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Tidal Wave

I was at praise Team rehearsal last night, and God came out of nowhere and just WRECKED the place.  Tonight i was reflecting on that time in his presence where it seemed like every issue, worry, doubt, and hurt was washed away.  I realized in my reflection how big God is.  We often hear people use the cliche’ “God is so much bigger than your small problems.” Yes the phrase is true…but honestly, who wants to hear that when everything is hitting you full force, and you feel consumed?  Today I realized that his presence felt like a tidal wave, and if you can understand that…you can rest in the fact that God IS bigger than your small problems.

A tidal wave is: a destructive ocean wave, produced bystrong wind.  The Holy Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind in Acts 2. So i imagine a force becoming so great that the ground begins to shake at the bottom of an ocean.  A large wave comes to shore, and as this is happening a mighty rushing wind meets the wave and the tidal wave destroys everything that it comes in contact with. it swallows (to withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb:) everything in the atmosphere. God’s presence swallows every issue. His presence washes away the issues of life with peace, love, joy, and liberty.  In God’s presence there is complete freedom.  There is the fullness of joy in his presence.

How do you access this? Just ask!! I was writing a poem for this conference that I was apart of last weekend, and i asked for a fresh filling and received it! God will not keep anything good away from you! He wants you to want more of him, and he wants to spend time with you.  So just ask, rest, and allow the tidal wave of his presence to hit your life!.

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Dress Rehearsal,

I posted this quote on my facebook page yesterday: “You perfect what you rehearse, be careful of what you are habitually practicing.”

I was in church while I posted it.  I had finished singing during praise and worship, I sat down and i scrolled down instagram for an update lol.  I seen a picture of my dad on my cousin’s page.  (I had taken note that his birthday was coming up a few days prior, but yesterday as I woke up, got dressed, went to church, and worshipped the date didn’t even cross my mind.)  So I looked at the caption and thought “Oh! That’s right, today IS the 17th.”

I started to make a Happy Birthday post, because that is what i’ve been doing every year since he passed away and before.  Along with the day he passed away, and Fathers Day, but then that is when I thought “You perfect what you rehearse, be careful of what you are habitually practicing.”  So I came to the conclusion that it is perfectly ok to miss my father, and to specifically miss him on holidays.  HOWEVER, to consciously and purposely make a point to remember and feel sad on that day would be to rehearse grief, and I am not interested in performing that in my everyday life.  I would rather be so consumed in good things that I stumble across it, than to purpose in my heart and mind to be sad.  I am NOT saying that making note of a missed loved one is unacceptable, this is just my personal example.

If you practice grief, you will perform grief.  If you rehearse fear, you will perform fear.  if you practice joy, you will perform joy.  If you rehearse love, you will perform love.

So, what are you practicing that will show up in your daily performance?

Plea Bargain

****WARNING CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL****

***Based on OPINION***

I usually play it safe when it comes to issues that can pull on people’s emotions in different ways, but today is different.  For those of you who don’t know I am a Christian (you can probably guess that from my posts).  However, what you may not know is that I am someone who is determined to make an impact in a corrupt and unfair justice system.  Another fact about me is that I do not agree with the death penalty, AT ALL.  (This is not to take away from what the families of victims feel, because i cannot imagine the amount of hurt that comes from having a loved one taken away by the hands of another human being.)  I can see the death penalty and argue against it from most perspectives, and for the sake of keeping this relevant to the content of my blog I want to share my views on it from MY perspective as a Christian. This is my opinion, not biblical fact: I find it amusing when i see a case about someone who is sentenced to death.  The details of their case are laid out, and then I see comments such as “they deserve to die,” or “I hope they rot in hell.” While I do NOT believe that behaviors that put you in a circumstance of being on death row should be excused in ANY way, I find it almost amusing that people are so quick to condemn these individuals to hell.  These are a couple of the reasons of why I feel this way (there are more but this post is getting lengthy already):

1.  Even if the convicted person is executed, if they truly have accepted Jesus as their Savior before its too late YOU JUST MIGHT look up in heaven and see them whenever that day may come.  God is not a respecter  of persons, and even Paul who martyred Christians went on to be one of the greatest Apostles.  There is absolutely no PERSON who is out of the reach of God.  He says himself, what is impossible for man, is possible with God.

2.  We ourselves were once sentenced to death. Romans 5:12 Says: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” and then Romans 5:18 says: “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. ” 

So basically, we were sentenced to death, and God gave us this AMAZING opportunity to accept a plea bargain. A Plea bargain is:  “an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge rather than risk conviction for a graver crime.”  Jesus died in place of us in order to pay for our sins, give us a relationship with God, and cover us in his blood to be not guilty.  We should not be so quick to through people in the fire because of this, but we should be praying for them.  There is an choice that they have to make, they can accept the eternal sentence or accept the plea bargain. 

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

You see how it says “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent?”  It doesn’t say He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed except for murderers, and rapists.

Should they pay for their crime? ABSOLUTELY! Should we condemn to hell? Nah, because the truth is some people thought that we ourselves were too far gone for God to reach us, but he did.  Instead of being so quick to write them off, it is my opinion that we should be encouraging them through prayer to take the plea bargain.