“Step Out” Faith

How can I continue? How do I go on? Is it safe to move on?

Imagine being in the face of a massive sea with your greatest enemies charging at you from behind. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place! Moses and the children of Israel were finally free from captivity in Egypt when Pharaoh had a change of heart. He decided not only to pursue the Israelites himself but to align over 600 charioters to help anihilate them.

When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked.  So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops.  He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, so he chased after the people of Israel, who had left with fists raised in defiance. The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh’s army—all his horses and chariots, his charioteers, and his troops. Exodus 14:5-9

There Moses and the children of Israel were. Facing the great, Red Sea with their livestock, their young children, and all they had. Their promises suddenly turned into petitions.

As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lordand they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”Exodus 14:10-12

Some of us have been in a similar predicament. We’ve taken a huge leap of faith only to see that thing that we feared come upon us once again. It is in those times that I am reminded to trust in God. Breakthrough comes when something within us needs to be broken. For their sake, it was the Israelites’ unbelief.

believe

1a :to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion :to regard the existence of God as a fact 

  • Do you believe?

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  • believe in the Scriptures

b :to accept something as true, genuine, or real


:to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something


Although the children of Israel had left Egypt, Egypt was still in them. That place of captivity had accumulated in their minds. In my opinion,  it wasn’t the process of leaving Egypt that was the most difficult for the Israelites, it was the act of believing that they were actually God’s holy people and called to a greater destiny.

But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord save you today. These Egyptians will never bother you again. The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 CEV

It is imperative that we remember the One who has called us forth. He sees our greatest potential and propels us to move forward in victory. Regardless of where we currently are, it is our faith and God’s calling that will produce increase.

Instead of viewing your situation as a heavy weight to overcome, view it as a platform for God to display His greatness.

Stay firm and focused!

Step Out Faith Prayer Call


Without faith it is impossible to please God. I encourage you to make faith your first resort. It doesn’t have to make sense but it makes substance. God bless you on your journey to greater.

When Faith and Fear Collide

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When faced with a dire situation it is easy to result in fear. If you’re starting a new venture, you may be afraid it won’t be successful. If you’re moving without a job lined up, you may fear that things won’t work out the way you anticipated. What I am reminded of is how certain figures faced challenges and pivotal moments in the bible.

Abram, later named Abraham, was challenged to trust that God would bless him with innumerable descendants although he had currently had no children. Moses was entrusted with leading God’s people out of Egypt although he had a speech impediment.

The Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.  Genesis 15:1,2,4

Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”  And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.” Genesis 15: 5-7

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What happens when we embark upon a new journey? A new beginning? We try to conceive the outcome in our minds. But things don’t add up sometimes. Here are five points that you should remind yourself of during those times.

Our protection is in God. (Declare: My protection is in God.)

The Lord is our Shepherd and he governs our lives. We not need to forget that He is protecting us even in times when we don’t understand.

Look up.

Although it seems easier said than done we must not focus on our physical circumstances. Tap into the presence of God through praying, meditating, and worshipping Him in your daily activities.

Our faith is moving things. (Declare: My faith is moving things)

Check out this passage of how Jesus describes the power of operating in faith! Faith is our currency. ‘In God we trust’ is on our money. We can’t move without it.

Recall what has already taken place. Sometimes it takes us going back down memory lane to be empowered. For me, it’s when I check through my journals and read testimonies of what God has done that inspire. Check this one out!

Sacrifice is important.

There will be times when you have to give up things you cherish in order to move ahead. Sometimes relationships, houses, and jobs but just know that with God it is all worth it.

“When she looked ahead she smiled because she knew the best was yet to come.”

 

Trusting the Master

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I will call upon your name. Keep my eyes above the waves. Hillsong in Oceans

10/03 – Trusting the Master Call

You didn’t see this coming. It knocked you right off of your feet. And although you thought you covered all measures somehow tragedy still struck. It was the loss of a loved one, another job denial, a new balance added to your account, or having to start all over again. So many questions. So many questions. You try to make sense of it all but no matter how you cut it, it still does not add up. This, my friend, is the struggle.

