I WAS JUST THINKING…

As I sit here, watching the candle flicker, drinking a tasty cup of coffee, reading an inspiring book (other than thinking that I couldn’t remember the last time I had any alone time), I was thinking about my atmosphere and how warm and inviting it was.  Everything around me provoked creativity.  From the natural wooden floors, up the walls to the beautiful stained-glass art, from the naturalista at the front door to the bench-like tables and chairs; I could feel the creative juices starting to flow.  I was truly in a quiet space, just listening and wanting God to download something beautiful in my ear; a song or a poem.

It’s interesting how just changing your atmosphere can rejuvenate your spirit, revive gifts; revive you, or catapult your creativity to another level.  (Side note: that could also mean changing your fellowship). Are there people in your life that are stifling your growth?  Ok, that’s another message (LOL).  Moving on…

So can you imagine the revelation, the creativity, the transformation that could manifest if we were consistent in giving God our attention daily in our everyday tasks, taking time to get into a quiet place and have communion with Him? Selah.

Perspective

Rain can be so peaceful. Yes I know, some may not agree and that’s ok. Every person has their own perspective. That’s what makes them special.

To some, rain can trigger sadness, depression, tragedy. Whereas, to others the drops from the heavens can represent growth, new seasons or refreshing.  You get what I’m saying?

Either way, respect the perspective of others. This doesn’t mean you have to agree. Sometimes my views might be based on my biblical principles, my experience or my history.  Whatever the case, just agree to disagree and respectfully move on.

No More Excuses…IT’S TIME TO MOVE!

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge and dedicate this post to my wonderful pastor, Apostle Diane Washington of the Trinity Deliverance Church in Detroit, MI.  She is such an inspiration to me and I am grateful that God has placed her in my life.

Well, here we are again.  For those of you that have chosen to join me by reading this post, I say, “congratulations.”  Why you ask?  My prayer is that after you read this, it will cause you to MOVE; to become mobile; to place you in a forward motion toward fulfilling your destiny.

WARNING: this message might cause you to be propelled rather quickly into your destiny.

Please make sure that you are sitting in a quiet place so that you can meditate on this message.

Now, this message is a little longer than most, so please be prepared and give yourself some time to truly read and take it all in.  First, before we get into the message, there’s something that I need you to do.  I want you to go and get two pieces of paper.  OK, I’m waiting…go ahead.  On one sheet, I want you to write down WHAT YOU THINK YOUR PURPOSE IS (INDIVIDUALLY, IN YOUR CHURCH, ETC.). Next, write on the second sheet of paper, IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE, WHY YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT WALKING IN YOUR CALLING?  WHAT EXCUSES DO YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE FOR NOT WALKING IN YOUR GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE?  At the end of this message, we are going to take a step of faith and literally throw out the paper with all of the excuses in the trash (literally).  We are throwing all EXCUSES in the trash, and the only thing that will remain is our God-given purpose.

One thing that I’ve learned in my 40-something years, is that when we stay too long outside of God’s will—not walking in our God-given purpose, we can become a hindrance. Not only to ourselves, but to others as well.  We never know what will flow from our obedience to God.  Our YES to God, could be tied to the deliverance of a person, or to the deliverance of a nation (Like Esther).  God worked through the life of this one young woman to save the Jewish people from total annihilation.  In the book of Esther, it explains how God chose to use a peasant girl from a nation in exile to be queen by a powerful Persian king.  In the book entitled, “Finding Favor with the King,” the author points out that King Xerxes passed over as many as 1,459 other candidates from other nations and Persia’s own 127 province-nations to select Esther (Tenney, 2003).  As we see at the end of her story; God CHOSE Esther to be a part a much larger, and important purpose—TO SAVE A NATION.  Remember, with God there is always a larger vision associated with you.

Listen, there is purpose on the inside of you ready to come forth.  For a moment, let’s think about all that a pregnant mother and the baby goes through for nine-months.  Ladies, do you remember how you felt when you knew it was time for your precious baby to be born.  I don’t know about you, but I was uncomfortable, tired, ready to PUSH, afraid, and excited all at the same time.  There are so many risks associated with a child staying in its mother’s womb past 40 weeks.  We know that waiting too long could cause harm to the child and mother.

