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I Find Myself Disappointed

From time to time I engage in conversations about race, in particular, the Black American race. And one consistent, unfailing observation I have encountered among Black Women is that we are mentally stuck. We are stuck with the feeling of helplessness in dealing critically and constructively with racism, be it real or perceived. We are stuck with the plight of Black American men. We are stuck with the inability to clearly identify our personal world views, and how we view the world is filtered by our unchecked, unchallenged biases and beliefs.

Over and over we repeat the same rehearsed narrative about how the American Black man is under attacked, and the white man the system of “white supremacy” keeps a brotha down. Yet and still, who is coming to your rescue you if you are unmarried, children out of wedlock, struggling to make ends meet, frustrated with absentee fathers, cold and calculating mothers, living in an environment that welcomes toxicity like a warm blanket; and the list of the cruelties you experience is countless. Yet, you be damned if you do not mention the black man’s plight.

You take up a social justice cause without sound logic or reasoning, jump on the bandwagon to champion a cause you don’t fully understand, BUT because the skin is black, you feel justified in raising up the victim-hood of someone else while failing to look at yourself and all of the struggles you endure.
I find myself disappointed.

You see ladies, this is one of the many reasons why there is no momentum in finding resolution. In moving forward. In shedding the old and putting on the new. We love to play the victim. We are helpless and constantly looking for a savior. We are truly unable to determine resolution because….quite frankly, we aren’t looking for one.

For as long as you determine in your heart to continue a life relegated to pity and shame, be sure your that your success will never be realized, your dreams denied, and your life destined to a damnable shame.

Decide if you will choose life or death. I will choose life.

Sexual Immorality in the Church

 

Would to God I had a Safe Space

There is a movement in the United States of America. A movement that rejects God and is more than willing to crush the souls of individuals who have a dissenting opinion.

On college campus’ students vehemently oppose those of conservative ideologies. It is an enigma because do these children, or should I say, transitioning adults, understand that the reason why America is great, and many who may despise Western ideology come because they hunger and thirst for a freedom that their own country denies them the God given right? Perhaps I should use the phrase “God given right” loosely because not everyone believes in the Creator of Heaven and earth.

Shamefully many Black Americans are now wanting segregated educational living quarters because for some reason they assume the position that they can obtain some form of egalitarian idea of separate but equal. Shocking how many White Nationalists assume the position that their melanin is a genetic privilege that qualifies them to “purge” out a land and rid anyone who does not resemble their likeness. How pathetic that women have taken feminism to the extreme where the same women who despise men behave themselves as if they were men. And let’s not forget about those men of old with their brute force and overbearing hypermasculinity now find themselves in this day and age choosing to be women because, well let’s just say, they want to be taken cared of too….like women.

My, these reeks of a leftist agenda. My fellow Christian brother and sister, what do you see? I tell you what I see. I see an absorption of ideals by these ignorant sheep (that may qualify as the same thing) who have assumed the identity of their masters. These task masters “while they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is brought in bondage.” (1)

But what about the Christian? In the midst of all this madness and confusion, where do we go when there is a deliberate and demonic agenda to deny us of our God given rights?

“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (2)

We all know where in Adam, all of humanity fell. We were born in a state of sin and iniquity and will likewise die in the same fashion; however, it took the LAST ADAM, Jesus Christ, to rise first from the dead and then have all power given unto him so that grace and righteousness might reign, but what does that mean for us as believers?

Regardless of the deplorable conditions brought about by people with adversarial worldviews, we have a safe place and it is in Christ Jesus. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord he is my refuge and my fortress: my God in him will I trust.” (3)

God’s shadow is a place of protection. He is our safety net in ways we hadn’t thought about. How is it you have not become a heretic? How is it you haven’t denied God and his Son Jesus Christ? Why haven’t you dipped into the works of darkness? Who is keeping your from entering the broad path of destruction?

I understand and feel the pressure as well. There are times it seems like God is nowhere to be found. No voice. No word from the Lord. Absolutely nothing! And then in his still small voice, sometimes a light and delicate impression upon our hearts, he reassures us that he is with us and as long as we remain on Team Jesus and be faithful until death, we will receive a crown of righteousness.

