Repent

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God is still speaking about repentance. He is still speaking about aligning ourselves in his path so we can gain our salvation.  He has been speaking to his people about aligning our lives.

We must separate ourselves from what causes us to sin and fall into temptation.

Knowing to set barriers in our life that will keep you from straying is personally essential to ensure we walk in the path we are destined to take.

 

Do not let any sorrows or regrets you may have deter you from your salvation.

Repent.

Forgive.

Seek forgiveness.

Work on writing your wrongs.

Work on overturning your regrets and making something purposeful out of them for God’s glory.

 

Father God thank you for your love and all you have done in my life;  I ask if i have offended anyone or you that you forgive me. I repent any sins I may have committed and as kt hat you help me to continue to be  a better person to serve you better. Amen.

Level up

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In second Peter chapter 3 Peter is speaking of the day of the Lord. We are each waiting for the return of the messiah. He starts off by saying:

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He is reminding the people to be wholesome in their walk, in their responsibilities, in their discipleship in their practice all while we await the return of the Messiah.

He gives instructions and reminders not to stray into temptations. He reminds us that people will judge, make fun and persecute us.

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The prophets have endured this since the beginning of time, people calling them out on their prophesies, people calling them out on their beliefs and Gods promises. Yet God to this point has fulfilled many of the prophesies and promised he has told us. He has also told us to be patient as we wait our promises or prophesies to be fulfilled. That our will and actions can determine if they will come sooner rather than later. That are faith can deliver us and redeem us. Our lack there of faith can deter our blessings and promises from being fulfilled.

God makes promises but we too have our share of work to do.

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When God gives us a promise we expect results within the next few days. For some it takes years…. some days …. in some cases decades. For our Peter reminds us that how we interpret and understand time is totally different that how God understands time.

One thousand years to us is a mere day for our Lord and Savior. So you may feel God is slacking on keeping his promises, but our timing is on two different spectrums. What May feel like an eternity to is, is micro seconds to God when he answers. To God he is responding instantly and in his case within the same day, for us because of how we understand time on our earthly realm it feels like an eternity. Yet even in our despair and anxiety to have our pleas and promises answered or come to light, God is offering us plenty of tome to repent. He is offering us plenty of time to fix ourselves, he is offering plenty of time to ready for when he comes. When he comes it will be like a theif in the night. Are you ready for that?

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:11-14‬ ‭NIV

This gets you thinking how we should model our behavior. This should get you thinking to what kind of Christian one ought to be. We need to walk the straight and narrow path. It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be filled with challenges and complications. We will face trials and tribulations while we await the coming of the Lord.

“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Peter compares the writing of Paul in the epistles how he writes of the Lords patience. His patience leads to our salvation. How is that? Think of how many times you have been disobedient when you have received a calling from God. How many times your heart raced and you know God is telling you to do something for his glory, and we don’t. We let it slide, we ignore it. Then you see someone else doing exactly what you were instructed to do. That person just leveled up spiritually while you stayed stuck. That person did what God called you to do….. he was patient…. yet you ignored him…. then he gives you another chance, and you listen and follow through, your receive your blessing….

How many times had Gods people been disobedient throughout history?

How many times have they turned their backs to the one who created them, blessed them, provided for them in their times of need, and yet still turned to idols or saints or sin of any for knowing full well that doesn’t please God. How many of us have done the same? I will publícalo raise my hand here even if I am the only one raising myself. Even if I am the only one bearing my cross right now, prosecuting myself for my own sins and disobedience.

The scripture forewarn us of many things.

For every action left in addressed there is a consequence.

What?

For every sin I commit, which I do not repent to, my consequence means it can tamper with my salvation. The rubric is here in the Bible. We have seen the rise and fall of empires because of greed, selfishness, idolatry and sins committed. We have also seen the rise of nations and people due to their faithfulness, love and fear for God. We have seen a many great people wiped out or punished. Yet we have seen a great many people blessed in Gods glory.

We have seen prophets level up throughout the Bible, while we’ve seen other figures stuck in a quick sand, for every action they took sinks them back in due to their own self destruction.

Look at yourselves and how you have grown throughout the years spiritually speaking. I have indeed felt that I have recently leveled up and completed a very hard level in my growth. I know more is to come. I want to be continued to be used by the Lord. Sunday I was told to prepare myself for God will use me more. That I will be in glory to glory in his name. Before that person told me that, I felt it. I felt myself transcend to another level. She confirmed what I felt.

It is time we look at the changes if the times. The warnings the prophets and the Bible as a whole has shown us are self Evident if we look at the world we are living in. Look at the local news. Look at the global news. It is screaming the times are near. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but it is near.

Remember our time and Gods time are different.

So my dear friend Grow in biblical knowledge. Grow in grace. Be the light and a pillar of hope. Be the example for our actions speak louder than our words so we can live in glory to glory in Jesus name.

Father God thank you for being merciful, thank you for loving me, thank your for your patience, thank your for allowing me to see and be used for your works. Lord God I praise you because you are worthy of all my praises. I ask you to help me grow in biblical knowledge. To help me grow in your grace. To help me grow in wisdom, to help me grow in my abilities with withstand temptations. Allow me to continue to level up to be of a blessing to others in your holy name. Open my spiritual eyes. Open my spiritual ears so I can see and hear what you want me to see and hear. In the name of the father, in the name of the son and the Holy Spirit. Amén.

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Chatter

The times we are living in are difficult to say the least.

Everyone is some how someway looking for acceptance.

We may not want to admit it, but we look for it in various forms.

We look for acceptance in schools, in friendships, in social circles.

Some seek acceptance within our families, some in our churches.

 

Yet one place we fail to seek the acceptance we already have is via God.

 

Below is a discussion I wrote for my younger students.  I have modified this a bit, because real names were mentioned, and in place of the real names I put general names like Jane, John, Sally.  There is some descriptive narrative as well because in a portion I had volunteers come up to enact a scene for me.

Let us open our Bible to: Matthew 11:1515 You people who hear me,

listen!

 

Today’s discussion was inspired by a number of things, a book and devotional I was reading, the youth and kids who are about to take on a new journey in their individual paths, a personal reminder that first one needs to preach to oneself before you can preach to others, another reminder that I too need to pick up my mantle and lead the Kids of Jericho by example and a sermon from my youth by our Senior Pastor under the theme If you have ears, listen!

 

Our Senior Pastor did a sermon on this subject.  “El Que tengan oídos Oigan”, “if you have ears, listen.”  Can I share something with you? All these years later, this sermon has impacted my life in so many ways. I constantly see how God has moved in my life time and time again, how God has spoken to me using different people, and it always brings me back to this. Me telling God I am listening.   We have ears and God has been talking to us, sending us messages, warning us of the changes of time, but are we listening?

 

When I began reading  the book Crashing the Chatterbox  & the devotional under the same name by Pastor Steve Furtick, I thought of all of the times I have been easily distracted by chatter, I also thought about all of our children and as I mentioned  I was instantly reminded of the pastors sermon.  As I began to read this devotional and this book, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to write. Many of you may not know but I blog about my scriptures, my experiences and testimonies and whatever God moves me with, I don’t often share them, but I do post them on a blogging platform,  I know people have found their way to my writings and have messaged me about my testimonies.  So like I usually do, when the Holy Spirit begins to stir up, I listen, I began to write and God spoke to me, out of that movement, this sermon was born.  I was inspired by what I was awakened to and I barely even scratched the surface of the book I was reading. I was moved to write. So when the Holy spirit takes over me to the point that Me the person who loves to read has to stop reading, to write what God puts in my spirit, I listen, I write, and this sermon was born.

 

So what was it about the Chatterbox book that got me?

What about the chatterbox got me inspired?

How does this Chatterbox book correlate with Matthew 11:15 and the Senior Pastors sermon?

Pastor Furtick started his book about something that always bothers me.

 

My Thoughts, he speaks about Our Thoughts, and how the enemy uses our thoughts to manipulate us because we listen. We often find ourselves listening to the wrong chatter, the wrong thoughts that are distracting us and taking us away from what God wants us to do.

 

Sometimes my thoughts are annoying.

Sometimes my thoughts are distracting.

Sometimes my thoughts go a mile a minute and I just cannot catch up.

Sometimes a song is stuck in my head and no matter how hard

I try it just keeps going, and I keep listening to that song, versus what I am

supposed to be focused on.

Sometimes it’s a scene from a movie, a conversation with a friend, even a memory that suddenly appears in my thoughts.

So much distraction and it is all coming from within me, from my very own thoughts.  I am not listening to anything else, but those annoying, distracting thoughts in my head.  Many of us tend to do this.

Has this happened to any of you?

 

Pastor Furtik puts this to light in his book, it made me question what I really listening to?  Who am I really listening to?

 

Pastor Furtick makes note of the following:

So, All this chatter, but Where is it coming from?

Why is it there?

Why am I so compelled to listen to it?

Why is it distracting me?

How is this blocking me from listening to God?

Why?

I will get to that…

 

He provides relevant data from the National Science foundation:

Did you know that In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article

summarizing research on human thoughts per day. It was found that the average

person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thousands of

thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% were exactly the same thoughts as the day

before.

