Lord for the past couple of weeks I have notice people searching for prayers on low self-esteem. So today Lord I bring those that suffer from lack of confidence to you. Lord I am asking you to help them overcome whatever stole their self-assurance. Lord I’m asking you to gently speak in their ear that if they had been the only person in the world, you would have come from Heaven and saved them alone. Lord, I’m praying today that they understand they are special and you love them much more than any mortal man. I’m asking Lord that you wrap your loving spiritual arms around them. Allow their wounded souls to nestle in your spiritual being and take comfort in your ability to heal. I’m asking Lord that you give them hope by affirming them as only you can. I’m asking Lord that you give them a spirit to forgive the person or persons that have hurt them as they move on with life.
Lord please help them to understand you want us to have good thoughts, and that includes how we feel about ourselves. For Psalm 19:14 states:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can. –Walter D. Wintle
1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gael. colpach “heifer, steer, colt;” colpa “cow,horse.” The Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse that was reputed to haunt lakes and riversand to delight in causing drownings. But unlike its equivalents in Dan. (nøkken) and Icel. –Dictionary.com
Today as I was surfing the web for international inspiration I stumbled across the blog of Fahrenheit Creative Group. The admin of this wonderful blog gives people motivational and inspirational quotes and messages to live by. After stumbling upon this wonderful blog site I almost forgot what I was looking for.
Oh. Yeah. I was searching for something that could be passed on to the American nation in a time of uncertainty.
I guess after listening to the opinions of those in my circle about America’s current insufficient funds status I have found their comments mind-boggling. I really want to respond with “do you really believe that crap your voicing!” And my response would not be in question form. I would hope my statement would awaken their intellect in using commonsense [which is no longer common].
It seems everybody is running on scarcity.
Personally, I think the American people, that are generations rooted by birth, are tired of feeling left out. Especially when it comes to the freebies given to those that are illegally living in our country and profiting from the American overtaxed entitlement programs.
It seems that everyone has lost sight of what made America great. The economical dismay of our economy has brought forth spirits of defeat and disdain. Especially for those we find different from our personal and professional communities. The havoc that is being wreaked on lives as dreams are no longer a vision of hope makes me ask: What ever happened to the all American dream?
One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
The American dream died when the government made it easy for a person to be given a fish when hungry. And the quest for self-worth plummeted when the public demanded more entitlement programs from their local and state government officials. And, sadly, these programs were implemented. As I see things, these handouts removed the instinct for self-preservation. And hinders people to remember and believe in a quote from our founding fathers’:
That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
It is so hard to believe this incredible talented man was shy. Wow! Right!
For me, after seeing this video I decided to research Marvin Gaye. I wanted to learn more about the him the man [and not the singer]. There wasn’t much that had been uploaded on the internet about his personal life that I didn’t already know. As usually it was mostly bad stuff. To be honest, I was not surprised. It’s sad how people are only interested in the bad things when it comes to the rich and famous. It seems that people are never really concern if the person that is in an influential position is truly making a difference. Well any-who-how . . .
I can remember hearing Marvin Gaye’s tantalizing voice being resonating from the speakers of my moms record-player. I also remember how she would let his music play over and over for hours. It was as if his melodies would transport her to a place that was only for her to enjoy. I knew she had reached her fantasy destination when I would start misbehaving and she said not a word. Talk about a little person taking advantage of the situation.
Let’s just say, not only did Marvin Gaye inspire many lasting relationship through his ability to connect lovers, but he saved me from getting many tongue lashings and spankings. As my mother used his latest hits to transport her from the harshness of life.
So when I heard this sound track of Marvin Gaye singing a cappella, I was transported back to a time I enjoyed my mom the most. Not only did I return to a time where I was allowed to be a mischievous kid; but, my memory allowed me to remember how my mother set the mood for her to enjoy an evening to listen to one of her favorite vocalist, that eventually became one of my favorite male artist.
