Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fragments... by Sister P.

Goodmorning Saints! How is everyone doing today? I'm doing well, praise the Lord. Very hectic weekend, but good nevertheless.
I was walking to the train station this morning when I saw this broken mirror on the sidewalk. The mirror just grabbed me, so I decided to take a picture of it.
You can see my reflection in the mirror, amongst the fragmented pieces. It sort of reminds me of what certain life experiences and its damage does in warping my reflection of myself and how I see myself. I can see my reflection amongst the fragmented broken pieces...
But that's not how God sees us... God sees us as perfect and beautiful; not warped, broken or fragmented as we tend to see ourselves sometimes. I must confess that most days I see myself like that broken mirror with its various cracks and imperfections.
I battle everyday to hold on to what God thinks and says about me combatting all the negative voices that stem from various things that have occurred in my life having me see a poor reflection of myself. But there is hope... if we follow Jesus and do things His way... He promises to restore us.
And I can testify that He is slowly doing this in my life. The more I submit andobey Him, the more He heals and restores those broken, fragmented pieces in my life. Are there broken pieces in your life causing you to see a warped reflection of yourself?
Be of good courage, Jesus loves you and wants you to bring those things, areas inyour life to Him. He is the Great Physician and He is in the business of restoring everything and anything that is broken in our lives.
I conclude this with the song of the day, Add to the Beauty by Sara Groves... I've beenlistening to this song a lot, and meditating on the lyrics... so beautifully sung... Sara Groves really inspires me...

Have a blessed day everyone.

In His Love,

Sister P.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Song of the Day by DJ Sister P.

Good morning Saints! How is everyone doing? I'm blessed... and thankful...

Has anyone seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire? It's out on dvd now. My husband and I snuck it in at midnight a couple of Saturday's ago (smile) and we both loved it. I won't ruinthe plot in case any of you may want to see it. But it's an amazing love story... I'm not reallyone for those mushy love stories, but I have to say, this one takes the cake. The children in the movie are real life kids from the slums in Mumbai. Very sad.

I don't know if any of you knew, but I went to India back in 1995. I visited Bombay and then Bangalore, which is in the south of India. I remember Bombay being hectic, overpopulated, polluted, and impoverished. There is an extreme gap between the rich and the poor. In the midst of wealth, you see great poverty... just like the movie depicts. I saw it in real life and I have to say it was quite a culture shock for me to witness. However,I loved India, and hope to visit there again one day... it's just an interesting place. I love the food, the music, the culture; there's a lot of history, diversity and energy.

Anyway, for some reason, after seeing this movie, I started to think of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. For those of you who are not familiar with the story... The story of Hosea and his wayward wife Gomer has been told and retold. It is one of the most magnificent stories of redemption and unbounded love. This story also depicts the divine romance between God and His covenant people.

I just saw a connection between the romance in Slumdog Millionaire and the Book of Hosea. The relentless love that the main character exhibits for the woman he loves in the movie, reminded me of the love Hosea demonstrates with Gomer, that even though she left him to prostitute herself again, he loved her so much, that he went and bought her back anyway.

It's similar to what God does with each one of us... when we accepted Jesus into our lives,we were bought back from the hand of the enemy. God's love was so vast and so relentless,that He is always actively pursuing us, so much so, that He allowed His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to come down here and die for each one of us...

This movie and the Book of Hosea really opened my eyes to recognize the enormity of God's love for humanity; for each one of us that He intricately and lovingly made inside our mother's wombs. His love is so amazing that our finite minds can't even wrap itself around it or really comprehend it.

One last thought about the movie, I realized that there is no defilement or tainting, whenthe purity of genuine, unconditional love is present. You will see what I mean, if and when you see the movie. But, it reminds me of God's unconditional love for us, that whilewe were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) God sees beyond our faults,our inadequacies, our failures, our brokenness, our sinful pasts and sees beauty for ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)

For those of you who are mother's, I wanted to take this opportunity to say Happy Mother'sDay... May the Lord bless you with His gift of unconditional love, peace and presence wherever you may be this Mother's Day and always. Blessings to you all.

In His love,
Sister P.

Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture;

Friday, April 10, 2009

Song of the Day (and a note about the House)

Good morning Saints! Today is Good Friday, wow! Beautiful day too! A lot of you have responded to my previous email this week regarding the abandoned house.
Well, you are not going to believe this, but yesterday morning while I was passing this house again, I decided I wanted to take the above picture of the three empty chairs... I don't know, it just inspired me, so I wanted to take a picture of it. While I was about to snap the photo, the next neighbor comes out and asks me what I was doing. I told her I was taking a photo. She asks me why. I told her because it inspires me. She looked at me like I was a little nuts, but I didn't care... But then she proceeds to tell me that the house isn't abandoned. I didn't even ask her, but she offered the information. I said, oh really? She said, yes... but so many people come around thinking the house is abandoned and wanting to buy the house. But she says, someone lives in this house. I said, really? I was so curious that I just had to inquire about who lived in the house. She tells me an old man. Well, that nearly broke my heart... :(
Then she proceeded to tell me that this house is over a hundred years old and belonged to his parents. She sadly expressed that it is such a shame because when the old man passes away, someone is going to buy it and tear it down and it's such a BEAUTIFUL house! My jaw dropped open as I stood there feeling convicted... HA HA HA... Here I wrote how abandoned, ugly and neglected this house is, how I wouldn't want to buy it and who would want it anyway... and the next door neighbor is telling me how she loves the house and grieves over the fact that one day someone is going to buy the house and tear it down! Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe my ears... But wait, it gets even better... she then proeeded to tell me, that maybe I'll be the one to buy the house! HA HA HA!!! LOL! Oh my gosh... I was dying... I started to laugh to myself... God definitely has a sense of humor HA HA HA!
However, I must confess Saints, that the house is growing on me... (smile) I know, I know... But seriously, it is... I started to take a closer look at the house and I began to understand what the neighbor was saying... the house definitely has some character; it's unique, it once was a very beautiful house... but it just wasn't kept up, maintained or given proper attention and care, however, when you really pay attention and look closely at the house, you actually see its beauty, character and uniqueness. Amazing huh? This sort of reminds me of myown life sometimes... how I can miss things that are just blatantly staring me in the face. LOL!
I was able to show the neighbor the photo I took the other day of the yellow daffodils andshe really loved it... I also shared a little bit about what I wrote too. She tells me that she's going to start taking pictures of the house too (smile).
Now, my heart is on the old man that lives inside that house... I pray that the Lord will open a door of opportunity to speak to him. I'll keep you posted if I do... (smile) In the meantime, could you pray along with me for the man that lives in that house? Thank you.
Gosh, I had such a dilemma in selecting the Song of the Day today, because there are so many good ones! I was either going to choose, Thief or Love Song by Third Day...
However, wind up going with, Mighty to Save by Hillsong United.He rose and conquered the grave!!! He's Alive, He Has Risen! Praise Him! Glory, Glory, Glory!! Hallelujah! Have a very blessed Resurrection Day Saints!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Resurrected Life

I was walking early this morning, my usual route.  Every day I pass this house about a couple of blocks away from where I live.

This house looks broken down, neglected and it may even be abandoned. It's a literal mess and there is nothing comely about it.  In my eyes, the house seems completely hopeless and irreparable.

Each day as I pass this house, I think the same thought, "who on earth would want or even buy this house?"
It's beat up, messed up, worn out, and utterly worthless! I know one thing, I wouldn't want to buy it. Especially given the fact I am not endowed with any handyman facilities.

But something different happened this morning as I passed this house... I noticed these beautiful flowers in the midst of dead branches right in front of it. I just had to stop and take a picture... then I proceeded on my way, when the Holy Spirit started to minister to me.

He said, "You are like that beat up, broken, messed up house... but just like those flowers, I have the power to resurrect life and beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:3), amongst what seems to you, as being hopeless or dead... (Ezekiel Chapter 37)

In conclusion, the song of the day is called Four Seven by Jars of Clay.

About 3 months ago, I realized that at the end of their last track called Blind (on their very first album (1995)), there were these hidden tracks, the first one is called Four Seven which I was completely blown away by... I discovered it was on YouTube and wanted to share it with all of you.

Hope you enjoy the groove... (smile)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Song of the Day by DJ Sister P.

Hey Saints... how is everyone doing today? I'm hanging in... I was listening to this song this morning by Switchfoot... I heard it before, but for some reason, it just stuck out for me this morning...

Lord, "Let my shadows prove the sunshine"... the shadows in my heart, the failures, inadequacies and the flaws... All of these shadows that fill my heart Lord, let your light shine through the crevices, breaking forth in power to show your glory through my broken life... I humbly come before you Lord and confess my failure to be all that I can be for you... I bow before you, with all that I am,the good and the bad Lord and ask that if you will restore all that the devil hasmeant for my destruction and use it for your Glory oh Lord... Please restore to me the years that the locust hath eaten... Joel 2:25.

I pray this today and thank you Lord for loving us all unconditionally. Praise your holy Name, forever and ever, Amen!

