The Art of Forgiveness

Brandt Jean hugs Amber Guyger

Brandt Jean (brother of killed suspect) forgave Amber Guyger (killer) in court case held in 10/2019.

In Romans 12:2 (NIV), it says, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, and pleasing and perfect will.” Additionally, in Matthew 6:15 (NIV), it says, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

In this case, this is a prime example of how good it is to forgive someone that may have broken you and your family’s heart. ‘Growth in God’ is being shown here. Yeah… he could’ve shown anger towards the killer, as normal worldly people would have done, but the brother forgave her that sparked up weird reactions from everyone. The media didn’t know how to respond either.

My take from it all: Besides holding in and having anger towards someone for whatever reason, we need to start learning how to forgive one another since it would be something Jesus would do. Challenge: Name 1 thing God or Jesus has done wrong. The answer: NOTHING.

As I gaze back at the picture, yes, I see both of them in pain, and besides his brother being a pastor or minister, he did something that God would’ve done: forgave His brothers and sisters in response; even the judge chose to give her bible away to the killer as an offering. Again, we all know that no one is perfect, but to always continue to walk and live in anger is damaging to both our health and our spirits. In the end, ultimately, it pains God in the end.

All we can do is pray and stay strong for one another… as well as ourselves. We see crimes and tragedies happening every day and every once in a while, but that does not mean that we should keep in the anger. Forgiveness can go a long way in your life.

Sometimes, we may hurt, but the pain is a temporary feeling that can be wiped away with God.

Stay strong, my brothers and sisters, in Christ. All we have to do is support and love one another. 🙂

 

Can You Just Imagine? Praise Him!

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Can you just imagine what kind of surprises and blessings God still has in store for all of us? How can such a powerful Father still love us so much? If I had the answers to these questions, would my humanly mind guess the right answers? Nope.

After re-reading and skimming through all of my bible pages and all of the footnotes, it felt as if I was a captain in search of buried treasure with my crumbled up piece of a treasure map in order to find His Words: “The Spiritual messages from God for our spirits.” When nothing was being achieved for me in my younger years, I remember giving up. Example: I used to think that no one will ever care for me, about me, and of my existence.

Yes, I, too, was someone that always felt like a failure before the eyes of my friends, my family, and anyone that had contact with me. But, beyond anything, I chose to overcome the inevitable and enjoyed helping others before myself. Why was I like that? I never knew the answer, but as I walk with God, it was Him that pushed me to do something positive and leave a mark within the souls that see me.

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His gifts were sent back to me as rewards from those I had no idea thought of me. I mean, why would my own coworkers one year give me a surprise party as a big “THANK YOU” for me servicing them? As the Christian that I am at and in my heart, I know the answer: It’s because I wasn’t only servicing and helping them, but I was also servicing and helping Him too in the process.

For Him to reach us, we know that God Works by and in the Spirit. Of course, we cannot physically see Him walking and working in our lives, but every prize and blessing we receive in our lives is from Him. Everything we have right now, think about it all as being a blessing to have… and appreciate those once-in-a-lifetime moments. Why do you think we wouldn’t mind sharing in many celebrations when our loved one make it to reach a milestone in their lives first over our own? What we are doing is celebrating in God’s Love because we also are sharing our blessings with others just to see them smile.

We will chat soon! 😉

 

 

I’m Searching for You (Poem)

I'm searching for the intricates of You, Lord.
Beyond the last of my days, share Your secrets through Your Word.
I'm the captain of this ship forgoing to see the gold,
but I know that Your Word will never rot, despite Your Words being old.
It's like a precious painting with the sign saying "Do Not Touch".
I just want to thank You, hug You, and tell You that I love You so much.
The devil is seeking to cause his many roads of trouble,
but with Your Spirit beside me, his wicked schemes are destroyed as rubble.
Maybe I'll discover You floating above the water streams...
or maybe You will send me an unknown message within my dreams.
I'm searching for my Father because I miss being under Your Wings.
Rescue me from the wickedness planned to rough up against me.
What once was a beautiful walk down Your Streams...
but now, the wicked has turned against You to represent another team.
My spirit and hands will NEVER vow and pray to an idol that's undefined.
You are my Lord, God, Jesus, whatever because You Love Me; my God inclined.
But for know, I will ask You: 'what miracles will You perform next?'
I don't know, but let me leave this cafe right now. "Waiter, check?"

