A Matter Of Convenience

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

So I was reading my devotional this morning( I’m doing this study at Elisha and faith, etc.), when the writer posed such a brilliant question:

Do you believe and act on faith all the time or just when it’s convenient for you?

I don’t really know about you, but this question kind of hit me in the heart and made me question my level of faith, trust and belief in God.  I would like to say that I’ll obey and act in faith at all times, but I haven’t been tested in opposition to truly test that answer.  It’s so easy to answer questions when you are not going through that hardship that’ll test your answer.  So I thought long and hard, I would like to think that I would obey in the midst of opposition.  I would like to think I would obey, even if I have to go alone.  I would like to think that all in all, no matter what happens- I would obey.

I look at my life and think about how many times, I’ve placed God on hold as a matter of convenience.  Either I was too tired or not motivated, or I wanted to do something else first; either way I found my faith and belief strong when it was convenient for me.  I think I suffered from what the Christians of today suffer from: this notion that Christianity is supposed to be comfortable, costing us nothing.  It’s foolish to think that Christianity doesn’t have a cost, being that the leader of this grand movement gave his life for mankind.  He paid the ultimate price so that we could be reconciled with the Father.  I remember reading Matthew 16: 24-25 and getting very upset that Christ himself said, “If you want to follow me: Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.”  Signifying that in this lifestyle we call Christianity there is a cost, but all and all it’s worth it to stay with Christ.  Denying oneself, takes out the problem of convenience and makes obedience a must whether we understand or not.  Since reading that scripture angry that one day, I matured and realized that my denial is not something to harm me but rather God’s way of creating an opportunity for me to grow into my purpose.  He knew I would mess myself up, so He took me and my desires out of the equation.  He stopped my destructive plan before it even started.

The Word has a way of “convicting” me, making me want to be better and to understand more;  I pray the Word does the same for you.  Faith and belief is not something to be utilized when its useful for us, but something that should be utilized regardless of the situation or circumstance.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Purpose Can Never Be Replaced

I just want to rock your world

Forgive me as I try

To be the only girl

You think of as time goes by

I know I have a quality

One many “rarely” possess

The most amazing ability

To be more than how I dress

This crazy confidence within

Make proposals more likely

Some say my greatness should be a sin

I don’t take to foolishness kindly

And all and all my love is true

It’s more loyal than man’s best friend

As love blares its cue

For you I’ll take a stand

So excuse me as I make my case

As I present evidence for me and you

Purpose can never be replaced

One + One will always = Two

So I say just surrender

To the love that’s coming your way

Allow your heart to be tender

Allow love to brighten your day

This love will come like an earthquake

And break all the hurt away

This love will come only for your sake

It’s healing power on display

This love will be a needle

Sewing the severed pieces of your heart

This love will be like a steeple

The highest point for you to restart

All and all one thing remains true

Only one thing really matters

The only one for me is you

Union with anyone else is likely to shatter

I just want to rock your world

Forgive me as I try

To be the only girl

You think of as time goes by

(c) Simone Holloway, 2015

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Wake Up Ready

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Today has been a fantastic day, one filled with accomplishments and just “down-right” blessings.  I was thinking about purpose and how to accomplish one’s purpose without hesitation or regret or anything and  as I was thinking- my mind went o Esther.  You see, Esther was this Hebrew girl that was chosen to be the Queen of Persia merely by what some would call coincidence.  She was placed into a position of leadership around the same time, her people would need to be rescued from the evil plan of Haman.  Her becoming queen was nothing short of the will of God, becoming royalty through marriage was her purpose so that she could save her people.  The thing that most people forget is that before Esther became queen, she went through a process of preparation for a year.  For 6 months she was bathed in sweet fragrant oils and flowery baths, and for the other 6 months she was informed of Persian customs and royal procedure while still being cleansed. Everyday, before she was presented to the king- I bet she was like “Today can be the day I am presented to the king, today can be that day.”  So what did Esther do?  She woke up mentally and emotionally ready to face her purpose.  Sometimes we wake up, but we’re not ready.  We’re not equipped to step into what God has designed for us and therefore we find ourselves wasting time and resources.  However in this season of life,  when things are happening so fast  and there is no guarantee that we’ll get second chances, we have to wake up ready to walk into our purpose.  Like Esther, everyday we’ll say “Today can be the day…” , preparing for all of the good that is coming our way.  Prepare for good. Prepare for change.  Prepare to become the person God has designed for you to be- wake up ready!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Lesson Learned

what’s the point of being hurt

if you gain nothing from it

I learned that pain can be used

to fuel healing to a lowly spirit

what’s the point of making mistakes

if you repeat them over and over again

I learned that in over to move forward

I had to live different, my friend

a lesson learned is a well learned lesson

a phrase my mom would say

I didn’t understand these word’s significance

until I crossed a similar path one day

I opened my heart and surrendered

to one who thought I was a fool

who would know that this heartbreak

would be my inner “me” greatest tool

I cried until I grew

I sobbed until I became strong

I knew that if I kept on striving

It wouldn’t be long

long before I move on

long before I overcome

the lesson that I learned

made me victorious, darling I won

(c) Simone Holloway, 2015

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Correcting Love

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Today was an amazing day.  It was youth Sunday at my church and the theme was “never-ending love”, about the continual love of God.  What I love about the love of God is that it exposes our wrong  in hopes that we get right to move forward.  Love does not delight in wrong, but celebrates doing what is right and living in truth.  This infinite love that is given to all, delights in us recognizing our sin and then making an effort to be free from it.  Can you imagine a father that never addressed his children when they do wrong.  Can you?  We would say that the father mentioned, did not truly love his kids.  How can love someone but say nothing when you see their lives being destroyed? Love says…I love you so much that I’ll tell you the truth because at the end of the day, I want you to be better.  People who sacrifice your purpose to spare you your feelings, do not love you.  People who tell you what you want to hear, instead of what you need – do not love you.  If God chastise those that He love, why wouldn’t those who represent God do the same?

