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Monday, December 30, 2013

LST: The Untold Chronicles Online Book Release Party

You are cordially invited to the Online 2014 New Years Social Media Book Release of my second book, Let's Stay Together ~ The Untold Chronicles.. If you enjoyed the first one you will love the second as well. 

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Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy my work..

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Early one morning Karen woke up to a text message from a guy she was getting to know. The text message suggested that a statement she made was not true. Being an honest and upfront individual Karen found this accusation absurd and somewhat offensive. She felt tension from the statement due to the fact that she had not given this individual any reason to question whether she was not a woman of her word. So to avoid further confusion she picked up her phone to call him to get a better understanding of why he felt this type of way.

To her surprise he did not answer the phone the first time she called. He went as far as to not answer the phone the second time either. Not wanting to give up as she has heard many of her friends do when adversity arrives she made a third attempt and as many have said, “it is usually the charm”. She instantly noticed that as the gentleman answered the phone he obviously had frustration in his voice and seemed a bit irritated. So in an attempt to remain calm she asked him politely, “what was he talking about”?

He began to convey to Karen the words she professed to him. He emphatically attacked her criticizing her character and loyalty. He attempted to insult her personally, however Karen immediately stopped him and redirected his attention back to the matter at hand. Once she repeated what she stated and allowed him to clearly understand what she said he realized that he simply took her statement and comment the wrong way.
He realized that she was right and he was totally wrong.  

However, he did not immediately seek to apologize to her for his actions and behavior. This frustrated Karen because she could not realize how he could not understand that once you are wrong it is your obligation and duty to make the situation right. The conversation continued and Karen’s frustration was growing. She began to explain to him in "so many words" she was waiting to hear and apology. The gentleman finally apologized and they both went on with their day.

Prior to this incident the gentleman would reach out to Karen throughout the day on a consistent basis, yet on this day his efforts severely slowed and became stagnant. Karen felt that it was not her duty to regain the connection they once had as he was the one who destroyed it, however being unselfish she attempted to reach out to him anyway. The day goes by and the communication was minimal.

The next day Karen sent a text message stating that she did not understand his behavior and was not going to give more to move on from a negative situation that she did not create. He was not willing to compromise and did not desire to see her point of view. The gentleman was not interested in an attempt to feel how she felt from her perspective so the potential connection died.

Karen was somewhat relieved because even though this guy had a lot of potential she did not want to engage in a relationship with someone who could not acknowledge their wrong doings. More than anything she did not want to be with a person who could not put his pride and ego aside to put forth the effort to make it right. After reflecting on the situation she felt she made the right decision to move on.

LST-ISM: How can a person expect another person to bring more energy and effort to revive a LIFELINE that they did not cause to FLATLINE...?? The main ingredient that distinguishes a child from an adult is their maturity level. Being able to take ownership and responsibility for your actions is what separates us as individuals. This also shows that one has moved on from childhood into adulthood.

In this story it was obvious that the gentleman struggled with some things internally that effected him externally. Karen did her part and was willing to move on and continue to get to know the gentleman, but his lack of compassion, understanding, and affection would have only created more issues later on in their relationship.

Always remember when you are knowingly wrong be mature enough to admit that you are wrong. Be willing to work just as hard if not harder to right that wrong as you did when you created that wrong. Learn to admit this sooner rather than later. Lead with the apology don’t follow up with it. Forgiveness is nothing short of having a genuine and mutual understanding that the other party is sincere while they are asking for it. 


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mental Perceptions

Ask yourself is this you or has this been you ♫

SWEEPING GENERALIZATION: assumes that what is true of the whole will also be true of the part, or that what is true in most instances will be true in all instances.

Example: I'd like to hire you, but you're an ex-felon and statistics show that 80% of ex-felons recidivate.

***If we seek to change the way we think we can change the way we act***


Friday, August 23, 2013

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Monday, August 12, 2013

LST Spiritual Breakfast ~ Marriage

I just learned that many of the things we have been taught to "need" we really don't, yet to "want" them means more and teaches discipline to not fall into unwanted pitfalls trying to fulfill selfish needs..

