Testimony Thursday

I stumbled across this little boy’s voice on my friend’s page this morning and Lord knows it blessed my Soul (Yes, as my friend Joshua Scott reminded me just yesterday, I have always been an ole lady at heart)! This was originally posted in February from what I can tell & God is still using it and him.  *See my facebook page (Valencya Thompson) for video.

A beautiful moment in technology and social media. I know it is Throwback Thursday, but I’ma call it Testify Thursday. As I heard his car accident testimony, I recalled my own, one in particular. Those of you who have known me long enough may recall my worst accident that I was a passenger in while riding with a peer in high school. My own brother Rickey Taylor was quoted to say he thought I might die and when I returned to school following that summer Kasi Gerhardt even embraced me in tears stating she thought I was dead.

I recall regaining full conciousness around the next day or so in the hospital bed arguing with my family about needing to go to work at McDonald’s and they nicely checked me, as I had no awareness of my condition, and only knew I was sore. I struggled against my family’s will out of the bed because I had the urge to use the restroom only to collapse down to the floor. I soon learned how weak my body was, as someone assisted me. I recall standing with the support of the bathroom sink catching a glimpse of my reflection for the first time. I was astonished by the blood, cuts, & scrapes on my swollen face, as I heard my family discuss whether they thought I would be okay with the way I looked because they feared it might be permanent and because of my self-consciousness. I cried alone for a while and rejoined them. I was advised by doctors that there was shattered glass remaining in my arm and face & that it eventually would resurface on its own. You know I can recall pulling glass from my chinline even after college. Won’t God do it?! All that remains are scars on the bottom of my right arm. Overwhelmed by grace & mercy. I have Purpose. You have Purpose. We all have Purpose!

These photos demonstrate what remains today at 31 years young!

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Just Me & Her: Navigating Your Way Through a Period of Isolation

There is something to be said about basking in the presence of God.

As you pursue Christ more, the more your relationship with Him strengthens. The more your relationship strengthens, the more you recognize the need to be able to hear from Him and Him only through the Holy Spirit. To hear from Him only requires that you be isolated from others at times. This period of isolation may seem strange at first to the individual undergoing this change, but after a while you become accustomed to it. Once you accept it, then other individuals begin to receive it. This may cause some individuals, particularly relatives and close friends or even acquaintances, who are familiar with getting your time as requested to perceive you as becoming “stand offish.”

During the beginning phases of this season, one may feel the need to be on “damage control patrol”, as if a 1000 excuses will make outsiders understand better or even care more about your absence from their life. During a more progressive phase, you will learn that the opinions of others have no place in your journey with God. In other words, nothing is more important than pursuing that which the Holy Spirit is calling for you to pursue. Absolutely, nothing. It can be a request from your mother or grandmother, but you still must not allow it to draw a wedge between you and your Heavenly Father. It can be an urging from your current source of revenue, but you must keep it in perspective that your Heavenly Father holds even your job, in His hands.

This means that you have no time to worry about your situation, your circumstance, or any ill-perceptions that others may have of you. When you know that you are in the will of God, you must stand firm in knowing that everything will work out for your good because you love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. See Romans 8:28!

For we know that the Lord tells us In Jeremiah 33:3 that we must call to Him and he will answer us and He will tell us things that we cannot know. Well I assure you in this loud world, it is almost impossible to hear from God, if you won’t spend quiet time alone with Him. Don’t worry about being lonely. I promise being in the presence of Almighty God, our gentle Father, is far more comforting than being in the presence of any man or woman.

So go ahead, do that thing that he has been urging you to do. Study to show yourself approved. Get to work, for there is much of it for you to do. Oh won’t you be used by Him today?! There is a marvelous journey ahead. So walk it out already!
Be blessed.

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