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Poverty or Prosperity

Is there such thing as poverty, is there such thing as prosperity?
That is a question each much answer for themselves.
Is there such thing as darkness, is there such thing as light?
That is a question you can see for your self.
Poverty is where too much is in the wrong hands, not willing to share or care.
Darkness is the absent of light, light is where darkness is not.
When I look all around, I see light, I see prosperity.
But some see darkness and some see only poverty.
How can we change this picture for others who do not?
Will you share your light with others, will you share prosperity to? 
Poverty, prosperity, darkness, and light; which one do you see?
Will you share prosperity and light with others, or do I have to do it along?
We are not on our own, we are not along, God has made it possible for us all.
Spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, we are not along.
There is a warehouse of blessing, waiting to be issued out, with a shout, it can be done.
There is no such thing as poverty, prosperity is only hidden behind the dark.
Let us together, open our hands, and where there seem to be poverty, prosperity will come.
Where it seem to be darkness, light will come.
Let us open our hands together and it will be done.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2014

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Father's Day

What does Father’s Day mean to you, sons and daughters?
I was raised without a father. I don’t know how it feels to have a father, like so many children in America and around the world today. 
My wife and I had a son who died at birth. If he had lived, he would have been 45 years old today. She doesn’t talk about it, but I know she thinks about it a lot.
We also have two daughters who helped me to be a real father to them. With all of my mistakes, my daughters love me and I love them too. Both of them have finished college with their degrees. My oldest daughter was married and does not have any children. She has been in the military for many years and presently she is in the reserve and works in the medical field. My youngest also does not have any children, she has an excellent position with a major media tv station in Brooklyn, NY, and from a father’s point of view, doing great. God has Blessed them and they are a blessing to others, and that’s how it should always be.  
I am not writing this to make you sad or mad, nor to brag, but I am writing this to tell you father’s, step up to the plate and be a real father to your child.
Any man can help make a child, but it takes a real man to help raise a child. There are lots of responsibilities involved. He must be reliable and be a role model for his child. He must always take time out to teach them the right thing. A real father is strong, listens, suggests, and defends. He feels proud of the achievements his child makes, whether small or large. He is always there with a shoulder to cry on when things are right or wrong. 
I did not have an earthly father when I was growing up, but my Heavenly Father is always there when I call on Him. He says to trust in Him with all our hearts, leaning not to our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. That’s what Father’s Day is all about.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2017

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Positive Ticket For Our Youth

My community, like so many others, struggled with the number of calls for youth disturbances and crime. The reactive approach to solving this problem was not working. Kids saw us as the 'hunters.' With that mindset, the good kids shy away from us, and the marginal kids turned it into a game of 'cat and mouse' to see how much they could get away with before getting caught. So I thought, what if we flipped things around? What if we catch and reward kids for doing good things instead of focusing on only the negative things? What if we start handing out Positive Tickets instead of only violations or warnings? It totally went against the old reactive, post-incident, corrective policing model. The results of the Positive Tickets program have been remarkable.
Positive tickets are a great way for officers (or community people) to interact with children in a positive way. It encourages good, law-abiding behavior in youth; it steers them toward activities that promote health and positive social interactions; and most importantly, it helps them form trusting relationships with adults who care. 'Positive Tickets can truly make a difference in the life of a child.
Therefore, creating opportunities to catch our youth doing something right, rather than catching them doing something wrong, allows us to develop positive relationships with our youth that will encourage them to do the right things for the right reasons. Indeed, any leader can do this, truly speaks louder than their words.
In the end, it seems that kids behave about as well as we expect and reward them too.
The purpose of Positive Tickets is simple building relationships with youth in your community by catching them doing something good and rewarding them for it.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2016

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A Song Of Praise

Sing your best song to the Lord, for He is great.
Let the desert, the land, the sky, the wind, the birds, 
and everything that has breath praise the Lord, 
for He is great to be praise.
Let the people from the east, the west, the north and the south
raise their hands in praise, because of the love God has for us.

