God’s Great Love Changes Everything!

Blameless Martin

God’s Great Love Changes Everything!

Love Offers Hope.  Hope Develops Confidence.  Confidence Leads To Action.  Action Results In Change!

Albert Einstein was onto something when he stated, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!”

When we encounter homeless beloveds, our natural reaction generally triggers dismay along with blinders because it exposes the depth of our hearts.

Shallowness!

Ouch!  If you’re anything like I used to be, you become appalled when you encounter the homeless.  Do you discount them as losers?  Even refer to them as junkies and beggars with mental illness?  Or do you judge and group them together as lost souls who are polluting our rivers and streams and becoming public safety toxins?

Sadly, Einstein’s analogy is exactly how we, as a society, have been operating and dealing with the homeless.  We need to facilitate an emergent change because this homeless epidemic is out of control and it’s birthing hate, division and war instead. 

Casting and shifting blame onto our overwhelmed governmental programs, lack of law enforcement implementation and nonprofit organizations scrambling to find needed finances to create shelters, carrying the full weight of society’s expectations in finding a remedy obviously has failed.  We need education and awareness of this process while becoming part of the front lines that are no match to this Goliath.

Blameless and Forever Free Ministries continues to become equally frustrated at the increasing numbers.  This nonprofit has found that incorporating God’s Great Love and treating the homeless as our own family with the addition of their “A Beautiful You” homeless events where outreach is geared towards providing nourishment spiritually, physically and emotionally is conquering this battlefield one life at a time, one day at a time.

Should we give up because society dictates a numbers game so responsibility is relinquished? 

Every life matters so one life saved is victory!

The founder of Blameless and Forever Free Ministries has spent the last year doing life with the homeless, getting to know the need underlying the needs, and is going to try as humbly as possible to share her raw, true feelings comparing the pain and shock from the loss of her own first husband succumbing to the death delivered from alcohol addiction, depression along with homelessness, to spending a Friday evening eating dinner and listening to the story of a working homeless man, to starting a charitable organization catered to the many facets of homelessness.

Homelessness hurts and effects everyone.  Whether you’re a family member, an ex-spouse, a child/parent, taxpayer, you name it, we’re all being effected one way or another.  We can no longer relinquish responsibility.

I pray that I can somehow share openly my past judgments with candor while offering awareness to just how long it takes to cut through the bureaucratic red tape to find governmental help along with the stigma that mental illness carries to a world who is just now being introduced to the painful consequences that has been swept underneath the rug for generations. 

I am going to start showcasing one homeless beloved a month so you might understand their story; how they get to where they are and why they still remain abandoned and rejected.  Shame is a hard outer shell to crack through, much less rehabilitate.

The man above is Martin.  Martin thought he was going to die homeless with his Stage 4 colon cancer.  Outreach offered me the ability to befriend Martin, engage in fellowship with him, along with introducing him to Christ. 

Martin’s lens had been clouded and tainted by life, pain delivered through tragedy and rejection, but once we got him reading glasses, a Bible, and a whole lot of love emulating our Beautiful Jesus, Martin soon realized his life mattered.  He didn’t need as much alcohol that once dictated every decision he made (liquid courage, NOT!!!).  He realized he belonged and is now living comfortably in Sacramento with his sister and family. 

Martin, I love you and miss you dearly.  Thank you for teaching me the simplicity in sharing that I’m not the only one who becomes giddy watching the twilight of the moon dance through the trees while howling like a wolf when the moon becomes full. 

Blameless Homeless Rite-Aid

My mission with Blameless and Forever Free Ministries is not to encounter the appalling picture above anymore encamped alongside of our grocery stores.  Not all homeless want help, including Martin’s friend passed out in the photo above, but roughly 40% of our homeless do. 

And with our amazing God and all the precious beloveds dedicated to being His hands and feet, contributing to the welfare and outpouring of God’s Great Love, rehabilitation is awakened, proving with God, all things are possible! 

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

 

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I Want To Know What Love Is…

I Want To Know What Love Is…

I Want You To Show Me

The words paralyzing her heart matched the lyrics of the song playing, Love Hurts. “Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds and marks any heart not tough or strong enough to take a lot of pain. Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain. Love hurts. Love is like a flame, it burns you when it’s hot. Love hurts…”

Oooooh, love hurts!

