Joy on the Narrow Road
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Lori Minutoli

Posted 7/29/16 at 8:30 PM | Lori Minutoli

What I Learned from Dee-1

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We’re all motivated by love on some level, whether we’re passionate about good things or evil things the love of it moves us to action. It’s the love of nature that guides me to make conscious decisions about how I care for it. It’s the love of stories that keeps me reading books and the love of God that keeps me focused in all areas of my life. I have a deep appreciation and love for people who choose to do the right thing and who realize that they have a purpose in life. David Augustine, also known as Dee-1, is an example of a person with this type of integrity for God.

Dee-1 is my favorite hip-hop rapper. Not that I listen to rap music on the daily nor that I even understand much of the hip-hop culture, lyrics or movement, but as far as Dee -1 is concerned I am a genuine supporter and I’m here to tell you why. It’s all about his purpose- to bring glory and honor to God with his music. In fulfilling his purpose, he created the Mission Vision Movement which is a mind-set or a lifestyle that keeps God number one, encourages individuals to use their God-given talents to make a better existence for people and includes the three fingers up expression to symbolize #1 Be Real, #2 Be Righteous, #3 Be Relevant. Think about those three for a minute. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/16 at 11:46 PM | Lori Minutoli

Love While There's Still Time

"I tell you, if they remain silent, the rocks will cry out" Luke 19:40

Even the stones praise God

There's a fire burning in me that won't go out. I'm not talking about acid indigestion, I'm talking about a Holy Spirit fire. It's a passion to live like Jesus did... as I see it.

I see a man who sought the will of God in a very personal way. He didn't ask others what he should do, he just did it. Even as a boy, Jesus was found in the temple courtyard with the teachers. He didn't understand why his family was looking for him.

John the Baptist didn't understand why Jesus wanted to be baptized. He didn't explain he simply said "baptize me."

There are many other examples of Jesus going against popular opinion. He ate with people they thought he shouldn't, talked with women who thought he shouldn't, he went places they thought he shouldn't. Yet Jesus did according to what he thought was right because he was doing the will of God. FULL POST

Posted 10/5/15 at 11:18 PM | Lori Minutoli

A Practical Guide to Seeing Light In Dark Times

I never doubt that the sun will come up each day. Therefore I always look for it. Yet everywhere I go I hear people say they don’t see the sun and they don’t feel the rain. There are even songs written about it. I can only guess that what they mean is that their pain is so great they are numb to feeling or seeing the sun. That simply amazes me. With that thought in mind I try to understand when people tell me that my attitude or perspective amazes them.I hear it almost every day.

“It’s amazing that you can see goodness through all that you’ve been through.”

“I’m surprised you’re sane after all of that.”

“Hard to believe you’re so religious and still you suffer so much. Good thing you have a good attitude.” FULL POST

Posted 5/23/15 at 3:47 PM | Lori Minutoli

God Is Real - He Speaks To Me

God is REAL.

The only thing I have to offer this world through my voice that matters is my own personal testimony. I cannot tell you how to live or how you should think or what you should believe but I can tell you how God works in my life. That is what this blog is all about.

In my last post I told you how lovely my social media world is and how I would love to live there on Main Street, Internet, USA. Well, shortly after that post my world crashed both in real life and online. It was brutal. Attacks of all kinds that attempted to destroy my JOY. It didn't work. God is greater than any attack of the enemy.

"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

I have come through the storm and now I can talk about it. When I say it didn't work at destroying my joy it doesn't mean my spirit wasn't crushed because it indeed was. I was affected by the attacks but through it all the light of God was with me. Through it all I kept hope in my heart. Through the sadness, pain, and devastation I could still see God's beauty. I still was able to smile and laugh and carry on with a smaller level of joy from the Lord but with it I was covered with darkness. It was a hard thing to comprehend. FULL POST

Posted 4/26/15 at 3:07 PM | Lori Minutoli

Further Explanation Why The Journey Is More Important Than The Destination

I am smiling as I type this because I absolutely LOVE that someone spoke up about my blog post: Warning: Don't Take Your Eyes Off Of Jesus, specifically this part:

Dee -1, a Christian hip-hop artist, says in one of his songs "the journey's more important than the destination." Stop and think about that and you will realize that some of us focus so much on reaching Heaven that we miss out on living and loving in this life.

You see, even though he spoke up, he knew what I meant and where I was coming from. He said "I read the unwritten words." THAT IS AMAZING!!!! I am honored that he could do that; it means he really knows me. His concern is for those who read my blog and may not know me as well as he does. So for clarity I am going to explain my thinking. FULL POST

Posted 4/16/15 at 5:03 PM | Lori Minutoli

WARNING: Don't Take your Eyes Off Of Jesus

Do you know who you are?

