The preparation preceding elevation is serious. God is not gonna play you, but if you’re so focused on the elevation you try to skip, or take for granted the preparation – you’re playing yourself.

In this episode Tiffany and sharing three key areas of focus for you in this season of preparation to not only ensure you will be ready for the elevation God has for you, but also so you can find joy in the journey.

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Scriptures Mentioned:

Romans 12:2

2 Corinthians 1:20

Psalms 5:3

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Hey beacon, welcome home to your bounce back blueprint community Podcast, where you are challenged to be do and have God’s best. As you thrive on your journey from setback to success. I’m your bounce back guide, Tiffany Huff-Strothers. And I’ll be guiding you on the journey by sharing tips, tools, and the T on how I was able to bounce back from escaping death, healing from heartbreak and finding hope in homelessness. And then I wrote an award winning book all about it, and shout out to God, ever since I was courageous enough to share my story. My life and the lives of women around the world have been forever changed. And as a member of the bounce back blueprint community, I’m called to teach you to do the same. So grab your journal, and let’s build this blueprint. Hey, begin, hey, I hope you are having an amazing self care Saturday. In fact, I pray that you are embracing self care every day. And on that note, before we build the blueprint, I want to remind you that if 2020 knocked you down so hard, you aren’t sure that you can get back up. If this new year when it kicked off hasn’t seemed so happy for you. If you look in the mirror, and you wonder who in the heck is the woman looking back at me, you have so much to do so much to change so much to overcome, and you just don’t know where to start, I would love for you to start by clicking the link in the show notes and scheduling a breakthrough session with me. Because I have been there I’m talking homelessness, domestic violence, bankruptcy, overweight, to the point that the doctor is telling me that I can apply for gastric bypass surgery, I’ve seen all of the setbacks. And through the grace of God, I have been able to bounce back and in many cases better than before. And I want to help you do the same. So grab the link in my show notes. And let’s set up a time to chat and see how we can work together to make this year your best year yet. So today, I really want to talk to you about what that might look like for you. And specifically I want to talk about being in a season of preparation. And I know that it’s not always what we want to hear right when God gives us a word, you know, word of the year, and he tells you he’s going to elevate you or he is giving you a glimpse of the promise that he has for you or he has told you that he has called you to higher whatever the case may be for you. A lot of times, we think that we are going to go from where we are to elevation and that there won’t be any preparation. And I’ve learned many, many times over that that is absolutely not the case. And so in this season, I have begun to embrace the preparation, I am seeing the acceleration that comes when I do embrace it. And I am saying God and trusting me with a bit more.

I am seeing him revealing a bit more. And I have to admit he is requiring much more from me. And so I want to re-iterate that if God has you in a season of preparation, because he wants you to be ready for the elevation, know that he is going to be requiring much more from you. And it’s because their preparation, proceeding elevation is very, very serious, right? God is not going to play you I tell you all of the time, God is not going to play you. But if you’re so focused on the elevation that you try and skip, or you take for granted the preparation, you are certainly playing yourself. And yes, I am sharing this truth from experience. I have taken many many for the team. And the other night. As I lay in bed praying, there were three things God told me to remind you of on this self care Saturday, as we prepare for this season of more cold and a lot of changes in the world around us. And I need to share these three things for you to keep in mind so that you will consistently continue to embrace the journey and the preparation right to really sink your teeth into the truth that the journey and the joy or one right the joy is in the journey is not simply about getting to the destination. So the first is priorities. And basically God wanted me to tell you to get your mind right. What that means is if you aren’t exceeding on the lowest level with basic basics of life, and the basic foundational pieces that God has given you dominion over, you certainly can’t expect him to trust you on a higher level or to shine his light from a greater platform, right? In this season of embracing preparations, your priorities have to be aligned with the divine. And so if you’re wondering what that looks like, then I am going to both challenge and encourage you to prioritize his presence, to prioritize his peace, and to prioritize the things and feeding the thoughts of who and what he has called and created you to be and to do, right, get your mind right, do not conform to the patterns of this world. And, you know, Romans 12 two tells us that very truth, and I’m going to read it to you verbatim, you can write it down and study in your time, but it says do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will able you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. And so when you prioritize getting your mind right when you prioritize, not being conformed, right, not being distracted, not trying to do the most, but doing what’s most important, prioritizing being in his presence, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. And so ultimately prepar your preparation is going to require you to prioritize his will and his way and the only way that you can do that is to put being in his word and in His presence first, right, embracing his peace, and feeding your mind, your body and your spirit according to His will and his plan for your life. Number two promises, take his word for it says right take him at his word. Listen, you cannot be out here in the streets letting somebody tell you what God has promised you. One of your priorities has to be knowing what he says he has for you. You got to know that you know that, you know, there are no shortcuts in this season. Get to the root of your truth. Know for yourself what he said and what he did not say for you. In order for you to do that. You have to get in his word for yourself. Yes, I share scriptures here. And I’m going to work at being more intentional and giving you the scripture from the word as opposed to the trip tifs truth aversion. But at the end of the day, whether it is coming from me, your grandma or your pastor, you have to get into the word for yourself. Like I said, there are no shortcuts. In this season. You have to get to the root of your truth. Know for yourself what he said and did not say for you. And then you can prioritize his promises. Yes. Listen, folk gossip about God. They will tell you that God said that he said, and God did not say, Don’t get caught up in the facade. Take his word for it. Get into your word. And second Corinthians one and 20 says this for all the promises of God in him are yes and Amen. unto the glory of God by us, right? So for you to know what promises are yes and amen for you. You have to get it from his mouth, meaning in His Word, right? Open up your Bible. And then the third thing that he told me to tell you was about your prayers. Now, I talked about in a in an earlier episode, which I will link in the show notes, which is actually one of our top three episodes of 2020 about why your prayers aren’t being answered. But I want to take this time to remind you to go to the throne. You don’t need a co signer when God is the headliner, prioritize his promises in your prayers. That means don’t just pray for what you want. Prioritize his promises, prioritize, praying for what he told you. He has for you when you are in his presence, prioritize praying for the promises that he has made to you and your work in His Word. There are some things your mom your husband and your boss cannot help you with or fix. Some of your knees are going to require you to hit your knees and this is not going to be a one time prayer. This is going to be a Consistent prayer or some consistent prayers, stop letting what you think you see going on with others challenge what you believe. You have to qualify what you see by what you believe you cannot qualify what you believe by what you see, you have no more time to pray prayers have ProQuest procrastination, you have no more time to pray habitual prayers simply because you’ve been praying them. And this season, there are some things you can’t handle on your own. Where God is taking you is going to require you to go to the throne on a consistent basis. And it’s going to require that you are prioritizing his presence and his promises, so that you are aware of how to pray with intention. And I want to read to you from Psalm five, three, and it says, In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. And I want to be clear in stating that this does not mean you simply pray and don’t do anything. This means that you pray and you actively pursue him. In the Meanwhile right. And so that’s what God wanted me to share with you about embracing this journey of preparation, it’s going to require more of you, it’s going to require you to be much more intentional about your priority. Much more intentional about understanding and knowing for yourself his promises, and then being much more intentional, diligent and consistent with your prayers. Get your mind, right, take his word for it and go to the throne. Because you have to embrace this preparation. Listen, I know, this is not necessarily what you want to hear. Maybe you’ve rolled your eyes through the beginning moments of this podcast episode. And that’s fine, there are no judge, there’s no judgment. And that’s because I love you so much that I am going to give it to you another way, right. So I’m going to break it down. This is going to be more of the tips, truth version, let’s say pre or post Corona, of course, you’re planning a trip to Aruba, right? You’d be embracing the preparation, you’d be prioritizing your money, prioritizing your time so that you can get things done, and make sure you pack what you need, where you need it. So TSA won’t embarrass you in the security line.

