We are all fighting some type of battle, including myself. No longer will we be defeated by the enemy. No longer will the enemy take our joy! The storm is almost over but in the meantime, we have to find peace in God. He is our strength when we are weak. Remember it’s not our battle but it’s The Lords.
You have to change before your circumstances can change. Many times God uses our circumstances to drive us closer to him. What God has done in you by his grace and mercy, is a gift to us that you receive only by faith. The path of righteousness grows brighter and brighter everyday. You are changing in His image from glory to glory. You are in the process of being changed. God is not upset that you have not arrived yet. He sees that you’re making the effort to change. Don’t let guilt hold you back. God lives in you & He knows your heart. Although you are not where you need to be, be thankful that you’re not where you used to be. Change can be initially frightening but eventually refreshing!
I was 26 years old when God came to me and said ” you’re about to give birth to a new life”. Immediately I began to worry. All the what if’s came into my mind. “What if I’m not fit, what if I fail”. I asked Him “are you sure it’s me you want?”. I simply wasn’t ready. For months He gracefully transformed me, preparing me for what was coming. There were times when I was stubborn but He remained patient. When I doubted if I could uphold the purpose He had for me, He poured confidence into me. During these month, He taught me how to love and forgive. He was simply stripping me from my old habits. Before I knew it, it was birthing season. It was time for labor. This new life that God prepared me for was now here. This new life, was my new life. All I could do was cry & thank Him for this blessing. For saving me. For giving me a second chance at life. Healed from my scars from this transformation, I was now ready to fulfill my purpose. On that day, I was REBIRTH!
I am not perfect. I am not holier than thou. I am still healing. I am still learning who I am. I am still building my faith. I am still learning how to completely trust God. I am still learning how to forgive. I am still learning how to react out of the spirit and not the flesh. I am still broken in certain areas. I am still learning how to control my attitudes. I am still learning how to control the things I say. I am still learning not to judge people but to see the value in people. I am still learning not to complain but to praise. I still have my days when I feel like going back to my old ways. I am not ashamed of who I am. God is working on me and through me. I am not perfect.
We are all running this race we call life. The good thing is we have the worlds greatest coach, God. I want you to know that the race you are running is for a purpose. You are aiming for a prize but not just any prize. Your prize is not an ordinary medal that will get lost over time. Your prize is a crown that will last forever. A crown from God. Stop half running your race and start running your race wholeheartedly. There will be hurdles so if you need to stop on the side to get advice from your coach, do so. God will supply you with the water(strength) & a playbook(knowledge) on how to win your race. Whatever crisis we face God already has the solution in mind. Remember God is able to provide solutions to our problems long before we are aware of them. Your coach is rooting for you even when no one else is. You know what’s even better, you will not be disqualified because God arms are always open. When you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up because He is a forgiving God. So keep running your race & allow God to coach you. Your crown is waiting!
Listen to the instructions of God. Turn away from wickedness. Ask for wisdom and knowledge. Understand God’s word. Walk away from evildoers. They seek evil and won’t get sleep until evil is done. We need to think like God. Having a righteous mind and heart. Reacting out of love, how He loves us. Let go of old habits preventing you from getting closer to God.
Learn to embrace every spiritual season of your life. Be patient. God has to do something to you before He can do something through you. Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Give glory to God for the progress you’ve made. Keep your faith. Abraham was 99 years old when he saw the promises of God. He was 75 years old when God told him the promises he had for him. Persevere through your spiritual season Queen!!! Remember God’s timing is always the right timing!
There was holes in me and in the holes , You planted seeds in me. You watered those seeds. You nurtured me. You cared for me. You loved me. You shined your light on me, allowing me to grow and blossom. You were patient with my growth. When You saw that I was ready, You gracefully picked me from your garden. You placed me, Your precious flower on display so that others could see Your work. I now shine bright on Your display. Thank You for planting Your seed in me. Thank You for placing me, Your precious flower on display.
To the person that is tired, ready to give up, discouraged, or lost, it’s time to give your battle to God. Allow God to direct you back to His path. He is your Shepard. You are His sheep. He is your leader and it is your job to follow His commands. God will help you if you allow Him to do so. He is your counselor. The storm that you are enduring is to teach and strengthen you. Romans 5:3-4 says “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Greater is coming from your current circumstances. Trust in The Lord faithfully and wholeheartedly.
As I stare at myself, I remember when I didn’t even love this person. I remember when I would find every flaw on & in me. I remember when I would lower my standards for a man who just wanted to lower what was under my pants. I remember comparing myself to other women on social networks. I remember thinking if I was smaller, with “good” hair, I would be cuter. I remember having sex because I thought I could keep him. I remember when I thought it was cute that her man wanted me. I remember when I let the amount of likes under a picture dictate they way I felt about my looks. Sigh…..I remember. As I sit and look at me. I now see a Queen. I now see a woman that God delivered. I now see a woman who accepts her flaws. I now see a woman who doesn’t settle. I now see a woman who doesn’t allow social networks to validate who she is. I now see a woman walking in her destiny. I now see a woman who is confident with the inner & outer her. I now see a woman who doesn’t find security in a man but instead found security in God. I now see a woman who admires herself. I now see a woman who loves herself. I now see a woman who appreciates herself. I now see me!