How I discovered my Identity in Christ

As a little girl growing up in Montgomery, Alabama. I watched kid shows like, “The Babysitters club, The Mickey Mouse Club with Justin Timberlake, and the nickelodeon show All That.” I knew then I wanted to be a babysitter, singer, dancer and doctor. I remember my mom was bit by an ant and had a small red bump on her toe. I remember pretending I was Dr. Miller and my mom was my patient. I rub her toe with alcohol and placed a small band aid over the bump. At that very moment I thought one day I would become a doctor. As I grew older into my teenage years, those thoughts of me wanting to be a babysitter, singer, dancer and doctor had changed.

After graduating high school and entering my freshmen year of college I had my mind set on being a computer scientist. I didn’t really care for the major itself because I focused on how much they made a year and could care less about the math classes that would come. After the 1st semester of college, I figured out that the money was nice in that field, but majoring in computer science was not for me.

After my first 2 years of college, I needed a break. Still not satisfied or feeling complete with what I was doing. On top of that the guy I was dating, was steady breaking my heart. My break from college lasted longer than I had expected. I got pregnant in 2007 and had a beautiful little girl in 2008. I knew that every decision that I would make, would determine her future.

In 2009 I wanted to know more of who God was. I wanted my own relationship with him. I begin to pray and seek him more. I started attending church every Sunday, bible study every Wednesday and was baptized October of 2010. I was baptized when I was younger around 7 or 8 but I didn’t understand why I was being baptized. Now that I was older God gave me the understanding and clarity about the water baptism.  From there God showed me who I was in Him and I was able to discover my God given gifts.  My life was changing before my eyes, the things I use to do, I no longer had a desire to do and my way of thinking had also changed.

I discovered my true identity when I surrendered my life back to God. I was able to go back to school to complete my bachelor degree and my Masters. I didn’t settle for the identity the world would have labeled me, college dropout and single mother. I decided to settle for the identity my Heavenly Father gave me and beat the odds of being a single mother raising a beautiful little girl. Discovering my identity in Christ eliminated fear of failure, doubt, and insecurities I once had.

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Parents, students waiting on MPS magnet program email, that will inform them if their child has been accepted into the magnet program.

The deadline for submitting applications to the Montgomery magnet schools have now passed. Parents and guardians like Bessie Stevenson who has a granddaughter the Montgomery Public School system traditional school stated, “I check my email every day to see if they have emailed me in regards to my granddaughter application status.”  Bessie Stevenson was also featured in the story “Parents Happy with Montgomery Magnet Schools’ new online application.”  Bessie stated, “They never informed us exactly when they would email the acceptance letter but to make sure we saved the MPS email address so the email would not go into our junk mail.”

Some of the traditional schools in the Montgomery, Alabama area are on the list of failing schools. According to WSFA ,“The Alabama State Board of Education has released a new list of the state’s failing schools, which is defined by the Alabama  Act of 2015.” Bessie stated, it is very important that my granddaughter gets in to the magnet school she has applied to.

“My granddaughter elementary school is not on the list of failing schools but I want her  education to be enhanced based off of her learning need,” stated Bessie Stevenson.

Bessie stated, she has been trying to get her granddaughter in the Montgomery magnet program since she was in kindergarten. She stated her granddaughter would meet all the qualifications to get in, but she was always placed on the waiting list due to no more room in the grade level. Bessie hopes this year will be her granddaughter year, to finally get into the MPS magnet program.

 

 

Parents Happy with Montgomery Magnet Schools’ New Online Application

MONTGOMERY, AL. (March 20, 2017)-  Montgomery 2017-2018 magnet school application process has changed. Parents were no longer able to download a copy of the application, and submit it. This came as a surprise to some parents like Johnny Perkins who stated, “I was wondering why it took so long for the applications to be released.” The Montgomery Public school system posted a link that directed parents to the online application process.  From there parents were able to begin the online application.

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Detuyla Williams filling out the magnet application online. (Photo taken by Patrice Miller)

Students who are currently enrolled in the Montgomery Public School system, had to access their 10-digit state Id number, in order to begin the online application process. Being that there are multiple magnet schools in the area, students were given a chance to select a first and second choice magnet school of their choice.

