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By: Martin A. Bryant Black Prism Publishing

A Message to Self: This book is a long time coming, after writing several poems, after publishers several poems, I am glad finally to go back to my lifelong dream of publishing. Seeing words in print is the biggest high to me. Back when the journey began in 1999, it actually began in 1982 when on a ribbon typewriter I created the “neighborhood news”. Print media is far better and satisfying than online because it’s vintage. Mentally Bound, Determined by Grace is important because it defines where my pen has been for the past seven years. It’s not about the applause, it’s not about the open mic circuit, it’s as Ramsey RIP brother) used to say…it’s about the core. The core of myself is my spirit, a spirit that possesses many gifts, one of which is inspiration through the written word. If no one sees anything I write again, I can at least say I inspired myself. God has given me six reasons at least to be inspired, I must always remember that whenever I have a job to do. This is a milestone, that MUST turn into a mountain stone, in the manifestation of my writing, That’s the bottom line cause, I said so.

Sincerely, Lyrically, Spiritually

Martin A. Bryant

All content of this book were conceptualized originally from the mind and soul of Martin A. Bryant. All poems have been copy-written, from 2005-to the present. Any permission to copy or duplicate must be agreed upon by the author for Black Prism Publishing For any questions, comments, or request © 2010 M.A.B.

Table Of Contents (Poetry) 1. Love 2. More For Me 3. In The Midst Of It All 4. YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW 5. Heaven Hath No Glory Yet A Man Be Reborn

6. Mirror of Self 7. TRUST......LOVE.....UNDERSTANDING 8. God's will......Our Won't 9. Untitled 10. I Want Not 11. "JOURNEYS" 12. "I’m not looking behind me.....My Focus is Pressing and Moving Forward" 13. The worst off you are, The Better you become... 14. Fullness of God 15. FREEDOM 16. The World is not Enough 17. HOW WE STAND 18. MAN 19. MY SISTA'S 20. Break That Yoke 21. Defense wins Championships 22. Less Gossip, More God Talk.......Change Your Speech 23. My spirit, My inner strong-hold on life 24. Don't be scared to fear the Lord 25. LIVE IN PEACE 26. Time to Play the Game, Just Bring It 27. The Struggle....Beat Me If You Can, Survive If God Let's You 28. THIS IS MY CONFESSION, LORD FORGIVE ME, LORD HELP ME Letters 1. My Letter to Black Men (Just the Beginning Part 1) 2. A Letter to Black Men ( The Apology Letter) 3. The Silent Killer (Domestic Violence)

LOVE I am not he who opposes me But Jesus said love those who oppose like I have loved thee For Heaven only knows the Bible shows that as we grow as brothers and sisters our love grows. God created man in his image and likeness He said "love one another" even though some might say "I don't like this" or that, her or him..... Love is an internal Spirit Has to come from within. Can't love thy neighbor unless we acknowledge HIM. For God so love the world he gave his only begotten Son There's No Greater Love than that from the Holy One. Love is the most powerful of the Spirit Love thy friends as well as your enemies grab hold of love ENDEAR IT........ Peace and Love

More For Me God is more for me than the whole world against.... God is more for me than the whole world against.... Pain my endureth for a night but joy cometh in the morning...... In the midst of the mourning, God smiles on your day Jesus was crucified, so our lives will be ok.... By his blood it saves us through the flood, His flesh, represents us and keeps us out of mess His body....walked in human form showing us we can make it through any storm.... He'll bring you through even when the walls are closing in He'll keep you even when it seems like it's the end...... His grace abounds He'll put your life on solid ground Turn to him and be faithful in anything ask him for everything.... Love, life pursuits of contentment...... Turn to him in humility and sin resentment...... Leave your pride, ego's, proudness, issues at the door and let Jesus guide may stumble he won't let your hit the floor....... What does not kill you makes you stronger pray long, if necessary pray longer...... Pain may endureth for night, but joy cometh in the morning in any mourning God will provide a smile...... FOR JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER pain only lasts a little while...... K.E.E.P. the Faith (Know Everything exists and is Possible)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7 In The Midst Of It All God, the unseen but the ever knowing The spirit, his love ever showing. He knows what we stand in need of in peace he sends his dove Call on him, he'll show you his love. He gave his only begotten Son so for a everlasting life, We'd have One.... Put you trust in he Struggling?,. Strife? I put thy worries to thee, And I know Jesus watches over me. He may seems that he's not there when you call him but he's always there when you need. When hungry, he will feed. When thirsty, he will supply for your thirst..... We have to learn in anything put God First. WE all go through things but we must realize who's the king if kings WE must accept, through Jesus we can do all things......... WE walk by faith, not by sight For put on the whole armor of God in any fight And watch......he'll lift you up and pull you through It may seem he's not there But God will be there to rescue you...... We walk by faith, not by sight..... Jesus lives and will ALWAYS be there when we call on his might....... For In The Midst Of It ALL he knows our struggles and will answer our call.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)


