Work It Out

I have some big dreams and goals that I want to accomplish! I’m sure many of you who are reading this do too. I think about them often, sometimes I even dream about them. One of my goals is to become a certified personal trainer! Becoming certified will allow me to teach people why it is important to eat right, to stay active by working out, and to simply take care of their bodies. This is a passion of mine because of my own struggles in striving to be healthy and to take care of my own self has affected me in not only my health but other areas of my life, such as self-esteem, so I feel as though speaking about it could lead me to be somewhat of a motivational speaker.  Recently I became upset because I had not seen any sign of these dreams turning into a reality. I prayed to the Lord and told Him how much I wanted these dreams to come true because I know He can make them happen. I also talked with my fiancé about them and even cried a little. Then God spoke to me in His word in a few places, and here is what He said:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.” (James 2:14-17 NIV)

“Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches.” (Proverbs 10:4 HCSB)

“The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.” (Proverbs 13:4 HCSB)

After reading these scriptures, I felt convicted because His Word is not foreign to me. I’ve read all this before and said I was going to do better, but I didn’t. So many times we hear God speak to us and tell us what to do, and we even believe in it! However, we fail because we don’t actually apply the Word and add our work to His Word. I had to realize that although I believe I can be a personal trainer and motivational speaker, I have to do more. First I have to start with becoming my own personal trainer and motivational speaker. I’m sure you as a reader can apply this to areas in your own life. How many times have you said you were going to start that business, get that other degree or certification? How many times have you said you were going to start this mentoring program or just volunteer more at your church? We pray to God and tell Him how great our faith is in him to help us accomplish great things, yet we never put in the work. And it’s never an excuse to say you don’t have the resources because God is our resource! Anything He put in you, He will give you everything you need to make it happen. He loves us and wants to make our dreams a reality!

So ladies, I want to EMPOWER you to WORK!!! It’s time to get up and take steps each day towards your goal! Don’t get caught up in daydreaming so much until that’s all you ever do. You will look up and see a year gone by, and while others are accomplishing their dreams, you will be in the same place. There is too much potential inside of you for you to be stagnant. God is waiting to see the good work He started in you completed!

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6 NKJV)  

What dreams/goals has God placed inside of you?  Take the time to also pray and seek God for those things you must do to prepare for when the door of opportunity opens.

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8.

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Misha White currently resides in Huntsville, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, daughter, and soon to be wife to the wonderful Christopher Berry. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told  you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Labor Day…Even He Rested

happy-labor-day-wishes-1Today is a national holiday, Labor Day! A day set aside to honor workers or laborers everywhere for their hard work and service. The idea of Labor Day was first proposed by a machinist, Matthew McGuire in 1882, though some argue it was Peter McGuire who first had the idea. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 1894 when the US declared Labor Day a national holiday.  President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.  How interesting is it that God had already orchestrated a “labor day” all the way back in Exodus! He clearly states that even He rested!

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11 ESV)

I think we sometimes forget this very poignant scripture in the context that rest is much needed and much deserved. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that overwhelmingly includes our jobs/careers and many other labors of love such as family, church and hobbies that we continually overexert ourselves. However, God instructed us to work and to REST. How great it is that many countries, including the United States, thought it was something to be celebrated if only for a day.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ESV)

Let Labor Day serve as a reminder to you that rest is also in God’s instruction manual called the Bible. Work is important but rest is too.  As my aunt likes to say, “Labor Day is a day for me to rest from my labor.” I suppose she’s right, lol.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing me that rest is essential even though I sometimes don’t realize it. Thank You for Your clear instructions, please help me to remember them. Thank You for allowing many countries to spotlight laborers and provide a day of rest. Thank You also for reminding me that we are to not only rest naturally, but also fellowship with You and rest (abide and trust) in You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Laboring sisters, I EMPOWER you to remember to rest!  I EMPOWER you to take time for yourself! I EMPOWER you to not get so caught up in all of the many responsibilities of life that you forget to rest.  I EMPOWER you to kick your feet up and rest in the Holy Spirit, who gives us grace to work as hard as we do!

