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Dear Younger Me…

Blameless Dear Younger Me

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… I Forgive You!

Every Decision To Live For God Will NEVER Leave You With Regrets!

Dear Younger Me…

I forgive you for not loving, even abhorring, the beautiful beloved God created you to be…

I forgive you for living your life trying to blend in and be accepted where you did not belong…

I forgive you for believing that you had to do anything but “Just Be” to be loved…

I forgive you for trying to look and act like others while burying the uniqueness, the value and the qualities your true self radiates…

I forgive you for giving away your innocence and purity to a boy who was dared and did not care…

I forgive you for hiding underneath your umbrella of protection due to the insecurities built around rejection…

I forgive you for allowing fear to cheat and defeat you…

I forgive you for allowing the lies of the enemy to rule over your life, thereby living in strife…

I forgive you for not prancing through the poppy flower fields and for not dancing everywhere you pleased…

I forgive you for not believing you are enough as you plowed through the rough stuff…

I forgive you for trying to question and destroy the life that God intended as His prized possession…

I forgive you for every slash of your wrist that you could not resist to prove you did exist…

I forgive you for calling down the rapture as you drove yourself off that cliff that God decided to capture…

I forgive you for not living, laughing and loving instead of striving…

I forgive you for not fulfilling your marital vows promising to love until death do you part instead of drilling…

I forgive you for believing you must perform and conform in order to be loved…

I forgive you for allowing your life to be buried and wasted underneath every shovel full of shame and guilt instead of being carried during this game…

I forgive you for believing you were not worthy of unconditional love…

I forgive you for allowing being orphaned to be equated with an abortion…

I forgive you for every assault and violation that you felt you deserved to receive…

I forgive you for not standing up and demanding your voice be heard in objecting to your uncle’s constant hands all over your body that resembled more like worms squirming through dirt…

I forgive you for choosing alcohol, drugs, depression and denial as a vice to numb the pain instead of embracing God’s peace and grace…

I forgive you for having to lay down on the bed just to zip up your jeans…

Blameless Tight Jeans or Friendship

I forgive you for NEVER wanting to wear those jeans again… (Yep, that’s what it looks like!)

I forgive you for your mistakes and failures and feeling like a disgrace…

I forgive you for not believing that you are chosen, pursued and loved beyond measure that would have ushered God’s favor of healing into motion…

These imperfections, mistakes and failures are what led you to be the beautiful beloved you are; one that is pursued after and one whom is highly favored by our Lord and Savior.

Without these imperfections, choices and decisions, you would have missed out having this relationship with our Lord, not knowing or receiving His grace and tender mercies, much less embracing the beauty derived from the alchemy of transformation that salvation offers.

God gave and forgave much so you could see the strong, joyful, bold and courageous beloved that you are today in being His prized possession!

For that I am grateful!

One last thing: I do forgive you for living a life without God. Now you embrace with grace knowing every decision to live for God will never leave you with regrets!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

Blameless Living For God

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Soaring Above The Division!

Blameless Soaring

When We Understand Both Sides, How Do We Find Resolution?

My brief trip to Tahoe was amazing. Talk about prayers that moved mountains. It was infected, though, with “Christian issues” that I could not get out of my head or heart through prayer requests

I would love your input and understanding. I hate the evil in the world!

Children are so amazingly trusting and one of the main reasons why our Lord wants us to have a childlike heart engaging in our relationship with Him (Matthew 18). Children love and trust easily because they are not tarnished with adult feelings of shame, guilt or the insecurities that develop because of fear.

God holds us parents accountable for how we affect our child’s ability to trust, whether it’s hindering or influencing. There is no judgment or stone being cast here. I was a single mom working two jobs while raising my kids and let me say, I made my fair share of mistakes.

I did the best that I could do with the tools that I was equipped with! Admittedly, I transplanted my own fears and shame onto my kids.

Sunday at church, there was this beautiful family with lovely children sitting where every person coming into the congregation would pretty much have to walk past. They were sitting basically where they were showcased, right smack in the middle of the church, with no chairs in front of them and a ten-foot open space designed to guide you to your seats.

These children were “perfectly” groomed and “perfectly” acting. Every parent’s dream, right? They were greatly admired and easily acknowledged.

Being Grammy Tammy, I understand now why older folk love to acknowledge precious children. Children bring life through their gifts of innocence, wonder and infectious smiles.

