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I always tell people that any day above ground is a good day! I hope your day is wonderful and blessed! Feel free to share your thoughts!
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Writing Out Loud:Put Yourself In Charlie's Place

 How many times have you passed a traffic accident in hopes of seeing a mangled body lying in the middle of the highway? You can be honest, nobody ever reads my blogs. Do you ever feel like exploiting people for rating’s sake has become all too commonplace? What’s wrong with us? From the pulpit to the playground, darkness has been given a platform and yet we all still think we can play patty cake with the devil. Every single day we ingest harmful information being passed through the airwaves. It’s as if the world can’t wait for the next catastrophe so we feel we have to help the next one along. What a bunch of enabler’s we all are. We’ve all helped to glamourize teen pregnancy, drug abuse, the Occult, homosexuality, murder, and rape, all because we’d rather be “politically correct” than Godly. We are living in a time when speaking up will go a lot further than silence. Lives are literally at stake, including yours! Maybe this doesn’t resonate much with you because it’s not members of your family being dragged through the mud.   Do you really believe Charlie Sheen’s life is a reason to grab a bowl of popcorn, gather the family around the HDTV and wait anxiously for his life to continue to spiral out of control? Be honest? Have you ever stopped worshipping a celebrity long enough to wonder if God might use you to lead them to Jesus Christ? If God’s grace and mercy were good enough for you, why isn’t good enough for all the other people who find themselves where you once were? At the end of the day, when the cameras stop rolling, when there’s nothing left to exploit, when there are no more late night jokes, this man, Charlie Sheen, is somebody’s child.

Do you remember the edge? The edge was the place you found God right before you decided to jump into a pit of hopelessness. The edge is a scary place because on one hand despair beckons us to jump while God’s light strains to get through the haze. Do you ever wonder why you didn’t jump? It might have been the few prayers of the righteous. We should all be a bit more careful when it comes to erasing people out of our lives; God may pencil them in back later. Put yourself in Charlie’s place for one moment or better yet, put your own child in his place. How’s your pious perspective now?   There have been times I’ve been riding in my car and I’ve had to pull over unable to see the road because of my tears, tears of gratitude because I remember who I was before Jesus. I remember what it’s like to be an ugly wretch. I remember what it was like to be depressed, discouraged, and despondent. Ugly inside and out, and it spilled into every area of my life. I think too many of us get saved, we get a few scriptures, songs and spiritual truths committed to memory and then we STOP. That’s right, we STOP caring about the sea of people still swimming in sadness. We get so spiritual, we tend to throw scriptures at “sinners” the same we throw money at the homeless. I think there is a natural progression where we get to a place where we just appreciate if it weren’t for God’s grace, we’d still be a complete mess. Seriously it wasn’t that long ago you needed someone to pray for you, you needed someone to speak a word to you, and you needed someone to tell you how much God loved you. For some of us this was as recent as last month.

“It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them”~ J. Petit Senn

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Met Someone BUT!

This blog goes out to all the LOVER'S in the house!  In no way do I profess to be an expert on anything. I do believe age, wisdom and experience allows me to share some of the nuggets of truth that I’ve been privileged to pick up along the way. That being said let me also say this!  Your marital state is NOT something to be checked OFF by YOU but checked OUT by God.  We want to be in relationships so bad that we will settle for ANYONE just so we can say we have SOMEONE!  Ladies do you ever think it strange all the qualities we expect in men yet we don’t always possess those qualities ourselves?  When was the last time you checked off your qualifications for Prince Charming? Seriously look at your “list” and see if most of the things you want in a man aren’t physical or material in nature.  Don’t you think it’s odd that we could care less about what’s going on with him internally or spiritually? My Dear Sisters, men are comprised of more than height and weight and wallet requirements. What if the guy you thought you wanted possessed every admirable quality there is but a relationship with God?  Would you still think he was “Prince Charming”? Most women make the mistake that they can use their feminine wiles on a man thus changing him into the perfect male specimen. If you are still inclined to think this way, you are in for a very rude awakening. It is God who does the changing.

