Foundations for the Next Generation
Our lives serve as the foundation or bridge for the next generation. Marvelous things accomplished by Texans, like Barbara Jordan, wouldn’t have been possible without the faith and hard work of freed slaves who wanted the best for future generations. I have included a sample devotional from my newest release to help you get started well this month in celebration of Juneteenth. QR code and order details are below in the picture.
Barbara Jordan was an attorney and lawmaker, an eloquent orator and educator, and a strong woman of many firsts. In 1966, she became the first African American since 1883 to serve in the Texas Senate. She was the first African American female ever to do so. In 1972, Jordan became the first African American woman from the South to be elected to the U.S. Congress, serving as a member until 1979. She delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
Jordan passed away at 60 years of age due to complications of pneumonia. Following her death in 1996, she became the first African American buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Doing something for the first time can be challenging and scary. Going first to present a school report can give anyone shaky knees or “butterflies” in the stomach. God tells us over 365 times in the Bible to “fear not.” Angels speaking face-to-face to Bible figures like Gideon in Judges 6 encouraged them not to be afraid. Gideon didn’t know that he was hero material, but God did. Even feeling fear, Gideon received strength from God to fight battles. We can also relax and receive strength from God when we have hard things to do.
When I am afraid, I will trust you. I praise God for his word. I trust God. So, I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?
Psalm 56:3 ICB