GREAT MESSAGE

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I heard a great message

I went to church today

It had such a great impact

I knew I had to pray

Talked about making an impression

And reaching the next generation

Just to positively influence them

Is in fact a great sensation

Some think it’s about the gift of gab

And all they do is talk

Strap on those persuasive shoes

And then begin to walk

I’m sharing with you the concern

And I’ll just do my part

Hopefully… you’ll join in on this mission

And do what’s in your heart

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5TH DROP FROM THE FOUNTAIN

 

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In the picturesque garden

Amidst the beauty there

Sits the lovely fountain

That is arduous to compare

Springing forth from the fount

And it never appears to stop

Is the prance of the water

And the magnificence of each drop

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Copyright 2013 tjroach

THURSDAY INSPIRATION

This is another one of those songs that I’m really grooving to nowadays.  It is by a singer by the name of Casey J and this one is called “I’m Yours”.  The lyrics come up on the video which is real cool and it really helps when you want to remember the words.  Let me know if you like this one.

THE GOSPEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PART II

This is uncanny to say the least, but real.  Exactly one year ago today , I wrote a post called “The Gospel Of Domestic Violence” (copy and paste this link if you want to read it)  https://studiotj.wordpress.com/?s=The+++++gospel+of+domestic+violence+

At any rate, the post dealt with gospel singer/radio personality James Fortune and his legal issues as it relates to domestic violence.  When I wrote the initial post I was really, really angry with the things that were in the news concerning this artist.  I had enjoyed his music and after some of the things that I read, I didn’t even want to hear anything from him (that was difficult because he has some great music).  Fast forward to one day last week.  I was in my car listening to Darlene McCoy on the “Nightly Spirit” (a gospel radio show) and she interviewed James Fortune.  He came in and wanted to talk about his issues.  I didn’t hear all of the interview but I heard enough to at least change my position.  Fortune, who is responsible for such gospel hits as “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “Live Through It”, spoke candidly to McCoy about his issues with anger management.

“A lot of times you’ll always say what you’ll never do but when you can’t control your anger anything can trigger and make you do something that maybe you felt like you would never do. For me I ask God, of course I thank God for forgiveness but for me it was more than just forgiving,” Fortune said. “I wanted to be better. I wanted to be changed. I wanted God to do something on the inside of me so that my story, my testimony could help someone else.”  Fortune said he went through professional counseling to work on those issues.
I was ecstatic to hear that he in fact acknowledged his problems, asked for forgiveness, and sought help.  WE ALL HAVE ISSUES and they manifest themselves in different ways.  I’m just glad that he sought help for his and perhaps that can help many others.
Above is the video of James Fortune & Fiya’s “Hold On” featuring Monica and Fred Hammond.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO… studiotj

223023-Animated-Happy-Anniversary-ImageToday marks the 3rd anniversary of studiotj.  I am very thankful for the friendships that I have made here in blogosphere.  It’s interesting that something that initially started out as a hobby, has turned into so much more.  The fun, the information, the thought-process, the comments, the gifs (especially from Thumbup) has made this journey so exhilarating.  The focus here remains the same and that is to present ideas and stories without always focusing on the most negative aspect of it.  I am still in awe of those who post everyday and sometimes several times a day.  I wish I had the time.  Thanks again to everyone for all you do to support this journey.

 

 

 

MOTIVATIONAL MOMENT

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DON’T PULL TOMORROW’S CLOUDS OVER TODAY’S SUNSHINE!

I love everything about this quote.

I couldn’t find who said it but it is the best.

  It speaks to the issue of worrying about tomorrow.

  Tomorrow will take care of itself.

  Live in the moment.

  Today is the tomorrow that you talked about yesterday!

MEMORABLE MLK, JR QUOTES

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, and Nelson Mandela after him, showed us the way from weakness and division to strength in unity.

He challenged and inspired us to reach deeper within ourselves, despite ourselves, for our best, which sometimes is, simply, better than yesterday. His power endures because it’s rooted in the courage to hold hope and faith in each others potential: “knowing” we can do it… we can be better every day, each in our own way.

On this, the U.S. holiday celebrating his life and legacy, I present you with ten of his extraordinary thoughts on leadership:
•”A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

•”I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”

•”All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

•”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

•”The time is always right to do the right thing.”

•”We must use time creatively.”

•”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

•”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

•”Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

•”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”