#Kingdom #Business is Booming…

Today, I have the most amount of friends that I have ever had in my life at one time. I mean, I have had plenty of acquaintances, but the number of genuine people that have been a friend to me can be counted on one hand. The number is small, and personally, I like it that way, but I feel God stretching me.

I try to give the people and things that I care about my undivided attention. I’m the person who’s not on their cell phone at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I also don’t like rationing out my love. I like to give out as much as I can for keeps, and for free, if you’re not a pig, that is (See Matthew 7:6). Up until recently (like hours ago recently…this is fresh!), my analytical mind figured a small number of friends would allow me to strategically drop lump sums of love on everybody, resulting in happiness for all. It was a big fat burrito versus numerous street tacos kind of approach. street taco burritoIf you ask me, it’s a brilliantly inappropriate formula that works as long as the numbers don’t increase. But, Kingdom business is booming, and something’s gotta change. Times like these make me happy. They are those sweet and sour crooked path being made straight types of moments, and I’m all about it! I’m noticing that there are suddenly more mouths to feed, and I am but one chef cooking in the kitchen. There are suddenly more sheep to tend and I’m just a little ol’ sheep myself. Kingdom business is booming, and something’s gotta change.

business booming

cut the stringsMany of my friends, like myself, are probably used to my level of availability. Their level of support and maturity vary, but regardless, it comes down to me. I’ve been the kind, single friend with a different type of busyness that truthfully, I haven’t respected much. I’ve had a willingness to be there and set myself aside. Sometimes it’s a labor of love, which is great and necessary, but mostly it’s been a neglectful puppet act that displeases the Lord, and myself. It’s been an unhealthy form of bondage, like all forms of bondage are…unhealthy. My puppet strings are showing, and I can’t do it anymore.

As I sit here on this threshing floor with Jesus, looking at all the dreams and opportunities that He’s dropping on purpose for me, I realize that there is no way I can attain them with this posture. I am weak and I need His perfect strength to make me strong. I need Him to take it from here.

…He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Lord, please forgive me for taking Your place, and getting in Your way. It is not my job to meet the needs of my friends (or anyone). In fact, there is absolutely no way that I can do it, for You are their Shepherd! I see that Your family is growing. Your church is growing, and many new relationships are forming that I just can’t keep track of. Thank You for every friend, brother, and sister You have blessed me with. I submit them all to you, Father. Past, present, and future. I entrust them all in Your hands, and ask that You would appropriate each one. I am free to do Your will and mine, and I do not have to apologize or feel bad for doing either one, which are truly the same. I love You, and I thank You for bringing this up. Thank You for allowing me to come to the end of myself and recognize the err in my ways and my need of You, My Savior.

I thank You for these important life changes, and I ask that You would help me to set appropriate boundaries and help all who are affected by them to adjust accordingly . Snip my puppet strings! I remove the pressure off of myself to be someone that I am not, and I embrace imperfect me, and choose to love her. *sigh* Thank You for Your burden that is light, and Your yoke that is easy. You are such a Good Father. I ask that You would continue to do what You do, and help me to follow in Your way. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

 

Dear #America,

Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.

– James 5:1-6 (NLT)

#Richmond, VA #Review #Virginia

Time is flying! I’ve been living in Virginia for a little over 8 months now and I think it’s fair and time to write about my random observations, thoughts, opinions (key word!), loves, likes, dislikes, and all other word vomit. I hope I don’t offend anyone. It is what it is. If you’re moving here, or interested in what I’m experiencing or what may be going through my head…enjoy. I’ll update as life here goes on.

1. The southern hospitality here is so cute and impressive! Yes ma’am, no sir…paper or plastic? yea, I can get used to that. Take notes Cali!

2. It’s a Commonwealth state. There’s a whole lot that has changed elsewhere that needs to change here that people seem to think does not.

3. The weather is schizophrenic. How is it gonna rain, snow, and be sunny all in the same week?! Man o man.

4. I would have to agree with the statement “Virginia is for Lovers” ❤

5. People here LOVE to eat, and well…sadly, it shows. I was like oh no, the man ain’t bringing me down!

6. The restaurants (there are tons!) and malls are great!

7. The beach is about a 2 hour drive 😦

8. DC, Maryland, Jersey, New York are all on the East Coast and are easily accessible via car, train, or cheap flight! Aweshommmmme.

9. Demographics consist of primarily African-Americans & Caucasians. Prepare for sad but true statement: I’ve never been around so many Black people in my life that actually get along. Love it. Education makes a difference.

10. There’s tons of festivals and cultural events (Ironic because I don’t consider Virginia to be a diverse state) which are right up my alley!

11. It’s very traditional. So, nearly everybody & their mom goes to church on Sunday even if everybody and their mom goes to the club on Saturday night. Smh! #dobetter

12. There are so many trees!

13. Strangers wave as they drive by and regularly stop and have convos with each other like nothing.

14. There’s not really any sidewalks, and only buses in the city. You def need a car.

15. People here seem to have super negative views and opinions on those of Latin descent – grrr…hate that.

16. There are so many birds! Woody Woodpecker and all.

17. There aren’t really any street lights so it’s super dark at night. The stars are beautiful.

18. There are so many bugs!

19. I’ve never seen so much road kill and animals cohabiting in my life. I dunno if I would have been a fan of Eden, Lord lol.

20. The Mexican food here smells so good and then whomps. No one can top Cali. NO ONE.

21. You can’t smile in your Driver’s License photo. WHACK! You’ll never see my ID.

22. Produce is expensive and the choices are basic.

23. Carytown is the cutest ever! If or when you come — you’ve got to go!

24. If you are 16 and over, you do not have to be given a break at work. That’s crazy to me! Y’all know I like my breaks…I was hot when I learned that lol. (I’m at work now! smh…)

25. It’s a great place for families.

26. I fancy phrases used like “That thing” when referring to someone and “What in the world?!” when astonished by something.

27. The city is small and shaped like a circle. I’m still learning it, but it’s definitely easier than most.

28. The street names change out of the blue to the weirdest names and the highways usually go by name versus number – or so it seems.

29. Although I’ve finally found a nail shop that doesn’t take all day or make me bleed (through annoying trial and error), they suck. Get your mani/pedi before your trip.

30. Nothing is open on Sunday. That is a slight exaggeration. Slight.

31. When asked if it is calling for rain or snow, “It” refers to the meteorologist who has given a forecast that you should be aware of.

32. People can’t drive in the rain or snow. That is possibly universal.

33. People park illegally in no-parking zones and non-applicable spots (i.e. handicap, mother with children). Yea, I don’t even know why those spots exist.

34. If you love geese…shoot, enjoy!

35. Hospitality here extends beyond words. Maybe it’s favor, but people are always generously lending a helping hand here. The world should take notes.

36. Personalized license plates are like birth certificates. Everyone has one.

37. I didn’t know I owned a “pocketbook” until I came here.

38. Richmond is a great place for job opportunities and an “upgrade” in living, or so it seems.

39. I don’t see myself living here forever…or really anywhere forever. But for now, I appreciate it and I view it as a different kind of beautiful. Like anywhere, the people I’ve been blessed to have met and exchange touches of the heart have definitely made my experience one of a lifetime 🙂