Friday, January 20, 2017

God's Creation...

By Patricia McKinney 

When God created the heavens and earth and all of it's splendor, He also created mankind.  After created mankind he formed the most unique and wonderfully made being, the woman.  When God created the black woman, he used a diverse hew of complexion, from bistre colored brown, to mocha, caramel and vanilla.  He used a plethora of colors to describe the black woman.  Some he detailed with high cheek bones, and round faces, while some are more narrow in structure. He made them big and tall, short and curvaceous, and tall and slim.

The Most High God placed within them the nature of sensitivity, emotion, and a motherly instinct  to care for their young and others.  He made woman to be delicate like a flower, yet strong enough to bare children and endure the pain of labor. A woman that has matured is like a well watered garden, where the young can go to seek nourishment, by gleaning from her wisdom and knowledge. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Iron Sharpens Iron

By Keesah Pelzer 

When you rub two blades together, it's no secret that the benefit produced is a much sharper blade. Similarly the people we allow in our lives can either help cultivate that sharpness in us or make us dull and empty. 

There's a scripture that reads, "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." (Proverbs 27:17) In other words,theres a wealth of keenness that comes from being in the presence of people who are of a certain caliber. Those who are iron, so to speak.  

When we're weak, its best to surround ourselves with people who are strong in faith. Not for them to serve as a garbage disposal, to have our personal problems dumped on them, but for us to bring balance in each other's lives. There may be areas where you have strength, where as for the next person, they may need a little more buffering.  

I'll give you a personal example: I have serval sisters who all have different strengths. For instance, one is a very good steward, and excellent at multitasking, one who's very wise in her understanding, another who's strong and takes good care of her children, a gentle one, a knowledgeable one, and one who's has a heart of gold. All of these characteristics bring balance in my life, because the iron that they possess within, helps sharpen me as well. Though I'm striving to gain complete balance, I have yet to master all of these qualities, but I can tell you that being around them has helped me tremendously. 

Being sharpened is a consistent process, and in fact, none of us can do this alone because iron cannot sharpen itself. It takes both the counsel of Most High God to give us what we need as well as those who He has placed in our lives. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Shifting Blame

By Patricia McKinney

We've all been in situations where we've felt victimized or treated unfairly in one way or another, whether it was from a stranger, a co-worker, superior, friend or family member. Though some experiences are harder to "let go of" than others, I know it can be done. I chose to be a "Conqueror", and not let my past experiences, flaws, or failures get the best of me, and prevent me from moving forward.

Unfortunately, many people go through life, stumbling, repeating the past, and blame shifting so they don't have to change. They use this as a ticket to point the finger elsewhere, while excusing themselves from taking personal responsibility for their own actions.  It's much easier to "play the victim," that way you don't have to apply yourself by making efforts, it excuses you from looking in the mirror to see your own flaws, faults, and failures. It prevents you from ever analyzing what is fact or fiction, true or false. 

Meaning, sometimes when we have multiple inner issues, and festering wounds, it's much easier to throw every incident, and every person into "one pot" and identify them all the same. When we throw everything into one pot, we live in "imbalance" by convicting those that are innocent, and acquitting those that are guilty, but never getting to the root of what's ailing us as a person. In turn, we ruin or prevent new relationships from ever budding, and miss out on the beauty that lye's in the details of life because we're blinded by unforgiveness or roots of bitterness, that's coddled and held closely to our hearts.

As a result, we destroy our own selves and continue to live in pain, while we watch the world pass us by. Those that play the victim, also look for others to victimize, so they too can share in their misery. They choose to live life handicapped and maimed, instead of growing to personal maturity, while living a vicious cycle that can only be stopped by themselves and God alone. 

There's so many people that live in guilt because they try to please people that will never be satisfied. They try to appease those that refuse to change, and suffer at the hands of those that "play the victim," while they live beneath life's simple pleasures and the fulfillment that God intended.

But I say to you today, that once you recognize those in your life that play the victim leaving you feeling guilty, no matter how hard you try, leave them in the hands of the Most High God. Only He can pierce the hearts of mankind, and bring clarity to any situation, while making every crooked path straight.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

His Ways Are Not Our Ways

By Karen Ricketts

As individuals we go through ups and downs in life. The ups we’re OK with, but it’s the downs that stress us out, give us headaches, sleepless nights and leave us feeling embarrassed.

