My Brightness

It’s amazing how music works within us and works with our emotions. We are all moved with music and lyrics. We all have those songs that just captivate us and know exactly how we feel. I would just like to share one of those songs that I find to be so amazing in my life.

Charlie Hall- My Brightness

Sorry this was the best video they had.

Lyrics:
Well I’ve been hit from every corner
And I’ve been thrown from side to side
And I’m cracked up in the inside
So I come to You for life
Your presence always heals me
So I wanna’ drink it in
You know where we’re going God
And You know where I’ve been

And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning around.

Yesterday I felt so angry
And today so insecure
And I hate it that I wrestle with the God that I adore
Your presence always heals me
So I wanna drink it in
You know where we’re going God
And You know where I’ve been.

And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning

And I know less about You
But my heart loves You so much more
You’re the bright in sadness
You’re my brightness

I wish this thing could pass from me
But I’m wanting what You want
So bring me high and bring me low
Just hold me in Your love

And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning
And your love is like a rock
When I’m spinning around.my brightness

My Brightness

Real Correction

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Have you ever thought, “What is a jail really supposed to do?”  I mean it is called a Correction Institution isn’t it? So then why are there so many repeat offenders? Why do so many of these men and women after serving time in jail, get out and go back to doing what got them in jail in the first place. We leave it up to the government to take care of the inmates and they are supposed to come out better. But they don’t, why? Well I believe the right measures aren’t being taken.

Let me start by saying that I hate crime, I believe that if you have done the crime you deserve the time. I hate to hear on the news all the sorrow that is going on in the world with robbers, rapist, murders, just to name a few. It makes me sad and if you know me well then you know I can’t stand to hear things like these.

So when I first heard of a prison ministry at my church, I at first to be honest thought “Why?” I mean why should we put the time in them and try to speak the truth to them; they are robbers, rapist, and murders. Let the government deal with that, I already pay taxes that goes into the jails. Well the Lord showed me how he feels, and wow did it open my eyes.

Today at church our pastor came out and introduced our Outreach ministry lead pastor, Pastor Chet, and I to be completely honest thought “oh great our pastor isn’t going to speak today” and I thought service was not going to be good. Well God knows how to get my attention. He started to talk about all the ministries we had going on around the world, India, North Africa, and Bahamas just to name a few. I was sitting down and I was amazed how much our church does. So then he started to talk about the Prison Ministry, and explained to us that we in Christ are Free. Free of the bondage that the world had on us before we knew Jesus. In Jesus we do not have to do things the world’s way, our chains are broken. It is best summed up here, Galatians 5:13-15 (The Message)

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?”

Do you see it? Our freedom is not to be taken lightly; we need to use this freedom to serve one another in Love. Our Prison ministry writes letters to men and women in Jail, and in the letters it talks about the Truth, the Truth of Jesus.  So Pastor Chet gave us all an envelope with a name and Address in the front, and a letter inside reading about the Truth of Jesus. Then he had us write the name from the front of the envelope on the letter next to where it says “Dear” we sealed the envelope with the letter inside, and then we prayed for these names on all the envelopes, praying that God would work in their hearts and change them, give them freedom from their past, and let them realize they need change real change the kind that only a savior can do Jesus!

See these people in jail they might have done terrible things, rape, kill just terrible things, but that doesn’t mean they can’t change their life, that doesn’t mean they cant be saved from the bondage  and the evil of this world.  My eyes were opened, how selfish was I to believe that these people didn’t need this, didn’t need to hear the truth. I am so grateful I was at church this Sunday to hear that message it has made me see more of the love that God  has for each and everyone of us.  A Change is what these Inmates need a change like I said before only Jesus can give.  I just wish I remembered the name on my envelope, so I could read about the person and see in a couple of months or years to see if that letter changed their life.  I really hope it does…

Real Correction

“Fishy Emails”

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Early last week the White House website made a blog post asking and I quote “If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.” I saw this on the news and thought to my self now if I disagree with something and share with someone what I disagree with I could be “flagged” I then did some research about all this. Well I see a major problem with this stay with me here if you will.

