Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Aftermath Reflection

I spent a hours indoors, not by choice but by power. Earthly power, wind force, rain fall; Sandy was her name. I felt trapped until I defined what trapped means. It is used when speaking about animals; to capture them and keep them within, against their will. Most often when animals are trapped they become aggressive, restless, and sometimes violent. By no means was I trapped.

It was time for me to search why I was indoors.Why did God shut down everything? I can assume because the Wall Street worker took no time off to spend with his family. The Doctor missed all his children's school plays. The single mother had no idea what her children were doing after school. The rush hour was causing stress for too many. The dedicated worker was providing reports without a single recognition. Whom was I to judge the reasons?  Something was meant to be found and I was the only one responsible for finding everything out, but only about myself.

While most were in a state of panic or fear I knew that wasn't my normal state, so I found no comfort there. Most filled up on food and water. I stacked up on food, water, books, projects. Some sat and watched the news report every minute of Sandy's path. I watched the pages flip in my bible, and the pen grace my paper. I wondered if it was the last days what was I proud of, what needed to change. I wasn't fearful though, I knew it wasn't the last days, I knew it was a time to understand my life. I thought about no one but myself, not selfishly, but honestly, seriously and genuinely.

I colored like a child because I needed to find what still held me captive in my adult years from my childhood. I finger painted, because I needed to know it was okay to make a mess. I wrote until my hands hurt because I needed to understand pain is good. I listened to the sound of dolphins because I wanted to know we are all one. I allowed emotions to fill me no matter who judged me, even if the only one judging was me. I felt everything; when the wind hit, I felt weak. When the rain fell I felt wet. When the temperature changed I felt cold. Nothing was hidden from myself.

By midnight my list of affirmations was two pages long. I couldn't believe it but just to look over the pages made me smile. My letters were deep and honestly written. My mind was so at peace that all I knew was nothing. It was freedom, and to be free in the middle of a hurricane was a blessing.

I don't know what time I fell asleep? I remember ending my night on my knees in true submission to my Heavenly Father. Thanking Him for protection and asking Him for protection. I remember oiling myself down with my Lavender Oil, putting my hair in a bun and resting on a bible as soft as my pillow.

Thank you Sandy for being as powerful as you were. For you allowed me to be as powerful as I am.

(c) 2012 Ebony Larijani

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What Controls You

I hope the answer is nothing!

Are you in a hurry to get ahead in that line, then those in front of you control you
Are you eager to get the car before them, then they control you
Are you trying to get higher pay then your coworker, then the coworker controls you
Are you trying to prove something to someone, then someone controls you
Are you out to pay him/her back, then him/her controls you
Do you hate, then hate controls you

Love is the most free thing that has no control...

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Monday, October 22, 2012

Take Off Your Mask

Have you noticed, well I'm sure you have. That masks have holes in them only for your eyes, hiding the rest of your face. Possibly making it hard to breath. And surly causing your voice to be turned down.
What type of trick to treat is that? Covering up who you are, taking your air, tampering your voice, possibly scaring people and tricking yourself. I know it's close to Halloween, but I ask that you take off your mask. Show who you truly are and don't allow the peep hole of a mask that doesn't show the real you be the only vision others have of you.

"Who put your mask on,
surly not you
who indicated this false
to be true
who colored the colors
outlined the frame
who did you allow
to dictate your name
holes of view
what do you see
are you dimmed
to lights degree
are you slightly in squint
to avoid the eyelashes
from touching the rim
quickly closing
as normal reaction
is your voice screaming
yet sounding so faint
are you gasping
for the air
chocking on paint
plastic does not rip
nor does cloth break
your choices are slim
tied to suffocate"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Keep Changing The Statistics

My conversation with a young black man was very intriguing this morning. It made my insides smile and then my lips couldn't help but to follow in the joyful curl. We spoke about careers and children. He began to tell me that he is a single father so he could not join the Air Force, but that didn't stop him. He said he is joining the Navy instead. However; currently he is on light duty at work because he hurt his ankle, as he goes in and out of doctor appointments he prays nothing is broken. I'm sure no one wants a broken bone, but in his situation a broken bone will keep him from being able to join the Navy. I had to ask his age because by looks I thought 25, but by his character I thought maybe 27. He then told me he just turned 30. My mouth dropped. "I know, I know" he said. Then we both just laughed.

I returned to my quiet self and just thought how proud I am of him. Why was I holding these thoughts in? I always do that, I always clam up. Not this time though! I began to tell him how he is changing the statistics and that I am proud of him and he has no idea how wonderful he is creating his daughters life. He just sat and listened to me taking it all in, his back began to straighten and his shoulders became broad. I knew he was feeling the joy inside as well. We spoke of family life, grandparents, brothers, sisters, parents. We spoke of heritage as his comes from the Islands and we found we have the family line of Jamaica in us both.

The more I spoke about how proud he made me the more I felt joy and the more he shared. It was like we both were sitting in this bubble of joy and no one was breaking it. What I haven't told you yet is 2 days prior I heard him on the phone with a friend and he was saying how his father has never been in his life and he will never forgive him or speak to him. I sat in silence thinking "this poor lost soul". I wasn't moved to say anything to him 2 days ago, I was just moved to pray for him. Now I sit in delight as God has shown me. He may not be on the journey yet of healing from his fathers pain. However he is on a journey of becoming a great father himself and that's what we reflected on.

We all go through journeys in life. If we don't focus on the ones that still need work, maybe they can heal on their own. I watched this young man have joy in his heart when he spoke about being a father and a single father at that. Subconcioucly he's hating the person that didn't feel the same towards him, but conciously he is loving and it shows in his daughters life.

So what you have some issues/hate/lack, or whatever else. Let's focus on what you have that's on a rise. I guarantee you one day both journeys will meet (the one on the rise and the one you still suffer in) and when they do you will define balance.

P.S. We have not stopped talking, we are now talking about our dreams and what we are taking baby steps towards becoming.

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Only Difference

"The only difference between what you see
is what you have seen
and now can not see
the difference in what you have seen
and what you see
is what you think
is always seen
the thought of what you think
is no different
then what you have thought
if you can't rethink
because of what you've seen
what have you seen
what have you thought
what about what you've never seen
where is everything you've never thought
is there a resting place
hiding place
you haven't peeked in
for all the sights
all the thoughts
not minded"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

I Missed You

"My eyes were on your mistakes,
my finger touched your bad behavior
my mouth spoke of your wrong doings
my heart ached for your pain
my arms pushed back your ignorance
I wondered how you could be whom you are
what makes you no good
was it a childhood
did your mother lack
what your father attacked
were your siblings in starlight view
did you stumble
I'm looking for clues
then I picked up a mirror
reflection so deep
I read my bible
I've been deceived
I missed your smile that you always have
I missed the love that you give
missed the little child whom you protected
I missed the God in you
to the stranger I brushed shoulders with
to the coworker I never witnessed
the sister, my sister
the brother, my brother
the friend, your friend
the father, my father
the mother, my mother
I missed all of human kind
because I whined
complained about
pointed at
mouthed over
arm wrestled against
I missed you, yes you
the God that lives in you"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

My Nails Are Tinted

"Purple, pink, blue, brown
my nails are tinted and my mind is sound
red, yellow, black, gold
my nails are tinted I can't carry this load
white, green, glitter, tan
my nails are tinted, look, look at my hands
neon, metallic, stripes, french mani
my nails are tinted, this delight comes in handy
don't touch they are wet
no smudging
no poking
no rubbing
my nails are tinted my color choices is broad
I giggle when I paint three and then change my mind
I smile when I paint my toes
which don't match my hands
and with the fall forecast
they wont be seen
my nails are tinted, do not touch
I love to look down at them in a mid days rush"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Self-help Doesn't Work, Without Self Acceptance

I read The Daily Love every morning and this morning it amazed me how my reading had much to do with my daily thoughts over the past two weeks.

It started a week ago when a friend of mine had asked to borrow a book. "Not my book, not the book that I just really couldn't get into reading because it made me feel strange, kind of too deep for me. Not my book that has been siting collecting dust because I can't force myself to pick it up again. Not my book". Isn't that a human nature that comes out so easy, is it competition or fear or misunderstanding? Who knows what it is, but I had it bad. With awkward force I picked up the book a few times before I had given it to this friend and each time I picked it up, I set it down only to read the book that was under it. I had to silence my thoughts of "she is going to be better then me if she reads this book before me cause I know it can be life changing".

