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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.

TSB Is 3!

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM Comments comments (0)
 
TSB Is 3!
 
 
 
This is the third anniversary of TheSingleBlessing.com! Three - a divine and powerful number is one that TSB meets with great expectation. With our Lord and Savior at the helm, we look forward to continuing to minister to the needs of Christian singles globally.
 
 
 
As TSB celebrates our third anniversary, the primary purpose of God’s plan is brought to mind – the furtherance of the Kingdom.  Considering the full spectrum of His plan, we ventured out into the fields and found some who had chosen to dedicate themselves to obedience and truly accept God’s call to work on complex field assignments. 
 
 
 
Starting on this anniversary date, TSB will annually recognize and celebrate outstanding soldiers who have been diligent in their spiritual assignments by giving them the “Abiding In The Fields Award”.  Our first recipients are two men of God of great strength and character, Mr. Lewis Williams (CA) and Mr. Bret Griffin (AL). In obedience, they have worked tirelessly and set aside their own personal needs to complete a portion of God’s amazing plan.
 
 
 
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.  But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces: for I am withthee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  Jeremiah1:4-9  Standard King James Version
 
 
 
Mr.Lewis Williams
 
Our first recipient is Mr. Lewis Williams, aka Bro. Lew, a resident of Fairfield,CA who initiated a prayer ministry that expands across the United States.  As he sits in the captain’s seat of this powerful prayer ministry providing guidance and giving clear direction, his extraordinary prayer warriors are diligent in receiving prayer request that can only be dealt with through a warrior’s prayer and supplication.  As received, Bro. Lew provides status reports to his warriors often full of praises with positive results.  Divinely, this anointed ministry reaches many and oftentimes assists in provisions that are needed.
 
 
 
And yet, his captain’s seat is but one facet of Bro. Lew’s assignment.  He also extends his call by exhibiting outstanding work in the community with countless young people, providing the essentials that are needed for them to be successful in life. To these young people, Bro. Lew is a spiritual father figure, adult supervisor and a sounding board, while also supplementing many of their individual needs.  He is an extraordinary “Uncle” to many of the young people in Fairfield, and is loved and respected by all of “his children”and their parents. 
 
 
 
Onbehalf of the many that you and your warriors have stood in the gap in prayer for; the children of Fairfield that you have cared for, and the parents that you have ministered to and assisted, thank you Lewis for your work in exalting God’s amazing plan.  Your many fruits will continue to be revealed.
 
 
 
Mr.Bret Griffin
 
In the southeastern region of the United States, TSB found another soldier, Mr. Bret Griffin. He was called to be obedient to the instructions of God and his grandfather, Prof. H.Y. Griffin.
 
 
 
Bret recalls his grandfather having a vision to provide a park as a safe haven for the youth where they lived.  Upon retirement, he moved back into the community and dedicated a portion of land in honor of his grandfather for the construction of the children’s community park.  “MyPark”was named by the children in the community and is located in the Yerkwood Community in Sumiton, AL.  
 
 
Bret has had the pleasure of seeing the fruits of God's work through young adults who have returned to the park to give positive reports of their accomplishments and endeavors.  Thank you Bret for your tenacity, but most of all- thank you for your obedience to answer the call.
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer
 
Praises to your name Father for once again allowing TSB to celebrate another year in existence. Your divine assistance to the ministry is neither wan nor faint – thank you!   Father, we also give thanks for TSB’s introduction to many of your soldiers throughout the country that are boldly following your orders.  Father I pray that your soldiers continue to receive your blessings and that they are armed with all that is necessary to assist in conquering whatever may stand in the way of your will. We hold true to your promises Lord, and will forever give you all the glory, honor and praise.  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 . . . .”
 
 
 
 
 

"My Golden Time of Day"

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM Comments comments (1)
"My Golden Time of Day"
 
 
There are two times each year that I assess myself to identify my life's accomplishments - in January and on my birthday. As my birthday approaches my mind is filled with wonder, expectation and determination. You see, I've recently been dealt a hand that I must carefully play and the positive outcome shall be because of God's amazing grace.
 