I often hear people speak of needing a husband or a wife, yet in the BIBLE Paul did not and was not married and he also stated that, "but I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;" (1 Corinthians 7:7, . He also taught that the unmarried are free to "care for the things of the Lord" (1 Cor. 7:32), whereas the married must devote time and attention to their spouse as well (v.33). We are to remain unmarried IF one can do so and avoid sexual sin. If not (as very few are ready to a commit to a life of celibacy), it is "better to marry than to burn".

Also many still question whether Jesus was married as the gospel remains silent on the topic.. However, that was not why GOD sent him here..

So I continue to say you only NEED a wife or a husband if you can not sustain from having SEX outside of marriage and are not willing to commit to a life of celibacy.. So until you find the one you WANT who should be within reason don't fall into the trap of finding people who only can fulfill your needs because once that need is fulfilled their presence is no longer wanted or needed..

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Lady Within His Yard

As summer began to fall right into place there was something inside of me that was standing out of place. I made it my duty to recapture something that was once my own. The previous night before I strategically laid out my plan from start to finish. The task was to begin at the break of dawn and work until the job was finished or at least until I had exhausted all energy and resources.

I made sure I had all the supplies I needed and that all of my equipment was in working condition. This was my time to pursue something I had longed for. As I greeted my alarm with my own wake up call I hopped to my feet and put on my “let’s get dirty” gear. I washed my faced and stared in the mirror because I knew this job was one that could either make me or break me, however I was as ready as one could be. I opened my garage door and walked out into the enemy’s territory trying to get a grasp of how I was going to attack it in order to gain the upper hand. Before I made any harsh decisions I went back to my game plan. My game plan emphasized to always start with the foundation and work your way up. Growing up I watched the care, dedication, and hard work that my dad put into maintaining a beautiful yard and I aspired to do the same.

As I surveyed my yard I noticed it was full of weeds and insects all which aided in sabotaging my prized possession. I reached into my tool bag and grabbed my screw driver and began to pull weed after weed until all the weeds were up. Once all the weeds had been pulled I fired up my lawn mower and began to trim my yard to a level that was needed to stay healthy and grow. Instead of using the open end outlet which throws the grass back into the yard I used the mower bag and periodically stopped to empty the loose clippings. While cutting my grass I glanced over to my neighbor’s yard and admired how beautiful each one of their yards were and vowed to make my yard just as beautiful.  

After cutting the yard I went and grabbed my weed eater and got rid of those rough spots and cleaned up those wild edges. I used my hedge trimmer to make sure the bushes were well manicured. Once I finished working on the cosmetic parts I went and grabbed my weed killer and began to treat my yard by spraying a thick layer down to protect it from those weeds and pesky insects that may choose to come back. I added a fertilizer that would give it nutrients and nourishment while it endure the scorching summer heat and freezing winter cold. I added iron to help it keep the vibrant green color. Last, but definitely not least I set up a sprinkler system to give my yard water daily to make sure it didn’t die.  

Feeling hot and thirsty I came in to grab a nice cold glass of water and walked back outside and it hit me.

 Maintaining a yard is similar to maintaining a woman in a committed relationship.

 A man must first have a good plan of measure. He must commit himself to learning and making sure he is capable and well prepared to provide and take care of her. He must investigate to make sure that her foundation of emotions and feelings are stable and ready before he attempts to put anything else into place.  If she is not completely ready he may have to remove some weeds that are keeping her from growing to be the best she can be. Once he has removed those weeds he can now use his Godly hand of love to cut her into the beautiful Godly wife she desires to be. The man must remember to periodically empty the bag of negative baggage so that the infested clippings are not recycled back within her once they are removed. After she has been shaped now he must clean up the rough edges to add the glow she will display once his leaves her to stand on her own. Then he must provide a loving fertilizer, a healing weed killer, and a nutritious based nourishment that is filled with affection that will keep her healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially year around. Most importantly he must water her heart daily to insure that her love for him will never die. Now just when he thinks his job is done he must keep his attention and focus on her daily to make sure he is ready to remove anything that may seek to harm or cause her danger.

