harlem nights

You Must Be Healed Sexually: Part 2

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Daughters!

“When Jesus [Yeshua] saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

Luke 13:12,16 New Living Translation


In this post, I will reveal insights about the second half of the pseudonym Avery Sunshine. In part one of this post, I describe a dream in which I heard the words “you must be healed sexually.” Immediately following those words appeared the face of well-known, female R & B singer, Avery Sunshine. At first, I thought this was a rather odd dream. However, through prayer, I endeavored to know what was being revealed. Here’s what I received to share with daughters. 

As previously noted, Avery Sunshine is a pseudonym which comprises a blend of two female movie characters, Shug Avery and Sunshine. Shug Avery (“Shug”) is a character from the movie “The Color Purple,” and Sunshine is a character from the movie “Harlem Nights.” The premise behind the name The Color Purple is that the color purple is such a beautiful and powerful color it cannot be ignored, and Harlem Nights illustrates that sex is still the most effective distraction tactic against opponents at war.


“His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!” 

Psalms 55:21 New Living Translation


Sunshine was “a lady of the night.” She was hired by night club owners, Sugar Ray and Vernest Brow, affectionately known as “Quick.” They were a father and son team who ran an illegal after-hours place replete with gambling and a brothel house beneath their candy shop called “Sugar Ray’s.” They hired Sunshine as part of a ploy to rob Bugsy Calhoun’s gambling booking houses. Booking houses are organizations that accept and make bets from gamblers, and pay off bets for various events based upon agreed upon terms. Sugar Ray and Quick used Sunshine’s sexiness to distract Calhoun’s “bag man” Richie Vinto while they executed the robbery. A bag man is a go-between that picks up and delivers money. Sunshine and Richie sleep together, and afterward Sunshine tells Richie she has to leave because she has a “pick-up” she must do. Sunshine then goes on to tell him about what she did for a living. She told Richie that she was a numbers runner and that she picked up numbers from one place and took them to another. However, the story she presents to him was a lie. She then makes it appear that the story she told him was a story that she was nervous to tell Richie as she thought that might make him lose respect for her. She breathed a sigh of relief as he demonstrated sincere compassion for her struggle. This, in turn, allowed Richie to feel more at ease because he noticed she too felt ashamed about how she earned a living. Meanwhile, he’s hiding a secret from Sunshine that he delivers money for Bugsy Calhoun, a well-known gangster. It appears Sunshine and Richie had found “true love” with each other and could see themselves planning a future together. Whatever, Sunshine “put on” Richie, caused him to call his wife and tell her that he “wasn’t coming home no more.” Richie was in love! Richie was in love with someone that had not disclosed their true identity and intentions. Sunshine brought out emotions Richie suppressed. Richie shed a tear when Sunshine told him she thought she was falling in love with him. Sunshine was forbidden. She was black and a prostitute. He was white and married. Sunshine flattered Richie simply by noticing him. Sunshine was sweet. She was endearing. She engaged him in conversation. Sunshine provided Richie with something he was unaware he was missing. Cupid had done his work, or should I say an enemy had done his work. Underneath this “true love” fantasy is the undercurrent of deception. The fact still remained, Sunshine was a prostitute disguised as a numbers runner, and Richie was married. Sunshine represented an adversarial spirit determined to take down Calhoun by any means necessary. The goal was resolute; disarm the bag man using sex.


“These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 New Living Translation 


Following the “love birds’” heart-to-heart disclosure, Richie asked Sunshine when he could see her again. Sunshine mentioned she had a pick-up to do that evening. Richie agreed to pick her up at an agreed upon time and location. Soon after, they were rear-ended by an older couple who were Sugar Ray's and Quick's co-conspirators. Sugar Ray and Quick, disguised as police officers, arranged a car collision that provided a diversion to grab Calhoun’s money. However, the plot was intercepted by the unexpected arrival of two legitimate white police officers who arrived on the scene and pulled rank. Sugar Ray and Quick, while still disguised as police officers, searched Richie’s car, and retrieved Calhoun’s contraband.  When they pulled one of the bags from the trunk, they let Richie know that heroin was in the bag. Sugar Ray and Quick then disclose to Richie that he had “Lady Heroin” riding in his car. Ritchie discovers that Sunshine was an imposter.  The truth of her identity awakened him from a deep sleep; a cleverly-crafted deception under the guise of companionship and love. Richie was bewildered at this discovery. The white police officers arrest Sunshine. After Richie disclosed to the white police officers that he worked for Calhoun, the police officers let Richie go. Sugar Ray's and Quick’s elaborate scheme appeared to have failed when the legitimate police officers arrived. However, Sugar Ray and Quick devised an alternate plan. They bribed the two white police officers with the money they stole from Calhoun. The irony is the two legitimate police offers were also on Calhoun’s payroll. 


