Two years later…… still figuring out what next we need to tackle before completing what we stared.
2 Peter 1:5-9 ESV
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
When Peter wrote his letters to the followers of Christ he wanted to show them support, encouragement and provide direction. A mentor so to speak.
New follows of Christ need that kind of assistance to guide and reassure them so they do not get distracted. He states “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
This right here was Peterson way of showing exactly what you need to spiritually grow and supplement ones faith.
- Self control.
- Brotherly affection
- And love.
Here is a historical backdrop as to what was going on at the time and why Peter felt the need to provide the recipe to grow in faith.
The churches of Asia Minor were struggling with the persecution and suffering, this is s addressed in the letters in first Peter. The churches also had strife and dissension within each other and ranks. He wanted to steer the church away from false teachings. He wanted to show the importance in learning the word. He wanted to show them the importance in proper knowledge of God.
He emphasizes spiritual growth. Growth in ones faith, growth in ones understanding. Growth in knowledge.
Peter wants the church to have spiritual maturity through the Word of God, to avert from false teaching and a right response to heretics in light of Christ’s promised second coming.
He addresses his readers to encourage them so they can follow his lead with the recipe he provided. He encouraged the seeking and acquiring true knowledge of God. He encouraged diligently living our lives in faith. He encouraged living in peace and being as pure as possible so when we face jesus upon his return to be judged for our actions and deeds, we can be viewed spotless, clean, blameless and without sin.
Look we all go through difficult times. We also see that at the foundation of the church and the ministries of Jesus’ followers, they too had trials and tribulations. They too faced hardships and persecutions. Peter hands us the encouragement and the recipe needed to grow spiritually.
So let’s take a close look at the meaning to this recipe he provided:
- Virtue – Oxford dictionary defines this as – Behaviour showing high moral standards.
- Knowledge- Oxford dictionary defines this as – Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
‘a thirst for knowledge’. (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/knowledge)
- Self control. – Oxford dictionary defines this as – The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations.
‘Lucy silently struggled for self-control’
- Steadfastness – Oxford dictionary defines this as – Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
- godliness – Oxford dictionary defines this as – The quality of being devoutly religious; piety.
‘a man of great godliness’
- Brotherly affection – (two parts)
- – Brotherly – Oxford dictionary defines this as -Characteristic of or appropriate for a brother or brothers; fraternal.
‘he and I had such a brotherly bond’
- Affections – Oxford dictionary defines this as -A gentle feeling of fondness or liking.
- – Brotherly – Oxford dictionary defines this as -Characteristic of or appropriate for a brother or brothers; fraternal.
- And love. – Oxford dictionary defines this as – A strong feeling of affection.
So now what? What do we do with this reciepe provided by Peter for spiritual growth?
You get a spoonful of Virtue, a cup of Knowledge, two cups of Self control, 2 tablespoons of Steadfastness, a liter of godliness, a quart of Brotherly affection and a gallon of love. **With all recipe you tweak the measurements to taste.
Mix these ingredients well.
Let it set.
Viola! You have begun taking those first few steps to grow spiritually with God.
Father God I thank you for instructing the writers of the Bible. Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. You have left us with the Basic Instructions for us to utilize, live a hearty, whole and pure life to your stading, before we perish earth and join you. I thank you for allowing prophet to provide the buidling blocks of our spiritual walk with you. I thank you for this recipe, for allowing this to be a a guide as to what characteristics we need, how we should behave, how we should be with one another, how to grow, how to not loose sight of the truth, how to not be misguided nor misled. I thank you for the blueprints. The hardest job of any instructional manual is paying attention and following along. I ask for the strength needed, especially during trouble times so that I can grow closer to you. Amen.
As a native New Yorker I am used to the crowds, used to the sites, used to the visitors. What I could never get used to is the sudden stops, the not paying attention, the collisions that almost happen. We operate here on a whole other time schedule than the rest of the world it seems. New Yorkers we are always on the go. So to help prevent the collisions with the tourists whom are not paying attention to their surroundings in awe and mesmerized by our beautiful city, we have a dance just for you.
The city that never sleeps.
Oh how I love thee.
The thought of leaving you makes me weep.
Your gentle and embracing vibes.
There’s so much to do here and so much to see.
From all over the word many come with their tribes.
Our streets are packed,
And when they are here we are sure to act.
They are here and they are there.
Lord there’s people everywhere.
Us natives have this special dance.
So that walking we do not clash.
As soon as we see it within that first glance.
We get it started in a flash.
We do a little jig.
We do a so with some swag.
We dab left.
We do it with so much zest.
We dab right.
We swing left.
We avoid you with all our might.
Our dance for you is one of a kind.
Our dance for your well being.
It’s because dear tourist you quickly become so blind.
You get absorbed in the sights you are no longer seeing.
We have families to get to.
We can’t wait on you.
The fast paced lives is our thing.
It is ingrained within
We have places to be,
People to see.
A bus, train, ferry or cab to catch.
We can’t sit back while you light a match.
We can’t sit back while your taking a glance.
It’s for you we have this dance.
So when we have to get to where we have to go,
In our fast past walks,
You do not get hot with a blow,
For your sudden stops.
Proverbs 31:10-31King James Version (KJV)
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The Beloved Proverbial Women.
Proverbs 31 describes what many consider the perfect dutiful women.
Sometimes we as women try to aspire to be this symbol of perfection and do as much as we can to fit the description.
Sometimes we as modern women try to aspire to be everything this proverbial woman is not.
What many fail to realize is being a proverbial woman does not mean being this perfect being.
It is about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance.
There are attributes of this proverbial woman that we modern woman can apply to our lives to become this virtuous woman.
Many Modern women are like wait no way, I will never submit myself to become a submissive wife, I know this because I have said that myself.
Though I have been raised to be an independent woman, I know that I can submit my will to God and be blessed abundantly, for he will provide.
Here are a few examples as to how this Virtuous Woman’s characteristics can be aligned to the modern woman, where we too can be like this as possible.
A Virtuous Woman is faithful, she serves God with all her might, with all her heart, with all her mind, and her soul.
She has faith in her creator.
She seeks the will of God for her life and follows His ways.
example: Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31,
Matthew 22: 37 – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
John 14: 15 If you love me, keep my commands.
Psalm 119: 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
A Virtuous Woman will respect her spouse, her marriage and her Union.
She will care for her husband.
She will be trust worthy and helpful in their union.
example: Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28,
1 Peter 3, Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
Ephesians 5, Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Genesis2: 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
A Virtuous Woman nurtures and teaches her children.
a virtuous woman will teach all children, and love them, even if they are not her own.
