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“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the ufaith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:5-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Tabitha was a beautiful person who showed her faith by her works. She gave and sewed clothes for the poor.

The devotional explores what people will say about us when we die.

In the end, the love we showed will be most important.

Love ❤️

R.S.

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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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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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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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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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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“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.”

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Naaman and the Servant Girl

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Watch “Naaman and the Servant Girl” in the Superbook Bible app!
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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!
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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.

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Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been

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Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been
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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”

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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 🤚

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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,

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James 3:13-18 The Right Kind of Wisdom

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“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.”

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“Messy Marriage” Message by Bro. Chris Jackson

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Affirm Your Goals 🙏🏾Eric Thomas

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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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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 😍

Saturday Song of the Day: Karen Clark Sheard “Sunday A.M.”

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This beautiful song was on the radio and it just reminds us That Sunday morning is a time to recharge from our week!

A time to lay it on God’s feet. To rest from our labor!

I love the Lord for His Love for me!!!

Hope you are encouraged by this!

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Monday Music 🎶 “They said, God said” by Jekalyn Carr

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“You are the chosen one”

We can believe things people have said about us, but if they are lies, listen to what God has said about you.

Inspiring song by Jekalyn Care!

Jeremiah 30

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Meditation for June 30, 2020

Jeremiah 30

“Glory, Glory Hallelujah” Thursday Jam

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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!

Ezekiel 12 Pack Your Bags

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The Power of the Spoken Word in Faith

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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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Forgiveness

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

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OUR FAVORITE THINGS OF JULY

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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

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There is a blessing with your name on it!!!

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Lauryn Hill is prophetic on this one, she is spitting about Revelations!

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Song of the Day: “Close” by Marvin Sapp

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Marvin Sapp “Close”

I love this song because it illustrates what is so true, sometimes the storm is the worst before the sun comes out.

Soldiers are victorious because they persevere; all battles are not won, but the fight ain’t over til it’s over for a true hero.

I am seeking the Lord to help me through my many battles with myself, my surroundings, and my pain because it is a beautiful blessing to be alive today. I am not ready to met the Lord because I want to get better first. Just grateful that while I was yet a sinner, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly. With His love in me, in front of me and surrounding me, I am praying that I will be pleasing in His sight by faith and by deeds!

What are you close to in your life?

Comment below!!!

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Read about What Does it Mean to Seek God’s Kingdom? – Teaching and Messages. Grow in your understanding of Christianity and faith.
— Read on www.christianity.com/jesus/life-of-jesus/teaching-and-messages/what-does-it-mean-to-seek-god-s-kingdom.html

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““At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:1-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I am taking the charge to prepare myself now for my true future, my eternal life.

As time goes on, we can get deeper and deeper into our physical lives. Our circumstances feel insurmountable and we spin our energy trying to fight our problems on our own. Yet. We have a savior if we accept Him.

We are thinking we still have time to repent. Christ ain’t coming back YET! Things ain’t that bad YET! We think we can change Later, we can live for God Later. We can repent Later. But, what if your personal clock ⏰ 🕰 runs out? What if your last day is coming soon? What if Christ does appear? Will we be ready? Who is going to give you oil? Can you be saved because your grandmama was saved? Was your baptism as a child enough to cover all the sin you have done as an adult? Are you obedient to God? Are you trying to be?

We do need to think about this as much as we think about our bills being paid and our jobs being secure. We need to be ready.

Hear. Believe. Confess. Repent. Be Baptized.

Out of love,

Lauren

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Let God be who He is FOR you!

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I will Dance like David danced!!!!

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pride (countable and uncountable, plural prides)

The quality or state of being proud; an unreasonable overestimation of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
(often with of or in) A sense of one’s own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; — in a good sense.
He took pride in his work.
He had pride of ownership in his department.
(Can we date this quote by Macaulay?)
A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
(Can we date this quote by William Blake?)
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
(Can we date this quote by G. K. Chesterton?), Introduction to Aesop’s Fables
Pride goeth before the fall.
That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-congratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc.
(Can we date this quote by Spenser?)
lofty trees yclad with summer’s pride
(Can we date this quote by Bible?), Zech. ix. 6
I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
(Can we date this quote by Goldsmith?)
a bold peasantry, their country’s pride
Show; ostentation; glory.
(Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war.
Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
to be in the pride of one’s life.
(Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
a falcon, towering in her pride of place
Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
(zoology, collective) A company of lions or other large felines.
A pride of lions often consists of a dominant male, his harem and their offspring, but young adult males ‘leave home’ to roam about as bachelors pride until able to seize/establish a family pride of their own.
(zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
Alternative letter-case form of Pride (“festival for LGBT people”).
For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:pride.
Synonyms
— Read on en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/pride

Today’s Scripture of the day is Proverbs 16:18:

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I ask the Lord to forgive me for my pride. Looking at the definition, I realize how easy it is to fall into pride! Pride will take over, and you do not even have the faintest idea that the way you answered that text message is pride! Or because you won’t communicate with others, that is pride! I am saddened at my ignorance to the truth about my pride and I am grateful that my eyes have been opened!

Ask yourself if you can see where pride needs to be cut out of your heart.