I know that my steps are ordered and I definitely know the source of my guidance - - so when I sat down for reassessment, I invited the heaviest "Guns" I could think of to commune, guide, comfort and protect me - God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You see, being single doesn't mean that you must face your tribulations alone - - it only means that you need to know who to call to your "Board Meeting" for strong support and clear direction.
 
Thus far, I've assessed that I am currently in an undetermined state of being - which is not a bad thing - it only means that I am being redirected and waiting to be connected to my assigned source(s).
 
Following the meeting, I was given some instructions and it was my turn to work. I was consistent in keeping my focus, following the instructions until each phase of what I needed to do was completed. After several hours, I took a break from all the reading and figuring (Jethro says deciphering) and I listened to a bit of old school - - Frankie Beverly's "Golden Time of Day."Won't you take a listen with me?
 
 
 
As I listened, the lyrics took on a new meaning for me - - mainly because I'm in a different place in my life - I now stand wholly with God. And yet the song, still ever so beautiful, took me to a place of great spiritual inspiration and expectation.
 
As he wowed me with his voice he said ". . . [t]here's a time in your life when you find who you are, that's the golden time of day. In your mind you will find you're a bright shining star, that's the golden time of day."
 
Listening to the lyrics, I came to the realization that I was in my golden time of day. Assessing myself, developing my next steps - - it was certainly my golden time of day. Looking back, this was the time for definite redirection. I've always known who I was and I've been secure and comfortable in my own skin, so to speak. However, as my mind comprehended the next stanza of the lyrics, I also realized that I have great value to the Kingdom.
 
"In your mind you will find you're a bright shining star . . ."
I have finally realized the value of my God given talents. As Christians it is imperative that we maintain our humbleness at all times. However, as God blesses us with our talents, He expects us to perform at the level of excellence without being boastful. I have always been one with a humble spirit, as I should be and that part of me will always be maintained. However, because I am a humble person, I have learned that I must not confuse being humble with the value of my talents. You see, while it's easy for me to see the greatness in others, I have never been boastful, nor seen the greatness in myself. These lyrics have made me realize that my God given talents are valuable ministering tools. If I devalue my gifts, the end result of my works will fall short.
 
What am I saying to you?
The purpose of this writing is two fold - first, to encourage you - when your back is against the wall, let God guide you. Remain prayerful and patient. Trust in Him and be obedient to His instruction. Offer yourself to be used by Him and take His assignments with a happy heart. Make note to help others while still in your very own dilemma. Develop a closer and unquestionable relationship with God. And secondly get to work - assess yourself. Find out where you fit in God's plan. Accept and put to good use your gifts and know your worth. Maintain a humble spirit; never be boastful or puffed up - despite your level of achieved greatness. These things - I say to you, will help you to cross the bridge as you are being redirected despite the circumstances.
 
My answer has yet to come. I continue to be prayerful and live each day with divine expectation.
 
Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalms 27:14 KJV † Selah.
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
 

"Jesus Came"

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM Comments comments (0)
 
 
[Original Post: December 25, 2012]
 
 
Oh what a blessed morning this is - Glory to His name!
 
I can only imagine the joy that the Wise men encountered as they looked upon the sweet face of Jesus. Personally, I know that when I see a baby - I experience a feeling of joy from within my soul. I can only imagine how they felt as they gazed upon His face. To be chosen to have a part in God's plan is truly an honor, whatever the plan may be. To have a part in the very beginning of His plan for salvation for all human-kind is awesome!
 
This tiny baby boy was God's true gift to us. His birth brought about redemption, salvation and eternal life - all promised by God.
 
Jesus: the Son of our living God; the Prince of Peace; our personal invitation to enter into the kingdom of God.
 
Jesus: born of the virgin Mary; protected by Joseph, His earthly father.
 
Jesus: grew to be the master teacher, with the wisdom and knowledge of God to lead us to salvation.
 
Jesus: conquered all on the third day after death.
 
Jesus saves. Jesus lives. Jesus is! Glory to His name. Selah!
 
 
 

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.