She nurtures, with Christs love, wisdom, care and discipline.
she trains the children in the way.
example: Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26,
Proverbs 22: 6, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Deuteronomy 6:2,so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
Luke 18: 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
A Virtuous Woman will care for her health.
She will care for the health of her husband.
She will care for the health of her children and family.
she will provide meals to promote healthy living and nourishment.
example: Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17,
1 Corinthians 6:19, Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
Genesis 1: 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.
Daniel 1, – Daniel’s Training in Babylon
Leviticus 11 -Clean and Unclean Food
A Virtuous Woman serves.
She serves and loves her husband.
she serves and loves her family.
she serves and loves her community.
she serves with a warm loving spirit.
She has no problem doing charity work.
example: Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20,
1 Corinthians 13: 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
A Virtuous Woman knows how to budget herself and for the home ensuring the finances are in order.
She purchase the food, clothing for her family.
She makes sure bills are promptly paid.
example:Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18,
1 Timothy 6: 10, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Ephesians 5: 23, For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
Deuteronomy 14: 22, Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.
Numbers 18: 26 Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering
A Virtuous Woman is handy.
She works, can provide, can fix, repair.
She sings praises to God and does not complain.
example: Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31:31,
Philippians 2: 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker.
She creates love and warmth in her home for her family.
She brings peace and love when she hosts company, ministering to those with her
example: Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27,
Titus 2: 5, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to
be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of
1 Peter 4: 9, 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Hebrews 13: 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
A Virtuous Woman knows how to use her time wisely.
Works hard and diligently to complete daily tasks (whether as a working woman or as a stay at home wife/mom.
She does not spend time doing things and sulking on those things that do not please the Lord.
Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27,
Ecclesiastes 3, A Time for Everything
Proverbs 16: 9, A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
A Virtuous Woman is beautiful (not speaking of the carnal term).
She has beauty that comes from Christ, her inner beauty outshines the natural.
She is creative and uses this beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones.
example: Proverbs 31: 10 Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25,
Isaiah 61: 10, I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
1 Timothy 2: 9, I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety,
adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or
1 Peter 3: 1 – 6 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your
beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate
hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
We do not have to meet every single description, but we can see where we can apply some of her characteristic in to our own lives.
We can be that Proverbial Woman.
We do not have to fear the perfection which she is described as.
We do not have to fully aspire to be her, nor aspire not to be her.
We can learn from her, and apply whatever attribute one see’s fit for ones life.
Father God I thank you today for my loving family. For helping me manage my responsibilities as a wife and mother as well as daughter. Father I know I am not perfect, my imperfections are evident. I once detested to be compared to this Proverbial woman, I never wanted to submit to any man. What I failed to realize is how strong and Independent she really was. Despite my own imperfections, despite my own modern beliefs, I see some of her in me. I ask you lord to help me be my own virtuous woman as you deem fit. May all that I do be for your Glory. May all that I do for my family, be for your glory. May all that I do for my community be all for your Glory. I will submit myself to you and my roles as wife, to become my families own Proverbial Virtuous woman in your Glory.
Prestigious yet no prestige
I work for a prestigious organization which shall remain nameless. This organization is well known. This organization has great aspects to it. This organization I always aspired to some day join. There were expectations as an organization that have yet to be fulfilled. When I got hired there …. at first it was everything I had ever imagined it to be then….
The grass is not always greener on the other side.
Lies… lies…reneged promises. They dangle that carrot then they yank it away….. such a tease.
This organizations leadership needs guidance. They need prayers, they need education and understanding. Quick to find someone to blame in situations, quick not to investigate and research, quick to cross that ethical line of need be.
As an establishment I like the place. As an employee I’m starting to feel it’s time to go. My conscience, my moral beliefs and ethics are always on the line. My family are always up for discussion. I should not have to choose from being a good employee and being a good mom.
My right to privacy should be respected. Confidentiality had been breeched more than once. Loyalty is a myth. Bosses who defend their staff is a legend of days pasts.
I’ve been reflecting on whether to move on for quiet some time. To get back to my grassroots initiatives despite the drop in pay. To do something more meaningful to me. What I do at my “prestigious” organization is meaningful to the lives affected, the lives I help. However, I need something more rooted with a cause that aligns my heart where I can feel pure joy, despite the stress in what I do.
I once loved my job, I currently just tolerate it, passing time, waiting for when God says now is the time to go.
We as people buy into the hype of the name thinking due to its reputation it has to be worthwhile. Turns out it’s a big disappointment. My colleagues have similar feelings.
Why don’t you just leave?
In this economy that we are living in?
A single income household cannot suffice with the demands of time for a family of 4.
Benefits, healthcare is what one needs to think about when you have children. Protect ones family and have their best interest.
Finding employment when the competition pool just keeps increasing. It’s hard finding work. You can apply, apply, apply and apply but that doesn’t guarantee a call from a prospective employee. This modern world is so digitized.
We have to teach our children the importance of networking so that they can increase their prospects of future employment. We have to teach our kids to do their best to ensure their resume and cover letters are superb, so that they can increase their chances of a call back, to be knowledgeable, personable and straight to the point during interviews so the interviewee can remember them among the candidate pool. We have to talk about our experiences so they can learn from them.
Oh this prestigious organization. Look where you left me.
Left me hopeless in ever believing that you were better.
Left me anxious to leave, no jet at the end of my shift.
This is like a pending bad break up from a relationship you had hoped and aspirations.
I once loved you.
Now I long to be free from your bondage.
Your name is prestigious, but there’s no prestige in working for you.
I no longer want to be in a relationship with you, counting on the days to be free from your oppression.
Ever felt like you were trapped in a cell like Paul an Silas?Locked, trapped, shackled, surrounded by four walls?
We’ve all experienced moments where we felt at a loss. Trapped. Suffocated. Isolated.
We all face trials and tribulations, some are bigger than others, some can even leave you in a situation of imprisonment. (Please for your own sake don’t let it get to that point).
So how do we get out of it?
How do we face our trials? Our moments of isolation and imprisonment?
Do exactly what Paul and Silas did.
Have you not heard what happened?
While imprisoned they started praying and praising.
What good did that do you ask?
They were freed.
The earth shook, the doors opened, the walls crumbled and they were freed. The romans weren’t too pleased but that was the least of their concern.
During their imprisonment do you know what Paul and Silas did?
They prayed, they praised, they prayed, they praised and then they did it all again.
