Day 21 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast 2018

We made it.

21 Days.

Completed (at midnight tonight).

I recommend that if you have not done so, sit down and take an inventory of your life right now.

What has changed since you started this consecration?

What are most proud of?

How blessed are you?

You want to record it because you want to keep this view. Don’t let anyone steal it from you. God has moved on your behalf in these 21 days you don’t want to forget it. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

This is a short post today. We have come this far by faith. So, we end this consecration in FAITH.

Morning Devotion

Read Mark 11:22-24

These are the words of the Lord. Jesus knows what he is talking about. When Jesus gives you instructions how to do something, believe that he is coaching you into the winning zone. He commanded us to have faith in God. Enough said.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

FAITH.  I recently read an Instagram post that provided a definition of Faith:

“FAITH IS NOT KNOWING THAT GOD CAN DO IT, FAITH IS TO BELIEVE THAT HE WILL.”

This definition is somewhat challenging because it brings up the age-old debate of knowledge versus belief. 

I am not here to debate but I would like to give you an example that I think is helpful.

We all have a history. Yes? Whenever I share a story about my life, I am providing you with facts but you have no way of knowing whether I am sharing the truth just from reading this post. However, if I share a story with you and I add a video clip with the story and you now witness the fact, you are a witness to truth. This is how I identify the difference between knowledge and belief. Knowledge is my second- hand relationship with the truth. Belief is my first-hand relationship with the truth.

Faith is relational. 

Recipe for the Fast

Keep your victory

1 large dose of prayer

1 cup of worship

sprinkles of confession throughout the day

1 piece of humble pie

1 slice of peace

a gallon of living water

Eat as much as your soul desires. Let your cup run over. Thirst no more!

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 19 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Almost there. Almost there. Just a few more days (including today).

I hope as you grow closer to the 21st day of this period of the #DanielFast, you have learned the importance of family engagement during the consecration. Consecration is strengthened when it is in the company of fellow believers. I have shared with you ways to involve your family.  I pray that these ideas have helped you. Now that your children are exposed to consecration, fasting, and prayer from an early age, they are familiar with what to do as they get older. If they ever need to set aside a time of fasting and prayer to themselves, they will have the strength to do it without the company of other believers. In that case, they learn to lean on Jesus.

Morning Devotion

Read James 1: 2-16

We have referenced the book of James in a previous post. There is a central theme in James regarding the fruit or profit of the believer’s faith. This passage begins the book of James and it starts out as a warning about what faith will attract. Your faith attracts temptation. Let me say that again, YOUR FAITH ATTRACTS TEMPTATION. You can’t miss that James points out that the twelve are scattered abroad. James means to encourage the believer that though temptation is present (Romans 7:21-25), we should do the work of righteousness. The work of righteousness leads to the crown of life.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

TEMPTATION.  I won’t attempt to define this word in my own words. Temptation comes in so many different forms, I would fail to define it succinctly. The word tends to have a negative connotation. But all desire is not bad. There is a way to ensure that your temptations remain pure and acceptable.

Delight yourself in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Since desires and/or temptation begin in the heart, it is important that your relationship with Christ is strengthened. You can survive the trying of your faith when you cling to the Creator. What you love, you will cling to.

Recipe for the Fast

Strawberry, Kiwi and Raspberry Treat

1 cup of strawberries

3 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

1/2 cup of raspberries

1/2 gala apple

Add all ingredients in the blender with ice cubes. Scoop out into a bowl or cup. Enjoy!

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

My faith is made perfect in my weakness. Though I stumble, I will not fail. Not one temptation is a match for my Savior. He won the victory for me. It is already done! My heart’s desire is to reflect God’s end goal for my life. Heaven is my destiny.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth by Ashley and April Foxx

Since we are talking about temptation. I should mention my worst temptation…SWEETS.  This is a cute story about a young, mischievous, late night cookie grabber. This story pinpoints some of the difficulties in having a temptation. Your temptation may lead you down a road that you may or may not ever have gone had you just leaned on Jesus. Resist temptation! Or rather keep your hands out of the cookie jar (I could just be talking to myself but that is okay.)

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 18 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

I am always amazed when we get near the end of a consecration. There are only a few days remaining. Can you believe it? I applaud your commitment to fasting and prayer. I also applaud your intention to involve your family in the consecration. I know these 21 days have influenced so many areas of your life for the better.

