Monday, June 30, 2008

Great Advice from my Email Inbox - Quote #2

Great Advice From My Email Inbox

Bill Cosby on How To Reprimand Children


While continuing to read upon the legacy of now-deceased television journalist Tim Russert, and wanting to understand more concerning his social impact, I watched a few YouTube videos of the informative news program Meet The Press. And I came across one interesting video in particular which featured comedian/actor/activist Bill Cosby. He spoke upon the conscious need for parents to reprimand their children. He felt all parents could stand to shakedown the bedrooms of their children. "Shakedown," in the prison/inmate sense.

I originally laughed at the thought of any child lined up against the wall, while the parent(s) proceeded to search for questionable and detrimental items, in and around the area. I was once in the military and eventually worked at a correctional facility, so I have experienced and performed quite a few shakedowns. I laughed because Bill Cosby's words left the impression of the parent being a warden and the child as the prisoner, who had lost all immediate freedoms and rights. I also felt that it showed the lack of trust.

Then I thought about it. During the few shakedowns I've undergone I realized something very important - all items were found. No matter how much I may have thought I hid something from an authoritative figure, everything ended up being found.

I thought about how, as young children and teenagers, there are so many who succumb and wind up falling victim to peer pressure. Pressure itself can take its toll on everything, so it definitely has an effect on the young and unseasoned mentality of the youth, especially once you consider how certain kinds of television programs, movies, music and fellow peers hold somewhat of an authority over the child.

I expect that many parents and guardians warn their children against the pitfalls of following the roads and footsteps which sometimes lead to situations and circumstances beyond control. Mines did. But again, peer pressure is a monster. It lives and breathes and can quite easily take control of an immature mind. A child can know the difference between good and bad or right and wrong yet still go against common sense. And, in the end, end up paying the consequence for foolish mistakes.

After watching and listening to the video...I concluded that, every now and then, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea for parents to invade the privacy of their child's bedroom. Like Bill Cosby stated in the video, "Your child didn't buy that room. Your child doesn't pay rent. You are trying to keep your child from going to jail."

So, yes, an unexpected and surprise search of a child's bedroom can possibly prevent troubles that could have been avoided, create dialogue, make children think twice about repercussion, and hopefully save both the parent and the child from having to experience everlasting heartache and pain.

Shake 'em down. If you don't, I guarantee the prison system will.



Saturday, June 28, 2008

Stevie Wonder talks about tour, inspirations, Obama


NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder is fidgeting with his camera phone, embarrassed because he can't get it to work right.

But wait, it's not what you think.

Wonder is trying to show a reporter how the device helps him "see" written documents; moments later, the blind superstar reveals how the camera takes photos of text, converts it to audio and reads the words aloud, and instantly has wowed his audience of one.

But Wonder doesn't need to rely on technology to amaze: Now on a nationwide tour, all he needs to do is open his mouth and start singing some of his classic hits: "Superstitious," "I Wish," "As," "My Cherie Amour" — and he gets a crowd into a frenzy. Actually, just his appearance on stage is usually enough: His icon status is enough to leave an audience in awe.

In person, Wonder, 58, comes off more like your friendly uncle than a legendary musical figure: He cracks jokes, tells stories, and opines about politics and world peace. Here's a sampling of what Wonder had to say when he spoke recently with The Associated Press.


AP: You are a supporter of Barack Obama. One refrain from a lot of people is that they never thought they'd see a day where there was a tangible possibility of a black president. Did you feel that way too or did you think that it could happen someday in your lifetime?

Wonder: Of course I did. I always felt: Why not? What's the big deal? Someday there will be a Latino president and an Asian president and a Jewish president. We can't talk about those things and then not be. The Lord that I serve says the impossible is unacceptable. If we can fly to Mars and have many trips to the moon ... will find the cure to cancer. I just feel that we need to use more of our power for the goodness. ... We are in a battle for good and evil. You've got to take a position. My focus is not just because he is an African-American ... but his spirit is one of being kind of free.

AP: You have been more than a singer but an activist for years. Do you wish that younger singers were as concerned about social issues as you have been?

Wonder: There are very conscious people ... you've got various people doing their thing. There is a place of consciousness within. Someone has to stand out there and sometimes they have to stand alone. At the end of all that you are going to have people who take a position and move us forward. That doesn't mean that every single artist has to write some conscious song.

