Lisa Yvette Pearson

Books, blogs, and biblicalities.

Following Jesus

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Following Jesus will require you, at times, to walk away from the crew. That can mean other Christians as well. It's not that you don't love them, but it's just that God often needs you to focus all your attention on Him without distraction. Or because He needs to wean you off people so that you work to please Him. Or He will separate you because He has work for you to do that does not require a consensus or approval. And sometimes, it's because everyone who calls themselves Christians are not followers of Jesus. 

I've met people of the faith who I think would be wonderful to collaborate with on building the Kingdom of God and God will say, "Nope."  

Or there will be people who I've connected with who say they believe in Christ, but my obedience frustrates them or they think they have a better interpretation of what God has said, that contradicts the Word and what I know in my spirit to be true. Never mind what God has told them to do that they haven't. That's not a judgment. I've battled with my own disobedience and knew it was my lack of faith (fear) that delayed my actions. It also showed me where I had certain weaknesses. So when I hear people (especially those who've been in the church forever) say they're not doing something God told them, I understand. But I have no choice but to gently ask, "What do you mean you're not going to do what God told you to do? You crazy?!" I say it with love though. Always with love. For real. :-)

And then there are those who you'll meet who tell you they love Jesus, but they're seriously living by following their horoscope or asking the Universe or aligning chakras or visiting a tarot reader or reading crystals or burning sage and a heap of hoot nanny that is witchcraft.

If that's what you believe, I invite you to come to Jesus. But if you believe in Jesus Christ, don't nobody got time for that. Those are lower case gods and well, repent, change your mind and don't look back. The Most High God will not tolerate or share your attention with these gods and will remove his presence. (1Kings 9:6-7)

So yeah, walking with the Lord often requires a left turn or right turn when everyone is going straight. Because sometimes those walking straight and being "popular" or doing things because that's what everyone else is doing are headed where I am not interested in going. To eternal damnation. It's not always easy, but it gets easier. And it's worth it. 

 

Better Than 90's R&B: How My Love Letter From Jesus Would Roll

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This inspired love letter is courtesy of Psalm 23, The O’Jays, Raheem DeVaughn, Mario, Janet Jackson, Tony, Toni, Tone, Keith Sweat, and Jagged Edge.

 

Baby, Baby, Baby,

My darling, darling Baby.
I wanna restore your hope. Forget about the past, this here’s gon’ last.

Yes, My love lasts. Through your joys and tears, jubilance and moodiness, your growth spurts and stagnant spells, your aqua blue hair and your Groucho Marx eyebrow phase – My love endures.

When you’re doubtful or your enemies attack, or you’ve waded back into the pool of sin – I stick by you, walking through it with you. I’m the original ride or die! And, when you’re dead wrong, I’m there, too, lovingly correcting you.

Whatever you want, Girl, you know I will provide.
Whatever you need – Psalm 23 verses one to five (and six).

Read more at TEAM JESUS MAGAZINE

 

Microwave Blessings

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Confessions of a Faithful Slacker: 7 Steps to Renewing Your Relationship with Christ

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She's here! The baby's finally here! 

I wonder if God loves me.  I have no idea what a Haggai is.  I’ll never be perfect, so why try? I feel like God has deserted me. I sometimes think He doesn’t even exist anymore.  I confess I need help. I want to really know more about who God is.

If any of this sounds familiar, this book is for you.

This is not a quick-fix book or a self-help book. Renewing your relationship with Jesus Christ takes time, and you cannot do it alone. This book is an invitation to a fresher and more fulfilling relationship with God. It will help you renew your connection and restore your trust and faith in Him.

He loves you. And He wants you back.

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Those words are from the back cover of "Confessions of a Faithful Slacker," but for a lot of the time that I called myself a Christian, these were my thoughts. I'd block God out of life when I wanted to do what I wanted to do. Then, when my feelings got hurt or I felt like nothing, guess where I crawled? Right back to His arms. There were a few moments where He revealed some things to me, but a real turning point was when He revealed I was "lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Revelations 3:16)

Yikes.

It took a few trials, with me being hard-headed and ridiculously stupid and selfish, but finally, I submitted my heart to Him for the first of many times.

I didn't join every church ministry and wear a fancy hat as big as Noah's Ark so I'd be seen. It was a private moment: the beginning of a real relationship.

It was painful, it was awkward, it was life changing. 

This is what He wants for you.

Don't take my word for it. Okay, maybe you can BECAUSE God gave me the words to say.

But I promise you will be better from reading this book with an open heart - even when you get mad. :-)  

I'm not the same person I was. You won't be the same person you were either. 

From Instagram

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I was thinking, wow, it's been a long time since you've blogged, Lisa Pearson. But those are lies. Lies, I tell you. I write blog posts under my Instagram and Facebook pics. ALL THE TIME. Like today. (Sorry picture lovers. I can't help myself.)

 

Galatians 2:3-5 in case you can't read sideways. Blame Squarespace's app limitations, not my heart.

Galatians 2:3-5 in case you can't read sideways. Blame Squarespace's app limitations, not my heart.

 

I worry sometimes, but then I come back to the Word. This was my Word this morning. When I tell you that God answers me and my concerns! I HAVE been so foolish as to think that if God is taking too long (in my time) or that I don't have all the answers in place that I must do what I have to to figure it out. False. And I HAVE (again) concerned myself with the things I do (and have done) that are not pleasing to God. AND HE ANSWERED ME. Two totally different concerns in the same verse. Only God. I have to also mention that I gave up sooo much to follow Him. (My job 😏, independence, social life, luxuries that I took for granted, my favorite pair of shoes (long story for another day.) So verse four, which wasn't part of my morning prayer was a reminder that He has a plan. None of this will be in vain. 🙌🏽

 

There IS work that God gives you (me) to do in His Spirit (with His power and authority.) And there is God's work that He will do WITHOUT your (my) help. It will be way beyond what we could imagine so (as one of my good girlfriends and Sister in Christ used to tell me, "Stop trying to stir the pot, Lee. God knows what He's cooking.") 🍴AND yes, we are saved by grace (which doesn't mean a free license to do whatever.) But I thank Him for loving me through the gift of repentance and submission to the Holy Spirit. And I thank Him for His Living Word that answers all our concerns.

 

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HOW TO PRAY

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How to Pray: A Simple 3-Step Guide for Christians Who Were Afraid to Ask

How to Pray is a practical 3-step guide for Christians (like you and me) who were afraid to admit they just didn't (or don't) know how to pray - minus the fluff. How to Pray is straight talk for the believer who, in just one uninterrupted half hour, will begin the transformation and renewal of his or her mind, and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.  

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