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Choosing Love

When I think about the goodness of God and all He has done for me, my soul cries hallelujah. I look back over my life and I have endured more pain then I care to think about, but I have also experienced an even larger amount of joy. Some of my most painful moments shared  several commonalities. In other words I often  experienced this pain because of

1) a poor choice/decision I made
2) a refusal to align with God’s will
3) a false understanding and misrepresentation of love and happiness: what it feels like, what it looks like, what it does for you and what it makes you do for others and most important where it comes from!
4) lack of communication
(To God in prayer and to the perpetrators involved)

I recall a time when I met someone who looked good on paper, but was lacking every great quality that I desired in a companion. I often wondered why is it so hard to find a loving companion. Why is everything taking so long, why hasn’t he crawled through my window (because clearly he doesn’t frequent my local grocery store, Starbucks and any other place I have graced my presence with.) Sometimes Love is right in your face though. It comes from the least expected places and from people you least expect. Here is the reality, I want to be spoiled, I want to be courted, but above all else I want to be appreciated, not just for what I look like, but for who I am, what I am about. I want acceptance for being just me. I want my husband to know that I am a gift from heaven and that he is also my gift. I want to be protected and cared for so I can nurture and support my husband and children. I want children. I want my life and that of my family to glorify God in a mighty way.  I admire married couples who have been married for years, they make an effort daily to love their partner for who they are, they run the race of life together. For affairs of love and relationships, I speak love and give life to all current circumstances. I leave you all with these scriptures. So the next time you find yourself in a conflict of relationship or circumstance  ask  yourself if  any of the four commonalities I mentioned above occurred  ( be honest too, I trust you) . Then meditate on these below.

1. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”- 1 Peter 4:8
2. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
3. “Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”- Ephesians 4:2-3
4. “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘Declare The Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11

5. “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”- Mark 10:9

It’s hard enough running alone, so running together is a blessing.  I choose love this day and everyday for my family, friends, and loved ones.
Written with Love,
Truth

Check Your Company

I Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

All week long the Lord has been dealing with me about habits and the company I keep. Naturally, I decided to meditate on this and see what my manna from Heaven says. So in my humble opinion, I have the greatest friends and support group around me. I live thousands of miles away from my hometown in Boston, but I have managed to find me a great church family, some lifelong friends whom I now consider family : shoutouts to Young Palmer, Killah K, Brownie and Waffle. P.s I’m big on nicknames so these have been used to protect the innocent. I spend so much time with
these 4 people and we just click. If you have ever had some really great framily (friends+family) then you know what I’m talking about. These people keep me on my toes and sharpen me spiritually. Then there are my friends and family back home WAY too many to name. I think about the good habits I’ve developed. Those are easy. Before Christ though I had some pretty bad habits…I was bitter, angry, drank too  much, cussed too much, fought too much, I smoked nasty cigarettes, yes (I know gross). I got in my own way all the time, because I believed I was in complete control of anything and everything around me. I was stressed sometimes even depressed. The best thing I ever did was exchange my company I kept. For starters I had to recognize God and recognize that He gave His only son for me. Do you know how much pressure and burdens were lifted from me, just in acknowledging Christ as my Savior. Receiving God’s love and developing a relationship with Him literally forced me to check my company and exchange it for ultimate comforting company: Jesus and his Holy Spirit. The Bible says Be Not Deceived Evil Company corrupts Good Habits. Have you ever backslid into a poor habit, or found your oh so saved self doing things you used to do and then wondering what happened? Well, I have and I had to self evaluate and check my company. Checking your company is not always checking your immediate circle of friends or family either, sometimes checking your company is doing a spiritual read of the holy spirit that dwells in you . IS IT PRESENT AND BEING FED? In other words…what have you been pouring into yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Are you spending enough time with God and asking Him to keep you. There is a song that says “oh to be kept by Jesus
It sings about being in the company of the Lord. We must do this daily. It’s easy to blame our shortcomings, backsliding, and iniquities on others and circumstances, but let us not be deceived that all influences are always other men. YOU (myself included can be your own worse enemy). Nurture yourself regularly and know what God has in store for you. It’s okay to ask others for advice but God has the final say and knows the plans He has for you!

