Mrs. W had a habit of snapping on people so hard grown women would start crying or stand in front of her quaking. I’m talking about women within her age group, 50’s to late 60’s. She did everything but curse you and your descendents – you’re stupid, you’re ignorant, you don’t know nothing, this is my world, you’re just a squirrel…on and on ridculousness. Then she’d end each meeting with a group hug and prayer.
God knows what He has planned for you. He knows where you’re going to end up and what skills and experiences you need to be a success when you get there. Your natural inclinations (gifts) will be used to further His Kingdom and prosper your physical life. Relationships will be used to sharpen you (friction). If you learn well from them, you will eventually be gifted with relationships that compliment you (melding of talents).
I had to sit back and think about how so many people have been comfortable treating me so cavalierly and then setting me aside. The answer I came to: I forgave when they asked and forgot their transgressions without requiring anything from them. No expression of repentance, no sincere/specific apology and no attempt to make amends. I was always giving of myself and going home empty.
Now, I’m asking for something in my relationships. I want to be wooed. I want to know you’re not just after a comfortable foot stool or a quiet ear. I need to know you’re interested in contributing to and sustaining a relationship with me. I need to know I’m not in it alone.
EVERYTHING that has come before and since falls under the directive of love. Love is the critical piece that works with forgiveness (for the transgressee & the transgressor). Love allows patience and provides compassion. Love covers every single sin you can imagine. The whole of God’s law is fulfilled when we practice love as instructed.
God is love…. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
What image comes to mind when you think the enemy (aka satan, devil)? What do you envision when you think of your deadliest combatant? Your most lethal foe?
The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is self-doubt. Satan used this weapon against Eve. Satan deceived Eve by promising her that if she ate from the fruit of the tree […]
It was imperative that I retract my negative responses. After all, life and death is in the power of the tongue! (Proverbs 18:21) The last word on my future was not going to be no husband, no children, no family!
LaShawnda Jones moved from Milwaukee, WI to New York City to find herself. She found God instead. Follow her journey… from bondage to liberation; from clan membership to womanhood; from ignorance to obedience to the will of God.
Out of the night of winter
Into the light of spring
Blossoming with so much greater
Life in summer
Even autumn offers hope
Through it all