Off Balance

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV)

Recently, I got into a really bad argument with one of my close friends. I became so angry that my anger rolled over into the next day. I’m a very easy going person and don’t get mad often so if someone makes me upset, it’s a really big deal.  A few days after the argument, I didn’t feel like myself. I felt a mix of emotions and I felt emotionally drained.

I had to tell my friend that I needed a break to think. My friend contacted me the day after we had the argument and proceeded to contact me the next couple days after that. That made things worse because I wasn’t in the mood to talk. I felt so weighed down.

One person can give us a better account about how failing to control your emotions and sinning in your anger affects you.

Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell face down, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20: 2-12 NIV)

Perhaps Moses was tired of all the people’s grumbling. After all leading others is not an easy task especially when sometimes you feel like you’re not quite the one for the job. Perhaps Moses had stored all of his frustrations within until he just exploded. In any event, Moses sinned in his anger. He disobeyed God, striking the rock instead of speaking to it like God instructed him to.  He acted in pride, taking credit for something that God did. “Listen, you rebels, must WE bring you water out of this rock?” Moses said. Third, the rock that was to give forth water was a representation of Christ, and when Moses struck it, it was an unholy, disrespectful thing to do for Jesus cannot be crucified again. Moses sinning in anger, disobeying God, misrepresenting Christ’s sacrifice and acting in pride cost him a place in the Promised Land. God told Moses he would not enter in.

God clearly tells us not to let our anger consume or lead us to sinning.  It is clear that we are to surrender even our emotions to Him and allow Him to show us how to manage them and not be bound by our emotions.  Letting our emotions control and consume us can literally make us sick.

I felt so off balance that I forgot to do my volunteer work not too long after my argument with my friend. That’s how I know that my brain wasn’t in the right place because that was not the norm for me. On July 9th I decided to stop letting the situation with my friend stress me. I prayed to God and asked Him to remove the weights that I felt. Eventually my friend and I was able to talk face to face and express our feelings. The argument that I had with my friend was one of the worse ones he and I have had, but I’m glad that I now feel more like myself and I have peace.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being slow to anger and abounding in love. I’m glad that I can come to You with my burdens. Thank You for always having a listening ear. Help me to not be consumed or controlled by my emotions. Help me to also let go of thoughts that are negative. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to give your burdens to God. You can’t carry your burdens alone. Allow God to release you of everything that is weighing you down and to help you manage your emotions. You will feel lighter and better.

What situations have you been in that caused you to be off balance or sin in your anger?

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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)

 

 

 

Something From Nothing

The earth was without form, and void… And God said, “Let there be…and there was… Genesis 1:2-3 NKJV

For the last ten years there has been an undying yearning inside of me to become a serial entrepreneur, as I like to call her.  The spirit of entrepreneurship has been a weighty burden that I have carried for a while now.  I want nothing more than to experience financial freedom, flexibility and create generational wealth and legacies for my great-grandchildren’s children.   I didn’t just fathom this vision of being a successful business mogul on my own either.  I am confident that God implanted every idea that ferociously dances through my head.  He continues to give me glimpses of the point where my physical being meets my destiny.  I can see myself in day to day operations of several of my businesses.   I envision the lives that will be impacted and changed through business encounters.  I rejoice when I think about the souls that will be saved because of a cordial conversation or exceptional customer service.  God has shown me that my business ventures will reach far beyond revenue and profits; they will literally alter people’s thinking and move them to new dimensions in Christ.   Now that sounds awesome to me! But here I am nearly eleven years later and I can see little accomplishments for all of those lavish dreams.

