Thursday, December 30, 2021

Sharing My Heart

Hey everyone!

Today is December 30, 2021. I just realized that I have not written one blog post in almost a year.  In fact, a year tomorrow! My last blog post was "Uncover to Heal." I have absolutely no idea as to why I haven't blogged any.  I guess because we were recovering (and still IS recovering) from 2020. However, that's no excuse.  I truly do apologize to those who do read and enjoy my blog posts for not sharing anything this year. 

2020.  A year to remember, don't you agree? The "co-co" took the globe by storm and is still having a field day with all of its "varieties." But even in the midst of this "viral storm," God is still so good and faithful to us all.  

2021 has been filled with many ups and downs.  Praise God, I've had more ups than downs. I can honestly say that God has taken me to a new level of faith.  My husband and I stepped out on faith and moved into a new apartment home in a new city we both enjoy. With wonderful amenities and a plethora of places to shop from within walking distance, God gave us just a glimpse of what our future looks like. This is truly a steppingstone to our greater.  

I stepped out on faith and left a job after 10 years to pursue other ventures. Thank God for a supportive husband who prays with me and for me! There are some big things on the horizon in 2022, and all I can say is that God is faithful, and great is thy faithfulness!

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I've learned the importance of a few things in 2021. 

Be intentional with God. And be intentional without any motives or self-serving agendas. Be intentional because God loves you, so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to die for your sins. And because He rose from the grave, this guarantees that we, too, will live again (John 3:16). Be intentional because we need God--we need His guidance through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all truth.  We need Holy Ghost power to stand against the wiles of the enemy. Can I get an amen? 
If 2020 has taught us anything, it has taught us two things: We need God and we need to take care of our health! 

So how does one become intentional with God?  Along with reading the Word of God daily, set aside some alone time with God.  You may have to sacrifice a couple of hours of sleep to do this. And God is deserving of that, and so much more. Play a worship instrumental and pray.  Or simply sit still before Him. No music, no TV, no phone. Sit still with an opened Bible and notebook/journal and invite God to speak to your heart.  Be open to what Holy Spirit has to say. I've received many instructions from God simply by being quiet before Him. I've learned that prayer is a dialogue.  We have a tendency to do all the talking and give no room for God to share what He needs us to know. Discipline yourself to sit still and quiet enough to hear from God. We need God to be our compass as we navigate the waters of life. He won't let us drown. (Ask Peter. Matthew 14:28-31)  


Stay in Thanksgiving.   **sigh**
Just like praise, I believe that thanksgiving, too, is a weapon of warfare. We are commanded numerous times (especially in Psalms) to give thanks unto the Lord. Why?  Because God is good and His mercy endureth forever (1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 107:1, 118:1, 29).  I have disciplined myself to go into thanksgiving when flesh tells me to murmur and complain.  This is a spiritual discipline that's strengthened over time as you make proper application.  But I also believe the Bible writers also had the "inside track" on the beauty of giving thanks.  Yes, God is good, but I believe giving thanks is a magnet that attracts God's attention (Just my own little personal belief. Don't get theological on me, lol).  However, I believe this based upon my own experiences. Instead of focusing on the problem, I focus on the promises of God (Jeremiah 29:11-13, 33:3; Philippians 4:19).  As my pastor, Ovella Davis, once stated (not verbatim):
The more I thanked God, the more He gave me to be thankful for  

Let me tell you: stepping out on faith will come with some challenges and adversities, but the question is: will you be able to stand?  Listen. I've had my spiritual "temper tantrums," tears and frustrations (I'm sure God is nodding His head, right now, like, "Yuuuup!"). But God is a faithful Father, and He understands us. But it was a "growing up" moment for me.  It also exposed an area where I was weak in. I asked God to mature me in that area so that when greater trials come (and they will as long as we are on this side of the dirt), I can stand strong, armored up with praise and thanksgiving.   