AP: Can you appreciate some of the less conscious — perhaps even a bit ignorant — songs on the radio today?

Wonder: The good thing about satellite radio is ... that there's a freedom of expression that happens. I'm not going to let my kids listen to raw (stuff), but I might a little. (Sings a little bit of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop"). I didn't know so many people were licking and sucking ... it's all over the place (laughs)!

Friday, June 27, 2008

An Ode to my Sistas written by Don


this is the story about a young girl
we will call her miss attitude
she possessed a heart of gold
but her mind seemed to be set
on being rude
to others

instead of allowing her heart to shine through,
whenever she was unable to get her way
she would quickly display
an attitude,
but it did not prove
anything
because having an attitude does not prove anything
i mean, who can't have an attitude

not only did miss attitude have an attitude
but she was spoiled rotten
apparently
she was use to having gotten her way as a child
but the older you get
the lesser you will get your way
one day
she will truly realize this

in the meanwhile
i bet if she showed her heart of gold, more
and her attitude, less
she would get just about anything
her heart desires
besides,
after awhile
people tire of dealing with attitudes
displaying a good heart usually marks the start
of something
beautiful

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Constructive Thinking


The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.

- Wilferd Arlan Peterson



Does positive thinking work? Not always, but it's a lot more effective than negative thinking is. Actually, they both work to a degree. They set the wheels in motion for fulfilling our expectations. Positive thinking has a nice ring to it, but to most people it's really just wishful thinking. That's why it doesn't always work. Positive thinking has to be accompanied with genuine belief. Believing is a mental and spiritual process which is deeper than the average person's notion of what positive thinking is. People who succeed in life don't think they can; they believe they can. That belief in themselves doesn't result from isolated incidents of positive thinking. It develops over a period of time, builds on itself, and eventually becomes a way of life.

That's why I prefer the term constructive thinking. While similar to positive thinking, it takes into account the fact that no one can have positive thoughts 100% of the time. That's as unrealistic as it is impossible. Constructive thinkers are aware of negative ideas clamoring for attention but don't allow themselves to be dragged down by them. Instead, they train themselves to choose thoughts which build character and lead to personal achievement. (Source)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ten Inspirational Quotes


  • go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.
  • the art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
  • years teach us more than books.
  • a wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
  • i like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
  • you cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
  • a loving heart is the truest wisdom.
  • dreams are the touchstones of our character.
  • the best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
  • hope is the dream of the waking man.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The FIG Tree: An examination of your faith by Attorneymom


Today, I heard a woman speaking on The Frank and Wanda Morning Show (FM 103.3 WVEE Atlanta) about how she always carries her FIG tree – meaning “FAITH IN GOD” tree- with her each day.

As listened to her talk about her faith and excitement about life, I began to examine my own faith, which lead me to the story of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-33. The story reads as follows:

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."

This story reminds me of what happens when we take our eyes off Jesus and our Heavenly Father and focus on the storms (challenges and negative reports) of life. We began to sink into hopelessness and despair.

I know a few preachers love to ridicule Peter for becoming afraid when he saw the boisterous wind. But I give Peter credit for two things – getting out of the boat and calling on the Lord when he began to sink. When Peter called out to Jesus to help him, Jesus immediately stretched forth his hand and saved him. Jesus then asked Peter, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

There have been times in the past few months that I have taken my eyes off of God and put my focus on the troubles of the world. I began to sink into despair and depression. I began to fear the future. I began to fear for my children’s future.

I had to remind myself to call out to my Heavenly Father and then examine why I doubted God in the first place. He has always taken care of me and my family. Why did I allow negative reports to take my focus off God???

God is the true Source, not a resource. Racism can not stop the people of God. The economy can not stop the people who love God and are called according to His purpose. Evil can not overcome God. We love and serve an awesome God.

In John 16:33, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

And this same overcoming power exits in you if only you believe.

SIDEBAR MEDITATION: If God can sustain the Earth and other planets in perfect orbit around the Sun, then surely he can sustain us.

How is your FIG tree?

IT IS A SERIOUS MATTER


According to the MICHELLE OBAMA WATCH website, my Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will address the smear campaign against Michelle Obama by the Tennessee Republic Party at our Centennial Convention in July.

