GOD SANCTIONS AN OLD ADAGE:  LEADERS ARE MADE AND NOT BORN

 

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Believe it or not, the title for this week’s blog came to me as I revisited a page in my journal which catalogued an early morning conversation I had with God around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2004.

After being gently awaken, I just laid there silently.  My mind vividly recalled the stirring testimonies of the night before at our Wednesday night prayer meeting.  Passages from Ezekiel and Isaiah were read during the closing and I began to reflect on them as I lied awake.

Out of nowhere I ‘felt’ a voice say, “My Child, you have to become your title…”Board of Christian Education.”  At first, I was confused and had no idea why my mind spoke to me in that fashion.  Suddenly, my subconscious was at work and reminded me that ever since the last Board meeting on November 13th, which I was a newly elected member of, I had been asking the Lord to speak to me concerning the question put to us by our president.  Her inquiry to us was what concerted new ideas would we be bringing to the table that would foster constructive change in the turbulent operations of various departments/ministries in the church family.

During those following nineteen days after that meeting I had received nothing from on high!  Then, finally, that morning (in God’s time), He decided to answer.  

“Is that You, Lord?” I said with excitement, and immediately grabbed my Bible and turned to the book of Ezekiel.  As I read Chapter 2 in it’s entirety, the Lord spoke again.

“Ezekiel’s life was a living parable or object lesson for the people.  And, Daughter of Education, I see you as I see Ezekiel.  A representative of Who is to come.  For I call Ezekiel, Ben Adam–which is when translated, Son of Man.   Now, Daughter of Education, get up, wake up, get a pen and write.  I am sending you to the children of this church, a rebellious congregation, who have rebelled against Me.  They and their fathers, like in the days of Ezekiel, have transgressed against Me to this day.”

So when I heard Him, I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper and I begin to write.  But then I said, “Oh, Lord, how have we rebelled against You?”  I did not hear or ‘feel’ anybody speak, but my spirit nudged me and caused me to have a fixation on the expression in the bible that referred to ‘eat the word.’

(From that time forward, whenever I was asked to pray for the congregation, I would always include those words…’eat the word’.  In addition, I personally began to ‘eat the word’.  I truly believed by doing so I was in training to become all that God intended for me in the household of faith,  Obviously, I was reminded spiritually, leaders are made not born.)

Then God said to me, “The Word I have for the Board of Christian Education is one of encouragement.  Persons on the Board are to see themselves as a Jeremiah and as an Ezekiel.  Both of these men’s messages to My people were proclamations.  Their preaching was laced with future event happenings.  Both of these men’s messages were warnings to the people, telling them to get ready for things to come.

So, when their prophecies did not happen in the time frame that suited the people, the people began to shut their ears and mock Ezekiel and Jeremiah and call them a bunch of names and hoped they would stumble in everything they did.

Even though both men were My appointed and ordained priests they were also human; their feelings were hurt and their personage was wounded.  Instead of getting angry at the people, they got angry with Me.  Jeremiah said, ‘I will not make mention of HIM.’

  BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION…BEWARE!!!!

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My Child, you are to become Ben Christian Education–which is when translated, Daughter of Christian Education.  For like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, your words will be a stumbling block and a proverb to My people.  The captors are coming and My people will be swallowed up, but My Word will ring true.  My messengers need to be steadfast, unmovable, strong-willed and of good courage.”

To all my readers, my prayer, then and now is this:   I pray that during my entire time of service to the Lord I have rendered myself and my efforts to the teachings of the Holy Spirit and in accordance with the scripture text below.  For I, too, realize that servant leaders/managers are made (by God) and not born.

Scripture Lesson:  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable.  Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthian 15:57-58   

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God and Me and the “Baby” Makes Three

NO!  NO!   NO!    My position in life is not to become Mother Mary #2.    Not for a moment!  Nor have I miraculously conceived a god-child.  I’m just me…who truly loves the Lord and the “baby” he gave me…simply my calling as a prayer warrior!

