The Simple Life

I Am Incomplete


If I said I am an introvert you are unlikely not believe me

If I said I recharge in the shadows you might not believe me

If I said I like to be alone, I can see you laugh out loud

If I said I am shy some of you would laugh until you cry

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I am incomplete; a work in progress

I am wounded; healing by the day

I am lost; found once again

I am confused; gaining clarity

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I am a classic example of a shifter

Who I was a few years ago doesn’t exist

Oh certain things remain but most…

Poof…gone for good

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I cannot and will not remain like I was

I would have killed many of you with harsh words by now if I did

I would have left so many casualties in my wake

Ha!! And some wonder how it could have been worse

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I am a work in progress

I am growing; I am becoming

I am a cracked; I am whole

I am because HE is.

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I am a new creature, I am a new person

I am a different gal, I am a changed one

You may not think so but I know so

I look in the mirror every day

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#NoExcuses #NoLimitations

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Agreeing Is Such A Different Thing


How can two walk together unless they agree – Amos 3:3

I have always thought walking in agreement was about ‘being of identical mind purpose and commitment’ but alas, it is not so.

I am thinking of my people, the ones I walk live and interact with. Over the years we have had fights because they didn’t tick the boxes on my list and vice versa. HA! I even spouted the word about two having to fully agree on ALL points to be able to walk together. We can tell countless stories about people we have had disagreements with because they are not walking as we are or as we think they  need to and they don’t agree on the things that are important to us or understand it like we do. We know of others judged and thrown out of fellowship because of having seemingly contrary opinions. I can see some of you nodding your heads; but take a deep breath and read on.

The last few weeks and months have been proof to me that the agreement God is most keen on is that we are have agreed that we are dedicated to walking with Him. Agreement is to about God, based on the things He has said, the direction He is leading us and the end result we must produce for Him. However, the exact model of living out won’t be the same because we are not clones.

There are places that based on my person, purpose and process I will have to go to and roads I will have to walk will not be so for my sister or brother. Yes, we will still come to the full expression of who God is, how He works in us but the path to there or the exact steps to take will never, yes never, be identical for any two of us.

We have spent years judging and condemning one another because we lived by a strict code or set of rules said to have been given to us by God. We have applied the same code to others in blanket rigidity without reference to how God would have our lives lived out.

Remember David, the mighty king and man of God? Remember when he came back from war celebrating victory and he was danced with the people until his robe fell off? Remember how his wife despised him for this because her pattern was decorum and holding herself together and this madness he was doing in the streets was shameful to her? She didn’t even take time to consider or ask him why before she judged him and therefore suffered barrenness. Why did she suffer? She judged David’s expression as unbecoming and unworthy for the king yet it was the perfect expression that God needed at that exact time.

The thing that got her in trouble and will get us in trouble, was the judgment of an expression of God as something different.

I can see how it could be embarrassing for her to see her husband doing this but what if she stopped and asked God what this was about and how she should respond to it? Suppose she remembered how he was raised and who he was in God would she have made the same judgment? There was a great disconnect.

David had been prepared very carefully for this day. He had spent time in fields with God being honed carefully for this day. I can imagine him in the fields singing and dancing like there was no one watching, deep in conversation and worship of God. His dancing that day, was the outward expression of him and his relationship with God.

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No more with me!! I choose this day to ask Him about everyone I am to walk with and be aware of how each one must live and how I integrate to the process and live like that only. There is nothing that will get me off this path this time because it is the best way to His rest and His glory. Walking together is being so deeply steeped in God, His word and His plan that we know how to lend strength to one another.

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I Am Enough


Don’t speak highly of me when I’m gone, if you didn’t say it to my face.
Don’t cry for me when I’m gone, if you didn’t laugh with me when I was here.
Don’t miss me tomorrow when you didn’t need me today.
Don’t bring flowers to my grave, off you didn’t bring chocolate when I was here.
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If I wasn’t important in life, I shouldn’t be in death.
If I was easy to ignore I life, please continue when I’m gone.
If I was unremarkable in life, forget me when I go.
If I wasn’t enough in life, let it be the same out there.
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To my people I am a legend,
To my tribe I am the gift,
To my companions I am unforgettable,
To my students I am the mad one.
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I may be easy to walk past,
I may be easy to dismiss,
I may be easy to judge,
I may be easy to forget,
Don’t worry I’m ok with all that.
 
