Life is about creating a strategy, so create YOUR OWN platform🤔

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it”

– Toni Morrison

In my eyes this quote depicts my friend Chris. He has never been one that has complained about his life, although he has many reasons to feel as if life dealt him an unfair hand. When I see his posts, his videos, I see a man who has accepted that his past will never be his future. I see a man with confidence, determination, and the willingness to defy what society would have tried to place on him; failure…. but NOPE, he continues to grow and pay it forward by sharing his story with others!

I met “Chris Inspires You” in undergrad at the best HBCU; Can I get an Aggie Pride???

Yup…I hear it!

Over the years that I have known him, he has always been genuine, willing to be transparent in order to reach back and pay it forward, and he has always been so ecstatic about #ThisThingCalledLife…

What I have learned by watching clips of his videos and knowing his story is: while Iife might fail to provide you with a fair start, you have the ability to run your race and still make it to the finish line!

Chris is an amazing husband, father, and just overall person who desires to share his story to show our future that life happens, but you can always conquer...

And as Toni Morrison says, If you want to fly…..YUP…let it go! And my friend Chris’ story will empower you.

After you read about how Chris “INSPIRES,” please check out his links below and watch his most recent engagement. This is a man who understands the importance of hard work, remaining centered and focused, and believing in self.

How do you define yourself?

I’d define myself as a resilient champion, someone who is still growing, still realizing that there’s a real, true greatness in each person in this world and we feed that greatness with the things that we say, the things we think, the things we do and the type of people we choose to keep around us. 

Discuss challenges you have overcome and are still overcoming?

I grew up largely in a single parent home with my father, who abused drugs and alcohol so much that he almost took his own life when I was 14. We moved eight different times from ages 5-16, from hood to hood, and resided in homes that were infested with roaches, communities that were littered with violence, drugs, prostitution and often had little food to eat or even clean clothes to wear. That. Was. Tough. But I honestly wouldn’t change it for the world. I do believe that challenges such as that shapes and molds you, helping to establish your foundation as you grow and become a better, stronger and more equipped leader. My upbringing in poverty in a single parent home never defined me. It prepared me. And even still, meeting my mom at 16 and still not having a strong relationship with her 20-some years later is an ongoing challenge that I’ve tried to channel and use it as fuel to be the very best father to my two sons. My mom, quite simply, doesn’t love me and has made it known. In her times of rage and anger, her go-to statement is “I could have thrown you in a trash can and no one would have ever known” and that’s as painful a statement as anyone can make, much less a parent to a child. My sons are getting old enough now to begin asking a lot of questions about my mother and as a father, I’ve got to be transparent with them and tell them the truth, as much as it may hurt. There are also challenges with growing success and those challenges sometimes come from those in the scope of your “circle.” As I’ve grown and have opted to be transparent with my story, some family have chided me and attempted to discredit my story for various reasons but namely because of embarrassment or an inability to see the silver linings in sheer transparency. Even after going off to college to earn a degree, there were some family and friends who’d make comments such as “you think you better than us,” comments that sting at its core, particularly for someone such as myself who worked sooooo hard to escape the grasp of poverty and wanted to make something of my life. Sometimes, these things will have you second-guess yourself and wonder whether success is worth it…..then you realize that not everyone will understand YOUR goals, dreams and desires. One of the foremost thoughts that remain present in my mind is this: This theory that you have something to lose by cutting folks off, trying something new or having a unique way of thinking is really just a delusion which limits ones ability to achieve his or her maximum potential. THAT RIGHT THERE is what drives me. 

What is your current profession?

I am an Inspirational Speaker and Youth Development Leader.

Discuss your organization/ company.  How can you be contacted and booked?

