Woman, do you ever feel like a dead tree, even though you know God has filled you with living water and knowledge/wisdom that needs to be shared? Well, be encouraged. Do what's necessary to go from feeling like a dead tree to BEing/sharing the fruitful, flowering tree that God has made you and wants to contiue to make you.
Isaiah 61"For the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;.." https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/kjv/Isa.61
Jan - Job's Wife
Feb - Cast Away
Feb - Don't!
Feb - Stand
May - 'Pay" Yourself
June - For By One Man's Obedience
June - Mary Sat. Jesus Let Her.
July - TPM It's Not Dead (aired 2006)
July - MOVE! (2002)
July - In The Presence of My Enemies
August - Broken. Humble. Stewardship of Your Gift.
Sept - Who's Doing The Talking?
October - Do We Really Want An Apology?
October - Two Faces.
October- Come Here
October- God Can Make Your Situation So Unique
October- It's Not A Miracle, We Just Decided...
November - Move To The Front Of The Line
November - Glad to Have Nerves
November - Prayer
July - Boundaries
June - Resumes'
Jan - Bits N Pieces
Nov - Links to TPM Wearables for purchase.
Oct - Mistaken for the side piece.
July - I Cor 7:34 - An Observation, not a Command.
May - Women, we change the atmosphere.
March - Women's History:
Black Women Preachers;
No More Smallin' Up of Me; Our Greatest Fear.
February - Valentines...daily!
January - Random thoughts.
Dec - Christmas...don't get too deep.
Nov - Happy Thanksgiving!
October - That's not worship.
August - The devil is a liar!
July - Where do you f-i-t?
June - "No" instead of "Go".
April - Let them "kill" you.
March -Woman, You are good
February - What ministry is calling you?
January - Woman, Go!
November - Don't be a Jonah.
October - It's Time for a new
September - Youth, here is something you can conquer.
July - Passive/Aggressive Leaders.
June - It's hard to leave.
June - YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE.
(aka How Women Might Miss God.)
May - Woman, why are you
April - Passive/Aggressive people.
March - God will give you His
own special pulpit
Feb - Rejection can be a blessing.
January - Snakes in your life.
Inclusion or Not? Which one are you?
August - Move!/Sometimes You Gotta
Leave Home To Be Blessed
January - So what?
August - But I Wrought For My Names Sake
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Remember this? http://www.thoughtprovokingmomentsblog.com/blog/draft-god-can-make-your-situation-so-unique-that
They said God told them you shouldn't work but they want you to give (money), come (gasoline), participate (clothing), do (money, gasoline, and clothing) as a volunteer. Hmmm. (A lady I know used to call it 'voluntold' instead of volunteer. LOL.)
They had a negative thought, 'per the Spirit', when you chose to not have kids, but want you to be on call (which you don't mind) during the day to help with classes, services, funerals, meetings, etc. What could they be thinking?!? Plus, the 'Have babies but come when we call and don't bring the babies'.
WATCH THIS VIDEO.
#5 - Pay attention.
#4 - Trust NO ONE, not even your friends, relatives, coworkers, co-laborers. (THIS YEAR, the Lord took me back 40 yesrs ago to show me I'd been set up, by someone who I SHOULD have been able to trust, but the setup didn't work.)
#3 - Don't go alone. STAY with your buddy.
#2 - Don't go!
#1 - Give your life to Christ and ask Him to give you self-esteem, restore your God-given emotional/physical boundaries, and show you ways to have true fun.
WATCH the video again.
Fear lets me know to not go there or to get over it and take a stand.
Sometimes we fear and hold on to it and refuse to change because what caused that fear is still there, letting us know to stay away or be very cautious.
Other times we let go of the fear and forge ahead.
We can get over fear or take fear with us in some circumstances.
In others, we have to take that fear as a God-warning and stay away. When the one you choose to follow or listen to is the devil, you can’t resist the devil and also submit to the devil’s lead. The fear tells you to stay away.
Some issues are about personalities, idiosyncracies, techniques, etc. Those are not demons but are traits that may rub others the wrong way, but can be dealt with and the relationship, partnership, leadership, etc can continue. Fear is to be resisted. Go anyway. Stay. Stand.
Sometimes fear means don’t go. Don’t cast your pearls before swine even if there is only one swine in the group. Hear the fear and stay away regardless of how great the experience of others.
Songs God sung to me lately:
The past 2 weeks (STILL!): When the Saints Go to Worship
Last week added: Firm Foundation (He Won't Fail)
8am today (11.5.23): Hallelujah
11am today (11.5.23): I Go To The Rock (WH)
The first song is an invitation/invocation to God and a reminder/unctioning for me.
The second one is encouragement during these particular times in my life.
The third song, I think, was just a blessing that I got up and got going. I had no issues other than lack of decision-making about the things I needed to do that day. I'm glad I got up!
The fourth song is somewhat of a conclusion: recently I literally went to God the Rock for particular circumstances. The past several past years, I've come to know or acknowledge, the Rock was the church. The acknowledgement of that suggests hesitation or gradual/eventual submission. Think of it this way: in nature, when we approach a rock, we know it's a rock right then. We're not always aware that something is a rock, figuratively speaking, when we approach it. We may hope it is. We may not care or expect it to be especially if we don't know we need that thing to be a rock. Also, some figurative Rocks (but not Jesus, though. He IS THE ROCK) are like natural rocks, meaning they are not smooth. They have large or minute jagged egdes/lips/protrusions that scratch, scrape and can cause a slipping of the feet or hands, and can sprain bones or break nails. The rock is still steady, unmoving, going nowhere, a hiding place either behind, on the side, on top, or maybe in a crack somewhere. Because a figurative Rock (church, family, friend, job) has those things, we may not see them as a Rock until we look back and understand how they've stood in our life...which goes back to the statement that the Rock had to be recognized as such before the 'acknowledgement of that suggests hesitation or eventual submission'.
The body has 7 million nerves. Specific pain receptors only respond to damaging or potentially damaging stimuli. It's a blessing to have nerves. Those nerves relay pain and work with the brain and the body to make sure the human feels the pain so they can choose a response to the pain: ignore, medicate, explore, remove or treat outer or inner damaging stimuli. Without nerves, we wouldn't realize when something is wrong, especially on the inside, and may delay or ignore tending to something that has been damaged on the outside. Sure, we'll see about a broken leg or arm because we need it, even if we didn't have nerves to feel the pain. We might ignore a damaged fingernail or toenail if we couldn't feel the pain, especially if we could still use the finger to handle things or a toe to assist with walking and foot movement/balance.
My thoughts are on 'spiritual'/emotional nerves. We're always reminded to endure hardships, count it all joy to suffer persecution for the sake of Christ, and to expect attacks from everybody, everywhere and in every direction. Consider if we didn't have spiritual or emotional nerves. We would still go through all those attacks and persecutions and wouldn't know to be offended or hurt, sad or joyful, praising God or even questioning God as to what to do with/about all that we go through. Feeling, meditating on, exploring, venting about, and evaluating outcomes of persecution and attacks lead us to the ultimate (hopefully) joy, positive endurance, and encouragement to others about all that stuff that happens to us.
We should always feel both physical and spiritual/emotional pain. Pain is supposed to be felt. We may not respond the same at age 23 or 53 as we did at age 3, but we'll always feel it and hopefully get to the level that we IMMEDIATELY take care of/learn from or dismiss the bad feelings and reactions, as if it didn't happen.
Thank God for nerves - physical and spiritual/emotional. They are information carriers.
The first time I went to a taping of The Family Feud in Atlanta, I was with my cousin. I think it was her second time going. We stood in line outside, which moved fast. No problem. Occasionally the Assistant would count everyone in line. She wasn't really looking to see our actual tickets. When we got to the entrance, the Intern asked about phones and said they needed to be left in the car. I took both our phones back to the car. She ushered my cousin into the building. When I returned to the building, I got at the back of the line. I was the last person. No one else got in line behind me, but I wasn't worried. I was behind four ladies - tall, gorgeous, awesome outfits, together. They all looked down at me with a side-eye, rolled-eye, smirk, turned up lip. (You know how some women are.) I turned away because it didn't matter. I wasn't going to give that 'negative attitude toward another woman' back at them. For what? It's rude. It doesn't move anyone up the line in Glory. Anyway, I stood there hanging out in my own mind - lol. A few minutes goes by, then the Assistant began walking down the line counting. When she was still near the top of the line, she saw me. She walked past everyone, down to me and said, "Why are you back here? I already counted you. You could have come up to the door when you got back from your car. Come on to the front of the line." She proceeded to take me past everyone to the front of the line and through the doors. As we walked past the four ladies, their snide looks changed. (My nice look didn't change. I hadn't done anything special and wasn't better than them. I just so happened to have gotten there earlier. No big deal. Everyone had to stand in the same line. I had just been to the top of the line already and the Assistant was being nice.) The point is, God has already counted you. Even when there are setbacks, God saw it all and waited for you to catch up, get things in order, take things back, get things you needed, etc. God knows all who 'have a ticket' and will let all in. Also, know that for you when the time is right, God will move you to or back to the front of the line.
Moses, David, Joseph, Matthew 20, Luke 17:10
(This is a re-write of a TPM aired for WYZE1480AM (??? 2011/2012/2013). Big Man Donald Cochran, Program Director at WYZE, often reminded me this was his favorite TPM.)
(Draft) So, last week I was thinking about my prayer life over my adult lifetime.
I don't remember personal prayer as a child, other than studying Sunday School lessons every Saturday night which I consider part of prayer/meditation time, and kneeling in church for prayer during the Devotion. (In PHC, Devotion on Sundays, Wednesdays, Revivals and other meetings, consisted of an opening song, prayer by kneeling at the altar or seat, and scripture reading).
As an adult in the late 80s, again I prayed at church, which I attended twice weekly and some lunch hours when the Mothers had weekly Noon Day prayer. I realize I didn't kneel at that apartment because the floor was cement. Rugs. No carpet.
After moving to Cobb County, in my first apartment had carpet. Yeah.
Five years later, I moved to the second Cobb apartment where I regularly laid on the floor for 2 hours several nights per week. Last week, I realized that I stopped doing that after having major surgery and couldn't get on the floor or my knees for several weeks, but that prayer time was replaced with I think two prayer sessions at church in Atlanta. Those were specifically for prayer (Monday and Saturday) and I taught classes (YA/Adult mixed) on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights (Youth).
After moving to the home, prayer flat on the floor back in order for a while until my evening schedule changed - church, school, business...
Many years since then, have included active, literal praying all day long depending on the circumstances, and not so much a whole lot of prayer in one segment of time during each day.
During all these years, like childhood, daily studying the Sunday School lesson during lunch breaks were included in the prayer/meditation time.
I was led to finish this blog - 11.6.2023 - because I learned a new word today! Statio! Statio is what we did in PHC - arrive early to kneel before service. We kids would just sit on the bench. As an adult, I remember doing it in Atlanta, and of course, arriving early for Sunday School to prepare the mind to teach. Typing that sentence just reminded me of childhood when we couldn't watch tv or read the funny papers or anything before Sunday church so we could set our minds on church. Yum! We had a scrumptious spiritual unbringing even if we didn't realize it then. That upbringing centered us, taught us self-discipline, and calmed us in our day-to-day living. Wow! God is Good!