Flashback Friday: The Waiting Room

Please enjoy this flashback originally posted on August 6, 2013.

The season I am in is best described as the “the waiting room.”  Have you ever had to wait a lengthy time to see a doctor?  Thirty minutes in the waiting room may turn into an hour and a complete visit may have taken half of your day.  Sitting in the waiting room is not an ideal activity for anyone.  You may get bored, restless, frustrated, impatient or anxious.  You might even have the anticipation of what you will learn from the doctor that visit or the anticipation of learning how to become much healthier.  Either way you are on the edge of your seat in a room that requires you to WAIT.  Behind the door that leads to where the doctor will see you, the doctors are busy seeing other patients and the nurses prepping for one patient after the next.  You know and might hear feet busily moving back and forth behind the closed-door; you just have to wait.

I’m in the waiting room in my life.  I am anxious, restless, excited, hopeful, afraid, and a little bored all at the same time.  I know God is working behind the scenes; I can feel it and see it.  I know it.  He provides evidence within me and in front of me every day.  However, sometimes the devil will send false alarms to scare me and distract me as I wait, but God is perfecting in me patience, His own character and His strength each and every day.  I have been waiting for God to move or shall I say I am anxious to see the outcome of what God is doing.  Excuse me for a sec.  I was just reminded that I shouldn’t worry about the outcome if I trust God and have faith in His sovereignty and love.  Thank You, Holy Spirit!

In Him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, (Ephesians 1:11 NIV)

Lately, I’m in the waiting room of my life experiencing some challenges and changes physically and financially, from my family to my job, and I am awaiting God’s move, advocacy, decision and confirmation of the things I have already heard with each change and every challenge.  As I become a better financial steward, I await freedom from debt by trying to pay back all that I owe but I’m going to need His supernatural help indeed.  I am waiting for that car I have already picked out and submitted to God in prayer.  I am continually seeking God concerning the care of my nephews.  I have been seeking God about planning my future business.  I have been waiting also for God to move in my relationships with my family and friends and for His strength to learn when to let go.

As I sit in the waiting room, God is teaching me several things:

  1. Prayer and Patience go together.
  2. While you wait, still stay productive.  Waiting doesn’t mean sleep or give up; it just means be patient and stay calm because it is not time yet.  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Hebrews 6:12 NIV)
  3. As you wait, God is prepping you for what’s to come, whether challenge or mission.
  4. There is a season for everything.  Don’t go ahead of God and fall far behind Him either. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Eccl 3:1 NIV)
  5. Surrender it all to God. You’re not qualified to run the universe, only God is.
  6. Make sure what you are expecting from God is of God and what He expects also.
  7. God knows and wants best for you.
  8. He is not a God of comfort zones.
  9. God ‘cleans house’ while He has you waiting.  Why would He walk you into a new season with old tools and old stuff that doesn’t benefit the new season?
  10. The waiting period is actually interesting.  God reveals all kinds of things about you to you.  He reminds you of His awesome power and qualities also as you wait.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to be patient while I wait.  Help me to not give up or go into a state of slumber.  Help me to trust You and to keep my eyes fixed on You.  I love You and know You are always with me.   In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to remember to appreciate the waiting period.  You are waiting in line for something good so don’t move and don’t give up ground God has helped you gain.  You miss out on blessings when you get impatient and walk away from the waiting room. 

What is God revealing to you in your waiting room?

Read a related EM:  Confessions From an Impatient Christian

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April of 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. In 2014, she  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I Need You Now

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed from everything that’s been going on in my life. I was recently laid off from my job and also found out at that my food stamps were cut off for a reason that wasn’t my fault. I also had to deal with issues from my unemployment claim and worry about medical bills.

When I received my medical medical bills from my surgery that I had in October, that was the straw that broke my back. I had a mini break down about my medical bills because I can’t afford to pay the full amount. My health insurance paid some of the balance but it didn’t cover everything.

I’m in a place where I need God to work in my situation. One of my favorite songs by Smokie Norful is I Need You Now. The chorus of the song says:”I need you now; not a second or another minute/not a hour or another day/ but Lord, I need you right away.”I can definitely relate to that. I think that Smokie Norful wrote the song out of despair from situations that was going on in his life. I have a lot going on and I have been trying to figure out how everything is going to work out. Now, I’m realizing that I need to give everything to God because I can’t carry the weight on my own.

1st Peter 5:7 NIV states, “Cast all of your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”

This scripture reassures me that God really does care about me. He cares about me so much that He wants to take on my burdens. In my despair, I cried out and prayed to God because of how overwhelmed I felt. After I prayed, I felt so much weight lift off of me.

Dear Daddy,

I need You right now. I can’t handle everything that is going on; I give all of my burdens to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to call on God every time you feel overwhelmed. Tell God you how you’re feeling. He cares so much about you that He wants to know what is going on with you. He will take on every burden that You have so you won’t have to carry it yourself.

