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RIP Cinderella

I made a video adressing black women about setting aside false notions and making the decision to develop realistic expectations when it comes to their own “Happily Ever After.” As God’s children, our standards should be based off his word and what we uniquely want and desire, never Disney or reality TV.

Fairy tales are just that. They are stories that have an element of truth based in fantasy. Here is a written excerpt from my You Tube video and the summary is taken from the article “9 Things About the Original Brothers Grimm Cinderella Story that are Nothing Like the Disney Version.”

How about we start with the real Cinderella. Let’s set aside the Disney tale and learn of the Brothers Grimm 1812 version of Cinderella or Aschenputtel nine facts from the original source.

Fact #1: Although the character of Cinderella is described as an archetype of the down trodden, under-privileged one living in obscurity by a twist of fate encounters great success. This wasn’t the Cinderella we know. She was a witch the tricks and assistance from a magic tree, enchanted birds, with the ability to disappear.

 Fact #2: Cinderella could hide very well in a pear tree and pigeon coop as opposing to being locked up in a room by her wicked step sisters.

 Fact #3: Cinderella’s father was never dead. In fact, he was annoying and quite destructive. When the prince came to his house looking for his daughter, the father chopped the pear tree and smashed the pigeon coop knowing that she could have been in either one.

Fact #4:  The Step mother was never envious of Cinderella’s beauty, never gave her chores, and never made her bathe her cat Lucifer.

Fact #5: Cinderella never had mice and birds to help her with her chores and fix her mother’s dress to go to the ball.  Because the step mother had a peculiar obsession with lentils, the deal was if Cinderella could pick up three cups of lentils out of the garden, she could go to the ball. Cinderella dispatches her bird soldiers to pick up the lentils, then she goes to the ball.

Fact #6: The fairy godmother was a tree that grew on her mother’s grave out of a twig. When her father went on a trip he asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted a twig while the step sisters asked for gold and pearls.  She plants the twig on her mother’s grave and waters it with her tears. When the tree is full grown, it will then give her whatever she wants.

Fact #7: The darling prince was a trickster and laid a trap to get her. During one of the balls, the prince was said to put pitch on the palace floors so he can keep the shoe and find out who she was.

Fact #8: The wicked step sisters unable to fit into the shoe was a half-truth: Fit into the shoe = cut off bits of your feet. One of the step sisters cut off her big toe, the other her heel.

How does the prince find out? It was the birds warning the prince twice sitting on the Hazel Tree of Death singing a song about how the blood filled shoes were by the step sisters.

Fact #9: The birds made a pact with the prince to get Cinderella to the throne by way of marriage and they would handle the wicked step sisters. On her wedding day when Cinderella was walking up the aisle, the step sisters tried to steal her glory, so the bird soldiers as a part of the pact plucked their eyes out and made them blind.

And that is how Cinderella got to marry the prince.

Cinderelly is a Lie!

Many of us women grew up with the 1950’s version of the Cinderella story told by Disney. An underprivileged, overworked handmaiden is used and abused by her wicked stepmother and two wicked step sisters. Envied because of her beauty, the stepmother and her less than darling daughters sabotage Cinderella’s chances of going to the ball.

Then, by fate, she runs outside with tears streaming down her eyes and lo and behold, a fairy godmother comes to her rescue. Within seconds she goes from rags to riches with one caveat: by the stroke of 12 midnight, she must depart. Otherwise, she will be exposed as the step-and-fetch-it girl for Lady Tremaine.

We all know the story. Cinderella makes her way to the ball where the handsome, dashing prince cannot seem to keep his eyes (nor his hands) off of her. She runs off into the night because the magic spell wears off. Disappointed and filled with despair the prince must have his bride. He sends the grand duke to discover the whereabouts of this damsel with the trademark glass slipper. Through many twists and turns, the prince ends up with his bride and Cinderella lives happily ever after.

Sounds good….only if that were the true story.

A few months ago, I started a YouTube channel making videos about topics unique to black women (hence the decline in blogging). Scanning through the comments of other channels, next to healing and desiring a better life, finding a life partner was on top of the list. I would like to say my “spidey senses” were tingling to find a new subject video, but I knew it was the Holy Spirit. I can’t remember when I heard this but it was quite disturbing. The whole idea of the two wicked step sisters fitting their big feet into the glass slipper was not accurate. According to the Grimm Brothers version (1812) these two sister cut off a toe and a heel to fit into the shoe!

That led me to believe, much of what we grow up hearing as children, we believe as grown adult women. And when we do not experience hypergamy or find that handsome, dashing prince, our hearts are broken and our expectations are disappointed. Delusional and angry, we ultimately end up blaming God for not finding our Denzel Washington or Chris Evans.