According to our International President, Barbara A. McKinzie:

“Putting America’s psyche on a strong financial global footing needs to be front and center on everyone’s mind—not polarizing messages that fan the flames of historical racial prejudice. We must snuff out the embers of racial fear that the ad attempts to ignite.” Source
President McKinzie is challenging “all fair-thinking citizens—including President George W. Bush, Senator Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Rice—to join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in denouncing the ad and the climate of intolerance that prompted its creation.”

McKinzie states that “given the historical challenges facing American women, the resolve should be to improve the stature of American women rather than to denigrate them.”

Monday, June 23, 2008

IT IS FINISHED!!!! BYNUM/WEEKS DIVORCE GRANTED


The sometimes volatile marriage between Prophetess Juanita Bynum and Bishop Thomas Weeks III was finally dissolved on this past Friday in a Gwinnett County (Georgia) court.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the divorce was almost derailed when Bynum admitted to having sexual relation with her husband since their separation in May 2007. According to Georgia divorce statutes, a married couple seeking a divorce must maintain a bona fide state of separation and thus, can not engage in marital relation after the date of separation. Both parties agreed to change the separation date from May to September, which is the month that Bynum filed for divorce. Click here to read the entire article.

According to Wordpress.com, some of the items contained in the divorce settlement included:

1. There will be no alimony awarded to either party.
2. They will both retain their personal debts and assets acquired before the marriage.
3. Bynum will have her maiden name restored.
4. Weeks will keep the 2004 Land Rover they purchased during the marriage.
5. Weeks keeps the Global Destiny Ministries located in Duluth, GA.
6. Bynum will pay Weeks’ attorney fees in the amount of $40,000.

Weeks is currently on probation for the August 21, 2007 assault on his ex-wife.

Tyler Perry refuses to allow relative to use name and Don Cornelius sells Soul Train


Marlon Campbell, the cousin of popular filmmaker Tyler Perry, attempted to use his famous relatives' name to try to promote his independent film, ���Oblivious���. Perry and his lawyers got word of the marketing scheme, and quickly sent a letter to Campbell stating that any connection between Tyler���s work and ���Oblivious��� is ���intentionally misleading��� and ���wrongfully infringes upon the economic value of Mr. Perry.���

So much for blood being thicker than water.





After 37 years, "The Hippest Trip America" has come under new ownership. The Soul Train franchise has been sold to MadVision Entertainment, a multimedia company specializing in branded urban content and production. The deal includes production rights to Soul Train's weekly series, including a catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage.

Not bad, although it makes me feel like I felt upon hearing that Motown Records had moved its company from Detroit, MI to Los Angeles, CA. As if nothing is really sacred anymore. Some of my earliest memories as a child was sitting on the floor in front of the television, watching Soul Train.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Open the floodgates of Heaven..."




For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:
rebellion and treachery against the Lord,
turning our backs on our God,
fomenting oppression and revolt,
uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:12-15)




Bishop Paul S. Morton - Let it Rain

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Lean on me..."



"if you're willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you're willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you've got the potential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces..."

- Joseph Sugarman




Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Michelle Obama appears on popular TV show The View


On the show, Michelle Obama is asked about her highly-publicized '...for the first time in my life I am proud of my country' remark. Of course, she answers quite diligently. I was very impressed with Michelle. She handles herself well, appears very down-to-earth, and extremely informed. She even gives praise to current First Lady Laura Bush.

Funny moment: the beginning of the video clip, I couldn't help but smile when she greets each co-host with a '...fist bump.' She even goes on to admit that she's not '...that hip,' and how, upon coming onto the show, her husband Barack's lone advice to her was '...be good.'

Enjoy.




Ten Inspirational Quotes



  • money is a good servant but it's a cruel master
  • having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat
  • break a bad habit - drop it
  • feed your faith and doubt will starve to death
  • we lie loudest when we lie to ourselves
  • if the going gets easy...you may be going downhill
  • he who throws mud loses ground
  • hard work is the yeast that raises the dough
  • God's retirement plan is out of this world
  • it's not the load that breaks you down...it's the way you carry it

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PLANT OF LIFE by Attorneymom and Cousin Monica


God is good. My cousin Monica told me a story about her plant. She said that almost a week ago her son brought home a cup containing a small piece of newspaper. There was an object wrapped within the newspaper. She noticed that the object was an extremely dehydrated ball of dirt that showed no signs of life within it. She asked her son what was the object suppose to be. He told her that is was a school project that he forgot to bring home awhile ago. He said that he was supposed to plant the seeds. Not wanting to throw away his much neglected school project, she decided to place it to the side.

