Open my heart, Lord, to be receptive of your voice. Keep me from turning away in ignorance and rebellion from the hard things I must do…the things that I must change…the things I must accept. Please show me today, again, how to follow the example of Christ and yield to his power within me. While I am waiting on you, please center my thoughts and keep me from worthless distractions. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
1 John 2:5-6 We truly love God only when we obey him as we should, and then we know that we belong to him. If we say we are his, we must follow the example of Christ.
They say history repeats itself! As I get older I’ve come to the realization that the saying rings higher and higher. The recent decision to overturn Roe-vs-Wade after fifty (50) years is one for the books. What happen if the female has been raped, experienced incest and/or domestic violence, etc., but forced to look at that child as a constant reminder?
Before the negative reviews start, I am NOT a Feminist, I AM a Humanitarian.
Although that may sound a little contradictory, I truly feel that people have the right to choose what to do with their own body as long as it is not hurting a physical human being vs an embryo. The choice to discard an unborn child should be left up to the mother; in the end that is her conscience she’ll have to deal with as well as answer to the higher power. Most of the time we are outsiders looking into a situation that we do NOT know anything about.
If a woman is require to have a child (otherwise she faces a Felony, possibly jail time). Why is it not a law that will require a man/male to get a Vasectomy if he doesn’t pay child support? Will this rule automatically give the mother and baby free Automatic Healthcare Benefits, Relaxed Salary Requirements for WIC, Access to Affordable Child Care, a Raise beyond Minimum Wage? I can go on and on, but I believe you get the point.
As a woman, an African American woman, I feel that the decision to overturn the five decade decision, opens up the door for more changes. Only time will tell. If my Grandmother was still alive, she would say this world is coming to and end! When I was a child I thought that was just frivolous talk, but after these past two (2) to three (3) years, I concur. May God Bless Everyone!
Thank you Lord, that every day I wake up it is a miracle. To be able to see, to talk, to taste, to smell, to hear, to love, to share, to give a hug, to know who I am…It’s a miracle! Thank you for every day miracles and the intangible benefits in my life. Open my eyes so that I don’t miss a single one of them! Bless the Lord, O my soul. AMEN!
Scripture: Psalm 103:2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and forget not (one of) all His benefits.
Creator God, you knew me before I was born. Because you know me, I have no need to pretend or to exert my energy trying to be something or somebody I’m not. You created this day, therefore, with joy, hope and peace I start today’s journey. When I trust you to lead me through it, I am guaranteed success. In Jesus’s name. AMEN!
Jeremiah 1:4-5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;
Will the majority of the Texas residents be able to meet these rental price gouging demands?
I live in a suburban Texas neighborhood, “a prime area”. Close to shopping centers, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, etc. So it was a little concerned when I kept seeing moving trucks, if not daily, ever other day, of my neighbors moving out. One day while talking to a neighbor, I went from being concerned to shockingly surprised. I was informed that people were moving because the rent was being raised some $300 – $600 per month for everyone.
I understand that everything is getting more expensive, food, gas, every day items and of course rental properties. Just never expected to pay “almost” twice as much for the same small apartment. A $100, maybe $150 hike would have probably been acceptable, but $300 – $600 is utterly cruel. While everything is on the uprise, most of our paychecks are staying the same. If someone is already living paycheck to paycheck, how in the world would they be able afford a ridiculous rental hike?
Talking to the property managers is useless, everyone get the same response: “It’s like that everywhere” or “It’s the people moving from California and New York driving up the prices”. And so on, And so on! Mean while paychecks are staying the same. Leaving people with not choice but to work 2 -3 jobs and/or have 2 – 3 roommates or become homeless.
My God, how great you are! We try to understand your greatness, but our perspective is just not big enough. We can’t see the beginning, the end or what’s in-between. Surround us with a sense of your awesome glory. We are depending on your strength and power from the beginning to the end of each day. AMEN
Scripture: Isaiah 40:28-29 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Father in Heaven, teach me to align my desires with your will and to follow your directions. I am eager to agree with your plans for me although I don’t know what the plan is. Then when I compare my life with your commandments, I will have no regrets. May your will be done! Begin with me! In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
Psalm 119:5-7 5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
Dear Lord, thank you for the many days that are full of joy, smiles and laughter! Even the days that I laugh at myself. Through everything I can still rejoice! Some days I may have to dig a little deep but I still can rejoice! The world did not give me my joy and the world cannot take my joy. So on this day, I just want to thank you for “always” giving me a joyful heart. In the name of Jesus, AMEN.
Scripture: Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
I am a member on the app “Nextdoor”, so I receive notifications on certain topics from certain individuals. One topic came up, which was very disturbing–> It was from an older lady, I’ll call her Ms. H. (to respect her privacy).
Ms. H. thought she was doing a solid by helping someone out that she thought was in dire need. She allowed this individual to stay in a spare bedroom of her home “without a written agreement”. This certain individual “con artist/squatter” took that and use that to her advantage, but a disadvantage for Ms. H. Not only didn’t the squatter pay rent, utilities, clean up, etc. as promised, she started stealing valuable items, breaking things, not obeying house rules, and on and on. She also decided to bring in a male companion. She barricaded the bedroom door so no one, including Ms. H. could get in or out. When the squatter(s) wanted to leave the house for any reason, her and her companion would climb in and out of the bedroom window.
Police was notified, but there was nothing they could do, it was a court situation at this point. APS (Adult Protective Services) was also notified, they helped Ms. H. get an eviction notice in place, but that did not deter the squatters from coming and going.
It’s more to the story, but my question is –> How can we stop this from happening? Things like this makes it hard to help others in need. The Elderly, Single People and Empty Nesters, might be will to help, because of kind hearts, loneliness, or something else. The reason doesn’t matter, what matter is being able to help someone in need with out being taken advantage of; something needs to change and change expeditiously!
Our Father, thank you for all the many blessing we enjoy that come from you. We thank you for our precious gifts of our well-being, health, jobs, family and friends, material possessions, good mental capacity, strength, and most importantly, for the security that we have when we live for you. All that we have comes from you. It is all sustained by you. You deserve all the glory and honor. Help us to remember to glorify “you” for our blessings, not to get caught up in “ourselves” or the “stuff” we have. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:7
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
Dear Lord our God, each and every day You do the amazing! I wake up with life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness! You never find it difficult to love me regardless of what I have done. Thank you for encouraging me and showing me how to love others despite how I feel or what others may have done. I want to share a kind word and loving attitude daily. In the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
Scripture: Luke 6:35 But love your enemies and be kind and do good and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense will be great.