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Light Affects

This morning, I was reflecting on a number of things when this thought came to my consciousness, “When the light comes on, the crickets stop chirping.”

Then I read these timely verses:

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” —John 3:19-21

Woman Standing On Rock

Good versus evil?  Light versus darkness?  Truth versus lies?  Have you ever taken a moment to really consider these forces—to give proper respect to what they are and how they are?  I have been thinking…

girl pouting

about how effective and powerful Christian fellowship would be if all who profess their love for Christ fought to love each other.  Sure, it sounds easy…to love your Sister, to love your Brother.  Love, however, is an action word.  In my Wendy Williams’ voice, “How you actin’?”

Woman Yelling At Woman

There is so much devastation living in dark places, perpetrating as solid Rock for building beautiful structures upon.  No one shouts about the heap of dead fruit being produced, yet armies boldly plot to destroy healthy blooms.  Is that where the confusion resides?  Do people get a pass because they profess the same faith?  Do we not know the tree from the fruit?  No one remembers the biblical lessons about Jesus’ anger regarding making His house a den of thieves?  (You know that’s real, right?)

Woman Praying

Oh but the presence of light….  Its illumination changes the atmosphere.  Its very power is undeniable.  UNDENIABLE and formidably respected by the doers of deeds in the dark.  UNDENIABLE and contagiously inspiring to those doing deeds through God.  So, shelve your fear and radiate.  Your presence has Light affects.

One Step, Two Steps Forward and Back

Shootings……in churches………

One step forward?  Two steps back.

Hatred……of what?????

…..a difference in skin color……..a variation in culture…….a deviation in faith…..WHAT is it that has morphed the innocence of a baby’s soul into the walking dead?

Is it fear of a loss of a perceived privilege?  Can you not look at a stranger and see commonality?  Or maybe you can, but pride stops you from admitting to yourself your hatred of yourself.

Granted, love seems to escape many.

SLOW DOWN.

Why does LOVE escape you?  Do you not trust it?  Have you not felt it?  Can you not conceptualize it?

Faith.  God.  Fellowship.

What do you serve

Self.  Money.  Prestige.

SLOW DOWN.

One step forward.

Two steps back?

Breathe.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Pray.

Woman Praying

Talent Wasted?

Have you ever experienced a time when it felt like you were down to nothing?  Maybe you were counting your change because your dollars had run out.  Maybe that relationship you thought would last forever had a deadline and you were left with your tears and wounds from what could have been.  Maybe you took a professional risk which left you holding the liability.  It is times like this when you may be motivated to reflect the most.  There you are.  So, what now?

Woman Praying

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’  —Matthew 25:21

Lately I have been thinking about the lazy servant who, because of his fear and self-centeredness, did not multiply his talent.  I do not want to be like that.  I want all of God’s blessings for my life!  Don’t you?

Now, you know like I do that some days feel harder than others.  Likewise, some hard days feel harder than other hard days.  Then, there are those times —although such seasons may be rare— when it may feel like you are down to nothing.  I have felt that way.  It creates the perfect environment for self-doubt to take residence in your thoughts.  If not careful, it will become a long-term inhabitant.  Fortunately in my case, I was not looking for such tenant.  The idea of living in fear versus the notion of wanting to be a blessing to others and to receive all of the blessings God has for me are not one in the same.  I became clear about that quickly.  (Thank God!)  In doing so, I was able to enjoy faith’s oxygen.  I was able to think clearly as well as appreciate the complexity and simplicity of my unique make-up.  My soul was able to rest assured, knowing that many things would come if I remain faithful to the few.  I just needed to continue to be faithful to the few, and do so with the wisdom and peace that only God’s grace provides.  I just needed to follow God’s instruction for my life, no matter how it may look or feel.  I just needed to remember God’s work, past and present.

My Christian family, don’t you want to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”?  Are you conscious of this desire?  Are you investing wisely the time, talents, and other resources that He is giving to you?  Are you doing what God has called you to do?

Listen, I am still learning.  I am still growing.  I am still making mistakes and falling short, but this I know and accept with certainty: I am the holder of talent.  It is in accordance to my ability.  It is to be multiplied.  It will continue to be. 

Remember, that lazy servant was conquered by fear.  He did not put his talent to work.  Don’t be like that.  Talent wasted.

Fear, Plots, and Faith

Have you ever been afraid? I am talking about really afraid, like how Jeremiah was when he was left in a cistern to die. Have you ever felt like people just left you to die? What a tragic thought right, but isn’t that what happens when a person justifies hate crimes, discrimination, and crimes against women? We are living in a world that seems to reward corruption and silence truth. Where does that leave those of us who strive to do good? Who stands by our sides to encourage, inspire, and motivate us to continue? (Help is always near.)

You came near when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”
O Lord, you took up my case;
you redeemed my life. —Lamentations 3:57-58

In times when fear attempts to creep into my spirit and breathing becomes a conscious intention, I call out to the Lord. I did not always, but an interesting thing happened. I gained clarity concerning my gifts and talents. My level of discernment increased and I gained respect for spiritual warfare.

In times past, I overlooked the fact that people will plot against you. Truth is, they will. They will plot to kill your positive vibe, to kill your dreams, to kill your essence. Newton’s third law of motion says, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” They will plot; You continue to plow. Storms will come; Continue to pray. Trust in the Lord, your Redeemer.

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