Monday, May 28, 2012

Find Yourself in the Pages - SHE SHALL STAND

Award Winning SHE SHALL STAND
By Hortense Duarma Grimes

(A synopsis interspersed with humorous Liberian vernacular)

Be acquainted with memories of growing up in a beautiful place called Liberia. I know you can remember walking Down Waterside holding your Ma or your Grandma handbag. If your childhood was in Cape Palmas like mine, take your mind back to drilling in Flag Day parades. Remember shoe heels going click-clack-click-clack on Maryland Avenue on the way to City Hall for the Christmas season dramas and talent shows. Who could forget all the funerals every day within a particular fishing tribe. Do you remember the two-for-dime-bus coming with the big, fluffy sugary donuts? Recall the beautiful scenery and stately architecture adorning the streets. Think back, to watching sailboats on Lake Shepherd! And the Island up Cape. Cape Palmas was a hidden paradise.

I am sure the Monrovia children, too, can remember Sophie's Ice Cream. What about juicy fried chicken from the Rooster and the occasional Diana Restaurant club sandwiches when you were with your Ma or Pa! Who all can remember playing “Blind Man Can’t See Can’t See; Fire on the Mountain, Run Run Run; Children Children I Call Your Mama Mama I Don’t Care!" You can remember recess period and buying milk candy, coconut candy, ground pea candy and kayenne from the women at the school gate? All of us could agree we were blessed oh! We had a chance to be children.  Quiet, rowdy, shy, frisky, easy, loud, noisy, subdued, hard-head, but just innocent happy-go-lucky children. Not a serious care on our minds!