My Inspirational Speaking platform, ChrisInspiresYou, was founded in May 2016 and born of my vision to continue educating, empowering and inspiring young people to become the very best versions of themselves. The story is unique and certainly one that proves a resilient mentality and desire will often win out. ChrisInspiresYou grew up largely in a single-parent home with his father, who abused drugs and alcohol in Fayetteville, North Carolina’s poorest community and the 13th poorest in the state at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. Chris, who didn’t formally meet his mother until he was 16 years old, spent a considerable amount of time looking for her and wondered why his mother didn’t want him or love him. Even after meeting his mother, she’d often, in moments of anger and frustration, call Chris names, berate his father and tell Chris “I could have thrown you in a garbage can somewhere and no one would have known.” Chris and his father moved eight times from roach-infested home to home from ages 5 to 16 because of eviction, with his father even spending time under the stars. They’ve spent time on the couches of other friends/family and his father stayed in a one-room motel for a lengthy period of time while he stayed with his grandmother during his latter years in high school. Having overcome this adversity with the strength of a support system who believed in him, including his dad, grandmother, several aunts and uncles, neighbors Mrs. Jones, Mrs. McEachern, Tonya, his youth league baseball and football coaches (Coach Blue, Coach Abraham and Coach Smokey) and a host of others, Chris went on to earn multiple college degrees and was honored for his public service and leadership with several high honors. He travels the states speaking to students about self-discovery, overcoming adversity and encouraging each to engage in service, which challenges them to become the best versions of themselves in spite of the challenges they face. Chris uses a unique approach that encourages young people to unpack their feelings of doubt, worthlessness, uncertainty and fear in a constructive manner which proves that they are not alone in their struggles. 

My website is www.chrisinspiresyou.com and folks can follow me on IG, LinkedIn and Facebook @Chris Inspires You or using the hashtags #chrisinspiresyou, #educateempowerinspireserve or #inspirationalspeakerfromnc.

What was your motive for stepping out to share your story?  

I’ve always felt that EVERYONE has a story to share and that by sharing YOUR story in YOUR way, you aren’t allowing others to write YOUR narrative. The big mistake that we sometimes make is that we attempt to tell others’ stories for them based on where they are from, how they look, who they are affiliated with and the like and ultimately, we end up not knowing a thing! As a person, you’ve got to take time to discover who you are, what you desire, what you like and what you suck at…..we all suck at something, right? Once we’re able to identify these things, we can then put our energy, effort and attention into the things we really, truly desire. My desire has always, and will always be, to push and challenge young people to become the best version of themselves and I’m a firm believer that God never put us on this Earth to just exist. We are here to lead with purpose and significance for others, more than ourselves so we can’t sit on our hands and waste the enormous gifts that God has provided us. Find something you enjoy doing and do it…A LOT! Our time here is limited so we’ve got to make the most of EVERY moment. Ultimately, people may forget your name, your affiliation and the like but a person will never, ever forget how you make them feel. My story, I hope, will make people feel like they are capable of sharing THEIR stories and doing the great things that they desire doing. 

How do you feel this is a benefit to our youth?

Transparency will ALWAYS be a benefit to youth. Transparency often means love and love is THE most important, most powerful human emotion. I Love You are three of the most powerful words in the English language but is such a struggle for us to not only say to someone else but also to look ourselves in the mirror and say “I Love You.” Sharing YOUR story and being transparent is a byproduct of “I Love You” and every person, young or old, deserves transparency and deserves a love that is unfailing, undeniable and unmistakable. Even more, encouraging youth to embrace the struggle and understand the adversity will make the success feel that much better. You never want to forget those things…there’s a real beauty in that struggle that you’ve got to embrace. Losing/Adversity/Failure will teach you things that winning just simply can’t and once you begin to win, it’s an unstoppable force but with success comes more challenge and the better you prepare yourself NOW, the better prepared you’ll be at that time. Stay ready so you never have to get ready

As a Black male, do you feel that the challenges you faced are or were because of your race?

The family challenges, no. Other challenges, perhaps at times but one must remember his or her purpose here. You’ve got to realize that you possess a gift and for some of us, we can see the gift…hear the gift…feel the gift. For others, it takes a little time to dig a little deeper to find that gift but it’s in there. Part of that gift, for me, is being a black male. I love being black. I love raising my handsome black sons and being married to a fine, strong, beautiful black woman. That makes my life as complete as you could imagine. 

Do you feel successful?

Success is defined, in my opinion, by understanding who you are, what you like, what you desire and how you go about handling your life’s responsibilities. It ALL starts with how we choose to start our journeys…..how deeply we understand our roles, responsibilities and influence for those we lead…how MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY ready we are to do the kind of work that will drive thru communities and transcend an entire generation. I feel successful but I’m still grinding. I want more. I want to inspire more. I want people to feel personal success in such a way that it is an emotion that’s intoxicating. 

