Out Of the Blue

tearsDepression is an unchecked sadness with a murderous intent. It will take possession of the mind and will destroy the life of anyone. It does not matter if you are involved directly or indirectly with depression, if you are in its path you will feel its fury. Depression has no regard of social, economic, or religious status. It sees no race, gender, or creed. It renders its victims helpless. It’s the executioner of hope, and where there is no hope (vision) the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 KJV Without mercy, depression will devour you, like a predator ravaging its prey. It’s violent and gruesome.

The remedy for depression is the praising of God. The Bible instructs us to clothe ourselves with the garment of praise when we have a spirit of heaviness (depression). Isaiah 61:3 In that passage of scripture, a lot of exchanges take place, beauty for ashes, praise for heaviness, and joy for mourning. I refer to this as the Lord’s Exchange Program. What sets this program apart from any other exchange program (aside from the fact that it’s from God) is that it has free will terms. Normally, exchange programs are temporary with predetermined time restraints. However, our God has a flawless way of doing things and His exchange program allows you the option of permanently swapping the bad for the good, a sacred unveiling of light that has been shrouded in darkness.

I am not by any means implying that this exchange will be easy but with faith (in God) and a willing heart it can be accomplished. If it’s not easily given will not be easily obtained, in other words you have to fight for your freedom (whether it be depression, drugs, or destructive attitude, etc.). It’s a daily battle. After you obtain it, you must maintain it as well, which requires more work.

Although you may not be strong enough to fight depression on your own, you know the One who is…God. In your weakness God’s strength is perfect. When you are weak, it is then that you become strong (in Christ).

Unleashing the Lioness: Unanxious and Unintimidated

lionesscloseupfrontviewAhhh, the lioness, a subject that is near and dear to my heart. The Lord has spoken to me about her yet again.

To be anxious means to be full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear, of danger, or misfortune; greatly worried. www.Dictionary.com

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6,7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

At the beginning of that Scripture, specifically, the first four words commands…do “not” be anxious. It then goes on to explain…about “anything” (in case you had questions regarding what “not” to be anxious concerning). God purposely used the word “anything” (and “every thing”) in this passage of Scripture, we’ll discover why momentarily. Next, the Lord inserts a conjunction and continues…but in “every thing” by prayer and supplication….

While researching some of the information for this article I discovered the following: The difference between “everything” and “every thing” is quite simple, and there is an easy rule of thumb that people can use to determine which phrase would be suitable. In short, “everything” describes something ordinary, commonplace, the average, mundane, quotidian, run-of-the-mill, daily, and so on while the phrase “every thing” means “each thing.” www.WiseGeek.org

This is how God spoke to me regarding this Scripture. God used “anything” instead of any thing when informing us what “not” to be anxious over. He is instructing us not to worry about the daily, mundane, ordinary issues life throws at us. However, later in that same Scripture He uses “every thing” instead of everything. He wants us, in each single situation to pray and supplicate. Supplication simply means to request something desired with humility. www.Dictionary.comlionessfrontview

The Scripture continues…with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In other words, God does not want us to get stressed about average, daily, run-of-the-mill issues, however, He does want us, in each situation we face, to pray and ask Him for what we desire with humble hearts, being grateful as we hand our needs over to Him.

The next Scripture goes on to say…and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…. To transcend is to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc. www.Dictionary.com God’s peace will take you far above and beyond human reasoning or comprehension. His peace, will guard (protect, defend, or shield) our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Even the peace of God has wonderful miraculous power!

Have you ever seen an anxious lioness? Although, I’m sure she has her moments, they are probably far and few between.

The next Scripture I’d like us to examine is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says…For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

This Scripture is self-explanatory for the most part. It conveys to us that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

Lionesses aren’t exactly known for being the timid type. It’s not in her nature and it’s certainly not how God created her. She is the embodiment of both beauty and beast simultaneously. The lioness is graceful, yet fierce. She is neither anxious nor is she timid. She walks confidently in her calling, she doesn’t know any other way.

Arise lioness, be anxious no more, be timid no more. Arise and walk confidently in your calling. Arise. Unleash the lioness.

