Jam Session: Thursday, June 30, 2022

Slippin’.

I’m hearing the DMX song in my head while simultaneously playing the video of the woman who fell on the floor during that Life Alert commercial.

“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” morphed into, “I’m slippin, I’m falling, I can’t get up.”

Either way, this person needs some help getting up because clearly they can’t do it on their own.

A younger me would have named people I would have expected to help me from a tough situation, and the older me remembers that it was God all along guiding me down the path himself. In the moments I was slipping, he wanted me to turn my face towards his and ask for guidance.

I can’t tell you how freeing it’s been to remember that with God, ALL THINGS are possible. Reliance and dependence on him will get you out of the mindset that your help comes from someplace else.

If you’re like me, it’s been an energetically tough week that’s passed, and it’s so much easier to slip back into old habits you thought you freed yourself from.

Looks like God is sitting you down for another lesson in strengthening your love in him, and not in things of this world. If anything, Jesus already died for our sins, so there’s nothing you can’t overcome, even in the midst of all hell breaking loose.

Ask God to work with you as you try again, and fail again. Each time you will learn a lesson in what it means to put your trust fully in him to deliver you through anything.

I love you.

A Prayer

Father God,

Thank you for always being there for me and working on my behalf even if I don’t see it. I thank you for meeting me in my darker places and reminding me of the promises that you have set forth before me. Remove any habits or ways that seem to separate me from you in the moments when I need you most. Thank you for already forgiving us all – May we praise you continuously and not get stuck in our own ways.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Mood Music

I’m closing out the month, and this “daily” blog with Slippin by DMX. Towards the end of the blog, I slipped, and forgot the promise I made to myself from 5/30-6/28: Every Monday-Friday, post something that will help me, and potentially someone else too. All together, I’ve missed 5 posts – that’s one work week.

I could dwell there, but I know God was using that time to show me some other areas in my life I’ve overlooked, and focused my attention to the task at hand. While I did not meet my own expectation, I’m learning to recognize when my consistency is waning, and that it takes work on my end to get back to that place.

I haven’t been provided any direction as to what July will look like, but I’ll still drop a sporadic Jam Session as the Lord sees fit for me to deliver.

For now – as this month closes out, I encourage you to think about the ways you’re slipping, and the efforts you can take to get back on track. You owe it to yourself, and everyone else waiting for your light to shine.

Until Next Time.


Jam Session: Friday, June 24, 2022

God is Love.

Anytime I think of this phrase, I immediately see the ending scene of the 2000’s show Run’s House on MTV. Rev. Run is in the tub, and he’s saying some message about an aspect of self-improvement we can apply. What if the only self-improve we needed was to change our belief system?

The world will have us conditioned to believe that we dwell amongst lovelessness, and I would argue this is the indoctrination of our society, and the belief that erotic, passionate love (Eros) is the only kind out there – and we’ll begin to base the value of ourselves and others in accordance to their physical traits.

Let me be the first to say that is an unloving act.

Are you not more than the outer beauty? Are there no other depths to you? What good is it to be attractive if you repel everyone around you by being a cocky asshole (pun intended), and have the same ability to make others feel that way too?

I’m not even saying that God didn’t have qualifiers for physical beauty either, for had it not been for Esther’s good looks in the Bible (coupled with training and preparation), she was able to free her people. God sees that some people are so blinded by these features that he often used someone’s physical beauty as a means of distraction to his ultimate goal.

I digress.

A banging body and a pretty smile isn’t love, but how someone makes others feel around them can definitely be love. So, when I use the phrase God is love, I am taking into account what is said about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (note: I changed love to God:

  • God is patient
  • God is kind
  • God does not envy
  • God does not boast
  • God is not proud
  • ‭God does not dishonor others
  • God is not self-seeking
  • God is not easily angered
  • God keeps no record of wrongs
  • God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
  • God always protects
  • God always trusts
  • God always hopes
  • God always perseveres

If God is Love, then God is the embodiment of these truths about love – not only that, but if God dwells in all of us. Then imagine what begins to happen when we move in love. After all, Jesus told us the two most important things was to love God above everything, and love your neighbor as yourself. Apply the above principles to help you guide your prayer life and expectancies of God, and how you move with other people. Trust, even the hardest of hearts can tell the goodness of God’s love at work through others from someone whose merely trying to check a box of deeds.

God is love.

I love you.

A Prayer

Father God,

Thank you for your goodness and mercy. Father God, I thank you for not only teaching me how to be content in every circumstance, but that you allow me to approach you confidently and boldly with my requests in a way that only you can make things happen in life. I thank you for your surrounding me with love and support and the gift that you give to all of us to move in the same energy with one another here on Earth, as it is in Heaven. May your light shine so bright within me that it encapsulates all in my presence.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Mood Music

There’s something about the song Jireh that motivates me to be bolder and more confident. Sometimes, it feels like we doubt what God can do in our life because we have an over-reliance on our own power, and we doubt what more we can do when we move with God, and rest in His goodness and not in our own power.

Sounds tricky when I read it back. I am more confident and bold because I know that God can do anything in my life? But aren’t those also my own character traits as well? Yes – so in God, with God, for God, because of God, I have the confidence in knowing I will always be okay, and that is enough for me.

Just like my Jehovah Jireh.

Until Monday.