You were Never meant to Fit In

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The topic for this week’s blog post was all in my corn flakes… and what’s fascinating is that I didn’t realize how much so until Friday and I normally post on early Monday mornings. The Holy Spirit continues to Blow my Mind on how He works, and in most cases, we don’t even realize that He’s working on our behalf, especially as we move into new unchartered territory.  I’m starting my life coach certification program next week and I truly started to panic!  I was having some serious 2nd thoughts about all of it… maybe this isn’t what the Lord wants me to do, I don’t think I’m going to be able to be disciplined enough to do the study, what if I fail, maybe it costs too much right now, etc. etc. etc.  I’m sure that the Lord was just shaking his head, but He still allowed people to cross my path to talk me off the ledge. You may wonder, as I did, how does starting a new on-line program and the idea of not fitting in connect to each other?  As I look back, I’m not really sure if it does, but, as I continued to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, I found something even more interesting unfolding and so there’s a bit of back story to this podcast so please bear with me.

It started with a very good friend of mine, who asked me to share a few words of encouragement with a young woman, who was making some major life and career decisions. This is what I said to her:

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have been uniquely designed for the journey ahead.  Your steps have been ordered and all you need is already in you, but you may have to wake up some things, develop some things, and cultivate other things. Be authentic, but don’t just settle for “that’s just who I am”. But strive to be the best you, that you can be. You have nothing to prove to anyone, but yourself. Don’t take folks with you that don’t want to go. You want to be with folks that are growing also and not mad at you because you may be outgrowing them. No, I don’t mean that you should separate from spouse, family, and friends, but they should be your greatest supporters, not your naysayers.  So, it may get tough, but don’t get discouraged.  If it gets hard at times, then back up a step or two, assess the situation, work smarter and keep going!

I was amazed at how the Holy Spirit spoke through me, but I still wasn’t connecting the dots.  Then later in the week, I listened to a message entitled “This Doesn’t Fit”, by Dr. Dharius Daniels.  At the end of his message, he talked about the fact that he had never seemed to fit in, even when he was called into ministry.  He said that even as we are walking in our calling, we are not healed from that feeling of being different, if anything it’s the complete opposite.  There may be certain things in our appearance, personality and even character, that may need to change.  However, there are things that the Lord has designed specifically in us.  He has created things in our character and in our personality, that’s unique to us.  But, for example, if you’re mean for the sake of being mean that’s not what I meant.  However, the Lord has put things in us that are critical to our ultimate purpose. There may be that one person that’s meant to receive only what we have, the way only we can deliver it.   On the other hand, there may just be some weird things about us, but there is still no denying our talents, our skills, our God-given gifts… nor our purpose, our calling, our destiny.

According to the today’s societal and cultural standard, who we are and the things we are called to do, are not gonna make sense.   Have we been fighting to prove to people, including ourselves, that we are good enough, not with arrogance, but with confidence.  Have we’ve been fighting to fit in to other peoples’ expectations of us? This is when I had my epiphany… Although in recent years, I’ve learned to be ok in becoming exactly what God called me to be, however, my list of insecurities is still endless.  I’ve never quite felt that I fit anywhere.  I’ve often wondered if something was wrong with me.  I always felt weird.  But I was never supposed to fit in, and neither are you.  Dating back to when I was a young child, all my cousins on my dad side of the family, were light-skinned, so I was considered too dark.  Then, by God’s design, I became a young woman that was over 6 feet tall, that many times was mistaken for a guy… that truly does something to the self-esteem. You may not believe it now, but to top it all off, I’m an introvert and found it very difficult to talk in a space where I didn’t know people.  Obviously, this is exactly the space where the Lord has called me to be and now, none of those other things really matter.  

For some reason, the Lord tends to call us to perform in areas that we feel inadequate in.  Remember Moses, Jeremiah, and so many others.  As we walk in our destiny, in our purpose, in our calling, we may always feel inadequate, but at some point, we will feel comfortable in our own skin, and we will embrace our unique design. We are just the way that the Lord needs us to be, and we’ll be confident in all the things that God has put in us, yet we know that can’t do anything with Him.

