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“Lessons From the Bamboo”

Hi All!

It’s been a few months since I posted a blog, but I wanted to stop in and offer some words of encouragement. It always amazes me how God uses the most simplistic occurrences to speak to us & give us insight.

At the start of the Spring/Summer season I noticed small bamboo shoots sprouting up in my front and back yard but I did not give them much attention. I’ve been at my current residence for almost 5 years & I don’t recall seeing them before. 

Anyway, one day I was in my kitchen and    as I passed the window I was amazed to see a bamboo shoot taller than my 5’8 frame towering in my backyard. Intrigued, my son and I went to investigate it.

I was perplexed regarding the suddenness of these bamboo shoots sprouting up after never seeing them before. I shrugged it off and attempted to pull the shoot out of the ground so I could cut the grass. My son tried to help me, but it was rooted so deeply the strength of my son & myself was not enough. That’s when God  started speaking to me and giving me answers to some questions I had put on the altar months ago.

The disillusionment & heartbreak from failed relationships is real. Sometimes we even resort to blaming ourselves when business, personal, familial or spiritual partnerships sour. The truth is it’s not our fault. 

The individual who caused us pain already had something negative deeply rooted in them before they ever met us; they just kept it buried and hidden.

from our sight. However, just like the bamboo shoots, when the right time & the right season set in the “real them” manifested. 

We must understand that no matter how hard we try, we cannot change a person that has deep rooted seeds of resentment, bitterness, anger, hatred, rebellion, discontentment, disobedient & emotional disease rooted in their spirit. If they are not willing to line up with the Word of God all we will accomplish is to temporarily trim weeds & branches off of them. However, the root will still be there & will sprout up again at the right time.

Don’t beat yourself up that you didn’t “see it earlier.” That junk was buried and hidden. However, thank God that he didn’t allow you to stay blind but allowed the truth to be revealed so that you could be healed and move on.

It’s not your fault. Thank God that we serve a God of revelation. Learn from the experience & pray daily that God will bring all hidden things to light.

Love,

Sherabim Joy

“Cheer Up!”

A couple of weeks ago, while driving back to my office from my lunch break, I started to feel a tad bit melancholy. I began contemplating on some of the events that had transpired in my life over the course of the past several years. I said within myself “Wow, If certain things had not occurred, my life would be problem free and I would be closer to living a life of “perfection.”
The moment the thought entered my mind, I literally heard God say to me. “No, it would not!” “I made a promise in my Word that most people don’t remember!” I frowned; slightly puzzled. I honestly wasn’t talking to God at the moment and He just chose to interrupt my conversation with myself! However, recognizing His voice, I stopped to listen to what He had to say me.
The Lord said “ I promised in my Word that In this world ye SHALL have tribulation!” (John 16:33). “I forewarned and guaranteed that you will have to endure challenges in this life. If you didn’t go through “that” then you would have gone through something else!” He continued to speak. “BUT it’s a two part promise! I also promised you that I have already overcome every possible ensnarement, trial, or test that can ever touch your life! When I hung on Calvary I overcame it all so CHEER UP!”
Man, my heart was lifted after He reminded me that every challenge that can ever manifest itself; He already overcame it on Calvary’s cross! Because Christ overcame, so shall we overcome!
My friends I encourage you today CHEER UP! Regardless of the intensity of the trial that you may currently be enduring remember that Christ already overcame it with you in mind!

Empowering You to Empower Others,
Sherabim J

“Lessons From Moana”

 

              One of my 4 year olds favorite Disney animated films is Moana. I have watched it so many times with him that many of the song lyrics and scripting have become etched in my memory.

              On one viewing occasion, a particular scene stood out to me and the Lord began to speak to my heart. In the scene, the heroine, Moana, confronts Taka; a perceived monster who was raging with fury. Fearlessly, Moana walks toward Taka melodiously signing these words:

“I have crossed the horizon to find you; I know your name.

 They have stolen the heart from inside you,

“But this does not define you

This is not who you are; You know who you are”

               Moana, then does what no one else was willing to do….she TOUCHED Taka in the exact place of her hurt; thus restoring her heart. Taka then transforms back into the beautiful goddess that she was created to be.

Wow! What a superb depiction of what many women have experienced in life!; the invasion of a selfish intruder stealing, breaking, corrupting, or damaging our heart  and leaving us in an unrecognizable state. The experience caused us to momentarily forget who we were.

Sadly,  onlookers judged, criticized, and labeled us being completely ignorant of the events that left us in the state of vulnerability that caused to release negative behaviors. They perceived us to be something that we were not. If only someone would just take a closer look with the discerning eye of God and allow Him to use them to touch us where we hurt! One touch…the right touch….. will heal us and restore us back to our original glory and beauty!

Today’s post serves as the touch that you need to heal your heart and to remind you of who you are! Your circumstances DO NOT DEFINE YOU! Whether single, married, divorced, financially secure, or economically challenged;  you are not defined by these situations.

Do NOT allow what someone else has done to you or what they may have said about you cause you to act out of character and forget who you are. Acting out of character is NOT who you are; You know who you are and so does God!

As a reminder, God says that you are:

  • More than a conqueror through him that loved you(Romans 8:37)
  • Heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)
  • Fearfully and wonderfully made and that right well (Psalms 139:14)

I command your heart to be healed in Jesus name and to flow in the beauty of his holiness and righteousness!

Remember this, God knows your name and has not forgotten about you!

For more insight on the importance of guarding your heart please pick up a copy of my book “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money.”

 

Empowering you to Empower Others,
Sherabim Joy

Author:

“Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry and Money”

“Life Won’t Wait”

Co-Author: “A Mother’s Love”

 

 

Now LIVE IT!

One of the most challenging aspects of being a preacher & teacher of the Word of God, as well as an author based on His truths is when He requires you to live out what you preached, taught, or wrote about.  I learned this first hand in 2017.

In chapter 1 of my book, “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry & Money”, I penned the following phrase “The most important thing you can ever do….is GUARD YOUR HEART!” I also advise my readers to analyze their investment choices in terms of persons, places, and things. “Whew”! I never thought those words would confront me, look me square in the eyes and say “NOW LIVE IT!” Truly, I had to require myself to guard my heart this past year. Had I not been determined to do this the challenges of 2017 would have caused me to lose sight of not only who I am but who God is.

Yes, I suffered some loss in 2017. Yes, I cried more tears then I had planned to.  Yes, I had to have some honest painful conversations with myself and with God. Yes I had to make some tough decisions that I never thought I would have to make.  However, I cannot deny the inexplicable truth, that yes, I also gained a sense of peace, wisdom, focus, strength, maturity and valuable lessons that I can undoubtedly use on my journey to empower others.   Amazing! Only MY God can transform a pitiful plight into a platform to minister to others.

My pastor, Bishop Anthony W. Gilyard, prophesied that 2018 shall be the year of acceleration. Who am I to argue with God? He said it. I receive and expect it. I encourage you to do the same.

Whatever you started on your journey to greatness…pick up where you left off and strive and go forward in faith. I know who I am and I know who God is. I challenge you to remember who you are and to remember who God is as well.

What has God commissioned you to do? Just do it in faith and leave the details and the end results up to God. I guarantee you that you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Empowering you to empower others,

Sherabim J. Allen
author of:  “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money” & “Life Won’t  Wait…the Single Christian Woman’s Fight for Focus”