Episode 108: Random Thoughts Thursday: My thoughts regarding the Coronavirus

 I hope you’re staying healthy and sane. Based on where you’re located this may be easier for some than others. I’m based in Illinois so our Stay at Home order has been in effect since the weekend of March 20th. We’ll be discussing this even more in today’s episode. 

It’s so surreal what we’re currently experiencing. I remember learning about pandemics in history class, watching movies, but I never thought I’d actually be living through one myself.

I have to admit, my lifestyle has trained me for quarantine. I’ve always worked from home. I enjoy exercising outside by myself. I’ve been ordering carryout way before it became the main method of survival for restaurant owners. Again, I feel like I’ve been training for quarantine all my life. Thanks to technology, this virus has not limited my lifestyle at all. I am still able to connect with loved ones and friends around the world.

My conversations with my English students and Spanish teacher have been the most fascinating to me. It’s been amazing to get a firsthand account of how various countries such as Italy, Germany, London, etc. have been handling the Coronavirus situation. My conversations with my friends (some who happen to be scientists and doctors), and other professionals led me to creating this episode.

Before I share my opinion I feel like I have to say, without a doubt some of the things that I’m going to say are probably going to upset some people and that’s ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I can assure you that I will not lose sleep at night if you don’t agree with me. 

I feel that I also need to say, I think for myself. Neither Democrats nor Republicans represent my values. For the record, as a Christian Do I believe that this virus is real? You betcha. Do I believe that we should have quarantined healthy people and shut down an entire economy for a virus that mimics the flu? No, I don’t believe this should have been the approach at all.

I personally believe that we should have closed our borders like Costa Rica did and those that were sick should have been allowed to stay home without fear of repercussion. It’s the fear of repercussions of losing their jobs, their livelihood that causes those who are sick to emerge into areas that could infect others.

Now I know a lot of people are going to ask, “What about asymptomatic people?” Ok, what about them? The incubation period for the flu is 1 to 4 days and this virus could be up to 14 days (that’s if someone even shows symptoms). This is the part that absolutely drives me insane.

I’ve talked to some of my friends in the medical field and many of them have questioned the rationale as to why and how we are testing for this virus.

1.     First of all, what are you testing people for? Many of the tests aren’t reliable.

2.     Let’s say you test positive, “Then what?” Especially, if you’re asymptomatic.

3.     Despite the fact that testing is supposedly free you’re most likely going to end up paying a ridiculous fee and put you further into debt.

4.     Besides, the advice the doctor is most likely going to tell you is the EXACT same advice you will receive if you have the flu. Stay home and get some rest.

Unlike many of the other countries, I strongly believe that this virus spread so quickly because many folks in the United States are conditioned and were advised to go to the hospital if they had symptoms and/or if they wanted to get tested. It makes absolutely no sense for someone to go to the hospital to get tested when you could be sitting next to someone who actually has the virus.

Again, I feel like a lot of common sense went completely out the window. I think that Italy had the correct idea. My students from Italy told me that people were advised not to go to the hospital and that the doctors will come to them. This makes more sense than sitting in a crowded clinic or hospital. These places are loaded with diseases; even if you do not have something, you are sure to come back with some kind of disease once you leave a clinic or hospital.

Illinois was one of the first states to impose a Stay at Home Order. We aren’t supposed to maintain contact with people outside your family unit and only go outside for exercise if you maintain a social distance of 6ft. The rationale in doing this was to “flatten the curve” and not overwhelm hospitals. Ok, understandable.

However, twice we were told that the model was wrong about when the peak would occur. I live in one of the most corrupt states in the United States–Illinois. I find it hard to believe anything our “leaders” tell us. We were told that we were doing a good job in fighting against the virus. And, then, Illinois gave other states our ventilators because we weren’t using them.

If all this is true why turn around and extend the Stay at Home order? Why would you give away our ventilators if we haven’t reached the peak yet? These so-called “leaders” have no idea as to how to fight this thing. This is sad but true. We need to stop looking to them for answers. They don’t even have a cure for the common cold.

I’m finding it increasingly disturbing that there is an increase in talk about mandating vaccinations and temperature checks. Of course now all of a sudden there is  “interest” in trying to help out the African American and Latino communities by increasing the number of testing sites in certain neighborhoods and most likely will offer vaccinations for free. By the way, here’s a fun fact. Illinois has the strictest Coronavirus restrictions in the nation. Governor Prittzker has ties to at least two different companies that are making COVID-19 tests. That’s a huge conflict of interest! No wonder why he’s so adamant about wanting to create and encourage testing. It’s not for our good and it’s interesting now that many of them are now scheduled to be created in African American communities.