 

This means that each day only 20% of the thoughts are good thoughts, and only 5% is something totally new.

 

These thoughts can be distractions interfering in your spiritual walk..  These thoughts are kind of like, how should we say like some of the cartoons we watch.  How many of you have seen the Cartoons where you have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other shoulder, each telling the cartoon character what to do?  We all have these voices that talk to us.  It’s a constant battle of Good Vs Evil.  A constant battle of Listening to the lies of the enemy, which is 80% of the time, or trying to listen to the 20% of the good thoughts which God can be communicating with you.

 

Wait a minute, why is 80% of my thoughts are distracting me

why?

Scientists say that the brain is programmed to doubt

itself.

It is that doubt and our carnal insecurities or fears that

the enemy uses to put even more seeds of doubt, or in our cases distracting

thoughts and interference.

 

There is a word for all these distracting

thoughts. It’s called logorrhea.

 

Logorrhea is as If someone’s always talking nonstop and

just can’t be quiet, they’ve got logorrhea, and they are unable to stop

talking. Kind of like a Blabber mouth.   As the sound of the word

suggests, logorrhea is related to the word diarrhea — and we know diarrhea is

an inability to stop something far more unpleasant from flowing.

Diarrhea comes from two Greek words put together, dia

meaning “through” and rhein meaning “to flow.” In the case

of logorrhea, the log prefix is from the Greek word for “words,”

meaning literally “words flowing through.”

 

 

So that phrase, “you have diarrhea of the mouth” is not

actually something someone made up.  It is true, as gross as it

sounds.  Yet that is what the enemy does,

he has diarrhea of the mouth, and he spills up all these lies, based on your

fears and causes us to doubt. He spills out all these words that make us

question ourselves. He fills our thoughts with all these distractions so we

could be clouded with chatter so that we will not be able to hear what God is

saying to you.  He fills our minds with thoughts that make us even

question God during difficult times.

Sometimes, we fall into this trap and we begin to listen to the lies the

enemy say.  We doubt ourselves, we doubt

each other, and sometimes we doubt God.

The enemy spills so much junk in our heads that we are so flooded, that

we can’t hear what God has to say to us.

 

So I am going to paraphrase some questions that pastor FUrtick brought to light:

Can God’s voice exist with a chatterbox inside theme?

How can I silence the voice of the enemy when the enemy is in my very own thoughts?

Can you relate to this?  I know I can!!!!

The problem being that sometimes the enemy is in me causing

distractions.

 

Paul speaks of this contradiction in Romans 7:21-25 He says

21 So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil

is there with me. 22 In my mind I am happy

with God’s law. 23 But I see another law

working in my body. That law makes war against the law that my mind accepts.

That other law working in my body is the law of sin, and that law makes me its

prisoner. 24 What a miserable person

I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? 25 I thank God for his

salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord! So in my mind I am a slave to God’s

law, but in my sinful self I am a slave to the law of sin.

 

Paul had this struggle of good vs evil.  The same struggles you and I have on a day to day basis.  Paul said I want to do well, but there is evil with

  1. How many of you felt this way?

No matter how much good I do for my family, for this world, how hard I try, I have messed up somehow? I haven’t been the Christian I know I can be, I slipped up, maybe i acted up, Maybe I said a bad word here and there, instead of paying attention at church I

was playing Angry bird or humming a song I heard on the radio earlier. Instead

of cleaning my room like my mom and dad told me, I ignored them and continued

watching cartoons.

I want to work for God, do what is pleasing to God, but I

am still sinning. Why? Why I am still attracted to some of my sinful ways that are

not pleasing to God?

Paul struggled just like you and I do.

Paul is talking about waging war within oneself.

Again the fight of knowing when to listen to the voice and call of God

versus listening to the lies of the enemy from within.  It’s a war with

yourself. A war inside yourself.  The  same war that Paul faced, we still face today.

 

Jesus spoke of the lies of the Enemy, in John 8; he went to

the mount of Olives; he spoke to his disciples, He spoke about being the light

of the world, that whoever believes in him not only not live in darkness but

will have the light that gives life.  He also talks to the disciples about

being free from sin…..but specifically in verse 44 he says:

Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.

Jesus reminds the disciples that he is free from sin, that those who live in sin and

choose to live in sin are not children of God.

 

We need to stop listening to those voices that make us make

bad choices and listen instead to God who guides us. We need to stop listening

to the chatter that distract us from Listening to what God has been trying to

tell us. Which is I am here and I want to speak with you, I have something to

tell you but you cannot hear me. I have something great for you to do, but

you’re not listening to any of my signs.

 

But,  you may ask, I am 6 years old, 8 years old, 11 years old, how am I able to listen to God?

 

Was not Samuel just a boy when He heard God’s voice for the first time in the temple?  In 1 Samuel 3 God speaks to Samuel, and Samuel listens.  I

n Verse 10: 10 The Lord came and stood there. He called as he did before, saying, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel said, “Speak. I am your servant, and I am listening.”

 

When you open your ears to God’s voice, and close off those voices of self-doubt, pity, dread and negativity you can be of a great blessing

and instrument for God.  So when God calls your name:  “John, Jane, Joe…..say “Speak lord, I am your servant, I am listening.. This is Just like Samuel was advised to say when he thought Eli was the one originally calling him.  Eli said to him if you hear someone calling your name, say speak I am your servant.  So today I ask you to say to the Lord speak to me Lord for I am your servant.

 

I need 4 volunteers, (two chairs facing altar, one person – hoping puchy – sits on one of the chairs on the altar facing the people) one

child.

I need 2 of you to sit on these chairs facing the altar;

one of you grab this mic and pretend to sing the last person sit on the altar

facing the congregation..

To conclude, this month many of you are graduating, moving

on from one chapter of your life into another. Whether you’re moving up to

kindergarten and first grade, whether you’re moving on to Jr High or High

school, or moving on to college or to face the real world, I want you to ask

yourselves to open your ears.  Come on Tug your ears with me and repeat.

Open up now, listen to what God has to say to me. He has been sending me messages,

he has been sending me warning, he has been showing signs, but I have not been

listening.  Shut down those little

chatter boxes that want to distract me from God’s grace. I have ears and I want

to listen. Each and everyone one you have God given talents and potential and

today I stand before you telling you, we could do so much more for God, if we

took the time to listen to him more.

 

Starting with me. For this sermon, as I mentioned earlier has

spoken to me from when I was about the ages of some of you many years ago, and

still resonates with me today…. all these years later…though revamped still

has the same message.  I speak from experience I know I can listen to God

more than I do now, he constantly gives me the sign: and I know many of you can

listen to him more verses the enemies lies, remember the enemy has diarrhea of

the mouth.

 

So ask the lord to speak to you. But be ready to listen. I

want to Quote Dr. Seuss from his book, Oh, the places you’ll go and I am sure

everyone here has read this book at some point in their life,

 

“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.

You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you

step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing

Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right

foot with your left.”  “And Always

remember, and will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and ¾ percent

guaranteed.  Kid, you’ll move mountains!! ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

 

You will meet strange people, people may want you to listen

to them, they may want to teach you things that you know is wrong, you can hear

them, but don’t listen to the lies you are being fed.  You may be told

what is wrong is right, what is right is wrong, a common theme we have been

hearing from this very pulpit, it is not by chance God has been repetitive about

this notion, but know to listen to the words of God to follow what is right in

his eyes.  Apply what we have been

teaching you, know that many in this world are trying to right the wrongs, deceive

you and even take away the foundations that can be found in the Bible.  Please Know you are protected by the Blood of Christ

and the prayers of the moms and dads here whom pray over you. Remember you are

a Child of God.  Remember to listen to God’s voice to be the one to Guide

you with every step you take in this new chapter you are about to start. You

will move mountains, for God’s glory. You will do greatness in God’s name. We

just got to hear and listen to what God has to say, and stop letting the lies

of the enemy deter us or cloud our thoughts.. El que tengan oídos Oigan!

If you have ears, listen!

 

 This message was written in June inspired by a sermon by my senior pastor, inspired by words of pastor Steve furtick and what God placed in my own heart. I cannot take full credit for every word written here because it is a blend of 3 inspirational thoughts. I tried my best to give credit where credit is due but the hues of all three thoughts transcends throughout this post.

 

 

I did not run or labor in vain

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16 NIV

Do you remember as a child when you would get assigned chores by your parents?

you would grunt, you would complain, you would fuss, because all you wanted to do was watch Saturday morning cartoons eating a bowl of cereal.  We would fuss, we would complain, all while doing our chores.  You can relate to this right?

There are times God chooses us to do things, and we question why? Why me, why that, are you sure that’s what you want?  yet when we complain we do not reap the benefits .  Yet when we face our path, our responsibilities, or even what we have been called to do, and we do so with all our might, with all our love, with all our fervor, we plant seeds and in time we reap what we sow.

One thing I know for sure is that we must do things with all our might.  When you do anything with a pure of heart, your will reap the benefits. Love, with a pure heart.  Help, without wanting to show it off, do charitable works without boasting.

