Take Refuge in the Lord and Rejoice

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Scripture to read today: 2 Timothy Chapters 1 & 2 and Psalms 5.

Pray for others and pray for mercy for them. Pray for all leaders and pray for those who love the Lord. Pray for your enemies and pray for your protection. Pray for the discouraged and pray for help.

With love,

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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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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.

Do it Full Out

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www.bible.com/116/1pe.4.11.nlt

So do it full out!!!

In dance, when you practice you might go through the counts and the motions to the music 🎶 lightly like uh uh uh uh.

But if somebody important walks in that room or you want somebody to notice you, you do it FULL OUT!! Boom, boom hip boom!

Live for God full out, serve Him with gladness full out!

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who art 🖼 in Heaven

You are living art and a living Creation to bring God glory!

Bring Him glory FULL OUT!!

Love,

R.S.

GRACE AND ITS ORIGIN

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Grace in Greek, charis- is the unmerited favor of God toward man that was made possible by the sacrificial offering of Jesus on the cross. Grace is …

GRACE AND ITS ORIGIN

Give people GRACE! Be okay with where they are and when they hurt you, forgive them.

Treat people how you want to be treated!

Be humble, forgiving, gracious, and grateful; It will help YOU FIND CONTENTMENT! 💃🏽

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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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.

You are not too young or too anything, if God chose you

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www.bible.com/bible/1/jer.1.4-10.kjv

“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1:4-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Naaman and the Servant Girl

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Watch “Naaman and the Servant Girl” in the Superbook Bible app!
http://www.cbn.com/superbook/app/video/?&language=en&videoType=superbookepisodes&videoId=481721

You can also watch Superbook shows, music videos and even download episodes to watch directly on your favorite device!

The Superbook Bible app even has fun Games, Bible Profiles, Questions & Answers, and an interactive Bible.

Download the Superbook Bible App Now!
http://www.superbook.tv/app

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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!!

Jam of the Day: Jesus Rose With All Power in His 🖐 Hands 🤚

Christ, Jams!! Vibez!! Musik!!, RetroStank

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Jesus rose with ALL POWER IN HIS HAND!!

I miss going to worship but this track right here gave me that collective feeling!

My brothers and my sisters, one day we will adore Jesus in person as He descends to Earth! Oh I want to see Him!

We will who believe and have been baptized will be raised on the last day and make our way to Heaven because He rose with all 💥 power in His Hand!

Love,

Retro stank

James 3:13-18 The Right Kind of Wisdom

Christ, RetroStank, Self Esteem, self improvement

www.bible.com/bible/59/jas.3.13-18.esv

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

‭‭James‬ ‭3:13-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“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!

~RetroStank

#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 😍

Hadassah Beauty Live Nourished

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Hey, join me at Hadassah Beauty on the Wix app to easily stay updated and get in touch with me on the go.
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Jeremiah 30

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www.bible.com/116/jer.30.22.nlt

Meditation for June 30, 2020

Jeremiah 30

“Glory, Glory Hallelujah” Thursday Jam

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www.youtube.com/watch

Today, if you need your spirit lifted, watch this!!

“I feel so much better since I laid my burdens down!”

Cast your burdens on Him for He Careth for you!

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!!

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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 👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿

OUR FAVORITE THINGS OF JULY

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There is a new Hero on the scene!! I love the concept of World-Travelling Product Connoisseurs who everybody trusts to have excellent taste!! Meet Aasha and Darcell ❤️❤️❤️ Also, for this particular issue, my Beauty Brand, Hadassah Beauty, was featured. Good things, good things and good news!! Letting our lights 💡 shine! Love, RetroStank

GOOD 2 KNOW

We are so excited to launch our blog. This is our first post and we have been working extremely hard to gather 10 favorite things to share. It was hard to pick from so many amazing things but we have narrowed them down. Below we have listed our favorite things of July.

Aasha’s favorite things of JULY:

  1. Curlmix hair products curlmix.com
  2. Homemade smoothie bowls
  3. Ungodly hour album https://chloexhalle.lnk.to/UngodlyHour
  4. Mented lipstick https://www.mentedcosmetics.com
  5. Hadassah Beauty Shea Butter in Vanillahttps://www.buyhadassah.com/

Darcell’s favorite things of JULY:

  1. Starting my day with guided prayer, gratitude journal and daily devotional time (Churchome/You Version Bible App)
  2. Scotch Bonnet by Dani https://www.scotchbonnetsbydani.com/
  3. Hadassah Beauty Shea Butter in Mango https://www.buyhadassah.com/
  4. Designing rooms through DesignHome App 
  5. Homemade buttermilk pancakes

*A special thing to note is Curlmix, Mented lipstick, Hadassah Beauty Shea Butter and Scotch Bonnets by Dani are Black owned businesses.

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Deeply Affected…Homegoing Service of Actress Gloria Charles

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Obvious issues are vocalized and worn proudly, “Yeah, I am working on it, just not there YET.”

“Sure let’s talk all about it…my mom was grassroots organizer who never had time for her five kids because she was too busy passing out flyers and signing people up to vote. So I had to take care of the entire family instead of  being a teenager. Thus, I wild’d out when I graduated high school. I started drag racing, doing tattoos, drinking, smoking, whatever. My real dream was to become a food scientist.”

Question #1 What two qualities failed this imaginary person, keeping him from achieving said dream?

Possible answers: Confidence from Encouragement & Support. Direction and Tenacity. (This qualities are capitalized to respect them as individual personalities.)

I marvel at women bosses. Female business moguls, lady tycoons. In my head, somehow, the partriachal structure of both my five person nuclear family and America at large scrunch their nose up, like “What? Lol.” Lady tycoon? The accepted and traditional career paths are as follows: teacher, lawyer, nurse, home economics teacher, seamstress, banker, teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher, and teacher.

