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Speaking Out: Our Unemployed Americans

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (11)
Speaking Out:
Our Unemployed Americans
 
 
It is amazing to me how the people we voted into office to serve and protect our interest continue to bicker issues that could be resolved if they would seriously give consideration to their true purpose in office.
 
As I read an online article concerning our unemployed Americans posted by The New York Times, I became embarrassed to live in a country that would allow their constituents, who are fellow tax payers and viable human beings to enter into a new level of poverty, recognizable only by someone going through the same turmoil. You see, I am one of the 1.7 million who is unemployed.
 
I initially read the article as a measure of self-interest – researching my options and getting unemployment Plans D, E and F into place. Quite frankly, Plans A, B and C didn’t pan out. In actuality, I relinquished my research as I read the 470 comments attached to the article, which prompted this writing. My heart swelled with comradery and compassion as I read the comments of American seniors, mothers, fathers and single people of all ages crying out in desperation– trying to hold on to their very last –trying desperately not to trade their mortgage for a cardboard box.
 
Is this who we have become as a nation? God is certainly watching, and I am sure, just as many of us are – shaking His head in disgust at the actions and inactions of our congressional and senatorial leaders. Once again, I invite you to consider the passage of Luke 12:40-48. In this parable, Jesus warns us of the detriment of unfaithful servant.
 
 
 
 
 
Luke 12:40-48
 
You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
 
"Peter asked, “Lord is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”
 
And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all that he owns. But what if the servant thinks, “My master won’t be back for a while,” and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
 
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12: 40-48, New Living Translation.
 
 
 
I Must Add -
 
My purpose for this writing is to bring awareness, not only to the heartless politicians that will not allow assistance to our unemployed Americans, but to make you aware as citizens that the needs of our unemployed are everyday needs - 24 hours a day.
 
Certainly, there are many who have empathy and shake their heads in disgust over the unemployment situation, but in the end, you are warm and comfortable in your homes – mortgage paid, utilities paid, insurance paid, food on the table, and you will rest well for the night. Only when you hear again the report of $0 dollars coming into the homes of unemployed Americans – will you share the utmost empathy. And again, at the end of the day – all is well with you and the people in your household, and your nights rest is once again well.
 
Many of the people who left comments on The New York Times article, have already lost their homes and cars. Others wrote about the simple need of toilet paper, providing meals and clothing for their growing children, having the luxury of utilities, or having a phone and internet for job searches.
 
Please remember, for those that you know who are unemployed, whatever your needs are - they have the same needs– a place to stay, utilities, transportation and food. My brothers and sisters, thank you for the submission of your heartfelt prayers and please if you can, go a step further and extend a hand to help those families in need. May God continue to bless and keep you. Selah.
 
 
 
 
Prayer
 
Thank you Lord for your many blessings, we praise your holy name.
 
We thank you for being watchful over the many individuals that are in need of your care and the benefit of your blessings. Lord we ask that you touch the hearts of the men and women who are responsible for the decisions that effect our unemployed Americans. Help them to understand how lives are affected when they are not responsible stewards in their positions. Father we also ask for renewed strength, viable jobs and positive attitudes for those individuals seeking employment; and a special blessing for those that come forward to help their brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of need. In the wonderful name of Jesus we pray - Amen.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Madiba

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM Comments comments (0)
Mandela, Mandela,WeLoveYou!
 
 
Honoring the Life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - "Madiba"
(1918-2013)
 
 
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela "Madiba" - A man who led a remarkable life as a prophet, a political icon, and an international symbol for human rights who fought fervently against racism. He was often referred to as His Excellency, President of Morality, Father of a Nation, and with much affection - "Madiba".
 
"Madiba" - Born into the Madiba clan on July 18, 1918, into the Thembu royal family of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. It was during his primary school years that his teacher gave him the Christian name of Nelson.
 
"Madiba" - Attended University of Fort Hare, University of South Africa, University of Witwatersrand and University of London.
 
"Madiba" - In 1952, he and his law partner, Oliver Tambo, established the first black law firm in South Africa, Mandela and Tambo.
 
