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FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness
I know what it is, but how do I do it? How do I know when I have truly recovered from the pain of hurt that broke my heart, wounded my spirit, or crushed me to the core of my inner being? Can you forget the pain and hurt or do you live with it the rest of your life? Have you ever felt this way and didn’t know if you could ever forgive the person who hurt you so badly? I was sent this powerful message by Amber Ann Wright and felt it was a good illustration of what forgiveness is.

“When my sister was about six weeks old, I heard a very strange sound coming from inside my house. My mother was holding her and rocking her, but the strange sound was singing. Mother was singing to her. I was about 28 months old the day I realized I had never heard her sing to me, much less rock me in the rocking chair. My Dad worked at a bank, he had returned from the war and was thrilled beyond measure when he discovered he was going to be a father. And what an amazing father he was! When I came along, mother was trying to keep up with her friends who were all getting pregnant and she was determined to get pregnant too. What mother wanted was a Cabbage Patch Doll that she could pull off the shelf when needed and put back when she was done with me. When my sister arrived, things changed. She was ready to be a mother and it showed.

During the day, mother dressed me in a tee shirt and diapers and put me in a playpen on the front porch. We were poor and lived in a housing project. Daddy rode the bus to and from work. The routine was always the same, he left for work, I went to the porch and mother played with the new baby. I would fall asleep listening to her sing songs that made me wish she was singing to me. Some days I would stay out there all day long until I heard a very familiar sound……….my father’s whistle. He could whistle so loud that I could hear it long before I could see him walking from the bus stop to our street corner. As soon as I heard that sound, I knew I would be found, loved, held and fed. By the time he opened the screen door, I was doing a little jig, jumping up and down with joy for him to pick me up. And he would.

Over the years it didn’t take long to realize that my mother adored my sister and I was in the way. I don’t know when the spankings began. I just remember playing with the car keys one day before we took my sister to the doctor’s office. I lost the keys and they couldn’t be found. I got a spanking I still remember today. We had to call a Taxi to come pick us up and take us to the office. Later that night, when my Daddy got home from work, he noticed the bruises on my legs and arms and mother told him I lost the keys and she had to punish me. He gave me a bath, put on my pajamas and went into the kitchen to fix me some oatmeal for supper. There in the bottom of the oatmeal pot were the missing keys. After supper I went to bed and all I remember then was the yelling.

There are not enough hours in this day or week to tell the whole story, but the spankings turned to beatings and back then child abuse wasn’t openly discussed or mentioned. I wore long sleeve polo shirts and long blue jeans summer, winter, springtime and fall. I was always a colorful person with various shades of green, yellow, black, blue and purples. And sometimes I got a little bloody. That’s when I would hide under my bed in the very corner until Daddy got home to bandage me up again.

When I ran away from home to get married at age 16, I thought my problems were solved. She couldn’t beat me anymore. But sometimes we just move from the frying pan to the fire. Over the years I tried to stay out of her way. I stayed hooked to my Daddy’s hip like a piece of fuzz on Velcro. With this constant abuse came the fighting, more abuse and ultimately the rebellion. I was angry and lashed out many times telling her not to hit me again. I even grabbed her hands once to keep her from hitting me in the back with a frying pan. If I hadn’t been standing in front of a mirror, I would have never seen it coming.

Years and years later, the cycle repeated itself over and over. First the beatings, then the I’m sorry, then the gifts, and kindness until I had hope “this time it might be for real”. But that is when the cycle would start all over again. Now I am older and have children of my own and a flock of grandchildren. I came to a point in time, right after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 that I was done. I had given up all hope for us to be friends or mother and daughter. My Daddy had died in 2001 and I felt I was so very much alone. My husband was so much like my Daddy, but there was a hole in my heart that nothing could fill up, except my relationship with Jesus and He helped me through some very rough times. I hated the fact that I no longer loved my mother, I didn’t even hate her. The awful truth is that I felt nothing. I was totally apathetic toward her. And she was getting older and I was convinced if anything happened, I wouldn’t even go to her funeral.

Two weeks ago I got a phone call from her telling me she had fallen and asked me to call my sister to come help her. So I did as I was told and made the call. A little while later, I called to check on her and found out my brother was over there and the ambulance was on the way, her leg looked broken and she had gashes in her arms and legs from falling on the tile floor. Mother is 90 now and her skin is as thin as onion skins and it ripped and tore terribly. I prayed for her to get better, but it would be the following morning before I could get to the hospital to see her.

Everything inside me turned upside down and I burst into tears. There was this woman I had stopped loving and didn’t even like; small, frail and battered and bruised with a broken hip and leg. She had been put back together during surgery but she was covered from head to toe in bruises. There before me was the object of my apathy and I wept from the bottom of my heart and begged God to forgive me for not loving her and for all the years we had lost as a mother and daughter. I couldn’t undo the past, but I could forgive it. I thought I had, but the tears told me I wasn’t as cold and hard-hearted as I thought I was. I spent every day and night with her for 8 days and now she is in a rehab facility. It was a sadly depressing room and I got permission to fix it up and make it homier for her. So off to pick out what I knew she would like….or at least I hoped she would like. A new quilt for her bed with pillow sham, colorful sheets to match, flowers and flower pots, photos for the walls and extra clothes for her to wear while there. Then we raided her house and brought in her recliner, television and two small tables and a book shelf. I collected slippers, clothes, pictures of the family and especially ones of her and Daddy. I gathered her Bible, Daily Devotional Book and diary and took them to her. When we left, it didn’t look like the same room. It was light and cheery and I felt great about it.

