The Focused Ant

It’s something how I can be fixated on one particular thing; especially if it’s fascinating. Like, ants. Yes, the insect ants! I don’t hear what they’re saying to each other. However, by the way they move, I can sense what they’re communicating. The other day I videotaped a group of ants, attempting what I thought was the impossible. They worked to get this wasp down a crack in the pavement. Amazingly, at some points I would see the wasp shift a millimeter, but that was about it.
Fast forward to some time later, the ants were successful. But how? During my observation, they never stopped to take a break. They kept at the same pace. It was amazing. They knew exactly what to do and that was: keep working that thing. It was like they had no choice in the matter.
We’re different than the ants. In the way, we have a choice to abort the mission. We have a choice to say “Whatever- the kingdom is good. God will get the glory at a different time, or in some other way. Just not now because this is impossible and I’m tired.” But to the ants, that queen must eat to reproduce. End of story. They know nothing else. What if I had the same mentality as the ant? Just what if- I approach God’s purpose for my life with a one track mind like the ant? Of course, we’re more advanced than the ant. But just think for one minute- what if we take the same focus as the ant and surround ourselves with others that are just as focused. Surely, we can get a lot done here!

 

I AM my own best friend.

I’m sure the rapper Ice Cube was referring his song: “Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” in a different manner than what was revealed to me.  Nonetheless, this song title says what I know to be true.  I have to check my inside voice because she’s here to wreck havoc- she’s vile!  And dangerous.  And she kills confidence and dreams.  She disparages very hope I wish to have.  She’s uneducated- because she only has one train of thought.  She’s obnoxious and intrusive.  And she was apart of me.

I wondered why the advice I tell others is not the I tell myself.  My council to myself is so mean: “You need to do this.  You should do this.  You gotta be better- better- better…” But my advice to others, even new people I don’t know, is always uplifting and in love: “You can do it.  You’re awesome.  Trust the process.  You’re not perfect, no one is.  Be gentle and kind with yourself.”  It’s always words of hope, founded in the word of God.

I understand, many of the things that happen in my life are to build upon what I already have- it’s character-building at its finest.  God is in the character-building business.  Even though, I understand this process, I’d typically look at opportunities as something I may mess up.  So anxiety is there because perfection is there then I miss the lesson.  The opportunity is there to refine character.  And our inner voice should serve as a moral of support.  To help build something in us, that we usually don’t realize it needs to be built. When people say “Listen to your inner voice” that’s only effective if your inner voice serves you into your best self!

Therefore, it’s time to replace the criticizing voice with the sincere, motivating life coach. It’s time to cast out that disapproving, nitpicking, judgmental, faultfinding, unsympathetic, belittling voice inside.  And welcome the voice of stillness, kindness, gentleness, praising, accepting, love, sympathetic and understanding- my authentic voice!  My voice of innocence and wisdom that makes me faithful and true! 

Affirmation: I AM my own best friend. 20190503_105016_00006181359640949167477.png

 

 

 

 

The Deep Waters

Proverbs 18:4
“The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.”
Amazingly, the bible also indicates that intentions of the heart are deep waters; as well as words of a man’s mouth. So, we have intentions and words as deep waters.
Which made me dive into (not literally)- what is the meaning of deep waters? In other translations, and also reading about Noah and his situation with the flood, deep waters refers to the ocean (underground water).
This verse continues to strike me for some reason. Why would God refer what comes out of our mouth and the intentions of our heart to an ocean? And then it hit me, like a tide coming in to breathe.
So, journey with me on this…
Deep waters can bring tranquility. There’s nothing more serene than watching the still waters of the ocean. The sound of its constant waves has put millions of people to sleep at night. Shout out to You-tube. Its massiveness illuminates my mind, enhancing its ability to imagine and dream bigger. When I stand in front of an ocean, it’s like I become more alive; and time stops!
Deep waters can bring devastation. One tsunami can wipe out thousands, just like that, without any warning. As we just seen recently in Indonesia; which the death poll has surpassed 1,900 people. Deep waters can be a part of a great flood, wiping out living creatures and homes. They can bring destruction like a hurricane. They can be treacherous and cause death.
Intention is what deciphers the ocean’s movement: whether it will be vengeful or calm. What has your heart’s intention and mouth been moved/conditioned/prepared to do? For instance, an earthquake moves the ocean into a tsunami. Just like heartbreak moves our mouths to speak words of bitterness; which, spills into the lives of others.
I like to challenge us all. To be conscious and consider the value of every word we speak internally and out loud. Are you speaking a tsunami that will destroy others’ dreams, confidence, their hopes…? Is your internal dialogue causing hurricane after hurricane in your own life? And it’s not even hurricane season. Or, are you speaking words of stillness that will calm the restless? That will give hope to the hopeless and wisdom to the understanding?