Do your part in your home, in your church, in your society without complaints.

Be fruitful in all your endeavors.

In your marriage, don’t argue, complain or fuss.  Work on it.

In your workplace, don’t complain; do what you can, how you can, and when its time to move on; do so.

We all want to see fruits of success and blessings without putting in the labor.  It takes a fruit or a flower to go through several phases in their growths to be able to bear fruit and flourish.  it is not by chance, it is because God had deemed it so.  We have to work on ourselves and work for our fruits.  WE have to set the example. So that when that day comes, when Jesus returns, your faith, your obedience, all your labor were not in vain.  declare your victory.  Work for your victory.

 

father god thank you for coming here today. thank you for your love; your compassion, for your word and teachings.  without you we are absolutely nothing.  sometimes we question why we are to do certain things.  We question why we are called for some works.  But we know we need to do what we are called to do with love and joy in order to bear fruit to the blessings which will come from our labor.  You said this walk will not be an easy walk, its not for the faint of heart.  People will talk, people will persecute us, people will mock us, but working for your Glory, is worth all the challenges that comes towards us.  We thank you. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Gas Station

Psalm 81:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

 

T.D. Jakes did a sermon Called Model Homes on Sunday 1/12/2020.  I hyperlinked his website to his sermon because he has touched points that we should revisit to renew, revive and regenerate our homes and our spirit.  A similar message my pastor gave on the same day about revival.

 

Many things struck out from this sermon and the several layers of parallels from the dream I had a few nights ago to my pastors sermon.  One thing specifically was that our Churches are to be like a Gas Station.  We are to go to church to refuel and continue on in our victory and blessings when we leave and when we get to our homes.

 

If our homes are not intact; spiritually speaking, how can we expect our blessings to continue, prosper and flourish at home as well?

 

The gist of his sermon was:

Submission is often painted as a scathing term; however, it’s actually a word designed to beget comfort and power. If practiced correctly, our households will reap peace, joy, and prosperity. When we relinquish our arrogant way of thinking, our posture of humility allows the Spirit the opportunity to transform our relationship model. What’s modeled in front of us shapes the framework of our identity. Material items and aesthetics will not enhance our models, but as the Spirit leads it may become apparent that a remodel is needed. Don’t be discouraged, rather be tenacious. Will you create a strategy and show up to fight for your household?

 

Our walk, our actions, our spirit, our decision it frames us and it affects our homes.  Yet if things are amiss at home; that influences if you are to receive your blessings or not.

 

Go to church, go re-fuel, Go back home and let your victory flourish.  In order to do so get your home right.

 

Father God you have been speaking lately about families, about getting our homes in order, you have been speaking about revival.  I want to have my family and my home in order, I want a revival in my life.  I want to be guided by your path.  Thank you for all that you do, for all your love and your mercy.  AMen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoken

As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

Ever Been spoken to by someone and from the information shared, get chills because you know that is not something anyone other than you knows about?

 

I found myself in a similar state.

Some may call it coincidence, I call it divine intervention.

 

I found myself for a few weeks waking up in the wee hours of the night; unable to go back to sleep, tossing and turning for a whole hour straight.  During that hour I would watch tv, go on my phone, sometimes I read, some times I just toss and turn.

 

I was going through this and It dawned on me, there is a reason why I am waking up fully refreshed at the time I am; I noticed that on days I chose to pray, My days went well, when I went back to sleep; I slept like a baby and that one hour was not in vain, because it didn’t bother me.

 

On days I would toss, fiddle, turn, get distracted; I would eventually go back to sleep, but the sleep would be sluggish, then in the morning when I would awake, I would be tired, sluggish, everything that can go wrong does.

 

So I began to ponder, and pray, and I asked a silent prayer to the Lord for him to answer.  I said Lord, is this the hour you have set aside for me to have my time with you?  Is this the hour You want me on my knees praying ?  Tell me directly Lord if that is the chosen hour, give me the confirmation I need.

 

A few days went by, some days I would pray, some I would fidget.

Then one Sunday after visiting an elder in the hospital, I went to church, got there early, went straight to the alter, got on my knees, began to pray.  I stood there a while.  I prayed, I cried, I prayed, I thanked God.  I had a good feeling that day, I had a feeling the service was going to be a blessing [and it was on several fronts].

That day one of the elder female elders said, do you have a minute?  I was like sure. So I sat with her, she began to say:

I was not going to say anything to you, some people are funny and prideful when it comes to certain things.  Others are receptive, yet others take heed to the advice.  Earlier I was praying and the Lord spoke to me, with a specific word for you.  I said Lord, but will she be receptive and listen to what you say?  So I asked the Lord, if she comes in today, and goes straight to the alter and kneels to pray, I will be obedient and tell her what you put in my heart.

Though I had recently made a silent prayer, that month I made several silent prayers, I was not sure which one she was going to answer.  So with chills going up my spine, I said go on, I will listen, she continued:

God has been waking you up every day at 3am, every day he has awoken you.  He wants you on your knees humbly praying.  You are meant to pray.  You are meant to be in the wee hours of the morning praying so God can use you. He has chosen this hour for you.  Some days you listen, other days you fiddle with your phone, you fiddle with the TV, you toss and you turn not sure of what to do.  You are to pray, for the half hour, pray for the hour, pray until God tells you to stop.

I am going to pause right there, as she said these words, I knew it was from God, she said verbatim what I do, and what I asked God to answer me with.  I had chills, I felt the Spirit, she felt the spirit, as the other congregants began to fill the church, I did not notice any one of them, I was wrapped in time, in that conversation, to me, it was just this elder and I sitting in a pew, having this deep spiritual conversation.

She continued to say:

Get on your knees, Pray, I don’t know what he is preparing you for, but he is preparing you for something.  Do not let your husband distract you.  Do not let your friends distract you, do not let him distract you from what God has put in your life. He wants you to remain humble, he wants you to stay pure of heart.  He wants you praying. Always praying.

 

Since then every time I awaken at night, whether from a dream, whether from that desire to pray or even to use the restroom. I pray.  I take that moment that I was disrupted from my sleep, and I pray, I praise him and then I go back to sleep.

 

Many Folks are not mindful to the advice given to them by Elders, its time we should.  Even if you didn’t make a silent prayer.  Now imagine if I would have brushed her off?  I would have never gotten my prayers answered.  I had no idea what she was going to tell me.  I had no idea that God was going to use her to deliver my conversation and word for word describe what I have been doing and what I have been feeling and what I asked of him.

So Praying I go.

Praying I shall.

pray continually,
Father God thank you for showing that you are  a God who listens and also answers. Thank you for the love you provide and your Mercy.  You have answered my pleas and request, I am answering yours.  You have called me upon that hour to worship and pray to you, that is exactly what I shall continue to do.  I do not know what the reason is, what you are preparing me for, but Lord know in submission at your feet I shall remain praying continuously.  Amen.

SLIME/SIN

A while ago I wanted to teach the kids at church about sin.

I wanted to make this lesson fun engaging and something that they too an make their own narratives.

So off we went, I got supplies to make slime; I began to prepare my lesson.

Everyone was curious how I was going to compare slime to sin as an object lesson so the kids could engage in.

The kids thought we were having a free play day.

Capture

My lesson went as follows:

John 8:34 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

34 Jesus said, “The truth is, everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin.

 

Today we will talk about Sin and make slime. 

Wait what?

What does slime have to do with Sin or the bible?

Before we answer this question…lets make some slime.

  • Step one: 15 ml of glue
  • Step two: 20 ml of water
  • Step three: mix additives (color, glitter, sparkles etc)
  • Step 4 mix
  • Step 5: 5 ml slime activator
  • Step 6 mix

We spent some time mixing the slime comparing the textures; colors, etc.

SLIME

  • Gooey
  • Stickey
  • Messy
  • Pretty
  • Fun
  • stretches
  • It am attracted to slime

SIN

  • Messy
  • Sticky
  • Can be appealing
  • Dangerous
  • Can lead to loss of salvation
  • Can seem like fun
  • Can be attracting
  • Sometimes we stretch our situations (lies)

 

Both: Slime & Sin

Sometimes our sin can be tempting and appealing just like slime.

Like the slime sin can be sticky.

Our sins can get messy

Our sins can spiral out of control

Our sins can attract us but it is not good.

You think you can control you sin, but like slime you can’t

Sometimes when we add objects in slime, it gets bumpy, depending on the sin, your journey can get ugly and bumpy.

Jesus say, we become a slave to our sin, how is that?

Well When we sin, or lie, we sometimes try to keep our sin going or even a lie going, and we get so caught up with our sin, or the sinful situation that we become a slave to our sin.

So this is why it is important not to lie or not to sin and make sure we follow God’s word and Jesus’ path.

If we do not sin, we wont end up slaves to our sins, we focus so much our time on our sin, that our sins distract us from what is important in Gods plan.

 

As we know there are different

types of slime,

there are also different types

of sins.

How many sins can you name?