Blessed be the day when we hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (4)

References

1 II Peter 2:19

2 Romans 5:20

3 Psalm 91:1-2

4 St. Matthew 25:21

Returning with Content

Greetings!

It has been a while since I put some content on the blog and that wasn’t because I was intentionally neglectful. For a little over a year, I started a YouTube channel specifically dedicated to Black American women to discuss and bring to light many of the issues we face within the black community. The community has been growing wonderfully, and from that I recently opened up another channel to fellowship with my fellow Christian sisters to discuss these issues from a biblical perspective.

I am full with content and can’t wait to share what the Lord has deposited in my spirit. At the same time, you will see some blog posts that will address Black American women. Please do not assume that I am now becoming racially motivated to preach another gospel based on skin color. As it is written in Galatians 3:28-29, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for [we] are all ONE in Christ Jesus.” (emphasis ONE mine) In fact, this might be an opportunity for God to divinely intervene by way of your prayers for those of us who experience relentless demonic onslaughts.

Additionally, I have changed my user name from Lady Dunamis to Lady Quiet Storm. That is so when any of my subscribers peruse my blog, they will know it is me. (I know too many names…lol)

As I have written before, I wanted to continue to deliver the bible for kids, etc. so that parents will be able to tell the story plainly and without fluff. I will deliver as God empowers me to do so, and I have not forgotten. I will be blogging again real soon.

Take care and be blessed!

The Inside Scoop

All of us like hearing secrets. It gives us a thrilling emotion knowing that we may be the only ones who has access to information the general population doesn’t. But if we really think about it, was the information given to us really a secret? And if so why should we know this?

What about this scenario. You are flipping through the channels and happen to come across an evangelist who speaks with authority and provides encouraging words. If you are in a vulnerable place, you might believe the words coming out of his/her mouth. Take note the messages are always about how destitute your situation is, there is always a need of a financial breakthrough, the sickness, disease or any other ailment that besets you or a loved one could be healed through the power of God. And as you are reeled in a little closer, the preacher says something to this effect:

“I remember when the Lord told me 20 years ago, that my people are in need of harvest….”

And then they proceed to tell you scripturally using biblical language such as “seed time and harvest,” “sowing and reaping” and “help is on the way.” Next, the convey the importance of your faith must be proved and that is best expressed in a financial faith offering, preferably, asking for the money that folds. The denominations start off in 10s, with a $10 offering, and gradually reaches up to the tens of thousands. Because after all, this is what the Lord told them. And to seal the deal, they confirm that your seed (money) planted in good ground (their ministry) will reap you a harvest (whatever you are paying God for) in said year; like 2017 because the number seven on the end of the year is the number of perfection and therefore, your harvest will be perfected in Christ Jesus!

Sounds like a bunch of Christian garbage? It is but only the desperate and gullible will fall prey to this. At the end of the day, what ends up happening is the one who wrote the check will have a depleted bank account, disappointed in God, or might end up testi-lying to make it appear that God blessed them. Why all of this? Because it was all built upon a LIE.

When we hear a secret, it usually comes from a close acquaintance that has gained our trust or a distant associate that has a hidden agenda to manipulate and deceive. The secrets of the Lord are not some illuminati conspiracy theory given to only a few religious elites. The bible is an open book for God’s children and those who walk in fellowship with the Lord will know his word and his voice.

“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” Psalm 25:14

Secrecy with God implies closeness, intimacy, and consultation. Talking with God should be a familiar conversation that he has with all of his children. The secrecy many pretend to have with God is nothing more than an illusion of power and special access to God that does not exists. Those who do not go through Jesus Christ are thieves and liars. What about the tele-evangelist that has a word from the Lord? Aren’t they real? Let me put it like this, if you have to ask, you already know!

Those who walk upright before the Lord not only see his salvation. He reveals his divine ordinances as well. Honestly, you are not going to get those heavenly instant messages in a three-minute sound bite or between commercials. Throughout your life, God reveals in the scripture where he makes his covenant, how he keeps it, and when it is being violated. No need to write a check or jump up and down in a praise for a blessing. As long as you walk in reverential fear and respect God’s word, he will be more than happy to give you the inside scoop.

