I adopted another dog

You may or may not have noticed that since my beloved dog Ziggy passed away last August, I’ve barely been writing on this blog. I’m not sure if the two correlate but their timing matches up.

Earlier this year, I wrote about how we really ought to be forming new year habits rather than new year resolutions. Well, one of my new year habits is to write more.

Back in November, I adopted another dog. His name is Capone. He resembles Ziggy in his stature and coloring, but his personality is quiet different.

Capone is fearless. He spent the first few months of his life transferring hands from adopters to shelter employees to foster families, before finally arriving to me. He loves all people. At the adoption events, he became used to many different sounds and smells, all sorts of other animals, and humans both young and old. He’s a joy to take out in public because he makes everyone he meets feel like the most important person in the world, smothering them with hugs and kisses.

He doesn’t require much exercise at all or even training. For one, he’s a low energy dog and much prefers snuggling to running. For two, he’s extremely sensitive to commands and thus picks up quickly whenever I’m teaching him new ones.

In short, Capone is everything I could have ever hoped for in a dog. He’s perfect for me. And when I look at him, I can’t help but be reminded of God’s grace and goodness. That no matter how devastating a loss, God turns all things for good. And often, for better than we could have even imagined.

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I Am Disappointed and Need Your Help

Hi Readers,

I want to share a story with you and get your feedback. I frequently serve as a guest writer for other websites that share my vision. Back in August, I published an article with Wake Up World called 9 Things To Remember When You’re Feeling Stuck. You can view it here:http://wakeup-world.com/2014/08/16/9-things-to-remember-when-youre-feeling-stuck/

Today, as I was browsing the internet and working on another guest post that I have coming up, I came across an article on Marc and Angel Hack Life called 10 Things To Remember When You’re Feeling Stuck. I clicked on it and to my dismay, the article was mine. It was my exact article taken almost verbatim and published as their own. You can view it here:http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/09/14/10-things-to-remember-when-youre-feeling-stuck/#comment-10167960

They published this article exactly one month after I published mine. I know they say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but I must be honest, I’m deeply hurt. Am I just naive to think that something like this wouldn’t happen to me? Is this simply something that comes with the territory of being a blogger and is to be expected? 

I would think that a well known website such as Marc and Angel Hack Life, which gets loads of traffic every day, would be above forgery. It’s disheartening that a website which claims to promote truth seeking, could be so deceptive. Well respected writers, acting with such dishonor. Because they have a wider reacher than I, they’ve assumed that no one will notice and they won’t get caught. But even worse than this, now that I’ve caught them, who can I tell? Is there anything I can do about it? Will they face any repercussions?

I, myself, have been a fan of Marc and Angel Hack Life for some time now. But I am not a fan of ripping people off. And they have ripped me off. They’ve taken credit for work they didn’t do. My work. And I feel powerless.

I put my heart and soul into my work. To think that someone could steal this from me is horrifying.

Your thoughts and feedback are appreciated on this very difficult topic. Thank you in advance.

I’m Thankful For All of You

On this Thanksgiving, I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you, my readers.

You inspire me every day.

I seem to have a lot of people who follow this blog but I’m not sure how many of you actually read my work, much less enjoy it. Judging actual impact is one of those difficult, non tangible tasks that us bloggers are faced with.

But I want to make an impact. Nothing fills my cup more than sharing wisdom with people who are thirsty for it. With that being said, responses, opinions, thoughts, and feedback are encouraged and appreciated. In particular, I’m curious for an answer to this question: If I wrote a book, would you read it? Please respond in the comment section.

Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for all the joy that you bring to me. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories and allowing for me to share mine. I pray that we continue to grow together.

Much love to you all.

 

The Path of Prayer

“The one concern of the devil is to keep the
saints from prayer. Our enemy fears nothing from prayerless
studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil,
mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. Prayer turns
ordinary mortals into men of power. Prayer brings fire. It brings
rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of
prevailing prayer.” Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer

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#WeStillComing: Wedding crashers show up after bride texts invite to wrong person

Love the love. Spread Love.

fox8.com

A text conversation posted to Instagram has gone viral, even prompting a trending hash tag, after a bride texted an invite to the wrong person.

According to News.com.au, Kristen and her fiance, Roger, of Detroit, invited their guests to a wedding photo shoot via text. One of the invitations went to a stranger by accident:

When Kristen realized it, she told the person it was a mistake. But the stranger showed up anyway with all his friends.

For more on this story, click here.

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Jesus

When you know Who your Daddy is, it gives you courage and strength.

Not in your ability or who you are, but in His, and who He is.

Safe and Sorry (Behind the Scenes)

A Behind the Scenes look at my debut music video for my single “Safe and Sorry”. I hope you guys like it and share! We had such a blast. Love to you all…

Maya Angelou Tribute

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As many of you who follow me probably know, Maya Angelou has been a great source of inspiration for me. I frequently quote her on this blog and more frequently, I write posts inspired by her words and poems.

I am deeply saddened to hear of her death. The world is surely a bit darker without her shining light. However, Dr. Angelou has graduated and I’m sure today when she met the Lord, He smiled at her and said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Maya Angelou will never know the full extent of lives touched by her work here on Earth. She’s inspired millions who will go on to inspire millions more. A job well done, indeed.

I remember watching her on Oprah Winfrey’s network series Master Class around this same time last year. Even through the television screen, I could resonate with her calming presence. The stillness, grace, and peace that she resided in, also resided in her. Her light could not be dimmed.

I remember in that Master Class, Maya said something that I will never forget and has since changed my life. She told Oprah, “When you learn, teach. At our best, we are all teachers.” Aside from being an accomplished poet, author, civil rights activist, singer and dancer, Maya Angelou was also a professor at Wake Forest University in my hometown of North Carolina. But Maya assured others, you don’t have to be a professor to be a teacher.

The most powerful part of Maya Angelou’s testimony is that not only did she share wisdom through speaking, writing, and teaching, but she lived out her own advice. She was a walking, breathing example of her own wisdom. A rare accomplishment in this life.

Today, I have gathered some of my personal favorite quotes by Dr. Angelou in honor of a life well lived.

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”