7 sins we discussed were:

Pride

Lust

Greed

Anger

Envy

Sloth

Gluttony

 

Pride: Loving oneself more than others and more than God; the root of all sin.

THE OPPOSITE OF PRIDE IS

– Humility: being selfless, humble

Lust: to want and desire something you cant have.

The opposite of Lust is:

Chastity:  being moral.

Jealous / Envy:  Resenting others for what they have.

The opposite of envy is: kindness: wishing the best for others showing brotherly/sisterly love.

Greed:  wanting material things; more than one need and putting a lot of importance in these things.

The opposite of Greed – Generosity:  being generous

Anger: being mad, hostile and wanting revenge.

The opposite of Anger is:

Meekness:  acting with patience , mercy and charity when resolving conflicts.

Sloth: denying God’s will for the sake of comfort, avoiding either spiritual or physical work.

The opposite of sloth is:

diligence: following Gods will even if it means sacrificing comfort

Gluttony: consuming an unhealthy amount of something.

The opposite of gluttony is:

temperance: taking all things in moderation and to the point of goodness.

7 Virtues which are opposite to our sins

Pride  – Humility: being selfless, humble

Lust – Chastity:  being moral.

Greed – Generosity:  being generous

Anger: Meekness:  acting with patience , mercy and charity when resolving conflicts.

Envy: kindness: wishing the best for others showing brotherly/sisterly love.

Sloth: diligence: following Gods will even if it means sacrificing comfort.

Gluttony – temperance: taking all things in moderation and to the point of goodness

 

Even in the Bible we had sinners who became essentials to our faith today:

  • Elijah – Was suicidal.
  • Gideon – Was afraid.
  • Samson – Was a womanizer.
  • Rahab – Was a prostitute.
  • Samaritan Woman – Divorced.
  • Noah – Was a Drunk.
  • Jacob – Was a cheater.
  • David – Was a murderer.
  • Jonah – Ran from God.
  • Peter – Denied Christ three times
  • Martha – Worried about everything.
  • Zacchaeus – Was small and money hungry.
  • Paul – A Pharisee who persecuted Christians before becoming one.

 

Sin does indeed have consequences. Pain, brokenness, loss, even death, follow our bad choices. Hopefully our distaste for sin is driven by our gratitude and love for God. But if for no other reason, we should at least avoid it to escape the incredible pain that accompanies it. (Galatians 6:7)

 

Principle: Failure doesn’t disqualify you, even if you’ve been following Jesus for some time.

Your story is still being written

The only way that failure can get the last word in our life is if we choose to let it. We serve a God who is able to take our defeats and missteps and still use us to bring glory to his name.

Whether you’ve been walking with him faithfully or you’ve had a few stumbles along the way, he’s encouraging you to help build his kingdom

 

 

I am a sinner.

I struggle with temptation.

I was saved by the grace of God.

I was redeemed by the blood of Christ.

I was baptized to wash away the old me and a new me was born.

I can be the best me I can be, for I was forgiven.

Over all things.

David spent a good amount of time organizing the materials to build the temple to be able to worship the Lord. He was instructed by God to back down because David has blood in his hands in Gods name. So instead God instructed Solomon to build the temple. Solomon did just that during his reign. Solomon went forth and had the temple built. When the temple was built David came and in 1 chronicles 29:11 prayed to the lord to bless this temple.

God Brought upon a blessing to the people;  God spoke to, to Solomon, after he finished the temple and the people worshiped, and the presence of GODcame in such a way they couldn’t enter the temple Gpd spoke to Solomon and said you like this? My presence and anointing and glory, this could continue only if you do these things,  if my people would humble themselves;  if my people would humble themselves; to know that without him we are nothing and without him we cannot do  anything; we need to submit our hearts to the god of heavens Solomon if my people will humble themselves and proclaim my name, and invoke it.

David was a man of God, but David too had his flaws. The temple of the lord should be untainted.  Which is why he had asked for Solomon to build it.   It should be pure and made with pure of heart. David was a lustful man with many wives and concubine and he killed for one of his wives. That of which he payed for greatly with the loss of his child from that union.

 

David was understanding of this, for he knows the deeds he did and why God prohibited him from building the temple.  David loved God though, David still praised God.

Sometimes our own acts lead us to get punished, but in the midst of our punishment we should be well aware that God is and will always be, he still loves us.  David knows the greatness of God first hand, knowing he was  not in the right path, he knew it was not his place, God spoke, so Davide too must remain obedient, in his obedience he still praised his one and living true God.

 

Father God I humbly come before you, knowing full well of my transgression and any punishments I have received for them.   I thank you for still loving me and having mercy on me.  I give you all the praise, all the honor and all the Glory.  It is you whom I seek; your blessings I want; your love is what I desire; your grace, presence and holy spirit is what i yearn for.  I ask you to forgive me for any sins I may have committed,  I ask you for mercy and love; I thank you for all you have done for me; and ask to continue to guide me as I continue to seek a deeper relationship with you.

 

Hold on to God when life spins out of control.

Hold on to God when life spins out of control.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways obey him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6.

I took this verse and some tops that I got for my kids in my class.

 

I got this spinner to show as an  illustration.

At the start of the class; as I was about to begin the opening prayer, one of my students  said a joke silently to another student, the second student began uncontrollably laughing.  I looked over to the class and said what happens when we can not control the things that happen to us?

The second student; was embarrassed; and I told the student no to, because his laughing allowed the intro to the lesson.  What happens when we cannot control?  Sometimes things get out of Hand.  Sometimes we loose ourselves, we get all caught up right?

They agreed.

So I said let us begin our prayer, and we did.  After our prayers, we discussed when things get out of control; some times our actions, our feelings, sometimes bad things happen.  We discussed many ways things get out of control.

 

I took one of the spinners, and said lets all make a hypothesis.  What do you think Will happen if I spin this spinner?

I want it to spin in this box, do you think it will happen this way?

 

All the kids gave some great hypothesis:

the spinner will spin to the left;

the spinner will go right,

the spinner will go all over.

 

so I spun the spinner, and it was all over.  I had no control in the direction, It just randomly went where it went.

 

So I told them, you see how uncontrollably the spinner spun, When we do things our way, without God’s guidance or trust, that is how our life is, we are spinning aimlessly, without any direction or control.

 

Now what do you think will happen if we all take a spinner and spin these at the same time?

All the kids gave some great hypothesis:

the spinner will spin to the left;

the spinner will go right,

the spinner will go all over

the spinners will crash against one another,

when they crash they will go to different directions.

 

Boy were my kids spot on with their hypotheses.  the spinners went everywhere,  totally uncontrollable.

So now I tell them, to grab their spinners and I asked them God’s power is so great, that when things are getting out of hand in our lives; as long as we trust in him; He can stop these uncontrollable events with his bare hands.

So I asked them we will go ahead and spin them again, but this time, as it spins; we will say, WE put our TRUST in God because God is in Control and you will go ahead and stop the spinner from spinning.

So they did, they kept repeating WE put our TRUST in God because God is in Control.

Some of my younger students just kept repeating God is in Control as they stopped the spinner.

I showed them the importance in trusting in God at all times; That he is always in control of our lives; as long as we trust in him things in our life will not spiral out of control.  We are to Hold on to God, keep trust in him, for he is always in control.

Our class prayer:
Dear God we are so thankful to know that you are always in control! We trust in you Amen!

 

Floods

They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

 

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NIV  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

 

 

Below was the scripture my pastor used under the theme Revival [Avivamiento].

You deceived[a] me, Lord, and I was deceived[b];
    you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
    everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I cry out
    proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me
    insult and reproach all day long.
But if I say, “I will not mention his word
    or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
    a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
    indeed, I cannot.

Jeremiah 20:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

In his preaching he says as he read this; he found that these verses in Jeremiah are very relatable.  He used these scriptures to illustrate a story about a revival; a revival that was needed during the times of the prophet; and a revival which is needed present day.

His preaching continues as follows for I am paraphrasing here and there to get key points mentioned:

 Jeremiah was seeking a revival with God. He was seeking a revival during a time when a revival was needed with his people. The sermon continued with this illustration of Jeremiah calling out to God like man you tricked me…. but here I am knowing full well I need you. He called out for God. We the church ( churches) need a revival.)

Jeremiah was also known as the prophet who cried, but let me ask you something? How can you not cry after being consumed with the presence of the Lord? I would’ve cried too. The

 

Now at first I was not going to tie this preaching to this specific blog entry, but the dream that I had about a flood; hence the title; and the events which unfolded at the end of the sermon; all seems to be tied.

[ Psalm 128 ] [ A song of ascents. ] Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
we all need to Be obedient when God speaks and gives signs.  The sister who called all the married couple was only being obedient to what God spoke.  So I too must be obedient.

Here is a dream that I had about floods:

In my dream I saw all the wives of the church take the oil that one our sisters had anointed and given to the families, everyone took this vial, and anointed every window, every door. I vividly saw everyone randomly doing so in each of their houses, even those whose homes I never been to. After this was done, I was looking out my window of my home, In the sky I saw a portal open and water began to gush. As the water began to flow I saw that Ángels began to fly out of this portal and many of them stood surrounded all of our homes.