I know you remember Christmas time and Sanni Klau. Singing and dancing to sounds of Sanni Klau we hah oh we hah we hah. Did you sleep on watch meeting night? I know you remember how your Ma rubbed you down from head to toe in that ashes mixture when you had measles and chicken pox. You can’t tell me you forgot the big pink worm medicine tablet and that horrible-tasting purple syrup. You know when you had cough you drank Liquifruta. What about when they rubbed Mentholatum on your temper and then rubbed you down with alcohol and Vicks and put some Vicks in your nose.
If you grew up in the Settlement, I know you remember sitting around the lantern to tell tales. You got to remember sitting on the reed bench under the moonlight and seeing the man in the moon with his dog by him. I know you were frisky and running around until you fell down and scraped your knee only to have your grandma clean it with alcohol while you screamed. Was I the only one who didn’t get religion the first time on the mourners bench because of playing while the other children were praying Lord Sav me, Lord sav me (Lord Save Me). I know you memorized hundreds of Bible verses, too.
What about the thrills of high school! If you went to Ricks Institute or visited the mission, take your mind back to high school entertainment back in the day! Ricks Mini Olympics (Sports Day). Aaa Yah! Who could forget those hot basketball games! All those boys playing serious basketball high style—Liberia NBA!! The teams in their elements, on Dragon territory. All the girls at their best, looking their best. The in-town children who came on campus and had a blast! I remember the campus was jammed packed.
I know you wrote your own of “Dear Darling quotation, How I love you, quotation” letter. Remember when you used to play records in the tape recorder because, because. Then he played you off and you couldn’t stop singing, “I know I know that I am in Love, … .”  You remember using Bible verses to throw hints? When you were dying behind that person, you couldn’t stop singing, “…Oh my darling knock three times on the ceiling… .”  Eh you boy, I know you got to remember singing, “… be careful how you treat her... She’s my Cream Puff.”
There were the somber moments – where were you on that day? The day the trees bent and the sky turned gray? Thank God for Jesus we can choose to reflect on the glorious parts of that time – God’s magnificent grace. The day time started to stand still and the once Beacon of West Africa began to lose its appeal. Would the Lone Star stand forever? We’ve prayed and hope for chance after chance! God and time will heal the wounds. We onward Christian soldiers must press on.
Can anyone remember looking for job until your “shoe heel ate up.” How many times some people went to get their visa? You couldn’t leave the people Embassy gate! You got your visa now, welcome to the United States! When you started working here which Island were you from? Are you still speaking that same Cerese you learned when you first came? You remember all those jobs you had. JJC just hit the town! How’d you manage to work three part-time jobs? It was that serious. I hope you nah give up one or two of those many jobs! You are getting old now.
So you became a full grown adult. Welcome to Life University Graduate School. You are registered in Grown Up 502 Sections 1, 2 and 3. Classes meet at the same time! Hold on for the blows. One blow after another. Life can poke fun at you to test your endurance. But guess what, as tough as life can be God is forever faithful. As beautiful as living can be ugly things happen in between, here and there. Stay with Jesus. When one asks the Lord to take control He chaperones during the most defenseless periods. Jesus takes over and He does not let you snap. Jesus Christ will strengthen you to carry on. One of my favorite sayings when encouraging people to press on is that, “God will give you the back for the burden.”
Sometimes when serious stuff happens to you one almost wants to forget yourself. And it could be easy to let yourself go. Do not treat yourself poorly. Do not give up. Never, ever! Don’t get weary. Ditch the self-pity. You are a strong, beautiful human being. You are happening. There are a million and one things you could be doing instead of feeling sorry for yourself. There is nothing pathetic about you. You are going to be just fine. Believe that you will be just fine. You will survive and thrive.” The secret is to find Jesus and get to know Him before trouble day come. No boat can sink as long as Jesus Christ is in it. You hold on!
Announcement All Women Out There: Fortify your homes with prayer. Devil the Thief may invade, but he will not take you down. Make prayer the job you were born to do. Leave this eating business sometimes and fast regularly so you can overcome and your life can stay straight. Fasting got power!
Young and old, take the high road. Exemplify good deportment. Do not exhibit behavior that demeans. Keep a straight, level head. Be a Godly woman. Rise up as a man of God. Be a good friend. Make sure you have really good people in your corner, Look out for one another. Genuinely love one another. A good friend is a priceless commodity.
Girls, please do not write off all the guys and talk mean about men in general. One bad apple does not spoil the whole batch, except if one throws the batch away before looking through more carefully. After throwing out the bad apple, sort the batch. You might discover good ones. We all know some women got major issues too now. There is good and bad in both genders. All have to just try and be the best.
To the woman still searching: Wait on the Lord. He will strengthen you to face the pause where you are now. Unless you are being perfectly honest, do not repeat defeated phrases. After a misfortune don’t make proclamations like, “Who? Not meee? I don’t have time, I am an independent woman. What do I need a husband for? I’m never getting married. I don’t need a man. Been there done that got a necklace to prove it.” My dear Sister, the devil is a disaster aid, and he is listening to you. Satan will work overtime to make your life miserable and your wishes seem true. If you know deep down within your desire is for a good husband to enter your life, stop preaching disaster over yourself. When you ask God for a husband He will find one for you. God made you and likewise He has custom made a partner for you. God's own Word says, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a help mate suitable for him.” Speak what you want over your life and watch God match your wish with His desire for you.”
Words inadequately express the repercussions when Satan has been allowed to infiltrate the soul. The devil will cohabit if we leave ourselves open and separated from God. Stay connected to the Father.
To the man who desires to walk with Jesus, you are on the right track. It is okay to be faithful to the Lord. It is okay to be truthful to yourself, and others. It is okay to spend time understanding who God is. It is absolutely okay to pray and read the Bible. It is good to have time for Jesus and follow His way. God has made you after His own image and likeness. Live up to a Godly standard. Yes, real men love Jesus. Real women appreciate God-fearing men. Proudly serve your Maker, it is cool. It will cool your heart.
To the “those people” (men) who like to give the “different people” (women) hard time; your take it easy oh! You know you all are porcupine gut: too bitter to eat too greasy to throw away. All said and done most women still want to be married to your and live happily ever after. Your take time with the Sisters’ feelings. Let God enter your heart and guide your ways. Man your slow down the reckless behavior! Ah, Ah! Let it be so now. Grow up. Old age coming oh. Nobody will pick up your blood pressure medicines and all your other prescriptions from CVS pharmacy when you can no longer drive to go for it yourself.
To that person who is facing hurts, heavy burdens, and has gotten weary and tired, please know this: God is faithful. You are His child and bear His name. The Lord will never let His name be associated with failure. By His grace you will win over the challenges thrown at you. When circumstances threaten to steal your joy and undermine your person, seek the Lord. He will replenish you. Whatever unpleasant situations you find yourself in, dare to rise above it. And overcome. By the grace of God you shall. Rely on Jesus. Jesus walked in human flesh. He knows the trials of life. He has made a way.
I've got to talk about the word we learned in the Western world—that word called “Stress.” That little complaint that was going to stay locked up in your body until you returned to God, stress has magnified it 1000 times. Every day you turn around something new is wrong with somebody. Strange illnesses we have never heard of is common news to us. Some of the names of the diagnosis we who grew up in Africa still cannot pronounce correctly.  Let me caution, many times we bring things on ourselves. We must learn to slow down and go easy. Simplify your life. Leave some of the fights for God to finish.
Sometimes you've got to waive your right so you can be left here. If you must worry over necessities of life, remember God knows how to provide for poor and forgotten people. If God could feed all those people walking around in that huge open area for forty years, what about you! God sent bread and meat and water every day. The people shoes didn’t get worn out. Nobody went to the mall to buy new clothes (no mall was in the wilderness). That means the people wore the same clothes and it didn’t turn to rags. God can meet your needs. Leave the worry business alone little bit. We're all tired going to funeral every Saturday morning, especially for young and middle-aged people. God has promised man an earthly lifetime of three score and ten (that is 70 years), at least. Let us pray and try to reach our promised age. Sickness will come, don’t rush it. It is a natural part of living and aging. Cherish the one life you got here on earth until God says it is over.
All of us trip over getting older. We delay the process as much as we can. Some people become old lady young girl. Others become soul brother in old age. We cannot get used to the fact that however long it takes our bodies must fail us one day. When you start aging go easy on yourself. Take it with a grain of salt. Laugh at the changes. Go out there and find all the fake stuff you can lay your hands on (fake eyebrow, fake nail, Just-for-men, fake eyelashes, anti-aging cream, colorful wigs, HbyO (hair-by-others). These things become yours for cash—you pay for it you own it. Use it freely. Employ all the necessary tools and techniques and keep moving. Do not get too worked up about what has changed about your looks. Sooner or later you will look at your body and wonder whose it is! Concentrate on your soul. Time is passing. Christ is coming soon! Your glorified body will never age. Make sure you are heaven bound.

