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The Journey of Firework

Rebecka Walter

Independence Day proudly signifies America’s declaration of freedom, and it is diversely celebrated nationwide. A common ritual of celebration is the enjoyment of fireworks, but recognize the journey a firework endures before it has the opportunity to detonate into the beautiful creation it was fashioned for. Each explosive is precisely formed, packaged and carefully shipped. The firework is then eagerly purchased and cautiously stored until heat uncomfortably forces it to begin its journey upward. It travels along a narrow path – not always forming a perfect line. After finally enduring the process of becoming, each firework is able to ignite into the beauty it was intended to become. The dark quickly appreciates each colorful burst as it uniquely illuminates the night sky.

Recognize the journey we additionally endure before we have the opportunity to detonate into the beautiful creation we were fashioned for. Typically we surrender to God due to an invasion of overwhelming circumstance. Once this occurs, He willingly crushes the chains that bind us to this world and faultily hold us captive. It is after this that we experience true freedom; similar to the freedom represented by the firework. Because God uses everything for our good, our journey is precisely formed with an important purpose attached (Romans 8:28). Each purpose requires preparation, and sometimes this involves discomfort as we venture through the various seasons of our lives. Narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14). As we begin the voyage in seeking our creator, our human nature may prevent a perfect travel, but after finally enduring the process of becoming, we are able to ignite into the beauty God intended. Through Him, the dark will quickly appreciate our colorful bursts.

As I was celebrating Independence Day on July 4, 2015, I was enduring uncomfortable circumstances which ultimately brought me to my knees. I poured my entire heart out to God, and completely surrendered to Him. I asked to be transformed into His likeness. I desired to fulfill my purpose and the entirety of its meaning. When I finally let go of the rope that was bridging the gap between my flesh and spirit, it was then that He carried me. Trials and tribulations permit imperative growth, and though I’ve come to know Christ, the voyage in seeking my creator still births hardships – the difference is my perception (James 1:2-4). God desires to prosper each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). He never forgets us and only ever intends good.

I never imagined that exactly one year later, I’d have another opportunity to enjoy the colorful burst of each firework, but this time with family I’ve never known but have always prayed for. God never forgot my prayer. Princess, when you completely surrender to the Lord, amazing things will happen. Moments may follow that seem difficult, uncertain or unclear, but that’s okay, Special one. That’s the journey of a firework.

What if We’re Supposed to Actually be Those Things for Someone Else?

Rebecka Walter

The propelling, morning breeze provided a sense of cleanliness as the sun began warming the air. My sunglasses protected my eyes, and Britt Nicole was playing through my speakers. I can promise you that my pitiful attempts at singing along echoed throughout the car. I was paying no extra attention to my surroundings as I routinely embraced my morning commute. I miserably drive a terribly, endless stretch of highway to work every week. Construction eludes my route; the frustrating construction that quickly edifies patience. However, this particular morning was unordinary. Traffic was heavy and intensified as we altered travel patterns. Annoyed but perceptive, I continued my commute. As I looked to my right and noticed my previous car, which I had said goodbye to a year ago, disabled on the side of the highway. Let me provide you with a little background.

I was 18 when I purchased my initial car. It was a 1999 Sunfire Convertible GT. When the top was down, exhilaration blanketed my soul. Eventually it made its age known, and I reluctantly purchased a reliable vehicle. The countless trips to the mechanic due to numerous engine and transmission complications finally took a toll on my wallet. I never knew the girl who purchased it, but I do know the car never traveled far from its original home. When I first drove it through the car wash, the seam around the rear window loosened, and I spent countless hours miserably operating a needle and thread. When I had initially bought the car, a sticker that read, “Miami State” embellished the rear window. I never cared enough to remove it. Additionally, I attempted to obtain a festive bra for the car, and unknowingly acquired one for a Mustang. Instead of returning it, I simply used the part that stretched over the headlights – that fit. Undoubtedly this 1999 Sunfire convertible displayed explicit characteristic, right?

I immediately recognized my previous car disabled on the side of the road, and God instructed me to stop and help. How awesome would that have been? “Good morning, how is my old car treating you today?” Out of everyone who could have stopped to assist, I am confident I would have pervaded the most understanding. However, dozens of cars surrounded me, and the exits were scarce. I let my human nature proceed, and I questioned God. “God, what? I am surrounded by cars traveling at least 70 mph and you want me to just stop and help her”? A part of me badly wanted to. I could not begin to inform you of the innumerable times I was identically placed in that position – stranded on the roadside with my hazards desperately flashing. I lost count of the numerous people who offered assistance.God kept urging me to turn around. “But, God” I continued, “Do you realize how far apart these exits are? I’d have to back track for miles due to the various ramp closures. God, do you really want me to be late for work”?

