This week I have grown quite frustrated with the events throughout our country. The extreme vetting that has occurred for travelers grieves my heart. To hear of a friend of friend being held in customs for hours upon hours saddens me. She has lived in the United States all this time and is now held up in customs. Seriously!
My response to all this is that we must continue to pray. For many of us our faith is being tested. I encourage all of us to remember Matthew 19:26 when Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
These events are our reality of dealing with something impossible (difficult to deal with) where we will see people have to struggle and endure changes that have been imposed.
We must trust that God is going to take this impossible situation and do the possible in only the way that He can. None of this has caught God by surprise but, when we pray we get His attention. Never forget that God always has the final say.
Yesterday, there were hundreds of thousands of participants in the 2017 Women’s March from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles to Chicago. These participants came from all walks of life and various socioeconomic backgrounds. Regardless of what made them different, they walked in unity for women’s rights. They walked together making a bold statement that the movement continues.
2017 Women’s March-Chicago, IL
It is a movement that says it is not one gender that makes the difference, it is not one industry that makes the difference, it is not one race that makes the difference. It is a movement that says collectively we all have an impact on the success of society. Yet, how can we know what that success is if groups or individuals, especially women, are pushed out of the equation? Women play a part in making that difference.
As a mother of a growing teenager, I want my daughter to know that she is afforded the same opportunities regardless of her race or gender. I want my daughter to know that if she can’t find opportunities she needs to go out and make opportunities. Why? God has a purpose for her life and He has giving her everything she needs to make opportunities to fulfill her purpose! Roman 8:31 says , “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Absolutely nobody, so let’s keep it moving!
The beginning of 2017 has been busy but fulfilling at the same time! I am sticking to my two event limits per weekend. I am enjoying the power that comes in saying no and making sure that I have time to center myself and pray.
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a prayer breakfast held by New Life Believers Church in Chicago. I left feeling renewed and ready to take on whatever God will have me to do. I sat at the table with some amazing women who are mothers (single and married), leaders, and entrepreneurs. They are all women who had a story to tell and had the stature of women who overcame and who are ever so grateful to God for that.
Our time together was a breath of fresh air for me even on a cold wintry day. The time of fellowship, time of reflection, and time of prayer was just what I needed to start this year off right. It gave me comfort as I still come to terms of having to leave relationships behind (both business and personal), starting a new job, and embarking on new projects. I am free of the distractions and I am free to be me. I am sharing the closing song from the prayer breakfast, “Your Love,” by William Murphy. This song truly blessed me and was a reminder that it is because of the unconditional love of God that I can live restored, renewed, and free to be me!
It is a quiet Sunday adding to the end of weekend celebrations, church service and relaxing to watch my favorite T.V. shows. It is also the Golden Globe weekend where movie stars, directors, and musicians will be acknowledged for their work. From the red carpet to inside the theater, stars name who designed their clothing and specifically name the movie or T.V. show they starred in. Yet what happens when the announcer says the wrong name of the movie or the show? Do you correct them or just keep it moving?
Watching the Golden Globes tonight I heard the movie Hidden Figures several times referred to as Hidden Fences. I could not believe that after all the hard work that went into making a movie of three women who helped to impact the work of NASA that the announcers would say the name incorrectly.
I do understand that our work alone can speak for itself but I also believe that credit should be given where credit is due. This includes saying someone’s name correctly or stating the name of their work correctly. When we say a name correctly that means we made an effort to inquire about the person or their work. It shows respect and it’s acknowledging them for who they are. So, it’s o.k. to keep calm and tell them to get your name right-the first time!
While there are many people today making new year’s resolutions I have made reflections on living. Realizing that my reflections for the most part are not all entirely new revelations but they all move me closer to understanding the inner most part of me and walking in my purpose. As I write, I can confidently say I am owning up to my mistakes, my shortcomings, and things that I allowed to delay my destiny. I can boldly declare that in 2017 I AM living in what God has for me, NOW! It is during the living in that I live out my purpose.
My journey has not been easy but God’s love has enabled me to endure even if I was distracted at times by the hurt, the loss, the struggles and disappointment. As I am living in what God has for me now, my notable reflections on living gave me clarity and understanding summarizing my 2016 with the following statements:
- I can’t continue to make excuses for myself or others and expect things to change.
- People only did to me what I allowed them to do.
- To be at peace I had to be obedient, pray, trust, and release and love with a forgiving heart.
- I am more than enough to accomplish what God has called me to do.
I pray that those of you reading this post today live in what God has for you now. Live in what He has called you to do, live in what He has called you to wait for, live in where He has called you to work, and live in where He has called you to go (even if that means walking away). Live for Him and you will be sure to have more breath taking moments of “Thank you Jesus” instead of, “Oh my God!”