PostHeaderIcon PRAY ALWAYS. ALWAYS PRAY

By Vernalee
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Though my blog is dedicated to a spiritual topic every Sunday, please know that my prayers and worship, (and I am sure yours), are not limited to Sundays only.
The Bible instructs us to pray incessantly.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to “pray continually.” Luke 18:1 instructs us “to pray and not give up.” Prayer is one of the purest forms of worship; a direct form of communicating with God.
For me, daily prayer is soothing; it’s therapeutic; it’s my private, one on one communicative time with the Lord.
I cannot start my day off with thanking God! I take the time to do so! My morning prayer helps to shape my day. During the day, prayer will help to order my conduct, particularly with challenging people and situations.
Prayer changes things!
For certain, “pray always; always pray” is a wise admonition.
I must add my late Mother’s long time phrase, “If you gonna pray, don’t worry. If you gonna worry, don’t pray! Put your faith in the Lord and let it stay there!”
As I pray this morning, I have so much to be thankful for…
I thank you Lord for giving me a praying Mother!
Thank you Father for waking my family and me up this morning!
Thank you Lord for your covering grace, your provisions, your protection, your mercy, your blessings …
Thank you Lord for everything!
Happy Sunday and blessings to my reading audience and beyond!
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PostHeaderIcon TIME WAITS ON NO ONE

By Vernalee
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We are all guilty of procrastination.
It’s easy to put off until tomorrow what we could do today!
However, we can’t stop the clock. It never stops ticking.
Seconds become minutes; minutes become hours; hours, days; days, weeks; weeks, months; months, years; years, decades …..
Before we realize it, so much time has lapsed without accomplishing needed tasks or realizing desired goals.
Time can be utilized wisely or wasted abundantly.
Which will it be?
Our energies become wasted waiting for the perfect time! The perfect time may never come around.
Follow the Indian (Cherokee) proverb: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today!”
Enjoy every moment of your life now! Tomorrow is not promised!
Live, love, laugh!

PostHeaderIcon THE DO NOTHING’S

By Vernalee
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How many of you are in the presence of folks who do little or absolutely nothing all day?
Please don’t email me your response because the high number would overload the circuits!
The do nothing’s walk around as if they are the kings/queens of the jungle; giving orders and taking names. With some, their incompetence matches their laziness. They are infectiously contagious because their allies are also freeloaders.
The do nothing’s have a non – discriminatory clause because they come in all races, genders, sizes, shapes, and colors. Remember, birds of the same feathers flock together!
They talk a good game as they acrobatically swirl in their comfy seats at their desks. They haven’t picked up a pencil in years other than to thump it on their desk which substitutes for a drum set.
Embarrassingly, they routinely show up late for meetings when they elect to grace their colleagues with their presence.
No dummies, many are computer savvy because they surf the Internet and play candy crush all day.
Did I mention that they collect bets for all of the gambling pools?
Wednesday is a big day, because they start planning their weekend.
Long lunches and excessive breaks are characteristic.
No one looks for them because they have so many hiding nooks making it too time consuming to locate them.
They talk excessively, cause trouble, create confusion, hang outside with the smokers, and lie continuously about things that don’t matter.
Excuse me!
I keep rattling on while you are preparing their incomplete weekly reports. Rather than deal with their foolishness, you just decided to do their job yourself. It’s less effort. Sure, it’s more work for you; less for them!
However, it beats interacting with them because they are such a pain to deal with…
What an unfair deal, but it keeps those spongers out of your hair; out of sight, out of mind.
Unfortunately, until they are suspended, fired, transferred, or removed from the job site, we have to endure them. For the record, they will never resign. Why?
Where else can they work and have it so good? They’re in paradise!
Let me stop talking about those do nothing’s because the conversation is much ado about nothing!
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PostHeaderIcon TWO THINGS THAT MATTER: YOUR PATIENCE WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING AND YOUR ATTITUDE WHEN YOU HAVE EVERYTHING

By Vernalee
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This quote singles out two specific situations and the accompanying emotions – patience and attitudes. Answer this.
How patient have you been or can you be when you don’t have what you want/need?
For those who have moved from nothing to substantial, has your attitude changed?
Humility, kindness, helpfulness, and keeping your feet on solid ground may be handy to keep in storage!
They will serve you well and will never go out of style!
Also keep in mind:
* Failure teaches you that you aren’t perfect.
* Never forget who was there for you when no one else was.
* Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to have a good attitude
while working.
* Dependability on others may be disappointing and not produce what you desired/expected. Be prepared.
* When you come to a point where you have no need to impress anybody, your
freedom will begin.
* No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and
make a new ending.
* Your attitude determines your altitude.
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PostHeaderIcon FOR THOSE WHO TALK BEHIND YOUR BACK …

