Posted in life

Something About The Name Mama

Mama BirthdayRance Allen & Kirk Franklin had a song years ago called ‘Something About The Name Jesus’.  It is a beautifully written song but the way Rance sings it with his riffs & runs takes it to a level that leaves you in awe!  Kirk’s composition with Rance’s dedication to the lyrics makes you feel their love for Jesus in a very powerful & melodic way.

When I hear someone ,adult or child, say “mama” it makes my heart smile. I haven’t called anyone mama in thirty years.  It just hasn’t felt right. There have many wonderful women who have stepped in the role to help raise me but non have filled that name. I and very thankful to these wonderful women & I mean no disrespect at all.  It’s hard to explain unless you’re a motherless child. There is a difference when you have grown up to know someone as mama, as in adoption.

I was speaking to a client about her mama dying & her being in her 90’s.  She said “I’m sad to lose my mama but what a blessing it’s been have had her this long”.  I agreed with her and told her my mama passed when she was 43yrs old.  I used to long to be able to say that term of endearment with someone but I know that name is precious & should be used wisely & lovingly.   My heart cries for those who have lost their mama & to the mama’s so have lost a child(ren).                              
If your mama has been a good mama to you make sure you sing her praises like Kirk Franklin & Rance Allen.  I would never want someone to be in my shoes wondering what it feels like to call someone mama.

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Posted in life

#BlackWomenAtWork

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 24 to 48hrs,  you’ve enjoyed reading the experiences attached to this hashtag by black women across the nation.

Brittany Packnett, Activist and VP for Teach For America is who we have to thank for this 1 million black women marching across twitter!


Check out just a few of the tweets below.


These tweets spoke to me because I now know that I’m not the only black woman at work dealing with the b.s.!  It’s tough being the only drop of chocolate in a cup of milk.  Especially if you are in a position of power, you have to look “approachable”, by softening your voice & smiling like a Cheshire cat. 

 It becomes tiring and we just want to be our heavy voiced, natural hair wearing, curvaceous, intellectual, articulate selves without being told were “too black” by telling us to tone it down.  We will not tone it down!  We are black and we’re not going back!  We are loud & proud!  So get over yourselves, pay us our worth & watch us take your company to the top!

For more of these witty tweets Check out my twitter (@TheMelodyLeann): https://twitter.com/TheMelodyLeann?s=09



                           ~Melody Leann~

Posted in career, Family, life, Love, personal, Religion, Smile, testimony, work

Having Faith Is Scary! 

I’ve always heard the sayings, “it just takes a little faith, step out on faith,  & where is your faith?”  The bible constantly talks about faith.  One passage states, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains” (Matthew 17:20).

Recently, I’ve had to “step out on faith” and it wasn’t an easy decision to make.  Actually, it was very terrifying. I’m still terrified.  A friend & I were saying it would be awesome to have a little preview into the future. We don’t want to know every single detail, we just want to know things will be ok as for the outcome of the decision being made.  This may be why psychics are so popular, and rich.

Faith has been defined as, confidence or trust in a person or thing; faith in another’s ability.   So, what this tells me is the decision I make rest solely on what or who I believe in as a higher power.  That’s some scary s***!  I don’t know for sure you’re real, I don’t know for sure that this thing is going to work out, I don’t even know that this is the decision that I really want to make but that doesn’t matter because I’ve been groomed all my life to trust YOU…not MYSELF?

This blog post could go in 10,000 different directions from here but let’s just stick to these three!

  1. Believe in yourself!  Know that you got this, not your parents, your spouse, or even God.  Know that you without a shadow of a doubt can and will succeed in the decision you have made.
  2. Be prepared!  Prepare yourself for greater things because this is why you made that major decision right?  Right!  If you’re going between jobs, be prepared with a few coins stashed or at least have that “financial” talk with your spouse in case things move slow.  Be prepared for number three.
  3. Don’t listen to the haters/naysayers.  If you’ve got number one then go for it!  We won’t always be prepared because…that’s life.  You don’t know what’s coming your way so you can’t prepare for that.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

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The confidence is that belief you have, whether in yourself or a higher power.  The future/outcome is the thing you cannot see.  There would be no need for faith if we already new the outcome.  Having faith, amongst other things, makes life interesting instead of boring and predictable.

