My Heritage: I Thank God For My Lineage

The 39th Week of Gratitude: Your Heritage ~  As for my heritage, I’m thankful for my  DNA makeup. I had my DNA test done in October of 2014.  So far, I have 489 DNA matches on ancestry.com. The matches are estimated from 1st to  4th cousins.

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My Heritage has me
African      
74.5%
European   20.4%
Asian           5.1%
I’m surprised that I’m 1.3%  Ashkenazi Jew

Ancestry.com has me
African                           73%
Asian                             < 1%
European                       24%
Pacific Islander            < 1%
West Asian                    < 1%

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley
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Music I Love

The 38th Week Of Gratitude:  Music You Love ~

As for the music I love: ~ I like the music that I can make out the lyrics.  I grew up listening to music mainly on the radio. There were words, I couldn’t make out . Also, I would listen to the music my siblings were playing.  I didn’t go to concerts.

What music do I like? . There are a lot of artists that appear to mumble to me. I thank God for closed caption. Music can be played too loud. This is when I can’t make out what is being spoken. It’s weird that I had no trouble understanding Country music.

What kind of songs do I like?
Prayer songs
Songs that tell a story
Songs that I can relate to.
Songs that I can HEAR the lyrics.

I have learned through the years by listening to music. Songs do minister to us. They can heal our broken hearts.  Remind us of the times in our lives that brought good memories.

Thank God for the talented artists.
Thank God for the vehicle of music.
Thank God for people who concern to add lyrics when they play music.
May the LORD ministers to us through music.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you,
S.A.Blakley

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The 3rd Friday In September: Thank You, LORD for the #Journey !

I remember this 3rd Friday in September every year.  It’s special. The actual day was September 17th and the year 1993.  Jesus made Himself known to me.

I was in a church gathering at Word Of Life. It was my first time being there.  We were nearing the ending of message. And the Spirit of the LORD come upon me. This happened back in the days of salvation alter calls at the end of the messages.

The LORD draw nearer to me and I draw nearer to Him. 
Something made my left hand feel a small pain, there was no reason for it to hurt.
And as I cried out to Jesus…
I felt a warm liquid flowing in my heart, it felt good.
I heard a voice speak to me to raised my hand. I heard that voice before.

It was this day, I make my public announcement that Jesus was LORD of my life.
Jesus had been with me back on Friday, March 25, 1983.
I confessed to Him that I needed Him.

The LORD had been guiding me on the journey.
I’m still on the journey with Jesus.
No turning bac. No turning back.

May we remember the special days in our lives.
May we learn to celebrate life.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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Some things I’ve Created

The Week 37th Week of Gratitude: Something You’ve Created. ~

As for me, hmmm ~ Some things I’ve created. ~  I thank the LORD for creativity and the ideas that come from Him. What have I’ve created? I know that I can’t added them all up.

Things that I’ve created: There are tons messes that I’ve made over my lifetime, Ideas that I’ve acted upon,  A system for doing things,  Abandoned blogs and sites left undone and or deleted,  Passwords for every devices that I need to get into.

Art work, Poems, Journals, Writings, Compiled notebooks,  Photo albums, Sharing thoughts on blog sites,  Xanga: Journaling Susan  which my subscription expires on March 8, 2028, Word Press: The Chronicles of Susan

Blog Spot: Family Connections: From Generation To Generations,  Blakey / Blakley WHITE, Susan’s Journal , Some Things I Share…

Created some Groups on Social Media ~ Facebook: Profile Page,  Family Connections, and Family Connection Groups: Blakey /  Blakley WHITE, Bartlett, Dade , Sharing on Twitter , Instagram, Pinterest , Klout , Googles plus

Genealogy sites: Where I add family info.
Ancestry.com: Profiles on ancestors and some relatives, Family Connections:  Family Trees on My Heritage,  Family Tree,  Geni , Family Search, My Project on Find A Grave, My Family Info on 2 Fold,  a Family Connections Newsletter.

There maybe other things that I have created; A fashion statement, a certain gesture or two, my signature, handwriting. I don’t know. Lol

May the LORD help us manage our lives.
May we be used by God to create what He wants us to create.
Amen.

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God Bless you.
S.A, Blakley

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My #ChurchLife #Journey 2000 – 2009: I Kept My Eyes On Jesus

I’ve been reflecting back over my many years of being apart of the Church, Life, Journey.  Indeed, it’s been a journey in itself. I’m thankful for the Church and the specific people God has placed in my life.

I can say between the years of 2000 – 2009,  the LORD was with me. Thank You, LORD! Thank You, Jesus! Even though, I felt like “parts of me was dying and some of me did died,” I kept hope and the faith in Christ.

Indeed, those 10 years were very tough.  There were things I didn’t understand.  I felt like I was “torn into pieces.” I shed a lot of tears.  And I kept my eyes on Jesus.

And through all that I’ve been through and experienced, I’m so thankful that the LORD was with me every moment on the journey.  As I look back, I grew in the LORD. I needed to change with what was flowing with my life.

I continued the journey with Jesus and the church.
He has brought me through.
And He will see me through wherever He is leading me.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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My Home: There’s No Place Like Home

The 36th Week of Gratitude: Your Home  ~ 
As for My Home ~ I’m thankful that I have a place to stay.
There’s no place like home!

Indeed, we all dwell on the planet earth.
My part of the world is in the heartland of the U.S.A.
And I have an eternal home.
Both places I  call home.

Home is the place where I feel safe.
Home is a resting place for time being.
Home is where my favorite spots to be alone and enjoy.
Home is a home, where God’s presence dwells.

May we settle in where we live.
May we live in peace with one another.
May we enjoy our lives and live life.
May the LORD grant the homeless a place to stay.
LORD, protect people from harm in their homes.
Amen.

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God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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My Neighborhood

The 35th Week of Gratitude:  Your Neighborhood ~  I’m thankful for my neighborhood of today and the ones of yester-years. I’ve been creating memories  a long the journey. I’ve been reflecting back over my upbringing and into my adulthood. Thank You, Jesus!

As I look back to my early years, there were a steady group of neighbors for years and years and years. There were a lot of family members living near one another. There were generations who grow up on the blocks.

We kids played in the streets.  Some of us did a lot of fun things together. One thing I remember, there were a lot of dogs running around. And there were a lot of trees.

Where I live now, the people in my neighborhood are middle age and younger. They come for a while and leave. They do what they do.  There are neighborly neighbors. There are some children who ride their bicycles in the streets. There are a lot of people who walk. I notice that there are less dogs.

I’ve been making memories here too. I  reflect back on the neighborhood the I grew up on. Those days have been long gone. I’m thankful for my neighbors. God bless our neighborhood.  For now, I’m in the neighborhood where God has planted me.

May the LORD watch over our neighborhoods.
May there be peace as we come and go.
Amen.

Hope all will have a wonderful month of September!
Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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