God’s Wisdom Isn’t a Folklore

James 1:5, 6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”


In celebration of African-American History Month, I thought you would enjoy reading some funny and wise African Proverbs and a variety of  folklore from the continent of Africa and the United States.
Black History Month Comments

1. An old lady feels uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb (Ghana)
2. There is no virgin in a maternity ward (Cameroon)
3. No matter how hot your anger may be, it cannot cook. (Lesotho)
4. Without fools there would be no wisdom.
5. Do not laugh at the one who drowns himself if you haven’t crossed the river yet.
6. Hot water doesn’t forget that it has been cold.
7. When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby
8. To try and to fail is not laziness.
9. It is not work that kills, but worry.
10. When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised.
11. When an old man died, it is a library which is burning.
12. It always seems impossible until it is done. (Nelson Mandela)
13. A family is like a forest, when you are outside, it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place.
14. Wisdom does not come overnight.
15. To get lost is to learn the way.

The Chief Who was No Fool-by Philip Martin –A Liberian Folktale (Tale of a wise woman and a foolish husband)

Which is Better? (Three brothers in love with the same woman)

Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom –or No One Person Can Have All the Wisdom in the World– A West African Folktale (A father’s respect for his son)

The World’s Reward-by James A. Honey –South African Folktale (Just what happens when a pet is ignored?)

The Man Who Never Lied-African Folktale

Wait Until Emmet Comes-(A West Virginia Ghost Story) African-American Folktale

Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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Let the Son In

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

Let the Son in in 2016.

No matter how you look at it, there are plenty of people who are superstitious about certain places, people and holidays.

Especially, when it comes to New Year’s customs and superstitions.

I believe some of you reading this can probably relate that a number of superstitious practices arrived from your ancestral backgrounds.

For instance, there are some people who pour salt outside their front door to ward off evil spirits from entering their home (the evil spirit would be of course people who are deemed to be the devil himself).

Then there is the luck superstitious of preparing a meal of black-eye peas, rice and greens (collard, kale or cabbage) for money to come your way.

Another southern custom is to eat cornbread which will bring you wealth.

Here is another humorous belief that if you eat chicken on the first day of the year you will have financial problems the rest of the year.

But one of the weirdest things that my sisters and brothers had to endure for a number of years on New Year’s day, was our mother waking up my brothers and making them leave the house and re-enter it.

The reasoning on this superstitious ritual was that no “female” was allowed to enter the house before a “male”, thereby, a female could not bring bad luck during the year on the occupants.

For years, my mother would literally drag one of my brothers from their sleep and warm beds and push them out the door and sometimes, in snowy and freezing weather, just so that they would be the first one to enter our home.

Looking back on that New Year’s day ritual, it later became clear to me and my siblings that my mother was following a superstitious belief that she herself was taught when she was growing up from ancestors from the south. She believed in it until she finally came to the know the Truth.

What made her change?

She let the Son in

It was Jesus Christ.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

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Here is an interesting website to check out about superstitious, fears, rituals, customs and more at http://superstitionsonline.com/

The Most Strange Superstitions in the World

Halloween and Church Folks

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Halloween and Church folks are not a perfect match but you can always find some humor if you look deep enough.

A humorous Halloween parable from last year by request. Church Candy.                  chocolates

I do hope you enjoy it.

ONE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN

Leah, 9 and her 10-year-old brother Barker was hiding under the dining room table when their grandmother’s guest, Mrs. Whitmore from church showed up.

The two mischievous siblings had a habit of listening in on their parents and grandmother’s conversations.

While the two elderly ladies were in the living room, Leah and Barker quietly crawled near the entry way of the living room.

“Oh Lord, thank you for this day and may You forever be with us in everything that we do and say…Amen.”

“Amen,” chimed in the siblings grandmother.

Mrs. Whitmore was also their grandmother’s prayer partner.

“Sheryl, why didn’t you come to the Women’s Bible Study last night?” asked Mrs. Whitmore as she kicked off her shoes.

“Well, to tell you the truth…I didn’t want to go last night.” Leah and Barker’s grandmother told her friend.

“Oh. I see, ” replied Mrs. Whitmore. “Is there something going on I don’t know about?”

“I can’t stand all that church candy!” lamented the children’s grandmother in her usual raspy voice.

Barker and Leah could barely sustain their excitement.

“Did you hear that?” Barker whispered over to his sister Leah.

“I sure did, ” Leah said with a hungry grin. “The church’s got candy this year!”