This is something he must be willing to commit to for 365 days a year in order to maintain a healthy and loving woman. One thing that is certain once a man is able to gain control of his yard maintaining it is the easy part. Just like his woman once he gains her total trust and confidence maintaining it is the easy part. You do this by doing exactly what you did to get it, putting in the work. I like to say the grass is only greener where you water it, so if he understands what it takes to keep his grass green he will not have to worry about someone else’s water hose watering it.

Mr. LST ♫

Monday, June 24, 2013

LIFE Goes On

"The one who is able to see and work towards their future doesn't waste time complaining about the obstacles here in the present and is grateful for the ups and downs that were in their past." Mr. LST

LIFE Goes On

Monday, June 10, 2013

Late Night Coasting by Mr. LST ♫

As you close your eyes to pray thank God for allowing you to wake up every morning not hoping and wishing for a miracle, but for another opportunity to make the best of the talents that He has blessed you with. Yes, it is a struggle to not ask him for the reward that is owed because of your labor or the epic ending to your great book entitled, "My Life". However, we must learn that even on those days that the finish line seems so far away we must still push on because someone somewhere is depending on us. We must push on because someone somewhere believes in us. That's when you must search within to garner something that lives deep down inside of you. It's the past experiences that made you who you are today and the present experiences that you encounter that will make you who you are for tomorrow. Life isn't about being recognized for being at the top for many times the true winner is the one who chose to Never Settle and Never Stop - Mr. LST 


Mr. LST speaks to the Ladies of L'auberge in Lake Charles , LA - Part 1

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Dream Catcher

LST TIP OF THE DAY: Don't force a DREAM CATCHER to choose between YOU and their DREAMS because you'll lose and end up dreaming about the what if's every time.. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Courtship... The Real Meaning

COURTSHIP the real meaning .. 

I often hear women say they want a man to "court" them. However, what are you doing while he "courts" you? Contrary to popular demand a pretty smile, nice shape, and great conversation only goes so far .. 

Your actions are what men look for when it comes to "putting a ring on it" .. Not many men or women would want to spend their life with a person who is only reactive .. I believe this is one of the many reason's dating and courtship has taking a vast turn for the worse ..

If something that is meant to be enjoyed by two people falls heavily on the shoulders of one, how can they BOTH find fulfillment in the efforts and interactions that they encounter with one another? 

Ladies we as men like to be "courted" as well. Similar to the way a man is to court a woman, however not to the same degree or level. We to like to know we are the one you WANT to be with not the one you NEED to be with because of self focused reasons .. 

We also want to know that our efforts are not being used in vain and please do not believe the fact that you are joining us for meals, outings, and etc is enough .. Because for a little more $$ we can BUY that same attention and probably garner a more pleasurable ending .. 

A man is suppose to find his treasure and if you look at the story of Ruth and Boaz she was found working not waiting .. So simply put give what you expect to receive in the beginning and I guarantee you'll start a relationship that's built off sharing and giving which equals teamwork .. Versus one that's built off one person's actions that are only matched by the other person's words .. 

Dating and Courtship doesn't stop once you are in a relationship/marriage it continues throughout so why not learn to SHARE the responsibility in the DATING phase so both individuals will enjoy and WANT to do it..

If you in a sack race with your partner and you are doing all the work why do you want them as your partner? They are only slowing you down and tiring you out. You definitely don't NEED them to participate in the race however, you may want them because they can make the race more enjoyable and give you a better chance to do what we all want to do in a healthy relationship keep it together. So find one who's willing to help and the two of you will run until you BOTH can't run anymore.

Remember, actions keep people close and words are what usually run them off ..

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Relationship Window of Opportunity

Have you ever wondered when your time will come to enjoy a healthy long lasting relationship? Maybe you keep telling yourself, “It’s not my time” or how about the all time favorite, “I’m waiting on God to send me my mate.” Well let me open your mind to this possible perspective. As I pondered on the word, “time” it led me to entertain the word “timing”.

Have you ever looked at meeting the right person as a situation that will definitely come within a certain window of opportunity? I believe a man and a woman have a certain time frame that opens and provides them with the best situation possible when it comes to finding one they are equivalent too or as many say, “equally yoked” with. This window opens multiple times throughout a person life; however it is up to the individual to make the best of it.