What our so called  “leaders” will never admit to is that they are attempting to use minorities as guinea pigs under the guise of help.  We don’t even know if the test results are reliable, so you can only imagine what would happen with a vaccine…Get out of here! Are you kidding me?!

Think! We don’t have a cure for the common cold or cancer. Cancer has been here for years. Furthermore, folks in Flint Michigan still don’t have clean water. Therefore, I do not believe you when you tell me that you’re going to create a vaccine to cure the Coronavirus. Nope.

Whatever vaccine our leaders come up with will not be a guaranteed solution to our problem. Think! Even the vaccine for the flu isn’t foolproof, so there’s no point in getting  whatever vaccine they create. Even the doctor that everyone is so in love with, Dr. Fauci, literally said, “ There’s no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective. He also literally said that another concern among epidemiologists is that the vaccine backfires and strengthens the virus.” So again there is absolutely no point to getting a vaccine. This virus is going to be with us just like cancer, colds and the flu.

I actually know people who are in the medical field and they even said that they would not get vaccinated. That should tell you something and this is also something that they should be telling you. The main reason they cite for declining the vaccination is because this virus strain mutates too fast. Even if you did create a vaccine it wouldn’t really accomplish anything. Anything that’s being created now could have dangerous side effects and would do more harm than good. Furthermore, there’s no way that this vaccine can be properly tested. 

Sadly, our governor does not understand this fact. It is as if he is on a crusade to completely eradicate the virus. Would I love for this to happen? Of course, but again, we do not have a cure of all the other ailments that have been around since the beginning of time, so the governor needs to just calm down and roll with what he does know.

After talking to others from different countries, I suspect many of the deaths that are being labeled COVID-19 are not as high as we’re being led to believe. A German scientist took it upon himself to conduct his own study and discovered that 200 cases that were labeled COVID-19 deaths weren’t truly COVID-19 related. Despite these people’s ages, many of these individuals had many underlying medical conditions with small traces of COVID-19 strain. Many “leaders” are padding the  COVID-19 numbers so they can scare people into being guinea pigs. 

I hate to say this and it’s going to sound cruel, but we can’t allow fear or a virus to stop us from living our lives. These bodies aren’t meant to live forever. You need to take care of it as best as you can and call it a day.

Now, I already made my decision before my medical friends shared this information with me. Western medicine does not have a great track record with people of color (in particular African Americans). You are not using me as a guinea pig. There are way too many stories of Western medicine using African Americans as lab rats without their consent. 

Pharmaceutical companies can recruit all the African American celebrities in the world to help them in their quest to get African Americans to get tested or vaccinated and I will NEVER be one of them. Most of these African American celebrities don’t know any better. And sadly, like many of our corrupt politicians, these African American celebrities can’t keep their greed in check. I’m sure the folks in the Latino and African American community would much rather have money to pay their bills or put food on the table instead of giving them a pointless COVID-19 test or a vaccination that will most likely cause them more harm than good. 

What is absolutely amazing to me is that the same folks that are so concerned about the communities of color are the same people who never say anything when African Americans are being killed for the color of their skin. Yet, I’m supposed to all of a sudden forget all that history and willingly go along with being a guinea pig. Absolutely not! Not on my watch! Besides, pharmaceutical companies make money treating symptoms not actually finding a cure.

It’s no coincidence that the medical field and pharmaceutical companies want to increase the number of testing facilities. These people often have stock in the testing sites under the guise of a shell company they created to protect their identity. All you have to do is follow the money people.

I was listening to the Doug Kaufaman show called Know the Cause and he mentioned that there was a poll taken asking doctors if they would test the Coronavirus vaccine on themselves. Guess what? Only 60% stated that they would do so (who know if they all are truthful).

In any case, I’m concerned with the 40%.This is an incredibly high percentage of doctors who said no, they would not take a coronavirus vaccine. Yet these exact same doctors are going to be the same people telling the public that we should get vaccinated. All because they are owned by pharmaceutical companies.

