Count Your Blessings

I’ve made it my business to count my blessings.  So I’d like to share with you one of the primary headaches I’ve dealt with over the past few months.  I’ve fallen victim to some harsh circumstance of late and each day that I make my way to work or whatever prospective destination it dawns on me that any day now I could lose the few blessings that I do have.   There have been so many other people I’ve come across, who are down on their luck or going thru extremely rough times.  Yet here it is’ I’ve spent the last 10 years or so griping about what I don’t have.   I’d never really been satisfied because I chose at some point to exclude Jesus from my life and I’ve been on this quest to find happiness, only I was looking in all the wrong places.   What I failed to realize is that Jesus is my portion and though I may not see it, he has blessed me with so much more than I give him credit for.   So lately I’ve taken notice of things that I would usually be oblivious to; like the homeless man around the corner scrounging for food in the garbage or the foreclosure sign on the house next door.  The concept hasn’t escaped me that tomorrow that might be me on that corner digging thru the garbage or that any day now that could be my house with the foreclosure sign on it.     We spend so many hours of our days enveloped in our own 360 degrees, that we miss the big picture.   I vow never to lose myself like that ever again.

National Debt Contributors.

Now this is a road less traveled when it comes to posting blog entries.   However, I just felt I had to document it today because It is a blatant travesty that 48 yr old adults are much less adept at handling financial matters than some 20 yr olds.   As you may well know, I work for a bank and along came a true test of patience today.    The former (48 yr old) calls in about her account being severely overdrawn due in part to several overdraft fees assessed on the account.   These fees are a result of gross negligence.  The woman started going overdrawn on 7/16/2010 and just never bothered to check her account balance in the ensuing 2 weeks.   Here it is, I had a 20 yr old girl call me 2 days prior asking to check her balance just to make sure she did not go over the amount available to her.  Not only was she checking her balance she was comparing it against her check registry.  20 yrs Old with a baby voice and already financially adept wherein this 48 yr old could’nt’ be bothered to even keep tabs on her account.  This was her reply to me when I asked her about checking her balance “I simply work too many hours in the day.  I do not have time”.  

I mean are we serious?  This is but an example of the idiocy i encounter on a daily basis.  It’s also a reason why my struggle is so difficult when it comes to having patience.     Please pray for me that I might overcome these vices.

Spiritual Improvement Checklist II

I guess this is something we should add to the  checklist:

 

Your First Name of: Meshia

 

  • Your name of Meshia has created a practical, responsible, stable nature, and you desire to direct the efforts of others rather than to take order or ask permission.
  • You have a determined, self-reliant, capable nature and resent any interference, although in your desire to help you are inclined to become involved in the lives and decisions of other people.
  • You like to make your own decisions and to be the master of your domain.
  • You feel a limitation in your own expression when it is necessary to reach another through tact and understanding.
  • Although the name Meshia creates the urge to be reliable and responsible, we emphasize that it causes a blunt expression that alienates others.
  • This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses through worry, mental tension, and tension or accidents to the head.

Pigs are flying

That being the case, ladies what would you do if your man just acted like he didn’t’ give a f#@k?   If you’re talking to him about the status of your  relationship that he admittedly says he cherishes, and he falls asleep how would you handle that?  Do you flip the light switch?  Do you just take a mental hiatus?  Spend time with self?  Get the f%^k-em Dress on and do your Single ladies dance?   What is it that you do to take the edge off?  short of having an affair.  Sleeping with someone else isn’t gone make you feel better.  yes I know your shaking your head and saying “leave him” but like that dog sitting on that nail  I guess I jus ain’ hurtin enough.    I decided to leave him without leaving him.   I’m taking a little hiatus all by my lonesome.  Call it a spiritual journey if you will.   He will miss me and I will miss him but I figure it’s the best way to clear my mind.  And maybe when I come back I’ll decide   there’s something better out there for me (and perhaps pigs will fly).

 

Pigs are flying because, I’ve left him and decided to follow God.  You know when you’re so smitten you tend to make that one person your whole world?  Well God is a Jealous God and we all remember that commandment right?

   3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3, King James Version)

This is me. A crazy eclectic opinionated smart mouth chica born in Jamaica, Raised in New York. Living –and so desperately trying to escape the ills of suburban living– in Connecticut.

-Meshia

 

Maybe I’m no longer trying to escape the ills.  Ct is my safety net until the walls come tumbling down.    I’m still here trying to keep this house afloat when I’d much rather keep a room afloat or an apartment afloat.  My bro lives here with his son on a part time basis  and the tenants are moving out. We’re down to 2 now.

but I’m just not in the mood to deal with the different personalities.   I’m never in the mood for that and I suppose that makes me a Grinch.   I’ve been praying about it though. Because I know I’m mean and unapproachable.  I’ve been praying for God to make a change in me. I have faith that he will, but at times i fear the worst because I’ve invested so much time in being a jerk.    It’s just my way of foregoing rejection and/or ridicule

I bring you FRANKENMEESH the monster I created who now I need Gods help to tear down.