Footnote: There may not be any connection to me starting an on-line program, but I believe that the Holy Spirit took this opportunity to show me me.  So, as it was written at the bottom of my journal on that fateful day, I will “Trust His Timing”!  I’ve signed the contract and sent in my deposit. I’ve bought the books and I’m off and running. Wouldn’t you know that now the Holy Spirit has begun to download the framework for my new Order Your Steps offering… Drum roll please!  

Coming in 2023, “Life after Clutter: A Mindset Shift!

Sounds like the name of a book, doesn’t it? … Stay tuned or more information as I enter this new unchartered territory of life coaching.

Always remember to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….

Take a Praise Break!

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I want you to take time throughout the week for a “Praise Break”!  Forget about your problems, forget about your cares; forget about the situation and circumstances at hand… and Remember God is Good, All the time and all the time God is Good!

Although I know that you have a few favorite scriptures of your own, I thought that I would go the Book of Praise and share a few verses with you…

 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.

Psalm 8:1 NLT

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.  I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2 NLT

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1-2 KJV

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad... Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

Let everything that have breath praise the LORD.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

As you go about your day this week, Take a Praise Break.  Find a Psalm to read or simply a song to sing.  You may remember the old hymn that most of us have heard many times…

“When I Think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah, thank God for saving me!”

 No matter what comes our way, Life is still Good!

Coming Out of a Dry Place

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So, let’s take up where we left off last week, are you in a dry place as Elijah was, sitting by the Kerith Brook watching the water dry up? But remember, this is a place where the Lord has sent you, a place that felt really good, at first.  You were going along at a pretty good clip and then, all of a sudden, the Lord says, “hold up, wait a minute, you’ve gotten too comfortable. It’s time for you to pull up. You’re moving too fast!  Did you forget who’s driving?”   It is at this point that we must be willing to give the Holy Spirit the steering wheel and guide us as we’re “Coming out of our Dry Place”!  The Lord has told us…

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 KJV

As I was just living life this week, I kept hearing the word “surrender” and I wondered how does this tie into us coming out of a dry place?  I believe that to come out of a dry place, we must be willing to surrender or relinquish the control (the steering wheel) to the Lord.  It is implied throughout the bible that we should willingly give the Lord total control of our life, our decisions, and our will. The operative word being “willingly”.  However, I invite you to study this more on your own, because it can be confusing to a certain degree.  The Lord does not want a rag doll or puppet.  He won’t take control; He’s not going to force us to give Him control.  He wants us, in its truest sense, to trust Him because He truly knows what’s best for us.

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 NLT

Although this is a place that God has put us, He never intended for us to stay here.  God has purposed our dry places as a time for reflection, preparation, and motivation.  He knows when it’s time for us move and, in essence, when we think about it, we really don’t have a choice.  He knows what’s on the other side.  There are folks waiting for us, there are things that we must do, yes, miracles for us to perform. You may be thinking miracles, really, all I can say is, do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our blessing is also in the mix, the answers to prayers that we’ve been waiting for, are on the other side of that dry place as well.  Remember what I said, if we do our part in the natural, we will be able to watch God do a miracle in the supernatural.

But, if you are like me, oftentimes, the voices in my head are on repeat, as I try to figure out where I may have gone wrong.  We should never stop critiquing ourselves because that’s the only way we will get better.  However, we must make sure that the volume is not so loud that we don’t hear anything else, especially when the Lord is trying to talk to us.  The Lord knows, at some point, we will ask Him “why am I here” and He will hear us, which means that He was there all the time.

It’s been dry, long enough.  It’s time for us to come out of hiding, refined and refreshed for what’s ahead… to be confident in our gifting that the Lord has put in us and to know that the Lord is always with us, especially when He takes us out of our comfort.  He may just send a disturbance in our lives to bring us out of hiding for those that are waiting on the other side and the Holy Spirit will sustain us during our journey.