Are you allowing yourself to rest from your labor?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8.

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

Flashback Friday: Holding On Too Tight!

Ladies enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on August 29, 2012.

A while back, I was thinking about the lessons and messages that I have been receiving about surrendering. At that very moment a movie scene popped up in my mind.  It was a scene from a comedy/drama/romance movie called Ghost (1990).  In this particular scene, con-artist Oda Mae (played by Whoopi Goldberg) is instructed by Sam (Patrick Swayze) to give a FOUR MILLION DOLLAR check to nuns because Sam wants to make sure the money is used for good and out of the hands of his friend/colleague Carl.

With clinched teeth, a forced smile, and a tight grip, Oda Mae has a hard time giving up that check.  I like to give, but I probably would have a hard time releasing that check too.  Four million dollars!  Watching this scene is hilarious, but the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that Oda Mae responds like many of us, and particularly me, with our lives.

If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.  (Luke 17:33 NLT) Maybe we grip our lives because we want to continue holding onto the control of our lives and do things our way.  Maybe it is because we want to obey and surrender only when it is convenient. Perhaps we think that if we surrender, we are going to lose our lives physically.  It is possible that we believe that God doesn’t want us to have joy and fulfillment or just maybe we think life is satisfactory the way it is.  Even more, we are probably focused on pursuing worldly things or we lack patience and trust in God to do what He says and has proven He can do.  In any event, we are afraid to let go and give control to God.

I must remember that when God created me, He didn’t intend for me to live independent of Him. Therefore, in order to move forward in my Christian walk, I must fully SURRENDER!

I have been gripping my life like Oda Mae gripped that check.  I have been gripping everything that God wanted control over or wanted me to release.  I have been gripping my many plans, my fears, my money, my concerns of what others think about me, my dating/love life (or lack thereof) and my need to do everything and be everything for everyone.  I have even given Him areas of my life and subsequently I have taken them back.  I’d say I believe and then the next minute I don’t believe.  Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.  But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus.“Everything is possible for one who believes.”   Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:21-24 NIV)

Since I have been alerted to my lack of surrender to God, the Holy Spirit has helped me loosen my grip on my life and those areas that I gave God little to no access.  I have also surrendered plans that were of good intentions because it wasn’t what God wanted me to do at the time.  I have finally severed the last means of communication between me and my ex-boyfriend/first love; I am going to trust in God to bring a God-fearing, handsome man along just right for me.  I have learned that I have to seek God’s counsel in everything I do.  I have also learned that I can’t be everything for everyone.  It is okay to take the ‘S’ (Superwoman) off my chest unless that ‘S’ stands for SURRENDER (everything to God).

Through the testimonies of Hannah and Ruth, I am reminded that when you trust God and let go, you gain so much more!  Hannah, who yearned and prayed fervently for a child, gave her son back to the Lord. She promised God that if He gave her a son she would do this so she took him to the priest and allowed the priest to raise and ready him for his destiny. (1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:10)  She made him a coat and visited him every year but she had to let go.  Ruth left her family to go with Naomi, her deceased husband’s mother.  She surrendered to God and a new course for her life.  Consequently, she married again, gave birth to her first child, and was able to also bless Naomi—her mother-in-law.

Surrendering my life doesn’t necessarily mean I lose it physically.  Instead I will gain my life, the life God designed for me all along with peace, fulfillment, and deeper intimacy with God.  Surrendering my life doesn’t just benefit me, it benefits others too.  Oda Mae didn’t get that money but she was able to help bless the nuns and their charity as well as help Sam unite with the love of his life, Molly, and save her from danger.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for pruning me, defining my character, and setting me apart.  It is not easy to go through this process, nor is it easy to render control of my life to You.  But please help me let go!  Help me to trust You and remember that my life is no longer my own.  I am here to glorify You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust the Lord with your lives.  After all, He knew you before you were in your mothers’ wombs.  He created you and knows your purposes.  He has your best interest at heart and will never fail you.  So, don’t worry about your children.  Put them in God’s hands.  Release that person with forgiveness and God’s Love.  Let go of that relationship He doesn’t approve of.  Seek Him before you make plans.  Let go of always needing control.  God is qualified to manage your life more than you.  When you let go, you’ll experience God’s liberty and peace!

