Friday, April 10, 2009
Am I in America? I ask that question because of what I am going through at this apartment complex I stay in. I am being evicted for non payment of rent, yet when I took my rent to the office on April 4, the manager brought it back. She said that "we" were not accepting my rent because "we" don't want you here.
History: I put scriptures up with my Easter decorations. No where in the lease does it say I could not do that and we always decorate during holidays around the complex including Halloween. Then, someone started ripping my scriptures down. I called the office and asked her if she knew who it was and she played dumb. I put some up again. Stayed there a couple of days then bang ripped off again. No knock on door, no notice just ripping my scriptures off my door. The first time they were ripped off my door I had a card up there that I had left on my door from Christmas and they took that off too. That card came from my Aunt and now deceased Uncle and it was special to me. It had Love, Peace and Joy on it. This happened again and I knew it was the maintenance man that was up here working on a vacate unit. I loudly exclaimed my dismay and put some more scriptures up again included was scriptures on a small card that I had got in the mail with scriptures from Proverbs on it.
On March 30 I heard my scriptures being ripped off my door again and knocking afterwards. I opened the door and there stood the manager and this unidentified male who never identified himself. He just stood there balling up my papers and my cards I got in the mail. I asked him to give me my mail back. I was so upset and I know I got loud but I never cursed. They just stood there and he said my door was common area. I said people put decorations up on Halloween, he said it is not Halloween. I asked ifsomething is wrong with me putting up the Bible? I don't know what was said after that because I got so mad I slung my door open to show him the door that needed to be repaired and had been that way since someone broke into my apartment while I was in it asleep. Frustrated with their nonchalant attitude I closed the door and chained it. I felt so helpless. I cried.
I was so troubled that he had took the Word of God off my door I knew it was not right and I had not broken any rule because I did not receive any notices because of it. So, I wrote on paper a witness: Jesus is Lord and He is coming soon are you ready? I gave my rent which was a money order and a check to my son in an envelope taped up and told him to take it to the office and put it in the drop box. This was on Friday the 3rd of April. Saturday April 4 my daughter brought a notice on the door that said I did not pay my rent. I panicked. I called my son who had already went to work and asked him about the rent check. He said he forgot to take it. This 18 year old senior forgot to take the rent over to the office!? I told him that it was important for my rent to be put in the office on the 3rd or she will do something against me because she really does not like me because I write a lot of letters
I found the envelope and ran it over to the office and put it in the drop box. Not long afterwards she comes back knocking on my door with my rent in her hand. She had opened it and said "we" are not accepting your rent because "we" don't want you here. I think I told her I was not going anywhere, then she said I'll see you in eviction court. I told her that God was not going to allow her to evict me. I am believing He is not. I want to know how can you evict someone for non payment of rent when you have returned it. I had a credit of 123.49 on my account
so the amount due for April would not be the full rental amount. I don't think she knows that because she put the normal rental amount on the court papers. I have never been served an eviction notice ever. This has put me in a state I don't like to be. I have been crying out to God almost all day everyday since all this started going on. He knows all things and I trust HIm. I know someone on Spark can give me some advice. I am getting an appt to speak with Legal Aid attorney for Tuesday.
I believe my civil and religious rights have been violated. I have been in mental anguish and I am not ashamed to admit that. Still, I'm trying to stay strong and meditate on what God says under these circumstances. I have lost 2 pounds in 2 days because my appetite has been low. I sat on my living room couch for 2 hours thinking and talking to God about this mess. My court date is April 17 at 9 am in Arlington. Now I have to figure out how to get to the court house and I can't be late because if I am it is defaulted to the plaintiff. I know everything is all right. God is on my side and No weapon formed against me will prosper. I need all you praying Sparkers to lift me up and this management company. Sungate Management Company. It's good to call out the names in prayer. That will cover all of them. I had an interview with Channel 11 of Dallas in my home and she said it would be on the 5 pm news but it never came on and I don't know why. It was good to talk about it to somebody.
I am still apartment hunting even though I hate living in an apartment. I live in Euless and I am looking for a 2 bedroom. If anyone wants to write the management company the address is: Sungate Management, 10935 Estate Lane #320, Dallas TX 75238 send me an email for my info. I called them on Tuesday before my interview with the news reporter and no one called me back. Could not even get the main person's name. The receptionist told me someone would call me back. . Also, Dispute Resolution called the on site manager here to give us time to move because I thought they were going to lock us out on 7th like the notice said. She told the representative of Dispute Resolution that it was nothing to talk about and if we were not out by midnight my locks would be changed. After that I called the guy from Channel 11 news back.
I am getting evicted for having scripture as part of my Easter Decoration/Celebration on my door. I am not a bad tenant. I try to keep the peace at all times. People who lie or think they can control you by false threats or abuse power makes my stomach upset. I will not let this lady get away with it. Yes, I was mad about my papers that guy balled up. It belonged to me and he had no right to touch it. This is crazy anyway. I wanted to get out of this year lease but not like this. God knows what to do and I'm listening. Thanks for all who have listened to me.
God Bless You All!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am up late and just finished watching an old, old Shirley Temple movies called "The Little Princess." It reminded me of faith. The substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. You know, faith-the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith. We must have faith to get up in the morning and step onto the floor again believing that it will not cave in on us. We must have faith to walk down the flight of stairs to the parking lot believing that they will not buckle under our feet. We must have faith even to believe that the driver behind us will stop...and most of us do.
Do we have faith that we will conquer this enemy that many of us have carried around the majority of our lives?
