Pressing through a crowd of naysayers, critics, and non supportive spectators. Deep in the well; the bottom of my soul. I have pushed my way to a place of comfort and security. A place where I can truly be who I am destined to be. I have found my victory in the "I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." Jeremiah 29:11 Msg
For the many years of test, trials, and tribulations, I have always known that there was a better day; a greater plan filled with purpose. From the day that I hit the ground running, a still small voice of words fueled with power packed courage, high self esteem, and confidence carried me through. I can now stand in the boldness, yet meekness of, "Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day." Psalms 139:13-16 Msg
You see, up until this very day; I have fought the good fight of Tenacious Faith. I have overcome the deception of lies and controlling powers of tongues, that told me. You are not suppose to walk, or at least not without a deformity. You are all scared up and have been bruised from the inside out. What confidence do you think that you have? People are going to think that you are arrogant and self centered. Oh yea, remember the ones that said. You are so skinny, you think your pretty, and you think that you are better than us; you do not even look like us. What language are you speaking, you do not talk like we do? The list of lies is as long as the eyes cannot see. From here to the other side of the world. But, the words of the great Author and Finisher of my faith. His list extends far beyond this world of forever to the everlasting. His list proclaims me victorious. A women of high self esteem and confidence not arrogance in Jesus Christ. You are created to do great things. I declare that you walk bold and assured in The Promises of God. I have made you wonderful, amazing, beautiful, and very special to me. I want more for you than you can even imagine.
“There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ "He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?””
I am not a widow, but have faced obstacles after obstacles that have placed me in situations very similar to this one. Just like the widow, I have stood the test of times and the trying of my faith; with Tenacious Faith I knew that God would never drag His feet. I knew that I am one of his chosen and God would always step in on my behalf. He's faithful and true and His word will never return unto him void.
From one pocket to another pocket I have allowed others to tell me how I should look, walk, talk, or think. Today is a new day. I'm proud of who I am. I like how I walk, talk, and think! I confidently know who I am. I choose to "I'm Going To Just Do Me"
Getting to a point in life when you learn to just be who you are is where You have found me today. "Im in a really good place!". A fulfilled life isn't living life according to others standards. Allowing others to tell you what potential they see; a potential that they are comfortable seeing you achieve. This is the place where you have found me Tenaciously standing firm and confident in the person who God so desires for me to be. Every conformity, limitation, road block, or stipulation that I have dealt with will no longer keep me from my ultimate destination.
Why, do you think that people sometimes will only support and encourage you in the things that they are comfortable with? Go as far as to tell you that they feel that God wants you to only do just this one thing; not all of those other great and wonderful achievements. They ask you, How dare you dream so big? Could it be because they have big dreams, goals, and visions; they are afraid to dream or achieve them any longer. The thing that they can promote and encourage you in, is the one thing that will make them feel okay with the personal choices they have made in life. What about the people who said I know you were supposed to help fuel the vision that dwells within me, and it could very well be. Yes, it's possible that A Big vision is accomplished through a vision within a vision. But, I do not feel that one person has control over another's purpose in life to the point of telling them when, how, and the capacity. You see what happens in life, that we all can agree upon, is that we each have found ourselves caught up in the selfish desires of me, me, me, me, I. Think about this, the ones that know they are to do so much more greater and better in life, but have chosen to take a backseat to everyone else who stepped up; fulfilling dreams that may be similar to theirs, or dreams they were to play a roll in. So how dare you go ahead; be bold and tenacious and do what I know I should be doing, is probably what they are thinking. This is probably the number one reason for the lack of full support. Then there's that deep feeling they have, that says to themselves. I should be supporting you and helping to fuel the vision within you, but where is my glory when will I have my day. They take a step back and either choose to not support you and or focus selfishly on themselves and push towards their own dream; failing to see that you each could do far over and above what your natural eyes can see. If and only if you do it together. I'm so there, but I have come to a place in life where, I'm going to "Just Do Me". I'm going to fulfill what I'm suppose to do with or without the support. I've allowed my goals, dream, and visions to sit on the back burner because of others. Do not get me wrong, it is great to have support. In all actuality my purpose cannot be done without having others in my life. I have simply made a very bold and positive decision that I'm going to take a step and when you decide to join me, I'll humbly receive your support and willingly return the favor.
We each have to come to a place where we realize that what is yours is yours and what is mine is mine. There also is a saying that goes as such, we all need each other to fulfill each others dreams goals and visions. There is not one absolute phenomenal thing that has happened here on earth, Without it being fueled by each of us connected together. Whether you are actively connected with a hands on support or indirectly connected from afar. We are fueling each other's visions as we speak. You are encouraging me, and I am encouraging you.
Well, my ultimate goal and vision through this book is to help set you on a path of TENACIOUS FAITH. God has given you a Dream; a vision. He is going to see it completely fulfilled. That's the good new. The bad news it cannot happen without you. "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.", say The Lord God, Almighty.
Let me introduce myself to you. Hi, my name is Tenacious. I'm am so tenaciously stubborn that I refuse to see greatness without seeing to it that you receive greatness; fueled through being a blessing to you. Are you ready to be blessed. Hang On! Here we go!
I am a laid back, easy going person. I love to laugh and have a great time. I find good in every situation; love to encourage others in this way as well. I've never meet a stranger. I enjoy being out and about sharing the love of Christ. I live a life of prayer of thanksgiving for great things for all. I love spending time with my family; this is where you can find me mostly. In order to be a greater part of my life, others have to genuinely receive the whole package. I love to give so that others might be blessed. I am happy and confident in whom Christ has created me to be; to which I have not always been this way. I am thankful that God has trusted to me with His heart. I am honored and blessed to be a positive impact in your life.