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Wasting the Precious Oil Flow

It was interesting to me that while I was hurriedly attempting to plug-in an almost depleted electronic device, my iPad to be specific, I spilled over the olive oil in the little clear bottle with the green top. And I thought “oh gosh what a waste”. As I looked at it, I said to the Lord what am I supposed to do with that Father? … and I tried to think of clever ways to pick the oil back up so that I could use it.

And although there may have been ways I could’ve, I began to think. Inside the little puddle of oil I could see the reflection not only of the recipe for love behind it but all the ingredients that were on the little crystal tray and it made me think about Purpose.

Often times we waste our purpose (oil) because of neglect, distraction or just rushing through life getting things done, discontent. I noticed that in the picture I caught a reflection of part of the electrical cord and I thought “oh that’s not becoming of the picture, “ however, I realized the electricity is the source. It’s just like our attempts of relationship with God. Sometime, we try to cut him out of the picture and yet he’s the main part of it and then we wonder why we lose the oil flow or the blessing that was intended for us.

And the reality is we can’t rush through this walk. There is a process, plan and a place of contentment as we wait. We fall and can get back up again. However even if we can save some of the blessing of our purpose, it’s never going to be originally what God had intended, and so we miss out on a portion of it. And if we can’t identify the source of it (God), the whole purpose in healing from the fall is lost, even if we get back up. In the end did I save some oil ? Yes, but I could never recover all of it. And all that’s left is that little puddle of what could have been.

Today my prayer for you is CONTENTMENT in the wait. TRUST in the process. And constant REPENTANCE and RETURN back to the Savior of your soul, in Jesus’ name.

“The LORD says: ‘ when seventy years are completed, you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, and will bring you back from captivity.’ ” Jeremiah 29:12-14

💜 Loving You Today ~ Firestarter

Bump in the Night

What do you fear? What keeps you up at night, makes your palms sweat and your stomach sour? What makes you take two steps back after having taken one step forward?

When I was a kid I would often be woken by an unidentifiable thud or questionable rumbling. It always seemed to come from the darkest corner in the room, the closet or from under the bed. If I was with my other siblings then the one to go investigate would be the one who lost the dare or just by good ole fashioned seniority. But, if I was alone, I had to muster up the courage or pull the covers over my head, tightly close my eyes and pray to make it to the morning from whatever lurked in the darkness. Because even if the threat wasn’t real, the fear was.

Fear is a natural emotion when put into perspective. Fear is a spiritual alert that manifests into the flesh in order to warn us of danger. However, fear should never be entertained or fed. When we feed our fear through doubt, self-righteousness, pride, envy, anger etc…we open a spiritual door for it to grow and come in. Once inside it confuses and paralyzes us which makes it bigger and stronger than it was before. As it grows we give small pieces of ourselves (thoughts, beliefs, limitations) away and before we know it we, like a boat no longer tied to the anchor, have drifted far away from the shoreline, into irrationality.

The beginning of fear always starts in our mind, our soul. This is why the Word of God counsels us to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.(II Corinthians 10:4-5). If we recognize it, identifying that the enemy comes to steal, kill, destroy (John . 10:10), we are already one step ahead of our fear. We must capture our fear before it captures us. Once recognized, what follows is simple. Give all praise and honor to the Father in heaven who is worthy of it. The Lord dwells in the midst of our praises (Psalm 148:14). There’s is no one, nothing bigger than our God. It’s time for that seven word intro, “There’s someone I’d like you to meet!”

It is time for us to speak to our fear. Speak to those things that speak to us and introduce them to the Lord God Almighty whom is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Now show your fear who’s boss!

My prayer for you today is SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS and DEEPENING TRUST in the power of our LORD and his HOLY SPRIT… to move your fear out of your way!

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.” Proverbs 9:10-12”

Executing Obedience

We know the Word of God says obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), but do we know why. When we were in the world we lived a life of sin. We struggled with our identity and whether or not there was a God who knew of our struggles. In our attempt in life to figure out our identity we made decisions and choices that had circumstances and consequences. Some of those consequences caused us much pain and grief. Our faith was weak or non-existent.

When we made the decision to follow Christ, it was because all at once our spirit understood the need for the Father, the acceptance of his Son and His sacrifice and the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. To execute obedience required us to step out on our faith, challenging us to go further trusting in the substance (basis) of our faith, despite the things we had seen with our physical eyes, putting hope in what we had not yet seen with our spiritual eyes.

When we obey the Father and what he commands of us, we are standing on faith. We are saying, “Lord, I trust You,” no matter what it looks or feels like to me.