Five days later, she looked at the cup and decided that she would plant the arid ball of dirt. She gathered some fertile soil and a flower pot (a mother’s day gift made by her son). She placed some soil within the pot and placed the ball of dirt on top of the soil. She sprinkled some miracle grow on the dirt ball, covered it with more soil and then watered soil. She placed her new planting aside on her kitchen windowpane.

Two days later she saw stems protruding from the dirt. She was amazed that anything had grown from that dry dirt ball. On the next day, leaves had grown on the two stems, which is what you see in the above picture. Since our conversation, additional leaves have sprouted from the existing leaves.

She said, “Here is the plant of life. It's symbolic for me that we can grow from whatever state we start from but only if we continue to nourish our souls.”

The story excited me so much that I asked her to email me a picture of the plant so I can post the story on my blog.

Some of you are perhaps experiencing dryness (hopelessness and neglect) and death (void of life and vitality) within your souls. Let this story encourage and help you to realize that there is still life within you. It is not over. You can and will make it. Continue to do whatever it takes to nourish your soul until signs of life spring forth again.

Which do you hear more frequently?

It's virtually impossible to conceal who we are. Our words will eventually reveal what's stored both in our hearts and in our minds. While we're not always aware of it, we say something about ourselves every time we open our mouths. The wise Solomon wrote thousands of years ago that only gracious words come from the mouths of wise people, and that fools are consumed by their own lips. Good people are sensitive enough to choose their words carefully. What comes out of our mouths does, indeed, reveal what's stored in our hearts.


Positive
Praise
Sincere compliments
Encouragement
Thanks
Truth/honesty
Belief/trust
Sympathy
Humor/laughing with
Advice/instruction
Sharing of good news
Greetings
Support


Negative
Put-downs
Swearing
Biting sarcasm
Name-calling
Laughing at
Complaining
Gossip/rumor
Yelling
Insincere flattery
Racial and sexual insults
Lying/manipulating
Blaming


So, which do you hear more frequently?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Jesus is Love"


After earning the right to be heard, Jesus told persons the truth about life and themselves (see Luke 9:58,62). Many times Jesus said to hearers, "I tell you the truth." (Matthew 5:18; 8:10; 16:28).

The Lord never soft-pedaled the truth to curry people's favor. He challenged people to take responsibility for their lives and live out the demands of the gospel. He confronted friends with their laziness and dullness of heart, and adversaries with their hard-heartedness.

His rebuke was gentle in the case of His mother at Cana (see John 2:4)and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (see Luke24:25-26). It was firm in the case of James and John (see Luke 9:54) and Peter (see Matthew 16:23). Jesus didn't hesitate to disturb people's false sense of peace.

When telling people what they must do, He never coerced or manipulated them against their wills. Here again is a directive aspect of spiritual guidance.

SIDEBAR QUOTE OF THE DAY



How foolish it is to focus on our weaknesses and troubles, thereby giving them more power than they deserve.

Lord, I ask for your wisdom and guidance in what I put into my mind.
– Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

California King Snake found in baby's crib


BRENTWOOD, N.Y. - You've heard of snakes on a plane. How about snakes in a crib?

That's what happened to a family after they discovered a California King Snake inside their baby's crib while she was sleeping.

"An urban legend, you don't believe it could really happen," grandmother Joyce Abatemarco said.

A real life urban legend came true. The 2 to 3 foot long constrictor that will grow to a size of more than 8 feet was discovered in the crib, wrapped around the leg of tiny 7-month-old Isabella Abatemarco, visiting her grandparents in Brentwood, a community on Long Island.

"No grandfather wants to come home to find a snake wrapped around her leg," John Abatemarco said.

In the middle of the night it was Uncle Charlie who heard the shrieks upstairs of mother Cari and her daughter, Isabella.

"I heard screaming and I came running into the room. The snake dropped off her leg into crib. I grabbed a back scratcher to capture it, not knowing if it was venomous," Charles Vecchiarelli said.

The Abatemarcos say they had just purchased the mattress from Toys R Us in Bay Shore.

