You Thirsty or Nah?

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W John 4:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

O Here in this passage of scripture we see Jesus having a conversation with a nameless woman. It appears that the conversation is about water…being thirsty. The woman is referencing the literal meaning of craving for water to drink. She was eager to receive water so she would never have to thirst again. However, Jesus had something else in mind. He was speaking to her figuratively about water. He offered spiritual water where no man would ever thirst again—that living water being the Spirit. For no man by receiving grace from the Holy Spirit will ever thirst again. Jesus was concerned about her spiritual life—salvation that can only come from believing in Him.
R At the beginning of John chapter 4, we find Jesus sitting down at a well because He was todd from traveling! Yes, Jesus was “todd” (translation: “todd” is how we pronounce “tired” where I’m from…LOL!) He sparks up a conversation with a lady who came to the well to draw water. He kindly asked her for a drink. Instead of giving Him water upon request, she gave Him attitude! Let’s look at the text (John 4:7-10):

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

It is evident that the woman did not want anything to do with Him, especially since she was a Samaritan and Jesus a Jew. That did not deter Jesus from His purpose at that moment. Jesus did not allow their differences or even her attitude to get in the way of why the two had crossed paths. Their encounter was no coincidence. This was a divine appointment orchestrated by God. I believe Jesus had her in mind and knew that she would be at that exact place at that exact time.

You see, what I learned from reading this chapter is very encouraging: JESUS MADE TIME FOR HER. The Master teacher—who preached to thousands of people—made time to teach to an individual. A woman. A Samaritan. A person who Jesus knew wasn’t living right (John 4:16-18):

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

I love how Jesus just casually told her about her “situation” (lady you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband…lol!) Most people would have become defensive, but she didn’t (John 4:19).  It is apparent that her encounter with Jesus was life changing. One can conclude there was a transformation in her life: acknowledgement that Jesus is the way to salvation, recognizing her sin and need for a Savior, repenting, and telling others about her faith. John 4:39-42 tells us many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Jesus knew her background and her circumstances. Yet, all of that did not matter to Him. He was concerned about HER. This passage shows how much Jesus cares about individuals. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from or what you have going on in your life. He cares.

Notice how He was there waiting for her. Just like He is waiting on each and every one of us. Jesus pursues us. Patiently waiting for us to come to Him. It interesting that this woman does not have a name. Could it be that this woman is symbolic? A representation of me and you? I believe so.

I strongly believe that all of us, at some point in our lives, have a divine appointment with the Savior. The question is whether or not we will receive it. How will we RSVP to his invitation for salvation? Will we receive the free gift of grace and mercy? Or will we decline? God never forces Himself on anyone. He is willing to meet us where we are. The choice is up to us: to stay thirsty or nah?

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, May we open our hearts to receive Your love, Your grace, and Your mercy that You freely give. May we hunger and thirst for righteousness. Nothing is hidden from You. You know all about us. Thank You for understanding our weaknesses. May we come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your love. A love so deep that You came down from heaven to save us.

In Jesus name, Amen

When Kings Don’t Play Their Cards Right

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W 2 Samuel 12:13 New International Version (NIV)

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

O King David confessed his sins after being confronted by the prophet Nathan for having an affair with Bathsheba. Yup, King David saw something he wanted and he went after it, or should I say her. Even after learning that she was a married woman David still had to have her (2 Samuel 11:3-4)! David not only slept with her, but he got Bathsheba pregnant! And the drama didn’t stop there, David tried to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11:6-13) and ultimately ends up having Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband killed (2 Samuel 11:15-17). Scripture (2 Samuel 11:27) tells us that God was angry with David for all that had transpired: adultery, betrayal, abuse of power, and murder. But God, being who He is—a God of grace and mercy—forgave David. What is important to note is, David recognized that he had sinned, repented, and God forgave him. However, there was a price that David and Bathsheba had to pay for what they had done (2 Samuel 12:14-23).
R I could discuss the adultery, betrayal, and murder in this story in further detail. However, I want to look at the story of David and Bathsheba from another angle. How often do we know the right thing to do and decide not to do it—even when we know that the decision has the potential to harm us or even kill us? This story reminds me of the many times I blatantly disobeyed God. I am reminded of my earlier years when I used to gamble with my salvation. I recall being in church each and every Sunday hearing the Word of God go forth, receiving the Word, yet when it was time to live it, I chose to do my own thing. I remember drinking, smoking, partying, hanging, ripping and running the streets…doing whatever I wanted to do. Sometimes leaving the club at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and being in church four hours later! Singing and praising the Lord sitting next to the saints smelling like vodka and rum!

I wonder where I would be today if God did not keep His hands on my life? I wonder where I would be today if there weren’t people praying for me…petitioning the Lord to save me? I wonder where I would be if I got comfortable living the way that I had been living?

You know…that lukewarm Christian lifestyle.

I thank God for doing the work in my heart. The work that led me to true repentance. I got to a place where I asked God to take those desires from me and He did. I asked Him to forgive me and He did. I had to go so far as to plead with God to help me because to be honest, I didn’t have the strength to let go. I wanted to hold onto those things that were not of Him. My flesh loved it.

But I knew deep down inside that the way I was living was wrong! I got to a point in my life where I didn’t have a desire to live that way anymore, not because of any legalistic rules, but because I loved God and I wanted to please him. I still face temptations daily. But, by the help of the Lord, I am learning how to resist the temptations. I also know there are consequences for choosing to live my life outside of the will of God. And, as in David’s story, it is a high price to pay.

It is my heart’s desire to stay the course. To keep walking with the Lord. Not only to be a hearer of the Word, but a doer. Ultimately, we will be held accountable for the choices that we make. Especially when we KNOW the TRUTH! My prayer is: when we fall short we turn back to God and not continue in sin.

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for keeping us even in our disobedience. May we grow in our knowledge and understanding of you. May you do the work in our hearts by taking away the desires to live outside of your will. We ask that your love and kindness leads us to repentance. In Jesus name, Amen

 

Let ‘Em Laugh…

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Yesterday, I posted about someone laughing at my Christian blog. At first, I was mad. A little hurt. But I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been in so many situations like this throughout my life where people laughed at, doubted, and even questioned a lot of the choices that I made.

When I decided I was going to become a teacher: “Why are you doing that? You could make more money being a pharmacist.”

When I decided to go back to school: “Whatchu doing that for? Didn’t you just get a degree? What’s all this schooling about?”

When I decided to get married after a short time of dating: “Dag! Y’all just met. You gettin’ married already?”

Looking back, I can laugh about it all. I’ve learned there will always be people who want to tear you down or knock you for DOING YOU! Crazy thing is, it often comes from the people closest to you. SMH! Reminds me of the story of Joseph. His brothers tried to kill him when he told them about his dream (Genesis 37:20).

But, if God is for you who can be against you? I have had success in everything I’ve accomplished. So, what would be different now?

Sometimes you just got to stop and think about how good God has been. Think about all the times he has carried you through. I took a moment to reflect.

My grandmother recited Psalm 1 for me a couple of years back (I am amazed at how well she has committed the scriptures to memory) and I never forgot it:

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Verse 3 is my motivation! I stood on that promise back then and I am standing on that promise today!

I have resigned to let them talk, let them laugh, let them doubt. I feel like the three Hebrew boys (Daniel 3:16) that took a stand for what they believed in: “I don’t need to defend myself!” And I never have to defend God…he didn’t even defend himself (Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 27:12)!

God has the final say!

I believe in the plan that he has for my life! And I am going to keep pressing! Philippians 3:12-14!

(Drops mic)

 

 

 

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide!

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W Exodus 3:7-11 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

O The Lord cares about his children. It is evident in the scriptures: “I have seen the misery of my people”, “I have seen them crying”, “I am concerned about their suffering.” So, God had a plan to deliver the Israelites. Plans for a better life in a land that was “good and spacious, a land flowing with milk and honey.” The Lord chose Moses to be the vessel he would use to bring His plan to fruition.

But Moses seemed to be concerned about God’s plan. He asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

R Well, I guess Moses would be quite concerned about God’s plan. Especially since the Lord was asking HIM to go! LOL! Why? Cause Moses had run away from Egypt and had been hiding in the land of Midian for years.

Yup! And if you read the story like I did you already know WHY Moses was in Midian. MOSES KILLED an Egyptian! You don’t believe me? Go to Exodus 2:11-15 and see for yourself! If I were Moses I wouldn’t have wanted to go back to Egypt either!

