Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV)
As I reflected on some things I have been experiencing lately, I couldn’t figure out what to write about. I couldn’t decide what to focus on, but everything I faced recently reminded me of two things: God is alive and He has not forgotten me! The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
Recently, my mom and I took my two nephews and youngest sister to the mall. While standing in line at Macy’s, I experienced rude, partial service that resulted in both my mom and I having to speak to the manager. Thank God I remembered the lesson I had previously learned about staying calm and patient. I remembered that God is my defender! One of the other cashiers waited on me instead, and acknowledged and thanked me for patience. Upon leaving the mall and walking outside towards the bus stop, I was retrieving my bus card out my back pocket and I bumped into a garbage can with the ash tray on top. I almost fell and toppled over, but what made it worse was the fact that I was holding my 3-month old nephew. I want to say I tried balancing myself to prevent my fall, but I believe my God-given angels kept me from falling. I didn’t fall, thank the Lord, and my nephew was not harmed in any way. I laughed it off and walked away embarrassed, relieved that my nephew wasn’t hurt
(I hit and bruised my leg). God saw that incident before it happened and I am so glad that He protected my nephew and didn’t allow me to fall with him. No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent, for he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalms 91:10-11 NIV)
Then I had one of my regularly scheduled meetings at work (recall my last EmpowerMoment where I discussed that I had been dealing with pride, ego and other issues at work) and this time the principal and assistant principals sat in to address some issues my co-workers and I had been having. God showed up and showed out! The morning of the meeting, I praised God and prayed on the issue, and God answered my prayers and released His favor upon me. Let’s just say there has been more humility and accountability on my job. God once again was my defender, faithful and present!
Lastly, my family has been stressing me out with the attitudes, pride, arguing, and complaining. I am more of the peacemaker or keeper and I am exhausted trying to referee, discipline, and get my own point across as well as keep my emotions in check. Sometimes, I opt for the ‘I’ll be quiet’ stance because sometimes I rather avoid the drama and tension altogether, even though that can be impossible. Yet, this Sunday’s sermon reflected my situation. God amuses me when He gives a sermon that feels like it was only for me and I know that I didn’t tell the pastor or anyone my situation. It was ironic that the sermon seemed to speak just to my family. It gave me a reality check, encouragement and strategy to deal with some family issues and one of my family members told me that they too understood what area they needed to grow in. I was so elated that God wasn’t covering His eyes or ears to my hardships and that my prayers are not in vain. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. (Psalms 54:4 NIV)
I could go on and on about some things God has done or is doing in my life, but I want to take the time to just praise Him for being alive and not forgetting me. I believe it is sometimes hard to articulate God’s awesomeness, no matter if you are a writer or not, because our human vocabulary and perception is limited. However, I will try to praise God and gloat on His glorious nature anyway. He is so worthy of all of our praise! Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
Thank You for being the Only Wise God. You are eternal, the creator and restorer of life. You are alive and active. Your mercy endures forever and Your love is unfailing. You are the Comforter, defender, faithful and Holy One! You are my Savior and my present help. You are the Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, the first and the last, the truth and the life, and the Way. Thank You for Your Son’s (My Big Brother) Blood that covers me and thank You for Your angels who encamp round about me! Lord, You are fierce, strong and victorious and I serve a Mighty God! I don’t know all the words to say, but I know that what I feel is so beautiful and could only come from Your love. You make me feel secure and loved. You have not forgotten me and You are an efficient and sufficient God. You are able and fulfilling. You stand by my side and You never leave me, nor forsake me. My tears matter to You and You have good thoughts towards me. You are worthy of praise, reverence, respect and honor and I shout freely that You are awesome and I love You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to love on God! Give Him the praise He truly deserves and ask Him to EMPOWER you to fall in love with Him each new day.
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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 help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing. God, the Creator and Great Father, has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager and 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. 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.