Sunday

The Genius of Marshall

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So whenever people clap at the end of the movie it seems kind of awkward to me, like "you know they can't hear you right?!" eventually I wave it off and know that performance must have been really touching, and its custom to clap anyway when you're pleased I guess, but I was too happy to join in the applause with the audience after "Marshall" !! 

The screenplay was well executed and creative with some nice surprises here and there. In any instance I thought the writer may have been imposing a certain view on history, I can look past that and focus on the biblical reference shared between "Thurgood Marshall and Sam Friedman.

When you walk away from a movie and it makes you think, I would say it's done a good job. It's a good movie! Marshall was executed brilliantly and it made me see the Genius of Thurgood Marshall's service in his tenure. 

The film helped highlight that he was truly called to do what he was doing and gifted in an amazing way! I'm glad this was brought to the light. Hopefully we can all aspire to be excellent in the calling that we're blessed with and also be a relentless as he was, and was portrayed to be.

Great casting and great job to all the players involved!! Not discounting, but especially noting that it was a biopic, I pray that we see more films that make a powerful impact for good.

Friday

If My People Pray...FOR REAL

It's appropriate to pray for God's will to be done, or to be pleasing to God, or to hear: "well done". Yes...


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but it's important to realize the impact of prayers as petitions. Realize and seriously internalize that God hears prayers, and prayer can change the situation. There's a saying that "when prayers (praises) go up, blessings and healing come down.

Recognizing the vital exchange of communication between self and spirit makes a world of difference. Actually, it makes several worlds of difference... 

"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." - (Matthew 18.18)

Don't sit by idle when it's possible make an impact. that sounds like a sheer goal and most along the lines of God's will for our creation. Use that human power! If someone is going through cancer, suffering from disease, pray for and with them that they might be healed, for the numerous natural disasters happening in the world, pray for everyone affected...which is ALL of us. We can pray on tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas, or at  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

God was moved by the prayers of Moses, Jesus Christ, and others in holy scripture many a time. All those miracles didn't just come from nowhere!

We should seek God's will above all, but not undercut the power of our petition. A lot of times when prayer is executed in spirit and in truth we will receive the words to say, we will receive the answers which we can turn around and express verbally. Those times of righteous, true, spiritual prayer can turn into promising results more often than not. 

And to all my "Faith without works is dead" people, understand that prayer is what provides direction for wise action. 

I wish you all the best!

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - (2 Chronicles 7.14)

Thursday

Our Defense Against The Evil Spirit Of The Air

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. where the spirit of strife and contention is there is restriction.

Scripture reads: For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. - 2 Cor. 3:17

However, in dealing with spirit we also know that "...according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:2

There are spirits that are not of God. The ruler of the power of the air wants to restrict the very life out of us. because the enemy knows that in our life, our very living that there is power.
How much more powerful when we take it up and use it for God's purpose.

Be mindful, be aware, always consistent in prayer. Prayer, study of wisdom, and spending time meditating in God is a way that we can help cover ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. Knowing the word of God is powerful.

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.-Phillipians 4:8

We can think on what's right, what's true what's noble according to our own thoughts, feelings and emotions, but what's right true and noble to God? It's in prayer, meditation and studying the bible that we can find this out.

Pray continually, be armed with the word of God, and be aware. The spiritual wickedness is in high places, positions above you. They can resemble trustworthy people, come with "seemingly" good intentions, offer you temptations that you Like, but DISCERNMENT in the spirit is vital! 

Don't be so quick to accept everything you're offered. The enemy wants to trick and trap you. stay strong in the Lord and covered in spiritual armour consistently.

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Suggested Reading: (Ephesians 6:12-20)

Joseph's Administration Skills #Goals


Joseph's Administration skills are so Inspiring! First he managed potiphar's house excellently, then even the prison warden put him in charge worry free! When Joseph was on the Job, his Director's knew it would be handled! The words repeatedly express the favor Joseph had with God. What a great blessing!!

may we be skilled, helpful, and humble like Joseph!

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Tuesday

The Parable Of The Wasted Oil


A few minutes ago, I messed around and spilled some oil on the asphalt. this is one of my favorites.

I love it so much I wanted to save the amount that was wasted from off the ground.

at the very moment of me wanting to dive into the asphalt and risk it all, I thought: "this must be how God feels when we don't use our talents."

