As we move into the month of December and reflect on the birth of Jesus, I sit here at my kitchen table only to reflect on his death. Why be so different Angie Steele around the holiday's you say? Well my friends Jesus had a purpose and plan for coming into this world. His birth was a mapped out plan in heaven to restore dominion and authority on Earth back to man from the adversary Lucifer AKA Satan. In Eden, that old devil deceived Eve and her husband followed in such deception. They lost all power of the Earth by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil God forbade. In order to restore us, our Messiah-the Word of God loved us so to come in the form of a man to destroy Satan and his kingdom of darkness once and for all. I don't know about you, but I'm excited about the end!
Did you know that God the Father, Holy Spirit, and Jesus always spoke futuristic. God always told what would be the end, before he did anything. As God looked down from heaven to see what Adam and his wife Eve had done, his plan to restore us was already established. It was to redeem us back to himself. His plan was to gain entry into this Earth by coming in the form of a man, because DOMINION was given to them. Even though Jesus was God himself, he had to come through man for access into the Earth. Thus we have the birth of Jesus. What a smart and wonderful God we serve. I'm sure as Satan that old deceiver gloated over the deception he had done, he failed to realize that he couldn't out smart God. For we serve a Holy God, All Knowing God, and one that's loving. Friends do you know that on this Earth it's absolutely illegal for anything to be in our atmosphere without an Earth suit. Yes an Earth suit, a body, in human form!
In heaven, as the Holy Trinity mapped out how Jesus would restore the Earth back to man, He Volunteered that he would die for the sins of All. So it began! The manifested Word of God was given to a virgin name Mary and she delivered the Messiah in a manger. Jesus found his way through the power of the Holy Spirit at a young age preaching the gospel. As he grew older he gained followers and they marveled at such a man that existed, not so much in his Godly power, but the authority he came in. He fed the hungry, clothed the naked, healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, as he prepared for the time to become the ransom for All our sins.
In this season of love and giving let's think about how God gave us an even more precious gift.
This gift endured the pains of the cross! They whipped him, pierced his side, broke his legs, and nailed his hands and feet. They crowned him with a crown of thorns upon his head. Upon the point of giving up his spirit into heaven, Jesus cried, "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" I want those who patiently await the return of Jesus that just like he left he will come for we Have Not been Forsaken. Mathew 27:51-54 speaks about how when Jesus died the veil for the temple was broken, a great earthquake came upon the land, those that had passed away that believe in God rose up. Let's remember that WHEN HE SHALL CRACK THE SKY just as he left he will come. All power,dominion, authority, will be in his hands, he will come at his entrance with a loud shout from heaven, those who are in the grave that died in HIM will rise up and meet him in the air and those who remain will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye. We shall see his nailed scarred hands yet in his Glory as God.
This is my only reason of celebrating during this time of year. It gives me hope and it keeps me mindful of the plan of God to come back again. For his beginning is no greater than his end yet his end is the beginning. He Shall Crack The Sky my friends, he shall crack the sky, and I'm ready for it, are you?
Merry Christmas and I pray you're enjoying the gift of the season our Lord and Savior Jesus.
I'm at a place in my life that is wakening to what's really on the inside. I guess this is a conscious thing that can occur when you're trying to keep it all together and move forward. After all people expect you to come 100% when you show up for life occasions. It can be a lot of pressure when you're actually stuck on the inside to yesterday, last year, or even from the day you can remember when that thing happened that caused you to stop at that second and become stuck at that time.
Dear Reader and friends this was me for so long until I found that journaling was a true friend and therapeutic. I began to detach from people being my resource for help. Sometimes, we can tire people out and somethings are just too personal for ears. However, through journaling I began to really go inward to find healing, peace, encouragement, joy, and so many other things. This isn't a sad blog to deal out to each of you my feelings, but one that 's encouraging you all to face the question, "How're you really feeling." This was a question that caused me to become free of a lot of negative emotions I had after my mothers death. What I found that even in her death there were things I walked into from my own choices that made me feel a certain type of way that I hadn't dealt with that needed to be resolved. So, my friend, how're you really feeling today? I want to encourage you all to go find you a journal and begin to ponder that question. In passing of friend and family people ask that question all the time, but do they really stop to see if it's something that they can help us with. Most times No, but it's okay, because you can learn to answer this question own your own.
Right now I want to draw out of you, is that Alright?
