The Awakening: This is Only the Beginning ayasha February 18, 2019 SATUR-Your-Day, USL Stories A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog titled, “Social Media Saturday,” where I gave readers tips on how to make their brand cool, hip, and colorful. After some time, I felt that although my blog had served its purpose, it was time for me to move on. I decided to “rebrand” and create a blog that would be more original and authentic – one that would reflect my personal experiences and feel genuine to anyone who reads it. I spent a great amount of time brainstorming, praying, fasting, and meditating on the direction of my blog. I finally decided to connect to readers by allowing myself to be as sincere and transparent as possible and share my life stories, lessons, and experiences. The name of my new blog is SATUR-Your-DAY (even though today is Monday. I’ll explain why I chose today to debut my new blog in a minute). I wanted to keep my blog tied to Saturday, as I had originally. Generally speaking, Saturday starts off the weekend, and for most people it’s a sigh of relief that they’ve made it through another long, tense, challenging and productive week. (“Thank God it’s Saturday, oh yeah!”) Now, as to why I chose today, February 18, 2019 – a Monday – to debut my new blog. Actually, I didn’t choose this day; God selected this date for me. When it comes to the spiritual side of things, God’s timing is nothing like my timing. I have learned over the years to take my time when working on new goals, projections, and aspirations. I wanted to release my new blog last year, but it wasn’t time yet. Nevertheless, God finally spoke into my heart and gave me the exact date to launch my new blog. I realize now that it’s perfect timing because it is the anniversary of the day that both my Dad and grandfather died, five years apart. My Dad passed away on February 18, 2014 and my maternal grandfather on February 18, 2009. Both of these men were very humble, great providers, and special men in my life. For those of you who know me, I talked about my dad a lot and even though he is not here with me physically, he is here with me in the spirit. There are many times throughout my day that I can feel his presence around me, which is very comforting to know and experience. I am praying that your spiritual light will shine so bright that your SATUR-Your-DAY will be greater than what you could ever imagine. I invite you to join me in SATUR-Your-DAY. Here, you can feel completely safe to discuss whatever problems you’re going through in life. This blog is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. As my Dad would always say, “For all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 No one is perfect in life. We all have imperfections. There have been many times I really wanted to throw in the towel and say, the hell with this, but at the most vulnerable moments in life, it was God that kept me. God would not allow me to give up on myself even when I wanted too. God believed in me when nobody else did. God will not leave me, which is very comforting to know and understand. I love God so much and he is a big part of my life too. I believe that this happened because I choose to make God the center of my life. After being ostracized, rejected, and labeled by family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers, God was with me through it all. Every tear, heartache, and pain. God was there. He saw the diamond in me that I could not see within myself. There is no greater love than God’s Love. Most of all, I have learned so much about myself, people, and this journey called life. I want you to challenge yourself to overcome every obstacle that comes your way with a positive mindset and attitude. Nevertheless, it is not an easy thing to do. It is easier to be negative, especially when life is beating you down. Yet the storms in our life are temporary, not permanent. Sometime our storms can feel permanent, but they aren’t. I have gone through a 10-year storm that I will share with you at some point. Some “spiritual storms” can take weeks, months, years, or days to pass. The length of the storm depends on God. Most people think of a storm like a hurricane or tornado which may last just a day or two. However, spiritual storms can last for a while, but during that storm God is trying to shape, mold, and re-define you into the person he has created you to be. If I came out of the storms I was facing faster than God wanted me to, I would have not changed or appreciated the things in life that I have taken for granted. For example, I have lived in a neighborhood that was the least desirable to live in, but at the time my credit was bad, but the rent was cheap, and it served its purpose. While living there, my credit score improved tremendously, I received a raise in salary, and paid off a lot of debt. What stopped me from moving? It was God. It wasn’t time for me to move yet. I had to “stay put” as my Aunt Alice would say, which is very challenging to do especially when you have the income and credit to move into a nice area. But if I had moved out before God told me to, I would have messed everything up for myself. Storms are a part of life and they are unavoidable. It is all about the way you handle and cope with those obstacles in your life. In the bible, it says not to lean on all your own understanding, but God’s understanding, which is very challenging to do at first, but when your faith starts to grow and becomes stronger it gets easier to count on God for everything. Just trust me on this: God he will never leave or forsake you. People may leave you, but God won’t. Allow for God’s spirit to connect to your spirit, then slowly you will start to see a change within you. He is building your faith, self-worth, dignity, and respect. You will come out of the fire not burned or scorched, but just like PURE GOLD. Thank you for reading the first of many blog articles that will appear in SATUR-YOUR-Day. I am looking forward to you reading my next blog, which will post on SATUR-Your-DAY, March 9 at 11am ET. Until then, remember this: You are untouchable because the spirit of the God is on your side. He is with you, riding with you until the end. I love you my brothers and sisters, have a good week, and God Bless. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.