A Sister’s Pen

To my sister, who is feeling low

Feeling like she has no place to go

Stuck on life’s merry- go- round

that happens to be, Not so merry

My sister,

That feels trapped

Without any rays of Sun

Without any ways to

Run

Without anytime

To Stop

Knowing the world

Waits for None

To my sister,

Whose tears have

Overflowed the river’s run

Whose silk

Has been out spun

Repeating patterns

Can be undone

My heart sinks for you

Uncried tears

Causes throat clogging fears

To choke truth

From you

Leaving you speechless

Dry

Like unsweetened peaches

My heart weeps with you

Intangible defenses

Brick walled forts for the heart

Guarded by fear

Armed with bitterness

Clothed in hate

Protected by confusion

United with the loss of knowledge

Which leaves my people perished

My sister

My heart breaks for you

Cracks left by you

My love

Reaches for you

My spirit

Leaps for you

with Hope seeping through

wanting to soothe you

You’re not alone

Your journey

Is still to be honed

Time can’t be replaced

Your purpose was just misplaced

Your life

It, still has meaning

There’s time

Still remaining

Your clock has not run out

Just recharge

Your mind

Reach out

Transform

Your thoughts

to surmount

Defeat is not your end

Renewal

Comes about

Breakdown those built up walls

Your heart

Will beat again

Trust God

You’ll surely Win

Forgiveness

Will surely mend

The heartache

You’ve been forced in

All you have to do

Is Start

with God and you

My shoulder is here for you

My prayers are spoken too

With love,

You will get through

God has promises for you!

tumblr_ml5v1adlch1qen40to1_1280

Advertisements

Liebster Award

Last week I recieved a nomination for the Liebster Award from Mrs. Mia at http://thegrizzlegrist.wordpress.com/ .

Thank you so much, Mia, I am honored to accept this award! I simply love your blog!!

The Liebster Award has German origins. The word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend. It aims to discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Bloggers award other bloggers

HOW IT WORKS

It aims to discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Bloggers award other bloggers.  If you choose to accept this award and particpate, here are the rules for accepting the Liebster award:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love the idea of being vegan, but I’m not sure I can pull it off.
  2. I’m an activist at heart, I went to Zucotti Park to march with OccupyWallstreet
  3. I’m addicted to sour apple slushes at Sonic (bad stuff)
  4. I really love feeling the sun on my skin and the wind blowing through my hair, it makes me grateful.
  5. Sometimes I get so anxious, I forget to breath. lol
  6. I love Indian culture (food, fabrics, ayurveda health,etc.)
  7. I love watching documentaries of any kind.
  8. I’m in love with Jesus!!
  9. I am deteremined to live organically
  10. Having an afro liberated me
  11. I love being near water (ocean, river, lake, waterfalls)

My response to the 11 questions from http://thegrizzlegrist.wordpress.com/

  1. If money were no object, and you could not fail, what would you do?  Create self sustaining communities for people who are in need.
  2. What is your favorite part about today so far?  The sun is shining!
  3. If you could live in any part of the world, where would it be?  In a quaint village on island somewhere warm.
  4. What is your greatest fear?  Being in a confined space (physically, mentally, or spiritually)
  5. What do you hope people remember about you when you die?  That I was free and all about helping others find freedom.
  6. What is your favorite song, and why? Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. I believe in the message.
  7. What is the first thing you notice about people?  Their eyes and demeanor, I’m very observant.
  8. When you open someone’s blog for the first time, what makes you keep reading?  Their “About” page and pictures.
  9. Read any good books lately? Please share the title and author.  “The Path of Emancipation,” by Thich Nhat Hahn
  10. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?  The queen of the village that I’m from and my great great grandmothers
  11. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?  Becoming awake… This is not a completed accomplishment, but there are so many people who are completely oblivious to who they are and what’s really going on around them.  This is not to say that I have it all figured out, but I recognize the importance of giving love, seeking truth, and recognizing the light that has been given to me to shine.  Ignorance is not bliss.  Wake up!

My Nonminees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. http://essahcozett.wordpress.com/
  2. http://thevoiceofasoul.wordpress.com/
  3. http://intuitiveblessings.com/
  4. http://atasteofpure.wordpress.com/
  5. http://startsandendswithyou.wordpress.com/
  6. http://hadassahsvoice.wordpress.com/
  7. http://innateexpression.wordpress.com/
  8. http://alphaditya.wordpress.com/
  9. http://lshompole.wordpress.com/
  10. http://makupsy.wordpress.com/

Directions and questions for my nominees:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

11 Questions for my nominees:

  1. What makes your heart skip beats?
  2. What is the greatest gift that you could give to the world, if money were no object?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard of or seen?
  4. What is the most important thing that you HAVE to do before you die?
  5. What is the most fun thing you’ve ever done?
  6. What is the first thing that catches your attention on someone’s blog and what keeps you reading it?
  7. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
  8. If you could be a super hero, what would your superpower be?
  9. What is your dream job, and is that what you’re doing now?
  10. What’s your favorite indulgence?
  11. What was your most profound moment of clarity?