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I’m simple with simple tastes,
I just want to love and be loved,
I just want to know God and live for Him,
I just want to be true and free.
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I cannot judge anyone because I have ignored some,
I have walked past many,
I have turned away from others,
I am just like those who didn’t know my worth.
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I am no longer like that,
I am ruthless with my choices,
Selfish with my time and energy,
Focused in my endeavours.
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I am enough, I am learning joy,
I am at peace, I am stabilising,
I am learning to love me fully,
I am more accepting of me.
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I am enough because He is in me,
I am enough because I am loved,
I am enough because I am enough,
I am enough because I am ME.
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Choose By An Act Of Will


I never leave you alone or without the
immediacy of My help, says the Father. Setbacks may pockmark your path, but My declaration over you is one of love and blamelessness. If I have no blame for you, why are you feeling guilty?

Close the gap between peace and turmoil by repenting quickly. Your responsibility is to choose by an act of your will to press into the fullness of My plan.

Push away from the darkness that infringes upon your thoughts. When temptation breaks out in acts of transgression, repent quickly and keep moving toward Me and not away from Me.

I see your struggles and say to you that you are not helpless or unfit in any way. Purity and cleansing
flow to you now and every day; even this day is a new beginning.

The Father Says Today – 10th June
2019
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It all started in the morning when I woke up. The day was cold and grey and my body was weary, my soul was done and all I wanted to do was bake and stay in bed. I went about my morning responsibilities so that I could go back to bed and just lie
around until around two then I would bake. Alas, that was not to be.

My phone lights up with messages on text and whatsapp about things I need to finish and places I needed to speak. There were people waiting on me and now I had to get out of bed and face the day. I was so warm under my covers but now I had only an hour before my first appointment and I needed to get ready.

So I begun the long day full of activities that were all good but I would rather be somewhere else…in bed.

The only thing that got me up and about was the reality that my Father needed me to get going so even I would push past myself. Yes… push past myself.
  • He had a plan, I would do it
  • He had a path, I would follow it
  • He had a thought, I would seek it
  • He had a need, I would meet it
I don’t need to fully understand I just need to know the way and I will walk in it.

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I Am Broken


It’s funny how we touch each other but it means nothing
We hug strangers because others do
We share air kisses to look cool
We shake hands because we’ve been told its polite
We never ask why.
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The culture I was born into didn’t shake hands
The women kneel in ‘respect’ and deference to the men
The men take care of their women
The families look happy on the whole
We never ask why.
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So today I boldly ask why…
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Why do you hug people you don’t even know?
Why do I conform to the hugging even though I hate it?
Why do I shake hands even though I am wondering about your hygiene habits?
Why is it so important to conform?
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Why do we bundle all hugs into two seconds…
Yet science tells us that twenty seconds is the best?
Why do we turn a hug into a sexual thing yet is has healing power when left neutral?
Why do you judge me when I hold onto my brother’s embrace yet you know nothing about us?
Why do you feel bad when I don’t hug you just because I hugged someone next to you?
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Let me be real and say, you have to earn and understand my hugs
Hugs come in differing intensity depending on who you are to me
Hugs have meaning but you need to be clued into me to interpret them right
Hugs are conversations, prayers, healing and greetings depending on who you are
Hugs are a window to my inner man
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The interpretation isn’t in the duration or the fact that you get it
The interpretation is in the Spirit of God at work in each one
Decode by what God says to you before, during and after
Understand the season and the times.
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If I hug you don’t celebrate
If I don’t hug you don’t weep
If I shake your hand don’t misunderstand
If I don’t shake your hand it may mean nothing
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If I talk to you don’t feel special
If I don’t talk to you don’t put yourself down
If I light up when I see you ask God why
If my face doesn’t change the I see you again ask God
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I’m difficult to understand (even for myself) but very simple
I am the craziest girl and the most sober
I am driven but seem totally lazy
I love with total abandon yet seem disconnected.
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When you don’t understand me then you know me because maybe everything you knew before was a sham
That was likely me confirming to the patterns of culture and expectation
That was me blending in and dumbing down
That was me being the good girl.
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The ‘good’ girl is gone
The politically correct one died
The naive shy one left the building
Behold I arise
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Unafraid, unashamed, unhinged,
No holds barred, no excuses, no limitations
Grounded, anchored and strengthened in God
Seemingly crazy but deadly sober
Gifted but totally focused and committed to her assignment.
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Expect me to say no to things that don’t hold say to me
Rest assured I will not waste time
Understand the pew of my life is determined by purpose
Remember I am rising as and raising King’s and Priests
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#NoExcuses #NoLimitations
The Simple Life

