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"What’s In A Name?"  

I have come to realize that, where God is concerned, there is no such thing as coincidence.  In my journey, particularity: All that has been, and all that is yet to be: every action, inaction, reaction and consequence thereof, is exactly, "As It Is Written."

 

 

About five years ago, I wrote a letter to a select few of God’s elite/elect, seeking assistance with bringing forth my testimony.  Unlike the letter in Jeremiah, my letter contained no prophecy.  It was, at its’ core, a request for guidance.  BUT GOD, foreknowing His own people’s insubordinate nature, promised, “I will help them; I will direct their work, in truth.”  For certain, God has been navigating my life through the book of Isaiah.  It is my assessment, that many books of the Bible serve as detail to the prophecies outlined in Isaiah.  A couple years ago, I asked God, regarding my journey; Why Isaiah?  God responded in the form of a question:  "Did not Isaiah prophesy of all things regarding the redemption of man, from the coming of Christ to His return, save only the day and hour?"  Several months ago, the question resurfaced.  I tried to dismiss it, because I believed that God had already answered it.  But it wouldn't go away, so I asked again; God, why Isaiah?  Thoroughly expecting the same answer, God led me to the scripture where it is written that Isaiah walked the earth naked, "exposed."  In that moment, I realized that everything that I have gone through, especially over the past few years, was to expose the truth of my journey and free me from the captivity of my past to clear a path to display the gifts, He had placed in me, for His Glory.  Aside from the purging, scripture also confirms, in Isaiah, that God eventually, “flips the script," vindicating Jerusalem (daughter of Zion).  But, for a long time I had inquired, of God, a better understanding of the reason.  It’s not like Jerusalem was altogether innocent.  I’m so grateful that God does not despise our questions; He invites them.

 

Understanding Given:

Not long ago, my daughter, her fiancé, and I were engaged in a discussion about biblical names; their meanings, roles and significance, in Christ's journey, as they relate to our own journeys.  We researched our names, as well as other names in the Bible.  My daughter and her fiancé, whom have been an absolute blessing in my, “next level,” restoration, were pleased to learn that his name was associated with that of a king.  I was familiar with the name, but it had never really resonated with me, beyond being, one of the many “random” names of kings listed in the text.  Like most people, I suppose, I had only truly familiarized myself, in-depth, with the most popularized of biblical names:  Jesus, Mary, Joseph, John, Peter, Paul, David, etc.  Yet, for some reason, I felt drawn to pursue further knowledge of this name.  A small still, albeit persistent, voice kept prompting me to revisit the book of Ezra.  Once again, Ezra is one of those books in the Bible which had left no real impact on me.  I recalled it as one of the "Old Testament" books, that referenced several kings, and seemingly endless tribes, families and unequally yoked marriages.  None of which, I initially considered data, intrinsically, vital to retain.  "BUT GOD," knows what his children hath need of.  A couple months ago, I gave in to the prompting, and reread Ezra.  One of the reasons my favorite Bible is my "vintage KJV," is because of its' detail.  It contains very concise summary at the beginning of each book, which outlines its subject matter, along with, biographical characteristics regarding the people about whom it is written.  Reading the synopsis alone, immediately revealed that one of the kings, named in the text, who played a vital role in the restoration of Jerusalem, bore the same name as my daughter's fiancé.  Coincidence?

 

In the book of Ezra, though Jerusalem, had erred in her duties as God’s chosen city; the kings and priests, in her midst, had likewise erred by interfering in God’s plans to restore her.  In their own self-serving scheme to teach Jerusalem a lesson, through punishment (based on her forefather’s history of non-payment of taxes) they had, inadvertently, dishonored God, by unjustly and forcibly, obstructing His restoration process.  God chastens, not man.  Somewhere along the way, in their own majesty, they lost sight of God and became incensed over what they felt was disrespectful, not to God, but to them.  It seems like God was saying, to those whom He had profited and positioned for His Glory:  "IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU; SHAME ON YOU FOR BEING SO EASILY INSULTED.”  In fact, God literally says that very thing in Isaiah 66:5 Hear this message from the LORD, all you who tremble at his words: "Your own people hate you and throw you out for being loyal to my name. 'Let the LORD be honored!' they scoff. 'Be joyful in him!' But they will be put to shame.”  Yet, even after realizing they had erred, in God's eyes, they continued to dishonor and disregard God as if they had no knowledge of the truth.  Reminiscent to my own story, where a letter was also involved; and whereby, interference, caused me to be forced out onto the streets of Houston, impeding my restoration.  BUT GOD, didn’t allow it simply to chasten me; but also, that His Word be made manifest through the testing of His people.  Would they, being obedient and having the mind of Christ, forgive, extend compassion as God had freely extended to them (even if I had wronged them, I had not), or would they, ridicule, withhold their goods and walk over me, some even crossing to the other side of the street?  I love His way.  He does a thing out in the open.  The Word says “before a cloud of witnesses” (I’m so excited about Hebrews Ch. 12); so that even when we try to claim ignorance, He has already disqualified that excuse (Proverbs 24:12).

 

Like Jerusalem, the kings, too, had received (grace, redemption, salvation) without paying, therefore, what an insult to God that they would even dare to consider their own “prominence,” requiring profit and reverence from Jerusalem.  Whether the actual nation of Israel, a church, or an individual, God's command is for His temple to be rebuilt.  You can almost hear the frustration and disappointment in God's voice, as He asks:  "Where were you when I came?" And "Why didn't you answer when I called?" Moreover, "Where is the house that you build unto me?"  As if anything that you could possibly build would even pale in comparison to that which He has already done for you.  We’re so busy with our own agendas and splendor that we don’t even recognize His presence.  It's also about being a trustworthy Shepherd, through whom God's people can be built up, whether you like them or not.  It’s interesting, the kings not only disrupted God’s plans, they also helped Babylon steal from God’s temple, as if God would be pleased with a stolen offering, simply because Babylon looked the part [“I hate robbery for burnt offering”].  The real irony is that, even today, the church, oftentimes cast out those who uphold God’s Word, while forbearing those with whom scripture says we are not to have so much as a meal:  Denying “The Almighty,” not only, a clean vessel, but most importantly, His chosen place of rest, theoretically, leaving God homeless.  WOW, I can't even.  The devil is a liar!