In the Little Princess, the little girl Sarah lived with her Father because her mother had already passed before the movie started. Her daddy went off to war and later was presumed dead. He was on the LIST. Sarah refused to believe that report. It was in black and white; why didn't she believe? She had a gut feeling that he was still alive. So, everyday she went looking through the wards at the hospital to see if her dad was among the living...yet. She did this only to say...I will be back tomorrow. She was laughed at and scorned by adults but she did not let this stop her. Sarah had FAITH that she would find her father alive. Well, those of us who already know the rest of the story saw that Sarah did find her father alive in that hospital that she searched everyday. She did not give up no matter what it looked like or how people laughed at her belief. She trusted that gut feeling. She had the faith to believe that one day she would see her father again. No matter what, she believed.
Do I have the FAITH to believe that I will get to my goal weight this year? Is it more than just emotion? Am I doing something in order to achieve my goal weight? Yes, yes and yes. I am actively doing what I believe. Just like Sarah, I will not give up until I see that new Deb alive on November 22, 2009 or before. I have given myself some extra time...just in case those last few pounds are stubborn. I will not cave in, quit or give up. I got this and it will happen. I am like that little princess running through the wards of that hospital searching for the me I know I can be. Healthy, fit and whole. A no excuse Deb. I am a doer of the Word of God so I am blessed in my deeds. I can't wish myself thin/healthy/fit. I must actively pursue it daily in a positive way. If I fail even one second, I pick myself up and keep going. Faith sees the end from the beginning. I visualize the new me daily and I smile and say, "Soon you will be manifested in the flesh". I am so excited!
The Little Princess is a very good movie to watch. It is old and you may not know any of the actors in it but it can move you to tears as I am every time I watch it. Check your local library to view it without having to purchase it. I like old movies so I did not have a problem with black and white. Maybe you can't but it would be something different for you.
Remember that to please God we must live and walk by Faith.
My nephew Quincy from my brother...by faith. Born 1/11/2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wed night was not a great night for me. My son got in the truck and asked me why was I playing Christian music. Later on my daughter took my keys and drove to Dallas in my vehicle and she does not have a license. Thursday morning I woke up drenched in sweat because Texas was showing me another side of the crazy weather that I thought I would not have to endure anymore since I left Oklahoma.
Then I went to the mall , walked into Dillard's and over to Origins, a natural made product company, in the Perfume Department to experience a FREE mini facial. God is so good to me!!! I thought I had died and went to Heaven.
These products smelled so refreshing. The facial really relaxed me and any problems that were on my mind just drifted away on a cloud back where I would never go and get them again. God gave me a beautiful day. I met the young lady on Friday that worked in Origins after I left the movie, "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail". That movie was therapy for me also. I laughed so hard I almost cried. That was a very funny movie and I recommend you to go because it will lift your spirit. Laughter is the best medicine. God says a merry heart does good like medicine. We all should take time out of each day and just laugh. Go sit in your "prayer closet", and add laughter to your thanksgiving, praising, confessing, intercession and meditation. It will please the Lord greatly. We Christians walk around looking like we lost our best friend. We should be the ones with the biggest smiles and the most positive words because we believe that the Lord is our Shepherd, we have everything we need.
Well, let me get back on point. That facial made me feel so relaxed and my face felt so clean and fresh. I washed my face before I left the house but it was so invigorating. I recommend Origin to anyone who want to experience natural products that are great for all skin types. You can find them in Dillard's and out in the mall area in some cities. Some years ago, Oprah had one of their body creams on her favorite things list and today(Thursday) I finally bought it. I don't know what she wears now, but back then, she told the audience that she did not wear perfume, only creams and she had on Origins A Perfect World White Tea skin guardian. It smells great and it feels great. I bought the other one she had on her list, Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream. So all you Oprah lovers probably no what I am talking about. Yes I am doing a commercial just like they do on Biggest Loser. LOL
The sun was out and the wind was blowing. I arrived at the mall around 10 am and left after 3pm. I walked around the entire mall to familiarize myself with a mall that I had been too only twice before in the year I have lived in Euless. Then I saw the clothes I would be wearing before the year is over. This year is a big birthday year for me and I am going to start celebrating this summer. I should be closer to my first weight goal of 145 lbs then I want to get down to 130. So many have said I will be real skinny, but I want to see how skinny really feels.
I was so pumped up that after I got home from picking my son up from school, I put on my workout clothes and went to the park and tore that track up with 3 miles of Tye Tribbett praise stumping fun. I could have went around some more, but I promised myself that I would not overdo it.
I took that picture of myself today(Thursday) in the mall bathroom. After I took my jacket off and saw how much smaller I had gotten I was so excited. I told you all I hate that scale and this just proves how wrong it has been. I had not worn that shirt I had on for a while so it was a noticeable change. These inches are coming off and I thank God. It took a beautiful day like today to even notice the change.
See, I am a scale-a-holic and I had been letting that thing frustrate me. I made a promise to myself that I would not weigh myself every day but only once a week. Seems like after that I was weighing myself every time I looked at that scale.
If I had not went to that mall on this beautiful day for that free facial, I would not have been encouraged and motivated even more to keep doing what is working for me. Note to the losers: The weight is coming off. The inches are going down. You are a winner already.
I know this is a different kind of blog for me, but I just wanted to share this information with you all. Being beautiful starts on the inside. But, I like being beautiful on the outside too. I love smelling beautiful too. This journey is about being fit and healthy in every area of our lives. We should take care of ourselves so that when we get older no one else will have to take care of us. We are made by our Father to be healthy and strong spirit, soul and body. We are doing it and this new lifestyle will remain. We have the VICTORY!!!
Much Love to my wonderful Spark Family!!!
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