State Of Mind = State Of Being

And So It Begins…

Life is a journey…and an interesting one at that. It is a rocket powered roller coaster: full of twists and turns, dips, highs, and sudden stops. It is rich with the unexpected and the unplanned.
Over the years, I have learned a few things along the way; mostly through trial and error. Many of life’s lessons are taught on the platform of hardship and failure. Many of us learn not to touch the hot stove because we actually DID touch the hot stove! We were burned. Now we are ever so careful anytime we get NEAR a stove! I’m not ignorant though. Some of you all didn’t touch the stove simply because Momma or Big Momma TOLD you not to do it! But the rest of us, the adventurous, gain our insight by going through the process of seeing for ourselves. Even now, at this stage of my existence, l am still learning. Life is a constant teacher, always willing to assign work to test what we’ve supposedly absorbed.

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REVISITED : A Letter To My Sons

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2016 UPDATE:
On November 25, 2014, I wrote to you about my concerns for our black young men being gunned down by the police. Today, July 7, 2016, I find myself totally overwhelmed emotionally because of what happened to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week. Within 24 hours, these two young men were tragically shot and killed by police. Video footage shows Alton Sterling being shot at close range while physically subdued by two officers in Baton Rouge, LA. On the other hand, in Minnesota, Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stop, with his girlfriend and her young daughter in the car, by a CLEARLY agitated and unreasonable officer. Within 24 hours of each other…the emotional barrage is too much for me to take, so I thought it best to write to you again. But I decided I am not going to even change the original letter one iota. What I felt and experienced then, I feel now. Here, years later, the tenor and spirit of what I wrote remains the same. Eerily so. I will however, add some names to the list of those who have gone before you, since my original post. Their memory deserves to be honored, because Black Lives Matter.

Remember, I love you and want you to take to heart what has spewed from mine:

My Dear Sons,

There are those who have gone before you and their blood cries out for justice: Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Dante Parker. Tanisha Anderson. Akai Gurley. Tamir Rice. Rumain Brisbon. Eric Harris. Walter Scott. Freddie Gray. Trayvon Martin.  Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Kimani Gray. Amadou Diallo. Timothy Stansbury Jr. I could continue; the list is exhaustive. Some names you know. Some names you may not know. If you don’t know the name, I need you to take the time to research their tragic stories. What they all have in common is that they were young, black, unarmed and killed by police officers. (One was literally killed because he was black and no other reason. You’ll discover who when you do your research). I am writing to you because my heart is very heavy in this hour. I am here at work, trying to maintain some semblance of composure. All the while, my mind keeps returning to Ferguson, MO and Michael Brown. His murderer, a white police officer, walked away SCOTT-FREE last night after a grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge him with a crime.  I join a national host of frustrated and angry individuals. For all that our race has endured, fought and died for, in the name of civil rights, I truly feel as though the tide is turning against us, in a way I did not expect. We are slowly being exterminated by the very forces we elect to protect and serve us. The decision in Missouri yesterday makes me sad for you and for all young black men across this country. It is open season on the black male. Age is not a factor either. Young men like the 12-year-old Tamir Rice and 14-year-old Cameron Tillman have been gunned down by anxious trigger happy cops. They were just LITTLE BOYS whose lives had hardly begun! The police are out of control, and the courts are allowing them to get away with murder time after time.

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In the Face of Adversity- Stay the Course!

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Difficulties are a surety.
 Trials are a guarantee. It’s no secret that there are harsh realities of life, that come to distract and dissuade us from our journey. The challenges are coming and they can be fierce. My experience is that whenever you determine to become better, to change and to grow, you WILL be challenged.  The enemy, our adversary, is on the hunt, actively seeking a prey to devour. His only aim is to deter us from our course, by any means necessary!  When we decide to trust God, for anything, he is coming with an all out assault against our faith.In the Face of Adversity- Stay the Course!

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Never Concede! Never Compromise!

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So, “Never Concede…Never Compromise” What does it mean…to me? There’s so MANY things, ways, and purposes I could speak on indicating what this means, and on so many different levels we could expound on this subject. When I first started working for MSU, my supervisor used to tell me I thought on things too much: that I needed to relax and K.I.S.S…Keep It Simple ‘Shelle:) So in the spirit of greeting you with a Holy Kiss (LOL) –Never Concede…Never Compromise. Simply put: DO NOT GIVE UP!!!  NO matter how many times you fall. No matter what,  or how many things are thrown at you.  No matter the avenues in your life that he attacks…your family, friends, finances, or health.  He’s the same foe with the same tricks…WHICH HAVE ALL BEEN OVERCOME!!!!  Talk to The Lord, cry, devise a plan, get someone to agree with you in prayer, and MOVE FORWARD!  Hard?!  Most Definitely!  Impossible?  No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37 NIV) . (My favorite book/scriptures to keep me moving forward!)  Romans 8  That passage of Word has Delivered me out of the enemies grip countless times. Although I KNOW we are NOT to become weary in well doing, IF I can be transparent, there comes that time when we get “tired”…well at least I do. I’ll even admit to times in my life when there were so many darts firing at me, I’d contemplated giving up. I don’t know if anyone else ever faced multiple giants during a weary season -when you were already wounded- and thought, “If I give up, he’ll leave me alone.” If I just sit, dormant, he’ll no longer see me as a threat and I can breathe.” My mental stability was on the line and I questioned if I’d ever be whole.  

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Living by Faith: Bible Study With C. Rose

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship Of The Ring

We all need to live by faith. I studied faith and here are some scriptures I came across.

Matthew 21:21

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

Matthew 14:31
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

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NEVER CONCEDE!

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Several years ago, after going through a particularly difficult experience, the Father gave me a personal challenge: to change my mindset with regard to how I would approach adversity from that point forward.
From this discourse with God, was born the following maxim that would impel me toward a new state of mind:

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Never Compromise

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I told you from the beginning that this website would serve as an invitation to join us on a journey to change and growth. I have come to realize that the journey is very phasic. Some stages of the venture move quickly, some move slowly; then there are the points along the way where everything halts. For the sake of transparency, I was in a halted position, contemplating and assessing. I needed to stop, re-calibrate myself and determine if I was truly committed to this process of development. I have taken the time I needed and I am back…with a vengeance.
Our last discussion touched on the subject of concession: specifically “never concede”. I earnestly urged you to never accept defeat in any area of your life. Today, I’d like to delve even further into the Hall Mantra and tell you to Never Compromise.  Most often, when the word “compromise” is used, it is indicative of two or more parties, mutually settling differences or conflicts by agreeing to meet “somewhere in the middle”. Basically, each surrenders a portion of what is truly desired in an attempt to find common ground that is favorable, or acceptable, to all involved. In this regard, compromises are necessary and needful. However, there is a more appropriate definition for our discussion:

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