How I Used My Cell Phone to Call Up Jesus…

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Last November, I got my first smart phone! (I know, I’m a very slow adopter of new technology plus I’m very frugal…) Although that was a few months ago, I’m still learning how to use all of its functions…One function that still puzzles me is the voice recognition function…I guess I could read the manual to figure this all out, but for some reason, I don’t particularly care to read manuals unless I need to refer to them to trouble shoot…

So on Thursday as I was on the road trying to get to various locations for my job as a reporter, I was feeling very stressed out…I was running behind schedule and I have to make a daily deadline so time is very important. I was grappling with traffic which can be horrendous in the metro Atlanta area. I mistakenly sent an e-mail to the wrong person, and it was a very important e-mail. I also needed to answer a lot of other important e-mail messages but couldn’t get to them because I was driving…None of this was a life or death matter, but I have found that sometimes the daily accumulation of a lot of little things can have you feeling more anxious than the huge things that can happen…When something really bad happens, it is almost easier to cope with that because there is nothing else to do…But when a whole lot of minor to somewhat important things are vying for our attention, it’s hard to know what to tackle first…

So I decided to confess Scriptures to get my right…I said out loud as I was driving…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

But I couldn’t remember exact verse numbers…I knew it was Philippians Chapter 4 but that was all I could remember…So while I was driving I picked up my cell phone and spoke the first few words of the verse into my cell phone…I waited until I got to the next traffic light to look down and see what happened…My cell phone told me the verse numbers of the verses I said…Verses 6-7…I was then able to quote the verses and where they came from and confess that I was going to go through the rest of the day without anxiety…And it worked…And I got everything done in the time frame I had, the e-mail mishap worked out and I returned all of the other e-mail messages that I need to answer as well…

FYI: A cell phone is a also good prop when you’re driving and you want to pray out loud, but you don’t want folk in the other cars to think you’re crazy…Pull that cell phone out and act like you have God on speaker phone…LOL…

Jesus is on the mainline…Call Him up and tell him what you want!!!

Any thoughts?

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Tina’s Destiny : Mary Mary Season 4, Episode 8 Recap…

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In last week’s episode of Mary Mary’s reality show, Tina was still tripping about Erica wanting to do her own thang but unlike in previous episodes none of Tina’s huffing and puffing could blow Erica’s solo plans… and the Marys couldn’t really avoid each other because they were confined to a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean…

Warryn’s Birthday Bash

This week’s episode begins with the final preparations being made for a birthday party for Warryn, Erica’s husband…As the party was being set up outside, the wind knocked the cake that had been placed on a table to the ground, leaving Erica’s sister Goo to find another cake just an hour before the party…But a while later, everything is set up, Goo was able to find an even better cake that than the first one and people are enjoying themselves, eating, laughing and all of that. Warryn and Erica’s daughter Krista sings a sweet song to her father for his birthday. In the midst of this, Erica and Warryn suddenly realize that Tina & Teddy are M.I.A. (Missing In Action).

Tina & Teddy

Guess where Tina & Teddy are? They are in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey. Although Tina is grumbling about being forced to embark on a solo career, she starts to move forward and decides to meet with Lindsey to help her with a new song. Erica calls her sister during the session and asks her why she and Teddy are not at the party. It is only then that Tina realizes that she scheduled her studio session on the same day as her brother-in-law’s birthday party. Instead of dropping everything and heading to the party, Tina tells her sister she is going to stay in the studio and learned to be that way from Erica as Erica missed other family events in the past due to her career. “You pushed me out of Mary Mary,” she declares.

Meet Me in St. Louis

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Honey Atkins

It is now time for the Marys’ last show in St. Louis. The only problem is that Honey, Erica and Tina’s mother, who happens to be joining them for this performance has no idea what’s been going on with her feuding daughters…Erica, who has gotten sick of Tina’s constant testifying, has some advice for his sister about their final show. “Steer clear of the stabbing and murdering…Stick to the victorious part of your testimony.” And y’all know Tina…She’s not bowing down to anyone. “My life is my life. If you have a problem with that, then you are just going to have a problem.” Prior to the show, Mary Mary is interviewed on “Afternoons on 11″ on KPLR in St. Louis about their final show and Erica’s solo album. During the interview, Tina sounds like she is also excited about pursuing a solo career, but Erica wonders if “Interview Tina” is the real Tina…Time will tell…

Cry Together

Back in the hotel room, Erica starts talking about the show and lets it slip that their St. Louis show is Mary Mary’s last show…Honey blurts out, “I didn’t know. Oh my God. You’re about to make me cry.” Erica explains that Tina has a lot going on with her book, a solo album, an R&B album with Teddy, etc. and that she has a lot going on too. “I’ve been overwhelmed and overworked, and I want to focus on me for once.” Shortly after, Tina comes into the room and gets mad at her sister. “Why you got Mommy crying, dummy?” Goo starts tearing up too and admits that she doesn’t like the news either. In spite of the tears and name calling, Erica is not moved. “I know it’s a hard pill to swallow for my family, but I’m not backing down.” Well, she said that!

