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I have been tremendously encouraged by the support and love, the fans and readership have shown over the years. Change for the better, is always a good thing. I’m launching my new and updated blog and website soon. It’s a space created with the reader in mind. The new site, is easier to navigate and much more accessible. Everything about me, including  past and current   projects, will be  available to you . This is in essence, a last post of sorts. I hope to have WoundedBirdNoMore.wordpress.com,  up for a while as we move house. Looking forward to your continued support.

Thank you so much!

Yours Sincerely
Joszann St. John

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National Day of Prayer

Rarely discussed is the issue of soul ties. I posted previously on the topic and felt it necessary to do a second article. I wrote soul ties in response to an earlier post on “Sexuality a blessing or a curse.” Soul ties as the name implies is the joining or coming together of two or more souls. The soul in its basic application is the essence of a person. Different religious traditions teach that all biological organisms have souls. Sometimes, the word soul, functions as a synonym for spirit, mind, and the self. The soul is an important and vital component of every living human being. TD Jakes writes “the soul, housing the mind, will and emotions is truly the last great, unexplored realm on earth” The Forty Day Soul Fast (Cindy Trimm 15). The book of Mark asks “for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (King James Bible, Mark 8:36)? We can appreciate the validity then, of this all important aspect of our make-up.

God made everything and called it good. When man fell in the ‘Garden of Eden’, sin entered into the world, changing the nature and the dynamics of the universe. Previously man had enjoyed fellowship with God, which enabled him to walk circumspectly, and gave him the where withal to make great choices. Man’s appetites, was in essence pure, and in line with Godly character and behavior. Our souls now crave the very things that eventually destroy us. Most individuals, especially the Christian believer, have a good idea of what God expects from us. So if we shun the bad or undesirable models, we should expect to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, and embrace spiritual things.

As we journey through life, certain choices have impacted the trajectory of our lives. It is only through hindsight that we come to an understanding that, maybe we should have chosen differently. What would have happened, if we had prior knowledge or revelation, before embarking on major life changing decisions? Some decisions have lasting impact on our lives and destiny. Try as we might, we can’t go back and fix them. How many individuals are in the dark about spiritual matters?  We all need information, in order to be successful in life. The spiritual realm is the causative realm. Causative, because everything happens in the spiritual realm first, before it ever manifests in the physical. So how do we succeed or make great decisions? Every one of us, need some type of information, if we are to succeed in life. Francis Bacon said ‘knowledge is power’, I’m a firm believer of this old adage. Having knowledge is one thing though, we need the wisdom to apply and make it work for us. I think every human being started out wanting to be an over comer and to be victorious in life. If I knew what I know now, I would have saved myself a world of trouble. So let’s look at the problems with illicit sex. One of mankind’s most pleasurable pursuits, our greatest area of ignorance, bondage and affliction.

The focus of the present education system is mostly geared to instruction in the academic arena. Spiritual instruction is minimal at best. Society tends to leave it up to the church to instruct individuals concerning their spirituality. While I agree wholeheartedly that the church is the best institution to handle mans spiritual affairs, I want to present the idea, of more involvement by society, at large. Our children learn many things, early on in their development. I believe there is great benefit in enforcing good values and positively reinforcing good morals in children, from an early age. Our spiritual nature is ever present; it is something that is our heritage from birth. The spiritual realm and its activities aren’t on hold, waiting until we discover who we are. The attitude of contemporary man is to wait until, he is older to explore and partake of this privilege. Our approach to spirituality is more reactionary than proactive. Certain behaviors we exhibit, have been handed down from our ancestors, some is from societal norms and others we pattern after each other. I’m not referring to peer pressure per say, but the attitude is well, sEnglish: Title page of The Holy Bible, King Ja...o and so is doing it. As I wrote in the previous piece, we were not taught that sex is a spiritual transaction, which has binding ties.

Sex is supposed to be a beautiful act between two married lovers. Mans enemy has taken something beautiful and perverted it, making the sex act a free for all, anything goes. If we look around us in society today, we can see the heinous and terrible destruction that has come upon mankind because of sexual perversion. It’s not something new; many societies have tasted the poison of illicit sex. As a student of the Bible, it is incumbent on me to present its teachings as it relates to contemporary society. Satan always wants man to turn away from God, in fact his primary objective is to get us to disobey the laws that God has instituted we adhere to. Many promising men and women and leaders in society, lives have been tainted by scandal, their destinies and their lives cut short by sexual immorality.

