CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

FEBRUARY - BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A RAINBOW IN HER CLOUDS

Maya Angelou is the most inspirational writer that ever lived, in my humble opinion.  She lived through horrific circumstances early in life, yet she rose above it all – and more to the point, she wrote the survival manual for the rest of us!

The first volume in Dr. Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is a poignant and poetic account of the author’s life until age 17.  The title was chosen for the caged-bird image that Lawrence Dunbar used in his poem “Sympathy”.  The book honestly reveals the cruelty, indignity and injustice that confined African-Americans in the 1930’s & 1940’s…  the cage… but also celebrates black people’s spirit, humor and courage.  I recommend you read this book if you are in an abusive relationship or know one who is.  There are some upsetting personal incidents, including rape, racial prejudice and stories of urban life, so may be too disturbing for preteens.  Dr. Angelou also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie adaptation of the book.

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Do you believe that Barak Obama is the first African-American President?  I disagree…

Abilene, Kansas is about 90 minutes from Wichita.  From the time I was a child I’ve visited the amazing Eisenhower museum and library.  The grounds are so beautiful and there’s a serenity there that I can’t really explain.  It’s particularly beautiful in the spring and summer months – so quiet except for the birds chirping in the trees – such a lovely place to meditate and think about the past and the future of America.lib-eisenhower-lHow much do you know about Dwight David Eisenhower?  He was a general and then became President of the U.S. in 1953 and served until 1961.  I’ll bet there’s something you did not know.  Did you know that his mother was bi-racial?  Yep.  When I hear people say that we have the first African-American President in Barak Obama, it makes me cringe.  People don’t study history anymore apparently because that’s simply not true.  We’re still waiting for the first African-American President.  Could it be Dr. Ben Carson?  Hmm…  time will tell.eisenhower-FB-mulattoEisenhower’s mother, Ida Stover Eisenhower was a mulatto.

Born in Mount Sidney, Virginia, her original name was Elizabeth Juda according to baptismal records.  She was the only daughter of Elizabeth Ida Judah Link and Simon P. Stover.  Her mother died when she was five years old.  Her maternal grandparents, William Link and Esther Black Link took her in.  William died in 1879 and her maternal uncle and aunt, William J. Link and Susan Cook Link raised her at their farm.

They did not believe girls should be educated, but encouraged her instead to memorize the Bible.  She ran away when she learned she could not enroll in high school.  When she turned twenty-one, she joined two of her brothers Stover who had moved to Kansas.

Stover graduated from high school at age 19 and taught for two years before entering Lane University, where she met her future husband, David Jacob Eisenhower, of German and Swiss ancestry.  The two were married on September 23, 1885 in Lecompton, Kansas on the campus of their alma mater.  The family was always poor, even though David was a college-educated engineer.

In the 1890’s, Eisenhower left the River Brethren Christian group, and joined the International Bible Students, which would evolve into what is now known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The Eisenhower home served as the local meeting hall for the Bible Students from 1896-1915 but her sons never joined the movement.

When their son, Dwight, decided to attend West Point it saddened his mother.  She felt that warfare was “rather wicked,” but she didn’t overrule him.

In 1945, Eisenhower was named Kansas Mother of the Year.

“Many such persons of her faith, selflessness, and boundless consideration of others have been called saintly. She was that—but above all she was a worker, an administrator, a teacher and guide, a truly wonderful woman.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower

ida-stover-mulattoIt’s entirely possible that Eisenhower was not the first President with African-American roots.  In years past these things were not necessarily made part of public record.

The Eisenhower’s had six children – and what if they had not???  We would not have had such a good 34th President of the United States, right???  I LIKE IKE!!!  🙂

 

 

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VESUVIUS DAY

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8-24 PLUG IN TO THE SOURCEToday is VESUVIUS DAY!!!  Italy’s Mount Vesuvius is in the Gulf of Naples.  It has erupted three dozen times since 79 AD.  It last erupted in 1944.  For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vesuvius

As awesome as God’s creation is, it’s more important for me to be plugged in to God on a spiritual level.  How do I stay plugged in?  Through prayer.

This is an analogy that has been used for years, but it’s effective so I’m going to use it again. If you wanted a couple of pieces of toast (oh, that sounds so good) but did not plug the toaster in before pushing the bread into the toaster, would you still get toast? If you answered “yes” I’d like to see you after class to hear your hypothesis.

If you have an older toaster, the bread will sit down inside the toaster and do nothing until you plug the toaster into the outlet. If you have a newer toaster like mine, the toaster will pop the bread back up, as if to say, “Hey, stupid, you have to plug me in before I can make this bread into toast – duh!” Yes, my appliances talk ugly to me. Bad, bad appliances!

So how do you expect to have any power in your life if you refuse to get with God in prayer and Bible study? Do you think all that stuff you learn on Sunday morning is enough to get you through the deep waters that come along in life. Do you not think there will be any deep water in life? Seriously???

