Transitions

Transitions happen every day.  You transition from sitting to standing, from walking to running, from love to hate. Transitions are part of life,  part of the proverbial transcending presence of time. One who lives without transition, has transitioned as they (or it, as transition is applicable to all life forms) cease to exist. But what would life be like if we didn’t have transition? From Winter to Spring, from Summer to Fall all interwovened to the beautification of  life as seen during the seasons. From the extreme seasonal sedulous shift, year after year, we live our transitions.

What would life be like without transition? In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 the Bible clearly states that life is all about transition:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh,  a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 

Wow, imagine that, a time for everything under the sun meaning that nothing’s new,  everything has repeated itself.  Transitions are timelines that we write without planning or knowing.  I pondered, at this moment what season of life it is that you might be in ? Where are you transitioning from and what are you transitioning to?

What if transition ceased, and you just continue to exist, imagine life being in a lifeless form;  imagine the transcending;  descending issues of life that would keep you somewhat encapsulated into a ball of nothingness, what does that life look like? You probably think that if you could hold a certain space and time that was the most dramatic moment, or the best memory of your experiences, those times that you don’t want to ever end would make life grand. It all sounds fantastic, but imagine living in that state as we are a people looking for reactive, spark filled lives, we would eventually find life boring. Just saying as it is my belief that we have to learn to appreciate the deficit’s of life in order to welcome and cherish the moments of increase or joy in our lives.

Imagine if life was like a ferris wheel and it continued to spin or turn and you couldn’t get off;  it was just a continuation of the same scenes over and over and over again. You would be so nauseated from the journey that you would plead for it to stop.  Although I think that you would want certain things to stop; like wanting the hurt to stop; you want the pain to stop; you want the financial deficits to stop; there are many things that I can imagine that one will want to stop,  but yet I believe that maybe,  just maybe some of those things are positioned that we may be strengthened; that we may be appreciative;  that we may be humbled.  I’m not real sure on how life would exist without transition, but I am sure that without the transitions life would not exist as it does now.

If you take time and think about it life is in contrast. Life gives you the reciprocation of what you are experiencing. If you are happy,  for example, you wouldn’t  know that you were happy,  unless you knew what sad was; if you have  pain you wouldn’t know what pain feels like unless you had experienced life without it;  if you never knew love you wouldn’t be able to understand or identify when it wasn’t present because you never experienced it, right?   You identify with that which you have experienced. Transitions.

I’m a firm believer that as we mature, as we get older, we get wiser (or should), we get understanding.  There are things that I can honestly say that I have learned through life and if it had not been for the experience, the past lessons, seeing life for all its growth moments, I may not be the person I have become.

My closing thoughts on this blog today is to hopefully impart something that’s going to open your hearts to receive understanding that transitions are the shadowed steps of life, beautifully and creatively positioning us in purpose, building our Faith with each transition.

 

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The Power Within

Each time I write I wonder what words will  appeal within the message?  How each word should be framed within the house.  The presentation which is orchestrated based on what’s inside of me powerful enough to reach into the depths of what you feel as the reader.

I wonder what becomes of each seed that’s transpose from my mouth to your soul as I  understand that words penetrate to the core of an individual because they have power. Words are the most powerful element of expression we have. It’s the extension of our hearts that roll off our tongues and they do have the power to produce life-or-death. Yet what we believe falls under the realm of what we see. And unfortunately this adds to our disbelief as well.  Look at it like this: Impossible, only if you say so; It’s never going to happen, only if you believe it after you say it; I don’t know if it’s worth it, I guess not because you just lined up your own destiny with the words that you spoke.  All words must have a level of agreement. Where two or more agree powerful manifestations can happen. We agree on what’s in heaven or on earth. God cannot function outside the realm of our belief because our words are faith driven. They are the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.

I’m reminded of a very interesting book that I read while in college by an author named Charles Capps, I recommend that you try to get that book because it talks about The Tongue a Creative Force, matter fact that is the title of the book. As profound and prolific as it is, each word radiating from those pages stabilizes the reader to control the tongue and it’s empowerment aligns who we are destined  to be. This comes not only from our innate desire but it also comes from our choices.  I know that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. But what are you speaking; what are you professing; how do you rev up the cycle of expectation?

Imagine if all of our words expressed a form of gratitude, a sentiment of appreciation, the balance of hope for better in spite of the circumstance. What could we produce? Me myself, I am a recovering word pusher.  I mean really, I was addicted to pushing my words thinking that I can say whatever I want to say (young and dumb);  whenever I want to say it;  however I want to say it, to whomever, didn’t matter. I was harnessing the power for what it was, freedom of speech. It was my constitutional rights.

