COVERED ME

Today was the first time I heard this song and I absolutely love it. The lyrics are simply profound. It really speaks to the flaws that all of us have and how it is GOD that covers us all even through our shortcomings. This song is the “Flat Out” Hit of The Week on the Willie Moore Jr. Show which is on the gospel station 102.5 in Atlanta. The song is by Pastor Marlon Marvin Lock and called “You Covered Me.” This song is now definitely on my list of songs that I love. I hope it speaks to you as well. I will also leave you with the scripture that I received in my inbox today:
Psalm 42:11b
I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.

THURSDAY’S TRUTH (LOVE SEES NO COLOR)

This is one of those stories that you just must read and it will make your day. At least I hope it will make your day like it did mine. It is profound and speaks volumes. The story is of a little girl who is taken to Target to get a present that she has been promised by her parents. What makes this story so intriguing is that this little girl’s innocence has not yet been tainted. Hopefully it will not be. I found this story on aol.com.

Child has purest response for cashier who questioned the color of her doll
BY: Alex Lasker, AOL.com

Apr 4th 2017 3:47PM

A mother of two from South Caroline took to Facebook on March 31 to share an important interaction she had during a recent family outing to Target.

Brandi Benner says she and her husband promised their daughter, Sophia, that “after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target.”

“She, of course, picked a new doll,” Benner wrote in her post. “The obsession is real.”

But the family trip hit a small snag at the cash register, when a confused employee questioned Sophia’s choice of doll.

“While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare,” Benner wrote.

The cashier continued with her line of questioning, asking Sophia if the doll was for a friend before Benner interjected to explain that the toy was a prize for her daughter’s successful potty training.

“The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?'” wrote Benner. “Sophia finally found her voice and said, ‘Yes, please!'”

The cashier then replied, “but she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.”

Benner explained that just as she started to get angry, her daughter stole the show with the purest answer imaginable.

“Yes, she does,” Sophia said. “She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”

Benner says after that, the cashier dropped the argument, replying with a simple, “Oh, that’s nice.”

“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” Benner concluded. “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”

Since she shared it on Facebook, Benner’s story has received a staggering 500,000 reactions and over 200,000 shares.

Benner even shared an update on her Facebook days later, thanking the Facebook community for being so supportive.

“Our family has received so much love, support and encouragement from complete strangers and that is just proof to me that there is SO MUCH good in the world,” she wrote.

However, she did address one problem she has observed in people’s reactions to her story.

“As I explained before, the cashier was an elderly woman and I believe she was completely ignorant to what she was truly saying,” Benner explained. “I feel like in her mind she was being helpful and making conversation with my daughter.”

She says she would rather people focus on the positive aspects of the exchange, rather than harp on the negative.

“I feel like the media is so addicted to negativity that we tend to harden ourselves and assume the worst in others,” she wrote. “But you guys, all I have seen and felt from all of this is pure LOVE!”

The Eyes

This post actually put me in the mind of a poem that I wrote several years ago called “The Masquerade Party.” It speaks about how on this planet, everyone is wearing a mask of sorts. Paul Laurence Dunbar so eloquently wrote: “We Wear the Mask”

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

My KyNLa

Look into my eyes and tell me what you see
Can you see my hurt
Can you see my pain

Can you see the emotional abuse I experience Day and night
Can you see my stretch marks that I hide so well
Can you see the physical abuse I endure
Can you see the times I have no money to eat
Or the times I went without food to feed my children
Look into my eyes can you see my inner self
Or do you see my outside that I mask with expensive garments and a fake smile
Look into my eyes can you see me
The REAL me trying to get out
Or do you see my social media page, my fancy car, my expensive wardrobe, my handsome husband who created my inner low self-esteem.
Look into my eyes is life as easy as I make it look
Or…

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PIER PRESSURE

PIER PRESSURE

as I stand here
alone on this pier
hey, these ants
keep crawling up here

breaking my concentration
on you

remember us playing
alone on the beach
never once leaving
each other’s reach
all those good times
the fun now gone
the lies, the deception
now my heart all alone

if only you had told me the truth
but you, my friend
chose to be so uncouth

the memories of you
I’ll store on a shelf
and I’ll enjoy this pier
all by myself

©tjroach2014

WHY WORRY?

THIS……is another one of those songs. I thought about this song earlier today and it is such a hot classic that I’m sure a lot of you remember it. This is by Anita Baker and the Winans. It’s called “Ain’t No Need To Worry”. Both Anita Baker who sang secular music and the Winans (a gospel group) teamed up to make this magic happen back in 1986. Okay no more music from me…..today. Tomorrow I will be nominating some people for and award. Stay tuned……