You taught me to have drive, without being driven. And that’s afforded me the peace, to follow the path You’ve given.
I know I can’t set any goal or implement any plan; without grace from Your throne and mercy from Your hand. 
And this knowledge of the vastness of my dependency on You, leads me into the fullness and destiny of Your truth. 
So I’d rather be led You, than just driven to succeed. Because Your approval and good favor, is all the success I need.

By Alphonso Sensley II

Rejection: Striking Out

It’s probably safe to say that no one enjoys rejection. No one is happy when they strikeout. Yet throughout the course of our lives, we can be sure to experience rejection of various forms. 

It’s often said that sports reflect life. So using baseball as an analogy; Even the greatest hitters of all time still struck out more than they got a hit. My point is; You can have the perfect form. You can have years of experience. You can train and practice for hours upon hours. You can be the best at what you do; but you’re STILL going to strikeout every now and then.

So maybe you’ve been rejected. Maybe you’ve taken a swing at something and missed. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you. It doesn’t even necessarily mean you’re doing something wrong.

Don’t let rejection stop you. Don’t get discouraged when you strike out. Rejection and Striking out are just part of the game. Keep stepping up to the plate! Keep taking good swings at good pitches! Because sooner or later you’re going to knock one out of the park!

Grace for each other 

I’m convinced people would get along better if everyone wore a T-shirt with the following quotes.
“I don’t always say the right thing.”
“I don’t always respond the right way.”
“I get frustrated, angry, tired, sad.”
“I’m human”
We don’t stop using our phones when they get a small crack on the screen.
We don’t stop driving our cars when they get a few dents. With the inanimate objects we own, we allow room for imperfection. We expect them not to be perfect.

Yet why do we often treat people differently? When someone responds in a way we don’t like; our walls go up. When someone doesn’t say Hi to us first, we stop talking to that person… When people say the wrong thing, we are often so easily offended. We have become professional blockers. We block friendships, relationships, and ultimately the unique blessings God may be trying to get to us.
Now I understand, there is a place for not associating with certain people. And sometimes you will have to separate from people who are toxic to your life. But this shouldn’t be the norm for us. We shouldn’t be blocking everybody! Lol
 Don’t throw away all the apples because of one bad one.

Don’t let peoples humanity stop you from showing them the love of Christ. 
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Colossians‬ ‭3:12-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Reason

My worry turned to wonder. Words of life that echo in my soul like thunder.
In my weakness I’ve learned to stand. You took my hand, and called me friend.

Joy and gladness now dwell inside. While hope and peace stand at my side.

In my weariness I’ve learned to depend. Your never drying well sustains me to the end.

I walk through life with quiet confidence. I know The One who’s breath shaped continents.

I have a reason to lift my head. I look to the hills, where Your goodness knows no end. 

I have a reason to sing, a reason to leap; You are my strong tower, my soul You will keep.

You’re the reason I move. You’re the reason I breathe. You’re the reason I live. 

You’re the reason in me.
By Alphonso Sensley II

Broken Pieces 

We hide our broken pieces hoping no one will notice. Not realizing our hiding keeps us broken and hopeless. The Master reaches toward us, extending out His hand. Offering us healing, a chance to be put back together again. He heals our broken hearts, He binds up our wounds. He tells us that we’re chosen, never too broken to be used. 

I’ve learned, Don’t hide what’s broken. Don’t let pride or fear keep you broken. Let God’s light shine on it. Let His word in! If we bring Him our brokenness, He is a healer and a mender! Take it to Jesus!


Freedom’s Shore

I was lost and aimless on the seas of life.
Following a broken compass through the cloud covered nights
But Your Hope came down and spread forth my sails. Your Grace shone through and breathed wind into my soul.

It was Your Love that anchored me in the midst of the storm. It was Your Love that brought me to Freedom’s Shore.

A firm place of Freedom the waves can’t wash away. Hope for tomorrow, and Faith for today. My heart finds joy in The Safety of Your hand. My soul finds its rest on the shores Your plan. 
By Alphonso Sensley II

Always Faithful!

There are so many aspects of God’s character that amaze me. One in particular is how he speaks to us. Whether He speaks directly through His word, speaks directly to our hearts, or speaks to us using another person; He is always faithful to give us an on-time word of enlightenment, encouragement, and hope! 

I was thankful for God speaking to me this morning because I had a really slow start. After my devotion time I got ready for work and was just feeling a little tired. Not tired as in sleepy, but more tired of everything being a process. Tired of what sometimes feels like eons of preparation. I know that God has been speaking to me lately regarding my attitude surrounding this very issue. In fact, In my last post I wrote about “our journey” with God being a process. So with this in mind I said a quick prayer for God to help me adjust my attitude. 
So I went on to work and ended up having pretty productive morning! During a break I pulled out my phone. And as usual, I scrolled through my social media accounts and came across a wonderful blog post by a friend. Here is an excerpt:

We may not look like much, but God knows what we will become and loves us tenderly in every stage. He plants us strategically in a place where we will grow and flourish, no matter what season we are in. We get watered by His Word and by the Holy Spirit. We take root in Him, seeping deep and wide into God. All of this takes place underground, in the secret place. Some may not notice all the growth that is taking place, some may overlook our growth. But God is in the secret place with us. Soon enough, we spring forth. Life appears from the ground.”

-Michelle Pleitez

This unexpected post of a friend happened to be the exact word I needed to hear! It was a reminder for me to refocus and not to ever give up on this process and journey of growth! 
God truly is always faithful! 
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