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Waiting is No Longer an Option |Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Several years ago, my church, House of Prayer & Praise Ministries, released a CD project entitled, Expectancy. One of the tracks bellows out, “We cannot wait.” As I reflected on those words, it took me back to a book written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. entitled, “Why We Can’t Wait.”

The book outlines the plight of the Negro since arriving in America. Because of the injustices and inhumanity endured from the shores of Africa to the horrible middle passage, to slavery itself and to Jim-Crow, it meticulously outlined why the Negro could no longer wait to experience the same rights and privileges afforded their Caucasian counterparts. The literary work emphatically illustrates that the Negro was no longer going to wait but was ready to act and embrace all the promises as a citizen of the United States.

We still stand on the threshold of full equality in a nation that continues to want to relegate us to a subpar existence. As I think about the impending Voting Rights Act authored by the late Congressman John Lewis and civil rights leader and how there are those who still do not want us to exercise our full rights as citizens of this country, I unequivocally know that we cannot wait. The same things that were happening when Dr. King authored this book, are still prevalent today. In recent years, it has become even more overt.

We can no longer sit idly by while people who do not have our best interest, make decisions about our destiny. Last year, we frightened them to resort back to their “Jim Crow” antics and enact laws to create obstacles and barriers to prevent us from exercising our right to vote. Just like we voted and made a difference, we must have that same tenacity and crowd-power in every election. It is our crowd-power as African Americans that made a difference. It is our crowd-power as African Americans, who caused them to enact laws directly following that election. It is our crowd-power as African Americans where we will overcome any obstacles or barriers and exercise our rights and privileges. No, we cannot wait and are not waiting any more.

Each of us must be committed and dedicated to ensuring that every African American vote. It is our crowd-power that will make the difference. We have an obligation not to wait because of those who gave their lives for us. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others who paid the ultimate price for us to be free. We must honor Dr. King’s legacy by ensuring that we take advantage of our God-given rights and privileges.

We all reach a threshold where we can no longer wait as well. Many have not exercised their privileges and rights. The ugly face of racism prevented African Americans from experiencing the fullness of citizenship in a country they helped to build through their sweat, blood, and tears.

Oftentimes we find ourselves existing below our privilege because we have not tapped into the reservoir of resources that God has given us. No, it was never God’s intention for us to fret over the uncertainty of this world, but to walk in complete victory as we become all He created us to be. For centuries, African Americans were not allowed to experience the privileges inherent in citizenship because of the label of inferiority placed on them. In many instances, we are not experiencing all our rights and privileges, because of inferior labels inflicted on us by either ourselves or others.

There comes a time when you have to say I can no longer wait for change to take place, because I am going to be an active participant in making change happen. There comes a time when you can no longer idly watch life passing you by without developing and exercising your God-given gifts and talents. There comes a time when you no longer allow outside stimulus to prohibit you from tapping into an infinite reservoir of overflowing opportunities. There comes a time when you no longer live as a second-class citizen, and you begin to expect more because you know you are a first-class citizen. There comes a time when you say enough is enough. I am taking back everything that has been withheld from me.

This is the time for you to move from idleness to expectancy. You see expectancy involves action. Expectancy involves forward deliberate motion. When you expect something more, you no longer are immobilized by fear; and “no” and “I can’t” no longer has a place in the lexicon of your life. Your mindset has elevated to expect “yes” and “I can.”

Even when all around you is a raging storm of uncertainty, you realize that you dwell in the heart of the storm where there is abundant life. You come to realize that outward circumstances have no dominion over your inner peace. It is this inner peace and joy that propels you to steadfastly move with an expectation unimaginable. You move from limitation, to the unlimited potential inherent in you from the day you were born. What begins to happen is that the fragments of famine and negativity no longer can skew your vision, because your vision causes them to become a micro dot on the landscape of your life and they no longer control your destiny. Nothing and no one can prevent you from living out everything God envisioned for you.

Change your mindset! Expect more! Take action! Because you cannot afford to wait anymore!

Are you ready to take action? Are you ready to stop waiting, and be the change that makes things happen?

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15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excellence in Service Quotes|Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

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Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a man committed to serving others with excellence. As you kick-off your week in celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy, be committed to having a dream to serve others with excellence in everything you do.

  1. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
  2. If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’
  3. “the time is always right to do the right thing”
  4. “On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.”
  5. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
  6. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
  7. “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
  8. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
  9. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
  10. “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
  11. “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
  12. “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
  13. “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
  14. “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
  15. “The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.”

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS May 1

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Father, Although I may walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I am not alone. You are with me every step of the way and You have placed others to walk alongside me. Bless me to reach out to them when I feel an overwhelming sense of lonesomeness and grief. Even more, to look to You for Your joy, peace and comfort. There is no joy like the joy that You give. I need Your joy to take away the heaviness of heart as I continue to move forward in the absence of my loved one. #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

 

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 9


Father, Bless me to manage my business affairs with discretion and to keep accurate account of assets, inventory and management of personnel. Maintaining accurate accounts makes each person accountable for their actions and their respective areas of responsibility to ensure success for the entire team. #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 8


Father, I am more than a goal setter; I’m a goal fulfiller. I’m dedicated to reaching beyond myself to fulfill every goal. As I become more committed to reaching my goal, I am propelled beyond selfish motives to knowing that all I do I do it for the greater good of humanity. #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess http://www.prayersforsuccess.com

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 7


Father, I’m excited about everything that is happening. It’s awesome! I don’t want to become so overjoyed with excitement that I lose focus. Keep me focused, yet flexible enough to celebrate the milestones on this victorious path to achieve illimitable success. #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 6


Father, I will not be held captivity to limitation, lack, self-doubt, procrastination or whatever. I’m breaking out of every limitation that has kept me in bondage long enough! I embrace every milestone, because success and failure propel me to prosper and have good success. I am breaking free! I am breaking loose! I am absolutely breaking out! #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess http://www.prayersforsuccess.com

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 5


Father, Open my ears to hear your instructions. Open my eyes so I can see the path You have orchestrated. I may not be able to always see clearly or understand everything, but I implicitly trust You to direct my path as You lovingly guide me to a bright future paved with extraordinary success. #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 4


Father, You embolden me with illimitable confidence and courage to take the risk and just do it. I no longer shirk back with fear. I have forgotten those things that held me back. I stretch forth with determination, perseverance and diligence towards the high mark. I am unstoppable! Success is mine! I am embolden with confidence and courage to succeed in every endeavor! #Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Mar 1


Father, Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating me to be me! I am not a clone! I am not like any of Your other master creations; and there is no one like me. Thank You for creating me to be uniquely me and doing the same for them. Bless us to celebrate the differences that make us one. Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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