THANKSGIVING

•November 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

​We should practice “Thnksgiving”,   every day; for blessings seem too often fleeting, lasting only long enough to be noticed then we take them for grafted and forget that they were grace not payments earned. Sam373

ANOTHER CONVERSATION

•August 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

“We have the power to make a Mess or a Masterpiece. The earth has existed about 3.4 Billion years. Man Kind has been here about 10 Million years but modern man has achieved and destroyed all that you see and have heard roomer-ed in the last 3,000 years! That includes very good things and very bad things. The point is we have the ability to do great things, if we choose to.” (Sam373 said this on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 am)

I believe that time need not be an enemy; it could be a saving grace, in deed.We are created in the image of the eternal but placed in a temporal university to learn.  And being that our actions are temporal, our mess needs not last forever. Knowledge has been placed in us, although we deny it, as if ignorance after the fact is an excuse.  I offer a simple definition for this concept called “Knowledge”: It is the accumulation of facts. True to the intent, it has been left to us to agree upon word meanings that describe or refer to elements of information. When we then use a specific word or combination of words to refer to a specific body of information and\or reasoning, we are said to “Understand”. This is a necessary step toward learning to “Communicate” When we have amassed enough words  and have agreed to use them in defining and describing our interaction with each other as well as the effect of that interaction;  we are said to “Comprehend” the lesson we have learned.

Life is a moot court of sorts.  Some speak to the predetermined-ness of it but still there are decisions to be made at every crossroad of redefinition or when ever new information or experience is added to the knowledge bank. We must note the repetitiveness of the experiences and the consequences that follow; I think this is called “Wisdom”?  Still, we must choose to continue or change in some way the direction we travel or the way we interact with our environment and those life forms we encounter along that way. Still, “predetermination” applies more to the syllabus of this “Life Course” in which we are enrolled than in those decisions we make along the way. Therefore, one might reason that there is possibly a predetermined amount of information to assimilate in this class. This information registers in me as knowledge, understanding and comprehension of the facts and experiences assimilated along this way. If therefore we are being schooled,
What Have we Learned?

By                                                                                                                                     Sammie L. Carter                                                                                                         Copyright 03/11/2011                                                                                                 Published 03/19/2014

WHAT IS IT?

•February 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

THE REALITY I SEE;

I FEEL,

THAT I UNDERSTAND;

I AM BLESSED TO COMPREHEND

THE FUTILITY OF EVERY EFFORT;

THAT THE GIFT MIGHT BE

ACCOMPLISHED.

MY EFFORTS ARE

A MATTER OF VANITY.

AS A CHILD STRIVES

TO IMPRESS

WITH A MEANINGFUL ACT

OF IMITATION.

WHAT IS IT THEN

THAT WARMS AND

IS TO THE SPIRIT HONOR.

WHAT IS IT?

WHAT GESTURE SUFFICES,

WHAT EFFORT ACCOMPLISHES;

WITHOUT HOPE OF REWARD.

TO YIELD IS THE RIGHT EFFORT.

TO WHAT PLAN DO I YIELD?

WHAT SATISFIES

MY NEED TO PLEASE

BEFORE THIS DAY IS DONE

AND I ASK;

WHICH DAY HOLDS

THE REALITY I SEE?

I FEEL;

THAT I UNDERSTAND,

I AM BLESSED TO COMPREHEND

THE FUTILITY OF EVERY EFFORT,

THAT THE GIFT MIGHT BE

SIMPLY

A GIFT

By

Sammie Carter

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A Tribute to Mandela

•February 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment
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Teach Me to Pray

•December 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

How strange it is to conclude that after so many years of claiming to love you Lord, I have been striving to behave towards you in a manner that would earn for me the desires of my heart.

This I’ve concluded is not love but manipulation, therefore I should not think that I would get the rewards of a loving partner or faithful servant when my motives and behavior has been manipulative rather than love or loyalty based.

It would appear that we have not heard Our Lord’s response to our request “Lord teach us how to pray as John also taught his disciples.” Your response was:

“2 “When you pray, say: Our Father who lives in heaven,[a] Holy is Your name. We look forward to Your kingdom coming on earth and  Your will being done on earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us each day our daily bread.[c] 4 And forgive us our sins, as we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us…”  ( especially for that lie we just told but rather, don’t let us stray from our quest to be like you).  (Luke 11:1-4)

I must confess that this has not been the prayer I’ve prayed nor has it been my mind set when I’ve prayed. First of all, do I take stock of who God is? What is God’s relationship to me? Verse 3 says that we should ask for what we need in order to survive daily. Then we should ask Him to forgive us our sins; it is hypocrisy when we say that we have forgiven them that owe us debut. Dare we ask God not to lead us in down paths of temptation when we are already there; (It is the Devil’s job to give us alternatives to God’s plan). Then there is what we really need; deliverance from the evil that we are involved in. Consider our mindset or motivations when we bless those we call friend and loved ones, which Jesus uncovered in verses 5-8:

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

Jesus continues to explain that we have been given already better gifts than we give, verses 9-12:

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for[e] a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit[f] to those who ask him!”

In all that we ask for, what should we ask for the more and in asking know that it has already been provided us. The next time you prepare to pray, meditate first on John 14:12-14 and Philippians 2:12-13. Then as you pray, remember that Prayer is a conversation that ends after you have listened to His response.

“Teach us to Pray”

Sammie L. Carter

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LISTEN,

•November 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

I’ve opened my mind and heart to conversations,

ideas, thoughts, instruction, paths to follow, treks to forge;

mountains to climb move or tunnel through.

I’ve been made aware of problems that are and not mine;

solutions that will resolve If only they could be implemented.

I’ve hear men and women, boys and girls cry in pain that I cannot ease;

I’ve been made aware of thirsts I cannot quench and hungers I cannot feed.

I’ve shared this education with people that offer a listening ear; shed a tear,

Or urged me to share with no one else, less someone else get richer than they!

 

I DON’T UNDERSTAND

SAMMIE L. CARTER
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