Well, because my channel draws women of many beliefs, I try my best to avoid any scriptural reference so they don’t think I am trying to start an internet church. But for those who peruse my bible blog, using scripture is the only way to go. How does God respond to the Cinderella story?

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables…” II Peter 1: 16

The context of this verse falls in between God’s promises and avoiding false teachers. The Apostle Peter was encouraging the church to rely upon scripture and avoid any personal interpretation. The word fable in New Testament usage is not equivalent to parables. Rather, fables are stories that are passed off as truth but full of lies, much like Cinderella.

If you have a little girl and are faced between the choice of Disney or the bible, choose the Word of God. At first glance it doesn’t seem like there is anything comparable to Cinderelly, but we all know that our Heavenly Father works in love and deals with truth. If there is any story you can tell your sweet darling about finding her “prince charming,” the story of Ruth would be the way to go.

The book of Ruth is really about the providence of God; however, there are so many great takeaways we can glean. Very soon I will be writing the Cinderella version of Ruth, so be on the look-out. But until then, remember, Ruth as a single woman chose to serve a God she did not know, accept a people that was not her own, and work hard to make sure she could provide for herself and her mother-in-law. In the end she was blessed with a husband of means and a bouncing baby boy who was the grandfather of King David. Serving God has its privileges!

They Will Not Endure

We live in a small world. So small that I didn’t even know a co-worker who sits across from me attends one of the churches I was formerly affiliated with. Initially, we started talking about some of our extra-curricular activities and eventually about the kinds of businesses we would like to launch.

The more I listened to her talk, the more I recognized the “doctrine” she was impregnated with. She continued with how important it was to connect with other saints, visit other churches so you can get “fed,” and meet new people in order to build up your spiritual “Linked In” database. She also mentioned that the Bishop wasn’t in town so the First Lady preached. I decided that I would listen to the sermon later on that night to glean some spiritual nuggets from the Lord.

Needless to say, within a few minutes of the sermon, I quickly remembered why I left. The exegesis was lacking, the sermon felt contrived, and the same brow beating I heard three years ago was just as strong in the present as it was in the past.

Nowadays, the preaching of God’s word has been reduced to fast track formulas of success. Nothing about God, his greatness, or our need of him. Salvation is a thing of the past and fulfilling your destiny is really all about the trinity: Me, Myself, and I.

It wasn’t until early Saturday morning, I heard the Holy Spirit say,

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachings, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Timothy 4:3-4)

I thought I knew what the Lord meant when he said that but that phrase “they will not endure” kept nagging me, so I decided to get out of bed and look it up. I wish I could pour into your spiritual mugs all that God gave to me, but what I will tell you is not only what I saw in the scripture opened my eyes about the conversation I had with the co-worker; my vision became more crystal clear about the times we are living in.

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, do not feel sorry for those who choose to listen to false prophets and I will tell you why. There was a time I used to chase after visions and dreams because I wasn’t after the Lord. I just wanted to be “blessed in the city and blessed in the field.” (Deuteronomy 28:3) I craved and yearned to have that “pressed down, shaken together, and running over so men can give into my bosom.” (Luke 6:38) Like so many, I skipped from one convention to another, seeking breakthroughs, next levels, and prosperity in the forms of houses and lands. I cleaved to preachers who were on the circuit and followed them as if they were the Pentecostal Royals and celebrities of Christian reality TV. But my wake-up call came when I realized I knew their voices better than I knew God’s voice.

Later on in my spiritual walk, my eyes became opened and I accepted the truth that blessings are conditional and it is based on obedience. My expectation of pulling down miracles was rooted in deception, and receiving the shaken together and running over was eventually understood as the same judgment I dish out to others, I would likewise receive the same in return. The prophetic numerology used during “offering time” was a hoax and instead of a blessing, I lined up their pockets with my hard earned money. You know what I’m talking about. Said evangelists says,

“I hear the Lord say in my spirit Psalm 77. The Lord says not only will he comfort you, but the number seven is the number of perfection. And since there are two sevens in this psalm, the Lord will not only grant you comfort, but he will perfect your comfort. The fact that it is twice means he will give you a double portion of perfect comfort. Now, for those who can and will, as the Lord moves upon you, the Lord wants from you $770.00. But some of you are saying, I can’t give that but I can give $77.00. Alright, now some are saying I don’t have that but you have $7.70 and if that is not you, we implore you to God to give your best.”

People who hear and believe these lies cannot stomach the truth because they despise God and his word. They personally select their own shepherds (teachers) who will tell them what they want to hear. The lies they crave are like the itch in the ear they cannot scratch. Putting your finger in your ear satisfies the motion you feel, but it does not cure the itch. Spiritually, they choose these teachers out of a diseased condition of the soul and these are Christians in name only who go their own way. The Lord has not sent these false prophets and God does not shepherd goats.

