Speak Those Things…Boldly

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

Tonight is a night I want to share two most skipped teachings in the whole Christian world or it is misused. For the last two weeks, when something that is not proper in my life the Spirit says ‘Speak to it.’ My son was having a terrible inner ear infection and they were frequent and I stayed in the hospital almost two hours for them to give him the same medicine that is not helping as the earaches is what he had dealt with since birth. Getting into the car from the hospital, I was mad because I was totally frustrated not only had his ear been bothering him, his top gums had swollen. The Spirit said ‘speak to it’, I don’t remember questioning because for one it was very clear and I trust God. The next day no earache and no swollen gums. If I would have blown that off my son would probably would have been sick longer and we just did not need that. So being obedient to the Holy Spirit, got me through and I believe my son is totally healed from ear infections and swollen gums.

Mark 11:23-24 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Acts 4:25-31 (verse 29) “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word,”…

Romans 4:17 as it is written, (I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him who believed- God, gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

Obedience and Speaking goes hand in hand. Numbers 20 (8-12) Moses and Aaron was told to speak to the rock but he struck it, twice. Then not permitted to go into the promise land. 1 Samuel (15:22-23) The prophet Samuel gave a word to Saul that he was to destroy everything in the land, taking nothing but instead he brought what he thought was the best of the livestock, listening to his men. Samuel told him that ‘To obey is better than sacrifice’ and that rebellion was as witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.’ Saul lost the anointing to be King over Israel and we know that David was anointed king not to much long afterward.

Sometimes we think we know better than God. I know many times in life I thought I knew better and it was all fun for that moment but now if I were to look back, I wasted a lot of time. I had to go through things I put myself in because I did not listen to the Holy Spirit. I wasted time, money, peoples lives, and moments that I could have shared Christ, I choose not too. I am a living witness that it is a true waste of time to not listen to the things of God. It may be the very thing that saves your life. Say you have a business or a invention or book and a company wants to sponsor you but God tells you no. You convince yourself, go to your friends get their advice. (Sometimes a second opinion will cost you to walk the wrong path). So you do it anyway, now that the company has rights, and can boss you and tell you what you can and cannot not do. They say you can’t say Jesus, talk about God in fact you have to compromise all you, once you get deep into the deal. God got you where you were and had better for you because he knew how crooked they were. He knew their intentions. You say what does this have to do with speaking. If God tells you to say ‘No, Thank You.’ Can you say those few words, can you obey the word of God. Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 14:22-23 declined the offer to gain the spoils after he went to battle to save lot. He tells the King of Sodom, ‘I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor or heaven and of earth, that I will take nothing from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say,’ I have made Abram rich-‘ . Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the earth and their glory if Jesus fell down and worshiped him. Jesus told him, ‘Away with you Satan! For it is written; You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Satan has been running this scheme since he convinced one-third of the angels to follow him. He may speak through family, friends, spouses, someone that you look up too. You have to know what God told you! What did God tell you, what did His word say! If God says you will have favor with one company don’t let another come in with all the flamboyant and shiny toys outweigh the things of God. If God sends you to your enemy and says pray for them but you decide you don’t like them and won’t go, (cough cough Jonah), go anyway and repent because that enemy may be your door to an answered prayer. So if Satan is getting in your head about something, speak the things of God, His Word and what he has told you and when you line up with the Word, things have to change.  God says His Word never returns to Him void. (Isaiah 55:11)

When the fear of death, illnesses, accidents comes upon me. I remind myself of scripture and personal words that God has spoken to me. Where I work, I sometimes have to be in a tower at night and to get to my job, I have to cross the bridge over the river and for a while I would have the worse thoughts about both because of the fear of heights. One night in the tower climbing to the top, the Spirit said, “You will not die by tragedy, Miriam, with long life shall I satisfy you.” So now if I get that feeling. I repeat what God told me out loud, even working the environment that I do, I live by that. It builds up my spirit man. It helps me step more in obedience of God. So if He calls me into an ‘unsafe place’. I have His word to stand on. 2 Timothy 1:7 says it best, ‘God gives us not the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Trust the Word of God and walk in the obedience. It’s not going to be easy. Believe me, sometimes I’m just like God, I’m scared. He reminds me of what he told Jeremiah, ‘be not afraid of their faces.’ Even writing this blog, when I first did decided to just do it and stand on His Word, I knew that I was afraid but I was dependent on God in total. I can’t do this by myself and if I ever stop it’s because God has stopped my employment in this area. I won’t do it without Him. If God is saying that’s done with now. I am willing to let go. I’ve been through enough trying to making it without Jesus. I stand, speak and obey if I don’t get it every time, I will dust off and listen the next. Be Bold living for God! Have Faith! Speak to the mountains! Satan has been deceiving people for a long time, but the faith choices we make, his voice will lessen and God’s will become clearer. Be encouraged brothers and sisters! The best is yet to come.

