As much as I love to write my feelings out, words fall short in capturing the sentiment as I left The Next Door (TND) last Friday. I walked into a room full of 41 beautiful faces of different hues, from TN to FL to MI all anxiously awaiting what I had to share. My day 1 supporter was with me, my mom. It was her birthday, and the women truly made my mom feel special with a birthday serenade. After that, the ladies introduced themselves and immediately I realized their stories are similar to many of ours. For whatever reason they just ended up making the wrong choices at the wrong time with costs greater than they would choose again to pay. TND provides Christ centered, compassionate care leading wholeness and hope for B.E.T.T.E.R.
While sharing what the next 4 classes would entail and what to bring next week, one of the ladies raised her hand wildly in the air, “I get out Thursday, so I won’t be here next Friday!” Immediately she grinned from ear to ear and the room applauded. “Yes, she’s leaving,” one of the women said and the first thing that came to me was “better!” Often times we find ourselves stuck in the same place in life, fearful of the future & imprisoned by no motivation and a lack of expectation. In order get out of this place, regardless of how long we’ve been hear we must commit to B.E.T.T.E.R:
B.e bold: YES doesn’t always mean comfortable but it does mean Y.OUR E.XPERIENCE S.HIFTS. Isaiah 41:3
E.ncourage yourself: Speak words of affirmation into your own life, and the best ones aren’t on a blog… they’re in your Bible.
T.enaciously: PUSH through! Not just looking good, but literally persisting to be…
T.riumphant over tests: Yes! James 1:2-4
E.ngage in something new: stuck in a rut? It’s always a good time to make a fresh start.
R.emember His record. Christ’s word has never changed and His promises never fail. His record is GOOD!
“I’ve been locked up for 17 years, and Thursday is my last day!” Whatever has you mentally and emotionally locked up, commit to B.E.T.T.E.R. and make today your 1st step towards wholeness and hope. I’m absolutely looking forward to Friday night back with these ladies! God is so faithful! Every time we pour out it makes room for Him to pour in and my cup runneth over!
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