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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An Appetite For More

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Today has been an interesting day, I worked hard and realized a sense of discontentment wash over me .  Have you ever wanted more? Out of life? Out of those around you? Out of yourself???? I think I am in this place  where my appetite for life has increased and these sub standard servings aren’t cutting it anymore.  I think we all come to the place where we desire more of God, more of His plan and to hear more of His Voice.

This evening, the TV was on in my home filling my atmosphere with noise but not truly satisfying my soul. Once again, I was not content.  I needed more of God.  I  turned my TV off, shut my laptop close, and muted my phone- I need to eliminate all other distractions as I persevered into His presence.  Like one looking for buried treasure, I sought after the presence of God. When you want something badly enough, you eliminate all hindrances to your goal.

How badly do you want the presence of God?   How far would you go to seek after His love?  I’ve tasted of His goodness and I’ve experienced His love, so I crave after Him like a dying man craves after water in the desert.  I’m thirst after His presence because I love Him dearly.

The church of today have no appetite after God. It’s like we have become so complacent that we take the presence of God for granted.  I’m reminded of the scripture that says “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me ,” Proverbs 1:28.  Every moment with the Lord is precious and that’s why I desire more…more time.

Nothing and no one will ever satisfy my soul like Jesus ….

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

“As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for You, God.” Psalm 42:1

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He Think He Slick…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Hey y’all!  Today has been a great day, filled with peace and relaxation, but today as I was checking out the profiles of some of the those that follow me on Tumblr- I became upset by one of the pages I saw.  This person’s page looked like it was a Christian page, with a scripture here or there- but the images that came up were explicit perverse images.  I was HEATED  because as someone who was delivered from perversion, I hate it when I am surprised by perverse things.  I choose not to watch explicit scenes, I choose not to use bad language, I’ve changed and therefore I don’t invite perversion into my atmosphere or into my life.  As an individual on the road of purity; in my mind, actions and soul- I go to extremes to maintain my lifestyle in pursuit of pleasing God with my life.  SO I WAS HIGHLY HEATED…when my eyes saw some things that it shouldn’t have, HIGHLY HEATED….

But I think, I was more upset that this person pretended to be something that they weren’t.  They had this facade of purity but their blog didn’t reflect the mask that they wore.  I hate it when people pretend.  If you are dealing with perverse thoughts and you like to have sex and watch porn- then just admit it!  Don’t lie about it and pretend to be something that isn’t true.  I rather someone flat out tell me that they are bound to sin than to lie to me and that they aren’t.  That’s just me. When I was struggling with porn- I came out and told the truth and this honesty produced freedom in my life.

But you know what the Enemy think he slick… that after I ran into my accidental discovery that I was going to revert back to my past lifestyle.  That I was going to yearn and desire pornography.  That I was going to voluntarily make my bed in hell, but he’s stupid because I’m NEVER going back!!!! NEVER!!!!

I’ve made up in my mind that I was no longer living in a mindset of sneaking around, doing things that I wasn’t supposed to do because of some temporary thrill of pleasure.  A pleasure that left me empty, guilty and seeking to end my life.  I’m NEVER going back and right now y’all I am so mad at the enemy, I can’t stand his guts.

You know fam, he comes to steal, kill and destroy.  He comes to trick you back in to bondage and to throw away the key, but I am so happy that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.  God is greater, He is bigger, He is more powerful than sin and the Enemy.  HE IS!!! 

Well…. I guess my rant is over, thought I would share my raw thoughts with you and I wanted to encourage you to be real.  I don’t care if you believe in God or if you don’t. I don’t care if you know “Christian” language or if you don’t.  I don’t care if you are church-ed or unchurch-ed.  All I care about is your authenticity, the realness of your soul.  So if you say you are a person of faith, be a person of faith.  If you say you love God, then love God. If say you live for Him, then live for Him.

Don’t pretend. Don’t make things up.  Don’t lie.  Be real!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Empty Promises

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

How are you guys doing?  My mind just took a turn down memory lane, it does that sometimes.  I used to think my memory was a curse, a realm of my mind that constantly brought up things I wished I could forget, but now I believe it is a blessing- a contributor to lessons learned and the reason wisdom takes top priority in the character wish list.

It is not until you at the end of an empty promise that you understand the importance of keeping one’s word.  A man’s word is his bond, bond can be defined as an agreement with legal force..a promise, vow , or word of honor.  I’ve been on the receiving end of empty promises so much so that for a period of time, I lacked faith in one’s words or agreements made with me.  This trust was so diminished that I expected everyone to disappoint me, and you can’t have long lasting friendships when you’re expecting disappointment.  But, hey- you get what you expect right?

A distant memory triggered today’s discussion.  Once upon a time, I was friends with a guy that I worked with.  We became close very fast and anyways, he was giving me a ride home from work when he made a definite statement “I intend on hanging out with you this summer.”  I didn’t ask for him to hang out with me outside of work.  I never pushed a deeper friendship with him, so this took me aback for a moment, but at the same time my friend circle was so small that I was excited at the thought of adventures this summer with him.  That summer came and left- we never hung out that summer.  Again I was at the end of an empty promise, I should have expected it, but I didn’t and that was what made it hurt even more.

Good intentions paved the pathway to hell.  We all intend to do things, but how many of us actually follow through.  Like, really follow through.  Talk is cheap and intentions mean nothing without action, so today I encourage you guys to watch what you say you intend to do.  If you make a promise, keep it!  A man/woman is only as good as their word, if you lack the ability to follow through- making promises isn’t for you.  Some people can’t follow through, they have big vision and big dream but lack the capability to bring those things to life, causing what they imagined to die right in their hands.