YESTERDAY is the past Along with that was our worries, our struggles, OUR thoughts of what does the future hold? "our Memories" Yesterday is gone like the sunset; the pain may have endureth... But by God's grace we see......TODAY...... Today is the morning joy came The day God gave us as a new beginning of hope. Today either good or bad, God has given us today to change things and make a love, to learn, to grow...... Today is the present and in the present we can only live as God wants us to live. TOMORROW, The door way into forever, for every tomorrow will live we move another step closer to salvation for we are on earth alittle while and when we "past into tomorrow" we are blessed forever. Yesterday memories carry us into Today's changes for the better....that result into our "Tomorrow's" reward's

Heaven Hath No Glory Yet A Man Be Reborn Heaven Hath No Glory Yet A Man Be Reborn Lets forget about the woman scorn Let's forget about the closes tattered and torn I got God on my side, His clothes of grace are now worn.... It's time to change the way we walk time to change the way we talk The devil is a liar Yet this liar stalks... Being dipped in the water and seeing salvation I know that I must give God my dedication... Being able to reach masses by speaking in tongues Souls are being saved off of the rungs. Now is the time that we all must show how I SHALL NOT WANT For My TIME I.S.N.O.W. IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL Thru the sinning and the mistakes WE must repent to the heavenly one So that our live he won't forsake And in the midst while the devil tries to shift us like wheat, and pluck us like corn Remember HEAVEN HATH NO GLORY, THAN A MAN AND WOMAN REBORN.

Ephesians 6:12 "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" Mirror of Self With this all being true too many of us fight the me that looks like you, for sister's, sister looks evil at brethren's mate...... brothers killing brethren at too high of a rate..... They say we are in the last days so turning your life around it's not too late. We need to stop fighting and start focusing and get our lives straight. The children are suffering for the "example" the adults are setting I'm not working for the "white man" with that attitude Where in life are we getting?..... Own businesses? investments? this should be our mentality instead of griping, drinking, lottery playing and betting. We need to let the leaders lead and if it's God's will for us to follow Wait until it's your turn to lead take that humility pill and swallow. Why kill brethren and ruin two lives, his and yours Why is sister dissing sister when when you both can open and close doors children like "Cain"...... if you are "Able" to kill, before that thought, try God's will Blood lines get divided..... love have you supplied it. Don't say everything we tried it EXEMPLIFY IT. Flesh gets torn when minds and hearts gets scorn like baptism in the body and blood some need to be reborn. "We are wrestling like Monday/Friday Smack Down We need to uplift each other instead of putting each other down For six feet deep is a finality

leave the war to the principality leave the war to the powers that be for if six meet and greet the flesh and blood get along like the Lord.....taste and see how sweet. A friend is a brother is a sister is a friend pray even for your enemies and the fighting to end. Wrestle not against one another Call all, your sister and Love thy brother........

TRUST......LOVE.....UNDERSTANDING Trust in the Lord at all times for nothing is as hard as it seems "Love thy neighbor as I have loved you" Jesus said "this new commandment I give unto you to do" Now we love but we dislike also trust is a thing that some don't know....... Things happen for a reason' certain things we need to let go..... but we don't We let them build up, then they tear us apart, in part in whole distrust and showing no love chokes us like a stranglers glove. We allow our non-understanding of "it's suppose to happen that way" instead we lean on I can't stand him/her and that's the last I have to say. Jesus said "love one another, as I have loved you"... Put thy trust in God for he knows what we stand in need of and what we need to do....... Love is hard to obtain trust falls sometimes like rain But put both in the Lord and thy will sustain

Thy whole self will begin to reign Find love....find trust in thy fellow woman and man and be whole AGAIN.....

Matthew 6:10 "Your kingdom come, your WILL be done, on earth as it is in Heaven" God's will......Our Won't Thy will be usually our won't We hear God say do this ...our answer...we want to but don't We rob ourselves of the blessings His will we should not be messing It's when we turn our back of the Will of God has us the most stressing...... Life is hard enough going does get tough struggles might get rough.... realize though this is God's will The storm He'll keep it still...... God Say's do this.....temptation Say's don't God say's my will be done.....His will oft times we don't

hmmmm. God's will...... It makes us stronger it does not kill What would Jesus do?..... better question......what would I do? ask yourself how about you? To thine own self be true What makes us stronger ...does not kill turn your don'ts and won'ts into God's will.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God Heaven Has No Glory, Than A Man Reborn Reconnected, redirected re-erected... He said it, He did it resurrected Repent, where thy have went For us, His Son He Sent Rebirth, his worth He's coming back for the earth Realize, his prize Recognize to be reborn, one must be baptized Rehired Not retired, He Desired Us to be Holy Spirit Fired, Today is the day the Lord has made He sent his son for our sins to be Repaid

Time to get off this rock for sin has me trapped and locked, heart hardly beating the world has me in shock All around me and in me is sin I need to rid myself of the iniquity within. I hear the voice of God telling me how to win. It's the 4th quarter, the 3rd period, the bottom of the 9th and I literally have nothing left I hear the voices of angels telling me not to hold my breath I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH they say keep walking Reverence God, cause the devil keeps stalking

The people need your inspiration…so keep writing and talking These words hit hard...Lord hear me calling "What do I need to do…since it seems like I'm falling? His answer.... "One must endure all the pain and suffering Through humility, my strength will be buffering rain will come, and lightning will flash however I will not leave you nor forsake you, You don't even have to ask". I see a vision before me first I see loaves and fish on the shore After I eat I start to see more... I see a cup pouring blood HIS blood in the water I ask myself should I get in the voice in me tells me not to tarry or falter.... My body...dirty from sin I start to get in...I feel cleanse my eyes start to open their lens... My clothes filthy, tattered and torn cleanse by the Spirit body feels no longer worn As I begin to see the world different now, my soul no longer does it mourn. I leave this message in the sand HEAVEN HATH NO GLORY LIKE A MAN REBORN!!!!!

Matthew 6:10 "Your kingdom come, your WILL be done, on earth as it is in Heaven" Philippians 4:11 'Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" I Want Not Contentment, no time for resentment Your sentiment should for on God's settlement...He'll see you through whatever it is God is there for you. He'll lift you up...He's all that we've got Thy mayest stumble but He shall not. Stand firm.....Stand tall... be faithful in everything ...give God a call.... His son paid the cost even though it seems like a loss we never lose Use God as you construct and Jesus as your tools..... Be content in good times and in bad He'll see you to happiness when times make us sad..... Don't give up for He's the option when all things look like it's coming to an end....


Psalm 119:105 " Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path"

"JOURNEYS" You order them, please guide my steps when walking, Guide, be my light, hear me talking Protect me when the enemy is stalking. When in darkness look up for the hook up keep your head up God will supply and keep your bread up.... He watches so He sees in darkness don't be ashamed to fall to thy knees and ask him please "let no harm fall down on me" for Jesus I put all my yoke on thee" For He's a yoke breaker, burden remover weight lifter, truth prover... turn on His word when all hope seems gone ASK THE LORD AND HIS LIGHT, HE WILL LEAVE ON... For He that keeps you from falling in the struggle in the midnight hour IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL Hear me Lord we are calling He will provide light and sun to help you out Travel on your path and He'll remove all doubt But remember Make sure your path is marked with His will For Why gain the whole world, is thy soul and spirit has been killed

Phililpians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this on thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. "I’m not looking behind me.....My Focus is Pressing and Moving Forward" The past has happened move over cause its over My intent is to take one small step toward the future. God has brought us through it, like He said He would You thought you couldn't, lean on him Like you know you should... I can't, shouldn't be defined....just the words I could. Push "Pray until something happens" "PUSH - Prosper Under Spiritual Holiness God keeps us whole continue on a spiritual roll....up any mountain, Jesus walks with us and provides thirst like a fountain He'll carry you through...countless times over No use counting.... Keep pressing onward and moving forward to that "NEW JERUSALEM� God and Jesus Keep using them The evils of the world even though some abusing them God and Jesus with them at your side, the battles You'll never be losing them..... Press on, Move on, Push on, AND NEVER STOP LONG ENOUGH TO THINK YOU CAN'T WIN..

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over cometh will I give to eat the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. The Worst Off You Are, The Better You Become... Walk that tightrope With Jesus you can cope Break that yoke Become unchoked.... Learn to put thy burdens to the Lord He will help you on HIS accord He will cut through your troubles with a sword. Overcoming means it didn't kill you Walk by faith And watch God will you "thy kingdom come" Listen as the Spirit says what needs to done ....on earth Where we need the most worth for the World is secondary Put God First. Listen and let his Spirit guide you Listen for God He will stand beside you. He that hath an ear listen to his word WAIT WATCH ENDURE!