"Madiba" - Arrested several times for racial injustices and stood trial 4 times being accused of opposing *apartheid laws (1952), treason (1956), inciting a strike (1962) and sabotage (1963).
 
"Madiba"- Labeled as a leader against apartheid and charged with incitement of a strike, he was incarcerated 10,052 days. He was sentenced to Robben Island approximately 7.5 miles from Cape Town, South Africa and confined to an 8x8 jail cell where he slept on the floor. Each year, he was allowed one visitor for 30 minutes. Several years later he was transferred to Rollsmoor Prison and then to Victor Verster Prison.
 
"Madiba" - Released from prison in 1990 at the age of 71. Following his release, he delivered a portion of his many speeches in the Afrikaans language, profoundly supporting reconciliation instead of war.
 
"Madiba"- Voted for the first time at the age of 75 in 1994.
 
"Madiba"- Entered the first democratic multiracial Presidential election in South Africa in 1994. He won by an overwhelming number of votes and as promised, served a single 5 year term.
 
"Madiba"- Received over 1,300 awards including: the Nobel Peace Prize (1993) and the US Congressional Medal (1998). Authored 3 books: Long Walk to Freedom (1994); Conversations with Myself (2010) and Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations (2011).
 
"Madiba"- Often referred to as a saint, Mandela stated that he was ". . . not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." He was a man of enormous dignity with a commanding personality - a lawyer, teacher, mentor, thinker, statesman, a man of ideas - - an activist, a prisoner, a Christian.
 
"Madiba" - The beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - "Madiba", died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.   Mandela, Mandela -we love you!
 
 
*Apartheid - a system of racial segregation in South Africa that was enforced through legislation by the South African National Party from 1948 to 1994. Under this legislation, the South African people were classified according to their racial group. The classification was a determinate factor as to where a person was born, where they lived, where they were allowed to work, attend school, what facilities were available if they were sick and upon death, where they were to be buried. Votes were cast only by the white people of South Africa and the same were afforded the best opportunities and facilities. Apartheid was strictly controlled and forced others to live and remain in poverty.
 
Sources
Web Pages
BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
Nelson Mandela Foundation - http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content
 
Books
Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus, London, 1995
Mandela, Nelson, Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself, Pan
Macmillan, London, 2010
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
 
 
 
 
 

Happy Second Anniversary TSB

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (4)
Happy Second Anniversary TSB
"He LivesWithin My Heart"
 
 
 Anniversaries and birthdays come once a year, but God lives continuously within my heart.  On December 30, 2012, "TheSingleBlessing.com" will celebrate with God, our second anniversary. Praises to the Lord!
 
I am so very glad that He chose me to do His will. I am so very glad that He gave me the strength to carry on. I am so very glad that through trials, I can continue and accept the changes that are placed upon my shoulders.
 
Praises and love to my Master, my Father in heaven. I continue to pray for understanding, wisdom and guidance. My Lord, my redeemer - in you will I trust. Once again I place this ministry in your hands - for You, my Father, is the author - I am a mere tool. Praises to your name.
 
 
 
My Prayer
Thank you Lord for the blessing bestowed upon the TheSingleBlessing.com ministry. Under watchful eye I have seen your amazing work accomplished through its means. You have taken the ministry to an amazing level, reaching many that I would not have known to exist. I pray that those in need of your comfort and protection will know you as their redeemer and realize the true meaning of "hope in Christ." Your provisions are astronomical – and I thank you Lord.  Amen.
 

Happy Anniversary TSB.com

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (0)
God Continues to Bless Us -
"TheSingleBlessing.com"
 
 
One year ago on December 30th at 5:20 a.m., God blessed me with TheSingleBlessing.com website.
 
The publication of the site surpassed my expectations and quickly reached not only those in the United States, but individuals located in several countries abroad. Although I had been told that this was to be a global ministry, I never expected it to happen so quickly.
 
This year through the site I have reconnected with many of my friends, only to find them strong in the Lord. Hallelujah! I have also been given the opportunity to correspond with several readers across the country and join them in prayer of supplication - - these were opportunities that are certainly cherished and will never be forgotten.
 
