I know… I know…
I have been slow to post. I’m gonna be honest. I am on a mission with my new small business. I have something to prove to myself. 1. That I don’t quit. 2. All the people I have met that are making 35 to 50k a month, isn’t by accident. The same drive I had as a news anchor… is the same drive that will propel my It Works business. I have a big why: I want to create 12 new millionaires. Why not? We have enough broke people on this planet.
So like most Americans… I went to church on Sunday morning not knowing we were having a guest speaker.
Do you know Lisa Bevere?? If not – GET TO KNOW HER. I have seen this woman speak many times; on tv and in person. But the last two times – either she is on fire – or I am ready to receive it.
She has a bible study about the Lioness – that I implore you to encourage your small group or Wednesday night group to study. I can’t even begin to tell you how it set me on fire.
But today she focused on Purpose. Knowing your worth. And Facing your giants. She based it on James Chapter 1:2-3.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I have read and heard scriptures on this passage more times than I can remember…. but its different when there’s divine revelation.
She spoke how the enemy knows your future better than you. The hiccups and self sabotaging we encounter – has a purpose. In fact – get GLAD when its in YOUR FACE. HUNTING YOU. WHISPERING I AM GOING TO DESTROY YOU. Friends, its a compass. Those that God loves, he will prune. HE is not bringing the pain… but He will let the pain purify you.
All of us have room for improvement. Unfortunately, some of us go through very public, humiliating pruning. (CHECK – Been there done that)
But one of the best things I finally learned after 7 years of pure HELL… is that I faced it. Faced it scared. Faced it losing. Faced it knees red from praying constantly. Faced it tithing wondering – GOD WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO REBUKE THE DEVOURER?
Guess what… in the end I lost a job, my reputation, my family, my friends, my admirers, my money – GOOD GOD NOW I REALLY GOTTA HAVE FAITH.
But facing it… I gained courage. I dropped the need to people please. I became a better wife, mother, and now even employee. I started my own business – learned that success doesn’t come one way…. and the friends I lost. I realized I should have told them to KICK ROCKS a long time ago. I learned to like me – flaws and all… and those critical of it. Well, they have a choice. Tell me to KICK ROCKS or we learn to appreciate each other for where we are.
I am by no means perfect. But What Lisa reminded me of in today’s sermon was that… God places light in dark places. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. I have no time for pity parties. I held one long enough. My dark place is allowing me to see just HOW BIG GOD IS. Its actually an opportunity.
So guess what??? If you are in a dark place. Its a breakthrough. The enemy never comes for where you were – He comes to distract, detour and attempt to get you to quit. Its a rouse. Its a setup. Not designed to destroy you… but to refine you. Face it. Let what has to go – GO. Yes, it hurts. It hurts like HELL.
But what has emerged in me is growth. I have compassion… mercy… forgiveness… and even discernment about myself. The reason I attracted some of the trolls in my life – was because I had troll tendencies. When God puts a mirror in your face – remember this: pride comes before destruction. It took a couple of bad #@%#* to ruin, decimate and kill that giant in me. Yeah, they took alot of material things. But that can be replaced. What they don’t realize – is that they did me a favor.
And for once… the bulldozer that ran hard and fast to accomplish goals… now realizes. I never did it in the first place. God gave me the drive… the skill… the favor. The same way He gave it… He took it away. But not to kill me – nor you – but to show you NOT BY POWER, NOT BY MIGHT, BUT BY MY SPIRIT THUS SAYETH THE LORD.
Ahhh… the sweet success – to have it this time – with the people I love and have merited the right to share it with me. I know get why Oprah only hangs tight with Gayle. We all need a Gayle – that second set of eyes that discerns – who and what needs to KICK ROCKS.
This isn’t about people, but gaining wisdom that your purpose is too valuable. Respect it. Guard it. Nurture it. Don’t just give to anyone… and for God’s sake, if anyone or thing tries to destroy it. REMEMBER, THEY OR IT ARE ONLY PRUNING YOU – so you can mature to handle the next level. Gain a trusted circle – face your giants. It caused alot of pain… but I am oh so grateful.
Now let me go study Job again… because we all know how the story ends. #GetReady #GetReady #GetReady