Then they were taken out of prison.
God got them out…. broke them free…. a biblical Prison Break.
The full story of the events mentioned can be found in Acts 16:16-40; verses 16-24 discuss the events that unfolded that got Paul and Silas in Jail.
Verse 25-About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Prayers and praising God during the good and the bad God can release the shackles that bound you, he can break those chains. In the case of Paul and Silas it was literal, he literally broke the chains and shackled and freed them from their bondage.
This shows that their is power in calling on the name of Jesus. There is power in praising God. There is power in keeping faith even when the odds are against you. There is power in the grand I am.
Father today I ask you to free me from this bondage. To break away the shackles and chains. God I ask you to shake the earth so your presence is felt. I am grateful for you dear lord. Grateful for the air I breathe, the life you’ve given me, the people in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for all the life lessons you’ve taught me along the way. Even when the odds it seemed were stacked against me, you showed me that no matter what I am here, with you, and you will surpass this. I Pray for you reading this. That God provides you with what you need to break the chains, break those shackles and free you from your bondage. Amen.
Sometimes I start rambling, writing, reflecting and then I forget about them.
Here is something I wrote a few months back.
A four letter word used without meaning.
A four letter word that encompasses so many feelings.
Where did it go?
Is it under my toes?
So quick to say but is it even real?
Is that really how you feel?
How did it fade away?
Was it ever here to stay?
How can you love and not love?
It was sent from high above
We are meant to love each other
Not let it drift away.
But here we are
Come back…. you’ve drifted too far.
Sacrificial LoveJohn 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Define friends? Someone you love and care for, have things in common with, enjoy company.
Would you lay your life for your friend?
3/15/15 was a very sad day for our family. My husband lost his best friend. His best friend died saving the life of Mans best friend, his dog.
“A Brooklyn man lost his life fighting to save his best friend.”
Several news outlets featured articles / segments with this caption and story.
Our lives were crushed.
Our hearts were crushed.
Our God son lost a Father.
Our children lost their God Father.
My sister lost her husband.
My husband and their friends lost their brother.
His mom and dad lost their son.
Despite our grief, despite our hearts Ruben as we celebrate his two year death anniversary, I know his act, his sacrificial act of love, will lead him to paradise with God.
My compai was always selfless.
He wore his heart in his sleeve.
He loved wholeheartedly.
He loved his family.
Loved his pets.
Loved his close friends.
Loved his son.
Loved his God children.
Loved his aunts and uncles.
Loved his cousins.
Loved his parents.
Loved to live life.
He loved above all.
Two years later it’s so hard.
It’s hard knowing your not seeing your son grow up.
It’s hard knowing that my husbands brother is no longer with us.
Sometimes I get mad, mad that your not here, mad at the choice you made, mad at the fact that you were just starting to settle down and truly live your life as a new parent, mad that the four of us were supposed to grow old together while our kids grow up as siblings.
As quickly as I get mad I know God had his reasoning.
God knew what he was doing.
Who am I to be mad.
You saved a life.
Many thought your foolish because the life you saved was a dogs.
Many considered you a hero because the life of a dog is just as valuable as yours.
Your dog Rudy, whom you saved lives.
Rudy and Hailey live.
Both your dogs are doing well.
Both are filled with love.
Both are living life, happy, just as you would’ve wanted.
Your death was not in vain.
You are missed.
You are loved.
You proved that your love is greater than anyone has ever anticipated.
Your death was not in vain.
GAB, 6/12/80-3/15/15 sleep in peace.
‘Til the day we meet again.
Psalms 46:10 NIV – He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.”
When you let God in everything falls into place.
When you let God take control, everything falls into place.
When you let God take the wheel, you end up at the destination you were meant and called to be.
When you let God take control over your thoughts, heart and word, everything you say will be worth a blessing unto and even someone else.
When you let God take over your pen and fingers (if typing), god takes control of your words.
Where am I going with this?
What am I talking about?
When something bothers you…
When something offends you…
When things are not going as intended for you….
When you feel like your drowning….
Stop and praise him.
Give him all the control.
Give him all the glory.
Take a step back and let him take over.
Let him take over your thoughts, words, actions, soul and mind.
Submit yourself to him.
He will get you through it, no matter how big or small the issue.
He will get you through.
He will even provide the appropriate scriptures for what you need.
There’s been times I get upset and want to lash out.
I open up a notepad and I start writing.
In my writing God reveals to me scenarios, actions and reactions, in my writing he reveals consequences.
In my writing I reflect and seek his word.
In my writing I go back edit my venting and next thing you know I have something that inspires me.
So I share it here and who knows, maybe it can help and inspire others.
As I write God refers me to the Bible.
Remember we are to praise both in good times and in bad.
We can’t leave the prayers, praise and worship only when times are bad.
We must look to him, seek him, submit to him, open your heart to him, when you do he will take control and bless you.
1 Peter 2:1-5 NIV “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[D] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”
Father God I want to be filled with your presence. I want to walk my walk filled with you. I want to talk my talk glorifying you. I want to sing my songs and lamentations in honor of you. I want my words, my thoughts and actions to be filled with you. I want to open my heart so that you can inhabit it. I want to be fully dependent on you the way a newborn child depends on his mother for milk. I need your spiritual milk, your daily bread, drink from living water and hunger no more. I put my faith and trust in you and only you. Amen.
1 John 1:5-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
What is guilt?
Guilt is the stain of sins on your conscience.
Do you have guilt?
Are you living off of a fear of past mistakes?
Trust in the lord and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can not only tell us when we did a wrong, but can guide us to a path towards redemption and a better walk.
Confess your sins to God, for he has forgiven you.
Psalm 32:5New American Standard Bible (NASB)
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Our biggest problem is that we are our own critics. We critique everything we do. We know we are flawed and look into each flaw. Profess you sins to God, he has forgiven you. He is the judges of all judges.
If your guilt is for a wrong doing, ask for forgiveness and forgive oneself. Forgive the offended, ask them for forgiveness. Ask God for forgiveness though he has already granted you forgiveness. Do not let guilt weigh you down and steal your blessing.
Father God, I pray for anyone reading this. Father God I know we are flawed, we are imperfect and impure. We are sinners. I ask for forgiveness for any wrong doings I may have committed. Release me from any guilt. Release anyone reading this from any guilt that is blocking your blessings to manifests in our lives. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for sacrifice. Thank you for liberating us. Amen.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (NLT) ( Luke 6:46 )
Do you know many of us have selective hearing.