What is the secret to your success? 

I have no magic formula or secret to success. The mind controls the body so when the mind wants to win, the body follows. 

You are in a Greek organization, would you share why you believe such organizations are important? 

Greek life influences social life on many college campuses, particularly organizations whose focus remains on serving its community and uniting students. Speaking specifically from the perspective of a black student who earned degrees from an HBCU and a PWI, it is, in my opinion, critically important in the black community as greek organizations unite students who often share similar ideals, beliefs and core principles. The histories of each organization is rich and can be viewed by many as part of the foundation for one’s collegiate experience. 

What mantra do you life by? 

I have a few but the one that knocks them all over is this: You can never ever expect little of yourself and demand great results. The other is this: Your structures may be fractured but your foundation still stands. When I look in the mirror and remind myself of these things, I’m ready to grind. I’m ready to win. I’m ready to challenge myself to be the best version of myself while encouraging others to do much the same

Do you have fears or concerns for your son?

Absolutely. As a father, my two sons are the wind beneath the wings of my life and I realize that growing up in the 80’s/90’s is considerably different than growing up now. They’ll experience challenges that I never even had to think about. Social media is often a driving force behind so much that is happening these days and we can’t shield them from EVERYTHING. What we CAN do however is keep them rooted in their foundational principles…God, love, service and respect. 

What do you wish you would have known when you were a teenager?

I wish I had developed stronger relationships with family and friends. This isn’t to say that I lack strong relationships but as I’ve said, love is such a powerful emotion and when you show love and feel loved, it changes the trajectories of one’s life. Not having my mother around caused me to put up a shield, a barrier and not allow everyone in. I was often embarrassed by my circumstances but I wish I had embraced it much sooner, thus allowing that energy to flow naturally to those around me

Last words for the readers? 

As the late, great Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.”

ChrisInspiresYouThree-time award winning and seven-time award nominated Inspirational Speaker and Youth Director

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Black Man=Great Father +Great Police Officer +Entrepreneur (Check below)

Earlier this year I presented to a group of White women.  I only say White women to help the readers understand the importance of being objective and understand that we all think differently based on the way we were raised, our environments, and especially our….privilege…

My topic was “Strategies For Assisting With Reluctant Readers.”  I was extremely aware of the demographic that would be present; White women and a few Black women and maybe a handful of males. I was extremely aware of the solutions that I have heard over and over and OVER and OVER… about helping reluctant readers….I was extremely aware of the challenges that educators face with teaching…reluctant readers … I AM also very familiar with why those solutions will never ever ever work and why those challenges are not really there.  It is a figment of …their…her…his…imagination.  

For some it might seem as if I discuss racial issues a lot, but in reality it really is not discussed enough.  Its always that elephant …or rhinoceros in the room.  People think they are showing just how non-racist and objective and fair they are to our young people by taking them in their homes or teaching about Rosa Parks and MLK.  Oh….whoa…there is more to diversity than that.  

Individuals prefer to parallel the issues that Blacks still face and have faced 50 years ago, 75 years ago, 100 years ago, 200 years ago to those of ….well let me be quiet…

But as I continue to highlight Black men who are truly uplifting and strong and leaders of our community, I must highlight one that is close to me.  This is my….can I say..baby daddy?  (It’s my blog so I guess I can say what I want…🤷🏽‍♀️) I mean…we were married before, we speak very often, and we respect each other….and the way I have always understood this word….well…I’ll just say, my son’s dad because as hard as I have been on him, he has truly been one of the best people I have had in my life…

From being the support when our son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, to being that positive energy when our son was in a coma and doctors said he would not make it, we have supported each other. Even taking my advice when I have noticed things, he has shown our son how life makes us grow and learn from our mistakes. Less than seven months ago he was on a virtual call with me when our son almost passed out again from a diabetes related incident and as a team, we are always able to remain strong.

Regardless of life lessons I have learned, he listens and offers words of solace and always compliments me and tells me how great of a mom I am. This is definitely not the norm for many divorced couples, but we realize the importance of raising a Black male (yup… I am reiterating race again) in our America.

Mike is not just a great father, but he is a great police officer. Too often we do not take the time to uplift those officers or see the day to day issues that they face; particularly those Black men.  They are disrespected, they have to deal with the double consciousness of being Black and a cop.  