Here I was once again not feeling good enough, trying to keep up with whatever lay in my eye sight. As I prayed about the situation I remember hearing "you aren't ready for this and so why are you trying to balance on a beam not constructed for your feet". It was time to deliver the book. I find it ironic what happened next. The day I delivered the book I jogged it to my friend, I don't know why because this was way out of my jogging let alone walking range. But there I was on a cloudy day, with come and go rain, jogging with this book in a book bag on my back. In case your thinking it; yes I have a car, there are 3 cars in my driveway. So here I am in cool weather that I normally don't like either, with my earphones in and my jog in full gear. Half way there I realized this jog was a mistake and my car would have been a better choice, but I kept jogging. When I felt weak I praised God for my feet and my legs. I have taken care of people who are wheelchair bound so how selfish of me to dislike this jog. When my breath became weak I praised Him because I have had a child that out grew asthma and I thought how selfish of me to dislike this jog.

When I reached the home I felt joy come over me, I had made it. I had done what God intended for me that day and I didn't do it the easy way. I was moved to do it the tough way. As the book touched her hands I knew it had reached its home and I knew the person who stood in front of me was a petal-less woman once and I was excited to see the stem this book would create for her. As I left to head home I was filled with energy and passion. I began to jog and the rain began to fall, I smiled because for the first time I was doing something that I had never done. I was jogging in the rain and it felt so good. God was washing away all of the feelings I had about myself over this book. I ran so fast and with such excitement that I got home faster then it took me to get there. I was wet, I was with breath, I was sore, I was so tired that it felt so good. I was released and I was renewed.

Days had gone by and here I was standing in another friends house, and unexpectidly, she was giving me a book. I opened the book when I got home and it was amazing, I could not put it down, it spoke about things that I needed to hear and understand. It recommended other books by different authors. I'm now 5 chapters in and have received such moving words. What I realized was that 'this' book was the right one for me. God knew that, but weeks ago I did not. I began to focus on my thoughts, my minds weakness and its strengths. I realized that I was not ready for the many books that I have passed along for others. Nor am I now or ever ready to walk their journey. I can't keep up with them because I haven't accepted myself. All of the self help books that I read simply because she did, he did or they did were not helping me. I now know what I need. My mind is rather amazing because it does things like goes from up to down in a matter of seconds. It feeds off its surroundings and sometimes that's dangerous. It needs discipline, strength and guidance.

Today I read an article "Self-help doesn't work without Self Acceptance" and it shocked me. It talked about all of the things you can do to help yourself but none of it will work if you don't accept yourself. Who can you help if you don't know who you are helping? What an amazing past few weeks I have had and what a beautiful journey it brought me to today. Well, let me go and take up my next journey, who knows where it will take me. But at least I am ready to know 'who' is on the journey.... I am :)

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Monday, October 15, 2012


I was reading today as I enjoyed the sound of rain on my window. I began to think how earlier today I spoke with someone who said it was snowing where she lives. I thought about all of the good and bad weather that is going on throughout the world. And I questioned, what is the balance for the weather? What makes snow bad, tornado's bad, rain bad, or sun bad? They all coexist, reality is neither are bad or good. What if it were raining everywhere in the world right now, where would the balance of water stream through? Just as the weather coexist, so should we from within. The good or bad feeling is neither if we allow them to exist together. You would never know the difference in either if they did not reside within the same place, yet under different direction.

Do not deny, ignore or hide something that exist. doing that will cause an off balance of what is trying to be fulfilled. In order to coexist, both must exist at its intended moment.

(C) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Season Is Now

"Out the window I can feel the brick cold
the brick I used to bury all of what is old
Weeds do grow and find there way out
fearful of what tips they spring about
The moon shines different in 50 degrees
and the trees sway softer with cool breeze
My season is now and it gets chilly at times
my scarfs change colors, like my mind"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 30

We made it, day 30. Did you read over the verses? Did they speak to you? A lot of instructions, yes? Did you worry you weren't living right? Did you feel amazed by how great you are doing? Did anything relate to things now? Did you script about anything? Were you amazed how life is broken down for you, no matter what situation you are in. Family, Marriage, Finance, Health, Beauty, every thing had title and instruction.

Proverbs 31 Woman, I pray you rest in your awareness of whom you are. I pray you can lay with yourself and rest in the feeling of Gods arms. I pray you succeed in finding your truth each time you lie in fear.

