Life in the Roots

A few months ago my husband and I planted new grass. Our previous lawn reminded you of the Sahara desert, minus the tumble weeds. My husband had worked diligently to maintain our lush green sod. Unfortunately, a few dead spots arose because of too much fertilizer buildup. The problem worried my faithful companion to the point of him hiring a notable lawn service company to spray our grass. Our turf did not get better because the company advised my husband to cut back on watering the lawn. That bad advice caused other parts of the grass to dry out. I began to pray about the situation because we can take anything to God, even the grass he created. One day my cousin stopped by our home to change my brakes. He is an expert in all things: maintenance, lawns, cars, plumbing… you name it! Within five minutes he gave a whole analysis of our current browning situation. My multi-talented family member took a rake and began to scrape off the dead grass to expose the roots. Instantly, I saw green radicals spread about the ground sinking into the soil. A brief lesson of the development of sod was given to me by my cousin. He explained how there was no need to buy new grass because there was life in the roots. The entire explanation made me think of the things we go through in life that seem to bury us emotionally. Deep within there is life hidden underneath those hurt places that only mirrors death. What do you need to uncover so you can expose life? There is no need to be ashamed of removing those layers of fear, abuse, lies, and pain to reveal life. You are special and deserve to be your best. Breathe again by raking the trash away  through prayer, counseling, letting go, and moving forward.

The Power of Prayer

The power of praying family and friends has played a vital role in my life. Have you ever experienced days when you felt as though the world was raining spikes down on you? I sit at the desk within the classroom of Life 1101 with both my hands raised. Let me tell you, I was feeling so terrible about three weeks ago. I laid in bed with tears streaming down my face trying to compose myself in front of my daughter, but I couldn’t quite get a grip. She stood in front of me wiping my tears away while saying, “Mommy it’s not that bad, it will be okay.” I just let her comfort me in that moment. My husband sat on the bed rubbing my leg to help soothe me. He told Brielle, “We need to pray for mommy.” He prayed his prayer, then Brielle took her turn. She said, “God I know you can do it, so heal my mommy right now!” I was thinking, “WOW! This little girl has some serious faith and confidence.” I felt better, but experienced the same symptoms for almost a week. After about the the third day, I suddenly felt different. Deep within I could feel the prayers of those that were close to me. It was such an amazing awareness to literally recognize those who were interceding on my behalf, by name. Thankfully, I have not endured that type of sickness since. I am grateful to be surrounded by friends and family who are able to know when I am at a low point to pray without a request.

There is nothing like the power of prayer. Surround yourself with those who can help you make it through the dark hours of life.

“…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV, James 5:16)”

 

Thank you

I experienced a coworker lying on me recently. The situation kind of frazzled me because of the extent of how this person defended her lie. There was no need for the alternative facts. In the initial moment of discovering this plight against me, I really wanted to react in an ungodly manner. You know how you type out a nasty email in response then erase it because you know you can’t send it. Yep, that was me (Petty).  Once I quieted my flesh, the holy spirit quietly spoke to me, “Pray.” That is exactly what I did. Immediately my mood shifted to peace. A professional and direct email was sent to bring resolution to the matter. I forgave her and moved forward. No need to hold grudges.  I understand Jesus was lied on, crucified, and ROSE from the grave. The grave of lies, deceitfulness, and sin…he overcame! To God be the glory, that didn’t stop Him. He has all power! God always gets the glory out of everything. The truth will prevail. What some people do not realize is whatever they sow, they shall reap. It is in the word of God (Bible). Live a life of integrity in front of others and behind their backs. You gain so much respect. There are no worries on my end. No weapon formed will prosper. The enemy will plot and implement his plans, but that does not mean it shall come to fruition.  I thank God for the experience. It helped me to see how far my attitude and love walk has evolved. Stay focused in all things. Do not allow bumps in the road of life to tear you down. You have the greater living on the inside. Hallelujah!!

Jesus Are You There?

My daughter Brielle and I were riding along in the car, headed home. She sat in her car seat singing her little heart out. Brielle enjoys singing every nursery rhyme ever created and loves to make up her own songs. After singing most of the ride home, I noticed she became really quiet. I took a quick glimpse of her through my rear view mirror to make sure she was okay. Brielle seemed to be pondering something in her head. She asked me in a curious tone, “Mommy, how can Jesus live in my heart?” Of course, I was stunned by her question. My first thought was, “Oh, Wow! She is absorbing what is being presented to her in church, school, and at home.” I chose my words carefully while answering her. I explained to Brielle how Jesus can come live in her heart. We prayed together and she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Immediately after we finished, Brielle said, “Mom, I do not see Jesus in my heart!” I reassured her that Jesus was there. She started back singing her version of a nursery rhyme.

