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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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

You Are Enough – Prayer Call Recap

On tonight’s call, sparks flew! We discussed our identity and how we are born with purpose.

The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4‭-‬5 NLT

Before Jeremiah was even thought of God had given him purpose. God already had a plan and duty for Jeremiah. This shows me that God has predestined us for great things! We are called to greatness. Our lives revolve around the work He’s called us to do. We must trust the process of His revealing and be patient in His timing. His plan is the best!

Here are some key points from the call:

  • God’s love knows no boundaries.
  • He knows us.
  • The answer you’ve been looking for is in you.
  • The more you seek God, the more you find your identity. Proverbs 3:5,6
  • He is our provider and protector. Everything we need is within our reach. Matthew 28:20

Listen to call here!

07/04 – Prayer Call

*I apologize for the muffled sound at the beginning. Skip to 3:50 to pass it! Revisions are underway.

The songs featured are by my friends withLove! Sinking & Sinking (reprise)

Children, Lead the Way

Sometimes I just want to talk to my nephew. I want to hear his perspective on life. I want to be his student and study his happiness. At 3 years old he has so much wisdom.

My youngest nephew is a big ball of energy. He hasn’t even reached 1 yet but has so much personality. In his excitement, he will clap his hands or make a funny face. He’ll inspect a leaf as we pass a short tree or grab my face. He’ll even fuss you out if he doesn’t get his juice fast enough!

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” -Matthew 19:14 NLT

Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner child. Children experience so much joy. The smallest things amaze them. They appreciate the things that we overlook. It’s a good day to be a great day.

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