How many different ways can you show love to someone? Well, during the holiday season we show love by giving lavish gifts, or inviting others over for a fabulous meal. There are others that give money or make travel plans, and others simply enjoy time off “work”.
I get excited when I hear that people go through transitions during holiday seasons. Babies are born, folks get engaged or married and others leave us to go live in heaven. My mom moved to heaven on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1999 and I love her for that…
Now, let us talk about hospitality during the holiday season. Now THAT can be a challenge for some families! Not only do you have to cook for the multitudes, but in some cases you need to clean up and decorate your guest room to accommodate out of town guests. Money needs to be spent, arrangements need to be made and grumbling can be heard. “Why do I have to give up my room to Uncle Charlie?” “It’s too hot to sleep on the porch!” “Your flight arrives at WHAT time?!” The complaints can be heard far and wide!
This may be a stretch for some of you but what about those women that give up their babies to another family during the holidays? That must be an incredible feeling… to receive a new member of your family from a “perfect stranger”? WOW! What an amazing gift of love! I know that my eldest daughter was born a week before Thanksgiving in 1990 and MAN we had a lot to be grateful for that year! WOW!
I love God, and I really mean what I say. He gave us an entire book of love and called it The Bible. It’s filled with instructions for our lives to make our time on Earth easier to bear. God’s book is filled with true love stories – like the story that tells us that he sent His ONLY son to be born, to live and to die for US! I wouldn’t give ANY of my children to ANYONE else for ANY REASON! I mean, I appreciate my fellow man but YOU CAN’T HAVE MY CHILDREN! Hmmph God loved us more than I can imagine, and He sent His only son for us. That’s love.
God also taught us how to show love to others! His word teaches us in
1 Peter 4:9-10 ESV – Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Hebrews 13:2 ESV – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Love and Hospitality go hand-in-hand during the holidays. Don’t forget that friend or neighbor that showed you love in the past? They could have been an Angel! Now, go be an Angel to someone else this holiday season and show them your hospitality. Be grateful for your life, your health, your family and for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that was born, lived, died and was resurrected JUST FOR YOU!
@2017 Copyrighted Material Evangelist Angie Bee used with permission for Tamara McCarthy Enterprises (Spiritual Sundays series)
Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord
Just a couple months ago I met some people that were amazed that I was an author that has written several books. They couldn’t believe it because I am an introvert and don’t talk much when in groups or big crowds. My response to them was being that I am an introvert I still have to be obedient! If God tells us to do something we are to follow his commands!
(There is a difference): Some people want to know how do you know the difference good=God, bad=the enemy (voice-commands) Me finding my voice meant I was going to be able to help others! (That is good!) Me keeping quiet meant that the people that my books are meant for would continue to be lost! (That is bad!)
How many times have we disobeyed our parents? How many times will we disobey God and his instructions for our life? As children if our parents don’t direct us to the bible; then we don’t know what it says correct? But what about when you have parents, grandparents and other adults that tell you what the bible says and we still go astray?
1.God has provided commandments for us to follow. (Bible)
2.God has laid the foundation on how we are to live. (Bible)
3.God has given us the road-map to how we are to proceed. (Bible)
4.God has sent his only begotten son to save us from our sins; does that mean we continue to sin? We aren’t perfect but we have to strive to do better and act accordingly (Bible)
5.When you don’t obey God and your parents; then who do you make happy?
The enemy, you give him power and you give him access to your life through your disobedience! The word tells you that the enemy only comes to steal, kill and destroy! So, now that you know that is his end game why keep giving him access? Why keep playing his game? How can you obey what and who is designed to hurt and harm you but you won’t obey the very one that came to give you life, abundance, favor, a sound mind, deliverance, shelter, living water, etc? God has placed your earthly parents over you; why can’t you obey them?
Many of us want the blessings and favor but don’t want to be obedient! We will jump up and down when we get cars, clothes and money but how many of you know that the devil rewards too! Could that be why so many don’t see the reason to come into the light? Because they can still get all their worldly wants and continue to live as they have?
Does the enemy give eternal life? John 3:16
Can he turn water into wine? John 2:1-11
Can he refill your jars when you know they were empty? 2 Kings 4:1-7
Can he feed thousands with just 5 loaves and 2 fish? Matt 14:17
I want to share a story with you that goes back a several years. I had been getting sick and I was constantly in and out the hospital; one day I had to be rushed to the hospital from work. Every time I went the doctors would tell me that they ran all the tests we could and we can’t find anything wrong; it’s probably just stress, go home and just rest.
