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Focus…and tell your storm…

It has taken me a few days to construct this blog…extremely uncharacteristic for me.  When I post…of course I don’t proofread…but one I either type the post and post it immediately…two I either type the blog and never post it…three I write a partial blog and let it sit in my drafts…or finally I write it on some scratch paper and tuck it off. For some reason this one was different…I started to write it one day…stopped and came back to finish it two days later…then I couldn’t post it and finally I re-read a few scriptures and felt the need to expand on the post. Peculiar…but we have a peculiar God…His ways are not our ways…so I guess I will just allow the blog to take on a life of its own.

The storm’s of life are soooo crazy. It seems as if storms love to come when it is already raining…thus the saying, “when it rains…it pours.”  I can recall writing about this several times before…so this is a subject that I am well versed in.  Lemme ask you this…why does it seem like when we are walking the path of the straight and narrowness (don’t think that is a word…but ooh well) this is when one of those raging storms commence?  I mean one of those out of control…no matter the size of the umbrella…get soaked type of storms.  It seems like when we fellowship with wrong…life appears to be relatively easy for the most part…but the very moment we decide to straighten up and fly right…we make that conscious effort to allow out change to change…hell takes off the padlock and breaks loose.

Honestly the answer is simpler than you think…the thing is when we are walking that crooked walk…we are exactly where the enemy wants us to be…in essence he is rewarding us.  I compare it to allowance.  Remember when you were a child and you had to complete chores? Once you completed these chores…your parents might have given you an allowance because of your obedience and job well done.  Now if you didn’t complete your chores, or did anything else to the contrary…you probably got punished…well at least that is how it happened in my house. Where am I going with all of this…follow me for a second as I attempt to connect the pieces for you. As long as you are obedient to the adversary…you know doing his work (chores) for him…being a compliant peon…he gives you that reward…an allowance…but the minute you decide to defy him and shift your focus (remember this word focus) you must deal with his ramifications.

The other day I read the entire 14th chapter of Matthew.  Actually, Matthew is my favorite of the sixty-six books in the Bible.   I really can’t tell you how many times I have read the book in its entirety…but it has been several times.   See the thing about me…is when I struggle…when I go through storms myself…I tend to go back to my foundation…which is Matthew.  Matthew isn’t the first book I read in its entirety…but it was the first one I read with purpose and sincerity.

Back to that word focus…focus is defined as:

To adjust one’s concentrated vision or energy and converge towards a central point to render it clear.

Focus…I think one of the strongest examples of focus in the Bible is in Matthew 14:24-32.  Okay…stay with me…I’m gonna teach for a quick second. Jesus and his disciples were on a ship sailing and a fierce storm came against the ship…in the midst of the storm is when Jesus always performs His miracles…He walks on water.  As He stood in the middle of the sea his disciples were frightened…place yourself in their shoes…can you imagine seeing a person WALK ON WATER???  Nah…not me…I would probably trip out…literally…but as alarmed as they were…Jesus spoke them…simply by saying…27 Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  You know how the flesh is though…we always must question what we definitely hear from God…so Peter says…28 JesusOnWaterLord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on water.  What is it about us that makes us question His voice?  Jesus says one simple word…”Come”…and Peter began to walk towards Jesus on the water in the midst of the boisterous storm.  As Peter continued to walk..he began to get closer to Jesus…but look what happens here…he loses loses FOCUS…he shifts his FOCUS from Jesus to the storm.  It was right there in that instance Peter begins to sink in the water.  Okay…lemme say that again…when Peter shifted his concentrated energy from his central point he began to sink.  Maybe that one was for me…lol.  The beauty about it all is that Jesus heard the cry from Peter and outstretched His hand to Peter and rescued him from sinking.  Does that ring a bell?  Hold on let me say it differently…understand this…Jesus is always with us during any storm…He is right there standing with us in the face of danger…all you have to do is to cry out to Him…and He will meet you where you are…”O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH”.

Life is about alignment and focus.  Where or what is it that you concentrate your energy on?  What do you align yourself with?  What are the things in your life that causes you to shift your focus?  I will tell you this one fundamental belief…what you focus on the most will always be the clearest in your life.  Focus is a nutrient of life.  Focus to an extent is a form of water.  Focus will saturate your crop and allow that to grow.  The more your focus on it…the more it will grow.  Now…not all focus is intended for clear vision.  There is some focus that blurs your vision.  You can focus so much on the trees…that you miss that they are planted in a forest.

Where am I going with this…storms = water….focus = water…life = water.  There is a common denominator here…WATER.  Every living organism needs water…directly or indirectly to live…so understand this thing…don’t always seek shelter in the face of storms…embrace that storm…get wet…but shift your focus back…shift your focus and lift your eyes  to the hills where your help come from.  Focus is a voluntary act…it is a simple decision that we make everyday we wake up.  Life is full of choices…make the choice…take the chance to shift your focus to allow your change to change…then you’ll be changed.

Be blessed today…

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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Relationships, Religious

 

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“YOU” Problems….

Like I always say…it’s not one thing on this Earth that happens by chance.  Everything under the sun has a predetermined outcome…eventually…what is meant to happen…will happen.  Again…the delay might manifest…but the denial will never appear (you’ll catch that)…for the simple fact of…how that thing is supposed to be will be.

It’s been a long time people…way longer than I anticipated…but hey like I just said…it was the delay…not the denial…lol.  I mean…it’s been soooo long…I bet some of you need a refresher course (that’s crazy…lol)…so here we go.  I don’t proof-read…filter or check over my work.  I feel that what comes out…comes out…jacked punctuation…bad grammar…misspellings…ooh well.  My writings are straight raw…as they say…straight shot…NO CHASER.  Also…I’m a storyteller of sorts…God gives it to me differently….you know kinda like a movie in my head and I just let it flow through words.  Okay…enough of that…let’s keep this train moving…

The other day I was at work minding my business…mingling with a few guests…and this young lady started to ask me questions out the blue.  I’m not really tripping…because that happens more than you would think.  I think it’s kinda different how a person would just spill their guts out to a stranger…so as I am talking to her…I began to doodle all the advice that I said to her…and when I was done it was like the Picasso of advice on a notepad…it kinda went something like this…

One can’t expect to take action and not have a reaction.  Placing stock in man is like placing a dozen of eggs in a wet paper bag…

The adversary operates in confusion…and as long as you keep that same clueless confused company will continued to be shackled…

Class is in session…your business is your business…when you allow the world to see…you are merely giving them an open invitation…an invitation that comes with presents…presents of dysfunction…envy and jealousy.

One thing I know is that one can’t keep something that doesn’t have the desire or intention of being kept…if that thing is kept by manipulation and deception then bitterness is conceived…and once  bitterness is birthed…it is an enormous baby to handle.

Ladies and GENTLEMEN too…understand your worth…stop devaluing yourself because another person feels a certain way.

It is a huge difference between being patient and stagnant…patience births fortitude…while stagnation is the love child of bitter and unhappiness.

Learn when to end a relationship (and I’m not just talking about affairs of the heart)…the ending of a relationship should make you BETTER not BITTER.  If you are ‘bitter’…that’s a ‘you’ issue…not a ‘them’ problem.  Only you can allow a situation to rob your joy.

Now what am I talking about folks…I’m talking about ‘you’…understand that the only thing that you control is you…When you take possession of your own self and live your life…you never have to worry about anything else…Be comfortable in your skin…you are the only person that has to wear it…

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Change

 

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Delayed…But Not Denied Part II

                Seems like it has been forever in a day since I have been able to write a blog…well I guess because it has been forever in a day since my last post. Lately God has been removing many things from my life…of course for my good, but when God is whipping you into shape…at times it can be overwhelming…but through it all…His grace is sufficient to sustain us through each phase of our journey.