I applaud him, I pray for him, I admire the relationship that he has with his son.  I sometimes smile at how attentive he has become to things that I share with him regarding his son and how he has taken moments to reflect.  I am proud that I have such a respectful relationship with him and our son sees this.  

We both agree that our son will turn out to be great and it is not because he is perfect or because he instantly learns the lessons that we and others around us try to instill, but it is because he sees and feels the love that we have for him and the respect that we show each other even when we have disagreed. 

On Mother’s Day weekend, I applaud the father of my only child and thank him for the gift of having our own #GreatnessinTheMakingBlackMan 

#TheAnthonyDavis

#HeisLearning

#MoreOfMyPuzzlePieces😉

Thanks Michael Shaun for sharing….

YOU; Black Father, Entrepreneur…

I am a person who truly is “living the American dream.”  I hear that quoted statement all the time from my colleagues in a sarcastic manner, but I say it with no sarcasm.  I am “middle class,” educated, optimistic, happy, self aware, hardworking, humble, kind, odd, black father.  Most of the time I feel like I am an alien, like artist Lil’ Wayne says, when I socialize with other members of our society.  I am okay with it.

I am a police officer who patrols the lower economic, mostly black populated, area of a city.  Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with uniformed clothing professions.  I grew up with a mother and father who wore uniforms in their line of work; military, post office and police.  When I was nine years old, I attended my father’s graduation from the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico.  I was highly impressed by the facility and the men and women of the academy.  Ever since that significant experience, I had an interest in being and F.B.I. Agent.   I later learned, as an adult, being a police officer for a few years was the easiest path to becoming accepted in the F.B.I. Academy.  Overtime, my interest in F.B.I. has weakened and my interest in remaining as a uniform police officer working in community I call “mine,” has grown.

Ironically, I promote positivity amongst my race by having an extreme positive attitude or optimistic dialogue with men and women of color.  I also use media platforms to share positive content or create original positive content. I think positivity is one of three or four attributes that need to be used and shared by anyone to become successful in life; including financial, emotional, mental and spiritual success. (https://youtu.be/uZWI7xqYMbo)

Challenges as a black man in American law enforcement is the challenge of satisfying commanding officers and civilians that I swore to protect and serve simultaneously. On one side; we have old school police mentality, high ranking officers who do not know or forgot the culture of the majority of the people that we serve.  On the other side; we have civilians who don’t trust police due to unwanted encounters with police, dislike or distrust opinions of the police due to unwanted encounters passed down from generation to generation and negative stereotypes (mostly created by media biases) ingrained in their minds.  Imagine the challenge for a black female in my male dominant profession?

The biggest challenge I have as a professional black man is anything that I am involved in and has “profession” attached to it, seems like I have to accomplish more than the white man for us to be look at equal value in the thoughts of the person, group or organization in control of that profession.  I am afraid of what I will find if I dig any deeper after inquiring many of my peers’ education history. So far, every black officer I know has a four year college degree and/or military experience but a few white officers I know have only a high school diploma and no military experience.  

I overcame and overcome obstacles by using same formula every successful person I know, read about and watched overcame their obstacles.  I believe the formula works for all people disregard of person’s “race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status” and social economic class. 

The formula is I am grateful for all I have regardless of quantity or quality, holding myself more accountable to things occurring in my life, not blaming others for my mishaps of failures, becoming more self aware of my weaknesses and strengths/gifts, doubling down on my strengths/gifts, using my strengths/gifts with empathy to help others via hard work and patience and not expecting anything in return.

I do not have any specific day to day mantra.  Anytime my mind is idle or I feel a sense of complaint surfacing, I think or vocalize a list of as many things I have and express my gratitude for each and every noun that comes to mind.

I do not know how I manage everything I do. That is a weakness I am still working on.  As mentioned earlier, self awareness is part of overcoming an obstacle.  For now, I live one day at a time and I prioritized matters in order I think is best for all that is affected by the decision I make.  Sometimes, I have to make a hard decision of saying “no” to make my tasks manageable.   

People inspire me.  Observing optimistic people who are aware of their gifts and use their gifts to propel themselves and others to success without compromising inspires me.  My son and the potential I see in my son’s success and contribution to our society also inspire me.

