Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Call Me Prosperity

Today is the day, that I'm getting it!
I see the glory of God upon my life.
I am what God calls me to be.
I am beyond your thoughts of me.
When you see me, whether you like it or not, you will see Gods Glory in me.
I am walking into the opportunities of God.
I view every obstacle as an opportunity, that will manifest to propel me to my next dimension.
I see every heartbreak, every No, as my breakthrough Yes. In Jesus Mighty Name.



Faithfully Good Morning!

Good Morning Jesus, Good Morning Love.
Thank you for waking me today.
Thank you for waking my family.
Thank you for another opportunity to fulfill my destiny.
Today I will fulfill my purpose for the day.
I will consult you over every step.
I will arrest every negative thought and action against me and others.
Today with my words I will give life.
Today my life will reflect your hand.
I will mix and dabble in love, faith, opportunity, production, and new beginnings.
Today is my turn around day.
Turn around to realign me with God.
Turn around to walking in unquestionable faith in the power of God.
Turn around to consuming my day with thoughts of only the impossible.
Today I will trust in God to do a great thing through Me.
God make me a miracle for somebody.
I will walk in full authority today.
Good Morning Jesus, Good Morning Love.

- Inspired by Morning Glory prayer line


Monday, December 28, 2015

How to prepare for the New Year!

So we are in the last few days of the year. I mentioned in an earlier post, that I was feeling overwhelmed with my workload, but would just keep at it until it was done. Well I took a few days off, and got back to it yesterday. I completed a number of tasks, and now things from my prior role are truly slowing down and being transitioned to other workmates on the team. I still have some tasks on my plate, however I see a light at the end of that tunnel. With that in mind, I started my new role today, and boy was that something. I met with one of our administrators first thing this morning and she gave me the warmest welcome. I'm talking about the type of interaction that left my spirit feeling so low, and manifested to my physical body feeling as if it were a piece of origami folded into a million folds.

While I was in the moment of low spirits, I asked myself why I allowed someone I didn't know to have any influence over me and my disposition. I had to recognize a few things. The first thing being, the new year approaching. I've declared that I'm entering 2016 Blessed, Favored, Loved, Joyous, Prosperous, and Not stressed- angry- jealous- sad- and/or any other negative feelings. Thus reflecting, I've had to arrest any negative thoughts or reactions that are trying to steal my joy entering 2016. So that's the first thing. The second which is tied to the first point, is recognizing circumstances, people or instances that are trying to place you in a position where you react or feel negatively. Understand that it is not a coincidence that all of sudden all these thing are coming around to poke at you. Thirdly, the Remedy. Praise and Worship. It works all the time!

So my intentions were to start and end this blog praising God, but I thought it'd be more fruitful to give you some context. Although who needs a reason to praise God. Praising him is reason enough. Just cause.

With that being said...

The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God, The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God. The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God. The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God. The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God. The lord that answerth by fire, you are my God. Heavenly Father, we thank you for your unending Grace and Mercy. We thank you for your unconditional love. We thank you for your faith, and commitment to us, all the days of our lives. God we thank you for all the things in our lives, we thank you for your protection from all forces known and unknown. We thank you for directing the right people into our lives, and ejecting the wrong people out of our lives. We thank you for winning the battles waged against us. God we thank you for your divine hand permanently attached to our lives by fire by force In the mighty name of Jesus. God you are our confidant, you are our Mother, our Father, Brother, Sister and Friend. You are our support, our unending place of peace and ease. Father through you all things are possible, Through you we are whole, we are forgiven, we are renewed, and we are transformed. Father we thank you for making a new thing in us. We thank you for leading us through and to our destination. By fire by force, through our God of suddenly, through our God of new things we will fulfill our destiny. We will not have an untimely death. We will reach our goals, and live a Good long God given life. In Jesus Name. God we thank you for the birthing of our blessing in 2016. They will manifest in our lives by fire. We thank you for our prosperity, our marriage, our fruit in Jesus Name. God we thank you for your transforming Word. By fire by force In the Mighty Name of Jesus.

