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Blessings Out of Unusual Circumstances

A few days ago marked the seventh anniversary of the day I was arrested.  Back then I knew a girl who was a professional “booster” and despite my mother’s warning about her character, I decided to associate with her.  By the end of that summer, I had gained a friend along with a rap sheet. 

It sounded like a good idea when she offered to steal me a few outfits in exchange for a ride to the mall.  It seemed harmless yet beneficial to be a chauffeur for the day if I would be able to return to my Black college campus in style for my sophomore year.  With over $2,000 worth of “HOT” merchandise we proceeded to exit the doors of Carson Pirie Scott only to be abruptly stopped by security.  To make a long story short, God blessed me with a public defender that was able to get my charge reduced from a FELONY to a misdemeanor.  He hopefully instructed me that I would be able to get the charge expunged or sealed by the time I graduated in three years.  However, seven years have passed and I’m still waiting…

Last week my cousin informed me of a job fair for ex-offenders.  Instantly, I felt as if there was nothing they could offer me because I refused to work a factory job having obtained a Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a Master’s.  In my mind, ex-offenders are only left with the bottom of the barrel positions because no one hires us anyway…so why bother?  Despite my lack of enthusiasm, my cousin continued to throw the idea around until I gave in. 

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV)

As I drove in silence, I chose to take that moment and talk to God.  I was sure to express that I was not exactly sure why I was even going but I learned as a little girl that obedience to God is better than any sacrificial offering.  I went even further to verbalize that no matter what the outcome, this would be at least an opportunity to promote EmpowerMoments in order to give Him the glory.  I promised that I would give a card to every woman in the room–job or not.

After visiting a few tables I realized there was a live radio broadcast going on by a local station.  I made my way over in hopes of talking to someone about a job that would utilize my Telecommunications degree.  However, I was asked to sit down for an impromptu interview.  I eagerly grab the headphones and adjusted the mic for my debut.  Just being myself, I intrigued the station manager enough for a one on one once the q&a wrapped up.  She was impressed by my natural ability to roll with the punches but she was truly WOWED by my excitement for EmpowerMoments!  I passed her a card and gave her a quick overview of what we stand for.  By the end of my synopsis she offered me a trial spot on Sundays entitled EMPOWERMOMENTS!   

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

God is so awesome that He literally turned an upset into a setup for a blessing.  Not only did He give me faith that someone will hire me despite my past but He showed me that as long as I am seeking to glorify Him there are NO LIMITS! 

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for turning a gloomy situation into a splendid opportunity.  Please forgive me for the times that I have placed restrictions and boundaries on You.  You have turned my circumstances around on many occasions only to add credibility to my testimony. Thank you!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I encourage each of you to EMPOWER yourself to remove the limits from God.  Let Him take control for a moment and doors that have been closed before will be opened and your blessing will be there with your name on it! Be Blessed! 🙂

Allow Israel & New Breed’s “Take the Limits Off” to minister to you:

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  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

28 thoughts on “Blessings Out of Unusual Circumstances”

  1. When God shows up he shows out! Continue to give God all the glory and he will keep being a blessing in your life. Congratulations Tasha!!!

    1. Thanks Mommy!! You are the reason I LOVE Jesus the way I do… You raised me in the church and I have never lost sight of that. When I was young going to church 6 days a week seemed like church over kill but in reality it was the jump start of a lifelong relationship with God! I am eternally grateful for that introduction!!!

  2. Whew, that gave me chill bumps and all the glory to God! He blesses us as long as we continue to walk in the destiny He predestined for us. God bless you and what’s the radio station because I will love to listen.

    1. Dysha,
      Thanks for the support! It is an internet radio station- My show probably won’t debut for a few weeks because of all the preparations prior to but I would love to have someone familiar with Empowermoments tune in. God begins small (1hr show) and enlarges territory based on obedience so I am trusting and believing God that Empowermoments will be a global force to be reckoned with in due time. Thanks again for the support. Be Blessed!

  3. Congratulations Tasha! When I first heard about this opportunity I was super elated not only for you but also for the work that God is doing with Empowermoments. That’s right take the limits OFF! God does not give us titles such as “ex-offender” because we have ALL sinned and come short of his glory. He gaves us all chances to begin again and I am excited that he is showing you that there is no limit to his power no matter what titles man tries to put on you. I am looking forward to even more exciting news from this opportunity.

    1. Ms. Lundy you always know what to say! Even though you are my sister’s friend God put you in a place to bless everyone in our family! They may even like you more than me lol! But on a serious note I am overwhelmed with joy because God is allowing me to introduce a new audience to Empowermoments while bringing them closer to Him! I now understand that the process we go thru is just as important as the blessings at the end. I’m just happy that He is able to use me despite my rocky past further proving that He is a forgiving God! We are well on our way to becoming a movement and I can’t stop praising Him!!

  4. God is awesome!!!! Tasha, if we believe and let him lead, our blessings will overflow. Unlike most of us, God is forgiving. Congratulations, there are great things in store for you if you only believe and trust.

