Conviction, Direction/Guidance, Miscellaneous, Prayer

Communicating with God

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell what is yet to come. (John 16:13-15 NIV)

Communicating with God is the best experience I could ever have.  I can talk to Him all day long, early in the morning before getting out of bed, at work, or just before closing my eyes at night.  The beauty of this communication is that He listens.  He listens and knows my heart, and He answers accordingly.  It’s better than a conversation with your best girl friend over lunch; it’s a conversation with the Lord Almighty.  Wow, it is mind blowing that I can have a conversation with the Lord Almighty!

Jesus Christ declared, “Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment…” (John 7:9 NIV)  God communicates with you and me through the Holy Spirit and other believers.  Recently, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit to abstain from premarital sex.  I obeyed; however, I wondered if I had made the right decision and I spoke to God daily about sexual abstinence.  The next Sunday in church thereafter, the topic was The Gift of Purity and Unholy Sexual Relationships.  I felt it was the confirmation from God that I had made the right decision.

God also brought conviction to me about getting my finances in order.  So, I wrote out a budget and spoke with God about ways to be a better stewardess of my money.  Then days later a complete stranger came to me and expressed that I needed to start saving my money.  Lastly, I also had a recent prayer conference speaking on the Armor of God and the following day I received a daily devotional from a completely different source on the same subject, the Armor of God.  I can go on and on because I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me daily and it is my way of knowing God is with me.

Now, I am encouraged to constantly ask God to give me the strength, the words, and the actions to use to get through everyday trials.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the Holy Spirit.   It is because of the Holy Spirit I have a rapport with You and if I ever wander off the narrow path, there will be a voice to guide me back on the right path.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to spend quality time with God and develop an intimate relationship with Him through daily reading of his Word, prayer, and talking to Him.  Open the lines of communication so you can hear Him clearly and receive the fullness of God’s plan for you.

Has it been awhile since your last conversation with God and an answered prayer/confirmation?

Read a related EmpowerMoment:  Two Way Street

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Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer.  She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)

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Accountability, Direction/Guidance

Take It With a Grain of Salt!

Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.  He asked Amnon, “Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?”  Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”   “Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.’”  (2 Samuel 13:3-5 NIV)

In case you don’t know how the story ends,  Ammon, with literally sickening lust for his sister and at the advice of his friend, raped and disgraced his sister.  It went downhill from there.  There were other accounts told in the Bible of how even kings accepted and followed the wrong advice and kept the wrong company.  We have to be careful of the counsel we keep.

Friday, an associate gave me a ride home.  As she talked about her problems, I listened mostly, but tried to direct the conversation toward God.  I had previously given her scriptures to read upon her request and this was now my chance to ask if she had read them, but she gave me the eyes-to-the-side glance as to ashamedly say “girl no.”  As we continued to talk, I think I was trying to relate something from my life to what she was going through and we somehow got on the subject of me moving forward from my ex-boyfriend.  As she responded, doubt began to creep up in my heart as to whether avoiding total communication with my ex was the right thing to do.  Her whole gist was you have to give people a second chance sometimes and maybe there was another reason why I really was avoiding him.

However, I explained to her that I believed that I had an epiphany or better yet a word from God that every time I respond to his emails, it is not just him holding on still, but me as well.  I also explained that I was trusting in God for someone better and that when God removes someone or allows someone to be removed out of your life, He doesn’t make any mistakes.  I am remembering how I had once prayed the first time my ex was trying to come back in my life.  I admitted and prayed earnestly to God to give me strength to let him go because I was weak and couldn’t let go on my own.  Ladies, He answered that prayer!  So why go back now?

I have been drawing closer to God and learning to surrender all areas of my life to God.  Going back to my ex could mean losing spiritual ground I’ve already gained and dealing with the same issues I had to deal with while being with him.  I also believe that I would only receive him back because I am afraid there is no one else out there for me.  So, I am moving on, but talking with her and the angst of getting back out into the dating world made me start to doubt.  Thank God though for friends I can turn to, as well as the Word of God.  I talked with two friends and their advice was frank, non judgmental and on point with what I was hearing from God.  “Move on! You are in a different place in your life and he is not on that same plane or same spiritual level as you.”  What also stood out to me is what one also said, “YOU CAN’T ACCEPT ADVICE FROM EVERYONE!” Some things that you hear must be taken with a grain of salt!

The godly gives good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. (Proverbs 12:26 NLT)

I believe God would also add that His advice is even better and His wisdom supreme, so get His perspective on the situation.

