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I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™

I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™.

July 30, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | Leave a comment

GIVING BACK: I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ School/College Supply Drive

Hey Hey WP Family!!

If you’re in the ATL metro area, I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ is collecting school and college supplies to distribute to the kids in the community!! Won’t you come out to Urban Grind Coffeehouse, 962 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA  30318 we will be there from 6p to 8p collecting school and college supplies.  We will be back on August 4th from 3 to 5 to hand out the supplies we collect to kids in the community, so make sure you make your way if you’re in the A… let’s contribute to our future… no act is TOO SMALL!!

I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ thanks you for supporting!!

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July 28, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love….

I had an experience recently with Love…

I was on the phone with someone that I’m closely associated with, we aren’t quite “friends” yet but as the call closed, she said, “Love you sis” and I returned the endearment with the same sentiment, but after I did I felt some type of way… deep down in my spirit, “Do I love her??? No…I don’t.”  God corrected that in my spirit quickly!! How many of y’all know that God correction comes with a full on lesson!

He begin to remind me of the four types of love:

Agápe means love in a “spiritual” sense. It often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true unconditional love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros.” This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return. Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial and spiritual love. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit).

Éros is “physical” passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Romantic, pure emotion without the balance of logic. “Love at first sight.”  The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love;” however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. It can apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. 

Philia “mental” love. It means affectionate regard or friendship in both ancient and modern Greek. This type of love has give and take. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.

Storge means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant.

After reading this information I realized I didn’t lie to her, my actions weren’t hypocritical, what I said was true… “I love you too” (AGAPE LOVE). Agape Love is LOVE THAT ONLY God can initiate…it is not driven by the conditions we set in place to determine whether we love someone or not.  God laid love on my heart for her and that’s why the words were so easy to flow.  You work so hard to make sure you’re honest, not phony and saying what sounds right that you can often forget how the sovereignty of God and the flow of His Spirit can move and readjust even your life’s best laid plans…

God wants us to love EVERY body…but our human condition can prevent us from fulfilling this mandate…God knows that, but that’s why He Graces us with His Spirit and instills His Love in our hearts so that we can love one another… you learn and grow as you go forward with God, but even while growing He gives us a GOOD DOSE of mercy to help us achieve the milestones He’s set for us on this life’s journey!

Love… I have so much more growing into you to do!Image

July 25, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hey WP Family!! I founded I Am Valuable

Hey WP Family!!

I founded I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ in 2008 and I’m finally in position to get the program up and running! I am starting with a community contribution event! The kids in the Atlanta Metro area are preparing to go back to school soon and there are so many families that are in tough financial positions where they can’t afford to get the basic supplies their kids need to start school off. I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ is hosting a school/college supply drop off on Sunday, July 28th from 6p to 8p at Urban Grind Coffeehouse, 962 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318. We need your help! College students can’t afford sheets for the their dorm beds, elementary school kids need back packs and lunch bags, middle school kids need ink pens and paper…there is a need — anything you contribute will be appreciated and used.

I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™ will return to Urban Grind Coffeehouse on Sunday, August 4th to distribute the supplies we collected on the 28th to the kids in the community. http://ow.ly/i/2Gccb

July 23, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | Leave a comment

This Trip Called Life — Processes

When you know who you are you don’t have to spend time trying to convince people that you are; you just be who you are…

The life you lead, once you realize it’s not your own, the easier it will be to surrender to God’s will.  You’ll begin to see your desires differently.  You see there are a lot of life lessons that we’re expected to learn once we give our lives over to Christ.  One of the biggest lessons in life is PEOPLE: how to respond to them, how to deal with them, how to love them etc.

People will judge you; nine times out of ten judgment comes from them not truly understanding who they are themselves, so it’s easier for them to highlight the flaws and imperfections in you.  People will speculate about you, and yes, say things about you that are JUST NOT THE TRUTH…but the good thing is, the truth can stand on it’s own and God, Who is the Truth, will always prevail.  The thing we all have to do as human beings is be delivered from people.

A couple quick life lessons: 1) Everything that’s said to you doesn’t require a response from you 2) Everything that’s said about you, doesn’t require a reaction from you 3)  All that you’re required to do is what God asks of you — the people you seek out to validate you are imperfect too.  You can’t gain validation from a being that is seeking validation themselves.  When you’re focused on pleasing God, it shifts your focus from pleasing them.

Going through the transformation from being an approval addict to God approved requires you to go through a process.  God processes aren’t always easy, but they’re worth it! You have a lot more choice in the life you live then you think you do.  Question is, who are you giving priority too?

Don’t look for anyone else to affirm or validate you…do it yourself firstImage

July 21, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When You Look Into the Mirror — Do You Like What You See??

There’s something about the mirror — the mirror reflects what is before it, right? However, many won’t admit that looking into a mirror to examine yourself is one of the toughest things to do.  No, I don’t mean to examine your physical appearance, I mean to look into your own eyes and declare the change that is required to improve you as a person.  Self examination is NOT an easy thing to do and self examination causes one to be accountable to themselves and I won’t lie, it’s certainly not something I look forward too.  However, a self check is NECESSARY whether you want to do it or not.

The moment I stop, take a good look at myself, and allow God to deal with me and my flaws is the moment of clarity where I can truly see what needs to be improved in me.  God has to do that often with me, I won’t sit here and tell any lies…He does.  I recognize why He has to do that, I can account for at least three reasons: 1) To keep me humble 2) To keep me from judging others 3) To remind me that this life I lead can’t/won’t go anywhere without Him

Life is an ever-learning journey and I need to make sure I learn from every lesson God desires to teach me, especially those about me.  I am realizing something also, when you’re focused on what God has called you too, the process He’s designed for you to go through, you don’t time to worry about what other folks are up to.  This is not as difficult as difficult for me to admit as it used to be — I’m thankful for the increase of maturity God has given me.  Even though I have a LOT more growing to do.

I will get off my soap box now, this little blurb I am posting is something I just had to get off my heart, if for no one else at a minimum for myself.  Never get too comfortable with where you are in life, thinking there’s no room left for you to grow, that there isn’t farther for you to go — as you continue growing you’ll keep going.

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July 9, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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