from Random Acts of Kindness
The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’
“And now may the LORD show loving kindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
2 Samuel 2:6
What had ignited this thanksgiving in the midst of some confusion that was begging for attention and recognition like a screaming toddler? Surely it couldn’t have been this Monday morning’s unanticipated “cleaning up”, “straightening up” as Mama aptly labels it. But I do know that something definitely led to this mornings praise and worship that overshadowed all of the foolishness. Maybe it was my momentarily scanning Facebook, reading my notifications then virtually visiting my friends pages which had me gravitate towards the wall of Random Acts of Kindness. Looking at their colorful graphics and spiritual messages there was no doubting that I would immediately share several of their timely, upbeat-encouraging words and post them on my own wall. Sounds familiar I bet. Determined to keep the momentum flowing I hurriedly ate my breakfast, and got busy focusing –“straightening up”, gathering a load of rugs to be laundered, then it was a frantic pace of applying cleaning solutions, wiping and spraying as I cleaned the bathrooms. It was much too quiet so I turned on Pandora and enjoyed my Tramaine Hawkins station. Absolutely I love hearing her sing: Changed.
A change has come over me!
My spirit concurs, “Me too, Sister Tremaine, I can attest to that!”
Lord knows that is distinctly the truth, I have got options on how I’ll choose to respond and engage the enemy. Yes, thank goodness for the reminder of that on yesterday. Instead it is time to be still and remember the joy God showered on me and a gathering of friends yesterday. My heart initially was heavy but God had a great surprise in store for all of us.
As I reflect on Sunday, it was so sweetly orchestrated by the divine. Several of us all had a similar idea and that was to meet at our elder friend’s home-unexpected there we were. It began when we casually gathered and then it happened, assembling our chairs closer (circular fashion) to our beloved elder/surrogate mother/ aunt/ confidante/ friend. And we felt it, subtle but pronounced, it was in the air, the outpouring of the divine elixir of shared wisdom, love, and anointing flowing freely. Mother wit took her rightful seat to. Laughter, prayer, repentance, joy, struggles, victories and pain weren’t withheld. Nodding of heads and voracious hearts eagerly soaking up nuggets which caused the conversational coverings to be freely exposed, flung aside and open heartfelt issues sprung. Oh I am so thankful for the unearthed revelations birthed and shared! We concurred that w hat the devil had intended for our demise, God turned around and allowed “it” to be for our good. The liberated conversations, the fellowship, the kindred hearts erupted into prayerful thanksgiving that God was so active in the midst of it all and we continue to stand on those truths. We are persevering still, we overcame much and it’s evidenced that our scripts are yet unfolding. God had and has plans for our good. It’s so clear that that God sent my sisters and adopted mother this way! Collectively our hearts leaped when we realized that although there are apparent difficulties and valley experiences that we must encounter, it never negates the awesomeness of our Jehovah God! He’s with you and me especially during our moments of isolation. So my energy burst entailing: scrubbing, searching and reflecting indeed is a part of this watershed of thanksgiving to the Lord. Surely you see it also! It validates we are not abandoned and alone, it’s just a matter of when God will connect us with other believers. And you know what? Our meeting together could not have occurred on a better day! This was indeed no random act but God’s way of once again displaying his kindness. Thank you Holy Ghost! Time to go and tackle my closet for the clothes give-away! Be blessed my brothers,and be further encouraged my sisters!
Yours is the kingdom of heaven and of earth! We acknowledge that we belong to you and every good and perfect gift comes from you God even when our worlds are quaking! Thank you Lord for all you’ve done for me and mine! Without you we’d be forever lost. You are our great and mighty Heavenly Father! We decree and declare that the spiritual gifts you’ve provided will enlarge our territories for your plan and our consecrated good. We love you and are so appreciative of your numerous acts of kindness and mercy towards us, and that which concerns us. Let us not be hindered, nor distracted by the evil one. Bless those that are in need of a divine touch and are in search of a new direction. Let us be instrumental in sharing the Good News of the Gospel and your love through service and prayer. Help us Lord in our struggles to overcome hurts and hardship. We will not be weary in well doing and cheerfully endeavor to serve you in spirit and in truth. With hearts ready for service we continually behold your presence in awe and thanksgiving! Thank you for the blood shed for our redemption and salvation. Yours is the honor, glory and the praise, in Jesus name we pray! Amen!
Ledisi @ Potter’s House singing Thank You Lord
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Destined To Receive, Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine