2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” NIV
23 yr old Naomi Osaka is a 4 time Grand Slam singles champion and the 1st Japanese to win Grand Slam title in 2018. However, the win over her battles with anxiety and depression had knocked her off her game. On May 30 2021, she excluded herself from the French Open and subsequently Wimbledon. She refused to answer post game questions in a typical news conference and was subsequently fined $15000. Losing the tournaments was no match for her personal win in prioritizing her mental health. Other athletes have shown support and relativity and are joining the growing trend of those who opt to choose their own media platforms which to give their voices to.
Osaka may be shy to speak but her stances speak loudly. She continually gave manifesto on Black Lives Matter, during the 2020 US open by wearing different names of deceased Blacks on who were killed and shown little/no justice in this country due to racial violence. Additionally, after Haiti’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Osaka gave all the prize money from her Western and Southern Open tournament to their relief efforts. She tweeted, “Really hurts to see al the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break”
Currently, Osaka who since younger has admired and given homage to sheroes Venus and Serena Willliams, is playing in the 2020 US Open. Forsaking her US citizenship, Naomi became the 1st Japanese tennis player to carry the torch during the opening ceremony and Playing in allegiance to Japan her mother’s motherland. Now in returning to US Open being held in her hometown Queens, she has been quoted as “feeling good” and “confident”. Winning the 1st round in defense of her title, Osaka is in all definitions a conquering victor!
Concern (C): Sister, what matters block you from peace? So many things in this world, Christ says, will try to take away your peace and tranquility. So get a grip its a fact. As a Christian expect challenges. Don’t lose faith in God and throw away all of your rich confidence. No! Face each concern as it arises, plan ahead but stay in the present. For the Bible says in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow , for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Encouragement (E}: Don’t let anything trouble your heart. John 14:27, Jesus says himself “ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Sister, we need to believe Jesus, it is not only what he says it is what he did too. The one notable time Christ was greatly sorrowful was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then he prayed. All the other times he demonstrated a quiet and strong trust in his Father. Be childlike in this, keep the formula simple. Trust and Pray.
Act (A): Feeling distressed? Col 3:15 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful”. Memorize every scripture on peace, as your arsenal to fight against Satanic psychological, emotional attacks. The enemy these days is working a lot on the inside. Don’t let him rule Let God who loves you as his child fight him for you-and you be calm, still giving constant thanks for every win!
Naomi Osaka’s next game is Wednesday, Sept 1, 2021. Check her out and let’s show her love and support!
**Dedicated to Olympians and our sports heroes and sheroes representing the land they love and the God they serve. Special shout out to Sydney McLaughlin, Alia Atkinson, Daniel Rowden, Kelsey Plum, Knott Kristina and Deron Williams giving it all with all their hearts.
Exodus 17:15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the LORD is my banner”. He said, “They have raised their fist against the LORD’s throne…”
In a Nascar (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) race it takes a pit crew of 7 or 8 members to get a car and driver back on course in under an average of 20 secs. The fastest pit car crew, Red Bull Racing, holds the current world record at 1.82 seconds. Indy Japan 300 racer, Danica Sue Patrick, became the 1st and only woman to win an Indy Car race because of such team members in 2008. 2017 History maker Brehanna Daniels, became the 1st black woman to work national NASCAR races in a pit crew. Daniels was 1 out of 10 people selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity training program.
The spotlight always seems to fall on the frontline person. Yet one would be amiss not to shine a light on the help who has their back, standing by and on the sides. They help make a dream achieved, their best is essential to one’s success. Friends influence us into who we are and become. According to an article from Greater Good Magazine, “strong friendships are as important for yourself as diet and exercise, and so it’s something you need to prioritize”. The Bible has much perspicacity on friendships too, “Bad company corrupts good character” 1 Cor 15:33 , “Two are better than one” Ecc 4:9, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” Prov 17.17.
In Exodus 17 an example of promoting friendships and team work helped Moses lead the Israelites to victory in a battle with their enemy. Through the upholding support of his spiritual crew members Aaron and Hur, Moses and his people were not only able to survive a difficult time, but to live and ultimately reach God’s promised land flowing with milk and honey.
When the Amalekites attacked the Israelites, Moses stood on top of the hill with the staff of God in his hands. Then he, Aaron and Hur went up a hill where Moses kept his hands lifted so the Israelites could keep winning. However, despite his best efforts, Moses naturally grew tired and his hands went down-along with the Israelites hope to win the battle. When they began losing. his partners Aaron and Hur (-without being asked but by sensing and seeing) moved to action. They both put a stone under him to sit and upraise his hands until sunset. This act of reinforcement led the Israelites with Joshua commanding to triumph and annihilation for total eradication of the Amalekites.
