Month: February 2019

The Promise of Pursuit: Pursuit of Passion pt 5

“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” ~ DEUT. 2:7 Over the past month, we have journeyed through the concept and truths of our pursuits of passion. By the Grace of God, we have learned where our passions come from, what it means to pursue, and with what posture we need to pursue with Christ always at the center and head of it all. But even with all of this, there will still be times in our journey that we face discouragement and even find ourselves questioning if our efforts and even our pursuit was worth it. There are several reasons why we may ever get to these places; maybe our pursuit seems fruitless after an extended time. Maybe there was once life but now it seems the fruits of our labors have shriveled up into laughable dried stumps of lost potential. Maybe we question if we were ever really pursuing …

Treat Yourself! The Blessings Found in Showing Yourself Love

Valentine’s day was nearly a good month away when I began plotting with delight how I was going to, for the first time in my near thirty-seven years, treat myself with love and kindness. Now, before we get the wrong idea, let me just say I’ve always believed that I have treated myself well but I have never really ‘treated’ myself. Sure, I have gone out just like the next person and purchased myself something that I had desired, but this…this was different. This was celebrating love for me! Okay, I know that still sounds a bit vain, but journey along with me and I think you will catch the revelation. Valentine’s, as I stated in my article A Valentine From Your Father, was more of an acquaintance than a moment of romance that I had ever experienced. Having truly spent my adult years circling around a relationship with the opposite sex but never being drawn in to the point of having an established relationship, I had always felt disqualified from the fantasy and delight …

A Golden Confession: A Short Story by Candice Coates

He sat his cup down and pressed his lips together in a hard line. She didn’t know if his expression was due to the bitterness of the brew or what she’d just said. “I’m sorry!” she spat out. “I shouldn’t have said anything,” she tried to press the burn of embarrassment from her cheeks with her trembling hands that had grown surprisingly cold despite the heat of the cup she’d been gripping as if it were a lifeline. She’d clearly not gripped tight enough. She felt as if she were on the verge of death, dying of utter humiliation. Worse, it was her own doing. Why had she never learned to keep her mouth shut? At least she had already put in her resignation. Hazel eyes, that normally shown with flecks of gold, green, and brown simmered like deep emeralds. He stared at her, seeming to not blink, his lips slowly drawing from stiffness to softness, but his eyes continued to blaze. “I’m sorry, Mr. Gold,” she apologized again. “You see? This is why … …

Safe Pastures of Pursuit: Faith for Creatives

“Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Also delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine out like light, and your justice as the noonday sun. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Don’t fret because of Him who prospers in His way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.” PSALMS 37:3‭-‬7 WMB It seems almost counterintuitive when you read Psalms 37 and ponder the pursuits of your heart. Your heart is filled with God-given dreams and goals for a successful life and contrary to the instructions of the Psalmist, to wait on God and rest in His timing, human nature tells you that in order to see these things come to life you have to join the rat race, hustle, strive, push, accept the pain if you want to achieve the gain. The ‘noise’ …

The Kindling Spark: Musings on Love & Romance

The look on his face The taste of his lips Was nothing short of sublime The honey-sweet savor encompassed my soul The instant his lips touched mine The first of that moment The kindling spark Birthed fire within our dance The flavor of passion In an innocent kiss Spoke whispers of Romance THE POWER OF THE KISS Kiss– If my memory serves me correctly the Hebrew word, ‘Nashaq’ used for ‘kiss’ also means ‘to kindle or ignite.’  In Syriac, ‘to smell.’ An Arabic translation for the word means, ‘to fasten together.’** Basically “To kiss is to kindle or ignite with the scent of fastening together”. (On what it means to “fasten together,” I’m going to encourage you to use your blessed imagination.) In short, WOW! Adhering to this truth, one that is not widely shared among the young in love or even those who are seasoned, I am only made to view the act of kissing as something far more sacred and special than our modern world has made it out to be. Where some …