Barker and Leah quickly crept away and headed into the family room.

“Leah, I can’t believe mom-mom didn’t let us know about the Halloween party at church,” Barker said to his sister as he turned on the television.

“Mom-mom did ask me to go to church with her on Halloween…, but I told her I didn’t want to go with her … I’m sorry I told her no,” Leah said while flopping down on the sofa.

Barker and Leah sat quietly in the room in deep thought.

“Leah! Barker! Why are you two so quiet in here?” asked their grandmother.

The two looked up at their grandmother with a sad face.

“Mom-mom, why didn’t you tell us about the Halloween party at your church?” Barker asked her.

“What Halloween party?” their grandmother asked in a curious tone.

Leah suddenly leaped from the sofa and ran over and wrapped her arms around her grandmother’s legs.

Looking up at her grandmother, Leah smiled.

“I changed my mind, mom-mom,” said Leah with a devilish smile. “I want to go to church with you on Halloween.

“Me, too.” chimed in Barker.

“You do?” replied their grandmother with astonishment.

Leah and Barker both nodded their heads.

“Well, okay. But you know we don’t celebrate Halloween at our church.”

“We know that mom-mom. ” said Barker winking over at his sister Leah. “We know that. ”

HALLOWEEN

Barker, Leah and their grandmother arrived at the church around 7:00 pm. The parking lot was half full with cars.

While they were entering the church, several children ran past them wearing Halloween costumes and carrying bags filled with treats.

“Look at that girl mom-mom…she’s dressed like an ice princess,” Leah said.

“That’s a shame,” replied her grandmother.

“Why mom-mom?” asked a puzzled Leah.

“Because Halloween is the Devil’s holiday!” retorted her grandmother, as they stepped inside the church.

The church lights were dim. Only a few people were present.

Barker leaned over and whispered to Leah. “I don’t see any other kids.”

“That’s because they are probably downstairs where the party is,” Leah told him.

Leah, Barker and their grandmother sat down.

A few minutes later, Mrs. Whitmore came in with her husband and they sat up front.

Barker was getting antsy. He just wanted to get downstairs to the Halloween party.

So did his sister Leah.

“I wish the two of you would keep still,” their grandmother told them. “The two of you asked to come to church with me…now, behave yourself. Service is about to start.”

“But we want to go downstairs to the party, mom-mom,” Leah said, as she stood up.

“Yeah, ” Barker said in agreement. “We want to go to the party before all the church candy is gone.”

“Church candy? ” exclaimed their grandmother. “What church candy?”

“You know what church candy mom-mom.” Leah said.

“We heard you tell Mrs. Whitmore about it…don’t you remember?” Barker asked her.

LATER THAT HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Barker and Leah ran into the house and stomped upstairs to their bedrooms.

Their grandmother followed behind them.

She went into the kitchen where her son and daughter-in-law were having a cup of coffee.

“Hi mom, how was church tonight?” asked her son.

“It was interesting,” she told them with an awkward smile.

“Did the children enjoy themselves?” her daughter-in-law asked her.

“Uh…I don’t think so.” she told them.

“Why not?” asked her son.

“Oh, it might be because of the church candy,” she said.

Later that evening, Leah and Barker’s grandmother knelt down and prayed.

“Lord, thank You for this day. And please forgive me for my sins. I also ask that you forgive me for saying bad things about the people in my church. And help me with my fiery tongue. And Lord, please let me have the courage to tell my grandchildren, Leah and Barker that church candy is something I made up to describe the folks I don’t like at my church. And Lord, please remind me to tell them that talking about people is wrong. In Jesus name…, Amen.”

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
I Peter 2:1

Church Candy does fill up shelves (pews) in churches and we do come in a variety of flavors and ingredients but that’s what makes the body of Christ special to the Lord.
Bitter sweet
Sugar free
Gummy
Sweet and sour
Jaw breakers
Fruit and nuts
Wax
Package Sizes
Single
King-size
Theatre box
Family size

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The Tillary Chronicles

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Psalm 89:34

Hillary Clinton is right now in the fight of her political life.  Hillary-Clinton-Colorized

She is being pulled, stretch and hammered down by her own party and the very media who was touting her to be the first woman elected to serve as President of the United States.

And what is all the clamor about?

Emails coming and emails going…can you believe that?

Although I don’t consider myself to be a conspiracy theorist, I will take liberty to be creative in writing a fictional tale of suspense, sabotage and betrayal.

