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Tell Me Something Good

There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.

But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.

It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!

Proverbs 18:20

Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
    the right words bring satisfaction.

 

 

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Frederick Douglass – Intelligent

Intelligent – having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Frederick Douglass is one of the most well-known human rights leaders in the anti-slavery movement and the first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank. He is also a famed author and orator.

Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass was selected to live in the home of his plantation owners, one of whom they say could have been his father. Eventually Frederick was sent to Hugh Auld’s Baltimore home, which is where he learned to read and write. Auld forbade his wife from teaching Frederick anymore, but he continued to have a zeal for learning.

Later, Douglass became an abolitionist as well as a women’s rights activist. He published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime. He also produced some abolitionist newspapers: The North StarFrederick Douglass WeeklyFrederick Douglass’ PaperDouglass’ Monthly and New National Era. In 1848, he was the only African American to attend the first women’s rights convention in New York.

When I think of Frederick Douglass I think of intelligence. Is there any surprise why?

One and God make the majority. – Frederick Douglass

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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight

 

Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves

 

I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in

 

And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous

 

Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark

 

Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us

 

And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start

 

Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art

 

If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened

 

But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation

 

If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be

 

I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests

 

 

 

 

 

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When God Speaks

Do we understand how powerful God is? I know that our human minds can’t comprehend it, but do we really understand how power God is as far as our human brain can conceive?

God is all powerful. God has power in His speech. God doesn’t have to touch a situation for it to be different. God can speak change and it has to happen. He spoke the universe into existence.

The entire universe He spoke into being!

There’s no in-depth explanation I can give. There is no other take away I want to add to this piece. I just simply want to think, no dwell, on the fact that God’s words cause change. No man can do what He has done.

What a Mighty God we serve!

“Thank You God that no matter what the situation is, all You have to do is speak and it changes. Your words make a difference in how the entire universe functions. That’s just how powerful You are. And thank You for letting me serve You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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Silence is Golden

“Silence is golden.” My professor used to always say that in one of my filmmaking classes. In other words, “you don’t have to talk ALL the time!” I really couldn’t agree more. And not just because I don’t talk a lot, but because sometimes there really aren’t words for the situation.

Sometimes I can’t find the words to comfort. Sometimes a comeback is unnecessary. Sometimes, words just won’t get the job done, but silence will.

I was reading Job 13 yesterday, and verse 5 stood out to me:

If only you could be silent!
    That’s the wisest thing you could do.

Job had had enough of the accusations and unhelpful speech. He was at a breaking point where nothing anyone could say was going to help. And it just so happened that nothing anyone was saying was helping anyway.

Silence is wisdom when the timing of it is right. So don’t feel bad if you feel like you can’t find the right words. It just might be that no words are right.

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His Words

We have Jesus’ sermons! It is hitting me right now. The reality of what is in my possession is almost unbelievable. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has given me His sermons. His words are in my hands to live by. Isn’t that incredible?

I’m disappointed in myself. I’m realizing, that sadly, I’ve been treating the Word too commonly. I’ve been treating the Bible like it’s just another great book. It is definitely that, but it’s not just some book. It’s God’s Words!

I thought about how people get excited to hear certain preachers preach. There’s nothing wrong with that. I do too. But the Bible is Jesus’ preaching! Jesus! The greatest there is. Perfection, really and truly. And we have His words.

My mere words can’t describe the beauty of this. My best effort can’t fully express this blessing. All I know is that reading my Bible is a new experience now. It’s empowering like never before.

I’m able to read the sermons of the greatest there ever was, is, and will be. I’m able to carry my Creator’s words not only in my hands, but my heart as well. I can only be excited about that!

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