Unfortunately, we gravitate from one extremity to the next. We either fault all and call them hypocrites, or we excuse all and say they were blind and didn’t know. Rejection of God’s word is deliberate act and in the church today it comes with great guile. There is a form of godliness but it lacks true spiritual power.

For those who will not endure beware. There is a moral relativism in the church that runs rampant and they are quite crafty in their belief and selective in their behavior. If it were you, they would send you to hell in a hand basket. Be on your guard and take the position of the virgins who were in pursuit to meet the bridegroom. When the foolish virgins asked the wise for their oil, the wise virgins replied, “No. Go to those who sell and buy for yourselves!” (St. Matthew 25:9)




God is Able – Smokie Norful

Crash Course on the Atlantic Slave Trade

There is a lot of racial, inflammatory rhetoric centered around the color of one’s skin, especially since this is an election year with polarizing view points on race in America. However, in lieu of the killings both recent of many black men and police enforcement, I think we need to hear some facts about the history of slavery, instead of one’s personal point of view about slavery, since this topic always finds its way in the current narrative.

Unfortunately in America, it is never properly addressed. There are sides that justify it, others shy away from it, or arguments are so explosive that people end up talking pass each other instead of to each other. This issue is reoccurring because we do not deal with the fundamentals of one’s logic, and in doing so we band aid an open wound with symptomatic solutions.

Laws have been put in place to curb one’s behavior, but the law is useless in changing the heart. Simply put, you cannot make anyone accept a person based on the color of their skin.

This snippet is by John Green and the YouTube channel is called Crash Course.

Dear Teen Christian: Mom I Hate You!

WoW! Those are some pretty strong words there and I know sometimes moms tend to get on your nerves and want you to do things that you don’t feel like doing, but I think you need to cool your boots. Everything you say is being weighed by God.


“[F]or out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…an evil man out of the evil treasure bring bringeth forth evil things…[b]ut I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words though shalt be condemned.”

St. Matthew 12: 34-37

Your mom must be a pretty special person because most kids who are abused by their parents have a hard time hating them. But you, on the other hand, must be living a pretty good life. It’s usually the children who are treated well who are the least grateful.

Alright, enough with the heavy. Look, I know mom can get on your nerves sometimes and it happens. The reason why you get upset is because you think you know better than your mother and you are not allowed to have what you want when you want it.

How would you feel being on the receiving end of, “Jennifer I hate you!” “Tommy, I wish I was never your mother!” Wouldn’t feel too good, huh? Well, you might stand there with a deer in the headlight look or run away to your grandmother’s or a friend’s house lamenting your teenage woes. Truth is, you wouldn’t know what to do because you lack knowledge, understanding, wisdom and your vision is limited.

I get it. Your parents are not cool and hip. Your bestie or bro looks like they get to do whatever they want and it seems like their parents are the best. They wear what they want, no curfew, and on their side of the tracks they are living the dream. Meanwhile, you are locked in a prison with your own room, Xbox 360, $120 pair of jeans or sneakers or both, running electricity and water living with a bunch of hypocritical parents who have the nerve to preach to you about the goodness of God.

Here’s the deal. Your parents are not your friends and it is their responsibility to ensure your well-being and protection. Most importantly, they have to answer to God on how they raise you.

“Blah, blah, blah. Yeah I know all of that!,” you say. Well, you must be butt-hurt much. Let me give you a sneak peak into my rearview mirror of life.

Would to God I had a mother who loved me and a father who cared. But as life would have it, my mother despised my soul and there was never a day, she would fail to make it known. My biological father? He “opted” to not be a part of my world, so I had to play the cards life dealt to me. I wasn’t afforded the luxury of a mother to pray for me, have me on her mind, and take the time to pray for me. No talk of God. No I love you. No encouragement. Nothing. She was counting the days until I was out of her house.

As for those people I used to hang around with?

  • Many of the girls I went to high school with became pregnant before they graduated. In my day, they were the new and upcoming baby mommas.
  • Some died from drug overdoses.
  • A few who were voted most likely to succeed were given great scholarships and dropped out before sophomore year of college.
  • A best friend was murdered by multiple stabbing.
  • Some were incarcerated for selling drugs or for rape and
  • One guy was sliced on his neck for hanging out with the wrong crowd.

And if I with an unloving, ungodly parent barely escaped, how grateful should you be for having parents who love the Lord and want only the best for you?

Something to think about Teen Christian….



Dear Teen Christian: Let’s Talk About Sex

No silly, get your mind out of the gutter. Not what happens between two MARRIED people, the other stuff. You see, when I was growing up we had a pretty clear understanding about how to identify members of the opposite sex. But I see in your day, talking about sex is as clear as mud.

I am talking about gender. Yes, that kind of sex.

