Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Can sin be managed?

Maybe your power to defeat sin looks like this: 

"Sin...confess..do better for a while, then sin again.Embarrassment, confess again, ask God to take away the desire, then sin again, confess again, sin again, confess again, shock, more determination to stop sinning, think about it a lot, examine it. Make promises, create some boundaries, sin again, now even worse than before. Despair, anger, shame, distance from God, guilt. self-condemnation, Self-loathing....sin again. Disillusionment, doubt, self-pity, resentment at God: Why doesn't he hear my prayers? Why doesn't he do something? More anger. The fear that we allow ourselves to get angry with God. Then real confession, heartfelt one, and a sense of cleansing. Ah, a new start. Things seem better. Yeah, I've finally got this sin under control. Oops, sin again..." -TrueFaced by Thrall, McNicol, Lynch

 Question to you all: 

 Is it by your own power to defeat sin daily? 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Deeper Life Series

Taken by me. Fall 2010
Every Fall semester, my college has what they call "Deeper Life Series." A speaker comes in and preach on a particular topic.Charles O. Galbreath is from a Brooklyn, NY church and he talk about fear. I feel like "fear" and "anxiety" were my best friends or should I say my worst enemies? I would let worries and thoughts fill my head of "what ifs" or "this will never work out".  At time I could  feel my heart pounding as I thought on "things" like not being good enough for a job, getting through another semester, an exam, or my grades, sickness in my family. I could go on forever, I had a lot on my mind that could go wrong or has gone wrong in my life. Every time and I mean every time, I worry I had an headache that I could not get rid of.

I do feel as Christians or people in general, when we continue through life, we start to change if allow "transformation" to take place. I have notice in my life that a lot has change within myself. I don't allow fear to control me. I honesty think, I fear and worry because I wanted to badly to know the future and because I did not know the "ending" of how I would get out of a situation, I over exaggerate. When I let control take over, I quickly forget the God I serve, the God that saved me. My God is able, powerful and there is none life Him. I don't have to worry or fear the future or the situation I am in. 

Bible Verse:

fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Violence In My Hood...

Over the summer, during my internship I learned a lot about violence and the injustice of the "system."

I am thinking of a statement I heard in Boyz in the Hood , "I saw on TV about violence overseas but in my hood there is violence. My brother got shot yesterday and it will never make the news" Either they don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood. They had all this foreign sh*t. They didn't have sh*t on my brother, man. (sorry for the curse words, for those that are offended).

I was also thinking of when Christians decide to go oversea to tell of the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ. I see nothing wrong with that, I just pray and hope we don't neglect the poor and violent neighborhoods that are in America.

I think of communities that are look down upon because of the way they look from the outside. They are run down, poor people, drunk people, people that do drugs etc. I heard from a staff member over the summer about a town we stayed in that someone said that a bulldozer should come through the community. Sad thing to say when there are people living there. Also said that someone thought that was a solution for the community.

It is true, that  there are some communities that wear their brokenness, on the outside while other communities keep their brokenness on the inside. Because a community is rich and upscale does not mean that there is no drug dealing, spouses cheating and abuse toward family members, people that get drunk. It is sad to me that we are so quick to judge a town and because of the violence that occurs daily, we choose to not enter a relationship with the the people that live there. We are so quick to start the conversation with "repent or go to hell." I do believe there is a better way to show the love of God. Relationship is important and when those that are not "saved" see a difference based on our actions they might begin to want to know who God is.

My prayer for Christians is that we not neglect poor communities in America. Just like the people overseas, there are people in America that need to know about Christ and His love for all people no matter what they done or how they live. In the poor communities people are trying to live. For them there community might be a "war zone" as they deal with hearing gun shots, children getting killed, women rape and so much more. Pray that as Christians we don't neglect communties that are poor.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

End of the Week Thoughts!

The first week of college is over. I have many thoughts running through my mind about this semester.

I think during this semester, I will have less stress then my previous years in college. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are my free days. Most of my classes are either on Monday and Wednesday.  I don't work weekends, which gives me even more time to do homework. But I am excited about finishing the last of my social work classes. I am taking Policy, Statics II, Social Work in Christian and Leadership and Development class.

I have to say, I LOVE my room. It is big and I have a ceiling fan. Only thing that is different from my previous dorm, is I don't have the view of the river.  Which can look like this in the morning:

I am excited because soon I will be applying to grad school. I have chosen University of Maryland, in Baltimore, Temple University, Morgan State, and Clark Atlanta. I do know I want to move to Maryland, so I am hoping to get into a school in MD. Only time will tell. I am not worry to much because I have a very good GPA, especially good in-house GPA.