Ephesians 3:19 "And to know love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Fullness of God No matter what, Be complete with God, The only power that’s gets the affirmative nod He is God all by himself Put your worries, fears and burdens on His shelf Let no-one overtake his mighty power Call on him any second, minute, or hour He will come right on time He will always be there when you call Psalms 46:11 reads "The Lord of Hosts is with us" Jesus said my name is I AM and He is IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL... Become one with the fulness His anointing, become one with the power of it's pullness His spirit is the strength in which we should believe His love is the power by which we achieve Become one with the FULNESS OF THE MOST HIGH Lift him up and he will He will keep thee by and by.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.

FREEDOM God predestined us to be free rid the mentality of no not me.. Quit letting the he's and she's have dominion over thee.. The Commandant says though shalt have no other god's before me yet we submit often time to the demands of the enemy. We prey on others weaknesses, instead of praying for their strength, We prey on their shortcomings Instead of being prayful of their length. Not withstanding we hinder each other’s progress with selfish intent and harm We should strive for God's freedom YES THIS IS A CAUSE FOR ALARM Off in the distance we should grab hold of Salvation's arm Once again we are slaves in our own minds YES THIS IS A CAUSE FOR ALARM Let my people go Moses said these words to Pharoah. We need to let go of yesterdays chain Grab hold of tomorrow reign cause today’s unchained melodies is the key when we want to sustain.

Grab hold of freedom We all need some Let no one lock your spirit Let no one lock your mind THE KEY TO UNLOCK WHAT ENSLAVES YOU TURN TO JESUS (FREEDOM) HE WILL HELP YOU FIND. "Whatever you may lose.........ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world,why, as though living in the world,are ye subject to ordinances. The World is Not Enough The weather started to get rough Our hearts and souls seem tossed Without the grace of God's goodness The battle seems at a lost But no battle supersedes the war For with Jesus as my ally I can always win and score Let no man take over and gain victory For anything in this world stays in this place For we are here but a little while But salvation lasts and can't be replaced. As we may be lost on earth Always seek answers to salvation FOR THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH GOD IS OUR TRUE REVELATION.

1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. HOW WE STAND The battle is never over Everyday a new challenge, a new fight something is bound to happen but in battle turn to the ultimate captain. STAND UP Like Jesus move, we should move just like that cause we know one day he's coming back. STAND UP with God you can achieve in God you should believe In sin you should leave STAND UP hold you head up, even when it's time to grieve Philippians 4:13 reads I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me Nothing beats a failure but a try He strengthens us to actually do things not to sit idly by STAND UP WOMAN AND MAN UP FOR GOD I LIVE AND FOR GOD I DIE STAND UP GIVE GOD A TRY

1 Timothy 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity. (Even though this scripture references a man's yearning to be a deacon, I think it is appropriate for any man who NEEDS a lesson in maturity and family.

MAN Yes we were here first But motto's, cars and money show We need to obey a different type of thirst. We are creating this type of struggle, this type of pain God created us in his image, yet We ignore our heir to his reign. The burdens He put on us, we need to man up and get up He placed us at the "head" of the household Men need to fall for this set up Be FATHER'S to your children no matter if they are yours by conception or "adopted" under God's direction hugging them instead hitting them consoling them instead cursing them should be your only interjection when they get older they are your reflection And.....for the sacred sake of love, honor, and obedience taking care of your woman, should be something done with expedience If you can lay with her, trying loving her for better or for worse Like the song writer says PUT THAT WOMAN FIRST.... God put her in your life To support you as your "wife" for you are the body, she's the backbone So you never should walk away and leave her alone. God gave man the ultimate position. accept the job, accept the role and pay that woman and your children more of your attention.

(to many times men let pride be their guide, when men should learn to guide and keep family close to their side.......for as God made man the head ....a "body" can't survive without that head.

1 Timothy 5:6,13 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth 13 And withal they learn to be idle,wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things they ought not.