Food for Thought: Get Me Some of that Bread!

Ever been hungry and the only thing you had in the fridge was some bread, peanut butter and jelly? Doesn’t sound like filet mignon but it meets the need and if you are content, it will hit the spot.

Perhaps the same can be said for Elimelech but when you have a wife and two sons during a famine, life becomes a bit more complicated and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich might not suffice. So, under his guidance the whole family leaves Bethlehem during the time of the Judges. They live in Moab for a season and Naomi’s husband and two sons die in the land. Could it be because of the affinity to the Moabites? After all, they did marry strange women….

Notwithstanding, Naomi is in a bad situation. A widow and now childless a spark of good news comes her way. “[Naomi] had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.” (Ruth 1:6b)

Through these extenuating circumstances, she finds herself in a bit of a pickle and a choice must be made. Does she stay in Moab to fend for herself?  Or does she take heed to the good news of the Lord providing bread for his people and see her way from whence she came?

Note: In verse seven, the scripture reads, “Wherefore she [Naomi] went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.” (Ruth 1:7)

I think this is noteworthy because nowhere in the preceding text does it show at any particular point in time Naomi visited Bethlehem and returned back to Moab. This could be a depiction of Naomi having left the presence of the Lord and then by reason of the death of her family and financially destitute, she returns physically and spiritually to the Lord.

Scripturally, it is not revealed how Naomi came to hear of this good news (Ruth 1:6). What we do know is the Lord’s presence served as a blessing to the people that resulted in their daily provisions (bread) being met. This is the intervening presence of the Lord.

As logical and commendable as it might have been for Elimelech to take his family and move elsewhere during the time of famine to ensure their needs were met, was he justified by God? He did not sojourn in the land like Abraham. Did he not have reserve (in our language a rainy-day fund) to weather out the storm? Could he not be relieved by his neighbor for a period of time while remaining in Bethlehem?  We might not ever know, but one thing is for sure, no matter how difficult the circumstance, there is no situation that justifies our breaking faith in God’s word and his ability to provide.

Now the prayer “give us this day my daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) should take on a whole new different meaning.

Bible Stories for Kids: Little Miss Ruth

Little Miss Ruth – Chapter 1

A long time ago when the leaders of Israel were in charge, there was a great famine in the land. All the food was almost gone and people were wondering how they were going to eat.

Then there was this person who was living in Bethlehem-Judah during the food shortage and he went to travel to another country. It was called Moab. This man took his wife and his two sons.

The man who went to Moab was called Elimelech. His wife was called Naomi and his sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were all called Ephrathites because they came from the tribe of Ephraim and lived in Bethlehem- Judah. They moved all the way to Moab and stayed there for a while.

Then one day Elimelech, Naomi’s husband passed away and then it was only she and her two sons. That made her very, very sad.

While Naomi and her sons lived in Moab, Mahlon and Chilion found two girls and they got married. The girls’ names were Orpah and Ruth and all of them lived in Moab for about ten years.

But do you know what happened? Mahlon and Chilion died and that left Naomi all alone. Her husband died and now both her sons passed away. This was terrible. With the death of her husband and two sons, what was she supposed to do? After thinking about it, she decided that it was time for her to leave Moab and go back to where she came from.

Word out on the street was the Lord went to go see about his people. He was giving them bread to eat. I am sure they were very happy about that! With food being scarce, God was supplying what they needed!

So, Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth were all going along the way to return to the land of Judah. While they were walking, Naomi stopped, looked at her two daughters-in-law and said,

“Orpah and Ruth, please go back to your mommy’s house: I pray the Lord bless you as you have been so nice to my sons and me. If you two decide to get married, I hope the Lord will find both of you rest.”

Naomi gave each of them a kiss on the cheek and they cried so much because they were sad to see Naomi go.

Stay Tuned……

In Trump We Trust?

A while back I wrote about Trump and if he were President of the United States, we would need to buckle up. Welp, the notion is now become a reality.

As president elect we have seen him make moves that some, not all find favorable. In fact, I think it speaks volumes to his willingness to make positive changes for the citizens of the United States. No sooner than he was announced as President-elect, leaders from various spots all over the world were ready to do an unofficial meet-and-greet. Needless to say it looks like it has gone successfully and even his Apprentice-like selections of elite cabinet members have not gone unnoticed.