God I personally thank you for breakthrough, for your consistency, for your unending faith, for your faint voice that has become a roaring whisper. I thank you God for your mercy, I thank you God for pulling me through and beyond my weaknesses and my insecurities. I thank you for giving me courage to push ahead, and surrounding me with love and support when I've been too weak to move forward. I thank you for my job. I thank you for this opportunity and grace. I thank you for my past experiences that have prepared me to not only function, endure, but excel and create. God I thank you for doing All things in my life. God I thank you for such a blessed family, rooted, strong, committed and faithful. I thank you for the next generation of our family. Through you we have legacy. And that legacy will leave the footprint of our God. I thank you for your elevation, from hood, to apartment, to suburb, to home. You have elevated my family to another level in quality of life. You have broken all chains, and have taught us the power in the name of Jesus! God I just thank you. You have moved mountains in my life. I thank you for teaching me patience, and process. I thank you for the revelation in understanding the necessity behind process and the wilderness. God I thank you for introducing me to Chanda, the woman that you intended me to be. Trust me God, I'm going to make all this worth it. I will use your gifts beyond me, to fulfill my God given purpose. In 2016, this year shall be for sites and wonders. My family shall be for sites and wonders. Always the head and never the tail, we will travel, explore, expand, create, multiply, and deliver. As Solomon had experienced prosperity so shall we. As David created novel ways to praise and worship you, so shall we. Our lives will reflect the power of Gods touch. In Jesus Name. Amen

Thank you for reading all the way through. What has God blessed you with?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In Relation to God

So let's talk about relationships.

How is your relationship with God. How do you relate to him, do you relate to him, do you have anything in common. Where do you disagree. Do you have a choice in the matter? Is he your Boo, are you his. Before I embarked on this journey of developing a relationship with Jesus, I had many misconceptions of how to relate and interact with God. In fact I thought the only type of relationship one could have with God, was the father- child relationship. Where God is the authoritative figure, and I the child am muted and compliant. No discussion, no compromise, simply obedience.

As I've developed in our relationship, I've come to understand God more. I've begun to understand his nature. In fact our relationship is like no other. As in your relationship with God, is unique and distinct from my relationship with God. Our God is a spirit, like us. Let me rephrase, we are spirits like our God. And the best way to grow in God, is through our relationship with him.

Can I challenge you to something, that many might find off the wall. If your about to engage in sexual relations with a partner. Meaning your not married, and are having sexual relations. Would you pray to God to guide you in this decision. In fact let me be clear, ask God to protect you from any iniquities or infirmities that may be received through this interaction. Ask God to reveal to you any and everything about this person naturally or spiritually that can cause misalignment in you fulfilling your God given destiny. By doing this, you are giving yourself a choice. In the natural world, without spiritual awareness, all we see are what we are physically exposed to. However when you have a relationship with God, you ask him to give you a line of vision beyond the physical. So now, when you look at a situation you can assess it from a broader perspective. You are more equipped.

So what does all this mean? Simply, God is not your God only when you have it together, or when your behavior is correct. God is your God in the low places. He is your God, when you yourself are ashamed to call your name. He is your God when you are lower then low, practically the dirt between the cracks. God is not a man. In relationship with man, we have to give allowance for people to disappoint us, to hurt us, to come up short. But not with God. Because he is perfect, and his relationship with us is perfect. God will never come up short, he is always by our side, he doesn't hold a grudge, he is always and forever consistent, loving, and loyal. He will never do you dirty. This is with him knowing all our choices and thoughts from beginning to end.

So why not begin courting Jesus. Why not establish an alliance with the King. You two don't have to agree. But get to know him. Get to know how he sees you. What good things he has set aside for you. And no, that relationship doesn't have to be what you envision a relationship with God to be. It can just be. The perfection is in you simply having that relationship with him. Get to a point where your are free enough to tell him any and everything. Where you can be honest, you can be vulnerable, you can be mad, angry, sad, happy, joyous whatever. Trust me, there's nothing you can say to God that would ever surprise him, and you know this. He knows you heart.

So for 2016,  in fact Right Now. Let us all resolve to develop a relationship with the King. Nothing fancy, just honest.

Cheers - Merry Christmas

Also, thank you for subscribing to my blog via email, or through the blog directly, and or just stopping by. Wishing you and your family eternal joy, and peace. In Jesus Mighty Name.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Stressed Out

Hey Guys,

So I'm in a place of transition. Things in my life are moving forward, but my current responsibilities are keeping me from stepping into the new place. Let me bring some context to this. I'm transitioning into a new role. However, I've had so much work from my present role, that rather than it tapering down, the tasks are expanding. Thus I'm working crazy hours to complete the additional tasks, to close out pending tasks, and to document my progress in all projects.

