The Wooden House

Today I pictured myself as a little girl walking by the wooden house. I wanted to revisit my past and see the beauty of it one more time. As I glanced in the doorway I could see Mrs. Bell sitting in her favorite chair as the smell of fried chicken seeped through the window tickling my nose; her smile and laughter made me pause and reflect. As her gray hairs glistened her smile was radiant she looked so happy. As I grabbed her hand death forbid me to bring her along.

As I blinked my eyes I was no longer in the past but the present. The sunlight had awoken me out of a deep trance, but as I looked beside me there stood the wooden house. The house was no longer full of life, but abandoned, the door was no longer there and the house was mangled. I could no longer hear the laughter or smell the fried chicken but I felt a breeze of loneliness and it longed to live on.

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Christ Like

Are you a Christian, do you treat everyone with kindness and pray for them earnestly?

I asked that question because you have some folks who parade around the church every Sunday professing they love the Lord, but Monday through Saturday their hearts are hardened towards others.

Titus 1:16 – They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Some are living to please their Pastor, Bishop, or Priest a man who doesn’t have the power to put them in heaven or hell and are neglecting the fruits of the spirit.

They fail to realize that some people will never come to church or pick up a bible, but they observe Christian living daily by the deacon, minister, choir, lay member, and pastor actions outside of those church walls.

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth.

You never know whose watching, Christian living is a not a part time job but a full time one. God truly looks on the heart and by your works will he say “SERVANT WELL DONE.”

Jeremiah 17:9-10 King James Version (KJV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Church

Recently a church across the street caught on fire and speculation began to float around the community of how it happened. First they said kids playing with matches, then they said drug addicts getting high. The cause will probably never be known, but one thing I know for sure is that the building is no longer suitable to be a place of worship.

The day after the incident I went across the street and looked at the church. The building was a total loss, how could anyone ever worship within those walls again? As I thought on those things the Lord spoke to my spirit and said “you are the church, you worship inward and that flows outward.” The Lord reminded me that he is not coming back for the building but the spirit that dwells within us that has accepted him as Lord and Savior.

Then I asked the Lord about Hebrews 12:23 and assembling together; I don’t mind assembling I just don’t want to get so caught up in earthly buildings and neglect the building that is holding my soul. Nowadays people are bringing Satan in the church with the ways of the world.

Then he continued with this reminder, it’s time to become a church that holds standards. As Paul witnessed this earthly body will suffer but my salvation comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells within . Stop focusing on the things going on around you and focus on me and my word. God continued, I’m coming back for a church without a spot or wrinkle, you must be ready when I return.

9 years

I remember praying for a husband, I was very specific in my prayer request of what type of husband I wanted God to send me. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. I was a single mother with two girls and had given up on settling down. I remember praying asking how long… his response love me more, seek me more, and he would give me the desires of my heart.

Staying in a small town I thought this was impossible. Then it happened, in 2008 I met my husband because of a nail in my tire. I tell the story often because I had made up my mind that I would never meet someone. I felt like Sarah when the angel of the Lord told her she would have a child in her old age and she laughed.

I was very impatient, I wanted God to answer my prayers right then but his timing was not mine. Lord knows I wasn’t ready. I could cook and take care of my home but I wasn’t mentally or spiritually ready to settle down.

When I first laid eyes on my husband I didn’t know he would be the one, but he said it on day one that I would be his wife. I laughed at him, I could recall saying “you don’t even know me!”

Fast forward to tomorrow and we will be celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary!! I had to share my story to let someone who is seeking a husband or wife to keep trusting God and wait until he sends you the right one. Continue to seek the Lord as he prepares you for your spouse.

God’s Spirit

How did I make it all those years excluding God as though I had the power to make it on my own. Going to and fro not realizing he was shielding me from all harm and danger. That day when my car hit the back of a semi truck he not only kept me but my family as well. When I did attend church I was more focused on the blessings and not the bless-or. It took years for me to realize that I was nothing without God in my life. The devil had tricked me into thinking I was indispensable, but when I hit rock bottom and lost my job the enemy wasn’t there to pick me up the Lord was. Even when I abandoned him he never abandoned me.

Today I sat in Sunday School and tried to hold back the tears as the Lord told his people that his glory would fill the temple again. I was living an unrighteous life but God was still willing to forgive me for my sin as he did the people of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 43:5-7 King James Version (KJV)

5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.

6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

I couldn’t help but think of my life and how I was an empty vessel, I was alive but spiritually dead. Without the comforter (Holy Spirit) dwelling inside of me I wouldn’t be caught up in the air to meet him.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

I’m so thankful that God gave me not one chance or two chances but continuous chances to get it right and realize I was nothing without him. Now that I have God’s spirit within I am serving him with a PURPOSE!!

Two Wrongs

I am a strong woman, built Ford tough. I have been in some relationships that made me look back and wonder how I got through but as Celia said….

It seems since Eve’s mishap women have been portrayed as the weakest link. I could argue the fact that everyone has made a mistake but that still wouldn’t justify her actions and why we as woman have so much pain in childbirth because of her wrongdoing.