Yup, the great Moses—the one who performed mighty miracles, rescued the children of Israel out of Egypt, led the Israelites across the Red Sea—killed a man.

(Read Exodus chapters 6 – chapter 15 to get the full story of how God used Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt)

I found this passage of scripture interesting and encouraging. It reveals a lot about God’s character. God predestined Moses to BE GREAT. Even though prior to speaking with Moses at the burning bush, Moses ran away from Egypt after killing someone. Yet, God still used Moses to deliver the 10 Commandments. I thought to myself, “Wow, God gave the Ten Commandments to someone who violated one of the commandments: Thou Shall Not Kill!” Then I wondered, “Couldn’t God have chosen someone else with a clean slate? Someone more righteous? Someone holier than Moses?”

Didn’t God consider that Moses was going to be reluctant to go to Egypt in the first place? From the get go, Moses was like “Why Me? (Exodus 3:11)” Didn’t God consider Moses had self-doubt and low confidence (Exodus 4:1)? Didn’t God consider that Moses would make excuses (Exodus 4:10)? What about the fact that Moses BEGGED God NOT to send him (Exodus 4:13)! I mean God had to consider all these things…he is God right?

Well of course God knew! God is omniscient! He knows all things! God hand selected Moses in spite of his imperfections to prove this point: God PREDESTINED Moses to be GREAT! It didn’t matter where Moses came from, what he did, where he was, or how unimportant he felt. God called Moses forth—out of hiding—to do GREAT things for HIS GLORY! Funny thing is, this is not the first time that Moses was called out of hiding. In Exodus 2:1-10, Moses was hidden as a baby before he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. God brought Moses out of hiding in that situation so his life would be spared. Little did Moses know that everything that had ever happened in his life brought him to the place of holy ground, at the burning bush, so that God would speak to him about his assignment.

This is a powerful story. The same hands Moses used to carry the Ten Commandments were used to kill a person! But God did not define Moses by his past. Likewise, God doesn’t define us by the things that we’ve done. He has great plans for me and you! (I will PAUSE here—to let that Marinate in your spirit! LOL!)

There must come a time in our lives where we start seeing ourselves like God sees us.

We must walk into our purpose by:

1.)     “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13).

2.)     “…throwing off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

If you are reading this, that means you are still here for a reason. You have things to do with your life. The world needs you. You were born to make a difference. God has you here to do something that no one else can do. You have places to go. People to meet. Lives to touch. And you can start right where you are.

So, what are you waiting for? A burning bush? Well, if you see one grab some water, put it out, or call the local fire department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!
Let this be your burning bush! God is speaking to you today.

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, Thank you for being the GREAT “I AM”. Thank you for all the wonderful plans that you have for each and every one of us. Help us Lord to see ourselves as you see us. Fearfully and Wonderfully made. Help us Lord to hear from you so that we may know what assignments we must complete. Give us the courage to walk in obedience. No more excuses. We ask that you use us to do mighty things for your glory. Show us the way.

In Jesus name, Amen

What up? What up? What up?????? (In My Martin Lawrence voice)

What’s good sports fans? LOL! My high school Introduction to Technology teacher used to say that every time we walked into his classroom! Lol! I used to always roll my eyes cause I thought his signature greeting was extremely annoying…but I find myself saying it nowadays!!! LOL! Crazy, right?

I am on my way out the door. Had no interest in posting anything today, BUT I feel so full! So positive! So encouraged! Motivated! Yeahhhhhh boy! Bubbling over with joy! I really can’t explain it. Especially since I was up until 3 a.m. scratching a three-day old bite on my foot from a fire ant!!! Man, I never knew ants could be so mean! The first day I put Calamine lotion on it and then it was good. For some reason last night, it began to itch! Not thinking, I scratched it. Scratched it! Scratched it! And scratched some more! My whole foot was on fire!!!! I didn’t know scratching a bite from a fire ant is forbidden! Thank God for the Google Search engine! I finally got through the night…and here I am.

We are heading out for a 60-minute drive to this market my husband likes to go to. I am a homebody. I planned to chill today. But he wants to hang out. So, I am going.
Wasn’t my ideal plan for today. But I am going. In marriage, any relationship really, you have to compromise. I even offered to drive! LOL! He gave me the side eye. Not sure if he is questioning my driving skills because he always declines when I offer to drive. LOL!

