Hello DC! It was definitely a journey to get here!! This was my first trip with my mother and her first trip anywhere!!! It was such as awesome experience. It was by God's grace truly that we made it here!! Let me explain! So I was in Louisiana for Christmas and my mother was to travel back with me to Houston so we could fly out to DC in a few days. I knew that I wanted to stop at an ULTA store once I made it back to Texas to get some items for the trip. However the voice within me, (the Holy Spirit), kept directing me to stop to the ULTA store in a town near my hometown on my way back to Houston. SN: Listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance! I am so glad I did! So I decided to listen (thank God I'm learning how to listen)! After stopping at the ULTA, I saw a store in the shopping center and I felt like I needed to go there for my mom to find a nice top for the trip. So initially I ran in and picked out some stuff, but she ended up having to also come in the store to try on the top. Check this out, after a while we made our way to the counter to check out. The sales clerk goes on to offer a special discount if my mom decided to get the store's card. Thank God after initially being hesitant she agreed because that's when we discovered she left her ID!!!!!!!!!!! My mom would have had no reason to check for her ID until we would have reached the airport because I was driving! I tell you I was so beyond happy that I listened! I can not tell you how much I have truly realized the importance of listening when God guides me some place in particular! So many other things worked out after we left that store just from one act of obedience!
Fast forward a couple of days and here we were in the historical Washington DC! My mother and I wanted to come to this place in particular to visit the amazing new National Museum of African American History and Culture! So here I am, Thursday morning at 6AM, with my phone and my mother's phone in front of me trying my hardest to get same day passes online to the museum! After, thirty minutes of trying, NO TICKETS (it's rather difficult to get the same day passes online due to the multitude of folks trying)! I had a brief moment of sadness. I mean after all the museum was the purpose of our trip! But God! So I decided to talk with God along the lines of like "God, I thought you gave me a sign that I was suppose to be here! What's up?" So I began to sing in the room "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around!" (don't laugh at me). So we had only one more chance to get tickets at 1PM and that was by showing up to the museum around that time for a few limited passes they would be passing out. So here we are at the museum around 11:30, in misting rain with temperatures in the 30s! By 1PM, we were in there!!!!!!!!! Won't HE do it!!!!
The minute I stepped in, I was in love!!!!! Such as amazing feeling! I couldn't believe I just walked through the same doors President Obama and the First Lady walked through when I watched the opening of the museum online months earlier! I couldn't believe I was in the same place that displayed the casket of Emmet Till, actual wardrobes of greats like Dorothy Dandridge, Michael Jackson, and so many more! It was beyond amazing! And check this out, I heard the song "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around" as I walked through the museum!!! But GOD!!!!!!
This was one of the many amazing moments I experienced there! I even saw a home Langston Hughes lived in during his stay in DC in addition to briefly talking with Kenny Lattimore at our hotel! This trip was beyond amazing! But what was more amazing was the fact that I could feel God's presence on this trip! We were suppose to be here! With faith, God saw us through! Although President Obama did forget to holler at us! It was all good though!
I think what made this trip so memorable was the fact that I got to share all of these experiences with my mother! I truly began to understand the importance of being present with others! In life we have one guarantee, and that is that some day we will all leave this earth. Material possessions won't matter when we are standing looking over the casket of our loved one. What will matter however is the memories we've made, the laughs we've shared, the trials we overcame, and most importantly the love we shared which is a love that will live on. So I encourage you to seek the Kingdom, have faith that God will see you through, and make many memories with the ones you love! For this is the true meaning of success in this life!
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
*More pics below
Here I am in DC, a place I will never forget.
Here I am in DC, the place where many greats once graced.
Here I am in DC, the place with much so much history,
The place where many marched to end misery.
From the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin gave his iconic speech,
to U Street where Duke Elligton's talents once reached.
Such an amazing journey in this place with an amazing woman, my mother.