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Yours to Give Away

Love today is yours

To give away.

You have the power in your hands

To fill the atmosphere

With love that is so dear.

A laugh, a smile, a hug

Filled with love has power

To change the world.

Give it away…..

Let it flow where ever you go

And watch the transformation

See the revelation

Hear the confirmation.

Someone was waiting for what you were holding in your hands.

 

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Remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.   Acts 11:23

 

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Gift of Morning

I watched you rise today.
I waited in our place.
I waited with anticipation
To hear your voice to see your face.

My hands were full with a gift of Love.
It was so big I had to let it go.
And just as I released it
You lifted your eyes to watch it glow.

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Lamentation 3:22 – 23

God’s love never ends. His mercies are new every morning.

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This is Living: Poetry for Dry Bones

I woke up this morning feeling that there are many who need encouragement. If you feel lonely, afraid, or just need someone to understand during a difficult time, I pray that you find your life refreshed today with the Spirit of the Most High God.

This is Living

“I am the creator of all things. Is there anything too hard for me?” God. (Jeremiah 32:27)

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Change the World with Love and a Vision

This morning as I was meditating and preparing for a prayer meeting, Holy Spirit lead me to look up Trenton, New Jersey. At first I was confused, but I obeyed and found an article written in the Trentonian (January 2016) featuring the thoughts of a known gangster, Earlie Harrell. Harrell is known for his association with a popular gang, but what makes him distinctive to me is his wisdom about what makes young men join a gang and why they resort to crime for their livelihood. Harrell says poverty is the reason and the lack of an education is the cause of poverty.

I am not surprised by Harrell’s conclusion, but I believe many of our young people would be surprised that a gang member encourages getting an education to avoid poverty and a life of crime. Harrell didn’t quote any scriptures, but his philosophy can be found in Proverbs 4:5 – 7. Getting wisdom and understanding is essential to successful living.

As an educator I encounter children from all walks of life. I have students from very wealthy families who are blessed with the latest and greatest things and they are clothed and fed with the finest. I also have students who live in near squalor conditions and their only access to running water and hot meals is found at school. Although their home lives are different, they have many things in common.

They are all capable of learning. They all desire to be loved and accepted. They all want to succeed and they all have a God-designed purpose. Interestingly enough, they can also have behavior issues that don’t reflect their potential as productive citizens capable of sustaining a strong community.

It is those behaviors that often affect their learning and cast a negative light on their personalities. Teachers get frustrated with constant redirection and try various types of discipline strategies. Most strategies work on most students, but some require a more creative approach–a Christ approach.

I am challenging myself and others who are blessed with the responsibility of working with difficult children and adults, to change a life with love and a vision.

Loving others is one of the greatest commandments and we have learned by Christ’s example how to show His love. When we are emotional I think we forget about the vision part that goes along with love. Christ loved us before we were born. He saw into the future and sometimes we forget that His disciples had character flaws.

Some wore arrogant and felt entitled. Others were greedy, doubtful, and quick-tempered. He didn’t judge them as losers. He did the opposite–He loved them and He showed them what they could be. He showed them their potential, taught them by example, and then gave them opportunities to practice what He was teaching. He called them by their purpose–His disciples, His friends.

That is our challenge–to speak to others as if they are walking in their divine purpose and potential. I love the Good News Translation of Proverbs 18:21, “What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.” If I want to see all of my students grow into women and men who make a positive influence on their community, I know that I have to help them see their potential. I have to speak to them as if they were in the future.

Jesus said to His disciples before they were sent, “You are the salt of the earth,” “You are the light of the world,” “You can feed them” “You will do the works that I do, and greater works”. He even spoke to our future. He prayed for us before we were born (John 17:20-21). We were on His mind then and we are still on His mind because He is still praying for us (Hebrews 7:21).

Let’s rise to the challenge. Let’s speak to the potential of this generation and the next:

You may not see it yet
But I see who you are.
I see your potential
You're not what you've done so far.

The plan for your life lingers
Waiting for you to realize
The unlimited possibilities
You have locked inside.
Your potential is inside
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The Songs of Your Life

Have you ever noticed how music can change an atmosphere? A beautiful love song can add romance to an ordinary meal. A soft instrumental tune can lull a fussy baby to sleep and a lively beat can make working out more enjoyable. Music has inspired choreographers to produce captivating ballets and painters to turn a blank canvas into a colorful masterpiece.

The songs we sing can be just as profound as a musical tune we hear. Singing songs about love can create feelings euphoria. Singing happy songs lifts our spirits, and singing songs with certain rhythms make us want to dance, smile, or simply sit and meditate. Did you know that songs can take us to a place of refuge? When we sing, we release one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal–praise!

I am reminded of King Saul who had a troubled spirit. Saul’s sin resulted in God allowing him to be tormented by an evil spirit. David was summoned to the king to play the harp for him. When David played, the spirit left Saul (1 Samuel 16:14 – 23).

Another incident in the bible when singing changed the atmosphere was when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. Their singing and praises triggered an earthquake that caused the prison doors to open (Acts 16:16 – 40) and stirred the hearts of the prison guards.

My favorite scriptural account of music changing things is Israel’s victorious march on Jericho (Joshua 5 & 6). God instructed Joshua to organize the warriors to go ahead of seven priests armed with seven trumpets followed by the Ark of the Covenant. They marched around this wall for six days and on the seventh day, they blasted the trumpets and the wall that kept them from their promise came down. Their obedience to God’s instructions and their praise resulted in victory.

I am convinced that our life songs and obedience to God’s word are the keys to our victories as well. We are instructed not to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6 – 7), but to pray about everything and give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18). David’s way of praying and giving thanks gained him a reputation of a man after God’s heart. From an early age David sang songs, wrote poetry, and danced for joy. We have an entire collection of his songs in the book of Psalms.

David poured out his heart to the Lord through his music. He wrote about his struggles, his emotional distresses, and his love for the Lord. What I love most about the Psalms of David is no matter how dark his mood or how angry he was, he acknowledged God’s power to make things right.

We can exercise the same level of faith that David had and experience a joyful and victorious life if we follow his example. Let’s sing to the Lord a new song. Instead of constantly complaining about what is wrong or being miserable about what we don’t have, let’s praise the Lord instead.

It’s not always easy to sing when trouble comes, but even during difficult times , instead of allowing depression and dread to cast a shadow over us, let’s sing a song declaring the goodness of the Lord. Let’s lift up songs of praise and thanksgiving. Because that is when we will find a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Raise your hands, clap your hands, or use your hands to write a love song to the Lord. Your act of worship will please the Lord and change the atmosphere around you.

A New Song

Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name;Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

Psalms 96