Monthly Archives: July 2021

Still My Heart, in the Name of Jesus Christ

God is good. God is good in that He allows for all things to work together for my good and for the good of those who serve Him.

~”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”~Romans 8:28, NIV~

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post of which I explained how I was put in a hospital twice. I was dealing with things that God allowed for me to go through in order to test my character, my faithfulness to Him and others around me, and my trust in God in dire circumstances. Now, I have become a stronger person because of these dire circumstances that the Lord allowed me to go through months ago.

I have explained on social media that I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was hospitalized (once in November 2020 and another time in March 2021) in circumstances related to my bipolar disorder. I was even dealing with thoughts of suicide, which was not like me at the time that I was going through these emotional ups and downs. I even thought that God and others around me did not care about me nor did they love me. These were ALL LIES from the enemy that he was using to test my relationship and faithfulness to God.

I remember calling two good friends that I knew from my church as I was going through the time of being hospitalized. They provided me with encouragement, love, and support in order for me to see two things: that I am loved and that I am enough.

For me, to remember that I am loved and that I am enough in spite of the lies that I was thinking at the time was the encouragement and uplifting messages that I needed to hear in spite of the thoughts of suicide and ungrounded actions in my emotions that I was contemplating and learning how to deal with at the time. God is good!

I remember shortly after I was hospitalized in March 2021 that a friend from church taught me two spiritual disciplines that have empowered me to cope effectively with the depressive episodes of my bipolar disorder: they include to pray for at least one hour or more per day with a scented candle lit up, or to journal my thoughts, pray, and light up a scented candle. The purpose of the scented candle is to bring peace of God to my emotions and to still my heart and my mind in the right place so that my thinking is rational as I pray and so that the depressive episodes of my bipolar disorder are not as severe. I thank God for using this friend to teach me these spiritual disciplines because they have helped me tremendously in my prayer life and in my walk with God.

One spiritual discipline that I taught myself is to go on nature walks, either in parks or in my neighborhood. Nature walks have helped me to enjoy God more, seek and His presence as I walk with Him, and enjoy the beauty and creation of nature that the Lord created with His hands. Nature walking has also helped me to cope with the depressive episode and automatic thoughts that I think in spite of my bipolar disorder because it has helped to keep my mind focused on Heavenly things and not focus on the pain that comes from my bipolar disorder.

 ~”Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:8-9, NIV~

All of these things that I have been through have taught me to be strong and to be still and know that God is my peace in the midst of my bipolar disorder and the depressive episodes and automatic thoughts that surround it. I am thankful for my church family and for the good that He has used my church family to teach me how to be more rooted and grounded in my faith as I seek more of the Lord and remain faithful to Him in spite of the struggles that I face (which are daily) in spite of my bipolar disorder. God is good! God is good! Amen.

The Birthing Process of My First Book

My 1st book, “A Victory Song,” will be published by the end of 2021.

I recently had a conversation with my publishing specialist of my 1st book and she informed me that, “A Victory Song,” should be published by the end of 2021. I praise the Lord for this good news!

~”And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”~Romans 10:15, ESV~

I began the process of writing this book after the Holy Spirit of God led me to do so in 2018 after attending an all-woman’s conference with a good colleague that I know (It was not a Christian conference, but it was an all-woman’s conference). I made a declaration in front of the entire audience, who was watching me, after other women presented their dreams of what they hope to do in the future.

I made a declaration that I was going to publish my 1st book in front of the entire audience. The women in the audience beamed at me as I made this prophetic declaration. It came across as inspiring for the other women in the audience.

After making this prophetic decree, another woman approached me in the audience and told me that she wanted to connect me with another colleague, who was to be my book coach!

I have been connected to this book coach since the Summer 2018 and she has impacted me to write the message behind my book. I am grateful that God allowed for us to cross paths and that the Holy Spirit was able to use her to help me to guide me to write the content and put together and outline for my 1st book.

Now, it is three years later (Summer 2021) and I am in the publishing process of my 1st book. God has been faithful through the time and effort spent to write the book and the people and Christian publishing company that He has put me in touch with to get, “A Victory Song,” published. His plans for my life and how He intends to use this book to reach and minister to the multitudes is marvelous and beyond my understanding!

~”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

The Lord connected me with Christian Faith Publishing, a Christian self-publishing company that is going to publish, “A Victory Song.” My book is now in the cover design stage of the publishing process and should be published by the end of 2021, per my publishing specialist for Christian Faith Publishing.

I am really excited to see how the Lord will use this book to minister to the multitudes and bring His people into an even stronger relationship with God and those who do not know His Son, Jesus, into a relationship with the Lord. I thank God for being the main Source of divine inspiration behind my book and cannot wait to share the message of my book with all of you once it is published!

**Please continue to keep the publishing process of, “A Victory Song,” in your prayers and that the Lord will allow it to be published by the end of 2021, per what my publishing specialist for Christian Faith Publishing told me. Thank you kindly everyone and peace and blessings!

Every Victory Step

Recently, I took a huge step: I will be taking the necessary exam in order for me to become a National Certified Counselor.

While I do not graduate until the Summer 2022, this step that I must take will count towards my graduation and me getting my license for me to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

I am very excited to see how the Holy Spirit of God will work in and through me to study for this exam and to take it by November 2021. The Lord has been very faithful to me over the years. Ever since I began this journey to become a counselor, I have seen the hand of God at work in my life in many ways.

~”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. “~Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11, NIV~

The Lord God has given me a disciplined heart and mind for me to complete this exam. In order for me to pass this exam, I have to be certain that I study and do my best for this exam so that I can get the required license for me to practice counseling in the future and become and Licensed Professional Counselor. This shall happen in the divine timing of God.

I just began my classes for the Summer 2021. I am excited to see how the Lord will move in my Summer classes as I take them and use the knowledge necessary to study for this exam. Completion of my Summer classes will count as a stepping stone for me to get to the next level that God is taking me.

The next level is glorious. The next level that God is taking me is so glorious, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

I lift my hands to the sky and thank the Lord for the good that He is doing in and through my life and for bringing me this far in my journey to become a counselor. Praise the Lord!

As I lift my hands to the sky, I praise the Lord for every victory step that He is taking me to get into the next level and become a counselor. Praise the Lord!

I cannot wait for the celebration that will take place once I receive the degree from Liberty University and the license for me to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The hand of God is with me every step. Every victory step. Amen!