I went up and introduced myself as we commonly do each week; getting to know our body of Christ. As I approached, the children’s eyes lit up. The mother, sadly, became agitated and quite angry with me when I tried to engage in a conversation. She was adamant that her children are NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO OR ANSWER STRANGERS!

Talk about shutting me down. I felt assaulted. I’m not used to that kind of reciprocation. My presence was not WELCOMED! Mama hissed and her claws of warning hurt like hell.

I do respect that. I get it our world is unsafe, is getting crazier, and we need protection. I also admit that I am not comfortable with my own grandchildren going into the children’s church unless I know the person teaching. That means I am still transposing my own fears and control.

Churches have always been targets for evil and not a place to let our guards down. There’s just more awareness of it today; thank God! The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Where do we meet in the middle to teach our children that fear has no rule in our lives? The way the mother approached this (yes, I am judging here), she is setting her kids up for failure by sequestering them because of her legitimate fears.

They were sitting in a spot that had eight to ten feet of open space around them to be displayed! Look, but don’t stop and say hi and share the joy?

If she’s really worried about strangers, shouldn’t they be sitting with chairs in front of them as a protective barrier? Just sayin’…

When I was in youth ministry, many of the high schoolers were home schooled. What a gift to give your children, but…

Keeping your children sequestered from the real world until they are 18 and then sent off to college just seems to be another invitation to disaster. How will they fight off the lures and temptations of the world if they’ve never been exposed to it beforehand?

Being a parent is hard, but I believe children need to be exposed to reality gently so they can watch how their parents react to situations and people, how the culture operates, and the peer pressures that are placed in society.

This mom was clearly adamant about her children being “protected” and that is her duty however she chooses to do so, but that anger slayed me right in half. I was overwhelmed with shame. I felt almost like loving on others and engagement were a crime.

Blameless Proverbs 22.6

So how do we steer children to Christ through our words, our examples and our acts of kindness when we refuse to allow them engagement with the world where we’re present?

As I turned for my chair in a pathetic sulk, I blessed those babies with the biggest smile I could blast and left the mother with a hand gesture:

Blameless Love Sign

Don’t I wish!

As I sat down and composed my pout, a young couple sitting in front of me looked, smiled and said hi. They had their three-year-old princess daughter named Alexandria with them. When the worship music began playing, this precious little girl captivated me. She extended both of her arms in the air so angelically as she swayed to the music. She was mirroring her parents’ actions perfectly.

As I praised God for this precious little girl worshiping the Lord freely and uninhibitedly until she left for children’s church, my heart tugged believing we should be instructing and teaching our children to engage in society without fear while protecting them with caution.

The Body of Christ is meant to gather for community, fellowship, to teach and encourage others to emulate the life of Christ that we all make a part of.

How are we emulating our Lord by teaching our children that everyone else is to be feared? Isn’t that developing division instead of building community and unity?

I get both sides, I really do. I am just trying to rise above the division while loving like Jesus in a world that is full of fear and evil.

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

Christians Don’t Have Issues, They Have Prayer Requests!

Checking Out Time

If Christians Don’t Have Issues, Then I’m Off To Lake Tahoe To Pray!

Someone’s Got To!

Seriously… Christians don’t have issues, they have prayer requests???

For whatever reason, I cannot stop laughing my assets off about this comical and engaging statement. You don’t have to walk very far to find humor here.

Sadly, this seems to be the attitude today in the church with all the hypocrisy and facades of some.

For the record, I am a Christian and I have issues. I’m not afraid to admit my imperfections, so…

This just glorifies my Father! I am only as strong as the grace extended and received!

Isn’t that where grace comes into play, anyways, into our issues?

There’s no need to hide from it or stuff it down further. Talk about emphasizing and making our “buts” bigger! But, but, but, but God…

Blameless Don't Get Dressed Without It

These issues are going to be there until we deal with them or buy new jeans. And buying a new pair of jeans each week is going to cost A LOT MORE than just monetarily! God will eventually tire of our “buts” and put us on a diet.

I’m going to try and pack lighter and clear out the garbage through prayer and application. I’ve been carrying around quite a load that I need to leave in Lake Tahoe. Time to dump and unload. My strength needs to focus on the present, not the funk from past hurts!

Our naivety believes our “image” is safe behind our facades. We need to take a look in the mirror. It follows us like a 5:00 o’clock shadow. What flows from our mouths exposes our hearts, and I want mine to flow out love.

