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These Shocking Photos Show The Scars You Can’t Normally See. And They’re Horrifying.


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Death and life are in the power of the tongue and we must learn not to use damaging words that impact others. Disclaimer: These images are pretty graphic but it drives the point across very well. Let us learn to use words that build other and not break them.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Words have meaning, and they possess the power to change the world.  They can inspire us to do amazing things, or to commit the most  horrible acts.  It’s up to everyone to understand they are responsible for wielding that awesome power.  Because words cut the deepest, and yet leave no marks, they can truly be the most devastating form of abuse.

PhotographerRichard Johnson, who has himself suffered from the worst kind of verbal abuse, created a series of photos to illustrate their incredibly harmful effect.  These images, created for theWeapon of Choice Project, are important because they remind us that the terms we throw out in moments of anger or frustration can be just as damaging as physical abuse.

CAUTION!: The photos below feature victims and strong terms of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse.

Weapon of Choice

We presented each participant in the Weapon of Choice project with a list of hurtful words, and…

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What Type of Soil Are You?


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I believe this needs a repost since we are in a season where Faith is going to spread like fire this year. Ensure that you are in the right soil to receive your harvest this year.

Originally posted on Sherline's Watchu Thinkin' Blog:

Hello Everybody!

Watch the video before you read on.

Mark 4:13-20

The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world

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Trying to impress God? Forget about it!!


Originally posted on God Speaks I Listen:

Stop trying to impress...humble yoursel ... you'll be blessed.
….humble yourself … you’ll be blessed.

Mathew 19:16-22 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad…

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Let Your LIGHT shine in ALL the Earth


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Let your light shine among men so that people may see your Father in Heaven manifested on Earth. Hallelujah!

Originally posted on Sherline's Watchu Thinkin' Blog:

This is a video that has been inspired by my earlier post Beauty that overshadows the real War inside. We should truly reflect on what it means to Shine our LIGHT in this Dark dark world.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 12:46
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

Philippians 2:14-16 (NKJV)

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the…

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Worship Weekend: You Reign!


transitionourgodreigns Hi Everybody!

I was sitting here thinking of what I want to write. Actually, I’ve been wanting to write for quite sometime however, I’m working on a personal project right now hence the lack of blogging. This year has been full of ups and downs for myself and I’m sure for other people. The one thing I believe that needs to be addressed is to never lose hope. Hope is the one thing that keeps you fighting. The question lies in where do you put your hope? where do you put your faith? I put my faith in Jesus, because when I consider, having lost a job right before Easter this year and then gaining a better one after what seemed to be more than 6 months of unemployment, only to lose my grandmother during my second week of starting the new job. I felt like the bad seemed to be outweighing the good. One thing I believed throughout my trials is to keep my hope and faith alive. God comforted me when I lost my job, when I lost my grandma and now I don’t even have a car….in many respects, I could very well have lost my mind…but God kept me. The way I see it, He Reigns in my life as the God who lifts me up when I’m down, He is my provider, my Father and my Friend. I can quote scripture on here until I’m blue, but I feel lead to say that to anybody reading this, no matter what you are going through… Keep your faith alive, keep your hope in the Lord. The trial that you face today may make you see things dimly, but trust God and He will walk you through it. You are not alone. God is with you even if you can’t see Him. You can’t put your trust in people or things, because these things can be taken away and people can fail you, but God says, He will never leave you nor forsake you.

I can testify and say that when I heard that my Grandma had passed away, my heart was completely broken. No one can truly understand what she meant to me. A lot of people can be insensitive and act like “well she’s in heaven now, so isn’t that a good thing?” like as if I should be instantaneously happy and not have room to be sad. It is true that she is there, but for the people left behind, the loss is real. I’m sorry if my grief disturbs their spirit…but I cannot pretend to act like all is well in the world when to me my heart is broken.  That’s when I began to see people in a different light…it’s amazing what you can learn when you experience grief. It seems that in such moments you see people for who they truly are like as if a veil has been lifted from your eyes. Compassion was absent for many that heard the news and for those that did care, I acknowledge with gratitude and a new found appreciation for the Lord opening up my eyes to see the true hearts of people.

I read somewhere recently that when a person experiences a death, you will see people for who they truly are for one, and that many of God’s generals are propelled into their destiny after such an event occurs. I pray that I am being propelled into destiny. The way I see it now…you will see things more clearly in and through tragedy. I appreciate things in life that I once took for granted. I have also noticed that my discernment has sharpened extremely that I am amazed of what I’m seeing now that I didn’t really understand before.

