Take Over!

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You are walking around, looking all beautiful or handsome. Nobody knows, they cannot see, how haggard you are on the inside. All they see is what you present on the outside. They see the smile, the joy, the kindness, the compassion, the strength and the patience. They don’t understand that it took God to build those virtues inside you, that they so easily enjoy, and sometimes take for granted. Nothing about you shows that you are about to run dry of those virtues. You are tired, because while you give those virtues to the world so generously, your own world appears to be falling apart, bit by bit, piece by piece. You don’t show the world, you don’t take your pain and agony out on the world. You refuse to consciously hurt others as an outlet of your own agony. Deep down you know that this is not the time to crumble, this is the time to ask God to take over.

You allow very few, the closest, to peek into your crumbling world, and to the rest you keep up a high spirit, laughing with them, urging them, uplifting and encouraging them, because even in your quagmire, you have a grace upon you, you have purpose built and flowing through you. They keep you focused, strong and unbending. But you are beginning to feel yourself cracking, the weight too heavy to bear. You need another level of grace, another level of joy. You need to dig deeper and speak a language that only God can understand, without you even having to move your lips. And your cry is a deep yearning for God to take over. Take over. Take over. Let Him take over, before you do something stupid.  Don’t be ruled by your emotions and make a bigger mess.

You are breathless, darkness seems to be crowding in. Your fingers are slipping, your mind is losing its grip. Yet you are steadfast, yet out of that darkness you know light will come and shine through, and you remain anchored, because greater is are the purpose and the spirit that are in you, than this current demise. Somehow, you know that this is not the time to give up, this is not the time to throw in the towel, but this is the time to give more, to smile deeper, to be kinder, to keep a steady mind. Your life and the lives of others depends on it. This is when you cry out, God, take over! Spirit take over! Jesus, take over! Undo me, and take me to the next level. Here I am.

You know, that even when it all appears nonsensical and crazy, and that it would be easier to fall victim to, to succumb to your challenges and allow them to consume you, you refuse to do so. Why? Because there is a higher calling, there is a higher place, there is a Higher Being Who will take over, take over, take over!  He knows your capacity, He knows how much you can endure, and He uses what you are going through to stretch you. And when you say its enough, He is really just getting started, because He knows more than anyone else, even more than you, the treasures He has put inside you. He knows the gem that you truly are. He allows the fire of life to cook you, He permits the pressures to form you, and in your humanity the effect is too much on the mind, spirit, body and soul. Let Him take over.

You are in the palm of His victorious right hand. He does not sleep, He does not get distracted, He is not confused, and nothing takes Him by surprise. He knew that this day would come and before you were even born, He was ready and well prepared. So ask Him to, take over, take over, take over. Be still, don’t try to fix it, given your emotions, you likely will make a mess of things. Through this extreme discomfort, you are birthing futures, destinies, as God’s plans, blueprint and purpose, unfold in you and through you, for your sake and for the sake of others. Don’t resist, flow with it. Don’t push back, rest in it. Don’t miss this very painful but glorious realm, don’t turn your back on it, don’t walk away from it, for there is a glory indescribable, there is a joy unspeakable, there are unimaginable destinies being delivered out of your painful patience. Believe it!

Only deeper wisdom, a mightier strength, an all knowing mind, an all seeing eye, can transform and transcend you into the next level of purpose. So let Him take over. Take over. Take over. You will be the better, and not the worst for it.

5Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and 6my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,

but I will remember you—

even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,

from the land of Mount Mizar.

7I hear the tumult of the raging seas

as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

8But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me,

and through each night I sing his songs,

praying to God who gives me life.

9“O God my rock,” I cry,

“why have you forgotten me?

Why must I wander around in grief,

oppressed by my enemies?”

10Their taunts break my bones.

They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11Why am I discouraged?

Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—

my Savior and my God!

~Psalm 42:5-11 New Living Translation (NLV)

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The Master Craftsman’s Time and Season

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To understand a thing you must know where it originated from. If it is broken, you must know the creator or have the manual in your possession, if you are even considering the thought of fixing it. If you want to bring it back to its original form, you more than likely have to take it to its original manufacturer. We seem to understand this when it comes to material and inanimate objects. We know that if the blender is not working, we can take it back to the store. We know that if there is a malfunction with a BMW we take it to BMW garage which will obviously have the parts that we need. But who do we go to, as humans, when we are lost, broken, rotten, tattered and torn apart, as human beings? Who is our originator?

