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Many of you have had the opportunity to read my latest book, "There's Wealth In The Wounds
", which is now in its 3rd re-print. There's Wealth In The Wounds
is offered in paperback, Kindle upload as well as in audio format.
Through this literary journey, I've spoken to many men and women who were thoroughly blessed by the content presented; however it also commanded a return to locations many had chosen not to re-visit.
I've heard the term, "location, location, location" numerous times. While writing or recording There's Wealth In The Wounds", I allowed myself to travel to several locations which would serve as wealth patterns for the wounds experienced.
In one of the cities visited, I spoke with a young man who continually played the audio as he drove to business meetings. The gentlemen stated he now understood why his parents stressed the importance of education and developing good moral judgement.
I also spoke with a mother whose dreams appeared dashed because of some "non-beneficial" choices she made during her young adult life, she began to know understand the depth of her wounds and allowed the acknowledgement of her decisions to ignite the wealth of an I can make it" attitude!
I've also being given the gracious opportunity to have those share with me, how they felt their "wound" could not be healed, due to their resistance to acknowledge or accept the fact, it wasn't their fault. This is the place that caught my attention the most, I believe because even as a Women of Power-a Lady Leader, I too have felt the pangs of the wounds I have experienced and asked myself at times...was it my fault? Did I bring this on myself? What could I have done differently?
"Guard your heart for out of it comes the issues of life" Proverbs 4:23
These questions, I began to ponder with much seriousness, so much that my inner man revealed to me, yes some of the wounds I experienced was due to not applying due diligence to my matters of the heart. I allowed myself to take a "brief" walk through some of the wounds I have experienced. The reason I state it was a "brief" walk, because I didn't want the fragrance of those wounds to linger in my presence.
So in this brief yet brisk walk, I found some key factors which would have alleviated some very serious wounds, allow me to share and maybe, just maybe you will see yourself along this highway....
A. I made conscious decisions when I saw red lights, yellow flags and detour signs, but I forged ahead thinking I could "change" the person or the situation. Prov 3:6 "In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths"
B. I accepted advice from others, without checking "their" record. Psalms 1:1 "Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the unGodly"
C. I did not properly harvest seed placed in my hand. Luke 6:38 " Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together..."
The three areas of immaturity I possessed in my past, placed some very significant wounds in my life. In this season of maturity (yet still growing) had I listened, observed and executed with wisdom, I could have avoided some of my valley experiences.
When we make decisions in relationships where the liabilities outweigh the assets in most instances we have been given a glimpse of the outcome, but we place on the SUPERWOMAN cape and forge ahead with good intentions, and great expectations. What we don't rationalize is the expectations we are looking for, far exceed the capabilities of the person or the situation. True relationships provoke divine destiny...
Why do we accept financial advise from someone who is not financially secure? Why do we ask relationship advice from those who have deficits in their relationship bank? Why do we take the advice of someone who just met on public transportation or in the ladies room? Many of us have been shopping and we try on apparel and another shopper may be there and we ask them....How does this look on me? Surely there was a mirror present! One of the reasons I believe we ask questions of those without substance or divine knowledge of the situation, is that we want an answer that tickles our ears. Divine counsel may hurt; but it won't wound...
As I wrote in There's Wealth In The Wounds, my family and I visited a farm and I witnessed only a small inkling of what it meant to harvest the seed properly for profitable production. However, had I listened as a young adult to the harvest facts my parents taught me, my tilling of my ground would not have been so strenuous. It is my goal to invest the wisdom I obtained through sheer "ignorance" on my part into the lives of others. My parents warned me, "you don't need credit cards" in college...but did I listen? No!!!! During my youth my parents gave me a savings book, which during that period it was taken to the bank, the deposit was made and it was recorded in the book....but did I follow through? No!!!! My mother told me to always record in the ledger when a check is written so that all entries are reconciled properly...but did I follow through? No!!!! What did this cause? Financial disaster, and having to re-build and re-establish. Properly sowing your seed, produces an effective flow of harvest...
The walk we have just taken is a walk, which caused me to re-evaluate, and praise God because I had an opportunity to re-visit just how gracious God has been and continues to be in my life! I had yet another opportunity to give him glory, for I now see the wealth in "my wounds" . My heart is to empathize, and encourage others. My mission is to present the ministry of reconciliation as so stated in the Word of God. The Lord wanted me to also know that what He has done and is doing for others, he has done and continues to do for me as well!
So as you read this entry, began to allow His healing hand to be upon you, and recognize, embrace and salute the wealth which is being deposited in your life....and allow the wounds to heal this day through and within His grace and mercy.
Walk In Power,
Dr. BJ Relefourd
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