Sometimes You Just Get Snookered…

Deception is partly our responsibility in the form of perception and the way it is that we perceive a person to be or a situation. I have a customer who comes in all the time all lowly and disheveled; not dirty or indigent but always complaining about no steady work or an ailment of some kind and in my heart-of-hearts I was thinking to myself, Lord help her and bless her because she an older woman and it saddens me when she comes in humped over and I see that pale blue/grayish ring around her eyes that lets me know that she is farther in age than I had previously thought; not to mention I see my grandmother and I also see myself.

I wonder why at her age is she still working and not to mention struggling to make her car payment. Out of the kindness of my heart and the fact that I would like someone to work things out for me, I stay stretching out her payment and making special arrangements for her.

And I still will, but just so happen the other day when she came in, she wasn’t expecting me to be leaving out behind her and low and behold– what did I see but her hot-footing it to a new Lexus; which is not the mercury sable that she is purchasing from the company that I work for. I allowed my perception to be bemused by what she said and how she came into the office acting– the deception was all on her because she knew exactly what she was doing. I will still help her because it is in my heart to assist whomever I can.

All that to say this… Pray for discernment and continue to still serve others as best you know how, even when you find out you have been snookered! God still sees the intent of your heart and that is all that counts.

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Plan Ahead…

If you plan on being successful in life – you should plan your success; not that we have any control over where God is taking us or what His purpose is for our lives, but He does give us glimpses into what we can be – if we are in Him.

So, I took a look at success and first ask myself “Why do I want to be successful?” And at first I didn’t have a really good answer other than I no longer wanted to be subjected to working for somebody else and being limited at my movement and progression in life because of a lack of funds and career choices. But, then I realized that’s not a good reason to want success.

Then I thought about how many people who are deemed successful, and wondered why so many fail at it after having received what they thought would make them happy for the rest of their lives. After being dismayed at why I wanted to be successful, I came to the conclusion that it was okay to want success because God said that I could have it and I want everything that God says that I can have.

Success means different things to different people. I can also desire the trappings that come with success as long as I possess those things and not have those things possessing me. I wondered why Satan came at Jesus with a proposition of being successful and how He had to use God’s word against him in order to not bow down and then I wondered what is the “trap” of success, that it can take a person who once pursued after God, to get it and then “it” be the reason why they follow after “it” and no longer after God.

We must fear God in order to possess the success that God says that we are privy to, and be conscious still that is only because of God’s goodness that we are able to experience life in full. My success hinges on whether or not God can trust me now to be faithful with little. Can I love him waiting? Can I love him while hoping for greater? These are character issues that you need to be working out now before the success comes, so that you can know that only in God can you not be consumed by whatever the enemy comes at you with in order to get you to bow.

When you plan on being a success – plan it out before you get it or else it will have you. Practice discipline, practice being kind and good to those who God places in your path that can do nothing for you, so that it will be habitual to you, and so when something comes contrary to what got you into your blessed place, that you recognize it as a distraction and supplant it before it takes root. Your best plan for success is to be prepared for the success. Successful people plan on being successful.

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Birth…

Birth, like life, is a process. Some come through without any complications and we think to ourselves, “they never had to endure anything”, about some people. While others are in labor for seems like forever. Labor is laborious on both the one being birthed and the one giving birth – they work in conjunction.

The one giving birth is in a holding pattern and has no control of when they’re coming OUT. We can only be in a holding pattern but for so long. Still-births do happen because everyone doesn’t make it out alive. Only God knows and that’s why I trust Him at whatever stage that I am in – dilated, stuck in transition, being pushed or coming into my breakthrough. I LOVE THE VISUALIZATION OF THIS AS – “LIFE”!

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Very Superstitious…

I used to be very superstitious. If a black cat crossed my path, I had to immediately turn and walk or DRIVE in the opposite direction; and also spit if I just saw one. If the broom brushed across my foot, whether by me or someone else, I had to spit on the broom. I didn t split polls and I dreaded cracking a mirror(compact) that I carried in my purse because I didn t want the years of bad luckthat were associated with all of the above. I believed in them to the point where I thought that I had bad luck and I may have brought much of the misfortune on myself because I believed so wholeheartedly. Now if I can believe and receive negativity into my life by the things not of God, how much more can I reap of the good things that he has promised by believing him for all of his promises? I am willing to take God at faith-value and open my heart to him and close my mind to foolishness that only put fear in to keep us at bay… If we would only put the time and energy into the things of God, what could we accomplish to his glory and for his will? I am determined to find out!

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Duck Dynasty…

“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit, who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14)

In other words… “You’re a sitting duck!”  “The enemy goes to and fro, as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” Even the king of the jungle, the lion will attack a wounded animal more so than he would the one that’s swift and agile; it only makes sense.

They tell women who are shopping or out in the street alone to at least look like she would put up a fight and at least tussle with her assailant.

The hunter seeks the one who will be able to put up less of a fight; the abused, the heartbroken, the weak, disenfranchised and the fragile.  Our wounds are a homing system and GPS tracking device right to where we need to be attacked (Aim and shoot here!) – It’s a duck call – In a manner of speaking…  And we get drawn out of the covering and hedges of God, by a voice imitation.

“If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be the enemy lurking”.  God says that we are His sheep and we know His voice and another we will not follow.  Blind and dumb but blessed and highly favored, because we have The Good Shepherd.

We are up against dynastic rule, a dynasty that’s sole purpose is to seek and destroy; and only God, “The Balm of Gilead” can cover those festering wounds in order to not leaving you a sitting duck for the enemy.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Allow Jesus Christ to be the Savior you need Him to be.

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Fast & Furious…

The doctor says that you have to fast in order to get your MRI or Upper or Lower GI done and you do it begrudgingly, but in order to rule out anything that may be negative or detrimental to your health, you grit it out and bear the emptying out of yourself.

Now Jesus tells you “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21), but now it don’t take all of that.

It may only be conjecture on my part, however, I would say that if despair and hopelessness goes out, then peace and blessings come in – Safe to assume the door swings both ways?

No wonder He said, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20)

God is asking, “Won’t you empty yourself for me, and for your own soul and spirit well-being?”

Some get distraught when the Pastor issues a corporate fast and some become downright furious.  Depending on the level of fight you have inside of you and the battle that you are facing, will determine whether or not you will head the diagnosis of The Great Physician, and receive the prognosis of how best to live a healthy life.

“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win (life) by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.”

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Luxury Tax…

I Thank God that He has quenched the thirst in me that I once had for the finer things in life, not essential; sometimes things that I couldn’t afford or would do anything to get.

Not that I don’t have desires but that the desires no longer trump my relationship with Him.  Luxury statuses can change but God does not.

Thankfully, He has allowed me to see that there is nothing more important than Him and that anything worth having, He will provide but until then; His Grace is sufficient…

Hell and a hellish lifestyle will cost you more than you can ever afford, and there are wages to be paid called death.

Heaven and peace cannot be purchased, they are simply a gift of God.

Some things you don’t want to be able to afford.  Thankfully Christ Jesus paid it all… What a luxury that comes tax free.

Keep Him First!

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