Thankful is not even the word when I think of the people I have been so blessed with in my life. I don’t have enough fingers on my hands to count the amount of women who have gone before me and paved the way with their undying faith. I honestly know for sure that I wouldn’t have my own personal steadfast faith without seeing it exemplified in the lives of my mother, grandmother, older women friends, Church leaders, and former Misses of Notre Dame D’Haiti Pageant whom I now call my sisters.
The most astounding thing is seeing a woman of faith who FIGHTS THROUGH LIFE!
I remember being in Haiti visiting my seventy-year-old grandmother. The power and strength of prayer welcome your presence into the house, a powerful scent of a praying Haitian woman. My grandmother always had her bible open in her lap, the only woman I know who highlights and marks up her bible to look exactly like a tattoo. In school, we are taught to highlight only the most important paragraphs. Hence, she highlights the whole bible, speaking of God as we speak of food. I want that to be my GOAL in life! (#lifegoals).
How inspiring of a woman, 50+ years young, fixing her eyes on Jesus through the highs and lows of life!
Surrounded by positive women who have adopted me into their sisterhood has molded me to be the woman I am today.
What type of woman is that, you ask?
Well! I have not only become a woman of faith but a woman who stays on course and does not drift off because of rock in the middle of the road. My Former Misses always spoke to me about developing the inner me. I always asked myself how do I plan to do that when I don’t know where to start. Gaetane St-Victor, the first Miss Notre Dame D’Haiti Pageant always told me:
There are times in life when things may look their best or come out so perfectly by the grace of God. And then, there are other moments where we actually need to get out of our shovels, role up our sleeves, and GET DIRTY.
Father Reginald Jean-Mary always throws the story of Job and questions me of his priesthood predestination.
One day, I decided to take on my grandmother’s advice and started reading. I found out that Job lost EVERYTHING, yet he chose to have “patience” and not to give up. Many of our events may not have been successful, a possible test from God to see just how much we live our faith up to him. Job never threw up a red flag. In Job 42:12 it actually says,
“So The Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in his beginning.”
God has blessed each of the Misses as we faithfully grace their way through life. He has given us so much love, courage, strength, as well as guidance and hope.
A theme in my life is TRUST OF SISTERHOOD! Only because I already trust in God and since I was raised by women who have taken me in as their sister, I kindly follow that mindset as I share the love and welcome the next Miss Notre Dame D’Haiti. Throughout my life, I always hear ‘Sophonie, do you trust me?’. My answer is ‘Of course! But do you trust me?’. It is easier said than done, but when you trust in God, automatically it helps eliminate so much stress and drama.
Proverbs 3:5 says:
“Trust in The Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all you do and He will direct your path.”
Leave it to God and He will find a way. “God’s got THIS”. So, if I or any of my sisters can encourage you today, it would be to be women who stay their path and never give up, come what may! Like those who have gone before us in their faith, you never know who YOU’RE paving the way for.