My main problem originates from Freedom of Speech if I don’t like something I can say I do not like it, if I don’t like what the government is doing I can say from the top of my lungs “I DO NOT LIKE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING!” and be protected by The First Amendment. So how is it that if I dislike this Health Care Reform and I send an email saying I disagree with it to a person and then that person  can forward that message to the White House and “flag” me.  My question is WHY does the White house want my email address and my email? Will they delete my email address or save it do they follow me, do they want more control over me? Well click the link and watch the video

http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=8118890&referralPlaylistId=playlist

So they cant delete my email address as you saw in the video. But again why do they want my email address. Well My Mother also feels strong about this so she “flagged “ herself; she wrote an email saying she is turning her self in etc. She requested a response, which she got one a couple of days later and wont you know it, the email said,  “So let’s start a chain email of our own. At the end of my email, you’ll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, 8 common myths about reform and 8 reasons we need health insurance reform now”

So after they asked us to forward “Fishy” emails I forward the email they wanted us to start a chain letter with and responded with this

“ I was told to Forward all Fishy emails to flag@whitehouse.gov This email I have received from David Axelrod, (info@messages.whitehouse.gov) that ask me to start a chain letter. I am just doing my American Duty. I find this email Fishy”

So what do you feel? Ask your self why do they want our email address. Is this in some way affecting The First Amendment Of The Constitution?

“Fishy Emails”

Plan a Getaway

beach_vacation-dsc04539Im away at Marco Island Florida for four days and its been truly amazing! God has really granted me so much joy and relaxation it’s really amazing I am enjoying every minute.  The beautiful scenes and views truly Gods Beauty. Mainly it has lifted a lot of stress and worries off my shoulders, I been staying away from all Internet activities except writing this post.  I’m writing this because I really want to share how important it is to take time off from our regular lives. At least once a year I try to get away and disconnect, it’s amazing how when I get back I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated. So my suggestion to everyone is take time off, take a vacation, getaway, something to disconnect from our normal lives and reconnect with God.  I know times are tough and it’s hard but any little thing helps.

Plan a Getaway

Bumps Along the Road

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Right now I am transferring schools and I must say it’s a lot of work, especially when I have bumps along the road, things that deter me from the goal. This a big deal and I could of easily lose sight at what was at hand, and I admit I was pretty upset and wondered why God why obstacles? But I got my head straight and thought out the situation. So god willing, the situation will be solved by Monday and I can resume the transfer process. I am super excited, for those of you who don’t know I will be attending Johnson and Wales University Majoring in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. This decision was a long thought one about a year ago today. I always loved to cook but wasn’t sure it was for me, but now I know I love the challenge its not easy being a Chef, Long hours hot kitchens, and hard work and determination, a challenge is what I’m all about! So I Pray god continues to Guide me in this and in everything I do in life.

Bumps Along the Road

To Trust in

Trust

This week I have learned something I keep having to learn. Its been a tough week, there’s a certain feeling when some one we love is hurting physically and we can’t do nothing about it, it really hurts us knowing its out of our hands. Well at least its hard for me to see someone I love dearly go though something that is reallyphysically hurting them and I can’t do anything about it. I like to control certain things in my life, I like to always drive, I’m usually a back seat driver if I don’t drive I get nervous, I like to be happy and have everyone around me happy, even if I have to go out of my way to make them happy. I’m usually a leader in most things I do, I like things a certain way. Well time and time again I have  learned its not my way but Gods way. Its hard to let go and let God control ever aspect of my life, but it always feels comforting to know he is only going to do the best for me because he loves me and all of us so much. Thank you God for taking over, my shoulders are tired, thank you for lifting the weight off.

To Trust in

Challenged

Warning-Challenges

Wow it feels like its a daily challenge in my life for a while now, at times i feel overwhelmed. There’s just one thing that keeps me going and that’s God, he leads me though all my hard times. I turn to him first always to guide me and direct me where and what to do, without him i would be lost. A lot of times things seem great on the exterior but then the truth of things aren’t as nice, and i am faced with things that challenge me in a way that it has teared me down and i have given up, given up on doing it on my self and relying everything on god!

I want to thank @lanegeorge (http://www.lanegeorge.com)  he told me what i needed to hear “challenges mean growth man! be happy on that!”  and now i know i am blessed with these challenges in my life, because i know god is molding me to become the person he wants me to be, Thank you god!

Challenged