Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christ--mas

I haven't added anything about Christmas to this blog until now but I've known this is exactly what it would be:

Do you know the origins of Christmas...not what we've read in the Bible or what we've traditionalized over the years but how they all got mixed in together?? It may change your views and may make you not want to celebrate today. Or, it may just make you more aware and enlightened and knowledgable on the matter at hand. Either way, share opinions, please!!
I love you, did I ever say So?? NOo, I haven't but now, i am!! To all of my readers, subscribers, followers, and passers-by, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great and happy new year!!
I definitely expect to be speaking with you again before then, though :-}

Now, onward and forward..to the messages:

--Good News magazine has been good to myself and my family. I'd like to request this booklet today, along with you: Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Keep?
We can do so HERE.

--I read an article in Good News magazine that really changed the way I think about today. This is it: Christmas Before Christ: The Surprising Truth!

Here are other articles of theirs on the topic:
-- Christians Who Don't Celebrate Christmas: Here's Why

--Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

Happy reading!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Slightly reflective, non-uniform inspiration for the day

If there's anything that you want to do, do it because you never know, in life, you may only have that one opportunity to do it. You really never know what will be here later so don't automatically assume you can always do things later. Even at home, how many times did I see something of mine, something I'd wondered about where it'd disappeared to and even if I just leave for a couple of minutes, if I left it there, it'd be gone again!? Too many times to count!! It'd only resurface if I asked somebody else about it or searched the entire house...or waited for years.
You know how something's always there except for when you need it the most?? It's always crazy when it happens but it tells two things:

--If that place you last had it in was not the proper place for it, you now know the importance of keeping things in a set, appropriate spot.

--If it was where it was supposed to be, maybe you just need to put more thought into what you do. Now, are you going to want to find it?? Are you going to search until you do?? Are you going to just give up and yell at everybody for touching your stuff?? Are you going to be resourceful and find another way to do whatever you wanted to do with the item you have yet to locate?? That'd mean you'd be using different instruments, yes, but perhaps, finding out that the new way is better or, at least, strengthening your flexibilty, knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity. Will it influence you to choose to be more organized than you thought you were?? Will it influence you to choose to pay more attention??

As my mom would say, "Look for it" (for what you're missing). "But mom I can't find it," you say??
Well, God says, Seek and you shall find!!

Every day matters.

Even if you graduate high school and you see the same people and even do some of the same things, you can't ever get back those times in lab or those moments in the cafeteria and hallways or the times in classrooms when it wasn't during class but you were there for some other reason with some people. In high school, people think about the schooling but what's most important to your growth is what happens when you're not in class. These are the times you can just be you and you learn and develop into a stronger, wiser you throughout the years. Hopefully. The opportunities are there to do so but some people resist change.
By change, I mean that you learn to wear exactly what you feel like instead of what you think others will like; you hang out with whoever you should, maybe even with everybody, instead of being clique-ish. You're just more of an individual because you've been placed in trillions of situations where you've learned the importance of being able to make your decisions and that nobody else is able to do that for you. You know and trust yourself more and care less about what other people think about superficial things like the clothes you wear but you actually care more about what others think about you for real things...like how you've recovered from a break-up beautifully, maintaining respect and dignity. Sometimes, we learn through observation or through listening to other people's stories but sometimes, things happen and we realize there's so much to learn about it that we had not known before.

There are lessons to be learned in every thing.
Learn and live.

*Start writing!!
*Join the basketball team!!
*Be an active member of student government!!
*Study for your Regents (NY and CA) so you can attain an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors!!
*For those who didn't know there was such a thing, go visit a guidance counselor..that'll make them do their job!!
*Attend homecoming, at least one school dance and go to other school events, like dinners!!
*Go to prom!!
*Really clean your room!!
*Go to a new restaurant you've been wanting to go to!!
*Be somebody's valentine (even your own valentine...I was in 2005)!!
*Read a new, good book (click that for my suggestion of one)!!

What are you going to do??

*Go to school!
*Re-type your resume!
*Get promoted!

Set yourself up for happiness and happiness is what you will attain. What I mean is, do not think you can be happy if you're not contibuting to your happiness bank. Follow the formula...the Way (Jesus).