Just Miriam

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not be faint.

Don’t Downplay Your Purpose

‘You never know who a person will become, Saul became Paul. One who murdered because he thought, he was doing it for God.’ -S. Vincent Johnson

Acts 9:3-6

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? And he said, Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” so he, trembling and astonished, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

I am not sure I would have this blog if I were to rewind my life back just a few years. Being twenty- three, my generation likes a microwave lifestyle. We want it quick and fast; money, school, and life we want it all at the touch of our fingers. Even though I always wanted to please God, I didn’t know how to live for Him, not because I wasn’t being taught. Like I said I go to a wonderful church with a wonderful example of a pastor but because I had not had the personal encounter or had not continued in a relationship with him to know what I was suppose to be doing. My Pastor calls that an ‘Amen saint.’; you agree with the Word but you apply it in areas you deem necessary. I surely did because I still partied with my friends, said what I wanted too, and did what I wanted to an extent. Somethings I just personally found classless and my deep morals wouldn’t let me. In 2012, I dreamed I was talking to someone and I was in the church house and they were basically accusing someone of somethings and instead of replying as God wanted me to. I cursed them out, right there in church. From that day the Lord told me I need to watch what I say. I received a word that I was a prophet two months after my son was born in 2009. The first time I recognized the voice of God and I was so excited and well someone said something to me and it knocked me down a few notches. They too said, you can’t be a prophet doing whatever you wanted. Looking back at both instances learning more I do know that I can’t do whatever I want. The closer I get to God the more I have to let Go of the life I once lived. Not because He was trying to strip me of fun and life but because He was trying to give me a life that He designed me for that I was made for. How I was living life, I was unlovable at best because I was living my life from every wound that had been given me. Even with my religious background, I had no relationship substance with the Creator. The cards that I was dealing to myself and others were certainly death. Still I cried out to God with so many cried out nights, so many drunken nights, so many partied so hard I couldn’t concentrate on my life nor my son’s like I was suppose too. I asked God to rescue me and He did, those cravings started to lessen and I may had a drink or two but it wasn’t full blown like it had once been. The more I started to learn how to give up my life and to gain His was becoming appealing.

Every moment every time I lapse, I always have to make a Faith choice, to trust God and continue even if I fall. Philippians 3:14 says it best, ‘I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’ I try to always have two things  in mind as I continue in this Faith and Love Walk. Am I pleasing God and am I loving my neighbor as myself? This keeps me up beat with the reading and meditating on the scriptures. I love to help people, I want people to know and understand the love of God. Once you experience the love of God it will surely change your life, it’s like having the blinders lifted and seeing everything as though it were the best thing. A few years ago I could never be as far as I am. I couldn’t be this positive. The man that I had called my grandfather died last January and it broke my heart completely. I was sick and cried more than I cried when my grandmother passed (his wife). He was a great pastor, and as quirky as I am he was too. We had the most interesting Bible based conversations and when I was 16 and pregnant he told me, never let anyone make you feel bad for what happens but keep going and grow on. A week later, I had an urgency in me that I needed to be ministering and teaching. God had told me earlier 2013 that I would be a teacher and preacher, I laughed because I thought I was the worst pick especially after He had already told me I was a prophet and I hadn’t even adjusted my life to that.

July 2014 I had another breakdown because I just knew I needed more than just skipping around trying to do the things of God. I wanted to do them more and I wanted to live it out. My son’s Nana called me and asked could he go to Texas with her for a few days. Usually I don’t agree because I usually don’t like him to travel without me but I said yes. I had just quit my job because I was lead too and I really did need a few quiet days. Those days I pressed because I wanted God’s plan for my life to be reality for me. I had a dream and it was really something I can’t put into total description but what I believe was an angel singing a song, that simply said, ‘ It’s your time, you are ready, there is something different about you.’ Then I saw myself putting on a thick grease and in my spirit I heard, ‘ Holiness’. Then I woke up and I didn’t understand it completely but I certainly woke up and wrote it down in my journal. I read it over and over again and the next day after church the Spirit told me to go to pray for my grandmother. I went immediately at first thinking I heard wrong, she was having horrible swelling and the doctors  had been trying to get it down. I did go and pray for her and she was beyond thankful. That night I went to our prayer service and my pastor was calling people up so that they could pray for others. Then he told me to come up but I and a dear lady thought he was talking to her, so I sat down. He turned around and said ‘What are you doing come up here?” I was a nervous wreck. After we prayed over others, he anointed me and another young man to minister.