My job told me to take a couple days off and when I went back to work, people were talking about how I didn’t look like myself! I didn’t feel like myself and I was tired of feeling that way! I knew something was wrong so I decided to pray and cry out to God one night. In my crying and praying it was revealed exactly what was wrong and the testing that was required hadn’t been checked because it’s not a routine test that is normally ran.
Now if the people in the hospital would’ve check my medical history they would’ve seen what the issue was and how to fix it. A few years before that my doctor took me off of medicine that she said I only needed while I was pregnant but that turned out to cause more harm than good.
So, I went back that morning after hearing from God and I allowed them to run the tests again told them what tests they had to run and the attending physician came back and said you’re fine we going to discharge you and I looked him in the face and said I’m sorry but I’m not leaving, I’m not fine, and I want to see the tests that you ran.
I was admitted into the hospital sent upstairs where another physician took over my case and ran the required tests and guess what; when he got the results back he came to my room and said “Ms. McCarthy if you would’ve went home you would’ve been dead in a matter of days!”
Do you see why we must obey God! What if I had listened to that doctor and went home? I wouldn’t be here today! Lord I just thank you!!! Let me tell you again the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy! Who will you believe? Who will you trust? Who will you follow? Who will you obey?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. (NKJV)
Have you ever wondered how a caterpillar sheds its old skin and then becomes a butterfly? Anyone that really knows me will know that I am terrified of butterflies! I don’t know why but ever since I was a child I would run when I saw them or when they got anywhere near me. Visiting my dad just a few months ago one got close to me and I was out; he laughed and said, “you got to be kidding me; you’re still scared of them?” I almost laughed at myself but then I had to think about it; what was I afraid of and how could I move past it?
Sometimes to fully understand or comprehend something you should put on your investigative hat and do some research; so, I decided to dive in; care to join me?
First, I wanted to find out how do butterflies even come into play? I learned in elementary that caterpillars turn into butterflies (by the way I don’t care for caterpillars either or anything creepy and crawly!) and they go through stages to become a butterfly; but what were those stages?
First stage: Egg
Second stage: Caterpillar or Larva (The Feeding Stage)
Third stage: Pupa (The Transition Stage)
Adult: Butterfly (The Reproductive Stage)
The whole process is called metamorphosis which in Greek means “transformation or change in shape” (The Academy of Natural Sciences: Drexel University)
And this is where scripture comes into play; let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:17 again; you are a new creation and the old things have gone away (paraphrased). How do you become a new creation? How do you rid of the old person, old ways, old habits, old language, old reflexes, old tendencies, old temptations; and become new and improved?
Just like a caterpillar you enter metamorphosis and become transformed! Romans 12:2 says this “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”. (NIV)
When you were conceived you were just an egg that had to be developed; when you began to grow inside your mother’s womb; you had to be properly fed and receive proper nutrients to develop vital parts and organs (caterpillar), to be full term you are there for 9 months and protected not only by the womb but also another protective layer (pupa) due to being precious cargo. When it is time to be born (you shed the old skin and take on a new skin); you are handed to the one that carried you during the transition stages and will continue to guide you through the rest of your life (adult).
How different are our life stages from a butterfly? What do you think is going on through the pupa stages that differs from a human baby; how does that tie into being a new creation (Christian-follower of Jesus-born again)? Can you go to the club on Saturday and be in church on Sunday praising Him? Can you still be committing adultery and ushering people to their seats on Sunday morning? Can you still be going to the strip club and serving as a Youth Leader on Sundays? Can you wish harm on others and still pray for God to bless you? “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]”. Matthew 6:24 (AMP)
Growth and change takes time; but you should be involved and committed to the full process! You can’t say you Luv God and don’t act like it! You can’t say you’re a born-again Christian and don’t fully represent Him! You can’t say touch not my anointed and you’re living like you’re from the demon family!
If you’re aspiring to be a part of the Kingdom of the Most High; then your old man/woman has to be shredded and shed! Throughout the stages of becoming a butterfly; caterpillars shed their old skin and come out beautifully and wonderfully made! Need I say anymore?
So many of us are claiming to be born-again, Christian, saved, sanctified and filled with The Holy Ghost but who are you representing? Anyone that makes a statement isn’t doing so under oath and therefore how do we take it to be truth?