Watch what you say, because your words have duel power- the power to make someone’s life better and/or the power to make someone’s life worse.  Keep your empty promises to yourself!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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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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True Test Of Love

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44

Hello Authentic Lovers

Many of us see these words but how many of us actually live them out?  When you can live out these words then you can say  that you love the way that Christ loves. This scripture above (^) is your test.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Speechless

Speechless

Simply, speechless

I need to speak

but nothing leaks

out of my mouth

I want to scream and shout

but no words come out

Nothing

It’s like I’m mute 

lacking the ability to be brutally

honest

Speechless

Simply, speechless

Lacking emotions to articulate

my heart’s current state

Numb

Duct tape covers my lips

as time rips 

from my hands

Speechless

I’m simply, speechless

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Love With All You Got

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Sometimes in life, we have to give our all.  We have to give all of our effort, time and energy to see the change we seek in our lives.  It’s the same with love- in life, there comes a time when we have to love with everything.  There comes a time in our lives where we realize that we would like to love deeper and be loved deeply….the superficiality of love doesn’t seem to satisfy anymore.  I’ve learned that in order to learn how to receive love, I had to give love.  I learned to receive love deeply, because I loved deeply.  I came to the realization that in order to receive an “all-out” love, you have to love “all-out”- with everything.  So this evening, I encourage you to love with all you got.  Love the unlovable, love those who don’t understand you, love those who never experienced love the way you have- love with everything.

One thing my friends know about me is that I love deeply.  When I say I love you- I love you.  I love with everything and I prove this love with my actions and words.  I love with everything and I don’t regret it.  I don’t regret giving all of my love,  because I know that the love I put out in this world is given to me everyday- by a God who loved me before I loved myself.  He loved me with everything, so I love others with everything.  I give all of my love!

Perfect love casts out all fear, so as I love- I become less afraid of hurt and rejection.  As I love, I don’t fear disappointment and things not working out.  As I love, I fear no more and I live my life to the fullest.  I live with purpose as I love with everything, so love with all you got!  Give it your all and know that each moment you choose to love is worth it.  

Have a great evening.  Spend some time with you family and friends and just enjoy time to show love.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

An Artist

I am an artist

An artist I am

A calligrapher of change

A painter of strength

A sculptor of hope

I am an artist,

An artist I am

No I don’t paint

No I don’t own canvas

No I don’t carry pounds of clay with me

Nor is charcoal my “fav” accessory

Yet, I am an artist

An artist I am

I paint on the hearts of many

With the words I speak

I sculpt ideas

With every stroke of every key

And yet, money is not sent to me

But, still… I am an artist

An artist I am

I draw on the imagination of your mind

Knowing that in time…

My words will make memories

Will set souls free

Yet, I don’t have a gallery

But I am an artist

An artist I am

SO BE NOT confused

With what you see

Or what you think

Or what you are accustomed to

Because, BOO- I am an artist

An artist I am

I am

I am

An Artist

❤ Mo

“Copyright, Sept 6. 2014, Mo”

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Free From Other’s Opinions

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Today is Independence Day!!! Yay 🙂 Today is the day that America celebrates being free from Great Britain, and becoming its own nation.  I love the concept of freedom.  In fact my faith in Jesus, celebrates freedom.  John 8:36  says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (KJV) I love this verse and I believe that people can be free from anything; addictions, old habits, old mindsets, and finally the opinions of others.  Some of us aren’t bound to substances or bad patterns such as mutilation and etc, but rather we are bound by the opinions of others concerning our lives. So, today we are going to talk about the importance of being free from the opinions of others.

Have you ever changed your mind concerning something based on an opinion? Not a fact, an opinion?  An opinion is defined as a “belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something : what someone thinks about a particular thing”, this is not necessarily based on any facts. How many times have we changed our clothes, hairstyles, and pop culture choices because someone did not like what we were into? How many times have we changed our short-term goals because someone thought what we aspired to do was too “risky” or because it “didn’t make sense”?  I believe that this holiday can be the fuel to the fire of us as individuals, coming to the place where we make decisions for our lives that are not based upon what other people think, feel, or believe.

Now, I’m not trying to knock down other people’s beliefs but I believe that what may be the solution for one person my not work for another person.  This is why I believe God allowed men to write 66 books of the Bible, there is a book/ verse for everyone.  The scripture that captures my heart and brings me hope, may not be the scripture that does the same for you- but both verses accomplish the goal of building hope.  We all live different lives, so instead of being bound to one’s opinion of how my life should play out and who I should be- why don’t I just live my life to please God and let Him worry about the rest.  Some of us have not accomplished our divine assignments and dreams because  of the opinions of others.  We have missed opportunities because we cared too much about what others thought.  One thing my mom taught me is that each and everyone of us is going to have to give an account for how we lived our lives.  We can’t go before God and said, I didn’t change the world because “Sally” didn’t like my approach to world-changing. We can’t say – I didn’t show others how to love because “Bill” hated the way I approached everyone with a hug.

Who cares what they think?         Really…who cares?  

Let us stop giving so much power to people!  Let us live our lives pleasing God and allow Him to love through us.  At the end of the day, the people we allow to run our lives do not matter- it’s all about Him and how He is exalted in our lives.  Let us be free from the opinions of others!  

Until next time,

Mo 🙂