Sunday was such a wonderful day. It didn’t start off in that manner of course. Getting up late, running crazy in search of everyone’s clothes and watching the time because we were attending my Aunt’s church to support her for her baptism and that church was 40 minutes away! (Congrats again Aunt Steph!!) By the grace of God we got there in good enough time to hear the word and to enjoy the rebirth of her new life. After leaving there, we began heading to our home church to give tithe and what a wonderful surprise we were in for! The Tabernacle had a guest speaker from Florida, and my friend was texting me telling me to hurry and get there as fast as I could because he was preaching!!lol So we did, got in there right on time for the revelation God had for me. He began to metamorphically compare our lives to a fire and how when the fire is on you have to walk through it; and unfortunately you have to walk through it alone. Cutting deeper into the sense of knowing when you are in the mist of the fire, that is when we learn to pray. Oh Lord was I feeling every word he preached! He went on to say how during the fire things/people may be consumed, but God will not consume what he has given the strength to survive…therefore leaving a pile of ashes. Once the fire is over and all you have is a pile of ashes, no help, no friends, no one to help you pick up the ashes because the ashes are the remains of you! My God, I wanted to jump up and declare I once was the ashes, I know how it feels to be the ashes and I began to weep at the thought, the feeling, the embrace of his words and my ability to relate. Taking a moment to observe my own life and how everything that I may have thought was necessary or everyone I may have thought was a factor; they were all consumed in my fire. Consumed, eliminated, so that I would learn how to rely fully on the faith of my God. Leaving only the necessary, leaving only what he felt I needed to carry me on to the next level, leaving me with no choice but to turn what was never my life back to its rightful owner…leaving me with no choice but to completely give myself away allowing God to use me in every aspect. Oh what an awesome revelation! My eyes fill with tears just reminiscing on how God showed up in my life, how I seen with my own two eyes, things of the impossible happen! Prayers that I stood on morning, noon and night without even knowing I was showing faith…I’m telling you, I wish I could have recorded this blog in an audio version so you could feel the spirit as it is flowing through me while I type. We cannot lose sight of what we have been through, the prayer in which we learned while going through the fire, the faith and the belief we held while being knocked down and overwhelmed by the fire, the determination we maintained to get back up and hold that hand high and persevere through the fire, the faith in which seen us through to give us strength to gather up all that was not consumed and be able to pick up the pieces of our future! So often we forget that praise we used to have, we get comfortable in our prayers and in our walk. Making it routine to pray and routine to follow through with the suggestions of the church and looking at it all as if it were a script we rehearse daily; but it is so much more than that! Each prayer should have feeling, should have meaning and should be supported with faith, giving birth to blessings. Pray like it’s your last prayer, as if you saw the sky opening with your own eyes and you are praying your last prayer to your Father, pray with boldness, and pray with everything you have built up in you, because when you learn to give your all to prayer, it pushes the enemy further away. Praise God with every breath, praise God in the mist of the darkest deepest tunnel, praise God for giving you the courage to see it through and never forget that “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4…-Bianca Lynnette #Lyfechat
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