Did not Earn Salvation, but Obeyed for it

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www.bible.com/116/tit.3.4-7.nlt

How do you receive salvation?

Through repentance, faith, confession and baptism.

Thank God for His wonderful mercies,

Not perfect, but striving to obey. No matter the location, the sin, or the temptations, through Christ we can be cleansed and forgiven. And changed!

Love,

R.S.

Flexible Accountability

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youtube.com/watch

Be flexible and accountable.

Be honest if you make a mistake and flexible when things change. You can do it, roll with the punches and ADAPT!!

This 1:32 video shows an example of how demonstrate that flexible accountability; life requires grace and adaptation!

Love,

R.S.

Parable of the Talents

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www.bible.com/bible/114/luk.19.11-27.nkjv

How many of us have talents that we are hiding? Or that we are to scared to share?

How could you hid your light…from shining?

God said, “There is a lamp stand put it right THERE!!””

Remember, Matthew 5:16 and “Let your 💡 LIGHT so shine before men that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your Father which art in Heaven!”

Let them look at your beautiful talents and know that there is a good God above, share that art, that acting, that singing, that cooking, that creating, that rap, that pottery, that furniture, that instrument so they can KNOW there is still a God above!!

Read this parable of Jesus to see what it looks like when you do it right and when you do it wrong.

With love,

R.S.

“What You’re Saying When You Give Someone the Silent Treatment Social ostracism has been a common punishment for millennia. But freezing someone out harms both the victim and the perpetrator.” By: Daryl Austin of the Atlantic

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apple.news/AB-j_ff2aR-6XjPFRQgNfmA

As a person who has given people closest to me the silent treatment when I was so mad that I didn’t want to put it into words, I have recently learned that the silence kills as well.

Very thought-provoking article that I must share for the good of us all.

Hope you enjoy!

R.S.

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“Count your many blessing and see what the Lord has done.” -Church of Christ song Look What the Lord Has Done

Always be grateful.

-R.S.

Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been

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Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been
— Read on tecartabible.com/share/2004/322/11

This is a inspiring story about how to stand when a fire is raging around you.

Amen.

-R.S.

Kurt Carr and Natalie King Cole “I Almost Gave Up”

Christ, Creativity, Entertainment, RetroStank

youtube.com/watch

Don’t give up!!

2020 is hard but don’t let go!

God has not left you. There might be some changes you need to make in your circle, changes in your thinking, in your habits.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, hold us up!

Strengthen our hearts, feed our souls so that we can hang on.

Forgive us of our many sins and iniquities!!

As Christmas comes, let us remember that Christ was born to die for our sins and make us right with You! Help me to continue to encourage and serve where I can. May Your perfect will be done in our lives!

In Jesus name I pray!!

Amen!!

“Messy Marriage” Message by Bro. Chris Jackson

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Donald Lawrence & Co. “Spiritual”

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Galatians 5:22 The Fruits of The Spirit

“You’re not a natural being having a spiritual experience, but you are a spiritual being having a natural experience!”

This song is so beautiful and the meaning so real.

Enjoy!

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#GivingTuesday Jam of the Day: Damian Marley “There For You”

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www.youtube.com/watch

This song is soothing and true. It speaks of unconditional love and reciprocity.

“You’ve always been there for me, and so I’ll be there for you…”

Love it 😍

The Power of the Spoken Word in Faith

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www.instagram.com/p/CFMtagen1DW/

This video healed something deep in my stomach!

Praise God!

We have been born for such a time as this!

God knew what was going on 2029, 2020, 1996, 1987, 1958, 1972, 1819, all of that! He is a God outside of time! Bigger than that!!

🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾👏🏾🙏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🩸🎼🌹💪🏾👍🏾❤️

In Love and Always Arguing: “What Did You Just Say?”