Solo Sound Check

Although Honey is sad about the news that her daughters are splitting up their group, she comes to the sound check to get a preview of the final performance. Instead of being a sound check for Mary Mary, however, Tina dominates the sound check and Honey gets to hear Tina’s solo music. Tina begins to sing her new song “Destiny.” Although it is just a sound check, Honey stands with one arm in the air, swaying, like she is a member of an audience, instead of nearly standing alone among empty chairs. “If that don’t reach somebody and touch somebody, I don’t know. They wasn’t listening.” After listening to Tina , Honey begins to change her mind about her daughters’ solo music. “What she dealt with, what she overcame, the world needs to know that.” But Goo worries that if Tina and Erica become strictly solo artists, the music industry will cause them to compete with each other…Goo has a point…Prayerfully, that won’t be the case…

The Show

The time for the last Mary Mary show has finally arrived…Although Tina is late, she does up and it’s show time…Before her performance, Tina testifies as you know she would about struggling with unfaithfulness in her marriage and explains how the song “Destiny” came to be….And then she sings…”I’ve got a destination in my view. The road may be bumpy there, but I’m pressing through.” The humbled resolve in her lyrics is so compelling that even Erica realizes that she was wrong to try to censor her sister’s testimony. “I take back everything I said.” Although Honey saw Tina sing the song in the sound check, she is touched again. “Her attitude. Her disposition. She is a new person.”

Cancer Schmancer

During last week’s episode, Erica gets a mammogram and is told that she needs to go back to the doctor’s office for further testing. As her family has a history of cancer, she is justifiably concerned. After she gets home back in L.A. after the St. Louis concert, she finally hears back from the doctor. Her doctor tells her there was a mix up at the lab, and the results of her test were actually negative. Praise God for sure, but what is going on at that lab that allowed test results to be mixed up??!! You can’t play with people’s lives like that…Still Warryn is so relieved and happy, he decides he will check out Erica’s lady lumps for himself now that the doctor is done with them….LOL…

Reunited

No, Mary Mary didn’t decide to reunite but Tina may be reuniting with Mitch. Yes, that Mitch. The Mitch that Mary Mary fired and the Mitch that sued them…She meets him at a restaurant and tells him about her plans about recording a solo album…Apparently, she has already written 12 songs although she wasn’t originally planning to be a solo artist. “All of these songs started coming to me.” Mitch is excited for her and says, “You are one of the biggest stars I’ll ever meet in my life even though you don’t care about being a star.” That is a poignant and incredibly sweet statement. Maybe Tina’s destiny is to be a solo star…And maybe Mitch can be forgiven….Jesus does tell us to forgive seventy times seven times sooo maybe Mitch can be forgiven…Maybe…

Will Mary Mary stay apart? Will Mitch reunite with Tina?

Hopefully, these questons will be answered in next week’s episode because that’s all I’ve got for this week :)

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

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The Game’s Wendy Raquel Robinson & Being Mary Jane’s Gary Dourdan Star in New Inspirational Movie!!!

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I know we are not feeling Sheldon aka Gary Dourdan after the “Being Mary Jane” finale a week ago today, but let’s remember that he was just acting, right :) And no matter what she does, Tasha Mack from “The Game” aka Wendy Raquel Robinson will always be our girl! Anywho, Wendy Racquel Robinson and Gary Dourdan have come together to star in a new inspiration film “Mysterious Ways.”

Below is the description of the film…

The day a hit and run driver took the life of her little boy, Marilyn (Wendy Raquel Robinson) died inside. Not even the passing of time, the love of a good man or a job as choir director at her church could bring her peace. But a chance encounter with a mysterious homeless man, who calls himself Mozart (Gary Dourdan), will change Marilyn’s world and let her see that there are no accidents, and true healing starts with forgiveness. Directed by Dan GarciaMysterious Ways also stars Telma Hopkins and Mary Mary’s Erica Atkins Campbell.

Below is the trailer for the film….

MYSTERIOUS WAYS is currently available on www.urbanmoviechannel.com  &

 available for purchase on DVD TODAY!!!

Any thoughts?

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