STAY WOKE!….TIME IS CREEPING.

 

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You’re driving headed to work. This morning you’re late, but other than that it’s a typical day: coffee, kids crossing the street for school, other cars, stoplights, and time. You approach the stoplight and wait for your chance to beat the other car beside you to the next light. You look in the window of the car next to you…only to see there’s nobody in it. You sense the strangeness of it, but don’t worry much. The light turns green and you tear off going 60 mph. You’re picking up speed, when all of a sudden you immediately swerve pass a school bus that has lost control and flipped over twice. Barely escaping with your life, you park your car and dart to the school bus. Between the screams and cries of bystanders, you look in the bus for survivors…not a soul in the entire bus. “What have I done, what I have I done?!” you reach for your phone and proceed to call 911 when you begin to make out the screams and cries. You learn that it’s not just about the bus. “My husband is gone!”…”My wife just vanished!!”…..”WHERE ARE MY KIDS?!” As the terror grows more and more intense you look up to the sky, only to see groups and groups of people ascending up to the sky. With that last sight, you’re left standing in the middle of the busy highway with other cries of confusion and terror, and stunned bystanders.

I remember my grandma use to say all the time that she NEVER wanted to be here when the rapture took place. For me though, I just had a rough time fathoming that I could be playing out on the trampoline and could be “taken up” into the sky. I learned more in my walk with Christ, that it was more than just being in the sky with Jesus, but it was about the fact that I would be taken away from the horrible catastrophe that would take place had I stayed here.

Time has a real bad tendency of creeping up on us before we know it. If we were more alert to the things that are soon to come, we’d find out that we waste so much time on unless things and people. If we really weigh the circumstances, we’d make better choices. Jesus is coming back. Now, we all have heard that “Jesus is coming back! be ready!” I’ve heard it from my grandma, she heard it from her mom, and honey the list goes on and on. However, the thing is is that they weren’t wrong, but because NO MAN knows the time or date of Jesus’ return, they only knew to be ready.

jesus-light-2141937_1920If Jesus came back right this moment, could you say that you’d be ready? Some people fear death, not because of the fact they’re about to die, but rather because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is what?….”I’m not ready”. Scripture tell us to WATCH as well as pray. (Luke 21:36)

I recall a time when I went to a women’s convenience and was not living right, only going to church as a walking zombie, spiritually sleep. I was there, but I was not, until I briefly tuned into the sermon. She positioned herself at the podium, put her hand of the top of it and said, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” Chills fled my body as she repeated it again, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” It struck a cord with me because what if on my way home I would have collided with another vehicle, instantly ending my life, while I was in broken relationship with Christ.

We make the mistake of taking these days for granted. Constantly strolling through the day, performing our daily routines, and not even giving it thought that some of us haven’t consulted our life line, Jesus all day.

The Psalmist in Psalms 90:12 asked to be taught to number our days so we can get a heart of wisdom. Although we thought when we were younger that we’d live forever, the days of people are vert few, and we must be wise with that time. Stop giving your precious time to things that don’t matter.

It was asked once, “Why doesn’t anybody know when Christ is coming back?” No, exact answer is given in the Bible, but if we knew Jesus was coming back January 12th 2025 at 6:00 p.m, most people would cut up, act crazy and reckless up until that very point, and then repent. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You mean Jesus would actually take them back after all that?” Hebrews 8:12 says that “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

This is the same mercy that God had on us when He decided to send His son to rid the world of those transgressions. It is not God’s desire that any of us perish, but that we have life, and it more abundantly. That’s why we must be woke to the tricks and plans of the enemy to distract us from the fact the Jesus IS returning. When we’re so consumed with the things of this world, we overlook God and the enemy knows that’s our life line, and if he can get away from the glue that puts us together, the one who knows us, inside and out, he can dominate us. It’s then that we could miss the moment. Press forward, stay woke, time is creeping. You will never know. Don’t let death or TIME catch you out of the will of God.god-2012104_1920

-W.A.V.E

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:35-42

I Was NOT Suppose to be Here!

 Over comers By Our Testimonies

I think one of the most amazing things about God is His reminders. He places testimonies in people’s lives, who lives them out which not only makes THEM stronger, but strengthens the people that hear them. If I can think of one testimonies walking on the Earth that would inspire someone, it would have to be Amanda Alexander. I got a chance to sit and talk with her about her life  which helped shaped her into the W.A.V.E that she is today. Her story is truly a testimony for the ages.

Miracle Baby

“Girl, I wasn’t even suppose to be here! Nobody even knew that I was coming, but my mom and God.” She says. Not showing up on sonograms until her sixth month of development, would you know she was coming???? “Nobody believed my mom when she said that she was pregnant. People just thought it was all in her mind, so she was not getting any prenatal care for me. It was not until my mom was walking down the street, and decided to stop at this doctor’s office, that she found out that she was pregnant with me for real.” Amanda was born a month early, and for those who don’t know, the eighth month of development is very important. Amanda’s challenges came along with her development as a kid. “I had speech problems, I was put in special classes, I was partial deaf if one ear, which probably explained the speech problems, and my first teeth were rotten. It was just a lot, I was always very sickly.”

Early Life

As a kid, Amanda loved animals, comedy, her hometown and especially her neighborhood. She was very affectionate and sweet. Once she got to the first grade, Amanda was diagnosed with A.D.H.D., but unlike most children who are then placed on medication, Amanda never was. “My mom just chose to not put me on medicine. She just took time with me to help me get what I needed. She was very patient with me.” Amanda struggled academically, even so far as almost not passing 3rd grade. With the help of her mom and teachers, she was able to pass 3rd grade, and continue school.

