Get Your Mind in Check: Try Joy!!

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I was wondering: how do I deal with all that is flying around in my thoughts? How do I stop myself from overanalyzing and speculating? How do I get my self-critique to shut up? How can I enjoy the rest of my day after something bothers me? 

Suddenly, the answer spoke. What does the Bible say about the mind? How do we seek mental peace? 

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ 

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV  Funny, before when I walked in darkness, I surrounded myself with positive reinforcement: always reading about the power of our good thoughts, the beauty of life, the mental effects of a smile, and the imperativeness of thinking you are a one-of-a-kind type of INCREDIBLE! You couldn’t find me without an encouraging word or bright spirit about myself, honey! I was forever reading an article about joy, or partaking in self-indulgence to distract myself, or playing an internal game of “I Spy” and pointing out beautiful things, ideas, places, and people to appreciate. 

David speaks about the beauty of the Lord (let’s not forget that he made EVERYTHING, including your favorite people, places, and things).

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭KJV

We are experiencing (and often desirouly yearning for) material things, like Jaguar XJs, Caribbean vacations, money, and immaterial things, like love, that He created and that HE gives.

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3

He has the keys…(and you can’t get in, as the joke goes, lol) without accepting His Son, His baptism, His directives and His help.

Like Paul says,  “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!”

Joyfulness! Gladness! Thanksgiving! Peace! Harmony! Love! Hope! Charity! Forgiveness! 

Demonstrate your love for God by seeing with eyes of admiration and gratitude. 

Take Him your worries. Pray to Him. Talk to Him. 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Do you know that every Single time that you are worrying you are saying, “God ain’t got this. I gotta figure it out on my own. He wouldn’t be interested in my issue. He doesn’t know how to sort out this situation at work, this relationship, this bill, this headache, this hurt.”  Don’t you dare deny God the opportunity to work on your behalf. Don’t ignore His omnipotence, His omnipresence, His omniscience.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:7-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

You better be smiling!

You are blessed.
💗

How Fragile!

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In an instant, everything changed. That’s all it takes. All that stands between the way things were, and the way things are, is one bad decision, one miscalculation, one mistake. It is then, that, in the same way that time is divided by B.C. and A.D., our own lives are broken into two parts–before and after.  -William A. Kent (119) 

Excerpted from The Power of Prayer: Inspiritational Stories of Divinie Intervention by Lynn Valentine, Premiuim Press of America, Nashville: 2002.

Dude!

Reread that. 
Imagine. How apropos! Literally. 

B.C., before Christ, and A.D. after death. 

90s Babies, the Fresh Prince of Peace & The Living Water

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On a bench under a tree in Piedmont Park amidst the playground and the catbirds, three-and-a half souls sat: Robert, Carmen, Riley and myself. Gathered to share scripture, struggle, success, and prayer, the Atlanta sun shone us. I asked, “Does anyone want to share a theme they’ve been digesting?” My dazzling husband ( ❤ u baby) Robert,  chimed in with something he had described to his homie who is from Eatonville, FL, Zora Neale Hurston’s birthplace.
As we sat, two girls walked past. We gave them water bottles, wrapped in lime green duct tape and Sharpied with Revelations 22:17, John 3:5, and John 4:14.

They pointed out the group gathered on a quilt, saying that they would want water too.

Slap to the right of us was about ten nineties’ babies. ❤

Rob and Riley reached them first and offered something to wet the tongue and the soul. Carmen shared 1 John 5:9-12 and I showed them how the daughter of an elder, tired of church every Sunday, surrounded by metaphysics, practicing religions from A to Z could find His love again.

“I left high school so sure Christ couldn’t be the Answer because I’d witnessed self-professed Christian leaders wallowing in sin. I couldn’t deal with that. So time, I got to CAU, I was wide open spiritually. I wanted to belong, I wanted to love, I wanted acceptance. We want our families to encourage us and we want to give our love freely. I wanted healing and I was looking under every rock, every flower, every ideology. My grandmama was telling me all the time, “Lauren, the Word is you life.” She did not approve of the Nefertiti sculptures, incense, and Ganesh paintings, but she still called me and she still sent money to me.

Fast forward to 2014 when I became pregnant with my son Riley. My grandmama passed less than a month before he was born. I was speechless. I’ll never forget how I chanted Jesus; I chanted His name. All that pain vanished..

I don’t know what your journey is, what your trials are, but the Lord is waiting on you. You are His. The Earth is His. Every car, every house, every job, every person, every treasure, every place is His.”

Below is the beautiful group that was gracious enough to listen.

To yall, I love you and I am praying for your best.

You are the best version of you, period.

An original creation. Like my grandma would say He wants His best for you, but you have to allow Him in. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and by whom we are redeemed back to God.

Young and old, do not be afraid to declare that Christ lives.  “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:33‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Put Satan under your feet as Antoinette Ellis-the Dominicana told me today. Tell Satan he is a lie!

P.s. Everyone check out  http://m-o-n-d-o.tumblr.com/post/122056704144/my-musical-journey-so-far

It is the blog of the dude in the red jacket.

   

 

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Sidenote —>Rob broke down the true distinction between God’s church and all that that ain’t. “Imagine that the whole world was full of lames. A lame wants to him buy something to boost his credibility. He sees somebody selling Jordan’s. He don’t realize this hustler got FAKE-Fake-Fakety-Fake Jordan’s. We can tell the real Jordan’s by the quality, the Jordan on the sole, the holographic bubble, etcetera. In the same way, God has one real church. If it don’t have the name Christ, then you better check the tag. 😀 That Sunday, me and my homeboy stopped at a Petro; he says to me “Ay cuz” and holds up a pair of fake J’s.” Like Carmen says, God’s got a sense of humor.

 

HBO’s GIRLS (Lena Dunham)

Entertainment, Fashion, Ooh La La Outfits

January 6, 2014

Yo!

A “Remember this? Remember the time” post.

Place: Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

I volunteer with The Atlanta Film Festival’s Special Events with the lovely Sydney Lamont (hey Sydney!).

This particular evening HBO’s Original Series GIRLS was premiering their third season. It was a beautiful night. Everybody looking pretty and giggly. 

I don’t know whose idea it was, but I was glad they had a popcorn bar, complete with jelly beans, caramel-apple Twizzlers, mini Chips-Ahoy, nuts, and plenty of nostalgic candy to throw in the mix. 

I met a tall, lively red head who turned out to be the director of HBO’s PR for this region. Never know who you gon meet, huh? Gotta stay ready.

R.S.

    

Gynecology Was Built On The Backs of Black Women, Anyway – An Interview With Bettina Judd.

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Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California, Bettina Judd is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and performer. She is an alumna of Spelman College and the University of Maryland and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the College of William and Mary.

She has received fellowships from the Five Colleges, The Vermont Studio Center and the University of Maryland. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Torch, Mythium, Meridians and other journals and anthologies.

Most recently, her collection of poems titled Patient. won the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize and is available here. As a singer, she has been invited to perform for audiences in Vancouver, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Paris, New York, and Mumbai.


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Style Icon: Miss Frizzle 

Fashion, RetroStank

 Frizzle was always dope. 

She stayed putting her Stank on it, original to the fullest. 

Solar system dress, weather raincoat, dinosaur skirt; she was dressed to the Nines 24/7; anytime she was at school she jump-fresh. Not to mention that she was a whiz on any and everything, 

-R.S.

  
    
    
   

Sun splash, 

Crystal Palace,

Bob Marley and green pear tea.

Pancake breakfast for three:

The century before cars, ministers travelled on their feet.

Prayer amidst the pain, mellifluous and soothing.

Rich enough to spare a smile when the  purse is down to dimes. 

Life (is) spiced by relationships.

As permanent as white beaded anklets, sincerity is its own tatoo.

The ratio of joy to rain is 3:2.

-R.S.

Written 5-2-2015 amidst surviving.

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Atlanta, poetry., Self Esteem, Spirit and In-Spirit-ation