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It's Time To Break Through

First, let me just say thanks for another great weekend for Temptation. The movie is doing just what I hoped it would do. It is speaking to marriages and relationships all over. Thank you for seeing it in the theaters. It really is changing lives.

Now on to why I'm writing. It's about 6am here. Really quiet. The kind of quiet where even a still small voice can sound like a scream. I was sitting here thinking about the first time I took a flight on a small private jet. Many of you know that I'm an aviation buff. I love planes and flying. That's crazy, seeing as how my passion for it started out as a way to get over my fears. And my first flight was my scariest.

That morning, when I got to the airport, it was cloudy, raining and cold. I told the pilots that I was a nervous flyer and asked how the weather was. He said, "it’s rough down low but great up high." Now I'm looking at the sky, it didn't look so great up high to me. But I said a prayer and got on. We took off. It was so turbulent. I was bouncing all over the place. I sat there thinking, "why would they tell me the weather was fine?"

After about ten minuets of being bounced around I asked the pilots why it was so rough. They told me that it would get better as soon as they were allowed to climb higher. I asked who was holding us at that altitude and they said Air Traffic Control. There were a lot of planes in the area and for our own safety we had to stay at that altitude. I sat down, bouncing around some more, white knuckled and all, until the flight attendant told me that we had just been cleared to climb higher. I felt the plane pitch up and the thrust of those powerful jet engines kick in. We bounced around some more. It seemed to have gotten worse. Visibility through my window was non-existent. I was about to ask them to land and let me off the plane. But then we broke through the clouds. There was the sun and the air was so smooth that it didn't even feel like we were moving.

By now, I'm sure you're wondering, "why am I reading all this?" Well, I’ll tell you. Flying through rough weather is a lot like making it through life. Sometimes there are a lot of dark clouds, a lot of bad moments. So bad that you want to give up or turn around like I wanted to. Sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is trying to hold you back or you're being held at that altitude for your own safety. Sometimes you’re not ready to go higher. God is protecting you from yourself because he knows that you can’t handle going higher. Sometimes he’s hiding you, preparing you to be ready. (That gave me a million thoughts. I’ll save that for another email). Sometimes it's so dark you can't see which way to go. But just like air traffic control had to give us permission to go higher, this morning I wanted to give you permission to go higher. Climb!! The weather is so much better up there. The sun is shinning bright up higher. Stop living your life so low.

Now it's not going to be easy to get through those clouds. You’re going to have to hold your head up and use all the strength in your soul to get through, but you will. Use prayer as your fuel and go higher. You have just been given permission to climb higher. Fly above it all.

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  • Lancelot South Afrika

    Very inspiring message. I am definitely going to use it the next time a give a presentation to visitors at my squadron . I go through the same scenario a lot as a pilot and an it's very difficult for me to explain the feeling to anyone except my fellow aviators bout pinching through clouds into still air and rays of sunshine and from hearing all the noise that jet makes and bouncing all over the place, to listenng to the silence within. Thanks again , didn't know that Madea knew so much bout flying. I'll always think of this from now on when watching your movies .

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  • John Pope Greytown South Africa

    Thanks so much for the encouragement Tyler. I have reposted your post on my blog (hope you dont mind) as i felt it was a real encourgement to Christians all over the world. I trust that you continue to keep strong in all that you do. "Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed" Ciao Johno

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  • Rachelle Avondale, AZ

    God is never late! Thank you Tyler, God spoke through you to get this message to me. If it had not been for The Lord on my side.....I can't even imagine where I'd be.

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  • Alma Byhalia,Ms.

    Hello Tyler, I just read your e-mail, you are such an Indiviualist. I absolutely get such great inspiration out of your revelations that you receive. I could use that phrase for a sermon "It Get Better The Higher You Get." I just might steal that phrase. When I receive your messages it gives my heart something to ponder, just like Mary. It is so true, the closer we get to God the more peace we receive. Keep on Inspiring us. We never tire of your messages.

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Tyler.....Tyler..... Tyler.... Thank You for Sharing your "BIG HEART" with us and Speaking Life to us....I receive it...So very kind and sweet of you...I'm sending it right back to you 100 fold....Tyler you keep me smiling :-) :-) (*-*) God Bless You...Nighty Night..Ms. Proverbs

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    • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland #1816120

      Tyler , Beautiful and Peaceful picture of the sky and the clouds ...I absolutely love to fly..Believe it or not I feel more at peace higher in the sky when I'm flying on the plane....Tyler, I'm praying that God help me overcome the fear of cruising... Ok.my eyes are so heavy right now...LOL!..Night Night :-) Ms. Proverbs

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  • Glendina Bahamas

    Good night. Thank you for sharing your story. It certainly takes courage to confront our fears. Daily I start with my mind set to go the extra mile. I believe that trying is better than not doing anything at all. Yes there will be bumps and hurdles to overcome, however if we persist we will succeed. God Bless.

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  • Angel Washington, DC

    Hi Tyler: Thank you for this message- how timely, no this is divine. I've never visited your webpage before even though I liked you on my facebook. Today I saw your fb post about the cloud and had to see the rest of it. You see, I'm in the turbalent period-or the climb, I know there is something more I'm suppose to be doing but the fear of ( leaving my good govt job, change, and taking a risk is delaying my progress). I've always been a dreamer, I am one of those that can see the vision so clearly, but I lack the faith to activate it. This is my continual prayer has been, Lord help me to move beyond the vision and into realization. Thank you for this confirmation that its time! Angel

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  • L.C. New York

    This morning this message was my breakfast, it was nourishment to my soul. I truly thank God for you Tyler your Amazing! Your encouraging words this morning helped me to start flapping my wings again, I truly believe I too can fly and I believe it's just a matter of time before I'm able to touch the sky. I'm soaring right now can you see me?!!! (smile) Your words always come on time. Your the best!!! :) Thank you so much:):)

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  • Katja B Florida

    I have a lot of dark clouds all around me. The difference is I really don't think I can find my way through this time. Your blog today made a lot of sense to me today. I'm praying. I really am.

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  • E. Morgan United States

    I needed this today. Many people give up while they are in the middle of "going through". If we just hold on until we get all the way through the storm, the trial, the hurt, the pain, the frustrations, the anger, the loss...that's when we breakthrough! Sometimes we just need a reminder of that. Thanks for giving that reminder to me.

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  • Carolyn Perry United States

    Tyler,...this was nice...thank you and you take care... Carolyn...

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  • Angela Cleveland, Ohio

    Mr. Perry thank you for these words tonight. I am a writer trying desperately to break through. It's truly amazing how the right words at the right time came push you forward. Every conference I go to, every person I know tells me I'm a great writer, and yet I haven't been able to break through, despite the words of encouragement. Today I put 3 chapters out on writerscafe.org and posted a request begging for my friends to pass along the link and write a quick review, so few took the time to write the review it left me feeling hopeless. I was checking twitter to distract me from obsessively checking Facebook and my email when I saw your post and I wanted to take a second to say thank you for giving me that little push when I so needed it. Once I was lucky enough to be mentored by the great urban poet Wanda Coleman, she told me my work could not be put away and just when I thought maybe it could be there were your words. I will break through one day Tyler Perry and I hope to meet you and thank you in person when I do.

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