Healing in the Broken Places

What do you do when it’s up to you? You’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve waited and still the obstacle hasn’t moved.

12/12 – Healing in the Broken Places

2017 has been a year of trials and triumphs. There have been many leaps of faith that have brought me to this place where I currently am.  From leaving my last job to becoming an art teacher, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to spread light on many platforms.

According to my original agenda, I’d be on a totally different path by now. Because I had social anxiety,  I preferred to stay behind the scenes. I liked my life to be planned out and calculated. However, God had greater plans.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 12:8‭-‬9 NLT

Like Apostle Paul, I too begged God. To remove the obstacles in my classroom and help me get through. I wanted things to go my way and I was not liking the results so far. I prayed for God to give me opportunities to share His light, but when they came I became overwhelmed. 

However, God had still been my life coach. It’s almost as if HE was saying to me, “Hang in there buddy. You’ll see the silver lining eventually. Just keep going.”

God began increasing opportunities for me to encourage my students and others. I felt a press to trust Him even during the pressing times when I didn’t see results. I realized God would use me inspite of my shortcomings.

How do we make use of our gifts when we don’t see the bigger picture?

      S H I F T Y O U R P E R S P E C T I V E .

How do we go on when our passions are attacked? We draw near to the one who is able to refresh us and realign us. God allows us to face opposition in order to prove His revolutionary power on the inside of us.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8‭-‬9 NLT

I recall in an earlier post explaining that we must see what God sees. I will even go as far as to say, see the obstacle but realize that God has placed you there and prepared you to make an impact in those areas.

I sat in my classroom recently discouraged. I had just witnessed a fight in my final class and was completely disappointed. God clearly asked me after I ranted to Him my frustrations, Are you mad enough to the point of doing something about it?  Pain produced pressure and pressure produces power.

Let’s use these platforms, these weaknesses, these flaws to promote God’s kingdom. They are opportunities for Him to perform miracles in our lives.

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

Father,

Thank you for the trials. Thank you for the tests. Thank you for the setbacks. Thank you for the glory that is being produced. You show us how mighty you are to save. Help us to see from Your perspective and to press in Your presence even further. You are the God who was, who is, and who always will be.

With Love,

Your Child (Insert Name)

More Inspiring Scripture: Psalm 34:15-20

 

Thankfulness.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4


As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER CALL

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thanksgiving

a capitalized :thanksgiving day

:a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness

2:the act of giving thanks

:a prayer expressing gratitude

Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.

Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.

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When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.

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Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!

 

Here are some reminders:

  1. Embrace the beauty in each moment.
  2. Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
  3. Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
  4. Give thanks to God in all things.
  5. Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)

“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28‭-‬29 NLT

* Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *

 

Embracing the Process

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Process – A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

In this season we have been experiencing many new changes. That may be a new job, new business ventures, new visions, new policy, etc. These new things have caused us to sense that we are in a season of transition.

During a transitional period, you experience a removal of certain people, places, and things. It does not seem like an easy process to endure because it is unfamiliar. However, it is so crucial for where God is taking you.

In the place of transition, you’re gonna have to become somebody you’ve never become before. Dr. Sharon Nesbitt

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 BLB

Incubation Stage of the Visional Process

Moses was hid for 3 months before being released in the river. There was a process of incubation. His parents according to scripture, saw that he was a proper child so they did not fear the king’s commandment.

In your life, there are periods where God has to hide you in order to preserve you for the great platform to come. Don’t despise the humble beginning. He has not forgotten about you.

Read Hebrews 12:1-13

God is preparing you for the platform ahead. But don’t regret or despise the timing of the Lord. Right where you are destiny is being fulfilled. Be mindful of the tools God has given you in this season. Utilize this time to use them wisely.

Run the Race

The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong… time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 NHEB

You have a team routing for you. God and many believers are cheering you on waiting for you to finish the race. Keep going my friend. Be consistent in this process.

08/08 – Embracing the Process Call

There is a blessing in the waiting.

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Life to Your Soul Turns 3!

Wow. Can you believe it? We’ve reached a new milestone today. Three years ago today, Life to Your Soul was created with high hopes of becoming a platform for spiritual enlightenment. To my amazement we have expanded through health resources, prayer calls, and reached people from all over the world! To my friends in India, I say thank you. To those in the U.K., thank you. Those who have viewed in China, I thank you. To those from the Philippines, thank you. To my friends in Jamaica, thank you. To those here in the U.S., I say thank you. And to each and everyone of you no matter where you’ve tuned in from, you have become family and a special part of this journey!

