I wanted to share something from my heart before you read my formal bio…at this point in my life, I am finally willing to be used by God to help liberate others from hurt and pain. Believe me – I am still a work in progress. One thing I can testify for sure is that there is healing and restorative power in the Word of God.
I love you and leave you with these words…
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might. – Ephesians 6:10
AKILAH GRANT is an inspirational author and entrepreneur. Her passion is to encourage others to live healthy, strong and victorious lives. She is co-founder of Inlite Media and has received highest distinct honor as Joseph Scholar from The Joseph Business School at Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois. She is also a cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.
Her professional career has included: Operations Engineering Manager, Executive Director of a Non-profit, Marketing & Business Development Consultant, High School Educator, and Grant Writer. However, her most rewarding position has been staying at home to care for her children. In addition to her love of travel and the arts, Akilah enjoys laughing with her husband, close family and dear friends. She is grateful for all those who were an integral part of her first step of the journey. You can connect with Akilah through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter.
Trusting God With The Unexpected
One summer morning, I woke up eager to go to church. While getting dressed, God spoke to me about completely trusting Him in every area of my life. I remember that my heart was full of expectation and I was ready to receive the Word. That particular Sunday was extremely crowded (plus I was a little late) so the usher had to search for an available seat for me. She finally found one and sat me between two gentlemen I had never seen before.
A strange thing happened that day.
Once the pastor began service, his microphone stopped working and the entire sound system went out. The congregation went silent. We then were asked to turn to each other, exchange prayer requests and begin praying for each other in small groups of two or three. I turned to my left, touched the arm of the man next to me, listened to his request and began to pray. When I finished, he thanked me, took my hand and earnestly prayed for me. His spirit immediately ministered to mine. As he prayed, my heart released bitterness that had been deeply suppressed. Maybe two minutes into the prayer, I collapsed to my knees and wept in front of everyone. It was so embarrassing, but I could not control the flood of tears. It felt like my soul was purging. I never experienced anything like this before, especially not in church in front of so many others. Instead of stopping to see if I was OK, the tall man held my hand tighter and continued to intercede for me through prayer.
He stayed strong while I was weak.
The usher brought tissues and the other prayer groups nearby cleared a little space for her to check on me. As his prayer ended, my tears subsided. Eventually, I was able to regain my composure. Although my make-up smeared, my sundress wrinkled and I felt totally exposed, the stranger just smiled at me with all sincerity. The sound system began working and the pastor resumed service. Almost an hour went by and I realized I was still holding hands with a man I just met and whose name I did not even know. Yes, it was very awkward, but it was one of the most peaceful encounters I have ever experienced in life. I knew God was present and trusted Him with this unexpected journey I was about to embark on.
And that is how I met my husband.
I greatly appreciate how we work together at our marriage and respect each other’s personal relationship with God. One thing that has helped us tremendously is that we continue to pray for each other daily. Prayer is powerful and essential for victorious living! Through all of our growing pains, my husband loves me, encourages me and leads me…still holding my hand.
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. – Psalm 73:28