about what is next? I don’t know about you but I rather have a warning then nothing at all!
Growing up, parents taught some valuable lessons that will be used throughout our life. Most lessons were geared around being responsible. The more you grow, you learn that no more matter how many situations you’re faced with, the message always remains the same. Whatever season you are faced with, we all have something that we are held accountable. No matter what it is, you have a responsibility to share in something greater than yourself.
I remember being given the task of working with an organization that would provide mentorship to young people. This was a vast assignment where midway through I did not know if I could handle it. For some reason all the negative thoughts started rolling through my head about everything that was wrong with the program. Although this is what I wanted to do, it seemed like I was being punished. All I could hear were my parents voices saying, “If you want something, you have to work for it.” Another thing I remembered was all the suffering that Jesus had to endure. The road to greatness is never easy. One thing I knew is that I could not give up on those young people. Moreover, this scripture summed it up for me.
Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.” Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)
Just like any task it may not be easy, but it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. We too are responsible for our actions by taking heed in the message we are conveying to others. Don’t fret because this is a test I try to win daily. This is something I realized I can not do on my own. Similar to my assignment with the young people, I had to take my focus off the problem and turn to the strength given to me to finish the task. Each day I encountered a new trial, but I had to find a way to turn it around.
Like myself, I know that there are others who are faced with dilemmas in life that make you want to throw in the towel. I want to remind you that there are other stories that are probably worse than yours to remind you that you have a responsiblity. That is not for yourself, but to one who listens to you and provides for you. When you remind yourself to take this approach for your next situation, try it and don’t throw in the towel.
We’ve made it to the start of another school year. Wow does time go by so fast when you’re having fun. For some, long mornings to sleep like you’re on vacation everyday. While others take in a few summer classes or a job. Whatever the situation, it was different than your typical Monday through Friday that occur during August to June. Getting prepared for the school year rears you into shopping, doctors visits and last minute school paperwork. It is one of those things that reminds you the job is never finished. When the bell sounds we get back in the groove of things.
I believe when we’re starting an assignment we are equipped to handle everything that comes our way, eventhough we may not look forward to it. I remember when starting school it was a rush of emotions because of the preparation involved. Being excited to see friends, but not too excited to hit the books. As I got older, the preparation was still a rush of emotions, but later feelings turned to accomplishing the next mission. What a huge deviation?! Regardless, it came over time just how our relationship with God develops over time.
We are all on a mission to fulfull our purpose. Each one is different, but it’s for the greater good. I hope that regardless what task is presented to us that we run our race and don’t let it run us. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11,
The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.
When in doubt, confused, disappointed, discouraged or just feeling overwhelmed, just pray and stand still and watch God move. He will direct your path even when the bell sounds.
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)