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! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” (2 Corinthians 1:8 NIV)
When the depths of your soul are crying, but your face is dry.
When your heart is under attack, but you aren’t dying.
When you are young, but your tears are old.
When you’ve never had asthma, but you can’t catch your breath.
When you’ve never been in the military, yet you’re constantly on the battlefield.
When you’ve been sweet to so many people that it’s given you a disease.
When words become daggers so the only place you feel safe is in silence.
When the pressure is raising in your blood, but you are 120/80.
When your best friend is your pillow because it’s the only one to catch your tears.
When you have stage four pain, and stage three hurt but the doctor says she can’t find a tumor.
When you go to the altar Sunday after Sunday after Sunday only to still feel…
When you’ve never been blind, but you can’t see hope.
When you are unable to explain to people what you are going through because words haven’t been invented to express this pain.
When you’ve been pregnant and carrying a load way past your delivery date and it’s unbearably uncomfortable.
When you can’t fake the funk.
When the beat is up-tempo, but your lyrics are dark.
When writing isn’t your escape.
When no amount of food can make you full.
When you told God you had enough five years ago.
When you are just living to die.
When you are just living to cry.
When you want to give up.
When you want to cave in.
When you’ve given it all you got.
When you consider the end.
That’s when darkness comes in
“Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9 NIV)
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:15-21 NIV)
Sometimes life takes us places we had no intention of going and we wonder how to get out of the whale’s belly. Sometime we wonder if we will even survive or if this will be our final resting place. But we thank You for allowing our mustard seed of faith to be enough for your grace, mercy and love. Father, with You and your everlasting, never-fading love, we can find peace in this uncomfortable position. We channel Your strength to carry us through. There is nothing You can’t overcome! We submit to Your will and get out of Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to always remember how the story starts isn’t how it will end. We have to remember that light comes in different forms and how we are looking for it may not be how it will present itself. We must always remember to be thankful and count the smallest of blessings even when it feels like nothing is going right. Lastly, remember “For you were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10 NIV)
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.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).