God is Able

Did you ever doubt God’s ability to transform your life?  I certainly did.

 

Be on alert. Our enemy is crafty and he uses people to plant seeds of doubt and steal our dreams.

In high school…

We had gathered outdoors in the patio for a short recess, and held an informal conversation about college application and scholarship opportunities with the school’s guidance counselor. Everyone was inspired about future possibilities and asked relevant questions. Staff acknowledged everyone’s concerns.  I was intrigued so I listened attentively. When our morning break ended, everyone rushed to their scheduled classes except me. I was unassured of the aptitudes needed to succeed in college so I solicited staff’s recommendations for a tentative career plan.

After a brief silence, she answered gently “I don’t see you in college…

“Ugh? Did I hear correctly?” I silently asked myself, was downhearted then walked away in disbelief.

“Was I not good enough for college?” it repeatedly echoed in my mind.

Discouragement settled in my heart soon thereafter. I never inquired again about college admission, SAT prep courses or career choices. Unintentionally, the self-deprecating message ‘not good enough’ replayed in my mind intermittently for almost three decades.

 

I wrestled in learning the nuances of the English language when I relocated to the United States at a young age. Mom secured tutors for Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. She even enlisted me in a Reading Comprehension, after-school program in an attempt to boost SAT scores. I didn’t appreciate History or Science. I would easily be sidetracked or bored in classes or would lose interest on a subject matter (except the Arts). If you would have inquired about a career plan, I would have given you a list of character flaws instead. I sure hustled all the way until the last exam in graduate school. No subject matter or licensing board exam was effortless.

 

 “Academic life was ferocious!”

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10 NIV

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When we trust in God’s precepts, our minds are renewed and our souls are refreshed. Our God then rewrites the text of our lives leading us to unimaginable heights both in our personal and/or career dreams. (Psalm 18:24 MSG)

 

God is our strength when our flesh or hearts have failed. He never abandons us (Psalm 73:26).

 

I often prayed, “Lord, help me… I’m overwhelmed” He was my refuge and fortitude and He will always be.

 

God’s Grace is sufficient.

 

Dad loved me unconditionally, supported all of my career endeavors, and highlighted every strength, skill and ability he would notice. His enthusiasm and optimism played a key role in my career development. Because of Dad’s encouragement, I mastered academic challenges, and even earned ‘distinction’ at the end of graduate school. When I was undecided on my college major, Dad suggested piano performance. He envisioned his beloved daughter becoming an international, concert pianist. Nevertheless, the intensity of ‘performance’ anxiety in piano recitals and the demands of practice drills in preparation to Guild competitions were substantial.

 

“I sure miss daddy today!”

 

By breaking down challenging tasks into manageable action steps, developing effective study habits, and learning from past mistakes, I overcame hurdles in both my personal life and career development. God granted me the confidence to overcome insecurities, fear and doubt.

 

In Wilkes’ book titled “Jesus on Leadership”, he noted ‘God grants confidence to those who trust him. Divinely directed confidence is the certainty that God has created you, bought you through the death of His Son, and called you out to join in the worldwide mission of hope.’

I trusted Jesus to lead the way so I never lost hope and flourished in every leadership role I had. In Christ, my spirit was renewed every day, a steadfast character was built, and spiritual maturity evolved over the years.

 

The unexpected materialized twenty years later…

 

I poured freshly-made, Colombian coffee in a mug, grabbed the wireless, headphones out of the leather tote then rushed to the home office at sunrise, “Lord help me be alert, organized and articulate in today’s conference call”  I whispered to myself.

 

As I dialed the conference number, I meditated on His promise, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). It had been five months since the initial meeting with the State Commissioner. I was astonished about the progress we had made so far in previous conference calls. I was also invigorated when the Commissioner’s genuine appreciation for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was initially displayed.  ABA is a treatment modality for children and adolescents who are diagnosed with intellectual disability and/or pervasive developmental disorder.

 

Never in my wildest dreams, did I expect to be in a regional leadership role much less conversing with a State Commissioner at 8 a.m. on a monthly basis!

 

God’s vision is bountiful.

Even before we were ever conceived in our mother’s womb, our Creator fearfully and wonderfully equipped us for the future (Psalms 139:14). We are His masterpiece regardless of what others may think of us today. In Christ, the enemy is defeated. The Lord orchestrates all our circumstances to work together for our welfare. His plan always prevails regardless of our struggles, character deficiencies or self-doubt.