So as I reflected on my fear of butterflies I had to check myself! How can I claim to be a child of the Most High and fearful; not only that but fearful of something that He created? “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]”. 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
Written by: Evangelist Angie Bee…(includes audio version)
We’ve all done it before, traveled a corner too closely and banged that baby toe. Some of us have even found ourselves wearing Popsicle-stick-splints, wrapped carefully around that fractured big toe. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone injuring those second, third or fourth toes… but there is probably somebody out there who has managed to do that.
What’s the FIRST thing you say as those nerve endings are flooded by the shock waves of pain? What’s the first thing that escapes your lips? Is it a curse word? An expletive that your mama told you she had BEST not hear come out of your mouths? Is it the standard “OUCH!” or “DARN” or a sympathy-inducing, blood-curdling moan!?
I just banged my toe. Well, actually, I was lifting the vacuum cleaner to re-direct it and it slipped from my hands and fell on the top of my big toe. Yes, I was wearing my slippers and normally this incident would not have bothered me too much… but let me back track a little bit.
In September 2016 I had a bunion on my left foot repaired. I praise God for the health insurance and the patient man of God that tolerated me hobbling around the house on a walker. Unfortunately I put too much weight on that foot in the first week, popped a stick and landed with an infection in that foot. By the time February 2017 rolled around I was experienced and ready to have the bunion on my right foot taken care of.
This time, I wasn’t taking any chances as I expertly rolled around the house in a wheelchair. The bible taught me in 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” ;and I am in a season of repairing my temple! After years of overeating, obesity and basically ignoring the body that God has blessed me to have, I have lost 200 pounds through weight loss surgery and I’m healing better that I could have ever imagined! However, my legs, back and especially my feet suffered immensely over the years that I weighed over 380 pounds and bunions on both feet were the result. It was my goal to continue the restoration of my temple by having both of my feet operated on.
Now, if any of you have ever gone through a planned surgical process, you know that there can be prescriptions, healing apparatus’s and family support in place. My last surgery was in February 2017 and now that the summer is upon us, I don’t have many second thoughts about that procedure. I’m walking pain-free and experimenting with new shoes that make my legs look GREAT! However, through all of these accomplishments, I have to admit that I have not praised God as much as I should have. You know… each of you probably called your mother recently because it was Mother’s Day, or maybe you visited her gravesite or mourned because she is no longer with you. She was remembered and celebrated in some way, but did you thank God for her? What I am trying to say is now that my surgery is over and my healing is upon me, have I reached out to God lately to say “THANK YOU FOR MY SURGERY! or even to say THANK YOU FOR MY HEALING!!! Have I done that?
That’s where the vacuum cleaner comes in to play. You see, I have learned over the years that the FIRST thing that needs to come out of my mouth when I experience pain or fear is JESUS! Even as of late, I have heard the words THANK YOU GOD!!! come out of my mouth, as I ran to get the ice pack or wiped a tear from my eye. I’m not saying that God allowed me to drop the vacuum cleaner on my foot in order to be praised… God is a jealous God, but he ain’t vain… what I am saying is that we need to praise God “in season and out”, when we are in pain and out of pain, during the good times and the bad. Don’t stub your toe and curse God because of the pain! Don’t pray to God before the surgery and not give Him a shout of praise after receiving your healing!
In celebration of Father’s Day, I want to end this piece with a word of advise I learned from my Daddy. Not long ago, I was healing from either an ailment or a surgical procedure, I don’t really remember. Well, I called my daddy in order to get some sympathy and to be babied-on a bit. My precious daddy, Mr. Al James Bennett said to me in a loving and wise voice “you ain’t as young as you used to be, so it’s gonna take you longer to heal up!” (smh – no sympathy came from him on THAT DAY! – lol) However, somewhere in my daddy’s advise I did hear from God through that message. God’s grace and mercy carried us through a lot of pain and heartache earlier in our lives and we may or may not given God the praise that we should have. Isaiah 46:4 says ” Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you”.
God loved us when we didn’t know we were being loved, so now that we KNOW better let us work to praise Him FIRST during our trials and pain.
Happy Father’s Day to my God. Thank you for the love, caring and wisdom you have bathed me in over the years and thank you for allowing me to stub my toe. Thank you for the ice pack that was in my refrigerator and thank you for allowing this message to reach other wise fathers, so they may pass along your teachings to their children. Thank you for my husband and his “fathering” methods and for his ability to hear from you as he guides us both along the path you have set for us. Thank you God for those obstacles in our lives that you allow us to bump in to that bless you Lord. Thank you for the bruises we have endured; that are healing. I ask these and all added blessing be bestowed upon the readers and hearers of your word through this article and I thank you God for allowing me to serve as your hands, feet and your voice.
