Miscellaneous

I am Orange

an orange

Random fact: Did you know out of millions of words in the English language none of them rhyme with the word orange?

The other night, while making dinner, I thought a citrus flavor would pair well with my dish, so I searched my refrigerator for a lemon because I knew that flavor would blend perfectly. To my dismay, I could not find any lemons or lemon flavoring. However, I found some oranges that were in my refrigerator so I decided to use those instead. I grabbed one, cut it in half, squeezed the juice from the orange into my dish and threw it away. After adding the other ingredients, I decided to add another orange. I repeated the first process of cutting the orange in half and squeezing it, but this time I left it on the counter. At that time, I wanted to get gourmet so I diced some onions and thought orange peels would really heighten the flavor of my dish. I then grabbed the mangled orange, gutted it, diced the peels and threw the remainder away.

At that moment, my heart grew heavy. I realized so many times that I’ve been that orange—just sitting somewhere minding my business when someone grabbed me, squeezed the life out of me and left me empty. Then, just when I thought I was free from them, they would come back, take what was left of me and cut me some more. I thought about how many “oranges” there are in the world, who were abandoned and left for dead. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying, “Dené you are looking at the wrong thing. I squeezed everything out of you that wasn’t like Me. I removed people you were attached to. I broke away pieces of you, all to make you better and pull you closer, allowing you to hear My voice so I can take you to a better place. You, my child, are now the star of a dish, the main ingredient when you weren’t even supposed to make an appearance. I have you always.” I had to stop and thank Jesus for His glory is SO great!

Later I realized, “in Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV) I find peace in knowing I’m predestined to be the praise of His glory.  I am so perfectly made that out of millions I don’t rhyme with anything that has ever been created and my destiny doesn’t sound like anything that has ever been done. For that I am so thankful!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You so much for changing my perspective. I realize that it is not what I see, but how I see it. You’ve taken me through things, but I it was to create the woman You predestined me to be. Father, I ask for continued preparation, allowing me to sit in the refrigerator marinating as long as needed so when I come out, I’m ready to serve. God, I trust You with my life and know every season is for a reason. Lord, I thank You for my testimony that will empower and bless others. God, I thank You again for grace so when I’m going through, I don’t look like the orange that was mangled and empty. You keep me full and robust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to change your perspective. So many times we go through looking at what happened to us or what is happening to us instead of looking at what is happening for us. When you are being prepared and going through, just remember who your Father is. He is always faithful and always comes through! “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” (Hebrews 12:11-12 NIV)

Ladies, share with us a quick, fun recipe!

Read a related EM:  Ignite My Fire

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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’s 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.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV). 

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13 thoughts on “I am Orange”

  1. So elegantly written. I smile at your words, because they place you in the moment that very second. I can agree to say, I’ve felt like an “orange” many times.

    1. Thank you so much for your support and reading! God will ALWAYS get the glory out of every situation we just have to allow Him to step in and give over our control. Marvin Sapp sang “I’m a living sacrifice” in one of his songs and it hit me that everything we go through is for God’s glory. Keep on your path. God is going to heal you and restore everything back 1,000 fold. You may be the orange but remember the transformation that took place! I love you much!

  2. Dene’ ,
    This again was good and I L-O-V-E-D it! I’m happy that you’re moving in your destiny:-) By the way here’s my goto recipe… I always keep a few bag of frozen cheese raviollis in my freezer for this. You’ll need a cass. Dish, 2bags of rav. , 2 jars of pasta sauce of your choice, a bag of chopped spinach (thawed), spices of your choice and 16 oz. Of cheese. Next,mix the spinach, pasta sauce,
    and spices together in a bowl. Set it to the side while

    you spray a nice even coat of non-stick .n?m spray and pour your frozen raviolis in the

    1. Lisa I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for being my spiritual sister and sharing in so many meaningful conversations that lead me to where I am now. Your impact in my life will impact history. Love you!

  3. Great EM! I enjoyed reading this and I smiled because I have also been that mangled orange all used and I to had to change my perspective! Great Job!

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I’m so glad God changed your perspective! It really is an amazing thing to be in a storm but see sun rays! I ask that God keeps your perspective how it is so that no matter where you or what you are facing that you can seek (the) GOoD in it. Thank you again for reading!

  4. Absolutely loved this EM. As I told you before this made me go right to the fruit in my house and start cooking 🙂 …but on a serious note I have often felt this way and realized that in the end God was only removing all of that “stuff” so I could get to a place that he called me to be.

    1. Lol thank you! Actually you blessed me because a continued goal in my life is to eat health and integrate fruits and veggies in my diet. Lately I’ve been doing not so great but you made me realize I need to stock it in my house so it’ll be readily available for me to grab. But I can’t wait to see where God is taking you. We’re going to be the best orange juice in the store once God finish squeezing! Thank you so much for your support and help doing my first EM! I’m SO thankful! 🙂

  5. Dear Sister(s) In Christ,

    There are no words to describe how encouraged, blessed, moved, thankful, grateful, ,etc I am after reading this post. I’ve been reading EmpowerMoments for several months and cannot tell you how timely these devotionals are.  When Dene’ wrote “…my heart grew heavy. I realized so many times that I’ve been that orange—just sitting somewhere minding my business when someone grabbed me, squeezed the life out of me and left me empty…,” that was me just a moment ago.  However, as I continued reading, the Holy Spirit reminded me of  “1 John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”  I thank God for the EmpowerMoments ministry and all the Sisters who contribute.  To God be the glory and I thank Him in the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ–King of kings and Lord of lords!

    God bless you, Des

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    1. Des, I’m so thankful that EmpowerMoments has blessed you in so many ways! I feel the exact same way and I’m thankful for all the women who read and write the blog. Women empowerment is so paramount!

      Find peace in the word of God. Jeremiah 30:17 let’s us know that God will restore our health and heal our wounds. So no matter what someone does God will always fill us back up! Even when we feel like that empty orange we still have soo much because He lives in us and thats enough to get me up and moving! 🙂 I’m so thankful this post and every other EmpowerMoments’ posts were on time words for you. God is going to continue to bless you and reveal His self to you. Together we can change our perspective to see Him in everything. Thank you again and I hold lots of love for you!

  6. Dene,
    That blessed my spirit. mindset and perspective is EVERYTHING!!!! Thank you for being a wonderful vessle. i love you and I am so greatful that God used you for this message. it blessed me.

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