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From the Publisher: Timing means Everything Great Expectations for Rosetta Magazine
We are going global, taking the "Rosetta Magazine" around the world, and timing means everything! I am truly excited about what the Lord is doing! Back by popular demand. This is a time of season when more people are looking for the truth. This is a time when the true Christians must worship in spirit and in truth. This is the time to tell your story, encourage someone else, and to set the captive free. How will we do this, with the true word of God. We have so much to share with you, and Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing you visit our online issue that will be available soon at www.RosettaMagazine.com So get ready! God has a plan. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Enjoy this informative magazine, and if there is any subject that you would like to know more about, email us at: info@RosettaMagazine.com
The Word of God says, write the Vision Down and Make it Plain, The Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2, "For the vision is yet for the appointed time. It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
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In This Issue of Rosetta Magazine
CONTENTS Rosetta Magazine ● October 2009
From The Publisher 3 Angela Boone
Overcoming Disappointments with Fear
Holy Ghost Power—What I Know
16 Today’s Word by Beverly Jean White
5 The Power of Positive Thinking by Angela Boone
Rosetta Bookshelf 16 The Good Sense Handbook by Patricia Hinds, Author
Victory 7 Strong Faith In God by Christianne C. Sims
18 Holy Matrimony—the book by Angela Boone, Author
Mother & Daughter
11 I Want To Swim Like A Fish… But First I Must Drown Fear! by Charles A. Weems
19 lifelines by Rev. Beverly Gravin
Tips On Advertising Your Business Media Spotlight 14 Setting Up Your Marketing Plan by Tenisha Mercer
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20 Teen Corner 21 From High School to College by Nalise Shondre Smith
Teen Corner continues 22-23 Which Direction will You Go by Sharinese Jackson
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24 Rosetta’s Fashion Corner Great Gift Ideas
28 Rosetta On the Move
A SPECIAL THANKS A special thanks to all of our contributing writers. Thank you and may God continue to bless you richly. www.RosettaMagazine.com
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“THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING” by Angela Boone
“WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE IS...the power of positive thinking is powerful! Positive thinking is when everything around you seem to be a mess. Your relationships, family and friends. Your boss is a hot mess. People are taking advantage of you. You feel used and abused. You were laid off from your job, and can’t seem to make sense of your situation. People taking your kindness for weakness. You can deal with it a little more when it’s a stranger, but when it’s a friend! People trying to be nickel slick, but they don’t know that you got their number. Can you feel me? JESUS! Let me tell you about the “Power of Positive Thinking” when you are in the mist of what seems to be a mess. No matter what is going on around you, the negative spirits, the disrespect, the craziness. One thing I know for sure, when you realize that what the word of God says is true, and you become obedient to His word, what you will began to see is the manifestation of His Power! Because no matter what it looks like, “All things work together for them that love God and is called according to His purpose”! When you keep your mind stayed on Jesus, He will definitely keep you in perfect peace. What I had to do was exactly what the word of God tells me to do. Meditate on the word day and night. Pray without ceasing. Whatever I want, with prayer and supplication, let my request be made known unto God. Amen!
What I Know For Sure Is...As long as we live, the devil is going to use who ever is weak enough to let him use them. And sometimes that weak person is us, we can be our own worst enemy at times. What you have to realize is that the worldly people know Scripture. Satan knew it well, and used it against Jesus, as you will see later in my message. When I see someone being used by the devil, I have to stop, pray and think…and remember the word of God...“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12. Once I understood that we are not wrestling against the person that is being used by the enemy, I had to look at things differently. Yes. I have heard that scripture many times, but not until it was deep my heart did I put it into action. At that point you do what the word says, you pray and then you rebuke the enemy.
