FAITH

Trusting God with My Tithes and Offering

02-18-15-financial-fitness-the-promise-purpose-place-and-day-for-tithing_miniTithing can be a very controversial subject for some. I have heard my share of reasons from the people around me why I should or shouldn’t.

Now me, I choose to tithe. I started when I was a teenager and have done so since then. I won’t say that I felt that the “invisible finger” was pointing at me during the times when I  didn’t, but my personal conviction does kick in; none the less, I do so enjoyable to increase the kingdom of God.

Now someone may want to know why  I tithe and what is the biblical basis that I am standing on when I do.

So normally in church we read from Malachi 3:8-12 before we tithe  but the scripture I am standing on is;

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. ~Proverbs 3:9-10.

My life is and has always been a testimony of God’s endless goodness, mercy, grace, love and all the other good stuff  that he has given me and done for me.

Before I make any major decisions, I gladly tithe or give an offer and ask God for his protection, wisdom, guidance, and my desired outcome.

Now to some that can sound like I’m paying  for my own desired outcome, but it’s far from that. As a matter of fact some people get it wrong all around about tithing.

Ultimately it’s about trusting God and taking your faith outside of the tangible things. When I pry of my life’s situations and tithe, I am telling God that my trust is in you and not in this circumstance or my money, but in HIS ability to make my life right in him.

Also I do care a lot about whether people are saved around the world and stand firmly with funding that. This is something that I value.

I encourage you all to tithe,

With love,

Tiffany

 

 

FAITH

Faith Comes By Hearing

So I am currently at work, on lunch, listening to a sermon by Joel Olsteen that I downloaded almost three years ago when I was pregnant with Lauren. If I’m not mistaken, the sermon is called “It’s Not Over”.  It was one of those sermons that got me through everything. The first time I heard the sermon I didn’t know at the time how I would get through, but I did now that I would, and that I would live my life in victory. It gave me confidence and the comfort from God that I needed. He mentioned a few things that always stuck with me.

  1. God will give you beauty for your ashes.
  2. God is a God of Mercy, restoration and at times, vindication.
  3. Failure, defeat, or mediocrity will not be at the end of my story. It will end in me bruising the enemies head in my life, as described in Genesis.

While listening to this, I am reminded  of the importance of sowing seeds of the gospel, and how listening to that word will never allow me to forget about the promises that God has given me. I must admit, right now my life is good and quiet. I am mothering my child, finishing up my master’s, loving my boyfriend, family, friends and working in my field, and still praising God!. It’s funny because when I first heard this message I couldn’t imagine things being the way they are now. Weeping sure did endure for the night (ALL NIGHT), and JOY certainly did come in the morning. What a great reminder of God’s faithfulness!!!

I took these pictures on 5/29/2014 (Thank you google photos storage!) after listening to this message at Belle Isle Park in Detroit after work. I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant at the time. God told me that I would crush the enemies head and so would my daughter. He told me on that day, “it wouldn’t always be this way”. Amen… So I wrote a piece of the scripture in the sand  to represent me “writing it down and making that plain” and standing on that scripture. I accepted that word and continue to do so.

I encourage you all to listen to God’s word frequently so that in good times and bad times, you can go back to it and see your GROWTH and remember the promise.

I am proof that the blood still works!

I will never forget that day.

Much Love,

Tiffany

FAITH

30 Days of Prayer!

So my church is participating in the 30 days of prayer campaign. I want to encourage you all to pray over an array of things that are important to you. If you can, find someone to stand in agreement with you. I’ll be praying over our bodies of government in the United States, family, friends, my future, as well as other things. This would be a great time to truly find rest in God if you are needing to pray about something specific in your life. As a fellow blogger and your sister in Christ, I want to extend an invitation for you all to download my church’s mobile app ” Word of Faith” ( made by Subsplash Consulting; blue app), listen or read the daily devotional and and go before God for at least 30 minutes a day. We are currently two days in but it’s not to late to join and you can continue well beyond the 30 days. Our world is in desperate need of prayers from believers. Be a voice to assist in bringing about God’s restoration in this world.

God Bless You All!

