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Success 2

Part 2

Here is part two of my speech. I hope you enjoy!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

 2. Give yourself time to succeed.

Your entire foundation of success must be based on the fact that “God’s original intention is His final decision.

Jeremiah 29:11 declares God’s plan to prosper you and to give you hope and a future. You will have ups and downs as you travel along your road to success. Bear in mind, those ups and downs are all part of your life story. God will use your experiences at school and at work to uniquely qualify you for His purpose. No one else can bring to the table what you bring and no one will be able to disqualify you from what God has already spoken about you, except you.

On May 30, 1993, I received my pink bible and my award of achievement here at RoseHill Baptist Church for graduating from high school. I had major plans of becoming a successful fashion editor and travel the world to cover International Fashion Shows. In the fall of 1993, I enrolled in college and registered for accelerated courses in communications and electives in fashion merchandising. I had a plan to succeed. 

  Somewhere along my journey, I disqualified myself from completing my goals. My focus turned from obtaining success, to finding fault in everything that was around me. I eventually left school and began to operate outside of God’s will for my life. At that moment, I could not see God’s purpose for me and I did not give myself enough time to succeed.

It is no coincidence that I stand here before you, eighteen years later and deliver this message. Some of our high school graduates may have been born in 1993, which would presently make you 18 years of age. This message is being delivered from the perspective of one lifetime to the next.  In the Hebrew culture, the number 18 symbolizes a blessing of long life. So with my sincerest blessing, I contribute knowledge that I’ve learned along the way.

As you travel your road to success, remain usable. Know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.

Learn from your experiences, do not make hasty decisions and give thanks to God during your good times and not so good times.

Trust and know that God’s plan for your life is specific to only you. You will become the Word that God wants to preach through you. Your story of success and the road you travel will be used as a beacon of light for the next generation.

 You may be the high school graduate who lost his parents along his journey, you may be the single mother,who is now graduating from college or you may even be the adult who decided to obtain their GED, after a life filled with heartache and setbacks. Whatever your situation, give yourself time to succeed!

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The Road to Success

Part 1

I’ve been asked to speak at our church graduation ceremony this year. I must admit, I am very humbled at the idea of delivering an encouraging address to recent high school and college graduates. It was only one year ago that I became a college graduate, after many attempts and setbacks.  I pray that my words will fall on fertile soil and I pray that God will be glorified thru me.

The message will be posted in 3 parts, so it will not becoming overwhelming. Please let me know your thoughts and as always,

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

The Road to Success

Seek God’s will first in all that you do. Whatever you do in life and wherever you go, always seek God’s purpose for you. All he needs is your committed heart, in order to strengthen you. He’s looking for people to strengthen; he’s looking for people who are committed to him. Trust and know that HIS beauty is upon you and that he will establish the work of your hands.

With that said, I would like to share three “Nuggets of Wisdom,” with you today”

  1. Set your mind on success.

Your first priority in succeeding must be to please God. At school or at work you have to make a choice to be a representative for the Lord. Philippians 2:2 says, “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

God has purpose for you, and His purpose is to see you succeed. He wants people who are not ashamed to testify of His greatness whether in Corporate America or on a college campus. You have to want that same outcome for yourself. Align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and allow His purpose for you to spring forth.

For our college bound graduates: You are about to take on a whole new experience in life. You will leave behind all that is familiar to you. Your family and close friends will not be available on a daily basis and your entire daily routine will be changed. But God has promised in Deuteronomy 19:8, to enlarge your territory as long as you: Love the Lord your God and Walk in His Ways.

 Do those things at school that will set you up for success: get to know your college campus, take a tour of the library, and find out about study groups and tutors before you need them. Pay attention in class, find out which people excel in certain subjects and get to know those people. It is important to surround yourself with knowledge.

For our college graduates: Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments. Find comfort in knowing that you stood firm, you kept the faith and you completed your task. Understand that you are helping to decrease the statistic of minorities that do not possess a degree in America. In 2010, a study published in the New York Times, revealed that only 30% of African-Americans ages 25-34 held an associate’s degree or higher.

After you’ve taken a moment to celebrate, refocus on your success. Update your resume, build important networking relationships and find a mentor in your chosen career field. At work, you need to take on those projects that no one else wants to do and complete them with excellence. You should complete those assignments so well, that next time, management is asking for your assistance personally.

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The Conversation

Esther 5:14b: And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

And there she sat in the parking lot of Target, reasoning with God. “Lord, why doesn’t this man see me for who I really am?” Why does this relationship have to be hidden? Is he ashamed of me, am I not good enough for him. I’m smart and very beautiful. I am doing him a favor by even being bothered!

