During my drives to Rhode Island for dance practice, I LOVE listening to Myleik Teele's podcast. She said this quote on her most recent episode and I literally had to play it back like 7 times 😂SO GOOD! I wanted to encourage you with this and remind you that this is your life and enjoy it. As we are on the journey of learning more about ourselves, we can't put ourselves in a box and limit what we are capable of doing. Do not mask who you really are just to fit the description and labels that society has placed on you. .
Just listen to this podcast y'all and follow @myleik, she's like a big sister and an amazing individual. The last slide is the episode where the quote is from. Enjoy! 💕
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Morning ladies! I was reading my devotional this morning and this scripture touched my heart. Along with us discovering our true selves we must know that God wants the layers that we peel. He wants our brokenness. He wants the issues that we hide away to be confessed although He sees and knows it all. The Lord desires this side of us because He knows that we struggle in different areas of our lives and knows that we are broken. He will not reject it, He will not reject sacrifice if you're doing it for benefit of His kingdom and glory. Our Heavenly Father just loves putting the pieces of heart back together the way He designed it because of what the world and issues of life has done to it. Give God your layers and your heart today and He will show you YOU. God bless and enjoy your Saturday 💕 #ywjourney #godsdesire #brokenspirit #contriteheart #peelinglayers
You can teach it..
You can slow it down for people to follow...
You can write down the instructions or steps..
But no one, absolutely no one can do what YOU do better than YOU. You are unique! No matter if it looks weird to one individual or cool to another, they still can't do what you do and they way you do it. Embrace your uniqueness, it's beautiful and one of a kind.
In this season of my life as a newly engaged 25 year old woman, my feelings, emotions, goals, purpose and different parts of my life has been overwhelming lately. Some how, I still have the strength to keep moving forward not really knowing what's next. But, I've been trusting God through it all. A few weeks ago,I was reading my bible and read Hebrews 10:35-36. It reads,
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”
The words patient endurance really struck a cord in me because that sums up how I've been maintaining my life so far. I've been patiently enduring and holding on to this confident trust I have in the Lord so I can keep moving forward in my life. To patiently endure means to steadily undergo tough circumstances without impairment. To break it down even more, it means to position yourself as you diligently experience the hardships of life. Pretty deep right? Some of you may have been on the same boat as me, just patiently enduring and focusing on the Lord. However, the question is, HOW have you been patiently enduring? Are you genuinely seeking God during your time of hardship? Or do you want God to hurry up and take you out of your mess? If that's the case, it's time to change your mindset.
As we read the scripture above, it stated “do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord” then it says “ patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do Gods will.” This is so key! If we don't confidently trust God , we will confidently trust someone or something else. That's why we can't throw it away even when it looks like God is not moving fast enough or not changing our circumstances quick enough. The word says we need to patiently endure NOW, not tomorrow, not next week, not after work, not over the weekend but NOW. We are Gods children and He knows us so well and knows our attention span. We are impatient beings and want everything now. He's teaching us how to take on a new way of undergoing hardship and not to look at it as punishment, however as a gateway of trust. So what does that mean for us? How do we patiently endure without being impatient? Before I give you the answer to that question, I'm going to give you an example.
In Luke 11:14-28, it speaks of Jesus driving out a demon. The man was finally healed. The people were amazed at what just happened. Some questioned the miracle saying that Jesus gets His power from satan to drive out demons. Jesus corrected them and continued to share what the evil spirit does when it's out of a person. It reads,
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
Why does the evil spirit return into the person again once they see that the person is in good shape or swept and in order? It boggled my mind for days and the Lord woke me up around 3 in the morning (June 25 to be exact) to tell me what He meant by this. So here we go…
When I clean my room, I give it a pretty good clean. Put clothes away, make my bed, and pick up my little curls off the floor ( natural hair problems). My room looks pretty good, it's in order right? But what tends to happened the next day, it gets messier than the day before. The clothes I put away are not completely put away, and I didn't attempt to make my bed. Why does that happen? Just like the man who got the demon driven out of him, it enters back into him with seven more demons and he's worse than he was before. He was good after the demon left the first time right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. The one thing that we are not doing is maintaining the freedom that we've been freely given by the Lord. We are not maintaining the relationship we have with Jesus. I did not maintain the cleanliness of my room, that man did not maintain his connection with the Holy Spirit to enter and stay in him. The man allowed the evil spirit to come back into his life because there was no maintenance of the heart.
Now back to my first question, how do we patiently endure without being impatient? Patient endurance requires maintenance of the heart. We have to maintain what we have with the Lord as we endure the hardships of life. We cannot throw away the trust we already have in Christ, we have to keep persevering. We serve a God that loves us unconditionally and that sees us going through. He sees your efforts, He sees you seeking Him every day. He appreciates the conversations you have with Him, the prayers that you write, the prayers that you lift up, and the way you honor Him with your life. He sees it all! Keep patiently enduring and continue to maintain your relationship with Him. We can't do it without Him, we can't endure without Him. God is the reason why we are not weak, weary or broken. Let's not look at our situations with defeat but look at them with victory.
Young Woman, we are living in a world where the believers seem to be struggling more than the non-believers and we ask God why? But instead of asking why, we should be shifting our perspective and changing our way of thinking. So remember this, you’re a daughter of the most high God. Your father is the King of Kings. You are royalty. You are a co-heir of Christ. What Jesus inherits, we get a share as well. He adopted you into His kingdom family. You already won every battle and overcame every obstacle. You have the victory! Keep your head up and don't look defeated. God is for you sister! Try focusing on what God is doing right in your life and if you think like that, each day will be filled with joy. Love you and God bless.
We also pray that you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy..
Good morning young women!
So I do daily self evaluations and I had to be honest with myself a few days ago. God has been really working on my mental and my way of thinking. I'm going to be really frank about the things I've realized about myself.
I'm lazy at times.
I want things to come easy for me.
I give up when it doesn't work out the first time.
I complain about what I don't have.
I find myself sitting in my worries.
I take things personally.
I let the words of others affect me emotionally.
There's so many layers I peeled off and these are layers that's been there but I chose not to admit due to my pride. I had to say these things out loud in my room and admit it. I had to accept it and now it's time to change it. I just gave God extra room in my heart to do as He pleases. We are responsible for our spirit and if we want our Heavenly Father to work within us, we need to clean house ladies. Be honest with yourself this morning and peel those layers. .
After doing this, I also realized that I stopped praying and pressing in His presence while these layers piled up. Now that they are peeling off, I can now see that my efforts in seeking God was not in vain, I stopped maintaining and that caused build up in my heart and mind. You can do it young women, be honest and true to your self even if it's hard to say, say it! I love you and God bless you. .
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New post on Patient Endurance is coming out tomorrow! The lord woke me up at 3am a few weeks ago and has been pressing me to share it with you! Can't wait
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.