God

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Enough?

As a parent, I often have the “Enough” questions resonating throughout my mind. Am I showing my kids [through my words and actions] that I love them enough? Am I teaching them enough about good morals (not that they really understand what morals mean)? Am I teaching them enough about God through my lifestyle, reading the Bible, helping others, praying, and attending church? Do we have enough meaningful conversations? Do I engage with them enough? Do I read enough to and with them? Am I modeling enough correct behaviors and manners? Am I providing them with enough opportunities to develop their academic and social skills? The list is forever growing with new challenges daily. Whenever my mind starts racing, I tell myself to stop and breathe. I am not perfect. My imperfections have allowed me to see my parenting is flawed. Why? Reread, I am not perfect. None of us are. However, I know someone who is… God. Just recently a friend reminded me of the scripture, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything…” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). Prayer leads us to answers for parenting. It has led me to people with great insight on dealing with kids. I asked God for help. He gave me a community, blogs, and peace. Praying has aided me in being less frustrated when my evening schedule is not being followed to perfection (OCD from Postpartum Depression).

Let me tell you, Brielle (my 6 year old daughter) receives an “N” in conduct on every progress report and report card because she loves to express herself through unsolicited communication. A nice way to say it, “she talks too much.” Initially, I overreacted which only upset Brielle and myself. During my prayer time God allowed me to know she really did not understand how her excessive communication impacted her classmates, the teacher, and conduct. Once Brielle and I had the “talking discussion” a few times, she started listening more and having less conversations. It is a work in progress. I should have prayed from the beginning.

God is concerned about every small detail. I can’t do life on my own. Those “Enough” questions are His to handle.

I Wanted to be Angry!

The Thursday before Irma hit Florida was a very trying time for me. My Friday morning didn’t begin so well either. Brielle (my daughter) was upset because she didn’t want to wear a particular colored shirt to school. My husband volunteered to help “in a not so polite way.” Tsk- tsk. Pregnancy hormones and anger are not a good mixture for anyone. Thankfully, daddy dearest just walked away with a scowl on his face. I didn’t feel any restraint nor grace at that moment (just blatantly ignored the Holy Spirit telling me to remain calm.) I left for work and made a quick stop by Publix. The produce manager was so kind. In my opinion, Publix is the place to go if you need a quick boost of happiness. The manager asked me if I needed anything. While smiling, I told him “No.” I quickly turned back to him to say, “Yes, I need a housekeeper, chef, nanny, and a vacation!” For some reason, no words came out of my mouth. He probably thought that I was a little weird because I paused and stared at him. But I honestly wanted to tell this guy all of the above, LOL! I can’t be the only one who has ever felt like spewing out their problems/needs to a stranger. My focus had quickly shifted to temporary problems and not to the one who can provide a solution. I got myself together to pray.  It still took awhile before everything returned to normalcy. There was the issue of me not totally letting go of the opposition. I wanted to be angry, frustrated, and pop-off.  How silly it sounds to feel that way, but it’s the truth. Even in my pettiness, God still loved me enough to send a reminder of forgiveness and his reassurance of having everything in his control.

I released the pain. Our sovereign Lord gave me peace and began to shift those wayward things around for me.  Totally surrendering your hurt to Christ will make a difference in your perspective of the dilemmas you face. Just being human, we sometimes allow trials to overtake us, but we have to quickly turn to the word of God and prayer. When we build a relationship with Christ he will always give us that nudge to walk in love, peace, and truth…even when we do not want to.

 

 

 

Follow God’s Lead

About four months ago, as I was rocking my daughter to sleep, I began to pray. I asked God, “What is my next move in life?” I was/am longing for greater things. I immediately heard his reply, “Start a blog.” I thought, “What?” I had no clue about starting a blog. Plus, I didn’t feel I was a good writer. I will comma splice or omit punctuation at any given moment. To top it off, I was not computer savvy! Evidently, I heard the wrong answer. That is not what God was saying to me.

Nevertheless, I listened… approximately two weeks later. I researched how to start a blog on the internet, prayed for direction, perused different blogs to get ideas, and I asked for help. Within three weeks, Pamela Taylor’s Truth was birthed. Unfortunately, I stalled advertising my site for about a month. I was scared. I didn’t want people to think I was crazy nor let them into my personal world. Then it hit me! God directed me to create this blog for a purpose. It was not all about me, other people need to hear about my truth – my journey. I moved forward.

Through my blog, I have experienced complete healing from Postpartum Depression, continue to become a better wife (I hope my husband feels the same way) and mother, and touched the heart of those who visit my site. Plus, my resume has expanded!  And I know how to set up a blog site AND add plug-ins!!!

What has God compelled you to do? Do not let fear stop you… Move forward!!! Your obedience will help others.

I wrote the above post about three years ago, I remember being so nervous to write the truth of my life. Some of my posts were written through tears and heartache/break. I have no regrets. I continue to gain more insight of life to pass on to my readers.

I’ve been so blessed by the reception of those who come to visit my site. My heart is overwhelmed with the joy God gives me as I pour myself out to you. My last writing attracted close to 500 readers!! That is a huge milestone for me. I’m like, sheesh people are really enjoying what I have to say. Honestly, I do not think my life is all that exciting, but I realize my experiences are needed to birth words of encouragement into you and myself. 🙂 I say to myself daily and to you, “Do what God has placed in your heart to accomplish.” It may seem minuet at the moment, but it will have a greater impact in the future.

I must acknowledge my wonderful sister-in-law/real sister/friend, Nicole Nobles. She was needed not only by my brother to love him to life, but to become my editor. She rocks!!! Without her, I will have comma splices all over the place. You see, writing without flaws is not my strong point. I actually let God know, during the time that he first wanted me to start this blog, that I was not embarrassing myself before people – with my “not so great” writing skills. He ignored me and kept telling me to “WRITE!”  Being the sovereign God that he is, my creator touched Nicole’s heart to assist me. See how the Almighty works, my act of obedience opened the door for something I needed to be “Great in His eyes!”

I know the first steps of obedience are liken to walking through a dark room without any windows. Trust me, the light will come. Follow God’s leading and move out in faith!

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

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV, Jeremiah 29:11)

 

Just Human

Hi, I’m just dealing with some real human stuff. None of that fake got it all together social media fluff. There are times when life hits you so hard you are left wondering if God is your protector. I feel as though a series of blows have come across my table. As humans we like to pretend everything is all hunky-dory on the outside, but inwardly we are withering under the pressure. In these moments, there is nothing wrong with crying to release the pain, calling a dear friend to share your issues, or most importantly praying. Honestly, all three work for me. We are not robots that can withstand all of life’s curve balls with ease. Thankfully, God is there to make things easier. Doubt will try to creep in during our most difficult moments, if we’re not careful. The word of God says… to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord… (KJV, 1 Corinthians 15:58). Faith is fortified in the toughest battles. Sulking may seem to be the simplest way to handle things… it is not! There is no growth nor power in giving in to a bad situation. Every great thing we gain in life comes with a price. Too bad perfection is not free. Our hardest battles chisel our character for God’s glory.

We must fight the good fight of faith! I did, I do, I am! I can not give up on the promises of God, neither can you!

I pray that God restores your faith in all the areas where doubt has tried to creep in. You are victorious in God’s divine will for your life. There is no weapon formed that will prosper against you. I pray God removes everything that hinders your growth and the manifestation of God’s promises. I thank God for giving you the strength, patience, and wisdom through your trials. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Trust the promise and not the process!

 

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