One thing this quarantine has allowed me to have is more time studying God’s word. It's mind blowing to me when I think about how the world has literally stopped because of a virus rapidly spreading throughout our nation. Many businesses have closed, citizens are being advised to stay inside, major cities are on lockdown, people are going crazy over toilet tissue and parents are being forced to homeschool their kids. Boredom has struck the homes of many and people are constantly wondering when will this nightmare end? As I mentioned last week, I haven’t worked in three weeks. The COVID-19 virus has affected many small businesses and people are without jobs, but we know that God is a provider and He will make sure his people are taken care of.
Since I have had so much free time, I’ve had no excuses as to why I can’t read my Bible or spend more than 30 minutes in devotion time. I have been hearing so clear the past few days and my ideas are overflowing! There’s so much I want to do as a Christ ambassador and faith influencer, but before self-distancing started, I always complained that I didn’t have time. Now, I have nothing but time! I recently wrote down all my ideas and ways to build my platform. Instead of saying, “well I don’t know where to begin”, I found myself saying, “God allow me to use the resources that I already have to do your work.”
I got to thinking how everyday before this virus took place, we as a society were always on the go, especially my generation. We’re always trying to figure out how we can increase income and have side hustles that we barely stop and give our body the rest it needs. Not to be deep, but have you had the thought that maybe God wanted to spend more time with you? Before quarantine, how often were you spending intimate time with the Father? Besides a Saturday or Sunday service, when was the last time you spent more than just an hour with Him?
If the answers to my questions convict you like it convicted me, take this time to spend more time with Jesus. Many churches have had to close down, so how are you being spiritually fed? Yes there are online services, but what if technology crashed today? You can’t depend on others to read the Bible for you. You can’t depend on your friends to be saved on your behalf. Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is” and they replied with all sorts of answers. Then Jesus took it a step further and asked, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16: 13-15).
One of the many great things about the Bible that I love is the fact there is a solution for every problem known to man. Whatever I’m going through, better believe there’s at least five scriptures to help heal the wounds. The Bible App is a great tool to use if you may not know where a scripture is located. I recommend also buying a Bible that has mini explanations within the text to help for clarity. Once you dive in the word, you’ll be exposed to so many life changing scriptures within the text. I am currently studying the book of Revelations.
What are you studying? I would love to know! Maybe we can study together? My friends and I have a bible study group that we each share what God has given to us. Let me know if you would like to be a part of it!
Keep reading your word y'all, because we have to know the word for ourselves. It is our weapon!
Be Blessed and stay safe. Love, Tyrah.
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Disclaimer: I am not sure why my quotation marks are improperly used. Will try to have it figured out by the next post :)
Hello faith walkers! I pray you all are being safe in this huge coronavirus epidemic our nation is facing. If you're like me, I am very tired of hearing about it to be honest. It's to the point I have temporarily gotten off of social media and the internet so that I can focus more on Jesus and put my energy in His word. I did want to take this moment, however, to be honest about what I'm currently going through in life in hopes to help encourage someone else. This thing is real life and real people are being affected by it physically or financially. I am one of those people that have been affected by this virus financially.
So as many of you know many things are closed down. Many people are working from home for safety measures, while there are some not working at all and not sure when they'll next paycheck will be. I am one of those individuals. Yes, your girl is not working and to be honest, I cried my eyes out when I was first told.
Many of you also know that I am a reporter for a very small company. My job is heavily based on financial support from sponsors in which we create content for. Yes our show airs on the news, but we are in no way under the news station. The coronavirus has affected the livelihood of those sponsors which in return has affected my job and my role. To make a long story short, no sponsors equals no money for Tyrah.
So I went into work Monday being told that we had to close shop until this whole thing blows over. I'm going to keep it real with you all. I cried. I went in so happy and thankful that I still had a job to go to despite the chaos surrounding me. Then reality hit and next I was home crying not knowing how my bills were going to get paid. I had such a fun time in New Orleans the week prior with my family to only be hit in the chest a few days later.
Before this happened, I was not scared of the virus. I was walking around saying, "I'm covered under the blood! We got this!" But when I got home, I found myself scared. I found myself crying over and over again asking God why would he allow this to happen to me! I had no words. I was it total shock and I didn't want to talk to anyone, not even my parents.
After my pity party was over I got the courage to text my bible study group to tell them what was happening and that I needed their prayers. Immediately they prayed for me. I started to slowly feel the strength coming back. That is why it's important to have a group of believers in your corner to help you get through the tough times. At that time I needed prayer warriors, not someone that was going to tell me something I didn't need to hear.
I started praying. I started reading different chapters in the bible to help gain my strength. In that moment I heard God tell me to go on a three day fast and just focus on him.
"Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him saying, 'Lord, save us! We're going to drown!' He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." (Matthew 8: 24-26 NIV)
I reflected on that scripture and went over to Youtube to watch a visual. Imagine Jesus big chilling on the boat snoring while the disciples are franticly trying to row a boat on their own. If I was one of the disciples I probably would've asked, "How can this man be sleeping through all of this?!"
Isn't that what we think when times get hard? We ask why is God letting this happen to us? We may think that God is sleeping on our situation, but he's not. He knew this was going to happen before I even knew about my company. This didn't take God by surprise.
Time and time again, God has proven to me that he is with me and will never leave me so why would he start leaving me now? There is a popular song by Deitrick Haddon called, "He Never Fails". Take a listen if you want. The video is below.
I love this song so much. It's just a gentle reminder that God is right there and He's never failed me yet and He never will.
I'm praying for you all. I pray that God's peace rests on you like never before. I ask that you all keep me in your prayers as well. Although this situation isn't the best to be in, I know that God is Jehovah Jireh which means, "The Lord will provide". I know God's word to be true.
Keep the faith loves. We walk by faith and not by sight. It may look very bleak right now, but Psalms 91 verse 1 reminds us that, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
I love you,
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