I’m In A Blessed Place

 

Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Are you blessed? Do you speak as if you’re blessed? Do you walk in the authority of one that is blessed? Are you listening to the Word of God that reinforces how blessed you are?

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According to this text, there are two types of people. There is the blessed man and then there’s the ungodly.

The blessed man cannot walk with the ungodly. The blessed man has distinct characteristics of godliness. ( verse 3)The ungodly man is like the chaff ( husks, seeds, pods, shells) where the wind drives it away.

Aren’t we all are desiring to be a blessed man or woman of God?  According to this text there is a blessed person, a blessed time and a blessed place.

The blessed person is the godly.
The blessed time is day and night.
The blessed place is planted.

When you are planted  you will see fruit. When you are planted, your roots are strong and nothing can shake you. Nothing can move you, regardless of the season. When you are planted you yield fruit. When you are planted with strong roots you yield fruit in your set season.  But when you are NOT  planted NOTHING  grows .  roots-of-huge-tree-getty_573x300

 

 

Being  in a  blessed place comes as a direct result of all three  in tandem with the other. Being planted, bringing forth fruit and not dying. In other words, fruit is  a manifestation of life. Fruit let’s me know that something is at work within that  tree. Fruit is not sporadic nor mutant. But fruit, in the right atmosphere, with the right nurturing will always yield in its season . When a tree that was planted does not bring forth fruit then there is one of two problems; something is wrong with the soil or the tree has been infected. So  it is in the natural, so it is in the spirit.

When there is infection, it usually happens from the inside out. So for a long time you might see what looks like a healthy tree from the outside but slowly dying on the inside. tree

 

When there is infection there is stunted growth. When there is infection there is decay. When there is infection there are  growths  near wounds; near the hurt places, near unforeseen places. But you would never know a tree has been infected until it’s time to bear fruit!!! So it is in the natural, so it is in the spirit.

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My father had several fruit trees in his backyard. Pears, apple, peaches,  figs etc . We always took our walks in the backyard  while chatting about life, family, nature etc. While walking  he liked to show off his trees. But I always had questions.figs

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One day ,as we were walking I would point out a tree and say which one is this? Which one is that? And his response would often be,” I told you that’s my peach tree or “that’s my fig tree”. My response to him would be , “how would I have known, there was no fruit”! He said that’s because every time fruit grows on it, the deer would come and eat them off the trees. Then he said,

“but I figured out something… the further away they were from the “house” the more likely the trees were to lose its fruit.  So I dug up the trees and planted them closer to the house so I could keep an eye on them, put a hedge around them to keep away the deer”

Don’t miss that!

When you’re positioned closer to the house, to the things of God, to an assembly of believers, you’re in a blessed place.

Staying closer to the house, prevents you from losing your “fruit”.

It’s one thing to say that you’re blessed and it’s another thing to show signs of being blessed.

When you are blessed and in a blessed place, you are blessed in your health you are blessed in your wealth, you’re  even blessed with ideas!

Deuteronomy 28:1-3

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:  You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

 

A blessed place is when we take delight in the things of God.

A blessed place is when we are planted and yield fruit in our due season.

A blessed place is when we prosper in ALL that we do.

When you are in a blessed place, and everything is working together for good, whatever you do is going to result in a blessed life!

Live blessed, be blessed, speak blessed! You are a child of the Most High God!

Act like it!

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Gray

 

 

BlackMy black is black

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but there’s never been a gray area

I’m always really happy seldom really  sad but there’s never been  a gray area

Quite the jokester always something to laugh at

The world is my oyster, I can always clap back

I listen to wisdom, preach from the heart, sing songs of Zion, played from an early start

but there’s never been a gray area

Whatever is good, whatever is kind, I think on these things from the depths of my mind

but there’s never been a gray area

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only God knows what’s best for me, hearing His voice and seeking His face, only He can determine the next assignment the next place .

I’m  clear, not confused , there’s excitement, no,  not blues

All good things come to an end so they say…

But this is the point

where I see gray.

 

 

 

 

Be Your Best Self

You can’t  be who you’re not.

You can’t be who you weren’t created to be.

You can’t be what you will be tomorrow.

You can’t be what you were yesterday.

You can only be your best self,

Today.

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Listen 4 Peace

Are you looking for peace? No wonder you can’t find it.  Its not a place you go. Its not in the things that you do. Its not in the people you hang out with. It’s in the still small voice that you hear deep down in your spirit. If you listen closely, in the midst of life’s chaotic moments,  He’s saying to you, it’s alright, I got this.untitled

Once you’ve heard that, you’ve heard the voice of peace. And each time after that, when you find yourself feeling anxious, muster up the strength to just still yourself,  so you can hear that voice again saying… I got this.

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Legacy

Leave one. Put it in writing. Social media is not a record. Your words will live on, long   Pic-of-someone-writing_close-up

after you’re gone. Take time and write things down. Your loved ones will appreciate “your words”, more than they will “the things”. To read the thoughts of those whom we loved, puts them right there in the room with us. Let your written words be the legacy that lives on. Put it in writing.

