A Divine Connection

Today I thought that I would shine the light on my best friend in the whole wide world Tisa. We have known each other since 2000. It is amazing how we were connected. We met at community college and I thought for a whole year that she was one of my suitemates, because she was there…ALL the time. I didn’t know until later that she actually had a room on another floor.

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She was cool, friendly, I can remember she had a car, a Blue Chevy citation, and she would give me and my cousin rides from time to time to go to get something to eat. As I started to get to know her a little better, but still not really (LOL), she would come visit me in my room and lay in my bed…all under my covers…and eat my food. LOL! I used to think…what is this girl doing….she is getting super comfortable…but I wouldn’t say anything. Later on I found out that I reminded her of her sister that was overseas in the military at the time. When I went around her folks…a lot of them told me I put them in mind of her sister as well.

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She had a sharp tongue at one point. Sometimes when she would tell you something, it would feel like a double-edged sword….LOL. Now it seems like we have switched roles…LOL! God began to work on her, and she got saved as she would put it ,”FOR REAL”, and it was on and popping from there. She was transformed.

Tisa is one of the most focused people I have met. I wish at times I were more like her, sometimes I feel all over the place! When she tells you she is going to do something, she does it. She is thoughtful, kind, a great listener, wise, sentimental, and very hospitable. Most of all, she is a God-fearing woman, a praying woman, and very sensitive to the spirit. Everything that she has set out to do, she has done. She joined the army, she got her education, she has traveled, and now she has opened her non-profit, Empowered for Life, Inc. (Check out her site and donate! http://www.empoweredforlifeinc.com/). #E4L!

We have been through a lot together. We have laughed, cried, been mad, road tripped, ministered, goofed around, and just chilled together…”Ole’ Teacake!” LOL! (inside joke). I couldn’t have asked God for a better best friend. I don’t know what I would do without her. She has blessed me so much. She is the epitome of what an asset is.

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Now, my bestie is about to get married, and that is going to shift our relationship a little, so the moments that I have been able to have with her this year has been extra bittersweet for me. I won’t necessarily hold the same place in her life anymore. That is how it is supposed to be though. We have prayed for this since we were 18 years old, and it brings me joy to see our prayer come to reality. God has blessed her with a man that loves her unconditionally. He is everything she needs and wants. God hooked her up!

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Tisa girl, I love you…I am proud of you, and I know that your dad is looking down on you and smiling from ear to ear. I know Glo is proud of you as well. When we met 14 years ago, we didn’t realize that we would be as tight as we are. I know that God divinely connected us, and for that I am so grateful. Some people are still looking for someone to call friend. You have became more than just my friend, you are my sister. You may go through your issues and problems, but you still manage to check on others and make sure they are ok. You have the heart of God. He has truly reduced you to love. I just wanted to express my appreciation for you publicly. My grandma always said, give people their flowers while they yet live. I know you are not necessarily a big fan of flowers….lol…but here’s yours.  Love you girl!

In His Abundant Love,

Miranda

Have I Done my part?

I am so excited to introduce and present to others Mrs. Sequelia Erskine. I have watched her grow and develop over the years and she has grown into a remarkable Woman of God. She is always posting great food for thoughts about life, family, love, and the Christian Faith on Facebook and Instagram. She is transparent, and balanced. She loves her family and friends, and she is a great example for young women. I asked her to be a guest contributor this week, and she obliged. Thank you Sequelia for being a yielded vessel! God Bless You! ~ Miranda

Judges 2:1-3

“The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”
This event marked a significant change in Israel’s relationship with God. At Mount Sinai, God had made a sacred & binding agreement with the Israelites called a covenant. God’s part was to make Israel a special nation, to protect them & to give them unique blessings for following him. Israel’s part was to love God & obey his laws. But because they rejected & disobeyed God, the agreement to protect them was no longer in effect. Yet God still refused to abandon his people. They would still receive all the blessings if they asked God to forgive them & if they sincerely followed him again. Although God’s agreement to help Israel conquer the land was no longer in effect,  his promise to make Israel a nation (through whom the whole world would be blessed) remained valid. God still wanted the Israelites to be holy people (just as he wants us to be holy), and God would often use oppression to bring them back to him. Has God ever had to oppress you, just to remind you to never forget who he is?
The bible tells of so many times where God allowed his people to be oppressed so that they would repent of their sins & return to him.
Do we resemble the Israelites, today?
Too often we want God to fulfill his promises while excusing ourselves from OUR responsibilities. Starting today, challenge yourself that before you claim God’s promise ever again, that you will always first ask yourself, “Have I done MY part”?
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This was awesome! Thank you so much Quelia! This really hit home for me. Let’s get our houses in order people! Obedience is better than sacrifice! God love sometimes includes chastisement. As parents (and aunts, lol in my case) sometimes you have to disipline your child. You do this only out of love because you know what they can be, and you only want the best for them. God wants the best for you! I am thankful for a God that loves me enough that when I get out of order, he thinks enough of me to check me! I don’t want to be like the Israelites were, they had a Sheree moment off of the Real Housewives of Atlanta…the way they acted they were saying to God, “Who’s gonna check me boo?” And guess what, He showed them who was….and HE CHECKED THEM! LOL. I love you all, thank you again Sequelia for your awesome and on-time post. Please comment, and feel free to email me at abundantheart14@gmail.com. Until next time….
In His Abundant Love,
Miranda