Day 92 – Silent Warrior


 

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The silent warrior rarely gives a public war cry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 89 – Mistakes


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A horizontal perspective visualizes the possibilities

as you work through the realities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 88 – Time to Change Your Number


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If your problems have your number, change the number and the area code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 87 – A Christian Nation


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One of my favorite songs, Are You Listening, gives an account of the Haiti earthquake of 2010.  The song appears disjointed at times.  It begins with a show of care for those affected by the earthquake.  However, throughout most of the song it discusses a voyeurism experience to all the suffering.  Clearly, the Haitians are suffering death, homelessness, and devastation. Yet, the songwriter continues in his removed approach to encouraging the victims from afar.  Yes, I see you.  Yes, I feel your pain.  But, this is a cross you must bear alone.  During my own personal struggle, I would silently cry out, really? How Christian of you?  I sit here distraught, cold, homeless, and lost.  Yet, many Christians during this time offered me beautiful scriptural references to warm my soul.  Really? Jesus healed and feed the afflicted.  

However, the songwriter does say, while I cannot help you, “he can…and he will”.   The songwriter goes on to say, “I can’t imagine how you feel, but he can and he cares”.  My thoughts, I simply cannot imagine having to defend today’s version of Christianity to my Lord and Savior.  I simply cannot imagine an acceptable affirmative defense.  

It is at this point in one of Jesus’ teachings to the disciples Jesus provides some advice. This particular teaching occurs in Matthew chapter 7.  He is providing a list of warnings to the disciples as he readies for his betrayal at the hand of Judas.  In Matthew 7:16, he provides a way for the disciples to affirm his people in general.  He declares, “you will know them by their fruit”.   In short, a person lacking faith cannot produce faith.  Following this logic a Christian lacking compassion for the poor, needy, helpless, orphan, and widow cannot produce a life fully rooted in Christ.  Yet, the beautiful thing about Christ is his willingness to accept us regardless of how we present ourselves.  However, the challenge for non-believers is the ability to reconcile the Christ of the ethos to the Christ of relativity, especially, with us as the visual example.  

In spite of my long diatribe here, I am not proclaiming myself the police of the Christian Nation.  I am expressing my personal thoughts on a subject so prevalent in the social construct of our society today.  I am continually striving to become more Christ-like each day.  There are days I exceed my wildest expectations.  There are days I fall short on every level.  Neither endow or exclude me into or from right-standing.  Christ is my only access to salvation.  This is The Truth found and rooted in scripture.  This is The Truth I focus on when the Christian Nation no longer resembles the life of Christ.  This is The Truth written within and upon my heart, my lips, and my mind.  

 

 

 

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Day 86 – Restless Heart


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A restless heart does not rest until it has spoken from a place of truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 77 – The Crab Mentality


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There is a thing called the crab mentality.  

Be the crab that makes it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 76 – Dreams


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Close your ears if the voices start to drown out your dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 74 – Only the Best


Settle

You deserve to receive only the best.  

So settle for nothing less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 60 – Before


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No matter where you are today, know your God is with you, and for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HSCM Segment 2: The Spirit of Dominion


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The Spirit of Dominion

I purposefully remained silent yesterday.  I went about my day with few words and even few interactions with others, purposefully.  In fact, I have released fewer words last week than any preceding week.  As I sit here, the weight of this subject is freeing and constraining.  The authority in my life continues to guide me into new understanding of his role, over my life. 

Silence is the window from which the Holy Spirit guides me.  Silence comes in many forms.  For some it appears in crowds.  For others it comes in their secret place.  For me, it comes and goes simply being in relationship with myself.  Now, as perplexing as this may sound, I have always been the closes to the Holy Spirit, when I remove myself from all distractions.  Corporate worship is important.  Relationship with others is important.  Being in contact with others is important.  However, I have found, these can either usher or hinder the move of God on my life.  Lately, music has become my best source of inspiration and doorway to my personal Teacher.  It is my hope I express the impartations whispered this week in a way free of confusion, disruption, or any semblance of conjecture on my part. 

