Casting Pearls

 

PearlsMatthew 7:6  AMP says, “Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” It took me years to understand what that scripture meant. One day it dawned on me and I understood it for myself.

I’m one who enjoys a good laugh and I love to smile. I smile when I’m at home, I smile when I’m out and about, I smile because it feels great. I enjoy joking around and one of my favorite things is a good belly laugh. The kind of belly laugh that makes you beg for mercy because your stomach muscles are cramping up.

While out and about I tend to smile at strangers and if they’ll let me, I’ll strike up a conversation in the grocery line. I noticed over the past years that some people just refuse to smile. It didn’t matter how friendly I tried to be or how brightly my face glowed. They just weren’t going to return my gesture.

Recently it dawned on me. The pearls spoken of in the above scripture are things precious to us and God. I came to realize my smile and friendly manner were precious. And so, I continue to smile, but I understand my gesture isn’t for everyone. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m aware some people maybe going through something and have a heavy heart; others may be shy or introverted. In other words, everyone has their reasons for not smiling. I, however, will continue to be me.

Is there something precious in your life? Be careful who you share that precious thing with, not everyone is able to receive. Guard it and your heart. You’ll be thankful you did.

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

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The Little Things

Flowers

Recently, I was invited to lunch with some my employer’s leadership. I admired the 4 vases of beautiful flowers on the table and said to myself “God, I want to take one home.” At the end of our lunch, they were given away to anyone who could correctly answer questions posed by our CEO. I answered one of the questions.

Psalm 103:5 says “who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the Eagles.” It doesn’t take big things to satisfy our souls, sometimes God speaks in the little things. Be blessed.

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

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Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g

Becoming Me

 

Me on my way to Pam's party

I recently read a post written by Alicia Keys. In  it she spoke on how she’d spent  years hiding her true self from the world. She described in detail the reasons pieces of her being had been neatly tucked away – it was more a means of survival than anything else. The more I read her story, the more I realized it was also mine.

As a young child I had an innate musical ability and quickness at grasping things. I was often singled out by adults to sing at church or answer questions in school. My older sisters ensured I had a proper grasp on the English language by teaching me to pronounce my words correctly. In the long run, those and other attributes I’d been blessed with would leave me open to being bullied.

I began as Alicia to slowly hide bits of myself in order to draw attention away from me. I was told I thought I was cute because I could sing, and so I tried to get out of performing solos at school. It was said, I though I was better than others because I was bright. To counter this, I grew quiet when the teachers asked questions. I used more slang than proper English and even attempted to appear not as intelligent. What I did was minimize myself in order for others to feel good about themselves.

Through the years, I grew quite skilled at hiding. My appearance even suffered in all of the minimization. I love clothes and jewelry. I enjoy dressing up and going out but in order not to outshine, if you will, I hid that piece too.

Well, over the past few years, all that has changed. I’ve finally realized, it’s not my responsibility to ensure others feel good about themselves by minimizing who I am. As a child, I didn’t think I was cute, or better than others or proper. I was and am a naturally gifted and bright individual and for that, I no longer apologize.

I want all those in the world to feel good about who they are. Each one of us are extraordinary, and gifted with something special to offer. We must not allow those who are unhappy with themselves to demean us. Perhaps someone has attempted to degrade you in an effort to feel good about themselves. To you I say, no more! From this moment on, square your shoulders, hold your head up and declare to yourself, I will be all I’m called to be. And then, run with it!

I’ve added a link to the blog written by Alicia Keys. May it inspire you as it did me.

http://www.aliciakeys.com/a-revelation/

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

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Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

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On Being A Mom

Michael's shoes

I wrote this blog  in gratitude for being my son’s mom. A year later it warrants repeating as I’m more grateful than ever. Enjoy! 

In a few hours it’ll be Mother’s Day and although I had a amazing mother, I want to do things a little differently this year. I want to let the world know how grateful I am to be my son’s mom. The day his dad and I found out we were expecting a baby, I also was informed I was having complications. I would spend 18 weeks on bed rest in order to bring our son into this world. In later years, I would try and expand my family but to no avail. I believe because, God knew I would only be able to have one child, He sent me His best.

For many years, it was just the two of us; my son and me. The years as a single mother were far from easy but had I to do it all over again, I wouldn’t hesitate. My son has been my right arm through the years and I’m so grateful to have him in my life. He has almost single-handed nursed me through 4 surgeries and not once did he complain.

As a child, my son was my best travel partner. I’d strap him into his car seat and later booster seat and we’d go as far north as Buffalo, New York and as far south as Daytona Beach, Florida alone. Never once did he complain or ask are we there yet. He knows I love Super Heroes and each year for Mother’s Day my son takes me to see a Super Hero movie. He buys me popcorn and a drink and patiently sits with me as I laugh, cry and cheer at the screen.

Growing up, my son went through so much. He was bullied, made fun of and mistreated by children and adults. I spent many hours fighting for him in the natural and warring for him in the spirit. He is a man now and God has kept His promise and given me an amazing son who is so much more than I could have imagined for myself.

Only 5% of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout and I’m proud to say, my son has. He works a full time job and is patiently building his photography business. He has traveled to several states with the musicians and bands he photographs and receives referrals for other opportunities to work with politicians and other professionals. Some parents can boast and brag about their children having multiple degrees and high powered jobs; I don’t have that option but I am equally proud of my son.

I am proud of him because, he dares to be different and carve his own path. I once heard a quote about water that says, “Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron.Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.” (Memoirs of a Geisha) That quote reminds me of my son; he is a gentle spirit but when need be, he can rise to the occasion.

I praise God each time I think of my son. I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life. I tell him pretty much on a daily basis, how much I love him and how I couldn’t ask for a better son. To God be the glory for the things He has done. To all mother’s everywhere, I wish you the best Mother’s Day ever!

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

Http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com 

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Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g