What situations in your life do you need God to intervene?
Please enjoy one of my favorite songs, I Need You Now:

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

THIS Close to your Blessing!

Have you ever wanted something badly but it seems as though just when it was in your grasp, it slipped away? Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite Bible miracles because it speaks to how many of us act.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. John 5: 2-8 NKJV

Can you imagine the conversation that Jesus had with this man? In my own mind, I’m thinking he has been in this condition for thirty – eight years with the source of his healing right in front of him but he could not reach it. He did not grab what was rightfully his. In fact when questioned about it, he blamed everyone else for not helping him. This is the first time in the scripture where I’ve actually read Jesus ask someone if they WANT to be healed. Usually, people are clamoring to get to Jesus or sending a messenger for him to come and heal someone. Yet, this man not only continuously missed his opportunity for healing at the pool of Bethesda but he didn’t recognize that he was talking to the healer.

What condition has you stuck? Are you close to your breakthrough but can’t seem to get it? Are you putting your faith in the wrong source? Your blessing can be right in front of you but because you are stagnant waiting on someone else to come by and help – you can miss out on what God has for you.

There are several takeaways from the man at the pool of Bethesda that we can learn from:

  1. He wasn’t desperate enough - It’s cliché but we often say, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” After waiting and continuously being passed over at the pool of Bethesda, one would think that the man would wait at the waters edge and just roll on in when the Angel stirred the water. Sometimes you have to show God that you are willing to try new things and step outside of your normal to get what you need.
  2. He was used to his condition – After having his infirmity for thirty-eight years, he became accustomed to his situation. He wanted to be healed but wasn’t doing anything extraordinary to make it happen.
  3. He was quick to blame others – When Jesus questioned him, he quickly responded that he had no one to put him in the pool. What are you blaming other people for that you could be doing to yourself? Are people keeping you from your blessing or are you?
  4. He didn’t recognize the true source of his healing - Jesus was standing there questioning the man and he didn’t recognize that he was talking to the healer. He had put his faith in getting to the pool and when presented with another option didn’t recognize it. Has God shown you another way to get what you want but you’re so stuck on one way that you can’t transform. Don’t miss your blessing because you are caught up in the wrong source.

You have to do the work. It’s not enough to have faith. (James 2: 14-17) Think about what you want, what you have been waiting on and stop making excuses. Go get it!

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for inspiring me through Your word. Don’t let me sit in my condition because I have not taken the risk to get what I need. Help me to recognize when I am putting my trust in man and not in You. Let me go and get what You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen! 

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to GO GET IT! Write down all of the excuses and obstacles that are keeping you from what you believe to be yours. Begin eliminating those things one by one. Work towards what you need and don’t let any man stop you. Recognize who your provider is and rely on Him to get you what you need. 

Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures  are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Approach Him

jesus on throneToday I heard a lady say, “God won’t bless your mess, you can’t just come to the Lord all messed up thinking He is going to heal and fix you.” At that moment I was grieved. I was grieved because I wondered how many people had she frightened away from approaching God because they felt the need to get right first. I once even believed that myself.

Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13 NIV)

Just recently I shared with some of my girlfriends how “awful” my past was. I put awful in quotations because we all have our own definition and level of intensity for awful, so for me it was awful. I had a potty mouth. I cursed so bad I could make combinations that would burn a sailor’s ears. I had no respect for authority. Getting high was a joke and partying all night drinking poison was part of my routine. And then, the call that was placed over my life became louder and louder. I couldn’t keep running from God because my roots were in Him, and I knew his voice. At one point I thought to myself, “I have the audacity to think that God can get me out of this.” I had friends who had the same lifestyle and encouraged these things. So turning to God not only meant (so I thought) that I had to get my life together first, but I had to break away from friendships with no clue of how to do it. I was hopeless and didn’t quite know how to turn back. I was ashamed for some of the things I’d done and didn’t have the faith to believe that God would accept me. God’s Word says, Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV) This is not the confidence of a proud man, but the assurance that when you approach God’s throne He will envelope you, love you, forgive you, and wipe away (literally) your sins.

I stand here today in awe of my present tense. I am humbled by people who can’t pair my past self with who I am today. They find it hard to believe I did those things. I was sick in the Lord, so to speak. I needed a doctor. Somehow I approached Him and He started removing, rebuking, fixing, restoring, and cleansing me from my past. The residue is gone and I now have a new identify, an identity in Christ.

See, Jesus is our intercessor. He is our advocate, the one who stands between us and the Father pleading our case on our behalf. Jesus never once said that he only seeks to save the righteous. He is looking for sinners to save their souls. Will you approach Him?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for ignoring my blemishes, for not judging me when I asked for forgiveness, and for welcoming me into Your arms. Thank You for protecting me when I couldn’t protect myself or when I was in compromising situations. I am grateful for Your love and undying loyalty to me even though I’ve failed You over and over again. Lord, please give me the strength and the wisdom to take strides in the right direction. Heal me oh Lord from my iniquities and grant me mercy to continue this journey so that I may be a testimony to someone else who is sick. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to approach God’s throne with your messed up self. Sometimes we do not know what to say or how to even begin, but the Bible tells us “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Romans 8:26 NIV) So just stand there, humbled in reverence to God, and allow the Holy Spirit to intercede, allow Jesus to advocate, and humble your heart to receive God’s forgiveness. Make today your day, the day that you ask God to fix you.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator . She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion for servant-hood is implemented through serving her community with Girl Scouts and her sorority, mentoring young women, and marriage empowerment. She resides in Daphne, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. Currently, they are seeking a  church home in their new city.

