EMUNAH: Which means FAITH
Associated reading: James 2:17American Standard Version (ASV)
17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
My commentary : prayer:
HESED: Which means LOVE
Associated reading: Isaiah 54:10American Standard Version (ASV)
Give honor to those to whom honor is owed!” Roman 13:7.
Today I want to start off by giving God almighty all the glory and Honor. Every time we wake up we should be thankful and give glory to the one who has made it possible. Thank you Abba father.
Secondly in light of Veterans Day, I want to thank our beloved service men and women from past and present for their blood, tears, sweat and sacrifices they have made for this country. Thank you for your service from the depths of my heart and soul.
I dedicate this post to our service men and women all over.
My family and friends whom are veterans…. I thank you yet again for your service. What you did/do, not many have the strength, passion, valor or capability to do.
The reason that today you (reading this) and I enjoy the freedom to worship together publicly is because someone fought to gain, preserve, and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today you and I enjoy the right to free speech is because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today we have the right to vote because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today we live in a democratic republic is because because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
Please remember Freedom is never free. Freedom is never Free. These selfless mean and women deserve our deep gratitude. So let’s thank God. Let’s pray for our veterans and active troops . Let’s thank Them.
Father God the honor and glory as always goes to you first and foremost. Lord we thank you for the many, many service men and women whom have fought , preserved and protect us. Lord I ask that you cover over each veteran under your wing of protection. May you bless our veterans for all that you have allowed them to do for us. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Amen.
- I am an ungrateful child of yours.
- I am a selfish child of yours.
- Always wanting more than what you provide.
- Always comparing what others have and wanting it.
- Forgive me dear lord.
- Twice on Sunday he said only one word. Patience.
I want to apologize first to my lord and savior for not writing and blogging about his word, love and mercy.
Second I want to apologize to the readers whom are lifted up when you read the words that the lord inspired me to write.
Since hurricane Harvey I have been campaigning on stop for relief efforts for all in need. Whether by providing information as to where to donate aid, time, monetary donations or goods. I have family whom recently moved to Texas, my heart was heavy, luckily my family do not live within the regions which were affected. Despite that blessing my call towards servitude never falters.
As Christian’s we are called to service. My calling is evermore present right now… the phone is ringing and Lord knows I’m answering any which way that I can.
Then hurricane Irma hit and destroyed Many islands which many of my relatives resides in as well as Florida where I have many relatives as well. Yet again my campaign continued to help any which way I could. Advertising relief efforts, advertising information…. any which way I am able to help I can.
Now Maria…..oh María…. you finished off what Irma started and now, because of you I haven’t had a good nights rest. I can’t complain I have it better off compared to my island folks, compared to my paisanos. My heart is heavy. Still haven’t heard from many relatives. Many are without power, without food, without water, without their shelters.
As I write this I fight back tears which I thought I no longer thought I had any left.
I fight back the worry of my family.
It had been a month and things are not looking well.
Pray for all the islands please.
Help anyway you can.
I have moments where I just start writing.
Words come to my mind and I just have to pen them to paper.
If I don’t I loose it.
So on the train the other day, thinking and while i was thinking these words just kept coming.
Lo and behold this poem came about.
Hope you enjoy this.
I was recently having a discussion with a colleague on how do you teach a child to pray?
How do you answer those “religious questions” with the children?
My first response was well, you need to read up on it first, study it so that you are not giving the kids wrong answers. Its the same thing I tell my husband. I have studied and restudied the Bible, with that being stated that does not mean that I know every finite detail of the Bible, I am comfortable enough to be able to answer specific questions. When I myself am unsure or uncomfortable I read the Bible, research the topic and ask questions.
So for my friend I found Bible Versus to use as an example as to do a short prayer using God’s own words.
For Instance Psalms 17:8:
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings. Amen.
I replaced the word me from the scripture with the person or persons I am praying for. Reinforcing the prayers using Gods own words, which are Holy Texts.
- Keep our children as the apple of your eye; hide our children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our parents as the apple of your eye; hide our parents under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our siblings as the apple of your eye; hide our siblings under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our nieces/ nephews/ God children as the apple of your eye; hide our nieces/ nephews/ God children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our families as the apple of your eye; hide our families under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our Pastors as the apple of your eye; hide our pastors under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our church as the apple of your eye; hide our church under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our friends as the apple of your eye; hide our friends under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 as the apple of your eye; hide our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our country 🇺🇸 as the apple of your eye; hide our country 🇺🇸 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
Here are other known scripture prayers and similar examples:
- Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
ex: Here you can replace the Heal me to: Heal Ms. Smith, O Lord, and Ms. SMith will be healed; save Ms. smith and she will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Add to it. I pray that you provide guidance, love, understanding for Ms. SMith’s family during this difficult time. etc.