 

Wisdom is a Process

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The meat for me was verse 10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Clearly, wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. Those who don’t fear the Lord, don’t have wisdom. So, what does that look like? What does it mean to fear the Lord?
When I began to allow my mind to wonder on this concept, I compared our connection with God, to one’s connection with their soul-mate. There’s a process involved before we even get to the “fear of the Lord.” And it flows something like this:
1. Earthly: A man and woman who meet, both know they’re soul-mates. How? Their togetherness brings the same feelings as home brings.
Spiritual: Once we recognize that Jesus is calling, we give our attention to that calling. How do we know Jesus is calling? You get a tug that feels like home when your internal being has felt homeless. Next step is communication.
2. Earthly: You engage in conversation, you laugh, you establish a respectful and effective way to communicate. You get to know his/her likes and dislikes.
Spiritual: Prayer and Study. When we pray, we are communicating to God. But when we read our bible, HIS word, that’s God communicating to us. Next is, presence=faithfulness and commitment.
3. Earthly: You go on dates, you spend more time in his/her presence. You show affection by embracing them. You want to show them how much they matter to you. That you are faithful and committed to the relationship despite what your ego and others may say. Your focus is loving him/her unconditionally. And you know that love is a verb- it’s action.
Spiritual: Being in HIS presence through praise and worship. We show our level of commitment by being faithful in attending church. We don’t miss a Sunday because we’re too tired or have a headache. We want to show HIM we’re serious about this relationship. We are devoted to HIS will. Finally, is reverence.
4. Earthly: Trust and Honor. Your nature is submissive. Being submissive is not having a leash around your neck. It’s being flexible to your mate’s change. You’re vulnerable. Yet safe and secure enough to expose deep, personal and intimate things because your heart approves.
Spiritual: Trust and Honor. We’ve been so engaged with God that we know more of HIS secret ways. We see HIM more in ALL living creations. We yield to HIS will because we trust and honor HIM. The Holy Fear comes naturally because of who HE is. It’s not a “I’m scared to mess up because then HE will beat me” type of fear. This fear originates out of respect because of who God is. It’s anchored in hope. It grows by faith. And is fed by love. This here. This right here is the beginning of wisdom.

No Room for Distractions

Her focus is solely on the birth.

For, her instincts whispered: “This one is mighty. It will rock the earth.

Now, be ready- One day is set for painful contractions.

You have no room for distractions.”

She trusted. And for 22 months and not one complaint-

Throughout the land, her peace is maintained.

Not all understand this drive to the extreme;

It’s a vision of love embedded deep- it’s more than a dream.

She is on a mission.

To bring what’s inside of her, to fruition.

By Sheyda Irani

What All Heroes Do

I watched you care:

You encouraged the shattered

You stitched up the wounded

Rebuilt the fallen hero

Your faith quenched their arrows

 

I watched you fight:

You carried the exhausted

You reported the assaulted

Protected the innocent

Your armor was not militant

 

I watched you lead:

You steered thru scattered ruins

You advanced out of confusion

Restrained the hostile ones

Your heart preached from other tongues

 

Words of Exhortation

I want to encourage you with the same words I received last week from my pastor.  And that is, “You are in transition.  God will not allow you to fall.”

Transition can take many forms: for instance, labor.  The experience can be one of intense pain, practically unbearable.  But you know the pain won’t last forever and at the end lies the greatest reward.  Or, it can be quick and sudden like changing gears in a car.  Or, it can be long and gloomy with no light at the end of the tunnel.  In the midst of darkness, you lose sight of God’s presence and feel He has abandoned you.

But I’m here to tell you saints, Don’t Give Up!  I’ve learned that no matter how uncomfortable the period of transition is- change is a good thing.  That is how things evolve into something new: a caterpillar into a butterfly; an embryo into a fetus; an egg into a chick.  Therefore, don’t resist the process of transition: trust it and embrace it with gladness.  The ultimate goal is to become like Jesus.  So, surely God will not allow you to fall!