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A Second Touch!

Mark 8:23-25 – Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored and he could see everything clearly.

            Can you picture it, Jesus taking you by the hand out of the place, where you were ostracized, rejected, looked over and not fully accepted?  Did you ever need God to rescue you out of your darkest moment or maybe there are some things you just don’t see clearly. You said, Jesus I need a miracle right Now!

             At the beginning of this narrative, it tells us that some people brought the blind man to Jesus begging for Him to touch and heal the blind man. It is always a blessing to have some people in your life who care enough about you to bring you to Jesus for healing. Many times people will give household remedies, or un-godly advice and sometimes based off of their own experiences. There are some people who knows who to bring you too when you are in trouble and you have exhausted all other resources. wp-1461605310932.jpg

 Sometimes there are unseen aspects to healing. In this case, intimacy and time with Jesus is the essential ingredient. We read of Jesus leading the man out of the city holding his hand, picture it in your mind. Something happened, deeper than physical healing. Maybe he was being healed of a spirit of rejection, all his life people probably shunned him, and he was a beggar viewed as rejected and despised by God.  Let’s just reflect on the fact that Jesus had to lead him out of the city, because there are just some places that are not conducive for healing. For many, reason such as: unbelief or environments are hostile to healing and in some instances God’s ability to bless was being limited because of man’s ability to receive.  Has Jesus ever led you out of some place, comfort zone, city, church, job, or even a relationship that just wasn’t conducive for your healing, just so he can bless you? If not maybe you didn’t sit long enough to finish the work on you. Maybe you just like this blind man and need a second touch.

I realize there are times when God is trying to get our attention He may call your name more than once, just asks Samuel or maybe He will ask you three of the same questions, like he did Peter…. Do you love me more than these? Peter, then feed my sheep! ( John 21:15-17). Blindness to the understanding and thought life and we have to renew our minds daily so that we can change our worldly perspectives to a heavenly one. The eyes are useless when the mind is blind! wp-1461605337924.jpg

If you look closely, Jesus spit on the man’s eyes the first time and asked him can you see anything now? The man’s eyes were not fully opened, could be that he was straining to receive his deliverance, because maybe he is just many of us struggle from the negative self –talk we can’t see ourselves healed. Your healing can be held up, Proverb 6:2-3  encourages us to save ourselves from the entrapment you got caught up in by your own agreement of what you said out of your mouth.  Jesus had imparted divine life into this man, as He desires to do for us. Thank God for a second touch! Some healing are instant but in this story the healing was done in stages. Sometimes, God will heal us in stages so he can demonstrate spiritual truths in our lives. Often time, not always spiritual truth is not perceived the first time. The first touch was when he saw people like walking trees.

 The 25th verse says his sight was restored…. Hold Up any time you have something restored, that indicated that you had something before. In this case this man had sight before, but earlier in his life he couldn’t see things as clear. I sense the Lord saying, don’t be in a rush with me, “wait I am not done with you.” I gave you a glimpse of your healing, your deliverance, your vision but I need you to spend more time with me so I can touch your eyes a second time, so that you may see clearer than ever before. Daily seek God until you expire for clear directions, instructions for strategies to fulfill his assignments He has entrusted you with to demonstrate his power and His Will on earth.

Rev. Sakinah O’ Kane- Smith

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The Brokenhearted !

 

Psalm 34:18– The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The troubles of life do not discriminate and for that reason we can’t escape them when they invade our lives. Isn’t funny how trouble always comes knocking at your door at the most inopportune time. I mean I was just happy about getting over the last trouble and here you come again. I know I am not by myself! Can I get an Amen Somebody? 51a15a5bcf285a06f94116e3ce1bac6a.jpg

The pain we endure, the grief and loss we suffer, the failure we have to live through, the daily frustrations of everyday life is constantly wearing us down. God promises us hope and he says He will be close to the brokenhearted. I know when I am feeling broken inside, I feel this overwhelming sense of abandonment and isolation, BUT God said he will be with us. There is nothing like being in the presence of God when you are in pain. In His presence there is a source of power that is unexplainable. I know, I know what you are saying, Rev. Sakinah you don’t know what I am going through and God ain’t thinking about me, and if He is thinking about me… what is taking Him soooo long to deliver me out of this mess? Well, can I ask how did it take you to get in your mess? When trouble strikes, don’t take matters into your own hands and then get frustrated with God when things don’t go according to your plan. Instead, admit that you need God and thank Him for being by your side!

