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Good News April 24, 2014

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I found my Bible and journal that I lost at church. Funny that I no longer was looking for it and as I was walking to the back I noticed the bookshelf behind the door. There were many bibles and cases on the bookshelf, however, all I needed to see was a hint of mine and I knew it. I kid you not, I only saw the top part where the zipper is located and without a doubt I knew I had found it. I didn’t even see the print on the case. I rejoiced like I was a kid on Christmas. It’s time for me to purchase a new case anyway. Mine is definitely falling apart.

TTYL

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3 weeks

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3 weeks

Exactly three weeks ago I cut my locs. Oh no!!!! I honestly cannot tell you what made me decide to cut them when I did. I knew that eventually I would cut them only to start them over because I wanted them to be neater. At first, I didn’t like the change at all. I had it straight and it had so much body to it. Folks thought I had a perm. No no…that would have been too drastic of a change. I had a Hydrorider (cycling in the water) class last weekend so of course my hair needed to be washed. I was stunned at how curly my hair was after the wash. I literally just point oil and water in my hair and go. Nothing to it. But I must say, I am planning to loc my hair again at the end of the summer. We shall see.

 

Water, Anyone? March 18, 2014

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“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.”- Jeremiah 17: 7-8 MSG

17:7 is quoted on my Bible case; unfortunately, I left my Bible case at church in November. In side it contained my Bible and journal. Oh how I wish I still had them. That was my very first Bible. I received it as a gift from Kristy and her boyfriend in the summer of 2004. Kristy was my mentor in the “Imagine College” program that was hosted at Middle Tennessee State University. Needless to say, my Bible was falling apart, but I did not see myself ever parting ways with it. I have notes and dates in there that I thought I would re-read for years to come. I went to the church this past Saturday and I searched and searched and searched for my prized possessions and left very disappointed and heartbroken. That particular Bible was a major part of my life. Yes, I know there are other Bibles, in fact, I have five other ones, but I don’t have the connection with them that I had with my first one. I’m optimistic that it will reappear one day soon. I really want it back. And my journal! Oh gosh, my many notes and the sermonette on love. I would like to lay my eyes on them all again.

(By the way, you may be thinking, “She lost it in November, but went back in March to look for it?!” Well, I had someone look for me. My church is in Murfreesboro, TN and I went back to MS the day after I left it and have not been able to return to Murfreesboro until this month. There has indeed been a search.)

But this scripture! Let’s break it down because every time I see it I’m encouraged and I hope that it encourages you. As of my last post, you all know that I have not secured a FT job. So because I’ve misplaced a book about jobs and God, I purchased Rick Warren’s “What on Earth Am I Here For?” Clearly, I want to be focused on the direction that I’m going.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord- Who is blessed? The people who trust in the Lord. This implies a continuous trust as in trust in good and bad times. No matter the circumstance you are blessed if you trust in the Lord.

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water- The trees are connected to their life source, the water. Interestingly enough, the scripture has “deep”. It goes past the mere touch of the water. The roots (life line) have to establish themselves in what they need. For us, that is securing our foundation in Christ. To go deep with Him we have to read the Word (Bible) that He has given us, talk to Him, hear from Him, and know who He is.

Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought- Now when I read this I nearly jumped out of my seat. The sun’s intensity could be pounding on the tree, but it does not faint (LOL…I like it! Galatians 6:9- “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”) . Why? Because it’s connection to the water gives it the strength to endure through the long hot days as well as the times of lack. Despite what is going on above water level (superficial/eye level/outside appearance to others), the tree remains intact, satisfied, and not in need of anything because what sustains it is what is on the inside. I hope you can get that in your Spirit. You can have peace and joy while all else seems to crumble around you. Stay connected to the source. “I may not know when the resource will come, but I do know the Source in whom it will be provided”- (Oh, that’s my quote)

Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit­- Leaves can catch fire if it is very hot and dry. Green represents life, harmony, balance, learning, and growth. All of which are very good characteristics when describing something that wants to produce.  We know thus far, that the sun nor drought can stop the tree from standing upright, but now we see that those obstacles cannot interfere with its production either. One can still produce good fruit when things don’t seem to go your way (Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”) We can have these wonderful attributes even when we’re going through.

Jeremiah 17:5-6- “God’s Message: ‘Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows.’”

Be blessed!

Write ya’ later!