They took photos of the mattress before they returned it.

It was a baby Sealy with plastic packaging they say was open before they bought it, never dreaming that a hungry and thirsty snake might possibly be slithered up inside.

They've hired a lawyer and plan to sue.

"Either the heat from the baby drew the snake out of the mattress or just the snake migrated out on its own looking for a meal," attorney Brian Gunn said.

The snake is not poisonous, but also not indigenous to Long Island. The plan now is to have it adopted by an exotic animal expert.

The snake is being cared for at the Islip Town Animal Shelter.

The toy store and mattress company say they are not aware of the case, and won't comment on pending litigation.

CBS News contributed to this report.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Boy’s Simple Act of Love a Reminder of How Precious Childhood Is


I lay in bed floating on an antihistamine-induced high. I felt a presence at the side of my bed, so I opened my eyes and stared into the face of innocence. Barely able to see into the bed, my four-year-old son stood on his toes watching me.

“Daddy, are you okay?” he was concerned.

“Daddy is just a bit under the weather today.”

‘Can I give you hug?”

Let me tell you, nothing satisfies like those little skinny arms around my neck. I felt better immediately. He ran downstairs to announce to his mother that he had given daddy a feel-better hug.

Ah, childhood. A time when puddles are for stomping in, running is just so we can feel the wind in our face, and a hug and a kiss will cure most anything that ails you -- a time that disappears all too quickly. Age often brings more than just wisdom; it brings cynicism as well.

Perhaps we suffer too much heartbreak. Maybe it's just that we no longer have boundless reserves of energy, but as we get older what was possible becomes impossible or not worth the effort. We avoid puddles lest we dirty our shoes, run only so we can lose weight, and, for my money, we don’t hug or kiss nearly enough.

We recognize how precious those qualities are. As adults, we bust our humps to provide safety and security for our children and are outraged when anything or anyone acts to rob them of their innocence. Yet, often we become so focused on protecting them that we forget to enjoy them. We are focused on paying the bills, preparing dinner and getting projects for work finished on time and forget to revel in the healing power of our children's laughter. We focus in on the “why me, Lord?” and tune out their stories that go on and on with no direction and no end. We sit them in front of the television rather than put business to the side and indulge in that wonderful sense of everything being possible.

I plead guilty as charged. And it’s too bad, really, because my boys will not be young forever, and I will miss their childhood when it is gone.

The other day, my oldest didn’t take my hand as we crossed the parking lot. Over the years, I have grown used to feeling him slip his fat little hand in mine as we cross the street or walk through a parking lot. This time my son didn’t take my hand as he normally does. He jumped out of the car and simply walked by my side. It was so subtle that I almost didn’t even notice it, but I missed the feel of his fat little hand in mine. When did it happen? I thought. When did he stop needing me to hold his hand? When did my first baby become a boy? It happened so fast.

It may have been the cold medication playing tricks with my mind, but in the midst of the fog, I had a moment of clarity. I was suddenly outside myself watching, seeing time march by, days falling like leaves. My sons were men. The innocence of their big brown eyes was replaced with the wisdom and cynicism of adulthood. Sadness washed over me.

The day will come when my four-year-old will not look up to me lying on my bed sleeping off a few ounces of cold medicine, but will look down upon my elderly body lying on my deathbed. That’s just the way it is, the cycle of life. He will take my hand as I took my father's hand in his last moments. I wonder if his hands will still feel as small.

---

Joseph C. Phillips is the author of “He Talk Like a White Boy.”

Psalms 23


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Monday, June 09, 2008



Blog question: Do you consider the latest cover of Ebony Magazine offensive?

Behind every great man...


"Behind every great man is a great woman."

A time-honored saying, one that has been tried and proven. Throught history, wherever there stood a great man there has always been a great woman standing closely in the wings.

A saying that perfectly describes Barack and Michelle Obama.

Born January 17, 1964, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama grew up on the South Side of Chicago Illinois. Upon grade school, she completed her formal education at Princeton University and Harvard law School. She then returned to Chicago to practice law for the law firm Sidley Austin, where her and Barack first met. They were the only two African Americans employed at the law firm. Michelle was assigned to mentor Barack while he was a summer associate.

They soon formed a bond and a relationship followed. The couple's first date was movie outing, where they sat and watched Spike Lee's classic Do The Right Thing.