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for friends that stick closer than a brother (or sister).  Thank You that they can be honest with me even when the truth is hard to hear.  Thank You for Your sound judgment and uncorrupted wisdom!  Thank You that You see and know everything so You will best direct me in any situation.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to STOP before you go seeking or accepting someone’s advice.   Pray first, ask God to open your heart to the truth and remove the blinders off your eyes.  Then ask God who to seek advice from or what advice to accept.  Better yet, get God’s perspective on the matter by going to His Word.  His counsel is pure, unbiased, and sound, not based on human and natural insight and will never get us in trouble!

 Read a related EmpowerMoment: Speed Dial or Backup?

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write!  Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program.  She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college.  She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college.  She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing.  God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better thru her support, actions and writing.  Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Attitude, Back To School Series, Direction/Guidance, Evangelism, Grandparents, Growth/Maturity, Mentor/Mentee, Obedience, Sin, Submission/Surrendering

Back to School: Rebel Without A Cause

School has begun for most students across the world so EmpowerMoments is featuring a series entitled “Back to School”.  Read each day as our writers share stories and learned lessons from their school-related experiences.  Come and get on our EmpowerMoments school bus!

Growing up I was a bit more than your average “church girl”: Sunday – Regular Service, Tuesday- Choir Practice, Wednesday- Bible Study, Thursday- Prayer Meeting, Friday – Teen Ministry, Saturday- Junior Usher Board Meeting. I could quote scripture all day and was known as the over achiever in Sunday School. I wasn’t a member of just any church. I was a member of an Apostolic (Pentecostal) church; one that had many rules and standards: zero makeup, no jewelry, and no pants for women. While I was in elementary and middle school these things were okay for me. Sure I was teased about always being in church and the fact that I never wore pants, but I believed wholeheartedly in what I was doing. Furthermore, my grandmother made me and there was no questioning of her rules.

Then came the summer of transition. I was a 14-year-old bona fide teenager and headed for high school. I started “smelling myself” and questioning this strict regimen. I began secretly changing clothes when I left home so that I could wear pants and even got some lipstick. Boys entered the picture and the late nights began. My attitude completely changed and I became resentful of the life that I was forced to live. See I grew up in the house with older brothers and male cousins and they weren’t subjected to this harsh life, so one day I decided no more. My grandmother came to wake me up for church and I responded with a loud, “I’M NOT GOING!” The blow up was big and I defiantly stood my ground letting her know that no switch, belt or any other form of correction was going to change my mind. (Of course I said all of this after being chased out of the house to the front yard.) Eventually, she decided to let it go and this was the beginning of my “emancipation” from church slavery into the street life and academic failure.

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. (Luke 15:11-13 KJV)

Thus began my journey as the Prodigal Daughter. At the young age of 14, I made a decision to stop making church a regular part of my life and dropped all of the strict standards that I was beholden to. I began to hang out until 3:00am, go to the nightclubs and started drinking. Although I would hang out with guys, I would not have sex and I would never smoke marijuana. For some reason in all of my rebellion those things were off limits. In my own mind, my behavior was okay because this is what my brothers did, I was staying out of “real” trouble and I wasn’t pregnant. My first semester in high school was the pits. I loved school and was quite studious; however, I kept getting in minor trouble that came with major consequences. Tardies to class (from staying out late) landed me in the Student Adjustment Program (SAP). SAP was like in school suspension but this is where “bad” kids were sent: fighters, people who disrespected teachers, and low performers. This was not my crowd. I was in Honors classes and participated in extracurricular activities even with my wild ways so how did I end up there? Originally I was sent for 3 days but then I got in trouble while in the program and landed an extra 40 days. WHAT?!! I got out of the program and was sent back AGAIN. It was difficult to keep up with my class work especially since this high school material was so new. I received my first set of BAD grades. To this day I never forget those grades because they made the difference in me graduating in the top ten in my class and coming in at #13. I felt like I was stuck in a downward spiral but at the same time I was hesitant to give up my new life.

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

One day I overheard my grandmother mentioning to someone that she was contemplating sending me to reform school. Wait a minute! In my eyes reform school meant jail and I, my friends, was not jail material! It was as if a light bulb went off. God showed me how my rebellious living could shape the path of my life. I thought about my brothers, who unfortunately had served time in the juvenile detention center and jail, and I was determined that would not be my life. I was in the valley of decision regarding my life. I could learn the lessons from them without experiencing the path they were on.

While it would be years before I became a regular attendee at church and I never quite went back to the strict religious standards, I picked my Bible back up and began to study His word. I practiced self-discipline. I dove into my schoolwork, got heavily involved in school and community activities where I could make a real difference and joined athletic teams. That experience my freshman year in high school shaped so many others. It helped me avoid situations later in life. I was determined that I would not be a failure and disappoint the woman who worked so hard to provide for me or my heavenly Father who protected me while I was in the streets. I would no longer be a “rebel without a cause.”

Dear Daddy,

I am sorry that my rebellious living brought so much pain to those who gave their all to support me.  Thank You for saving me from myself. If it wasn’t for Your mercy and Your grace I would not be the person I am today. Lord, I am grateful for the training that I received as a child, the mentors that You sent me and the epiphany You gave me regarding my life. God, I ask that You help me share my story and be a beacon of light for other young women. Thank You for taking the time to come after this one lost sheep. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to look back over your journey and be grateful that you are not where you could have been. If you are on a path that leads to destruction, I urge you to consider your ways and ask God to reveal the best path for your life. Lastly, I want you to think about one young woman that you know who could use your guidance. Make a decision today to get involved and be a beacon of light for her. 

As you look back over your life, were you ever a rebel without a cause? Share your story with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment:  The Night We Almost Died

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Attitude, Back To School Series, Character, Direction/Guidance, Self-Control, Speech

Back To School: Trifling!

School has begun for most students across the world so for the next two weeks, EmpowerMoments is featuring a series entitled “Back to School”.   Read each day as our writers share stories and learned lessons from their school-related experiences.  Come and get on our EmpowerMoments school bus!

Thinking back over the 18 plus years of schooling I have embarked upon in my lifetime, I immediately thought of a multitude of joyous occasions to share with our EmpowerMoments readers.  It was then that I recognized that the most influential lesson I learned was a result of my very first suspension from school.  As my Spanish teacher distributed the graded exams from the week prior, I laughed and giggled with my tenth grade friends certain that I had passed with flying colors.  When the paper arrived on my desk full of red marks, my first reaction was to blurt out, “This is trifling!”  As I searched the entire sheet for an indication as to why I received such a low score, my teacher approached my desk and sent me directly to the principal because ‘I called her trifling!’

Trifling!

It was when I arrived in the office that I realized just how serious everyone else was taking this one word.  In my mind it was my phrase of the month, nothing more than a mere cliché that I had adapted for everything. I was issued a two-day suspension and a phone call to my parent; I became even more enraged because of the disciplinary actions taken.  My verbiage of choice was not one that deserved a bleep or a sensor; yet, I was being penalized to the fullest extent of my school district.

“For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.  Your own mouth condemns you and not I; your own lips testify against you.” (Job 15:5-6 AMP)

Two days of suspension and a month after being grounded, I still didn’t fully understand what I had done wrong in this situation to have my social life placed on pause.  Back then I chose to use the word in a very loose context but the definition was purely insulting.  It did not make total sense until I grew older and developed a personal connection with God for myself.  Just as my teacher felt disrespected by my preferred adjective, I would be even more appalled if my relationship with the Father was labeled with such an offensive and harsh term.  Recently, a guy that I know challenged the depth of my love for Christ in a joking manner, but I ended up feeling the sting of his words much like my teacher did back in 2000.  At first I wanted to send him to the nearest principal’s office to be reprimanded when I remembered that Romans 10:9 boldly states that if I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead, I am saved without dispute.  It was then that I realized just how serious my actions were years ago and I FINALLY accepted my punishment.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for allowing me to learn the lessons, even if they occur years later.  Help me to stay sensitive to the words I speak into the atmosphere for they can easily become applicable to my life.  Fill me with words of Your love so that people will be able to see You and none of me.  Please keep me grounded in You that my ears, eyes, and mouth gates will continuously bring glory to Your Kingdom at all times.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to think back over your days and look at the bigger picture of it all.  Even the happiest times taught you a lesson that can help you to become a better Christian.  Never allow the enemy an opportunity to let his “trifling” ways shine through on a child of God like you.  Have a Blessed week. ☺

What moments from your past or current school days have taught you lessons in becoming a better Christian?

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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there.  Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17

Conviction, Decision Making, Direction/Guidance, Stress, Trusting God

My Scene In The Quicksand

For so long, I’ve felt like the women I see in movies that get stuck in quicksand running from someone or something.  They are treading, splashing, and trying to keep their heads above the sand so they don’t sink; inevitably, one of two things happens: they get rescued or they sink.