Many of you are on pause in life from your childhood and you've been stuck ever since. Sometimes these pauses happen in your adult life as well. That thing could be molestation, rape, beatings, verbal abuse, rejection, breakups, sickness, divorce, death of a loved one, addictions, or maybe some other thing. I need you to go back to the occurrence even though it hurts to face that moment to say even though this happened it doesn't define who I am today or will it keep haunting me to continue to make me feel some type of way.
Fear is just a word that packages itself up around a big ball of emotions that can show up and hide behind anxiety, shame, depression, mental anguish, rejection and other things. Fear will cause you to try to keep moving like things never happened, but it did. You really can't hide fear, because people can see it and sometimes our faces show it. Sometime, it's how we act when we encounter something that reminds of that very thing. I want to again encourage you to turn around at whatever the point is and face it. Fear is like a bully! It positions itself at that day and time in your life and dares you to step up to it ever again to kick it's ass or respond to it.
Now let's turn this around a little for others that may not be dealing with Fear.
Journaling helps to unleash your inner voice and allows your spirit to speak up on things that really matter to you. Writing is my ritual now, because I can be open and honest with myself on how i'm feeling. It allows me to keep open communication to the Lord and to really lay bare my hopes, dreams, desires, and goals. If I should feel some type of feelings I lay them at Gods feet. I've noticed the answers God places before me when I'm journaling when I include him in. Try it, because God wants to know about the intimate things in your life as well.
So friends this week Topic was How're you really feeling. Be sure to respond if you like, I'd like to know. Join us live on Facebook on Mondays at 8pm in our group discussion on different topics. Next Week Monday journal entry is What do I really want? Join me and lets open up to the new doors being open in our life.
Yesterday, I released my first book and received some awesome feedback on it. The book had gone to other authors months ago for their opinion and comments. The reviews came back as positive, yet I still remain nervous. Nervous over just the thought of stepping outside of the box and doing such a thing. I can't say that the book release was the biggest thing I've ever done, however writing is a gate to the soul. People can capture your personality and if you've encountered or experienced what you wrote they get a peep into your world. Now let me just say, I'm honored for every hardship, challenge, and door God has given me. It has helped to shape me as a person by molding me to be a better person & to get me through life! Last evening, I checked my email at about 11:00 pm & had yet another book sale. I flipped over to messenger and sent a message to my friend that purchased the book to thank her. I don't get a chance to see her much at all and years have gone by since I've last seen her, however this person left me speechless. She startled me with her words and said, "Thank you my friend for being so inspiring!! I look up to you, I admire you, you're strong, and touching so many lives daily. #1Fan."
You look up to me?
(Falls flat out & tears up)
I responded by saying thank you and explained how when I do many things I do them scared. I'm a person that hands are in a lot of pots? Consider me a busy body or just a person that seek to understand how things work and just try? Oh my friend that is so me. There's days I wake up and then BOOM there goes a new idea. Last week I designed a friends website after saying I wanted to try it. Ideas consume me especially if I'm passionate about a thing. How about you are you hunted by your ideas & thoughts and somehow have to get them off paper to turn them into a manifested project?
I use to think I had a disorder, but Nah it's just me. Honestly, I need to thank some close friends of mines, because they have to listen to all these new projects I come up with in my head. To help me keep from being all over the place I have to journal. With each new month I write out goals & review them often. Ya'll I'm not praying to be great or rich or anything. My prayer is that in whatever I do it helps someone else. Truth of the matter is when I post on social media, host a conference, vlog/blog, and like writing this book the info be for me. If my audience gets something out of it that's even greater.
Let's focus a for a sec on the title of this blog, They Shall Bear Much Fruit.
John 8:15 talks about God being the Gardener and Jesus being the vine. We are the branches of the vine and as we grow he prunes us. He cuts off anything that's not bearing fruit. To go deeper, this passage talks about how pruning helps us to become even more fruitful. Wow! I've read this passage several times, but just realized it said this. So Lord, that time when I thought I wanted to go to school and finish, try cake decorating, a new relationship, job, you cut it off when it wasn't producing. However as a result of the pruning, I've received better produced relationships, hobbies, ideas, etc. The passage makes it clear that those that remain in Christ apart of the vine will be plentiful. It's great news understanding how it all works. Om essence let me be a voice to you to say commit your ways to the Lord and Keep being productive. In due time you shall reap a harvest.