Jeremiah.29.11.nkjv
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Check your company, your first line of defense and first “person” in your presence should be the Holy Spirit. Its here to guide you. So try to steer away from evil company that corrupts good habits. The best way to do this is to be spiritually strong. Evil spirits can’t be around Good spirits very long.  Scripture tells us  at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, but it will help if people actually see Jesus in you and that they recognize you dwell in the company of the most high. Just a bit of food for thought!
Be Blessed,
Written with Love
TRUTH

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Love Letters from Heaven

Luke 17:1-4 NKJV

Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!  It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,  rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

I am on the struggle bus with forgiving people who have done wrong to me or offended me in some way. Part of it is because I spend so much time trying not to offend others, that when it happens to me I go straight to the why did this person do this to me? Why was I the recipient of x,y,z. It’s a sort of woe is me pity party. My Daddy says to me ” why not you princess?” Now excluding the royal title that my Daddy has given me, because princesses become queens and are to be treated as such…He does have a point. I mean I am just an extraordinary peculiar child of God right? So why would I believe that I won’t experience some sort of strife, offense, or trial?  I mean to prove I am more than a conqueror I clearly need some battles that I’ve fought and won to prove it. Even knowing this time and time again I have become a doubting Thomas and held grudges that are blocking my blessings. I’ve been in the rathole of explanation and why, and usually the person or circumstance I have questioned is peacefully sleeping and carrying on with or without me. Which in turn makes me aggrivated with myself for allowing something to disturb my peace and joy. What’s even more annoying is that I will eventually forgive the person(s) and even the circumstances but I won’t forget. Now the latter I wish I did better. Forgetting would not stir up the old wounds or make the emotions feel so real! As if it happened today when it was 3 months or even a year plus ago. It amazes me how people are able to do this and the tendency can be to remember the negative. But recalling the positive seems harder. Even if the initial re-interaction is positive, one can quickly remember the offenses that caused a circumstance or relation to go sour. Jesus tells us to rebuke the person/thing that causes us offense and to forgive them if they repent. The key piece is the one I have been missing here: Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,  rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” Yes,”if he repents”. I swear I just had the biggest Epiphany like 10 years late! That rathole that I climb in is because I give people opportunities to be forgiven by me. Yes I know that sounds arrogant, but what I mean is I have literally told someone they offended me/hurt me and I will bring it up over and over again wanting an apology or explanation, and some folks will know they did me wrong but will not give me the satisfaction of an apology or I made a mistake etc. I am not God, so my ability to bring about conviction is umm limited meaning…I can’t. But He can, especially with a believer!…. Nonbelievers can be hard (not impossible), but I have had more success with reconciliation, forgiveness, and even forgetting when I stand on God’s word about my offenses not necessarily my emotions. The reality is that I  am in love with God and his truth, so most times my pain and affliction arises from what goes against the truths that I have knowledge of. My affictions come from straddling and compromise. In other words, when someone offends the faith fibers that are embedded in my mind and rest on my heart I feel it and react. Now some may say its a reaction of the flesh and sometimes it can be, like if I cuss you out, but for me its because of an offense to my spirit the Holy Spirit. The tendency for me is to want to avenge  against the other person (only in my mind). But my beef is never really with them, its the fact that I am now misaligned to God or I compromised my walk to please said person(s) or circumstances knowing Good and Well I should have been pleasing El Shaddai. Then there is the forgiving as many times as your offender repents. At first this sounds irrational, but its actually a lesson in How God loves me and loves you. This scripture is a mirror of the way God loves me and forgives me: as often and as many times as I repent. Look at God! His word not only gives instruction but its a personal love letter to His children to show his heart and intentions. That is how I view His word love notes from Heaven. So imagine how you would feel if someone or something took love notes that you treasure and tore them to shreds…I imagine you would not be happy! This entry is to my offenders, you may not understand why I go off or think I’m too passionate, but stop tearing up my love letters from God. If you take a soldier’s gun, you should prepare to shoot and kill him/her. If he/she’s not dead then be prepared for the infantry that comes to his/her rescue they are higher and more powerful. The power of prayer, praise, worship, love and forgiveness and repentance far outweighs any personal offense that could be given. Stay encouraged.
Be Blessed.
Written with love,
Truth

