Your Voice

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What’s in a voice?  EVERYTHING!!!!  Through the voice of God, the Heavens and the Earth was created.  In Joshua 10, he commanded the sun to stand still, and it did.  In 1 Kings 17 Elijah declared, “There will be no rain until I say so!” (paraphrased), and not a drop fell.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Our tongue/voice is an extremely powerful weapon.  Whether it’s used for good or bad is on use.

Ideally, everyone would use their voice for good.  But the reality is that not everyone will.  Still, there is an even more sad reality, which is some don’t use their voice at all.  You may ask, “How is not using your voice a bigger violation than using it for bad?”  That is a great question!

There are so many damaged people in the world.  I’m certain you’ve heard the old adage, “Hurt people, hurt people”.  However, what is not stated often is, “Healed people, heal people.”  Now that’s not to say that we deal with people like medical doctors performing surgeries.  That is to say that, once we’ve been healed, we typically want to see others healed as well.  A silent person is like a lifeguard who sees someone drowning, but they stay seated at their station.  Unless someone else intervenes, that person fighting for their life will lose that battle.

The Word says in Proverbs 15:23 (NLT), “Everyone loves a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing, at the right time!”  How often do we have an opportunity to say something?  How many times have we witnessed someone hurting, but don’t say a word to encourage.  How many times, have we been the lifeguard watching our brothers and sisters drown, but we remain seated?

Sometimes people simply need to see a genuine smile while hearing a good morning.  Sometimes people need to hear, you’re doing a great job!  Perhaps, they need to hear, you can/will make it.  Or perhaps, you’re not alone.  It’s not always something deep and profound that people have a need for.  Often, it more than enough to know that someone cares.

On today, let’s make it a point to be the positive voice in someone’s life!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02/26.16

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Breakthrough

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It’s amazing how a person can be struggling for years with different issues, then in the a blink of an eye the struggle is taken away.  This is what I encountered yesterday.  I am far from an emotional person, however today while sitting in an amazing worship experience, I cried, cried, and cried some more.  But the tears were not tears of sadness or hurt.  No instead, they were tears of release.  They were tears of restoration.  They were tears that washed away the stressing of a soul.  Ironically, one of the best moments of my life.

I could tell you in explicit details my life story, but who would really wants to hear that?  But I will say this, we all get tired, we all get wore down, however, we should never lose heart or give up.  The old adage, “Good things come to those who wait” is very much true.  Still, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  Many take the word, “Wait” to mean being idle.  That is a huge misnomer!

“Wait” in this context means to remain productive.  It means to be persistent in your preparation.  It means to that we continue to progress despite what oppositions come our way.  God’s Word is full of amazing promises.  However, God’s Word never asked us to be idle.  Think about it like this, every person that God used in the Bible was already hard at work doing something productive.  In fact anything or person that was found to be unproductive were either cursed and or punished.

Thing may not be going the way you want them to, and that is alright.  Whether you have to run, walk, crawl, scoot, or have friends drag you don’t stop.  Remain productive.  Remain diligent.  Continue you progression, because in due season you will reap everything that you have sowed for and more.

You can’t have the breaking without the through!  Never stop!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02.22.16

Giving My/Your All

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Life has a way of being cruel.  I have been, and watched others be in the position of giving their all, but nothing seems to work out.  There is no way to fully express what this does to one’s psyche.  You know in your heart that you are giving your best, and then some.  But no matter how hard you try to hold things up, the world is persistent in coming down.  Disheartening.

It is a difficult to state which is more challenging; going through, or watching someone go through.  In all honesty, it depends on the person.  As for me, it is far more challenging watching someone else go through.  I will give you some insight on why I say that.  I know in my heart, soul, and mind that I am unbreakable.  Please don’t take that as arrogance, it’s actually the exact opposite.  In my life, I have experienced an abundance of pain.  I’ve dealt with things such as the divorce of my parents, to financial struggle, to moving schools several times through the years.  I have dealt with abandonment issues, deep depressions, and suicidal thoughts.  I’ve dealt with the guilt of flunking out of college, which (in my mind) let the people down who invested themselves in me. I even lost a job that put me on a four year hunt for suitable employment.  That is just a taste, a quick snapshot of some things in have endured.

Through the fore and unmentioned experience I was taught one very important lesson; I may bend, but I will never break.  I may get knocked down, but I will never stay down.  No matter how bad things may get, there is something within me that says, “Get up, dust yourself off and get this victory!”  So me going through may be painful, but it will never destroy me.

unfortunately however, everyone can’t make that same decree.  Many others have succumb to the pressures of life.  It’s a heart breaking experience to see hopelessness in someone’s eyes.  How does one reignite the fire in someone who feels that it is no longer worth it?  How does one resurrect hope in someone that has emotionally died long ago?

Our finite minds by themselves, will fail to answer these sort of questions time and time again.  Fortunately, our finite minds is not alone.  Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Lord has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.”

So when we are correctly aligned with the right Source, we can become a powerful resource of encouragement.  When we are connected to the right Source, we can hold up the arms of the weary.  When connected the the right Source, we become like a spotter or personal trainer, reassuring them that they got this.  Don’t quit.  Never give up.  You are doing it.

Isaiah 40:28-31 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak.  And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary well doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we don’t lose heart!

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

When it’s all said and done, we aren’t getting weaker.  The struggle produces strength and character.  The struggles shows what you are made of.  Don’t lose heart.  Don’t throw in the towel.  Decree everyday in every situation, “I WILL NOT LOSE!”  You got this!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02.18.16