Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm Home!

"I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the World I'm coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home, I'm coming home
tell the World I'm coming"

lyrics to "I'm Coming Home" by J. Cole 

My People, I am in Ghana, and I feel right at home...

Wednesday night in the airport, I kept singing the words to the song "I'm Coming Home," because I felt like I was on the way home...

I arrived in Ghana, and I instantly felt happy; I feel like I belong.

Everyone at the airport was extremely welcoming, I met up with the five other people in my group and our group leader, and our journey began.

These first two days have been completely awesome with good food, fellowshipping, a five hour road trip to Kumasi, a visit to a museum and cultural center that both honored the Ashanti people, and I am still anxiously waiting to see the slave castles and the W.E. B Dubois home and museum.

Here is a glimpse of my first few days in Ghana:

The President's House
A bar/restaurant
A Museum
and Ghanaian Beer of course!

My People, I'm Home.....Tell The World!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ghana... slowly checking things off of my bucket list!

Do you remember last summer when I did a weekend cycling trip, and after listening to Alice, a fellow cyclist, I decided that I would travel to Ghana this summer, a place that I have always wanted to go? Read that blog here!

Well, there is power in the spoken word. Just stating that I was going to go to Ghana this summer caused me to start putting the plan into motion. Tomorrow, I will be on a plane heading to Ghana.

Declare what you want for your life and watch how whatever you declare will manifest. 

"A Dream Comes Through Much Activity!"

Happy Tuesday, My People....

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Grace

My people, it's Thursday again, and for some reason, not sure why, but Thursday has always been my favorite day of the week....

This is my last summer Intentional Thursday blog; next Thursday I will be in Ghana, the Thursday after that I will be traveling back from Ghana, and the following Thursday I will be in school.. And, "The Beat Goes On!" Time sure does fly when you are working on yourself: Get Busy My People!

From last Thursday until today, and hopefully forever, we were suppose to be Intentionally Happy. By focusing on the positive side of most things, mediating, being present in every situation presented, practicing gratitude, I must admit that I was completely Intentionally Happy this past week, and being happy is good for the soul and the body.

I had a weekend of cycling in the Shenandoah Valley last weekend, I traveled to Atlanta to see my mom, and I traveled to Mobile, Alabama for my 25th class reunion.  My happiness level was Intentionally to the sky. I woke up each day and focused on how I wanted my day to be, and I got exactly what I wanted: happiness.

Intentional Thursdays has been a strong confirmation that we have a say in the kind of life that we live, and I don't know about you, but I feel empowered! I am excited about this life and the possibilities, because I know that the sky is the limit.

However, I think that I have discovered the final piece to this puzzle: Grace!

For the next week, and maybe forever, let's Intentional practice Grace. Grace, when used in terms as to what God gives to us, is the unmerited favor of God. However, Grace, when we use it to describe what we give to other people, is known as forgiveness. For instance, when someone says something that offends us, we can chose to not act out, but instead silently offer him/her forgiveness or Grace. When someone cuts me off on the highway, I will offer the person Grace and keep it moving. When my boss makes a mistake or tells me something that I don't like, I will silently offer him/her Grace. I strongly believe that most people are not walking around trying to find ways to make us angry, irritiated etc....So, let's chose to not be offended, mad, put off etc, we will just silently offer Grace when it is needed. My people, I can not wait to hear how this works for you.

"Grace is Sufficient for Thee!"

Happy Intentional Thursday, My People!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

25 Years After High School.....

This past weekend I traveled to Mobile, Alabama to celebrate 25 years of being out of high school. I didn't have any expectations, but I did not expect to see my high school classmates and to feel "right at home." We laughed, joked, shared our life stories, ate, partied etc. This reunion reminded that I am very lucky to have people in my life whom I have known all of my life, literally. Most of us went to the same schools together since headstart. It was a good, easy, fun-filled weekend that "Did My Soul Good." 

My people, it can be comforting to go back home....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Don't Ever Worry; I Got You!"

Most of us LOVE certainty and hate uncertainty Right? We like to know exactly how everything is going to work out....Not knowing causes most of us to worry or stress right?

Well, there is one area in my life where I feel complete uncertainty. I have been led to only discuss this situation with God. Today, I slipped up and talked to one person about it, and I instantly knew that I was being disobedient. I'm not going to beat myself up about the mistake; I'm just not going to repeat the mistake.

However, God is ALWAYS giving me signs that "He got me; I have no need to ever worry!"......

