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Now Cee Here! - April 1, 2013

In this issue:

Big Deal of the Week

Porn for Women

Inspirational Quote

Tip of the Week

 

It has been a while. What have I been doing? Caring for family, traveling, writing and following a relationship. what have you been up to? Hit me on facebook, or twitter.

Big Deal of the Week

My 6th album All My Time is now available here You can listen to snippets and download a song or two for free here. But buy the album, will you? I know you'll be blessed. It was written for you. 

Inspirational Quote

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements'

- Napolean Hill

Picture of the Week

Porn for Women

Tip of the Week

Today I was very busy on the computer and did not have time to cook lunch. So this is what I prepared: Sliced extra sharp cheese on rice cakes, a tangarine and a peach, and washed it down with apple-cranberry juice. What do you see? Colors! Yes. color is a great enhancer of appetite. Not only did I enjoy it, it was also satisfying because the fruits provided fiber (as well as vitamins and minerals). The cheese provided the protein, and of course the rice cakes gave carb-energy. I don't usually drink juice, but I needed some extra energy.I try to keep my sugar intake very low. After all there is no fiber in it.To sing well you need a clear and strong voice. Your fruits and vegetables supplies vitamin C and your carbs help you to sing strongly.

Here's to Spring! Peace & Blessings,

Cee

www.ceejosephs.org 

Music to free you

 

New album 'Time Out' - July 9, 2010

'Time Out' - to pray 'Behind the Door' for more 'Faith Hope and Charity'. 'I Do' that, and I'm, 'Talking 'Bout a Child' who knows 'Yes Jesus Loves Me'. I truly want Him to continue to 'Break Me to Use Me' for His glory. So 'What Am I Living For'? to let you know that there is 'Power in the Blood' of Jesus to give you the strength and willingness to live peaceably with all men, doing your part to help the widow, feed the poor and free yourself. 'Have You Any Room' for Him?

Do you feel me?  Then buy the album. You'll be inspired.

Peace & Blessings,

Cee.

 

 

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Newsletter - June 17, 2010

Now Cee Here!

In this issue:

Big Deal of the Week

Porn for Women

Inspirational Quote

Tip of the Week

Big Deal of the Week

My 5th album Time Out is finally completed, although not yet offered for sale. But you can listen to snippets and download a song or two for free here http://ceejosephs.org/music.html. Available soon on CD BABY.com

All roads lead to Rufus King Park on Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 5 -8PM. I am involving the whole community.

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We have a lot of unknown talent in our communities. All they want is an opportunity to release their passion, and bless us. I want to know that I have helped someone to aspire to the next level of their dream. Of course I'll be performing songs from my new CD. 

So bring your blacket and chair, and be prepared to be wowed!

Inspirational Quote

It is our choices...that show what we really are, far more than our abilities. J.K. Rowling

Picture of the Week

Porn for Women

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Tip of the Week

Summer is here, and there will be times when we will not feel like slaving over the stove.But we still need to eat balanced, and healthy, meaning eating foods from the major food groups at each meal. Left over baked chicken, with lettuce and tomato, in a pita bread, topped with shredded cheese and a light dressing makes a great meal that is easy to prepare and satisfies most of the needed nutrients. Here's to a great summer!

Peace & Blessings,

Cee Kiss

WWW.ceejosephs.org

Music to free you

Here's what's happening - May 3, 2010

I'm excitedly in the production stage of my upcoming album. The creative part was very intense, as I am determined that this album will be 1) God-endorsed, 2) well done, and 3) worthy of your creative, intelligent, and highly spiritual self.

I am in the planning stage of the Make Music New York project @ Rufus King Park. There will be a line-up of great artistes, instrumentalists, choirs and soloists, doing Reggae/Caribbean, Traditional and Contemporary - as well as a word about HIV and Substance Abuse services being offered in the community.

We just did a nice thing for our clients here @ PSI.  We honored their commitment to regular attendance with a special VIP luncheon, where we were the maitre-d, waiters and servers. They were very appreciative, as it is not often that these 'patrons' get to enjoy a sitdown  meal affair.

Oh, and the Hungtington's Disease Dinner and Concert was truly uplifting and emotional, and I got to meet some wonderful people.