It’s 2015 and I take every word of God to heart and I stand on it because it is certainly the only way that I have gained a life that I have always wanted. I have always wanted to start a blog, be a writer and help other people to become better, to see the best in themselves and bring God to them in a way that would help them see the love, power and glory of the Father in heaven. So if walking in my purpose means dying every day to my own selfish desires, dig another six feet because I will surely do it. My cousin told me the day before my granddad’s funeral, “Miriam, you write the most empowering and positive Facebook statuses. If I have a bad day and don’t know what to do, I go to your page and see what you post. You always have a scripture or something uplifting to say and that helps me keep going.’ People watch you whether on social media, home, work, job, in public or in a private setting and your God given purpose is not for you to receive life only but others that you influence may receive life. So from now on Don’t DOWNPLAY Your God-given purpose. You are a city on a hill, the salt of the earth, you will be a world changer in Christ Jesus. Be a mover and shake up the world!

Just Miriam

Genesis 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot e hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Perfect Practice, Makes Perfect

Faith Choices over Fear Choices

Romans 8:17 For many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

I love talking with God, He has good advice about everything, every situation in any moment. He usually catches me while I’m doing something else or says something that I may not comprehend. I had been in prayer the night before asking him to tell me and show me what to do. Every time I do that he does or says something unexpectedly. He said, “I have a place and a time for you, let me lead you in that.” God is a true gentleman, you will see and hear me say that over time. For me to let him, gives me a deeper meaning of free will and Faith choices in life. A few days later He says again, “I have a purpose, time and place for you.” I write as much as I can down when God tells me something like that, so that I can remember it and look back on it.

I love to confess Isaiah 55:9, ‘his thoughts and ways are higher than my own’; during prayer, hard decisions, or if something or someone rubs me the wrong way. Thank you, Lord for teaching me better. I’m learning day by day that we have to look at life from God’s perspective to live this life. Psalm 23 verse 3…’He leads me in the paths of righteousness, For His name’s sake.’ As my Pastor asks, ‘Are You Handling Kingdom Business?’ We are the sons/daughters of God if we are led by the Spirit of God. If we are His children and the kingdom is His will (business) shouldn’t we know the trade. Faith runs the kingdom of God; James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;’… A family business that has been around for a while is passed down to each generation. The core values and morals keep the business going even as the times change. Matthew 24:35, Jesus says this, ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” So no matter how technology speeds up or how bad things maybe going on in this world, God’s Word still stands. If the Holy Spirit is leading us, that has to mean he knows the way.

My son loves , ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirate’s, probably because they are always going on an adventure. Sometimes they get a map or see a trail leading to the place they need to go. On that trail they run into Hook and his mates always trying to mess something up or the path has some challenges along the way. They overcome those issues and press toward the ‘X’ that marks the spot. Capt. Hook may beat them sometime to the treasure and even runoff with it but in the end they always get the treasure and sing a victory song. We need to start having a praise in our mouth before, during and after the battles.

The Holy Spirit knows what is on the path to righteousness, we are to busy looking at the ‘X’. He knows the trials, test, tribulation, the persecution you will face. He knows also that Satan can’t have your life as well, so put your trust in God, have faith to overcome and believe in and on Him. When you step out on faith, your ways are being made perfect (Phil 2:13-15) God told Cain in Genesis 4:7, If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

If you make faith choices, your ways will be righteous (perfect) before the Lord. (Psalm 19:14) If you choose fear (doing things in disobedience, persuaded by what people think, your reputation:instead of what you KNOW God told you to do. Use the movie ,’The Lion King’ as an example. Mufasa and Simba had a conversation about a dark place near all their land. Simba wanted to find out what that place was and he and Nala went to investigate, something they didn’t have any business doing. Nala was that voice saying, ‘this is a bad idea’. That tug in our spirit when we are headed down the wrong path and it’s holding the light over our head. Simba thought he was ‘mista big stuff’ and they went anyways. Hyenas chased them and Mufasa had to come save them. When they got home, Mufasa said, ‘You deliberately disobeyed me, after I told you not too, you could have gotten yourself and Nala killed. When we walk in disobedience we kill ourselves and other people, that look up to us. How many souls have perished because we are too scared to walk in Faith and Obedience? Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  When they went into the land, Simba didn’t know that Scar had set them up, but he took heed to his uncle’s word instead of his father’s. Let’s choose faith over fear!

