This has been an interesting season, where I needed to pull back for some time. Now, I did this because I did not want to speak from my vantage point of pain and frustration without being able to share solutions. Also, there were some projects God needed me to work on which really required me to stretch in how I do and see things. Also to share with you some amazing updates on those projects I mentioned. First, I took an Evangelism class with my church to get equipped to share God with others and just recently graduated from that May 20, 2018. Second, I wrote and completed my book, From Faith 2 Faith: A 45 Days Devotional! It will be available for sale on June 7, 2018!!! I also wanted to acknowledge that I am so grateful for each and every one of you who visited this website during that time as well! You are awesome!!!
So lastly, I just want to take a quick moment to share 3 things I have learned on my journey toward recovery...
Recently, I read a book called Hurt to Healing by LaTrice Williams and in it was a quote that spoke to me which refers to what the main character Maiya was experiencing. It said, "She never wanted to minister out of her pain...She couldn't minister freedom while living in bondage." Well, I can relate to these words because for the past few months, I have been quietly dealing with some of my own pains. See, what I have learned is that when we minister to others from a place of hurt all anyone can see through us is the pain itself, therefore taking all attention off of God!
Like many who grew up in the church, I have always prayed the model prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. I would mainly use it when I was not quite sure what to say or even what to ask of God. So when it came time to go through a recent season of pruning and purifying, I quickly realized how ill-prepared I was to fight against the spiritual attacks that started coming my way. So I asked God to reveal to me a prayer strategy, or if He could teach me something, I could use to block or defend myself from the adversary. I mean I felt like a boxer who was just taking blow after blow to the body, head, and chest.