“I’m thankful that my life-journey was not designed by me. This isn’t a self-promoting gimmick. This is a GOD-thing & I won’t apologize for it.”
This is a post I shared on social media after having an interesting experience earlier today. I was told by someone whom I considered a friend and who knew me intimately that “You like your name in lights. I’m not like that.” I believe that the Holy Spirit made me SHUT UP because I would typically GO IN on comments like that.
I realize that not everyone understands the motives behind the message. But if you’ve read my life-story “It’s My Life and I Live Here: One Woman’s Story” you would realize that “having my name in lights” is the LAST thing I’d ever want to do! I would be VERY comfortable with sitting in the background somewhere, watching everyone else and applauding and supporting others from behind the scenes. But God had other ideas, and because I trust His plans for me, I am getting with His program.
I knew that God cautioned me in my spirit about this person before; now I know that what He showed me is NOT my imagination. God’s Word doesn’t lie, folks: “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34b KJV
Let’s realize that our lives are not ours. If someone else criticizes you and you know that your motives are in line with God’s Word, step aside and allow God to fight your battles. He promotes and elevates whom He desires. Remember that if we speak out against what God is doing in the lives of others, we will have to live with the consequences for doing so.
I am determined more than ever to live my life ON PURPOSE, for PURPOSE.
I am BACK!
I disappeared for six days to the lovely island of Jamaica, which also happens to be my country of origin. I had not been there for 8 years and I was happy to have the opportunity to return and see familiar sights (and faces) after such a long break. I decided to do something different. I visited the Northern side of the island. It was my first time in Montego Bay, which is close to where my father came from. I met some wonderful people there.
We (my son and I) stayed at a beautiful resort with wonderful employees. This is one of those times that I wish I was financially able to do more. I wanted to tip every person who went out of their way to make my stay as amazing as it was.
Here are some of the sights:
One of my aunts arranged an event for me to speak to women of various backgrounds about my book (It’s My Life and I Live Here: One Woman’s Story). Many of the women were teachers, but some were also homemakers. Most of them were married. One was a woman living with HIV. Some of them cried as I shared my story; many of them understood EXACTLY what I shared, as some are struggling in their marriages. They asked me to come back to speak to the younger women. I pray that God allows me to return to share with them soon:
I learned so much from interacting with these women. I am thankful for this opportunity. My aunt made the arrangement possible:
The rest was needed, but the refreshing moments that meant the most to me was when I met these wonderful women. I look forward to hearing more about the impact that my book will make on my island home, JAMAICA!