Give God Something to Work With

Spiritual Growth

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. Mark 6:41

I was just thinking on today about how we are always seeking “more” from God.  We want more in our finances, more in our relationships, more in our careers, etc.  Quite frankly, we live in a society where we are never satisfied with what we have or our station in life.

I am not exempt from those who are always seeking “more.”  As I contemplated this issue, I realized that the problem is not necessarily that we want more.  The problem lies within the fact that we want more without giving anything.

All in all, we are a very selfish people.  We expect God to just continue to pour out in our lives and we tend to feel very uncomfortable when God requires anything of us.  This scenario is depicted in the story of the “5 loaves and 2 fish”.

Jesus spent His entire ministry serving others and pouring out blessing upon blessing into their lives.  The same is true for this particular story:  Jesus took 5 loaves and 2 fish that were given to Him by a young boy in the large crowd of people who had gathered around to receive from Jesus.

The disciples did not see how Jesus was going to feed so many people with so little food.  The young boy simply gave Jesus something to work with and allowed Him to do the rest.  I believe that we need to take our cue from the young boy in this story and not from the disciples.

You may not be able to see that you have anything that God can use.  The truth of the matter is that we all have something that we can give to God.  I believe many times the problem is that we waste valuable time comparing what we have to what others have.

God is only looking for you to use what you have.  Take what God has blessed you with and submit it to Him.  Trust that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.  He is able to breathe new life into something that you have declared dead in your life.

Praise God in advance for the miracle that is getting ready to take place in your life.  Once you give it to God, you can expect a multiplied blessing.  God will never give you less than what you have given Him.  God always exceeds our expectations!

It is my prayer that as you submit what you have to God, you will experience God’s favor and His blessings like never before in your life.

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Inspiring You Forward,

Dr. Erica Wyatt a.k.a Dr. Inspire

A Single Mother With A Legacy

Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.  Hosea 4:6

 

 

We have just embarked upon a new year and this is the time that many of us reflect on what we have accomplished and what we desire to accomplish over the course of the next year.

As I began to think about what I would like to accomplish in 2015, I decided that one of the things that I desire most is to step out into my personal ministry.  I know that God has called me to do great things and more than anything, I want to please Him.

In order to go forward, I understand that I must first evaluate where I have come from.  Who am I?  What have I accomplished?  What do I desire to accomplish?  These are some of the same questions that you may be asking yourself.

I am sharing this piece of who I am because I understand that successful ministry requires transparency.  I may have accomplished some remarkable things in my life but those things did not happen overnight.  There is a story of hardship, struggle and more importantly victory and triumph behind my success and accomplishments.

So, who am I?  First and foremost, I am a woman who loves God.  Is that the beginning of my story?  No, it is not.  So, where did it all begin?

My story began as an 18 year old teenage mother who had dreams and aspirations to be somebody in life.  Most of all, I wanted to be a college graduate.  I wanted nothing more in life than to go to college and to be successful.

Over the course of the next 18 years, I would become a single mother of 4 children, enlist into the military, marry and divorce twice, experience homelessness, and experience living in poverty.  Most importantly in the midst of all of those challenges, I  would obtain my Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Ph.D.  I would go from having no job to obtaining a position at a four-year university and teaching for multiple colleges on the ground and online.

Why is all of that important?  It speaks to not only who I am but the experiences that have made me who I am today.  It defines why I do what I do and why it is important to me.

I value education, and I am a living testimony to just how God can take anybody, no matter what they have done or who they have done it to and totally transform their lives.  When you trust God, it is possible to overcome any challenges and obstacles that lie in the way of you accomplishing your goals.

God and education are the foundation of the legacy that I am building and leaving for my children.  Who are you and what will your legacy be?