Why Would a Child Lie?

abusedChild abuse is very serious. I’ve not been abused, but I know people who have been abused and recently someone was sharing a story about how a six-year made an accusation about a woman abusing him.

I want to believe that the accusation is not true, but in the back on my mind, I wonder why would a child lie about something so serious??

I was looking up some statistics and it said that one in six boys are sexually molested. I’m thinking that can’t be right!!

Child abuse is serious and the truth is, not all abuses abuse, but it’s more likely to abuse when you have been abused.

I pray the charge is not true, but if it is then that person should have to pay for their crime. Only God knows.

Causing to Stumble

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

God said to repeat this. I am STILL wearing my prophetic hat! 😉

A Prophetic Walk

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I have a family member who was molested by more than one person. Suddenly the light came on as to why that relative acts the way that they do.

Sometimes that person isolates themselves and for years they separated themselves from family. At times they can be really nasty and rude and cruel. But they also claim to know Christ and they are an intercessor in the church! (not judging, been there, done that)

God has given me even more compassion for the person, especially when I found out that there was more than one person who had molested them. Who can’t feel compassion for a person who has endured that. At that point I felt their pain and I felt deep compassion even though I have not been molested.

I’ve notice the patience that God has for people who have gone through these kinds of situations. Where He would…

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Positive Words from a Positive Man

This morning I was rereading an email sent out by Christian Movie Mogul Tyler Perry. Recently on Oprah, Mr. Perry shared the story of the horrendous abuse that he experienced as a child.  This last week was a rebroadcast of the show. Honestly it is still on my DVR. It took me a long time to watch the first broadcast, and it may take me a minute to watch it again, because it’s so painful to hear.

In spite of all he has been through, he is a very successful man and is amazingily positive. It is the grace of God that brought him through. Mr. Perry, keep up the good work! The best is truly yet to come!

Rise Above It (edited version)

Thanks for the congrats on the 2011 NAACP Image Awards! It was a fun night. What made me feel so great about 19 nominations is that 16 of the 19 were for actors or actresses that have worked or are working on something produced by my studio. What a blessing that is! Thank you for allowing me to be able to put so many people to work. I also gotta say that I’m so happy for David Mann (Mr. Brown). He won his first image award! He is so talented and so funny. Congratulations sir!
After the show, I threw a party and called it the “Rise Above It” celebration and I dedicated it to all the folks who are trying to keep their dreams alive.
This party was for everyone who has to go on 1,000 auditions just to get what a lot of others can get in one or two. This party was for the people who have to knock on 1,000 doors to get a break when others seem to be able to make one phone call and get things done. This party was for the people who felt like their dreams were fading to black and white. I spoke to the crowd about all of this, and then I went on to encourage them just as I’d like to encourage you. Don’t let your dreams lose their color.
I called the party “Rise Above It” because that’s what we have to do sometimes. I could sit thinking about a million things that are wrong, but instead I choose to think on what is right. So “as a man thinketh so is he”. In order to see any kind of good success you’ve got to think positively so that positive things can start to happen in your life. This I know for a fact–IT WORKS! Your thoughts are so powerful. You’ve got to rise above negativity. Not all of it, but most of it. I say that because even the smallest battery has a positive and negative charge and they both are needed in order for it to work. If you get criticism that is vitriolic and full of venom, don’t let that in. Venom kills the spirit. If you get criticism that is constructive and full of love, take it under consideration and learn. It takes a little wisdom to be able to know the difference.
My mother, God rest her soul, when I was a kid in New Orleans, taught me something about higher ground. Every time a hurricane would threaten the city she would gather us up and take us across the lake to higher ground. New Orleans is 6 feet below sea level and she would always tell us that we would be safe if we were up higher. No matter what the forecast called for, even if the storm was just coming close to the city, she would take us to my grandfather’s house. He lived 80 miles away in a town that was much higher than New Orleans.
Now, as a man, I recount that. When I deal with negative things in this life, in this business, I “rise above it”. I stay on higher ground. I don’t come down from the safety of a higher place to deal with the foolishness or danger of what is beneath me. I tell you it works. It frees your soul to be free. If you haven’t tried it you should. It will mess your enemies up. If I can leave you with anything, I will leave you with this–in this life there will be a lot of things thrown at you. Take them as they come. Some things you fight, but most you don’t. Rise above it! Nothing can hurt you when you stay in the high place. It’s safe there. And don’t worry about your enemies. The 23rd Psalm says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies”, which means, in order for you to eat, then your enemies have to be present! (smile)
Tyler

How to Trust

It’s difficult to trust. Some people are more trusting than others. If you were blessed to be raised in a home that wasn’t filled with trauma, then you may not have such difficulty. I consider myself a trustworthy person. And I also don’t have too much of a problem trusting people. But trust must be earned over time.

I realize that a lot of people have a hard time trusting people and normally that stems from being betrayed. There are people who were molested, abused and raped and that would make it difficult to trust others as well. I was listening to one of my friends who had been raped, tell me about what rape does to an individual. So I can understand why someone who has passed through a lot of trauma would have a hard time trusting people. You will often hear them say things like “never trust anyone, ever”.

Unfortunately, when you are like that, you may end up missing out of some of the best that life has to offer, because trust is necessary in life. You have to trust when you take a mate. You have to trust when you build relationships, and you need to trust when you conduct business. There are so many areas in life where trusting people is needed.

But here is the key concerning how to trust. The one that you need to trust the most is God. He will never fail us. Even when we think He has, He hasn’t. And yes the arm of flesh will fail you, but if you trust in God, He will lead and guide you to people who are trustworthy. And even when you are betrayed by a person, it’s important to allow yourself to trust again, but this time, do it God’s way, and listen to His voice when you make your choices. When you put your trust in God, then you can be confident in His choices and the people that He places in your life. Psalm 16 1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.