Unfortunately my justification chose to ignore God’s meaningful gesture, and my disobedience eventually led to guilt and a genuine prayer for forgiveness. It’s disheartening to realize the blessing I could have been for a complete stranger who I shared a commonality with, but fortunately I am certain God will provide similar opportunities for me to share His grace in the future.

This morning as I was indulging in a book and enjoying my coffee date with Jesus, God spoke to me through the pages. I’m currently reading a book titled, “Beautiful Uncertainty”. This book is compacted with beauty and truth! It explains the importance of completely surrendering to Christ in various ways. The author shares how meaningful a genuine relationship with God truly is. She reminds us that we choose to either remain in a kiddie pool with God or venture deep into the ocean. She shares her journey back to Christ and provides comfort, understanding, and encouragement for individuals desiring the same. This particular passage resided in my spirit as I read it. I am certain God was revealing why I should have offered assistance to the stranger stranded on the side of the highway.

It reads: “How often do we ignore God’s pulling and tugging on our hearts because the thing He’s telling us to do doesn’t seem safe, or convenient, or sensible? We so often go through life looking for signs, angels and touchstones to point us in the right direction but missing our opportunities to be those things for someone else. What if we’re not always supposed to be on the lookout for our guardian angels? What if that’s not enough? What if we’re supposed to actually be those things for someone else? When we do miss opportunities to be a blessing to others, we also lose the blessing ourselves”.

These words seize truth and power, Princess. Don’t ever ignore God’s instructions. He only ever has our best interest at heart. When we obey, it provides an opportunity for us to increase our faith. Though I will never be able to experience the beauty that God purposed to erupt that morning, thankfully I was still able to discover His intent. My human nature permitted worry, question and uncertainty, but it is crucial to remember that people need you just as much as you need them. You carry a blessing that every soul you encounter will benefit from experiencing. Princess, trust God. Instead of wondering if you should obey what God is calling you to do, be slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). Princess, when God allows you an opportunity to bless someone, additionally, you are receiving a blessing yourself.

Get Out of Your Own Way

Rebecka Walter

We often create barriers with our own minds, which can significantly impact our special gifts and a calling. Additionally, we often fear the unknown, and refuse to sincerely fulfill our purpose and the entirety of its meaning.

We are all guilty for creating mediocre expectations, due to fearing the disappointment of the inability to accomplish the goals we should be constructing. However, it is time we stop comparing ourselves to others, and thwarting the skills we were naturally given. God knew us before we were placed inside of our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). We were created uniquely, and our journey was beautifully fashioned for our distinctive destiny.

We each play a huge part in God’s Kingdom; therefore, LET’S STOP HOLDING OURSELVES BACK! We are already victorious and should never let fear imprison us. Let us embrace it for the growth it is intended to bring. We should clasp onto our faith, and venture beyond mediocre. Let us abandon the countless excuses, doubts, fears and uncertainties, Princess, that prevent us from “GETTING OUT OF OUR OWN WAY”.

Forming a Permanent Identity in Him

Rebecka Walter

Do not allow your identity to form from worldly, temporary idles. Instead, realize that developing a permanent identity through Christ is exceptionally important, because He is a permanent God. A permanent identity cannot be taken away, and it automatically and gracefully completes voids that worldly satisfaction cannot compete with. An identity in God purposefully and rightfully defines who you are.

Personally, I once struggled with participating in worthless, meaningless, and sex filled relationships/ “situationships”. It was a vicious cycle that created an overabundance of confusion, heartache and ungodly soul ties. This was a cycle I was determined to break. I was tired of allowing every man that walked out of my life or every man that I pushed out of my life take a piece of my identity with him. After finally hitting rock bottom, I realized that the only option I had left was looking up. I completely surrendered to Christ and let Him form my identity. I prayed for God to sever the many ungodly soul ties that I once created, and I was determined to allow Him to transform me into the person I was created to be, knowing that this is giving my future “Adam” the ability of adding to my life as opposed to defining it.

