The Renaissance Experience……

I’ve always been amazed by people who had musical talent and the ability to express their thoughts using spoken word. The power of speaking represents the ability to deliver a message to an individual or mass audience that could make them think differently about the subject and empower them.

Experiencing The Renaissance ATL Friday night opened my eyes to see the crafts in others. How beautiful is it that God blesses us with these gifts for his divine purpose. Artists walked on stage giving us their outer appearance but when they spoke I felt connected to who they really are deep inside. It’s amazing seeing people passionate about their talents and using them for God’s glory.

While The Renaissance ATL normally has Christian performances it’s really an event open to Christians and non Christians. I support this. A staff member of the event mentioned his topic in bible study which was how are you shining your light outside of the church. It’s important that we not only worship together but sew our practice, our beliefs, our testimonies and our knowledge of God back into those who need it. In order to spread God’s glory we have to be unselfish. We have to reach out to those who don’t know Him and we can’t do that by keeping it in the Church.

It was impressing watching the artists perform. How do we have so much talent in this world yet it seems like they’re not really “discovered” yet? It’s almost as if there’s not enough room in the “pond” for everyone to be caught.

However, I really enjoyed their feature artists Angelina Sheri (singer, song writer and violinist) and Real Talk Raps (poet). They made me realize that music doesn’t stop on your radio. No, it goes way further than that. And sometimes the best ones are right there in your local community! We have to start supporting them and actually paying attention to their music.

Other artists who came out that I enjoyed included: @I_amvirtuous, @chavisflagg, @brandiboothofficial, @thequeensheba, @jordan.Moreland, and @navellehice.

Overall, my Renaissance ATL experience was AWESOMEEEE!! I can’t wait for the next one on January 8th at the Epic Center in Austell, Ga. I encourage everyone to come out. It took me a while to see what it’s about but I’m glad I finally did.

Follow The Renaissance ATL on Instagram @therenaissanceatl.

(Feature photo taken from @therenaissainceatl)

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My GPS failed me so take a route using your spirit

So you know how they say God will give you just what you asked Him for? Well believe it please! A few weeks ago I asked God to teach me patience, love and peace through this season he’s taking me and Tuesday he hit me good with a little lesson of patience.

I just moved back home from Albany so I’m trying to learn these Atlanta roads-when I left for school I didn’t have a car of my own so I didn’t do too much driving outside Gwinnett-and I ALWAYS use my GPS to navigate me when i’m traveling. To be honest without my GPS I feel lost. I don’t know where i’m going nor the names of streets and highways. So Tuesday I was leaving an interview from Atlanta and trying to head to Fairburn. For some reason when I put in the address my GPS kept trying to give me directions as if I was coming from Albany. I’m like what in the world, what is going on? I’m trying to get to another location and i’m about to basically get lost. I didn’t know which highway to take let alone how to even get on the highway! I found myself just getting on any highway trying to trust my instinct and memory. As I kept failing at knowing where I was and feeling lost I started to get irritated and emotional, I was about to break down in that car driving on that highway with cars flying past me. It took me realizing that I need to stay calm and not let my emotions get the best of me (which I blogged about a month ago. You can read it here: https://dejanethompson.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/sometimes-life-will-knock-you-down-but-you-defeat-it-by-taking-control-of-it-emotionally/). When I held my emotions together I told God I trusted him and I knew he wasn’t going to get me lost headed to Macon or Augusta lol. So I called my boyfriend to see if he was able to assist me with directions. He didn’t quite know where I was coming from but he was very helpful.Β I was able to get on track and be lead in the right direction. How amazing is that. Here I am, this young woman in Atlanta, not very familiar with streets, was depending on technology to get me places, it failed on me so I started to freak out as if I was going to be lost. But I found my way thank God!

Do you notice how much this experience connects to our everyday life being guided by God? For one, we depend on things, others and in my case, technology to guide us instead of listening to God’s direction. Those things fail us easily but He will never let us down. Secondly, I was about to give up and have an attitude with myself because I was lost.Β You will get lost sometimes when God is guiding you.Β We are humans, we make mistakes and we aren’t perfect. So you can’t beat yourself up and get all emotional. Keep your spirit high and have faith that everything is going to work out. Don’t sweat that small stuff. Third, call on a friend when you need help! I said Travis (my boyfriend) didn’t have a clue where I was coming from but God had him help me. God is going to send people your way so that you can stay on track and get to your destination. They may not know where you came from but they will get you where you need to be, trust and believe it. Finally, the next day I was more comfortable traveling. My GPS failed me again but I took the steps I learned from God’s teaching and was able to maneuver my little self around. I trusted God. I wasn’t scared because I knew I was going to make it with a breeze.

Take my experience with you and remember it because I promise you that you will run into something similar. Just remember to stay calm, call a friend and most importantly trust his lesson.

You are more!

Boy I tell ya, it’s very disappointing to see such beautiful women on social networks degrading themselves by using their bodies to gain attention.

This past weekend I saw a post from an old friend of mine. She first posted several pictures of herself. They were beautiful but in the picture what you noticed the most were her breasts. Think about this. Are you so eager to gain attention that you shy away from the true beauty of yourself and instead show what the crowd is looking for? Think about it.

Now the most disturbing part of this situation were the comments that followed below the picture. It was VERY obvious that they were only looking at her breasts; and she allowed it. I wanted to so badly write something on the comments defending her and setting those men straight for talking down on her like that. But something told me to don’t. To not respond and allow her to fight that battle on her own. And to allow God to handle whatever situation he has placed her in. To be truthful if i had wrote a comment it could’ve gotten ugly. And that’s the last thing I need, to allow social media take control and place drama in my life for the weekend.

Ladies, you are more. Β You are more than what you place on social media. You are more. Do you know the purpose of your breast? To feed your babies so that they can survive. Not for men to focus on them instead of focusing on the internal you. You are more. Never let a man or anyone be impressed by your figure. Let him search for you inside. And don’t give him a reason to be impressed by your figure. Cover them up. You can look great without showing what’s underneath your clothes.

I pray that the women reading this, and her friends, and her social media followers are being guided to be protective over themselves and their bodies. I ask God to look after them and help them understand that they are more. I ask God to even show them that they are more. And I ask God to forgive us for thinking anything less. You are more!