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I Had To Share This

Something happened to me yesterday that I had to share with you.

I was dealing with some foolishness, as we all do from time to time, and I was about to get frustrated and start to complain--but before I could get a negative word out, I caught it. It's always better to bless than to curse. So I decided to think about all of the blessings in my life. I went for a ride over to 47 Twenty Fifth Street, Apartment 8 here in Atlanta. This was my last apartment; right after being homeless. I lived in it just 10 short years ago.

When I got there I saw that they were going to be tearing it down soon. I asked the new developer if I could get in and take some pictures (I have to show you these pictures). I wasn't prepared for what happened when I went in. I opened the door and a flood of memories came back to me. The apartment is one room, a bathroom and a wall of cabinets that was the kitchen. I so remember sitting in this place and being so hungry and so unhappy and wondering what my life was worth. Asking questions like, "Should I go on living?" Mad at the world and still behind in the rent. To think that it was only 10 years ago blew my mind. Needless to say, I couldn't hold it any longer. I sat on the edge of the tub and the tears would not stop.

I remember back then reaching out and nobody would help me. No friend, no family--nobody. I called and asked one friend of mine for $20 so that I could have food for the week. He told me that he was coming to bring it, but it took him six days. I had all of these hopes and dreams but all I could see were those four walls. All I could see was what was right in front of me. Sometimes you start looking at your immediate and forget about the inevitable (if you believe).

I didn't know how I was going to get there, but something in me would keep telling me, "You're going to make it. . . hold on!" If you're hearing that voice then listen to it. THAT'S GOD. Remembering all of this really shook me up. I got so sad but right away I realized where God has brought me from and then I got so happy. And the thing that touched me the most was that in all of that despair and hopelessness, I thought that I was alone, but it was clear to me that GOD WAS THERE EVEN THEN!!! I wish that you could feel what I'm feeling right now. I didn't know it at the time but now, looking back, I see that He was there all the time.

I know that some of you are tired of hearing this stuff from me, but there are others who need it like they've never needed it before. So please, bear with me (smile). Listen to me. Every person that I thought would help me turned their back on me. Don't get me wrong. I'm not mad or bitter. I'm grateful. I have learned since then that sometimes God will close every door around you so that you will have to look at Him and Him alone to supply all of your needs. I wish that I could bring every one of you into this apartment and show you the miracles that God can and is willing to do for anyone who believes.

God does not require us to be perfect for him to bless us. He rains [blessings] on the just as well as the unjust. But He does require faith for everything from salvation to miracles. I know that these are trying times, but LOOK to GOD--Oh my, LOOK to GOD!! And HOLD ON!!! HOLD ON!! KEEP MOVING. . . just keep moving.

Here are the pictures: http://tylerperry.com/pics



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  • #1 Fan

    Thank you for sharing. I LOOK TO YOU, GOD! I LOVE YOU!

  • Marietta Nairobi, Kenya

    Thanks Tyler, I really needed that...im somewhere where you can relate as your apartment story but im optimistic all will be fine i thank God for you..be blessed.

  • Stella Nairobi, Kenya

    It’s always a better to bless than curse is seemingly a simple and obvious statement, but how many of us actually think that before we curse? In this message “ I had to share this”, I am inspired by your faith. Well, I will not take the apology of you telling your story as there are those who need this and it works for them positively, but I appreciate your friendship to your audience.

  • Maureen Simmons Indianapolis, IN

    Today, in this moment, I needed to read this. As I sit in the room of a benevolent friends, eyes flooded with tears I realize that God is indeed with me. I scoured your site for this message, because I remember reading it years ago in the comforts of my own home. It didn't mean as much as it does to me today, as I sit homeless in someone else's home. Like you, I've been homeless and those I thought would help me have not. As skilled as I am, I have not been able to get a job so I decided to create one. I am writing a book called "You don't need a job, you need a vision: 7 Lessons a jobseeker should consider". I wanted to use stories like yours to encourage myself and others that GOD IS ALWAYS THERE. If He did it for you, He will do it for me.

  • Deborah Tennessee

    Thank for sharing. You are helping others and myself in sharing what God has done for you. God want us to share what he done for us to others to let them know, regardless of the situation if they give their live over to God and trust and have faith in Him he will bless them and we need to do His will not our will, because when we do our will it just don't work out. Keep on lifted up God name up, and continue on telling other about what God has done in your life. Sometime we need to read people testimony over and over so you just keep on typing and sharing with us what God has put on your heart to share ok. It dont matter if you have said it 20 times, dont stop continue spreaded the word, because someone is reading what you are typing. God is awesome God, and he is there for us if we allow Him to enter our life. God bless you and your staff.

  • Helen Norcross, GA

    Hi Tyler, the only way I could relate more to this story is if I were you. I am 'sitting on the side of the tub' this very moment. Unemployed going on four years, a m***** degree collecting dust on my book shelf, no vehicle to go out on job interviews, and no idea where my next meal is coming from or if my lights will be on next month. No gas for hot water so, I boil water to bath and clean my house because I don't know what life would be like if I couldn't clean both. This is a strange place I'm in right now but, not the darkest. And, I have been on the dark side of this thing called life. Physically and verbally abused by a mother who left the hospital without me, I was there for five days before anyone came to claim me. God rest her soul. Only ever knew one father_GOD! When I look back on my life and where I am now; I know deep in my soul he was there when I was released from my mothers womb. You know the song by Bob Marley where he sings 'A hungry man is an angry man'? Well, this sister is hungry however, no longer angry because Papa _GOD! is all things and through him all things are possible. I had to learn too stay out of his way. And you know that voice you talked about? That is all I hear these days, HOLD ON! BE STILL! Lol., Thank you, for letting me share.

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