My heart be like a drum when I hear her brearhe

Unlock Our Hearts, Lord!

As we took a break from cleaning up the holiday’s festivities, I noticed how there was a common theme to the music playing. Even though I was singing along intuitively while tidying up, I forgot how amazing the good ‘ole music from the ’70s and ’80s was.

Talk about living in an era that knew how to write music, especially songs about broken hearts and the power that love distributes and locks up; good and bad.

Songs like Nazareth’s Love Hurts, Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is speak to the pain delivered from love that fails and dies.

We’ve all had our hearts broken a time or two. I am no exception to that kind of pain. The lyrics mirrored some of the pain I lived through with the abuse, adultery, abandonment and rejection. Deep scarring pain…

Blameless Clouds of Hearts

Is Love Really Just A Lie Made To Make You Blue?

As my sweet friend sheds a few tears being blue about the lies that came from her game called love, we reminisce about days past laughing our assets off. We were quickly reminded how the Lord knows our hearts, loves us and grieves right alongside of us.

Since He created us free-spirited, wild and crazy girls who just want to have fun, that means He has one amazing personality because we are made in His image, you know (Genesis 1:27).

Ha, the spoiled brat I am! Daddy’s little girl…

Tam Pic Sammy 2

No sooner than we started giggling, B-52’s song called the Love Shack came on and we were quickly reminded that God is such a good, good father to His treasured daughters. He cares and hears our longings through loneliness. He replaced my sweet friend’s discouragement and despair into singing, laughing and lots of dancing.

We repeated this song at least a dozen times; no kidding…

My mind stills and turns reflective as I sit for a moment of rest. As I offer praises of gratitude for God’s direct intervention and His perfect timing, I hear His gentle whispers speaking to my heart, “You are my bride. I want you to receive more of my love. For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, and give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Live more deeply in My Love for 2018.”

My heart’s desire yearns, “Show me more love, Lord. Show me how to live and go deeper in your Great Love.”

Blameless Proverbs 3.5

Being the Brides of Christ, Knowing Our Groom Is Essential!

Being a bride of my Lord, I want to go deeper and do it right. Failed marriages have left nothing but a trail of tears filled with heartache and pain. Fears heighten inadequacies and shackle us making it hard to trust when we’re wrapped tightly around the enemy’s lies. 

What is love anyways? The Lord can show us what His Great Love offers. His love is unconditional, full of protection, pursuit, serenading, secure, full of honor, support and LIFE!

What beloved does not want to be pursued and serenaded? Hello…

God’s outpouring of Love is not like mankind’s. His Love is not conditional on ANYTHING! He loves us despite what He knows about us, you know, our deceiving and ugly hearts at times (John 13:27-38).

Can I hear amazing grace? Hello…

2018 offers a fresh start with new beginnings. New life. New opportunities. New hopes and dreams. An outpouring of Love so great, you’ll never be the same again.

The Lord plants His seeds of love, care and affection meticulously. Like many beautiful rose gardens, our lives will grow and bloom (blossom, baby) right where we’re planted.

Oh, and God loves to show off so be prepared…

Blameless Heart Love 3

God intercedes in His perfect timing, but we have to be open and receptive to His Love. That takes a relationship. He works through such fun and amazing ways. Like turning on the B-52’s Love Shack at the perfect moment.

He cares and is concerned about EVERYTHING, our daily mundane tasks to the health of our hearts. After all, God is love. Love doesn’t have to hurt. Perfect Love heals. Love is a beautiful thing that God offers, whether we deserve it or not. That’s why having a relationship with Him is so satisfying and magical.

We all get lonely now and then and fall apart. We tire to listening to the sounds of our own tears. We feel nervous and anxious about our futures because years go by without our desires being fulfilled. This terrifies us.

But when we need God and need to be held and coddled, He is there. He will never forsake us. He’s always right alongside of us holding our hand. God is telling us to turn around, bright eyes. You’re beautiful!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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These Boots Are Made For Walking…

… And That’s Just What They’ll Do!

One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you!

