Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mid-Week Boost: Back to School

what faith can doYou will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3, NIV)

The beginning of a new school year is often a time of excitement for what is to come however; it can also be coupled with fear of the unknown or in some cases anxiety about what is known especially for us graduate students with clinical hours to get and thousands of pages to read and write. I found myself in one of these moments the other day. There is so much to be done but I have just struggled to logistically wrap my head around how it all will be done without the expense of my sanity and time with the people I love. For a moment, I wanted to give something up but I was quickly reminded that the seeds that God has planted in my heart are being cultivated now in order to be ready for the harvest. So, in the mean time I have to do the work--even if it is at 4:30 in the morning.

I am extremely grateful that I have been blessed with an amazing support system to keep me encouraged and help me through this time. As we start the last quarter of the year, here is my prayer for all of us:
I am not alone

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to you saying thank you. Thank you for the time to relax and rejuvenate. Thank you for the time to reconnect with family and for traveling grace. I ask that you cover everyone at the start of this school year-teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Help us to keep your vision clear in our hearts and minds especially when times gets difficult. Cover our children Lord. I pray that they are kept safe and feel your love while they are in school. Help us to use every opportunity to parent, teach, lead, serve, and to learn to bring glory to your kingdom. Let our challenges be opportunities to show your great works. With you we can do hard things. In Jesus name I pray, amen. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Love

Does anyone else feel like they are a different person in the summer? Maybe it's because I am a teacher but summer just does something to me. Unscheduled time gives me the freedom to do or not do whatever I want makes my soul happy. For example, there have been days that I have been glued to the couch for hours just writing, listening to music, and chatting with some friends. I was so relaxed one day, that I didn't even want to break my flow to get up and make lunch! I just love summer. It is so renewing and refreshing.

What do you love about summer?

Here are 10 things I am excited about this summer:
  1. No work and no grad school
  2. State Fair Food
  3. My summer reading list (that still includes a book from last summer but who's judging??)
  4. Trying new recipes (follow me here to taste along with me!)
  5. Hanging with my family and friends!
  6. Florida Trip 
  7. New music
  8. On the Run Tour
  9. New School/Office Supplies
  10. Try a few new/different things (so far this has included a trip to 106 & Park and trying different restaurants)
Here one summer song and video I am currently loving: Say Yes by Michelle Williams featuring Beyonce & Kelly Rowland. Did you know this video was shot a few blocks from my house?!?!?! Where am I when Beyonce is just cruising through my neighborhood???

Hope your summer is off to a great start!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Get Lifted Turns 1!

Can you believe it's been a year since I started this blog?!?! Where did the time go. So many great things have happened during this year. 172 posts later, here we are. I am truly grateful to have you all on this journey with me. What have been some of your favorite Get Lifted moments? What are some things you'd like to see in 2014-2015? Let me know and tell a friend to join us as we grow bigger and better in year 2!

Here are my top 10 favorite posts from Get Lifted 2013-2014:

Honorable Mentions: 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We Can!

Hey hey there! I know it has been a minute but a girl has been busy like you wouldn't even believe. The 2013-2014 school year has ended along with all the different end of the year tasks that come along with closing out a school year. I worked on a huge presentation that I am giving over the summer (it's still not completely finished but don't tell anyone). I painted the town red with one of my nieces and even more importantly, I just finished my summer grad school class so my first year of grad school is officially over now---whew!!!

John 13:7
To be quite honest when I walked out of my final exam for my summer class last night, I really felt on top of the world. As the wind hit my face when I walked out of the door, I truly felt that I was walking right on the path that God had laid out for me. Sure it has been ROUGH--exams and research projects in the midst of busy seasons at work and toddlers who are bright-eyed and bushy tailed at
4AM even though you have a full day ahead of you. But overall, I am proud that I was bold enough to blaze a path for myself in uncharted territories in order to start the process of making a major career shift. I really stepped out on a faith towards something that was completely foreign to me while managing trying to get closer to God, being a wife, mommy, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend (and even being in a book club!). But by God's grace, I did it and did it well.

I say all this to say that we can do WHATEVER we truly put our hearts and minds to. We may not be able to follow a carefully laid roadmap all of the time but we can do so many amazing things. How great it is to operate in a faith zone! I don't need to know exactly what the end is going to look like but I know that it will be great!

This song really sums up how I feel right now and it's just an all around feel good song period so enjoy.

Press on my friends. We can do it!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Faith in Action

Yesterday was a Sunday in which I didn't particularly want to get up to go to church. Sleep has been scarce these last few days and my body is sore from my first spinning class. But like most mornings when I have these feelings, I tugged along and made it to church. But, as if I wasn't having enough of my own issues, my sweet baby boy succumbed to his toddler ways that lead to even more annoyance on this holy day--even me getting peed on in church--the joys of potty training.

Nonetheless boy did I hear a word from the Lord. The sermon was titled Let Go and Let God preached by our special guest Rev. Robert A. Diggs, Senior Pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia. The key verse from this sermon was one of the last seven words uttered from Jesus when he was on the cross: And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (Luke 23:46 KJV)

Rev. Diggs talked a lot about the different meanings of the word commend. Here is what commend means from the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
  1. To entrust for care or preservation.
  2. To recommend as worthy of confidence or notice.
  3. To mention with approbation (approbation meaning approval).
Now I have talked about letting go before but this sermon really brought a whole new meaning to the phrase let go and let God for me. Like if we are really commending our spirit, our life, and our plans to God then that means he has control in a way that transcends so many of the trivial things we experience on the day to day. We will still have times when we are hurt and disappointed. However, if we truly commend our spirit to God--man we can take over our own little corner of the world (emphasis on your own little corner not mine or another sistahs--more on staying in your lane later). This further illustrates why we can not hold on to everything. We have to let some stuff go--some extra weight, some old habits, some people, some mindsets, some jobs, whatever it is that is holding us back from or getting in the way of our God given assignment (even if we are still working out exactly what that is).

The Reverend also emphasized that when the Lord has freed us from whatever it is that was holding us back and empowered us to do whatever it is we are supposed to do, we should not let anyone else tell us differently. I believe in growth and transformation but as I mentioned before, as trivial as it may sound, we live in a world full of haters and back-stabbers. People will try to make you feel like you aren't enough. They will make you feel like you owe them something but the reality is we owe it all to God and God alone. I am all about constructive criticism but some people are just plain nasty. So be strong my friends

My prayer today is this: Father into thy hands I commend my spirit. Thank you so much for all that you given me. Thank you for continuing to grow and develop me. Please continue to guide me on a path that allows me to continue to do your will. Teach me how to act in love even in the most difficult times. Help me to remain humble. Show me how to lead with compassion. Give me strength when my body is weak. Give me hope when there is despair. Watch over those near and dear to my heart and bless them according to your will. Bless those who curse me Lord. Help us all to be better and do better so that our actions are pleasing in your sight. Let us be blessed Father so we can be a blessing to others. These and all things I ask in your son Jesus's name, Amen.