I’m currently reading a book titled, Closed legs do get fed by D. Danyelle. This book discusses the nature of sex in a healthy, intended way, and it explains the importance of celibacy beyond the simple answer of, “because God says so”. Celibacy (the act of refraining from intercourse until marriage) enables a bond that reaches beyond sexual desires; a clear bond that is constructed from sincerely learning someone’s heart, soul and character without the cloudy complications and confusion immature and premarital sex can ignite.

Regardless of what temporary idol we choose to worship, God will forgive us as well as pave a way for healing. Surrender to God and let Him create something beautiful from what appears to be a chaotic mess. Always find comfort in knowing that God will never leave you, but rather we make the decision to abandon Him.

This is a journey that unfolds in its own time, Princess. The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14). Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Let it go. God is worth it.

“I let go of all I have, just to have all of You
And no matter what the cost, I will follow You
Jesus, everything I’ve lost, I have found in You”.

-Meredith Andrews

This is Only a Chapter, Princess

Rebecka Walter

We all experience challenging seasons, Princess. No one is a stranger to struggle. Occasionally it is exceptionally difficult to understand why certain incidences occur. Sometimes we simply face situations that we cannot control. Princess, some battles need to be placed in the hand’s of God, because all things work together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes we fight against God’s perfect plan for our life, and this only causes heartache and confusion. However, God is an awesome God, and He has already mastered a way to make it all beautiful. Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

You have two choices, Princess. Let this make you or break you. You’ve got to find the silver lining. Whatever you are trudging through will enable growth if you allow it to. Realize that this is only a chapter – not your entire story. Rest tonight, Princess. Give the overwhelming battle to Him.

Rejection is God’s Protection

Rebecka Walter

Do you ever wonder why people cross your path at certain times? Do you ever wonder what their purpose is? Who benefits from the encounter? Anyone? Well, everyone benefits; however, not every soul we collide with is meant to continue with us on our journey with the Lord.

I am currently reading a book which I love and strongly recommend. It speaks of a girl who was broken but has discovered her purpose in God; a girl who continuously uses her mess as her message in a way to help others. It’s called, “Beautifully Broken”. The entire book is compacted with such meaningful and inspirational content.

Remember this! Princess, we all have a purpose and a destined path. We decide if we follow what God intended for us, or if we take a detour into the wilderness. He knew us before we were even placed inside of our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He knew the mistakes we were going to make before we even made them. He knows our weaknesses, our temptations and even our faults, but He also promises to use everything for our good if we love Him (Romans 8:28). He allows specific circumstances to happen when they are meant to, and He enables specific people to cross our path at distinctive times (Isaiah 55:8-9). ALL IS PURPOSEFUL, Princess. It is ALL a piece to the foundation that is building our future. God has a reason, God has a plan, and God ALWAYS has a way. Not everyone is meant to go to the place in which you were called, and not every human being is meant to understand your journey. God closes doors that we are sometimes unable to close. Princess, trust, believe and embrace each step that leads to your unique, wonderful and meaningful destiny. You won’t regret it.

You are Worth 100. Do not Sell Yourself for 10

Rebecka Walter

Princess, your worth should never be devalued! Do not give false beliefs an entry way into your mind (Philippians 4:8). Know the truth! You are special! You have unique talents and gifts that no one else has ever been given. You have been blessed with special sights and understandings. Princess, you have admirers.

Imagine this:

There is 1 universe, 9 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas, and yet you exists in the midst of it all. You are part of God’s special plan. IF YOU HAVE A PULSE, YOU HAVE A PURPOSE.

Psalm 139:13 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Isaiah 64:8 – We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hands.

Matthew 10:29-31 – And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 – I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart…

1 Peter 4:10 – God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts.

Princess, you are priceless.

You are Priceless, Princess

Rebecka Walter

God loves you more than you have the ability to imagine; more than your human mind can fathom. Often, it is easy to look at someone else’s life and experience feelings of jealousy and hatred – BUT STOP. You have to remember that God has His own purpose for YOU, His own path for YOU to follow, and His own plan for YOUR life. What’s meant for a fellow sister may not be meant for you. Trust your Creator and water the relationship with Him. Everything else will then fall into place just as it is meant to, for God has a much bigger idea.

A Past’s Purpose

Rebecka Walter

The past may be responsible for molding you into the person you are today, but it does not define who you are. Learn from the past and be grateful for what it has taught you, but do not dwell on its adversities. Philippians 3:13-14 says it best – “forget what is behind you and strain toward what is ahead”. This does not mean that your past is insignificant or that you should not heal from its hurt, but until you accept or value the past and what it has created, you cannot appreciate the future or what it has potential to bring.