In this window frame of opportunity you have a chance to grow and connect or the risk of possibly sacrificing valuable time with someone who really didn’t deserve it. The biggest players in this game are Mr. and Mrs. Maturity. As I think about the very essence of the word it is not a secret that research and studies have proven women mature more rapidly than men. This could play a huge role when it pertains to relationship maturity and a person’s window frame of opportunity.

As we keep the maturity aspect in mind let’s apply this to dating and seeking a life long mate. The level of maturity an individual elevates to is usually the main reason why a relationship succeeds or fails. This can cause those who experience numerous failures to avoid dating and seeking a relationship because we as human beings can only take so much before we begin to resent the very notion of desiring something that continues to bring us pain and heartache.

In my opinion most mature women desire something concrete and real as they enter their late 20’s heading to their early 30’s. By this time most mature women have attained numerous personal goals and aspirations and now want a family and the fairytale lifestyle that many grew up hearing and dreaming about. However, most men during this age frame are not ready for those commitments and are not mature enough to truly understand their role as a man, husband, and father. As I like to say, “We were sowing our royal oats” which could lead to divorce or an unhealthy relationship. So if a mature woman is fortunate enough to be found by a mature man who is equipped mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially enough to handle the responsibilities that come along with those given titles during this time frame she is a lucky one.

As we take a look at the man. Most men start to reach a level of relationship maturity in their early 30’s as they grow closer to being 40. By this time life has revealed his purpose and he embraces his opportunity not only to become one with life, yet to be a husband and a father. During this period he will also desire a mature woman who aspires to be a wife and a mother. So if a mature man is fortunate enough to find a mature woman who is equipped mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially  to start a family with and live an abundant life he is also a lucky one. Unfortunately, by this time many women who are single may provide various reasons not to connect with this individual. Many have probably been married before and are now divorced. They may have been involved in an unhealthy relationship that they have not healed from. Some could possibly have children and do not desire more. Others may be at a place of independence where a life long relationship does not have the same zest on it as it did 5 or 6 years prior. Then you may have those who have been through so much that being married is nowhere in the equation because of what they have had to overcome and it is not worth risking where they are now which is a place or peace and tranquility.

This really makes me believe as we mature, grow, and become of age we have windows of opportunity that open and close when it comes to finding a life long mate. This means that we have to really continue to work on making sure “self” is ready to receive our blessing when it presents itself. This means recycling the negative baggage that one may be still clinging on too. It means being open minded to different things as it pertains to dating and relationships and just simply helping God by doing your part as it pertains to doing his will and he will reward your efforts. So continue to work daily on being a better you and don’t be surprised when your life long mates comes crawling through that window of opportunity that God will provide for you. There are millions of great people who desire what you desire and the awesome thing is you only need one to be mature enough to have a long lasting relationship.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Never Stop Never Settle

Never Stop and Never Settle!! Thanks again to the city of Lake Charles, LA and Maplewood MS for the opportunity to motivate and inspire their students and staff. - We O.W.N

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Have a MARVELOUS Monday!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Excerpt from the new book..

I really think my NEXT one may be my BEST one... ♫

Excerpt from the new book..

TRY - To Ready Yourself daily so you do not have to encounter a situation that calls for you to be at your best and you are not able to give just that, your best. The worse thing an individual could do is take the success they have earned for granted. As Mike Tyson witnessed, the problem with being at the top is that it requires more than what you did to get there, in order to stay there.

The pressures that come with being an American Icon can sometimes prove to be overwhelming even for the toughest of individuals.  As you pursue your dreams and goals let each day serve as a day that you improve and take the steps needed to be ready when that long awaited opportunity comes knocking at your door.

Allow other people to inspire you with their stories of triumph, yet do not be fooled to think that your story will be written the same way. My best friend once told me, “The amount of time it took for one person to see the fruits of their labors may not be the same as yours.” This is very true and I myself have been a victim of thinking that if it took one person 10 years to reach a certain level that I am striving for it will definitely take me 10 years as well.

However, we do not know what God has planned for us which makes being ready even more important. Your opportunity may come as soon as tomorrow or even next week. It may come next year, so while you actively wait do all you can today so when the chance you have desired arrives it will be much easier to embrace and be ready for.