Many among us are unable to determine when God is speaking.
Many among us are confused.
Many among us listen, yet are selective.
Many among us call upon the Lord in times of need, but not in the good times.
Many call upon the Lord, but does not follow through with his directions.
Yet call upon him for help, expecting him to always answer, always find a solution without us ever doing our part.
Yer when prayers are not answered you question why? Why aren’t you helping me? Why me? Well answer his question, ‘Why are you calling me….when you don’t do what I say…’
Ever had moments when you feel God is asking you to do something?
That is called conviction.
There are times he is picking up the phone, sending you a text, shooting you an email or knocking on that door so that you can do something that will not only glorify him, but help you in your situation, to give you a blessing, or for you to be a blessing on someone else.
Instead what do we do when he calls?
Miss that call.
Not open that door.
We run away.
What does running away do for you?
You probably just compromised yourself in that situation your trying to get out.
That help you needed is now gone.
That blessing you were going to receive gone.
That blessing you could’ve been for someone else….. also gone.
We want the benefits of having a relationship with God, yet not obey when he extends a hand or calls. We want to have our cake and eat it too.
There are many whom want the storms to pass, without doing our share.
We have to do some work. His works.
We have to pray.
We have to listen.
We have to do.
We can not conform to the times and be selective listeners when God calls.
When he reaches out, answer his call.
Answer his text.
Open that email.
Open that door.
Let him in.
Get to work.
It will all be worthwhile once you see the fruits of labor come to pass.
We need to maintain and build a relationship with God just like any other relationship in your life.
It’s not a give and take relationship it’s a give, help, listen, pray, do, praise, listen, glorify, pray, give, take, help, pray, read, listen, praise, do, glorify, do, act, listen, kneel, follow, lead, bless and be blessed kind of relationship. (I know I was repetitive in my word) my point is, sometimes you got start from the beginning, continue, repeat some things before you get what the Lord deems you need to get out of a situation.
Father God I thank you for always being there, you are my Emanuel for you are always with me. I ask you dear Lord to help me continue to keep the channels of communication open with you, so that I may always answer your call and do your will. I ask for guidance to always be able to know when it is you calling me. I ask for the ability to have the knowledge and understanding for any task you present before me so your will can be done. I pray that I can do my part, to maintain this relationship with you. To be close with you. To do your will. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We tend to post pictures of our loved ones and besties.
#bff #MyBestFriendIsBetterThanYours #MyBestie
Spaces between words no longer exists with the hastag movement.
What I often see a lot is the #BFF #BestFriends.
Now I don’t find that offensive in any way. I too have best friends, friends I love dearly, and occasionally when I post a picture on social media i also #bff to these pictures. (such a millennial lol – oh there I go LoL vs Laughing Out Loud).
I married a wonderful man, whom I consider my best friend. He is just truly amazing. Amazing Individual, Amazing Father, Amazing Husband, Amazing Son, Amazing son in law, Amazing member of our Church, Amazing brother in Christ and an Amazing Best Friend.
I also have my best friends whom I have had since child hood, best friends that no matter how many days go without us speaking, no matter how long we go without seeing each other, no matter where in the country they live (none of my best friends live near me…They have all continued their lives in other states, that is ok, because distance does not kill friendships, they are my besties despite distance). Yet I feel we are just close as we were when we lived near each other. Love friendships like this that can last the tests of times and distances.
My siblings are my best friends…we fight, we bicker, we get along…just like your average siblings. I love them and I consider them my best friends.
However my #BestFriendForever has been by my side from conception.
God the father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. The Divine Trinity has been by my side since day one, while undergoing mitosis and meiosis in the womb, when I was just a single cell, before becoming a full fetus/embryo.
The Holy Spirit has been with us from day one. The Holy Spirit is your true best friend forever. The trinity has been with us from the very beginning, while are cells are developing into bodies, God was apart of that process, ensuring that every aspect of you and I came to be as it is today. What kind of best friend would be with your during these early developments? A divine one. #HolySpiritBFF!!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies
From day one. the Holy Spirit is within us, the Holy Spirit, who is God, is within us, guiding us. Divine, holy, eternal, true, omnipresent, omnipotent, always and forever with us. #HolySpiritIsMyBFFemphasisOnForever.
John 14: 6 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit guides and Helps us. The Holy Spirit teaches us. Our worldly best friends can help us, but none in the way God can. #HolySpiritIsMyBFF
Romans 5:5 “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When we are Weak, the Holy spirit lifts us, guides us, intercedes for us, searches our hearts, knows our thoughts, encourages us, for God’s will. The Holy Spirit has done for you and I more than any one of our Best friends in the flesh has.
#MyBestFriendTheHolySpiritIsBetterThanYours. (ok, maybe that was a bit much…we do not want to gloat…father forgive me, but you get the idea.)
Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
The Spirit counsels us with Wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Currently at my church we are in the midst of studying the Trinity, but particularly the role of the Holy Spirit. These classes of the Holy Spirit has inspired this post. If you didn’t know you will now know that the Holy Spirit is God. He is apart of the trinity. We do not have Gods, but a God.
The Holy Spirit is a divine aspect where you can feel God. A mediator. The trinity Is God our father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. One God, three variations of God, yet the same one true God.
In these lessons, from where we have gotten to thus far we learned the personality of the Holy Spirit, we’ve learned the various names the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit (OT & NT). We learned the role the Holy Spirit places in our lives.
The main emphasis given throughout the lesson is building a relationship with God using the Holy Spirit. Just like in your friendships and relationships here, you have to build a relationship. You need to be open, honest, show love and affection, be close with the Holy Spirit. Treat God as your best friend… share with him. Have God be your #bff. That is possible. The Holy Spirit makes it possible.
Remember as mentioned before the Holy Spirit was there with you from day one. Don’t hold out, God knows you better than you do, but still maintain a relationship. The same way your closest friend knows with just one glance what you are thinking…. you still tell your friend everything.
God I thank you, I thank you for sending a piece of you to me. I thank the Holy Spirit for being that direct connection to you. For being my best friend from day one. For guiding me, enlightening me, pushing me, embracing me, toughening me, teaching me and loving me. Thank you for the outpouring love, for the miracles you have given in my life, and the miracles that have yet to come. I trust in you my lord, my true Best Friend forever. Amen.
Sometimes in life we reach a crossroad. We have to decide whether or not to go left, go right, go straight or go back and find another way. Personally I don’t like to go back. Regardless of what is going on, we should always move ahead. Move forward. Never backward. We want to progress not regress.
