Soaked with Mercy.

Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers- 

Happy Tuesday!  What started as a bleak and rainy day turned into a beautiful one filled with sunshine.  Man, God is so good.  It’s the little things that make us reflect on the goodness of the Father.  I’ve been in this beautiful posture of prayer and presence.  My soul is soaking up all of this goodness because one day my schedule won’t allow for all this time.  I’m learning day by day to enjoy the season that I’m in.  Clearly, God desires that I enter into a place of rest because all of my attempts of striving and working have come to nothing.   So, here I am sitting in my sacred place, ready to share with each of you.

As I was prepping for my teen bible study class tonight, I read a familiar passage in a different translation.  Y’all, the Passion Translation gives me so much life!!! I was reading 1 Peter 2:9-10 when a particular line caught my eye.  Verse ten reads,  “For at one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it.”  I’m a big word person, so I like to read with dictionaries and thesauruses nearby.  I’m this way with any piece of text:  sacred, fiction, non-fiction, etc.  There is something about reading a passage of text with a definition in mind.  It changes the context of comprehension and adds depth to the reading experience.  Anyways, as my inner nerd was having a ball, I decided to look up the word drenched.  Simple word right?  Yes and no.  We all know that to be drenched is to be completely soaked or wet but what does it mean to be completely soaked or wet in mercy?  Better yet, what is mercy?

Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. Mercy is extended when we do not give others what they deserve when we have the power to do so.  For example, a judge not giving a deserved sentence; or better yet a parent not reprimanding a child after they have done wrong.  We are all in need of a little mercy!  According to the verse, at one time we had no knowledge of the compassion or forgiveness of God because we did not receive either compassion or forgiveness.  This tells me that we cannot fully know something that we haven’t embraced.  For example, how can you know (fully know) your friend or loved one if you haven’t fully embraced that person (strengths, weaknesses and other idiosyncrasies)?  We do not know what we do not embrace.  So, if we do not embrace people, places, or circumstances- we have no full knowledge of those things.  This is why it’s so important to be friends with people who embrace you fully because that’s the only way they will know you fully and can love you rightly.  We cannot love well what we do not know.  Alright…moving on.  The passage continues with “but now you are drenched with it.”  So what we didn’t know about before, we are now soaked within it. We are now soaked in mercy!

Earlier today, I had to make an errand which led me to the DMV.  I don’t know about other people but I absolutely hate the DMV.  Like absolutely hate it!  Anyways, the clouds were dark and it was raining a little bit but it wasn’t storming.  As I was leaving the DMV, the bottom fell out from the heavens and buckets of water descended on the earth.  Well, your girl didn’t have an umbrella and my afro already had its daily dose of water and olive oil.  As I ran to the car, I was soaked- wet from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet.  There was no mistaking that I was in the pouring rain.  Isn’t that the beauty of God?  To take what we were not privy to and to soak us in compassion and forgiveness.  So much so, that we walk around as evidence of what we received.   Friends, we are soaked in mercy!  May this encourage you that our God is not angry with us, neither is he ashamed of us but he is proud to call us his own.  He is full of compassion and forgiveness for us and he loves us dearly!

May you never become dry! 

Xoxo,

Simone 

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Step Into Joy

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Hi!!!! I think the last time I spoke with you all- I was going through, but how about God turned everything around? Yes, He did!  This weekend was a fresh breath of air compared to the five days that preceded it and I found myself once again,  in awe of the presence of God.  God has a way of reminding you that His silence is not a signal of His departure from your life, but rather a test of faith.  God wants to know if we can trust Him whether we hear His voice or not.  Once we come to that place in our trust/love relationship, He reveals himself and He changes us with His love.  That is exactly what He has done for me.  God has changed me with His love!

So today, I step into joy. I bask in His presence and I rejoice because He is with me working all things for my good.

Lovelies, God is with you! He is working everything out for your good and His love is changing you.  Have a great joy filled day and I pray that His love overwhelms you in His presence.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Hope Maketh Not Ashamed…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Hey guys it’s been some time since we have last spoken, I’ve been busy at the firm- trying to reevaluate my life.  I’ve been thinking about the  essence of hope and how unique it is.  I’m a youth Sunday school teacher in my church, and I taught my tiny tots that hope was a superpower given to us by God.  Hope helps us dream and go after our dreams, hope gives us the courage to want more and hope helps us see the good in those around us.  Hope is our superpower– and hope makes us not ashamed.

One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 5:2-5, it says-

 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Our hope in God and His word makes the suffering and tribulation worth every second that it is experienced.  This hope produces love in our heart for others and compassion for those in harsh conditions- this hope brings us through.  Keep your hope alive!  

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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For What?

I sit on my bed and wonder…

Wonder about the condition of life.

Life itself, with all its ebb and flows-

Up and downs, life.

Life means what?

What does our lives mean to God?

What does our lives mean to each other?

So I sit and I wonder

I wonder about this thing we call “life”.

I imagine those who live near me,

Asking the same things.

In their head, I imagine them asking about life.

If life was nonexistent, if life was gone, then what?

Does life seek something more for us?

Something more than what we wear,

Something more than who we’re with,

Something more than the formality of religion.

Does life seek and search for something more?

Or are we stuck in mediocrity, is complacency our home.

If I was destined to sit in the mundane,

Then why am I serving a moving God?

A God who moves with time-

Time moves with Him.

Yet, we stay still in our state of routine-

In routines that does nothing for our Spirits.

Our Spirits are malnourished– starving for something more.

More justice, more love, more compassion,

Starving for more…

Yet, we stay in the mediocre-in the mundane.

If this is what Christianity is, what am I striving for?

I am shouting and praising, for what?

I am sitting in church, for what?

I am reading my Word, for what?

Why am I reading a text I don’t plan to live?

Why am I believing in a change I am not a part of?

Why?

If my life is meant to be lived silently,

Why do I have a mouth?

If my life is meant to turn a blind eye,

Why do I have the ability to see?

If my life is meant to address nothing,

Why can I hear the cries of those oppressed around me?

Why?

If this is what my life is for,

Then I can say to God- why do I serve you?

I’m serving you, for what?

❤ Mo

“Copyright, Sept. 6. 2014, Mo”