Inspiration, Uncategorized

If You Live By Thier Praises You’ll Die By Their Criticisms

So much has happened to help me realize that people’s opinions of you are none of your business and in reality irrelevant. I mean the same people who called Jesus “Hosana Hosana” were the exact same ones yelling “CRUCIFY HIM”! Think about it. 

The most valuable lesson I have learned during this season of my life is that I am not what I have gone through. Yes I’ve dealt with depression (and I really believe my choice of birth control had A LOT to do with that or at least amplified it) and I had a suicidal ideation but that is not who I am and will not accept that label. That is just an experience I had in life. The same with anything any of us go through. Don’t let anyone label you and definitely do not label yourself because what you believe is what you become or who you are (Proverbs 27:3). 

I have had 2 instances of “church hurt” in my life and the last one was pretty recent and it has turned me and my spouse away from church. We still go but we aren’t as active as we once were and to be honest, I don’t like the term “church” hurt because the “church”, God’s bride, did not hurt us, it was the leaders and people inside of the church. It was being used up to the last drop but not being appreciated, but again from that season it was a lesson of don’t live by people’s praises because you’ll die from their criticisms. People will disappoint you because they are just people. Imperfect beings living in an imperfect world and most likely they have their own interest at heart and in the forefront of their minds and that’s ok because so do I, and as soon as we learn to not take offense to everything so easily as instructed in the word of God and to quickly forgive, let go, and move forward the better off we will be. 

So in this season of life, I’m carrying all of the learned lesson with an open mind, open heart, and despite of what it looks like, what it seems like, opinions, etc I am going to push on and walk on my truth, my calling, and love without failure because love never fails. 

Thought: I make it a point to give at least one stranger a compliment once a day because you never know how it may lift someone’s spirit and make their day πŸ™‚.

-LR

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Faith, Inspiration, Uncategorized

Transitioning: The Elevation Period

In the mist of a chaotic storm, God came to me and comforted me by letting me know that I was not going crazy or losing my mind, but he was transitioning me and getting me ready for my next level. He let me know that he was elevating me and where he was taking me was not suitable for everyone in my circle so he had to shift some things to make sure I was ready. Change is not always easy. Sometimes it’s not even welcomed, but the Bible says in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7), and in getting understanding, I understand that for everything in life there is a season and when a season is up there is nothing you can do about it but take the lessons from it, cherish the memories, and move on. I am ready for my next level or should I say new chapter. I am ready to keep living and sharing my experiences (good and bad) with others because I believe that everything I go through in life is not for myself but it’s to help someone else. So if me sharing my story can help someone and bring them to God or closer to God then who I am to be selfish? If my story can help someone make it through their own trials and tests then I won’t hold back because my life is not my own. We all have a purpose and a destiny and it’s time I start living mine and stop being afraid. It’s time to release the past…past disappointments, past rejections, past hurt, past pain… There is nothing I can do about my past but I do have control over my today and so do you. God is calling me higher. He is promoting me. What happens when you get a promotion on the job? You have more responsibility! He is requiring more of me and I am an available vessel….willing and ready to do whatever my father requires of me. I’m going higher. Elevation

-LR