Based on what I just described, you would think that I have made significant progress towards opening the first business on my checklist.  However, that is not the case.  I haven’t secured the finances to begin; I haven’t connected with the right people; I haven’t serviced my potential customers.  The only evidence that I have outside of visions in my mind is my business plan.  While that is a great start, it doesn’t really amount to much when you are as ready as I am to get the ball rolling.  In my opinion, I have nothing to show for a whole heap of something that I want to see.   I’ve been discouraged looking at my empty glass, thinking about how full God promised that it would be, but I vowed to not wallow in that valley of hopelessness for too long.  Each time I begin to doubt my dreams and the promises that He has made, I remember that I am the child of One who can literally take my nothing and make a superb something out of it. I recall that this beautiful thing that I get to walk on and experience everyday was once a bunch of nothing too! Oh, but God took this formless, voided nothing and made something magnificent out of it! This something is now full of gorgeous bodies of water, breathtaking flowers and greenery, amazing wildlife and mind-boggling celestial bodies, but it once nothing! And God changed that–with just a few words—in a matter of days! Imagine that! All He has to do to form our nothing into to something is say the words, “Let there be”, and it shall be instantly!

Whatever you are waiting for God to do in your life, remain encouraged.  Even if you cannot place your hands on anything tangible that indicates that it’s going to get better, believe God anyway! Your restored relationships, your healing, your financial increase, your moment of rest, or whatever your something is, is going to come to fruition! He is going to form a beautiful, unique something exclusively for you!

Dear Daddy,

I am excited about my future! Right now I have nothing that remotely exemplifies where I am going, but I trust that You are going to miraculously transform that nothing into an amazing something!  When I begin to feel discouraged, remind me of Your promises to me.  Because I know that You never fail to deliver on a promise, I will trust You until something is conceived from my nothing.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to remain faithful to your dreams even in your seasons of nothingness.  Believe that God is going to make good on His promises and turn your nothing into the something that you have always dreamed of and more! I EMPOWER you to believe that God is going to blow your mind with just a few words: “Let there be!”

What is your nothing situation that God is about to birth something from?

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Submitted anonymously

Others Above Me

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

I used to be an extremely selfish individual.  If there was no benefit for me, then I probably wasn’t interested.  The sun rose and set on me, or at least I thought so! Honestly, I didn’t change my mind set until I was married because I was forced to be more giving of everything.  I had to share my love, my time, my thoughts, my space, and even my food! Adding children to the mix further forced me to relinquish the reins on my selfishness.  Not only did I find myself having to give more, but I realized that I had an even greater responsibility.

As a mother I have to instill a sense of giving back to others in my children.  I found the scripture above to be inspiration as I seek to teach my girls about selflessness.  What does it really mean to value others above yourself? For me, it means that every day I should look for ways to help and empower someone else.   Each morning I remind my children to look for opportunities to love on people.  We often decide that a need is too great and we cannot meet it or conversely, that a need is not great enough for us to make a significant impact.  However, I implore you to consider that any need that you meet with a pure heart is a great one! I’m often reminded of Sally Koch’s words of wisdom, “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.  ”

There are so many ways for us to consider others over ourselves daily.  Some are very apparent, while others may require us to seek them out.   If you are uncomfortable or unsure how to search for someone to help, ask the Lord to send you an unmet need.  When He sends the need, rest assured it will be something that you have the power and resources to meet! Whatever the need, small or large, let’s strive to be the light in the world and prove that people with servant hearts like Jesus’ still exist.

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for being so selfish and putting my needs before those of Your other children.  I know the world has taught me to put myself first, so please help to deprogram my mind and think more like You.  Send unmet needs my way daily so I can assist my brothers and sisters.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you to do something good for someone else today.  Look for an opportunity to assist another one of God’s children each day.  I EMPOWER you to instill the power and importance of giving in the youth around you by modeling a selfless attitude.  If you don’t know how you can help someone today, check the list of helpful ideas below to get you started. 

  • Check on an elderly person and assist him/her as needed
  • Discreetly pay for the customer’s bill behind you
  • Offer a word of encouragement to a downcast friend
  • Pass out snack bags to a homeless person
  • Volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization
  • Assist a school-aged child with his/her homework
  • Prepare a meal for a sick family member
  • Mail a handwritten letter to a loved one that you haven’t spoken to in a while

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. She is the owner of Pizzazzed Plus, a custom sweets boutique. 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.

