This weekend I had the opportunity to go on a board retreat to work on planning for 2018 for a girl’s organization I am honored to be a part of. In between planning, I was able to interact and enjoy the company of two virtious and powerful women. As I reflect back over the weekend, I found a quote that sums up these two women:
Both of these women have amazing stories of how they have and continue to overcome the “bricks” that life has thrown their way. They are also both dedicated to helping others overcome their bricks. I believe that you have to surround yourself with people who inspire and these two women inspire me daily.
We all have “bricks” that are thrown at us. What makes you successful is how you deal with those bricks. I tell my clients “you can’t change the things that have happened to you, but you can choose how you allow those things to affect you today and in the future.” Each one of us has to make the decision to either let go of past hurts or use those hurts in a positive way. If we do not make one of these two choices, then we are doomed to live an unfilled life.
This weekend has reminded me that I am successful and I have crushed the bricks of my past. It has also given me confidence that I will continue to be successful crushing new bricks because I choose to handle them with wisdom, maturity, and class in the same manner I watch these two women.
So this post is going to seem disjointed, but stick with me and it will come together in the end.
Everyone knows that I am making a lifestyle change that includes weight loss. I have some amazing in person supporters as well a several online support groups. Over the past week one of my online friends has been struggling. She has lost a lot of weight and looks gorgeous. In fact I consider her to be one of the leaders in our group. She had an upcoming event and brought this amazing blue dress. She tried it on, but when she looked in the mirror all she saw was the old her with the weight. We all gave her encouragement, but she struggled the whole week. I am happy to report that she stated she felt beautiful on the day of the event at the end of the week.
A couple of days ago I asked my mom to pick me up some bar soap. I usually get Ivory, but she said I am going to get you Dove because it does not leave residue like the others.
Today I am tired. I have worked 6 days for the past 3 weeks and ended up working well over 40 hours this week even though I only worked 5 days. My body has been pushed and I am tired. Despite this I was determined that I was going to church today! I was late, but I pushed through. God had a deliverance waiting for me! Prophetess Meshell Lavergne spoke this morning on not accepting the role of victim that society tells us that we are. She encouraged us to take on the description of VICTORIOUS and OVERCOMER! There was a powerful move of God.
I found myself being led to intercede while people were coming down to the alter. Apostle Mark Jones did one last call and said there is some of you all who have residue left from divorce. I don’t remember what he said after that. All I knew was while I thought I had cleared out my baggage and was busy praying for others, God tapped me on the shoulder and showed me I had some residue to clear. I thought I had worked through all my issues regarding my divorce and nothing wqas left. I realize there are times when I feel like I will never find my husband and I am destined to be alone. I often wonder will I ever have a biological child? There are thoughts that creep in about being good enough though I know for a fact that I am. I struggle with these insecurities at times. This is the left over residue talking. But today I washed the residue away!
So what does this have to do with the other two stories? We all have things that we have been through that we thought we had dealt with and no longer is an issue. For my online friend she is still struggling with some body image issues even though she is not that person that she used to look at and did not like. For me, I had left over residue from a marriage that I know I was never meant to be in. I did not even realize there was residue there. I thought I had dealt with that issue and let it go. How many of us are walking around with left over residue we don’t realize is there? This morning my Dove soap came in the form of a word delivered through a message from Prophetess Meshell, a hearing of the Holy Spirit from Apostle Jones, and a powerful prayer by Michelle Guess, ultimately from God. I encourage you to find your Dove soap and wash off the residue of your past issues!