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Encouraged by a cell phone


To all of you that use the cell phone light like I do, I just want to say this.  For me, as I was walking through my dark house trying to get to my bedroom, it was truly an exercise in faith. I could only see the light at my feet. I had to trust that even though I could only see three feet in front of me, if I kept following this light, I would get there.

It reminded me of a scripture in the bible, Psalm 119:105 "The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my pathway." Back in those days when people would travel through the night, they would use little lamps that were attached to their feet. The lamp only gave them enough light to see just a few steps in front of them.  As long as they kept moving, they could find their way. If they stopped moving, so did the light.

This moved me because this is how I have lived my entire life. I have always walked by faith. Sometimes there was only a little light, a little hope that kept me moving.  There were so many times that I didn’t know how I was going to make it. So many times I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from, if my hope would be realized or if my dreams would come true. But no matter how dark it got, I kept moving.  That is one of the keys to making your dreams come true. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

If you’d allow me to, I’d like to challenge you to do more of that this year. Live by faith! No matter what you see happening around you, no matter how dark it may be, follow the lamp at your feet that God provides to us all, no matter who we are.  A small step is still a step forward.

At the top of every year, I stop and go away to reflect. I will usually take out my journal and read over some of the past years and look at all the things God brought me through, no matter how dark the times. What rereading my journal taught me is that there was always a lamp at my feet. I think if you look at your life, you’ll see a lamp too. :-)  If you don’t, look closer. I promise you it's there!

If you’re struggling in any way, financially, school, business, relationships, children, sickness, heartache, I so believe that God will be a light unto your pathway. IF YOU LET HIM!!  Stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and look at the light at your feet and you’ll get there.

I hope you remember this every time you use your cell to light a path.  God Bless you in 2012! You can make this your best year yet, through faith.

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  • Rhonnie New York

    Tyler, thanks so much for sharing this encouraging word. It's so funny.. I was encouraging someone several months ago and I said to them remember how it was back in the bible days. There were lamps on your shoes and you were only able to see right in front of you. We must take one step at a time. Our Lord is so awesome... here's to living by faith! You are such a blessing. You are destined for greatness and the best is yet to come.

  • anjel suki Atlanta

    I am trying to Unglued myself from last year and grab the new years blessings and my acting gifts and grow. This helped. Thanks

  • Cassandra Lithonia, GA.

    Mr. Perry, Thank you once again for the inspiration that you bring forth. Every day is a struggle and one tends to want to throw in the towel. I don't know what brought me to the good state of Georgia? Yet and still I am here. Getting older, unemployed, and can't escape my past to bring forth a brighter future for myself. Your comment was very uplifting today so again, Thank You!!

    • M.Robinson Ga #1619064

      I am grateful to receive emails from you. I have been dealing with some things in my life. GOD is everything to me. I am doing the 21 day Daniel fast. I know that 2012 will be a great year for me. No matter what problems I encounter, I keep moving forward. Thank you and may GOD continue to bless you

  • joyce here

    Thank you for sharing that. You are always encouraging. Psalm 119:105. I shall post it on my facebook update so that more people can get something from it. God bless you in 2012!

  • tanya grenada, ms

    Tyler, Hi. My name is Tanya. I enjoy reading your emails about your personal life. I am a single parent with four children. My oldest one is 22 years old boy, an eleven year old girl, an eight year old boy, and a four year old boy. My kid's daddy had a slight heartattack and had to have stints in his heart. He have been laid off for two years going on three because of whipping his oldest child by someone else and got a child abuse charge. So I been trying very hard by holding up this living status, but I am getting tired of it. My income is the only source in the household and I go on keeping the faith in the Lord trying to make sure my kids are happy and provide a stable environment. I do not know how much I can take this. I though the Lord will provide a way to see me through, but I am tried and I do not know what to do. Please give me some advice. Thanks. Tanya

    • Channell buffalo,NY #1618524

      I just like to say the more we say we are tired the more tired we get. I am asking ,dont get tired of your family. A few years ago I had Husband,children ,grands,friends, aLife full of Life, Now I have non of that. I celebrate my youngest son 19th year of being gone and its just like yester day(jan 20) his babyboy turned 19 on the 7th of Jan,his daughter had to be dicharged from the AirForce at 20 yrs. blood clots on her lungs.My eldest Sons love is mild he & his Family over 1,000mi away . I have a super Large Family ,yet we go years ,months w/o seeing or talking. If not for Face book or other social media sights,I would have no clue of who is where or doing what. Its sad but,true,So dont get tired of your Family. You may not want to know what it means to do w/o ONE. reach to your higher POWER! www.NellsEmpirer.com

  • Madeline Martinez orlando florida

    Truly his word is a light in our path. Ipray he continues to use you and bring light to the world that without a loving GOD in our lives it is a very dark world we truly live in. Love all of your movies but most of all your character Madea. Be blessed and continue to bless us.

  • Joyce Billups United States

    My Dear Perry, Now isn't that just like our GOD to use you---"ONCE AGAIN"---to encourage us--and to remind us---that its ALL about GOD and how much we really "REALLY" need in 2012 to be determined to ..."TRUST" HIM more, develop MORE "FAITH", and above all place--"ALL"--of our HOPE in HIM!!!! Not our paycheck, not our ability, NOT what we think is the best way to solve problems--or--make good decisions----but "BELIEVE, WHOLLY and in GOD to make---that lamp among our feet. Tyler, you were definitely on track when you sent this message--(not that you're NOT--ALWAYS are). This came to me at the right day, hour, and "moment" where I was "wavering" in my thoughts about a matter that I swore I had given----TOTALLY"-to GOD, however, when I begun to read your message,I immediately realized that I hadn't turned it over to HIM. Why didn't I? simply because I thought for---"a "moment"---that I was smart enough to handle it in "my" power. Although I had replied to your message--asking you why you were waiting until later to tell us what you thought about when you were walking in your house,by the light of your cellphone. After,that I still did not check my e-mails until today. I do that quite often but now I know why because--GOD intended for me to receive your message today----and----moreover,to get it at this--VERY HOUR!!!! "AIN'T GOD GOOD!!!! LOVE YA!!!!!!!!!!! Percy Don't faint do what----GOD tells you to do. HE definitely has HIS hands upon you. Joyce B. (Maryland)

    • maureen birmingham alabana #1618458

      Hi Tyler my name is Maureen . I just needed to let you know that you are a blessing to me with the words that you say . I've been through sone hard times since my auto accident in 2007 . I lost my job and everything went down hill . The good thing about it is that I'm still here . I thank God for being a light unto my path .It is him who I put my trust in. Thank you Tyler for being the person that you are . May God Bless YOU in 2012 and many more years to come . Lets Touch And Agree !!!!!!

  • andora st petersburg florida

    you are so spiritual & when i am down i read alot of your positive messages. I am a single mother with two young boys & alot of time i get down & cry & ask the lord what am i doing wrong but when you wrote this about the light at my feet .It lifts my spirit & say i can do all that is put forward to me .

  • Glenn Indiana

    And when you get that little light of yours to shine , please allow it to light the path of someone who's batteries might be a little low..... Thanks Tyler....

  • Tiffany New Orleans

    I saw this and knew you would be blessed by it. Please check it out.

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