2022 is literally around the corner.  As we cross over, I encourage you to be intentional in pursuing a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and to give thanks in all things
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  If you do not know Jesus as Savior, I invite you to accept Him into your heart. Jesus loves you so much that He thought you were to die for. He paid the price so we wouldn't have to suffer eternal damnation (going to hell). 

Say this prayer with me:

Father God, I know that I am a sinner in need of salvation and your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is your only begotten Son, sent to die for my sins and the sins of this world.  I believe that Jesus died and rose again for me and he lives even now. Come into my heart, dear Lord.   

Thank you for saving me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Praying that this new year will be one of the best years for you and yours, in Jesus' name!  As I tell my followers on my Instagram page (@theeoilyeditor),
 

"Stay prayed up and oiled up in Jesus' name!"




Blessings, 

Shairon 

    



Thursday, December 31, 2020

Uncover to Heal

It is amazing how God can give you an entire message from a random incident--a random and painfully inconvenient incident at that! However, not only was there a display of God's healing power, but a revelation was attached to it.  

One Wednesday evening after Bible study, I started preparing dinner.  As I cleaned our pork chops, one particular pork chop was really thick. To make sure it cooked thoroughly, I made a slit in the thick portions of the meat with my knife.  Well, in my attempt to do so, the knife went a little too far, piercing the meat and nearly severed the tip of my middle finger on my left hand.  

Seemed like I was frozen in time. I ran cold water over the cut and applied Tea Tree essential oil to the cut.  That's when I noticed how deep the cut was.  And, we were out of bandages. Yikes! 
Thick blood ran relentlessly and I felt paralyzed because I did not want to leave a trail of blood on our floors. My husband was at work--at his new job where he's still in training and can not be on the phone. No amount of pressure applied would stop this bleeding.  I ended up with a "paper towel turban" wrapped around my finger that slowly turned red from this never-ending bleeding.  

"Shairon, you gotta go through emergency," I thought to myself. Off to Providence Hospital!

When I got to Providence, the security guard came out to my car.  I held up my hand, told him I had an accident in the kitchen while preparing dinner. Because of the severity of my issue, I was called back right after the receptionist placed my hospital bracelet on my wrist.  Long story short: thank God, the bleeding stopped enough for the doctor to glue the laceration and wrap it.  

Over the next few days, I struggled with showering and tried to wash my hands without disturbing the glue.  About four to five days after, the glue popped off but the cut was still very visible. The top of my finger resembled "PacMan."  Seemed like it wouldn't close.
 
"I should've got stitches," I thought. 

I ran through so many bandages because of the wear and tear from my day-to-day.  I would look at my finger between changing bandages and it seemed like my finger wasn't healing.  I thought, "God designed the body to heal itself.  I got too much to do; I can't type or play keys like this."
So, I prayed and began to thank God in advance for healing my finger. 

About two weeks after the incident, I remembered my niece and my husband both saying how the wound needed to breathe.  So one night, I went to bed without bandaging my finger.  The next morning, the tenderness was virtually gone, the old skin was flaking off and a new layer of skin was forming.
I rebandaged my finger for the day; however, later that week, I decided to take the bandage off.  Ultimately, I realized that the longer I kept the bandage on and kept trying to live life like everything was "normal," it actually slowed the healing process. 

The incident happened in early December. Today is December 31st and right now, the scar is almost invisible.  I have a new, smooth layer of skin on my fingertip.  I feel the tenderness only when pressure is applied, but it's not painful. I recall applying that same pressure a few days after the incident and almost screaming out in pain. 

While I was asking God to heal my finger, I kept covering it up with bandages. I had to uncover it and allow the wound to breathe. That's when I got the revelation.