SHE SHALL STAND Is a book about the tremendous power of Jesus Christ in the life of an ordinary believer. It is a Christian Witness written to inspire people in their daily lives and awaken other Christians. This is a book about the power of prayer. It is about the laughter that comes from a lifetime of clinging to faith and trusting Jesus. Looking back in hindsight to see that God has a plan and a purpose for your life whatever that life may be and however many the turns it may take. SHE SHALL STAND is a testimony of the unending capacity of God’s grace and His love. God can take you from what you cannot see as a beginning place and propel you to a place of rest in Him that no earthly effort can achieve. While you struggle in your life with whatever it is, let God be Lord of everything you do. From where you stand to look you are limited. You cannot see the pattern of the Hand of God right now. God’s grace is matchless. Be assured God is not finished with you yet. God sees beyond where you are today.

You may sometimes think that you have it going on so well. The truth is none of us does. But for the grace the Lord so freely gives we are all basket cases. Sinners desperately in need of help. However your life may appear to you, it is the life God has blessed you with. You owe it to the Lord to make the best of every day of it. You owe it to yourself to not fail you. Royalty is in your DNA because you are the child of The King of Kings, God Almighty! You are all that you have and God has placed His spirit inside you.
I close with words my grandma, Bigma, told me the day I faked that I had got religion on the Mourner’s Bench. She said, “When you finished eating, go right on in that back room and pray for God to forgive you; because I do not believe you got religion today. You played all week, waiting to get religion on the last day so revival wouldn’t close on you. You think I didn’t hear you planning it. You are going right back on the Mourner Bench next year. You will not be baptized because you did not get true religion. You need true religion to carry you through this world.”
My Friend, at the end of the day the resounding message is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Develop a deep personal, intimate relationship with the Lord. You have got one chance to sojourn on earth. Make it a memorable journey. Make the Journey for Christ. Let your living be a good work for Jesus.
“I testify that I find absolutely no fault in GOD.”
2011 Bronze Award
Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest

 