So make sure that we are listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

Listening through the Silence

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In this day and time, do we truly know how to listen?  Listening takes time and effort.  It may be just me, but do you occasionally simply zone out during a conversation, until it’s your turn to talk.  The process of listening is especially difficult, when it’s silent.  Wait! …that sounds like an oxymoron.  Again, it’s probably just me, but do you feel a tad uncomfortable with an individual or in a group of people and no one is talking.  Do we feel the need to break the silence?  I’ll give you a recent example…

On Saturday mornings, I have coffee with my husband.  Needless to say, I usually do most of the talking (go figure!).  Well, this particular morning, I decided to be quiet and wait for my husband to speak first.  The silence was deafening! It was actually unnerving to sit in silence, it was almost painful.  Then after what seemed an eternity had passed, my husband said, as he usually does, “so what’s on your big mind?” I actually let out a big sigh of relief, to finally be able to talk.  So, how does this apply to our conversations with the Lord and His Holy Spirit?  Is it truly possible to listen, when it’s silent; when it appears that the Lord just isn’t saying anything?

So, please bear with me as I share with you a little story about the prophet, Elijah.  I pray that this may give you a little more context to what I mean, when I say listening through the silence.  The Lord has told Elijah to go to King Ahab, you may remember him as Jezebel’s husband, and tell him that there would be no rain or dew for the next few years.  Then the Lord sent him into hiding by the Kerith Brook.  You may remember the story, because it was there that the ravens brought him food. Ravens are consider dirty birds, a very unlikely source to bring anyone food.  Then it appeared that God just stopped talking. Elijah was cool. He has food and water.  He’d just have wait until the Lord gave him his next set of instructions. 

Now this may have been ok, but the brook (his water source) slowly began to dry up, because there had been no rain.  So now what?  What would you do?  Nothing can make us second guess ourselves more than when we implement something that we know God told us to do, and it doesn’t quite work the way we planned.  The Lord will disrupt a rather settled, peaceful situation, and then it seems like He goes silent. I’m sure Elijah thought all kinds of things. For example, “God really? (Paraphrased, of course :-D), I know you told me to come here.”  This is normally the time that we will start talking to the Lord.  What a novel idea! First, we listen, then, we talk.  God is listening for our voice; our voice has a unique sound in God’s ear. The Lord wants to hear us, even in our frustration; even in our disappointment.

The Bible doesn’t give us, just how long Elijah waited, but we can surmise that it took a while for the brook to dry up. Then, at some point, the Lord told Elijah to come out of hiding and go to Zarephath.  Do you think that maybe the brook dried up just so Elijah would have to move?  Has the Lord disrupted our comfortable and peaceful surroundings, (i.e., a pandemic) to force us to move?  Well, just like Elijah, it just may be time for the Lord to perform miracle after miracle through us.  You’ll have to read the rest of the story when you have a moment in1 Kings, Chapter 17.

Many times, God will use our frustration to motivate us, accelerate His plan for us; and to recreate us, into what He needs us to be. Our obedience is crucial, and ultimately, it may have nothing to do with us, but, it’s for the person that’s in the place that God has sent us. Elijah was told to come out of hiding to help a widow and her son.   Sometimes, to establish something new in our life, God must disturb us, disrupt our peaceful place with plenty of water and set us in a place that is dry.  Then, at some point, we will have to move… 

Are we listening in the silence waiting for our next set of instructions from the Lord or are we simply waiting for our next turn to talk?

My Breakthrough!

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Let me begin by asking what is a “breakthrough”?  I looked for a definition that would be befitting for what I’m about to share and I found this:  A breakthrough is something that changes the course of your life going forward and ensures that things will never be the same for you again. Most of what a breakthrough requires is for us to have the courage and the bravery to stop settling for second best. 

