I have been writing all my life. I mean, genuinely enjoying putting my thoughts on paper. For a time, I took some of those written words and turned them into spoken word in a local poetry event. And on more occasions than I have counted, folks have asked, when are you going to write the book. And my questioning response has been pretty consistent: ON WHAT!!!????!!! Well today Queens, I’m practicing doing something different. When Queen Al t-asked me to write, I sat down, and I started writing. Why?
For starters, she has a way of speaking that lets you know what she needs. And who can turn down a woman who knows what she wants. As women who know what you want, think about the times you walked into a situation full of confidence, spoke your desires, and had them manifest. Do you remember what that process was like, how you envisioned yourself walking in, head held high, shoulders thrown back, chest protruding, speaking assuredly. If you do, you’re probably smiling right now! If you don’t, well, now is a great time to practice.
Speaking of practicing, we have to be willing to step out and try something new. It would have been easy to ask a thousand questions: what’s the word count, what topic, why me, is there anyone else who can do this? But I’ve done that more times than I care to acknowledge, and what I have found is this: when God wants to elevate us to a new place, he prepares us with small t-asks first. If we can show ourselves responsible with the small t-asks, we position ourselves for promotion in this world and in God’s Kingdom. Who doesn’t want that!
In order to move from these small t-asks to promotion though, we have be obedient. Obedience is about submission, and submission is about giving yourself over to another’s leadership. God’s word commands wives to submit to their husbands, teaches children to submit to their parents, and workers to their employers. It also instructs us to be hearers and doers of the Word. Now if the Word is God, and God is the Word, our obedience to the Word is obedience to God. The only way we can be obedient to God is to know what God has instructed. We can find this in His Word and we can also find this in His still,small voice. It was that still, small voice that said to me, “Get with Allison and let her push you.” So I am writing this blog, in obedience to Allison, because obedience to Allison, in this case,is obedience to the Word.
1. Know what you want: What’s the word that has been spoken into or over your life that awaits your obedience?
2. Try something new: What t-asks have you been given? How have you responded?
3. Surrender: Who has God placed to lead and push you? How are you responding to the process?
Ask yourselves: Are you ready to submit? If not, what’s holding you up? If you are, step out and do it!!! I’m willing to wager, you will even enjoy it.
Until next time Queens, continue to wear your crowns well!