I’ll be God’s hands and feet

I was laughing with my cousin today about the kids thinking Bishop Knox was God. Adults find it strange when kids confuse the pastor for God but the more I think about it, the more I realize they may have it right. Not saying I think any pastor is God but shouldn’t his actions on earth be a reflection of the God he serves?

There is a song by William Murphy that says the change I want to see, must first begin in me. Well most Pastors have gone through a transition that changes the heart they were born with.

But should it only be pastors, ministers, teachers or Bishops or should it be everyone who has accepted Christ?

Casey J has a song called my heart..she says

I’ll be your heart to the ones I meet

I’ll show love to the least of these

I would have never known if u didn’t first love me

I’ve learned to love when I’m your hands and feet

I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

So to all my ministers and friends, we are created in his image and his likeness, let’s allow the world see him in us!

Advertisements

You are not alone!

I don’t have to understand.

I don’t have to fix it or figure it out.

I don’t have to know your intimate or personal details.

I don’t have to put on a fake smile, pretend or lie.

I will be here because i can’t imagine any other place to be.

Supporting, even when I don’t understand.

Loving, even when you are unloveable,

Praying, even when you can’t,

Because supporting you is my #1 thing to do.

I’ll be here pushing, pulling or dragging you to tomorrow, because I know that Joy comes in the morning.

So, as you progress along this journey, don’t worry about me, I’m back here cheering you on, praying and trusting God with you and for you.

Go,

Be Brave

Be Strong

Be Weak if that is what today brings,

But keep going

Do It Scared!

The reality is you still have a life to live, kids to raise, jobs to do, but you don’t have to it alone.

Your support team!

Peace and Power

Peace and power,

You know what I’m talking about right.. the peace of your salvation and the power of the Lord working hand in hand..! Yeah that’s what I’m talking about.

The shunamite woman in 2nd Kings is Peace and Power. Her story was just a few chapters and verses in the book of 2nd Kings but her faith is an example to me.

The cliff notes, there was a prophet who used to come to town regularly so the woman and her husband made a room for him in their house, being kind. That’s the first thing, he didn’t ask them to provide for him, they saw his need and they listened to the God in them and provided something he needed. He didn’t have to beg, plead or shed blood, they offered. That represents true kindness and being the hands of God.

The prophet was so thankful he offered to do something wonderful for them. He knew they had no children so he told them they would have a child next year. I love her response.. “Elisha said, “About this time next spring, you will be holding your own baby boy in your arms.” The woman said, “No, sir! Man of God, don’t lie to me!””

‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/2ki.4.16.erv

See this was the desire of her heart ❤️. She wanted him to be sure because if he promised it and she didn’t get it, well you know how that goes. She could have become bitter and turn from God if he was not being truthful , but that’s not her story, nope she gets the child of her desire and life is good.

One day as the boy played in the fields he became ill, the father said “Take him to his mother”. Now my mind is all over the place with this statement, first I was thinking 🤔 you’re his dad, can’t you handle it? Then I thought, ok you are busy in the field and there is nothing like Mama When you don’t feel good. Ok ok that’s me thinking but he gets to his mama and dies. Lord! 🤦🏽‍♀️

Mama is no regular Mama right? So she lays the boy on the prophets bed in her house. Remember the boy was a reward for her faithfulness to Gods prophet. She then tells the servants to get the donkey ready and she heads out to see the man of God! Her husband wants to know why?

“And he said, “Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath.” She said, “All is well.””

‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2ki.4.23.esv

All is well? What do you mean, our son is laying dead in that room and you leaving talking about ALL IS WELL! I’m sure he was thinking “where do they do this at?”

As she approaches the prophet he sends people out to greet her.

“Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?'” And she answered, “All is well.””

‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2ki.4.26.esv

ALL IS WELL.. I bet you’re thinking she is crazy.. butthat’s what Peace and Power looks like.

I’m going off script here, I’m using my very creative imagination to try and imagine what the people had to be thinking as they saw her. Her child was dead and she was getting on a donkey talking about going to search for the prophet. What can he do right? The kid is dead! They probably felt sorry for her and thought she was losing it. But their opinions did not stop her. She got on that donkey and went to find the man of God.

“Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?'””

‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭4:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2ki.4.28.esv

She made a demand on the word of God, yes she did, she reminded the Prophet of their earlier conversation. Peace and Power! The prophet went home with her and made it right, and the son was restored to life.

Peace and Power.. when tragedy struck her house she did not weep and cry and fall apart. She grabbed the peace of her salvation and met her situation head on. She used the Power of God to speak to the situation and make it right. It’s like she knew if she could get to God that he would make it alright. She knew the situation appeared dead to everyone else but not to her. She did not care what others thought as long as she could get to God! Hallelujah a praise goes there. Peace and Power!

ALL IS WELL

Are you serious?

“My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/gal.5.13.erv

“Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:9-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

http://bible.com/97/col.1.9-12.msg

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

http://bible.com/97/col.3.1-4.msg

Just God’s word today!

Oh my, I just realized I’m a “Church People”!

