Flow to Me

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I have always been fascinated by free-flowing rivers! The two questions I can never answer are “Where does the flow begin?” and consequently, “Where does the flow begin?” Any theories for me to contemplate are welcome…

God’s grace, Jesus’ love and the Holy Spirit’s guidance are just like that! We can never outrun them or under appreciate them, they are forever available to us in abundant supply. Like a brimming tree planted by the waters, so are when we fasten to His living waters, Jeremiah 17:8.

I’m challenging you to wake up this week saying, “Jesus, whatever grace, mercy, strength or wisdom I need to be successful on this beautiful day, let it flow to me!”

Until Thursday, praying for overflows…

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Enduring

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[WARNING: The following post is both long and thought-provoking, depending on your attention span, it might need to be read in two days.]

I can’t help but consider the senseless and tragic events that happened yesterday. My heart sinks a bit every time the “breaking news” segment appears. I can’t help but think of all the time I have taken my loved ones for granted. My mind trembles a bit every time grieving family members are shown. This world can be a scary, heartbreaking and unsafe place. In moments like these when my heart and mind fail to understand the events occurring around me, I am reminded of one person that endures.

Any human being with a moral conscience is still reeling from the question of “why”.  “Why would God allow this to happen?” “Why would God give and take someone’s child/spouse/mother/friend away?” God doesn’t allow evil; He is not the ruler of darkness. God doesn’t permit destruction to be bestowed upon His children; Satan does. God doesn’t give and take away; He gives and continues to give.

If you truly believe that God gives and takes away, I respectfully ask you to do two things:

1) Read John 10:6-10 MSG

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

2) Ponder these questions

Why would God give His only Son as a sacrifice for you, only to curse/kill you later on?

Why would Jesus die to redeem you from sin, death and all of Satan’s devices, just to leave you to the wolves?

Why would God invite you to dwell in His presence of peace, protection and provision, only to abandon you?

I can’t serve a God who I believe plays a game of love me, love me not with my life and feelings. Bad things that occur are the direct result of either a) Satan, who is the prince of this world or b) lapses in judgement. As I look over my life, I can associate nothing but praise for all the amazing things that God has done and has continued to do. I refuse to dishonor the grace and mercy that He amply and daily showers on me, by attributing unpleasant circumstances to His doing!

In closing, let me say that I encourage you to believe what you wish. Anomalous Darlings is not a place of wrong or right, black or white, tall or short, skinny or fat, or any other superficial categories, but a safe haven of honesty amongst both yourself and others. The purpose of this post is to foster reflection on where our views of God come from. Have ever questioned the notion, “God gives and takes away.” or have you just went along with it, because its hundreds of years old? Whichever way you choose to view God is your choice. God is so omnipresent that He is large enough to be whoever we want Him to be!

Until Sunday,

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P.S. This post is much more lengthier and controversial than I anticipated! Oh, the places The Holy Spirit will take you, if you let Him…

serenity

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Happy Valentine’s Week!

Serenity. Eight letters. One meaning. In the above picture “serenity” is written 9 times, in 9 different colors and fonts. Does that change the meaning of the word?

The correct answer is no, although for art fanatics, the argument of color connotations could be made. But I digress, my serenity during the Christmas break is much different than the serenity I am experiencing (or at least attempting to 🙂 now. Life is all about seasons and what makes Jesus so amazing and relatable is this: He has gone through all of life’s seasons and is more than willing to be our comfort, peace and tour guide as we navigate through them.

I’ve mentioned this before (or at least I think I did!), that God is One of excellence and authenticity! He doesn’t recycle ideas or plans for His children’s lives. Each and everyone of us having a gift or calling that is unique to us and us only. We get fresh grace and mercy every morning, not because God just wants something to do, but because He knows that both our needs yesterday and tomorrow will be different than what we are facing today.

Have serenity in the fact you are Jesus’ Valentine all year long and His love is always changing forms, in order to better serve us!

Until Thursday

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Antinegatives

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This is a microscopic picture of Bacillus subtilis, a species of bacteria under 1000x magnification. I’m taking Microbiology, this semester which roughly translates as the following: the study of all the little things you can’t see, but have the potential to kill you. I also must be double majoring in Busiology as my days aren’t getting any longer, but the list of commitments are on their own clock.
Antibiotics are naturally produced in nature by bacteria, as a tool to eradicate other competing bacteria. We then, subsequently harness those antibiotics and capsulate (or liquefy) them in order to ingest when we are battling bacterial infections or diseases.

 

Although bacteria, have significantly less things to worry about than us, they sure have developed an efficient way of removing people and objects from their lives that do not benefit them. What if we took a cue from our little microscopic friends and started thinking positive thoughts that would suffocate negative ones?

Negative thought:
I can’t juggle all of these obligations, something is bound to fail.

 

Antinegative thought:
I can’t wait to see how grace propels me to accomplish everything that is before me.
You see, positivity and negativity are like people that can’t coexist in the same neighborhood, especially our neighborhoods of mentality.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and an abundance of optimism!

 

Until Sunday,

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Till I Talk to You

Till I Talk to You

I’ll make this quick as I know many of you are either preparing for your Super Bowl festivities or already engaging in them!

It is no secret that life for me has been a bit of roller coaster lately! There are a few things that I’ve been trying to entrust into Jesus’ hands one minute, yet find myself picking it right back up the very next minute. I was pondering that this morning while I was talking to Him…

Until I talk to you
I’m still carrying it around
Until I talk to you
My thoughts aren’t getting off the ground
Until I talk to you
I keep placing pieces in all the wrong places
Until I talk to you
I don’t have any peace

Til we have that one on one conversation with Jesus about our struggles and fears, then we will continue to go round and round, spinning our wells with all our might, but in vain. And the amazing thing about God is that, He already knows what we are going to say before we even do, so we can go to Him without shame or apprehension!

