Jesus Is Risen!

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“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men.

The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples the news. Just then[a] Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came up, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”- Matthew 28:1-10

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Jesus is Risen! When Jesus rose, he defeated the devil and every person, place or thing that opposes us as children of God. Jesus died for us to have a relationship with God forever. He also died so that we would have an abundant life now. Our abundant life is not dependent on our works but by accepting the sacrifice that Jesus willingly made for us. He was not forced to die for us. He died and paid a debt that we will never be able to pay back. So today, accept Jesus’ precious and priceless gift. You are priceless child of God. Let us pray together.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Resurrection Sunday. Thank you for providing a sacrifice that has paid our past, present and future sins. Thank you for being a God that restores, redeems, liberates, heals and more on our behalf. I pray right now in Jesus’ name that we would raise our eyes to look at you. Help us not to be captivated by what we see but to focus on you. Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do on our behalf. Our hearts and minds cannot fully comprehend what you have in store for us but we stand in faith trusting and believing you.

I pray right now for someone who does not know you. I pray that they would repeat this prayer to be saved: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.” I pray you would connect them with a bible-based church to continue their journey with you. I pray for other Christians to welcome new Christians and love on them.

God, we thank you for being our father. In the name of our matchless savior who is risen and undefeated, Jesus Christ, Amen!

#BillsMafia and #Ravensflock: United in Supporting Children

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Happy New Year! I have been unplugged to rest and relax. I will detail that in a future post. I want to take a moment to write a heartwarming story. I cannot believe I am writing this story but I wanted to remind everyone in this divided time that we can be united in being good to one another even we do not agree on everything. Saturday night, I watched my Baltimore Ravens play against the Buffalo Bills. My Baltimore Ravens lost and the Buffalo Bills won and will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship. The winner will go to the Super Bowl.

Third year quarterback and reigning unanimous NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson, went into concussion protocol. As soon as Lamar was ruled out of the game, Bills fans or BillsMafia decided to donate to Lamar’s favorite charity which is Blessing in a Backpack. This organization provides food for children on weekends. The organization is almost at the $500,000 mark in donations from BillsMafia. The donations started to pour in once Lamar was ruled out of the game. You can donate by clicking here. I cried tears of joy that #BillsMafia once again showed their class and extended it my quarterback. On Sunday, I donated to Blessings in Backpacks and Josh Allen’s (Buffalo Bills’ Quarterback) favorite charity, Oishei Children’s Hospital in memory of his late grandmother, Patricia Allen. The next thing you know, numerous Ravens fans or #RavensFlock decided to donate to Oishei Children’s Hospital. Oishei Children’s Hospital supports children and their families in Western New York. If you would like to donate, click here.

My Baltimore Ravens lost to the Buffalo Bills. There was no hatred or disrespect between the two organizations. The Buffalo Bills’ social media account wished Lamar well after his concussion. The Baltimore Ravens’ social media account, Lamar Jackson and Blessings in Backpacks thanked BillsMafia for their donations. Oishei Children’s Hospital thanked Ravensflock for our donations. The two organizations were overwhelmed by and thankful for the donations which continue to pour in as we speak. A lot has happened in our nation and world. All of us are in different places right now with how we feel at this moment.

Can we take a moment to discuss how remarkable it is that two opponents can move beyond their differences and have empathy and care for each other while supporting the most vulnerable people in our society? Let us show our children that even when we do not agree that we can still respect and care for one another and invest in their future. I hope this story has warmed your heart. It has warmed mine. Thank you #BillsMafia and #Ravensflock. Thank you Blessings in a Backpack and Oishei Children’s Hospital. Thank you Lamar and Josh for showing all of us that we can be united in caring for each other even when we don’t agree on everything.

2021 Reset: Prioritizing Rest

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“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”- Psalm 23: 3 (NLT)

Happy New Year Readers!

I pray you and all whom you hold dear are staying safe, heathy and aware during this unprecedented time. How are you doing? How is your soul doing? I had to unplug toward the end of 2020 because I was extremely busy in my personal and professional life and eventually my body said no more. So, I will start posting as I am able to do so but it will not be regularly. I am fine honestly. I am resting and allowing my body to get overdue rest. I want to thank those of you who continued to read and share my posts while I was unplugged. I am thankful to be in a community of people who are authentic, caring and supportive of one another. During this season of refreshment, I am reminded of the importance of how rest is an act of worship.

In today’s scripture, I am reminded of how important rest is to our souls, bodies and minds on a regular basis. Sometimes, we can forget to rest because we do not think it is important or it is not necessary. Rest is especially important and necessary. We will not be the best version of ourselves if we are depleted, exhausted and weary. How can we serve God, ourselves and the people around us (in that order) if we are not at our best? I want to encourage you to carve out time to rest. You do not need a vacation to rest. You can carve out time during the day. It can be as little as five minutes or for a few days. Please make yourself a priority and you will see the benefits sooner that you think. Allow us to start of 2021 in a posture of rest, joy, peace and relaxation. Let’s make 2021 great.