The advice for any young black man who is facing challenges and trying to move up is use the tools listed in this blog.

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His YouTube channel: 2 Cops Inside the Uniform

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Still… Black Firsts..

I’ve always been around great people. He actually pushes me to focus when we were in high school. No words except… kudos!! Keep uplifting…

As we continue to celebrate our black males, let’s give this young man and round of applause!!

A black male that is truly an inspiration ..

Yes BUGG❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Solitary Confinement =Growth

I always get the best calls when needed. Sometimes I don’t even think I need them, but once the conversation is over and I’m left feeling refreshed… whoa… that is when you know you needed to hear or feel that energy.

For years now, I have written an old classmate. He is in prison and for awhile he was in solitary confinement. I recently watched a documentary discussing an inmate who spent YEARS in solitary confinement. The only way he was able to survive is by changing his mind. He had to visualize himself out of the prison walls. He had to think positive and stay focused on the future. I can’t imagine spending 22 years in solitary confinement for a crime I did not commit. (https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/01/11/anthony-gay-solitary-confinement). But this story is like so many other stories that places people in harsh situations just because…. the system is flawed.

It takes me back to even Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Oh it reminds me so much of that first chapter… deceit, envy, hurt, and every attempt to humiliate someone for being something that others can’t be. .. you should check it out… great read! The first chapter might…. help one to understand a little more history… but…(there I go with those darn ellipsis again..)

I use to always have conversations with my dad (you see he was a teacher also) and he reminded me of the unfairness of life. Just like the narrator, I didn’t understand… and this is why I am constantly sharing this lesson with my son. You see, he is far from perfect. Right now he was just reprimanded about something, but he will understand later. But I am extremely proud of him for standing up for something that bothered him (#KIDSAREMEAN) and with tact….You know He cannot act out like some kids can…that would definitely cause someone to label…..OK let me stop and just say that It’s unfortunate that I have to remind my Black son to behave so he will not be that prisoner that I write. It’s unfortunate that I have to remind him that what those that don’t look like him will never be able to understand when he has to pull away from them…he cannot be that person to harass a teacher or even stay out to late or drive his car with loud music for fear of being another Jordan Davis…T. Martin… (🙏🏾❤️) And He is an amazing young man with flaws just like me…but….

So as I think about the power of the mind, the power of so many great AA men, I will continue to bring more positivity and encouragement as we learn of Black men who have indeed faced struggles even now in 2019. These great men and even women who learned to use their minds as a weapon and who are so darn strong that nothing can get to them because…. #FocusisKEY

And when a person tells me that #BlackLives don’t matter and #ThereIsEquality everywhere I will remind them of the items found in school by children who learn to group those shapes and people by those that raise them or the circle they keep…(that noose … or those disrespectful words … )

So as you prepare to read these upcoming blogs that center more on our minority men….open your mind and leave with a positive message versus reading key words and lacking the true essence of my writing….

❤️❤️❤️

#BookComingSoon

#ThisThingCalledLife…SolitaryConfinementAllowsGrowth

#Habakkuk

Being strong for self and others….Meet Marlon

I have learned that people come into your life for a reason. While many of these people you will not see day to day, they leave you with lasting lessons. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up over twenty years ago; well I was going to be a dentist.

I realize that dream was there to keep me centered and focused. The first real professional I saw was a dentist that came to my school and spoke to us when I was in elementary school. I don’t remember much of what he said, but he didn’t look like me. He didn’t look like many of my classmates. He was different and at this time, those kids that sat with me in the auditorium probably couldn’t see themselves with his white coat and having the knowledge to talk about our teeth.

As I have grown and walked through my jungle, I’ve come across so many that have inspired me without even knowing. It might be because of the way they carry themselves, the knowledge and confidence that they have or a combination of things.

One of my first “big girl jobs” was as a mental health technician. I honestly cannot remember a whole lot about that job except being around kids that desires love, and so many things that we take for granted daily. I recall a story of a young boy being molested by his male family members. I recall a story about a young girl having a baby by her dad. I recall stories of teachers having improper relationships with their students and when I worked at this particular job, I met a young man who helped me to understand… he taught me how to give without giving too much of myself. He taught me how to listen.

