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Simplicity in Silence

For many of us, there is a fear that surrounds the idea of silence. It’s evidenced in the fact that you probably turn on your TV when you walk in the door, or turn on music. Even when we’re in the gym or office, there is rarely a time when there isn’t music playing over a speaker or in our headphones. And in the car we are either on our phones or again listening to music. We don’t like the sound of silence. You may even sleep with a fan on as white noise.

For most of us, it makes us uncomfortable to be in silence, especially when we are with other people. It probably takes a special person for you to be with them and for there be complete silence. Sometimes it may even just be the ticking of the clock or the traffic outside. There is always some kind of sound to prevent us from experiencing total silence.

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I’m no longer the elephant in the room

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I was once voted Vice President of my high school’s “Students for Republican Ideals” club. Make no mistake, we were a Young Republicans Club, but I guess we didn’t care for traditional nomenclature. A few months after being elected, I got voted out of office because I didn’t make it to enough meetings. Remaining on the football team took precedent in my mind, but I wish I could have made it to more meetings where they declared support for out-of-state Senate candidates.

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Put a Praise on It!

You have to praise Him no matter what the circumstances.

I know that this is much easier said than done, but it’s the truth. No matter what, you have to thank Him and praise Him. It’s imperative to thank Him for what He has given you. There is such a blessing that comes back when you praise Him. We need to praise Him not only for what He has done for us, which is more than we could ever think or imagine, but we need to wholly praise Him just for the simple fact of who He is.

Praise can come in all forms and shapes. That is something that I have very much learned over the last year, specifically. As I continue to take the Lord out of the box that I had placed Him in, I have also learned to take worship and praise out of the box that I put them in.

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I Need New Shoes

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The last pair of shoes I bought was in April of last year. They’re super comfy, too. They have memory foam bottoms that make me feel like I’m walking on little rubbery rainbows.  Or at least they did.

For the last month or two, they haven’t been as comfortable as I’d like. The upper that was once nice and white is a dull tan color. Those rubbery rainbows I mentioned in the last paragraph have turned instead to hard, uncomfortable cement blocks. They have been worn almost daily since the day of purchase, so it’s no shame for them. Let’s be honest, if three hundred(ish) pounds of pure sexiness walked on top of you for eight to twelve hours a day for months on end, you’d be a little worn out, too.

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Kanye’s unenviable path to Pablo

Kanye West at Lollapalooza 2011 in Chile Photo by Rodrigo Ferrari

If The Life of Pablo is a glimpse into the mind of Kanye West, he’s just as confused and unstable as everyone surmised. It’s uneven, sprawling, and will upset a lot of people who hear it: It’s a perfect symbol of the character of Kanye West. And while the album hits its sonic stride in its final four or five tracks (with a powerful assist from Kendrick Lamar), it’s the first two-thirds of the album’s content that’s most intriguing.

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Finding My Own Music: Jamiroquai

4811178153_8bc03bbaaa_oGrowing up, my music was mostly my parents’ music. Billy Joel, Rush, and Cat Stevens were dominant forces. My first cassette was Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits (the one with that cool airbrushed blue horse on the cover). My first CD was given to me by my grandmother (before I had a CD player) and was Britney Spears’ debut album. When I asked her why she bought it for me she responded, “Maybe if you listened to the music kids these days listen to, you would have more friends.” Great intentions, Grandma – poorly delivered. Also, that album was terrible.

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A Memoir From Cell Block C

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This is an old piece of writing I did in college.  It was a colloquial writing piece that I liked and apparently so did my professor.  Just a little bit of change from my previous pieces.  Think about it and enjoy.

Whelp… I guess this is it. White-washed walls, a thin mattress, and a little hole that gives me a small piece of a hallway. No hope. No outside world. Just a hallway.

I did it for the money. That’s what the world is all about after all.

All about the money.

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Time to pull back the microphone

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There was a collective groan that overcame the sports world on Sunday night when Cam Newton walked away from his press conference following the Carolina Panthers 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. The groan was split into two separate, yet equally important camps: The folks who were waiting for Newton to trip up and the folks who were sure he would not. His actions played right into the narrative that Newton, the league’s newly minted MVP, was not mature enough to be the leader of the best team in the NFL.

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Perplexing Peace

I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27

It hasn’t been an easy decision to determine what I wanted to share this week. I have a lot of things that I am learning and wanting to express, but there has been an overarching theme in everything: Peace. This is why I chose to share that verse from the book of John.

Let’s all be honest, life is crazy, and it’s tough to navigate through it. It’s not always easy. In fact, a lot of the time it’s actually really difficult. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, and it’s definitely not a Disney movie. It is more like a roller coaster, and we can often feel like a human yo-yo. We’ve all had our fair share of moments where we wonder when there is going to be calm so we can breathe again.

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The Depth of Hip-Hop: An Exploration of Red Pills + Black Sugar

Anyone who spends time with me regularly knows about my love for Christian hip-hop. Spend a little more than the normal amount of time with me, and you learn of my affinity for Beleaf Melanin’s 2014 full-length debut, Red Pills + Black Sugar. It wasn’t a chart-topping album, and I’m willing to forgive you for letting it slip under your musical radar.final_cover-1600x1600

As I was riding in the car last night and listening to Manafest’s most recent album, Reborn, I was reminded of the impact that Red Pills had on me when I first listened to it. The raw, emotional style that Beleaf showed on a lot of the tracks really struck me. I knew so little of Beleaf’s life, but I felt a type of connection that I had missed from music in recent years. That album, much like Underoath’s Lost in the Sound of Separation, helped me through a difficult period of my life, and I can’t imagine not having heard it.

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