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Inspiration Words By Sis. Marvet Simpson

What inspired me to begin to blog was a conversation with a Sister and friend, who basically told me that God is preparing another platform for me to share His Word, and do His will. She challenged me to write, and expressed how inspired she was by my use of language. I was humbly appreciative, and unknowingly she added the final note to the music that so many have been playing on me for so long; to write. I have so much to say, to share, and I love to encourage. People communicate electronically these days, and the verbal face to face dialogue has become less and less over the years. Young people have become more insular, and struggle to express or even be honest with themselves. If I am not able to be a listening ear, I would like to be there at the other end of a click, and so hence my reason for blogging. It's not all about me, but to the Glory of God, I write inspired, not out of daily duty, so I trust that whoever reads, will be encouraged, and if questions are to be asked, I will endeavour to give answers. Blessings in abundance.

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24

Jun

Know when you are not wanted...Ouch!!

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Rejection, Ostracism, exclusion, are not nice, they are unpleasant in every way, and leaves a bad taste in one's mouth, and a negative mental scar.
What do we do, when we have experienced some form of the above? recognise the hurt it causes, accept the pain, forgive, move on.  Forgiving takes time, and can keep you on an emotional roller coaster, and then after that, the question is whether or not reconciliation is necessary.  However the fear of being rejected again, ostracised, or excluded is there, creeping behind the wings.  That is when we have to 'know when we are not wanted'.
This can be by anyone, family, community members, fellow parishioners.  Sometimes it is hard to believe that this rejection can take place amongst the former and the latter, however this is true.  Sometimes, there is no valid reason for rejection, it is simply a dislike of one person of another, other reasons could be feelings of threat.
Knowing when you are not wanted, is a painful acknowledgment, but it helps to put things into perspective, if you don't know you are not wanted, you will continually fight to be included, and become upset when you are not, you will wonder why another is liked or given more attention and focus than yourself, and you will relive and regurgitate the pain and hurt continually. By knowing you are not wanted, you will work towards your own self healing, acceptance and begin to move forward.
Earlier this year, I sat in a forum with family members, the meeting was unpleasant and  I found myself confused and disappointed, particularly as my good intentions were met with criticism, I could not be understood, and I did not understand the mindset of others.  A few hours later, I knelt before God, I struggled as to what to say, then He presented an image before me, of a woman in a black hooded cloak, miles too big for her, she began to walk and as she did so, she shed one, then two, then three cloaks, each time the cloak got brighter, and whiter, until it was glowing, and fit perfectly.  I got off my knees feeling a lot more reassured that there are times when we need to shed the rejection, and embrace what lies ahead.


Jesus illustrates this in the Bible, there are two occasions when he tells His disciples to "know when they are not wanted" He said in Matthew 10:14, that "If you are not welcomed in the city, or house you visit, shake the dust off your feet and move on", what was he saying here really, simply, move on, don't waste your time and energy, don't plead and beg, don't be a chaser, or beggar; don't try to make someone love you, like you, keep you, befriend you, "know when you are not wanted".
Keep going, even when you feel broken
On another occasion He went into a Village,  He, our King, our Healer, and our Friend, He wasn't wanted because He didn't quite meet the expectations of the Villagers in Samaria, (Luke 9:51). Jesus knew when He was not wanted and though his disciples wanted to exact revenge, and vent their anger, Jesus said, 'leave it, come on. Let's go forward'
And that's what we have to do it. Leave it alone and go forward, as hard as it is to cope with the emotional mental and physical pain, that is what we have to do. 
If you have ever been rejected, then you know what your rejection of another may feel like. 
If you have ever been excluded or ostracised, then know what your ostracism or exclusion of others may feel like.
Of course there could be an opportunity to make good what is bad, but don't seek this if you are still being treated the same way.  "Know when you are not wanted and move on".