 

 

Given my experience with the prominent ones connected, by letter, to my journey, God knows their names, I was almost inclined not to write this, but, as always, I sought God’s counsel.  No matter where I went in scripture, whether Isaiah, Ezra, Job, Corinthians, Habakkuk and even the book of Jeremiah, which those who have come against me, attempt to use to label me “false prophet”, yet it says in Jerimiah 30 1”This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. 3The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel (of which Jerusalem is the capital) and Judah back from captivityand restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” God’s overwhelming directive was “write it.”

 

(So, “What’s In A Name?”  Regardless of the names of the kings in the midst of Jerusalem or the names associated with my story; the only name that truly matters is the name that is above all names: “JESUS,” there is POWER in that name.)

 

Heavenly FATHER, Holy is Thy name.  Thank You for Your abiding faithfulness and for Your Word made manifest in my life. Thank You for removing far from me, those who laid me waste; for contending with those who contend with me, and for preserving the remnant of my children.  Thank You for the revelations of truth by which You are directing my work.  Thank You for confirming Your voice, through the book of Ezra.  Thank You for my daughter, Alyshia; and her fiancé, Darrius: Your angelic, vessels set forth to usher me into restoration.  LORD, I humbly ask that You open the windows of heaven, this day, and pour out Your blessings, beyond measure, to prosper them in every area of their lives.  I, likewise, ask that You show favor to those who bless them.  Rebuke the devour for all their sakes and lift up a standard against their enemies.  Grant to them the full protection of "Your Amour," against which, no man, power, principality, nor even the very gates of hell shall prevail.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.  Thank You LORD.

 

"And EZRA blessed the LORD, the great GOD.  Then all the people answered, "Amen, Amen! while lifting up their hands.  And they bowed their heads and WORSHIPED the LORD with their faces to the ground."

 

This song is for me:  Let The Church Say Amen

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The Little Things - Sermons

 My Favorite Sermon . . .

 

God never ceases to amaze me in His ability to take that which appears small on the surface, and exalt it beyond measure.

 

Three of my favorite statements in the Bible are comprised of some the smallest words in the English language, in terms of “character composition.”  Yet, because of the character of the composer, they are the most meaningful and the most powerful words in the Bible:  I, AM, BUT, GOD, YES, AMEN.  Hence, my favorite sermon is “But GOD,” because when you know who “I AM” is, “But God” is promised:  And, to all of the promises of God, is “Yes and Amen.”

 

Have a “But GOD” day!

 

"Because of Who You Are" - Vicki Yohe  Ain’t He good?!  I dare you to love Him, praise, give Him glory, just because of who He is.  Excuse me while me and Sis. Vicki get our praise on . . . Yaaaaaaassssssss!!!

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TA TA JESUS

Matthew 18:4
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”.

 

One of the first lessons we learn as babes is; when someone give you something you say, “Thank You.”  The very reason why I end every prayer with, ”Thank You JESUS,”  is because He’s already done it all.  The only thing left to do is “PRAISE HIM.”  I dare you to just lift your hands wherever you are and send up a praise.  It doesn’t matter who sees you or what negative names they call you, stake claim to their blessing too.  Some people, even some Christians, may say “it don’t take all that” or “that belongs in the church.”  BUT GOD, don’t just bless us in the church:  If that were the case, EVERYBODY would be up in the church house, every time the doors opened.  God blesses us whenever, wherever He chooses.  He’ll come into the courtroom on your behalf.  He’ll come into the hospital on your behalf.  He’ll come on your job, in your classroom, into your houses and finances.  Therefore, we should, RECIPROCATE, PRAISE HIM, whenever, wherever because it’s already done!

 

Some people may feel that “TA TA JESUS,” is disrespectful.  Anything can be disrespectful if it comes from a disrespectful spirit.  There will always be people who find fault and negativity in what others say and do.  Maybe it’s not what’s being said, but rather the "negative filter" through which they are receiving.  it may be time for those individuals to change their filters.

 

TA TA JESUS

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Heaven Sent

Ms. Rose Mary Badami

Msgr. Golasinski

Fr. Frank

Sis. Magdalena

Sis. Francesca

Sis. Petralena

Sis. Gabina 

Sis. Mary Jude

Sis. Maria

 

And all other Priests and Sisters whose name I may have inadvertently omitted. . .

 

James 1:22  "But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only"

 

Thank you for helping me to get through my storm; being Righteous representatives in your doing of the Word.  I pray that GOD will continue to bless and keep each of you in His favor.  Peace be with you.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

 

Love and Gratitude Always,

Marian

 

(I miss you all.  Please forgive me if I misspelled any of your names)

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IN THE CLOSET

One of the things I missed most during homelessness, was my "Prayer Closet."  Yes, I'm one of those people.  For certain, I found many, and varied, ways to privately converse with God.  But, there is nothing quite like withdrawing to your own little personal haven to enter into His presence (I get butterflies just thinking about it).  

 

My prayer closet was decked out!  There were had candles and  inspirational plaques.  I had a huge throw pillow to kneel on while praying.  A handmade crucifix, that I had constructed from two small pieces of wood gathered from the grounds of the St. Andrew's garden of stations, hung on the wall (It's makeshift ruggedness was imperfectly, flawless), draped over it was a beautiful strand of white rosary beads.  I, of course, had a vintage (kjv) Biblethat my husband had given to me before he succumbed to complications of sickle cell.  The space was, quite simply, an oasis to me.

