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A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

KJV Listener’s Bible

    

                

18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

I am a friend of God

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2  •  1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.

Devotional

God’s Friend

We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe not. 
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so 

common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.

“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.

 To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?

Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.

James 2:23 KJV

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen

A Life of Congruence

 AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE by Eugene PetersonDay 1  •  
This is a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Today, tomorrow and the following day I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

A Life of Congruence

Congruence.

 Basically the word means “in harmony” or that “the outside matches the inside.” A life of congruence is one lived where your words and actions truck with the things you believe in your head. This is not an easy way to live by any means. But the alternative is living a life that’s divided against itself; in other words, a lie. So the effort is worth it.

It is entirely possible that you cannot recall ever hearing the word congruence. But there was a phrase people used to use to describe the same thing: practice what you preach. Does that one ring a bell? People who don’t practice what they preach are called “hypocrites,” which is another way of saying a pretender or an actor (and not in a positive sense). Do your words and actions match up with the thoughts that roll around inside your head? Or do you find yourself playing a role, saying or doing things that run cross-grain to what you think you believe?

The preface to As Kingfishers Catch Fire, says: “The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.”
The opposite of congruence is some variation on the theme of compartmentalization that probably looks like “I’ve got my Christian life over here, my social life over there, my family life off over there, and my work life is back there.” Yes, that’s a house divided against itself. A house that in time will not stand.No dissonance between word and spirit, no pretense.

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

 

KJV Listener’s Bible            

14That

 we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Father God I thank you for another day. I would want nothing more than a life of congruence. To have a life filled in harmony with you. To have a life filled in harmony with my loved ones. To be able have a balance between my life as your child, my life with my families and every other aspect in it. Thank you for sending this powerful devotional series. Please bless the author, please bless any one reading who may be seeking peace and harmony. Amen. 

Pulse

Dedicated to those whom were taken too soon at Pulse and to the survivors whom were fortunate enough make it out alive.
PULSE.
Thud, Thump, thud.
My hearts song live.
Thud, thump, Thud.
My heart finds its beat.
Thud, thump, thud.
Love is all I have to give.
Thud, Thump, Thud.
The rhythm which pulsates through me is so sweet.
Thud, Thump, thud, bang.
A year ago today, many lives were taken.
Thud, Thump, bang, bang.
A year ago today, many fears were awaken.
Thud, Thump, bang, bang.
A year ago today many lives where shaken.
smash, crash, thud thump.
A year ago today, many hearts were broken.
Today survivors replay that horrible night.
Knowing full well that what was done was not right.
Lives destroyed.
Families in pain.
Many keep busy, they just want to avoid.
The memories of the stains.
Regardless of one’s belief.
Difference of opinions should not make it right.
To take someone Else’s life.
Purple, Pink, Orange, yellow, Green Blue.
Because of the Pride in their flag.
It is not up to you.
Purple, Pink, Orange, yellow, Green Blue.
To them, they are more true than you.
They are open and honest of whom they are.
accepted or not, they are people too.
Sine bright, shed love, shed peace for all.
Families of Pulse, my heart and prayers goes out to all of you.
RIP.

Poem: Commuter Rant

This poem was written after observing the differences between natives and tourists commuting.

Commuter rant:
Riding the subway.

Reading a book.

Couple next to me please lower your voices.

Please go away.

Seats packed, I want to move, I glance then look.

Tired faces.

Long shifts.

Zombies.

Dazed.

Tired.

Stress and worry lines.

Some lost in their phones.

Some lost in their thoughts.

Some lost in their games.

Some lost in their shows.

Some lost in their books.

Do you not see?

Your loudness is rude.

We are all trying to go somewhere.

I do not mean our destination.

We use this ride to get away from this reality.

From our problems.

From our stress.

From our families.

From our work.

From the filth around us.

From the realities of daily life.

Please lower your voice.

It’s a distraction from our get away.

Please lower your voice.

We need these few minutes to escape before we get to our destination.