When you attain that happiness, grab it and live it. You can do these things! At least, right now, I know & promise that you can!! As for later, who knows??

Other things you can do:

*Talk to a grandparent.
No matter what happens, you'll always have that special moment & you can learn so much from them.

*Join an art club. Or dance group. Or drama club. Or cooking class. Or fitness gym. Or music class or band. Or book club. Or BINGO club. Or writing workshop.

*Create a club if there aren't any you want to join, by finding out what interests your friends. Maybe you've all been wanting the same things; help each other.

*Listen to some new music, that you usually wouldn't (Your brother's ipod, for example). You may love it.

*Put inspirational things all around you...things that drive you and focus you and move you, heart & mind & soul (Quotes, pictures of a house you'd like to live in, pictures of something you'd like to do, poems, a list of what you want to do in your life, pics of family).

*Give!! Donate!! Even reading to a child for an hour is very giving. Be there for somebody. Our lives really never are about ourselves - it's about our God, and everybody, as whole.

*Get new curtains or comfortable shoes. Maybe you want a new speaker system.

*Be a photographer. Record music. Wtie a novel or other form of literature. Anything & everything.

*Genuinely compliment others.

*Learn a new game/sport. Or, a new language. How about sign language, anybody?!?

*Walk. Walk further in the direction you usually walk or walk in a completely different direction than you usually walk. Stop along the way if you so choose, to do a little bit of shopping or stop in the diner to eat a 4-course meal (well, take some of it home for later!!).

*Try a new hairstyle.

*Attend a health fair and collect information..and pens and key chains.

*Dress up the teddy bears that are lying around with the cute but broken sunglasses that you couldn't bear to let go of, your graduation cap, an old corsage, your glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets, beaded necklaces or eyemasks from a party.

Again, what will you do??

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's the circle of life

Setting: 1994-95, my parents' living room
Characters: me, Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Sarabi, Scar, Timon, Puumba, Zaazu, Rafiki
How: My sister & her husband gave me The Lion King on VHS for my 5th or 6th birthday



As you can see above, the movie starts out powerfully. It ends just as powerfully. Many have seen it all over the world in many languages and many have felt different emotions and even been brought to tears. Yet, the one question I always wondered is, What's the "circle of life"??
It hit me...no, not then and not even in the following ten years...but in the past few days.
I will share but first, I want to share the song lyrics with you:


Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Ingonyama

Siyo Nqoba [We're going to conquer]
Ingonyama
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

[Chant repeats]

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life


Maybe we could attribute some of this to The Notebook but for the past couple of months, I wondered about how, in romantic relationships, people marry, spend years together and then they die...I thought about how life is that you come and then you're gone and about how people link up with each other to live their lives together and then it ends. Thinking about life and death, I realized some things. Some, I already know and you already know but we just have not thought of in this way until now:


We get one chance at this life and people come and go.
So, we come, we go, what we do with our life is up to us and then it's over. This is one lifetime that we have. The existence of generations imply that time and life continue, at least for a while, but that the people living it rotate. So, if this is my time, my turn at life, my chance to live before I die, I've got to live while I have this life. Also, instead of thinking about how people see you, realize that the people only know what you show. You're human like them and the choices you make now shape your life and what legacy you leave and what impression people have of you. Be who you want. Live as best as you possibly can.

I thought of the term, circle of life and how befitting it is. I thought about the song. It's a great song in delivering this message but they made one mistake: It's not the sun but the Son. GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL AND HE HAS GIVEN US THIS LIFETIME AND EMPOWERED AND EQUIPPED US WITH EVERYTHING WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE AND WORSHIP HIM AND LIVE OUR BEST LIVES TO THE FULL NOW.

