Lil Son Chronicles ~ Validation

Afternoon everyone.   Pray all is well with everyone. I’m not big on music award shows; however, there was plenty of chatter in regards to Kanye West and his thoughts about Beck. Beck won the Grammy for album of the year (I believe that is correct) and well, West felt a need to voice his opinion. I think Beck responded properly. Not everyone may handle the situation well; in fact, some may be left with hurt feelings.

Unfortunately, we live in a day and time when you must have tough skin against hurtful opinions of others. Fortunately, tough skin isn’t a bad thing so long it doesn’t cross over to anger or hatred… but tough skin and humility to know who you are according to God. I don’t think there’s a problem with hearing the opinions of others, but always go back to God in prayer and see if that opinion lines up with how God validates you.

A big problem nowadays is that many people are constantly looking for validation in other people and vices; so much, that they forget who they are and whom’s they are. So many individuals join gangs, become addictive to drugs, sex, alcohol, and etc., willing to sacrifice integrity, good character, and self respect with a dollar and to be in the lights. Sure society says you should do this and that to be known or popular; however, at what cost? A reprobate state?

Folks, allow God to validate you. After all, He created us in His Own Image. Grow in relationship with God, live a Christ like life, and truly learn who you are.

Be blessed…

Lil’ Son Chronicles – Goals for 2015…

Afternoon all. Pray this entry finds each of you at peace and enjoying the best of Christ. Well, I’ll admit it… I’m a month late on “resolutions” lol. But to be honest, each year I manage to accomplish a goal and well it’s only fair to go forth to the next challenge. This year I actually have a few goals… Now whether they all come to pass or not who knows… but the hope is to at least strive to them.

Goal #1. Get back into studying the bible. If nothing else gets accomplished this year, I hope this will. There was a time when I would study the bible, but for some reason I fell off. This is not good at all. It must change. After all The Bible is the key to it all… life that is… How can I be in relationship with God and not make a better effort to get to know Him? Fair right… exactly…

Goal #2. Fall back from alcohol. Now I’ll be honest, being an every once in a while drinker isn’t the end of the world, but I’m getting older. I’ve seen what the abuse of alcoholism has done to some family members and friends. That’s one statistic I don’t want. Now I’ll be honest… I like a long island iced tea… but I don’t know. I guess in getting older, I’m realizing that taking a drink does not always equate to having a good time. Every once in a while is okay, but I don’t want that become a case where it controls me. Nope, sorry… I can’t get down like that.

Goal #3. Monitoring my health. I must say, I’m grateful that I have a clean bill of health… but again I’m 33… Currently I’m at 175 lbs. Now where it’s at on me… who knows, but I can tell I have gotten a bit thicker. Most of it is muscle, but diabetes and high blood pressure are both sides of my family and I refuse to accept that as fate because of genetics… Now still having a youthful look… ABSOLUTELY!!! Nonetheless… I would like to make an effort to cut back on sodas, fast foods, eating out a lot… I want to make a better effort to cook, drink water, herbal teas, and exercise. Yeah I tried the herbalife and maybe I didn’t give it the chance needed, but I would like to try this the old fashion way, minus all the extra-juiced up supplements. For some it works, but I’m not some… I’m me… and I’m cool with that.

Goal #4. New job. Well I think it’s fair and time. I have finished with my MS and I’m ready to embark on the next leg of my career. New challenges… new opportunities. Why not? I think the real challenge is to get back into the swing of applying for jobs. It is indeed a job to apply for a job. Let’s face it… the Feds are not giving jobs in plentiful like before… and private industry still makes me apprehensive. But the desire to go to the next level overrides all of that.

Goal #5. This ties back to #1 but I’m wondering if I have what it takes to become Dr. Vincent Augustus Davis, Jr.? For the longest many have ask if that would happen. Or, say you know you need to do it. And that’s all good, but is this part of God’s plan for me? A friend of mines on facebook went in on me about this. Told me that I needed to do it and stop playing. Now, the first thought was to channel my dad… and my grandmother (those that know Vincent Sr and Marion Rose Barnes… yeah)… but God blocked it LOL!!! I guess what I’m saying is… like I did with the MS… I’ll make this decision because it’s something I want to do, not governed or dictated by someone’s expectations of me.

