Detroit’s 47% Illiteracy Rate

“Our education system is broken: This study “shows the staggering degree to which public education has failed in one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States,” says Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. And it’s “even more shocking” that half of the illiterate population “somehow made it through public school.” Clearly, “taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth.” It’s too bad that half of them “aren’t able to read the report to figure that out.”

“Study finds 47% of Detroit residents are functionally illiterate” from http://theweek.com/article/index/215055/detroits-shocking-47-percent-illiteracy-rate

We clearly need to learn to read more–efficiently and comprehensively.  Grab a book everyone and “read”.  misc and trapped 010

Dance in Victory

I will sing Your praises from the rooftops and every place my feet go, until every devil trembles at the sound of Your name! There is no other name by which we can be saved, or in whom we can have faith, but Jesus! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! O how I love to call upon Your name! Hallelujah–I feel a victory praise dance–shout Glory!

February 21, 2013

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It’s All Good

No matter how often a person is rejected or made to feel unworthy by others, it’s all good! There is One who will never reject us and sees us as being worthy enough to give His life for us. Who else, but a loving God would see us in all of our imperfections and shortcomings and love us anyway? Who else, but a loving God would see us when we fall, help us up and forgive us for any trespasses against Him? Who else, but a loving God is not willing to see us perish–having been influenced by an enemy that hates all mankind and all that God has created? Who else? No, not one man–but the only One and because of His love and grace towards us, it’s all good!

Trapped

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Invisibility

I am near you,

But you don’t see me.

I talk to you,

But you don’t hear me.

I touch you,

But you don’t feel me.

I whisper in your ear,

But you turn your head.

I stand toe-to-toe, face-to-face,

But you go the other way.

Am I invisible?

Or do you just not care?

I feel, I see, I hear, I bleed

I rage, I soar, I roar, and yet

You do not understand

And continue to ignore me.

I am you and you are me,

Human beings together in

One World!

Stay in the Fight!

When trouble comes your way

Do you play dead or stay in the fight?

To see just how victorious you will be

Determination, passion, yeah that’s the key

To success—achieving your dreams no matter

What others think or how it may seem,

This is your time, no slacking, doubting

Your claim to your name being bounced

Around—flying here and there—in the minds

Of all who can and will do something about

This crazy carousel ride—careening through the night

Almost tossing you to the ground, but holding on

With all your might—you make it to the end and discover

You were right all along; this could be a song of

Deliverance, patience, fortitude, and might bringing

Justice and victory closer, just within sight

Of the naysayers so they can see, just how grand

Life is when you stay in the fight!

Meeting The Needs of Others

When someone you know is in need—what is your response?

Do we first think about whether or not we like the person before we decide to help?

Do we assess our ability to meet the need?

Do we offer encouragement in times of struggle?

Do we refer them to others when we know where help can be accessed?

Whatever we do, we should remember that we never know when it might be us in need. With that in mind, how should we expect others to respond to us?

Whatsoever a man/woman sows, that only is what they can expect in return. Or to simplify this—whatever goes around, comes around. We can only receive what we are willing to give. Open your heart, your mind and sometimes—your wallet. Ask for wisdom in all things and then strive to do whatever is necessary to meet the needs of others.

Our Greatest Gifts

Our greatest gifts are the people God places in our lives.  My Father’s Gift, available on amazon.com is a riveting portrayal of the power of love.

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Through Whose Lens?

Through whose lens are you seeing life?  Calmly, reflect and think about that.  What we cannot see, we should not judge!  After all, our life’s lens are our own and no one could possibly see through them.