As I get closer to the start date of my new role, I feel anxious, I feel pressure, I feel overwhelmed. In fact all I can see is my present workload. When I try to think about my new role, it's a distant fantasy, that I don't have time to dream about. In essence my present circumstance has my vision limited to the moment.

Sound familiar? Hmm. Lets talk about breakthrough. Often when we're close to a breakthrough, the enemy steps up his tactics. Some of the maneuvers might be super sophisticated, calculated, and or random. When a breakthrough is manifesting in your life, there's nothing the enemy can do to stop it. In fact your the only one who can stop it by rejecting it. So as a point of desperation, the enemy tries to distract you in your present circumstance. He'll start to push, and press buttons that hurt, that cause a quick irrational reaction, that frustrate you. All these are attempts to have you lose hope in what's been declared yours. Think about it, if the enemy can convince you that there's no future, and that your present circumstance is your final destination, then his job is done.

Your focus and mine should be in continuing to be consistent and completing our work. Notice as the days get closer to my new start date, the pressure and work load increases. Note that when your closest to your breakthrough, you feel the furthest from it. Simply because the enemy is on overdrive trying to frustrate you. Thus whenever I find that I'm obsessing over work or anything in general, I remind myself that I'm so close, and that God is in control, so relax, be humble, be still. At that particular juncture, I also surround myself with the word. Be it sermons, the bible, bible study etc. So that's how I've been managing this short season, lol.

Alright - Cheers

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Express Yourself

I'm not for everyone. And that's perfectly fine. Not everyone is for me!
There needs to come a point in your life, where your free to be you.



Recently I attended an open mic session. There I performed a piece. I was really excited to engage with an audience, I fed off the energy and frankly enjoyed the attention. Yea I'm a trip. I haven't performed any poetry or spoken word in over 10 years.


When I think back on when I did. I think about the content and how hyper-sexualized the material was. At that stage of my life I had this image of sex and the desire to connect with someone in that way. I was really moved or should say held hostage by emotions.
But thank God for the covering of his blood and unending mercy and grace.


So it's wild to me that 10 years later I find myself back here. Not there but on the spoken word tip performing to an audience. Maybe this is what God intended years ago. And I had the wires crossed in terms of the content. There's a gift there. But was I using it incorrectly.
Because the passion to write, for poetry, to perform is still there.


On a separate note these pics above are of my latest hairstyle. I'm obsessed and becoming bolder and more comfortable in my own skin. The Afro pic right above is my hair update. My fro is reaching.

Cheers!

Boldness

Hey Guys,

Today I went to an open mic set at Hope Hills, a Christian ministry. Below is the piece I read in true Chanda fashion. The open mic was amazing, the best part was the audience, they were very welcoming and supportive. I think I'd like to step out more on this platform.

Quick shout out to Candeya Rawdiamondz. She performed and at the end gave me a copy of her cd. I'm grateful and feeling totally blessed. Check her out. With that being said there were some dope rappers/singers, spoken word poets. It was cool!


Cheers!

So, I'm here to do a little rehearsed, unrehearsed skit. It's my testimony actually. A dramatization of my life walking with Christ each and everyday. Just so you know, I had a title for this. But didn't have a title. Ok so what is she talking about. I was trying to figure out what to call this before I wrote this. But all I could think of was Boldness. Not as in the title but the concept and theme to discuss. A little disclaimer I say so - A Lot. Even while writing. But since this isn't work, I'm going to allow the so's to run wild.

So what do I mean by boldness. Is it proclaiming your love, commitment, your obsession for Jesus. Well Yea, but no. On one level it is. But it's more than that. Let me paint a picture. God comes to you today, and says, Chanda you are blessed, you have favor. Favor has come your way. Oh snap word. So that means everything I touch has already shifted in a direction to benefit me. So what do I do.

I can take the worry out of my life, continue to go to work, do my work at my level, tithe at my level, love at my level. You get the picture. At my level. I continue pushing, staying consistent, and expect that bonus that I know is coming, wait for my blog to blow up because I know after this how could it not. Plus I've got favor. So the only thing that can take this away from me, isn't the devil, but is in me rejecting this blessing. Take note of that.