I find it affirming this week’s Daily Post Weekly Challenge, focused on silence.  Silence held the words within and limited the flow of whispers, until fruition dictated release.  Preemptive release of a Word from God, hinders the pathway of delivery and can delay arrival at its appointed destination.  I have seen it play out in my life at different periods of time.  Yet, growth comes in testing the ethos against the experience.  The more I make myself available, the more I experience the powerful move of God in our world.  God appeared mightily over so many situations this week.  I visualized the revelation of God in the life of God’s people all around me this week.  It is truly humbling.  There are no words to express the emotional waves flowing at his Truths unfolding before my very eyes.  Yet, my reliance on the Holy Spirit; will continue to guide me, into releasing the Truth, in a way so deemed necessary for this time.

Emmanuel I call upon your very presence to enter and release the declarations from Heaven as you deemed fitting.  I declare and decree clarity upon this topic.  I declare and decree understanding upon the text and the writings here.  I declare and decree a scarce place in the atmospheric walls, surrounding the knowledge transmitted, from thought to page.  I declare and decree obedience to the transmission regardless of the tone.  I declare and decree Elohim’s steady hand on the writer’s mind, effectuating Truth and not conjecture or misunderstanding of the governing text.  I declare and decree the environment is free and clear of all demoniacal (see meaning here) forces.  Let the Word of God carry forth both in Heaven and in Earth.

The Holy Spirit provided only one scripture for this particular section found in I Samuel 3:1-11.

I Samuel 3: 1-11 “Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen

1-3The boy Samuel was serving God under Eli’s direction. This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen. One night Eli was sound asleep (his eyesight was very bad—he could hardly see). It was well before dawn; the sanctuary lamp was still burning. Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.

4-5Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.”

Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did.

6-7God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.”

Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)

8-9God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”

That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed.

10Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

11God said to Samuel, “Listen carefully. I’m getting ready to do something in Israel that is going to shake everyone up and get their attention. {MSG}

Before, I knew the fullness of God I knew God’s presence.  Yet, there is a difference in knowing and knowing.   As I recall my early experience with the Great I Am, I remember holding discussions with my cousin about God’s character from my Bible School teachings.  These debates for any 9 year-old were deep.  However, my knowledge of God had limitations in my understand of the fullness of his deity.  You see, God spoke to me in a way I could receive at my age.  Somehow, even then, I recognized God’s intentions for me where only for my betterment (Jer. 29:11).  I knew he loved me in spite of my flaws.  I knew he cared for me in spite of my persistent to live on my terms, at times, solely in my humanity.  I simply knew the day I walked the long aisle towards the altar, I was coming home.  Yet, I had no idea exactly what any of it meant until later in life.  God has always been speaking, urging, and seeking my ear to turn towards him at every turn.  For my part, most of the time, I answered.  On occasion, I simply chose to ‘go it alone’, because how else does one come to understand exactly who they are.

Today, I draw from the story of Samuel’s first personal moment and affirmation with God.  His spiritual leader until this moment of beckoning had only been Eli.  Eli held his hand and guided him according to the teachings of God.  Just as his mother, Hannah had promised before God blessed her with Samuel from her barren womb.  Interestingly, she never forgot her promise to God or her first-born.  She continued to visit once a year with her support for his ministry.  Yet, Eli was Samuel’s sole parental figure until his calling.

Samuel therefore only knew the voice of Eli.  Samuel could not recognize God’s voice, because he had never heard God’s voice personally.  The timing of God’s appearance and revelation to Samuel is full of foreboding.  I find Samuel’s introduction to the voice of God particularly soothing; especially, considering my introduction to the voice and revelation of God.  While intricately connected to God’s presence in my life, I did not fully awake, until he called me again, many years later.  I remember being called and confused, because even in my studies, God had stayed behind the curtains.  He was silent, as I am, in my personal worship times.  The beautiful thing about God; remains his timely appearance, especially, when the situation dictates the sounding of an alarm.  For Samuel, God called him forth, four separate times.  It was Eli, who on the third time figured out Samuel was hearing from God himself.  There is something in this worth considering as the story unfolds.  But, this is not a teaching moment (see I Samuel 2:25-26).  This is only my search for truth in all things occurring in my life, as I seek to reconcile the eternal God with the internal God.

