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Blood Bath

I experienced one of the biggest test/trial in my life a few years ago.  I can testify that God may not save you from being thrown in the fire like the three Hebrew boys, but one thing is SURE; He WILL be in the fire with you. When the fire is blazing and unimaginably hot, people will look on and wonder why you are not consumed. They will wonder why you look so peaceful.  The world will be amazed that when you exit the fire you will not even look like you were in an inferno and your testimony will compel others to proclaim you serve a Mighty God.

In the midst of this trial, I began having some intermittent physical symptoms (looking back I may have been experiencing symptoms of anxiety; I don't know).  Every now and then at night, there would be a pulsating in my abdomen where I could see a section of my abdomen pulsating and moving up/down involuntary.  It was scary! and would even wake me up from sleep!  At other times, I would have difficulty breathing like my breath was leavin…

Gospel Music J'Can Style

This one is basically just a listening experience.....  There are a lot of Jamaican gospel artist with lots of song selections, this is just a small sampling

Hope you enjoy the various styles of Jamaican Gospel music below.
I would love to hear which song/artist you enjoyed the most.

*Some of the videos below are music videos others are just the music with various pictures.

Majesty------Grace Thrillers Grace Thrillers is one of Jamaica's favorite gospel groups
How Great is Our God-----Sherwin Gardner


Hear My Cry Oh Lord------Marvia Providence
Praise and Worship style gospel singer Mi Bless-------Jabez
(song starts at 0:19 filmed in US and Jamaica) Mi Daddy Oh------Judith Gyle

Stand by Me----Purity Gospel Singers King David------Kukudoo
I'd love to hear your thoughts on which song/artist you enjoyed the most? You can check them out on the internet for additional songs from these gospel singers and more.

P.S I posted a Jamaican gospel video in this Post  :-)

As always, thanks for readin…

'Favored' Cultural Expressions...............Jamaican Accent and Patois

Greetings! did you enjoy the last feature?  Today, I'm going to talk about the accent and dialect of Jamaica.

The Jamaican accent is what you hear when a Jamaican speaks (English or Patois).

English is the official language of Jamaica; It is taught in schools and everyone speaks English. Some individuals however may have a better command of English than others for various reasons such as education, socio-economic status, socialization etc. 

There is however a dialect that we speak that is called Patois (pronounced: Pat- Wah).  Patwah shares some similarities to West African Pidgin.

One short example:
 Pidgin: una   Patwa: unu (you plural;  you all)Unu wait fi mi (everybody or you all wait for me). Patwa also has a funny/humorous connotation, it's not uncommon to see or hear people talk patwa and laugh while talking or the other party laugh while listening. It's not that the subject is funny per se, but how the person speaks and enunciates certain terms/words or the express…

'Favored' Cultural Expressions.......Roots Reggae

Every now and then I will share something from my culture with you through 'Favored' Cultural Expressions. It may be a song, information or a discussion topic on something do to with Jamaican life, culture, food, music, language or addressing any generalizations or misconceptions one may have about Jamaica, Jamaicans etc.

Today, I want to present to you Roots Reggae. 

Reggae has different genres (did you know that?) check out this Link  for a description of the differences.  The songs I'm introducing would be classified as Roots Reggae because it has a distinct message along with the style in which the song is sung. Mostly roots reggae is sung by Rastafarians and has some message that may include situations or circumstances people face due to politics, love, family life, or be based on some reference to Africa, peace, "Babylon", things like that.

I've posted two Roots Reggae songs below

The first is Untold Stories, its about life and the economy and It'…

That Time Again

On Sunday, I will be celebrating my Birth Anniversary.  I can't wait until then, I just want to start my praise party now.

What an honor and privilege to acknowledge another year of life. I can't thank you enough Lord for being so faithful to me;Looking back, your love and mercy I see.  Looking forward you are still faithful, wonderful, miraculous.

Lord, I thank you, I appreciate you, I acknowledge you for taking such good care of me. Helping me to survive to celebrate another year of life. I continue to ask you to mold me, I continue to stand in need of your grace and your guidance. Anoint me Lord with the fragrance of your spirit with notes of patience, kindness, long suffering and all the fruits of your Spirit. Take me higher in the dimensions of your Spirit in Jesus Name I pray Amen.

Nationality Revealed

Check out the videos below for the Answer......




Are you surprised?  I felt the need to share this part of myself with you. The beauty is that regardless of our origins we are still brothers and sisters in Love (Christ).



Are you disapointed that I'm not Nigerian?
 My closest friends in recent years are Nigerian and Ghanaian.   Baby Benjamin's parents are Nigerian, well respected in their "community"/associations, that tells you how close we are to the point were I'll be the God mother to their child. They are my brother and sister. It's not unusual for us to end a conversation with "love you".  Truly "Philadelphia" defines our friendship which was orchastrated by God himself. I was a member of the African Students Association in Undergrad....I assisted my African friends with starting the organization.  We had lots of fun....great memories and this is where my introduction to "Nigeria" began.  Fun times......     "One Love...O…