Today, two incredible things happened. In the grand scheme of life they are small things, but I believe that life is about a lot of small things which lead to something big. I hope this makes sense to you...

Today, I went to my favorite bike shop to have a tire repaired and to order a new bike. (EXCITED!) I have not had a flat tire in forever, but I figured that I needed to get a tube and all of the other things that I may need just in case one of my tires goes flat while I'm out riding.

I made my purchases, and I must admit that I was a bit distracted thinking about that uncertain area in my life. I got a missed called on my cell phone. The number was not familiar, but something told me to call the number back, and I obeyed. It was Bennett from the bike shop, and he told me that I had dropped my wallet and someone had given it to him. While I was talking to Bennett, a lady left me a voice-mail stating that she had found my wallet, and she left her number for me to call her back.

I went back to the bike shop and My People, Bennett had my wallet with everything still in it: my bank card, drivers license, credit card etc.

When I got back in my car, I distinctively heard "Don't ever worry; I got you." (Not the exact words, but you get the point.)

I went home to prepare for my Tuesday night hill ride that I do almost  every Tuesday with quite a few of my cycling buddies. We were riding, I was keeping up on the first hill, I did ok on the second hill, and then my back tire went flat. Remember, earlier today, I listened to that voice within and bought all the things that I might need just in case I got a flat tire while out riding.

Well, right before the flat, I saw a fellow teammate, Brian. We rode together and talked, and he was there when my tire went flat. Brian changed the tire and stated that "This is what being on a team is all about." (This made my heart so glad!)

My people, I must confess that I do not have a clue how to change a tire, but I not only had the things that I needed to fix the tire, but Brian just happened to be there to change it.

I heard it again "Don't ever worry; I got you." 

My people, I could go on and on and on and on telling you about things like this that happens to me all of the time: confirmation that God Got Me!

Now, I can hear in my head many of my readers saying, "I don't like uncertainty!" And, I can guarantee you that you are living an average life and not the extraordinary life that God wants you to live. With God, there is uncertainty and that is called faith. Uncertainty is the time when we must guard our thoughts and words, and speak into existence exactly what we want. (We can't be moved by what we see or don't see!)

As I was thinking about writing this post, I thought about Dr. King and The Montgomery Boycott. With that movement, there were no guarantees of the outcome. I am sure that Dr. King and everyone else involved had no idea of what the outcome would be, but they had to move. One thing for sure, the people could accept what was, or they could move into that place of uncertainty and expect great things to happen, and good things did happen....

My people, let's get comfortable with being uncomfortable knowing that all things work out for our good!

"Don't ever worry; I got you."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Let's Be Happy!

I was in the bed and was about to go to sleep, and I realized that it is Intentional Thursday, and I needed to write, sooooo here I am!

Met up with Sonya, college friend,
and being with Sonya
ALWAYS makes me happy!

We have practiced being non-judgmental, meditating, being someone's miracle, and gratitude. Not sure about you, but this has really been working for me. I feel a peace that passes understanding, and I want to say it is because of Intentional Thursdays, or it may simply be because I am on summer vacation. So, let's assume that it is a combination of the two.

My people, it's difficult to put into words what I am feeling, but "This joy that I have, the world did not give it to me!"

Being intentionally grateful caused me to have a very joyful week. I am grateful that I was able to cycle to see my mother play bingo at the senior citizen place that she loves, I am grateful that I was able to cycle in Georgia and the temperature was just right, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to take my mom to two doctors appointments and even dinner one day, I am grateful that my friend Sonya, whom I have known since college, wanted to meet me out tonight, I am grateful that my friend, Maya, called on my road trip to Atlanta to offer words of wisdom that I needed, I am grateful that I had a seamless drive to Atlanta, I am grateful that my friend, Dr. Denard, sent me a text message from Cape Town, South Africa today, and I could go on and on and on..... Gratitude definitely adjust attitudes. 

So, for the next week, let's just be intentionally happy! We've been practicing a lot of things lately, and why don't we take all that we have been practicing and just be happy.....While we are on the way to being perfect, let's live everyday to the fullest and be intentionally happy!

I know that many of you feel that you have no reason to be happy, but if you really think about it, you have many reasons to be happy: you are alive, you can read, God loves you..... "Change the way that you look at things, and what you look at will change."

My people, let's continue to work on ourselves, and be intentionally happy while we are working!

Happy Intentional Thursday......

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