I Knew The Day Would Come…

Hello everyone! I missed you all. I know I haven’t written in a while and that’s a long story that I will share in an upcoming blog post. So much has changed since the last time I’ve written to you. We certainly weren’t dealing with Covid-19 nor the social unjust issues that have erupted in our country. Overall, I hope you are well and had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Back in August, I spent some time in my hometown of Philadelphia. My two youngest sons went with me, but my oldest son David (22) stayed behind. I wasn’t necessarily worried about leaving him as he’s an adult, but what I’ve come to learn about having adult children is that they’re still your babies. So… while I was in Philly I talked to him to make sure he was okay. He was fine except he realized I wouldn’t be there to cook…  🙂

It has been three months since I returned from Philadelphia, and two weeks ago my son told me what happened while I was gone. I could tell he was hesitant, but he told me anyway. 

The area we live in is beautiful and for the most part safe. We enjoy the quiet and taking walks in the neighborhood. My son LOVES walking and does it often. For most people in the area, walking is a strange activity because most people drive. On several occasions, I have taken walks by myself and with my husband and each walk has been accompanied by strange stares or the question why are you walking?

A few months back, my son decided to take a walk to our local Dollar Tree, something that he does often. When he arrived he realized he left too early and the store wasn’t open yet. He decided to find somewhere to sit and wait until they opened. Before completing his sentence, I looked at him and gave a long stare because I knew where the conversation was going. He said “I just didn’t think about it mom.” I knew he knew I may be upset by what he was going to say…then he said I decided to sit over where the bank is…my eyes widened.
He looked at my face and said “Mom, I know.” 

He walked over to the bank and sat down on the curb and was on his phone. Within five minutes two police officers approached him. He told me he wasn’t scared, but he immediately knew why they were approaching; because although he was just sitting there, he is a young black male sitting in front of a bank with a hoodie on. And whether you agree or not, that’s a bad move if you’re a young black male. He said they approached and asked why he was there, he explained why, and then they asked for ID. He produced his ID, one of the officers took it and stood with him. The other officer called on his radio to check his ID. A little while after, they gave him his ID back. He told them he would go someplace else to wait for the store to open – they told him he didn’t have to then got in their car and drove away. My son told me as they pulled off he walked away.
I’m glad he did because he said another cop car drove by.

People, prayer works! While I was gone, the Holy Spirit told me to pray for my son. To specifically pray for his wisdom. God protected him. But it doesn’t change the fact that it scared me and made me sad. 

Interestingly…about a month ago, my husband and I drove past that same bank and saw a young Caucasian male sitting in front of the doors with a blanket and his phone charging. We thought it looked strange, but just kept driving. There was not one cop car in sight!

I’ve been pretty quiet about everything that’s been happening in our world, because to be honest, I was afraid of what might come out once I started writing. My anger, fear, frustration, and sadness. 

As much as I’ve prayed and trusted God with the safety of my children, I knew in my heart this would happen. And what’s worse is that it will eventually happen to my two youngest sons, who are twelve and ten. Sadly, my husband and I are preparing them for it. 

A week ago, my twelve year old, who plays basketball, wanted to take a walk with his older brother. As my son was preparing to leave, he noticed his cell phone was dead, which meant I wouldn’t be able to reach him if something went wrong. Can I tell you how fearful I was? I just shrugged it off and they left. David (oldest son) came back five minutes later and said, “Daniel wants to run instead of walk.” I said, take my phone and my son Daniel (12) said, “we don’t want people or the cops to see us and think we’re running away from something.” 😦 

And this is where we are as a country that’s supposedly based on Christian values?? Why are we lying to ourselves? 

The Bible tells us in John 13:34 as believers to love one another, yet some of us place stipulations on that scripture. No where in the Word of God, does it tell us to love only those who are like us.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.|

For those of you who are Black, pray, for those of you who are White, pray. The bottom line is we need to pray and have understanding of each other. We need to talk and be honest about our fears, hang ups, and stereotypes. We need to allow God to show us the dark places in our hearts so we can be honest with ourselves so change and healing can begin. It CANNOT happen without God and without acknowledging the wickedness in us.

