Inspirational, Trusting God

He’s My Personal Muhammad Ali!

Oh hell naw!” That was my first thought as I got out of my car this morning. “Did this chick really just ram me from the back at a STOP SIGN?” I jumped out of my car and calmly walked over to the waiting driver who was obviously in a “whatever” kind of mood. “Did I do that?” she asked in a sarcastic tone. I mean really? Was she asking me this? “Of course,” I replied. Through her pleading for me not to call the cops and her offer to pay out of pocket (money which I knew I’d never see), I proceeded to walk back to my car to get my phone and a pen to write down the information. I then hear her yell, “I’m going to just pull up the road” and without a hesitation the chick took off! REALLY? THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING TO ME!!!! My first instinct was to get in the car and create a California style high speed chase through the streets of Washington DC during morning rush hour. Then that little, still voice came into my head and I was calm.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, standstill, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14)

Moses had to instruct the people to not react to the situation that they were in. He understood that God was all-powerful. He is a warrior that has NEVER lost a battle so they didn’t have to worry.

I know that we all want to handle our situations, especially when we feel that they are huge ones. In actuality they are only big to us. God can handle anything. I know if had chase down that woman there would have been some serious problems on both ends. I am blessed that I was not seriously hurt, that my car was not seriously damaged, and that the situation did not escalate. Sometimes we have to stop looking at the incident itself and assess the outcome! It could have turned out much differently for me today.

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for placing that spirit of calmness over me this morning. I am not the person I used to be and that is a great thing! I know that you are changing me because I can feel it on the inside and my outward actions show it. I love you so much! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to WALK AWAY from a situation that you just can’t battle alone. GIVE IT TO GOD! Let HIM fight that battle for you. LET IT GO.

Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!

Inspirational, Motivation, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Spiritual Therapy, Trusting God

The Love Letter

Dear God,

I have been hearing how people are so “blessed and highly favored” or “too blessed to be stressed” but Lord, I need to be real for a moment. I have been holding onto something and it is eating away at me. I am still mad that you birthed me to a crack head mother and a dead beat dad. I was probably a mistake and not even supposed to be here; I definitely could tell that I wasn’t wanted. I am still upset that you allowed my uncle to rape and molest me without coming to my rescue. How could you do this to me? All of this hurt and anger I have built up has made me to live a life full of mistakes, pain, and hurt. I made a mistake when I aborted those babies and I regret it every day. Are you punishing me, still? God, I am so sorry, but I didn’t know what to do; I didn’t know who the father was. I am so upset with myself for disappointing You. On top of all of this, the one woman I did love and whom I considered my mother, you took her away from me too. So how can I walk around as if I am blessed and highly favored? I’m hurting; I’m sad, mad, and angry. I feel left out Lord…I thought you loved me. I cry myself to sleep at night because I’m lonely and sad. I’m depressed at the thought of not being loved by anyone. I stick out; I don’t fit in, why am I like this?

Love, Your Wounded Baby Girl

Dear Daughter,

I chose your mother as a vessel to be used by me. Before you were created in her womb I knew the plan for your life, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)I took my time to knit you together (Psalms 139:13). I was there, although grieved, when you were sacrificed and your virtue stripped from you. But I am also a God of restoration. I heal the brokenhearted and I tend to your wounds. (Psalm 147:3) I made a promise to you that I am with you always even to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:20) You say that you aren’t attractive, I say I made you in my image.(Genesis 1:27) I made you fearful and wonderful (Psalms 139:14). I made your hair like lambs skin, your eyes like the sun, you lips full like ripened fruit, and your stature like the rolling hills. I made you on purpose, I made you like me…you are beautiful. My spirit was grieved when you aborted those babies and of course I also know of  your other wrong doings. But remember that son I sacrificed? He shielded you with His blood and mercy and presented you to me faultless (Colossians 1:22) Walk in freedom my dear! Your earthly mother was my angel, she taught you how to fly, take care of yourself, and she showed you me. It was time for her to return so that you could do what I have for you to do. There are younger daughters that walk around in guilt and shame every day. Who can touch them but you? Who can show them that I can heal the wounded heart but you? Who can show them that a daughter of a crack head can be a Queen of Success, but you? My Son can plead on your behalf because He took on all sin. You can plead on someone else’s behalf because you have walked where they have walked. Don’t hold your victory, share your story to edify me that someone else, some hopeless little girl like you once were, can be saved. You were restored a long time ago, now walk in it. I love you.