Many of us are wounded from traumatic experiences of years past.  And we keep covering it up, refusing to talk about it with a confidant or someone who can help us through the healing process.  How many of us are spiritually and emotionally suffocating because we're constantly covering up our wounds, trying to act like it never happened?  You're trying to live life as normal while suppressing the hurt.  Suppressing and covering up an issue only slows the healing process over time.  Not only do we have the opportunity to take our hurts to God in prayer, but God has placed people around us who can help us through the process.  Now, the "bandage" has its place--but only for a season because of the severity of the impact.  But over time, that bandage gotta come off.  It can not stay on forever---physically and metaphorically speaking. 
Also, you never know whose healing will come because you've shared how you overcome your trauma. 

With me, I had a chance to physically see how God truly designed our bodies to self-heal. 
Spiritually speaking, we can do the same when we uncover to heal.  Now, of course, use wisdom in doing so.  Make sure you're talking to someone who genuinely has your best interests at heart and will pray you through, not gossip you out.  

Are you still bandaging wounds from 20+ years ago?  If you want to be healed, ask God to help you through the process. He will strengthen you to uncover the wound to let it breathe and heal.  Be healed, in Jesus' name.


I pray you were inspired,

Shairon 

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Friday, October 16, 2020

A Yielded Vessel

Hello there!

It's been a while, and for good reason!  I've been super busy!  I've experienced such an overflow into my business, and I am truly grateful.  God is teaching me how to be a better steward of my time and finances.  I endeavor to have that beautiful thing called BALANCE, where all matters are seen to and no one is slighted. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with Jesus, my husband, my family while managing my home, business and ministry.  With all of that said, all has been well and it is well!  I truly can't complain (it doesn't help anyways).

Ever had a conversation with someone, and before you know it, you start saying words and phrases that were not conceived by your own thinking?  It was a straight "download from the throne," as my pastor would often say.  Well, that happened today.  God is just deliciously awesome. Yes, deliciously awesome. Oh taste and see... 

I was speaking with one of my clients about her book and how she appreciated my feedback.  The conversation took a turn to another writing project she's working on for an event she'll be attending.  As I shared my writing tips with her, I gave an example of how she can format it. I began to expound on the significance of vessels.  If you have read my book, you'll know why vessels are special to me. However, the example I shared with her today is not in my book. This example was fresh off God's holy presses.  

When I think of a vessel, I think of a cup, pot, vase, drinking glass or pitcher.  They are designed to hold something and the opening is at the top.  They are typically made to be filled with something: flowers, water, food, etc.  Although there are a lot of abstract art, I've yet to see an opening any place else other than the top.  


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**Not my photo**


I believe that opening at the top symbolizes the ability for God to pour into us from His heavenly position. With opened hearts and outstretched arms, we avail ourselves to Him. We look up for our Help, which is God (Psalm 121).  We are earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) that are designed to be filled with the things of God--passion, purpose, gifts, skills, talents, spiritual gifts, etc.  The opening at the top shows a vulnerability--a yielding of one's self or itself to be filled or used for a divine purpose.  It also shows a cleansing and conversion of the soul...outpouring of His spirit that flows from our head (mind, will, emotions=SOUL) and on downward. Once the mind is converted and renewed daily, the body (flesh) will be subjected to God's use. Hopefully, we are opened for the use of glorifying God. So, I have three questions:

Who or what are you opening yourself to?
What's in your vessel?
Are you a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor?
(2 Timothy 2:20-21)

Allow these questions to marinate in your mind.  Be honest and transparent with yourself and with God.  If your vessel has been opened for purposes that align with the kingdom of darkness, then repentance is your portion---if you want to change

Being yielded to God comes with a price---exchanging your will for His (Luke 22:42).
Just know that the return on such investment is not only beautifully abundant, but it is eternal. 

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Let US Go...

"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."
~Dr. Myles Munroe

I was watching a sermon my husband sent me of the late Dr. Myles Munroe.  When I heard him say the above quote, my mind shifted back to the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus was asleep during a storm. Before the storm arose, He told the disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." (Mark 4:35 NASB)
The beautiful thing about Scripture is that you can receive so much revelation from one Scripture. 
I personally gained a few beautiful nuggets from this Scripture that I will expound upon.


