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Crude versions of the title’s gist have survived millennia as excuses for rejecting The Holy Word and Way of GOD in Christ.

Some variation of:

‘The white man created and used Christianity to control people of color.’

‘The Holy Trinity is just a knock-off of Far Eastern beliefs that pre-date Jesus.’

”They’ think we’re savages and want to replace the greatness of our culture with some blond-haired, blue-eyed doctrine.’

‘I’m smart. I work hard…and I deserve my heaven now; enough cheek turning!’

often finds its way into believer-nonbeliever discourse, leaving the parties full of self or emptied of energy from debating over a God (and pandemic, human sin condition) larger than anyone.

The spirit of rebellion that first reared its head in The Garden continues to strike down our good sense, contentment with God’s Natural order and daily Invitations to cultivate His Character within us so our souls can flourish.

With no foresight or foretaste of The LORD’s Goodness [Psalm 34:8 KJV], the couple instead chose the notion of great gain opposite His Will and the second-guessing in their guts; confirming knowledge of a Strict Instruction in Genesis 3:2-3 right before disobeying it then hiding from God’s Address altogether in verses 8-10.

To date, humanity still fawns over many distractions and dead letter worship [of 2 Corinthians 3:5-7] alone that we cover for in the name of devotion; stagnant existence, no Inspired Guidance through Life in The Holy Spirit.

Our relationship with flora (taking time to appreciate and maybe plant them or maintaining a healthy internal environment to best digest His Full Truth) also suffers.

Stubbornly concealing a constipated nature that refuses to let go of fast-acting yet long-lasting toxins like pride, bitterness or jealousy eats away at one’s own functioning and integrity [Job 5:2, Proverbs 14:30, 27:4; Galatians 5:19-21, James 3:14-16, 4:2-3], ‘rotting the bones’ aka the natural framework that’s supposed to hold us together and help us live/move/be upright in Acts 17:28‘s truth according to Biblical thought.

On the other hand, incontinence’s volatile manner though lacking self-control [Matthew 23:25, 1 Corinthians 3:5 YLT] doesn’t discriminate as it stains beyond the sick party, broadly contaminating what it touches in even tiny, unseen ways that can still spread dis-ease long after the initial contact.

As is true of our mundane work, heady pursuits [Ecclesiastes 2:15-24] and spiritual lives [Ecclesiastes 7:16-18], balance is much more vital and civil(ized).


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(I might’ve had a bit too much fun with some 80s meme generators this week, but I’m just grateful for Joy in The LORD! Ok, back to my post…)

So, how is balance achieved? Is it, like genuine faith in GOD, just another term many swish around their mouths in good social taste with so few actually putting their hand to or heart and foot in it?

Again in addition to robust prayer lives, Biblical nourishment and a social circle of shared hunger for the righteousness of God, what practical assists are Christians afforded when seeking a healthy work-life balance in “wisdom…knowledge and…equity” [Ecc. 2:21 KJV]?

Are we suited for m/any of the mindfulness and other holistic wellness practices currently experiencing a renaissance, e.g. clean eating, yoga, meditation, massage therapy and more?

These were some of the questions I asked of The LORD when I started to exclusively see and receive His Way as The Truth for my life.

It probably goes without saying that a nutritional approach to balance—a moderate, ‘eat to live’ mindset—does well to honor The Most High’s Instructions to avoid gluttonous excess [Psalm 78:29, Proverbs 23:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:1, 3] while giving the organs and systems of our temples, as best able, only content and portions that fuel it for rightful service instead of wearing it down; inviting sloth [Proverbs 12:24, 24:29-31; Ecclesiastes 10:14].

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One sin too easily leads to another. A proverbial bad apple sends microbial messages to the bunch so the misery of its rot spreads to its company. I won’t say the few gnats and fruit flies that show up constitute pestilence of Biblical proportions, but the chain of events is the same. Disobedience (including buying beyond need or means via the lust of the eyes) begets decay.


Be encouraged to abide in Christ with me and please don’t be dismayed. Remember the trespass yields to The Gift God Gave us, even today in this present moment [Romans 5:15]! Yes, we must always guard our hearts and whole selves from the world’s evil [Galatians 6:10-18], avoiding bad company to avoid corruption of good character [1 Corinthians 15:33].

Indeed, it was written that “a little leaven” (or bacteria, fungus, viral agent, even the cold untruth of Pharisee-like doctrine we’ve all promoted or have otherwise been privy to at some point, etc.) affects “the whole lump” when what matters most is really “faith which worketh by love” [Galatians 5:6-9]. More importantly, each Fruit of The Spirit we develop also helps seed another!