Since I was a Freshmen, I have always had a TV show I would watch on my computer. I watch the seasons of Monk, Lost, My Wife and Kids, Family Matters, The Office, and A Different World. I need to find a show that I can watch for the rest of this semester. I have been using Hulu.com to find shows to watch.

Can anyone suggest a TV show I can watch online?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Back At College

Yay I am happy to be back at college. I moved in yesterday and I am excited because this will be the last semester. Classes start on Wednesday and I can't wait to see how the classes will be. I am praying that I will do well in all my studies. I have A LOT of free time and I need to make sure I am on top of everything and not be lazy. I think I will spend most of my time in the library doing homework to make sure I am not distracted and fall asleep on my bed. Three of my classes are social work subjects and one is a leadership and development class. Sometimes social work classes can be intense but I hope I will still have fun learning. Another thing I will be starting, is my Grad School applications to receive my Masters. I know I will not be entering Grad School until the Summer of 2012 but I am already excited about a new direction in my life. I also started work in the cafe and it was great. My colleagues were awesome and very helpful. I think this job will be great and help me save money for a car.

 Check Out My Room:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Update: After Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has long pass New York. There were flooding and rescuing in our town. Our power was off for two days and I am happy the power is back on. Thanks for your prayers.  

I will be back to write once I move on campus next Monday. I am excited that I will entering my last semester. I hope this semester will be a great one. I also thank God that I got a campus job and I don't have to travel far to work.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Random Picture

I took this picture in San Francisco, California in the Summer of 2010. I decided to edit first in black and white and next with the color on the children faces.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

As I write this, Hurricane Irene is heading up the coast. Soon it will be in NY and I really don't know what will be the end result of this storm but I am praying for everyone. Praying for my town and family. Weeks ago a tornado hit my town, it knock down many trees and there was damage but no one was hurt. I am sure we will have flooding but, how much? I am not sure. I am asking that we keep everyone in prayer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bible Verse

There are two Bible verses that have encourage me this Summer. I decided to edit my own pictures and put the verses on them. I hope these verses encourage you just like they encourage me.

(Still learning how to use picnik, with practice I will get better_

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Facebook? The New Find my Lost Loved One Search Engine.

Facebook has more than 750 million active members and average person has 130 friends. With all those people I am sure that someone could find a lost loved one. Well, I am one of those people that have seen the benefits of Facebook. I am very thankful to I have reconnected with my younger sister and older brother. It is amazing, they found me on Facebook.  It was after my father passed away when I was eight that I lost contact with my brother and sister. They are well and doing great things in their life. In total I have two sisters and three brothers. It feels great to know where all my brothers and sisters live. I can't wait for the moment in which I get to see them in person. I am very thankful that I can start to build a relationship with my siblings. I know my father would want that.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grad School is what is on my MIND

Less then two weeks I will be entering my last semester in college. How I feel? I am excited, nervous, and again EXCITED! I can't believe how fast school went and I mean it went fast. There were good and bad days. Times I did not know if I would be able to come by but the God provided. I am happy about the finish line of being a social work grad. I will be the first in my family to graduate and get a bachelors. Soon I will be applying to grad school, like next month since some of the applications are due in the Fall and early Spring.  I am super excited and nervous. I know that I should not be nervous because my GPA is great! Grad school is for one year and I am going for it. I am not going to wait. I have chosen four schools that have really interest me. I know that I want to be a clinical social worker, working with children and families.

Keep in your prayers as I will have to make many decisions on what to do next.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Piece from my Journal

From time to time, I post my journal prayers to God on my blog. I would love to share what I was experiencing during my internship from the Summer. It was a challenging and great learning experience that I will never forget.

Dated, 6-25-2011

Abba, this week has been so great. Challenging but great. Being here in Aliquippa, has changed my thoughts about life. Change my worldview of life...I absolutely love it here, love what your doing here. It amazes me and I want to be apart of it. Apart of Your story. A story that uplifts, redeems, convicts and brings joy all at the same time. I know that I am a person who is not worthy but I want to be used by You. I want to follow you and forsake myself. I learned about prayer. Prayer should be a apart of every Christians life. I pray that my life would encompass prayer. That it would be a place, I confess, bring praises and thanks to Your Name....Forever to seek Your Name and peace. Amen"

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Random Picture

This is Me! I was at my grandmother's house in NY. When I was younger I lived in Kansas City Missouri but I love NY and visiting my grandmother.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Your Too Small for That!

