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1 Peter 5:5-7 (NASB) Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility for God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
CHAPTER 1 I’ve been blessed in so many ways but understanding even when things are going unfavorable in my life, I’m still blessed, was indeed the area where I needed growth. You know, it’s easy to believe you are blessed when things are going well, but when things are not so good we often neglect the reality we are still blessed. Things can happen in your life suddenly and when these things happen, you must remember they are not meant to devastate you to the point of no return. I have a little secret…anytime something happens suddenly in my life, I always know God is somewhere in the program and He’s up to something. Remember in Acts when suddenly came a mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:2), I believe God uses the winds of circumstance to change the projection of our lives, suddenly. I think when we are humble, we look at things differently and when life changes suddenly, we are able to withstand knowing our trust is in God. Well, it took a while for me to get it. My Marriage Beginnings When I met my husband, he was a hardworking man who had been on the same job for over nineteen years. He was making a pretty good salary and took care of his family well. My attraction to my husband was based neither upon his job nor upon his ability to make money, but instead, I was attracted to his humility. I could not quite phantom how a man could be so humble, even to the point that nothing bothered him. When you are in church, one often experiences their fair share of stuff that should or could bother them but not my husband. I would say, “Scroggins you just let people walk all over you,” and his reply would always be, “You cannot walk over me and not be stopped by my God and if you walk over me, you have to pass by my God and be given permission by Him”. He angered me because his confidence in the fact no one could do anything to him no matter whom they were, especially, if God was still with him or except God allowed was far beyond my mental capacity. My feeble mental mind said, “you do me in, I’m gonna find a way to do you in”, and this made for a stressful life. Wow! How I envied my husband. I realized I wanted the assurance and humility Scroggins had. There were times I tried to fake as if things did not bother me but my pride always got in the way. I never wanted folks to feel like they were playing me but Scroggins (with this different type of way), seemed to come out on top even when folks thought they were doing him in. I wanted what he had but the one thing I had to learn is being humble or gaining humility would take process. No one just wakes up and decides today I am going to be humble. I wished it were this easy because had it been so, I would have just tried to fake it until I made it, knowing well that anything fake can never take on realness just because it looks the same or acts the same. (I want you to remember this and look at Isaiah 29:13.) “…anything fake can never take on realness just because it looks the same or acts the same.”
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