2017 Rebel Queen Reloaded
I want to encourage and uplift people, especially women. We have so many people telling us what we need to do and how we should act, what we should or shouldn’t eat, if we should wear yoga pants or go bare faced, etc. The last thing I want to do is add something else to make anyone feel inadequate when they are doing the very best they can with what they have. I want everyone to feel the warm fuzzies, but there comes a time when you have to hear the truth and that does mean your toes will be stepped on, more like trampled on and broken. But it's necessary for growth.
Let me start by re-introducing myself. My name is LaTasha Ledbetter and I am a certified Empowerment and Transformation life coach. I specifically work with women. I help women who are the backbones of their communities to heal within, as I encourage and inspire them through their challenges. I am the “go-to girl’s, go-to girl”.
Now back to toes being broken. Some of us have been following God for quite some time now. And if I can be honest some of us, myself included, have really been teeter-totter believers. (Yes I said it, and I’m talking about myself. Judging others is not my thing)
What is a teeter-totter believer? Well, you’re back and forth. You have one foot on the fence, one foot in front. Then you put both feet on the grass in front of the fence. Then you have one foot back on the fence. You’re hot for Jesus one day, giving up everything and following him. Then two weeks later…you are doing everything you were trying to give up.
I’m not trying to make you feel bad beloved. This is what I was doing. Going back and forth. And a lot of us do this, it’s not easy to walk the straight and narrow. Thank God for grace and mercy. But as someone I think of as a big sister in Christ pointed out, there comes a time when you have to grow up, leave the courtyard where grace and mercy reside, and enter the palace through obedience. OK that’s paraphrased, but that’s what I got out of it. I keep saying how much I love God and how good he is and how I’m so glad Jesus died for my sins (no really I am glad he died for my sins, cause if I had to do burnt offerings, that’s all I would be doing 24/7) but I wasn’t living it! It was lip service people. Yes I did love God, but I wasn’t going to church. I wasn’t praying, unless it was worried prayers about please send money to cover these bills that I can’t pay.
The way I was living my life was not saying I loved God. And I know, none of us are perfect. We ALL fall short, sometimes we fail miserably. That is why we have grace and I’m grateful for it. But as my big sister said, it’s time to grow up! It was time for me to stop giving excuses. God already knows I’m not perfect, but to get to the point where I had just stopped trying to do right was sad. What I was saying to God was that I didn’t trust him to deliver me from my sin and my strong holds. I was telling him that he wasn’t a priority in my life and that he was only good enough for me to acknowledge when I thought about it. I was not living a life honorable and pleasing to him, that’s for sure.
I was so lost in my sin. I found myself in a relationship that pulled me farther away from God. Wasn’t his fault. I had stopped going to church, so I left the door wide open for the enemy to come in and turn my life upside down and take me away from my destiny. I did things I thought I would never do, in fact I remember saying in the past “I would never do that”. Never say never ok? Just don’t!
What I have come to finally understand, is that obedience is better than sacrifice. In that relationship, had I been obedient, I would not be recovering from the things I am today. God will and is still using me but I could have experienced something different. I could be further along in my journey and not went through such heart ache and sacrifice that God didn’t intend for me to experience.
It’s time to grow up. God has expectations of us that we are more than capable of meeting, we just lean on being human a little too much. We are capable of making the time to spend with him in prayer, study, quiet time, etc. We really are capable of loving each other. It’s not about religion, it’s all about relationship. It’s time to make more of an effort to be obedient and to lean on God to break cycles of addiction, negative mindsets, lack, unholy behaviors, etc. We already know we will fall short. But you have to keep going, keep pushing, and keep striving. When you do fall, get back up. Surround yourself with other believers as “Iron sharpens Iron” as the bible tells us. It’s important to fellowship with others because we were not meant to do life alone. If anyone around you keeps you running back to your old ways, you will have to separate yourself from them. Pray for them, but you can’t go to places you used to go and do some of the things you used to do as a believer.
It’s time to grow up. It’s time to show up for God in our personal lives. It’s time to get off the fence and run towards Jesus.
I’m running, run with me.