Today I Stood Underneath A Waterfall

On Sun. 8.24.14 we were on our way to a friend’s wedding. Instead I ended up in the E.R. no longer able to ignore sudden excruciating chest pain & rapid fire heartbeats. I was pissed that we were going to miss the wedding and the ONLY thing on my mind was a special project at work I had been assigned & was right in the middle of.

I fought going to the hospital the whole way. It wasn’t until they put the badge on my wrist, IV in my arm & gave me an EKG that reality set in. I later learned that I was born with a heart defect that had gone undetected all these years.

I’d always been known for my bear hugs but after being released from the hospital, I found myself holding people even closer & longer than before. Telling them how much they meant to me and how I loved them every chance I got.
From “Calm down Brooklyn”, “Be gentle with yourself” to “Put your mask on first”, the very FEW people I allow VIP access to my life began to check the brawler in me. Always ready to throw my fists up to defend or palms up to praise, I realized I didn’t know how to look out for…me.

Today I stood underneath a waterfall.

I smiled & giggled the whole time. Though I envisioned myself several pounds lighter before ever doing so, I was reminded life is too short to wait any longer.

So if I ever hugged and/or kissed you I gave you something special. I gifted you with that moment we shared through the lens of it being our last.

Today I stood underneath a waterfall and the only thing missing…was you.

💋e

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R.u.s.t.i.c LOVE

I’m not afraid to let you love me

I’m not intimidated by your history

Let’s cultivate on virginal terrain

Give me nothing that’s public domain 

May ours be

Raw

Unrehearsed  

Sable

Thunderous 

Intoxicating

Cleverly climactic

Then. Maybe. We’ll…t o u c h.

 

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4 Stream Living

This Sunday, August 23, is going to be another huge day in my life, and especially in my journey in faith in Christ.  I have thought about his for some time, and have now decided that I will be Baptized.  Yes, I was Baptized 23 years ago, but at that time, I just got wet.  I did so under the thought that it was the right thing to do, but there was no ‘why’ behind it.  There was no real surrender to Christ in my heart and I was not at point to really get to know Him.  But now, 23 years later, I know the ‘why.’  Having given myself fully to Christ with full repentance and surrender, it is now time to do this and this time to do it for real.

I used to be self-righteous in the sense that, yes, I already got Baptized.  I’m good to…

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Her Breaking Point

hopefulpoetInsanely Hopeful

Even when there is a sign that goes against all odds

I am insanely hopeful

Trying to not process the bit of info I have received

I stay hopeful

Even as I type these words and in my body I somewhat yearn

I am hope – FULL

OOO I hope that I am not too over the top with it!

I been here before many of times

I know what it feels like to be smacked back into reality

No, not now baby girl but in time you will receive your BABY girl…

Wow, would I have a girl or a boy first?

Do I care?

First?

Did I just ask myself that?

How

About

EVER?…

Insanely hopeful I speak honest words from my soul to God

Sometimes jokingly I say “here we go again with this,” as I sigh

Hopeful…

I can’t help but to wait in…

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Curves a la Mode

hello down there!

my feet, funny how we take them for granted sometimes. i stand on them all day at work, i walk with them, i dance with them. and through all the high heels, falls, injuries and the weight loss/gain roller coaster…these are the feet that hold me down. so after years of mistreating them in painfully chic shoes i made a pact with them to treat them well. to love them and take care of them. because these are my lifelong companions for the path that still lies ahead.

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”  ―Rachel Wolchi

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” ―Henry David Thoreau

so i’m kind to them, i still put them in pretty shoes but i won’t compromise their comfort for a fly pair of heels.

i pamper them…

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authenticitee’s NO #BLOG LEFT BEHIND ReBlog-A-Thon!

Time to party with a purpose again! We all follow that one incredibly, gifted blogger that we wish the whole world knew about! Well here’s your chance to showcase their blog by passing them the mic! It’s real simple!

1- Reblog at least one post of a blogger who’s new and/or has less than 200 subscribers. 

2- Post your link of the reblog below!

3- Be sure to have fun & pay it forward!

Begins: Now!

Ends: When Mom & Dad Come Home!

©Ericka Arthur and authenticitee, 2015

HONORED! I was invited by Min. Sean Mungin of Joshua Generation Ministries to write a piece about HOLINESS. Honest reflection on the subject resulted in my sharing about being denied entrance to a church years ago…all in the name of HOLINESS.

Join me on this reflection as I write candidly from my perspective as a Christian woman. Also please check out and subscribe to The Joshua Generation Ministries blog for daily devotionals and encouraging impartation!

Abundant blessings,

e

Today, I have the distinct honor of having a very close friend and sister of mine present a guest piece for our Morning Meditation. Her name is Ericka Arthur, or you can just simply call her, ‘e’…She has been a great source of encouragement to me both before and during this consecration process. As I read the piece she submitted upon request, I was truly blessed by the simplicity in which ‘e’ presents the Gospel message and I am certain that you will be equally blessed as well.
 Visit ‘e’  at:
@IndigoInterlude on Twitter
and
Also, check out ‘e”s husband’s new project:
KEVIN ARTHUR’S DEBUT ALBUM ‘MERGE’ NOW ON ITUNES! https://itun.es/us/QUXu6
So without further ado…I introduce to you…
‘e’
HOLINESS? HAVE IT YOUR WAY
 

I was what they called, “on fire for the Lord”.  Witnessing left and right to all but inanimate objects about the goodness of Jesus who is the…

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