Satan Used The Word of God against God...So what makes you so special that you feel Satan won’t do the some to you. When Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan in Matthew chapter 4. Satan used the word of God to tempt Christ to sin. Now don’t interpret what I just said the wrong way. I did not say that Jesus sinned, He was tempted. He was a man without sin. www.RosettaMagazine.com
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“THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING” Continues by Angela Boone At times worldly people will use Scripture in an attempt to persuade a believer to do something he knows is wrong or unwise. Some Scripture, when taken out of context or not compared with other passages of God’s Word, may even appear to condone sinful behavior. For example, if we look at 1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV, it says, “Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything”. Now in this statement, “All things are permissible for me”, This is an example that clearly states a quotation of the theological position of Paul’s opponents. They thought they had the right to do anything they wished. And when you look at the fact that God gives us Free Will… His word says in Deuteronomy chapter 30:19, “I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”. As believers we must know Gods Word thoroughly, and beware of those who pervert the Scriptures in order to fulfill the desires of the sinful human nature. The apostle Peter speaks of those who distort the Scripture to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16. What you have to realized is that, why would we feel that we have it any easier than Jesus. Who because of Him, He has overcome this world and it cannot harm us. Now God has created us to do what Jesus did and greater things. “We are of God, little children, and we have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” 1 John 4:4. So, the next time the devil tries to come though someone else to get to you, remember, with the power of the Holy Ghost, you can make the devil flee. Study the word of God and know it. The word of God is your spiritual weapon, in this time of spiritual warfare, the only way you can fight the enemy is with the two edged sword, and stand! For the Battle is not yours, it’s the Lords.
And that my friends is the “Power of Positive Thinking”! ■ Boone is the author of five Christian books — “Live What U Preach, Preachers,” “Holy Matrimony,” “Faith Cometh By Hearing (Romans 10:17 ), and children's poetry book, “We Are All God's Little Children: Let Us Pray” and her new release, “Women In Corporate America”. Boone is a successful entrepreneur whose construction firm, Boone Management, completed school renovations at Howe Elementary as part of Detroit Public Schools' $1.5 billion capital improvement program. Boone is also a lecturer and motivational speaker who has been featured in publications such as Essence Magazine, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business and The Michigan Chronicle. She has also been featured on radio stations and print magazines in London, England, New York, Florida, California and Detroit. Visit her at: www.AngelaBoone.com www.RosettaMagazine.com
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Strong Faith In God By Christianne Sims
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I was originally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer October 15, 2004. Talk about a major slap in the face. I knew something was wrong because I had been in severe pain for months, but pancreatic cancer….not in my wildest dreams. I thought I had a really bad case of IBS, like on the commercial. I did not tell my family for two weeks and went around like business as usual. I need time to wrap my head around the diagnosis. God and I had a lot of conversations about what to do, how to do it, but most of all, how to tell my family. We never had a dialogue about ‘why me’ because ‘why not me’, and more importantly I’d rather it be me than my family. I knew with God’s love I would make it and that I would be strong. He told me that just because I had cancer did not mean that cancer had me. Believe and be strong. On November 2, 2004, my surgeon went in planning to take out my pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, and colon and give me a colostomy. When I woke up I still had all of my parts. He said I had lymphoma and stitched me back up. I did not have the slightest idea what that meant but it sure sounded good to me. I met with my oncologist who told me that I had Stage 2 NonHodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) and that we should be able to wipe it out with 3 rounds of chemo. I talked it over with God and chose to delay starting chemo until after the holidays. I needed to spend that time with my family. So January 5, 2005, I started chemo (CHOP-R). The plan was to have 3 rounds and be finished in March. But I had to have 8 rounds of CHOP-R finishing in June instead. In July '05 my PET scan was clear and I was considered in remission. And life was www.RosettaMagazine.com
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good. But my NHL had other plans. In June '06, I had a follow-up PET scan and my NHL was back with a vengeance. It had spread from my abdominal lymph nodes to lymph nodes in my lungs. I was a Stage 4 cancer patient and the only way to beat it was a stem cell transplant. My oncologist referred me to the Bone Marrow Transplant team at Henry Ford Hospital. Between July and September, I had to have 3 rounds of a chemo referred to as ICE to finally shrink my tumors enough to prepare for my transplant. For the first round, I was an inmate at St. Johns but since I did not act like a sick patient I got to do the next two rounds of ICE as an outpatient...have fanny pouch will travel! On Monday, November 6, 2006, I checked into room P-2 at HFH and started a very heavy duty chemo known as BEAM. God told me everything would be fine and to stay strong. That ‘I am a victor and not a victim’. That ‘all things are possible through him’. And no matter what, to believe, listen, and be strong. I started chemo that Monday….chemo 24x7 from Monday through Saturday. I got to celebrate my birthday on that Friday with a birthday party in my room. Since Monday was my ‘re-birthday’, we left all the decorations up to celebrate twice. The next two weeks were challenging, but with my faith in God and prayers I made it. I got 'sprung out of the Big House' on Friday Nov 24th and started my post recovery at home. I had a PET scan in May 2007 and it said all clear...that I'm in remission. But since my NHL was so sneaky, I had to wait 2 more years before I could truly say ‘cancer survivor’.
