It’s not quite hump day but I wanted to provide some inspiration to our readers just because of the incredible experiences I have had over the past few days. God has truly shown me the power of patience, persistence, and hard work while relying on Him.
Yesterday was the ultimate test of my patience. Not even just that but God is developing my mind so that in potentially flustering moments, I am not defeated. Rather I am fueled and motivated to push harder. And that extra push has produced amazing results. There was a time in my life when I was so easily disappointed. I would become overwhelmed by the everyday ups and downs and let it get the best of my mind. But now I process that energy in a completely different manner. Rather than viewing bad situations as speed bumps, I receive them as learning tools; part of the process of development and character-building that make me the woman I am today. Nobody truly wakes up like this (not even Beyoncé) and sees exactly who they want to be. It takes growth and conditioning to accomplish a wholeness of self.
I love international gospel teacher Joyce Meyer because she is so real in her teachings. She has a book and series titled Battlefield of the Mind. I read that book as a teenager because the mind was something I certainly was in constant battle with. I could be in the best mood and a sour emotion would take over me for no apparent reason. I can finally say that I have control over my mind. I have tapped into this peace that surpasses all understanding that only my God can provide.
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Ahh, that is my favorite scripture. Why? Because it has been so relevant to my life. I know what it is to struggle with depression, sadness, and frustration that seems beyond one’s control. But I am a sure witness that you do have control over every thought that comes to your mind. You have the ability to take captive all negativity that enters into you and cast it into the sea of forgetfulness.
The key to doing so, first is to build a relationship with God. He is the master controller of all things in your life. He also is omnipotent meaning He has all power. As a believer in Him, you have access to that power because He lives within you. By teaming up with the creator of the universe, you now have the ability to do all things—including not sweating the small stuff. The next key is to do just that, look at obstacles as small steppingstones to your destiny. Every person that has accomplished great things has had to endure great feats. Otherwise they would not be able to appreciate what is before them. Lastly, choose to use each situation to make a better you. Discover why you had to endure hardship and use it to develop your character and heighten your drive. There is no thing too hard for you to overcome so figure out what God is showing you and run with it.
Be encouraged to stop letting negativity overwhelm you. Embrace the hard times because they won’t last long if you do not dwell on them. Dream big and pursue those dreams. Be careful who you share your visions with and do not allow even the slightest negative opinion to discourage your pursuit. Be you because no one can do that better.
-Renée Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative