Scriptures for Strippers: Daily (or Nightly) Prayer

I received this prayer from my sister-in-law a few years ago in the mail with an encouraging letter. I decided to share since I have been instructing folks to pray.  Hope this helps!

Sayuri

Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the Spirit of the Almighty GOD and claim the protection of the Spirit for my family and for my finances, my home, my spirit, soul and body. I surrender myself completely in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of the devil that would try to hinder me and my family from best serving You. I address myself completely and refuse any involvement of satan in my prayer. Satan, I commend you and all your demon forces of darkness, in the name of the Almighty GOD, to leave my presence. I bring the Spirit of the Almighty GOD between the devil and my family, my home, my finances, my spirit, soul and body. I declare it therefore satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of Almighty GOD. Furthermore, in my own life today I did shortly and tear down all of the strongholds of Satan and smashed a plan to save that have been formed against me and my family. I tear down the strongholds of the devil against my mind, and I surrender my mind to you, blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm Heavenly Father, that you have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, I resist the spirit of fear, in the name of Almighty GOD, and I refuse fear, refused to doubt refused to where he because I have authority (power) over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means heard me (Luke 10:19). The claim complete and absolute victory over the forces of darkness in the name of Almighty GOD and I bind the devil and command him to loose my peace, joy, healing, prosperity, and every member of my family for the glory of God and by faith I call it done!

I break and smashed the strongholds of satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to you. I destroy the strongholds of satan formed against my will today; I give my will to you and choose to make the right decision of faith. I break down the strongholds of satan against my body today and I give my body to you, realizing that I am the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20). I surrender my life in positions to you; I refuse to fear, worry, or be discouraged in the name of Almighty GOD. I will not hate, envy or show any type of bitterness toward my brothers, sisters or my enemies but I will love them with the love of God shod abroad my heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).

Over my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please you and give me strength, grace and wisdom to remove any sin or weight that would prevent our close fellowship. Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that we give the devil and foothold against me. I claim in every way the victory of the cross over all satanic forces in my life. I pray in the name of my Heavenly Father, Almighty GOD who created heaven and earth with Thanksgiving and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Amen!

 

black woman praying hands

Advertisements

What Black Women Must Understand About Dating in 2013: Part 1

The single, independent woman is what many black women of the time claim to be. The self-esteem and self-love seems to be high and they don’t seem to have a care in the world. When I walk around the mall or at a festival and see all the middle-aged women walking around together, I can’t help but wonder if their single relationship status is a personal “choice” or a result of having some major, unidentifiable character flaw. Many of these women are physically beautiful with glowing skin, well-groomed hands and feet and impeccable hair and teeth. They drive nice cars and live in gorgeous homes. They have good-paying jobs with benefits and seem to be well-connected and business savvy. None of these attributes seem to be enough to effect their relationship status, though.

At the same time, there are women who some would consider to be “hood” or “ghetto” who always have a man who cares about them. I have noticed lately the many black men who are with black women and how happy they seem to be. There are many happy black couples who defy the notion that black love is dying off, black men and women are trifling and have no sense of family or unity. But when I do see these happy couples holding hands, holding the door for one another or engaged in P.D.A. (public displays of affection) I focus on the woman.

She is usually a plain, regular woman. A woman with an imperfect body or other physical flaw who seems to have other attributes to hold her man’s attention. The woman is usually comfortable in her own skin while enjoying the company of her man. The couple is usually laughing together. She doesn’t seem to be waiting to be “entertained” by him or “expecting” him to do certain things. Their interactions seem natural and genuine. She isn’t attempting to judge or control his every move or nag him about what he is or isn’t doing.

The” beautiful” single women seem to think their looks will catch and keep a man. Black women in particular seem to have a list of things they are looking for in order to consider a man a “keeper”. Looking at things like credit score, job, money, height, car, skin tone, handsomeness or clothes are all things which have nothing to do with whether a man is capable of loving and caring for his mate. Judging a man based on these things can keep women searching their whole lives for a prince charming who will never come. The other thing is black women must understand is that they aren’t princesses. Their mom’s were not queens and their dads not kings. Single black women are not royal. There is a sense of entitlement that comes with the list of “criteria” that alienates most prospects who do work up the nerve to approaching a woman. Nobody owes anyone anything. A man doesn’t owe you for speaking to him (unless in a strip club setting, perhaps) but even then you must know how to conduct yourself in order to collect… (I will have to elaborate on that in another post). Either way, being beautiful doesn’t guarantee any woman (or man) anything in the authentic relationship department. Having a nasty attitude is counterproductive in attracting a mate and is mentioned in the Bible as well:

