I used to be stuck in a constant state of frustration. Everywhere I looked, limitations and struggle marked my life. Nothing felt easy, and everything seemed impossible. And I was angry about that.

I was angry at God for the hand He dealt me, and I had so many questions with no apparent answers- why did I grow up on the ‘wrong’ side of town? Why didn’t I have the support and resources I needed to go back to school? Why was I surviving and not thriving? Why did I feel like I was destined for mediocrity when my heart longed for significance and accomplishment?

God, in His time, answered me. One day, as I was reading a book, I came across this scripture for the first time: The Lord will make you the head (leader) and not the tail (follower), and you will be above only, and you will not be beneath if you listen and pay attention to the commandments of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

In that moment, a light switch flipped on in my mind, and I realized that just because I came from the wrong side of the tracks and wasn’t as educated or as polished as I thought I needed to be, God could still use me in a big way. If I would just keep my eyes on Him and not on my circumstances, He would move me from the bottom to the top and from the back to the front. And He did just that.

I am proof that your circumstances don’t determine your life’s outcome; your beliefs about them do. 

When I stopped believing that my disqualifications and limitations had the power to hold me back from my dreams and decided to believe that God could and would fulfill my purpose, my circumstances began to shift.
Doors of opportunity opened, connections I needed were made, and accomplishments I never thought possible were achieved.

Be encouraged, my Queens, if you’re feeling stuck and frustrated with where you are in life right now. Where you are isn’t where you’re staying. Your current circumstances don’t get to determine how far you go in life-God decides that.
Believe that you are the head and not the tail, above only and never beneath, and soon enough that will be your reality.