I had no intentions on writing a blog for my Thursday Transparent Thought as my mind has been slightly drained from school assignments, studying, teaching and traveling; my thoughts were not clear. And when my mind is cloudy I have learned to get quiet as I know this is a sign that I need to draw near to my Father to rectify my hearing. So, as I prepared to post a thought from last year, I refreshed my Facebook memories and all my posts from July 19th populated and then it hit me why I have been slightly off the past few days, this is the anniversary of the WORST day of my life -- It's the day my Father died in 2008.
July 19th is a day that will be forever etched in my soul. This day is a reminder of the greatest loss my heart has ever felt. The first few years after his death were so hard. I didn't think I would ever find joy again however, nevertheless. As I scrolled down my memories timeline, I was able to see the progression of my nevertheless.
July 19, 2009 "On this day a year ago my best friend, my daddy passed on to his heavenly existence. Daddy, I miss our talks, I miss your gentle voice.I miss your big hearty laugh. I miss your faith in God. I just miss you being here in my life. I haven't been the same."
July 19, 2010 I would give anything just to hear my father's voice one more time…to have him hug me and tell me "I love you Daughter"! Those who are blessed to have your father...please cherish it as there is nothing like a father's love...and there's no pain greater than losing it!! RIP Daddy (4/23/51-7/19/08)..Love your Daughter!"
July 19, 2012 "July 19th has not gotten easier for me…it is always a reminder that there is still a void in my heart and that his presence is sorely missed in my life. But I can say that I have found a peace in knowing that he is finally at rest and that he instilled in me valuable life lessons that are serving me well! So continue to rest Daddy....you have prepared me for this journey and your legacy will continue to live on in me and generations to come! RIP Rev. M.N. Kelty (4/23/51-7/19/2008) #DADDY'SGIRL4LIFE"
July 19, 2013 "July 19, 2008 was the worst day of me and my baby sisters life. My beloved Father took his last breath on earth and went home to glory. We were distraught! We both felt as though we could not go on another day. We were severely heartbroken. Thoughts of what were we going to do without the man who was always there raced through our minds. This man gave his life for us, so that we can have not only what we needed but what we desired. He was our confidant, our best friend and our protector. But, little did we know that he had prepared us for this moment in time. He prepared us to depend on each others, but most importantly he taught us to lean and depend on our Heavenly Father for strength, for comfort, love and protection. And here my baby sister and I are… five years later and it just seems like yesterday that he left us in the flesh. But we do not cry today. She and I did what he always taught us to do, to lean on each other but most importantly, we leaned on our Heavenly Father like never before in our lives. We rejoice today that we didn't lose our minds and allow grief to overtake us. No, we stand today praising God that we were able to spend time at the knee of our earthly Father, Reverend Marvin Kelty. We take comfort in knowing that he left us with an inheritance that is priceless and we as, Kelty's daugthers, walk in our kingdom inheritance and we do so with grateful hearts that our earthly father prepared and showed us the way! "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6
July 19, 2015 "For the past 6 years I have dreaded this day, and I expressed it. However, today is so different. I am writing with a praise coming from my lips, because everything that my earthly father has taught and poured into us has ripened on the vine. 7 is symbolic of completeness and wholeness and here we stand today saying that grief did not take us out, instead it tore us down and our Heavenly Father came in and reconstructed us into a new, improved and better sanctuary! I would have never imagined that we would be actually carrying the mantle of our father. I thought for sure our lives were over as we knew it, but in essence it had just begun. We leaned into what he told us and that was to lean on each other and our heavenly Father. Because of that wisdom we have become stronger, wiser and sharper. Therefore, today we put on our cloaks of joy and we rejoice in the fact that our Father's grace covered us and His mercy kept us so that we could live in the divine inheritance and reap the harvest of my earthly father's work."
July 19, 2016 My dad sacrificed his life to keep his family together and to give us a good life. From a child to the time he took his last breath.. I knew we were his life and there was nothing he wouldn't do for us. And he passed that on to us...I ride for mine. #LegacyLives
July 19, 2017 Heaven smiled on me when He allowed you to be my earthly Father! uI was blessed with your ability to smile thru it all! The inheritance of your JOY saved my life!
As you can see from the progression of my posts I was devastated by the loss of my father, the grief almost took me out of here spiritually, emotionally, and physically, nevertheless, I found joy and peace in knowing that he is finally at rest and that the spiritual and natural wisdom he imparted in me are serving the Kingdom. It didn't happen overnight, but my nevertheless happened.
In the English language, there are few words that can change the entire context of a sentence, a conversation, even the outcome of an entire situation and NEVERTHELESS is one of those words. This single word can transform entire situations, and even an entire world, simply by the power of one simple word: NEVERTHELESS. The definition in the original Hebrew means “a ceasing, an end, a finality.” In the New Testament Greek, (quoted from Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, Abridged) it is used “after negative sentences,” and “serves to mark a transition to something new.” It is used as “an opposition to concession.” This simply means that, although the speaker does not "yield to" or "concede to" the circumstance, they have submitted their own will through the power of ‘nevertheless’. Finally, from the Dictionary.com the word simply means, “In spite of all that…”
What I want to point out to you today as I honor the life of the man whose death brought me new life is that our power and strength to transition past the pain, the dishonesties, the frustration, the lies in a simple word: NEVERTHELESS.
Today the Father has given you His power to insert a nevertheless. This means you have the power and wisdom within you to withstand whatever it is you are going through right now and not just withstand it but it can come to an end. You can transition into something, your new beginnings and new life. You can flow in the divine joy, greatness, and harvest our Father has for you. You see nevertheless being betrayed, persecuted, forsaken, and cast down the wisdom instilled into me by my earthly Father about my Heavenly Father I learned how to oppose instead of conceding to the grief and I flowed into my Heavenly Father. And what He providentially orchestrated for me after the nevertheless has brought me a new and purposeful life. And because of my Heavenly Father's power, what was intended to "harm me works for my good and has saved many lives." (Genesis 50:20) So grab ahold of your nevertheless! Nevertheless, the grief; disappointment; lack; hard times, pressing and beating, breaking and brokenness; negative words; spiteful vengeance and manipulation you can still flow into provision, comfort, happiness, abundance, wealth, and JOY!
Nevertheless, you can stil have JOY!
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