Don’t fight your valley, walk into your blessing!
The valley always seem like it’s the most dreadful place to be. It can be full of misery, struggle, darkness and despair. Or it can be full of revelations, beauty, teachings and light. It’s all about how you choose to see and name your valley.
I used to see my valley as pain and experienced the same but one day one word changed everything. I began seeing my valley experience as what it was/is, an experience, an awakening, a lesson and greater relationship with God. My valley’s name became ‘refresher’.
I believe everything happens for a reason. What you’re facing today will definitely help you later. The valley is necessary. If the set back or disappointment was not going to work in your favor later, God would not have allowed it. This is the time for you to learn what you need to learn, gain what you need to gain, and see what you need to see. It’s funny how we’re quick to say “I’m a work in progress” but despise the process of doing the work. The truth is we’re all going to go through valleys because trouble is inevitable but misery is a choice. I’m not saying the valley doesn’t have it’s pains and pressure but I am saying to understand that God is I AM and there’s no limit to Him. There’s no place that God can not reach or go to get you. The same God you praise on the mountaintops will also lead and protect you in the valley. Your valley will change you if you’re willing to change your valley.
Thank God for taking the tears from my ‘refresher valley’ to water the seeds of my harvesting future!
I will take refuge under the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed!
I finished reading the passage of Psalms and began praying. I started praying for folk I didn’t even wish to forgive. I didn’t know I didn’t want to forgive them until I started praying for them. So I stopped praying because I realized God had to reveal the enigma.
“Ok God, reveal what I need to know to grow. How can I forgive sincerely when I can’t forget the offense? My true prayer is that You hurt them for hurting me. You know what’s in my heart so why lie. However, I need to forgive? I need freedom from the chain of grudges, the quicksand of envy and the poison of self-pity. I’m listening.”
“It’s so simple Tracy. I gave you the answer before you even prayed. I know all things. To take refuge under My wings indicates you’re covered in a secret place that not even hell can reach. I understand your heart. It still has unforgiveness and everything else of yesterday but I got you covered today and forever. I’m working on you while you’re covered. I’m loving on you while you’re covered. I’m feeding you spiritual food while you’re covered. I’m teaching you while you’re covered. I’m blessing you while you’re covered. It’s only heavy because you’re holding on to something I’ve let go. Just fall, I’ve got you covered. “
Take a deep breath. Inhale victor, exhale victim. Now forgive and be free!
You have to know who you are!
If you were not a threat to anyone then they wouldn’t bother putting you down. If you were not on the right track then they wouldn’t work so hard to throw you off. If you were not beautiful then they wouldn’t bother convincing you you’re ugly. If you were not all that then why waste energy or time talking to a non factor? Somebody’s lying and I know it’s not you. So since you and I know ‘they’ lie then let’s stop listening to ‘they’ and listen to self. You are not like anyone else out here. You’re truly one of a kind, so much so, once God created you He said ‘It is finished and wonderfully made!’
Don’t allow the opinions of others to become your reality of self. You got it going on!!
Let’s just enjoy ourselves!
Take time to pat yourself on the back. It’s ok to compliment yourself with good job, bravo, kudos and keep up the good work encouragements. We are masterpieces in progress!!
I love y’all!!
It’s because of you a lot of people are ok, but are you ok?
That was the question of the night during Keyshia Cole and her mother’s heart to heart conversation. I didn’t get a chance to watch Keyshia Cole’s ‘All In” reality show when it originally aired so this may seem like yesterdays news to some but as for me, it’s fresh and relevant in this present moment. The reality show is basically about her reality of life, family, journeys and forgiveness. I enjoy it for the most part because I’m a fan of Frankie, Keyshia’s mother. Frankie’ is one of a kind. She’s the life of the party, full of wisdom but her past, like most of us, keeps her bound. Her past involves drug, alcohol, mental and physical abuse. She doesn’t allow it to stop her but it does haunt and bound her from time to time. She’s a fighter however and I believe will go on and minister to the masses; so when she speaks soberly, I listen.
“You have to look at the big picture. The picture has God first, yourself, then family but the picture is not complete without a frame. You have to frame that picture, close it in. Everything you have is because you worked for it. You don’t owe nobody nothing, not even me, but you do owe yourself. You owe yourself the best, the best! And don’t settle for less. Hold your title, you’re the champ! You didn’t make the mistakes I made. God is good all the time!”
My spirit got so much joy and empowerment from that conversation. I took every bit of that in. God has a way of getting a word to you if you’re willing to open up and hear it.
I owe myself the best and I will not settle for less. I am the champ and will hold my title. I’m not my mother’s mistakes. I am the completion of the big picture. God is good all the time!
Are you ok????
Whoop em! It wont kill em, it just might save their life.
When you know better and still choose to do wrong how can you get upset when consequences become your reward? How can you blame God for your decision to do the wrong that everyone else appeared to have gotten away with? How can you say God is not for you when you deliberately disobeyed what you know is right? Why are you mad with God? How can you be?
I was sitting in a funk of anger and borderline depression. I couldn’t believe where I was mentally and emotionally. I mean, I pray and do what I know to be right but I’m getting evil in return. In my anger I approached God and spoke, ‘I thought You said you reap what you sow? Well, I’m sowing goodness and I know it’s goodness but You see how I’m being repaid? You also said that I should surrender all to You and I’ve done that over and over again but that aint reap any reward. You even said I should trust You and You see where that’s gotten me. I’m right here again, angry and borderline depressed. I’m bout ready to just say to hell with all of this!’
“What do you think you really deserve? What have you done so great that you should be rewarded abundantly? What have you created that I should bow and worship? What star did you name, tell Me so that I can hear all your wishes and grant them. What cloud did you form so that I can remove the dark one you say hovers over and replace it with your glorious creation? What darkness can you hide in so that I wont see your sins? I AM. I SEE. I KNOW ALL THINGS AND AM ALL THINGS. I Am your refuge, your strong tower, your fortress. I Am covering you with My body. I shelter you and keep you from dangers seen and unseen. How can you blame ME for what you have done. How can you disrespect My time in your messiness? Why would you tell Me what you will or wont do? Are you My God? Shall I serve you? Shall I bow down and worship the ground I’ve created that you walk on? Don’t be foolish, My word is truth, you reap what you sow. You haven’t surrendered because you still lack trust. You lack trust because you worry? You worry because you haven’t surrendered. To surrender all fully is a one time confession, not something you do when you feel all hope is lost. Get over yourself. I Am your Father and you belong to Me and when you’re out of line expect chastisement.”
God chastens those He loves! If you’re wrong expect consequences but you’re not alone, God is always with us.