Tiffany ❤

FAITH

Taking The Time To Praise

This evening I just want to take the time to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for all of the things that he has done for me. He is simply amazing. I thank him for covering my family and I with his blood, and for never allowing anything not sent by him to destroy me. I thank him for his unconditional love and his healing power. I thank him for making me whole and allowing me the power and strength to continue moving forward in my life. There is nobody greater than him. I thank God for the Holy Spirit that has bought me wisdom, guidance, conviction and comfort during the days I found myself wondering in the valley. He keeps his promises and holds tight to his covenant with me; he is a faithful God. I just sit here and look at this past year of my life and there is no denying his  mercy, grace, favor and love. He never left me or forsake me, he always caused me to triumph; and he always made a way for me. ALWAYS, because he loves me.

Whoever you are, I just want you to think of all the things God has done for you. Just simply thank him. I believe it’s good to just rejoice and stand in awe over God. He is such a good God. If you’re someone who is waiting on God for something just rejoice  for the things he has done and keep in mind Isaiah 41:10-13 and Deuteronomy 31:8 because he always hears us and will answer us. Keep your faith and do not cast away your confidence in him!

Love Tiffany

P.s.  Psalm 105

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
    his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,
    the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
    the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as the portion you will inherit.”

12 When they were but few in number,
    few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them;
    for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
    do my prophets no harm.”

16 He called down famine on the land
    and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
    Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
    his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
    till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
    the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household,
    ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
    and teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
    Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
    he made them too numerous for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,
    to conspire against his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant,
    and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They performed his signs among them,
    his wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and made the land dark—
    for had they not rebelled against his words?
29 He turned their waters into blood,
    causing their fish to die.
30 Their land teemed with frogs,
    which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
    and gnats throughout their country.
32 He turned their rain into hail,
    with lightning throughout their land;
33 he struck down their vines and fig trees
    and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
    grasshoppers without number;
35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
    ate up the produce of their soil.
36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,
    the firstfruits of all their manhood.
37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,
    and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
    because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,
    and a fire to give light at night.
40 They asked, and he brought them quail;
    he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
    it flowed like a river in the desert.

42 For he remembered his holy promise
    given to his servant Abraham.
43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,
    his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,
    and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—
45 that they might keep his precepts
    and observe his laws.

Praise the Lord.[a]

FAITH

Reciting God’s Word Despite My Feelings

Sometimes I have those days when I feel overwhelmed and upset. In my heart I know God is with me no matter what. I know that God knows all things and the make of my heart; regardless to what anyone else says or think.

When I feel afraid or overwhelmed I keep these scriptures near..

 

“2 Timothy 1:7New Living Translation (NLT)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

&

“Isaiah 54:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.”

Thank God for his living word. I am covered in Jesus name.

FAITH, Life

GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS (Personal time in the word.)

James 1: 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

For the past month and a half I’ve been more diligent about either waking up earlier in the morning or taking time out in the evening to go before God. I pray over a lot of things including my family, friends, community, leaders, enemies and myself in my natural language and in the spirit/tongues.  One thing that I ask for when I pray is wisdom and guidance. I pray that I yearn to ask God for direction in every aspect of my life to get the best possible outcome. I know as a believer the game is already rigged. I know that I have victory and that everything the enemy meant for my demise will put me in a position to crush his head and anyone else’s who operate under his authority or influence.

Last night I got into my word seeking to find something that could assist me in with a couple scenarios that I have experienced in my life. During my study I came across Proverbs chapter 26:24-26 within the New Living Translation text. The scripture says;

“Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.”

I was a bit taken back by this scripture. It was thick in essence . I needed some back text to get the full picture of where this could be going so I took the liberty of reading the full text of Proverbs chapter 26 in the New Living Translation Bible. The Chapter starting at verse one states;

Proverbs 26New Living Translation (NLT)

26 Honor is no more associated with fools
    than snow with summer or rain with harvest.

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
    an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle,
    and a fool with a rod to his back!

Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,
    or you will become as foolish as they are.

Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,
    or they will become wise in their own estimation.

Trusting a fool to convey a message
    is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!

A proverb in the mouth of a fool
    is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

Honoring a fool
    is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

A proverb in the mouth of a fool
    is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.

10 An employer who hires a fool or a bystander
    is like an archer who shoots at random.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
    so a fool repeats his foolishness.

12 There is more hope for fools
    than for people who think they are wise.

13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road!
    Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
    so the lazy person turns over in bed.

15 Lazy people take food in their hand
    but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter
    than seven wise counselors.

