BURNING WITH HATE. FUELED BY FIRE
by Natasha T. Brown, 10 Blessings Founder
I know we're supposed to love everyone, but can I be honest? Loving everyone and the things that came with those people caused a lot of trouble for me. I was a people pleaser, I was loyal to a fault, and I put up with things that threatened my peace, livelihood, finances and freedom.
This was my tragedy.
One summer, I grew disgusted by my situation and became determined to break free. This was the point when my dad gave me the advice to read a Proverb a day, every day. I had been reading the bible (half sleep and not attentive to its truths prior to this), but when I began to burn with hate for my situation and became determined to climb out of this tragic state, I made reading Proverbs a priority.
This is when my hate transformed into a fire for God. I learned deeper truths about love and hate that freed me from my people-pleasing ways. My "love" now had boundaries and another hate - for anything unlike God - burned within me.
With a quick search through the scriptures about "hate," you will find that God is okay with us hating some things. Now I can proudly declare that I hate, I mean despise the devil.
Hebrews 1:8–9 says this about the Son of God: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.”
This is Proverbs 8:13: “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”
Romans 12:9 says, “Abhor what is evil.”
And so today, I proudly write to you as "A HATER." I hate the devil.
The devil is our adversary, a thief and a murderer. He came for your peace, happiness, relationships, finances, and purpose. I hate the devil and I'm declaring an all-out war against that joker!
Proverbs 6:31 tells us that when a thief is caught, he must repay what he stole sevenfold.
In 2015, God gave me a vision of a "Tragedy to Strategy" coaching program to help trauma survivors, like me, TAKE BACK what has been stolen and repurpose their past tragedies into strategies for books, brands, missions and ministries.
We launched the Tragedy to Strategy Coaching program in January and since then, it has quickly become one of our most necessary. This is a partnership between 10 Blessings and my branding agency B&D Brand.
On the "Tragedy" side, 10 Blessings Inspiration, Inc. helps individuals who are in the midst of tragedy and abuse break free. On the "Strategy" side, B&D Brand works with survivors of terminal illnesses, abuse, divorce, bankruptcy, imprisonment - YOU NAME IT - to write/publish books and launch brands.
To help our communities take back everything the enemy has stolen and make him repay SEVENFOLD.
On April 23, we are hosting the first Tragedy to Strategy Coaching Day featuring three brilliant coaches in our network and myself (see the image below). This day will help aspiring authors, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders create books, ministries, missions, brands, products, partnerships, and non-profits.
Click here to learn more about Tragedy to Strategy Coaching Day. You can join us online or in person, in the DMV area. The proceeds from this coaching day will benefit the We-Can-cer vive! Medical Mission Trip this summer to help cancer patients in Honduras. I have the honor as serving as the chaplain for our mission team.
I pray that as you're reading this, you allow your passion and faith for the future to propel you to begin the process of repurposing the tragedies and trickery that the enemy threw your way into something that will uplift the kingdom.
Be fueled by the Fire.