MY SISTA'S Stop, drop, and roll Stop backbiting and fighting Drop the talking behind each other's back Cause the struggle for woman without God is hard enough and roll over a new leaf Start your morning off with belief If your "sista" looks good tell her Quit looking for something to talk about Quit thinking negative and remove the doubt If he's in your life stand and shout. Married woman, take care of the home too many are leaving husband to roam Many single woman want to marry but too many single woman tarry God created woman as a help mate too many woman can't accept that roll "commission" without submission is like retention without attention It's like trying to find revelation without salvation It's like being caught and almost about to fall and not looking for God to call. You woman are the back bone in life Righteousness is the true path to wife Feeding off the wrongs of pleasure

The burden will become to much to measure Sista's you are too valuable of a treasure Have pride in she Have pride in woman who looks like thee for God created woman for beauty You are what makes the world go round' place thy feet on solid ground You are a child bearer A love endearer A comforter, A carer It's not enough air for you all to exhale someone has to inhale foul air Don't worry he won't let you choke With Jesus he will get you there. Woman you are the center of this universe Realize God intended man to be first A Man should feed the children It's up to you to nourish their thrist. Nothing beats a strong Godly woman, than a weak ungodly woman. Don't look unto each other as enemies Love each other as family.

Hebrews 2:15 ...And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. In todays day and age, lets substitute death for failure, lets substitute death for trying.

Break that yoke Some are scared to break that yoke all the while they are still being choked by earthly smoke... Still in bondage by the earthly burdens Let God break that yoke, let him shoulder the load In order to do this, you can't be worried about the issues, the stress Put it all on God, he handles it at best ....or he'll give the tools to overcome Quit asking how come and ask the Lord How Quit looking for the early answer Cause God is coming for you right now. Listening to the world, knowing the world is not enough Let God get you going when the going gets rough Cause anything you are facing Against the Lord whatever it is, whomever it is Against God....they ain't that tough. Jesus was sent to take away our sins He was sent to save us from earthly death ...are you battling, well it's not over you struggling, get fighting Give it all you've got, until you feel you have nothing left breathless....Jesus was sent to give us breath.

Break that yoke Let Jesus remove the rope that chokes Jesus is the true fire Submit to his smoke.

Put thy burdens to the burden remover, place thy yoke on the yoke breaker Put all thy troubles on he who is the life maker..... Psalms 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. Defense wins Championships IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL Whom do I call In the trails, tribulations, and fears Who will ease my soul, and silence my tears... When test and struggles come abound I look to He to carry me to solid ground. No opposition can overcome God's defense He's more for us than the whole world against The enemy can't comprehend A Christian and God's relationship We just have to be saved, confess and have faith too win the championship. No trophy handed out, no awards, or rings given But, the ultimate reward is eternal living For the Lord is my everything, whom no-one can overcome His kingdom come.... Lord..... THY WILL BE DONE.

Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of s righteous man is well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked Less Gossip, More God Talk.......Change Your Speech SHHH! Listen to the footprints of Jesus Shhh! Listen as Jesus speaks to you Quit talking so much about those around you Keep the words of thy neighbor true. If you don't have anything good to say Don't say anything at all If you have something bad to say Don't give your friends and family a call Keep it to yourself Then bury the secret, the news, the GOSSIP, the story tearing someone down, does not get you glory. Quit cursing at them kids, show them love from your lips kind words are one of the building blocks in relationships just like careful words help win championships. You get better results from reasoning, than screaming Jesus spoke of love hate came from demons. Embrace loving words....and their meanings There is nothing like a pleasant "good morning" to start your day Let’s speak always with goodness Just not when you have something "good" to say. May the Lord bless the words from my mouth that comes out and let me not say things of which brings about doubt. Change your speech For from thy mouth, lessons have to be teached From thy mouth the WORD has to be preached

Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. My spirit, My inner strong-hold on life Lo, we may face many an uphill climb The spirit to keep climbing is what we ought to find. Lo, we may struggle, battle, and sometimes it appears we may lose but the fight isn't won by the swift but by he who uses God's tools. Our spirit places the call God answers... But ye must want deliverance... For our spirit should be our guide and not our hindrance. For within the holy three God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make the trinity It's in thee Seek the spirit, for it a strong-hold Find the spirit and grab hold The inner spirit.....makes the weak even bold FIND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD INSIDE YOU USE IT AS YOUR BUILDING MOLD.

