The Quince…

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Who’s to say when

one comes of age

and exactly what milestones should matter

since our Father

whether or not we like or even met Him

Promised the Intent of abundant Life

through Fellowship

even to the end.

 

Every day or 1,000 years

until then

some insist on measuring influence

as if we should or can

in increments

of fifteen minutes, maybe 80 birthdays, three meals, one love or zero hope

for example.

 

Experts say

predominant doodles of stars, lines & our names

commonly reflect a lot of desire for a little fame.

 

Raw, bitter, arguably forbidden

fruit often dresses in pretty, tough skin

like pre-prom princesses

whose family camels’ backs begin to break

before The Shift ends.

 

I don’t know

what truly fits

but liberation

in Him.

 

Contemplating

better focus on (continuing) The Work

of Christ Who Did It, Offered Rest, Rose again

 

I appreciate the wellness

of redeeming time

for the good

of loving The LORD.

 

Before you know it

as with a blink

He Will (Say) Come

and all we know

shall be gone.

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Pupils

I’m learning

sometimes

we don’t want

to discuss or be healed

of trauma

as much as inflict it at will

yet The Lord Is no less our Shepherd.

 

Apt to see others

unlike ourselves

as alien, unfamiliar to His Reign

Black

holes without Holy purpose

who respond only to enchantment (*) or harsh exposure

 

To hate facets of GOD

fancying only your reflection of His Image

denies both letter & Spirit That Read:

let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

Only by His Grace

do we have another moment

to surrender our Selves yet die later

eyes opened to The Mercy

simply Asking that we live in kind

 

See/k & kiss The Son

from a lifted veil

Wise, Cherished Bride

Living Well

 

Therein

I see the value

of different learning styles

more than ever

Grateful

for John, intuitive

Thomas, visual/tactile

you & I, who may need a while or wild ride to stop seeing in part

although through glass, dark…

 

Enough said

Lives matter.

Love matters.

Right your lines.

Study & prove The Master’s Goodness

in due time.

 

✏My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter

My heart is inditing a good matter… .

The Dos(e)

What is it

about cowboys

that makes US swoon

so much so

one of its most revered

modern presidents

set the precedent:

“I’m not…but I play one on” silver screens

to entertain those

who may (not) have been

born fed by similar spoons

 

Celebrating

decorum

strength

simplicity

integrity

healthy appetites

resourcefulness

loyalty

with liberty & justice for all

we measure seconds

our blues, even

by Mississippi

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BBQ? Yes, please. Barbancourt? Nah…thanks.

 

…rivers…

Who knows if Jonah’s captor was a humpback

What does it matter

At the bottom (of the ‘sea’) line

rebellion from God’s Assignment Swallows us until repentance

Then maybe we are heard of no more

 

I pray

we are Inspired

to right all things

including our ‘script, ions

not with lies or baiting

but an honest, clear and steady hand

with God

 

It Is Possible

Understanding Will

Transform poison to cure.

Say It with Your Chest

There is always
at least’ one
privy to great power
yet not privileged
to wield it
in the present

Tense

Be mindful of minimizing
rightful anger’s potential
grandeur available to any
in the human experience
who would rather go overboard
inward
child and all
than submit to pseudogods
who call captivity friend-ship

He Who Commands ALL storms Captains this
Another captioned his
by quoting the silent
slip into darkness

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Many tribes(wo)men cut into flesh
only after pain dug into them
We have no excuse post-Proof
yet I understand
what it means to feel
broken
even
as one
numbered, of a peculiar kind

forgetting to Be
for having to cry
for pleural freedom
for too long

There Is an undefiled Garden in my heart
that shall not burn unto consumption
As
Love Is the Root & Branch
of Its perennial Fruit

Be ye Grafted with gratitude

Culture All

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 its stain spreads beyond the sick party, broadly contaminating whatever it touches even in 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 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 Developed in us 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 also 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 [Him] a sweet savour of Christ” [2 Corinthians 2:15]. Beyond those who are saved or 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! One pill to swallow 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 back briefly to some other wellness and relaxation methods. As clinical models and centers of healthcare became more integrated over the years, some natural, complementary & alternative medical [CAM] practices that are particularly active in spiritual undercurrents the unassuming (Christian) person might not consider are frequently on the menu.

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 some people 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]. They will have their reward. One Way or another, we all will.