In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray
Happy Father’s Day Everyone and
Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord
What does this holiday season mean to you? Why do I ask? Because it means something different to the people that you talk too! Everyone will give you a different spin on it and many of you when you hear their analogy; will maybe raise an eyebrow, or two! For some; you can tell what it means without asking them; because they will show you. You see them all over the news and social media standing in these long lines; waiting to purchase material items! They will fight and curse out their neighbor because they took the last television and they really needed that television! Come on now; when did these stores only sell televisions on special occasions? Couldn’t they get that television at other time? So, you are going to make yourself look stupid and cause bodily harm to another human being for something that could possibly break the next day after you purchase it?
When did we get so focused on gifts? I know you have heard the saying “It is better to give than receive”; does that apply to the holiday season; or has it just been attached to this time of year? When did material things become sort of like the soul focus on this time of year? The stores start putting out holiday decorations way before it’s time; to get people to start buying them early; hence making their financial statements look mighty impressive! They beef up customer service and hire more people in retail doing this time of year; to ensure they have enough hands-on deck to handle the abundance of shoppers! They sit around in their board meetings and team meetings to see how and what they can do to get the most people in their stores; so, they can spend the most money! Only to lay off countless numbers of people after the hype has dwindled down because the holiday season is over; now you have people out of work that were only hired to fill a need of getting them in more money!
What if there were no stores to shop at and spend all your money on gifts? What if the only thing that was available was a piece of paper and a pen/pencil and you had to actually write a note to each person in your life; maybe just the ones that matter! The same folks that you went out of your way to buy all these gifts for! What words would you use? How would you start off your first sentence? Would you talk about the past, present and future? Would your words hurt them or make them feel loved? Would you tell them how much they mean to you? How do you think they would respond; if they were giving this note during the holiday season; instead of an actual gift? Take your time and think about that one….
Something to Meditate On
After reading this; does it change your mind? Does it make you rethink anything that you have grown accustomed to doing? Will you do anything differently going forward? Will you incorporate anything that you haven’t been doing to what you are already doing? The point here is just to give some insight, make you think; and possibly start a conversation that will expand your thought process and the thought process of those around you. Whatever this holiday season means to you; let it be filled with love, peace and kindness; that isn’t just self-centered but worldwide.
When I was, a kid attending Frederick J. Schulze Elementary School in Detroit Michigan, my classmates would use “Bad Words: while whispering to each other. The “cool” kids would say these “bad words” during conversation, but even the cool kids would avoid allowing their hushed voices to be heard by the teacher. I wonder if the grown-ups at the school ever knew that some of the kids spoke these words?
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Once I hit Beaubien Jr. High school, the “Bad words” evolved into cussin’ and the hushed voices grew louder and became more direct toward certain classmates. I frequently found myself being the target of some of that language as the class bullies seemed to resent everything I wore, everything I smiled about and every “A” that I earned. I knew that I wasn’t a B-I-T-C-H, but just having that word slung in my direction stung a bit more, each time I heard it.
I grew up attending and being blessed by memberships in two Detroit churches. I was baptized and raised at Beth Eden Missionary Baptist Church, and at the age of twelve my spiritual growth enlarged through my membership at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Now, I don’t know about other churches or other religions but I do know that EVERY BAPTIST CHURCH I have ever attended always leads you in a song that goes a little something like this:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer – Amen, Amen, Amen.
Once I “grew up” and lived on the college campus, I cussed “like a sailor” because I was “GROWN!” My mama wasn’t around to smack me in the mouth and everybody else on the campus of Wilberforce University was cussing’ too! That’s when one of the professors mentioned a study that has stuck with me all these years later. Now, don’t quote me on it but the study said something about the use of vulgar language reflecting the ignorance and poor vocabulary skills of the word cussin’. Well, I was a communications major and I planned to have a career in radio, so I wasn’t about to reflect ignorance coming out of my mouth! After that lesson, cuss words only flew out of my mouth during stress or frustration… and even then, I was ashamed afterwards.
These days I will see posts on social media with letters such as “WTF” or “LMFAO”. These letters are sometimes even posted in a sentence meant to bring humor or accolades, but once I see that letter “F” or letter “A” in there, I get a little sad. As an adult, we now refer to this language as “Profanity” and although it is no longer directed at me, I still shudder when I hear it spoken; just hearing swear words can make me sad.
