Employment, Favor, God's Will, Testimony Series

Flashback Friday: My Testimony–My Supernatural Year

Ladies, enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on January 15, 2014.

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:22-28 NIV)

During, “My Church Experience” the guest preacher shared the above scripture. She said many would’ve been offended if Jesus called them a dog but Jesus gave the Canaanite woman something that she wasn’t supposed to have. She continued stating that God’s grace will slide you a deal that you don’t deserve. He will send people that don’t know you to fight for you. He will give you things that no one, including yourself, will understand.

On New Years Eve 2012 I decided to bring in the New Year watching my church online, instead of heading out with my family. 2012 was unexpected and a bit of a rollercoaster and I just wanted 2013 to be different. My pastor said that 2013 would be the year of supernatural. I jumped, screamed and cried believing that 2013 would be everything I prayed it would be. I just wanted stability. The first quarter of 2013 was everything I prayed AGAINST! I was in a dark place of hurt, disappointment and discontentment. I felt like I was losing everything that I cared about: friendships, relationships, status and understanding. I truly had to live Matthew 6:34 NIV  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  There were many days I told God I wouldn’t take my life but if He could take it and heal my family from my absence that would be comforting. But just like the Canaanite woman, I didn’t want to give up.

After being unemployed for 6 months, a friend sent me a text letting me know that she was interviewing for a position and encouraged me to apply. As God would have it, a friend from college worked in Human Resources (HR) at this company. I reached out to her about openings in the marketing department. Although she informed me of an opening and asked me to submit my resume, I was getting to a place of contentment and a part of me was just tired of disappointment. I never looked into it. When my friend inquired about why I failed to submit the resume, I really didn’t have a good answer so I decided to finally review the position. I remember looking at that job description and it reading, “Dene’ this is your job.” Once I got down to the bottom I saw something that has stopped me from applying to jobs before -experience: 5 years. I had roughly two years of experience but only through internships. I’m not sure why I decided to submit my resume. I don’t even remember submitting my resume. I just remember one day getting a call to set up the interview.

It seemed like God opened a door, window and vent because I had options. A few days later two additional interviews came up. I asked God for wisdom on choosing the right position. A week before my final interview at the job I really wanted, I received an offer from another company. I was conflicted. Should I should pass up a for sure job for one that was just a maybe? The current offer wasn’t offering the pay or the opportunity that I expected but I figured this is where young marketing professionals start. Should I take the “sure thing” or have faith for the job I really wanted? Against the advice of friends, I declined that offer. I knew what God had for me. I had to walk in faith praying that the job I felt in my heart would come through.

I’ll never forget  praying that God provided the other applicants with a better opportunity because this one was mine. I was claiming it! When I received the call a couple of weeks later, I hung up and jumped up and down saying, “thank You, Lord!” then I fell to my knees and wept for joy.

This job is everything I’ve ever wanted. My salary is more than I expected even with my little experience. My supervisor is an amazing woman who pushes me to grow and develop into who God wants me to be. I’m the youngest person to ever work in my department and one of the youngest at my entire company. Since I started my team’s performance has seen more than a 600% increase in growth and 100% increase in engagement. (That’s favor not me!) I didn’t have 5 years of experience but God used my supervisor to give me my dream job with a deal I’m still trying to understand.

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for continued grace, favor and wisdom. God I thank You for a daily humbling and for trusting me with this assignment.. Father, it’s humbling to see a plan You whispered in my ear come to pass. Your love is shown everyday in the people I work with and the care of those who advise me. I am reminded everyday that You will never leave me nor forsake me. You will make a way out of no way and always see  Your promises to pass. In Jesus‘ Name, Amen.

Ladies, I share my testimony to EMPOWER you to remember the supernatural things God has done in your life. Every time something goes wrong remember the moments that God brought you through. Every morning we wake up to grace and walk into favor and it’s not just the jobs, the cars and other material things. My job reminds me every day that God specializes in the supernatural. He knows the desires of our hearts so keep the faith refusing to settle on anything less than the grand prize. That includes anything that isn’t from God whether it be a car,  a man, a job or a mediocre relationship with Him. Be steadfast knowing that when God’s promise comes to pass it will blow your mind!

Has God done something “supernatural” for you? Share your story with us.

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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 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.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

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Goals & Dreams, God's Will

I Wrote the Vision…

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Last year was an eventful year as far as God revealing me to me.  Last year also ended better because I had a plan and I wrote my vision. (Habakkuk- write the vision and make it plain.) I created a vision board, I prayed and I set some goals that I wanted to see through fruition.  And then God answered: “Write this.  Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision/message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It is on its way. It will come right on time. (Habakkuk 2:2-3, MSG)

I made plans about my employment and where I wanted to be. Of course everything was going good but satan got busy and I almost walked away from the very thing I asked God for mid-year. As soon as things didn’t go as planned, I almost walked away from my job. I was willing to run away from the very thing God promised me because I was upset, hurt, frustrated and tired. Have you ever heard the saying: God protects you from your own crazy self? Well, that is exactly what He did for me. He taught me patience and longsuffering through my process. Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail. (James 5:11, MSG)

I created a vision that I would be a homeowner before 2013 was over. I knew God could do it but I did not think I was really ready. God showed me that He is still working miracles. God blessed me with a house that I did not expect and in an area that is sufficient for raising my daughter.

