At Thanksgiving time, we have the opportunity to express to God our thanks for what we have. At the same time, we can express our thanks to others and to our self. Truly we must give thanks to ourselves for applying our intuition, our wisdom and our faith to our everyday life in order to manifest our desired results.
We must thank God for helping us to maintain faith, even if our destination or pathway is not clearly marked.
We must also thank others for life lessons that help us in our decision making.
contemplated sharing an answered prayer on Thanksgiving with Red Rabbit video store customers, because I truly knew that I arrived on the scene to answer prayers. Whether it be the feather which floated in the hallway as customers walked into the store when Forrest Gump was released to the video store, or whether it was Robbie dressed in his Nike sneakers and holding his box of chocolates sitting on a park bench, these are all signs that prayers have been answered. Robbie, prayed for a son and in his prayers his declared his name would be Forrest, just like Forrest in Forrest Gump.
That's about as far as our dating conversations went as far as children go, but rest assured Forrest has big big plans. When Forrest arrived it was like instant split. Something that I can only describe. I didn't even know I was pregnant and I was already trading in my Mazda 6 for a Mazda Miata. I was working as a personal trainer and life coach and I had just started my position with the Florida's school system in Pinellas County. While creating an after school enrichment program for the YMCA of the Suncoast, I started to design books for the students. I was practicing and the very first design that came into my mind was a crest. I titled this shield Enrichment University.
Today, I can see why this crest, known as a shield is a shield of protection. This was needed for both of us. This shield of protection can best be described in Ephesians. I have worked for the YMCA on three occasions and my work with inspired kids! led me to inspir-ed! kids. The dash is my son. His due date was my Y start date. God's plan. Forrest has been one of the fortunate children who at an early age had the benefit of having two homes where he could experience two sets of everything from friendships, to careers, to wellness center and gym memberships and relationships. As long as both parents were provided opportunity to participate in the development of our children's parenting plan, Forrest's life has been pretty grand. However, there are times when others, (many times people whom you don't even know or approve of) will try to make the most important decisions of your life and your child's life for you. These people may even be your family. It's at that time, you can ask God for protection, for wisdom and for the right relationships, friendships, gym memberships that will provide for reunification at an even more powerful level. Meaning, I thought we touched many hearts, and many lives during my coaching and training career, but what God has in store for us, it far greater than I ever could have imagined. Forrest's story of separation from his mother is a part of our new identity restoration in God. As I continue to take in my environment in our country and in the country where I live, I ask for everyone to do the same. See what God gives us is an opportunity to be a testimony for his love.
Ephesians 6:10-18New International Version (NIV)The Armor of God10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
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Making the most of our life on earth includes surrounding ourselves with positive energy, positive relationships, places and when we are striving to maintain at our best, that's often when our "enemies" will try to destroy us. John 10:10