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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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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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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 And Then There Was @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy

When I close my eyes and pray

I see their names and faces

Not labels, stigma or diagnoses

But their stories of life’s races

If I were to pass them in the street

They wouldn’t even know me

Feels like I know them just the same

They’re incredible souls

Who were brave enough

To shed insight to their pain

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They have taught me things I did not know

Things others would pretend to be aware of

Things like how the weather can affect Kitt

whose been diagnosed as Bipolar

I knew that rain could cause stiffness in joints

But now know seasons changing can make despair hover

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Then there’s Robert

an artist and my new cyberbuddy who taught me about Dissociative Identity Disorder 

He too shares and gives and pours

Out to others though life tries to intermittently dehydrate his faucet

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Last but not least I see

Jules to J u l i a 

 Who’s changed more than her avi

A gorgeous Suicide Attempt Survivor diagnosed as Schizoaffective

Courageously Sober since 2.10.15 

She no longer sees that vice as a hobby

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

They weren’t and aren’t afraid to share their speed bumps

From the beginning with thousands like me

Those of us who have struggles too but at times struggle to share all of the steps taken to victory

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I think about them all the time

It’s an honor to cover them in prayer

Praying for them and their loved ones That the sun somehow always shines

And they’re replenished for how many they care

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

I wonder at times if they realize

How many they have helped

By being immensely transparent

If they know they’re a blessing

From them I’ve learned so much

Can’t help but wonder if it’s apparent

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If they’re not reblogging

Or pinning an interest

They’re thoughtfully responding

With kindness

Highlighting the journeys of others

Helping their voices be heard

Opening deaf ears

Interrupting willful blindness

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Thank you LORD for WHO they are

Not what doctors and naysayers have told them

Fearfully and wonderfully made

Diamonds in the rough

Outshining many a star

Bless them now Father

With peace, strength and joy

Beyond what they could ever fathom

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Kitt, Robert and Julia

May you forever be encouraged

May days of beauty and clarity

Outnumber every tear you ever shed

And every time in despondent disbelief

You shook your head

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May you know sharing your story

Was not in vain

I along with countless others

Are cheering you on from the sideline

And guess what?

I peeked ahead

YOU WIN


Inspired by your life and glad you’re in mine,

e

© Ericka Arthur and authenticitee, 2015 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ericka Arthur and authenticitee with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

Photo Credits @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy