Recently my husband and I took a trip to Denver, Colorado to visit family. I personally was very excited because I had never been there and I heard that it was beautiful, especially the Mountains! I was so excited that prior to us leaving; I diligently took the time to research where we would go and even purchased a few Groupons to keep us under budget. Talking about planning ahead! I was on point or so I thought. Let’s just say nothing went according to my plans….
For starters our flight got delayed which wasn’t too bad but once we boarded for some reason I could not get comfortable. I remembered saying a quick prayer in between naps before we landed asking God to cover us on this trip and that he brings us in contact with the right people / individuals. Now I don’t know why I prayed that last part but for whatever reason it was placed on my heart.
Once we arrived at the airport in Denver, we had to wait two hours before we could check in. Yes, two hours. (I had forgot about the time difference) We finally get to the hotel and after getting settled in we decide to catch a UBER to the local grocery store. Yours truly had decided not to get a rental car because I thought that it would be cheaper to UBER around town versus getting a rental. (NOT QUITE) Anyway, we go ahead and get our groceries, as we are checking out my phone goes dead… I mean within a matter of 20 MINS! This is so not good! I just charged it up for quite some time before we left….. Ugh! To make matters worse I did not have a phone charger and my husband couldn’t remember his Apple ID Password to download the UBER APP.
So there we are, in an unfamiliar place, standing outside of the store with bags of groceries and no way to get back to the hotel. My husband must have sensed my frustration because after about 5 minutes he decided to go see if he could charge my phone up in the store. No such luck! He came back 10 minutes later saying that the line was too long and we would have to see who could come and get us.
Everyone was about 40 MINS away which meant that it would be close to an hour before anyone arrived and it was cold. As I started mumbling under my breath and trying to see if my phone had any charge it mysteriously came back on with 2% on the battery! Yes! Yes! “I got it babe”, I yelled excitedly, as he was getting ready to walk back in the store to check the line again. I’m ordering a UBER………….. Wait babe there’s no Ubers in this area? What does that mean? I waited for 5 more minutes and tried again. Nothing. Finally I said something’s not right. I thought UBER was everywhere!
As I sat down on the little concrete edge attached to the store, an older woman walked past us and said excuse me do you all need a ride?
My husband looked at me and I looked back at him. I answered for us,” Why yes mam we do.” She responded, “Well I have plenty of room, I’m parked right here in the front.” As we got into her SUV she started talking and the first thing she said to us was “The Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me that if you all were still standing there when I came out of the store, I was supposed to give you a ride.” Listening to her, I almost broke down but I held it together.
She then went on to explain that UBER doesn’t run in that area and that they typically only stay near the Airport/ Hotels because the trips are lengthy which means more money for them. We would have been waiting for hours…. As we arrived at our destination and exchanged our goodbyes, I got emotional. I handed her the money in my hand and thanked her for listening to the Holy Spirit; once we got upstairs I immediately went into the bathroom and balled my eyes out. I was crying tears of joy and praising God because I realized even in a strange place, hundreds of miles away from home, even in the Mountains God covered us and met us there.
For me, it was deeper than just her giving us I ride. I took it to mean that God is so much God He makes provision and goes before us, He walks with us and He meets us in some of the most unlikely places including those frustrated areas. All at the same time. We are never alone! He is never not with us! I’m so grateful for the meeting in the mountains; it was a great reminder that God hears our prayers, sees our frustrations, and at the appointed time He will move on our behalf!
He loves us dearly; therefore He will never leave us nor forsake us! He is always there.
I pray that you have enjoyed today's blog!
Peace and Blessings.
“Reclaiming My Time”
Recently there was a statement or should I say a now famous tagline that was issued by the one and only Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The famous “Reclaiming My Time” line. She stated this in response to someone basically avoiding her question about an important issue. I love how she continued to remind him that it was her time and she would use it wisely…….
We as people need to do the same thing with our time.
There are things in our lives that we need to focus on more and there are things that we need to eliminate. Time is the one thing that we can never get back so in essence it is worth more than money. It is invaluable. It is irreplaceable. It cannot be manipulated. It is what it is. Once it’s gone it is gone. So therefore; we have to be deliberate about how we use our time and who or (what) we allow to take up our time.
We are here for only an appointed time. What does that mean? It means that we must be good overseers with our time. We must not only appreciate our time, we must also guard our time like we guard our hearts.
In order to reach our fullest potential we have to be strategic with our time. We cannot afford to waste our time, our talents, and our resources on things that are not contributing to our purpose (that which God has called you to do) or to the building up of others. Our time is an investment!
That’s right everything that you sow your time into is an investment. Now whether it is a good investment or a bad one is ultimately your decision. I can think of two right off the bat, comparing and complaining. They are two of the worst investments that we can make. Why? Because they are time wasters and a distraction of what you are truly supposed to be doing. I’m sure that there are countless others that we could mention; but you get the point.
