I hope your week is going well and that you are blessed going and coming.
Every week I prepare my mind by praying and asking God what I should say to you to encourage you. I have some idea of the challenges faced as we work in our careers and must deal with our personal lives. As humans, we will go through good times and not-so-good ones; that’s just how life happens. However, we don’t have to lose hope.
Over the last couple of months, I have dealt with family members experiencing near-death issues. I have heard from others of the devastating problems they are facing with parents aging and ill health, as well as those facing life-threatening matters themselves. Every time I hear from someone, I add them to m prayer list so I don’t forget to pray for them. As I pray for people, I remind God of His healing promises. That’s a practice I learned long ago, and I continue to do it today. Also, I think of the scripture that I can pray over others. And as I contemplated today’s message, what came to mind is this scripture, “I have told you these things, so that in me, you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But do not lose heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I am no Bible scholar, but I love reading the Word of God. It has always been not only a comfort in troubling times but the source that has given me confidence as a woman and particularly as a woman of color. It had spoken to me from when I was a little girl to this day, telling me that I am more than enough. Encouraging me to trust, stay the course, believe in myself, and speak life over my family. It has guided me to keep going when I felt like giving up. And, when I was at death’s door, it was the Word of God that I claimed, “I will not die, but live and tell of what the Lord has done.” (Psalm 118:17).
Can you join me today in declaring God’s faithfulness over your life? Can you trust me and say that you will not allow fear, despair, or anything to destroy you? When something comes upon you that causes you to fret, say out loud so the universe can hear, “I know in this world I will have trouble, but greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
God bless you today and have a wonderful weekend.