So, I leave you now with a video of the song remade, celebrating Lion King 1 1/2, back in 2006. Disney channel stars Hilary Duff, Orlando Brown, Tahj Mowry, Kayla Pratt, Raven Symone, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth & Anneliese Van Der Pol were kids when The Lion King came out and now they sing to a next generation ((lyrics are below the video)):


(RAVEN)
OOh yeah

(ORLANDO BROWN)
Uh huh I like that

(TAHJ MOWRY)
From the day we arrive on the planet

(ORLANDO BROWN)
And blinking, step into the sun

(ANNALIESE VAN DER POL)
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen

(RAVEN)
More to do than could ever be done

(TAHJ MOWRY)
Some say eat or be eaten

(ORLANDO BROWN)
Some say live and let live

(KYLA PRATT and CRISTY CARLSON ROMANO)
But all are agreed as they join the stampede

(CRISTY CARLSON ROMANO)
You should never take more than you give

(Chorus)
(ALL)
In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place- (RAVEN)-First time only
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

(HILARY DUFF)
Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars

(A.J. TRAUTH)
And some of us sail through our troubles

(ORLANDO BROWN)
And some have to live with the scars

(ANNALIESE VAN DER POL)
There's far too much to take in here

(RAVEN)
More to find than could ever be found

(ORLANDO BROWN and CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO)
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

(TAHJ MOWRY)
Keeps great and small on the endless round

(Chorus 2x)

(HILARY DUFF)
On the path unwinding...

(RAVEN)
In the circle,

(TAHJ MOWRY)
circle of life.

(ANNALIESE VAN DER POL)
IIIIIFFFFFEEEEEEEE

(ORLANDO Brown)
OH-OO-OO-OO

(TAHJ MOWRY)
OH-OH-OH-OH

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Life struggle and the greatest LOVE




I saw this video several years ago but when I saw it today (on http://passion-4-truth.blogspot.com/), I burst into tears! The blog I saw it on today didn't have any words but the post title, which was, "Powerful !!!" This is because the video speaks for itself!!! Yet, the people in it don't even say one verbal/oral/auditory word. My perspective today, as compared to the first time I viewed the video, changed from a pre-teen/early teen who knows of and has felt some of the struggle to a young adult who's been fully in the struggle and all the while, known the greatest LOVE.
The song is by Lifehouse, for anyone who wonders.
Thoughts, PLEASE?!?!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What Jesus Did/ Empty Cross

It was 2006. I was thinking about how people wear crosses. †
They're just about everywhere and there are diffrent views on it.
I just wanted to know the significance of it.
Then, I learned of it: the EMPTY cross has the significance of symbolizing that the work has already been done. It is finished. God's work through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is perfect and has already been done...He's already been at the cross and He's already been resurrected and ascended. The gift of free life is here for the taking...I wrote a song. Please enjoy the lyrics to the song I wrote:

http://www.helium.com/items/1646261-what-jesus-didempty-cross

Friday, August 21, 2009

Causes/Petitions...Where's your voice?

Everybody has an influence. Where's yours?
A lot of times, we don't see our position fully and we don't understand our roles in their entirety and our effect on others.
Start typing something a new way, like LoL, and you will soon see it a whole lot and even from people you don't know. That happened to me. Life is like that period. We're all teachers, and teachers never know when their influence ends, as someone once said. We all share this world and this history. Your life, world and story are my life, world and story and vice versa.
I encourage you to use your voice positively and one amazingly powerful way to start is with a petition. You can start one or/and sign one already in existence. Visit these great petition sites for the details:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/

http://www.youthnoise.com/mci/

http://www.gopetition.com/


A while ago, I made a post about a petition to put prayer back in school. It's still open for signing:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/prayer-back-in-school.html

You can help many of our(mine and yours) friends by signing the dream act:
http://dreamact2009.com/

And drumroll:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reach up to Life and Prosperity in Christ.

