Hey PWEN people!

I wanted to use this post to brag on God because He is so worthy and deserving to be praised. I recently moved from Tulsa Oklahoma to Los Angeles California, and the Lord had His hand in every part of my move. What started out as a whisper of a word, turned into a miraculous mission.

At the end of 2021 I was dealing with some heavy things. I had gone through another embarrassing manic episode and also struggling through the 1st anniversary of my mother’s passing. Needless to say, I was desperate for change going into the next year. In the beginning of this year 2022, I was looking for work and so uncertain of where the Lord wanted me to serve and commit myself. With the help of my family and tons of prayer, I put in applications to work as a substitute teacher at different schools in Tulsa. After maybe 50 applications, a school replied to me and requested an interview. Upon doing the interview, I was told that I got the job on the same day, and I started working there a week later.

The job was very hard for me and after a month and a half, I began to feel like I couldn’t hang in there anymore. That’s when I heard the whisper. The Holy Spirit had whispered to me that I was moving. I received this message immediately because I knew that my lease would be up in a few months. I had assumed that I was going to be simply moving to another apartment complex in Tulsa. The whisper then became more specific, “You’re moving to California.” Ya’ll I was floored by this revelation!

Moving from Oklahoma to California would be no easy feat so I needed to make sure I heard right. 20 confirmations later, I finally received that what I heard, did indeed come from the Holy Spirit, and I was moving to California. After that, I immediately started getting ready to sell my furniture. I staged photos and as soon as I posted my items, most things sold in the first two weeks but within a month, everything had sold out! When I was now putting together applications for work, the Lord had me focus my applications on my old work life: training and coaching.

Within a week I was hired for a full time job that was going to pay me more that the substitute teaching job. And finally with housing the Lord found me a reasonably priced space, one neighborhood over from where I now work. All of this happened to me in under two months! Let my life be an example. Jesus provides. Jesus is faithful. Jesus will do exactly what He says He will do. As for us, we just have to trust Him and do our part. Don’t be afraid to listen even if it’s a whisper. What started out as a whisper, swiftly changed my life. Til’ next time adieu.

Hey PWEN people! I wanted to share a message that the Lord gave to me while I was in church service. The focus of the pastor’s sermon was on 2 Kings 5 which highlights a man named Naaman who has leprosy and is seeking healing. He eventually meets the prophet Elisha who tells him to go wash seven times in the Jordan river. At first Naaman is indignant about going to the Jordan river when compared to the other rivers because it’s dirtier, but eventually he listens and is healed. What the Lord told me after reading this story is “don’t call dirty what God has called clean or you may miss your blessing.” The Lord then reminded me of Acts 10 where Peter has the vision of all the clean and unclean animals and is told to eat them. Peter didn’t want to eat what was unclean but God said to him “do not call something unclean if God has made clean.” [Acts 10:15 NLT] So Peter obeyed.

Now it might not look like it but there are so many times when you and I have been just like Naaman or Peter with the different things that arise in our lives. Like Naaman we’ve had issues, problems, or mishaps that we’ve needed God to solve and when we get our answer, we don’t like it. We don’t like how it feels, we don’t like the package that it came in; we don’t like the actions we’ll have to take. And at times because we acted too slow on whatever God gave us as His response to the issue, we’ve missed out on major blessings.

Like Peter we’ve had our different priorities, preferences and the specific ways that we choose to do things but when the Lord told us to switch up our diets, we didn’t, and it cost us as well. I know I’m not the only one! What Naaman and Peter have in common however, is that despite their initial misgivings, they eventually obeyed God and were blessed for it.

Naaman washed seven times in the Jordan river and his leprosy was healed permanently. Peter received and accepted the vision he had and started preaching the gospel to the Gentiles which forever changed and shifted his ministry. The same thing can be done for us. We, too, can experience healing and important life shifts that impact us for the better. But we have to listen and obey the word of the Lord. Let me encourage you today. The blessings of the Lord cannot be predicted. They are as infinite as He is. If we allow ourselves to get too caught up in the “why” of an instruction from Jesus instead remembering the “who” that we are being obedient to, we miss out. ‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NLT says “But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. ‭‭That is how we know we are living in Him.” Obey Jesus, get blessed.

Til’ next time adieu.

I was thinking about my mom and The Gathering Place and how my love for it has only deepened since my mother’s passing. For those of you who don’t know, The Gathering Place is a gorgeous park filled with life size castles for children as well of tons of activities for the whole family. It was built for and financed by the community, and outside of food, beverage, and the occasional event, everything is free.

The reason I was thinking about my mom and The Gathering Place was because of how they allowed me to honor her there. On Jan 17th 2021 after receiving word that my mother decided to be cremated and wanted to be planted in a garden, I called The Gathering Place to make a special request. “Can I spread my mother’s ashes there? It’s my favorite place in Tulsa and though she wanted to, my mother didn’t get a chance to see it before she passed.” The response? “Sure. Sunday morning is the best time to come and do it because there are less people and you can keep things more private.”

And with that ‘yes’ I was able to spread my mom’s ashes at The Gathering Place the following weekend. Since that time, I’ve gone to the Gathering Place on several occasions but recently, Jesus placed it upon my heart to go and say thank you. So I went to the Gathering Place to do just that. I didn’t know who the woman was when I approached the information desk, but I started to share my story with her. She listened, she absorbed, and she cried. By the end, she confirmed that she was the one that gave me her ‘yes’ to spread my mother’s ashes, and I was completely blown away by Jesus.

What are the odds that of all the information desk people, she would be the only one working at the time I came down! We cried, held hands, and shared. Being able to say thank you is truly a gift that we could never replace. It is a gift that never loses its shine.

I now turn my attention to you, the reader, and say thank you. From the depths of my heart thank you for supporting my work as a writer. Each month I get to share with y’all what the Holy Spirit has laid in my heart to speak about, and each month you read it and share with me how my words blessed you.

My inner child jumps for joy every time this happens because I remember what it felt like to believe that writing was for everyone but me. But to encounter Jesus in a real way and have my whole world and life perspective shifted, allows me to turn the tables on the lie that told me I couldn’t write. I’m truly grateful. As long as the Holy Spirit gives me a word, I’ll keep on sharing it. May God bless you. Til’ next time adieu.