Today, there is much talk about you can pick your own sex as if you are picking up a number five through a drive thru or you were “assigned” a sex at birth. As if the doctor had something to do with that. This simply is untrue.

Let me put this out on the table. You are not a mistake and you need not be confused about your identity. We can look to the bible for answers and inspiration.

Remember back in the day when God created the heavens and the earth? Well, he also created the first male and female. Now take note, God created the first male and female. There were no atomic particles aimlessly floating throughout the universe and by some cosmic force man was created. Human beings didn’t swim to shore and evolve from a fish to a human being. Not biblical. And no, you do not come from a long line of apes because that’s not what the good book says.

Man was made from the dust of the ground and God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul.

Here is what you will not hear because they want you to be deceived:

  1. You are made God’s likeness. That means you can think and reason and use knowledge for good or evil.
  2. God did not give the breath of life to a gorilla. If he had, then the gorillas would be able to talk just like us.
  3. God designed men and women to be different in shape, function, and character.

SHAPE: Difference in design. You are not supposed to have the same body parts. That means no additions or subtractions!

FUNCTION: Different body parts do different things.

CHARACTER: How you express yourself. Men and women are supposed to behave differently.

This is what God designed to be the natural order of things. When human babies are born, the doctor will never say: “Congratulations, you have a healthy gay, baby boy!” Or to Mrs. Smith, “welcome your new transgender baby into the world!” Or your grandmother will never say, “Oh, she such a lovely little bisexual cutie!

When you came out of your mother’s womb, the doctor could only identify by your private parts ( you know, those things downstairs) so keep in mind, the doctor cannot and I repeat, cannot assign you a gender and any man who dresses like a woman and still maintains his body parts is a freak of nature. It is unnatural and unholy.

Remember, God created male and female, not male, female, and “other.”



Dear Teen Christian Letters

Good Morning WP Christian Parents,

About a month or two ago, I redesigned my blog to write about certain issues/topics that I think are age appropriate in the Christian community. For a while, I had been focusing on adults and small children. Teenagers, well, if we remember when we were growing up, that is a very difficult time of hormones, peer pressure, and transitioning into adulthood.

They want adult toys with kid-like responsibilities, so it calls for balance. For the life of me I was clueless (although once a teen myself) about what to write. Now, the Lord God has given me some ideas and I have the green light to move forward.

I am writing this blog to you parents to give you a heads up that these blogs are coming soon. The title will be “Dear Christian Teen: Subject Matter.” As I hope Christian parents are screening their children’s social media accounts, in the event you see a blog I write and at your discretion you believe it is a topic that you would like them to read or deem them not prepared to handle said topic, I am extending the courtesy to you as a heads up. The last thing you need to ask is “where did you get that from?” and their response is “a blog.”

Take care and be blessed.

Lady Dunamis


It’s About Ideology Not Sexuality

We are all aware of the tragic shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando Florida and the media as well as the Democratic party has been up and arms portraying this as a hate crime with the solution of curbing mass shootings with gun control.


This is a power struggle of opposing ideals. The shooter was driven by a philosophy that far exceeds the issue of homosexuality.  This was/is about Jihad, holy war whereby Muslims through military means eliminates the presence of unbelievers who do not support this concept of Islam. Their goal is to bring the rule of Allah* where they reign on the earth. All infidels must be punished by death. That practically means all of us in the West.

The individuals at the Pulse Club were not guilty of performing any criminal offenses against Muslims and had it been a club full of black, white, Latinos, etc., the end would have been the same. Whether or not he was gay is debatable and because he is not alive we can only speculate, unless his wife gives witness. For the most part, it is commonly accepted that Islam frowns upon homosexual practices, views it as immoral behavior punishable by public execution.

As far as our neighbor from the Verity Church, he has caused great controversy by his inflammatory comments relating to the death of these individuals because of their practice of homosexuality. Okay, let’s deal with that. The loss of life is tragic, regardless of the morality of the person and mass shootings happen as it is part and parcel of living in a world where evil is present. However, what he said was not totally incorrect. If this current government patterned and executed its laws after the pattern of the Old Testament form of government, their lifestyle would have been punishable by death. Let the spiritual reader understand. Also, because the decedents are no longer with us, there is less of this immorality practiced.

Unfortunately, his presentation was poor, his scriptural interpretation incomplete, and the fact that he used the death of these innocent people to promote a half-truth message was downright despicable.

Do not get caught up in the so called righteous anger or twisting of words. These are distractions to deceive you.


*There is a growing acceptance that Jews, Christians, and Muslims refer to God as Allah. This is not true. Christians in the West do not refer to Yahweh as Allah and neither do the Jews. In other countries where Arabs and Christians co-exist, I have heard of that, but it is not a commonly accepted practice in the United States.

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