And God simply said “Why don’t you see yourself for who you really are?”  “You are fearfully and wonderfully made, I knit you together in my secret place, not to hide you but to create your innermost being. I watched carefully over each detail of your life as I formed your body. I made you to shine and not to settle! If you trust me with this very small detail of your life, oh how much more, will I bless you! I will fulfill my purpose in you, I will walk with you through trouble, my love for you will endure forever! I will hem you in from the front and the rear. My hand will forever be laid upon you!”

And so I trusted God and walked into my royal position. Ask yourself, what do you need to get rid of. What heavy baggage have you been lugging around that doesn’t belong to you? Will you trust God to deliver you from the ordinary and bless you with the extraordinary?

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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My Lifeline

“My Lifeline”

Luke 1:45- “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

This scripture is my lifeline. My whole foundation is based upon my belief of what God has said to me. This one sentence tells me that He loves me, He has established me, He cares for me, He takes my burdens, He gives me rest, He provides for me, He plans my future, He heals me, He has concern for me, He watches over me, He intercedes for me, He orders my steps, His ways are perfect and the list goes on and on and on!

I call it my lifeline because this one line holds enough power to make my spirit  rejoice on the goodness of God. His goodness is what sustains me. This word is hidden in my heart and it opens my eyes to see amazing things through His eyes.

 Some  may call it a life verse others may call it “my favorite scripture.” Whatever title you come up with, take time to search God’s  word and find your own lifeline. You will definitely know it when you read it. It will speak to you louder than anything else that you read. It will even come off the page and command your attention!

I pray that you enjoy God’s word and find inspiration in it!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Amazing Things

Joshua 3:5   Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Today’s scripture promises that the Lord will do amazing things among us if we consecrate ourselves.  The definition of consecrate is  to dedicate and devote oneself to something. God wants us to be devoted and dedicated to Him in all that we do. Our dedication to God is a breeding place for miracles and in that breeding place, amazing things will happen.

Trust not in your own ability but in the beauty of the Lord. Dedicate all your ways to Him and watch as amazing things unfold in your life.

My prayer for you: Dear Lord, we thank you for showing yourself mighty in our life. We thank you for your many provisions as we go about our daily routine. Help us to remain dedicated and devoted to you and give us an eye to see your amazing power at work in us. We love you and thank you!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Hard Pressed

Psalm 118:6  When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD;
   he brought me into a spacious place.

 

 Trust that God is doing an excellent work in you.

When feeling hard pressed or pressured , it’s only God refining you for HIS will

HIS way is perfect, everything that HE does is perfect.

God has made a declaration to prosper and establish you.

Trust Him!

 

 

 

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Manna

Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

In the 16th chapter of Exodus, God again shows HIS mercy on the complaining Israelites by providing “bread from heaven” for them. This bread is described as being white like coriander seed and tasting like wafers made with honey. The Hebrew definition of  Manna is “whatness”, so in essence, God rained down a sweet “whatness” for the people each day and their only requirement was to gather as much as they needed.

Just as it was hard for the Israelites to categorize manna, we often have trouble finding words for God’s Grace and Mercy. I am not for certain of its exact definition but I know that it is new every morning and it is sufficient for all of my needs. Just like manna, my only requirement is to take as much of His Grace and Mercy as I need on a given day. Somedays I need a lot and other days, not so much.

Recently a co-worker asked me why I come to work so happy each day. I responded by saying what choice do I have. In Exodus 16, God commanded the people to “gather” enough manna, nine times throughout the text! If God said it, I am going to do it and since he said it nine times, I am really going to do it! I choose to gather HIS manna daily because I need it to survive. Without it, there’s no hope and no future.

I pray that you wake up each day, with a set intention on gathering God’s manna!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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What’s your Ministry

Ecclesiastes 3:15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

Revelation only comes through God and I am absolutely amazed at what He shares with me. God said, “You become the ministry that I want to preach to the world through you”.  I began to think about my life and the ministry that he has called me to proclaim. It has always been a ministry of restoration, rejuvenation and empowerment. That in itself says alot. I had to go through a tearing down, powerless and exhausted state of existence to proclaim victory over them. God’s word tells us that after you have suffered a little while, God himself will restore you and make you strong.

Think about past or present situations that you have found yourself dealing with. Some questions that come to mind may be why did this happen to me or what did I do to deserve this. The shaping and molding and bending and breaking process is tough! It is hard to mend a broken heart while going through life’s daily routine. It gets tough offering encouragement to others when your whole life is turned upside down. As you go through it and the world watches how you handle it, you become that word that God wants to proclaim. God is still adding books to the bible and your name happens to be the title of one!

Be still and know that God is making you usable. Usable for His purpose and not your own. When you get to that place of preparedness, just know that God is about to do something big in your life.

 Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer