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.

__________________________________________________________________

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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Testimony Series, Throwback Thursdays

Testimony Thursday

Today is Testimony Thursday! As the end of the week draws near, let’s give God some praise on today because of who He is!

God has and is always moving in our lives. He keeps covenant with us, brings forth miracles in our lives, and He keeps His promises to us. He is faithful and true!

The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2 ESV)

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to share your testimonies of God’s goodness below!

Testimony Series

My Testimony: Embracing God’s Call

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!

Twenty-thirteen was the year when I finally completely embraced God’s calling for my life.

Prior to 2013, I was doing little to walk in the calling God placed upon my life.  Oh, I had my lists of goals, my research as well as my stacks (on stacks) of journal writings, my independent Bible studies and my folder full of sermon ideas. I had also started a blog to hold myself accountable with my writing, I was enrolled in seminary, and I was more than willing to bring the Word of God at my home church.

But I knew the Lord was asking more of me. Everything that I was doing was “safe”. They were comfortable options for me and didn’t require much faith from me to do. Yet, God wanted me to come out of my comfort zone.

Part of my issue of walking out God’s call on my life stemmed from fear. I was afraid of criticism, of being wrong, of not being successful, of someone thinking I was trying to imitate someone else, of not reaching my goal, etc. You name it, I was afraid of it. So, I didn’t do anything.

Last year, it finally clicked that God Himself placed that calling on my life. I didn’t make it up. I didn’t pick it from a list of options. God – in His all-knowing wisdom – selected it uniquely for me.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (John 15:16 KJV)

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee… (Jeremiah 1:5a KJV)

So, I started walking in God’s plans for me.

Last year, I was asked to minister in the pulpit on a Sunday morning outside of my home church. There was a time where I would have turned down the request out of fear. But I stepped out on faith and walked through the open door. Leading up to the date, however, I was so nervous. Can I let you know that when I stepped into that pulpit, I felt like I was at home? I was at ease and comfortable. The word of God was preached, and the church was so blessed that they invited me back to speak later on in the year again.

In addition to that, I was able to complete my first book that is on schedule to be published early this year. I have so many half-finished books in my room, I could start a library. But, last year was the year that I finally got one done. And I’m not letting it sit on my computer for only me to read. It has been proofread and edited, and now it is on its way to publication.

This was all possible because I realized that what God was asking of me was not too much. Neither, was it impossible. My God would never set me up to fail. In fact, He wants to see me succeed!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Help me to realize continually that what You have purposed for me is perfectly attainable. Help me to see that there is nothing impossible for me if I am walking in Your will. Help me to let go of fear and walk in faith this year as You continue to guide me through Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to chuck the fear and embrace God’s call upon your lives. Trust Him to take you where you doubt, fear or reasoning will never take you. Trust Him to give you strategies, grace, and favor to walk out what He has purposed for you. No more comfort zone!

Have you embraced God’s will for your life? What has God shown you that you are still afraid to do? Are you willing to put fear over faith and walk into your expected end?

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Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and a member of the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She recently obtained her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara will be publishing her first book “Days of Destiny and Purpose” in the spring of 2014. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

Testimony Series

My Testimony: My Supernatural Year

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 bought 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.

__________________________________________________________________

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)

Testimony Series

My Testimony: Surrendering to God

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!

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NIV)

When I look back on 2013, I realize that most of the year was about self-evaluation. Towards the end of the year, I had a moment of brokenness. I spent time focusing on myself and my issues. Facing my issues was really hard. Here is a list of a few things I had to accept: 1.) In Fall 2009, I allowed failing my internship my senior year of college to emotionally paralyze me and give up on life (lose my motivation & passion for the Social Work field) 2.) I had issues with lust, loneliness, past hurt and relationships, and dealing with my singleness 3.) I was unfaithful to God  4.) I tolerated negative behaviors (i.e. disrespect, manipulation, mistreatment, controlling behavior) from people that I loved and cared about.