Is It Right To Go Back?

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As days are going on, I’ve been realizing a trend when it comes to some people that enjoy the old ways and the “back-in-the-day” years that will never come back again. What we have to realize is that people, specifically children, are becoming more intelligent, and also… consider what God is trying to do for you.

In Hebrews 13:5 (NIV), it says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”‘ In Isaiah 43:18 (NIV), it quotes, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”‘

Yes, I understand that you (including me) want to remember how much fun you used to have as a child and how you recall that time when a loved one taught you how to cook or play a card game who is no longer here on earth with us. By all means, those were the fun times, right?

But what I’ll never understand is how can someone have it all in their lives, and yet, they still choose to live in the past that can never be reborn again? Yes, those days and that time and those events happened, but what needs to really be seen is that God already has it planned out for all of us. What He is doing is blessing and giving us so many multitudes of gifts that we just need to sit back, realize, and appreciate.

So ask yourself these question: Despite all of my challenges, who was it that helped to bring me out of that time? Who was it that made sure my children made it home safely from all the violence and turmoils that are happening in this world when I’m not around? Why did all of these people in the bible, IN THE PAST, have to go through so much knowing that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are perfect in every way?

Yes, I agree that we all miss those ‘good’ days, but while we are living in God’s Grace today, let’s continue to strengthen and help uplift each other. When we do this, that means that we put God at the forefront of our thoughts. The One and Only God that deserves our Praise. 🙂

I Can’t…

The Praying Woman

Thank you goes out to “The Praying Woman” for sharing this image with us. Thank you.

I can't allow you to force me 
to become of the ways you seek. Don't you see
that God is the One that frees me from my pain.
I can't allow sex to rain down and be my spiritual gain.
Yes, I you defeated me by your yells and gossips,
but then God allowed scriptures to escape from my lips.
We're not meant to live the perfect and exquisite of lives.
My God gave me my life to always praise Him, even while living on a dime.
I can't allow this fear to overtake my heart and cause me stress.
I can't accept that you want my life to be loaded with your mess.
It's time to change this and leave our worries in the past.
Our life pains are back there for a reason and we're free at last.
God is good because we are secured in His Love.
End this wickedness and allow God's Grace to rain from above.

The Meaning Of Loving God

God's Love

Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) says for us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

To say that ‘we love God’ is to say that we will always love Him… and we are willing to sacrifice for Him He has with all of us. I would have my moments when I think about what all He has done for me, for others around the world, and to keep the animals alive and the beautiful nature growing around us before our eyes. As I mentioned before, in one of my previous posts, I wish that I could reach up towards the Heavens and give God a big hug, not only because He has done so much and countless of wondrous things for all of us, but because He Loves Us.

There are so many programs being made and shown about ‘The End of The World’ or how our societies may one day turn into becoming like the Hunger Games movie or there will be an infestation of deadly viruses and so on. My question’s are: Why not celebrate ‘today’? Why not enjoy what we have and all of the people we have in our live’s today? Why is people fascinated with death more than ever and not with the current lives that we have now? Imagine what this world would look like if no one was around. As a child, it may sound nice, but as an adult, that gleeful picture is terrible to live through or ever see.

In 2 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV), it says that “He saved us from the death that was so near, and he still saves us. We believe that God will keep on saving us.”

Our flesh and skin is supporting something that’s priceless, which is our Spirit and our Soul within us. This Spirit is God’s priceless gift to us. Yes, once Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden for birthing the type of sin the enemy desired to happen, God still wanted to connect with all of us, despite us being born into it. Our Father, in Heaven, sees past all of that… and all we have to do is believe in Him and His Son Jesus; the main connector between us and God.