God created the heaven and heavens above with the breath of His words.
The earth stands to attention when He past. The trees wave their leaves,
Let the mountains stand still, the ocean and the sea obey His call,
the fish, and all animals, domestic and wild come to His side for 
they know His call. Let every thing that has breath sing praises to the Lord.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2016

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Where Do We Go From Here

Where do we go from here in this time in history? Man has tried to make things right, but he can't. Where do we go from here? God has open the door to life, but man has refused to accept it. Where do we go from here? Death and life are in the power of the tongue; man has choose death. Where go we go from here? In places; prejudice, racial intolerance are tools of the land, when God has given wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; yet man chose the lease. Where do we go from here? Here lies in your hands, blessing and curses, death and life. You and I must make a choice; where do we go from here? It's your chose, Choose life that you and your family may live.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2015

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The President visits Cuba

It has been over 90 years since a US President visited Cuba. I feel it is the right time for this to happen. 
The "Cuban people" have suffered greatly under the dictatorship of Castro rule, especially the young. 
America is only 90 miles from the shore of Cuba and former President Obama has broken the barrow that has isolated so many people for so many years.
 It's kind of like when slavery was on the shore of America for over 400 years, and no one was willing to take the first step to free the slaves.
 President Obama said; "I know one visit, and one president, cannot erase decades of history that have left so many Cubans in poverty and exile.
 But sometimes the most important changes begin with the smallest step.
 I believe in the Cuban people and their desire to build a future of their own choosing. And I believe this changes the way we do things between our countries and over time, it will make all things possible." The question is; Will this continue under the next presidential administration, or will slavery continue to grow? Only time will tell. Will you let me know what you think?

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2016

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God Is Speaking To You

God is speaking; are you listening?
Listen, listen, can you hear Him calling your name?
Do you know what He is saying about you?
You are special! Special as you can be
See what He did for you
He sends His Son for you and for me too.
Listen, Listen, He is calling your name
Stop blaming others for your mistakes
Take your blame and put out the flame
Stop burning down your own house
and blaming it on the mouse.
Listen, listen, He is calling your name.
Now I know I can never be the same
As I was yesterday because today I am listening for my name.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2014

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That's How Peace Begins

That's how peace begins, it's not just now and then, You ask me how and when, 
It begins with you me cousin and kin,
Leaving all your trouble behind, counting on God's divine, His love for all humankind, 
To come to His table and dine, And everything thing will be just fine. 

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2014

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I Remember

I remember the time when I was a little boy
I had lots of toys, but they were all broken
Who broke my toys
Maybe they just got too old and useless
Who broke my toys
Maybe I didn't take care of them like I should
Who broke my toys
Maybe the wind of time came and that's what happens
Who broke my toys
That is a question that moves through time
Now I remember who broke my toys
It was I because I have no replacement
I was poor living in the country
My grandmother and I
My dad and mom nowhere to be found
My toys got old and no money to replace 
Now I remember, now I remember
I broke my toys, I broke my toys.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2016

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What Is Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a festival of expressing the gratitude of thankfulness to God and to loved ones for their immense love.
We thank God for the trees and vines that grow fruits of a different kind.
We thank God for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the Sun that gives us light, the moon that reflects its beam.
We thank God for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the brightness of the stars which reflects the Sunlight which makes us all of one kind.
We give God thanks our Supporter, who is in charge of our harvest feast.
We give thanks for the Greatness of God which can still be heard throughout His Holy Word.
We thank God for compassion to the needy, the hungry, the homeless, the poor, giving unlimited power, transforming grace and strength and healing, generously given, no respect of person, enough for everyone.
We thank the Greatness of the Living Son of God that we have the privilege to occupy this space in time throughout eternity.

Copyright © Julius Lawrence | Year Posted 2017

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