Cheerleaders Have Fun

Once a blogger…always a blogger. It’s a challenge to put the pen down even while I’m on vacation. The good news is, I don’t feel pressured to meet any deadlines. 

Random blog: Words hurt. Words can also give us life. NEGATIVE words spoken to us, or about us, or about someone we love …. hurts. 

One offense can destroy someone’s future. 

The truth is … offense will come to us as long as we are alive.

I’ve offended others… and others have offended me.

Daily I’m learning how to become a cheerleader. The secret to becoming a cheerleader is that you see more good in others than things to despise or hate. 

Your life becomes more fun than those who look for things to judge you on. Every person earns the right to be celebrated. There’s something good in everyone. God doesn’t make junk. 

When we celebrate others … we kill competition. 

2017 doors are about to be closed PERMANENTLY. 

If God gives us life and we live to see 2018 …. It may a good New Year’s resolution to become an exuberant  cheerleader for others. 

When we celebrate others, we kill competition.

Fun Fact: I HAVE taken a month off from writing … but the month HASN’T released me. I’ve written everyday, but I’ve chosen to post this one. 


It’s Time to ….Relax. Refresh. Recharge.

To my reading audience: Thank you for your love, support and encouragement throughout 2017. Without YOU, there would have been NO ME. It would have been very unfortunate if you were not an active participant of my blogs. 

My 2017 statistics so far says that I have written a total of 1,411 blogs, had 3,304 vistors, and 7,432 views. I say, ‘THANK YOU!!’ 
The race is not for the swiftest, but those who endure to the END. I’ve put in many late nights and long hours of writing…but I’ve totally enjoyed every minute of it. 

I will be taking a break to spend time with my family, and to recharge for the Christmas season. I will be back in January – God’s Willing.

Please take time to spend with those you love. Live with no regrets. 

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas 

and a Happy New Year 2018 !!!!

Every New Year brings bigger dreams and greater experiences. The best is yet to come. See you in 2018!!

People Matter To God

It’s heart wrenching to watch the Libya slave trade that’s taking place in MY time. It’s 2017 and people are being auctioned off into Slavery for a mere $400…. thousands are being sold into slavery. 

It’s horrendous to think how one person has absolute power over another human. 

Where have we failed? When we fail to speak up about this grave injustice.

WE USE THINGS AND NOT PEOPLE. 

The earth is groaning. Darkness has covered the earth.

“To ignore EVIL is to become accomplice to it.” MLK 

It’s A Feet SituationĀ 

Have you ever heard that if you ever found yourself in the WRONG STORY, LEAVE? 

Proverbs 16:28 says, “GOSSIP is SPREAD by WICKED people: they STIR up trouble and break up friendships.” 

A lot of unpleasantness is caused by idle, wicked folks who spread rumours destroying people’s reputation and credibility. Their FEET run to spread BAD NEWS. They stir up trouble and break up friendships. 

Are we agents of change or are we comfortable being part of the gossip crew? 

It is time for all of us to take a stand against idle and malious conversations. If it doesn’t edify us or shed positive light on someone else  …then we should quickly walk away from the drama. 

BFF – Best FRIENDS Forever is a serious commitment to make with someone unless we have tested their credibility. If the conversation between us and our ‘BFF’ ALWAYS leads to gossip…. then the friendship should no longer serve any of us any purpose. 

We are NOT trees that have roots in the ground – we have FEET…moving on is always a great option.  

How wonderful it is to see someone walking towards us to tell us GOOD NEWS. How exciting it is to hear them speak well of others. 

My dear Mom used to say, ‘He who brings a bone, carries one.’  In other words, if someone is always having negative stories to share about others … then there’s a huge chance that they are speaking about you in the same manner. 

Don’t be a slave to a friendship that drains you emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Use your FEET and your brain…and walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you purpose.

