….Inspiring and empowering women about the love of Christ.
Author: Telleice Caraway
I'm a dedicated wife and mother of a blended family of five children. I started a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on March 2, 2013. From that day forward, my life has forever changed! I love Jesus and I have a passion for helping women of all ages and walks of life.
I have been married to my loving husband, Michael since 2005 . We have experienced God's unmerited favor on our lives. However, It has not always been easy. Just like other married couples, we have faced many obstacles: In-law issues, financial issues, blended family issues, infidelity, cheating, etc. In 2011, we were near a divorce and our marriage was nearly over, but God had other plans for our union. He has restored our marriage, healed, and delivered us both. We are now SYMBIS Marriage Counselors and the proud founders of A2GG (Adding 2 God’s Gifts. A2GG is a sports development and mentor-ship program for the youth. To conclude, we enjoy attending church and helping families overcome the strategies of the enemy.
3 weeks ago I received a call from one of my adult children. They were out of town working in another state. I received news that there had been a lay off for weeks.If they did leave before nightfall they would have had to sleep in the company’s van; out side in freezing cold temperatures. As a parent I did everything in my power to get my child closer to home.I used up all my resources. However, I’m so thankful for their safe return and thankful to the Lord for keeping his promise to me.
That brings me to last week….I had to go out of town for training. I did not have the money to pay for my hotel. I desperately needed one due to the icy roads and bad weather that was forecasted. However, looking at my limitations; I started preparing myself to sleep in my vehicle if needed. Just as I was about to grab extra clothes and blanketsGod interrupted my doubtful thoughts. He begin to speak… “You did not let your child sleep in a cold vehicle…. why would you think I would allow you to? You are my daughter!” In that moment I felt his loving arms and comforting presence all around me. As I begin to weep, he reminded me that he was in control over everything! Yes, that includes the weather! I worshiped him with such admiration of who he is and how much he loves me! He is all powerful! He cleared the weather up that day and made my trip a safe one! I was able to drive back with no problems. He even had someone to bless me financially before I left home. What a mighty God I serve!
Verse of mediation: Psalms 37:25 (KJV)I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.
My son and I traveled for the first time last month without my husband. On my way there I came into congestion traffic that delayed me an hour. Consequently, I had to find an alternate route. All the while my legs began to shake and my hands started sweating. You see, traveling on a highway or driving in a new place always seems to make me feel uneasy. My son noticing ask, “Mom or you ok?” I assured him that I was ok. All the while the Lord kept reassuring me that I got this. Part of me was upset that my husband did not come. I knew if he was with me he would be driving and he knows how to travel on any road. Then God began to speak to me. He explained that it was all a set up. He did this so that I would learn to trust Him even in the unknown. He said that I’ve always trusted Him in familiar places, however it’s the unknown places that I struggle. He said when I have no control…. I panic. It blew my mind because it’s so true. (Lord help me!)
I’m in a place right now spiritually and physically now that I’ve never been before. It’s scary, but I know who is with me! I relinquish my control!! God I trust you when I can’t trace you!I know you will never leave my side. Thank you for your comfort and reassurance. Thank you for the unknown places… They create a pressure that helps me to trust you all the more!
Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsakeyou.”
My 10 year old son longs for the day he can ride in the front passenger seat. I explained to him that he must meet the weight requirement to safely ride in the front seat. Recently, I had to go to make a quick run to the store. Although though it’s only about 15 yards from my house, I decided to drive. Because my back seat and trunk was full of boxes, my son had to ride in the front seat. When he buckled his seat belt, he quickly noticed the light on the dash that lit up explaining that his airbag was off. He asked me why. I explained that it was off because he did not weigh enough. He then became concern and stated that the air bag may not protect him like it should. Of course I agreed and explained that as a matter of fact, if the airbag comes out, it can do more harm than good. Moreover, I thought about this from a spiritual point of view. So many times we think we are ready to be in a place or position, but not realizing that we are not mature enough to handle it. In other words, we don’t weigh enough “spiritually” to to handle it. I’m learning not to move too fast. It’s best to be still while God shape and mold me into his image and likeness. When we move ahead of God we can sometimes move away from his protection. Stay with him and be co-labors with Christ. Let’s get our weight up!
