Treasured Trinkets

๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿพ On the #WashingtonDeluxe ๐ŸšŒ #bus from #NYC to #DC and I’m grateful for the last rest stop. I just took one of the #bracelets that my 103 year-old Great-Grandma Brown left behind after transitioning in February (She departed on #Superbowl Sunday and during Black History Month. She did nothing small even in her departure! ๐Ÿ˜‚) and moved it closer to my #heart. โค๏ธ

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COGIC World Missions’ Youth Trip to Israel

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Mourning with Grace & Grit

And while you’re celebrating, someone somewhere is suffering.

There’s very little grace that accompanies mourning, I’d say.  Plenty of grit with it, paired with sorrow. That’s the natural bit.

But Grace. She’s enviable in my opinion. How she holds her head high while most hold theirs low. I envy her. She grabs tissue for others while tears simultaneously stream down her face. Oh, Grace.

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And then there’s Grit. Courageous enough to cry–wail even, openly. Falling in laps continuously to exhale, moan, and weep. Flailing arms high in question and bowing at reality.  You’re so over the top, Grit. I know you well. Continue reading “Mourning with Grace & Grit”

I Love You; Prove It.

I wondered why I was drawn to Colorado this week with Cousin Samuel.

Higher elevation appears critical for me to rise to a place of action–to have the difficult conversations with myself.

Now, I pause to glance back at my hearty writing session from only an hour or so ago.

I am allowing you in on this fiercely floral conversation.

Tickled by my tone, cadence, and posture, I now grow even more thankful for my growth.

DISCLAIMER: ย Don’t be alarmed; I’m not always this cold, blunt, or rigid. But some days require it.

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I dug, trespassingly into my comfort zone and โ€ขwentโ€ข there. Asking rhetorical questions, I ripped at my own ego. Continue reading “I Love You; Prove It.”

Zulu Song Collected in Saudi Arabia

My time in Saudi Arabia was sweetened by the people. Both the students and staff from the universities and the members of my church home in Riyadh added sweetness to each day. 

Below you’ll find one of the treasures of my trek. This song, until this very hour, held lyrics that I never understood, but always enjoyed hearing members of my church sing at various points in the service. Asking invites answers. It’s just that simple. Google invites answers too. But it’s always fresher to get it straight from the source.

This Zulu song and is truly music to my ears. Now the lyrics ring even louder in my soul.

Please enjoy it today.

Ithuba Lokuthandaza (A Moment to Pray) Lyrics by Benjamin Dube

Ithuba Lokuthandaza (A Moment to Pray) Lyrics by Benjamin Dube

(Sung in Zulu)

Verse 1:

(Ithuba lokuthandaza), sinalo, sinalo, ithuba lokuthandaza

(I have a moment to pray) we have it, we have it, we have a moment to pray

(Ithuba lokuthandaza), Nginalo, nginalo, ithuba lokuthandaza

(I have a moment to pray) I have it, I have it, I have a moment to pray

(Repeat)

Verse 2:

(Ithuba lokudumisa), Sinalo, sinalo, ithuba lokudumisa

(I have a moment to pray) we have it, we have it, we have a moment to praise

(Ithuba lokudumisa), Nginalo, nginalo, ithuba lokudumisa

(I have a moment to pray) I have it, I have it, I have a moment to praise

(Repeat)

Chorus:

Ungithatha la, angibeke la (You took me from here, and raised me here)

Angisusela angibeke le, unobubeleka (rescued me, and established me)

uJesu unobubele ngami , uJesu unobubele ngami, unobubele ngami

(Jesus is gracious towards me)

uJesu unobubele ngami , uJesu unobubele ngami, unobubele ngami

(Jesus is gracious towards me)
Have you ever heard a song in a foreign language that spoke to you although you didn’t know the meaning? How long did it take you to find the meaning? I hope I’ll never wait this long to dig into the meaning of a song.

(The video is NOT from Grace Outreach Global Church in Riyadh. All details are on the link to the Youtube channel.)

The Discipline Song

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Yesterday, I gleaned from my students as I taught a new song that neither the students nor I have ever heard. In this segment, we work together on the lesson of discipline. This song is now called, “The Discipline Song.”

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As a substitute teacher in my former school district, Papillion-La Vista, I take pleasure in empowering students to take ownership of their lives by being disciplined. No notes were used for this lesson. Instead, I simply allowed the Lord to guide me as I taught. 

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I had the pleasure of working with many students in this class last year as a paraprofessional, including Mason who is mentioned in the video multiple times. He, along with the other gems in class, truly stood out and sparkled!

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A special thanks to all of my teachers throughout the years from the Papillion-La Vista School District, Oral Roberts University, China, Saudi Arabia, my parents and grandparents, and countless members of my community who have rendered lessons throughout my life.

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Visit sevenby30.com/books to read more of my story and to snatch my eBook about #Antarctica for only $.99! 

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Finally, teaching was a catalyst for my adventures around the globe to all seven continents. I am so glad I answered the call. 

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#LiveAsYouAreCalled #Hebrews11v6

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The Africa They Never Show You

Some things need words. Other things can just be shown.

The pictures you’ll see below are from my trip to Malindi, Kenya in the fall of 2014. These stunning photos are taken by Evans Maina of Nairobi, Kenya who I attended church with in Hangzhou, China from 2012-2013.ย 

Scripture focus: ย 

Deuteronomy 31:8 “ย The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.โ€ NIV

 

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Throwback Thursday – China Summer Camp Video

It’s nearly been five years since I scooted off to a summer camp with English First in Hangzhou, China.  Below is the video and the initial text from my 2012 video post:   

I had a blast teaching English to this group of students this past week at summer camp. I taught them this story which is a version of a paper bow story my 3rd/4th grade teacher Mrs. Gaggiano taught my class almost 20 years ago. I reworked it and added my own flavor. When I acted out the story, the kids ate it up and wanted to perform it as a class. This was their unrehearsed performance based off of watching me two times. I think they did a great job and we all had a lot fun!