Well, for thos in town on June 21st, see you in the park!

Joy & Pain - December 24, 2009

In the midst of the holidays' celebrations, my nephew, Akil, son of my late sister, Tansie was taken from us. Three losses in 3-4 years. My mother died last year. You know, I wondered for a long time, why it was that I am not making music at the rate I usually do. Why I would come home, and although I tell myself I need to start writing or recording, I end up watching TV and eating. It just occurred to me that I was profoundly affected by these losses. I was proud of the fact that I am strong, and know when to move on.  The fact is, I was moving on, but at a snail's pace.

I am confident that God will see us through, and I crave your prayers and support in this time of bereavement. He leaves behing  a sister and a brother, and I am very concerned about them.

 

Call to Dietitians - November 14, 2009

Back to Writing - November 8, 2009

Hi there,

My newest project is writing songs on nutrition & health; songs of encouragement to help us to be better warriors. You know that good nutritional health is the right arm of the gospel, and I am dedicated to the gospel of Christ.

So in my ministry will take on a slightly different perspective.  As I minister in music, I will also share diet and nutrition information.

Please consider inviting me to your church, civic association, health club, home, party, or wherever you congregate. this is vital information, given the state of our country's health.

Thanks.

Getting Ready..... - September 16, 2009

Last month I had the privilege of visiting St. Vincent and the Grenedines, where, with other gospel artistes, I ministered to the folks and was immensely blessed! I think, during the slave trade, they bussed (shipped) Jamaican slaves to inhabit St. Vincent. St Vincent is a mini Jamaica. : - ) This month I plan to film a music video, and have my first role in a movie. Well, that's it for now. Hit me on Facebook, MySpace, or right here on my guestbook. Always praying for you, Cee.

Achieving Peace and Blessings: Tips - May 1, 2009

For many of us, the goal of life isn't ultimate wealth, an accumulation of stuff, or the perfect car. It's peace and blessings, plain and simple. Living a life of peace means living peaceably with each other. This translates into blessings.

Do you know someone who seem not to have a care in the world? Some people may be created more blessed than others, with peace monogrammed on their DNA. For others, finding peace isn't always that simple. You weren't blessed that way.

But like any monogram, yours can be changed. With God's help you can rewrite your life to include as many of the following tips, and the ultimate goal of peace and blessings can be yours. If you've already achieved complete peace, well done!

1. Surround yourself with others who seem, and affirm themselves to be blessed. If you are around angry, depressed or sad people, it will transfer to you. You can't help it. But if you are around people who are seem peaceful and untroubled, that will also transfer to you. You will also learn their habits, and learn to react the way they do when something bad happens. Slowly weed out the negative influences on your life and replace them with positive ones.

2. Count your blessings. When something bad happens to you, try not to focus on it. Instead, take a minute to count your blessings. Everyone has good things in their lives, whether it is health or loved ones, a good job, or, whatever.

3. Gratitude sessions. Along those lines, it is a good practice to have a daily gratitude session. Think about what you have to be thankful for, and silently thank those who have done something good for you in some way. If you have time, take the time to call them or email them to thank them.

4. Think solutions. Instead of thinking about problems, move to the next step: how to solve it. When someone says to me, "Oh, this is so hard," or "Oh, I can't seem to do this," I just ask them, "Well, what's the solution?" If you develop solution-oriented thinking, you will be much more peaceful. The solution will come. Then you will see your blessings.

5. Connect with others. As much as possible, spend time with those you love, and with others who you enjoy. It could be a simple phone call, or a short visit. Or take a day with the person or people you'd like to spend time with. Have a conversation, do things together, be intimate.

6. Accept things. We are often unaware of it, but we usually want things or people or ourselves to change. And that's a sure way to not have peace, or feel blessed. We cannot control the world. We have to accept things as they are, try to understand them, even love them. Including and most especially ourselves: accept who you are, allow yourself to be yourself, try to understand and love yourself. Then do the same with the others in your life.

7.Get a life. Instead of rushing from one thing to another, resolve to have less to do each day, less appointments and fewer tasks. Then do each thing slowly, with mindfulness and ease, and try to be present in the moment. And truly enjoy whatever it is you do, from talking to eating to walking to just sitting.

