I Couldn't Stop Even If I Wanted To, But I Never Will

"Because the homeless are a vulnerable particularly population that lack resources, we at "Rise Up 4 Change" are always keeping them in our thoughts and prayers and constantly seeking ways to continue to support them. One of our biggest challenges was finding resources to support our efforts in providing for the children and families...
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Rise Up in Faith, Courage and Action

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We all have a story. Life can be darn hard some times. You NEVER KNOW what someone's story is. It takes time to know people. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Listen for their story. Love well, because many are enduring storms we couldn't possibly even imagine.If things haven't been going the way you've planned, know this: Weeping may endure fo...
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Clean Up Your Mental State

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 Make a decision to begin. Stop giving time to thoughts that lead nowhere. Stop investing time in thinking about any past area of your life, as comfortable and habitual as it might be for you to do so. Make daily efforts to increase your alertfulness. Recognize thinking about the past, and SWITCH your mind to think about the FUTURE. Force your...
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I Love The Word Impossible

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 It's like joy after disappointment. Naysayers become believers after winning. Sunshine after drenching rain.A wound healed after scarring.Forgiveness after being deceived.Truth after being lied on.New love--after being hurt.I just love that word impossible because with God.....all things are possible. IMPOSSIBLE means that I, an ord...
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How Can I Not Offer to Help Them Out?

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Around the time the stay-at-home order was enacted here in Miami, a teenager told me that her family was short on essentials and toilet paper. I had bought some the day before for my household and said, "I'll share what I have just provide me your home address and I will drop them off the next morning. I would've never expected that this family was...
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I Found New Ways To Connect With What Matters

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  Sometimes we are surprised by the behaviors of those looking out for themselves, and then again sometimes we can be surprised by the behaviors of those who go above and beyond for others. Those are the circumstances where real love has no bounds. "I've covered half of my life! But this is clear to me--that you learn that you know nothing--as...
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You live, and if you open yourself up to the world, you learn

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I'm certain this is nothing new to those that have traveled the world to find meaning and purpose. I honestly believe in life we reach a place where we're faced with some hard truths about ourselves and our lives. I instantly remember wrecking my brain, and searching my soul, sitting up in the late hours of the night, and waking up in the early hou...
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Pain is uncomfortable

 Sooner or later, we must distinguish between what we are, not what we would like to be. The beauty is that there is always something new to discover. Imagine how sad it would be if there wasn't. I needed to know why I was here. I needed to show myself to be true, speak up and stand up for me. We don't have to run away from something, nor do w...
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Holding On To Your Faith In The Midst Of Doubts

Although, we're all hurting inside for everything has changed and nothing will ever ever be the same. There's loss all around us, disappointment, fear and worry. There's certainly no denying that. I know it, I see it, I hear it, and I feel it. We all do. But my faith will not falter, for my faith is stronger, my dreams and hopes hasn't diminished o...
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We have the opportunity to make change possible for all of us. We cannot turn our backs anymore or walk away from what is happening in our world.

Young people are dying on the streets from physical abuse and gun violence. When you choose to pick up a firearm, you become responsible for the consequences, and when you make a series of conscious decisions that end with you taking the life of an innocent person, you should face the consequences. It is time to help each other build neighborhoods ...
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Nonviolence Miranda Warning

You have the right to speak out against violence and choose life. You have the right to choose to be a leader and not a follower. You can choose to speak up and not be a bystander. You have the right to turn your life around if your choices have placed you on the wrong path. You have the right to become an agent of change and live a productive, pos...
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Quiet Time Is Good For The Soul

We are all worthy and deserving of love. I have reached a place where I have come to really enjoy writing. Writing is therapeutic. It allows us to see what is holding us back and what is taking up too much space. It is exactly 4:00 a.m. in the morning, my favorite time of the day. I am in complete solitude. There is something rejuvenating and peace...
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Still I Rise

 Still I RiseBy Maya Angelou You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise.Does my sassiness upset you?Why are you beset with gloom?'Cause I walk like I've got oil wellsPumping in my living room.Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like h...
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Stop The Violence

 "A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.​James Allen ​All conflict, regardless of the size had to start or erupt somewhere and has a history that continued escalating that resulted in bodily harm. Our focus must be to not only seek out the root cau...
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Let Us Talk About Self-Love

Love is important because without it, life has no meaning or purpose. Love allows us to be more and do more than we could ever accomplish without its power. So often we spend most of our time taking care of our physical needs. We make sure our bodies are fed, cleaned, clothed, exercised, and rested. We also make sure intellectually stimulation and ...
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​I looked in the mirror

​I looked in the mirror. I saw not just a face but a reflection of my past, trials laced with mistakes. I saw one space collecting all of my fears. I saw tears held back, I-love-you's held back too. How many years have I not known my self?As long as it's taken to get back to you, I would retrace every step just so I could be here to say I love you....
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Never forget how valuable you are, how far you've come.

Courage is talking about courage with tears streaming down your cheeks. Courage is not knowing what comes next and stepping forward, hands unclenched, right into it.Still, wonder opens your eyes and you see the first signs of new life after hope lost all her petals and leaves. This is what courage does for you.You wouldn't expect to be the same, no...
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She Just Let It All Go

SHE Just Let It All Go I'll let the poem speak for itself. I hope that it resonates with you and your heart as well. She woke up and she let it all go. She found herself and her life has changed. She let go. Without a second thought or a word from others, she let go.She let go of her insecurities or fear of failure.She let go of seeking a...
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I was introduced to this poem today. It came at exactly the right…

 I was introduced to this poem today. It came at exactly the right time, as things tend to do. I'll let the poem speak for itself. I hope that it resonates with you and your heart as well.She let go.She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.She let go of the fear.She let go of the judgments.She let go of the confluence of opinions sw...
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The Root Of The Tree (You)

 {A Rise Up 4 Change Tree)The root provides the foundation for the strength, stabilization and life of the person. The trunk and branches are all determined by what roots are growing underneath. It leads to our outcomes.(Root=Identity Trunk = Performance and the Branches = OutcomeThe Leaves and Branches:GrowthStrengthNourishmentPeaceFocusTrans...
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