I am a survivor and a strong believer in Christ.
God told me to believe and I did. He
told me to be strong and I was. That I was a victor and not a victim. That all things are possible through Him. ■ If you have questions or comments, Christianne would love to hear from you. Christianne has a bachelors of Science in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University.
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I Want To Swim Like A Fish...But First I Must Drown Fear! By: Charles A. Weems
As a child I had pet goldfish. I would watch these goldfish everyday for long periods of time in amazement of how peaceful and fluid their movement was. They were gliding, propelling, breathing in their liquid world. I graduated from the home fishbowl to the huge multi aquarium at Belle Isle in Detroit. I was even more amazed because I had more of a variety of sea creatures that looked different, and swam in different ways because of their physical bodies, but there was still the fluid motion, the peace, and they breathed underwater. At the time I was 13 years old and I was fortunate enough to be involved in an organization that has become an American fixture, the Boy Scouts of America. An opportunity arose for me to learn to swim like a fish; our scout troop was given the invitation to participate in swimming lessons every Friday night. I jumped at the opportunity, all of a sudden an enemy of us humans leaped into the equation, the enemy called doubt. Doubt leaped in my mind with its father named fear and its brother named unbelief. First doubt told me, you surely can’t swim like a fish, you’re a human being, then father fear joined in and pronounced, you’ll surely drown trying to learn, then brother unbelief completed the songs of this trio of unbelief to create in me a negative mindset. This trio of doubt in my mind caused me to worry, which none of us need because worry causes stress. Worry is fear based meditation. Instead of meditating on the positive, worry is meditating on the negative. But the heroes in me prevailed; my heroes came to my rescue. Those heroes are my faith, my will, my passion, and my determination. They are Superheroes that are in all of us. When we learn to summon these trustee warriors, they thrust us forward into the positive realm of faith. So, no doubt this was the starting point of my journey to swim like a fish. Within a 4 to 6 month
period I had perfected the side stroke, backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly stroke, treading water and even a lifesaving technique called the Georgia –tech method. Yes I was swimming like a fish, but only on the surface of the water. One day out of boredom I started surfing the local television stations and stumbled across a public broadcast station that was showing a documentary about a certain Frenchmen named Jacque Cousteau who was doing underwater research in and around the Galapagos Islands. This man and his curious crew not only swam like fish, but were able to do something that would make my dream complete. They also breathed underwater like fish. I had stumbled upon one of the fathers of the S.C.U.B.A., self contained underwater breathing apparatus. I say one of the fathers because Cousteau was not alone, his friend, French engineer Emile Gagnan was co perfector of the aqualung. I had to have one of these lungs for man to truly swim like fish under the aqua. This time I stepped out in faith and not fear. My uperhero team thrusted me into the realm of positive thinking. No doubt, I did learn I did learn how to how to breathe underwater like breathe underwater a fish. like a fish. I signed up for scuba diving lessons at one of the U.S. Divers franchise dive shops. After 4 months of classroom hours and hands-on pool time I was ready to take my open water dive. The open water dive is the survival of the fittest and it shows if you learned and retained what was taught to you by seasoned veteran divers. Once again I activated those super heroes inside of me, reined at the top of my class. I passed the awesome test and receive my certification. Actually the true test didn’t come until 4 years later. I and my diving party of 5 took to the water one
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I Want To Swim Like A Fish...But First I Must Drown Fear! Continued from page 20 sunny Sunday afternoon. I have to let you know here that we’re diving in Michigan that means clay bottom lakes that if it rained recently it produces poor visibility. Well it had rained the day before, so there was 2 feet visibility. Another Michigan thing I should bring to your attention is that the water temperature in Michigan stays the same temperature year round 30 feet and below, which is freezing, 30 degrees or less. This is why you see Michigan divers wearing wetsuits to stay warm. The water temperature is a determining factor in this scenario of mine. As the rap song goes, “Now we Gonna Get to the Good Part.” We were down at 110 feet swimming down a slope when I saw something shining that caught my eye. I stopped to look, the rest of my diving party kept on swimming ahead. Right here I’m going to rewind back to those grueling hours of class time in diving class. One thing that was hammered in our head was not to panic no matter what, because if you panic you’re dead. My diving party has swam ahead, there’s 2 feet visibility and I’m all alone. I exhale, and attempt to inhale and I can’t, the water temperature has frozen my regulator in the closed position.
