Children, Expectations, God's Grace, God's Promises, Pregnancy

God Will Have The Last Laugh

Mother’s Day just passed and once again I was blessed with the opportunity to bless my beautiful mom. She means the world to me and I always make the effort to show her how grateful I am that she is my mom.  I hope that every mother out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day and realizes how special she is in the eyes of God!

However, there are many women, like myself, who are not yet mothers.  They may be waiting for the husband, the dog, and the two kids, or perhaps they have the dog already.  They may be unable to have children or may have put off children due to career and now they hope to one day be able to have a family.  Maybe they are mothers who have lost children.  Whatever the reason, we are without children but are also special in God’s eyes.  I repeat what God has told me, “you are not forgotten.”

Maybe someone has laughed at you or approached you with bewilderment or maybe you have laughed at yourself or even God at the notion of one day finally becoming a mother because the world tells you your biological clock is ticking.  Maybe you and your husband have tried numerous times to get pregnant but the end result has ended in frustration, heartbreak, confusion, grief and hopelessness.  God has not forgotten you!

Sarah can testify to this!

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by.   Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.  Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”  “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”  So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”  Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.   He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.   “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.  “There, in the tent,” he said.  Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”  Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.  Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.  So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”  Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”  Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”  But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” (Gen 18:3-15 NIV)

Sarah was old y’all.  Her biological clock wasn’t even ticking, but God likes to show us He can do the impossible!  She even laughed at God when He told her that she would have a child.  Mine you, this wasn’t the first time God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, and he laughed too.  Abraham fell facedown; he laughed…., the Bible actually says.  And before that incident, Sarah took matters into her own hands to try to solve her barrenness issues (read Genesis 16).  Let’s just say it was a mess. We all have tried to solve our own problems at one point or another, causing shipwreck.

But God!  His word does not return to Him void! Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.  Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. (Genesis 21:1-3 NIV)

I said all of this only to say be patient, trust God, rehearse His Word to yourself, and remember His promises.  He doesn’t lie!  Everything you have lost, God will restore and give you twice as much as before if you do not faint.  Believe!  It may sound crazy and impossible to your flesh but nothing is impossible for God.  Believe!  Whatever you are trusting God for and if it is to be a mother, then God will make it happen according to His time, His perfect will and His way!  Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait till 90, but wait with joy and expectation!  Neither sit on the sidelines position-less and hopelessly nor disobey and get in God’s way.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being Mr. Impossible for nothing is impossible for You!  Thank You that You are mindful of us all and thank You for every mother, godmother, grandmother, stepmother, mother-in-law!  In Jesus name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to remember that God will have the last laugh!  I EMPOWER you to trust God and remember His promises to you!  I also EMPOWER you to acknowledge and honor your mother and your Heavenly Father who gives every mom that nurturing ability!  I also EMPOWER you to be a spiritual mother to someone out there; encourage, disciple and nurture someone in the Lord!

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing or editing, she currently works for a Trio program helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to build people up through God’s Word, encouragement, mentoring, and her writing. In 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. She  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous, inspired by John 15:8. 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.”

 

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Spiritual Therapy, Suicide

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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!

I Rest Today

It is in God’s hands I rest today/My burdens, my fears, my anxieties, He takes away/ to give me His life and His strength/For giants I will face/And to finish the race/To trust Him so/And bend my will/To receive His unfailing love, and to Him I yield/to believe the devil’s lies no more/To allow God to renew my mind with His Word, and my heart He shall restore

–Tannika Moore

These past two months I’ve received disheartening news close to home of young life being snuffed out from the bodies and souls of potential greats and also one’s attempt of canceling his dreams and purpose.  Hearing such news reminded me about how I once battled depression and it was during such a time, one day I decided to take my life.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)

I believed every lie the devil told me.  I was overwhelmed with grief and fear, and I thought my only resolve was to end it all.  My aid in my potential suicide was a bottle of pills I figured would help me close my eyes for good.  But GOD… He intervened while I was drowning in sorrow and my face drowning in tears.  It became hard to swallow the rest of the pills after the fifth one.  I was disappointed but God used that moment to tell me something so simple to my ears but powerful to my soul.  Taking your very own life is not an escape but an end.  An end to potential, towards better, to life’s lessons, to growth, to the future, possibilities, opportunities, love, joy, and an impact on others here in the earth realm where it’s needed.  God said, “you will never know how things will turn out (if you end it now).”