    1. Awww thanks Lil Josh!!! For a long time I was afraid to tell my story but that was before I trusted God! He revealed to me that He took me through that to share my testimony and not be ashamed of it. I will continue to do as I am asked because I know that I have work to do for God! I’m just elated that He birthed greatness in me and with Him on my side nothing is impossible!!!! Be Blessed!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! To GOD be all the glory!!!! What an amazing testimoy Latasha!! What our Father God has for you, is for you!! Continue to let God use you and I believe you’ll receive blessings you haven’t even thought of 😀

    SO thankful He’s a God of second, third, fourth chances because we all for short so many times. Our God has NO limits – with HIM all is possible!!!! AMEN!! Do your thing Latasha! God bless you always my Sister!!

  6. ….pt. 2….goes right along with Latasha’s post about what God can do for you….
    Just a few minutes ago, I made a phone call and found out that someone “behind the scenes” blessed me in a MAJOR way when when just yesterday, 2 other people from the SAME office said they couldn’t help me,….nothing they could do. PRECIOUS LORD!!!!! MY GOD!! MY GOD!! MY GOD!!!!!! I just kept remembering the scripture to be anxious for nothing and decided to give it 1 last try and call to see if by some chance, there’d be a kind soul who could help me. To my surprise, someone did bless me (who turns out wasn’t even in the office) and I had no idea until I called. Was totally surprised when they blessed me with more time than I actually needed!!!!!! Just testifying that God will put people to help you and bless you at the right time, at the right instant, at the right place. THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!

    *I know this isn’t tagged as “testifying” but just had to share on the goodness of our Jesus Christ!!* My God!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you Lord! Blessings come in all sizes and I am so excited you decided to share with us the works of God in your life. Testimonies are supposed to be shared so always feel free to talk to us or EVERYBODY for that matter. The amazing thing about your story is your persistency! Alot of times we have the tendency to give up if we don’t get the response we want first time around but it doesn’t always happen overnight. God has to be certain that you can handle it so that one last call was the confirmation needed to open up the gates of heaven and release your blessing! God is awesome!!!

  7. GUL!! (Not Girl) I just shouted in my living room!!! UPSET to a SET-UP! WHEW!!!

    Everyone has prettty much summed it all up, but girl that is amazing. I am so encouraged by this I don’t know what to do! Upset to a set-up!

    1. Thank you lady! So many times we get discouraged when things are not going the way we planned but you never know how God will turn that very thing around to work in OUR favor!!! To God be the glory!! Be Blessed!

  8. Way to go Tasha. I’m glad that you went ahead and attended the job fair. God had something there for you. You implied that you have been waiting seven years. Seven years ago I learned from your sister that “7” means completion. As you know God is going to complete this and close the book on that incident with good results. Congratulations on your spot with the radio station. Stay blessed !!!!!!!

    1. Speak it into existence Amber! I never thought about that… I knew what the #7 meant but I never to a moment to apply it to my situation. Thanks to you I am trusting that before year 8 rolls around, my past will be erased!! I am even more excited about my future because I am now able to look at my current situation in a totally different way.

  9. Of course I heard this story right after it happened, but reading this EmpowerMoment made me literally want to take a minute to praise God here at work! There is always a blessing in the press…see how obedience pays off. Most of the time, the journey doesnt make any sense to us, but He KNOWS what He has waiting at the destination 🙂

    Thanks for being open and sharing your story. Im excited about how much you’ve grown in the past 7 years! Im excited about your future!

    1. Thanks sis! Mama introduced me to Jesus but you inspired me to want a deeper relationship than bible study and Sunday service. I watched the way the Lord put His hands on you while you were on the potter’s wheel and I wanted that. Next thing I know I was chasing after it! I have not been the same since then and I can honestly say that I DON’T miss the old me! Thanks for setting a great example!

  10. Dear Daddy,

    Thank You for the doors that You are opening for EmpowerMoments. Eyes have not seen nor have ears heard what You have in store for this ministry. Like Tasha said, this is a movement! I pray that You keep each of us grounded as You elevate the ministry. We want to remain humble always never losing sight of the purpose and goal–to empower women at EVERY stage of their life! In Jesus Name, Amen!

  11. Amen! Empowermoments is a movement and it is changing my life and so many others, so I am excited about this movement!

    @Tasha, I am so excited for you. God is a mind blowing God on top of being awesome! If your written word has blessed me today, I can only imagine how God is going to use your spoken word.
    Congratulations ,Tasha

    1. Thanks for the encouragment Sheka. I have never had my own segement on the radio so this is going to new and exciting. Therefore, I know that as long as I keep God at the forefront success is inevitable! Be Blessed!!!

  12. Reading of your blessing made me smile!! Congratulations! Further proof that God doesn’t keep a rap sheet on us…he loves us in spite of any shortcomings we may have had or have. This site has definitely been a blessing to me. A daily testament of what God is capable of doing. Blessings to you!!

  13. You will never know how much that means to myself and the rest of the Empowermoments team. We set out each day in hopes of bringing people closer to God so to know that our site is blessing you daily lets us know that our blood, sweat, and tears are not in vain. You are so right in saying that God loves us regardless of what we have done and that alone can raise a shout from within. Thank you for your support! Be Blessed!

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