To The Victims & Families of Las Vegas…

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Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.

Amen

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I wanted to start with the Lord’s Prayer because it’s a montage as to what we should pray in times of despair, need, understanding and forgiveness. I can’t say that I understand what you are going through because I don’t and I can say that I have empathy for what you have experienced, but I can’t even begin to say that; because there’s nothing in the world that you can say about something so tragic in which you’ve experienced and/or have gone through within the last couple of days.

It hurts to constantly see things of this nature being committed within our world, it’s also hard to believe that we’ve had 50yrs of mass shootings, taking out over 949 people including innocent children and teenagers. As you watch the news you can’t help but to think “Really?, Again?” – And each time gets harder and harder as the number of precious lives whom had so much to live for, so many things to accomplish and so many goals to reach, be taken out without warning or notice. In times like this it almost makes you feel like going in the house and not ever coming out again…but, then that gives the culprits the upper hand in having control and dictating how we should live our lives and we cannot, shall not, live this life in FEAR!

As you try to piece life back together as you know it, I pray that your heart heals daily and that your thoughts are overshadowed by good memories and thoughts of the countless people that put their life on the line to stop and grab someone to safety, either by pulling them or driving them; there were people that made sure no one (as much as they could help it) was left behind; in which despite tragedy, shows the strength and courage of our country . I’m a firm believer and it’s my motto that every negative situation has a positive one, it might be very hard to find at first but it’s always there. And believe it or not there is a positive in this tragedy.

A lot of times we don’t understand why people choose to be evil and mean or even why they do bad things and it makes us sad when you hear someone has done something that was wrong or mean to someone or to people that did nothing to them, But God is in control even of people, God created people to be good and very good and everything he created was a Blessing but it’s the road that people choose to take in life that can either lead them to be good or bad – it’s their choice and sometimes their choices are not good.

But don’t be discouraged, for in the midst of chaos and despair, know that God loves you and has a plan for you, there’s a scripture in Jeremiah that states:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This scripture has helped me through some really tough times and it just lets me know that no matter what, God has my back and through my tragedies and many disappointments he still has plans for me no matter what has happened or what I may have done, God has a future for me and I know he has a plan and a future for you in the midst of all you’ve gone through and while you may be shakened, I know you’re going to be okay.

My prayers and daily thoughts are with you. Be Blessed and know that God and a whole nation of good people with you, supporting you and praying for you during this time.

 

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!

 

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Need A Vacation, Destination?

The summer is the most expected and beautiful time of the year. After braving through winter and tip-toeing by Spring, when the end of May and June gets here – You feel as if you can finally breathe and take down those packed up summer dresses/clothes and flat/opened toe shoes you’ve been dying to wear.

It’s also the time of year in which makes you want to hit the road and visit the beach or other places, maybe places you’ve never been before. The sun and breeze of summer makes you want to spend every single day outside, doing something. While most people may not always have it like that to travel to the places of their dreams – they choose to stay local and enjoy the sights of their own neighborhood and city. I’ve had a couple of summers in which I took a vacation only to “stay” at home. Yes, I desired to go someplace but didn’t quite have the plan nor the funds to do it. So I made my week a “Staycation” – If you’re like me and maybe don’t have the funds to travel to your favorite destination – Here are a couple of quick tips you can do to make that staycation a vacation..

  1. Hotels Here I Come – Have you ever felt like you’ve wanted to go somewhere else outside of the walls you constantly see everyday? Why not stay in a hotel “in town” it’s a cheap way to get away and look at other walls outside of your own. You can order room service and just enjoy the sights of being in a fresh new place. No Clean Up required as someone will do that for you.
  2. My Hometown is Awesome – How about yours? The thing is, we live in cities that a lot of times we don’t know anything about, such as it’s history or foundation. Most towns have museums or you can go to the civic center and they will have loads of information about your town that you probably didn’t know about. You can take a day and explore what your town/city has to offer or what events are scheduled for that particular day or month.
  3. Alone Time – If you’re like me, sometimes you need some downtown from the hustle and bustle of your regular day. Take a day and just lounge around the house (no electronics, if possible) and just watch movies, pig out on your favorite foods, crochet (in which I don’t know how to do, but a friend of mine swears by it. According to them it’s very relaxing. Tried it, wasn’t for me..lol) or come up with some other craft. Take the day and just unwind, relax your mind and your body.

Okay, so maybe the whole STAYCATION idea was not what you were wanting to hear….

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And you really want to get out of the house and hit the road. Listed below is a link to 17 of the worlds best affordable vacation destinations that I feel you and your family, girlfriends or best buddies would love to travel too. Check it out as one of the destinations just may be the next photos to grace your phone or family album.

17 Best Affordable Destinations in the USA – For the Family

This link is not only your guide to the best destinations in which include San Antonio, Texas;  Las Vegas, Nevada; Tucson, Arizona; Memphis, TN and quite a few more. but this list also gives you hotel suggestions for lodging, cheap flights to get you there and even a list of things to do while you are vacationing. So if you have the time, a little cash and a plan then one of these vacation, destination trips just may do the trick for your summer fix.

Whether you decide to STAYCATION or VACATION during your time off or away, make sure you have fun, be safe and make plenty of memories!

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud & Love Hard!

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