Sunday, February 17, 2013
Today's sermon from Dr. Cosby was entitled, "What a Waste: Mark 14:1-10 KJV; John 12:1-11 NLT; John 17:12 KJV; Deuteronomy 15:1-11 NLT; John 19:38-40 NLT and Matthew 26:12 TEV.
Pastor preached about how Mary taking the time to anoint Jesus' days prior to His crucifixion was not a waste, although Judas strongly disagreed. Judas was annoyed by this act because the value of the perfume Mary used could have been sold and the money could have been used to help the poor. In all actuality Judas did not care about the poor, his motives were selfish (John 12:6 NLT - "Not that he [Judas] cared for the poor-he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples funds, and he often took some for his own use.") Jesus defended her and replied, "leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer." [John 12:7-8 NLT]
According to Pastor, this sacrifice by Mary "was wonderful in its ORIGINALITY (because it was sincere worship), EXTRAVAGANCE and TIMING." When we worship it refuels us to handle the challenges of life that we must face each week. Worship reminds us to be thankful for what we have received and for what we have escaped through God's grace and mercy.
The sermon ended with the focus on whatever we do for the Lord in worship and service is not a waste. As believers it's important for us to worship, pray and don't take the time that we have for granted. Whatever God has called us to do, we are to DO IT RIGHT NOW!
Which brings me to the whole point of this blog. Over the course of the past year and especially the past few weeks, I have been wasting soooooo much of my time, energy and talent casting my pearls among "mice" (folks who claim they need help but are really satisfied with their current state and/or folks who must be constantly reminded to do what they *know* they should be doing). I have been trying to help them and hold them accountable but all that has happened is that I've become more frustrated with the inequitable workload, short-tempered by the inconsistencies and have lost focus on the more meaningful things in life.
The older I get and the more funerals that I attend, I realize how precious and fleeting time/life is...I just don't have another nanosecond to waste. So with that being said (although I know I'm a little late), for Lent I'm giving up wasting time and casting my pearls among "mice." I CANNOT help those who don't want to first help themselves. I will continue to pray for them but it's time for me to refuel and take care of the more meaningful things that I've been called to do and and get them done RIGHT NOW!
"So, let’s not look over our shoulders to see what others are doing or not doing. Look at how God may be able to use you in His kingdom today. He has gifted you just as He has pleased." —C. P. Hia
"Lord, lead me today as You see best.
Use the gifts You have given me to encourage others on their journey.
Help me not to compare myself with others [and to be overly concerned with the "mice"]
but to be content with who You have made me to be [and what You have given me to do]." ~Our Daily Bread 2/17/13
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This morning Pastor preached a very familiar text. Although I've heard it preached several times before and have even taught it myself, today he unlocked a powerful point that spoke directly to me.
The sermon title, was "Peter's Big Mistake" and the message text was Matthew 14:22-32 CEV. This is the story about Jesus' disciples out on a boat during a terrible storm and Peter's request for Jesus to call him to come to him, which would allow Peter to walk on water. Well, the part that got to me was verse 32, "When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind died down."
Jesus gave the disciples the instruction to "get into a boat and start back across the lake." (vs. 22) Jesus being Omniscient knew that a storm was coming, but what's more important than a storm is the One who controls the storm. Although the disciples were terrified (vs. 26), Jesus said to them, "Don't worry! I am Jesus. Don't be afraid." (vs. 27) NOTE: He said don't be afraid, not get out of the boat! So when Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Jesus, he shifted his focus from the 'One Who Controls the Storm' to the storm. He began to sink then shouted "Save me, Lord!"(vs. 30)
For years whenever I've read this scripture, I focused attention on Peter's lack of faith, but today Rev. "flipped the script." Peter's primary issue was disobedience. What was Jesus' instructions? GET INTO A BOAT AND START BACK ACROSS THE LAKE!!! And when Peter began to sink, Jesus didn't walk him to the shore...where did they go? Jesus turned Peter around and they got into the boat with the other disciples! WOW!
As much as I would love to point a finger at Peter and say, "Really Dude?!" I cannot, because I too got out of the boat, walked on water for a little while then started sinking. I know full well what God has called me to do and I should've been "across the lake " A LONG TIME AGO, but for the past three months I've allowed "the events of life" to shift my focus. I know that the same Jesus who helped Peter can AND will help me...I just need to TRUST more and TRIP less!
With that being said, I AM BACK IN THE SPARK BOAT because I also need the support and encouragement of my SPARK Family and of course I'm ON TO THE NEXT ONE!
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9 NIV
Sunday, September 11, 2011
During worship our beloved Temple Choir ministered a song by Richard Smallwood entitled, "Those Who Sow in Tears SHALL Reap in Joy!" It is based on one of the Psalms which reads: "They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest." ~Psalms 126:6 NLT
Hearing this song particularly blessed me today, because for the past year or so I have been sowing in my tears. As a matter of fact, thanks to the "events of life", I have probably cried more in the past few months than I did when I was a baby...LOL!
However, I am oh so thankful for every tear that was shed because those tears have watered my "mustard-seed" faith in God to the point that it is now time to sing all loud and off-key as I reap the "harvest!"
EXACTLY 40 days from today (1o-21-2o11), one of the biggest-wildest-craziest-outlandish dreams that I ever dreamed WILL become a reality! No, I will not be a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson, nor will I receive Oprah's Red Dress (well, not yet anyway). Believe it or not, it's even better!!!
