Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"I'm Just Saying . . . What?"

 "I'm Just Saying . . . What?"
 Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

     We use the slang I'm just saying" or we post and text "IJS" these letters all the time. But what are we really saying?  I used to speak a lot of "positive" Words of encouragement.  And people would say "Oh, you're just too nice." And after a long journey through "Life's" tough and demanding rituals my "kind" Words began to diminish and lose it's flavor. But thank God for Jesus. I'm glad now that I can be compassionate towards people who can effortlessly blast you with their mouths destructively. I see how they may have gotten to their hopeless place of possibly no return. There is hope. It's easy being around that type pf energy. It is a painful place I'm sure, especially with no recourse. I'm grateful to have God's Son Jesus who re-redeemed me. So now I find myself back in a "love stride" again. I've learned how to Love by loving on Him and him. (Scripture Matthew 4:4 Man shouldn't live on bread alone, but by every Word that  proceeds out the mouth of God). "Take it back", a kind lady used to say. She said it a little brashly. But  basically she was giving me what I had given her. She was encouraging me to go back and change the Words that I had negatively spoken or that could potentially become my future.  I  told her all the time when she spoke bad things to remember (Scripture Proverbs 18:21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ).  She had started to change her Words and to believe while I was taking on her old negative mentality saying unproductive Words. Right there at that moment we cleaned up that "verbal sabotage." Let's stop assassinating our beautiful and bright destinies with our mouths." Remember the scriptures (I Chronicles 29:13-14) 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. And remember that EVERY WORD that we speak also belongs to GOD. And now we should be offering to HIM HIS WORDS of BLESSINGS not death. After all HE has already created them in us. So what are we going to do with them? Will we create LIFE or DEATH? 

Written By
Alethea J. Brown, Author, Blogger and Mom

Scripture: Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Daringly Bold and Beautifully Created"

 "Daringly Bold and Beautifully Created"

Ecclesiastes 3:11 New International Version (NIV)  11. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 (Moses' Mother)

     Almost nameless and yet she is unforgettable. Her name was Jochebed meaning "Yahweh is glory. Daughter of Levi wife of Amram. Mother of Arron Miriam and Moses. Jochebed is a godly, stern, sight to be seen.  The Proverb woman is a  symbol of a great woman. But what about an everyday ordinary woman who is not expected to do something "great" or significant that can be nationwide newsworthy? What about a kind of mother who resists the normal? What about a kind of mother that doesn't take no for an answer? What about kind of mother that fights with an defying kind of love? Even in spite of all of the tumultuous surroundings with the Pharaoh upset and wanting to kill the male children, Jochebed was incredibly stronger than the normal mother, but not without help. Something arose and emerged through Jochebed at this imperative hour of need to heed the voice of God to save her son who was being called to the nations at birth. (Jeremiah 1:5 I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. ... ). What is it that that sets Moses mother apart ? Maybe not much except that she was willing and obedient. Did she have exceptional qualities? Perhaps and if so maybe you would have heard more about her in the Bible. But that isn't the case. It had to have been the Mighty Force and Power of The Almighty. The Word of God says that His children hears His voice and they will follow (John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me).  Jochebed was positioned to hear and execute God's glorious plan for her family. It sounds like I could be writing about myself a single stay at home mother trusting God daily with difficulties that I face on occasions. It could even be talking about you. This woman hid her little male child for about 3 months. She had to be unique, patient and gentle to keep an infant hidden silent and content for that length of time.  And then Jochebed created a wood chest of bulrushes that was watertight.  So she was creative as well. But she is still not yet the talk of the town. Jochebed took that chest with her small son inside and trusted God enough to protect it from danger into the waters of the Nile River; now that's daring. And she further trusted Him to manage the overall situation. Because her young daughter watched the chest down the river from a distance while following along. She could have cried out in fear and ruined it all for JochebedThe daughter even trusted her  Jochebed's plan as the mother. Trusting God to this extent takes a "daring" kind of woman. Maybe the character of "daring" wasn't fully apparent in her or even known right away to all who knew her. But here was a chance for it to be fully exhibited first privately between her and God. And then to be heard about for generations and generations how this daring woman of God didn't mind taking a chance in HIS NAME It didn't say that she involved all of her book club buddies in on this very delicate matter. Or neither did she broadcast it on Instagram that God was about to use her and her small male child for a historical event that would change the world. 
This daring mother not only went against the orders of the Pharaoh, by Faith she put her little precious baby in a wood chest and then allowed her young daughter to participate in this incredible dangerous journey.  
And by Gods divine order Jochebed is the attending and nursing mother of now Pharaoh's daughter's (an Egyptian Princess named Bithiah, meaning daughter of Yahweh) little boy who is named "Moses".  She (Bithiah) had drawn him from the water while bathing in the Nile.  Little Moses goes back to the arms of his own phenomenal birth mother and is being nurtured by her first milk.  Moses needed some spiritual food as well as natural characteristics from his birth mother.  
It is said that the milks colostrum ("first milk) (also known to some as liquid gold) from nursing is known to strengthen the child with nutrients. But isn't it just like God to give the Spiritual milk as well in the process. Her milk needed to make a deposit of love, tenacity, power and of spiritual discernment into her child. Moses' mother Jochebed was the only woman who could feed him what God wanted to later develop further in Moses 
Mothers, Got Milk? What's in the milk of the word that you feed your children? What are they absorbing from your "first milk", colostrum ? What do you have inside of you that your family needs to live and survive? May I suggest that when God has His hand on you to nurture a thing, He hovers over it as only a mother could. (Psalms 91:1,2,3 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence)

He will see it through.  He will get it to you even if it is by the hand or under the nose of your cunning enemy. Strategically God MASTERMINDS and maneuvers you through the enemy's camp with angels encamped around you and with miraculous results he brings you out. 
Mothers don't let the enemy intimidate you with his status or his evil powers. Your spiritual breasts are overfllowing with the milk of LIFE for your families. And you can trust that Your FATHER is making sure that HE positions them to be fed as HE BIRTHs NEW LIFE in them all. (Hebrews 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Word Art 
adjective: daring
  1. .
    (of a person or action) adventurous or audaciously bold.
    "a daring crime"

noun: colostrum
  1. the first secretion from the mammary glands after giving birth, rich in antibodies.

Written By
Alethea J. Brown, Author, Blogger, Mom


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