                 I remember a story that I heard about 10 years ago.  I was listening to a sermon from T.D. Jakes and he began to speak on denial.  There was a young boy…ummm I would say around 13 or 14 years old.  His father had a pocket watch he so desperately wanted.  The pocket watch was an heirloom passed down from father to his oldest son at the age of 16.  The son was excited because he knew in a few short years that the watch would be his.  As the day approached closer and closer to his 16th birthday, the boy was brimming with excitement.  Sometimes when the father would sleep…the last boy would go in his father’s room and try on the watch.  Finally, it was the boys 16th birthday and it was his time to receive the watch.  His birthday came and went…but his father never game him the watch.  The son thought that maybe his father just forgot about the watch…until he seen his father still wearing the watch every day.

                A few years went passed and the son actually despised the watch.  What was so special about the watch that his father didn’t give it to him?  His father received the watch on his 16th birth date…just like his grand-father and great grand-father…but why not him?  Another year or two goes passed and it is the son’s 21st birthday.  His father walks in his room and sits on the bed next to his son.  His father begins to talk to him about life.  Meanwhile, mid conversation he hands his son a box.  The son opens the box and it is the watch.  Astonished and amazed…the son is speechless.  Before the son could even say a word his father says to him, “Son, I waited to give you this watch.  Not because you did not deserve it, not because it is not yours, but because you were not ready.”

                This is what God does to us…a delay in the outcome doesn’t mean that there is a denial with the blessing.  Often God wants us in position to receive what He has in store for us.  If He gives it to us sooner than we are supposed to have it…we will never began to appreciate the importance of the gift that He has entrusted us with.  Through our immaturity, we will either not nurture it properly or completely neglect it. What I have learned over time…age does not signify maturity…it is merely a barometer that gets you one day closer to death.  True maturity is quantified by actions.

                So…the next time you want something extremely bad and don’t receive it…If God promised it to you…it is yours…but in due time.  Be great stewards over small things…and He will make you a steward over many.  See even though God knows the outcome…it is you that must make the correct decisions in life.  Place yourself firmly rooted in God’s promise…remember a delay is not necessarily a denial…sometimes it just means…not right now!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Change

 

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Gain…Rinse and Free Quarter Dryers…

As I say all the time…it is absolutely crazy how things come to fruition.  Now I’ve been writing this blog for about two weeks now…picking it up and putting it down.  Then I attempted to write a Twog (Twitter blog), but that didn’t work.  Not until I got to work this morning and went on about my daily business was I able to truly be inspired to write this blog.  This is the first time in quite sometime that I have been able to sit down and in one continuous motion write a blog…maybe it is starting to come back to me!!!  Needless to say…it’s time for me to move out the way and allow the words to do what they have to…

Desire to inspire…just needed to get that one out!  Anyways…I’m going back a few weeks now…my birthday was May 10 and I was going through a normal routine, I typically get my haircut on my birthday and go buy me something to wear.  Might be a little vain…but that is what I do…Off subject for a second…somebody asked me the other day why I always use 3 periods where commas and semi-colons should go…I said the periods look cooler…hahahaha…okay I’m back.  So my birthday now…did some errand running and I had plans to hit the city with a few of my buddies…nothing major…grab a few wings…watch the basketball game and go downtown and have a drink.  Well it just ended up being me and my eldest son…which is cool…that’s my homie.

As my night began to end I remember that I had an enormous load of laundry in my trunk…so I said what the heck…I stopped at a 24 hour laundry facility and finished my birthday night washing and drying clothes…it was cool though…because I was the only one there and it gave me the opportunity to just reflect.  I just sat there and watched the load of clothes wash…just daydreaming or nightdreaming…I dunno which one…because it was like 1:30 in the morning.  I was thinking about the struggle…the trials…ups…downs…you know that typical stuff folks think about when they are in a reflective moody feeling.  You know…I was just grateful that God allowed me to witness another birthday.  Crazy because I remember a time in my life that I never thought that I would make it to be as old as I am…not that I’m an old fart or something…but I didn’t think I was gonna make it to be even 25.  Crazy huh…I guess that is just the environment that I came from…dunno…

