GOD IS NOT A CRUEL GOD

“He will remember when men forget”. I believe those are the lyrics. I don’t know. Can’t remember. Thought it was an old Rickey Grundy Chorale song but I’m drawing a blank. Anyway I was leaving an encouraging message for my household a few minutes ago in our family group chat via text. Ah the perks of modern technology and drawbacks of working overnights.

The 4 of us; my husband of almost 20 years and our now two young teens have been through quite a bit in the last few years. Pain; though a sign of life, no matter the form or intensity, will either stunt one’s growth or propel it. I believe we’ve experienced both facets of the spectrum. “But God is not a cruel God” is what I ended the voice text with. No matter what we have been through, God has a plan tailor made for us.

God is not a cruel God.

There are some things we say because we believe it and then there are other things we say because we want to believe it. I didn’t say, “God is not a cruel God”.  I mean I said it but I didn’t say it. That was a supernatural declaration that came from the depths of my spirit filtered by yawns and a frustration that my break was ending. I didn’t say it but I knew Who did.

Nope. Not gonna type a laundry list about what we’ve been through. Not gonna drop the names or details of every offender and in what order. Not gonna mention the people who have disappeared off our radar that only resurface if my spouse or I post something they don’t care for and they feel the need to make an (in their eyes) politically correct, spiritually smug unsolicited pseudo rebuke/correction/comment.

Why won’t I provide the gory details? Because it doesn’t matter.

See…what the filtered photos and perfectly orchestrated content on social media at times omit, is that everyone is going through something. Whether they tell you about it or not. Yep. EVERYONE. You tell someone about your 2 blisters and I promise you their 12 bunions got ya beat. Stay focused. Dismiss distractions. Reduce complaining. Allow God to heal the confusion, resentment and bitterness overtaking you. Please.

It’s only hurting you..not them.

Look, you have hurt others too! None of us are exempt, no matter how hard we try, from causing or experiencing pain! Whether it was intentional or not! So be reasonable…pick and choose your battles. Oh and here’s a freebie: everyone that doesn’t keep in touch or doesn’t respond to your texts, calls, emails or hints that only dogs can hear is a horrible person. Did it ever dawn on you that they too are inundated with life and trials of their own? So STOP. There is no sense in forever comparing scars, bumps and bruises when we can spend our time, energy and every ounce of our being encouraging, inspiring and reminding others that they’re not alone. Easier said than done…I know…but may I submit, so worth a valiant effort.

By the wayyou’re not alone Beloved. So if you need someone to talk to, I have a few *hotlines listed below.

In the meantime let’s pray:

God I choose to believe You. No matter the circumstance. No matter who comes and goes. No matter who stays because they haven’t figured out how to leave yet. No matter what the news broadcasts or newspapers withhold. Thank you for knowing all about me and still wanting me. How awesome are you oh God!

I pray for the one reading this right now. Bring comfort and remind them healing comes in many forms. It may be in laughter or in volunteering. Show them how to cope Lord. We have so many questions and yet so few answers Lord. Thank you in advance for peace, provision, healing, restoration and strategy Father. You are not a cruel God and it will all make sense one day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

*National Suicide Hotline (US)
Click here for International Suicide Hotline Numbers
Crisis Text Line (US) If you don’t feel like talking and rather text someone: Text “START” to 741-741
Live Through This Inspiring stories of actual Suicide Attempt Survivors 
The Trevor Project -For Gay & questioning youth

 

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Season 1 Episode 1 (Premiere)

*Language Advisory on the first song only

Show Description

Welcome to the Season 1 Premiere of the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Author, Poet, Entrepreneur “Roger Wyze” Smith; Blogger and Mental Health Advocate living with bipolar disorder; Kitt O’Malley and National Best Selling Author, CEO of Pure Vision TV Network, Suicide Attempt Survivor; DiShan Washington.  Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO  IG | FB | @InspirationWithE  Twitter | @EAInspiration  Blog https://authenticiteespeaks.com/
*Language Advisory on the first song only

++Interviews begin at 20:41

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Hungry for new; I was invited by one for whom I have great respect, to dine on a feast prepared in love. Allowing the gift embedded in the work of Ansel Brown to feed me, I quickly learned he was well seasoned…and just new to me

I paced myself in perusing the pieces I had access to in an effort to honor the time he spent living them. I found custom made goodness awaiting me in several poems but have selected one of my favorites to share with you. 

IN SEPTEMBER 

Written by Ansel Brown. No copyright infringement intended. 

In September

Fresh flowers are grown

From an ever-changing earth,

New vows are made with nature,

Fierce friendships were forged from

The fiery furnace

Of an infernal summer.

Inexhaustibly long days

And clear star-filled nights

Are never-ending,

Till they do.

The perfect bloom of ripening

Adolescence fades,

The first leaf falls,

Other fast-withering days follow,

Till beneath the tree

Where we stood, laughed, played,

Our entire sweet season

Lay

Withered. Gone.

The alarm of age and change

Can be heard for miles.

New students run out to look.

Old classes are exchanged

In

September.

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SUNDAY NIGHT 9/17/17

SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 @InspirationWithE Radio Show! 7PM EST

During this episode “E” (of Authenticitee Speaks) Interviews Guest Co-Host & Husband of 19 1/2 years – Grammy Award nominated, Stellar Award winning; music producer, composer & musician, Kevin Arthur @kevindarthur:

Entrepreneurs & married couple of 22 years; Edward and Ri Laws of http://www.jonbrioche.com (facebook.com/JonBrioche) @jonbrioche:

and Entrepreneurs married 2 years; Waleed & Quiana Shamsid-Deen of facebook.com/SupremeBurgerUS @thesupremeburger:


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I host my own radio show on GrindHard Radio

During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Minister of Music, Singer and Music Consultant; George Ward, Poet & PTSD Survivor; Ilona Gaspar, Single Mom & stroke survivor; Donna Bush and Actor, Producer, and Screenwriter living with Cerebral Palsy; Scott Rolfe. 