There is freedom to gain when we admit our struggles and release them. This could be carrying around fear, shame, guilt or those horrible insecurities that lead us into actions and behaviors that are contrary to a loved and treasured child of God.

For me, the fear of judgment and condemnation interferes with my trust factor in allowing a sister and brother from another mother to shoulder my pain while holding me accountable. Betrayal issues hinder the blessings intended through community prayer! 

PRAYERS are meant to pull us in TOGETHER as we lean in to God to UNITE and claim the power of PRAYER!

That’s the beauty about prayer, we are leaning into God and snuggling in tight. He loves it when we are close enough to hear His heartbeat and gentle whispers. My heart loves and thrives on His heavenly smile.

The accountability partnership is powerful, if only we’ll trust. I want my attention or “issues” to be covered in prayer so I can love and love well while concentrating on emulating my beautiful Lord without tarnishing Him or my own character.

Admittedly, I have “issues” regarding abandonment and rejection due to being orphaned and abused that still gets triggered today even though I have received healing and forgiven my violators.

Let it go… Let it go… Let it go…

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the assaults against us. But if we let go of the pain of the past, we can lose that weight and give God room to move on our behalf to bring healing to our souls. What a great way to increase our faith while becoming lighter!

And we all want to be lighter, right? I know I do.

No room for all that dirty laundry and heavy baggage to carry around. It stinks in more ways than the obvious.

Life becomes beautiful and more peaceful when we quit talking about the past and making it worse than it actually is/was. Surrendering that bitterness and rage offers a yoke that is easy and the burden light.

This peace delivered is similar to the beauty found in watching a dove fly off towards freedom!

Blameless Dove

Doves are a symbol of hope, care and purity. Letting forgiveness clean and heal our beautiful hearts is freeing like the dove.

Totally breathtaking…

We’re only as powerful as those we do life with! This weekend, this tiny, yet potent, beautiful beloved delivered a sermon about the junk we accumulate through life that weighs us down. Her message was as powerful as her authenticity in being a treasured daughter of our Lord God Almighty.

That’s what I am striving for, being authentic through word and deed as I sojourn this side of heaven.

Thank you, Janice Bird. I want my life to be as powerful and impactful for the kingdom as yours. Talk about an attitude to boot!

I have issues just like everybody else does. I am choosing, though, to work through those in deep prayer while escaping to Lake Tahoe. I just hope the intensity of my prayers doesn’t pull the surrounding mountainous terrain into the lake tomorrow. I plan on moving mountains with my prayers.

Stay tuned!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

She Sat All Alone…

Blameless Belong All Alone

…Hiding Behind A Facade She Could No Longer Wear!

She sat all alone with her long brown hair covering her face. At first, it appeared as if she might be praying. But after a few minutes, the presence of her motionless body became awkward. I decided to break through the intensity of the silence by walking up to her and gently touching her hand.

After cutting through the tension, I softly spoke whereas not to scare her. Victims easily startle. “Excuse me, my name is Tammy,” I offered, as I reached out for her hand. That’s when her beautiful tear-stained blue eyes met up with mine. She wasn’t praying, she was hiding behind the facade that she could no longer wear and did not know how to react, much less breathe. 

Fear vs. Freedom

As we began to talk, I quickly gathered this beautiful heart was encountering the fight of her life: Fear vs. Freedom! I remember my own exact moment where my bloody screams for help were not met, nor my pleas to find someone, anyone, to listen to my voice and believe my story as a victim of violence.

My emotions were wrapped up so tightly, the moment anyone even brushed by my person, the unraveling would begin. The power that came from the turbulence unraveling knocked everyone down in its path.

Is that why no one would help? Possibly. Or was it because people were too afraid to get involved in the exposure underlining my veil of shame?

Two Minutes To Spare

My new friend had no idea that as she vomited out her fears, assaults and desperation right before me, God had already put into place a legal team and safe refuge. Talk about provision! You see, as she was freaking out, God already had all of us into place. Each person brought their own tools of grace and experience. No surprises here!

From the initial contact stemming from a friend about a friend of a friend, the next 37 hours would already be laid out with the right people, provision and plan of attack until the last tear dropped.

With two minutes to spare, this beloved’s greatest needs were being met with Love, kindness, and compassion that only victims of heinous crimes would understand. God knew and that’s why He divinely orchestrated all of us together.

Even if we would have had the time to meticulously and carefully plan everything accordingly to fit into place, including traffic from one courthouse to another, documentation preparation, legal team, court appearances, services conducted at the jail, and medical attention, it would have been chaos and met with resistance.

