Greetings to all reading the blog today. May it be a blessing to you as it is for me sharing.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we continue to grow deeper in love with you, help us, to be aware of those around us needing your love as well. It’s easy to get caught up in “our truth” and lose focus on you. Be BOLD to us when we fall short of the messages you have for us; when we lose our attention from you. May we Lord, glorify you, by reaching out to the ones who can’t seem to find their way. Help us, to reveal to them the only way is through you in our actions and words. Help us, to relate to one another in one accord so that we appear as one army in connection with the Holy Spirit. Let us acknowledge the Holy Spirit when it’s present and declare its power over our lives. I pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.
February 23, 2018. A day like any other day. I woke up to get out of bed, I turned on my children’s lights and woke them up for school. I proceeded to order some products online before I took them to school. I don’t usually do work things before 10 a.m. because I wanted to exercise; I thought that I needed to get this one thing done. Ten minutes from walking out the door my ordinary life took a turn that I couldn’t imagine, I suffered a stroke.
While my children were scrambling to get their things together to walk out the door, I was trying to figure out how to get back in my house from going outside to warm up my car. Finally, making it back in I mumbled, that they needed to call their grandmother, who was only minutes away. The look of fear on their faces. I’ll never forget it. As I stumbled around trying to see correctly, I felt as if I was in a cloud. I felt light as a feather. Everything I was experiencing didn’t seem real. My children were so upset, and I couldn’t get upset with them! I had zero pain or discomfort. I was disoriented and couldn’t see properly, but for some reason I had peace.
It is so hard to describe into words what I was feeling emotionally and physically. I felt as if I was in a different place. My body was here, but my spirit was somewhere else. To see my kids upset usually ignites anxiety in me, but I had no emotions to express. I now understand the words “out of body experience.” I was lucky….or was I?
God’s mercy reigned supreme. I was hospitalized for three days and sent home. I spent twenty weeks in rehab. My body responded as well as it could. I am grateful where I am physically and emotionally. I am a new person, I know I could be much worse. There is a point of which your body and mind will only allow you to do before it literally shuts itself down. It is a science, I wished, I could explain, but I know that there is only one explanation…
God the creator of the Universe!
In many ways, I feel that my life parallels with many others. For instance, I feel as if I somehow can relate to stories I have read in scripture. I don’t mean literally but figuratively of course. The Bible was written thousands of years ago, yet, as I read through it, I’m amazed at the way each story is told and how relatable it is to my truth.
For instance, let’s take Joseph’s story. He came from a large family. He was not liked by his brothers so they conspired against him. His brother’s thought that murdering him would be the answer. Then his oldest brother Rueben stepped in, and he was sold instead. For years he was enslaved then became Potipher’s right-hand man with one request to not have any relationship with his wife. Well, she desired to have a relationship with Joseph but he is a man of God, a man who honored his position under Potipher’s leadership. So she lied and Joseph was thrown into jail. There he gained trust from the warden. He beyond his troubles had favor with God. God gave him the ability to interpret dreams. Pharaoh was very pleased with his gift. Joseph went on to save the people from famine in Egypt. (Read Genesis Chapters 36-46.)
Joseph could have easily, from adolescence age, have made a decision to not follow the calling God had for him. He could have rebelled at each place he was brought to. Eliminating his chances at making his environments better than they were. But, because of his obedience to God, Joseph chose the right side to be on. He made a decision to fight for his dignity by doing things that were pleasing to God. He forgave his brothers.
Through everything, you’ve been through, have you made decisions that could have put you in a good position with God and your neighbors? If not, it’s ok, you still can, you have the same freedom as we all do and the many others before you. Having Faith makes things possible, not easy. You just have to believe that your truth doesn’t define you in any way. That your unique experiences refined you, made you stronger, wiser, and gave you more endurance for the next hurdle to get through.
I’m about to celebrate my “Strokeversary!” That is Stroke Anniversary. 1 year ago this could have been a totally different outcome and yet he has me here sharing with you how you can be your better self. All you have to do is be encouraging to others. Igniting a fire of inspiration for someone who needs it.
I believe my parallel to this is that through it all, being an orphan, living in a group home, many health issues, gaining the trust of those around me through my heart on display, being willing to be obedient at any cost, believing that Jesus is the only way to my happiness. I know without a doubt that my testimony, who I know I am through Christ, is the Truth that I need to survive until he calls me home. What he equips me to be through the process, is his will and I can submit to it. That means I’ll take whatever fire that comes my way in the namesake for the King of King’s and Lord of Lords. I am invested because He is invested in me.
So don’t let your identity be sold by others. Your identity is in Christ Jesus the son of God who came to redeem you in his name. Live out your story with integrity and honor to the one who gave, Jesus, so that you can live forever beside him. The things we endure are not in vain nor are they to define us; they are to refine us. Today is a new day, live in obedience to God and own your truth.
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