Matters of the heart 73 – May 2018

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 NIV

This morning I arise to call my mom a Proverbs 31 mother. I have been truly blessed to have Asenath Anderson as my mom. I cannot begin to mention all she has done and sacrificed for her children. Regina Belle wrote the lyrics “I would if I could” and my mom tried. I do not come close to her level of commitment and sacrifice, but I do have an excellent example of motherhood in my mother. I have one son and after I would put Joshua on the bus, I would plop in the office chair with a cup of coffee and wonder how my mother did it with four children, I am exasperated with one. I am also grateful for beautiful grandmothers and Aunts, who not only taught me the ways of Christ but a few things of the world. I would also like to shout out the women in my life who impacted my life in so many ways and did not just have to do with the word of God. I know women who were alcoholics, drug addicts and former gang bangers and the like. Many have given their hand to Christ, but I want to thank them for sharing their experiences. The Lord will fight your battles I am a witness for that, but sometimes life experience and encounters prepare you for the cruelty of this world. Beloved everything isn’t coming up roses. So today, I celebrate women who have impacted this world by giving birth to great people with great ideas that have built this world. There is so much negativity, but when I begin to reflect upon mothers and all they have done, I am honored to be amongst the tribe and especially those who put first the things of God and fears the Lord. Enjoy celebrating the mothers and women in your life that have contributed to your journey. Remain encouraged God bless you.

Matters of the heart 72 – May 2018

She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son, she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So, she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. (Genesis 29:35 NIV)

Many of you who read matters of the heart know that I own a paraprofessional training school for Home health aides and nurse’s aides.  On the first day of class one of the main areas of study is basic human needs. If you have taken psychology 101 as a prerequisite in college, Abraham Maslow An American Psychologist in 1943, wrote a paper titled “A Theory of Human Motivation.”  The theory stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some of these needs take precedence over others. Our most basic need is for physical survival, food, clothing and shelter and these items are the first things that motivate our behavior. Once that is fulfilled, the next level is safety and security, followed by a sense of belongingness, a need to be valued and loved.  There are going to be times in life when friends and loved ones miss the mark in this area of our life. Sometimes the applause stops, and on occasion, it never occurred. It’s unfortunate that on occasion we have Leah spirits, seeking the love and affection of someone who does not know how to love and value our contributions. One thing I can assure you, God values and loves us very much. Romans reminds us that God demonstrated his love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  That’s enough to have a praise pause right there. 1st Peter reminds us that we were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ. That’s enough for another praise pause. No games, no ultimatums, no hidden agendas, just redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Finally, when Leah knew she was never going to have Jacobs love, she named her last son Judah the name is Hebrew meaning praise. This time instead of seeking love in unlovable places, Leah was going to give glory to the lord.  I hope and pray that you have a “this time” moment and know that you have a father in heaven who not only loves you unconditionally but values your life; created in his image. (imago Dei) So, the next time someone disappoints you, look to the Lord and remain anchored in knowing that while we were yet sinners, filthy, Christ died for us. Remain encouraged God Bless you.