Commentary, Religious

Navigating Change

I am sitting at the airport in Dallas eating an “Art Vandelay” (yes I wrote that correctly) while waiting on my flight, which was supposed to leave at 12:25 and is now backed up till 3:40. Missed seeing my husband last night because his flight was also backed up due to bigger things going on in NYC than us, till there were no more flights to be had. After waking refreshed and ready for my trip this morning I receive a text from my ride letting me know he couldn’t take me to catch my flight due to work conflicts. Life is full of changes in our plans, and this is a completely normal part of life. I have realized in my forty-three years that trying to control thing is “futile.” So I will sit back and recapture a blog I lost after the last Apple update, which I’m sure was designed to make things easier…ūüėĀ

Unexpected change and disappointment happens every day. It’s life and if you cannot handle sudden change then you will be very stressed, anxious and “yes” even angry. We humans have a keen desire to control things; like our kids, our jobs, traffic, flights, other people, our destiny, I could go on and on.

Recently I have taken another look at the one who is really in control! I feel as if I’ve been re-introduced, although He has been right here all along. Now I know Him as Master of the Universe, and my loving Father who knows what I do not know and what I think I know, while He is teaching me gently and patiently. The one who has made provision way in advance for my life and has filled me up with Himself in Christ.

Because of this I am able to sit here at Dallas-Love Field and enjoy an “Art Vandelay” totally relaxed. I am able to learn that when you park in long term parking you should always get a ticket… ūüėŹ (another story for another time). I can navigate speed bumps in life and trust that my Heavenly Father has a better understanding of My life and my world than me. I can rest knowing that His grip on me and my life is bigger and more secure than I have on my life. Knowing this fact allows me to relax, release my grip and let Him have complete control. I trust Him, faith is easy when you know the Master of the Universe. God has answers before we ever have problems. He will fulfill his purpose. You might as well sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Cross, Poetry

“It is Finished At The Cross”

I sigh from relief
Now my mind can rest
The work is complete
Give me a spiritual blood test.
Cause I’ve been re-gene-arated
That old man Is dead.
That old way of doing things
That depended on me
Was cut out, extracted, and hung on a tree.
And what came alive the day I believed
Was a life so perfect so connected with God
That people either applaud or call it a fraud.
But I know the truth, I’m confident and sure
That the life I’ve been given it’s like haute couture
It’s like a direct line from Heaven
Like peace undefined,
Like organic and holy like a branch and a vine.
So don’t worry, or doubt but rest in this fact
That the mysteries been solved,
the code has been cracked
Your not whack, So stand up put your shoulders back
You’re the righteousness of God, so walk like a boss
Cause it’s all about Jesus and what he finished at the cross!

Wynema Clark
June 18, 2014

Uncategorized

It’s All Jesus

Exhaustion, busy work and emptiness,¬†these are the feelings that I have had after years of being a christian; ¬†until now. ¬†I’ve been taught x number of ways to sanctification, x number of ways to get right with God, x number of things to do to earn God’s trust but no one ever told me, until now, that all of these are found in “Jesus”. Wait a minute, you mean that sanctification, righteousness and even perfection are all in Jesus, “yes”. ¬†They¬†aren’t achieved after Jesus, you aren’t empowered to receive them after Jesus, they are found only “in Jesus”. ¬†Meaning, Jesus is our sanctification, redemption, salvation, perfection, righteousness…etc..etc..etc.. ¬†Meaning, when you got Jesus you got sanctified, redeemed, saved, perfected and made right! ¬†You are a current possessor of all you have been working your butt off to achieve (I Corinthians 1:30). Rest, now just rest in Him (Rom. 4). ¬†Sure we work out our salvation with reverence (Phil. 2:12). ¬†But that is just to work out of what is already in you. ¬†In the person of Jesus Christ we find all that we will ever need. ¬†What is required of us is to say “Thank you” and “Amen”. ¬†Now go live!

Commentary, Short Story

Teenage Depression, Religion and How Grace Can Change Things”

Just had one of those moments with Hannah that are priceless. Moments of deep conversation. I’m so amazed at her emotional awareness and tender heart. We talked about what it’s like in that deep pit of anxiety and depression as a teenager when you are so caught up inside yourself that you are afraid to speak or participate or even be seen. But inside herself she became acutely aware of what was going on around her. She made mental notes to herself about what she would never do and what should never be done to another person. What hurts and what heals.
Now that she has become able to see the beauty of life again she said she understands that things, in that state, are not as they seem.

We both recall the night when in a deep pit of depression Hannah reached out to some “so called friends” and they relentlessly pushed her to the edge via text messaging, telling her that she was just an attention whore and she wasn’t depressed. Hannah did the right thing by reaching out for help but ignorance told her she was faking it, to pull herself up and stop demanding attention. And it went on and on until my son stepped in and took her phone.

We got much needed help and support from our church family but we also got a list of things we could have done to allow the devil in-road to our daughter bringing this depression. I was told to see if I had any unconfessed sins or un-renounced involvement that could have brought a curse into our lives. So in an exhausting attempt to free her from this we rebuked, renounced, covered and confessed whatever we thought would work. There would be relief for a time and then it would come back.

Finally after loud times of asking God why us, we tithe, we volunteer, we are the faithful ones, why us? I cried, yelled, and after doing all I could do, gave up. That’s when my attention was turned back to Jesus. That’s when I remembered the cross and the finished work and I was introduced to teachers like Dr. Farley and Creflo Dollar who showed me the truth of the New Covenant. Suddenly I was quiet long enough to hear the spirit say take her out of that school and check her hormones.
There wasn’t so much a miraculous deliverance needed as there were physical needs that had to be met. Now that those needs are being addressed she is my beautiful baby girl once again. Smart, quick witted and intuitive.

Watching a YouTube video of a bunch of middle school kids abuse a 20 year old autistic man brings her tears. She mentions it over and over because it bothers her so badly. She said mom, how could anyone at any age justify such an act in their mind? We talked about how grateful we are to the internet because now, that behavior can be exposed. Understanding that middle school ignorance and religious ignorance are both equally as damaging has helped us to grasp the need for a true revelation of grace in everyone’s life.

When young people are taught Grace and the power of God’s plan of redemption for ALL who believe there can be a revolution of love toward others that can change the world. When the church realizes what really happened at the cross they would see that Jesus bore any and every curse for us and put an end to the curse mentality. This would change our ideas that God owes us something for the good that we do and that it’s not my sin that brought some kind of Godly wrath on me.

This new covenant revolution is necessary to see our world change. It’s this new thing called “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself”. Not because you’re taught to love as a rule but as a natural outgrowth of understanding. It’s the fruit from the tree of the life that is in our spirit, and it changes our lives in the most practical of ways.

Wynema Clark
September 11, 2014

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