But as I matured,  I realized I was working against the power because I felt that I had to speak my mind with words that may not have even been life forming. But the Bible says when as a child I did things childish things but  When I became an adult I had to put aside those childish things. Now I choose to protect my environment, my world, by pushing away the harsh, negative energy and I allow creativity and positivity to a stand within every circle I find myself. Of course this is the most difficult place to be because people will take you to the 10th degree and you will want to just let them have it but thank God for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit that bridles and tempers the words of His people.

I understand this one thing if I didn’t understand anything before now and that is that I must protect the word within me so that when I speak I am creating life and that the word comes from my heart,  lining up with the word of God. May your life radiate the plan and purpose ordained of God and may my words be a blessing to you. Amen

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Periods: Endings or Beginnings.

Happy New Year, can mean the start of something new; the beginning of something refreshing or the end of something significant. As we transition the calendar flips, Auld Lang Syne plays and people make resolution towards that which is to come. For some it’s a new lease on life. Letting go of unfavorable habits or negative energy, formed from connections that should not be.

Many people use this time of year to reflect; to make a plan for better. Social media chimes in with a myriad of propeling thought as well.  I have been seeing a lot of post that challenge the question of what’s going to be done different? That which ultimately leaves the question of choice, better or different, making an opportunity for release of the past and its mistakes, while taking the opportunity to build upon something that otherwise may not have happened if it hadn’t been for the history of the previous year, and the year before,  and the year before.  Pause… wait…… am I the only one who has made resolutions only to fall into the same old same after 30 days (sometimes-big smile). Yet the significance of the New Year  goes deeper than any plan that we would have, it is beyond the thought of reasoning that requires a plan of action that hopefully will propel us towards greater.

What it boils down to is seeing 12 months or 12 chapters of life with 365 pages to re-write our script. Or 8,760 hours to live purposefully. What will we do with our most valuable gift called Time. Yes, there will be bumps in the road when we will be have a page or two and want to take the biggest eraser and remove each mark. But we know life does not allow us to pull out the eraser as each written expression of our day serves as a lesson. And in this vast classroom; on each page, we have options to create run on sentences, inject proper punctuation,  provide colons; semi colons and periods.

The periods do not always signify that it’s the end of the story but it often signifies the start of a new chapter. That chapter is written within our own grasp, a call to innovate,  accelerate or captivate the desires of our lives. Periods can open up a vast array of newness and if it’s good enough that period might  serves as a pause to allowed more time in thought, personal development or give additional thoughts on what’s going to be written next, a continuation of a later date, maybe.

So as we look upon 2018 let’s look through the lens of magnification towards what is going to be larger than our imaginations;  brighter than our expectation and deep enough to expand to the next generation.  I’m ready, how about you?

 

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The Bigger Picture

The lessons of life always have a bigger picture. Ever considered how everything starts out small like seeds, when planted, it grows into a larger intent of the designed purpose. Doesn’t matter if it’s good, bad, or ugly. Edible or non-edible everything starts by being planted. In thought, actions or words. God’s garden’s take true to form according to His word (speak life, power is in your tongue/mouth).

Although we tend to see things often times in the presence of now, there is always a bigger picture as each thing we do creates something. Everything created must have a start, that start is a seed that will bring to life the vision, the thought, an end goal.  Businesses start as a seed someone thought of with actions which can create fortune 500 companies.  Before conception a seed has to be planted for a baby to be born. The food that we enjoy every day came from the seed of something, yet it started out so small.  Everything comes from humble beginnings for it to become something great. Yet we tend to take situations and see them at face value. We don’t see the bigger picture. How many times have you heard comments like “it is what it is,”. Yet when we began to think that it is what it is we are no longer seeing the opportunities of it being more than what we see. Its just starting small or an opportunity for us to learn life’s lessons.

As we approach the end of 2017 and we set our sights on a New Year we often set in motion  New Year’s resolutions and we look at the big picture of what we want to achieve. I would ask that we consider the seed, small yet powerful and able to propel us towards the greater image of our thoughts and desires. Never stop watering your seed. It will become what you desire.

To all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Prepare your seed for planting, take action (water) get busy and watch it grow.

Our Better Self

Each and every day we have an opportunity to reflect upon our lives, the choices that we make,  the regrets that we have; the moments of excitement, and the moments of sadness. Through it all we have learned that we are resilient, life does move on and hopefully through the lessons that we’ve experienced, on any given day,  we can look back from where we currently stand and see how far we have come.