Gossip:

  1. Breaks God’s greatest commandment.  Love each other as God loves you
  2. It hurts who we are
  3. We will be held accountable
  4. It will cause us to lose friends
  5. It will find its way back to us 

Look Into The Eyes of Others

Our eyes can be used to see what is good or evil, what is helpful or harmful in others. So many times we quickly pass judgement on good people, hurting people, rich people, poor people, sick people, etc without knowing the crisis they may be facing.

Someone once said that our eyes speak louder than our voice. Our eyes reveal exactly what we are feeling on the inside.

We live in a society where having a real heart to heart conversation with others is now almost impossible. We unconsciously hurriedly go pass hurting people within our own family, our places of employment, etc… as we juggle our personal agendas in between our deadlines. 

I’ve lived a few years here on earth, and I’ve come to the conclusion after observing hardworking folks that life is really a fast race to the grave. Don’t act surprised yet….

We work hard, but spend little or no time to enjoy life. Sleep is overrated to those who are competeting to get to the top of the ladder. Our kids go to the best schools, have every thing that money can buy… but they don’t have their parents’ love and attention. Our homes have the best kept lawns in our neighborhood, but we spend little time enjoying it. Like King Solomon said  – it’s all Vaniety. 

  • Is it possible for us to get past our greed for more money, more houses and more land?
  • Can we get past our selfishness?
  • Can we pause and look into the eyes of someone we love and see if they are okay?
  • What if we pass on a random act of kindness to a stranger?
  • Is there a chance we can begin seeing the good in others instead of fighting over some petty indifferences?
  • If we have the power to make someone happy – will we do it today? 

Mathew 5:16 says,
“In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will SEE the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in Heaven”. 

Finally,

LORD, Place a Guard at My Mouth

The meaning of guard is, to watch over in order to PROTECT or CONTROL. To protect against DAMAGE or HARM.

The definition of sentry is, a soldier STATIONED to keep TO KEEP GUARD or TO CONTROL ACCESS to a place. 

Psalms 141:3 says, 

“LORD, place a GUARD at my mouth, a SENTRY at the door of my lips.”

So many times I’ve failed terribly at keeping watch over what comes out of my mouth. I get the ‘oops’ disappointment. 

Here in the verse above … the Psalmist David asked God:

  1. to keep a guard over his mouth to protect it against damage or harm
  2. to place a soldier at the door of his lips. 

    Don’t know about you … but for me … I sometimes surprise my own self by what comes out of my mouth. It’s those ‘unguarded’ moments that I constantly need to keep watch over. 

    Let me set your mind at ease – there’s NO outrageous words …but certainly UNKIND and THOUGHTLESS words. You know that verse that says, sin waits at the door. YEP!!! The struggle is real.

    I’ve proven many times that I personally CANNOT keep guard over my mouth… therefore like the Psalmist David – I need God to place a GUARD at my mouth that will BOTH OPEN AND SHUT my lips.

    If my mouth and my heart is under God’s watch, then all will be well. 

    There’s NO way to prevent hasty, thoughtless, and unkind words from proceeding out of our lips in the midst of an unpleasant situation THAN by asking God to keep GUARD over our mouth.

    Unguarded words can both dishonor God and hurt others. 

    The beautiful thing about trusting God to guard our mouths is, He understands what we mean even when we are unable to express it. 

    Short and quick prayers works wonders in our most unguarded moments. ‘The bended knees and uplifted hands positions’ are true marks of total dependence on God to keep guard over our mouths.

    David was concerned about the use of his tongue so he made it a matter of prayer. 

    We all need grace to speak in a way that pleases God. 

    David knew the wisdom in asking God for help. He understood his weakness was in his unguarded moments of speech. 

    LORD,

    May we pray before we speak. Not think before we speak, but PRAY before we speak. 

    Amen. 

    1. Walls can be rebuild 
    2. God responds to prayers 
    3. We can accomplish great things
    4. Understanding God’s Word leads to repentance