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Fireworks!!!

 

Sitting down on my bed, very quiet and alone and all I hear are fireworks in the distance. The wonderful day where everyone goes to the park and celebrates the arrival of daffodils. It’s the Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park and anyone and everyone is there; teens, adults, children. Rides, shows, and food, it’s a minnie amusement park. Everyone celebrates the time when they know that Spring is here, a good family fun-filled time. And sometimes not so fun. Either way, I sit here and listen to the non-stop boom of TNT while trying to work on getting my psychology assignment done in time to submit it. Yet, I can’t help but think of a time when everything seemed so innocent. When life didn’t seem as busy or confusing. There was a time where I didn’t care what people thought about me and I was determined to do what I wanted to do and when I wanted to do it and no one could tell me otherwise. Somehow, somewhere, it all stopped and changed. Responsibility became my best friend and busyness became my secret enemy, it was like a sickness, or a malignant cancer that spread quickly. Yet, I was caught and entangled in it with no way out. And so the boom of the fireworks that I was hearing has now become the pounding in my head. A fatigue filled body, weak and mentally exhausted. The past few months and weeks have been daunting. The trials of life have left me somewhat discouraged and unworthy. The words “Give Up” have been knocking at the door of my heart and it hurts from all the knocking it’s been doing. It no longer is a knocking but a persistent bang, like that of the fireworks. And I sometimes fear that my heart won’t be able to take that beating anymore forcing me to “Give Up!” It’s funny how when things happen and it seems overwhelming we just want to toss in the towel and call it a day. But as much as I want to I guess I just wasn’t built for that. I’m fighting it through. The funny thing is that God has been knocking too, just not as hard. And sometimes I wonder why. Is He giving up on me? I don’t think so, because I know that He who began a good work in me will finish it as the word says. So why is it such a small knock? Maybe it’s because right now I’m focused too much on the situations that the persistent bang is much bigger than God’s knock. The situation wants to hurt my heart and beat it to death and God wants only to bring healing and life. There is still hope and so I continue to stand on God’s promises. God’s knock is the knock of hope and it’s the one that says “Don’t You Give Up, because you are created in My image and likeness. I‘ve never given up, I have never left you nor forsaken you, therefore I didn’t create you to give up. It’s simply not in you. Now Get up and go forward.” When we are discouraged, God becomes THE Encourager. When we are weak, God becomes THE strength. When we are sad, God becomes THE joy. When we cry,who catches our tears? The word STAND comes to mind. Stand like a soldier armed and prepared for battle, because times that are hard are going to come. There is no stopping it, but are we a tree swaying back and forth with the wind, ready to be uprooted or are we a fortress made out of rock able to withstand any storm or the persistent boom of fireworks? That’s where you decide. Whose knock are you willing to open to?

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The Real Reason for the Season!!! <3

Christmas…

That special time of the year, where everyone hustles and bustles to get that perfect Christmas gift. 

I’m not going to lie, sometimes it may be fun and I’ve found myself to be consumed with the shopping every now and again,

But what do we think about when we truly think about Christmas? 

I mean… the REAL meaning of Christmas. 

It’s not called CHRIST-mas for nothing, you know.

I’ll give you a little history lesson, and I’ll make it easy to understand. 

  Way back when, over 2,000 years ago

there was a little boy who was born whose name was Jesus. 

He wasn’t just an ordinary boy, He was the Son of God, a Holy King. 

He was born with a purpose in mind. 

His destiny?….

to die and become a ransom for many. 

He paid the very price of our sin. What we were, He became… when He was innocent.

But He took it ALL for US! 

He saw the JOY that was set before Him, so He endured the cross. 

THAT was the GIFT that was given to us.

It was free for us, but it cost HIM a heavy price…

His LIFE!!!

Our gift was Salvation. 

“That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have EVERLASTING life!”

(John 3:16)

“To those who receive and except that salvation, He gave the RIGHT to be CALLED the children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were reborn, not with a physical birth, or the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God.”

(John 1: 12-13)

I am a daughter of the Most High because of what Christ did for me on that cross.

But I, in return had to give something to Him. 

Call it the “Catch” if you will, or the fine lines in a contract.

In return I had to surrender my life to Him, no longer am I my own, but I belong to HIM! 

And that’s the glorious thing about it. 

“For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

(Romans 14: 7-8)

That is the true gift and the real meaning of CHRIST-mas. 

HE is the REAL reason for the season! 

Let’s remember that when we come together with our loved ones. 

Because God loved US so much that He SENT His son to be born in a manger

with ONE purpose in mind. 

The GIFT OF SALVATION!!!

MERRY CHRIST-mas EVERYONE 

AND HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!

 


Regrets!!! (For the young)

Has anyone ever had any regrets in life?

I know that there are many people who say “Live your life without any regrets, the mistakes you make learn from them. But have no regrets.”

Those are good words right there. I believe, in life, that we should not have any regrets. It may be a cliche to say that but there’s truth to that very statement. “No Regrets!”

But what about when you do?

Life is not always perfect, it usually comes with some hard times. I know this, believe me.

I’m saying this because, I, the imperfect creature that I am, have some regrets in life. I can name some but there is one thing that I regret the most and the one thing that I would like to focus on all the more.

My regrets:

I regret not living up to the standards God would have me to live. Even though it’s most likely impossible to achieve that standard, I regret giving up all to easily instead of pushing through just a little bit harder.

I regret treating my parents the way I did when I was younger, taking advantage of them and only thinking about myself. Even though seeing those things in my life and changing them, with the Lord’s help of course, it made me into a better woman and quite possibly, a better daughter. I’ve grown from that, but what I didn’t realize was the stress that would still drag along from all those years that is still affecting the people I love today.

I regret not taking God at His word when certain situations would come up and I wanted to do things on my own ability. I failed miserably without God.

The one thing I truly regret is not putting my all in highschool when I know I could have been that A+ student. I was capable of getting a scholarship to any college I would have applied to. Instead, I did my least when I should have done my best. I was hardly at school, always home doing my own thing. I didn’t put the effort I know I could have put in. I was super smart, but I didn’t give myself the chance. I gave up way to soon. Though I graduated from highschool, I barely made it. Now I’m in college at 27 years old. I started late, but now I have a purpose. I see that I am an A student and I’m probably one of the top Math students in my class, involved in the Math club at the college and one of the many top students in our Opticianry class. My work and study habits are exceptional and I push for nothing but the best out of myself. I see all these great traits in me now and I can’t help but be a little disappointed in myself. If I could have put this much effort back in highschool than college would have been over for me a long time ago, I could have been that doctor I wanted to become and my life would have been starting. Though I don’t regret all of it. That time of my life only made me realize how much more of God I needed. And all of that brought me to where I am now. I should not dwell on the past, because the future is only ahead. But if I can maybe, even the slightest bit encourage the young teenagers of this generation with these small regrets, than maybe…just maybe…they can take themselves seriously and learn from me.

For the teenagers:

Read that book that you don’t want to read because your friends might think you’re not cool.

Put some time aside just for studying on the weekends, if only to refresh your memory of what you learned during the week.

Get that extra help after school if you don’t understand something.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Be yourself, instead of trying to be with the “in” crowd.

Take time and think about your life, your future, and how you treat your family. Odds are…if you don’t notice, someone else will and put you in your place. Drop the attitude…believe me…if you can nip it in the butt now, you will save yourself a long time of regrets.

Learn more of God…you are not guaranteed your next breath. Just because you are young it doesn’t mean you’re invincible. I’ve known or heard of too many young kids slip into eternity, just like that. And not many of them that knew Christ.

The one thing that I DO NOT regret is staying pure for God. Even at 27 years old, I am single and have never been married. I have never known a man in any sexual way…just staying pure for that one that God is preparing for me. Believe me, if I can do it, even though I was an outgoing, outspoken teenager, you can do it. There are too many young kids having babies and they can’t even support themselves. Purity is a sacred thing and the most beautiful gift you can ever give to your husband or wife. God loves a pure heart. Trust me…you will not regret it!!!


BELOVED!!!!

 

Beloved,

How can I describe to you the goodness and beauty of a sovereign and mighty God?

So many times God wants to give so much of Himself, yet we push away.

Beloved,

Jesus died a shameful death so that we may have life, yet we act as if He was just a regular man.

He gave hope to the hopeless, and strength to the weak….

“For the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross, scorning it’s shame…” (Hebrews 12:2)

Beloved,

We cannot think that in living our lives we won’t lose what we gain from this world, because those things can easily be taken away…they are fleeting moments!

“What good is  it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”  (Matthew 16:26)

Beloved,

I know there is hurt and pain in this world, and life is sometimes tough…but remember who holds you when you cry yourself to sleep…even though you don’t see Him or feel Him.