THE TEST Now this is the test for Charles in more ways than one. I saw everything I had ever done in my life flash across the screen of my mind like a movie on fast forward. I was at deaths doorstep and a few important questions rang in my mind, to live or die, to think or sink, and to either have faith or fear. I’m here to write this story so you know which of these I chose. The choices to live, think, and to have faith in God and what I was taught to not panic kicked in. My mind started working like a computer that was solving a complex problem. I recalled that sound travels and is amplified underwater so I took my knife from its sheath on my right calf and started to bang on my tank. It was so loud that it sounded like bells in a cathedral on Sunday morning. My diving party followed the sound back to me. They found me; I was on my last leg. One by one they started immediately to buddy breath with me. From not having any air for so long, the first air hose I received I had a death grip on it, my fingers had to be pried from it. Up, up, we started to ascend to the surface. At about 20 feet from the surface I felt the warmth of the sun heated water, and began to see the rays of the sun beam through the water. I saw the bottom of our diving buoy, and then I saw the red and white diving flag. These were signs that I was up and back from inner space, thank God. My head felt like it wanted to explode, and it did. Blood shot out of my nose, mouth, and ears from the pressure I had sustained, I had busted a sinus cavity in my forehead. This situation could have been much Here’s a little ear food for thought: worse; it could have resulted in my death. So I must say these “Now faith is the substance of things minutes were defining moments that shaped a part of who I am hoped for, and the evidence of things today. These moments strengthened my faith not only in God, but in me, and what I had learned, to not panic. Panic and doubt are not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJ. derivatives of fear. Panic is groundless fear, and fear is contaminated faith. These defining moments taught me to Have NO Fear, believe, and step out of the boat and walk on the water. Only believe that you can, and yes I did swim like a fish. And yes I did drown fear.■ Charles is majoring in mental health and psychology.
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Setting Up Your Marketing Plan By Tenisha Mercer Mercer Media Group
You've worked hard to become an entrepreneur - writing business plans, saving money and nurturing your dream. But many business owners forget an important step of the process - a marketing plan. A marketing plan defines your marketing strategy, and answers these important questions: How will you market your company's products or services? Who do you want to reach? How will you reach them cost effectively? A marketing plan is almost as important as a business plan, but it's a step that many budding entrepreneurs sometimes neglect. A marketing plan builds on what you've outlined in your business plan, but it describes in detail how you will accomplish your goals. A marketing plan is made up of these key elements:
Overview This is a short description of your plan, which includes your marketing goals and the actions that you plan to take to achieve them. It answers what you want to accomplish and why. Do you want a strategy to reach 10,000 customers or just 500 customers?
Vision What's the philosophy of your business? Whom do you want to serve and why? This answers why you are in business. Are you targeting stay-at-home moms or business executives with your new product? Is your retail store aimed at pregnant moms or plus-size women?
Objectives How will you reach your audience? You should include your marketing budget and the marketing initiatives you need to complete to reach your goals. Will you advertise in the newspaper or online? Will you print flyers for your nail salon or will you rely on word-of mouth? Determining your strategy is important. You should also include information about your market - who you will serve and their needs and wants. www.RosettaMagazine.com
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Setting Up Your Marketing Plan—continues from page 12 By Tenisha Mercer
Sales Goals This is a critical step. You've got to identify sales goals to remain focused. How many people do you think will buy your products? From which markets?
