Artist Greggy...Musings and Yik-Yak

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09/19/2005
Entry: "getting ready, preparing..."

I am going to step away again my friends, for a moment or two again so that I can prepare for what lies ahead...Prepare for what you ask? I really don't know what exactly, except to say that my inner core is warning me to prepare for battle. This is not a physical conflict, nor is it a personal beef against anyone or anything, but it is more like an increasing spiritual battle that I face. Over the last several years of my life, especially since I started turning more and more to God to define the direction of my character, I have started paying closer attention to the forces and events that were shaping my reality in the world as I saw it. I have always believed in the awesome Holiness of God, in Jesus as the Son of God born of the Virgin Mary, in Angels and Demons, Satan as The Great Deceiver, The Bible, Heaven and Hell, The Book of Revelations...Over the last several years of my life however, I've been waging an intense personal struggle against a multitude of personal demons that were attempting to convince me to waver in my beliefs here or there, they were trying to get me to slip up a few times, to take a break from it all and just let loose and cut up...They especially have been active lately when it seems that I would more than likely be at the most vulnerable point in my life right about now. And believe me when I tell you God is real and so is Satan and his minions. I thereby publicly proclaim that I am a much stronger man than perhaps Satan thought, and although I know his work is never through and him and his will always try to trip me, I got news for him...I am an Overcomer. And by that I mean, that it is through my faith in God, and through my resolve to do the right thing that I publicly rebuke your sorry tail forever and ever and shall Overcome your pathetic attempts to claim me as one of yours, you heard??? Step back and stay far behind me always, let a brother continue on his journey would you? I know this is going to piss him (Satan) off terribly so I am putting on the Armour of God.

So now I must heed my inner core when it tells me that I must stop here for a brief moment and take time to prepare myself spiritually for what lies ahead, place things into place that will strengthen me in the long term. Never in my life have I felt more confident and determined than I do now in spite of Lord knows what lies ahead. The events of my life especially over the last two months have helped to make clearer to me so many things that I was taking for granted as just "stuff" happening in the world. Some of those wild dreams I was having awhile ago now seem so relevant to me. Now I realize how much of a fight we all are in every day. And since I have now noticed an incredible spike in Satans wily attempts to deceive me, I must take a moment or two to deal with it...

And with that boys and girls I now take a preparation break for a brief moment! I'll be back in a little bit, I promise!

Replies:
19 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 @ 06:21 PM EST
courtney said

stay tuff Greggy...stay strong in the faith...

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on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 @ 10:15 AM EST
Berry said

just checking up on you to see if you were back yet. hope all is falling into order. be blessed and stay strong in your faith.

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on Thursday, October 20th, 2005 @ 03:05 PM EST
A* said

I can't wait for you return to read what your soul has found! B Easy smile

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on Sunday, October 9th, 2005 @ 01:34 PM EST
Cheryl said

Just sending warm and loving wishes your way Greg. I miss you! sad

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on Friday, October 7th, 2005 @ 11:28 AM EST
Yolanda said

Just checking in to see how preparations are going. I'm glad you're seeing life for what it is and could quite possibly be heading. Maintain.

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on Friday, October 7th, 2005 @ 08:48 AM EST
Honey said

Just came to check on ya. God has already blessed you my friend.

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on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 @ 10:37 PM EST
Adrienne said

I love you with every ounce of me. Thank you for being a pillar of strength in this family. Know that I will always be here for you!

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on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 @ 03:50 PM EST
chele said

greggy...
As long as I have you in my heart and I know that I do...
I have your friendship..
So you to must know.. I know you have to go.. Just know that we will be here when you return...
In my eyes you know you are a hero every day.
michele

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on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 @ 12:11 AM EST
Angelique said

Take your time, Greggy. We will be here waiting for you.

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on Friday, September 23rd, 2005 @ 12:08 PM EST
Brotha Buck said

All my best, man. You take it easy and fight that battle.

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on Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 @ 12:21 PM EST
Carla said

Here's a virtual *hug*. Take care!

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on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 @ 06:27 PM EST
Marion Jones said

Hello Greg!
God bless you and your family. I am the receptionist who used to work at Mercantile on the 12th floor. Remember Jill Herring and my trying to get a number for you when they let her go? I am also Lynette Smith's friend. Lynette contacted me when your life was touched so deeply. I placed your name on our prayer list and I am glad to witness again that God is still a miracle worker! Praise His Holy Name. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!! Your words to Cheryl have truly touched my heart and I know your memories of her will give you comfort always. Again, my prayers are with you and for you as the Lord continues to reign over you, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 @ 05:42 PM EST
Berry said

Check back in when you are ready...be well. smile

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on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 @ 04:28 PM EST
Frank said

Keep that fire burning brotha Greg. And come on back and let us know how you are doing man. Peace my friend...

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on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 @ 02:38 PM EST
Tam said

You keep being strong Greg. God has spared your life for a reason. Your work here is not finished. When the enemy is coming from you from every side just remember that 'the Devil's already deveated'. It is by the blood of Jesus that we will ALWAYS have the victory! Peace.

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on Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 @ 01:10 PM EST
lashundra said

i will continue to pray for you and your daughter. i'm glad you and your daughter are doing good and just keep the faith and be there for each other and things will be great.

reading this post and your poem to your wife has been very uplifting.

take care and be blessed.

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on Monday, September 19th, 2005 @ 09:43 PM EST
Meadow said

I hope you have an art show and see the joy you bring with your creative talents. I wish you many hugs and support for the choices you have before you. Life is there, embrace it.

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle.

The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."

*Ayn Rand

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on Monday, September 19th, 2005 @ 07:42 PM EST
Donna said

Greg, I pray for you as you pray for me. The war is real! But the battle is already won!! praise God! smileGod wants us all to step a little higher. As I climb higher, I lift your name to Jesus smile I love you my sweet brother, Donna

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on Monday, September 19th, 2005 @ 04:21 PM EST
dream said

My prayers will be with you Greggy!

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