Principalities and Powers

I’ve been having this Internal Struggle for the past week or so. I want nothing more than to do what is right and pleasing in the sight of the Lord. But there is a struggle going on within me. I’d been perplexed all week wondering how to solve this issue and here it was the answer was right in front of me. This, in and of itself is proof that God knows our hearts and though sometimes we find ourselves inarticulate (as I have), he truly knows what is heavy on our minds. So this entire week Ephesians chapter 6 has been standing out to me. In my daily sojourn I’ve come across that particular chapter and verse 12. But I never quite knew how to apply it to my present situation. So I asked God in earnest to reveal the answers I needed through the Holy Spirit and he told me to continue reading my bible and continue praying. Well tonight I decided to start an entry blogging about the very thing that’s been troubling me all week. See My faith hasn’t been as strong as it used to be when I was 17 years old. 14 years have since passed and I’ve seen so much. Maybe not as much as other people. But I’ve seen and experienced so many things that I’ve become cynical. There are 2 halves at war within me. One half would like to believe in simple miracles. The other half that’s puffed up with pride would like to explain them away. So there you have it my struggle between Faith and worldly skepticism. Yet I didn’t quite know how to approach this struggle until I read Ephesians 6:10 – 18:

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

It seems as if I’ve tested God each day by asking for an answer to the questions in my mind. Asking for answers to prove that he’s really there for me and that he really cares despite how unworthy I am. And once again he has proven himself to me which lets me know that I should never ever doubt God.

What should I do differently?

Every day lately, I’ve been wondering if I’m doing what’s right in the sight of the Lord. Sometimes he reveals to me a sign that I’m on the right path. On other occasions, it’s like i’m totally clueless. For me I guess what i’m looking to regain is that childlike faith I used to have. I mean I believe that God will answer my prayers don’t get me wrong. But I guess I tend to rush him. We all know that’s not right because he works in his own timing and though we might think he’s supposed to answer us immediately, his timing is usually perfect. I remember now that there are often times at which he works his wonders and I am mystified as to how everything unfolds. I think that maybe I take that for granted sometimes and that what I should realize, is that I could never do this on my own. My week hasn’t been that great, but I would think it has to do with me lying last week. I’ve been taught a lesson that “what ye reap, ye shall sow”. And now that I’ve been debased (once again) , I’m just getting back on that spiritual bicycle to ride again. What I need to ask God is ” in the face of these trials, what should I be doing different?”

Make a Joyful Noise

Here i was behind the steering wheel not realizing that I’d just experienced a tornado.    I decided to go to the zoo today and then to Borders in Milford to pick up a book. As I left the Beardsley Zoo I noticed the sky getting dark.  I assumed it was just a typical thunderstorm. A lil thunder,a lil lightening here n there. But when I got to exit 32 on I-95 going south, the scenery changed.  I tried to take the local routes because there was an accident and delay for abut 4 miles up to exit 27.   It took me an hour to get to work when it normally would take me at most, 30 minutes. Trees were down everywhere especially on the connecting street off which I lived.   Kolbe Cathedral High School Lost it’s roof.  Cars had windows bashed in.  Folks personal effects were scattered all over the street.   But the  most amazing thing about it was that I remembered getting up this morning (well afternoon), getting down on my knees and asking God to guide my steps and those of my loved ones.   When i was finally able to get off work and check my house for damages I notice that that entire section of East Main Street on which I lived, was virtually untouched.  Now tell me that’s not a Miracle and proof that God is listening and watching over us!!  I remember praying in earnest that no harm befell my brother and/or my home and sure enough.   Everything remained untouched.  But look a the rest of the City:

 

downtown east main

God is an All Powerful Wondrous and Amazing God.  My faith in him has fully been restored.  I know now as I’ve always known that he hears my prayers and he heeds my cries and there are no words for the gratitude and the fear I have for my God.  I remember faithfully getting on my knees and praying asking the Lord to Order my steps in his word on June 24th 2010.  I remember praying for his blessings for me and My family.  Little did I know that A storm was brewing.  Little did I know that a  Tornado with 75mph winds was to Target Bridgeport connecticut. And what has me in awe is that a section of my immediate vicinity suffered the most damage.  If you’ve looked the pictures in my previous post, you’ll know just how close to it my home was.    I came home to check the house and even the rickety old basketball hoop that had been erected for my Nephew years ago was still standing.  Trees were still standing.  If  Our God is not an Awesome God, I do not know who is but after seeing the devastation surrounding me and perusing my house and noticing that nothing was touched, I had to lift him up in praise.  I had to thank him over and over till the tears flooded my eyes and streamed down my cheeks.  I am truly taken aback and amazed and filled with awe. Because I know that God has been watching out for me and I know that he’s there even in my loneliest most dejected hour and there are no words.  NO NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW AMAZED I AM AT THE POWER OF GOD.  HE IS TRULY WONDERFUL

My Daily Bread
We tend to search for our happiness and comfort in everything but the Lord. Some resort to Alcohol. Some to Drugs. Some to any other man-made kind of addiction or ism they can find. I know because I’m guilty of it myself. What ails society is that we tend to look everywhere else for our cure-all. Everywhere but with God. What I came to find out was that, none of it compares to the feeling of peace and calm God gives you when you lay your burdens on him. It’s one of the most remarkable things about God. How he can immediately give you comfort to ease your pain when no amount of e-pills, incredible hulk or hennessy can help you. We tend to do these things due to lack of faith in our Almighty God. We operate on a WYSIWYG basis and forget that…

 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, King James Version)