Hello!!! It’s been so long since I’ve taken time to post anything for you all. I’ve been diligently working on another project that I’m honored, and excited to soon share with you!! I always talk about my passion for writing, whether poetry, love letters to God, inspirational quotes, or the like. I want to share with you what God has given me, what was confirmed so many times before now, and why I just now came around to believing it. Growing up, you do things, some you love, others, not so much. As children, we find out what we love, and we continue doing it because it makes us feel good and WE HAVE DISCOVERED THAT WE ARE GREAT AT IT!! The thing that others may struggle with, you did it with ease. Maybe, you were like me and never really thought nothing of it. Maybe you were like me, and didn’t believe how great you were, even when people told you. I have been told that it isn’t up to others to help us realize our greatness or to even define it. We must realize the greatness within us, no matter what those around us may say. I have always been an open book, trusting too easily, getting hurt, and learning along the way that not everyone will see or even appreciate your greatness. In fact, some will see your greatness, but because they don’t want you to realize it, they offer up negativity, doubt, and fear, instead of positivity, support, and motivation to help you along the way. They are intimidated by what God has placed in you that allows you to stand out. They end up being so focused on your greatness, and the light that shines within you, they don’t realize that they too, have something that God has placed inside of them as well. We all do. Whether we ever tap into it or not, is a different post.
Years ago, I remember being in prayer, and the Lord told me that I would write a book. So, of course, I took that excitement and shared the news with a few people. I never stopped to ask God if he wanted me to release what he had given me. Looking back, and being further along in my relationship with him now, I see that sometimes the Lord gives us things that are just meant for us at that moment. He will gives us more as we continue to follow him. So, here is where I messed up. I told people what he’d given me. Shortly after, I grew impatient, took matters into my own hands, attempted to write the book myself, AND I stopped following him as closely as I had been. WHAT A DISASTER THAT WAS!! No wonder, things didn’t work out! He gave me the vision, but I totally hijacked it for reasons that would not bring glory to his name. Wrong, I know. But, I’m being totally honest because I don’t want you to make the same mistake that I did. I’m always willing to share my mistakes, and share with you the result of me making the mistake in the hope that you won’t do the same.
Flashback: I remember having lunch with a friend and since it had been a while, we were just sharing what was new in our lives. During this conversation, I shared with her God’s plan for me. She wasn’t negative, but she didn’t seem excited or even like she half way believed what I told her. When she asked me what the book would be about, I told her. The look on her face, her response, and body language were all indicators that she was not going to be a supporter. At the moment, doubt and fear came upon me. I thought to myself, “she didn’t SAY that I couldn’t do this, she didn’t SAY that she wouldn’t support me, so WHY am I all of a sudden questioning what GOD TOLD ME”? Body language, and facial expressions are indeed forms of communication too! So, because I prematurely shared something that God had given me, I opened the door for someone to come in and speak against it. As a result, my writing slowed down, my faith in God and his promises faded quickly, and I no longer believed in the vision God gave me, or myself for that matter. I truly want to encourage you when I say that whatever God has given you, ALWAYS BELIEVE IN IT, no matter what others say. It may not happen today, next week, or next month, but when God has given you something, have a heart of gratitude, have patience, and seek him continuously on it.
This past weekend, I had the most amazing time at a Writer’s Retreat, which is actually the inspiration for this post today. I was so blessed by what I saw, heard, and learned. The testimonies, the healed hurt’s from the past of other’s and how God showed his grace and mercy to them just like he showed me. So many beautiful people, all willing to be transparent enough with delicate and intimate details of their lives to bring glory to the only one who could ever get them to where they are today. None other than our Heavenly Father. We all had a lot in common. Listening to the testimonies, I was reminded and felt led to share this:
When we put our trust in others before we learn to fully and solely trust God, we may have to take a detour ultimately changing our ETA to the destination that he is calling us to. He knows better than anyone else, what plans he has for us, and those things cant be taken away by anyone. So, I encourage you, even if no one else believes in you, continue to believe in yourself, and more importantly, continue to believe in and trust God. Stay focused and stay on the path that he has set out for you. If you allow him to lead you, you’ll end up exactly where he needs you to be.
God is Love,