“For when a strong man is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings. Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”

Luke 11:21 New Living Translation


Moreover, even though everyone involved in this ploy to take-down Calhoun was technically a criminal, the only one that was arrested was the seductress, Sunshine. There is a backstory in every movie worth exploring. This gives each character tremendous depth as one analyzes a character’s motives and intentions. The story is never black and white. There are always shades of gray challenging the viewer to pick a side. Will you support the protagonist or the antagonist? Will you view the circumstances that shaped that character to make the character real as you watch their choices play out on screen. Sunshine took the fall for everyone’s deceptive behavior. Sunshine was simply doing what she was hired to do - charm and gratify, at an agreed-upon price. Somewhere along the way, Sunshine believed that’s all she was worth. Somewhere along the way she believed the lie that she needed to sacrifice her body to secure love. Sunshine became the sacrificial offering for this cast of deceivers. She was not innocent, but neither did she initiate this elaborate scheme. We will never know if a ram-in-a-bush was suddenly supplied for our beloved Sunshine. But we do know she was used by everyone involved.


“…They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it…”

Hosea 4:10 New Living Translation


Another interesting insight about this movie is that once Calhoun discovered Sugar Ray and Quick had stolen his money, naturally, he wanted revenge. However, Sugar Ray and Quick knew the game and how it was played. Sugar Ray and Calhoun lured Calhoun and his crew to Sugar Ray’s house where they were blown to pieces. Sugar Ray and Quick had finally destroyed Calhoun and his crew. Their arch-enemy and his chariots were drowned in the proverbial Red Sea. However, here’s the part that I find extremely revealing about this deceptive clan. As I see this movie and its characters through the lens of the war between good and evil, God and The Satan/Serpent/Fallen Angel that has ensued for millenniums, the truth is vividly summarized in the last scene of the movie. Sugar Ray, Quick, and their co-conspirators packed up all their belongings prepared to leave town, and Quick says this amazingly profound line - “So where will we go next, pop?

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8 New Living Translation


We don’t know to what city Sugar Ray, Quick, and his co-conspirators relocated. But wherever they were headed they had gassed up cars and a pocket full of money. The movie ends with Sugar Ray and Quick accepting they will never be able to return to Harlem and they set their sights on a new city to rebuild and do business

“When an evil [unclean] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”'

Luke 11:24-26 New Living Translation


The adversary, the satan, the enemy, the devil, or whatever name you choose to identify with a spirit that is unclean, deceptive, dark, and adversarial, originates with the father or creator of lies. We see this spirit operating in and through the experiences of each character in Harlem Nights and The Color Purple


“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”


The common theme is a deception; hiding the truth because of some form of shame. Deceiving others through naivety and charm has been a constant theme since the fall of Adam and Eve. 


“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”

Ecclesiastes 1:19 New Living Translation


You are children of light; The Most High God, if you live in and abide in his ways of holiness and righteousness. The Creator wants all of his children to be pure in heart, mind, body, and intention. Those that are after The Creator’s heart do not desire to lie, nor do they make a habit of living a deceptive life. They tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They are lights sitting on lamp stands shining bright for all to see the path on which they are walking.


“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

John 8:44 New Living Translation

“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Matthew 5:15 New Living Translation

The facts of a case are established by two or three witnesses. The above-referenced verse is found in four places (Matthew 5:15, Mark 4:21, Luke 8:16, and Luke 11:33), each repeating the same truth. These scriptures or records are considered witnesses to the truth of The Creator’s words. These two movies are witnesses of the truth of The Creator’s words. My personal story, outlined in the post, “How Did I Get Here?” serves as a witness to the truth of The Creator’s words. 

Daughters, my story is illuminated in the movies, The Color Purple and Harlem Nights. My story is juxtaposed with the story of Adam and Eve. My story is still living and breathing and still unfolding. My life is a living epistle as also seen in the characters of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, Jude, and Revelation. And so is yours.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Romans 10:4 New Living Translation


And so shall it be.


P.S. Proof that spiritual and physical wars are active and strategic, and that deception can come in the form of distractions that come from those that appear to be messengers of light:


What do you mean by deceiving me like this?” Laban demanded. “How dare you drag my daughters away like prisoners of war

Genesis 31: 26


When you go to war against your enemies, be sure to stay away from anything that is impure.” 

Deuteronomy 23:9

“When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies.” 

Numbers 10:9

He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” 

Psalms 46:9

They have lied about the Lord and said, ‘He won’t bother us! No disasters will come upon us. There will be no war or famine.

Jeremiah 5:12 

“Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, their prophets are telling them, ‘All is well—no war or famine will come. The Lord will surely send you peace.’” 

Jeremiah 14:13

“Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine! - Jeremiah 14:15


“And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors.”

Jeremiah 24:10, 29:17

Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery.”

Jeremiah 29:18

“So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”

Jeremiah 42: 22

Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.”

Matthew 12:25, Luke 11:17

“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.”

Revelation 19:11

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Exodus 3:10

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

Matthew 10:16, Luke 10:3







About Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic

Temika Moore is an inspirational speaker, educator, singer, songwriter, cultural impact consultant, and arts advocate. For over 20 years Temika Moore has been performing live and writing music with inspiring and empowering messages. She has extended her inspirational songwriting ability into a new blog entitled "Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic." Temika Moore is a re-imagined 21st-century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth. The town crier tradition dates back to the 18th century and is described as one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Before making public announcements, a town crier would ring a handbell and shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez." Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. 


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You Must Be Healed Sexually: Part 1


Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Daughters!


“When Jesus [Yeshua] saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

Luke 13:12,16 New Living Translation


In a dream, I heard the words “you must be healed sexually,” and then appeared the face of well-known, female R & B singer, Avery Sunshine. At first, I thought this was a rather odd dream. However, through prayer, I endeavored to know what was being revealed. Here’s what I received to share with daughters.

Avery Sunshine is a pseudonym which comprises a blend of two female movie characters, Shug Avery and Sunshine. Shug Avery (“Shug”) is a character from the movie “The Color Purple,” and Sunshine is a character from the movie “Harlem Nights.” The premise behind the name The Color Purple is that the color purple is such a beautiful and powerful color it cannot be ignored, and Harlem Nights illustrates that sex is still the most effective distraction tactic against opponents at war.


 “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” 

The Color Purple (Film), Shug Avery (Margaret Avery) 1985


How can one walk past a purple flower and not acknowledge its beauty? The beauty of the color is, in fact, a call to be seen and loved. Beauty is a call. It is a form of communication. We see this idea play out in the biblical narrative of Esther


“This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.”

Esther 2:7 New Living Translation


Esther is the Hebrew word ʼEçtêr which means “star.” Esther’s beauty caused her to stand out and be selected as King Ahasuerus’ wife. Esther becomes a heroine that intercepts the adversary's plot to destroy the chosen people. Esther’s people were targeted because of their adherence to Yahweh’s commands. Esther’s husband King Ahasuerus had given a decree to exterminate all Jews. However, when he married Esther, her Jewish nationality and family background was not disclosed to him under advisement from her cousin Mordecai. Consequently, being selected as King Ahasuerus' wife was going to place Esther in an uncomfortable position where her cousin Mordecai would ask her to risk her life to save her people. In God’s hands, Esther’s beauty was going to be the tool He would use to cause King Ahasuerus to rescind his orders to exterminate the Jews.


“And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen…”

Esther 2:17 New Living Translation


Ironically, like Esther, Shug also became a heroine. Shug was a prodigal daughter; a famous juke-joint singer with seemingly lesbian tendencies, and estranged from her preacher father. It appeared her father disowned her because of her lifestyle. She was rumored to have a promiscuous lifestyle being referred to as having “that dirty woman’s” disease.” She would also drink and cuss. Although she had various sexual experiences, she got married to a man hoping it would make her father accept her. It did not. Amidst a series of interwoven themes, we see the beauty of this story come alive in Shug’s relationship with Ms. Celie. Shug is the character that connects us to Ms. Celie. Celie had low self-esteem generating from years of sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father and husband. Celie was married to Mister, also known as Albert; a man who didn’t have any natural affections for Celie. Albert actually desired Celie’s sister, Nettie. He thought Celie was unattractive and treated her badly. He often abused and disrespected her. Shug was actually one of Albert’s old flings who was performing in town. Albert invited Shug to stay with him at his home with him and his wife, Celie. However, he failed to mention to Celie that Shug was more than a friend. Under “normal” circumstances, Shug and Celie would have been adversaries. However, Shug and Celie became more than friends and developed a relationship that bordered on slightly romantic, thus introducing Celie to her first encounter of “falling in love.” Shug helped Celie find her voice, and ultimately, the courage to leave Mister.

