Who Are You Not To Be?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others…” – Marianne Williamson

Sometimes, we psych ourselves out of being who we are really meant to be. We fear the outcome. Questions like these come up: Will it be like I want it? What will people think about me if do it? Will I be alienated because of this journey? I have dealt with this same spirit of doubt. I have noticed that when God is about to move in our lives, problems start to arise. When these problems come, we start doubting whether we’ll be able to get to the next stage.

God calls us to a life of faith. We must spend quality time with our Lord so we can recognize His voice. So when God says, “Come,” our only response ought to be, “Here I am Lord.” Our past experiences may scream, it’s not possible; you’re going to fail. Although we cannot see the finish line yet, we must trust that God will provide a solid foundation for us to tackle whatever it is that comes our way.

So, who are you not to be? I want to be a lot of things. I want to be a kingdom man with God’s presence. I want to be a great husband and father to our baby girl (she’s going to be here end of March – ahhhhh!!!!!). I want to be a successful professional engineer. I want to be a writer. The list goes on. I know that in God’s perfect timing, these things will come to pass. However in the journey to achieve these goals, I have shrunk due to fear of failure or judgment, etc.

The one thing that I strongly believe in my heart is that I want to encourage people. I want to uplift the heartbroken, the distraught, and the ones who can’t seem to make ends meet. I have been able to do that through many mediums. After I started my blog, I was worried that people wouldn’t read it and I’d be writing for naught. I stopped writing for a while because I didn’t think I’d be reaching people. Nevertheless, I don’t feel that way anymore. I left in God’s hands trusting that those who need it will be encouraged once they read it.

Like Marianne Williamson said, “You are a child of God.” Go on and shine. Who are you not to be exceptional in all that you do? Be liberated from your fears so that your presence can liberate others.

Be encouraged that God counts you among His beloved. God values you. Be free. Live. Be happy. Trust in God for all your needs.

Helping Others Through Their Journey. Encourage Someone

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At times, we are harassed by our busy schedules, bruised by worry, anxiety, failure, guilt, and ultimately feel defeated by sin. Sometimes, all someone needs is a little encouragement. Someone to believe in them. Someone to let them know that everything will be okay.

Chuck Swindoll said it best, he said, “The beautiful thing about encouragement is that anybody can do it.” 

Are you encouraging someone? Are you uplifting your brothers and sisters in the Lord? We all ought to be encouraging somebody. People blossom when encouraged by others. Let us consider one another [Hebrews 10:24-25]. Show love to someone. Don’t underestimate the impact you have in someone’s life. When you encourage someone, you give them that extra push that they need to be catapulted over the finish line to victory.

So I encourage you, let love lead the way as you encourage someone. God will abundantly bless…

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Helping Others Through Their Journey. Encourage Someone

At times, we are harassed by our busy schedules, bruised by worry, anxiety, failure, guilt, and ultimately feel defeated by sin. Sometimes, all someone needs is a little encouragement. Someone to believe in them. Someone to let them know that everything will be okay.

Chuck Swindoll said it best, he said, “The beautiful thing about encouragement is that anybody can do it.” 

Are you encouraging someone? Are you uplifting your brothers and sisters in the Lord? We all ought to be encouraging somebody. People blossom when encouraged by others. Let us consider one another [Hebrews 10:24-25]. Show love to someone. Don’t underestimate the impact you have in someone’s life. When you encourage someone, you give them that extra push that they need to be catapulted over the finish line to victory.

So I encourage you, let love lead the way as you encourage someone. God will abundantly bless you as you selflessly edify your brothers and sisters.

Let us be willing to scoop so low, so we could lift each other up. Love picks up and lifts up. Think about this as you go about your daily life – You’re someone’s answered prayer. what you sow, you reap. God NEVER forgets what you do for others; even when no one else is looking.

Redemptions from and Silencing the Ego: How Pride Kills Our Destiny – by Tiye Cort

It is so easy to try to take control of situations. I like being in control, knowing what to expect, how to prepare for what’s coming next, and feeling accomplished when I am successful. Through it all, I have to remember that I only have so much power. I can be proud of my academic, professional, and social accomplishments, but that should never get in the way of my thanks and reliance upon God. He has done so much from waking me up to see another day, giving me the opportunities to share my life with others to help them through tough situations, and granting me the ability to get through my own tough times and enjoy the fun and exciting things in life. Sure, my hard work, dedication, and commitment to my success has contributed to all of this, but the things that are beyond my control are all God’s doing.

By choice, I work in a very demanding and consuming environment that poses the challenges of time management, organization, and multi-tasking at all times of the day. This makes it hard to keep a definite separation between work and my personal life, but I manage to do it. Recently, so much has been happening in my personal life that have caused me to really question how much faith I really am putting into God and all that He is preparing me for. My uncle passed away, a friend recently fell ill, and I was also dealing with my own workload with grad school, teaching, and applying to Ph.D. programs. Needless to say, there was potential for a lot of stress, but I knew that keeping my prayer and bible study life was essential to making sure that I stayed on track.

