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Thankful Thursdays

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In a world where all the odds seem to be against you, every obstacle seems to find you, and no matter how optimistic you attempt to be, there is something that inevitably tests your will, it is great to know that those things have not and will not break you… as long as you do not allow them to.  I am so THANKFUL for the failures, the setbacks, those that have gone out of their way to try to destroy my mind, body, and soul.  Thank you for showing me what I am capable of, forcing me to dig deeper, and pushing me to realize that not only am I strong, but greater is He that is within me than that which is in this world!

Over the past few days, we witnessed unified strength as the African-American student athletes, backed by the student body and staff, stood for righteousness sake and united to right a wrong.  I am THANKFUL that they had the courage to band together, willingness to face the repercussions and ridicule, and the conviction to peacefully protest and make a difference.  Some will still question their motives and timing, but no one can deny the impact!  As other universities and institutions join them in this crusade, we should all be THANKFUL seeing our future generation put a stamp on the annuls of history.  It is still amazing and moving to see those with a purpose and passion for the right causes fortify and use their platforms to become catalyst of change.  I applaud those that led the charge at Missouri, as well as those that supported them and did not try to dissuade them from pursuing justice.  It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for your beliefs knowing all you have worked for could be swiftly taken away.  

In the same vain and on the heels of Veteran’s Day, we have to salute our men and women in the armed services who valiantly fight for our freedom and risks their lives routinely to assure we maintain our civil liberties.  I am especially THANKFUL for these courageous souls who stand at the forefront protecting from us all from enemies far and close.  Salute to all you for your service and dedication

Face fear head on knowing that every challenge is just another test, another path along the journey, and another building block to boost your resume.  Be THANKFUL for the hardships knowing that the most precious pearl had to be put extreme pressure before its beauty could be revealed.  No matter how hard it may seem, how difficult it may get, how insurmountable the terrain may appear, remember three key things.  1.) Every thing we go through is working together for our good and no matter the circumstances or the situation, there is a lesson to be learned and growth to accomplish.  2.) No matter the test or the challenge, if you were not capable of handling it, you would never be presented with it.  Each stepping stone is just that, an opportunity to elevate your mind and spirit and come to new realizations about who you are and what you are capable of.  3.) You are not the first person to travel this road.  Many have gone before you and have weathered to storm and are the better for it.  Do not let the unknown create fear or doubt, but know that you too can claim the victory as long as you continue to push forward and never give up.

Today I am extremely THANKFUL because I refused to let fear dictate my life, I fought to fulfill my purpose, and I even when I thought about giving up on my hopes and dreams, I allowed myself enough space to welcome new opportunities.  I am THANKFUL because even when all looked lost, I did not stay in the abyss of despair, but instead chose to seek greatness, chase hope, and fight for a better outcome.  I am THANKFUL because I know now that hardships only last for a moment, but the tools and traits we gain from them last a lifetime.

Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

Thankful Thursdays!

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I am so THANKFUL to live in a country that affords me unparalleled freedom and protection.  A country that will fight enemies foreign and domestic and will stand up for the oppressed and the weak.  A country that does not penalize me for my faith, personal life choices, or because having an opinion or thought that may differ from the status quo.  

We have all taken our civil liberties for granted on occasion and have quickly forgotten how blessed we are and equally turned a blind eye to the atrocities that are happening around the world.  Daily people are suffering and dying for living a life that their government, society, and families are forbidding and condemning them to live.  How THANKFUL am I that each day I am given an opportunity to pursue my dreams and explore every avenue to obtain my heart’s deepest desires.  Not that there will not be tribulations or opposition, but even so, I am not fearful that my pursuit of THANKFULNESS and happiness will be met with a death sentence.

Can you imagine being stoned to death by your own family, your own father and brothers, because you chose to marry the person you love and not an arranged marriage to your cousin?  Not only did her father and brother attack her, but the jilted cousin joined in on the attack.  All this because she decided to choose and pursue the love she wanted.  How about being imprisoned for refusing to denounce Christianity, having to deliver your baby in prison, and knowing that aside from a miracle, you will be put to death for acknowledging and professing your faith?  Worse, it was her brother who filed the complaint against her which resulted in a conviction for apostasy, or the renunciation of faith, that carries a punishment of 100 lashes and a death sentence.  Or what about hundreds of girls and young women being kidnapped, literally snatched from the arms of their parents and loved ones, and the government not able to do anything to protect them?  Where do you turn if those that have been elected or called to protect you fail and abandon you?

I am so THANKFUL that I am allowed to marry who I want, practice the faith I believe in, and when threatened with any harm or malice, can rely and depend on both my local authority and those that serve our country to shield me and protect me from danger.  I am THANKFUL that I do not have to live in fear for having an opinion or belief that is not in alignment with those in my family or society and that I can openly express those thoughts and ideals without retaliation or the possibility of corporal punishment.  My prayers go out to those that continue to suffer for righteousness sake and it is my hope that they will be vindicated, rescued, and honored properly for standing strong in their convictions.

As you look around you and ponder all that is this world, be THANKFUL that you are allowed to have your own thoughts, that you can practice any faith you choose, that you can seek a mate you determine to be suitable and not have to accept someone else’s idea of what is best of you, and that even when you disagree with the majority, that is okay too and no one will imprison or kill you because of it.  Life is the most precious commodity we have and its value is immeasurable… until someone else decides to stifle another person’s life, dictate their thoughts and actions, and destroy that life if it is does not follow what has been mandated.

Today I am THANKFUL to have the life I choose.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou


Violation of Rights or Justifiable Arrest – You Decide

Below is a video that presents several questions. The lines between civil liberties and abuse of power seem to get blurred more and more each day.  Police officers have a tremendous duty and the idea of protecting and serving the public often times comes down to split second decisions.  There is no room for hesitation or second guessing because every encounter literally may determine the life or death of the officer themselves or innocent bystanders.  Everyday an officer puts on their uniform they are sacrificing their life for the communities they serve.


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