Handpicked & Assigned


My Precious One,

Your assignment does not always match your apparent human capability. I have a tendency to handpick people and assign them to roles and mandates that:

1. They don’t look like

2. They are not humanly qualified for by worldly standards

Case 1: Moses.

I called a stammerer and sent him to speak for Me in the nation from which he had fled after killing a man and burying him himself.

Case 2: My disciples

I handpicked men, among them fishermen, uneducated men and even despised tax collectors to be the founders of the Church!

Case 3: Mothers who birthed great men

I found it pleasing to choose barren, past child-bearing age women and a young virgin to bring prophets and even The Saviour of the world to birth.

When you come near and listen to My Heartbeat, some things you will hear as being the reason why I created you will not make any sense.

If you are led by your soul and body, you will be content to living within what ‘looks like you,’ looks possible, makes sense to you and/other people, what you see yourself capable of and are already operating within.

But My plans for you exceed your GREATEST imaginations! Get out of your comfort zone!

Your Daddy, The Giver of Time and Chance, God.

By Grace Favour

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Where are you in your walk and do you even realise how well God has planned your life? Everything you find yourself in is to make you a better person. Everything is designed to ensure you walk in the fullness of who HE says you are and change the corner of the world He has placed you in.

Every time you wonder if you can make it or are scared of the future or are not sure how to proceed remember you are in the right place and on task and the only thing that can get you off the task is Him who put you on or yourself.

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No matter where you are from or what you are going through, remember God is at the centre of it all

He dreamt about you

He created you

He loves you

He leads and guides you

He knows your end from the beginning

He is in all, with all and through all

Hold on Him and the word HE spoke over and about you and it will be well.

The Simple Life

I’m Out, Gone… Bye


I cannot love you
Unless I love myself
I cannot be with you
Unless I can be myself
I cannot believe in us
Unless I believe in myself
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I said we were fine
But I lied
I said I would be well
But I lied
I said we were the best for each other
But I lied
I said we’d work it out
But I lied
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I lied because I didn’t want to be alone
I lied because I had put too much into this
I lied because I was ashamed of me & my choices
I lied because I thought it’s what you wanted to hear
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We’ve been together so long it looks real
We’ve found a rhythm that’s convincing to get others
We’ve created a life that looks like it’s thriving
We look like a strong, stable unit but it’s a lie
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We know it’s a sham
We know it’s stark and empty
We know it’s never been satisfying
We know one day it will fail
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We don’t talk about it so it remains true
But every day a little more of us dies
Every day the distance grows
Every day the silence deepens
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We used to text and chat a lot
Now I’m lucky if it’s three texts in a year
I could defend your every move
Only to find you didn’t know mine
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How can we be friends yet we’re not honest with each other?
How can we be one yet we don’t even speak the same language?
How can we support each other without respect for the other’s dreams?
How are we anything outside when inside we are nothing?
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I don’t feel this anymore
I don’t understand us anymore
I can’t defend it anymore
I won’t pretend anymore
I’m out, gone, bye
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#NoExcuses #NoLimitations #shifting