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I’m the proud new mother of a 7th grade homeschool student! Woo Hoo!
Well, in the beginning it started out, “Mom I love being home schooled, I wish we could have done this a long time ago.” But today it’s, “Aww, mom, this is too hard, I wanna go back to public school.”
Well, that’s not happening, LOL. I’ve come too far and had to fill out too much paperwork and jump through too many hoops to get here, so now we’re going to stick it out until the end! Besides, I’ve started to like this ‘learning with my child’ idea. Not only am I taking a very active part in his education as his primary instructor, but I know EXACTLY what he’s being taught, I’M THE TEACHER, YAY! The challenge may be great, but the rewards are greater!!!
So to every parent who has homeschooled their children, my hat goes off to you and for any parent who may be considering it, please research it fully and if it’s something your child will benefit from, please do it.
Now, I’m only a beginner, but I will have wonderful stories to tell you as my son and I both learn about integers (math), the Supreme Court (history), and how to say apples in French (des pommes – day pom)! What an exciting journey ahead.
I’ve been traveling the past couple of weekends but now I’m back, ready to share some of my most memorable moments. I went to the one and only MegaFest in Dallas, TX the last weekend in August, and I would like to share a little about that experience. If you have never been to MegaFest, it is truly something you and your family should plan into your vacation time. Please enjoy my highlights!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM MEGAFEST 2013
This year’s MegaFest was BIG! Over 50,000 people from all over the world gathered in Dallas, Texas the weekend of August 29-31 at the magnificent Omni Hotel, the Dallas Convention Center and the American Airlines Center downtown, to celebrate the world’s largest family fun festival!
I had never seen anything like it before as this was my first MegaFest experience. I was in total awe of the collaboration of events, activities, seminars, movie screenings, concerts, expos, celebrity red carpet interviews, comedy shows, and kids and teenagers activities. There was literally something for everyone!
MegaFest 2013 hosted Oprah’s Lifeclass, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show (with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash), the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship and empowerment sessions for men, women, young adults and children.
On Wednesday, August 28th, there was a press conference with Bishop TD Jakes, who was joined by the Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, to kick-off the three-day inspirational festival celebrating Relationships and the Restoration of Families through Faith.
I participated as Media representing Six Brown Chicks and I worked harder, and walked longer and sweated more profusely than I have with any physical workout at my neighborhood gym. I’m sure I lost several inches and pounds during this ‘five’ day event (for me). I checked in Wednesday and stayed through Sunday.
I met some of the most wonderful people and made contacts that I hope will last a lifetime. There were several ‘moments to remember’ that I want to highlight as well as a checklist for anyone wanting to attend MegaFest next year.
MOMENTS TO REMEMBER
Oprah’s Life Class – This was definitely something I will never forget as long as I live. I watched with goose pimples how Oprah and thousands of other women (and men) responded to the words of wisdom that came from Bishop TD Jakes. Please be sure to watch the life class this month of September 2013, it’s about fatherless children.
The Woman of Purpose Concert benefiting Autism Speaks – This concert featuring the Grammy and Oscar Winner, Jennifer Hudson, emceed by comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey was truly something to see. Performers ranged from Brandy, Mary Mary, Joe, and Kim Burrell, just to name a few. A portion of the proceeds from the concert went to benefit Autism Speaks.
International Faith & Family Film Festival – This was an extravagant affair. There were training sessions, movie premiers/screenings, and Q & A sessions with directors, authors, screenwriters, and actors. This was truly amazing.
If you’re wanting to attend MegaFest in 2014:
• Start planning and saving money now.
• Book flights and hotels in advance.
• Pack clothes and shoes according to Dallas, Texas weather. But also plan for surprises (like rain).
• Women may pack heels but also plan to wear flats and tennis shoes for the vigorous walking around the convention center and the hotel and outside to catch trolleys and buses for travel within the city.
