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The Place of Nevertheless, Part Two

Do you have one more nevertheless?

 

NOTE: For those of you who don’t believe God speaks to His people today in a voice in which He can be understood, I beg to differ. If you had conversations with your earthly father at any given time, and he was able to give you the things you needed, isn’t our Heavenly Father more able to speak with and to us and give us the things we need? Just saying.

I gave you much to think about in my last blog. You see, when God gives us that moment in time in which we know we are going to have to let go and let Him…for real, He knows we are coming to the very end of ourselves. That’s what happened to me when He took me to New York and allowed me to stay there for over a year.

When God asked me that question on that day, I didn’t answer right away. As a matter of fact, it took me several, about three, days to answer. It was not an easy matter. You see, I knew what that meant. It meant I was going to give my will over to His. It meant that no matter what He decided, I would go with it. It meant I would have to drink from the cup He was offering me.

Have you been in a place in which you had to drink from a cup the Lord placed before you? Maybe you had to leave a job position and take something lesser or greater that you didn’t know you were ready for. Or, it could have been a time in which God was removing people from your life, people you wanted to remain. On one side of your brain, you knew it was for the best, the removal. However, on the other side of your brain, you longed for that person, situation, or circumstance to remain. You wanted to hold on to those things that were probably detrimental to you.

When God asked if I had one more nevertheless, I was scared to death! I didn’t know what He had planned. You see, sometimes I thought God was playing tricks on me. I felt as though He was sitting up there on His throne to see what stupid stuff I could do on any given day. I didn’t know if I was ready for more of what was to come!

Are you in that place with God? Has He asked if you have at least one more nevertheless? Are you fighting to have your way to the detriment of your relationship with Him?

After three (3) days, I said, “Yes, Lord. I have one more nevertheless.”

 

 

Immediately, things began to happen. Stay tuned for the next installment to find out what those things were.

Please allow me to encourage you today. Give it over to God. He wants to take you somewhere you have never been. He wants to do some things in your life that have never been done. He wants you to walk in a level of excellence you have never experienced.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Thank you for sharing with your friends. I pray my blogs give you some things to think about as you strive to be ALL God has called you to be.

Love and Blessings to you!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

The Place of Nevertheless – Part One

On November 10, 2009, my dad called from New York to ask if I could come and help him. He was about to undergo several eye surgeries and needed me to help by driving him and accompanying him to his various appointments.

On December 9, 2009, my oldest daughter and I departed Denver. She was accompanying me to check on her Granddad. When we got situated on the plane, she asked, “Did you know Mae’s (my biological mother) cancer has returned?” God had set me up.

At that point, I looked out the window toward the sky and acknowledged, “You’ve set me up, haven’t You?” He didn’t have to answer. I already knew.

I thought I would only be in New York for three, maybe six months. God allowed me to be away from home for a period of 13.5 months. One year, one and a half months. 405 days.

I was away from my husband, our children, our home, my church family. Everything. Plus, I was in an apartment with a man, my biological father, with whom I had never spent a great deal of time. I didn’t grow up with him. I grew up with his family, my grandmother and grandfather. I didn’t really get to know him. As a matter of fact, I only discovered he was my biological father when I was about 15 or 16. Therefore, there was no emotional attachment. I was only going to do the dutiful daughter thing.

Now, mind you, I had come to know him. He was married to a wonderful woman, my stepmother, Margaret, for about 40 years. She passed away in 2005 from Alzheimer-related illnesses. She was my girl! I loved that chick! Him? Well, you understand.

Anyway, about 6 or 7 months into this sojourn, I began crying one morning as I prayed. I very badly wanted to return to Denver!

I missed my family!

I missed my friends!

I missed my life!

I was in a place where I was not wanted. My dad had already told me he liked doing things by himself. I was willing to let him do those things…by himself.

But God…

As I cried that morning, telling God I couldn’t take it anymore, frustrated in ways I’d never experienced, I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Do you have one more nevertheless?

Do you like television shows that end the season with a cliffhanger? Well, this is my cliffhanger.

Before I let you go, though, I want you to think about this: has God asked you for just one more nevertheless? And if He has, what was your response? Has God taken you on a journey in which He is requiring more from you?

In two weeks, I will share my response.

God has taken The Drill Sergeant of Life on a journey I never expected. This journey will cause me to be/become what He has called and created me to be.

I hope you enjoy and will share my blogs. They come straight from my heart, washed by the anointing of the Almighty God Whom I gladly serve.

God is faithful to perform!

May God abundantly bless you.

 

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life