I come to You today asking You to breathe peace into myself and the Earth. Lord, I know that you anticipate and will meet all of my needs. Lord, I need a little bit more help. I’ve been dealing with a lot Lord, as You know, and I need You to take it from me. I give it all to You Lord.
Lord, please calm my spirit when it is restless. Give me gentle reminders to breathe. Help me breathe. Give me space to breathe. Surround me with a strong support system, filled with like minded beings who love and support me. Give me gentle guidance. Continue to send me reminders that I am okay. I am so thankful for them.
Lord, please calm the world. Give us healing, support and love, so we can transition to a more positive space. Lord, I have realized that the space we are in, as a world, is to reconfigure us. So that we can grow closer to You. I know that all of the experiences that are happening are to reveal Your truth- that all beings deserve to be protected and respected, which is the only truth. Let us learn these lessons as swiftly and as deeply as possible, so we can move forward in Your grace. Give extra support to those who are struggling with this change. Let them see the truth.
Lord, let all I do and speak be for Your honor.
“ Lord when I am confused guide me. When I am weary energize me Lord. When I am burned out infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit. May the work that I do in the way that I do it bring hope, life and courage to all that come in contact with me today. And, oh Lord, even in the days more stressful moments may rest in You.”
Lord hear my prayers.
In the matchless name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
So I didn’t blog yesterday and honestly don’t know what ended up happened. But anyways, I’ll do two tips/what I’ve learned in the last two days.
Try to release and let go. Being in the moment is so important.
Admit when you need help. The first step in healing is to admit that there is a problem. Which can sometimes be hard because humans like to avoid problems. It’s important to take care of yourself. But in order to do so effectively you have to pinpoint the real problem. Then address it.
Issues that plague communities of color* really affect the nation as a whole. While issues negatively affect communities of color, white communities are benefiting from these practices (known as the concept of white privilege). I believe that with white privilege comes white ignorance, about issues that affect other people. In addition to this, it is a popular belief that you have to be affected by these issues to stand up against them. This is not true. There are ways that white people can help communities of color and I want to talk about them.
Get rid of the white savior complex– Yes I know communities of color have their own struggles that white Americans do not have to face. But that does not make us less than you. All that means is that we need more resources to help ourselves. Which is natural, because after hundreds of years of not having access to resources, there will be a need for more. If you choose to help communities of color, you have to remember that you’re not saving them, you’re just helping them do what they were already doing. All too often the white savior complex is displayed in media- the one white person enters a community and fixes everything. This is not true. My dad always says “We don’t need saviors, we need servants.” You have to be willing to help the cause, but just know you’re ONLY helping.
Make friends- Because of segregation, it can be easy to only have friends that look just like you. This is not coming to help people. You need to make friends with people to understand what is truly going on. Friends talk about things that matter. There is a complex that many white people have that if something is different, the other person is required to explain it. This is not true. Being friends with someone means that you respect them, their ideas and their culture. If you are truly friends with someone, you will understand how they were raised and what things make them them. Remember to just keep an open mind. People of color are people too, and deserve to be respected.
Get involved (in your local community!)– Believe it or not, there are issues in the community you live in! Just because you’re not affected by them in a negative way doesn’t mean they don’t exist! Going to Haiti to help children is helpful, but it is not going to fix the problems that are going on in your local “ghetto”**.
Research and fact check!!!– What you read on the internet may or may not be true. Fact check. Look across multiple sources and figure out what is the same. And look across good sources, like scholarly papers. Talk to professors and other people. Figure out if what you’re reading is true. Be open to being wrong and understand that the way you view society may not be the way it is for other people. Be open.
Last but not least, leave your biases at the door! What you think you know about us is false!
These are just a few tips that I believe will help change the world. But please understand that by helping communities of color you are embarking on a mission that will change your life for the better. We need helpers and can always use your help!
*As a black woman, I cannot speak on other communities of color. I just understand what goes on in my community and that these issues affect other communities of color.
**ghetto- according to Merriam Webster Dictionary a ghetto is: a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure.
I talked to my roommate earlier and she told me those exact words as she’s watching the polling numbers come through. As much as I want to not care, I can’t help but occasionally look at poll numbers to see who is winning. I have already put my political beliefs out there, and I stick by them. I wanted to make a post about how I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the University of Michigan Rally with President Obama yesterday, but that will have to be saved for another day. As an African-American woman, this election is important to me. This election is important to my future children and I can honestly say I’m trying hard to have faith in this country. I’m trying hard to remember that this is the country that despite the racial issues that have been exposed by Trump’s campaign, voted and elected President Barack H. Obama as 44th president of the United States. I’m trying to have faith that we will elect a woman who is passionate about children and women and who has morals. So as the results pour in, Lord please be with America. Please allow us to have the ability to understand right from wrong and to have voted for the candidate on the left who is the right candidate (lol cause liberals are seen as on the left). I thank you Lord for this in advance. Amen.