Starting today I want you to think about those things, make a list and besides each one that is a time waster or bad investment of your time, you write reclaiming my time. Put it where you can see it every day and watch what happens!!!
Tips on Reclaiming Your Time
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“I’m going have to release you as a client” were the words that came from my attorney’s mouth. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! Are you serious? I could barely contain my emotions and had to walk briskly from my desk to prevent everyone else from seeing the tears welling up in my eyes. "But why and how" was my response.
Fulton County’s attorney didn’t respond to the demand letter we sent and it would be very costly to take the case to trial. UGH!!! I felt like I had just been hit with a ton of bricks. After countless months of waiting to hear back this is not the news that I was expecting. I thought for sure we would get justice for Roman.
Last year my son Roman, who has Autism, was physically assaulted by the lead teacher at Woodland Elementary Charter School in Sandy Springs, GA. One of the hubs for special needs students in that area and supposedly located on “a good side of town”.
Unfortunately, Roman was the victim of the stories we see on the news. I never thought that it would happen or could happen to me but it did. I was furious and determined to seek justice! I won’t get into all of the specifics as I am still seeking damages but I will say that charges were filed and the teacher was required to resign.
But that still wasn’t enough. I wasn’t notified when it happened. They had to follow protocol (to cover themselves) but failed to protect my son or to notify me when the incident took place.
How can anyone get it away with this?
At the time of the incident I obtained legal counsel and for one year we attempted to get a resolution, but nothing transpired. Upon receiving the phone call that I would be released as a client, I was frantic to say the least. I sat in a chair with tears streaming down my face and I replied, “I will still continue to fight for justice.” Right is right and wrong is wrong.
After the call disconnected, I placed my head down and begin to ask God “How Long”???? How long will I have to keep getting my hopes up only to be let down? How long will the corrupt get away with hurting innocent people? How long will I have to stay on the battlefield God? I need some answers, how long?
Even though I wanted to keep fighting for justice I was becoming weary. As a whole the incident had taken a toll on me. The court dates, the phone calls, the time, the money.
I was exhausted from it all but something inside of me wouldn’t let me give up.
Sit tight and be still is what I heard while in my quiet place.
Again I heard sit tight and be still while I prayed.
Can I be real and tell you I didn’t want to sit tight.
I wanted to call up that school’s attorney and give her a piece of my mind. Maybe even ask her the question what if it was your child, but I couldn’t. I had to keep my emotions in check and chill. One wrong move could cause everything to crumble. I couldn’t see it then but God was already putting in work and by remaining still I was allowing things to fall into place.
There will be times that we don’t understand why things are taking so long and why they don’t move in the timing that we expect. What do we do?
A few weeks later after I was released by my attorney; I ended up meeting a young lady who has quite a few prestigious colleagues in the legal field. Needless to say, she has been amazing! She is currently assisting me with obtaining new counsel for the case and to seek justice for others just like Roman.
Although my situation is still on going at this time; I trust that God will work things out. I know that in the end we will get justice for Roman. It might take a year or two, three, maybe even four. I don’t know how long I might be in the “HOW LONG” Season but I know a God who does and so do you! Rest assured, He got us covered!
PSA: Each situation is very different. I would strongly advise that you consult God and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever felt like your whole world was falling apart? I bet your friends said everything to console your heart and even that wasn't good enough.
I found myself in this situation one day after trying to do what was right. I wanted to face one of my biggest fears but instead it backfired on me. I felt lost, hurt, confused, less than, broken, heart broken and so much more.
What happened to the phrase we hear so often, "The truth will set you free?"
I remember a great friend of mine told me these words , "You will have to trust God like never before." Right at that moment those words resonated deep in my heart. It was as if God himself sat on my lap and told me to listen up my child have I ever failed you yet?
Here are few things that are facts of life.
Events will happen in life that we won't understand. Bad things happen to good people. If you keep living you will experience hurt. God has a perfect plan for our lives. Answers are not always given, sometimes the pain will come first and last for a period of time.
In every fact that's listed above, the one person that will remain constant is Jesus Christ. In times of despair we may cry more than pray because we are only humans. But can I remind you to never give up on trusting the master with the plan?
Today I'm in the midst of despair, I don't understand. I asked God why did this happen to me? But I'm reminded of this scripture in the old testament.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
I wish this was just a bad dream, but I still must trust that this is for my good. God never said the for my good would go away. God chose me for this so I know he has a plan behind the hurt.
I wrote this to encourage myself but also to let someone know that God hears and sees every tear. Be encouraged because you are not alone. Integrity will win every time even if you lose telling the truth.
Good character is property. It is the noblest of all possessions. - Samuel Smiles
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