The religiosity of whomever decides they want beef or not, etc. has no literal or figurative place in true worship of The Sovereign King, Bearer and Mediator of The New Covenant, JESUS [Luke 22:20, Romans 14:13-17, Hebrews 8:6-13].

In Him, we can say (better yet, shout) Grace about every food, drink and behavior known to man except unquestionable and impermissible blasphemy against His Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23; Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10].

That doesn’t mean we who love Him and decide upon those foods, drinks, behaviors, thoughts and connections that help limit parasites, excess weight or other imbalances are wrong or ‘bougie’ (?!).

It is pleasing to human visitors when we sweep our homes, temples; offer beverages from thoroughly clean cups without old food, lipstick stains and such, provide savory fare and are less likely to embody the hormonally-injected spirits of stubbornness or artificial sweetness to name a couple.

Why wouldn’t the spiritual equivalent invite and please GOD’s Presence? His Word Teaches that we are (to be) “unto God a sweet savour of Christ” [2 Corinthians 2:15]. Beyond the saved and perishing, He Is Most Worthy of our best.


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To that end and new beginning, meet my recent ‘soda’ replacement! I won’t peddle late-night infomercial lies about great flavor…but it tasted decent while supplying the larger benefit of boosting energy [experienced] and good bacteria [expected, reported] after that flu fooli’ness. This is no endorsement; just part of an extended metaphor. Especially for those who avoid dairy and related yogurts in or outside of this mucus-heavy time of year, any kombucha, like many fermented foods, can be helpful in improving gut & immune health. If need be, I may try another kind, make my own or stay flush with fresh lime and ginger in ample water. No worries!

I believe I’m growing in the understanding that when probiotic doses are discussed, perspective comes along the line of “parts per billion”. It’s a matter of concentration; that is, how all our unique, active ‘stuff’ resists quickening where there’s gravity or situations that bring us down to Earth (mass) relative to how a billion ‘everybody elses’ throw their weight around this planet.

Don’t seek an opportunity to be unduly oppositional along 1 Timothy 6:20 lines, because The Most High Is yet a Job 9:8-10, 38:4-7, 33, 36 and Daniel 1:4-5 GOD! A pill is that according to the world’s human population—approximately 7.6B—each of us does our daily part to operate either as an agent of ill or wellness, moreso to The relatively smaller Body of Christ.

I am receiving greater appreciation for the Truth of my Great Physician. Per Deuteronomy 28:7, the ratio of His Healing Power Is intact. The enemy can keep its fever! It Is also well with The Master’s (exponential) Formula in Matthew 18:21-22 and Proverbs 24:16 for forgiveness and recovering from minor falls after that big one. I, too, am one of His children who shall give the enemy no environment to thrive.


This brings me briefly to some of the other complements like herbs, yoga and acupuncture. As clinical models and centers of healthcare became more integrated with natural, complementary & alternative medical [CAM] practices over the years, these three areas have been particularly active in spiritual undercurrents that the unassuming (Christian) person might not be aware of when seeking relaxation.

Herbal medicine—from the aloe plant’s innards that surfers and other sun lovers wisely place on their skins for burn relief to our ancestors’ sips of maté, mint or sassafras to the local gentrifying shop’s chamomile or ‘new’ overpriced and exoticized teas then on to the very foundations of virtually every drug your pharmacist carries—has long been demonized as a tool of witchcraft.

At one point, moldy bread wasn’t even fit for peasants and slippery attempts to sell it must’ve been grounds for a few brawls. With right perspective and in the right hands, however, its relative, penicillin, has helped many recover from various biological battles.

Being innocent regarding evil but wise in good things as Romans 16:19 Teaches us, of course there are many who may be unaware of or don’t share my belief in Revelation 22:2‘s (figurative?) Vision.

It is understood that they do employ plants, bodily fluids, friend/family trust, even Scripture or a smile and anything they can get their hands on to manifest the evil within them. They see the world from that place because their father, the devil, taught them effectively [John 8:44].

The trend didn’t begin with, but was certainly popularized by, executives whose strategies would benefit from pillaging whole territories and cultures.

How many ways do we still see the culture of regulating and synthesizing raw bounty otherwise used well by its kindred then slapping a trademarked name and/or high price tag on the spoils with a ‘Beware! Don’t Feed the Savage Natives’ sign for extra effect on anyone who survived?

That is a form of mistaking good and evil [Isaiah 5:20, Jeremiah 22:13, Matthew 23:23]. Those so inclined should stop while they can. My Heavenly Father Is a Forgiving, even Adoptive One when approached with reverence and genuine repentance.