To love God is to have trust in Him and give Him all of our burdens (Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”). To love God is to depend and know that He is daily working in our lives, teaching us how to love one another, and blessing us with His Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and that is not from yourselves, it is the Gift if God– not by your works, so that no one can boast.). Beyond all of the repetitive messages we read in our bibles and hear from pastors and ministers at our home churches, but rather, that’s God reminding us not to forget Him and forget that He is always by our sides. To love God is to grab onto His Hand… while He continues to reach and hold onto our hearts.

Love you all… and we will chat soon! 🙂

So Much… Has Happened

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“Happy 2019 New Year to all of you!” 🙂 I know that I am a bit late to say it, but please forgive me. Besides the release of my book (That P.U.S.H. I Needed), so much has been happening in the world that brought me a sense of pain and emotional hurt along the way. The question is: ‘Which path are we walking down?’

Amos 5:14 (NIV) says for us to “seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.”

I bring this question up because, I also was one to check out the Lifetime Series “Surviving R. Kelly”. If you never watched or heard of this artist, R. Kelly is an R&B singer and he has been for years. Along with his stardom, however, came many cases as well. Some songs, that I had a hard time to stomach down, were more about young teenage girls instead of grown women. He also has the nickname ‘The Pied Piper”, which, when you think about it, all of the children and teenagers desired to be with a much older man that never really cared much for the girls he kept captive. I’ll admit that I enjoyed listening to his music just like everyone has, but we never put the ‘actual’ pieces together. One piece we (the public) had known of was him being married to the late R&B singer Aaliyah (1979-2001) decades ago. The brave women and victims of R. Kelly have come forward in the documentary, but the question arose: “If R. Kelly is a child predator, and you knew of this, where were the parents concerning Aaliyah’s sake?” There’s also many deeper questions that have yet to be answered. Keeping all of them and the situation in my prayers.

Michigan, my home state in the USA, was one of the states affected by the partial shutdown President Trump has placed in the government. It’s a lot of deep hardships happening besides government workers being laid off from work and people not receiving their monthly checks. Some people aren’t able to receive their medications, government support is not active for others, and another tough hitter for everyone is that workers and officials that monitor all of the food we eat were also laid off as well.  So, on the news, we were told to just be aware and careful what meals and foods we choose to eat up here. All we can do is stay aware, stay in prayer and hope that this shutdown doesn’t last much longer.

All we can do is stay in prayer and continue to uplift one another. We are stronger together than from we are from one another. I have much more to say, but I have to go at this time. Chat soon everyone.

 

My Book Is Complete; Now What?

That PUSH I Needed (Cover)

Hello again, my brothers and sisters, in Christ! I sound more chipper right now because I was able to complete my poetry book. I feel really better, but then I soon became… bored. Lol. Anyways, after so many corrections and make overs, I’ve finally settled on the image above. My book, “That P.U.S.H. I Needed”, is available on Amazon for $10. I went cheap on my poetry book because I wanted to be able to share more of my words, my thoughts, and my heart with all of you… at a low price of course. I’ve been told to charge more, but my spirit didn’t want me to charge that.

As mentioned on my blog, this was a very interesting project for me since it was both my flesh and spirit arguing the whole time, but of course, this whole book (and the winner from the scuffle) was written from my spirit.

I thought about a verse from Romans 8:14 (NIV) that says, “for those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” I wanted to use my words in poetry to give back to Him the best way I knew how… and I thank God that I have.

Thank you all for your time, and by the way, another secret while I was writing was that I read and thought about all of your words from each of your pages and blogs. That’s right! I thought about all of you because you all gave me that sense of strength and inspiration from all of your powerful words. They stuck or glued within my heart and spirit. 🙂

Question: Will I have something else to tell in another book? I have no idea since my spirit tends to talk a lot.