8. Notice small things. As with having a life, try to notice when you are blessed; that you are not suffering, or that you are tasting something really delicious, or you feel cozy and warm, you found a parking spot, anything. Noticing the little things will help keep a smile of peace on your face!

9. Treat yourself. Take a few minutes each day to give yourself a little treat, whether it is a bubble bath, or eating ice cream, or curling up with a book, or taking a nap. You deserve it.

10. This, too, shall pass. When bad things happen, and you're having trouble accepting it, think to yourself the same thing the ancients did: "This, too, shall pass." And it will. Then be thankful for the blessings of survival.

11. Volunteer. When you give to others, whether it is money or the things you no longer need, or your time and love, you feel more at peace with yourself. You feel and experience the blessings of your unselfishness. It is true. Take 5 minutes today to call a charity and volunteer to donate some time. It will make a big difference in your life.

12. Follow your passions. If you do what you love to do, especially for a living,you will be filled with peace, blessings will flow, and you will be extremely happy. This is one of the best things you can do. If it seems impossible, don't give up. Others have done it and you can too.

13. Look at your achievements. Instead of looking at what you have not done, or what you have failed at, think about what you have done. Many times that is much more than we realize.

14. Laugh. Just the simple act of laughing can make you feel at peace. Watch a funny movie, tell jokes, read a book, listen to some music lyrics. Go to humor sites on the Internet. And laugh your head off.

15. Get into the flow. Lose yourself in a challenging (but accomplishable) task and forget about the world around you. It leads to peace, and productivity. Set yourself up for it by clearing distractions, giving yourself time, and making it something that you like doing.

16. Have a goal. Too many goals will lead to frustration. Try to choose one goal and really focus on it. And work to accomplish it. Goals lead to peace and blessings if you make progress on them.

17. Get inspired. Take time to read blogs or books or magazine articles about success stories related to what you want to do. It will get you energized.

18. Do what you love. Make room in your life by eliminating some of the commitments you do not really like doing, and replacing them with something you truly love.

19. Show acts of kindness. Each day, try to be kind to others in little ways, opening doors, smiling, giving a compliment.

21. Eat right. Learn the right way to eat to maintain a good weight and nutrition. Go to this site. Eating right leads to great blessings of good health.

22. Exercise. Just a short walk or run could give you peace by lifting your spirits,and reducing stress. Nothing difficult. Just get outside and move.

23. Check out nature. Walk in the snow. Go and watch a sunrise or sunset. Follow the stream. Bathe in the river. Watch the stars, or the clouds. Watch animals. Watch people. Watch children. And be inspired and blessed by it all. A peace that passes all understanding will wash over you.

24. Catch negative thoughts.. Monitor your thoughts. When you catch negative ones, try positive thinking instead.

25. Learn something new. It is strange how many of us are afraid to try new things, or admit we do not know something. But learning new skills or new information is one of the most fun things there is to do. Give it a try. the bible is a big help. As is the simple act of listening to peaceful music. It allows us to think positive, uplifting thoughts that leads to trying new things.

26. Jealousy doesn't help. Many people obscess about others who are blessed, or seem at peace, not worried. That gets you nowhere, fast. Instead, be happy for them. Then focus on yourself, and what you do right.
And instead, you can focus on reading books and listening to peaceful music that lifts you up.

27. Celebrate. When you do something right, when you accomplish something, when you feel like it, reward yourself. Celebrate. Have fun, and pat yourself on the back, and know you are blessed. This will give you peace.

Lastly, if we think of each other as an image of ourselves, then it will be easy to give more good than we take. This brings ultimate peace and blessings.
Peace & Blessings

Cee Josephs

The Pleasure Effect - September 29, 2008

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The pleasure effect of neurotransmitters is designed by God to form healthy, natural dependencies. A wholesome pleasure that motivates us to find good tasting food, comfortable shelter and loving relationships. Dopamine and serotonin reinforce healthy actions and behaviors.

Dopamine has a powerful ability to form triggers. During pleasure, neurological pathways are being formed that will trigger a physical and emotional reaction to repeat that pleasure. We know it as an urge. We feel impelled. Our minds can become fixed on pleasure until we think or nothing else.

