What If?

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

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A couple of years ago I went through what I think was one of the hardest moments of my life thus far.  The relationship with the guy that I loved and was engaged to- ended. And I’m not talking about your “average” break up.  I’m talking bullets, police, and jail time. We had been through many ups and downs over the span of years we dated (I’ll save those stories for another time), but in my heart I felt peace and confident about where we were headed. However, about a month before the wedding, I had this nagging feeling that something was going to go wrong. Maybe I was just nervous I thought- but no this was different. The Holy Spirit was pressing on my heart something heavy. After much prayer and fasting I knew that I had to postpone. I made the hard decision of telling him that I didn’t think we were quite ready. We needed a little more counsel to work through some issues from the past and then move forward. Although he was hurt, which I had expected, we decided to try to work through.

Our communication was minimal but I felt ok.  In my mind I said alright Lord- cool- we’ll get some more counseling and then be on our way.

Or so I thought.

A week later I got the call. He had been shot.

I knew I had a feeling that something was wrong. Yet never in a million years did I think it would end like this. My thoughts of how the next steps in this process were going to look were totally different from God’s. His way was definitely different than mine.

But then I asked myself what if the very thing I feared the most (the relationship not working out) was actually the very thing that God wanted to use to display His glory in my life?  Through this heartache I felt His protection and His peace. I experienced His word ministering to the deepest places of my broken heart. And in a way I’d never seen before.

So think about it…..

  • WHAT IF that relationship didn’t go as planned because He actually has someone for you who is far beyond what you could ask or think?
  • WHAT IF you’re still in that position because there’s someone on your job who needs to see the love of Christ through you?
  • WHAT IF that business hasn’t moved the way you planned it because He still wants to infuse your heart with a double dose of humility so you can handle the great things His has on the horizon?

I’d be crazy to say I knew what God was up to in your life.  I do know God’s promises never return void but remember His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So the next time your circumstances take you by surprise simply ask yourself What If?

P.S. Thank God my ex is still alive. He was only injured from the shooting. 

Until Next Time!

xoxo

Keisha

@_thenarrowway

 

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Tattered Items

….he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation… Isaiah 61:10

 

Imagine with me, you’ve spent the weekend shopping for a new outfit, cute shoes, and even a cute lipstick to top it off! Preferably something red or purple if you’re me. Monday morning comes and you go in your closet only to put on the ripped sweater you have had for years, the pants that barely fit, and a pair of heels that make a clicking sound every time you walk (those of you who have worn out some shoes know what I’m talking about …lol!)
While I know the temporal status of clothing and how we look outwardly is not our focus… I’m going somewhere..so stay with me!
It struck me a while back, that though we may not outwardly wear tattered items, inwardly we still wear the guilt and shame of a tattered past. I’ve done some things in my past that I regret and sometimes I’ve struggled with feeling unworthy because of what I had done. Although intellectually my mind knew that I was forgiven and a new creation, often I would find myself walking clothed with those same feelings of guilt. But just as it would seem silly to wear the old items mentioned above when you’ve got something new, so it is when we as His daughter’s choice to wear the guilt of our past instead of the newness found in Jesus. I love what the prophet Isaiah proclaims:
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit
or a bride with her jewels.  (Is. 61:10 NLT)
What a beautiful garment that has been purchased for us! And a costly one at that. One that cost Jesus Christ His life… all so I, so you, those who believe in Him can replace the old garments with the new!
Will I still struggle from time to time with the shame of the past, more than likely yes. But by His grace each day just as I must make a choice regarding what outfit I wear out the door,  I will remember that He has dressed me in garment like no other! His salvation!

 

How about you? What are you wearing?
Until Next Time!
~xoxo
Keisha
@_thenarrowway

You "Ain’t" Who You Used To Be!

But all who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man who, in Jerusalem, was destroying those who called on this name and then came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?” (Acts 9:21)
 
 

 

After his encounter with Jesus –the Apostle Paul’s life drastically changed! The same man who previously mistreated and wreaked havoc on believers was now preaching and proclaiming the name of Christ. The people were shocked. They could not believe what they were seeing.
By the power of Christ Paul was a different man.
 But the people were focused on who he used to be.
 
