Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursday: Empowering Moments!

It’s Throwback Thursday!  EmpowerMoments has been, through the grace of God, empowering women  as well as others (specifically their children) with our raw testimonies and our outreach ministry for about seven years.  Check out the photos below of some of your EmpowerMoments team at one our recent outreach efforts with Feed My Starving Children. We even get the little ones involved in helping us EMPOWER and bless others!

As we continue our journey of impacting the lives of others, we pray you impact someone else’s life also.  Moreover, check out our latest mission at  http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8, and see how you can be a blessing. We are currently raising funds to purchase grocery gift cards for homeless women in the Chicagoland area and purchase school supplies for their children who return to school on September 2.

Additionally,  if you would like to give an offering to our outreach ministry, please contact us at admin@empowermoments.org.  We appreciate you and thank you for being a loyal reader and a blessing to our ministry!

Love,

The EmpowerMoments Team

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Encouragement, God's Love, Growth/Maturity, Honesty/Truth, Self-Control, Sin, Spirit of Religion

Emotions Make You…

Is it okay to feel overwhelmed?  To feel overworked, but still poor?  To feel so tired your feet and back are sore?  Do you wish you had someone to walk through it with you and hold your hand?

Can a Christian be mad?  Regardless of it all, am I supposed to always be glad?  Is it alright for people to do me wrong and sometimes I want to respond with a fight, or am I supposed to turn the other cheek and move on with my life?

Can a single Christian be lonely in the city? God is a constant sense of company, but is it wrong to want someone else to adore me?  What if I lose the fight with these sexual desires called lust?  If I act on these cravings, am I no longer worthy of God’s trust?  If I give into sin is that the end?

Everything that I mentioned in the above passage has to do with emotions or physical actions.   Does being a Christian make you no longer human?  The answer is ‘no’.   It is okay as to feel, even as a Christian.  We attempt to mask our feelings behind a facade of Bible verses and silent curses.  We want people to think that we are always trusting in the Lord and never have a fear; however, that is not my reality.

“Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down. My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.”  (Psalm 55:1-5 NLT)

Even in the Bible there are many instances of feelings of hurt, sadness, anger, pain, lust, fear, and many others.  However, God loved them all regardless of these things.  It is okay to know that God will love you too regardless of your momentary downfalls.

Dear Daddy,

I come before You asking You to give me control over my feelings and emotions.  Please allow me to remember that it is okay to feel, but how I react on these emotions is the key.  Give me the strength to be able to walk away from certain situations and help me to keep You at the forefront of my life.  I pray for the ability to let go and know that when I feel overwhelmed You have my back!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to EMPOWER yourself!  There will be days when you feel like you want to quit, but GOD will be your constant source of encouragement.  I EMPOWER you to come to terms with your emotions and not try to hide them.  Embrace your feelings, have a moment, then move on and put it behind you.

Have you too been overwhelmed by life and your emotions?  What are some things and emotions you have to release into God’s hands today?

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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.”

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.

Comfort, Death, Encouragement, Forgiveness, God, God's Love, Love, Miscellaneous, Restoration

The Dress

This past week I pulled a dress out of my closet that had been hanging there for over three years. The reason it’s been in the closet so long is two-fold:

1. I had gained weight and not been able to fit the dress since I last wore it.

2. It was the dress I wore to the funeral of my first love, the father of my children.

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I was going to make my health a priority. As I made lifestyle changes, I started shedding the excess weight I’d been carrying around. Although I didn’t know where I would wear the dress next, I knew I would be able to wear it in a matter of time. When I took it out of the closet last week, I had no problem putting it on and it actually looked better than it had the first time I wore it! But it was bittersweet.

I was now going to wear the dress to the funeral of my nephew, my sister’s son.

One day last week, I was on my way to the mall to purchase the last outfit I would ever buy my nephew, the one he would go to his grave in. It was then that God began to speak to me about the dress. He told me that while I considered this dress as my ‘funeral dress’, it was a representative of so much more. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV)

The black dress actually represents God’s love for me! He loves me so much that He has built me up and given me the strength to face the challenges of the black dress each and every time I have been confronted with them. When I had to bury the father of my children, God made sure that I stood strong, was able to love and comfort my children and recognize that even though I was hurting about how he was taken, I got better instead of bitter because of the love of God! When I had given up on myself and my desire to live a healthy lifestyle, was overpowered by the fear of gaining all the weight back again, there that black dress hung as a symbol of strength once again, reminding me that God loves me and will give me the strength to overcome the battle I have with my weight. On those mornings when I didn’t want to get up and do my workout, I could see that black dress; it stood out amongst all the clutter in the closet and I continued to push through.

