Awake, grace, Inspiration, Spirit, trust in The Lord

Resilience, Cultural Beliefs, and Practices That Mitigate Suicide Risk Among African American Women Veterans

Abstract

“To our knowledge, no studies have examined protective factors for suicide among African American women Veterans. We conducted a qualitative study to identify and describe cultural beliefs and practices that mitigate suicide risk among African American women Veterans. Our sample included 16 African American women Veterans (M age = 53.3) eligible to receive Veterans Health Administration care. The following three themes emerged as being protective against suicide: (a) resilience, (b) social support, and (c) religion. Women described developing resilience from exposure to adversity. Social support primarily entailed informal assistance from family and friends. Finally, religion comprised three subthemes: faith in God, personal practices, and religious beliefs. Results underscore the importance of specific cultural beliefs and practices as being protective against suicide among African American women Veterans.”

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244017753506

This article talks about a generational strengthening passed down from slavery. 🙏🏾

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Awake, inherit, Inspiration

When did we lose our identity? Can we lose our identity? Never!

Accept your place, and embrace the following scriptures. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ ‭ASV. ‬‬ “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:”Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬-‭2‬, ‭16‬ ‭ASV‬‬. God’s likeness has never been and never will be overridden by such beliefs of the devil. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬-‭39‬ ‭ASV‬‬.🙏🏾

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Awake, Inspiration

The Fruit tells the story.

There is no empathy in this heart because it is a slave to the dark, the innocent look, though seductive to many, the beast comes through. Soon, it’s days will be filled with misery, representing the fruits of it’s father, the dragon, that is.

Fortunately,…

God’s male and female reflect that perfect union, separate from this world, though always ready for deliverance. His children rejoice before the newness takes hold, and perpetual harmony lives on.

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Inspiration

Anxiety over the next minute, hour, or day can be suffocating until we learn these remarkable facts about our being.

“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself”
(Matthew 6:28–34).

God knows before we ask. Live in his presence and rejoice over the great gift of now. 🙏🏾

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Awake, Inspiration, trust in The Lord

Don’t trust easily?

Possibly, some sense of our true self seems foreign to us. In God, our thinking is the body of experience. The world thought would say separate entities are operating independently in your experience. Accepting this fallacy leaves you in a state of chaos. Does chaos have a place in your thinking? No! Though unguarded, it finds lodgement in our thinking, and says that his native origin is within us. The world should thought is short lived and shall fall away from our eternity. In Christ, our life experiences take on new dimensions, representing an eternal round. To be filled with God’s loving thoughts, we are sheilded from all else. Some will try and hide from their fruits. Today’s global turbulence is the fruit of malicious thinking. The key is for us is to keep our thought stayed on him, the word, the truth, and witness his power. Never look to the world to know where you are placed or who you are as God’s children. We are untouched by world circumstances, as promised in Psalms 91. In God, we are immune from the damaging thinking of this world. By his grace, we will still be left standing, at peace, in Christ, rejoicing evermore.🙏🏾🎉

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” Isaiah 41: 10-13.

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