Being perfect has nothing to do with your own self-righteousness but making faith choice over fear choices, for God’s name sake. Then you shall be found without spot or wrinkle.(2 Peter 3:14)  Let’s make faith choices in every moment, because perfect pratice, makes perfect.

Just Miriam

Psalm 91:14-16 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, And show him My salvation.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Are You Worth the Investment?

I try to make it to a midday session called Winner’s Circle: Co-Pastor and Host Dr. Jennifer Johnson, at our primary location on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. She was teaching on Daily Diligence and that got me to thinking about something I jotted down as it came to me, the Spirit simply asked, “Are You Worth the Investment?”  Google giving me the definition I need says an investment is ‘the action or process of investing money for profit or material result.’ Let’s say you invest in your friends business, you expect it to make profit for a good return, right? I do believe God expects the same. This question turned my notebook into a near six page study pad. This revelation was like oxygen, I had never breathed before. I can say being shocked into life, it is really a right now Word for me and I pray that it is to you as well. I came to type this up and my mom said that the internet was down. The internet has worked all day and last week I called to get it repaired. The Lord reminded me to speak! So I spoke and commanded that it started working. The devil will not stop the word from going forth. If God presses on my Heart to share, I will do just that.

I personally like the story of Job it is for me a story of strong faith and a sound mind concerning the ways of the Lord. Job went through the worst of the worse, losing children, wife walked out, friends walked out, stocks crashed, natural disaster, wealth wiped out, flesh falling off and then had two friends come kick him while he was down. Why? How did God know that Job would not speak against Him nor falter under pressure? God knew He made a good investment.

Job 1:8-12

Then the Lord said to Satan,” Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.

Why could God speak so highly of just a mere man? Stop and take a moment to evaluate yourself. How do you do things? Do you complain about doing them; is it burdensome too you; are you irritated? When you do things what is your motive for doing them? Are you receiving something in return? Is it paying you, do you get bragging rights? Do you do it on your own sweet time; procrastinating much? Many people are sleeping on God. What I mean by that is; many are called but few are chosen. (Matt 22:14).

Let’s go to the beginning, Adam and Eve’s story can teach us so much more than I ever could think!

In the beginning, Genesis 3:8-12, Adam walked with God, after he and his wife ate of the tree, they hid once they heard the sound of the Lord God walking, they hid from His presence. Verse 9, then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, where are you?” Verse 10, Adam replies, ‘ I heard Your voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself.’ God did not ask why? He asked ‘did you eat of the fruit, I commanded that you should not eat of?

The Lord called to Adam, where are you? Let me ask, where are you in this moment in life? Are you walking in your purpose or are you way off course? God calls us when we go to our garden (secret place; prayer closet) but if doubt (being afraid) creeps in even while we are in the secret place, then we have stepped out of the covering (the presence) therefore being naked. When we hid from God we do some drastic things like; stop praying, praising, worshiping, going to church, stop listening, renewing our mind, studying, speaking etc. God asked them ‘who told you, you were naked?’ Who told you, you could walk in this life without the covering of God? Then by verse 12, they are blaming someone else. Making excuses like we do so well. So may be you weren’t raised in the right environment, you don’t know how, you have made many mistakes. Again I ask you, who told you, you were naked? There are no excuses why we are walking in disobedience and away from our purpose. Adam was to tend to the garden (the secret place) and he and Eve were to be fruitful and multiple. We are to love God with our whole being and love our neighbor as ourselves. (Mark 12:31) God invested in Adam and Eve just as He does us today.

When we throw away what God has invested in us its likes letting a thief get close enough to take the gun out of our hand, shooting us with our own gun and stealing all your valuables. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus was the investment so that we could be healed and that we can retrieve our stolen goods. We hear God calling us through our mess, when we feel that tug in our hearts or even feel like it is more to life than just this. It is, but most of us run and hid because we are so worried about the ‘Powerless people poll’ that those gifts, talents, anointing on your life is just sat on. We should be a Chosen people and I believe a Chosen people are people who surrendered their will and way to God’s. I believe when God calls us and we respond by choosing to step out of the boat in faith, we have Chosen the way of God. Look at Isaiah 6:8 in this way;

Also I heard the voice (the calling) of the Lord saying; “Whom shall I send (or who shall I invest in) And who will go for Us? (will this investment increase; multiply) Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Choosing to step out on faith). Once you make the choice to do God’s will, He in return invests in teaching and guiding you on how to do it.

