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Which woman of the Bible do you identify with?

The month of March came and left, as we celebrated the strong, powerful, and influential women over the last 31 days.

In Proverbs 31, many of us are familiar with the virtuous woman. If you read from verses 10-31, you will see the true essence of womanhood. Countless churches have held bible studies and programs further exploring the characteristics and qualities needed to become such a woman.

Too often we look to the women of our days for wisdom, knowledge, and examples. We rarely ever look to the women of the bible. Ever wondered which woman you identify the most with?

Would it be Esther, a young Jewish woman who God called to save her people? Or how about Mary Magdalene, who had lost her way and showed how your life can be turned around if you accept God’s love and everlasting promise for eternal life? Let’s not forget Hannah who prayed to God for a child. She was ridiculed by everyone, for her inability to have children.  Hannah never lost faith and God blessed her with three sons and two daughters. One of her sons, Samuel became a great man of God. Finally, Ruth who had lost her husband and stayed to look after Naomi, her mother-in-law despite her request to return home and seek a new husband. She did later marry another man named Boaz who cared for her and her in-law.

As the final days of this sinful earth quickly pass by, I see one woman who is too often emulated–Jezebel, a prophetess, seducer, and fornicator. Do you party like Herodias’ daughter? Some of our families are so desperate for marriage that they quickly find suitable men to freely offer their daughters like Delilah and Leah. Marriage is marriage, right? Don’t forget those of us who can’t wait to have children because we’re not getting any younger. So like Sarah, who did the opposite of Hannah, we take matters into our own hands. In Sarah’s case, she  encouraged her husband, Abraham to sleep with their handmaid, Hagar. She didn’t trust that God would bless her with child. How many of us lack the trust and faith in Christ that in His time He will bless us with the things and people we ask for? Then there’s Eve who was naive enough to listen to a talking serpent in a tree who tempted her with the power to gain the knowledge of good and evil.

These are just a few of the many women and personalities in the Bible. Some had characteristics that we lack, while others share our same traits as today’s women that is contrary to how a Christian ought to be. So which women of the Bible do you identify with?

One Body

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–The Holy Trinity saw fit for us to exist. We were created in His image and yet through sin have become deformed and unrecognizable. For generations, we have engaged in acts that have only brought pain to ourselves and our families–tears to our Creator.

We were saved through His broken body and blood shed on the cross at Calvary. Yet, thousands of years later, we are still awaiting His second coming. Why? Lack of teamwork.

As Christians, or followers of Christ, we ought to live by His example. Sadly, we have proven ourselves to be disobedient children who have chosen to pave our own paths right into doom, failure, distress, sin, and ultimately death.

If you look throughout the pages of the bible, you will see how teamwork played a vital role in the many stories that are recounted. We read about how Noah and his family built an ark that saved them as God sent a flood on earth. We read about Joseph and his many brothers who survived a great famine. Lastly, we read about Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. Teamwork–the ministry of God cannot survive without it and yet we all want to be leaders, not followers. Christian denominations are fighting for the top spot instead of saving souls for the eternal kingdom. Baptists? Pentecostals? Catholics? Evangelists? Episcopalians? Adventists? Who cares? If Christ is not at the center of it all, then you’re doomed before you even began.

Everyone wants to be a pastor to lead their own flock, but no one wants to be an elder or worship leader. Everyone wants to be on television, “evangelizing,” but how many of you truly have a relationship with Him? Everyone wants to have a mega church, but lack the ability to engage their brethren as Christ did.

Instead, we are so concerned about our own selfish needs and neglect the needs of our brothers and sisters standing right beside us.

Where have we gone wrong? What have we missed? How could our own selfish desires blind us from what we were called to do? It is time that we unite.

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [Romans 12:5 KJV]

We must learn to support one another. We cannot stand idly by as those around us struggle with their burdens. Christ always looked for ways to lighten our burdens, lessen our trials and tribulations. Why can’t we do the same for our brethren? Offer words of encouragement and support even if it isn’t asked. We are all one body working towards the same goal–eternal life.

Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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Watch What You Say

Have you ever just sat back and observed the things around you? the people? Have you ever noticed how we interact with one another and our environment? I am always amazed at how different we are and yet how similar we tend to be in our thoughts and actions.

