Interesting

I forgot to tell y’all yesterday that I watched the movie ‘The Conjuring’ part 2. It was okay. It wasn’t as good as part one. I took notes in part one, with part two, no notes. However, one thing stuck out to me the most. The man’s wife (paranormal investigator) was a seer. She had a vision of this demon before they investigated this house. She wrote the demon’s name all over her bible during a vision. When she did this, I was thinking why is she destroying her bible with its filthy name? She may have been possessed also? That would be interesting to know if a demon can possess two locations at the same time? Another thing is that she told her husband, that the only way to make this demon leave, the only way to have authority over this demon was to learn its name and command it to leave using its name. At that point, I was thinking noooo, you have authority over it by knowing and believing Yahoshua’s name. And  “shol nuff” (meaning really, sure enough or truly as I said, some down south slang) the demon never really left because at the end they said the demon killed the mother of the family just (or in the same way) as it had killed the previous owner 40 years before. The demon just wasn’t in their faces as it had been before the paranormal investigators came to visit. They had no authority over this demon. Anyway, there is another movie out now at the movie theaters called ‘Rings’ that looks interesting to me.

Black History Month: My Boo

fearWhy does his woman look demonic in the background? hmmmm.

On the Destination America Channel, they are having a ‘be my boo’ week. ‘Be my boo’ is a pun for Valentine’s Day and also the demons/ghosts. This made me think about the word ‘boo’. Y’all know our people call each other boo or my boo/my sweetheart similar to ‘my nicca/my brother’. Did you know that the phrase boo comes from the ethnic slur, ‘jiggaboo’? The Gentiles use to call us  jiggaboos and spooks. These slurs were used to describe us as being afraid of everything especially demons. The Gentiles would draw us in cartoons with big eyes and hair standing straight up with fear on our faces. Does that remind you a scripture? Leviticus 26:36.

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It was kind of hard for me to find those old cartoons with ‘black’ people afraid. However, I did remember this picture in a book called ‘American Folklore and Legend’ that my grandma gave me as a kid. You can see in the photo that the boy is afraid, his hair is standing up and his eyes are enlarged with fear. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Black History Month: Nigger Toes

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When I was a teenager, my grandma, who was born in 1912, told me that ‘white’ people use to call Brazil nuts… nigger toes. I never forgot what she told me. The other day I was doing some research about nigger toes. I read about the nigger toe nursery rhyme. I remember this nursery rhyme from a kid but by the time I learned the rhyme, the words had been changed. This rhyme was a common nursery rhyme among white children around circa 1888. I know you have heard this rhyme too or some version of it while playing tag on the playground. Children of the 1980’s sang: eenie meenie miney mo my mother said you are not it, then the ‘it’ person chases you. Here is the counting rhyme from the 1800s:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he don’t work—then let him go.

Another version of the same rhyme:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he squeals—let him go.

I was looking at some photos of mutilated slaves and/or Lynching photos. When the slaves ran away, their limbs would often be cut off. I read that ears, legs, feet (like Kunta Kinte) would be cut off. You just know that their toes were cut off too or cut off with the foot. Maybe (their toes) were passed around like a trophy, as in…I got (captured) that nicca.

I know this post is a bit morbid but we can’t forget our time here in America. And like the Israylites say, don’t be mad with Yah or the Gentiles ‘white folks’, if we had been doing what we were supposed to do, this never would have happened. However, we do know that Yah is not happy with our brutal treatment here in America.

 

 

Loneliness and Friendship

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

(Yah) created us as relational beings. He wants us to turn to other people for friendship, support and help. This truth is revealed early in scripture, in Genesis 2:18, when Yah created a companion for Adam.

And the Most High said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion (helper) who will help him.”

In Psalm 68:6, David praised Yah for the way He cares for lonely people.

Yah places the lonely in families. He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But for rebels, there is only famine and distress.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 gives advice to the lonely—reach out to others for help. Look for friends who can comfort you and help you through your loneliness.

Two people  can accomplish more than twice as much as one. They get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.

Even the best of friends sometimes fail us in our time of need but Yah never fails. Peter (Kepha) reminds us in 1 Kepha 5:12 that Yah will be with us and will help us” no matter what happens.

I have written this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I consider a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of Yah is with you no matter what happens.

Do you ever feel forgotten, alone in a crowd, in the increasing pace of life, or even in the culture of the corporation? Feeling lonely and anonymous, you may wonder whether anybody knows or cares.

Yah does. He remembers your name and His promise to be with you, to guide you and to bring you home. Now it’s up to you to remember your Master and His love for you and then to rest secure and hope (trust) in him.

Further study:

Yah encouraged lonely Yliyah to make friends with Ylishua, 1 Kings 19:14-18

Yah does not crush the lonely, Isaiah 42:1-7

Yahoshua is always with you, Mattithyah 28:20

Feeling Stressed Out?