 

During a chat with a friend of mine about my holistic health interests before I became saved, the Christian gentleman met my expressed thoughts from a position of understanding the sustainable, natural fitness goal but gently introduced the question of what ‘chi’ I hoped to move.

 

The brother indirectly reminded me that my good intention and acceptable appropriation of a thing was contending with millennia paved with the distinct spiritual practice of billions beyond me.

My rational mind searched for rebuttal from the memory of positive harm reduction results I’d contributed to and witnessed in recovering heroin addicts at one public health center that included acupuncture as a vital service for detox.

The next immediate memory was of the treatment protocol’s focal point, the Shen Men or “spirit gate”, at which time I kinda just shut up, listened closer and stepped away from that chamber with my righteous mind. I mean, why’d he have to yell…

 

I also thought of a fellow creative lady from my adolescence whom my then-boyfriend loved, arguably too much. We went to her shows. He spoke of her by codename among his circle when we chilled together.

Y’all, Sir Honesty volunteered that they read the Kama Sutra together in her dorm room on a nearby campus when I had yet to return to mine from late classes. Via countless stories, he hated her boyfriend who was apparently anything but generous towards her. And so on.

 

I’m neither designed to be jealous nor a jail warden, preferring natural respect and selection over force or so-called feminine wiles, so victimhood by cheater/liar wasn’t my lot in that instance. If anything, my ‘I will address you with my findings once then play and beat you at your own game until I’m bored’ younger self was her own victim. I hurt him badly as well.

Giving time & energy to what didn’t value either young woman instead of subtracting myself from the confusion, staying gone then yielding to God for cleansing°healing°redirection°rightful union otherwise was my choice and fault.

Eventually, the restless spirits involved did what they all do when they go without accurate identification, protection and rebuke in Christ Jesus. They transfer…and she became the woman of my dreams, too; crying in sorrow each time.

Whenever God Laid her heart on my spirit, I would genuinely ask him about his friend. One time, he broke down and shared that she’d just had a daughter. We were all 22-24 by then; had gone from baggy to painted-on jeans and both (allegedly) moved in and out of his life.

I felt the child was his but never verbalized my questioning as our part-time, six-year love was apparently sealed. With the exception of a criminal act, pregnancy says two things: all claims of ‘there’s nothing between us/we were never intimate’ are nullified and physical protection was faulty or off.

A few, new girlfriends also entered the stage then–and my dreams; one even by name before we’d met. Clearly, I was too close to him and not close enough to Christ. That tie was way too strong outside of The LORD to be a blessing.

There was no use beating or wasting time to blame what’s already done. I respected life, reached out to the new mom for the second (unanswered) time since day one and wished her blessings with what I believed to be the purity that white roses represented.

Silly of my way back, Asiatic Black ideology at the time not to consider that some of the same Far Eastern cultures of our common interest regarded white (roses) as funerary. I feared this was the unintended making of a vendetta and, for a split second, almost agreed with the old wives’ tales of our respective cultural roots that somebody’s pointed anger was the reason for the loss of my children. How dare I assign overall life & death power to any but The Most High GOD-in-Christ? [Isaiah 25:8, Hebrews 2:14, Revelation 21:4]

This was

 

Yeah, touché.

Even massage that bears no distinct spiritual culture, as touch is a physical sense, should be approached with the caution of 1 Timothy 5:22.

{Work in progress; more later…}

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Umm K, so…

About a year ago, during a web search I don’t recall the details of, I found the accompanying picture…hilarious!

I saved it immediately, knowing that one day it would make resonant sense and find a place of merit within my world.

That’s kinda been my mindset from the early years. I collected, often visually. Milton-Bradley’s MEMORY® game was an admitted favorite. Parents or any people “ages 3+” might not realize the potential strength developing by essentially resigning a sponge to “Sit down somewhere! Pay attention! Remember… .”

There were lots of stickers then unique patterns and sounds in the house or of artists I enjoyed on the radio I would study to recognize them from attempts at silent, off-hour entries that would eventually pick up volume among the family or obscure, uncredited collaborations.

(Much) later, it proved better to learn that GOD Reveals His Plans in His Time—that it’s important to stay rightfully in the pocket as former President Obama recently encouraged regarding his own dance in Life—and collect myself, quickly remembering my limits in the natural, ‘fore The Holy Spirit would have to Snatch me up in harsh Correction.

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Both Sides Now

Somewhere between first saying “Happy New Year” 2018 and “here”, the last digit’s been staring me down some. (I wanted to say it was waving at me or the like to get my attention, but look at it… It’s not built that way. There are two openings, however. For these purposes, I will call them eyes. Thanks.)