I continue.  Upon clarification from his spiritual leader, Samuel returns to his place of rest and awaits the voice of God.  God again shows his face and calls forth Samuel a fourth time.  He delivers a harsh declaration upon the house of Eli.  Imagine this for a moment.  Samuel’s only source of guidance, protection, and spiritual relationship to God received a death sentence.  More to the point, God has charged Samuel with delivering the decree of death over his teacher’s entire household saved one.  Imagine if it was you.  Could you do it?  Could you speak forth a word of death?  Would you be strong enough to overcome your fears?  What might you do instead?  Would it matter? 

Conviction is a double-edged sword, which all prophets deliver alongside edification.  The irony of this truth caused me to block out the voice of God, refusing to acknowledge the many warning signs of impending disaster.  I purposefully refused to ingest conviction, thus, never receiving the fullness of God.  I lived one eye open to please others and one eye closed to my own well-being, which created a level of resentment,especially, when others did not reciprocate in kin.  

How can you bring conviction with a mind refusing to hurt anyone?  You cannot.  I did not understand it until recently.  Sure, I had read books on leadership, establishing boundaries, servant leadership, and even the Bible.  Yet, there is something transforming when God reveals himself in his fullness to you.  You are truly never the same.  People look differently, to you.  Words sound differently, to you.  You appear differently, to you.  The best way to describe it is a kin to a baby encountering fire for the first time.  Before the moment, the child’s finger touches the flame; the child still finds the flame intriguing.  Once the child’s finger reaches the flame, pain comes, and the child, no longer views fire as intriguing.  There is a new understanding, created by the experience. 

The usage of fire is the best analogy, because it serves my purpose.  God is love without question.  However, the fullness of God, once introduced to you, personally, ignites every cell within your body, mind, soul, and spirit.  Forever transformed are you.  You know even as you seek to stay in ‘control’, you are not.  Wow!  Just imagine for a moment, God reveals himself to Samuel and Samuel even at his age steps into the call without question.  Why, is it so difficult for others?  Why, do some of us fight to the last breath before simply answering the call?  I do not know.  I wish I did.  I just knew I got tired of being in pain.  Like Jonah, in the belly of the whale, I wanted out.  Thus, I answered the call without fully understanding the sacrifice it would entail.  I am young in this phase of my call.  While, my encounter of déjà vu goes back farther than I can pinpoint, they lacked a mental connection to the Holy Spirit.  Yet, the Holy Spirit does indeed guide me, as the text promises.  Like Samuel, I grew up in the church, but a church, no longer subscribing to believing in miracles and wonders for our time.  Thanks to God, as soon as I became of age, and no longer required to attend church, I simply stopped attending all together. Sounds crazy, well, we are to worship in Spirit and in Truth.  We are to darken no place where the fullness of God cannot bear light.  Thus, it might be a little radical, but not necessarily, crazy.  I am grateful to know the voice of God today.  I am ecstatic to have a direct line to the Spirit of Dominion.  There is only one Spirit of Dominion.  The Holy Spirit lives and guides me into all Truth, assuring me of my right-standing in Christ.  My understanding of the text, about the voice of God and revelation of God, continues to mature, the more, I simply listen to the urging of the Holy Spirit. 

Everything happens for a reason and everything has a season.  I question, the preceding statement a little.  I recognize it traces back to the text.  Therefore, I am not, today, at least, questioning the appearance in the text.  I am questioning my understanding of the textual meaning of phrase.  I have no doubt, no matter the circumstance it will bring about the necessary change or move in my life.  I also believe everything has a place and a time to mature.  What I question is the finiteness of the phrase?  I am toying with the concept of unlimited access to the infinite power of God.   I am imagining a world, where the power of Christ reigns in this time through his children on Earth.  I am imagining a world, where we take the limitations off of Christ, to truly move, in our lives and lives of others.  I am imagining a world, where instead of fighting for equality, we simply speak equality into existence for all, and it exists.  I wonder how many are imagining the same.  