By Vernalee
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Are you concerned about how others view you?
Most of us are!
Remember – we know who we are regardless of what other folks think or say about us … even behind our backs!
All may be well until we are met with unfounded gossip and untruthful remarks.
Even then, we have to put some “stuff” and some people behind us.
Don’t lose your direction worrying about people who are in the “back.” They are there for a reason. Don’t let their negativism catch up with your positive movements.
So when people talk about you behind your back, follow this advice:
1. Do nothing.
2. Ignore them.
3. Treat them with kindness.
4. Verify the motives of the messengers.
5. Don’t engage in gossip. Why be like them?
6. Don’t take it personally though the words may severely hurt particularly if they come from someone close.
7. Spend your time with positive people. Remove yourself from the paths of negativism.
8. Remind yourself that they may have low self esteem.
9. Realize that they may be jealous.
10. Stay positive.
They may be bona fide backstabbers!
Woe to them!
If we allow ourselves to get caught up in their vibes, they will slow down our progress and we will be moving at their speed, not ours! What a tragedy that would be!
Learn. Grow. Look forward. Move forward. The past is behind you. It’s at your back!
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PostHeaderIcon LIP SERVICE

By Vernalee
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Lip service is defined as insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice.
Technically, one is serviced by words only.
Words are so easy to say.
They can be free flowing and come a dime a dozen.
Talk is cheap.
Some people just like to hear themselves talk! I know that you know as many as I do who fall in this category.
They can shout out words effortlessly!
Getting them to shut up may be a dilemma.
Backing up what is said is always the challenge!
Don’t sweat it or lose sleep over their loudspeaker do nothing behavior.
Rather … Remember these words of wisdom.
1. Actions speak louder than words but not nearly often.
2. Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, do. Don’t promise, prove.
3. The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal.
4. Words are nothing. Actions are everything. Don’t tell me. Show me.
5. Actions prove who someone is. Words just prove who they want to be.
Truly, actions can be measured. Words may just be lip service.
In summary … Trust actions, not words.
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PostHeaderIcon THANK YOU DR. KING FOR YOUR DREAM

By Vernalee
On this day as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, I reflect.
Yes, progress has been made, but there is so much more work to do as we live in a world where prejudices remain vibrant.
We must continue our strides to respect people as God created all mankind to be equal.
Today, on the only national holiday that honors a Black man, let’s stroll back in history to 1963. Let’s hear his dream!
Before an audience of over 250,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech which was unequivocally one of the most defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement.
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“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire; let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York; let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania; let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado; let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia; let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee; let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
Photo reprint: www.teachingamericanhistory.org (Excerpts from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963, March on Washington). ”

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Though lengthy, the below information provides some interesting and historical facts about Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Official program
Marian Anderson was scheduled to lead the National Anthem but was unable to arrive on time; Camilla Williams performed in her place. Following an invocation by Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle, the opening remarks were given by march director A. Philip Randolph, followed by Eugene Carson Blake. A tribute to “Negro Women Fighters for Freedom” was then led by Bayard Rustin, at which Daisy Bates spoke briefly in place of Myrlie Evers, who had missed her flight. The tribute introduced Daisy Bates, Diane Nash, Prince E. Lee, Rosa Parks, and Gloria Richardson. The following speakers were SNCC chairman John Lewis, labor leader Walter Reuther and CORE chairman Floyd McKissick(substituting for arrested CORE director James Farmer). The Eva Jessye Choir then sang, and Rabbi Uri Miller (president of the Synagogue Council of America) offered a prayer, followed by National Urban League director Whitney Young, NCCIJ director Mathew Ahmann, and NAACP leader Roy Wilkins. After a performance by singer Mahalia Jackson, American Jewish Congress president Joachim Prinz spoke, followed by SCLC president Martin Luther King, Jr. Rustin then read the march’s official demands for the crowd’s approval, and Randolph led the crowd in a pledge to continue working for the march’s goals. The program was closed with a benediction by Morehouse College president Benjamin Mays.

The focus on “I have a dream” comes through the speech’s delivery. Toward the end of its delivery, noted African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to King from the crowd, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.”[ King stopped delivering his prepared speech, and started “preaching”, punctuating his points with “I have a dream.”

Singers
Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson sang “How I Got Over”, and Marian Anderson sang “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. Joan Baez led the crowds in several verses of “We Shall Overcome” and “Oh Freedom”. Musician Bob Dylan performed “When the Ship Comes In”, for which he was joined by Baez. Dylan also performed “Only a Pawn in Their Game.”Peter, Paul and Mary sang “If I Had a Hammer” and Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Odetta sang “I’m On My Way.”

Facts:
1. The event was officially titled the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

3. The march was organized by the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young, Jr., Martin Luther King, Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins, and John Lewis. Bayard Rustin was chief organizer of the march.

4. Between 200,000 and 250,000 Americans, mostly African-Americans, but including thousands of whites, held the march in order to focus attention on blacks’ demands for immediate equality in jobs and civil rights.

5. The marchers were entertained by celebrities, including Ossie Davis, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Jackie Robinson. Other celebrities who were present included actors Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte,Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne, Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr., and writer James Baldwin.

6. Law enforcement included 5,000 police, National Guardsmen and Army reservists. No marchers were arrested and no incidents concerning marchers were reported.