It has also been said that I have a fetish for God’s word and an innate ability to deliver or express his word in a palatable manner which makes it easier for people to digest, understand and to apply.  Many say I missed my calling as a school teacher.  Rubbish!!!

If you have been following my blogs, you can readily see that I constantly stay in touch with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through conversations with Him.  I allow Him to order my steps each and every day.  I lean only on His understanding for my daily tasks.  Yes, sometimes I fall short but He picks me up, brushes me off and starts me all over again.   In other words, I’m just a sinner who falls down…but I get up!

And one way that I get up is through prayer and it’s not always while on my knees.  I pray while walking, riding, exercising, fasting, lying prostrate, singing and sitting at my computer and meditating!

So this week’s blog will be about one of my “babies”, a devoted audible prayer I composed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit for a group of ladies at a prayer breakfast in March 1999.  When seriously confronting the Lord in prayer, I always initiate my A-B-C method.  Why?  Because it helps me to forget about myself and concentrate on Him.

A.  First, I like to identify by name the god to whom I’m praying.

B.  Then I give thanks and praises to Him and begin to list His wonderful attributes.

C.  Next, I ask forgiveness for my transgressions, explicitly explaining the purpose for this prayer and reminding Him of His Almighty powers to intercede in this matter.

This is not an effort to ‘teach’ you how to pray…God forbid!  The Lord has already done that for you in Matthew 6:9-13.  I just want you to think while you do the following:   Pray biblically! 

Most Holy and Everlasting Father, our Jehovah Jirah, we, the women of this congregation do thank You for all our provisions for our lives.

We praise You, Father because You are an Om-ni-scient God!  You know everything…You are infinitely wise.  Thank You.

We also magnify and adore You because You are an Om-nip-o-tent God.  All power is thine.  Thank You.

We continue in prayer by saying Hallelujah to Your Name, this morning, Father, because of Your Om-ni-pres-ence.  Yes, You are not only glorified here in this place, put You are reigning with the men of this congregation as they worship You while on their retreat in West Virginia.  Thank You.

And now Lord, we humbly ask Your forgiveness in those areas of our lives where we have failed to put You first.  For those times when we have marched to the beat of an alien drummer.  It is for these times that we say, Lord forgive.

Also, when we have failed to respond to Your call in the manner in which Your Son and our Redeemer would have responded.  It is for those times that we say, Lord forgive.

It is only because You are a forgiving God and that You have undying love for Your people that we submit to You all those things that so easily beset us:

  • Depression reigns, Father, because some child has broken their mother’s heart.
  • Despair abounds, Father, because families are experiencing grief.
  • Physical and mental stresses, Father, are taking their toll because many souls are lost to the prince of this world.
  • Suicide rates are climbing, Father, because backs are bent over under the weight of the world’s heavy burdens.

Our cry this morning is that You will surely claim us as Your own; You will rescue us from our persecutions and fears and that we will survive; that in our state of perplexities and confusion, You will lift us up where we belong and remove us out of the pits of despair.

When we find ourselves cast down and we are unable to get up You will give us the courage and strength to bind Satan, in the Name of Jesus, and thus we will not be utterly destroyed.

Now Lord, as we come to the close of this prayer, may we always be reminded that no matter how devastating the circumstances, Jesus has already overcome the world and He has also put everything under man’s feet, in the Name of Jesus.

So, armed with this holy knowledge, we endeavor to always be joyful; to pray continually; to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Your will for our lives.

All these things we pray and ask in the Matchless Name of Jesus the Christ.  AMEN.

You may have noticed that incorporated in my prayer I mention specific trials and tribulations that the congregation is experiencing.  I have either heard these requests during weekly prayer meetings or over the pulpit or directly from individuals privately.  This method of praying is a uniting tie that binds us as sisters and brothers in the family of the Lord.  It also allows the participants at the breakfast to affirm in retrospect your prayer requests to God because the subject matter is so real to them.