Without second thought, yesteryear’s consciousness would have emphasized the ‘build & destroy’ balancing act the number itself appears to perform effortlessly. After all, two opposite but complementary realities are facing each other at their most pivotal points.

For either to fall off, so to speak, is to create a completely different number/entity/time altogether. Not even marked by the emptiness or potential of two zeros, the image is of two random teardrops–or map markers these days. Turned on either side, as we do when we choose rest or get knocked down in Life, His Infinite Power Is represented regardless.

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The Holy Spirit Began Whispering reminders of eight’s Biblical importance into my temple. The Ark’s roll call for salvation in a dire time [Genesis 7:7]…the day of return after the allotted week of menstrual and/or (male) childbearing separation [Leviticus 15:9, 12:2]…days from birth after which male children were to be circumcised [Genesis 17:12]: all eights.

I decided, or maybe He Decided and I simply honored the memo, that I would commit to deeper training and stream-of-His-Consciousness sharing with God’s Word on every eighth day this year as He Allows.

{NOTE: Pending inclusion of the Daily Post prompts in this space isn’t necessarily His Idea, but helps me keep (His writing gift) keen to environmental changes yet sharply focused on Him.}

If even after prayer the flow feels sluggish or not quite as perfect as I might like, I would advance more fiercely before The Throne.

Isn’t that part of what it is to tarry for His Holy Spirit? Doesn’t our Heavenly Father Want us to engage and wield His Word with fervor for greater inner-standing? With all the rumors of war and arguably less weighty matters plaguing the world, shouldn’t we be ever fiercer with our greatest Weapon for taking down spiritual strongholds?

 

The blizzard and sub-freezing temperatures that ushered in the year as well as other recent climate changes have been violent.

Shift dynamics that allow little time for self-care plus the very idea of mandatory flu shots (or stay-on, turn patient comfort-off masks) that can’t possibly address all strains of the virus and offer no defense against others’ (hand) hygiene OR simple colds no matter how careful I’ve been are violent.

The way I made through fresh cranberries, kiwis, citrus, peppers and a Kleenex box yesterday and today alone is kinda violent.

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The final yank I had to do with a wayward heart string before dawn this morning was violent, though harming nothing but the door to unbalanced enabling that it held ajar in the name of never being a “mean”, cold & hardened Christian.

More revelations of popular figures’ alleged criminal indiscretions and continued deaths suffered by and from law enforcement is violent.

With Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16 Being facets of God’s full Truth, His people must also reach for and grasp His Kingdom with wide open hearts and hands; violently, even.

Warriors, soldiers of The Cross, brothers and sisters in Christ…ours is the most Grace-full fight (un)known to humankind. Be armed and encouraged in His Strength, not our own, because Victory Is already His. We must first endure.

En garde.

Joyous…Knew…Yeah!

I love you.

GOD Knows I do.

When you have and share clean fun or healthy thought-provoking content, graduate, love yourselves as vessels of The Most High, marry, nurture families, make mistakes, heal, grieve, get ‘It’ however GOD Intends [Romans 12:15-16]…I just love you.

Sometimes with a saddened heart, sometimes through frustration, sometimes because your expression bypasses the pretense the world applauds most and shows growth that could only come from humble communion with my Father, always because He Loved us first and, in my case, through what I considered much worse.

 

Our Hebraic brothers & sisters welcomed 5778 in Autumn. Chinese tradition will celebrate 4716 via animal spirit next month. As for me, Biblically, the Spring°March/April°Nisan/Aviv season sets the tone of revival in Spirit and nature yet this January 1 is indeed a common time of rejoicing and recognizing the real dynamics of the roads we’ve traveled thus far to best apply The Savior’s unique Gift(s) to our lives moving forward.

 

No true child of GOD wonders how to handle the royalty, knowledge and active faith that comes with our DNA in Christ because His Word Is clear.

In any age, we must handle each other with consistent & genuine Love, rightful admonition, patience, humility [2 Timothy 4:1-5]; personally, in a small group, before The Church, then no more if rebellion persists [Matthew 18:15-17].

 

Speaking of which, don’t you know we are exactly that; The Church, individual yet collectively representing The LORD of ALL [1 Corinthians 16:19-20]?

Honey or handsome one of a Holy Spirit temple, we are also human and must fervently guard against be(com)ing tainted by harmful spirits in every moment [Matthew 24:24, 2 Peter 1:2-11].