Though we were raised in different homes and taught different values, we would still react the same way in a dilemma. Though we may have two different beliefs, we agree on what’s right and what’s wrong. Though we may look different, we still have one thing in common–our humanity, but most importantly, our Creator.

I was searching through the scriptures the other day when I stumbled onto a verse that stood out from all the rest on that particular page.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” [Ephesians 4:29 KJV]

As I read the above verse, I fell back in awe. There I was working on a project and I stood at a standstill, because that verse spoke directly to me, to my calling as a communications professional. Then I quickly reminisced on how essential it is for Christians to reform the way we communicate God’s word to those of the world. As we witness the end of days, we have seen the morality of the world deteriorate. It’s practically non-existent. Now would be the most opportune time for Christians to minister and spread the gospel. Sadly, we are nowhere to be found.

Is it because we’re still trying to get through our study guide, “The Bible for Dummies?” Or maybe it’s because we’re still doing damage control from the last time we did outreach? How did you approach your neighbor, with judgmental eyes or an open heart?

There are so many ways to communicate with one another, aside from the words that come out of our lips. Our eyes and body language also express our thoughts. What signals are you giving to those who don’t know Him? Aside from your knowledge of the bible, what are you telling non-believers about Christ?

I remember a few months ago when God inspired me with a shocking thought. Have you ever found yourself caught up in the headlines? Have you ever watched entertainment news, trying to figure out who’s who in Hollywood? Who broke up? Who’s hiding secrets? Ever wondered who was doing their pr, because they weren’t doing such a great job to save their client’s public image or reputation?

Now imagine if we were publicists and your client was Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Would they say the same about you? Would non-Christians boldly state that there was no comment from Christ’s publicist? If you were under pressure, would you be ready to speak out for Him? Would you stutter? or cower? Or would you stand firm and proclaim that God is an everlasting god who is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega, the Lord of everything and everyone?

Time is running out. We will all be faced with a life-changing decision. Whose side will you be on, Christ or Satan?

Watch what you say, because the world is watching and so is He. We have a job to do and we owe it to Him to do it well.

Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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My Brother (Sister)’s Keeper

“Timmy, where’s your brother?,” said Mrs. Peters.

“I don’t know. He went over there somewhere,” he responded while pointing to the open field on the right.

“Timmy, I asked you to keep an eye on your younger brother if you were going to play outside,” said Mrs. Peters with a hint of worry in her voice. “I can’t believe you let him wonder out there on his own. I am very disappointed in you. Now go back into the house while I go search for Tommy.”

Throughout the bible, we are given examples for familial relationships from Adam and Eve to Mary and Joseph . We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Families that have walked together in faith like Noah’s.  Families that killed like Adam’s, full of jealousy and envy like Joseph’s, or lust like David’s.

We have read about the lives of these parents, spouses and siblings. Some were happy endings while others ended in tragedy.  Their lives are our lessons and yet throughout humanity, there are evidences of how we still don’t get it. We are still in remedial class though all of the answers to our questions have already been given to us in the Word of God.

As Christians, we have been charged with the great responsibility of being our brother and  (sister)’s keeper. Remember the story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve bore two sons, Cain then Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground while Abel was a keeper of sheep. Both brought offerings unto the Lord but God only accepted one of the two. Cain killed Abel because God chose Abel’s offering over his. Read the story in Genesis 4 . “And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel they brother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper?” Why would God ask Cain for Abel when He had foreseen the first crime? God is omniscient. He knows and sees everything. He doesn’t need to ask what happened, but gives you an opportunity to confess to Him.

Throughout the bible, we see the word, “keeper.”A keeper is someone who is a guardian or protector. David, the son of Jesse, was a keeper of sheep. He protected them from any harm that would present itself in the wildness, such as lions.

Jesus is our keeper [Psalm 121:5 KJV] but He has enlisted us to also look after one another.  Don’t be mistaken. Jesus is more than able to handle this task, however, being a Christian or follower of Christ is all about self-accountability and accountability for others.

God is holding us accountable for our family AND friends. Most of us would rather focus on our own families rather than our global family.  Aren’t we all related through God, our Creator? “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” [Genesis 1:27 KJV]  You are responsible for every man, woman, and child regardless of your familial relation.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 KJV] Does it say anywhere that the Son died for one and not the other? No! It says “whosoever believeth” not if you’re related to me or share the same ethnicity.

