This month is National Poetry Month and in honor and snaps of it, our EmpowerMoments will feature short poems relative to each writer’s topic. So enjoy and be encouraged!
In honor of Poetry Month, I just had to use this piece for Part II of F.E.A.R. It may be a quote instead of a poem, but I had to share it with you. This quote alone has EMPOWERED me to move beyond my fears and to realize the scripture, “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4b. Mariam Williamson writes:
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
How interesting is it to think that we can let our own fears of being great stifle our growth and success? Every line of this poem sends the message that you are great, not great because of your own deeds, but because God has ordained you with His power. The power to be great! Marianne Williamson states, “Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” This is the very theory that makes some of us, definitely including me, get in our own way. I am very good at trying to hide in the back, knowing that God wants me to not only be in the front but to lead. I’ve seen a lot of causalities as a result of me not wanting to accept who I am under God’s covering. There is a price for disobedience and some times that price is paid at the expense of another person.
What resonates the most in this poem is “We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I’m reminded that God not only has a plan, but that I am born to make manifest what God has entrusted to me!
Thank You for reminding us that, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Roman 8:31b. Lord, help us to keep our fear at bay and to overcome these fearful situations with the power You have bestowed and vested within us. Thank You for Your love and mercy that showers us with new grace every day. It is my prayer, that as women, we let our light shine so bright that it encourages others to overcome their fears. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to get out of your own way. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.”
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion for servant-hood is implemented through serving her community with Girl Scouts and her sorority, mentoring young women, and marriage empowerment. She resides in Daphne, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of Restoration Fellowship Church of Daphne, AL.