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I will admit I am one of those people who have a bucket list in which I’m trying to check off cool things to see and do before God calls me home. But what I experienced on last week was definitely NOT on my bucket list of things I wanted do or go through. Last week I experienced my very first hurricane.

During these nine years my family has lived in the great state of Texas, I’ve heard stories of how different hurricanes affected the area and the people. And to be honest, I’ve never thought too much about it. The people here seemed cool and calm, so why should I be worried?

As the days approached before the hurricane hit, I honestly didn’t really know what was going on. While I was simply shopping for shin guards and soccer socks, it was my husband that encouraged me to buy water and other stuff while I was at our local Walmart. And although I saw pandemonium within the store of people hurrying to purchase items, I still didn’t think too much of the situation.

“Are you staying or leaving?” One person asked me. I have friends in Dallas that said we could stay at their place, but then I thought about if something major did happen it would probably be drama trying to get back home from a area most people fled to. Thus, we stayed.

After work on that Friday, I swung by Toy’s R Us to buy my children a few games to play with so they wouldn’t concentrate too much on what actually could happen. As I walked to my car I noticed the wind picked up some and it was sprinkling, but still till this point I had a nonchalant attitude about this entire hurricane situation. “What’s some rain?” I thought to myself…

But then later that night, the rain began to fall harder and harder. Never letting up. Tornado sirens were going off and the wind had picked up. It was getting serious. My nerves began to get the best of me. I couldn’t rest. My eyes were glued to the television as I watched the weather reporter say we could walk faster than how fast the storm was moving through the area. I begin to become afraid as I constantly looked out the window for any possible flooding.

It just kept raining.

The Bible says, “Don’t be anxious for nothing.” But, I will admit I was anxious. I prayed and I prayed, but nothing happened. The rain kept coming down and the wind blew harder. Was God not listening to my constant plea? Why was all of this happening? When would it end?

For days it rained. Many people had to be rescued by boats due to the flooding. Many people lost their homes and businesses. Some people lost their lives. Yet, my street never flooded. All the water simply went down into sewer like it was suppose to do.

When the storm finally passed, I watched in sympathy at how so many people lost everything. So many people were now living in shelters with no clue as to when they can even return to their flooded homes. In some areas the flood waters still haven’t receded. Mortgage companies aren’t forgiving a few missed payments, they still want you to pay. How can you make a payment when you’ve lost your car and can’t work because your job has also experienced flooding? It’s all a vicious cycle.

Yet, my home is dry with no damage and I’m still able to go to work.

As I lay in my bed at night, guilt creeps in. You see everyday since the storm I’m able to walk comfortably through my house, take a nice warm shower or even reach in my own refrigerator if I’m hungry or want a drink. So many people can’t do that and it makes me sad. My heart goes out to all those who were displaced due to storm. I can’t keep crying because crying won’t help. Only action and prayer will get these people back on track.

So I will continue to pray…

I will pray for all of those who need peace of mind. Losing everything can mess you up psychologically. Losing everything can mess you up emotionally. I can’t do much, but I can pray and give from the resources that I have. It may not be much, but a little from a lot of people equals much.

This was my first hurricane and I pray it’s my last.

Although many places have experienced flooding, God is still God and we are his earthly vessels put in place to take care of each other. I am so happy to see how regardless of race or religion, people are helping each other and that makes God smile.

Out of the flood came destruction, but love and unity is outweighing and winning.

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Recently a family member of someone I know was placed in the ICU department of a certain hospital. Later when that person posted a update on Facebook to inform people of the status of their family member, they said they were loving on her as much as possible as she waited on Jesus. 

Her statment caused me to ponder. Isn’t that something we all are doing unconsciously? True, many of us are as healthy as a horse, but we all know this fact…at some point we will all die and meet Jesus. 

The factual and inevitible is that we are all on borrowed time. The day we took our first breath, an end date was given to us. No one knows this end date or how the end date will transpire, that is why it is very important to live the best and happiest life you can. 

