Life

Another Random Rambling

Haven’t rambled in a while…

Last night was the first time in a while that I watched The Potter’s House Wednesday Night Bible Study, live. Usually, I catch it a day or so later. Last night’s message was Torn Between the Two. Bishop T. D. Jakes referenced putting new wine in old wineskins. (Mark 2:22) Basically, holding on to something old, while God is trying to do something new; attempting to mix the two (new with old) for fear of losing the old. In other words, losing what had already been established.

Last night, I knew the message was for me; however, I didn’t fully accept it. Didn’t want to accept it. Shoot.. haven’t wanted to accept it. Believe me, this message isn’t new. God’s been telling me this for some time now. I’m not going to lie, part of me still wanted to hold on to that old skin. I was like, I hear you God, but that’s a lot to just let go. Ha! Years of sweat equity (smiling).

However, this morning when I woke up, my first thought was, “I cannot put new wine in old skins. New skins for new wine.” This morning I got the message. What was had taken me as far as it could. Its capacity to expand had reached its limit. Not throwing it away. As Bishop mentioned last night, that old skin was once new. If you know me, you already know I never throw away memorabilia. I hold on to it forever. It’s part of my heart.

With that said, I can no longer grieve what was and must build on what God is doing. Which is something new. Something that’s way more powerful than before. And if I continue to hold on to the old, I’ll never know where this new thing will take me.

Smiling

God, I’m ready to build on the new. New wine. New skins. I’m trusting You to lead me and take me to heights unimaginable. Let’s go!!!♥️

LaShaundrea

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Perseverance: Today is Day 500

Perseverance– steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Persevere.♥️

Celebrating 500 consecutive days of blogging. And just think, at one point I didn’t believe I could make it past 50. God is so good. Doing what I’m meant to do. Doing what I love! AND I’m still drawing. Again, God is so good. Blessed

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Wednesday Writings

Not my will, but God’s.

Below is a Facebook memory from three years ago. Today, I needed this reminder. Everything I do is to support God’s purpose. It’s not about me.

Facebook Memory September 14, 2019:

Have you ever asked God why He chose you? I have. Sometimes I still do. Y’all, we were chosen for a reason. He chose us, with all of our imperfections, to fulfill whatever purpose He has. He’s so awesome!

I don’t know what lies ahead, but I do know I was chosen for a reason. For this, I’m forever grateful.

To this day, I still don’t know what lies ahead. So much has happened since I made that post. I didn’t know I would suffer one of the biggest heartbreaks of a lifetime. I didn’t know that I would be a coauthor in a book. I didn’t know that I would finally take the leap and leave my job– without a backup plan. I didn’t know that I would be one of the primary caregivers for all three of my parents. I didn’t know that by resting in God, and truly allowing Him to lead, that I would experience such peace. Y’all, I actually feel like a Queen at times. Smiling. I haven’t had to want for anything. God is sooo good.

Today, I’m still perplexed about why God chose me. Why He entrusted me with so many responsibilities, while treating me like royalty. I pray that I’m making Him proud. I pray that I’m doing a good job fulfilling His purpose.

Shaun

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Blessings & Responsibilities

Every blessing comes with a certain amount of responsibility. Often, it’s a responsibility we never anticipated or something we have tried avoiding, yet it happens anyway.

Right after I resigned, my dad became sick again. My last day of work was April 1st and a week later, what was supposed to be a two day trip turned into a three week stay. Just like now, I had so many things planned for my new venture. Looking back, everything still happened but not as I had planned or within my timeframe.

Here I am again attempting to launch this newest project and all I’m hearing is be still and go with the flow. Right here, right now, is where I’m meant to be. It’s where I’m needed.

This morning it dawned on me that besides responsibility, there’s a lesson attached to my blessing. I’m blessed to have time to spend with all three of my parents. Although it’s not under great conditions, it’s an opportunity most people don’t get with their parents due to other obligations. At this time, the projects I’m currently working on are my own (which I can modify and/or postpone), and my children are living their own lives. So, I’m going to relax and go with the flow of things. God has always provided and will continue to do so. I’m blessed.♥️ ~ Shaun