A Valentine from Your Father

Valentine’s Day.  I’ve always loved it. As a child, my dad would always come home with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and a teddy bear for me and my little sister. It was a delight. Daddy loves you. Who doesn’t thrive there? When I hit my early teen years my dad’s gifts kind of trickled off but my Granddaddy began to send me flowers through the mail. It was such a heart-filling act that, as I write this brings tears to my eyes. My granddaddy is no longer on this side of Heaven, but the fruit of his acts live on. My Granddaddy loved and loves me. In undergrad or university, the guys in the art department pooled their money and purchased all the ladies in the program flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. Then they went around campus delivering them to us as a surprise. Wow, unexpected care and appreciation. They saw me…they saw us. Now as a single woman, well in my thirties I realize Valentine’s Day has always been more of an ‘acquaintance’ of …

The Joy of A Spiritual Love Affair: Faith for Creatives

“For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” ~PSALM 84:10 To look upon the one you love and to say that one day with them, in their presence alone, is better than 1,000 days put together is a mighty statement. These words are the embodiment of an incredible love affair and devotion. Have you ever been in love? Have you ever felt so strongly for another soul? Whether you have or not the truth still remains that we all were created with the desire for such a great love. The beauty, being made as we are, is that we are blessed to experience this kind of love and its greatest fulfillment. This love that never ceases but ever makes us aware of its intense sweetness, is the spiritual love that we all can have with God through trusting faith in His Only Son, Christ Jesus. His righteous, unrelenting love will NEVER LEAVE US NOR …

Celebrations that Suit Your Season: by Bri Lassiter

It’s not always easy to celebrate holidays based on what part of life we find ourselves in. Whether you’re facing a health difficulty, financial struggles, family issues, loss, or simply any type of transition that’s preventing you from celebrating how you normally would, its comforting to find a way to adapt your current situation to still experience the joy and comfort that holidays bring. This Valentine’s Day I’m finding my health abilities are a bit different than they’ve been in the past, and I’m not up to going out to celebrate with a romantic dinner date like my hubby and I usually do. But since Valentines Day has ALWAYS been something we’ve made a big deal about, I started trying to find a solution that adapted my physical needs to our way of celebrating. So it’s a candlelit dinner at home this year, with a full meal already cooked for me from a local Fresh Market. It’s a great solution for our life change, and be encouraged that if you too, find yourself wanting to …

Points of Pursuit: Pursuit of Passion pt 4

“Commit your deeds to the Lord, and your plans shall succeed.” ~PROVERBS 16:3 In this life, no matter where you currently stand, there will come a time in your journey that you will desire to have more love, better relationships, profession, more money to pour into your passions, and success in balancing all of them. In our youth, we have the awkward moments of sampling what love and relationship with the opposite sex look like. We are giving crash courses in high school and undergrad or university, where we are expected to be good managers of our time and the ‘fruits’ of labors we are expected to produce. In and through it all, even into early adulthood, middle-aged life and beyond, the pursuit of success is the driving force toward our passion. During the season of ‘love,’ the rise for the pursuit of a romantic relationship and the refreshing tingle of endorphins is hard to miss. Having this desire is not a sin, but how we choose to meet these needs (inherent as they are …

The Impossible Romance: From Novels to Now Through Christ’s Example

*Revised from March 3, 2016 Women, as well as some men, love the idea of an impossible romance; where the heroine, despite the circumstances, is still found to be worth winning, worth pursuing, worth redeeming by her unforeseen love, until against all odds he wins her heart and heals its brokenness. The recipe for most romance novels tends to stay upon that common thread. Women want to read about redemptive love. I believe this is why women are more open to accepting the grace, truth, and love of Christ. He comes as the Hero of the ultimate, impossible, love story, sacrificing Himself for a bride who doesn’t know how to love Him in return, doesn’t see her own brokenness, or His value upon first glance. But when she, the bride, the heroine, does come to herself and allows His redemptive love, she finds her home in His heart where she thrives magnificently. Romance novels offer this balm to the unspoken ache that all woman carry. The bible says that we are not meant to be alone, that He …