I learned that I had to be honest with God and myself. I had to realize what caused me to be the way I am. I surrendered my heart to God. That was hard for me to do because I was afraid of what would happen (i.e. being out of control and feeling emotional pain). I had to truly let God in and heal me (He still is healing me). I learned that healing does not have a time limit. It’s difficult when you have to open up wounds that you try to keep covered up. I have the habit of suppressing my feelings and things that have hurt me. When you suppress things for a long period of time, something will trigger those events and cause you to deal with them.

Surrendering to God can be scary at first but He can’t help us if we aren’t opening up our hearts to Him. Yes, God knows our thoughts but He would like to hear from us. It’s okay to tell God how you feel.  He wants us to come to Him.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to examine myself and reveal to me things in my heart that need to be changed or healed. Help me to surrender to You and not be afraid. I want to be honest with You, God. I want to tell You things that are on my heart or on my mind. I know You have my best interest at heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to cry out to God. Tell Him how you feel. Only He can heal you and restore the broken places. No person or anything can fill the voids that you have but God. Let Him fill your voids with His unconditional love as well as draw you closer to Him.

What are you surrendering to God this morning? Be free!

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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 treasurer of the Kings Alpha E-line Chapter, 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)

Enemies, Gentleness, Love, Prayer, Self-Control, Testimony Series

My Testimony: A Testy Testimony

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!

Have you ever wished you weren’t a Christian just so you could claim ignorance when you intentionally did something wrong? Or have you ever wished you weren’t a Christian so you would not feel convicted to be an example of Christ for someone who is unsaved or for someone who you really don’t like. Until the latter part of last year, I had not had that experience. I was in a position where I had to “deal” with this person who I thought was rather unpleasant and had a habit of rubbing people the wrong way. The situation was very challenging. I was often in positions where I had to spend unwanted time with her. I would think to myself, “Lord, please help me to remain gracious and suppress my flesh.” I mean I just really didn’t like her, so much so I dreaded the thought of her. Moreover, I felt like my feelings were warranted because of her ugly ways and actions.  I really just wanted to “go off” on her one good time. But I was convicted by the fact that I am a Christian who is supposed to help bring others to Christ. What kind of witness would I be if I acted irrationally and out of character just to satisfy my fleshly desires? So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:17 ESV)

I greatly battled with this. I even wished that she was a Christian so that at least it would be less pressure to “do the right thing” because Christians understand that Christians don’t always act “Christian” right? (How ridiculous is that thought? Guess I was really desperate.) But noooo, it would be too easy for her to be Christian and that would diminish the lesson God was teaching me. She is a deist of sorts. Deism, according to the freedictionary.com, is the belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation. My experience with her was so challenging that I would think, “really, God, I ask You to increase my walk with You and this is what You do?”

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6: 27-31 ESV)

I was soooo frustrated. I don’t recall there ever being a time in my life where I felt so ill toward someone. I realized it was negatively impacting my life!  If I were to ever conquer this situation, God was going to have to help me! And help me He did…

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. (Romans 12:14 NLT) This was so much harder than I thought and I thought I had been doing this my whole life. Certain situations really put certain scripture in perspective for you.