More than once when I ‘thought’ I had concluded praying for a group, participants in the audience were so moved that they actually ‘continued‘ the prayer by adding their own audible prayer request to the Lord.  Talk about connecting to heaven and ‘birthing’ a  hydrogen bomb of exuberance…Glory be to God!!!

Scripture Lesson:  Let Everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

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God Speaks Truth To Power-less Mortals

For this week’s blog, I wish to pay tribute to the entire 28 days of February 2019 in celebration of Black History Month.  The title and theme was inspired by one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite quotes.  But the meat and potatoes of the body of this blog is actually a message I received from God when I sought his wisdom, understanding  and knowledge as I prepared to conduct a workshop for a group of women at my church in 1983.

Many of these ladies were wives of pastors, assistant ministers, deacons, trustees, elders,  and other male officials of the church.  Privately, the women had often shared with me how they were at a loss on how to communicate with their spouses in certain circumstances.  For example, should their spouse be interrupted or disturbed if their office door was closed.  Or if dinner was ready.  Or if an unannounced visitor showed up on their door step and wanted an audience with their husband, should they be permitted to do so if he was in seclusion.  Honestly, one wife even confided in me that she wanted another child but was afraid to discuss the subject with her highly successful husband in the ministry.  She felt that a ‘new addition’ would somehow hinder his advancement and place additional demands on him and his quiet time ‘with the Lord’.

As you can imagine, my preparation for the workshop message/activities for this seminar would be daunting.  So my first position on this was to go to God in prayer and fasting.  Don’t laugh…but the first thing I heard from heaven was the title for the workshop.  The Lord said, here’s what you call it; “What every housewife wants to know about her role as a ‘helpmate’ but is afraid to ask.”                                                                                                      Blog God Speaks Truth to the Power-less

How cleaver I thought.  God, you’re the Greatest…What’s next?

His divine response (in so many words) was for me to remind the ladies just how he communicates to us when we don’t wont to be bothered: through action, through scriptures and by the incorporation of the ritual for the Lord’s Supper.  God even gave me my Scripture verse from Hebrews 13:8:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.”   Just as the Father visually communicated to the Hebrew children in the wilderness, He is visually speaking to the wives (and us) today and also for posterity .

And that’s where Dr. King’s famous quote comes in (with a few revisions) as it mirrors and affirms Scripture:  “[Ladies,] Whatever your life’s work, do it well.  A [wo] man should do [her] his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

So, I reminded the ladies of the following 3 things:

1.  How God Communicated Yesterday

In the olden days, God communicated with the Children of Israel by a cloud.  They all saw it, they all followed it, and they all knew it was God! (Exodus 13:21)

Another way God communicated with them was to supply their groceries.  He quenched their thirst with cool water from the rocks.  He fed them quail meat that dropped from the sky. He gave them a freshly baked loaf of bread every morning.  (Duet. 8:15-16; Exodus 176:8)

(So, a workshop activity could be for the women to brain storm ways to be creative to subtly get their messages across to their spouses.)

2.  How God Communicates Today

Now, today, God still openly and visually communicates with us. How?  He has written us a Love Letter…the Holy Bible…telling us all about his Son, Jesus, and extending an invitation to dine and to celebrate with Him.  He wrote the Letters for posterity…for all those who were not there.  Take eat, ye, all of it.

In other words, God wanted to speak TRUTH to the powerless…Us Mortals!

He instructed us that after we have read the Letters, digested the Letters, believe in the Letters, and obey the Letters, that we perform a spiritual ritual on a periodic basis.  As often as you do this…

Namely, he asked us to be fed by taking the Cup and when we drink from it to remember the blood his Son shed and allow this demonstration to be used to reflect His death and His resurrection.  In our thought process (by thinking on these things) we are in communication with God.  (Sometimes, speaking audibly is overrated.)

He further asked us to be fed by taking the Bread, break it and eat it.  The Bread, as we know, represents Jesus’ body.  We ask ourselves (or we should think about) what does Jesus’ body represent (not withstanding the Church):  Of course, the answer is FREEDOM!!!  Freedom from sickness; freedom from sin; freedom from strife, freedom from financial problems; freedom from hatred; freedom from lustfulness; freedom from fear; freedom from want; etc.

So we eat the Bread with great expectation of overcoming our infirmities both in the home and in our churches, just like Jesus.  And we drink the Cup in anticipation of dying (resting, sleeping) and being raised up again eternally unto our Heavenly Father, just like Jesus.

(The conference activity was for the ladies to take a very soiled penny, some Q-tips and a dollop of silver polish and slowly clean only the ‘Lincoln head’ side of the penny.  The ladies were instructed to pretend that it was their own head image on the penny being cleansed by Jesus.  They were to realize that they were in Good Hands of the Almighty.  The other soiled side of the penny represented their past life, which they were forbade to polish.)

3.  How God Communicates With Tomorrow

Jesus communicates His future actions (judgements) towards us based on our present knowledge, discernment and attitudes as partakers of Holy Communion.  (See 1 Corinthians 11:26-31 below.)

26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.  31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

At this point, I would like to give you an example of how I would counsel one of the housewives mentioned above especially if she harbored any resentment towards her husband’s desire for long periods of solitude.  More specifically, if the housewife’s query to me would be…”Should I not partake of the Supper when I’m not feeling right towards someone, lest damnation come upon me.”

Based on my own experience, one interpretation revealed to me by the Holy Spirit was to ‘partake’, because I had confessed that I discerned and believed that by Christ’s stripes (His broken body [Bread] and spilled blood [Wine]), I am healed and Christ will set everything else in order when He comes (a future event).  The wife would then have to search her own soul and measure of faith.

So in closing, we should all live the best life we can as it is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  We should participate often in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper as a reminder of the price freely paid for our salvation.  It also behooves us to always abide in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The rest, He will set in order when He comes.

(The final workshop activity was to serve The Lord’s Supper and to allow each attendant an opportunity to share a short confession of their faith, if they so desired.  By that time, the Holy Spirit was alive and well…in the atmosphere!  HALLELUJAH!!!)

Scripture Lesson:     Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  John 15:4-6

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God Understands And Says Well Done

Just before reading my blog for this week, I invite you to click the face of Tennessee Ernie Ford and listen to a short version of the Christian hymn, “He’ll Understand and Say Well Done”.  Then come back to my blog.

This will help you to understand how God often converses with me in three dimension when he really wants me to understand the true meaning of certain scripture passages, especially when I have been asked to teach them to others.

To be perfectly honest with you, I never felt special or even looked upon this method of Bible study as being a privilege from God until he recently revealed it to me while preparing this week’s blog.  I naively thought that was how The Holy Spirit conversed with everybody.

During my prayer-prep time for entering into the Master’s mind/presence for preparing this week’s blog, I discretely heard the Lord say that He does not work with every biblical writer as He does with me.

My child, He said, you are continually asking Me questions all the while you are researching My Word and looking for validation and confirmation in other areas of scripture.  So since you are imparting information about the role of a Deaconess in the church, all I have to say to you through the Apostle Paul is the following:

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV

Back in the day, when I was a Deaconess (*), I actually presented the following bible study teaching at the Deaconess Workshop, Saturday, March 5, 1983 at my Baptist church in Rockville, Maryland.  God empowered me to use his Scriptures from Saint John, Chapter 15 (KJV), Webster’s word definitions and a hymn to bring the message.  (The ‘red‘ letters spell out Deaconesses; Webster defined the conduct of a Deaconess; and the hymn describes the reward that will be bestowed on a faithful Deaconess.)

15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:  for without me ye can do nothing. Devoted Very Loyal, Very Faithful

If when you give the best of your service,

15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Evangelize Proclaim the Good News

Telling the world…..

15:4  Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except ye abide in me.

15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Abide To Remain

…..is come

15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Christ The Expected Deliverer

The Savior…..

15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:  but because ye are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

15:21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Offended To Hurt The Feelings Of

Be not dismay…..

15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I  have spoken unto you,

15:24  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin:  but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

Negative Expressing Denial

When Friends don’t believe you…..

15:9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:  continue ye in my love.

15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Empathy The Capacity for participation in or infusion of another’s feelings (The highest of intellect)

He’ll understand and say Well Done.

15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.  If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. Sojourner To live somewhere temporarily

Oh, when I come, to the end of my journey…..

15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Sacrifice An offering of a life or object to a deity

Weary of life and the battle is won!…..

 

15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. Eternal Without Beginning or End

Carrying the Staff and the Cross of Redemption…..

15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. Spirit of Truth Supernatural Being

He’ll understand and say Well Done.

 

I forgot to mention, when God wants me to be serious, he requires that I use the King James Version of Scripture because the words are more poetic and easier to memorize.

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Speak, Lord, thy servant is listening.

(*) Note:  The ministry of a deaconess is, in modern times, a non-ordained ministry for women in some Protestant churches to provide pastoral care, especially for other women. The term is also applied to some women deacons in the early church.

Scripture Lesson:  Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV (See above.)

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God’s Promises Given In A Still Small Voice

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“Tell Me Oh Pretty Sky”   

Tell me oh pretty sky, what makes the stars so high?  What makes the rivers and what makes the streams?  What makes the flowers and grass so green?  If I knew all of that, I’d be so happy and gay.  God knows it all. He’s the One who knows.  Tell me oh pretty sky.

The above song was written by my big sister, Marlene, and I when we were just kids about ten and eleven years old.   I remember we were sitting on our back porch of the little yellow house on Kimball Street in a small country town in Illinois.  We were looking up at the big white puffy clouds rolling by.  The sky was so beautiful and we watched its movements in total silence for a very long time.

Suddenly, Marlene began to speak the first words of the song.  I soon interrupted her with a contributory word here and there.  When the song was finished, we jumped up and ran into the house to sing it to the whole family in two-part harmony.

I have since hummed that song or sang its words all of my life.  I love it!  But little did I know how authentic a prayer it was until one evening about 47 years later.  According to my journal, it was a Friday night in May 1996 about 12:30 a.m., and I was preparing my Sunday School lesson in my new home in Rockville, Maryland.

Often, I would begin my Bible study time with a song and that night I sang, “Tell Me Oh Pretty Sky”.  After I had prayed, I began my study by reading the following Bible scripture:

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.”  Isaiah 44:22

As I paused to meditate on those words, the Holy Spirit began to softly speak to me in response to my inquiry through song.  He said, My child, one reason why I set the clouds up above your back porch those many years ago was to remind you that I will not forget you and have swept away your offenses like a cloud.  And as for why I made the morning mist; that was just to remind you that like the mist, your sins disappear from before Me long before high noon.

Hallelujah!  At last I had confirmation to all those questions in that song.  The ‘what’ turned out to be the ‘Who”.  For indeed the Lord declares in a still small voice…

“I am the Lord who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself.”  Isaiah 44:24b

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Scripture Lesson:   But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16

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God Is No Respecter Of Persons

There are times when not only do I want to converse with God, but God wants to converse with me.  In the past, I recognized those times when Daddy was on the line, but often I was too busy doing something else, so I said, I’ll call you back.  Well, in short order I recognized just how dangerous that could be.

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WHAM!!  Everything I touched after that call, was like riding on a Ferris Wheel.  Going around in circles.  Accomplishing nothing.

News Flash!

Don’t you know that God has an arsenal of obstacles that he can place in your path that will trip you up, big time.  So, take my advice and don’t even try it.  Program your phone with a special ring that identifies our Father’s call and do not allow it to ring more than once before you answer it. He always has something vital to say.

That was the case in June 1983.  I had just returned home from a highly inspiring weekend women’s retreat in Massanetta Springs, Va., and was still ‘high’ on the Lord even after 4 days.  I was walking around my home thinking about just how I could ‘bottle’ or immortalize all the excitement, energy, enthusiasm, hope, love, reverence and joy we had experienced.

Believe it or not, I was even calling on the Lord for answers.  Sure enough, He was responding by calling me, but my phone was busy (gossiping with other girlfriends), or I was out shopping (with credit cards), or casually discussing the matter with a familiar face in the mirror (my own) who hadn’t a clue about nothing.

Yes, I was guilty of ignoring the very Source that I had called on in the beginning.

Well, He got tired of it and laid me flat on my back.  After becoming totally exhausted, I resorted to the couch and fell into a deep daze.

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I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I surrendered.

That’s when God said get up and grab your pencil and paper because I am about to turn you into Isaiah.  Just like I heard his cry, I have heard yours.  I was with all of you women at the retreat and I heard, seen and felt your compassion and love towards Me.  And you, my child, also saw Me high and lifted up sitting atop that hill in Massanetta Springs, and an ole rugged cross depicted My glory.

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 So I did just what He said…arose, grabbed my pen and began to                                   write…paraphrasing Isaiah 6 beginning at verse 2.

Around the cross stood the female saints  each one holding two hands of two others; and each one having a multitude of prayers on her lips.

And one cried out unto each of us, and said, Pray, pray, pray to the Lord of host.  He’s got a job for you to do out there in the world; and he’s waiting on you to fulfill His will.

And a hazy light begin to appear above the cross as God opened the door called Morning and the atmosphere became filled with His glorious dew.

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a woman who’s been playing church.  I have not completely aligned myself with the Saints of God:  for this morning my ears have heard and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.

Then went I unto one of the Saints whose total being was on fire for the Lord, and as I took her hands in mine, they felt like live coals:

And the Holy Spirit laid it upon my heart and said Lo, ask your sister to pray for thee; and thine iniquity will be taken away and thy sin purged.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Eat the Word least I chew you up and spit you out.  Then fell I upon my knees and said, I will eat the word.

And he said, Get up, Go, return to your church and remember your promise to me; for if you do, I will surely reveal the scriptures to you and you shall have wisdom and understanding and you shall see me at work in you life.

You shall have power in teaching my babies and they, too, will yearn for the word; and I will open up their ears so they can understand.  I will close there eyes to the distractions around them and they shall look beyond the trash and tinfoil of this world and see only me.  And the parents will see the change in them and bring them forth to be baptized.

Then said I, Lord, how long must I eat the word and how long must I teach the gospel?  And he answered, Until the cities become more humanized and God fearing, and the inhabitants learn the power of prayer and the households are without strife and the land is filled with love.

So that no matter where the Children relocate to, if they should stray, there will be someone there to show them the way, thus many shall return, even a tenth, and shall be stronger and more faithful in their service then before.

And that tenth shall be like the mighty teil and oak trees with their leaves shaped like the hearts of man, bearing wing like fruit in all seasons; and when the inevitable comes and the leaves shall fall and the physical seed shall be planted for the last time:  Thanks be to God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and with the glorious forgiveness of every sin; our spiritual seed shall live on and continue to bear fruit for the Lord until He comes again.  Hallelujah!

Don’t you see…God’s response to my inquiry had been divinely answered with precise results and named rewards.  Who could ask for anything more?  Why had I been so stubborned in the beginning by thinking that I could resolve my own problems.   Click the video picture below and take a few minutes to review just how God is no respecter of persons.

Scripture LessonTrust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.  Proverbs 3:5, 6

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God Pitied Every Mourn Of Four Generations Of Prayers

Framed Mother's Prayer Print

A Mother’s Prayers

Miraculously all abnormalities had disappeared.  What welcomed news the doctors had presented my mother, Dorothy, on that cold winter’s day in 1945.  No, it was not the first time she had heard this news.  For past occasions were too numerous to count when she and her prayer band of girl friends had gone down on their knees to ask the Lord to spare her second child, nicknamed Snooky, from a serious illness.  Me!

Yes, you guessed it.  This is another blog on how God miraculously healed me when I was a child and his grace and mercy was retold to me later in life by my praying and devoted mother.  During my 70+ years of life, I can truthfully say that God has always pitied my family and answered the prayers of my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

I believe I initially inherited my weak genes from my paternal Grandmother Novella.  She too, was a sickly child at birth.  Often, when I was a teenager, she would sit me down to retell her own stories of how the Good Lord had healed her of a debilitating sickness.

I will forever remember the story she told me in the summer of 1955.  That year I was an inquisitive sixteen-year-old woman-child.  My mind told me to do the unthinkable; question grandmother about her physical appearance.  So, somehow I mustered up enough courage to ask, “Grandmother, why do you have one big leg and one little leg?”

Now you’ve done it, Snooky!  You’ve struck a nerve!

Granny and I had just started to prepare dinner in the kitchen when surprisingly, grandmother took two giant steps towards me, threshed out her broad right hand and caught me under my left armpit.  Sternly, she marched me pass the cooking stove and into the parlor.  My feet were hardly touching the ground.  There she plopped me down on the ruby-red settee and proceeded to wipe her hands on her floral apron.

As she stared at me with probing eyes, I noticed they were beginning to fill with tears.  Trembling, I sat stiffly on the edge of the sofa seat with my head humbly bowed, knowing that no one came into grandmother’s precious parlor uninvited.  Oh, how I wished I could have retracted my imposing question, which seemed to conjure up such vivid and emotional images for grandmother.

Grandma: African American Mother's Day Card by African American Expressions

Grandmother had composed herself and she was more relaxed.

As grandmother paced back and forth, biding her time, ringing her hands, composing her thoughts she abruptly turned towards me with this admonishment:  “So you want to know why I have ‘one big leg and one little leg,’ do you?”  Well, young lady, you just sit right there and listen.  But by now, her tone of voice was cracking and much softer and somehow filled with more empathy.

My body began to relax.  I could tell by grandmother’s monologue that in spite of everything else, I was in for a real treat.  She was about to tell me one of her childhood secrets; things she had not even shared with her own seven kids; and I would be the first among her twenty-three grandchildren who would be privileged to know.  Grandmother Novella began her tale like this:

Spoken in Grandmother’s broken dialect.

My muther who was your great grandmuther, whom everybody called Big Momma Laura, had a difficult pregnancy when she carried me.  Furthermore, she experienced  complications at my birth because when born, my right leg was drawn back and locked at my buttocks.  The mid wife could not get it to come down, so she left it ‘lone.  At the age of five I learned to use crutches.  Until then, I crawled everywhere I went.

Since I could not run and play like the rest of the choorun’ broke Big Momma Laura’s heart.  So one day, out of desperation, Big Momma summoned all the neighborhood church sistahs to our house for a special prayer meetin’.  Someone suggested they take me out back behind the house.  There they placed me underneath a number two wash tub.  The church sistahs circled the tub and began to sing and chant their praises to the Lord.   They feverishly cried out to God for about thirty minutes.  Now all the while, I was curled up under the tub.  I remember experiencing a heat build-up under there.

Finally, the chanting stopped and someone lifted the tub.  To my surprise, I saw uninvited peoples from the neighborhood lurking behind trees and bushes.  Also their curious chooruns were laughing and taunting us.  We all just ignored them.