As I sat there nibbling, even chewing, on some of the words flying off the pages of the legal documents, hearing stories of tragedy and heartache from lost souls who have lost their power to fight and plow through to freedom was all too familiar and chilling.

Offering an extending hand to try and console victims with protection and guidance requires more than a big box of tissues and patience because with their issues, they are so emotionally spent and beat up, it’s hard to stop the blood from pouring out. They have cried so much, their tears are no longer clear. They are blood red.

For these violated beloveds, all they want is for their voice to be heard whether it’s appropriate or not. Now that they know they’re being heard, it’s hard for them to stay on point and quiet down. Someone cares. Someone listens. Someone hears. Someone believes. Someone supports. Someone understands.

Someone sticks around long enough to pour love into the torture and remove the handcuffs that have bound and held them captive.

Now there is eye contact that comforts instead of shames. Life that is loved and not harmed. New world filled with hope. Justice prevails. Healing begins. Lives restored. New life begins.

God’s Orchestration Is Always Perfect

Being at the end of our rope does not mean all hope is lost. We’re never lost to God, EVER!  We may move away from Him, but He is right there alongside of us. How else would a random stranger whom you’ve never met before be available for you right at this precise moment, an emergency one to boot, who could help you conquer these mounting legal issues along with comfort and understanding?

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When You’re At The End Of The Rope, Look Up.  God Is At The End With Hope!

Isn’t it funny how we may feel at the end of the rope, but when we look up, God is standing there at the end with hope? God’s Love and intervention never fails.

With two minutes to spare, we both looked at each other and smiled and laughed. God took care of the whole traumatic mess. Every “i” was dotted and every “t” was crossed. Not only did we share tears, lives, and bread, but we were blessed with new friendships. We now share a ray of light and hope in each other’s lives as we came together as a team and watched God show off amazingly all because God loves to give!

Talk About Provision and Protection!

Blameless Rainbow That Keeps Giving

I have been refined through many trials of suffering. Now I get to marvel and see how God has transformed my own life through the reflection of the beloveds God puts in my life to help bridge the gap between women escaping a violent environment and being assaulted to Beautiful Beloveds living in peace and freedom. When those shackles are removed, there is power knowing their voices will continue to be heard!

We all can be richly blessed in helping others when we allow ourselves to be inconvenienced and our lives to be interrupted with two minutes to spare.

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

Take The Time To…

Blameless Hebrews 6.19

Before It’s Too Late, I’m Taking Time To…

Live, Laugh, Love!

Care to join me?  I don’t know about you, but I’m numb, sad, angry, walking and living in smoke-filled ruins all due to the tragedies and heartache that seem to accompany each step sojourned this side of heaven. 

Between funerals, our roaring fires in California, the earthquakes in Mexico, to the tragic shootings in Las Vegas, along with the hurricanes that flooded and destroyed the south and surrounding tropical islands, it’s been a rough few months.  It hard to see the beauty, walk in the hope and remain joyful.

I have decided that before it’s too late, I’m going to take the time to live, laugh and love by utilizing some self-compassion and kindness on myself.  My heart and soul needs to be poured into and restored with a whole lot of sunshine.  Abiding in all hope!

Good Morning, Sunshine

Today I’m Going To…

Today I’m going to…  Take the time to remember that God loves me and He goes before me to prepare the way.

Today I’m going to…  Thank my Lord for His protection and provision even when I don’t understand everything as it develops.

Today I’m going to…  Take as much time as I need to receive the love and comfort that is being offered and poured into me.

Today I’m going to…  Tell someone, anyone, that I love them and that their life matters by pouring the love that is richly sprinkled over me into their lives!  What a privilege God gave us to be able to love!

Today I’m going to…  Stop and think.  Really think.  What a concept!  To be still in complete silence with absolutely no influence or distractions from TV, internet, or my phone.  Now that’s a source of power to plug into!

Today I’m going to…  Choose to be happy.  That’s a choice that we ourselves make, choose to be happy!

Today I’m going to…  Take the time and be okay with, maybe even fall back in love with, who I am and be comfortable in my own skin.

Today I’m going to…  Remember that being a people-pleaser robs me of my worth and value along with the boundaries that are meant to hedge in my protection.  My life shouldn’t be performed with a “me-focused” striving, it’s about being “Jesus-focused.”