You are truly, seriously lost, even though you know exactly where you are. Barbara Brown Taylor in An Altar in the World.

What God has revealed to me is that we have to trust Him. When we do, we are able to breathe and sleep at night knowing that He is caring for us. As the Great Shepherd, He looks after each of His sheep.

I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. John 10:14-16

Even when you don’t understand God is still there.

L o o k, S m e l l, T h i n k, T a s t e, a n d L i s t e n.

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusts in Him. Psalm 34:8

As the loving Father He is, God covers us with His word and has equipped us for the journey.

Look for the reminders that God has placed in your life. Look for God in the little things. 

God is in the details. He’s in the wind. He’s in the trees. He’s in the earth. He’s in the flowers. Everything around you is giving a message. Tune in to hear the Master’s voice through your everyday occurrences.

Meditate.

Take time out of your day to center yourself and focus on what God may be trying to reveal to you. I sing, study, and play worship songs in the morning.

Connect with purpose-driven people.

It’s been stated that we become who we hang around. Be observant of who you are partnering with.

Trust that He has you.

Your situation is not too dynamic that it disqualifies you from God’s arc of safety. Fall into the Master’s loving arms.

He won’t take you into it until He’s prepared you for it.

Stop trying to rush the process. If you truly consider, you’re most likely not ready for the “next big thing” just yet. Use this time to recuperate and to rest in the promises of God.

Today’s feature song!

When oceans rise my soul will rest in your embrace. I am yours and you are mine.

The Little Things

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder. What I find to be astonishing are often the things unnoticed. Take a look at some of my favorite little things.

This sunbrella has finally had it’s time to shine. With the recent heat and clear skys, she offers the perfect amount of shade. And she’s purple!
One day I decided to rock my floral socks in two colors! I felt fun and creative. Dare to be different!
Anyone who knows me knows that I like to eat good ice. Not just any ice, but the soft, crunchy kind. When I found out it was served at a local restaurant I could not pass up the opportunity! Yummy!

While commuting to King’s Dominion with my team, I couldn’t help but take pictures of the scenery. In this pic I captured the KD sign and myself as well! Such beauty all around us! I don’t think I could move fast enough!
Stars from the 60th anniversary celebration!
These flowers are from my grandparent’s 60th anniversary celebration. We honored them for their labor of love and sacrifices.
I spotted this little one while looking beneath my desk. The little lady was as still as ever. I admired her beauty.

Whether it’s a small feather from a bird or the cool breeze of late summer, learn to appreciate and enjoy the little things in your life. 

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”

Luke 16:10 NLT

Crowned with Care: Recap of Priceless Gown Project 2017

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These past weekends have been filled with many wonderful events. One of them being the Priceless Gown Project in Baltimore. I was blessed to volunteer at the event and am happy to share my experience with you.

First off, let me start off by saying that Baltimore is beautiful!  As I arrived at the Marriott hotel, I was greeted by vibrant pink & black attired women. Each had a smile on her face. These were also volunteers for the event. As we all gathered in the volunteer space, we were encouraged to promote self-awareness and assure each girl that she was beautiful. Leslie Collier, the organization’s director hoped that we had comfortable shoes on because the event required a lot of movement.

 

Gowns were beautifully displayed on the racks and shoes & accessories were laid out. We were able to check out the dresses and get familiar with the styles.

As we all conversed, we reminisced of our own prom experiences and high school stories. Us personal shoppers were tasked with getting to know the girls and finding a style that suited their body types and personalities.

The ballroom filled up with girls and their families as they were empowered by speakers, pageant titleholders, and artists. It was rewarding to see the smiles and hear laughter from girls who struggled with insecurities.

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Baltimore’s own Star!
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The 92q crew keeping the crowd live.
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Live, Laugh, Celebrate!