Remember, preparation equals separation and those who prepare will always have a better chance to separate from those who do not. Start by creating a simple yet effective plan that you can practice daily. Allow this practice to prepare you to maximize each and every skill that is within you. Never let a day go by where you do not do something as it pertains to getting ready to catch your dreams.

Friday, April 5, 2013

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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Magic of Monday

It is five thirty in the morning and you are awaken to the pleasant sound of your alarm clock. You reach over and press the snooze button in an attempt to chase those elusive minutes that you think will provide more of the rest and relaxation you need before you begin your day. Ten more minutes go by and your persistent alarm clock comes calling again. This time your mind tells your body that we must get up and get going. However, on this particular day you have a feeling that is not normally felt on the other six days of the week. This feeling is one of fatigue, defeat, and just simply put one of gloom.

On this day everything seems to move a little slower. Getting dressed and out the door proves to be a hassle. As you yawn through traffic the commute to work moves at a turtle’s pace. You finally make it to work and the walk from the parking lot to your desk feels like one headed down death row. You go through your daily routine and for some reason the work load just feels a bit heavier and even the day is perceived to feel longer. In the back of your mind, slowly making its way to the front is the idea of getting back to the one thing that would not let you go, your comfortable bed.

Some have this uncomfortable feeling every day of the week. Which day of the week would you say is best depicted from above? Many people would call this day Monday, yet I will call it the day of your “Second Chance”. Yes, everyday is a day of second chance; however this second chance is one like none other. I forecast Monday to be the best day of the week for many reasons. For one, it is the day that follows the days when many of us go and receive our spiritual nourishment and replenish what was exhausted during the previous week. It follows the days that we have reunited with family, friends, and those we love the most. It comes after those days that we use to simply reenergize ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually.

One may venture to ask why this day is considered the best day of the week when the other days provide so much more. This reason can be a complicated one; it also can be very simple. The day that gives many of us those waiting to exhale feelings are usually Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These days cater more to our wants and Monday caters mostly to those things we need which is not always the easiest to manage and come to grips with. Monday is the day that many of us cannot do what we want because a heavy price may have to be paid if we do. It challenges everything that we stand for and continuously tests all that we have learned over the weekend. Monday is such a great day because it allows you to recover and recoup from the turmoil and recklessness the weekend can bring. The over spending in the mall, the wear and tear on your body from the night life, the endless little league games, and other avenues that the weekend leads us down that may do more harm than good.

Take for instance a person on a diet normally has what they call, “cheat days”. These days are usually Friday and Saturday. Now on what day do they use in an attempt to get back on track, our all important Monday. Very few people commit to something in the middle of the week or at the end of the week. They would rather wait and give it a total effort on Monday.
Finally, Monday is the best day of the week because in a spiritual way it is God’s blessing to you by allowing you a second chance to make up for the mishaps you may have had on the six days prior.

From this day forth look at Monday as a day to get closer to your treasures and not a day of misfortune.  View it as a day to continue to chase those dreams and goals that were challenged by the temptations of the weekend. Let Monday be the day that you thank God for another opportunity to be better and to get closer to him by giving you six more days to test your faith, strength, and courage.

When it is finally said and done if you learn to appreciate the arrival of Monday and conquer the let down most of us have when our alarm clock speaks to us on that day you will ultimately have a better Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which will feel even better because you have truly had a great week.

Have a MARVELOUS Monday!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Preparing To Be Better

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Mr. LST visits Lake Charles, LA ♥

Mr. LST visited Lake Charles, LA. March 15-17, 2013 .. On this day Mr. LST took his heart, passion, and soul to the city of Lake Charles.. He first started with the message, "Never Settle, Never Change" for the youth at Maplewood MS then ended the night with the Ladies of L' Auberge as they reviewed his book, "Let's Stay Together" Dating made simple for the New Millennium. The next morning he visited the Masonic Youth group where he gave the message, "Be The Change" to the Knights of Pythagoras. He closed his trip by being the guest host of "Sax in the City" which featured local musicians and artist sponsored by saxophonist and creator Mr. Huber Mickey Smith Jr

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013


"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one" - UNKNOWN

Always remember, you can not control what happened yesterday, You can not predict what will happen tomorrow. However, you can do all you can TODAY so that yesterday won't hold you back and tomorrow will never get in your way.. Mr. LST ♫

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Have a MARVELOUS Monday!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparing for your FUTURE today

Proverbs 19:14 - "Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD."