Which leads to my point… Never allow the expectations of others to overrule God’s expectations for you. Sure folks may mean well, but in everything, go back to God in prayer and find out if and/or how lines up with His Plan for your life and His Kingdom…

Whatever goals you have laid out for 2015, I pray it lines up with God’s Plan for you. Don’t get weary… keep fighting and pressing… Also, don’t focus so much on the goal that you miss your blessings in the journey. I can assure you that journey can be more valuable than the goal…

Well… that’s my thoughts for the day…

Be blessed all…

Lil’ Son Chronicles ~ Continue…

Hello everyone. Pray all is well with everyone. It’s been a long time since I wrote any entries, but I said that this year I would start to get back to it. Not as intense as before, but I think in time it could pick up.

2015 is here… and it isn’t waiting for anyone. Already it’s February… wow. But I must say it’s been a blessed time indeed. Life is going pretty good. Had someone told me ten years ago that I would be at this place in life, I would have never believed them. Roughly about 10 years ago, life was discouraging and I was willing to make the decision to end it all. I am so grateful something in me heard the Voice of God say try this walk with Me again… One of the best decisions I could have ever made.

I don’t take any of this for granted… if anything, I’m so humbled by the Goodness of God and how He has blessed me through everything. Yet with the many blessings He has given me… I know there is still more work to do. One thing I have to always keep in mind is you can never get too high to learn.10915253_882804431740960_9075726796113607739_n

For many of us, we have reached many benchmarks in life. Milestones, goals, and much more. Yes we all have had our share of valley experiences, lows, and times when we felt there was no point of return…

But God…

It is amazing that during the peaks and valleys of life, we can manage to always be one thing… a student. We can also realize that no matter what points we do reach in life, there’s still another lesson to learn, another challenge to overcome… another leg of this journey we must embark…

With God leading and us striving to live a Christ like life… let us simply continue… Continue to move forward… continue to gain discernment… continue to love one another, as Christ loves each of us…

Simply, continue…

Be blessed all…

Love, Live, and Learn (The Return) ~ Unmoved In His Will…

Inspiration:  Psalm 16:8 NIV – I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Inspiration: Karen Clark Sheard & Kierra Sheard – The Will of God

Yesterday I learned of the news of two Fraternity Brothers that has passed on from this world; Terrell Evan Cowherd and Lee Thompson Young.  Two young men who had so much life to live.  While I didn’t know either personally, my heart grieves because I can’t imagine what their families and loved ones are dealing with now.  I’ll speak more to Lee.  It is said that he committed suicide.  SMH… many will ask the question, “What leads someone to do such an act?  How does one get in such a dark place that they cannot come out?” 

Well… I will say this… when one allows the weight of the world and depression to pull them down, sometimes one will be led to believe that is the only option.  I know all too well about being in that dark place.  It’s not fun.  It’s cold.  You are left wondering, what’s the point in life?

And then… there’s but God…

Interesting that I would read this article during this month.  Eight years ago during August… I thought about that option of suicide.  Wanting to live up to the expectations of everyone… pleasing everyone… and losing a grip on God’s Love.  And when I didn’t think there was any hope left, The Holy Spirit presented a familiar option… “Come to me…”

The sudden death of Lee went public because of his fame.  There are stories of other celebrities that have done the same thing.  But what about the many unfamed souls out there?  Satan is steadily trying to diminish the army of God.  There are even those now… looking in that mirror… contemplating if they want to end their lives. 

But I want to tell you this… Don’t give in… Don’t give up.  The worst situation in your lives will be surpassed by a situation even worse…  And even with the left-field experiences… know that God will provide a way for escape.  It may not come initially, but don’t worry about that.  Since 2005, I have realized that in every situation… to stop and hear for the voice of God.  To ask myself… How would Christ handle this?