I started to PRAY more, not just for me, but FOR HER. I prayed on how to deal with her. I prayed on how to deal with myself regarding my feelings and thoughts toward her. I prayed to have her removed from my immediate surroundings. Then, believe it or not, over time I found myself praying for her “for real”, her heart, her salvation, her life and her situations. Over time, I didn’t dread the thought or sight of her as much. I wanted my life and light to reflect Christ toward her. I intentionally tried to set a good example even when she tested my resolve. It has now become easier to have a conversation with her and I could care less if she’s in “my space” or not. I guess the saying is true: “Prayer may not change the person, but it’ll change you.” Later, as God would have it, she was relocated to another area and we didn’t have to share the same space anymore. Funny how God works huh?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for teaching lessons we unknowingly need to learn. Thanks for seeing past our emotions and for forgiving us when we don’t act like You would have us too. Thanks for strengthening our relationship with You through new experiences. Help us to pray for those who do us wrong and trust that You will handle it all in Your time. You said You would make our enemies our footstool, and we know that all things work together for our good. Thank You for the revelation and the unlikely testimony. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Tired, tried and tested sisters, I EMPOWER you to push past your feelings and give the situation to Jesus. I EMPOWER you to know that the test comes before the testimony! I EMPOWER you to hold on to the Word and abide by it no matter how trying or tempting the situation is. I EMPOWER you to pray for your enemies genuinely and sincerely! I EMPOWER you to go from test to testimony!

Ladies, who is God laying on your heart to pray for during your tests?

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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 registered nurse and recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate. 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.

Family, Fasting, Health/Sickness, Mental Illness, Mother/Daughter, Prayer, Testimony Series

My Testimony: Standing in the Gap

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!

As I was listening to the conversation on the other end of the phone, I could barely take in what the social worker was telling me. She wasn’t walking. She wasn’t talking and needed assistance using the restroom. Many times, she would not make it. A few days later, the news came that she was in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests but the doctors were coming up with nothing. What happened to cause such a rapid decline in my mother’s health? The doctors chalked it up to severe depression. Nearly a thousand miles away, I felt hopeless and helpless. I prayed about it but it seemed as if things weren’t changing.

Although I wanted to get home, I didn’t have the finances for an emergency trip. I wanted someone I could trust to tell me that my mom was going to be okay. Thank God for the angels He placed in my life in the form of friends. One of my friends went to visit my mom in the hospital and gave me a good report. Before I knew it a few of my close friends pooled together the resources to make the trip home possible. My mom was released from the hospital because they couldn’t find a diagnosis but she reverted to being mute and didn’t have activity in any of her limbs. The thought of seeing my mom like that was heartbreaking. I wanted to do something.

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17: 15-16, 21 KJV) I knew exactly what I needed to do. My mother needed someone to stand in the gap for her.

I studied Esther. When Haman sought to destroy the Jews, Esther’s uncle Mordecai told her that she had to do something to save her people or that she might perish along with them. Her answer was for her and all of the Jews to fast and pray. She too had to stand in the gap. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  (Esther 4:14-16 KJV)

Like Esther, I needed God to change the situation around. I fasted for three days and nights without eating or drinking. I continued my daily routine of going to work but came home and prayed feverishly for God to heal my mother of whatever was ailing her. I found myself laying in the middle of the floor crying out to God on her behalf. I flew home later that week not knowing what to expect.

At first, my mom would only say one or two words and was confined to a wheel chair. By the second day, not only was she walking but she also got out of the wheelchair using only a walker as her guide. By the time the week was over, mom was back to her normal self. She had pushed the walker to the side and was walking completely on her own, taking herself to the restroom and functioning, as she should. I know that it was God who answered my prayers. Since that episode last spring, she has not depended on a wheelchair or a walker. Without God’s grace, this story could have ended completely different. I am thankful that He gave me the willpower to stand in the gap for her.

Dear Daddy,

Your word is true and fails us not. Thank You for healing my mother and providing me with the will to intercede on her behalf. Lord, I am grateful for the friends that You have blessed me with that don’t mind praying and giving out of the abundance of their hearts. Lord, I ask for a special blessing over their lives. With You nothing is impossible. I am forever grateful for Your love and the miracles that You perform. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stand in the gap for someone else. Are you believing in God for someone’s deliverance or healing? To get something different, you may have to do something different.  Remember, there are some things that come only by prayer AND fasting.  Consult the Lord and do His will. Remember, you don’t have to do anything in your own strength, for His grace is sufficient and powerful enough to help you stand in the gap. 

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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 strengthened me.