So many people came together to participate in and celebrate this event.

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These girls and gowns were exceptional!
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The men in black!
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Miss Exquisite shined even brighter than the gown she modeled.
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The royal walk.
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Miss Anne Arundel County Teen was a sweetheart!
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Miss Maryland and Miss Baltimore gave good profiles as we posed!

While participating, I recalled my own prom experience. A lady named Ms. Peggy, whom I had met on the transit bus, was like a mother to me. She always asked how school was going and would remind me of important dates coming up for school applications. I would try to sit next to her whenever I boarded the bus. One day, when I saw her she told me that her daughter (who was also a senior) had tried on some dresses at David’s Bridal. There was a dress on clearance that she liked and it was also in a smaller size. She thought I’d be able to fit it. I was so excited and told my parents about it. They talked to Ms. Peggy and agreed to meet up so that I could try the dress on. To my surprise, the dress had fit perfectly! I told Ms. Peggy that the day was my birthday and she paid for the dress. I will never forget that day and the circumstances that lead up to that point.

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Royalty came in all shapes and sizes! People came together far and wide to adorn young women with gowns, shoe, accessories, and confidence. These girls left with gowns, accessories, and confidence. Check out more info about the Priceless Gown Project here! God bless.

#Blessed

Blessed. We hear the word used on social media, in songs, movies and the list goes on. In the 2015 Western Conference Finals, during a post-game conference after the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets, Stephen Curry’s daughter sang “Way up, I feel blessed.” It’s a word that circulates around us and many people have different views of what it means to be blessed.

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed. – Godfrey Winn

\ˈble-səd\  (1) having a sacred nature : connected with God. (2) very welcome, pleasant, or appreciated (Merriam-Webster)

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to be blessed is to be spiritual or gratifying. Considering this definition, there are many things that we consider gratifying but to be connected to God requires a certain nature.

I was blessed with certain gifts and talents and God gave them to me to be the best person I can be and to have a positive impact on other people. – Bryan Clay

When we show gratitude towards God for his blessings, we are acknowledging that we are  blessed. His blessings include the birth of a child, a flower in bloom, a new home, family, friends, food. However, there are blessings in disguise. Blessings that some would believe are curses.

When I lost my job in 2015 I did not feel like I received a blessing. Prior to being fired, I felt that my season was changing but I did not think it would happen the way it did. I tried to stay optimistic but thoughts of failure and disappointment clouded my judgement. The fear of the unknown devastated me. Instead of trusting God and believing He knew what was best, I wallowed in my insecurities.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:5,6

I’d like to let you know that it is okay not to know everything. It’s okay not to have it all together. Eventually, I realized that I was never supposed to have all the answers in the first place but to have faith and trust that my God would take care of me.

As humans we attempt to perfect the areas of our lives through our ideals and worldviews. We attempt to pick up all the pieces and create a masterpiece through our own ability. However, we are not sufficient alone. God sent His Son to redeem us from our tainted state. We need His help.

Sometimes He puts us at a stand still so that we can acknowledge Him. We tend to lose our way when we don’t put our focus on Christ.  Accept that as a human you are capable of making mistakes. And that’s okay. Acknowledge your imperfect state. Ask God to improve you despite your flaws.

It is easy to become distracted by everything that surrounds us. Let us take the time to celebrate our state of being blessed. Let us cherish and savor the moments we have with those around us.

Here is a prayer that you can pray to God:

Dear God,

I acknowledge that I don’t have all the answers. I’ve made many mistakes (you can name them if you’d like). I need your guidance. Please direct me to your path. Show me your ways. Clean my heart and erase the stains. Thank you for your blessings; even those that I cannot see. Thank you for loving me even when I didn’t love myself. This is my moment and my time to live blessed. You lead me and I will follow. Connect me with people who also follow you. Show me how to enlighten those who don’t believe in you. Your Son died on the cross for me. He rose on the third day for me. I am blessed.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen