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P8--jcp 7.8.16Hi CyberSpace and especially those in TwitterLand!  I’m being creative (right now) and playing around with my website.  It’s kind-of fun actually…learning about website development.  Anyway, I just made this connection, so really this is a “Test Message”.  …Yes, I could have waited until I completed developing this site to say Hello, but why wait???  I want to share this creation with you, so…if you haven’t done so already check out my website www.emergingfree.com and tell a friend…better yet, “follow” and stay connected.  …and for those of you reading this not via your Twitter accounts, join me on mine at @EmergingFree.  Be Blessed and Peace Always,

Happy New Year!

2016

Testimony Thursday: I’m Alive!

Today I can honestly and knowingly admit that I am so very thankful to be alive!  Sure, I could have said this before with great sincerity while giving an exhausted list of situations and circumstances that upon reflection would illustrate that without a shadow of a doubt God’s grace granted me life, but today, in this moment,  I can declare this sentiment having had the awareness while in the midst of great danger.  There is a difference, you know, in being grateful upon reflection and in being grateful in the midst.

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Freeze Frame!  Have you ever had one of those moments when everything around you seems to stop, not slow down but literally STOP?  Come on!  I cannot be the only one who has had one of these Twilight Zone kind-of moments.  Actually, I think we have them more often than we realize, but what if we began to realize them more often?  Would we live with more empathy and compassion, with more kindness and gratitude?

Rest

Set It Up!  For a few weeks I had a nagging, eerie feeling while driving.  As a result, I limited my travels.  You would have thought I would have prayed about it, right?  I did not.  I simply limited my travels as if that would help.  Well, it did not.  Time and time again I would get behind the wheel, and time and time again I would become edgy.

Frog

BRAKE!  The car behind me swerved.  Thank God no one was in the left lane!  Roll call!  Everyone is safe.  Whew, accident avoided.  That eerie feeling quieted, but did not leave.  I did not tell anyone, but I needed to go somewhere and park.  That was close.  Upon reflection, I was thankful that God kept me (and everyone else) safe.  Amen!

Then, it happened.  This time, however, there was no blaring announcement from my energy field sending “lookout” warnings.  I guess that had already taken place.  No, it was a typical day with lots of laughs filling the car.  Then suddenly, sunrays obstructed my vision while I was turning left.  Then and there everything, and I mean everything inclusive of sound, except me STOPPED!  God protected me/us.  In the midst of silence, I knew right then and there that God saved my life and right then and there I felt a deep sense of appreciation and love from that which is bigger than I.

Face

While exiting the intersection, sound resumed.  I heard a horn and saw what looked to be a semi-truck on the other side of a transparent wall.  Now, you know as I do that that wall was invisible to the physical eye.  Spiritually, however, that wall was God’s protective shield.  It was in response to my frequent prayer for protection.  It is present.  It is real.

As I processed what just happened, one of my passengers spoke.  No fault to me.  Immediately, I silently prayed a prayer of thanks for protection, remembering the eerie feeling that was so ever silent on that day.  Relief released.  I relaxed, with no more driving worries.

Woman Standing On Rock

It is interesting what serves a motivation.  Since that day, I have gotten a little more focused; a little more intentional about my purpose, development, and God’s promises.  It is easy to find comfort zones to operate within and stay there.  When you have had a freeze frame moment, however, you really understand that God sees you, that He protects you, and that there are no excuses to not be the person He has made you to be.  I am thankful!  I am alive!  I am free!  Are you?

Book Review: Moses

Someone asked a question to which the answer came with an analogy using a reference of Moses’ life.  Yes, the Moses from the Bible.  It was in that moment, the seed was planted.  I wanted to read more about this Moses.  Clearly, I was missing some key and necessary points for my spiritual growth.  The time had come for me to meet this man, to discover  some commonalities we share, and to gain guidance—or at the very least, points for consideration.

It did not take long for the planted seed to sprout.  I guess you could say, it fell on good soil.  Seriously, I longed to know more about Moses immediately.  Within days my curiosity turned into a clear instruction, and my instruction manual came in the form of “Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication” by Charles Swindoll.  (See:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moses-charles-r-swindoll/1111384112?ean=9780849913853)

Admittedly, this has been a timely read for me.  It came when I was wrestling with returning to a place I had left.  You see, I rarely return to things once I have concluded to depart.  Are you like that?  It is not like I consciously choose not to return.  I simply do not think to do so.  Something major has to draw my attention back to something once I have checked out.  For me, that “something major” most likely has to be God-inspired.

