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So What?

January 15, 2015 Faith No Comments
Kimberly Pothier

SO WHAT you made some mistakes.

SO WHAT you feel like a failure.

SO WHAT they don’t like you anymore.

SO WHAT they are talking about you.

LIVE so no one believes them.

FORGIVE yourself.

FORGIVE them.

MOVE FORWARD!

As long as you are human, mistakes will happen.  Don’t get stuck in your mess. Learn from your mistakes and GROW!  Now….pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again!

Excerpted from a post by Kimberly Jones Pothier, a.k.a. “Real Talk Kim”, a highly-sought after speaker, life coach and mentor.  Learn more about her ministry by CLICKING HERE.

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In Due Time…

August 28, 2014 Faith No Comments
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Admit it, there are parts of the Bible that are difficult to digest. Certain words sting going down and sometimes cause us to question our faith.

In the Old Testament story of Hannah, I found staring at me, like a dagger, seven words about why Hannah could not conceive a child: because the Lord had closed her womb. In fact, those seven disturbing words are found twice in just two verses, so we don’t miss the fact that God was the One who was withholding from Hannah what she wanted most (1 Samuel 1:4-5).

Poor Hannah. All she wanted was a child. She wanted to be a mom just like every woman around her. She didn’t seem to be asking God for much. And to make matters worse, she was constantly mocked and ridiculed by her husband’s other wife for her inability to conceive a child. But when we get to those seven disturbing words that explain, but don’t really explain, why Hannah couldn’t have a child, it’s difficult to not blame God for her misery. And within those seven stinging words are four words that explain – or don’t really explain – some of the troubles that we also experience today: ”…because the Lord had…”

I know those words too well.  By now, maybe you do, too.

…because the Lord had changed his heart.

…because the Lord had closed that door.

…because the Lord had taken it away.

…because the Lord had clearly said “no.”

Maybe you’ve experienced those disturbing words  — or similar words — in your life, too.

…because the Lord had not healed him/her…?

…because the Lord had chosen someone else…?

…because the Lord had closed your womb…?

His vision is bigger and broader than yours.

As disturbing as those words are — they imply that God is in control over the things that we long for or hurt over the most — I have come to trust in the three words that often come in the middle of our story of struggle:  “…in due time…”  … Continue Reading

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A Letter From My Father

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As I was sorting through old papers and books from graduate school, I came across a letter that my father sent me several years ago.  He wrote this letter when I was having a difficult time adjusting to school and living in Atlanta with family.  It touched my soul then and it touches my soul now. I’m so glad that God gave me two praying parents! Their prayers and spiritual covering has kept me throughout the years.  As the first half of 2014 comes to an end, many of us are looking to see the manifestation of the things we’ve been praying and asking God to do in our lives this year. It’s so easy to get weary in well-doing and give up when it “looks” like God isn’t moving on our behalf. Well my friend… let me remind you that God operates outside of time. Be not dismayed! He IS moving on your (our) behalf; and what God has prepared is better than what you’ve asked of Him.  As my dad encouraged me in this letter to put my faith in Faith (God), I am encouraging you to do the same.  For faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet revealed to our natural senses. Stay positive and holdfast to the Truth (the Word of God).  God’s Word cannot return to Him void. Be patient and GET READY for what’s to come!!  If you haven’t read the book of Proverbs, then I suggest you do so that you may gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You’ll need it for the NEXT LEVEL of your greatness!!

-Tiff

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Dear Tiffani,

While sitting down at the kitchen table, reading my God’s Word, the Lord placed you on my heart. I just want to tell you that I think you are a wonderful daughter; and I love you. Always remember that God will never let you down. He’s always there to help you when we [your mom and I] can’t. You must learn to put your faith in Faith (God). When you earnestly seek God with your whole heart, things will begin to change for you and those you care so much for. He will reward you because He said it in His Word (Hebrews 11:6, read it).  Take God the Father at His Word and DON’T LET GO. Stay strong and read Proverbs, Tiffani. It contains so much wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You can stand up to anyone, if you get this book [of the bible] in your heart. Everything will become easy to you.  Listen to this Proverb — “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” When you have understanding, Tiffani things or people will not be so hard to deal with. ALWAYS GET UNDERSTANDING. Proverbs 3 is full of great lessons that you must get deep in your heart. I prayed to God… I asked Him to give you the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Keep smiling :-) .

Love,

Dad

 

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