I title this short-short satirical soap opera, The Tillary Chronicles.

Tillary Thorn is the outspoken former first lady.

During her husband’s eight year term, she was perceived to be disliked by some members of her very own political party. That Party.

Even The Other Party finds it difficult to deal with a smart, strong and independent-minded woman like Tillary.

When Tillary’s husband President Thorn term was over in 2000, she chose to run for congressional office.

And to no one’s surprise, Tillary is victorious in her first political run for office.

Fast forward, eight years later, when she is strongly encouraged to run as a presidential candidate for That Party.

That Party assures Tillary that she is a shoe-in and she has their backing.

But, little does Tillary know that a generational leader from a well-known family, Senator Tim Kooney, chooses to put up an unknown young congress person of color to represent That Party in the 2008 election.

Tillary realizing that she and her husband have been deceived by the underhanded plot of Senator Kooney continue to stay in the primaries despite threats of dethroning her chances as to ever being in a position to run for any political office in the future.

A national branding campaign take over the primaries and the young congress person of color, Bland Omaar is now a social media favorite. He is now That Party leading contender.

Tillary realizes that her chances to run for That Party have been stopped in its tracks and her desire to be the first woman president of the United States will have to wait until…2016?

A late night conference call is arranged. Tillary receives a golden carrot. If she sits out her run for That Party they guarantee her not only a key role in the administration but also that That Party would back her in the 2016 election.

Tillary accepts the offer and feels she cut a decent deal.

When That Party candidate, Bland Omaar gets elected he appoints Tillary to the position of Secretary of the World and half of the golden carrot has been honored.

Fast forward. It is 2015 and Tillary looks forward to running as the presidential candidate for That Party and hopefully with the blessings of President Omaar to fulfill the second promise made to her in 2008.

But wait. Much to Tillary’s surprise and disgust a leak from an unknown aide in the administration about her online subscriptions hits the press.

Now, The Other Party demands to know why Tillary was subscribing to magazines online and most importantly, on her personal server that could be hacked by the international world of magazine publishers.

The administration of That Party denies any involvement.

But wait, Tillary is now faced with another betrayal.

The number two leader of That Party, Vice President Jerry Budd is seriously considering running for president.

Hmmm…so, Tillary realizes she has been set-up once again and all by That Party who seems to have no loyalty to uphold their end of their agreement.

What will Tillary Thorn do now? Everyday she is facing questions from the press and The Other Party about her online subscribing.

The Other Party has convened a probe into the matter. They hope to finally put Tillary Thorn out of the race once and for all.

Polls say that voters don’t trust Tillary.

And other polls say that the American people don’t care about her online subscriptions and use of a personal server.

Nevertheless, the voters in 2016 will have their say.

Is this the end of Tillary or is it just another chapter in the Tillary Chronicles?

Sometimes, it is good to look behind the headlines and try to have a bit of humor at all the madness taking place around us.

Have a wonderful, safe and fun-filled weekend and keep God first!

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19

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Take time to have a Good Laugh

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.  Psalm 126:2

Sometime we should put our sadness down and take time to have a good laugh like a child. happykidlaughs

On God’s Time

A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God.
The man asked, “God, what’s a million years to you?” and God said, “A minute.”
Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and God said, “A penny.”
Then the man asked. “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said, “Sure…..in a minute.”

Care for the Mother-in-law

A man, his wife and his mother-in-law went on vacation to the Holy Land. While they were there, the mother-in-law passed away.
The undertaker told them, ‘You can have her shipped home for $5000, or you can bury her here in the Holy Land for $150. ‘
The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.
The undertaker asked, ‘Why would you spend $5000 to ship your mother-in-law home, when it would be wonderful to have her buried here and spend only $150?’
The man replied, ‘a man died here 2000 years ago, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance. ‘

God Enjoys a Good Laugh

There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:
1. He called everyone brother
2. He liked Gospel
3. He didn’t get a fair trial

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
1. He went into His Father’s business
2. He lived at home until he was 33
3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with His hands
2. He had wine with His meals
3. He used olive oil

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian:
1. He never cut His hair
2. He walked around barefoot all the time
3. He started a new religion

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:
1. He was at peace with nature
2. He ate a lot of fish
3. He talked about the Great Spirit

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:
1. He never got married.
2. He was always telling stories.
3. He loved green pastures.

But the most compelling evidence of all – 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman:
1. He fed a crowd at a moment’s notice when there was virtually no food
2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it
3. And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do

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