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Don't be scared to fear the Lord Fear not, for the Lord is around Fear not man cause when the going gets tough he will not be found Turn to he who places thy feet on solid ground. Let no man/woman hold rule over you Do as God wills, to him stay true Blessed is thee who fears the Lord. Blessed is thee who does the will, of the higher accord. The Lord is the only whom we should fear The Lord is in whom is everywhere The Lord is thy comfort, thy strength in the fight Fear He who gave the world light. For blessed is thee whom in the Lord they fear Realize, Know, and Believe Thy Lord is everywhere.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. LIVE IN PEACE Stop the violence, stop the finger pointing Peace is waiting for you with an anointing Love thy neighbor, pray for thy enemy Pray that both stay a friend to thee. God don't like ugly nor does He like evil works hell is no kind of afterlife ....sorry the truth hurts. Quick to harm Quick to sound the alarm, even quicker to bite of the hand and sever the embracing arm. Make the effort, take the time to do good Making peace with all, we all should No sense fighting, and backbiting that doesn't get your name written in the book.... When it's all said and done Make sure and take a look....within Lord examine us outside and in Have I done my part in extending peace If not, today my animosity towards others will cease. May all strife between two cease and may we all learn to LIVE IN PEACE.

Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

Time to Play the Game, Just Bring It Bring the struggle, bring the pain, Bring the loss, the Lord is my gain, Bring the drama, bring the tears The Lord is my refuge he eases my fears, Bring the hatred bring the enemies The Lord, I surrender all to thee, Bring the sorrow, bring the unknown, I know in the morrow Success in the Lord will be shown. Bring the trails, bring the tribulation The Lord and his blessing is room for celebration What doesn't kill you makes you stronger he brought you to it, the reward of overcoming last longer. The struggle, like the overcoming with us in it is the perfect fit, The struggle, the pain JUST BRING IT

Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. The Struggle....Beat Me If You Can, Survive If God Let's You Here we go again, Troubles surround thee But Jesus walks with me Through it all He puts us through it, yet he still answers the call. Don't let the devil win, don't give him the victory Jesus will carry you through, Just Know he walks with thee. The Struggle, is a burden But Jesus breaks the yoke Breathe His air, when the struggle tries to choke. Let no man/woman of God let troubles overtake thee Know that as many journey's you may walk Jesus will walk with thee. The struggle, the pain, the strife, Beat me if you can, Survive if God's Let's you He's the God we serve, and he will see you through.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Psalms 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. THIS IS MY CONFESSION, LORD FORGIVE ME, LORD HELP ME I come Lord, Humble Please don't allow me to fumble She's given me the ball to be the head Lord Please don't leave me for dead. I am failing right now......Help me and lift us up I reach for your cup..... Lord please I am on my knees..... I need your guidance right now Please Lord show me us how. We are striving for a Holy union, and obstacles, after troubles, after trails, are in our way Lord The devil is after us, help me in this day. Forgive me of all past wrongs Lord please change this sad song WE are striving for happiness and your grace Lord wipe the tears from my face. I am weary, life right now is dreary, Lord I confess all to you Help us Lord, Help me to stay true. I am failing God, Please don't allow me to fall In you, Forever I call.

My Letter to Black Men …Just the Beginning Part 1

This is to the brother, the uncle, the father, the husband, the thug, the incarcerated, the free, the head of household, the basement dweller, the dead-beat, the rich man, the poor man, the churchgoer, the laymen, the pastor, the non-believer, the son, the friend….the man.

We are at a state in our lives where a lot of things that are going wrong are reflective of our actions. We first need to go to whatever God we individually believe in and ask for forgiveness. We also need to ask for direction. A lot of us are driving with no direction. We are impregnating our society with no erection. We are doing things that are crippling our nation at an alarming rate; sometimes with no or little regard. We are raping our counterparts without a care, and killing our children softly every time, one child goes to bed without his/her father in house, because this “father” is putting someone else to bed at night. A phone call even, goes along way. We are divided by our beliefs, when we all should be on one accord. We don’t practice things like religion, love, commitment, because of fear it makes us weak and actually it shows our strength. We equate sex and money to status and power, thus some need to be sentenced for grand theft and rape, because we rob our children of intangibles and every time we sleep with a woman without love in our hearts we take apart of her with us , a part she can never get back. We kill each other with cold hearted malice for false status and ill regard to human life, yet we all are descendants of slaves who suffered a fate most couldn’t stomach to watch on TV let alone have the heart to be next in line.

We need to realize that there is no such thing as the “man” if you are a man yourself. Diddy and Sean Carter and others are not the select few that can make it. We all need to realize we all have gifts to make our own opportunities we just don’t see that, we only focus on the end result.

