Place A Protective Covering of Us

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Artist: Henry Lee Battle

Lord, thank you for your grace and your mercy.  Father, God, the world is still suffering from COVID-19.  And, sadly, most Americans feel they are immune to the virus despite CDC’s warnings and government suggestions.

If we, Americans, don’t join together and set healthier boundaries beyond what officials have suggested it will change the face of America and the world forever.  And it grieves me to learn that Black communities are being hit the hardest.

I don’t know why so many Black people won’t follow the rules.  Including one of my own children.  Or could it be that hospital’s are sending infected black people home, and, as a result, they are infecting others.  And!  It infuriates me to know my son lied to me to gain shelter.  And, I allowed him back into the house after being places only you know of.

Please protect me and Michael from Kaleph’s foolishness.  Michael and I are following the rules.  We’re staying home.  We’re practicing social distance.  We’re concern about ourselves as well as others.

Lord, Black people are at the bottom of the list when it comes to receiving quality healthcare and barely on that list as being part of the human race.  We deserve services to sustain life and lives.  Yet, it always seem we’re last to receive fair treatment despite our stations in a world you created.

Lord, quicken the spirits of my people.  Deliver those that suffer from delusional minds.  Guide us!  We need your help.  Reports are showing we’re dying at records numbers.  Show us how to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and our family during these perilous times.  Let there truly become unity in the black communities.  Not because we are better or want more than other races but because we’re dying at record numbers.  Amen

Becoming More Than Just a Survivor

I realize today is “Taboo Tuesday” but I need to switch up my message.  Lately it seems as if I am having such a hard time with life.  As it appears I’m going through the storm of uncertainty alone.  Yet, something deep within whispers to my soul that  there are others that feel as I do about life.

This might come across as TMI (too much information) but everyday I sit in the bathroom an contemplate my life, the lives of my children, the lives of their children and so forth and so on.   And to top things off is:  most people say I should not worry about those I will never meet.  But, I think differently because I have come to learn that the past always step on the heels of the future.  And I am trying desperately to change the course of my family’s outcome that was affected by my teen choices.

What I want for myself I also want for my children and my descendants.  I want to be “more than just a survivor” and I want my children and my descendants to be people that live life on the plus-side.  I guess what I am trying to express here is that I want my children and my descendants to be ordinary people doing extraordinary things!

This morning as I sat in the bathroom lost for words to pray about my current state of mind I picked up a book titled “The Power Of A Praying Woman” by Stormie Omartain.  Her words of wisdom confirmed that I am not alone in the sea of uncertainty, as her words of wisdom renewed my desire by reassuring with spiritual reminders God wants me to have life more abundantly.

I found Mrs. Omartain’s words so powerful and note worthy  that I shared them below:

More Than Just a Survivor

Stormie OmartianIf you’re like me, you don’t want to live the kind of life where you are barely hanging on.  You don’t want to merely eke out an existence, find a way to cope with your misery, or just get by.  You want to have the abundant life Jesus spoke of when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

We don’t want to be women who hear the truth but seldom act in faith to appropriate it for our lives.  We don’t want to be forever grappling with doubt, fear, insecurity, and uncertainty.  We want to live life on purpose and with purpose.  We find it boring to live like a baby, feeding only on milk.  We want the solid food of God’s truth so we can grow into a life that is exciting and productive.

None of us enjoys going around in circles, always passing through the same territory and coming back to the same problems, same frustrations, same mistakes, and same limitations.  We don’t want to become calloused, hard-hearted, bitter, unforgiving, anxious, impatient, hopeless, or unteachable.  We don’t want to end up with a negative attitude that says, “My situation will never be any different because it hasn’t been any different for a long time.”  We want to break out of any self-defeating cycle of repeated patterns and habits and be able to transcend ourselves, our limitations, and our circumstances.  We want to be more than just a survivor.

We want to be an overcomer.  We want to be a part of something greater than ourselves.  We want to be connected to what God is doing on earth in a way that bears fruit for His kingdom.  We want to have a sense of purpose in our lives.  We want to abound in God’s love and blessings.  We want it all.  All God has for us.  But we can never achieve that quality of life outside the power of God.  And then only as we pray.