1. Emmanuel
Jesus was named "Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23).  As it pertains to the quote above, our security isn't, and shouldn't be in the finest of alarm systems or a seemingly peaceful environment. Our security is found in God and God alone.

God is our refuge and fortress...Psalm 91:2. 
A refuge is a shelter or place of protection.  A fortress is a fortified place or stronghold that isn't easily infiltrated. It's strong and secure. When the coronavirus first took the globe by storm, I've heard my fair share of sermons and references to Psalm 91, which is a psalm of protection. Then, as the pandemic raged on with sickness, rising death tolls and unemployment numbers, seemed like the Church (the universal Body) responded in a way that aligned with the rudiments of the world. And let me be clear: I'm not just referring to the closing of the "brick and mortar." It's more to this walk than simply "going to church."  I understand that. I'm talking about the number of conversations and criticisms I've had, and faced from fellow believers whose faith seemed to waver and dissipate at a virus. Fellow believers who are reluctant to even fellowship with me in person due to "wisdom" (translated as fear). We must remember and stand on this:
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
There is no "BUT" after that statement. 
Jesus is Emmanuel.  He is with us; therefore, we should be secure in knowing that we're safe.
In the storm, approaching the storm and even exiting the storm--Jesus is with us always!  We have no need to fear or worry!  When you cross to the other side, approaching the impending storm, test or trial, Jesus is crossing along with you!

2. Omniscient
Jesus is God in the flesh; He has all the attributes of Father God, for He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Therefore, Jesus is omniscient, or "all knowing," just like Father God.  Do you think that Jesus wasn't aware that a storm was approaching? Jesus, in all of His omniscience, knew and was well aware of what was coming.  However, He chose to take nap. 
Lesson to be learned here:  When a storm arises, grab your pillow and take a nap (Mark 4:38). One thing Jesus did do that was considered as "using wisdom" is that He was in the hinder part, or the stern, of the ship. We know that when storms come, we are instructed to take cover. Read my blog on it here.  Although we take cover, we must rest in the safe, blessed assurance of our strong tower, which is the name of the Lord (Proverbs 18:10). 

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3.  Sight over Savior
Y'all.  Jesus was right there, with them!  And His disciples, bless their poor lil' hearts, got caught up in the situation.  Jesus was physically, right there! Straight chillin'. In the ship.  And they, legit, started making accusatory remarks, indirectly asking Him if He even cared (Mark 4:38). The disciples walked with the Lord.  Personally seen Him perform many miracles and just that quick, they lost sight of Him. I'm reminded me of Elijah. He made the prophets of Baal look straight dumb, won the showdown and the next minute, he got wind of Jezebel, tucked tail and ran (1 Kings 18:21-40; 1 Kings 19:1-3).   
Introspection:  How quick are we to run, or point the finger at God, just blaming Him for all of the stuff we're going through? And, if we are honest, we, in our carnal intelligence and self-will, placed ourselves into those gruesome situations without even taking stroll down Proverbs 3:5-6 (let that marinate).  
Sometimes, we (me and you) allow the vicissitudes of life to sway our thoughts and shake our faith.  We, oftentimes, allow what we see, make us lose sight of our Savior.  Once again, Jesus was in the boat with them!  (Emmanuel!) When He said He will never leave or forsake us, He meant that!
Do not allow what you see make you lose sight of the Savior.

In conclusion, Mark 4:35-41 beautifully demonstrates Jesus being down for the cause.  He cares and is right there, even in the self-induced storms we may create. The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, 
"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."  Just because things seem peaceful, does not mean that we are fully secure. Our surety and security are unequivocally found in the One who said, "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20 KJV) 

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon 

Scripture References: Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 28:20, Proverbs 3:5-6

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

SHUT DOWN to START UP!

