Spiritual Warfare Part II

Happy Friday, ALL!

Take an opportunity to be grateful this fine day!  So, TGIF with me then!  Thank you, kindly!!

Have you ever had those experiences when you were doing “the best that you can” and things still seemed to NOT be going your way?!  Have you ever wondered “where was God” when you needed “It”  (some folks believe that It is a feminine spirit or energy!)?  It’s funny sometimes how we doubt our own creation  by a Power greater than ourselves  … as if we did it ourselves!  Many of us have NOT had that moment of clarity when we find out what we are really made of!  I was experiencing some doubt of my Creator as I have been faced with different challenges while living in another country.  Now it’s not my first “rodeo” living in another country, and I am fluent enough in Spanish to handle some intellectual conversations.  Yet, I wondered why my Creator has allowed some things to “trouble” me …. But it was ME who allowed those things to “trouble” me!  This is what I am referring to when I mention “spiritual warfare” which is different for each of us, should we decide to believe!  The relief check from the US government hasn’t arrived yet and things have gotten a bit tough.

Of course, with a little help from my friends (you know who you are!) I am able to move forward with some delicate financial situations!  Thanks, y’all!  As well, I am learning more mental discipline as I fathom ways to remedy situations with my focus on “peace”!  If you know me, you know that I can “take care of myself” and often have to “dial down” my anger!!  It’s reached a boiling point several times in the past two months.  Once, a couple of friends from Italy and Norway encouraged me to “breathe deep” when I saw the monster moron who decided to “create” one of the most uncomfortable living situations I have experienced in my life!  THIS is when it is important to “know thyself”!!  So, I breathed deep … walked around a tiny space for a minute or two … then I went back to sit down with my friends!  I thanked them as I often do when I realize that someone has “helped” me!  THIS is also why it is important to surround yourself with cool friends who encourage “you” to be the best that you can!!

Growing up going to Church, often flanked by Isaac and Marietta – my parents, I learned to sit still at a young age.  The church I attended, Bethel Baptist Church, was right there in The Winbrook Projects where many of my childhood friends grew up!  I also want to thank all of “youse” who stop by my pages, be it the blog or social media, and show me some “love, understanding, and support” especially on the heels of the release of “Cooking With Life!” on Amazon and Kindle!  Of course, while I “stewed” in my discontent, I had forgotten my many many accomplishments in life that I am sure some folks are actually envious, not that I care.  A while back in my personal development I learned to take that same “envy” that folks display and put it into my “self confidence” tank and burn it to “ease on down the road”!  And in case you’re wondering, I was “the Tin Man” in my elementary school production of “The Wizard of Oz”!  So, don’t sleep on the fact that I know about “higher powers”!  What about you?!  That relationship becomes important when one is faced with “human lowness” and become the subject of the lack of decency displayed by some fellow humans.  This is “spiritual warfare” as I learned about in my youth while attending Church with my parents!

Go forth and enjoy your day!  I see sun shining through the windows here as I write!

“Be yourself because you are YOU!”  -John I. Cook, SPS Yearbook 1972!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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