Monday, January 2, 2017

HolyDay Time

Welcome to 2017 Friends!

Congratulations!!!!  We made it to the beginning of another Calendar Year by the Grace and Mercy of God. I pray that we will all accomplish our aspirations and have many more testimonies to share during the course of this year.

I'm excited to share the first post of our Exposing Spiritual Counterfeits series.

In the spiritual context, everything God created, the enemy presents a counterfeit.  The main purpose of the enemy is to deceive God's people, to keep us unaware and uninformed of the truth.  Keeping us ignorant of truth keeps us unable to detect his counterfeit presentations. 

The best way to detect a counterfeit bill of currency is to study the original.

close-up of dollar


Once we have studied the intricate details of the original, upon close inspection we can detect the defects in the counterfeit. The key is knowing the original well enough.


Holiday vs Holy Day


What is your Favorite all time Holiday?

Just a few weeks ago, we were in the midst of a major πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„Holiday Season.

Oftentimes our favorite holiday incites feelings of Nostalgia; Reminiscent memories brings a smile, a sense of peace, perhaps a sense of Joy for that season?

Usually we invest time to set the atmosphere and build excitement in anticipation of the 'day' by playing specific types of music, decorating our home, baking, and preparing gifts etc.

Some of us look forward to spending this special time with family and friends, lots of laughter and experiencing favorite traditions once more. A longing for the euphoria not to end.

In this post of, Exposing Spiritual Counterfeits, we will compare and contrast Holy Day vs. Holiday.
  • A counterfeit is described as an exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
There have been many questions, arguments, theories and analysis on the origins, traditions and customs of how certain 'holidays' evolved and its relevance in Christianity. In the final analysis, several present themselves as Counterfeits.

Our focus however is to examine the attributes of the ORIGINAL....... Holy Day.

Exodus 20:8-11(ICB) 
Remember to keep the Sabbath as a holy day.   You may work and get everything done during six days each week.   But the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God. On that day no one may do any work: not you, your son or daughter, or your men or women slaves. Neither your animals nor the foreigners living in your cities may work.  The reason is that in six days the Lord made everything. He made the sky, earth, sea and everything in them. And on the seventh day, he rested. So the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 
 
Many people argue that the Sabbath is for the Jews. Would you be surprised to know that the Sabbath was established during the Creation of our world long before a Jewish nation existed?
 
 Genesis 2:1-3 
So the sky, the earth and all that filled them were finished.   By the seventh day God finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all his work.   God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day. He made it holy because on that day he rested. He rested from all the work he had done in creating the world.
 
 
Why is the Holy Day Sabbath a target for Spiritual Counterfeit?  The Sabbath contains the seal of God.
 
We know that a seal has something to do with legal affairs.  Official documents are stamped with the seal of the ruling official of the Government whether they are Kings or Presidents. For Instance, America's official Presidential seal, as to the seals of all Countries has three parts. (1) The President's name, (2) His title: President, (3) The territory over which he presides: America

 In the same way God's Seal [as revealed in Exodus 20 8-11]: has three parts:
 
  1. His name: The Lord thy God
  2. His Title: Creator
  3. His Territory or Domain: The Heavens and Earth, the Sea and everything in them.
 
The seal of God is the Sabbath, He blessed the 7th day and made it Holy. He declared the 7th day Sabbath a Holy Day of rest for His Creation.
 
Like our Birthday and Anniversary dates, we can celebrate at anytime we choose, however there is no denying that there is something very special about the actual date/day we were born or wedded. 
 
Do you currently acknowledge the 7th Day Sabbath as a Holy Day?
 
Growing up on sundown Friday evenings my Family would be prepared to usher in the Sabbath with family worship (singing, scripture reading/study, prayer). Some families have Sabbath traditions, and set the atmosphere all week in anticipation of the next Sabbath.
 
Do we put the same effort into welcoming and preparing for the Sabbath each week? to acknowledge and worship our Creator God? Yes, we ought to worship and acknowledge God everyday ; just know that like our Birthday, Anniversary or your favorite 'holiday' there is something EXTRA special about the actual day of rest that God set aside, Blessed and made Holy.
 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Counterfeit Culture

Hi Friends!

I'm so happy to connect with you once more!  As 2016 ends in just a few days and we begin the new year, I am encouraged to share a few posts that has been burning in my heart for a LONG time now.

