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Oh the places you’ll go

Today is my last full 24 hrs in America for the next two weeks.

For I am getting ready to lead (with my husband) a mission trip to Brazil!

I know crazy right? Yesterday as we were getting prayed for as a team -the 7 of us- , it hit me..the severity of the fact that we were actually going on this trip and how it’s so Papa’s design in the kingdom..

Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

The epiphany of being chosen for such a time as this threw me in awe.

I suddenly realized how small I was and yet The King of Kings handpicked me to go to Brazil and co-labor with Him to transform it. To love the hell out of Brazilians. OUR Brazilians. INSANE!

Then because of my great childlike mind, the famous words of Dr.Seuss rang loud:

Oh the places you’ll go!

Kid, you’ll move mountains!

The places you go aren’t just for your own benefit to discover the hidden beauty of the world, it’s for the people you’ll meet there and along the way.

How will they hear without a preacher? Beautiful are the feet that bring the good news. -Romans 10:14-15

The world is waiting for YOU.
To be discovered. To be on the radar. To be infiltrated and transformed.

You my darling, carry His presence. The very fragrance of a loving father lingers wherever you go. And don’t get me started on what happens when you open your mouth and begin to proclaim all the goodness of Him.

The faith you posses truly does move mountains.
Yes.. even yours. 

A mustard seed is pretty tiny and that alone is powerful enough to move those mountains. (Matthew 17:20)

So.. where do you want to go?

What mountain is your faith destined to move?

While you’re thinking I’ll share a story: When I graduated high school, the dream of traveling faded because I thought about the money it would take to do so and at that time I wasn’t in a confident enough place to go overseas. Then altogether that dream of experiencing the unknown world drifted away.

UNTIL..

I encountered a different nature of Papa that I hadn’t before.
He delivered me from anxiety, He dusted me off and stood me up. Old wounds disappeared and I felt completely brand new.
Now, I knew The Lord before this encounter. I was about 5 years into my salvation, but I never knew Him like this. I didn’t know how furious and powerful His love is. I didn’t truly know Him as “The Father.” But, I felt it so strongly, and every lost dream I had suddenly arrowed back into my heart. Confidence rose up and I was on my journey of transformation; From old mindsets, unpleasant emotions and negative thoughts.

I traveled that year I had this incredible encounter for the first time overseas. My dream would’ve been fulfilled then but here years later, Papa is still choosing me to GO.

To fulfill the dream He has given me to travel but also the dream of His to see a nation transformed by His perfect love.

I desire to see believers come into this encounter of awe like I did. Of course, to reach those who don’t even know about salvation or about this great love we have in Papa. But when believers come into a brand new awareness of how awesome He truly is, it creates a bigger army to go into the world and release that goodness in greater measure. 

I’ll ask again… WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

Every resource I have ever needed to travel He provided. I didn’t have to beg or scrounge around my couch for money. It came. And because it happened once, I knew it would happen again and again for as many times as I wanted to go. There was nothing holding me back from going.

The feeling of excitement you may be experiencing to get out there and get your feet dirty for Him is your cue.
It’s possible.

Whether it’s right there in your backyard, two states over, or a completely different far off country… what you carry is needed. The revelation you gain along your walk with Him isn’t just for you.. it’s for them. To be given away, so they can come into a revelation of a loving father.. and so you can have more capacity to receive more goodness!

Oh, the places you’re called to go..

Take the leap beauty I promise it’s worth it.

Papa, I pray the dreams we may have thrown away or allowed to be taken from us by whatever bad circumstance or fear would be restored to us right now. For faith to rise up that you are our provider, and protector. I pray you would stir those of us who have had a dream to travel up and that we would experience visions and encounters with you and where you want to take us. I pray that we would have boldness to pursue it thereafter. I pray we wouldn’t be afraid to show the world how great you truly are. That we wouldn’t cower because of embarrassment or fear of rejection, but we would shout your name and praise! I pray you would be so overflowing within us that just by meeting us your sons and daughters would see you. Help us to be a great sign from you, to a world that’s dying for one.. Thank you for being such a great father, without you we have nothing, we can do nothing.. but with you nothing is impossible. Awaken the dreamers Abba, fill their wings with refreshing hope and renewed strength..in Jesus name amen.

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni 💜 

Ps. Since I will be out of the country focusing on my mission there I will probably be posting about the trip testimonies and stories the next two Monday’s so if you’d like to come with me then stay tuned ! 😊😘 

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Fight like a girl

It’s so funny how anything that has “like a girl” at the end of it is considered some kind of deficiency.

In elementary school it was like the number one comeback.

But, doing anything “like a girl” in this world full of ignorant perspectives is actually a compliment

When I was younger – ok who am I kidding this still reigns true today- I was all about Disney princesses. I dreamed about what it would be like to be a princess in real life- little did I know I already was one- but, it wasn’t just because of all the fancier things or the love stories.. each one had a moment of courage, breakthrough strength, or stood for what they believed in.

They fought for their happy ending. And they fought like girls.

Ariel stood up for her opposing perspective on what she happened to be passionate about against her own father.

Jasmine put her foot down to laws that stripped a woman of her choice in falling in love.

Mulan became a warrior in an army she wasn’t accepted in, and saved the whole nation of China from being taken over.

Cinderella wouldn’t give up the fact that she deserved better and the simple ability to desire such things.

