GOD TOLD YOU WHAT?…

I must say that I’m not one to question what the Lord tells a person to do unless… IT DOES NOT LINE UP WITH THE WORD. There is a Nigerian Pastor who says that the Lord told him not to take a bath. And he hasn’t since 2001. Whoa… yes you heard that correctly, 2001. I immediately thought about how that does not seem to go along with the bible and I sought out some help. Check out this passage that I found on Bibleguidepro.com and then see the unbelievable story below.

“Although there is not a quote in the Bible that states “cleanliness is next to godliness”, the Bible is very expressive in several scriptures that He want his people to be clean. He is more concerned about our inward man being clean then the outward. But here’s the thing, when your inward man is clean then it produces outward cleanliness. It becomes irritating to live in a filthy state when you have become cleansed on the inside. There is a scripture in Matthew 23:26 that says, “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” Jesus was saying what point is it for the cup and platter to be cleaned on the outside while the inside remains dirty. So He said to clean the inside so that the outside may be clean as well. This is proof that He would like for us to be clean internally as well as externally, which means that cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
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Via News 2 Online Nigeria:
After reading the headline, I know some of you will say the prophet must be smelling badly by now, but the truth is Prophet Wale Olagunji who heads Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministry in Ibadan, Oyo State does not smell and in fact moves about doing his daily activities and even looks neater than some people who takes their bath every day. The prophet said God spoke to him in year 2000 that he should stop taking his bath and separate himself from his wife and till now he has been doing that.
CP: Some years back, you came out that God instructed you to stop having your bath, is it true. And are you still on it? Prophet: Yes, it is 13years now to be precise. Early 2000 the Lord told me to stop taking my bath, separate myself from my wife and that I should stop taking all those soft drinks and wines. And since then, diligently, I have observed all those things. Whoever God wants to use for certain purposes on earth, there is a serious price attached to that calling. So I believe that is the price I am paying. As I am talking to you now, I have not taking my bath, if you want me to show you evidence, I will show you if you doubt all I am saying; I have not taking my bath since 2001 till this moment.

UNDERSTAND THIS: A MEDICAL MOMENT

PTSD

None of them understand me
They’re not here in my head
I’ve been through it all
At one point I thought I was dead

I play it over and over in my mind
I relive it almost every day
Some people they think I’m crazy
I’m not: but what can I say

“Why me?” I constantly ask myself
Is this really, I mean really – my life?
Who would have ever thought this would be me?
That in itself sometimes causes me strife

But… I’m strong and I’m sure to make it
And… one thing’s so certain and true
GOD… will grant me the strength to overcome
So… just concern yourself…with you

The above poem I wrote is a commentary on a medical condition called PTSD. Keep reading and you’ll understand what I mean.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.
Most people who experience a traumatic event will have reactions that may include shock, anger, nervousness, fear, and even guilt. These reactions are common; and for most people, they go away over time. For a person with PTSD, however, these feelings continue and even increase, becoming so strong that they keep the person from living a normal life. People with PTSD have symptoms for longer than one month and cannot function as well as before the event occurred.
Symptoms of PTSD most often begin within three months of the event. In some cases, however, they do not begin until years later. The severity and duration of the illness vary. Some people recover within six months, while others suffer much longer.
Symptoms of PTSD often are grouped into three main categories, including:
• Reliving: People with PTSD repeatedly relive the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares. They also may feel great distress when certain things remind them of the trauma, such as the anniversary date of the event.
• Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed.
• Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being “jumpy” or easily startled. The person may also suffer physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, nausea, and diarrhea.

THE BOSS

Happy Birthday to the Boss… Miss Ross.
Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes.
I remember seeing her on Oprah talking about how she made sure that she was home every morning so she could cook her children breakfast and see them off to school. The kids even talked about how great a mother she was to them.
Children: Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess.
I saw her live twice. The first time I saw her in Charlotte, NC and the 2nd time, I saw her perform in Greensboro, NC. She really knows how to put on a show. Here she is singing “Missing You”.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

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Keynote Speaker, Janice Andrew, District 44 Governor, Toastmasters

Yesterday I attended an event in downtown Atlanta for Dress for Success Atlanta. This organization prides itself in empowering disadvantaged women as they prepare themselves for career improvement. They have in fact launched a Going Places Network by Walmart. You can find out more information by going to their website: dressforsuccess.org/Atlanta

Check out this excerpt from their website:
“The Going Places Network by Walmart helps unemployed and under-employed Dress for Success clients gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. This program was first piloted in New York City in 2009 in response to the challenging economic climate and implemented last year by several other affiliates.”
The topic of the meeting yesterday was communication and Janet Andrews, District 44 Governor for Toastmasters International was brought in as the keynote speaker. Toastmasters is an organization that helps to hone individuals’ public speaking and leadership skills. I am a member of Toastmasters and I love this organization I was able to present several table topics to the enthusiastic crowd. You can learn more information about Toastmasters by going to toastmasters.org I have been in talks with Janet Thornton of the Dress for Success Atlanta organization about beginning a Toastmasters club to accent what they are already doing. Here are some of the pictures from the event.
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Janet Thornton, in the middle – in white – Dress for Success event organizer
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