“It is better to dwell in the desert than to live with a contentious woman and with vexation.” Proverbs 21:19

Black women, please understand that working on your spiritual self is just as important as getting regular manicures and hairstyles. A man is most attracted to the spirit of a woman and the beauty of the spirit is what ultimately keeps him around. Please understand that as messed up as it may seem in 2013, it is true that a man finds a wife, not the other way around. If you never learn to love the one who loves you, you will always be alone. No matter how much you like a guy, you can never make him like you.

If a guy likes a girl long enough, she can return the love and allow herself to enjoy a relationship. I know this is a disheartening thing to swallow with all the strides women have made  but it is the honest truth.  Working on letting baggage of the past go is probably the first difficult step to allowing your spirit to be free of strife and negativity. Men who are ready to settle down are looking for women who are described in Proverbs 31:

“A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman– who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has not lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. She comforts, encourages and does him only good as long as there is life within her.” Proverbs 31:10-12

Short shorts and skirts only make men look but you don’t know what they are thinking with the attention they give you. Wearing the best clothes and shoes may impress and make other women jealous and possibly turn the heads of men but the garments real men focus on is how you carry yourself. Understand the most important clothing are those that are on your spirit.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure…she opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. Proverbs 31: 25-26

“Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting] but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord GOD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31: 30

The Bible says, ” When a man finds his wife, he finds a good thing.” Proverbs 18:22. Drop all the shallow “standards”, criteria and lists of expectations. No one is perfect, not even you. Many of us want to be accepted “just the way we are” when we need to make it a personal goal to become more God-like. Plastic surgery may help you look better but be brave enough to allow yourself to go under God’s knife. Ask Him to cut away things in you that are not like Him. You must accept that you must work on your attitude to improve the condition of your spirit. Black women, make sure you are a good thing to be found so you qualify for a good man. It is okay to be that diamond in the rough, who is allowing God to perfect her (in Him), not a “diamond” whose attitude is rough to endure.

Read Me Bible

What Black Women Must Understand About Child Rearing in 2013

Raising a happy, healthy and thriving child is the ultimate aspiration of all parents. But the challenges of parenthood, especially for black mothers is enough to lose sight of the concept of preparing offspring to care for themselves. While juggling the stress of work and the pressure of paying bills, finding the time and energy to productively interact with the children can be a challenge. The guilt of single motherhood manifests itself in different capacities.

The overly protective black mother is not only a hinderance to development of our people but a handicap that proves to be counterproductive in the developing citizens who can contribute positively to society. As I have observed parent behaviors at playgrounds and playdates, I have noticed that little black children are told what they can’t do more often than what they can. These parents are deathly afraid to let their kids climb to the top of monkey bars, swing high in swings or take a daring leap from the top step only to land in a pile of woodchips.

The in an attempt to “protect” their child from potential “danger”. Falling on a playground is a rite of passage for children to experience. The concept of falling down and getting back up is an important life lesson. It teaches the concept of striving and should be encouraged not prevented.

I also noticed that little  black girls are taught to take care of their brothers and black mothers help their sons before they assist the girls. The superwoman complex is instilled early into girls as early as 4 years old and the boys are taught to depend on women to do things for them around the same age. Furthermore, I have observed two extremes in which black boys are being brought up. There are mothers who train their sons to respect women by holding doors, saying please, thank you, ma’am and sir. These boys are nice and usually well-behaved children who follow rules, shares their toys and makes friends easily.

There are other mothers who don’t care what their children are doing as long as she can have her phone conversation in peace. This parenting style breeds confusion in the child who gets to school and can’t seem to understand the concept of consequences. This child may feel like the teacher is “picking on” him or her because every time they break a rule they suffer a consequence unlike at home. This child may get “whippings” or other form of punishment but it only comes after doing something serious only to be determined by the mother. There are no lessons being taught about how to behave, only chastisement  for major offenses.

The problem with this parenting style is the child doesn’t learn right from wrong. He learns to think in terms of what he can get away with,  i.e. kicking is ok but spitting is not or ignoring an adult when they are called is ok but raising their voice at an adult is not. The problem with that for our black boys is outside personal motherly care and compassion, is a big, wide world waiting to convict an innocent black man to years in prison for any minor offense. We must prepare our boys to be disciplined and mannerable. We must also chastise with love and correction because if we don’t someone in the world will. We can give them freedom to express themselves without allowung them to be disrespectful. Allowing your child to throw rocks on the playground, spit on classmates or even use abusive language will not be cute to others, not even you after a certain age. Making sure you teach your child to protect themselves is different than allowing them to bully and attack people at free will.

Bringing up children who will be a good citizens in the free world takes preparation and training. It takes patience and a keen sense of right from wrong in the adult to be introduced to the child. We can’t allow our children to do wrong at home and expect them to know it is not acceptable outside the home.

Scriptures for Strippers 2

20140416-141646.jpg

When we, exotic dancers, consistently make large amounts of money night after night at the strip club, we may develop superstitious rituals to keep the cycle in effect. Wearing the same costume, a certain fragrance or even attempting to keep stage set times the same are a few examples. We talk about the lines and techniques we use to get customers to love us then pay, pay, pay us! We take the credit for the blessings we obtain through our employment, leaving God out of the equation for success.

When the hard nights come, depression and helplessness closely follows. When we can’t seem to say the right thing to the patrons, when no one tips the stage, when everyone else is getting paid but you the frustration is indescribable. Self-esteem, self-worth and the idea of being independent and self-sufficient all become painfully questionable. But The Word of God says when you are weak, He is strong. When you cannot provide for yourself, seek God in prayer and He will come through. I have had nights where I haven’t made anything all night and suddenly a customer comes in and hands me $200 just before the club closes after only dancing a few songs.

Sometimes we make goals of $500 for the night and become discouraged when the night ends and we didn’t reach the quota. But what when we look at what we did make, isn’t it amazing that what we have is sufficient enough to take care of what we need?

 “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you (sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully); for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in (your) weakness.”~ 2Corinthians 12:9

Sufficient– adequate, ample, enough, satisfactory and plenty.

Grace- kindness, decency, mercy, favor, charity and leniency.

bible2

 If we think about His grace and mercy on us throughout our lives we should be both humbled and empowered. Knowing God will make it happen if we believe in ourselves enough to bring forth whatever God has put inside is better known as a faith walk. His grace is sufficient. He has done enough. But He is not going to give up. You may have come short of the glory of God. All have. (Romans 3.23)

God has never come up short. He is always just enough. When you begin to trust, lean on and expect great things from God, you will go forward boldly with authority, not thinking about the past, not focusing on the future but living fully in the present. Know that God always provides and feeds His obedient sheep.  (Ezekiel 34:10)

Obedient– well-trained, respectful, meek, dutiful, loyal.

Keep the straight and narrow on your faith walk. His grace is adequate, ample, enough, satisfactory and plenty to do whatever it is you need! Always get up and keep going when you are having a bad night. Don’t sit in the dressing room and pout. Don’t take a bunch of shots and pass out. Keeping a smile on your face and a positive attitude will help attract blessings within the club.

If you can’t shake the negativity, take a break and pray because after all:

You Gotta Get prayed up before you can get Paid Up!

Peace and Blessings!

Sayuri

Hidden Colors: An Important Documentary for All

After seeing this extraordinary documentary yesterday, I have been changed forever.

Hidden Colors is a documentary informing, the public of the true identity of people of color. It is disturbing to know so many facts have been intentionally hidden in order to perpetuate lies. In the information age, many things in the documentary can be verified and elaborated on. I am almost ashamed to admit how much I didn’t know about the history of the world. I can remember learning about Constatinople, Rome and Greece.

I can remember looking at a world map during Ancient World History in 10 the grade and wondering what was happening in South America, Africa and Australia during the Roman times. It seemed curious to me that we focused on one section oif the world and only discussed other continents as it related to the oceans, the tectonic plates or Pangea. Now that I have seen Hidden Colors, I understand that there is a peculiar obsession to withhold the truth regarding the true identities of significant people such as Beethoven and Abraham Lincoln.Did you know the big clock named Big Ben ied after Benjamin Banneker? Do you know who Mansa Musa is? Do you know why there is a science called Egyptology and not a science named after any other country in the world?

