via quora: A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’
the answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over…
new post: God’s love, hebrews 10.24 moment from mr. mason, and an invitation to the journey: part deux.
earlier this week, I was confronted with a few situations that made me challenge all i’d thought i believed for quite some time.
these situations were used to expose depths of my heart which remained hidden for so long. it may have had a little to do…
today I met a homie, whom I later found out was my brother. his name is James. he lives on 53rd, sometimes 57th.
anyways as I walked passed him I noticed him reading with this indescribable peace. I just HAD to ask him what he was reading. psalm 24.
sometimes I’ll ask God, “why did You allow me to say that, or do that or even think this?” and He always has His way of reminding me that He didn’t make me do any of those things, but He did save me despite me - and He will finish what He starts.
it is at these times when I listen to mos def’s verse in ‘hey baby,’ & it makes the journey as I wait for maranatha so much sweeter - like rocky road ice cream.
Him making me worthy through His Son allows me to see that His Son is more than worth the pain, because love does conquer all.
behavior modification is interesting.
placing more emphasizes on what we were called to do versus the One Who called us.
church membership, discipleship, forgiveness, loving our neighbor…
it’s a lot easier to just rest and wait for God to change our hearts otherwise work will leave you exhausted and frustrated.
God doesn’t want us to stay how we are, but that doesn’t mean change will happen within the 3 year span that we want it to happen.
and considering He doesn’t change our hearts when we want Him to, obviously He won’t change the hearts of others when we want Him to, so how do we fellowship with one another when it’s seems more advantageous cut people off and out with the thought of a second chance only making us “feel some type of way,”?
we keep praying for grace to extend.
the freedom to accept grace and to extend grace, in its purest form is so liberating.
while trolling the comments section under kanyes interview explaining his last concert, amidst all the opposing views, one little girl wrote: “I grew up in the church but Jesus didn’t come to make bad people feel good? He came to make dead people live? what does that mean?”
I don’t know what journey this is that kanye is on, but I’m a lil thankful for the places my thoughts can go when I can listen with grace.
my only concern is to pray the same thing for him that I pray for myself, and for the bride of Christ, that our hearts be softened & our “good works” come not as a result of a pharasieed masked heart of stone that is clean on the outside & dead on the inside, but the result of a living, forgiving heart.
it’s easy to throw stones and expose the unrighteousness of those outside of our local body. in television and within music, but I pray we can be honest with those within our own local bodies.
that we can do the same with those we call “friends,” when we see them in compromising positions and living questionable lifestyles.
full of grace, conformed in the image of our Fathers’ Son.
while riding in the car with dad, “full plates” (canon, mad haven) came on.
immediately following the last word of the third verse, dad turns it off & says to me “dominique, you’re remembering God forgives us even when we don’t know what we’re doing right?”
at that very moment, in my head all I’m thinking is: dear Lord thank You for using this man to stop and remind me of Your good news in this very moment,
because the lyrics in that song def reflects my life uncomfortably,
like if this person, knew me personally, I would def be offended personally, and Lord knows I have issues with forgiveness. clearly.
but with truth comes grace.
humbling, comforting yet intense, grace.
God’s faithfulness even when we are faithless is so awesome.
even in softening our hearts to receive truth saturated in His grace.
rebuke really does feel akin to kindness.
God is so gracious. so mercifully gentle with His love.
His rod def comforts.
I love HIM.