The “un-fathered”, do not use your upbringing as an excuse, use it as motivation. Do not pattern your life after someone that can not better your life if you meet them or spent time with you. There is a generational curse that your sons and daughters need you to break. If you were raised by your mother and you know someone raised by both parents, they are not better than you because of that. They just have a different story than you…THAT’S ALL. Motivation can/should

come from any situation that appears bad. Good situations should only make you smile, not relax you; bad situations should motivate and inspire you to become a better person. We have a black president, So what, some still haven’t changed like he asked. We have a black president….Good for America, that doesn’t mean we are all entitled. Nothing happens without God! Husbands, plain and simple, quit going after what doesn’t complete you. If your name is husband, God has already supplied ALL your needs. The home is where you find love, not the hotel. Single brothers, get your business in order, before you lay down with her, every sexual mate you choose is a potential mother to your child. Those who can’t comprehend this, pull out before and after the 9 months journey. God made man to head the household, to share a life with a wife; He did not create us to share a house with a woman, or another man!!!!!

To the deadbeat, the young minded thinker, The coward, The thing that makes you a man is when you stand up to your responsibilities, if you use the EXCUSE you don’t have it, you will never have it. Child support is just that, supporting the child. If that is not in your realm of doable; piss and get off the pot. Let that other MAN take care of her and her children, remove yourself from the equation. That alone may make you a man, more than your yearning to fight this man, or hurt this woman. The, if you can’t have her, no-one will phenomenon places you lower than any convicted abuser. Don’t stick around out of jealously because she moved on….The child suffers!!!!! To the criminal minded…You can work for your own, you don’t have to steal. Put the gun down and fight if you have too, fight for everything you believe in…There are too many hood martyrs only dying for the hood, No one seems to be dying for their hard work until they come across you cowardly niggas, and decide to fight back. You emulate what you see on TV, and in the movies; and your perception is as ignorant as your appearance. Any gangster movie or depiction you watch, the gangsters/mobsters were all dressed to the tee, in suits and shoes and leather/fur coats…where in the millennium hood handbook does it read put on clothes 8 sizes to big, hang your pants of your ass, and look like you stepped off a hobo exhibit?

If you claim the “MAN” is holding you down, then he is, and that’s only because you let him. The real fight, can be one with your mental prowess, your integrity, and your intellect.

One thought, look into your man mirror, ask yourself…”who am I”?

A letter to Black Men Part 2 (The Apology Letter)

We are the focal point of the world. We don’t act like it. We should apologize. We should stand up and apologize for not being more responsible. We leave our children and our mates on the side of the road called life with reckless abandonment. On our journeys, we stop walking and we run in the opposite direction. We not only don’t see a “finish line” Some ignore that one even exists. We blame others and close the door of change, opportunity, and tomorrow, for what we deem as present glorification. The male ego is too busy looking for worldly acceptance it can’t stop and look in the mirror and see the problem staring back at us. We go out into the world and obtain jobs, not careers, so our foundations are made of wood at best and not solid concrete. So out sentences begin with phrases like “I would be able to if”, or” I would be able to support you if”. Just like you can put a hole in a wooden plank, there is a multitude of holes, in the many excuses of “what would you do”? We abuse society, we blackened the eye of our mates with things like empty promises, with events like crime, murder, mayhem. We dwell in the basements of life with our hands stuck in our pants, are we looking for direction or our erection; either way some of us don’t have a pot or a window. Yet invite the whole female population over to their “crib” only for a female’s first step be “down” arguable symbolic of her future. We should apologize to our fore-mothers, some of us have four mothers…Birth mother, grandmother, Aunt, Sister. These entities reflect every woman you choose to be-friend, and be “with” yet, every woman outside of these four have the proclivity to at one point or another be nicknamed bitch, hoe, trick or tramp, instead of love, or wife. There is a misnomer that there are no good men in the world…I wonder sometimes if a man started that out of some guilty admission. In retrospect, We do not need one self help book to be written, if we don’t stay in school long enough to learn not only how to read but to comprehend and understand. The Bible states in all the getting, get understanding. We need to stop right now, and understand this world is ours to flourish in, not to fail in, not to fall in, and definitely not to fall in love with the childish things that we encounter . ‘When I was a child I spake as a child, acted like a child, walk as a child….But when I became a man I put away childish things. We need to go back to shaking hands of one another, we need to visit the gravesites of the fallen. Too many brothers falling at the hands of another for nothing. Two families never are the same; one family gets buried alive, the other incarcerated either way the lineage is