17 Interfering in someone else’s argument
    is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.

18 Just as damaging
    as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
19 is someone who lies to a friend
    and then says, “I was only joking.”

20 Fire goes out without wood,
    and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

21 A quarrelsome person starts fights
    as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

22 Rumors are dainty morsels
    that sink deep into one’s heart.

23 Smooth[a] words may hide a wicked heart,
    just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,
    but they’re deceiving you.
25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them.
    Their hearts are full of many evils.[b]
26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery,
    their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

27 If you set a trap for others,
    you will get caught in it yourself.
If you roll a boulder down on others,
    it will crush you instead.

28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
    and flattering words cause ruin.”

Proverbs Chapter 26 provided by: https://www.biblegateway.com

After reading the whole chapter I totally understood the context of this message. This message in essence describes a fool and how to address one. Again this message was very deep and it took me a minute to work out the kinks in my natural thought process to fully understand the context of this message. While reading I noticed what I thought were two conflicting messages. Verses 4 and 5 it seemed that in one verse it was saying don’t answer the foolish argument of a fool but then it says to answer so the fool won’t think that they are correct in their foolish thought. Confused, but I went on to look at some commentary regarding these two verses. Importantly,  I found that these two verses actually compliment one another instead of contradicting one another.

“Proverbs 26:4 tells us not to answer a fool according to his folly lest we be like him. In this situation, to answer the person’s silly argument or question, you would be descending to his level and end up in a pointless quarrel. The person asking this type of question does not want to be taught. Instead, he is spiritually immature and just wants to argue his point.”

&

“Proverbs 26:5 tells us that under another set of circumstances we should answer the silly or immature person “according to his folly,” responding to his line of reasoning. The answer we give should expose the weakness of his thinking. His thinking needs to be challenged, for the person’s sake, “lest he be wise in his own eyes.”

Quotes provided by:

Mike Hanisko https://lifehopeandtruth.com/relationships/communication/proverbs-26/

These two scriptures let you know when it is appropriate to answer a fool and how to answer , which is very important.  A Christian should be walk in love regardless of the situation at hand and be careful to not give into the “craftiness” of foolish talk. In essence, walk in a position of love but don’t be naïve . A great illustration for these two verses is to consider the story in Luke when Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees in regards to his authority. If you are familiar with the story, the Pharisees were trying to get Jesus “caught up” if you will to be killed. Jesus however did not give into their trap, instead Jesus answered  their question by asking a question regarding their own position.

The way Jesus answered the Pharisees is important in the context of answering fools and avoiding a situation meant to be of your demise. Consider his answer in it’s entirety. Once he gave the answer nothing else could be said.

Anther point that the website mentioned was that you shouldn’t be tempted to totally ignore a fool. I believe the author had good intention in providing this statement but sometimes I think even a right  answer said  to a certain type of person could cause it’s on issues. I will agree to disagree on that point but overall the commentary was rich.

I  am in awe of how I came across this message and how comforted I felt after reading it. It is so important to seek Gods direction in regards to your life. It is also important to converse with wise counsel and not people who have a worldly view on life. I felt so connected to God last night as I was lead from scriptures and related commentary.

Sometimes when I hear people say that the bible is an oppressive tool or other derogatory comments that you often hear; or even people saying bad things about Jesus and the Christian faith, I feel bad for them. I wish for every person to feel what I felt last night. I know in my heart that I experienced a visitation from heavenly father. I literally felt that I was sitting on the couch talking to my dad. That’s exactly how intimate it was.

In closing remember that wisdom is the principle thing as stated in Proverbs 4:7. God is so good and all he wants for us is to have a good life.  He is so willing to tell you what you need to do and the bible provides that direction. The more you are willing to read his word and submit to it I believe the more he will draw near. Also remember that God is a gentleman. He will not bombard you with his presence unwantedly. You have to seek him and he will answer; even tell you where to find the answer!

Be wise and give the enemy no room to take you out of love and faith. The word is alive and it works without reproach. Stand firm.

Tiffany

Life

Consider Your Words

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Psalm 18:21

 

Lately I’ve been reconditioning myself. It has been a process but I take it one day at a time. One random day, I decided to look up what it meant to be a contentious woman. I think because I am in a healthy and serious relationship with someone, I thought it would be worth looking into.  One thing that I notice continuously when I looked at scriptures pertaining to this particular subject was the attitude and the patterns of this woman. While the bible does not  give specific instances or verbiage that the woman uses, it does distinctively mention that this woman isn’t pleasant .

