Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Hello blessed children of God,
I hope your Spring has gotten off to a good start. I hope the warmth of the sun is peeking through the gloomy darkness and the cold is moving away. I hope by now, I would have given birth to a beautiful baby boy or girl. Thanks to those of you have been going on this journey (TGI Saturdays) with me and welcome to those of you visiting for the first time.
If you are wondering why I am speaking to you as though I don’t know what’s going on in my own life. Here’s the reason why. This is a pre-scheduled post set to publish on March 25th, but in actual fact I’m writing it on January 12th. I am preparing for a blogging break, while I await our family’s new arrival.
It’s like when cooking mamas fill their family’s freezer with pre-cooked meals, that they simply need to pop in the oven or microwave to prepare and eat. I’m filling my “virtual freezer” with 19 weeks worth of pre-cooked post. I’m calling this pre-scheduled post series “Saturday Inspirations,” designed to inspire, uplift and encourage. I hope they do.
I’m using poems I’ve written in the past as my inspiration for post ideas for this series. By the way, this is TGI Saturdays 61st blog hop. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come.
Nevertheless, I’d still very much love to hear from you, via words of prayers and encouragement, and/or answering today’s community question. I’ll be checking in when I can for your comments. They’ll truly be a blessing to me.
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:1 (KJB)
It’s usually around this time of year that churches install new church members. At least, for me, that’s how it has happened. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself mature in my Christian walk, nor would I say I’m a babe. As far as I have come in my journey of life and as much as I have seen God come through for me time and time, even in my hardest season, one I never thought I could possibly live through. I can’t imagine going back into the world and turning away from His providential care. I want others to know of God’s love. I want them to know the peace that comes with knowing you don’t have to do it all on your own or have it all figured out. That’s just too much pressure. What a blessing it is just to rest in God’s love and take life one step at a time, knowing that in God’s perfect timing it will all work out for our good. I’d like to share with you, a poem I wrote a couple years back, when my Pastor asked me to read one of my poems on a day our church was installing new members. I wrote this poem with those new members in mind.
Warnings and Encouragement to New Believers
My friend, don’t you know your journey is still new
And Satan still has his eye on you
He knows you have not journeyed far enough away
To see his true colors day by day
He knows if he makes your path rocky and rough
and being a good Christian kind of tough
You may come back to the world of sin
Ignore the call of the spirit within
He knows he still stands a chance with you
So he’s going to do what ever he can do
To get you back before it’s too late
before your ties to him you completely break
he’s going to mess with your thoughts,
Manipulate your thinking
Fill you with doubts and fears
Until you start sinking
Into a vulnerable place of despair
And at your weakest he’ll attack you there
But remember this, unless you let him
Satan can not defeat
You are in an Army that can’t be beat
You must put on your Armor protection
Prayer, God’s word and deep reflection
Draw from God’s strength and not your own
Don’t try to battle the Devil alone
You are surrounded by many soldiers in this Army
So on your own, you don’t have to face our strongest adversary
Call on God’s people to have your back
Remember, you can always count on that
You are not going to have it all figured out
That’s not what this journey’s about
Your past desires won’t change right away
But believe in the power of prayer
You will fall short of God’s glory, from time to time
But God forgives each and every time
He knows your struggles, He know your heart
Keep on trying to do your part
God will change you piece by piece
Until past desires won’t appeal in the least
You don’t have to clean up before you let Him in
Just let Him in and he’ll do the transforming
Then a new born in Christ, you will be
If you just hold on to your destiny
Don’t take your eyes off Him not for a minute
And this war, you will win it
Written by L.J.G.B (me)
Peace, Love and Blessings to you.
How can we be an encouragement to new believers?