 

Initially, my sacred time in the closet seemed a bit ceremonial, which, in and of itself, is not wrong; still I longed for a more intimate connection with God.  Sometime around the year 2010, things began to evolve.  Where before, I had purposefully, focused more on the "order of prayer," the Holy Spirit took control shifting me toward a much more spiritual realm of "thanksgiving."  The more I thought about how good God had been to me, the more thankful I prayed.  I would usually  turn into one big, weeping mess of a puddle, often forgetting what I had intended to ask God for.  It got to the point where I decided to list my petitions on paper.  Albeit a futile effort.  The paper would inevitably, end up soaked, which didn't matter anyway, because the words were already illegible through my tears.  I was a hot mess.  Yet, the beauty of simply entering into His presence with thanksgiving made every tear seem like diamond offerings.

 

I would often emerge from my prayer closet with my eyes red and swollen, and dried tear stains on my face, of the appearance of one who had been in an extended period of mourning.  That's what I looked like on the surface, but on the inside, I had never, in my life, felt such peace in my spirit and newness of mind.  I realized that it was during those intimate times with God, that my heart was most open.  And just as promised, He poured his love, overflowing, into my heart and his Spirit, likewise upon me.  Aaaaahhhhh . . . I sigh at the mere thought of it.  How can you not love a God who welcomes you into His presence so lovingly? 

 

While a prayer closet isn't required to honor God, it's one of those little things that makes time spent in His presence all the more rewarding.  I am once again in a place where I can have a prayer closet.

 

Father thank You for renewed peace and for the beginning of a new thing.  Yes and Amen.

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SPEAK LORD!

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

To Preachers, Pastors, Priests, Bishops, Rev. Doctors etc. (All Shepherds)

Come out of your houses and pulpits. Get out of your whips.  God hath need of His temple (i.e. you)! God has given many of you security personnel, deacons and entourages, not so that you can you can look like rock stars; but that they may assist you when you enter into Samaria:

 

Matthew 10:27  What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops (YES LORD)

 

Luke 9:52

And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;

(For even Jesus walked amongst the people)
AMEN

Love Marian

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GENTILES and EUNUCHS

I know of a woman, I’ll call her “Zions Daughter” who, after having had an EXTRA-ordinary encounter with God, experienced unprecedented answered prayers.

 

Some people thought it was because of the ring that she wore on her forefinger, so they stole it; God had already placed a much more valuable ring on her marriage finger.  They thought it was because of the rosary she wore around her neck, so they threw it away; God replaced it before she even realized it was missing.  They thought it was because of the Bible she so often read, so they hid it from her; She found it, yet even so, the Word was already etched on her heart.  When all those things failed to work, they threw her out amongst the Gentiles, in a wicked plot to mock and destroy her, not aware, I suppose, that God commands His prophets to go not unto the Gentiles.  When she testified of these things, the ACCUSERS, accused her of being an accuser, being negative, some even called her false prophet and antichrist.  BUT GOD promised her that (Isaiah 54:17), “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgement, you shall condemn, because, He had given her a charge to (Isaiah 58:1)Shout aloud, don’t hold back. Tell ‘My people’ about their transgression, and ‘the house of Jacob’ about their sins.”  God even instructed her how to do it, (Isaiah 30:8)“Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness”.  So that when people dismissed her testimony as accusing or blaming others, God sanctioned it as part of His report “Who hath believed OUR report?”

 

GENTILES [sinners] and EUNUCHS [outcasts (those who are homeless or cut off from society, family, church, etc.)]

Here’s the thing about God, He has taken every action and reaction into account, and having placed everything under His feet, He causes that which is meant for evil to be used for the good of His people.  He used gentiles and eunuchs, in the face of His enemies, on behalf of this, His daughter (yes, HIS enemies.  You see when you come against God’s chosen, you wage war against Him.  For scripture says, “Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm”).   God doesn’t need anyone’s approval to use whomever He chooses.

 

Instead of “pawns of destruction,” as was intended by the adversary (those who cast her out), God used drug dealers, drug addicts, pimps, prostitutes, ex-cons and convicts (when she was thrown in jail), to serve as vessels of protection and provision for her.  Because they turned not away, this is what God promises, to the GENTILES and EUNUCHS: “I will divide a portion of My inheritance to you.  I will give you a place and position in My house and a name better than that of My sons and daughters.”  Do you know how blessed you are?  Not because I said so, nor simply because you did a good deed.  IT IS SO, BECAUSE HE SAID SO.  Who, besides God, would extend such grace?

 

People can be unkind and downright hateful at times.  They don’t understand that, there but for the grace of God go them . . .   They are still wearing a mask to hide their pain in an effort to be accepted by others who, in many cases, “smile in their face, all the while they want to take their place . . . (don’t act like you don’t know the song).  But, don’t let those who look down their noses at you, ridicule or shun you cause you to shrink into the background.  These are those whom God calls, “Stench in My nostrils” God has already placed everything in you that you need to be successful, and in His perfect time, he will exalt you.  You are actually in a better place than many of those who seek to degrade you, because you are already standing at your Red Sea.  God has exposed your truth for all to see, so that you no longer have to wear the mask.  Don’t get angry when they judge you, forgive them quickly and extend compassion to them; It can get pretty hot and irritable underneath those masks.

 

Please don’t let anyone tell you that God can’t use you unless you “appear” to have it all together or unless you’re of a certain pedigree, socioeconomic status or educational level.  The devil is a liar.  Those are man’s wicked criteria.  Check the bible, it tells of the types of people God most often used.  It wasn’t the Pharisees.  Look, If He can use a “Less than Stellar,” nothing of a nobody like me, He can certainly use you.  Let Him!  I promise, it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.  Maybe you don’t feel like you have a calling.  That fact is, if you’re living and breathing, you’ve been called; He’s just waiting for you to answer.

 

This is God’s way:  Seeing you from a ways off, still covered in, and stinking of pig’s slop (sin), God summons his servants to kill the fatted calf.  He doesn’t wait until you get to the house (church building), He’s so excited about you, that He runs out to meet you along the path.  God doesn’t come empty handed; He brings with him a beautiful, flawless ring to place on your finger and a robe of royal color to wrap around your shoulders.

