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Authentic Vessels


“Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief: an authentic account by an eyewitness. Being so in fact; not fraudulent or counterfeit”

Reference: American Heritage Dictionary

It’s interesting how sometimes people will appoint then send someone across your path in order to see if the gifts you operate in are indeed authentic. However when the appointed person leaves healed and delivered and returns back to where they came from; the person (s) still is not convinced and will send someone out a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time. Understand that the ability the Father gives you to discern these things are not to harm you, but instead is to help strengthen your faith and walk in Him.

Remember in Matthew 9:14-17 when the disciples of John paid a visit to Jesus? It reads “(14) Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” (15) Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. (16) “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. (17) Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (NIV)

Now let’s look at Matthew 11:4-6 when they return to Jesus. “After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
(2) When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples (3) to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (4) Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: (5) The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. (6) Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (NIV)

While the person (s) may mean well in their reasoning to test to see if you are indeed operating in partnership with the Father, their attempt to test you is more so about their own fears then it is about your authenticity. The bible clearly speaks of the trials and testing that will come as a result of your faith and who you have become in Christ. As a vessel of God never allow the doubts of those around you to deter you from pursuing Christ with a reckless abandonment and remaining authentic. Continue to set your face like flint, pray for all involved and keep pressing forward.

In closing, never stifle or smother the gifts the Father has placed within you in order to fit in with the status quo. Utilize your confidence in Christ and work your gifts all to the glory of God. If others can’t see or truly appreciate the God in and around you, they will continue to have doubts about who you really are that is of course until the scales upon their eyes are removed.

At the end of the day your goal as a authentic vessel in partnership with the Father is to seek to remain focused, faithful, obedient and in sync with Him.


The Heart Beat of the Father

One of my favorite things to do after my husband and I married was to lay my head on his chest and listen to his heart. I would quiet myself in order to listen to each beat. With great joy as I listened closely I could measure how far each beat was apart from the other. Often I would lift my head in order to observe if each beat was moving in sync with the rising of his chest and the manner in which he was breathing. This practice for me was not only beautiful and peaceful to watch but also served as a constant reminder of how amazing the Sovereign Father truly is.

This morning as I laid my head on my husband’s chest before he prepared for work, Father gently spoke how important it is for all of us to take time out of the hustle and bustle of life to just spend quality time listening intently to His heart. How often have you heard someone say, I don’t know God’s voice? Or maybe even you have asked how can I hear God more clearly?

The answer to these and many more can be found in taking out quality time to sit in the presence of God and listening closely to the beat of His heart. Is it wisdom that you seek? Is it clarity about your day? Is it direction about which way to go? The answers that you seek can be found nestled in between each beat.

The peace that you crave comes when you rest and allow yourself to move in sync and in tune to His heart beat. Life can be much sweeter. Your joy will last longer than a few hours. Your faith will not automatically deflate at the first sound of bad news all because you have a new desire to live out the rest of your life in sync and in tune with the heart beat of the Sovereign Father.

Psalm 16:11, Job 22:21, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Acts 2:28, Hebrews 4:9, Rev 3:22

Quiet the Chatter (Poem)


If you quiet the chatter long enough you will find rest.
If you quiet the chatter long enough you will find peace.
If you quiet the chatter long enough you will find the lover of your soul.

He is watching ever so gently.
He is near, waiting patiently for the Sons of men to draw near and find
what they truly need in the bosom of His love.

Scribed 1:31PM Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On the Shoulders of a Pioneer-Maya Angelou

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou

Upon hearing from my mother about the passing of Maya Angelou, my thoughts immediately went back to 1985 when as a nervous eighteen year old college freshman I had my first and only opportunity to meet this gracious poetic pioneer.

As a student studying Broadcast Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, my roommate and many others who loved her work petitioned the university about allowing Dr. Maya Angelou to come and speak at our Black History program that year. After a time of testing the university finally approved our request. I still remember vividly how my roommate, who professed to be Dr. Angelou’s #1 fan, would cite “Still I Rise” from sunup to sundown. I will say that my roommate was blessed because I loved poetry just as much as she did otherwise, I would have probably been looking for a new roommate.

As the newly elected president over the Gospel Choir, I was asked by the Black Student Union officers to prepare the song selections for the upcoming program. I went to the choir and we took a vote and chose two songs and immediately began rehearsing twice a week.

When the big day finally arrived, we all wore the traditional black bottoms and white blouses. You would think I was singing a solo by all of my nervousness. By the time it was our turn to sing, I was ready to pass out from all of the built up excitement.

When we finished our first song selection titled “Do Not Pass Me By” and prepared to go into the next selection, Dr. Angelou hollered out “sang children! I want to hear that one again! We sung an encore and then took our seats. With our performance officially over we were then able to sit back and listen to what was going to be imparted into the parched spirits of those assembled.

After the conclusion of the program, as student upon student went up to meet and shake hands with Dr. Angelou, my turn finally came. However when I was introduced, my thoughts went blank as I completely forgot the words I had rehearsed in my mind. Way too slow on my thinking feet she finally spoke up and said, “I really enjoyed the choir. You all really blessed me with that good singing.” She then hugged me and I walked away humbled at the opportunity the Father granted me.

Later that night after returning to our room, my roommate and I were both silent as we reflected on the evening’s events. As young writers and poets we had finally met our #1 most favorite poet of all time. Truly it was a day that was orchestrated by God in order for our paths to cross with such an extraordinary and gracious woman.

Dr. Maya Angelou, thank you for allowing your life to be a living epistle among men. As an acclaimed author, actress, civil rights activist, dancer, educator, lecturer, poet, producer, and scribe you are a true example of the Father’s love, grace and mercy as expressed through the spoken and written poetic word.