Define Your Product What is it that you're selling? What's unique about it? Why should consumers buy it?
Communications Strategies You've identified your vision, your goals and your market. Now you will spell out how you will reach your market. How will you deliver products and services to customers? Who are your competitors? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do they conduct business? Answer these questions and you can then form a plan to reach your market - print advertising, direct marketing, Internet marketing, outdoor advertising are examples. Don't forget to include a budget for each as well as techniques to evaluate your strategies.■ Tenisha Mercer is president and CEO of Mercer Media Group, a full-service marketing communications firm in Atlanta. She is the author of an upcoming e-book about how small businesses can generate free media publicity. Her firm produces marketing collateral such as brochures, sales letters, web sites, custom newsletters and direct mail. She is an award-winning journalist whose stories have been published in USA Today, The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business, Essence Magazine, African American Family Magazine and Automotive News. Contact her at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Overcoming Disappointments with Faith Today's word by Beverly Jean White "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past" (Isaiah 43:18, NIV)
Every person on this planet has faced or will face disappointments. That is a part of life...of being a member of the human race. The sun cannot shine all the time...but it takes a little rain to make the flowers grow. What is disappointing to one person may not be disappointing to another but God allows us all to be let down many times in our lives and it doesn't necessarily mean that you're a bad person. God's rain falls upon the just and the unjust. Perhaps you did not get the promotion on your job...you were looked over in favor of someone young, more inexperienced...you had worked hard for this promotion...but it didn't happen. Now the younger person is your boss. That's a disappointment. It may be you could not close that big deal you were counting on...the deal that would have put you on a higher income level and a better lifestyle...that would have gained you favor and prestige with your friends, family and coworkers. It failed to materialize. That's disappointing. Maybe you didn't qualify for that dream house you were believing God for...you had already seen yourself living there in your mind...it was all you every wanted in a home but for some reason, God didn't allow it to come to pass. You're plagued with questions...you're filled with bitterness and disappointment. It seems like everyone around you is being blessed even evil doers. You wonder if serving the Lord is really worth it...does it actually pay. Let's say I've been there and done that so I'm uniquely qualified to help you. Your disappointment may take a different view. A marriage relationship just isn't working out...it seems to become more impossible by the year...the romance is gone, the trust is gone, the spark of love that you used to have in your eyes has disappeared and you're faking happiness before the crowd. You vowed until death do you park and you're afraid to divorce so you spend your days in a humdrum relationship trying to fill the emptiness with busyness. Disappointment can be something like the death of a loved one, or some kind of illness in your body. I could go on. But whatever it may be, the reality is that we're all going to suffer some setbacks. But here are some keys to overcoming disappointments: Learn to let go of the past. It weighs you down and holds you back. Examine what you're holding on to. Choose to forgiveness those who hurt and wronged you whether they hurt you intentionally or unintentially. Release it to God in prayer. Be willing to move ahead of the hurt. Do you need to forgive yourself and others? Receive God's forgiveness and extend that forgiveness to others. Make the choice today. Finally begin to ramp up your faith in God that despite your past disappointments your today will be better. Tomorrow you will experience the brighter future God has in store for you.â– Galatians 5:6 "But faith working through love." Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please God." 2 Corinthians 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight." www.RosettaMagazine.com
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About The Book THE GOOD SENSE HANDBOOK presents a collection of short passages that serve as reminders of the big and small things that really make a difference in our lives. In her weekly messages, Patricia Hinds offers timeless truths to encourage us to never overlook the impact of hope, faith, integrity, gratitude, forgiveness, and the beauty of discovery. Beautifully illustrated with artwork of world-renowned painters, Hinds's practical, faith-based wisdom relates to our common circumstances and realities-and will steer readers to turn challenges into opportunities, fear into faith, resentment and bitterness to love. There are many concepts about leading a fulfilling life that we may know in theory but do not necessarily apply in our daily lives. The Good Sense Handbook delivers touching, engaging messages to accompany those who are on a path to joyful living-and to guide those who have lost their way.
