Voice of the Rose of Sharon

On solid ground, the Gardener planted me
He found a special spot just to sow good seeds
He has watered me with refreshing, living water
And fertilized me so I can bloom more fuller

As the Gardener tendered His garden, I started to sprout
I was growing strong and sturdy, no doubt
From the moment on, I was described as the blossom of the dogwood tree
It’s true that I was known as the Lily of the Valley

I was drenched in blood when I was pierced by thorns
In order for me to blossom, for your sins, I’ve been scorned
Yet still you have to go through obstacles as far as it goes

My days are like grass: as a flower of the field, I flourish
With me being the anointed one as your sweet-smelling Savior
The grass withered, the flower fades, but the Gardener’s Word will forever stand
And it’s all because I am your Rose of Sharon, the Great I Am

Written by: Wykeshia McCallister  2-9-2014

Hidden Money in the Bible

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A mother gives her daughter a beautiful new Bible as a college graduation present. As she does so, she says, “My dear, I hope you will discover the treasures that can be found within these pages.”

The daughter thanks her mother politely, but she felt very disappointed. “That old woman got all this money,” she thinks to herself. “She should’ve written out a big fat check instead of giving me this as a present! Old windbag!”

The daughter puts the Bible, still in its beautiful presentation gift-box, on the upper shelf in her closet, and completely forgets about it.

She doesn’t see her mother very often after that, but every time she does, the mother gives her sort of a strange look and asks her how she’s enjoying reading the Bible she gave her. On such occasions, the daughter replied, “Sure, Mama, I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Many years passed the daughter was very successful in business. She had a beautiful home, a beautiful car, and a wonderful family. But then she realized her mother was very old, and thought perhaps she should go visit her.

She hadn’t seen her since that graduation day. Before she could make plans, she received a text message telling her that her mother died, and willed all her possessions to her daughter.

When she arrived at her mother’s house, sadness and regret filling her heart, she began to search through her mother’s important documents, and saw the Bible, still brand-new just as she had left it years ago.

With tears in her eyes, the daughter opened the Bible and before she could turn any pages, she turned to the Book of 1 Corinthians. When she got to it, there was an envelope and her mother had carefully highlighted a verse in pink. It states, “And if any man think that he know anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.”

As she reads those words, the daughter opened an envelope and she discovers her mother has inserted some crisp clean 100 dollar bills that equals up to $10,000.

 
Moral: Sometimes, we have the tendency of missing out on blessings because God did not package them how we wanted or expected Him to. We should take time to think and we should not upset and act at instant. We must think before we act because it’s better to think before act than to regret later.

Voice of the Bible

I am not just some book that is on the back of a shelf,
Nor am I some book covered in dust on the table you left;
You didn’t even want me when I was your graduation gift,
And you have no idea on how I really uplift.

Why does it hurt so bad for you to pick me up and read?
Don’t you realize that deep inside I have all you need?
I am like a textbook solving your problems like you did in math,
If I am stepping on your toes, it’s because you’re on the wrong path.

Why can’t you treat me like you treat your credit cards or your cellphones?
I mean, you know you’ve got to have them when you leave home.
Tell me…When will you get the bigger picture?
Just give me a chance to teach you all about the One who holds your future.

I am the main purpose of helping you built a strong foundation,
And I can help you learn about who is your salvation.
Once you open me up and read, you will learn a lot of lessons,
And no matter what battles you are facing, I’m still your secret weapon.

Never mind about what the gossipers say, I’m the one you’d be sleeping with,
I can even be your medicine to be used as directed when you’re feeling sick.
Did you know that I’m like a cookbook with the ingredients to bake a cake?
Trust me, you have no idea how good it is to your taste.

I come in all various colors and sizes based on my looks,
And, yes, I am the book that has a grand total of 66 books.
Like the American and Christian flags, you should pledge your allegiance
to me: God’s Holy Word,
His Word is as beautiful as its own Author.

I am well known as the Book of Love and it’s just like a rose,
My pages are rose petals when the beauty of His love unfolds.
Unlike other books you read, it only informs you,
But I’m just like a mirror, I can only transform you!

Now that I’ve told you everything about myself, I am what you need,
Don’t hesitate to stop what you’re doing. Pick me up, open me up, and read.
Regardless of what version I come in, I am your only choice for survival,
And to you, I am your biggest gift, your Holy Bible.