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:12, 13 KJV]

We can rest assured knowing that God is our keeper for He “shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul” [Psalm 121:7 KJV] without discrimination.

Thanks for reading, share this with others, and God bless!

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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Strength in Unity

The beautiful red and blue colors flew high as we celebrated Haitian Flag Day on May 18, 2010. In the midst of celebration, we paused to reflect on our past, present, and future.

Haiti has always had such a long and vivid history. Our rich culture, melodious music, beautiful countryside, and delicious food has made a lasting impression on many nations.

We struggled against the French to become the first black republic to gain its  independence. We struggled to establish order in our government. We struggled to find work, feed our families, and educate our children. We struggled against our international reputation as “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.” We struggled against the stereotypes placed upon those who immigrated to the United States to better themselves and the lives of their family. We struggled against the derogatory names and insults. We struggled against the disease we supposedly helped spread in the States.

We faced challenge after challenge, overcame one obstacle after another, and disputed allegation after allegation. We fought against poverty, hunger, and now natural disasters.

In 2008, we were struck by four consecutive hurricanes–Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. These hurricanes flooded Gonaives, washed away our crops, and killed hundreds of people and livestock.

Then on January 12, 2010, our lives were changed forever as a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked our nation.  Our cries pierced the once quiet, blue skies as we mourned the loss of over 200,000 men, women, and children. Our beloved landmarks were fractured or completely destroyed as if a reflection of our broken hearts.  We stood death straight in the eye. Many perished but many more persevered.

Today, with the help of our international friends, we are rebuilding our land. The Haitian people are UNITED now more than ever. Haitian or not, this is a team effort. The words etched on our flag remind us of what we can accomplish when we work together. “L’union fait la force” is not just our motto, it is our way of life.

We stand in solidarity, pledging our lifelong commitment to the rebuilding of Haiti. Our beloved country will rise once again. This is the time where we must set aside our differences and work collaboratively to preserve the land of our ancestors.  Their unity led to one of the largest slave rebellions ever recorded in history.  They had one vision in mind, FREEDOM! Together, they attained it. Do not let their courage and bloodshed be in vain. Haiti must rise again.

Remember the words of our national anthem, “La Dessalinienne.” For our country, for our forefathers, united let us march…for our forbears, for our country, let us toil joyfully. May the fields be fertile and our souls take courage. For our country and our forefathers, let us train our sons. Free, strong, prosperous, we shall always be as brothers.

Let us unite with one vision in mind, to lift Haiti to new heights. We owe it to our children, our parents, grandparents, and the many generations who came before them.

God has blessed us tremendously. He has a greater purpose for our nation, our people. We are faithful and resilient.

Despite our adversities, the Haitian people will continue to press forward.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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The Lost Sheep

As he wandered around in anguish, he prayed for someone to rescue him. Would he manage to survive in this foreign land or would he surely cease to exist?

We are living in the last days. Time is running out. Life on this earth is becoming more and more unbearable. Crime has gone up. Violence and sex have plagued our society through television, music, movies, and video games. We have become desensitized and our level of morality is nearly. The number of deaths outnumbers the number of births. Natural disasters are happening in every corner of the world. Tears are being shed and cries have shattered the silence of the once peaceful Garden of Eden.

We are lost. This entire world is lost. We have lost our way. Sadly, most of us don’t even have a clue that we have veered off of the path that was already paved by Christ when he died for us on Calvary.

We need to read His Word. The bible is His GPS (God’s Positioning System). It gets us from point A to point B and back, helping us to navigate around the pitfalls and obstacles that seek to lead us off-course. God is omniscient. He knows and sees all. Why should we doubt Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending? He sees the past, knows the present, and plans for the future. It is His Word that will bring us through. If you look closely, the bible is an invaluable guide in our Christian walk. It details the lives of men, women, and children who dealt with the same challenges we face today. They dealt with poverty, betrayal, fornication, adultery, pain, death, depression, illness, jealousy, anger. Their lives serve as examples on how trust and faith in God can bring us through as it did for them.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. [Psalm 119:105] For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: [Proverbs 6:23]

Allow yourself to be found by Him. A life in darkness is a life lost. Come into His light. Commit yourself to Him and His ways, for they will lead to eternal life.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. [Psalm 119:176 KJV]

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com