Sure there will always be people who chose to be ignorant and remain that way. But each of us has a responsibility to change and continue to pray for those who chose not to. 

Blessing to you.

Ephesians 5:-1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Darlene
Healed to Speak

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Today’s Prayer: Life, Trust & God’s Promises

Hi guys! I pray you are well. Today, I am grateful that my family is safe and in the land of the living! Lord, I thank you for life!

Today’s prayer is a little different; it comes from a very personal place.

I want to thank My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yesterday, my husband was in a terrible car accident! God’s angels protected him; he is fine but, it is a reminder of how often we need to pray and cover our families as well as pray for angelic protection when we are going about our day.

Father, I am so grateful for life! Yesterday could have been an entirely different day with a terrible ending, BUT GOD!!! Although I am frustrated because of what I have been experiencing, I WILL TRUST YOU. Father, as tears stream down my face, I know that those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Things are difficult right now and has been that way since we have begun our God-given assignment, but I am trusting you through each trial you lead me through. I WILL stand on your word. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt you are with me and my family.

As the body of Christ, we will not give up. We will stand on your promises no matter what it looks like because your promises are Yes and Amen.

I thank you for meeting my needs and the needs of your people! You know what we have need of before we ask, and we know you will supply ALL OUR needs according to your riches in Glory that is in Christ Jesus. We thank you that earth is the Lords’ and the fullness thereof. I am thankful that you OWN IT ALL, not man.

Lord, when it is all said and done, I know it will be good that I was afflicted.

I (We) trust you now and always in Jesus Name…Amen.

Scriptures

Psalm 126:5
II Corinthians 1:20
Matthew 6:8
Philippians 4:19
Psalm 24:1
Psalm 119:71

Today’s Prayer: Trust

Hello people of God!! I pray you are having an excellent week! If your week is not going the way you planned trust God! He is with you. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Dear Lord, today and always we will trust you. We know we will be faced with circumstances we never imagined, but we are grateful that nothing takes you by surprise. We continue to put our hope in you.

We will not lean on our own understanding but trust you with all our hearts. We commit our lives unto you. As we seek your direction, we trust you for the answer in all things; because we know your name, we will put our trust in you. And as we seek you, you will not forsake us. Glory to God!

We will sit in your presence in stillness because YOU ARE God! You will be exalted among the nations and the earth. We thank you for another day and we give you praise for life, health, and strength.

In Jesus name…Amen.

Scriptures

Joshua 1:9
Proverbs 3:5
Psalm 37:4-6
Psalm 9:10
Psalm 46:10

 

Today’s Prayer: Protection

Hello Everyone!! I pray you are well and are enjoying the first couple days of Spring!! I am grateful for the changing of the season. It is a reminder that nothing remains the same. Please know that if you are experiencing difficult circumstances, it won’t last always. Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (NIV).

Lord, thank you for your protection. Sometimes we take for granted the fact that we get home safely each day. But today we remember, and we say thank you for protecting us.

Each morning as we head out the door, we ask for your wisdom for the places we need to go and the decisions we need to make. Help us to walk in wisdom and understanding, as wisdom will watch over us and understanding will keep us safe. Remind us not to turn our back on your wisdom for it will protect and guard us.

We trust you because you are faithful as you strengthen and protect us from the evil one. For you are the God that goes with us, to fight for us against our enemies. Therefore, we will be strong and courageous because you uphold us with your righteous hand. We will not be dismayed by the darts the enemy throws our way, because YOU ARE OUR GOD; our refuge and our strength and a very present help in the time of trouble.

We know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you protect and watch over us! And for that we are grateful. Thank you for the victory!

In Jesus Name…Amen

Scriptures
Ecclesiastes 3:1
Proverbs 2:11
Proverbs 4:6
II Thessalonians 3:3
Deuteronomy 20:4
Deuteronomy 31:6
Isaiah 41:10
Psalm 46:1