Throughout that time, Amanda still tried her best for do well in school, while battling with different pressures. “Middle school were my worse years because I had friends turn their backs on me, I was giving into peer pressure, I was a cutting myself and in 7th grade I even contemplated suicide.” Thankfully, for the awesome God that we serve, who never leaves us or forsakes us, placed someone in her  live who could remind her of His undying love for her. That person for Amanda was Veronica Reeves, her longtime friend from pre-k. With tears in her eyes, Amanda recalls the unforgettable love Veronica showed toward her at a time when she really needed it. “She would be like Amanda  you can walk with me to class or come hang with me. She just never followed the crowd, she was STILL my friend through everything.”

The Development of the W.A.V.E

After completing high school and becoming a wife to her life-long friend, Marquez Alexander, Amanda took a position as Teen Coordinator at Girls Incorporated of Bay County in 1999. “I felt like this position was good for me because I could really relate to the teens, because some of the stuff they’re experiencing right now, I did already.”Being bubble, creative and imaginative, Amanda easily built trust and close relationships with her teens and the other young girls at the center. She further her participation in girls’ lives by become the choir director, which gave girls the opportunity to express themselves through music and the arts.

Singing for Amanda is nothing new, considering the fact that she takes the youth at her church to God directly every youth Sunday by leading some of the gospel hits songs like, “Stomp by Kirk Franklin” and “Heaven by Mary Mary.” Being the first lady of her church, Victory Temple, Amanda made sure not to leave the youth out, especially on their Sunday of the month. Her husband who pastor’s the church has nothing but great things to say about his elect lady and wife. “She just has a big heart for people, she sees the good in them. You know that scripture were it talks about extinguishing others above yourself? (Philippians 2:3)  Yeah, that’s her.”

How are you a W.A.V.E?

The finally thing I asked Amanda before we wrapped up our interview was the big question: After all of these things that had happened to you, what makes you a W.A.V.E?

“I think I’m a W.A.V.E because I am determined. I face fear. Sometimes I am afraid to fail, but God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, you know? So, I face fear and I am trying to be the best I can be and to strive to be more like Christ.”

WHY CAN’T I FIT IN?!

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

It’s amazing how you’re reminded of God’s favor on you when you’re a kid, and how he uses the most simple things to give you an insight. My mind goes back to P.E in elementary school. There use to be this group of girls, ran by my own cousin, who use to walk their laps instead of running them. No big deal, right? WRONG! Apparently, it was this thing that if you didn’t walk with them you couldn’t be apart of the crew anymore. With my many insecurities, I needed to be among other people to detract the attention off of me.

Well, this one particular day I just really wanted to finish laps and make a dash for the basketball court, so I suggested that we go quick and get out laps out of the way. As time progressed and I got uneasy, my cousin stop everybody and said, “Ashley, if you want to go and get all sweaty that’s your business, but if you leave us you can’t come back to this group anymore.” (That was a big threat in elementary). After weighting my options I figured playing ball was much more worth it so I shrugged, said “Bye!” and I left them in the dust as I ran off like an Olympic track star. What was so amazing was after I ran off, I didn’t even think about the fact that I needed them to make me feel like something. I just wanted to do something different. From that day on, I never had a fear to stand out again.

I really didn’t don on this again until 2 years ago when I was trying to figure out who I was in Christ and whether or not I was even important. When this came back to my remembrance, I heard God speak and say, “I have called you to be different, and that’s okay.” I believe that if we truly trust God and just stand out from the crowd, we’ll be able to fully see Him manifest in our lives. Because everybody is not meant to go where we’re called to go, neither do some want to. Some people are content with where they are. (Walking their laps.) Blending in with the crowd only makes people over look that group.

Believe it or not, sometimes we look for something different. Who wants to go to same restaurant ALL THE TIME? who wants to do the same thing ALL THE TIME? I love how my jobs always requires flexibility and different things. The kids I work with don’t always want to do the crafts or sports. Sometimes they like when a new game introduced. God wants more of us, He wants us to stand out to be a light for someone else. You can’t find light covered up and hidden. Light doesn’t blend it, it shines for everyone to see. Let yourself shine! Go run those laps!

-W.A.V.E

Chosen Beauty

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

-Psalm 139:14

I think one of the hardest things for me growing up was not that I felt that I was ugly or felt ugly, because I was told all the time that I was beautiful by many people that I knew, but it was that I could not understand my beauty. I always compared it to the stereotypical definition of beauty–society’s beauty and according to their standards, NOBODY was eligible to be considered “beautiful.” It was not until I got saved in my teen years that I learned that my beauty could not be defined by society.

In Psalms 139:14, the psalmist is excited and is praising God about the fact that he was “fearfully” and “Wonderfully” made. In the Hebrew translation of the Bible, the word “fearfully” means with great reverence, heart-felt interest and respect. This does not mean that you should carry a fear of THE WORLD, but rather you have a healthy respect for GOD. The word “wonderfully” means UNIQUE, SET APART, MARVELOUS.” Detailed characteristics, time and care went into the creation of you. Before you were even formed in your mom’s belly, God already knew everything about you (Jeremiah 1:5)  and the very details of your heart.

It’s difficult for children of God to try to fit themselves into what the world considers to be beautiful because your beauty is so rich and UNIQUE that you don’t even fit into a category! There is already enough of everybody else, but their is ONLY ONE YOU!

– W.A.V.E