Give it Up

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified)”

Very simply put, to cast means:

  • To Shed
  • To Drop
  • To Throw
  • To Fling
  • To let go of
  • To cast aside or to put aside

In its simplest form, casting our cares on Him (Jesus) just means to give them to Him. When you give them to Him, don’t take them back;  let Him have them and work them out on His time schedule because He is in the details of problem or situation that we may be experiencing.

Focus on Him, praise Him, and thank Him because He delights in our praise.

YOU GOT TO GIVE IT UP!

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Keep It Moving

I like to listen to Marvin Sapp’s CD “I Win”. I am surprised I haven’t scratched the words off of the CD. It is an uplifting and encouraging, and inspirational CD. If you need a lift in your spirit get this CD and listen to it. One of the songs entitled “Keep it Movin” is one that I play over and over.  Marvin’s CD has the right title “I Win” because when you listen to these songs you can’t help but believe that you will win.

Be blessed as you listen and praise the Lord.

 

 

“I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” Philippians 3:14 (Amplified)

10 Things That Make Me Smile

I have written about smiling and being happy and a few times. My spirit has been prompted in this particular area and so I write about it. Smiling is a small thing that can bring joy to others.

One of the things that Lord has brought to my mind is that those things that I write about I must also practice them. Many situations arise in our daily lives that will tempt us to choose not to smile. But In James 1:22 (Amplified) it says, “But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].” So what that really means to me is I can’t just write about something or speak about something, I must also incorporate that thing into life. If I write about smiling then a smile should find its way to the corners of my lips and my lips should be turned up into a smile instead of down into a frown.  Image: www.freedigitalphotos.net

10 Things:

  1. Reading the scripture that says “His mercy endures forever” (that’s  an awesome thing to know because I need His mercy daily)
  2. Watching the sun rise slowly  while driving to work
  3. Listening to some of my favorite gospel music cd’s
  4. When I think about Jesus being with me all the time (scripture says he will never leave me and never forsake me)
  5. Thinking about family and friends that I love
  6. Spending time with family and friends that I love
  7. Eating chocolate
  8. Doing things that make others smile
  9. Seeing the beauty of God’s creation
  10. Remembering the good times I had with loved ones who passed on from this life
    Keep smiling.
    You never know whose life you may touch with a friendly smile.
    A smile is a beautiful thing, don’t keep it to yourself.

“Smile God Loves You”

I am constantly overwhelmed by the love that God has for me. There is no one in this world that can love me the way God does. His love is un-conditional, His love is giving, His love is merciful, and His love is gracious. God’s love for me is so strong that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that He gave; He gave the greatest gift. Because He loves us so much we should have a smile on face and a smile in our hearts.

Romans 5:8 (Amplified) – But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

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REMEMBER GOD LOVES YOU, SO KEEP SMILING, KEEP GIVING, KEEP LOVING, KEEP HELPING, KEEP CARING, AND KEEP DOING!

Praise is a Weapon

Gospel singer Marvin Sapp sings a song on his “I Win” CD entitled “Teach My Hands to War. Marvin says praise is a weapon; it’s  the weapon that will help us win.  The saying is, when praises go up blessings come down. So let’s get our praise on and use our weapon and lift up holy hands in praise to the Lord.

 

Psalm 150:1-6 (Amplified)

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the heavens of His power! Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and [single or group] dance; praise Him with stringed and wind instruments or flutes! Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)”

God of Restoration

Many times life can  toss you to and fro. It can cause lack, want, and brokenness. But always remember that everything has its season and when God allows it, there will be restoration. Whatever it is, know that you can be restored.

Psalm 126:5-6 – (Amplified) “They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing. He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

“Now Be Restored” by VaShawn Mitchell

 

 

 

 

Faye’s Author Spotlight

As you know, I love to read. So today I want to do something a little different. I want to share an interview with author Russel Blake. In addition to being an author, Mr. Blake is a world renowned Jazz Musician and producer.