With that said, I would dare to say that the reason why so many saints are frustrated and discontented is because they are past their due date.  Your purpose is ready to be birthed and you are not pushing.  During pregnancy for some mothers who were a little past their due date, were encouraged to walk, which for some would bring on contractions leading to a normal delivery.  Well…it’s time for US to MOVE…we are way past our due date and it’s time to move…IT’S TIME TO PUSH.  If we don’t, there’s a possibility that the (THE VISION) might be delayed and even die.  It’s time to get to work…MOVE….MOVE.  It’s time for us to envision ourselves MOBILE.

What causes us to avoid walking in/fulfilling our purpose?

Are you Running? We know our purpose, but we’re running: Read Jonah, Chapters 1-4; Loss of faith, so I’m going to help God: Sarah (Genesis, Chapters 16, 18,  20-22); Regrets; Fear; Blame; Pride; Failures; Past hurts or wounds; Afraid that you’ll succeed, which bring more responsibility and accountability…and the list goes on.

Now, most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah.  In Jonah, Chapter 1 (when you have a moment, read all 4 chapters), we know that Jonah knew his calling, but was running from God.  Jonah is commissioned by God to preach repentance to the Gentile nation Assyria and its capital of Nineveh, because the people were very wicked.  Jonah hated this idea because Nineveh was one of Israel’s greatest enemies and he wanted nothing to do with preaching to them.  This was an especially hard assignment since the Assyrians had a brutal and oppressive reputation.

Sometimes God will cause us to go a route that we didn’t plan, or like or understand in order for us to learn a lesson (to get out of you whatever it is that will hinder the fulfillment of His plan).  But the sad part is, there’s a possibility that we may never learn the lesson (read Chapter 4). It is totally left up to the individual.  Again, What is it going to take to PROPEL you into your PURPOSE?  Will it take a great fish like Jonah to propel you into your future?  Will it take a 40-year wilderness journey?  Will it take another test? God forbid.  Just say, YES. 

There are so many other reasons you might have.  But whatever the reason or excuse, I’ve learned that excuses can cause us to develop distorted thinking, which causes delays, which causes regrets, which causes resentment…and so on and so on.

Our disobedience has CONSEQUENCES:

Let’s look at Moses for a moment.  In Numbers, chapter 20, we read that there was no water for the congregation and they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.  Throughout their (the Israelites) wilderness journey, they continued to murmur and complain.  In verse 3 it reads…‟If only we had perished when our brothers perished [in the plague] before the Lord!” (AMP).  Further along, the Word shares with us that Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the Lord in prayer.  They needed to get instructions from God, and He answered them.  God gave them specific instructions to take the rod, assemble the congregation, speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water.  But as you read further, you can hear that Moses sounds angry as he called them “rebels” and struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded].

He raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock as the Lord had commanded].  The water poured out and the congregation drank, but the Lord shared with Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as Holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Moses allowed the (OTHER VOICES) to get him off course; ultimately, the consequences were that he and Aaron would miss out on The Promise.  Wow!  Let’s ponder on that for a moment.

We could continue to go on with this discussion with so many examples.  But let’s stop for a moment as we prepare to TOSS AWAY OUR EXCUSES.  God has called you to be a part of HIS PLAN.  Will you refuse, will you make excuses or will you say YES?  Understand that the life that God has given you is not your own; we are all His children and we belong to Him.  When we pray, “Lord let Your Will be done in my life,” do we really mean it? When we say, “He is the Lord of our lives,” do we really mean it?  Ask yourself, when I say “No” could it be possible that I could become a hindrance to God’s plan?  Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  God can use any one of His children to get the job done, and I would say that you are correct.  But He has made you unique, fearfully and wonderfully made, different from anyone else, and He has a special purpose just for YOU.  He wants to perfect you in this journey and He has promised that He’ll never leave or forsake us.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  As I have always said, in the end, We want God to get all of the Glory!

I don’t know what or who your God-given purpose is attached to, but you better believe that your “yes” or “no” could possibly impact the life of one person or a nation; a neighbor or a neighborhood; a family member or an entire generation.  There really is peace in the “YES” because we know if we are walking in His purpose, the outcome assuredly will be good.

