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    Posted: Dec 31 2012 at 2:52pm
@Derri: that's amazing!

@Becky: you're soooo right! There are so many people out there talking about living in the enemies' turf, talking about this being the white's man world but they never try to even prove to themselves that they have any worth.

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Racially, geesh I've been Black all my life so I have always been 'aware' of my race. But all that bitter crap about being Black in a White mans world, the jealously and hatred and uglyness ... never had it.
 
My mother raised us with self - esteem so I didn't have to run around in circles stamping my feet .. complaining about 'life' not being fair for me as a Black person. I knew people spouting that racial conciousness over 40 years ago ... and their lives did not amount to a hill of beans. Nothing. Still unhappy and complaining while all the rest of us have gotten an education, a decent job and are off living a happy, fruitful life. DUH!!! Get over it.Confused
 
I say - stop waiting for White people to give you the self-esteem your parents shoud have given you .. because you will be waiting...  the whole of your life. Read a book - seek therapy.
 
The spirituality thing hee hee! I was raised a strict Roman Catholic. I think I have experienced enough of that mumbo jumbo by age 13 .. to last me a lifetime.Ouch
 
I say - stop looking outside yourself to find VALUE .. look on the inside .. because all that other crap  - in the end ... l does not amount to anything.Thumbs Down
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Originally posted by exoticmami06 exoticmami06 wrote:

spiritually- during/after a very dark period in my life
racially- when i learned what Hitler was really about, and his true goal (this applies spiritually as well).




and what did you think that was?
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spiritually- during/after a very dark period in my life
racially- when i learned what Hitler was really about, and his true goal (this applies spiritually as well).

Edited by exoticmami06 - Dec 31 2012 at 3:27am
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Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

Originally posted by Derri Derri wrote:

Been saying my prayers from the time I could talk. 
At 8 yrs old I asked God for my first desire. Got it in 2 days. It was HUGE and damn near impossible. But I really did believe he could do it, and he did. 


would you mind telling what that wish was?
sometimes I ask God for things like, "should I still give this person a chance?" or "if it's a good thing give me a signal" and so on and he replies but only if I'm really listening.

It was to see my father whom I'd not seen nor spoken to for many many years, and whom lived on a different continent from I. On my second night of bitter tears and crying, my mother yelled to me that I had a visitor at the gates. I asked who it was, and she said, your father!!!!! I'd tumbled down the stairs with excitement and bruised my hips pretty bad. He showed up out of nowhere, he out of the blue booked a flight and came straight to see me from the airport. 

On the subject of hearing from God, In my experience, God talks to us from deep inside. When God instructs, it is usually a very specific and to the point instruction. It comes suddenly, and usually when I am quiet, I find. 
Shortly after this instruction, the accuser will come with a half truth question similarly constructed like 'Did God really say you should not eat of every tree in the garden?' so as to sway you from the instructions that will benefit you. 
As you develop a relationship with him, you hear him clearer because you are closer. He speaks at the same volume, but when you are far away from him, obviously your hearing will be off--you may hear incorrectly and cause a lot of chaos. This is when many of us go on an ego trip and curse God saying, oh he doesn't listen, he's not there, he's not real etc.

I must note that now that I completely rebuke the enemy, he rarely comes to me with his sly half truth questions after God's instruction. I suspect that he may have given up on me by now. 


On the contrary, silence can be a great tool. Sometimes God is silent on purpose. This is usually for growth. if we were fed all the answers, we'd never learn anything. Other times he is silent because what we're asking for will hurt us more than help us. Being merciful, he sees this and doesn't give us what we think we need. Again, we go on an ego trip and curse God. 
Keeping on this way, we'd never get close to the living God. 

God is such a gentleman. He gets bashed on a daily by millions, and he still is not moved to come down in all his glory and put mofos in their place. A true example of ego-less. 

I find the best way to have a union with God is to deny the ego. I ask for all things according to his will only, as I trust that he gives (or not give) all things for my good, and the good of everyone involved better than I ever could. Sometimes if I've not been spending enough time with him my hearing may be off, and I'll go back to him and share my concerns again, this time making sure to remove myself from 'blockers' [things/people who prevent sound hearing from God]

Sorry for the long winded response. Wait, no I'm not. I love an opportunity to talk about God. Embarrassed
All glory to the most high God, The God of Israel. 


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Originally posted by Derri Derri wrote:

Been saying my prayers from the time I could talk. 
At 8 yrs old I asked God for my first desire. Got it in 2 days. It was HUGE and damn near impossible. But I really did believe he could do it, and he did. 


would you mind telling what that wish was?
sometimes I ask God for things like, "should I still give this person a chance?" or "if it's a good thing give me a signal" and so on and he replies but only if I'm really listening.

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It's an ongoing thing for me. Sometimes I become highly aware of my bad behavior or bad thoughts and realize that I shouldn't be that way.
I remember when I was a teen, I would go to Mass by myself during the week. Then I stopped. I have no idea why I even started.
Then again around 19 I started going to church. Not during mass, but anytime I could. I would sit far from anyone and just pray in my head. It really bothered me that the security guard there watched me. No, he wasn't a racist, he was dark skinned like me; I guess he found it weird that a young woman was by herself at the church, during the day, instead of doing God-knows-what that man thought I should be doing.
Some people are so judgmental! You do it wrong, you're bad; you do it right, it's weird.

I also started reading the New Testament around 18. I read the whole thing and restarted a few years later. I probably have read it about 2-3 times.
But that didn't make me a better person, just made me understand what God was talking about. I believe the bible was changed to please whoever was in the power, because sometimes it has good advice but most of it just makes you feel guilty and scared of death and the Final Judgement.
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Race: probably around age 3. Dad made sure we were aware early. He took us to protests and explained everything to us. My grandfather was an activist.

Religion: I don't know if I ever really believed even tho I grew up in a very religious family (extremely). I questioned everything and got into trouble with Sunday School teachers because of it.  
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My mother actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement and the movement is ongoing according to her (and I agree).  I was always aware of my heritage.  She actually used to go to different elementary schools throughout the county when I was little during Black History Month for a day or up to a whole week and read stories, teach and tell her own stories about growing up in the segregated south.  She's such an amazing story teller too.  So I was always aware of my blackness.  Even as a toddler people wouldn't believe my dad was my dad because he LS and I'm DS and he was so proud of me lol

I was raised Baptist.  My dad always seemed to be somewhat irritated by "the church" but always encouraged me to "read the Bible for yourself."  When I finally did.  I had to do it 2 or 3 times.  I was shocked and amazed at all that was left out in Sunday School and church.  I was shocked and amazed to read the heart of God rather than about the wrath of God and His rules.  I was overwhelmed beyond words at the abundant life He has for me and every single person who will accept His offer.  Truly learning what the Kingdom of Heaven is changed my life.  I think I was in my late teens, maybe 19 when I read it cover to cover the first time.  All I can say is there's a good change God is not who you think He is, in a good way.
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Race: 7/8th grade. I was one of the very few black kids in school, after moving back from AZ, I came to NC, and found out I was not black enough for a lot of students. I knew it was BS but it made me more aware of things.

Spiritual: I don't know.
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