Ladies, what areas of your life do you need to surrender to God? Share your story with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Surrender It

Please watch the $4 Million scene from Ghost!

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8.

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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. As a compassionate person and encourager, 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. This April, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. For more details, visit stcfpoetrybook.com.  On July 10th of this year, she  also launched her new Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8.  For more details about Fruitful & Fabulous, visit fruitfulandfabulous.com.  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.”

Warning Signs

dangerAt times you can feel sickness sneaking up on you. Your nose gets stuffy. You sneeze once or twice. Your back starts aching.

Before you know it, your body is under a full-blown attack trying to combat germs. You’re downing medicine, taking time off work, and spending more time in your bed than you’d like.

At times we can see sin sneaking up on us too.

We start talking to some guy who we know is no good. We buy the tub of ice cream knowing that the whole thing is going to get inhaled as soon as we get home. We grab hold of a juicy piece of information and can’t wait to gossip about it with our friends.

We know that nothing positive can come of our behavior. Yet we choose to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We choose to step in front of our spiritual help and direct our steps the way we want instead of how God wants.

We figure that we can change that no-good man. We justify our gluttonous behavior. (We’ve had a bad day…We deserve to indulge!) We won’t share our hot news with everyone, telling one friend isn’t that bad.

Before we know it, we have fallen prey to sin. We’re dealing with drama in our personal lives. We are fighting weight gain and disease. The gossip we’ve spread backfires and brings negativity into our own lives.

And then we want to cry out to God for deliverance.

There are now medicines on the market that are supposed to ward off sickness before you get seriously ill. When you notice your first “warning sign”, you can pop a pill to prevent the illness from fully taking over your body.

As Christians, our spirits can always be healthy if we take in the spiritual guidance of the Holy Spirit. He sounds the alarm to guide us away from sin. He knows things about people and situations that we could never obtain. The Holy Spirit is always leading us down paths that are for our ultimate good. We can be completely safe, blessed, and full of joy if we align our lives with His will.

Far too often, however, we choose to ignore the “warning signs” of impending sin and the corroborating promptings of the Holy Spirit. We choose to turn a blind eye to poor choices. We rationalize sinful behavior.

The Bible explicitly tells us: Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 NLT) Yet, every time we ignore God’s voice, we are doing exactly that. And every time we suppress the Holy Spirit’s warnings, we fall into the ditch of sin. Every time, we get snared by the enemy. It is inevitable.

Don’t keep ignoring the “warning signs”. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Step back and let the Lord lead. Allow Him to help you navigate your life. You will avoid so many pitfalls and benefit far more than you would if you participated in the fleeting pleasure of sin.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to always listen to the Holy Spirit even when I want to do my own thing. Open my spiritual eyes and ears to the signals that You send to guide me through life. Help me to stand firm through the devil’s temptations, knowing that what You have for me is better than anything the devil could ever offer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to heed the “warning signs” of sin! I EMPOWER you to stand firm throughout temptation and resist the ploys of the enemy. You are already EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth. You can resist the devil and have him flee from you!

 What are some ways you can heed the Holy Spirit’s warning and stand firm through temptation?

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Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

You Got This!

The other day I was mentally gearing myself up to dedicate more time and energy to a healthier lifestyle. I was reflecting and became frustrated because I thought, “Lord, why do I have this constant battle with food!” It is not the exercise, I did Insanity and jogged afterwards. But I have a love affair with food. I can start my day off well with egg whites, spinach, and tomatoes with a side of green tea, snack on humus and carrots later, then have a whopping burger and fries for lunch, because I HAD to have it! I was talking to my husband about this and all the excuses of being so far away from my close group of runners and work-out-a-holic buddies and we both came to the conclusion that sometimes you have just have to GET IT DONE! You have to find and inner motivation to get going and keep going. Your success is not dependent on other people. Well, I reflected more and continued my conversations with God regarding my focus and He replied,

More in You“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13 NIV

I was so empowered at that moment. I read it over and over understanding and realizing that God will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can overcome. I can overcome these pesky temptations with trigger foods. The more and more I thanked God for providing this insight the more clarity I gained with being focused on this vision.

