Waiting for your season to change?

               Recently I hung out with a good friend of mine. She had just
gotten back from a trip to Japan. She came back with a gift for me. The gift
was an envelope filled with some bracelets and a card that had a butterfly on
its cover. The card said, Faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see.”-Hebrews 11:1
I was so blown away by it.
I hadn’t seen one of my best friends in a year, and yet she got me this
beautiful card with my favorite insect, and a message that I needed at that
very moment. There was no coincidence. God was using her.

                Life is
a journey, but lately I’ve been so focused on the destination.  Being content and resting in the Lord is
hard. I have been praying that my season changes sooner than later. At this
point in my life I am single, being faithful in working on my craft, and my days
seem to be a routine. God has promised me my very own promise land. I am just
so anxious to get there.  I started to
wonder why I have not reached the promise land just yet. I’m just not ready.
God knows it, and I know it too.  Am I
truly prepared to travel the world? Am I truly prepared to be a wife and a
mother right now? Am I truly prepared to be shared with the world? I’m not. If
I were I’d already be those things, and at those places. God is preparing me.

                How can you expect to pass a test
when you haven’t even prepped for it? I can’t expect to be and do all of those
things if I am not prepared for them. If God gave me all of those things at this
very moment they would fall apart, or either be a heavy load to carry. God has
given me so many tasks that I need to complete before I even get to those
different seasons in my life.  I’m
learning that there is no rush.

                God has it all written out. Every
word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not
add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.-Proverbs 30:5-6
Let
God work. Trust in Him and sit down. After all He is God, the Creator of time
and wisdom. Sooner or later God will give you the
desires of your heart. The Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years
before getting to their promise land. If you read the word you’ll notice that
it mostly talks about their journey getting there more than it talks about the
promise land itself. Life really isn’t about the destination. Life is about the
journey.

                I have to catch myself at times.
There are moments when I have my head so far in the clouds and I am just so
excited for the future, and all that God has promised me that I forget to live
in the now. I forget what I am supposed to be doing at that exact moment,
because I am too busy daydreaming about the future. Anything could happen at
this very moment. God could decide that my journey is over, and that He wants
to call me home to spend eternity with Him. I could look back on my life and
see how I took my days for granted because I was so focused on a future that
never happened. This life is so temporary.  For we are strangers before You, and sojourners,
as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is
no hope or expectation of remaining.- 1 Chronicles 29:15
We’re only here for a short while, so
don’t waste it.

              Also remember that just because He
has promised you a promise land doesn’t mean that test and trials won’t be
there. There will always be some type of trouble on this earth. There may be a
day where your future spouse and children test you, and the world is just
tearing you down. No matter what happens just remember that we serve a faithful
God. “So
do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:34”

              My friends (myself included) enjoy
the journey. Enjoy this season, because there will never be another season like
it. Enjoy the preparation for your destiny. Enjoy the now.

I love you, and Jesus loves you so
much more!

XOXO,

Shakeyla <3

“Let Your Light Shine” 2017.


The Downward Hills of Disobedience

Proverbs 3:6- “Trust
in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all
your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

               I got a wheelchair
accessible golf cart a week ago. It has been a joy to ride in the town of
Peachtree City, and already this journey with having a golf cart has taught me
a valuable lesson. Recently I encouraged my mom to drive to Target in the golf
cart. She had her reservations. She wanted to take the car because it would be
faster. My brother had warnings of how the trails are very narrow with many
hills. I didn’t care about their reservations or warnings. I simply wanted to
go on an adventure.

                We went
on the trail, and my brother was right. The trails were very narrow with many
hills. I felt like I was on a wild ride with the fear of flipping over. The
journey would have been much quicker by car, and it could have rained at any
moment.   We were half way to our destination. After
crossing the street we were going up this steep hill only to roll backwards.
The golf cart wouldn’t go over the hill. There was too much weight for it to go
up, and the battery was halfway dead. Going backwards caused us to scrape the
golf cart a bit, and it made us go into panic mode. Eventually my mom steered
it in the right direction, and we had to turn around and go back home. After
getting back we went and ran our errand in the car, like my mom had planned in
the first place.

                That
journey had taught me that when we do not take heed of the warnings of God we
can go on a journey filled with unnecessary struggle.  When we are not in obedience with God our
lives can be gravitated downward, and it can cause many unnecessary scrapes to
us spiritually and physically.  Just like
how we ended up going back home to take the car after taking the golf cart, you
can be out of the complete will of God, but He will still direct you into the
path He wanted you to go in the first place (after much wasted time).

              I just want to encourage you not to
lean into your own understanding, but be obedient to God, and trust in Him.
Take God’s warnings into consideration in your life.  He’ll make all of your paths straight, and it
will make the journey so much easier.

Remember that Jesus loves you, and
that I love you too! XOXO,

Shakeyla <3 

“Heritage” 2017.


We Need Each Other

                        There are 7
billion people that are breathing on this earth as we speak, and each one of
them has a purpose. We all have a purpose, big or small. Our hard work is what
helps keeps this world working. We are a body working together.  Imagine this huge body in the universe. It
has many parts, lips, eyes, eyelashes, arms, hands, feet, etc. Even though some
parts are bigger than the other does that mean that one is more important than
the other? No, it does not. Each part is very important, big or small. Every
part of the body is valuable. We were given many talents, and gifts to
contribute to the world. ‘For just as we
have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same
function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members
one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to
us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the
proportion of his faith’-Romans12:4-5.

                         People tend to forget that everyone
on this earth is destined for a purpose. Some feel as if because they went to
college, and have this amazing job that they are superior to those who make
less than them. It’s so annoying, and so untrue. Everyone is important, from
the CEO of McDonalds to the cook of McDonalds. That CEO may run the company,
but there would be no company without the cook. The CEO is successful and has
given hundreds of people jobs, but at the same time the cook at McDonalds is the
reason why the business is afloat. There would be no McDonalds without either
one of them. From the CEO to the cook the business is sustained.

                      Every job, no matter how big or
small is of importance. Each skill is used for the greater good of the people
on this earth. God cares about all of us, and He even cares about our jobs.
When he created us He created us for this purpose, whether it is big or small.  ‘God is
the teacher of all-from the baker to plowman. All knowledge comes from Him, no
job is greater than the other’-Isiah 28:23-29

                      This subject has been on my heart for
a while now, because I have seen the way people treat and judge others because
of their employment statuses. Some people are even ashamed of their jobs.
Others are comparing their jobs to the next person’s job, not realizing that
what is for them is for them. God has a plan for all of us. We are where we are
supposed to be at this exact moment. There is no need for shame, or shaming
others. We should respect one another in all the things we do. The same God
that we worship is also worshipped by powerful people as well. ‘Kings shall see and arise, princes also
shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, and
He has chosen you’-Isiah 49:7.
No matter how big or small the job is we are
chosen by God. You are no less than kings. God chose them, and He has chosen
you too. Each body part is used for the glory of God above.

                        Have joy in all that you are called
to do.

                        Remember that you are
loved by the Most High God, and that I love you too.

                                                            XOXO,

           Shakeyla
<3

“Intimacy” 2017.

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