ALRIGHT!! DO YOU HAVE YOUR EXCUSES WRITTEN DOWN?  GET READY!! NOW LET’S TOSS THE EXCUSES IN THE TRASH, AND PICK UP OUR PURPOSE AND RUN WITH IT.  LET’S MOVE FORWARD AND ADVANCE GOD’S KINGDOM.  WE ARE NEVER LOOKING BACK.  NO REGRETS, NO EXCUSES!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!

While putting this message together, I kept hearing this song in my spirit. Listen and be encouraged.

 

What Do You Hear?

I believe that God will use the very gifts that He has given to you (to give Him Glory first and foremost), but to minister to YOU as well. For example, God has gifted me in singing, so when I give Him praise through song (in spirit and in truth) He responds and that song will begin to minister to me. Melodies will just begin to pour from heart, to my mouth and back to God. He has given me a desire to journal; He inspires me through His Word, or through a message that my pastor preached, etc., and I write out what I hear.  He encourages and strengthens me through my writing.  You get my point.

There are times when I have so much on the inside that I must sit down in a quiet space, pray and begin to write out what I hear (God-inspired).  If not, I feel like a pregnant woman ready to give birth, and unable to push. That is a miserable feeling (Sisters, do you feel me?). That’s the best description that I can give.

Over the last few days, God has been downloading poems, words of encouragement…etc., into my spirit and I thought I’d share.  I pray that it will encourage and inspire you as well.

What is God speaking to you today?  While in your private prayer time with Him, are you allowing Him to speak to you? Or are you doing all of the talking?

I challenge you today to be still; be quiet in God’s presence so you can hear His voice.  Allow Him to respond. HE IS SPEAKING.

So, with that said, this is what I heard (Part 1):

Seeing the finish line; Obtaining the prize

Pressing past the opinion of others, pressing past my shame, pressing past the blame

Hearing the voice of God

Saying, I can do All things through Christ who strengthens me

Shouting my war cry

Fighting with one hand, working with the other

Breaking the stitches from society

Healing from the wounds from my past hurts

Advancing on the enemy, who’s trying to hold me bound to society, bound to their perceptions

Breaking free, breaking free, I’m free!

 

What Are You Speaking? Praying for Marriages

Greetings friends and family:

Yes, I know it’s been some time since I have shared my heart with you through Writing to Inspire, but I am back and even more determined to press forward and allow God to use me to encourage others. Since my last post, I’ve had my valley and mountain-top moments, but God is perfecting me through it all.

I’ve always been a perfectionist; wanting everything to be in place before I can move on.  Well, I am learning that when you present to God what you have, with a sincere heart, He will receive it, bless it and multiply the gift, which in turn will bless others. The end result? God will get all the Glory!!  This is my prayer for the Writing to Inspire Blog…that you will be encouraged; inspired and that God will get all of the Glory!

Today, it was pressed upon my heart to encourage the married couples.  There is someone out there today that needs to read this message.

Today, as my husband and I were praying, we were praying over our marriage (as we always do), and calling out different couples asking God to strengthen them.  Afterward, I heard these words:

Every step toward correction, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction, which is progression.

In every marriage, you will have your triumphs and challenges alike. Prayerfully more triumphs, but nevertheless, challenges will come. You are not alone.

Some of you have been wanting to give up. The devil would want nothing more than to make you feel that the small steps toward healing your marriage isn’t going to matter.  He would try to make you believe that it’s too late.  HE IS A LIAR!  Remember…‟Every step toward correction, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction, which is progression.”

But I want you to ask yourself a question…What am I speaking over my marriage?  Are you speaking life or are you speaking death?  PLEASE, WATCH WHAT YOU SPEAK.

The word of God says in Proverbs 18:21…Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Another translation states, “many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue.”

Our God, Creator of all things, spoke this world into existence…Let there be…and it came into existence (Genesis 1).  What are you calling into existence regarding your marriage? Are you causing the death of your marriage with your words?

I want to encourage you today…don’t give up.  I challenge you (both of you) to begin to speak God’s Word over your marriage and watch the restoration manifest.

Go to the following site and begin to speak life over your marriage:

(http://go.tonyevans.org/hubfs/pdf/30DaysMarriagePrayers-Ebook.pdf)

If you need support, please feel free to send us your prayer request, and Jimmie and I will touch and agree with you.  Send your praise reports as well…you never know who it will bless.

