Confessional Moment: I still don’t know what I’m wearing. But here a few pieces I’ve found that is inspiring me to get it together. LOL. What matters most is that more than an outfit, your disposition matters even more. At a young age, I was taught: to be in the house of God on the first day of a new year. How you start is just as important as how you finish. Happy New Year and see you next year!
Day 13: The snake you don’t kill today will be a dragon tomorrow.
This has probably been the most important lesson I’ve learned this year alone. Hands down. Take a moment and consider all the things you either have been through or are currently going through because you didn’t take heed to a very important step. THAT is the lesson. Which step in your process is so critical that if you don’t get it right, the domino affect will leave you bottomless. We all make mistakes and are taught by society that we must pay for the mistakes we have made. True. But at some point, punishment time must come to an end. Once you’ve learned the lesson, value the teaching, did your time, move on. Tonight at you enter into a new year, pray that every snake that has the potential to become a dragon in your life and wants to trouble your tomorrow, let it die. Christ has paid the price already, it’s time to move on. See you next year!
Day 12: Who Prays for you…Matters
Let’s begin with a scripture! I love The Message version of Luke 22:31-32
“Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”
Who prays for you…matters! There has been countless times in my life, where if someone didn’t pray for me I would’ve missed the mark. Sometimes people deny prayer because they think it’s an indirect way of someone saying that they are spiritually inadequate. In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus informs Peter of Satan’s next move. In the New Living Translation, it says : “Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat”. Now, THAT in itself encourages me, that Satan has to ask to whom I belong to, if he can come after me. And guess what? Access denied! And the enemy has to obey, I LOVE IT! It goes without saying: Who prays for you? Who mentions you in their prayers? When they pray for you, does the enemy say “Jesus I know?! Paul I know?! But who are you?!” Is the person praying for you an enemy of God by way of an unknown or unknown sin? Is the person praying GOD’S intentions for your life or their own? Are they praying soulish prayers? If they pray for me, will God hang up that call and say “Wrong number”? Will my warfare increased? These questions are important. That’s why being planted in a bible believing church is VERY important. The Spirit of God is always doing something new and different. You have to know God’s ways not just His acts. Being in the right church will allow you to flourish in that way. For so long, I felt that no one prayed for me. I would go through so much till the point of death. I found myself in situations, where my own voice was muted and just laid waiting to hear my own last breathe. But thank God for mercy! I thank God for spiritual mothers and fathers because now when I have someone who says their praying for me; I can feel the affect of their prayers. But I have also experienced the opposite. Where I wasn’t as discerning as I should’ve been and allowed the wrong person to pray for me. And after that prayer, all hell broke loose. You know what had to happen to stop the plague? Someone else had to step in. There is NOTHING like a mother or a father to tell the enemy on behalf of their kid…that’s enough, back up and sit down. This is one of the GREATEST gifts God has EVER given to me. God thank you for teaching me this lesson in 2013.
Day 11: The Season of the Doo Wop Pop Pop
Yea whatever you do…don’t do this LOL!
Sometimes, it’s just your season of the Dop Wop Pop Pop. For many of you who don’t know what that means, it’s a coin phrase used for background singers. Like you’re on the stage, you’re in your moment…well not really YOUR moment but your working behind the scenes of someone else’s dream. Here are a few things you need to know about being in your Doo Wop Pop Pop season:
- It’s not about you. Sorry boo. You didn’t know? It’s a test of your performance. I strongly believe, it’s God’s way of seeing how you will carrying yourself even when the spotlight isn’t on you.
- Ok, so it’s not about you…can you still be consistent. Are you going to sing as hard as possibly as you can even though you will never get the chance to sing your solo on THAT stage?
- Character Counts: Background singers endure quite a bit. Your randomly “shh-ed”. Your put on the spot if you sing the wrong key. You can mess up the set if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, it’s better to mess up here and quickly recover.