Do not allow your soul to be sold to a being that did not create it.  God created you and me for His Glory… In all that we endure in this life… know that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice… In His Sacrifice, every pain, every mistake, every setback has been covered.  Know that you will be talked about. Know that you may have to endure things that others could not even begin to imagine..  But also realize, that every trial and tribulation has been covered by His Blood and The Blood Still Prevails…

I know Charles, Terrance, Colin and I joke about this song… but real talk… the Safest Place is in The Will of God… It may be on the battlefront or in the prison walls of your mind, but wherever it is… If God says Go… Put your trust in Him…Stand on His Word… Grow in Relationship with Him… Let Go… and Go Boldly in Jesus Christ to discover your true identity.

Embrace Holiness…

-Vincent Davis

Lil’ Son Chronicles – Is Vinnie Ready to Move???

So for some time, I have been really thinking about making a move from the DC area.  It wouldn’t be any time soon, but I could see another 5 years here in the DMV.  From there, where to go?  Well here are the possibilities…

New York City.  Now I know NYC is expensive as all out doors. And the folks up north would get a kick out of my country accent; like I would with their northern accent.  But for some reason, I wonder if I should consider it.  I could see it now… Living in Long Island or Brooklyn… Taking the train everywhere.  Hey, I finally get to see the ball drop on New Year’s lol.. But with me working on this degree in Accounting; I could how that would be a benefit as it pertains to being within the financial district of NYC.  Plus, I likes ta look good… LOL!!! A fresh suit er’day… with the cufflinks shining like da sun… WHAT!!!!??? That boy would be killin’ dem lol…

Charlotte, NC.  North Carolina has always had a soft spot in my heart.  Folks down there know a thing or two about southern hospitality and I love it!!! I could see me down in Charlotte, with a football field for a yard lol… or chillin on the porch with that lemonade.  But the biggest thing is the scenery.  Nature is a blessing from God and there’s so much of it in North Carolina.  Open roads… a summer day… with some Erykah Badu crankin’ … oh yeah… And then of course, there’s the dress attire… a relax comfortable style during the summer… I would be rockin it with the linen lol… I’m being silly…

Miami, FL.  I’ve been to Miami three times and I absolutely love it.  All that Vitamin D… yes lawd!!! You talkin bout a golden brown bro’ham… all day… lol. The weather overall is beautiful there.

And finally, my stomping grounds… Portsmouth, VA.  Each time I go home, the biggest that sticks out to me…  family. I love being around my folks. It’s very therapeutic.  It’s familiar, of course, and well it’s peaceful all around.  I could definitely see myself moving back home.

Now don’t get me wrong, making that reluctant move to the DC area 10 years ago was truly one the best decisions ever.  But after 10 years, I wonder… what’s next for Vince?  Will it include DC in the next 5 to 10 years?  As of right now, I can’t see it.  I see myself in the next 5-10 years onto a new challenge, but who knows… Only God can say what will happen.

Nonetheless, I am ready to move forward… but I want to make sure that in everything contemplate on; that I first seek God on His Way, Path and Approval.

Lil’ Son Chronicles – Ramblings from Augustus Jr…. (5/9/2013)

It has been quite some time since I last wrote or even thought about writing.  Seeing that I have a few moments, I just want to get out my thoughts.  That in itself is difficult, so I’ll do it the only way that makes since to me…

Dear God… I Love You.  I thank You for who You are in my life.  I thank You keeping me in midst of it all.  Lord, before I make any request or pour my heart out, I need to ask for Your Forgiveness.  I have allowed my frustration to get the best of me, instead trusting in Your Word.  You allowed Jesus Christ to die for me and Christ lives.  That sole reason is why I have no choice but to trust in You and know that everything will work according to Your Plan; to build Your Kingdom.  Father God, if there is any I’ve done, said, thought that is not of Your Will, I ask that You forgive me in the name of Jesus Christ.  I’m human and I know I will fall short, but I’m thankful for the blood Christ shed for me.  I thank You God for revealing to me what’s right, what’s wrong, and what the solutions are.  Help me Father God to forgive myself for being selfish at times when I should be selfless.

