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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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.

Beyond “M…e”

Pinterest image via “Tonia” in “Measure Twice, Cut Once” board @ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/329607266451523178/

 

God takes note of each

instrument, scoring Heaven

measure for measure.

Standards’ Room Only

What manner of Love

is described by many

both faithfully & blindly

careful to admonish or polish

never stumbling into pride?


Not selfish or weak like me

YOU

My Lord, only Friend

in the fire and lion’s den

of many trials & failures


The Lamb laid down

to serve us

bitter herbs

’til the death

of our unnatural cravings


Weep for the losses & arise

as He will(s)

so His Blood

covers our passage

through dark nights

of the soul.

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If/Then…

(Inspired by previous Becoming The Oil & The Wine post)

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If not every shiny thing, then certainly the Son shine of joy that comes in figurative morning

If a broken vessel, then one filled with love flowing directly, especially to low places yet wiped by a crown not self-absorbed; just willing to soak in The Presence of Him Who takes away the sin of the world

His Love, Power defies logic.

The some-called Logos, He Lives beyond words.

For Cast

Songs spoke

of trying Him and knowing Him

silly how i used to sing along

riff for riff

without truly knowing the difference

 

That trials, endured, might make us strong

but to test Him is surely to fail ourselves

Later learning that

true knowledge of God begins

i’m afraid

with terrific intimacy

unlike any jealous spouse

we encounter

albeit providing and abiding in

steadfast Love

 

The central cusp of those realities

trying & knowing

is the straight, narrow line

taut with life

exciting even

fishermen

who exorcise out-of-sight

Faith.

Your chosen; right

necks to You – their pulse visibly strongest in the land

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Shoulders & backs – multigenerational support of the upright Word; knowing what to carry, what to turn from

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Arms & hands –  for carriage, service and solidarity that don’t partake of idleness

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Chest – precious home of heart treasures and breath of Life; covered by jewels of Your entrusted wisdom

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Gut – from where we cry unto You; receiving and processing the nourishing milk & meat of Your Spirit

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Hips & groin – to gird and further birth Your gospel

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Legs – to help us move on the promises of Your way, truth & life

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Feet – with which to stand on God’s promises and, in due time (often somewhere near 64) per His holy will, rest there.

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Pause & reflect.

A Vessel Named You

Vertical turnstile bruised my heel

Not so much that i missed the intended departure

in a subway car named 3756

or something like that

for whatever it’s worth

 

On board

a man opened his briefcase

revealing unlikely sheets

of music he read silently

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”

Yesteryear i might’ve agreed more

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