My encouragement to you is as you are waiting on Jesus that you maximize on time by making the most of your time. God did not create you just for you to go to work everyday, then die. Your life has more purpose than that. If you are not living to your full potential you can’t blame anyone but yourself. 

We will never know when it will be our time to meet the Almighty, so make sure your time here on earth has meaning. What will be your legacy? What will people say about your character? What did you do for others or did you consume yourself with only helping yourself? As you wait for Jesus, be busy in the process. Never be idle. Never simply do nothing. Stop making excuses.

The time we have here is very limted, so use it wisely. The people you meet have a purpose. The choices you met have outcomes. Pray with ceasing. Ask God daily to direct your path. Forgive quickly. When it’s finally your time to meet Jesus, make sure that meeting is full,of joy and happiness. Make sure when you close your eyes on this side that you hear those words from God on the other side, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” 

The older I get the more God opens my eyes to the different personalities of people. Some of these personalities blend well with mine, while there are others who leave me hurt and confused by their actions. 

Back in 2008, Bishop TD Jakes spoke a sermon on the three types of friends. As he proceeds into his sermon he warns those listening to watch out for the character of people. 

The first group are CONFIDONTS. You will have very few of these on your life. These are your “ride or die” type of friends. They will be in your corner through Hell and high water. Whether you are up or down, they will have your back. These people don’t drain you, but rather pour back into your life so that you can pour into others. I can honestly say, I know who these people are in my life. 

The next group are the CONSTITUENTS. These people are not about you. They are merely into what you’re for. They aren’t really into you. They aren’t really your friend. They are in your life only because they like what you like. 

The third group are the COMRADES. This group of people are really not in your life for the long term. They come for a certain purpose, then they leave. Don’t expect them to react to your visions/dreams/goals the way you thought they would because they never really believed in you in the first place. 

Be careful who you tell your dreams to. 

During this year, God has truly shown me who these three types of people are in my life. I vent to God and to my husband regarding how I thought certain people were my “true” friends, yet their actions prove something different. My weakness is that I always believe the best in people. I don’t want to think bad of anyone, but some people just need to exit my life. 

It hurts that I have ask for help or support from people that I’ve wholeheartedly supported during their time of acting on the vision God has given them. For example,  I can send text messages for support with no responses. Only to send a follow up a few days later asking if they got my text, and their answer is, “yes.” Wow, I was totally disregarded. Hurts, but I know God has a plan. 

Everyone in your life is not going to be for you when you need them. This I know as truth. But, God will always be there and will supply you with not only what you need, but also put you in the company of those who will help you. 

Never give up on your dreams and goals because it seems like no one supports you. If God gave you the dream all you need to do is keep believing and trust him. Trust him, one step at a time. Trust him, one day at a time. 

Below, i’ve attached the video of the sermon if you’re interested in hearing it.

https://youtu.be/DjnuvrhZ4FU

I am totally a people person, but sometimes liking people can be difficult. I say this because when I consider you a friend, I give 110%. But, often times i’m the one who gets the short end of the stick in the friendship/relationship. 

Because I’m a natural extrovert (and a dental hygient) my first instinct is to engage in conversation. I love to talk and encourage people. But, sometimes people can be really mean. I try to remain focused because their actions have nothing to do with me. I was just the one on the receiving end from the stress they were enduring. 

For example the other day, I brought my patient back to begin his appointment. This is a gentleman I see every six months, who is generally a upbeat person. But, this time he had a chip on his shoulder. I had him sit in my chair and I asked, “How are you today?” His response was, “I’m here!” It kinda took me off guard cause it was kinda a smart out the mouth answer. But, I let it go and proceeded to clean his teeth. 

Unbeit known to me until he told me, he also had an appointment with the dentist right after his cleaning in which he was to have some teeth extracted and other stuff completed. Apparently this had him on edge. 

