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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Till I Talk to You

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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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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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2018: A Year of Surety

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Happy New Year, 2018 is going to be an awesome year! I’m excited and you should be too, regardless of how things look or feel…

I would consider myself fairly intelligent, with a moderate level of knowledge. There are a lot of things that I know, like my ABC’s/123’s, multiplication/division/addition/subtraction tables, that science alleges my closest genetic relative to be a monkey and that God’s Word remains through it all. Now, how much of my knowledge am I sure of? Well, let’s see…

The numeric and alphabetic systems were created by man, so their reliability is questionable. Mathematical orders of operations are only accomplished through the means of numeric systems, making me a bit skeptical of their accuracy. And science, a branch of knowledge that hinges soley on the oscillation of “newfound research” is definitely not something I would depend on. Give it another 50 years and some great someone will be saying, “The earth isn’t flat or round…it’s trapezoidal!”.

Now, I’m all for education, hence why I will be back in school next Monday (and at least another 4 years after that)! However, there is a significant difference between knowing something and being sure of it.  I would bet that every Christian knows that Jesus died so that they could have a peaceful and prosperous life, but how many are sure…without a shadow of doubt.

I tried to fly in 2017, spread my wings and reach beyond the skies, but the wind got caught in wings, because I was unsure of my purpose and God’s promise of provision. The rain weighed me down, as I ducked for cover during the storm, because I was unsure of my freedom and identity. My wings and body were weak because I was unsure of whether to cope with 1 Corinthians 13 or cupcakes.

My prayer is that 2018 will be a year of complete surety for you and your life! When the test reads failure, you can be sure that God has already made you a winner. When life says broken, you can be sure that Jesus died for your wholeness. Even Satan himself is sure that while his end is total disaster, your is total victory both in heaven and on earth!

2018: A Year of Surety…still a year to fly

Until Thursday,

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Life’s Narrative

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“When you don’t like the narrative of your life, start drafting a new one! Never stop creating the story of your life; always be editing, adding and enhancing by God’s grace.”

I have been maintaining a “one sentence journal” since October, where I get one sentence to chronicle my day or anything that was important! Let’s just say that sometimes I break all the grammar rules with my run-on sentences 🙂 The above line was from this past Friday’s entry, which wasn’t necessarily inspired by anything in particular, besides an overall reflection on life.

Rumor has it that this time of the year is the hardest for some people, as they nurse broken relationships and unfulfilled goals. Sinking slower and deeper in despair. It doesn’t take much effort to flip the tattered and sloppily filled pages of our life’s book. Repairing the torn edges and rewriting over the past…now that takes some determination!

I know that it’s supposed to be “the most-happiest time of the year”, but I feel compelled to address those who this time doesn’t always manifest the best of memories. Whether your narrative is wonky by actions of your own and/or others, the chance to begin a new one is yours. Soley and completely…

Until Thursday,

P.S. Philippians 3:13-14 is always a place I like to visit when I can’t see progression between my past and present!

 

Added Dimensions

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A new leaf on life! We’ve all definitely heard that a million times (and even probably said it ourselves). But, I wonder how much truth is actually in that statement. Leaves die year after year, with us throwing them away in the winter and watching them bloom in the summer. Every year we are graced with new leaves to see.

Now our lives are an entirely different story. We are not cats…we don’t get nine lives to live! Leaves are thrown out, while we are expanded. God takes our mistakes and magnifies them, in a positive transforming light! We don’t have to perceive the past through the lens of wasted time and shame, as Jesus still sees us as worthy and righteous.

Our pasts imperfections are our perfect presents. Our deep ugly scars are our true beauty marks. The thing I love most about Jesus (besides him dying to save me and being ever so patient with me!) is that he is a shrewd remodeler and reviver. He takes us just as we are, not tossing us to the curb or pointing out our flaws, but loving on us. And what is even more amazing is that he has a unique plan drawn out for me, you and all the other 7 billion people on this people…no two are the same!

What is a painting without depth? A song without a riff or two? Or a book that doesn’t shock you? That is us without our mistakes…flaws…shortcomings. God truly is the master of all our pieces.

Until Thursday,

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