Good afternoon!

My goodness!  March marched in to a different tune, didn't it? A different form of "March Madness," like, for real!

Coronavirus/COVID-19 is at the top of the news on the hour each day.  The Internet is filled with real time updates on COVID-19. The worldwide spread of this virus has totally tilted the axis of our lives. So much is going on; however, to us who believe God and His Word,  we are not ignorant of the day we are living in.  When asked about what I think about this virus, I simply reply, "Matthew 24."  That book and chapter resonates loudly. I truly believe that we are living in "the beginning of sorrows" that Jesus states within that text.  And oddly (to most), I am at peace.

Now, that does not mean that I am not concerned; it just means that I exercise wisdom, I try to abide by the laws of the land, sanitize and pray. Michigan is officially under an executive order shutdown which started at 12:01 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, March 24th. This means "essential travel" only: grocery store, fuel, bank, going to work--just the essential tasks for life and living. Many people are working from home. We have to practice "social distancing." Even news anchors are sitting so far apart at the anchor desk.  Social distancing means not being in the immediate presence of other people, in a gathering situation.

As a result, a lot of businesses have shut down until we are in the clear, and groceries and household essentials are limited or unavailable.  I went to the store today: no toilet paper, no bleach, no flour, limited fresh meats and household cleaners.
 

Right now, there's no dining in at restaurants. Carryout only.
Unemployment office bombarded with calls because of layoffs due to COVID-19 prevention.
No casinos (God talking loudly, no judgment...).
Can't go to the local park. No beaches. No bars.
No NFL. No NBA. 2020 Olympics officially postponed.
Hospitals (Michigan) running low on medical supplies.
Restricted travel to Canada.
Schools are closed.
Also: No church services. Yep.
And so much more going on.

Sadly, the number of confirmed cases and confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 are on the rise in Michigan.  Just learned today that the relative of an old church member passed away due to COVID-19.

Talking about the Bible In Living Color!

Well, I choose to look at all things from a broader perspective. There are many things on the horizon that is, and can be, a blessing to many of us: halt on student loan payments with interest being waived, funding for small businesses, boost in income tax refund, etc. Some credit card companies are increasing credit limits to give many cardholders wiggle room. (I personally don't use credit cards anymore, but many rely upon them for various reasons). Research is underway for a medicine to help combat the virus.

Instead of living in fear, with the "Oh God, Why?" mentality, look for the blessing in the pandemic. First of all, many people need to REST. We are constantly on the go, rushing to get here and there--even to church--and we neglect the opportunity to sit still in His presence, spend quality time with God in prayer, meditation, worship. I'm guilty of that myself!
Maybe now, with virtually everything being shut down, now we have the time to give God the time He deserves...

Can you hear me now...? (God speaking, not Verizon...)

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him...Psalm 37:7

In the midst of this shut down, now is the time to be refreshed in His presence.
Look at this as a "shut down to start up."
Start up that business idea. Start up that project you sat on the shelf months ago. You can start journaling what Holy Spirit gives you because you had no choice but to sit long enough to hear Him speak. Start up a ministry group or auxiliary at church (when we resume services at our local assemblies).
Start writing that book! (Need an editor?  No look further! #shamelessplug)
Start up a new social media account or website. Start up a new plan of action with losing weight, annihilating debt, household chore management, etc. Create a blog page or podcast.
With the shortage of household cleaners and bleach, research DIY recipes for all-natural, chemical free household all-purpose cleaners.

Now you have the time to focus on accomplishing your goals, so make the most of it.
Refuse to live in fear, stay prayed up and sanitized up! Shut down the distractions and start smashing goals!

My sister-in-love sent me this encouraging picture.  Trust God and abide in the secret place of the Most High!
                             

I pray that you were inspired,

Shairon 
"The Oily Editor"

Scripture References: Psalm 37, Psalm 91

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