forcible separated either by glass or the ground. Our children can not dwell on either. A public apology is In order for the many tattoed tear drops, graffiti walls, flower laid corner post and streetlights that proved to be the untimely chalk outline of our brethren. Our “white” blood cells should only be found on our insides not lining the pavement. An apology is in order regarding whom we choose as mates, whether female or another male especially the latter, there is nothing natural about two men laying with each other, or a young “man” primping and posing like a female wearing skinny jeans and makeup. Equally, there is nothing natural about hopping from bed to bed spreading seeds if you aren’t going to be around to cultivate and nurture your creation. Every woman you penetrate, you not only penetrate her women-hood, you penetrate her vessel of life, your penetrate her heart, and when you leave/run…you tear all that you’ve penetrated and laced with semen…and when the child is born…they often time don’t “see men”. Lastly, we need to apologize to God; our creator, whom daily we persecute with our unbelief. Daily we go against due to selfishness and greed. We rise up against His law and His will, all the while wondering why things aren’t going like we want them too. We war against The chosen Man of God, We war against the male boss, both of which “possess” the attention of our mates. This should be your own personal wake-up call…She gravitates towards a leader, THIS IS YOUR dance to step up and lead!!!!! We need to learn how not to be our own worst enemy, all the while learn how not to be the world’s best friend.

We just have to be, since He’s the Great I AM

© 2010 M.A.B.

The Silent Kill(Her)… Domestic Violence

Every friend hears the screams, but no-one listens to the pain. Blood spills from hand to hand combat…pours out like rain. The only reach from an umbrella is a woman finally walking away; or in a lot of situations her body is being carried astray. What’s the state of love, when the sting of hate creates mutiny? There is a cowardice running wild in the realm of relationships. Once upon a time a man’s touch would be the most comforting thing across a woman’s back, on her feet, or tenderly rubbing her neck. Somewhere though lost in the annuals of L-O-V-E a substitute came along called a-b-u-s-e!!!!! How do I hate thee, let me count the ways; Mental, a man will reduce a woman to a self conscious piece of flesh all for the sake of hunger. This feeds his ego a meal of superiority all the while she feels inferior. Emotional, a man will make a woman fall in love, only for him to like, lust, hate another. He will take her heart and use it as target practice for random indiscretions and broken promises. Even the most timid of male lover knows a woman seeks love, so the man-ipulator will say I love you only as a trap, in retrospect a real man will say I love you and mean it. He will use this real love as a key to capture her treasure; her heart. Lastly and the way that leads mostly to the grave is physical. Now, it is hard for a woman to leave, after all fear is a dangerous concept. However NO one should endure hated hands being thrust upon one’s body with no regard or malice. In recent weeks we have witnessed quite a few domestic violence instances where lives were taken. If a poll was given or a study took place we would see that every few seconds or few minutes a woman is being, abused, beaten, and it’s a shame that a species created carefully by God can be harmed so much by man.(sounds familiar as this happens with a lot in life).

Sensitivity about the situation, as well as familiarity prevents me from listing cases, so I continue to reference in “general” however, I am sure everyone knows someone who has gone though domestic violence or is a product of it. No matter what color, or race you are, black and blue is not a hue! With that being said…here is an open “letter” first to the Assailant; God the Father did not create us as man to abuse and “manhandle” our woman. Any man who takes even a second to put his hands on a woman is no better than the serpent she is to have enmity with. You are in no way shape form or fashion a man; you just happen to have your brain hanging down on the inside of your pants instead in your head. Second to the victim; LEAVE!!!!! You do not deserve this treatment. Emotional, mental abuse will cripple you; Physical abuse can kill you!!!!! To say God will make a

way…know this fact; faith without works is dead, so is the potential for you to be if you do not act on your faith and leave.

There are a lot of situations going on in the world today, however if we are attempting to take back our communities we need to start in our homes. Speaking of which…Fathers of sons, you can not raise your son to know it is ok to hit a woman, break that curse. If you grew up watching that, you should go get help, just like you should not “engage” with a woman if you are not ready to be a father, you should not be with a woman in any capacity if you have any experience with domestic violence as a youth. Seek ye first the counseling of a professional, before ye engage with a woman.

I am not going to mention any celebrity instances, because I don’t have too, we don’t have to go to Hollywood to address this issue. The address of this issue is in our own backyards…and it’s time we clean house!!!!

Keep your heads up, and YOUR HANDS DOWN!!!!!! Loving a woman is such a beautiful thing, you need a role model….The loving brother IS NOT hard to find. He’s the guy whom you won’t let her leave you for!!!!!!

We just have to Be…Because HE’S the GREAT I AM!!!!!!

Martin A. Bryant- I am a writer/poet/author…Most of all Vessel twitter: bryanthology28


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