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The Answer

Not too long ago I had this unsettling feeling that lasted about a week. I couldn’t seem to find my groove, my fire, my “umpth”. Now some of that could’ve been attributed to me just getting back from vacation. I was out of town for a week and had an awesome time but how many of you know, sometimes you need a vacation from vacation. That’s exactly where I was…trying to transition back to reality. If only I had a few more days before I had to “adult” again. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. Your bills, rent mortgage, utilities…they don’t take an “adult” break. They’re coming no matter what you decide to do or don’t do.

So I kept it moving, but I was literally just going through the motions. Not engaged at work…or life really. I had a few emotional breakdowns which were not uncommon but this week was different. There was a deep emotional desire or thirst that I couldn’t seem to quench. So by Thursday, I was like enough is enough. You need to get it together, you can’t continue like this. It’s not normal, it’s not healthy…boss up, put your big girl panties on, do whatever you need to do to reconnect to yourself, to life, to God.

God? Maybe that was it. When was the last time you spoke to God? And not just spoke to Him but spent time with Him? Where you were talking to Him and listening to Him.

That’s the missing puzzle piece, the bridge…the path to a calming in my spirit.

So at lunch, I went to my car and went into thanksgiving mode. Just started thanking God for life, health, strength, my job, friends, family, awesome relationships. Everything! I ended with a bold declaration that I was going back into the office focused and re-engaged. Yeah…that didn’t happen. I told my friend later that day about this. I said God didn’t come through for me…in a joking way of course. I gotta say that because some of you might think I lost my faith or hope or something. No, it was still very much there.  I wouldn’t have been in the car making those declarations if it wasn’t. But I digress.

My girlfriend was like, nah, He was there, He came through, you didn’t. Or at least that’s what I think I heard her say. Funny thing is, I was reading an article earlier that day about doing your part. The promise was already made and declared but we need to activate it.  But how do you do that?

So fast forward to the next morning. I spoke to my friend briefly, texted another and then began my day. But this time, with a praise in my heart. “Praise Jehovah” was the song of choice that morning. I just started praising, releasing and ultimately reconnected to myself, to my life, to my God.

I activated His power by simply praising Him. For who He is, what He’s done, what He’s doing and what He will do. For His continual presence in my life, in the good and the bad, when I understood and even when I didn’t.

I was home…I was back!

Back to life…back to reality…that’s for my 80’s babies!

But seriously, join me in activating His power in your life. There’s nothing like it. Don’t think about “that thing”. Don’t list your needs. List all that He is. Your provider, your healer, your joy, your strength, your peace…the great I AM. Whatever you’ve needed, He was that. And watch the atmosphere change, your posture change and His presence consume and take over you. Don’t ever forsake thanksgiving and praise. It’s the answer you need and have been looking for.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” Psalm 100:4

Blog Bite: Be a Man…

This sermon clip is hilarious….at least I think so anyway. Pastor Judah Smith talks about how men should be the initiators and we as women should be the responders. We were never intended to be the aggressor in the relationship. We don’t need to help him out.

Sound familiar? That’s kinda what we do with God.  When He’s not moving fast enough we decide to take it upon ourselves to make some moves of our own.

Ladies, please allow God to be God and a Man to be a Man.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

 

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.” Proverbs 3:5 (The Message)

God of My Struggles

My Pastor released this audio sometime last year.  I listened to it then…in fact, there was a whole sermon series on it, but while watching the Elevation Network last night I came across it again.

It’s funny how something can hit you differently in different seasons in your life.  Kinda like prayers that I heard as a child.  One of the infamous ones was, “God, thank you for activity of my limbs and being clothed in my right mind”.  Of course I knew what it meant but you can’t truly comprehend the fullness of that prayer until you’ve been threatened with no longer having activity of your limbs or you almost lost your mind or encountered someone who had.  It is in those times that these prayers resonate high in your spirit and you can speak them with the utmost confidence because it was nothing but God.  My God!

Well, as I listened to my Pastor speak on the God of Jacob…the God of my Struggles…there was something about hearing, God is the God of my struggles.  Not just my successes, but my struggles, not just my victories but my defeats.  God is concerned about all of me…the whole me…even the unflattering parts of me.  Wow!

I guess that shouldn’t come as a surprise, huh? Certainly if God can be the God of Jacob…heel grabber…birthright stealer…prideful…issue having Jacob, surely he could be the God of you and me!

Allow that to sit with you.  And then speak these words out loud….”God is the God of [insert name here]”.

Be Brave, Be you, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

“Then he said, “I am the God of your fathers,  the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”…”

2016 Goals and Prayer

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After sitting down to write my goals for the year, I reviewed what I had just written and said, “Wow, these are some big things God.  Hmmm…I’m really shooting for the moon with some of these…are they realistic?…can they be done?…maybe I should dial it back?” Well…I really feel God looked at me and rolled his eyes…while shaking his head (which I’m sure he often does when it comes to Miss Trina) because immediately, the following scripture came to mind.

Mark 9:21-29

“…but if you CAN do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“If you CAN?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes”

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Well…with that said, I began to pray over my goals….

God, this year, I commit my goals, my desires and my life to you.  These things…”this kind” of blessing that I’m seeking will not be accomplished outside of you.  God, I’ve done it my way and have made small strides and incurred tons of bruises but God I’m ready to do it your way so I can make leaps and bounds! Understanding, that I will fall but I have you with me…inside me, to cushion the fall. In that, I will rest..in that I will finally “take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Also understanding that you are not a genie in a bottle. What you allow in my life, good or bad is ultimately for your glory.  Though I may not always understand, this I do know, you will move heaven and earth to get me to see things thru your eyes….to move things in me…to move things out of me.

God, just like your servant said, in MY doubt, help me to believe. Do not allow me to doubt whether you CAN do it – I already know you can.  Allow me to walk in that simple fact alone. All things ARE possible!

Now God, just as you drove out the evil spirit, drive out doubt, fear, unworthiness, low self-esteem and any word or thing from the Enemy that is opposite of the Words you have already spoken to me. I WILL keep moving forward toward all that You promised. It WILL be accomplished through prayer and fasting. It WILL manifest this year.  Amen!  #sweet16

 

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

 

~ForeverTrina