Embarrassment comes because you can’t dress like you use to, or do the things you use to do, it puts a huge cramp in your life style. Your identity was based on how you looked, the type of job you had, what you drove, and the things you owned. Your usefulness and self worth were measured by a fickle and unstable rod that came with no guarantees. 

This became normal everyday, without even a conscious thought given or an awareness of how you define who you are. It’s not until the "downs" hit home base when you find yourself unable to be who you were, because you can’t afford that lifestyle anymore.

When your situation and circumstances in life change, it can be an opportunity for personal growth. The Lord’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts, so we might never completely understand the "whys" in life. Why did this have to happen to me or why didn’t that happen for me? Our Heavenly Father can use the adversity and situations in our lives to demonstrate his realness, power and strength, and to highlight our faults and failures in order to give us the opportunity to come in closer to him.

We are much more than the material things we own and possess. While they’re good to have, the type of person you are, those qualities that make you unique are much more important to cultivate, prune and grow than any material possession. It’s an on-going process that requires honesty, commitment and dedication, if you are able to recognize and seize the opportunity.

Monday, January 16, 2017


By Patricia McKinney 

Many people don't realize that you have to put in work and be proven in order to secure yourself and your family in different aspects of  life.  For example you secure a good reputation by what you do to people or for them. By doing good deeds, you secure the integrity of a good reputation, that will benefit you in the long-run. For example, if you are a parent with an adult child, even if you're a thousand miles away from your child, and they are in need, because you've sown good seeds, your child may reap the benefits. What we do has an effect on our children.  Have you ever met someone that knew your parent/s and because they were a good friend to them, they automatically treated you favorably?  Even if they didn't know you personally, because of your parents reputation or proven ability, you reaped the benefits from the ground that you  didn't even sow on!

It's the same with maintaining peace within your home.  Usually people that have a peaceful home environment, keep the peace with others and stay to themselves, or they use caution in their dealings with people. The people that are in their immediate circle of friends have been proven over time and are safe enough to allow within their living quarters.

So remember the law of reciprocity.  If you find that your always in a rut and there's always chaos within your borders, ask yourself the question, "what have I done to open myself up to this?"  Not to say that in life we don't have problems, because we do.  But sometime we don't have the safety, assurance and protection because of things that we have allowed within our own borders or we've sown bad seeds among others, ruining our own reputations, and defying our own name.  In conclusion, I measured all of the human efforts to maintain security, and discovered that we as human beings have limitations, meaning we can only do but so much in our own efforts, which means "God is our Security".  He is the only one that can protect us from seen and unseen dangers, and He keeps peace within our borders.  It is by His hand that we are provided for, and it is through Him and by Him that we live, move and have our being. He places good things in the hearts of mankind to that they can love, respect, and give to one another. Our security lies in Him.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Being Taken Advantage Of

By Angela Cox

There's nothing like the spice that comes with a new relationship.  We love the element of surprise, the discovery of our new found love, and the thrill of the spontaneous.  This is the best way to describe a new relationship after ending one that caused much pain and grief. 

But sometimes we make the mistake of jumping into a new one without accessing what caused the previous one to fail.  It's like jumping into a pool of alcohol with open wounds, bound to be hurt all over again.  We don't take the time to re-access where we lack interpersonally, or give ourselves time to recover and learn from the first.  Usually people don't recover because they blame shift and place every fault on the other person and never look in the mirror.  News flash, that's a set-up to fall into the same trap as before.  Seeing the wrongs in other's is not enough. It's vital to see our own, because then, and only then will you see how much of an easy target you are for the next candidate, and see the flaws you need to work on yourself!

Have you ever asked yourself the question, how come people always treat me a certain way or get over on me?  If you noticed that history is repeating itself, it's not so much that the other person is at fault, you are.  I  know your asking, "how is that?" To answer your question you have to learn where your own weak point's lie and the only way to do this is by spending time with God and being single for a while.  Your behaviors with people in generally pour over into relationships with the opposite sex.  If you're a "yes man" with friends, that same "yes man" is going into that relationship.

One of my older sisters once told me with a straight face saying, "you have to set precedence with people up front or else they'll run over you."  I was also told that "after setting precedence, to stick to your guns, that way people will know not to cross the boundary line".  I didn't know then, that my sister, which was only in her twenties at the time, provided me with a key to life, that I can use now.  If I had applied it then, I could have avoided much heartache. But you live and learn.