I was impressed by watching him as my supervisor handle such hard and harsh caseloads. He did it with ease and he not just gave love to the kids we served, but he taught them laughter and he taught them how to smile… for many it was possibly the first time that has smiled in a long time… and laughter is extremely contagious….

Growing up, I didn’t have many Black make figures in the school house and many of the kids we served together probably had that same issue and this is why he has stood out to me. I watch his Facebook page (I’m not a stalker…🤦🏾‍♀️) and I see his positive messages.

This is another person everyone needs in their space even if it is for a short period. I have no pictures of us together but I remember the last time I saw him chatting in the parking lot of I believe it was Food Lion/ nail shop and he and I were able to exchange pleasantries.

Thank you Marlon for teaching me to smile and laugh through those tough moments and giving those kids the same thing…

He answers questions that can help us all:

1. How do you describe yourself?

Dependable and loyal

2. What do you do for a living? How did get into this field?

QP in mental health field

What do you do to promote positivity amongst your race? Do you think it’s necessary? Racism doesn’t exist, right? (I’m being extremely sarcastic here).

I support my own and I encourage us to develop partnerships with each other rather than compete. Oh it exist in every area of life and institutions.

Are their challenges as a black man in this field?

Yes but we are in demand. The challenges comes with being paid what we are worth. Black men get results across all races in this field but the compensation can be weak at times. It feels like economic slavery but if you are strategic and good at what you do you can break the ceiling.

What are challenges that you have had as a black professional man?

Finding my place in this field because I’m not licensed(tried that route but that’s another story for another day) the opportunities are limited.

What are ways that you have overcome obstacles that have been in your path?

Being attentive, and innovative with interventions. Also being relational, once you win people to yourself you can give them the tools to be successful

What is your day to day mantra?

My mantra is a quote by D.E Hoste. The man who does not learn to wait upon the Lord and have his thoughts molded by Him will never possess that steady purpose and calm trust, which is essential to the exercise of wise influence upon others, in times of crisis and difficulty.

How do you manage everything that you do?

Just do it. And what I don’t get done today I start tomorrow

What or who inspires you?

Inspirational well-known speakers from politics to religion/preachers but my greatest inspiration would be LOVE. Love can fuel a passion to move pass anything if you allow it.

Any advice for young men who are facing challenges being black and trying to move up?

I tell young men this in a question form. What problem/issue do you wanna solve? Once they answer this and move towards the solution they will not only move up but bring others up with them.

Any last words for our readers?

Last words. In life it’s great to have mentors but choose your own path, because you have to live with the roads you travel. Also remember these two sayings in its entirety 1. Misery loves company but so does pleasure. 2. Perception is reality when its unchallenged. These two things require your thoughts to go beyond what you heard or what was taught. It is extended intelligence that keeps you from accepting half thoughts or half truths.

He is amazing!!!

Uneasy and unsure??? Read….

Feeling a bit uneasy or just unsure? It’s ok, we all have those moments. I’ve been blessed today to have several call or have face to face conversations about Habakkuk? Do you remember this biblical story?

My dad called me today jokingly asking where was I fleeing off to this weekend? He made some “old-man” comment that I cannot remember, but I told him and he told me he is proud that I don’t let things hold me back. I’m his only child. My mom called right before my dad. We have had a true mother/daughter “love, love, we work each other nerves sometimes” relationship.

It was as if they had spoken to each other before they called me, but they hadn’t. Both of them along with several others out of no where referenced this book. I’m not even sure if my parents have talked since they dropped me off for college 😳🧐🤔….

The most interesting thing, this book is not one of the popular ones that I hear in church.

My devotional sent me there first thing this morning (check out the last chapter of Patrica Shrivers book, Discerning the Voice of God) and as I sat outside my house (which I never do very late) my neighbor walks over. I have not seen her in months! She too mentions things out of this very very short text…

So just remember to be still and learn to listen and most importantly have faith about everything! The way my life has been set up, I have no choice and I am definitely a walking testimony. My testimony is so amazing to me because I have been a witness to seeing so many blessings!

So as you challenge that murderer, that rapist, that child molester, that bad lawyer, that bad doctor, that horrible group who disrespected you, remember that what HE does is none of your business because HE will always love you!

Be blessed today and everyday and read Habakkuk 2:2-3.

#ThisThingCalledLife… it ain’t none of your business so be patient!

❤️