As I was trying to mentally prepare myself to go back to the funeral home to make the final preparations for the homegoing service of my nephew—whom I will always remember as the snotty nosed little brother I never had, who I have lost so much sleep over this past week because of the way he was taken—I recognized once again that when it came time to step into that black dress and head to the funeral, the love of God would be all around me, holding me up and giving me the strength I needed to take each and every step that day!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always being the strength that I need when I feel I have nothing more to give, say or do. Thank You for loving me through all of the good and bad times and assuring me that You will always be right by my side. I pray that when doubt begins to creep in, I will first look up and call on Your name because I know that I can do all things through You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Mighty ladies of God, today I EMPOWER you to embrace the strength that you have as an heir to the kingdom of your heavenly Father! Refuse to allow the doubt of people and situations to have any effect on that which you know to be true and continue to stand on His word!

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

Anxiety, Attitude, Freedom, I Am Free Series, Relationships, Self Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, Spirit of Inferiority

F.R.E.E. (Feeling Relieved Encouraged and Excited)

Last week I was so moved by each one of the “I Am Free” series I had to do just one more. I know being free, first starts in your mind.  Thinking and believing that you’re in no form or shape confined or captured by negative thoughts.

I Am Free: Insecurities

To be insecure means to not be sure or certain; doubtful.  It’s embarrassing to say, but I’m a 30-year-old woman who is insecure.  Silly right?  That’s where my thinking trapped me especially when it comes to the opposite sex.  In my relationships the guys messed around, used me, lied to me, and took me for granted or just plain stopped caring.  I couldn’t figure out why because I’m the hopeless romantic.  I make sure to please and go above and beyond.  However at the end of the relationship journey, I’m the one that’s left feeling even more insecure.

Because I didn’t have that loving, bonding relationship with my dad like some girls experience I brought my “daddy insecurities” into my relationships with men. I was sometimes argumentative, weak and needy.  I was very insecure and I was letting it control me.  I used up way too much energy on worrying about the wrong things.  After enough arguments, tearing down of my self-esteem, stress taking over my mind and body, feeling neglected and not good enough I gave up and I LET GO!  I made up in my mind that insecurities would not control what God created.

God’s word helps us make decisions. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 NLT  I had to really get in God’s word and let it saturate my mind, and really start praying, sowing good seeds, loving my enemies, and forgiving and truly forgetting.  God’s love has made me stronger.  It has given me assurance. Romans 5:1-5 NLT says,

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 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 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.

In God’s sight there is no need for me to feel or be insecure about anything.  He created me. So God created human beings, in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 NLT

God’s word has set me F.R.E.E (Feeling Relieved Encouraged and Excited) about LIFE!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for my journey.  Although I’ve carried a life of insecurities, You knew it would be used for the glory of my story.  Thank You for the falls for I stand taller. Thank You for the hurt for I love better.  For where I am weak, You make me strong. I love You and I give You all the praises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies I EMPOWER you to speak over what is keeping you down.  It may not be insecurities but recognize and become F.R.E.E. of satan’s many “D”evices to destroy you.

Satan’s “D”evices:

Disappointment, discouragement, despair,  doubt(insecurities), distraction, double mindedness, dishonesty, deceit, dullness, disbelief, defame, discard, defilement, delay, disobedience, DEBT!

Be blessed & Be F.R.E.E.!

Are you an overcomer or are you still struggling with insecurity? Share your story with us in the comment section.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Invisible Me

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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.”

Blessings, Encouragement, Gratefulness, Inspirational

S.H.E. Writes

Strength through His Empowerment

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will EMPOWER you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 6:12 NLT

She writes because He empowers her and gives her His strength.
She writes through her pain and testimony, no matter its length.
She writes to empower me, and she empowers you too.
Her writing is blessed by His anointing and many days it has carried us through.