In October of last year, I had a dream. There were clouds in the sky. It was a bright blue sky. One cloud was of a dress, like the ones they show on ladies' restroom doors. An even bigger one was the back of a quarter - an eagle and such. I also saw a symbol of something else but I don't think it was in the clouds. I wondered, why is this and what does this mean?
There were currently two women in the political news spotlight - former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, who was still governor then and was running for vice-president and firstlady Michelle Obama, who was just wife of then presidential candidate Barack Obama at that time. I believed the dress represented one of them, as far as who would win. I can only assume, but with wisdom, that it was Michelle Obama because not only have I never seen Sarah Palin in a dress to date but Obama's attire has been a mainstay in the news.
I was concerned about power play and remembered the quote, "Absolute power corrupts, absolutely." Was this dream about America placing money over everything? Why were they there, so big, in the clouds over the country? What was the other symbol?
It was something I had, soon after, seen on vh1...
I recognized it immediately. If you can't see, it says, "The United States of Hip Hop" and "Hip Hop Honors." Isn't it interesting how they have the eagle like the back of a quarter?
VH1 hosted this show and my brother watched. During the show, they had a lot of conversations and comments pertaining to the presidential election. Eventually, I stopped watching due to lack of interest.
Recently, as I still have not understood this dream, the revelation came to me that we've got to reach up. Our best life is attainable...now. Like clouds floating above our heads, a lot of people have need and their blessing is right above them yet not just monetarily. As God is our help and always reachable, all we have to do is reach up! Read Luke 12:31 and Matthew 6:33. Those verses tell you to seek Him and His kingdom first. Jesus said our Father knows our about our needs. Our God knows we need to eat and drink so have no doubt just seek Him and His kingdom and His righteousness and we'll get it!
Aren't we now, all of these months later after that dream, in need of those things? Since that dream, there's been a recession. God's word is still true, as it will forever be! Reach up and let the blessings pour down.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Celebrity

I've often thought that maybe celebrities and famous people, especially infamous ones, are in the limelight for a spiritual purpose--for those who see them and hear of them to pray for them.
Honestly, an individual can spend so much time agonizing over or complaining about the actions of another individual when, instead, a prayer would ease their anxiety as well as bring God into the picture with them and the person they are so concerned about. I have always been bothered by celeb-gossip because they are real people who are living these circumstances and everyone else is just looking at them, shaking their heads.
Think of it like this, "If I were in their position, I'd want someone praying for me!!"
More on this topic at at later time.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Saved

I was talking with a friend from the past and he had no idea what it meant to be saved. He said, I believe in God and that He's everywhere and He's with me and watching over me so what do I need to be saved from? What did you get saved from?
He had thought that you get saved from actions/habits and situations.
Do you get saved from death? From drinking or cursing? Isn't it still everywhere everyday; don't you still have to face it? It's a process? So, do people go through this process forever??? He asked me repeatedly if I'm saved. I said yes.
I just imagine how many other people think this same way and do not grasp that it's being born again! It's Jesus being the sacrifice so that we can live in, through, with and for Him. You change, your heart changes, He comes to dwell in you.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Childrearing Part Deux

It has been a few months since the first installation of the child-rearing series I have here. You can find the first post in the archive if you want to read it again or have never seen it.

It bothers me to see parents tell their children they are to be seen and not heard. It bothered me even when I was a kid. Respect is key and paramount, especially for children but when you teach them that they can't speak to an adult unless first spoken to, it decreases their perception of themselves. Who are we if not teachers? How can we teach when we don't know what they do and do not know? Yet, we subject them to senseless arguments on a daily basis of which they do not understand, except for the basic concepts--because children are able to grasp more than is often accredited. Keeping a window of communication and allowing that window togrow, adapt and expand as your child grows can help ensure that, in the teenage years, you don't have a door or wall of miscommunication.
What about when it comes to discipline? We know that it is better to teach them the hard way now with punishments than to let them turn into rotten brats. Yet, if we simply throw them into the corner when they do something wrong, are we not giving the impression that we can throw people to the side if they are not pleasing us? Should you not discuss with your child the disrespectful nature, dangerousness or other significance of their actions and its consequences? I think you should and it is what I do. I don't want any child saying to me, You don't have to shout or Look out, she's mad. I don't put children in the corner because they make me feel like it but because they need to be there because of their own choices...and they know that.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do not fear your circumstances

New International Version

Psalm 81: 8
"Hear, O my people, and I will warn you—
if you would but listen to me, O Israel!

Psalm 125: 5 But those who turn to crooked ways
the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.


