“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” (John Quincy Adams)
You see good marriages in Scripture, and you see bad marriages. You see patterns of faithfulness, purity and devotion to God, but you also see patterns of betrayal, divorce, polygamy, interfaith marriage, marriage for political purposes and more.We as humans have messed up marriage in every generation throughout history, that doesn’t change what marriage is.
Marriage is a covenant that shouldn’t be determined by popular opinion being shown through media. Knowing who you are in Christ will help you make big decisions down the road so put him first, and keep him there. Put your future spouse firmly in second place, this is the best foundation to the start of a successful marriage! Make sure to get over yourself quickly because two become one:)
A personal note to my oldest son:
We married early and learned a lot. We struggled together and marriage was not always perfect. I was given this scripture by my mentor at Powerhouse, Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” We learned to let people in, the right kind of people. We are here for you and will help guide you in anyway we can.
Your dad and I have a perfect love for each other because we know how Christ loves us and it’s so honoring that you look up to us in this way! My vision and plan for you is not my plan alone. I can only pray for you to stay connected,seek wisdom,and put God first in all you do! We are so very proud of the young man you have become and we know that you will be a great husband because you have a great example of one!
Hebrews 13:1 NLT
Know that your past doesn’t disqualify you from God using you in incredible ways. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, what you’ve done, or who you were; God can and will use you!
Don’t just be an example by the things you do, be an example by the way you live. That will have a greater impact than you know.
“Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit,” he said. “The thing is, though, the thing is that just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
“This award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students, that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.
All right? It’s kind of basic mathematics:, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. Now this is also in particular for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.
Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
Now — I’ve got more, y’all. Yesterday would’ve been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday, so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich.
Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.
Now the thing is though, all of us in here getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. All right?
Now dedicating our lives to get money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body, when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.
There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done, there’s been no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would’ve been alive if she hadn’t acted so… “free.”
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let’s get a couple of things straight, just a little side note: The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.
That’s not our job, all right, stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold.
Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though, the thing is that just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
If we cannot picture ourselves achieving our goals in our mind, it will be impossible to carry out our mission. Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”
If we can see the end even before we start, we are already halfway there.
Become today who you intend to be tomorrow. The bridge between who you are and who you want to become is simply courage. At some point you’ve just got to wake up and make a decision to get over the pile of excuses you’ve built up in your head for not being the person you really want to be.
Life doesn’t have to end today for you because you feel that you made a mistake. Life will start the next day and the day after that; so move forward and don’t press the rewind button, just try to do better the next day! as long as you have breath; you have a blessed opportunity to be the best person that you can be!
In order to build self-esteem and racial pride, Black Americans should homeschool their children (if you can.) A typical curriculum in school vaguely touches the subject of enslaved blacks in history and it ends with the Civil Rights movement. Our homes should be a great example of black pride without the stereotypes. Our kids should not want to be no one other than who God intended them to be. They should not want to transform themselves in order to fit in. The mental images of white America are programmed and thrown into the school system lacking other cultures making it hard to accept anything other than white.
As a mother who have homeschooled both traditional and non-traditional, my decision to continue with homeschooling proved valid when I see how prideful my daughters are. They have flourished in their own identity without diminishing who they are. I can teach them culture without stereotypes. I can teach them to love in spite of worldviews and in your face media. Black History in my home is not just in February; It’s every day! This is my opinion and it’s not intended to offend parents that have their kids in school. This is simply my experience with my kids when they were in school.-Just Celebrating Black History Month from my view!
What do you stand for?
In today’s culture it seems more people stand for the wrong things than those that stand for what God says is right. What standards are you using to measure your actions? Are you using God’s standards or the world’s? When you use the standards of the world as your sliding scale to measure your actions, you’ll often find yourself doing things you shouldn’t, and justifying your actions. Maybe the movies and television shows you watch and the music you listen to may be acceptable to the world’s standards, but are they to God’s? Maybe the type of language you use is acceptable to the world, but is it to God? Take an extensive inventory of your actions today and see what you really stand for. If you were to be measured by God today, would you come up lacking?