YOUR BIGGEST AFICIONADO

YOUR BIGGEST AFICIONADO!

When God SPOKE the world (The Heavens, Earth, Land, Water, Sky, Sun, Moon, Stars, and Vegetation) into existence and populated it with all its inhabitants, the bible says five times that “HE SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD”, as a pleased artist stepping back to admire his creative Masterpiece: a reflection of His power and might. Then, a conversation/decision took place among The Tri-une God (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) to MAKE man into their likeness, a reflection of Himself.(Genesis 2:7:“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and BREATHED into his nostrils, the breath of life, and the man BECAME a living being).  The Psalmist says of this intimate involvement in piecing us together:  “YOU HEM ME IN BEHIND AND BEFORE ;YOU HAVE LAID YOUR HAND UPON ME. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” and “ For you created my inmost being You KNITTED ME TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Your works are wonderful.  I know that full well.”, bearing His fingerprints (Psalm 139:5-6; 13-14).

Sometimes we forget, the preciousness of the intricacy of how we came to be: the affection, love, admiration with which we have been sewn together with.  We are THOUGHT, FINGERPRINT, IMAGE, AND BREATH BEARERS of the Almighty created to reflect His glory.  In the midst of society, expectations, and demands of life, we forget that we have a Heavenly Father who has already clothed us with worth, glory, and honored us with His very breath.  If you have ever wondered if God is pleased with you, may Zephaniah 3:17 become the anthem and declaration of your heart: “The Lord God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take GREAT DELIGHT IN YOU, HE WILL QUIET YOU WITH HIS LOVE, AND WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING.”  Yes, you have a mighty God who saves you through Jesus Christ, who delights, loves, and sings over you.  May this truth quiet your heart knowing that God is your biggest “AFICIONADO”. I also pray that you would pause and ponder on the length He has gone to redeem you back to Himself.  He is constantly speaking your worth back to you. May His voice be the loudest and the clearest in your ears while drowning all others.  He is a Father who thinks the world of you and in His wisdom reflected this very joy that He has for you through your earthly parents, guardians, siblings, and friends. I can barely stand it!!!! “WOOHOO” IS YOUR BIGGEST FAN???

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“BE STILL, BE SPEECHLESS” Steven Curtis Chapman

“BE STILL, BE SPEECHLESS” Steven Curtis Chapman

I am 2 days late in posting this blog, but one I think is worth sharing.

Besides the usual mundane day to day commitments and responsibilities May 7th held, there was much anticipation for the two back to back Playoff games respectively that evening: Game 4 for San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz to advance to Round 2, and Game 4 for Clippers vs. Grizzlies , the latter team fighting to stay alive.

The skies were engorged with rain and flashing lights and rumblings heralded, the fury that was about to be unleashed in the hours to come. I got to the gym just before it started to drizzle and secured a treadmill and locked onto the ESPN Channel. One couple and my next door neighbor made a quick exit as the weather went from drizzle into a whistling and blowing monster.  Trees shook and bent violently, branches were snapped off, pool chairs were thrown and pushed into adjacent lawn as one drowned in the pool. I was in the safety of thick windows frames of the gym with front row view of what was taking place outside, but my attention went to the game which was already in progress. And seconds before Manu Genobli was going to make a shot before the end of first quarter, with one roar the Treadmill I was on came to a jerking halt, and you guessed it: a show stopper on all levels (TV, lights, etc).

On of my desires in life is not to miss God or His manifestations on a daily, hourly, or minute basis with His help.  I stood there convicted as He brought to my mind’s eye the same clear message He has been trying for me to grasp: once through a decorative stone above my cabinet and the same message through Pinterest.  I would admit to you that I saw the message, but neglected take heed to it. And now hostage of His powerful and awe provoking displays, I uttered “ I am still and know that you are God”.  The lengthy downpour brought the day to a close and natural light dimmed progressively. More roars and lightening persisted as the stuffy humidity now turned into a breath of fresh air of coolness still remnant to this hour. And in the midst of reflection, I was reminded of a song “Be still and know that He is God”. I you tubed it and Steven Curtis Chapman’s Song came up. The Lyrics were dead on:

Be Still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is Holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of Peace
Let the noise and clamor cease

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change

Be still
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, Be speechless

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know He is our Father
Come rest your head upon His breast
Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still, Be still

Thanks for the interruption and your patience with me Lord.  I AM SPEECHLESS.

Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

Written on 5/9/12 by Mimi Ayele

LIGHT AND SWIFT FINGERPRINT

Light and Swift Fingerprint

“A bruised reed he will not break,
A smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;” Isaiah 42:3
And in swift and light touch He makes His :
Presence known,
Compassion felt,
Love overwhelm,
Will fulfilled in Perfect Timing: “Poetic Justice”
Humbling Hearts.

A sleepless night
Esther 6:1-3: That night the King could not sleep; so He ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of His reign, to be brought in and read to him.  It was found recorded there that Mordecai (The Benjamite) has exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the King’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

“A sleepless night that brought forth the accuser (Haman/Satan) and the accused(Mordecai/God’s People) before the throne of mercy (Xerxes/God) and whispered out perfect justice defending innocence.” Mimi Ayele 5/6/12

“When God creates a humble hush And makes Leviathan his brush, It won’t be long before the rod Becomes the tender kiss of God.” John Piper

Inspired by Sermon of Esther from GCC