what’s in your Samaria? pt.1

Ready for a pit stop? Jesus was.

John 4 tells us all about the story of Jesus with the woman at the well, so if you need a refresher, check out my last post!

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re-thinking out loud

“this piece is inspired by a conversation that I had with my dear friend Mordecai

I’m probably picking and choosing and paraphrasing for poetic purposes, but he said that I make more sense when I’m on stage than I do in my day to day life

in my defense, I was very tired, so most of my mind was on the nap I was gonna take the next day

but what he said got me thinking

and I already think a lot

I seem really calm and collected right now because I sat down at 1:54 am monday morning (which should count as sunday night, in my opinion), and dumped a bunch of my thoughts on paper where I could see them

me being on stage is just me re-thinking out loud, which is why it used to be so scary

around this time last year, I was up here for the first time, re-thinking my thoughts

one of the pieces I performed was about what I do when my thoughts get too loud, which is poet for “what I do when I have a panic attack”

and now I’m back, feeling calm and collected because I have my thoughts written out

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how I’ve made it this far

if I didn’t have my faith, this life would be too much for me

cuz this life, it’s heavy, see

this life, it’s too much weight for me

this life, it doesn’t wait for me

 

if I didn’t have my faith-

faith that

my community would never fail me

faith that

there’s a reason I still breathe

faith in the things I can’t see

 

ọmọ Yoruba ni mi, so, if I didn’t have igbagbọ mi

if I didn’t have imani

who would I be?

 

I could live through life, half awake, half alive

but that would mean I’m lost

that would mean I’ve lost

 

in my faith, I’ve found hope

in my faith, I don’t have to cope

I can move forward

move upward

overcome

thrive

 

I can remember that

I am alive, even when wave after wave of unrest and depression hit me in succession, when they knock me down

cuz like the wise man, I built my house on the Rock

even when I’m on the rocks, like the seed that gets snatched away when the devil comes to play, my Rock holds me

 

my Foundation

will never falter

 

because of my faith, this life will never be too much for me

He’s given me that guarantee

11.29.17

church notes: Praying with Power x Pastor Nathaniel Wright

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

Matthew 6:5-8 NKJV

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church notes: Faith & Growth x Pastor Nathaniel Wright

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:40-47 NKJV

The ultimate measure of a church is the number of people it saves. We find ourselves in an interesting place where we want to grow our faith, but we struggle with witnessing and sharing our faith effectively with those who need to knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is always effective, but we have to make it infectious.

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