The Spirit of Baltimore, or Reflections on My Native Region (English Version)/ L’Esprit de la Baltimore, ou des Refléxions de Ma Ville Natale (Version Anglaise)

Note: This post is in English only presently, since I am not sure when I will have the presence of mind or time to sit down and write out this full post in French. Saturday evening, perhaps. Thank you!

Note: Cet article de blog est en anglais seulement, au moment, comme je ne suis pas sure quand j’aurai la tranquillité de l’esprit ou le temps ‘a écrire le meme texte en francais. Le soir du samedi, peut-être. Merci!

Hi everyone,

Having lived in the Baltimore-DC area all my life and having had a long familial history here, I find this crisis, frankly, devestating and confusing. Basically, to give you an idea of how long we’ve been here, it’s been since the time of Edgar Allan Poe, truly; his adoptive father is my 4x-great-grandfather since he had his delegitimized son Charles Allen with an unknown mistress. Thereby, Mr. Poe is my 3x-great-uncle via adoption/legal guardianship.) Yes, so we are established here. In fact, my entire maternal family grew up in or around the area and some of us still live within the region.

That said, I can vouch for it 100% that what you are seeing now is not, nor has ever been, what Charm City is; at least, that was never the case for me. Has Baltimore had a violent reputation? Yes. However, from what I understand from others who grew up in the area, Baltimore was a peaceful, diverse, and friendly community until after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, in 1968. What my loved one described like Baltimore was as I remembered growing up. The violence I’m seeing today, I can promise, is nothing like what I ever experienced as a child. In fact, I remember frequenting the city with my family and even went to a famed restaurant in Little Italy for Easter dinner with my extended family this year, in keeping with our tradition for many years.

Therefore, I promise what you see here is not what the majority wants. We want peace, reconciliation, healing- not violence. Many have lost loved ones, lost homes,their livelihoods, access to basic needs such as food, water, and clothing….the list goes on. We’re already sick of this crisis and want nothing more than healing and to see the Baltimore many call home, regardless of what living here was like for any one of us,

All things considered, please pray for Baltimore and, if you live in the area, do what you are able to help bring peace and reconciliation to the area. That’s all I believe most of us would ask. I do. Thanks.

God Bless,

Michelle

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The New Year and Some Changes/ Le Nouvel An et Des Changes

Credit to FotoSearch.com (http://sr.photos3.fotosearch.com/bthumb/CSP/CSP651/k19485765.jpg) Happy New Year!

*Note: I will post a French version of this entry shortly, as it is already very long in English!

*Note: Je créerai une version de cet article de blog en français bientôt, parce que c’est très long en anglais!

Hi everyone,

This is Michelle again! As you know, last year was busy as anything and this year is shaping up to be somewhat more relaxed. That said, some changes are coming, which I wanted to highlight by first sharing my New Year’s Resolutions and then mentioning some other changes, a few of which I have mentioned before. That said, here are the New Year’s Resolutions as I posted them on Facebook:

1. I resolve to spend more time with God in prayer, quiet times, service, and any other form of worship which He calls me to practice. After all, I claim He is my top priority in my life and claim to follow His command of doing so. Therefore, I must make it so, right? That I will, by His grace alone.

2. I resolve to spend more quality time with my family and friends as well, being intentional in every encounter I have with loved ones. (Yes, this includes Reilly and my future fur-daughter, Dixie Mirabelle.)

3. I resolve to get healthier in all respects by taking care of myself in terms of eating, exercise, et cetera. For example, I will be eating more fruits and vegetables, more complex carbohydrates and proteins, more unsaturated fats and less simple carbs, junk food, et cetera. I will also exercise daily and resolve to sleep 8-9 hours per night on a consistent schedule insofar as I am able.

4. I resolve to be less critical and judgmental of myself and others in my life. After all, I have discovered that I can be a perfectionist in many areas of my life and that I need to “let go and let God” work out my life. He created me, made me His child, and knows what is best for me for many other reasons besides those listed (cf. Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 55:8-9, et cetera)

5. Finally, I resolve to live more intentionally in everything else I do: applying myself more to my studies, saving more money, giving more of my time and talent to loving others as God has called me to do, working towards a bright future more seriously, and having fun in life, too!
Indeed, I am looking forward to what 2015 will bring, thanks be to God, and prepared to enjoy the bulk of it, as I know there will be setbacks along the way. Oh well, that’s life!

Finally, I intend to work more on videos, songwriting, and other creative projects such as spoken-word poetry and jewelry-making. Look for them in the near future (today on!).

So, what are your New Year’s Resolutions and what did you like best and least about last year? If you could do anything the same and anything differently, given the chance to relive last year, how would you do that? Let me know and I look forward to reading your comments!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Part 6: Something in French (Un Peu d’Écriture en français)

The image is from http://www.bestclipartblog.com/clipart-pics/poetry/clip-art-2.jpg. I felt like that, while the art was meant to represent the act of writing poetry, it can represent any kind of writing, really, if taken alone!

