Yes, I have had a rough time of it along my life's journey. Some of it has been self-inflicted and some of it has been at the hands of others. As a woman of color; I have had to navigate life as a diplomat. I have to ensure my family is informed on the ways of this world and also empowered to make a difference in this world regardless of the obstacles presented. I will say that wanting better and deserving better is warranted. I will say getting better is a task I have undertaken personally.
Ezekiel Chapter 36 is a powerful reminder that God's name will never be forgotten or put to shame. God's word is truth. He declares a word and it will come to pass. Even if detours occur from us being fearful, faithless, stubborn, and fleshly - basically seeking all else to make us happy and forgetting God is our provider. Don't get it twisted, God word and His name will always prevail as the Supreme Authority in the matters of life, death, and everything in between. He will do what He promises for His people - even when His people had gone astray. Seems like for such a time as this, some of God's people are realizing that it is time to return. God's grace and His mercy is sufficient and will restore. God declared and decreed land restoration. God also reminds us that He is Holy and His name will never be mocked. Remember those who profess to be called by His name need to recognize that intentional, transparent, and recognizable living according to Biblical principles is the requirement.
I hear the sound of rain and the rattling of dry bones! God has promised abundant Life! Time to tune our senses into His word to receive His blessings! The scripture says let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Well the time is now to reap. God promises that our latter days would be greater than our former days. If there has been hindrances; I repent. Let us all repent for anything in our lives, thoughts, actions, and pursuits that caused the delays. Let us not be a Jonah but let us be a Joshua and cross over to the other side. Can you hear God calling you by His Spirit. He is saying N.O.W. New-Beginnings is Our Witness. We can actually have the manifested promise of our future hoped for now in this season. Time to hear and do the word of the Lord. With God all things are possible and it is not possible to please the Lord if we are not faithful and obedient! Selah Shalom and Amen Indeed!
Why am I thankful? I am reposting this reminder a blast from the past in 2010 for why am I thankful and challenging all to remember why they are personally thankful as well. Keep that in your mind that you are blessed and highly favored. Even in the rough patches we can always find a reason to praise the Lord! “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 (NIV)
Faith Speaks and it is so...prayer, purpose, and praise. Father you have shared with us grace, mercy, and instructions. Thank you for your perfect promises seen in the scriptures. Thank you furthermore that whatever is written is so and we can bank on whatever you say goes! Continue to help us live a life worthy of you. Lord thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for allowing us the chance to know you. But more importantly, thank you for knowing us, loving us, and keeping us - in spite of us! Amen Indeed.
N.O.W. Speaks = New-Beginnings is our Witness Speaks - Insightful conversations where testimonies are shared on the journey for how next level living occurred. Living life more abundantly as promised from God's Word. John 10:10 The Message Version 6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
God has promised so much and I am just experiencing a small portion of what He has for me. I will say while getting to this point there were some devastating moments. NOW though is time for New Beginnings to be my Witness. Love and Blessings to all!
Imagine you are the person in this story. His hands are around your neck and within 10 seconds there is no more breath for you. This actually happened to me and when I realized I was about to die I only had roughly 10 seconds before I could not breath any longer. My last thought is, "Now I am going to die!" What would you do if you only had 10 seconds of breath left in your body here on earth to live?
Today I prayed and then I listened. I was impressed to define the word Perpetuate. I asked myself why this word? Then I realized that if I personally want change in my life for whatever situation I have wanted; I must be the one to choose to change. I needed to realize what do I consistently do that is in direct opposition to what I say or think or believe I want to do (what I have hoped for being or realized or manifested in my personal and professional life). So, for me I had to define this word as what is my habit? Then what will I do if I don't want this habit to dictate my current and eternal destiny? I offer my own thoughts and breakdown of the word for how we can have life and that life more abundant. I truly believe it starts with the choice and active decision to change who we subscribe as the author and finisher of our faith...then all the other pieces of our life's puzzle can start taking shape - one piece at a time and one moment at a time,.
Metamorphosis by definition identifies the natural transition an organism takes from immaturity to adulthood. When reviewing my life journey I am often amazed at how I was able to "get through" to the other side. My testimony is one forged with challenges sometimes by choice through decisions I made and sometimes at the hands of others unexpectedly. My faith has been key to the fortitude that I have acquired while on this journey. Additionally, the love of family and friends has aided me along my way. We all have a story. We all have a past, We all have a present. And we all have a future. The beauty of change is that it is constant, fluid, unpredictable, and full of hope. I pray in your personal life's journey that you can realize that with God all things are possible and that He truly desires your change to be one of betterment, joy, blessings, and love. The truth of the matter is that with God on our side nothing or noone or no situation can ever separate us from His desired end goal for us. Jeremiah 19:11 Gods Word Translation best says it this way, "I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope." Love to you all. Stay rooted in your Faith. Continue to give God glory. Be Thankful in all situations. And stand firm in peace, love, and joy! Amen Indeed and Shalom from Miriam aka Essence of Myrrh Proverbs 3:5-7