Mirror Mirror

modern-mirrorsMirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Most ladies would immediately recognize this line from the movie Snow White. Snow White’s evil step mother, the queen, asks the enchanted mirror this question constantly. The queen is obsessed with being the most beautiful of all.

That’s a fairytale, but this is life.

In our society, we too, are obsessed with beauty. As a matter of fact, we are consumed with it. We live in a world governed by beauty, not naturally flawed beauty, but artificially perfected beauty. Unfortunately, the media defines beauty and we (the public) imitate it. The rule, by which beauty is measured in this day and age, is critical and cruel.

But I’d like to ask, what is beauty really? Beauty is defined as “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, which pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” However, beauty is much more than what is expressed in this vague definition, wouldn’t you agree?

This is what I hear young ladies saying about themselves: I’m ugly. I’m fat. My skin is too dark. My hair is too short/long, curly/straight, thick/thin, etc. My boobs are too big/small. My derriere is too big/small. The list is unbelievably endless.

Ladies, I beg you, do NOT allow society to dictate the image of beauty. God is the Creator of beauty, however, the world has devised a cheap imitation of what beauty is and sadly we’ve bought into the lie. The time has come for us to get a refund on our purchase.

The truth of God’s word will always negate the lies of the world.

In Genesis 1:26a and 27 it says “26a And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. 27So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”

These scriptures are saying that we are created in His image and in His likeness. We are the reflection of God. He created us. Every cell, fingerprint, hair follicle, etc. that is strung together to form a complete body, is created by God, Himself.

Every time we refer to ourselves as anything but beautiful, I would image is a direct insult to the One who created us. Whenever we speak against our bodies, believe an untruth regarding our bodies, or even desire to permanently alter our bodies, God is not only aware of it but He is affected by it. It hurts Him. Sweetie, we don’t realize that God already knows what we are thinking before the thought is formed in our mind? He is connected to us more than a mother is connected to the child she is carrying in her womb. He has put time, creativity, love, desire, beauty, into dust and added His breath thus a precious life is formed.

Now, His creation has the audacity to complain about what He has created in His own image? Insinuating that His masterpiece is a mess therefore taking matters into our own hands and fixing what He didn’t get right in the creation process. Can you imagine how hurt He must feel?

God wants us to accept ourselves as the beautiful masterpiece He designed. Each time we look at our reflection in the mirror we should be reminded of God. He created us to be an imperfectly perfect image of Himself and that alone is worthy of praise.

Top Model

Do you have to have the perfect smile, hair, or body to be a top model? Of course not! However, that’s what society would have us to believe.

Being a model has nothing to do with your physical appearance but everything to do with the condition of your heart. No, this is not another one of those corny “it’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside” articles, but it may get us to consider our own image, spiritually speaking of course.

Models are beautiful no doubt. They usually have some type of physical attribute that is mesmerizing to others. That attribute is usually a generous amount of beauty. In addition to their gorgeous faces, they are typically thin as well. At some point in their life they become discovered (whether intentional or not) and finally fame and fortune are soon to follow.

Well, guys and gals, that’s not my story. I’m no beauty queen however, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. “Fearful and wonderful” outweighs “beauty” by far, not according to society’s standard but definitely according to God’s. The unequal proportion of my stature probably rests at the bottom of the totem pole in this world, but in heaven I’ll be rid of it! But while I’m in route, I’m content with me, because godliness with contentment is great gain. Not monetary gain, but God’s promissory gain, which is worth far more than anything of this world.

Unlike Pamela Anderson I wasn’t discovered, but nonetheless I was chosen. Hand-picked long before I formed in my mother’s womb. Why? I suppose it’s because God wanted me to know He loves me for me. And His love was/is not based on any physical attribute, fame, or fortune I (or man) could possibly attribute to self. He loves me and all my flaws and façades of perfection. He loves me unconditionally. Finally, fame and fortune on this earth pales in comparison to the riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Need I say more?

Having said that, I’m not America’s next top model according to this world, but when it pertains to God, I’m His top model. Not because of me, but because of Him. Are you top model material?