Students who are not currently enrolled in the Montgomery Public School System, did not need to have a state Id number. Parents had to print out a transcript request form while online and follow the instructions for getting it completed and returned, according to the Montgomery Public school system.

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Forest Avenue Magnet School. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Allyson Minor, has three kids that attend one of the Montgomery traditional public schools in the area. She said the new application process was very easy and she was very happy to do everything online.

“I was able to complete an application for all three of my boy’s with no problems. The process was very simple. I did worry about how the new process would affect those who may not have internet excess or be knowledge in computers.”

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Brew Tech Technology Magnet School. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

According to Charles Hausman and Ellen Goldring, of Parent Involvement, Influence, and Satisfaction in Magnet Schools: Do Reasons for Choice Matter, “Magnet schools remain the most widespread form of public school choice. The first magnet schools were designed in the early 1970’s; in 1982-83, one third of the largest urban school system without a magnet program.”

Allyson also stated, she is very involved in her boy’s education and is a very active mom who visits their school on a regular. She also stated she has a great parent and teacher relationship will all of her boy’s teachers.

The Montgomery Public School system provided parents and guardians information on each magnet school.  There is a total of four elementary magnet schools in the Montgomery Public School system.  Bear Exploration Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Carver Elementary Arts, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary, and MacMillan International Academy. Information about all four elementary magnet schools , can be found online at  www.mps.k12.al.us .

Each Elementary Magnet School focuses on different areas of study.  According to the Montgomery Public School System website www.mps.k12.al.us  states, Bear Exploration Center, is promoting the STEM.  According to Eugene Judson, author of The Effects of Transferring to STEM-Focused Charter and Magnet Schools on Student Achievement” stated, “The purpose of this study was to assess if schools that focused on aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have an appreciable effect on student’s achievement in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language arts.”

Allyson Minor, stated it was easy for her to select the best elementary magnet school for her boys, that would fit their needs by visiting the Montgomery Public School system website.

“Elementary Schools in the United States have been the terrain of a highly politicized push for improved reading and mathematics attainment since the roll out of No Child Left Behind in 2001. Additionally, calls for higher importance to be given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects have continued and been extended to the early school years,” said authors Lynn Sikma and Margery Osborne.

There a total of three middle magnet schools in the Montgomery Public school system. Carr Middle School, Floyd Middle School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Baldwin Arts and Academics.   There are also a total of three high school magnet schools in the Montgomery area, Booker T. Washington, Brewbaker Technology Magnet, and Loveless Academic Magnet (Lamp).

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B.T.W. Magnet High School. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

 The middle magnet schools Principles, in the Montgomery area, held an interest meeting at Baldwin Magnet School on Tuesday February 28th, which welcomed parents and potential middle magnet students. The middle school principals, Mr. Vince Johnson (Floyd Middle Magnet), Ms. Jannette Wright (Baldwin Arts and Academics), and Brittany Aarestad (Carr Middle School) all discussed what each school had to offer, as well as answered any questions or concerns from parents.

Johnnie Carr middle magnet school principal Brittany Aarestad, stated, “Carr Middle is an Ivey Magnet school and the only magnet middle school that has magnet and traditional student as well.”

Ms. Jannette Wright Principal of Baldwin Arts and Academics, stated “Baldwin is the only magnet Middle school to have two programs in the school.”

Any student who applies to the Montgomery magnet school in the area, must meet the requirements in both conduct, and GPA for each magnet school they have applied for, according to the Montgomery Public School System.  Floyd magnet School Principal Mr. Vince Johnson explained how students are selected with the monopoly system for each magnet school.

Mr. Vince Johnson stated, “Students who do meet each requirement are placed in the monopoly and if their number is selected they will be given a spot at their selected school. If all of the spots for the student’s first and second choice schools are filled, the student is then placed on a waiting list.  If a spot becomes available, students on the waiting list for that potential magnet school, go back in the monopoly and if they are selected they will get a spot in that school.”

