For the love of candy right? Does anyone still eat lifesavers candy? When I tell you this was one of my most favorite candies as a child... I can taste it now. #memories
The funny thing is I didn't even know when this love grew to the place that it did. I remember vividly as a child that whenever my grandmother would travel and upon her return home she would have goodie bags for all of us.
She was that grandmother. The one who would use her pension to treat her grandchildren.
Everyone got a pack of underwear or garment of clothing (and she knew our sizes to the T) with a small sandwich bag of assorted gum and candies. It was here that my fond love and joy came for "Lifesavers Candy"
One of my other joys though, was when this same grandmother introduced me to the Presence of the Lord during lunchtime mana (my name for it).
At the age of 6, 7, and 8, I didn't understand that there would come a time that when what I saw would be the foundation I stood on.
You know, the same way our houses and buildings are erected on something much bigger than the eye can see. Something firm, sturdy, and needing extreme force to be removed.
My many memories of prayer time, worship time, cooking, and caring for her home time, added oh so much to what I know as the foundation of my life.
As I was gathering the thoughts in my mind to write this blog a few things stood out from my midday mana time with Grammy and how that led me to Jesus being My LifeSaviour.
As you build a foundation in your relationship with the Father you have to:
This relationship requires WORK. Like any relationship you enter, you are expected to do something. The Lord is such a good and kind Father that He gives us the room to come to Him. The mothers in the church growing up would say, "Baby the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, He won't force Himself on you".
This then is your opportunity to dig into the deep places in God, passionately and desperately. Dig into His word, times of prayer, finding a community that you can be a part of to grow. You have to make the decision to Be Intentional.
My grandmother was Intentional in building that relationship and while that was her goal, the Lord used that time to build a foundation in me. Here I am some 30 plus years later, being a voice for God because of the deposit made by a woman who was simply being intentional in building her relationship with the Lord.
Have you ever asked yourself:
How deeply am I rooted in an intentional building of my relationship with the Father?
Whose life or lives are connected to this?
Who will see this love and desire for God as a result?
It would totally amaze you the outcome and result of your seek and quest.
If there's one takeaway from this entire blog, I pray it will be... "Be consistent" (even though I trust you take away everything, but I digress).
Consistent digging builds your knowledge of Him and your spiritual muscles. Your muscles are the mass that your skin is laid upon. It's those muscles that allow the 6, 8, 12, or even 24 pack that onlookers are able to identify you (as my young people would say) one being 'rip' or a 'dip'.
The same thing applies, your consistent seek and dig is the continual laying of blocks to which your house will stand. My grandmother's consistency amazed me. It was as if she and the Holy Spirit had a daily standing order and at 11:50 a.m. she would stop whatever she was doing and prepare to meet Him.
I can only imagine how valued and revered the Father felt knowing she was consistent in making room for Him. I want to be like that, consistently making room for him. You see, these are the moments that are used to "Build us Strong". So when the happenings of life come, who will you be?
The man who built his house upon sand or rock? He desires us to be like Him. I'm reminded of Matthew 16:18... Jesus said to Peter.... upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Your consistency is the block to building strong. Strong so that no ungodly force can stand against you.
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Romans 4:21 (KJV)
You have to know like you know that the God you serve and seek is the ONLY wise God.
It's the confidence that makes the seek worth it.
It's the confidence that makes the hours in His presence such a joy.
It's the confidence that allows a child or young person to see the light shining and smell the aroma of being with Him.
You have to be fully persuaded that even though life's happenings have me feeling 'some type of way', I'm persuaded that he's a promises keeper.
My grandmother shared testimony after testimony to us over the years of her seeing and being first partaker of the miraculous hand of the Lord. She would have often said, "If He said it, He's definitely going to do it".
I am a firm believer that this depth of persuasion was fortified during those midday mana times.
Is your testimony I am fully persuaded?
Are you confident in the God of _________ (put your name there)?
I was introduced to the God of Leancezar but I got to know the God of Audra.
As I matured in my personal walk with the Lord, I realized the love I have for "Gammy'' as only I could call her, was far deeper than the sugar rush she ensured I received a few times a year.
She taught me the importance of WAITING while the WEIGHT of life was on me. I didn't understand that watching her just lay there on her towel after an hour or more of crying out and ministering to the Lord was actually the moment that He fortified her. The waiting made her firm and sturdy.
It was in the moments and happenings of life that I too found myself not looking for a sugar rush but rather a safe haven. It's the uncertainties that the Father allows and often uses to show us what's in us.
I'm sure most of us have heard it said before, "God isn't trying to take something from you but rather get something to you".
Sounds good right? Feel encouraged? But how long does that feeling after hearing that statement last? Am I against the statement? Definitely not. Because in fact, it's true.
My question however is, do you believe it? You have to believe it. Be firm in your belief. Unmovable. Unshakable about it. Be fully persuaded by it.
We've become a people grabbing a hold of and quoting the word and statement of a man, which is fine, once it aligns with the word of God.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
-John 6:63 NKJV
He is, His word is, His Presence is, Everything that He is in totality is why He's my LifeSAVIOR!
It took me some time to get here, to this place. Midday mana unequivocally gave me a love for prayer and the word, longing for his presence, and a love for worship.
It's the fullness of who He is, had been, and will continue to be to me that gives me that knowing, that while life happens (good and bad) my life savior is well aware of where I am.
So, my questions to you:
■What is your foundation like?
■What is your relationship/s (spiritual and natural) built on?
■What is your response to the happenings of life?
He wants to be your LifeSaviour to. No, not superficial or by word only but from the depth of your heart.