But among the political pontification and prognostication, it is hard to ignore the bitterness, resentment, and defeat of the Democratic Party. They are angry because Hillary Clinton lost to a business man with no political experience, who has a morally questionable lifestyle and unashamedly takes advantage of the laws to financially profit. But imagine how she must feel having lost twice to two men and is now faced with the inevitable fact that she will never attain the privilege of serving in one of the highest offices in the world?

Likewise, Hillary Clinton’s followers had their Trump wake-up call when they realized her utter defeat. In part,  because they live in a world where they believe government should legislate people’s behaviors of those who do not agree with them. Unfortunately, that is not how life is lived.

So Trump looks successful and even with all that is being accomplished I see and read about how many are saying don’t pay attention to what the man says, pay attention to what he does. To the brother and sister in Christ, I say, pay attention to what God is doing around him and through those who are called his own.

There are times we place our trust, sometimes unknowingly in people who we hold in high esteem. We know they are mortal but it is easy for us to forget how God wants our allegiance to him and him alone.

As God’s children remember our prosperity or lack thereof is never attributed to who is and who is not in office. It is based on our obedience to God’s word. If we be willing and obedient, we will eat the good of the land and that is independent of season, political power, and personality.

 

RIP Cinderella

I made a video adressing black women about setting aside false notions and making the decision to develop realistic expectations when it comes to their own “Happily Ever After.” As God’s children, our standards should be based off his word and what we uniquely want and desire, never Disney or reality TV.

Fairy tales are just that. They are stories that have an element of truth based in fantasy. Here is a written excerpt from my You Tube video and the summary is taken from the article “9 Things About the Original Brothers Grimm Cinderella Story that are Nothing Like the Disney Version.”

How about we start with the real Cinderella. Let’s set aside the Disney tale and learn of the Brothers Grimm 1812 version of Cinderella or Aschenputtel nine facts from the original source.

Fact #1: Although the character of Cinderella is described as an archetype of the down trodden, under-privileged one living in obscurity by a twist of fate encounters great success. This wasn’t the Cinderella we know. She was a witch the tricks and assistance from a magic tree, enchanted birds, with the ability to disappear.

 Fact #2: Cinderella could hide very well in a pear tree and pigeon coop as opposing to being locked up in a room by her wicked step sisters.

 Fact #3: Cinderella’s father was never dead. In fact, he was annoying and quite destructive. When the prince came to his house looking for his daughter, the father chopped the pear tree and smashed the pigeon coop knowing that she could have been in either one.

Fact #4:  The Step mother was never envious of Cinderella’s beauty, never gave her chores, and never made her bathe her cat Lucifer.

Fact #5: Cinderella never had mice and birds to help her with her chores and fix her mother’s dress to go to the ball.  Because the step mother had a peculiar obsession with lentils, the deal was if Cinderella could pick up three cups of lentils out of the garden, she could go to the ball. Cinderella dispatches her bird soldiers to pick up the lentils, then she goes to the ball.

Fact #6: The fairy godmother was a tree that grew on her mother’s grave out of a twig. When her father went on a trip he asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted a twig while the step sisters asked for gold and pearls.  She plants the twig on her mother’s grave and waters it with her tears. When the tree is full grown, it will then give her whatever she wants.

Fact #7: The darling prince was a trickster and laid a trap to get her. During one of the balls, the prince was said to put pitch on the palace floors so he can keep the shoe and find out who she was.

Fact #8: The wicked step sisters unable to fit into the shoe was a half-truth: Fit into the shoe = cut off bits of your feet. One of the step sisters cut off her big toe, the other her heel.

How does the prince find out? It was the birds warning the prince twice sitting on the Hazel Tree of Death singing a song about how the blood filled shoes were by the step sisters.

Fact #9: The birds made a pact with the prince to get Cinderella to the throne by way of marriage and they would handle the wicked step sisters. On her wedding day when Cinderella was walking up the aisle, the step sisters tried to steal her glory, so the bird soldiers as a part of the pact plucked their eyes out and made them blind.

And that is how Cinderella got to marry the prince.

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