Chat soon everyone and stay strong!! 🙂

 

Never Knew About An Author’s Journey

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I would like to thank 5 Journeys for sharing their image with me. Thank you for sharing.

I’ve been missing all of you, and the reason for my absence was for writing my book. I am showing you this image above because I feel tired from all of the trials I’ve experienced while trying to make my book. But you know what? It was worth it because I finally made my own poetry book. As of this moment, it is in review right now; otherwise, I would’ve showed you all a picture of it… with myself, of course. Lol.

I will say that that was the first time that both my spirit and my flesh were battling it out inside of me. For example: Let’s say I (flesh) wanted to make a post about sandwiches, whereas I heard (spirit) to not do such a thing. As a result, I’ll admit that it took me about a year to finally compose and share my words. I encountered a lot of down time where I just wanted to give up, stop, and say “forget it” since I was tired of noticing errors and more errors like never before, but God didn’t want me to cave in and give up on a project so simple to complete. When the enemy wanted me to “STOP”, God told me to “Go”, or keep going.

That’s the same thing that God wants all of us to do in any storm, to “GO” and finish that goal, that passion, and that life we seek. He gave us life, yes, but when a challenge confronts us, that doesn’t mean to stop and give up. The enemy will do anything to try and break us, but now, it’s time to keep moving forward.

Another secret I want to share with you is that my whole poetry book was written from my own Spirit. So guess who won that spiritual fight between my flesh and my spirit: The Spirit that shined victorious! 🙂

Stay strong everyone.

My Dream Of Thanking Maya

Maya Angelou

Thank you to The Shakespeare Standard for sharing this image with us. Thank you.

In my dream, I wasn’t sure where I was… but I remember holding note cards in my hands. I held onto these cards while following her to wherever she was leading me and a few of her buddies/fans too. We were walking until she stopped, turned around to face us, and told me to read the cards at the podium in front of the crowd. Looking down, the note cards I held tightly onto were notes from myself thanking her. Anyways, while walking to the podium, I can barely see the crowd. There were bright lights and it felt like a fog setting in front of me. I went to the microphone and read each card. After I was done reading them, the crowd was applauding me. Although I couldn’t see them, I heard their claps and roots. I then turned to Maya, told her it was an honor, a privilege, and I kept saying “Thank You” to say it as for inspiring me to ever try my hand with poetry. While thanking her, she reached for my note cards, and I kid you not, my cards disappeared from my hands. She said “You’re welcome” right before I immediately woke back up.

During my younger years, I read a few of her poetry books and then became a fan of her work, just like everyone else had. I wanted a way to express how I was feeling as well by writing in my little notebooks when I could. While in sixth grade, my teacher was having a Christmas Card Contest. No one in my class, including me, wanted to be a part of it, until the teacher said it was for a grade. Really? But it was fun in end. As you may already know, my card had poetry inside of it. By the end of the day, my teacher came to our last class of the day, and said my name as the winner. That bag of cheese popcorn and that can of Faygo Redpop was worth it since that was the teacher’s treat for the winner as well. Over the years, my passion for poetry grew as I came across more poets, read their work, and I even took a Poetry Course in college, but Maya stood as the one that helped me to begin my poetic flight since many of her pages sounded exactly how I was feeling that day. She spoke and wrote how she felt, and I wanted to do the same.

I chose to compose and write from my spirit, so any words and poetry you read on my blog or on this page is actually the voice from my own Spirit. That’s the secret to both this page and my blog. I published my poetry book, but then immediately unpublished it because my Spirit was hinting and telling me that “Something wasn’t right”; this same quote sounds similar to when I used to watch Madeline as a child. As we speak, I’ve been making improvements and doing some work.

Who was it that inspired you to ‘do’ something. Whether they are simple tasks, someone taught you something so that it manifested into your spiritual gifts; yes, learning to cook is a skill and so much more.

Love you all and chat again soon.

Kiya