 

Pssst, come here, let me tell you a secret.  Shhh, don’t tell nobody.  The key to being truly blessed, so that whatsoever you ask, He will give you is not simply that you ask in His name [John 14:14].  That’s just part of it, which is why so many prayers go unanswered.  READ THE PRECEEDING VERSES:

 

John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and even greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

 

1.       You must believe and submit yourself to His works according to His will (“Here am I, Lord, send me.”  Don’t worry, He will prepare you for His work).  Whatever you ask in His name must be such that will bring glory to Him (not vainglory to yourself through adulation or enrichment, but that He be glorified in righteousness)

 

To the drug dealers, drug addicts, pimps, prostitutes, ex-cons and convicts, God loves you so very much and so do I (he just doesn’t love your sin).  He has so much in store for you.  Thank You for having my back.  I may not know each of you by name, but know that I appreciate you and I am praying for you (I got you). 

 

My prayer for you is simply: 

 

BE BLESSED

 

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you spottless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.  To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever more.

 

In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

 

God chose the right person to shout from the rooftops, He knows I can’t keep a secret, not something this good.

 

PARTY OVER HERE!!!

He is the Word:  BYOB - optional (bring your own bible)

 

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!!

He’s just waiting on the guest of honor, YOU

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THANK YOU LORD!

Thank You for the prayers You've already answered.

 

Thank You in advance for the prayers that You're getting ready to answer: The table which has been prepared in the face of the enemy.  Thank You for manifestation of Your Word; for the new thing that You are about do in this assignment.  Thank You that You're already replacing the doubters with true believers who are not afraid to simply trust You, and set aside their own images and will, to exalt Yours.  Thank You for those sons, who refuse to place you on hold, whom You are getting ready to exalt in this promise simply because You said: "I teach you to profit," "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."  All these things I expect, because You have promised; and I still believe that You are not a man that You should lie, nor the son of man that You should repent.  These things I ask because, I still believe that it's all about You.  LORD You know the ones whom you originally set in place for this assignment.  Though I was unaware at the time, You even caused me to document it in writing in an open letter to them, that they be made witness one to another, thereof:  Isaiah 30:8 "Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness."  Those are the ones to whom I sent pages of the book that you are now allowing me to finish.  Thank You LORD for replacements, because I still believe that You are not a respecter of man, and that You can use anyone of your choosing, who is willing and obedient.

 

I am not afraid to say "Here am I, send me," because you have already shown yourself faithful to protect and keep me in whatever assignment You set before me I'm Gonna Be Ready.  I still believe the words You uttered to me in vision "Whatever you want my child,"  because it coincides with Your Word which says:

 

John 14:12-14
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 

In Jesus name, Amen.


I BELIEVE YOUR WORD

 

I have to add this in because this woman has been ministering to me for years.  I have to speak that which God has spoken to me:  Pastor Adams it's time, the pulpit awaits.

 

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This Praise Is Personal

Thank You LORD for Your promise in James 1:5 which assures us that no matter what questions we may have concerning life’s situations, Your abiding compassion gives wisdom abundantly, without fault of judgement, condemnation or criticism.  Thank You that in the absence of earthen parents; whether that absenteeism is physical, financial, emotional or spiritual, David reminds us that You are ALL things to Your people, even mother and father:  Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.

 

Clarification - Thank You for giving me clarification concerning the shame of my youth through the story of Tamar, 2 Samuel 13.

Navigation - Thank You that you didn’t leave me alone to figure out how get through the maze of familial dysfunction, but in Your infinite wisdom and concern, You charted a path that ultimately brought deliverance so that I did not have to die in the pit.

Counsel - Thank You that when the misguided counsel of men, though well meant, only served to keep me in bondage to those who said to my soul “Bow down, so that we may walk across;” Your counsel said, because You know the details, “free yourself,” Psalm 45:10-11 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:  Forget, your people and your father’s house.  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.

 

Thank You for Your testing and purging over the last year, through which you, irrefutably, revealed the truth about situations and relationships, which for years, I had not wanted to admit.  Things are not always as they appear on the surface, especially in our families.  We are not all created to walk the same path in life.  Just because everybody is screaming “Beelzebub” in your direction, does not make it so.  God says: “A person’s enemies will be those of their own households.  And if God said it, it’s true.  Still, it can be difficult for others to see because they are not party to the details, so they often misjudge, which adds unnecessary burden to an already burdensome situation, particularly when the misjudgment comes from those whom God has placed in our lives to comfort and guide us as His sheep.  But, I thank God for giving us another comforter, one who will remain with us forever: The Holy Spirit, which is the spirit of TRUTH.

 

Though some crosses are harder to bear than others, I thank God for teaching me, through my trials, that by submitting to His will, He has replaced my cross with a yoke much more easily borne.

 

THANK YOU LORD!

 

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CALVARY - Day 2

There He hung
In sinful shame and spat upon;
rejected by His own.
O how much, how much He suffered;

and bled, and died in agony.
Bearing the sins of this world;
to set each captive free.
What a price to pay;
such a sacrifice.
If he had not paid the way;
I wouldn’t have life.
So when I see Him;
I’ll thank Him for all he’s done for me.

Story of Calvary - Vanessa Bell Armstrong

 

Our FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the KINGDOM and the POWER and the GLORY forever. Amen.

 


Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Prayer of Fatima

O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins.  Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.  Amen.

. . . and yet, we contend



We’re Baptist/Pentecostal, therefore, we don’t recite “Hail Mary,” because God has no mother.  Yet Jesus, being center of the Godhead (Father/Son/Holy Spirit), and who is God in human form, indeed had a mother whose name was Mary says:

John 14:9  He who has seen me has seen the Father.

(Since when is it wrong to honor Jesus’ mother, scripturally, in God’s sanctuary?)
Luke 1:27-28  and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Luke 1:42  And Elizabeth spake out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”


We’re The Church of Christ, therefore, we don’t praise with musical instruments.  Yet, the Bible says:
Psalm 150  Praise God in his sanctuary . . . Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with the timbrel and dancing, praise him with strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let EVERYTHING that has breath praise the LORD.


