Ready to Surrender or be Submissive?
Helpful Self-Examination Questions
by: Joanne Jones (Feb. 2018)
Who are you afraid of?
Who do you want to be?
What do you want me to do for you?
How can I help you?
What does love look like to you?
Who or what is your source of comfort?
What do you need to change to be happy?
What are you willing to give up to be
Do you believe in yourself?
experiences do you want to create for yourself?
you love yourself un-conditionally?
you happy with your life?
you uncomfortable with your life/self?
have you learned from your negative experiences?
positive experiences do you want to create for yourself?
do you show love?
are you afraid of?
do you consider as a demonstration of love?
do you recognize love?
would you like to be remembered?
you willing to change the things that does not reflect you?
are you doing so you can discover you?
are you running and where are you running to?
do you mean to YOU?
you honor yourself?
Can We Talk?
Submitted by Sangriaville Sister, Lillette Benn-Harrison
Hello Family, I hope all is well...........
My question today may seem kind of strange, but I've been told that I was weird anyways so it makes sense to me.
I was wondering have you ever really considered your reactions to people around you? I only asked because last night my son and I were discussing his plans to go to Texas for a few weeks and during the conversation I asked him was he flying or taking the bus. He started the normal complaints that people make about riding on Greyhound.
You know...it's slow, it's always crowed, the layovers are way too long, and the most common one "I always get stuck sitting next to someone irritating."
As we were talking I remembered the time I took a flight to New York, I was excited because it had been a while since I seen my family. The flight was what they call a "Red Eye" special which meant the ticket was at a very low price but I had to fly at an odd hour and my flight was at 3:00am. I boarded the plane half sleep, half alert and took my seat. As the plane started to taxi down the runway I noticed the man across the aisle from me was talking to himself.
I casually glanced over at him and thought to myself, "Oh boy, this is going to be an interesting flight. As I closed my eyes to settle in. I guess the gentleman realized he was in the wrong seat, because he jumped up, grabbed his belongings and crossed the aisle to sit beside me. Now I really was thinking, "Oh boy, here we go."
Now to be honest I wasn't nervous but I was cautious, and after we exchanged pleasantries I closed my eyes again, waiting for the plane to take off. He continued to mumble to himself as he looked out his window. Several more minutes passed and I truly tried to fall asleep, but for some reason I felt compelled to talk to my seat mate, even though there was still a part of me that begged for my eyes to remain closed and stay shut off in my comfort zone.
But my heart couldn't do it, so I broke silence and said with a reluctant smiled "So tell me about yourself?"
He told me his name was Robert, but everyone called him Rob. Then he started asking me just as many questions as I was asking him. With every answer I gave, he would kindly respond, "Well that sounds good." Then I noticed that he
was talking really loud and I started looking around somewhat apologetically as his tone and dialogue with me grew louder and louder. At this time in my life I had only been on my Christian journey for a couple years so I didn't quite understand when things were spoken to my heart but I remembered...the bible said in Matthew 25:40 that "As ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me"
At that moment my perspective changed. I looked at Rob as he chatted away. I examined the details on his face, trying to looked into his eyes, that he said did not work very well.
Rob was traveling to attend his grandmother's funeral and he told me that he was about to see his father, whom he hadn't had contact with in 25 years. As our conversation unfolded, I learned that Rob had been born with a birth defect called Poland Syndrome. He had a small left hand with fingers that didn't move and permanent paralysis in the upper left side of his body. He dropped out of high school several years earlier because students were not nice to him.
I listened with interest as we talked about his love of computers which just so happen to be the field I worked in. I was amazed by his knowledge, and continued with a long list of questions. We shared some snacks I had over an animated conversation as he talked and I listened.
All of my previous inhibitions had completely vanished.
The last thing Rob said to me was, "You was the first stranger I ever felt was a friend, because no one ever talked to me like you just did"
He then asked if I could help him read his connecting boarding pass. I gave him his information, gave him a firm hand shake and said goodbye. I have to be honest when we parted my heart was still feeling some kind of way when I got
off the plane. You see, at that moment I found out what the meaning of conviction was. I knew how close I was to being like everyone else. So very close. And how many times in the past I was like everyone else. I had been in church all week ministering to God's people with song, and rejoicing over the words of the Pastor and/or preacher who took the pulpit, but here I was sitting in resistance to talk to the fragile soul right beside me, who was begging for someone to talk to.
Meeting Robert changed me that day.
Meeting him taught me to pray that my eyes would start seeing deeper, and for my ears to listen more intently so that my heart can humbly embrace new perspectives.......Be careful with the way you think you just might meet your
Pray with me.....
Dear Lord, we want to know You more. Help us to see beyond our normal routine and humbly embrace those around us with a desire to learn. Please teach us Lord, and open the eyes of our heart. We want to see others the way You do. Because when We do, we learn. And the more we learn, the more we know that we are drawn closer to the One who created it all.. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Good reading...... Philippians 2:3, Philippians 2:5, Psalm 86:11, and James
Stephen C. Benjamin