Thursday, September 29, 2016

Whosoever

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (1Sa 16:7)

God send the prophet, Samuel, to anoint a king for Israel, and he arrived with some preconceived notions of what kind of man that should be – tall, stalwart, muscular. But instead, God picked a boy, a shepherd of ruddy complexion, who spent his days guarding sheep.




This wasn’t the first time nor would it be the last time God chose someone out of the ordinary. He used a harlot to save two spies. He married a prophet to a whore. His richest, most influential king had wives from many non-Jewish nations. That king’s father, the previous king, killed a man after sleeping with his wife. (Heb 11:31; Hos 1:2; 1Ki 11:1-2;2Sa 11:15)

He used a prophet who hid in a cave out of fear. Protected a murderer. Blessed a youth who lied about being his brother. (1Ki 19:9;Ge 4:15;Ge 27:35)

Jesus had compassion on Samaritans, lepers, a woman taken in adultery. He spent time with all levels of society from a tax collector to a priest to publican. He turned no one away – not an old woman bound by disease, or a man whose daughter had died, or another who couldn’t walk at all. (Jn 4:18;Mt 8:3;Mr 14:3;Jn 8:3;Mt 9:9;Jn 3:1;Lk 19:5;Mk 5:34;Mk 5:36;Jn 5:7)




His words were very specific in regards to how we should behave towards other people. (Mt 7:3;Jn 13:34) The church is told to love, to forgive, to encourage others, and warned of what will happen if we don’t.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  (Luk 6:37)

Yet the worst, most judgmental, people, I’ve found, come from the church.

His hair’s too long.
She has tattoos.
Her belly button … lip … ears … are pierced.
His skin’s the wrong color.
They don’t speak English.
He’s not Pentecostal … Baptist … Methodist … Catholic.

I have news for you … God doesn’t care what that person is, if they’re tall or short, Mexican, Indian, Taiwanese. He’s not looking at whether they speak Spanish or German or French.

He’s not saving only white people who drive Fords.




God can forgive someone with a skull tattoo, a lip ring, a criminal record. Jesus died for the thief on the cross, the celebrity in the news, and the man selling crack four blocks over.

Take a mix of society from any place in the world and stir them up together – minorities, politicians, religions, different social statuses – line them up in the same room and you know what? When Jesus walks in, He’s not looking at her hair or his eye color or what she used to do for a living. Nor is he impressed by Olympic medals and acting awards. He’s looking at the heart.

If God can pick a boy from a field to be king, just imagine what he can do with that person you judged as not good enough. So what you hate their clothing. So what you’d never mark your skin. So what she shaved her head bald, wears six inch heels, and curses every now and then.




God’s not sorting people to fit in perfectly organized slots by how clean they are. He’s standing in front of them with his arms open ready to forgive.

ANYONE. You remember how it goes … whosoever?

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish (Jn 3:16)
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst (Jn 4:14)
Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die (Jn 11:26)
Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Act 10:21)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Feelgoodromance.com 
Florida, USA

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Story Saturdays

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He wanted marriage, had sent for a wife. According to what she remembered of his letters, he’d asked the woman to come in time for Christmas, yet he appeared not ready to make a full commitment. That made her long for it all the more.

She saw no wrongness in the longing. If God had brought them together, if she truly believed she’d been saved from death for him, then having a wish for union was as it should be … and a prayer God would answer. God would grant them love out of this, and they’d no longer be strangers, but friends, confidants, one in mind and flesh.

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Unable to face Christmas alone, Lafayette Faulkenberg advertised for a bride, one of plain countenance, able to cook, clean, and sew. But his wish for a woman to tend his house did not come with plans to share his heart. She was simply there to relieve his loneliness and thereby help him forget his inner pain.

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Yet, ex-minister, Lafayette has a tragic secret in his recent past, one that eats at him night and day, and
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Suzanne D. Williams
Feelgoodromance.com 
Florida, USA

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Story Saturdays

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Suzanne D. Williams
Feelgoodromance.com 
Florida, USA

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Nation of Dust

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1Ti 2:1-2)

Sometimes, I hate this nation. Never thought I’d say that, but watching the neurotic ramblings of thousands of uninformed, unenlightened Americans from both sides of the political aisle has finally gotten to me.

We’d rather pick each other apart than mend fences. Burn our neighbors’ green grass than ask if we can share it. We see not only a pole in their eye, but have a spear ready to toss, backed by a complaint. We’re happiest at our unhappiest, at our best when the chips are down because then we have an excuse to stab that fellow over there between his shoulder blades.

When did offense become the thing of the day? And our feelings so edgy that we can’t set them aside for one minute to honor each other?

When did “love your neighbor” become “drown your neighbor’s cat” or “steal his dollar” or “run off with his wife”?

Everything goes so long as you’re dissatisfied. Who cares who we step on to get there?




This nation of misfits that somehow formed into a union hundreds of years ago has become a nation of outlaws with each determined to have its way.

United States? Right. Dis-united States.

We try to elect someone to lead us while keeping our pristine hands out of reach of the other side, smiling on the outside, while blackness eats us within.

Willing to crucify each other on the cross of our pride.

Don’t honor the flag.
Don’t say the pledge.
Don’t stand for the national anthem.
Don’t worship anything but our selfies, our phones, our social networks.

Opt out of being an American in our behavior while clinging to its privileges.

And who does God think He is to ask me to pray for that? I can’t. I won’t. I … MUST.

We may start with gritted teeth. We may choke on it at first, but until we stand up in the face of great opposition and extend hands of love to all the haters, we’ll watch what thousands of men and women have died for crumble into dust.


Arlington National Cemetery


Do we really want that?

People were born here, grew up here, loved and laughed here. Lived. Passed away. People gave up everything to chase the American dream. And regardless of what part of the melting pot they came from, no matter how unenlightened they are, it is our prayers that will heal us.

Sometimes, I hate this nation, yet I love this nation. And trust God to give us freedom in the midst of our chaos.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Feelgoodromance.com 
Florida, USA

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