Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Fountain

 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me ever to adore Thee,
May I still Thy goodness prove,
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
Hither by thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed his precious blood.

O, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind me closer still to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart–O, take and seal it,
Seal it for thy courts above

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Invisible Senses

Does God have a sense of humor?   Is humor Godly or ungodly?

Why do we laugh and find things, situations, statements funny/humorous to the point that it propels us to laugh or giggle?

It's interesting that we are told that we have five senses: Hear, Touch, Smell, Taste and Vision which all function from the various physical organs created to support their specific purpose.

There is no organ per se that is made to specifically make us laugh.  Apart from our physical senses that are triggered by physical organs, we have spiritual senses that are triggered by innate spiritual spirits. 

For example, the spirit of discernment, humility, peace, joy, forgiveness, kindness.... but do they operate automatically like our physical senses?  What do you think?

Somehow I think these spiritual senses are developed purposefully rather than automatically because of our sinful nature. Because of sin (living selfishly, disobedience, pride etc.)  these senses are weakened and if not purposefully nurtured they become non-existent and non-responsive.

The terms heart, mind and soul are often used synonymously to describe our inner spirit/character that moves us one way or another.    Do you think they are related or do you think they have distinct spiritual functions?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We The People.....One Love

"Out of many one people" is the Jamaican motto.  The fact is that Jamaican people are made up of a variety of ethnic descents. The majority of Jamaicans though are in fact from West African ancestry.  The historical accounts of how Jamaicans gained freedom from slavery is awesome and testifies to the general warrior and sometimes rebellious determined spirit many carry with them today.

Other demographics of Jamaicans are from the following descents Indian, Chinese, German, Jewish and European and there are a lot of Jamaicans who's heritage is a mixture from some or all of these categories. Because we don't have an ethnic/tribalism culture, as irrespective of the ethnic genealogy, the common culture is the same. As a result, there are a lot of mixed raced relationships/marriages that produces mixed offspring.

The Motto Out of Many One people aptly fits the description of Jamaicans because from my view and experience we live, eat, talk, and experience life generally the same way;  We don't have ethnic disputes or disparities other countries experience and I LOVE that about Jamaica and Jamaicans.

Lets slash some stereotypes one may have about Jamaicans shall we?

                                      Top 10 Jamaican Stereotypes
P.S. I'm one of those who don't eat pork and I'm not rasta #7(You'll get what it if you wathch the video)
There are many notable Jamaicans and individuals with Jamaican parentage that are well known that you may or may not have known they are Jamaican or of Jamaican parentage.

Here are a few:

General Colin Powell- First Black person appointed as Secretary of State in the United States Government during President Bush two terms and so far the first and only black person having served as Joint Chief of staff.

Kerry Washington- her mother is Jamaican from a mixed-race background   She is related to Colin Powell through her mother.

Naomi Campbell- International Model; Naomi Campbell is of African-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name Ming.

Madge Sinclair- Actress. She played the mother of Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. She died of leukemia in 1995. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in her hometown in Jamaica.

Corbin Bleu-actor, model, dancer, producer and singer-songwriter of Jamaican-Italian heritage. He performed in the High School Musical film series, the Discovery Kids drama series.

Lester Holt- News journalist who anchors Dateline NBC and the Weekend editions of NBC's Today, (Weekend Today) and NBC Nightly News in Brian Williams absence . Holt is of Jamaican descent on his mother's side

 Lester and Jenna both news Journalist tracing their roots in Jamaica.

Tessanne Chinn- is a Jamaican recording artist, best known for winning Season 5 of NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice as part of Adam Levine's team.
Tessanne Chinn
 Robert Nesta Marley- born on the farm of his maternal grandfather in  Jamaica, to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedella Booker. Norval Marley was a European-Jamaican of British heritage.
This is the end of a brief synopsis of Jamaicans my dear friends. Hope you enjoyed.
I wish we brothers and sisters of the world would/could live as one with one heart to love, care and be kind to one another.  This dream will be realised one day when God comes in the earth made new.  
God Bless and ONE LOVE.....

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Story-My Song

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
 This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love