Essentials

 

Amazing post today! Enjoy! 
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) Read: Genesis 24:52-26:16, Matthew 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8 Relate: I have both read and heard a story of a bunch of radical college students who took on a crazy mission, but it has […]

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A State Of Neutral 

  
Warm concrete to snuggle up to

Pavement pillows for the down and out

Human beings treated like trash! 

These are humble people

Hungry more for eye contact than …

A Happy Meal

A glimpse of kindness for the homeless

Can we look them in the eye and smile as we walk by? 

Our day is busy and we have no time to stop and listen

I judge them too

When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to feel or 

Deal with their pain!!! 

I make excuses to why they are there…..

We all do 

It is the very grace of God that we are not

They were children with hope for a wonderful life….like the rest of us

But Addictions….alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, pornography, adultery, 

stealing, lying, embezzlement…. 

hopelessness, poor up bringing, low self esteem, 

mental illness, disease, time in jail, lack of education, poor choices, teenage pregnancy, incest, rape, stupidity…..

A combination of many mentioned contributed to their demise

We pray for them

We listen to them

Feed them

Laugh with them

Love them

But we can’t bring them home like a dog or cat….

We leave them in their state of neutral

We drive off and they are transported in our hearts with a name and a prayer 

And a seed of faith planted for their future

These people have names, stories,

Beauty and beasts within….just like us 

Jesus had no place to lay his head

WOW….He gets it!!!!! 

We really don’t 

but that’s ok

He doesn’t expect us to relate 

He expects us to extend Him to them
                         ❤️Krystal Lynne 
  

Homeless

  

Betty…
Incessant chattering
Everything she sees 
Is an update…
Yet she’s looking
Outside of herself
Watching 
For a need
Not missing a lick
In her neon
I see kindness
A genuine concern
Willingness to learn
Generosity unheard of
For the homeless
She brings out
The bitch in me
That stray dog
Lurking within
Hidden
Until
Goodness 
Like a bone
Threatens
The flesh
She’s grown
On me
Seeing her best
Recognizing Christ
In this
And knowing
How He
Uses us to
Sharpen one another 
Ridding our hearts
Of hesitation 
To love
And be loved
Unleashing love
Lavishing His love
On us
Because we are
Homeless
Without
Him.

❤️ Krystal Lynne 


  

There Are Angels Among Us 



ANGELS
 
Define
Angels can be defined as a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence, an attendant spirit or guardian, a messenger or a harbinger. 
 
Affirm:  
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
 
Recall:  
This week, I felt burdened by the growth that is taking place in my life.   Growth is uncomfortable because you are often required to move into a place you have never been.   I really needed God to send me a comforting word and he did.  This week God sent me two angels with two profound messages.  
 
If I asked you to describe an angel, most of you would describe the angel as having these attributes: peaceful voice, wings, white robe, and beautiful.
 
Well the angels I met were old, dirty, and smelled like alcohol.   Quite frankly they were both homeless men and I would consider them strangers; not friends. Needless to say they both had a powerful message for me.
 
Angel#1
I pulled up to the corner store after work to get something sweet to snack on and he asked about Lereine (my daughter).  I shared with him that she was at school.  He then began saying to me.  Your only worry in life is her! Your only worry in life is her! Your only worry in life is her!  This got my attention considering my petition to God revolves around being in bondage with things that are not relevant to growth in my life.   I have been working on breaking free from generational chains that have cursed my family and I want the cycle to end with me.   
 
His next statement was profound- You are my today, She’s my tomorrow, and yesterday is gone!   
 
At that moment, I knew that God was telling me to put the past behind me and to move into the future with boldness.  He basically confirmed that I no longer need to feel confined by the chains of the past. 
 
 
Angel #2
I pulled up to another corner store the next day to pump gas.  Of course, my guard was up because this time my daughter was in my car and it was dark outside.  The angel slowly approached my car and yes I thought (without saying it). I don’t have anything for you.  Well God had a different plan.  He said let me share something with you, God wants me to give you this message. Of course, initially I was thinking yeah right and I instantly began judging this man based on his outside appearance, until he opened his mouth!  
 
This is what he said….
Life and death could never coexist?
Life is eternal and death is the final destination?
If life were to make love to death would death feel love?
Would love for death cause life to die?
Would life impregnate death with the will to live?
 
What a message.  God is again telling me to choose life!  Okay God I hear you!  I am choosing life, and I am walking into a life free from chains and the bondage of my past.  
 
God sent a stranger in the form of a homeless person to get my attention.  I entertained a homeless person to only learn that he was my angel.  I am so thankful that my heart was willing!  I am so thankful for my angels.
 
Just a thought!  Has God been trying to give you a message?  Have you been unkind to those that are not within your pedigree?  Are you judging someone because they appear to be ungodly?  If you have been, I challenge you to reconsider how you view strangers.  That stranger might be your angel and he or she might have a message that will change your life!
 
Expression:
Dear GOD,
 
Thank your willingness to always surround me with you love. Thank you for encouraging me to entertain those that do not fit my criteria.  Thank you for helping me see that all people can be used as a vessel to show your mercy on us all.   Thank you for putting angels in my life to be your messengers, when I subtly need to hear from you.  
 
Commit to the challenge.
  I DARE you. ~Lereca Monik 

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