Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Obedience, Procrastination

Since MUCH is Demanded…

Since MUCH is Demanded, I MUST Admit…

“… From everyone that has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48 NIV)

My entire life I have heard that scripture.  For the longest I equated it to be a mere cliché, considering the random people that were so quick to recite the popular verse.  As I grew older, I realized that the phrase was actually words spoken by Jesus Christ himself.  Although, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the true meaning for myself.

From the day I joined the EmpowerMoments team I have only aspired to be a writer for the blog and nothing more.  Apparently, my Daddy had other plans because last week my sister appointed me to a temporary position in her absence.  As she ran down the list of what seemed like a million detail-oriented tasks, a sudden anxiety took over.  I listened to her closely, taking notes along the way but deep down I was dreading the day that I would have to carry out all of these demands. 

The next day I pulled out my notebook and began reading the list of tedious tasks and I went into panic mode all over again.  Even though we had spent roughly 30 minutes prepping for this moment, I still felt as if I was not prepared at all.  However, there was no time for self-pity but just enough time to get it DONE!  By the time I checked off the final duty I was so relieved that I didn’t know what to do with myself.  But suddenly my praise party was brought to a screeching halt when I had an epiphany as to why this was so challenging…I DON’T LIKE RESPONSIBILITY!!!  I don’t have kids because of the responsibility… I don’t keep up with routine maintenance on my car because of the responsibility… I cheat God of His glory because of my blatant disregard for responsibility!!! 

Having to step up to the plate against my will only proved to me one more character trait that I possess that is contrary to His will.  My Daddy wanted me to step up to the plate without hesitation and I did just the opposite. Who am I to request that these bountiful blessings come pouring out from above if I don’t want to be RESPONSIBLE when they fall in my lap?  God has already given me so much that I didn’t deserve but I wonder why I have yet to receive the rest… There is no way that He could give me more when I am not ready to do more work for His kingdom. 

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for revealing my true colors.  I can mask them all day but You force me to admit my shortcomings. Help me to know and understand that in order to expect an increase in my territory, I must be willing to enlarge Yours first. From now on I will recognize that it is not about me and my wants but what needs to be done for You to receive the praise and honor that You deserve.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ladies, I encourage you to EMPOWER yourself to admit it! Admit those things that are hindering your relationship with Jesus because the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem…I did it, can you? Be Blessed Ladies!!

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

Motivation, Procrastination, Trusting God

Preparations for the Final Exam

Since I received so much feedback about my entry entitled A “C” for Effort, I decided that it was only right to provide you all with the sequel.  With that said, this past week I had to take my final exam for the same class. 

In a desperate attempt to cast away the spirit of procrastination, I started studying for this test weeks ago unlike I did with the midterm.  I studied that book from cover to cover daily to ensure that my grade would reflect the amount of work that I put in.  Finally the eve of my final was upon me and I was determined to review all ten chapters one last time before going to bed.  I prayed the whole night because I was extremely exhausted.  At least seven times I had to ask God to keep me awake that I might keep reading and He did just that!  I stayed up to2amWednesday morning and I had to wake up at 6:30am for work. 

When I woke up from my brief nap, I had the worst headache and my body screamed of sleep deprivation but I knew I had to go to work.  I managed to pull it together but I can honestly say I was NOT myself at all!  I was at work for about an hour and a half before that enemy went on attack!!  I lost it ladies!  I started crying hysterically and all I saw was defeat on my exam.  For the first time ever I felt as if I had studied so much that I didn’t retain any information.  Before I knew it my co-workers were surrounding me and inquiring what was wrong and all I could say was “I’m sleepy and I’m not ready for my test!”  My boss pulled me aside and asked what she could do to help and I asked her to let me go home and take a nap and I would come back refreshed.  She agreed and within minutes I was in my car headed home.

When I made it home I started talking as loud as I could to God.  It all made sense…I prayed that He would keep me awake long enough to finish reading but I never asked for anything else.  He whispered that He had already taken care of it and to simply clear my mind and go to sleep! I continue to pray about it until I dozed off.  I went back to work and continued my day like a new person. “Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)

I made a conscious effort not to open that book again until I sat in front of my laptop for the exam that evening.  Every time I began to get anxious about my test I would open my mouth and spend a moment with God to ease my mind.  I went to bible study and after the benediction I felt as if I had the armor I needed to master that test so I went home and began.  Halfway through the exam I initiated praise to Him because I knew all the answers without hesitation!! Just as my praise began to bounce of the walls of my apartment my Pandora station began to blast Mary Mary’s song “Yesterday” and I took a second to apologize to God.  There really was no reason for me to ever be nervous because He had already stepped in and handled it for me like He told me earlier.  To make a longer story shorter, I ended up with an “A” on the exam (I only missed three questions) and an “A” in the class! Thank you LORD!!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always helping me to win over my worries.  I thank You for allowing me to be able to fight the enemy away by simply turning it over to You.  Help me to take a moment to HALT! There are four easy ways for the enemy to creep in and that’s when I’m Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired!  Lord, I bind up each and every one of those spirits in Your abounding love that they may not give the devil a way into my heart! I am victorious over all things because I am Your child! Thank you Daddy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, this week I recommend you take a moment to EMPOWER yourself and put on the armor of God everyday as we go to battle in this spiritual warfare.  The enemy doesn’t take a day off so make sure you are always ready to HALT! Have a Blessed Week!

