Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Your Steps Are Ordered!


Psalms 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.


When I was working outside of the home, the job I loved the most was being an Enrollment Counselor for the University of Phoenix. My husband and I were married for only two years and we were living "the life" it seems. We both had pretty good jobs, making very good money. Well, my job at the University of Phoenix was certainly a learning experience for me. I was graced with the opportunity to consult with students who were interested in continuing their education. I met with lots of students each month- different types of students. Some were much older and some were right out of high school. It was such a rewarding experience for me because I was actually operating in my calling- just for a secular position. I had no idea that this experience was going to prepare me for what was to come; for my today.

I worked at the University of Phoenix for a little over a year. I left due to complications with my first pregnancy and decided to stay home and raise my son. It was a huge leap of faith in many ways, but it was certainly worth it. I often considered putting my son in daycare and going back to work there- though I was offered the position there twice after leaving- but I knew God had other plans. My main reason for attempting to return was income. Little did I know that the Lord had other plans.

While I was at home raising my son, God put it on my heart to start writing more. I went from Freelance writing for Christian magazines to writing my first novel. This lead to my writing and publication of my first book Simply Wisdom.

Why am I sharing this with you?

I'm sharing this because it is my testimony of how God ordered my steps. If you would have asked me about three years ago if I think I was going to be a published author in 2009, I would have answered, "I doubt it". I was too excited about being where I was- a successful professional. That may have been my plans, but God had other plans.... and his plans are always far better than what we could imagine.

As you continue on your journey, you may question where you are today and wonder where you will be in a few years with your career. Well, let me encourage you with this. You may not know, but rest assured that God does.

I used to sit at my desk and draw arrows on a sheet of paper- random arrows going in different directions. I didn't understand why at the time, but as I reflect, I realize it's because I was really seeking direction and wasn't sure if I was going to stay where I was or move forward. There's one thing I knew though. I knew I wanted more and that working at the University of Phoenix was not my final destination.

Let me ask you a question. Do you trust that God can lead you exactly where he needs you to be?

Your current experiences are not in vain because they are preparing you for what's to come. So, continue to work hard. Be diligent at your current work place and allow God to mold you before moving you to the next level.

At the University of Phoenix, I found such a delight in talking to people about their future. We talked about careers- their hopes and dreams. And, there was nothing like giving them an extra boost of confidence to stimulate them to move forward. As I reflect, I remember just how much I appreciated that job. And even today, in my first book, God has given me the opportunity again to send similar words of encouragement. He knew what he was doing by having me work there!


Take heart in knowing your steps are ordered. Meditate on the scripture above and pray and ask the Lord to give you peace as you continue to trust Him!


Thanks for visiting Simply Wisdom. I pray this entry has encouraged you today. To order a copy of my book Simply Wisdom: Tid Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey, please visit the links provided on this website. This book is available in print and as an e-book! Keep trusting God on your journey!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Your past does not dictate your future

I was talking with someone very close to me a few weeks ago and she mentioned her struggle with moving forward in her purpose. She explained to me how she felt like her childhood experiences are what's making her remain still. This is her story. Her name was changed to protect her privacy.

As a child, Sheila often felt neglected and because of this, she felt as if she couldn't move on to the next level in her life. Her parents weren't 'too' strict, but were certainly highly opinionated (as most parents are). They often discouraged her to moving forward in what she wanted to do. Unfortunately, because of misguidance, she made some wrong decisions that caused her to go a different route that she didn't expect. She graduated from a school that she didn't want to; because she was kicked out of the good one she started in. Poor Shelia really lost a sense of who she was and what potential she once thought she had. She became a loner who gravitated to the wrong crowd. She decided to do things her own way- without their support. With the discouragement, coupled with unsupport that she received from her family; she figured this was the best route. And even today, she is struggling with the idea of doing something great because no one ever really instilled it in her before. Now even being married with a beautiful daughter, she feels helpless and inadequate.

How many of you ever felt like your past was getting in the way of your future? Let me ask in a different way. How many feel like your past IS getting in the way of your future?

I'm sure some readers will say yes. And maybe you won't comment on this post, but maybe deep inside this is starting to tug at your heart because you actually may feel exactly what Sheila is going through.

The truth of the matter is, Past Rejection hurts! It stings and feels like someone or something has complete control over you and is stopping you from stepping out of it and moving on. Am I right?

Being bound by things that happened to us can really cause great damage. We begin to feel insecure. We begin to feel worthless. We begin to feel like where we are today is the end of the road for us. Well, let me plainly be honest- and I want you to feel me on this- Your Past does NOT dictate your future. You can move out of it and step into what God has for you!

As I shared with Shelia on the phone, you can't allow your past to be an excuse to God. The truth is, that's not a good enough excuse for not walking in your calling. That may sound cold, but it is really true. When you stand before the Lord, it's not going to be you and your parents or you and anyone else who hurt you. It's going to be you and Him.

Forgive and Let Go!
In Shelia's case, she has to forgive her parents. Forgiving people is not easy, but oh when you do- it will take that weight off of your shoulders. Unforgiveness is bondage. It holds you prisoner. It keeps you in one place and prevents you from moving forward.


Matthew 6: 14-15- 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

As you read in Matthew, you’ll learn how crucial it is to forgive. Just think about it this way. Think of all of the terrible things they did to Jesus before he was crucified. They spit on him, nailed him to the cross and there he hang before he died. Yet, he still forgave them by dying for us. In a like manner, we should forgive those who persecute us- those who hurt us. In fact, scripture tells us we need to “bless” those who persecute us. (Matthew 5:44).

Shelia’s parents did their best. They were wrong to discourage her and not give support- but they were doing their best to raise her. But now that she is an adult, she has to look pass the past and think of what God can do in her life right now.

I wonder, what past situation you are allowing to hinder you from moving forward. Maybe it’s not your parents. Maybe it’s something your old boss said to you. Maybe it’s your own personal inward feelings of inadequacy because you didn’t make straight A’s in school. Whatever it is, I encourage you to let it go. Release that thing to God and allow him to show you how to move forward. Once you submit it to Him, he’ll take care of the rest!


Excerpt from Simply Wisdom


"The truth is, there are times in our lives when we really need to step back and trust God without always running to (or trusting in) in other people. It is so easy to put our trust in man. We have friends that we may consider very reliable. However, God is far more reliable than any friend we will ever have.” (Simply Wisdom, pg. 34)

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Simply Wisdom" is Officially Published!


First Book "Simply Wisdom" is Officially Published!


Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the release of my first book "Simply Wisdom: Tid-Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey". On a personal note, this book exemplifies my greatest passion: encouraging others to pursue their purpose in the Lord! I firmly believe God has equipped us all with a unique gift and ability. What we do with those gifts and abilities matter to God because ultimately He wants us to share them with others and use them for His glory.

In this book, I share personal testimonies and lessons the Lord has taught me as I sought God for my purpose. I've learned very valuable lessons that I am sure will encourage you as well. I wrote this book with the mind and heart to empower you to flourish in your God-given talents! To read the Press Release for Simply Wisdom, please click HERE.

Simply Wisdom is available for purchase in Lulu's Marketplace. Click HERE to view and purchase. To purchase this book in the Kindle addition on Amazon.com, click HERE. And, if you would like to receive a signed copy with an encouraging message just for you, click HERE to order by PayPal!

I'm humbled by your love, prayers and support throughout my writing endeavors. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send an email to kennisha@kennisha-hill.com and I'll get back with you asap.

Also, I encourage you to take a moment to visit my new website http://www.kennisha-hill.com and visit my blog!

May God saturate you with his love, grace and peace!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill
www.kennisha-hill.com