Put Your Umbrella Away, the Sun is Out!

Isaiah 43:18-20 calls us to forget the former things and focus on the new things.  Said in modern language,  this text demonstrates that God acknowledges our past, yet He is letting us know that it is time to forget the past so that we might place our full, undivided attention on the present and be hopeful towards the future. 

I was speaking with one of my best Girlfriends yesterday and she and I collectively concluded that so many of us (humans) are seemingly down and out, even dismayed due to a continual resting in events that occurred during our pasts.

Specifically our hearts were grieving and praying for individuals who are suffering in adulthood due to incidents that occurred during their childhood. As we prayed for these individuals,  it reminded me that life is too short for us to even allow yesterday’s obstacle to keep us bogged down today.

Can’t you imagine God shaking His head as He is working in the fullness of love to present us with gifts today? Yet we don’t receive them, simply because we can’t see them for staring into photos of the tragedies of yesterday.

Understand me and understand me well as I say, this post in no way shape or form is written to discount anyone’s hurt or pain as it is an ever-pressing part of life.  I am, however,  suggesting that is important for you to grab hold of, call by name, and pull out by the root that which still binds you today, though it occurred yesterday.

Today is when the misappropriation of your anger, hurt, and confusion redirects to the spiritual war where it all originated. Remember the Bible cautions us that we do not fight against flesh & blood, but instead against many evil forces which reside in dark places.

I am praying for you and I am pushing you to walk into your freedom today!

Be blessed my Friends!

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Acclimating to Higher Altitudes

I was recently researching the appropriate way to ascend to higher altitudes under specific conditions healthily.

Interestingly enough, I learned that if you plan to ascend to 7,000-10,000 feet or higher altitudes it is best that you do so gradually and if it all possible you should rest at different mid-way points if you are accustomed to living at lower altitudes.

Specifically,  when ascending to 10,000ft it was recommended that you stop and rest at 5000 ft for a night because your resting heart rate and other vitals while sleeping would be more impacted than at your active rates.

This my friends was a powerful metaphor for me. Just think how God allows us to ascend in life one level at a time. For some of us it may feel as though there are a few levels at a time, but the point is the same. Father God knows exactly what is required for you to endure your life’s journey. For He is present at the beginning.  He is present at the middle.  He is also present at the end wayyy before you get there.

So trust God when He urges you to be still,  understanding that the impact that He is making on your heart is even greater at your resting altitudes.  Thank God that He knows when it is the appropriate time for you to make your ascent to the top.

Only Believe!

God Bless You My Loves.

We are all Beautiful, When we are not being Ugly

After a recent set of personal events and individual observations,  I resolve that some people could use a review on what it means to love.

Due to past or current hurt and lack of present or future hope many of God’s beautiful creation are just plain mean and ugly to their brothers and sisters.  If you share in my sentiments,  you may understand why  this brings me great sadness.

As a lover and one whose goal is to radiate God’s sunshine, I seem to bump heads with the ideas of those who are so regimented in rule-following without concern for how individuals involved may be negatively impacted or bound by decisions made.

Thinking on this notion,  I impress upon the world today to think. Before you take any action step that might impact another, ask yourself are you operating out of place of love. Remember in Christ, we are freed from the law, so never allow your focus to shift so much towards trying to follow all the rules. Keep in mind that there are so many in place in this world that you are bound to offend one, while trying to keep the other.

On that note, “Love is patient, love is kind…” and more as grounded in 1 Corinthians 13. So go ahead be in love and try on some love today.

Be blessed!