I reject me rejecting any and every blessing, and good thing God has proclaimed in my life. In Jesus Name!

But may I suggest, an alternate approach. Remember that car, yea the Mercedes. That one that you can't afford, yea something like that. Before I had favor I was good with my squeaky 150k mile Honda. Yea you know the one with the clunky sounds and whining every time you reverse. Listen if after this show, you see me outside about to reverse, just walk away save me the embarrassment. But then again that's on on you, because I just told you. Shout out to Honda, by the way. That girl has served me well! And having it is a blessing in itself.

But now I have favor. But not just regular covered by the blood favor. God has stopped to turn around (because you know God is always looking forward) to tell me, Chanda you have favor. Note I said turned around, because we're always trying to catch up with where God is in our lives. Or we should be...

So peace out Honda, Mercedes is taking over. Remember that job, yea. You work 45 hours, step it up to 60. What. Yea God I dare you to bless me at my new level. Yesterday I was a 45s girl, But now I'm a 60's Lady. Shout out to elevation. That tithing, 100 a month, yea Lets make that a G. Yup 1000 is going to crazy tithing for then next 4 months. Because God said I'm favored.

So let's dare God! Try it. What do you have to lose, God just told you you're favored.

So here I am working my butt off. I'm waking up in the am's, meeting with my offshore team at 2am, saying yes to every task, going beast mode. Like that's not enough, let's try our hand at writing a children's book. Where'd that come from.

Let me tell you any idea that has popped into my mind. If God has blessed it, I'm running with it. So I hit up my sister, Tum let's write a children's book. Word tell me your idea... Let's give it a month deadline, mmm Ok.

Then Grace puts up a post about open mic. Open mic, what do I know about open mic. I'm not a performer. But I have been looking for a platform to talk about Jesus.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Nigerian Swag - Kill'em Softly


Fall State of Mind




Learning how to let Go!


Happy Sunday Guys- Here's a little testimony for you ! Two years ago, maybe going on three now, I was working at a prestigious firm. The work was fine, however my department was a nightmare. The culture was very belittling and berating from the top down. I often witnessed my manager being belittled at staff meetings, and then in turn treat me in the same fashion. I tolerated it for a year, and after that point started pushing back, which made my life hell. I eventually went to HR, which only led to my director meeting with me daily, to intimidate and scrutinize my work. I even started to see a counselor. The stress was physically manifesting. Shortly after, I made the decision to leave. I was bitter for 6 months or so, because I was pushed out. I also didn't find a new job until a year after.

However, I had been accepted to Grad school prior to starting that role, and kept postponing enrollment due to the conflict in my schedule. Since I couldn't find a job immediately, I decided to go to Grad School full time. Keep in mind, the bills were still coming in, and I did have documentation to support being forced to leave due to a hostile environment, for unemployment benefits. But my spirit told me to let go. To let go of that life, of that chapter, of my pride, and then to look ahead towards my future.

Before continuing on with the story, do you see how God works. I left that job, with the intentions of finding another full time job. I typically don't have issues finding a job, but during that season, I couldn't get an offer if my life depended on it. I had several interviews, with several companies, and most of them went well. I even had recruiters suggesting an offer was coming soon. For one reason or another, the roles would be withdrawn/cancelled/restructured, or I'd just hear nothing. So that summer I stopped looking aggressively, and fully committed to going back to school full time. My mind and perspective completely shifted.

Back to the story, here's a little background. My managers wife had been sick through the span of my employment there, 6 months after I left she died. It wasn't a surprise, my manager expected it. Now thinking about the unemployment appeal, which I had written by the way, most of it was about my interaction with my manager and how he treated me. Considering my financial circumstance, it took a lot for me to walk away. But God asked me to. So fast forward a year into my Graduate program, and I'm offered a full time opportunity and an internship. The full time opportunity offered a similar lifestyle to that which my previous employer afforded me. It was also located in midtown, which was a bonus to me (You know for the look of it, lol). This would have been a position of restoration, in my eyes.

However, I declined the full time offer and took the internship to gain experience in my new field of study. As I think back on it now, this is one sign of me letting go of the bitter feelings. I was no longer in competition with who I was, or what I had. Six months after that, I took on an additional internship, and was now juggling two internships, and my classes. I also got a full time offer one semester before I graduated.

