Throwing Shade for Jesus 🙄 #TristaDaniell

Folk love to use God to throw shade - as if that makes it any less shady. It doesn't. We enjoy making ourselves the saints and everyone around us the sinners. It's never our fault. When things go bad, we immediately look without to find the problem, rarely - if ever - within. Have you … Continue reading Throwing Shade for Jesus 🙄 #TristaDaniell

God, For Sinners Devotional: Cursing your blessings.

"When words are many, sin is absent, but (s)he who holds his (her) tongue is wise." -Proverbs 10:19 This morning, I read the scripture above as part of my devotional; and it got me thinking - how often do we set ourselves back (spiritually) based on our tongues? I suspect a lot. Growing up, I … Continue reading God, For Sinners Devotional: Cursing your blessings.

Prayer for Today: Psalm 25

Prayer for today - praying the scripture Psalm 25.  Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart habe multiplied; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. For the sake of your name, YHVH, … Continue reading Prayer for Today: Psalm 25

The Burden of Perfection in Faith: Why I decided to look like a hypocrite vs. living as one.

I’m imperfect. Part of my imperfection comes from a “thorn in my flesh” (2 Corinth 12:7) in the form of Bipolar Disorder, which greatly affects my relationship with the Most-High. The other part of my imperfection is the result of being human (Roman 3:23) and growing up with flawed human influences, in flawed churches, run by flawed leaders, who promote legalism and traditions over the true love of God (Mark 7:7-9). That’s why it was so difficult to develop a real relationship. Who wants to develop a relationship with someone they feel is constantly judging and condemning them? Who wants to serve someone under the threat of hell-fire and damnation? Though I talked about God’s love, I didn’t feel loved. I felt unworthy, unable, and ultimately doomed. I knew, deep within, my heart just wasn’t in it.  Instead of freedom, peace, and security, I felt restricted and bound in religion. I lived in a constant state of fear over everything I did or thought that was wrong. I’d agonize if I’d ever make it to heaven. I’m believe in authenticity - good, bad, ugly, or otherwise. I don’t like putting on heirs and presenting myself to be someone I’m not – especially as it’s related to God. I’d been down that road before, twice, and it always left me feeling conflicted and hypocritical. Yet, no one saw through my façade, I was welcomed, accepted, encouraged, even praised (both times); and while I may have been able to fool others, I couldn’t fool my own heart – or God (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

The Problem With #Faith

While it is acceptable to seek God for all things (Philippians 4:6), we should never develop a sense of entitlement regarding our faith. Our faith should implore us to seek first the Kingdom of YHVH and THEN all these things (things we want/need) shall be given to us (Matthew 6:33). We've gotten it confused. We seek God's hand first and God's face last...if at all. 

My Walk (With YHVH) Will Be Authentic. You Don’t Have To Agree. #Faith 

Human being, you have already been told what is good, what ADONAI demands of you — no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God. Micah 6:8 CJB For all those wondering about the "change in my posts/personality" and/or concerned that I've abandoned God, please understand: I have not … Continue reading My Walk (With YHVH) Will Be Authentic. You Don’t Have To Agree. #Faith 

Eddie Long: Learn To Be Silent When We See God At Work. everybody praying for Eddie Long? A few weeks ago y'all was dragging this man through the streets by his nipples....#ChristianValues ...boy I tell ya. We should've been praying when he was on earth instead of dragging and speculating. #EverybodyLoveYouWhenYouDie #EverybodyASaintWhenTheyDie We need to learn to keep our mouths off people when we see God … Continue reading Eddie Long: Learn To Be Silent When We See God At Work.