Let’s get back to the discussion about Job. In verses 9-11 I see something very powerful, something I have never paid attention to or given thought. Satan says (a plain translation, that we can relate to better) ‘Haven’t you given Job everything he could ask or think? You protect everything that is in his possession. You give him favor with everything he puts his hands to do and you multiply all that he has. Now allow me to do my dirty work, test him, tease him, strip him of all he has even his reputation and dignity and I guarantee He will blame you and give in. But Satan is not seeing some very important pieces to the puzzle. Satan didn’t have a clue about Job and God’s personal relationship. Satan didn’t  know about what was discussed in Job’s prayer closet, the praise, the worship, the revelation given to him by God. All Satan knew is Job pleaded the blood (sacrifices he did) and the man was not in want for nothing. He didn’t see the cries to the Lord, the storms he had already overcome, the battles he had already won. People don’t know or see what you have gone through to get where you are. Just because your world seems to be crumbling and crashing does not mean God’s hand is not in it. He has invested a great measure in you and you can stand on His promises, love and trust that all is in control.When you are washed with the blood, God sees you as He she’s Christ. Blameless, pure, one who shuns evil and is upright before the Lord God Almighty! (Shout!)  Let’s invest time in the secret place with God, show Him that you are a worthy investment, that you will bless others as He blesses you. When your value goes up, persecution comes harder. (Mark 10:30). Have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. (Phil 4:7)

                                        Just Miriam

Joshua 1:7-8 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

He Who Finds a Wife

Proverbs 18:22

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.

This Scripture was given to me March 26, 2015. Almost a month ago today and at the time, I don’t believe I was thinking about marriage, hopefully not as I was still in the beginning stages of recovery from an injury. But I pondered this thought and every time I would read it, a little more was revealed to me. Then the revelation was given to me completely and that too, I kept in my heart. Last night, I was up for a short while late and the Lord told me to write and I asked Him what I should write and he said anything. I was thinking of every other story I had ever written it was something I tore into pieces after reading it over again. Well I guess He had other plans starting with this morning, when I had all these household duties I was going to do and had no peace so I stopped and asked God to show me what I needed to do. I think what He showed me is so powerful for us waiting, preparing and already there.

Genesis 2:18-24

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a helper comparable to him. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. 20’…But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.’ 21 And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam and he slept,

Your Adam may just be asleep, as God is getting you prepared for him; ‘ and closed up the flesh in its place.’  You are a missing piece in your Adam’s life. We like to say Boaz but I find this way more romantic, no shade though. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from Man He made into a woman,’ God took everything Adam had known to be created from the ground, but not this creation, it was carved, sculpted beautifully, perfectly from the essence of him. ‘and He brought her to the man.’ Adam was fully awake, not drowsy, not still healing, but fully aware as she was revealed to him. Ladies let God fully awake your Adam, so he can be fully awake in Christ Jesus, when you are revealed. 23 And Adam said,’ Adam gave a speech, not only did he take time to behold her but he spoke about her. So if you can’t be brought up to his parents, friends and family, that may not be your Adam. He did not just see and just name her, as he did when God brought the animals to him. I believe he had a love at first sight revelation of what he was missing in life.

“This is now bone of my bones

And flesh of my flesh;

She shall be called Woman,

Because she was taken out of a Man.”

What is the importance of the rib cage?

According to medicallibrary.com The rib cage has three important functions:

1. Protection: It encloses and protects the heart and lungs.

Have you ever seen a movie when a man declares his love for a woman and as he does, he places his hand over his heart and says something similar to this ‘You have my heart, mi amour!’ Or have you seen a broken hearten widower who really loved and cared for his wife. It is as if someone knocked the wind from under him, crushing his heart.

2. Supports: It provides a strong framework onto which the muscles of the shoulder girdle, chest, upper abdomen and back can attach.

