Free

As humans, we all go through times when we get tired and we just have to make changes for our own sanity. That happened to me this week and I had to purge my life of some things that were stealing my peace. And yesterday was one of those days for me. I needed to let go of certain things that were vexing me. So how did I do that?

Well for me, it started with me letting go of a few Facebook “friends”. I no longer need to interact with certain “characters”. One person in particular had become a source of great aggravation to me because I knew he was not being honest about who he really was. God had revealed it to me in a dream (oh those dreams) In the past I had deleted him and then felt bad about it, but not anymore. And there is no going back. That season is over.

Then there was a bunch of blogs that I needed to unsubscribe from and a few websites and one message board that I am no longer going to be reading. I know this may sound strange to some, but it’s the spirit of deception that is behind all of those places and people. It just was not emotionally healthy and I refuse to have anything to do with those things anymore.

I’ve done this in the past and then went back, but that was the problem. But this time it’s different. Recently, I was reading a blog by a woman who was giving out marriage advice, but something did not sit right in my spirit about the site. I felt so stressed every time I read her blogs. So I unsubscribed. In the past I would have done that and then went back occasionally and checked back, but honestly I haven’t done that more than one time. There is a lot more to these stories, but that is all that I am willing to share without exposing too much.

Cyberspace should not have that kind of affect on us. It’s funny how we can get emotionally tied to the strangest things,  especially for single people. Often if you allow it, the internet can become your world, which is very unhealthy. But there is nothing like God setting you free. We are not bound to anything, especially if it causes us stress.

Supposed God said, let it go, shut it down, don’t visit or interact with those people and things anymore? Could you do it? Well I have and honestly for the first time in a long time I feel FREE!

John 8:36

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36 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

Entering Into Rest

This month I am celebrating my sixth year of an assignment. I won’t go into details, but it’s been very unusual. At first I was thinking that I should have ended it long ago, but honestly I think it was necessary to make it to the sixth year. Six is the number of man, because man was created on the sixth day.

The number six also represents labor because in the beginning there were six days of labor (creation) and then the seventh day represented rest. It’s kind of applicable to what I am commemorating. It’s been a laborious six years, but now it’s time to enter the rest of God.

For me that means all visions are on the shelf. I’m not even going to speak of resurrection. I just know it’s time for me to rest. That could mean a lot of things, but I just know what was, will no longer be. This season has come to an end.

It’s important to recognize the ending of something. Going further than you should could be harmful. When God says something is over, let it go!

Hebrews 4:10

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10 For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors [a]peculiarly His own.

Stretched to the Limit

I am viewed as a strong person and I guess I am. One of my brothers once told me that he knows few people who could have endured what I have. But little do people know how many times I have been to the breaking point, like now.

It would not take much to change my current situation, yet it eludes me. Whenever I feel that what I need is within reach, suddenly it is out of my grasp. The other day as I walked to my kitchen, I whispered to the Lord that I could not endure the suffering any longer. Then I returned to my bedroom and pulled up a Facebook game (my stress reliever) and I don’t know how it happened, but a Daily Bible Inspiration Quote popped up and this verse appeared:

Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee 
and a light shall shine upon thy ways. 
– Job 22:28

I’ve made my decrees since I read that verse. But yet and still, I am stretched to my limit. Have you ever wondered when your change will come?

The Voice of an Individual or God?

Recently I posted a blog post and someone assumed I was responding to something they did. Little did they know I was not even aware of what was going on, until after the fact. That is the mystery of the prophetic. Actually, it’s not a mystery, but rather God just using an individual to speak to the situation. It’s truly prophetic when you have no knowledge of what is going on.

I’m kind of used to it though. Sometimes God just drops something in my spirit and I just write what I feel led to write not knowing that to someone else, it’s like I’m speaking through a bullhorn.

It’s okay though, because if you are hearing it through a bullhorn, you’d better pay attention. First it comes in a whisper, then it comes a little louder, then later it’s sounds like a bullhorn and then it’s on the evening news!

So, if you feel like a person is shouting at you, perhaps it’s God and He’s trying to tell you something. Pay attention!!

Ephesians 5:11-15

Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] [a]expose and reprove and convict them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.

13 But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light.

14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.

15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and  witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

Pop Culture: Facebook, Twitter and How We Communicate

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The other day one of my Facebook friends, who I don’t know personally (minister and wife who used to be at my church) posted that someone questioned her husband about his bold proclamations of love for his wife via Facebook. The man thought her husband was not living in the same household because he would communicate his love to his wife via Facebook.

The wife posted a long post, upset that this man had questioned her husband and everyone began to talk about how beautiful they thought it was for a man to publicly share his love for his wife, in that way and they deemed the other man “jealous”. I weighed into the discussion and shared that it might not be jealousy at all, but he may have just thought it was unusual for a man to communicate with his wife that way when they live in the same household. I just wanted to give a different perspective.

Recently Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, went to her twitter account when she was unable to contact her grandmother (Mrs. Katherine Jackson) and publicly outed the family business and needless to say it hit the press and soon everyone was asking  “where Mrs. Katherine Jackson?” Meanwhile, Paris’ uncle TJ, publicly tweeted his support for Paris and it was very obvious something serious was going on in the Jackson family.

I must be getting old or something because I was horrified that Paris used her twitter account to share her frustration about her grandmothers absence, instead of calling her family on the phone. I fear this next generation is going to grow up with no concept of when and when it’s not proper to use social media. In this case it was highly inappropriate, in my opinion.

Back to the husband proclaiming his love for his wife on social media. A while back, I noticed the husband laying it on thick on twitter and God is my witness I didn’t feel a tinge of jealousy, but I honestly thought it was very odd. It almost appeared to be for show and I found myself wondering if he was living what he was saying or if he was sincere. Am I jaded?

That is the reason I weighed into the discussion on Facebook. It’s really all about how we communicate today. Perhaps the man really loves his wife and wants to proclaim it to the world, all day, every day. I don’t know; but I think we have become a very public nation and social media has absolutely changed the way we communicate, even with family.

I’ve seen mothers contact their children on social media and vice versa. It’s still odd for me to see a post saying “call me ma” on Facebook. Call me crazy, but why not just pick up the phone and call. Recently, I saw a daughter try to contact her mom via Facebook and suddenly the conversation changed to how no one was able to get in contact with her mother; I don’t know; maybe it’s just me.

As for the husband, I’m sure he will continue to proclaim his love for his wife via Facebook and Twitter and some will continue to think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and others like me, will wonder what is really behind it. 🙂

This is what adultery does to a family.

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I have a lot of things in my life to praise God for. I have my precious children. I have my absolute best friend in the world, Audra. I have my brother Ernie and his girlfriend, Diane.  I have those wives that keep checking up on me…I love all of you!!  I have a large network of people praying for me and encouraging me through this disaster area I call a life right now, both on-line and in person. I can only wallow in self-pity so long because in comparison with other people going through similar circumstances, I’m very, very fortunate.

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