LISTENNNNNNN! Welcome to my brand new blog, "THE FAITH WALK"! I am so excited to be on this new journey as a blogger. I’ve always had a passion for writing and I released a book last year so I thought to myself and said, “Why not keep the momentum going?”
For those that may not know me, my name is Tyrah Walker and I am an author, model and host. I also enjoy singing, taking photos and reading. All these things are super cool, but I would be nothing without my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so in love with God and I love to share my relationship with Him wherever I go. I am not quiet nor ashamed when it comes to my faith. This spiritual journey is not always easy, but it’s worth it.
As I strive to become a better me and Christian, I realize how often I come across people who are sad, broken and lost. When I launched my book, “Bouncing Back to Me: Overcoming Jealousy, Depression and More,” I started speaking to both men and women about stressful relationships and insecurities and realized how much those problems can really put us in a bad state if we don’t know how to properly deal with it. I started giving out advice to my friends and even strangers and said, “Wow God this is déjà vu!” It was like I was reliving my own life from my highschool and early college years. I was depressed over a man who I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. I was a lost sheep. I was making the wrong choices, listening to the wrong people and afraid to go to God in prayer because of shame. For a long time I felt that because of my past, I was not qualified to do the Lord’s work or witness to other people about what He has done for me. And yes, this was even after I rededicated my life to Christ. Sadly, I still felt unforgiven.
By the grace of God, I no longer think that way. In fact, I can go on and on talking about the goodness of God with the mindset that if I touch just one life, I have done what was asked of me.
When speaking to people about my relationship with God, I always tell them that God does not hold your past against you. Often times as new believers, we are so scared of the past and think that God still holds on to our mistakes from years ago when that is far from the truth. How do I know that? The Bible tells us that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us for our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV). He keeps no record of our wrongs.
One thing I have learned is that there is beauty in the past. What the devil meant for bad, God meant it for our good. At the time when I was going through depression, I wasn’t thinking about the positive effect it would later have in my life. It wasn’t until God told me to write a book that I realized he turned my mess into a message and my tests into testimonies for the people I may come across. What was meant to shame me, made me the woman of God I am and striving to be everyday.
When we are made new in Christ, people will try to bring up our past to try to remind us of the shame instead of the grace God has already given. Think about how often we see this in the media. Every now and then there is some celebrity that seems to be doing well and increasing their fan base when suddenly, someone that was bored goes and digs up that person’s old tweets from years ago. Stones from everywhere are instantly thrown at the celebrity as if no one had a past before. Every time this happens, I wonder do those people casting stones understand that people can grow and learn? They don’t need to be constantly reminded of what they tweeted when they were an adolescence. More than likely they were just young and immature at the time.
How great is our God that when we repent with a pure heart He keeps no record of what we did in the past because we are created new in Him!
I know… usually the first blog post is just an introduction, but I've had this beauty in the past message in my spirit for a long time. I’m sick of the enemy trying to bring shame to God’s people when it can be used to glorify the kingdom! Don’t be afraid of what others may say about your past. Be bold and don’t let fear stop you from telling your testimony. Your past pain can be just what the next person needs to overcome. Even if you’re currently going through a situation, keep pushing because the next person is depending on you. Your story is ready to be told so that someone else can learn and grow from it.
What is the purpose of this blog? Who is this blog for? If you are a believer in Christ or want to learn more about Him because you have questions, then this blog is for you. I have learned that it is extremely important for believers to have a support group and build relationships with other believers because this faith walk is not always easy. There may be some days when you feel very confident in your faith and other days when you aren’t so sure. That’s ok. I have my days when I feel unstoppable and days when I feel defeated. Those are the days when I need my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all in this together! Will you join me in this faith walk? I pray you will.