Archive for June, 2012

Ask and ye Shall Receive~Audrey

In a previous post (you can read it here: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/playing-dress-upaudrey/), I mentioned issues at work and needing armor from God so I could succeed. I needed help dealing with my anger, with my new position, and life in general. I prayed for guidance, for strength, for less stress. I hadn’t realized what he had gifted me with until I read this verse:

 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:13-18

The belt of truth has reminded me to love while the breastplate of righteous has reminded me to have self respect. Shoes of peace have calmed me, and the shield of faith has strengthened my trust. The helmet of salivation has made it clear that I am dear to God as the sword of the spirit: has given me integrity.

All these pieces have added up to peace. I am learning to deal with anger and conflict in a healthy way, but not given up who I am (loving and peaceful but violent and brash). Glory be to God who deemed fit to outfit me in this arm that I requested.

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Did God Tell You To Move? ~Venus

Today I was wondering what my post was going to be about. I always have the hardest time figuring out what I’m going to write for my post! lol!  This message hit me yesterday so I hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Have you ever had a moment where you got tired of waiting on God? You felt that God was taking too long to intervene in your situation, so you moved ahead of him by doing things your way. You probably accepted a job when it sounded seemed right at the moment. You probably got in a relationship because you thought that the guy was great and it was the “right timing”. Feel free to interject another situation here that you moved ahead of God…lol! Everything that seems right at the moment, isn’t right!

Have you made decisions without consulting God first or asked God about  what you should do in a situation and made the decision to do whatever it was in your situation any way without hearing from him? Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to “speed” up the process? Are you there now?  I know I am!! lol! Let me encourage you to wait on God.

God has our best interests at heart! Isaiah 55:8 NIV states  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”  God has his own timetable when he does things. When God does things on his own timing, it’s the right timing! When we move ahead of him, it shows God that we don’t trust him.  I know by experience when you don’t wait on God, things don’t work out the way you thought they would. We MUST consult God for every decision that we make and we have to wait on his answer no matter how long it takes. Trust me when I say, that it will save you a lot of hurt and pain. It save you from learning certain lessons from “messes” that you create. God bless!

~Venus

P.S. Don’t ask God to bless the decisions that you made on your own timing and not his timing.

Here are some scriptures about waiting on God:

“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” -Lamentations 3:25

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”- Isaiah 40:31

“Wait on the Lord and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land.” -Psalm 37:34

Enjoy this Empowermoments post http://empowermoments.org/2012/05/17/premmie-blessings/

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Lord, Take the Pain Away ~Venus

Read 2nd Corinthians 12:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2012:1-10&version=NIV  It discusses the thorn in Paul’s flesh

{Read No Forno http://empowermoments.org/2012/05/03/no-forno/ and Ain’t No Feeling Like http://empowermoments.org/2011/06/14/aint-no-feeling-like/}

Hello all! I feel like I have a thorn in my side that won’t go away. If you have read my posts lately, you’ll know that I’m going through a lot spiritually and emotionally. I’m trying to get over a current break up and also feelings from a past relationship. I’m in the healing process. This week I’ve been shedding tears, battling depression, and been experiencing headaches.

Since my current ex-boyfriend and I broke up in April, a lot of emotions from my ex-boyfriend that came before him came up..Let’s call him “George”..The relationship that I had w/ George was ungodly. George and I fornicated. Since the end of George and I’s relationship, I’ve been celibate. A few days ago, I talked to one of my frat brothers  (he is a preacher) about what I was going through. He gave me the root of my situation. The root of it was a soul tie..I was like huh come again? lol..I thought my old feelings and the soul tie was gone with George and I but apparently not. I’m going through some spiritual cleaning and it doesn’t feel good. I want God to take the pain I’m feeling away. I feel really broken right now its not even funny.  I just can’t wait until I’m over this “hump”. So I can be free and happy again. Until I’m over this situation, my posts won’t be super happy…lol..OAS: It seems like I’m going to be single longer than the summer..{sigh}.  God bless!!

