Looking Forward

I am looking forward to a lot of things: my son graduating from High school and College, my businesses booming, seeing the manifestation of God’s words over my life.  However, just like the children of Israel in Jeremiah 7:23-24 I followed the “counsel and the stubborn promptings of my own heart and mind and turned my back and went in reverse and not forward..”  I keep looking back at my past, but God Himself has moved on.  I keep doing the same thing, feeling the same way and expecting a different result.  It is time for me to celebrate who God has made me and stop worrying about what people think of me.

I am looking forward to using the gifts and talents that God has given me.  I am looking forward to moving out of my own way.  As I write this, I am listening to Marvin Sapp’s “Close”.  I am so close to what God has for me if I would just completely yield to His voice and obey.

I can’t hear this song without feeling the presence of God…  I pray this song Blesses you the way it blesses me.

Looking Forward to what God has in Store for me! Destiny is waiting for my Divine Arrival.

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Getting to the Promised Land of my Destiny-Not Looking Back at the Past.

 

Unveiled by Dominique was started as a way for me, Dominique, to be free of the strongholds of my childhood past and wounds to get to me to my “Promised Land.” Yet, two years later, I find myself writing about the same thing,  in different words. Why? Why do I keep looking back at the things which longer matter?  Why can’t I let go of the “security blanket” beautifully knitted together with hurt, pain, low self-esteem, colorism, need for acceptance, doubt, fear, and lack of self-love?  Why do I want to stay in my childhood?

My Childhood is my Wilderness Experience

I still wrestle with God about my wilderness experience as a child.   Situations and experiences I believe that I should not have had at that stage of my life.  As an adult, I have come to understand the necessity of the wilderness experience.  I understand, through the reading and searching of the scriptures, that the experience is supposed to make us stronger and wiser.  Yet, my inner child could not reason it.  I realize, now, that on this journey, those childhood experiences are at the root of my adult problems.  On a spiritual note, I know that I have to get to the root of the problem in order for me to move forward in what God has for me.  That happens with the renewing of my mind, and letting go and letting God be the GOD of my Life. I often ask God, why do I keep going around the same mountain?  When will I get to the “Promised Land”?  The answer is simple: Be Still and Know that I am the God of your Salvation.

God’s Will v. My Will

Jesus says it best in the Garden of Gethsemane ” Father if you are willing, take this Cup away from me; still, let not my will, but Yours be done….”  Luke 22:42 (Complete Jewish Bible)

This is a hard place to be sometimes when you are looking at the circumstances before you, and you want to do what is comfortable.  My childhood experiences, has caused me to 1- not trust, and 2-be slow in forgiving; and even when I make the decision to forgive, I place the hurt in my pandora’s box.  I open it up and remember the pain, like an adult finding its security blanket and having all of the childhood memories rush back.  Sometimes you find yourself wandering in the wilderness year after year after year. It feels like you are going around the same mountain over and over (and over). That may be because you are. Remember, it was a three-day journey from the Red Sea to the Promised Land, but the Israelites wandered around in the wilderness, circling Mount Seir, for 40 years.  I know that unforgiveness is one of the issues that block our ability to move forward in the things God has for us and so He keeps us in the wilderness, experiencing the same thing over and over again..same script, different cast.

Reasons for the Wilderness

Psalm 78:17 embodies, what I know God is trying to free me from: Rebellion.  In the scriptures, we see that the Israelites rebelled against God in the wilderness. And Hebrews warns readers, “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years” (Heb. 3:8-9).   Fighting against a rebellious spirit is my biggest challenge.  As most, when things do not go our way, we get frustrated and at out. In doing so, though, we are out of the will of God.

 

Looking Ahead

Here is an excerpt from the You Version Bible Daily Devotional Plan, Don’t Look Back:  “The past holds a river of memories for each of us, some good, some bad.  The sad thing is any of us continue to live in the past, which in turn prevents us from walking into the future that God has designed and prepared for us before time began.  The truth is, the enemy of our soul knows if he can keep us looking back we would make very little progress in the future God has us, (for me).  I know in my heart, that when I finally allow the inner child to grow up and truly let go, to use the wilderness experience as proof that I can handle all things life has for me, I will be free to walk into my destiny.

My Prayer:

Father, as your Word says in Psalm 139:23-24 “Examine me, God and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.  See if there is in me any hurtful way, and lead me along the eternal way.  As I continue to wander aimlessly in the wilderness reveal to me any unbelief or rebellion in my heart.  Help me to release the hold on my past and embrace the future, you have for me.  In Jesus’s Name, AMEN.

