I Am Satisfied

Dreaming of Guatemala

I have spent my whole lifelooking for things to make me happy, to keep me occupied and bring me joy.

From hobbies, to people, to pastimes, Iam searching.

I don’t stay in one place for long; I am quick to leaveunfulfillingthings behind,to move on, in pursuit of better options. Therehave even been times whenI’ve optimistically returned to a dustyold interest,only to rediscover why Ihad abandonedit in the first place.

From interests, to friendships, to entertainment, Iam looking.

I have travelled far and wide on my search for the fulfillment I need to be happy, but I have come up empty every time.

From restlessness, to loneliness, to boredom, Iam wandering.

In the midst of these journeys, there is only one place that I always return to. It’s the one place that never disappoints, the one place that always nourishes my aching soul.

It’s in the arms ofmy Creator – the…

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Silver Bell

The Shower of Blessings

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I used to be a strict teacher. I thought smiling would make the students think that they could goof around in the classroom. Therefore I wore a straight face often. Somehow after I became a mom, I was more passionate toward my students. I loved them, smiled more, and kept in mind that, “What if this is my child?”

 When I asked questions in class, I allowed creative answers, and tried to find some good points to compliment them. I allowed funny but polite answers. Other students might laugh at the answers. I laughed with them. Then I asked additional questions to help the students think. They might come up with more reasonable and appropriate answers. I was generous to praise and point out thoughtful answers.

Many students thought that they were my favorite students, because I praised them. They always offered to help. During recesses, they would knock on…

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WHO DO MEN OF COLOR TALK TO? #SuicidePrevention

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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)

Exposed: Everything is Illuminated

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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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