Time is a transient thing, but when you understand that the time you have right now is really in God’s hands, you can be assured that when you trust Him and His ways of doing things, God will help you accomplish what you were called to do. I’ve come to a place where you have to consider that at this moment, your life affects the destinies of others. You are not here just to occupy space, God has a plan for your life and it is time to step into where God calls you to be. You have no time to make sense of the journey, neither do you have the time to make people understand the things that God wants you to do, but all you have to do is listen to Him just like Moses did, and say “HERE I AM LORD”.

Are you listening?

You are a deliverer in your generation.

I love being a worshiper and I love worshiping God. I remember coming for a praise team practice and tried to sing in my grief over losing my Grandma. I cried during that practice….but a sound came out of my mouth I had never heard before. It was the sound of true worship. Worshiping from the deep calling unto the deep. I know that it’s easy to sing when we are happy, but what about the times when grief has its grip on you. That same week I came to worship and praised God on a Sunday service as I ministered with the praise team and choir behind us. I worshiped knowing that the people in the pew don’t know what my struggle with grief was, because they all have their own problems that their dealing with. What they need is a sound that gives them hope. I began to praise God in my grief, and I knew from that point on…that worship for me had changed in that I had a deeper understanding and revelation of it. I worship God because He is God. He deserves our praise, He deserves everything because He has given me life with a new meaning. He that gives life is able to take it away…but for us, He came to resurrect our dead selves so that we could Live with Him again.

I had a dream, that my Grandma was in Heaven shortly after her passing. It gave me Hope, but I knew that I had to shape up. I had to move on, and take on the baton and start to re-prioritize my life and make God really important to me. I know what my spiritual giftings are and God will make room for me to flow freely with them, but the one thing that the Lord has been telling me as of late is that He seeks OBEDIENCE. And when I say obedience…I mean not just for me but from all His people that are called by His name.rain_and_tears_by_voltuzaidi-d5j2yl3

How many of you want to obey God when He calls out your name?

Many of us profess to love Him, but do not do as He says. As a Watchwoman, I have sounded many alarms, but not many want to listen. Those that do are running in the right direction and are prospering. What I find really intriguing is that as a Watchwoman, I have found that those that believe in what I hear in terms of guidance or warnings are not even Christian and yet they run with it and prosper.Then there are Christians I have spoken to who lack ears to hear and continue to do their own thing. From what I’ve seen from these individuals, they are facing unnecessary problems that could have been avoided had they chosen to listen attentively rather than with skepticism and unbelief.

God has shown me that obedience is better than sacrifice. People labor, but labor in vain because listening to what God has to say is just too trivial for them.

If faith comes by hearing….then why are many people ignoring????

At the present time, I feel that those that listen will prosper and God will be faithful to those that are faithful towards Him. Many Christians at this time, need to go back to the basics and understand that Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone. Do not be like the builders that rejected Him. The foundations of this world are literally held in His hands. God is seeking a church that will learn to make it a priority to build a House of PRAYER, a house that understands the meaning of consecration, a house that does not make men or women or things as idols that steal your attention from hearing from God. Those that mock these basic fundamentals are those that have put objects before them as their God and will make fun of Prayer.

The power of the praying Church can take down storms that ravage a country if only the church believed.

I feel like I’ve rambled, but what I will say is that if God is not a priority in your life right now, you are traveling on a perilous journey right now. You won’t know how to distinguish what is right and wrong and will stumble into things that will make you waver between various opinions (mans opinion). God wants you to listen to Him, but it’s up to us to decide that we want to Listen to Him in our personal lives.

Also, one more thing I want to say to close off in my ramblings for tonight is that, You have to learn to be happy for others when something good is happening in their lives. You have to learn to comfort others when something bad is going on in their lives. The Christ in us which is the HOPE of Glory seeks to be the answer for other peoples need. You see, the thing is we ask too many questions that we want God to answer for us that we don’t take the time to be the answer that God created us to be for someone else. You are the answer to another persons question. When a person is in pain, you are their comfort, when someone is feeling low, you are their encouragement… when a person is hungry, feed them, when a person is naked, clothe them, when someone is happy you  are their rejoicing buddy…when someone is grieving you are their shoulder to cry on… May we never be too self-centered to see how we are the solution to another persons need. You are important and your destiny is connected to another person and other people. Pray to God to help you fulfill your destiny and learn to bend towards God’s will and move when God tells you to Move. Other peoples lives are depending on your level of Obedience to God. Never forget that.

