Deuteronomy 11:13 ”From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you, he’ll take charge of sending the rain at the right time, both autumn and spring rains, so that you’ll be able to harvest your grain, your grapes, your olives. He’ll make sure there’s plenty of grass for your animals. You’ll have plenty to eat.”
I was sitting here reminiscing on my very first blog post and began to marvel at how far I’ve come spiritually and socially. I said from the very beginning that I’m not a natural “people person.” I’ve grown to be completely comfortable in my own skin and prefer interacting within a select group of people from my own social circle. I used to pride myself on “doing me” until I learned that I was outside of the will of God. I began to envy those who naturally gravitated to people. Socializing was such a chore. I can honestly say that I’m still nowhere close to where I need to be in this area but what I’m most proud about is how my heart has changed toward the idea.
Changing your heart is the first step to any transformation. You ask how I did it? I began to seek after what pleases God. God has a heart for people. We are all his creations. If I’m to mirror God on the earth, I also have to have a heart for people. But why do people have to make it so difficult?! I know I’m not the only one who interacts with characters on a daily basis. Ugh, I could think of a few commandments that I would gladly change if I could but I remind myself that only God is perfect. So instead of fitting him into my box, I’m going to expand my thinking so that I can more properly live out the plan and purpose He has for me.
So as I grow in my understanding of Him, I realize with each passing day just how savvy God really is. In just a little over a year, my writings have reached thousands, many of which I hear from weekly thanking me for sharing my heart. Not only have I reached the readers but I’ve gained new sisters within my Bold & Fab family whom I adore and consider to be a God send. Within that same year, I’ve linked up with the Worth the Wait Revolution and shared my testimony of rededication to living a life of sexual purity. As a result of my participation in WTW, I’ve gained my first mentee who trusts me to speak into her life as often as she needs me. To top it all off, I was asked to participate in my church’s mentor program “Queens in Transition” which is geared towards imparting Godly principles into the lives of young women who represent our future. I looked back on all of this and all I could think of was…”Why me?!”
God answered. I’m in the season of accountability. God knows that I’m most productive when I’m held accountable for my actions. I steered clear from this for many years. I only wanted to be accountable to myself, that way the only person I could disappoint was the person in the mirror. Everything that God has called me to be a part of this year has a level of accountability assigned to it. He is teaching me a lesson and I’m all ears.
On Sunday, God confirmed everything when my pastor spoke about having a heart to serve. Serving others is God’s way of qualifying you to see your dreams fulfilled. One of my dreams is to have my own producing firm geared to empowering and entertaining young women of color. As I began to grow weary of wondering when I would see my dream come to fruition, God showed me that I was to serve the very women that I would look to support and grow my business. All I have to do is believe and serve with a willing heart. And so I embrace this call to mentor, to model the pure life, and to share stories of my journey through my writing because I know that God is grooming me to be far greater than even I can imagine.
Stay faithful. Stay prayerful. Stay Season Sensitive. In due time, you will reap the harvest!!!
Isaiah 45 1-3 “THUS SAYS the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held to subdue nations before him, and I will unarm and ungird the loins of kings to open doors before him, so that gates will not be shut. I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.”
Mark 4:26 [ Never Without a Story ] Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!
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