Life as The Other Dennis….and some other thoughts.

It has actually been rather nice. While working at Hair Studio, I learned that a lot of people actually wondered who I was and how I fit in with the Dennis family. Shoot, while attending the House of the Lord people did and still wonder how I fit in. Brother Dennis’s sister, but Sister Abram’s daughter? How come she don’t look like sister Darlene? Poor confused people of the world. In the second grade I wrote my name on one of my papers as Trisa Clark Payne Dennis Abram. Mrs. Beo called me up to see what was wrong with me. It’s been rather fun.Even though a lot of you guys think of me as more sisterly, I think of myself as an aunt meant to look after you guys and know your every move.  I take my role in the family seriously and with deep appreciation. 

I say appreciation, because there was a time, when I moved to Virginia, that I got to know what life could be like to just be an extra kid around. I found myself calling Darlene to apologize for every bad thing I ever did and sending messages to Dennis through her to let him know I appreciated him taking me in like one of his kids. I never really had to feel that fatherless child feeling. Darlene, OCD Darlene dealt with her lazy/messy little sister with as much kindness as anyone could. So yea, that’s my little blurb to kinda explain why I so see the value of The Parents and will always direct you to them. I even continue to seek them for wise councel even at the tender age of almost 30. 

Over the last couple  of years I’ve actually felt kinda ….I actually can’t think of the word. Let me try to explain. I get an occasional call from Seth to scold me for my words, or defriended from Nick, and when Josh was here for Thanksgiving and repeatedly let me know I was just considered a gossip It was kinda the last straw. As the sensitive one, you know I thought about this all a lot. Like, why would they be mad at me for knowing everything? Then I figured it out. kinda. I may be the other Dennis child, but I am foremost, the child of Patricia. I play the same role in this family that my mom plays in hers. She has a hotline that is just as busy as mine. She knows the goings on of every family member from the oldest to the youngest. If it’s happening in Louisiana, it’s getting to Patricia, wherever she may be. She knows things, and she is no secret keeper. I guess that’s me. I get calls from everywhere. I’m the old lady of this family, and my concern for your lives is not me being malicious or gossipy. It is me being a southern woman, that cares for her family. So this is a brief statement to say accept that and don’t come at me with no more foolishness. (I feel the need to edit that, but I simply refuse. )  I am here whenever you guys need me and I love you all deeply. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years, and I look forward to being able to share some of this stuff with you guys!

Peace and Hair Grease. 

Wait, I’d also like to clarify that I am not trying to stand in judgement of you guys. It is important to me to see that you guys are doing well and putting all that good training you have to good use in your lives. I know there is a time to make mistakes, do unwise  hings, and then learn from them. As the person that sees everything, I also know that that time of youthful rebellion or what have you can go from a time to grow, to a full on lifestyle. Also, as the emotional one in this family, I usually try to take the time to figure out my situations and my hurts, figure out how they are effecting my life, and then I use my training and resources to try to fix it. I’d like to encourage you all to try that. I’ll expound later. For now I’d like to apologize for not praying for you more. As I’ve seen things happen, or about to happen I could have done better. So yea, I’ll work on that. 

Walk in Wisdom my loves.

 

 

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Do Not Conform

Good morning My Lovely Family,
I pray this day finds you doing well! I saw we have a few members agreeing to the fast. Someone mentioned the Daniel fast. Was it Cortni or Chelsi? Would you explain the Daniel fast for us please.
Today I would like to remind us that it is easy to conform to this world’s way of living, even while going to church. The word states that the enemy of our souls is out to remove the word from our hearts. I want us to meditate on this thought, am I feeding on the word of God, also am I guarding my heart by the Spirit of God? By this I mean, am I sensitive (by the Holy Spirit) to what or who I allow to enter my heart?
Our hearts are very important to how we live. Jesus stated that out of the heart are the issues of our lives! I know what is in my heart by listening to what comes out of my mouth and how I live each day!
Have a blessed day Family, you are LOVED!

-Dad

Daniel Fast Food List

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

all info from http://danielfast.wordpress.com/daniel-fast-food-list/

Re-Post

I’m reposting what Dad said on FB today so that we can do a test run of commenting on a post, testing out notifications, and what not.

Good morning Family. Hope your week is going well. Are you blessed?? If you’re blessed and you know it, shout it out, I’m blessed!!!!
I don’t know about you all but I was blessed Sunday when I attended the Father’s house Sunday with Stephen and Valerie. During the praise service, it was a live concert with the Father as the Honored Guest! I danced and sung that I almost lost my voice. My shirt was almost drench. Stephen whispered into my ear this is one of the few things black people does well. My interpretation, I’m liking this Dad! The word was encouraging to rise and be what God has called you to be, stop looking at your past, it doesn’t defines who you are in Christ!

Thought for today. We are at a place where many do not know what the word of God has to say about our lives! Why? How did the children of Israel get to the point where they did not know what God word said? Read Nehemiah the 8th and 9th chapter.

Be blessed and remember to pause long enough to meditate on the word of God!

I’ve seen the prayer requests and lets all lift up one another before the Lord. I want you to be considering and preparing ourselves for a time of fasting. A family fast before the Lord! Get Ready, get ready, we won’t be held down, we won’t be defeated! We will arise and do the will of the Lord for generations to generations until the coming of the Lord! We shall declare the righteous of the Lord!!!

Welcome!

Hi family!! 

As everyone joins this blog, we should use this as our virtual family diary of sorts. Post anything you want to talk about or share, or comment on what others have posted. 

-Chelsi