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?

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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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.

 

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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?

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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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.

Blessings, Generosity

Better TO GIVE Than TO RECEIVE

Besides the lessons on surrendering to Him, God has been also teaching me about giving and receiving.  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35 ESV) 

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I got the first part down (or so I thought) but I didn’t pay attention to the latter part, “than to receive.”  If He said it is better to give than receive, then obviously we also have to do some receiving.  Hmmm.  Well, I genuinely love to give without wanting anything in return and I rather give than receive.  It even frustrates me when I am unable to give.  Often times, I would refuse what others were blessing me with and sometimes I would force someone to take what I was giving them.  Then God showed me that even though giving is one of my spiritual gifts there were times when I gave without His direction, I gave under compulsion and I gave to make myself feel good.  So therefore, my motives were all wrong behind my giving and I was not giving cheerfully.  Oh, I had my bubble busted and felt disappointed in myself.

Now as far as the receiving goes, sometimes, my pride would not let me receive.  Sometimes I felt like I would be a burden or would be subject to that person (some people have given to me only to want something in return or to manipulate me so this built fear in me). So I would refuse what someone was giving me.  Now lately I have learned from others and people who have blessed me that giving is also out of obedience to God, God is blessing them so they want to bless me, they are sowing into me, and I am supposed to receive too.

Someone told me years ago when she blessed me with a bus pass, “I don’t know why I am doing this, but I just want to bless you.”  Others have blessed me with clothes, money, their time, their shoulders when I needed to have a good cry and I have blessed others with the same.  This week, a family friend blessed my family with a surprise dinner twice.  With work, a lot on your plate, and no car, dinner cooked and already prepared for you blesses you tremendously.  You ladies know how tired you are sometimes when you get home from work and then you have to cook and sometimes have to contemplate on what to cook.

I thought about how people sacrifice and bless others and began to evaluate my giving and receiving.  I want to renew my way of giving and receiving.  I want to be a cheerful giver at all times.  I want to sow into others, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I want to give with the direction of the Holy Spirit.  I want to also receive what God is pouring back into me without fear or pride.  I want to believe that if I am concerned about God’s kingdom, He will be concerned about my needs and my concerns.  I want to expect that if I tithe and help others in need that He will in turn bless me.  Last but not least, I want to cheerfully give all of me to God, who loves me so much and first loved me.  For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)  That is why we cannot beat His giving, ever.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the lesson on giving and receiving.  Thank You for showing me how to truly give and that it is better to give than receive.  Thank You for also showing that I am to also receive because You want to pour into my life too.  Thank You for giving me an abundant life.  I thank You that You are the source of all I need and that You will provide for me.  Help me to trust You daily and help me to give cheerfully with the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Help me to receive the things You have for me—even when they do not look exactly like I thought they would—but to also reject the things the devil offers me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to assess your giving and receiving.  Are you trying to be only the giver?  Are your motives behind your giving right?  Is your failure to receive out of fear and pride?  Remember, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV) Lastly, remember that we are to give to our faithful Father, who is abounding in love.  Give Him ALL you got, it belongs to Him anyway.

As you assess your giving and receiving, reflect on what you bestow upon God every day.

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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 helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager  so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through 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.”

Blessings, Comfort, God's Peace

The Definition of “Miracle”

mir·a·cle noun \mir-i-kəl\ :  an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs  miracles

About a month ago, I shared the story of the battle that my 3-month-old baby was facing with her defective heart. (Read Not By My Own Might) If you recall, I was praying for a miraculous healing for my daughter. I wanted God to supernaturally close the hole in her heart so that surgery would not be necessary.  I believed in His power to divinely intervene because I read Biblical stories of Him raising the dead and healing the sick. I had even received two testimonies from modern day people who were in her same predicament and God, in His infinite wisdom, miraculously healed them. One day they had holes in their hearts requiring open heart surgery, the next day they didn’t. Surely if God did it for them, He would do it for me! After all, He is no respecter of persons and I’ve heard over and over again, “What He’s done for others, He will do for you!” I was confident that my miracle was coming and I was even more confident that I knew what my miracle was…

Last Monday, my baby girl underwent a four hour surgery to repair the defect in her heart.  In the days leading up to the surgery, I was receiving phone calls from concerned family and friends. The first question most of them asked was, “How are you holding up?” When I responded in a relaxed tone that I was doing great, they immediately thought I was masking how I truly felt, but I was sincerely OK. Honestly, I was also amazed at how calm I was. There was no anxiety, nor worry, or any negative vibe in my being; I was simply at peace! The morning of the surgery I thanked God for a successful procedure and once again prayed that He would be with the medical team as they worked on my baby. Everyone around me was calm and at peace. My family and I laughed and joked as we waited for the word that all was clear. We KNEW everything would be well and God made it well.

