WHO DO MEN OF COLOR TALK TO? #SuicidePrevention

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ROUND TWO

I’m in #Volunteer training again. I was talking to a friend about how things are rapidly changing in the field closest to my heart; #Suicide #Crisis #Intervention. Traditional training doesn’t equip me to deal w/ Facebook Live suicides & the like. It’s a different day we’re living in & it’s hard to ignore that hypersensitivity is increasing while low moral restraints are at an all time high.

When I look around the class this year I notice I’m the only African American. As a native New Yorker who grew up submerged in all cultures, I’m unbothered. The common denominator to help others takes precedence. And if it were not so, many would agree that women are more likely to have impromptu Kum Ba Yah moments that cause us to move past differences in times of dire trouble anyway. In my experience however, it seems to be very different…

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Anguish is coming! They will seek peace, but there will be none.

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The title of this post comes from Ezekiel 7:25.  This is prophecy from Ezekiel and should be a warning to all nations that disobey the Lord.

Ezekiel 7

1 And the word of the Lord came to me:

now_the_end_begins 2 “Son of man, this is what the Lord God says to the land of Israel:   An end! The end has come  on the four corners of the land.

3 The end is now upon you; I will send My anger against you
and judge you according to your ways. I will punish you for all your detestable practices.

psalm90_gods_wrath4 I will not look on you with pity or spare you,
but I will punish you for your ways and for your detestable practices within you.
Then you will know that I am Yahweh.”

5 This is what the Lord God says: Look, one disaster after another is coming!

the_end_has_come6 An…

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Quality Time: The Love Language Series (Part 1)

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Exposed: Everything is Illuminated

LOVE

James 4:8a – “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

I was reading devotional the other day by Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages series. In it, he spoke about how true quality time—when you are focused on your time with the other person with NO distractions—helps to build intimacy and bridge emotional distances. Good Advice!

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I think the same is true of our relationship with God. Just like any other relationship in our lives, to grow and develop, it requires Quality Time—time in the Word, time in prayer, time in meditation, time praising and worshiping. As we devote this quality time to getting to know God and His character, being open about our dreams and fears and being emotionally and spiritually available to His response, we begin to draw closer to Him; we begin to hear His voice (literally and figuratively) more…

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That’s what friend’s do!

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This weekend as I was walking with a new friend, she was asking me how I do friendship, what it means to me, and how do I let people into my inner circle of trust. I love these kinds of conversations.

My new friend was telling me about how she and her friend are working through a big rift. Her friend knew a co-worker was saying some really nasty, and hurtful things about new friend professionally, and had even witnessed it happening and did not come to her defense. Her friend said to her, I just don’t like conflict and I don’t want to get involved, besides I wouldn’t know what to say. My new friend was crushed, hurt and couldn’t understand that kind of behavior.

She’s the kind of person, who sticks up for someone when they are being talked about, or something unkind is said to their face. Like me…

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Doubt Dare

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A Necessary Pain

I dare you to realize

the power of doubt to paralyze

kryptonite in disguise

Delaying believers on the rise

I’m determined to obtain

The reason He called me name

Proclaiming His goodness,

Unashamed

I dare doubt to face my Father

Doubt says slow down-

I  push harder

I double dare doubt, to make me quit

Doubt, your defeated

When my faith is lit!

                       -Lady Jay

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Seasonal Confusion

Velvet green grass revealed

under a foot of brown, hole-laced

leaves-

many rotten ones reveal

gold standard, black soil.

It’s seventy out,

in the middle of February.

Only this morning, when

the school bus came, the

teenagers at the bus stop

were blowing out plumes

of steam, hands deep in pockets and

head retreated into hoods.

Ferocious, sword swinger Bible quoting, truth bringer Ask me who He is I’ll tell you “I AM” Releasing power in His name Surrendered to His love Once again Moving mountains by faith Because I can Reflective fire Burning desire To empower and inspire Ask me who He is I’ll tell you “I AM” His […]

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