I love what this quote represents. My mom always reminds me to rely on God and myself. She always encourages me to keep chasing and fighting for my dreams. A man is not the sum total of my life. A man’s presence is an addition to my empire.
A champion does not wait for someone to carry them. A champion works hard, stays humble, and keeps fighting. A Queen does not need a king to make her empire great. She is a champion in her own right. A Queen only needs her HEAVENLY KING and herself.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
So I had my last Barrister’s Ball (Law School Prom) this past weekend. I felt very beautiful….dare I say it, SEXY!! That is a word I am not really described as on a regular basis. But my mom made me realize something. She said you are a beautiful, smart, sexy woman. My mom said woman and I was taken back. I am a now a woman in my mother’s eyes. Crazy!!!
I am on the cusp of greatness. It is hard for me to picture that I am a woman called by the Creator to live a set-apart life in this day in age. Sometimes I still think I am an 18 year old trying to figure things out. I do not know if I could ever see this girl in the picture as me in the future. But look what God can do!! I am Me. I am really living out my dreams. I am a beautiful, smart, talented, sexy woman. I never would have expected my life to be the way it now. But God knew what He was doing.
By December, I will be a law school graduate. By next February, I will have taken the Bar. After that, I do not know. Knowing that scares me. I am really on the cusp of what God put me on this Earth to do. Wow! What a concept!
I feel like I am climbing up the mountains of life. I know that the top is within reach. With every step I take, I am changing my view. I am seeing new horizons. I do fall on some valleys but I keep climbing. I do not know what the future holds but I do know my greatness is because of the Greatest.
I am on the cusp of greatness.
Being prudent is more than knowing more than the person next to you. Life is more than being the sharpest crayon in the box.
God gives the standard of prudence in His Word. Longevity and prudent character comes from God.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.-Proverbs 1:1-7
Being prudent is acknowledging Jesus as the foundation and compass to your life, listening to the wise people who have come before you and giving the wisdom to the next generation, being fair to others, having discernment in different situations, and continuing to seek wisdom.
Being prudent is a process. One of the definitions of prudent means acting with or showing care and thought for the future. I am learning more and gaining more wisdom and knowledge as I grow in my faith and age. God gives His wisdom and instruction freely but one has to be willing to listen. So I encourage you to listen, discern, and live the way God wants you to live.
- Rely on Jesus to direct your path.
- Be yourself.
- Stay humble.
- Eliminate things/people who steal your joy..
A definition of elixir is a preparation supposedly able to prolong life indefinitely. My blissful ingredients are a part of the greater elixir called Life. I try to live by these ingredients. I would encourage you live by these ingredients. It makes a difference in your life. You have one life so make it worth while.
There are many times where I get lost in life. I lose myself and allow self destruction to make me feel inadequate. It is only the Enemy’s scheme is steal, kill, and destroy my joy.
With Jesus, He calls you and me, Beloved. He provides for all our needs. He makes us whole. He is everything and more. He takes the broken pieces and our mess and gives us grace, peace, mercy, and purpose.
No matter where you are or how broken you feel, Jesus still loves and values you. You can never go wrong with following God.
Your failure is your future feedback to someone down the road.
Lately, God has opened doors where I have been able to share my college experience with young people. College was a great season of unforgettable memories and friends. But, I had dark days; I struggled with grades, social life, and adjusting to college life as a Christian, and finding a career. My pride caused me to hit rock bottom with no where to go but up. I had to trust God because everything fell between the cracks. My failure felt like a spiral to oblivion.
But you know what, God never wastes a struggle. God uses all circumstances to strengthen His children. There have been so many times where I have been able to encourage others. You never know who you will bless.
So if you are in a pit, know that God is making a way. You are someone’s encouragement. Failure builds your testimony and can encourage another walking the same path. Never doubt your struggle.
I don’t know about you but I thought my parents were SO uncool in my pre-teen and teen years. My parents ran a Haitian household in America. My parents are God-fearing Christians who love their children. My parents had rules and standards that I thought was too much. Now, as an adult, I see how blessed I am to have to have their love, discipline, and guidance.
So here are some of the many ordinary lessons I live by thanks to mom and dad.
- You can never go wrong with following Christ. As I grow in my faith, He has not failed me once. The world’s opinion tends to fade away the older I get. Not everyone has your best interests at heart. Some people actually want you to fail. But God’s intentions is to give you a life abundant in Him. Following Him is the best decision I made.
- Be a good citizen. Now I was always confused when my mom said “Be a good citizen” every time I left the house. What my mom meant was to have good character everywhere you go. Have integrity, be kind, be trustworthy, be respectful. Believe it or not, I got a Citizenship Award in school and it clicked. Actions speak louder than words.
- Never envy another person’s life because you do not know what they did to attain that lifestyle. As a kid growing up, my mom always said “I send you to school to learn, not to have a fashion show.” My parents did provide clothes, food, and supplies to live on. I did not have or wear the latest trends. My parents wanted me to show off my mind. And showing my mind has paid off because I am almost done with law school. Besides, some of the beautiful people that I went to high school with are not all well off. The uncool kid is going places, thanks mom and dad.
- Give. I saw my parents give their time and resources to help people. They never forget where they came from. My parents did not have the life I had but that did not stop them from giving to others. My Heavenly Father and earthly parents have given so much to me. So I will give back as they give to me.
- Be You. My parents always say that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am smart, beautiful and kind.” Not everyone in the world will like me. But my parents say to be me in spite of it. So I will be Blissfully Me.
So I will encourage you with my parents’ ordinary lessons of life. They have truly made the difference in my life. Take these ordinary steps and experience the extraordinary changes that come with it.