In a more broader sense, outside of romantic relationships I wanted to explore the speaking patterns of a “contentious woman” or any person in general. I learned at a very young age that words have a creative nature. Our whole universe was created with the words that God spoke into utter darkness. I believe because we are created in the image of God that we also possess that same authority to speak things into existence, good and bad.

I’ve tried to be careful of how I address situations or people, especially if it’s not pleasant.  The bible says  in Psalm 18:21 that Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat it’s fruit. This statement alone speaks volumes. Essentially it’s the same as the law of seed, sowing and harvest. If you plant bad seeds with your words you will reap the product of those words.

Imagine the words you use everyday to describe your life, yourself or other people. I remember when I made a statement in front of my uncle years ago as I described the way I felt about something. His response to me was to consider my words and explained to me what I said (what a great uncle he is!). That always stuck with me. Now that I am older and I have experienced “life” I feel that I can elaborate on the concept of watching your mouth to save you from yourself.

I think when I was younger I was a little more sharp tongued, raw, the tell it like it is and not how it should be said type (thank GOD for deliverance!). In my mind if it needed to be said it would be. Nothing about me was humble when it came to me expressing my opinion, especially if you asked me what I thought about something.

Now I can see the importance of speaking positively or not saying anything at all. Sometimes when I’m on Facebook and I see people speaking negatively about their own families, friends, relationships, others peoples business, their own lives, jobs and the like I think of the lives they will live in the future. I have been guilty of this too, again everyday is a process. What I have learned over the years is that the creative nature of my words can hinder me from being prosperous and at some point I will have to give an account to empty words (Matthew 12:36). I use to be notorious for telling people to “go to hell” and if I didn’t say it, I definitely thought it (again growth.com). Besides saying a bunch of useless stuff whether other people agree or not does not bring prosperity. Saying Detroit is a hell whole, the infamous I’m going to be single forever, I hate my job, life, him her, I’m broke or whatever does not change a situation for the better. As a matter of fact, by speaking negatively you only open the door for the enemy to wreak-havoc in your own life.

The book of proverbs or the book of wisdom says a lot about talking to much.

Proverbs 30:32 – If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.

Proverbs 15:1-33 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.   (Read More…)

Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 29:20 – Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 18:2 – A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles

Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.

Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

When you read each scripture it all says the same thing. Talking too much gets you into trouble or it brings some type of strife and it make you look like a fool.. I know during a few trying situations in my life I wanted to argue to set the record straight, call some people to the floor, and use a whole lot of choice words. In my spirit though I always felt the need to say nothing. I think those times were the most pivotal in regards to the outcome.  God cannot move in a place where you are not speaking his word and where is confusion and contentiousness.  He created his word so he is moved by his word.

As I grow more into my uniqueness as a woman of God I try to be more mindful of what I say. Speaking life into yourself and others is so important. You literally cannot give place to the enemy in anyway. In James 3:10 it says  “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” So at all times we must be mindful. You can’t be holier than thou one minute and gossiping the next minute. It just doesn’t work like that in the laws of prosperity when it comes to reaping a good fruit.

To bring this full circle and to express my thoughts on being contentious I also want to add that their is a time for everything. At times, I do think it is right to defend your reputation or to stand up for what you believe in. By no means am I saying lay on the floor and allow others to throw salt on you. However, there is a time and place for that. There is also a more tactful way to address situation of any capacity. I believe in following your spirit. There have been times when it was the right time to openly address something and at other times, I was told to hush. Those were usually the times when God was setting my table… So I leave you all with the wise words of my uncle, “consider your words”.

May your words produce great fruit and prosperity!

Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAITH

Provision and Protection

It seems like it’s something going on everyday! From Christian persecution in the Middle East to black on black crime, violence is increasing  rapidly. This past mother’s day weekend started off with a series of shootings that didn’t seem to send until Sunday evening. I am well aware that we are living in perilous times as stated in 2nd Timothy 3:1. There is a joke that I often see floating around on social media that compares Detroit to the Purge. Unfortunately I saw the Purge before and was less than thrilled that someone had the audacity to make a comparison between the two. Detroit is know for being a dangerous city so I am also not oblivious to where they got that idea from.