My prayer for you today is FAITHFUL EXECUTION of your OBEDIENCE and all that the Holy Spirit places into your hands from this day forward!

💜Loving You Today ~ Firestarter 🔥

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

REFOCUS. Connecting on a deeper level in Christ. RECONNECT. Returning to the basics. The cross. REVIVE. Sparking a flame in the innermost being. RESURRECT. Speaking life into dry bones.

Goal: Duplicating God given talents in those we hold near and far, all around us.

A Letter in Redirection: Dear 2020

Do not think for one moment that I have not heard you and considered or weighed out what you have said. Do not think for one moment I have not seen how you feel, especially in light of what we are going through right now in our country. I know that you have been hurt by actions of others, which has resulted in anger and rightly so. It is no secret that in this country, abroad and around this world there is a disdain for people with differences. I know that it appears as if this “hate” has a color to it because of what we view as the majority vs. the minority.

My view is I agree and disagree. I agree that there is a hate issue and the color of it is black. However, I disagree that the black color has to do with skin as much as it has to do with the metaphorical and spiritual color of the heart.

I know the Bible is wildly unpopular but there is supernatural wisdom in it that pertains to just these issues going on right now with all of this social unrest.

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” -Proverbs 4:23

I would be a liar if I said I had never in my life made any derogatory, hurtful statement or comments about one of my fellow human beings, at times to their face no less. I would be remiss if I could not recall my fleshly weaknesses in purposely pointing out my brothers or sisters faults or physical attributes that I found distasteful, repugnant or unappealing, just to boost or fill the hollow gaps in my self-inflated ego.

It is true that a reform is needed. But in order to reform we must first be transformed and renewed in our way of thinking. You see, we humans require a mantle of greatness to surround our sin-soaked existence. But not just any greatness, a supernatural one. One that allows us to see past our own deeply rooted barrier we have constructed, the wall, from past experience. We must boldly take responsibility and accountability. We must make a solid decision based not only in our flesh, but in our soul and spirit as well, to pursue, encourage, inspire and duplicate through faith, hope and love. It is for this very reason I must remain as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with whom I identify, in Spirit and in truth.

Sincerely, SāF

#SparkĀFlame #SaF

What’s Your Spiritual Status?

Now more than ever in 2018, social media has become the main outlet for status expression of the Milleniel Mainstream Meltdown (3M) of non-stop wavering emotion that ebbs and flows at every change in the average person’s feelings. There is no longer a sincere search into one’s soul to find out what is behind the motivation for any given behavior or character-laden decision made while traveling life’s journies.

Despite it’s “title”, 3M, is not entirely exclusive to just Milleniels. It has leaked into other generations who should know that “feelings are fleeting”, just like the wind in which they rode in on. It is complete and utter foolishness to vent every single feeling had during every minute, of every day (Proverbs 29:11). That constant desire to be seen, heard and understood has become an overwhelming competition of a “look at me” attitude not only exhausting to its onlookers, but unbeknowest to the author, it exhausts their own spirit. And then they wonder why they have lost a sense of purpose, drive or meaning to life. Why, the zeal once associated with that small child captivated by sunshine, snails, blue skies and rain, no longer exists.

There is an undercurrent of sadness plaguing people. It’s rooted in the mindless mix of emotions misplaced on entertainment, self-indulgence and over-exposure to the poisons of this world system we have all grown so adept at embracing.

Deep down the hunger is real. Not for a super-sized meal, but for true consumption of the exponential quest for existence. Deep down we know our design, so intricate and intelligent, could only be explained by a Creator who is so much more intricate and intelligent than we could ever think or imagine.

The foolishness that comes with the negating of God’s existence is rooted in a primordial reasoning generated from the place of unhealthy, egocentric pride. Yes. It all just comes down to pride (Proverbs 16:18). Lucifer was anointed, the greatest, most beautifully embellished, priveleged angel in Heaven (Ezekiel 28:13-15), until he thought himself more important than the things of God. One glimpse into the mirror and (*finger snap) – he was no longer satisfied. That mirror will get you in trouble every time!

Status has to do with the condition of something. In order to find that something, oftentimes, we need to search deeper than superficial. Social media, both positively and negatively, has created an outlet to display your condition for others to see. Before posting that next status, maybe instead of looking into the mirror and admiring that physically allusive imagery that is ever changing, you might first examine the heart behind it and what motivation is currently fueling the desire to publicize it. And then maybe your true status could point you in the direction of the path leading to personal design, empiric essence and truth.

”For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Corintians 13:12

Don’t Be a Gracie

“I  once knew a girl named Kay, she grew up and still wanted to play, so she made up her facie, like a clown, then came Gracie, who sent Kay running out the doorway…”.

A friend of mine once told me a story. She said that she had always wanted to be a clown. She enjoyed making people happy. She wanted to bring joy to children where she had been deprived of it in her own childhood. She shared stories. Wonderful stories of laughing, smiling children standing in long lines filled with noisy, ruddy little faces of all shapes and sizes. Each little face had a shiny expression of uncontained excitement, patiently and not so patiently, awaiting their turn to see the clown. Small chubby fists tightly clenching dollar bills in anxious anticipation of being next in line to yell out their favorite color that would be magically and swiftly transformed into an animal, with a twist of the clown’s hands, from an ordinary latex balloon.

Kay the clown was amazing and colorful with a neverending smile, big floppy feet and bright red hair. A colorful satiny outfit with vivid dots of colors in red, blue, yellow, orange and green made all the children squeal with delight because it alerted them to Kay’s presence. She began to enjoy it so immensely that she not only wanted to attend public events but expand it into a personal experience by bringing it into peoples homes. One of the most popular venues for her growing business was children’s birthday parties.

Children’s birthday parties were always so much fun. Excited little faces would anxiously greet her at the door with wonder and delight. Parents would smile with sighs of relief knowing that Kay the clown was about to bring varied entertainment and distraction to their children giving them a well desired break. There were always some kids that would cry initially but when they would see all the other children participating and all the amazing things Kay could do they would be drawn into a blind state of awe mixed with curiosity. By the time the show was over and Kay was done she would be exhausted, but it was all well worth it knowing that parents and children were equally satisfied with her performance. Word of mouth would prove invaluable marketing for her clown parties. Her desire to be a clown had been fulfilled. She had built up her clown empire and had accomplished her goal of making people happy by doing so. Kay had successfully discovered her talent and had used it to bring joy to others. Life was good until one day appeared a girl named Gracie.

Gracie was an unhappy child which was made apparent by the sneer on her face and the snicker in her voice everytime she made some adultish comment. More than likely she was just a product of her home but the reality was that as a child she was  difficult, to say the least. Nothing made Gracie happy and Kay the clown, not through lack of effort, would change that.

When Gracie met Kay something invisible transpired and they were somehow connected in some universal bond that rivaled that of the Montagues and Capulets, unbeknowest to Kay. From their very first encounter Kay knew Gracie did not like her and the kid made it a point to antagonize her every chance she got. 

“You ain’t no real clown, clown!” Gracie would yell at Kay the moment she would arrive, often seperated from the other kids waiting outside at the mailbox leading up the given home’s entryway. 

“Those aren’t real clown shoes, clown!”, she would scream as she stomped heavily on Kay’s real toes with her patent leather Maryjane shoes and lace fringed socks. 

Kay would only smile and grumble under her breathe at what a rotten kid Gracie was. She could not believe that someone so small could be so mean and hateful. After about a year of Gracie run-ins it became apparent that she was not going away. It was because of so many encounters with Gracie, combined with other issue, that resulted in Kay the clown deciding that her clowning career had finally come to an end. And so she decided with a heavy heart to hang up her clown suit and pursue other talents.

We are all born with God given talent. Life throws in unexpected situations that  affect us in all sorts of emotional and spiritual ways, both negative and positive. How we deal with those obstacles become crucial to our development and will determine whether our talent is strengthened or weakened, transforming us into who we are to become. Discovering our talent, though transformative, can also be daunting. It happens when we come up against a “Gracie” shaped in the form of opposition to the goals that we are trying to acheive. Opposition can overshadow our circumstance and blind us to everything that is involved. Sometimes there is a bigger picture. We fail to realize that there is a lesson to be learned. A lesson that always begins with us.

Grace is a gift given by God even though we don’t deserve it. God gave us Jesus the Christ who died on the cross serving as an atonement for our sins. Whether we receive that grace or not does not change the fact that we can not earn our way to it, God or heaven. Life obstacles are for our benefit so that we learn to face challenges head on and work through the storm to continue developing our talents to be used for the benefit of others and God’s kingdom. When we fail to recognize that opposition is a humbling experience that ultimately strengthens us and builds up those around us in the process, we can miss out on some of life’s greatest rewards. Others are constantly watching us to see how we react to situations and our response to difficulty unintentionally affects their lives and habits. Extending grace to others can be challenging, but extremely effective. When we can see past our own self, look beyond the pain of another usually disguised as depression, anger, disrespect, or even blatant hatred, we have tapped into the very grace that God extends to us daily. Then when that obstacle shows itself through another we can look up into the beautiful blue sky and realize that through our choices we can be the difference, and that without the grace there is only Gracie.