STILL I RISE…

Today I’ve got to give you a double dose of “STILL I RISE.” The first dose is by the gospel singer Yolanda Adams. This is one of those songs that I sing on a regular basis in the car. I play it so much until I’m surprised I haven’t burned this cd out. Once you listen to the song you’ll definitely know what I mean. This song is song inspirational and so well sung.
The second dose of “STILL I RISE” is by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Her poem is just as inspirational as Yolanda Adam’s song. I hope you enjoy both. Make it a great day!!!

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou
© 1978 by Maya Angelou.

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

CLEAN THIS HOUSE

Yesterday I was reading the 60-day sample edition of “Our Daily Bread” and when I turned to day 28 it really stood out. It really reminded me of how many people live their lives (always so busy trying to impress other people). It also reminded me of a song called “Clean This House” by Isaac Carree. I am posting both with the hopes that you get the same spiritual inspiration that I received from them. AND… that you act accordingly.

Clean the Closet
To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that she would be up in 5 minutes to inspect the room. Unable to effectively clean the room in that time, I would proceed to hide everything I didn’t know what to do with in the closet, make the bed, and then wait for her to come in-hoping that she wouldn’t look in the closet.
This reminds me of what many of us do with our lives. We clean up the outside of our lives hoping that no one will look into the “closet” where we have hidden our sins by rationalization and excuses and by blaming others for our own faults.
The problem is that while looking good on the outside, we remain well aware of the mess on the inside. The psalmist encourages us to submit to the cleansing inspection of God: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24). Let’s invite Him to inspect and cleanse every corner of our lives.
-Joe Stowell-
-Lord, forgive me for looking good on the outside while attempting to hide my faults and failings. I desire for You to cleanse my life so that I may walk with You in full integrity.

WORDUP WEDNEDSAY: FORGIVE…

My baby sister recently gave me a calendar with a lot of sayings on each page. The sayings or quotes don’t have names attached to them. Nonetheless, I won’t try to claim what someone else has said. There is one simply dated June 2017 and it really stood out. I’m posting this for someone today.

“I have learned that there is a tremendous sense of freedom that comes with forgiveness. Often we need to forgive ourselves for putting up with painful experiences and not loving ourselves enough to move away from those experiences. So this month, I pledge to live myself, forgive myself and others, and focus on being in the moment.” -Author unknown-

I previously posted the song by James fortune called “I Forgive Me.” It goes with this topic today so check it out….again.

RELEASE…………

I heard this song twice this week and I love it! This song is the “FLAT OUT HIT OF THE WEEK” on the Willie Moore, Jr Show ( a gospel show on 102.5 in the Atlanta market). The song is by John P Kee featuring Miranda Curtis. The lyrics and vocals are just perfect. This is one of those songs that will be around for a long time.
Today’s scripture that I received in my inbox really goes along with the above song. I just love when that happens….

Galatians 5:1-26: Paul reminds the Galatians that Christ has set them free from the yoke of slavery by which the Law had them bound. He warns them about those who are seeking to convince them that male Gentile Christians should be circumcised, and he exhorts the Galatians to let the Spirit direct their lives.

Today’s Scripture: Galatians 5:25

The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives.

WOMAN DIVED IN FRONT OF CAR TO SAVE BOY

I saw this article on sandrarose.com and it shocked me to no end to see this lady knocked over like this. I had to watch this video over and over again. WOW!!! You’ve got to let me know what you think about this one. This is unreal!!!

Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut are calling Shanta Jordan a hero after she dived in front of a speeding car to save a boy she didn’t know.

CCTV footage of the horrific accident shows a woman walking along a sidewalk ahead of two boys.

Seconds later, Jordan comes into the frame as she threw her body in front of the second boy just as a car barreled toward him.

The car struck both Jordan and the boy, crushing them against a stone wall. They survived the impact but they were hospitalized with multiple fractures and internal injuries.

The other boy was also hit by the car and knocked to the ground but he escaped without injury.

The boy’s frantic mother assisted her other son off the ground before running for help.

Police say Jordan’s quick thinking and bravery saved the boy’s life.

She realized she didn’t have time to push him out of the way of the speeding car so she sacrificed her body for his by absorbing the impact of the crash.

“She is a heroine. That’s what she is,” said Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez. “She is a great person, and she is an asset to this community.”

“If she did not step in, the child would be in direct contact with the motor vehicle against the wall and most likely, he would have perished,” said Perez.

Police and local leaders will honor Jordan at a ceremony at City Hall next week.

“Amazing woman, she is so brave for that,” Jordan’s friend and neighbor said. “If it wasn’t for her, that boy would not made it.”

Doctors initially feared they would have to amputate the boy’s legs, but they were able to avoid amputation.

The driver of the car was also hospitalized. He faces several charges, including reckless driving.

THE ONE

I am only one
But I am one!
I cannot do everything
But I can do something
And it will not let
What I cannot do
Interfere with
What I can do
-Author unknown-

Yesterday I saw this on a t-shirt and had to capture it. think I saw a graduation cap on the other side of the shirt. This t-shirt spoke volumes. I hope each of you get the message to this today and govern yourselves accordingly…