There are times where we come to a crossroads with relationships (friendships and romantic respectively). There are times where we come to a crossroads professionally, personally and even spiritually.
When you get to the crossroads, do you travel the road less traveled? Do you go on that freeway?
Just make sure that it is God centered.
Don’t make a rash decision.
Right now on how far you have come.
Reflect on where you want to go.
Let that sink in.
Open your heart.
Take a deep breath.
Open your ears.
Open your eyes.
Open wide to be able to see.
Wait for his signal.
Watch for it.
If your not paying attention you are surely going to miss it.
Now your not going to get an answer right away. (Well who knows maybe you are… that’s all on God’s call).
While your waiting reflect.
Reflect on his word.
Reflect on his sustenance.
Reflect on how he is guiding you.
Pay close attention.
Before you know it your going to have to take a step towards the direction he wants you to take.
Don’t be mislead.
Don’t be dismayed.
Don’t get frustrated.
Patience is a virtue.
Own that virtue.
One wrong move and that road your going to traverse is the wrong one.
We don’t want that.
You don’t want that.
He doesn’t want that.
In order to either take this path you need to be ready.
Sometimes this path you have to wait for someone to arrive and take this step together.
Whether accompanied or not, you need to make sure he gave you the signs to move onward.
We need to take ownership of our actions and confess to God.
Sometimes we need to forgive offenses done to u , sometimes you need to ask for forgiveness.
Sometimes we just have to wait.
Always choose God, first.
Then decide where you will go (whether or not it’s together) and take that path.
Sometimes when your on your journey you may cross paths you’ve crossed before, you may even encounter people walking along their paths, and it merges to the same path your on, sometimes it’s for a short period sometimes it’s longer.
Sometimes you or that other person need each other to get through to the next crossroad.
In waiting your answer arrives.
In waiting the support you needed arrives.
Patience is a virtue.
God I thank you. I thank you for the paths I have taken to get to where I am today. The path was not the plateau I envisioned in following you. There were valleys I needed to walk, deserts I need to cross, mountains I needed to climb, there were times I fell, times I fell in a mudslide, felt that the earth shook from under my feet, yet listening to you via the Holy Spirit, we kept on walking. You showed me the way, you guided me to this point. There were times I needed an extra push, times I needed a hand to hold, times I needed a shepherd to lead the way, there were times you carried me. You carried me, and shower me I needed to walk that path. Thank you for guiding me as sojourned and approached my crossroads….spiritual cross roads…..I pray for your continued strength, I pray for your continued guidance, I pray for ears to open so that we can hear you, I pray for eyes to be able to see. To see the signs you put forth before me as I embark on this path towards the next crosswords. I pray for whoever is reading this, who is wondering about their journey, who is seeking guidance, who is at their crossroads waiting for you to direct them. I pray that the Holy Spirit manifests upon the reader so that they can stand up and take that next step towards the destination you have set forth. Lord I know for every decision we make there is a consequence, same as for every path we walk there are unknown variables to is mere mortals. Yet you oh lord, knows what to come and I pray that we trust in you, to prepare us for that next journey, regardless of the fact if we are just beginning our spiritual walk, or if we have travelled so long, that the path behind us now looks like a maze. In Jesus name, Amen.
I was thinking about how the times are now and how much things have changed. Then I happened to see this image floating around social media.
Here is a modern day depiction of Jesus feeding the 5000 in 2017.
When Jesus fed the 5000, there were only two baskets with bread and fish. Two baskets to feed 5000 whom followed Jesus. Jesus prayed, he blessed the baskets and suddenly there was enough to feed 5000. Everyone at the time was beyond grateful. They were fed, were happy for this miracle for all were fed.
In the 2000+ years since this miracle you can see in this cartoon how much distrust we have in humanity, in one another, and even in ones faith.
How the enemy has infiltrated many of our thoughts. How we nitpick at everything.
Read the captions in the image and you see the following:
“I can’t eat that I’m vegan.”
“Has that fish been tested for mercury?”
“Is that bread gluten-free?”
This caption shows that in the midst of our struggles, while pleading for a miracle, we are being selective to the blessing we are to receive. It’s our way or the high way? Eat the fish or starve? Was there an expectation for a specific miracle?
Yes! That’s it! There’s usually an expectation.
Many of us accepts the miracles and answers we get from God when we are facing obstacles, struggles, trials and tribulations. Many of us see the struggle we are in and ask for a specific form of “miracle” or reprieve from the obstacle we are in. In doing so what we fail to realize is that, sometimes the answer we are looking for is not always the answer we want.
Sometimes to get through that obstacle we have to hear or do something we didn’t think or want to do.
If God were to be selective of our salvation the way we are selective in how we receive his blessings and answers, many of us wouldn’t be saved.
Picture God throwing tantrums like we do and saying:
“You didn’t kneel to pray, there goes your salvation”
“You didn’t pray enough, there goes your salvation”
“You didn’t fast enough, there goes your salvation”
God isn’t doing that.
Yes he wants us to pray.
Yes he wants us to kneel before his presence.
Yes he wants us to fast and make sacrifices for him.
He wants us to praise him
He wants us to Love him
Abide by his laws
Be kind to one another
Love one another
Help one another
But all in his glory.
Second guessing a miracle or a good act in faith, second guessing or being specific with an answer to help you face an obstacle is a problem.
How do we fix this problem?
We have to kneel down and pray. We need to realize that your way is not his way, and you need to accept that.
He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the creator of all things, the king of kings, one divine true Living God.
He knows your future.
He knows when your time on earth ends.
He had counted every hair on your body.
He is the answer to your obstacle.
He can give you the answer, take you out of that situation.
You need to trust in him.
Abide in him.
We are living scary times.
Times of xenophobia.
Times of homophobia.
Times of racism.
Times of discrimination.
Times of hatred.
Times of fear.
Times where to proclaim god is perceived as sin.
These times we are in can affect how we deal with our trials and tribulations. In order to overcome these trials in the midsts of the times we have things we need to do.
We need to listen to God.
We need to obey.
We need to hear.
We need to pray.
We need to fast.
We need to praise.
We need to trust.
We need to have faith.
In the midst of our struggles, obstacles, trials and tribulations we need to sometimes cross the valley of death, we need to face those challenges we do not want to face.
The ultimate reward will be worthwhile when we follow what God wants us to do and heed his advice vs being specific on how we want things. We can’t ask for a miracle and then want to omit certain aspects of the miracles.
