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Mega Fest…Mega Blessing

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 ESV

This will not be a normal devotional.  Instead, I wanted to share with you about my weekend and how I was blessed attending MegaFest by T.D. Jakes Ministries (I rarely promote things and trust me; I am NOT being paid for this).

First, I am not really a person that gets caught up in the celebrity of people.  So, when I found out I would be attending Oprah’s Life Class featuring Bishop T.D.Jakes, I went more so just to say I went.  Not because I expected to learn anything or even because I am a fan of either.  Although they are gifted and have been a blessing to numerous people, I get excited about seeing people I love and not just because someone is famous.  However, this weekend during MegaFest , Christ used not only Bishop T.D. Jakes and Oprah to bless me; He used countless others as a blessing as well.  It was wonderful being in a place of diversified believers with different experiences and backgrounds that all shared the same God.  Here are five key lessons I learned.

1. MegaFest’s Faith & Family Film Festival: There are people of faith in Hollywood, a remnant, who are on the front lines creating films to give God the Glory and show Christ on a larger scale. And not just a whitewashed version of being a Christian, but the real life stories of people like you and I who struggle even while we praise and serve The Lord. This was something I really appreciated hearing because positive messages are needed now more than ever!

2. Oprah’s Life Class: “Don’t let the grave close the door on the opportunity to get to know each other.” – T.D. Jakes as he was speaking on fatherless children.  However, this lesson can definitely be used in lessons of forgiveness with anyone who has been separated by anger, hurt, bitterness, and betrayal with someone.

3. Oprah’s Life Class: “Being knocked to our knees is not a bad thing…” – T.D. Jakes  This struck me because many times we don’t want to suffer or be knocked down, but sometimes these are the very situations that God uses to humble us and to bring us closer to Him.

4. “When you’re closest to your light, that’s when the enemy attacks the most.” – Kerry Washington, Actress  If the enemy is attacking you, evaluate what you are doing for the Kingdom of God AND KEEP DOING IT!

5. “With every choice you make, you either take one step closer to God or away from God.” – Kerry Washington, Actress   If you recognize that EVERY choice and decision had an everlasting impact on your life and journey, would you make the same decision?  Perhaps all of our decisions should consciously be thought of in this manner.

Lastly, the most important lesson God taught me this past month was to always place myself in a position to grow and be surrounded by people who help elevate me in my own journey.  From the conversations with friends to the sermons I have heard at church to my spiritual mentor stressing the importance of reading and studying to impact the Kingdom, God has been teaching me about growth and development. With my attending a blogging conference earlier in August, I learned things that would impact my professional growth as a writer and author. From MegaFest, I learned things that impact me personally as a Christian, daughter, friend, and one day future mother and wife.  Yet none of this growth would have occurred, if I passed on the opportunity to attend both these events and I almost did due to money, until God opened up the doorway to both.  It doesn’t have to be an event like MegaFest, but I encourage each of you to surround yourself with Dream Catchers and Vision Implementers. Just being in the atmosphere of so many people that had achieved their dreams has propelled me to keep persevering to achieve mine. Secondly, it is imperative to always seek opportunities that will help you to growth.   Development never occurs in stagnant places, so you should always push yourself beyond places where you are comfortable and complacent.

And although this isn’t a typical devotional, I would be remiss not to close out on His Word. So I leave you with this:   “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 I wish you mega blessings this week and continued growth.

PS.  If you would like to see a few pictures from the weekend,  view our FB page AND while you are there, please LIKE the page!