Hey there, I know I’ve been missing lately but it has been all for good reason. I took some much needed time to draw closer to God in the midst of my “sifting”. Though as I drew closer, I was beginning to pick up on the tactics of the plans that God intertwined with the enemy.
My son and I began to prep for the weekend’s festivities for my sister and her new family; a new addition was being added to her lively bunch. An hour or two before the party we were all still scrambling to find something to wear. I remained awfully calm than I expected. I normally like to have outfits preplanned and not stressing the day of.
For some odd reason, God was on the back burner during these hours. My morning prayer was completely opposite of what the day had unfolded for me. I was in hopes that my daughter would attend the party in time but her dad said she was running over in the time with getting her hair done. (My old self would’ve blew up at him and assumed that he was never mindful of any event.) But shockingly, I was calm.
We finally arrived to the party and I greeted everyone. I didn’t seek to drink or indulge any other sinful activity that was already going on. I simply focused on ensuring my little sister was at peace and that her emotional needs were met. This also was shocking to me because though me and my sister are closer than anyone in our entire family, we never had that “caring touch” to console each other… everything was always verbal and mostly harsh. This sense of tenderness and love I was showing her was indefinitely one I’d never comprehended or had in my spirit, though I have kids of my own.
The party went smooth and was possibly one of the sweetest moments I can add to my sister’s and I core memory locker. Everyone was practically in tears of happiness since the reveal burst into blue confetti after having a daughter. This was something both families knew and were in overwhelming joy when the surprise fell on us. I was so happy that I began rejoicing and praising the Lord; I actually couldn’t stop praising the Lord even after we got back to my sister’s house.
I can’t deny the Lord had His reins on me. We eventually spent our spring break at her house. I’d cater to everyone in the house and kept the home like it was my own. Worship and Gospel rap filled the rooms wherever I passed, to the point my 11 year old nephew began to start up clapping with his dance “Holy Spirit Activate! Holy Spirit Activate! Holy Spirit Activate! Activate! Activate! Activate!”
Thank God we were activating the Spirit of God because the enemy was working at the same time. My 3 year old niece randomly asked me if I can say a bad word for her. In unison, my son, my nephew and I danced and clapped around her saying dance “Holy Spirit Activate! Holy Spirit Activate! Holy Spirit Activate! Activate! Activate! Activate!”
Even my sister who I’d been caring for had gotten spicy with me. I was in uttermost shock because we’d normally curse each other out when she has her episodes of fussing; but God had me bite down on my tongue and respond in the most calmest way possible. I was hurt by the things she had said though they weren’t intended for me but for everyone else that worked her nerves. I just ended up being the victim of the cross fire and took myself to the bathroom to cry and pray.
I felt lost. All I could think about was the book of Job; what else can possibly happen? “I’m doing my best here in faith Lord”. Ironically, we went to the grocery store after that episode where I’d run across that store manager I made mentioned that he reminded me of my dad in the “Tough Love” post. He actually did his normal strong man speed walk, but he approached me with more glee and grin than he’d ever done before. I nearly burst into tears as he told me his story about being out of work for 3 years and how he finally started working at the store we were at.
I was in awe at what God was doing that entire week as I looked through the Holy Spirit lens. The Holy Spirit had definitely activated through me and I believe the seeds were planted in the folks that I encountered that entire week.
Please take at least these points away from this post:
•God wants you to experience His peace and joy even while you are enduring your “sifting” process.
•Be like Jesus: give grace, love, be tender, be kind, be pure inside and out.
•God will send you places for His glory to unfold. It’s up to you to stay within the realms of God’s righteousness and not sin against Him no matter how harsh it gets.
•God will also send you people or confirmations to assure you that if He can bless someone who’s already went through what you’re going through. Why God can’t do the same for you?
Hold tight to your integrity. Hold tight to your faith. Hold tight to your trust in God.
I love you and I pray that you continue to strengthen yourself through the word of God. Amen.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1:22
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