With Father's day being Sunday, I want to take this opportunity to lift up my incredible husband. He is amazing, not only to me but he is a hero to our kids. I feel like good father's dont always get the recognition they deserve. So today I want to take a moment and show love to all the amazing fathers out there. This Sunday belongs to all of you.
Spring has always been my favorite season. I always loved the warm weather, beautiful blooming flowers, and pretty pastels that are unleashed this time of year. As an adult I've grown to love Fall for other reasons, but spring will always hold my heart. I've never been a lover of rain so I used to wish I could fast forward those April showers. "I can't stand the rain, against my window, I can't stand the rain," was my Anthem ok. I really remember singing this Missy Elliott song all the time. My hate for the rain was real.
“Ain't no feelin' like being free
When your mind's made up
And your heart's in the right place
Ain't no feelin' like being free
When you done all you could
What was misunderstood
It's all good
Ain't no feelin' like bein' free
I'm like an eagle set free
And finally I'm looking out for me
Ain't no feelin' like being free
'Cause my mind's made up
And my heart's in the right place”
This is one of my all time favorite Destiny's Child songs. I love this song so much and it fits perfectly with this weeks blogpost theme. Free! Galatians 5:1 tells us to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ had made us free, and be not entangled with the yoke of bondage.” Man so much said in such a short scripture. This scripture was the the theme of our women's retreat. The retreat took place last weekend at Solomon Episcopal in Loeranger, La. It was such a beautiful place. Women of Freedom was our theme and chile when it was all said and done I felt just like the lyrics I recited of that Destiny's Child song. I felt free. All the yoke and burdens I had been carrying around somehow finally took and released from me. Who knew all it would take is one weekend? Really it wasn't the weekend that freed me. When Jesus died He freed me, He was just waiting on me to walk in that freedom. Are you walking in yours?
Obstacles in life are ever present. At some point in life you will go through somethings. I don't care who you are, you will face some obstacles in your life. See you couldn't tell me this when I first gave my life to Christ. I thought that because I belong to God and I finally knew it that I wouldn't have to go through hard things anymore. I thought that I was marked safe from all hurt, pain and circumstances. I didn't know that some of the same struggles I had before will arise again. “I am exempt from all things considered bad,” I would tell myself. “Because I belong to God, He ain't gonna let nothing unfavourable come my way.” That was truly how I felt, but something happened that I never saw coming. I experienced and still experience good days, bad days, ups and downs, obstacle after obstacle continues to grow in my life. Fathomed by the fact that God has allowed these things to happened, I began to pray, but not pray pray. Ok let me explain. I was like, “ Hey God it's me, you know your daughter, like I had just gave my life to you and I know you will protect me and bless me and keep me, but some stuff has been happening and I'm not sure if you remembered that I had came to you, like I'm yours, so if you will can you remove all this stuff and just replace it with blessings? Amen.” All I gotta say is thank God for growth. Thank you Lord for understanding. Because if I had been that same girl now, I'd be in trouble. Se3 my thoughts were when you give your life to God it was a trade. Like here God take all the bad and He in return would give all things good to me. Boy was I wrong.
I've learned that even as a Christian I will still face obstacles. It's not about what you go through but HOW you go through it. The bible tells me that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. Although this is true, it doesn't mean that I am exempt from threats by these weapons. They definitely will form but God promised they won't prosper. But, what does that mean exactly? I'm glad you asked. It simply means things will arise in your life, but do not fear because those things will not kill you. This life lesson has been embedded in my brain ever since I learned this principle. I always remember my mom's utterance of the words “ what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. “ reflecting on my mom's words put everything in right standing. Becoming a Christian doesn't just take away all bad and replace it with all good experiences. Instead, I am faced with the same and sometimes new obstacles, troubles, trials and tribulations, but this time I know without a doubt these things can't kill me. God has me. He promised to never leave me nor forsake me. So when problems arise in my life prayer mixed with faith will get me through. Besides, I can stand on this promise all things work together for good to them that love God and are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28. In other words YOU GOT THIS. Just last week I was hit with thing after thing after thing. I went to court for a traffic ticket and left out feeling like a criminal. I went to the doctor and learned that my job is making my health worse. I've been feeling like crap and my depression was starting to set in, but I looked in the mirror and remembered who's I am. I had to get myself together, “Yadie get it together sis. You know God got you. You know situations happen and troubles come. You know that everything ain't gonna go the way you want it to. You know this. So why are trippin. Stop crying, pick yo head up and let God do your fighting. Give Him the praise He deserves. This battle is not yours. Stop jumping in the ring when you were not built for the fight. God got you, and you got this!!
How do you face your trials?