Day Eight: Some People Like Being Stuck on Stupid

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Today I did something foolish. I was driving down the HWY minding my business with a plastic cap on my head (the reason for the cap was I was deep conditioning my hair), and my son needed to be at class before the conditioning was finished.  However, like I was saying I was minding my business when I spotted a car full of Caucasian women riding with the gas-cap flapping in the wind.

So I tried to motion to the driver to look back and see the possible hazard.  Instead she and her passengers thought I was nuts.

So foolish me tried again to get each of their attention (not realizing they were thinking I was nuts).  Instead they began to laugh.  Sadly, since, I could see the potential hazard I didn’t find anything funny.

Then the driver pulls in front of me and slowed down.  So when the opportunity for me to get along side of their car again, I took the opportunity to try to warn them again!  As I was trying to tell these women about the hazard my husband was on the phone.  He finally had enough of me trying to warn the women and said, “Let them figure it out on their own.”

It was foolish of me to think a car full of white women with a Kansas license plate would listen to me, driving a car with a plastic bag over my head and motioning to the trunk of their car.

And though this was about me warning a driving about a potential hazard I find the attentions of all involved most like life.

Life is a HWY.  And sometimes when people can see a possible hazard and try to warn us we avoid all contact with them; because we think their thoughts, comments, and or racial differences are threatening.  When you meet such people you just gotta realize some people like being stuck on stupid!

Quote for Today: Embracing Change

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In every crisis there is a message.  Crises are nature’s way of forcing change — breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.— Susan L. Taylor

The Prayer’s of Black Women: Praying For The Homeless

Artist:  Henry Lee Battle
Artist: Henry Lee Battle

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.  ~Roman 12:15-16

Today, Lord, give me the ability to push my troubles temporarily aside.  As you give me the comforting words to say to a friend in distress.  Lord, I also ask that you give me the words to pray for the homeless everywhere.  

Lord it is easy to take your blessings for granted when personal wants are fulfilled.  It’s easy to forget about those that are sincerely in need as long as personal needs are being met.  

Heavenly Father, this morning I’m praying that you touch the hearts of those that are blessed with a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs and shoes on their feet with a spirit of thanksgiving.  Lord, help them to see, myself included, how blessed we truly are despite of unachieved goals.  Help us to become steadfast in giving to the less fortunate with cheerful hearts.  

Lord watch over the homeless.  Give them their next meal without question or delay.  

Your Loving Daughter ~Annette

The Prayer’s of Black Women: Peace For the Tormented Soul

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Matthew 7:12

Artist:  Henry Lee Battle
Artist: Henry Lee Battle

Dear Lord:

All week-long I have done nothing but complain about family members.  Sadly in spiritual arrogance I wrote in my journal what this person or that person was doing wrong.  Lord, I pray that you continue to show mercy on my misguided soul.  For in my arrogance I wanted you to severely punish the family I thought did not deserve your grace.  And, Lord, it saddens me to confess:  I never stopped to think beyond my shallow needs of feeling vindicated.  Surly, Lord, a person’s soul salvation is worth more than a temporary feel good statement.

Honestly, Lord, I would be mortified if I read or heard someone asking you to punish me.

So, Lord, please forgive me of my sins.  Help me to walk and speak in the ways of a righteous child of God.  Teach me in my moments of spiritual enlightenment to show your love, kindness, forgiveness and courage to those during weak moments.  Look upon these people and blessed them with new eyes to see their errors as you have done for me.  Give their tormented souls peace so they will do the right things.

Your Loving Daughter,
Annette

HBO’s Documentary On A Single Mother Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Starts tonight!  I’m pulling for the single mom in this show.  I’m hoping she can turn things around as she continues to provided for children.  I don’t have HBO; therefore, I can’t watch it.  So, again, I wish this young woman all the best!  For those of you that do have HBO keep me posted.

The Prayer’s of Black Women: Overcoming Infidelity

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. ~Matthew 19:6

Artist:  Henry Lee Battle
Artist: Henry Lee Battle

Whisper your heavenly love to the wounded soul oh Lord.  Heal broken hearts with your divine touch.

For again someone feels they have fallen short of your glory by not guarding their heart.  Lord replace their sorrow with joy.  Because in all sincerity they thought they were doing what you expected of them as spouses; and as a result of truly trusting their loved ones their hearts were broken by infidelity.

Their spouses silence, without complaint, lead them to believe all was well with the their lives as a couple and as a family.  But as infidelity deeds are and were being uncovered the illusion of perfect relationships and family units are being destroyed.

Lord, please help the victims of infidelity in this delicate moment; as you spiritually work on their companions moral values by cutting away relationship deceptions and replacing spiritual corruption with Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Strengthen these victims Lord with your words, presence and unconditional love.  Give them the ability to forgive quickly.  As you sustain their marriage with the bonds of holy commitment.  So that both will continue nurturing a lasting matrimony.  Lord quiet inner turmoil of shame, anger, deception, hopelessness, selfishness, disappointment, lack of trust, and the feelings of loss by replacing each emotion with love and understanding.  Amen

Your Loving Daughter ~Annette

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