Key things in life to focus on:
Reading the Bible
Hold on to God's Unchanging hand, never wavering in faith nor the outcome, as the devil systematically attempts to attack you. You are a child of God, and all attacks against you will fail!
Father God, thank You for waking me up in my right frame of mind. Thank you for preparing me for the attacks of the enemy. Thank you for instilling in me a rooted faith in You. You said no weapon formed against me would prosper, and I believe that with everything that I am. Please continue to keep me safe. Sweep through my home. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide me to a safe place. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Black History/ Facts/ Author
Phillis Wheatley, the First African American Published Book of Poetry
September 1, 1773
Despite spending much of her life enslaved, Phillis Wheatley was the first African American and second woman (after Anne Bradstreet) to publish a book of poems. Born around 1753 in Gambia, Africa, Wheatley was captured by slave traders and brought to America in 1761. Upon arrival, she was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first name Phillis was derived from the ship that brought her to America, “the Phillis.”
In 1778, Wheatley married John Peters, a free black man from Boston with whom she had three children, though none survived. Efforts to publish a second book of poems failed. To support her family, she worked as a scrubwoman in a boardinghouse while continuing to write poetry. Wheatley died in December 1784, due to complications from childbirth. In addition to making an important contribution to American literature, Wheatley’s literary and artistic talents helped show that African Americans were equally capable, creative, intelligent human beings who benefited from an education. In part, this helped the cause of the abolition movement.