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!
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV)
God has been dealing with me about the reason for the position He put me in. Four months ago, He moved me to a new church. I enjoyed being there and knew that God had me there for a reason outside of myself. Soon after I joined and started inviting people myself, negative things began to be brought to my attention. I didn’t jump off the deep end right away but began to watch more closely. Once I saw myself the negative things people had brought me, my excitement and readiness to jump in and work slowed a bit. I began to question God’s plan for me. At one time, I even asked Him to move me as things began to look ridiculous. I had lost sight of His divine plan. I was at war with God’s promise and the clutter people were throwing my way.
I didn’t realize the clutter people were throwing my way were distractions. I began to focus on everything else instead of fixing my eyes on Jesus. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
I just can’t give up now
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me
Never said there wouldn’t be trials
Never said I wouldn’t fall
Never said that everything would go the way I want it to go
But when my back is against the wall
And I feel all hope is gone,
I’ll just lift my head up to the sky
And say help me to be strong
Needless to say after a few uncomfortable conversations with God and my mom, I realized I had gotten off track and needed to make a serious change quickly before it was too late. I thank God for understanding my solution and offering His grace and mercy. I’m glad I was afforded another chance to make things right. God took me to Esther and explained to me that the same way she was placed in King Xerxes’ life as queen so she could save the Jews from total destruction, I was placed in that church to help. As long as I’m worried about what outsiders think and say, I’ll never please God. Where He can’t use me, He’ll send someone else and I don’t want that to happen.
I’m beginning to understand my place more clearly. I’m grateful that God is willing to use me as a part of His master plan. I’m not concerned about what everyone else has to say. I’m not even worried about what I see anymore. I know what God promised and understand that if I say no, He’ll find someone else.
Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for placing us on this earth with purpose and destiny for a specific reason. Thank You for Your guidance and everlasting, unconditional and understanding love. If any of us have lost sight of You, please bring our attention and focus back to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust God no matter where He sends you. Know He has placed you on your job, in the family you are in, at a certain church, etc. for a reason. Unless the church, job, relationships, etc. are leading you down a path of habitual sin and are operating contrary to God’s Word, stay in position. Don’t move ahead of God and lag too far behind. Follow Him, seek Him and stay right by His side! He is at work and allow Him to invite you to join what He is already doing.
Please take a moment to enjoy this song by Mary Mary called “Can’t Give Up Now“
Bettina Allen is currently working in security, with prior experience in customer service. She loves to read, write and dance. She loves God and is on a mission to be as close to Him as she possibly can. Bettina is constantly learning and growing from life’s experiences. God has given Bettina a word and she would love to share that word, along with all of the lessons He has taught her, with others. Bettina resides in Georgia and attends Life Church of Atlanta. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”