“You number my wanderings; Put my tears in your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know because God is for me!” (Ps. 56:8-9)

Beloved,

The most beautiful thing we can do is to turn our eyes and fix our gaze upon the beauty of the glorious God who gave us life and snatched us from the fire.

“Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire.” (Zechariah 3:2)

Beloved,

There are no words to describe how AWESOME He is.

And the most amazing and beautiful thing is that HE calls us BELOVED!

“Let the Beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

As I was driving to work early one morning, the sun was extremely bright and was hitting directly at my eyes where it was blocking my vision. Even with my sunglasses on it was still quite bothersome. So I decided to put down my visor, and though the sun was still very bright I was able to see more clear without the sun hitting directly in face.

Now, there’s a point to this story…you see, as I lowered that visor to block the sun, it suddenly dawned on me…how many of us, when God wants to shine His light and His amazing beauty directly on us we decide to go for that visor and block what He wants to do in our lives. Even though we still get little bits of that light, the full light that He wants to embrace us with is being blocked by the limitations we put on Him. As I was thinking of these things while I was driving these words popped into my head,

“Beloved, it’s ALL or nothing!”

Beloved,

Are we telling God that we want to experience some of Him and not ALL of Him?

What we have to realize is we can’t have one foot in and one foot out…anything that is not God is against God and therefore He cannot go against Himself. Jesus gave ALL of Himself on that cross not half of Himself and God wants the same in return.

Beloved….It’s ALL or nothing!

 

 

 

 


The Word of God is my Weapon!!!

What is my weapon?

 

Picture taken by Crystal Image Photo Art (www.typh22.wordpress.com)

August 8, 2010....The most joyous day of my life....My Baptism!!!

 

 

 

     When feelings of despair and loneliness seem to cloud my vision…What is my weapon?

*PRAISE*

When sickness seems to dim my light….What is my weapon?

*FAITH*

When lies bombard my mind with restless thoughts….What is my Weapon?

*TRUTH*

When chaos and confusion hit close to the heart….What is my weapon?

*CONFESSION OF PEACE*

When fear grips my sleep and cause anxiety….What is my weapon?

*LOVE AND PRAISE*

When unforgiveness and thoughts of the past haunts my present and my future….What is my weapon?

*FORGIVENESS*

When issues arise in my life….What is my weapon?

*THE BLOOD OF CHRIST*

When the enemy comes in like a flood and tries to fill me with hopelessness and shame….What is my weapon?

*THE WORD OF GOD*

WHAT IS MY WEAPON?

TOTAL AND COMPLETE RELIANCE IN AND SURRENDER TO MY GOD!!!

Nehemiah was a great example of someone who knew how to do the work he was called to do while relying on the Lord to protect them even when circumstance was against him. Nehemiah was mocked and threatened, but he did not allow himself to become discouraged because he knew God was well able to provide and honor his heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. And he called out to God so that he can intercede for his people. God honored him all the way. The wonderful thing about this story is how every single person who was building the wall became very watchful of their surroundings because of the threat of their enemies. So in that while they worked on the wall with one hand….they held a weapon in the other. In the same way…as we do the work of God with one hand…in the other we must have a weapon and be watchful of the times….and my weapon is the Word of God.

(Nehemiah 4:8-20)

8  And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem, to injure and cause confusion and failure in it.9  But because of them we made our prayer to our God and set a watch against them day and night.10  And [the leaders of] Judah said, The strength of the burden bearers is weakening, and there is much rubbish; we are not able to work on the wall.11  And our enemies said, They will not know or see till we come into their midst and kill them and stop the work.12  And when the Jews who lived near them came, they said to us ten times, You must return [to guard our little villages]; from all places where they dwell they will be upon us.13  So I set [armed men] behind the wall in places where it was least protected; I even thus used the people as families with their swords, spears, and bows.14  I looked [them over] and rose up and said to the nobles and officials and the other people, Do not be afraid of the enemy; [earnestly] remember the Lord and imprint Him [on your minds], great and terrible, and [take from Him courage to] fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.15  And when our enemies heard that their plot was known to us and that God had frustrated their purpose, we all returned to the wall, everyone to his work.16  And from that time forth, half of my servants worked at the task, and the other half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail; and the leaders stood behind all the house of Judah.17  Those who built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other hand,18  And every builder had his sword girded by his side, and so worked. And he who sounded the trumpet was at my side.19  And I said to the nobles and officials and the rest of the people, The work is great and scattered, and we are separated on the wall, one far from another.20  In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us. 


THAT’S MY KING!!!!

