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This day, new age…

With so many threats going around, there is no wonder some parents are being a bit overprotective with their kids. I for one am a ‘where you going, who you going with, why do you have to go, who all is going to be there, what adults can I contact, and just plain old NO because I said so,’ kind of parent.

Since the recent news outbreak, we will not be taking our 7 y/o trick or treating, trunk or treat, or anything else outside of our residence for Halloween. Does that keep us safe? Possibly. Will it be safer to stay inside than going outside? In my opinion, YES.

Frankly I don’t know if all this clown mess and rumors of purging is true or not. Me personally, I would rather be safe rather than sorry. Of course, the world is full of fools who think scaring the daylights out of folks is funny or even bigger fools who actually act on their impulses to do ignorant things. In order to deal with a problem, you have to make a mental checklist of things that need to be handled.

  1. STAY inside.
  2. KEEP family safe

In my opinion, by following rule number one for this Halloween season number two is already well on the way.

There will forever be the perfect Christian who states, “Well you shouldn’t be celebrating such a satanic holiday anyway.” I always looked at it as a time for kids to dress up as their favorite Marvel or Disney character and get candy. At least that is the way it was when I was young, CANDY was the main factor. When it comes to pranks and all the other foolery, I wasn’t down with that anyway but I am not knocking those that do. To each his or her own… Some folks take innocent acts and blow them clear out of the water. (IJS)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8)

My prayer for every one who reads this text is that you be mindful of your surroundings. Dear God, I pray that you protect each and everyone of us as we go on our way. As we venture out into the world and when we set up shop at home, Lord I pray the blood of Jesus covers us and our loved ones from head to toe. In Jesus name, I pray you send your angels to guard our families, protect us from our adversaries, and guide our thoughts in your direction. Lord I ask these things in your darling son, Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

Until next time…

K. Harris

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You Can’t Win…

Recently my baby girl has been determined to watch all of my favorite movies and listen to the music that I love so much. Erykah Badu’s newest album has been on repeat for the past two weeks for us. ‘Monster in Law’ with Jenifer Lopez is one of the movies of choice but the all time favorite is ‘The Wiz.’

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When I tell you that bad boy has been in constant rotation for the last few days, please believe me. Every song on there, I can repeat pretty much word for word and it’s been that way since I was little. Only now, I am starting to pay extra close attention to the words of certain songs. All this time, that movie and the songs had hidden messages for the viewer to grasp. Now I might be slow because I may be the only one who just figured it out. <shoulder shrug>

One song in particular is my favorite and that is the one sung by the scarecrow played by Michael Jackson. ‘You Can’t Win…’

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Although the song is fun and it has a catchy tune, the song and the scene itself speaks of some true life stuff. For instance, the crows were steadily telling the scarecrow he couldn’t get down off the pole. They also drilled into him that he was nothing but garbage guts.

Have you ever been knocked down to a point where it made you question your self-worth?

If so, how many times have you been forced to live with doubts?

A snippet of the lyrics is:

You can’t Win, you can’t break even and you can’t get out of the game…

Whose game is it? Who says I can’t be even? Who set the rules? And how are you gonna tell me I can’t get out? Good Luck…

The first couple of lines alone is a slap in the face. It basically says you can’t win the game that you are playing. You can’t break even, meaning you can’t play on even or neutral ground. And to sum it up, now that you have entered the game – you can’t get out.

Now I may be wrong and for the record I was not high. LOL… But the message is clear.

My resolve is if I can’t win, get even, and can’t get out their imaginary game, I will just alter the way I play. By the time I piss off the creators, I will be exiled anyway. 🙂 If I get ejected from the game, I can start a new game. One that gives me the gold by giving the honor, glory, and victory to my father in heaven who is the original game maker. Y’all better feel me…

No one can tell you what you can’t do or what you won’t do, only you can decide on what you will do.

You all have a blessed day and I hope to hear from you soon.