With that statement, I have come to realize that:

  1. God is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrew 12:2).  Therefore, I have to trust Him and follow the story He penned just for me.
  2. He never once said it would be easy or even get easier.  But there will be good times, times of learning and growing, reaping and sowing.  No matter how hard the journey gets and no matter when the storms come, God will be my peace in the midst of any storm (John 16:33).
  3. There’s life after death, there’s sunshine after the rain, joy in the morning, and the tides will turn  and the seasons will change.
  4. I am valuable to God, His kingdom, and to those who love me although the devil will try and tell me otherwise.  Note: the devil is a liar.  Shut him down immediately with God’s Word/Truth and His promises!
  5. God also told me that my loved ones would be so hurt, and that I was loved and needed.  Even more so, God loves me, and you, more than we can fathom.  Give Him a chance to continue showing you His love daily.

I am grateful and am thankful for God’s mercy, love, and intervention.  I am still here and able to achieve my full potential and my destiny, and I am able to learn and grow and see God’s glory here and now on earth.

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for Your unfailing love and Your saving grace.  Thank You that I am valuable to You and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!  Thank You for delivering me and exposing the devil’s lies.  Thank You for placing in me potential and gifts, and with salvation, a hope and a future.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to LIVE!  Don’t believe the devil’s lies that your life means nothing and that you are not valuable or loved.  God loves you!  He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb and He placed so many “nuggets” and “diamonds” in you that threatens the devil every time God wakes you up.  Don’t let the enemy talk you into aborting your destiny, killing your potential or hating the very being God took the time to create and His Son took the time and His will to die for!

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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, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to build people up through God’s Word, encouragement, mentoring, support, and her writing. In 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. She  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. 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.”

Completion, Encouragement, Persistance

Run On In the Rain!

Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7 NIV)

“Brown sugar melts in the rain!” This has been my retort for anyone who has requested that I participate in anything while it’s raining out for as long as I can remember. I don’t want to go anywhere, see anyone or do anything if it is raining outside. I am just not keen on exploring the world on rainy days; I’d rather stay inside, safe from all of the elements! So imagine my disgust one evening as I was out for a jog around my neighborhood and the sky opened to water the earth.

About 30 minutes into my run, I noticed the clouds beginning to gather and the sky turning dark. Thus, I picked up my pace because I was determined to make it home before it began to rain. Moments later I felt the first small drop on my cheek. I needed to get home before the real downpour came so I sped up a bit more.  But I didn’t make it. Torrential like rain pounded on the pavement as I struggled to see my way home. In that moment, I contemplated making four different choices: (1) just stopping under a tree for shelter and letting the rain pass. (2) slowing down to a nice brisk walk instead of jogging (3) calling my husband to come and pick me up (4) pressing through the rain and completing my run. I must be honest and say that choice number 1 was the most reasonable and pleasing one to me, and I was looking for a nice, friendly tree to hide under. However, as I searched for shelter, I couldn’t find one good tree. That’s when God spoke to me. He said, You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? A little rain? Are you going to let a little rain hinder your plans? Is an unexpected downpour going to throw you off course from going where you intended to go and doing what you dreamed of accomplishing?” As tough as that was to swallow and as much as I was not feeling it, I maintained my speed and kept jogging. Did it feel good? Absolutely not! I could barely see as the water clouded my vision and my soggy hair began to fall into my face. My wet clothes were adding extra weight to my run. I was truly exhausted! But I didn’t stop; I kept running. I even cried a bit because the burn in my legs seemed to intensify. But I didn’t stop; I kept running.

What seemed like an eternity later (but was really only about a minute later), I reached a completely dry spot. I looked up expecting to see a gathering of trees holding back the rain but there was only an unobstructed view to the sky. It was not raining there and from the looks of the ground, it had never been raining in that spot. However, I turned around and it was still raining behind me! That’s when I got the revelation…I made a choice to push through my storm and once I did, God brought me to a sunny, dry place! I didn’t wait for the storm to pass; I pushed past my storm! 7-Tips-For-Running-in-the-Rain

Sisters, there are going to be many rainy seasons in your life. But you must run on. You cannot allow any circumstances to cut in on you and stop your progress. Often times, God just wants to see if you are willing to continue running the race in the midst of the storm to reveal if you are really as faithful as you claim you are. It’s like He is asking, “Do you really want what you asked for? If so, why are you stopping? Do you really trust Me like you say that you do? If so, then why don’t you believe that I am right here running in the rain with you?” When you change your mind and decide to push through regardless of the circumstances, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will be out of the storm. Just like me, you may find it very difficult to see as you run in the rain. But run anyway! If you are willing to press on, He will lead you when you cannot see your way out of the storm!

Knowing how much I absolutely detest being in the rain, yet the fact I completed my run in the rain gave me a new sense of accomplishment. It gave me the confidence to believe that I can truly overcome challenges. Your rainy patch is for your development. Do not stunt your growth because you would rather hide under a tree while the storm passes. Or even worse, phone a friend who you think can save you from the storm. Run on in the rain! After all, the rainy days are what makes beautiful things grow!

Dear Daddy,

I know that sometimes I do not willingly submit to pushing through the rainy days of my life. Please help me when I try to resist my growth process. I am committed to growing in You, and if that means that I have to experience some storms, then please help me endure. I know that I can rest confident in knowing that even in every downpour, You are my shelter! Thank You for my rainy days because they are helping me to blossom into a beautiful flower! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to simply run in the rain! You may be experiencing a storm in the areas of relationships, finances, losing a loved one or anything else, but know that the One who allows rain to come knows how much you will grow from this storm! I EMPOWER you to not just wait for the storm to pass, but to outrun your storm! Leave the rain behind you!

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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.

Finances, God's Provisons, Trusting God

Hold On

For the past month, I’ve been struggling financially. I was laid off twice last month. I was also laid off in May until I started working for summer camp. Over the summer, I worked in a dining hall feeding kids from various summer camps that were on a university campus. During my layoffs, I’ve been depending on my savings account to pay for my bills. I’m grateful that I had enough foresight to save the refund from my income tax. In addition, I received my unemployment so they have come in handy. Recently, I returned to work on August 10th (my birthday).

When I experienced my lay off at the end of July, I had a moment of despair because things weren’t going the way that I wanted them to. I didn’t receive my unemployment as quickly as I thought I would. My last day of work for summer camp was on July 22nd. Summer camp was supposed to end on July 31st. So it ended earlier than I thought it would. Lately, I’ve been having more money going out than I had coming in. I have been really stressed about it and trying my best to keep up with my bills.

2nd Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT states “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” This scripture remind me that even though I’m going through a lot right now, God is with me. I’m still standing despite my situation. Romans 5:3-5 NLT states, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” This scripture tells me that trials are normal but out of our trials we begin to develop things inwardly that make us stronger and better. These scriptures encourage me to hold on because not only am I getting stronger but help is on the way.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for not abandoning me when things get rough. Help me to remember that You’re omnipresent and that You’re with me at all times. Give me the strength to endure everything that is thrown my way. Help me to lean more on You and less on my own understanding. Bless me with the job that I need and help me to appreciate the one I have. Bless my finances and my mental stability. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies I EMPOWER you to be encouraged. Remember that trials are normal but they won’t last always. Hold on to God’s word in your heart and know that God is with you no matter what you’re going through. Hold on

How do you hold on in tough times?

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Blessings, God's Provisons, Praise/Worship

Thank you, you, and You

ThankYou

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)

I just want to take a moment to say thank you to you and you and especially You! Less than a week ago, I celebrated my first year in practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I can hardly believe it! As I reminisce on all that has transpired up until this point, I can’t help but to be filled with gratitude. The devil had so many stumbling blocks along the way but what he meant for evil, the Lord meant for good. I can’t thank God enough for certain people in my life that He allowed to help me in some way or another!

And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19 ESV)

It was several weeks after my mother had passed away and I sat listless, nearly lifeless, and without a clue of what I was going to do with myself. I had spent nearly the last year caring for her as she fought cancer with everything in her. I thought her healing would manifest on earth. Being sucker punched doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions I felt. Furthermore, my emotions were still raw regarding the son I’d buried just about nine months prior to mom dying. One of my favorite uncles was visiting and I remember like yesterday him asking, “Retta, what are you going to do with yourself now? It’s time you think about the future.” I responded with “I don’t know, I’m thinking about nursing.” That was nearly eight years ago and as down and out as I was at that time I knew God had cultivated something greater in me. I was not going to be destined to a life of depression, grief, and turmoil!