In the end, Moses built an altar to commemorate the day calling it The Lord is my Banner. A banner is a flag or symbol established and lifted in celebration, to recognize triumph, and as a remembrance of success in a thankful, honoring way. While Moses lifted up God’s banner, so did Aaron & Hur lift up Moses. One lifts up another, who lifts up another and so on and so forth. We are all on someone’s team. Whose side are you fighting on?
Concern (C): Sister, are you fighting on the Lord’s side? Jesus says in the Bible Matt 12:30. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”. Think about this deeply. Are you a disciple of Christ, a true follower, a member of Jesus’ crew? It is obvious by your fruits it continues to say in vs. 33 “…for a tree is recognized by its fruit”.
Encouragement (E): Wave your banner! When God is your banner, you will be full of what He speaks, you will love as He loves, forgive as He forgives, you will gather as He gathers, you will help as He helps. You will do as Christ did! Jesus in Matt 12:50 says, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother”
Act (A): Next set your banner! Draw a picture, visualize and/or display it. Share with your friend what it looks like. What symbols or emblems does it carry that indicate what God has done for you? Parade how you are a willing recruit to be a producing, eternally fighting for His mission, soldier in His army. May your friends help you maintain your banner like Aaron and Hur. For God’s love will always be the banner over you SS 2:4, Ps 20:5, 60:4.
Dedicated in memory of my bannered veteran uncles Bobby and Perry.
Philippians 4:19 NLT “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”.
Robert Louis Johnson became America’s 1st Black Billionaire in 2001 along with his former wife Sheila. Through business ventures including founding Black Entertainment Television (more famously known as BET), RLJ Holding Companies and previously owning a majority of the Charlotte Bobcats this African American male made his fortunes.
Today this same man is using his prominence to bring attention to reparations for Black people of this country. Johnson since June 2020 has been pushing the government to cut a check for the result of systemic racism and slavery for over 200 years–including one for him. “Black folks have been denied $13-15 trillion of wealth and therefore we as a country now must atone by paying black people of all stripes — the rich ones, the poor ones, and the middle — out of our pocket,”.
Johnson states that reparations should look like investment programs rather than charity. He further alludes that monies provided by the government will be a reimbursement or recompense for harm that were caused to Blacks from the start of the Atlantic Slave Trade to today. Whether or not reparations are given remains to be seen. Debatable questions on who gets, how much, how its distributed and to what causes may or may not be ever be answered.
Yet praise God His people will ALWAYS be provided for-no matter what people or laws pass. For He, Jehovah Jireh, is the ultimate authority. Granting all those in need in accordance to His will.
The first time God is called Jehovah Jireh is in the Old Testament book of Genesis Chapter 22. Abraham gets instruction from God to take his only son Isaac to the Mount Moriah to sacrifice him. Fully trusting God to resurrect Isaac if need be, Abraham obeys. Yet God stops Abraham seeing his devotion to Him and instead provides a ram in the bush.
The word provide in Hebrew has a greater meaning. It also means “to see to it” and “experience”/ “perceive”. So God our Lord is “The God who gives for He sees and experiences” our needs. He knows us so intimately. We can always trust his heart to make a way for our best interests.
Concern (C): Sister, did you ever notice a time when God sent someone or something to help you at a desperate or special time of need? 1 Kings 17:7-16 The story of Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath. God directed a widow with nearly nothing to supply the prophet Elijah with food. In turn for her faith, she was provided with bread that never ran out.
Encouragement (E): God sees you, just keep going through. Ps 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Act (A): Meditate on your biggest challenge/need today. Amplify it like a giant wave ready to sweep. Then focus on a vision of Jesus in the boat with you. Lean on into His arms as He quiets and stills the storm. How do you feel? Is there peace or still a rippling wave? Are there still grey skies or have the lightened up to a baby blue with puffy white clouds. What kind of ending thought has God provided for you with the blessed assurance you have in Him?
Matt 27:46 “…Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’)”
God is an awesome God! Therefore He is called by many meaningful names as He is defined in our lives. The Daughter Line is launching our 2021 series the Ten Names of God in honoring praise of Him. Although there are many names for God, Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai and the like; we will focus on only ten of His Hebrew names. We recognize that scholars have noted three languages as original biblical languages-Hebrew, Koine Greek and Aramaic. We will interpret (as best as possible) some of the more powerful meanings behind all of His glorious names into English.
