Stand Up And Stand Out

The day I took these photographs, my family and I biked the trails that led to this beautiful city park. A rhythmic and strong voice met us as our feet touched the sidewalk.

I was expecting to rest my eyes on an ordinary street performer. But instead, I saw a lady wearing a bright red jumpsuit and earphones. She was belting out new tunes as often as the songs changed on her sound track.

Although she seemed mentally challenged; I marveled at how bold she was. She “rocked” her thing, no matter what. So I decided to “rock” mine. I whipped out my camera and took a few pictures. Yes, a number of people stared. But I just kept doing what my heart led me to do.

Isn’t it funny how inspiration can come from some very unlikely places? In fact, were it not for the lady in red, these photos would not exist. So don’t hesitate to stand up and stand out when inspiration hits you. By doing so, you will inspire not only yourself, but countless others.

Meditations To Journal:
Who inspires you the most and why? Who have you inspired? In the past, has fear caused you to shrink into the background? How did you overcome it? What would the older you say to the younger you about being bold? How can you use your uniqueness to point others to God?

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.-Edith Wharton

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The Journey Was Never Meant For Me Alone

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.- John C. Crosby

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I had the privilege of attending my first writers conference of the year, this weekend. I was nervous at first but the warm smiles, that met me at the door, melted my heart. I met writers who were also filled with the desire to share God’s love and mercy to the world around us. What better way to do that than to learn to wield the power of the pen more effectively.

Kristen Heitzmann shared with us that because of the digital age, what we write will last forever in cyberspace. I had not thought of that before. Hearing that made what I am attempting feel even more weighty.

I must admit that I personally have much work to do towards applying what I’ve learned. But through the instructor’s tender loving care and gentle prodding, they have shown me that the journey was never meant for me to travel alone.


The photo on the right: Shaneeka Minniefield/Lynette Eason

The photo on the left: Shaneeka Minniefield/Kristen Heitzmann

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