Anyway, I am super thankful for today! Super encouraged. I was led to read posts from other bloggers and I was super blessed. Definitely posts that I needed to boost my spirits and confidence. I read an article called “Battling Insecurity” by beautybeyondbones, “Waiting for Eternity” by oneanna65, and “What I Learned In Five Years of Blogging” by Cristian Mihai amongst many other posts!!! I prayed that God would give me direction and He did. I am really excited about the blogs that I have come across. Everyone has their own unique gifts to share and for that I am grateful!

Gotta wrap this up to get the day started. So far, my weekend has been so much fun. We had a Luau after church service last night. My family picked up BBQ chicken pizza from CPK—we ate it in the car cause we couldn’t resist! Hilarious! And we grabbed frozen yogurt from our favorite spot! It was banging! Hopefully, we can hit up ColdStone today.

BTW, we ain’t goin’ anywhere fancy, but I am feeling like wearing this old dress with the embellished shoulders! HAHAHAAHA! To reflect how I am feeling today. Doing the most! LoL!black dress

I hope you all are having a blessed weekend so far. If you are free, stop pass my blog tomorrow. I am continuing the series that I started from my first W.O.R.D entry. Be blessed beautiful people!

Keep pressing on…Philippians 3:12-14!

Signed, MrsMKauthor

I’ve Taken A Lot of “L’s”…

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I was going to write about Moses today. But for some reason this image came to my mind. This picture was taken earlier this year. We were about to go into a restaurant to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I cried before taking the picture and I wept again today. The last two years have been extremely challenging for me. Took a lot of L’s. Including a major blow to my finances. I am used to being able to give and take care of everyone. But I couldn’t this year.

Totally dependent on my husband. Definitely not the way I am used to living.

I could barely afford to buy him a card. It hurt me to take money from him…money he gave me to buy a gift. That’s just crazy. He took me shopping so that I could have something nice to wear (most of my clothes don’t fit anymore since I had a baby). He even paid for his own birthday meal. It broke my heart. Especially when he works so hard to provide for me and our son. Working long hours. Sometimes driving up to 2 hours a day for work. I wanted to give him more. Because he deserves the best. But I couldn’t. Because I didn’t have it.

And he never complained.

I am grateful for him. Grateful that God sent me help. A husband that loves me unconditionally. He has been rockin’ with me for 6 years now. Through the good times and bad times, he remained faithful. Loyal.

My cousin told me just the other day that some marriages don’t survive some of the things we’ve been through. And that is true. I am grateful that God sent my husband to show me what real love is. I am grateful to God for surrounding me with people who truly care about me and have helped to pray me through the hard times.

People may say Jesus is not real. That religion—Christianity—is a just crutch, but I beg to differ. My faith saved my life. I know I could’ve been dead a long time ago. Especially with the stupid choices I’ve made. Crowds I used to run with. Places I used to go. Stupid choices. Wrong thinking patterns. I should’ve been gone!

But I am still here.

There is a song by Donald Lawrence entitled “Encourage Yourself” that came to my mind. That’s what I did today! I was reminded of the devotional that I wrote about Abraham. I can relate to him. I have done a lot of amazing things in life, but I’ve also made a lot of mistakes along the way. Some dumb choices of my own doing. Some choices made out of ignorance. Some choices made because I loved others more than I loved myself.

BUT GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His mercies are new every morning! And for that I am grateful. I praise God for always being there for me. Never leaving me. Never forsaking me. God is always working through people to show how much he loves and cares for me.

I owe him my life.

This picture is very symbolic.  It represents a new start.

I am determined to finish the rest of my years with purpose. Aggressively going after all God has for me. Being more conscious of the choices I make. Maximizing every moment that I have. I want to be a better person. Even if it that means putting my cart back at Walmart when I don’t feel like it. Every choice matters whether big or small.

It’s one thing to be happy, but life is better lived when you have joy. Joy comes from the inside. It’s not predicated on extrinsic factors in my environment. Joy comes from the Lord.

I have joy!

Look at that smile on my face in the picture. It is evidence of the work that the Lord is doing in my life.

Goals–> Philippians 3:12-14 New International Version (NIV)

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.