So, here’s my story:  I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a life coach, since I started Order Your Steps, more than 10 years ago. Once I became an evangelist, I thought that I could cross life coach off my goals list, however, the two roles are not the same.  So, it just so happened that the Holy Ghost struck again.  My cousin called me to refer a new client to me.  She was also a professional organizer, but she told me was now a certified Christian life coach.  I explained to her that I had been interested in becoming a life coach, so she suggested that I go through a coaching session with her, to better understand the experience.  

For the past few years, especially with the onset of the pandemic, I’ve continued to try to understand where the Lord is taking my ministry.  I’ve often said during this podcast, that I’ve been compelled to strive to encourage and inspire women especially during these most difficult times.  We’ve never sure of the exact path that the Lord has laid before us, but His message to me has been very consistent, and that is for all of you to pause and listen! 

During our life coaching session, my cousin asked a series of very thought-provoking questions and when we were about an hour into the session, I felt overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit, and as I was talking, I started to tear up, but I didn’t really understand why at the time.  However, it was in that moment that I realized that the listening to the Holy Spirit was not just to hear His direction and instruction for our daily lives, but in that moment of pause, we may hear the answer to our many prayers.  This was my breakthrough!  Something had changed the course of my life going forward.  You may be able to see it from my perspective, but the Holy Spirit has shown me a whole new dimension to what His message had been to me and how I should share that message, especially to other women, and men too, if given the opportunity. 

I’ve often heard prayer defined as simply having a conversation with God. During this time with the Lord, we talk, usually asking Him for something, however, it must also be a time to listen. 

Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left. 

Isaiah 30:21 NLT

I’m on a mission to do whatever it takes to do what the Lord needs me to do, how about you?  “When we do our part in the natural, we get to watch God do a miracle in the supernatural.”

If you are looking for a Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, please contact Liz Mason (my cousin) at 240-437-7218 or check out her website.

Next week, we may talk a little more about listening… when it’s silent, unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise.

Light will Always find Its Way into Darkness

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My eyes are very sensitive to light especially when I’m trying to sleep, so a few months ago I bought some blackout curtains. They are absolutely wonderful! However, I realized that when the sun came up, the Light always found its Way into the darkness. My bedroom was no longer pitch dark, but into the smallest crevices, His Light had come through. For some of us, our lives may seem to be in total darkness right now and for others, we may encounter those moments of darkness when our situation seems hopeless. But always remember…

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2 Corinthians 4:6-9 KJV

We are in a season of grief and loss, like we’ve never seen before… “God, it’s so overwhelming! Sometimes I feel that I just can’t catch my breath. We need to see Your Light. It feels so dark right now. But as I lay in my bed in the early morning, I see Your light piercing through what was once a room that was pitch dark. Help us to see Your Light, the Light of Your Glory. You are the only one that can strengthen us, that can hold us up, even in the darkest places. ”

We must let His Word Order Our Steps…

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 27:1

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalms 119:105

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalms 23:4

5 […] weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalms 30:5b

While many of us are celebrating proms, graduations, weddings and more.  I don’t want to take anything away for this time of celebration as many are moving into their next season of life and we celebrate with you. However, for some, there is an undertow of anxiety, depression, sorrow, and grief.  There are times when the Holy Spirit will give us the smallest nudge, what may seem like a trivial direction or instruction.  But we are living in a time where we cannot afford to ignore what may seem trivial. The Spirit may drop someone name in our spirit to either text or call, Facetime, Google Duo, Zoom, etc.  We must pay attention, even if we’re in a very stressful anxious and at times, a very dark place ourselves. We may think that the nudge is for the other person, when in actuality the nudge is for us to be encouraged by someone else.  Light will Always find its Way into Darkness!  

As I’ve said, and will continue to say, we must pause and listen to what the Holy Spirit saying…

What’s really Standing in your Way?

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I may be making a BIG assumption, but I believe that the Lord is taking us somewhere and it’s time that we take a long, hard look at where we are and or where we should be going and if we are not going anyway, then we must ask the question, What’s really standing in your way? The Holy Spirit has given us direction and instructions, but yes, the path is still foggy. Although, we may be uncertain of our destination, we must continue to move forward.  So, again the question is, “What’s really standing in your way?”