In the beginning of the consecration, 21 days seem to be such a long time. But when I look back over the two weeks prior to this one, I feel like it went pretty quickly. I’m also thankful for these posts because it has helped me to record my progress. Now, I am reflecting on what I have learned about myself and what the Lord has done so that I don’t forget after this weekend is over.  I recommend that you do the same.  Write what the Lord has done for you during this time of consecration. Post a sign somewhere in your home so that you don’t forget what happened. Our memory of where we have been helps to prepare us for what is to come. Wisdom is when we use what we know to guide the way we go.

Morning Devotion

Read John 10:22-42

This is a lengthy read. I have included most of this passage primarily for context. Jesus is talking about the truth of the scripture here. Several important facts are mentioned: 1) Jesus reveals his identity as the son of God. 2) Jesus identifies our identity as His Disciples when we believe and follow Him. 3) Jesus emphasizes the importance of knowing the truth 4) Many people are converted to believers in Him . John 10 is more widely known for the parable of the Good Shepherd. Yet, the defining moment in this whole chapter happens in this passage presented today. The purpose of the Good Shepherd is to lead the sheep to believe and live according to His words/commandments. This idea forms the message of scripture: instructions for life in order to fulfill our destiny.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

SCRIPTURE. If I were to add the word “Holy” before today’s word of the day, then you might know that I am referring to the Bible. I intentionally did not add “Holy” because scripture is not limited to our Bible. Merriam Webster defines scripture as a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative. The definition of the word implies that it is the writing and wording of belief. That being said, scripture is still being written. Whatever words you hold sacred and believe inspires you to do what is good and acceptable and perfect in accordance with the will of God, that is scripture.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Recipe for the Fast

Avacado, Chickpea and Bell Pepper Salad

3-4 avocado (peeled and mashed – makes 1 cup of avocado)

1/2 lime

1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic (minced)

1/2 white onion (diced)

1 can of chickpeas (drained and mashed)

1/2 green peppers

1/2 red peppers

guacamole seasoning

fresh green onions (cut into small pieces)

fresh cilantro (finely chopped)

Mash avocado and chickpeas in a small bowl. Place white onion, lemon, lime, garlic, bell peppers, and cilantro in the blender with 2 tablespoons of water. Combine avocado mixture with vegetable mixture until smooth consistency. Add guacamole seasoning. Fold in chopped green onions. Chill for 30 mins and Serve alongside french fried potatoes or baked potatato. Enjoy!

This is my version of a recipe that I picked up online. It is used as an alternative to Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad for vegans. However, I find that it is good with a side of fries or chili beans or both. You can dip the potato fries into the mixture instead of chips. You could also dip carrots or cut peppers in the mixture. My children mix their avocado salad into their chili. Not my taste but they like it. SMILE

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I’m finding myself in the midst of You. Beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with You and in the quiet hear Your voice. To be still and know That you’re in this place. Please let me stay and rest in your holiness. Word of God speak. – lyrics toWord of God Speak”Mercy Me

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

Zip My Lip: Scripture for Kid’s 2 to 92     Dr. Phil Mayers

During the post on yesterday regarding confession, I mentioned how repetition and rhyme help develop our language. This cute book by Dr. Mayers further demonstrates how repetition phrase and rhyme help us to memorize scripture. This is a cute book. Children, young and old, can benefit from its creative ways to recall the scripture verse and its location in the Bible. We all could use more ways to successfully imprint the words of scripture in our hearts.

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Mrs. Q.

Day 13 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello!

Do you remember the song, “When You’ve Been Blessed” by Patti Labelle? The first words of the song, she says “Pass it on”. She then goes on to sing about the world we live in and how important it is for us to be a blessing to others.

We all are His children sharing gifts from above…When you’ve been blessed feels like heaven. – Patti Labelle

During this consecration, we are participating in a #DanielFast for the purpose of drawing closer to the Lord. Make no mistake that as you develop spiritually, your relationships are being affected as well. Your loved ones are being impacted. Your relationship with food is being improved. Your relationship with time is being challenged. Your relationship with money is being critiqued. It is all good though. It is my hope that these posts help you to realize the benefits of consecration within a community; your community, your family. As a result of these posts, I truly have been blessed by your engagement and encouragement to continue sharing these bits of wisdom. So, will you do as Ms. Patti Labelle instructs us to do?

