Boiling Water

Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.

(Ezekiel 33:4, NIV)

It is often said that a frog placed in a pot of water set to boil will remain in that pot even as the temperature rises to dangerous and life threatening gradations.  This is because the frog’s cold blooded nature causes it to readjust its core temperature time and time again in an effort to match the temperature of its immediate surroundings.  The danger of this however is found in the fact that a frog will remain in the water even as it starts to boil, ultimately resulting in the loss of its life.

As warm blooded creatures, we could never fathom sitting comfortably unaware in a pot of increasingly heated water to the point of being cooked alive.  Yet as we take inventory of the culture within which we live, boiling pots seem to be everywhere.  Let’s face it, whether we are in a pot of overindulgence as dictated by pop-culture; or whether we are in a pot of sexual immorality as dictated by the media we all are sitting in a pot of water dangerously close to both a physical as well as spiritual death.

As a result of this process, we all have been desensitized to spiritual danger.  However, unlike the frog whose body cannot regulate its temperature, we have been created to discern both good from evil, safety from harm.  Yet, many of us have forfeited this ability for the sake of fitting in.    As a result, we have found ourselves teetering on the very slippery slope of depravity all the while lulling ourselves into the falsity of believing there will be no consequences for our actions.

Beloved, what is your pot of water?  Is it the pot of sexual immorality?  Is it the pot of overindulgence?  Is it the pot of gossip and bearing false witness?  Is it the pot of the love of money?  Or, is it the pot of pride?  The list goes on and on.  Do not become the cause of your own demise.  Hear the trumpet and heed its warning, today.

It is my prayer for you this week that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to identify the various pots within which you sit.  I pray that once your pots have been revealed, you will confess of your sins and seek deliverance.  Lastly, it is my prayer that you will seek to strengthen your sense of discernment so that you may never fall victim to increasingly heated pots again.  I pray this prayer in none other than the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Alleluia!

Know that I love you, all.

Until next week, Red Shoes and Discernment.

Danielle, The Girl in the Red Shoes

 

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Cohabitation Vows

Beloved:

Is this how you want your value to be measured? As an option, or a convenience with no blessing from God? Please know that fourteen years ago, I took these vows myself not having this very understanding. What do I have to show for it? Nothing.  Nothing but six years of wasted time, and – at the time – heartbreak and low self esteem.

Thank God for His deliverance and forgiveness. This is why I share and practice the things that I post. I want to spare you the heartbreak, betrayal, and loss of value that comes with cohabitation as well as sex before marriage. If I can spare two people, and those two people spare two more, can you imagine the movement we would create?

Please like and share.

Know that I love you, all.

Danielle M. Walcott, The Girl in the Red Shoes: Walking the Walk

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Grieved

My heart is heavy this morning. My spirit is grieved…

Grieved for those who have made the big screen their bible; actors, actresses, and producers their gods.

Grieved for the women who have bought into the lie that single motherhood means being constantly on the prowl for a man.

Grieved for my sisters who think that finding a mate means being bedded by any man who shows them a modicum of interest.

Grieved for the sister who feels that she has to support a man and buy his love in an effort to make him stay.

Grieved for my single sisters who desire to be married but who collectively look for love in all the wrong places.

I am heart broken this morning…

My sisters you are being systematically led astray.

I mourn for you; for those of you who have forsaken God’s boundaries to adopt the way of the world.

I mourn for those who have fallen for the guises of the enemy; who have accepted a lie as the truth.

I mourn for those who have minimized their worth just to be held at night.

I mourn for those who cry themselves to sleep because the man who just satisfied their flesh has, in the same motions, ravaged and condemned their spirit.

I am grieved.

Grieved because my sisters do not know their worth.

Grieved because value and morals and dignity have now all been replaced with debauchery and lewdness and lust.

Grieved.

My heart is heavy this morning.

I am praying for us, all. That we will all come to the knowledge and understanding of the purposes for which we were created: Cradles of life, vehicles of favor and blessing, nurturers, wives, mothers, and friends.

Know that I love you, all.

Danielle M. Walcott, The Girl in the Red Shoes.