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TONIGHT! CLICK LINK TO LISTEN!

SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 @InspirationWithE Radio Show!

During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Minister of Music, Singer and Music Consultant; George Ward @gdubb3 , Poet & PTSD Survivor; Ilona Gaspar @lotusheart.romanisoul , Single Mom & stroke survivor; Donna Bush @donnaevette and Actor, Producer, and Screenwriter living with Cerebral Palsy; Scott Rolfe @creativeswap. 

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1- LIVE & ON DEMAND Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 

2- Call in LIVE on air to listen: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I!) 

3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! .

Meet me there!💫e .

Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU! All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e

#InspirationWithE #RadioHost
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LOVE & SELF-WORTH



Rejection sucks and sometimes not knowing where you stand can be more painful than knowing where you stand. When I love, I love hard, passionately and deliberately with every ounce of my being. From my heart and core, anyone who has been chosen to be a recipient of the depth and kind of love I offer will either drown, meet me in deep waters or depart.

And guess what?!

Their RESPONSE TO MY LOVE OR LACK THEREOF is no reflection on the passion, power and purity that fuels my love.

So be gentle with yourself as you deal with pain and recover from it! Remember there are two sides to every scenario. Humble yourself, do the real work by standing alone long enough to immerse yourself in self reflection. Then wipe your tears, unclench your teeth, refocus and if necessary; move on! Someone, somewhere, some day; the kind of HEALTHY, whole, healing love you have to offer will be received by the right person. AND you also deserve that kind of love. DO NOT SETTLE! You’re going to be OK🙏🏽❤️😘e

Day 240 of 2017

Thank you @s0ldier0fl0ve for the reminder❤️😘

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BLOWN AWAY!



MY NEW RADIO SHOW: Inspiration With E (@inspirationwithe & @EAInspiration) – SEASON 1 – EPISODE 2! *SPECIAL FAITH EDITION aired tonight*

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SUNDAY AUGUST 27, 2017 – 7p|6c EST on @grindhardradio! .

Meet @revdionneb @scmungin @godbebig @preciousbruton30

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1- LIVE & ON DEMAND Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 2- Call in LIVE on air to listen: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I!) 3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! .

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Meet me there!💫e .

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Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU! All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e
#InspirationWithE #RadioHost

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#radio #blogtalkradio #faith #sermon #autismawareness 

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Remember YOU MATTER!

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GOD CAN…I CAN’T



When I first launched “Inspiration with E” I was surrounded by people who only knew one fragment of my mosaic. They either saw me as ONLY a love poet @authenticiteespeaks, or ONLY a blogger at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com or ONLY a mother or ONLY a singer/songwriter/speaker. A few still ONLY see me as the bass player’s wife. Wondering how I pulled the Worship Pastor’s youngest son or how he pulled the Grad student from Brooklyn. I have had MORE than my share of those who ONLY try to get close to me because of the artists my husband works with. Caught off guard by my down to earth-ness & even turned off when I don’t name drop or “take advantage” of connections. In my mind, they’re great people who I admire/respect but they’re HIS coworkers…not mine. They too, deserve people in their lives who don’t want anything from them. Imagine that.

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Then there came @grindhardradio. “What? My own radio show? Nah. Not ready”. I wanted everything to be just right. I used to be smaller. Had a perfect smile. Skin was clearer and life hadn’t beaten the freakin’ hell outta me yet. I didn’t want to be in debt. I didn’t want to be overweight. I didn’t want to have a shattered heart in recovery & a brain with glitches. I didn’t want trust issues. I didn’t want health problems that interrupted my life. How could I inspire people when I STILL need inspiration?!

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And then GOD began to encourage me to encourage others…right from where I was. ALL PEOPLE. To share what makes me smile, gives me hope, and breathes LIFE into me.

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Yes. I’m glad you’re here. Nope. I don’t have all the answers but GOD can handle your questions. I say WE encourage as many people as possible and remind them that they matter too. No NOT RELIGION OR JUDGMENT. Just good old fashioned LOVE💫e
PS: It can still be a good day!
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8/26/17
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HOW TO TUNE IN:


1- LIVE & ON DEMAND Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 

2- Call in LIVE on air to listen: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I!) 

3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! .

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#InspirationWithE #Radio #RadioHost


JOIN ME TONIGHT!

Sooooo I’m honored to have been offered an opportunity to host my own radio show!

Inspiration With E (@inspirationwithe) launches SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017 – 7p|6c EST on @grindhardradio! 
“Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart!

Meet @wyze78 @kittomalley @iamdishan 

http://www.kittomalley.com

http://www.dishanwashington.com

During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Author, Poet, Entreprenuer “Roger Wyze” Smith; Blogger and Mental Health Advocate living with bipolar disorder; Kitt O’Malley and National Best Selling Author, CEO of Pure Vision TV Network, and Suicide Attempt Survivor; DiShan Washington. 
HOW TO TUNE IN:

1- Live & On Demand Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 
2- Call in LIVE on the air to listen: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I! .
3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! ..
Meet me there!💫e .

Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU! All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e
#InspirationWithE #RadioHost

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#authenticiteespeaks #survivor #music #motivation #inspiration #mentalhealth #grindhardradio #positivevibes ONLY
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