Not Looking Back,

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For Further Reading about the Wilderness Click Here

Scripture Reference: Luke 22:42, Psalm 78:17, Hebrews 3:8-9, Ephesians 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Phillipians 3:13-14

Make A Difference

32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.  34 For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall. 1 Samuel 25:32-34

They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman.  You often hear men say that they are better men because of the women they are with.  In today’s devotional, The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyers, she writes about Theodora, empress of Byzantium who lived in the first century.  It was because of her that, important legislations were passed; she convinced her husband, Justinian to stay and fight for the Capital.  As a result, he won power for thirty more years. Additionally, Theodora’s name appeared in important laws, including the altering of divorce laws to make it more humane to women.

Some situations, even though the circumstances do not directly involve us, need our input and involvement. Abigail is a wonderful example of one who did this with the utmost grace, gentleness, and courage.

Often times, we allow ourselves to shy away from making a difference because in the lives of others because of the risk involved.  One thing women do best though is fight. We fight for our children, we fight for our families, we fight for our integrities, and we most often win.  Roe v. Wade was made law because “she” fought for the right to choose; women fought for our rights as citizens to equal voting rights; these are some of the modern day things that we as women stepped in a fought for.  With each fight, there was a risk.  In the Bible, Abigail put everything on the line to save Nabal’s (her men. She prepared food and rode out to meet David and his four hundred men (v.18). When she met them she fell down before David and said: “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt” (v.24). She stepped in at great cost and risk to herself. No doubt this surprised David as the most unlikely person offered herself up for the men he intended to destroy.

If we are going to play a role in keeping a bad situation from turning worse, it will cost us. It may cost us our time, our reputation, our money, or our status. But we must be willing to put everything on the line when it will bring glory to God and good to others. Peter Drucker said, “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” His point is that we tend to imagine the worst possible outcomes in our minds. And while we need to be careful not the downplay the consequences of our actions, we surely need to trust in the sovereignty of our great God to uphold and sustain us.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me never to shrink back in fear when someone needs to step forward and make a difference.  I need the power of Your Holy Spirit within me to be that person. Amen. (From The Confident Woman Devotional 365 Daily Inspiration by Joyce Meyer)

 

Solar Eclipse 2017- A Biblical Warning to the U.S.?

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Everyone will experience on Aug. 21 at least 60 percent of the sun being covered and the resulting semi darkness. Those within about a 60-mile wide diagonal line from the Pacific Northwest through South Carolina will see the sky go dark and feel the temperature drop.

In the Christian lifestyle blog Beliefnet, Lesli White contributes a blog called, “Is a Solar Eclipse a Sign from God? Is God trying to tell us something?” from her new collection, The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New.

White writes in exquisite detail about the Biblical point of view of the upcoming solar eclipse as a sign from God, quoting Pastor Mark Blitz who claims to have first noticed the four blood-moon pattern.  “In Genesis 1:14, God declared this to be so. It is a sign that is beyond man’s control, something he can’t manipulate,” (Read more about Pastor Mark Blitz and his view on the biblical meaning of the solar eclipse, here, and here).

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 13:10-11 that ...the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.

Do I believe in signs and wonders from God? Absolutely!!  Do I believe that the solar eclipse is a warning from God? Yep! I am not God nor do I proclaim to know the mind of God, but this scripture just reminds me of the downward spiral of events since November 11, 2016.  As I read the news flash coming across my Apple Watch via CNN, the alleged stolen election, the rise of racial unrest, the US government divided and in shambles, the tragedy in Charlottesville VA ect… God is not pleased.  I believe that God is letting us know that a change is coming to the US that will impact the world.  God is very clear: I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.(v.11).  Who does that remind you of?

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There is currently much controversy over the statements made by Pastor Blitz concerning the August 21st occurrence of the solar eclipse.  Not my concern.  It makes for an interesting read.  I do believe the Word of God.  In all of the article that I have read, no one quoted Isaiah, one of the greatest prophets of his time.

And now this for your reading pleasure:

An Astrological Explanation for the Political Turmoil in the U.S. 

“Raise your hand if 2017 has already given you a case of PTSD. One minute you’re pulling out the picket sign and pussy hat, pumped to #resist. The next, you’re vigilantly cycling through five different news sites, Twitter and your Facebook feed to find out the latest insane and polarizing order that has been handed down from the shadowy ranks of the Presidential puppet show. “

 

Regardless of what I think, this is what I believe: But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.- Mark 13:32,” Be ye Ready!!!

Excerpt from Don Hamlin https://donhamlin.com/outdoors/solar-eclipse-2017/

Pay no attention to doomsday messages and apocalyptic threats about the end of time.  These are meaningless and without truth.  Jesus warned us that false prophets will try to deceive many (Matthew 25:24).

Take advantage of the opportunity for viewing the total solar eclipse.  Celebrate with these verses as you do so:

  • The Rising of the Sun

“But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2a).  This is a beautiful picture fulfilled by Jesus Christ who heals by the power of the message of the Cross.[x]

  • The Remission of Sin

Remission means forgiveness of sin.[xi]  John the Baptizer said something significant about this, and light, in his mission to go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, (to) give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  (Luke 1:76b-79)

  • The Radiance of the Son

As a child of God, a believer in His Son Jesus Christ, you are filled with His Holy Spirit.  You have the Light of Life (John 8:12).  Heaven is your home.  The Bible says in Revelation 22:5, There shall be no night there:  They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.  And they shall reign forever and ever.”


Do You Want this Christian Perspective of the Solar Eclipse?

Can’t celebrate?  Need Jesus?  The Bible says that if you confess Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised His Son from being dead, you will be saved.  For all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Romans 10:9, 13).

Saved means to be rescued.  The Bible says that we are all sinners in need of being rescued (Romans 3:23).  Only Jesus can save us.  Only He can forgive sin.  For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12b)

Confess He is Lord.  Believe that God raised Him from the dead.

“Jesus, I confess that You are Lord.  I believe that God raised You from the dead.  Thank You for saving me and filling me with Your Spirit.”

Then celebrate!

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Nothing Happens by Accident

 

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“Father, I long to make a difference in this world, to leave a legacy.  May it start with trembling at our Word and humbling myself before Your Throne.” (The Journey August 14, 2017)

“I have predestined you…”

A text message that was not intended for a certain group text, started a movement set to empower and encourage women.  Ten women who did not realize that they each were having similar struggles, that they each had a story. This was a “predestined” movement that had been formed in the heavens.  I am convinced.  Nothing just happens.  I am a part of that group of women that God brought together for one purpose: TO EMPOWER! God connected us seven years ago, through our sons, all of whom attended the same all boys school.  Hindsight, it was very strategic; the PTA connected us, but our love for sisterhood bonded us.  We worked so well together, each having a role, a part in helping our sons and the school be better.  From that, we became friends, then sisters. We shared our pain, our struggles, our fears concerning our sons.  We were transparent with each other, cried together, prayed together and for each other.  Seven years later, “The Daughters of the King” was born, an organization to encourage women that we are not in this alone.

God used a simple devotional book called “Journey”, a Woman’s Guide To Intimacy With God, to put it all together.  The ten of us were so uplifted, inspired and encouraged by the text, that we too wanted to take the Journey.  One of the members gifted a subscription to each of us, so that we may share in the Journey God had her on.  I want to share this Journey with you to inspire you as I was inspired, encourage you as I was encouraged and empowered as I am empowered. So take this journey with me and my sister friends as we pray, uplift, strengthened, forgive, find the courage and find boldness.  we all have a story, we are all on this journey, it’s called L-I-F-E.

As the founder of my own Ladies Empowerment Organization, Tear The Veil, Inc.,  I want to share this Journey with you to inspire you as I am inspired, encourage you as I am encouraged and empower you as I am empowered.  So take this journey with me and my sister friends as we pray, uplift, strengthen, forgive, find the courage and find boldness.  We all have a story, we are all on this journey called L-I-F-E.

GOD IS INTENTIONAL! Ruth 1:1-22

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August 14, 2017, Devotional:

Building a Lasting Legacy.

“I will look favorably on this kind of person: One who is humble, submissive in Spirit, and trembles at my Word.” (Isaiah 66:2).

Good morning ladies. We have been blessed to open our eyes on yet another day, another opportunity to be emptied of our pride and filled with the Lord. As we work and fill our days with the responsibilities of life, let’s remember to make choices to positively impact the lives of those around us. There is nothing that we can create, build, or maintain that would come close to impacting the world more than giving ourselves to the Lord for Him to demonstrate His legacy through us. Let’s search for His mission for us with the talents He has gifted each of us. There is peace and joy in the lives of His children who are obedient to His word. Let’s open our hearts, minds, and give our talents to Him for His legacy, as it is the only legacy that matters. Be encouraged as you read Isaiah 66:22-23. Read, pray and study everyday. Have a wonderfully blessed day !!! (Karen Campbell- Daughters of the King Treasurer).

Reclaiming My Time- Pressing the Reset Button #88 8/17 New Beginings

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Two years ago this month, August 2015, I wrote my first blog in an effort to heal myself from some things that were keeping me from my destiny and purpose.  The title was 8-1…The First Day of My New Beginnings.  I was so proud of myself.  Looking back at the post, I realized that I was still not completely honest, nor prepared for my healing process.  Maxine Waters did something that day in Congress that changed what I and fellow African-American women will no longer tolerate:  being silenced, talked over and man-splained.  It is a call for women and people of color to reclaim their time and power.

For me, it was a call to action to get back up, reclaim time lost and press the reset button on Tear The Veil, Inc.  I allowed “life” to shift my focus off my purpose and destiny to the cares of the world, and my season that God has already given me victory over.  I slowly and comfortably placed the “veil” back on, wallowed in my perception of how my life was going and dropped the ball on the path to my Destiny.  I revisited that post and decided to revise it the place in my life that I am now.

The number eight in the Bible signifies Resurrection and Regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning. Eight is 7 plus 1 and since it comes just after seven, which itself signifies an end to something, so eight is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order.

In 2016, I fell back into a spiritual coma,  having a breathing machine called “survival” where I rested in its safety to keep me alive and breathing.  I was not “brain dead” though.  I went to work, my brain had to be fully functional because I am a paralegal, excuse me..an Advanced Certified Paralegal in Contracts Management and Administration. Big Stuff! I am a wife, a mother of three wonderful children, two of them adults. I am an entrepreneur of two or three businesses.  I was alive, on a breathing machine but I was in a comatose state, trying to figure out, where my life was going…AGAIN!

“It’s in you” I would hear folks whisper. “Girl you got this, it’s in you, that’s what you do…” “OMG, Girl you are sitting on a gold mine with these products…”  But when I looked in the mirror, I still couldn’t see what they saw. The gifts, the potential, the talent; the opportunity to make money making products that “just came to me.”   Yet I was fighting to live. Life had taken its toll on me. Circumstances, valley moments, pain, hurt, disappointments, joy, laughter, happiness, all rolled into one.

There is a battle for my life, a war for my soul.   I fight daily to stay in the game of life. Satan has asked God permission to wreak havoc in my life on several occasions.  I am fighting, at times surrendering, but as August marks the 8th month of the year 2017, I am reclaiming my time lost, and pressing the reset button.  I am coming out of my coma and into my destiny that is waiting for me.

My day has come, my seasons are here! All that was within me is starting to become ALIVE. It took 3 months of “rehabilitation” my destiny gene is unlocking, my circle of friends is changing, my way of thinking is changing. I am awake, journeying into my DESTINY.

I look in the mirror and ask myself  “What is holding me back from living my BEST LIFE?”  The answer was simple…”ME”

Whenever anybody tries to distract me or block me (even with praise or platitudes) I’m gonna have to let them know that I’m #ReclaimingMyTime!!!!!!!”

There will be GLORY after this!!!

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To Be Totally Free

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In the series entitled “Wilderness to Promise”, and this journey of self-healing, I never took into account my relationship with money.  Throughout this journey, I have talked about, mainly, my spiritual health.  I talked about my mental health and my physical health.  There was still something missing, I was still feeling unhappy as if something was missing to make me whole, you know the complete of the puzzle.

It is not until recently when I had an argument with my mother that I realized, that my finances were not in order.  I was hit with an income execution order and realized how financially unstable I am.  I have a business that I have invested so much in with little return; I am living as if my meek paycheck (grateful) will sustain the lifestyle I am accustomed to…Heck, I can’t even afford a one bedroom apartment with the money I am making.  I can’t save enough to move out of my mother’s home, and it indirectly affected my spiritual health.

The journey to complete healing must include money.  Money, the abundance or lack thereof will take a toll on anyone.  N.O.T.R.I.O.U.S. Big, said it best;” More Money More Problems…” and the lack thereof has the exact same effect.  Even as I write this, I am feeling a twinge of pain because I feel stuck, my independence has been stripped from me.  I am bound once again to a place, I never thought I would be.  I am hurt, angry, disappointed, defeated…and yet I still cling to the HOPE of GOD that He will see me through this Wilderness Experience.  I have prayed, cried, been still, pretended that everything is ok…

I asked God for a reset. And He answered. And I am taking the steps necessary to start over, do things right this time.  Learn to have a healthy relationship with money.  The same way I am pushing towards the mark of restoring my relationship with God.  It takes discipline, but I am so ready.

I want to be TOTALLY FREE. (Spiritually Free, Mentally Free, Debt Free)