Father I thank you. I thank you for allowing the obstacles, the trials and tribulations. Father these paths which include these hurdles I know are meant to teach me, to have my faith grow, to bring me closer to you. Father help me to listen more to you, so when you provide an answer, or when you bring forth a miracle that I accept all that you allow to answer the petition, to solve that obstacle. I ask for guidance during my tribulations my lord, for you to allow the Holy Spirit to manifest and guide me when I travel down roads not traveled, while I face challenges I do not want to face, while I have to do things I may not want to do. I know it takes work. I know I have to do my part. I do not want to nitpick my way to salvation dear Lord, nor do I want the easy way out. I do not want to be selective of my blessings. I want to learn, I want to grow and I want to be able to accept all that you provide me.
Do something wrong, and we are taught to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Then we are taught to forgive and move on.
“Turn the other cheek” (Luke 6:29) sort of speak.
I find myself teaching my kids the same concept. Child 1 hits child 2, mommy intervenes. Go apologize to your sibling.
Child 1 goes apologizes, hugs then kisses child 2.
Child 2 usually says, it’s ok, I forgive you.
Then they continue on playing as if absolutely nothing ever happened.
As a parent it’s kind of a double edge sword like… phew you kissed, made up and went about your business but then at the same token dude, that’s it? (Yet grateful that, that’s it).
Why can’t we be as forgiving as children.
Why can’t we be as forgetful to the issues and carry on.
We have all been in predicaments where someone offends someone, or offends you, and person 1 apologizes, person 2 accepts the apology but someone doesn’t let go…. someone doesn’t move on.
How can one accept an apology, and let go the way kids do. Move on, continue life.
Why still be bitter?
Many times, people take things way too personal.
People can be way too toxic. People do not admit their wrong doings nor apologizes for them. Everything is so one sided. Everything is so “OmG when you did this and remember the time for that, ugh I was there for you, where you there for me?”
We all have that one friend that conveniently forgets how many times you’ve been there for them and not one time threw it back.
They conveniently forget the offenses they did to you, how they spoke to you, how you were disrespected as well, and only remember that one time you didn’t call.
I’m not all about dishing exactly what happened, Who it happened with, nor who did what for whom, I am not crossing that line, because then I would not have truly forgiven. This though is about forgiveness- knowing how to forgive.
I write this for two reasons.
I know someone who God had recently blessed. The nature of the blessing is not up for discussion since I’m just using this as an example. I congratulated that person, despite us not speaking for a while over a disagreement. I apologized for any transgressions i may have attributed and I have also forgiven. Whether or not the person forgave me, I have no idea, did the person feel the need to distance themselves, maybe. I hope I was forgiven. I forgave that person too.
Nonetheless, this person received an amazing blessing. Instead of being gracious about it the person simply ignores the fact I congratulated them, ignored the fact I spoke to them. [insert Jim Carey voice now] All-righty then.
I will not succumb to that. I will forgive, be proud of you and keep it going.
I am not going to be bitter and say oh I retract my statement, that’s very, eh not me. I want you to be blessed, and abundantly at that.
We haven’t spoken in weeks, well that’s a two way street, I reached out, the individual never reached back, so I’ll give that person space.
Sometimes we need space as part of the forgiveness process. Friend I forgive you. I will my keep distance, I don’t need toxicity in my life, the toxicity is not the friendship but the negative thoughts. I will not open those gates as I don’t want you to have toxicity in your life. Sometimes as part of forgiveness we need to accept that sometimes we are toxic to others even if we may or may not see it.
Some people are meant to be in our lives, some people are meant to be a lesson, some people are meant to take you to the next level, some are not meant to be in your life. I am not saying that is the case with said example. I am only saying it is OK to let go. It’s OK if certain individuals are just chapters in ones life.
I pray for this person daily, I get happy when social media reveals progress and success, I’m not going to be bitter, the success is much deserved. I am just wondering where the concept of forgiveness truly lies. Not just for myself, in general. Can we really truly forgive like Christ?
I am surely trying. Not just with this example but every aspect of my life. [work, family, friends, relationship]
Jesus forgave everyone involved in his crucifixion, he forgave those who made fun of him, he forgave those whom hurt him, he gave them all salvation. He loves them all, even if they don’t love him. Luke 23:34
There’s a song in Spanish that states: (to translate /para phrase):
“My mind doesn’t understand, I don’t think anyone understands how you were able to forgive those who killed you on the cross, they humiliated you, they made fun of you, yet you still told your father to forgive them, you died and resurrected showing me that with you death doesn’t exist only life. You showed me the secret of forgiveness so that today we can see the light , well today we forgive one another so that we can one day rise with you”
The title of the song translates knowing how to forgive (saber perdonar). This is only the chorus, it just hits me like wow. It’s true, many of us forgive and don’t let go, forgive and don’t love, forgive and don’t move on (together), forgive and still be bitter. Why can’t we forgive like Jesus, why can’t we forgive like a kid?
I only wrote this not to discredit anyone or friendship, not to vent about being ignored, but to think about forgiveness and how we sometimes don’t truly act upon it wholeheartedly.
I wrote this more of a self reflection of how I want to forgive, the way he forgave. Wholeheartedly, without looking back, without taking it back, without holding back, without any negativity despite the obstacles, hurdles and temptations.
How children can forgive in the same manner that Jesus has forgiven yet even believers have a hard time forgiving.
Father God I ask you to forgive me if I have offended you. I forgive those whom have offended me. I am more than willing to move on, with them if they allow, or without them if they don’t allow it. I ask for forgiveness in return for anyone whom I may have offended. Sometimes we offend and do not even realize that we have offended. God I ask to have faith like children, to trust in you wholeheartedly to forgive and move on as if nothing ever happened. To love unconditionally like Jesus has loved. I pray for my friend, you know who that person is. May this friend have an abundance of blessings bestowed their way. May that person prosper, soar, succeed, may they continue to seek you to receive your blessings. May we someday speak again, Without bringing up the past. I forgive you dear friend for offending me. I hope you can also forgive me as well. May we all forgive one another, may we all be given the guidance by the Holy Spirit to show us how to forgive. Amen.
All I could do is cry yesterday and give thanks to God.
My son has a story of his journey.
A story where God shows love and mercy.
A story where faith is tested.
A story where God says I Am Emanuel (here with you).
A story that in today’s chapter God says, I love you. Now relax my children, your worries are GONE!
God is great, merciful, kind, loving, a healer, and with us.
