Move18!

To God be the Glory!

Each day is a blessing and I’m grateful!

As the new year approaches, I’ve already started making moves! Small moves, nothing major yet but baby steps in the right direction.

First move:

I signed up for Dominate your 2018 Webinar with Mr Felix Anderson and WYSSU!

Click for more information Dominate 2018

I was hesitant to sign up.

Not sure why, it’s just a Webinar right? I’ve been to plenty of webinars before but my spirit felt otherwise. I really don’t know but I have this feeling that something phenomenal is about to happen and to be honest, I want to be “in the room where it happens” Hamilton Soundtrack

I was a little nervous or maybe a lot nervous because for the first time in forever, I’m actually taking steps to PLAN out my time in Faith.

I was taught and it’s not a good thing but buried deep in my subconscious was the thought….“Man plan but God un-plans” Have you ever heard this growing up? I did….a lot.

I’ve had an unconscious or possibly conscious fear of “planning” because of the deep rooted thought that God would come in and disrupt everything.

See, I thought I couldn’t have children. More like, I was told there was a slim chance that would conceive so MY early plan in life was to graduate high school, join the Air Force and attend the Air Force Academy. I had “planned” to travel the world as a Linguist Specialist.

Although I did join the Air Force Reserve, I never made it to boot camp and became a single mom.

Do I have any regrets?!?!

ABSOLUTELY not!

My THREE kids are true miracles!

But occasionally, around Veterans Day, I wonder what I would have looked like in uniform but the moment passes. However, when I hear all the speakers, coaches, ministers etc teach about planning. I shutter at the thought but this time, I decided to take a chance and make a MOVE18!

To some, it sounds simple….

SMART goals….

Vision Boards….

I mean God spoke to Habakkuk right?

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/hab.2.2.kjv

“And then GOD answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming.

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭MSG‬‬

http://bible.com/97/hab.2.2-3.msg

The Word of God makes it clear so it should be easy but…..

…..what if standing next to Shemar Moore in an off white, very respectable, age appropriate wedding gown, stating vows for the world to see is on my vision board? What if that’s my plan for 2018 but it’s not Shemar’s? We’ve never met….

How do you know what’s a God given “plan” that he won’t un-plan?

I don’t exactly have the answers yet but with every plan, I pray that each small move brings me closer to purpose.

Your move!

Caught

Redbox had a promotion this week.

Why does this matter? Stick with me, I’m going somewhere.

It’s been a while since I’ve rented a movie from Redbox so I decided to take advantage of the 15cent B-Day Bash rental special.

My movie of choice:

I chose this movie because it was one of the few I had not seen and because I wanted to view something cute and lighthearted.

LEAP is the story of an orphan girl with dreams of becoming a world famous ballerina. She believed with all her heart that she was meant to dance. Her best friend and fellow orphan, Victor, believed he was meant to be an inventor. All you need is a LEAP of Faith!

Sounds simple enough….cute-ish with a predictable ending, right?

So why did this movie have me crying like a baby?

This orphan little girl and her wacky but gifted inventor best friend managed to comically escape from their orphanage and set course for Paris. In Paris is where they believe their dreams can and will come true.

I hope to visit one day myself but let me continue…..

Unfortunately, once in Paris, she finds herself alone and in need of a place to stay and food. She happens upon a young woman, that walks with a cane, that is resistant but agrees to help her. The young woman invites the little girl into her place of employment/residence as a maid for a wealthy woman and her daughter.

The wealthy woman’s daughter is about the same age as the little orphan girl. She has been training since she was a toddler to be a prima ballerina. She tells the little girl that she is waiting for her special invite into one of the most prestigious dance schools in Paris. Needless to say, she’s not very friendly or kind to the little girl.

That invite arrives. The little orphan girl receives the invite but instead of taking it to the daughter of the wealthy woman, she decides to pretend to be the daughter in order to gain entry into the school.

You see where I’m going with this?!?!?

Biblical reference: 2 Samuel 12: 1-13

Fast forward….the little girl gets CAUGHT. After weeks of practicing at the school, it is revealed that she is not who she claimed to be.

She stole the invite.

She lied about who she was.

During this discovery of her deception is where the water works began. I couldn’t understand why but I guess I was rooting for her, even if she was wrong? or was something else going on? overly emotional perhaps?

In the biblical reference Nathan, a prophet of God, was sent to King David. At this point, David had:

-decided to interject himself into the life that was meant for someone else….

-stole a wife and a life

-lied to himself and others

“And Nathan said to David: thou art the man”

I couldn’t understand why this made me cry. It’s was just a movie.

But in my spirit, God asks…

How many people try to take short cuts to their destiny by pretending to be someone or something they’re not meant to be?

How many people steal ideas, visions or plans that belong to someone else and take them as their own and try to make it work?

How many people lie about who they really are and what’s really in their heart in hopes of getting ahead?

Is God revealing today, that you’ve been caught?

Have I been “caught”?

Who’s life am I pretending to live instead of my own?

Have you been caught?

Have you been caught living with or dating someone that you’re not married to? In your heart, you know the relationship is not meant for you but you keep trying to make it work anyway?

Have you been caught trying to live out someone else’s destiny instead of your own?

The little orphan girl got caught…

King David got caught…

But does the story end there? Of course not.

Fortunately, the little girl had favor and was given a chance at redemption. Unfortunately, she didn’t prepare properly and was sent back to the orphanage.

We, as believers, have favor with God, even after we’ve been “caught”. We are still given a chance at redemption but if we don’t prepare, repent or make changes, we may find ourselves returning to a place of bondage.

God was not happy with King David, there were consequences for his actions but there was also grace and mercy. Psalms 51: 1-4

You would think from the title of the movie that there was a lesson in taking the leap of faith, believing in your dreams, etc. At least that’s what I thought, but my tears triggered a totally different and completely unexpected reaction.

God’s message can be revealed at any moment in the most unusual way.

In the Psalms, after King David realized he’d been “caught”, he acknowledged….

Against thee, thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight”

And like David, the little girl finds her way and forgiveness but not without challenge.

You too can find your way…..

Now, if you wanna know how the movie ends, I guess you’ll just have to watch.

Blessings to you!