I saw the water quickly rise and noticed the water covering the surrounding homes. They were completely wiped out. Yet my house remained standing. Remained untouched, remained protected by the Ángels. I gathered my family from the window, and we knelt in our living room and began to pray, we prayed hard, we praised the lord, the water didn’t stop and our house was unscathed. My dream took me to the homes of the members of our church and other Christians whom I never met. All were unscathed, untouched and were also praising the Lord for his mercy and protection. When the dream took me back to my house, one of the Ángels entered the house and said…. just like the Hebrews were spared from Gods wrath for placing the blood of a lamb over their threshold, your faith and obedience has allowed God to spare you from his wrath.

I woke up with my heart racing.

I woke up and immediately prayed.

Luke 6:48 came to my spirit.

This is the second dream I have where God used the sister’s oil to anoint our homes this is the second dream I have where an angel says …. just like the Hebrews were spared from Gods wrath for placing the blood of a lamb over their threshold, your faith and obedience has allowed God to spare you from his wrath.

 

 

So of course I went into looking into much more depth about floods as a whole; and this is what I found:

 

What Do Dreams About Water Mean?

  • In general, water represents the unconscious, the place our minds go and the thoughts we have when we’re not paying attention. If you are underwater in your dream, this might indicate feeling drowned, overwhelmed, or swallowed up by unconscious thoughts, emotions, urges, or memories.

  • In dreams, water is often associated with emotions and their expression. The surface of the water represents the dividing line between the consciousness and the unconscious. The type, shape, motion, and other characteristics of the dreamed water express the dreamer’s conscious or unconscious emotions.

  • Water can also represent maternity, those primal feelings associated with our mothers or our desire to become a mother. Water can be associated with the womb, the very beginning of life, the primordial soup, or to our connection to maternal figures, the earth, God, or conception/pregnancy.

  • Finally, water can relate to spirituality and spiritual or religious beliefs.

 

 

 

Dreams of Waves, Tidal Waves, and Tsunamis

As with most symbols, waves can have both negative and positive meanings.

  • Riding a wave is a positive representation of effectively managing emotions and difficult challenges in life. This may represent the dreamer’s ability to go with the flow at times and act decisively and deliberately to work with circumstances at hand. This type of flexibility allows the dreamer to surpass obstacles and achieve goals.

  • Creating or making a wave demonstrates the dreamer’s ability to control emotions, thoughts, and behavior and use creativity and their own personal power/choices to shape the circumstances around them.

  • Tidal waves and tsunamis tend to relate to emotions that are overwhelming and threatening the dreamer. These emotions may relate to a real situation that is troubling the individual (financial troubles, for example) or the dreamer’s perception of their place in life and negative anticipation of future events. When emotions and issues are repressed and avoided, they push back until they are acknowledged by the dreamer. Problems often grow and become overwhelming when ignored for too long.

  • Emotions represented within floods and waves are often layered. The wave may have begun with negative and dark emotions that were compounded with the dreamer’s feelings about their feelings and the expression of these feelings. This type of dream may indicate to the dreamer a need to address the anxiety and fears associated with addressing the deeper emotions that have been avoided over time.

 

Think about the word floodfor a minute.  We talk about floods of emotion, floods of tears, floods of rain – each time we’re referring to something that seems endless and out of control. The floods in a dream represent something in our daily life that seems out of control, relentless, and overwhelming.   A flood dream is almost always symbolic of something negative in our lives that we want to address but haven’t yet found a way to do so.  I say almost always because there is an exception.

More than likely, if you have a flood dream, your emotions will be anywhere from frightened to extremely anxious. However, if your emotion could be described as calm, amused, or even relieved, your dream analysis is different from the one discussed above.  If you have a positive emotion during your flood dream, your dream is symbolic of relief.  This could mean that something WAS overwhelming, but you found a way to handle the situation and come out on top.  Your dream could be a celebration of this triumph.

If you feel relief during the dream, it could mean that you have bottled-up (or “dammed up”) emotions that you want to release.  Your subconscious mind is letting you know what a relief it will be when you release these emotions and sort of let the flood gates open!

Finally, ask yourself if the dream seemed to be more about the flood, itself, or the “washing away” of homes, cars, etc.  If the dream seems to be more symbolic of “washing away,” you could either be looking to make changes in your life OR you could be afraid of unwanted changes washing over your life.  Again, the emotions you feel in the dream will clue you in on whether this is a positive dream or a negative dream

 

It did get me thinking though of the avivamiento message from Sunday. All day Monday I’ve been thinking of the meaning of floods.

Flood – a rising and over flowing of a body of water

Flood- the flowing in of the tide

Flood- an overwhelming quantity or volume

I also began to think of flood as a terminology:

Floods of emotions

Floods of tears

Floods of rain

Each time referring to something that seems endless and out of our control.

And the research listed above showed what I was thinking as well as defined various interpretations of dreaming with floods.

Now: I did mention how this dream correlates in part to another dream I had.

Here is that dream:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father God I thank you for your love and your mercy which endures forever.  Lord I come before you with a heart of repentance seeking forgiveness for my flaws, my imperfections and any disobedience.  Lord you showed me to use the oils to anoint my home and my marriage.  You have allowed sisters of the church to decipher this dream for me by allowing you to use them to help me make my own connections to what you have been saying.  It is time we the people, your church, anoint our homes, repent, renew, revive ourselves in your work, so that we too can be covered by your protection from the attacks of the enemy.  That our obedience and faith in you allow us to be covered by your protection.  So when the floods come; regardless of which form; that your Angels will be surrounding us; protecting us so we can come out unscathed.  Lord I life your name up on high and humbly ask you to continue guiding me; with the guidance you have provided so I can walk a straight and narrow path with you.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Forbidden Fruit

Ahh The infamous Forbidden Fruit…

Genesis 2:17  “But you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. If you eat fruit from that tree, on that day you will certainly die!”

The Forbidden Fruit many know the story associated with this fruit.  It is when man and woman ate this fruit after being led by the serpent and thus we have the first sin.

Forbidden_Fruit.octet-stream

This first sin; the fall of mankind.

The first sin wasn’t alcohol or substance abuse.

The first sin wasn’t adultery.

The first sin wasn’t lust.

The first sin wasn’t stealing.

The first sin was disobedience.

To do something which you were specifically instructed not to do; allowing oneself to fall due to our own temptation.

I always equate the Forbidden Fruit not to the fruit, not to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, which rightfully so is what we can equate to, but I equate it  to temptation.

It wasn’t until they ate the forbidden fruit; which Adam and Eve realized good and evil; right from wrong; they learned about being ashamed.  Which is exactly what happened when God walked the Garden; they hid out of embarrassed of their actions for falling into temptation.

 

One’s sin, One’s temptation is knowing that something or a specific situation is forbidden yet we still eye the prize and go towards that fruit, knowing full well of the repercussions that may come from them.

Temptation and sin comes in in many formats.

For some its Drugs, for some its alcohol, for some,  for others its sex, for others its a consumption of food, for others its another form of addiction, for others is willingly doing something anything, that you knowingly were not supposed to do.

We all have our battles with the various forms of temptation.

We have to strive to live our lives to fight against these temptations; to fight against deciding to do something; we know we shouldn’t.

 

I myself have found myself facing a forbidden fruit from time to time.  This fruit; this specific fruit; is so interwoven in many aspects of my life; each time I am faced before this fruit [my temptation] I have to decide whether or not to allow that line to be crossed; to allow myself to blur aspects of that line; to decide whether or not to allow myself to touch, to eat, to hold that fruit or to walk away from that fruit all togeher so I do not sin.

 

Whatever your forbidden fruit is, know that God wants to redeem you from that temptation.  God wants to redeem you from having to decide whether to grab the fruit; or to look away.

Look away.

Turn around.

Ignore the forbidden fruit.

 

Father God I Lift your name in praise for you are worthy of that and more.  Lord I love and thank you for the opportunity you have presented be fore me.  Today I come before you asking you to forgive me from my transgressions.  I ask you to forgive me for falling into my temptations allowing the forbidden fruits to take over me or consume me.  Lord I come before you with a heart of repentance, seeking your forgiveness for any sins I may have willingly and unwillingly acted upon.  I want to continue a journey with you as my guide; you as my one and only and you as my epicenter since its through you I can achieve salvation.  Help me, become a new me; Help me dear Lord seek more of you; help me turn down any forbidden fruits that may want to distract me from your works. In the name of the Father, The Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.

20/20

It is a new year, we have begun a new Decade and have begun the year 2020 with so much going on in this World.

 

Australia is under Fire; many of Gods creations have died in the fire.  My heart goes out to everyone in Australia.

General Suleimani of Iran was killed; then after he was laid to rest a dozen Missiles were deployed by Iran to two Iraqi bases whom were housing US Soldiers.

Puerto Rico has been having earthquakes after earthquakes at different seismic magnitudes since mid-end December and are continuing to have to this day.

Seismicity and seismic monitoring stations

 

 

20/20 has already started off pretty intense and we are only 10 days in.

