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No Thank You, I got this.

butterflyThere is a thin line between deciding “should I trust God” Or “should I just go do it myself.” When God takes his time with our repetitious prayers, we become anxious and rebellious by telling God that his services are no longer needed. Faith is what moves God. Faith is what makes God discover if you can be trusted during the waiting process. Whether your faith is as large as the ocean or small as a mustard seed, it is in your faith that God decides what is best for you. Those days when anxiety takes over just begin to encourage yourself by telling your soul that God has a bigger plan for you. Tell your soul that you have declined your premature blessing and have decided to wait on God. When you are in need of an answer and it seems as though God is taking his time, just remember that the level of your faith determines the size of your blessing.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Adam is Still Asleep

butterflyWhen I was younger, I can remember crying at night, asking God to send me someone who would love me unconditionally not realizing that it was the Love of God that was sustaining me at the loneliest of times. Instead of focusing on the human touch I should have been focusing on my relationship with God and his plan for my life. When Adam was in the Garden of Eden not once did he complain to God about his longing for companionship, Adam served God and waited for God to provide everything that he needed. The next time you are feeling lonely and feel as if no one cares just remember God and his undying love for you. God put Adam to sleep so that he could finish the work that needed to be done in him so that he would have the ability to love, respect and cherish Eve. God made sure that Adam was strong enough to handle her insecurities, sensitive enough to hold her when she fell and had the courage to stand beside her in her moment of weakness. Only God can awaken the love of a man when the timing is right. Only God can create a man to love you the way you want to be loved. Wherever he is God is strategically designing him for you. Wherever he is God is preparing his heart to connect with your soul. Stop wasting precious time wondering where “he” is and focus on the relationship between you and your creator. If you spend your time connecting with God then God will spend his time creating wonderful blessings for you. In order for Adam to become a whole (complete) man, God had to remove woman from his side so he could adjust his heart and his emotions to properly fit her soul. Adam is still asleep. If you wake him too soon you will disturb the progress of his transformation and delay the love that has longed for you.

And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof. Genesis 2:21

The Cover-Up

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As women, we love to shop for shoes, clothing, and make-up, not to mention the latest trend….hair! We get so caught up in our appearance and the material things that we have forgotten to tend to our emotional soul and dying spirit. A spirit that is dying is usually depressed, angry, sinful, unsatisfied, unashamed (of their actions or words) and without restraint. So to make sure that the world doesn’t see past the beauty and fashion, more luxury and self-gratification is applied which then turns into what Jesus calls “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean (Matthew 23:27).” Ladies, looking beautiful is what we do, but if we don’t allow God to wash us (cleanse us) and make us whole (heal us) then we are just beautiful women with a dead spirit and a decomposed soul.

but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 1Timothy 5:6 (ESV)

The Fight to the Finish

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Most fights involve two people whose anger has gotten the best of them, they either say words that are hurtful or use bodily harm that endangers them. Bodily harm brings about unnecessary forces while hurtful words destroys emotions and the willingness to forgive. Although a hurtful word may go further than a punch, we have a Savior and Advocate that will protect us and fight for us during times of turmoil and chaos. No longer do we have to waste our time shouting frivolous words and using acts of violence, all we have to do is take our concerns to the Father and watch him win the war, speak a calmness into our soul and give us a peace that is hard to understand.

Exodus 14:14 – The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace

Angels

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Linda was a kind and gentle woman. The type of woman that stopped on dark roads to assist a stranger whose car had broken down, the kind of woman that would pay for someone’s groceries if they fell short of money, she was a God fearing woman, yes she was, but Linda had a darkeness that surrounded her soul, a darkness that silenced her laughter, and a darkness that plagued her joy.

Linda was also a woman of beauty and style.She could make A thrift store dress look like it came from Macy’s. Linda didn’t sew nor did she design, but the essence of her soul as dark as it was gave a sudden radiance that lit up the darkest room. It’s called pretending you know. Linda did that very well. Was she a fake? Oh no, not at the least. Was she phoney? Not one bit. Lind just learned how to maneuver around her pain so life looked simplistic and perfect in the eyes of a stranger. She didn’t fool us. We would watch her cry in the late night hours in hopes that a gentle hand or a loving touch would come down from the sky with a voice of security reassuring her that everything would be alright.

Her life wasn’t really that bad off as she thougt it to be. She is a wonderful mother, a swell cook, and her husband (the engineer) is to die for. Was he a unfaithful? No. Was he an abuser? No. Karl came home everyday at 6:00pm just in time to have dinner with his family and spend the rest of his evening staring into those big beautiful light brown eyes of his favorite girl Mrs. Linda Chapman.

As we continued to watch, we began to feel a bit saddened of what had become of this beautiful earthly vessel and so we inquired about her and found that she too as most women had lost herself in the raising of her children, tending to the needs of others and making sure Mr. Chapmen recieved the best of care, after all she hasn’t worked since the birth of her younget son, and that was over 17yrs ago. While the research continued we had been informed that this is the time in Linda’s life that she would feel alone, useless and forgotten; after all Christopher Chapman was headed off to the University of South Carolina in two weeks so she had just a short amount of time to sort out her life and figure out where to go from there.

Would she work? Who would hire Her? Would she go back to school? It had been over 20yrs since she even attempted to open a text book and besides she only had five more classes to go before she would graduate with her Masters in Psychology; But that had to be put on hold so that she could help raise the children and be the wife that she felt she needed to be.

We get it now. She’s lonely and she’s afraid of the future. We know she loves God because we here her pray every morning, every night, and oftentimes during the day. Her Bibles are all worn out from the late night studies and the weekly Bible studies that allow her some type of freedom from being couped up in that small but tidy apartment all day.

Aha! We got it! It isn’t that she doesn’t love God, or doesn’t trust Him, somewhere,somehow she lost a part of her and pieces of her faith have floated off with it. We can’t take it any longer. It’s time to be about our Father’s business and go fulfill the assignment that God has sent us to do.

As we begin to surround Linda and minster to her, droppings of peace fell from our wings and covered her until her tears tried up. As she got up off the floor our feet guided her to the bedroom and layed her tired worn soul down so that God could continue to speak to us concerning her.

This was six years ago. Linda’s doing fine now, but every now and again we like to check on the people that almost didn’t make it and rejoice over the fact that they did. It was so amazing to see God bottle up their tears and send (us) his ministering angels to revive their spirits, and protect them from the hand of the wicked one.

Author: Alicia Neal

Real Love

banner for websiteRomans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

A Time of Reflection
There are times where people make it difficult for us to love them, then there are times where loving people seems relatively easy. However, it doesn’t matter whether it is an enemy or a friend our responsibility as Christians is to love others as Christ has loved us. Do something out of the ordinary today take a difficult co-worker to lunch, invite that mean cantankerous boss to dinner at your house, or just simply say a few words of kindness to someone who hasn’t been quite nice to you besides, if we love our enemies just as much as we love our friends it will give God the opportunity to bless us and allow others to see the Christ in us as well.

Prayer
I know that some people are very difficult to love so Lord, I ask that you give me a heart like Christ so that I can love people in spite of their short comings and speak only kind words when their actions are mean, malicious, and unfavorable to heaven. Let my heart continue to flow with an everlasting love so that my actions will soothe and revive the soul of the wicked. In Jesus name. Amen