Love, God

This letter was written from parts of my life and the various lives of women that I have encountered on my journey. As Christians we sometimes seem insane to believe and love a God that has allowed misfortune to happen to us. But what the devil meant for your bad, God will turn around for your good. Sister, know that God loves you and the triumphs we overcame are stalks of wisdom that can be used to heal and comfort someone else. And know this, all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). It takes time to heal, but in time you shall be healed.

Dear Daddy,

I know sometimes I get angry or ashamed of my past. “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears. (Psalms 39:12)”. Teach me how to let go so that I can use what You have implanted in me for Your Glory and to help someone else. I know that you are a rewarder of those that diligently seek you. Heal my wounds, and if they are already healed, strengthen me to walk in your boldness with liberty. Help me to bless someone that needs me; keep my eyes and ears sensitive to her call. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, EMPOWER yourself by sharing with God all of your angers, fears, and disappointments and TRUST that His word will not return void.  Psalms 6:9 reminds us “The Lord heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.” Start seeking to encourage and EMPOWER others that may be going through what you have OVERCOME. God has given you confirmation in His word that you are already restored and healed, for His word says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

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.

Growth/Maturity, Honesty/Truth

The Ugly Truth

Seven years ago, I met a guy who was really not right for me but I accepted him into my heart and home anyway. He looked GOOD and I was lonely. Although his accomplishments and academic achievements differed from mine this had nothing to do with our compatibility. He wasn’t right for me because “he was sorry.”

My life was on an incline and his was flatlined with only “talk” about what he would do better. While he treated me okay and “talked a good game” I could no longer accept the less than substandard package I was presented with. One day, fed up with the quasi-dating, semi-shacking lifestyle that we were involved in, I put him out. I told him that he needed to get his s&@t together! Ladies, you have to understand as confrontational as I am in all other areas of my life when it comes to men I am on MUTE so iniating this conversation was extremely difficult. 

I wasn’t “breaking up” with him; I just wanted him to stay at his own place and court me like a real man. What I thought would snap him back into reality caused him to completely cut off contact with me. I was devastated. After he stopped talking to me, I saw him again only once before I moved. Since I left the Sunshine State in 2006 we have barely communicated. Our last communication ended in me telling him to NEVER contact me again and that to him meant it was dead.

 “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8: 32

Fast forward to the present. A few weeks ago, this same guy called me and the conversation brought a smile to my heart. He told me that he never forgot me telling him to “get his s&@t together.” He was calling me to let me know that he had done just that. He has a great job and is working towards the next level in his career path. I literally had not seen him in five years. He told me that I inspired him and encouraged him to do better and although it took some time to get it together he wants to be a part of my life. I’m not from Missouri but I told him that he had to “Show Me”…and to his credit he has begun to do just that.

This story is less about our relationship and more about the fact that the words I used to transform his life were as important to me as they were to him. Even if we never date again, although uncomfortable, I planted seeds of truth that have now manifested. Sometimes it’s hard to say the thing that needs to be said, when it needs to be said and to whom you need to say it to. Personally, I have let many situations linger in my life simply because I knew revealing the truth would hurt. But when God speaks truth to you, be obedient because it can be a liberating process for both you and eventually the other person. It can breathe new life to a situation. I have since learned to speak the truth in a much gentler way, but I thank God that He could still promote change through my profane approach!

Dear Daddy,

When I don’t know how to speak Your truth give me the courage to say the words that need to be said. Help me to be truthful without being judgmental. Help me to accept the truth about myself when people tell me and to fix those areas that are in need of repair. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Today EMPOWER yourself by telling the TRUTH. You may not have a word for someone else because sometimes the person who needs to hear the truth is staring at us in the mirror. Acknowledge the message that God is giving you and speak TRUTH to Power!    

Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Atlanta, GA 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. Her passage of study this week is Ezekiel 37: 1-14  vs. 4-6 “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord”