New Series: Love… Self… Freedom…

Hello All… Well it’s been quite sometime since I wrote anything, let alone, a series. But this has been in mind and spirit to do for some time now. Even with it steadily coming to pass, I still wonder how it will turn out. This series will be based off of songs that really 18009992_1441615679193163_382806897996563823_nstrike a chord with me. Thought provoking lyrics. Of course with me, I want to tie back to the Bible, as well, my life. Below is the list of titles for 37 blog entries to come. Know that each entry is tied to a song. I will also make an effort to tied that titles back to the Word of God. Should be interesting given some of the titles. But I believe something amazing will come from all of this. One thing is to be a blessing to others. That has always been my prayer. Another prayer is that I be able to dive back into writing and really embrace it. Initially I set a time around September 2018 to start, but I think I will start sooner. How soon, I’m not sure, but I am looking forward to it.

So sit back and take the journey… Let’s learn together…

Love… Self… Freedom…

Part 1. Isolation (Kelly Rowland – Beyond Imagination)

Part 2. Worth (Casey J. – The Journal)

Part 3. Drifting In Mistakes… Such Is Life (Phonte – Such As Life)

Part 4. The Audacity To Trust (Dorinda Clark-Cole – Tis So Sweet)

Part 5. The Pain… The Blood… The Tears… I Am Here… (Dennis Reed Feat. Fantasia – Necessary)

Part 6. You Have To Make A Decision… (Phonte & Eric Roberson – Who Loves You More)

Part 7. Augustus, Jr… 6 Years Old… (Carmen Jones – Dream)

Part 8. The Lost Found… (Lalah Hathaway – Lose Yourself)

Part 9. The Lost Found II: His Thoughts (Roy Ayers – Come Into Knowledge)

Part 10. The Decision… (Maurette Brown Clark – I’ve Decided to Follow Jesus)

Part 11. Just Bees and Things and Flowers: The “Son”Shine (Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine)

Part 12. D.N.A. (Destiny… Naysayers… Affirmations…) (Kendrick Lamar – D.N.A.)

Part 13. Freedom (Jill Scott – Free)

Part 14. One Way or Round-Trip? (Erykah Badu – Window Seat)

Part 15. Imaginative Reality (Statik Selektah – Make Believe)

Part 16. The Idea of Being Free (Donny Hathaway – Someday We’ll All Be Free)

Part 17. The Storyteller’s Water (Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst)

Part 18. Augustus Jr. 37 Years Old… (Phonte & Eric Roberson – Find That Love Again)

Part 19. PSA (The Foreign Exchange – Be Alright)

Part 20. Reflection From Within and Above (The Foreign Exchange – Face In The Reflection)

Part 21. The Reality (Adriana Evans – Reality)

Part 22. Tried In The Fire (Mary J. Blige – My Life ’06)

Part 23. In The “Son” (Adriana Evans – In The Sun)

Part 24. Restoration (Yolanda Adams – Restore Me)

Part 25. Fight Back The Darkness (Beyonce & Kendrick Lamar – Freedom)

Part 26. The Love Within (Kierra Sheard – Found Love In Me)

Part 27. Perfectly Imperfect (Kierra Sheard – Flaws)

Part 28. Haus Collar’s Message (Kendrick Lamar – Real)

Part 29. “Heal”th (Phonte – Expensive Genes)

Part 30. The Rain Stings… (Amerie – Forecast)

Part 31. The Rain Purifies… (Yolanda Adams – Wash Me)

Part 32. The Illuminated Euphoria… (Phonte – Euphorium)

Part 33. Whose I Am (Kenny Lattimore – I Won’t Forget)

Part 34. Brother Paul (Koryn Hawthrone – Won’t He Do It)

Part 35. I Never Knew… (Donnie McClurkin & Marvin Winans – Who Would’ve Thought)

Part 36. Mirror Mirror (Jojo – I Am)

Part 37. Dear God (Smokie Norful – Dear God)

Your Story…

Happy Friday All…

Hope it has been a good week for all… Just want to share a thought…

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“1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, 

even as also ye do.”

Your story is needed… Your testimony is your sermon… What you have been through was and is designed to edify you and the Kingdom of God.

Here’s a quote, “Your story is the key that can unlock someone else’s prison. Share your testimony.”

Have a blessed day…

Power Within…

Biblical maxresdefaultInspiration: 2 Peter 1:3 NIV – His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Musical Inspiration – Eric Roberson & Glenn Lewis – Superman

Each of us has a unique power within to be more than we can even think or imagine. While this power is unique, it still comes from the same source, Jesus Christ.

