It’s interesting how you can think something means one thing and then have a completely different revelation about it shortly after. I had the awesome opportunity to hear from Dr. Dee Dee Freeman on Saturday, Jan. 30 at an event hosted by Heaven’s Gate ministry and it completely blew my mind. If you know anything about Dr. Dee Dee, you know that she is a bold woman of God and as some of you say, she was in the building snatching edges all around. She helped me realize that this is my year of bold faith and big prayers, but in more ways than one.
What we say will manifest. Good or bad. This is something that I know to be true because I have seen its power. Most of the things I have found myself meditating on over and over in my life have happened. Period. This past week I had such a great convo with the bubbly Ayana Iman who is a mommy, blogger and life coach. Our conversation was casual in nature, just to get to know one another as we were introduced online. Within that talk, I was reminded of the importance of affirmation because Ayana is a huge advocate for it and helps coach people with their own. It’s not something I always think about, but it is something that has really become a habit in my life. For me, most often it is in the form of a confession derived from scripture in the Bible. And so I wanted to take some time today to talk about its importance and maybe help you write some of your own.
I used to be afraid to stand up during praise and worship at church. It felt uncomfortable. I was so focused in on the perception from those around me instead of actually focusing on God during the time that prepares you to receive the word of God. I also hated turning to books in my Bible. Again, I thought that other people would notice that I didn’t know exactly where to turn or what order the books were in. What I have learned is that NONE of that is important and it’s all of the silly excuses that we will make for ourselves not to enter into the house of God.
I am not gentle by nature. Not sure that I ever have been. And though the broadcast that I watched that spawned this post cited that most people aren’t, I definitely think there are others that may be a little better at it than me. I grew up in a household where you kind of had to have tough skin. And so sometimes I don’t even realize that I can be a little much until I see the response of others. I’m sarcastic, sometimes a little brash, and loud. But as I grow and mature, I see the importance of gentleness. And not only with others, but maybe even more importantly with myself.
There is something about that time when you are just scratching the surface of the love of God an His teachings. I think many believers remember vividly the moment when something connected and you wondered what you were doing all this time before your gave your life to Christ. This is the time we often call being on fire for Christ. But as you push and press, and grow, and life happens, you can begin to get a little comfortable, and a little complacent in your belief.
Written by: David Nazario
Is money tight for you right now? You're not alone. It's tight for me too. Working forty hours a week for someone else has never been an option, but, for the past year or so, my side hustles combined with my writing have allowed me to live comfortably. But, some recent travels (that I don't regret at all) have disrupted my comfort. But, it's cool, I'm not upset about it, I'm actually pretty happy and excited because I know exactly what I need to do.
I was driving home one day with the radio playing and when I zoned into what was actually playing, it was Tamela Mann’s song “Best Days.” I listened to the lyrics, “Never knew the pain would let me stand, Never thought my tears would go away, Till I found Jesus, I never thought I’d be in this place.” Quickly enough, though I never heard the song before I was singing along. Each of the words ringing so true and by the end of it all I was in tears.
Have you ever found yourself putting all your faith in the hands of a person? The hiring manager at a new job you applied for, the brand manager at a company you would love to work with, or the mentor that you know could get you to the next level if they just make a phone call? Well, I can definitely say that I have. But just as quickly as I am putting high stakes on what others can do for me, I remember that God is at the head of it all!