Next week will be the 18th anniversary of my mother’s transition from body to spirit. I believe that since she was a firm believer in Christ she’s strutting in heaven. The book of Revelation gives grand descriptions of heaven.(starting with the fourth chapter) In chapter 21:4-6 KJV “And God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, or everyone I knowg, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write; for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is done. I am the Alpha and Omega the beginning and end. I will give to those who are athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Amazing right?
I imagine my mom is singing along with the angels of heaven saying”Holy, holy is the lamb.” I can also picture her walking those streets of gold and hanging out with friends and loved ones at her mansion. The Lord said that there are many mansions there and He’d prepare a place for those who love him. I hope that when I transition from life that I can get to heaven and like Mary Mary “see everyone I know. I gotta go to heaven.” In that place there is no darkness bright days all the time. The glory of God shines on all who are there. Thank You Lord for making it available to all those who love You. Join me in strutting toward heaven.
Rest in peace Florence M. Moore
As we walk with God we can be challenged. Our friends and family may pulin joy on us. Our plans fail. Society labels us. We may even become overwhelming and like Jesus say “Lord please take this cup.” Discouragement comes and we can let it stay. Especially if things have been going wrong for some time.
But I’d like to share with you Psalms 126:5 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” You may cry all night long feeling like you have nowhere to turn. God sees your tears and promises to wipe them away. So take heart and strut in joy. You have to choose sadness, or happiness, joy or mourning.
There is a season for everything under the sun but when that time has passed make sure you smile through the pressure or depression could follow. Remember without pressure coal would never turn to diamonds or a caterpillar would not transform into a butterfly.
Bless God during these hard times and you would be encouraged. Strutting in joy allows you to worship and praise instead of hiding and weeping. You too will be able to say like David “The Lord is my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise Him.”
When I am discouraged I like to listen to music. Sometimes it’s instrumental only. Other times it’s contemporary gospel. I also journal and that helps me clear my head. I am struttingIin joy but taking baby steps. I endure a lot as a single mom but God is always good to me. So I smile.
One song I like says “This joy I have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away. After all that I’ve been through I still have my joy.” Strut on ladies and gentlemen and do so in joy making joyful noise unto the Lord because joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5.
If you feel depressed and feel you are at rock bottom please talk to someone. Your life matters.
As a teenager and in my earlier twenties I struggled with my identity. My parents died before my sixteenth birthday and my family treated me as the “black sheep”. I didn’t have many friends but I always had a boyfriend.
My self-esteem was determined by how he treated me. I tried to pursue performing arts dreams but after becoming pregnant before my seventeenth birthday all that was put on hold. I was pressured to have an abortion by my older boyfriend and family. My parents raised me Christian so I was against it. But because M called me almost every night crying and saying how he was not ready to be a father I eventually gave in. After the worst day of my life everything else started going south.
I became overwhelmed in school. I feared I’d fail since I missed so much time after being hospitalized for post partum depression and insomnia. By my senior year my friends thought I was on speed. I was not mind you but I guess my body was in autopilot while I was sleepwalking through the semester. I didn’t fail I graduated in the top 20% of my class but I graduated from home. Once again I was hospitalized for anxiety.
Time passed and I was 20. I said to God “I need more from my life. I want you.” So I became serious about my relationship with God. I was chaste for nine months then became pregnant with my first son. People in the church were amazed at my turn around but at my pregnancy it was like I was the woman caught in adultery and everyone had stones ready. I just trusted God and gave birth to Immanuel. A few years later Asher, a few after that Micah and now waiting on Luke’s arrival.
I thought I would be rescued by a prince by now. I just was looking at the wrong prince. The Prince of Peace was there all along. He endured with me all the abuse and shame. He even loved me when I didn’t love myself. While I took on the labels the world gave me He called me beautiful and worthy. God told me that my true identity was in Him and as I follow Him I’d meet the real me. So to anyone who may be asking “who am I?” Like I did, I suggest laying your head on your Father’s chest and letting His love overtake you and reveal to you who you truly are.
“Real love I’m searching for a real love. Someone to give my heart to real love…” lyrics from the famous Mary J. Blige song. How many ladies and gents are searching for this type of love? Come on you can tell me. I am here to let you know that you may never find it, not in the form of a person I may add.
This real love is unbiased, unselfish,”I’d give my life for you” sacrificial and never false. It only comes from God. He loved you so much He created you and gave you parents. He also kept you safe as you grew. Even through your hardships and disappointments His love was there.
Sometimes it is hard for us to accept this if we are not used to being loved unconditionally. It is often rejected and misunderstood but God’s love still follows you. God does grace people to love as He does but trust me they don’t come close to the Father’s love. He loves you so much He sent His son to die for your future sins. He is forever merciful. He loved you when you didn’t love yourself and He will comfort you in times of pain. So if you are seeking and “looking for it with a flashlight” per Future. I suggest just looking up and saying “Father love me.”