Originally Posted: February 15, 2016 on On Reserve: A Blog for the Modern Day Esther I frequently talk about the importance of knowing Whose you are because I believe that it is vital for this generation to grab hold of the truth that the God of the Universe, thought enough about you, and loved you so much that He sent His son, Jesus to die so that you may live more abundantly in freedom, in peace, in the covering of His grace and His mercy, in the encasing of His love and in relationship with Him both here on earth and in Heaven. Within the past few years, The Lord has shown me that it is just as important to know yourself. One of the greatest risks that we take in life, is not taking the time to learn who we are under the guise of wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit because we place more value on the opinion and approval of others. If we are not careful, we become a chameleon in life: we blend in with our circumstances, our surroundings and those with whom we have built relationship, because we think we have to. We become merely a shell of a person, because the substantial things that make up our character are grossly underdeveloped. How sad is it to think that some never reach the fullness of the purpose that God has for them because they let the gifts and talents that He placed inside of them remain dormant, and chose to focus on what they thought they were supposed to do as opposed to seeking the Lord about what He was calling them to do? There was a book that I felt impressed in my spirit to buy, read and eventually gift to other young women, called The Wait by actress Meagan Good and her husband DeVon Franklin. In obedience to what I believe the Lord was requiring of me at this juncture within my Esther season, last week leading into Valentine’s Day weekend, I read the book from start to finish! There were so many great points nestled between the pages, but my prayer was that the Lord would allow me to get out of it what He would have me to see and that He would make it clear to me; and boy did He come through! I took this weekend as a divine opportunity to refocus my attentions and take a good, hard, necessary and introspective look at my life: answering the 32 guided questions from the book and seeking the Lord for revelation on and understanding about the root of my decision making as it pertains to the relationship that I have with God, my family, my friends, and romantically. It was emotional at times, but such an exciting experience and I am convinced that I will grow from what I’ve learned. One thing that Meagan and DeVon make mention of a lot in the book is that the Wait is not so much about the other person as much as it is about you being prepared by God for the very best that He has for your life in every area. That’s such a powerful thing! My mom instilled in me when I was younger to “take the time to enjoy the season that you’re in.” This is something that I have carried with me into adulthood and new revelations come to me through her sage wisdom. I am excited about what the Lord is doing and it is with patience and hopeful expectation that I look forward to the future and I pray the same for you!