Written by: Wykeshia L. McCallister 5/22/17

God’s Honor Roll

My life feels like a test that I didn’t study for,
But I’m destined to commit all my works to God to finish my course.
I may have learned about the 8 parts of speech,
But now’s the time that I should practice what I preach.

I’ve read various books that really informs me,
But when I started to read HIS textbook, it really transformed me.
Although Reading, English, Math, and History are my main subjects,
I’m studying harder so I can do excellent on the test.

In life, I’m tested, then it taught me a lesson,
Even though I’ve failed, I added 1 cross + 3 nails = I’m 4given.
I know that I have 99 problems but my faith is not the 1,
That’s because I was counting my blessings and seeing what God has done.

As I continue learning about the kings, queens, and judges that made History,
It made me understand that God can use anybody, even me.
Like Timothy, I have studied to show myself approved,
And I’m prepared to take my exams containing temptation and trials.

Even though what I do for Christ will last,
I looked at the exams and declared, “This too shall pass!”
My future goal is to attend Heaven University,
And earned Born Again and Crown of Life as my degrees.

In the Business of Our Father, I’ve became His chosen employee,
And I may not have a Ph.D, but guess what. I have a G-O-D!
His Word, Goodness, and Mercy follows me everywhere I go,
And no matter what, I will always be on God’s Honor Roll!!

Written by: Miss Wykeshia McCallister 4/27/17

My REAL Black Story

God made me who I am.
I am nothing but clay that was made in the color of
rich dark soil that grows the food I eat and that’s
the Word of God.

It clearly explains why He’s the reason for everything.
God planted a seed of faith in my heart, so all I have to do
is use my tears to water it with my prayers, fertilize it with
God’s word, and cultivate it with lots of love.

But that doesn’t stop there.

God also made me in the color of coal where diamonds
are formed beautifully. He has all the power to use time and
pressure because that’s His way of trying to get the BEST out of Me!

God didn’t create me in the image of darkness:
He created me in the image of HIM!!!

I am black and beautiful,O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me.
-Song of Solomon 1:5&6

Check YOUR Own Grammar before You Judge Mine

Truth was everyone is so quick to judge about one another but not really looking at the bigger picture of making sure their hands are cleaning before they started pointing their fingers at other people. But when it comes to grammar that really took the cake!

Now, to be totally honest, I have been underestimated by numerous of people telling me that I have bad grammar. Ever since I first started blogging, I had a blogger commenting that she is touched by my story but my grammar is terrible. I didn’t really understand it because I really became so upset about what she commented. But that was just the beginning.

For the second, I was told once again that I have bad grammar and this time, it’s coming from social media groups I was commenting about a TV show I tuned in every Tuesday. Another individual was comparing my comment to somebody else’s comment and I became upset even more. My flesh wants me to tell her saying, “Look here, Miss Know It All! This isn’t a classroom. This isn’t school. I don’t need to be corrected” As much as I want to do something to hurt the person, I couldn’t even do it because I have too big of a heart to do a foolish like that.

Being told that I have bad grammar made me feel like I was doubting myself and thinking that I was dumb. I was sad I needed to talk to someone that truly understands me. On that same day, I decided to reach out to my former English and I told her about my problem and I asked her does having bad grammar made me look like I am less than anybody.

She taught me a valuable lesson and that was Grammar is something I can improve. It does not make me less intelligent than the next person. However, people look at me differently when I use improper grammar. That really make sense.

To everyone who were told that you have bad grammar, let me encourage you with some words of wisdom.

When your last breath arrives, grammar can do nothing. It isn’t fair that people judge other people by their grammar so it’s best for them to check their grammar because they’ll never know what they’re missing. Look on the bright side. David Ogilvy said, “I don’t know the rules of grammar you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.” No offense to him, but that’s a strong point.

As I close, please know and understand that your grammar reflects your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.

Encouraging Bible Verses for Singles

Hosea 2:19&20
I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.

1 Corinthians 7:8
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say:
It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.

1 Corinthians 7:17,27,28,32,33,35,&37
Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.
Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife.
But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs–how he can please the Lord.
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world–how he can please his wife–
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin–this man also does the right thing.

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Romans 7:4
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

Galatians 6:4
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.