Verse of Meditation: Jeremiah 29:11(KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
My job consists of me traveling to different counties every day. I have two routes that look similar and if I don’t pay attention it’s possible to take the wrong turn off the highway. Well to my surprise, that’s is exactly what happen this morning. Once I made the wrong turn, I was unable to turn around. The next exit was about 10 miles away, which would cause me to be almost 20 minutes behind schedule. Immediately, I became anxious and frustrated. Then a few minutes later I calmed myself down and prayed and gave thanks to God for allowing me to take the turn. I know he make all things work together for my good! Besides that, I know he protects me from seen and unseen dangers. When I finally pulled up at work it was 8am. Although I took the wrong turn, God still made sure I was ON TIME! Thank you Jesus!
In life we can start out on the right path but later find ourselves getting off course and taking the wrong turns. Sometimes it’s hard to turn around on your own. Therefore, we need the help of God. In my experiences, God has always met me right there in that place. His grace and mercy is sufficient. Call on him and repent and ask him to help you get back on track. Don’t worry about the time you have lost. Just seek God and trust him with all your heart. He is God…. He created time! He is able to collapsed time and have you exactly where you need to be and have you there ON TIME! Be encouraged!
Verse of Meditation:Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.
My husband and I have been praying for the past few years that God would heal him from seizures. So when he is attacked with one, the enemy tries to make us feel doubtful and defeated. He wants us to doubt who God is. But I know God to be a healer! I understand God’s timing. I know the will of the Father is for my husband to be healed; and he will be in the mighty name of Jesus! If we allow the enemy to distract us; we will start feeling weary and hopeless. But I read in James 1:2 to count it all JOY! That means the good, the bad, and the ugly! We found peace when we kept our eyes on the Lord and we know that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Therefore, Saturday night when my husband had a seizure I responded differently. I went up in worship! I started thanking God for his goodness and his mercy!
Trust God and take him at his word! He is a God that can’t lie! I dare you to confuse the enemy with your praise and worship. He desires to sift you as wheat(Luke 22:31) …..BUT God! In Christ Jesus you have the victory!! 🙌🏾
Verse of Meditation: James 1:2-3 (KJV). My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
I went into the laundry room to dry a load of clothes. Before I started the dryer up, I decided to check the lint filter. To my surprise, it has not been cleaned in a while. The lint was very thick and fuzzy. When the filter is dirty it makes the dryer work harder, resulting in a burned out dryer. This can present a fire hazard.
Which brings me to myself; this past weekend I felt like I was going to have a break down. I have been slammed with task, deadlines, laundry, work, bills, projects, etc… People would call or text me, not with a “Hey how are you doing?” but “Can you?” “Will you”?? “Why not”? I felt just like that dryer; over worked and over heated. No matter how busy I explained to others that I was; they still found a way to add more. If only they took a second to do a lint check. They would have known that I was about to burn out. The Bible teaches us not to be people pleasers. I’m working on balance and learning not to be a “yes” person. One thing I do know; is to ask for wisdom and call on Jesus when I’m in need of rest!
Verse of Meditation: Matthew 11:28 (KJV). Come unto me, allyethat labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Anyone who knows me, know that I can’t see well when it’s raining hard or when it’s dark. So that’s exactly how my morning started off. As I headed to work, the rain came down extremely hard causing me to have to pull over. I contemplated for quick minute about turning around and going back home. But something would not let me turn around. Instead, I pulled over for a few minutes then continued on my route. It was scary for me because all I could see was the white lines on the highway. However I proceeded slowly. About ten minutes later the rain stopped and the road was clear again. I was able to get to work… and might I add, I was on time!
What I’m I trying to say? I’m saying to you that no matter how scary or cloudy it gets on this journey called life, slow down if you must, but never turn back! God is with you and he is removing all stumbling blocks out of your way. Even if you have to drop to a slower speed than you are use to going, I encourage you to keep going! I serve a God that will collapse time and make sure you arrive on time!! He is mighty!
Verse of Meditation:Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for theLordyour God is with you wherever you go.”