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So many cups with which to draw, drink & deliver The Gospel’s cold water as Instructed by Christ our Beloved King. In Revelation 17:4 and 18:6, even the personified Babylon has one. Assuming anything, specifically what He Crafted or Chooses, is unwise. :|: Photo credit: “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade” ©Lucasfilm (1989) ° Video context: https://youtu.be/9MqeLj9I_kc https://youtu.be/U_xH7SV57EU

We who have smaller social followings are equivalent in ways to the community storefront church; faithful to raise many into stronger Christian wo/men without the need for bells & whistles OR fly-by-night and one of a few on the block erected to collect multiple offerings yet give nothing worthwhile.

We who have large social followings are equivalent to megachurches in brick-and-mortar buildings. God Bless the advanced platforms reaching and preaching to the nations! That Is part of our Call as The Body and must be appreciated without envy or greed to please GOD. Likewise, we are unable to credibly point at their worldliness when we too flex on our own screens.

Micro leads to macro; amino acids to whole proteins, seeds to full-grown plants or flesh beings in the Kingdom [James 1:12-27]. The fashion and journalism worlds, for example, have long been noted for stealing from social cues and digital media presences of young people of color in particular.

How do any of us know what part of our expression is inspiring others, even megachurch media departments, to do better in Christ and what’s leading others astray with a green light to idolatry (e.g. Chaldean practices that went down for the count way back when Nebuchadnezzar’s crew tried it in Daniel 2) if we’re our own blend of Word & the comfy worldliness we defend with a little help from our friends?

A “That’s not my brother, sister or responsibility” mentality raises more Cain than Kingdom unity. Yes, salvation must be worked out with individual fear and trembling [Philippians 2:12-13] but our freedom is ill-advised when used as an un/intentional stumbling block to the growing Body of Christ [Galatians 5:13].

Large or small, popular or differently Purposed, in Christ we can’t do it for clicks or cliques. The wine bibber [per Proverbs 23:20, Galatians 5:21 & Ephesians 5:18‘s effects of excess, not the occasional celebrant as at Cana’s famous wedding or one who stomachs it as per 1 Timothy 5:23] believes The Bible supports their footing to look down upon the rum drinker. The cigar smoker feels a class above the cigarette smoker who in turn throws stones at the stoner. Some Christians who openly appreciate eye candy of the opposite sex are quick to say how others put on a show.

Our contradictions abound, but not more than Grace [Romans 5:20]. I know The Holy Spirit and every living conscience is up to the task of Healing. Beloved, defiling our bodies within The Body via ‘stinking thinking’, foul speech, intoxicants, lust of the eyes and otherwise are ALL discouraged by The True and Living Word.

WE must continue to welcome all who desire Christian fellowship without partiality and reflect the Character of Christ including some gentle reflection of ‘self’ as needed for the mutual perfection of we who profess Him.

Sweep all the disrespectful ‘buts’ from the entrance, expect remixes in Love of the Holy Spirit’s Biblical Inspiration, paint over the grates’ graffiti and keep forgiving. Pray The Word, Spirit and flock inside Will all-ways Be unscathed.

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Please don’t believe the lie that you are threats nor should you aspire to be EXCEPT to the actual enemy—who feeds on pride, division and enmity.

What are hypocritical retort, chain mail with or without mace and negative looking parties among us to the Earth-shaking, lava-pouring, ultimate waves my Father Poses [Isaiah 45:5-12]?

What is there to fear of alleged wins or losses projected to my or any body that leave all but a perpetrator’s soul intact [Matthew 10:28]?

 

If a person gets Protected from hell, first hears the call to stop straddling the fence, accepts & confesses Christ, receives The Holy Spirit then seeks new, sound fellowship in The LORD to supplement their personal Relationship, s/he might not understand or agree with what appears to be atmospheres promoting dating, style, commercial or other worldly matters more than Christ.

 

Coming to Him that way, no better or worse than another, I admit some of what I witnessed among the first Christians after truly setting my sights on Him didn’t look very different from the world I’d left and it confused me. I asked for & received clarity or apologized where applicable and continue to appreciate the good among those vessels as all grow in GOD.

If a person is struggling, prays for you both then comes in peace to share the experience and Truth via The Word, that doesn’t make him or her an enemy [Galatians 4:16].

For instance, it so happens that music is one area that my Father Has Endowed in my life for His Glory. I was raised on beats that knock and Bach; formally trained, even. No biggie (or ‘pac), pun intended.

As I matured, I replaced whatever words most if not all secular artists were saying with The Word hidden in my heart [Psalm 119:11, Ephesians 5:19]. Whether I enjoyed silence or instrumentals, that didn’t stop insult from approaching albeit never reaching me. God Guide the journey of every arrow.