We’re Catholic, therefore, we don’t speak in tongues or dance.  Yet the Bible says:
II Samuel 6:14  Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might. (in fact, he danced so hard, he danced right out of his clothes.  Michal, one of David’s wives, became indignant at David’s dancing and criticized him, to which David responded)
II Samuel 6:21-22  I will celebrate before the LORD.  I will become even more undignified than this . . . (I love it!!!  -  Note: God did not strike David for dancing; He struck Michal for criticizing David’s praise.  God even calls David a man after His own heart)
Speaking in tongues:  this is one of the foremost gifts of God; irrevocable and second only to Prophecy.

 

As we prepare to celebrate The Resurrection on tomorrow, our hour of worship is still the most separate time among God’s people.  Whether religious denomination or individual; we’re neither followers of Paul nor Apollos.  I’m not addressing those of foreign (idol) gods, for God says, “the day will come when every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess, that I AM GOD.”  As Christians, however, we all serve the same Sovereign God and therefore we are followers, only, of Christ.  Did Jesus lay down His life that he should return to a divided church?

 

Like David, I will celebrate before the LORD, I will become even more undignified:  I will continue to pray the Rosary.  I will wear my Rosary Beads and  Crucifix.  I will continue to dance in the church.  I will continue to praise Him with song and instrument.  I will continue to fast and pray.  I would speak in tongues, but that's not my gift, therefore, I will continue to prophesy, for PROPHECY is my gift.

 

THANK YOU LORD!

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CALVARY

Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate the significance of the sacrifice.  Except for ceremony, we can be somewhat disconnected.  I have been guilty of the same.  But, just think if it had been your child being completely innocent; yet rejected by his friends and family:  beaten, tortured, nailed to a tree with his blood running down.

 Calvary

 

Can you hear the hammers ringing?!  The Nails.  The Nails.  The Nails.  The Blood came streaming down.

 

Can you hear Him calling FATHER!!!!!

 

He could have come down:

               He didn’t have to do it.  He could have set Himself free.  But, He stayed there just for you and me.

 

I’M SO GLAD HE DID

 

Thank You LORD!

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PRAISE HIM!!!

What a beautiful mantra.

Praise Is What I Do

I have prayed daily, at the noon hour, for many years.  During 2011, the last year I lived in Atlanta, prior to moving back to Houston, I distributed the attached pamphlet throughout the city.  I hope that some among you accepted the invitation to join me.   I’m extending this invitation to all people throughout the world.  The beauty in this is that it’s always noon somewhere in the world, what a way to confuse the devil. (Praise break!)

 

Matthew 10:27 - “What I tell you in darkness, you must speak in the daylight; what I whisper in your ear, you must proclaim from the housetops”:

 

Atlanta, that city on the hill.

 

Come on ATL, help me usher in praise from Bankhead to Buckhead and indeed from utter ends of the earth.  GOD says if we don’t praise Him; he will cause the trees to clap their hands and rocks to cry out.  I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let rocks or trees out praise me.  In fact, whenever you see a tree blowing in the breeze, it should inspire you to up your praise.  GOD inhabits the praises of His PEOPLE.  AMEN!

 

Print it out: keep one, share one.  Thank You LORD!

Prayer flyer.docx

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CHURCH TALK

Let's talk negativity, shall we?:

• SIN is negative

• Disobedience is negative

• Hypocrisy is negative

• Pride, stubbornness, malice and any unrighteousness is negative

• Prejudgement is negative

• Gathering together against someone; but not by GOD, is negative

• Feet that run swift to do evil is negative

• Setting a stumbling stone is negative

• Oppression without a cause is negative

• Muzzling an ox is negative

• Refusing to make amends is negative

• That which GOD calls EVIL in HIS eyes is negative

 

Attitude is subjective:

• What some call a bad attitude others call bold

• What some call arrogance others call confidence

• What some call manipulation others call "tough love" (remember?)

 

God has the definitive word,  Those whom men label "tinkling cymbal," GOD uphold as "shouting aloud," holding not back even the sword from drawing blood.  Whether it is done in love, only GOD can truly know.  For what man knows the heart of another man, except that man and GOD?

 

The real question is have you done what GOD has instructed you to do?  Are you walking in obedience to His Word?  God says just because he has been silent for a while doesn't mean that he won't correct some things.

 

Open rebuke is better than love hidden or unspoken.

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It's Greatfulness

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Hallelujah!

 

Giving thanks this morning for rest and restoration.  For the past couple months, I have been allowed to simply rest.  Thank You LORD.

 A song in my heart

God is so good  . . . He has laid everything out in the manual; all we have to do is follow the instructions.

Isaiah 1:19   If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

 

God has been speaking to me about this place of rest that, unbeknownst to me, He had prepared and set forth long before my journey had ever begun.  This city was not on my “To Do” list.  In fact, my sights were set, solely, on the assigned destination shown me in vision.  A destination, literally in the complete, geographical, opposite direction.  However, there’s a sweet fragrance in the place; but, yet and still, work to be done.  Isn’t it just like God to throw a detour, a layover if you will, into our situations?  Oh, how I do love His way!

 

Matthew 10:27  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

                                                                   

Are you ready Dallas?  !It’s time to get your shine back, someone else has been gleaning for far too long. 

Heavenly Father, first and foremost, we seek Your redemption through your merciful forgiveness for our trespasses.  By the anointing of your Holy Spirit and according to the power that worketh in this place, in these your people, through Christ Jesus, I ask that you set forth your exceeding, abundant grace of protection, provision, healing, restoration and exaltation upon this flagship city.  Let Your Word which you sent out, prosper in this place, above and beyond all that can be asked or imagined.  In the precious name of The Lamb.  Amen.

 

1 Corinthians 14:22

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 Happy Blessed Lenten Season!!!

TRUE FASTING

Isaiah 58 

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near them.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Amen!

 

Are we fasting yet?  It's not too late.
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HE WENT ALL THE WAY!

