Saturday, January 2, 2016

Redefining The Fire

As I look back over the last year, I can say I have not done all of things I had set out to do. I have had idea after idea, started them and then fizzled out due to mental exhaustion and bankruptcy. One of my favorite author’s, Barbara Joe Williams wrote a Facebook post, something her mother had said to her. “If you have too many irons in the fire, you are bound to get burned”. Ouch!

I had many irons in the fire. I attempted to be superwoman in my attempts to write a book, plan a business venture, take care of my health, and be present for my family as best I could. Be all and do all. Burned and burned out. All of my efforts produced no fruit but a mired of annoying fruit flies. Swatting at the thoughts and desires in my heart. Slapping myself for not moving up the ladder of my goals, but falling off hitting the ground due to emotional frustrations, distractions, and the wavering of my faith.

As 2015 was coming to a close, I pressed pause and took a long hard look at my list of to-do’s and my life. I scrutinized every action and lack of action. As 2015 closed, so did the fire. Now that 2016 has rung, I have a new resolve if only mentally. A new flame if only visually. One burning iron at a time.  Jeremiah 29:11 in the NLT says this, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give a future and a hope. Plans to prosper and not to harm you”. This scripture has powerful strength if we pay close attention and submit to His will. We must surrender our desires to the Lord and line up with Him in obedience for in that, He will grant us the desires of our hearts.

I now have a new resolve and a new flame. I will be selective of the irons I place on that flame. Though I have come to realize somethings and those realizations hurt my heart, I cannot be surprised for God is the great revealer of truths and it is up to us to pay attention and see things revealed as they are and not as we desire them to be. I relax in knowing and accepting many truths and because of those truths, I have to take in to account my participation and remove my hand. No longer living by, play the cards you were dealt no, I don’t have to settle for that hand and neither do you. Toss it back on the table and walk away.

My brothers and sisters, God is good and He has it all worked out. Every good thing comes from the Lord. Take some time to put your irons in proper prospective. Let some irons burn to a crisp. Put some water on some irons and focus on the priority of that which you desire to see come to fruition. I don’t know about you, but I am not dawning the cape of, “I can do everything at one time”. Just like a recipe for a cake has specific ingredients and proper heat to bake, we too must have specific steps we must take to reach our intended goal. Remember, gold has to go through the fire to come out pristine.
Be Blessed


  1. Thank you. I could not have written it any better. Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for your encouragement. Happy New Year.