Evening Porch Talk Podcast With LadyG | Southern Churchgoing Rules Back In The Day

In this video, I’m on my porch talking about rules oldhead Southerners had to follow regarding churchgoing back in the day.

I also share a nice bowl of redbeans with rice and a good old cold can of coke.

Don’t forget the Texas Pete hot sauce!

I also show you what I did with the prepped mushrooms that I shared in a previous video about meal prepping.

I made a nice Alfredo pasta dish with langostino, scallions, and spinach.

Okay, enough about that, let’s go out on the porch and sit a spell.


So let me go ahead and lay out these old school churchgoing rules:

Church was pretty much non-negotiable!

No church?

  • No TV
  • No radio or record playing–what was a computer or a smartphone?
  • No playing outside
  • No alternate spiritual activities like meditating or lighting candles – that was considered to be devilish! Me chatting about the moon would have been considered damn near satanic–in fact, in many places in the South, it still is! LOL!
  • BTW, we hedged our bets on hoodoo and rootwork though–do your thang, just don’t tell nobody!
  • If you went out Saturday night, you best be in church on Sunday. If you’re well enough to go out in the street, you’d better GET well enough to go to church the next morning.

Let’s not forget the good part–Sunday dinner, no fast food!


Clearly, times have changed, but personally, I think we should all consider doing something to either acknowledge our creator or at least soothe our body, mind, heart and spirit chile!

I’m serious bout that thing!

So many folks are way off track.

Many of us have lost any type of moral compass–that’s assuming there was one there to start.

Ah, but it ain’t nothing new bout what we’re seeing nowadays, hell three baby girls were blown up while at church in Birmingham over 50 years ago and what’s more, if you’d asked the bombers about their beliefs, they would have sworn themselves to be good Christian folks.

Look at what happended to those folks praying in Charleston.

There are countless acts of terrorism against churches, schools and other places of worship.

Recently, a lovely 69-year-old lady was brutally killed at church in Maryland.

What’s wrong y’all?

I just don’t know –so I pray and try to keep on the sunny side!

How were your beans and rice?

Anyway, I’m LadyG out here in the Southern skies, north of the sunset, east of the moonrise.

Remember,

LadyG loves YOU!


Enjoy the video:

Evening Porch Talk Podcast With LadyG: Ancestors, Deceased Family And Friends | Just Because You Died Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Communicate, Right?

In this episode I talk about communicating and acknowledging our ancestors, deceased family and friends.

I also share a true story that I believe shows that my ancestors and deceased family and friends were listening when I decided to acknowledge them.

Enjoy the video!

Seven Day Sabbath

 

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath,

but making it holy surely

takes the rest of the week.”

-Alice Walker

Happy Sunday!

Hopefully, you woke up this morning feeling refreshed and excited about how life will unfold.  Of course, many of us will take time today to observe the Sabbath.  Some of us will do this in a formal way and others of us will do it in a more personal way.  In any case, I would like to invite you to take a moment to review the quote at the beginning of this post and think about how it might apply to your life.  As for me, I believe that Alice Walker, in this instance, is strongly urging us to expand our spiritual practices beyond the narrow space and time couched between Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Before I move on, let me stress that it is not my desire to come off as pious.  If that is your impression, please know that it was not my intention. A quick glance at my previous posts should assure you that I am not the preachy type.  But with that said, I feel inclined to share my personal experience with you.

For the past few years, I have been shifting away from self-reliance while shifting toward ‘Creator reliance.’  To be truthful, I am really just shifting back to what I was taught as a child.  Why you ask? Because time and experience has taught me that if I want to live a fulfilled life I have to engage in spiritual practices that bring me into alignment with God on a daily basis.  For me, things seem to flow so much more smoothly when I maintain this alignment.  By contrast, when I am out of alignment, I find myself lacking sufficient sustenance. Frankly, it just doesn’t work for me to shove my spiritual life into a folder labeled “Sabbath” to be opened only on Sundays. Suffice it to say, I have to open that folder everyday!

Now if you are curious about how this all looks in my life, no worries, here is a list of things that I strive to do in order to keep the Sabbath and stay spiritually connected with God on a daily basis:

Keep an open heart

Pray and meditate

Give and receive love

Practice generosity of spirit

Practice forgiveness of myself and others

Explore and maintain reverence for nature and the animal kingdom

Frankly, anyone who is willing can work toward meeting these objectives –seven days a week.  Of course, I will be the first to admit that I don’t always hit the mark, but when I do, my life is really good!

What can you do to expand your spiritual practices beyond the Sabbath? How do you stay aligned with God?