Big Momma helped me to stand on my one good leg.  Another lady took hold of my bent up leg and attempted to lower it to the ground.  My leg joints cracked and popped, but finally that ole stubborn leg came down.  Someone slipped my crutches under my arms and I began to hobble around the backyard while using both feet.

All of the church folks broke out shouting and dancing.  The younger women lifted their long skirts ever-so-lightly, moving their feet to a syncopated rhythm of hand clapping which was provided by the older women.

The choorun’ danced in circles around us in groups of threes and fours imitating the vocal praises of their peers.  I threw my head back and witnessed the clouds playing tag with one another.  My ears recorded the whistling of the trees and the chirping of the birds.  The entire backyard burst into an atmosphere of holy ecstasy. 

At the conclusion of Grandmother Novella’s story she was on her knees beside me at the edge of the settee.  We were both crying.  But I remember grandmother laughing between her tears as she said; “Even though I grew up with one big leg and one little leg, I still managed to get the most handsome boy in the neighborhood to marry me.”

A great awaking:  Knowing God as a healer for myself!

I will never forget that day when grandmother shared that miraculous healing story with me because it literally changed my life.  You will recall in the beginning of  this story, I said I was a sickly child.  Well, one of my adolescence illnesses was I suffered with severe migraine headaches.  One evening, about three weeks after my experience with granny, I was at my own house in bed with a bad migraine.  As I lay there my thoughts were on her story.  I had never in my life dared to converse with God for anything as special as did my Great Grandmother Laura.  My mundane prayer life consisted of rapidly reciting the Lord’s Prayer at bedtime.  But that night, I carefully slipped out of bed and onto my knees.  I closed my eyes, folded my hands and began to pray…to earnestly pray.

Just when I began to retell granny’s story to the Lord with the intent to ask Him to heal me like He had blessed her Somebody turned on my bedroom light.  Or so I thought!  My eyes were still closed, but I could see a bright glow all around me.  I stopped praying and remained very still.  Somebody was definitely in my room and approaching me.  The sensation felt like a warm beam moving closer and closer.  Soon that ‘Somebody‘ passed over me and went out the door.

In amazement, I buried my face in my hands and wept uncontrollably.  Soon I realized I was drenched in perspiration from my head to my toes.  I stood up to examine myself and discovered that my head was no longer hurting.  I shook my upper body violently from side to side.  My migraine was gone!  Jesus had healed me just like He did Grandmother Novella!  And the best part was I had not even finished praying my prayer to Him.  Hallelujah!!!

Oh, how I longed for a repeated jubilant performance of what took place over three generations ago.  How my daddy’s mother, Grandmother Novella, Great Grandmother Laura and their friends had celebrated God’s goodness and mercy.  How I ached to praise God in that frantic holy frenzy, representing a fourth generation of praise.

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An example of crusaders praising God with uplifted hands.

Very seldom do Christians think about clicking their heels, twirling in circles or running in place when they praise the Lord.  Yet, the Bible records numerous occasions where people as well as inanimate objects even worshipped Him.  Trees clapped their hands; mountains skipped; hearts trembled; the Sons of God shouted; Enoch walked; the earth quaked; David sang and Mary Magdalene kissed Him.  All of these recorded actions contributed joyful noises unto the Lord who heals you.

So why shouldn’t I?  All I knew to do to demonstrate my joy was to search the biblical scriptures in a feeble effort to find just the right words to commune with Him.  That night I rested in the audible reading of Psalms 66.  Miraculously all abnormalities had disappeared.  I vowed that night to forever continue to have Conversations With God Using Scripture.

Scripture Lesson:   “Sing to the Lord, all the earth!  Sing of his glorious name!  Tell the world how wonderful he is.  How awe-inspiring are your deeds, O God!  How great your power!   No wonder your enemies surrender!  All the earth shall worship you and sing of your glories.  Come see the glorious things God has done.  What marvelous miracles happen to his people!”   Psalm 66 1:1-5  Living Bible

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