When I tell you God has taken me from comfortable to uncomfortable-It is an understatement!
At 5am, HE woke me up to start my day. I said my prayers, began baking to fill orders, but soon realized I needed to make a store run.
In doing that, I stumbled upon a mess(someone had knocked over a paper towel display) and as I walked by, HE whispered, clean it up. Baffled, I sort of looked at it(the mess) and thought, um, why would I do that? HE immediately spoke and said, I know you didn't make the mess, but I want you to understand the reason behind it. There's a lot of mess going on in this world and if everyone avoided it, how would the issues become resolved? Clean the mess up, you don't need anyone to see you do it, but it will be seen. I cleaned that display up so fast.
So often, when we make a mess, we want someone to see or at least help us clean-there's also times when we selfishly say, well-I didn't make that mess, why am I stuck with it? It doesn't matter who did it, what matters is the resolve! Lend the helping hand to clean "IT" up!
Fast forward. I knew I had a lot to do yesterday. I had orders to fill, a book signing/speaking engagement and my sons scrimmage. I had contemplated not going to my event, or at bare minimum going late and/or leaving early. BUT God! I tried to bake everything to at least get that over, but God had other plans. I was so off of my baking game. Before I cook/bake, I pray. ALL the time! I did my normal routine and commenced with baking, but it was an epic fail. My focus was time and feeling that I had none, that I was beginning to talk myself OUT of doing what HE lead me to do.
Finally, after I baked my final dozen of "epic fails" I decided to get ready for the event and come back to baking once the event was over. BEST decision ever!
I arrived at the Church, which I thought I was late, on time! Introduced myself to such a warm and welcoming bunch and began setting up my table. Realizing that I didn't have what I needed, I made a store run. Every single detail was ordained by God! Even the store run was apart of HIS plan.
When I returned, I met a woman. She was so frustrated and just overwhelmed. God had me bless her with a book, she kept mentioning that her morning was tossed upside down and she had left her wallet behind. Reassuring her that it was OK and that I wanted to give her the book, she started to become teary eyed. It was in that moment that God began to reveal the "why" of the day.
HE said, DeVita-this morning was to prepare you for the day. I needed you to focus on me, which is why I delayed everything so that you would be in position for this very moment. I needed you to be present for this young woman, that feels no on understands. I needed her to meet someone who has been where she is and has overcome it. I needed you to give her hope, by sharing your story. Do not concern yourself with those that will understand your reason why for writing the book, I will appoint those to you, that will not only understand, but will be changed by it.
The young lady came back to me, with a five dollar bill. She said that was all she had to pay for the book. I hugged her and said, "You have to understand that everything you've asked God for, HE has heard your cries. HE knows what you need and will supply them all, starting with you feeling as if you're there for others and yet no one is there for you. Today, HE blessed you, but because it wasn't in the way you thought it would be, you couldn't accept it. The book, the book was to be a blessing by God for you. Her eyes lit up and she started to cry. I shared with her that I'd been there, I know how she feels and I wanted her to know that she wasn't alone.
After the event, I went back home to bake the rest of the desserts and just as HE told me, the delay was to focus on HIM and to be prepared for the encounter. I completed the order without any problems. God is AMAZING and never ceases to amaze me!
The mess that's made, has to be cleaned, not so much by the person that made it, but by someone taking to the to acknowledge it.
We've all been there, but don't stay there!!! You cannot get mad at someone for lying to you; when you're constantly lying to yourself. What TRUTH will you surrender to, today???? I'll make it personal. For a while now, God has been preparing me for my resignation. I've been afraid, thinking how will we get by, my family and I have become accustomed to the lifestyle of two nice sized incomes. What will we lose/miss out on....Gods reply....NOTHING. What I have for you, there will not be enough room to hold/contain. Stop telling yourself you can't when #Iam telling you, you can and will....Oh the lies we believe, No more! Surrender to your truth!!! #Godfirst #GodSaidIT #Iknowitstrue #Believer #NewAdventureSAMEJourney #ThePromisedDoor #IsOpen
In my quiet time, I've been able to just bask in Gods presence. Spend that one on one with HIM, tuning everything and everyone OUT.
This past week, has been filled with pain, tears, new revelations, mercy, grace, rebirth and true forgiveness.
I watched how God reminded me that HE would turn back the hands of time, so that I wouldn't miss out on one single thing. HE breathed a new life into my relationship with my brother, my sister, my marriage, my family as a whole. HE opened up my eyes to truly see the vision/purpose HE has always intended for me to see, when I fully surrendered to HIM and the WILL HE has for my family and I.
Of late, I've been surrounded by folks who still carry/harbor feelings from their ex/soon to be ex spouse(failing to move on, even though they have) parents(some deceased) Children, friends/ex friends, etc. and each time we talk, it all ends with "have you forgiven yourself, him/her"? The responses are always" I feel like I have" but in all honesty, they haven't.
The word forgiveness is often misconstrued with forgetting. We forgive for our freedom, we forget for our sanity. Remembering what someone has done to us, will keep you prisoner to their transgressions, IF you're remembering simply to keep feeling guilt or holding the other party hostage to their guilt. We begin to move in fear and not in freedom. We hold onto reputations which will always beseech us in the long run. Our goal in life is to forgive and forget-our slate to be wiped clean. It's funny how we ask this of God for ourselves yet not toward one another. We tend to rather hold on to a portion of hurt rather than letting go of it all to make room for better. We become scared to trust and love again out of failing to forget things that were once before....True forgiveness isn't about "remembering what the person was once capable of" it's about understanding that The Bible says that when God forgives us, He “remembers our sins no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). When our former sins come to mind, we can choose to dwell upon them (with the resulting guilty feelings), or we can choose to fill our minds with thoughts of the awesome God who forgave us and thank and praise Him for it (Philippians 4:8). Remembering our sins is only beneficial when it reminds us of the extent of God’s forgiveness and makes it easier for us to forgive others (Matthew 18:21-35).
We want so badly to be in that front row seat to see the "fall" of those who have wronged us, when it's not our place too. What joy can really come from that??
Today, I ask you to really search your heart and forgive those who have trespassed against you and forgive yourself for allowing it to dwell within for so long. Life is SO short, let's not spend time and energy on being hurt, offended and unforgiven. Forgive on that you too can be forgiven. The worst kind of captivity is being held prisoner for someone else's offense.
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