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www.bible.com/reading-plans/13542/day/4

Recommending this Plan if words have become tools for heartbreak in your relationship 👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿

I had a conversation with my mentor today. She explained that she has asked God to give her the ability to learn praise songs in different languages. Beautiful! My dream field, anthropology, is the study of culture. Gotta start listening to Spanish gospel, Korean gospel, Ethiopian gospel, and more. To God be the glory!

This is one I liked.

Psalms 47

1{To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.} O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

2For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

3He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

4He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

5God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

6Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

7For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

8God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

9The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earthbelong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

 

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Steno Pad via Lauren “Nadi” Akins (a few from my pre-nuptial pen)

ArtEye, Creativity, Culture, Love

Steno Pad

Via:

Lauren “Nadi” Akins

 

Preface:

 Prosper.

Goodness, good news, and good people:

May they come into your aura.

Magnetize beauty, power, creativity.

Bold–Courageous–All Around Square Biz

 

THE BEST

 10-23-2013

 Seedz of joy grow magnolia flowers yall mistake as my teeth.

Smile centered,

Anatomy diagonal to the dirt.

Sun spits rays,

Faster goes the merry-go-round.

Weird and strange.

My eyes wrinkle,

Cheeks become parentheses

With as much royalty as Rameses.

 

 

 

 

10-23-2013

 come here,

let me.

be your.

life-sized centerfold.

 

8-10-2013

LAUREN OPINIONS

 

Something special in writing a book,

story or song,

to sustain the thought long enough

to feel and to meddle

with the possibility

soaking in the emotion

b/c mine are so passing, ephermal, and forgettable.

Getting my mind to stay in gear:

a great feat

-seeing as how I desire to be

planning out my career

Right Now.

Need to let myself stop feeling the need

to (get)

caught up.

And let old promise,

commitments, whatever

fly off with new wings

to see new life

as from this day forward.

The need to share ideas like water

in streams flows free.

Sleep is slipping her hands

around my waist and pulling me close to her.

I done spent the better part of the day

on a Scandal marathon with good food and catnaps:

unhaunted by tasks or to-do-lists,

a Saturday to just be.

Be flooded with a differing life pace and be sucked into a visual storybook.

When in his company 3-D is a place that’s calling my name over miles. I

love you.

I want the world so bad, friction is sandpaper on silk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her name is Magenta

She makes life feel like a fable,
Running on train platforms to catch unicorns flying to the Brooklyn Art Museum and Abyssinian restaurants.
She paints with a mixture of crushed ochre, wet lilacs, and oil:
Her paintbrushes are enchanted.
She practices with each picture, until for painting she is paid.
Offertory grins offering the World through her eyes.

Offhand politeness, a pretty bird from down South.
Doing slightly better on her Odyssey than Odysseus:
Her only offense, singing octagonal octaves with tremble fit only for October.
It’s that frighteningly authentic.
Official oddity, settling into her weirdness
That psychology officiates.
Her head cocked in analyzation,
An amendment to her peers’ playfully shallow scope,
And a nod to her ancestors.

She is analogous to a princess,
Petals envelope her lavender body as she drops them every now and again
Like the globe’s flower girl decorating dirty streets.

by: Yours Truly (Lauren Akins)

Fashion, My Happenings, poetry.

Dry Tribe

poetry.

drybones

It’s so hard when you’re the backbone.
Who can u cry to, if u ain’t got no eyes?
Somehow, tears squeeze their way outta da backbone, proud and fine.
That backbone covered up by a coat, so no one sees him crying.
He been taught tears mean spineless,
And he’d cease to exist. but right now damn all dat.
Drops of salty eye water itching to fall from what he doesn’t have.
Cuz his bones are dry.
And who can make nation out of dry bones?
Somewhere up in the sky,
For heavens sake, a little bone moving inside of a back.
a little bone moving, dancing
And that is his rain dance for eyes.  this backbone would cry!
Cry for his seven grown kids
And his lovely ex-wife
Only if he could relive the year two thousand and five.
He would have bent a little to see life from all sides, not be rigid and unmovable.
His own actions booted him.