Today I’m going to…  Be me!  Be beautiful me!  There’s power in acceptance.

Today I’m going to…  Go outside and play.  Unleash the little girl that still exists inside my beating heart.  Skipping along while singing a song is said to be the fountain of youth.

Today I’m going to…  Laugh out loud, even giggle, until it hurts my belly.  It is, after all, music to our souls.

Today I’m going to…  Dance in the streets or retail stores and grab someone to join along with me!  Now that’s grocery shopping!

Today I’m going to…  Read several different books.  After all, reading is the fountain of all wisdom.

Today I’m going to…  Pray.  I want to unleash that power that has been neglected.

Today I’m going to…  Be friendly and purposely engage with others to help them achieve a glorious smile.  After all, a cheerful heart is great medicine.

Today I’m going to…  Give to someone in need.  Life’s too short to be selfish.  Needs are everywhere we look.

Today I’m going to…  Take some time and work.  God gave me these gifts for success.

Today I’m going to…  Look in the mirror, without makeup and clothes on (hardest one for me), and thank God for creating and molding me, battle scars and all, into His beautiful masterpiece!  I can’t love unless I first love myself.  And that’s so stinkin’ hard!

Today I’m going to…  Cry!  Death and destruction surround my life so I must mourn that which is lost.

Today I’m going to acknowledge this amazing hope that we have which is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.  Talk about reassurance of the love and encouragement that is ours when we find shelter in our Lord. 

My prayer is that we take the time to mediate on a few of these self-compassion elements and apply them to our lives.  We are imperfect beings living in a world that demands perfection, and it’s hard not to get caught up into those expectations.  When we apply kindness, truths, comfort and understanding to ourselves, we are caring for the truly important and beautiful beloveds we are.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain… (Hebrews 6:19).  That’s hope that is secure and totally immovable just like the anchor that holds the ship stable in a violent storm.

Until next time…

Thank You For Taking The Time To Be Beautiful You!

Good Morning, Sunshine

 

Impossible? Wait, The Word Says Im-Possible! Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Blameless I Am Possible

Impossible = I’m Possible

My God Says All Things Are Possible 

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Don’t ever tell a precious three-year-old, much less any treasured daughter of the King, that anything is impossible!  Apparently, this adorable beloved knows full well she’s loved and called.  And as such, she expects nothing short of encouragement and freedom to be and do all she was designed and created to be.  Her response, “Impossible means I’m Possible.  Watch me!”

Sigh….  Be still, my heart!  ♥♥

Hello Beautiful!  I pray that you’re allowing the Lord to send down His angel armies to help shield you from the enemy and to help fight your battlefields.  I know God has reached down in a powerful way helping me walk through the death of a dear friend while fighting my own fears and anger these past couple of weeks. 

With so much destruction surrounding us, we need some love to help navigate through all this evil and hate and help in pulling us through it.  I know it seems as if I’m crawling towards the finish line now.  Panic can be brutal and quite paralyzing.  How can we fight our battles when we can’t move?

God Calls Us His Beloveds Because He Designed Us To Be-Loved! 

Oh, what an amazing luxury, being a treasured daughter of the King, to be able to call upon and reach out towards the Lord God Almighty for help and to be loved.  That’s why God calls us His Beloveds, because He designed us to Be-Loved!  It’s that time again, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

Reaching out to God to Be-Loved and Be-Healed is the greatest gift we can give to Him!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I become so frustrated with life and people, whether it’s due to the daily mundane tasks or posing challenges or the maniac reactions of others, but Blameless Childlike Faith Matthew 18.3I just become irritated and weary in doing good.  I stumble as I fumble.  I want that child-like heart like my granddaughter who awakens sick with a high fever and snotty nose and yet, she is so excited to just embrace this new day, she does not allow any interference of negativity or worry to influence and alter her cheerful attitude.  She is ready to rumble and tumble.

Talk about embracing life with a childlike heart.  No wonder the Lord tells us in Matthew 18:3, Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

And let me share, if she has even half the feistiness of this Grammy Tammy, she will turn right around with one hand on her hip and her other hand and pointer finger flailing through the air with great attitude boldly proclaiming, “Well, I’m possible.  Watch me.”  Now that’s spunk and attitude worthy of practicing.

Nothing Is Impossible! 

After all, the Word says I’m Possible!

Famous words from the beautiful beloved, Audrey Hepburn, “Nothing is impossible.  After all, the word [Word] says I’m Possible!”  What Audrey Hepburn probably didn’t realize when she made that statement, or maybe she did, was that she was announcing very loudly what both Mark and Matthew state in the Bible that with God, all things are possible.