Jehovah Elohim. FACT: In Hebrew, Elohim means God Almighty or Supreme One. It is also a plural which can oft refer to the Trinity in the holy scriptures. Elohim is mentioned over 2500 in Hebrew Bible. Meanings can range from gods in general to specific gods like Yahweh (YHWH) the God of the Israelites. Yahweh which is the divine name of God is mentioned over 5400 times in the Hebrew scriptures. Together Jehovah Elohim is mentioned over 800 times.
Recently in the news, we see a Black man on the ground held down by his neck by the unrelenting knees of a White police officer. As his life ebbed away under the unbearable weight of another man’s, everyone in the court room had to watch the constant replaying of this video to see justice done. As he was dying, It often moved eye witnesses and loved ones to tears. They had to recall the traumatic incident, for which they testified on behalf of a subdued man who in anguish struggled to breathe. In his last moments,
George Floyd cried out “Mama”.
Like a child helpless, in great need of comfort or just to know that there is a parental presence in times of extreme hardship or distress. Mama/Mommy/Mother is, universally speaking, the most loving, caring, powerful and saving person that will come immediately at call. Having carried, birthed, nursed and cared for her child from the very beginning. She is the first person a child will bond to, knowing her voice, scent but most of all her loving heart. And for most children that relationship will last for all of both’s lifetime in that special unique way.
Jesus the Son and God the Father had this relationship from the beginning of time. When Jesus was dying on the cross. He too, similarly in pain and alone, cried out
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani”
Jesus called out to God on the cross, why have you forsakened me. God’s whose name is also Eloi or Eli has the undertone of meaning God the Father. Jesus is calling out to his Father who has all power to rescue Him from the cross. He might have longed for God to just relieve him of the struggles of dying and hold him in His arms once again. Yet God does not. Jesus willing to do His Father’s will obeys his fate of death. Concludes his cry, by asking why have you forsaken or abandoned me Daddy? We get the feelings of Jesus’ heavy loneliness, and sudden very stark separation of God. The loss of Jesus’ relationship with God, because of our sin, was too painful. Like a child torn away from his parent and left all alone without anyone to hero. Only a little while after saying this, does Jesus gives up his spirit and commits it to his Father’s entrusting hands.
Concern (C): Sister, do/did you ever feel abandoned by God? Jesus can relate! Many of us have struggled, even during this pandemic, with feeling isolated and alone from those we love. Imagine Jesus who spent his life, from the beginning of time, with God; to end after all this time in this one moment God apart from him. The guilt some of us experience knowing we caused the greatest relationship of all times to break up moves us to tears. Yet God loves us so much allowing that to happen to his one and only Son, as His ultimate plan to bring us back to Him. How will we reply to Him- in reconciliation or rejection? God awaits our personal answer.
Encouragement (E):God is Almighty! Jesus did not stay deserted. After three days, God raised him from the dead through the absolute power of love! Because of the Resurrection there is hope of life after death for those that believe in him today as those that did in his day. Moreover we can have an eternal relationship with Him only through the forgiving saving blood of Jesus Christ.
Act (A}:Accept the message of Jesus Christ as Lord. Believing in your heart is not the only component for having Christ become your Lord and Savior. You are to confess he is, repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, walk the rest of your days saving yourself from the corruption of this generation. Sharing with others the message you received along the way. Forging with the attitude of gratitude helps every day.
Acts 17:26-27 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
Sister, you help a LOT of people-family, children, at the job, at school, at church, etc. Yet sometimes (maybe a lot of times these days) WE need the help, right? Questions immediately pop up ranging from where to start, where to go to to what would people think. On top of the stigma, when would we schedule the time- and how in the world would we pay for the cost?
Meet Mrs. Petrina Yemane! Her Emotional Wellness Webinar Series is enhancing lives! Don’t miss out on Mindfulness & Motivation (<-click link) Workshop THIS Friday 2/19/21 at 7:00 pm!
Petrina is passionate for helping people-and has all these answers for you! A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) she is currently practicing with New Directions Counseling Group in Virginia for the US Army. Now for a time this prodigious consultant will be online for all(*her full details below). A South Bronx native, originally from Montserrat West Indies, this wife of 22 years, mother of 2 has obtained a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from City College of New York. Petrina is now earning a degree in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. She is hosting an Emotional Wellness Webinar Series in 2021 including 12 workshops (9 free and 3 low cost). The first webinar on Emotional Wellness and Spirituality was on 1/22/21. Informative and innovative this event is a must join. Petrina shares new, trending ideas in research at an affordable cost for everyone. We appreciate that, Ms. Yemane. Today, we have Petrina in the chair, Yes! Our therapist is doing the talking!
Ace:Petrina what made you pursue counseling?