Yet one of the things that the enemy likes to fight us on is not being where we think we should be. He fights us in our comparisons of what we should have, versus what we do have; at where we should be versus where we are, all the while preventing as from progressing to where we need to be, to the destiny that was are ready paved out for us.

The things that we focus on can be very debilitating to our growth because we get caught up on what we should have opposed to what we do have.  No matter where we are in life we should have thanks. Yes, I know that somethings hurt to deal with  but even in the hurt we must somehow pull the strength from within and know that we’re being transitioned, were being perfected, were being challenge to our better selves. And even when we cannot find full gratitude our attitude should be to think how much worse it could be. Yet when we are lowly there is no other option but to become aware of our ability to pull ourselves up, out of the muck and mier, to position ourselves for better.

Far too long we’ve imprisoned ourselves under the limitation of what we see.  It’s time that we start to look at everything in the heart of grateful opportunity. As each day brings forth new opportunities for us to embark upon. You might think this is too much optimism, it is too much,  I cannot pull myself out of where I am. But I’d like to proposition you. How will you get there without changing your thoughts? To have the understanding that your attitude is going to be a direct reflection to your altitude. You must acknowledge the fact that you are better than your mistakes and that you are more than a conqueror through Christ.

When I speak,  I think of each and every challenge that I myself have faced or that I am still pressing to overcome. But I will not be moved as each and every day I see an opportunity to be better. So as we approach the end of 2017, Let us take confidence in our lessons to learn from them, learn through them and become our better selves pressing toward 2018, it’s never too late to start again.

 

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Who Are You, Really?

Have you ever wondered about people? The people that we are?  The people that we become and why we become the people that we do ? I have a thought process when it comes to people. Do we ever really know who they are?  I believe that we show who we want people to see, but their true identity we may never know. Because of this you can question a person’s intent, doubt their sincerity and hide behind the images yourself of what you project.

Who are you really?  That’s the topic of discussion to day. We are not able to know the heart of people , Only God knows that. We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding in all our ways we are to acknowledge him and he will direct our path (Proverbs 3:5-6). A familiar verse for many where Trust leads. Yet every day no matter how well intended we inadvertently  become subject to our own guidance and direction. We question and doubt every decision we make. We become subject to our own inabilities to trust, to design objectively, a blind faith.

What would our lives look like if we were truly walking in blind faith. To embrace or identify with  the role in life we are designed for? To never question change of direction or chsnge of mind?  Imagine if our sight was gone and we had to reply on our other senses to see for us.  The mere fact that our eyes see allow us to react to our “seeing” responses. We all do it and more than likely if we see we don’t like it, we change our mind, right?  What happens when we run into people who we later in life regret that we ever met (avoidance)?  I mean we gravitate towards good looking people right, based on what we see, until we see what’s not external. And sometimes that’s not real pretty.

What about our decisions on career changes? I mean statistically (they say) a person will change their career path 5 to 7 times within the span of their life.  I mean that doesn’t seem very secure in purpose. Yet it is a known fact that a percentage of people who start their career early undoubtedly will shift into different arenas over time. Why, material gratification or choice. Or just outright lack of satisfaction or we realize it’s not a good fit for what your goals were, shifting thought. Change.

What if we knew when we married that that person will change and the question becomes, who are you ? Yet we take vows to love to cherish for better or worse, in sickness and health, until death do we part.  Yet divorce courts lineup with people every day who just can’t take it anymore because the worse got the best of them.

Who are you, really? I mean change happens in all of us, we must adjust as the chapters of our lives change. Some commitments must stay constant, however, to know who we are or who we interact with its a constant change, like escalators functioning up and down.

Maybe it’s just me who questions these adjustable movements. Maybe it’s just me who wants to find truth in this life, stablilty, moreso. But I don’t think it’s just me. I believe that everybody wants peace, that surpasses all understanding, to live positively, to live abundantly and to love without walls. To create an environment that will allow us to live in truth. To believe in people again.

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Changing Frames

old-picture-frames-picture-id475536256This is another day, another day to set the pace, keeping the past in the past and appreciate the present. Our lives become a canvas, the great collage we present to the world. Again, today.