I just can't help it.  I get a little misty (oh, who am I kidding? I ball like a newborn) when I think about how blessed we truly are.  Even when it doesn't look like it on the surface.  We've been groomed to think that the blessing is in the stuff we have.  Stuff is good; but, stuff is a perk.  WE'VE BEEN FORGIVEN!!!.  What a blessing.  And yet the real perk is in actually knowing that.

 

Song in my heart:  "No Greater Love" -  GMWA

(Over 30 years old and still the most beautiful lyrics ever penned.   Had He not died; He could not have risen.  Whenever I listen to this song the fervor and chaos at the end conjures up scenes of the   chaos that must have ensued during the procession to Calvary).

 

JESUS went to Calvary

To save a wretch like you and me.

They hung HIM high

They stretched HIM wide

HE hung his head

For me HE died

 
"THAT'S LOVE"
 
 AWESOME - PRAISE HIM!!!
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Houston We Have A Problem

Probably one the most overused phrases of all time.  Yet so very appropriate in this case.

How can so many in a city the size of Houston come against one person over something as petty as a football game?  I understand that nobody likes to admit when they've been had, tricked, led astray.  I'm sorry, but that is exactly what has happened here.  The devil is a liar!  He will use anything and anybody to divert attention from God.  

 

At the ill-advice of someone whose sole purpose was to protect his own image from the truth; even if it meant destroying his own flesh; many of you gathered yourselves against a homeless female who was just trying to give testimony of God's rescuing grace from childhood, incestuous, sexual abuse.  But, this is not the first time the innocent was punished while the guilty went free.  Is it?  

I never sought your attention.  I initially sought the advice of a female preacher, at my former church.  But, instead of offering proper confidential counsel, she delivered me up to the authority of the pastor and elders in the church.  They too, instead of offering counsel, stood in the pulpit and admonished me for both: writing about it and for the words I used (which were the words that had been used at the time that certain events took place).

 

My testimony is not for everybody.  You don't have to read it.  It's for those who have found themselves, or may find themselves in a similar situation:  To offer both comfort as well as encouragement that they might know that God is, indeed, their refuge.  Not drugs, not alcohol, not sexual deviance, not anger, malice, hatred, retaliation, nor even friends or family.  BUT GOD IS.  

 

So, I've rubbed some the wrong way.  OK, point noted.  But, if you can't receive me at face value; replace my face with that of a darling little girl or boy, for whom you would move heaven and earth.  Because the truth is, while we're busy arguing semantics, and you're spewing hatred at me, because you don't like my attitude (what's your shortcoming?), countless little ones are being abused.  But, your children are watching and. they see the way you treat a person who opens up about sexual abuse.  Therefore, you may not find out about their abuse until years from now.  After they have gone over the edge.  And that's just the way the devil wants it.

 

To those who are determined to make this about a football game, even after God has done all of this in your faces (Isaiah 48:6).  I propose this:  Stop being fair-weather fans.  Just as God wants you to be "all in" for Him;  you should do similar for your sports teams. You don't empty the stadium just because your team is trailing by a few points.  That's when they need you most.  What if God abandoned you every time you were down in the game of life?  Celebrate your team when they are winning and encourage them when they are losing.  In street lingo:  "RIDE OR DIE"

 

Yet, the bible says "in all things give thanks . . ."  The Texans gave Houston an awesome football season.  Show a little gratitude!  Stop spewing hatred towards me because you think I didn't pray for them.  That was your job.  I prayed for my team.  Besides you don't know what I prayed.  Perhaps all the scoffing, and other foolishness directed at me cost you (polluted) your own blessing.  It  amazes me how much hatred I'm receiving for professing my allegiance to the Falcons when so many Houstonians are, overt die-hard Saints or Cowboys fans.

When I choose to support something or someone, my loyalty is absolute.   Particularly when it comes to God. You can throw me out of a shelter, hospital, YMCA, church and even out of your fair city; that's OK.  But, before I go, HOLD MY MULE!  cause no matter where I am, I'm gonna give Him praise.

 

Truth is, you really don't need someone else to pray for you, if you're in right standing with God. How do you know if you're in right standing with Him?  He answers your prayers (Isaiah 65:24).  Even giving you that which you didn't ask for (Ephesians 3:20).  The instructions are in the manual.  But, it starts at a place of forgiveness, which, as a sexual abuse survivor, was a difficult lesson learned.  I had to forgive my abusers' trespasses against me in order to be forgiven of my own trespasses.  What trespass had I committed, I was the victim?!  UNFORGIVENESS.  Yeah, that messed me up too.  It was possible that my abusers could seek God's forgiveness and enter into heaven, while unforgiveness could send me straight to hell: A hard pill to swallow; until I truly considered just how much my sins had cost Christ.

 

Instructions For Favor
1). Matthew 6:33
2). II Chronicles 7:14
3). Matthew 5:23-26
4). I Thessalonians 5:18

 

He's so good!!!

 

I LOVE YOU HOUSTON

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FAITH

Is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.

 

Welcome to Super Bowl LI Falcons.

 

When you thank GOD for the ravens; He will also send the Falcons.  Both birds of prey, unless GOD commands otherwise.

 

GOD'S Word:  Isaiah 34:15  here also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.

 

Thank you LORD

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RESTORATION

Father we honor you in this place for letting a few of your believing children get together one more time.  Thank you for being the God of the former and the ladder rains.  You see the dryness and the pests that have crept in - to destroy us.  You know the feeling of loss, you know the feeling of hurt.

 

You promised that if we just be faithful, even when the locusts are in our lives, that you would let us eat in plenty.  You promised to let us be satisfied.  You see the dissatisfaction in this place.  You see the unfulfilled needs and unfulfilled expectations at this altar.

 

I pray now LORD, for total restoration.  Restoration of dreams that are now cold.  Restoration of relationships that are not like they used to be.  Restoration of joy that is now abated.  Restoration of expectations that are now aborted.