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

Shaul (Paul) endured intense stress and hardship on his missionary journeys. But he could see that through the stress and hardship, Yah was teaching him and his companions a valuable lesson: They were to rely on Yah and his power, not on themselves. Certainly, the Most High, “who can raise the dead,” could be counted upon to rescue them from any “mortal danger.” Second Corinthians 1:9-10 says:

In fact, we expect to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves but on Yah who can raise the dead. And He did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that He will continue to deliver us.

Shaul faced many desperate situations. But whatever situation, he could place his faith in Yah because he knew who Yah was and had seen Yah work before. Thus, he set his hope squarely on his awesome Master and Savior. Second Corinthians 4:8-12 states:

We are pressed on every side by troubles but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down but Yah never abandons us. We get knocked down but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Yahoshua so that the life of Yahoshua may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Yahoshua, so that the life of Yahoshua, will be obvious in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death but it has resulted in eternal life for you.

What stressful circumstances confront you today? Overwhelming responsibilities at work? Tension in your home? Lack of financial resources? Shaul encourages you to learn what he had to learn the hard way…rely on Yah.

Turn to your Father in heaven, even in your most desperate times. He “can raise the dead” surely He can help you in your time of need. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by the stress in your life, give yourself a time out. Sit and think about those special times when Yah rescued you in the past and believe that He will do it again. Yah “will continue to deliver” you. Turn to him…ask him to give you strength.

*Yah is a refuge in times of stress, Psalm 62:1-8

*Wait on Yah, Isaiah 40:30-31

*Yah is always with you, Romans 8:31-39

*Don’t let stress cause you to worry, Philippians 4:4-9

Yesterday, I noticed that someone I greeted seemed stressed. The person greeted me back but I could tell something was on the person’s mind. I wasn’t able to speak to the person privately however the person does know about this blog. I hope Yah will lead that person to read this post, in the name of Yahoshua, HalleluYah.

 

 

 

Red Woman

redexampleThis is actress Nia Long, an example of a red woman. One caption that I read under one of her photos read: “Nia’s glowing reddish-brown skin.” Other red women include Beyonce and Rihanna, just to give you visual examples.

 

We all know that when Shemuyah (Samuel) went to anoint the next king that he thought David’s brother would be king when he saw him. David’s brother was very handsome. However, Yah told Shemuyah no it wasn’t (one of) David’s brother(s). Yah explained to Shemuyah that He examines the heart and not the outward appearance (1 Shemuyah 16:7). We have also read where the Most High says (paraphrased) that it wasn’t Sarah’s beauty although she was very beautiful that made her a favorite (or gave her favor). It was Sarah’s quiet and gentle spirit (personality) that Yah loved. Yet, when I read all through the bible, I read that Yah puts a lot of emphasis on this ones and that ones beauty.

We know that Sarah was very beautiful to behold. Yah told a king in a dream, “If you touch Sarah, you are a dead man!” We read that Rachyl (Rachel) had a very beautiful face and form. She had a very beautiful body. Yaqob cried when he saw her. Like his mother Rachyl, we read that Yoseph was a very handsome man and also had a beautiful body (from Genesis, the book of Yasher and Yoseph & Asenth). In the book of Shemuyah, we read that David was ruddy (red) and good-looking. Our people have always had that way of describing a person that is reddish-brown as “red.” And usually the person being called “red” is a very good-looking person.

We also read in the book of Shemuyah that David’s son Abishalom had a beautiful, gorgeous head of hair. It was a very noticeable feature about him that Yah put emphasis on. Yah said the children of Ysrayl praised Abishalom’s hair. They were in awe over his hair. Yah also put one scripture in about Abishalom’s daughter, putting emphasis on her beauty. By this time when I was reading the book of Shemuyah, I was thinking that some families are known for their beauty. David’s family was a beautiful one although they all did not have a heart for Yah.

I wrote all that above, to say this: Last week, I finished reading about Hadassah (Esther). I already knew Yah talked about her beauty in the book of Esther  saying her beauty won her favor with the king and the king loved her more than his other women, so I wasn’t expecting to read anymore on it. However, when I was reading Esther chapter 15 in the Apocrypha, Yah put more emphasis on her beauty. Yah said that Hadassah had a red beautiful complexion and that she was a very friendly person. So now, here we have two people where Yah describes them as being “red” good-looking and/or beautiful in complexion, David and Hadassah. David was from the tribe of Yahudah and Hadassah the tribe of Benyamin.

So if the Most High only examines the heart of the person…why does He put so much emphasis on what is beautiful about them in the scriptures? Answer: Their beauty esteemed Yah. Whatever was beautiful about them won them favor with man. Remember, Yah said man looks at the outward appearance (first). Yah used these people for His will to be done.

*I didn’t know what to name this post at first…but I then knew”red woman” would get your attention…

*Oh yeah, Solomon talks about a dark and beautiful woman in the Song of Solomon.