 

The Time! Where Did It Go? March 2, 2014

As I write this, my 21-day fast is on Day 20. This transition from Jackson to Nashville has not been the easiest. Really, what was I expecting? I’m still searching for a full-time job/career. I do not know how long I will be in Nashville, but if it’s going to be for a couple of years I’d like to establish some roots with an organization full-time. I did, however, get a PRN position at an organization that I was with for over 3 years prior to my departure for Jackson. I have applied for jobs that I’m really interested in and whose requirements I meet, but for whatever reason I have yet to receive any feedback. My thinking is, “Maybe that’s not where God wants me to be”. Of course, the enemy has come in to cloud my thinking and I found myself with the thought, “I’ll never get a job that I want and no one is going to hire me for something that I may be “over-qualified”. Bummer! I had been super busy for no reason and limited my time with God and that gave the enemy even more room to mess me up.

A few weeks ago I felt something was wrong with me, but couldn’t figure it out. I finally realized that I was depressed and none of my prayers were shaking it. I had internalized my prayers and although I had faith that God could do something about it, my faith was so small because of everything that was going on around me. Yes, I know that the Word (Holy Bible) says that if I have faith the size of a mustard seed that is good enough. But for me, that isn’t and wasn’t good enough. I had to erase worry and doubt from the picture and couldn’t release them on my own. I cried out to Jesus like never before regurgitating scriptures that I didn’t know was hidden in my heart.

(Now all writing after this takes place on Sunday, March 02, 2014)

I haven’t come back to my writing of this blog in over a week. I can’t say that I have been busy because I’m still in Kuwait. The truth is, I haven’t thought about it. Lately I’ve been writing more in my journal. Good times! Well, not everything that I have written has been good. I mean good in a therapeutic way. Writing is a way of release for me and a very helpful one. As I write I’m able to think through my floating thoughts and sometimes have revelations. So, I’m rambling right now. I have so much that I want to type about right now. As I type this I’m listening to a mixture of Gospel, Christian Rap, and Contemporary Christian. The window is open and the curtains are pulled up allowing me to see just a hint of the sun’s reflection on the villa across the way and also feel God’s gentle touch through the cool breeze. It’s beautiful. I have only a few days remaining on this vacation and I intend to soak in every last second of it. A wise person said to me recently, “KaSteesha, enjoy this season of rest. You won’t get too many of these”. I believe that. Furthermore, this person encouraged me to reflect on this past season of my life and seek out what I learned besides the surface level things. I shared what I was told with a dear friend of mine, but replaced “season” with “time” by mistake. When I corrected myself and suggested that season seemed better she had another perspective regarding time. She liked time because she quotes, “Until you value your time you won’t do anything with it.”  That was a good take on it because time is something that you cannot get back and once you know and understand that you will begin to value the time that you do have.

Proverbs 1:5 (NIV)- “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…”

Now, about the opening of this entry. I attended Fellowship of Christian Athletes College Advance on the evening that I was attacked full on. I had already confirmed that I would attend as an Adult Volunteer (I graduated college in 2011, but I still went in 2012 as a camper. Now that I’m 2.5 years removed I figured it was time to step it up. This go around was my fourth time going if I’m not mistaken. I attended with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University. This last time I was with TSU, again). I read over the e-mail I received, again, regarding the weekend’s advance to confirm that my “no-show” status meant that I would have to pay. That was too much for me to handle. I was already down about having my student loan request denied and I didn’t have a secured job to pay what was required. It was hit after hit after hit all morning, literally, and I knew that after returning from camp I wouldn’t have much time to pack for my trip to the Middle East that I would be embarking on the following Monday afternoon. Pure madness! After crying out to God and hearing Him speak to me oh so lovingly through songs, I was ready for the weekend because I just KNEW that there was something waiting for me on the plateau in Crossville, TN. Every time that I have attended College Advance has been marvelous and awe-inspiring especially being surrounded by peers who aren’t afraid to praise and worship God and share His goodness. And of course there are always dynamic speakers and worship leaders. I was expecting this weekend to be no different than what I was accustomed to: God showing up and showing out in a mighty way. When I made it on the bus to depart TSU for camp I knew I wasn’t the same. I was very quiet and reserved, but for me it was intentional. I did not want to do too much talking that weekend because I had done enough of it already. And as I stated, in the past I was a camper so I was used to jumping all around and chanting, but this time I wasn’t there as a camper so I wanted a different approach. I was ready to hear God. I fooled myself……  I was not myself at all. I was sitting when normally I’d be standing. My all over the place chanting was limited to moving my feet near my seat, barely clapping my hands, and reciting them at a lower, less enthused level. When a few people that I’ve known for years asked how I had been doing I was honest in my response. I don’t think they caught onto it at first; it was in a very casual manner because at the time I thought I was in the clear. Well, to make a lengthy story not so lengthy I’ll just say this….God used people that have been in my life for 12.5 years, 7.5 years, and 5.5 years to minister to me directly through Him. It was a humbling, remarkable experience. The night of February 8, 2014 that stronghold no longer had me bound. I was me again. So much so that I went crowd surfing as I had done the previous time I attended. I’m even smiling as I type this right now because nothing can replace the feeling that I had once I surrendered everything to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that weekend.

