Well... It's yours, mines, our favorite day of the week... "Weleful Wednesday". So berry glad you have joined me here in Faith's Garden of INspiration for a fresh filling of optimism, encouragement, and nourishing insight.
You know, as I have traveled along this journey called life I have come to place where "loss" has a whole new meaning to me personally. You see, my 1st major loss that I can recall was my Uncle Joe who was a cool man full of excitement and wisdom. Then a few years down the road I loss Uncle James who was beyond talented and gifted in the world of architecture. But, the most devastating and unexpected loss, at the time in 2008, was my grandmother. She was my rock, my role model, my counselor, my doctor, and my friend. Then in 2014 I was knocked off my feet by the news that my job of almost 17 years would no longer be in existence in just a few months. Talk about loss!!! My world as I knew it was being disrupted and totally dismantled and I had no say or any control over the matter!!!
It was in that moment I grew to understand that "loss" is not just about our loved ones transitioning from this here life but it is about temporary and/or permanent transformation that occurs and it wears many faces. Once I really digested the news about my job I realized I would be losing the routine of my life which I had become way too accustom with. I'd be losing out on interactions with people I had built; good, bad, or indifferent. I'd be losing out on experiencing what the community needed, what the community was going through, and what the community had plans to accomplish. So many losses, so much change and although I had few months to prepare... It was yet an unimaginable loss.
During those few months and possibly the first three months after the job ended my mind traveled deep back down memory lane. Let's face it - I had loss my first set of teeth by the time I was eight or nine years old. I loss connections with classmates, counselors, teachers, and friends on my block. I loss the Spelling Bee in elementary school. I loss the votes for Senior Class Secretary. I loss hope, faith, and courage right before I tried to commit suicide at the end of 12th grade. I loss touch with reality during my early 20's when I was driving around with illegal stuff and things in my vehicle. I loss control of my thoughts when I contemplated murder not once but twice maybe even three times.
I loss part of my identity as a Black woman when my body began to change. I loss focus of womanhood in my desperation to pursue motherhood. I loss the ability to eat just about whatever, whenever, and however I wanted to when the doctor shared the results of my blood work with me. And believe it or not, that included a lot of healthy nutritious food too. I loss my lifestyle as I once knew it. I loss the ability to bless others financially and to feed the homeless 2/3 times a week. I loss my 790-810 credit score during my three year term of unemployment and part-time employment. My God. My God. My God. Sure did seem like a lot of losses and trust me the list could go on but I realized it was ALL working together for my good!!!
NOW... here's what I want you to know... THAT IN LOSS THERE IS ALWAYS GAIN!!! It may not be what you think it should be or how it should be BUT THERE IS GAIN. I allowed myself to open up to it and receive it!!!
Here's just a GLIMPSE OF WHAT I GAINED... A GREATER level of FAITH, greater strength, greater determination, greater patience, greater confidence in God and greater confidence in myself. I gained greater wisdom, greater power to embrace and endure the storms of life. Greater peace. Greater joy. I gained an opportunity to develop and maintain a stronger relationship with my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I gained the opportunity to meditate on His word, feast on His word, and acquire new revelation of His word. I gained the opportunity to spend Friday's and Saturday's with mom just watching movies, running errands, laughing and talking, reminiscing, and enjoying the simple things of life. I gained the opportunity to spend more time with my nieces and nephews. I gained time to go visit with family members and even assist with my other uncle during his last five months of life. I gained an extended vacation since during my 20+ years of working I may have taken three months off total. I gained the opportunity to explore other career options.
I gained the opportunity to write seven Inspirational Quote books, one compilation Quote book, six articles for an Internet based magazine, be the guest on a Holistic Self-Care weekly program, and I joined the world of Social Media. I gained the opportunity to be a guest speaker for several groups and events and be in the presence of prominent Black Entrepreneurs as well as join a powerful network as a lifetime member. I gained the opportunity to promote my books across a variety of local cities and venues. I gained the opportunity to create and build my own website, design my business cards, name my publishing company, and write my 1st children's book. I gained the opportunity to entertain the thought of three more quote books and possibly two more children's books.
