Friday, July 20, 2007

Message in the WiFi

Greetings everyone,

You know what I find so interesting about life---if we are open we can receive so many wonderful things. I know last week I was in one of those "moods" and my normal routine is to go to God with these things as there is no one greater that can show you the way, Allahakbar, Allahakbar, Allahakbar!

My beloved family of bloggers have been wonderful messengers in delivering God's messages whether they know it or not. Moreover, my extended family, Mindy, Vicky and Ryan have also been wonderful messengers in delivering God's messages with their love and support.

Well, just this week I received an email from a mailing list I'm on, and I could not believe the message that was delivered through in it. It felt as if the message was written specifically for me. I love when these messages come this clear. As if a bonk on the head to say, "HELLO!" So, I thought I'd share in case anyone else might be going through something as this may be helpful or applicable to you.

Hey guys!

I didn't intend to write so soon but I wanted to share something with you. Tomorrow, Wednesday on HOUSE OF PAYNE, these two episodes had me bent over laughing. I want you to check them out if you can. But on to the reason that I'm writing…

Over the last few years or so I've been keeping a journal just to remind me of all of the miracles that I have seen in my life. You know there is not a day that goes by that I don't say, "Thank you Jesus!" This has been an amazing ride!

I have a friend that I have known for some time now. Over the years I have watched him try to get his life and career together only to see him seem to get it on track and not several weeks later watch it fall apart.

One day he asked me to take a look at his life and tell him what I saw. Well, when I thought about it I realized that his life was a lot like mine used to be. I went back to my journal and saw some pretty disturbing things. For years I was trying to get my career going and nothing would break for me. I know that a lot of people think that this has happened over night for me but I started in this business 15 years ago with a dream and a prayer.

Anyway, for years I would make one step forward and four steps back. It was a vicious cycle. Then, through divine revelations and a lot of prayer, I began to realize some things. I realized that I had to forgive the people who had wronged me. This was a huge lesson! Once I began that path my life started to change. I also realized something else, and this was my friend's problem--we as human beings almost always sabotage our own success.

There are many reasons why we do this but the main reason that I used to do it and so many of us still do it is because we don't feel that we deserve good things to happen to us. Be it because of what we were told as children or what someone may have done to us, even as of late. I am so glad that I started to recognize that in myself. As I was telling my friend this I saw his will start to turn. At first he didn't think he was that way, but the more he thought about it the more he realized that it was true. He asked me, "How did you know that you were sabotaging yourself?"

I told him for me the thing to look for was and still is this--if you are the type of person that gets close but never makes it in, what that tells me is that you have the faith to get to the door, but not enough to open it. There are different levels of faith. One can take you to the door. Then you need faith to open it. A lot of times fear will keep you from opening it, because a lot of us are afraid of change. Then you need faith to go through the door. This is the biggest part because it means you have to conquer the unknown. This kind of faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Once I told him this he said that he got it. But not three weeks later he was back into his same pattern of self sabotage. He asked was I disappointed. I told him no because at least he knows it now and can start the process of getting past it. I know you're wondering why I'm sending you this email. It's just that as I was talking to him I realized that this is the answer to a question that a lot of us are asking. I know so many of us are trying to get to the next level in life. And we can but we must not be afraid.

Fear is the enemy and we MUST, above all things, believe. Believe in yourself and in the unstoppable power of God. Stop being afraid. Live higher and better. You CAN stop sabotaging your relationships and your success. You CAN change. You DO have the power to go higher. The prayer I used to pray and still pray all of the time is "God, don't let ME get me!"

God bless, I'll talk to you soon.
TP

13 comments:

Happymoi said...

"we can but we must not be afraid"
fear is a huge problem, fear always stands in the way of sucess, but without fear we'd all be dead by now, cuz if we arent afriad to jump,lets say off a cliff,then what?!! so fear is necessary but must be controled...change is a must, we cant stay the same all the time..how else would we develop,improve?!

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam ibeebarbie
you have strong faith Alhamdulellah.

keep it up and thank you for sharing the email and your thoughts.

mani said...

that was beauiful.. god bless them whoever they are, get their friend back on track in life, and that we learn from it too ibee.

"God, don't let ME get me!"

Amen

PH said...

That was a nice read ibeebarbie thanks for sharing .

salaam

maiuna said...

that was nice and very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

"God, don't let ME get me!"

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Happymoi,
Thank you for your insight. I agree if we don't agree to change and grow - we will be passed by. Moreover, we will miss so many wonderful opportuntities that God presents to us.

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
Thank you.

Salam Mani,
I love the prayer "God, don't let ME get me!" How profound are those few words?

Salam PH,
Thank you for reading. :-)

Salam Maiuna,
Thank you for stopping by. :-) I do love the prayer "God, don't let ME get me!" How simple!

Lebeeya said...

Thank you for sharing this email with us. It is very touching and true. God bless.

PH said...

I hate to be the one to break this to you ......... but today is Monday and the weekend is over .... how was your btw :).

salaam

PH said...

your = yours

ibeebarbie said...

Salam PH,
You are soooooooooooooooo mean. :-( Why does it have to be over already? :-)

Fatima said...

That was beautiful and it resonated personally on so many different levels. Faith really is the key word. Thanks for sharing Ibee :)

Romana said...

" he asked was I disappointed. I told him no because at least he knows it now and can start the process of getting past it"

i loved this part, i just thought to myself, not so many ppl would care to ask whether u r dissapointed in them, esp if u adviced them on something, just the fact that he had asked him, means he is aware that he did something wrong, and as he said "he knows it now"

this was beautiful ibee, very touching, as usual :)

did u self sabotage urself? and do u "know it now"?

Lost-Libyan said...

good job Ibee...and again I think we went over something similar last time, u need to find the strengh within urself and have faith in god...one way or another u find urself on cloud #9 sooner or later! :)
been there done that!
there is a song for Pink..it has this title "Dont let me get me" lol :) u should add it ur list ;)