As I reflected on the events of the day later that evening, I was grateful for all that God had done in watching over her during surgery and ensuring that she came out with a healthy, functional heart. However, if I can be honest for just a moment, I had to question God. I wondered what happened to my miracle. I inquired of the Lord: “How come You didn’t miraculously close her hole like you did those other people?” “Why didn’t You show up just in the nick of time in the operating room and amaze the doctors as they discovered that surgery was no longer needed?” “Where was my miracle in all of this?” He didn’t chastise me for asking; He simply showed me the miracle. My miracle was allowing me to function in the midst of chaos. My miracle was inspiring those around me. My miracle was keeping my mind clear and my heart focused. My miracle was walking with me each day; I was just so caught up in what I thought a miracle should look like. My miracle was PEACE!

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

My miracle of peace was wrapped up in these two scriptures that I had been meditating on since the hole was discovered. I repeatedly shared with those around me that I was so peaceful about everything that I couldn’t even explain it. Only a perfect God could give me perfect peace which defies all laws of understanding. Based on the definition of ‘miracle’ above, God had indeed sent my miracle. Anytime you experience something that you cannot do in your own might, you have just been privy to a miracle!

My miracle testimony is to remind you that your miracles may not come how you believe they should. Don’t get so caught up in what Joan’s or Sharon’s miracles look like. Their miracles are simply to remind you that God is able to do it, but that doesn’t mean that He is going to do it the exact way He did it for them. God’s desire is to get the glory out of your situation and the miracle He delivers to you will do just that.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the gift of miracles! You marvel me each and every day! Please forgive me for downplaying past miracles that You performed for me.  Remind me that miracles are not always dramatic happenings with flashes of lightening in the sky, but that any time You divinely intervene in my human affairs, a miracle has been performed. I thank You for past, present and future miracles in my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to seek God for your miracle. He is not a cookie cutter God who delivers miracles and blessings all the same way. The miracle that He has for your situation is just as unique as the miracle that you are!

Share your recent miracle or blessing with us today or what miracle are you seeking God for?

Read a related EM:  Are You Expecting?

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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.

Blessings, Career, Contentment, Employment, Encouragement, Faith, Faithfulness, Goals & Dreams, God's Grace, Miscellaneous, Patience, Patience, Persistance, Preparation, Restoration, Spiritual Therapy, Strength, Transitions Series, Trials, Trusting God

Transitions: Trampled on the Floor

The past few years of my life have been ones of transition, endless waiting and sometimes disappointment. I’ve alluded to and written about it many times. Long story short, I left my job in Texas to start my own business and moved to Atlanta for a three-month transition. In my mind that is all it would take before the business was up and running and I could move to my real destination, Washington, DC (because this is where the business was based). That three months has turned into over two years and I reached a point where I was tired of telling people that I was moving anywhere because I just didn’t know when/if it would happen. As a matter of fact, I actually told people I was moving to Washington, DC nearly two years before I left Texas so in total this has now been a four year wait. If you have had any experience with God you know that many times your best made plans aren’t a part of His plan.

But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Micah 4:12 KJV From my brief study, I found that sheaves are stalks of grain and they were gathered on the threshing floor during harvest time for a two-step process. First the actual grain was separated from the chaff. To do this, oxen would pull a metal spiked sledge that would break the heads of the grain from the stalk or they would just trample them. Next the broken stalks were tossed into the air and the wind would blow the lighter chaff away while the heavier grain would fall back on the floor where it could then be gathered for use.

My time of transition has been like the sheaves on the threshing floor. I went from making a very lucrative salary to making zero, zilch, nada. Months would go by and I had nothing but what I could borrow or get from someone else. My mini-vacations that I would frequently take turned into staycations in my room. I found myself in an “asking” position when I was usually the giver. Shopping excursions were non-existent as my belly became wider, clothes became tattered and shoes wobbled to the side. When I could no longer afford my health insurance, the aches and pains started. I went from being a mover and shaker, featured in Ebony Magazine to feeling insignificant. Finally my car called it quits. Although I grew up poor, THIS was a very unfamiliar position. Throughout this process I have felt a gamut of emotions: happiness, depression, bitterness, envy, contentment and disappointment. I had good days and many bad ones. During the process, I felt beat down and trampled but it was only to extract the good grain. Without the threshing floor, the harvest would be incomplete.

