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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Realistic

Realistic

Merriam Webster describes realistic as the following: “willing to see things as they really are and deal with them sensibly”.

Things as they really are? With that definition, I suppose Jesus feeding a multitude with  five fish and two loaves and Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14, weren’t realistic events. And neither was Joshua and Caleb’s courageous, yet contradictory report concerning Canaan, when compared to the other 10 spies in Numbers 13. We could go on and on with a never-ending list of stories showing just how unrealistic The Bible is and I won’t even touch on Jesus ascending to Heaven after being raised from the dead!

By the world’s assessment, the miracles that Jesus did while on earth during the New Testament and the acts that God did while in Heaven during the Old Testament are simply too incredulous. They defy logic and truly surpass the human mind’s ability to comprehend.

But God is willing to go as unbelievable and unimaginable as we are! Wherever our minds can go and our faith can sustain us, God will meet us there, amply supplying grace, mercy and favor. With His almighty power in store, He does what only He can, which is take the unrealistic, increase its unthinkability and then weave it into our everyday realities…

Don’t let satan, this world, an acquaintance or anyone dictate what your reality can/will be; the Heaven’s the limit…

Until Thursday,

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Love is Patient

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Yesterday I discovered an unknown fact about myself…I have impatient tendencies!

God is Love and Love is God, they are interchangeable! Boil down all the ways that God has moved in your life thus far, and you will be left with a power substance, love.

I’m going to go out on an audacious limb and say that Believers wrestle with God’s Love for them as a result of their own imperfect interpretations and not because they don’t believe it.

The manifestation of love can be equated to a recipe for baking cupcakes. Patience, kindness, humility, one’s composure are much like the sugar, flour, eggs and extract flavoring needed for an edible outcome. If one of the ingredients of love is missing or expired then the spiritual result will be subpar, just as buttercream frosting made without butter will be lacking in taste.

Note: Psalm 136 and 1 Corinthians 13 are great places to hone in on the most successful recipe for love.

My countless loses in the boxing ring against God’s affection for me were all due to my penchant of impatience as I couldn’t comprehend a love that I wasn’t even displaying to myself and others.

It’s true, your loved ones bring out the absolute the best and worse in you. Special thanks to the four beats of my heart for showing me the beautiful and needs-improvement pieces of my life.

Until Sunday & Happy Love-Baking,

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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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490

490

490, that is what seventy times seven equals! Every single human being of the 7 billion (and counting) population deserve 490 chances of sincere forgiveness. I’m not even going to attempt that math. Matthew 18:21-22 often applies in the conversation about forgiving others, where we are commanded to forgive our brothers and sisters 490 times (each, respectively), but what if I said that is also how many times that God forgives you?

It doesn’t matter how many times you break that, “Lord, I’m never going to do this again promise.” God is still there to support and believe you, as He knows that one day you are going to be able to keep that promise.

Take the popular story of the girl who cried wolf. She was charging the air with negativity AND discrediting herself as an unreliable and dramatic fibber. Over and over, she lied saying that the wolf had come. Deeper and deeper, she continued digging her doom.

Every day, the words we speak are composing the contents of our lives. Every hour, our interactions with others are painting the picture of our future. Every minute, your inner conversations are shaping the silhouette of ourselves.

Personally, I believe that our friend in the wolf story was struggling with insecurities and things that she hadn’t forgiven herself for. And instead of dealing with those issues, she did what most of us are guilty of doing, which is projecting our inner misery onto those around us.

70 * 7= 490, goes both ways…outward & inner

Until Sunday,

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Circular vs Rounded

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Circles can be rounded, but not all rounded shapes are circles. Smooth out the edges of an rectangle and suddenly it too, is rounded!

Sticking with the rounded rectangle and circle shapes, let’s talk about drawing lines…

•Draw a line from any point on a circle and the circumference and radius will always remain consistent (so long as the circle is drawn correctly:)

•Draw a line from any point on a rounded rectangle and you will have a myriad of various line lengths as rectangles don’t have circumferences and radii.

Can you apply the concept of being circular or rounded to your personality and perception of life?

Circular people always think and act one way. The introduction of new information or a change in environment does little to alter the life of one, who is a circular thinker.

Although, I now consider myself to be a well-rounded person, that wasn’t always the case. Reading books (especially my Bible), experimenting with different foods, going to new places and lots of prayer have over the last few years, expanded my capacity to undergo various conformational changes. Those who have been with AD since October 2016, can attest to an evolution in even my writing as I no longer write in such rigidity!