About Patricia Hinds Patricia Hinds, editor, university professor, and publishing executive, is the founder of Mignon Communications, LLC, a full-service book producer. She is the author of nine children's books. Hinds created Essence Books, which includes 50 of the Most Inspiring African-Americans; Wisdom of the Ages: Extraordinary People 19 to 90; Making it Happen: Creating Success and Abundance; Black Men in Their Own Words; 21st Century Sister: Five Keys to Success; ESSENCE: 25 Years Celebrating Black Women; and Total Makeover: Body, Beauty, Spirit; and she produced Essence Books for Children. For more information visit http://www.thegoodsensehandbook.com
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About The Book HOLY MATRIMONY (God Created the Family before He Created the Church) is a story about sexual sin in the church and Spiritual Deliverance in Christ!
About Angela Boone Angela Boone is the author of several Christian books titled, "Live What U Preach Preachers", "Faith Cometh By Hearing", "We Are All Gods Little Children: Let Us Pray", and "Women In Corporate America". Boone is a successful entrepreneur whose construction firm, Boone Management, completed school renovations at Howe Elementary as part of Detroit Public Schools' $1.5 billion capital improvement program. Boone is also a lecturer and motivational speaker who has been featured in Essence magazine, 2004-2005, under the title, Making It Happen, Creating Success and Abundance and the September 2001 issue of Essence Magazine, under the title, Wealth and Work, "How I did it, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business and The Michigan Chronicle. She has also been featured on radio stations and print magazines in London, England, New York, Florida, California and Detroit. Boone was awarded by NAWBO as one of Michigan's Top 10 female business owners. For more information visit http://www.AngelaBoone.com
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lifelines by Rev. Beverly Garvin "Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:39
On August 14, 1988 at 5:36 a.m. through the Power of the Holy Spirit I was given the Vision of lifelines Ministries Incorporated International. A picture of a heart was shown and a female child walking together with an adult female. The gap widens as they walk but then it narrows bringing them back together as one. The scripture was Matthew Ch. 10 - verse 39..."She that findeth her life shall lose it: and she that loseth her life for my sake shall find it." Yes I was impassioned and still am in working with women in ministry. I got my shorthand tablet and begin taking notes as to how this ministry was to take place. Names were given me and ideas on formation of lifelines. The late and great author, preacher, teacher and friend, The Rev. Dr. Linda H. Hollies hosted a 'first' women's convocation at Kellogg Center of Michigan State University, August 1986 in E. Lansing, Michigan. There God birthed much in spiritual gifts to women in ministry. I was so awe inspired and totally captivated with the gifts and graces God was producing. Woman to Woman Ministries. Out of that meeting I was selected to start a Detroit Chapter. In WTWM I received much training to be able to learn how to work with women and girls. Unbeknownst to me, God had already placed this seedling in me at an early age. I will share those early beginnings with you in forthcoming articles. God led me to get back in touch with girlfriends from as far back as elementary school. They were invited to my home for a Sister's Nite Out which would consist of dining, studying and discussing John Ch.8 v32 - and introducing this new seedling and the Executive Director Linda. A successful and much needed Womanist support group for Christian women of African descent was set in motion. The group focus for WTWM was the "Seven Steps to Inner Healing" - recognition, admission, sharing, confession, reconciliation, choose to be different and choosing. We applied these steps in a Pastoral Care and Inner Healing process. Thanks Be Unto God! lifelines Ministries Incorporated International was birthed in Chicago. Having begun training in Chaplain Ministry, one of my first missions was at an adolescent treatment center. There I met and counseled, encouraged and ministered to my first mother-daughter duo, Brenda and Yolanda. Shortly thereafter a wonderful group of Chicago women caught the Vision and a second chapter of WTWM began and, lifelines first convocation for women and girls convened. â– Should you have any interest in lifelines please contact Rev. Beverly Jackson Garvin at email@example.com or by phone at (734)459-7475. www.RosettaMagazine.com
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You Are Entering the Teen Corner
“When we stop looking at the color of skin, and judging one another, that is when we will find someone we know by their expression, and can help!”