K. Harris

Proverbs 31 Project

Proverbs 31 Project

It’s the beginning of a new month. For one full month we have been touching and hopefully agreeing on the scriptures describing a ‘virtuous woman.’

We have jotted down 300 compliments to ourselves. We have started a ‘husband box.’ Hopefully we have new recipes to add to our collection and we have begun to remove procrastination completely from our lives.

On to the next one…

Proverbs 31:17

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

This verse is self explanatory. The main word in this text is strength. In order to build strength, we must do the necessary work it takes to strengthen the muscles that carry the load. Although most folks point out the main flaws, pudgy mid-sections and flabby thighs, a full body workout should be the goal. Overall work will build endurance to continue the journey for a lifetime and not just the time being.

Even though the text speaks mainly of her loins and her arms, other components are equally important. According to Letgodbetrue.com, the metaphor and synecdoche of this clause intend strengthening her whole person for greater activity and effort, not just her loins. What good will come from strong loins but weak legs? Strong arms but a weak neck?

A great woman will require her body to be conditioned to handle the daily comings and goings. Her mind will need conditioning in order to keep from burning out easily. The spirit of a strong woman will depend on her ability to stay humble despite the hustle and bustle of daily life. Every day she will strive to be better than the day before.

Proverbs 31:17 (http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/commentaries/31_17.php)

Older women should teach younger women in Christ’s churches (Tit 2:3-5). If this were done diligently and wisely, each generation of Christian women would be greater than the one before in terms of holiness and marital and domestic godliness. If this is not the case in your church, who will change the ungodly trend? And when? Every Christian mother must also rise above ungodly prudery or slothfulness to teach her daughters completely.

As virtuous women, we should not hide our gifts and talents. If we are good shoppers, budget well, planners, decorators, coordinators, dancers, singers, etc. we should develop and exploit those skills to the benefit of our households. That very well may be the calling that you have ignored. Matt 25:14-30 speaks of taking the gifts God gave you, using them, and multiplying them. Increasing the intake by investing them where it counts instead of squandering them away, being wasteful.

In closing, a complete overhaul-mind, body, and spirit will produce the complete package so that you may be a blessing to others not just look good.

Please be mindful of those less fortunate than us. Keep in mind that our problems may not hold a candle to the person sitting next to you or even the person you cannot see. Be prayerful for those that lost, scared, hopeless, and alone. Uplift someone in your thoughts and prayers other than the needs of yourself. God hears all, sees all, and knows all. Some answers come when we remove thoughts about ourselves and start thinking about how we can bless others.

Pray for me and I will certainly do the same. When you get a moment, I hope you sign up for the newsletter to stay tuned with all P.E.W. Ministry has in store. Follow us so that you won’t miss out on any of the thought provoking posts and scriptures. We are simply trying to grow in Christ one day, one step at a time.

Much Love,

Kanika

Proverbs 31 Project

Proverbs 31 Project (Day 29 and 30)

Instead of continuing the countdown, I am just going to start where I left off. Last week was one for the books in being extremely trying. Not only are we drawing to the end of Summer but it is time to prepare for school. As adults, we are always looking for ways to better  ourselves, so some of us may be enrolling as well. If so, God Bless you and all of your endeavors.

Day 29: 290 Compliments!

“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” -Proverbs 16:20

Day 30: You Made It!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” -Matthew 5:3-10

If you have not begun on the challenges assigned, now is a good time to set aside a few ticks to get it done.

The object of the first challenge is to love ourselves because we need to embrace that we are a blessing from God. God doesn’t make mistakes, so any flaws that we see are only minor flicks. If they are indeed bad, it is our job to figure them out and fix them.

Challenge two, the ‘husband box’ is designed for you to picture what you have in mind for the perfect spouse. If you already have a spouse and divorce is not an option (kidding), pray over the things that would make you feel complete within your marriage. Put those items into a box, (mental, physical, or electronic), pray and meditate over them.

