The Exactness of the Incision

So, what happened?  Hannah embraced the process of being processed and made a conscious decision to stop pretending!  She dismantled the false personalities, abandoned the shame and disappointment while acknowledging she was in a situation only God could fix. Perhaps the reason we're not seeing undeniable change in certain areas of our lives is because it's not our true desire. 

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Tender Leaks of the Heart

The disdain of Hannah's unfruitfulness has now consumed every facet of her life.  Her desire to become a mother was so intense that she humbled herself before the Lord and begged.  She was now a prime candidate for surrender and healing.  The stronghold of bitterness, anger, resentment, unforgiveness and contempt towards Peninnah was starting to dissipate. 

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UNSILENCING THE SILENCER

Shortly after gathering my sisters from outside to complete their chores prior to our Mother's arrival home, I remember the telephone ringing and sensing an unexplainable easiness from within.  The voice on the other end of the telephone was gripping as the pealing of their words became inaudible within my hearing.  "What?  Tanya is dead.  They found her dead in her home with a gunshot wound to the head!"  

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Touching the Untouchable

In Luke 10:38-42, we see where Martha (Mary's oldest sister) welcomes Jesus into her home only to become preoccupied ("distracted with much serving") with impressing her guests; unlike Mary who "sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word."  Much like Martha, Hannah allowed her self-perception to hinder further development of her character. 

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UNKNOWN FOR THE PLATFORM (Pt. 4)

One day while pondering a particular season, the LORD impart a life-changing truth through a series of thought-provoking questions.  He said "if everyone ascended to a public platform (local or global, whether television or radio) who would be left to influence?  How would I (Jesus Christ) be accessible to those who are unable to access the inaccessible?    At that moment, I realized we've all erred in believing the value of one's platform lies within the visual aesthetics of another's validation of its worth.  Absolutely not true! 

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UNKNOWN FOR THE PLATFORM (Pt. 3)

In essence, the antagonistic gnawing of our insecurities, low self-worth, ethnic inadequacies and yes, even marital and financial sparring within ourselves is best accomplished in unknown seasons of perfecting.  Because of Pastor Gray's willingness to allow God's timing to take precedence over an untimely unveiling, he and his wife Aventer in May 2018 will become the new Senior Pastors of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC.  A sprawling 20-acre multi-generational campus whose diversity spreads over a 6,000 member congregation. 

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TRAVIS GREENE - YOU WAITED

Contrary to our belief, it's his amazing grace that's covered our shame during multiple seasons of exercising our free will, not our families, socio-economic status, spouses or girlfriends!  If we were brutally honest with ourselves about "where would I be if you left me God?" it would be a resounding "I'd be lost"! 

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Surrendering the Unsurrendered

“When she had met Elkanah, she knew the Lord had been faithful and generous to her.  Not only was Elkanah fair and honest in his ways and his dealings with others, but he actually loved her.  He saw something in her eyes that made him smile, and look back at her with an intensity that unsettled her in the best of ways. 

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CORY ASBURY - RECKLESS LOVE

Recently while researching information on the internet, I stumbled across an article about the No. 1 worship song in the country entitled "Reckless Love." Apparently, the lyrics of the song (particularly the word "reckless") were unsettling to many and caused several highly respected theologians to repudiate songwriter Cory Asbury's revelatory expression of God's love.

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Uniquely Unpolished

Several years ago upon receiving a call about our grandbaby being abducted, my world was turned upside down.  Misguided by a deluge of emotions ranging from bitterness, rage and even insensitivity towards God's help.  Although I never stopped loving or needing God, allowing the Holy Spirit to take charge of my mind and detangle the acidity of deception and infiltrate the crushing words of shame seemed improbable!

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SPIRITUAL HIATUS.....(Month of April)

Bountiful Blessings and HAPPY RESURRETION SUNDAY.....

Where has the time gone?  It seems like yesterday when I began writing from the portals of my heart to every one of you.  I hope you know how much I absolutely love empowering, strengthening and inspiring you through our "Weekly Reflections", "Morning Worship" and monthly "Strait Talk for Women" blogs!    

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KNOW WHO COVERS YOU (Part 4)

It's imperative we become like the Berean Jews who according to Acts 17:11 (NIV) "were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."  It was the eagerness of a young man in the foyer of a local restaurant which caused the unspoken instructions of God to collide with truth and illuminate within himself!

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KIM WALKER SMITH - I'M LOVER OF YOUR PRESENCE

For many years, I believed being a sacrifice meant to simply go against the grain of my fleshly desires; not the attitude of my heart.  And if we're brutally honest about worship, many of us thought it pertains to a part of our Sunday services.  You see, the harmonic sound of worship is the tangible heart streaming of a volcanic encounter flowing through unquestionable surrender.  In other words, it's when the contingencies of one's circumstances cease to exist as the worshiper becomes transformed in God's Presence. 

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KNOW WHO COVERS YOU (Part 3)

Perhaps we waiver in our obedience to God in execution of the unpopular because we do not see our disobedience as an act of rebellion, sinful, a form of idolatry, disrespectful to God’s Word.  If we were brutally honest with ourselves, our disobedience is predominantly predicated on our fear of man (wanting to look good to other people) rather than reverentially fearing God! 

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COKO - ENDOW ME

Like most women, I believe we're most vulnerable when incisions of betrayal hemorrhage like the cascades of rain trickling down a rooftop. Or when the fatigue of an emotional sparring match severs your heart to the core. Or when the mask of living a lifestyle of integrity reveals underlying  characteristics stemming from a culprit called fear.

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