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God said,You don't have to worry about love. As long as I'm existing,you will be loved. Jasmine

One Race, One Blood

There is “1” biological race… the human race. There is “2” groups that we should recognize… Christian and Non-Christian. You see, parents are more worried about the biological race that their son and/or daughter will marry, rather than what spiritual race that person is. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve, “All”.

When you know that we are all related, it sure changes the way we look at each other. You may look at a person’s outer appearance and judge who they are because of their nose, eyes, or even the fact that they may or may not have big earlobes. How is that for being totally shallow lol!

If you are anything like me, you believed that you were too “This” or too “That”. You most likely wondered why God would choose someone like you. You probably said things like, “God society doesn’t accept me, so go to the prettier, likeable, and more valued “ONE” in this world.”

In the bible there was man named David. This man wasn’t very handsome and valued in the eyes of the world. He had brothers that were very good looking and well accepted by society. When God called Samuel to pick the new king from this batch of brothers, David was not included, because it was assumed that God would not pick such a man for such a high calling.

All the handsome brothers except for one, (David) Lined up so that Samuel could anoint the new king. As he passed each one he said no, no, and no. David’s brother Abinadab was called and made to pass before Samuel. And he said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either. There must be another brother”. So when David was called, he looked at him and said, “This is the one God has chosen to be king.”

Context
This verse is explaining the way that Samuel felt before choosing the new king. He surely thought that the handsome and tall brother Abinadab was sure to be the one God had chosen, but God had other plans…

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the OUTWARD appearance, but the LORD looks at the HEART.”

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“Beauty My Black” 2014 Blog Series – “Big Break”

I’m not going to sit here and write a lie to you. My life is not rainbows and cotton candy all day. After the problems that I encountered in my family and my own personal life, I decided to visit a church with my parents.

  I had the idea in my mind that just maybe, I would find a church family and friends. I truly felt like this was going to be my big break in life. I thought ahead of time and saw myself so happy. I’m a singer, always have been since the age of three. So It only seemed right to join the worship team.  I was very active at the church in hopes to promote change in my life.  I had so many hurtful relationships in my own family, that I just had such high hopes in this church.

 There were a lot of things that I didn’t like about this church. I pushed myself to go, because I felt like I had nothing to go back to. The church congregation, not only wanted to have their ears tickled every Sunday… but their eyes too. I started to notice that people who were white, were glorified and made to feel more comfortable there. God stopped me and asked me to look around at my surroundings one Sunday. What did I see? The church of Laodicea. In the bible, God describes this church as; rich and in need of nothing.

 These people never had a bad day, financial struggle, or a rainy cloud in their lives. How can people like this, help someone such as myself. I got tired of the racist remarks and stares. My mom has told me that, “A church ought to describe the way that Heaven looks. This would be full with colors of white, black, yellow, and every color imaginable.” After a year of going to that church, I had no more friends than when I walked in a year ago… none. That amazed me.  Just as fast as I’m writing these words, is the same rate of speed at which someone will write you off because of the color of your skin, the words you say, or just who you are.

  I felt like God was telling me to have some self-respect and care for myself. Soon after, I left with a very important lesson learned. I stand up for what I believe in, even if it means standing alone. God says that in this life you will have trials and tribulations. If God is for me, does it really matter who is against me? Be a voice, not an echo.

 

“Beauty My Black” 2014 Blog Series – “Dark Girls”

Dark Girls is a 2012 documentary film by American filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It documents colorism based on skin tone among African Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film contains interviews with notable African Americans including Viola Davis. “Dark Girls”, explores the many struggles, including self-esteem issues… which women of darker skin face, allowing women of all ages to recount “the damage done to their self-esteem and their constant feeling of being devalued and disregarded.”

“Beauty My Black” 2014 Blog Series – Demoted

We have to look at life with a new pair of eyes.  Pretend that God owns a company called, Your Life.  Let’s say it’s against the law to fire anyone at this company, much like in the family relationships we have. Well, you may be saying, “If I can’t fire anyone, then what’s the consequence of bad behavior?”

 The answer… is demoting the person to a “not so important”, position in your life. God will often demote people who have used their positions to hurt you in life. I found myself questioning God, when he altered the relationships within my own life. I let my circumstances push me into the arms of the world.  Everything happens for a reason. 

 When God removes someone from a certain high position in your life, it’s for your own good. Outwardly, that person may have seemed perfect for that spot in your life, but God can see their inward man and that’s what really matters. I’ve encounter people who looked and acted so friendly. I fought for them to be in my life… even though God continued to reveal the inward truth about these people. I eventually came to learn the inward man of those people and I learned to pay attention to what the lord is trying to tell me.

 Over the past couple years, God has removed so many people from my life. At first, I was confused and disappointed. Then, I woke up and realized that I felt lighter. That burden of negativity that was disguised as a friend, a loved one, or thing… was gone.

I look at my life now and understand that God knew exactly what he was doing.


“Beauty My Black” 2014 Blog Series – The Golden Rule

My mother always told me to, “Treat people the way that you would like to be treated”. Growing up, I took that very seriously. There have been plenty of times, where I have postponed my life, for the greater good of others.

I soon came to the realization that the people I crossed oceans for, never even tried to cross a puddle for me. It was hard to keep doing what I knew was right, despite so many who have continually done me so wrong. I started to wonder if I deserved more out of my relationships and if I was even worth more.

The rejection and the turn the other cheek attitude I had, slowly began to take a huge toll on me. I felt like my whole life fell on its knees, as if it never stood before.  My eyes were fixated on the downfall of my life, the unveiling of the truth, and the acceptance of change whether I was ready for it or not.

God certainly taught me a difficult lesson on unpredictability! Satan rampaged my family through the leak in the roof, which we were all too busy to notice. When you realize you have a bad roof, just know that the leak that’s dripping on you, is your first public sign of the damage that’s been there for a while now.

“Beauty My Black” 2014 Blog Series – Who Am I In Christ?

Not all, but some of us find our identity through other people and things. The problem is that, society tells us that we are to walk, talk, and look a certain way. Take a look in the mirror and now look at the magazine cover… is there a match? If you look to the world for validation of your beauty, you’ll be disappointed.

The questions we ask are not the right ones. Many of us ask questions like the following. Who am I supposed to be in this world? How do I need to look? How can I fit in with this world? Wrong, wrong, and wrong. There’s only one question that really makes all the difference. Who am I In Christ?

The world has stolen our identity and we are charging it with identity theft. It’s maxed out our credit cards with insecurities, lies, narcissism, worldliness, and the list is just too long for completion. You need to call your bank and immediately cancel your credit card. You will then replace it with a Christ identity card, where there is no credit limit as to how beautiful, smart, confident and worthy you are.

It also comes with a book, which reminds you, “Who You Are” in Christ Jesus.  It’s called the Bible. It’s so important that we see ourselves the way that God sees us. He created us for a purpose bigger than what the world claims of us. Character is who you are behind the glam. If we spend time building Godly character, we’ll have something to say not only to ourselves, but to men and women of every shape, size, and color. We can tell them who they are in Christ.

I will help you start or continue, with these verses.

1 Peter 3:3-4  

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

Song of Solomon 4:7

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

In order to get a better understanding of our identity in Christ, read through the book of Colossians and Psalm 139. Feel free to like, share, and follow the, “Beauty My Black” Blog Series.