Many times the enemy will come in to distract us and cover our eyes with defeat. Not only did Paul teach us “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength,” but God just reminded me that He is faithful and will provide a way out!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reminding me in Your Word that You will not allow temptation to greet me if I can’t overcome. Thank You for making me feel strong in knowing that not only have You already equipped me to be able to overcome it, but that You are faithful and provide an exit and an escape. Lord, I thank You for strengthening me and giving me power through Your Word, Your love, and Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to OVERCOME IT! You got this! Your battle may not be food. It may be sex, shopping, lying, or some other distraction that does not allow you to be your best self in God. God will not allow these things to come to you if He didn’t provide a way out. Stay watchful, He has a way out of this!

What tactics do you use to overcome temptation? 

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

 

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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 is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.

Trusting the Untrustworthy

“ When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou

Unfortunately, I’ve often made the mistake of trusting people who never earned it or indeed abused it. I used to date a guy who on the surface was a “nice” guy. He said all of the right things but his actions didn’t convey the same. I let my guard down because of his sweet nothings. Even when I realized that he was all talk, it took me a while to end it. On and off for years, I would let him creep back in, hoping that “this time” things would be different. They never were. Each time, I left the situation drained and wondering how I allowed myself to fall into his trap. The truth of the matter is that I trusted my heart with an untrustworthy person. Actions indeed speak louder than words.

Similarly, Samson continued to give his heart to untrustworthy women. He married women who while professing to love him betrayed him. In Judges 14, Samson gives a riddle to the Philistines “Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.” (12-13 NIV)

His wife was threatened by the Philistines to obtain the answer. Instead of telling her husband the dilemma, she pressured him day after day until he finally shared with her. Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,“What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?”Samson said to them,“If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle. Judges 14:18 NIV Needless to say, this marriage was over and “the woman from Timnah” was given to one of Samson’s companions.

Just like me, Samson trusted again. He went from a bad situation to worst. Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.” So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.” Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered. Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.” Judges 16:4-10 NIV

What has perplexed me throughout the story of Samson and Delilah is that she repeatedly asked Samson the secret to his strength and with each answer he provided, she carried out a plan to strip him of his power. Unfortunately, Samson disobeyed God and after her persistent pressure revealed the secret to his strength. Ultimately, this revelation lead to his death. (Read Judges 16:15-30) If she continuously showed that she would betray him, why would he continue to let his guard down? Love and lust can make you do strange things.

Ladies, often times we find ourselves in very similar circumstances. We continuously trust people who have only abused the very thing that we should guard. I can count friends, boyfriends and family members who were underserving of my trust that I gave so freely. I’ve shed many tears and had many sleepless nights because someone betrayed the trust I shared. After studying Samson, there are several takeaways from the story:

  1. Some people study your power only so they can use it against you
  2. Some things God has for you are not to be shared with others
  3. Be careful of the people who you allow to get close to you
  4. If you don’t learn from a mistake, you’re destined to repeat it
  5. When people reveal themselves to you, believe them

Dear Daddy,

Increase my spirit of discernment so that I do not put my trust in untrustworthy people. Give me the strength to walk cleanly away when it’s time to sever a relationship. God I know that You have gifted in me many things so I pray that You bring me in the presence of people who will only increase my gifts and not detract from them. Open my eyes so that I recognize when I am repeating the same pattern of letting my guard down around people who mean me no good. Let me be someone that people can trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies today I EMPOWER you to seek God about relationships, friends and family who you need to disengage. I encourage you to open your eyes and see people for who they are. Do not make excuses for their behavior or how they have treated you. Stop trusting people with your secrets, time, talent and your treasures who have only abused your trust.

Have you repeatedly put your trust in untrustworthy people? How did you stop?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur 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 this week 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 strengthened me.