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Ruth

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

(Proverbs 31:10-11, NIV)

Many a single Christian women find themselves singing the, “Boaz, Boaz; I cannot wait to meet my Boaz” anthem.  This anthem can be heard in many a singles’ women church conference, seen on social networks worldwide, and placed on vision boards of single Christian women everywhere.  Yet, few women have ever stopped to ask the question: What was it about Ruth that drew Boaz’s attention?

You see, once upon a time I sang the “Boaz Anthem” too.  I was one of those women who sang the “Boaz Anthem” from the rooftops, out of my car window as I drove to work each morning, and also as I got dressed for Sunday service.  And why not?  Boaz was a wealthy entrepreneur who had much to offer a wife.  He was caring.  He was nurturing.  He was a leader.  I even imagined him as being handsome.  Most importantly however, Boaz was, in essence, a type and shadow of the King of kings, Jesus Christ, who would eventually come through his bloodline.  He was a redeemer.  Strong qualifications for a mate, right?  I would say so.  However, as I would later come to realize, the “Boaz Anthem” – although justified – did not give credence to or even acknowledge the type of woman Ruth had to be in order to catch and maintain the attention of such a man.

“What were those characteristics,” you ask?  Let us take a look.

Ruth was selfless (Ruth 1:16-18):

After her husband, her brother-in-law, and her father-in-law all died, Ruth had the opportunity to return to her hometown of Moab.  Despite Naomi’s continual attempt to persuade her to do so, Ruth refused and promised to return to Judah with Naomi.  In doing so, Ruth made a conscious decision to denounce the customs and gods of her hometown in an effort to fully accept and participate in the customs and worship of the Judean people.  However, although her decision was a gallant one, the decision to follow Naomi into Judah as a widow meant that she was now going to be an outsider in a strange land, destitute, and quite possibly the subject of unspeakable prejudices and cruelties.  Ruth was not deterred.

Ruth was loyal (Ruth 1:22):

Despite being able to return to her hometown of Moab, Ruth chose to remain at Naomi’s side.  Although the components of their mother/daughter relationship was not explicitly expressed scripturally, it would stand to reason – as a result of her actions – that Naomi was good to Ruth and vice-versa.  There was a strong connection between the two women, a connection so strong that Ruth had preferred to continue into Judah knowing full well the consequences of doing so.

Ruth was industrious (Ruth 2:2-3):

Upon arriving in Judah, Ruth immediately began to seek sustenance for herself and Naomi, both.  She did not however seek said sustenance by peddling, nor did she decide to steal.  Rather, Ruth made up her mind to work for her grain by threshing the leftover stalks of wheat overlooked by the field hands.  This was difficult work.

Ruth’s reputation preceded her (Ruth 2:6,11):

Boaz himself characterized Ruth as a woman of noble character.  Not because he had watched her for months.  Not even because they had volunteered together at the church’s annual picnic.  No.  Boaz characterized Ruth as a “woman of noble character” simply because he had heard about her decision to forsake her hometown and return to Judah with Naomi despite the possible consequences.  In fact, the entire city of Judah was abuzz with what she had done, and because of her sacrifice the residents knew her collectively even before they knew her as an individual.

Ruth was gracious (Ruth 2:13):

Upon being recognized by Boaz and instructed to remain in his fields, Ruth thanked him for his kindness and favor unto her.  As opposed to giving Boaz a simple, cursory thank you, she politely addressed him with a servant’s heart and did not seek to be his equal.  Ruth did not operate in a spirit of entitlement or in a spirit of “what have you done for me, lately?” Rather, Ruth operated in a spirit of pure thanksgiving and acceptance.

Ruth was teachable (Ruth 3:5-6):

Despite having no further obligation to her mother-in-law, Ruth allowed Naomi to direct her.   Naomi instructed her in the way to gain Boaz’s full attention.  In turn Ruth did not waver, nor did she question Naomi’s instruction.  Rather, Ruth listened attentively and followed Naomi’s coaching to the letter without hesitation.

Ruth was submissive (Ruth 3:7):

As part of Naomi’s instruction, Ruth was directed to curl up at the feet of Boaz as he slept.  When she did, Boaz recognized this act as a symbol of submissiveness as well as availability.  Yet, even as Ruth performed this act she still realized that the choice to redeem her, or make her his wife, was Boaz’s decision.