~Venus

P.S. This week I read the Single in the City posts, they are helping me deal with my singleness!  Here is a link http://empowermoments.org/category/single-in-the-city-series/ As you can probably tell, I really like devotionals…lol..I love anything that is inspiring and encouraging. It helps me get through!  No real names were used in this post except mine..lol

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Heroes for My Children-Part 3~Audrey

Part 3 of my five-part Heroes for My Children Series. Read Part 1 here: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/heroes-for-my-children-part-2audrey/ and Part 2: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/heroes-for-my-children-part-1audrey/

 

Walt Disney

Walt Disney giving the dedication day speech J...

Walt Disney giving the dedication day speech July 17, 1955. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walt Disney had a dream, and he never let his failures derail this dream. He had several animation companies that went failed but he always started a new project. After Universal sneakily procured the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney’s claim to fame, he created Mickey Mouse. When he decided to make an animated full length version of Snow White, his family and friends tried to talk him out of it. What the industry called “Disney’s Folly,” the pcituree was the highest grossing film in 1928. It made $8 million (which today would be more than 122 Million). Disney won many awards for his animated shorts and character creations. He pioneered the idea that animated productions could contain character with real emotions and meaty plots that taught right and wrong. It may have taken the Disney Company, 78 years to get the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit back, but Walt himself never gave up on his dreams. These dreams still delight the young and old to this day.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Carrie McGavock

You may know Carrie McGavock from her fictional portrayal in Robert Hick’s Widow of the South. This richly descriptive and emotional tale tells the story of the real life McGavock. Her and her husband John owned a huge plantation outside of Franklin, Tennessee. After the Civil War battle of Franklin in 1864, Carrie and her family took care of over 300 soldiers in the plantation, and hundreds more were scattered on their property. Carrie made breakfast the next morning for the surviving solider, the hem of her dress covered in blood. But the story doesn’t end there. The Southern soldiers were buried in shallow graves of the battle field with simple wooden crosses marking the graves. But these markers did not last long in the Tennessee weather. The McGavocks donated two acres of their land to bury the soldiers and the town donated the money for the graves. Carrie would care for these graves, preserving the identities of the solider for until her death 41 years later. She understood that no matter the war, no matter the side, solider deserved respect, especially in death.

Until I get the keys to the Kingdom, Lord, I ain’t giving up.
― Robert Hicks, The Widow of the South

Lori Hartwell

This name is probably very unknown to non-kidney patients. Hartwell began kidney procedures at the age of two an since then has 39 surgeries, 13 years of dialysis, and four kidney transplants. One would think that after all that, the disease would get the best of her. But it hasn’t–instead she has become a major advocate for kidney disease. She is the founder of the Renal Support Network, a peer led network to help other patients met non-medical needs. Projects include the Renal Teen Prom and “KidneyTalk!” radio show. Her goal was to help others with kidney understand there is hope. Her book Chronic Happiness was the first novel to be published nationally by a kidney patient. She has traveled the county, Canada and South Africa to share her inspirational story with others. She is kidney patient, a kidney advocate, and, for this kidney patient, an inspiration.

An illness is too demanding when you don’t have hope.

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The Brady bunch- Renee’

This week I have been challenged on every aspect this week. I’m coming into my own as a supervisor, which means there have been times when my boss has had to mentor me. I’m so blessed to be at an agency where my coworkers (but those I supervise and my supervisors) believe in my abilities and help me work through everything in a timely manner.
I’ve been pushed spiritually because I feel my Father pulling at me yet I haven’t made my way back to his home just yet. Not sure what the situation is with that,but I’m working my way through some things and its helping our relationship.
Since the deaths of some friends I’ve made an effort to spend more time with loved ones so that’s worked well. The bf and I took our first family trip. I think any couple considering marriage should do a few things while dating: 1) try and put something together as a team 2) travel to a place neither has been : both of these are to see how you both handle problems. High tension or potential high tension situations will show you the true colors of the relationship. The colors of our relationship passed with flying colors. Lol I’m glad for the experience and the babies loved the trip 🙂
So this wk had highs and lows but mostly highs. In purposely trying to learn to submit to certain aspects of this process called life. Its been a slight struggle but I’m glad I’m learning more.

Above it all
Renee

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***Wonderfully Made*** by Pam

What is the condition of your heart? God gives us love. He is love! Our hearts should so full of Him and His love that there is no room for anything else. I have written about how much I love my job. I am glad that God put me there. I do not mind the heat, dirt, snakes, bugs, ect….I am more comfortable outside than inside except in the winter. Work is more like play for me. Yesterday something tried to steal some of that happiness for the first time. I heard something ugly from one of my co-workers. It made me sad and angry. It was an especially cruel racist joke that was repeated from another co-worker. One of my bosses heard it and was not amused either. I just could not believe she had called me over to hear that filth. Just because I am white she thought I shared her prejudice? Or is she so deceived by Satan that she does not see it for what it is, hatred. Hatred is the opposite of love? Will God share space in your heart with something that comes from Satan? How can anyone call their selves a Christian and think another person inferior to them because of the physical differences that God especially chose for them? The bible tells us that we are wonderfully and fearfully made. Does the bible lie, does God? No! Lies are from the father of lies, Satan. Prejudice should be recognized for what it is and who it comes from. God has given me friends and family of all different colors and nationalities and I am thankful. My heart has no room for Satan to hide his lies or hatred. My life full of love and so beautiful. I will not let that be stolen. I will be sharing my faith. I pray that my witness for God will be so strong that everyone will know when they meet me that I am His. I hope people will see only love and strength and know I am a Christian. Have a blessed and love filled week!

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Random ~Venus

So this post is going to be random..lol..This week has been ok. I was on a prayer call on Sunday and it was AWESOME!! I really felt God move on that teleconference call. My week wasn’t that interesting. I worked Monday-Wednesday and was off Thursday-today. I return back to work tomorrow.

On Tuesday I was on a Purposeful Professionals teleconference call. On the call we discussed  purpose and prioritizing..There was about 4 of us on the call. I took a lot from it. Since the other women on the call are older than me. They had mention that I should journal, have a mentor, and make goals for myself. They good tell that I’m in the early stages of transitioning into the starting a career. They were very encouraging!

On Thursday, I volunteered at the clinic. I had my first STI appointment w/ a client. It went pretty well! She was very talkative and open which made the appointment easier. The client before her wasn’t that talkative. She came in for a pregnancy test. She was making me frustrated because she wasn’t talking that much..lol.. Anywho I talked to one of my HIS on Thursday and it was a great convo! I love when I get to talk to my HIS who are also part of Radical7even!  =) I received two letters from 2 of my HIS this week!  That made me felt special!

OAS: I bought a memory card for my phone. I have to figure out how to use it..lol..I never had a memory card before. I purchased it because I have a huge problem with memory getting full on my phone..mostly when I text. It gets annoying when I receive a “memory full” message on my cell every 3 mins..lol..UGH I hate my phone. lol…

On another side note: It sucks being single. I’m not enjoying it right now…lol..As of one my sorors stated the other day “I miss being in a relationship”. However, I know that I’ll be in one when the time is right. Being single takes some time getting used to. I’m trying my best to focus on myself. However, I can’t help but think about my past relationships..The current one and the one before that. Those relationships have been on my mind a lot lately..Especially the  relationship I was in before the current one I was in..I hope ya’ll get what I’m saying…lol..I guess its a lot on mind since he is with someone else now and for some reason it’s bothering me..I guess b/c I really loved him (I still do despite everything that has happened between us). Lets say its just some of everything..lol..Glad that he found someone he is happy with though..Things are  just so different now..

On another side note: I saw an ad in the school’s newspaper (the Auburn Plainsman) about job opening up here. It’s an Americorps job! I’m thinking about applying! =)

On another side note: This week was the 1st week that the Mamie Reese Scholarship Fund kicked off!!! =) I’ll be accepting applications for the Mamie Reese Scholarship Fund of Theta Phi Christian Sorority, Inc.!!! The deadline for ALL applications is August 4th. Applicants must: be a young woman that recently graduated from high school and is enrolled in college for the upcoming school year or is a freshmen in college, provide a high school or college transcript, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. If you are interested or know someone that is interested in the scholarship, please e-mail me at restored_2@yahoo.com. All applications will be e-mailed!

I know ya’ll probably thinking what is going on with this post..lol..I have a lot on my mind!! God Bless!!

~Venus

Check out the link below! It was very encouraging to me!

http://empowermoments.org/2012/06/07/get-up/

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