Remember, Christ died for each of us. And He lives. The same power within Christ , resides in each of us. On today, ask God to give you the strength to tap within to that power that was given by Him. Ask God to give you the guidance on how to handle the power within… Most of all, let that power within add blessings to many… and edify the Kingdom of God.

Be blessed!!

The Reflection…

Inspired by Men’s Retreat @ Sandy Cove

The Reflection…

A reflection can tell a lot…
From the abstract colors to a simple blemish or spot…

For years and years, I was ashamed to look at me…

Ashamed, because I felt within me… there was no good deed…
Satan said look… your worthless… hence you will be my seed…

And even with that, I still would look at my reflection and see…
All the things that I desire to do and to be…

And then there was a time when I looked…
Only to see a demonic being within that had me shook…

At this point I was going down…
Vincent was dying and Lucifer had me bound…

But once again, I heard a voice…
A voice that said you have a choice…

The choice to look at another reflection…
But what was the point… I only would see rejection…

But His voice called out to me…
God said, My son… don’t forget what you can be…

Remember, I created you and love you most…
I will never leave you; stay by you close…

Years would pass and through God I would gain…
Yet, He reminds me of His Power through the past; the pain…

It was Saturday afternoon when I saw a reflection…
A reflection that cause me to fall under subjection…

The creation of the sun; as it kisses the sea…
Reminding me of the Son; who died for me…

I am reminded that all I endured…
Christ died for me; so one day I would be pure…

Ahh, the things you see in the reflection…
The way He reminds us; we’re His Selection…DFD2D5B7-545D-4761-9608-10796D4F4CB2

It’s true; a reflection can tell a story…

From the pain of the world… the enemy of Satan…the worry
Yet it all works together in God and now I represent His Glory

And so when I look in the mirror, I see more than me…
How Mary Mary put it…. It is the God in me…

Father God:
Thank You for who You are in me. Thank You for You are Love… Thank You for everything… Thank You for giving me back me…
In Jesus Christ Name… Amen …

The Initiative

Inspiration: Hebrews 12:1-3

Given all the complaining we do, can we stop and realize that we still here by God’s Grace & Mercy? Do we get that wrapped up in our issues, that we only talk the Christian lifestyle, but don’t put it to action?  When does one get tired of the same conversation and same issues to say enough is enough? When does one take the initiative to do more?  To trust God?

The word, Initiative, means the first step in a process that, once taken, determines subsequent events….

Folks when we are at the breaking points, for a minute, stop. You want the deliverance, the breakthrough, but the suffering didn’t come over night. And neither will the breakthrough. It’s a process that got you to the low state and it will be a process that you get you to prosperity in Christ. Once you understand that, then and only then are you ready to take the initiative to change. Don’t believe me… let’s go to the Word.

Hebrews 12 (The Message Bible)

Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

THOUGHT:  Today is a great day to start… won’t you try?  Your eternity is connected to it…

Steps…

Hey everyone! It’s been quite some time since I posted anything. I think I’m ready to get back to writing some. So for the month of November or should I say Movember… I decided to do two challenges; raise a $1000 for men’s health awareness and do a 120 miles for the entire month. Well the fund raising has been challenge but I’m glad I put it out there. The bigger thing is the actual 120 mile challenge.

For the month of November, as part of the Movember Movement… I decided to participate in the walk challenge. For the month, I challenged myself to 120 miles total for the month. That broke down to 4 miles each day of the month. Initially, I thought this challenge would be a mountain to climb. But to much surprise, it was fun and fairly easy. So… how would I be able to reach this goal? I would literally have to make the time to walk. Okay sounds easy enough? Yeah right lol. I work in the office environment and deal with numbers, so it’s pretty easy to get lost in the numbers and forget to get up and walk around. So now I had to start thinking what do I do to ensure I get in 4 miles per day? Well the first thing I did was download an app that monitor my progress. Now I don’t have a Fitbit like many do, so I actually downloaded an app called Argus. It’s actually pretty cool. I may do a blog on it later on. But it follows the progress of miles and steps. So I got the thinking… maybe I should shoot for 10,000 steps a day. That’s over 4 miles… Why not?