Listen and be encouraged:

 

FEAR (Tell That Mountain to Move)

What is hindering you from fulfilling your dreams? What is stopping you from becoming a Water Walker? What has caused you to remain stagnant? I’m not sure about you, but over the years, dare I say it…yes, I have been AFRAID to step out of the boat because of FEAR! Fear of the unknown; fear of failing; fear of succeeding; afraid of what others think of me and the list goes on and on. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!! With God’s help, I am determined to move toward—finishing my assignment, and then I’m going to “pay it forward.” I’ll explain that concept later.

Now, this is a little lengthy, but I need you to sit and sow some time into yourself today.

Speaking from experience, when the spirit of fear overwhelms you, it makes every situation appear much larger than it really is. Years ago, I remember hearing my pastor, the Late Apostle V. Benjamin Washington, give his description of FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). Fear will make your situation APPEAR to be as big as a mountain, but remember that we have an arsenal that FEAR cannot withstand; The Word of God.  Today, we are going to tell that mountain (FEAR) to move.

Your gifts are to be used to glorify God, to advance the Kingdom, to make a difference in this world, to encourage others to press forward and walk into their destiny. I am sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not just about YOU.  Yes, God wants to see you blessed, but there is someone waiting for you to walk in your calling, waiting for that God-given idea to manifest, they are waiting for that business to be birthed.

In the book Destiny, authored by Bishop T. D. Jakes, he says, “Greatness inspires Greatness, Creativity inspires Creativity. When you align yourself with people who inspire you and help draw out the best in you, you find your best self.”  Your steps of faith could inspire someone else to do the same. Never thought about it that way did you? And the opposite is true as well: when you are climbing up that ladder (spiritually or naturally) and you allow fear to grip you and then you decide to come down, there are many others that will have to move down the ladder in order for you to come down (SELAH).

When fear tries to creep in, speak the Word of God: In Matthew 21:21 it says…Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done.  2 Timothy 2:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAIN…COMMAND IT TO MOVE.

Listen, when we endeavor to walk in God’s purpose, to do the will of the Father, we don’t have to be afraid. Those dreams, the gifts that you have…they were placed in you by our Creator. That idea or that one issue that continues to nag and bother you, where do you think it came from? That frustration that’s on the inside of you about the injustices in this world, just maybe God has caused you to see the problem so that you can create a solution.

When you’ve been called to do a work for the Lord, He gives us the reassurance that He’s with us. For example, when God called Jeremiah, He told him, “I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah doubted himself and said, “Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” But the Lord said unto him, “Say not that you are a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you thou shall speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”

God called Jeremiah, but doubt and fear tried to overtake him.  God gave him reassurance that He was with him. Jeremiah was focused on his own abilities, but if God has called you, then He has equipped you for the work.  We must understand that we CANNOT do anything without HIM.  Now, please understand that it’s our job to pray and receive instructions on the “HOW” and the “WHEN.”  But that’s another message.

Another example is Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Luke 1, the Word of God speaks of the angel that came to Mary to tell her that she would bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. Of course, we know that Mary was troubled by this saying because she was a virgin, and knew not a man. Can you imagine yourself in her shoes? The angel assured her that she need not be afraid. In verse 36 it states, for with God nothing shall be impossible.

Now, we must understand that when we make the decision to follow after our God-given purpose, the enemy will try to bring distractions, doubt, trials, and the kitchen sink, but keep your eyes on God.

In Matthew 14, while Jesus was dealing with the multitudes, he instructed his disciples to get into a ship and to go before Him unto the other side. You know the story…a storm came and began to toss the boat. Jesus went unto them walking on the water. The point here is when the disciples saw Him, they were troubled and cried out of fear, thinking Jesus was a ghost. Do you see how fear manipulates and distorts our vision?

The Word tells us that Jesus assured them and said, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  The story goes on to say that Jesus bid Peter to come onto the water and Peter obeyed.  Peter came out of the ship and walked on water, but when the wind began to blow, Peter became afraid. Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore did you doubt?”

What is my point? When we keep our eyes on the Lord, not doubting, there is nothing we cannot do. Storms will come, distractions will come, but we must stay focused on Him. Don’t listen to the Nay Sayers! Will we have trials and tests along the way to our destiny? Of course, we will, but we also have the assurance that God is with us. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 3:14).

Ok Water Walker, now that you’ve been inspired, let’s “pay it forward” by encouraging someone else today. The simplest way to define “pay it forward” is that when someone does something for you, instead of paying that person back directly, you pass it on to another person.  Before you leave the site, give a word of encouragement in the comment section below. Inspire someone with your testimony on how you are now moving forward to your destiny or feel free to share this post.

Until next time, be blessed.

 

Repositioning Myself for God’s Purpose (Part I)

Jesus - walking in His WillAre you walking in God’s purpose? Or do you find yourself off course. Then it’s time to re-position yourself for God’s purpose; it’s time pivot.

Re-adjusting or re-positioning implies that you were once in a place or certain state, and need to get to another place (or in the right place). In order to re-position yourself, you need to first look at the place where you were.

Let’s start off by taking a look at what re-positioning really means. The prefix re- is a synonym for again/return. The definition of the word “position” is a place or location; the right or appropriate place; the act of putting something in place.

Now, before we move forward, let me clarify something with this sidebar. The reason behind the move (or re-positioning) doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad place. As we allow God to perfect us, as we mature in our walk, there comes a time we must take that next step forward/upward. In other words, there comes a time when we MUST get out of the boat…and swim.

Repositioning implies that you were once in a place or certain state, and need to get to another place (or in the right place).  For some, in order to reposition yourself, you might have to take a look at where you came from (your past), and how you arrived in your present state.  To get to the next level, sometimes we need to evaluate how we reached our current destination to avoid a repeat. Then, we are able to start again with the prior experience, learning from our past mistakes, and plan our next course of action with the help of the Lord. Sometimes the stagnation comes from holding on to our past hurts.

Dr. Peter Scazzero, author of Emotionally, Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution In Your Life in Christ says:  “When we aren’t in touch with who we truly are, we can get emotionally and spiritually “stuck.” We stagnate and stop growing in Christ, and as a result, we miss all the fullness of who He created us to be. Although we can make it to Heaven, we can miss our assignment here on earth.”

Know this, when we make a decision to walk “on purpose,” the devil will take every opportunity to try to distract and get you off course. Years ago, one of my daughter’s favorite movies was Meet the Robinsons. The main character was a young man that was an inventor who had all the tools that he needed, but continued to fail. Every corner he turned there was the enemy whispering in his ear and telling him that he wasn’t good enough, reminding him of his past, which created a spirit of fear. The enemy even went as far as trying to go into the future and steal the young man’s dreams. Isn’t that just like the enemy! The Word of God tells us “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8).”

As we make the decision to reposition ourselves, here are a few questions that we should ask?

• What part are WE responsible for? Selah.
• How did you get there?
• Why do I need to move?
• What is holding me captive, and causing me to remain stagnate?

This is a good place to pause for a moment and ponder on these questions. In order to answer these questions, this will mean confronting our own issues face-to-face. This is not easy AT ALL, but necessary. It’s necessary to ask ourselves those hard questions in order to move forward from our past, in order to reposition ourselves for God’s purpose. During your prayer time, take these questions before Lord and allow Him to speak to your heart.

Until next time, let’s make this resolution together:

RESOLUTION

I, (fill in your name) have resolved in my spirit that my intention is to fulfill the plan; the assignment that God has for me. I am determined not to stray from God’s Word, from His will for my life.  My mind is fixed, and I will persevere and stay on course.

A Call to Action

call-to-actionAs I prepared to enter the building, I was feeling disappointed because my dear friend had not arrived. I just knew by hearing the testimonies of other women, how they made it through their trials, it would inspire and encourage her to move forward. Well to my surprise, as I looked up, there she was driving up behind me; God answered my prayer. As I would find out later, not only was the meeting to be a blessing for her, but I would also be a partaker.

As each person shared their testimony, they expressed themselves with such resolve; my heart was warmed by the presence of God, and the transparency and sincerity of each woman. My ears were inclined to every word as they shared their valley and mountain-top moments. Upon my arrival, in my heart I felt like I was at a crossroad, but by the time the event would end, I would be turning the corner.  Can you get excited?

