Patience

Since I am reading about the patience of Job and patience is the fruit of the spirit that I am still working on; I decided to look up patience in this book that I am reading. Here is the excerpt on patience:

David had learned from many years of difficulties what it meant to wait patiently for the (Most High). When enemies surrounded him, he reminded himself again to wait on Yah for his deliverance. He wrote in Psalm 27:14:

Wait patiently for the Most High. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Most High.

Patience does not come naturally to most people. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us it is a gift from the Holy Spirit (Set-apart Spirit).

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Yah wants us to endure, so he will give us all the patience we need! Paul (Shaul) prayed this for his fellow believers in Colosse, just as we should pray for patience for one another. Colossians 1:11 gives us the words to pray:

We also pray that you will be strengthened with His magnificent power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need.

Waiting is difficult in a hurried, fast-paced world. Waiting is frustrating for impatient people. We want answers and service and money and success and healing…NOW! But Yah says to have patience, to wait for Him and His timing.

That makes sense, of course. Yah knows us, He knows the future and His timing is perfect. Of course we should wait. Of course we should endure. Of course we should listen for His voice and follow His guidance.

Instead, we rush headlong into life. Then we wonder why we struggle and fear. Waiting for the Most High means recognizing His wisdom, admitting His sovereignty and submitting to His control. Waiting involves prayer, talking to Yah about our dilemmas and decisions and pouring out our feelings. (Me: Remember when Rachyl cried to Yah in prayer for children?) But as we wait, Yah gives us strength and courage to meet the challenges before us.

Looking for a quick fix? Immediate gratification? Easy answers? Instead, wait for the Most High and ask Him to give you the patience you need.

Further study:

  1. Patience is valuable: Proverbs 25:15
  2. Patience is better than pride: Ecclesiastes 7:8
  3. Patience demonstrates love: 1 Corinthians 13:4
  4. Believers are to be patient with each other: Ephesians 4:2

Speaking of being patient with each other…when I was a child, my mom loved this singer named Albertina Walker. Albertina Walker sung this song, spiritual called “please be patient with me.” I sung that song so much I still remember it to this day. I think my mother played the song more often, because she knew that I loved it so. Or maybe she was trying to tell me something (about myself)? Back then I didn’t know that the song is based on the scriptures Ephesians 4:2 and Job 23:10. Here is a portion of the lyrics but now I delete the pagan title out of my mind when I sing it:

Please be patient with me, Yah is not through with me yet— Please be patient with me Yah is not through with me yet— OH-oh, when Yah gets through with me— When Yah gets through with me— I shall come forth— I shall come forth— I shall come forth as pure gold.

I wish that one day some group of singers will re-do this song and put Yah’s name there. HalleluYah. Amein.

 

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Interesting

I forgot to tell y’all yesterday that I watched the movie ‘The Conjuring’ part 2. It was okay. It wasn’t as good as part one. I took notes in part one, with part two, no notes. However, one thing stuck out to me the most. The man’s wife (paranormal investigator) was a seer. She had a vision of this demon before they investigated this house. She wrote the demon’s name all over her bible during a vision. When she did this, I was thinking why is she destroying her bible with its filthy name? She may have been possessed also? That would be interesting to know if a demon can possess two locations at the same time? Another thing is that she told her husband, that the only way to make this demon leave, the only way to have authority over this demon was to learn its name and command it to leave using its name. At that point, I was thinking noooo, you have authority over it by knowing and believing Yahoshua’s name. And  “shol nuff” (meaning really, sure enough or truly as I said, some down south slang) the demon never really left because at the end they said the demon killed the mother of the family just (or in the same way) as it had killed the previous owner 40 years before. The demon just wasn’t in their faces as it had been before the paranormal investigators came to visit. They had no authority over this demon. Anyway, there is another movie out now at the movie theaters called ‘Rings’ that looks interesting to me.

Black History Month: My Boo

fearWhy does his woman look demonic in the background? hmmmm.

On the Destination America Channel, they are having a ‘be my boo’ week. ‘Be my boo’ is a pun for Valentine’s Day and also the demons/ghosts. This made me think about the word ‘boo’. Y’all know our people call each other boo or my boo/my sweetheart similar to ‘my nicca/my brother’. Did you know that the phrase boo comes from the ethnic slur, ‘jiggaboo’? The Gentiles use to call us  jiggaboos and spooks. These slurs were used to describe us as being afraid of everything especially demons. The Gentiles would draw us in cartoons with big eyes and hair standing straight up with fear on our faces. Does that remind you a scripture? Leviticus 26:36.

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It was kind of hard for me to find those old cartoons with ‘black’ people afraid. However, I did remember this picture in a book called ‘American Folklore and Legend’ that my grandma gave me as a kid. You can see in the photo that the boy is afraid, his hair is standing up and his eyes are enlarged with fear. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Black History Month: Nigger Toes

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When I was a teenager, my grandma, who was born in 1912, told me that ‘white’ people use to call Brazil nuts… nigger toes. I never forgot what she told me. The other day I was doing some research about nigger toes. I read about the nigger toe nursery rhyme. I remember this nursery rhyme from a kid but by the time I learned the rhyme, the words had been changed. This rhyme was a common nursery rhyme among white children around circa 1888. I know you have heard this rhyme too or some version of it while playing tag on the playground. Children of the 1980’s sang: eenie meenie miney mo my mother said you are not it, then the ‘it’ person chases you. Here is the counting rhyme from the 1800s:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he don’t work—then let him go.

Another version of the same rhyme:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he squeals—let him go.

I was looking at some photos of mutilated slaves and/or Lynching photos. When the slaves ran away, their limbs would often be cut off. I read that ears, legs, feet (like Kunta Kinte) would be cut off. You just know that their toes were cut off too or cut off with the foot. Maybe (their toes) were passed around like a trophy, as in…I got (captured) that nicca.

I know this post is a bit morbid but we can’t forget our time here in America. And like the Israylites say, don’t be mad with Yah or the Gentiles ‘white folks’, if we had been doing what we were supposed to do, this never would have happened. However, we do know that Yah is not happy with our brutal treatment here in America.