Again, I didn’t know what to expect so I wondered if I would stick with this challenge? I was very surprised that not only did I stick with it, I surpassed it! That in itself humbled me. But what really humbled me was the reason. Each step was to show support for men’s health (cancer, mental illness); but the major reason was suicide prevention. This was personal for me. See I was facing suicide 12 years ago. Trying to figure out life then was not something that was on my mind; I was in my 20s… just wasn’t a thought. I figure I got all my life to deal with serious stuff; I’m having fun and doing what I want. Then 2005 hit and life completely changed. I immediately shut down from family, friends, myself, God… it was a dark time. So dark that I wanted to end my life. Thankfully, God had another plan…

Fast forward to now…I realize as I continue to make the steps, I was doing this for me. Not just because of the suicide attempt over a decade ago, but also because here’s something that I set out to do… Because God laid it in my spirit. I guess one thing I have learned through this challenge is that I can be truly committed to myself; meaning, I’m being intentional about investing in myself. Physically, because it’s great exercise. My legs and thighs are thanking me lol; I’m pretty sure of that… I even want to getimg_1150 back into running. Baby steps though lol. But my blood pressure has stabilized more. Mentally, it’s really relaxing. I mean, it’s amazing what a 30 minute walk can do. Again I love my numbers, so when the numbers start running together… yeah a good walk really helps. On top of work, my mind is everywhere at times, so walking helps my mind to relax. Which leads to spiritually… Spiritually, it’s peaceful… Definitely can take it all in and be grateful to God. I recall the second day of the challenge. I decided to walk around the National Mall in DC. From my job, I walked to just all the monuments. Man, talk about surreal? Just to simply take in all the trees, the reflecting pool, the monuments and if those weren’t enough… the clear skies with the moon just shining right beside the Washington Monument. In taking it all in, all I could think was God, thank You and forgive me for taking your creations for granted… people, places, and things.

So what was the verdict on the challenge? Did I meet it? And by how much? 368,700 steps or 156.82 miles!! How about that!! I was amazed some days I did up to 20,000 steps… the last day of November, I decided to do 25,000 + steps… I’m really glad that I stuck with the challenge. There were days when I didn’t want to get in my steps, but I still managed to do so and to know that I pushed myself feels good. The cool thing is that, I’m not stopping with November… I’m incorporating my steps in daily … It has motivated me to get back in the gym some and I’m grateful for that. It’s helping with the overall health (mental, physical, and spiritual). All and all… I’m a better person because of this.

The Standard of Rose Marie…

Today is an amazing day in history… Indeed it is. Now I know many are on their hustle and bustle… But today is my mother’s birthday!!!

Today, join me and my sisters as we celebrate Mom’s Birthday.  Rose Marie, girl you done cross into a new year!!!  Out of fear tha14370404_1226823864005680_1166484384654453922_nt I will be cut and taken out of the will, I won’t tell Rose Marie’s age lol.  But I will say, she looks younger than her age… hence why I am 35 and can pass for younger lol.

You know, the biggest thing that sticks out to me about my mom is her willingness to be a nurturer and to give people words of affirmation that continues to help along the way.  In my opinion, my mom has always been one that encourages.  Someone that will immediately lift you up when you are feeling the blues.

Mom and I talk a lot and she has shared a lot with me; life lessons, her past, her future and so forth.  And that’s on top of the sacrifices she has made for Erika, Monique, and I.  But I think about the conversations and I’m like wow…

1381885_646617615359644_115724964_nWhen I think of mom I am reminded of the smile on her face.  And there’s nothing fake about it.  She understands the importance in a smile.

Point #1.  Smile, because you really have a reason.  Folks, yes; the world presents challenges and experiences, but each day you are blessed to open your eyes is reason alone to smile.  Take a step back and realize, you can smile, because God loves you.  After all, He allowed His Son to die so that you and I can live.

Also, Mom is serious about the Kingdom of God…

Point #2.  If, in fact, we are children of God, understand that we are charge to live a life of Holiness unto the Lord.  Folks, let’s challenge ourselves to live holy.  Let’s live a life that will be a standard for others to see. It’s not the most popular thing to do, but the blessings 1381719_645625432125529_1779268673_none receives, the lessons one learns, the example one can be… is all worth it…

Leviticus 20:7 (The Message)

7-8 “Set yourselves apart for a holy life.  Live a holy life, because I am God, your God.  Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you.  I am the God who makes you holy.

And so…

Mom,

I just want to say thank you for all you do.  For the lessons you teach me, the discipline you give, the respect you demand, the example you set as a mother.  Thank you for being a praying Mother.  When I was going through and even though you didn’t know exactly, you 14606455_1246482892039777_469489225996726294_nsteadily prayed and I thank God for you.  God has blessed you as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend and most importantly, God’s Daughter.  Mom, Happy Birthday to You… and May God continue to bless you all the more.

Love,

Son…

P.S.  For Mom and everyone else…  Enjoy the best of Jesus…

 

Romans 16:20 (The Message Bible)

19-20And so while there has never been any question about your honesty in these matters—I couldn’t be more proud of you!—I want you also to be smart, making sure every “good” thing is the real thing.  Don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil.  Stay alert like this, and before you know it the God of peace will come down on satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt.  Enjoy the best of Jesus!