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Flashback Friday: Sheltered

Ladies, enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted during Black Music Month on June 24, 2011.

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!

The song I chose this week is by an artist that I’m no a huge fan of but I heart this song: Rihanna’sUmbrella. I had another song chosen but God placed this one on my heart. Not sure who needs this but I hope that it touches you the same way it did for me when I actually took it apart.

I spoke with a friend earlier this week that was going through something. He was talking about everything that seemed to be going wrong for him. His list of issues seemed to be very long. There were so many things that he was aiming for but he seemed to keep missing the mark.

You have my heart
And we’ll never be worlds apart
Maybe in magazines
But you’ll still be my star

Baby cause in the dark
You can’t see shiny cars
And that’s when you need me there
With you I’ll always share

This verse seemed to go with where he was as well as a place many of us have been. When things are going great for us we can clearly see our path and where we are going. The light is so bright that we can pretty much get where we are going. It’s when things go dark that we lose our way. We have to remember that we are following God always…no matter what the conditions. We always praise Him when things are going great. We hold fast to all those things that make us happy. It’s when those things are no longer there that we have to remember that it is never the things we should seek but the face of God!

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. (Isaiah 25: 4-5 NIV)

These fancy things, will never come in between
You’re part of my entity, here for infinity
When the war has took it’s part
When the world has dealt it’s cards
If the hand is hard, together we’ll mend your heart

We should never look to people or things to make us happy. It is only through Christ that we find true happiness. Everything else is an added bonus. I told my friend that sometimes God will remove all those other things that we tend to focus on to try to bring our focus back to Him. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39 NIV)

You can run into my arms
It’s okay don’t be alarmed
Come here to me
There’s no distance in between our love

So go on and let the rain pour
I’ll be all you need and more

No matter what, it is so good to know that we can always look to God to be our shelter. It is only through Him that we can face the storms ahead.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being my shelter in a time of storm. Please allow me to stay focused on You and what Your plan is for my life. Help me to ignore the distraction and keep my mind on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to focus on God. He is your refuge in any STORM. Keep your mind on Him and know that all things will be given to you according to HIS will.

Listen to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and reflect on how He has sheltered you. If you can’t view the video click here.

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Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!

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