 

When you’ve endured

•the confusion of alcohol/emotional/mental/physical/sexual abuse before the age of reckoning & decades of denial and planned obstacles from some male & female relatives

•actual comfort and sanity from The God they all talked a great game about in the community light of day

•unwanted attention and brands of foolishness like ‘you talk and act White’ for excellence that was simply a result of trusting books, numbers, scientific concepts & music more than even grown folks

•the deserved results of briefly dumbing down and choosing some bad behavior to experience what earned offense felt like

•straightening back up by Grace then embarking upon a home/family/life in matrimony with a long-time friend who would later attempt to hang me on a wall for saying “Good evening” to a male family member of his when I came in from work, refused to attend my first college graduation in order to have our place to himself—and another, eventually losing the only image I had of my natural father: an old passport photo cutout, heirlooms, exotic splurges from world travels, my piano, guitar, studio equipment, hundreds of books, most my other earthly ‘possessions’, two children and a totalled vehicle that I missed entering by mere seconds

•building the courage to pursue group therapy only to get cursed out of the first session because I’d never taken hard drugs and apparently had to learn firsthand that some hurting people love nothing more than to hurt others

•tumors that didn’t kill me and temporary flatlines that The LORD Saw fit to Revive to beautiful Penmanship in His Palm [Isaiah 49:14-16] when they yanked my would-be firstborn from my body without medication

•a super-churched mate for whom exploiting intimate moments would prove to be his truth and way of life, making criminal accomplices of every slander believer

•allowing myself to try committed love again after six years, thinking a decorated, never-married soldier would come with the discipline to join me in doing ‘It’ right; not quite anticipating the addiction, homosexuality & PTSD that plagues many trained to fight everyone else’s battles in the natural

{Note: It can’t be encouraged enough that sex is only for marriage, Beloved, and marriage only for those equally yoked in devotion to The Most High, love, respect, senses of responsibility, interests, honest transparency, even libido and affection so as to stave off the games that hate on people as well as the divorce that GOD Hates.

For those of you privileged to have been nurtured in that example and teaching from the beginning, appreciate and respect your guardians then pass it through your line as The LORD Blesses you.

For those taught by fire, respect your guardians, appreciate those who sparked your wisdom and pass it through your line as The LORD Blesses you also.

All of Ecclesiastes and Matthew 5:45 Teach that sun and rain will find both the un/wise and un/just. If my experiences don’t constitute rain to some, they are certainly a personal testament to Christ’s Reign and Power to Save.

Black, comely, only and favorite of my mother [Song of Songs 1:5, 6:9], the Son yet Shines even on me and Will Provide all that is rightfully, righteously mine in due season.}

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•a repeat of hurting, now Christian women’s accusations who misconstrued my own discipline and occasional therapeutic expressions online to enlist others, even their children, in mistaking me for the type of woman who would violate another; not caring or realizing that my outpouring was regarding unrelated people & situations I had to pull up on [with sensible confrontation] in my own life. Of course, that was when I thought rightful submission included tolerating connection I had to compete•cry•fight•hurt•put on airs•fearfully test for. Happy New Paradigm!

•the opposite ‘so White’ insistance from grad professors that I focus on Greek instead of indigenous African contributions to medicine in order to attain departmental approval

•challenges to the Biblical merit of my praise & worship from those who’d probably be just as prayer-closet hateful if I composed then played a flute solo based on any of the Psalms (including but not limited to 33, 66, 145, 146, 149, 150) that Proves them wrong without my singing a word

•families grateful for interventions that well-paid facilities were eager to bypass, falsified data and all, thinking patients wouldn’t survive the night to tell the tale

•enough positive resonance in my professional and social life to see levels of GOD’s Glory and exactly why The LORD allowed the initial pain

•my first day without coffee 🙂

without so much as a scratch, abnormal lab or unteachable hardness to The LOVE that Is The Most High GOD-in-Christ, the rest is all in a Kingdom day’s Work. He Stands strongest in our weakness.

 

I’ve seen the influence and work of the devil ravage people, families, industries and nations. We will all watch more of that as the days progress if blessed with life.

But PRAISE GOD, I’ve also witnessed His Almighty & Unchanging Hand directly. I have come to trust Its Power beyond compare and doubt! Trials through triumphs, what my Redeemer Ordains and Prepares for me, even now, can never be otherwise. The same is true for you, Beloved in Him. Welcome His Holy Will.

The word and definition I shared as this post’s picture included the following in its description:

Staurόs is also the word used in the gospels, e.g. Matthew 27:40, for the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Instauration entered English in the early 17th century.”