Please be sure to check out the video of two racist French scientists discussing their desire to test the Coronavirus in Africa despite having WAY more cases in France than they do in Africa. Again, it’s because many doctors in the Western world still have this notion that it’s okay to use brown people in particular Africans and African Americans as guinea pigs (Here’s one of many other Africans along with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that were furious about this video).  In case you’re wondering the scientists apologized like many undercover racists often do when they get caught.

https://qz.com/africa/1836272/french-doctors-say-test-covid-19-vaccine-on-africans-spark-fury/

What’s slightly more disturbing is that billionaire Bill Gates is trying to get in on the virus action. He wants to “help” fund vaccinations that include microchips. I mean are you kidding me. It doesn’t get any more 1984 Big Brother than that?!  Moving on to the future of air travel dealing with COVID-19 virus.

In any case, airlines are talking about temperature checks, on the spot blood tests and having people walk down some sort of disinfectant tunnel. All of the above is going to be nonsense that I’m going to avoid. First of all, you can have a high temperature and it’s not COVID-19 related and if you’re asymptomatic you won’t have a fever, so again this is pointless. Plus, I’m not about to give this type of power to a TSA worker. You’re not touching me with a thermometer that’s been used on other people. I mean they already have a fit if you ask them to change gloves if they want to search your hair. Plus, nor will I be depending on you to be honest in stating the correct temperature. I would hate for TSA to have the power to quarantine people over a hot flash or even worse they just don’t like you. 

What’s even more troubling dealing with the future of air travel is that there was discussion about  spraying people with chemicals in some weird sort of disinfectant tunnel. I’m sure we will never know the true effects until people start getting sick or worse dying years from now. I can guarantee those who are wealthy will not be partaking in this fun little ritual of nonsense. 

Then once you get past all that nonsense and land in the other country, I’m supposed to trust some stranger in a foreign country to give me a blood test. No way! How do I know what that country’s regulations are? The chances of having a  contaminated needle used in certain countries is incredibly high. Again, no thank you. I will just stay home. I don’t need any of this unnecessary drama in my life. 

The things that people need to do to reduce their chances of getting sick are building up our immune system. We do this the old fashioned way…change your diet, take vitamins, exercise and get some rest. I’m not a doctor, but I get all of my information via research and watching one of my favorite shows called “Know the Cause”. 

Meanwhile, if you are under the impression that a vaccine is going to save the day then you are sadly mistaken. We’re going to have to get accustomed to living life again with yet another virus. One of the best things that we can do to fight against this virus is increase our hygiene. I hate to say it, but it’s incredibly disturbing that we had to even have reminders about washing our hands, giving people personal space and telling people to stay home if they are sick.  

I’m constantly asked about how I stay in shape and don’t age. I can honestly say I live a very clean life. I eat healthy, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol and exercise almost everyday and keep toxic people out of my life. My life is laid back and low key so my immune system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep out.

Some of the vitamins that I’ve been taking are betaglucan, vitamin D3 and vitaminK all of those are geared towards helping your immune system and give you energy. I know vitamin D has been in the news recently which is great, but they have failed to mention that you need to take K in order to receive all of the benefits that come from D3.

I truly hope that people use this situation as an opportunity to take control of their own health. Don’t just blindly follow someone because they have a title of “doctor”. If there’s anything the college admission scandal taught us is — if you have enough money you can buy any kind of title you choose, from any school you choose as well as buy  individuals to serve your own interest.

With this being said, we need to keep in mind that no one is as vested in your health as you are, so put in the effort to do your own research. Many times other people will not agree with your finding or your investments. That’s ok because some people never realize things until it’s too late. Don’t allow yourself to be held back by those who are slow in understanding facts from fiction. And most importantly do not allow yourself to be one of those people  who  succumb to fear and unauthorized authority over your body. 

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Timing Is Everything

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This is Episode 91. (Season 3 Episode 25) Timing is Everything!

My mind is always racing. Being a creative person can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing from the standpoint that you possess ideas that can be useful and bring joy to me and into someone else’s life. A curse because sometimes you may not have the resources to implement those ideas. 

 I’m constantly coming up with ideas, but due to time or money constraints, I’m not always in a position to immediately implement them. It’s always been a battle for me to have these delays and not allow them to frustrate me. Due to my impatience, I feel like God is moving in slow motion.

However, the problem lies within me. I’m impatient when it comes to fulfilling my goals. I want to see my creation come to fruition right then and there. 

When I calm down and put things into perspective, I realize that sometimes, God gives us ideas and solutions ahead of time. Later down the road, He gives us the time, energy, and resources to implement what He placed in our heart to do. If we don’t put things into perspective, we would be under the impression that God is slow to act.

What we fail to realize is that God is not slow. He works ahead of us. I have learned that God provides us with ideas and solutions ahead of time so that we are ready when He gives us the time and resources to implement what He has already entrusted to us.

God is big on us not missing out on the journey. We learn more in the journey than the actual accomplishment. Through the journey of implementing our ideas and solutions, we learn the attributes of Christ such as patience, faith, and praying to include God in our decision making, etc.

Since I have learned that God is more concerned with our journey (learning), I keep a prayer and gratitude journal. I take it out whenever I need to remind myself of how far I’ve come. Yet, it also serves as a painful reminder that I could have gotten there faster with less frustration if I would have picked up on the signs that God was trying to give me.

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In life, there are three possible answers to a problem. Yes, No and Not right now. It’s pretty apparent when God has blessed us with a ‘yes’. However, things get tricky when you’re facing a situation and the answer is ‘not right now.’ Why? At that moment in time, the outcome looks exactly as if God said, ‘no.’

Think about it. We don’t have the object we desire, so naturally, you assume the answer is ‘no.’ However, I’ve learned over the years, that many times this is not the case. If the desire that you are asking for is not going against God’s word then rest assured that if you didn’t receive an immediate ‘yes’ to your request then most likely the answer is 9 times out of 10, ‘not right now.’ 

Ecc 3 confirms that timing is everything to God. It may seem like it’s taking forever but remember to God that 1 day is like a thousand years, which means that He’s not in a hurry. Now even though God isn’t in a hurry, there are things we can do to place ourselves in a position that would reduce the time it takes for God to make our dream come true.

  1. Examine your life. So many times we have temper tantrums and wonder why God won’t bless us without taking time out to see if we have any sin in our life. You may feel like you’re a good person or you’re living your best life better than someone else, but we’re not the standard. The Bible is the standard. If your life is out of alignment with God’s Word then you need to address this first before you see any type of blessings come forth from Him.

If you’re having a hard time comprehending this concept, think about it this way, let’s say you want to play professional tennis. You want to win, but you’re not sure how to accomplish this goal. What would you do? You would make sure that you know the rules inside out, hire a coach and practice, practice, practice. 

It doesn’t make sense to hire a coach that doesn’t know the rules or the ability to help you outsmart your opponent. Yet, many people do this when it comes to how they run their life. They seek counsel from people who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag. Nor do these people have any true “success” stories that demonstrate that they know how to triumph over circumstances. The irony is that many people who seek guidance often do so from someone who is unqualified. 

I think deep down, one of the main reasons this happens is because we secretly want to find someone who instead of telling us the truth, will reinforce the action we want to take in the first place. However, if you go to the Bible for guidance, it’s a lot harder to hide from the truth. We make life much harder than what it needs to be and it all boils down to the fact that we’re missing our next point…Faith.

2.) Faith. Having faith in God’s ability to answer our prayers is one of the hardest struggles Christians have to endure. However, how you answer this question will help you fight back against doubt, “Would you go out of your way to help someone who clearly does not have any faith in you? Absolutely not! Well, guess what? God feels the same way. How many times do we pray and then deep down secretly think, “ I hope He heard me” or “I hope He answers my prayer…” 

If we’re not in sin and our request to God is not sinful, then we should be confident that God is going to honor our request. However, if we’re wavering in our faith then according to James 1:6-7 it shouldn’t be a surprise when God doesn’t answer our prayers. We are to view our relationship with him like a parent/child relationship. A good parent wants nothing but the best for their children. If the child is behaving well and their request is reasonable, that parent will do everything in their power to grant their child’s wish. Good parents take pleasure in seeing their children happy. 

God works the exact same way. He wants us to be happy! However, we have to do our part and make sure that we don’t limit His ability to grant our requests. In Matt 13:58, God clearly informs us that our lack of faith will limit His ability to answer our prayers. He has nothing to prove. Therefore, God will NOT waste His time showering us with blessings if we don’t believe He wants to nor has the ability to do so. Many times we lack faith because we don’t have patience.


