BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE KING CENTER

Yesterday was one of those days…  A good day, that is.  Actually, every day is a good day but yesterday was one of those days that took me back a bit.  By back I mean all the way back to the Civil Rights Movement.  You see, yesterday I decided to go down to the King Center in Atlanta to take a few pictures so that I could post for Black History Month.  I did not see a sign that prohibited me from taking pictures and I’m not trying to profit off of the pictures I took so hopefully posting these pictures is lawful.  Of course, the trip (about 25 minutes from home) for me was so much more than that. It really made me appreciate the struggle for freedom even more as I began to see the images of blacks marching, being beaten with batons, being sprayed with water hoses, and so much more.  The struggle for freedom was so that generations of children would not have to endure some of the same challenges that were faced by our ancestors.

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As a child living in North Carolina, I personally can remember seeing a “whites only” fountain.  I can also remember having to sit in the balcony at the local movie theatre.  And all of this was in the 60’s.  I even remember going to segregated schools not by choice but because that is where we had to go.  My first experience with integration was when I went to the 5th grade.  I never faced some of the extreme hardships that some of our descendants faced but nonetheless, I can still identify with the struggle that they endured.

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While I was at the King Center, I not only thought about Dr. Martin Luther King but I  began to reflect on some of the names of the people like Hosea Williams, Ralph David Abernathy, Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, John Lewis(who I met recently), Jesse Jackson, and Coretta Scott King.  I began to wonder what our lives would look like today with these pioneers.  The sacrifice that they made for freedoms sake is poignant to say the least.

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While there I had conversations with some of the people who were also there.  Some with their young kids, some of various races, some on a mission to also reflect back on what their lives too would look like without these legends who risked their lives for justice.  A black gentleman with his two young sons said to me that he really wanted his kids to get a good visual as to what things looked like for blacks in America just only a few decades ago.  As I stood in one place I overhead a young white lady say to her mother “this is just horrible.”  Pictures can only begin to tell the story of what has happened in the past, and in some instances what continues to happen even to this day.  There are still too many stories about blacks getting beaten or killed by white cops and we’re in 2015.  Let us to continue to march on…’til victory is won!        kingking1

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“DEAR GOD”

Today is January 1,2015. I am starting the year just like I ended it… PRAISING GOD for all that HE has done. I am on Tyler Perry’s mailing list (no, I don’t personally know him). He sent out the following email today. Check it out:


Hey TJ,

I was driving in my car today and had my iPod on shuffle. I have thousands of songs but this one brought tears to my eyes. It’s so appropriate for the new year. Read the lyrics and buy this song if you can. It’s powerful.
“Dear God” by Smokie Norful
[Verse 1:]
It feels so good to make it this far

And I didn’t think I could take it so long

There were days I wanted to quit

I said surely this is it

But I held on

And I watched as so called friends turn and walk away

It hurt so much I didn’t have words to say

But even when my day turns to night and nothing seems just right

Lord I thank you for, for my life
[Chorus:]
For my life, Lord I thank you

For every victory in you I’ve seen

And all the moments I know it was you who kept me

So I thank you for, for my life
[Verse 2:]
And I watched you take my family from there to here

And when times were a lil rough God I know you were near

And the moments I thought I failed I was reminded of your nails

So I held on

And if I never live to see another day

There is nothing I would change or take away
I’ve had so many ups

That they far out way my downs

Lord I thank you for my life
[back to chorus]
[Verse 3:]
I realized some didn’t make it…

I could’ve been one of the ones who lost my way

And there were times Lord I know I almost went crazy

But I’m still here, with my life
[back to chorus]
It may not be all that I’d hoped for

And every dream has not yet been realized

But to see your face one day God

I know it’s all gonna be worth it
[Verse 4:]
So I thank you

Thank you for every mountain every valley

God every thing you brought me through

Thank you!