 

All I can say is God please have mercy on us all.

 

Let us all look at the scripture in Luke 18:42 :

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”

There was a Blind Beggar on the road outside the City of Jericho.   Jesus and his disciples approached the city,  the beggar was sitting roadside and began to beg,  The blind man hold the commotion of the crowd; he had no idea Jesus was there; but the commotion I’m sure must have startled him; so he asked what was happening?  why all the commotion?  he was told “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.: [Luke 18 v36.

So the beggar called out; “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”.

Those around the beggar rebuked him, shushed, him told him to be quite; yet he still shouted all the more stating:  Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”.

Jesus stopped, he ordered the man to brought to him, when he came near, Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?”

The Beggar replied: “Lord, I want to see.”

Jesus said to him: “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”

 

the Beggar immediately received his sight, followed Jesus and praised God.

 

How many of us are sitting by the road begging?

 

How many of us are blind in our faith?

We live in a time where we have access to everything, yet we do not fully use all the things we have access to to our fullest potential.

 

How many of us can be reaching out to the masses utilizing these social platforms and instead have been blind sighted by memes, jokes, politics or other forms of entertainments.

 

God is giving these upcoming generations tools that can be used to ensure that the four corners of the world can know his name and in essence allow salvation to reach to people and  places it has never reached before.

Many can attest the signs are all here; the end of days are fast approaching…

 

The signs are all around us, though we do not know the minute nor the hour, the signs are telling and they are clear.  The end of times are near.

 

What does this have to do with 20/20?

 

What does this have to do with the story of the Beggar?

 

Let me explain to you right now.

We have all had our eye exams done at some point or another in your life.

The perfect vision is considered if you have 20/20.

What does “20/20” mean in an eye test?

My vision I can attest is far from perfect.

The moment I take my glasses off everything within 5 feet and beyond is a blur.

When you go to the doctors to test your vision; eye doctors use eye charts to measure how well you see in the distance, compared with other human beings.

20/20 vision is considered “normal” vision, meaning you can read at 20 feet a letter that most human beings should be able to read at 20 feet.

Snellen eye chart and

In the United States you are considered “legally blind” if your best-corrected visual acuity (meaning, your best distance vision with eyeglasses or contact lenses) is 20/200 or worse.

To get a driver’s license in most of the United States, your best-corrected visual acuity must be at least 20/40.

 

We are all at various stages in our spiritual walk.

But comparing ourselves to taking an eye exam, how many of us can say we have 2020 vision when it comes to the things of the Lord?

Many of us are just as Blind as the beggar, not seeing the works of God unfolding right before our very own eyes.  We can see, yet we are blind.  The Beggar was blind, but then he saw and he praised God justly.  Let us all start this year 2020 by asking God to give us 20/20 vision in our own spiritual Walk.

 

Let Us ask the “Lord, I want to see.”  Renew your faith, renew your trust in the Lord.  Let yourselves be fully guided by the spirit to receive the visions before you.  To see what God has been showing you.

Open your eyes, and let go of what is holding you back.  Be awakened; be transformed, despite all that is going on in the world today, make this year the year you reexamine your own journey and be rightly fully guided by God in his works.

 

Meditate in the scriptures, Meditate in the word of the Lord, focus on eliminating any distractions that are not allowing you to see clearly.

 

Now take a look at my custom designed eye chart & repeat after me:

Capture

 

Father God we come before you giving you thanks for this day and the wonderful works you have done in our lives.  Lord I ask you to let me see, open my eyes to be able to see your wonders more closely, more clearly.  I ask you to remove any obstacle or distraction which is blinding me from what you have called upon me to do in this world.  I no longer want to be Blind.  God I want to have 2020 vision in my spiritual walk with you. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Your God

Hi there, I am back from my hiatus.

 

I will be posting some of the lesson plans and plays I have been working with my students in their bible classes.

 

I have had a few ups a few downs and a loss in my family that has kept my time occupied.  Yet I still have been focusing on my works with God.  The other day I had a conversation with a friend and our dialogue in how spiritually deep it got; turned on a fire that was simmering on low heat.  I am inspired; God gave me what I needed to focus back on writing about his greatness.

 

Consider your God is a devotional from a Few months ago from Joel Osteen.

 

I want you to read it for  a second.

Today’s Scripture
“And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body…He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
(Romans 4:19-21, NK

Consider Your God

Abraham, is known for being the father in our faith.  Though he faced many obstacles which could have gone against the promise that God made before him.  He still had faith.  God told him that he would be the father of many nations.  God told him that he would have descendants that would equal the stars in the sky.  By the time He ever saw this promise come to its fruitation Abraham was over 90 years of age.  The Bible tells us how he trusted and had faith in God.  He never once doubted in God’s ability despite his age.  How many of us are spoken to and God promises us something, but instead of trusting in what God can do we focus on what we can’t do.  Abraham didn’t do that.  Abraham didn’t focus on the fact that he was getting old and has not had any children.  God told him that he would be the father to many nations.  He trusted in God.  He thought about how from the moment God has told him to leave his family; that God has always been faithful to him.  Thus Abraham was not only faithful to God but praised him and gave him glory. The faith that Abraham shows opened the door for God to do great and mighty things through him.

 Your current situation may give you reasons as to why it may never work or be solved, but just know that your God is mighty.  Your God can move mountains.  Your God works in his timing.  Consider how faithful he has been.  Consider his word which is omnipresent and omnipotent, and the same today, tomorrow and always.  Consider like Abraham how you can grow and strengthen your faith.  Trust in God today.  Give him all the glory.  Let this circumstance turn into the victory that he has in store for you.  Rejoice for he lives and is faithful.

A Prayer for Today
“Lord thank you for your love.  Thank you for your faithfulness and the strength you have given me today.  I choose to consider Your ability over my circumstance. I choose to trust You and give You praise, honor and glory, now and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

How many times do we find ourselves in situations where we question why are we here.  Each situation, each circumstance allows us to learn from them and grow from them.  God allows us to get ourselves in some situations to test our faith, and so we can grow.  This devotional Impacted me and I have been meditating on it for the past few months as I self reflected my day to day activities.  Keep your faith alive; allow God to give you strength and let your selves grow and flourish Spiritually.

 

 

Relationships

One of my friends is doing this survey. Particularly on relationships and the notion of cheating.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGYFHT8

Please check it out, help answer. I have no idea how long it will be up, but opening up the opportunity for others to also answer,

We all define cheating differently.

Even between my husband and myself we both have different definitions of what is actual cheating. Hope when my friend is done with the survey that the answers are shared just to get an idea myself.

Who knows maybe I will do my own survey.

Thank you

Hope, Soar, walk.

Hope, Soar, walk.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

The prophet Isaiah spent this entire chapter comforting the people of Israel. He speaks tenderly to his people. He is comforting them, but he is also encouraging them to trust and keep their hope in God despite the fact that the Assyrians are invading them.

He prophesizes in this chapter on 3 voices.

In verse 3 he says a voice of one calling: in the wilderness prepare the way for the lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Theologians believe here is prophesizing the way of John the Baptist who was sent to pave the way for the baptism of Jesus.  The picture is that of preparing a processional highway for the Lords coming to Jerusalem.    

 

In verse 6-8 he says “ a voice says, cry out and I said what shall I cry? All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fail, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word off our God endures forever.”  He compares the faith of the popele in verses 7-8 like grass, the grass withers, the flowers fall, he notes their faithfulness , but the word of God and his plan and purpose will endure forever; but the plans of the nations will not prevail.  We see this prevailing in 1 peter:24:25where we hear Peter proclaim just this….we are the grass, grass withers, flowers fail, but God endures forever.

 

The third voice mentioned in Isaiah 40: is the good news.

Isaiah 40:9- you wo bring good news to zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, here is your god.”   He is prophesizing Christ, who brings the good news of salvation by those who receive him in faith in the gospels.

 

Isiah continues comforting his people during this difficult time with news of what is to come.  Throughout the chapter he reminds them with rhetorical questions to pursaude the people  to trust in the lord who has the ability to deliver, strengthen and restore them. 

In the verse I read here in verse 31 he speaks of our hope, of us soaring and walking.

Lets analyze this right here.

It is in our Hope in God under any of our circumstances where we can find strength.

We see this in 2 Corinthians 12: 10  when the apostoal Paul says “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [b]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

When he is weak he is strong.  

Where does he get his strength?

His strength comes from his hope and Trust in God who can deliver your from all of the obstacles you face.  Its an exchange of giving up your human weakness for God’s supernatural strength.

They key thing is not loosing hope in the midst of your troubles.

When I first battled with infertility and cancer I lost all my hope. I fell unto my despair.  I didn’t confide in anyone and dealt with this battle alone.  My hope was gone.  I was weak and couldn’t find stregthn anywhere I turned. I couldn’t gain any strength because I lost all hope.  God can’t provide you the strength you need if you don’t seek him, trust in him and if you don’t maintain your hope.  I suffered for many years because of my lack of hope.  Don’t do what I did.  Maintain your hope even when you feel like giving up. 

