A Defining Moment

Exodus 33:5
For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, ……I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment…….

I sat in awe this morning as I watched “Good Morning America”. One of the featured stories was about a woman who had lost 500 pounds. She held up a skirt that was 12 inches of material which she stated was the skirt she would wear when she went out of the house – the good one! As she held up the skirt against her body, it was simply amazing to see how much weight she must have lost in order to have been able to fit into that large skirt.

Robin Roberts asked her what was that one moment when she decided that enough was enough – that weight had to simply go! For her, it was when her mother was in the hospital battling cancer and she was the only family member who could not fit in the room. When her mother was released, she was sitting by her mother’s bedside and her mom asked her if she needed her to get up and fix her something to eat. This woman said that in that moment, she knew she had to change her life. Her cancer ridden mother wanted to get up to make sure her daughter was able to eat since she could not fix food for herself.

Her defining moment was watching her sick mother look beyond the sickness to make sure that she was fed. She made up her mind that her life had to change and she took steps to make sure she was not just skinnier but healthier. She was able to lose 500 pounds!!!

This story touched me today. I sat there all choked up and I knew I had to write. I am in the midst of changing more than a few things in my life and could relate to this theme of having a defining moment.

As I thought about my life, I realized that there are several moments that have occurred recently that have given me cause to take stock of where I am going and how I want to live for the rest of my days. The sermons by TD Jakes about living on purpose, listening to my pastor talk about prayer, and also sitting in his mentoring Monday sessions and hearing phrases like “re-tooling yourself”. What are you, Victoria, going to do to make a change in your life?

There have been moments even at home and at work that have been pivotal moments. Circumstances that have made me say, nope, not doing this anymore, not living in the shadow of my former self. I have got to be the me God made me to be.

As odd as it may seem, I feel like I weigh 500 pounds. The pressures of life, my own health issues, carrying what I see my friends and family going through in my heart. BUT!!!  It’s time for a change! I can control certain aspects of my health. I can eat healthier and get more rest. I can have a better prayer life. I can simply let God be God and not try to fix everything myself.

We have now entered into the second month of 2012. The ball has dropped over 31 days ago and all the aspirations to make this year different are all thought of. What have you done to make it happen? Only you know what your “it” is. Are you closer to realizing your dream by what you did in January? Are the plans in place to continue to make this year your best ever?

Today is a brand new day. You still have an opportunity to live your best life NOW!!! The fact that you are still here and reading this blog means that God is not finished with you yet. You have a purpose and a calling that is unique to you! Do not look at your own limitations because on our own we cannot do anything! But with God all things are possible!!! (Mark 10:27)

When you hit that defining moment, do not hesitate to act upon it. Do not doubt that you are about to take the necessary steps to make your life be all it can be in God. He is waiting to help you and will sustain you. My sister told me once that I should not expect anyone to understand my purpose and my calling because they did not give it to me.

That message still resounds in my head today and I pass it on to you. You cannot expect everyone to understand what you are doing when they are not the Creator. Only He knows the design that is the tapestry of your life. Only He can bring together all the threads to make you the beautiful and bright light He designed you to be!

Trust Him and know that it is all working together for your good! I am happy today because my defining moments are all under His control!

I am more than a conqueror! I am living victoriously!

Author: Victoria E. Henderson Poole

Psalms 23 tells us that as we are led beside the still waters, our souls are refreshed. My prayer is that the words shared here will help to lead you to that place where you can find peace. Only in Christ Jesus is there fullness of joy!

4 thoughts on “A Defining Moment”

  1. Wow!!!! What a defining moment this has been for you. Kudos to you for your moment of realization! It is only when that moment hit us that we can then get up and do something about what we need to do for ourselves. For our very own good. Really, we cannot be good to anyone else, until we first be good to ourselves. We have to serve God wholly. We have to be totally fit for the Kingdom. My hat is off to you for your defining moment. I guess I had mine this morning at 3:00 a.m. when I couldn’t sleep. I am changing some things in my life too. Keep Climbing as depicted in except by Langston Hughes’ mother . .” Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair, it’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor . . . Bare, But all the time, I’s been a climbin’ on.” That’s the key . . . don’t stop. Still climb.

    Love you,



  2. Love your aha moment on life in general. I saw the story
    about this woman on GMA and thought it took a lot of
    courage and determination to get her life back. It can be
    done in any one of us when we are ready to make the change
    in anything we want in life. Love ya, Renita


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