I had to learn more about myself and have many things extracted and tossed so that in the finishing process only the good grain was left in me. Sometimes God humbles you by removing the frills and unnecessary things to get you to the place He has ordained for you. A place where you are truly dependent on Him and can recognize that it is His goodness, and not your own doing, that gets you your blessings.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 NIV Admittedly during this process, my faith wavered; yet, God remained faithful. Did I get everything that I wanted when I wanted? No! However, He absolutely never failed to supply my needs. This month (July) represents a turning point in my life. After a little over two years in business, I received my first paycheck from my business one that will come consistently versus “some” money at any random month. From my time in the threshing process, I know how to use my money wiser so that when God grants me the increase that I need and desire, I will make sound investments versus temporary gratification. My “giving” strategy will be a lot different because when I couldn’t give I realized that people would always find a way without me. It made me realize that I was a resource and not their “source.” I learned that lesson for myself as well. As I sit in a hotel room now after a second trip of apartment hunting in Washington, DC, I have ultimately learned that if we can only learn to trust God and His timing He will prepare us for our harvest.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for my time in the threshing process as You prepared me for the harvest. I ask that You continue to let those traits, people and other characteristics that are not useful blow off of me into the wind. Help me to be anxious for nothing because You have told me that in due season I will reap a harvest. You have been faithful to Your Word even in the midst of my doubt. God, I ask that You continue to build my faith as I move into the next phase that You have prepared for me. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust Him in the process. Although it’s hard because what you see what’s happening in other people’s lives (marriages, babies, career advancements, notoriety, goal accomplishments, financial prosperity) may seem foreign for your own. Know that He is preparing you for your harvest by extracting those things that aren’t useful for that next phase in your life. Trust that He is faithful to you because it is who He is and who He has always been.

Are you waiting on God and feel as if it is not going to happen? If you examine yourself, is it that God has you on the threshing floor? Share your story with us in the comment section.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Seasons Change

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Atlanta, Georgia 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: every where 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.

Black Music Month Series, Blessings, Completion, Encouragement, Focus, Goals & Dreams, Inspirational, Motivation, Persistance, Preparation, Procrastination

Go Get It!

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

Lord, what is this feeling that I’m feeling? I’m content, but I am uncomfortable.  Settled in life, but unsettled in my spirit.  Have you ever felt like this? Sometimes God has to shake some things up in order for us to see that we are not reaching our potential.

The very first time that I heard Mary Mary’s new song “Go Get It” I felt that God was talking directly to me.  I had continued to struggle with a move that God has continued to reveal to me that I am supposed to be making. However that is often times easier said than done.

So Lord let me get this straight. You want me to quit my job, move someplace I have never been nor do I know anyone? You want me to move from the comfort of my home to the discomfort of the unknown? Daddy I love you, but that is asking a bit much.  God then reveals His answer to me:

For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you. (Deuteronomy 11:22-25 NKJV)

The Lord sometimes wants us to do things that may not seem ideal for us, but that will in the end place us where He wants us to be. How many things has God told you to go get that you still have not claimed? Nobody else can receive what God has designed for you to have.

My biggest problem was that I was scared.  Scared to do something that put me in a position where I did not feel in control. I realized that I claim to trust God in every aspect of my life, but it was really only the areas that made me comfortable.  How will I ever get something I never had if I never do anything that I have never done?

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:9-11 NKJV)
I am still seeking God because I am still nervous, but I know that God directs my path and He has not placed in me the spirit of fear. I am ready to go out and get what God has set out for me to have.  As the song says “It’s like you’re looking through a telescope; you see where you going to be”.  I can see where God is taking me.  Now I must get on board and go get what God has for me!

Dear Daddy,

I come before You asking for guidance and the faith to receive whatever it is that You have for my life.  I need You to continue to push me into a place where I will strive to have things that You have designed specifically for me.  I ask that You will continue to strengthen me in the areas that I am weak.  I need You to lift me up and give me the push that I need in order to receive what You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be strong enough to step out on faith and stretch your limits.  Don’t always stay where you are comfortable in life, but know that blessings and breakthroughs come in some of the most uncomfortable places.  Know that whenever you are weak the Lord is strong.  Follow His lead, and you will not be steered wrong. 

Envision where He wants to be and how you will go get it as you enjoy Mary Mary’s “Go Get It”:

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Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license.  Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults.  She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients.  Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Black Music Month Series, Blessings, God's Promises, Inspirational

Just My Imagination…

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

“But it was just my imagination

Running away with me

It was just my imagination

Running away with me…”

How often do we sit back and day dream or let our imaginations run wild?  This is one of my favorite songs.  In this song The Temptations are talking about a special young lady that they see themselves being with, but for me the song runs a little deeper than that.

This past week has been an eye opener, a revelation, and a “praise be to GOD” lesson.  See, I’ve been putting “limits” on what God can do for me.  I’ve been praying easy going, simple prayers.  My imagination has been running wild, but I haven’t been BOLD in my prayers to God.

Psalms 37:4; Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your hearts desires. (NLT)

Just last week someone told me God wants to give me an Ephesians 3:20 experience—above all I can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20 says “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)

It’s all about stepping out on faith, believing it in our hearts and professing it.  No more imagining for me. Psalms 25:1 put’s it best: O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God. (NLT)

Dear Daddy,

You said we have not because we ask not. Thank You for showing Yourself in my life. I love You and I trust You.  I know my best days are ahead of me. I am ready for you to blow my mind! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be BOLD when praying to God.  He can do the impossible.  He is ready to “WOW” us, beyond our imaginations.

Just like The Temptations, let your imagination run wild with what God can do for you: 

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Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.”  She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry.  Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service.  She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden.  Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation.  Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”