While you are here, enjoy the sites.

Take lots of pictures.

I know you’ll be in our shoes, when this vacation is over, and your reality sets in.

​ He Prepares our Paths

“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…”
(Isaiah 45:2, NKJV)
He Prepares our Paths
We all have moments where no matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, we just seem to stay stuck. We cannot move forward. There were no warning signs that constructions were going on down the road. There were no signs of roadblocks. No signs that we would be stuck in traffic.
Life isn’t like the I-95.
Our Walk with Christ is not like route 66.
We are not always prepared for the hard stops that comes our way.
We were headed down the right path, and bam, blind-sighted now you are steering off the course of the road.
It will be OK.
It happens, to many of us.
Know that when you declared that you believe in Christ and that you choose to follow in his footsteps that he Promised to guide and protect you. The Spirit is your eyes and ears for what lays ahead. You need to trust in the Spirit and confide in God and you will find a way back to your path.
Isaiah said ” I will go before you and make the crooked places straight”. The Lord is declaring to trust in him, he see’s what lies ahead.
He knows what your future holds. Trust in him as you walk, for those hurdles that come towards you, those roadblocks, that person trying to side swipe you, all that will be taken cared of and those crooked bends along the road will be made straight again for you.
We all face hardships in life. You may be going through a bump in your road. Just know that you have already been given the rubric to get back to your path.
The Blueprint, the GPS, the map is in your possession. You know what you need to do in your time of need. I know what I need to know in my time of need.
It is time we stop ignoring what we know and listen to the voice of reason to get back on course.
If you need help to remember what is needed to get done to get back on track lets start with this:
1- Pray. Pray about your circumstance, pray about what you need to do and for guidnce so you can listen to God as he provides you direction.
2- Stand before a mirror. Look at your flaws. Look at your attitude. Look at anything in your reflections where you can visibly see what you need to change (attitude, action, etc).
3- Rebuke negativity. Even while knowing it may be my attitude that needs adjusting, do not fret on that. Do not fret on negativity that has yet to pass.
4- Praise him. Praise him. In your worship ask for guidance. He shall provide.
5 – Thank him. Thank him in your darkest hour, thank him in your finest hour. Thank him for this too shall be a life lesson you could look back to and reference as a testimony to help another.
6- Victory is coming. you know what you need to do.
7- Thank him, praise him again once you get back on your path & Pray.
Father God I thank you today for being bale to wake up and glorify your holy name. I thank you for my circumstances. I many not always like the cards death before me, but I thank you. I will learn from today and I will seek your guidance to trust you enough to get me on the path you want me to go. Thank you for preparing my path, for knowing what lies ahead, for ensuring my safety and”Lord in heaven, thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for preparing the path for my life and making my crooked places straight. Thank you for my restoration, for my life, for my redemption, for your guidance and the lessons you have provided in my life. I submit myself to you, I submit all aspects of my life to you. I surrender my fears, my problems, my despairs, my anguish, I will trust wholeheartedly in you to for your guidance. Amen