For the first time in years, Mother told me she loved me and she would miss me, she is ready to go Home to live with Jesus. I’m not ready to give her up, but she is in such pain and suffering and she is so alone now. She prays to die every day and I pray God’s merciful grace was so patient and longsuffering that I not only forgive her, I don’t want to even think of the past. What time we have left I want it to be filled with joy, peace, love and forgiveness. I forgave her years ago, but the memories and the pain never went away. I don’t feel it now, it’s gone. Like a heavy black cloud over my life for all these years, I’m finally at peace with her and myself. She could get mad at me tomorrow, and that will be okay….she is too old to change, but I am not. I still have time to love her and tell her how much I do and mean it from the bottom of my heart.

If I want to grow with grace in Christ, then forgiveness is a must. I must forgive those who have wronged me, and I must forgive myself for not learning the lesson sooner. People are in our lives for reasons and seasons, some stay forever, some go when their reasons are finished. My mother gave me life, she gave me grief, but she is still my mother and when she is gone, I will miss her very much. You see, somewhere in her lifetime, her mother died when she was very young and she was passed from relative to relative and always felt rejected and unloved. How can you give what you never got yourself? Mother never learned how to love unconditionally, nor did she learn to forgive….she only learned she had to win, she had to be right, she had to control things her way. We have wasted so much time, but God is the restorer and He will give us enough time to make perfect peace.

My job is to love her, care for her and do it honestly after all that we went through for so many years. Can I do it??? Yes, I can. Have I done it yet? Yes I have. Do I feel it now? The day she fell, the answer is NO, but the day I saw her and how pitifully sad and lost she looked and knowing her pain was so great……..I can truthfully say that I don’t feel angry anymore. The dark cloud is gone and my spirit if free. Forgiveness is a must for all of us. Don’t let it ruin your life. Forgive the one who hurt you, forgive yourself and move onward toward the sweet spirit of light and peace.”

Thank you Amber.

When you can wholeheartedly forgive those that have mistreated you, it will be a release of spiritual poison and you will find yourself living a happier life. Do not let lack of forgiveness keep you from living a full life right now.

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Full Snow Moon Tonight February 25, 2013

Full Moon Snow
Tonight’s full moon is also known as the Snow Moon, Ice Moon, Hunger Moon, and Cleansing Moon. Native American tribes of the north and the east called it the snow moon as it use to be the time that the greatest amount of snowfall came. The name Hunger moon refers to the difficulty to gather food this time of year. The Celts called it the Moon of Ice.

Tonight’s moon represents the coming of spring. It’s the time when the seeds start stirring to life under the cold ground. The farmers start planning crops for their gardens. The animals will start to feel their young in their bellies as they are readying for their spring births. The long sleepy winter is finally ending and the earth is in its early awakening to the longer days in the warmth of the sun.

Correspondences for the full Quickening Moon

Crystals: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper
Deitie: Aphrodite, Juno, Kwan Yin, Persephone and Mars.
Colors: blue purple and violet.
Herbs: hyssop, sage, myrrh and spikenard.
Flowers: Primrose
Scents: Wisteria, Heliotrope
Trees: Rowan, Laurel, Cedar
Animals: Otter, Unicorn
Birds: Eagle, Chickadee

Tonight focus on new beginnings of your dreams and goals for this year. Work to realize where you past mistakes may have been, forgive and love yourself, and plan for your future. Ask the Creator for blessings for all on this planet tonight.

Three Frogs and the Milk Bucket

milk wooden bucket
Three young frogs were out one day playing. They came to a dairy farm and went to see what was happening there. There was a bucket of milk and eager to know more about it, two of them jumped right into it.

The third frog jumped onto the top rim of the bucket and looked down at his two friends struggling below to jump out of the milk.

After some failed attempts, he shouted down to them, “You’ll never make it. Prepare to die!” The frogs ignored the third one and continued to struggle for as long as possible.

The frog on top continued to shout down, “You’ll never make it. Give up and die peacefully”. Unfortunately one of the two struggling frogs could not continue and disappeared below the surface never to be seen again.

The one remaining continued to try to jump out of the bucket despite the discouragement of his friend on top of the bucket. After a short while his feet had a soft yellow substance to stand on.

He had made butter out of the cream on top of the milk. As soon as he had enough for a foothold, he positioned himself and jumped out of the bucket!

When rejoined by his friend he thanked him for all the encouragement he shouted down to him. He would never have made it without his help.

The frog who survived was deaf!

Moral of the story: You should always turn a deaf ear towards those who do not encourage you.