When you’ve been blessed, Pass it on. Pass it on.

Morning Devotion

Read Matthew 13:18-52

This passage of scripture is sometimes referred to as “seven great parables.” I think of the classroom when I read these parables from Jesus. It is as if he was providing enough examples of the description of heaven to reach every person assembled. That is what a good teacher does. They don’t just teach one or two or fifteen, they adjust their instruction to the best of their ability to reach the class. This instruction on heaven is so important that Jesus wanted to make sure no one misses it. No wonder they called him Teacher. Don’t you just love Jesus? He certainly loves you.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

HEAVEN. To a child, thoughts of heaven are filled with wonder. When you ask them about heaven, you are likely to receive several different answers. But here is a definition I love, “the place where All God’s Children belong.” We should be as little children. Thoughts of heaven should feel us with excitement. Mature believers need to teach those developing in their faith to be heavenly minded. This is our destiny.

Recipe for the Fast

Tomato-Basil Quinoa

1/2 cup of quinoa (feeds a family of 4-5)

1 cup of vegetable broth

2 tablespoons of California Sun Dry Julienne Cut Sun-Dried Tomatoes

half green pepper (diced small)

minced garlic

2 sprigs of fresh basil (chopped finely)

Add vegetable broth and minced garlic to saucepan and heat to boiling. Once boiling, add quinoa and cover.  Once quinoa is prepared to the desired density, fluff in the green peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. Garnish with basil sprinkled over the top. Enjoy!

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am on my way to heaven. Heaven is my goal and where I wish to be. I will live my days, actively engaged in storing my treasures above. I am in this world but not of this world. The world will know to whom I belong by the love I show.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-6 years old

What is Heaven Like? Beverly Lewis and Pamela Querin (Illustrator)

Again, I have to give a shout out to friends who have helped me prepare these 21- days of family activities and tips. Thank you, Lakita Epps and family, for providing me with this book suggestion today.

At some point, every child gets curious about heaven. This usually happens when parents have to explain that a loved one has died and “gone to heaven”.  Author, Beverly Lewis, wrote this book to help parents when that time comes. We want our children to develop an idea of heaven not based on cartoonists images but on the vivid descriptions in the word of God. Therefore, mature adults need to get excited about heaven. If you really know what to expect, you would be.

Feel free to tell us about your experiences during the consecration in the comments below.

If you haven’t shared these posts with your friends and family, I encourage you to pass on the blessing. Thank you.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 11 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days – DanielFast#2018

Day 11. The number 11 has special meaning. Last month, my sister and brother- in -law celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. When she asked her husband what was significant about that number, he said, “Year 11 is great! No matter how you turn the number 11, it’s the same, backward and forward. We’re the same Babe.” I loved that. Today, think of yourself as the number one and God as the number 1 (because HE is) and you’re standing side by side. That is what we strive for in our periods of drawing closer to Him during the consecration. No matter how you turn it, people see Him when they see you.

Morning Devotion

Read Luke 4:1-32

Some years ago, I watched the movie, The Passion of the Christ. The scene where Satan appears to tempt Jesus is still impressionable in my mind. When he stomps his foot on that adder’s head, without a word, Christ is demonstrating his power over the enemy. This is the power that is imputed to us. May we knit our hearts to God in order that we know the fullness of the anointing that He intended for us.

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

 

Today’s Faith Sight Word

THE ANOINTING. “Transformation of our being as a result of time spent with the Lord.” This is my definition of the anointing. It is not the oil. It is not the office or position associated with it. The anointing is the Holy Spirit at work in human beings who devote themselves to connect with God’s power. The anointing is not exclusive to priests, pastors, kings, and teachers. It is apparent in lawyers, painters, missionaries, and secretaries. All you need to receive the anointing is to be present with God.

Recipe for the Fast

Tropical Morning Smoothie

1/2 cup of fresh coconut (from the fruit not flaked)

2 gala apples (diced)

1 can of pineapple tidbits (add the juice)

1/2 cup of mango chunks

2 kiwi (peeled and sliced)

Coconut is so good when it is fresh. However, it is tough to get the “meat” out of the coconut. Here are the instructions for cracking open a coconut from Martha Stewart. You may choose to use the coconut water in the smoothie or save for something else. It is your choice. Place all the ingredients in the blender. (The Ninja is one of our best investments). This recipe makes 2-3 glasses (16 oz).