Today: Start living your life Abundantly

“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10
As Kids we used to say, ” When I grow up I am going to be rich so that my kids can have everything I never had”.
Then we grow up and realize money does not grow on trees. Though we work hard, we make sacrifices knowing that we may or not get rich, but you want to be in a place where you can provide for your children in ways your parents may not have been able to do for you.
We want our children to live abundantly in this carnal world. We usually think about the materialistic things that can help you lead an abundant life. Now Jesus offers this to us, God offers this to us in John 10:10.
Are you living the abundant life spoken here?
He is not making reference to the materialistic desires of the world.
Jesus wants you to live your life “to the fullest” hence the term abundant life means “life to the full.”
He wants your spiritual life to be full. His promise about living abundantly is beyond what the world and carnal desires can provide for you.
The same way now we as adults work hard, make sacrifices for our children so they can have some of the commodities, adventures and so forth that we didn’t have, God wants us to do the same with our Spiritual life.
God wants us to be full of his blessings.
He wants you to be filled with everlasting Joy.
He wants you to find peace.
He wants you to overcome obstacles.
He wants you to have hope.
He wants you to have faith.
God made the sacrifice with his son Jesus who died on the Cross for you and I.
That sacrifice is so we can live that abundant life today.
Not some day.
today.
Today you and I can let go of the wickedness of the world.
Let go of temptation.
Let go of sin.
Let go of doubt.
Let go of fear.
We can all Live that abundant life described today.
Not tomorrow.
Not SOME DAY.
TODAY.
DO not waste time.
take advantage of the opportunity provided for your with the sacrifices made for you.
That is what we want for our children, God wants the same for us.
Receive his blessing, his glory, his joy, his strength, his guidance, his love, his trust and go ahead and live that abundant life.
Father God I thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made in Sending Jesus to pay the price of our sins so we to can have an eternal life with you. So we too can enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice. So we too can live an abundant life with you. Help me dear lord to remain focused in you so I can live my life to the fullest in your Glory. Guide me so that I may not stray, lose focus or take steps back. I trust in you and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Father for this sacrifice.
Amen.

R.I.P

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I posted a blog entitled “Crying a River” a few days back.

I dedicate that post, and this one to Patient Doe  (that is what I will refer the person as for privacy reasons).

Patient Doe passed away since I wrote that post.

My heart aches for the family of Doe.

Sending a special Prayer for the family.

God our Father,

Lord, at the moment nothing  it may seem to be able to help the loss this family feels.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns with them.
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You, I pray that this family leans on you as well.
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.

I know in this moment of weakness and pain, you will provide the strength needed for them to continue.
I praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall all walk together again.

Despite this loss, I bring before you today
 those who suffer 
from chronic illness or disability
- those for whom sickness or disability profoundly affects their lives.

When they feel diminished,
remind them that you call them by name and hold them 
in the palm of your hand.

When they feel fragile and broken, mold them and heal them,
 that they may more closely resemble the image of Jesus,

your Son and our Brother.

When they are reminded
of different times in the past ,
lead them to grow in the faith 
that you love them today, as they are, in the reality of their lives this day.

When they feel uncertain about the future, lead them to that perfect love 
which casts out all fear.

When situations remind them – not of what they can do,
but of what they cannot do – remind them that “love never fails”,
and that, living in your love, they will bear your fruit in plenty.

May all of us
- whatever our circumstances -
 never be so taken up with our own concerns that we do not see or respond to 
the needs of others.

May we live with courage
the different challenges 
that each of us faces.

Amen.

R.I.P Patient Doe.

 

The most important meal:..

Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, or is it?
Psalm 63

“A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
Doctors, nutritionists, specialists, teachers and parents for years have drilled that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We are told we need to have a balanced diet, so that we can refuel after an evening in nocturnal bliss sleeping. We need to fuel up so we can go about our school day, work day, toddler day, stat at home parent day and just in general function until it is time for us to rest again.
What if I told you we need to nourish our spirit the same way we nourish our carnal beings. David emphasizes here that he earnestly searches for God, thirsts for God, he will glorify God and sing him praises. All that happens in the early morning.

He speaks of glorifying God, quenching his thirst with God, he praises the almighty God. a Spiritual Breakfast.  He starts off his day enriching, fueling, powering in his spirit for the tasks yet unfolded for his day. The word of God, maintaining a relationship with God in the morning is just as important as that bowl of cereal, oatmeal, bacon egg & cheese, fruit parfait or anything else you have for breakfast.
The same way we eat to refuel our body after a nights rest, we need to refuel our spirit with praise, worship and manifest on Gods word. You will have a better day by being spiritually able to face the tasks before you.
God I thank you for your word. I thank you for another day. Lord I lift your name high and rejoice for all you’ve done in my life. Thank you for another day, another opportunity, another moment to fill myself up in your word and presence. Thank you for allowing me to glorify you. Thank you for your nourishment, for your bread, your blood, allowing me access to your word to meditate in. Just as my flesh need food for nourishment, my soul needs you for nourishment. I pray for you reading this. May you quench your spirit with his word. May we all like David wake up with the hunger that only God can satisfy. May our enriching of our spirit build on the relationship we are building with God. May we always remember breakfast for your soul is just as important as the breakfast needed to start your day. Amen

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Crying a River

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me
I’ve been crying so much I could probably replenish the ocean.  

We all complain about our problems.

Gossip.

Stress.

Financial hardships.

Disrespectful individuals.

Selfish folks in our lives.

Illness.

When things don’t go out way,Etc.
Those with terminal illnesses, how often do you hear them complaining?

They ride it out.

Hope they can buy more time.

They pray.

They hope.

They find faith.

They fight.

They don’t complain.
I work at a prestigious facility, where our patients, whom come seeking care, their happiness and comfort is our priority. We must go above and beyond, regardless what role you play in the institution. We do everything we are physically able to within the constraints of our duties to not only get our jobs done but to ensure our patients are rightfully cared for.
I have a patient whom I will refer to as patient Doe. I won’t even reveal the gender of patient Doe, nor anything specific to this patient other than Doe has a terminal illness.
Doe has been a trooper throughout the various stages of Doe’s care. Currently it’s not looking good for Doe. I respect people like Doe, why? Despite what they are going through they don’t cry, complain, fret… they know the cards they were handed in life. They know where their path wlll lead them. They don’t complain.

They don’t cry.
We cry over everything. We stub our toe, we complain, we trip we cry. We have a bad day, we cry and complain. We complain, complain and complain failing to realize others have it worse than we do, terminally worse, and they are not crying, complaining or fretting.
Patient Doe could be any patient. Though the Patient Doe whom I’m thinking of as I’m writing this only God knows whom this persons true identity is. I’ve been crying for over a week because of this patient Doe. I did become emotionally vested in this patients care. Sent several prayers for this patient and the family. When I last spoke with Doe, the person told me, whatever God decides to do I am ready. If God grants me more time, I’ll take it. If God calls upon me I will answer. I’m ready, I’m scared, I don’t want to go, but I know where’re I’m going when I’m gone.
Isaiah 40:31 | NIV

but those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.
We should all hope in the lord to have renewed strength despite our circumstances.
I usually end my posts with a prayer from my heart, my prayers are inspired and led by God and the content of my post. My prayers are from the heart. Today I try, yet I cry. A river is flowing from my heart. I asked God to guide me with a special prayer given the nature of this post and he led me to this.
I saw this prayer online and felt it fitting with this post.

I’ve cried, I’ve prayed and trust in the lord for my patients.
God our Father,
we bring before you today
those who suffer
from chronic illness or disability
- those for whom sickness or disability profoundly affects their lives. 

When they feel diminished,
remind them that you call them by name and hold them
in the palm of your hand. 

When they feel fragile and broken, mould them and heal them,
that they may more closely resemble the image of Jesus, 

your Son and our Brother. 

When they are reminded
of different times in the past,
lead them to grow in the faith
that you love them today, as they are, in the reality of their lives this day. 

When they feel uncertain about the future, lead them to that perfect love
which casts out all fear. 

When situations remind them – not of what they can do,
but of what they cannot do – remind them 

that “love never fails”,
and that, living in your love, they will bear your fruit in plenty. 

May all of us
- whatever our circumstances -
never be so taken up with our own concerns that we do not see or respond to
the needs of others.
May we live with courage
the different challenges
that each of us faces. Amen. 
I will end with this scripture 
Deuteronomy 31:6 | NIV
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
This post is dedicated to my Doe, It shall be God’s will. Keeping the family of patient Doe in prayers. Though I didn’t mention the full details of what’s going on, though I didn’t name this person, nor revealed anything other that this person is sick, I ask that you pray for this “Doe”. Pray for all that is sick.