Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Singing about FAVOR

I know that you don't feel your best
Hold on, Be strong,
God's not forgotten you

Broken dreams got you feeling blue
Hold on, be strong
God's looking out for you

Just remember at the end of the day
The favor of God can open the way

God's favor, is more precious than life

God's favor, more precious, than life, to me

He brought me through hard trials
He brought me through tribulations

Never let a day go by and not realize
Had not been for the Lord who was on my side

Back was against the wall
He looked out for me
He heard my cry and rescued me

Never let a day go by and not realize we are blessed

Don't take it for granted that we are here today

Just know that we're blessed and highly favored
Clark Sisters

I give you favor
You will never want for anything
When you pray I will answer
Ask for rain and watch it fall

This is the hour
I'm pouring out My favor
Karen Clark Sheard

God Gave me Favor
He turned it all around

He gave Job twice as much as he had before

He gave me Grace and Favor...
Twinkie Clark

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Virtual Mini Concert ~Featuring: Carlene Davis

Excited to feature Carlene Davis for this edition of AVMC!

Carlene is such a fun, free spirited singer.  Her music ministry emanates sunshine and will certainly put a smile on your face and tapping in your feet.

I present to you international music minister......Carlene Davis!!

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Secret to Share

Are you a secret keeper?  
A ‘secret’ is something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown by others.
You may be wondering well, why are you sharing a secret then?!

Because knowing empowers us, knowing awakens our consciousness, knowing gives us the ability to make a choice, knowing creates opportunities, knowing liberates us.
The secret is actually a word.  A word whose meaning is too often misunderstood.  This word is often spoken of but very seldom demonstrated. Contrary to popular belief, this word is a verb, an action word …………the word…. Is……LOVE😊  
Love! I am sure you have heard this word before and perhaps even confessed love for someone at some point in your life. 

Perhaps you have professed love to your Parent, Child, Spouse, Friend or even your pet!  The secret is that it is not enough to just ‘say’ love; The power lies in demonstrating what it means to love.  

Love is best demonstrated through our actions. 

Love compels us to be inconvenienced, Love compels us to think of our self less. If we are honest, demonstrating love most times does not feel good.  Why? because it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with others.
Not too long ago, the world watched as 8 boys and their coach were trapped in a cave unable to exit.  Volunteers from all over provided their time, resources and manpower to formulate and execute several plans in order to rescue the boys and ensure their safe evacuation. 

All the volunteer divers knew there was a risk involved because of the water levels, narrow enclosures, and the need to carry oxygen on their backs for the rescue. We all breathed a sigh of relief when FINALLY all were saved. My thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of Saman Kunout the volunteer who died while bringing a supply of oxygen to the boys ran out of oxygen and became trapped when flood waters increased in the cave.

The reality is we may never have the opportunity to volunteer on an international life saving mission, or stop world hunger; however, we can start right where we are.
If we decided to demonstrate love intentionally…….can you imagine the possibilities that would manifest as a result? 

Well, You may be wondering, where and how do I start? Mother Teresa said “If you want to change the world, go home, and love your family”

My Favorite reference book- The Bible- one of the gospel writers Paul informs us on what love is and what love is not in 1 Corinthians 13. 
Love is patient, 
love is kind, 
love does not envy or boast; 
Love is not arrogant or rude. 
Love does not insist on its own way; 
Love is not irritable or resentful; 
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Perhaps a good starting place is practicing patience and kindness to those closest to us and continue to build from there. 

The following quotes captured my attention.
On Patience: Adel Bestavros is quoted
"Patience with family is love, patience with others is respect, patience with self is confidence, and patience with God is faith"

On Kindness: Bob Kerry is quoted 

"unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change"

Jesus Christ said "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God"
The demonstration of Love is powerful if used consistently, persistently and irrespectively.  Love builds, Love restores, Love heals.

I challenge you to "share" this secret, with our actions. Let our actions spill the secret and define the true meaning of love particularly when it is least expected and least deserved.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: Anxious For Nothing

How much more I can express what a gifted author Max Lucado is?!  I have read several of his books and written reviews Here and Here. I have adopted  the author as an Uncle in my head.  He makes you feel so comfortable and at ease. His writing style and way with words leaves you so blessed and reassured.  Uncle Max is anointed to be an inspirational author.

