When it comes to the topic of marriage, it can be touchy because, let’s face it, not everybody receives advice well. However, my friends David and Tonya Foster offers Godly wisdom by using their experience and God’s word to help and/or counsel others.
Today, I had the pleasure of guest blogging for them on their #TheLoveConnexion blog.
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A few years ago, I was dealing with pain in my thighs and legs. Unexplained pain so, I’d been going back and forth to my primary doctor who tries this medicine and that medicine while doing blood work. Afterward, the results showed inflammation but couldn’t determine where it was coming from. He refers me to a Rheumatologist, to rule out arthritis, lupus, etc. (I’m sighing writing this because more doctors.) However, this doctor was cool and he did what was within his specialized field of study and nothing. All of my tests came back normal. Read this carefully because it’ll make sense in a minute.
ALL OF MY TESTS ARE NORMAL and he checked everything.
He said, maybe you need to have a nerve study of your legs. Did that, a year or so prior and it was normal. Anyway, I go back to my primary doctor who says … Lakisha, all of your tests are normal and there’s nothing we can find. I can do some more tests but I truly believe, you’ll see some benefit if you lose weight. Sitting in that cold room, looking in the face of a doctor I’ve seen more than I like, I was inclined to agree because I’d, also, come to the same conclusion, it’s the weight.
Why am I sharing this? For somebody who, like me, is facing some unexplained pain whether in your physical or spiritual. For somebody who can’t understand why your life is seemingly unstable and for somebody who is feeling the pressure. Beloved, it may be the weight. The weight of being immobile and unhealthy eating habits. The weight of him or her who you’ve been dragging around too long. The weight of burdens you’ve been carrying on your own. The weight of being the only provider. The weight of caring for a sick love one. The weight of a job that keeps ignoring your potential. The weight of the mantle God called you to carry. The weight of being for everybody, what nobody can be for you. Beloved, it may be time to lose the unnecessary weight.
For the bible shares in Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Here’s how you do it. Pray, fast, want better, do better, get up, get active, get vocal and get to cutting. A dietitian will tell you to cut out bad carbs, sweets, and fats and Lakisha is advising you to lose bad carbs, fats, sweets along with the weight of bad choices, settling for anything, dealing with fickle folk, trying to be everything for everybody, ignoring your emotional needs, that job, relationship, grown children and your past. When you do that, you’ll start to see the benefit of losing the weight.
I know you’re scared, but sometimes you have to leave what you know in order to grow.
This is for you who is about to give up because you’re tired of being denied. This is for you who is about to throw in the towel and not apply for that job. This is for you who is about to give up on moving out of town. This is for you who is about to turn down a position because it’s in another state. This is for you who is afraid to submit the resume because you think you’re too young or unqualified. This is for you who won’t go back to school because you don’t think you can afford it!
God is, at this appointed time, getting ready to shift some folk who have been behind the scene. He’s about to alter the acoustic sound of your ministry and it’s going to blow some people’s minds. He’s getting ready to elevate some folk no one has heard of. This is a season of, “where did she and where did he come from.” All you have to do is move when God says move.
Stop explaining why you quit your job, they won’t understand. Stop clarifying why you’re faithful with only 3 folk showing up for Bible study. Quit trying to get folk to understand the vision God gave you. Move! You owe nobody a reason for the anointing when they didn’t give it to you.
Trust God and move. If anyone would have told me, fifteen years ago, I’d be where I am; I wouldn’t have believed them. But when God told me to move from the only church I’d known to a church that although I knew, was out of my comfort zone; I was devastated. I had to drive 45 minutes to church to a place I didn’t know would even accept me, but I did. It wasn’t overnight because I was scared but I moved. Was it hard? God yes, but the glory I’ve received has outweighed every uncertainty. I’m not sharing this for somebody to get up and make an immediate drastic change, however, I am telling you to move when God says move.
For somebody, it will be drastic but you’ll get your deliverance. For some, it’ll be suddenly but it’ll quiet your storm. For some, it’s premeditated but it’ll relieve your pain. For some, it’ll be slow but satisfying. For some, it’s going to hurt like you wouldn’t believe, but don’t hinder it. This move, whatever it is to wherever it is; God has a purpose for it. Plus, you can’t grow in a place you’ve outgrown nor can you expand in an area with limitations. Move with God and when God says.
“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8
Everything I thought about my life turned out to be a lie. The plans we made and prepared for, wiped out in the blink of an eye. In the morning and during the day, things seem fine except ... Plans were being made to end my life while I slept.
In this quick, suspense short read, come along on the journey of Corah and Tyrone Patrick as one of them finds out how life can change drastically while they sleep.
In case you need a reminder … Here’s a dose of devotion
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91:14-16 MSG