I gained the opportunity to love myself even more and appreciate the new me because greater is He that's in me. I gained the opportunity to look myself in the eye and say wholeheartedly, "Girl, I LOVE YOU and I'm looking forward to your continuous growth." I gained the opportunity to look beyond my circumstances and stand on the promises that God has spoken over my life. I gained the opportunity to pray for people I never met, to intercede for people I know and people that I barely know. I gained the opportunity to be a greater witness to those who may be going through what I have already been through. And TRUST ME, the LIST GOES ON and ON and ON and it will continue to GO ON as I stay in high pursuit of my next level of #GREATERNESS!!!
Now you see how my experiences with loss lead me to GREATER GAIN. So, the next time you're faced with a loss - remember there is a gain!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4/4/2018 02:10:49 pm
Thank you for sharing. I pray that whoever reads this also had great losses in their life will be able to see the greater gains not only now but in the future. Some battles are not won without a great gain!
4/8/2018 10:27:50 pm
You betta say it Mighty Intercessor. ONLY GOD!!!🦋🦋🦋
4/4/2018 03:11:57 pm
Lord have mercy........ This has touched my heart and soul so deeeep! As you know I loss my only brother it will be 6 months ago on the 8th I love and miss him so, he was my 1st friend I miss him more then my parents😢😢😢. But, my gain was getting someone special back into my life who always help me get through the hard times. I ♥️ Him so much. Now he is sick but , now I have his back and always will...... Thank God for always placing the right peoples in our life’s . That’s how I met you and I’m greatful cause you are a real Doll.😘
4/8/2018 10:26:53 pm
WWWOOOWWW..... Look at you now🦋🦋🦋 Your brother wouldn't want anything less than you continuing on through this journey in total joy. Thank God for the good memories. We never know why God does what he does. . . WE JUST HAVE TO TRUST HIM!!!💞💞💞 LOVE YOU ALWAYS
4/4/2018 10:29:45 pm
Wow!!! Amen, amen, and amen. I am just amazed at your strength and very proud of you for sharing your testimony. Throughout my life, I never experienced loss that I was too aware of. Life just happened and I found it routine to just go with the punches. As I got older I began to understand or actually allowed my self to feel more to where I saw life in a different light. By the time my daughter left for college, I began to understand or see how all along God had been guiding my steps, laying the road for me to find my way to Him. So I opened up my heart to Him thinking to my self, what I've been doing so far hasn't worked out for me, it was time to stop running and fighting. It was time to face myself and be honest with myself. All the years of suppression and ignoring suddenly caught up with me and I was flooded by strong emotions I didn't know what to do with. Recently my faith was tested after losing my youngest brother. I've never known such pain. I am however, elated to say my faith never faultered, for I have a God that is loving and merciful, and gives me the strength to go on. As I've mentioned before Faith, you are one of many people I know God used to reach me and guide me. I pray He continues to bless you, guide you, and use you to do His work 💜💛💙
4/8/2018 10:23:02 pm
LOOK AT GOD.... HE IS TRULY OUR EVERYTHING IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL!!! You are more than a conqueror M&M🧡🧡🧡 And you have and will continue to do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you 🌷🌷🌷 I am beyond humbled by your kind words and more than grateful for your support!!!
4/6/2018 06:51:30 am
“NOW... here's what I want you to know... THAT IN LOSS THERE IS ALWAYS GAIN!!! It may not be what you think it should be or how it should be BUT THERE IS GAIN”
4/8/2018 10:18:12 pm
Sweet🦋🦋🦋 THANKS Mighty Woman Of GOD
4/8/2018 07:36:21 pm
I have known this lady since sitting to the right and left of me in homeroom middle school. She has kept me in prayer and in her prayers forever. Words cannot "EXPRESS" what kind of sister friend she is. Ive been coming to her for inspiration during good times and bad times.......
4/8/2018 10:17:19 pm
Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh🌺🌺🌺 AMEN .... WARRIORS ON THE BATTLEFIELD
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