I am reminded of a message I did a few years ago entitled. “Connect the Dots”.  Remember the Connect the Dots books.  There were dots all over the page, but in the center of the page, the dots had numbers on them.  When you connected the dots by the number, a picture appeared.  Well, when we reflect on our lives thus far, there have been numerous dots scattered along our path and although, we still may not understand the true meaning of many of those dots, it’s time that we begin to envision the BIG picture.

Unfortunately, I truly believe that one of our biggest obstacles is distraction. There is so much vying for our attention.  Unfortunately, we are inundated with so much bad news that it’s hard to ignore.  However, we must pull away from the television, the telephone and texting, so that we can see our path a little clearer.  Although, our lives may look like random dots on a page, I believe that if we look closely the big picture will start to take shape?   In the midst of everything else that is going on in our lives, God was connecting the dots.  It’s time for us to live on Purpose!

We must not allow our lives to become so routine that we are just following through the motions, or have we resulted to comparing ourselves to others and now our lives seem so dull.  Living on purpose is not about excitement, but about being so close to God’s heart that we can experience the energy of His heartbeat. God has not only heard our prayers, He has acted upon them, but we may just have been too distracted.  Have we been given the DOTs, but have just not connected them? 

So, let’s take a moment to look over our shoulders and see all those DOTs, just look at the Path that God had laid for you. 

Lord, thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 16:11

God is taking us places where only we can go!  So, are we excited or are we scared? 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

Or is it Doubt?  But what if I make a mistake?  That was so me!!! 

But, remember, without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

Hebrews 6:13

God is waiting on us to make the first move!  So, take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying and then, it may be time for us to be like David…. We might as well run towards Goliath, cuz we know that the Lord is with us, every step of the way. 

Connect the Dots and let Nothing, not even our Giants, Stand in our Way! 

What’s waiting for You right around the Next Bend?

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In a recent social media post, I asked the question, “When is the last time that you looked back and celebrated just how far you have come and yet looked ahead to what’s in store for you.  I’m 65 and I know that God has a lot more for me to do… How about you? Your very next turn may revolutionize your entire life. So, I wonder, have we stop striving to be our very best selves? We may be oblivious to the fact that a life changing experience for someone just might come through us.  Now is not the time to become complacent… because we don’t know what waiting for us just around the next bend.

I was listening to a message the other day and the preacher defined “complacency” by asking five interesting questions:

  1. Are we no longer striving to do our best in all areas, as a woman first, a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, etc.? Now I must stop here for just a moment…There is a way to strive for excellence in our lives, without being busier that we already are, and I’ll explain more about that later.
  2. Are we operating off an old playbook? Doing the same old things, the same old way and expected new results.
  3. Are we seeking to take new opportunities? Increasing our knowledge, learning new skills, exploring new business ventures.
  4. Are we building new relationships or are we hanging around in the same old circles and no one is growing or maturing?
  5. And this one has bothered me for years and continues to bother me at times and that is not sharing my ideas and opinions, because I am afraid of being wrong?

Complacency expects reward without sacrifice.  We have often heard it said that whatever is worth having is worth working for.  So, I’m sure you’re wondering how do I do all of this “work”, when my plate is already full?   Above all, don’t do anything without the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

It has been/is his good pleasure to give you the will [the desire] and the to do [the ability/power].

Philippians 2:13 (Paraphrased)

This may be hard to believe, but our journey to becoming our best selves, just might begin with saying “no” to those things that may be counterproductive to our mission.  We can only do so many things well.  In my corporate days, we called them the “Vital Few”.  We must establish our priorities, set boundaries and be strategic.

Now don’t worry, there will be moments when we may feel insecure or inadequate, but just remember that the Lord has put everything we need to fulfill our assignment in us.  It’s in those moments that we need to celebrate what we have achieved thus far.  It doesn’t have to be finished to be good! God himself said that we would be a work in process until Christ returns. Philippians 1:6 (Paraphrased). However, he did not say to stop making progress, but celebrate every step.

