On Calvary: Reflections on Good Friday

 

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Celebrate the life of Jesus Christ
Who died to set us free on Calvary
No one else gave such a sacrifice
Born in a humble place called Galilee
He knew no sin but hung up on a cross
Jesus washed your sins and mine away
Only He could take away our dross
So that we might live eternally
Thank him for he is so most worthy
He bled died and rose for our holiness
Giving life for all not just for the clergy
He’s worthy of such a holy kiss
Let’s lift our hands to him in prayer
No one else will ever be so dear

Deirdre M. DeLoatch

For further reflection and encouragement read, Isaiah 53.

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The Melody of Life’s Sorrows: A Poem

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The Melody of Life’s Sorrows

 

Struggles drying up the vibrancy of life

Tornadoes blowing maelstroms of chaos and strife

Heartaches inching closer to life’s destruction

Sorrows blinding wind whipping life like a suction

 

Yet, sensing Jesus’ comforting warm embrace

Lifting my downcast spirit as I run life’s race

Like a cascading waterfall’s melodious sounds

Speaking to me through life’s painful difficult rounds

 

Jesus hides me in the shadow of his wings

With sweetness like a symphony he softly sings

In his secret place he holds and comforts me

Teaching me to trust in him and see life’s glee

 

Loving me with an everlasting grace filled love

Showing me peace’s gentle consuming dove

Urging me to abide daily in his holy vine

Gently adoringly asking me, “Won’t you be mine?”

 

Yes, knowing victory is Him despite my plights

Lifting me from despair to heaven’s greatest heights

Worshiping the beauty of his everlasting reign

Letting me know waiting for Him was not in vain.

Deirdre M. DeLoatch

For further reflection and encouragement read Psalms 150 and 121. Be encouraged God is working.

Heart’s Spring Bloom

 

Renascent

With the blooming of every flower

With the rise of every glorious day

We see Jesus’ spirit and power

Summoning us to love praise and pray

When we see beauty in all God does

When we give him our blooming hearts

We see His amazing steadfast love

In flowers in stars and in fine arts

Let’s wait not to acknowledge his essence

Let’s begin praising our God above

For his creations and his presence

Taking delight in his unending love

Let’s love him praise him like no other

For He sticks closer than a brother

Deirdre M. DeLoatch

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Photo taken by Deirdre M. DeLoatch at the New York Botanical Garden at orchid exhibit

For further reflection, read Psalm 150.

 

Circling Each Other in Prayer

imageMark Batterson’s (also New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker) Draw the Circle is a forty day prayer challenge to labor in prayer. I, along with nine other women from my church, committed to pray (forty days, but it’s not just for forty days. It’s a lifestyle) for one person in our group as well as to pray for our own personal needs and concerns. Nearing the end of the forty days, I decided to encourage others, by writing about it, to commit to a similar undertaking. Each day there is a specific reading that relates to faith and prayer. The end result is to deepen our faith, to submit our will to that of the Lord Jesus Christ, to keep a prayer journal, to commit to prayer as a way of life, and to memorize and meditate on the Word daily. We are scheduled to come together over dinner to discuss what God has done. I began interceding for one woman in the group. Although I do not know her well, I asked the Holy Spirit to lead me. I prayed for her, for her family, for her finances, and for her committment to Jesus Christ. I know that God heard my prayers, and I look forward to hearing about the great things that Christ has done and will continue to do in her life. As we circle each other in prayer, we need to make sure someone is circling us in prayer. It is essential that we have someone interceding for us, because sometimes it is hard to pray during difficult times. In James 5: 16, we are told to confess our sins to each other so that we may be healed, for the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man or woman availeth much. Moreover, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to make our requests known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guide our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. As a result of prayer, I know that God is in the midst of my life, and that he is working everything out in my life for my good and for his glory.

I began putting some prayers (some may seem trivial, but they are important to me, and therefore important to the Lord) before the Lord. I am including a sample of the list so that I can publicly share with my friends and family when the prayers are answered.  We are overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Here is a sample of the list of requests:

*Healing for Latoya;

*Healing for my sister;

*Emotional healing and language development for my niece;

*Salvation/ renewed committment for my siblings, nieces, nephews,  in-laws, friends, and Children;

*Great performances (Shakespeare and Poetry) from my students st BAM, CSC, and at Shakespeare festival;

* Successful year end BBQ (good sunny weather)for students;

*Complementary tickets for King and Country gala;

*Great time management;

*Improved hair care/ growth;

*Great health and to live to one hundred;

*Establish an orphanage and a school

*Protection for my students and colleagues and

*Succesful Black Male Achievement Program implemented by BAM

Spending time in prayer is a way of life and we must not give up! God said that His house shall be called a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7). God tells us in Habbakuk 2:2-3 to write the vision on the tablet, and though it tarries, it shall not tarry long, for the vision is yet for an appointed time. And, the just shall live by his faith. Sometimes Christ delays our answer to strengthen our faith. Sometimes he says no! We must ask in faith and thank God in advance for answering our request that is prayed in accordance with His will. Furthermore, let’s be in a continual attitude of prayer. The Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Pray when in the shower and pray while walking. Get a prayer partner, and rise early to pray together. If we commit to prayer, unseen blessings will follow. It’s time to pray.

For both edification and encouragement read: 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38

To submit a prayer request go to brooklyntabernacle.org and scroll down to where there is an icon to submit a prayer request.

Get Wisdom: It’s the Principal Thing

imageWisdom is the attribute of having knowledge, experience, and  sound judgment as we apply that knowledge to various situations. Many of us lack wisdom in some area of our lives, whether it is in our finances, our relationships, or on our jobs. We make rash decisions without counting the costs either emotionally, financially or even spiritually. Often making decisions on emotion rather than sound reasoning, we find ourselves within the throes of poor decisions. Fortunately, the Bible gives us guidance concerning wisdom through the book of Proverbs. The Bible says that Proverbs are for: attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, and doing what is right and fair. Furthermore, the Bible tells us that in all thy getting get understanding, for wisdom is the principal thing. Furthermore, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Personified, wisdom cries out in the street.

Firstly, we must have knowledge of what the Bible says. The final arbiter of both morality and wisdom is God. We must seek God concerning every aspect of our lives. We need to ask Him: Should I be/ continue in that relationship? Should I take that job? Where should I live? We must first answer those questions in light of what the Bible says. If the Bible says that what we are about to do is outside the will of God, then we know that wisdom tells us not to do it. Many of us do not desire to seek God’s approval. We believe we know what is best, and we, therefore, do what is right in our own eyes. Having a choice, we can either seek wisdom and enjoy the benefits of it, or we can continue to lack wisdom, and suffer its consequences. Wisdom personified says that if we ignore his advice, he will laugh at our calamity. On the other hand, whoever listens to him, will live in safety, and will fear no harm.

Secondly, we must be willing to give up control of our lives, and give deference to the Lord, Jesus Christ. Acknowledging both the supremacy and the omniscience of God, we need not fear doing whatever God commands us to do. On the contrary, we should fear not doing what he has commanded. Again wisdom says, in all thy getting get understanding. Seek wisdom. It is indeed, the principal thing. Let’s begin by fearing the Lord, reverentially.

Let’s pray that we will use wisdom in every aspect of our lives so that we can enjoy its benefits. May God bless everyone of us and may we know him as both savior and Lord of our lives.

For further meditation and reflection read Proverbs 1. Read one Proverb a day to increase  wisdom and continue its application.