Your Story…

Happy Friday All…

Hope it has been a good week for all… Just want to share a thought…

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“1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, 

even as also ye do.”

Your story is needed… Your testimony is your sermon… What you have been through was and is designed to edify you and the Kingdom of God.

Here’s a quote, “Your story is the key that can unlock someone else’s prison. Share your testimony.”

Have a blessed day…

The Reflection…

Inspired by Men’s Retreat @ Sandy Cove

The Reflection…

A reflection can tell a lot…
From the abstract colors to a simple blemish or spot…

For years and years, I was ashamed to look at me…

Ashamed, because I felt within me… there was no good deed…
Satan said look… your worthless… hence you will be my seed…

And even with that, I still would look at my reflection and see…
All the things that I desire to do and to be…

And then there was a time when I looked…
Only to see a demonic being within that had me shook…

At this point I was going down…
Vincent was dying and Lucifer had me bound…

But once again, I heard a voice…
A voice that said you have a choice…

The choice to look at another reflection…
But what was the point… I only would see rejection…

But His voice called out to me…
God said, My son… don’t forget what you can be…

Remember, I created you and love you most…
I will never leave you; stay by you close…

Years would pass and through God I would gain…
Yet, He reminds me of His Power through the past; the pain…

It was Saturday afternoon when I saw a reflection…
A reflection that cause me to fall under subjection…

The creation of the sun; as it kisses the sea…
Reminding me of the Son; who died for me…

I am reminded that all I endured…
Christ died for me; so one day I would be pure…

Ahh, the things you see in the reflection…
The way He reminds us; we’re His Selection…DFD2D5B7-545D-4761-9608-10796D4F4CB2

It’s true; a reflection can tell a story…

From the pain of the world… the enemy of Satan…the worry
Yet it all works together in God and now I represent His Glory

And so when I look in the mirror, I see more than me…
How Mary Mary put it…. It is the God in me…

Father God:
Thank You for who You are in me. Thank You for You are Love… Thank You for everything… Thank You for giving me back me…
In Jesus Christ Name… Amen …

The Standard of Rose Marie…

Today is an amazing day in history… Indeed it is. Now I know many are on their hustle and bustle… But today is my mother’s birthday!!!

Today, join me and my sisters as we celebrate Mom’s Birthday.  Rose Marie, girl you done cross into a new year!!!  Out of fear tha14370404_1226823864005680_1166484384654453922_nt I will be cut and taken out of the will, I won’t tell Rose Marie’s age lol.  But I will say, she looks younger than her age… hence why I am 35 and can pass for younger lol.

You know, the biggest thing that sticks out to me about my mom is her willingness to be a nurturer and to give people words of affirmation that continues to help along the way.  In my opinion, my mom has always been one that encourages.  Someone that will immediately lift you up when you are feeling the blues.

Mom and I talk a lot and she has shared a lot with me; life lessons, her past, her future and so forth.  And that’s on top of the sacrifices she has made for Erika, Monique, and I.  But I think about the conversations and I’m like wow…

1381885_646617615359644_115724964_nWhen I think of mom I am reminded of the smile on her face.  And there’s nothing fake about it.  She understands the importance in a smile.

Point #1.  Smile, because you really have a reason.  Folks, yes; the world presents challenges and experiences, but each day you are blessed to open your eyes is reason alone to smile.  Take a step back and realize, you can smile, because God loves you.  After all, He allowed His Son to die so that you and I can live.

Also, Mom is serious about the Kingdom of God…

Point #2.  If, in fact, we are children of God, understand that we are charge to live a life of Holiness unto the Lord.  Folks, let’s challenge ourselves to live holy.  Let’s live a life that will be a standard for others to see. It’s not the most popular thing to do, but the blessings 1381719_645625432125529_1779268673_none receives, the lessons one learns, the example one can be… is all worth it…

Leviticus 20:7 (The Message)

7-8 “Set yourselves apart for a holy life.  Live a holy life, because I am God, your God.  Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you.  I am the God who makes you holy.

And so…

Mom,

I just want to say thank you for all you do.  For the lessons you teach me, the discipline you give, the respect you demand, the example you set as a mother.  Thank you for being a praying Mother.  When I was going through and even though you didn’t know exactly, you 14606455_1246482892039777_469489225996726294_nsteadily prayed and I thank God for you.  God has blessed you as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend and most importantly, God’s Daughter.  Mom, Happy Birthday to You… and May God continue to bless you all the more.

Love,

Son…

P.S.  For Mom and everyone else…  Enjoy the best of Jesus…

 

Romans 16:20 (The Message Bible)

19-20And so while there has never been any question about your honesty in these matters—I couldn’t be more proud of you!—I want you also to be smart, making sure every “good” thing is the real thing.  Don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil.  Stay alert like this, and before you know it the God of peace will come down on satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt.  Enjoy the best of Jesus!

Achieve With Child-Like Passion

I can recall at the ages of 5, 6, 7, and so forth… watching cartoons; something that I still do at 34… Of course lol.  But I can recall as a lil’ dude having dreams of being a doctor, firefighter, and a whole host of things.  Who’d thought I would grow up and be a statistician and an accountant lol…? But one thing that sticks with me, the passion of dreams and goals… To know that I am working towards something is very exciting. Today, I wonder; what happened to most of us once we became adults?11987195_1008648372489898_4704843183473159616_n  The child-like imagination simply faded away… our very innocence just went away.  We as adults have given up, yet God hasn’t forgotten… and He knows all of our dreams and goals and I’m sure most of them in some way, are part of His Plan for you…

Remember…

As children, many of us sang a familiar set of words:

“This little light of mine…

I’m gonna let it shine.”