At first sight, many would say I am too small for that. In referencing to "that," I mean to be a future social worker, working with children in a urban community, children that some might say are too aggressive for me, or working in dangerous side of town.Yes, I am very small, can fit in a size 0 and yes my voice is soft and I don't look 23 but younger. I have been told my whole life that I would never make it in college as a social work major, and even by some family members who think urban children are too hard for me to work with them. Truth is, there might be "hard people" I will have to work with as a social worker. Being a social work in my undergrad years, I have work in a Spanish urban community and this summer work in a Black urban community. I have worked with parents who I never thought would listen to me because of the way I looked but has shown me respect and listen to my advice that could help them.

I think of David when his family thought he was too small to kill Goliath. But when he step up in front of Goliath, He said:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 1 Samuel 17:45.

That day there was a victory and young David defeated the giant.

I know that I am small and look too young but I know that I am able to do all things. I know if God called me to work with a community that people would call dangerous, He will be with me. I have nothing to fear for my God is near and has prepare me to work with people in a urban community. If I let fear take over me then I will not be able to help people that can be over look because they are too "dangerous." I pray that you would not let what others say you can't do, control who you are. I know that I serve a mighty God and in Him all things are possible.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Born in the 80's but Grew Up in the 90's

When I came back from my internship I was happy to find out that Teennick added some 90's shows that I grew up on. Its funny to me as I watch these shows because that I can still remember the scenes in the show.

All That- young teens sketch comedy show. 


Kenan and Kel- about two teenagers and there everyday life. 
I love the quote by Kel- "Who loves orange soda? I do do oooooo"

Doug-talks about his day to day life with friends and school in his journal

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award!

I want to thank  Ariel at Ariels Current Affairs for presenting me with the Versatile Blogger Award!

The Rules of this Award
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Tell us seven things about yourself
  • Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers
  • Contact these bloggers and let them know they’ve received their award
Seven Things About Myself

1) I am a daughter, sister and an auntie
2) I LOVE photography, especially black and white photos
3) I will soon have my Bachelors in Social Work this coming Fall 2011
4) I love animals, I would love to have at least 3 dogs once I get my own place 
5)I use to play the piano, clarinet, and now I want to learn to play the guitar 
6) I want to one day go somewhere in South America and Paris
7) One thing I don't like is Math. I hated to be in math class and take test

Monday, August 15, 2011

HawthoRNe- TV Series

My favorite T.V. show is HawthoRNe.  I LOVE this show! Starring Jada Pinkett Smith.  I remember when it first aired I was excited because it had Jada Pinkett Smith and she is one of my favorite actresses. This show is in it's third season and I continue to be drawn to everything that is happening. I can't wait to watch the season finale on Tuesday. I can't wait to find out what will happen next!

Question: What is your favorite T.V. show?

Sunday, August 14, 2011


 "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."    C.S. Lewis

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Random Picture

At a Pirates Game with 5th and 6th graders of Aliquippa Day Camp. It was a great day to be with them and the weather was great. That day the Pirates won the game. I love this picture because it show how amazing the downtown area looks. I LOVE Pittsburgh, PA. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Who Are You When No One Is Looking?

I was asked this question over the summer during a summer devotion in the morning. When your by alone and no one is watching "What do you do?" Does your character change because your in front of people? The God of the universe knows all things. He knows our thoughts and how we really feel. There is nothing that God can't see or know. When your alone or when no one looking, are you pleasing God? Everything we do; our thoughts, actions, what we watch, listen too, we should strive to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Mark 4:22
For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.

Hebrews 4:13
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Monday, August 08, 2011

I'm Back in New York!

I first want to say thanks to all that prayed and left comments on my blog while I was away. I will visit every ones blog when I get a chance. I am back from my internship in Aliquippa, PA. I had an amazing time with the staff and the kids. I was assigned to work with the 1st and  2nd graders. The children were awesome to work with. I learn so much about the kids and myself in working with them. I fell in love with the ministry of Aliquippa Impact. I know that the Lord is present in this community despite all the negative comments that are said by others. The community is look down on but the people of Aliquippa are amazing and loving. I have meet some great people and I will miss them. One thing I walk away knowing that even in darkness God is present. God is working in the lives of people. My prayer for a ministry like Aliquippa Impact, is that He world bless them, strengthen and guide them.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Help Support...