The love and support of my family and so many of my sisters and brothers in Christ has been unbelievable! I thank God for each of you. I am also very proud and thankful for the caring spirit of my Pastor, Dr. LaSimba Gray, and his teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
God is truly amazing! In 2012, I look forward to the Holy Spirit leading the site into yet another year of growth and divine success. I praise God for allowing His Word to be brought forth and multiplied beyond measure. He has truly blessed and overflowed the cup of TheSingleBlessing.com and as Pastor Gray has said - - the site is now "feasting in the overflow." I will forever give God the glory, praise and honor for bringing us thus far. Thank you Lord for blessing your brain child and providing favor.
 
"TheSingleBlessing.com – Happy First Anniversary"
 
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 (NIV)
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”

Will You Be Able To Vote In 2012?

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM Comments comments (4)
Will You Be Able To Vote In 2012?
"Be Prepared – Know Where You Stand"
 
 
On January 1, 2012, the voting laws in Tennessee will change. Several other states have adopted changes in their voting laws as well that will affect the upcoming presidential election in 2012.
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com audience in the United States is vast and reaches from coast to coast.
 
 
We urge you to please research the voting laws in your state to determine if there has been a change that will affect your voting population.
 
 
If there are changes in your voting laws, please initiate a campaign to alert others. It is incumbent that we are prepared to cast our vote in 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While many of us have some or all of the required forms of identification listed above, there is a targeted group that may not – our senior citizens and college students.
 
 
"Let’s not be complacent and
lose what we have gained."
 
 
If you need assistance researching the voting requirements for your state, please email: [email protected]
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”

Promises Kept

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:43 AM Comments comments (2)
"Promises Kept"
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com - WashingtonIt is amazing that no matter what one might do, someone will find fault.
 
Today, November 11, 2011, on the eleventh hour of the day, the President of the United States visited Arlington National Cemetery and restated his October 21 announcement that all troops in Iraq will be coming home by the end of the year.  He further stated that we are also transitioning for the return of those troops serving in Afghanistan.
 
The response from the general population of the October announcement was complete joy!  After all, who wouldn’t want their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers or mothers to come home?
 
But once again, there was displeasure from many of our political heads of states.  Quite frankly the situation with their behavior, as in past times, was quite embarrassing.  Disrespectful remarks were made toward our President in his efforts to enhance the lives of the people of this country.
 
While many of us knew that we, as a country, weren’t exactly hugging each other and singing Kumbaya, we at least thought that the hatred wasn’t as prevalent as some of our political officials and citizens have openly shown us.
 
Where are we as a nation?  When will the circus on capital hill stop?  God is certainly watching, and I am sure, just as many of us are – shaking His head in dismay and shame.  It this America?  Why attempt to hold the United States hostage and deter progress?
 
The situation with our country brings a well known scripture to mind, Luke 12: 40-48. In this passage, Jesus reveals the parable of the unfaithful servant and warns us about preparing for His coming.  It reads:
 
You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
 
Peter asked, “Lord is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”
 
And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.  If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.  I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all that he owns.  But what if the servant thinks, “My master won’t be back for a while,” and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?  The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
 
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.  But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly.  When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  Luke 12: 40-48, New Living Translation.
 
Selah. (Think on these things.)
 
Dr. Gina M. Stewart, the Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, once said that “if you think that when you get to heaven, you’ll be sitting next to someone that looks just like you - - think again.”
 
I pray sincerely for the hearts of our politicians.
 
My brothers and sisters, the one thing that I do know is that what God has for you, will certainly be for you.  Man has no power to circumvent God’s holy plan.  That my friend, can be taken to any bank and you will definitely get a positive return.
 
May God continue to bless these United States of America, despite those that attempt to stand in the way of His plan.  And may He bless our President, Barak Obama.
 
Thank you Mr. President for caring and remembering your campaign promises and keeping them.
 
 
 
 
Note: The President has acknowledged that our veterans are coming home to high unemployment rates and has stated that the government is prepared to hire more veterans and called on the private sector to do the same.
 
He also directed veterans looking for jobs and other resources to a  new government website, http://www.serve.gov/vets_resources.