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 0-16 years old

What Happens When I Talk to God?

Every parent should have one of the books by Stormie Omartian in your personal library. You are missing out if you don’t. She is the author of The Power of a Praying Parent and The Power of the Praying Series. My children have been given four of her books. I read her book, The Power of a Praying Wife in my early years of marriage. We also own the book, A Little Book of Powerful Prayers.  We are a praying family. Encouraging your children to understand the purpose and power of prayer. This book is great for your family. It also helps them to understand that time spent with the Lord has several benefits.

“I may be just a child, but my prayers have power because I am valuable to God. Even though children are small, their prayers are big in God’s eyes.” – What Happens When I Talk to God, author – Stormie Omartian

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 7 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days #DanielFast2018

Hello Productive Heirs!

It is Sunday and if you began your consecration with your family on Sunday of last week (we started midnight the morning of Sunday, 07JAN2018) then we are well on our way to Week 2. YES, YES, YES! Are you feeling good? You should be. Has God answered your petitions during this first week? I am sure HE has opened your eyes and your heart unlike you ever imagined. Our God can blow our minds when we set apart time for HIM.

If you are just joining us, I want to remind you why I am making these post each day.

Over the course of this consecration, I venture to share with you unique ways that my husband and I have involved our children and other family members in consecration. Young and old participate even at the tender age of 2 years old. No family member should be left out of the power ignition that comes from time set apart for the LORD. To consecrate simply means that we can expect God to perform miracles and divine work as a result of our separating ourselves for HIS GLORY.

The 5 ways we observe consecration include:

1). Devotional Readings in the Morning

2). Faith Sight Words – A study of vocabulary that defines our faith

3). Introducing recipes of plant-based ingredients new to my family

4). Corporate Prayer and Confessions of faith

5). Storytime – Sharing books on prayer, testimonies, and heroes in bible days and today.

You can read my initial post on why we consecrate and how I developed these ways to consecrate as a family, here.

So, let us go forward into Warrior Week 2. Shall we? But of course.

Morning Devotion

Read 2 Samuel 6:12-23

This story of King David dancing before the Lord has always been one that stood out among the pages of the scripture for me. David loved to be in the presence of the Lord. And he learned what it meant to reverence the presence of the Lord after “the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his irreverence.” (2 Samuel 6:7) During this encounter with the bringing of the ark to the tabernacle, David revived his heart from the wrong kind of fear and demonstrated before the people of Israel how to reverence God with praise, worship, and sacrifice. His speech to his wife, Michal, is an example of how we bring honor where honor is due (Romans 13:17). When we humble ourselves, we rightfully place the honor and renown where it belongs.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

GLORY. Careful, today’s word just might stir up a praise in your heart. SMILE. That is the way I feel any time I hear or say the word, “glory”. When I asked my husband how he would describe this word, he replied, “glory is the expression of God revealed in His people and all He has created. We are His Glory.” Expressions make known our thoughts and feelings. The expression of God makes HIM known. HIS GLORY is whatever makes HIM known. 

Recipe for the Fast

Fruit Salad

– 1 cup of raisins

– 1 can of pineapple tidbits              

– gala apples (diced)

– green grapes (cut in halves)

– red grapes (cut in halves)

– kiwi (sliced)

– fresh mint leaves (chopped) *optional                                        

I tend to make several different versions of fruit salad. (I am a salad specialist. Ask any member of my family or church and they will back me up on that one.) This is just one version that is quite refreshing.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

The presence of the Lord is here. Wherever I go, Whatever I touch or Whatever I create, I do it to advance the King of Glory.  He is worthy of the honor and I give Him the honor. I proclaim this is the year of the Lord’s favor. I profess my faith to make him known. My works are established and the beauty of the Lord is upon me.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 6-16 years old

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

My daughter is 11 years of age and Gabrielle Douglas is one of her role models. I purchased the book for my daughter but I actually read it first from cover to cover in one day. It is 224 pages but it reads very easily because it is intended for a young audience. I could really hear her voice on every page. I am a resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was pretty cool to read about places that I have been in her book. 