His book is entitled “Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman” Volume I. “Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman” is inspired by, through and because of the Spirit of God that abides within Mr. Blake. It is a book of short stories, observations, psalms and praises whose foundation is the Holy Scriptures utilizing Proverbs 31 as its central theme based on The Virtuous Black Woman.

Faye: What was your inspiration for writing Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman?

Russel: The inspiration came from understanding that no Man is an Island unto himself. That should I ever count myself a success in life, then I am in certain indebtedness, humbled gratitude and affirmed obligation to Women for the significant contributions they have made to me, as a Man. Starting with the Women of my Family, my community and my ethnicity.

Faye: When did you first start writing and how long did it take you to finish your book?

Russel: I’ve nurtured a consistent knack and an inner desire for writing all my life. While in class throughout my school years, while the teacher was teaching I would also be engaged in another entirely different writing event in my book. My mind was always wandering to the fascination of words and their inherent able power to create emotions, approximate the feeling of traveling and wonder through using my imagination.

Faye: This is volume 1of the Proverbs 31, how many volumes will you have and when can we look for the volume due?

Russel: The Proverbs 31: Virtuous Woman Series is a three volume work. Volume 1 is dedicated to my Mom, the Women of my Family, Community and ethnicity. Volumes two and three are dedicated to all ethnic groups of Women, as virtue is not monogamous to one ethnicity. I would hope to have Volume II to be published soon.

Faye: Where does your inspiration come from?

Russel: My day job as a musician and a composer grants me the ample opportunity during my time off to focus and coalesce my ideas, feelings and thoughts, transcending them from musical melodies and harmony to the written word.

Faye: Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Russel: Yes. My paradigm to overcome that is abiding in a graceful patience to know if I order it, it will come. So I place the meditative order in through prayer for the creative thoughts, ideas and emotions necessary to be a vehicle for God through creative expression, and in time it eventually comes. The key for me is not to force creativity, but rather to remain in calm abiding knowing that when the spiritual Waters of God’s gifts come, you must be as the human sponge ready to soak it all up and swell up with creativity. Then you gently squeeze those ideas onto paper. It takes time and practice. Writers block is more often than not caused by the distractions of our daily lives, and the inability to find quality time for quiet and substantive absorption of what God is trying to tell us.

Faye: I like the thought of being a human sponge ready to soak up all the creativity that God allows through His Holy Spirit. Do you work using an outline process, or does the inspiration flow and allow you to just write?

Russel: Both. I have no set paradigm.

Faye: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult to become a writer?

Russel: The Bible, Marcus Aurelius, Khalil Gibran, Lorraine Hansberry, Shakespeare, Alexander Pushkin, The Liturgy of Nicheren Shoshu, The Tao by Lao Tzu, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, St. Augustine, John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Ben Jochanan, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, They Came Before Columbus by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas An American Slave, Stolen Legacy by Dr. George G.M. James, to name a few.

Faye: Wow…what a great list of inspiration especially beginning with the Bible and continuing on with a vast list influences. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author and what has been the best compliment?

Russel: The toughest criticisms are the ones I give to myself; the best compliment is the one I’ve not yet earned from me.

Faye: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Russel: Just as each fingerprint is singular and unique, so is every imagination. Pursue the depths of your own imagination in finding that which is expressively you and wholly original. What matters most is not the volume of words one can write, but the ingenuity behind it to move Souls from one place to another.

Faye: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Russel: Fan’s…wow. No, I don’t think I have fans but to those who support my work I am eternally grateful and wish God’s continued blessings upon each and every one. In JESUS Name.

Mr. Blake says, “If one Black Woman is thought to be expendable, then every Black Woman’s immeasurable value is now diminished in the eyes of the world.”

Thank you Mr. Blake for taking the time from your busy schedule to sincerely answer these questions regarding your book and may God continue to anoint you with the creativity of the written word.

I personally have many favorites in Mr. Blake’s book, however, two of those favorites are “Black Woman I Love You” on page 16 and “My Black Queen” on page 63. To purchase the book you can go to Mr. Blake’s website www.russelblake.net  or, if you have a Nook, Kindle, or other e-book format, it can be purchased at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/156907.

Happy reading!

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