Genesis 3:16

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Although she did wrong I am also reminded that man followed suit by eating from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” as well.

Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

No one did right in this situation so to me they both failed at their quest to please the Lord. Learn from this; if you fall down don’t stay there get back up.

Eve and Adam were both wrong but the woman shouldn’t have to carry the dot on her forehead while the man walks around dot free. God was gracious and merciful to forgive them both, even though he made them leave the garden he spared their lives.

Women it’s time to value your husbands, men it’s time to value your wives. It’s time to walk in love and don’t let mistakes cause you to give up on the marriage that God ordained in your life. The enemy is trying to find a way to get in between you and your spouse, cast him out of your home by fasting and prayer.

Testimonial Tuesday

Took my son to the doctor this morning, the doctors report wasn’t the best but I was still thanking God that we were heading home and not to a hospital. When I got closer to home I had an urgency to feel my pockets and to my surprise my license was gone, LOST!

I panicked and pulled over to call the doctors office and was told that no one had found it. I attempted to call the place where we had stopped for breakfast but the phone line was busy so I decided to call the drivers license office and see how much a duplicate would be and headed that way.

Got there and was happy to be number 25 as they were on 22 so my wait wouldn’t be long, as I sat there an urgency came upon me to call the breakfast location again and this time the phone began to ring. Someone had found my license in the parking lot and turned it in, I was so happy!!

I didn’t hesitate to drive the hour and a half distance again to reclaim something that I had lost but was now found.

As I turned into my yard I could only think of the Parable of the Lost Coin. The way I rejoiced over my license is how God and his angels rejoices over one person giving their life to Christ.

Luke 15:8-10

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Adam and Eve

In the beginning God created man in his own image and because of Adam’s loneliness, he was given a helpmate. As God put Adam into a deep sleep he used one of his ribs to make who Adam would call later “woman” because she was taken out of man (Genesis 2:23).

This biblical couple had the best of everything, no worries and only one stipulation and that was to not eat of the tree. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” ( Genesis 2:17)

Along came deception in the form of a snake who tricked Eve into thinking, nothing bad would happen to her if she ate from the tree. Eating from this tree would open up her eyes and she would know the difference between good and evil. Shucks she could even share the delectable fruit with her husband.

Because of their disobedience to God they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, for not obeying his word, not only were they punished but so was the serpent.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Fast forward to 2018 and people are still being tricked by the enemy. If God tells you to do something obey him. The Bible says obedience is better than a sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). There are a lot of Adam’s and Eve’s walking amongst us being tricked daily by the enemy. It’s time to stop thinking your way is better than God’s way.

Values

Growing up my grandfather taught me the value of a dollar, in order to get my allowance on Saturday’s I had to complete the chores he had given me during the week. I would sometimes complain while working, but all the whining went out the window when he placed those five bucks in my hand. I didn’t realize it then, but my grandfather was teaching me a great value. He would always tell me ” nothing in this life is going to be handed to you, you will have to work for it.” As I grew older his words of wisdom never left me. When we go on a job we get paid based on the job that we do and no work equals no pay. Sometimes we even get incentives by having degrees or specialized training. Having money is awesome, but we must value it is as well. I can recall my grandfather having this record book and different people in the community would come to him and he would loan them money. Every dollar he loaned out he would write their name and amount and when he received repayment he would draw a line through their name and put paid in full. I can recall this so vividly and when I asked why he replied ” some people don’t value money, they spend all they have on frivolous things and when they really need something they are broke.” I recently read the scripture

Deuteronomy 28:12-13

12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

I have learned to be careful for nothing, I pray that the Lord makes me a lender and not a borrower. I don’t want to be careless with my spending I want to use the money that the Lord blesses me with wisely. Over the years I have learned you don’t have to spend everything you have at that moment, put some away for a rainy day and be thankful for the job that God blessed you with. That job has enabled you to be able to provide for you and your family needs. My grandfather was my everything and though he no longer walks this earth he left me with knowledge and wisdom that I am now able to pass on to my children. “Don’t spend it all in one place,” he would say.

Support

You find out who your true friends are when you need their support. The true test of a friend is when you decide to make a change in your life. Pay close attention to how many will encourage you to go for it or how many will discourage you to quit before you even start this should be a determining factor of who to cut out of your life. It’s a shame to say the word “SUPPORT” has broken up long term relationships that made pinky promises and swore to never let anything come between them but jealousy did.

Jealousy is a terrible disease that rises up in people’s heart that causes one to dislike another’s success. Some people don’t want you to be a step ahead, not knowing that success is granted to anyone who works for it. I have learned over the years that I outgrew some relationships (family, friends) and it’s okay because it’s apart of my growth.

I’ve learned over the years to ⤵️

Stop taking step backwards because of unsupportive people…..

Stop being ashamed of my progress and success….

Stop letting others determine my destiny….

My daily quote ⤵️

“I am strong, determined, meaningful, successful, and enough. I may lose some supporters, but that is okay because the reward will be greater at the end.”

– S. Gonzalez