In the KJV, the referenced Scripture Reads: “40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

If ‘they’ chided The Savior until His would-be dying day, some will shout “Come down from the cross” to us even in modern times [John 15:18-27]. Subtle criticisms that my daily ‘Cross-section’ appreciation of Scripture as a personal study exercise in the last half of 2017 were somehow bad are among the examples of what I’m sure many have experienced.

Know & resist the enemy–when it appears in others or, more importantly, presents poor options to your own senses. What else but an antiChrist spirit would attempt to overshadow or stop one’s prayer and praise life when it isn’t putting self or any other before GOD?

Truth Is, daily carrying our cross, denying ourselves the momentary satisfaction of our fleshly habits and following Christ [Matthew 16:24-26] in the paths of righteousness a.k.a. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control [Galatians 5:22-23] are beyond the law(lessness) of the land.

In casting our weighty cares and waiting on The LORD His Way, there is indeed renewal. Boy (and now, Girl-Boy *smh*) Scouts have been expected to “be prepared” for the reward of badges since 1910. Why shouldn’t prayer & Holy Word warriors honor that principle for an Incorruptible Crown?

Forget what’s behind [Philippians 3:13-14]; it’s there for a reason. An optimal race can’t take place backwards.

Whatever your path in/to Christ, BE ENCOURAGED to go the distance in Him as The Holy Spirit Leads.

GOD Alone Gives & Takes away. Both are guaranteed.

Trust & serve Him with gladness, come (or go) what may.

Again & all ways, One Love.

The Process

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So…

i decided to enjoy a smoothie in the midst of some study today. There’s a fruit of The Holy Spirit parallel i didn’t even pick up on until just now.

Still, i appreciate the ways God shows up in whatever we set our hands to if our hearts and minds have already begun to follow His lead.

Some of the kitchen produce was screaming on its way out. i mean oxidizing into the yellows and browns of fresh air exposure, negligence or (like my emotions in worship these days) a bit mushy.

Radio was playing. Sun was shining. Family was good. i was grateful for the simple pleasure of private time with Him as sometimes there’s no music, all dark clouds and busyness among a public that doesn’t seem at all moved by His Love.

Out of nowhere, i started thinking about Noah; how he received a freeing Word of radical preparation from The Most High. How the people must’ve laughed and tried to ridicule or shame his arguably outlandish endeavor.

A big ol’ random boat, man? Hmm… 😒

Due to the wickedness of humankind, The Hand of God was going to wave mightily, sending almost everyone clear out of ‘Dodge’ (in that case, Mesopotamia).

Some found it prudent to use the time arguing, judging, disregarding the depth of sin coming to tide.

Ok, Abba. i see You — and the way our folly does no justice to Your glorious image. We’ve been like spoiled children or damaged fruit, not far enough from that fall.

Of what wasn’t too far past its freshness date, i selected my materials in twos: be it actual items, cups, tablespoons, old-school measurements you ‘just do’.

Though inspired beyond natural or intellectual knowing, good things came/are yet coming together. Hence…


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Metanoia Mash

Note: You can choose any fruit, vegetable, herbs, spices and/or liquid components that best meet your nutritional needs. Just stick to a sensible rule of ✌

Ingredients

2 (reeeally) ripe bananas

💡 We might enjoy the same fruit yet, no, i don’t believe humans are evolved of monkeys but unique creations of God.

2 handfuls of strawberries [equivalent to about 8 oz. since 1/2 of the 16 oz. container was fighting for its life]

💡 Ever think about how strong AND fragile one that wears its seeds (life potential) on the outside must be? Stick out your tongue; not in mockery but to examine yourself. When brushed and/or we’re not fighting infection, notice the many buds; each like a strawberry seed whose life & death power is ever present.

2 c. cashew milk

💡 It’s so good (to me) and plant-based, as opposed to dairy, milks don’t pose the same curdling concern when met with acidic fruit content.

2 splashes pure coconut water

💡 The bulb emoji is a representative of electric light. This water may not compare to the Living Water that is Christ, but is a great source of heart-friendly, energy-supporting electrolytes; a little like Nature’s Gatorade.

2 sprinkles pomegranate-cherry juice

💡 The sprinkle isn’t as liberal as the splash, y’all. To say the very least, it’s for added flavor dimension and rosiness depending upon your preferred & chosen ingredients.

2 fibrous fruit with stems and a strong, seeded core (in this case the 1 Red Delicious apple and 1 D’Anjou pear)

💡 Roughage is an important part of preparing anything for (re-)building. Any reminder of the danger that detachment from the source branch or vine is crucial.

2 peeled kiwi fruit, diced

💡 Their vitamin C content, vibrant nature and tiny seeds enhance the type of eating experience i like. Differently sized pieces requiring more mindful uses of our mouths including our smiles encourages us to gamble less and consider all hemispheres of our graces more deeply.