“The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again – the same old round.” -Ecclesiastes 1:5 MSG

The sun’s inner workings and origins are still baffling scientists today, but if God wanted his children to operate in the same circular motion of rising and setting, He would have made us all suns. He didn’t create you to be a robotic, linear-thinking sphere of hot hydrogen and helium. He crafted you to be a human being, capable of expansion and unbounded growth…

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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God Waits Too

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Do you want to hear something funny? I had a post written up and ready to go, concerning a real-life incident that connected to last Thursday’s post, Dandelion Plans, when God was like, ‘No, that’s a great reflective journal entry but I want you to talk about me on AD tonight!’ It will always be His Will over my own, so without further ado…

“Then Adonai answered me and said: “Write down the vision, make it plain on the tablets, so that the reader may run with it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. It hastens to the end and will not fail. If it should be slow in coming, wait for it, for it will surely come—it will not delay.” -Habakkuk 2:2-3 TLV

While reading Habakkuk 2:2-3, did you notice the empathy and relatability that underlined God’s response to Habakkuk? He speaks as one who has had personal experience waiting as oppose to just talking in hypotheticals.

God, Himself knows more than anyone else, the true pain and beauty of waiting…

Did you know that God had to exercise patience while waiting for the vision to be fulfilled? The Bible was written by people who were sensitive to God’s voice and possessed yielding hearts. God knew what He wanted to say in the Bible from beginning to end, but he had to wait for those that He had appointed, to reach spiritual maturity so that they could effectively capture a glimpse of His personal thoughts for you and me to one day read.

God waited during the Bible days for prophets like Abraham, David and Jesus to come and carry out His vision. However, His waiting days are still not yet over, as He waits for the ripe time for you too, to execute His dreams.

Contrary to popular belief, God is extremely consumed with every detail of your life, as it is a pivotal component of His Heavenly Works!

Until Thursday,

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Dandelion Plans

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How unimaginable is it to say that God knows not only the site of every dandelion living, but also where each of its seeds will replant themselves after dispersal? I have no evidence to prove it, but I would bet there are more dandelions on earth than human beings…yet even God knows the storyboard of their fleeting lives.

For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 TLV

I love how this translation uses the phrase, ‘in mind’ to describes how our lives have a permanent and reoccurring spot in the forefront of God’s thoughts. He just didn’t throw some heaps of clay together, breathe some air into each of those piles and then ship them off, mass production style, to Heaven with a tattered napkin worth of plans for their lives. Carefully, he carved the contours of our faces, smiles, fingers and toes. All the while, thinking, “Their face will bring glory to my Name and their smile will be like sunshine on the darkest of days. Even the works of their hands will be blessed as the sight of their feet ushers in joy!”

Yes sir & Yes ma’am. God had big things in mind when He made you and He still does. Except now, instead of making plans for you, He is enacting plans for you. By the world’s appraisal of you, you might be the least decorated candidate and most likely to fail, just as a dandelion seed seems bound to wherever the weather conditions take it. Yet is not man that determines your fate, but God, just as dandelions seeds only end up in the location that God originally planned.

The journey to God’s unprecedented plans for your life is going to have some rain, wind, snow and probably even a bit of hail, but I have no doubt that your heavenly appointed destination will be reached!

Thought I’d share the flower revision of Jeremiah 29:11, penned by Yours Truly, God:

“For I know the plans that I have for you, just as I know when a flower will bloom, where it’s location will be and how the colors will coalesce.”

Until Sunday,

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Proiling

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I promise that the title is not a misspell! Since ‘funner’ has gained acceptance into dictionaries, I see nothing holding me back from coining any terms…

‘Proiling’ is a combination of ‘praying’ and ‘toiling’, two things that should never be in the same sentence. I love how James 1:5-8, from The Message Bible explains the danger of proiling our prayers:

 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”

Worrying and toiling are dependencies of each other as you cannot do one without the other! Similar to how praising and praying are.

I hate to admit that I am often more of double-minded proiler than a single-minded praiser, but God isn’t finished with his transforming work in me. Whether you are an over analyzer like me or just a natural born skeptic, Jesus won’t ever give up on the fierce fight for your heart!

On this Mother’s Day, my heart goes out to all the wonderful mothers around the world, who pray for nothing but the best for their children. It is my hope that even when the best is not in the picture frame of their child’s life, that they will continue entrust their child’s future in the hands of God, who knows the exact numbers of hairs on their head. The selfless actions and unconditional love of a mother transcends racial, genetic, personality and frankly all earthly boundaries. God gave us mothers to give us a glimpse of how unrelenting His pursuit of us is! Happy, Happy Mother’s Day!

Until Thursday,

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