Tuesday, January 31, 2017

God Found Me (Poem)


I was looking through some of my old writings the other day and I found a poem I’d written when I came back to Christ three years ago. I’ve made a few alterations to it, but I decided to share most of it in its originality to express the happiness I felt when I realized that there is a Savior in heaven who loves me.

It reads:

Your hands reach for mine and the storm calms before my eyes
There is lightning in the sky but I can see the rays of sunlight
Standing in your arms and I know all that I love is protected under your gaze
Kindness few can find and a love that can only be envisioned

I’m grateful for the heaven I see
The life that you have made for me
There is fear in my heart
So I turn to you

And I see that my troubles are nothing compared to your grandness
My heart is safe
Since the moment I was born, I belonged to you
I’ve come back home into your open arms

Kindness few can find and a love that can only be envisioned
I’m grateful for the heaven that has found me
The life that you have made for me
Your grace never ceases to amaze me

This fulfilling love
My heart will never wander again
This beauty is real
And it’s all I want, all I need


I hope you all enjoyed reading it. Have a blessed day. ♥


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

As A Black Woman


As a black woman, I understand that I carry my ancestors with me where ever I go.

I understand that there will be many moments in my life where I will be the only representative of my race in a room.

Because of this I vow to always bring the best of my blackness with me whenever I step into a room.

I will love and adore the tint of my skin and the kinks in my hair even when the world advises me not to.

I will celebrate black history month every day of my life.

As a black woman, I will support and cherish my fellow black women and, perhaps someday, I will raise strong black women of my own.

I will wake up every morning thanking God for the skin He put me in.

Because if I had a choice, I’d always choose to remain living my life as a black woman. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Road to Emmaus


Last week during a bible study with one of my friends, I came across a passage in the book of Luke detailing an experience that two of Jesus’ twelve disciples had while travelling to Emmaus, an city that existed in ancient Israel.

This encounter took place three days after Jesus had been crucified.

The passage reads:

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

This passage really affected me because it reminded me of how quickly we can become despondent when we feel that God is not answering our prayers in a “suitable” amount of time.

Cleopas and the other disciple were so downcast because although they had heard Jesus speak of His resurrection (Matthew 16:21), and they knew it would come to pass, it had already been three days since His death.

At this point, they knew that some of the women that had followed Jesus had visited His tomb, found it empty and were told by angels that He was alive (Mark 16:2-6).

But this information only gave them a small amount of comfort.

But why?

Why did they seem so hopeless when they had numerous signs showing them Jesus was keeping His word regarding His resurrection?

Was it because they had not seen Him yet with their own eyes? Was their faith waning?

I often find myself in the same position as these two disciples.

No matter how many signs I see showing me that yes, God will keep His promise – I still find myself becoming discontent and impatient.

When I read the above passage, I feel that Jesus chose to meet them in that moment to convey the message that sometimes all it takes is just a little more waiting to see that God’s promises will come to fruition.

Just as those disciples started to lose faith, the very One who had given them their faith in the first place approached them and walked with them down the road to Emmaus.

And even then, they didn’t know it was Him.

It wasn’t until later that evening when He sat with them and broke bread in their midst that they realized that the blessing they had been hoping for had come.

And from that moment on, they were amazed.

Suddenly everything seemed crystal clear.

Of course this man was Jesus!

Just the way He had spoken to them of the scriptures was proof enough, but now, having just seen Him bless and break bread in a way that only Jesus could – all their doubts were cast aside.

And they came away from that encounter shouting the most blessed phrase that has ever been spoken on this earth, “The Lord is risen indeed”.


Amen. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Say A Little Prayer



In a perfect world there’d be no such thing as a severed friendship.

No one would ever be able to utter the words, “We don’t talk anymore”.

But obviously the world is not perfect. And friendships end every day for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes they end for no reason at all.

It’s always difficult to lose a friend but it’s especially hard when you end a friendship on shaky or negative terms.

It’s easy to move on and act as if the loss of a close companion is no big deal but once you bond with someone – once you share your life with them… It’s very difficult to act as if they don’t exist.

Sadly, I’ve been in many situations where I was no longer speaking to someone and, as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t simply walk up to them and act as if no rift had ever occurred in our relationship.

Words hurt and when those words are accompanied by hurtful actions (and carried out by both parties) it can be so hard to communicate with someone as comfortably as you did before.

You may always have love for someone in your heart, but you’ll probably never be able to interact with them in the same way again.

So how do you get to a place where you can at least smile at them if your eyes meet?

You pray for them.

Luke 6:28 says, “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”.

It might seem like too much to ask but we have to consider that, although we are not always worthy, the Lord has prayed for us. (John 17:20 says, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word”)

If the Son of God can pray for us when we are not at all worthy of it, then we can humble ourselves and pray for those who have hurt us.

It may not always change them, but it will change our hearts and cause to see others through kinder, more empathetic eyes.

So the next time I look up and see someone that I have a less than ideal relationship with, instead of turning away in irritation, I’ll look up and say a little prayer for them. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Love


To love someone is to give them a piece of your soul. 