Confession Moment #7: Where I Am Today


Okay, so, I spent minimal time on the social sphere this weekend.  I actually went out and enjoyed the great weather in Texas.  This morning, I perused my Home Feed in Facebook and found this post: I am a Christian

Awhile back during a conversation about my weekend, I had the tedious coming out story, which occurs every time I meet someone new.  You know, “So, what are your plans for the weekend?” Do I remain elusive that ‘he’ is really a ‘she’?  Do I simply say, ‘nothing, really, you?”  This was over a year ago.

My response: Me and my partner are going for dinner and then maybe a movie.

Friend: {Brief silence} ‘You’re partner?”

My response: Yep.

Her response: That’s cool.

Slightly uncomfortable for moment and then we returned to normal.  Personally, I demise this conversation.  I do not have to ‘come out’ black or as a ‘woman’ everything I meet someone new.  But, that is an entirely different Confession Moment.

I move on.

After we became Facebook friends I realized we possessed different viewpoints on almost everything, but that is the cool thing about having different perspectives.  I do not have to accept the views of my right-minded friends and  they do not have to accept my left slanted view for us to have a friendship .  However, the above post infuriated me beyond words.  I took a break to cool down.  I am constantly addressing seeing through the eyes of others before making judgment calls about someone. I put my words into action.  Instead of attacking her publicly on Facebook, I simply posted the following post to my status page.  It is possible and even likely her post was  not directed to my many posts in support of the mislabeled “gay marriage agenda” happening in the WORLD {holds her tongue}! I digress.

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. ~D. H. Lawrence

Feeling sorry and being pissed off are not the same.  I am just a little p.o’d at the moment. The rest of the poem goes on to speak of the bird chewing off its’ own arm to free himself if necessary (side note, this part came from the movie G. I. Jane).  That is where I am today.

I write this from a place of love stored within my heart.

The Spirit of Homosexuality is a conundrum I do not understand.  Can anyone point me to the scripture in the text, where Jesus discusses the ‘Spirit of Homosexuality’?  This is a rhetorical question.  However, if the Holy Spirit enlightens you to a particular scripture, please engage!

As Christians, we assign spiritual names to words without having fully engaged in the etymology of the word.  I challenge anyone battling or battling against the Spirit of Homosexuality to do an etymology of the word in scripture, other reference books, and documents.  We can talk afterwards.  The Spirit within me rises up to defeat the elusive dismal of God’s children with a resounding, no more!

We are no longer Greek or Gentile, as we each have a branch on the Tree of Life.  Only God can rip or stitch, his children from the Tree of Life.  Thus, all the riches of Christ flow down and in each of us.  I am simply in a place of no more!  If Christ makes no distinguishment between gay or straight, why have we taken up the cross to revoke the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause under the United States constitution?  The last time I checked support of an amendment held little sway in the validity of the amendment.  Otherwise, the LBGTQ community could forego paying yearly income taxes.  It would be fitting, if I do say so myself.

Here is one book suggestion to consider for further research on homosexuality in Christianity:  http://www.amazon.com/Gays-Under-Grace-Christians-Homosexuality/dp/1555233015

I dare you!

Confession Moment #5: If They Only Had a Brain


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Watching the news, listening to media, or just talking to some people makes me think… the Wizard of OZ was on to something.

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Confession Moment #3 My Thoughts (Ranting): Father of Michael Sam Says NY Times ‘Twisted’ His Words | Nightcap


Pic from Nightcap on an editorial by Selena HernandezAll Rights Reserved of the original content owner for the image used in this post of Michael Sam’s father.  Link to the original post follows belowFather of Michael Sam Says NY Times ‘Twisted’ His Words | Nightcap.

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I need to be honest.  If I am to grow into who I am called to be then living outwardly and openly is my key to Freedom and the path to my rewards no man can bestow. 