Who do we go to when we have hit rock bottom, when the pain is too much and we believe that life is not worth living? Who should we run to when we can no longer keep up the pretense, falsehood and appearances? Where do we turn, when we have been rejected by all, when nobody understands us, and when we cannot find truth in or support from those in our sphere of influence? I can tell you who, our Master Craftsman, God. But we do not, most of the time. We want a quick fix, and we unwisely search for the wrong manufacturer and the wrong manual. We either conveniently forget, reject the truth that He made us, or, are absolutely ignorant of it.

We take our precious spirits, minds, hearts and souls to the wrong manufacturer or garage. How can God possibly fix, deliver and restore us? Some of us believe that He does exist, but that He moves too slowly, so we find our own ways to help Him help us, instead of leaning into His wisdom and His guidance, doing things in His own way and His own time. He knows how to rebuild us.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  ~Ephesians 2:10(NKJV)

It’s quite challenging to wait on Him, this I know. But, I also know that it is far better to wait on “slow God”, than to make decisions which will only get one in a bigger mess and a worse tangle. When all your parts are falling apart, come to Him! He knows the seasons and the times. He sees everything before it happens and before it ends. He knows how, who, what and when. Times and seasons change, but he is unchanging.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.                                                                                                                         Ecclesiastes 3:1(AMPC)

Therefore, it is better to yield to Him and ask for divine guidance. Stop all the science, the philosophy and the intellect when you are in total darkness and at a loss for words. There is a time for all those schools of thought, but the fight for your life, the battle for your soul, is not one of those times. This is the time for the Master Craftsman to step in and transform your life in the way that only He knows how to do. Put your ego and your human wisdom aside when your life is at stake. Allow the all knowing God to undo you, and put you back together again. He knows all your parts. He knows your feelings, your thoughts, your shame, guilt, insecurity, anger, envy, jealousy, covetousness, selfishness and all the parts about you that you have built and acquired that are now bringing you down and pulling you through a dark tunnel. He knows your deeds in the dark but His mercy will carry you.

You have made all kinds of smart plans, had all sorts of what seemed like beneficial ideas, but none have played out as you imagined. Even the folks you thought you could lean on did not have the stability, the strength, the stamina, the know how, to keep up with and handle your groanings. And now you find yourself all alone. These are the moments that you look up for His help. God has been waiting for you all along, and knew this moment would come, but He will never force you. He knows what, where and how to fix, with divine perfection, but as omnipotent and omniscient as He is, He will not disrespect your space or enforce His will upon your free will, which He created you with.

There is a hole in your heart, a pain in your soul, dark pressure on your mind, which only He can make beautiful. Believe it when I tell you this, for your own liberty and joy. Now is your time to permit God to fix all things pertaining to your life, mind, spirit, soul and body. This is it. This is when you allow Him to put the puzzle and broken pieces of your life together with skills and knowledge which only He possesses. Whether or not you believe in His existence, for your own good, don’t you think it’s worth a shot? You have given everything and everyone else a chance, yet here you are. Think about it.  He is not slow, He is thorough and perfect, biding His time with you so that you come to the understanding that He works not only in times and seasons, but in a way that at the end of it all, the most important thing from it all, is that you would have discovered that there is a part of you crying out for Him and only Him, and His unconditional love for you.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.                                                                                                                           Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV)

Better to stop fighting, start believing and ask God to begin His good work in you. You will not like His methods, His pruning and His pealing away the layers you have built, but compared to where you were heading, and where you would have landed, His ways are preferable because at least there is a guarantee that you are in the right place, with the right Person and in the right hands. God, the Master Craftsman, your Creator!

So, even though it appears crazy, and does not fit in to the code of conduct of this present world, turn to Him, before it’s too late. It does not, and will not make sense, compared to what you are used to, and it might draw mockery from those who have known you, as you take this step. But ask yourself, “what if this is the decision that prevents me from falling into complete destruction? Is it worth sacrificing my ego, my intellect, my philosophies, science and the opinions of others for the sake of knowing God Who can fix me?”