When you tell someone you love them, and you genuinely mean it, you are assuring them that they are worthy of one of the most potent sentiments on earth. 

But loving doesn’t always coming easy.

As you may already know, there are many, many people that don’t know how to love.

Personally, I found that I became a more loving person when I started to fall in love with God.

Because to truly appreciate and understand love, we must fall in love with the one who created it. 

1 John 4:8 (NIV) says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”.

Once you know who God is and you allow Him to envelope you in His peace, grace and understanding – your perspective of the world around you will change drastically.

You start to see people through eyes of grace. You start to love people for who they are instead of hating them for what you feel they should be.

Once you begin to love the way God loves you, you’ll find that your life increases in value.

And you’ll learn not to take love for granted but to cherish it. Because sometimes loving is so hard.

To constantly make the choice to love someone even after they’ve hurt you multiple times is brave and selfless and it’s humbling to consider that we serve a God that loves us in spite of our many failures.

If God can love us in spite of the fact that we are incredibly fallible human beings, we can learn to love others regardless of their flaws.

And once we start to share our love without limits, we start to become more certain of what exactly love is.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Getting Stuck In An Elevator With Jesus


Today’s blog post is going to sound a little… quirky.

The inspiration for this post came from a Facebook post I was tagged in by one of my friends.

The post said, “You’re stuck in an elevator with the person/character that’s on your phone’s wallpaper. Who is it?”

Now, there’s this picture I fell in love with two years ago. I found it on Pinterest. It’s a depiction of Jesus hugging a woman. It’s supposed to be a visual representation of how God embraces His children.

Every time I get a new phone, I always set that picture as my wallpaper because I find it comforting.

So my answer to the aforementioned question was Jesus. I’d be stuck in an elevator with Jesus.

As I typed up a response to my friend, I began to wonder… what would happen if I really was stuck in an elevator with Jesus?

My first (passive) response was, “Well immediately He would perform a miracle, get us out of the elevator and that would be the end of it”.

But then, a little light bulb went on in my head and I realized that no… There’s a good chance that He wouldn’t immediately fix the situation.

Maybe He’d make me wait. Maybe He’d just talk me through it all until help arrived. Maybe He’d use a situation like that as an opportunity to finally get me to stand still and listen to Him.

It’s so funny that God will use the simplest things to help you understand your situation.

Recently, I’ve started to feel like God isn’t listening to me anymore.

I shout for help and when I get no response, I ask God if He can even hear me.

But what usually happens when you’re having a conversation with someone and there’s a communication issue?

If someone is having a hard time getting you to hear what they’re trying to say, eventually they get tired of shouting and trying to make you listen to them.

So they stop talking. They wait for you to hear their side of the story.

Sometimes God doesn’t fix things for us immediately because there’s something we need to learn from the situation that we’re in. Sometimes, it’s not that He can’t hear us, but we can’t (or won’t) hear Him pleading for us to be still and understand that He is God.


Sometimes it takes getting stuck in an elevator with Jesus for us to realize that the best way to get through our problems is to sit back, listen to God and let Him give us the help that we need – on His own time.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How To Dance In The Rain


Some days life can seems so serene and perfect.

And then you wake up and get out of bed… and you face reality.

Life can be so difficult that sometimes smiling seems like an unnecessary struggle.

But there’s something so brave in the act of laughing when you feel like crying… There’s something so revolutionary, so bold in simply saying that you are going to thrive when all you want to do is shrink away into obscurity.

It takes a great deal of willpower to do – but if you allow yourself to let go, take one step forward and dance barefoot in the rain… you’ll find that the clouds above you don’t seem as daunting as they did just a moment ago.

Yes the thunder is scary and menacing.

But if you shut it out and focus only on the sound of God’s steady and powerful voice – you’ll learn to laugh when your heart becomes stricken with fear.

You’ll learn to enjoy the feeling of rain drops falling onto your skin.

Someday, you’ll learn to smile when you look ahead and see rain clouds threatening to interrupt your sunny day.

As you begin to understand that rain does not destroy life, but it enriches it and causes growth, you’ll learn to appreciate every day that you are blessed to experience. Even the cloudy ones.

You’ll begin to appreciate exactly what you have in front of you and you’ll learn, in all things, to be content.

Most importantly, when you learn to simply let go and let God…

You’ll learn how to dance in the rain. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my first official blog. I thought it would be fitting to make my first post in the New Year because I wanted to start this project during a new chapter of life.

I’ve tried to start so many blogs in the past and I haven’t been able to keep up with any of them lol. Which is ironic because when people ask me what I want to do with my life, my first response is (usually) that I want to be a writer.

I spent all of last year asking myself, how can you call yourself a writer when you don’t write anymore? So this year, I’m challenging myself to do more of what I love. 

I’m going to pray, laugh, write and live. In that order. Lol.

I hope you enjoy watching me take on this challenge and I hope this inspires you to take on challenges of your own.

Happy New Year! Be blessed!