Prostitution, a scourge on society has been in existence for some time now, even men and women in antiquity bartered sex. The story of Rahab illustrates this very well, “and Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there” Joshua 2:1. We must remember that God doesn’t hate people who are truly repentant of their sins, he hates the sin. From the above scripture we can see that, even in antiquity, man found a way to barter away, what was sacred. Sure we can make all the excuses we want, sex was never intended for the things we sometimes use it for.

Why should we care?  If you want to stem the tide of destruction in your family, in your society and nation, then we all need to change. Money doesn’t equate happiness, as we have seen time and time again by the numerous tragic circumstances of the wealthy. Rich and poor alike, we all suffer from the consequences of immorality. King David lusted after Bathsheba and destroyed her husband to have her, 2 Samuel 11. David suffered dearly, and his children shared in his sins. One slept with his father’s wives in full view of the people and the other raped his half sister. We could argue that they acted alone, but the Bible states that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation” Exodus 34:7. So no one escapes the wrath of God, when we decide to disobey his commandments.

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We are spirit beings, and in the spirit realm we communicate by transferring things to and from one another. I know for some folks, it is hard to grasp the concept, because you can’t see it or even begin to understand the spiritual realm. Know that it is real though, your physical body is a house, the real you is inside that house. Whether you are aware of it or not, the spiritual realm is acting on you and you acting on it. Touch is transference, kiss is transference, and sex is one of the most intimate ways of communication. Not only that, it is a way of entering into the others person spirit. During the sex act, the partners become one. God made his world like that, because we are supposed to be sharing certain qualities with each other, when we come together on such a level. Hence the union and joining of the body was intended for married couples. By the time people marry, they are already joined in other ways and are sharing house and home. Courtship is important because it is getting you ready for joining on a deeper level. In antiquity and even now, parents choose partners, because they wanted certain qualities in their family, same thing. What perversion and illicit sex does is to bypass the ritual of finding out what you need to know beforehand. You jump in, only to encounter difficulties and then we want to bail; only the damage is already done.

So why is the enemy having a field day with humans? Satan loves to bring bondage upon people, that is his way primary of controlling, manipulating and destroying human beings. Every opening on the body is a gateway to our spirit man. Satan has many ways of defiling a person spiritually. He tries many methods until he succeeds, that is why, we must walk in obedience to God’s laws. We must be careful, what we watch (sight), eat (taste), listen (hearing), touch, and smell. Your senses are an important part of your makeup; they work in concert with your physical and spiritual man. The sex organs are an entryway to your spirit man. It is a type of doorway; you wouldn’t just let anyone come into your house? That’s what we do when we have sex with people we are not married to. Whatever is on the person you are intimate with, will come into your spirit. Hence the many issues we see being replicated in community after community, we are allowing this to happen because of our careless and loose behavior when it comes to sexuality. Satan uses sexuality to call the judgment of God down on people. God cannot change, he has decreed certain things, and he has pronounced curses, if you disobey you will reap spiritual problems.

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The Downfall of Adam and Eve and their Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

When we become intimate we enter into a covenant, a covenant is usually between two or more parties, that is why sexual sins are so binding. You never forget the persons you sleep with, and you are bonded with your partners at the deepest level possible, this becomes a soul tie, and only the mercy of God can break the tie. Demons and devils enter into us through our partners. Ever wonder why some people can’t quit the behavior that is destroying them? They are under bondage, and even when the desire to quit is present they continue to engage in it. When we engage in sexual immorality, we are inviting trouble into our lives. Demons are counting on your ignorance and your participation, because you get to cooperate in your own bondage. The Bible says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” 1 Corinthians 6:18 .

We must remember that Satan deals in perversion, good things link up with the positive realm of the supernatural. Immorality links the person with the negative spiritual realm. Many people are linked to others in the spirit, although they don’t necessarily know the person. They are sharing demons and devils, you can’t see them but they onboard. Some people will never see real growth and progress in their lives until they get delivered. It’s a wide topic, and again I just scratched the surface but I’m ready to move on. Be blessed!

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Her painted smile leaks down into her neck

Running in lines down to her heaving bosom

Part laugh, but mostly wry self deprecating humor

It’s not everyday that she pauses to reflect, but when she does

She remembers being willing

Full of curiosity and joie de vivre

Now all the faces morph into sameness

Before they were special, when she could call them by name

Johnny, Billy, Reggie and Mackey.

There was a time when expectations ran high and she’d dreamed of the culmination of her business.

She didn’t mourn her squandered youth!

Why bother?

Her mother did up and leave her to fend for herself

On the cusp of womanhood, she had been shopped around.

Promising herself five years, the plan was to relocate somewhere afterwards

Far away from, the sanctimonious drivel of familiar creatures

Yearning had settled in her heart these last year’s though

For Johnny and innocence.

She regretted eating Eve’s poison.

 

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(I saw this documentary some time ago.For some reason,I remembered it today.So I thought, why not write something hilarious? )

Broken bottles and barrels lying empty on the ground.

Chaos and mayhem all around

The monkeys are laughing like donkeys

As they cavort in the jungle

Bumping into each other/all over the place/ bungling

Some are fast asleep and just barely manage to keep themselves from falling/of tree branches

The moonshine wrest on consignment, only the consignees did not sell the product/some end up in trenches.

On the desert floor

Moonshine Bottle

Caveat emptor!

Every monkey for himself

Even the moon is confused/ asking questions/restless

Since when Monkeys began imbibing?

They not climbing?

I tell you its sheer madness.

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A vision is kindled

Sparking into life/burning bright

Then fades into the nothingness of modernity, pretentious/ wicked sensibilities

The television/and other dimensions of living/anxiety/difficulty.

Trying to escape the rat race

Crabs in the bucket mentality

Pulling down the lofty ambitions/of a dreamer.

Family/ no respect/don’t get/see

Mental confusion/and terrible bewilderment

Witchcraft/ oppression/from every front/hiding in plain sight.

It’s a wonder that thoughts still surface/fighting the sluggishness/ of repressed ideas and desires.

A pressure cooker under the cranium.

Celestial vision/emancipation of the mind/shone brightly, but all to briefly

Creeping log jam/must depart

So signals can transmit/ to the ramparts of consciousness

Bringing free-flowing verse, rhymes, beats and lines

They want to move/ like currents but instead/

Their torrents are shut up

Mixing and mixing/ slowly turning over

Becoming a kaleidoscope of emotions/rainbows of thoughts/ and prisms of light

On the horizon, of the vast/ expanse of the cerebral cortex

Just out of reach/ hovering like dense fog

Matter becoming fuzzy/hazy/ bubbling/ fizzing/and ready to explode

Fi

        z

             z

                      ing.

Who/ or more importantly/ what am I?

The familiarity of déjà vu, reverberates/but wait

Not the mother/daughter/or any of the usual female suspects

An embattled soldier/revolutionary

Ideas unfold like a baby/ coming into the world

The first cry/ a roar like a tiger/the searing pain of wounded flesh

Chasing the night away behind angry clouds/ of judgment

Fully fledged maturity/screaming like a banshee/ at times unafraid

Glass ceiling/ domination/frustrating/ the daughter of

Loneliness and alone solidarity

No understanding/sans comradery

Insights, stacked /squeezed/ manipulated and contained

Into the well-worn and familiar/tropes of stereotypes.

Nirvana they say is beautiful

Sublime utopia/searched/found and discarded

My nature of existence!


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Meadow

In the early evening

When the work on the farm is done

And the sun is setting

Johnny comes a calling

We oft walk alongside the meadow.

In the still of the dusk

Beautiful flowers, their many colors

Spread out, resplendent like a patchwork quilt

Seem other worldly/luminous in the fading daylight

There’s a sudden movement in the low bushes and my little mutt

Rufus scampers to investigate.

It’s probably a wild rabbit

I purse my lips in remembered delight

Gone were the days when Pa would come through the door whistling

A tasty little morsel slung over his shoulder.

In the lengthening shadows

I drift closer to Johnny

His hard arms surround me/comforting and  full of  strength

A cow moos in the distance as we round a bend

We wave to farmer Ben

He grunts without looking up

His attention focused on his unruly hogs

On a quiet grassy knoll we sit and stare in wonder

As the sun dips low/biding the day goodbye.

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 In the summer/the family comes to the water

The sound of wood splitting in the morning air draws her.

Her husband muscles flex under his worn t-shirt/ making her heart flutter in remembered ecstasy.

The window pane/transparent only moments ago

Is now cloudy/it had beckoned to Katya /so enticingly.

Mustering all her reserves of strength/ she had navigated the stairs before finally settling in her motorized wheel chair.

Now the chair is stuck/the wheels refusing to budge

She could do no more

Arms flailing/ she attacks the portion of glass directly in front of her face

If only Tom would turn around

He is bent /intent on clearing away

The debris of the huge tree/ that had fallen onto their property over the winter.

Katya bemoans her condition

And resigns herself to fate

For wait she must and be patient.

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