My scene in the quicksand lasted much longer than it should have.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been jumping into situations that look good from a distance and after getting caught up, I would try to run but quickly start to sink.  I would find myself over and over again wearily treading the ‘quicksand’ and barely able to keep from sinking.  I have always felt His favor was upon me and in hindsight I recognize that for a long time I took for granted that He would rescue me from the quicksand that I kept finding myself in.

I prayed and prayed for God to change the man I was in love with or give me the strength to leave him, but at night I’d cling to him with all my strength as if to prevent God from removing him.

I prayed for better jobs and for more money to do what ‘made me happy’ and then I would swipe my credit card until it could be swiped no more.  I would get upset, run, and sink again.

Time and time again, I’d pray for God to help me control my impulsive emotional eating, for me to just be content with Him, and not look for satisfaction through food.  Then the moment I finished my prayer, I would go eat my ‘last’ bowl of ice cream or two, wake up too big for all of my clothes, and run yet again.  And yes, I sank again.

My desires and actions did not align with my prayers or what I claimed were my values.  I was holding onto everything that I was praying so hard to be able to let go of!

But God!

One day he dropped a scripture that I knew backwards and forward into my spirit and it took on a new meaning: “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

And just like that I felt like I could stop running.

I recognized that while I thought I was running to God, crying, praying, and begging for His help, I was running from Him!  I realized that I needed to run to Him with my burdens, issues, concerns, and prayers and give them to Him.  I realized I had to give myself to Him, if I wanted to stop running and sinking.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

I had to let go of everything.  I had to surrender.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always being willing to carry burdens that You know I cannot bear on my own.  Thank You for Your constant reminder that You will never leave me or forsake me and that I can always bring everything to You.  I pray that I will continue to surrender more and more of myself to You each day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to refuse to sink!  When you feel that you are drowning, allow God to be your life jacket and put all your weight on Him.  He will pull you through! 

What are you holding on to that is weighing you down, causing you to sink lower, and pushing you farther away from God?

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Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Direction/Guidance, God's Protection, Prayer, Pregnancy

Lord, Teach Me What To Pray

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

The Lord’s Prayer is one of those things many of us learned at an early age. It ranks right up there with the 23rd Psalm and John 3:16. While it’s great to know, it’s even greater to understand why we know the Lord’s Prayer. As Jesus taught from a mountain side, He shared a model prayer with His disciples. Why did He share this model prayer? Because He knew just what we would need to survive in this world. He understood the recipe of a successful prayer life: Praise Prayers + Thanksgiving Prayers + Supplication Prayers + Repentance Prayers = Effective Prayers. Jesus gave us insight to how our Father in heaven would have us to pray. So if we are equipped with this information, why does it seem like so many of our prayers are ineffective and going unnoticed? After all, James 5:16 reminds us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV) Maybe, just maybe, we are not seeking God on what we should be praying. We may need to be petitioning the throne with the following request: ‘Lord, teach me what to pray’. I just recently learned this extremely valuable lesson…

As I spent family time with my mother, aunt and daughter last Tuesday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised when I felt my body release a small gush of liquid. Being that I was 9 months pregnant I knew what that small gush of fluid meant—labor and delivery were on the horizon. I was beyond elated because I had been in serious prayer about that particular moment. I can’t even tell you how many times I had asked God to let my water break so that my body would go into labor on its own. I even had other people standing in agreement with me because I really needed it to happen that way. I was convinced that I needed it so badly because I hadn’t experienced my water breaking in my previous pregnancies and was ‘cheated’ in my birthing experience. However, it would later be revealed that I was consistently praying that as a result of another answered prayer that said, ‘Lord, teach me what to pray.’

After making it to the hospital and being admitted into the labor and delivery unit, the waiting game began as my body started the dilation process. By 4:00 am the next morning, my cervix had only dilated to 5 cm. The doctor wasn’t concerned at that point and neither was I. She exited the room, hopeful that when she checked the next time I would be nearly complete and ready to push my blessing into the world. Much to my dismay at 6:00 am all of our wonderful plans went awry. My nurse rushed in the room to adjust the monitoring system to get a more accurate heart rate for the baby. She was concerned because the baby’s heart rate had a huge deceleration. Unfortunately, after trying for nearly two minutes, the monitor showed no changes, indicating that the reading was in fact correct. At that precise moment, she pushed an emergency button and my room flooded with about 20 other health care professionals including my doctor. She proceeded to tell me that my baby’s heart rate had significantly dropped, signaling that the baby was in serious distress. The best option for both baby and myself would be an emergency cesarean section. I will spare you all of the emotional details, but understand that I was horrified beyond explanation. Everything was happening so fast. I couldn’t even gather my thoughts quick enough to process what was going on. Before I knew it, the anesthesiologist had put me to sleep. It wasn’t until I was awake and headed to recovery that I understood just how important my prayer of, ‘Lord, teach me what to pray’ really was.