Church people, people who go to church but ain’t right. Yes, that is me.
I always hated church people, and I use the term hate loosely, I didn’t like them at all. I always felt church people were self righteous, judgemental and often times hateful. Church people talked about people like they were perfect. Church people loved looking down their nose at someone less fortunate.
Yes, I said all those things and some I can’t remember and I was not wrong. Nope, I was right the whole time and I still find myself sitting and worshipping right along side the Church People.
I bet you are asking, how could she let that happen? You would be right to ask that too, I often ask myself the same thing. Here is what happened.
One day as my life was falling to pieces; my marriage was in shambles, my child was acting a plumb fool, my mother, who was cross addicted to pain pills, alcohol, crack and many other things, health began to fail while she was living with me. One of my siblings was giving me the blues and I didn’t know if I was coming or going. At this period in my life I was invited to church. I said, uh huh, no way, I can’t stand Church people and this is not the time. Well I went anyway and guess what? Nothing happened at first but good music, kind people and a word that made me think about my situation. Well I went back again and again and it became a habit, but a good one. I started going to bible study and really listening to what the man of God had to say about me and what I needed to do. He rarely addressed the Church people and sometimes I would think he was tripping, they needed to know about themselves right? Wrong, I was there to learn about me, not them. I was prepared to be angry, mad and frustrated at the Church People but God kept me.
As the weeks went on I figured out that my relationship with God had nothing to do with the people around me and everything to do with what I wanted. God began to force me to deal with my issues, to see where I could learn and grow as a person. He began to heal the dark and ugly places in me, he began to shift my perceptions. My love for God caused me to be more open, more forgiving and more accepting of others. This did not happen over night nor over a year or two, it has been a twenty year journey. Yes, 20 years of church from a girl who refuses to go in a church for years.
I think the biggest thing I had to learn was that every single person that enters the sanctuary has admitted they have a problem and are there trying to find answers, solutions and healing. Those people have made a conscious decision to do better. They may not get it right, they may still have a million things that God needs to heal in them before he can begin to heal the gossiping and backbiting but trust me, if they keep showing up, they will be changed too.
“Try to be a little of this and a little of that. Even God’s followers will do some good things and some bad things.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:18‬ ‭ERV‬‬
http://bible.com/406/ecc.7.18.erv

I challenge you, don’t let people keep you from church. I know you don’t have to go to church to love God or have a relationship with him, but it sure helps. I am sure there is someone there who encourages you, loves on you who helps you when times get rough.

“We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭ERV‬‬
http://bible.com/406/heb.10.25.erv

I encourage you to live free, free yourself from what others think of you, think of your situation or whatever. Free yourself from the same thing you are mad at others about. Let it go.. live your life as you see fit and give the people something to talk about. It will free them from talking about somebody else.

Live free

Hey, I’ve really been thinking about Love 💕, you know unconditional love. Is it really possible?

We all know and understand that God so loved the world he gave his son to be crucified so we could all be free. I think we know the story and many of us believe it on some levels and some people are left with more questions than answers. I think that’s ok, but who in the flesh can love like that?<
e go into relationships with great expectations. We want the other person to love us, accept us as we are and make us happy. I’m thinking, who has a magic wand? How can someone else love us as is, and we have not yet learned to love ourselves?

I say that because once we have learned to love ourselves we stop 🛑 looking for validation in someone else. We have to stop and review our lives, look at our mistakes, our personal failures and our successes and forgive ourselves. You probably think I’m crazy for adding forgiveness for success as something to forgive but oftentimes we have lost something or someone for every success. Success demands it’s own payment, yes it does. So you have to forgive yourself for the hurt you caused others, knowingly and unknowingly. You have to forgive yourself for the destructive decisions you’ve made, and the results of those decisions. You have to forgive yourself for the times you were selfish and unforgiving. Forgive yourself for the days you passed judgment on someone without knowing or caring about the facts. <
kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.”Ephesians‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭ERV‬‬tp://bible.com/406/eph.4.32.erv

You may think I’m crazy when I tell you that you have to forgive yourself to be free to love but it’s true. I know the fantasy is that love heals all wounds but that’s just not true, God’s love heals all wounds. Peoples love can be harmful because their vision of love is warped. Some people believe you love them if you never tell them no, even though saying no can be healthy and responsible. Some people believe that if you don’t beat them when they make you mad that you don’t love them. I don’t want none of that love. Some people think you love them when you buy them something, and the more expensive it is the more real the love. Yeah that loves not too bad unless they broke right? What I’m really saying is learn what Love is, and get yourself ready to receive it.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭ERV‬‬tp://bible.com/406/1co.13.4-7.erv

Live free!<b
ee from oppression !<b
ee from condemnation!<b
ee from abuse!

From sin!

Free from that thing on purpose!

Be happy!

You were not created for confusion, you were not created by accident or just because. Your very existence means there is a purpose for your life.

We all want the same thing, to be accepted for who we are, to be loved and to be happy right? Well get started,

Live free!

Forgive yourself!

Forgive everybody who hurt you!

Love yourself fiercely!

Love like you have never been hurt!

Assume good intent, don’t take everything so serious, they may not be hating on you, maybe you just don’t agree on that subject?

Embrace the things you are afraid of!

Remember there is no right or wrong way to be yourself, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you don’t need to be different..be you.

Now you are free to be happy.

This won’t be easy, it won’t happen overnight but if you are serious it will happen. You are responsible for your own happiness, it has to come from you, no one can do it for you. Even God can’t make you happy, he can heal you, forgive you and empower you , but happy is your own responsibility. Take it serious; you deserve the best God has to offer.

“God, examine me and know my mind. Test me and know all my worries. Make sure that I am not going the wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right.”                           Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭ERV‬‬ http://bible.com/406/psa.139.23-24.erv