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Hope In Times of Adversity

A Special Address from Bishop C.E. Melville: A Personal Testimony of Praise and Thanksgiving I wish I could write a somber post, but I can only state that I was always blessed, and for this I am eternally grateful to God, for His love and tender mercies. Thanksgiving Meaning: the expression of gratitude, especially to God (Dictionary.com). Growing up in the foster care system only offered me one way out, and it was through education. I found myself dreaming what it would be like to be a teacher, a nurse, or someone really big. I wanted make an impact in the life others. Though many thought I was different, I was just a little girl with big dreams. I knew that my beginning wasn't going to be ...
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Becoming Like Christ

Sheltering in The Most High The journey of spiritual formation can be summed up like this, “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” – Romans 5:3-5 [1] For one to grow spiritually, and become like Christ, it means striving each day to emulate his character. Essentially, Paul describes the spiritual formation process—the process of being transformed from our temporal perspective to an eternal one. [2] This is not an easy walk, considering we live in world which has fallen so...
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Beauty in small things


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50 Not So Boring Ideas for Staying At Home


Does it sound like this in your home? “I’m bored.” “Can we go do something?” “Do we have to stay home?” “Mom, did you know some people go to the beach?” “You just want me to do chores.” “When can I go to school?” “I already washed my hands.” “I don’t want to stay home.” “Can I walk the dog, again?” “Read? Why?” Not everyone likes staying at home but it can be fun. There are so many fun things to do and none of them are on television! Here are a few ideas to help make the stayathome situation better. Most of these require adult supervision: 1.       Read to each other (Prizes for best listener?) 2.       Bake something together 3.       Play board-games or invent one of your own. 4.       Pla...
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Sweetness in #lockdown


Confined to the house since 17 March, hubby has taken to cake making like a duck to water regaling me daily with unctuous, fattening delights which I cannot resist. I am weak. Someone else in this photo is tempted too.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The Fight For Unity

What is Unity? The fight for unity is the invisible crucible mankind must bare. For thousands of years and centuries past mankind have failed ultimately at unifying themselves unto one body, faith, and purpose. But, in order to achieve success, and a feeling of accomplishment, one must understand that the world exists with many members of the same body (Ephesians 4:16). To be unified or in unity is to be of one mind, body and spirit. Likemindedness is needed and very crucial to work together in unity. Unity in the body of Christ is the essence and key to a powerful church, the precursor of miracles, deliverance and ultimately redemption. What Does it Mean to Be Spiritually Mature? To be spir...
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Estrangement: darkness before dawn


For the last five years I have been working in French law and helping French property owners resolve succession or buying/selling isssues. In one particular case, a lady rang up to say that her mother had been sequestered in her house in France by her son who had also stolen all of the mother's money, or put in a more PC way, drained her bank accounts. I remember listening and then calmly putting the 'phone down once the conversation had ended. You see, the same thing happened to me.One can read all the latest psychological ramblings and research on the effects of sibling estrangement. Supposedley it is rare (less than 5%) in the US but here's what I've learned through experience. I am an or...
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Dormant but Alive!


I pray for for those who are working full time during these difficult times. The police, the sheriff’s department, firemen and women, the cashiers at the stores, those who stock the shelves or drive the trucks. Those who clean the store and have to pick up rubber gloves left by sloppy, selfish people. Those who deliver groceries or mail; those who work in hospitals, clinics, testing stations and laboratories; those who work at curb-side pickup restaurants, coffee shops and fast-food. I am grateful for all you do.(And victims. Those who are suffering from this virus. I pray you recover, soon.)Thank you to everyone who helps the world continue to rotate on its axis. We are not shut down. We ar...
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Better days are coming....


#Lockdown means I can enjoy walks with the dogs in the Spring sunshine and my, isn't it lovely, the warm rays on my face after a long and damp Winter. Yesterday, as we hoiked ourselves up the hill, the hounds panting loudly, I was reminded of the passage in the Bible about  the birds always having enough to eat, so why should we worry? We came upon dozens of oak seedlings carpeted under the parent tree, their nascent, pale green leaves, straining towards the sun.  The local red squirrels in France can often be seen jumping from tree to tree and this Winter, had a surfeit of acorns to gorge on and forgive the pun, squirrel away. Any that were left over germinated into saplings, nature renewin...
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When everything looks this perfect....


....it's hard to imagine the current chaos in the world. 'Things fall apart, the centre MUST hold.'Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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No Chocolate Eggs?