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed and enlarge my borders, and that Thine hand might be with me and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” And God granted him that which he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV)

With the help and support of my family and friends, I embarked upon a new journey in life. I discovered not only my passion, but my calling…nursing. I can even recall one of the last conversations with mother when she told me that she thought I should be a nurse. The same uncle who questioned me was the same one who provided the finances (and ongoing support) for me to start my journey. Another uncle provided me with unwavering support and guidance through counseling sessions and prayer at a time I felt like God had deserted me. I had aunts (my mom’s sisters) who engulfed me with love, support, prayers, and shoulders to lean on. I had a few close friends and cousins who went above and beyond to encourage me, provide healthy distractions and ongoing prayers. The list continues from my in-laws, extended family and church family who all offered support in some way.

Then there was and still is my husband who never turned away from me no matter how rough it got. He saw to it that every need was met. He was patient with me and loved me through all the emotions that come with loss.

Now nearly eight years later, I’ve gone from taking a class to receiving a BS degree to become a nursing assistant, working my way through nursing school and becoming a registered nurse, and then becoming a relief charge nurse to clinical coordinator all while returning to graduate school and becoming pregnant two more times (after losing our first son, I didn’t think we’d have more children). I’ve completed clinical rotations and residency, graduating with honors though I didn’t get to participate in commencement due to the arrival of my youngest son two days before the ceremony. I passed the national certification exam and found employment that suits my personality, passion and skill set. Now…one year later I’m reflecting on the good ness and mercies of God. You can’t tell it, let me tell it what He’s done for me! What He’s done for me, He’ll do the same for you! To God be the Glory for the things He has done! I thank Him and I thank those of you who shared with me along the way.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble. (Psalm 107:1-2 ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your will for my life. Thank You for turning things around in my favor! The devil thought he had me but You sustained me! Thank You for placing the right people in my life at the right time! Greater is coming and greater is here! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you to not give up when the situation seems grim! I EMPOWER you to trust Him and embrace the support He provides you through others. I EMPOWER you to be thankful in all things. I EMPOWER you to share! Share your trials and triumphs with others so that others may be empowered. You never know how your testimony can help others. Then, when you look back over it all, always give thanks!

What are you thankful for this morning?

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “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 a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

 

God's Provisons, Material things, Self-Esteem

Heart Check

Heart-Exam

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT) 

How does the heart determine the course of my life? Why would God tell me to guard it at all? To answer these questions, I began with looking up the definition of heart. The heart is ‘the center or innermost part of something.’ So whatever I put into my heart will be what I become one with and it will be the inner most part of me. Then all of those things I put into my heart or centered my heart on will determine where my life goes and what I have concerns for.

This revelation has me thinking about the way my life is going right now and some of the things that may have concerned me in the past. I can admit that sometimes I have let the consumption of material things and people’s opinions into my heart and they have become one with me. When those material things broke, I broke. When people’s opinions of me went from good to bad, my self-esteem went from confident to unsure. There have been many of times that I have cried over those types of things and it has kept me from getting closer to God as well as from letting Him in my heart. I have now learned that the things I need to put in my heart are God’s Word and His Holy Spirit. See, the scripture says that,

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19 NLT)

So I don’t have to worry about material things because He is going to supply me with whatever I need when I need it. Another reference is Matthew 6:33, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV). I also have wants and with that He  says,

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms 37:4 NLT)

So all that my heart could desire will be given to me if I take satisfaction in Him!

Now as for self-esteem, there is so much that the word says about how precious I am to God.  A good one that I read is,

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalms 139:13-18 NLT)

How awesome is that! It makes me excited about who I am and about what course my life will take. As long as I have His Word in my heart, it will be a road map to life that guides me in the direction that I need to go in. There is so much that God has in store for me and you! So much that in Isaiah 64:4 it says that no one has seen or even heard the great things God is working on for us if we wait on Him.