- “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
ex:Dear Lord who is faithful, please provide the strenght for Jane doe in her time and need so that you can give her the protection from the Evil one.
- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
ex: God whom is our refuge and strenght, I ask that you be the refuge and strength for my friend xxx, who is in need of ever present help in her troubles.”
Here are other versus which can be used as prayers adding in the person or persons your are praying for:
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
- Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.
- Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
- Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
- Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Isiah 57: 19 creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
- Mark 5:34 New International Version (NIV) 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
- Mark 6:56 New International Version (NIV) 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
- Luke 8:48New International Version (NIV) 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
- Isaiah 58:8New International Version (NIV) Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)
This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed. So, take a closer look at what it teaches:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation (Jonah 2:2–9)
We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a poignant scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
David’s Prayer for Deliverance (Psalm 3)
This one was a tough choice because the Psalms are stuffed full of cries and petitions. If you ever want a primer for prayer, you can’t go wrong with this wisdom book. But we chose Psalm 3 because it provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles:
Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
Hannah’s Prayer of Praise (1 Samuel 2:1–10)
When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers. Let this prayer guide you in thanks:
“My heart exults in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.
“There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
Here are some things to consider when Praying:
1. Address God’s rightful place as the Father
2. Worship and praise God for who He is and all that He has done
3. Acknowledge that it is God’s will and plans are in control and not our own
4. Ask God for the things that we need
5. Confess our sins and repent
6. Request protection and help in overcoming sin and satan’s attacks on us
I will end with the serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Harvey Weinstein has been much of the talks lately. Many are coming out whom have been directly affected by Harvey, and many more are coming out whom have been affected by others. You and I have all seen the way they have been coming out. #MeToo.
The Me Too movement as you know came about as a response and to bring awareness to the situation at hand since the Harvey Weinstein controversy. Since the first post about this situation “more than 53,000 people had left comments and thousands of women had declared “Me Too,” sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment across social media, including some for the first time.”
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
I too included a “me too” post for the very first time. I have never shared my story, but I have undergone sexual assault and harassment. It took a lot for me to even write those two words because it meant admitting to myself that I am a victim of assault. I never reported my assailants, nor would I at this point. One of them is deceased, the other was really young when he did so. I was young myself and did not know how to talk about or process what I endured. My post also shows my family a truth about my past which I never wanted to discuss, never have discussed with them, nor do I have any intentions to further discuss with them nor my spouse.
Some may have seen it, some may have not. Those two little words I wrote in solidarity for being victimized, but any further elaboration up to that point was not going to be given. Many though chose not to admit their assaults or harassment in this movement. Many are still unable to handle such memories or just want to bury their past deep down to the bottoms of the oceans. I do not blame them.
Reminder that if a woman didn’t post #MeToo, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don’t owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
I commend the women whom have been able to share their stories in public. They are stronger than I am for sharing their stories along side their Me Too.
As I write this I can vividly see the faces of the two whom have harassed/assaulted me in my past. I can vividly see where I was, what I wore, What was said and what happened after the fact. I cringe at the memory. I feel repulsed by myself.
I couldn’t add more than those two words.
My family follow me on social media.
I didn’t want to disclose more than I did.
Saying me too, I said more than I ever did since my first encounter.
As mentioned earlier one of the assailants I was told passed away. Died too young. Died in a hit and run accident in Florida. It was horrendous to hear. I never wished either of the two any wrong. I forgave them both. Though I am scarred by the memories…I forgive them each time I think of it. The one who passed away shouldn’t have died the way he did. He was on his way to get milk for his infant. I cried at the news. Like I said I did forgive him. In person at that. (though I did leave him with a black eye and a few scratches to the face at our encounter).
Sometimes we are victimized not by strangers but people we know and associate with. Sometimes its a relatives. I thank God in my case neither are relatives. They were people I have known though. People I didn’t think would do such a thing.
What I ask is that Mothers of boys, lets teach our sons to respect women. Lets raise our boys not to harass or assault anyone. Teach our children boundaries. Teach our children respect overall. Teach our children “personal space”. Teach our children how would you feel if you were in those shoes? Teach our children what If it were me your mom or sibling that this had happened to. We need to make things personal in order to assess our feelings accordingly. We need to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions.
Mothers of daughters, teach your daughters to speak up. Teach your daughters to defend themselves. I may not have been able to speak up or do something the first time. The second time I did fight back. I did not turn the other check like the bible says, and I have asked for forgiveness in that. I did defend myself. I did not report to any authorities of anything nor did I file complain. I probably should have.
