Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Message

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, ad I heard a voice of one that spake. Ezekiel 1:26-28.

Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem; And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city; and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. Ezekiel 4:1-3.

Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers, and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds. Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thy abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare neither will I have any pity. A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds and I will draw out a sword after them. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted; and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal when I have accomplished my fury in them. Moreover I will make thee waste and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in sight of all that pass by. So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the Lord have spoken it. When I shall send upon them the evil arrow of famine, which shall be for their destruction and which I will send to destroy you; and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread. So will I send upon your famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the Lord have spoken it. Ezekiel 5:10-17.

And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine; thus will I accomplish my fury upon them. Then shall ye know that I am the Lord, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savor to all their idols. So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations; and they shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 6:10-14.

And the angel that talked with me came again and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and the seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof; And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying , Not my might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel those shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to the from through the whole earth. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

These passages are indicative of what we as humans beings face in our world today. We are embroiled into the midst of opposing figures that want to destroy the opposition, and when this is not achieved, place their fury on whatever they believe in their minds, holds the key to destroying the opposition. We must hold steadfast to the words of God and utter His holy name and give Him thanks and praise without ceasing. I thought I would put up these passages from the Holy Bible to inspire myself and anyone reading this to know that there is salvation for us all and we must always put God first in our lives and trust that no matter how we suffer and are caused to suffer, God loves us.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some Answers to Questions

Since I'm no expert on this blogging stuff I tried to post some questions that I received on this blog. One of the questions was where you get liquid lecithin. I'm thinking that you can probably pick that up at any health food store or maybe even at a GNC type store. I also got a post about pulling or tugging on the hair causing the hair follicles to be irritated or something like that. I try not to pull my hair tight, but sometimes to achieve a style you do have to pull your hair tightly to stretch it to get it to the straightness you want for the style you are trying to achieve. I can be found on most days rocking one of my many wigs and wear my hair out when I feel like it. I do twists on my hair, but have never worn them out since I don't believe I can do them properly and make them look nice enough to wear out in public. I've had people question as to why I do what I do with my hair and it escapes me as to why anyone would care what I did with my own hair. Whether I intend to wear a wig everyday until I die or style my hair stretched to breaking shouldn't matter to anyone but myself. This type of thing is a constant when you have natural afro type hair because some people would like to dictate to other people how and what they should do with their hair and shouldn't be so. I love all types of hair and have in the past had my hair straightened and relaxed to within one inch of my hair's life. I decided that I didn't want to do that to my hair anymore and decided to try to go natural. I tried many times before in the past to go natural and was met with some very rude comments from my own people (afro American). What a shame when it matters to someone what is on someone's head, rather than what is in someone's heart. I am constantly puzzled by some people's actions as they relate to someone's hair. In case you don't know or do know, hair is dead when it comes out of your head. How something that is dead could warrant so much attention is beyond my understanding. I guess I didn't invent the love or hate of hair and that's that. It is what it is. I happen to like my nappy hair now, because I didn't for many years and tried to alter it to fit into what was considered "good hair." I have seen many a head of so called "good hair", (in the black community hair that is either curly or wavy) looking just awful. I've seen many a head so relaxed that the whole front of the hairline was moved back about an inch or two. I like curly, wavy, straight and afro hair equally and find all of them beautiful, especially when taken care of and kept up. So in closing, we should love what God gave us and style it the way we see fit. Whether you have natural, straight, curly, wavy, relaxed, or no hair at all, more power to you. Love your hair and love yourself more and focus on the positive things in life and leave the negativity at the doorstep.