 

GOD you know us; You know the number of hairs upon our heads.  You know our thoughts from afar off.  You know we have a need before we ask it.  Now LORD, I pray that you heal and deliver.  I humble myself on behalf of these your people.  LORD, begging and asking thee to have mercy upon us.  LORD, you are our fortress, and beside you, there is none other.

 

YOU know all about it LORD.  LORD, like never before, somebody needs you.  Somebody feels like giving up.  But LORD, your Word tells us that if we cast our cares on you, that you do care for us.  So LORD, open up the floodgates of Heaven.  Look at what we need.  Look at our hurts.  We give you permission to come on in the room.  We know you're already here, but let your present will be made manifest in every life.  LORD, we need you right now.

 

And we thank you in advance.  We thank you for VICTORY.  We see the years coming back, we see the tears being wiped away.   We see the relationships being restored.  We see it, we believe it, we decree it.  IN THE NAME OF JESUS!  Give HIM glory!!!

 

AMEN

 

Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith

(Thank you Pastor Smith)

 

One of the many prayers, given by Pastor Smith, through which I find encouragement.  I pray that it blesses and encourages you as well;  Particularly the desolate and destitute among us, whose lives have taken an unexpected detour from God's promise of profit and peace.

 

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together to the good of those who love the LORD;  those who are the called, according to HIS purpose.

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Birds of "PRAY"

Being Confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
 
PREDESTINED:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose . . . 
 
Thank You LORD that in your house there are many mansions: more than one church; more than city; more than one state; more, even, than one nation.  Yet, if none receive us:  "If God be for us; who then can be against us?"  "For the LORD of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it?"
 
Reverence + Humility + Belief = VICTORY
 
Y'all know what to do . . . bow down and pray; then RISE UP! and play.
 
AMEN, Thank You LORD.
 
 (II Chronicles 20:18)
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Isaiah 37

Spoken by God to the Assyrian: "Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?  Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride?  Against the Holy One of Israel!"  Moreover, God demands:  "What mean you, crushing my people?"  In other words, who do you, church leaders, think you are to block my people from justice promised through their testimony seeking to steal their rightful inheritance?
 
I pray King Hezikiah's prayer over the Assyrian (those in leadership position in the church who seek to block God's plan by using the influence of their affluence, i.e. horses
& chariots)
 
Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.  Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.  It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.  They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.  Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.
 
Thank you LORD
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EXTRA!!!

"Why you gotta be all extra?!!"

 

. . . was the question posed to me recently, by a county jailhouse clerk, as she processed my release paperwork.  That's right, I was thrown in jail again, right before Christmas, for "trespassing" this time for the unauthorized use of a hospital cafeteria's microwave.  I should probably be thankful that I didn't get the death penalty, this is, after all, Texas (humor ya'll).

 

Back to the question posed.  My initial, emotionally charged, response was to rebuke and remind the clerk that she had not walked in my shoes, therefore, how dare she judge my testimony or my worship.  I'm sure she felt justified and probably thought she was putting me in my place; coming at me in a "sistah skrait out da hood" kind of way.   However, as she disheveled my belongings and attempted to push my paperwork to the floor before exerting her power to throw me back into the holding tank for an EXTRA couple hours, I exerted my power (my right as His servant) and invoked  the prophecy of Isaiah 54:14: exclaiming to her "My documents hadn't hit the floor and neither had I, but she would." Amen.

 

Extra . . . hmmm.  Why all the praying, singing, testifying, scripture reference, adoration, extra, extra, extra?  It's because of the EXTRA stripes He took on my behalf.  It's because He stumbled and fell under the EXTRA weight of a cross ladened with my sins.  It's because He bore EXTRA insults that were meant for me.  It's because of the nails in His hands and feet that should have pierced my flesh and the crown of thorns that, evil warranted, should have been placed on my head.  Most of all, it's because He died and descended into hell in my place, that I might have life more abundantly (abundance = more than enough = EXTRA)

 

In other words, He's worthy.

 

HE could have refused to suffer the EXTRA punishment that was mine.  But, because He made a choice way back then on Calvary, I'm making a choice right here and now in Houston to be "ALL EXTRA!!!"

 

Look, I know that some people just want me to get over myself and get it together already, i.e. "grow-up!"  But, here's the thing, it's not about me, never has been.  God called me to purpose, not man, and His timing is perfect, not man's.  Despite what anyone else thinks (thoughts that they, by the way, couldn't form had God not given them a brain and caused it to function) Thank You LORD!; I will fulfill His purpose for my life, according to His schedule, because I love Him.  I will not shut-up!  You can keep your stuff, withhold your little blessings and shove your shekels back into your pockets.  There are enough silent Christians, which is why evil continues to run rampant:  hatred, lying, stealing, cheating, killing, adultery, etc., even inside the church.  Some even have the arrogance to call the evil of adultery "COUNSEL", then run and hide behind grace.  Question:   How many of you, particularly those in the church, would like for your husbands or wives to be "counseled" in such a manner, simply because the "COUNSELLOR" carries a big bible, wears a robe, sings in the choir, shouts, speaks in tongues, etc.?  God is not pleased.  There's a reason why sexual sin is repeatedly admonished in the bible.  Our bodies are His temples.  Some have graciously advised me that my speech is what defiles me.  But God corrects and cleanses speech; besides if God tell me to speak (Isaiah 58:1), I will speak.  Sexual sin, however, is the only sin, other than blasphemy that renders curse unto death.  His temple is where He dwells, i.e., His home.  God cannot dwell in an unclean place, it's uninhabitable and therefore condemned and scheduled for demolition.  These are not my words:  It's in the manual, Deuteronomy.

 

I understand, appreciate, adore, worship, thank God, etc., for grace, without which, we would all be lost.  But it is because of grace that we have the opportunity to choosHis commandments; because they are right!  Grace doesn't justify or excuse sin, it forgives (it's not a right, it's a gift).  A gift which should incline us to keep His commandments rather than to abuse and misappropriate grace.  Many argue that Jesus died to the law, true!  However, obedience is not about law, it's about love, against which there is no law.  I love the apostles, Paul and Apollos alike, and I receive their writings as given by God.  But, I love God most of all and God said, through Jesus, who died for our sins, "If you love ME, you will keep my commandments."

