Time Well Spent by Lashay Johnson

The journey continues. While reading this morning I came across a scripture that was a memory verse during my discipleship training.

Ezra 7:10 Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

The thing I find interesting is that Ezra was born in Babylon…a place of exile…a place of captivity and still while in a foreign land he was devoted to study the law of Moses and not conform to the culture.

I want to encourage you to study the word of God. It is a blueprint to living the BLESSED LIFE!!!

I wonder how many of us know what our creator has said about how we are to live or do we let culture drive our way of being.

I wonder how many of us know that God has made us resilient.

I think about a friend who went through a short sale (similar to a foreclosure), her husband lost his job and before they knew it their marriage began to experience challenges. During this season my friend and I would meet with a group of women; some single, some dating, some married, and some widowed; it was a beautiful melting pot of experience and wisdom.

Our group had created a safe space to unmasked, disrobe…get naked and unashamed with one another.

My friend shared what was going on at home and we as women did what a Godly woman should do… we did not judge, we did not guilt, and we did not shame. We listened, we rallied around her, we encouraged her, and we declared that God had made her resilient.

One of my favorite books in the bible is the Book of Esther. Esther is a great example of being resilient. This young lady’s parents had died. She was raised by a male relative; some of you may know the story, his name was Mordecai. If you read the story it almost seems that she did not have a woman in her life.

Now, I need us all to stop here and ponder what it must have been like for Esther to not have a woman in her life. How many of us have had role models, some great and some not so great. It appeared that Esther did not have a role model. God knew before she was born that this would be the condition of her life, God created Esther to be resilient. Esther’s resilience was not about her pursuing external things, but rather it was to remain faithful to God so that others would be blessed.

I know you are thinking “you want me to be resilient for others?” I say yes, be resilient for others. 2 Corinthians 1:4 teaches us “ He comforts us in all our affliction,[ so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

I wonder if we can see my friend, the group of women, Esther, and Jesus?

If you read the story of Esther you will learn that she put her life on the line to save the lives of others. Jesus went to the cross so that we may have life. 2 Corinthians 1:5-6 “ For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer.”

As women we are wired to love, nurture, and care for others. One of the best things my friend did was trust that our group loved her enough to remind her how God created her. The life experience that spanned across the group of women had experience of being resilient. The young mom with 2 small children at home is resilient. The newly married woman with in-laws that are not so accepting is resilient. The widowed woman who is now like “Stella” getting her groove back is resilient. My friend being patient with the process of losing her home and her husband losing his job and the challenges in her marriage…yes, she too is resilient.

Spending time with God is TIME WELL SPENT! We find strength in studying his word. We find hope for ourselves and others when we study his word. We are reminded that He is the one who created us…He is the one that causes us to be resilient.

I encourage you to be lovers of Jesus’ word and allow His word to be the blueprint to your Blessed Life!

Just A Girl Who Loves Jesus Lashay

Shameka Daniels

Shameka Daniels

Caring, capable, and creative are all words that accurately describe Shameka Daniels. She is the wife of Pastor Dharius Daniels of Change Church and the proud mother of two sons: Seth and Gabriel. As a strong voice in the Change Church community, she helps to lead many of the creative, administrative, and organizational aspects of the church.
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