 

Isaiah also tells us to soar on wings like Eagles.   Why like an eagle? Why not a falcon? Why not a Robin or a Dove who has been synonymous for peace and the Holy spirit throughout the Bible?

Eagles are known for their Vigor and speed.  He doesn’t want you to just get up from your situation, he wants you to be have vigor is to have strength and force, to have vigor is to have healthy physical or mental power and energy.  To have vigor is to have energy.  To have vigor is to have force of healthy growth. To have vigor is to be like an eagle.  Mind over matter, supernatural strength to guide you so you can zoom past your troubles.

 

Then we will walk. 

We get up, we walk, with this strength that comes from above, and we are able to move onwards from our troubles. Isaiah reminds the people that they will not be tired, because of the agility, vigor and strength provided by God because of the hope they are to have in him.

 

Have you ever had a good workout and ideally you would think after doing some intense conditioning that when you leave the gym you will be so dead tired that you will have no idea how on earth you will get home.  Yet after that intense workout, your endorphins are un full throttle mode, you have energy like you haven’t had before.  You are able to make it to your destination without feeling weak or tired.  Your are on a natural high, because of the metabolic state of your body.  

 

When we allow ourselves to maintain our hope and trust in the lord in our troubles, we not only soar out of them like eagles….with our wings spread in praising the Lord for handling it, we walk out of that situation, not unscathed, but not tired, not weak, we are strong. We are on this spiritual high.  Our spiritual endorphins are on full throttle.  Spiritually speaking we are on top of the world.  

 

We know of the path towards Gods kingdom which was paved by John the Baptist.  We heard the Good news of Salvation and we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are reminded that we are like grass as both Isaiah and Paul indicated.  We are like grass.  But it is when we begin to whither, we hold on to our hope, and when we regenerate, we know we had Hope, we soared and we walked.

 

Father God thank you Lord for your love, your mercy, your kindness and for this life you have given me.  Lord I am unworthy of all that your provide me.  I am undeserving of your love. Lord I sin, and I ask you to forgive me and my brothers and sisters of our sins.  We know we are imperfect, but we strive to seek your grace to forgive us for our imperfections.  Lord though we may stumble an fall, we trust and have maintained hope in you to guide us in our circumstances.  We find strength and hope in you to give us the strength we need to be as fast and as vigorous as an eagle when we are facing our struggles.  Lord we thank you for giving us the strength to walk, and not faint, for empowering us with your Holy Spirit to be filled with your spiritual endorphins. I am comforted by the words of Isaiah and the fulfillment of his words in the Gospels for this shows that your words does not falter and that your words endures forever.  Thank you Lord; in the name of the father, son and Holy spirit. Amen

Plan for a Comeback

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”
(2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

God promises to always lead us into victory! That means no matter what you are facing, no matter what’s going on in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be planning for a comeback! In the middle of that adversity or tough time, start making your list of who you’re going to invite to your victory celebration. You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to celebrate what God is going to do in your life. Put some action behind your faith. That means if you’re in the hospital, start planning what you’re going to do when you get out. If you lost some money when the stock market went down, start planning your coming-out-of-debt party. When things don’t look good in the natural, remember, we serve a supernatural God. With God leading you into victory, you can always plan for increase. You can plan for restoration. You can plan for a comeback that will make you stronger and better than you ever were before!

 

Heavenly Father, I give You thanks and praise today for the promise of victory. Give me Your vision for the future so that I can move confidently into the abundant life You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

 

This was a devotional I read a few days ago….during one of the days I mentioned in the But My God post.  We have to put some action in our faith.   My fellow Prayer warriors we live and strive on putting action in our faith.  Fasting, Praying, Praising, Serving and leading our lives to be as much as as example for the next generation.  WE admit our flaws, but we do not let our flaws define us.  WE define ourselves with our praises. Our admiration for God.

My long lost Hollywood

It’s been 13 years since I’ve seen you.

Yes I have kept count.

16 years since I’ve laid next you, embraced in your arms.

16 years since I told you, I loved you.

Yet recently I have found myself near the place it all began.

I miss you.

I’ll always love you.

I should’ve never walked away.

You weren’t the one that got away, you were the one I pushed away, because I loved you so much, and was afraid. I was afraid of what we could become.

I was afraid of what we had.

I was afraid of telling you the truth.

I was afraid of telling you about my miscarriage.

I was afraid of telling you, that I wanted nothing more than to pursue everything you shared with me, alongside with you.

Knowing full well you supported my endeavors, my dreams, my passions and desires…. and baby you know I always had your back. I helped you, when you went back to school…. I knew what we were capable of…. and that scared me.

I wanted to settle down with you, when you mentioned it.

But I started to push away.

I saw other people.

I stopped answering your calls.

One night you called me drunk.

Confessing.

My heart broke.

I was with another man that night.

The same man I married.

I loved you.

I was scared of a future with you.

I still love you.

I will always love you.

Everyday I walk to the place it all started.

I sit by the water.

I think of you.

I am reminded of you.

I am reminded of us.

You still have that affect on me.

I am reminded of the way you made love.

I am reminded of your gentle touches.

I am reminded of your embrace.

I am reminded of your sweet face.

I am reminded of your passion.

I am reminded of your kisses.

I am reminded of every essence of you.

3 weeks assigned to my new location, near where it all began….

3 weeks I think of nothing but you.

Praying for you.

Praying for your family.

Hoping you got what you once saw as your future.

Hoping you got your family.

The family I was scared I couldn’t give you.

My son was born a day after our sons due date….5 days after your birthday.

The son you didn’t know I carried, the son you didn’t know I lost. The son I knew I would’ve named after you. The son I never got a chance to hold. The loss that caused my downward spiral.

I was terrified to tell you.

I knew how you felt about having a child.

I had already lost our son. I didn’t want to loose you with him.

Yet I did.

I lost you both forever.

Because I was scared.

Holding on to this secret.

Holding on this pain I didn’t want you to live…..and you know why.

I drowned my sorrows with alcohol.

You asked me to tone it down.

I drowned my sorrows with partying.

You asked me to tone it down.

I drowned my sorrows with other men and traveling the world and seeking adventures.

You asked me to travel with me, to go on adventures with me, and asked me to stop befriending these other guys.

I am sorry.

I probably won’t ever get a chance to tell you in person…. because I have not seen you and doubt I ever will….but with all my soul and all my heart I hope you feel it… I am sorry my love.

Last night I dreamt of you.

I poured out my soul to you.

You poured out yours too.

I was with you, talking to you, happy to see you. Nervous to be in front of you. Like time never passed…. it was just us again…. for one last moment. In my dream I told you I loved you still and forever will. In my dream I confessed to you what I was to scared to tell you. In my dream I told you why I left and never came back. In my dream I apologized to you.

Then you said something in my dream.

I will not share here.

I know God works in mysterious ways.

I know God uses dreams as visions and symbols to get a message across.

The message I received from you scared me.

Broke my heart.

Are you suffering?

In pain?

Needing interception on your behalf?

I began to cry.

I began to pray.

This dream felt too real.

Especially the ending.

I’m anguished, because I feel your anguish.

I’m in pain, because I feel your pain.

I have never woken up from a dream like this.

I can’t stop the tears from flowing.

I have had dreams of you in the past, but nothing like this.

Feeling what your feeling.

I sit here worried over you.

So my darling, my first love, my heart… I am praying over you. Sending you love and healing wherever you are.

Sending you strength, hope, faith and all my love.

I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, had it not been for you. You have taught me so much, about myself as a woman, to embrace my sexuality, to explore my desires and to live in the moment. I learned to love a man, deeply and passionately because of you.

Aside from my husband, I never loved anyone the way I love you.

My other partners were just men who attempted to fill a void I knew they would never be able to fill, because you will always have a part of me. I married my husband once I accepted the fact I already loved with all my heart once. I married my husband after I learned to love with all that I had left with my heart…..the new all that remained, because you still hold the rest.

Still praying over you, even as I write this. Praying for your health, your happiness, your wellbeing, for strength, peace and your family.

If anyone who reads this knows why God would wake me from a dream feeling like I was feeling, the dream was us just talking, nothing sexual, my love and me talking, But me feeling his pain, his anguish, I learned something new about him, something I hope is not true. But I woke up feeling it all. Just as he felt it in his dreams.

Is he suffering?

Is he calling out for help?

Is God trying to send me a message?

Or is it just a dream?

Help please!

My Hollywood, because I will never use your real name here, I lift you up in prayers. I serve a merciful and forgiving God whose love endures forever. God allowed me to dream with you. A scenario was given to me in this dream and I am unsure how to interpret it. Yet I woke up feeling your pain and your anguish. I woke up fighting back tears. Feeling your pain. Feeling your suffering. Feeling your anguish. I pray that god brings you forth healing. That god answers your prayers. That god gives you strength in your moment of weakness. May you be comforted and be embraced by God. May you find the peace you seek. May you know I will always pray for you and continue to love you unconditionally from afar. May you bounce back to where you need to be spiritually and physically. May God place his hands over you and may you be filled with his grace. God I feel this anguish from Hollywood…. please guide him. Thank you lord for allowing me to feel connected to him. Thank you lord for using me to help intercede in his pain. Thank you lord for your love and mercy. Love you my God. In the name of the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Power of the people

Many of you may have heard of the resiliency of the people of Puerto Rico who in a united front outed the Governor. Governor Rossello resigned on 7/25/19 marking 8/2/19 as his last day in office.

