Saturday, February 28, 2015

Scripture: The Voice of God

Welcome to another month of Writeous Reflections! Please be sure to visit my fellow bloggers via the link-up at the bottom of this post! Be blessed!

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The best change I've ever made in my life is studying God's word on a daily basis. Hearing His voice through the scriptures is amazing! His Word tells us who we are, what we can have, and how much we are loved! The latter means the most to me! 

The Bible also tells us that "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)]

Although every scripture in all 66 books will revive, renew and heal your spirit, there's usually a few you have hidden in your heart. Those two or three (or more) you say to yourself on the way to work or when you've been hurt. Those scriptures which warm your heart when the world has been cold to you yet again or when God amazes you with His timing and you're feeling overwhelming joy!  Can I get an Amen?

Here are my heart scriptures:

To remind me I can face anything because my destiny is Yes & Amen

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To remind me of all the times God has saved me...and He always will

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To remind me I've been marvelous, wonderful and a force in the kingdom of God since the beginning of time

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Which scriptures do you refer to often?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Permanent Bookshelf: My Five All-Time Favorite Books

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Fellow book lovers, I can see your smile as you read the quote above. You understand. You relate. When a book is truly truly good, the thought of it can conjure the emotions and excitement of reading it for the first time and the "reader's grief" which loomed as you realized the last page was near. (and yes that term just came to me. Oh how I wish a sequel had been waiting as I finished some books.) Raise your hand if you've been there. :-)

Oh my first favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are.
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An elementary school find which captured my imagination and awakened my desire for more--for something else! It gave an awkward kid hope that she was not alone. One day I would discover "Where the Wild Things Are" and feel comfortable in my own skin. I wouldn't know until the movie was made in 2009 why I connected to the underlying darkness of Mr. Sendak's book.

The library became my home away from home. The magical place where everything in the universe connected, and I could explore those connections. Go wherever I wanted to go long as I was reading. Of course, many books were read, but the next to make my favorite's list is Jacob Have I Loved.
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These some 20 odd years later I remember taking this book from its shelf in our high school library. They say "Art imitates life," but for me, art helped me to understand life. I fell in love with Katherine Paterson's masterpiece. In a way, it foreshadowed that I could have the happy ending I'm living through God today!

Another on my permanent bookshelf is The Color Purple which needs no additional explanation as to why.
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Have you read The Coldest Winter Ever? I'll just say I may or may not have carried this book everywhere including work and once pulling it out to read while in a traffic jam. One of the best books ever by Sister Souljah--complex characters and vivid imagery created by her words. You live in this book. For years, we were teased with a potential movie and a sequel. The sequel came 15 years later (A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story), and I even had the honor of receiving an advanced copy from the publisher last year. No review yet but so far it hasn't been able to pull me in.
Completing my top five favorite reads of all time (so far) is Still Alice. It's one of those books which would break your heart if the recent movie fails in capturing the raw emotion of the story. You can read my review by clicking here. It's about a woman and her family coping with the onset of Alzheimer's. A tear jerker.
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To agree with Ms. Fox, these five books will forever be a part of my history--revealing a little truth about my journey through life. Now it's your turn! What are some of your all-time favorite reads?

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Praise: Be Still // Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger & Bethel Music

Blessed Sunday, friends! I heard this song on a fellow blogger's post. The words so touched my heart that I had to share it with you.

May it bless you as well!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Soundtrack of My Life

This month Writeous Reflections' prompt is our favorite Christian/Gospel song. I didn't have to think long at all. I Love the Lord is my favorite!  The lyrics tell my story.

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To me, the song is a love story between the singer and the Lord. It’s about a relationship where one person was far away and hurting. The Other was there all the time listening and comforting in ways the hurting one obviously could not comprehend.  Then, something miraculous happens—the hurting one feels, realizes, and begins to long for the love of the Other. And He is right there with open arms! What a wonderful peace to know you always have Someone to turn to "when troubles rise."

The Lord is ever-present listening for every groan, hurt and pain we express.  When you feel alone in the world. When your hurt seems inconsolable. When you don’t know where to turn, you can hasten (quickly move) to His throne! 

I sing I Love the Lord as praise, as worship..sometimes as a prayer. 

I Love the Lord. I truly do love the Lord. Amen…

What is your favorite Christian/Gospel song?
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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

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