I’m thankful for God’s chastisement, because even though it was painful at times- it got me out of my mess and made me a better person.  Sometimes we can be so stubborn that God has to get our attention some way, and pain does just that- it gets our attention.  I remember growing up and my mom would tell me not to iron clothes by myself,  I was rather small and clumsy and she would warn me that if I iron by myself, there was a possibility that I could get burnt. “Wait on me and I’ll do it for you…” she would say.  One day I remember wanting to be a big girl, I was eight years old and I felt like my mom was treating me like  a baby.  “I can do this by myself..” I said in my heart, as I made my trek to the ironing board.  I plugged the iron in, took my shirt and placed it on the board.  I reach for the iron but because I was too small to carry it, I dropped it and it fell on my wrist, leaving me with a burn scar that I have today.  My mom looked at me, bandaged my wrist and kissed my forehead- but there was an issue that needed to be addressed: my disobedience.  She chastised me and took away one of my favorite treats: ice cream.  I learned that it was better to obey her voice than to disobey- pain came from my disobedience.

“For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:12

Sometimes God has to do the same with us, He has to remind us what is right and wrong.  He does this through chastisement out of love.  If God didn’t care about you becoming a better person, then you would have something to worry about but because of His love- like a good parent, He’ll go to the end of the world to get you back on course.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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That Won’t Be Us

That won’t be us
Trapped in a failed marriage; wondering why we said I do in the first place
That won’t be us
Bickering about finances and business dreams – realizing that our visions do not align.
That won’t be us
Sleeping as the sun has set on our wrath- living our one life separately.
That won’t be us
We have watched other marriages fail
We have witnessed love die
Why?
Because everything else came first, before God
Trapped in a state of thirst, not content
But Darling just as I write today, with all sincerity
All authority
I can promise you
That won’t be us.

(c) Simone Holloway, 2015

We’re Still Slaves

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Think slavery is in the past? Think not!  Slavery is still among us…within our communities, on our streets, living and breathing our existence. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re still slaves.  You might be thinking, you’re crazy- slavery has been abolished.  No man can own another. Yes, that’s true but this slavery that I speak of is not one achieved through force but rather one we voluntarily accept- the slavery of sin. Yep, I said it- we are slaves to sin.  Some of us that “know” God are still bound to the ways of sin and we have accepted our bondage as one that is inevitable, something to get used to- our “struggle”.

The crazy thing about bondage is that, when you’re bound for so long- you don’t know how to approach a lifestyle of freedom.  There is a story of an elephant that was shackled by it’s one leg from birth to only go so far, circling a tree. When the elephant ( now an adult) was freed from its bondage, it did not run free but rather still circled the nearby tree as if trapped.  The mindset of bondage, have kept some of us from reaching our purpose- have kept some of us from even trying to find the purpose that is within us.  We’re free men and women but yet, we are still slaves to the mindset of sin.

We’re still slaves. 

When we come into the knowledge of Jesus Christ and we give our hearts to Him, we no longer remain slaves to sin- but to righteousness.  We choose to do what’s right because we are no longer bound to the actions of wrong.  The problem comes when we are set free and given an ability to say “no”, yet we continue to say “yes” to things that do not please God.  Harriet Tubman, said that she would have set more slaves free if they only knew they were slaves.  How many of us are slaves, and have no idea?  We just live this life the same way we always have… We’ve had these habits for years, it’s apart of us…  All of these excuses reveal to us that we are enslaved and have no understanding of our slavery.  We view our bondage as normal and that is what keeps us from seeking freedom.

So today, I shine a light on your bondage.  I make you aware of the fact that you are trapped in a place of mediocre and complacency.  I make you aware that you do not have to settle to a lifestyle of habits and addictions.  I inform you of the fact that you too can be free.  I shine a light on where you are, so that you can see where you should be. Free from the past, free from disappointment, free from loneliness and low self-esteem.  I shine a light in the direction of freedom, in the person of Jesus Christ.  He has come to set the captives (slaves) free!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Poema

a

living

breathing

reflection

of the character of God

poema

living poetry

created in a divine image

I speak

words written

for me

about me

to reflect the one

that died for me

living poetry

poema

I am a piece of poetry

beautifully written

by God

(c) Simone Holloway, 2015

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Anticipate Greatness

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Today is a great day!  I’ve learned that it is better in life to anticipate good than to always look for bad.  As you anticipate greatness, greatness comes back to you and it manifests itself  in your life.  The same works for negativity and bad- when you look for it, you find it and it becomes evident in your life.  All in all, anticipation is an act of faith. It takes faith to hope that good things happen when it seems like nothing but bad exists.  It takes faith to believe that something great is coming out of your suffering or pain.  It takes faith to keep going strong believing in God when it seems like He doesn’t care about what you’re going through.  These things require faith and I’ve learned that faith cannot fail me.  My feelings will betray me, people will betray me, even situations may turn for the worst- but my faith in God produces steady and consistent results.  Today I say to you: “Have faith in God and anticipate greatness!”

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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