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Purpose

Do you know that everything has a purpose! What is your purpose? What have you desired to do that you have put off and put off that it now seems in the distance waving it's hands "good-bye"? I remember the innocent day dreams of creating a better environment for children. One in which, they did not have to think about where their next meal would come from or compromise studying because they were busy thinking about how the household bills would get paid.

There is a longing to DO something to make the world a better place. I am talking about starting in the inner circle, the immediate environment. The neighborhood I grew up in, the kids that walk up and down the street with no direction or anyone to point them in the right direction. Is it possible to give someone a purpose? Can you plant a seed of hope in the life of a child who has not been exposed to anything outside of his/her own city?

Sure, there is a time of planting, a time of watering, and a time of reaping the h…

Mixing it Up!

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Cameron mixing the batter for Daddy's birthday cake!

ABOVE ALL ELSE Juanita Bynum {Passion Unplugged}

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Pursue you passion!

There is much to be done, so do not settle for your second best when you can be the first to share your talent with someone else. Yes, you do possess a talent. God gives us gifts according to His grace!


Let's do it,
LaKenya

Rain Showers

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Often times, rain showers may be looked upon as a hindrance to outside enjoyment, such as playing in the yard, at the park, or even taking a daily walk. When I was a toddler, we use to sing this song that goes like this, "rain, rain, go away come back another day....because I want to go outside and play". Years later and experiences later, I see rain showers in a different light. Rain is needed to help sustain the life of the birds and other wild animals to nourish their bodies. In addition, rain is needed for the plants and trees to grow.

As the rain drops hit the earth, there is a new beginning of life, a replenished root, rejuvenation of life, newness of growth. As the soil soaks up the water, there is a need for more rain showers to start the process over again. Life is a revolving door. There are seasons of drought, times where all needs are met, and times where a new revelation must be birthed. None of this can happen if it were not for the rain showers.

Welcome the ra…

Can you hear the Sounds?

- Intimacy with God is developed through prayer.
I remember the first time I heard the word “advocacy”. It was used in the context of a group of people who were speaking on the behalf of another. If you Google the word “advocacy”, more than 25 million entries will appear. The results may range from public policy groups, women affairs advocates, children advocacy groups, animal groups, and the list continues.
Webster’s dictionary defines “advocacy” as the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that one of the attributes of an advocate is one who supports a cause; thereby, speaking out and representing a person or group of people who may or may not be able to defend or have the platform to do the same. Well, Jesus is the Advocate for the believer. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
IS THERE FRICTION? In an auditorium or room where sound may no…

William McDowell - I Give Myself Away

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 - A Psalm of Thanksgiving 

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Do you have anything to be thankful for? What about the air you breathe, the food you eat, the ability to walk without assistance, the clean water you drink, the clothes you wear. There is so much we can thank God for and there is not enough space available to list them all. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving and as we prepare the many feasts on Thanksgiving Day across the nation, let us remember the many things we are blessed to enjoy and thank the One who has allowed us to enjoy them.

We sing wh…

Fruits

It is not by my might, but by the grace of God that I am able to share this message with you!

"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:16-20)

Have you ever looked at a piece of fruit, such as, an orange or apple and wondered what the tree looked like that the fruit was picked? Sometimes when I go to the grocery store, I look at the fruit and wonder what farm this fruit originated. Oftentimes, the labels reveal the source of the fruit. Curiosity and the desire to trace the roots of a fruit back to its origin can tell much about the product. Therefore, when we deal with daily issues such as difficult or angry people, double mindness, or confuse…

I AM

I am a Wife and Mother
A Daughter and Sister
An Aunt, Daughter-in Law and Sister-in Law, too
I am a Cousin, First, Second, and Third

I am Blessed by God, Favored and shaped into his likeness
The generations before, I stand on their shoulders
The accomplishments, struggles, ups and downs
Yes, it all comes along with the package

I am a Southerner and proud of my heritage
I am a song, the melodies are so sweet to the ear
I am a student, a seeker, a keeper, and teacher
It is not about me, but about the One who uses me
To do His will... To speak His Words... To go out into the fields...

I am a work in progress. I am thirsty for the knowledge to share it with others.
No, an overnight product I am not, but I am a royal priesthood, joint heir with the Son.
Oh, how the work seems so much, and the laborers are few
I am like the roots of a tree
You may only see a couple on the surface of the ground,
But there is much more to see underneath

So, I AM what He made me to be.
Without Him, where would I be?
Yes, He get…

Running To and Fro

With the constant changing technology, we can so easily get pulled in all sorts of directions. The accessibility to the Internet, the common use of mobile phones, and other electronic devices have gotten us to a place of disarray. We sometimes can not prioritize the important things and forget to do the mundane tasks. When the day ends and  it is time to wind do, what have we really accomplished that can impact the lives beyond our physical reach?

Running to work, school activities, meetings, church functions, the store, and even to extra curricular activities can take its toll on our bodies both physically and emotionally. Draining our very essence and depleting our individual resources can cause us to get busy and not be productive. Going from one function to the next, from one activity to the next, can cloud the focus. What is it that I really could be doing that can make a difference for some one's well being? What mission have I accomplished by running to and fro?

Often times…

I Am in the Zoo

I am a pocka-dot dog that wants to be in the zoo. I see two children that want to play and it asks the men, "Can I be in the zoo"? Then the men said, "You are not a zoo animal". "So you will have to stay outside" and "you can only look at the zoo animals". "While you look, we will just feed you". "Now you can play with the children". So the men asked the children do they want to play with the dog and they said "yes, we sure do want to play with the dog"!



"The dog wants to play with you, too"! So, this is the first thing we are going to play, hide and seek. And the dog is "IT". This is how you play, when you are "IT", you have to count to ten or twenty. The two that are not "IT" have to hide while you count. So the dog counts to ten. Then they hid some where. The dog found both of them.



The men said "you can come in the zoo now and be a zoo animal". Then the children …

The Clouds

I recall looking up at the clouds when I was a little girl, full of dreams, and free from any cares of the world. We could be riding along in the car and I would look up at the white or gray clouds and whatever I was thinking, that cloud mysteriously shaped into the object I was thinking about. One minute I could gaze up and see the image of an animal, such as cow, and the next an airplane. The serene and peace would engulf me and take me to a place of freedom.

God's Word liberates us and sets us free from those cares of the world as adults. In Psalm 119:105, the psalmist says "your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". The Word of God can bring the serenity and peace to your dim situation. It can bring light to the darkness that you face. There is nothing more powerful that the Word of God. Use this weapon you have to regain the joy and peace God intended for you to enjoy.

The clouds are transformed by the Word of God into the shape of God's intended pu…

Trust in Him

As a child does not understand why he/she can not have that toy in the store every time a trip is made to the store, so it is with us when events occur that we don't understand, God is in control and He knows what's best for us even when we don't understand at the time. If that child gets that toy every time, he/she will lack the wherewithal to accept "No, you will not get a toy this time". So, as parents teach children to trust them to make decisions for them that is in their best, we have to Trust God, too.

Proverbs 3:5 reads, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." Learn to trust in the Lord and know that He has our best interest at hand.

Blessings Unto You,
LaKenya

God's Favor

Often times, we go about our daily lives so busy with the day-to-day operations that we tend to forget about the favor that God has placed on our lives. We do not have to think that everything has to be done in our own strength. God has the power to supernaturally change and orchestrate events to favor you and me. Take time out today to trust God and thank Him for the favor on your life. Let's take ten minutes to say "Thank You God" for favoring me.

Blessings Unto You,
LaKenya