Category: Religion

T-n-T “Trust in Transition”

The alarm clock once again beat me eye lids this morning. Time to get up, time to get the kids up, fed and dressed. Unlock the door, lock the door, unlock the car door, get the kids buckled up, lock the door, start the car and we’re off. Our “usual” routine, now occasionally……..actually more often than I care to admit, there will be a little hitch in there, someone doesn’t want to get up, the other doesn’t like their outfit or breakfast and at times everyone decides it’s Saturday on a Tuesday. For the most part, I know what to expect, but what about those times when I don’t, when you don’t. The times when you have made a decision, a change, with an intended goal, but have no idea if the outcome will be what you intended it to be. That in between phase, the space before time catches up with what God has said. You know, that wait upon the Lord place, the period of Transition. Transition, defined as “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.”
Transition sometimes can be uncomfortable, uncertain probably because it’s a change from the current, what we know. Whether that’s a job, a new move, new relationship, or even a new position or title, just to name a few. Us GIRLFRIENDS have been experiencing different transitions. One transition in particular for me, was moving out of my parents house. The day of the move I had so much anxiety…..when I think about it I had anxiety even before (I had not packed a thing), granted I was recovering from being ill and had just returned back from NY….oh and I just turned 30 as well (another transition). As my mom and I approached the Uhaul store, she asked me if I was ready and I burst out in tears in the parking lot, I mean that ugly cry, lol. I couldn’t help but think about all of which I was leaving or wouldn’t have anymore, do I have what it takes to “make it” and feeling overwhelmed because failing isn’t even an option, two little people depend on me. I say all this to say that is often how we are when in transition, we don’t stay focused, too busy looking back or looking at what we believe we’re losing that we completely discredit God. We miss that God has given and will give us everything that’s necessary to move to the next level. Remember in Daniel 2:21 it says “…He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning”……that’s us!!! Now sometimes because we lack to prepare when God first gives us the inclination for change, we then “suffer” with the extra anxiety, like myself and moving, and yes there will be bumps that arise during the journey, the spiritual realms of who you were and who you are going to now be collide during the transition and the bump in the road may feel like your whole world is crumbling, but rest assured it is just the process. What I would encourage during transitioning is to realize that God is present, yes your comfort zone is cozy, but you can’t stay there forever. Trust God, trust the confirmation you have received, have faith that though it doesn’t completely add up, God will grant the rest.

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#FMF: Praise

Praise – express warm approval or admiration of.

PRAISE

Your (current) position in life is not to be compared. You are not a mistake. Your marriage, relationship, job, where you live, etc. was and is all a part of the plan. Give unto God wholeheartedly at your (current) capacity out of love for Him not for advancement. Be who He’s called you to be and serve there, not at what looks good from the outside of someone else. Know why you were created, ask God to define your purpose- and live it out! Don’t worry about if you’re the only one not married (yet), with no children (yet), doesn’t own a house (yet), job doesn’t pay over $40K (yet) – its okay, that’s not your position YET! God will elevate you, when He knows you’re ready. When you’re not seeking Him solely for gain, but because you love, honor, and serve Him inspite of! And whether or not those things come to pass, you’ll continue to serve and praise Him because you Love Him. What if you viewed your YETs in life as BUTs? Because your future testimony will go something like this – I once wasn’t married BUT God, I once didn’t have children BUT God, I once didn’t own a house BUT God, my job didn’t pay over $40K BUT God…

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Praise Him in your current position and thank Him in advance for your blessings that are yet on their way! I’m just excited today to see what God’s got in store for me! I’m going to continue to give Him all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise!

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! – Deuteronomy 32:3

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what he has done. – 1 Chronicles 16:8

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Your Gift

Earlier this week I was looking back at my email archives and I’ve clearly had this same email account for FOREVER. I was browsing my folders and noticed the folder that was labeled “PPS.” What’s PPS you may ask? It’s Perfect Planning Solutions. Can you guys believe that I started documenting my events in 2007! Remind you I said documenting them, but I had been planning parties for years- all through high school. Some years ago as a college project I was asked to develop a business plan. Well, I knew that I loved event and wedding planning and thought it was only fitting to design my business plan based off of my dream business. At the time, I couldn’t think of what I wanted to name it. I thought about using my own name, something like Tamara’s Events & Weddings; but that just didn’t seem fitting. So in the midst of creating this business plan I called up my Girlfriends! One of which I was rooming with the others we called on three-way LOL. I explained my business plan and immediately we started brainstorming this MASTER BUSINESS as partners! We finally settled on the name Perfect Planning Solutions. We believed (still do) that we have the perfect solutions to all your planning needs. So what am I getting at? Just when I think that my dream is only a dream God reminds me that He’s given me a GIFT. A spiritual gift of service, that no one else can take away from me. That no matter how many other people have the same sort of gift. That this is mine! Undefined by anyone else, unlike anyone else, that my level of creativity is not and cannot be hindered! He blessed me with it and only He can destroy or manifest it into something beyond my wildest imagination. Just when I think that maybe I’m not cut out for this- because I’m not well-known, certified by paper, have a warehouse stored with inventory, or have the means to support a full-time staff, He shows me that its still my gift! And that I must continue to use it!