From day one he has shown he is with us. I named my son Emanuel because of Gods faithfulness to us despite our sins, despite our behavior.
My son is strong and loving, though we have had complications, scares, worries, stress, concern for his well being. God told us, hey I told you I got you, keep faith.
Faith we do have.
Faith is all I need.
Love for our father is all I have to give back to him.
Thankful for God, thankful even for the trials and tribulations. Thankful for the tears shed, every headache and worry, for they made me stronger and got me closer to God.
Today I rejoice.
Today I exalt his name.
Today we proclaim victory.
I am thankful for our support at our church. My church family and leadership are some amazing prayer warriors, I am not sure what I would have done without their support, prayers and words of encouragement.
God I thank you for this journey. This journey has taught me many lessons, this journey has tested my faith. This journey has recentered you as the primary focus of our lives. Thank you dear lord, for not giving up. Thank you for this lesson. Thank you father for our church. May you continue to bless our leadership and our church family. Thank you lord for an amazing team. We are a team at IPJ. Amen
I made some custom Ts.
More like custom onesies.
I’m currently making something special for our pastors for Pastors day.
Those will be posted after Pastors day.
In the mean time this is what I made for my niece and the little prince whom was also born 4hours later.
I don’t know about you, but every time my child’s school calls me, My heart sinks, I start to shake, my heart begins to palpitate. I dread that number when it pops up on the caller ID.
No my child is not a problem child.
I am very active in the school, despite being a working mom.
I always react the same way.
It was only once they legitimately called me because he was not feeling well and needed to be picked up early.
Aside from that all the calls have been school related for a prosperous event at the school.
I don’t know about you but i always get relieved when the caller states; My name and then after, your son is alright…..
I quickly calm down and become the bubbly self i usually am and continue my day.
I thank God everyday that he has covered my son with his blood and protection. I thank God and pray for him daily for my children’s well being, and all the children. My children aren’t inclusive only in that prayer. We have to pray for all of our children in this day an age.
We are living during times where Schools, which once were known as being safe havens for children, are now possible dangerous territory. Kids bringing in weapons to school, kids harming others. People looking to seek vengeance over a love triangle, or whatever vendetta that has stirred up so much hate in their hearts.
We do need to bring the message of love, prosperity and God back to schools. I know the subject is touchy with vast religions out there, but at least the essential message of love, respect, prosperity, peace, helping one another should be taught again.
Today I ask dear Lord that you continue to bless and protect my children academically, physically, mentally, socially and overall. May you continue to provide comfort, love, shelter and a safe haven every place they step foot in. May these desires I ask of for my children be extended to all children, across the globe. May we as parents trust in you to continue to protect our children. Amen
As a native New Yorker, today is always a hard day for me. As someone who lost friends this day….. today is always a hard one for me.
As a native New Yorker, I actually visited the towers often, prior to 9-11-01.
I would go straight to the observation deck.
The views were beyond amazing. The company with me were very special indeed. On the evening of 9/11 I cried oh so hard. We were going to go that morning to the observation deck, before classes were to begin and take in the amazing views during the day vs the night which we often did. My friend decided this as we were on the observation deck on the evening Sunday 9/9/01. He said let’s come back Tuesday. Early. That way we have enough time to head out to our classes in the afternoon.
It was Election Day that Tuesday. Primaries in New York. My first time voting as I had just turned 18. I got up early, went to vote. Excited to partake in my civil duties. Came back home, took a nap, while my siblings got ready for their school days. Knowing in a few hours, I will pack my school bag for college classes, meet up with my dear friend, continue celebrating his birthday with this special request, then head across on the ferry to go to St Johns so I can take my afternoon classes. It was going to be a perfect day.
Instead I was awoken by the news of this catastrophe. My siblings were already in school. I ran to the roof of the house and was freaking out. I saw the second plane crash. I ran down from the roof. Saw one of my neighbors, he drove me to pick up my brothers. My mom was on her way to a meeting with my sisters school that day in manhattan. I knew my sister and mom were together. My brothers though…. they needed me.
I knew many whom worked there.
None made it out.
The weeks afterwards were horrific to say the least as it was confirmed of the passing of several friends and family of friends:
16 years later.
My heart still palpitate with that pain I had.
I still cry.
I have yet go to the new freedom tower.
I have yet gone to see the new museum .
I have yet been able to pick up the courage.
One day I’ll go.
To those lost this day. May you Rest In Peace.
WTC you were a staple and icon to the NY skyline, always missed.
How we can Help Texas.
Look our fellow Americans need our help.
There are many ways we can help.
If you reading this know of any way to help not mentioned below please share.
I want to help Texas anyway I can. If you are like me and yearn to do more than just give a few dollars then continue to read.
If you know anyone who may find this information useful SHARE.
If you are an individual, an organization, religious church or organization whom have additional information on where and how to help LOCALLY in NYC for Texas, please let me know so i can update this listing.
Financial Aid: monetary donations can help organizations purchase resources needed like food/ water/ medicine / pampers etc.
Here are places and links affiliated:
American Red Cross. Red Cross.org. Or call 855-999-GIVE; text the word HARVEY to 90999 for a $10 donation
Global Giving https://www.globalgiving.org/…/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/
Operation USA. http://www.opusa.org
Save The Children https://secure.savethechildren.org/…/…/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp…
Health: Emergency medical and supplies:
AMERICARES – https://www.americares.org/
DIRECT RELIEF https://www.directrelief.org/…
MAP INTERNATIONAL (ALSO FAITH BASED) https://www.map.org/
HOUSTON FOOD BANK – http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/
FOOD BANK NYC http://www.foodbanknyc.org/…
cws global – https://cwsglobal.org/
FOOD BANK CC http://www.foodbankcc.com/
FEEDING TEXAS https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas
HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY – http://www.houstonhumane.org/
Humane Society of the United States https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2…
church World Wild
Islamic Relief Usa http://irusa.org/…
Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
United Methodist Committee on Relief http://www.umcor.org/…/2017/august/0825umcorrespondstoharvey
United way of Greater Houston – https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood…
CATHOLIC CHARITIES https://catholiccharities.org/donate-now-and-help-our-neig…/
MATTHEW 23 MINISTRIES – http://m25m.org/disaster/harvey17/
SAMARITANS PURSE – https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/
NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD https://missionaries.namb.net/…/f…/hurricane-harvey-response
If you don’t have much cash but have some extra supplies on
hand, you may be able to help. The following places in New York City are
accepting donations of items like nonperishable food, water, flash
lights and toiletries.