So check this out, in the previous season, I couldn't get a job at McDonald's, and now I'm turning down offers to take on internships, and I'm being offered employment for the future. See Jesus, won't he do it. However, I want to focus on timing. Gods timing to be precise. The doors God closes, no one can open. The doors he opens, no one can close. Our challenge is to be in-sync with God, so that we recognize the season we are in.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God...

Through this whole experience there were many things I gained. Below are the highlights.
  1. With the two years away from the corporate life, I grew in Christ. I developed a relationship with God beyond anything I've ever known. 
  2. I grew professionally. I learned how to establish and follow through with boundaries in a work environment. 
  3. I got a Masters, hey hey hey, more qualified!
  4. I recognized the role I played in that environment, and focused on the areas that needed improvement.
  5. Last but not least, I understand that the fight is never in the physical realm, but is always in the spiritual realm. So if you need something to MOVE. You need to spiritually confront it and deal with it through Jesus Christ.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

RENEWING YOUR MIND - 31Day Challenge

Alright, I've taken on the Renewing Your Mind - 31 Day Challenge by video Blogger Dephne Madyara. Check out her page. The challenge is to have an audio version of the Bible play overnight while you sleep for the next 31 days. The purpose is to enrich your spirituality. Now, as we live our lives day to day, there are so many things that demand our attention and consume our time. Before you know it, one day, week, then month has passed by where you haven't had one still moment with God.

So here's one way to start to connect or reconnect with God. Now typically I listen to my Bible App on my cell phone, but that's super dry. It doesn't quite keep my attention. Especially in the wee hours. So, Dephne suggests listening to a dramatization of the Bible, and even provided a link to another YouTuber, Mr Simeon Moses. He has uploaded a playlist of dramatizations of the entire bible from Genesis - Revelation. So that's what I've been listening to overnight.

Few things I've noticed already, my dreams are different from my typical demonic dreams. That's all I'll say about that. Due to the theatrics, I find that I'm listening, while deep in sleep. I don't know if that statement even makes sense, but it's happening, maybe I'm not in deep sleep. I'm more focused during the day. Lately work has been pretty demanding, in fact it's been overwhelming. However, as overwhelmed as I've felt, I haven't quit, quit as in stopped pushing myself. I work at a point that is sufficient, and then a little over that, but now I've been able to push myself beyond that threshold to go the extra mile. This place, that go the extra mile place, the wilderness, feels lonely, cold, just straight up hard. It really takes one having some beyond this level vision to push yourself, when you don't get immediate recognition or praise, or bump up in salary (lol), or it's dark outside, and all your buddies are out, or sleeping. I do truly believe that through this challenge, my perspective has been shaped on this vision I can't see, but feel spiritually.  Maybe this is shaping me to go beyond my limit. Maybe I'll go through this period understanding what it takes to go to the next level, sharpen my skills, and become comfortable in this mode. Increase my speed and broaden my lane.

Cheers

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Building your way up to Enjoying your own Company

Alright, so I've been stretching myself to venture out to events and travel solo. I'm not sure what it is, but as women, and maybe this is limited to Black women, or maybe it's just limited to my circle, I find that many of us are reluctant to go to events or travel solo. In fact we'd prefer to have bad company, then no company when heading out. I'm also included in this. But as time has progressed, I've found that I have become a slave to having company when heading out. Bottom line I miss out on events and traveling because I want a friend to go with me, I'm consciously limiting my life experiences.

With that being said I've been pushing myself to venture out solo. I don't even ask anyone to come with anymore (not completely true), I just go. So yesterday, I headed to the movies. I got there at 4 saw Chi-RAQ, and then Creed. Yo, Creed was insane... Chi-RAQ was good, but two totally different mindsets. Chi-RAQ was a poetic statement, speaking to gun violence within the Black community in the south side of Chicago. It was very hypersexualized but considering the topic at hand being sex as a means to facilitate peace, it fit in with the story.This was a great film to highlight what's happening in economically depressed Black communities across the US. As mainstream hip hop and rap has moved from the hood, so has the focus of it's followers from issues within the hood. Bottom line, music and the news (although the news not so impactful due to who the story teller is) use to bring the perspective from the victims and or products of these environments center stage. Now most of us today are removed and not connected to that world. As in we have no clue that it's happening or we separate ourselves from it and continue on with our lives.