Hello everyone, I hope that everyone is having a great summer. I am excited that it is getting closer to my summer internship at Aliquippa Impact in PA. When I first started my research on this program, I was drawn to their mission to empower children and families they serve. I now as a social worker, it my duty to empower individuals in the community in which they reside. Here is the link about their HistoryI find it amazing that this organization is doing God's work in helping individuals.  I am so happy that for the summer I will be interning at Aliquippa Impact. I know that I will grow as a person and a Christan. I pray that this experience will mold me into young woman that strives to help people. I want to live a life that empowers, and strengthen individuals. I ask that my readers would keep me in their prayers. I will be working with the youth in the community, their will be a street presence in communicating with the residents. I also realize that I would need money to help with my stay in PA because Aliquippa Impact is a internship. The money would help with food, housing and travel cost. If you feel lead to give money please give at my Palpal account, you can type in my email address, which is abraggs@optonline.net.

Thanks, again I am super excited about my new adventure which will begin on June 6 2011. Please again keep me in your prayers.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Day 30- A Last moment

Spring 2011,  is the year that I graduate. Instead of graduating in May I will graduate in December of 2011. I have been with my roommate since 2007 and I have a lot of memories with her. I can't believe that four years went by so fast. Last week, I got to hang out with her early in morning for Breakfast and it was a moment I will never forget. It reminds me of all the times we hang out with each other down town in our college town. I will miss hanging out with her at out school. I will miss us quoting our favorite movie and TV quotes. I know that the semester is over but we will be forever be best friends. I wish her the best in grad school as a social worker. I pray that she would continue to let God lead and direct her.

Day 29- Your aspirations

Those that as been an Aspiration to me and Why?
1. Hannah (Biblical Character), she is a praying woman that I admire.
2. Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I love her Women's Ministry at Revive Our Hearts
3. My mom strength as a single parent 

Monday, May 02, 2011

Spring Semester

I can't believe that the Spring semester is over. It went so fast I can't believe it is May already. Since the month of January I have been busy with school work and internship. I am so happy to say now, that I have one more semester until I graduate in December. I am excited about that, and I can't wait to experience grad school as a social worker. I am so bless to have made it this far, knowing all the struggles that came and went. I am so excited about the next chapter in my life but right now I feel very tried with all the school work I had to do. I need a break and need to focus on other things. I don't want to be idle this summer but in every way use everyday to glorify my Father. 

I am doing a summer internship at Aliquippa Impact in PA. I know that this will be a great experience for me. I know that I will grow in my walk with Christ, grow personally and be challenge. As a social worker, I want to work with children and families. I want to get all the experience I can get before I graduate. I just ask every one to keep my in prayer. 

Just for this summer, I am taking a break from my blog. I can't wait to tell everyone what I went through. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Run Down!

Wow, I can't it's been awhile since I wrote on my blog. College has kept me so busy, I did not have the time to post anything. I have one week left of school and then it's summer vacation for me. Well, not really a vacation, but I will be away starting May 31 going to a summer camp called Aliquippa Impact. I am really excited about working there and can't wait to blog about my experience at the end of the summer camp.

This summer I am going to limit myself from blogging and Facebook. I just really want to focus on my relationship with God and building my business. I will from time to time try to post something but being away in PA, I will not have much access to a computer.

But, I am still in college and I will try my best to post on my blog and everyone else blog too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sorry, It's been awhile...

I am sorry that I have not been writing on my blog. A lot is going on and I am been so busy. There are a lot of posts that I will begin but for right now I am finishing school work for this week. I will start new post for next week. Thanks for everyone continuing to leave comments on my blog. As soon as I can I will visit everyone blog and leave comments. 

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Day 28- Something that you miss

I miss NAPS. I am so busy during the week that I just want to sleep. I have my social work classes that are three hours of presentation. I have to wake up 5am in the morning to catch my bus to internship. My internship is from 7:30 to 3:30 and I am very tried once I get home. Once internship is over, I have another social work class that is three hours and I don't get out until 9pm. I usually have homework and being tried from class, I don't want to do my work. I wish that I could have more "nap time." I wish I was a kindergartner that slept in school. I miss my nap time.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Day 27- Your favorite place

My favorite place is STARBUCKS. I LOVE Starbucks. I love being there especially in the morning. I love going there before church, writing in my journal and reading my Bible. I love being there to just to be there with friends. I love their Chai and their sandwich. As I write this, I smile because I think I am addicted to Starbucks. Every time I ride past Starbucks, I just have to have my Chai. I love my Chai in the winter, because it is so warm and I always have a good feeling.  