Your legacy is more than your stuff.  Your legacy is your written words. No one can take that away.

Tomorrow Could Be A Snow Day

Sounds crazy right? At the end of July talking about snow? Well, life has a way of changing in an instant.  What made you think you were going to see today? When you woke up this am, did you automatically know that you were going to have vision? Speech? The ability to walk? 114218164

The amazing thing about life is, we never know what the next moment holds. Our lives can be changed in an instant!  It is in that place of oblivion and vulnerability, that we are humbled and reminded daily that we can do nothing without God; our sole dependence is upon Him.  It is in Him we live and move and have our being…  ( Acts 17:28) Because tomorrow is not promised, why do so many live their lives like robots; wake up, take the kids to the sitters, clock in, have lunch, clock out, go home and do it all over again the next day. They never really experience life and enjoy their  family, and friends and seeing places they’ve never seen. time-clock-work-400x400

 

Life is meant to be enjoyed, appreciated, loved. God created each of us to be in relationship with the other, and so often, we busy ourselves and hide behind our jobs, our positions, our homes, our responsibilities, our things to do lists etc. and never really enjoy life.  So what you took a sick day and you weren’t sick? Sometimes your kids just want to hang out with mom or dad? Sometimes,  you may just need to veg out and do what you enjoy ( planting flowers, playing music, dancing as if no one is looking, painting, cooking, coloring in a coloring book) Wait what? And the list could go on. Whatever makes you happy.Check-it-off-your-list

 

Why not live your life as if tomorrow was a snow day?

As a former teacher, it was so exciting to watch the snow vigorously fall at night, knowing that school would be closed the next day. I would plan what I was going to watch, prepare my favorite breakfast and literally sit in front of the television waiting for my school’s name to scroll across the bottom of the screen.  Such a welcoming  four words… school will be closed. How fun was this day going to be! Piddling around the house, a few projects here and there; just enjoying the day of  endless possibilities. teachers-waiting-for-snow-day

 

Life should be just like that! It is meant to be enjoyed. The same way we plan to do things on a snow day, and the excitement that envelopes us, because inevitably things are shut down anyway; roads are difficult to travel on,  you become very creative; you read, you watch t.v.,  you play games with the kids, you bake,  you talk on the phone to people you haven’t spoken to in months, you enjoy social media, etc. The creativity that comes with  a snow day is amazing! We are creative beings. Made in the image of the Master Creator!

 

Do something different today, because tomorrow is not promised. Make more  memories, not more bills. Respond to life differently.  Act as if tomorrow could be a snow day. Plan to enjoy it, because life is too short, because when its all said and done, would you much rather your legacy be, he/she was such a hard worker, or he/she enjoyed life.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy, but I’ve come that you might have life and have it to the full (more abundantly)

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The Power of a Hymn

 

Hymns. We all have fond  memories of a hymn. For some, it reminds us of our grandparents,  or great grands, church fans and country living . It may even bring to mind old wooden churches, with shiplap for walls, wooden pews and  cemeteries in the backyard. The family church where everybody knew your name.ztattnall-county-ga-abandoned-old-country-church-rural-southern-photo-copyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia

 

For others, the memory of a hymn may have been the old church lady with the hat that swayed back and forth, eyes closed, to the tempo of her favorite lyrics. Hymns, go way back. We all have fond memories of a hymn.4625974774_6a66d1fd81_z

 

Somehow hymns also come to mind during times of grief and despair; even during times of gratitude and great joy. Hymns are the songs of our souls that aid in the deepening of our relationship with a loving God. Hymns provide pictures for the holy scriptures.  As we go through life our soul connects with a song and that song is usually a hymn.  Once you have been exposed to a hymn, you will never just be able to read the words, you will always have to sing it. The power of a hymn is magnificent! The power of a hymn is transformative! The power of a hymn is transcending! May you come to an awareness of the power of a hymn in your life. Find your soul song, and sing it to the top of your lungs! May He be glorified!

How great thou art is a classic!

O Lord my God,
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all
The world Thy Hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout
The universe displayed;

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Then sings my soul,
My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!

What hymn speaks to you today?

When Did You Become So Busy?

When did you become so busy?

How’s 4:00? What about Wednesday after 2:00?

Are you really enjoying conversation over lunch? Coffee-Shop-Meeting

 Or was that just a meeting with an underlying agenda? Hmmmm…

Why does random feel like it was planned?

Why do we sit across from people, who never look up?

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Why do people talk about how busy they are?

Do you have to sit near an outlet?

Was it difficult to listen and not respond to the ding that you just heard?

Do you schedule everything?

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I bet you have writers cramp… in your thumbs?

When was the last time you just threw caution to the wind?

Life doesn’t have a schedule.

It just is.

When did you become so busy?