The couple married in October 1992. They have two daughters. Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (born 2001).

Saturday, June 07, 2008

"we, as a people, will get to the promised land..."




"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord..."

click here to read Dr. Martin Luther King's entire April 3, 1968 speech.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Moving Beyond Apathy

Though it may be hard to admit it, we - like the invalid at Bethesda, may choose to cling to our weaknesses, and sometimes ever to our illnesses. We just will not allow ourselves to be helped. Being 'victims" gets us some benefit, brings us some satisfaction; otherwise we wouldn't cling to a weak, hurting, and broken identity. Perhaps this was part of the invalid's real spiritual problem.

Many of us are "invalids" in the way we approach life. We don't "stir up" our God-given gifts and talents; we don't enter the "callings" God has coded into us at birth, we don't walk in the works God has prepared for us to do. As a result, we are far from the path that would lead us to spiritual wholeness - a life of spiritual passion, joy, and meaningful service to God and man.

These and other interior motives weaken and diminish a healthy spirit, until it is atrophied like an unused muscle. By allowing our passion for living to be lost, we become listless and apathetic. Slowly, we cease caring about God, others, or life itself.

See Psalm 90:6

Question: what causes loss of passion for life?


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

IT'S OFFICIAL: OBAMA MAKES HISTORY



"Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another -- a journey that will bring a new and better day to America... Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States."


UPDATE: BET Founder Bob Johnson is asking the Congressional Black Caucus to pressure Sen. Barack Obama to make Hillary Clinton his Vice Presidential running mate.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD by Ralph Marston



If you are feeling tired and weary, perhaps now would be a good time to lighten your load. There are many burdens you can get rid of that you'll easily be able to do without. Start by abandoning all your resentments. Each resentment costs an enormous amount of time and energy, and provides absolutely nothing of value in return.

Next, you can walk away from your anxiety. All the anxiety in the world cannot add a single positive moment to your life.

Pick up the pace by letting go of the need to prove that you're right. Instead, use the time and energy to more effectively listen and understand.

While you're at it, go ahead and leave behind your envy, anger, impatience and frustration. After all, what have they ever done for you?

Dropping the burdensome negativity from your life is ridiculously easy once you realize how much it's all holding you back. Lighten your load, and move quickly to where you truly wish to be.

POSITIVITY-STEVIE WONDER



Thanks to Wisdomteachesme for reminding me about this song. It is so uplifting.

Stay positive. Put your total trust in the Lord, and He will keep your mind in perfect peace.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Focus on the positive


"Virtually nothing on earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goal clearly in sight."

- Dennis Waitley



During Saturday's enjoyed podcast, hosted by PPC (Poor People's Campaign), whose mission is to promote the non-violent progressive social change philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I couldn't help but really think about the motivating words of Attorneymom. She said: "we focus too much on the negative."

Words that definitely ring true, especially as it relates towards the self-disciplined message which the podcast brought home - JUST STAND UP. I personally am under the belief that, while it's key to touch upon the negative aspects, it's also vital, I repeat VITAL, to focus upon all positives. A formed sentiment which I think the talk show clearly brought to light. No matter race, gender, or social standing...here in America, there's no secret how we live in a world where negativity is a powerful and the often heard voice.

Now, more than ever, the process of sheer negative speech attacks the way we think, affects the way we live. Mentally, it impacts everyone. As we bear witness during such troubling effects, seen daily. In our home, workplace, school, church, daycare, etc. It's everywhere. Even certain blogs have embraced a negative atmosphere, which is certainly within their right to freedom of speech. But I, like Attorneymom, don't think it would be too much to ask if we all lessened the degree of mental corruption and mind pollution birthed through such detrimental and irresponsible speech.

Especially when there are still good and decent human beings walking the Earth.

For those who seek to learn and teach others about the importance of quality thinking, once again, I wholeheartedly agree how the focus should remain centered around positive thought. Why? Because ONLY positive messages will bring positive thoughts, which create positive movement.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

They win when your soul dies



"There are times
I've suffered shipwreck in my journeys:
In perils of robbers;
In perils of false brethren;
In perils of my own design.
Yet, from these perils come knowledge:
Only from within may we truly shine..."


see: 2 Corinthians 11:26-27

No Weapon Formed - Fred Hammonds


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