Rest

Oh, how foolish I feel now having read this book admitting that I was wrestling with a God-inspired return.  Sometimes I have to laugh at myself.  If you find yourself in a similar position, this book is definitely worth reading.  It does not stop there though.  I gained so much insight (and confirmation) reading this book in the areas of leadership, walking by faith, trusting God even when dealing with the rabble, maturity, temperament, and so much more.  Without giving too much away, one of the things that I have found myself thinking more about is the idea that God parted the Red Sea.  Ok.  Ok.  I know, we have all heard of this before, but in reading this book, at this time, it dawned on me that GOD PARTED the Red Sea.  The visual scene became real.  I begin to think about the tsunami that happened in 2004, not for the scientific nor religious discussion but purely as a modern day reference that ocean-sized water can be pulled back.  In some way, it made it easier to visualize the parting of the Red Sea—the crossing and the demise.

Think about it: The same God that did that for Moses and the people he was divinely instructed to lead, is the same God that is alive today.  I think, sometimes, we devalue the greatness of that.  Earlier, I began to think about the biblically referenced miracles and became so excited about my future and about the promises God has given to me.  That same God is my same God.

Upon reflection, this book has been a great source of encouragement for me.  It has reminded me to relax.  I do not have to know the route before starting the journey.  I just need to follow God and be obedient.  This book has reminded me that blessings will come to me.  They will chase me.  Frankly, that is how I prefer it.  This book has illustrated that there will be obstacles, frustrations, and failures, but the making of thick skin should never thicken my heart.

Woman Standing On Rock

As I type this, I am smiling.  Earlier, I received a phone call.  On the other end of the line was a person who I had never met, yet he had a blessing for me.  This man did not know he served as confirmation, but I knew.  I am headed in the right direction.

If you are looking for a book to read.  I recommend this one.  It has blessed my life.

It Is Expected

There is something amazingly powerful about standing on grounds where your ancestors are respected.  Recently, I took a trip to Georgia.  I absolutely love being around my Georgian family.  Around them, you know you are with family.  There is much laughter and endless love.  Conversation is honest.  You know you are being watched, but observations are to make sure you are ok…and if you are not, guidance, advice, and encouragement will be rendered.  There is no doubt that you are connected and in that linkage you are safe, safe to be great.

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I am the great-granddaughter to individuals who helped build an area for the betterment of the community as a whole.  They were a part of the first graduating classes, founders, builders, landowners, etc. all the while working to enhance a community along side of others with the same vision, the same goals.  When I think of the period in time and what they were able to accomplish, I gain strength in knowing that I am a part of them and they are a part of me.

My ancestors are faith-rooted people, so it is no surprise that I am.  They were courageous, as am I.  They were visionaries and hard workers.  Although I was born after their deaths, I am able to still know them because they left legacies that my current family members openly acknowledge and applaud.  They left an expectation for those of us following to build upon and expand.  They left their stories and life examples that: the road will not always be easy, the sacrifice will at times be great but to whom much is given, much is expected…and much is expected.

Standing amongst the trees and on roads that saw my ancestors, that heard their voices, and witnessed their work,  I felt their connection, their powerful presence.  I am reminded that if they could accomplish the visions given to them in the time periods of which they were born, I too can accomplish those given to me in this day and age.  After all, it is expected!

 

New Things

As I write this entry, I have the biggest smile on my face. I love learning new things and creating this blog … well, it just feels good. One day, I may look back and say, “Now it all makes sense,” but today it just feels good. Have you done anything lately that is new and just feels good? Tell me about it. If not, try something. It’s refreshing.

What is funny about this is that I wanted to create a new blog for a while, but delayed doing so because it seemed overwhelming. I may be a lot of things, but a “webmaster” I am not. LOL! So “yes”, this blog will have its limits (at least initially). It’s ok though. Life is meant to be LIVED. Live it! I write that, not to sound cliché. I was recently reminded of this very thing…. It motivated me to complete the first draft of my next book. Sometimes people will speak LIFE into your life without knowing it. Needless to say, that draft is in the editing stage (FINALLY). Later, I will share more about it. Today, I just want to say thank you for reading this entry. My next post will be soon.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom


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