My son was selected to become of a Junior Medical Program last year and has been doing very well. It is a program that targets African American young males who have a desire to work in the medical field. To become accepted, they have to EXCEL in Math and Science – I advise my son DAILY that although he has bad days in which he misses his father being a consistent force in his life – he can STILL become someone powerful, strong, courageous, gifted and blessed in spite of.
I never tell my son that I understands how he feels because not only do I know, my son also knows that I had my father in my life – my father spent so much time with him that my son called him dad as well. When we are speaking of my late father, may he rest in peace, we BOTH still talk in 3rd person and call him dad.
Nonetheless, as we sit here and I help him put together his Power Point presentation that he has to do this Saturday in front of parents, his peers and a host of black male and female doctors – we came across this video and he smiled so hard that it blessed US BOTH! It was a reminder of all of the conversations that I have had with him telling him that he is already somebody no matter who is present in his life consistently or not – This was a nice reminder for him as he prepares to speak in front of a room full of intelligent people……JUST LIKE HIM!!!
Many may not like this but I must share it: (Hester)
I am the FIRST to admit that 2 of my kids over the years HAVE NOT been NOWHERE near the AMERICAN DREAM………and I am still praying for them to see God’s way and not my way.
However, If your children have no respect for you at home, Regardless, if the reason is that they have outside influences from other people, other adults from the mother’s or father’s side, etc..etc..etc.. We must STILL protest that spirit at home first before you protest in the streets.
If your children don’t respect authority/elders this may be the reason why they have no respect for other authorities and you should lay on your floor and cry out to God at home, before you lay in the streets.
If you have absolutely no relationship with the BLACK COMMUNITY when they’re walking in error don’t jump on the band wagon to support anything you haven’t done at home first.
Lastly, before we can stand, lay in the streets, chant warnings and declarations – WE MUST START LOOKING EACH OTHER IN THE FACE FIRST with the same CHANTS, WARNINGS and DECLARATION!
Buy your teenager a t-shirt that says “I WILL NOT LISTEN TO EVIL MUSIC”
Buy your family a t-shirt that says “I CAN’T BREATHE” (to help you quit smoking)
Throw your hands up to GOD and surrender to him before throwing your hands up repeating “Don’t Shoot”.
No Justice, No Peace??????? Some of our HOMES are the very reasons why our community is JACKED UP, but we’re marching…..
SO MANY ARE OUT OF PLACE AND DAMAGING THE BODY: (Thanks Pastor Hester)
Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
Women of God, there are more powerful gifts, talents and dynamics in God than what seems to be highlighted for the WOMAN serving God. The word “Prophetess” seems to be some kind of reward today.
Just as many men have chased the word “Apostle” women are now chasing the word “Prophetess” with absolutely no understanding of the Priestly Office nor the ascension gift given by Jesus Christ in Ephesians 4. Prophets are servants of the Lord and not just prophesiers.
If you are a minister, helps, administrator, dreamer or psalmist be ok with that and be the best at it. Everything we do must edify the body. Any one operating in an office or gift not ordained by God will cause more damage than edification.
The New Testament Prophet/Prophetess will not isolate their function and work alone (i.e. spend nights in a leaders church to so call pray). Instead The New Testament Prophet/Prophetess will encourage corporate prayer and team ministry.
For all my friends, whether close or casual, just because. Someone sent this to me and I felt that it was INDEED amazing and beautifully written BUT READ THIS!
Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn’t easy. Just something to think about. Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and help me?
Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in.
Whew Jesus! This blessed me so much -