Control, manipulation, fear, insults, and self-hatred are a few behavior traits that describe narcissists. I’d definitely characterize Mister (Albert) as a narcissist. Albert was still seething over the fact that he wasn’t able to marry Celie’s sister, Nettie. When Albert asked Nettie’s father for her hand in marriage, Nettie’s father declined his offer and offered him, Celie. Celie’s father had already abused her body, stolen her innocence, and impregnated her with several children. He had already defiled Celie, so he was happy to give her away. Mister was still angry about being given Celie to marry. So much so, that he instilled fear in Celie so she would never check the mailbox. Shortly after Celie married Mister, Nettie left town and promised Celie that she would write to her every day and that “nothing could keep her from it.” Mister knew Celie and Nettie had a close relationship, so he devised a plot to intercept Nettie’s letters to Celie. He told her he rigged the mailbox, threatened her, and told her he’d know if she tried to check the mailbox. Albert knew Nettie loved Celie. Although he didn’t love Celie, apparently he didn’t want anyone else to love her either. Later in the story, we find out that the man that gave Celie away in marriage to Mister was not Celie’s biological father. Her “real” father passed away years prior and left an inheritance to Celie’s mother. However, Celie's mother must have gotten remarried to the man that Celie thought was her father. Upon Celie’s step-father’s death, she discovered an inheritance was awaiting her.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

Daughters, The Father has an inheritance waiting for you.


Many years passed before Celie’s circumstances would reveal the truth. Following Celie’s divorce from Mister, Celie inherited a house and a tailor shop. She finally had her own home and a means of earning income outside of being used by Mister for sex, restoring his status, and serving as his maid. Like Celie, our beloved protagonist in this story, Albert also has a back story worth mentioning. Insight into the mind of an adversary is worth unveiling in an attempt to further understand the full landscape by which darkness operates. Everyone is at risk until the truth is revealed. Celie was given to Albert, a man was still mourning the loss of his wife. I suspect Mister went looking for a wife in Celie's sister, Nettie because his father told him that's what he "should" do because he needed a woman to help him take care of his house, cook his meals, and care for his children. Though he secretly longed in his heart for Shug, I suspect he got married out of obligation, and when he saw how beautiful Nettie was he figured she’d fit the bill, but ended up “settling” for Celie instead. He didn’t take on a wife out of love, but out of obligation, and lust. I believe grief and lust were at the root of what caused Albert to marry. His wife was deceased. His mistress Shug was living her life as a juke-joint singer and wasn’t interested in becoming his wife. Now, the stage was set for an adversarial spirit to use Albert's grief to do his bidding for darkness. Albert was sexually attracted to Nettie. However, Nettie rejected him. He knew he couldn’t have sex with Nettie unless he married her. So he made plans to ask Nettie’s father for her hand in marriage. The father declines Albert’s offer stating that she’s the pretty, smart daughter. He would not let Albert have her. The father moves forward with "selling off" the least attractive daughter to Albert, a grieving, lustful man with no genuine love in his heart for Celie. What I find interesting is that Albert was asking a man that wasn’t Celie’s biological father for her hand in marriage. Only a father can give permission to a man to marry his daughter. Only a father is authorized to enact covenants. This man who was “playing” the role of a father was not authorized and therefore was out of order in giving away Celie to Mister. Celie didn’t belong to him. This is the first lie that is revealed. A real father does not give away his daughter to a stranger. I see the name “Mister” as an allusion to the idea this man was, in fact, a stranger to both he and Celie. Celie’s step-father did not love her. Albert did not love Celie. He did not know her, nor did he desire to know her. The next truth that is unveiled is that Celie’s mother never disclosed to her daughter the truth of her origins. Celie’s mother kept the true identity of Celie’s father a secret. This secret caused Celie to believe that the man that sexually abused her was her biological father. He was not. So what we uncover here is the exchange of one lie for another. Celie is no longer a victim of incest but is actually a victim of deception committed by her mother and step-father. The tragedy is that Celie carried within her the guilt of believing the children she bore with her step-father were also her brothers and sisters. 


“…Then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?”

Genesis 27:45 King James Version


Deception, like every other sin, finds its origins in families where someone violated The Creator’s instructions and attempted to disguise the infraction in an effort to save oneself from loss. Herein lies the temptation of sin. As my friend, Kimberly Johnson would say, “people do things for two reasons: either to obtain pleasure or to avoid pain.”