Tune-Up Tuesdays

Every certain amount of miles that I drive, I have to send my car to the dealership for an oil change and a check-up.  They check my brakes, tire tread and alignment, and whatever else they think they can get money for fixing.

images (32)

Some of us go to the doctor ever so often for physicals and annual check-ups to make sure that our bodies and organs are functioning properly.

images (33)

We go to church on Sunday to have our spirits nourished, to be preached happy, and sometimes condemned by any sins committed throughout the week.  But what happens in between Sundays, after we’ve danced, sung praises, and spoke from the Amen corner?

images (34)

What about our minds?  Where are you going to renew your mind?  How many Monday mornings are you hitting you in the face before you realize it’s time to be tuned up?

dont-worry-image

Tune up Tuesdays is the reminder of that secret place that we go to fellowship and abide within our Father, where we go to seek His face, to seek His kingdom!  Our minds are exposed to so many things on a daily basis; our own problems, helping others with their problems, work problems, family problems, world problems, the list is endless.  But God promises peace and He is always with us.  We must acknowledge Him!  Literally, think of Him being right beside you. The question is never, “Where is God,” the question is, “Where am I?”  Because God said He will never leave us, so when we’re feeling alone, it’s because we’ve allowed our minds to be caught up in the situation and we need to renew our minds and align them with His word.

images (30)

Today’s Tune Up Tuesday Scripture:  “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” – Psalms 19:14

*Meditating on God’s word is a great tool that can be used to tune up the mind! 

418173570284086839_2573928

Hurting

“Hurt people, hurt people.” – Will Bowen

So if you’re hurting, be mindful, you may be hurting others.  There’s healing for the hurt….. Peace for you unrest…..Light for the darkness…..And Love for the depth of mess that holds you hostage. There’s freedom in surrender.

Validation needed Here!

As if my existence could only be proven by a simple response, I waited for acknowledgement.  Waited for my phone to ring, so that I would know I was important enough for you to respond to my call.  Waited to hear the sound of applause after giving birth to my soul on an open mic night.  Waited for a simple wave or gesture of recognition that you know who I am, because I see who you portray yourself to be.  Do you approve of the words that I’ve written, the thoughts that I’ve spoken, the gift that I’m giving.  Is it beautiful enough to be appreciated, profound enough to be enlightening, courageous enough for you to give me the title of being brave, being established, being more than the perception of a lazy procrastinator.  Are you able to see me?  Am I loud enough to be heard?  And if so, is my deliverance enough to be proven to show results.

What is this overwhelming need to feel validated by others?  Some of us would never reveal the secret thoughts that plague our minds, as they wonder what other people are saying or thinking of them.  Experiencing the dilemma of an altered perception of yourself due to other peoples’ opinions.  Left crippled, bound in fear, and spilling over from the thought overflow of inadequacies.

Why else would you expose yourself to the risk of rejection, if you hadn’t felt the gratification of being acknowledged, being praised, being applauded, being exposed to the validation that you are somebody.  To know you’re encouragement changed someone’s life, that you’re ability to do what you do affords you life’s luxuries, feeling the love of people you don’t even know all because of something you’ve said or done.  How exhilarating it must be to be “somebody.”  To be set apart and celebrated, to be given worth.

So here’s the thing, God created each one of us uniquely and in His image.  Before we even made the decision to believe that He existed, He loved us unconditionally.  Without condition, He gave His only Son to die for us, even though He already knew we would reject Him, be disobedient, selfish, and the depth of the darkest secrets that we may hold….He loves you.  We have been predestined as adopted sons and daughters of the most high God.  Isaiah 49:16, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” You are literally in the palm of God’s hands, and He is always thinking about YOU!  “Even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (KJV, Matt. 10:30)  How miniscule are the thoughts and praise of others compared to the thoughts, purpose, and power God has for you.  When you decided to accept Jesus into your life you became a son/daughter of God, adopted into the kingdom, and you have an inheritance. (Eph.1)  God’s grace and mercy cannot be earned, cannot be bought, and it cannot be inherited, it can only be given to you by God.  And He gives it to you simply because you believe.  Your life is worth more than diamonds and gold, and you have a purpose and gift that only you can fulfill.  God has specifically appointed you to go forth and prosper; He has specifically anointed you to speak, teach, write, sing, play instruments, dance, paint, heal, direct, lead, be the voice of a broken people; and He has specifically given you the power, the strength, the love, the patience, the courage, the endurance, the knowledge, the creativity to fulfill what He created you to do.

Searching for validation from others is simply the need to be validated in God. Thank God for His grace. So who cares if no one applauds, don’t stress if that person notices, and don’t be alarmed by the silence that eludes those you seek praise from.  Simply search your heart, surrender your will, and serve your Creator.  He rejoices over you, He loves you, His thoughts are of you to prosper, and have the desires of your heart.  Acknowledge Him for He is always with you.