• African American,  Christian,  Christianity,  Faith

    Suffer the Little Children

    There is something about a good old gospel hymn that stirs the warmth and brings peace down deep in the soul.  It’s hard to put into words so all I can do is say that it is the best feeling of contentment there is to be had.  Maybe that’s why I don’t like secular  “gospel” music that much.  It doesn’t really invoke that feeling within me.   Good old gospel reminds me of the days my momma would dress me up in that pretty little white dress with the shiny patent leather shoes and send me off to church with my little new testament bible in hand.  The days when I’d…

  • African American

    How do we address church politics?  Better yet, how do we address alienation in church?  Do we sweep it under the rug?  How many of you have found it difficult to assimilate to a new church environment simply because you didn’t meet one of the predefined criteria?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  You’re either: Not in church enough Not a member of a large family who attends the church. Not a major financial contributor.   So people,  how do we overcome these vices?   Do we boycott the sanctuary?  Do we write to our local pastors?  Do we man up and carry on as if this cliquish cultish mentality…

  • African American

    Pride goeth before destruction

    After giving it much thought, I’ve found that every time I record my thoughts or problems in this blog that I receive enlightenment from God himself.  It is a sort of comforting revelation.   But, what I’ve come to discuss today is my on going struggle.  It is one of the strongholds I have yet to overcome  and I’m finding that it is a hindrance to my spiritual growth.   This struggle is my struggle with pride and conceit.   I can’t say that I know where and when it began but I do know that I’d like to put an end to it.   It’s as if I have too much pride to…

  • African American,  blessings,  Christian,  Christianity,  count your blessings,  Counting your blessings

    Tunnel Vision

    One of the most frustrating aspects of my daily routine  is working at a bank cow-towing to overly priviledged customers who have the nerve to call in with conniption fits because they don’t know how to use the automated phone system.  Of  all the things to harangue about?  You would call to complain because you have to enter account numbers in order to make your transfers.   Doesn’t that seem a little petty?   And maybe keeping $90,000 in our bank to build interest warranted him the right to moan and carryon.   But how does he sleep at night, knowing that out there, someone’s digging thru garbage looking for their next meal?   That out there someone’s on…

  • African American

    Sexual Immorality

    I have felt as if I had been defiling my body over the last few years.   I wasn’t quite sure how until I read the following scripture and was convicted once again.     Romans 1:24-28 (New International Version) 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the…

  • African American

    Fostering great work habits

    In keeping with our last discussion – well my soliloquy—about my need for a complete overhaul,  I have realized that nothing can be done without God’s help.   There are some major changes I would like to make to my personality.   Of late, I’ve been struggling with an extreme lack of patience when it comes to the work I do.  To be honest I don’t quite view my Job as a career choice.  It was always just something to do to pay the bills and to keep food on the table.  So with that in mind, I’d spent many an unhappy day at work dreading the next phone call, or the…

  • African American,  Christian,  Christianity,  God,  Gospel,  Jesus,  Spiritual Calling,  Your Calling

    My Calling?

    sometimes I look at my life and compare it to others and somehow the grass is always greener.  somehow they accomplish things so much easier than I do.  I seem to fail at the simplest of obstacles and everyday requires motivation for me to get up and get back on that hamster’s wheel.  this has been my issue for the past frew years.  My defeatist mentality.  But now that I think about it , I just really need to continue trusting in God and continue making the changes I need to make in life.   I realize that I’m in need of a complete overhaul.  Not just a spiritual overhaul, but…