The late rap artist, Tupac Shakur once made a song called "Do for love".  In this song he describes a person that's a "sucker for love".  I used to love that song because it spoke truth, aside from the rhythm of the music, the lyrics spoke volume. A "sucker" is what we become when we don't set precedence with people, and we continue to "get got" (used, trick, bamboozled, hoodwinked, and lead astray) in relationships, because of our "need" to be with somebody.  

This song described me from head to toe at one point in my life.  I was a "sucker" because I put all my card's on the table before getting to know who I was dealing with. Aside from giving to much too soon, I didn't realize that I was giving to a leech, that was never tired of taking,  until it was too late. Their was nothing that I wouldn't "do for love", even to the point of blatant stupidity.  When we're so called "in love" we dismiss things that are detrimental to our own well being that will effect us in the future.  We throw foresight out the window, and settle for the here and now. We get caught up in emotion, while dismissing the financial state of our "teddy bear" (man).    

A lot of people go into things with their eyes closed, like love is going to "pay the rent".  When I fell in "love",  I was as blind as a bat.  I was blind to the pool of debt that my teddy bear (man) was swimming in.  Because I was a giver, and did not know the extent his debt, and didn't to do my homework, I thought his debt wouldn't   effect me. I assumed he was a responsible person, because he seemed to be upstanding and intelligent, and had a job to take care of his previous obligations.  He never mentioned the debt he had until after we were married. I went into our marriage with a fresh credit line, almost completely spotless. I didn't realize that this "Teddy Bear"  man was making plans off of my good credit. 

He began to maximize on the "bacon" that I was bringing home  and made excuses as to why he couldn't contribute or give as much. His reason was he had other bills, (debt that he accrued before I knew he  existed).  He also requested that we take out loans (from my credit) to go toward the maintenance of our home  (that I purchased with my downpayment and credit line).  I lived and most definitely learned. I know some reading this would say, "Yes, you were a sucker", and yes I was.  But this letter is not written for me because I no longer live in this place in my life. It's written to help some "old fools", women/or even men that think because a someone is smooching up them, that they won't take everything you've got. 

"Getting got" (being taken advantage of ) does not always come in the form of money.  A man or women could be a dream killer, by keeping you captive because of his/her own insecurities, or a man can make you a baby machine, so now no one else will want used goods. Better yet, someone could be using you as a place to lay their head, pay their bills, or live the lavish life off of your back breaking work.  The bottom line here is to put God first, spend some time being single, look in the mirror so you can recognize where your weak points are, and ask for God's help to make you strong, so that you will stop being on the receiving end of the moocher or blood sucking leeches that never get tired of sucking life, money, and happiness from you.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Patterned Differently

By Keesah Pelzer 

When people think of those in Hollywood such as Kevin Hart, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian, one would look at their success and think they too will one day be standing where they are, if they just keep following their dreams. 

We were taught from very early years that we can be what ever it is that we put our minds to. A professional athlete, an actress, singer and even the president of the U.S. While there is nothing wrong with setting goals and aspiring to be someone great, realistically speaking, most of us have never gotten a chance to even venture into those imaginative occupations. 

It's become a generational dream to attain wealth through making it big. For some, this meal ticket is a way to escape the financial conundrum that life brings, but as you can see all over the internet and social media, there's a huge gap between reality and expectation. The harsh reality of it all is that no matter how much money or fame you have, it can never bring you long lasting happiness. People see celebrities and automatically think life is good for them, not realizing the madness they have to go through to stay relevant, or their privacy, which they've signed away. Sure, we need money to survive, and yes, it would be nice to not have to worry about how our bills are going to get paid, but instead of putting our hope in making it to the big screen, we should instead put our hope in our Heavenly Father. 

You see, or Heavenly Father has a plan and purpose for our lives, which is going to be patterned differently from the next person. What ever path He chooses to lead us down, He will sustain us. For He knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). He has plans for us to prosper, but that prosperity is not solely limited to finances, but good health, and also the ability to overcome. So never base true happiness on the most sought after career, because just like those things are given, they will also be taken away. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Who Says Blood Is Thicker Than Water

By Patricia McKinney 

Who say's blood is thicker than water? This may be a fact scientifically, but when it comes to family or people we've known long-term that we treat as family, this is not always a true statement.  Have you ever had a friend that stuck closer than a brother? The two of you were inseparable.  During your time of hardship they provided their natural or moral support when you needed it the most.  They may have even opened their home to you and provided you with a place to lay your head during a time of trouble. Every now and then, and angel will come our way in the form of a person that will be the glue to hold us together and keep us going.  They'll do the unthinkable that's never been seen before among our own people.

