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Check Your “I” Meter

I read an article by Joyce Meyers that had this one sentence in it that really made me laugh – at God.  The sentence read, “One of the surest ways to know if you’re operating in the flesh is if you’re frustrated all the time.”

Well, I had been frustrated in getting my vision out a lot lately!  One day it got to the point I became so upset at the task I was doing and the fact it was not cooperating with me, that I gave God an earful amidst tears and screaming.  I literally yelled at Him that I was doing and trying and it WAS NOT WORKING!

I told Him that I was trying to be obedient and do things His way and not mine.  I then screamed what else did He want from me?  What was I doing wrong?  I needed Him to tell me.  I was so emotionally spent after that outburst that I went and laid down on my bed.

As I laid in bed, still a bit peeved, thoughts of things I were trying to accomplish ran through  my head.  And as they flashed I started recognizing where self had played a part.  There were a lot of “I don’t” or “I want” or “I feel” or “I don’t feel.”  A lot of I, I, I’s were being revealed to me.

He allowed me to see that although I was being obedient in doing, I wasn’t quite so obedient in the how.  I thought my way of handling the how was better because, well, it was concerning me!

But guess what?  It’s not about me.  I’m just the vessel.  So, if you find yourself frustrated in walking out the vision God gave you; if you find that you’re being obedient, or think you are, and stuff still isn’t happening or doing they way you want them to, check your “I” meter.

If there is to many “I”s then it won’t work.  Frustration is all we will have.  Remember, we can do nothing without Christ.  He gives us the power to accomplish His will.  At the end of the day we are the clay and God is the potter and it’s not about us, but about God!

Copyright 2012

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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Your Vision in Reality

Several evenings ago I attended an event that as a requirement you had to dress and portray in character the overall vision God had for your life.  In other words it was a“Vision Party” and you were portraying yourself as if your vision was already manifested.

So, if the vision that God gave you were being a national bestselling author, a well known speaker that traveled all around the world evangelizing to others and doing signs and wonders, or even a financial expert with their own television show touching the lives of believers, you came as such.

And it was fun!!!

The amazing thing was hearing all God had placed within the lives of the women that attended and how each person’s vision was somehow interconnected with each in some way, shape or form.

When God has given you a vision and you are walking out your purpose in life sometimes it can seem huge!  You can see it, but many times others can’t.  They just can’t see you, the person, accomplishing, being, or doing the things God has purposed for your life.  They see the now; not the “to be”; the future.

I have written my vision down – many times.  I have envisioned it; dreamt it; prayed on it; fasted on it.  I know what it looks like.  But that night when I physically went from working it to actually being it, I felt like it was a new beginning, a new chapter in the book God has already written for my life.

As I stood in front of the ladies and spoke out loud the ideas and thoughts God has given me.  As I walked around the room, in character, as my future self.  As I listened and watched the women portray their future selves: confident, strong, leaders, trailblazers, world changers, authors, philanthropist, and entrepreneurs; I felt the awesomeness of the moment.  I felt the reality of God’s vision for my life and theirs. I felt God’s words that were uttered over our lives from before we came out of our mother’s womb, start to bud and the words that were sent forth by God, accomplishing that which He pleased.

“I have given them [God’s Children] the solutions to solve all of the world’s problems…” is a quote that was given to author Ericka D. Jackson when God was ushering her into her purpose in life; her vision.  And that evening, I can honestly say I saw the absolute truth to that statement.

Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life is in the power of the tongue.  We also know that we frame our world by the words we utter out of our mouths.  And that evening, I could feel destinies coming into alignment.  We were literally being the person we saw ourselves to be in a God ordained future.  There were no apologies for our greatness and no walking small!  No doubt and no hesitancy.  It was all purposed filled life!

So I ask you, what is God’s vision for your life?  What is that thing that when you think on it, dream it, envision it; it feels like, “it is already yours because it is within you waiting to [burst] forth?”

Whatever it is just know it’s already done.  So start walking towards it and live your vision in reality!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

It’s Already Inside You

“Everything you need to accomplish the vision/purpose God has ordained for you is already inside you.” 

Have you ever heard that statement before?  I have.  It’s a statement I tell myself and others all the time. 

Recently, I proceeded to ask God a question in regards to that statement.

I said “Father, if you have placed everything that I will ever need to accomplish the task (purpose/vision) you have set before me to do, then how do I get it out?  I want your will to be my will but I’m not skilled  in marketing, or social media, or building a ministry. So, Father, how am I to take what you’ve placed within me, if I don’t know what’s there and how, and when, to use it?”

His answer: Obedience

Yes, obedience.  When we are obedient to God’s instructions then doors open and things happen.  You may not know how you will do it, where to find the resources, or what you will do.  But if you take that first step – and keep moving, God will pull out of you all the necessary parts.

You are the Vessel, and within you is an abundance of resources that God chooses to use to accomplish His task.  You were made in His image.  So, imagine you, the vessel, full of …

Strength; courage; boldness; faith; perseverance; love; gifts; talents; abilities; life experiences; world knowledge, spiritual knowledge, wisdom; understanding; relationships.

It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?

Imagine this, God gives you an idea, a thought, or command that is so far beyond your grasp you say, “I don’t know how God!”

He tells you “I want you to open a home for battered women.”  You say, “God me? Are you sure?  Where am I going to find the place, the money?  I don’t even know how to run a business!”  But in faith you take the first step, one at a time.

And as you step, He pulls out courage.  You go a little further and need connections, so He pulls out relationships, and then knowledge; and so on until the task is complete.

The relationships are people you’ve met along the way that can give you the expertise, connections or donations you need for that home.  The wisdom is in knowing how to take the information you’ve gathered and make good decisions with it.  The knowledge comes in as you apply it to your vision/purpose.

God’s word says that everything works together for the good of them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28).  Let’s always remember to seek first the Kingdom of God by doing His will for our lives. And although He has called us and we are His vessels, chosen vessels, that obedience is better than sacrifice.

Faith is the substance of things hope for (Hebrews 11:1) – the fulfillment of your dreams, vision, purpose here on earth.

Last but not least, let us remember that God has plans for you.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you; to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11).

Now, go, do, and be all God says is possible for your life!  Remember, it’s already within you!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

PWIC Show ~ Guest: Erykah T. Johnson

Eryka T. Johnson is the founder of High Pursuit, LLC.  Listen in as Eryka talks about her trials in walking out God’s purpose for her life; her sexual hurt at the hands of several men; and lessons learned with ministry and marriage.  Interview is approximately 1 hr long.

Eryka T. Johnson   Click link to hear interview.

Special Guest Interview – Elena Ramirez

Interview with Elena Ramirez, Founder of Prayer of God Ministries

Elena Ramirez is the founder of Prayer of God Ministries in Wheatridge, Co.  Elena writes poems and prayers and is the author of She also does public speaking on topics from personal experience.

To LISTEN to the interview please click here.


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