Lost in the Flood…

“The Top 5 Tips I Learned in Discipleship School”

For those who live on the eastern coast of United States, I hope this message literally gives you peace in the midst of utter turmoil. As we witness the tragic loss of life from hurricanes, I find myself overwhelmed with emotions. As more images surface featuring the aftermath of the record-breaking storms, I find myself asking what if it is me next time?

Last year during this time, I was 3 weeks into a hotel arrangement made by my homeowner’s insurance company. In August 2016, I was sitting on my bed with my 11 month old daughter watching a movie. All of a sudden, a loud commotion came roaring up the staircase disturbing the entire house. I literally thought the walls were caving in my home. I immediately grabbed my baby and headed for the front door. As we left my bedroom, I noticed a thick cloud of  gray dust had began seeping up the staircase. Instinctively, I covered our faces with a towel and immediately left my home. As I stood outside on the front porch, I had to mentally prepare myself for what I was about to turn around and see.

When I looked down through my home, I notice the entire main floor was covered in dust and debris. The entire living ceiling had collapsed. Wires and loose cables were hanging from an exposed wooden beams. I looked up and saw sheet rock dangling from every corner of the ceiling. The majority of the ceiling crumbled into a huge pile of rubbish that gathered on the living floor. Later, the source of the peril was found to be a silent leak in the roof that allowed water to funnel down through multiple levels of my home.

My homeowners insurance company pushed me to the brink of insanity throughout this nightmare. I loss so much. Sadly, the homeowners insurance company was reluctant to cover all the damages. Water damage can be tricky to detect because of fluid nature of water. In fact, as I entered the repair phase of the insurance claim, things started to get ugly. As contractors made repairs to my home, more problems began to surface. It turns out, the water damage was more extensive than originally estimated. However, the homeowners insurance adjuster was reluctant access the new findings. Eventually, I filed a formal complaint against my home insurance company and I retained an attorney. unfortunately, I still had to use money from my personal savings to cover outstanding repairs. Due to my homeowners insurance negligence, I wasn’t able to fix all the cosmetic flaws but I was able to make it structurly sound and livable.

Eventually, I was able to return home after a 4-month hotel ordeal. Although the accommodations were amazing, living in a hotel with a baby was quite the experience. My daughter had become pleasantly acclimated with concierge and room service. However, I found myself missing something; home. I missed the freedom of living at my own free will. I wasn’t able to make midnight chocolate chip cookies. I wasn’t able to light up my grill and enjoy a few ribs. I wasn’t able to look a family pictures hanging from the wall. I missed being able to do the things that allowed me to be myself.

Although, I have not been directly impacted by the weather paralyzing certain regions of country, my heart aches for those who are in the eye of the storm. If you have friends and family affected by storm, please help them. I know what it feels like to be displaced from home. I know what it feels like to pick through rubbish in hopes of finding your precious belongings. I know what it feels like to be helpless.

Last year my life started to becoming emotionally turbulent. Rain water virtually destroyed my home from the roof down, I found myself flooded with feelings of fear and anxiety.

During the mist of chaos, I found comfort in the written materials I had acquired from attending Discipleship School. The New Psalmist Baptist Church Discipleship Program is a 3 year spirituality course. After completing 3 years in the program, I walked away with 5 tips that will change my life forever. I encourage you to hold on to your faith during these difficult times.

Assurance of Salvation

1 John 5:11-12

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

Not only does God give me life; he gives me light. On my darkest days, I knew God was with me. He showed me how to be a light in dark places. I had learn to smile and be a light-bearer even in the midst of fear” -sherri p.

Assurance of Guidance

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Last year I didn’t understand all of the chaos going on in my life. I had to learn how to let God take over. I had to learn to trust God.” -sherri p.

Assurance of Answered Prayer

John 16:24

Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you shall receive and your joy will be complete. 

” God answered my prayers, all I had do was ask!”  –sherri p

Assurance of Victory

1 Corinthians 10:13

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God NEVER gives us more than we can handle. When times get tight, he will provide a way out” -sherri p.

Assurance of Forgiveness

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“You have to be willing to FORGIVE” -sherri p.

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