Limit Him, Limit Yourself

For some time now I’ve been expressing a great interest in wanting to live closer to work and our church. I think about it as I’m driving in to work in the mornings but especially when I’m struggling to get home in the evenings. I think about it as we are trying to make it to Sunday morning service. I voice my frustrations over and over to myself and occasionally to a friend or family member.

As I was desperate to get home the other day after a very long day, a day made even longer by the 1 and ½ hours it took me to finally reach home, I had a revelation. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “You always fuss about wanting to move closer but you haven’t asked Me to do anything about it.”

Yet ye have not because ye ask not (James 4:2b KJV)

I was taken aback!  I immediately begin to run my prayers and conversations with God through my mind and it occurred to me that He was right. While I desperately want to be closer to work, I haven’t really placed that petition before God. I was baffled with myself because as much as I talk to God and as much as I think about wanting to be closer to work and church I haven’t really made it a priority on my prayer list.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Psalm 147:5 NIV)

I realize what I’ve been doing is putting limits on God. In my mind I have been saying “we can’t move before we are done paying for this” or “we can’t move before we know we’ll be able to have certain things in place” or “I know we won’t be ready for another couple years.”   I now realize that all the ducks may not be exactly in the row I envision them.  God can do whatever He wants in our lives! Now I’m not saying we are going to go out and make drastic and hasty decisions but I am saying that God is a limitless God. He is all powerful. What’s a house closer to work for God? Nothing! Sometimes we just have to put things in perspective, not ours but His.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing Yourself limitless in our lives. Thank You for all that You have done and are going to do in our lives. Help us to know that all things are possible through You know matter how big or small they may seem. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you to not place limits on God! I EMPOWER you to recognize that placing limits on Him causes you to limit yourself! I EMPOWER you to seek God for the unlimited in your life!

 In what area of your life have you been limiting God?

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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: Grey Clouds on a Sunny Day

Ladies, enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on July 3, 2013.

Life….*deep sigh* the thought that things would go as I intend…why didn’t anyone warn me?!? I mean, who doesn’t want to graduate college, find an amazing job in their field, meet the man of their dreams (who happens to play for the Chicago Bears), move out of their parent’s house and just live…(you know the saying), “happily ever after.” Welp, my bubble of that was popped two weeks before I graduated college when the company I interned with reneged on their offer to hire me. So, let’s fast-forward until June 25th, 2013 because that’s where this story really resumes…

Summer is hopefully near (it hasn’t quite come in Chicago), meaning the fat I stored up must go!  After finishing an extensive work-out at my local gym, I grabbed my things and headed to the door. Once shuffling to the door, I lifted my head to see that it was POURING raining outside. I waited by the door for a moment when a man approached me.

“Are you waiting for a ride,” he asked.

“Nope, just waiting on God to stop the rain,” I replied jokingly but serious.

“You may be waiting for awhile on that one,” he shot back.

“But I thought I was His favorite,” I said.

In final remarks he replied, “You better pop that hood up and get to walking!”

I looked around at the down pour and took the man’s advice. The SECOND I settled in my car the rain stopped! I looked up and said, “You must hate me.”

The following day, same thing! I was driving around with not a droplet of rain but when I was about to get out it started raining again! At this point, I just knew for sure 100% that not only was I not God’s favorite, but He must hate me…and my hair.

As I walked into Starbucks to work on some stuff, I ran into a woman. We chatted about the terrible weather lately, which turned into a three hour empowering conversation. I complained that I had been more than patient in waiting for God as I’ve been waiting on His promise for more than a year. She laughed saying, “Do you truly understand how long Abraham and Moses waited on promises? Good for you but keep being patient and trusting God.”

I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. (Leviticus 26:4 NIV)

Once I got in my car and down the street it started raining, again. I smiled and thanked God for the down pour of blessings coming. While looking up at the rain falling down, I saw the sun peaking through the grey clouds. I smiled and realized my perception on life and situations must change in order for me to ever win at life and mind. Even though a part of me wants a supernatural blessing, I told God I wouldn’t mind staying in this season a little longer just to prove to Him that rather sun or rain there’ll always be a praise on my lips because He does enough!

