It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on July 16, 2011. Enjoy this blast from the past!
Praise be to Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (Psalm 68:19 NIV)
Have you ever felt as if life just smacked you in the face without warning? Well, that’s how I am feeling right now! My college graduation is approaching soon; I should be happy, right? Wrong! With an unsupportive family, a descending job market for college graduates, finalizing a divorce at the age of 22 and having LITERALLY $1.72 in my savings account, I am truly beginning to frightfully question my future. How am I going to live without my spouse, who has been my support for the past five years? Where am I going to live? How am I going to pay these bills? What am I going to do after undergrad? Where is my life headed? WHERE IS MY SUPPORT SYSTEM?
One night I was lying alone in my bed hysterically crying, listening to I’m Going Down by Mary J. Blige on my iPod. (Monitor the music you allow to entertain your spirit, especially at the most vulnerable times in your life). I mean I was having a real pity party about my failed marriage that God specifically told me not to enter and several other voids in my life. Overtaken with emotion, I began to cry out to the Lord. The very next song that my iPod shuffled to was All I Need Is You by Hillsong. I began to worship as the lyrics flowed.
All I need is you!
All I need is you Lord, is you Lord!
All I need is you!
A spirit of comfort drifted over my body as the next verse began:
You hold the universe!
You hold EVERYONE on earth!
Isaiah 43:5 says, “Do not be afraid for I am with you…” (NIV) My mind reminisced on the many “sticky” and destructive situations God had brought me through and He had truly gotten the glory so why was I worried? Why did I place a limit on my Lord and Savior?
I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep you over. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned. For I am your Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. (Isaiah 43:2-3 NIV)
This is not the time to have pity parties with the devil! This vulnerable time in your life is for worship, praise and growth in the spirit. There is too much at stake!
Thank You for helping me to recognize that I am in the safest place in the whole world, which is in YOUR will. Fill every empty void and when man disappoints me, remind me that all I need is You Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust the plan of your Savior and not to worry or question the unseen or misunderstood. Have FAITH that God has your life under total control. Life may get tough and you may have to let some people go for God to mold you into everything He has created you to be.
Check out Hillsong’s “All I Need is You” video. I pray it blesses you the same way!
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Ms. Chaunte’ Tate is a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a degree in Journalism. She is currently preparing to begin her law school education in New York. She is passionate about the spiritual advancements of all followers of Christ. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”