Challenge three, kick out procrastination. Create daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly lists to complete something that you dream of doing. Instead of creating daily excuses as to why ‘it’ won’t work, concentrate on way to make ‘it’ happen.

Challenge four, let’s get creative in the kitchen. Try something new at least once a week for yourself. If you have a family, treat them to a meal from another part of the world. Instead grabbing what’s convenient from the best Chinese food restaurant in town, try some homemade Chicken or Shrimp fried rice. If you fly solo, make it an entertaining night by inviting others to try out the newness.

By any means, don’t stop any of the above challenges if it brings a sense of peace to any turmoil in your life. Continue to meditate over the large number of compliments you have jotted down for the last 30 or less days. Meditate over what you want in a mate. Pray for guidance and strength to accomplish the road to travel in your life. Enjoy increasing your recipe book with exciting new meals. Who knows a cookbook could be in the making… 🙂

Monday marks the day of a new month, a new week, and a new challenge. The next set of Virtuous Woman breakdown starts Monday morning. Therefore we are going to play this by ear. I apologize in advance if it feels like I’m jumping but I’m just following instinct at this point.

Continue to be patient with me, for this is all new. I really appreciate everyone for tuning into these random posts.

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Proverbs 31 Project (Day 16)

Welcome to week three of the Proverbs 31 Project! We are moving right along people. There is nothing stopping us from reaching the ultimate fulfillment of understanding but simply doing nothing.

Day 16: Remember Yourself in God’s Image!

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” -Romans 9:20

In keeping up with the previous weeks, we are challenged to write down (10) compliments to ourselves-about ourselves every day. Every morning when I read the lesson, scripture, and pray-I write down my ten. Have I repeated any compliments? Yes and No, I recently started jotting down words that can be used to describe me in a positive manner. Some words may mean the same in the dictionary but when applied to a person figuratively they take on a whole new meaning. Just my logic, hopefully it will help you ladies stay on the pathway to enlightenment.

The husband box, I took it in another direction as well. I have a husband file on my computer. Since I am always on that bad boy, why not use it for everything I need for real? Collages are another option when thinking about filling your husband box if you decide to do an electronic box such as I have. Fooling with social media, we are pretty good at creating picture collages with our selfies, we can do the same here.

Did you knock out the spirit of Procrastination last week?

Nothing can be done permanently by quitting cold turkey or at least I know it to be true when referring to me. I am a true participant in the take-back community. Work in progress here… 🙂

With that being said, I did accomplish quite a bit of work. I was determined to stop saying-I’ll get to it, as soon as I get done, I’ll try again tomorrow, it’s coming along, and so many other excuses I used to give me more time.

One thing I am lacking in doing is making out my lists again.

Confession time: I won’t lie and say sometimes I doubt these blogs are reaching the desired target but then I realized, I am the desired target. The lessons, challenges, reading, and scriptures are definitely beneficial. I can honestly say that I feel a sense of renewal in my spirit the more I work, study, and practice what I preach in a sense. (NO PREACHING HERE, but yall get where I’m going)

Testimony: The Lord is moving in our lives whether we want to acknowledge it or not. True the crime rate is through the roof. Police brutality is off the Richter scale. Violence against the innocent police officers are beyond heinous. The battle between ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ is dividing people who know a change is required in order for any of us to be safe.

The testimony is we are still here. We still have the opportunity to voice our opinions no matter who we are voting for, figuratively and metaphorically. My vote is for the Lord and getting your own understanding of the word. It’s time out to depend strictly on man to teach us, to inspire us, to motivate us, to rally us, to move us in one way or the other. These are the last days and I choose to lean on Jesus. My faith, my vote, and my sights are set on the one who died for me on Calvary.

On that note, let me leave you with this last thought…

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NKJV)

Walk in Unity

4 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Pray for me and I will return the favor.

New lesson tomorrow.

Much Love,

Kanika