Face what's around you. Don't hide from it. When you face it, you can be who you want to be in the situation but when you shy away from it, you give the situation control over your will.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Teen Commandments

My sister gave this to me when I was a teenager, saying she had it since she was a teenager and figured she'd pass it on. Now, I pass it on:

  1. Don't let your parents down; they brought you up.
  2. Choose your companions with care; you become what they are.
  3. Be master of your habits or they will master you.
  4. Treasure your time; don't spend it; invest it.
  5. Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
  6. Select only a date who would make a good mate.
  7. See what you can do for others; not what they can do for you.
  8. Guard your thoughts; what you think, you are.
  9. Don't fill up on this world's crumbs; feed your soul on the Living Bread.
  10. Give your all to Christ; He gave His all for you.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Settling for less

You can't get what you really want if you stop looking because something in front of you came close.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Topical Scripture Reference Guide

Practical Bible Reference Guide

Did you know??

Pope is Greek for father.
Matthew 23:9 (KJV)
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Clicking the title of this post will let you view "The Church" a pdf-fomatted work regarding the authority and organization of the Church.

Clicking this title will take you to following quizzes

You may be amazed at how simple questions appear not-so-simple and at how much you may or may not know.
Questions like, "Which of these answers only includes Scriptural names ascribed to the Lord's church?" "Is there more than one correct interpretation of God's word?" "Who, in the Bible, prayed a prayer of faith to receive Jesus into his heart and be saved?" "Can we be saved by faith only?" "If we can be saved by faith only, will God also save the demons?" "Does God require us to confess our sins before men?" "Why must we be baptized?" "Does baptism save us?" "How do we enter into Christ?" and many more are quite a discovery that I stumbled upon today. I encourage you now to take a quiz or three :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What is going on with the library system? Why do you need a chip in a card to pay for a book? Why is that more "reliable" than the tried and true? It's not. When you do this, you prevent people from going to libraries. You force those who do go to build up debt because they'd need the card to pay for a late book. Then they have mandatory PIN numbers? What's up with that? I want to petition this and sign petitions also. Every voice counts. Every person who does nothing is not helping to fix this and are helping it to stay how it is. Be responsible and do something.

Have you ever tried frozen applesauce? Just put an applesauce cup in the freezer. When you get it out in its frozen form, it's even better than going to the corner store and getting ice cream and ices because it has more substance. It has fiber, vitamins, minerals and natural flavors and colors; probably costs a lot less as well. When I did it, I had a Mott's cinnamon applesauce but I'd do it with the original, strawberry and mixed berry ones as well.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Are you in the closet?

I love the song, God in me, sung by Mary Mary and Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. At first listen, it may seem very non-gospel. It may sound, even, like blasphemy or indoctrination. Yet, when you listen with the ears of your spirit, you hear, “You think I’m so fresh/You think I’m so clean/You think I’m so sweet/It’s the God in me!” This song is all about giving God the glory, when everybody thinks your life is so perfect and you’re so great, it’s about sharing where all the greatness and blessings flow from, and speaks of all of the praying you do behind the closed doors of your home.

A lot of time, people don’t share that. It’s not necessarily even like saying, “My prayer time is my private business and nobody needs to know,” which is, for the most part, biblical. More often, it is like, “I’m so busy that I forgot to be sensitive to the fact that people should be aware that I’m living my life for and through Christ.” People see what we show. Are you showing a true testimony? No doubt, Christians want to be identified with Christ. There have, however, been many times when we’ve neglected opportunities to I.D. ourselves with the Lord! It’s about finding balance. You don’t want to be the one who stands in front of the people praying, because we know prayer is a reflection of something private and sacred that is not supposed to be for show, but just because we’re in the closet praying doesn’t mean no one should know that we pray, and definitely doesn’t mean it’s something shameful! Don’t deny the Lord and He won’t deny you.

I also, very deeply, appreciate the part of the song that KiKi Sheard sings solo. “What is it you think you see when you see me/You see me/You don’t know how much I pray/You don’t know how much I gave/You don’t know how much I’ve changed/I’m just trying to explain” People may really view you as so honest and charming even though you know God made you all you now are and you did not just come into this world like that. Sure, you may have had some nice characteristics, but honestly, we’re all born in sin. Don’t tell me I’m good. God is good. I know it’s not me, but, my willingness to submit to Him and His love, grace, mercy, statutes, Word, Will, Way, Truth and Life.