You see, our words reflect what is growing on the inside of us. Kinda like if you ate something last night that doesn’t agree with your tummy, you will find yourself on the toilet by the next morning. That mess was on the inside of you, so it came out. Cussin’ reflects something rotten inside of you, so it falls out of your mouth just as easily as that diarrhea plopped outta your butt!
My mama was a holy thing when she lived on Earth. Even though our mama cussed, I didn’t cuss around my mama (I didn’t want to get a spanking, so that motivated me to keep my mouth clean!). My husband is a holy thing as he represents the way God loves me in this season of my life. I don’t cuss around my husband. Just looking at him reminds me that I am loved and respected and appreciated, so I don’t have a reason to cuss him out! (lol). I am a temple of the Lord and I invite the Lord to live inside me. I don’t cuss around my temple…I don’t cuss around myself. I love myself and respect myself, so I don’t cuss in my conversations or in my writings.
Wikipedia reflects that “profanity has come to mean any socially offensive language beyond that strictly religious sense, but tends to exclude any other nonverbal communication. Thus profanity in English may be synonymous with bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, choice words or expletives“. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profanity
On the Sunday, November 20, 2016 ministry broadcast from Pastor Ron Carpenter, he taught that there was a lesson in the bible where a group of people had been led by Moses to a place where they were to drink water. When the people tasted the water, they found that it tasted bitter and later, scientists tested the water and determined that the bitter taste was the result of a laxative component that would help flush your system. Ron Carpenter offered that God led those people to the water to get that bad taste of their past slavery out of their systems. http://www.roncarpenter.com/on-demand/detox/
What do you need to get out of your system?
If you don’t get it out spiritually, it will fly out of your mouth offensively.
(Thank you, Jesus!)
On the Sunday, November 20, 2016 broadcast from Pastor Jesse Duplantis, he taught on first fruits and on giving God your best. He visually taught that God gave us HIS first fruit in that he gave us His first son. Why don’t we give God our best language of respect, praise and gratitude and cleanse our minds and our tongues from foul language? Why don’t we give OURSELVES our first fruit of a sweet language on our lips and not the bitter words that fly out and offend?
God gave us his best when he gives us his grace and mercy and when God spoke, he created wonders and lifestyles and an home for us! When we speak to the waitress, she brings out the best meal that can be prepared for us. When you hear those words “I Love You”… do you want to hear a cuss word thrown in that statement?!?
Today, let us all strive to “clean up our act” and mentally “wash our mouths out with soap”. Listen to the lyrics of the music you are feeding into your ears. Is it laced with profanity and sexual references? How does that make you feel? Do you find yourself quoting those lyrics? Would you want someone referring to you in the way those lyrics refer to another in that song?
Today, let us all strive to replace one curse word at a time with a new vocabulary word in our speech and in our writings. “WTF” can now be “WITW” (What In The World?” comes from my anointed daughter Jasmine…thanks Princess!) I prefer ROTFLOL to LMFAO (why do I have to refer to myself as FAT, anyway! Hmmph). Today, let us be a “Shining Light of Language” (SLOL) for someone else while we are talking to them; when they realize that each word coming from your mouth is positive and encouraging… they may catch on and repeat your example!
One of the greatest strategies of the enemy is to divide and conquer. Satan uses this tactic on many home fronts. He uses it in families, in businesses, in churches, in ministries, etc. The enemy knows if he can cause any entity to walk in division, he can infiltrate and overthrow it.
This stands true when it comes to you as an individual. You are the temple and house of God. You are a tri-part being, comprise of spirit, soul, and body. The enemy knows if he can get you in conflict within yourself, and in conflict with God’s will for your life, he can misalign you from your purpose and destiny. Satan is searching for opportunities to spoil your inner peace and disrupt the unity between you and God. He wants to divide and conquer by causing you to walk in confusion, fear, intimidation, and waver in constant unbelief when it comes to the promises of God concerning your life.
This month’s Next Step Coaching For Success comes to admonish you not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices lest he gains the advantage over you (II Corinthians 2:11). Be conscious of the schemes and plots of the enemy. Don’t let the evil one cause division among your members and misalign you from God’s purpose. Be determined to stay single-minded and focused on the plan of God for your life. Especially if you are in leadership, because others are following your lead.
Your Next Step Coaching For Success Minute:
Identify the parts of you that are in constant conflict
What are the root causes of the conflict?
Seek God for grace to overcome and to remain undivided in your members