• Make sure to have ‘some’ cash on you. If you’re anything like me, I don’t carry much cash in my purse but I had to go to the ATM several times because I needed CASH for parking (they didn’t take credit/debit cards!) and cash for some of the vendors at the Family Expo.
• Register online! It will save you from having to wait in those long, long lines with frustrated folks. Also take your receipts and proof of purchase/registration to MegaFest. Don’t leave home without it!
• Pack snacks and bottled water. The restaurants and food vendors were a little pricey for some. The average burger, fries and coke was right at $10.00+ (per person). A 20 0z bottle of water was $4.00. (I can get a 24 pack for $3.00 at Wal-Mart)
• Overall, plan to have a good time and to be blessed. There is so much to do, you’ll have to pick and choose because you won’t be able to do ‘everything’.
When we cough or sneeze or grab tissues for our runny noses, we want nothing more than to raid the medicine cabinet for Tylenol, or Advil or SOMETHING that will make us feel better. A simple headache is quickly remedied by over-the-counter aspirin, good rest, a good meal, or all of the above.
No one really likes to be sick, for real. Whether it’s a common cold, the flu, or something as serious as cancer or any incurable disease, people just want to feel better.
I was thinking about healing the other day and couldn’t help but thank God for good health, both physical and mental. The interesting thing about sickness is that it can be either in your body or your mind. Some people may be in great shape physically but not well mentally or emotionally.
But I have good news. I know someone who desires above all things that you and I live healthy, productive and happy lives. Just because your life AND my life may get chaotic at times, does not mean that it is supposed to be that way all the time! I heard a young lady say the other day, that her life was FULL of drama and that nothing goes right and that something crazy happens to her every day, literally.
There is no way on God’s green earth that I could live like that, not now, not EVER! Again, that is. There was a time in MY life that I had lots of drama and turmoil and stress and craziness until I decided I could no longer carry the weight of that type of existence. The stress of my BAD choices was trying to kill me and I decided that I was just not ready to die. So I surrendered my heart to God.
I asked the Lord to heal me. I wasn’t sick in my body, I was sick in my mind and emotions. I was terminally ill in my psyche and on the verge of death by way of suicide, when the Lord stepped in and began the amazing process of restoring my mental health. Through the ointment of his word (the Bible), positive speaking, positive music and definitely hanging around positive people, I gradually got better. I had to get away from those life-stealing, leeches and vampires that wanted to drain the very essence of my soul, those NEGATIVE TALKING AND NEGATIVE THINKING PEOPLE!!!
Today I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, physically, mentally, emotionally and yes, even spiritually.
Every area of your life can be restored. God uses several avenues by which to bring healing to our lives. He uses his word, (his son Jesus), he uses positive people, even laughter. Of course there’s medication (over-the-counter or prescribed), but most of all He wants us to experience an abundant life of peace, joy, happiness and love.
For financial, physical and mental health: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
For mental health: ”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (a stable mind).” 2 Timothy 1:7
For physical health: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:3
For overall good health: “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 107:20
For mental/emotional health: “A merry heart (a happy heart/laughter) doeth good like a medicine” Proverbs 17:22
Embracing your destiny is like embracing a distant relative you’ve been eagerly awaiting to meet. It’s your daddy’s, mother’s, father’s, cousin’s niece from down south about twenty-three miles east of the river that runs past old lady Martha’s place.
You’ve heard of this relative, you’ve even dreamed of meeting this relative one day. From what you’ve been told, this relative is filthy rich and has in their possession something of extreme value, just for you. The only catch is that on your twenty-first birthday at 12:01 am you have to be at the Mississippi bus terminal in the north-west section, approximately 20 feet in front of the information desk before you can meet this relative and obtain what it is they have for you.
This thing in your relative’s possession has the power to radically change your life, forever! You will never have to work another day in your life and all you must do is meet the basic criteria and at the appointed time, receive your gift.
Is there anything or anyone that can keep you from following the specifics of this demand? What will stop you from being at the exact place at the exact time to meet your relative and receive your inheritance?