That is the question I have been asking myself for several months. I have been updating my own personal operating system so-to-speak and have discovered many corrupted files. The ONLY authority I have allowed to decipher what is corrupt and what isn't is the Word of God, the Holy Spirit living in me. It has taken months of isolation and heartbreaking soul searching to find the Truth within but I can now tell you that I believe it was all worth it. I have a firmer belief of who I am and all of my confidence is in Christ. Without Him, I am nothing.

Dee -1, a Christian hip-hop artist, says in one of his songs "the journey's more important than the destination." Stop and think about that and you will realize that some of us focus so much on reaching Heaven that we miss out on living and loving in this life. Jesus didn't have to come to earth, but he did because "God so loved the world." Jesus is our example of LOVE. FULL POST

Posted 2/14/15 at 3:17 PM | Lori Minutoli

A Full And Empty Heart

How can it be that I have a full and empty heart?

It has taken me some time or should I say experience to fully understand how it can be, so let me share with you. There was a time in my life several years ago when everything mattered to me. I held almost-sacred all that I had achieved and possessed. I worked hard for the things in my life, I was careful in selecting most of it and each and every thing was precious to me. I cared for them, protected them, and kept them in the best condition I could. I'd say that I was a good steward of my life.

Over the years, little by little, these things have all been taken away from me. I can say taken because it was by no doing of my own that they are no longer mine. With each loss, I grieved and grew angry. Yet, no matter the depths of my grief, still I could not change the fact that I had suffered the loss. I knew I wasn't alone, everyone suffers loss, but I had so little to start off with, I had so little to lose. Loss comes to us all. FULL POST

Posted 1/17/15 at 12:56 PM | Lori Minutoli

Why I Smile When Sparks Fly Upward

 "Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward...

...I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:Job 5:7,8

So as it is, life has unleashed a fury of sparks in my life.. far too many to list or even acknowledge here. I am almost consumed by the intensity of this raging attack against my peace and humble joy. With arms stretched upward, desperately reaching for Abba Father to lift me out of the trouble, I cried out to Him in prayer and in praise for his sovereign place in my life. I have a Heavenly Father who sees all things, I have a King who rules over all things, I have a Savior who gave His life to give me VICTORY over darkness and death.

LORD HEAR MY HEART,
HEAR MY PLEA,
HEAR MY SOUL CRY OUT TO THEE. FULL POST

Posted 12/23/14 at 8:12 AM | Lori Minutoli

How A Twitter Prayer Request Led To A Miracle

I witnessed a miracle!

Friday night while writing Christmas cards, my mom appeared to have a stroke. We called 911 and she went immediately to the ER. The doctors in the emergency room reported she had all the signs of suffering a massive stroke and proceeded with the protocol to treat it. In those dark moments we were asked some pretty tough questions about whether to resuscitate her should her heart stop. This question alone seems like an easy one to answer, the answer should be YES. We knew however, that Mom didn't want to be kept alive artificially and in the harsh reality of this moment, those decisions are excruciating to make. We said yes.

As the doctors proceeded with her treatment, I sent out an urgent prayer request on Twitter. I didn't tag anyone or use a hash-tag, I just hurried up to post a prayer request in case anyone should see it and pray for her. Sitting in the waiting room thinking about all the possibilities that could happen and all of the decisions we would have to make, the moment grew much darker. The pain became unbearable just thinking that we might have to make a decision to NOT support my mom's life via machines. FULL POST

Posted 12/6/14 at 11:07 AM | Lori Minutoli

Why Love Those Deemed Unworthy?

Love seems to offend people, especially when labels are attached to individuals who are deemed unworthy of love because of their actions. I am so thankful God's thoughts are not like ours.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8

It has taken me a lifetime to understand this love of God's and to learn how to love like Him.

"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Jesus died for ALL SINNERS!

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10

I am not the judge of man's sins. I have not been called to a jury to decide if the law was upheld. I am however a child of God and I am called to love God and love others. THIS IS MY STAND. In all areas of my life: home, work, public, church, world, I have made the choice to love people even when all indications say certain ones don't deserve it. I hear this banter EVERY DAY! You know why? Because people are imperfect and carry a load of burdens not meant for them to carry. They cannot see the joy in living for God and therefore point out the injustices in the world to balance their own position on that scale. By pointing to the sins of others they do not see their own lack of love or simply choose to love themselves more than anyone else. Not obeying God is a sin. God says to love others as yourself. Mark 12:31 FULL POST

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