"The Shadow Proves The Sunshine"
Sunshine, won't you be my mother Sunshine,
come and help me sing
My heart is darker than these oceans
My heart is frozen underneath

We are crooked souls trying to stay up straight,
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
Oh Lord, why did you forsake me?
Oh Lord, don't be far away away

Storm clouds gathering beside me
Please Lord, don't look the other way
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me

Shine on me,
Let my shadows prove the sunshine

In His love,
Sister P.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Here in My Life...

Goodmorning Saints,

I was listening to this song this morning... this prayer set to music and thinking about Jesus.

I was meditating on the fact that Jesus spent the majority of his time loving the unlovely; thebroken, the poor in spirit, the demon possessed, lunatics, orphans, widows, prostitutes... Jesus was criticized by the Pharisees because He was eating with publicans (tax collectors) and sinners... Matthew 9:11... But I love how Jesus rebutted them by saying in Matthew 9:12, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."

I started to think about how many times I haven't gone to Jesus because I felt I was unworthy, not measuring up or failed Him in some way. Why would He waste His time with me when I constantly mess up... why would He use a person like me, if I don't have my stuff together and I'm broken...

However, I'm slowly realizing that He isn't looking for perfection, but honest humility, as He gives grace to the humble. He says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

The Pharisees were constantly nit picking Jesus, pointing out something they thought wasn't right or something they thought needed to change... They probably thought, why would the Messiah be hanging out with these low life sinners and not us? The Pharisees thought highly of themselves, so much so, that they walked around acting like they were gods.

They were good at pointing out the defects in everyone else, but not in themselves. They could tell others that they should be doing, but they themselves weren't practicing what they preached. Hmmmm... I wonder how many of us do the same thing? And, how many of us love the unlovely in others? I can admit that I'm guilty as charged as I'm selective. (smile)

However, what if Jesus was selective and excluded me? What if He decided I wasn't good enough to love the unlovely in me? And trust me, there is plenty not to love about me, just ask my husband LOL!

Where would I be today if He didn't accept me a sinner? Or If He didn't want die for me? Thank you Jesus for loving me inspite of myself...

Here in My Life by Hillsong United:

Have a blessed day.

In His love,
Sister P.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The man with the withered hand...

Hello Saints...

I was talking to my brother for a bit yesterday and, I don't recall what exactly we were discussing, but I began to make reference to the parable in Matthew Chapter 12:9-13, of theman with the withered hand.

9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Now, picture this, you are growing up around these self-righteous, critical, religious people that will judge you for the slightest difference you have. This poor man had to grow up surrounded by these supposed perfect pious people... I'm sure he felt the inclination of hiding his hand from the scorn, ridicule and shame all his life... He knew he was different from the others, he had a disability; his withered hand.

So along comes Jesus... (smile)... it's the Sabbath, noone is suppose to do anything on the Sabbath, much less heal anyone! The man with the withered hand had to make a choice... either to risk exposing his withered hand so that Jesus could heal him or not...

I'm sorry, but that had to be difficult for him... all the old voices rising up in him, the fears of exposing his withered hand once again in front of his critical peers... and then, the doubts rose up, in that he thought of the possibility that what if his hand wouldn't be healed? I can just imagine what must of been going throughthis man's mind... But when Jesus said, "Stretch forth thine hand", he stretched it forth and Jesus healed him!!

Wow!!! That must have been such an amazing thing to witness, I wish I was there... as a matter of fact, I can't wait to talk to him up in Heaven and asked him how he felt and what it was like when Jesus healed him.I'm going to interview him up in there HA HA HA!

All joking aside... don't we all have a withered hand we are hiding? I know I do... which is why this parable touched me so... Jesus wants us to risk being vulnerable and exposed, so that He can ultimately heal us. It's like when you have an infection, if you cover it and don't expose it to air and such, it won't heal but get worse!

Jesus is our Great Physician and He longs for us to expose that "thing", whatever it is we've been hiding, so that He can heal it once and for all.

I end this meditation with a song I was listening to this morning by Sara Groves called, "It's Going to be Alright"and it is...

Have a blessed day and weekend!

In His love,Sister P.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Second Chances

Second Chance, sung by Monique Walker (Hezekiah Walker's wife)

I was walking this morning and meditating on how awesome God is to give us second chancesin life, not only does He give us second chances, but third, fourth, fifth... you get the point... I remember listening to this song years ago, over and over again... it deeply touched me asI prayed for God to give me a second chance... and He's given me more chances that I can't even number (smile).

I just want to encourage you today, that if any of you are struggling with feeling you arenot worthy to go to God because you failed Him in some way... I am here to tell you, thatHe forgives you and loves you unconditionally. Come as you are, He accepts you justwhere you at... and He's waiting for you...

Have a blessed day...

In His love,
Sister P.