Exposing a Counterfeit Culture as it relates to our spiritual life and relationship with our Creator.

When you hear the word counterfeit.....what comes to your mind?  The dictionary defines counterfeit as:
  • An imitation or copy of something, usually with the intent to defraud.  
  • To carry on a deception; make fraudulent copies of something valuable.
  • Made in imitation of what is genuine with intent to defraud

So, you may be wondering, how does deception, imitation, intent to defraud, and fraudulent copies of something valuable relate to our Spiritual lives?  Well, lets take this journey together to explore and EXPOSE spiritual counterfeits.

I invite you to join me as we uncover a few topics over the next few weeks. I'm excited and I hope you are too



Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Glory Days

Hi Friends,

Can I tell you how in my head, Author Max Lucado is my favorite Uncle?  This man is gifted, talented and anointed to write.

In my last book review I mentioned that I don't buy books, I normally get my books from the library. I am seriously considering buying this book and I wouldn't mind reading it again.

The book Glory Days is such an inspiration; Uncle Max uses such ease, humor, reassurances, and faith provoking illustrations to bring to life Joshua's story, as he lead the children of Israel into Canaan\The promised Land.  The book is arranged into manageable thought provoking chapters.  I could not read more than one chapter at a time because I was so blessed by each lesson that I had to stop and absorb, pray at times, and praise God at other times.

My courage, faith and confidence has been blessed by reading this book. There is no question Glory Days is a highly recommended read.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Greanleaf: Master Calling

I'm in LOVE with this song Ya'll... Have you heard this song before?!


Listen While you still can hear
Listen While you still can hear
The Master's call
Bow down while your knees still bend
Bow down while your knees still bend
The Master's calling

Seek Him while your eyes don't see...


Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review: Seeking Allah_ Finding Jesus

I was interested in reading this book to to hear all about the Author's experience converting from Islam to Christianity.

As usual, I checked my local Library and they had a copy...Win for me since I'm not a book buyer.

In this book, the Author, Nabeel Qureshi, takes you on a journey into his immediate family's everyday life as a child growing up and gives a glimpse of his culture, upbringing and religious indoctrination.

It was while in College outside of the direct influence of his family that he was exposed to the doctrines of Christianity.  He shares his battle to accept the truths of Islam and a greater battle to accept the truths of Christianity.

The book is broken into several mini chapters that gives broad snippets into Nabeel's life experiences. If you enjoy philosophy of theories and reasoning's and all things Philosophy related you will enjoy his story on how he dissected and came to accept the truths of Christianity.  I had to skip a couple chapters since the "philosophysations"  were a bit much for me.

This book is an enlightening read if you would like to be taken on a personal journey of one who grew up in a "orthodox" Muslim home who found and accepted Christianity and the consequences and grace that followed.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Favor Travels: Liberty Island, NY


Hello Friends!

I've always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. I got the opportunity to do just that recently!

We were blessed with gorgeous weather, 80 degrees for this time of year was just perfect for this trip.

I took a few shots and happy to share them with you below.




City Skyline




Statue of Liberty!

God Bless America!
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Miracles

Hi Friends!

Hoping all is well with you and family.  I just realized I have not posted since September started.

Sometimes when I am unable to pen my thoughts, songs and certain lyrics that resonate best with the state of my mind. So encouraging and uplifting to me.

I promise you will read again from me.  I've started gathering my thoughts on a new series, which I am excited about. There will be a couple touchy/controversial subjects that will be explored in the mix of posts, so stay tuned!

Any how, more to come on that later.  Today, I'm singing about Miracles.....Are you looking for a Miracle?  Are you expecting the "Impossible"? Help me sing

This first song is one of my current favorite songs MIRACLE anthem......



Tasha Cobbs
 

and we continue expecting a miracle ...

 Clark Sisters


And to the only True and Living God.....You are Great, you Do Miracles so Great, there is no one else like YOU...



Lord I thank you, I appreciate you...You deserve ALL the Glory, ALL the Honor.  I may pout sometimes, I may be silent at other times, But one thing for sure, I am ETERNALLY GRATEFUL to you; I acknowledge that if it had not been for you, my Lord on my side I would have lost my mind, I never could have made it, without you.  Thank you Father, thank you for your patience, your mercy and grace on me, I am nothing without you.