June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Lately, I have been asking God to reveal me to me. I have also been thinking about the next steps in my life. Approximately a year ago God answered my prayer and He moved me to a new place of employment. I was so excited and I begin to prepare for this next phase of my life. From the time I walked through the door I had favor. People welcomed me, the students welcomed me and I learned new strategies. I began to thought, “This is where God wants me.” As the year progressed the days became longer and I began to lose that excitement I once had. This feeling was confusing because I couldn’t understand what was happening. I was asking God so many questions. What was going on? What were His plans for me? Is this my destiny connection? I became so confused that I began doubting and questioning myself. I started wondering if I really heard God’s voice. Did I leave too soon because I thought the grass was greener on the other side? I am thankful for all of the knowledge that I have obtained and the things that I have experienced this school year, but there is still a feeling of uneasiness about where I am.
In addition to career issues, I have also been battling with finances and student loans. (I am certain many of you know about those student loans!) My husband and I make a decent living so we have substantial income, but just can’t seem to get ahead. Again, I asked God why I am not moving along quicker. I can’t wrap my mind around why I don’t have the money that I think I should have. But God answered me, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalms 46:10 NLT)
I can write all day about what I have been talking to God about but just know He told me that He’s turning it around for me. I was standing in church and all I kept hearing was turn it around, turn it around. I thought of Vashawn Mitchell’s song Turning Around For Me. I feel peace because I know that God is turning my employment situation and my finances around for me.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 NLT)
Sometimes discouraged but not defeated; cast down but not destroyed. There are times I don’t understand but I believe it’s turning around for me. I’ve had troubles and disappointments. There are times I felt so alone. Some of my friends they let me down but I still believe it’s turning around for me.
I found myself singing those lyrics and declaring that He is turning my situations around. I have realized that I want to know all of the answers right away and I always find myself questioning because I don’t understand. God has assured me that He’s turning it around for me. I don’t know how, when or where but I believe God and I know that He is turning it around for me.
God is making a way. A change is coming for me if I stand strong and believe. There is no reason to doubt, I know he is working it out.
That is my favorite part of the song because I am learning to stand strong and believe that a change is coming for me. God is working all of my situations out for me.
Every year at this time I look forward to seeing the carnival as I drive by on the expressway. I often look at the colors of the rides at night as they spin around and around. Now, as I observe the rides all I am reminded that He’s turning it around for me. As tough as your situation may be right now, there is always some reminder that He is working on your behalf. If you can’t find your reminder, consider this EmpowerMoment it!
I thank You, God, for turning it around for me. I may not always understand the why, but I thank You for always making a way for me. Continue to build courage within me in order for me to stand strong through adversity while You turn it around for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to give Him your issues, frustrations, financial issues, employment issues, family issues, sickness, pain and hurts and watch Him turn it around for you. Stop worrying and give your worries to God and let Him turn them around for you. You may not know why you are in situations or how you will get out of them, but remember God will turn it around for you!
Allow Vashawn Mitchell’s Turning Around For Me to minister to you:
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.