I encourage everyone to watch Hidden Colors, a documentary revealing many important facts and providing clarity on world history and identity of unknown important people.

 

hidden colora

Scriptures for Strippers 1

20140416-141541.jpg

Every good (perfect) gift comes from above; it comes down from the Father. James 1:17

In the place of employment, the strip club, we must identify and understand what money is meant for us and which is not. There will be temptations but it is essential to know God doesn’t tempt us.

Let no one say when he/she is tempted I am tempted of God; for God is incapable of being tempted by evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his/her own evil desire (lust, passion, love of money etc.) James 1:13-14

When a customer attempts to entice us to do things we wouldn’t normally do with promises of money or other materials, we must ask ourselves who sent this customer? Would God send someone into the club to convince or provoke you to do wrong? God does send blessings into the club but we must be able to identify our own weaknesses to ensure we aren’t being taken advantage of. It is a challenge to walk away from money unless we know how God works. Tricks come to the club to trick the saints. You may entertain but you will not be degraded, corrupted, lowered, disgraced, humiliated or shamed if you stand on the word and have strength to walk away from some customers who come to make you turn on yourself for a small gain. When you know what money to leave on the table, you will always have a clear conscious and be deserving of the blessing God has in store for you. Even if you have to dance 30 songs in a row doesn’t mean you passed up easy money. It means that you have an opportunity to earn what you make. You should take pride in and feel good about earning your money and not taking hand outs for selling yourself short. Letting guys touch you when you don’t like it or doing anything that makes you feel degraded is not of God.

Remember: Get prayed up before you can get paid up!

Peace and Blessings,

Sayuri

I used to love Obama…Now not so much

As much as it pains me to say these things about a man a once held in high esteem, I have a personal policy to allow the truth of the matter to prevail over my preconceived notions of misinformation.

I have been blown away with the positive images of Obama as a family and taken away by his ability to articulate his points with poise and power. He has made me proud by holding his head high when being mocked or embarrassed on or off camera. I have stood with Obama as he made strides for many different communities and causes, encouraging people to continue to support him as he finishes his term.

This past week there was a victory for gay rights in America as they gained their rights to marriage. Obama went to visit Africa and told the leaders of those nations to follow his lead. Many Africans called for Obama’s arrest for using the unmanned drones to kill innocent  people which made me think. When addressing Africa, the world’s most resource-rich and people poor continent, he thinks that introducing the gay lifestyle is a remedy for their people. Knowing that people are starving and dying here, Obama has totally ignored any remedies to help their people (or the black American people). I have never been more disappointed in any politician in my 31 years. Bush was disappointing but at the end of the day, he was a dumb, hick with the hook up. You really couldn’t expect anything different from him.

Obama has allowed me to see the government as a system of rules that are orchestrated to take advantage of certain (especially black and brown folks) and ignore their needs. I understand that Obama is simply a pawn being used to further the agenda of a system that has never intended to make it’s dark citizens equal to those with less hue. It is clear that there has been no real steps forward toward equality or stability for the black community but only steps to create illusions of progress.

The right to vote, access to equal education and employment has all taken steps backward lately. Equality in how black folks are treated by the justice system has not improved under anyone even though we have “enjoyed” other victories. Even the college professor who was charged with educating the future on a daily basis was suspected of being am intruder when attempting to enter his own home. Travon Martin stood his ground and challenged a light colored man about following him and ended up dead but instead of rightfully calling the trial of his killer the Zimmerman Trial, some people call it the Travon Martin trial. This boy died but he is still on trial because society is used to seeing a black person on trial.

Obama came to Atlanta to speak to the graduating class of Morehouse College and encouraged the men to fight past prejudice and encouraged the black men to reach back and bring other’s up with them. But has he done the same? He has put forth programs to help the poor or has he? All I can do is shake my head at the blind followers who support Obama just because he is a brown person. He is being used to keep black folks suppressed and members of the poor and working class. I hope Obama will eventually stop operating under white supremacy and black inferiority brainwashing. I hope Obama will wake up and buck on the system he is feeding his name and family to a country who will turn on him as soon as they are through using him to take every basic human rights of Americans.