Last Goodbye, First Hello

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In the last few years (2 in October, thanks to you & God!), we’ve discussed many topics on AD from long held religious beliefs to dealing with insecurities, yet there is one conversation that has conveniently been skipped over…death. Below is what the Holy Spirit gifted Monday as I grappled with the loss of someone special and the memories of others that I have lost too.

Death is such a painfully complex and beautiful experience. It hurts to no longer have them in the flesh, but that is assuaged by knowing they are at peace in the spirit. Even more complicated are the people who love us that aren’t even family! Strangers that care and become closer than family, not out of familial obligation but out of pure genuity. And losing those people is hard, yet there is a silver lining to be unveiled. Just as they walked into our lives, so too, can others. We are not assigned to a designated number of sincere people in life. Our quotas are limitless and open. Although cherished ones can never be replaced, new relationships can become added dimensions in our lives and that is what makes death painfully complex and beautiful. Though one says their last goodbye, another says their first hello.

“… A time to cry, a time to laugh; a time to mourn, a time to dance…”                     -Ecclesiastes 3:4 VOICE

There’s a time for everything; the key is staying on and within time! 🙂

Until Sunday,

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Decisioned Out

Decisioned Out

The Bible waste no time demonstrating God’s decisiveness, as the first few verses of Genesis, detail God confidently creating the entire earth in six measly days.

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!”And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning—Day One.” -Genesis 1:1-5 MSG

If I was God, it probably would’ve taken me six days to differentiate between and name light and dark. The actual God’s efficiency is exemplary compared to mine, which is one good reason why He is He and I am me.

It makes me wonder about how long it took God to formulate the blueprint of my life? It begs the question of if a human being’s body and life is more or less complicated than all of creation? Although, I will have to wait until I go to my Heavenly Home to get those answers, I can be sure that if everything I see was made in six days, then I can only dream about the timeline of things I don’t.

I do have the answer for one question though…

Q: Why do we tire easily of and become overwhelmed by the constant choices in life?

A: Because we are attempting to override wise decisions that have already been made.

Until Thursday,

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Traveling?

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Your heart is pumping faster than it ever has before and you’re flight response in absolute over drive. You’re running with no destination in mind or sight, except to your escape pursuers and just when it seems like you’re about to shake them, they seem to multiply. They are all persistent, feeding off each of other. A quick look over your left shoulder and you see the workout you missed last week, hoping for some comfort, you look to the right and BAM, there’s the email you were supposed to send today. Resolving to sprinting forward and not looking back, you make it a few more yards before feeling something around your feet. Oh no! It’s the family member who has the perception that you owe them the skin off your back. Digging a bit deeper, yet feeling weak, your sprint turns to a jog, as a few more feet pass by and another (wet) distraction thumps you in the head. Knock knock, the leaky faucet beckons to be fixed. Never one to quit, you keep moving, in spite of your jog that has now metamorphosed into a brisk walk. “On my 139th mile!”, gloats the one peer that breezes through everything in life with closed eyes and manicured fingers and toes.

Exhaustion finally sets in and your chasers now have exactly where they want you, vulnerable, hopeless and heavy-laden. Stumbling to your knees, it seems like the wolves will surely overtake you as darkness begins to set in. That is until a firm hand touches your shoulder. Lifting your eyes, you are blinded by a bright light. Opening your ears, you are startled by a voice saying, ““I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” (John 8:12 TPT)

When Jesus invites you to let Him light up your lives, He is talking about more than opening doors and revealing paths to you. He is also referring to how you travel. Will you be burdened down, traveling like a lighthouse’s rotating beacon? Or will you be feathery, traveling like light* itself.

*Few things can travel faster than light, even time lags minutes behind…

Until Sunday,

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Sweet Existence

Sweet Existence

“My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life: to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment. Don’t ever forget how they empower you. For they strengthen you inside and out and inspire you to do what’s right; you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring. They give you living hope to guide you, and not one of life’s tests will cause you to stumble.” -Proverbs 3:21-23 TPT

Life is such a complex network of overlapping and interconnected choices that the human mind would go insane trying to keep track of all it! How amazing is it that the wisdom and discernment that we trust, walk and rest in, is not the result of our own mental toils, but a spiritual gift from our Heavenly Father?!

I imagine God to be tickled pink Heaven at the thought of all the surprises that He has in store for us, yet saddened by the despondency that we resort to in times of stress and worry. The unknown of what we don’t see is much sweeter than the known of what we do and obsessing over what can’t be controlled diminishes the energy needed to change what one can.

When you look around at this gift of a life and all the impending goodness, you began to see that this is truly a sweet existence…

Until Thursday,

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There’s a Grace…

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Pop quiz time! Choose one of the following answers to finish the statement:

There’s a grace…

a) for perfect people

b) for certain situations

c) for any and everything

d) for everyone but you

ding ding…it’s C!

God’s Grace extends to everyone and every aspect of life, especially you.

Grace reminds me of camouflage, another one of God’s creations that science still doesn’t have a coherent explanation for. Butterflies and chameleons have the astonishing ability to imitate their surroundings, hence allowing them to avoid predation.

Supernatural powers from Heaven enable us to rise above the occasion, completing the undoable and unthinkable. It is by grace’s influence only, that I can can begin to reason as to how I weathered the storms and fires of life, successfully and without the smell of mildew or smoke!