Prayer of Unity

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your faithfulness. You allowed us to see 2021 which is miracle that we do not take for granted. Thank you God despite the pain, heartbreak, grief, disappointment, fear, anger and much more of 2020, you met us and never abandoned us. God you are faithful even when we are not faithful to you. As it says in Romans 8:38, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. ” There is nothing that can separate us from your love. We thank you for your love which heals, enlightens, unifies, redeems and much more. Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

God, I pray right now against COVID-19. I repent for every known and unknown sin that has every occurred in mankind. This disease continues to wreak havoc on our world. We pray that your hand of mercy would heal our world of this disease. We thank you for every health care worker, scientist, pharmaceutical company and entity of government who continue to oversee the care of those who have COVID-19 and try to protect everyone else from it. We pray that God you would be with everyone who is on the frontlines from our delivery workers, restaurant owners and employees, teachers, retail and grocery store employees, first responders, the military, the media, pastors, funeral workers and everyone who is serving our communities and have been doing so for almost a year. God, I ask that you continue to protect these people and strengthen them for this battle. Continue to be with their families as they are also sacrificing for the better good of our society.

God, I pray for the peaceful transition of power in the United States. I pray you would bless and help the outgoing and incoming administrations. I pray any plot of the enemy to cause division, confusion or anything else that goes against your word would be revealed and rebuked in the name of Jesus. God, I pray that you will heal division, pain, grief and much more in the United States and in the American church. God, we know that you are stronger than anything that appears to be a setback. Thank you in advance for how you will do glorious things despite an ongoing pandemic. God as you heal and redeem things that are broken, bring unity and love to the front. We ask that you would raise up your children to pray, worship and bear light in these unprecedented times.

We praise your name, God. We love you, God. We praise you in advance without seeing the final result. In the name of our matchless savior , Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

Healing Prayer

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“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” -1 Peter 4:8

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for allowing us to stand in 2021. 2020 was full of so many ups and downs but God you allowed us to see 2021. We pause to say thank you. There were many days when we were hopeless but we made it to 2021 because of you.

God, you are our rock. Your word empowers us to be strong when we stand on shifting and shaky ground. When we worship you, we can be ourselves. God, your name is the strongest name we know and prayer is the most powerful weapon you have given us. I pray right now your Holy Spirit will overwhelm and overflow every aspect of our world. During this pandemic, I pray for your hand of mercy. Forgive us of our sins. God after a difficult week in the United States, comfort us. Come close to us and shower us with your love and peace. I pray anyone who is grieving, sad, angry, disappointed, frustrated or anything else will bring it to you and lean on other people in their tribe.

God, we need you more than ever right now. We need every true Christians to stand up and shine their light in a world that is dark and divided at times. I would ask that you would touch each intercessor to intercede for our world. I ask that every leader consult you before they speak to anyone else. I pray every psalmist and musician would use their gift to encourage your people. I pray right now in the name of Jesus that you would overtake any attempt by the enemy to cause confusion, division, strife and anything else that does not line up with you.

I pray that anyone who does not know you would be given an opportunity and invitation to follow you. I pray as the truth is revealed that people would not run away but their hearts would be opened to listening and helping to reconcile what has been broken. You are a God that can do anything. We trust you for what you will do next. We submit every aspect of our world to you. In the name of our matchless savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

1 Corinthians 13:Love Conquers All

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Who needs to hear “I love You“? Who needs to be forgiven or given a second chance? Is it yourself or someone else? Who broke or shattered your heart so badly you can not move forward? I know this has been unprecedented year but life is still going on. We are still human beings so we will disappoint ourselves and one another. I would encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 13 several times by yourself and then read it to someone who means the world to you. I have used it as a prayer. This is tough season but we are going to be fine in due time. May God bless you as he showers his love on you today and always.

1 Corinthians 13(CSB)

Love: The Superior Way

If I speak human or angelic tongues[a] but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 For now we see only a reflection[c] as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. 13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.

#RavensFlock: We Are Strong!

Dear #RavensFlock:

How are you? I am very hopeful. It has been quite a season so far. Our season has been sprinkled with injuries, heartbreaking losses, triumphant wins, empty home games, the loss of Mo Gaba and more. Our latest chapter dealt with our organization’s battle with COVID-19. As always, our organization took the high road in complying with the NFL as well as addressing the health of every member of the organization and playing football. We must continue to stick together as one family. #Ravenflock is a family that sticks together in the thick, thin and in between moments.