Intense pleasure forms the most powerful triggers. For this reason, sex drugs and food create the most powerful urges. A syringe, rolling papers, an X-rated video, McDonalds, anything that is associated with the pleasure, becomes a trigger for these powerful urges. Compelled by an urge, we feel pulled toward pleasure like steel to a magnet. The emotions overdrive and our body quivers with adrenaline.

Urges are powerful at motivating us toward good or evil. We can feel the urge to pray, the urge to be kind, the urge to create or build, or we can feel the urge to destroy. Yet, even the most powerful urge cannot negate our responsibility. We can never blame an urge for the action we have formed, built and accepted. We give it power from the thoughts that we allow to form.

Drugs hijack the natural reward system of humans. Smoking a joint feels like the relaxation similar to 2 hours in the gym. Heroin gives a pleasure similar to “runners high”, the euphoric state experienced during long distance running. But, like all mood-altering drugs, the pleasure is stolen. It has not been gained honestly through effort, achievement or challenge.

Every time we are tired, upset or frustrated and use chemical or food to feel good, that behavior is being etched deeply into our neuropathways. Whether that is in eating potato chips, gambling, sexual perversion, horror movies or healthy activities like exercise or playing an instrument, the pleasure is creating triggers to repeat that behavior. Every time you enjoy a food that is unhealthy, use a mood-altering drug, engage in a perverse fantasy or enjoy being lazy you are creating triggers – triggers that will activate emotions, becoming powerful urges to repeat that behavior.

CHOOSE YOUR PLEASURES WITH GREAT CARE!

Cee Josephs

I Need You! - June 3, 2008

Hello friends!
I am going to attempt to bare my soul to you.

You see, I tend to be very private, hate to talk about myself. But I realize that if we are to have a great relationship, then I need to let you in (of course you will do the same!).

I have been evaluating my life, the direction that my music needs to take. Before now I was trying different things, but I am not sure of what direction to take. You see I am ecletic in my taste of music. I think I'm good at singing a certain stlye, would say "that's what I should do". But then I would listen to some new music from my favorite artists, and I would love it so much, I play it over and over again..singing along... and yes! "This is the music genre I would do best in"
By now I can hear you saying, "She is indeed confused".
So I attended the Gospel Music Week in Nashville a few weeks ago.I tried to focus on what I needed - what I went for, direction. But you know what? I left there still confused. Why? Not because I did not get great advice in some areas. But not enough to give me a clear-cut path.
My vocal tenchiques have improved, and I am anxious to do some new music. But I don't want to do that until I am sure of where I should go.

Here is where you come in. I need you. Yes, I am finally turning to the ones who can give me an honest opinion of my music. Which style do you believe I do best? Say anything! You may make me cry a little, but I know it is for the best.
Please listen to the music and hit me on my guestbook. I have re-opened it for this reason.
Thanks a million!
May God bless you as you bless me.

Why Are You Here? - May 3, 2008

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, YOU MUST BEGIN WITH GOD. You were born BY HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS PURPOSE."

For Immediate Release - May 2, 2008

May 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKLYN-BORN FILMMAKER CARLTON SPRINGER TO RELEASE MUSIC DOCUMENTARY on May 24, 2008


Queens, NY, USA

On May 24,, 2008 at 7:30 PM, at the Linden Seventh Day Adventist Church, 228-20 137th Avenue, Queens, NY 11413, cJg Production Ministry will present a one- night-only advanced screening of ‘Rocking Jerusalem’ a film of the musical journey of Linden Adventist Church. The film features various genre of music of several age specific choirs, soloists, and dancers of the church, as well as interviews that chronicle its music ministry. A free will offering will be accepted.

What began as a give-back charity event to raise funds for the Church, became a full documentary of the phenomenal music ministry of the Linden SDA Church., “I find it to be extraordinary that so much talent is found in one church” Says writer and producer, and CEO of cJg Production Ministry, Cee Josephs, a member of this 1,000 member, largely Caribbean church and its music ministry for over thirty years. A singer/songwriter, she has produced four gospel albums on her label cJg Productions, traveled regionally, nationally, and worldwide, to share her ministry. She recently showcased at the GMA Music Week in Nashville, Tenn.

