I cry to God the same way I cry to my mother. I talk to God in the same manner; I talk to my earthly best friend. Why? Because I can not fake it or front with God. He already knows who I am, how I talk, how I walk, and what I think. Being transparent shows strength. Many people think you are showing weakness, but it takes courage to get naked with who you are, with God and others.
Dealing with what's in front of you and having honest conversations is necessary. Conversing with God about what is wrong with you and not your spouse is a very transparent conversation. Talk about yourself; it is ok. He already knows. Have conversations about your children, you know it's a hot mess at times, but you need to say it. These conversations allow you to identify things within yourself, situations, and your family. When you openly talk about it with God, you are transparent. No matter how you show yourself to the word, all pristine, poised, classy, and intelligent, we have all had to have that ugly cry moment. We all have gone to God about our marriage, children, friend, health issues, ourselves, and our enemies.
The question is are you being transparent in your conversations.
Are you saying things like this...
My children are angry all the time they need help.
I have done many things to my children that have caused them to be angry. I have not had any conversations with them to start the healing process. Lord, can you help us?
We will not mention the countless times we speak about our spouse without saying everything we did leading up to the moment they responded.
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Angela (enslaved woman)
Little is known about Angela's early life and her date of birth is unknown, but it is likely that she was born in present-day Angola, in what was then the Kimbundu-speaking area of Ndongo. It is likely she had a rural upbringing. In 1619, she was part of a group of 350 enslaved Africans who were sold to Manuel Mendes da Cunha, who was the captain of the ship, the São João Bautista. This ship was destined for Vera Cruz, and the people who were its "cargo" were to be sold on to work on plantations in the Caribbean and beyond.
During its journey across the Atlantic, the São João Bautista was attacked by the ships the Treasurer and White Lion. Those ships were carrying letters-of-mark which gave them permission to attack Portuguese vessels. These ships stole a number of enslaved Angolans, perhaps 45–50, and changed course to Virginia. The ships landed at Point Comfort in late August 1619. The first to arrive was the White Lion, with twenty enslaved people who were sold there for food. Three or four days later the Treasurer arrived, with a second group of enslaved people; some were put ashore before the ship fled, fearing arrest. Of those put ashore, it is likely that one of them was Angela. She was purchased by a Captain William Peirce. These two groups of enslaved people have become known in historical and commemorative discourse as the 'First Africans'.
On 18 August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Angela and other enslaved people to America was commemorated in Jamestown. Attendees included over two hundred people, including local and national members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as people from the Ghanaian community. To some members of the African American community, Angela, as a part of the group of 'First Africans', is an important aspect of their historical identity. At Historic Jamestowne a costumed interpreter performs Angela's story for visitors. A new play was commissioned by the Jamestown Settlement, which also tells Angela's story. One of the cowrie shells excavated in 2019 is on display in the Archaearium at Historic Jamestowne. A memorial to Angela was unveiled at Fort Monroe.