Father God… I’m frustrated.  Not necessarily due to issues at work, school, the frat, the family.  Moreso with myself.  God, You know my heart so here it is… I’ve distanced myself from You and I don’t like it.  I don’t believe I’m on a repeat track like 2005 or anything on that level, but You have brought me so far and I don’t want to lose my connection with You Father God.  I often think back to 2005 and wonder if it had not been for You God stepping in when You did.  I’m so grateful, so humbled that in spite of my mess then, You spoke into me that I can be free because of the sacrifice Christ made.  Father God, I often think of my nieces, nephew, godsons, and now my lil goddaughter.  My babies, but Your angels.  Thank You for bringing them into my life.  In a lot of ways, they keep me grounded and remind me that this walk with You is so worth it.  God, I am so focused with career, school, fraternity, family, and friends.  And that’s fine, but none of that means anything if my priority is not focused on You.  I can’t go… do… or be without Your Love, Joy, Peace.  And know that, this is in no way on You God, but this is on my end.  Because I haven’t been doing the best job in this walk with You.

God, my request is that You continue to speak to me.  Even though I haven’t been doing the best in relationship with You, for some reason, You continue to keep Your Grip on my soul.  I don’t care what this world presents to me, You are always and continue to be there.  I realize that You don’t have to, but You want to because You love me that much… Hmmm… this must be that Unconditional Love Your Word speaks of… I must do my part to live a Christ like life, a life that is pleasing unto You… not what I would assume, but what is pleasing unto You.  I ask that You give me the necessary strength and provisions to do a better job in my first position; the only position that matters…. Being a Kingdom Kiddo for You God… Being obedient unto You so that You get the Glory. So that Your Kingdom will continue to be edified.

Father God, I pray that You receive this humble and open prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ…

Amen…

Thought:  It’s easy to say others are holding you back, but when you look around realize it’s only you that’s holding you back… It’s time to seek God and get out your own way… Let God have His Way… Totally…

Be blessed folks…

Lil’ Son Chronicles – Progress…

Since the last post, quite a bit has occurred… and so let’s get to it…

Operation debt free:  I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. On a small scale, but it’s better than nothing. By the end of this month, I hope to be paid off on one of my credit cards.  I am also making an effort to become a bit more aggressive in getting the credit card paid off and closed out.  My goal still for this year is to pay off roughly $10,000 in credit debt… That should put me at the half point.  The good thing is that I am not using the credit cards anymore and it’s nice to see the balance decrease.  My ultimate goal is to become credit/student loan debt free by the age of 35 or earlier…

Education:  Well… I finally did it. I applied to a graduate program and got accepted.  Starting the end of this month, I will be enrolled at the University of Phoenix’s Masters of Science in Accountancy.  Finally!!! Thank You Jesus Christ… When I tell you this has been a major fear for me.  Wondering, if I can handle school again… Well we shall see.

Career Transition:  This comes off from education, but when I graduate, I hope to take the CPA exam and get certified. My prayer is to open a business or at least be a financial advisor to assist those that under privilege and help them realize that God desires them to be the head and not the tail… to not be slave to the lender… to be debt free… to be a good steward over what God has blessed them with.  On the regular 9-5, I hope to transition from the world of statistics to the world of finance, budgeting, auditing, and accounting…

Walk w/Christ:  An on-going process… but well worth it.  Lately, church messages have been an eye opener. God has and continues to reveal the wickedness of this world and it’s very disheartening.  What’s even more frightening is that each of us, if not careful, will fall into the traps of this world. Our lives, as we know them, will be completely turned upside down.  It makes me think of my own life and how sometimes, I being naïve caused me to fall into traps. Thankfully, God was guiding me every step.  Still, I wonder, what more can I do for God? What work does He want for me to do? What sacrifices will I have to make? How will any of it help someone grow closer to God? How will help me to grow closer to God?

Thought:  In this year, a lot is occurring so far and so much more is coming.  I pray that God will renew the strength to do His Will. I pray that if there be anything that is not of God’s Will and Purpose, that He remove it, so that His Perfect Will can be done… I think we all simply want that… A challenge, but can be overcome… All we have to do is let go… and Let God… He will with us folks… Let us turn from the status quo and embrace God… embrace Holiness… Let’s make a better effort to live a holy life unto the Lord…

Be blessed all…

-Vince

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