HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT

JESUS COMMUNICATES WITH US MANY WAYS. PERSONALLY, IT HAS BEEN THROUGH A SONG, POEM, VIDEO, WHAT SOMEONE SAYS, A QUOTE/PHRASE, A DREAM OR VERSE. PLEASE SHARE WHAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU.

MY JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF JESUS BEGAN WHERE EVERYONE’S JOURNEY BEGAN, IF WE REALIZE IT OR NOT. AT BIRTH. SO IN REFLECTION, I SEE, THAT ALL ALONG JESUS WAS WITH ME. FIRSTLY, THIS IS IN NO DISRESPECT TO MY FAMILY AT ALL. JUST MY TRUTH. WE ALL HAVE SUFFERING AND TRIALS IN LIFE WHICH MOST UNFORTUNATELY INVOLVE FAMILY. IN MY YOUTH, MY DAD JOINED THE MILITARY WHILE MOM AND I STAYED WITH GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS AND UNCLES FROM SEVEN TO TEN YEARS OLD. THESE ARE THE EARLIEST TIMES I REMEMBER AND THEY WERE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST TIMES IN MY LIFE. I DIDN’T KNOW OF GOD, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT UNTIL THE SUMMER WE MOVED AT TEN. LIVING WITH GRANDPARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WERE UNBELIEVERS AND PRACTICED THE NATIVE AMERICAN WAY OF WORSHIP WAS HARMFUL TO THE MIND AND SPIRIT. I RECALL MEDICINE MEN, CEREMONIES THAT INVOLVED PEYOTE AND STORIES OF CREATION. I TRULY WANTED TO LEARN MY CULTURE IN THAT SENSE BUT THERE WAS NEVER A CONNECTION OR SENSE OF TRUTH THAT RESONATED WITHIN MY HEART. EVEN THEN, BEING SO YOUNG, I RECALL THOUGHTS OF HOW IT DIDN’T SOUND RIGHT. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, A COUPLE OF MY UNCLES LEARNED WITCHCRAFT. MIND YOU, THIS WAS OF COURSE SOMETHING ONLY SPOKEN OF IN QUIET AND SECRET DISCUSSION. FILL IN HERE, WHICH MOST CAN RELATE TO, THE DARK FAMILY SECRETS THAT YOU MAY HEAR OF WITHIN YOUR FAMILIES. ANYWAYS, THIS IS WHY I SAY THIS WAY OF “RELIGION OR WORSHIP” IS HARMFUL. IT OPENS UP YOUR MIND AND SPIRIT TO THE SPIRIT WORLD WHERE IF ONE DOES NOT KNOW JESUS, CAN BE IN ONE WORD, DESTRUCTIVE TO A SOUL. THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS EXPOSED TO DEMONIC SPIRITS AND ENTITIES THAT CAUSED NIGHTS OF LIVING IN FEAR. NOT ONLY FROM ENTITIES THAT SCRATCHED THE HOUSE FROM OUTSIDE, TAPPING ON WINDOWS, OR TURNING THE DOORKNOB. BUT, ALSO FROM MY UNCLES RETURNING HOME AS ANGRY FOLK WANTING TO HIT, CURSE, TAKE GRANDPA’S TRUCK FOR DAYS ON END, OR LASH OUT IN ANGER RESENTMENTS AND BITTERNESS HELD. FOR THESE THREE YEARS I REMEMBER, IT WAS NORM TO SCURRY AROUND GRABBING THINGS FOR SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AND SHOVING THEM IN MY BACKPACK.

THOUGH WE KNOW THESE ARE THE TIMES OF THE END, IT IS JUST A NEW BEGINNING!