The entire conversation made me think about when I first accepted Jesus into my life. In the beginning, things were smooth sailing. As I grew spiritually my blind faith began to waver. I longed to see Jesus visibly. You know… in those tough times when you want him to take a seat at your dinner table to answer every question you have concerning the situation you’re facing and the future. But, that is not exactly how things are always laid out before us. It is all about faith. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the star in a cliffhanger movie. Through it all, I grow to realize God is stretching my faith. It does not always feel good, but it is worth it at the end of every test. We must stay connected to God through prayer and reading His word. Those are our blueprints during those non-visual times.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (KJV, Hebrews 11:1)

Trust the Process

My mind is still reeling from the events that took place last week. Between testing, dealing with disgusting attitudes, lies, and devastated children, I felt life had become surreal. All the craziness had me wondering if God was really listening.
During my prayer time, God told me to trust the process. I was like… ummm, God the process needs to be over. I think you have selected the wrong person to handle all of these curve balls and trick shots. I am officially done. But, nope God said, “I’m talking to you,” literally. I can’t say my faith was renewed in that very moment. But eventually, my feeble hope began to strengthen.  I have no doubt everything is being brought into fruition. Unfortunately, I do not favor the process. The trials have shaken me to the core. As a result, there’s no choice but to dig in prayer and God’s word.

I am constantly reminding myself to stay focused on the prize. Job lost everything and even had a pity party. He was tested beyond the imaginable, yet he stayed true to God. Our savior knows all we can bare. We just need to comprehend our strength is in Him. Do not get discouraged at the appearance of your mountain. Fight to stand on everything God has promised. I have a greater determination to see the end results of this riveting story.

I am at the cusp of success, I shall see God’s glory manifested. Trust the process.

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning” (NLT, Job 42:12)

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and, he will make your paths straight” (NIV, Proverbs 3:5-6)

Just Thank the Agitator

How do you handle op-positional people? Are you quick to snap back or do you retreat?  I remember a conference that I attended about 20 years ago, the speaker asked a set of questions about difficult people in our lives. The first question was, “Is it someone you do not like?” Second question, “Do you you hate to see this person coming?” Third question, “Does this person get on your nerves?” My cousin loudly yelled out, “yes” to every question. The speaker’s response was, “You are the one with the problem.” How? Because we allow this one person to get us out of pocket and lose our witness. Our love walk needs to become stronger. Love covers a multitude of sins. We do not have to agree with, like what this individual displays, or how they treat others. But, we must show love.

It is nice to be graciously blessed to endure someone that is not the easiest person to deal with (not really, but yeah). I liken this individual to the agitator in a washing machine. Remember the ones with the pole protruding from the middle of it. The main purpose of this apparatus is to agitate the dirt out of soiled clothing, comparable to the job of that crass person. They help ugly things hidden within us, to surface and be released. We’re the ones who have to learn how to bridle our tongues and not allow the bitterness of anyone to take us out of character. We never know, we may be the instrument used to bring change to the antagonist’s life or God may just be building us into perfection.
The Bible tells us “…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (NLT, James 1:2) To become the best you, embrace the opposition. It is not your job to repay with  negative words or actions. Stand up for yourself with grace and the boldness of Christ… full of love. 🙂

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Waiting…

I will never forget the day my cousin Tekoa and I were picking up lunch from Pollo Tropical. She was sitting in the passenger seat flipping through the pages of a magazine. She quickly stopped while looking at an article featuring Senator (at that time) Barack Obama. She said, “He is going to run for president.” My first thought was, “I have no clue who Barack Obama is.” My response was, “Wow!” We talked a few more minutes about Obama and perused through the photos.

Four years after that conversation, Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States of America. He went through a process to set him in preparation to lead our nation. I can not begin to fathom the barriers he had to fight along the way. He not only had to endure the stress of fully learning the United States’ political system, but also overcoming racial inequalities. In addition, listening to those who told him he couldn’t accomplish such a difficult task. I’m pretty sure President Obama had enough opposition to not try, but thankfully he did!
President Obama’s perseverance gave hope to many people who stopped believing. He rewrote history for many lives. His waiting process groomed him into something great. This is a perfect example of what’s available to us. We must never take our refining time for granted. If God has confirmed a specific result to you, hold on to it! Our wait does not necessarily mean no, it means “wait.” You must continue to work on the task before you with all diligence. God knows when it’s time for us to be presented before others.
Think about this… What great impacts will you make after the waiting process? Allow God to groom you for his glory.

1 Peter 5:7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

No Judging

I don’t have to agree with you to love you
I have my own opinion
Just because my beliefs are different
Does not mean I hate you
I lack respect when I mistreat and demean you
Then I’m spreading hate
Love encompasses more by embracing all things
It is unconditional and unintentional

The truth sets us free
Let God deduce the punishment
He never put anyone in his role
All 39 stripes are engraved on his back

 

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (KVJ, 1  Peter 4:8)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (KJV, 1 Peter 2:24)

 

 

 

Get Up

Today during my daughter’s gymnastics class, she kept falling off the balance beam. Brielle’s teacher gave her instructions to walk across the balance beam. My tenacious daughter was left to accomplish this task independently. She started off strongly, but stumbled off about midpoint. To my amazement, she took the initiative to start over on her own. Brielle attempted to conquer this hurdle multiple times without victory.
She was directed to a lower beam which she overcame quickly. Watching her tenacity encouraged me and made me a proud mom. Her resilience is an example of how we should be in life at all times. Never give up and keep trying even when no one is watching. It does not matter how many mistakes we make along the way, what matters is that we finish the job. We are imperfect people who serve a perfect God. Draw from his resources. God has given us the power to defeat all opposition.  If there is an obstacle before you that seems to keep knocking you down, keep getting back up! You will win!

 

 

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