Proverbs 31 Woman are you still in the off balance of life? Are you harmless in the harmful fire of life's weapon? Can you cry when you need to hold everything together? Can you walk away when you feel the need to stay? Can you laugh in the face of silent fear? Can you feed the homeless child that doesn't belong to you? Can you forgive the pain that cut and left you to bleed? Can you pick flowers in the rain and still be in awe? Can you smile at the success of your worst enemy? Will you speak truth even when the truth will tempt your pride? Are you eager to find yourself every day over and over again in complete loss after each daily finding? Are you able to love what you hate? Are you able to look straight at what you love? Are you prepared to prepare meals for nourishment? Can you give up what we shall not want/have?

Some of the things I thought about while reading the different verses.

"I am a woman
created and mastered
without the mass of destruction
I think I may be found
without the finding of being loss
I think at times I know home
no earth know spiritual
pleasing to thy self
honest in all
confident in the walk
constructed, not constricted
armed, loved, woven in wool
warmth, cool and just to the soul
dependent on
dependent of
giving, nurturer
unleashed of future hold
current in moments time
does time exist
past all the passive
daughter of The Father
smile of the wind
mirror of reflection
whole in vision"

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Breast Cancer Month

Today Vivid Mirror delivered a basket to a woman who survived breast cancer. Donations were made from several different woman in making this basket whole, thank you...

"Survivor of the feared cut
Deep embedded
Cut out, left with wound
Removed from the body with no touch of love
Left different, in whole to survive
Knowledge of pain
Needles pricked
Cords pulled
Hair of colors, curls or straight
Bald with beauty
Sick in body
No natural state until weak is strength"

Putting together the gift basket
                                                                Delivering the gift basket

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Friday, October 12, 2012

Collecting Blankets For The Homeless

Vivid Mirror is collecting new/used blankets for the homeless. Please contact me if you are interested in donating blankets. Blankets are needed by October 30th.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 27

What you read below I found on the website. I ask that over the next few days you read over the list and read each bible verse. There are many verses and not all of them are in Proverbs. I want us Women to see, God gave us instruction throughout the entire bible. I will meet with you again on Sunday, October 14th which will be Day 30 and we will reflect on the bible verses read.

We want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives.

1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 26

The other day I thought to myself, "I do this, that, and this, but who does this and that for me". After I put the kids to bed and say sweet loving words to my husband so he can sleep good, whom is left to care for me? I think I needed to go back and re-read who takes care of the Proverbs 31 Woman. Because all I could remember was everything that she did for others. I had a heavy feeling that everyone had forgotten about me, was I being selfish or truly weak and searching for strength. It says; we can't do for others what we don't do for ourselves. God did not give us power to do for others to the point where we become weak and fragile, then die off. He prepared us to be able to provide for others over and over again and come to Him for rest so He may renew us to provide again. How lucky we truly are to have this much power and strength. Did you know the praying wife has power over her husband. Don't take the word power the wrong way thinking the wife is demanding. No, her power is why she is able to change him. What he can become and overcome by his wife's prayer and loyalty to him is a miracle. You do believe in miracles don't you Ms. Proverbs. If you begin to feel like you are becoming weak and unable to provide for yourself, remember God gave you power! Discern when you should rest in Him or walk powerful for Him. (C) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Monday, October 8, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 25

What makes you happy? Well, $28.00 later at the dollar store sure did it for me. I was buying things for other people and thought, "Am I spending to much"? Then I remembered I'm a Proverbs 31 Woman and so as I bought for others I asked God to fulfill. I knew $28.00 would not affect me, but it was that human greed that I didn't want to spend it. Yet as I praised God for making me willing and able, I asked that He fulfill where I give and instantly I became joyful. I was worry free as I shopped. Even though it was a small $28.00, it's purpose is life changing to someone else. Did you give today? If not I challenge you to give tomorrow, it doesn't always have to be financially. Remember you are Proverbs 31, so you are a provider, a nurturer, a strong powerful woman. If you don't know what you can give, then also remember you are a seeker, so ask God to guide you. (C) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 24

Well, how do yoy feel? Day 24, do you feel perfet? I hope not. Challenged, I pray so. Raise her in Gods literuature She will read the pages of His word She will birth children She will love She will cry Hold her Dont crowd her Or try to destroy her Breath will be of her Life will caress her Like morning breeze (C) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Friday, October 5, 2012

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Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 23

I apologize for skipping a day yesterday; however I knew I wanted to script about the event I went to last night. The Walk This Way Fashion Show in honor of beckysfund.org

Today's blog will be a moment of silence for the women that strive hard to be Proverbs 31 and are beat down in the midst of doing so.