The director of this film is philanthropist Carlton Springer, director of the award-winning film “With GOD all things are possible”. This Brooklyn-born Emmy and Tony nominated actor, playwright, cartoonist, producer and director is the CEO and one of the founders of Carlton Springer Enterprises and KeCarl Filmworks, an independent film company. As a young cartoonist, his works were published in several newspapers. As an actor he appeared in “Cotton Club”, “Fame”, “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Fort Apache the Bronx”, among other films. The AUDELCO award winner for best director has produced HBO specials, PBS documentaries, Sesame Street and news segments. “It was a challenge and yet a joy to do something that I, and my peers find to be very interesting, intriguing and unique” says the passionate and energetic Mr. Springer, whose mission is to help church organizations realize their potential in maintaining their viability.

To learn more and for further information on the screening of ‘Rocking Jerusalem’ you may visit www.ceejosephs.org For directions to the event, please visit the church’s web site www.lindensdachurch.org
Press Contact: Claudette Josephs (718) 896-0465,
cJgMinistry@ceejosephs.org




5- minute power boost - April 29, 2008

A Time To Dream...
This week, take some time to renew your God-given right to dream!

Please remember, you have the opportunity to make your dreams real... to actually LIVE the life you desire.

The key is to turn your dreams into GOALS... your goals into PLANS... and your PLANS into specific ACTIONS.

Right now is the perfect time to reconnect and recommit to your goals and plans. This may be the most important 5 minutes you will spend this week! -- E.R. Haas, CEO

P.S. Some of the most successful people in the world use the above links weekly. Maybe you should too.

A PEACEFUL, HAPPY & BLESSED NEW YEAR! - December 31, 2007

The Worship of Slim
The Epidemic of Fat

Here are two interesting figures: 16 percent of American kids are obese; 11 percent of high-school students have an eating disorder—anorexia or bulimia.
What do those stats tell us? That we eat too much? That we don't eat enough? That we eat the wrong foods?
Well, they tell us this much at least: Americans have a confused and confusing relationship with food.

Thinness as Sanctity
In her riveting book Born Again Bodies, Princeton University's R. Marie Griffith charts the history of the Christian dieting industry. Modern Christian dieting began with Presbyterian pastor Charlie Shedd's 1957 book Pray Your Weight Away. Shedd insisted slenderness was a sign of discipline and righteousness, while fat was a sign of decadence and rebellion.
Similar titles followed: Deborah Pierce's I Prayed Myself Slim, Joan Cavanaugh's More of Jesus, Less of Me, Patricia B. Kreml's Slim for Him. Christian aerobics videos and low-cal cookbooks appeared, and Christian dieting support groups cropped up nationwide. By the time Gwen Shamblin founded the Weigh Down Workshop, many American Protestants took for granted that "God expected Christian disciples to display fit, slender bodies."
As Cavanaugh puts it in More of Jesus, Less of Me, "Being fat is basically a sign that something is seriously wrong. It is a big cover-up, and when we get serious about losing our cover, we will need a big exposure. We will need to admit that we need help, and we will have to expose our hidden faults to the healing power of God."

While not dismissing the idea that some people overeat in a misguided attempt to fulfill emotional needs, Griffith points out that this can obscure as much as it reveals. For example, obesity is strongly correlated with poverty. As Griffith notes, poor women tend to buy inexpensive, starchy, high-fat foods, not slenderizing, healthy, and often more costly choices like fresh veggies and fruit. And poor women have neither the cash nor the leisure time to join a gym. But the social critique that links poverty and obesity is generally absent from Christian dieting books.

The call is for American Christians to do better than absorbing and parroting our surrounding society's obsession with slimness. It is one thing for the church to encourage healthy living. It is quite another for the church to have uncritically embraced the idol of slimness.

