Algenia, now that you’ve prayed, prepare for your harvest!
In preparation for a job interview one would typically recite questions that are asked in an interview, review their resume and check out the company’s website that they are seeking to get hired with to get familiar with the Misson and values of the company.
But, this is how I prepared for a job interview, I started reading a letter I wrote to Spelman back in 2009.
Seeking knowledge, truth and understanding are a natural part of my character. Looking over my life I’ve found that these are elements that have led me down a long but narrow road to fulfill a desire of overcoming my circumstances and helping others.
I understand that my life is not just about me and what I have been through but that they are to benefit someone else. I have a purpose and duty to teach truth, motivate and encourage others to be their best. I hold an optimistic view-point of life and an untiring determination to overcome obstacles in order to achieve personal and academic goals. In my research for colleges I found that Spelman holds values that are compared to mine, Integrity, education and commitment to service.
What this college can expect from me is a focused student determined to meet the requirements to fulfill a dream not only for myself but for the many lives that will be touch through my life experiences, hard work, education and wisdom. Being one of the first women to complete High School, a Vocational School and attend College.
The women in my family for generations only had up to 9th grade education. Some did not have the option, but some chose not to pursue education because of their circumstances.
As a young girl, I felt that there was no way out or hope. In my desperate search for happiness, hope and love I made some decisions that changed my life forever, I became a mother at an early age. At first I felt like a “statistic” another young black girl living the life either involved in gangs, drugs and a product of the ghetto. I disliked the thought of being a teenaged girl put into a box of “the ghetto persona”. I wanted out!
Now looking back, I did not know how to start but, my mind would not let me settle for what was offered. My mother with only a 9th grade education was a single parent raising 3 kids, and now her child had a child of her own. I knew that I did not want the same thing to happen to my children. I purposed in my heart to break the generational cycle. It was going to end with me.
I wanted to teach my children morals, virtue, character and self-esteem, so that they would become strong mentally, spiritually and emotionally not only for themselves but also to be a light for others. But first I had to learn these characteristics. I knew that I could not give them what I did not have so I began to search for individuals that would provide sincere encouragement, guidance, and truth and influence me to make better choices.
I remember my high School Black History teacher, she encouraged students that they could be anything that they chose to be, and as she lived her life before her students she inspired me to become a teacher. In my last year of high school I volunteered to work as a teacher’s aid at an elementary school and I also assisted as a dance instructor for the youth at the local parks and recreation center along side my brother well-known Dancer and choreographer within the community.
I began to change from the inside out as I seen how my determination helped the children in the community. Life is about continual growth and progress; I believe that Spelman College is the right place for me to continue this growth and progress.
My life has a renewed hope and meaning, and my desire is to share of my experiences and to teach the youth who are our leaders for tomorrow, that there is Hope. In no way do I say that this journey will be easy, but with faith, perseverance and obedience I believe that these are key components to reaching this goal. I am well suited for the course of study as a K-12 Educator; first, because I firmly believe that this is my calling.
My desire also, is to be a part of the solution for the many challenges that are facing young adults. I want to leave a legacy of character, purpose and integrity as did many of the Historical female matriarch’s; Harriett Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Mahalia Jackson and Coretta Scott-King.
These are just a few out of host of women who had endured so much through their trials to achieve a greater purpose. They committed their lives selflessly to bless others. Now we have an opportunity to learn of their achievements of how they made a choice to change the world.
After reading this not so normal martial for an interview, I felt at peace. I wasn’t concerned with the hustle of how the interview would go or even if I would get the job or not. I simply believe what is for me is for me. When the interviewer called she quickly said to me “relax, I just want to hear your voice, I don’t want to go through typical interview questions, I don’t have time for that.“ As she was speaking, she had already placed me into the position and explained that all she wanted was to place someone who was passionate about a few things like a healthy lifestyle, quality in service and overall compassion.
Praise God! Listen, ya’ll, I tell you what 😉 by the end of the conversation, I received a double portioned blessing. To be honest, I didn’t see the comparison of the letter with today’s job interview, but God’s words says that “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
This part of the journey is bringing me from being hidden and anonymous to necessary for a purpose. Now I know that during the time that I wrote this admissions letter I was to be hidden to be developed for such a time as this.
