It’s been some time since my last post, as I’ve struggled to find my creative voice on paper (…and on the laptop,) as of late. Part of the reason, is because I haven’t had as much free time, due to other obligations. However, a message that I heard today so convicted me that I felt compelled to listen closely to my inner voice- so that I could dig deep and write. So here goes.
Power by definition means, “the ability to act or produce an effect: capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect.” Merriam- Webster. These are just two of the many definitions that I came across, but something about “produce an effect,” really stood out. It made me think about the power of the Holy Spirit and the role that He plays in our day to day walk. Power can mean the difference between someone being freed from a life of bondage and someone remaining in a state of hopelessness. According to Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in all Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV Bible. Great news friends, Jesus did not leave us powerless when He departed!!! He left us with an internal guide- the Holy Spirit, to help us not only navigate our way through this life, until His return, but also to help us NOT live a defeated life. Miracles, signs and wonders take place when this (Holy) P O W E R exists! People get delivered from unforgiveness, beat lifelong addictions, overcome hidden sins, and get loosed from sickness and disease. However, in order to receive this power, one must first have a relationship with the Son of God. Titus 3:6 says, “God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Do you want to live a life of power, rooted in great faith? If so, ask Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to you today, if you don’t already know Him. Confess with your mouth that He is Lord and believe it in your heart and you shall be saved- Romans 10:9!! Be blessed and walk in POWER!!!
This is what life with the Holy Spirit is like… Are you ready to experience this power and connect your passion and purpose?
Have you ever set out to locate a certain item, only to come across a thousand other valuables in the process? Well, this was the case for me today. I was looking for a voucher that I’d safely (or so I thought) tucked away, but ended up “finding” everything, but what I was looking for. Don’t feel too badly for me though, because this story ends happily.
Earlier this week, I asked God some very specific questions, with the hope of getting some very precise answers in return. I am glad to say, that today was the day for answered prayer. He spoke clearly and in volumes. As I scoured through one of my old totes, searching for an envelope, I was met with my past, as well as some answers to future decisions. It was completely unexpected. The more I combed through the bag, the more it spoke to me. I’m not crazy. I’m referring to the ear of my heart…you know when the Holy Spirit speaks to you. Okay, I just wanted to clarify that. With each hand full, I was met with more puzzle pieces (figuratively) to connect. I was beyond thrilled to receive such clear and specific responses to some of my most poignant questions. A few of these issues have pained and drained me these past years, months and weeks, so to hear from God so clearly on them, was a huge relief for me. This bag was like a treasure chest, complete with tons of spoil and plunder that I’d gathered, from all across the globe. I re-discovered hotel keys with the words “Open Doors, You Never Knew Existed,” and “Opening Doors,” among several other things. There were maps of Paris, France and Bonaire Island and a guide for Aruba, an older copy of Global Living Magazine (where I wrote a piece on one of my colleagues,) 3 of my old business cards (from previous ventures,) along with several other business cards of others, including 3 different marketing and communications companies from Cleveland, Atlanta and Tampa. There was also an unopened CD titled, “Moving Forward,” by an artist named NERMA (I have no idea where I even got this from,) a journal with the Eiffel Tower on the front of it, and little sticky pad sheets with sermon notes and scriptures on them. In addition, there was a bright red ink pen from Orlando, a partially read book titled, “God A Good Father (which I’ll now finish,)” a pen that I had made for my consulting and coaching business 3 years ago, and a host of other fantastic items spanning from Rome, Italy (pink Iphone Power Bank) to Arlington, VA. Then, there was that one tube of hotel lotion that I uncovered deep down, inside one of the inner pockets… that really got me. It was a rich crème by TempleSpa, with the words, “Peace Be Still” on the front of it. Trust me, that said it all. I knew at that very moment- that I was supposed to go on a hunt in that bag today, and make the amazing discoveries that I made! Although I didn’t find what I was looking for, I found just what I needed and more.
He is God all by Himself. That is all that I can say. In the midst of what’s noted above and the rest of what I came across in that beige tote bag today (and believe me it was a lot of stuff) –it all had deep and incredibly personal meaning. It literally held the contents of much of what I’ve experienced over the coarse of the last 3 years, as well as provided glimpses into the future. Only God knows what I asked of Him, and only He knows how to answer me in such a specific and profound way.
My prayer is that you will seek God today and ask Him some very clear-cut questions for your life, as well. Don’t be afraid. Then, trust Him to answer you in some unique and amazing…and sometimes very simple ways. Who knew a tote full of answers, in the form of hidden treasure was just a bedroom away. Stay alert and anticipating my friends. God loves you! Peace and blessings to each and every one of you.
Some of Today’s Recovered Treasure
I read a pretty amazing quote yesterday. “During the growth process you will experience events that help you soar to new heights.” As I read those words, I thought to myself about my most recent trip to St. Maarten. While there, I got the opportunity to visit Maho Beach. If you haven’t heard or experienced what it’s like at this particular beach, I am pleased to fill you in. At first sight it appears relatively normal; there’s sand, the ocean, people sprawled across the beach and tons of activity in and around the area, but it’s what happens next, that will amaze you the most. Located just steps away from Princess Juliana International Airport, beach goers get the chance to complete what feels like a physical inspection to the undercarriage of incoming airplanes. Yep, they fly just above your head! It’s incredible.
While scrolling through my images from last week, I thought back to the above noted quote. I remembered how it was a chore, trying to capture just the “right” angle. I found myself performing a balancing act upon the edge of the concrete road, which outlines the beach. The scary part was that while doing so, incoming vehicles many of which hugged the curve rather closely, were speeding hastily towards…me, in route to the airport. However, it was the elevation of the curb that enabled me to get the shot.
Life is like this. In order to reach the peaks of mountains, you have to ascend. Of course it’s beautiful below, but ahh that feeling of gazing down upon a city or massive body of water is completely different from up above. I’m sure we’d all agree that none of this can be accomplished without some hurdles. Whether you’re trekking up the side of a mountain, or trying to balance yourself upon a steep curb for a picture, it will require some work and discipline on your part. I’d like to think that my 8 years of ballet kicked in, but some of it was utter determination. We must realize there’s no way to reach the peak without making the climb. Yes, you could technically take a helicopter ride, but think of all that you’d miss on the climb up???
If you find yourself in a difficult place today, remember that the current events are merely part of the process. They’re training and equipping you for the new view to come. There is purpose in preparation that readies you to soar! Stick to it and enjoy the journey up. You’ll find some pretty amazing views along the way to the top.
My view from the curb…Maho Beach, St. Maarten
My elevated view from atop…St. Maarten
I just celebrated another birthday a couple days ago. However, this one was quite different from most of the previous ones. Unlike the three preceding years in particular, where there was so much activity each day, this one involved little to none at all this 9th month. Typically, my September days are filled with endless festivities throughout the entire month, ranging from dining and boating, to rooftop soirees and flights… so this has been completely out of the norm for me. Instead of a month long celebration, my days have been filled with quiet time; 6am prayer and studying, followed by long days, full of assignments to be completed from a plethora of directions. Am I complaining?…”No, not at all.” Although “different” from my usual birthday routine, I realize that change is to be expected as any new journey approaches. I can’t assume that “things” will always be the same each year. Seasons vary, and so does life. However, for me, the down time has proved to be a positive addition this year. I’ve gained some insight, become more disciplined in my studies, and have decompressed, too. Transition and constant movement takes its toll, so I understand just how important rest is these days. Now another year older, I hope to be another year wiser, also. With wisdom comes….change. I mean real constructive heart change, and that’s to be appreciated! Let’s be clear, I’m not stating a complete revamp of my future birth month and days, but I am saying that I welcomed the solitude, prayer and rest these past two weeks. As for the rest of this month, well, that is to be determined. Since I feel anew and so refreshed, a birthing event just might be in order! The world awaits…so stay tuned.
Thanking God for another year!!!
My oh -so- delicious GF and vegan birthday cake!
Thanks to Vegan Sweet Tooth in Woodmere, OH