Yes having faith is scary but without it we would not dare to change things.

If it were not for sadness how would you know when you are happy?

If it were not for sickness how would you know when you are healthy?

If it were not for darkness how would you appreciate the sunlight?

The positive and the negative balance each other…the yin and the yang.

60 Faith Based Scriptures

~SMILE~

 

 

Posted in belief, Family, life

A Visit From St. Nicholas

By Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
~SMILE~
Posted in life

What happened to Thanksgiving? 

As long as I’ve been alive there has always been twelve months in a year. This year I think we eleminated one, November. We went from sunflowers in September, Pumpkins & Halloween in October, to Santa Claus & Jingle Bells in December. 
What happened to November?   WHAT HAPPENED TO THANKSGIVING?

I remember being in the store in October, seeing Halloween candy, costumes, and fall decor. As soon as November 1st came, the Christmas season started.  It upset me because I’m a very thankful person. I’m appreciative of my life, the people in my life, and the things I have.  Although I give thanks all year, “society” waits until November to appreciate & give thanks. 

In a world of selfies, self-love, self-identity, me, myself, and I; we NEED November! We NEED Thanksgiving! This world is in trouble and the last thing we need to do is take away humility! We took away prayer/moment of silence in schools. Now we’re going eliminate being thankful. 

Well not me! I’m thankful on Thanksgiving for life, health, & love. Every day I’m thankful but today I want to share those things with those I don’t see often. I want to put on my best outfit, eat my favorite foods & laugh until I cry. 

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all! 
                                  ~SMILE~

Posted in life

Invest in yourself, BEFORE you invest in someone else!

I am a bonafide cheerleader for any and everyone.  If you are doing something great, I am there to cheer you on to the moon and farther.  Don’t ask me to help you or include me in what you’re doing, I will stop my projects so fast you will hear the brakes squealing.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with helping others but DO NOT forget your goals and aspirations.  I am so guilty of putting my goals on pause, helping someone else succeed with their goal and there I go back to dust my goals off and pick up where I left off.  I am the typical big hearted sap.  I love helping people but I don’t like not getting the same in return.goodness

Here’s what I’ve realized, people will NOT do the same for you as you have for them.  Do NOT expect people to say or do the same thing you would do!  Just because I would give you the shirt of my back, doesn’t mean you are willing to do the same for me or anyone else.  I have come to accept that and I can respect it.  If more people live by this rule I believe there will be less broken hearts, disappointment, and stress in our lives.

I am fortunate that I have realized this before I make this mistake for the five millionth time.

SMILE  

Posted in At the Office, life, work

DAY DREAMERS

We all know someone who speaks beyond highly of his/herself.  Like the one who is a bagger at the local grocery store but portrays himself as manager of grocery distribution.   It’s great to think highly of yourself because you want to be somebody but don’t lie or put others down for your own gratification.

I had a conversation with an associate fairly recently who down played my position at work.  It didn’t bother me because it happens ALL the time.  We were talking about clothes & I didn’t like what I had on that day, I didn’t feel like it was “business casual” enough.   This person says “well, with your position it really doesn’t matter what you wear.”  Wait a minute was that shade? It sure was.

THROWING SHADE

As the conversation went on, I noticed that I was talking less and they were talking more and more.  Since they figured I was a nobody, they began to fatten their resume right before my eyes.  Every now and then I would throw in a random question to see how big their head would get before exploding.  I will ask you the same question three times, three different ways, just to see if you catch it.  It cracks me up to play dumb with a true dummy who has no idea I’m actually playing with their intelligence.

It’s wonderful to imagine yourself doing more important things in life, on your job, etc.  When you imagine those things it helps you to set goals to reach.  Sometimes people get lost in their imagination & it only becomes a reality in their mind.  In order to make it seem real, those people have to minimize others.

When you stop daydreaming and start making those dreams a reality, call me.

~SMILE~