OPEN COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
A challenge many face with the concept of surrendering is the assumption that their surrender means they will be left exposed and vulnerable. Vulnerable means susceptible to attack or defenseless and God NEVER leaves us defenseless. And, rather than being exposed, surrendering creates an opening within for our Creator to go to work.
When I began my spiritual adventure in April of this year I had a lot of questions but I went into the journey with an open heart and waited for the answers to come. I learned that God has a plan for us, ALL of us. Surrendering is a divine action. What surrendering truly means is to give up on the idea that WE know what the best plan is for our lives. We only see a small picture, a fragment of our own personal world. Our creator and the angels see the whole picture, the whole world and all its inhabitants. The whole plan..
Surrendering is simple; it is about trust. Trust that God created you for a very specific purpose and aligning yourself and your life with this purpose is the first step towards a very beautiful and fulfilling future. Surrendering does not take away but gives. It gives us access to the tools to defend God's plans and purpose for us; to secure humanity's future. It brings forth the courage within us to step forward into the unknown. We were chosen because we were the strongest. Beings of light and LOVE who sacrificed our eternal lives for the most divine purpose: to lead others through fear and out of the darkness.
Shortly after I started my spiritual quest I blessed my home with sage. It was about starting anew and showing God my commitment to being a better person and surrendering to his will for my life. Immediately following the blessing of my home I received an email from my friend Valerie with these timely, amazing words:
Jeremiah 29:11-14a:"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…
Surrender. Place your faith and trust in the one who created you for he knows you best. He made you with his own hands. He gave you your mission and all the divine gifts needed to plan and execute his will. All you need to do is acknowledge and accept God's place for you in light and LOVE. You are not vulnerable, you are LOVE and LOVE is the greatest of ALL defenses.
Light, LOVE and blessings -Rob
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Alethea Gibbs was born on June 29th in Newark, New Jersey. However, she was raised in Irvington, New Jersey. She grew up without her father actively being in here life, but credits his absence into teaching her many lessons that created the strong woman she is today. "I realized that creative writing was my outlet as it was the only area that allowed me to feel completely free" is what Gibbs says about channeling her experiences growing up into something positive. She graduated from New Jersey University in 2009. She says that life didn't get easier for her after graduation and in fact became harder! She tried to find career opportunities that would fit her lifestyle, but often felt judged instead of accepted for her authenticity. She needed to find a place to escape and was reminded of her passion for writing through those transitory experiences. She put all of her passion and creative thinking into her book, "They Don't Hear Her Cries" which was released on Amazon. To find out more on Author Gibbs you can follow her on various social sites including Instagram, Periscope, and Facebook by searching "AuthorGibbs".
Contact her directly: Gibbs629@yahoo.com
Born in Camden, NJ, Sean Battle is the combination of an ambitious mother and Pro Wrestling theatrics. A random homework assignment in US History class would lead to his first poem, in the voice of a soldier in WWII. His work on written, verbal, and physical poetics has led to an MFA in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark, and a BA in English at Rutgers-New Brunswick, where he was President of the Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective. Battle’s poems have been published in journals such as Borderline, Radius: Poetry from the Center of the Edge and The Legendary, as well as written and performed for the Raices Cultural Center production, Spirit of the Drum: History and Evolution of a Caribbean Tradition. He resides in Newark, NJ as an Adjunct Professor for English at Essex County College and will be releasing his first full-length poetry collection, The Forest of Bricks, through Mylk N' Honee Publishing in December 2014. Visit http://seeseanbattle.com
Read on for some of Sean's work.
If you are ever in the McAllen, Texas area then you need to hip up Butcho Kuztomz and get a tattoo. It is pretty awesome to be able to draw, but even more amazing to be able to draw on someone's skin. I would love to have that talent. I got a chance to chat with the man behind the tattoo gun and here's how the conversation went.
Me: How long have you been doing tattoos?
Butcho K. : I stated my apprenticeship in 2000 and I started working with D.R. Powers, but everyone just called him Doctor.
Me: Did you always want to do tattoos?
Butcho K. : I got my first tattoo and 15 and I realized it was something that I wanted to do. I use to always draw when I was kid. It kind of was something that fell into my lap and became a part of me.
Me: Do you remember the first tattoo you done on someone?
Butcho K. : My first tattoo was called "The bursting of your bubble". It's a term that is used when I was working with "Doctor" and it was a tribal tattoo. (Chuckling) The "Doctor" was hovering over me the entire time and telling me my mistakes. The guy was pretty cool about what I was doing because he knew it was my first tattoo. I actually ran into that dude a couple of years later and he showed me the tattoo. I was able to see my growth, but the dude really liked it still.
Me: Tell me something interesting about tattooing?
Butcho K. : A part of me goes with a person when they die. It's a true art to it. Plus, you always have to make your next tattoo better than your last because you are constantly growing as an artist.
Me: Have you done any of your own tattoos?
Butcho K. : Yes, the one on my left arm that is still in progress. It wasn't really hard to do, but it requires patience. I had to put my arm between my leg to stretch the skin a bit so it could be tight and easier to tattoo. (chuckling) It really is teaching me patience. I have plans to finish it one day when my schedule clears up. I am really busy between working and doing other people's tattoos.
Me: What is one your challenges as a tattoo artist?
Butcho K. : One of my challenges is learning to tattoo lettering with softer curves. Basically different forms of scripture writings. I have helped some help with it at one point from a fellow tattoo artist, but it is still something that challenges me. Either way, practice makes perfect and one day I will master it.
Me: Do you have any words of encouragement for anyone who chooses to become a tattoo artist?
Butcho K. : Be open minded to learning different techniques. You can't have that mind state that you know everything. When you live with the mind state that you are open to learning then you will grow as a tattoo artist and as a person. Be receptive to skills being taught so that you will be teacher to someone else that is up and coming in the art of tattooing.
Dancers dance, and oh, how they play...
Swirling hands so softly set into fray.
Tell a story that is all their own
bring something out of shadow that wants to be shown.
Painters paint, and oh, what they say...
without a single word or ideas, they pray
to tell a story for them and all.
lift up something from the earth and allow it to fall.
Writers write and oh, all the day...
they spin night into verse too while away.
Paint a dance that is simple and grand beyond words.
Taking thoughts from your mind that you might have not heard.
oh my god... it's beautiful. : )
Was this created only for me?
Sometimes we seek, and what do we find?
Some perfection that even we didn't see in our mind.
With great ideas, don't stare too long.
Within an instant the bridge will be gone.
And we'll be left wondering what went wrong.
And this world will be left silent, still, without a song.
No, not today! Today, I fight.
Today, I laugh and climb another flight.
And if it's right, and in the end
I might just have found another good friend.
So let's begin, and if we do
from that combining, the world might see something new
something not so far, something so free,
something only you can see.
Cause I waited too long, and I heard in your voice
that there was room in a body to see its own choice.
I wonder how you write. I wonder who you are...
Did you not just fall into my lap like some shining star?
Will you like me? How I write?
It's just me, so I guess don't give into fright
just like that teacher said last night.
I might not have seen me killing a hundred deer,
but I think I'm gonna learn something about facing my fear.
And living in the shadows oh, so, so long
can't possibly be my life's highest call.
OK enough. we'll see where this goes.
No expectations, no limits, just breathe through your nose.
So let the light guide you cause your heart knows the way.
Its dawn, my dear, and it's a whole brand new day.