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

I smile and I thank You! I love You so much because even when I’m being a brat and diva… and complaining about EVERY minute detail You have a way of breaking through the darkness and showing me the light. God, Your way is perfect and I’m not sure why I consistently forget that but Lord on today I give You fear and anxiety and I submit to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to change your sight…has it been raining in your life for awhile? Has someone told you to move when you know that God will clear your storm? Be confident! Stay there! Be patient! God has us all! Remember, God promised never to flood the earth again so you will never drown in your season. This rain will let up and you will see a rainbow!

When it’s raining do you see an inconvenience or do you see opportunity?

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Stay In Your Season

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Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

What To Do With What The Storm Left Behind

Recently on a Monday, June 30th I believe, we here in the Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs had a storm that came through, cried its eyes out, huffed and puffed down trees, overran some streets, challenged the power of cable and phone lines and towers, and halted a lot of things.

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When my mom came in the door, she announced its coming.  As I sat getting my hair braided, I thought it was just going to rain hard and the lights might flicker.  Shortly after, the rain poured down like it was stumping its feet and having a tantrum.  Then, the power went out.  My friend’s daughter was almost done with my hair.

I just knew the lights and every electronic we depended on will make their awakening sounds in no time.  They didn’t.  With cell phone lights and flashlight apps, my friend’s daughter finished my hair.

To fast forward a bit, we were back up and running by mid-day Wednesday.  We had no power since Monday and we had to throw some foods out, but we were relieved that our power was restored.  Lights on, phones on, etc.!

Then we noticed that night the water was just cold so I thought maybe it had to be a correlating factor of the storm.  The next morning, since the water was still cold, I went to investigate the water heater. With shock, I discovered that the basement had flooded for the first time since the four years my family and I have been in our home.

Little puddles of water that looked to be drying sat in various spots across the imitation wood tile I had set down.  I had forgot that the sump pump wasn’t able to do its job because the power was off.  I looked at the crawl space and it was wet and then inspected some objects.  The water rose high enough, maybe a foot or two, to destroy some shoes, two space heaters, damage a large bag of important papers, soak my sister’s clothes that were in bags and boxes.

My family not only had to clean, dry, and air out the basement, but we had to get rid of a lot of stuff, rewash some things, and reorganize some things—and so this EM was born.  When thinking about what to write you today, “what to do with what the storm left behind” popped up in my spirit.

Literally, a storm is a natural violent disturbance usually with heavy rains, thunder, lightning and/or snow.  But another way we mention storm is when we are going through tumultuous, difficult times.  When storms occur in our lives, we feel as if we are going to be knocked off our feet, if we hadn’t been already.  We are exhausted.  We feel as if the storm in our life is going to devour and ravish everything we had worked so hard to get, become or snatch away everything we are holding on to.  We feel as if we are not going to make it; the winds of life are to strong and the elements or tactics the devil is using are distracting, discouraging and disorienting, but we seem to manage to hold on to our faith and it is not by our strength alone.  It is the Holy Spirit, the He that is in us and greater than the he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Usually when we come out of a storm, we move on as if nothing has happened and carry on hopefully our lesson, our new-found revelations, our praise reports and testimonies until the next storm.  And if you are like me, you are praying you never have to go back through that storm again.  But have you ever thought about what do we do with what the storm left behind/what did the storm leave behind other than our testimony and lessons.