 

The Lord will do the same for you as long as your eyes are wide open to His truth, allow Him to capture your heart, and He will do immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine.

Be ready to defeat the enemy along the way by claiming His Word upon enemy’s assault.

Kindness from “Fleming Gardens” ~

This season of life has definitely been overwhelmingly challenging from recurrent illness, food poisoning, computer scam, internet bullying, to demanding circumstances at work… just a few on the list.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God’s presence is palpable in all of our circumstances. He will not allow us to be disheartened much less be defeated.

We have victory in Christ alone.

Last month, our home computer was ‘almost’ hacked successfully but hubby interrupted the process half way when his sister alerted him of a similar computer scam in the State of California.

God’s timing was perfect.

Whew!

It is a R-E-L-I-E-F to know God protects us from catastrophe. If our personal information and bank accounts would have been completely exposed, the hackers would have wiped out our bank accounts without a doubt.

God always shows up in the midst of our unexpected circumstances.

We just need to stand still for a moment and honor the interruptions of our daily routine, we could either learn from our circumstances, meet a kind stranger or even be alerted of a misfortune. I call these ‘divine interruptions’.

Just the way God spoke to Moses from a burning bush, He speaks to us today in the least expected moments, places or in the midst of adverse circumstances.

My husband spent close to four weeks having to do ‘damage control’ from opening new bank accounts, changing all passwords, cleaning up the server to making an attempt to resale the iTunes gift cards.

Yes! the computer hackers had requested five gift cards worth $100 each.

Unbelievable but true!

Later that month, I posted an announcement about the iTunes gift cards in the phone app. titled ‘nextdoor’. It is an application where surrounding neighborhoods have access to available information from residents regarding upcoming events, items for sale, crime and so much more. I love the chat room by the way.

One afternoon, I got a message from a neighbor who lives approximately 1.5 away! She had asked about the iTunes gift cards whether they were related to a scam. I sadly responded, “yes it was”. I was quite embarrassed too I must admit.

We spent several days corresponding with each other and a neighborly friendship evolved. I admired her willingness to help a stranger. She provided us with a detailed action plan regarding ‘how to’ submit a claim to Apple.

1) Go to https://getsupport.apple.com 2) Click Billing & Subscriptions. 3) Select Gift Card & Codes. 4) Choose the topic is not listed. 5) Enter a brief description of the issue. 6) Choose your preferred support option. If they’d prefer, our direct number in the United States is 1-800-275-2273. If you’re outside of the U.S., this page will have the best number for your location: https://support.apple.com/HT201232

God is faithful yesterday, today and always.

Our burning bush was a call from sister in law who interrupted the process of scam, and a kind neighbor willing to love others unconditionally and take time out of her day to make a difference in one’s life.

I cannot wait to meet my new friend from Fleming Gardens!

I’m forever grateful for the kindness of today’s world, and most importantly I cherish God’s protection during hardships.

On Our Knees

 

Abba Father, you are Holy, full of compassion and merciful.

An amazing God indeed!

We praise you for a new day filled with your grace, mercies, and filled with unlimited possibilities for our lives.

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We come to you humbly with an open heart and embrace all of your precepts. We want to know you better, learn more about your character, and grow much closer to you.

Encourage us to read, reflect, and hide every Scripture in our hearts so we may always have wisdom and discernment when navigating thru confusion, turmoil or chaos, and conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel.

You are our Abba Father who provides and protects us. You are our only Savior, Deliverer, Healer, and most importantly the wisest Counselor who guides us thru the narrow path while we are finishing the good work you started in us.

We are rejoicing today as we stand firm on your Word. We celebrate your presence as You walk with us and we are forever grateful for the Peace and Hope We find in you alone.

We praise you for your never-ending Grace, forgiveness and faithfulness. 

We continue to nourish our souls with your precepts, renew our minds and set us free from strongholds. We are grateful for being the ‘chosen ones’ who were once lost yet convicted  by the Holy Spirit, and turned away from our sins and idols so we may serve you today and always.  

Help us to love others who may be difficult, maintain peace everywhere we go, encourage the disheartened, help everyone in need, be patient, strengthen our hearts so we may be blameless and holy in your presence, stand firm on your Word, and hold fast to your teachings. 

We want to be children of the light and children of the day today and always.

Deliver us from evil and protect us wherever we go. 

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen