A Conversation with a Homeless Lady- Our Identification In Christ- Merry Monday! By Parris Bailey
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are new.” 2 Cor. 5:16
When we meet the Lord we have to drop our identity. Its the great exchange! It is an amazing journey to drop everything that we hold onto in exchange for His glory and name. A few months ago I had the ministers move out of the Glory House so we can make room for interns. We were able to squeeze everyone into their own personal space all around the building. I decided to move into the Research Library and use that for my office in order to grab a book and study in between my meetings. It was a great idea but I had to throw out so much memorabilia for there was no place in the library. My office, that I have known for years, had evaporated right before me. I didn’t realize how weird I would feel sitting in a room that “wasn’t my own”. In January I decided to put my house up for sale and in 5 days it sold. The act of sale is upon me and we find ourselves moving into a house half the size! We have talked of this for years and embrace this new adventure but I cried giving up my “precious Versailles”.
Last Thursday I packed up and left for the women’s retreat. It had been a unusually rough week, filled with bad news, stress over inspections and mortgage hassle jargon. In Slidell I stopped to fill up my tank and pulled out onto Gauze Blvd, and realized that my wallet was gone. The events of the week began spilling into my present predicament, instead of making a U-turn to go back I found myself on the I-10 heading east into Mississippi. Eventually I returned to the station and found no sign of my wallet that was filled with credit cards, driver’s license, bank deposit slips, etc. My whole identity was suddenly gone! Out of the corner of my eye I saw a homeless women sitting with a grocery cart of stuff. I approached her and ask her if by chance she had seen a wallet and she answered that she had not. I quickly prayed for her, and she simply replied “you know it is such a beautiful day outside, can’t you just feel the breeze today”? I flew to my car shut the door bursting into tears. On the drive to the retreat I felt 1,000 lbs had come off.
That night at the retreat I heard Him say to me “give Me your identity”. First the office, then my Versailles and last my identity. I was to become “untraceable” like the homeless woman who was lost in the moment of the beautiful day. In Hebrews 11 it says, “They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” It’s a beautiful day all right, can’t you just feel the breeze?


  1. It is a beautiful day and there is a breeze blowing. The refreshing of my soul comes as things in my life are blown away . Thank you Jesus!!!!!!

  2. Reblogged this on You are my oxygen. and commented:
    Just live life in the wind. Let go. Breathe. Hakuna matata. God has got you and hes not mad. Everything is okay. Just let go and go with theflow. Youll find yourself joyously relaxing in the park on a beautiful breezy day, not exactly sure how you got there but okay with that. Just chill out and let life happen–its gonna happen anyway. God is holding you.

  3. I feel His Breeze all the time. He refreshes me everyday. Praise Him . Thank you for dieing on the Cross for me and Saving me.

  4. When we are born a name is given to us. Then after being baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire we are born again! Saul at Damascus after seeing Jesus Christ had such an experience! Then his name was changed to Paul. Check out revelations 2:17. Also John 3:4-17. God is altogether perfect my friends! Wow!

  5. Thank you Pastor Parris for sharing your experience. I know that place…in it right now. But this time, ‘Im going with the wind’! Flowing into divine destiny!Divine destiny means for me to go where the wind has been prompting me- to evolve into what God has called me to do, and how HE wants me to BE.
    Btw, so blessed to have you and Pastor Frank as my Pastors, especially because we are directed to flow with the spirit of God. Anything aside from that is just religion~

  6. Dear Paris-

    “Can You Feel The Breeze” is beautiful exposay of life in Christ! We often must lose much to gain everything!

    Bless you that you felt God’s breath and touch that day on the road with a homeless woman.

    Sometimes the least help put things into perspective. I probably would have cried about losing my wallet, sad to say.

  7. Yes, the one lost…… and she was found, In His will. His will never seem to make sense to us. He speaks to us in unusual ways and settings. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing everything He gives you it may seem like a crumb to some and not enough, but the ones hungry are fed. He is the bread of life. Every piece of our broken life makes us all whole. when we come together. Ahhhhh ha on the floor where the crumbs are found. Thanks for sharing!!!! Thanks for Caring! Thanks for tending and feeding. coming down really gives us a sense of what is above. David leaned on the tree and played His music to God. everyone , else was working and he played,, and watched. according to His siblings he wasn’t recognized. He was strangely different.

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