To pave a path, to pioneer, one must be fearless, and certain.

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., at Jackson Street Church of Christ, a exceptionally MOVING and BEAUTIFUL memorial service took place in honor of Gloria Charles née Gloria Carr, my husband’s cousin Sugar Dumpling.

Sugar Dumpling was one of those Lady Tycoons.

She was BEAUTIFUL.

She was elegant.

She was particular.

She was glowing in the large framed photograph in the center table surrounded by her loved onze who had gone on before she. 

I had barely known her.

Yet I cried like a baby that ran outta milk on her grandma while  her parents were thirty minutes away at the mall and nothing could be done to make it better! Her life said treat yourself special, treat others  special. Be fearless. Laugh. Love what you love. Be particular. Demand the best. Live out loud.

Gloria Charles glowed.

Little Glow worm.

Her obituary proclaims that she left the south for Hollywood!

Google  her.

She played Richard Pryor’s girlfriend in Brewster’s Millions.

She had Confidence, Direction, and Tenacity.

One of my most favorite quotes is from Oscar Wilde,  “Beauty for Beauty’s sake.”

Her cousin Jeff and her brother Hugh spoke of her surrounding herself with the best, with beauty, with cleanliness ( she learned this from her mother, Aunt Pa). “Fine and dandy like candy.” was quoted as one of Gloria’s favorite sayings. She loved romantic Soul songs from the Commodore, Earth, Windows, and Fire, the Dramatics, and Deniece Williams.

Can’t  you just love a person you never met but who lived full of love and tenderness!

Truly, it moved me.

That Saturday night I dreamed I was at a church event watching  my students perform a play on ice. My dad was putting the babies in the car and I ran back in the church to pee really quick before we left. I was in the bathroom when I saw these black square glasses I recognized as my grandmother’s  (in reality, she is deceased). I pulled the glasses out and they were attached to a beautiful pink Bible case that was embroidered with 1 Corinthians 12. I put it back down, washed my hands, and started a conversation with a teacher from a school in Murfreesboro. I shared with her my (actual) desire  to create a Spoken Word Scripture team.

Well when I got up and read 1 Corinthians  12, Paul preaches about how we are all members of One body with different administrations or roles, but One Spirit. Romans 12 speak of the same: differing gifts and using your gifts Excellently!

 

“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others. God has given each of us the  ability to do certain  things WELL. Sone if God has given you the ability  to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can–as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If you gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons be strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of  the work of others, take the responsibility  seriously.  Those who offer comfort to the sorrow ingredients should do so with Christian cheer. Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never  be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Be glad for all God is planning for you. Romans 12:6-12

More to come…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a failing Christian. Dramatic. However, I fail to love.

And in God’s eyes, all my purity is as filthy rags. Yet the love I show will be judged.

Father, I pray that You will retrain my heart and my mind to LOVE, to truly LOVE IN ACTION, not just in flowery words.

In Jesus Christ’s name,

Amen!

Please watch Tony Evans’ 2015 video about how to love, especially loving our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All My Trials

Family, Mind., RetroStank, Self Esteem, Spirit and In-Spirit-ation

folks wanna read that light, fluffy stuff, but I have to be real: life in 2015 is often full of doo-doo. 

I done took some hits, yall.

Like Langston Hughes, life sho ain’t been no crystal stair. 

  
I am asking God to tell me. Show me, what I must do. 

The “shucks” or “lowballs” are up in the thousands like those arrow-shaped waiting tickets near closing time…I been holding back the tears so long my mouth taste like  straight salt water from all the Undropped tears slipping back into my throat. I will tell you what my shortcomings are: too hard-headed, too self-reliant, uncommunicative about issues, and lately, a bad planner.

 I am striving.

 My husband is STRIVING. 

The systems, man, are structured against us. The odds are stacked like monoliths. 

BUT!

Jesus is the only one for me, when I think of Him. My mind is worry-free, so free, so free. All the struggles of this world can’t get me down. Cuz in Him, I found. In Him I found, sweet peace of mind. 

(Song here: http://youtu.be/AL8Ohs39O5Q)

That’s all folks. 

  

Coral OOTD

Beauty, Fashion

 Jan 31, 2014

I styled myself for a few promo pics with Urban Village1146 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA in Little Five Points (Atlanta’s eclectic, artistic, dope meets weird…mini-Austin neighborhood).

This that unveiling of L5P epitome. 

Coral bandage dress

Camera

Pink Dorothy from the Wiz pumps that pinch toes

And six years worth of natural hair.

💗

R.S.                       

Aren’t you from New York?

Fashion, New York, Ooh La La Outfits

Taking the Tunic trend black AND floral, this girl had me beaming when she told me my style remember her of that  Big Ole Apple.

Yes.

Mint 3/4 blazer. Check.

Black high waist cigarette pants. Check.

Floral dress you bought at Marshall’s when you spent whole checks on clothes. Check.

And there you have it.

R.S.

    

“Ruby Slipperz” 6 out of 22 poems to my king: Birthday Variety

Poems for my king: Birthday Variety, poetry.

We search, seek, and destroy for distractions.

Unfulfilled in distant lands…400 years still aint home.

 

Bronze fingers.

 

Sometimes when you leave home you caint go back.

Cuz it’s not where you left it.

 

Vice Chancellors patronize, advising just take 

This semester as a mental break.

 

Aint no open arms for some…

 

Starving the same way out of school as in.

College ramen-noodle diets.

Pet dogs eat better and more often.

  

By: Lauren Fitzgerald