The Obesity Epidemic
In Don't Eat This Book, Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me, the prize-winning film that documented Spurlock's self-imposed McMonth—30 days in which he ate nothing but food from the Golden Arches - both reprises and expands some of the themes he addressed in the film. In short, 21 percent of Americans are medically obese. Our health, of course, suffers from obesity; we spend about $17 billion dollars a year treating "high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer … diabetes," and other "obesity-related illnesses." This obesity epidemic is relatively new—obesity began rising precipitously about 30 years ago. What was different in 1975? We ate fewer calories per day, we ate healthier food, and we exercised more. In 1970, Americans spent $6.2 billion at fast-food joints. In 2004, it was $124 billion."
The industry will do whatever it takes to ensure that we keep queuing up to order their burgers and fries. And the American population is gluttonous and slothful. We are too lazy to exercise, too lazy to cook, and seemingly unable to restrain ourselves from supersizing. Thanks to Spurlock, we will at least no longer be ignorant.

Beyond Compulsiveness
These two (personal and social problems) trends—the worship of slimness and an epidemic of obesity - reflect a disordered understanding of our bodies. Instead of honoring our bodies, we either diet them away or stuff them with unhealthy fast food; both are ways of distancing ourselves from our own bodies.

Yes, we make an individual choice every time we put, or don't put, something in our mouths, but our choices are conditioned by the available options, by social expectations, and by market forces. To be sure, Christians should critique both the dieting industry and the fast-food industry. And surely Christians are called to neither gluttony nor Gnosticism.

But we can do more than critique. We can also model something radically different—a relationship to food driven by Christian notions of joy and peace—and non-compulsiveness.
We can model homes and communities where people leave work in time to cook dinner, making time even to cook with our children. We can seek to eat food grown in our local communities, sending our food dollars not to conglomerates but to a farmer a few miles away. We can resist the social pressure to enroll our kids in 17 different after-school activities so that family and friends can gather around the dinner table together. We can remember that eating a meal together sits at the heart of Christian communal life—and is the very image of the kingdom of heaven (Isa. 25:6).

HELLO - September 20, 2007

You know, it's been about 2 months since I talked to you.
Well, I have been staying pretty close to home, as I was involved with the 80th anniversary celebration at my church. I am also a part of the committee to procure an elevator for the church. Still continued with local and some out of town concerts and church services though; Stone Mountain SDA Church, and Emmanuel SDA in Georgia; New Dimension Church, in Brooklyn, NY; Coney Island SDA, Coney Island, NY; First Church, and Paramus SDA Churches in NJ, to name a few. I am also back to working as a soloist/section leader of a choir. I get so much joy out of doing what is my first love, choral singing.I am still with my church choir however. Can't leave them out.The 2007/2008 music season promises to be a very busy one.
Pray for me, as I will you.

Continue to visit my site for more news and more new music.
Peace & Blessings, Cee

The Wooden Bowl - July 2, 2007

The Wooden Bowl

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from

now, a month from now, a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson.

The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The

family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and

failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he

grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something

about father," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and

food on the floor."

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone

while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl!

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometime he had a tear in his eye

as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions

when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father

noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly,

"What are you making?"

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to

eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The w ords so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to

stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family

table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some

reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped,

milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
_______________________________________

I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on,

and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four

things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them

when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the sa me thi ng a s making a "life…"

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.

You need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your

family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can,

happiness will find you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the

right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that

human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn!

Peace & Blessings

What If....? - July 2, 2007

THINK ON THESE THINGS...
What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow
Him today?
What if God couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him yesterday?
What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent
the rain?

What if God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as
His day?

What if, God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday?
What if, God took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it
today?
What if, God took away His message because we failed to listen to the
messenger?

What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart?

What if, God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others?

What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service?

What if, God met our needs the way we give Him our lives???
Think on these thing!

Peace & Blessings

I WISH YOU ENOUGH - June 25, 2007

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the good-byes.
And I wish you enough of my music to get you through the day.

Peace & Blessings

Computer Blessings - June 6, 2007

God there's one more thing
I wish that you could do
Hope you don't mind me asking
But PLEASE bless my computer too???

Now I know that it's not normal
To bless a motherboard
But listen just a second
While I explain to you, my Lord

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends.
Inside those small components
Rest a hundred of my 'BEST FRIENDS'

Some it's true I've never seen
And most I've never met
We've never shaken hands
Or shared a meal as yet...

I know for sure they like me
By the kindnesses that they give
And this little scrap of metal
Is how I travel to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as I know you.
I share in what life brings them
From that our friendship grew.