I followed the events closely, having family back home. Being part of the diaspora. Knowing full well I not only supported my people in this revolution, but thinking, I wish Americans were this united and passionate against corruption.

In the midst of the revolution I wrote this poem:

Our people are resilient.

Our people are brilliant.

The pleas are clear….

Ricky start packing your gear.

Our people are expressive

Our people are tired of the suppressive.

I hear the sounds of the battlecries

Ricky our people are tired of the lies.

Our people are creative.

Our people are innovative.

The rage is real, the people are driven.

Ricky they ain’t stopping until your Leaving.

Not seeking re-election is not enough.

The people are tired of all the fluff.

Stepping down from your party’s leadership will not suffice.

It might be time you listen and take the people’s advice.

#rickyrenuncia

#prayingforpuertorico

#protestingviaanymeans

#standinginsolidarity

#withmigente

During the protests and pleas of the people I prayed. Vigilantly. I prayed for peace. I prayed for our leaders regardless of the escándalo. I prayed for our protestors. I prayed for the officers. I pray for this transition and I pray for our island.

Vamos primeramente orar por nuestro pueblo, nuestra gente, el liderazgo que se va y el liderazgo que se va entrar…. poniendo todos lo opiniones a lado. Dios fue muy misericordioso con este revulaccion. Despiertan, despiertan la isla del cordero, despierta, despierta como un leon feroz. Vamos orar por la policia, la guarda nacional, los soldados que estuvieron medio del frente de este revulacion unidos de la junta. Oramos por las iglesias que estuvieron vigilando, orando, llorando, y pidiendo que Dios intercede por nuestra isla. Vamos orar que los lideres del mañana sean líderes como Devorah, que sean sabio, que temen a Dios por el ha sido misericordioso con todos. Que se no sean corrupto, que siempre ponga la necesidad y el clamor del pueblo adelante. Despierta mi gente despierta! Pero no Olvides que sin Dios no se podría lograr este victoria pequeña. El clamor del pueblo se han oído, pero el pueblo también tiene una responsabilidad civil. Hay que restaurar nuestra naccion en todos los departamentos y eso solamente se puede lograr si se mantiene la unión. Paz, amor, bendiciones y victoria mi gente ✊🏾🙏🏽✌🏼🙌🏻❤️🇵🇷

Random poem

Today I thought of you.

Not gonna lie I think of you often.

I was reminded of times when it all was new,

And my knees would soften.

Good times.

Bad times.

Sweet moments.

When it was all about our enjoyment.

I was reminded of the fun we had,

Yet you never made me mad.

Always missed.

Never forgotten.

Though now departed

You will always,

Always have a special place in my heart.

Je’taime, Je’taime Hollywood!

Je’taime, Je’taime

Je t’aimerai pour toujours.

But My God….

But my God….. these three little words have Changed and impacted my life in a carnal and spiritual sense these past few weeks.

But my God… this phrase, these 3 words came to my prayer warrior chat in the midst of a spiritual attack. We may have had episodes of carnal distress in our attack’s, but we knew that our God was one to cry to….. to hear, to cry, to shout, to praise, to proclaim our anxieties our fears and our strength in him. The enemy may be stacking up cards against us to strike Buy My God is a healer, But My God is my protector, But my God is my provider, But My God is a miracle worker.

These 3 words… have been Empowering our prayers and pleas to our Lord. We are a sisterhood that fights together for one another and with one another knowing that no matter what we face, whether individually or together…. we will shout…. I don’t care what you have to say …. throw what you can….. just know those seeds of doubt you are trying to sow…. I have an answer for you…. But My God is mightier than you can ever dream. But my God is giving me the strength you dream you could take away. But my God is with me. But my God is my waymaker.

Powerful stuff indeed.

Especially when we are under spiritual attack.

When our faith is being attacked.

When your moving towards oneness with God and are becoming a threat to the enemy…..he wants to make you stumble….. but My God and my trust in him won’t allow it.

Today I experienced something…. pretty scary….. But MY God took my fears away.

Today as I was commuting to my job…. minding my own business…. thinking of my tasks ahead for the day…. something happened.

I departed one train was walking the subterranean level to the next platform to connect to my next train. I walked to the escalator. I started walking up the steps. Saw a young man, who to be quite honest…. something about him caught my attention. Something was off. Something didn’t feel right.

He was fidgeting.

He kept canvassing everyone’s face on the escalator.

I stood a few steps behind him on the escalator I did not want to get any closer than what I already was.

I notice in his left pocket there’s a handle…. that could easy belong to a number of things.

I am human. I know I am not one to judge…. but i too became extra observant. I studied the shape of the handle. I studied the color and the size. Knowing full well it could be something major or nothing at all.

I silently began praying.

Acted nonchalant about my commute and desire to get to my destination just like all the other straphangers around me.

I didn’t want to draw this mans attention.

Yet some how I did.

As the escalator reached the top he turned and faced me… then Slowly walked with a limp.

When I reached the top of the step…. I walked minding my own business and stood at the platform waiting for my stop surrounded by people. Not to far from the exit Incase I needed to run…. not near any of my usual standing spots.

See one thing about me is my father always taught me to be vigilant of others and movements. Know your exits know your escape routes…. have a backup plan And trust no one.

Then all my political / military thriller novels that i love to read also always has me profiling people in my mind. It’s a bad habit. Yet considering the times we are living in… could you blame me?

I stood near a familiar face of a stranger I don’t know…. but have seen several times on this route in particular.

The suspicious man kept pacing in front of me… looking at me ….. holding on to his pocket.

I was stone faced. Again no physical reaction… yet inside I know I was shaking. I was terrified. While I was praying I said Lord, please do what you need to do. I trust in you. This man is scaring the living daylights out of me but I will not let him see it. The enemy is using this man to cast doubt but my God you are Greater and I know and declare that you whom have promised to protect me will get me out of this.

Prior to the train arriving (approaching train was about 2 minutes away) the familiar stranger whispered to me, that deranged man do you know him? I said no. He said somethings off with him and he seems to be stalking you and yet you are not even noticing it. I said I am I choose to ignore him and let God handle it. He said can i place my arm around you so he thinks that your are not here alone, keep the small talk too. So we did….. then the guy paced and as the train was arriving he started to walk towards the opposite end of the Platform. The man said well your safe for now, I’ll stay with you.

I was alone, or so the enemy thought. BUT MY God sent me a familiar stranger to be my angel. He showed the enemy My daughter is not alone…. she will never be alone!!!!! I am a daughter of the mighty King.!!!!!

So this familiar stranger and I boarded our train. He was near me. We barely spoke. Inside I was praying and thanking that My God got me away from a possible I don’t even want to know. A few stops later, the middle car doors open and low and behold the same man appears. As he walks past me I notice the pocket which had this object was no longer there. My heart sank. And again inside I started to pray. He walked the train car up and down. Then saw me. He then stood across from me but standing in front of the doors near me. His right hand clenched on to something. His shirt was torn open. He was upset. He kept looking at me. The familiar stranger whispers next stop we get off and seek cops. If he gets off we stay and check that he doesn’t enter another car.

The man looks at us, looks at other passengers and you can see he is upset. As I prayed I said lord your will, will be done. This man crossed paths with me today again. Lord he is trying to instill fear…. which I will not lie he is, But my God you are greater and will take this fear and throw it to the depths of the sea. God you will rebuke whatever is tormenting this man. Lord I ask you to cover me under the protection of your blood, lord hide me under the covers of your wings. Lord I trust in you and know I will make it to work and back home to my children tonight. Lord you are the alpha the omega and no matter what the enemy is trying to do I know that My God will help me find my way. The train stopped. The doors opened…. the man fled.

The familiar stranger was also gone…. yet I did not notice him leave the train car. I finished my commute, and went to work. Thanking God for getting that man away. Thanking God. Once my nerves were settled I called my husband. Who asked me the same question you are thinking…. did you report it to the cops?

No I didn’t. Honestly I probably should have. Yes I felt threatened, I felt uncomfortable. I really just wanted to go about my day. I pray that man didn’t do anything. I am hoping I was more paranoid than anything else. What I do know is, God took care of me. God handled it, God told me what I needed to do.

Thank you father for your Grace. Trials, Tests, tribulations and attack’s from the enemy may come. I may be distressed to the point of tears, but it is with my tears and love for you, it is with my tears and my praises to you, that I know, that whatever comes my way, I know that the distresses will come, But my God hears my cries and pleas and praises arrive the foot of his throne. Despite my distressed moments, despite worry, fear, doubt may try to settle, BUT My God will find a way to answer and provide when I am in need. For that I thank you. Needless to say I will not walk in fear but as I have been instructed I will continue to switch it up. God you are so gracious. I love you and thank you. Amen.