MAYA ANGELOU’S “PHENOMENAL WOMAN”

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
 
By Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED!
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DON’T YOU FOLLOW THAT YELLOW BRICK ROAD!!

 Allow me to be frank and just say…..sometimes we bring difficult situations upon ourselves. We end up on a yellow brick road confronting all types of distasteful stuff. All we have to do is simply stop and acknowledge the Lord. He has all of the power and guidance we need. Dorothy (in the Wizard of Oz) had the power to go back to Kansas the entire time but didn’t realize it. She ended up on a yellow brick road confronting some of everything – a scarecrow with no brain…a lion that was a coward….a tin man who had no heart….and gee whiz…those ugly flying flying monkeys! That yellow brick road even led Dorothy to someone who posed as a wizard! To make a long story short, when we get into difficult situations, we just have to stop and acknowledge God…call out to Him. We need to stay off of that yellow brick road in life because it will lead us to horrific things and even more difficult situations. Dorothy’s power lay in her red shoes; our power lies in the Lord. We just have to stop and seek Him. He will meet us at the place where we stand at that moment and guide us to where we need to be. Of course, it might not be Kansas, but it will be a peaceful place in Him and far away from horrific things like those ugly flying monkeys in that movie! BE ENCOURAGED! -S.L.M.

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”

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PSALM 23 (FOR THE WORKPLACE)

 The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want. He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.

He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my source and not my job.

He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions that I might honor Him in all that I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of emails, system crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop for He is with me!

His presence, His peace and His power will see me through.

He raises me up even when they fail to promote me.

He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check.

His retirement plan beats any 401K there is!

When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I bless His name!

-Source Unknown

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WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART?

Yes, I love the nice attire that you wear. Yes, I am very fond of those new shoes that you just bought. Yes, the jewelry (real or costume) is simply adorable. All of these things are of beauty but I have one question: What about your heart? Is your heart one of beauty? A lot of rotten things can hide in the heart. No nice outfit, shoes, or jewelry can cover up what is in the heart. It comes out….eventually. If our hearts are not right, we should seek God to get our hearts right. When what is within us is “ugly”, it overrides what is on the outside. True beauty, of course, lies within. When you are beautiful inside, the beauty automatically shines on the outside and of course, you can dress it up as much as you please. Is God in your temple today? (S.L.M.)

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

 

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THE GOOD IS IN ME

Last night, I dreamed of jogging on one of the back roads in Marion. I felt something watching me and turned to my right to see eyes that shined like diamonds following me. I stopped and out came a grey wolf I could feel fear coming up on me. The wolf circled around me two times. The first time it circles around me with its head down. The second time it circles around me it stops right in front of me, holds it head up and looks me right in the eyes. Its eyes were the color red and the wolf stares me right in the eyes! Fear, all of a sudden, left me and I stared at it right back in the eyes! Then, slowly, the wolf puts its head back down and slowly walks and gets right behind me. I sort of peak over my right shoulder and see that it is poised right behind me with its head down. So, I turn around and start back jogging only to realize that the wolf was jogging along behind me.

God speaks to us in a variety of ways as I have said many times before. I felt that God wanted to me share this. In fact, I know He did. I don’t know what or who I am about to confront but I DO KNOW that God am allowed me to see WHO I AM AND WHO I BELONG TO in this dream. The eyes that shined first like diamonds represents to BEAUTY AND GOODNESS I now see. The wolf represents a HUMAN. The red eyes represent SOME FORM OF EVIL SPIRIT at work inside of a human or some kind of circumstance. The wolf holding its head down represents SUBMISSIVENESS. I feel that some kind of ungodly confrontation is about to take place in my life but whatever it may be, I will be able to stand and look at evil in the eye with righteousness from my own eyes. The wolf getting behind me represents that GOODNESS in me. Goodness comes from the Lord and when it comes to the Lord, evil doesn’t take the lead. Antwain Braggs – a great friend and powerful man of God- posted a quote awhile back that said, “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” I couldn’t agree more! May this dream inspire those who confront unkind spirits everyday. Be Blessed. (S.L.M.)

Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

 

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GOD IS THE BEST BOSS!

God is the BEST BOSS ever! When working under and with Him, the pay is great! The reward is wonderful! He is understanding. He is compassionate. And He NEVER puts more on you than you can handle! He sends “angels” as co-workers and they help aid us in our duties. God ensures that we are NEVER alone. I am FULLY happy with working for God and I have chosen to retire in this very job position. I hear the retirement benefits of working for God are oustanding!  (S.L.M.)

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

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FIGHT ON

Fight On

How easy it is to falter. Our weak human nature doesn’t want discipline, doesn’t want hard work, doesn’t want the straight and narrow path. Oh, to just swing away our life in a great summer hammock and doze off to the crickets singing. It is so easy to be lulled away from our army post. We must resist.bee with thistle

Paul wrote this to the church in Colosse: “For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.” (Colossians 2:5) “Good discipline” and “stability of faith” — these two can pull us back to reality.

When we get sloppy in our prayer life or negligent in our good works, discipline can put us back on track. When we forget the greatness of our God or become pessimistic and discouraged, faith can overcome our doubts. In fact, stable faith can even out the high and low places we encounter all along life.

Let’s remember that we are called to battle and this battleground (earth) is a very temporary place. Soon we will be called to an eternal furlough and our hammock will be more pleasurable and the crickets will sing a sweeter song. Time enough then for lulling and dozing.

For now–fight on!

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