Since I received so much feedback about my entry entitled A “C” for Effort, I decided that it was only right to provide you all with the sequel. With that said, this past week I had to take my final exam for the same class.
In a desperate attempt to cast away the spirit of procrastination, I started studying for this test weeks ago unlike I did with the midterm. I studied that book from cover to cover daily to ensure that my grade would reflect the amount of work that I put in. Finally the eve of my final was upon me and I was determined to review all ten chapters one last time before going to bed. I prayed the whole night because I was extremely exhausted. At least seven times I had to ask God to keep me awake that I might keep reading and He did just that! I stayed up to2amWednesday morning and I had to wake up at 6:30am for work.
When I woke up from my brief nap, I had the worst headache and my body screamed of sleep deprivation but I knew I had to go to work. I managed to pull it together but I can honestly say I was NOT myself at all! I was at work for about an hour and a half before that enemy went on attack!! I lost it ladies! I started crying hysterically and all I saw was defeat on my exam. For the first time ever I felt as if I had studied so much that I didn’t retain any information. Before I knew it my co-workers were surrounding me and inquiring what was wrong and all I could say was “I’m sleepy and I’m not ready for my test!” My boss pulled me aside and asked what she could do to help and I asked her to let me go home and take a nap and I would come back refreshed. She agreed and within minutes I was in my car headed home.
When I made it home I started talking as loud as I could to God. It all made sense…I prayed that He would keep me awake long enough to finish reading but I never asked for anything else. He whispered that He had already taken care of it and to simply clear my mind and go to sleep! I continue to pray about it until I dozed off. I went back to work and continued my day like a new person. “Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)
I made a conscious effort not to open that book again until I sat in front of my laptop for the exam that evening. Every time I began to get anxious about my test I would open my mouth and spend a moment with God to ease my mind. I went to bible study and after the benediction I felt as if I had the armor I needed to master that test so I went home and began. Halfway through the exam I initiated praise to Him because I knew all the answers without hesitation!! Just as my praise began to bounce of the walls of my apartment my Pandora station began to blast Mary Mary’s song “Yesterday” and I took a second to apologize to God. There really was no reason for me to ever be nervous because He had already stepped in and handled it for me like He told me earlier. To make a longer story shorter, I ended up with an “A” on the exam (I only missed three questions) and an “A” in the class! Thank you LORD!!
Thank You for always helping me to win over my worries. I thank You for allowing me to be able to fight the enemy away by simply turning it over to You. Help me to take a moment to HALT! There are four easy ways for the enemy to creep in and that’s when I’m Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired! Lord, I bind up each and every one of those spirits in Your abounding love that they may not give the devil a way into my heart! I am victorious over all things because I am Your child! Thank you Daddy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, this week I recommend you take a moment to EMPOWER yourself and put on the armor of God everyday as we go to battle in this spiritual warfare. The enemy doesn’t take a day off so make sure you are always ready to HALT! Have a Blessed Week!
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17