Always Seek Knowledge and Truth

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Good morning!  On April 17, 2013 @ 2:16 pm, I wrote this blog post.  Again, seven years later I’m posting another thought because I’ve learned I’m enough.  Good writer or bad writer, I’m enough and I matter.  

I want to share with you something I heard and learned sitting among Black men in “The Black Man’s Country Club.”

I had taken my son’s in for their haircuts.  I was the only woman in the barbershop.

The men were in a heated discussion.  Then this man spouted the following words:  “If you don’t want Black people to know then put it in a book.”  His words fell on my attentive ears like a star falling from the sky and hitting Earth with a full explosive impact!

My inward response was “What!”

So without showing I was offended I asked the gentleman to expound on his statement.  His response clearly showed he was an educated man.  He had no problems unpacking his statement.

He told me when he was young his dad told him that statement.  He went on to say that Black people fail to read on average.  He felt we fail to teach give our children the gift of reading.

Based upon my experience as a substitute teacher I knew he was correct without facts.  And more so, I was dumbfounded by his statement and response because he openly discussed the issue of illiteracy among Blacks in a public setting.

And!  Get this!  The Black brothers that were able to join in the conversation was added to his statement!  It was then I realized I had lived a sheltered life.

Let’s just say his willingness to discuss a problem that has kept Blacks from advancing was stimulating.  I love good conversation   I don’t mind discussing any subject including politics, race, religion and etc.  I have learned and continue to learn if you don’t know how to have healthy discussions on subjects pertaining to the advancement of humanity then you can’t be an effective mover or shaker; and if you’re not an effective mover or shaker then you really can’t make a difference, and if you can’t make a difference then you are wasting the life God purposely gave you!  Therefore, my sisters I challenge you to take yourselves and a loved one or a kid that has latched onto you to your local library.  Expand your knowledge on many subjects.

I have found most times when people get loud during conversations it is because they feel they are loosing their argument or the ability to sway a person to feel about a subject they are passionate concerning.  And most of all, because Black women have not been taught to defend their arguments; therefore, they are afraid to engage in a heated debates especially when it concerns them.

So in conclusion, women of color let us get the party started for our gender group to advance and show the world “Black Women Have It Going On” by learning new subjects, increasing our vocabulary, learning how to pronounce words correctly, learning how to effectively write,  learning how to argue our points of interest and overcoming fears on what other’s think or say about us as people, a gender group, and part of a race!

The Prayers of Black Women: Prayer For Those That Talk Too Much

The Man With Leprosy
(Luke 5:12-14)

Artist:  Henry Lee Battle
Artist: Henry Lee Battle

¹²While Jesus was in one of the town, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.  When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  ¹³Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.  “I am willing.” he said.  “Be Clean!”  And immediately the leprosy left him.  14Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.

Lord, some people talk too much because they want other’s to hear their “know it all” speeches;  then again some people talk too much because of nerves chatter; and, then, Lord, some people talk too much because of self-absorption.  But this prayer is for those that talk to much because of emotional and mental pain that overflows into their daily conversations.

Lord, help the person that is in emotional or mental pain to see that you enter into their lives everyday.  Lord help them to understand you know their spirits are filled with worries.  Let them know Lord they are no different from the man with leprosy when it comes to your unyielding love for your creation.  Lord, allow them to feel your presence; and gently convey to their spirits that you stand waiting to heal their brokenness.  Lord, give them the words to ask in prayer for guidance and healing as they create a dialogue between you and them.

I am asking for you to do these things Lord because:  I have found those that unwittingly share life experiences have been greatly wounded.  And because of their sorrows I come humbly before your Throne of Grace.  So, once again, Lord, I am asking for divine healing for those that talk too much as they try to ease their emotional and mental pains.  Lord, I ask that they find a true friend in you.  Lord, I pray that you begin to peel the layers of untold anguish from their unconscious minds.  Exposing their raw emotions for what they are as you help them to deal with each heartache privately.  For in lessening their spiritual suffering they can find hope.  And in finding hope they will find wisdom in who to share your blessings among and their tribulations with.

Your Loving Daughter,
Annette

Overcoming Moments of Defeat

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember-the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”  ~Zig Ziglar

I believe everyone has moments of defeat.  Recently I threw in the towel to life.  Sadly, for months I buried my head within the pillows of my old worn and comfortable couch.  Without taking a vote from everything that makes me Annette my spirit said, “That’s it I’m done!”

As the most important part of me walked out the door for a much-needed rest my work continued to demand my attention.  Attention I didn’t have to complete each task that generate income.

Can you say, “overload.”  I was over my head and without knowledge to aid me in moving forwards.  I was lost.  Worse, yet, I have no one in my circle to help me navigate through the rough waters.  And the demands of my family seemed unfair, unwarranted, unreasonable, and most of all lacked understanding.  I became pissed!

I was pissed at God!  I was pissed at me!  I was pissed with my husband!  I was upset with my children that came across as ungrateful!   I was upset with my grand-daughter’s mom!  I was upset with my aunt!  I was upset with the world!  I felt I had been dealt a bad hand!  I wanted to give up!  But something deep within kept saying “keep going.”

Today I woke up with a new frame of mind.  Professionally I am scared to see if I have disgruntled emails from clients that have paid for my services they have not received.  I must brave the day.  I must redeem my efforts on becoming an excellent business woman; therefore, I will write an email of apology to my clients and give them dates they can expect the products ordered, but most of all I must find a way to overcome this moment of defeat.