Remember to please not judge those victimized. No one ever asks to be raped, harassed or assaulted. It’s not something that one says Hi, I’m here, Pick me, Choose me, attack me?
It is hard.
Here are affiliated articles on the #metoo movement.:
- the atlantic
- An activist, a little girl and the heartbreaking origin of ‘Me too’
- Incredible Image Shows How the #MeToo Movement Spread Around the Globe
- Why the #MeToo Moment Is Liberating, Dispiriting, and Uncomfortable All at Once
- Two moguls down. And the #MeToo movement is just getting started
- The ‘Me Too’ Campaign Was Created By A Black Woman 10 Years Ago
- For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Harvey Weinstein News Can Be Triggering
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
As with all that I do, let us end in a prayer.
Father God I thank you for another day to speak about a topic which is not spoken about often enough. Lord you are my stronghold, in the good times and in my times of trouble. Lord you are the stronghold to the many women whom have been victimized during the years. I once again come before you and seek forgiveness for my transgressions on the issues I mentioned above and I forgive those whom have caused harm to my person. God you know the situation that occurred, you know how it has affected me and why I choose not to disclose more than I did. Lord I still want to forgive my transgressors and once again ask for forgiveness for my transgressions. Lord I ask you provide strength and guidance to the many victims whom have yet found an outlet or confide in someone to discuss their circumstances and experience. May they find refuge in you so that they too can forgive and move forward. I know it is hard my Lord, but with you all things are possible. Amen.
Sluggard or Diligent
Spiritual Life Cycle: Youth and Old Age, fruits and cedar trees.
Psalm 92:12-14Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].
13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
Recently in my church we’ve been discussing how our youth are rising up not only in church with responsibilities but spiritually. Our focus has been on strengthening them, encouraging them and guiding them in their spiritual walks and in their fleshly walk. We do not necessarily tell them what they should could or can’t do in the flesh but what we do is constantly share our life experiences, our spiritual encounters in our walks and let them deduce from there. We try to lead by example and share as often as we can.
We try to give biblically sound advice and make suggestions as needed. All in all the youth are doing amazing works for God. They are volunteering in school, they are volunteering in church, they are helping around in church, they are actively engaged in all the programs and services. It’s such a beautiful sight to see such strong, determined group of kids.
Now the older generation before them, we have experience to our advantage and we have had the help and guidance from the generations before us. So as we are looking at our children grow spiritually we can understand how proud our elders before us are of us. We are in their shoes right now when we were our kids age.
We are now firmly planted like the cedar tree in verse 12 of this psalm (The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon). Those who walk the walk will be strong and healthy like this cedar tree. And it’s like this cedar tree as we look at verse 13-14 will bear fruits.
Right now we are witnessing our fruits begin to flourish. They are growing and will need guidance to one day become Cedar trees so that their fruits can flourish. Glory to God for such an amazing spiritual life cycle.
Though in the flesh the older we get the weaker we physically become. The psalmist here is speaking of spiritual strength, spiritual growth and spiritual fruits. I may be physically weakening due to age, health complications etc, but my faith, my faith will need to be sound to be able to edify those coming after me.
Being like the cedar tree is basically saying we are planted within the lord. Our soul, our faith our belief, our want is to be in sync with the lord. We want to be in his presence. We want to feel his presence, we want to ensure that the path we are taking is pleasing to our lord. That we are enriching our soul as we still continue to grow and still continue to plant fruits.
Do not feel that the older one gets the less your are needed. The older generations in our church has taught even the babies that we are a church where all the generations help, serve, praise, break bread and enjoy our spiritual and carnal successes together as one body, one family.
Though we are growing older and the torches are being passed down does not mean that we are done with our service and servitude. This just means that we need to let the younger ones take the lead and guide them so they can be firmly planted.
They need to be firmly planted so they can bear fruits. They need to be firmly planted so that when we become elders they can see that we’ve paved a way for them, set an example for them and so they know we will always have their backs, in the same manner our elders currently have ours.
Father God I come before you giving you thanks and praise for all that had happened in my spiritual course. I thank you for your love and your compassion. I thank you for my church and all of its congregants. I thank you for our pillars of cedar trees whom are firmly planted and have bore fruits in my generation. I thank you for their love, words of wisdom and their encouragement. I thank you for my roots being planted and the fruits we as a church are bearing. We are on the road to being firmly planted cedar trees bearing fruits with the next generation. I ask for your continued guidance lord. I ask for your wisdom. I ask for you to continue to lead us in the direction to properly lead the next generation so they too can bear fruits and become cedar trees. I ask that you guide us as we too become elders one day. May this tradition of each generation caring, aiding, supporting and assisting the next continue at IPj. Lord I love you. Lord Thank you. In the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit amen.