Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you all! Oh how I missed my blog. I pray that everyone has had a blessed week so far.
TFTD: My Testimony-With God all things are possible
This past year has been one for the books. God has stretched me in more ways than one. I wanted to take a moment to share part of my testimony. I hope that my testimony encourages someone to know that with God ALL things are possible. Here is a little of my background; I am a child of God, a wife, a mother of two; a 13-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy, I work full-time, I am a ministry leader and active at church, I am an author, and a MBA student (just to name a few hats that I wear). Needless to say my life is full of adventure.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”
I believe this scripture with my whole heart. I seek God regarding the desires of my heart and I write the vision down. It is amazing when I can go back to my list and scratch things off because God has manifested the visions into blessings. Receiving my MBA is one of my visions. I always knew I wanted to go to Grad school and I even applied years ago in a different area. At the time I was rejected. It was in those moments that God showed me that “Delayed does not mean denied”.
I started grad school in January 2011. God answered my prayers to go back to school and my husband and family have been so supportive to me during this process. I successfully completed the first year of grad school, which at times proved to be a little stressful. Last year I realized I needed God more than anything. There were times when task seemed so overwhelming, but God is Sovereign. He carried me from one task to the next without missing a beat. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” This scripture in my opinion goes hand in hand with Habakkuk 2:2. After you write the vision and make it plan, use your tongue to speak life over your vision. I speak successful completion of my degree with HONORS in December 2012. This requires stepping out on faith and putting my faith into action. It’s great to pray and ask God for things, but we have a responsibility to put our faith to work. The bible says, “faith without works is dead”. I had to work hard to get to where I am going, but God’s favor added special blessings. Things that I didn’t deserve, God position me to reap a blessing from them.
In December 2011, I received a phone call to join a team to compete in a MBA minority Case competition. I had never heard of this type of competition nor was I looking to get involved. But the phone call informed me that I was recommended out of the entire MBA program to participate. I accepted and praise God for the opportunity. Myself and three other individuals were given a great opportunity that only came from God. The past two months have been extremely demanding. By accepting this opportunity doors were open and others were closed both temporarily and permanently. I had to seek God regarding balancing my life, ministry, work, etc. Sometimes God will open a door for you that will require you to walk away from something else. It is important to develop an intimate relationship with Christ in order to know when He is telling you to close a door and when He is telling you to move or shift priorities.
This new door required me to change somethings in my life as it relates to areas of ministry I served in. At first, I was sad and felt like God was taking things away from me, but I was reminded that “my gift will make room for itself”. Somethings we leave for a season in order for God to groom us in another area. After late nights, long hours, stretched faith, hard work, prayer and support I was blessed by the best. I was recently inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society for MBA students and I went to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in a competition and I won “Best Presenter”. With God all things are possible. My focus was to attend grad school and graduate with honors in December 2012. I had no idea that there was an honor society attached to that prayer request. I also didn’t know that there was a national competition attached to that prayer. God answers the verbal and the silent prayers. My vision list is long and I say all this to say that each year God amazes me, by answering my prayers and exceeding my expectations.
I want to encourage you to draw closer to God. Seek His face and not His hand. Develop and nurture a close personal relationship with God. You can definitely be blessed by someone else overflow, but don’t you want to bless others with your overflow? Nothing great can come to you without God. He is the giver of great things. Write down your vision, speak life into your situation and other people’s situation, put your faith to work, and watch God bless you beyond measure.
I look forward to the doors that God will open in the future. Today, I praise Him for the process and the promise because had I known ahead of time what I would have to go through I would have turned it down. But I thank God for being obedient. Praise God for stretching me and in turn drawing me closer to Him. I love God more than I did yesterday and pray that each day I will grow to love Him more. I was created to worship Him and I could not do anything without Him, but with Him I can DO ALL THINGS!
I pray that you have a blessed day! Thank you for listening to my story. It’s because of God that I am here today.
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