I know I know it was you

Just wanna take the time to say thank you Jesus for my life

Tyler

WILLIE MYRICK – PERSON OF THE YEAR –

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When I look back over the stories in the year 2014, there is one story that sticks out more than all of the rest. I initially posted this story on April 26,2014. It was the story of young 9 year old Willie Myrick of Atlanta. Myrick was apparently playing outside his southwest Atlanta home when he was kidnapped. The perpetrator threw the young man in the back seat of his car and drove off. This young man of GOD had learned the gospel song “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker in Sunday School and began singing the song. The kidnapper kept telling Myrick to shut up to no avail.  Myrick kept on singing.  The kidnapper obviously grew tired of the young man singing this song and  then reportedly dropped little Willie off unharmed in East Point after driving him around for three hours.
“He opened the door and threw me out,” said Willie of his ordeal. “He told me not to tell anyone.”
Willie, however, did not listen to his kidnapper’s orders and his story is moving people of faith throughout the United States.
When I think of the courage of this young man, it really inspires me. He stood in the devil’s face and sang praises to the LORD. That took a tremendous amount of courage. For that reason, I am naming Willie Myrick, studiotj’s PERSON OF THE YEAR 2014!

SUNDAY INSPIRATION

To kick off our Thanksgiving week, I am posting this Pre-Thanksgiving inspiration from both 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 and Psalm 100:4-5. I also must ask: What are you thankful for? Let me hear from you with your responses. If you are traveling this week, please be extra careful. There are a lot of people who travel during this time and the death toll mounts. Make sure that you are watching out for the other driver as well as yourself. Also check out Jason Nelson’s “Nothing Without You”

1 Corinthians 1:4-5King James Version (KJV) 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; AND… Psalm 100:4-5King James Version (KJV) 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

SUNDAY INSPIRATION

Sometimes when I post inspirational items, I have no idea exactly what I’m going to post or who they are meant for. Such is the case here. I absolutely had no idea what song or scripture that was going to be posted. I hope they land where they are supposed to land. The scripture that landed in my heart is: Romans 12:2King James Version (KJV)

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Deitrick Haddon – Have Your Way

CDC CONFIRMS 1ST PERSON TO CONTRACT EBOLA IN THE US

The other day at work a co-worker was talking about her concerns that one of her nieces had a fever. She said that the family was concerned that it might be Ebola. I quickly let her know how absurd the thought process was of anyone contracting Ebola here in the United States.

You have to know how alarmed I was this morning when I turned on the news and heard the report that the CDC has confirmed that a Texas health worker has contracted Ebola. Apparently this woman, who has not been named, had been treating the Liberian patient who arrived in Dallas, Texas and died last Wednesday. This woman is the first known person to contract the disease here in the United States.
It makes me wonder how far-reaching this outbreak will be. Perhaps part of the answer lies in a robot.
A robot? I recently read an article that talked about the usage of a high-tech robot that is battling viruses and bacteria in the United States and has been sent out to over 200 hospitals.
A report indicated that “These new robots however use xenon gas to produce ultra-violet light up to 25,000 times more intense than that produced by the sun which makes them far more effective at killing germs”.
Certainly we can’t forget about prayer but hopefully God has equipped man with the intellect to create these robots that can kill this devastating disease not only here in America but all around the world as well. Let me know your thoughts on this. Are you afraid that this is only the beginning? I look forward to hearing what you think.
Check out the robot below:

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

How real is this quote below? When I saw it I knew that I had to post it because it is sooooooooo true.
Thanks Sandi for sending it.

Don’t depend too much on anyone in “this world” because even your shadow leaves u when you are in darkness……..
Trust in The Lord

For the weekend inspiration I’m posting Donnie McClurkin’s version of “Lord I Lift Your Name on High”.

PREACHERS OF LA SEASON 2

In case you haven’t heard, Oxygen is bringing back the controversial show, “Preachers of LA” for a 2nd season. Several people including TD Jakes and Kirk Franklin have spoken out negatively about this show. Obviously they are entitled to their own opinions, yet there are many who disagree with the opinions that they have expressed. If you get a chance, watch the show for yourself. Personally I think that you certainly can/will get ministered to as you see this show. You get an opportunity to see certain aspects of the realness that these ministers encounter on a daily basis. Too often these ministers are placed on a pedestal and we know that no one on this planet belongs on a pedestal… no one!!! Check out the short trailer for the new season below. Also check out Deitrick Haddon’s “Great God”.

PLEASE… STOP PLAYING CHURCH!!!

Oh my goodness. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry after watching this video. Truthfully, I laughed because I just couldn’t believe that it happened like this; but it did. Here’s the set up: A pastor is preaching and he calls a young man up and the pastor begins to pray for the young man. The pastor then begins to cast demons out of the man when all of a sudden… well, you’ve got to see the rest for yourself.