About Over the Hill 242

Hi. My name is Hadassah Deleveaux (née Hall). I am a writer. I am a storyteller. Here, you will find no dead bodies, no blood, no gun cartridges in the road, no body bags, no hearses, no handcuffs…Here, the photographs are different….the stories are different. Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing so much negative news about those in the inner city. There is another side. Therefore, it is my mission to do what I can to shine the light on the positive people this community has, and continues to produce. Welcome to ‘Over the Hill…The Other Side.’

Time to Surrender

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From after four this morning, I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about my soul and how I have not fully surrendered to God.

Yes I am a Christian. In 1998, while in my early 20s, I gave my life to the Lord. Every so often my mom – who was a Christian all my life – would encourage me to give my life to the Lord. That morning was different though. The Spirit of God convicted my heart of sin. I got on my knees, confessed my sins and asked Jesus to come into my life.

Twenty two years later and I confess, I haven’t fully surrendered my all to Him. I haven’t laid it all on the altar. There have been some idols (check yourself; you might find one or two and be surprised by what or who they are). As I look over these past two decades, there have been times I embraced the Burger King mentality: Have it Your Way. I realize there were still those, “My will” moments as opposed to, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Everything has not been left at the foot of the cross. There are times when I haven’t put God first. Self will and not God’s will reigned supreme at times.

When I think about surrender to God, I think about letting go. I think about being satisfied in Him. I think of, “Even if my will doesn’t come to past, I would still serve you Lord.” That’s surrender and today, I want to be there.

In January this year, I was at an event and heard a song that was beautifully sung. But what touched me more than the beautiful voice were the words. I quickly wrote down a few lines and after the event typed them in Google. I learned that the artist was multiple award-winning singer, Lauren Daigle. She is so real and her lyrics have touched those in the secular and Christian world.

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I didn’t know Lauren but I did further research and came to love a few of her songs. One of the songs which struck me was, Trust in You. This song has special meaning to me. It’s my favourite of her songs.

Lauren encourages us to lay it at His feet. And even when He doesn’t move the mountains or part the waters, we must trust Him. That is surrender.

Today, I invite you on a journey with me. Today is a new day. It’s a new chance…a new beginning. Yesterday is gone. Let’s start afresh…quit the Burger King Mentality. Not my will. May Romans 8:28 become real to us, knowing that all things are working together for our good, no matter the circumstances. Let’s trust Him. Let’s trust the process. Let’s surrender to HIS will.

Growing in Christ,
Hadassah

Mycal: A Haughty Spirit

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I recently found myself studying the little the Bible says about Michal, one of King David’s wives, and it makes me realize how easy it is to miss out on God’s blessings.

Michal’s husband jubilantly leaped and danced in the streets as he brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, the City of David (2 Samuel 6: 14-16). It was a victory worth celebrating. But Michal despised what she saw: the king of Israel – her husband – dancing and prancing in the streets, not fully clothed AND among the commoners. How dare he? After all, he was king of Israel.

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When David arrived home, Michal sarcastically said, “…how glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovered himself!” (20).

I understand her thoughts. The reality is she was a woman operating in the flesh. She allowed haughtiness to rise up. She couldn’t see pass the fact that she was daughter of a former king and now married to a king, and the latter was carrying on in such a fashion. She didn’t step back and recognize that David’s dance to the Lord was coming from his spiritual connection with the Most High. God resists the proud (James 4:6).

Well, David let her know it was GOD who chose and appointed him BEFORE her father Saul. He essentially said he would dance even more enthusiastically – quite frankly, more vile than before – in praise to his God. The ark of the covenant had returned to their land and God was to get the glory!

Little did Michal know: David had actually returned to bless his household (20). But she missed out on that blessing. In fact, verse 23 says Michal never bore a child unto the day of her death. She was made barren! What a harsh punishment! But it shows that we sometimes don’t see things the way God sees them.

When we see someone jumping, running, shouting in a church service, do we know why? Do we look at them in distain because that’s not our way of worship? Do we know that person’s struggle…the fire, flood or tsunami endured? Do we know about the victory?