For your life, for your soul? Yes! It is worth the sacrifice. The Master Craftsman’s time and season is here, awaiting your approval, to come in, and take care of what you cannot utter, or even put into words.

Let Him in, dear friend, This is your life!

 

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The God Who Is Unashamed of Us

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ADAPT. CONNECT. ATTACH.

More than ever in our world, we need something, someone, much bigger than us, bigger than our imagination, bigger than our situation, our tears, agony and frustration. Someone who can do more than what we ask for, think or imagine. Someone who can give us more than what we seek.

We need someone who understands true power, abundance and prosperity of the spirit, the mind, the heart, the soul and the spirit. We need someone who can carry us beyond our trauma, agony and suffering; who give us unimaginable peace and unspeakable joy.

We need the living God who understands and makes a way where there seems to be no way.

We need the living God who makes the crooked paths straight.

We need the living God who delivers and redeems.

We need the living God who brings salvation into every situation we face in life.

We need the living God who begins a thing and finishes it.

We need the living God who meets us at the point of our deepest need.

We need the living God who turns our mourning into dancing, our sorrows into joy, our shame into honor.

We need the living God who turns our dirt into beauty, and our guilt into deliverance and liberty.

We need the living God who turns our torment into rejoicing, who brings laughter into our mouths and singing to our tongues.

We need the living God who says come unto me, you who are heavy burdened.

We need the living God who keeps His word, and upholds the world by the power of His word.

We need the living God who is more than able to keep His Word and His promises.

We need the living God who can love us as we truly are and transform us into the beauty that we truly are in and through Him.

We need the living God who can actually break our prison doors, the ones that keep us mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically crippled.

We need the God who is unashamed of us; who we are, where we have been or what we have done.

Are you ready for Him? He is not ashamed of you.

Are you ready for His unconditional love? Know what He loves you.

Are you ready for His faithfulness? He will see you through, my friend.

Are you ready for His grace? He is quick to bless.

Are you ready for His transformation power? He is the greatest healer there is.

Attach to the beauty of the living God, and know the difference. All you have to do is ask.

Adapt your life to His life giving power, and experience Him for yourself.

Connect with Him and trust Him, He is the way maker. He will not disappoint.

Fix the mystery of your problems to His mystery of solving them.

Make the difference, for your life, the lives of your loved ones and the lives of the world.

Attach, connect, adapt, to the beauty and life-saving power of God.  Taste and see, look up, to the God who is unashamed of us and ask for His help.

Evolve into Healing

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It is only the water that is spilled, the calabash is not broken ~ Mauritanian Proverb

Yes, life has dealt you many blows, but the fight is not over, you are still here. Yes, you are out of breath and giving up, but you are still breathing. Yes, you have lost many things, even people, but yet here you are. Yes, you lost your job, but you still carry your gifts, talents and skills. Yes, he walked away, but you are still fearfully made. Yes, she walked away, but you are still wonderfully made. Yes, the mistakes of the past are catching up with you and weighing you down, but you can shake them off and soar.

Evolve into healing! Only the water is spilled. Don’t drown in it. Your heart is raw and hurting, don’t say it is over. Your soul is ripped and aching, bounce back! Your spirit is shaken up, spread your wings. Your substance, your worth, your value are who you are, and not the water that spilled. The life experiences that made the water spill in your life came to chisel you into a man or a woman of character. They came to shape you, and conform you into recognizing and understanding who you truly are and direct you into your, purpose and destiny. Your future, your new beginning await you. You have not scratched the surface yet. Wake up from the weight, of self-pity. Rise up, from the dust of doubt, fear and anxiety. Steady yourself and shake them off. Find your feet, find your wings.

But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. ~Isaiah 40:31 (Good News Translation)

Your life experiences spilled over, in the worst way possible, but you can fight to remain intact, spirit mind, body and soul. You do not have to succumb to falling into pieces. You do not have to lose your essence or waste your substance. You do not have to lose yourself, your soul, your mind or your spirit and yield to nothingness. Even out of nothing a thing can be created. Out of your pain and tragedy, beauty can be created.

Take your uncertainty and build something wonderful. Take your loss and create a blessing. Take your emptiness and birth something lovely into being. Take your heartache and evolve into healing. Take your agony and create joy. Take your pain and create sunshine. Take your darkness and create light.

Evolve into healing!