My year started last year with me being indecisive about if I even wanted to continue to stay married. But, I wrote the vision of a happy marriage and I claimed my marriage. I looked at that couple every day on my board and prayed for God to do it for me. Guess what? He did it for me! My marriage is on the incline. My husband is stepping up and being the man that God has called him to be. I learned that we are a work in progress and as long as we place God first, then happiness, prosperity and a happy marriage will follow.

I posted pictures of money and money management on my board. I did not know how I would get out of debt or how I would ever save money, especially when I spend it until it is gone. I ended the year positive. I am not 100% out of debt, but I have put systems in place and I have made provisions in my spending habits that are helping me to avoid living just pay check to pay check.

Nonetheless, my number one request was for God to give me more of Him. He did give me more of Him. My faith has increased, I do not make any plans without consulting God, and I trust God more than I ever have in my life. He has opened my eyes to the next level of knowing Him and spending time with Him.

I created other visions that I have not forgotten about and they are also going to come to pass but God has aligned my visions and He is working them out in the order that aligns with His plans for my life. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for seeing my visions through. Thank You God for aligning my visions with Your will for my life. Daddy I am asking You to continue to guard my visions and release them according to Your will. God, order my steps as I walk into the next levels of my life. Connect me with people that are visionaries as myself and not vision killers. God, put me in the right places, situations and in the right company of people at the right times so that my life can continue to prosper. God, I thank you for 2014. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to write the vision and make it plain. I dare you to put your visions and aspirations to paper and start working your plans. Make this year a year of life-changing situations that will move you closer to your hopes, goals and dreams. I EMPOWER you to let God’s will be done in whatever situation you want to change. It is okay to have New Year’s resolutions, but I dare you to have visions and believe that everything that you ask God for will happen according to His will.

Ladies, write the vision and make it plain.  Share one or two things on your vision board today.

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

God's Will, Patience

My Daddy Blocked It


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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)

How many times have you prayed and prayed for something only to see it never come to pass? Better yet, how often have you prayed and when you didn’t see it happen, you tried to force it with your own might? I can relate all too well.

I remember when I broke up with my first “real” boyfriend. We had been an item for almost four years and I thought he was my future! Although we had an ugly breakup, I was certain that we would reconcile because I just knew that he was going to be my husband. For several months after we parted ways, I called and called him, never to receive an answer. I would pop up over his house only for his roommate to tell me that he wasn’t home when I could clearly see his car in the driveway. I would even send him gifts in hopes that we would soon pick up the pieces of our relationship and move on. After several months of carrying on in that ridiculous manner, I finally decided that it was time to move on. To say that I was crushed and heartbroken would be a severe understatement. I felt as if the future that I planned had been completely destroyed in the blink of an eye. I just couldn’t imagine how I would pick up the pieces of my life, put them back together again and move on.

I’m sure a vast number of you can understand my story of a failed relationship and the quest to restore it. You may have compromised your character, morals, or reputation trying to rekindle a fire that had been permanently extinguished. Just like me, in the moment you exhausted every effort and resource trying to make the situation go in your favor. Even if relationships aren’t the area that you can relate to, there is something in each of our lives that we are desperately trying to hold onto. Meanwhile, God is behind the scenes playing Master Puppeteer. He keeps moving that man, job or money just out of your reach. You can still see it, but He is teaching you to look past what you think you need and trust Him for what He knows you need! His thoughts are much higher than anything we could ever fathom for our lives.

Did you ever consider why you are having such a hard time trying to force something to be? Maybe it was never destined by God. Maybe your Daddy is blocking it! As I sat dialing and re-dialing my ex-boyfriend’s number day after day, getting my feelings hurt when he did not answer, I pleaded with God to just restore our relationship. However, it seemed like the more I pursued my ex-boyfriend, the less interested he was in me or the broken pieces of our past. He completely vanished from my presence and wanted nothing to do with me.  Nothing that I did was working and it was not until recently that I found out why.

I ran into my old flame at the post office and he explained everything to me. As I was going through the whole breakup ordeal, I had been confiding in my daddy. Knowing what a terrible effect it was having on me, my daddy called my ex-boyfriend and told him to stay away from me. He was not to call, visit, text or email. My daddy had put a restraining order of sorts on the poor guy. He said that he really wanted to answer my calls and talk to me, but my daddy blocked it! (And he was scared to cross my daddy!) Wow! I had no idea back then, but it all made sense after he told me!

Our Daddy is also blocking things in our lives too! We are trying to manipulate stuff to make something happen but no matter what we do, it just won’t work! God has  has allowed that man to refuse to act right; He won’t convince that girl to like you; He has already spoken to that employer and restricted them from hiring you. It seems harsh now but He is keeping you and wants to bless you with that which is greater! You cannot see it now, but by and by, when God’s plan is revealed to you, you will fully understand that what He is blocking pales in comparison to what He is allowing to come your way! Remember, if Daddy blocked it, then it is no good for you! For Psalm 84:11 reminds us that no good will He withhold from us if we walk blameless and upright.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for blocking it! I know sometimes I get angry or frustrated because things are not happening the way that I would like, regardless of how hard I try to make them work. Please remind me to seek You first for information regarding my life. If you block it, then it was not a good thing for me to have. Help me to trust Your word on that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to stop trying to remove the block that God placed in your life. If He placed a roadblock on your journey, it is because He knows that you don’t need to go that route or He is trying to keep you in place for something greater!

Share an experience with us when you wanted something so badly but later realized that God blocking it was the best thing that could have happened to you.

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. 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.