Not Easily Broken

Call me late, but I just saw the 2009 movie, Not Easily Broken, yesterday.  I don’t know why it took me 4 years to finally see this movie, adapted from the novel of the same name by Bishop T.D. Jakes, but it couldn’t have happened at a more relevant time.

The movie chronicled the marital woes of Clarice and Dave Johnson.  I won’t recap the movie, since that’s not the point of my post.  There’s a quote that Dave Johnson (played by Morris Chestnut) gives at the end of the movie that sums up 2013 for me:

Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down so you can learn how to live right side up.

2013 turned me upside down and shook me and I was beyond ready to tell it “goodbye.”  As dawn broke and I awakened to a new day; the last day of 2013, instead of having a “good riddance” attitude, I instead began to be thankful.  I was thankful for the people and things that shook me; as well as for those who stood by hoping to collect on what I seemingly lost.  Taking a piece of me will never break me (I’m not easily broken), nor will it make one become me.

You see, what didn’t kill me, made YOU stronger.  Yep, I said it correctly.  The shaking did affect me.  I was knocked off balanced for a while, but never knocked off my feet.  I have a great “construction” team of friends and family who helped to put (pray) me back together again.  I have always been resilient.  Cut me and I will bleed, but I will heal.  A lot of what I went through this year, however, wasn’t just for me to learn how to live life right side up, but for YOU to learn how to live right side up, too!

My posts in this blog as well as on Facebook (and even a few on Twitter), serve as encouragement for  you to laugh more, live more, share more, and give more.  Find the joy and the value in every situation.  Be grateful.  Write your vision and partner with people who can help you to execute your dreams!  Shake out the dead weight.  Ignore those standing underneath you trying to get what you have.  They’re not important.  Focus on what God has given you, what He’s promised you, and remember that’s all that really matters in life!

My life isn’t perfect, but it’s being perfected every day.  The “shaking” in 2013 is allowing me to enjoy the fullness of right side up living in 2014.

Happy New Year!

Day 30 – For Every Mountain…I Made It!

For the past 30 days, I, along with countless others, have participated in “30 Days of Gratitude.”  We made a conscious effort to daily post something we are thankful for.  Some days it was easy to spout of a list of things I was thankful for.  Other days, like the day my house got broken into, or the day my niece went into the hospital, it was a struggle to be thankful, but I did it.

Reflecting on how blessed I am has led me to want to continue the trend, and so for the 31 days of December, we will be sharing “gifts” of words of love and encouragement to different people every day (see “31 Days of Giving”).

As we exit 30 Days of Gratitude, I wanted to share the last of my gratitude posts by sharing two of my favorite songs: For Every Mountain  by Kurt Karr and I Made It by Meghan Willliams.

The lead on “For Every Mountain” starts off:

I have so much to thank God for.  So many wonderful blessings and so many open doors…”

Indeed, I have so much to thank God for!  My health, my children, my husband, my family, my job, my home, clothes, food, shelter, friends, a wonderful church home…I could go on, and on, and on.  God has indeed been good!  I am grateful!

The song continues:

For every mountain you’ve brought me over, for every valley you’ve brought me through; for every trial, HALLELUJAH, for THIS I give you PRAISE!

When I think about all I’ve been through in 2013 up to this point, this line of the song rings in my ear.  I give Him praise because none of my trials end in defeat.  In every area, God has worked miraculously and delivered, inspired, healed, and restored.  It is then that I begin to sing the victorious song by Meghan Williams:

No weapon formed against me shall prosper.  I MADE IT!

Every device the enemy set to try to take my life, my friends & family members lives, my marriage, my home, and my kids, DID NOT WORK!  I MADE IT!  I didn’t think I would at times.  I cried a lot of nights, and a lot of days.  I wanted to through in the towel many-a days, BUT I MADE IT!

So, on this last day of the 30 Days of Gratitude, I am beyond grateful for every mountain and every valley in my life this year.  Those moments allowed me to be able to be thankful today that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER!

I win!