I must admit after reading the news on my phone this morning  I felt very uneasy. I felt the need to pray in the spirit and to thank God for the protection of my family and friends. One of the shootings took place around the corner from my parents home so it felt very close to home. As I began to slightly worry about the “would’ve and could’ve” thoughts, I began to remember what God said in his word regarding divine protection.

As usual when my mind wonders off a little too much I  searched on my trusted Google app to ask what the bible says regarding a particular subject, in this case protection from evil. Immediately I felt at ease because the word of God brings peace to everything. I noticed that those subtle feelings of fear immediate faded as I read  scriptures such as 2nd Thessalonians 3:3, 2nd Samuel 22:3-4, Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 91, Psalm 121:7-8, Psalm 138:7 and Romans 8:28.

What these scriptures reminded me is that God is a keeper of his promises and that he will protect us even if this world is experiencing a hike in violence. I was also reminded of those times when I was in life threatening danger and provision was made for me to not reap the consequence of injury or death. These scriptures remind us of God’s faithfulness to his people during times of trouble. I trust that God will protect those that I love; offering them wisdom and guidance to discern as they go throughout their days.

Learning to lean on God and his word during times I don’t understand.

Tiffany

 

I’ve also provided two of Psalms below that were mentioned in my posting.

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God (Psalm 91)

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

 

(Psalm 121)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

FAITH

Unmerited Favor

I would first like to start my post off with a quote;

“His blessings and His provisions for us are based entirely on HIS GOODNESS and HIS FAITHFULNESS.”
Joseph Prince, Unmerited Favor: Depending on Jesus for every success in your life

The quote above represents the past two weeks of my life, literally! I had an upcoming court date and had to prepare a 15 page paper with a matching power point presentation. I was a dreadful mess. Anxious would be the least descriptive word to describe the way I had been feeling. I knew I had to get through these difficult task no matter how much it took out of me.

As much as I hate to admit, sometimes I can be a bit of a procrastinator. I started the assignment a week ago but made little progress because of all of the research that the assignment warranted. To say the least I have a one year old and a household to attend to so it created challenges with getting it done timely.

Court was Monday and ended favorably. I then went on to Marygrove College where I did an ecological study on the institution. I needed students to interview and didn’t think I would get the students that I needed to for my analysis. All of a sudden 4 young women, all dance majors came out of nowhere. It was literally like when the sacrifice came out the bush and Abraham didn’t have to kill Issac. LOL, but seriously. It was intense and because I’m more introverted in personality, I have a hard time walking up to someone and asking question. The girls were friendly and answered all of my questions.I was also able to take pictures around the school and talk to admissions. It was a great time and a beautiful campus.

Later that evening I began to write more into my paper until  my bed time. The next day  I wrote a couple more pages but I began to feel so lazy. It’s like my brain stopped working. I started getting distracted by things and my mind kept going entirely left, for NO reason. I went to bed Tuesday night feeling very nervous about not finishing my work and trying to figure out if it would be a good idea to email my professor for an extension.

Today, like any other day I went to work and was getting ready to log into our case management system. My co-worker asked if I was ready for school and asked if I finish all of my homework. I replied no and told her that I had been a bit distracted and didn’t finished. Like the mom she is she said well what are you doing here? She encouraged me to take the day off and finish my assignments instead of asking for an extension.

Now, naturally I would not take off work to do homework but my co-worker felt that I should get it done, and be productive at that since I didn’t have any set appointments this morning. Her encouraging words lead me to email my Program Manager to let her know that I would be leaving the office to do my homework (Chris said to be honest, besides it’s my PTO and I can do what I want with it).  She emailed me back almost instantly giving me my approval to go. I then went on to school and finished everything and presented in class.

Although it may sound small or silly most people can’t leave work to finish their homework. I am blessed in a way that my employer and co workers can look at my personal endeavor and support it. That’s not something people do, especially when there is PLENTY to do at work. That’s favor only God can provide. God directed my co-worker to encourage me because I was literally so tired I was ready to just give up. It reminds me that during times of need, even for encouragement, God will send someone there to help push you along.

Laying in my bed I feel relieved. Just a few days ago I wasn’t sure if I would get through today. Even though I had procrastinated and had  fallen into a state of laziness, God was merciful and provided the provision that allowed me to obtain my desired outcome.

He takes concern over me. God is awesome. He is certainly good.

Goodnight 🙂