Of course I can say so much about wasted oil and wasted talent. I can make mention of the anointing, our divine purposeful calling we each have on our lives, talk about the parable of the talents where the foolish servant did nothing with his, and had no growth or prosperity.

Much can be said about wasting the beauty and gifts of life that God has given us, but I would love to have some encouraging feedback.

What scriptures, proverbs, or wise quotes come to mind when you think about wasted gifts, talents, and using them toward divine purpose? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Is Ambition Godly?


This world encourages us to act on ambition, and many wonder if ambition is or isn't Godly. The short answer is - it depends. We just need to know the difference between Godly ambition and selfish ambition. 

Selfish ambition destroys, but Godly ambition is life-giving. 
Selfish ambition seeks to please man, but Godly ambition seeks to please God. 
Selfish ambition is short-sighted, but Godly ambition thinks long-term.

Godly ambition builds the Kingdom and furthers the cause of the Gospel. 
As you lead and influence those around you in the coming week, and pursue your ambitions, continually evaluate and bring them to God. Ask Him to bring your ambitions into alignment with His purpose. 

It will always lead to something better than anything you could ever ask, think, or imagine on your own!  

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. - Proverbs 19:21

Post by Christine Caine

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. - 1 Corinthians 10:23
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Monday

Black Excellence Evolution: BET Awards Inspiration


I usually could care less about watching the BET Awards, but I’m glad I caught it this year. It was inspirational, and shifting more toward substantial. There was a noticeable difference in what exactly black excellence is, beyond the flashy lifestyle and the glam.

A few things I picked up were some artists primary honor of the most high beyond the cliche. Some of the S/O's to God may have been generic, but I could tell a few of them were hard learned and sincere This time around the enlightened, efficient use of platforms to glorify more than the next project, but call for revolution and bring awareness to pressing cultural issues was also inspiring. There was a noticeable difference between which artist are more intrinsically liberated and naturally gifted. but instead of getting into the politics of it all, I'll just share a few of my favorite moments, because we all just came here to have fun anyway.

Big Sean's tech powered performance with the digital background highlighted to me the importance of "Black Excellence" aka "us" in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) I was really feeling the multiple Big Seans and the automated pixelation he had going on. The lit part about it is not Sean by himself, but the engineers and scientist who know how to do all that. S/O to the people who we don't see working behind the scenes. STEM, not necessarily "cash" plays a major part in ruling everything around us, It's S.T.E.A.M. especially in this digital age, it's imperative to be familiar with it. STEM knowledge can help one "magically" manipulate the game in there favor, see "Sleight" but Big Sean had a pretty good STEM reference..." I'm all charged up and God is my source"...deep.

The elevation of Black Girl Magic is a game changer. The glow of Chloe and Halle, Yara Shahidi, and Egypt Ufule, the 12 year old fashion designer featured in the Ford ad is the fruit of self-confidence and empowerment that's been sewn by the conscious matriarchs of our culture.

From Michelle Obama’s tribute to chance the rapper to Chance the rapper... being Chance the rapper. Yes, let's "gas him up"!! I was for the most part unaware of his humanitarian work in the community. It was great to see the work being highlighted and him intentionally honoring the call to action in his path. It was reminiscent of Jesse Williams who adamantly used his platform to speak up at the previous BET Awards. Those dreamy eyes were looking up in respect as chance spoke. Solid!


Initially the aspect of Leslie Jones hosting the show drew my respect for this year's show. I caught it mid-way to find that yes she was loud, but had skits to emphasize what it’s means to work hard, not give up and go from zero to shero. Refreshingly, Leslie Jones is not the typical "Hollywood beauty" but owns her skin and knows how to be terrific in it. We saw, let's market that dynamic more, and "Lil Yachty in the yacht"!!! Very impressive.

Another thing is that as controversial as it sometimes is, in my coming of age is my recognition that weaves and lashes are a flyy girl rite of passage in some sense. "It takes money and time to be fly as a mutha" word to Daya. Who are we not to be flyy? As expected Lashes were everywhere even Michelle Obama was in on the action. Apparently blonde hair is trending everyone from Karrueche, to tiny, to tamar had platinum strands? Whether we're embracing our own beauty or trying on different ones, were just fly. Shout out to "My Black Is Beautiful" for giving all that grant money to worthy causes.


To overcome and excel, was the sentiment I walked away with from the show this year!
A vision black excellence peaking through and showing the ability to evolve in to something even more momentous is something I can be here for.

What was your favorite part of the BET Awards?