How To Install: LOVE - May 18, 2007

Customer Service (CS) Rep. : Yes, Ma'am, how can I help you today?
Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install LOVE.
Can you guide me through the process?

CS Rep. : Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready to install now. What do I do first?

CS Rep. : The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma'am?

Customer: Yes I have, but there are several other programs running right now.
Is it okay to install while they are running?

CS Rep. : What programs are running ma'am?

Customer: Let's see, I have PAST-HURT.EXE, LOW-ESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE,
and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

CS Rep. : No problem. LOVE will gradually erase PAST-HURT.EXE from your current
operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other
programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOW-ESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called
HIGH-ESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and
RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed.
Can you turn those off ma'am?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

CS Rep. : My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE.
Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have
been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

CS Rep. : Yes. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART.
Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

CS Rep. : Yes, but remember that you have only the base program.
You need to begin connecting to other HEART's in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops. I have an error message already. What should I do?

CS Rep. : What does the message say?

Customer: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS."
What does that mean?

CS Rep. : Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set
up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those
complicated programming things, but in nontechnical terms it means you have to "LOVE" your
own machine before it can "LOVE" others.

Customer: So what should I do?

CS Rep. : Can you pull down the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE"?

Customer: Yes, I have it.

CS Rep. : Excellent. You're getting good at this.

Customer: Thank you.

CS Rep. : You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MYHEART"
directory: FORGIVE-SELF.DOC, REALIZE-WORTH.TXT, and ACKNOWLEDGE-
LIMITATIONS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty
programming. Also, you need to delete VERBOSE-SELF-CRITIC.EXE from all directories, and
then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with new files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my
monitor right now and it shows that PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying
themselves all over my HEART. Is this normal?

CS Rep. : Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets downloaded at
the proper time. So, LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here.
One more thing before I go.

Customer: Yes?

CS Rep. : LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet.
They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some similarly cool modules back to you.

Customer: I will. Thanks for your help. By the way, what's your name?

CS Rep. : You can call me the Divine Cardiologist, also known as The Great Physician, but most
call me God. Most people feel all they need is an annual checkup to stay heart-healthy, but the
manufacturer (Me) suggests a schedule of daily maintenance for maximum efficiency.
Put another way, keep in touch.........

~ Author Unknown

April Showers - for Sure..! - April 27, 2007

But May Flowers are already here!
Thought I would write to you before the month
ends. I have been feeling a little blue because the weather was not in my favor for a long while.
I spent most of last weekend gardening. Ah! it felt so good. It was glorious weather, and I could not stop. Lots of daffodils, shining like yellow lighted bulbs, swung gently in the soft wind. As I raked the grass and killed the weeds, I saw dozens more, of daffodils grinning back at me, thanking me for releasing them to the sun and rain. It made me contemplate our youth, whose growth may be stifled by dead, wet leaves, and weeds of life. We need to remove them through love and mentoring, and allow them to grow, spread their wings and fly.
Of course I wrote a song about my contemplations. Look out for it. I think it will be the next best song.
Be good to yourself. Forgive yourself as God has forgiven you.

Peace & Blessings, Cee

Celebrate! - March 2, 2007

THE BLIND GIRL WHO HATED

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she's blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He's always there for her. She said that if she could
only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him.
Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying. "Just take care of my eyes dear."

This is how the human brain changes when our status changes. Only a few remember what life was like before and who's always been there even in the most painful situations.

Life Is A Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word - Think of
someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life -Think of someone who went too early to the grave.

Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another- Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one Maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down- Put a smile on your face and thank God you're alive and still around.

Life is a gift, Live it, Enjoy it,
Celebrate it, Appreciate it And fulfill it.

Words to Live By - February 21, 2007

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my
grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't
show soil, or was
guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I would have cherished
every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the
only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's" and more "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it
and really see it... live it and never give it back.

STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, we should cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each
day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you
have a blessed day.

Female Local Artist of the Year! - January 2, 2007

On November 24, 2006, at the Love Gospel Radio Gospel Award Show at Grace Deliverance Temple in the Bronx, I was awarded Female Local Artist of the Year. Quite a lovely trophy. Thank you all for your support!
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