Rev. Sakinah O’Kane- Smith- Soul Care

Emotional Deposit… Simply Me

Ok I am focused Now… I have been under fire with family, school, life’s demands and I really wished I could just disappear. Have you ever felt like that? I wondered if I just vanished like the rapture how would life go on without me. I’m wondering about the people who depends on me so much and even my enemies will they find someone else to hate? ( chuckling) that doesn’t matter really. Just a random thought…Honestly. I have tried and tried again but my heart won’t let my passion for writing go. I just can’t seem to shake this writing fever. I love blogging, sharing my thoughts, sharing my life and most of all the feedback from my readers… You guys are the Best!  There is such a sense of freedom when the “Simply Me” comes out. I wear so many hats these days boy I tell you I am even confused on which one to put on when issues arise in my life. Should I be the Pastor, friend, sister, mother or just plain ole “ME.”?

So I have decided to be me and would like to re-introduce myself…Hi My name is Sakinah and I am a loving, outgoing, funny, caring, witty, ambitious, think on her feet go getter who wants to live life to its fullest potential. I realize that daily someone loses their life and we often hear the sad stories wpid-img_20140127_090635.jpgabout the person who has gone too soon. So I am here to stay and while I am here I will like for you to share my world. I  invite you into my daily discussions on just about anything that comes to mind food, church, life, leadership  you name it I’ll discuss it….Woo hoo I’m feeling free already. One of life’s biggest challenges is to be authentic, living a false life will have you bound to lies and fabricated fantasy that would be hard to make a reality. Take it from me I heard it all and seen it all, it is just not worth it. Learning how to express your true self will come with a boat load of honesty with first yourself and then with others. Let your flaws be know it will paint a better picture of you as you go through life challenges and struggles you are enduring as you right your wrongs. And remember NO One is Perfect!. We all deserve a second, third, forth, fifth chance at life to change, to be renewed and be regenerated in some areas in our lives so why not go for it?

I know life’s demands are jabbing at you to invoking you to make an emotional and crazy  response. So I say think about how you will respond to life, because it will respond back to you depending on your decision. How will you respond to the hand life deals you today? Life is sometimes a gamble, but you are the MVP of your life team. will you get fearful and fold? or will you try to ignore it? or pull your boot straps up and face your opponent in confidence knowing that life won’t always this way.  Hey, let me share this with you God is calling us ceaselessly through every circumstance of life? Through every attack and every battle and Yet He is measuring every spiritual attack that the enemy is allowed to wield against us. So let me drop this emotional deposit on you… God uses every attack to help you to identify areas of needed growth and healing.

In your quiet time today? ask the Holy Spirit to clarify those areas that needs growth and healing and Journal it.

please feel free to comment and share your thoughts…. Love Always Simply Sakinah….

Secrets to Maintaining Your Brand!

Let’s get straight to the point. You must see yourself as a Brand. You must value your brand. Your highest priority is to market yourself, your abilities, and your knowledge as you would any product or service. Your brand is your reputation and it is perceived by those you have relationships with your colleagues, customers, clients, family and community. I can’t emphasize it enough that your most important product is YOURSELF!  Those who ignore this important truth will pay a high price both financially and professionally regardless of the profession.bigstockphoto_big_idea_brand_small

 

Remember that your success is not predicated on who you know, but who knows you and what they believe about you. I realize that there is a high priority on image. However, image is not everything, but your reputation and integrity is.

In a world with advancing technology of camera phones, social media and omnipresent surveillance like lightning it can shed light on a lie, a life scandal and illuminate exposure of behavioral misconduct that ultimately can destroy careers, companies, relationships and most of all your reputation.  It is important to always make a credible response when addressing issues.  There is a far greater price to pay when trying to correct inappropriate behavior.

For me lying definitely is not tolerated in my world.  In my professional opinion I believe when someone lies it can destroy an entire institution and industry because of the deceptive and fraudulent behavior of an individual. The unfolding drama demonstrated when searching for the truth in the midst of this epidemic of lies and deceit within the business world is just simply betrayal of public trust. I have to be honest my rationale is if someone lies to me once, they will lie again. With that being said I have perceived their brand and integrity is at the stage that is beyond repair.

gold BrandThe greatest thing to do for yourself is to do a daily measure of your level of integrity in the areas of your beliefs, conduct, habits and treatment of others. Give yourself a reality check and ask is my personal brand in tact or is in jeopardy due to my choices? Have I put my own ambitions, earning power and success at risk?  I encourage you today to change behaviors, habits and beliefs that are self-destructive, dishonest and illegal.

