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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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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

 

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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.

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Waste not, want not.

Cheerfully give goodness of what you’re given.

Enjoy nourishment: pressed down, shaken together… .

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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Elixir of Hope: The Recipe

No Greater Love: By Faith, my Hope is built…

Na'ama Yehuda

elixir

In one heart, mix equal parts:

Pearls of connection, words of caring, acts of kindness, steps of courage, hugs of comfort, breaths of peace, paths of truth, smiles of joy, touches of compassion.

Brew with gentleness till ample Hope forms.

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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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Last night i dreamed

i was conducting dorm checks

of students in ministry

only one of whom i know in waking life

an expecting friend

who chased bad boys and left

campus where they were

commissioned for All

in-tents and purposes

to much higher learning

 

i was grateful to find

two young men where they belonged

With tuition most high

should we have to ask

why do good?

Girls love mammon more

sometimes

 

Above ground

in the light of day

a tall man spoke

to all who had heart to hear

“The bad news

is that we’re in trouble

The good news is that

Jesus is here”

 

True, brother

i understand that

He longs to have us all

on The Vine, mainline

The nerve of us to monopolize

what whole nations need

like Love, water, oil

and clean breeze mixed

with Inspiration

Holding a taller sign

he read my life

simply

“Abide in Christ”

In other words

stay as you were when you met Me

 

Beneath the surface

again

“Ladies & gentlemen

due to an earlier investigation

we are experiencing delays”

both ways

the announcer projected

i didn’t mind

the extra time to ruminate

as thriving depends

on better digesting every morsel and meal

God provides

 

i take every chance to write

as sacred assignment

since trading crushes for building

in the shack

of my rebirth.

A Love of Her Awe

It was written

that

in the beginning

we were formed

not of gossip

but of dirt

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Variations of brown

made to reflect God’s beauty

by virtue of right union’s design

Man in woman then children

to glorify Heaven

without fawning florid in duty

just tending the Earth

faithfully

*

Even the passage of time yielded

an average white band of brothers

who sang of give & take

For goodness’ sake

God and created agree we are not to be alone

lest our flesh burn with earthly passions

like the liquid fever that lies

dormant unless making more islands of us

and the crude black gold that might make us war/m

*

Pay dirt for some

striking as spillage of brotherly hatred

or meal for worms of the field

men of old had named Akel Dama

I deeply believe there is no honey sweet enough

within which to hideout from God

Who requires no comb to number our crosses or hairs

*

Having had more than enough

of lust

I set body, heart, mind and soul apart

for a proper season

and would only let myself consider brothers

believed to also be singularly hungry for God

as those truly engaged by Him would never deny such blessings

Trust…

*

Girlfriends dissatisfied with a stoic period long past

had once facilitated the online hard way

wherein pounds of free virtual fish reduced to one

pleased by my intellect, makeup & humor at a Harlem literary salon

still proved foolishly penny wise and for naught

when his paramour & child’s mother called me post-date

Thankfully too little (meaning, none) of my body

hadn’t made that particular revelation too late

Not so for the indiscreet malintent of another man

after whom my paradigm shifted and refuses to go back

How many times must one replay the game

without raising the probability of craps?

*

Lately, i envisioned a future date of reasoning

laboring in The Word, maybe over a stove

or humbly washing his feet

in tears and the oil of gladness

asking him to cut my hair of its soul memories

releasing this daughter of sons’ dust

to one day cultivate anew

a garden only he and Our Father could cover

Anything that could truly translate

the unfathomable gratitude for visiting my heart

before he did the same

filling me with His Love, Truth & Name

*

Perhaps it is backwards to become so old-fashioned

having formerly indulged in the new age

So what? I prefer it that Way;

a welcome departure from the blur and harem

of others who in vice

insisted authority in the love of Christ

once righteously encouraging me

then spewing curses & falsehoods of money

when I made offers for pre-marital touch leave

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Such glittering goals are a broken life ago

before the True Bride’s price was paid to include me

and none but God’s mercy

let His Son’s Love be found

on time.

HalleluYah