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The way you might feel led to worship God in a moment might be different from another person. God is judge. I believe everything should be done decently and in order, but let’s be careful to not cross lines because David was dancing unto the Lord and it was clearly acceptable in His sight.

Don’t look down on others…despise others and miss out on a blessing or even bring a curse upon yourself because of your perceptions.

GOD. Is. Judge.

Think on these things.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Are You Ruth or Orpah?

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Both women’s husbands died. Neither had children. Both women wept at the prospect of leaving their mother-in-law when urged to return to their own mothers.

But when pressed, Orpah decided to return to her people. Ruth decided that wherever her mother-in-law went, she would go. Naomi’s God would be her God, Naomi’s people her people…where Naomi died and was buried would also be her resting place.

Do y’all blame Orpah? Like seriously. Be real. How many of y’all would have gone back to your country and hope to find a husband?

And what about Ruth? Do you love your mother-in-law that much? Do ya love her at all?! You might not want to answer!

Honestly, I believe Orpah was operating in the flesh. This old, widowed woman with two deceased sons and no assets couldn’t help her in a famine. Orpah couldn’t see beyond the present situation…the current circumstances.

Now Ruth…she was on a different level. This woman was operating in the spirit. I believe this woman had seen and experienced the God of Naomi. And that’s why she said, “…thy God (shall be) my God.”

If you read this four-chapter book of the Bible (I am currently studying women of the Bible), you would note that Ruth – a stranger in Judah – eventually married Boaz, a wealthy kinsman of Naomi’s deceased husband.

Ruth – who was considered to be better to Naomi than 10 sons – also became great grandmother of a future king: David.

Look here, don’t operate in the flesh. If you are considering going back, count the cost. PRAY for guidance. The flesh will lead you down the wrong path. You could be missing out on a bright future.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

The Best Presents!

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I recently had an interesting experience in the food store. As the packing lady finished storing the groceries in my three bags, she handed them to me. I asked if she was going to take them to the car, but she murmured under her breath and looked ahead to the next customer. I was taken aback.

I really could have used the help as one bag was heavy with meat for my mother. I could be wrong, but perhaps with only three bags, she figured she would not have gotten a big enough tip. I don’t know.

I am a stickler for good customer service and I expect it even from the packing lady at the store. She shrugged me off. Further, I noticed she didn’t budge from the packing area; hence, preventing the next in line a chance to pack and gain a tip. As I exited the store with my three bags, I stopped to the first packer waiting on the line and gave her the tip I had for my packer.



Do you see how easy it is to despise something that was meant to be a blessing? Sometimes that increase is too small or perhaps that position too lowly. Maybe the present you received was seemingly too cheap. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus...”

After that experience, I thought of how a packer at another store reacted totally differently a few months earlier. As this student from A. F. Adderley was packing my bag, I was honest and told him I had no cash on me, so I would take my bags to the vehicle. This time, it was no three bags; it was a full trolley.

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He humbly said it was okay and he would still take my groceries to the vehicle. I was impressed with this young man. He knew upfront he wasn’t getting a dime AND after not getting a dime, he would have to go to the back of the packers’ line.

I took the opportunity to express my gratitude and briefly encouraged him in the Lord. I promised him I would be back to give him a tip at some point.

Within two or three weeks, I returned to the store solely for that purpose. I met him on the line chatting with his peers. I asked if he remembered me. He said yes, with big wide, almost-smiling eyes. I escorted him off the line and pulled out a card from my bag which had a handwritten note of encouragement. Inside, I had slipped a handsome sum of money – way more than I believe the average packer receives for a tip.

The young man received a gift for doing for me when he knew he would get nothing in return, whereas the lady seemed to reject assisting possibly because the reward might not have been big enough.

Some of the best presents come in unassuming packages.

I understand packers make no salary, but attitude makes a huge difference. Let us be careful how we handle situations. Remember: The best presents aren’t always in the glittering or biggest packages!

Growing in Christ,
Hadassah