I will be the guest on Soul Contract & Spiritual Gifts radio program

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“You are here to provide a GIFT to this world. Until you present your TRUE self in this world your present will remain unopened.”

Believe it or not, you are here for a reason; albeit, sometimes that reason is foggy and/or we get lost just trying to hang in there in the many challenging or stressful experiences we encounter. These are the times when we need our spiritual gifts the most. If you think that you possess no spiritual gift because it hasn’t manifested in the form of intuition or some other obvious spiritual ability, think again, because we ALL possess some particular gift and your Gifts Are Needed NOW! This broadcast Rescue Rangers invites you to join a panel discussion on soul contract/spiritual gifts.

This program goes live at 9:30 PM EST and you can CLICK HERE to join the program and chat room. This program will be available in archives to listen to at any time you choose.

Friday February 22, 2013
Listeners: CALL INTO STUDIO AT:
In the Unites States: (646) 378-1233
Outside of the U.S.: (917) 889-7908

Join your host Charene Henderson: Spiritual Life-Coach & Empathic Clairvoyant, with her panel of light-workers who specialize in helping others embrace and utilize their spiritual gifts. Please help us welcome additional Life Coaches: Cherokee Billie : Psychic Spiritual Advisor of 25 yrs, Media Host, & Published Author on and offline, Laura Bennett, owner of Drahan Gypsy Tarot, Clairsentient and Clairaudient Tarot Reader for 14 yrs, and Lynda Forbes, the founder of Life Guide Center, an Astrologer and Tarot Reader of over 30 years, and Joseph Mauricio is the director of LIFEWORK Personal Coaching Services, a 15 year Mediation teacher/instructor, lecturer and motivational speaker. Join in and listen/discuss with our panel the importance of coming into full awareness and understanding of why you possess your divine gifts!

Testing for Gossip

socrates
Could you pass the test?

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied.
“Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth.

Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and …”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really …”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

I Gave My Website a Facelift!

CherokeeBillie.com
This weekend I spent revitalizing my website Cherokee Billie. It’s always a daunting task, but the outcome is always worth it. It’s always amazing to see the fruits of your work and especially when you’re working with the web site.

It is exciting to be able to share this with you and I would love for you to check out the changes I’ve made and certainly appreciate your feedback. Click here to go to my Website.

One of the most visited pages on my website is My Advice/Articles Page. Here you can see many of the hundreds of articles that I have written over the years. I take my spiritual work seriously and I think it reflects in my articles. Click here for Articles.

I appreciate all of you follow me and do take time out of your day to like and comment on what I post. Without you there would be no life to the work that I do. So thank you for all of your positive energy.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF LIVING IN THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF THE CREATOR

light angel
If I speak with the words of wise men and angels, but do not have perfect unconditional love, then my words are so insincere that they feel and sound hollow and cold like empty brass, or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of vision or prophecy and I understand all spiritual mysteries including all knowing-knowledge; if I have all degrees of faith to move mountains, but I do not have perfect unconditional love, then I am nothing.

If I sell all my material goods to feed the poor, or offer to give my body as a sacrifice so others may live, but I do not have not perfect unconditional love, it profits me nothing in this world or the world to come.

Perfect unconditional love endures pain and suffering for long periods of time without love being returned. Perfect unconditional love is kind; it is not jealous or envious; it doesn’t brag or boast, it is not bloated with pride or arrogance.

Perfect unconditional love does not show itself through the use of unbecoming actions, provocative deeds or profane words; it does not elevate itself to a higher level of expectation in others; it is not easily provoked, in fact it endures the offenses tossed at it without murmuring or complaining, and it refuses to yield to outbursts of contempt, anger or rage.

Perfect unconditional love does not and will not condone evil in any form, fashion or shape; but it rejoices, delights and celebrates in all actions of truth. It remains firm and secure in every situation, it believes the best at all times, it hopes for success regardless of the circumstances, and it helps carry the burdens and weights of life no matter what they are. It is completely unwavering. Perfect unconditional love never fails.

Prophecies and visions will fail, words of wisdom will cease, and knowledge will vanish. At this moment, I only know in part, and I only see and speak in part. The day comes soon, when He who is Perfect Unconditional Love will come, and then all those things which I see, envision, or speak in part will be revealed and completed.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I understood like a child, I thought like a child: but when I became grown, I put away childish things.

Right now I see things through a dark glass and what I know and see is only in part; but once face to face with His perfect unconditional love, then shall I know and see as I am known and seen.

For now I live in faith, hope, love, just these three; but the greatest of these is truly perfect unconditional love. I must hurriedly run after perfect unconditional love while I can, but I should still keep desiring spiritual gifts so I may prophesy and speak truth to others. For those who speak directly to God the Creator: they must know how to speak to Him, and no one understands Him; because He speaks mysteries in the Spirit. The ones who do understand Him will then prophesy through words or visions to all others for their uplifting guidance, encouragement and direction, and comfort, reassurance and peace.

(Paraphrased version of 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 14:3 by Amber Ann Wright Feb. 14, 2013)

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