Many people grow up with the expectation or teaching that family is the most trusted source, and the only ones to confide in during a time of crisis. Being raised with this concept, can leave you opened to wounds that are more severe than wounds inflicted by a stranger.  Sometime we grow up with false expectations and a false sense of security.  We as human beings make the mistake of trusting people simply because we know them or they're related to us.  We tend to overlook flaws with the mindset that their behavior won't effect us.  We take a passive stance and tell ourselves that "they would never do that to me" even if they did rob a bank, somehow during desperate times they'll overlook my pocketbook and go on to the next candidate.

Many family members have tolerated behavior that would normally land a stranger in front of a  judge in a court of law, or behind bars.   Some even put their lives on hold, jeopardized marriages, put their children in harms way, emptied out their pocketbooks, and come away from family like wounded soldiers, disrespected, dishonored and disregarded.   There have been many cases where crimes have been committed by family members.  A child's first inflicted wounds can be cause by those right in their own camp, their own family. Most rapes, molestation and forms abuse, and even more heinous acts against children are committed by those in the home, or by someone close to the family deemed to be a "trustworthy" source. Even though all people are not the same. We should dwell with people according to wisdom and use good judgement when making decisions, even if it is our own family.  Put our emotions to the side and look at things for what they really are. Although this may not apply to all people, there are many that realize blood is not always thicker than water, and they can separate fact from fiction when dealing with people.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


By Karen Ricketts

Deception came to man-kind in Paradise
Thrown down from heaven he got us tossed out
For he brought woe and a desire to reign
With mankind his sentence remain

Deception came again after the flood
Unrighteousness abound in ancient towns 
Spawning off-springs to served and worship him
But the blood of our Father has already defeated him

Deception is worshiped as truth written down as history
Inter-twined with the Word and children of God
It pumps through the veins of mankind
But God sits on His throne and will always get the Glory

Deception is the father of lies
Cloaked in religion politics non-profits and big business
He hides in plain sight
It don't discriminate every soul is at stake 

Deception is in your face everyday
A boldness and haughtiness it will not hide
Leading many away from the truth of Christ
Pray y'all for the Lord to open your eyes

The infiltration is mind-boggling
For material gain bloodshed is its name
I will give you all these kingdoms it says
And many have replied yes

Monday, January 9, 2017

From Death To Life

By Keesah Pelzer 

When people pass away, they seem to be of more value dead vs when they are actually alive. Everyone wants to post pictures of them, talk about the good ol' days, and if they happen to be a celebrity then you can bet your bottom dollar that all itinerary will go triple platinum. 

Somehow in our minds or culture, we believe all the hype about what it means to really alive. The other day I asked my eight year old daughter what does she think it means to be alive. She answered to be able to walk, talk and breath. Though she had a valid point, I do understand that there is more to live (as we know) than the eye can see. 

A few years back, when I was heavily in my own world, trying to navigate through life, and trying to make things happen for me through my own will and power, I was dead. (Dead meaning living any kid of way,  insensitive to the spirit of the Most High, and oblivious to what was going on around me). My life was completely turned upside down, and I was dead because of my sinful nature. Nothing was happening for me. There was no excitement, no manifestation, no direction, and nothing to look forward to. Day in and day out I would follow this repetitive cycle of reckless living, but it wasn't until I got tired of living the same old way. That's when my path was redirected and I was led to the unfamiliar road to live my new life. 

Crossing over from death to life is not just a statement, its literally a physical and spiritual  transformation. Your life, Your way of thinking, even the actions you choose are from a totally different perspective when you make that transition, because you began to think like our Heavenly Father. When crossing over from death to life it's also a fight, because there will always be something or someone there trying to prevent you from moving forward, but it's all about persistence and dedication. When the Lord sees that you mean business, and that you really want change, He will meet you half way. 

Before I received a better understanding of who the Most High God was, death had a serious grip on me. I was dead to who God was and what He could do not just in my life, but in the lives of others.  It also dawned on me that just because you are physically walking around breathing and functioning doesn't make you alive, because being alive is living in the Most High.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

When Change Happens

By Karen Ricketts

Have you ever ran into someone from your past, or reconnected with them via social media or by phone and found out that in all those years they have'nt changed one bit. Some people might view this as a good thing that someone has stayed the same, but it all depends on the area in their lives that remained constant and unchanged in all those years. 

