It’s #fbf or Flashback Friday as we call it in these parts. All over the World Wide Web, photos are shared as we dote over the cute pics of the past or commiserate with those who need to burn them forever. Either way, we take time to remember who we were back then. In lieu of this, I’ve decided to dig into the archives and pull out something that I wrote over 4 years ago. It was the manuscript to the commencement speech given to the Graduating Class of 2010 at Pathway Christian School in East Point, GA. A school I might add no longer exists. Wesley and I had the privilege of speaking to the final graduating class. My former self was preaching to my present self after reading this!
My mind did a time-lapse as I recalled the circumstances surrounding the preparation of this speech. Back then, I was a store clerk in the GCSU college bookstore and Wesley was the preaching minister at First Christian Church in Milledgeville, GA. I remember my dear friend, Lekha, stopping by the bookstore one Thursday to check in on me. Her words of encouragement help birth this speech.
It encouraged me today. I hope it does the same for you. Grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable cause this post is a long one…AHEM*clears throat*
Happy Friday! So, here is what’s new in my world: I have decided to participate in the Day Zero Project where I set out to complete 101 things in 1001 days. cue Rocky Theme song* This colossal challenge will end on my 33rd birthday 😀 hopefully with many remarkable stories to tell along the way. This gives me < 3 years to accomplish the goals I have identified. I will date and strike-through each item as it is completed. My hope is to take lots of pictures, learn many lessons, celebrate the everyday victories, and love my neighbors in the process. So, Ladies & Gentlemen… I present to you
Lord, you have asked that I not be limited in my scope of you. Yesterday, prompted me to dream God-sized dreams for your people– trusting that you are able to do them. Why is my scope of you so limited. Why does my finite mind limit your infinite power when ;I know you want to do more in me and through me. Why do I doubt your ability to work as you said that you would.
My faith in you seems to waver every day. Some days, I am confident and other days I doubt. My emotions seem to rule my life if I do not keep them in check by the principles of your word. Teach me Lord not be a slave to my emotions and the toxic habits that my heart is prone to. I need more of your ‘living water’. I need to molded and shaped to be the person you oh God has called me to be. My heart needs to be broken by the things that break your heart. Mercy needs to be shown to those you desire to show mercy. I need to forgive those you have instructed me to forgive. I need to banish and curse the ways, you have asked that I give up. Show me what Godly repentance is. Show me what it means to do a 180, to change my mind because it has been renewed and transformed being washed by Your word. Read more
At the beginning of every week, Wesley gets up to teach the community at Tri-Cities Church principles for Godly living. The ones I have found to be most profound and powerful are the ones he practices daily. In a recent post, 5 Life Lessons Learned from My Husband, I listed 5 life lessons gleaned from observing Wesley. Here are 3 more that I have found to be helpful.
1. Live Simply: We live in a world where we receive thousands of messages daily encouraging us to upgrade, super size, expand, and double for the discounted price of more. We pay for storage facilities for stuff we have not seen in years. We subscribe to premium cable packages with 300 + channels when we only really love maybe 3 of the many. We own multiple devices when we can only use one at a time. We binge on fast food favorites that makes us feel awful after a few minutes of consumption all because we love a great deal. Our homes are bigger and filled with stuff but are void of love and warmth. We engage in so many activities that busy becomes the norm and a call to ‘simply be’ causes us much anxiety. What consumes you, masters you. Seek to free yourself from these things. Read more
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”W” font=”Architects Daughter” background_color_class=”otw-green-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]hy I Choose to Speak up!
For the past year and a half, I have wrestled with the notion of starting a blog. I have questioned my purpose for it and my niche. The blogging world seems so heavily saturated and competitive and it seems like there are many doing what I desire to do. I procrastinated and talked myself out of doing this many times – trying to rationalize why would any one want to hear what I had to say about anything.
I am no expert at this thing called life and am simply learning while I am living. Many times having to learn the same lesson over and over again. I have very few interesting things happening in my life that are Pinterest or Instagram worthy. Do people really care what I have to say.
I convinced myself by providing every logical argument as to why I should not do this but God through His WORD presented me with the most compelling reason of why I should: Read more
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”H” font=”Dancing Script” background_color_class=”otw-green-background” size=”medium” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]ello October! I am sure you are scratching your head just like me and are asking yourself where has the year gone. Did I really just squander the past 9 months of my life. You unearth your 2014 New Year’s resolutions – to much dismay and with great discouragement- you shuffle it back to wherever you last found it. Many of your good intentions written with much confidence in January are now long forgotten. If you’re like me, in your head you have already appropriated space for the next set of resolutions that you will like to accomplish NEXT year in 2015 when presented with a brand new slate and opportunities to start over.
How about we start over now. There is no better time than the present. You see tomorrow is not promised to us. The best decision one can make in planning for the future is starting today. Small measurable and consistent changes are what make the world of difference. You grand plans for 2015 may see the same fate of 2014 if there is no action behind it. You see our lives are laced with great intentions but very little action. Action requires that we plan, get out of our comfort zone and do things differently. We are crazy to believe that our end result with change if we do not. Read more