6

Jun

Every Flower is not a Fruit

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So there they were, in abundance, laden with white and pink flowers. I was excited.  Plenty pears this year, and plenty plums, too.  Yes, jam, juice, and fruit.  But as I watched, they began to fall, each day, there seemed to be less and less on the trees, what was happening, who was knocking them off?
The slugs got a bashing and the so did the wind..

I stopped bragging with gardening ignorance, "NO, every flower is NOT a fruit".  I no longer felt proud to say the opposite, because it wasn't true.  Sometimes the same is for us humans.

We look good, show vibrant colours of beautiful character, we feed the" buzzing human bees" with what they want from us, but then, when we have given of ourselves we disintegrate, what do we really need to keep going? to become a fruit?
Good tender care
Good soil 
Strong roots 
Good covering
Supporting net..(work)
Shelter from the storms, great and small

What then am I left with? a small harvest, I need to nurture what I am left with, I need it surrounded and protected, I need to cherish and nourish, it.

So then what do I expect of my tree? an abundance the following year; I want to say, "Every Flower is a Fruit", I know I will lose some, I want to lose those that are weak and spindly, meaningless because they are not supposed to be there, so then "Every (remaining) Flower is a Fruit".  I don't want to hang on to them with the hope that they will become a fruit, for then they will interfere with the growth of the real fruit that needs to emerge.

Yes, I want "My flowers to be Fruit".  What about you?

6

Jun

Unique You

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When I was a child I did not like to smile and show my teeth.  The gap that was displayed between my teeth upon opening my mouth was a representation of a 'cheeky child' so, culturally expressed, and very much so by my primary carer.  I didn't want to be cheeky because that denoted me being rude, and disrespectful, it was a negative and I remember feeling, something, not quite sure what it was, but I know I didn't like the feeling. I have many memories of pursed lips in photographs, and smiles that were carefully manufactured. 
Then one day,  a dentist whom I visited said to me, on the first visit how beautiful my teeth were, the gaps in between made it easier for him to clean, and also kept out unsightly food that would likely get stuck in my teeth.  I smiled as I left the dentist. Gradually I began to part my lips slightly as I smiled. Then some years later,  unbeknown to me I was caught by a total stranger who saw me relaxed and smiled as I walked into the store with my children; His expression was 'Wow you have a beautiful smile' He made my day, and my life.

But then there was; my voice, often the question was asked; and still is;
"Why do you talk like that?"
"Are you posh, did you go to a private school?"
"Where are you from? where were you born?"
"Why do you sound like that?"
I didn't know anything was wrong with the way I sounded, I didn't think I sounded posh, I certainly did not put on any airs and graces, I just spoke. My father always used to correct my use of words, like 'water' not 'wawder' and regularly reminded me to 'speak the Queen's English'. I thought he was preparing me to be accepted in the big wide world of words and language; but over time it became a burden, the questioning and assumptions; so if I didn't have to talk, I didn't. I listened to my voice on the tapes, and hated hearing myself.  I didn't want to be judged, so I tried to insert some 'common tones' it didn't sound right.....until someone said to me;  "I love your voice, it's calm and soothing, I could listen to you all day"
ME? MOI?
I decided to turn things around for myself, and recognise my uniqueness.  Sometimes our uniqueness interferes with others perception of us, it clouds their thinking and they judge by what they see and hear, so I guess for a long time, I was a 'cheeky snob', but actually, I'm not. 
I'm quite an ordinary person,(what ever that is, unique), just like you.
I am who God has made me, with  gaps in my teeth, and a voice that is soothing.  I see both as a positive affirmation of my uniqueness...if they are criticised, is the critique saying, I want you to look and sound like me? so then should we ALL look the same, have the same tone of voice, walk, think, behave the same? if we did how socially poor we would be?
In Psalm 139:14...God says of me that I am 'Fearfully and wonderfully made", He saw me when I was in the formation stage in the womb. "Fearfully and wonderfully", I like that, my uniqueness makes me who I am, and I want to say to YOU, ....YES YOU, You too are fearfully and wonderfully made, don't  let anyone tell you otherwise, you are your unique you.

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