Father God, in Jesus’ name, I ask you to work pride out of us and free us from this ugly mentality. Lord, many, including me, are blinded to our ways and their impacts. Help us to turn from this and be more holy as You are holy and be honest enough to face our fears about what ever we are suffering and stop hiding because of our pride. Help us, dear Lord, to be humble and not boast in what we can do and be puffed up. Help us to esteem others better than ourselves and ask forgiveness to those our pride has effected. Please forgive me. In Jesus’ name, amen!

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I saw a beautiful dog 🐶 🐕 at the Murphy USA name Honey. I encouraged a sister to put her child at Ezell-Harding Christian (she saw my Ezell t-shirt and asked if I taught there…I used to but I still co-sign Ezell ❤️♥️☺️🥰) and paid for gas with a gentleman named Timothy. All these are signs that everything IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT!

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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)

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Answer

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

This is a Read-Aloud exercise.

A MUST READ-ALOUD EXERCISE:
A MUST READ-ALOUD EXERCISE:

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

My grandmama taught me to meditate  on Him. Repeating His name as she cleaned the kitchen, washed her dishes, and cooked the vegetables from her garden. She chanted His powerful name while she put the cornmeal back in the cabinet, and the milk and eggs back in the box.

The peace and the energy that gave her!

My grandmama was a witness wherever and whenever: at Brookshire’s, at Simmons Bank, at the Extension Office, at Ford Car Servicing. She was a little old Paul of Tarsis in terms of her fervency in spreading the Good News.

So I am obligated by her example to share who He is. Our Redeemer. The Master. Our Savior. Forever.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14: 6

I love the Lord. He IS ALWAYS there. In my darkest hour, I tried Him. When my grandmama died, I was eight months pregnant. It was about 10 pm when I found out. I laid across the sofa and called His name. I loved my grandmother. I lived with her in my youth and in young adulthood. I expected that she would meet her first great-grand. But He is your present help.

I’m still here. Ain’t wearing head-to-toe black everyday and crying all over myself, I trust Him.

Confess your sins, repent, and be baptized. He is waiting on you.

💗

R.S.

Universal Prayer (from “Easy Steps to Yoga” by Sri Swami Sivananda)

Spirit and In-Spirit-ation

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UNIVERSAL PRAYER
Thou art, O Lord, the Creator of this Universe. Thou art the Protector of this world. Thou art
in the grass and the rose. Thou art in the sun and the stars. Salutations unto Thee, O Destroyer of the
cycle of births and deaths! Salutations unto Thee, O Bestower of Bliss and Immortality!
O Sweet Lord! May I be free from the bonds of death. May I never forget my immortal
nature! May I be able to look upon all beings with equal vision! May I attain the Supreme seat of
Brahman! May I be free from impurity and sin! May I know my essential nature!
Adorations to the Supreme Being, who dwells in the hearts of all beings, who is in the fire
and water, who is in the plants, herbs and trees, who is in the stone, brick and iron bars, and who is
pervading the whole universe.
I bow to Thee, O Secret of secrets! I bow to Thee, O Indweller of our hearts! I bow to Thee,
O Silent Witness of all activities of all minds! I bow to Thee, O Inner Ruler of all beings, who
pervades and permeates and interpenetrates all things of this universe.
Salutations to Thee, the Supreme Lord! Thou art without beginning and end. Thou art the
flower. Thou art the bee. Thou art woman. Thou art man. Thou art the sea. Thou art the waves. Thou
art the old man tottering with a stick. Thou art the saint. Thou art the rogue.
Thou art Light Divine. Thou art Light of knowledge. Thou art the dispeller of darkness.
Thou art the Supreme Guru. Thou art beyond the reach of mind and speech. Thou art beyond any
kind of limitation. Thou art the Self of this universe.
Thou art Self-luminous. Thou art without parts, without actions, without limbs, without any
taint or fault, without birth and death. Thou art our Father, Mother, Brother, Friend, Relative, Guru
and Sole Refuge! Thou art the embodiment of Peace, Bliss, Power, Knowledge, Strength and
Beauty.

O All-merciful Lord! Through Thy Grace May I realise the Truth. May I always entertain
sublime thoughts. May I realise myself as the Light Divine. May I serve humanity with Atma
Bhava. May I be free from greed, lust, egoism, jealousy and hatred. May I behold the one sweet
Immortal Self in all beings. May I realise Brahman with pure understanding.
May that Light of lights ever guide me! May He cleanse my mind of all impurities! May He
inspire me! May He bestow on me Power, Courage and Strength! May He remove the veil in the
mind! May He remove all obstacles on the spiritual path! May He make my life happy and fruitful. I
bow to Thee,OLord of lords,OGod of gods,ODeva of Devas, the Brahman of the Upanishads, the
Support for Maya and Isvara, the Supreme Bridge to Immortality!
Om Santih! Santih! Santih!

{sharing this because it has helped me get through my fast today.)

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“Thusfar has the Lord [Most High] [Great Spirit] [Creator] brought me. I am not worried, cuz THUSFAR has It brought me. He ain’t left me, cuz I know Too Too Too much about Him.”

-an embellishment of Dr. Robert Willingham, Jr.’ s thought 😉

stated August 19, 2013 at the Barraque St. Missionary Baptist Church’s Homecoming… It was truly a flagrant and bright poetic that he spewed.

“Thusfar has the Lord [Most High] Brought Me”koo

Spirit and In-Spirit-ation