When he first responded in a different manner, I am so glad I focused on the man I previously knew and not the anxious one sitting in my chair that day. For one moment, I didn’t like him, but God reminded me to still show love regardless. And i’m glad I did. 

My personality never changed despite how I was responded to and I believe God took noticed and was pleased by my actions. 

So remember when you encounter someone who may be  short with you in their responses or manner, it may not have anything to do with you. Unfortunately, you are just the receiver for all the stress and pressure they’ve endured. Yes, at that moment it’s hard to  like the person, but you must always show love. ❤

One of my gifts is that of an encourager. I am very grateful for this gift because it enables me to speak into the lives of others and give them a word of hope. My gift is so sensitive that I can even sense stuff going on with people even if I’m not around them on a regular basis. What I mean by that is, God will place a certain person in my heart and I will contact them out of the blue and give them a word of encouragement. Everytime, I do this the person is going through a storm and my words lifted their spirits/emotions. 

I don’t take my gift for granted. 

I believe we all have a gift and we should carry out our gifts to their full potentials. 

But to be honest, at times encouraging others on a daily basis is draining and sometimes I simply want someone to reach out and encourage me. It’s shocking how so many people are engulfed in their own problems that they don’t take time to check on their own friends. It’s hurts often, but I try to pray and get past it. 

My phone rings very few times with someone who just wants to say hi or to simply check on how I’m doing. 

So many times when i’m feeling alone, I turn to God for strength. I know I can always talk to him about anything and at any time. When I need encouragement, he sends me to his word. I feel much better after I good conversation with my Heavenly Father. 

Another thing I do is become my own cheerleader. Since no one else really knows my struggles or successes, I celebrate myself. I give myself a high five. Others may not text or call me, but I can be there for myself! 

So I want to encourage you, if you ever feel as no one cares about you. Realize that God really cares and he will be there for you when no one else is. God will encourage and celebrate you, but you have to be able to celebrate yourself too. Stop depending on others for what you can give yourself. 

I’m learning to celebrate and encourage myself by doing things for myself. Even if it’s simple things like buying myself an ice cream cone or a snicker candy bar. I love myself. I love my gift of encouragement. And I will never stop loving people or myself. 

So often God wants to talk to us, but we can’t hear him over all the noises that surround us. One major noise maker is ourselves. So often we want to dominate the conversation with the things we want; our wish list that we forget to give God a chance to talk. 

A conversation requires both talking and listening. If one person is dominating the conversation then the other person feels overwhelmed with no way to escape. They would love to interject and add to the conversation, but there is never an opportunity. 

God is not bossy. He is not going to bully his way into a conversation. He has plenty to say that will encourage and give you direction, but if you don’t quiet yourself, he will never be able to share his wisdom. 

So I encourage you…the next time you are in a conversation with God give him a chance to talk. His words will guide you and give you peace. His words will uplift and give you answers. Yes, what you have to say is important, but what he has to say will catapult you into your destiny. 

Practice listening! 

I believe many people who are trying to do better and be better have expienced the longing for someone to believe in what they are doing, their dreams and goals, and help in some way or another. Honestly, all we want is a quick “hook up.” Unfortunately, many people don’t want to work hard anymore, but rather they simply want a hand out; a microwave success story. 

Realize God is still in the business of blessing people, so why is your main concern regarding “meeting that right person” in your field, at your company, at your church or in your neighborhood? Whatever God has planned for you will happen when it’s suppose to happen. You will meet the people you need to meet at the right time. God has already orchestrated divine connections for your life,so why are you stressing? 

Faith without works is dead, so simply do your part and God will take care of the rest. You don’t need a human co signer to your vision, all you need is the support of God. He created the world out of nothing, so surely he can get you to where you need to be in life. But your job is to simply trust him and NOT lean to your own understanding. Quit trying to do things your way and seek God for guildence. 


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