SHE SHALL STAND
By Hortense Duarma Grimes
ISBN:  9781449595463
Retail:  $19.95
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My friend, I have shared with you a little synopsis (interspersed with Liberian simple English) from my book, SHE SHALL STAND by Hortense Duarma Grimes.  The purpose is to gently nudge you to release all of that pent-up faith and thrust you into living abundantly. As Jesus tarries, and while you wait, I pray you would give God permission to manage your life.
Secondary, I kindly ask you to purchase a copy of SHE SHALL STAND, and tell others about it. God the Son, Jesus Christ, called me to form Do It For Christ Ministry. Jesus gave me a huge responsibility, a Vision of a monumental nature. If I did not know the mighty power of Almighty God I would be intimidated by that assignment. When you purchase a copy of this book, two-third of the proceeds support the VISION of that ministry. That Vision is: To construct Spiritual Rehabilitation Campuses in the four corners of Africa, the first one being in Liberia West Africa.
I go about in faith, knowing that the God I worship is the creator of the entire universe and HE has ways and means beyond my imagination. When you purchase the book you help to make the vision for Jesus a reality. Jesus does not need our help, but like me, you get a chance to do a teeny tiny deed for the kingdom. You get to say “I contributed to the Vision.” Imagine your reward since you and I know we could never out do God.
Thank you and Blessings to Your household. 

Peace,
Hortense

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Abide in Jesus

Abide in Jesus
Do not let your circumstances define you. See yourself as God sees you. A child of the Living God made in His own image and likeness. If that doesn’t make your head big, nothing would.  
Jesus said all power in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. The Word says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you" (John 15:7 NIV). 
Now, think again of just who you are.

Blessings and Peace,
Hortense

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Do It For Christ Ministry TOUR MESSAGE

TOUR MESSAGE
Hello Christian Friends: The Lord has assigned me a task to build Spiritual Rehabilitation Campuses, for Jesus Christ, in the four corners of Africa. A campus must be built in West, East, North and South. The task is huge. But our God himself declares, “I am the Lord, the God of Mankind. Is anything too hard for Me” (Jeremiah 32:27)? 
I ask you, Christians worldwide, to partner in this monumental task. The landscape of the Continent of Africa must reflect magnificent buildings erected to Jesus Christ. The Lord has given me a Word: “When I look over the African Continent, I see magnificent buildings, but …"
I thrive and am relying on scripture truths to fulfill this mission. The same God who said, “Let there be …” and “there became.” The entire universe was created by the spoken words of God “Let There Be.” The Bible says, “All things are possible for those who believe” (Mark 9:26). Those who believe would include me. I believe in The Lord. “Is There Anything Too Hard For The Lord” (Genesis 18:14)? I believe there is nothing that God Almighty, Jehovah El Shaddai, cannot do.
I believe in the mighty power of Almighty God. The power that held Him on the Cross and raised our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, from the grave. Constructing campuses, with absolutely no money to begin with, may appear daunting and overwhelming. But I believe in the Lord; therefore, all things are possible for me: And, you also, if you believe in Him. The Word of God says, “With man, that is impossible, but with God All things are Possible” (Matthew 19:26). In timely order all four (4) campuses, each constructed to the awesome glory of God, will be accomplished. We must thank and boast of him by the elaborate architecture of these campuses, built to honor the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a form of grateful praise and worship: Thank you Lord from your children in Africa.
The Spiritual Rehabilitation Campus (Jesus SRC) is dedicated to self-rehabilitation and renewal by knowing Jesus Christ intimately. The Jesus SRC is a place for God’s children to establish and rekindle intimacy with Him. A place where broken lives meet and mend, broken dreams revisited, broken hopes renewed, and broken people restored and recharged. It is a place where broken aspirations are reawakened, and life’s brokenness is erased and eradicated. The Jesus SRC is a place for second chances and complete restoration to begin, and end, in Jesus Christ. The completion of a beautiful reborn soul in a beautiful setting meeting their beautiful Lord.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus deserves the absolute best from His children. The Spiritual Rehabilitation Campus will be a location of beauty and grandeur. Each campus will accommodate four buildings:
Prayer Cathedral, where souls can be emptied before the throne of the Living God;
Counseling House, where lives are redirected through various professional rehabilitation services;
Media Center, a hub where Christian Television and Print Media glorify Jesus Christ;
Residence, where Christian leaders who visit to serve, are preserved.
God’s children will commune with Him in a tranquil, peaceful atmosphere; surrounded by lush gardens, flowing fountains, serene pathways, elegant porches and life-sized replicas of saintly Bible characters of faith. God’s children will reach out to Him with praise and exaltation in the splendor and ambience of grateful expressions. God's people will meet Him in the beauty of physical structures and leave with the beauty of a renewed spirit replacing the ugliness of their past.
Help me build the Spiritual Rehabilitation Campuses for our Lord. Jesus Christ has looked over the African landscape, and He has found it wanting. Please help me fix this oversight. Construct magnificent buildings in Africa, for Jesus. In those magnificent buildings the magnificence of Jesus Christ and His love will be released to God’s beautiful people.
Thank you. God bless you.