I chose this book for today’s blog post because it is a story of chasing glory, submitting your will and finding that all glory and honor belongs to God. Gabrielle shares an intimate illustration of her road to the 2012 Olympics in London. Her story helps the young reader understand that every leap of faith costs. The price is humility, pain, and courage. What I like about the book is that it doesn’t glamorize what glory looks like. Gabrielle Douglas gives a first-hand account of the ways in which God’s glory is revealed through His children, this story is a good read for you and your growing leaders. Enjoy.

“Glory – when God shares it with us, there’s only one thing we can do: give it right back to Him.” – Gabrielle Douglas

Bonus Tip: For your list of Faith Sight Words, ask your children to share with you the words in the Bible or that they have heard used in Christian dialogue that they don’t readily understand. These words will help you develop your list of words for discussion in next year’s consecration. (See what I did there? I am already getting you thinking about the future. SMILE)

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

Day 4- Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

Thus far during this period of consecration, I feel like I am nesting. Fasting is a form of purification for our body naturally. I have also found that when you are spiritually cleansing the body during the consecration, you will find yourself purifying your surroundings. I purged my bathroom vanity …

Day 2 – Family Ways to Consecrate for 21 Days

I pray that you are enjoying these posts on FAMILY WAYS TO CONSECRATE FOR 21 DAYS.

All five of these ACTION ITEMS are meant to help you keep your focus on the gains in your consecration.

I am so happy that you decided to join me and my family.

Morning Devotion

Read Joshua 6

Yesterday, we learned that the name Nicodemus means “the people’s victory”. So naturally, the first story in the word of God that comes to my mind about the people’s victory is that of Joshua and the walls of Jericho. (That is my beautiful boy, Joshua, in the header holding the vegetables from our garden.) This story is so inspiring. What happened at Jericho literally teaches us that your praise is your weapon. There is a time to shout and there is a time to be silent but in your silence, work up your praise.Get your praise higher than the wall and it will come tumbling down.

Today’s Faith Sight Word

VICTORY. According to the children, victory is the feeling of a win. You cannot know what you cannot feel. That is key because many people are winning games and achievements but don’t live a life of victory. When you know you have the victory, you rejoice. To rejoice is a choice and that is why the Lord commands us to rejoice so often in his word.

Recipe for the Fast

Lettuce wraps with Black beans and Salsa

4 – large lettuce leaves

1 – can of black beans (drained)

– minced garlic

– prepared Salsa (use your favorite brand)

Mix your black beans, garlic, and salsa in a food processor. Scoop a healthy portion of mixture into the center of the lettuce and roll it up like a burrito. (You can warm the mixture in a saucepan before you distribute to the lettuce if you desire a hot meal.)

Serve the lettuce wraps with corn on the cob and fresh guacamole for a healthy lunch.

Confession

Repeat as many times during the day as you remember it.

I am a champion. For the Lord, my God goes with me to fight for me. Jesus, the son of the Living God, has already defeated the grave and my enemies. Though I stumble, I shall not fall. His rod and staff comfort me though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil. I have the victory and I shall shout the victory forever no matter what.

Storytime

Recommended for ages 5-12 years old

Victory on the Walls: A story of Nehemiah

I am always on the hunt for Christian chapter books for my children. My oldest is a sixth grader who loves to read. This book allows the child reader to imagine themselves in the period of the Bible when Nehemiah is commanded to build for the Lord.

Bonus Tip – Our church was canceled yesterday due to snow and the secondary roads are not clear. My awesome pastor, Harold McPherson, ministered the word on Facebook Live from…wait…an empty church. He preached a message with no one in the room. Let me say that again, he PREACHED a message with no one in the room. Have you ever wanted to do that?

Here is your tip, take the confession and minister it to yourself in a room all alone. Preach to yourself like you are preaching to a congregation. You know why? There are people connected to you. When you win, they win. When you win, your family wins. When you win, it is a win for your community. So PREACH TO YOURSELF. Watch your spirit leap from your voice.

Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below.

“Heirs Together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

This Family is His Family.

Love Your Legacy,

Mrs. Q.

 

Obama’s time is done. It’s High Time for Wisdom.

I remember watching the television alone in my living room, curled up on my sofa as I listened to Senator Barack Obama prepare to give his victory speech on the night of November 4, 2008.  At the time, I was the mother of a toddler girl and barely three years in marriage.  I watched Barack and Michelle Obama take that stage with their two girls.  You might be thinking that I was sitting there grinning from ear to ear.  I wasn’t.  Several clips flashed across the screen of people all over the world witnessing this historical moment in the United States.  It appeared to me that many of them were more proud to be Americans than I was at that moment.  I wasn’t a fan of Barack Obama. I feared for Obama.  On that night, visions of Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy raced across my mind.  I clutched my decorative pillows.  As people were carrying signs at Grant Park in Illinois that stated “HOPE”, I sat there gripped with fear.  I feared for the life of the next president of the United States. 