The Black Lives Matter Campaign has been rebutted by this very issue. Those opposing this campaign asking why the uproar when we kill each other daily. The truth is, there are two separate issues that have to be dealt with, which the film addresses. Anyway this is an ongoing issue, and bravo to the film for hopefully igniting an open discussion and reflection on what many of us can do to bring back economic life into our communities.

Ok, not sure how I go back to the solo ride from that. But hey, lets do this. When I went to the movies yesterday, I went pretty early and also to a smaller low key theater. Thus there were a handful of people there. I've noticed, that I feel most comfortable when I go out, and there are less people around. It could be an intimate space or a larger open space. The point is if there's a handful of people, doing their own thing, I feel very comfortable in my own skin immersed in whatever I'm doing solo. However I've noticed when I'm amongst a crowd, lets say a busy happy hour spot, and I'm by myself, I feel more self conscious. Anyway I don't know what all that means, but it's a takeaway for me nonetheless. A point of observation that I'll keep in mind as I continue to push myself out, lol.

Cheers - Happy Sunday

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Hair Daze


Hey Hey hey! So I've slowly been transitioning to natural hairstyles. This is my first time since I was a teen wearing cornrows. There are more options today, especially with a Glam factor, lol. You know because we all want to be superstars. I can get into this whole long winded story about my hair journey, but I think I'll just give you the highlights. So I've had my hair in it's natural state for two years now. I cut it all off two years ago, and started from scratch. I wore it out for a short while, pics below. Then started wearing protective styles. Or so I thought. Please don't give me grief on the uncombed hair below.



So I had weaves, braids, and fell in love with crochet braids for a solid year. The style was great, but my hair wasn't growing. I take that back. It was, but as quickly as it was growing, it was also breaking. Now why, especially since I wasn't manipulating my hair for 6 weeks at a time. Simply, moisture or lack there of. I'd wash and condition my hair, and then head over to the hair dresser. The hair dresser would blow-dry my hair out, and then use grease, like dax and what not to replenish moisture. So my hair essentially would be dried out, and then covered with grease, and then braided up. 

For those who've started on their natural hair journey we all know grease doesn't replenish moisture but rather like an oil it would seal it in. Now when I'd wash my hair, I didn't have a solid leave in conditioner. So while my hair was wet, I'd use olive oil to seal in the moisture, and allow it to air dry. But this just wasn't enough for my hair, I needed a good leave in conditioner and then to seal the moisture in with olive oil. But I'd skip that step, head to the hairdresser, she'd blow it out, completely dry out my hair, place dax in it, and then braid it up. So this was my cycle for a year. After a while, I got really frustrated, and did what I know best to do. Pray.

I got the idea to pray about it from a video blogger on YouTube, I think she's from Zimbabwe, Dephne Madyara. Check her out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II2FKoSZ4kY
When I first heard her suggest that, I loved the idea but felt silly. All the issues in the world and your praying for your hair to grow. In fact I mentioned it a few times to some people and got mixed reactions. Anyway fast forward a year, and here I am frustrated. So I prayed. I understood that our hair and our head represents our glory. Thus you don't want just anyone touching your head.

I prayed to God, asked him to give me guidance on finding the right hairdresser for me. I also prayed for healthy hair, and a revelation on what my particular hair needs to grow. I'd actually go to a salon and ask God to show me a sign to let me know if that hairdresser was the right one for me. God was consistent, he showed me, and many times I was just disobedient, because I liked the hairstyles. But eventually I'd find myself back at square one with my hair. Long story short God brought me to hairdresser that I really love. She met all the checkpoints I needed. So here we are, lol. Thank God. Seriously.

Cheers!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Leading Ladies

Alright so like 5 posts in a day. I'm on vacation, lol. Anyway, I'm very grateful to have entered a new month. Last month was great, this month will be better! God has given us another opportunity to be the best us. Your time to recreate you, to let go of nonsense, establish yourself, drop bad habits and pick up prosperous habits.

