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Newsletter Dated: 6/9/2003 3:14:54 PM
Subject: "And a Child Shall Lead Them"
Welcome to the "Soon to be Summer" edition of the "Lessons Newsletter! This issue is special because it ushers in a new format. Lessons News is now open for readers to share their stories of encouragement, strength and hope. We will now hear the voices of one another, including the children. In this issue we will meet 9-year old Kiimon Kennedy, hence, "A child shall lead them!"
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Also, new to Lessons News will be time dedicated to sharing writing tips and author news. And as always, we will feast from the table that is bountifully spread with the Word of God. OH TASTE AND SEE, THAT IT IS GOOD!
Kiimon Kennedy is going to the 4th grade in the Fall. He is a student at School 99 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is 9-years old.
As I spoke with Kiimon over breakfast last Friday, I was immediately taken by his candor! To say he is not shy, would be an understatement. As Kiimon looked upon my now blond hair, to my horror, he commented to his mom, "She looks like Little Kim" Needless to say, that was not the look I was going for!
Yet with that little "ice breaker" we were on the path to becoming the best of buddies! It is Kiimon that has motivated the change of format. As I listened to him sing, as he walked me to my car; I decided I wanted you to get to know him, as well.
Kiimon likes to sing the blues! Can you believe that!? He also likes to write and then perform rap music. He and his friend, Courtney sometimes rap together. This charismatic young man is also a budding artist. I understand his drawings have brought in a little change, too. Kiimon's grandma, Janet Muse, was proud to share that tidbit with me.
I was happy to learn that Kiimon is a member of Bishop Temple Church of God in Christ. It is so very important to "train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart." (Holy Bible)
When I wanted to know Kiimon's inspiration for his artwork, he told me he likes to draw and create pictures that form in his mind. This is called creativity. I became excited, because that's right where Our Father has me; meditating on His creativity, and tapping into my own! Being made in God's image, we share in His creative nature, and when we realize this-there is no limit to the things we too can speak "Let there be" to! Let there be salvation for family members, Let there be a Blood Covering upon our children, Let there be more than enough, instead of lack! And on, and on, and on--in Jesus name.
As he spoke of his family, Kiimon stated "I love them because they're always there for me." His words of wisdom, simply "Follow your heart." Out of the mouths of babes! In describing the person/s that he looks up to, Kiimon says they are:
6.)Don't Hurt Anyone
Family being important to him, Kiimon sends "Shout outs" to: His mother, His aunts, Grandma, Grandfather, Sister, and Teacher. When asked if there were any final thoughts he'd like to share with you, Kiimon simply stated, "PEACE OUT."
Thank you, Kiimon for your contribution to The Table!
Whenever you are faced with "Writers Block" just start writing. Write anything, just start the process. Don't worry if its not flowing or even if there are typo's (you'll come back later, or maybe totally disregard it once you've broken through.)
Don't miss the opportunity to capture your thoughts on the wind, the rain, the birds, the children, your "issues" and everything else in between. Focus will come once you've broken through.
The "Block" must be attacked and torn down before your waters of creativity flow. If you are writing long hand, don't be afraid to abbreviate as you break through, you know what you mean.
Date your work. It makes it easier to go back and chart your feelings, success, etc. Write on bad days as well as good ones. You can later go back and see what worked on the good days and what seemed to be an obstacle on the not so good days. You will learn in the process.
Current and Upcoming Events:
Did you know Indiana Black Expo is upon us? Already there has been the Family FunFest, the Black Rodeo is this weekend and the free concerts and exhibits are weeks away! Let the games begin!
Summertime in Indiana! There will be local authors signing at the Indiana Library booths during Black Expo. With visitors from around the globe present, authors will have a captive, enthusiastic audience to review and receive their literary works. Put your track shoes on and let's "Move these Kits" in the words of Cybil, Tom Joyner morning show.
This is a season of urgency. There is an urgent call that has been released to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whatever you are going to do for the Kingdom, do it now. Whatever you need to stop doing, stop now. This is not merely a STOP sign, it is a STOP NOW sign. It is not merely a DO sign, it is a DO NOW sign.
Work while it is yet day.
Things that have been covered are having their cover removed. Repent and pour out to God. God has began this season of uncovering. There has been a shifting in the Heaven and it is being manifested on earth. Leaders, sports figures, businessmen and women, Pastors and laymen are being uncovered and either exalted or shamed. We have a choice. Repent, lay before God. Tell him all about it. Humble yourself, ask for forgiveness for those things done and those left undone. God is merciful and is faithful to forgive us, when we pray. Either you will be Humbled or Humiliated; the choice is yours. But the Call has gone forth and it is an URGENT CALL. It is a call to repentance. I'll hold on, YOU HAVE A CALL WAITING!
God Bless Each of Your Lessons!
Gloria Lewis Vaughn
author, "Lessons Learned on My Way Home"
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