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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KNOW WHO COVERS YOU (Part 1)

With eyes wide open.  I'm in great anticipation of hearing how God's enlarged the place of his tent since we last spoke.  With elongated breaths, he says "I'm working with a clothier in Pentagon City.  I'm still worshipping at the same church. I know I'm in a season of transition. I've been there soo long.  I haven't done what I believe God's speaking because I don't want to leave without having a covering."  To which I asked, "Who can cover God?"  Silence!  Apparently, the thought-provoking question revoked the spirit of religiosity's access privileges.

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FLAWLESSLY LOVED

We've all had seasons when we sometimes knowingly or unknowingly were passengers of the emotional rollercoaster.  Although grateful for the moral and spiritual support of our families, the greatest lesson comes from learning to weather the storm in the arms of Jesus! 

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STILL NEVER ALONE

For many of us to sit still as children was an insurmountable task, especially when it pertained to playing outside.  Much like today, even as grown adults we often find ourselves wallowing in pools of anxiousness.  Have you ever stopped to realize perhaps the root of being overly eager could very well be related to our innate ability for control? Perhaps it's not authoritative at all, but merely the shielding of our inadequacies before others.   

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SOUL PAMPERING

In the escaping of me, I've learned right priorities begin with and grow out of not ignoring the influences of God (Proverbs 3:5-6).   Too often we prioritize out of need and/or the desire of our hearts.  If we would turn to God first and run our thoughts by Him, he promises they shall be established according to (Proverbs 16:3). 

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KAREN CLARK SHEARD: IF I CAN'T SAY A WORD

It's amazing how when I hear these timeless words they still invoke the ineffable presence of the Holy Spirit.  More than mere melodic tones superbly vocalized in God's anointed vessel, they serve as a testament to my journey!  When I think about the far-reaching arm of God, I become speechless and overwhelmed by the intimate screeching depth of my tears! 

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THE ESCAPING OF ME

For many of us, the escaping of me might look like some faraway exotic place where cascades of water, reddish-orange sunrises, crystallized blue beaches or rainforests are the norm -- outside the normalcy of our everyday routines.  Whether it's the passionate hustle of successful entrepreneurship, the flyness of singlehood, the poised posture of a firmly fit wife, a loving disciplinarian to the children, an on or off-campus student, it can appear unreachable at times. 

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Identifying the Puncture

In order to be properly unmasked, we must be willing to relinquish our pseudo-credentials of being Healed Without Scars, when in actuality, we are living while damaged.  Like a flat tire, we cannot gauge miles away whether or not it has adequate air. In actuality that is how we are sometimes, appearing to function at optimal levels while masking a damaged rim. 

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LAUREN DAIGLE: MY REVIVAL

During the early days leading up to my conversion to Christianity, I recall being in great anticipation of attending the hottest New Year Eve party, especially the glamour of arriving fashionably late (giggling).  For many of us, it epitomized the decadence of a lifestyle in need of revival.

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THE HANDLER

As a young woman, rough around the edges and fluidly sharp-witted with my tongue, I remember how I loved seeing how my grandmother, the late Luevenia Bullock would handle herself in the company of people who saw her presence as inferior.  Inferior in her sixth-grade education, inferior in her socio-economic status, inferior in the delaying of her marital status in the birth of her children.  Yet, in the underlying brevity of the scoffers, I'd watch her meticulously navigate the portals of their superficiality with the poise,  confidence, and ease of one who knew with WHOM she was being handled.

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TASHA COBBS LEONARD: YOU KNOW MY NAME

It's true we live in a culture where name dropping not only has the power to deny or grant one access to their hopes and dreams while perpetrating familiarity without relationship!  If the old cliché' "it's not what they call you but what you answer to" were actually true there would be no need for intimately getting to know one's name.

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