I was created to create because I’m the daughter of the Creator. ~Tamara Watts

So today, I challenge you to challenge God and yourself in dusting off your gifts and bless the world with all you have to offer. Never let the world tell you you’re not good enough, you’re not the best, because you are! Do you know who your Father is? He’s promised you that you can do ALL things through Him! Be inspired ladies and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and into a new dimension.

Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created. ~Esther 4:14

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Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

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Let Us Pray…

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Heavenly Father,

I come to you today as humbly as I know how. First before I ask for anything I come to give you all the glory, honor and the praise, for sparing my life, for your grace and your mercy, for your unfailing love. Father you are so amazing and there is none like you. You are a good, good Father and I would be nothing without you. Where I have fallen short, I ask that You would forgive me. I know that I do not get it right all the time and have disappointed you on more than one occasion yet You never left my side and for that I am grateful. You said in Your Word that You would never leave me nor forsake me. You will never give up on me and just that in itself is enough to keep pressing on. I have so much on my heart that I want to say to you, but I just don’t know where to begin. I’m tired and feel as though I’m in the midst a moment of weakness. In your Word You told us that your grace is sufficient and in my weakness You are strong. I need Your strength now Lord. I need guidance and direction. Lord I believe in Your power, in Your might and I believe that which You have told me. I believe Lord, but today I pray that you help me in my unbelief. Help me to rid my head of thoughts of doubt and feelings of failure. Help me to look toward the hills which cometh my help, for I know that my help comes from none other than You. Today has been a day to say the least and in this moment I know that I do not need to turn to anyone else but to You. Father I need to hear from You, I need to hear Your voice, I need that peace that passes all understanding, I need to feel the embrace and comfort of Your precious Holy Spirit. You said in your Word come to me all that are burdened and heavy laden, and well that is exactly how I feel. So here I am with arms out stretched wide as I surrender it all to You. I’m tired of trying to figure it out on my own, to find the solution without seeking You first. Again I ask for Your forgiveness for thinking I could handle it on my own. I’m done I don’t want it any more. Its all Yours Lord.

As I type this prayer to you today Lord, I even stop in the midst of my moment to pray for my Girlfriends as they read along in prayer and agreement. If there is a lady out there with the same feeling of despair, I ask that You grant her the same peace of mind that I am praying for myself. Lord encourage her heart like only You can, assure her that You are in control, have never failed her and will never fail her. Ease her mind oh God of the those things that are pulling her away from You. Draw her nearer to you blessed Lord. I ask that you bless her with miracles, signs and wonders and that when You do, she will run and tell that which You have done to encourage the heart of another.

God we thank You in advance for granting this petition and request and we trust You now even the more and thank you for the reassurance you have placed in our hearts. Where would we be without you oh God. I pray that I nor that lady reading this prayer ever have to experience the feeling of You not being there. Lord I love You and thank you so, so much for your listening ear. Now Lord as I close my prayer I now sit patiently waiting to hear from You.

In Jesus most precious and Holy name I pray,

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

Be more Intentional

Singing: ‘cause He’s intentional, never failing… Wow! What an amazing feeling to know that your Heavenly Father is intentional and never failing! I don’t know about you, but this gives me “life.” It motivates and inspires me. I mean the Bible does say “as He is, so are we.” Well doesn’t that mean I’m intentional? And never failing (if I’m doing His will)?? I’m just overjoyed in knowing that ALL things are working for my good! Its just a constant reminder with all the things going on around me in this world, when that job didn’t come through, and that raise wasn’t approved, and the moment of there’s no heartbeat, that God is INTENTIONAL, and never failing. That those things weren’t for me at that time, but knowing still ALL things are working for my good. Its empowering me today (which happens to be Tuesday) to take on life with full intention. To have a purpose for choosing what to say, what to eat, who to associate with, how I treat my family & friends and NOT to just go along with day to day life with no realization of what’s taking place. There was a reason my office got changed, a reason my boss got switched, a reason I was late leaving home this morning… (you catch my drift) and even in all of those things, I know they were and are for my good, my benefit! Its human nature to ask why? and to want to know what lies ahead for us, but we must believe and stand on the promises of God and know He’s got it!

I’m sorry if I’m rambling on a tangent but that song has really opened my mind and my heart to simply accept what God has planned for me in His own time and in His own way. To stop thinking “I” (Superwoman) have it all under control and planned out, because truthfully if those plans aren’t aligned with His will, its simply not going to happen! It’s a weight lifted when you actually submit to His will and allow God to take control. Now for some this is an easy task, while for some of us stubborn (want to be in control) folks – and I did say “us,” so I’m speaking to myself, it takes for things to almost become unbearable before “we” give it over to Him.

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Okay let me figure out how to draw this to a close LOL. Remember that each day God awakens you, it’s a new opportunity to live your life with purpose and intention. Because somebody somewhere in this world didn’t wake up!

Alright that is all ladies. Again I apologize for the repetitive drawn out post just to get to that final point!

Have an INTENTIONAL weekend!

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