When I discovered he had released a new book Anxious for Nothing I knew I had to read it.  I mentally made note.  Just recently I had an urge to read a good inspirational book and  decided to check my local library and yup!! they had it.

The foundation of this book is based on Philippians 4:6-8

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.

Once again there was brilliant use of concepts, examples and explanations that leaves you smiling and comfortable knowing that whatever you are facing that may cause us to become anxious, how to overcome with biblical application.  The author uses personal examples of his life and examples from the lives of those he knows to concrete his scripture. 

Do you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety, worry, fret, fear about a situation or circumstance outside of your control?  I recommend reading this book!!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Singing~ Lord You're Mighty!

I am ever amazed when I think about God's Greatness and Might.  Have you ever considered how Marvelous our Creator is that even in His Omnipotence,  He knows us, loves us, cares for and about us?!

I can't help but sing today.....Lord you're Mighty🎶

The Heavens are telling of God and His Glory 
A Mighty God we serve

They Speak of His Character, Awesome Creator
A Mighty God we serve

Hail the Power and Glory of God...
Karen Clark Sheard

Oh Lord how excellent is your name in all the Earth
You set your Glory above the Heavens and the Earth

When I think of all you've made 
the sun the moon the stars
What A Mighty God we serve

Mighty God we serve
Angels bow before you 
The Mighty God we serve
JJ Harriston and Youthful Praise

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pinkey Promise Conference 2018

Attended the 2018 Pinkey Promise Conference in Atlanta hosted by Heather Lindsey last week and I had a blast! 

It was such a blessing to be in the presence of young adult women who love God and have a desire to live more purposefully and meaningfully in our spiritual lives.  We received motivating spiritual refreshment from all the speakers/presenters.  One of the main speakers was Sarah Jakes Roberts, she is the youngest daughter of TD Jakes and she has an incredible personal story.

Heather Lindsey the host and also speaker is such a genuine sweet heart.  Her love for God is simply humble yet powerfully influencing.....evidenced by the over 3,000 women that traveled from all over the world to attend her conference.  There were attendees that came all the way from Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, London, Netherlands, Canada to name a few in addition to all over the US.

The music/praise team and band that facilitated each night was simply dynamic; the energy and enthusiasm was a perfect balance, it was just awesome....the music/songs are still ringing in my head.

My Sisters from Canada met me in Atlanta for the Conference and we were totally blessed.

Next year, the  2019 Pinkey Promise Conference will be held in Miami, FL, with an interesting line up of speakers.  A fun girls trip that I highly recommend.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Royal Wedding

This post is very special to me.  The reason is, my very FIRST Blog Post (Link) was on William and Kate's wedding.

You see, I was reading many blogs during that season, however I was not pulled to starting a blog and writing a post until after watching their wedding.

First let me say that Harry and Megan's wedding was simplicity at its best.  Their love and admiration for each other was so tangibly felt. The part that moved me the most was watching her mother and  imagining all the emotions that welled up in her heart. 

Coming from a somewhat slightly similar background, (being raised as an only child by single black mother, sent to private school and graduating from college, same age range).  Just looking at her Mom holding back the tears, and trying hard to keep her composure, my heart ached.  Just knowing all that she never could have dreamt or imagined happening before her eyes..... her girl marrying a Prince.... a Royal Wedding.....now titled Her Royal Highness...... the world watching...... I felt overwhelmed with her.

Then her dress stunned everyone in a way that they didn't expect. Everyone was expecting a bit of grandeur to some degree, instead just the opposite.....extreme simplicity. Talk about drawing attention in an unexpected way.  Also, I love how fresh her face was; to me that was Royal. Loving yourself the way you are; not bowing to pressure to please any one's expectation of you.

The black minister that officiated the talk on LOVE, with his humor, personality and charisma how powerful was that sermonette?! 

The Choir.....I was so happy to see them, excellent presentation. 

My heart is still full from this experience.  I pray that their marriage will be fulfilling to them both as they live out their purpose in service, compassion, philanthropy, equal rights, and all that they endeavor to accomplish together.