We use to go visit my brothers when I was younger, one married and one not. My married brother had a wife, children, with a house fully furnished and the kids playing and running in the house. My bachelor brother at his apartment, had an air mattress, a folding table set, plastic ware, and not too much to spare to eat. He had a true bachelor pad, there were no doubts of it. You see even if a woman doesn’t know how to cook, give her six months in a loving marriage and she’ll be ‘Betty Crocker’ tossing three course meals, seven days a week. These meals support a man’s  health, if the man is healthy, his mind is clear, a clear mind can hear the things God wants him to hear. He can support the family at his job happily, no matter the mess he has to deal with. The woman that encourages her husband, cheers him all the way to the gate, leaving loves notes in his car, if he as to work late give him a call, text, leave a message. Baby be that support, you will reap the reward.

3. Respiration: It is flexible; it can expand and contract by the action of the muscles of respiration.

Are you Flexible? This is a blocker for most, I said most women. It’s where submission comes into play. If God calls your husband to pack up you and the family and move across country, across town, or out of the country can you be flexible? Can you expand your faith with your husband and contract your own selfish wants and desires and leave family, friends and familiarity of the life you have at that moment? Being the rib is about protecting, supporting and at any moment being flexible.

verse 24, ‘ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Becoming One flesh is deeper than a sexual matter, it is a mind, soul and spirit occupation. Couples who love one another, care for each other and give their marriages one hundred percent eventually to me start to look and think alike. Reflecting off on another and does not a reflection show, you? Does not becoming one with God do the same? (I Corinth 6:17 says, ‘When we become joined with God, we come One in Spirit.’ Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.)

God saw and said that man should not be alone, not Adam. Adam was probably chilling, eating, petting tigers, climbing trees unconcerned, not even looking for a wife until she was brought before him. Once God revealed her and fully awakened him and he beheld a good thing and obtained favor. One definition of favor by Google web search is ‘an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual’.

Genesis 24 Abraham’s servant asked God to show kindness to His master to find a wife for Isaac (to show favor) to reveal to him who should be comparable to be Isaac’s bride and before the servant could finish Rebekah showed up. Be that Favor that comes upon your Adam’s or Isaac’s life.

Because He who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtain’s favor from the Lord.

I am Just Miriam; The Introduction

God Begins with You and Me

Psalm 139:13-18

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

I would like to just introduce myself. I am Miriam Suggs, 23 at this time, a single mother of one, six-year-old boy and most of all I am a believer and follower of Christ Jesus. I like to do two things and even as a young girl, I have always wanted to please God and help people. Somewhere between the age of 10 to 18, I got caught up in the American girl thing. Well boys came at like 13 but still I was doing a lot of things at that time, that didn’t focus on my spiritual life, but I was certainly planning my life on earth. I was 16 and pregnant and things turned on my faith box or more of a fear box. I thought I was letting God down, by 16 I had wanted to go to New York University for Journalism and Fashion, with my best friend, well who is a Fashion major. If I didn’t go to school there, we could be roommates and I could freelance. College was my mom’s idea and peer pressure ideas, I wanted to travel the world and take pictures, backpack my way through life. Sounds like the hippie life but it’s what I wanted to do from age 18-25. Then I could bring all I knew and find a husband, we could help the community, live in a big country home and save the world. All pretty much ‘my life in my hands’ attitude. Then I met my son and I wanted to give him everything, so I started going to church more. I left my home church, to go to a church we sometimes attended on Wednesdays. I didn’t know what to think of it until the Pastor’s wife preached on Wednesday, her name is Jennifer Johnson. She was glowing, she was beautiful and confident and I could see her passion for the love of God. Not to long their son was placed as head pastor over the location. Pastor S. Vincent Johnson, I could only remember his face from a youth session we had once before. I kept going off and on for a while and it was January 2011, that I joined. This church was different, it was like a fire was burning on the inside of me when he was teaching, something I had no clue of and nor did I know how special it was. I’ll wrap it up.

Sometimes in life we have everything figured out until God intervenes. Typing now, I am reminded of the story of Moses. Moses was raised in an Egyptian household, but deeply hated that his brethren, his people were getting mistreated. Something drastic happens and it changes the course of your life and even if you don’t meet God right at the gate when that incident happens, He will surely meet you, because deep down we are all searching for our purpose.

That’s exactly what happen to me, my son was my wake up call, my burning bush, and even though I didn’t slow down until recently to hear God more, learn to walk by His ways better, and at this point I just want to please him with all my heart and mind. To make sure that me and His relationship is what I keep ahead of me and I focus on His will and not my own. I know that God knew me and my paths and He loved me and loves me more than I or you can image. His work begins with you and with me. So never give up on God, because He won’t give up on you. He is a true gentleman, He will allow you to go through some things to get your attention, but when you reach out to Him, He will certainly take your hand.

Just Miriam