Servant Hortense Grimes
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministry
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FUNDING THE VISION

ABOUT 'THE VISION
When, miraculously, I stood in the face of the Lord on August 1, 1999, Jesus Christ anointed my head, and said, “… to speak to the hurting people; specifically, people on the continent of Africa; you must share a message of self-rehabilitation and renewal through Jesus Christ.”
Following that divine encounter, Jesus gave me a vision for what Do It For Christ Ministry must achieve: Construct Spiritual Rehabilitation Campuses in the four corners of Africa. The Flagship Campus must be built in Liberia, West Africa. On these campuses, four (4) buildings dedicated to methods of spiritual rehabilitation, will be housed. At each campus God’s “hurting people” would be motivated about the Power of Prayer; Obeying the Word of God; and Guidance by the Holy Spirit.
My life is dedicated to fulfilling God’s calling. I go about this astounding responsibility in faith, knowing full well that the Lord is more than capable to supply the means to achieve the end. We have set a goal for construction to begin in 2014. Initial estimated cost is $15-20M. In God’s divine economy that money is already available. I believe God has partners on earth who will facilitate His Vision. In my humanity I have embarked on fundraising for the task and am taking a Tour Message to the world.
One of our fundraising efforts was the release of She Shall Stand. The book substantiates the message and emblem of the ministry, giving life to the power of self-rehabilitation in Jesus. When you purchase a copy you are making a contribution. The book is available in digital format, including B&N nook and Amazon kindle, for $7.99.  All proceeds from eBook sales go towards the Flagship Campus.
Help me build the campuses for Jesus. Help us establish an environment that rehabilitates lives, restores broken people, and renew mindsets.  (visit http://www.doitforchrist.org/ and read Tour Message.)
Please share this with your friends, family, churches, social groups, philanthropists, Christians, and people who want to make a difference. Share it with the world. Thank you.
God bless you.
Servant Hortense Grimes
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministry
Be encouraged, motivated and inspired:  visit www.doitforchrist.org

NOON PRAYER CAMPAIGN

LIBERIA GOING FORWARD: a Hundred-Thousand-Voice Prayer Chorus
To Liberian Christians: You have a silent weapon. Use it. That weapon is Prayer. Take it out of storage, from its hiding place, and use it vigorously. It is time to act. That action is PRAYER. The Lord is waiting to hear more from us.
I want to provoke you to adopt the Noon Prayer Campaign. Imagine what would happen when a collective voice is “sent to heaven daily at the same time asking for the same thing.” If you are moved to do so: Join the hundred-thousand-voice prayer chorus. Every day at twelve o’clock noon, say the prayer:
“Father God, I thank you. I ask you to forgive my sins. Please restore Liberia and heal our homeland. Lord, please renew the mindset of all Liberians. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Picture this, my friend:
The Lord sitting on His high throne. Angels bowing before Him. Heavenly choirs singing beautiful anthems in His presence. The breathtaking musical is ongoing. Suddenly in the distance is heard a muffled forced-rushing sound. Jesus pauses to listen. A special smile breaks out on His face. He tells the angels, “it is the Liberian voices-they are paying their daily homage to me.” He continues listening, and smiling. Then he says, “I will move for them. They have been faithful in their prayer.” 

Servant Hortense Grimes
Founder, DO IT FOR CHRIST MINISTRY
http://www.doitforchrist.org/

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Soul Provision

To Know the Lord is to Love the Lord! As you find your way through this new week, remember Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega; He is the beginning and the end. The Lord is also the in-between, all the way. There is no challenge you could face this week that Jesus Christ has not overcome. Give your heart to God. The Lord will walk with you from start to finish.

Blessings and Peace,
Hortense

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