2 oz. wheat germ

💡 Minerals and B vitamins galore serving as a reminder that some so-called germs  strengthen us, our resistance and tolerance. Reproducing and spreading this essence of wheat, not useless tares, are important to God’s Kingdom.

2 tsp. sunflower seeds

💡 Members of the animal kingdom can gnash with teeth if need be. Plants are of a finer kingdom requiring different methods to break down their (cell) walls and allow access the heart of the matter: nutrients. An acid (as is vinegar in a mild sense, citrus juice) &/or an oil that will result from the pureed seeds are somewhat like that key and help emulsify (bind, smooth) the blend.

2 tbsp. ground turmeric

💡 Studies in this root’s effectiveness against various cancers and the consistently large amounts that would be required varies. The brownish tint above will result if you include this ingredient’s bold mustard gold-like color.

1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt or 2 oz. chopped celery

💡 The natural sodium sources(s) assist delivery and provide or pair well with the bananas’ & wheat germ’s mineral content.

a finely sliced 2″x2″ piece of fresh, raw ginger

💡 Just enough for an immunity & energy boosting zing UNLESS you’re taking contraindicated antidepressant drugs, e.g. Wellbutrin.

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Optional

2 tbsp. raw turbinado sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon/sugar & 2 shakes nutmeg

💡 If you’re still inclined to a quick fix of sweetness or spice beyond what the fruit already provide, reduce graininess by combining these with the coconut water, bringing to an agitated slow boil (stir or shake) & making a simple syrup.

2 oz. chopped cucumber

💡 If the ginger is a bit too warming in nature for your constitution, cucumber’s cooling nature & high water content should assist balance.


Preparation

Having already made sure to cut out and/or wash any molded portions, combine & puree all thoroughly in a food processor for a total of about two minutes.

Check on your blend between ~10-second pulses to note any color changes, stuck ingredients, etc.; stir, adjust accordingly.

Yields about 48 oz. (six 8 oz. servings)


Process

This smoothie makes good use of the imperfect or slightly bruised produce we often waste, if so privileged to eat in the first place. On the other hand, it flavorfully encourages gentle elimination (unblocking & moving of gut, colon matter) and goes far to fortify the WHOLE body. While revenge is not applicable here, this like all live foods should be served immediately &/or chilled.

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Waste not, want not.

Cheerfully give goodness of what you’re given.

Enjoy nourishment: pressed down, shaken together… .

Sent of a Woman

Made, better yet,

harmonized scents

long as i can remember


It’d be foolish not to know

plants and spices are

not my creation

as i, too, am created

of The Most High


A mom often teaches US girls

about cooking, makeup and perfume

the likes of which

now have a different order & priority

in some senses

sent far behind me


My last blend was a few years ago

following a moment’s break

from bedside [sic] a wounded mate

inspired rose, almond, amber


The one other ingredient

only The Lord knows

since my makeshift

handwritten label wore off


Having completed a recent assignment

otherwise

the bottle of that former favorite

succumb to God’s Hand too


Breaking point

Much of its content spilled

into a bag he’d given me

calling for clean-up before the aisle

and a new signature aroma


Just then

the oil of God flowed most essentially

with covenant peace of His branch

equipping inner lamps for His direction

fortifying the skin to better deflect the enemy


offering pure fragrance

drawing us nearer to His heart

beyond container or commerce

despite incensed Babylon


Others report opposing

odd or acquired taste

by Grace

Its top, middle & base notes Being


trust that faith grows

Hope floats

yet Love abides…

or nothing will.


Regardless

it’s all-ways The High Priest

Who best brings

all things together.

The W/ill of God

What a paradox

we embody; tenacious

to give, take Healing.

#EditoReal: On Outliers…

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Infographic via “Venn intersect Christ church” search

Sometimes being an outlier, essentially being set apart,

requires praise or rebuke with/in the Holy Spirit;

The Most High God-in-Christ, front & center of course

despite that which (feels)

threatened from the fringe

Even squares don’t always understand or agree

with the words of mouth

meditations of heart

Glad God gets & encompasses

the broken best

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purpose

Did you know

the Body daily fails

in parts

so much so

we sit on high horses

smiling for camera/phones

while calling Him Lord

never giving true thought

to the fore catching our messages

in preparation for post

Master’s return


In any case

all is indeed vanity

@ this (finger)point

under which i sunk

yet now growing more

tired of my shell

the filthiest

once fearful

of driving perfect Love away

reaching myself

instead of His garment


Then Grace

reflected

a slapped face

teaching:

The prudent pay

due respect to His cost.