She took a few hard steps forward, slammed the car door shut with her left leg exposing the knee-high boots underneath her sweater. Talk about announcing her presence! She inhaled confidence and exhaled grace as she strutted up to the doorstep looking just as good as her attitude…

One teeny-weeny secret about me: I love boots, especially high-heeled ones. There is just something powerful about high heeled boots that make me feel beautiful and playful. You know that confidence that exudes a radiant beloved who is one polished and refined mama! Ha!

That’s confidence with an attitude to boot…

How about you, is there something in your wardrobe that makes you feel especially beautiful and gives you that extra skip in your step resembling power and even playtime? Please tell me I’m not alone.

I love my cowboy boots as they offer sass to go along with the class, but they lack spunk with the funk. I find myself wanting to line dance more often than not instead of walking along, and with life being a dance (hush-hush)…

I end up looking more like (hush-hush)…

Talk about fellowship that won’t soon be forgotten! Enough said…

The flat heeled kind, that’s what I predominantly wear for comfort and practicality, along with keeping my height under six feet. They keep me subdued, somewhat restrained, with an ease to hide behind my clothes and feelings. Do I hear bloating and PMS?

But throw in a pair of high-heeled boots that extend over the knee, can I hear a great big Hallelujah!

What us poor girls go through just to look and feel beautiful. We even go so far as to tape up our second two toes together or we wear these orthotics to somehow or another trick our brain into thinking that the pain caused from the six-inch heal isn’t really harming us.

Blameless Ballet Bruised

 

Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit here with my visualization, but…

Those feet are caused from hours of hard work to bring us the beauty and grace of dance.

Why is it we can have great hair days, plenty of rest (what’s that?), glowing skin and plenty of Jesus time before we walk out of our mad houses where we feel good about ourselves, but there’s something extra special about a new outfit or perceived image we project.

Does God want us wearing high-heeled boots over our knees just to feel lovely and confident enough? No. He wants us to walk out our faith knowing we’re beautiful and our boots are made for walking. We are clothed in splendor and grace. Righteousness is our fashion along with the unique qualities and characteristics that only WE HAVE (yay baby!).

So what are our motives for bringing pain just in order to look good?

Meet Master of Destruction!

Blameless Boots Are Made For Walking

No, I’m not drinking. I’m just sharing how ludicrous even I am willing to go to feel beautiful at times. And since I’m sulking under ice, I’ll let you laugh right alongside of me.

So Fridays are generally my shopping days. Retail therapy helps soothe the pain from the loss of expectations and the problems my son has found himself in being housed in county jail.

I leave behind a piece of my tattered and bleeding heart each time I say goodbye to our weekly “video visitation” sessions. There’s something about a mother’s love; it is relentless and unconditional no matter what… well, at least that’s unconditional love like God’s Great Love… but there are times you wonder how your heart can keep beating when you’re wearing it on your sleeve instead.

I generally pray something like this before shopping:

Father God, I pray you will grant me the grace to shop wisely and not extravagantly to cover and wrap up my depleted heart so I may be focused instead on the many beloveds in need of your Great Love!

I’m not that selfless either!

So we happened to be shopping with a purpose: For wedding shoes. Trying to find the perfect high heels to wear for a wedding can spell trouble with a capital T.

The pain in my heart alerted me to an exciting pair of boots that were not only forbidden, but not on the agenda both financially or time well spent. And of course, I just happened to fall in love with a pair of boots that only a woman 30 years younger could and should wear, and only for a few minutes I might add.

Remember what Master of Destruction looks like? Deception…

Blameless Boots Are Made For Walking

No pain, no gain, right? Is that what vanity has done to us, we must go through pain in order to have worldly gain, instead of being naturally beautiful?

To conclude my pathetic opening line… She took a few hard steps forward, slammed the car door shut with her left leg exposing the knee-high boots underneath her sweater. Talk about announcing her presence! She inhaled confidence and exhaled grace as she strutted up to the doorstep looking just as good as her attitude until…

… She came tumbling down delivering the knock notice. My ankles were much too weak to carry this 5’10” frame on six-inch stick heels.

Daring gravity and decay was way out of my league. My suede pair with chunky heels are hot enough.

Until next time…

Blameless Beautiful You Bouquet 2

 

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