Shaken and stirred.

Self-acceptance

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by Stephanie Rochelle Redd

“…But now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’ Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” ~Hebrews 12:26-27, NKJV

In the rhythmic words of songstress Carole King, “I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling down (tumbling down)…

No, I’m not a doomsayer. Nor are these lyrics a declaration of the end of the world, just the end of the world as we knew it. And with our former knowledge of former things coming to an end, we are entering a new world with ‘new’ knowledge about what we thought we knew best–ourselves. Boy, there’s nothing like a pandemic to put yourself in perspective. Sure, the outcry of the outside world is deafening, but it’s actually only an echo of the seismic shifts taking place within our inner worlds.

“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.” ~Hebrews 12:25, NKJV

God’s presence can move mountains. Yet, when speaking with His prophet, Elijah, on a mountain in 1 Kings 19, God is moved with compassion and communicates with him in “a still small voice” (v. 12). You see, Elijah was on the run. And though it appears that he was running from someone else, who he was really running from was himself.

For those who don’t know, Elijah was a bad man–in the best sense of the word. Chapter 18 tells the story of his and God’s glory when Elijah stood toe-to-toe with 450 false prophets and proved the falsity of their false god. And then he executed them.

No doubt, anyone who could face down as many detractors as Elijah had greatness within him. Yet, when faced with a threat by a demon-possessed woman, Elijah – no longer feeling self-possessed – lost sight of his greatness and the God who gave it to him, and “ran for his life…” (1 Kings 19:3). Thus, when God meets him on the mountain and asks, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:13) we encounter a man who is not only physically lost, but who has also lost his sense of self. In essence, Elijah was shaken to his core.

But there’s good news! Elijah’s core is what carried his calling. (Amen, somebody.) So, the shaky circumstances that threatened to do him in actually served him by leading him back to God, who revealed what was in him all along. As a sign of God’s redemptive recollection, He put Elijah back on his anointed assignment and even assigned him an assistant, Elisha, to help ease his load.

Like Elijah, we, too, are shaken by things – e.g. heartbreak, disappointments, pandemics – that seem to threaten our very existence. And yet, our very existence is made secure by what exists in us–our knowledge of who we truly are. While we’ve contained this knowledge since before our conception, the shaky emergence of our new world has re-introduced us to ourselves in a whole new light. Consequently, many of us are meeting the real us, as God intended us, for the first time. So, as we become reacquainted with ourselves, let us also remember that this is really not the end; it’s just the beginning…

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Food–it’s an honor

Power

Temples

by Stephanie Rochelle Redd

Not to brag, but my vehicle is a high-quality brand. I noted this again the other day as I pulled into my favorite gas station – i.e. the cheapest gas station nearest me – to fill up my tank.

While I am price-conscious, I am also conscious of valuing value. That’s why, despite my high interest in low prices, I still fill up my gas tank with the highest grade of fuel.

Nowadays, I hold the same high-grade philosophy toward my body’s fuel–food. However, this wasn’t always the case. It took the Divine, numerous times, to intervene and direct my dining habits Higher.

Some people have prayer closets in which they seek God’s voice; I have prayer cards, two decks, in fact.

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The two cards on the left are part of Doreen Virtue’s “Magical Messages from the Fairies Oracle Cards” deck and the one on the right is from her “Angel Therapy Oracle Cards”.

In any case, all three cards gave me a mighty fright when I began pulling them repeatedly about two years ago.

“NOOOOOOOOO!!!”

That was my repeated response to their Higher guidance.

In a past decade, I was a vegetarian for approximately six years. Moreover, I was a well-intentioned but naïve college student for much of said decade; so, suffice to say, I was a naïve vegetarian as well.

Potato chips? Check.
French fries? Check.
Refined sweets and cheese galore? Double check.
Actual fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that didn’t come in aluminum, plastic, or Styrofoam containers? (((Crickets)))

Not only was my view of vegetarianism askew, but my health, as a result, was too. Therefore, when I got the Supernatural call to eat on a Higher plane a couple years ago, naturally, my mind revisited my past wayward attempt and I immediately hung up the phone. Not to mention that my intention for originally traveling that wayward way was for a guy. (Please send Gloria Steinem my regrets.)

So, how is it that nearly a decade later I am a happy, informed, feminist, plant-based vegan and have been for 10 months? Well, there are only so many times that you can hang up on God before you begin sensing the threat of a real disconnection–you know what I mean?

After the umpteenth time of receiving the Higher eating-call circa January 2017, I finally answered it in the affirmative. God, through my cards, promised me greater power in my life if I surrendered to His power in my life through my diet, or my “live-it” as I now like to call it.

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Though I accepted the call in one day, I didn’t make the powerful change from flesh to fresh overnight. It took time – a lot of it – blocked into several stages: Pescatarian; vegetarian; junk-food vegan; and finally, plant-based, gluten-free, no-salt vegan.

And I have to tell you that I feel more powerful now than I ever have before. Of course, it’s not my personal power that’s driving me but the power of God vested in me via veggies, fruits and other natural delights, especially the delight of His powerful love coursing through my digestive tract and my heart.

“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” ~Luke 22:19, NKJV

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