Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Feeling Patriotic

I remember several years ago, A friend came to visit me and exclaimed "I didn't know you were so patriotic?!"  I kinda smiled and nodded, but at the time, I really didn't know what patriotic meant (don't judge me).  I'm not sure if I heard or paid attention to the term before but to hear it referenced to me, I was a little unsure about the meaning.

Any way, When my friend left, I told my mother about the statement that was made and asked her what Patriotic meant.  She looked at me a little surprised that I didn't know the meaning but told me in essence something along the lines that being Patriotic meant, showing/having pride about my home Country.  That's when I realized my friend was making reference to the Jamaican flag that hung on display when you walked in our house at the time, and at that time I also had a Jamaican flag hanging on my car windscreen.

Well, today I'm feeling Patriotic.  My Patriotism this time has nothing to do with my home Country, rather it's about a place called Calvary.  Calvary is where Jesus died, poured out his blood, experienced shaming and beatings to save me from the eternal penalties of my sins.

Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice to pay the consequences of our sinful actions. As Christians around the world begin to reflect on our Saviour's most precious gift to humans I'm feeling as sense of Patriotism.

This week I'm singing and showing my Patriotism about a  place called Calvary.......

At Calvary
Wilmington Chester Mass Choir
I Believe In a Hill Called
Mt. Calvary
Gaither Vocal Band
It Wasn't Easy
But it was Worth It
CeCe Winands

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I am very familiar with the recruiting side of Human Resources. I worked as a Recruiter in the past and had the privilege of first hand experience in Corporate America, Non-Profit as well as different branches of  Government.  I enjoyed some parts of recruitment more than others.

The part I enjoyed the least was reviewing and rating resumes, lots and lots, and piles of resumes.  Starting out it would take me a long time to carefully read/review/analyze resumes and classify them in one category or the other. Over time, I became proficient and quick, knowing the key things to scan for (*A seasoned recruiter does not read resumes).

In the Private and Non-Profit sector, resumes would be rated and categorized in one of the following categories:

Qualified- resume shows relevant experience and/or educational requirements. Applicant is referred to Hiring Manager.

Pursuing a Stronger Candidate- resume shows relevant experience but candidate is a job hopper;  or,  a candidate applying for an Administrative Assistant position  has formatting and spelling errors on resume. Consequently this Applicant will not be referred to the Hiring Manager.

Not Qualified- self explanatory; no relevant experience. Applicant will not be referred to the Hiring Manager.

The process for reviewing resumes is uniquely different in Government.

Contrary to the Private sector, In Government, a candidate cannot be disqualified simply because the resume shows evidence of job hopping, spelling errors or sloppy formatting. The review and rating is strictly based on qualifications/experience/education and candidate status factors for example, if the applicant is a current or former Government employee and depending on the sector of Government a US Citizen.

As we conclude the Kingdom Ambassador Orientation Series. I am pleased to let you know that our Kingdom is recruiting for Ambassadors.

You will not be disqualified for not having it "all together"

The Kingdom Handbook states that:

Romans 3:22-24 (International Children’s Bible)
 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all are the same. 23 All people have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory. 24 People are made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They are made right with God by being made free from sin through Jesus Christ.
Are you interested in becoming a Kingdom Ambassador? Apply with your conviction and interview by your daily interactions, choices and lifestyle.

God Bless you! It is my prayer that we will continue to ever sharpen our skills, build up positive experiences, develop and grow in the prestigious position as:
Kingdom Ambassadors

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Revelation 4:8-11
8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.” 
 Your Majesty
(Steve Lawrence)
Blessed be the Name
(James Hall)
Blessed be the Name
Blessed be the Name
Blessed be the Name of the Lord
The Cherubim and the Seraphim cry:
Holy, Holy, Holy
I sing praise unto thy Name, oh Most High
I sing praise unto thy Name, oh most High

Praise Him
Praise Him
Praise Him

Oh, Praise Him
Praise Him
Praise The Lord
From the rising of the sun
Until the going down of the same
I sing praise unto thy Name, oh Most High
I sing praise unto thy Name, oh Most High

Be Thou Exalted
Be Thou Exalted
Above, above the Heavens
And thy Glory above the earth
I sing praise unto thy name, oh Most High

Bow Down and Worship Him
(Bishop Paul Morton)

You Are My Strength
(William Murphy)
You are my strength
Strength like no other
Strength like no other
Reaches to me.
In the fullness of you Grace
In the power of your Name
You lift me up
You lift me up.


Come Thou Almighty King
(Timothy Wright & Choir)
Come Thou Almighty KING
Help us Thy Name to sing

We've come to Praise
We've come to Praise
We've come to Praise
Thy Name

Father all Glorious
Lord our Victorious
Come and Reign over us
We've come to Praise thy Name.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Singing AFRICAN Songs of Priase

These are some of my FAVORITE African songs of priase.  The first one,  Siyahamba, is very special to me.  It brings back memories of a time, some 10 years ago when my friend from Zimbabwe, Sphumizewe, taught me the song and we sang it together at church. The congregation enjoyed it so much and joined with us.  Lovely, Beautiful song....
Siyahambe ekukhanyen kwenkhos
(We are marching in the light of God)

Siyahambe ekukhanyen kwenkhos
(We are marching in the light of God)

Siyahambe ekukhanyen kwenkhos
(We are marching in the light of God)

Siyahamb' ekukhanyen kwen-
Khanyen' kwenkhos,
(We are marching in the light of, light of God)

Siyahamba, hamba,
Siyahamba, hamba,
(We are marching, marching)
(We are marching, marching

Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwen-,
Khanyen' kwenkhos'.
(We are marching in the light of, light of God)
Baba Yetu
A Variation of the Lord’s Prayer- In Swahili
Baba yetu yetu uliye mbinguni, Yetu yetu Amina
Baba yetu yetu uliye – jina lako litukuzwe
(Our father in heaven, our Amen)
(Our father hallowed be your name)

Utupe leo chakula chetu,
(Give us this day our daily bread)

Tunachohitaji utusamehe makosa yetu Eh!
(That we need – forgive us our sins Eh!)

Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe wale walitukusea
(As we forgive those who sin against us)

Usitutie katika majaribu bakini
(Lead us not into temptation but)

utuokoe na yule muovu we milele
(Deliver us from the evil one forever)
Ufalme wako ufike Utakalo
(Your kingdom come and your will)

lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni. Amina
(be done on earth as in heaven. Amen)
  Soon and Very Soon
Brenda Fassie