Being an Overcomer..

Wow, it has been forever since I have blogged on here; but guess what?? It won’t be that long until I blog again.. LOLOL!!

So, yesterday I had every intention to blog about one of the most real, most controversial, most unexpected questions I have ever been asked on a radio interview I did years ago..

I started writing and had to save it because I am still on the campaign trail and had a million things to take care of; therefore, I decided to edit it and put it on the shelf so that I could add my pix as well as personal touch today so I could post it and get back to work but GoD had another plan for my message today!!

It is the message of watching one that I LoVe(d) dearly, suffer, almost die in the hands of her husband, overcome and get back to living L.I.F.E as if NOTHING ever tried to destroy her..

My disclaimer is the following: I will NOT share any names but this is ALL true accounts that I am sharing with you today..

Imagine, I was only 10, in the essence of my youth with the world so bright before mii; as I had my family and friends all around mii!! I studied hard as I was taught too, played games with neighborhood kids, attended dance classes and ultimately didn’t have much to worry about until she went and got married.. My best friend at the time, though she was much older than mii, ok about a dozen years or so but it didn’t matter because she told everyone that she was really my mother and we did everything together.. We laughed and joked as we were in and out of Fl., Haiti and New York City, yup, it was awesome that she came to live with us, her family!!

“Ki sa, ammmwwwaaayyyyy… Pou ki sa li fe sa mem?? Et ti moun yo?? Eske yo ok??”

What I have said was what I heard from the elders, as they were inundated with questions and fear as to their relatives safety as well as the safety of one child she held in her arms, that were so very fragile with blood pumping out of one, and the baby that was still nestled in her womb, with no knowledge of the pain her very own father was inflicting on her mother and possibly on her eldest sister…..

I sat in fear, wide – eyed, shaking and trying to fight back the tears that wanted to explode  from their dwelling, I had to be strong, I had to remain calm!! I had to fight the monster who was trying to kill the ones I loved so much.. But how could I do anything about the situation, by this point, I was only like 11 and had NO way of saving anyone because I couldn’t even save myself..

Would she be ok?? Would he go to jail?? How were the little ones?? Will I ever see them again?? How could this be happening?? We were always sooooooooo #Happy as a closed knit loving family??

Friends, the situation I am referring to is one of many that would occur between a very close relative of mine who chose to love and honor her abusive, alcoholic, vindictive husband whom she didn’t know of his nature prior to them saying their vows..

The Lord truly has an interesting way of bringing things to one’s remembrance as I forgot about the many years of the abuse that this person endured, until I saw him again, in a family photo with the same family he tried to kill 2 decades prior!! How could he stand there, smiling and taking pictures with them I thought?? Does he NOT have any shame?? Where is his sense of pride, surely he could have sent a check or bouquet of of flowers but Lord, he really showed up to his first borns graduation and he is acting like he did something, as if he contributed much more than his semen!!

I close here, I began to think of the things he did to my family, what he did to my non – existent LoVe L.I.F.E because every time I thought of the abuse, the drinking, the 911 calls, how he intimidated others with his education and power, I wanted to throw up; instead let mii tell you what GoD did…….

He showed mii how beautiful they were!!

GoD showed mii that they did endure hell on earth for many years but that NEVER broke her or the children, he could have accomplished his demented plan of killing them off but it didn’t happen for a reason that still boggles mii..

Less than 8 years later, the same one who almost died, called mii to tell mii that I was the Only Christian in the Family and I had to Pray for Sandy, my Beautiful Cousin who was shot in the head and was fighting for her L.I.F.E!!

Why was Sandy taken, yet she lived after receiving multiple stab wounds, being hospitalized and having to get more stitched than I could count??

Though I don’t know the reason, I know this….. As I looked at the picture again and again, I saw what determination looks like, I understood what being an overcomer truly means; furthermore, I realized that it doesn’t matter how many times he tried to take her {them} out.. What matters is that she and they are still standing..

Today, I can share this tid bit about mii and NOT cry my eyes out too and that is because I am also an OVERCOMER!! Though I was NOT almost killed by a man that was supposed to love mii and be there for mii for our eternities, I found a way to overcome the ones that appeared so kind and innocent and wait for what  was (is) truly mine to be..

Friends, rejoice when you too have OVERCOME.. I know I will NOW and forever more!!

To you, my family.. Congratulations again on your Victory!!

Yours Truly,

AniYa A.                                                         The one who watched for years

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Psalms 41

It was a windy day and it was as if a tornado was sweeping through The Treasure Coast. I had just volunteered to take a friend to the doctor as her baby (whom I loved very much) was not feeling good and though it was a nasty day out, I could not see the baby suffering. Upon me dropping my friend off at the doctor with her precious infant, I decided to take a trip to visit Mama Hazel and Mama Linda of  In the Image of Christ in Ft. Pierce, anytime I was going through something I knew going to visit these two would change my perspective and I would feel better too!

