Black Power by JD Daley

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

What’s wrong with me

that I sit here,

dreaming

of this life ever slipping beyond my reach

It started on drums

it started with songs

that echoed with the cries of things past

things survived

things tried

and things preached.

See I, sometimes put on cloths

flashy cars

with flashy goals

does it matter

I suppose

But as I smile and run my plans to be the visions Martin Luther penned

I get pulled back with claws that turns dreams into the things that pretenders reap.

we say its over

its no more

we say its gone

its out the door

and then we walk with our heads high

until we turn down streets filled with red

of black children laying there dead

and we remember things our mama said

that we were small

and we were weak

with chains stuck to our feet.

What price was paid…

how do I end the charade of proverbial truths spoken in white suits to claim our palpable freedom.

A call to action.

We brake invisible chains

we declare we are heirs

We stand tall and we stand strong

united as one

with our hands in the air

shouting

Black lives matter, we all care

 

 

Black Woman by JD Daley

Black Woman

Cry out black woman, cry out

for the pickney you bore

inna this life so feared

Cry out black woman, cry out

for they have spawned a web so steep

Cry out black woman, cry out

for the pain instilled in your life

for you feared death of shame

racism, sexism and pride

Cry out black woman. cry out

for the hungry children on the streets

for the shoes you never wore

for the shame and silence you carried

for the weakness you feel of this world of myths of men

for the agony and disgrace among the human race

that they, threw in your face

Cry out black woman, cry  out

when you feel overwhelmed with sorrow

for a beautiful day comes tomorrow

where the sun takes away the burdens of yester years

elevating yourself

freed with empowerment

where  your independence grow with your smile

and proudest esteems your life

So cry out black woman

there is no shame in it

Cry out for a better land

Cryout!

By JD Daley

 

Nightmare Child By Ian K Sylus

“It was breathtaking, revitalizing–It was deceptive above all else. It was as if somebody put tragedy in surround sound.”

Nightmare Child

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Overview

Stare down the physical representation of everything your terror calls home. Celeste St. Clare awakes beneath a tightrope, gazing upon the fragmented world around her. The only clairvoyance through a sea of beasts and psyche-shattering realizations is a man in a ruined suit, claiming to have control over the landscape before her. Nightmare Child delves deep into the uncharted mind, ripping through the emotions and enigma that we call ‘being human’.

Meet the Author

Ever since I was five-years-old, I have been in love with words and their structure. Nothing is more freeing than fleshing out the universes in my mind, the characters in my heart. Bringing an entire world to life and watching it engulf the psyche of my readers is the best adrenaline rush there could ever be. Sharing ideas, exploring possibilities, hearing theories and discussing the basic compounds of etymology and inspiration–that’s what makes me a writer. What makes me an author is the reader, it’s you. “You and I live these adventures. Let your imagination flow into mine.”

 

My Words & Thoughts

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David’s prayer in Psalm 19:14 is so perfect and such a lesson for us: My words and thoughts in every walk of life can express worship for God. Words of hope, love, optimism, encouragement, and truth are such an important aspect of my obedient worship to the God who is all worthy, that they literally have the power to transform my life and the lives of others. We shouldn’t be surprised. Worship changes everything.

Are you worshiping God with your words? Are you experiencing His transforming power? No one teaches on the power of words better than my dear friend Joyce Meyer. Listen to what she has to say:

‘I am sure you have heard someone say, “You are going to eat those words.” It may sound like a mere phrase to us, but in reality we do eat our words. What we say not only affects others, but it also affects us. Words are wonderful when used in a correct way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing…’

We can literally increase our own joy by speaking right words. We can also upset ourselves by talking unnecessarily about our problems, our insecurities or things that have hurt us in relationships.

The words that come out of our mouth go into our own ears as well as other people’s, and then they drop down into our soul, where they bring us life or death, peace or upset, depending on the types of words we have spoken. God desires that our spirit be light and free so it can function properly, not heavy and oppressed.

When we understand the power of words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed… We can learn to choose our thoughts, to resist wrong ones and think on good, healthy, and right ones. I have often said, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” And it could also be said that where the mind goes, the mouth follows!

Think about that last sentence carefully. Do you really believe that the words you say can change your life? I do. Because words of blessing and truth are one of the ways we worship our God and honor the others in our world.

My words tell others—and myself—what I believe about God. They tell others what I believe about my-self and my life. They reveal my attitude. I want my words to show true worship—exalting the Mighty One—whether I am in front of a thousand leading worship or talking softly to my kids at bedtime or on the phone with a customer service rep who is not understanding my request. I want my words to be aligned with God’s truth.

Take some time today to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ways you speak and think that are detrimental to yourself and others.. today is a new day.. a new beginning.
Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Protecting Your Child from “Soul Poison”

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There are some decent, even values-oriented things on television for children these days. But, as you know very well, there’s a lot of garbage, too. And in between those two extremes, there are shows that are mostly good but have some words scattered in them that little ears shouldn’t be hearing – or big ears, for that matter. Along comes a service called TV Guardian – which automatically replaces a naughty word with a nice word, thus removing what could be bad for your child. Occasionally, the replacements are actually a little amusing. Like the word “sex,” for example. The replacement word is “hugs.” Which gets a little interesting when someone asks, “So what will be the hugs of your baby?” But I do think TV Guardian is a pretty good idea.

Something like TV Guardian was invented for parents who realize a very important assignment that they have; to protect their children from anything that could harm them. Of course, a parent is going to protect their son or daughter from physical harm – like getting too close to the edge of a cliff or running onto the Interstate. But Mom and Dad have no less a responsibility for protecting their kids from things that can hurt their soul. And there’s a lot of soul poison out there.

There is a ten-word challenge that underscores where the front lines of the battle are for any life – including that of your children. Proverbs 4:23 begins with these attention-getting words, “Above all else…” Then these ten words – “Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In other words, be careful about what gets into your heart – or into your child’s heart – because it is the reservoir from which everything else flows.

Yes, one front in the battle for a child’s pure heart is related to what they listen to and watch. It’s amazing how we will allow someone to portray right in our living room, on TV, DVD, or Netflix, things we would never, ever allow to be done in our living room – sexually, for example. We allow comedy into our home and into their heart that trivializes sin that ruins lives; not realizing that our kids are learning to laugh about things that are eternally serious. No matter what the parental peer pressure of what other parents are allowing and what the culture says is “must see” stuff, we’ve got to stand our ground on not allowing our kids to mentally eat out of the garbage can.

But guarding their heart is so much bigger than TV or movies or music. It’s about the poison that comes from us. The bitterness they’re learning by listening to us, the anger, the self-centeredness, the putdowns of other people, the names they hear us call people, the prejudice they hear in the way we talk about others, the disrespect they hear us expressing toward people at work, at church – or even toward their Mother or Father. That’s more deadly poison than anything the media can pump out. Our precious children need “Parent Guardian” – to protect them from the poison that they see modeled in living color by a Mom or Dad.

The DVR in your son’s or daughter’s heart is always recording. It’s always capturing what it hears, and the impressions are shaping who they’re becoming. You are the guardian, assigned to your child by God, to protect that young heart from poison and infection – even if (especially if) it’s coming from you.

Further Study

Psalm 101

Going Deeper

One undesirable trait I see in my child that reminds me of myself is…
One thing I could do to help them and me grow in that area is…