Prayer, Praise, and Obedience: Soldier Directives

God is amazing. Truly truly amazing. I woke up this morning thinking about how truly amazing He is. This week is Holy Week for Christians. As a Christian you are bound to be preparing for Resurrection Sunday or “Easter” as the world recognizes it. You will doll up your kids to say their speech and prepare them for the play. You will run to and fro to be sure that everything is in order this week to celebrate that He has risen. Some of us have been fasting and praying for lent being careful to put down the poor habits or luxuries that we have picked up or overindulged in just to show our dedication/discipline to the Lord and express  penitence. The reflection on who God is, what Jesus did on the cross for everyone is just amazing, self-less, and loving. Have you ever just sat alone and read the execution of Jesus on the cross? I have and it has brought me to tears many times. I like to believe it’s because I love God oh so much, and I do! But another part of it is a bit selfish too, because I know what my walk as a Christian has been like. Sure it’s been joy lots of joy! But there has also been lots of pain, misunderstanding, and wrongdoing by myself and others. Unspeakable things that not everyone has the stomach to endure. There are still lots of unanswered questions as I mature in my faith. As a child if I asked  “why” of my mother or asked a question that she could not answer/would not answer; she’d say “because I said so” and pretty much end the conversation.  I dreaded hearing this because all I wanted was an answer. I wanted to understand. God does this to His children all of the time. But the full answer is “because I said so, because I love you, and because I know what’s best for you, and I know the outcome. ” If you are not praising/shouting right now…you missed it. It brings me comfort to know

1). Jesus died on the cross, so ALL not some of my sins are forgiven.

Isaiah 38:17 Indeed it was for my own peace
That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

 

2) He has given me purpose and assignment. There are things that God has called me (and only me) specifically to do, things that He has called you (only you) specifically to do…so DO them.

Exodus 9:16 But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

3) Take comfort in knowing that you are victorious in all things especially when you are aligned to God’s will in your life.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Yesterday I had my heart set on seeing “Get Hard” Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s new movie. Yes as saved as I am, I still laugh at stereotypical jokes with sexual innuendos. I had it all planned. I was going to go to breakfast, catch a movie, get my nails done, eyebrows waxed, and prepare for my interview for today. While sitting at the breakfast bar,  I met a sister in Christ. How did I know, because ole girl prayed over her food and she was glowing with the joy of the Lord. Now she could have been praying to someone else, but ending a prayer in Jesus name confirmed it. She ordered these grits that I had been wanting to try, but I am picky about my grits; so I tend to stay with my traditional (butter, salt, pepper, and sometimes cheese.) I asked her about the grits which she confirmed are delicious, and the rest of the meal turned into a friendly chat and conversation about God, work, who we were and where we came from etc. As breakfast is coming to an end, she mentions she is going to see Do You Believe? WAIT! WAIT a minute. Now I had seen a preview of this movie  about two weeks ago. I wanted to go see it and kept postponing just like I had been postponing ordering those grits. It’s about God, the cross etc. Same film company that did “God’s not Dead”. She asked if I wanted to join her and I said I was going to the movies as well, to see Get Hard. Can I tell you this…This still small voice asked me would I rather see a movie about God or comedy about jail and homophobia. Now truth moment…I did want to see the movie I intended on seeing, but I didn’t want to postpone seeing something that I knew would bless me beyond just a laugh. So I switched gears and went to see the movie. It blessed me. Long story short, new friend, fresh anointing, and a book club invite for tomorrow focused on PRAYER! This may not excite you, but it excites me because I had been praying for God to strengthen my prayer life so I will be more fruitful in my labor and look how He answered. Amazing right? Yes. Amen walls.

Now the movie was a blessing and a tear jerk-er. Think of the movie Crash covered with anointing oil, holy water, and scripture :-). Every person in this world has a cross to bear. Jesus paid it all with His death and resurrection.  We are called to serve, to spread the gospel, share it with someone. Life hurts, this is the reality. People live, die, cheat, steal, lie, disappointment, and can be self-serving; but People can also love, help, encourage, be honest, be giving, and have a genuine interest in changing the world for the better just because. Stop entertaining people and things for short-term thrills. Pay attention to those that are hurting. I often have strangers (yes strangers) come and tell me everything that is going on with them. I don’t know these people from a hole in the wall. It used to freak me out and I would wonder why they felt compelled to share with me. I’ve concluded it’s probably because they need prayer, it’s because they need encouragement, and for some reason they know I can provide it. So I do and I will in obedience.

As I write today, the Lord has been dealing with me about prayer, praise and obedience.  He has been testing and stretching my faith in Him. Filtering different aspects of my life. This process though…it kinda sucks. I mean even knowing all of the above that small annoying child in me is saying “But Why?” Only now, it brings me joy that He is even considering me worthy as a soldier to counter spiritual warfare.

To God Be the Glory

Written with Love

Truth