When Facing Boiling Water

When Facing Boiling Water

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

Faithful

Faithful

Be encouraged and understand that you are loved unconditionally by your Creator. Read and meditate on the following scriptures:

I am a MASTERPIECE created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 1:13-14)

No matter my past, I AM FORGIVEN of my sins because of the lavishness of His grace upon me (Ephesians 1:7)

I AM A BRAND NEW person. My old sin nature has passed away, and everything has become brand new (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Because He was wounded, I am HEALED (Isaiah 53:5)

The joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH (Nehemiah 8:10)

I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

I am the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have been given VICTORY in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57)

I walk by FAITH and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

 

 

But God

But God

“But God”
(Song by Isaac Carree feat. James Fortune)

Ha ha ha, you know people have no idea what you went through to get to where you are.
So many times it seemed like it was over, but God. Isaac Carree, tell em about it.Every time I think that I’m all by myself, I just look up in the sky and that’s where I find my help.

You might think that you got it all worked out and you think that everything’s okay.
There ain’t nothing that you done to deserve His mercy, and His grace.
(He gives us what we don’t deserve, that’s why we say it’s amazing.)

You were bout to lose everything, but God (I know I’m not the only one who’s been there).
When the doctor said any day, but God (He made the doctor).
And the devil tried to test your faith but God (He thought he really had you this time).
But God, yeah but God. Nobody but GOD. But GOD!

Give me one good reason why you should still be alive.
That accident you passed last night was meant to take your life.
It would have been you in the grave, you could have been with the pain.
When the judge said twenty to life, should have been calling your name, but God.

There ain’t nothing that you done to deserve His mercy, and His grace
(Can I get a witness on that? Thank ya Isaac.)

You were bout to lose everything, but God.
When the doctor said any day, but God (then you went back and he couldn’t find nothing!).
And the devil tried to test your faith, but God.
(If ya grateful for a but GOD in your life.)
But God, yeah but GOD, nobody, but God, but GOD.

Just know that there ain’t no situation that you’ve come out of on your own (He’s always been right there wit ya).
Right in the middle of the last don’t mean your life.
Might have thought that you were by yourself, but he was right there by your side.

You were bout to lose everything, but God (In the hospital with your baby).
When the doctor said any day, but God. And the devil tried to test your faith, but God.
(you thought it was over) But God, yeah but God, nobody, but GOD, but GOD!

And to every survivor listening, who’s ever been counted out and even canceled out.
And your situation may have looked impossible and now people are looking for an explanation on how in the world you made it through what you went through.
I don’t want you to let everybody in all your business, but I just want you to look at them and give em the short version of your testimony and just tell em, you know what, it was nobody, BUT GOD!

#MusicTherapy #SoulSurgeon

Encourage Yourself

Encourage Yourself

Encourage Yourself

This week I was reminded of the powerful song, “Encourage Yourself” by Donald Lawrence. This is the first verse:

Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.

Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test.

And no matter how you feel, speak the word and you will be healed;

speak over yourself,

encourage yourself in the Lord.

BUT how do you encourage yourself when you’re completely hopeless?

1. Be honest with GOD

Over this past 2 years of my life I have gotten really honest with God. I tell him what I like and don’t like. All my frustrations as well as my gratitude. When I am discouraged, he knows about it. When I am super excited, he knows about it. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly!

2. Be negative but don’t stay there

I used to be a serial optimist… at least on the outside. I never wanted anyone to see my imperfections. I was inauthentic. I have learned to embrace the bad, the ugly, the negative. And I have learned that I can express my negative emotions…. Fear, frustration, anger, disgust because that is a part of my human experience. Everything doesn’t have to be good all the time because its not. I no longer cover up my frustrations by saying “it’s going to get better.” I sit with my frustration for a little bit. I cry, I yell then when I am ready, I say “This sucks! But God I know you will make this better!”

Now I can’t tell you when the appropriate time would be to stop dwelling on a negative emotion or experience but I can tell you in my experience… a full day is a day too long!

3. Trust in GOD

Probably one of the hardest things that I am experiencing now is unemployment. When I tell you, I have bills on top of bills on top of bills. Crazy thing, well the blessed thing is that ALL my important bills are still being paid. It’s by the grace of God that he has allowed so many wonderful people in my life that have helped me out. Special shout-out to my mom!! Love you mom!

4. Find some words and scriptures of encouragement

It’s good to be reminded of encouragement scriptures. The following are just a few scriptures work wonders for me:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isa 41:10

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6

Share your favorite encouragement scriptures below. BE ENCOURAGED!!

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