I remember being a kid and creating in the classroom a collage that showed who we wanted to become. It became a very descriptive presentation to our being. What we did not know then is that each day, as we matured, as we grew, we were continuing to create that canvas; different days,  different color;  different thoughts, different actions;  different people,  different presentations. Every person that we encounter sees a different presentation of who we choose to reveal to them, as ourselves. Each and every day we can camouflage and become chameleons based on the environment that we are active in. I mean sometimes to the point that we literally feel the transition of our personalities and I laugh when I say that because I have seen so many different faces to the point where I wonder why we all are not in the movies. We have action, adventure, love stories,  fiction and nonfiction active in our lives every day.  We are walking life everyday in portrayals that we create. And although they have to be adjusted, continually, each day is a new page. The only difference, from the silver screen, is that we’re not being paid like the actors and actresses in Hollywood. And if we were many of us would be nominated for the Oscar, and win.

Yet this is not a bad thing to be honest and often times its quite necessary (nor do I advocate to live a lie).  I mean it would be very difficult to have the role of mother in the workplace. Just as it would be equally difficult to play the role of CEO at your children’s softball game; or to be the nurturer at the bowling alley, or the romanicist in the court room. My point is that as we transition through life we have to adjust ourselves we become the script writer in every scene. Creating the grander scale that was already predetermined, predestined by God (Ephesians 1:5).

I am not the artist of your picture or the creator of your frame (and you are not mine) because God-ordained each and every molecule of our existence . And He loves it.  He loves every part of who we are each and every face, each and every mistake that he knew we were going to make, yet He sent his Son to become that propitiation of our lives (John 3:16).  We may think how many times can He love me when I continue to make poor mistakes, how many times can He still love me when the things that I know to do I don’t and the things I desire not to do I find myself doing (Romans 7:19). But guess what, that’s the God we serve Who is full of grace and mercy. He is faithful to his word and that which He sends forth shall be perfected because his word can not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).

Every frame is a different size, a different shape,  a different color,  some decorated, some painted, some with deep grooves, others with precise detail and it’s all perfecting the picture. To get the picture presented with originality and uniqueness. To give that picture a presentation that is holding the intent of the artist. Our lives are to be whole with intent of our heavenly Father. In that I ask what is in your frame?  How is that picture being presented to the world?  My hope is that you take control to make that picture the best representation, with the highest value because everything, every sin and every weight of life, was already paid for by the blood of Jesus. Amen.

What Would They Say?

The significance of today is important because this is a moment of recognition as my sister celebrates the blessing of 57 years.

It has been a difficult transition since we put to rest our Mom December 25th 2016. This along with the adjustment of life after our Dad October 17th 2007.  We know that parents are the jewels, most precious jewels, of life.  Still the unexplainable hurts and the transition of life (when they are taken from you so early) one can never be prepared. But I thought today would be a-day to remember what they’ve imparted during the time that they were with us. To try and put into words what I believe they would say to their eldest daughter to celebrate her 57 years. So to my sister,  this entry today is about you and the heart that our parents would have shared, if we could still hear their voices.

To our oldest who has always been the big sister were proud of you. We’re sorry that we could not there to celebrate; but we are there in spirit. We seen the accomplishments that you were embarking upon during the time that God allowed us to be physically present in your life. To be a part of the life that you began raising your 2 children, completing beauty school and then going on and getting your associate and bachelor’s degree we could not be more proud.

When others may have accepted defeat, because it wasn’t always easy (remember the struggles) and we always told you that it’ll be OK, and guess what it’s still OK. You have been resilient and you have been a fighter, it’s OK to put your dukes down though, you are in the place at this point in life to relax a little bit. Just continue to be the awesome mother that you are and the greatest big sister that you’ve been; we know the enemy fights you on both, but you’re doing it, you’ve done it, so continue to walk proudly, continue to do what you’re doing because your star is still shining.

We love you And we are always with you. Happy 57th birthday November 7th 2017. Stay sweet.

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Leaving A Legacy

A wise man leaves an inheritance for his childrens children, Proverbs 13:22.

All my life, no not really, ONLY since I have come to know the Lord as my personal Savior, I  have spoken life into my children, those I encounter, to position themselves for legacy.  To leave a legacy for the next generation to follow.  Each decade of life should be purposed with a renewed since of who you are and Who’s you are.  Getting stronger and stronger. If we position ourselves to become the reflection of destiny; deeply rooted for the stage of life that we are in, we find ourselves able to develop the offspring or the branches that can be further extended within our families and within our Communities.

Each and every vessel or vein travels on its pathway  to another destination that once it has travelled it shall accomplish that which it was sent to do (Isaiah 55:11).  At that time you will have a full fledged foundation for every generation to follow, to reach back and hold that seed of legacy that was left. It becomes proverbial.