I don’t know a single person who has walked into a church and strongly and sincerely cried tears and sang and prayed to a Lord they didn’t know. That joy and fellowship comes with a relationship. A relationship with the Lord is one that changes your very nature immediately when you commit and enter into the relationship.

I was completely shy yet so self-absorbed. I was rude, bossy and disrespectful yet weak and confused. I did not feel comfortable being me but was a victim of society’s every whim. You may think I just “grew up” but that isn’t so. I still face problems daily; I’m not saying I suddenly became perfect but I am saying I became a new creature! I no longer think like I did, feel like I did, behave like I did, or want what I used to want. I, everyday, learn how to be me in this world, because I’m in this world, not of this world, so it says in John 17:14-15.

Other references: Matthew 6:6, Matthew 10:33, Luke 12:9, Romans 3:10-12, Romans 12:2

Childhood, an excerpt of something I've written

Childhood is something that implies you're going through a phase. Therefore, it's something that, when you're done with, all you have is memories and lessons, ... if you let go of the past, that is.

The memories I have are quite interesting.
I remember Disney World and Six Flags Great Adventures trips. I also remember a trip to the Poconos, a trip to Massachusetts and a trip to Tanglewood in Pennsylvania. I remember a couple of shopping outlet trips...I don't think I liked them very much at all because it was for the older, richer family members. I remember my sister, brother and cousin talking about the name brands of clothes they wanted to get. All I and my younger brother got was a long boring ride and after that, a long boring day of walking around while they and my mother shopped. I remember, one time, I got two t-shirts (the white, spagghetti-strapped underclothes type).
Even more special than all of these trips, were the trips made every Sunday. My whole family, packed into my mom's van, drove to church! We went and enriched our souls! That was family time - church time. We rarely were around each other like that at any other time. Back then, we could afford to do it all together, every Sunday, because we were alll very young still. Eventually, the eldest got married, and the second eldest moved out around the same time, but it was still very family-oriented. A good thing was, after church, we'd go out to eat together, and it wasn't at a drive-thru either.

In pre-k, there was a halloween thing where we wore costumes. I wanted to be Barney AND Simba. Then there was a Thanksgiving pilgrim parade where we dressed like Pilgrims. Then, there was an easter egg hunt, after we painted the eggs, of course. That year, my mom let me cross the street without holding her hand. It was a small street and there was not a lot of traffic, especially at that time of day, but it meant a lot to me when she let go and let me walk across to her parked car. Lastly, there was graduation day. I have pictures of that day to help me remember it but I've remembered it well regardless of them. Pictures remind you of the color of the balloon that flew away, and the size of the apple you were eating but nothing compares to feeling the warmth of the sun, posing for the actual pictures, feeling the excitement of graduating, and sharing that love with those around you.

Going Ahead

People always want to go back, so they can do it better, but life is not about going back. You're supposed to move on. You know better now, do better now. You can't go back. You can give back to people who are going through what you've been through already but life is about moving forward.

Psalm 46:10; Matthew 6:33 says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

A lot of times, we may get so blind-sighted with what we want, forgetting how small and fleeting and evanescent and silly it is. Sure it may mean something but look at what we already have; what God wants for us is greater. He said, Be still, and know that I am God.

Repentance

People have often been confused about repentance; sometimes they don't even know they're confused.
They think it's something they can receive, like forgiveness.
When I hear somebody talking about it as if it's something else, a term that sort of sounds like it but is a completely different thing, penance, I know they've got it twisted. They speak of it like they can give God something to make up for their sins.
For one, to repent is not to pay for what you've done. If it was, it would defeat the whole purpose of believing in our Savior would it not? Why would you need Jesus Christ the Lord if you could simply pray and pay for whatever you have done to fall short??
What repentance really is though is the acknowledgment of your former ways not being the ways of God and your change and turnaround to align yourself with God through his Word, faith, Truth; it's the departure, neglect and abandonment of old and evil ways; it's walking in the Light. Repent means turn "(BibleStudyGuide.org)...from sin. It is a change in mind from sin to obey God bringing about a change in action." It means to forsake those old, evil ways. It means to decide to go a new way, the strait and narrow way. In the Bible, it says, so may times, to repent. Obviously, this tells us that it is something within our abilities to do. It is something we choose, something we decide to do, to move forward in, to come into. It's something within our reach. It's something that is up to us.
When you ask for forgiveness, you are asking for what only He can give to you. He does it (God in Christ). When you repent, you do what only you can do, in walking with Him.