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re having a blessed weekend so far! In case you didn’t already know, my native language is English of the Standard American dialect, but I am also fluent in French of the Standard Parisian dialect and know some French of the Quebecer dialect as well. That said, I thought I’d share something I wrote in French the day before Thanksgiving:

La vie instable, c’est une leçon pour moi

‘A faire la confiance en Dieu pour ma vie et mon âme/

Il me connait le mieux, je suis qu’Il est Dieu……

(This unstable life is a lesson for me

To trust in God for my life and my soul

He knows me best, I know He is God….)

It is a work in progress, but I will try to write more in the coming week and update the poem as I am able. Out of curiosity, as well, do you any of you dabble in creative writing? If so, do you write poetry, song lyrics, music, novels, short stories, serials, et cetera? Let me know. I’d be interested in reading more about you as well as sharing my heart with you and allowing my life to be an expression of the living God. Praise Him, I get to do that because He died on the cross for me and rose again, atoning for my sins in my place and rising again to show He is Who He says He is!!!

That said, I welcome any and all comments as long as they are clean, civil, and constructive. Thanks!

God Bless,

Michelle

On Ferguson….

Hey everyone,

This is Michelle again. On the Ferguson issue, I have little to say but this and herein I post it:

That’s the sum of what I believe, right there. I imagine God is grieved, to say the least, that His loved ones and nonbelievers alike are hurting each other in the name of peace. What do you think? Who wants to change the world for God (the Christian God, as I am a Christian), with me?

God Bless,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Part 5: Spoken Word Poetry: Thankful

Snoopy being the chef makes me smile and reminds me I am thankful for my family, friends, and the military especially at this moment. We who live in America are blessed to have more than enough in many, many cases. I also have a wonderful mother, sister, and fur-niece ( a Maltese-Poodle puppy) named Reilly. I also have many wonderful uncles, aunts, and cousins for whom I couldn’t be more thankful at the moment. 🙂 And friends….so much blessing. Thank You, God. 🙂 You are more than enough, and I am humbled and blessed to know more blessings besides. 🙂 Wow. Thank You, God – again.

Hey everyone,

As promised, I am writing something for tonight (and, again, it is a work in progress, as sometimes inspiration comes at moments one does not expect, such as when one is tired and has no idea what to write.) Oddly enough, the inspiration came from my own previous writings, as God reminded me through a previous post that I have much to consider and thank Him for. After all, it is Thanksgiving week, so here it is as I am writing now:

I have so much, more than enough

That I consider how blessed I am; I have too much/

At least I feel I need to give much away,

But then again, I will when comes the day./

God has a plan for me, I know, for I exist,

And He makes nothing for which He has no purpose./

What is more, I am saved and redeemed

And have an incredible family, friend group, and country./

Moreover, I get more than enough daily to eat

And have clean water to drink, clothes to wear, and a place to sleep./

Thank God, I can sleep every night that passes by in peace

For He gave us men and women to protect and keep America free./

As I write, I find myself beyond words once again, indeed,

For I have more than enough to live well- certainly more than adequately./

That said, I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and every day.

May it be that I am thankful each day, I pray.

Thus, may God open all of our eyes, our ears, minds, and hearts/

To be thankful for every day we have at its beginning, whether we wake in light or dark.

Yes, I will now look on every day with new eyes

No matter what happens, when I live and the day I die/

I know my Redeemer was, is, and is to come

And for me, Him and His blessings besides are more than enough.

What are you thankful for, by the way? Let me know in the comments! God Bless!

– Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Intermission: Part 2: Brokenness and Love That Heals……THANK YOU

Y’all, y’all, y’all, y’all!! I can’t even begin to summarize in words what I am feeling at the moment….at least not entirely adequately, though hopefully concisely!! Y’all….thank you for checking out that video I posted last night! It means a lot to me that y’all are seeing the Truth and I am reminded, by the grace of God, just how many people are looking for His love in Him and how desperate we all are for Him!!!!! Wow. Y’all have encouraged me in ways I cannot even begin to list here…..That said, I’m going to sign off for now, but wow…..Expect me to keep writing and encouraging you….That’s all that matters in the end, anyway, right? God be glorified and His people be edified and found in Him, past, present, and future.

By the way, if you have not checked out the video yet, here it is, once again:

He loves you so much…He loves all of us so much!!I pray you find true love and REST in Him….rest in Him and that He loves you!

That said, thank you again and God Bless you all. Finally, if you want to check out the full sermon, including the excerpt above, here it is: http://vimeo.com/112017331.

God Bless,

Michelle