LST-ISM: Don't prepare to be a friend or anything less if you desire to be a wife. No one seeks to just compete in a race you train to WIN the race so in your pursuit of your life long mate TRAIN to be what you ultimately want to be which is the BEST HUSBAND or WIFE you can until your time comes. Even if you are married you can still strive to be better daily just allow GOD to lead you for he has never made a mistake.

The Ah-Ha: Football games are not won on game day they are won during week at PRACTICE..


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Understanding Faith

Mathew 14:31 ~ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

LKW-ISM: Many times we pray and ask GOD to answer our prayers and to provide us with dreams, goals, and those things in life that we cherish. However, when it doesn't happen in "our time" we lose our FAITH and immediately seek other options. Always remember prayer without works falls on deaf ears. So put ALL you have into your PLAN A and you want need a PLAN B.

The Ah-Ha: I wonder if GOD has a "PLAN B" person for YOUR "PLAN A" blessing...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Testimony

On this day, February 21, 2013 I come before the world to say thank you. I want say thank you to my family, friends, and those who supported me after my life changing experience 2 years ago.

I will humbly celebrate the 2 year anniversary or should I say the blessing in disguise that GOD had in store for me when he put a stop to an out of control and selfish life.

On February 21, 2011 I was arrested and charged with a DWI after leaving a restaurant while trying to drown my tears and bitterness in alcohol. Thinking I had the best things in life because I had a great job, was working on a doctorate degree, a house, nice salary, and many of the things most desire and work hard for in life. However, during the process of thinking I was enjoying the good life I lost my connection with those things and the one who should have mattered most.

Ever since that day my life has been truly a blessing and a total transformation that I am proud to be apart of. Being able to see the other side of a mountain allows you to learn that what you may think you want you may not really need.

Being incarcerated for those 16 hours felt more like 16 years and I can honestly say being a societal caged animal is something I dare not strive to get use to. As I spent those hours talking, confessing, and crying out to GOD he spoke back to me with love, compassion, and understanding. He brought one of his children back home.

Many wonder why a smile stays on my face, the reason is simple. When you have been to the bottom and he brings you out providing you a second chance to make the best of a gift you once took for granted why not allow his forgiveness to shine through you daily.

When you are truly appreciative for what GOD has done for you words are not often needed because you will glow daily with joy. You will sparkle as a star in the sky for GOD is the only way when there is no way.

Over the past 2 years I have learned that in order to enjoy LIFE you must love yourself more than worldly goods and pleasures. This is vital in the growth of an individual. Asking GOD for forgiveness is just the start. Praying and wanting his guidance daily is the key ingredient that will enhance your own personal recipe for success. Being able to walk alone before desiring to walk next to someone requires self discipline and honest evaluations that you must make yourself. Being religious is good, yet when you develop that relationship and become spiritual that's when you really see his goodness, no wait, his GREATNESS for GOD is not good all the time he is GREAT all the time.

Often times we wonder why certain things happen to us in our life when really we should just say thank you GOD for you will never make a mistake and you will never leave your children.

I thank that police officer for doing his job and not letting me go when I was wrong for who knows how my situation could have ended.  I thank my family for supporting me and staying by my side when all looked like it was lost. I thank my friends for being there when I needed them. I thank the judge for being understanding and allowing me to work off my time with a great group of men who did not judge me, yet embraced me. I thank my lawyer for his efforts and making sure I was able to receive the best verdict possible. I thank my current place of employment for doing what they do everyday for our kids by giving me a second chance.

Most off all I  thank GOD for his temporary interruption of my regularly scheduled program as he wanted me to turn back to his channel and gain the nourishment and guidance that I needed in order to be a better man today than I was yesterday.

Yes, I am still a work in progress, yet I am doing just that working to progress.

Blessed Beyond Measure :-)