“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”

Hebrews 4:13 New Living Translation


This sordid tale reminds me of a similar story in the book of Genesis, where Jacob’s mother, Rebekah wanted to ensure the birth rite blessing for her youngest son Jacob. So, Jacob’s mom orchestrated a coverup to present Jacob to his father Issac as if he was the eldest son Esau. Jacob and Esau were twins. Jacob’s name means deceiver; one who undermines. The wife deceived her husband by using the children as pawns. Through this plot, Jacob’s mother creates a hostile and deceptive environment. Sin affects everyone, and cannot be compartmentalized. We are all connected!  If Jacob grew up seeing this behavior in his home, it’s safe to assume he made choices as an adult out of the wounds of his environment. A deceptive spirit can run in families. Jacob’s father Issac also had a bout with deception just like Issac’s father Abraham. Jacob also experienced the fruit of deception at the hands of his mother’s brother Laban who deceived him. Laban tricked Jacob into working for him for seven years to obtain Rachel, the woman he loved. However, Laban tricked him and offered him his least attractive daughter Leah. Jacob ultimately worked for Laban for fourteen years and “settled” for a woman he did not love. Albert and Jacob are two peas from the same pod. They both agreed to something foolish out of lust and obligation. Deception appeared to be an ongoing theme on both sides of the family tree. Could it be that a deceptive spirit was the generational curse both sides of the family needed to reveal for the family to be fully healed?  The Color Purple along with all biblical narratives interestingly points to Yeshua/Jesus delivering people from lives of bondage. 

Furthermore, we see an intricate strategy God used to turn these very wrong situations right-side up. Shug is the conduit linking us to the climax of deliverance and redemption. Mister loved Shug and everyone knew it, even Celie. However, Shug knew the truth about Albert. She knew Albert loved her. But she lacked respect for him. This man had two women living in his home in deception, and he was okay with it. Shug used him to meet her needs, just like Albert used Celie to meet his. We all know this situation was not appropriate on many levels. But this inappropriate situation became the class by which both Celie and Shug would learn what they needed to know. Celie admired Shug and fell in love with her. Shug and Celie's friendship helped each other heal. Both Shug and Celie entered marriages that helped them unravel years of lies to arrive at the truth. Ultimately, Shug’s failed marriage reunited her with her father. Celie’s failed marriage prepared the way for her to know the truth about her biological father and her inheritance.  When Shug uncovered Albert’s deception of hiding Nettie’s letters, Celie realized Mister had been strategic in his plot to rob her of her sister’s love even through Nettie's letters. Celie got angry and wanted revenge. But Shug helped Celie find a better way to handle Mister’s deception. She helped Celie with an exit strategy.  Celie "came to herself" and received the courage to leave what should have never been. The marriage to Mister was unlawful from the beginning. How can you give away that which didn’t belong to you in the first place? Also, what father gives away his daughter to a man that initially asked for another woman, and then agreed to “settle” on another daughter? Again, what father gives away his daughter to a man that doesn’t love her? Not a real father. This entire narrative brings to light the idea that a title does not guarantee fulfillment. It’s also worth noting, not every person who birthed a child was authorized to be a parent at the time the child was conceived. However, God is sovereign. Nothing goes to waste. He uses everything to bring his sons and daughters into the knowledge of the truth.


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28 New Living Translation


Upon uncovering Mister’s deception, Celie warned Mister that anything to which he put his hands would ultimately fail. Until he corrected his wrong, he would experience loss, lack, and failure. Celie was warning him to repent. After Mister witnessed the effects of Celie’s admonition his heart softened and he was allowed to see the error of his ways. Time and a softened heart moved Mister to make arrangements for Celie and Nettie to be together again. God had moved Mister’s heart to release the anger he was harboring to allow Celie to be reunited with real love.

Daughter, woman, wife, it is not in The Father’s character to have you spiritually bound, begging for affection, tied-up in cycles of abuse, disrespected, deceived, pimped, dishonored, fearful, a nervous wreck, used, manipulated, or controlled. The spirit that is at the root of this binding is not from the kingdom of the Father of Lights. That spirit is from the kingdom of darkness; an adversary against the light. You can tell a tree by its fruit. What fruit is on display in that situation? Be honest. Tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Don’t ignore it. This day you can choose. Be healed of the act. Be loosed.


“…He saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did. He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.

Luke 13:11-13,16-17,20-21 New Living Translation


Lastly, it’s no coincidence the above- referenced passage is found in the book of Luke. Loukas is the Greek translation for the name Luke, which means light-giving. Luke was also said to be a physician. In part two of this post, I will reveal insights about the second part of the pseudonym, Avery Sunshine.

And so it shall be.




About Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic

Temika Moore is an inspirational speaker, educator, singer, songwriter, cultural impact consultant, and arts advocate. For over 20 years Temika Moore has been performing live and writing music with inspiring and empowering messages. She has extended her inspirational songwriting ability into a new blog entitled "Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic." Temika Moore is a re-imagined 21st-century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth. The town crier tradition dates back to the 18th century and is described as one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Before making public announcements, a town crier would ring a handbell and shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez." Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. 

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