Because of your support, Life to Your Soul has come to life. This is no longer just a blog but a revolution! We have uplifted others suffering with depression, anxiety, peer-pressure, fear, and discomfort. LTYS is a movement that will continue to empower & inspire many in new and innovative ways. There are current revisions underway and much great news to come.

Thank You.

 

God, Give Me Strength

When I don’t understand. When I feel terrible. When I suffer from heartache. When I ache with pain. Lord, be my strength. Be my guide. It is in you that I confide. How can I survive if I don’t have you by my side? Your glory brightens my face. Your love shields me, encompassing me wherever I go. Wherever I go. I did not comprehend the magnitude of this journey. But I do not regret walking this way. My past way would have consumed me eventually. Be my strength. Be my guide. On this journey, in You, I will confide. walking

If you or someone you know is at a crossroads, not sure where to turn, suffering from depression fill out the form under the prayer tab and I will pray for you. Check out a similar post titled Falling in Love All Over Again here. God loves you.

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Fruits of Labor

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. (NLT) -Ecclesiastes 3:13

Where are you putting your time? Each one of us decides where we want to use our time. Are you making the most of your time to something that really counts? Everyone of us gets 24 hours in a day, no more, no less.

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I personally have struggled with procrastination. It seemed more convenient to lounge around and check my social media or catch reruns of my favorite shows. However, there were so many productive things to do throughout the day. One day, I made jewelry for someone. Another day I sang at a hospital for patients. Then I posted a music cover on YouTube. It’s also great to get out and smell the roses. I have made it my mission to complete at least one project a day. Sometimes I have slipped but I now realize how important it is to God for us to use His time wisely.

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Just Breathe.

I can’t take it anymore. Feel like my head’s about to explode. But then I hear soft words saying, “Just breathe.”

Here comes that knot again. Tightening in my throat. Tension in my forehead but I hear it again. Just breathe.

The situation is hard to cope with. Seems unbearable and difficult to escape. I keep seeing scenes from that tormentuous moment. Sounds from the altercation. The still cool air. As the repetitious thoughts spiral in my mind my refuge lies in the center. Just breathe.

So I’ve decided to release. Inhale. Exhale. Let go. Tired of those same tired thoughts that are tired of running in my mind. The heart is sensitive but somehow miraculously heals from all the pain. 

Yes there are stains.  Yes there are scars. But I’ve learned to Just Breathe.

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Tired of Tangles

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Loop-di-loop. Allie oop. Circling, tightening around me. Chains of fury, dark and dreary feed upon my flesh. The light, so bright. It reels me in. I’m entised and captivated. Another crime. Such wasted time. And more and more I hate it.

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The battery drains just like the day. I sit and then I stare. I double tap ’cause I like that hat and yes, I love that hair. Then I decide as I beam with pride to post a filtered pic. I contemplate but it’s too late. Upload is what I click.

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Tick-tock on the clock. I digress as time goes by. But deep inside I cannot hide the tearing, great divide. Will he like it? Did she click it? Must I be a fool? Instead of focusing on the likes I should be focused on you.

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You know my name. You’ve shaped my frame. And this is how I repay you? I’m sure as you watch from above that this is really painful.

As I open my eyes I shift my focus on a greater view. No site, despite the pics and posts can share what we’ve been through.

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I unwrap the cords from around me. I unplug them one by one. You are my surge protector and I’m charged by the Son.

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. -1 Timothy 6:6-7 NLT

Dreams and Visions

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I had a vivid night that poured over into the morning.

After my prayer time I noticed that the moon was yellow. It was so big, bright and beautiful. The reflection of it in my window made another moon appear next to it. It made me wonder when a planet could be seen close on Earth again. So I researched it.

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After that I reminisced of times when I wanted to travel the world. I planned on traveling to London to attend a music institute. I also thought about when I was supposed to travel with a student ambassador program in my teen years. Traveling was always a goal of mine.

After those recollections I fell asleep. People from my past appeared in my dream. Past students, administrators, staff, and others. Places where I’ve been. My former house, an old school where I used to teach, streets where I’ve walked. So many memories.

I had an epiphany when I woke up. Life continues to live. Places where I’ve been will always be apart of my unique history. I’ll forever be in someone’s memory.

I encourage you to make your mark a good one in life. Refuse to allow circumstances to kill your vision or the goals you’ve set. Create some vivid moments that will forever be cherished memories.

God gave you this life. Live it, breathe it, cherish it, and share it with the greatest potential.
  

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
    A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
    A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
    A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
    A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
    A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
    A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.
    -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8