Today, I’m posting a song from the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International called You Reign! May this song Bless Your Spirit today everybody!

Worship Sunday: Clean this House


Hi Everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

I just want to thank God for all that He has done in my life and I just adore Him. When you remember the mess you were before Christ and then remember how you felt when you received Christ, there’s something that happens in you that makes you never want to go back to the same place you were before you knew Him. Sometimes we forget all that He has done, and it’s time to really refocus on our relationship with Him and seek God to purify our hearts. If we want to live a life filled with gratitude, we must constantly seek God to clean the houses of our hearts. We must rekindle the torch that makes us so passionate about Christ in the first place.

Today I’m putting up a song from Isaach Carree called Clean this House. We go through many trials that when we remember how God brought us out of them and forgiving us over and over we become really grateful for the saving Grace that God has for us. May this song minister your spirit today!

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

God Bless You Everybody!

My 2cents on Friday the 13th – “Bad Luck” Day


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This post was for 2012 but since today is Friday the 13th, I figured why not. Let me repeat…this is not a cursed day…its an amazing day that the Lord has made. HAPPY FRIDAY! :)

Originally posted on Sherline's Watchu Thinkin' Blog:

So today is Friday the 13th in the Year 2012 and it’s snowing outside and I was one hour late to work. I arrived safely despite the long arduous wait for a bus that wasn’t packed full of people. Would have loved to drive but I couldn’t get my car out of the underground parking lot since the ramp had ice and my superintendent had failed to salt it before the snow hit us. It has been an interesting morning and an interesting day and yet I feel full of joy and excitement because simply put, it’s a TGIF to me!

via blog.juggle.com

Now I know people have their superstitions about the number 13 being a number for “bad luck”, especially  since we have the world renowned horror flick that plays without fail every Friday the 13th of any year entitled Friday the 13th that stars the notorious Jason Voorhees the hockey-masked machete wielding…

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God says “Lean on Me”


Hi Everybody,

Right now, I feel like I need to lean on God for His help with the things that I cannot do. We can work by might and power, but the Spirit of God always urges us to seek His face for what He can do for us when our strengths and abilities are limited. God is limitless…We serve a limitless God and in knowing this, we must learn what it means to have faith in a limitless God. I know for myself that each day I see amazing things that the Lord has done for me or others by His limitless grace. The faith I have in myself is limited if God is not in the picture. We can quote scripture and claim that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”, however, this strength that we receive comes from our Faith to believe that God is able to be whatever we need Him to be in our lives. He is a God with many names in our human minds, the “I Am that I Am” (Jehovah), and this same God is the God of the Impossible, the God of no limits, the God that supersedes our own understanding, the God of miracles, the God who is the author and finisher of our Faith.

Nothing is Impossible for those that believe. We always want God to trust us with things that we desire, but we have to learn to trust Him in return.

God is not Deaf, not mute, not lame, not sick, not broken, not incomplete, not empty like some of us are… He is completely God and we need Him to make us whole again since we are all incomplete without Him in our heart. He can restore all that is missing in our lives, we just have to lean on Him and trust that He can do this for us if we just believe.

The Question is: “Do you believe?”

I have here two Songs by William McDowell that I love, one called “In” and the other called “I won’t go back”. These songs minister to me and I pray that they bless your spirit today. God bless you everybody!

Joseph: A “real dad”


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Real fathers are there to protect you and the entire family.

Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:

I recently listened in on a conversation between two pre-teen boys. It went something like this:

“Don’t you want to know your real dad?”

“I already know my real dad.”

“Your (younger) sister says you’ve never met him.”

“My sister doesn’t understand. She’s talking about my (biological) father. My real dad’s married to my mom. That’s all that maters to me.”

I found this to be extremely heart-warming. What a great perspective from the boy. What an amazing gift of love he’s received from his “real dad.”

This is not a knock on biological fathers who are absent. That can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Instead, this blog is in praise of those dads, both step dads and adoptive dads, who have fully embraced their kids. There is no greater gift that they could ever give to a child of any age than this type of love.

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