3.) Patience is another area that we struggle in because like children when we want something or a situation to change, we want it to happen right now. Life doesn’t work that way. If we know we’re not in sin, what we’re asking for is not sinful and we’re demonstrating faith in God’s ability to answer our prayers then we need to be patient. 

I know it’s easier said than done, but we can’t expect God to be on our timetable. Regardless of whether we like it, time is measured by using God’s watch–not ours. After all, He created us not vice versa. God already told us that 1K years is like one day to Him (2 Pet 3:8). Meaning, He’s not in a hurry y’all!  If there’s something that He wants you to have then He’s going to get it to you no matter what. God is in charge.

Case and point, in Daniel, prayed to God in order to gain an understanding of a vision he had. He didn’t get an answer until 24 days later. Why? Even though God answered immediately answered and granted Daniel’s prayer; sometimes, it takes longer for the answer to materialize due to unseen obstacles occurring in the spiritual realm like in the case of Daniel.

The angel that had been sent to provide Daniel with the answer to his prayer was stuck fighting for 21 days against the king of Persia aka a demon. This demon was so bothersome that the angel had to call in Michael, one of the chief angels to help defeat the demon. Had Daniel decided to give up, this angel would have done the same thing. That sounds harsh, but if you aren’t willing to fight why should God bother? He already said that He would give us the desires of our heart if we obey Him. Keeping the faith is one of those rules.

Again, this is one of the main reasons why I keep a prayer and gratitude journal. It helps keep me honest.

Hopefully, by now you have a better idea of how you can handle your prayer request in the event that God’s answer to your request is, “ Not right now.” Keeping the aforementioned in mind will place you in a position to reduce the time it takes to answer your prayer. If you’re living a righteous life and still feel like you don’t have an answer, then remember that there are obstacles taking place in the spiritual realm that are causing the delay in the manifestation of your request.

Regardless of what the hold up is in you receiving your blessings, recognize the fact that God is a just God. He’s a parent that takes pleasure in giving His children the delight of their hearts provided His children are willing to exercise the type of faith that has the power to overcome any obstacle that Satan sends our way (1 John 5: 4).

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Who Empowers You?

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This is Episode 90. (Season 2 Episode 25) Who Empowers You?

When you run into a problem, what’s the first thing you say and do?

If you’re like me, you’re most likely going to do the following:

“What am I going to do?” and then immediately brainstorm ways to get out of that situation.

Now although my approach to solving the situation may seem completely logical, it’s a habit that I’m trying to break. Why? I don’t want to unnecessarily carry a burden that I don’t have the power to lift. 

I automatically viewed myself as the one who has the ability to resolve the problem. If you take a closer look at my sentence notice I said, “I”. Not once did I acknowledge God.

Many times, when we encounter a problem we don’t even think about God until all of the other options we came up with have been exhausted. We go around trying to open locked doors when God has the master key. 

All the while creating more stress and anxiety in our life. God is the fuel we need to empower us to make it through difficult times. However, He can only do so when you have taken the time to go to the station so you can fill your soul with His word.

If  you don’t have enough of His fuel inside of you, you’re going to find yourself on empty pretty quick. When you don’t view God’s word as fuel, you’re driving around on unleaded gas instead of Premium. 

There’s no need for this to happen. You can get the resolution you need but if you don’t have enough faith to get to the station aka His Word, then you will forever remain tired or even worse, completely stop running because you ran out of fuel.

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I’ve always worked in fairly demanding roles. Early on in my career, I would get assigned difficult projects that would oftentimes leave me feeling overwhelmed. I would immediately get a case of analysis paralysis because I had no idea where to start. I wanted so desperately to do a good job to impress my manager. I eventually discovered that some people regardless of how well you do on a project are never satisfied. 

This really bothered me and I would unnecessarily suffer from sleepless nights because I kept trying to please people instead of God. That was dumb on my part. God already told us in Col 3:23 that we are to work for Him and not man. If we’re performing our job to the best of our ability that’s all God is asking for us to do. We don’t need to kill ourselves striving to attain approval from people, especially those who don’t share in the desire to please God. 

The moment I realized and accepted the fact that I’m working for Him and not people, I started seeing a change in not only how fast I could create and deliver projects, but just in life in general. Regardless of what I’m facing, I recognize the importance in taking a step back so I can pray for guidance. Doing so positions you to have Him take the pressure off of you and ensures that whatever happens, it will be for your good (Rom 8:28). 