I imagine that over the years, animals and insects with camouflaging capabilities have developed a repository of concealment methods based on their environments. Much like, the refinement of grace in our lives as we journey through challenging events.

“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”- Psalm 119:114 MSG
Embrace the grace that was created to favor and help you in all of life’s various places!

Until Sunday,

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focused

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In every profession and hobby, there are a) goals and b) obstacles. There can never be an achievement of one’s dreams without some nightmares along the way…

What stands between you, today and you, tomorrow? How about you, today and you, 2 minutes, ten days or twenty years from now? Time, doubt and exploitation. Although you prayed and believed for deliverance, a week has gone by with no change in your life. Time seems to be flying by, with God’s guarantee of goodness going right along with it! You begin to reflect on your life, past, present and future and wonder if God is truly for you or against you. And in the midst of this spiritual war, Satan comes striding in, prepared with plenty of tricks and tools to capitalize on your spirit’s vulnerable condition.

What stands between a competitive swimmer and a medal? Water and his/her fellow competitors. Yet, I have never seen a competitive swimmer swim looking to the left and right during a race. It is in those moments that they look within, remembering all their training and keep their eyes fixed ahead.

We can’t successfully run the race of faith, while keeping close and judgemental tabs on our neighbors. We can’t be ready to discount God’s promises, when our timing doesn’t fit into His timeline.

Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG…we will not (and cannot)  concede defeat from someone (Satan) who has already been eternally defeated…

Until Thursday,

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Pray it Off

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It’s easy to turn off the television, close the newspaper and disengage oneself from the troubles, tragedies and tribulations of others…

People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” -Luke 21:26-28 NIV

Yet what is the method of detachment when friends, family members and close acquaintances begin to experience circumstances like those headlined in the media and read by thousands? Unexpected death. Health challenges. Financial woes. Prodigal children.

Pray it off.

That is what The Holy Spirit whispered to me as wrestled with the state of both the world and the lives of those around me. It is not our job to comprehend nor become sleuths to life’s unfortunate happenings, for our most chaotic moments are clearly understood by God. He’s knows the end from the beginning with the obstacles of our journeys being less than afterthoughts when compared to our final outcomes.

While on the cross, Jesus saw a vision of you living a life worth dying for, with success in all areas of life. Don’t let Satan use the trials of your life and/or other people’s lives to trick you into aborting that vision…

Until Sunday,

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Give it Time

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Fun fact, yesterday was AD’s 1 year and 8-month anniversary and I just want to say thank you for embarking on this journey with me! Oh, how time flies…

Give it Time

Time.

It’s the one thing we all are blessed with

Irregardless of our race or birth year

Or the space between our teeth

Disregarding our bank accounts

Along with the name brands and facades we wear

 

Time.

24 hours ticks down

Each and everyday

No quicker or slower

For you nor me

7 days a week

Come and go

Faster than you & I liked to know

Yet even at this very moment

The seconds, minutes and hours are still rolling

And this precious gift of time shows no signs of stopping

 

Time.

A manmade phenomenon that God doesn’t regard

Notwithstanding of our bustling schedules (ignoring Him)

Or our countless demands (summoning Him)

He carries on perfecting His goodness

While we are privy to our wants, He is conscious to our needs

For there’s a reason why of you, there should always be less

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is an explicit and exhaustive list about the aspects of life that require time. There isn’t one milestone or heartbreak in life that doesn’t demand time to process, mercy to forgive and grace to move on.

Whatever it is you are going through and praying for has already been settled by Jesus in your favor and though it doesn’t look or feel like it, just give it time

Until Sunday,

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Unconditional Love

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My mother’s 17-year-old face, 18 year-old heart and 19-year old spirit couldn’t stop me from under performing in her Physical Education class! No matter how hard I tried to pace and push myself, I was never able to be a star athlete. Thankfully, my mother sought to look past my athletic failures and obvious pudginess and was always proud to claim me as her own.

Although God is perfect and peaceful, He has many imperfect and worrisome children…you & I! We don’t always uphold everything that He represents and sometimes our decisions are ones that He wouldn’t’ve chosen for us. Even still, He isn’t afraid to shout from the rooftops that we are His beloved daughters and sons.

“Sing with joy, you heavens! Rejoice, you earth! Break into shouts of joy, you mountains! The LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his humble people. But Zion said, “The LORD has abandoned me. My Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child? Will she have no compassion on the child from her womb? Although mothers may forget, I will not forget you. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are always in my presence.” -Isaiah 49:13-16 GW

Engraved things aren’t easily undone, especially those carved with blood. Our mistakes and sin cannot and will not ever dilute or diminish the redemption and love that Jesus died to gift us!

Until Thursday,

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Of the 1

Of the 1

Isn’t it interesting to see how God seems to speak louder in certain situations of life as oppose to others, or could it be that our ears are just more in tuned at that particular time? Either way, I just wanted to share this short little poem with you. I hope it touches your spirit and spearheads a more positive perception of yourself!

Of the 1

The very thing that 99 pass over
Will be the same thing that 1 adores
Who will you be, when it’s time to appraise yourself?
Of the 99, vainly adopting trends as an ID
Or of the 1, gladly embracing individuality

Filter your thoughts through this filter

Are the thoughts that I am thinking towards myself of the 99 or 1?
With or against the grain?

Do this and I promise you assessment of self will never be the same.

Until Sunday,

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