The years passed after Inauguration Day 2009 and I grew weary of hearing the dialogue about RACE IN AMERICA. I am not one to say that race relations worsened under The Obama Administration.  I believe the evil of discrimination just got really bold.

I served as an officer in the military. I was taught that you never speak harmful words about the Commander In Chief.  You can have your convictions but it would be best not to share them publicly and certainly not in uniform. Was I the only officer that got that training? You have to wonder that when you hear high officials speaking of the leader of this great nation with such hard to hear disdain.  If my child hears me screaming through the house, I set the example for him to follow.  And that is what I felt was taking place in America…everybody screaming how much they hate Barack Obama.

When the following election came, I just wanted Obama out of office so the screaming would stop.  I just wanted to see him and his family go back to their lives and safely live.  For those first four years, I believe he had a target on his back and I just knew it was a matter of time before someone would try it.  So, there I was election night in 2012 waiting to hear that the Obama Era had come to an end and I would get my wish.  But when it was announced that he was elected for a second term, I sat alone in the quiet of my living room.  I looked up at heaven knowing surely this was the Lord’s doing because the Bible says that the existing authorities are established by God (Romans 13.1).  I asked a question of God, “What does this mean?” For three presidential elections in a row, it appeared that I had voted contrary to God.

Do you think that after his second term elected to office that my feelings about him would have changed? No.  I am not a fan of his politics.  I don’t support his views on many, many issues.  But you know what, I have to tell you that despite the fact that I disagree with him, I’ve grown to love the person.  I am extremely proud of the family man that is Barack H. Obama.  I am not his fan but I love him for what his image has done for me; a black woman, the oldest of three girls whose father was absent when we were Sasha and Malia’s ages.

Family Man: President Barack Obama

If I can say anything about his presidency, I cannot deny that he has stood the test against much adversity AND he has represented the versions of the leading man in black families that we rarely see (how many good examples of that do we see in celebrity?)  For that, I give you a high five and a bow President Barack Obama.  You showed the world.

1)      Black men love black women, faithfully. (First Lady Obama has hips and an attitude too.)

2)      Educated black men seek out talented black women, marry, raise families and treat each other like royals.

3)      Black men want to be involved in the lives of their wife and children. They want to build families and not just breed seed.

4)      Black men aren’t afraid to show deep affection for their queen in public.

5)      Strong, black men are not rock hard, unfeeling people.  They cry and they get emotional at times.  They are forgiving.

6)      Black men don’t have to curse, change their facial expressions or get loud to let you know that they are in charge.

7)      Black men can have non-black buddies and really get along to the point it is special to watch.

8)      Black men demonstrate what a good man looks like to their little girls because they treat her mother so well.

9)      A black man is unselfish and he wants you to have the best and he will give his best trying to give that to you.

10)  Black men want to see younger black men succeed and so they lead them and mentor them.

“Pretty sure I’ve never cried during a President’s speech until tonight, for he’s a fantastic orator. Please tell me I wasn’t alone.” – Jodi McGovney Sewell, USNA Class of 1999

I didn’t watch President Obama’s Farewell address.  I was grading papers that night. But I certainly heard about it the next day. It was my Naval Academy classmate’s Facebook post that reinforced my need to write this note.  (Thank you Jodi Sewell for allowing me to share this.)

You may not have liked everything that he was about.  You may not have liked anything he put out.  But I believe there is plenty about this President of the United States that you can say that you absolutely loved.  And you loved it to the point that you are going to miss it when he moves on.  Go ahead, be honest, Barack Obama, got under your skin…in a good way.  I won’t tell anyone you said it.

So, on to tomorrow.  I have another kind of fear for tomorrow’s Inauguration Day.  I am asking you all to pray.  Pray for this nation.  Pray for the Trump Administration.  Pray that he leads with wisdom and that he makes us proud.  I am not his fan either but who knows, Obama had Hope.

Blessings to the Obama Family! Live Long.

QuaWanna Bannarbie