I was in a situation at work that caused me to take God’s hand in things into consideration. To make a long story short, I had a disagreement with a superior, and although I was in the right, the way in which the situation was rectified took patience, wisdom, and a sound mind on my part. I could have handled our issue in the same way in which she did- emotion-fueled, angry, and overall unprofessional, but the first thing I did after reading each one of her emails was stop and pray. It sounds silly, but yes, my hands were on my laptop keys, and I closed my eyes as I felt my ears getting hot, and simply prayed to God to guide my heart and my hands. I specifically remember saying “Lord, thank you so much for this job, and I pray that you will guide me to season my words appropriately.” And that is exactly what He did. We went back and forth, and as her messages became increasingly frustrated and frustrating, I was able to read them, understand her message, and respond with words that were not exactly those which I wanted to say, but what needed to be said to solve the issue. In the end, despite the back and forth and the dragging in of my boss to help facilitate a civil in-person conversation, God worked it out.

This situation in particular made me remember to thank God for all He has done and continues to do in my life. I tend to go through seasons of personal and spiritual difficulty. Things will seem great- almost perfect- and then all at once, my world seems to come tumbling down. Whether it is the death of a loved one, feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, or dealing with thinking that maybe I made a wrong decision, negative things seem to compound themselves when they all come at once. Learning to rely on prayer and my Christian family has become a sine qua non. Where would I be without those who speak sense into me when I’m feeling low? How else would I continue to remember who is completely in control if it weren’t for answered prayers and the confidence that God is watching over me and working everything out for good? Even after the times when I thought that there was no solution, no way out, and no possible way that things would end on a high note, my faith in God has brought me through. I could say that I saw myself through and did it all on my own, but that would be the biggest lie I ever told. Even in my lowest moments, I always find the time to give thanks and praise to the God I serve, and wait for Him to put everything into place when it was beyond my control.

I have friends who don’t believe in God, and I cannot fathom how hard it would be for me to get through everything without believing that it is being taken care of by someone more powerful, more able, and more understanding than I. I pray for myself, my friends, my family, my enemies, and everyone I encounter because I don’t know what they are going through, but I know that the same is true for me. I do a good job at hiding the depths of my struggle when I am in the midst of something challenging, but through it all, I rely on God to work in His own time to make it all come together. It isn’t about whether or not I understand what He is doing, why He is doing it, or how long before I can say that I have made it through. It is about the things in life that increase my faith so that when those hard times come, I know where to seek my strength. Christianity, faith in God, and living a life that is exemplary and encouraging is not for the weak- it takes confidence and perseverance to which not everyone can attest. I’ve chosen to check my pride and remember who is really in control, and I try to encourage everyone around me to do the same.

Choose Joy! Be patient with yourself.

Choose Joy! Be patient with yourself!

Imagine with me for a second: You have a list of ten very important things to do. Do you work as fast as possible to finish them or do you pace yourself and be patient so that each gets the right amount of attention?

I understand that patience has a place and a time. However, if you exercised patience in everything you did, imagine the benefits you’ll reap. There’ll be less mistakes, less errors, and more satisfaction in your work. Yes, patience requires that you put a little extra effort in what you’re doing. Isn’t that what a professor looks for when he gives extra credit to his/her students, a little extra effort?

Why don’t we put a little more effort in doing things for ourselves? I’ve found and seen that we are always in such a hurry to get to the next thing on our list, instead of being patient with ourselves.

As with most things in life, the faster you do something, the more risks there are for things to go wrong. When things go wrong, our attitudes and tempers change and those that love and care for us are on the receiving end of it all. Ephraim Chambers once wrote, “Everyone’s own temper is in a great measure the cause of his/her happiness or misery.”

No one wants to be miserable. We want happiness for ourselves and those we love and care for. Let’s all be patient with ourselves. The world will be a happier place for it.

Are you willing to be patient and have greater joy when the exact thing you waited on came to pass?

Battle From A Premise of Victory!

YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!!!!

YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!!!!

I want to start off this exhortation by reminding you that God knew you before you were born and His plans were to prosper you and not to harm you.

The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. The struggles that you are going through should not deter you from reigning in life. Don’t let your troubles hold you hostage. Thanks be to God who causes us to triumph in His name – We shall overcome! We’ve been set up by God to live this way and He knows to take you around the enemy; he knows how to hide you. Often God allows us to go through the dry valley before our breakthroughs. It might seem like the end is near, but I’m here to let you know that your victory is near. When trouble comes your way, you should learn to trust and have faith in God because He has a greater plan.

I urge you not to give up. God set this battle in front of you on a premise of victory. He set it up so you can conquer it. Whenever you feel like you’re going through too much and you can’t hold on anymore, let go and let God handle it for you. Look at what He’s done for you before and praise Him knowing that triumph is on horizon. Just keep praise on your lips in the midst of your struggle and God will bless you abundantly.

All victory starts by taking a stand. Take a stand today that you will not let your faith wither when faced with difficulty. Faith demands a corresponding action; God is looking at your heart. Stand on the principles of God and He will stand for you.  If you are having difficulty praising (I’ve been there), the holy spirit will help you with your groans. Rise up and groan with resurrection life.

Inquire of the Lord at all times. He wants to give you a strategy for your day to day life. Get up and charge, and fight your troubles!

DON’T LIVE IN YOUR TROUBLES, YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!