7. Ten leaders of the civil rights march met with President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz, and Burke Marshall, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in the cabinet room of the White House during the demonstration.

8. The leaders were:
-A. Philip Randolph, director of the march
-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
-Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the NAACP
-Whitney M. Young Jr., executive director of the National Urban League
-Walter P. Reuther, president of the AFL-CIO United Automobile Workers
-Reverend Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in U.S.A. and a representative of the National Council of Churches
-Rabbi Joachim Prinz, chairman of the American Jewish Congress
-John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
-Matthew Ahmann, executive director of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice
-Floyd B. McKissick, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Original copy of the speech
As King waved goodbye to the audience, he handed George Raveling the original typewritten “I Have a Dream” speech. Raveling, an all-American basketball player from Villanova, had volunteered as a security guard for the event and was on the podium with King at that moment. Raveling still has custody of the original copy and has been offered as high as $3,000,000 for it, but claims to have no intention of selling it, with plans on leaving it to his children instead.
Source: www.en.m.wikipedia.org; www.cnn.com

PostHeaderIcon STOP IT! YOU DID NOT DO ALL THAT YOU COULD!

By Vernalee
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Do you really help people from your heart by committing total assistance and resources or do you give a token gift or nothing at all? With a token gift, you can pat yourself on the back and say that you helped a person in need, but did you do all that you could comfortably do?
Most folks dress up their “giving” answer, because who wants to look bad!
Regardless of one’s camouflage, God knows the real answer!
God saw what you had, what you gave, what you kept, and what you could have given!
In 1 John 3:17, we find this scriptural admonition.
“If anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion on them… How can God’s love be in that person?”
Think before you speak.
Be true to thine self!
You can be disillusioned.
You can fool folks; you can even fool yourself, but you can’t fool God!
Happy Sunday!
God bless!
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PostHeaderIcon BE THE FRIEND THAT YOU WANT

By Vernalee
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Yes, the topic of FRIENDSHIP is a
subject that is timeless; it never grows old.
So let’s examine our wish list.
First things first.
It is unreasonable to expect from others what you are not willing to give.
That sounds hypocritical…don’t you think?
So whatever attributes you desire in and from a friend, you should be willing to give.
Agreed?
Fair play?
Listen up as we examine some friendship guidelines.
1. Avoid competition.
2. Avoid gossip.
3. Confront wisely.
4. Forgive.
5. Maintain friendships; treat them with care.
6. Celebrate best friends.
7. Let your friendships serve as a mirror.
8. Make changes, if needed. You are allowed.
9. Create a healthy community of friends with the reality that just because you are the nucleus that your friends may not become friends to each other.
10. Give everyone their space.
11. Explore your expectations.
12. Befriend yourself.
Now I ask…
Who can you confidentially talk to and get the best possible advice?
Who wants you to succeed no matter what? Who will be there for you when everyone walks away?
Who will be there when you are up, down or turnaround?
Answer: A true friend.
Remember this.
Everyone needs someone.
No one is an island.
Having a true friend is valuable. True friendship doesn’t come around often.
If you have one true friend, you are lucky.
Two – would be a steal!
When you find a true friend, keep him or her close.
Don’t ask for something that you are not willing to give!
Think of others; do for others.
Don’t be a talker only; show that you care.
Cherish being a true friend as much as having a true friend!
It’s a treasure!
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PostHeaderIcon TWO FACED PEOPLE

By Vernalee
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Two faced people … I know you know them.
Slow down; stop counting!
They are hypocrites who live up to the true meaning of the word.
Some folks call them by other unflattering synonyms – gossipers, revengeful, backstabbers (who smile in your face), deceitful, cowards, idea stealers, and names that I cannot gracefully print.
They say and do one thing in your presence and are completely opposite behind your back.
Of course, they are not to be trusted … even when you are looking at them!
They can be so despicable!
Don’t fall for or be deceived by their duplicity.
You may be in situations where you have to routinely or occasionally deal with those two faced specimens.
Here are some pointers when you do have to engage with them:
1. Acknowledge that you are dealing with someone false and dishonest.
2. Be assertive rather than aggressive when confronting them.
3. Be civil toward the person even when they said bad things about you.
4. Avoid the duplicitous person that has been talking negatively about you.
5. Avoid divulging personal or sensitive information.
6. Avoid being physically aggressive at any cost.
7. Resist the temptation to play their gossip game.
8. Avoid sharing your ideas, goals, and aspirations with them.
9. Do not take their negative actions/words to heart.
Clearly, it takes a lot to deal with them and it takes a lot out of you.
It’s not easy to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Ringing in my ear is the sage counsel of the late Dr. Maya Angelou, “The first time people show you who they are, believe them!” We can however, use the street vernacular, “If a dog take a bone, he’ll carry one.”
It doesn’t matter which version we elect to take, the advice is the same – Beware and keep your antennas up with two faced people.
No matter how smart you are, it’s hard to tell which side of the face is which.
They look the same.
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