Ruth was patient (Ruth 3:18, 4:1-11):

Before Boaz could have taken her as his wife, there was one thing left to do.  He first had to make sure that another relative, closer in relation to Naomi, would relinquish all rights to Ruth’s dead husband’s property as well as any claim to Ruth as his wife.  As soon as that matter was settled, Boaz was then free to marry Ruth and welcome her into his family.  Not before then.  Ruth, without meddling, had to await the outcome.

Now, mass media has led us all to believe that being a woman means being in control, being non-conforming, non-yielding, loud and obnoxious, independently independent, and lewd.  Yet, with Ruth as our example, we have seen that nothing could be further from the truth.  What if the characteristics Ruth possessed were more common place in today’s society?  What if instead of single women looking for their Boaz, they were more about the business of becoming more like Ruth?  What if characteristics such as submissiveness, industry, nobility, and patience were adopted by more of today’s women? Would not there be more Boaz(s) in search of their Ruth as opposed to Ruth(s) in search of their Boaz?

Beloved, I leave you with these questions.  I ask that you reflect upon the answers honestly using Ruth as your baseline.

Are you selfless?

Are you loyal?

Are you industrious?

Are you of good reputation?

Are you gracious?

Are you teachable?

Are you submissive?

It is my prayer for you today that you will allow the Holy Spirit to replace the world’s fallacies as it relates to the behavior of women with that of God’s truth.  I pray that as you subscribe and strive to become a woman of noble character, you will remain yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit. As you commit to adopting more and more of the characteristics that made Ruth attractive to Boaz, I pray that God will not disappoint.  I pray that you will relinquish the “Boaz Anthem” until you are well prepared to sing your “Ruth Song”.  Lastly, I pray that God will cover you under his protective wings and keep you free from temptation and distraction as you prepare yourself in and through God for marriage, the way He intended.  I pray this prayer in none other than the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Alleluia!

Know that I love you, all.

Red Shoes and Nobility,

Danielle, The Girl in the Red Shoes.

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A Home Vandalized

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,

Who is in you, whom you have received from God?

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

Therefore honor God with your bodies.

(I Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)

Imagine, if you will, being gifted a priceless mansion, the kind of home of which you had always dreamed.  The kind of home that could easily grace the cover of a haute home magazine, yet a house that boasted all the comforts of home.  A house that had been meticulously planned and executed, from the square footage of each room right down to the interior design.  Imagine being gifted a home for which no expense was spared; a house that was, in a word, perfect.

Now let us suppose for a moment that the house you had been gifted was in fact your body.  Let us imagine for a moment that your body, your temple, was in fact crafted with the finest materials, the most expensive upgrades.  Let us imagine for an instant that every aspect of your body was created to interact directly with your surroundings; your feet to walk, your hands to heal, your mind to innovate, etc.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that we were made in the image and likeness of God.  Why then would one want to deface that which, in essence, is created perfect?  Many of us would not deface our homes, million-dollar or otherwise; yet many continue to deface their bodies with sexual sin.  In much the same way that graffiti defaces a home, immoral sex – sex outside of God’s design of marriage – defaces the body.  In 1 Corinthians 6:18, Paul writes that anyone who commits sexual sin is sinning against his or her own body.  Using our analogy means that you – the homeowner – are the one deliberately wielding the sledgehammer and paint can with the expressed intention of destroying your home.

Paul continues, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).  It is therefore vital that we heed this warning, not only for the primary benefit of honoring God with our bodies, but also for the added benefit of protecting ourselves from the consequences of sexual impurity.

It is my prayer for you my brothers and sisters that you will begin to rethink the dangers of participating in pre-marital sex.  I pray that you will begin to see in the physical the spiritual consequences of sexual sin.  It is my prayer for you that you will choose this day to relinquish the “paintbrush” to your heavenly Father, trusting Him to maintain your temple until such time as you are joined together in holy matrimony with your mate.  Finally, I pray that God will reveal to you the blessings associated with living a life of purity unto Him.  I pray this prayer in none other than the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Alleluia!

Know that I love you, all.

So that none should perish.

Danielle, The Girl in the Red Shoes

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Counting the Costs

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”

(Luke 14:28-30, NIV)

We were on a mission to find and purchase two computers today.  A laptop for my daughter, and one for me.   I enlisted the help of my son who immediately posed the question, “Mom, what is your budget?”

At first I was impressed at the wisdom of my eighteen year old son, but then his question got me thinking.  What if I had gone into the store to purchase the computers, chose the two I wanted, made it all the way to the counter, and had the cashier ring me up only to find out that my card was declined?  What if after spending the two hours in the store to select the brand we thought best would suit our needs, it turned out that the cost of the computers were prohibitive?  After a few moments of silent thought it became obvious that counting the cost of and planning my purchases were indeed an imperative part of the decision-making process.

In much the same way, counting the costs of our daily decision-making play a huge role in other aspects of our lives.  Whether it be through budgeting our time, budgeting our finances, or budgeting our talents, counting the cost is vital in everything we do.  For example, investors count the cost of their return on investments.  Bankers count the cost of the interest they stand to gain or lose on a loan.  We do this because we are always in search of the outcome that will serve us best in our physical, chronological, and financial lives.  Yet, whenever it comes to the spiritual aspect many fail to count the cost of the day by day decisions they make seldom thinking of the fallout said decisions will leave behind.

This lack of spiritual planning can oft be found in human sexuality.  Many thrust themselves into casual sexual relationships without weighing the consequences.  Many put the ‘cart’ of sexual intimacy before ‘horse’ of marriage and expect a great outcome.  Many often end up either hurt, betrayed, or in a vicious cycle of guilt and shame.  While those who still manage to get married, even after premarital sex, often find themselves victims to unsated jealousy as well as the need to control the other person.

If we were to stop for a moment, however, and meditate on the word of God we would see that on this He is clear, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4, NIV).  Now, “If marriage should be honored above all, and the marriage bed kept pure,” does that not mean that anything outside of those boundaries are not aligned with God’s design?  Does that not mean that although the world might be shouting from the rooftops that nothing could be further from the truth, does not the word of God warrant some thought?

Beloved, what is your budget?  How much time are you willing to invest in an effort to continue living outside God’s protective boundaries?    What do you think will be your return on investment?  I leave you with this:  The next time you find yourself thinking about participating in premarital sex, ask yourself and truly reflect on the following questions:

  1. What part of my future will I forfeit if I commit to executing today’s decision?
  2. What do I stand to gain by going through with it?  Do I stand to gain that which is temporal, or that which is eternal (good or bad)?
  3. By committing to this act, what transactions am I making in the spiritual realm?
  4. What spiritual alliances will I form?
  5. What consequences will I have set in motion not only for myself, but for my direct descendants?

Know that I love you, all.

So that none should perish,

Danielle, The Girl in the Red Shoes

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#sheexistswithinyou

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#restoringgodlymarriage

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Red Shoes

And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

(Ephesians 6:15, NIV)

For as long as I can remember, red has always been my favorite color.  I enjoyed red in my wardrobe, red on my walls, red on my vehicle, red in my cookware, writing instruments, and stationary.  To me, the color red always seemed to announce that it had just walked into the room – especially on the feet of a confident no nonsense woman in a pair of 3” high stilettos.  Demure.

But as I matured and grew in my relationship with God my perception of the color red changed.  As opposed to viewing the color red solely as a palette by which to decorate my personal items, I perceived the color red through the lens of the price of salvation, the blood of Jesus that was shed for us.  Sacrifice.

And so as I committed my life to walking with the Lord I made it my goal to put on the whole armor of God in an attempt to counter the attacks of the enemy.  Subsequently, part of my armor became my red shoes. “Fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace,” (Ephesians 6:15, NIV) I made it my mission to be ready at all times to share God’s peace wherever my feet would go.  Whether it was through my actions, my words, my writings, or my interactions with others, I always sought to reflect the tangible love of God, just as tangible and as obvious as my red shoes.  And so it is in this context – the concrete and tangible love of God – that I start this blog.  Real.

“The Girl in the Red Shoes” therefore, is dedicated to the women who have committed to walking the walk of purity as they wait for their mate, as well as those who may be considering said lifestyle.  It is my hope, my prayer actually, that we will go on this journey together in an effort to encourage, strengthen, edify, and celebrate each other as we do more than talk the talk.  Let’s walk the walk, together.  Gracefully.

Know that I love you all.

So that none should perish,

Danielle, The Girl in the Red Shoes

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