The list can go on and on but I think you get the gist. Sometimes…your just a Doo Wop Pop Pop chick and guess what THAT’S OK. That means YOUR season is coming. If it was not, there would be no reason why God would allow certain circumstances to shape and mold you. Not just for now but for your next season. Take a breather love. A great example of a Doo Wop Pop Pop singer was Elisha. When he was selected to follow Elijah, Elijah told to him go away LOL. Many of us would say “Hold up now, Prophet Elijah. YOU threw your mantle on me?! How you gonna say NEVER mind? Nah, you good!”. What Elisha, by God’s grace was able to realize, was it was a test to see “Do you want this? Are you willing to pay the price for greatness?”. Elisha politely obliged. Read it for yourself:
“So Elijah left there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat. Elisha was plowing with twenty-four bulls, and was with the last two. Elijah passed by him and threw his coat on him. 20 And he left the bulls and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and mother. Then I will follow you.” And Elijah said to him, “Return. For what have I done to you?” 21 So Elisha returned from following him. He took his two bulls and killed them. Then he boiled their flesh over a fire, burning the wood cross-pieces the bulls used to pull the load. And he gave the meat to the people, and they ate. Then Elisha got up and followed Elijah and served him”-1 King 19:19-21
Don’t deny yourself of God’s blessings because you can’t endure the Doo Wop Pop Pop season. Trust me you will go through the same process again and again and again. Do yourself a favor, pass the first time. If your like me and have had to hit your head against the same wall at least a hundred times, it’s still not too late!
Day 10: Always say Thank you
A few weeks ago, I got an email from someone who said they wanted to send me something. I thought, “A gift…why?”. I was a bit hesitant but I went ahead and gave them my address. Weeks later, I received a letter. I’m from the school of thought: Wonderful things come in small packages. When I opened the envelope, the first word was my name. The next two words were “Thank you”. I’m not sure why I paused. I’m not sure why I kept re-reading the first few words. But someone I would’ve never thought in a million years would thank me…thanked me! Even what they were thanking me for…I should’ve been the one thanking them! They gave me the opportunity. The gratitude and sincerity in that thank you put our relationship in a place where if they ever needed me for something again, I would totally be there. I love saying thank you because I know and understand people don’t owe me anything. That’s life and it’s the world we live in. How often do you hear a simple thank you for the tiniest task? Not often. How often do we tell God thank you…and mean it? I’m determined in 2014 not only will I tell God, but I’ll show and behave like I’m truly thankful.
I’m not sure what makes me laugh more:
- At the fact a church member snatched their child out the way, as soon as they realize Brother Franklin is in line for offering.
- At the fact he’s dancing from the time the usher says its ok to give offering until praise and worship is OVER!
- At the fact that the other congregation members seem to be unphased by Brother Franklin’s performance(s)
- At the fact that when he is about to get down, he swings his tie behind him
- At the fact that once he gets to the offering bowl, he dances around it, doesn’t put his offering in and KEEPS dancing
- At the fact there is more than one video of him dancing
- At the fact he’s being invited to OPEN at album release albums, minister at other churches & doing interviews…
- At the fact THIS is on YouTube
There are just SO many words for these videos but this is none the less hilarious. This man is very happy about being in church, a bit distracting but very happy.
Day 9: I had a Sunday School Teacher named Sis. Gladys who use to work my last nerve…
I had a Sunday School Teacher named Sis. Gladys who used to work my last nerve…I mean my last one! Sis Gladys was Nigerian woman in her mid-30’s, very conservative, the side-part-under type. Sometimes if she was feeling spicy she would roller set her hair. She would make us stand in a circle and teach us every praise worship song known to man. I mean we would stand there for what seemed like forever. She used to select one of us kids at random to lead a song. When it came my turn, she would say “Tasha, what song do you hear the Spirit of the Lord leading you to sing?” I would cock my little head to the side, look down at my shoes, play with my hands, trembled with fear and say nothing. Sis. Gladys would wait. No matter how long it would take. I was terrified. I couldn’t see myself singing in front of all these other kids. I mean, come on, they would laugh at me! When my mother came to pick me up, she would tell her of my praise and worship adventures and my refusal to participate. It was another Sunday; another session of Sunday school, and a miracle happened, well actually, I got tired of what I thought was unnecessary whippings for making my mother look bad for not singing. It was now my turn to lead. As usual, I cocked my little head to the side, looked down at my shoes, played with my hands, trembled with fear but this time I said something, in the smallest voice that could have not been audible to human ears “Read your bible, pray every day, pray every day, pray every day…Read your bible, pray every day if you want to growwwwwww…”. Unfortunately, for Sis. Gladys, anytime I was asked to lead, that was MY song. I’m sure she got tired of it but finally, one of the songs stuck to my little bad self. Since that day, that song has been with me. As a pre-teen I did an upbeat remix when I got the big kid class and by the time I was in youth group, I’m sure I turned it into a rap when I went through my “I’m a Gospel Rap star” phase. As an adult, if I wake up and don’t read my bible or pray, I hear my 9 year old self singing “Read your bible, pray every day…”. Sis. Gladys, you’ve done well! God bless you. In 2013, I’m still singing “Read your bible, pray every day…”. LOL