Change happens when we pass from one state of mind to the next, in how we act and even in the things we like or dislike. Do you remember when you were a child and how you disliked certain foods, even looking at it made you feel sick, but as you grew older you decided to try it, and realized that you actually liked the taste?

I remember reconnecting with someone I hung out with as a teenager and young adult. We lost contact for many years, then one day we reconnected and after ten years had passed. My first conversation with her felt like we had continued a conversation from where we left off in the past, and it was not a good feeling. Some people can even be married with children, but somehow they manage to stay the same psychologically (their mental and behavioral state) and in their emotionally reactions.

The memories of the fun times you had are just that, memories that should stay in the past. If your initial conversation with this person left you feeling like you went back in time by having the same type of discussions with no new insight, knowledge, or information about life, and you’re feeling like something’s wrong with this picture, then something is different. You’ve grown and changed and your friend hasn’t.

While there’s nothing wrong with this, because as individuals we mature and grow at different rates, but do you want to have that same type of relationship again? Will it benefit you in any way? Is reconnecting with this individual and renewing an old friendship going to help you, hinder you or drag you back five, ten, or fifteen years?

Most times you have to decline renewing an old relationship and keep moving forward. It’s nothing personal against that individual, you’ve just outgrown them, the things you use to do, and the types of conversations you use to engage in. Hooking back up with them again would yield no beneficial results in your life. It’s not the quantity of people that surround you, but the quality of the character and substance that those around you contribute to your life. 

With all that’s going wrong in the world today, we can’t relive the good ole days by reconnecting with those from our past, they’re unable to fill the void in our lives. The truth is that void can only be filled by letting Christ into your life and heart . He promised to be a true and faithful friend to us.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

What Do They See?

By Patricia McKinney 

When people look at you, what do they see?  Do they see a broken down fence, tattered and worn, or do they see a woman scorn?  

Do they see a masked face hiding scars underneath, or do they see a liar and thief? Do they see strong willed determination, or leadership qualities that can move a nation?

When people look at you, what do they see? Because change is evident, and it shines from within. What goes on inside of you shows on the outside, in the form of appearance and attitude.  

When change has happened within it shines like the sun from the inside out.  It shines like the sun in the form of inner healing, it shines in the form of love, peace, and wisdom, it shines in the form of self respect, and respect for others.  Change within exudes in a confidence and assurance from God on high, and it illuminates like a light in a dark world of despair, bringing hope to those that need it.

You see, true change is evident, and it provokes a reaction when people see you, either good or bad, especially if they've known you for years.  Change within doesn't come because you've moved away or have a position, because there's plenty of fools with money.

It takes the Most High God and seeking Him for change to begin.  He alone can open blind eye's and allow one to see that they're more than they''ll ever know, and it takes Him to restore that "tattered fence, broken and worn, and heal that woman scorn". 

The change in you will cause a stir among your peers, causing them to see that God performs miracles, and compel them to call upon His amazing grace to change them too.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Bird Afraid To Fly

By Karen Ricketts

There is a bird pretty as can be
With wings structured to soar heavenly 
This bird is beautiful to behold
But it has a secret few can unfold

Life was not always kind and welcoming
Out in the cold it seems from the beginning
The early bird catches the worm they say
Not so for this bird was led astray

This bird is no ordinary bird
But looks can be deceiving
Taken for granted broken and bruised
This bird needs some healing

The unfairness of life and its’ disappointments
Has clipped her wings where no one can see
Afraid to take off and soar
Thinking that failure and rejection is at the door 

Like all the other birds she longs to fly
To soar to the heavens way up high
But she’s grounded you see
Afraid to fly and be free 

Fear, heartbreak and doubt 
Has crippled her at the knee
Now she’s afraid of heights
Afraid to be

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Your Enemies...A Tool For Growth

By Angela Cox

When I was growing up, I used to hear my aunt quote her favorite line that goes, "Well, I guess you just have to take the bitter with the sweet". She'd usually say this when there were disappointments that occurred, or if there was some kind of tragedy that struck our family.  But as I got older I realized that this short line of hers carried a broader meaning than what my young mind could comprehend. I really didn't grasp what she was saying until her words begin to unfold in my life, and my own experiences slapped me dead in the face.