Yes, because God has a purposed this, I got the job!
I am smart. I am important. I am a world changer. I am brave and courageous. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am beautiful. I am called by God to do great things. I am strong. I melt in His presence, yet stand strong in the face of adversity. I can’t stop running because Jesus didn’t stop for me. I am a finisher. I am the right woman for the job. I am a winner. I am so loved. I am richly blessed. I am rooted and grounded. I am abundantly graced. I am my brother and sister’s keeper. I am empowered to lead. I am an overcomer. I am more than a conqueror through Jesus. Greater is He that is in me than he that’s in the world. I am a daughter of the King no matter how I feel. No matter how it looks I will see His promises manifested in my life. I am patient and kind. I am truthful. I am hidden in Christ. I am an end time soldier in His army. I was born for such a time as this. I have what it takes. I am resourceful. I am wise. I wear God’s grace beautifully. I am who God says I am and I will do what He says I will do.
Prayer: Father, help me stay reminded of who I am in You. Help me not to let my problems define me. You define me, Lord. You are my God and I belong to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I LOVE this Stunning illustration by @kadirnelson This speaks volumes to me, I wanted to know more about this, so, I researched to find the meaning and the vision behind it, and come to my surprise it was created for or during the #womensmarch.
I call her Gloria Grace! She speaks of history, truth, pain, strength and courage. She stands reflecting the rays of the Son, walking on water in peace. Her voice gracefully cries out to others to rise from the jungles of this world. Letting nothing distract her from her purpose. Her heart sings a of Love to the one that created her, at this mountain she stands to show others that it can be moved.
I am feeling encouraged this morning,
Our Heavenly Father, is making things happen to show His favour. I have had 3 different encounters in the span of 3 days, to let me know that His is listening to my prayers in regards to a particular situation, each encounter had the same message, STAND, STAY ENCOURAGED and Know that God is Intentional. They shared simular situations that they had endured. True enough, their testimonies gave me hope to see myself differently and remain steadfast because I believe that God wanted me to KNOW and REMEMBER that He is with me. It IS His will for us to put on His character and Grow through adversity, challenges and obstacles. I’ve notice that I was placed in a situation that was dark to be a light. In the beginning 5 months ago, I didn’t think or even see that I could or would be used. Oooooh But God!! 😆 y’all, I was trying to dim the Light to make others feel good about themselves.
I’ll paraphrase what a friend told me the other day, he said ” what you bring to the table is change, some people don’t like change they rather stay in the darkness and complain”
I’ve realized that this is their comfort zone. They will cause ruckus before accepting the change or be removed, by their own will or God will remove them. However, for right now the embrace the challenge ,because I Know that on the other side of going through this there is a great blessing.
#changewillhappen #RelationshipwithGod #Encouragedbythetestimoniesofothers #OHBUtGod #Shiftintheatmosphere
“No matter how high my enemies rise up against me, the Spirit of God will rise up higher in me. He will lift up a standard. I will not be overcome by my enemies. Instead, I will overcome through Jesus. I will overcome by my faith in God, and by my full persuasion that God is who He says He is and He will do what He said He will do. I will overcome by my knowledge that God is my only Salvation and there is none else. Today, I receive the overcoming mind of Christ. I receive the attitude of an overcomer. Jesus overcame and so will I. I will overcome sickness and disease. I will overcome the destructive sins in my life that’s been plaguing me. I will overcome fear and worry. I will overcome lack and poverty. I will overcome low self-esteem and low self-worth. In the name of Jesus, the grace of God will help me triumph over my enemy. I will not be overwhelmed. The only One who will completely and utterly overwhelm me is the Lord. I will be overwhelmed by His love. I will be overwhelmed by His grace. I will be overwhelmed by the operation of His Spirit in my life. I will be overwhelmed by His graciousness and how He stoops down to save me. I am an overcomer through Jesus. I will overcome by my faith and I will walk in everything God has purposed for me to walk in!”
(1 John 4:4, 5:4; John 16:33)
(Feel free to print this confession and place it on your mirror)