Fast-forward now…its two Sunday’s ago and I am back at the laundry…this time a different one…and I have like literally…15 loads of clothes.  Who does that…I mean just have 15 loads of dirty clothes.  Don’t act like I am the only one…but anywho I loaded these five washers (they were three load washers) and got them all started.  My plan was to do some homework before church but I left my backpack…why the heck does it seem like I’m rambling right now…ooh well…since I had no backpack…I just sat in front of the washer…and that’s when it hit me…Gain…Rinse and Free Quarter Dryers…

I had that same feeling I did that night on my birthday.  Watching the washers go through their cycle it was interesting…all I could think of was the Holy Trinity…The Father…Son and Holy Spirit.  How does this connect…Follow me for one quick second and I pray by the time I’m done that you would be blessed…If we take a REAL self-evaluation we would see how dirty we actually are…well speak for myself.  You might not be dirty.  You might have the purest of thoughts and actions…but as for me…nope…nada.  I’m observing these clothes…filled with detergent…being clean.  Now not all my clothes in the loads were as dirty as others…but some of them were extremely filthy.  Lemme ask you this…have you ever worked out or just had a bad day and took off your undershirt and the smell was like…UGH…again…maybe that is just me…but when I’ve had days like that…I just stick those clothes in the middle of the pile just to hide the smell….then when you go to sort the clothes you come across that shirt again and it smells God awful…see when you are sorting clothes everything is revealed…you find all types of stuff in your pockets…you find clothes that you have been looking for…everything I mean.

Okay follow me now…back to this washer…I’m watching all of my clothes go through these cycles…all the detergent suds…then the rinse and spin cycle…and finally being placed in the dryer…then it hits me like a sack of bricks again…THE FATHER…THE SON…THE HOLY SPIRIT…See…it is the Holy Spirit through God that picks us up when we are dirty…helps us began to sort through all of the madness we get ourselves into…you know all that dirt and filth…it is the Holy Spirit that washes us…see when we are being cleaned…we are made a spectacle out of…people see the transformation…folks see that we are being cleaned…that we are not the same.  This is why some people hit you with the lines, “You are changing” or “You are not the same” or maybe “You think you are better than me”…when the Holy Spirit places a stamp on you…NO…you are not the same and you are changed…and it’s not that you think that you are better than the next…its just that you can’t place yourself in the same situations as before…you can’t fraternize with the same folks…when you know better you do better.  So as I’m dwelling in this revelation…then I am hit with a second one…

The RINSE CYCLE…see after the Holy Spirit picks you up and washes you…It is the SON that rinses you off…not with water…but the blood that HE shed for the remission of our sins…so we can still be here…so we can experience the things that we do.  No load of clothes can be completely washed without a rinse cycle…the rinse cycle is one of the most important cycles…see what this does is not only continue to clean us…but humble us…now watch this…SOMETIMES us as Christians do get caught being a little too…ummm…RELIGIOUS…we do act to be too clean…just like laundry…how can you complete the washing the clothes without rinsing the detergent off…marinate on that for a sec…

Now at this particular laundry facility where I live they have free quarter drying from 7a – 10a everyday if you wash your clothes on there you can dry for free…now watch this…see the final step in this process is the drying.  We dry our clothes…fold and put away…they smell and feel sooo much better.  That is what God does…He is the Alpha and Omega…it was Him in the beginning and it is Him at the end of the process.  Okay…free quarter drying…how can it be free and be quarter drying…Even though the drying is free…the price had to be paid for the drying to commence…you get it…The Son had to pay the Father the ultimate price for our clothes to be dry….1 James 5:6-9

This is the one who came by water and blood —Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son….

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Religious

 

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Rise and Walk…

It’s something I really like about these Twlogs…they just work for me.  The only draw back from my Twlogs are that until I find an easier way to publish them (and I know that there is)…I have to copy and paste every dang on tweet…that is so time consuming.  Okay…so I went to church last night…and oooh boy it was much needed…because I am in a season of my life that is…or only can be categorized as DIFFERENT and that might just be an understatement.  This Twlog is truly inspired by the anointed Word that I heard last night…

The thing is folks…we tend to get held captive by our situation…

Many times its hard to see the forest through the trees…

And the big picture sometimes is just a tiny portrait…

In those moments…that’s when we need to activate our faith..

Don’t be content…or be consumed by the contents…

When we activate faith…supernatural abilities awaken…

Be patient because I’m driving and using talk to text.

See regardless off the appearance you have to rise and walk…

When God orders steps…every step taken has divine support…which means every that’s wishes to trip you is crushed via His favor

 God doesn’t show favoritism…He imparts favor…there is a distinct difference

When favoritism is granted…it is given no matter what right or wrong…

‏But favor is activated thru constant obedience and sacrifice.

‏But you can be born into favor…all the while though you must use it or lose it.

‏God won’t continue to grant favor if you won’t capitalize on it…

 It will eventually exhaust…

‏One can’t take for granted that tomorrow will allow for the manifestation of things…

‏Tomorrow is decided by Our Father…

‏So in other words…have a “lize” spirit.

‏Realize…utilize…capitalize

‏Then it will materialize…

‏I say all of everything to say…

‏I got it…#yeast…yeah that’s it..

‏Your life has no purpose until you become yeast…

‏I’m not a baker by any stretch of the imagination…but I have used yeast before…

‏Yeast is vital for the baking of bread..

‏Yeast has to rise before the bread can be a viable product…

‏Expand…come from beneath circumstances and situations..

‏Don’t be afraid to outgrow your clothes…

‏Rise and walk…with purpose on purpose…

‏Any stumbling block is merely designed be a stepping stone to your elevated place…

Activate your faith…utilize your favor…

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Twolgs

 

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Trap the Trapper…

For the life of me…it is just something about this season in my life where I just cannot sit in front of a monitor and type a blog anymore.  It is not that I don’t have the desire too…it just seems like it is just not enough minutes in the say to allow me to.  So…one day I was on Twitter and came up with a crazy idea to construct a blog via tweeting…and it worked.  You see the great thing about Twitter is that you are allowed 140 characters in one posting (tweet) to speak your mind.  Since all of you that know me…knows that I am slightly dysfunctional…so the 140 characters worked for me.  I was able to throw out there all these tweets at my own speed and created a blog on my own time…opposed to just sitting on my laptop mashing buttons repeatedly. Now the thing about these is that they are choppy, because I’m just posting thoughts in order as they come. Okay…its been a little time…so let me remind you…I…me…David…does not and will not edit any post.  I use punctuation and capitalization however I want and I don’t proofread anything (I do enough of that in school)…Here is the unveiling of my first Twlog (Twitter Blog).  Each line denotes a new tweet. Its kinda different…hope you like it…

 

So while I was in my zone last night I had the opportunity to just reflect..

Life is crazy how things pan out…the people you encounter and how your relationship with them evolves..

Not every relationship is designed to have longevity…many of them are just truly meant for a certain time…a #season

But we always attempt to drag out seasons…you know how when it changes from summer to fall…we gotta wear those shorts one more time…

Then sometimes we involve ourselves in the most toxic…relationships…

But they don’t appear to be combustible at first

Toxins initially don’t appear to be harmful…take alcohol…

Or wine…an occasional drink…here or there…you know in moderation can be okay…

At least we think…people think its when we over-indulge its when they get caught going in circles…

Toxins are traps…

Man…I think this blog is going a different direction now…

Real talk…and you might not like it…at times we all have been…currently or will be a season….

Sometimes you just serve a purpose in anothers life..

It’s not that the person is throwing you to the wolves…

It’s that you’ve ran your course…

Accept that fact…

It’s like this…and I’m going to speak about toxic relationship…

Shooting straight from the hip…probably gonna irritate some of my people…but when I write chalk it up…charge it to the game…

Most toxic relationships stems from things that are easily accessible…

From a person that was an option not a priority…but what happens is that you get so caught up in a psuedo reality…

I call those false positives…

You catch feelings and become confused…

Then get caught making your right now…a lifetime…

Kinda like the grass is greener ideology.

Toxic relationships are meant to trap you…what do I mean by that?

The sole purpose of these relationships are to get you off course…it allows you to get up field and make progress…

Then side-swipe you…then you don’t know what hit you…

The thing is though…you have to have a trap the trapper mentality…

I mean the very thing that is attempting to trap you…you trap it. Learn discernment…

So when that situation crosses your face…blow it up…trap the trapper…before it traps you…

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Twolgs

 

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The Devil Doesn’t Live Here Anymore….

I want to do something different with this post.  God works with me extremely different than He does with other people.  Well let me take that back…I’m not sure how He deals with you…so for that fact I will scale back from what I just said.  I guess what I need to say is that God works with me on several different levels.  He typically allows me to observe a situation…and then allows me to see this situation in slow motion…other times…He drops things in my spirit…but every so often He gives me a dream when He really wants to get something across to me.  He typically uses things that are strong in my life to get drive His point…last night was one of those “dream” nights.  So what I decided to do is blog about my dream…but in poem form.  This is the first time I’ve done something like this…but I just had the urge to do something different…so I’m about to sit back and allow it to do whatever it wants to do…and I pray through these stanzas that someone is blessed…

Get out of my life…
Why are you here…
Who gave you the right
To even be in my life.
 
Don’t you know that it was you
It was you that choose to do what you do
It was you that held the key
It was you that gave me the key
So why do you question me
Because it was you that gave me the right to be in your life
 
Get out my life
Why are you here
What is it that you want
Why are you bothering me
Just go ahead and go
You had your time
You ran your course
You and I are not for better or worse
 
Why do you talk to me like this
It’s me that you are calling telling me you miss
The things that I do
Don’t try to turn my do to a did
I’m gonna always be where you end…and where you begin
You gave me this key
I don’t have to go
So continue to complain
It’ll be you dealing with the pain
As for me…I will be me
I will be alright
Because I have a key
And I have a right
 
I’m sorry you have no right
I’m even willing to fight
To get back my life
That you are trying to steal
This is my life…I have dominion…
You have no right
 
Yes I do…remember everything you gave me
You gave me a piece of you
You gave me a part of your virtue
Now that tie can’t be broken
And I am here
Psst…come close…psst come near
Let me tell you this
You laid with me and now we are one
We are tied at the soul never to be undone
 
The devil is a lie
It’s time for you to go
Right or wrong your purpose is done…on purpose
So pack your bags its time to fly so I can enjoy me and mine
 
Ha…think it is that easy
That easy for me to go
I have a key
This is my home
I can come and go
Remember it was you that let us in
It was you that loved to sin
Now you try to make me go
Excuse me sir…I don’t think so
Let me tell you this…
Remember that choice…I would be remised
Not to bring up all those times
All the doors that you opened
All the distractions and attractions that gave you carnal satisfaction
You just can’t dismiss this
It is this that you will surely miss
Come over here…give me a kiss
Why are so looking so confused…so disheveled
Hey you…come dance with the devil
 
Get out my house
This is my house you don’t belong
Take you…all of yall and leave
This is my home…this is my place
Now it is time for you to depart this place
I am no longer that person
I have changed…
No…its not the more things change…the more the remain
GET OUT MY HOUSE
You are not welcomed here
GET OUT MY HOUSE
Leave fast…or I’m gonna whip your…
See I told you I’ve changed
Before I would have said it
But not now…I know how to stand proud
So GET OUT MY HOUSE right now
You no longer have the right to be in my life
While you’re at it leave the key at the door
I don’t want to see you anymore
One thing I know is that God has my back
We are fighting back…we are on the attack
GET OUT MY HOUSE
And I command you not to come back
Psst now you come here…let me tell you something
I can stand up boldly and proclaim
I don’t need you now or never
As for me…I’m doing better
So leave the key at the door
Devil your lust don’t live here no more
 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Change

 

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