Our players pour so much into our fanbase. I miss the in person radio shows. I missed the in person Purple Evening and Bingo Night events this year. I missed being in the stadium and losing my voice from too much excitement. Despite not having us in the stands, our team continued to give back to the community, interact with us on social media and make us proud during their games. Our social media team keeps everything interesting and interactive. Our organization still found ways to do virtual events. As we prepare to close out our regular season and gear up for the postseason, let us stay strong and full of hope. Let us continue to support one another as we support our players and our entire organization. I am so thankful for each and every member of #Ravensflock. We are going to be fine because we have each other.

Love a proud member of #Ravensflock,

Ada

Giving Tuesday 2020

The backbone of our society has always been our nonprofit organizations. These organizations selflessly have always made our communities better while empowering their volunteers and the groups of people that they help. These organizations have become even more vital during this unprecedented year. As someone who has been a regular volunteer for years, I am thankful for the opportunity to help someone else while God has changed my life and perspective in the process. Today is #Giving Tuesday. Please donate to your favorite nonprofit today. I have listed some the organizations that are closest to my heart. Please add your favorite nonprofits in the comments below. To every nonprofit and volunteer, thank you for your service to our world.

10:12 Sports

10/91 Foundation

53 Families Foundation Inc.

Alex’s Lemonade Foundation

American Breast Cancer Foundation

American Heart Association of Baltimore

American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region

Baltimore Child Abuse Center

BCRF

Blue Water Baltimore

Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation

Cancer Fears ME

CASA of Baltimore

Cool Kids Campaign

Ed Reed Foundation

FACEAfrica

Feeding America

Habitat for Humanity of Chesapeake

HOPE Africa

HWHN Inc.

Kennedy Krieger

Koman of Maryland

Luke’s Wings

Maryland Science Center

Muse 360

No Kid Hungry

One Love Foundation

Oxfam America

Power52

Ravens Foundation

Robert Griffin III Foundation

SAI, LLC

Servant Forge

St Francis Center

The Baltimore Station

The Brigance Brigade

The Clinton Ron Walker Foundation

The Living Classrooms Foundation

The National Aquarium

The Steve Smith Foundation

LEVEL82

The United Way of Central Maryland

The Warford Foundation

Unicef USA

Psalm 91:God is Our Lifetime Protector!

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During this unprecedented time, I have made a decision to fill myself up with God’s word. On Saturday, I was having a wilderness moment. I decided to push through and God met me in a special way. I have loved and adored God’s word for long time however in this oppressive time, I have had my moments of being human. I have cried tears of disappointment, sorrow, fear and heartbreak. I want to encourage you to feast on God’s word. His word will meet you in a special way. God will heal, redeem, encourage and do whatever you need done in his time. Today, I want to encourage you to mediate on Psalm 91. Allow the words to wash over your soul. May God bless you and keep you today and always.

Psalm 91

The Protection of the Most High

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say[a] concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust:
He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,
from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with his feathers;
you will take refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,
the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
10 no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.
11 For he will give his angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
12 They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.

14 Because he has his heart set on me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows my name.
15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him my salvation.

Black Friday 2020: Post Thanksgiving Self-Care

Happy Black Friday! Today is traditionally a day focused on scoring a great sale. I want you encourage to do something different. If you feel like shopping, please do so. I also think you should use today to have intentional self-care. My self-care is working out and doing absolutely nothing. What do you like to do for self-care? Whatever you decide to do, invest some time into yourself. Do you need some ideas? I am glad you asked. I have placed some ideas below. Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. You can follow up with me on IG by clicking here.

Sleep: Who knew the most important thing we could do to refresh ourselves is sleep? Sleep is essential to refueling your body and allowing your body to metabolize itself. There has been a lot of stress and anxiety swirling around us. You can commit to taking a nap during this holiday weekend. Whatever you decide to do, your body will thank you for it.

Unplug: There is nothing wrong with unplugging for an hour or for a longer period of time. We are bombarded with so much information throughout the day. It doesn’t help that social media can be a toxic place. Make a decision to check your heart and mind when you are scrolling through social media or texting others. Sometimes, you may need to put down your phone and step away from the screen for some self-care.

Plug in: Do you feel isolated or lonely? This is a great time to fuel yourself with the conversations of other people. You can do video calls, texts, phone calls or social distant face to face events. I know I am someone who thrives in social settlings. Although it is not safe to meet with people face to face, I enjoy catching up with my tribe through electronic means. So plug in to the people the closest to you.

Go Outside: Sometimes, we need to take a moment to smell the roses. You should go outside. There is something about fresh air that renews my mind You can go for a walk, support your favorite local or national business, look at the leaves and trees. You can even sit down and just look around. Whatever you decide to do, take a moment to enjoy nature.

Plan an escape: Are you craving a massage? Maybe you need dessert from your favorite spot? Whatever you decide to do, make a plan. It will not only save you time and money but it will give something to look forward to one day down the road. So take a moment and plan your next escape. The picture below is an idea of my idea of an escape.

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