Your scars are beautiful in my eyes
In the hit of battered you may be too bruised to realize
I will uplift you and I will love you
In the hit of battered you may think you are not worthy
I will not judge you or point my finger
For in the hit of battered I once laid where you stay

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 22

In Honduras they believe that the best coffee is shade-grown coffee, for it is less bitter. Yes, I am about to relate our Proverbs 31 Woman to coffee, especially since we have read how positively withdrawn and shaded she remained. There is a difference between hiding and being shaded. Communication is very important in all areas of life. If we are hiding what can we communicate? We speak to people we love and we speak to people we at times do not like. What we ignore or hide from only produces more damage and therefore pushes us deeper into a hole becoming more hidden. Who will dig you out once you fall too deep?

Be like coffee if you must, shade-grown coffee that is and you will be like Proverbs 31. Grow in the shade unconcerned with what others think, but respectful to yourself and them. Communicate your feelings whether they be up or down, but be respectful in doing so. Do not hide in the dark of guilt, hate, envy, jealousy, resentment or fear. The devil roams in those places and your mind becomes drawn to his attention.

What a delightful breeze we get in the shade. What a soft touch of falling leaves we can giggle at. What beautiful sight we can gaze upon. What a restful place we can remain strong and grow confident in our spiritual walk.

Sip your shade-grown coffee ladies and be as heavenly soft as Proverbs 31.

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 21

Do you feel any different? Did you practice anything from the verses? I am still reading over the entire chapter to continue to feel what I want to be. We are what we think, and we also become more like what we take in daily.
I have noticed a change in things I do lately and I seem to smile when I realize the different me. Because I know it's the verses on my conscious and subconscious that has me doing more. I no longer feel tired and wore out after work, nor do I worry about the time that I have to get home, make dinner, workout, do homework, spend quality time and then get everyone in the bed. God controls my clock, so as long as I'm doing what He wants me to do He will make sure I have time to do it. The other morning I woke up late and felt rushed, I had to catch myself and remind myself to slow down and not worry about waking up late but be thankful that I even woke up. I could have questioned God why I overslept, what good does that do? He controls all, and the more I look to Him and strive to rely on Him I have abundant peace.

Read the verses again and again. Post them on your bathroom mirror. I read an article that years ago women were read this verse everyday and so it was easy for them to want and become this woman.

Often times I say to my daughter, I don't want you to please anyone, I want you to follow your heart and be happy with who you are. When she gets in trouble I remind her that I want her to have joy in knowing she made good decisions. I don't want her to follow the crowd or desire to be like anyone other then herself. It is so hard to make Proverbs 31 Women these days because the only place we can find examples of how we should live are in the bibles that aren't allowed in the schools or fear setting on the work desk.

We have to stand out, because noble women are noticed.
(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Proverbs 31 Woman, Day 20

Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gates. The time always comes! She earned it, her reward, her time of rest, her time to be blessed for all she had done. Was she concerned about who was watching, most likely she wasn't. She knew where her reward was coming from, and that alone was a delight in thought. It wouldn't be a day late or a day too soon. When the reward comes from God it is perfect in its timing.

Do you see what God is saying in the second verse? He makes sure that those who follow Him obtain praise at the city gates. What are the city gates? God is referring to his guidance she has left behind. What are we doing at this moment, we are following her right. Eager to become more like her, because we know of her works. Isn't it amazing how God kept her unconcerned about others opinions and thoughts during her journey. Yet when she had accomplished what God asked of her, He made sure she was acknowledged and known about. It's as if He protected her from being the gossip girl; however now he delights in what is said about her.

Ladies are you worried about what your neighbor is thinking? Concerned about what your friends are saying? If you are that is okay, just understand that is a human feeling; understandable even if it is damaging to us. I challenge you as well as my imperfect self, to understand and know the difference between our human nature and our natural state.

As we come to the end of Proverbs 31 I feel the need to say "Women, kick back, run in your heels and walk in your sneakers, laugh, cry, smile, whisper in the ear of your spouse with a soft kiss, rub nose's with your children as you giggle. Dance in the streets on a rainy night, cook, clean, meditate on your bible, and tell God all of your secrets. Experience all that we are made to be and most importantly just be.

We still have 11 days left during this 31 Day Journey so just because the chapter has ended the journey has not, keep following and keep opening petals.

(c) 2011 Ebony Larijani