Marvin Gaye’s music makes him timeless. I realize the phrase “timeless” is normally used when referring to to music and not the artist; but it’s as if Marvin Gaye never got older than the music he recorded so long ago. His larger than life performances captured on film still gives his craft the ability to make women swoon even after his death.
As I watched several documentaries about his life, I discovered he was a kind man. He was generous with his fortune and he never met a stranger. For a kind and generous man, Marvin Gaye had his share of troubles that later spilled into the public as his tribulations finally became the reason for his death. But despite his tragic ending he has left a music legacy that will be hard to meliorate.
Personally I have always loved his song “What’s Going On.” It’s something about that song that reaches deep inside of my soul and makes me want to do what is right by humanity. As a matter of fact I am sitting here jamming to the tune and saying aloud “what a man!” And if you listen real close you can hear his Christian up-bring coming through this particular song. For those of you that do not know Marvin Gaye or have not heard ‘What’s Going On’ I’ve inserted the video below for your listening and viewing pleasure:
WE ALL HAVE GLITCHES AND FLAWS IN OUR CHARACTER… Not one of us is perfect. — RICK RENNER
Larry, I don’t even know where to start this personal message to you about your negative comments towards black people, overweight women, people who have tattoos, and sexual preferences.
Therefore, I guess I will begin with your blog comments about black women and black people. (As a personal side note, actually as a black woman I thought your race specific comments were hysterically funny! I don’t agree with them but I do think they were funny. And I do mean they were entertaining).
I hate to bust your bubble but your words were not shocking. I have heard some black people privately state the same about white people, and so forth and so on. So when you openly expressed your thoughts on why you don’t date black women, or white women that have dated black men, I was not in shock. Mainly, because, as quite as it has been kept there are people from every race, class, and creed that feel the same as you. And sad to write, I was once among those people who felt races should not mix.
Therefore, I’m writing, “You go boy!” You took courage by the tail of ignorance and put your person in the line of social-fire! Gosh! Dude! What the heck were you thinking when you created your website looking for love!
I’m sure your lack of intimacy with a woman that loves being with you speared you on to create a blog that makes you looks like a total jerk-face to a lot of people. Surprisingly, as a woman of color, I see you totally different. I see you as a man that wrote what he felt to find conditional love. And it didn’t matter to you the feelings you publicly and socially hurt in the process, as long as you got the woman of your dreams. Right.
It’s okay that you don’t find black women physically attractive.
It’s okay to say you think black people are disgusting to look upon.
It’s okay to say black people look like animals.
It’s okay that you don’t want a woman who has slept with black men.
It’s okay to say races should not mix.
It’s okay to say you like everything pink on your mate.
It’s okay that you don’t want an overweight woman.
It’s okay that you don’t want a woman who has tattoos.
It’s okay to call certain types of white people trash.
It is even okay to express you don’t want a woman who has engaged in group sex.
And it’s okay to date women without children.
Personally, I don’t agree with your views. I believe every person should live and let live (as why I didn’t and don’t take your comments about black women and black people to heart).
But the problem came once you publicly stated those things in search of conditional love. Most people, especially a successful business person, with an ounce of social decorum would have posted the positive attributes of what they’re looking for in a mate. Later within a private setting they would discard names, emails, and phone numbers of those that didn’t fit their criteria. Do you get the picture!
Instead, you wrote racial propaganda about why you do not date black women; and supported your views by stating non-blacks should not mix the races if it involves black people. Larry, your shallow statement “I think that all races were created equal” was an afterthought to soften the blow of your inhumane statements on people of color.
Don’t back down now man . . . tell the world how you truly feel about black folks!
Larry! Hello! What planet are you from! What planet are you living on! And how can you look at yourself in the mirror every day with your extreme racial views and say you are not a racist. Shakespeare once wrote, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Larry, I hate to break the news to you buddy but your statements are racial; thus, painting you as a racist. And anyone telling you otherwise is blowing smoke up your heinie. Laughter!
Larry, as a woman of color, I truly wish you all the best in finding the woman you feel you deserve. And remember . . .
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. ~Mark Twain