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” -Psalm 139:4 NIV

Now that is what I call a touchdown! 🙂

Until Thursday,

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Progress

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Happy February 1st!

At this point, you’ve probably tripped up on a few of your goals. Skipped that gym session…ate that cupcake…said that negative word…[insert anything applicable].

And yes, I’ve done all of the above, if you’re wondering! One thing I love about Jesus is that He loves me, graces me and chases me. He cherishes me even when life tells me I’m unlovable. He favors me even when the world says I’m last pick. He runs me down even when I try to run away.

Just as a baby slowly, through the years, mature into an adult, do we. Even Jesus, in the flesh went through the phases of life. If we could become perfect overnight, then we wouldn’t have new mercy every morning. If we could fix all our problems, then we wouldn’t have a need for God.

Wherever you are right now, is right where you need to be! Progressing piece by piece to perfection.

Until Sunday,

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You & Me

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“Sometimes, I need to remember who loves my soul. When the dust settles all need is You & Me time.”

You, as in Jesus. Me, as in you.

There are a lot of moving parts in my life right now! At times, it can feel like I am being pulled into many different directions, as everyone is wanting a piece of my time, effort, attention etc. This week has definitely been one of those weeks, but I am reminded of one person who asks nothing of me. Jesus. He didn’t request payment for trading places with me on the Cross. He didn’t count up all the breaths God has given me and then ask for reimbursement.

When we reflect on life, you’ll see that everyone is requiring something from us, parents, siblings, friends, spouses, employers, instructors etc. Even still, through the chaos and stress of having multiple hands out, we deliver. Yet, how many times do we give Jesus contemplation, love and adoration?

This week, my prayer is that we will return the love of the person who never asked to be loved, and make time for the one, who first made time for us.

Until Thursday,

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Beating Hearts

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God laid this poem on my heart and I am just sharing it with you. I also have to credit my little sister for lending her superb drawing and penmanship skills!
This is not for any race, black or white
This is not for any socioeconomic status, rich or poor
This is not for any of the subgroup labels
That seek to divide
Tearing us apart
This is for all of those with beating hearts
Did Adam know that his failure to communicate with Eve would lead to the deaths of two men, one as a direct consequence, his son, Abel and the other as the antidote, his Savior, Jesus?
Did Christopher Columbus know that his alleged “discovery” would displace, destroy and devastate innocent Native Americans?
Did slave owners know that the erections of the house/field negro complexes and slave mentalities would reincarnate years after slavery’s end?
Did Hitler know that the ramifications of his despicable actions would be felt in waves for years to come?
Did Madalyn Murray O’Hair know that her personal crusade against Christianity would forever turn the tides of education?
Does Donald Trump know that he will forever be ingrained in history, his legacy hinging upon who is writing the textbooks?
Do you know that the power to change lies within you? Your prayers, for both enemies and friends. Your love, for both those deserving and undeserving. Your stance, unwavering for no one and nothing.
You see people have impacted the world in ways they could never have fathomed. They weren’t special bionic prodigies. Just ordinary, everyday people who whether for better or worse, rung the bell of effect, of which you and I are still reeling from the resulting, rippling sound waves.
Don’t tell me about the latest march or request for rights.
Don’t tell me what bill Congress is trying to pass.
Don’t tell me who the most humanitarian athlete of the year is.
Don’t tell me that the world is hopelessly broken.
Don’t tell me how your life is worthless, having no purpose.
Tell me who are praying for, enemies…strangers…loved ones?
Tell me which of your goals are going involve people you’ve never laid eyes on.
Tell me what the future looks like with you in it.
Tell me how you are going to impact the world for good.
Tell me why God picked you, planted you on this earth and continues to give Your heart another beat.
Until Sunday,
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Numbered Days

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A few days ago, God and I were contemplating life when He said, “You know your days are numbered, right? There’s not a infinite number of days on the earth, remember that.”

Psalm 139:16 from The Message Bible reads as follow: “Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

Instead of fearing the inevitable death, we can feel invincible life. Whether you are consciously counting or not, the days are ticking down. Good days. Bad days. Happy days. Sad days. They’re all collectively part of your already assigned days! We’re not getting any more time, people and there’s never going to be a better time than now.

I trust that you will have a wonderful week, not because everything will go right (which if it does, great), but because your perspective on life is one that is timeless and on a higher level…above this world!

Until Thursday,

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Dream Higher

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For those of you who may not like to read, this post is going to make you happy. The drawback? You are going to have to think a bit!

  1. Take a moment to envision your idyllic life? Where is it? Who is involved?
  2. Now try to think of a life greater than your idyllic life?

Were you able to successfully imagine it or was your attempt at a greater idyllic life from question 2 just a more elaborate vision of your idyllic life from question 1? Chances are your second undertaking was probably more of the latter.

While writing this post, God said “dream higher” laying Isaiah 55:8-9 and Ephesians 3:20 on my heart. From those verses we know that God’s thoughts are higher and that He is able to do infinitely more than our wildest dreams could ever conceive.

I keep my promises, so this is my closing statements (in case you didn’t notice). If you are living your best life…dream higher. If you are unsure about God’s plans for you…dream higher. Whatever state you are in, go higher, because that is where God is and where God is, even your wildest dreams seem underwhelming!

Until Sunday,

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