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From High School to College By Nalise Shondre Smith – 3rd year College Student
Starting school is always fun, new clothes, new school supplies and meeting a few new people is always good. But starting college is a whole new experience. No one knows you, and the people you think were your friends in high school you will definitely find out the truth now. You will even find out things about your friends you would never imagine. Some of these girls moving on campus are here for the wrong reasons. Asking about curfews and how many male guests they can have per night. Most of these girls won't make it to the next semester. You can tell that they haven't had any freedom in high school, they go to every party every single night, and skip classes the next morning. In high school you could skip class and get your work the next day but not in college. A professor doesn't care if you pass or not. They have thousands of students a day and don't even know you. They have no problem failing you at all. That's why it is very important you establish a personal relationship with your professor, because as wrong as it may sound, a professor is more likely to help you and even give you mercy if they know you and can tell you have been trying. These girls aren't used to not having a dress code in school; they're going to class like they're going to the club.
You can definitely tell the freshman's from the upper classmen.
Their clothes are all tight and when they see a group of guys you should see the way they walk. They bend their hips and lick their lips and switch, hoping one of the guys would call her over. It is really a shame how fast the girls fall for these guys game knowing that all they want to do is get between their legs. It is amazing how all these guys have to do is say "you're so beautiful, your different from the rest, I love you, and I love being around you" those compliments seem to get these guys far. As soon as they tell them that, and get what they want, they are gone and moving on to the next girl. The guys call me stuck up and snooty, but I would take those names any day than to be called a “ho”. I would rather be known as the girl who won't give anyone the time of day than the girl who has talked to everyone. Some of these girls get excited because they get invited to an upper classmen party and get to drink for free. These guys just want to get you drunk and have sex with you. They would rather take advantage of you than to get to know you. And I have realized that it has been much more fun to watch drunken people than to be drunk. You hear older people all the time saying "keep your heads in the books and etc" but it is true. Boys, drinking, and smoking are always going to be there. So just take your time and go to school.
Be focused. Because in the end it will pay off.
I was scared to start college because it seems hard and I was afraid I wasn't going to adapt to the environment, but I realized that God wouldn't give you an obstacle you couldn't overcome and that you couldn't learn from.■ www.RosettaMagazine.com
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Sharinese Jackson, Author of the book “Choices”
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Who Do U Represent? Who Do U Represent? by Sharinese Jackson, Author of the book “Choices” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not o harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV As I prepare to walk into a new school and in a new grade, I am both excited and scared, Eve thought as she made her way to the door. I’m excited because I am leaving behind all those lame friends I had at my old school. I gave myself a fresh make-over. This new look should make me more popular and ready to hang out with people as fresh as me. Yeah, Eve thought I’m not bringing any of those lame habits and clubs I was in with me to this new school. I’ve got new clothes, new hairstyle and definitely a new attitude. No one here knows and will ever find out that I played in the orchestra band, has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and that I sing in my church choir. Those things I am leaving in the past. I’m tired of being in the group of girls who are thought of as the “smart ones”, the “good” girls, the girls boys only talk to, but don’t want to hang out with. I want to be a part of the fresh crew, the girls who have it going on, the popular ones. With my new look and new attitude I am so sure that it will work, I will be a part of the fresh crew. As I walk through the door, I want to shout out “Here I am Players” but that’s not cool either, so I will just walk the part, for I know I look the part. By lunch time, my plan was definitely working. As soon as I walked into the cafeteria, I saw a group of girls sitting with some boys and they asked me if I wanted to join them. They complimented me on my outfit and told me to sit with them after I got my lunch. Hey, I thought this is easier than I imagined. My make over plan is working; I will be running things around here soon. Then to my surprise or should I say horror, I saw one of my old friends from my old school walking toward me. I didn’t know she was going here too. I thought I had left my lame identity behind me. I wanted to ignore her but she called my name, so I had no choice but to answer her. She asked me to sit with her, since I was the only person she knew at this new school. What Choice Do I Have? Which Direction Do I choose?
Choice One Sit with her and not my new group of friends.
Choice Two Invite her to sit with me and my new friends.
Choice Three Tell her I am sitting with someone else.
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