Summer seems to be my pruning season. It’s always the time of year when I have the most downtime and I’m really able to get away and hang with God. (Un)Fortunately (lol), this is also the time He seems to get all up in my business and tell me about myself.

Now if you’ve ever had God chin check you, you know that mess hurts harder than you can imagine and it usually takes a moment to recover. Over the years, I’ve learned to use music to help me through my recovery process. It soothes the pain while encouraging me to keep moving.

In 2010, my recovery song was Deitrick Haddon and Darwin Hobb’s “He’s Able.” I needed a miracle and this song reminded me that it was in fact possible for God to perform that miracle. I looped this song in my car literally all summer long and by August 7th, I had my miracle.

During the summer of 2011, I had a whole playlist entitled His Presence. Yeah, it was that serious, lol. That summer was truly a season of transition for me and it required constant guidance and direction. Just like always, my God showed up and showed out. Thanks, God.

And here we are in 2012. Everything I’ve been working towards for the past 10 years seems so close, yet so far away at the same time. I’m physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted. Part of me thinks it would be easier if I threw my hands up and walked away from it all. But God. As far away as everything seems, something in my Spirit keeps telling me I’m closer than I’ve ever been, continuously motivates me to push on and refuses to let me quit. Thus, all I can do is keep going.

This summer Marvin Sapp and Goapele are keeping me focused with their songs “Not the Time, Not the Place” and “Closer.” I’ve including them below in hopes that they will encourage you as they encourage me. As you continue on your journey towards your goals, dreams and aspirations remember:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)


Check Your Faith Walk

Midday message from @livelovekia.

Storified by Kia · Wed, Jun 20 2012 19:31:23

1/8 We WALK by faith! So if you are not moving in the direction of your prayers then you don’t believe in what u are asking for! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
2/8 If u asked God to open the door, why are u not in front of it!? Why are u not prepared to walk thru? Move in that direction! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
3/8 Faith without works is DEAD! Don’t write the eulogy of your faith because you are waiting on God to do ALL the work! Move! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
4/8 God will sustain you until its time for you to step out on faith! The children of Israel didn’t eat manna forever! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
5/8 Faith is cumulative! Moses knew his staff was special b4 he got to the Red Sea. Ur last lesson is essential to ur next! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
6/8 Remember that last "impossible" thing you conquered? Where there is a mightier 1 coming but God showed u what to do already! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
7/8 Don’t ask God to raise u up, if you can’t raise ur faith! The faith that got u HERE needs to be amplified to take u higher! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia
8/8 BATTLE is the precursor to VICTORY! U can’t TRIUMPH without a TRIAL! Move towards what u prayed for no matter what comes! #middaymsgLi∨e.L♥∨e.Kia