TSA will help you get your mind right if you want to take that flight, right. Because if you don’t have it together, they will take your stuff and throw it away. You be at the resort, ensuring everything they promised you on the website or in the brochure was being delivered with stellar service, you would know before you even selected set resort what those promises were so you could make informed decisions about where you needed to go and what you needed to do the costs of vacations or have you ensure to get what is what is promised as yours, right? And then you’d be praying you prioritize properly, and you didn’t overlook or forego any of the promises you paid for. You’d be praying for Safe travels, and that the food and weather are good because getting on a plane to take you miles away, we’ll have you prioritizing your prayers before you even get there. And these same truths are necessary for where God is taking you. There are no shortcuts in this season to wherever God has for you to be or what he has for you to do. You have to embrace the preparation. So I want you to consider what have you been prioritizing that you know, you need to not have on your to do list but you need to move to your to don’t list. What have you been praying about? That you know is a prayer of procrastination, that you are not waiting on God that God is in fact waiting on you. And what promises has he told you are yes and Amen. What truths has he told you about yourself that you have allowed the naysayers and your circumstances and experiences to become lies and you have begun to live according to the lies instead of according to your truth. Listen, in this season, God needs you to stand up and step up into your position. And once you do, you will have the provision but you have to be willing to prioritize to know that you know that you know his promise. And to pray and move accordingly. And sometimes you need some support in doing that. And that is why I am called to be your guide. And I want you to really consider whether you have been trying to prioritize, trying to embrace his promises, trying to get your prayer life together for years and years and years. And you find that at the end of every year, you are setting these same goals and at the beginning of every year, you are setting the same goals and wondering why they are not getting accomplished. Sometimes one of your priorities is to get some help. Sometimes one of your priorities is to invest in yourself, invest in being God’s best, and I would love to help you do that. So again, the link is in the show notes. Let’s hop on a call and talk about how I might be able to support you and make this year the best year of preparation so that when God decides it is time for your elevation, you are ready because what I know for sure is a blessing received before you are prepared becomes a burden. And God is not the author of confusion. He is not out here trying to burden your blessings or make you a burden on the blessings of those He has called you to serve and transform. So let’s get together and get this thing done. Okay, as always, if you haven’t already, please take a moment or two and leave a review. When you do it creates an opportunity for other beginners just like you to find the show and get the support and guidance on this journey of preparation before elevation. You already know you can hit me in the DM on Facebook or Instagram and I’m also on clubhouse now at the Tiffany hub. I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget you can share a screenshot of this episode or send it in a link to a friend who might be blessed by it. I would love the support. And of course I will leave you with this truth. God is not going to play you but if you think he is going to place you in a season of elevation when you refuse to embrace or take responsibility in the season of preparation. I promise you are plugging yourself. Be blessed!