Little ol' ordinary D710DANCE will be in a position to effect change while God receives ALL of the glory (**details will be forthcoming on FB &/or Twitter **)! Like Pastor said this morning as he preached about doing greater works in Jesus' name (John 14:12-13 KJV), "God is doing something EXTRAORDINARY with the ORDINARY all we have to do is believe!"
Yeah Buddy I BELIEVE!!! As a matter of fact, I BELIEVE that God will "do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20)" or imagine or pray or journal or have the audacity to dream!
So, in other words...if you have been sowing in tears and are growing discouraged...DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT get weary in well-doing! "At the proper time WE WILL reap a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP." (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
In the meanwhile, I'm STILL PRAYIN' and I'm most definitely ON TO THE NEXT ONE...
(to be continued)
"Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in my name, THAT WILL I DO, that the Father may be GLORIFIED in the Son." ~John 14:12-13 KJV
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This blog is a tribute to the memory and legacy of my LOVELY and UNLIMITED Friend, "Mom" and Jewelry Designer Extraordinaire Ms. Brenda Palmer....mere words are unable to describe this remarkable Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt & Friend.
I am so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross last Spring at a jewelry party showcasing the handmade one-of-a-kind pieces that she and Jen, her daughter/my new baby sister had designed. In my opinion, jewelry made us friends, but love made us family because there was an instant bond and connection with both of these women.
Ms. Brenda was so beautiful, energetic, creative, athletic, youthful, health-conscious, warm-spirited and just an all around LOVELY person. So of course, I was in disbelief when Pancreatic Cancer had the audacity to knock on her door in early-December of last year.
As hard as Cancer tried to limit Ms. Brenda's spirit...it just never stood a chance! During her treatments I marveled at her unique fashion, unwavering fight and UNLIMITED FAITH.
She was always hopeful, always spirited, always positive, always beautiful...always LOVELY. Ms. Brenda made it a point to show up for her chemotherapy treatments with make-up and accessories, because she didn't want to "look like a cancer patient." **LOVE IT**
There are so many fabulous memories that I have of Ms. Brenda, but there is one "Philippians 4:8 Memory" that stands out, and that comes to mind often whenever I feel discouraged and/or feel like having a self-pity party...
One late afternoon when Jen was wrapping up her workday she received a call from Ms. Brenda. In a calm/matter-of-fact tone Ms. Brenda asked Jen if she could stop by on the way home? When Jen arrived, her Mom was making one of the signature designs from their Timeline Treasures Jewelry Line... an Edgy Couture. She had received the results of her CT scan which reported that the Cancer had spread to her liver, lungs and stomach!
On Jen's way home she called me to share this disheartening news...to say that we were floored would be an understatement, because we just knew that the Cancer was gone.
It took me a while to hear/understand/comprehend what she was saying...I was in complete and utter shock. Yes, I was taken aback by the report of the CT Scan, BUT did she really say that Ms. Brenda was making jewelry after receiving that kind of report????
While Jen continued to talk to me, I believe I had an Ally McBeal Moment, because I found myself talking to myself!
SELF: "Mmm...soooo life just handed Ms. Brenda a "lemon" and she turned it into 'LOVELY Lemonade'???"
SELF: "Yep, pretty much!"
SELF: "Yep, that's what she said..."
SELF: "Can you imagine the fashion, fight and faith that Ms. Brenda has crafted into that necklace?!"
SELF: "I can only imagine!"
At that moment, I didn't care about the price, if it had matching earrings, the color combination, whether it was too long or short...I knew I had to have that LOVELY PIECE that represented Ms. Brenda's UNLIMITED PEACE!
Several weeks before Ms. Brenda passed she told me that she had given the necklace to Jen to give to me, but it was not for sale (end of discussion...please keep in mind that she was a fighter...LOL!), that it was a gift...my Christmas gift as a matter of fact. WOW!
Well, yesterday (7-27-11) on her 63rd Birthday Ms. Brenda received the best gift ever...the gift of eternal life as she was made whole and called home. And it was on her birthday that I received my LOVELY & UNLIMITED Christmas Gift (pictured below) that holds an oh so special place in my heart!
This necklace is so remarkably special, because it was made by a remarkably special woman and it will forever remind me that no matter what life hands me on this journey, to keep moving ON TO THE NEXT ONE and meditate on what is LOVELY!
Ms. Brenda will be missed, but her legacy lives on...and I am confident that she is in Heaven rejoicing and accessorizing all of the Angels' wings! ;-)
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] noble, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] LOVELY, whatever things [are] of good report, if [there is] any virtue and if [there is] anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things." ~Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Thursday, April 21, 2011
...I had enough time to visit every single friend's SP Page and leave them a comment and a goodie explaining how much their friendship, support and their own testimony means to me.
This journey to the "Making of DIVA D" has had some highs and lows, but through it all one thing is certain, my SPARK Family has always been there. I wish I had the time to express how much this site means to me, but there are not enough hours in the day. Just know that I love and appreciate every single one of you, especially my beloved CARDIO CONNOISSEURS!!!
I am also wishing/praying that THE EVENTS OF LIFE will begin to balance out soon, so that I can SPARK more and especially resume leading the CC Team in the way in which my heart desires. But in the meanwhile, please know that I think of you guys ALL THE TIME and am constantly praying for all of us to keep moving ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!!
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:1-4;6 NIV
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