Run On In the Rain!

Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7 NIV)

“Brown sugar melts in the rain!” This has been my retort for anyone who has requested that I participate in anything while it’s raining out for as long as I can remember. I don’t want to go anywhere, see anyone or do anything if it is raining outside. I am just not keen on exploring the world on rainy days; I’d rather stay inside, safe from all of the elements! So imagine my disgust one evening as I was out for a jog around my neighborhood and the sky opened to water the earth.

About 30 minutes into my run, I noticed the clouds beginning to gather and the sky turning dark. Thus, I picked up my pace because I was determined to make it home before it began to rain. Moments later I felt the first small drop on my cheek. I needed to get home before the real downpour came so I sped up a bit more.  But I didn’t make it. Torrential like rain pounded on the pavement as I struggled to see my way home. In that moment, I contemplated making four different choices: (1) just stopping under a tree for shelter and letting the rain pass. (2) slowing down to a nice brisk walk instead of jogging (3) calling my husband to come and pick me up (4) pressing through the rain and completing my run. I must be honest and say that choice number 1 was the most reasonable and pleasing one to me, and I was looking for a nice, friendly tree to hide under. However, as I searched for shelter, I couldn’t find one good tree. That’s when God spoke to me. He said, You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? A little rain? Are you going to let a little rain hinder your plans? Is an unexpected downpour going to throw you off course from going where you intended to go and doing what you dreamed of accomplishing?” As tough as that was to swallow and as much as I was not feeling it, I maintained my speed and kept jogging. Did it feel good? Absolutely not! I could barely see as the water clouded my vision and my soggy hair began to fall into my face. My wet clothes were adding extra weight to my run. I was truly exhausted! But I didn’t stop; I kept running. I even cried a bit because the burn in my legs seemed to intensify. But I didn’t stop; I kept running.

What seemed like an eternity later (but was really only about a minute later), I reached a completely dry spot. I looked up expecting to see a gathering of trees holding back the rain but there was only an unobstructed view to the sky. It was not raining there and from the looks of the ground, it had never been raining in that spot. However, I turned around and it was still raining behind me! That’s when I got the revelation…I made a choice to push through my storm and once I did, God brought me to a sunny, dry place! I didn’t wait for the storm to pass; I pushed past my storm! 7-Tips-For-Running-in-the-Rain

Sisters, there are going to be many rainy seasons in your life. But you must run on. You cannot allow any circumstances to cut in on you and stop your progress. Often times, God just wants to see if you are willing to continue running the race in the midst of the storm to reveal if you are really as faithful as you claim you are. It’s like He is asking, “Do you really want what you asked for? If so, why are you stopping? Do you really trust Me like you say that you do? If so, then why don’t you believe that I am right here running in the rain with you?” When you change your mind and decide to push through regardless of the circumstances, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will be out of the storm. Just like me, you may find it very difficult to see as you run in the rain. But run anyway! If you are willing to press on, He will lead you when you cannot see your way out of the storm!

Knowing how much I absolutely detest being in the rain, yet the fact I completed my run in the rain gave me a new sense of accomplishment. It gave me the confidence to believe that I can truly overcome challenges. Your rainy patch is for your development. Do not stunt your growth because you would rather hide under a tree while the storm passes. Or even worse, phone a friend who you think can save you from the storm. Run on in the rain! After all, the rainy days are what makes beautiful things grow!

Dear Daddy,

I know that sometimes I do not willingly submit to pushing through the rainy days of my life. Please help me when I try to resist my growth process. I am committed to growing in You, and if that means that I have to experience some storms, then please help me endure. I know that I can rest confident in knowing that even in every downpour, You are my shelter! Thank You for my rainy days because they are helping me to blossom into a beautiful flower! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to simply run in the rain! You may be experiencing a storm in the areas of relationships, finances, losing a loved one or anything else, but know that the One who allows rain to come knows how much you will grow from this storm! I EMPOWER you to not just wait for the storm to pass, but to outrun your storm! Leave the rain behind you!

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.