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Pew devotional: It is what it is OR is it?

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By Phyllis Byrd Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

The cliché, “It is what it is” has been spoken millions of times by millions of people. It was even voted by USA Today as the

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No. 1 cliché of 2004. Yes, this cliché has been around for a while. Although, we hear it almost daily, I personally cringe when I hear those five words. Why? Because to me, it symbolizes hopelessness, a state of giving up or simply tossing the white flag in the air and surrendering to the situation. But as a follow of Christ, I choose to believe that “All things are possible to those who believe” (Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23).  As a follower of Christ, I choose to believe that, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). What if Moses had said, “It is what it is”? Could he have led the Israelites through the plagues, across the Red Sea and through the wilderness? What if Hannah had said, “It is what it is”? Would she have persevered in prayer and given birth to Samuel? What if David had looked at Goliath and accepted defeat by saying, “It is what it is”? Would the Israelites have defeated the Philistines? What if you keep the faith and proclaim the promises of God instead of saying, “It is what it is”? Remember, God is still in control! It is What He Says It Is!

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance.  She is a featured author in the Allen Public Library 2009  and 2010 ‘Write-On’ Literary books.  Her first children’s book (co-authored by her 6-year-old grandson) will be in bookstores soon.

Phyllis is confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV). Contact her phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.

Forgiving your mother in the fashion God commands

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By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, many are able to breathe again. Mother’s Day is filled with mixed emotions for many people who have

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endured relationships that would be considered anything but perfect. In Hector Tobar’s article depicting the play “Cafe Vida,” he conveys the story of three moms that have endured homelessness, prison, and drug abuse. He gives a glimpse of what life was like for them. The guilt and torment that they have suffered knowing that they were not the best of mothers due largely to the life they lived. They are working on changing not only their future, but that of their children. One of the mothers, Alfaro mentions “for all the pain I was in, I knew there had to be something beautiful for me. By the grace of God, I found it.”

These are only but three of many moms that have suffered the painful things in their life that most of their children know nothing about.

Some, like these mothers, have found God’s grace and have changed their lives and continue to break the patterns to improve their children’s lives. Others continue to repeat the patterns by holding onto resentment and pain. In a study I have participated in for sexually abused women, author and counselor John Eldredge reminds us that every woman who is callused and cold on the outside is a woman who has suffered some form of abuse. We must remember that hurt people, hurt other people.

It is not always easy to tap into the pain and seek to console the woman who has the tough outer shell. For this reason most of these women live lonely and desolate lives as many tire of trying to form a relationship. For those of us children that long for that deep relationship with our mothers this is not an easy situation. But God’s grace is sufficient. If you will allow Him to fill you with His love, He will give to your mother what you alone cannot, forgiveness and love. Only He can offer the unconditional love that is life transforming. “Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). We must follow Christ example and offer our Mothers the unconditional love and forgiveness that even we ourselves do not deserve.

In the end, we form our families and create the life that we desire. God tells us in scripture to proclaim that which we desire. “Call those things which be not as though they were” (Roman 4:17). We all create our own reality with our thoughts and feelings, so beware. Using your imagination for God’s glory by creating and seeing in your mind the beauty that is the true identity of your mother will increase the love that she feels coming from you! This is what brings healing and transformation.

Continue to pray, create and transform your relationships and your life! This will bring God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

California resident La Vonne Earl is a certified Christian life coach and counselor. A former Mormon, she has studied neuro linguistics programming, Sozo healing, and other avenues to bring healing into the lives of many. You may contact her at lavonne@yourkingdominheritance.com.