We take so many God-given blessings for granted, but being blessed to live another day should never be one of them. For sure, we should thank God for every new day He blesses us to see, and even more so when that new day is another born day that He allows us to celebrate. Thank You, God!
As saints our reach should always exceed our grasp; that is, we should aim to achieve the very works we sometimes think are impossible to accomplish—like continually producing the kind of treasures we can lay up for ourselves in Heaven (e.g., gold, silver, and precious gemstone—useful works). Living a consistent saintly life is the best way to avoid producing incinerable works (e.g., hay, wood, and stray—useless works).
Resistance—pushback (a negative or unfavorable response)—to the mushrooming real and imaginary national and international crises has invaded America. However, resistance for Christians isn’t the kind of pushback being demonstrated. Christian resistance to the Presidency’s attempt to dismantle democracy is achieved by submitting human will to God’s Will, humbling one’s self before God, and resisting the devil (not yielding to Satan’s temptations).
God uses many Jewish traditional customs as teaching tools. The ancient Jewish Wedding Custom is one of those teaching tools. This traditional Jewish custom definitely is a detailed illustration of the Messiah’s (the Bridegroom’s) marriage to His Bride.
It absolutely is Father God’s desire that all believers in Christ become Holy Spirit-filled children. Once they have received the Better Baptism—once they are Holy Spirit-filled—they then will understand how important it is not only to understand God’s characteristics or His image but also will understand how important it is to reflect them. The poems in My Spirit’s Musings emphasize that importance—the importance of living a life that reflects godly characteristics or the image of God.
I’m praying that this is the year we will ceaselessly shine the Light of Christ throughout the entire New Year. Additionally, I’m praying that Father God will richly bless us in 2017 with love, peace, hope, joy, happiness, good health, and spiritual prosperity—the supernatural fullness of Christ, His only begotten Son. Shalom!
The Bride of Christ will be the true Body of Christ who has been completely sanctified—has been made wholly holy in body, soul, and spirit. Christ’s Bride also will be the truly born again and saved believers from every ethnic group and from every nation.
I neither paint nor draw, and, while I do take photographs, I took none of the ones in these illustrated haiku poems. For these reasons, I thank every artist and every photographer whose exquisite artworks helped me explain the meanings of my haiku poems. Most of my haiku poems that I included in each illustrated haiku are from Perfect Peace (2015)—my collection of haiku poetry. The other haiku poems were created between March 2015 and November 2016.
Though it is an uncomfortable truth, it is a truth nonetheless. Racism and bigotry are taught, and what the once down-low racists and bigots in America are teaching right now is that the melting pot metaphor that pertains to a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous was just a lie. This truth is why America’s racists and bigots will do their best to change America’s landscape—will try to change the face of America—from people of color back to just White America.
It has been proven that our prejudices are formed at a very early age. This truth means that our children can quickly learn from us how to be racists—how to hate certain people. Thankfully, the good news is that our taught biases can be unlearned. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that, if we truly love God the way He expects us to and/or the way we say we do, we could have chosen not to teach this horrid ugliness to our children.