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How to Live a Heads Up Life

Over the past few years memories linger of loved ones lost.  In fact I recently wrote a poem with my sister detailing the vivid memories of my grandmother’s historic grandfather clock, running through the wooded lot behind her home on a dead end roadway.  We would run and run and run until the cold air seen between our inwardly heated lips filled the space between us.

Never seeing a day to come where we would ever stop having strength to run, never imagining the reality of death because we were living for the now.  We were safe no longer running through these wooded lots of danger.  Instead, we freely embraced them.  

Yet the woods were a place of safety as well to our ancestors who ran through them leaning on the discretion of our very own Black Moses.  She saw beyond this world to an eternal place where spiritual eyes were vividly awakened.  Her heart was so in tune with that reality.

It was only a matter of time before this soon would lead the hundreds of souls in bondage to their heavenly destination the woods clearing into New Jersey, New York, the upper states of Maryland and then Canada.  FREEDOM embraced, surrounded and lived in their hearts though they many times experienced this phenomenon with the deep emotions of painful reality- the loved ones never to be seen again.

So that we as 90s children without a care in the world would run into a wooded lot fully hopeful to see our grandmother’s smiling face as we ran back into her warm, comforting lit home.  Candle lights twinkling, sinking into freshly carpeted flooring, as the clock kept ticking in the background.

We never wanted these moments to end resting in her bed as we fell asleep mezmerized by the many perfumes on her nightstand or brushing her beautiful hair.  We had no cares at all.

Just two days ago I had the privilege of walking onto the stage of a church called Victory in my own hometown to read acknowledgements, an obituary and a lovely poem in recognition of my grandmother’s Legacy.

My heart and eyes, my voice began to crackle as emotion filled me reading the words expressing her obvious departure from the world we know.

But I knew she was with Him because she lived a life of service for Him.

It is in moments like this that we realize more than ever the need to let go, to forgive, to love and to live.  We have to let go of every care and run into His arms.  We have to forgive and move on from all our hurtful past because all that matters is the day we will see Him.  We have to love those immediately in front of us and live life fully with No Regrets.

And this is the message I have for you today.  If you don’t know JESUS His name was constantly before me in a beautiful wood block at my grandmother’s console table under pictures of all her family members.  His name was in the gospel music I listened to while driving in her car.  And now His name is etched in the depth of my heart.

His name is powerful enough to free you from any battle, any harm, any danger.  Ask Him into your heart today and begin to live again- live in a way you expect eternal life, setting your mind on things above because Tomorrow is Not Promised.

As a corporate unit I believe we have lost our heavenly mentality due to many realities but it’s never too late to gain it.  The following spiritual reminds us of the power in gaining a Heads Up Lifestyle:

Steal Away, Steal Away

Steal Away, Steal Away Steal Away to Jesus

Steal Away, Steal Away Home

I ain’t got long to stay here

My Lord, He calls me, He calls me by the thunder

The trumpet sounds within my soul

I ain’t got long to stay here.

Steal Away, Steal Away

Steal Away to Jesus

Steal Away, Steal Away Home

I ain’t got long to stay here.

And here it is sung by two of the greatest singers we’ve ever had in our nation:

We can use these words in our modern times encouraging ourselves to keep our Heads Up in all situations whether it’s through the distractions of blessings or the difficulty of hardship our perspective can remain heavenly.

If you going through the loss of a loved one or missing a loss loved on during the Holiday Season please post their name who they were to you (a mother, grandmother, etc) and we will pray for your strength in this season.  I would also love to pray for those struggling with keeping their minds on things above let’s lift one another up and see Breakthrough.  

A few Scriptures on a Heads Up Lifestyle:

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Hebrews 12:1-2 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Philippians 4:8 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Romans 8:5-8 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Psalm 91 is also for us as we aim to steal away to Jesus in every moment of our lives.  We need Him to be our rock and strength through it all.

10 replies
  1. Eddy Simon
    Eddy Simon says:

    This is beautiful, it was during this holiday season 5 years ago I lost my mother Yanick Simon. You think the pain eventually goes away but it doesn’t. The thoughts of her never meeting her grandbabies some times plague me. Memories of her life of hard work providing for her babies best she could as a Haitian immigrant in a new world helps to fuel my fire continuing her legacy. Thank you for your prayers for The Simon family. :-)

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      I’m so sorry about your mother’s passing, the pain of losing someone so near to you is striking but I know she would be so proud of you as a father and husband. Excited to hear many stories of how her grandchildren live the legacy she would be proud of…Praying for you and everyone blessed by your mother Ms. Yanick Simon.

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  2. Darius Ellis James
    Darius Ellis James says:

    Wow, amen! I love what you’ve shared on being heavenly minded and on loving those immediately in front of us. The realities of life really can distract our mind.

    Often times I miss my grandfather, Clyde Bogan. I have some of my joyous memories with him but didn’t realize all of those golden moments until he passed because I didn’t think he would pass away before I finished high school but he did. We talked about God before he passed and he was at peace. He didn’t get to see me graduate but before I walked, I visited him in my high school cap and gown. He is missed but I know that I will see him again one day.

    This blog is a great reminder that life is short but it’s long enough for us to love others, make lasting decisions and impacts, and to give all we can remembering that this is only our temporary home. Thank you for sharing this!

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      I can imagine your grandfather full of wisdom and smiles for you. Its always so special to keep those memories through the bittersweet moments of the joys of the pass and missing our loved ones. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of a man so special to you and I’m sure many others. Enjoy your holidays and we all endeavor to live out a Heads Up Life!

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  3. Ugochukwu Unigwe
    Ugochukwu Unigwe says:

    This was a great read. It’s been a rough couple of months, after losing my dad in September, and it can be so hard to focus on Heaven. I feel encouraged and comforted by your words. Thank you! God Bless!

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      I’m so sorry about your lost as well. Losing a father or mother is unimaginable because of the tie we have with them, but I’m also encouraged that you will live a life well lived carrying a story your father would definitely be proud of…In His Love, Living a Heads Up Life!

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  4. O. Williams
    O. Williams says:

    First I want to say sorry for your loss and thank you sharing a part of your grandmother with us.
    I chose to live in the moment loving and embracing everyone, forgiving, giving and receiving His Love to others. Again Thank You!!!

    Name of Love Ones Lost:
    Michelle Cecelia Raboteau-Williams (Mother)
    Merrion Louise Bowser-Raboteau (Maternal-Grandmother)
    Vincent Raboteau (Maternal-Great Uncle)
    Cornetta Williams (Paternal-Grandmother)
    Dewayne Raboteau (Uncle)
    Harrison Bryant (Uncle)

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      Thank you for sharing your losses and life wisdom with me and others. I am praying for everyone that may have been close to the loved ones lost in your life that GOD will continue to grant them strength and grace to live the legacy GOD desires. It may be especially hard during the holiday seasons but we are determined to live a Heads Up Life!

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