God gave our Editor the vision to bless a world through words and lines.
To hurting, struggling, victorious, and healed women,
whom through her writing have been given a sign.
A sign of hope, power, and new day of content
God blessed our Editor with the gift of empowerment.

This Empowermoment is dedicated to the Chief Editor and Visionary of Empowermoments. Today is her birthday. While today is also Thanksgiving, we would like to set aside a day to empower you through highlighting how she has empowered us. We are thankful for her. The ultimate purpose is that you too may become empowered to step out on faith, give up your free time, and refocus your energy to God’s business.

Kristen Renita Harris – This Tribute Is For You:

From Khalilah (Thursday Writer):

“When I think of you I see myself. Not only because we are Sorority Sisters and the beginning of that poem holds true to its end, but because I appreciate how you obey God and are transparent enough to allow others to be healed through your struggles and victories. You remind me of her. You know her, the Proverbs 31 Woman. You work diligently with your hands, your husband and children praise you, and your lamp never goes out at night. I want to empower you to continue the work God has implanted. Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NIV”

From Hassanah ( Saturday Writer):

“The first time I met you on the bulldog campus of AAMU, I thought you were a really cool person.  Now, that I’ve been blessed with Empowermoments being a part of my life, you’re a really really cool person! I’m so thankful for you Krissy. You started such a strong movement to bless and empower women.  God is truly using you and I’m glad to be a part of your blessing!  Keep standing for what you believe in and know that your work for the Lord is never in vain.  May your birthday be Blessed Beyond Belief!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

From Dee (Empowermoments Prayer Team Member):

“The founder of our EmpowerMoments, Mrs. Kristen Harris, has God’s shine in her, such a beautiful heart and a beautiful spirit!!  What a genuine, God-fearing, obedient daughter of God she is…tireless in her work for the Lord and passionate about blessing other women of all walks of life.  My most sincerest prayer is that God has a special mansion up in heaven with many gifts waiting on Kristen for all that she does in her ministry and for her true love and worship of the Lord.” 

From Latasha S. (Writer and Team Member):

“Happy Birthday Kris-Kakes!! Since birth you protected, encouraged, and EMPOWERED me with the love of Jesus Christ.  Even in my rebellious stage, I could not deny the changes He was making in your life and I wanted to love Him like you.  Thanks for leading by example!

Dear Daddy,
Thank You for blessing me with an awesome sissy!  I ask that You continue to guide her in Your word and keep her faithful that she may walk boldly into her destiny. Please grant her patience as a mother, humility as a wife, and wisdom as our Editor in Chief. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

From Karitsa (Empowermoments Administrator):

Kinetic
Radiant
Inspiring
Stylish
Trustworthy
Encouraging
Noteworthy

I am thankful for everyone in my life. However today is not just any day, it’s Krissy’s birthday. How ironic it is that Krissy’s birthday is on Thanksgiving Day, a day that we give thanks to God for our many blessings. She has truly been a blessing in my life and so many others.

Dear Daddy,

I want to take this time to say THANK YOU for my sistafriend, Kristen Harris. Thank you for the lifetime relationship that you have given to us. I ask that you continue to cover her, her family and the gifts that you have placed in her for your glory. Please continue to guide her journey, order her steps, and cover her mind, body and spirit as she does your will. Strengthen, sustain and restore her in her times of needs. Thank you, Daddy for using her as a vessel to show so many young women that you are REAL and that through you ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE if they stay steadfast and in your will.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

From Beverly (Saturday Writer):

Kristen, I have been inspired to love more, forgive more and judge even less, since I started reading EmpowerMoments. Moreover, I am in awe of your great writers, there spirituality is evident in their messages.  You, indeed have something special, here.  I pray that all of the time, energy and resources that you pour into EmpowerMoments are returned to you tenfold.  May God continue to lift you up, and give you the wisdom required to handle the blessings that are beginning to overtake you.  This is your time and your season, be Empowered.

From Katrina (Friday Writer)

To my Godsister and Friend Kristen,

I love you more than you’ll ever know.  Thank you for being my friend, my confidante, the person that can and WILL check me when I’m trippin, and of course my prayer partner who nudges me to keep moving toward the destiny God has for me.  Happy Birthday, I pray God continue to bless and show his favor on your life 🙂 Love, Katrina

Chanceé (Saturday Writer):

To our Editor In Chief, Chief Visionary, Servant Leader and My Very Best Friend,

Happy Birthday! It has now been TEN years since God placed you in my life. We became much more than Sorority Sisters as we became true sister friends.  We have laughed together, cried together and unfortunately in our disobedience we almost died together. Yikes! See The Night We Almost Died Over the years your maturity has amazed me. I have watched you grow into your womanhood as a wife and a mother and into Christ’s calling on your life. God has placed a special seed in your belly and your obedience has caused it to grow. Through Empowermoments we are all being used as vessels to inspire hundreds of women. When you asked me to be a part of Empowermoments, I was flattered because I realized that you saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. I know this is going to be way BIG because you are following the vision that God has given you. Krissy I am proud of YOU. Your love for God, ambition, humility, confidence, intellect and drive are to be admired but as a friend I am in awe of your generosity, attentiveness, kindness, wisdom and humor.  Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul (Prov. 27:9 MSG) On this birthday know that you are beautiful on the inside and yes you are strikingly beautiful on the outside too. I am inspired, encouraged and motivated by you my sister.  I am grateful to God for you. Continue being the Jazzy, Snazzy, Radiant light that you are.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the vision that You have given Kristen Harris! As an Empowermoments team member and /or subscriber we pray that You cover and shield her and her family from attacks of the enemy, because of her obedience to Your word. We pray that You grant Empowermoments increase above anything that you can imagine and that you do the same for our Chief Visionary Kristen Harris. Grant her the desires of her heart and pour into her when she is weakened. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to be a light for someone else. Be a sister, a friend, or just a shoulder to cry on. Today, I EMPOWER you to EMPOWER someone else. Make that your business today.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Faith, Inspirational, Trusting God

Waterproof

In February of 2010 my husband received a life changing letter in the mail, his acceptance letter into law school. I remember it like it was yesterday. We were having a lunch date and I stopped by the house to change my shoes. As I began to descend our stairs, I was literally tackled by him at the waist as he ran up to me with a crumpled letter in his hand. That was such an exciting day. We immediately started asking our seasoned attorney friends for advice about the first year. We went to marriage counseling with our Pastor because we were going to live apart for the first year, then reassess for years 2 and 3. We had “family buy-in.” Everyone was on one accord and happy. Daddy went off to school and within a few weeks it hit me, I was NOT ready for this. I cried at night, we argued, fussed, and I cried some more. He was ready to quit because the thought of our stress was too much on him. But through God’s strength we’ve made it through even more in tune with each other now then we were before.

So now what about year 2, Lord? After a few months and weeks of discussion, the family decision was made for me and our daughter to move down with him while he finished school. I should be excited right? Well kind of…I am overjoyed at fact that I will see him more, our daughter won’t cry for him as much and I may have the opportunity to do school full time as well. So why am I so hesitant? It’s because I began to consider who actually quits their stable, progressive, challenging, full of benefits, top of my A game kinda job to move to a city that’s new, that I don’t like, and have no friends. When I asked this, God said: “the faithful do.” Whoa…really God? Because I’m feeling a tad wobbly right now and the future isn’t certain. My entire adult life was established here. As I went on reflecting, God brought me to two stories in His word. “God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”(Genesis 12:1-3) Now I don’t know if God plans to birth a nation from me (not right now God, wink!) but I do know He has placed me on a mission of ministry to bless others beyond the walls of Huntsville, AL.

But I was still a tad hesitant and feeling kind of strange. He went on to remind me of this story:  “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them (the disciples), walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33)

God was saying to me:“Yes, this is indeed Me doing and handling this situation; you just need to get out of the boat and walk. It will be windy, stormy, and maybe even tornadic, but you have to trust Me.” God is now asking you and me, if we trust Him to walk on water even during the storm? His word tells us not to doubt, “for without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always holding my hand, even in the storm. Thank You for being a stable foundation even when it’s windy. God help me to trust You when I can’t trace You. Give me boldness to step out into unknown territories to proclaim Your name, knowing that you already have the situation worked out. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Is there an area of your life where you need to activate faith? I EMPOWER you today to walk by faith and not by what the situation looks like.  God tells us in Ephesians 1:11 “In him we were also chosen,having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  Step out on faith and watch God protect you, even in the seas of life.

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.