Monday, March 07, 2011

Day 26- Your fears

List of My Fears:
1. Being kidnapped
2. Being alone (all the time)
3. Bugs
4. Use to be afraid of death (but I am saved so I don't have to worry about that)
5.Future (I hate not knowing everything)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 25- A first

I guess I will talk about the first time I was in photography class. I was so excited and looked forward to what I could learn about photography. It was my first time learning how to develop film and the styles of photography. I loved learning about the shutter speed and understanding exposure. The focus of my high school photography class was using a manual camera of black and white film. I think this class cause me to fall in love with black and white photos.

Some of my pictures:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 24- Something that makes you cry

I hate to hear stories of children that have been abused in anyway. I can never understand how someone could hurt a child. As I watch tv, I hear of stories of mothers putting their newborn in mircrowaves and a father beating their 3 month old baby to death. Stories like that make me cry and hurt me so much. I guess as a future social worker, I should get use to hearing stoires like this since I will be working with children and families. I just hate to know or see anyone hurt a child. I just pray for the parents and people who hurt children.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


 "You are saved--seek to be like your Savior." Charles H. Spurgeon

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 23- Something that makes you feel better

It all depends on what it is that stresses me out or made me upset.
1. I like to go for walks at night and get fresh air.
2. I like to write in my journals, to write whats on my heart and mind.
3. I love to watch comedy movies or shows on my computer.
4. Sometimes I like to be myself in silence.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 22- Something that upsets you

There are a lot of things that upset. So I will make a list of things that upset me.

1. Seeing the homeless on the streets
2. Hearing stories and seeing children being abused
3. Seeing animals being abused
4. Seeing people and hearing about people in my family not doing well
5. To see children or anyone being teased. I would never want anyone to go through that like me.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine Day

Love Quotes:

"Love is the great conqueror of lust." C.S. Lewis

"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost." G.K. Chesterton

"To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings."

"To love is to be vulnerable." C.S. Lewis

"Love does not dominate; it cultivates." Johann Wolfgang Goethe

"I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them." Francis Chan

"Are we in love with God or just His stuff?" Francis Chan

Day 21- Another moment

Winter of 2011
 Another moment will have to be when I got saved at the age of 12. I had seen that God had answered my prayers of salvation.When I was eight years old, I started to pray that God would I become a Christian and that I would move to New York. I wanted to move to New York because I wanted to be near my grandmother. I  loved being around her and I just loved NY. I did not realized a view years later that God answered my prayers as a little girl. I find God amazing, that He hears our prayer and direct out steps. I am happy I live in New York, because I have made so many friends and I am learning so much. I also really enjoyed the city and trains.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 20- This Month

A lot has happen this month. First I celebrated with friends and family, my niece 1st birthday. I was so happy to see her because when I am away at college I hardly see her. I miss her a lot when I'm at college. I am a Starbucks lover and have been to Starbucks a couple of times. I love Chai rather it's hot or cold. I have been to internship and I am loving it. There are times I am so busy but I am learning a lot and I know I want to work with low income families. In my social work seminar class, I am have been working on my social work portfolio. Soon I will post in My Social Work Blog, my goals for my social work practice. I am really excited about the portfolio and I can't wait to finish it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 19- Something you regret

If I regret anything it would have been not getting involved in high school.I let every one's thought of me controlled what I did. I got made fun of in school and that just cause my confidence to go down. I wished I join activities, went for the cheerleading squad, join clubs within the school, and made more friends. I see myself now, that I don't let people's thought of me control what I can do. I am up for trying anything new and going for everything. I have big dreams and I will not let anything hold me back no matter what anyone says about me.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 18- Your Favorite Birthday

At the time I was in Kansas City, Missouri, my birth state. For my 12th birthday I had a slumber party. All my friends from school came over and we had a blast. We played games, ate ice cream, cake and junk food. We listen to music and took pictures and talk about boy bands like NSYNC. At that time I loved Justin Timberlake. He was my favorite and I thought he was cute.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


Its been a year since my niece was born into this world.  She came a long way from 1pd. Now she's a big girl at the age of 1. I thank God for her!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 17- Your favorite memory

I would say my favorite memory was when I was a baby crawling into the kitchen to the refrigerator. I open it up and starting eating whatever I could eat. I ate butter, cheese and who know what else. I was making my way to the trash can and before I could eat anything, but my mother came and got me. I could no believe myself but I was a greedy and fat baby.

(yes I remember that long ago. I asked my mother if it remember right and she said yes I did do that)

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