There are times when this can happen in our lives as well.  People remember when you:

-Were the first in line for the club on Friday night

-Were involved in ungodly relationships
-Had a mouth like a sailor
-Were a regular at happy hour ( and not for the half price appetizers..😃)

They focus on remembering when instead of celebrating the renewed you!

If the people who you knew you then (whether they be friends or family) aren’t supportive of your walk with Christ and the lifestyle changes you are making it is possible that they can become a hindrance to where you are headed. They see the changes that God is making in your life – yet they still focus on who you used to be. At times even trying to make you feel bad about it. I know I have gotten the “she think she better than, holy roller comments.”  It can be hurtful at times but we can’t get stuck living in people memories of who we used to be. We need to be like Paul who in spite of his critics “kept increasing in strength” (Acts 9:22) confounding those around him.
So What’s The Point?: The reality is an encounter with Jesus should change you. Those around us should be amazed at the work that God is doing in our lives. Share your testimony of God’s transformative power in your life with someone and gracefully keep pressing forward. Let your light shine loves. It doesn’t matter who you used to be. What matters is who you are becoming.

 

Until Next Time!
~xoxo~

You Are Enough!

 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

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If I am honest with myself (and you)-there are times when I am not always as confident in myself as I should be. Every now and then that little bug of insecurity comes a knocking.  I get frustrated because my skin doesn’t look as vibrant as I wish it could be. I hear for the 100th time how “skinny” I am. I see a beautiful women in the store and wish I had a little more of “that”. My mind drifts. And the cycle begins.  Silly I know to some but I’m just being honest.. Can you relate?

Wanting to really break free from this pattern, I shared with a close friend what was on my heart. During our conversation I was reminded of a simple fact- I can’t allow my “insecurities” or what others think of me to keep me in a negative space! I have to be intentional about focusing on the truth!

And the truth of the matter is I am enough. You are enough.

And more than enough. We are His Handiwork. His Masterpiece.

Masterpiece: A work done with extraordinary skill;  a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement

Let that sink in for a sec. As a daughter of the King, you’re not just another person walking down the street. You were created by the God of the universe with precision and skill. You are a living piece of art- reflecting the image of our living God!  I don’t know about you but when I read that it brings my heart so much joy!

There’s a popular quote that says “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  I couldn’t agree more! When we compare ourselves to others and allow the enemy to rear his ugly head in our thought life we miss out on experiencing the joy of embracing the uniqueness of who we are.

My prayer is that we no longer allow our minds to drift to places it doesn’t belong. That we not be so prideful to think that the God who makes NO mistakes, made a mistake when He was creating us.  *Can I get a Amen..lol * 😊

So what’s the point? No more comparisons! Remind yourself today of the truth. You are ENOUGH! You are His MASTERPIECE! And God created you EXACTLY the way He wanted you to be. If this isn’t your struggle- ENCOURAGE another sister this week. You never know how it might brighten her day!

Until next time!
xoxo
Keisha
@_thenarrowway

Don’t Watch The Clouds!

He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap…
SOW your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good! (Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6)
Happy New Year and thank you for supporting me!
Last week I came down with a NASTY cold! I was bummed because it put a dent in some plans I had but grateful because it was during that time that the idea for this blog came about. Those who know me well,  know that there are some things I have had on my heart regarding ministry for a while but I’ve never known quite where to start.  As I was thinking about what to do, I was reminded of the above scripture.
How can I expect a harvest if I’m not sowing  anyseeds? Ouch! I tell people this all the time but this time it hit me in a different way. It’s going to be hard for the things in my heart to blossom if I’m stuck watching the clouds waiting for the “perfect” opportunity.
My prayer for you is that whatever seeds you need to start sowing that you start today! The New Year is always a good time to refocus on your goals and just go for it!  Remember God has promised to direct every one of our steps and provide what we need moment by moment. Most of us already know this but no one ever gets anywhere by doing nothing!
 
 
So What’s The Point: – No more watching the clouds my loves. Sow yours seeds! If you feel God pushing  you in a certain direction- follow Him! If He CALLED you, He will EQUIP you!   You never know where that first step (or two) will take you!
Be obedient. Leave the results to Him.

 

~xoxo~
Keisha
@_thenarrowway