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Hello August

Oh, summer days

as you slowly come to your final act

Before we part ways

Let’s take a moment to reenact

Let’s cherish the last rays of warmth

as they shine and while they wrap

me into the end of my summer daze.


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Something About You

Something about you
reaches far beyond any man can go.
You touch my infinity,
never once forgetting your chivalry.
You go beyond my frigidity
straight to my heart, literally.
You reach far beyond any man can go
and you do so quite skillfully.

Something about you
speaks volumes in a quiet whisper.
You speak the language of my spirit
so clear I can almost hear it,
so sweet like a love song lyric,
so real that I live it.
You speak volumes in a quiet whisper
don’t ever stop, just keep with it.

Something about you
seems so familiar
as if I knew you before we met,
synchronized like a quartet,
in life and death, before my sunrise and after the sun sets.
We’re destined to be, this love was preset.

Something seems so familiar.
You’re the one my spirit and heart cannot forget.

I get lost in your love, but who’s keeping score?
With you, the present is a gift with daily encores.
If this love were rain bring on the downpours.
Let the entirety of my eternity forever be yours.


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The Journey

I’ve been re-reading the story of Joseph recently in an effort to look at it from a different perspective because I believe that Hebrews 4:12 is true in saying that the word of God is living and active.

We usually read the story of Joseph with the outcome in mind, but what if just maybe, the real story is in the journey? The Joseph that had the dreams in Genesis 37 was not the same Joseph who was put in charge at the end of chapter 41. There was a process that he had to go through, not because the blessing was in the making, not because it needed to be tweaked a little, or because it needed to bake a little longer in heaven’s oven of miracles and wonders, NO. The process was to prepare Joseph for the coming chapters that God had already written.

It is my belief that his time in Potiphar’s house introduced him to Egyptian culture as well as gave him some insight on stewardship and leadership. Later, in jail, he continued practicing his much-needed leadership skills. Of course, we know that years later, he was made second in command, but I’m not just telling you a nice story. I want to point out that the journey which led to Joseph being a leader was just as important as the outcome. It was not a pleasant path. He was sold into slavery, harassed, wrongfully accused and imprisoned. However, note that despite the many attempts to knock him off course, he was pushed in the right direction. Again with Potiphar, it seemed Joseph was knocked off track when he was accused and jailed but that only got him closer to where he would eventually end up. In each step, there was a lesson or a skill to be learned. Each event was a piece to the puzzle of an outcome that God had previously designed.

Joseph’s story reminds me of one of my favorite songs to listen to during my quiet time with God: Waymaker. The words to the song speak of how God wipes tears, mends hearts, lights the way and works miracles, all in an effort to clear the path toward the blessing that He has already prepared for us when our story was written. There are 2 important facts to take note of here:

  1. If He’s mending hearts, it’s because they may break along the way. If He’s wiping tears it’s because they will be shed. If He’s lighting the way, it’s because dark times will come.
  2. If He’s paved to the way to the blessing, then He’s already been there, which confirms that it is ready and waiting and that, like the Bible says, He is THE way.

Dear friends, I don’t know what dreams God may have placed in your hearts and what struggles you may have found along the way, but what I do know is this: our stories have been written and the road to our blessings have been paved. Let us take a page from Paul’s book and rejoice in our struggles because they are mere stepping stones which will help prepare us for what’s to come. Keep the words of Deuteronomy 31:8 near your heart and be encouraged because our Heavenly Father is with us. He goes before us leading the way.

Let these words inspire you to also help others along the way with the gift of salvation. Wield words of hope into your daily conversations and let these be woven into the eternities of all who hear them. Let them be floating lanterns which pierce the darkness as they drift away, and let them always shine a light on the true protagonist of each and every one of our stories, Jesus.


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I’m Expecting!

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I’m Expecting!!!

Recently, I was listening to a song that spoke on 1 Corinthians 2:9 and I felt the Lord tug at the strings of my heart. We often wait for God to surprise us and go on about our lives not expecting anything because, after all, it’s a surprise, but I’m sure this isn’t how it works. We should have an expecting attitude; knowing that God will answer, knowing that He has a plan for us, knowing that He will work things out and the surprise will be in how He does it!

Celebrate with me. Watch this!:

 

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Faux Real Love

Everybody wanna flaunt their versions of love
But when your Ace turns to an ex, a why or a “what was I thinking of?”
You begin to wonder if real love was ever the plan?
Looks like it failed the true or false exam
Illusions of being better make you bitter
Because you tried to paint silver linings with cheap glitter
Being with someone part time because it’s better than being alone
Those cheap stunts got you dethroned
Rather than royalty people make you their jester
For entertainment only, then they’re out before you confuse ‘em with an investor
Commitment is like a bucket hat, they’re both out of style
Love is whatever you can give or get here and now
Everybody wanna flaunt their love but is it real or a real good fake?
Counterfeit, cuz the real deal is too much too fast so they pull hard on the e-brake
People’s versions of love today is looking like a knockoff
Knock it off. So what if y’all hooked up. Mazel tov?
More like Molotov cocktail, short fuse, short-lived
That type of “love” is corrosive
What’s wrong with a little old school?
What’s wrong with waiting and a little woo?
What’s wrong with getting to know you?
With time and words, not a peek or a preview.
Everybody wanna show off their boo or their bae
When what they’re really showing is the flavor of the day
Love is a fruit, it should fill, not leave a void
Love is a voluntary action, you shouldn’t feel like you’re employed
Love goes beyond financial status or the things money can buy
It’s not just a rich girl or guy by your side parading you like a trophy wife because if that’s the plan then boy bye!
It’s a value so significant, real love makes you priceless
Far more than a dime or just being fine, real love recognizes you’re royalty…your highness
But everybody wanna put their love on display
Most of these, like your stories, vanish by the end of the day
Let’s call it Casper because when the tough gets going the love goes ghost
On the other hand, some just try too hard, you’re doing the most
True love takes time and lasts through good and bad times
It’s an uphill challenge but once you get a glimpse, you’ll know it was worth the climb
So go ahead and flaunt your passion and your sex appeal
Just make sure that the love you love isn’t faux real.


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A Ray of Light

This morning as I walked outside, I caught a glimpse of the sunrise which squeezed its rays through, what I consider to be, very tall bushes. It was a majestic display, and simultaneously intriguing how the sun, as big as it is, managed to slip through a crack in the wall and the shrubs that covered it. The Son is capable of doing the same, if we allow it. He is The Creator of everything, He holds the world in His hands, however, if we let Him past our walls, He would gladly come in to shine His light and fill us with His love.


The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:9-12 NLT)

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The Pretty Box

It was a bookcase, shoe holder
something to put in an empty space.
It had a cover, drawers,
and numerous uses to discover.
It was a box
nothing more,
used for packing, holding, stacking
nothing unorthodox,
but it was a pretty box.


I do this thing with boxes where, rather than throw them, out I repurpose them. Usually, these are wrapped with contact paper and used as bedside bookcases, shoe organizers, and most recently, a 2 drawer tabletop “thingy”. My mom often gets upset and tells me to just throw them out, but why would I? They are pretty boxes, too good to throw out and apart from that, they are very useful. I believe God sees us in a similar way. While man may cast us out because they can only see who we are, God sees what we can become. He sees that we are too good to throw out, and wraps us in His love giving us a new purpose in life.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
‭‭(Ephesians‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)


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