He knows your name

In an earlier blog, “Your Own You”, I talked about the book When Women Pray and how these resilient women from the Bible never gave up. They never gave up because they were expecting something, hoping, and believing and although for some of those women it took many years to see there reward, they did because of their unwavering faith. In the end they inherited their blessing. Those women were persistent in reaching out to God and in return they were blessed.

Faith can do the impossible because it sometimes take believing the impossible to get it done. Now, what is faith? There are two definitions of faith. Faith is defined in the natural principle as “a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV defines this in the biblical tense. If you weren’t already, now that you are aware of what faith is, how do you use your faith? Is your faith being used when things are going in your favor or is your faith being used when problems have you really down?

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Faith can move mountains. Imagine what faith could do with unwavering belief. There are some reading this post right now that can testify to that. Although, I’m not irrational to think that faith isn’t sometimes hard, it can seem hard, especially if you are hoping for something and not seeing the physical results. However, I do realize there isn’t a need to see a play by play of how God is working out the situation, it may be a little bit worrisome but know that God was already working on your behalf before you even asked.

God is working on your behalf even when we don’t see it and even when we don’t deserve it. He’s creating ways and opening doors simply because he cares and loves you. He loves us. I was reminded by someone dear to me that we are called God’s “beloved”. Beloved means that you are “dearly loved,” and unlike people’s love, God’s love doesn’t change on a whim, it’s unconditional and consistent, it’s true and it’s pure.

If you are repeatedly going through the same situation and it feels there is no way out, ask yourself, “have I given this to God?” Invite God in so that he can not only change your situation but change your life. Not only is he there to care for you but he is also there to provide for you. He “shall supply all your needs according to his riches through Christ Jesus.” When you feel like no one cares, there is someone who cares and there is someone who knows your name. God knows your name and you are his, because he cares. You are his because you are wanted. You are his and he keeps you. “Oh to kept by Jesus.”

I would like to share with you this song that has a special way of touching my heart. It touches my heart in the most spirited of ways because I know how it feels to be loved and cared for by my Saviour. Because I know that I make mistakes, because I know that I don’t always get it right, I am content with knowing that even through my worst, God still knows my name. I hope that you can enjoy this song in the fullness of God’s love for you, because he knows exactly who you are and he knows exactly what you need. “You Know My Name by Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Jimi Cravity.”

Your Own You

As we are in the beginning days of celebrating Women’s History Month, I want to share how being yourself and accepting yourself for who you are plays a large part in your empowerment and empowering others.

It is hard to empower others and even support them when you lack self-confidence. Owning your empowerment means that you possess confidence about yourself. Empowerment is “the process of becoming more stronger and confident.” I’ve heard people ask a general question, “do you know who you are?” For some, they could automatically say yes I know who I am. For others, they may not be able to answer so frankly. Let me tell you a little secret that’s really not a secret. You actually do know who you are because God has already told you. It’s written in his word. The only thing you need to do is believe it. I think about all the women who may not know who they are in Christ and may not be confident enough to do the things that they are inspired to do. It’s a process and all of our paths are different. Start where you are and allow God to grow the rest.

I recently read a book that I am actually re-reading again because it was that good and life-changing for me. It honestly has changed my life for the better because it was so inspiring and it humbled me to another level of gratitude. It is called When Women Pray by T.D. Jakes. While reading this book, from the very beginning I was able to relate to these women. The book contain stories from different women which are in the Bible. It wasn’t the actual trial or problem that they were going through that I was able to relate to, it was the strength, and the courage, and the un-relentless passion that they had to not give up. Have you ever gone through any hardship and no matter what, you knew that the only answer to that problem was God and because God’s rescue would be your only answer you would rather wait on his complete deliverance than a short-term solution? Each woman had their own problem they were facing but in the end, they either were delivered, blessed, healed, or overcame the problem they were challenged with. This only occurred simply because they were confident in God’s promises for their life. Now, as much as I would like to go into more detail with a summation of the book, it would do a bigger justice for you to read it yourself and I can say that if it blessed me the way that it has, I can imagine what it will do for you. So I admonish you to own a copy. These women were empowered to keep going, keep believing no matter the downfall, no matter the sacrifice.

Once you become confident in the believe of who God says you are then there is no going back to a mediocre lifestyle and way of thinking, because you realize your self-worth, you realize your authority in your own empowerment. There are some people walking around not knowing how to be empowered or not knowing what to do with the authority they have, simply because they don’t realize their potential and there are those who have the authority and abuse that authority because they realize the infinite possibilities of their potentials indeed. I digress, being empowered gives you the authority to command things in your life that you otherwise lacked the realization of doing. How abstract is that?

When you are empowered, it’s easy for you to support others, regardless if it’s behind the scenes or in front of the crowd. When you empower others, you are giving to someone else what they may not have had before, like courage and inspiration. You are giving to them the very thing you once needed, a helping hand, an encouraging word, a chance and even, perhaps an unknowing confirmation.

I’ve realized that when you begin to accept yourself, faults and all, it begins to get much easier to walk in self-confidence. You become happy and you gain freedom. When you accept yourself, your skills, your talent, your God-given favor, then you are free to walk the path God is leading you. There is beauty in that. There is security in that. There is life in that.

When you were created by God, he only made one of you. Not only did he make one of you, he made you with your own mind, thoughts, talents, and gifts. How special is that? That makes you very special. In fact, most people possess a skill or a talent that they will never tap into simply because it’s easier to do what other’s do or because they are too afraid to take a risk. Might I tell you something, “don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” – Michael Jordan

When you gain your empowerment, take an opportunity to let someone know who has been an instrumental light in your life how much they mean to you. Take an opportunity to own how great you are. Take an opportunity in the pleasure of going after your dreams and the liberty you have with all the possibilities around you. Take an opportunity to help bring the next person up behind you.

…until next time my friends.

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