Texas Diapers –http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/
Hamilton Beach Civic Association in Queens
Drop-off location: Labor Day Weekend Family Day Parade & BBQ at Hamilton Beach Park from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Drop-off location: Civic association meeting at the Howard
Beach Motorboat Club, located at 59 Russell St. in Howard Beach, at 7
p.m. on Sept. 7.
For more information and a list of items to donate, head to https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewHamiltonBeachCivic.
U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan’s office on Staten Island
Drop-off location: 265 New Dorp Ln., second floor, Staten Island
U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi’s office in Queens
Drop-off location: 250-02 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, Queens
Open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
For a list of suggested donations, head to https://www.facebook.com/RepTomSuozzi/.
Regardless of your money situation, there is one item that nearly all New Yorkers can give to help Harvey victims: Blood.
New York Blood Center – http://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blo…/donor-center-locations/
American Blood Centers: http://www.americasblood.org/donate-blood.aspx
SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD DONATION CENTERS https://southtexasblood.org/harvey
CARTER BLOOD CARE http://www.carterbloodcare.org/
DONATION DROP OFF SITES IN TEXAShttp://www.houstonemergency.org/donations-drop-off/
Armed Services Blood Program: www.militaryblood.dod.mil; +1.703.681.8024
This Past Sunday I had to sing for church.
This article I read a day after.
I must say the timing was perfect.
Though my voice isn’t the greatest, I do enjoy singing for the Lord.
The song I chose was a song which meant alot to me.
It was a spanish Song entitled Adonai.
In Hebrew Adonai means Lord.
the Song Roughly Translates,
Oh ADONAI, Oh ADONAI,
God of the Universe, Lord of allcreations.
The heavens, shout out the lords Glory, the people today shall adore you, for all the marvels that you have done in our lives, Oh Adonai
Its a short song, very powerful, meaningful and straight to the Point.
I know I have much to be grateful for the marvels God has done in my life, so why not sing a song that says just that. I wasn’t nervous like I usually am when I get to the pulpit. I knew god was in total control. I love my lord and savior and am eternally grateful beyond words or songs could ever describe.
The artilce i read is below: it discusses the authors joy in singing to the lord. It describes that bond and connection one gets when singing to the lord. The link is above incase you would like to go to their site, but this was a good read. Worth sharing.
August 21 2017
A BfA staff member shares his experience of singing to the Lord.
In my everyday Christian life I really enjoy praying to the Lord, calling
on His name, and speaking about Him to others. All these things give me a
way to contact the Lord Jesus throughout my day and enjoy His presence.
But one of my favorite ways to touch the Lord is by singing to Him with
my spirit. The apostle Paul wrote about singing in 1 Corinthians 14:15:
“I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing also with the mind.”
and the means for me to contact and worship Christ, exercising my
spirit to sing really brings me into the enjoyment of the Lord.
Singing in the morning
I particularly enjoy singing to the Lord in the morning. Sometimes as I’m
getting ready, a song pops into my head, and I start singing it to
touch the Lord as I go about my routine. Recently, I’ve sung one song in
particular quite often (hear the music at hymnal.net):
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water
Out of the wells of salvation.
And in that day shall ye say,
Praise the Lord.
Call upon His name,
Declare His doings among the people,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion
For great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
At first it seemed a little awkward to sing aloud like this, especially if
other people could possibly hear me. But I’ve found it’s such a great
way to contact the Lord that now I can’t stop!
Singing to the Lord in the morning is so enjoyable because it’s one of the six ways we can drink Christ as the living water
revealed in Isaiah 12. By singing to the Lord in the mornings I “draw
water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation” (v. 3)! And verse 5
“Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic!”
For me, the mornings are a critical time to draw water from the wells of
salvation. Whether I take a drink or not impacts how the rest of my day
goes. I rarely jump out of bed the minute I wake up, and I’m usually
groggy and spiritually dry first thing in the morning. Because I haven’t
called on the Lord or prayed all night long, I need to contact Him in the morning to be
spiritually revived for the day. The easiest way I’ve found to do this
when I’m still struggling with just being awake is to open my mouth to
sing to Him.
What Isaiah 12 talks about is really true. When I sing to the Lord at the
very beginning of my day, I draw from the wells of salvation and take a
good, refreshing drink of the living water. I’m revived and strengthened
to live in my spirit throughout the rest of the day.
Singing and psalming to the Lord anytime, anywhere
While I love to sing to the Lord in the mornings, I’m so glad I can turn my
heart to the Lord by singing to Him at any time. I’ve found that singing
to the Lord during the day helps me maintain the flow of the divine
life within. In various circumstances throughout the day, I might begin
to feel dry, down, or empty. When that happens, though, I often just
sing to the Lord to touch Him in a fresh way. I can testify that the
Lord has been so real to me at those times.
One particular place I like to sing is in my car. Sometimes instead of
turning on the radio, I take the time to sing some songs or hymns to the
Lord. These are such sweet, personal times with the Lord, and every
time I get refreshed and revived. Sometimes the Lord also leads me to
call on Him or to pray. I might end up praying for someone I know, or I
might confess something I sense the Lord is speaking to me about.
Instead of wasting the time in my car, I’m enlivened when I take
advantage of the privacy to turn my heart back to the Lord.
Try it and see
The psalmists knew firsthand how enjoyable it is to sing to the Lord, as we can see in Psalms 104:33:
“I will sing to Jehovah while I live; I will sing psalms to my God while I yet have being.”
If you haven’t experienced singing to the Lord this way, I hope you’ll
give it a try! While it’s wonderful to sing psalms and hymns in groups
with other believers, it’s also so personal, sweet, and refreshing to
sing to the Lord with your spirit at other times during your day. Once
you experience how sweet it is to touch the Lord by singing to Him,
you’ll find yourself doing it more and more. May we all sing to Jehovah
while we live, and sing psalms to Him while we still have breath!
For more on the benefits of singing to the Lord, you can read this post on 5 Marvelous Benefits of Singing to the Lord in Our Daily Life.
We’d love to hear about your experience of singing to the Lord. If this is
something you personally enjoy, please leave a comment to share your
experience and to encourage anyone who’s thinking about trying it for
God what a wonderful article you have sent for me to read.
Father God I thank you for your marvels. Shall we continue to praise you in song and worship, for you ar worthy. God I thank you for all that you do. I am not worthy of your kindness for I sin daily. I rebuke my sins and repent. I am grateful to sing your praises for all that you do for me.