This is why it’s so important to take time out to fill up on His Word so you can continue to drive effortlessly through life.

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How Do You View Adversity?

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This is Episode 89. (Season 2 Episode 24) How will you view adversity?

The past couple of weeks have been an absolute blur. This episode has been in my head for a while now but I finally got a chance to record it, so I’m super psyched about that victory!

Keeping busy and staying out of trouble comes easy to me because my schedule is filled with my passions.  Lately, things have been going crazy good for me.

Many of the things that I’ve wanted to do for years are slowly but surely starting to come true. I have a newfound appreciation for my ability to do these things because of the time I’ve spent in life’s valleys.

Valleys are those seasons in life when despite your best efforts, nothing seems to go right. Valleys are inevitable. Some last longer than others, but the only way you can pull through is by placing your trust in God. I know this is going to sound weird, but due to things going so well for me caused me to reflect on the times I spent in the valley.

There are two reasons in how we end up in a valley. One we’re in sin and God is trying to get our attention or two, and this one may be a harder pill to swallow, God wants you to use your valley experience as a stepping stone to further His will. 

Regardless of what the reason it is, I’m sure it’s safe to say that none of us want to be in that valley. Yet, the only way you can emerge from it is to determine how you got there. Did you lose your blessings or are you moving forward? 

Now I know that this may seem like a strange question, but trust me, it will make sense, so stay with me.

Looking back on my life, I can pinpoint several instances throughout my life, where I lost my blessing and the culprit to this occurring was sin. During many of those times, sin was the reason I was in the valley. Now I know a lot of people like to assign various degrees to sin like, “Oh, it was only a little lie,” or console themselves with thoughts like, “I didn’t rob or hurt anyone, so it’s okay if I (insert sinful behavior that you know you shouldn’t be doing).” This may make us feel better, but God will still be displeased. 

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When I reflected on my valley experiences I recognized many of those experiences were because I lied to myself. Instead of having faith in God, I often viewed myself and the resources as the Source to solve my problems. This was wrong. God is and always will be the Source. This is why I lost some of the blessings that God had given me. Much like Samson, I didn’t realize what I had until it was gone. My mom would constantly warn me about a variety of things, but because I was young and stupid I kept on doing my own thing until my world started to fall apart.

I’m just blessed that my mom was there to help me identify where it was where I went wrong so I could rectify the situation. If my world had not fallen apart I would still be going down the wrong path. I was stubborn but also had a strong desire to succeed which can only be accomplished by obeying Him.

Once I repented and truly turned my life around I started to see so many things change in my life. Everything started going my way! I got a new job making more money, I was able to travel more, a new place, and so much more! Man, you couldn’t tell me nothing! So imagine my surprise when once again I found myself in a valley and I was trying really hard to live my life according to God’s Word.

I was trying to follow God’s Will. No matter how hard I prayed, I still ended up losing the things I wanted to keep. However, little did I know, that in this instance I wasn’t losing anything. 

Since I had been praying and diligently trying to obey His word, God was removing things from my life to make room for more of the blessings that He wanted me to have at that point in time in my life. However, He was only able to do this when I had demonstrated faith that the things being taken away were for a reason. 

For example, when I was laid off from my job, I remember being so angry. I’m a hard worker, so why is this happening to me? There were so many other idiots who didn’t work but still had a job.

It took me a minute, but I realized that those times I was unemployed was God giving me a much-needed opportunity to rejuvenate. I was able to spend more time studying His word, hanging out with family and friends, learning new skills, and the list goes on.

Most importantly, I got to spend more time with Him. He taught me so many lessons and showed me so many signs that He was and always will be with me provided He remains first in my life. Guess what?!

Every time I have ever been laid off I ended up getting a better job somewhere else making way more money than the previous job. Yet, had I not stayed in faith this would not have happened. Again, in life losing things and God removing things in your life look exactly the same. 

There’s a hole in your life that you desperately want to fill. However, the method in which you choose to fill it will determine whether it will hold or turn into a sinkhole. 

The only way you will ever make it through adversity is by acknowledging how you got there in the first place. If you’re in sin, repent if you’re not in sin stand firm in your faith.

Just take solace in the fact that God is working on a plan for your life that is better than you could ever imagine. 

He has proven through stories like Job, Joseph, and so many others that a win can come in the form of a loss if you stay in faith. 

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