Petrina:My grandmother brought me to the states. The 1st generation’s expectations were to be a doctor or a nurse. I wanted to go to dance school. But I gave it up I loved psychology and how the brain works. I was very good at it. At the age of 7 I listened to kids’ problems and wanted to help them. I am happy when people say you help me so much. I help guide people. People underestimate themselves. The job as a therapist is to direct people to solve their own problems. City College gave me a good education. I learned new thinking called Positive Psychology. It’s a strength based counseling approach. I look at everything through this approach.
Ace:Why would people be interested in these workshops?
Petrina:In quarantine, people have a lot of fear, suicide. They want to do events for connections. I thought for the new year it would be a good thing. With all that’s happening in politics. I thought the 1st month of the year would be a start off on the right foot. Emotional and mental health state was declined because of staying in. People cannot interact, see smiles, a hug. An event to pull everybody in to talk about topics that can be healing was the reason these workshops were created. Thought it would be a good time to come together to learn about ourselves and how we can better ourselves. We are always looking for a way to better see ourselves its going to motivational.
Ace:During this pandemic, do you feel people should definitely know or be doing something for their mental health?
Petrina: Staying positive, as a PHD student one of my dissertation topics is on resilience in adverse events. The thing that I’m learning is that everyone has it in differing degrees. We get lost in the things happening around us. And we miss out on things that are soothing and calming for us. If that it is singer, you have to use your gift. Whatever it is use it. Going for walks, drawing, doing art. So the body can tune off like a computer. We need to be able to calm ourselves. Interesting thing, people that are extroverts are having a difficult time. Introverts are doing well.
Ace: Yes I am an introvert and I agree. I’m enjoying the space, I have decreased social anxiety and I’m doing so well. I’m praying for all extroverts and huggers. Tell me really, do you recommend counseling for the average person?
Petrina: Everybody should see a therapist. A stigma was attached to counseling. People are still stuck in the era of Freud. The reason for these workshops is because it’s different now. It is all about positive psychology. There’s everyday life to deal with. That’s why I call the workshop emotional wellness. Cause we don’t focus on that. There’s a connection between the mind and body, 4 parts of us-Mental health, Physical health, emotional health and spiritual health. Holistically people take of the two mental and physical health but what if you could take care of all 4? It’s for the teacher, the mother, the Wall Street producer, the children who have anxiety. It’s about attachments, it’s about trying to manage stress and getting help. That’s brave right there. Psychology today. Therapy.com. if you need to see someone you could choose someone who makes you feel comfortable. We’ve come a long way.
Ace:Why go to a therapist as opposed to a friend?
Petrina: If you are working out any problems or issues with your friend and its working stick to it. But when everyday functioning becomes where it’s not enough or it’s temporary. And you get to the point where there’s an obstacle or you are prohibited from functioning getting up out of bed, getting angry, causing damage to yourself and others. You definitely need to be humble and get professional help.
Ace:Any word to the person on the borderline to seeing a therapist, attending the workshops and want general information?
Petrina: I have been counseling over 20 years. I try to make the experience kind of like talking to a good friend. But you’re getting professional help no judgments and with confidentiality. We have such a good time. They forget they are having therapy.
Ace:Thank you Petrina for your time and for what you do to help people. The Daughter Line always asks the question of its interviewees. What is your favorite scripture and why?
Petrina: My favorite scripture Acts 17:24-28. Nothings by accident, reasons why we know people we know. We bring God a little closer to each other. Full circle way of thinking.
Ace:Does God have a place in therapy?
Petrina: I provide spiritual therapy when people initiate that. It’s good that people see the need for that. It’s brave for people just to come to therapy. Spiritual counseling is a service I provide.
Concern(C): Sister how are you doing, really? Encouragement(E): It is The Daughter Line’s hope that you are doing well. If not, pray and inquire of God what to do. Perhaps you need guidance through an issue, to open up to a listening ear and/or get some advice. Prov 15:22 “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” When you ask, seek, knock the doors will open. Answers will come. Act(A): Sister, consider professional help. All the support you need, God wants you to have. And it is absolutely possible. You are not alone in these adjustment needing times. Just take the first step and watch the blessings come nearer! John 15:15 Jesus is your Friend.
*Petrina Yemane’s next webinar/workshop will be on February 19th at 7:00 PM on Mindfulness & Motivation. Absolutely FREE! Be a part of this life changing event, just Facebook Messenger Petrina Yemane or email her Hirutyemane1@gmail.com. Additionally, expert co-facilitators Bobbet Hoskin and Agazit Asihel will be joining future workshops talking about important topics such as Trauma and Resilience. See you on Zoom!