In a nutshell, she was saying (in her own country way) that life "ain't no bowl of cherries", that money don't grow on tree's, that sometimes the wicked and evil live long lives, prolonging their days just to hang around and get on everyone's nerve and too wreak havoc in the lives of the innocent.  She was saying that things will not always go your way, that sometimes you might fail a few times before you succeed, and most of all, everyone is not going to like you. You will have enemies. (Just to name a few things). But let's talk about the enemies for a moment.

Now I'm not just talking about your average fly by night enemies that hate on you because they see you rocking the latest, or they can't stand you because you look better than them. But I'm referring to those that had the opportunity to be close enough to see you through a microscopic view. (up close and personal) Those that were able to spend time with you and know your likes, dislikes and weaknesses. It can be someone that you're sleeping with (or did in the past, or had intimate and emotional attachments too (such as an ex, spouse, or other), even those that grew up in your own household. I'm referring to those that were close enough to study your behavior, and know what tickles your fancy and how to pull your strings. These are the ones that carry the microscope with a birds eye view focusing on you. As creepy as this sounds, its true. But are you ready for this? Are you? They can teach you a thing or two about you. Sometimes both good and bad.

Now I know some things are deemed as a " hard pill to swallow" and in our minds there's no way on earth that we'd ever accept one word coming from a smooth talking enemy (liar, cheater, misfit, low down dirty shame, backbiting, conniving blood sucking leech etc., etc.)

But the fact of the matter is, they're not an enemy for nothing, they watch for a reason. You're either under their microscope because they want what you have and they'd love to see you lose it, or there's something that you've done to them to help them turn against you. I once had an enemy that had the audacity to tell me "Do you know why I got over on you (used you)?" Because you tolerated too much, you were too weak, passive, clingy, and desperate. Then he said I think your gorgeous, but I don't like the fact that you have so much to offer but to me you take it for granted, you're lazy. Of course I didn't want to hear anything negative about myself, especially coming from an enemy, but after examining what was said and lining it up with my character at that time, that joker was actually right! (even though I wouldn't dare admit it to him, and would rather go to my grave with it). In my mind, I still had to face the facts and work to change that (with Gods help of course), because anything you've done for years is a part of you, and bad habits can be hard to break.   My enemy also told me that you can learn things from people that you don't like. (but it's all a matter of being mature enough to handle the truth).

Though enemies are a part of the "bitter" side of life among other things, they come to make us  mentally sharp and wise, and they help us become stronger emotionally and spiritually (by keeping us  prayerful and restrained from retaliating to the point where we do something that we'll regret). They keep us on our toes so that we not only learn to take precautions when dealing with people, but to learn about ourselves so history doesn't repeat itself and we whined up making the same mistakes, or worse.

Even God can use our enemies as a tool for our growth.  They're like stepping stones that lift us on a higher plateau, by making us wiser, sharper, and stronger. God can also set you on a pedestal and bless you openly while bringing your enemies to shame, if you aim is to do what's right in his eyes and keep the peace with others.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Shine Your Light

By Keesah Pelzer 

The other day I came across a heated debate pertaining to how people ought to live in this day in age. What lifestyles are acceptable, religious beliefs, and rituals. As the dispute continued to escalate, I witness this young lady being verbally attacked and put down by people who were supposed to be an advocate for the Most High, all because of the way she looked. The thing that got me was that these individuals hadn't necessarily earned the rights to cast a stone at anyone, given their current situations. 

How they treated this individual immediately took me back to when I first came to my current ministry. I was welcomed with open arms, which is a rarity, because when people see someone that looks nothing like them, they tend to disassociate themselves out of fear that they'll be labeled like that individual. They knew I smoked weed and did Ecstasy, I drank liquor, and that I was a fornicator. I didn't have any self control nor did I have immunity. It was obvious, but because the love of the most high God was being exercised in that place, they didn't judge me, and I needed that because I was already dealing with so much. As I stuck around I took notice of how the women conducted themselves. They had standards and it made me want to strive to live better. Though it took me some time to get the hang of it, the more I interacted with them the more I wanted the Most High to clean me up too. That's a true representation of being a beacon of light. 

When we go through rough spots in our lives; striving and struggling to get things right, it makes us have compassion when someone else comes along that's facing the same challenges, because we've been there before, and we remember how we fought to get to where we are today.  So I that to say this; as children of the Most High God, how we live our lives should draw people nearer to our Heavenly Father, not the opposite. Shinning our light doesn't come through us pretending that we're perfect and that we face no challenges. It comes through us demonstrating and upholding the right way our Heavenly Father wants us to live.