We meet people and we become so engrossed in who they are physically and financially we overlook where they aren’t spiritually.  It bears repeating! We meet people and we become so engrossed in who they are physically and financially we overlook where they aren’t spiritually. It’s important to ask God for discernment in all matters, not just spiritual ones.  I don’t think I can stress this enough but everything concerning you concerns God. Everything includes the people coming in and out of our lives too.  Some people are only seasonal, they are here depending on the weather, and then they are gone.  Seasons change!  It is very important to learn what you can from people because most assuredly, another seasonal crop of people are headed your way. 

I met someone BUT he doesn’t believe in God!

I met someone BUT he doesn’t know how to pray!

I met someone BUT he doesn’t believe in tithing!

I met someone BUT he doesn’t care about where he’s going to spend eternity!

I was taught the word BUT cancels out everything preceding it! Ladies, I am here to tell you a man’s good looks won’t be able to do anything for you if you have to battle cancer.  Really who cares if he has nice abs? Having a 6 pack means absolutely nothing.  Look at his knees! What do his knees look like? Do his knees indicate that he’s been on them praying to God?

"I think we fear the ANSWERS we have to ACCEPT from God more than the QUESTIONS we need to ASK God~

Eternal benefits aside, a lasting relationship with Jesus is really no different than the one we want most with our mate.  It takes commitment, communication, but most of all, it takes the covenant of marriage.  Maybe you’ve met someone and you're having those “nagging” little doubts. Before you get too excited about excitement, it is always best to have God check them out.  Sometimes we only need to ask ourselves, was it fate or the Father? Now I'm no expert when it comes to matters of the heart, but I have enough sense to ask God for discernment when I would rather follow my HEAD instead of His HEART. Wisdom NOT applied is just information! I leave you with this.

“Magicians who use wires in their act don't let you see them, but that doesn't mean they aren't there”

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Journal Entry 27 February 2011

Lord was it really just a week ago today I saw another miracle happen in my life? It is getting to where I can’t keep up with your goodness. I suppose I could write an online journal entry everyday but some miracles can’t be explained in laymen terms. I knew in my spirit that after last Sunday my life would truly never be the same again. Lord I just wanted to stop by and thank you publically for using me to minister through song. I have written many songs over the years and I’ve never thought much about what happens to them after I close my notebook. Watching something I wrote come to life was beyond words. I wanted to thank you for the new songs you are already giving me in the middle of the night. What I remember most of all about last week was a wave a peace that washed over me as I took the microphone right before my performance. I don’t even seem to know where my “voice” came from. It was evident from the rehearsals that I hadn’t sung publically in years. I should’ve written this last week, but it is a true testament to how busy my life has been. I thank you Lord for the strength to be able to get everything done. I think for the very first time I understood the difference between professional singers and anointed singers. Last week the atmosphere was saturated in the anointing. Every song, every singer ministered to me. I am still singing “You Are Holy”. It was such an awesome experience, such an awesome night.   What’s next for me Lord? I’m feeling very creative, and very inspired. What I did to those poor legal pads last week was insane. I am keeping plenty of paper on hand, because the ideas are pouring in. I don’t always know what to do with them so I appreciate that you take me back to things I’ve long since forgotten about. I also appreciate that I can watch you work in my life and participate by using the gifts and talents you’ve placed in me. Lately I’ve been wondering about the people I’ve been called to. Am I doing enough? Am I still relevant? I watched the RadicalIs 2011 Conference hosted by Rick Warren and I know now I can put those silly notions out of my head. Comparing myself to someone else is just silly and likened to Idol Worship. I also wanted to thank you for all the wonderful people you’ve placed in my life to help me, to mentor me, to advise and guide me and most of all, to protect me. I am starting to ease back into meaningful relationships with people. I’m still very cautious with good reason.  I make no apologies for who I am, since I’m not planning to stay this way. I don’t have to be perfect today, or tomorrow, I’ll settle for being your Daughter any day.
Amazed by Your Grace!