Finally, I reiterate your reputation is your responsibility and that is your greatest investment. Build your value with education, training, planning and efforts. Avidly protect your brand and the business of You.

 

A Friend is Like A Good Bra!

Finally In the most empathic way I asked myself the question What have I done to deserve a life with such continuing struggle?  I believe that we are created to be relational to all things created by God. However, there is a need to be free from the external and internal influences clouding out true desires that drives us to become islands, we truly crave to be seen, known, understood and valued to have someone to kiss our faces, hold us close, makes us  feel cared for and in a word “LOVED”.

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Relationships are sacred because they provide life’s grandest opportunity. It is the only opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of “Self.” Relationships fail when you see them as life’s grandest opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of another…. No one can produce the real You but YOU!

Remember, Experience produces concept of self, conception produces creation, and creation produces experience. Life is an interesting exercise in defining what is “fun”.

I used this phrase because it made sense to me that Friends are like a Good Bra, one I wear bras and it is always good to wear a good supportive one at that, you don’t need everything hanging out for everyone to see…and it must be close to my heart, supportive, comfortable and lifts me up when everything is hanging low and most of all it makes me look better!

If you  want to make the most of love,you need to do your homework… This week just look at one occasion in any relationship, whether it’s with your Spouse, a Colleague, a friend or family member, when you Notice yourself getting angry or feeling unliked, misunderstood, unwanted or judged…Shift your perception by focusing on these three steps

1. Focus on something positive outside of the situation in the environment.

2. Find one or two redeeming quality about that person or situation

3. Instead of assuming something is going to be negative, say to yourself, “i’m going to whatever I can in this situation to ensure a positive outcome.”

Most of All Make the Most of Life’s grandest opportunities…Rev.Sakinah O’Kane- Smith

Post Traumatic Church Disorder “The Experience”

I’ve always wondered why I felt like my head was about to explode with thoughts that were in a cloud of smoke after the church leadership crap I went through over the years. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I read a quote in a book about “church trauma” – and that’s when a light went on and I had an “A Ha” moment. I believe people who experience some kind of church trauma have various experiences, reactions and symptoms.lil-durk-traumatized

I have experienced a severe, negative, almost allergic reaction to inflexible doctrine and outright abuse of spiritual power. Internally my symptoms were exposed to unlimited moments of withdrawal from all things religious, failure to believe in anything, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, loss of identity, despair, moral confusion, and, most notably, the loss of desire and an inability to darken the door of a place of worship. Physically my symptoms were ongoing episodes that varied from time to time with cold sweats, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations and increased blood pressure.

 “Church trauma” can be defined as a very deep and tricky wound inflicted on (people) by the very institution of healing, the church, which did not live up to its own calling and which – an almost devilish scheme – has badly hurt those whose (gifts and) ministries it needed most.”- Houses that Change the World, Wolfgang Simson

For many years my church experiences always left a lasting effect as if I was involved in a head on collision with a train wreck of pain and hurt leaving me with spiritual whiplash, broken bones, bruises, welts and lacerations. It has left me feeling alone and scared and suffering. It has left me with a boatload of internal and external symptoms every time I tried to express my feelings about the hurt  to persons of spiritual authority and their response was telling me it’s all in my head and would go away if I just had more faith and fight. It has been difficult to walk into a church.

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As I envision myself walking into a church I envision myself walking into my own prison and locking door behind me. Maybe that’s not you or maybe you share the same experience and find yourself taking the long way on the highway to avoid the sight of a church building or even standing in the pulpit. But lately I have felt “stuck” and I didn’t know how to move forward and my motivation was gone and I didn’t know how to get it back! It’s like the church stole the “soul” of my life through the pain and mistreatment.

So, I started to do some refection, research and began to blog my journey and findings. I plan to write more about the effects of church trauma (that I am discovering) and also how to experience healing. My prayer is that hopefully one day I WILL be able to help others, no matter what level of church trauma has affected them.

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