 

DO YOU LOVE HIM?

 

A song in my heart, still, because there's nothing left to do but say:  

"Thank You" Vanessa Bell Armstrong 

An extra song in my heart dedicated especially to a jailhouse clerk: "Alabaster Box" Cici Winans

 

Even though they threw away my food supply, kept the little money that I did have, and even took away my fake Louis V., ya'll, I refuse to give up.  So here's a little something EXTRA:  Genesis 12:3

 

I think I'll have a T-shirt made

            
         I'M ALL EXTRA!
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Day Before Yesterday . . .

I cried.  Today I cried again.  Though weeping from the same heart, the reasons could not have been more different.
 
There is something that severs the soul when you realize that you hadn't been loved the way you thought or the way you had loved.  Day before yesterday, I realized that someone in close relation to me fit that scenario in my life.  As if that realization weren't hurtful enough, when I recalled the likely reason, I was overcome with grief.  I was inconsolably saddened.  Not because of something I had done to them; nor even something they had done to me.  But because I realized that this person had harbored a resentment toward me because of that which they were caught in the act of attempting, disciplined sorely and prevented from doing.
 
My sadness turned into sheer anger when I thought on the sequence of events throughout my life that confirmed what my heart and mind hadn't wanted to accept. For years this person had been coming between my familial relationships, getting in the midst of my social and professional relationships.  And never seemed quite able to celebrate my accomplishments.  So, when it seemed like I was on the verge of entering into a relationship with someone (in the natural), where I could possibly be exalted far beyond what they had ever attainted; they panicked and sprang into action to put a stop to it.  What they failed to realize, is that I had already entered into such a relationship, with one whom they could never influence nor manipulate.  I had briefly thought about going online and dogging them out in detail.    But, the Bible says "be angry, but do not sin."  Therefore, I instead, hid myself for a while, if you will, until my own indignation had subsided.  I came to the conclusion that their obvious insecurity, even to this date, was too pathetic to give further energy to.
 
"BUT GOD."  Literally turned my mourning into joy. Today I cried again, this time "tears of joy."  Hurley, one of the homeless people who sleeps on the same street as me, gave me one the best gifts ever.   The weather has been a little cold and rainy lately and I was layering my summer clothes, with only a light throw wrapped around me for warmth.  Hurley, whose appearance is reminiscent of one who could, easily, be cast as Moses, long white beard and all, exhibited true brotherly love.  (God is definitely rewriting my story.  I'm creative, but, I simply can not make this stuff up.)
 
Hurley, SEEING that I had no coat, blessed me with a bag full of coats and long sleeved blouses of many colors.  So many that, after I took what I needed, there was enough left to share with others.  Hurley, who admittedly, finds warmth in a six-pack before turning in, could quite easily have required some form of payment, but he gave freely because someone had given to him.  Perhaps even recognizing that we all have faults, looked past my possible fault of intruding on his turf, choosing instead, to meet my need.  He did not stand atop a mountain and bellow down at me, in arrogance, "WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE."  He was in a position to help; so he did.
 
To give you a more complete picture, Hurley is not someone who drives an extended cab 4x4.  Hurley pushes a basket filled with, what appears to be, his worldly possessions.  He, like most people on the streets, has had some tough breaks; yet he had enough compassion in his heart to think of someone else's needs.
 
I have met some of the most kind-hearted, gifted and talented people on the streets, who, for varying reasons, find themselves homeless.  Some due to chronic unemployment others have drug, family, health and/or mental issues.  I have been diagnosed with depression.  Which some, antagonistically, label as "bipolar." But if bipolar is my only issue as a result of all the trauma I've been through; then I say, Prozac "do yo thang!"  That's what it's there for.
 
I could very easily have turned to drugs, prostitution, become sexually promiscuous, ended up in prison for seeking my own justice or worse.  But I met a man from Galilee.  Don't get me wrong I'm not judging those who have fallen into those traps.  I'm just saying, I understand.  But this man that I mentioned, the one from Galilee:  He can pick you up and turn your life around.  All while allowing you to see your desires upon your enemies.  He will turn those things that were meant for evil, to your good.  A love relationship with Him guarantees that all things work together for your good, when you answer the call of purpose that He has on your life.  In other words:  You're worth so much more than your current situation.
 
I have sometimes wondered what could possibly be so precious to a homeless person that they would push it around, in a basket, from here, to there and back again.  I now know, it sometimes, just might be someone else's blessing.  God has many types of vessels.  This time it happened to be one of metal on wheels.  In what kind of vessel might God have placed your blessing.
 
My takeaway:   Weeping may endure for a day; but joy comes in the morning.
 
Thank You LORD for Hurley.  Thank You for those who donated the clothes.  Thank You most of all for being Jehovah Jireh, my provider.  I do love YOU so.
 
Ya'll know there's always a song in my heart.  The song that personifies me.  My favorite song of all times, ever (period):  "Thank You" - Vanessa Bell Armstrong
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My Calling

This year has been so different,

LORD

From any of the rest;

The mountains that I've had to climb,

Have been my greatest test.

 

The loved ones who turned and walked away,

Causing me to feel so blue;

Had left my heart so empty, LORD;

I knew not what to do.

 

And, LORD, I do apologize

For the tears that I have shed,

And for the emptiness I've felt

As I knelt beside my makeshift bed.

 

I'm sure You understand it LORD,

The things that I've been through.

I ask You to heal my broken heart;

LORD, I depend on you

 

Within this life of mine dear LORD,

I pray that I can find,

Some words of comfort from my pen

To sooth this heart of mine . . .

 

LORD, I ask that You strengthen me,

To help someone somewhere.

And LORD, I thank You in advance;

For Without Your hand to guide me LORD,

I would not stand a chance.

 

I Love You LORD