It is one virtue that I struggle to maintain. Stilling myself and adopting the mindset of ‘not-yet’ is one of the hardest disciplines that I have had to exercise. I remember as a child wanting everything right now. As an adult that desire is still there but has to be tempered daily. I can tell you from experience that what you desire may not be what is best for you. It may actually be to your detriment not your betterment yet it can be so difficult at times… Read more
When was the last time you mourned? I mean seriously cried over the present state and situation of another human being or people group. In our modern western society, the custom of mourning is foreign and many times misunderstood. Mourning makes us uncomfortable and down-right sad. We do not want to think of the dead nor the dying. It forces us to come face to face without our own mortality. So we become consumed with the notion and business of our own happiness. We neglect the holiness and happiness of others especially if it opposes or even infringes on our life. Read more
I live with it. I sleep with it. I eat with it. I work with it. I cuddle and caress it and rarely do I confront it. You know–The enemy within.
The lies created in the septic places of my heart. The lies spewed about me that seem to bombard my mind. Each an intentional gesture whose goal is to distract me, distort truth, and ultimately plan my destruction.
As I take time to reflect on all that I have done and all that I wanted to do, I realize that there are many aspirations to I wanted to accomplish that I talked myself out of. I formulated excuses of every kind and variable to squash the dreams that I had for myself and those I knew God had for me. It went something like this: Read more
So your weekend may have not been the best and you woke up all in your feelings about certain people and things in and outside of your control and you are about to succumb to these feelings ruining/running your day…This is for you:
I have learned that you cannot live a life that thrives based on fickle emotions. Our emotions must be subjected to truth. David, in Psalm 103, commands his soul to bless the Lord in spite of the situations he was facing at present – failed marriages, adultery, murder on his hands, his own son seeking to kill him, abdication of his throne, raped daughter, a nation in turmoil…Ummm…Let’s just say that he had enough drama for a few seasons of Scandal. Read more
The Photo Challenge of the day is to take a picture that best illustrates bliss. The more I think of it, the more I am convinced that a state of bliss speaks to the spirit and soul of a man or woman. I believe this encapsulates it best:
In the belly of scripture we gain principles, promises and practices for a thriving life. It is here that purpose is revealed —
In the midst of God’s Presence is where I experience true bliss