Trust God. He Will Supply All of Your Needs.

“For I have given you
an example, that you should do what I have done for you.” –John 13:15

“He gives power to
the weak, and those who have no might He increases strength.”-Isaiah 40:29

“The Lord is my Shephard;
I shall not want.” –Psalm 23:1

                Each morning I pray that I trust in
God, and He has truly outdone Himself. He is a good Father. Recently I went on
a trip to Daytona Beach for a family reunion, and God was there every step of
the way, whether it was through my spirit, my caring family members, or
strangers. As I looked out into the ocean His presence was there. The waters
were calming, but at the same time very powerful.

                Traveling
while being disabled isn’t an easy task. Before going on this trip I was very
worried. I was worried about feeling like a burden to others, not having an
accessible room to my standards, and not being able to truly enjoy the beach
because my wheelchair wasn’t built to roll in the sand. I just knew that I
wasn’t going to have any fun, but boy was I wrong! I’m so glad that I was.  

                Before
the trip even began I was very negative. I just knew that everything would go
wrong. I thought to myself what’s the point of even going when I know that the
necessities that I have at home will not be there; like my lift that helps get
me in and out of bed, and my shower chair that gives me access to the shower. I
also felt like I’d end up being a burden to my family. I didn’t want them to
have to get those heavy ramps in and out of the van, and I didn’t want them to
struggle getting me in and out of bed.

                I
remember being discouraged before going because my mom had called two hotels
asking for handicapped accessible rooms, and they all were booked. A few no’s
can end up giving you the best yes. When she finally had booked a room I just
knew that it wasn’t truly going to be accessible. There were times when I’ve
travelled that my chair couldn’t fit through the bathroom door, or the bed was
too low or too high, or that there was hardly any room to move around my chair.
 This was a different experience. I
finally had gotten access to a room that exceeded all of my expectations. It
was like that room was meant for me. I could fit in the bathroom, and the bed
and chair lined up so well that it wasn’t even a struggle to transfer in and
out of bed without a lift. Plus the beach view was amazing.

                It was
like God was saying, “I told you that I’ll take care of you.” The hotel was
beautiful and filled with amazing artwork. I knew that I was meant to be
there.  My family was filled with so much
joy, and energy. I was not a burden to them. They seemed happy to serve me (they’ve
always been great at that it’s usually just me in my own head).  I worried for nothing.  

                All of
my needs were met. The funny thing is that I pray each day to be an artist that
travels the world. If God allows me to do that I simply need to put all of my
trust in Him, and that He’ll supply all of my needs in that season. Nothing
comes easy in life, and all situations aren’t perfect. At least the God that I
serve is crazy faithful. He uses people and my surroundings every day to remind
me of His presence. Have no fear, worry, or doubt. God has been taking care of
you. He’s written out all of our days, and He won’t stop taking care of you
now.     

Remember that Jesus loves you, and so do I! 

XOXO,

Shakeyla

“Fly Girl, Fly” 2018.


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.

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