My King was born King!!!

The Bible says He’s a sevenway King,

He’s a King of the Jews, that’s a racial King!

He’s a King of Israel, that’s a national King!

He’s a King of Righteousness, He’s a King of the ages!

He’s a King of Heaven, He’s a King of Glory

He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords

THAT’S MY KING!

Well….I wonder if you know Him?

David says, The Heavens declare the Glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork!

My King is a sovereign King and the only one of whom there are no means of measure that can define His limitless love!

No far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies!

No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing!

He’s enduringly strong!

He’s entirely sincere!

He’s eternally steadfast!

He’s immortally graceful!

He’s imperially powerful!

He’s impartially merciful!

THAT’S MY KING!

Do you know Him?

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world!

He’s the most wonderful controversy that has ever twisted the minds of the great intellectuals!

I’m talking about the fact there was no one before Him, above Him, beside Him, or below Him!

He’s God’s Son!

He’s the sinners saviour!

He’s the centerpiece of civilization!

He stands alone in Himself!

He’s August, He’s Unique, He’s Unparalleled, He’s unprecedented!

He’s supreme, He’s pre-eminent!

He is second to none! He is AWESOME!!!

By the way have you read His book? It was dedicated just to you!

He’s the loftiest idea in literature!

He’s the Highest personality in philosophy!

He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism!

He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology!

He’s the correlell necessity/cornerstone of spiritual religion!

THAT’S MY KING!!

He’s the miracle of the age!

He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him!

And no matter where you look He is still the only One qualified to be an all sufficient savior!!

He’s the only one able to supply all our needs simultaneously!

He supplies strength for the weak!

He’s available for the tempted and the tried!

He sympathizes and He saves!

He strengthens and sustains!

He guards and He guides!

He heals the sick!

He cleansed the lepers!

He forgives sinners!

He disharges debtors!

He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble!

He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate!

He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, and He beautifies the meek!

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Well….my King is the key of knowledge!

He’s the wellspring of wisdom!

He’s the doorway of deliverance!

He’s the pathway of peace, He’s the roadway of righteousness!

He’s the highway of holiness, He’s the gateway of Glory!

He’s the Master of the mighty, He’s the captain of the conquerors!

He’s the head of the heroes! He’s the leader of the legislatures!

He’s the overseer of the overcomers! He’s the governor of governors!

He’s the prince of princes! He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords!

THAT’S MY KING!!!

His office is manifold! His promise is sure!

His light is matchless! His goodness is limitless!

His mercy is everlasting! His love never changes!

His word is enough! His grace is sufficient! His reign is righteous!

His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

I wish I could describe Him to you, but….He’s indescribable!

He’s incomprehensible! He’s invincible! He’s irresistible!

The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him!

You can’t get Him out of your mind! You can’t get Him off of your hand!

You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him!

The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him!

But they found out they couldn’t stop Him!!

Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him!

The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree!

Herod couldn’t kill Him!

Death couldn’t handle Him!

And the grave couldn’t hold Him!

THAT’S MY KING!!!

He always has been, and He always will be!

He has no predecessor! And He’ll have no successor!

There was nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him!

You can’t impeach Him! And He’s not going to resign!

THAT’S MY KING!!!

THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND POWER AND GLORY!

ALL THE POWER BELONGS TO MY KING!!!

We around here talking about the:

Black Power, and White Power, and green power, but….

It’s God’s power! Thine is the Power!!! And the Glory!!!

We try and find prestige and honor and glory for ourselves…but…

the Glory is all His!!!

THINE IS THE KINGDOM! THE POWER! THE GLORY!

FOREVER…AND EVER….AND EVER…AND EVER….AND EVER….AND EVER!

AND WHEN YOU GET TO ALL THE “FOREVERS” THAN….

AMEN!!!!!! AMEN!!!!! AND AMEN!!!!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!

****Note from Starsha-This is a very powerful sermon that was preached along time ago from the late Pator S.M. Lockridge!  I thought I should share after the Pastor in my church preached a sermon quite similar to this one, which was extremely powerful and encouraging, and than after his sermon he played the sermon that Pastor Lockridge had preached…and it was so amazing I knew that I only had to post a blog and share with all of my readers. Hope it touches you like it did me…ENJOY!!!



This is a little something that I found on youtube and decided to put it on here, because the young man that is preaching this is so full of excitement, and I thought I should share this as well. He also is preaching from the sermon “That’s My King” by Pastor S.M. Lockridge!


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