Faith Friday: From Out of The Mouth of A Child

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“And I was asking God why?” –Logan

As listeners routinely tune into a radio program, they get an encouraging word straight from God’s very heart through the mouth of a child.  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.  (Psalm 8:2 KJV)  As a tearful Logan describes the story behind his question to God, you can’t help nut to let those salty water drops fall from your eyes too.  But when Logan gives God’s answer to his question, your heart begins to melt and you can’t help but to smile at the truth that God loved us so much that His only begotten Son died for us all.

“She was special! And God said, you know what Logan, my son was special…but he died for a purpose!” –Logan

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to have the heart of a child and the faith of a giant!  Hold on to your faith and remember that Jesus died for you for a purpose, and inform someone who may not know or realize that God’s Son died for them too.    

Watch this video of a child telling radio DJ Mike about the death of his pet, encouraging us through the loss of a loved one, and reminding us too that Jesus died for me and you.  Please click on the link below:

A Child’s Faith

Can You Stand The Rain?

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My pastor made a point that I hate to admit is true, but it’s a fact of life. “You either coming out of a storm, going through a storm, or about to go through one.”  He reminds us that storms are inevitable.

Life comes with joys and memories, triumphs and seasons of sunshine and gentle breezes.   However, we can’t forget that it also comes with tests and trials, changes and challenges, rain and hail.  Nobody likes the rain and hail moments in our lives.  As New Edition says:

Sunny days, everybody loves them but tell me baby

Can you stand the rain?

Storms will come

This we know for sure (this we know for sure)

Can you stand the rain? –New Edition

New Edition reminds that you will have your ups as well as your DOWNS in life.  With that said, they pose a very good question to the ones they love.  Can you stand the rain?  It’s easy to hang in there with someone when the trees are in full bloom and the sun is beaming down with rays of joy.  It is easy to press in and move forward when everything is just fine.  But can you have that person’s back when your very relationship is being challenged?  Can you hang in there with that person when the storm has moved in and devoured almost everything in their life?  Can you hang in there when your coworkers are driving you mad?  Can you put a smile on your face and trust God when your bank account balance still says insufficient funds?  Can you dust yourself off and still press on to church even though you messed up recently and feel so ashamed?  Can you trust God and not rush into the arms of the wrong man even though you feel lonely?  Can you take the discomfort from the rain and stick around till the sun comes back out?

Will you suffer with the one you love or will you abandon them?  Jesus told us that persecutions and offenses will come.  He informed us that we will face tests, trials and temptations as He did.  But be encouraged, He has already overcome the world.  He has provided, along with grace, provision, His Sword (His Word), and a Helper (the Holy Spirit), help to get you get through the storms.  So don’t bail on Jesus during the storms.  Stand the rain; endure the hail.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:17 NIV)

Your tears have been collected.  Your cries have been heard.  Your longsuffering is not in vain.  The rain will not last long.  The storm will pass.  Our faithful God will never leave us, nor forsake us.  Just remember the world and its master has already been defeated.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You Faithful Father that I don’t have to go through the storm alone.  You are right here with me as I abide safely in you.  Thank You for the grace to persevere and overcome every test and trial.  Thank You that nothing is too small for Your concern or too big for You to handle.  I pray I trust You before, during, and after every storm.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stand the rain.  Fight the good fight of faith and trust God.  Keep and obey His Word, and don’t forget to put on the garment of praise.  Praise is another weapon to aid us through the storms and to confuse the enemy.  Stay in God’s presence too for it is our shelter from the storm! 

Are you prepared for any and all rainy days in your life? Can you ever be really prepared for rainy days?

Enjoy one of my favorite songs, Can You Stand The Rain, By New Edition (click on the link):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7flrKMGfwjw

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April of 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. In 2014, she  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

What’s Up Wednesday: A New Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR OUR ERs (EmpowerMoments Readers)!!!!!

We hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year, and that you were surrounded with love and moments that will be awesome memories for years to treasure. After a three month hiatus to revamp and refocus, EmpowerMoments is elated to be back delivering our raw testimonies of God’s lessons and blessings to encourage and uplift you daily. We also thank God for each and every one of you. We pray that 2015 will be a year of victory, new levels, and continual growth not only for us, but for you too. Stay tuned, God is taking EmpowerMoments and the word EMPOWER to a whole new level.

 

EMPOWERMOMENTS NEEDS YOU

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