Have you ever noticed all the tiny tiny print at the bottom of coupons, advertisements, tv commercials or the announcer guy all of a sudden speaking 1,000 words a second right at the end of an announcement?
That’s fine print.
Fine print:inconspicuous details or conditions printed in an agreement or contract, especially ones that may prove unfavorable.
Inconspicuous and unfavorable. Now that doesn’t sound legit does it?
The product that’s being displayed or whatever have you may seem cool, but there’s a hidden agenda behind it, or it may not be just as simple as 👉 calling now and receiving the “free” car.
Fine print is insurance. It’s a “Hey you should’ve read the FULL description about how you need to spend $35,000 before you get this free car.. and since the fine print was there we are not liable for what we said to get you attracted to this deal in the first place. so hmph!”
Those darn gimmicks.
I was thinking-during this time of needing to listen to “eye of the tiger” on my mind radio at least three times before I even get out the house in the morning- I don’t want any fine print on my life.
I don’t want to stand here and declare things like ” I trust God” and ” I will praise The Lord at all times” if I have a fine print underneath those declarations like: “Only if God does what He has promised..” or “I will praise Him at all the COMFORTABLE times…”
I don’t want to be a gimmick.
I don’t want it.
But isn’t it so easy to slip into the cushion of our own fine prints when things don’t look so great?
Wave after wave. Trial after trial. It’s like we are on some marathon to see how many obstacles we can overcome in a matter of weeks. Some seasons are like that.. but in those seasons what are we holding onto?
Our declarations? or our fine prints?
In the bible it says, “Trust the Lord with ALL your heart, lean not on your OWN understanding..” Proverbs 3:5
If ALL our heart trusts Him, then that means none of our heart needs an escape route “just in case” this trust thing doesn’t work. Our FULL heart trusts HIM no questions asked. No matter what it looks like, no matter what happens to us.. full on TRUST because ALL of our heart does so. Leaning on HIS understanding and not our own.. that’s huge.
We all want to understand life. To understand why things happen: Why do good things happen to mean people and bad things happen to the best of us? why? why? why?
No more “why?” ‘s ! We don’t have to understand everything or make everything that happens in our life make sense. Its all complicated hard work.. leaning on His understanding is much easier.
My point: YOU are a walking advertisement for Christ. A sign. A billboard. A picture. A movie. A book. A song. whichever..
We are living examples of what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus.
I don’t want this to come off preachy and all but it’s the truth.
If I declared “I will praise The Lord at all times” and then when crisis hit (such as the past two months) I stop praising Him because things happened that were not supposed to or didn’t line up with His promises or something it becomes false advertising. To the people who are looking up to me or at me period and see and experience that Tanisha doesn’t really do as she says or believe what she writes.. etc. I would become a phony Poni. (ya see what I did there?😄)
But it doesn’t stop there.. I most of all want to be real with myself. For my own life. My own benefit.
It’s so important to be real in this world full of counterfeits and copies.
We get one life here on earth my fellow beauties, ONE. uno.
Let’s not allow fine print to hold us back from fully living and fully receiving Papa at His word and allowing Him to fully receive us at ours. Let’s get it right the first time, because it’s our last time too.
No fine print. We will live bona fide certified.
So what are you declaring? What are you shouting out to the world as your life message or your life core value? Don’t hold back sister.. no holds barred.
Bye bye fine print. Hello authenticity.
Papa, in this life problems come up. Trials arise, hardships are endured and during these times it is tough. It may be overwhelming, but then there’s you. I pray Abba that we would be women of our word, no insurance, no fine print, no cushion, just fully souled out to all you are and all you promised you will do. I pray our trust would go to a whole other level in the hard times. I pray we would not be shaken, or moved by the harsh waves that crash over us. I thank you for being the way, the truth and the life. For being our only hope. Without you I am convinced hard times would literally kill us, but thank God for God! haha You are it all Papa, thank you for loving us and for giving us an opportunity to fully trust you, to approach you with our every cry and that you hear them all. Help us to be more authentic, to live lives truthfully to our declarations, especiallly when they’re about our relationship with you. I love you Abba, in Jesus name Amen.
Tanisha Poni 💜