Well, your destiny of promise, hope, success, and over-whelming blessings are your inheritance (your gift) and the distant relative is God. He has in his possession a destiny (future) with your name and your name alone stamped all over it. It’s yours! No one else can have it! He wants desperately to give it to you, but you must FIRST meet his criteria.
The funny thing about destiny is, we all have one and I don’t know about you but I want to fulfill my God-given purpose. I want all that God has for me. I am destined for: Success NOT failure, good health NOT sickness, prosperity NOT poverty, and a peace of mind INSTEAD of fear and torment.
I’m embracing my ‘no-longer’ distant relative and walking in my destined inheritance. What about you?
Have you ever felt the amazing twinge of ‘wonder’ growing inside of you? It is an intoxicating surge of adrenaline that pokes and pokes at your heart, causing you to smile at apparently nothing. It’s like having a secret that no one else can fathom. A beautiful, life-changing secret that only you and God share.
You can’t tell your friends, they may envy you. You hesitate to tell your family, they simply may not believe you. So you just keep your mouth closed, your eyes peered, and your heart in anticipation, knowing that because God has made you a promise, it will, without a doubt, come to pass!
The excitement of my future keeps me going from day to day. I may not understand everything, and I may not have the answer to every problem, but I’ve learned over time, to trust God because he has never let me down. Grateful, is what I am. Trusting Jesus is what I do, and being excited about my future, takes my breath away!
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? – Numbers 23:19
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem
But I can hardly sit still. I keep fidgeting, crossing one leg and then the other. I feel like I could throw off sparks, or break a window–maybe rearrange all the furniture.” ― Raymond Carver
I loved you before I even knew the name for it. Everyday I’d sit beside you, inhaling your scent, looking at your beautiful face. Every night, dreaming about you. You eclipsed everything else. It was you. Always you.”
― Heather Anastasiu
Being with him made me want to make my own dreams, discover my own path. I was my best self when I was with him.”
― Heather Anastasiu
“My whole body sank forward into his arms. His lips moved against mine, exploring my mouth so gently. I tried to mimic his movements–slowly, uncertainly, until I didn’t have to think about it at all. It just felt right. He let out a soft moan at my reaction and cupped his hands behind my head, pulling me closer until I couldn’t tell where my mouth ended and his began. A liquid sensation swooped throughout my stomach. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever felt and it kept growing, the vibrating heat expanding outward. I was surprised I was still able to stand.”
― Heather Anastasiu,
Don’t you understand? I want to spend my life with you. I want you to be there when I go to bed at night and when I wake up in the morning.”
― Heather Anastasiu
Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.”
― Mignon McLaughlin,
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.” – Song of Solomon 1:2
“I am so madly, ridiculously, in love.” -Toni Spearman
Then the salvage truck of my soul (Jesus) came along and picked me up, took me back to my original place of design and began the tedious work of re-building me. Little by little, one day at a time, he restored my soul, literally.
There were years and generations of damage that needed to be healed, and with his loving word alone, he delivered me.
Delivered – set free, rescued, saved (by grace), redeemed!
If the Son therefore shall make you free (delivered), ye shall be free (delivered) indeed. John 8:36
But I am hopeful that one day, people will find the true meaning of their existence and the answer to ALL of life’s problems. His name is Jesus!
But I am hopeful that those looking to fill the void inside of their hearts will one day realize that the missing piece is Jesus. The Lord created us with an empty spot in our hearts that only HE can fill. Drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, money, food and no material possession can ever or will ever fill that longing.
But I am hopeful that those struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide will soon find hope, love and peace in the comforting arms of Jesus. I remember when I wanted to take my life and how the Lord stepped in and gave me hope and something to live for. I live today because Jesus has given me purpose and a reason to go on!
But I am hopeful that the God of all peace will comfort those who are afraid. The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound (stable) mind. Put your trust in God and do not be afraid.