As record would have it, I wrote my first blog post on April 20, 2009. That’s right a little more than seven years ago. It’s not all been an easy ride but God has been faithful to change me through the power of His written word.
Writing is a spiritual process and when we write as believers in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to squeeze in. As African-American and Black women of other countries have dominated the 2016 Olympics in Rio, I am reminded of a field we (black women) are still viewed as somewhat less than. It’s the Harvest Field I’m speaking of. You may not agree, but pictures tell the truth of the story. The Lord has been most gracious and kind to allow me and many others time to catch up. I bet you’re wondering what I’m talking about? The Lord has been most gracious and kind to allow me and many others units of time to catch up in the gathering of thoughts and words, better known as writing. As, black and African-American Women We will be heard!
Many of us have been gathering thoughts for over seven years now. As the Olympics began to close, I would like us to turn our attention to the Black Women Who gather thoughts and words, not just on the pulpit but the platform. Black Women who gather words do so, not as for membership but as ministry to a lost and dying world. So, tomorrow as the Olympics end, I will begin to share with you the platforms of ministry that reach far and wide, platforms that reach across the street and across the sea, platforms that cost much and platforms that are free. Temples and testimonies of black women speak to all women and not all are black women. Many women need and like a bit of a stronger voice like Priscilla Shirer. Our black voices and stories are unique and not always messy and sweet. Sweet is seldom the answer for struggles wrought with the process of the perspective in perseverance of pain. To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Solomon built a temple for the Lord and later The Lord spoke directly to this wise man.
Temple building is a process of sanctification and dedication. Once the temple is built, it must be dedicated to the one who creates all things and sometimes this process takes place without our physical knowledge. Notice the steps in the scripture below.
- Solomon made a platform
- Solomon had the platform set in place
- Solomon stood on the platform in the presence of all
- Solomon spread his hand toward heaven
Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court, and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven. 2 Chronicles 6:13 (ESV)