Moments after I walked in Mama Linda had me to sit down and Mama Hazel shared that they were having an event and that she had just picked the Bible verse to add to the program; without hesitation, she asked me if I wanted to hear it?

I said, yes I would!

“Psalms 41 says: Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”

Mama Hazel read this scripture with so much joy in her heart and as she spoke Mama Linda smiled her sweet smile, while I thought to myself, “How did she know I needed to hear that at this exact second?” That’s when it became rather clear that it wasn’t her who knew but it was GoD in HIS Divine Mercy and Grace.

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It’s like this, my brethren while we are going through the most horrendous situations in our lives we tend to want to give up because we do NOT expect hardships NOR do we expect to make it through to the other side of pain. That day I stopped into the headquarters of one of my most favorite Ministries, I just wanted to be in the presence of women whom share pieces of their hearts with me. These women are so loving, compassionate and caring that I could be boo whoo crying and ALL they have to do is look into my eyes and say a simple word. Tonight, this message is for someone going through a battle in decision making.

This message is NOT a typical message that I would write as it is actually going to give someone an answer they have been seeking GoD for, here is the Divine Revelation of why this is going to answer a question for you! NOT only is it Divinely Appointed for me to share it before the midnight hour but it is also because you have been wanting to go into one direction, maybe into a ministry that you had your heart set on but you have been conflicted in your spirit as now you are changing your mind but are NOT sure if you are making the right choice. Tonight, the Lord is saying, come to HIM, sit still in HIS presence and know that HE is here with you! You will get the sign you have been seeking and it has to do with helping those in NEED of what you can help them with.

YOU, yes YOU, have a special gift that brightens others days when you are near and sometimes when you are NOT making others smile, you feel down and out. Wow, do you know what I am talking about? I believe YOU do…… The Lord does and did know you would read this and HE is saying it’s ok, let HIM HELP YOU!

{To Mama Hazel and Mama Linda, I don’t know if you understand how much you have encouraged me throughout the years but that day was sooooooo special to me and I will never ever ever forget it and I pray for you 2 always too}

Have a #Blessed night.

AniYa A.

 

 

The End Result

This evening as I was taking the long ride home from spending the day with my great aunt, caring for her after she had surgery, I looked up and I watched how people ran on and off the platform attempting to catch their trains. Within seconds I recalled two amazing Blessings that I have been longing to share!

Before I do share though; I have one question for you:

What does “The End Result” mean to you when you read it?

It can have many meaning as that is how L.I.F.E works, we each are the master of our own perception.

Instead of talking about the things that have been happening in my world lately, I am taking this time to share two amazing stories of people I highly regard as they waited for “The End Result!”

One was preparing for marriage and the other preparing to become a mother. I watched from a distance and prayed for the Best for them, there were days when one’s situation did NOT look as promising with negative reports coming from doctors and though she did NOT show a bit of negativity I am sure there were days when doubt settled in. She was true to GoD and stayed on HIS Word day in and day out saying, “I know what GoD Promised mii and that is what I will Trust Him For!”

WOW, IKR……. Talking about some powerful Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

I had close contact with the mother to be so the aforementioned in parenthesis were her actual words. The wife to be was quite a distance away but thank GoD for social media and other facets of communicating because I was able to witness how GoD took a beautiful hard working executive and turned her into a beautiful hard working executive and wife. She wasn’t only hard working on her daily job but this Woman of Virtue continued to prove daily that her walk got stronger daily as the date for her marriage approached! Friends, let me tell you, by the time the beautiful couple got married, I felt as though I wasn’t just watching the preparations for marriage rather GoD was also preparing mii for “The End Result” as well.

See, I have been through some rocky situations, well who hasn’t right? But what is amazing is I never thought it were possible for my mindset to change in regards to these two very touchy issues, you know like Marriage and Babies and stuff – LOLOL (sorry had to laugh here). A lot of young girls grow up playing with dolls connecting with magazine clippings, fascinating about their dream guy for their special day but I was totally different as it really didn’t occur to me that the whole marriage and building a home thing should be on the list I should be striving for. I was the oldest of 6 – where my oldest siblings at who wanted nothing to do with children because of ALL the brats.. (LOL again – J/K)

Well, I am finally at that point where I understand things much more differently and after seeing what these women accomplished practically simultaneously, in two completely different parts of the US, from different backgrounds but what they had/ have in common is that Faith – Unshakable Faith and that is more than incredible.

The Mother to Be has her Babies – Yup, got GoD’s Promise – she got her beautiful healthy fiesty little twins!

The Wife to Be has her Husband – she has GoD’s Promise – and she has a successful career but the additional blessing is that her and husband also running a franchise together!! #Hmmmmmmmmmm

I close with this simple statement: Both remained faithful to GoD and kept HIS will for their lives. They got The End Result, will you??

Best Regards,

AniYa A.

Proverbs 31 * Hebrews 11:1 * Psalm 33:9