Spiritual

Percolate your Masterpiece

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A terrain of solid earth is what I see.

Beautifully contoured with hills, valleys, caves, and ravines.

As light hits the surface, various hues of chocolate are reflected.

Glamorous is an understatement of the majestic bare landscape tapestry.

If this is just the exterior, then what really lies beneath?

Is it penetrable or is it concrete?

The only one who truly knows is the Manufacturer of such a masterpiece.

So I gazingly looked to Him and said, please percolate me.

Percolate me, until You are all I see in every fiber of my being.

Daily Prompt: Percolate

Spiritual

Filthy Rag

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Not a spot that’s clean.

Not an area unblemished.

Everywhere that’s seen is tattered and tarnished.

Muck and grim protruding from within

 

Filthy, filthy, disgustingly dirty can only be viewed as completely unworthy

Mere mortals efforts to make it clean proves futile when examined by the One that’s unseen

No amount of alms given, no amount of good deeds can change the perspective of the heavenly King.

 

What can I do? Who can help? This really can’t be the absolute end.

I scurry around, frantic to find one that can cleanse such a one as my kind.

Alas, I heard a voice so clear, saying come my child only draw near.

I followed the voice with acuity until I but see my Savior with arms wide open.

 

Breathless, I ran into His arms,  to escaped the cold and embrace warmth.

Then He gently whispered, “You are now cleansed as you have been washed by the stream unseen”

I began to sob uncontrollably on His shoulders, as joy flooded my heart

I am no longer blemished,mucky, grimy, tattered and tarnished

My filthy rag has been made righteous.

via Daily Prompt: Filthy

Spiritual

Tart a Character Flaw??

It’s funny how we can appreciate tartness in pastries and fruits. We love it so much that there are many variations as it pertains to desserts. Ironically, however, whenever we come across an individual whose characteristics could be viewed as tart like reflex we become guarded.  However, I cannot help but wonder could that tart personality be blended with yours to form something delicious like the dessert you cannot have enough of?  After all, isn’t the tart also somewhat sweet? Maybe if our perspective were realigned we could see the tart for what it really is… not a character flaw but something rather really  delicious to awaken our taste buds.

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Naked and Not Ashamed, Self Esteem, Spiritual

Naked and Not Ashamed

Gen 2:25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

This verse is well known and is usually viewed solely from the perspective of a husband and wife relationship. I am in no wise saying that the context in which it was written and exegeted was not for that purpose, but I somehow want to expand the horizon to this text. I truly believe that for life to have any significant meaning, then it has to be defined in terms of relationships. I say this because even before a person is born into the world, they encounter some degree of intimate relationship. As the baby is being developed in the womb, a bond is formed (intimate relationship) between the mother and that child. Therefore, as it disembodies the cocoon of safety, it cries as it experience’s the separation from the intimacy to which it was familiar. As I examined this text, I could not help but wonder if this is the way the Creator had designed for us all to cohabitate on this sphere called earth.

Naked speaks to being void of natural covering, not being enclosed in a scabbard. Whereas, ashamed highlights an individual’s feeling of being embarrassed or guilty because of their actions, characteristics or associations. Could it be that God really wanted us to dwell together without being covered by the mask that we hide ourselves in when interacting with each other because if they saw who we really were (our weakness enveloped in strength) they would stamp us as a reject? Could it be that we are capable of seeing each other’s “weaknesses and flaws” and yet still love? Love in the truest form as defined in the book of Corinthians, so that intimacy could be developed and relationships formed and solidified. Could it be that because of fear we clothe our persona in shame? Ashamed of our past and present experience and situations that we lived through, that formed us into the beautiful person that we hide because of the need to self-preserve!

You may not have noticed, but I said LIVED THROUGH. Yes, you LIVED THROUGH it, and you are STILL ALIVE.  Yes, you may not be the typical soft-spoken individual or the embodiment of perfection personified. Yes, you have struggled and are still struggling with external and internal forces, but you are ALIVE.

You being alive simply means that you need to step into the liberty to which you have been called to walk in. Being naked and not ashamed. Not living and defining yourself by the perception of others or the perceptions that you have of yourself because they have been embedded in your psyche as a result of society’s culture…but rather living naked and not ashamed. The Bible says that there is, therefore, no condemnation to them that are walking in Christ who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. This simple means that there is no need to be ashamed of your past or present as those things are molding you into who you are. You see the “spirit man” is the real you…the authentic you. Break the limitation off and begin to walk into the liberty to which you have been called.  Walking in chains and bandages is exhausting.  Take them off!! Break free from the cave of limitations and self-preservation. There is a range of climatic conditions to experience outside of the cave. It’s time to self-actualize. It’s time for freedom walk… it’s time to let the authentic you come forth. It’s time to be NAKED and NOT ASHAMED!!!

11/15/16

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You Really Are…LOVABLE!!!!

Discovering that you are loveable can be such an invigorating experience.

To say this might seem strange, but if we were all to be honest and remove the mask that we wear to hide ourselves…oops did I say that? I mean to “protect” ourselves we would realize that there is really nothing to hide from in the first place.

When we view ourselves as unlovable we tend to try and attach ourselves to people who are not really worth the person that we really are all because we feel inferior to them and believe that there is something about their “superiority” that will cause us to feel “normal”.

However, to get to the point where all inhibitions that we have about ourselves and the reasons we think we don’t really deserve the “fairy tale” kind of love can be such a relief.

It is like being removed from the connection of a ventilation machine. It is like coming off of life support and being able to breathe on your own for the first time. Yes, I must admit it is scary. Yes, the first time that you do it will almost take your breath away. Yes at times it will be difficult that you will feel like your respiratory system is going into shock and will collapse. But if you keep calm you will realize that you are actually able to do this.

Why are you able you may ask? Well for the simple reason that God has given you the ability to and that it is a natural phenomenon that He has designed you to do on your own. Who would have thought that you would be able to accomplish such a significant task on your own?

Yes the feeling is overwhelming and at times you will not be able to make sense of it, but it is a delightfully delicious sensation. It is good because for the first time you are not being muzzled, choked to death or being stifled by anything or anyone that you mistakenly thought was your source and from whom you used to absorb some form of identity to yourself.

For the first time you are able to inhale and exhale so deeply and it feels so good….

God did that for you. Yes, He caused you to be alone so that your negative thoughts about yourself could be transformed to positive thoughts. And so that you can be conformed truly into the image that He has designed you to be….a child of the King!!!! One that is loveable in all of your shape, form, size, character, personality, etc.

So now that you have discovered that you really are lovable… don’t ever let the vicissitudes of life tell you otherwise!!!. No matter how continuously, loud and consistent that scream maybe … don’t let it cause you to succumb to its force. Stand tall and strong, knowing who you are!!!

 

Knowing that you really are oh so very lovable!!!!!

12/17/2013

Spiritual

The Reason I write

The Bible says to “guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life”. This may seem very vague as there is no outline as to how to guard it…no series or steps and definitely no recipe as to how to produce the desired result.  This results in individuals taking the scenic route of various trial and error processes and if we learn from these “trial and error” then we become that much wiser and cautious to following this advice.  We eventually learn that when this advice is not keenly adhered to then indelible impressions are etched on our person. It for this reason that I write and pour out the issues within. 11/13/16

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