Our own thoughts and concerns can have us in captivity and before we realize it the enemy is having a day at the ball park with us. This should not be. We have to take charge of these thoughts so we won’t be in bondage. Furthermore, I quote Philippians 4:6-7 OFTEN, yet I wasn’t doing what I was speaking. My anxiousness fueled my thoughts. Look at me, I share with others that worry and faith together cancel each other out, but this time around I obviously was clouded.

1 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV): We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”.

Write you later!

 

Speak Up!….Later December 21, 2013

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My throat has given me problems since late last week. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being very little, I’d say the pain level was a 1. It irritated me more than it caused me pain. Well, yesterday (Thursday, December 19th) I was hanging out with my family at a restaurant from 3:30-11:00pm. Yes, that time is indeed correct. To say I was a BIT overwhelmed yesterday is an understatement. I had my occasional one cough every other hour, but other than that my throat was the same as it has been for the past week. Around 7:30 I began to speak and realized I no longer had my regular tone. What the crap?! Confused? Of course! I had did nothing out of the ordinary. It took so much out of me just to speak. Last night I tried to sing (it’s one of my favorite things to do, although I’m not a very good singer) it was horrendous. Not so much the sound, but  the pain and strain.

When I woke up today my voice was much worse. I made a doc’s appointment and found out that I have Pharyngitis, Acute. My sister told me exactly what it was days ago actually. I have had frequent headaches recently and Ibuprofen only relieved them for 30 minutes. Ironically enough I am allergic to two allergy pills. The options that remain are Benadryl and a nasal spray. Fingers crossed!

So why am I writing today? I was inspired. Since my throat was really bad this morning, I decided to research some remedies by Googling, “I lost my voice. How do I get it back”? Immediately after I finished typing my mind seemed to race. Go back and read what I said I typed into the search engine.

I needed the answer to a physical problem, yet some of us have been with this “pain” in other areas of our lives. Truthfully, I feel that way right now. I have lost my voice and I want to know how to get it back. Man, that is crazy! How does one gain their voice again? How do you let someone or something diminish who you are? After all, your voice, your opinion, your freedom of speech is a way to represent yourself and share your beliefs. Funny how I’m appreciative of this setback because it has caused me to look at my life in a different perspective. To get my voice back, I must sit back, evaluate, and let my throat/mind heal. Talking right now just for the sake of doing so will not benefit me now or in the future. I’m speaking of my physical body now and my voice determining my future.

On to the healing….

 

alive + free December 9, 2013

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I like my locs curly, but that’s not the reason I posted the pic (Well, the fact that I think that my hair is cute doesn’t hurt and I like the way I tied my scarf lol).

Alive

Yep, it was about time that I posted a new entry. As I thought about what I would write about I decided to scroll through my phone and this was the first pic so I didn’t have to go too far. This shirt is representing/supporting ex felons/cons and their re-entry into the “world”. I’ve always wondered about the injustice (yes, some people may sneer up their noses as to what I’m going to say) that persons who have entered the justice system on the other side of the law endure. Yes, they’ve made a mistake or two. Haven’t we? I have. Be honest, do you do everything by the book? Okay, I digress. Society speaks on how jails and prisons are burdens to taxpayers, however, when those persons who come from these institutions search for jobs not too many businesses open their doors. o_0 Is not the purpose of said institutions for reformation? If that is the case, then why do we find it so hard to accept them back. Funny, how we forget how we’ve been prisoners, too. Prisoners to sin that so easily entangled us, but the freedom came when accepted Jesus Christ and received the awesome gift of His Holy Spirit. God accepted us while knowing our background (even the things other people don’t know about us).

I am alive and free in Christ! Are you?

 

Jessica Reedy’s “God Has Smiled On Me” October 31, 2013

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God has truly smiled on me despite me