Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Thrill of it

Has there ever been something in your life that you wanted so badly that you could literally taste it, and the closer you got to obtaining it the more you began to salivate and anticipate the ultimate thrill of what it would actually feel like to savor the victory of obtaining the object of your affection?

And then just as you finally wrapped your hands around whatever it was that you'd spent so much time pursuing, the only thing you felt was...nothing. Not to say that you weren't happy to have achieved your goal, but the feeling was nothing like you thought it would be. No fireworks, no explosions, no tingle...just nothing.

I can't say that this has happened to me very often but when it did I found that in most cases that, for me, most of the thrill was in the chase. I've always been the type of person who loves a challenge. If you dangle that cake in front of my face and tell me that I can't have it then you just better know in the back of your mind that I'm coming for it...full speed ahead.

I used to wonder if that particular trait was a strength or weakness for me. Now that I sit and really think about I would have to say that it's a little bit of both. Is it classified drive, obstinance, or both?

I have aspired to do many things in my life and I can honestly say that I have accomplished a good number of them, by the grace of God. And now that the goals have been reached or I'm lingering somewhere in the middle, I find myself wondering what was it all for?

I'm not ungrateful and I'm not proud...I just wonder. Always wondering what my next thrill chase or mountain climb is going to be.

I have honestly discovered that my true gratification comes from the simplest things: watching my children grow, spending quiet time with my husband, and marveling at the things that God has been revealing to me through His Word. Don't get me wrong...I am very grateful for all of my blessings and take nothing for granted, but I am happy that I am finally learning to see the bigger picture.

Maybe I'm just rambling on this one but I really do wonder about this kind of stuff sometimes. Does this ever happen to you? If it does I would love to hear about it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Truth will set you free...if you accept it

This past weekend, a very dear friend of mine invited me to her church to view the latest installment Min. G. Craig Lewis' series "The Truth About Hip Hop pt. V" (which you can order at www.exministries.com), and needless to say that, much like I was with his other DVDs, I was very disturbed by some of the information that I heard.

For those of you who may not know, Min. G. Craig Lewis' 4 previous installments pretty much outed several people in the hip hop world who have given their lives to Satan in exchange for money fame and fortune. People like Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, Earth, Wind and Fire and Beyonce were among the many that he named as those who have become part of an intricate plan to usher in the worship of Satan among millions of unknowing children and adults who worship these artists through their music, with all of it being backed up by Biblical Scripture.

In part V, Min. Craig goes even deeper to give in depth background as to the spiritual principals and channeling that is used to allow spirits to use these people to gain the level of fame that they obtain. The way that he explains and documents his material is very compelling; so much so that, in my opinion, there is no way you can not see the obvious truth of the matter.

I know that it is hard for people to believe that their beloved superstars would ever do anything to lead them astray, and then there are those who think that we are just reading too much into stuff and should loosen up but the truth of the matter is that this stuff is real!

Min G. Craig Lewis:

Remember, Lucifer was the angel of music(Eze. 28:13 ...the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created), so why is it so hard to believe the he would use music to lead people astray?

If you just listen to the lyrics of many of these artist, they are telling you exactly what they're into. It's also in the way they dress. Don't be fooled. If the adults don't see it then how can we protect and teach our children?

It's not just the preachers, people in the hip hop world know whats going on; don't think they don't.

Kanye sports baphomet

Beyonce sports baphomet and positions herself into a pentagram

Jay Z sports shirt with famous Aleister Crowley quote on it

Rhianna throws up her devil sign

And the list goes on and on.

People, if you believe the Bible is truth then you know that the days are quickly growing shorter. I can no longer turn and blind eye and act like I don't see or understand what is going on around me.

I finally understand that my God-given gift lies in the written word and that is what I must use to help spread the Word and bear witness to Jesus Christ who is and always will be the head of my life. I must be obedient in writing whatever he lays on my heart to share with others and that message is this:

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then I pray that He will lay it on your heart to do so immediately. Not tomorrow or the next day, but now. All you have to do is believe that he is the Son of God, that he died for your our sins and confess with your mouth that you are a sinner and ask him to come into your heart and save you. That's it.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believe on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 3:23-24- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For my mature Christian brothers and sisters, I pray that you will get a chance to watch this amazing video so that you too will be made aware of the things that are slowly but surely taking over our children.

I have to admit that this is hard for me because I love music and I love the industry. But in order to be obedient I must do what is right and not what feels good because my life depends on it and yours does to.

Please take this seriously. Do your own research and be honest with yourself. If it doesn't matter to you, then I respect that. But if it does, then please act accordingly; share what you have learned with someone you love.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm not crazy...other people are

Over the years, starting when my first book came out, people always ask me why I choose to write about the topics I choose to write about. And then after they read the books they would tell me they were a little worried. Let's face it...if you have read my books, especially the last one, you know that they are pretty dark. But rest assured, I'm perfectly normal.

But while I will readily acknowledge that my books are a little on the dark side, you would also have to admit the they deal with real issues that happen every single day.

Case and point: I just read a story on cnn.com today about a 15-year-old boy who was doused with alcohol and then set on fire by a group of his peers because he reported them for stealing his father's bike. They called themselves punishing him for being a "snitch".

Click here to read the story: http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/02/teen.burned.recovery/index.html

Not to mention the group of teens in Chicago who beat the young honor roll student to death in the middle of the street while dozens of others watched and, even worse, video taped it.

And the list goes on and on. I'm not crazy...I don't make this stuff up. While my stories are fiction in premise, the stories themselves happen all the time. Just turn on the news on any given day.

Truth is stranger than fiction, people. We are living in a day and age where compassion and empathy have all but become a thing of the past. It used to be that you'd turn on the news and see adults doing crazy things, now the kids seem to have them beat.

Something has got to change. Me personally, I write my stories because the things I see that happen in the world sometimes bother me so much that writing is the only way for me to make sense of it all. But one thing is for sure...I'm never at a loss for material.

Until next time, keep praying and be blessed.