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

We still see the culture of synthesized and regulated raw bounty otherwise used well by its kindred that suddenly gets slapped with trademarks and/or high price tags with ‘Beware! Don’t Feed the Natives’ signs for extra effect against anyone who survived. [Hint: the real 🐇 (hip hop…)]

That, too, 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 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 why I specifically hoped to move ‘chi’.

Why were trendy, ‘mystical’ ways necessary to achieve improved coordination, strength, tone and well-being?

Essentially…

 

Without using any of the following words, The Spirit of God in him admonished me that my good intention and acceptable appropriation of a thing contended with a road already paved for millennia with the distinctly different spiritual practices of billions.

Christian as we want to be, we can’t recite foreign chants (likely to foreign gods if you understood the language) and form certain ‘mudras’ with the hands (many of which, including the “ok” sign and some hand gestures associated with our cities and gangs where unfortunately applicable, quietly made their ways to mainstream culture) without somehow appealing to the “mother of harlots”.

I thank GOD that my testimony among those of so many brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe, Empowered by The Blood of The Lamb, is part of Babylon’s death sentence [Revelation 12:10-11, 16:5-7, 17:1-6]. We just have to keep seeing our common enemy for who it is, our common goal in Christ for What It Is and fight to keep the lines clear and uncrossed.

My rational mind searched for rebuttal from the memory of positive harm reduction outcomes I’d contributed to and witnessed in recovering heroin addicts at one drop-in public health center where the acupuncture a partner and I offered was among vital services for detox.

The next immediate memory was of the treatment protocol’s focal point, the Shen Men or “spirit gate”, at which time I had to just shut up, listen closer and step away from that chamber with my righteous mind. I mean, he didn’t have to yell…at all. Faith cometh by hearing The Word of GOD [Romans 10:17], which isn’t guaranteed or referenced through that ear location.


The concept of cultural oversight in that regard also brought to mind 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. 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 too, so wasted time and consequential pain made its way back around to refine how I treat people. The affliction was good [Psalm 119:71, Matthew 7:12, Romans 8:28].


 

Feeding into 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 fault.

Eventually, the restless spirits involved did what they all do when they go without accurate identification, protection and rebuke in Christ Jesus. Hindu, Chinese, Japanese, Ghanaian, Dominican, Haitian, Trini, Jamaican, Nigerian, French, Panamanian, Canadian, Native American, Southern, Northern, East Coast, West Coast, Scottish, Latin American, Irish, Syrian, German, city, country, jovial, depressed, bottled, rolled, broken, whole…spirits attempt transfer and she literally became the woman of my dreams, too; crying in sorrow each time.

Whenever God Laid her on my heart amongst everything else He Would Share in those night visions, I genuinely asked the young man 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 shut. Truth is, he wouldn’t tell me the truth, she wouldn’t talk at all and the innocent never asked to be present for any of it, so what’s done was–and is–done. 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 either faulty or never on.

A few, new girlfriends also entered the stage then—and, yes, my dreams; one even by name before we’d met. I did too much trying to prove the lack of hard feelings I’d moved on with, accepting invites to talk from one and supporting another’s business by getting a tattoo [Leviticus 19:28].

Even his mother, then a beloved friend and mentor to me since our teen years, never exploited her son’s business or played favorites but expressed a serious, simple “you really shouldn’t have done that” disapproval for my giving her access to my blood and life [Leviticus 17:11-14].

Clearly, I was too close to him and not close enough to Christ at the time. That tie was way too strong outside of The LORD to be a blessing yet there was no use wasting more time in blame about what was 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 her anger was later the reason for the loss of my children.

Noticing a host of social media stalking for a few years after I’d not only moved on from him in relationship but to another physical state? Yeah, that was real–annoying, unnecessary and unfair. But to blame anyone for fetal demise? I choose to believe that’s a lie. Only my God Decides.


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With developing knowledge of, obedience to and strength in Christ over time, none of those prospects and their attempts at tapping into the occult practices of our ancestral homes for harm mattered to me.

Actually, 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] Didn’t I know and understand that regardless of where any of us could boast being born, I was Reborn in The Messiah; my blood Transfused with His Precious Sovereign Flow? [Acts 20:28, Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, 2:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:19-22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 12:23-25, 23:11-13]

I was no prophet [Amos 7:14] and neither were some of my community’s superstitious elders who lived in church but made cultural practice of keeping tape measures or yard sticks and a bell of sorts by their bedroom doors for fear of the dead forgetting or remembering and visiting their place [Job 14:12, Psalm 146:4, Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Isaiah 38:18-19, 1 Timothy 4:1-2].