Gangs

Did you know that the Bible speaks on gangs?
It really does, and I read it a long time ago so I had to look online to find where it was exactly. I thought it was Psalms 1, yet that couldn't be...I found it is Proverbs 1.
It never says "gang" exactly but it speaks on gang activities. "For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood." It warns you to not join them when somebody asks you to. It tells you that, by their deeds, they really kill themselves.

I have a dream, my dream...

I had a dream of a united front against fat, against being out of shape. More than a diet or battle against your body, this is about humanity as a unit. There was a leader and there were those who followed. It was in a kitchen. Wearing black, not to camouflage but to reveal their warrior spirit, spontaneously breaking out in squats, I had this dream, and it's still with me, as it was even before I had the dream.
Do not "fear fat." Use your strength, will and resources to combat a laziness and a greediness which causes excess fat. Be free from that epidemic known as obesity. Be free from that illness that leads to it. That's how God wants it!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

It's been too long

I can't go any longer without another post, so here it is! It's hard for me to concentrate right now and it's like everything is spinning out of my control but that is far from the truth; I'm still responsible for me and in control of my domain. Therefore, I won't let my standards subside. I will, however, hold off on what I want until another time.
With ♥
3ditor Chris

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Prisoner of ♥

I'm a prisoner of my love
For you
And with every single day, I learn
Somethin' new
It hurts, at least it feels like it does
Yet it makes no sense to reap pain from love
So I persevere knowing that,
With these growing pains,
I'm also going to gain
A break thru


Visit these sites..I do, a lot:

http://stopviolence.care2.com/

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2

I click on all 15 or 16 of the causes you find at these that you can click for.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sneak Peek n2 "Friendly Dangerz" This is the beginning of Part I: "Raise Your Hand!" (just a taste)

I realized I needed to stop with the details. It was time to reel them in. “Gotta pep myself up though; these people are pretty stiff." Okay: “‘Communication is vital. That must be why this world is dying. People, more often than not, either don’t know how to communicate or don’t feel like putting any effort into communicating. In both cases, we really just don’t know the importance of communication. It’s so essential that our lives depend on it.’ I heard Mr. Elemi say this in class last week and all I could think was that he sure has a way with his words; the students also thought this. He is an English teacher who, no matter what, always gets his point across. When it came time for English, everybody would be in their seats long before the second bell rang. Needless to say, this current situation is saddening. Moreover, it was terrible to have to actually see him go. It hurts more to know that he didn’t leave because he retired; in fact, he had barely gotten started. Although Mr. Steven Elemi has only been teaching for five years, within those five years, he has become a legend. Now, he has been suspended. I made a complicated decision and helped that to happen, but it seemed that it was for the greater good. Everyone knows that Mr. Elemi will find peace. Still and all, the ignorance of modern society is appalling,” I said, with more passion than I ever expected. To Mr. Elemi, I am a wonderful teacher, and mother, and he does not blame me for anything. I just prayed that my passion was enough to persuade the Board to give him his job back.

“Sanit! Sanit! Get up! It’s seven o’ clock, come on now!” It was always such a hassle getting to school. “Why do you really think that you can stay up all night and still get out of high school?” Staying at Jennifer’s house doing nothing, those kids didn’t know anything about anything, and they didn’t even care. Sanit has been friends with Jennifer Caldwell practically forever but they were beginning to be detrimental to each other.

