For the greater portion of this year, I have felt alone in some area of my life. Through each phase of the season, I’ve learned to find the beauty in solitude. Now, it took longer for me to realize this and become comfortable in it than it will take for me to write this or for you to read it, but since I’m here, I wanted to share the journey with you. So come, sweet suga, let’s take the rare opportunity to dig into Valencia’s business (lol)….
(Step One: I AM SO SORRY THAT THIS IS SO LATE!!! I try to get the post to yall by Wednesday. I've been slipping lately, but I'll get better...)
I'm not a morning person. I'm actually the complete opposite of everything that it means to be a morning person. However, every Sunday, I get up at 6 a.m., & I pop up like a daisy. I've noticed this for weeks now, & I've wondered what's so special about Sunday? More specifically, what's so special about Sundays now? I've been going to church all of my life...NEVER got excited about 6 am. Then I realized that this Sunday, and more importantly, this season is different...because my heart is in it.
I have a…sign thing (clearly today has taken away my abilities to describe things lol) above my door in my room. It simply says ‘blessed’. A while back, I realized something that is going to sound incredibly stupid: it….never….changes. On my greatest days, guess what it said: blessed. On the days I really wished I could skip, it still said blessed. Graduation day? The sign said 'blessed'. How about the day I spilt water on my laptop & totaled my car all in one day? Still read ‘blessed’. The nights I slept for at least 8 hours & rested because everything was going well? It said 'blessed’. The nights I had to pull all nighters in undergrad & even in law school? Looked up..still said ‘blessed. Living at my Mama’s house? …yep…still said ‘blessed’. Moved into my own apartment?….would you believe that it still said ‘blessed’?! Nothing about that declaration has ever changed. The font didn’t get bigger on my good days, & it didn’t magically put a disclaimer at the bottom on my bad ones. It’s amazing how something so small has taught me such a major life lesson: regardless of what’s happening around me, my status hasn’t changed.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I was led to that scripture yesterday when I wondered what on earth to say to yall today (it's Phillipians 4: 6-7 in the event you want to search the scriptures for yourself lol). It was one of those things that you glance at one time...and can't stop digging into 5 hours later. So let's break this down (Tuesday/Wednesday night Bible Study style) take a journey through it all together, k? It'll be sweet, simple, and (hopefully) short (lol).
Words from the Author
At the end of the day, these posts are the thoughts that run through my mind. These are the lessons I've learned. The doors that I've walked through. The path I've chosen. This is part of what it means to be me. Hopefully, it'll help you be...you. Let's grow together, kay?
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