The steps of a good man/woman are ordered by the LORD: and He delights in every detail of our lives.

Psalms 37:23 (Paraphrased)

Before I leave you, I want you to think of that one person who is always pushing you to move into new territory.  Has that person become your worst enemy or your greatest hero?  Think about it… It just might be the Holy Spirit nagging you to do what He needs you to do. 

It’s time to birth our next miracle, so we will be required to push! 

We can’t afford to get tired, our next blessing, our next assignment is just right around the next bend and remember to…

Always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

Are you Stuck in the Here and Now?

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A LOT have happened and continues to happen every day.  OMG! Every day in this world today is an adventure and that’s putting it mildly.  You may be feeling that you’re finally getting back some semblance of Order in your life, and you are taking it one day at a time.  We all must admit that in any given moment we revert to survival mode just to get by.  But I have something to tell you… God’s assignment for you has not changed.  You may remember that last week I said…

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

There is nothing that has happened or will happen that will change God’s mind about you.  NOTHING!  I will give you several translations of Romans 11:29, with my paraphase and it says this…

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (He doesn’t change His Mind). KJV

29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (They can’t be cancelled). NKJV

29 For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. (He won’t take them back) NLT

God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. The Message Translation

The Here and Now is OK and we are extremely grateful for every day, for every breath we take, but don’t get stuck in today!  Take a moment to look back and celebrate just how far you have come and then look ahead, because God’s got a whole LOT more for you to do…The only thing standing in your way is YOU!!  If you are not sure how to begin, well, in James 1:5 it says,

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Now, like never before, it’s imperative that you take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

If You are Up, then Pull up Another…

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During the month of April, I spent a lot of time talking about falling, but now we are up and running or walking really fast.  Now, while many of us are tired of talking and or even hearing about the last two years and believe me I understand. The Lord has allowed us to live during a phenomenon that we had never experienced before.  Many of us have fallen and so many others have fallen around us, so if we have gotten up than we must pull up another. 

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The Holy Spirit continues to impress upon me that although the mask mandates are over and people are moving back into the offices, primarily because we are so very tired of living in a pandemic and again, I understand.  But I believe that it is even more critical now than ever for those of us who are up and running to pull up someone else.  There are those that may look ok and tell you that they are ok, but we are Not ok.  In addition, there are some of us that the Lord has continued to prosper beyond measure even during the pandemic and yet, there are others that are still struggling to get up.  It is for this reason that I want to challenge you that if you are up to act on what the Holy Spirit has been saying to you…

Where you are or what you have gone through may not be just for you… Now is the time to simply share a word to encourage to someone, or it may be sharing your testimony on how you are surviving or have survived, it may be a book, a podcast or maybe even a new business.  The Lord has allowed me to do all three and more.  But please don’t misunderstand… I am not boasting!  All my endeavors have been my acts of obedience and WAY out of my comfort zone and yours may be also. 

Most recently, I’ve been tasked to partner with a psychologist, Dr. Sislena Ledbetter to create an on-line course to help women to get their lives back. I believe that many of us have lost who we and have become what we do.  Many have lost their hope and joy of life itself.  We have had to learn that it’s ok to take care of ourselves first, because when we are totally depleted, we have no more to give to anyone. The Lord allowed Dr. Sis and I to cross paths over a year ago, but God’s timing is impeccable.  If you or someone you know may be interested, you can find more details about “Move Your Mountains” by clicking this link.  But my point is that We ALL have been called to use the gifts and talents that God has given us on behalf of His people and ultimately for His Glory. 

The Bible says,   

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 KJV

I beg of you, please do not just go back to business as usual. There is someone that you have uniquely designed to reach.  What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?  Are you listening?  May I remind you that the Lord has parted the Red Sea for us, we have walked across on Dry Land and we can Not go back to Egypt!

As always, I pray that you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog post, and something has been said to inspire and encourage you.  If so, we would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment or two.  But if for some reason, this episode does not resonate with you, please share with someone who you think might need it.