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Updated: Aug 31, 2022

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! HOW ARE YOU DOING?! I'm so glad you all are here! Come on in and get comfortable! Have I told you that I love you? Well, I do, I really do. So we are on day 25 of our 30 lessons in 30 years. Now I'm starting to feel a little bit like a hypocrite because this is supposed to be a series of lessons I've learned, BUT I keep saying "I'm still learning this lesson". Now girl did you learn it or didn't you?! lol! Welp.... this one is no different. I'm still learning this lesson, but I know it's an important one. Lesson 25 iiiiiissssss:


No no, I don't mean the extra 15lbs of fat we have hanging over our belt. Don't trust that gut. Don't befriend that gut. Matter of fact, we gotta get rid of that gut. Y'all wanna join me on this next part of my weight loss journey? Ok, subscribe to my youtube channel and next month we'll start posting videos and working out together. ok? Alright, let me digress. What I'm talking about is the gut that is your intuition. That feeling in the pit of your belly where you KNOW something... you may not have the physical proof of it yet BUT YOU KNOW. TRUST THAT FEELING! Ya'll I cannot stress it enough.

Here's the thing. In the beginning, you're not going to always be right. Sometimes you're going to feel something and think it's one thing, but it's really the other. Those instances will lead you or have led you to not trust in your gut because you think "every time I trust my gut I get it wrong". That's a lie from the pits of hell. You are just learning how to read that feeling. Do you know what that's called? Discernment.

Learning how to trust your gut is like learning how to ride a bicycle. At first, you don't know how. You start off with training wheels. I want you to imagine that the training wheels on your gut are your parents and guardians and those who speak wisdom into your life. You think or feel something, you run it passed them and they help you discern. The training wheels come off. When you first take your training wheels off, you will fall a few times. But that doesn't mean you don't know how to ride a bike. Get back up. Trust your gut again. Eventually, you learn and you start doing flips and tricks. You gain confidence in your gut feelings.

Now the world calls it your gut. But for me, I've come to understand it/ recognize it as The Holy Spirit Leading. This brings me back to that word "Discernment". For me, I've often struggled with discernment. Like, I'll have a gut feeling, but I can't figure out what it means or I interpreted it incorrectly. I'll illustrate this with a story.

A few years back I went to an event at my church in Cambridge MA. Now in this event, we were to pray for certain gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now when I walked into the room, I saw a woman named Jaqueline. As soon as I saw her I got a feeling in the pit of my stomach and I heard a voice in my head say "that girl is going to do something to you." Y'all I was scared. I was like "Oh heeeeeeell no". I was on a mission to avoid this woman at all costs. Can you imagine, she ends up being my group leader for this event? Child, I was like BIG NO. I had the gut feeling. I interpreted it as a bad thing. Would you believe that she had a message from God for me? She told me that the Lord wanted to give me the gift of speaking in tounges. I didn't want it and I surely didn't believe I was actually going to receive it. Baby! That woman and my entire group took to praying on and over me and can you believe I actually received the gift?

Now here's the thing, my gut (the Holy Spirit) wasn't wrong, I just misinterpreted the feeling. It was a good thing that was going to happen, not a bad thing. Now I could take that and say "See! That's why I shouldn't trust my gut." No, that's the training ground for learning to understand your gut. Now I am more familiar with that particular feeling.

The best thing you can do is pray for discernment. Pray for clarity. But don't stop trusting your gut. The more you trust it, the more you practice it, and the more you learn your gut (learn to decipher the leading of The Holy Spirit) the better off you will be. It's like having a secret weapon. I promise ya'll, I'm still learning ad I'm getting MUCH better at it. Trusting my gut has helped me out SO MANY TIMES it's not even funny.

I love ya'll for reading, and I love ya'll for real!

- Woods

Lighting up the woods, one Syllable at a time

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