The doctor explained that after opening me up it was discovered that my placenta had completely detached from my uterus. This rare complication, known as placental abruption, is extremely dangerous to the unborn baby because the placenta is the baby’s lifeline. When it detaches from the uterus, the baby’s oxygen supply is cut off. My baby girl’s life was in jeopardy and it was only by the grace of God and His answer to my prayer to teach me what to pray that she is here with us today.

As stated before, I prayed and prayed for my water to break so that I wouldn’t have to go past my due date and be artificially induced. However, God had me praying that prayer for a completely different reason. He knew that on morning of Wednesday, August 1, 2012 my placenta would separate from my uterus. He knew that if my water didn’t break, I would be at home in the bed at 6:00 am instead of in the hospital. He knew that I would have no way of knowing that my baby was in distress because I didn’t have the medical equipment necessary to monitor such changes. He knew just what I needed to ensure that little Miss Kai Harris could make her world debut. He knew what He had to do, but He also knew what I needed to do. Thank God that He answered my prayer and taught me what to pray!

Dear Daddy,

My prayer today is quite simple. Please teach me what (and how) to pray. I know that if You tell me what to pray, it will align with Your will for my life and come to pass. Then all of my prayers will be effective just as You intended. When I don’t know what to pray, please keep Your word and allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. (Romans 8:26) Thank You for the avenue of prayer and for two-way communication. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to ask Him to teach you what to pray. He already knows what lies ahead on your path so why not allow Him to jumpstart your prayers of protection, repentance, supplication, etc. That prayer just may be the difference between life and death! After all, He can see if the oxygen supply is going to be compromised on something that you are trying to birth.

Do you have an example of God teaching you what to pray? Share your story with us in the comments.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Two Way Street

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Assignment, Direction/Guidance, Purpose

Written Thoughts

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habukkuk 2:2 KJV)

When I was a freshman in high school I was required to complete a “life plan” assignment.  You know the one when you outline the next 20 plus years of your life as you see it.  The reality is that I was merely a child when I completed that assignment so it is easy to admit (now) that I really didn’t have a clue regarding where I was going or how I would get there.  Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I was introduced to the aforementioned Bible verse by multiple people.  Using context clues I was able to determine what the passage meant but actually applying it to my life really became relevant within the last few weeks.

Taking charge as the Marketing Director for this ministry, I had no other choice but to live, breathe, and worship every syllable of the verse.  I have total control of my own actions but incorporating a team, delegating tasks, and getting the job done requires me to step out of my comfort zone.  It was at that very moment that I decided to transform my thoughts, plans, and aspirations into the outline for the future of EmpowerMoments.

I tried to “wing it” for a while using the excuse that God is in total control. But ladies we must remember that we must show Him what our vision is.  It is evident that God has a master plan for our life. However, it is okay to lay your requests at His feet because as long as they are in line with His will, He will allow them to come to fruition.  The life plan I wrote over a decade ago was so complicated, detailed and self-absorbed that it turned out to be more of a road map to destruction.  However, when it came to the marketing plan for EmpowerMoments I did exactly as the scripture says… “write the vision and make it plain.”  The concepts my team and I established were minute in comparison to the capabilities that God revealed to me.  That is why it is so imperative that our written thoughts are changeable because God needs room to expand them as He sees fit!  You may be the visionary, but He is the contractor so let Him develop the blueprint.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for helping me to create the layout for my life.  No longer will I complete life plan assignments without You being in total control.  I pray that You continue to convert my dreams into Your realities.  Keep me grounded on Your promises while making my requests known unto You.  Make the endeavors clear that I should embark on that are within Your will for my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to turn those dreams into written thoughts.  Listen to what God is requiring of you and just do it!! There is no time like the present, so pull out some paper, grab a pen, and make it plain!!! Be Blessed 🙂

Have you written a vision and made it plain? Has your vision to come to pass? Share your testimony with us below.

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 Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there.  Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17