As a woman, who has been in a living and loving 14-year relationship with the love of my life, holds breath for a long time, did not want to be labeled different.   By the way, that still has not changed, the inability for some people to expand their thinking outside of their tradition socialization of unproven theories can be challenging even for the star quarterback (I know he’s not a QB, btw – just an analogy). This is Texas after all, football terms are a commonality most of us can agree on, most.  

My understanding of the Creator’s omnipotent forethought allows me to recognize it is in my differentness, I am uniquely crafted for a specific purpose. More on that another day.  

This is my substantive rant on the ubiquitous dialogue happening around the water cooler, in the elevator, throughout a myriad of social media platforms, and on every news station we have here at work.  Really, this is quote newsworthy un-quote!  Indoctrinating a culture to feed on itself, that is news! This, this is overrated and overdone for me!

Now, I love my football, and when the story released, I must have asked four or five times, “…but, is he any good!” among the chatter of “is the NFL ready”.  I don’t know about you, but I keep hearing and seeing confirmation in the universe of the same, “it doesn’t matter if you are ready … get ready, because some things have got to move!” *hands suitcases over, you know what to pack and what to leave behind*

Why are so many of us (universally) condemning a man for his inner thoughts?  I imagine most parents at that moment of preconception think, just let them be “perfect”.  Somehow, hoping this will shield them from a world of hurt, when in actuality whether you are perceived as perfect or imperfect, the hurt will come, just packaged differently for who you are and what you must overcome to reach who you are created to live out.

While my mother loves me, I know it breaks her heart to know, my brothers have it easier. Even if, in their easiness, they suffer more for being a part of a normalized view of ordained relationships.  It is in these moments that I think, sometimes out loud and sometimes inwardly, “who do I follow that during their time, were also perceived as abstract to a normal depiction of who the universe believed they should be or would be”.

Though, I be lifted up, I am with you always even unto the ends of the Earth.   I will rest with you.  I will comfort you.  I will give you peace in the midst of the storm.  Better yet, there’s even greater news than all I’ve told you before, you can achieve transfer of the same power according to your faith, because it came amidst the absent of my physical interaction with you.

Perhaps, what we should be questioning is, ‘what are we contributing to the universe that causes others to fear for the safety of those they brought into being?”

Conviction should always be internalized before dishing it out externally.

Can Someone Tell My Daughter Who God Is Please.


Resolve: Can Someone Tell My Daughter Who God is, please?

I am charged with always being ready to offer a defense for my hope. Never has that been so prevalent than today. Yesterday, while scrolling through the Freshly Pressed section half way down the page this blog from W.T.F (Words, Thoughts. Feelings) appeared. It was somewhere after 12:30 am and I confess I was exhausted. I left the blog up and went to bed. All throughout the night, whispers came and went until I had no choice, but to arise and give a defense for my hope.

What follows is my response to the question.

I preface every word I write here with a little background about who I am today.

For me, it is important to recognize that my influences, experiences, and subsequent worldview both in my writings and life are intricately predicated on my version of who God is for me. I offer this preface as a way to way and test any theories, statements, beliefs, notions, or spiritual truths that follow here. They are my truths, and I am comfortable enough in them to acknowledge while in some ways they do exist in others, they cannot and should not be an overlay for everyone.

Throughout the course of my life I have used many names to describe who God is, because the God of my experiences during the formative years did not resemble the God displayed every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at my childhood church. Yet, this is where my first memory of who God could be originated.

In search of evidence, I would leave the church for almost ten years looking for God, the Higher Power, the Supreme Being, Mother Earth, you name it. I sought to learn more about this then elusive God from other religions and/or belief systems, such as, Islam, Buddhism, and Wiccan. This is not a collective bibliography; it is offered to show the lengths taken to solidify God’s reputation with my reality. I offer this forward not as proof of who God is, but as background falter on who I am, which directly correlates to my relationship with God presently.

