I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion... #BeTheChurch #BeTheChange 💥💣🧨🖤💓💚
Lately with everything going on in our world right now, including all the increased shootings and violence that has happened in my city; I've found myself dreading Mondays for fear of hearing on the news about how many innocent children's lives have been taken over the past couple of weekends.
God put it in my heart a while ago to place ties around our trees to show solidarity in our community. After the looting and protesting in our community, my husband and I were driving in the city of Elmhurst and saw all these green ties on their trees and it just moved my heart how each house showed such solidarity and community just by placing these green ties on their trees. Now, I don't know what the green ties represent, but I felt a warm spirit, better yet a loving spirit as we drove down block after block seeing each home supporting their cause together.
And then it hit me. DeLisa, put red ties around your tree to symbolize the blood of Jesus and show faith that God is the answer and the solution that will keep our communities safe from violence, murder, police brutality, and injustice. But the way my city is set-up, you can't just put red ties on trees....Oh no. You might start a gang war and since I'm not too familiar anymore with what gang colors mean what, God gave me another idea. God knows all about sending messages to the enemy and it is time to give notice to the devil that he WILL NOT TAKE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN ON MY BLOCK, IN MY CITY, AND MY HOOD!
And this isn't a black thing or a white thing. Nor is it a city or suburban thing.
It's a faith thing. Believers, united everywhere can show solidarity in fighting the enemy that's out to kill, steal, and destroy God's children. And I get it. It's a huge risk to take. To publicly tie black, red, and green ties on your trees with colors that represent black people. I totally get the fear of it all, because I too was fearful.
We put holy oil on the ties, prayed outside while all eyes were spectating, but can I be honest...
Even as we were all praying, holding hands, and covering our neighborhood with the blood of Jesus, my kids were out there and I knew the devil was PISSED. For one second there was a moment of fear that he was so mad, that right then and there he was coming to kill us all. Yes, that feeling came. I can't lie about this feeling as I live in a city that I love, that I was born into, that I can't move elsewhere because my husband is a city worker and an obedient man, that my children go to school here...YES, I will admit that I had one severe and terrible second of fear that came over me...
As soon as that fear came, God shut it down. The Holy Spirit that resides in me silenced that fear withe the quickness. As a Believer and Daughter of the Most High King, I can testify and report that my family and I kept going forth in faith. We didn't need to wait for a church to back us or get permission from the city council.
We went forward because we are the church.
We don't need more police to keep us safe.
We don't need the national Guard to protect our communities.
We don't need another political official either.