Did you guys hear about the all female flight crew in Zimbabwe. They just made history in Zimbabwe. Yea that happened. Women making progress.  http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-11-17/zimbabwe-makes-aviation-history-with-its-first-all-female-flight-deck


On a separate note, did you peep our first lady. Even if your not in America, Michelle Obama is our first Lady! I adore her. So I follow a group on Facebook, that highlights positive images of Black men and women. That's where I saw the picture below. Anyway, I took to the comments section, to get a sense of what people were saying and came across a comment that read "if only Black girls were given a fair chance they'd rock it". Girl I hear you, but you know what all we need is a chance, forget fair, and we are taking it there. And a chance is what we've got. No ones giving it to us, but we're taking it. A quick story comes to mind. I have a real issue with people mispronouncing my name. I get an attitude, I correct people. Especially at work, you better get to know my name. However, I noticed when I call my pastor. He calls me Sandra straight up (my name is Chanda), and I've never corrected him. In fact when he's praying with me, and saying God give Sandra her divine connection, I'm like AMEN! God knows he's talking about me. So in the same way forget about fair, my Dad certainly drummed that into my head growing up. Just have in your mind what you want, and start chasing it!


Teyonah Parris! Ask about her. Lead actress in upcoming film CHI-RAQ. Premiering this Friday December 4th. So this will be the first movie I'm heading out to see in over a year, maybe two years. I just haven't been feeling the movie outings. But I'm going to check this film out. Come with me! Check her out also here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-teyonah-parris-chi-raq-20151204-story.html



Savings Challenge

Alright, I'm going to challenge myself to this. I tried this 2 years ago, before I headed back to school. I was pretty consistent. Anyway let's do this!

Feeding your Soul - Secular music vs Christian music

Ok. So I was watching a blog today by Maze + Lee. The topic discussed was Secular music vs Christian music. Now they weren't focusing on the differences, but rather discussing whether it was OK to listen to Secular music as Christians. So I thought about it and a few instances came to mind. Now I listen to all sorts of Secular music without prejudice. That's what I grew up listening to. As I've developed my relationship with God, I find that I listen to a lot more Christian music. In essence my preference in music has expanded. I don't monitor or restrict the type of music I listen to.

However, when I'm feeling out of sync with God, as in things feel chaotic, I'm not at peace, or I feel some level of discomfort, could be physically or spiritually. I start to take inventory. I pay closer attention to the things I'm watching, and listening to. I believe in feeding your soul. Meaning the things you do and listen to on a daily basis become your mantra whether you like it or not, whether you intend for it to or not. (Yes, contradictory to my statement above about not monitoring what I listen to, I just like the music ok.). Similarly the things you support, should be supporting you. For instance, I live at home with my Mom. She has a real mortgage, and I contribute to the household. I'm single, and I'm working so why not. I also know when shit hits the fan, like it did for me 5 years ago, where I needed to come home. There was a home base for me to come to. No questions asked, no job on hand, just me. So my Mom and the shelter she provides is a support to me, not now, but in the future if needed. (You just never know with life). So support what supports you, build up what builds you.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I was listening to this RnB artist I really like. His album came out a few months ago. I listened to it back to back for a solid month. Totally obsessed. It wasn't until one day, while I'm sitting at my desk typing away with his song playing in the background, where I catch the lyric...

"it's too late for me to choose Heaven". OK so don't google this because I'm paraphrasing, lol. In the song he's saying there are only two options, Heaven or Hell, and it's to late for him to choose Heaven. So I'm like whoa, wait a minute. Why is this dude even talking about heaven or hell right now. Can't I just listen to an emotional RnB record without rebuking Jesus or declaring my way to hell. Now it's his prerogative.  But I'm a firm believer in the word, and in spoken word. As in what you say about yourself manifesting. So hear I am singing these words, "it's to late for me to choose, I'm better off alone" on a daily basis. So I had to take a step back from the album. The way it's written I'm making declarations about not going to heaven, being alone, and that being reality. And I reject that by fire in Jesus name.

Anyway I found this topic interesting, and cared to share. So I'm not answering the question as to whether it's good to listen to Secular music or not, because I still do. I think my focus is more so on being cognizant of what your listening to and what you are declaring through those lyrics.

Cheers!

Morning Devotionals - Help!

Morning Devotionals. I don't have one. Typically I listen to a prayer line around 5am. But I'm not fully up. Then I get up, get myself ready for the day and head to work. Depending on the number of meetings I have, and whatever tasks are coming my way, I might listen to a sermon or two. Throughout the day, I am talking to God. But I recognize that I need some still time. What comes to mind is maybe running in the morning, or heading to the gym, and talking to him there. Just the two of us. Anyone have any ideas, what do you do? Where and how do you find your quiet time with God, what does that look like for you?