Yet we often misconstrue legacy only in the confines of material possession, but there is a legacy greater and far more rewarding that will allow the material manifestations to come and that is in the word of God (Proverbs 22:6).  The legacy that we are to impart or to leave for the next generation is to train, teach, develop, and model the word of God in such a way that they too will submit to His authority, His call upon their lives.  The word says, Seek ye 1st the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all things shall be added on to you (Matthew 6:33).

How many opportunities have been taken to train others, because it’s not easy especially in our communities where we’re more inclined to be like crabs in the bucket looking out for ourselves to become the ones to reach the top. My four and no more, right. How many times have we stop to teach a lesson as we are given grace and mercy?  As each day passes the more mature we become,  gaining something that we can teach those who come in our midst.  As we are teaching them we began to take on the roles of developing them to become model citizens for Kingdom purpose.

You know it use to be a time where the matriarchs and patriarchs of the family would gather together the next generation to give them truth, generationally speaking, as well as real world truth. They took time to impart.  To take those roots and get them deeper in the soil and water them with their experiences.  We no longer do that. We spend more time at the dinner table in our E-readers, on our cell phones, on our tablets……You see it when you go to the restaurant; when you’re driving your car or riding a bicycle or walking the street.  More ear buds are in people’s ears blocking communication, both ways. Hint, my number one pet peeve is when you’re in a car with 2 people or more and someone puts their earbuds in, that immediately shuts down any communication because they’re internalizing their world only. Their whole being is telling you that they don’t really care to hear anything that you have to say (I’ve had that hat then more than once). And unfortunately is not just the Millennials.  WISE UP EVERYBODY.  What’s left is what we experience every day in the degenerative structure within our society.  Who’s taking the time to level up the next generation ?  Where is the nurturing or bonding that is the cornerstone of a successful family,  a successful ministry (in or out of the pulpit), a successful life?

To that I leave you with this song.

Watch “WAKE UP EVERYBODY – Original Version (Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)” on YouTube

It’s  time to Train, teach, develop and model the legacy for our families and the next generation.

 

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Compassion

We live in a world where compassion is not received, not felt, not expressed, not acknowledged, and not accepted. We walk through our daily lives as if our lives are solely dependent on us; on the “Me-ism,  where it’s all about me, myself and I.  Yeah, yeah I know Beyonce sang a song about this, but she was speaking from a sentiment of being hurt and heartbroken at the one she thought she could trust in love. Yet, she learned that in the end she had no one but herself to give the love that she so desired.

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However, I am talking about human compassion today, where people remember that we need love, we need to feel that when our backs are against the wall that someone, somewhere understands and that someone, somewhere cares, or even that, that someone somewhere could position themselves to reach out and touch, empathize or sympathize. To put aside what it is that they are dealing with or feeling and just come to the soul of the matter; the heart of the matter. I am talking about compassion, good ole fashion compassion, where you put someone else’s needs above yours. For real, for real.

That compassion where you see you have more than enough and you could give those dollars to that person in front of you at the grocery store who’s short; or the compassion that pushes you to go above and beyond, to push yourself that extra mile, not because it is something in it for you to gain, but because you want to represent the better you and leave a deposit with someone that even if they could not repay it the joy was knowing that you represented the walk that God would be pleased with.

I’m reminded of how compassion has been a part of our Christian life, how it has to be a part of who we are as Ephesians reminds us that you have to be kind hearted one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God, for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32). But we know forgiveness isn’t easy as we will hold a grudge for generations because, wait, we really don’t know why other than we heard that they did this to (someone you know) or because, I’ll dare you do that to me, oh no I will not be the one, who do they think they are? Our hearts are hardened long after offenses have passed.  I mean years past and we still are functioning in the shallow end of a matter, without a cause (any longer) because of what ? Ummm. Don’t know. Notwithstanding anyone’s true encounters, but everything has a shelf life, expiration date. And so should our offenses.

Compassionate because we’re to carry kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and long suffering. As it states in Colosians 3:12 we have to bear one another’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ.  But we are quick to say, “It’s not my issue,” or “no better for them, especially if we are mad at them.”  How many times have we done that instead of  putting someone else’s need above our own? When we should begin to think of carrying their load, their burdens. To lift them up when they are going through. To ask yourself what you would expect, then do that thing.

Com (prefix, meaning to bring together, in association with); passion (any powerful or compelling emotion); ate (suffix, possessing, having the appearance of). Today decide that in this life the importance of everyday should be to share, to love, to show compassion, to be better today, than yesterday. To resonate a shadow of compassion everywhere you go. Because in this you will find joy, peace and happiness.