The Middle Passage daughter that I am deeply understands the rage of a people stolen, enslaved, brutally made to change and give up the abundant land, influence, respect and love we knew since antiquity.

Well before North American colonies then states were established, we ran with the Teachings of Christ that many like Cyril (*) brought to The Continent. It received the ‘you can’t quite sit with us’ Coptic sub-genre treatment. We studied the Torah as Did The Messiah and those deemed oppressed further oppressed His people as falasha outcasts. I get it.

Denying Christ as our Savior or otherwise adopting the nature of evil for undue gain and harm, however, is far inferior to reclaiming our place among The Most High GOD-in-Christ’s Family. It’s time!

It’s time we let go of wrong allegiances among the world system. I’m referring to our people’s long-time love affairs with freemasonry, eastern starriness, frats and soros, too. Our GOD’s Name Is Jealous [Exodus 34:14].

Unity, community service, great networking and polished appearance are possible without allegiance beyond God and family. With the exception of The Most High Himself, a select Biblical few humans and the Covenant of marriage we still maintain, oaths and even false vows haven’t gotten a pardon [Matthew 5:33-37, James 5:12].

The LORD Rebuke every branch, chain and root of voodoo, astrology/numerology/tarot hoodoo, santería, candomblé, spiritual baptist, orisha and seductive self worship blended among His Body!

We must stop the bitterness and blame! Stop lying and spreading foul spirits to new generations! Stop lying to ourselves! The Holy Spirit Will Hear and Share in every earnest groan of despair, Just as He Did mine [Romans 8:26-27].

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If you believe I am the worst and at fault for everything in my own and other far-removed lives, then you can trust there Is room in The Most High’s Love for YOU who are already better. No excuses then! Join me in surrender to Him.

No demon of hell [Romans 8:38-39] and no human I don’t awaken to in our true marriage bed, after having been ordained as one flesh [Genesis 2:23-24, Mark 10:7-8], could affect that.

Others’ unholy unions and, even creative, James 1:15 offspring would have to be a subject of fervent, deliverance prayer. As for me, however, when God Says so, I will only marry once, in and through Jesus Christ The Son of GOD. His Blood Fills our bodies, Covers our home and every member in advance and we shall serve Him only [Joshua 24:15]. That. Is. It.

These are touchy subjects for the church, I know, but the devil isn’t ashamed of secrets and lies so…touché! Truth must be told in Love.

That said, massage is often affiliated with but bears no distinct spiritual culture as an clinically sound, therapeutic modality. Even it should be approached with the caution of 1 Timothy 5:22.

 

{Work in progress; more later…}

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Due Season

In days gone by

we have seen

 

some tides turn to defy bottles and good s/cents

arriving at times unexpected and with messages undesired

 

 

Yet The Most High, Creator of every today

He Who Gives and Quickens The Spirit

to Live, Move and Be as He Wills

Knew

as all-ways

 
Also be reminded, then

that there might never be enough honey to sweeten some apples

so appreciate the Life gift

regardless of the city (once) housing you

 

 

Mature in Christ

as all fruit, from every family tree, will be harvested by His Loving Hand or a fall

 

 

Everyone

leaves

gets bare

is planted

blooms

in due season.

 

Honor The King’s Leading.

Roll Call

Daily

The Most High GOD calls us

out of her ~ the Babylonian/world ~ system

which includes a lot more than meets

the natural

‘I’

 

The methods vary.

 

Once i received the inclination

to reduce then end

my secular music intake

moving on His word too slowly

still turning

to the local urban contemporary station

ready to switch

should its content & decency not mix

 

Before long

every turn on

hours or days apart

featured the same dead artist

 

There was one exception

A change of station presented

an unchanging God

through opening chords

to “Walk Like An Egyptian”

 

My heart heard Him clearly

‘Don’t undo My deliverance

Leave that alone!

Amen…’

 

We are all given a role

maybe two & so forth

according to His purpose

 

This morning

i am inspired to create or find & modify

a cinnamon-raisin roll recipe

to prepare with Love

yet no leaven

 

leaf and medicine (1)

Simply.

Trust, obey & believe

God wants a better, more abundant lifestyle

for His children

wherein health can be great wealth

and joy yields strength.

 

Regarding some of His inspiration

as it moves through me

feel free to/o…

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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.

© Sagesse Oblige/TLCo


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.