Encouragement can be hard to receive or even give in the mist of your emotions. And tonight, this is a task for me because I am going through my emotions of hurt and pain. Sometimes in life you have to remove yourself from you surroundings in order to hear from God. That means you removing yourself from family, co-workers, friends, so called friends and even friends in training. I had to do that recently in order to hear and also see myself in a way that God sees me. It is basically like God putting a mirror in front of you and you see exactly who your are inside and out. I learned just from cutting grass during my encouragement process that just as a Gardner picks weeds out of the garden, God picks out the weeds within you and also around you. Sometimes your weeds are you thoughts, your words, actions and even emotions. It is not always people. At times God will require you to pick your own weeds and remove people out of your life.

In the mist of my encouragement process; I was verbally abused by someone who I love very much, my father. Of course the first thought was cursing this man out and letting him have it. Although that may have felt great at the moment, it would have hurt me later. So I decided to do what I do best, I ran from the situation. Because I did that, I caused damage to my knee and now I'm walking with a limp. It is like to story of Jacob who was running away and struggled with God. God touched his hip and from that day on, Jacob walked with a limp but was a new man. He put his trust in God and not within himself.

You can not have things in your control at all times. You have to let go and let God have full reign in your life. Trust me it is easier said then done for I am a women who loves to be in control. Since I was hurt and blindsided by it, I try to control all situations to make sure that I do not get hurt again. Because of my need to be in control, I have drained myself physically and emotionally. I am put up against the wall to where I don't have a choice but to let God take control of my life, family, job and school.

I say all of this to encourage others to let go and let God hold your hand and guide you down the path that he has for you. The sooner you let your guard down and let go of your control, the sooner you will be at peace with life and within yourself. That way you will not be like be and be up against a wall. My limp is my victory, my struggle is my hope. My heart is open wide to God and I'm ready for the change God has for me.

Stay encourage for you are not alone.

Hebrews 12:11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of the righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

God Bless


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