I am still a work in progress but I make an effort to examine the things I have put into my heart to see where it is taking me in life. Who has time to get off course and fill themselves with junk when God has so many blessings to give us to share with the world? Not me! Remember, we must often take time to exam our hearts so that we don’t get off course. I know we will be happier with being exactly where God wants us to be.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for loving me, even with all of my flaws. Please remove anything that clutters my heart and distracts me from You. Teach me how to protect my heart from those things that aren’t good for me. Give me more understanding of Your word so that I can hide it in my heart and live by the Word every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to check your hearts! There may be a lot of negative things clogging your heart, but it’s not too late to let God remove those things and for you to fill yourselves with His Word and His love! You are too valuable to let anything and any one plant any type of seed into your heart. I EMPOWER you to let the Holy Spirit fill you up and guide you through this journey called life.

Have you checked your heart lately?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8.

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Misha White currently resides in Huntsville, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, daughter, and soon to be wife to the wonderful Christopher Berry. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told  you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Blessings, Encouragement, Expectations

Expect the Unexpected

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)

My husband and I have been thinking about, talking about, and praying about sending our oldest son to preschool for quite some time. Right now our sons are in a home-care environment and the wonderful lady who keeps them will allow them to stay until they are four years old before she mandates they enter a school setting in an effort to be prepared for Kindergarten. Our oldest is now three years old and we knew from the beginning that there was a chance we’d put him a school-type setting before he turned four to provide him more structure and to give him more time to transition and adjust.

After looking at various preschools, we decided on the one that we think will be the best for our son. When I went to inquire about enrollment, I was told that we could place him on the waiting list (for a “small” fee of course) but he would not be guaranteed a “spot” until spring 2015. I was initially frustrated with this because upon checking a few months before, there were “spots” available. Now just like that, enrollment was at maximum capacity and no guarantees could be made until a year later! He’d be four by that time! We placed him on the “list” anyway resolving ourselves to the fact that if it was the Lord’s will for him to start sooner then provision would be made for him to start at that appointed time.

Well, as I was driving home the other day, a friend of mine, whose daughter also goes to this preschool, called me and told me I should call and follow up with the school to check my son’s placement on the list. Honestly, I didn’t think it would do much good but figured it couldn’t hurt to check.  I called and the lady who answered was precisely the lady over enrollment. She informed me that our son could start at the beginning of this school year on August 11th! I’m sure she thought she was talking to an idiot for a moment because I was speechless. When I managed to find the words to say, I stumbled over them. I finally got all the information I needed and then hung up the phone, all the while asking “how in the world did that happen?” I thought the earliest he may get to start would be October. That was me estimating based on some unknown and extraneous factors floating around in my head, lol. That’s what we do; we start to use human reasoning and think “well maybe it is going to or has to happen this way, or if it even happen at all.”  Sarah and her husband Abraham also had a moment where they started to reason, and they didn’t understand at first how what God promised them would come to pass. God told this elderly couple they would have a child and many generations of children from that child on, but Sarah laughed and her husband assumed that God would make him a father of many nations through his son he already had with his servant (you got to read more about this if you are not familiar). However, God gave Abraham and Sarah a child of their own! (Genesis 17, 18 & 21)

Just like God blessed Abraham and Sarah with the unexpected, He did the same for me and my husband. August 11th is just around the corner and my son will start preschool! Whew! Only God could have orchestrated such an occurrence. I’m a little nervous about him starting school but that’s another story. The moral of this story is God can and will do the unexpected when we least expect it! While I was busy trying to figure it out, He already worked it out! Expect the unexpected! You never know what blessings God has in store for you!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being faithful and omnipotent! Thank You for working things out on my behalf and the behalf of my loved ones. You are awesome! You are mighty! Thanks for handling everything, no matter how simple or complicated. Thanks for Your unexpected surprises that remind me to stay in awe of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Expect the unexpected my sisters! I EMPOWER you to do so! Trust God and let God do what He does best! I EMPOWER you to surrender and believe that God knows and has what is best for you! I EMPOWER you to prepare to be amazed! I EMPOWER you to expect the blessings!

Can you recall a time when God did something unexpected for you? Are there areas in your life that you would like God to do the unexpected?

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “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 a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.