Earlier I mentioned that we had to clean, dry and air out my basement.  We had to GET RID of some things that was completely damaged and not restorable.  We had to CLEAN some things and we had to REORGANIZE some things.  That is what we do with what the storm left behind.  When a storm comes through our lives, it leaves some damaged and unrepairable things behinds as well as residue from it behind.  God wants us to not walk around weighed down, distracted or consumed by the world around.  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)  He desires for us to surrender the management of our lives to him.  He desires for us to surrender our concerns, our disappointments, desires, plans, and everything that hinders us from seeking Him wholeheartedly and being in fellowship with Him.  So those things that God destroyed or those things that God wants you to let go of, let go of them.  Stop holding onto old seasons, relationships He is telling you to part ways with, idols and habits that are consuming you and He is saying to surrender right now.  GET RID of these things today.  CLEAN your house, wash some things, and watch for “mold”.  You want to clean and watch for anything that may contaminate you and your soul.  Mold easily spreads and when it does, it can cause sickness and costly damage.  God doesn’t want anything hindering our faith, our relationship with Him or our confidence in Him and He doesn’t want us to be filled with things that cause us to be sick spiritually or even cost us our lives, reputation, or families.  So allow God to cleanse you of every worldly and ungodly contaminate.  Allow Him to renew your mind and purify your heart with His Word.  REORGNANIZE some things in your life too now that the storm is over.  Things need to be restored back to order and God wants order in your life as well as you to prioritize and keep Him at the Number One Spot.  For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV)  The storm leaves things in disarray and we can sometimes function in chaos but not as well as we can function in peace and order.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for helping me to get through a storm!!! Thank You for being my peace in the midst of a storm.  Lord, help me to trust You through the storm and when it is over help me to walk away with the lessons I needed to learn.  Help me to surrender my life to You and please renew my mind, purify my heart and reorder my life during the storm and after.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stay alert.  You are either going through a storm, coming out of one or about to enter one.  I EMPOWER you to trust God through a storm!  He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding.  I EMPOWER you to get rid of everything He says to, clean your body, spirit and soul of every contamination, and reorganize your life making sure He is always first.  I EMPOWER you to come out of your storms refreshed and dependent upon God even more!!!

We learned what to do after the storm, how can you prepare for a storm?

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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. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so 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, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com.  On July 10th, she  just launched her new Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous.  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.”

An Opening!

Just recently I helped a friend get a job. In his preparation, we discussed his resume and the type of job he wanted. He had been out of work for about a year and placed resumes all over his city. He was so desperate and focused on the stumbling blocks that were in his way that he couldn’t see that God had already placed small “openings” around him.

Helping my friend made me think of my own journey of when I was searching for an executive level job in education about six years ago. I was distraught because the only jobs that would call back were jobs that I did not necessarily want. I was waiting in “expectancy” and praying that “God would open doors for me.” I would say in my prayers, “Lord, You said if I knock, the door shall be opened (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV), I’m knocking and need a breakthrough.” I was preoccupied with not having a job and the bills that were climbing. One day the phone rang and it was a job with a university. Again, the job was not the position I wanted; it was part time, but the Holy Spirit immediately said to me, “You don’t need a door, you just need an opening.” That BLESSED me! I was thinking, “Lord I just need to get my foot in the door and You will handle the rest!”

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Sometimes we focus so much on the end result, we forget that God has designed the path, so while the end result is inevitable, we have to be open to the journey. I had to press my way to find an opening, a small little crack, in my profession to position me for the place me where I am today. My “opening” came by way of volunteering on a committee. That one opportunity avalanched into many other opportunities that were relevant to my progress.

The Bible tells us a story about a man who needed to be healed, who needed just an opening…

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 1-5 NIV)

This man had a multitude of stumbling blocks in his way. He couldn’t even get to the door and not just because he was paralyzed, but because the door was blocked by other people. How many of you are paralyzed in your situation and feel that because your first point of entry is blocked, you are defeated? I’m here to tell you, the devil is a liar and he’s trying to distract you from the other “opening.” Go to the roof!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the revelations in Your Word! Lord, I thank You for every reader of this message and that they are encouraged and EMPOWERED to take advantage of the small openings You have already placed in their lives. Please guide us as we venture along life’s journey to be sensitive to Your Word and Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look for the opening! You do not need a wide window or a big door to allow you to venture into your break-through. All you need is an opening!

Have you spotted the opening God has for you? Please share below.

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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.