Click here to read A “C” for Effort

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

Goals & Dreams, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Procrastination

The Settler

I wake up each day with a sense of “happy”! I am so blessed to be where I am right now. Taking this teaching job was such a great move for me. I am in love my job, co-workers, students, Virginia, DC, my new church, pastor, EVERYTHING! It’s like I can sit back, kick my heels up and relax because I have finally “made it!”

Then I get an email: “Ms. Dix, please do not forget to complete for application for Assistant Principal/Master Educator by Monday April 25, 2011.” And then I woke up. I have been so engrossed with this honeymoon phase of where I am I totally forgot about what I asked God for. I wanted for him to put me in a position to move up in my career so that I can eventually become a Chancellor or Superintendant of a school system. So why had I not completed my application? Why was I getting a reminder to do so…WHILE I’M ON SPRING BREAK?

Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them. (Numbers 33:53-56)

This passage is so deep. The force that God spoke with to Moses can be felt by the reader. Verse 56 really stuck with me, “And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them”. God had given Moses specific instructions. We all know the story of the Israelites and their plight out of bondage. We also know that they did not get to the place with Moses and that Joshua actually was the one who led them there. When God tells us something or puts us in a position to do something we can’t just sit back and think that it is going to just fall in our lap. He has opened the door but we have to walk through it. Here I am oozing over my new blessing when I forgot that I still have a long way to go to get to where God and I want me to be. He knows what my desire is and He wants me to get there. He has now given me the opportunity to get there and I am just “chilling” on my blessing…what am I thinking?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for placing me where I am. I understand that I prayed for something and that You are making a way for me to have just that. I understand that it is up to me to accept the blessings that You are giving me. I do not take this moment for granted and I will not settle for where I am now. I will continue to push forward no matter how hard the way may seem. I know that You are clearing a path for me. I trust You and I believe that You are going to do exactly what You said You would. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to move beyond the “SETTLEMENT”. Don’t go for what God is going to give to others. You each have your own blessing. REACH UP and GRAB IT RIGHT NOW! I bind the spirit of COMPLACENCY from your lives.

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!

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Procrastination

A “C” for Effort

The past week has been rather interesting. Last Tuesday I took my midterm for my fourth class of Graduate School.  The weekend prior to class I was basically married to my book considering I read ALL seven chapters in a matter of two days!  I know that seems a little far fetched but it worked in undergrad and I graduated Cum Laude… So if it’s not broke don’t fix it…right?  

I walked into class promptly at 6pm certain that I would pass the test but obtaining an “A” would be a miracle.  As soon as I got my paper I wrote “God Bless this Test” in the upper right corner prior to writing my name or even reading the first question.  I said a short breath prayer asking God to help me through it and started the exam with the faith that it was already taken care of.  As I progressed through the forty questions my mind went into a system overload!  Even though the test was multiple choice it seemed like every answer was the right one.  I remember always hearing that there is no reason to stress or worry if you’ve already prayed about it so I didn’t…I guessed on those that I was uncertain about and turned in the paper to my professor.

All week I eagerly logged into my online segment of class anticipating a great mark posted in my grade book.  Finally on Friday evening the moment of truth was revealed…I earned a “C”.  Instantly I went into a state of shock… a “C” are you serious Jesus?  Just as quick as I began to question God he was right there to put me in my place! Are you serious daughter? You barely studied enough to get the grade I gave you and you want to ask why!!! God says that I am to study to show myself approved unto him (2 Timothy 2:15), however my study routine showed nothing more than a spirit of procrastination that was trying to manifest! 

As I grow in the Lord and my faith is strengthened, I must elevate my way of thinking overall.  Yeah I was BLESSED to make it through one degree with the old way of living but as I gain a closer relationship with him there are things that I MUST change about myself in order to get what He has for me!  The God we serve is so awesome that he did not forsake me but he requires sooooo much more from me. 

“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 the diligently seek him.”(Hebrews 11:6)  My faith is what allowed me to even retain any of that information that I crammed in those few days and the reward was my C.  I called upon Jesus in the midst of it all and He came to the rescue just as He has done so many times before.  However, I am trusting and believing Him for a lot more and in order for it to be released he has to be certain that I am sincerely ready.

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:2) This scripture shows the process that God is taking me through to get me ready for my increase.  God will take away things that are not becoming of his children and replace it with productivity!  He has made moves in my life that are simply unbelievable and according to John the best is yet to come!!! So I am certain that my old study habits have to go to bear more fruit!  From now on I am designating a time slot for reading…I have even started a homework group with a friend so that I am held accountable daily!    

So ladies I ask that you learn from my mistakes.  I have the faith in God that He will supply my needs but I must never forget that James 2:20 says “Faith without works is dead.”  God will always grant the true desires of my heart but I must not for a second forget that He is my Father and still requires that I at least try.  He did not allow me to fail but I now understand that I must put forth the effort and have the faith that He will see me through it. 

 Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing me what needs to be fixed in order to reach my goals.  Everyday I ask that You continue to reveal the things that are not of Your will that are TRYING to manifest so that I may work hard and pray harder that they may fall in defeat!  I know that am a vessel that is destined for greatness and I thank You for everything that I have to encounter and overcome to get to another level of purpose in Your word.  I thank You for bluntly answering my questions of why when in actuality You never have to answer because You are a God that works in mysterious ways.  Thank You Daddy for just being YOU! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today instead of asking God why, ask yourself what could have been done differently… The response will be astonishing!  Once you get the answer EMPOWER yourself to own up to it and find a way to defeat it in the future! Have a BLESSED week!

 Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment  You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17