I have learned, in my short time on this earth, that I am not responsible for anyone but myself. I am not my race, I am not my country, I am not even the people within my faith. I am me and I can only do what I can to ensure that I do the right thing. People will continue to label me due to the fact that I am a black woman. I can do everything in my power to overcome stereotypes but at the end of the day that will not change anything. Despite that, I will continue to be who I am and stay true to higher values. I will not try to overcome stereotypes, nor will I internalize hatred from other races and even my own. Be strong, respectful and full of love. Celebrate who you are and continue to strive for excellence. Either they will judge you based on your character or they will choose to judge otherwise. That’s their business.
Jesus, YOU are the light within a dark world.
I have to say that for the first time in my life, despite the circumstances, I am happy.
I am loved, cared for and my life means something. What makes it even more special is that my worth comes from outside of myself and comes from the creator of all things. The one who is higher than All. HE loves me.
Finding true joy in JESUS. Each day a journey towards HIM. Looking forward to the lessons to be learned along the way and hope that I can share them with all of you.
You are allowed to say “No”. It is your right. Honor the boundaries you set for yourself. Do not let anyone’s anger or pushy behavior take away your voice. You are loved no matter what they say, so honor your yes and no.
I am like the Israelites, always forgetting who God is and who I am in Christ. There are times I get so caught up in my own ways that I start to turn away from the Bible. The Bible holds all the answers to this life. It points us to Christ and the struggles of his people throughout their lives.
It’s beautiful and humbling how God never leaves me. He watches over me patiently while I slip up and trip up and run away. He will gently call out to me and I’ll glance over and he’ll wait. Then one day I’ll come running back and he’ll embrace me lovingly.
I will always cherish the love my God has shown me throughout my life. I find joy in his never ending mercy. I find joy in his gentleness. He has always been gentle and kind to me, a very contrasting difference with the way I’ve been treated by most people in my life. He shows me exactly what love looks like.
I’ve noticed a pattern within the last 10 years of my life and decided I needed to put an end to it. All it takes to break a pattern is to surrender. Surrendering your mind, heart, and soul to God. Letting him do his work is hard for someone who struggles with pride and is a self proclaimed busy body.
Anyways, finding joy in surrender. Knowing all my burdens are lifted and it’s by my faith that I’m whole. Praise God!