Through many trials and tribulations most of which carried a death sentence, had it not been for God, I would come to reconcile the God of ethos to the God of consciousness. Although, my attendance at church wanes at times, I do have a church home. It was here, I began to learn more about having an intimate and personal relationship with God, under direction of the Holy Spirit. It was here, for the first time in twenty something years, I was asked to test everything I knew or attributed to the Great I AM. It was here, God for the first time in a long time became both flesh and spirit. It was here, elusive imagery became substantive knowledge. There are those in my life during this time that saw a transformation I had unknowingly been seeking. To be truthful, I fought against such a transformation. Yet, I was no longer the same and uniquely still very much the same person from 20 years earlier. It was here above all else God became tangible to me.

To some my journey may sound crazy or even a little heretical at times. So be it.

I have learned my faith in God is based on my testing of God. Case in point, when I finally began to see God in church, it was a Wednesday night bible study session. At some point, the instructor almost caused me to fall out of my chair with these words, “Don’t believe me, don’t believe the pastor, read for yourself and test God’s faithfulness”. I confess, there were a lot of characteristics I held towards God at that time and faith was indeed one of them. However, not the blinding and unwavering faith present for most career Christians. So I began reading and searching scripture in a mnemonic way. Asking questions and then opening the Bible to an indiscriminately page. There would be an answer uniquely relevant to where I was in the universe at that time. After a while, I wanted to see if this ‘faith anomaly’ held real merit for application in my life. I began asking normative questions others would ask their friends or these days the GPS system on their phone.

A particular question from this time comes to mind.

I was headed to-night school from work one evening and wanted Taco Bueno. Now, consciously I could not figure out where there was a Taco Bueno in the area, I knew were Taco Bell was, but that’s not what I wanted. So, I posed the question, “God, you say I can ask you anything large or small and you will answer. I yield to your direction. Where can I find a Taco Bueno?Seriously, I was craving a B.O.B! I turned off the music, and listened. Instinctively, I began driving and made several turns all of them leading me away from school. For a good twenty minutes, I drove making a circle ending up close to where I started the trip. At times I had moments of doubts about posing such a question and following such otherwise intangible directions. Exiting a freeway, there was a Taco Bueno on the right-hand side. That was one of the best B.O.Bs of my life.

I make a concerted effort to speak and write from a universal worldview and often succeed in this attempt. However, I am a believer in Christ and a follower of The Way, as such; please charge any grossly scripture undertones or rhetoric supposition to my evolving worldview and not to the spirit of my heart.

Now, having laid the foundation about why you should even entertain my response to, Can someone tell my daughter who God is please? I offer the following commentary.

The short answer, God is indeed love which is not always reflected in the people we see or in the environment we live. Yet, above all else your version of God is directly related to your experience with God. Anyone can speak on the true character of God, but only you can speak on who God is in your life. I might even add an anecdotal statement, such as, “God knew you before you were in the womb, and he saw it was good. God is greater than the eye can see and bigger than the mind can comprehend. God is infinitely equipped to help you through every situation or circumstance presented to you. But above all else, God will forever be your reflection of self”.

The long answer, that’s an excellent question,”let’s find out together”.

T.Dawn, with your permission I would like to share this to my blog as it tracks well with delving deeper into reflective thinking. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

W.T.F.

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“Momma, who is God?”.  

My daughter asked me that question last summer. I am still trying to figure out how to answer her.

I didn’t grow up going to church. I say that with no hard or jaded feelings about the fact. I feel like I heard a lot about God, having grown up in middle Georgia. However, the conversation always felt more like “someone” that other people knew. I never met him.

Like my daughter is starting to now, I saw a lot of gray matter in the way people, especially the ones that made it a point to remind you how often they went to church, presented themselves and the way they authentically were when around like minded people.

Hypocrisy was something I couldn’t name back then but I felt it every time I heard a self proclaimed Christian person use the N word. Sort of today’s version of “No I don’t think you’re going to hell because you’re…

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Day 32 – Change Comes Through Adversity


Everybody

 

My story of adversity is uniquely designed

to strengthen my resolve.

 

 

 

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