“Students who potentially meet the requirements for their magnet school of choice, who are not selected are placed on the waiting list, and advised to maintain their GPA and conduct so they may re-apply the following school year,” stated Mr. Vince Johnson.

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Johnnie R Carr Magnet Middle School. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Alexis Holley, a former Montgomery Public school graduate and mother of a 5-year-old stated, she wished the application process for magnet school was this simply when she was in school. She stated, she attended Baldwin middle magnet her 7th grade year, and loved it. She stated, she wished she would have stayed in the magnet program but she left the magnet program to pursue cheerleader at a traditional school.

“My son will be entering kindergarten the 2017-2018 school year, and I plan on filling out the online magnet application process for him. Once I get him into the magnet school, I will do my best to make sure he stays in there.”

Elizabeth Wilson, Julian Marshall, Ryan Wilson, and Kevin J Krizek authors of “By foot, bus or car: children’s school travel and school choice policy” stated, “Many school districts in the United States allow parents to choose which school their child attends (school choice or magnet schools) while other school districts require students to attend their nearest (neighborhood) school.”

Bessie Stevenson, the guardian to a student in the Montgomery Public school system stated, this will be her 3rd time applying her granddaughter to one of the elementary magnet schools in the area. With only 4 elementary magnet schools, there are only two magnet schools that meet my granddaughter education need, stated Bessie Stevenson.

“This year the application was very easy and simply. I was able to complete the online application with no problems.”

Goldring, and Claire Smreakr Authors of “Magnet Schools Reform and Race in Urban Education” stated, “Magnet School programs are extremely popular, as measured by the fact that in over 75 percent of all districts with magnet schools demand for student slots is greater than the supply; half of these districts maintain long waiting lists.”

The Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies applications for High School students for the 2017-2918 school year are now available as well, according to the Montgomery Public School System. Unlike the magnet school’s application process, their applications can be downloaded at   www.mps.k12.al.us  .

According to the Montgomery Public School System website, The Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Careers Technology majors are, Advertising and Design, Building Science and Construction, Electrical Technology, Utility Line Worker, Fire Science, HVAC/Mechanical Systems, Industrial Systems, Information Technology, Medical Science, Public Safety, Plumbing, Welding and Metal Fabrication. MPACT provides training in a number of different fields. Admissions is open to students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017, according to www.mps.k12.al.us.

Dr. Liz Norma, who is a part of the magnet school program, in the Montgomery Public School system, stated, “Any information pertaining to the magnet schools, can be found online at  www.mps.k12.al.us  or can contact her at 334-223-6700. She is available to answer any questions or concerns about the magnet schools.”

 

Walking in God Purpose

Brent Chrishon, a Christian writer, Author of Our Pure Need, is spreading the message that God has given him. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, you could see Brent, walking through the Montgomery, Alabama downtown area, holding his sign, and ready to answer any questions and deliver a powerful message that God has given him.

Brent is doing what God has called him to do, by sharing a powerful message God has spoken to him. To learn more about Brent and where you can purchase his book, please visit www.our-pure-need.com.

 

Have you discovered your purpose?

 

Life Through Colors, a Christian Hip-Hop group, shares their story through music.

Life Through Colors, a Christian Hip-hop group from Alabama, is sharing their testimony and life experience to others all over. The group consist of two members, T.Pope and Rockette. They met at church by putting together a song for an event. Life Through Colors says, “They try to see things on a brighter side. When it comes to us as a group, we are just two guys who really love God and has developed a brotherhood over the years.”

Both members of Life Through Colors, share their testimony, love for God and their experience with God through their music. Life Through Colors stated, “We give our passion in our music. We try to be as transparent as possible, hiding nothing and holding nothing back.”  Life Through Colors ministers their music through rap, which has helped some people get delivered.

Life Through Colors music can be found and purchase on iTunes, amazon MP3, and also on their website www.lifethroughcolors.com.  You will also be able to purchase Life Through Colors merchandise, watch videos, keep up with their latest news,  learn more about the group and  how you can book them for your next event on their website at www.lifethroughcolors.com.  The group can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

“The goal is to try to keep you, from experiencing the things we have experienced, or if you are experiencing these things, hopefully we can tell you how to get out of that,” Life Through Colors.

Love Does Not Hurt

Love should not hurt mentally or physically.  Love should bring joy, peace, and fulfillment.  Their words should never hinder or try to destroy you. Their words should help build and uplift the person God has called you to be.

Don’t fall victim to the lies, that it won’t happen again. Don’t fall victim to the “Baby I’m sorry, you just continue to do those things that make me angry.”  Stop being a victim behind closed doors,  where the words are constantly picking you apart and their hands are constant causing brusing that are some times covered up or seen for others to see and stare.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,  it keeps no record of wromgd. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, 1always perseveres. (New International Version (NIV) ).

If you or anyone you know are  a victim of physical or mental abuse.  Please seek help. Stop being a victim behind closed doors.

 

A stay at home Mom, has discovered her favorite soft Drink Coca-Cola, does more than just taste good, but it cleans good to.

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Burned, greased frying pan. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Stay a home mom Tracy Bell, has discovered her own home remedy to clean her pots and pans.  Tracy says she utilizes Coca Cola, to clean those burned and greased pans after cooking dinner for her family. Tracy states, “I would have to replace pots and pans almost ever 6 months. I cook 6 days out of the 7-day week for my family.  A good friend of mines told me about how coke helps with cleaning pots, so I tried it for myself and I have been cleaning my pots and pans with coke for the past year now.” Tracy also enjoys the pleasure of not only using coke cola to clean her pans, but she also enjoys the drink after a long day.

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20 oz Coca-Cola Bottle. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Tracy states, after she gets done cooking, she immediately takes her cooked meal out of the pan and pour 3/4 cup of coca cola in the burned pan. She says, “I let the coke soak in the pan for a good 10 to 15 minutes and then I go ahead and wash the pan out.”  Tracy says, after a good wash, her pan is back to normal with no grease or burned residue left.

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Tracy Bell cooking her ground beef in a pan. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

 

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Coca-Cola soaking in the pan. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Tracy says, Coca-Cola has become a great house hold cleaning product for her pans after she cooks. She says, “I wish, I could tell every mom all over the world, how great this product works, with cleaning pans.”

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Tracy Bell, washing the pan. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

 

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Tracy Bell, holding up the clean pan after cleaning it with Coca-Cola. (Photo by Patrice Miller)

Help Dalraida Elementary School earn cash for Education by collecting Box Tops

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General Mills Box Tops for Education (Photo taken by Patrice Miller)

Dalraida Elementary School, in Montgomery, Alabama is collecting Box Tops to earn cash for their school. Box Tops for education is through General Mill, and according to General Mills  website it states, “It all started in California in 1996. General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools-and so, Box Tops were only available on select Big G cereals, such as Cheerios TM, Total TM and Lucky Charms. The program was success a huge success that is soon launched on other General Mills products and expanded across the nation.”

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General Mills Lucky Charm Cereal Box (Photo taken by Patrice Miller)

Dalraida is also getting their students involved, by giving them a chance to collect 10 Box Tops by February 14 and all those who participate will receive a Valentine’s day treat.  According to Dalraida, 10 Box Tops equal a $1.00 dollar that goes toward their school and education. You can buy any General Mills product from any local grocery store and be able to cut out the Box Top.

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Dalraida Box Top Collection sheet, for students to tape their collected Box Tops on each heart. (Photo taken by Patrice Miller)

Bessie Stevenson, who has a granddaughter that attends Dalraida Elementary school, says she   supports what Dalraida Elementary school is doing. She also stated, “When I go grocery shopping, I pick up General Mills snacks and cereal for my Granddaughter and cut out the Box Tops so she can help her school earn cash for education.”

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Bessie Stevenson cut out General Mills Box Tops (Photo taken by Patrice Miller)

You can show this Elementary School some love, by collecting Box Tops, bringing them to the school, so they can earn cash for education and school.  To learn more about how you can get involved  please visit  http://www.dalraidappa.org/calendar/2017/2/1/we-love-box-tops .