Pray without ceasing, – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray all the time. Ok, that doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour on your knees, but it does mean that you stay plugged in to the source of your power, strength, joy, peace, patience, loving kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control. Wow – sounds like the fruits of the Spirit, right? Bingo! If you are not plugged in to the source – the trinity – Father, Son, Spirit – you can’t do life the way it’s supposed to be done. Yep, that’s what I said. An attitude of prayer – those little prayers that shoot through your mind all day long – they are heard by God through Christ. We pray those prayers all day – you know the ones, like, LORD HELP ME – you think He doesn’t hear it? Think again. That is an attitude of prayer. That’s how you stay plugged in to your source! Praise Him today! ❤

A great way to plug-in is to have a devotional book based on the Word of God. My recommendation is one by Lucinda Berry Hill called COFFEE WITH JESUS. It’s unique because it is her original poetry! Poetry, of course resonates with me. If you would like your own copy, please go to the link below. 🙂

http://www.lucindaspoetry.webs.com/

Oh – and hey… there’s a rumor she has another book in the works – I don’t know whether I was supposed to tell ya – but I guess I spilled the beans!  I shouldn’t be listening to rumors anyway, right???

BE BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE GOD'S CHOICE

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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NEW YEAR NESTING

Around the first of October I began feeling it; that indescribable urge to nest. I wanted to feather my little nest with fluffy cuddly cozy things and stock up on wax melts for my Scentsy. I started scattering little table books around. It would be awful if I sat in a chair and did not have a book to pick up and look at!

Now that it’s wintertime, my need to nest has intensified and I’ve begun hoarding coffee creamers from my favorite restaurant. I think they are on to me, but I don’t think they really mind. Our favorite waitress brings extra French Vanilla coffee creamers just for me! I drink more coffee in the winter than in the summer, as I think most people do.

I was thinking today about the preparations we make for the cold winter months. This phenomena we refer to as “nesting”. How do we nest for our spirit? Do we need to nest for our spirit? Obviously the immediate need is physical. We have an immediate need to stay warm, but to neglect your spirit’s need to stay warm would be a real shame.

Here are just a few simple things you can do to “nest” for your spirit. Most of these items are available at a discount bookstore. I rarely visit a bookstore that charges retail prices. I enjoy Book-a-holic.

1. How about buying a new devotional book? The book I purchased last year was a used book, but of course it was new to me. Since I only use them for a year, I don’t see the point in paying retail. The idea is for the book to bless my soul, not empty my pocketbook.

2. Keep an item such as “Testamints” around the house. Our local Christian resource center always has these nifty little mints on sale the first few days after Christmas, so I stock up! Not only are these good to have around for when someone has low blood sugar, but they have a scripture printed on the wrapper! It’s a fun way to read God’s Word. Who says you have to get the big bulky family Bible out, dust it off and do devotions the old-fashioned way? I don’t and have not for many years!

3. I have not done this myself but my friend has her favorite scripture permanently placed on the wall in her stairway. She is more brave than I am! There are kits available at our local hobby store. I look at them when I’m there, but have not bought one yet. She has Jeremiah 29:11 displayed on her wall and it is beautiful. It warms her home and makes everyone love to congregate there.

I hope this has given you some idea of how you can do some “nesting” for your spirit as well as the traditional type of nesting we do to meet physical needs. May God bless you today in an extraordinary way! ❤

GREAT POETRY READING DAY

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I love the classics, don’t you?

 

GLORY TO MY PARTNER

On this crisp Spring Sunday morning, I’m more than a little excited!  Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite poets, Lucinda Berry Hill.  Since today is GREAT POETRY READING DAY , I’ve asked Lucinda if she would share a bit about herself with us.  Her inspirational devotional book, “Coffee With Jesus”, has touched the lives of so many people, including mine!  So without further adieu, I introduce the very talented author, Lucinda Berry Hill.

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I was born in Millbrook, NY. I currently live in Steelton. I have a 13 year old daughter named Charlotte. I was a single mom for 8 years. I married my husband, Charles and he adopted Charlotte. I’ve had a house cleaning business for over 25 years. I also do some relief care for full time caregivers. In between that and sometimes during I write!!
I started writing poetry when I was 12 years old. I hadn’t accepted Jesus as my Savior yet, but God used me anyway.  I wrote poems about and for Him now and then but it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I started really writing for the Lord.I believe moving away from family and friends when I was 12 was my start in writing.  I had a sad heart then.  I met a girl who didn’t write poetry but she and her sister read a lot of poetry.  I can’t say that one person in particular inspires me.  It’s a God thing.  He brings people and circumstances into my life that touches me in some way and I have to write.  I’ve even written poetry about something I misread.  Someone said I will sing into you instead of unto you and off I went with a poem called “Into You.”I’ve had poems published in newspapers, read at weddings and at funerals. I’ve written poems about 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the trapped minors incidents, the Sandy Hook school shooting and my most recent current event inspiration was the Boston bombings . I published my first book in 1997 my second one in 2001. And my third came out February of last year. Coffee With Jesus” is a weekly devotional. I used the poems that I’ve written and paired them up with the scripture that inspired them and came up with 52 weeks. I got the idea when a few people told me that they used my previous books as part of their devotional time.

Since the publishing of “Coffee with Jesus” I’ve written several more poems. Some with a touch of humor, inspired by a friend. I even have ideas for three more books.

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We all know how important it is to keep our bodies and minds in good shape to maintain good health.  A part we too often ignore, however, is the spirit – the soul.  This wonderful devotional book will kick-start your day the way it needs to be – on a positive and upbeat note.  It’s better than just plain ol’ coffee, it’s “Coffee With Jesus”.  I hope you will check it out!!!  ❤