While listening to each story, the one message that resonated in my spirit was “Making your Misery your Ministry.” Those valley moments that you might be experiencing, God our creator can repurpose your misery and turn them into a ministry. It was as though each story heard was a reflection, in some way, of my journey. Little did I know that this message would be the first of many confirmations God would show me that He was listening; He heard my prayers. And second, it was confirming that there was “a work” for me to accomplish, and it would be birthed through the trials and pain that had unfolded in my life.  I heard a clarion call; a Call to Action.

Over the last seven years, I’ve experienced the loss of several special people in my life: my mother, father, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and my pastor of more than 20 years. On top of that, in the midst of all of this pain, my relationship with my son had been strained. As a mother, I can only explain the feeling as “mourning.” Mourning the loss of the close relationship with my son, but in Jesus Name, it continues to get better.

This brings me back to the message that was ministered during the event. Making your Misery your Ministry continued to ring in my spirit. Even before this revelation, one evening while resting, I heard the phrase “Mother Warrior.”

In that moment, I felt that God was dealing with me about the importance of praying for ALL young men, not just my son. Just as women labor to bring forth new life (our children) into this world, we MUST continue to sow time in prayer on behalf of our sons and daughters that have lost their way. We must believe that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST OUR CHILDREN SHALL PROSPER (Isaiah 54:17). We are not only mothers to our natural children, but we have a responsibility to pray for others; to intercede when we observe injustices in the world, in our neighborhoods, or the need for deliverance in our families. We must pray through, until we get a breakthrough. (I Thess. 5:17) (Ephesians 6:18-20).

During my time in prayer, the Lord gave me somewhat of a poetic revelation that describes “Mother Warrior©.”

Oh Mother Warrior…crying out for her children in prayer, “offering lamentation” over their situation…
Oh Mother Warrior…grieve not for your children, for God has their destiny in the palm of His Hands, so STAND…
Shout and praise Him now, don’t worry about the “How” just know that He will…HE SHALL…
Trust in the Lord, place them in His care, let Him have his way.
Oh Mother Warrior…Now let us hear your war cry. Praying with fervency, “they shall live and NOT die…dry those tears and fears.
So I say, “Yes, Lord I’ll do it.” I’ll pray through it. I’ll pray through the hurt, through the pain, through the shame.

Do you see where I’m going…

After reading one of my favorite blogs, I came across a book entitled, “The Art of Work” by author Jeff Goins. Throughout the book, my attention was directed to themes that coincided with the message from the event: Tragedy to Triumph; Diversion to Destiny; Setback to Set up; and Difficulties to Opportunities (See how God works!). I truly believe that God will use your gifts or interests (i.e., reading, music, etc.) to get your attention. When God is speaking, we must learn how to be quiet and listen to His voice. Yes, Lord, I hear you speaking.

One excerpt from the book stated…but in your heart you will know it’s right. How? There will be confirmation. I truly believe that God has given me the confirmation that it’s time to “pivot.” In his book, Jeff Goins talks about pivot points in our lives.

Here’s an excerpt:
He states, “In basketball, you are only allowed to take two steps once you stop dribbling the ball. When you take that last step, the foot you land on becomes what’s called a “pivot foot.” That foot must remain fixed, but the other foot can freely move about, allowing you to easily spin around and find a teammate to whom you can pass the ball. Although confined to where you are and how many steps you can take, at no point are you locked into any direction. That’s the beauty of the move. Even when all other opportunities are exhausted, you can always pivot. A pivot is powerful because it takes away all of your excuses. It puts you back in control. Pivoting isn’t plan B; it’s part of the process. Unexpected things will happen; setbacks do occur. Whether or not you’re prepared to pivot will affect how well you weather those storms and find a way to survive. Tough times will come, and what determines a person’s success during such trying times is the ability to “pivot.” At these times, we are inclined to give up, but these are the moments that require our most intentional action.”

What will you do with the pain or the challenges that you’ve endured? Will you let it consume you or will you pivot; will you answer the call? I truly believe that God has given me the confirmation that it’s time to “pivot.” Yes, it’s time to repurpose this pain—taking misery and turn it into ministry. It’s time to make a move forward and take intentional action.

I believe that by sharing this snippet of my journey, someone, somewhere will be encouraged and will be reminded that they are not alone. But understand this, through all of our valley and mountain-top moments, God is the reason why we are still standing to tell the story. There’s a purpose in the pain. It’s time to take action! It’s time to tell YOUR story!  Let this be the beginning of a new and exciting journey.