Happy Easter!Did you hear they closed down See's Chocolate Shops right before Easter? Oh, no. What are we supposed to do? Don’t you know, Eve wrote three books and she's working on a fourth?  Let’s read!  Do we need to wear a mask? No silly rabbit, you can read her books at home. Which one should we read first? Well, there’s Penniless Hearts about an artist who gets lost in Hawaii. Hawaii? Are there pineapples? I think so. The second one is Penniless Souls about the same lady in Vegas. Ooh, I bet that’s intriguing. Bunnies don’t bet. What’s the last one called? The Fifth Commandment. It’s perfect for Easter, 'cause Peter's in the story. Peter Rabbit? Peter at the gates of Heaven. Oh, he’s mo...
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Happiness in #lockdown


.....is sitting on the terrace in the sun with my older brothers.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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The African Soul

 We Still Cry Out Our ancestors groan, telling the story of how we came in hopes of giving us a way out We ignore the moans and try to do it our way, but the only way out is to cry out. We often say, it' s not fair, yet some of us prance up and down with such flare. Is it fair when so many of us still cry out? We abuse, misuse and accuse, this is not what our ancestors died for. They died in pain, disdain, and not even the chance to complain, so we should cry out. Cry out for the mercy of God, for forgiveness, for patience, to have empathy for those who are weak. It's hard to have empathy when you're tired, burdened, and ashamed of being who you are. So pray often, early, and be specific. Cr...
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Whiling away time..


....perfecting poached eggs (hubby):On home made bread.Making a nut pie with leftover Christmas walnuts and hazelnuts:Simple things provide infinite pleasure and bring out the best in us.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Top 20 Books on African History, Peoples, Healing from Slavery and More!

Join the Afro-Caribbean Heritage Alliance Welcome! In order to Heal Thyself, You Must Know Thy Self! Here are the Top 20 plus Books on African History, People’s, and Healing the Soul from Slavery, Sickness, Identity Crisis, and More! CLICK THE LINK BESIDE EACH BOOK TO PURCHASE! 1. Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors: https://amzn.to/2VnvxjW*2. African Holistic Health: Read More Original link
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Is Infidelity A Private Matter?

There are plenty of people who believe what happens inside their home is private. It’s their home, their rules. Aside from abuse and harm, that’s generally understood. But what happens when the privacy factor is unknowingly opened up to another, such as a paramour? This particular guest is now sitting on the reading chair, drinking special occasion wine, using the newly renovated bathroom and getting snuggly under the sheets. Neighborhood Watch is bound to speculate. Not to mention other possible dropped hints of an interloper: unknown clothing, lipstick on a glass, unfamiliar cologne, misplaced jewelry, and used condoms. It may seem ridiculous and short-sighted for someone to invite a lover...
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Overcoming Fear is Just a Minute Away

"The Only Thing We Have To Fear is Fear Itself"       If you've just read the headline, and listened to the words of the late president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, understand and believe it, then you just learned how to overcome fear this very minute and every time it shows its evil head. The famous quote by former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered at his inaugural address on March 04, 1933, was more than a mere quote, it was a divine and deliberate act of reassurance during times of crisis, and personal agony. For Roosevelt himself, being a beacon of hope and courage in times of uncertainty was the only route to proving himself as a true leader who valued the trust of the people, an...
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Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

Life has shifted. Most of us have been affected in one way or another by the coronavirus aka COVID-19. I have, peripherally. I went to the doctor for an unrelated issue (I’m fine) and coughed, an allergy cough that comes and goes whenever allergens have their way with my immune system. The doctor asked about said cough, then as a precaution, proceeded to give me a mask and put one on herself. It was an odd feeling, very odd, but understandable. Interestingly enough, I coughed more because whatever was in the mask triggered a slight allergic reaction. Yet one more thing to consider. All this to say, these are confusing and challenging times, especially if you’ve chosen to self-isolate or have...
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5 Ways To Relieve Anxiety During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Relieving anxiety during a pandemic isn’t impossible. Here are 5 ways to have hope in the face of hysteria:   1. Find your light. Remember that adversity and change are inevitable. Think back to when you overcame a situation similar to what you are currently experiencing. Have confidence in your experiences, especially the ones that teach you life-saving skills and lessons. As time goes on, you will feel more confident when unforeseen events and situations occur. 2. Find Your Circle of Love. Realize that you are not alone during times of change and adversity. You are only one person, in a big world. People just like you are struggling, feel confused, anxious, and even angry when things get t...
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Places to avoid on a Friday night...


...due to caronavirus but we had a blast at our local pub. Great music and traditional fish and chips!Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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