Still to this day, it is a favorite of kids (and kids-at-heart).  Children tend to sing it very loud and could care less if they are off key, while adults sing it with “dignity” (Yeah right). Now, why is that? Could it be that children sing it loud and off key, because they don’t believe in limits? A child’s mind is rich with imagination and thirsts for knowledge; hence they don’t feel that there’s a boundary when it comes to dreams and goals.  Yet as adults, we set limits. We question and second guess ourselves, because we think we’re too old or we don’t have the energy or simply said, “I can’t.”  By whose authority says you can’t achieve? 

Stop saying what you can’t do… be like Nike:  JUST DO IT. Stop giving the enemy the glory; rather, Praise God. For a moment, think back to the ages of your childhood.  All the things you wanted to be.  Don’t focus so much ochildren-readingn the what you wanted to be.  Rather, think of the passion, the excitement, the drive you had.  And the best part is; that passion, excitement, and drive is still there.  And with God leading, you can still live your dreams; your goals; the God-ordained purpose.

Stop holding the dream and live it.  Don’t give up; for God will always hold you up with His Hands… Look you gotta a whole host of angels from Heaven; cheering you on!!! What you waiting for?!?! Walk into your destiny!!!

The Vain-“LESS”, Eternal Labor…

Two things come to mind when I think of the title of this entry. The first is a familiar song by the Clark Sisters “Is My Living in Vain?” A song that lets it be known that what we do for the kingdom of God is worth the rgrowthisk and the faith we exercise. The second; the Labor Day Weekend.  Labor Day is an annual celebration of the strength and endurance of workers in this country. These two coincide with one another in the sense of making sacrifices, doing something continuous that can be tiresome, and yes; even frustrations that come with labor (women that are mothers can attest to “frustrations in labor lol”). Frustrations, especially if it’s something that you feel can’t do or you do it and don’t get recognition.

But here’s a thought, are you doing for the accolades or because you are being obedient to God?

We have heard the following: Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

When we hear it, we get all excited. But my question is, if we are to believe that He knows the plans for us, then why do we get all upset when things occur? We said that we believe that Christ died for us. We claim that we believe He got with all power. We say that we are children of God? But all this we say; is it just pretty clichés to us? Does it convict on us on any level?

It is a challenge to loose a job or your home, become impatient on completing an assignment or paying off a bill and so forth. But what of these things? Tangible items that you were not born with, that can’t go to heaven with you, items that could indirectly or directly lead you to hell; that is if you worship them. But these things are only “things”. They can assist you as you maneuver through life, but they are not the intangible; love, joy, peace. The real assets. A peace of mind is worth way more than the amount owed for the national debt.

Could it be that trials in general come because God wants to get your attention? Could He be saying, “Why are you so wrapped in the trivial? This is the true task that you are to do. Now will accept the invitation?”

Many of us would say we can’t because of a track record. So what you messed up in the past??? Don’t you serve a God that can take something that is messed up and make something wonderful out of it? Or we start on what God wants us to do and get weary because of this, that, and the third. It’s especially difficult when you make an effort to follow God and others see that and try to discourage you. But as the song said, “NO OF COURSE NOT… IT’S NOT ALL IN VAIN. CAUSE UP THE ROAD, IS ETERNAL GAIN.” (Minus Karen Clark-Sheard’s run of that note LOL…).

But I say this to you; Do you think Moses, Esther, Jonah, Joshua, Abraham, Christ and many more were eager to go forth with God’s work? Well maybe Christ lol, but the point I make is, I’m sure many were discouraged and got weary, but because of  the love relationship with God, they understood that they had to be obedient. They knew the voice of God and understood that He would give them the provisions to follow through His commands. More so, they did His Will, because they Love Him. If you Love God then know that what you do and who you are is NOT in vain.

THOUGHT: In Genesis 1:26-31, it says the following:

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 

27 So God created man in his own image, 
in the image of God he created him; 
male and female he created them. 

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
progression chiffre affairesWhat’s the take away? God created man in His Own Image… God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. God created you and saw that you were good. He created you for greatness in everyway. Now isn’t that reason to be excited. When God looks at us, He doesn’t say, “Oh you are disgusting to me.” (Well, unless He has to call you out like He did in Revelation 3:15-17 (Message Bible)… but hopefully you haven’t got on those terms with God lol.) But, He looks at us with Perfect Love. His Labor in creating us was NOT in vain and therefore; who YOU ARE; IS NOT IN VAIN. But rather what you deposit on this earth; if it is God’s work, it will lead to the road of ETERNAL GAIN. He’s standing with open arms saying, “My Child. The invitation has been sent. Will you accept or deny?”

The Student 

For many of us, we have reached many benchmarks in life. Milestones, goals, and much more. Yes we all have had our share of valley experiences, lows, and times when we felt there was no point of return… 

But God…

It is amazing that during the peaks and valleys of life, we can manage to always be one thing… a student. We can also realize that no matter what points we do reach in life, there’s still another lesson to learn, another challenge to overcome… another leg of this journey we must embark…

With God leading and us striving to live a Christ like life… let us simply continue… Continue to move forward… continue to gain discernment… continue to love one another, as Christ loves each of us…

Love of Christ

You know… It’s easy to write others off. Sometimes we may not understand all the quirks of others, but in everything… remember we all are Brothers and Sisters in Christ…

Before we allow our anger to get the best of us… let us ask God to remind us of His Unconditional Love. After all, I’m sure there are a whole host of things we all do that God is not pleased with, yet He loves us, because we belong to Him.

On today, celebrate that… On today, tell somebody that you care, that you love them with the Love of Christ… you never know what could be going on. Who knows… your kind words may set somebody free…

And that’s your upload from the download… Be blessed folks!!!