It was a bright Thursday morning in June. You would never think that it was pouring rain overnight. A new day means new obstacles to overcome, new challenges and therefore, new adventures. “My first class is not until second period but I need to meet with Principal Hammond before then,” I said. “Why?” Sanit asked. “Umm it is something serious, but not something of your concern,” I said. Sanit ate her favorite cereal, Rice Krispies, in record time. It really only took one minute. “I see you’re not sacrificing a bit of milk or sugar,” I joked. “So, Mom, did you sign my homework?” she managed to ask. “You mean your English homework?” I asked. “Mo-omm,” she whined. This is annoying. “Listen, if you hadn’t kept yourself at Jenny’s house so late, I would’ve signed it. I told you that the morning is not the time for this.” “That doesn’t make any sense. I did give it to you last night,” she stated. “I’ve spoken.” Sanit hated that. She thought I never listened to her, but when I did, all I’d hear is excuses. “Why can’t we just have a normal conversation?” she asked, not expecting a response. There was such silence until we walked into the school. “Have a good day,” I said. Sanit mumbled, “Like that’s possible,” as usual. We walked our separate ways down the halls of Montgomery Preparatory High School.

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Stance: Childrearing Pt. Un

I'd never ever want to give a kid everything they want because what kid really knows what they want? They only know their name 'cuz everybody calls them by it. They know their age because that's how many candles were on their birthday cake. They say they want "fancakes" because you give them pancakes. Yes, they have minds of their own and should be respected for it, but I can't dictate my life by a child!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I almost lost her FOREVER

Life is so precious. We never know how much time we have here. It's never too long. No matter how many times I've heard that, I still see hearts broken daily and miscommunication. I witness kids being misguided and friends parting ways. Evil abounds but goodness prevails..
still.
The answer to "Where is the love?" and "When will people start caring for each other?" lies in each and every one of us. We all make things how they are now, and we all have to change it.
Growing up is accepting responsibility, for yourself and your life. It's a beautiful thing. It aint easy, but it's part of the FREEDOM that comes with being grown..no matter your age.
Tiffany Evans featuring Bow Wow: I'm Grown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRfzQwmeDj8

Swine flew?

What is a swine flu? I have just as much of an idea of what swine flu is as I have of what a Twitter is. Apparently, once we're no longer hearing about salmonella being in watermelon, tomatoes and PEANUT BUTTER, we must be subjected to hearing about "mystery flu strains." Good things will come out of this. I'm sad to hear about the death toll, but now I must say, has anybody a greater sense of responsibility about random traveling?
So many schools take students out for trips to other countries - Costa Rican spring breaks (as my brothers' school was doing), Natalee Holloway's Aruban trip. When choosing to go/permit your child to go, shouldn't you take great care with that decision? When you choose to go through with it, you now risk your safety as well as the safety of whoever you're around. You could bring illness to people there, and they can give illness to you. Then, when you leave, you can bring it back and spread more. Most people don't jump in irrationally but many don't realize what is really at risk. It's seemingly a great opportunity, a fun adventure, a challenging mission...but then you're away from your family and in a "strange" place (place you don't usually go). You don't know what to expect!
"28 students at St. Francis Prep"? One school is what it started with here in New York. In Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California, I don't know. Then it spread to New Jersey and another school in NY, a public elementary school.
The jokes/forward emails and text messages being passed around are pretty horrible...from racist to crude.

Heyy

This blog is one of divine order and intention. That is not to say that the writer(s) will be perfect or that everything stated will be fact (but if stated as a fact it will be). It just means that God is ordering our steps.
First, I believe that I was not just born in 1989 by accident, and I was not just allowed to be either; I believe that I was chosen to be born exactly when I was born, and grow up in a technological era and make the absolute most of it!
Second, I know this is something I can and will be great at because I know that I've been blessed with the necessary skills and knowledge to do so. It takes more than having an opinion and knowing how to type. It takes a servility, a humble spirit, knowing it's not all you. When we think we're so great, we fall because we no longer seek help and therefore don't receive the help that we needed to get to where we're going, the help that got us however far we already got.
Third, there will not be any tolerance for vulgarity because the human voice is so precious, and being sensitive to everybody's needs, I know that what everybody needs is to learn how to properly speak. Every voice should be heard.
Now that we know where we stand, it's time to blog(more)!

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