Belle refused to be conformed to the world around her, regardless if she was being spoken about or accepted.

Pocahontas had no fear towards the unknown when everyone around her did.
I could go on and on, but you get my point.

Happy endings didn’t just spring upon them right after a perfect and untouched life.
Their victory was already in them in the midst of trial. Their very choice in defying the odds manifested that victory.

So what’s the difference between us and a Disney princess?

Animation.

We ARE princesses, and we FIGHT LIKE GIRLS.

Feels more like a compliment now don’t it?

It’s my desire to see women step into their ultimate level of confidence in just being a woman period. For living in a world where they get ridiculed and belittled by the surrounding naysayers and still walk tall because they know the truth. They know who they are. They know to whom they belong.

At the age of 12, I found myself to be the only girl in a boxing gym. I had a love for boxing because it brought my father and I together to have something to talk about when I was in my teens and I grew such a passion that at the sound of actually doing it made me leap. But it wasn’t easy.

I wasn’t treated any different just because I was a girl, I had to do the same workout the guys did:
Run 3 miles without stopping (or else you got an extra 100 push ups or sit-ups added to the 200 you already had to do of each)
3 Rounds of Jump-rope – 1 round consists of 3 minutes
2 rounds of shadow boxing
1 round per boxing bag (there were four)
200 sit ups
200 push ups and if you were asked, you’d do a few rounds of sparring. ( like a practice fight in the ring with another boxer)

Yea I know..only 12 doing this huge workout.

Some days I felt intimidated by the guys because they would say stuff to me.. you know like, “you fight like a girl” and my response would mostly be, “I am a girl.” -doy. But, in any case they felt they had the upper hand; their muscles were bigger or they punched harder. And sure, that may have been a fact but the truth was, I was strong. If not stronger because of my mindset. -I did have rough days though, sometimes I’d cry because I didn’t want to go to box. I felt alone in a world full of sweaty boys, and I mean that work out is pretty rigorous!-

One day in my age of 14 (I boxed for a total of three years), I was told that I would spar one of the guys that just so happened to have been a friend of mine.. well, before the sparring match. -yes a guy-

I was so nervous, but I got in there and danced around a bit, got in my corner and waited for the bell to go off. -Mind you, this guy had been mouthing off to our friends at school about sparring me and how he was going to knock me out.-

The first round we danced around a bit, and he started throwing out punches and I was doing my best to bob and weave. I got hit a couple times in the body and once in the face (I kept dropping my left hand.)
The timer went off to signal the round was over and I was shocked that he hit me like that. But then this craziness came over me.. I wasn’t going to be afraid of him, I was going to make him afraid of me.

The second round bell went off and I came out like a bullet. I didn’t give no time for dancing around, I started swinging. Probably took him by surprise because he kept backing up when he threw a punch. And all I kept thinking was ‘get him in the corner and light him up’ in moments that’s exactly where he ended up.

I brought out my combination punches, I went for the body first and then the head and I was connecting every single punch! The glorious moment though was my final punch, the uppercut. I prepped that punch with every bit of strength I had left and released; that uppercut hit his chin so perfectly and in adequate force he fell to his knees.

I shocked my own self. haha
I backed up and watched as he tried getting up but, he stood dazed for a bit, so our coach called it quits and that was it. The whole gym looked at me like they hadn’t ever seen me before. -oh you know the dumb remarks about being a girl was thrown out their vocabulary for sure.-

From that day on I was untouchable. I felt this new surge of confidence I hadn’t felt before and it was evident. I was proud to fight like a girl. To fight like me.

Flash forward to the now..

To be completely honest for awhile that epic and pivotal day was just a faint memory. I barely remembered that tenacity of fight within me. Until I was reminded the other day, when I felt like I couldn’t handle any more bad news. But, as I remembered the fight in me it was different this time.

It wasn’t by my own strength that I felt this revive within me it was by His.
And although I was so recharged to come out swinging, I felt like Papa was holding me back-like if I was a little sparky fighter saying, “let me at em!” and then I was provoked to seek this scripture out:

You will NOT have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17

Sometimes, fighting like a girl means protecting our peace and allowing Papa to keep us safe, and fight for us.The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

If you have felt like its been a never-ending hamster ball of bad news, stress, being overwhelmed, dealing with fear, anxiety, or anything else negative.. it might be time to allow Papa to fight for you.

You’re not losing when you take time to protect your peace or rest in Him. It’s actually your greatest weapon-as I have mentioned before and will continue to cause it’s so good.-

The confidence I have in the truth that I can handle anything because He strengthens me, releases so much rest. I don’t have to prove the fight in me to anyone not even Papa. Neither do you.

Fight like a girl who knows who’s side she fights from.
Fight like a girl who believes no matter what it looks like she already has victory.
Fight like a girl who won’t surrender her peace to any negative lie.
Fight like a girl..like you.💪  You can do this, because He said so.

Take pride in being a girl lovely. It’s a gift. (who wants to pee standing up anyway? 🙈)

Papa, I thank you for protecting us, for fighting for us. For being our savior. I pray that you would revive the confidence within us to fight like a girl. I pray we would walk in your peace and know that you are our strength. Help us to discern which fighting style we are in for our current season Papa. Thank you for loving us, and for being such a great father. I love you, In Jesus name amen.

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni 💜