Impossible?  No, I’m Possible!

We know Truths in the Bible are important when they’re emphasized by several individuals or the message’s importance is stated three times like John seems to do frequently when he points out the unique significance.  He may act like a nagging wife at times, but those truths are heard and well received! 

Both apostles Matthew and Mark point out in Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27 how “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Weekly Challenge:  Let’s approach this week with a childlike heart and trust in our Papa God believing that nothing is impossible.  Instead, let’s walk out, “after all, the Word says I’m Possible instead of impossible.”  Every time you catch yourself saying, “This is too hard, God, it’s impossible,” let’s put the Great I Am in front of the Possible and walk boldly exclaiming, “I’m Possible.” 

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

Sailing… Takes Me Away To Where I’ve Always Heard It Could Be…

Blameless Psalm 84.12

 

Just A Dream & The Wind to Carry Me…

Trusting Your Future To The One Who Died For You!

The devoted and reassuring words spoken from His heart as He leaned in close delivered only what this treasured daddy’s little girl needed.  I snuggled in tight as I gave up the fight and did right by surrendering into His everlasting arms.  God’s Spirit gently whispered sweet affirmations deep into my heart, “You are my precious beloved.  I paid a dear price for you and 19679409_477832245885368_6598606206936840494_ono one will ever take that away from you.  For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).”

As I left His presence, my heart was full knowing hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us (Romans 5:5).  You see, I fell in love with this man who died for me and so I was able to set sail confidently without any fear of harm.

The wind represents the Holy Spirit

I don’t know if you’ve ever been sailing, but to me sailing offers great solace and freedom to just be.  This peace and tranquility you receive while being in sync with the navigation system offers smooth sailing.  This is comparable to how we respond to life’s crises in hearing the gentle whispers of our Lord offering comfort and strength.

The beautiful lyrics of Christopher Cross’ “Sailing” sums up my sentiments exactly:  “Well, it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me.  And if the wind is right, you can sail away and find tranquility…  Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be.  Just a dream and the wind to carry me, and soon I will be free.”

The Holy Spirit works like the wind beneath a sailboat.  Sailing depends on and engages with the wind to propel it on the surface of the water to get it to its desired destination.  Sailboats use the force of the wind to guide its progress.  We need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and sometimes force to direct and steer our lives when we become confused or complacent.

Sailing romances the wind.  You can flirt with the wind by observing it and have fun by dancing or even wooing it.  It’s playful!  This playing around with all the different wind directions equips you with the skills to sojourn more freely.  You adapt to its governance by learning the subtleties of its constant changes and acceptance. 

What a romance, accepting and adapting to its constant changes knowing the wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (John 3:8). 

Wind cannot be controlled, it just must be accepted and adapted.  And with the world being filled with hurricane-strength evil, we need to change our hearts filled with hate and replace and unite together with love.  We cannot accomplish this until we love and trust God with our lives that walk and know Him.

Romancing the wind is similar to loving and trusting our Lord!

Our soul’s interaction with God is synonymous with the wind and sail.  We can accept the serenity of what is while following God’s lead which offers peace and protection or we can go at it alone seeking to control and manipulate the outcome leading to destruction.  We cannot control what the Lord allows to enter into our lives, but we can control our attitudes and responses.  Our role and focus should be with knowing and understanding His gentle whispers and breezes by sensing His direction before we set out for sail. 

How do we do this?  It takes time to learn, but the benefits bring lasting rewards like peace.  We cannot always control life.  Storms sweep by literally blowing us off course, thereby changing the direction abruptly requiring tacking, which is the turning of the boat’s head directly into and through the wind in order to make progress.  That takes resolve and practice to master.  But when we’re receptive to the changes and adapt to its current, we can work with it and gain smooth sailing again.

When we don’t know what the future holds and have dreams tucked into the folds of our hearts, a relationship with the Lord and brave prayer opens the doorway for the Spirit’s help. 

When I’m in pain or fearing the future, I often feel as if I can’t trust anyone.  The only one I have learned and experienced to trust, one whom never leaves or forsakes us, is My Lord.  God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill (Numbers 23:19)?

The Holy Spirit leads like the wind beneath our sail.  We would bode well to surrender all our dreams to the Lord and graciously follow His directive.  As Psalm 84:12 announces, Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!