Friday, September 13, 2019

HortenseInspiration Blog...My Voice

Social Media has proven a huge platform for my work. I am grateful for Facebook, Twitter, Google Blogger. These are all phenomenal aids and tools for disseminating information. Initially, the HI Blog was another avenue for evangelism and prayer, the focus of my ministry and work. It now highlights another element. I have redefined this blog to satisfy the cravings of a civic responsibility. Majority of the posted articles will complement “HortenseInspiration Changing The Narratives” #ReconcileLiberia #RaisetheBar. The Movement was launched July 2018 with a pronouncement, “I Feel Like Preaching True True Truth” (see Blog post 7/29/2018 and re-post of 5/22/2019). My purpose is working toward lifting up the nation, with a united people and one unified voice of Love for Liberia. We must be reservoirs and vessels of love for country. Liberia desperately needs all her children. Besides, I have a vested interest. The Flagship Campus of THE VISION for Do It For Christ Ministries is to be built in Liberia, West Africa. We work in Hope—Jesus.

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Servant Hortense D. Grimes (~HortenseInspiration / DOITFORCHRIST)

Blessings and Peace,
Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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Over and Over and Over


What a daybreak it would be for Liberia. What if, collectively, we continued to build on the great legacies of the past! We could cement the future with positivity and endless hope. What if we could learn to like one another! We could show love for God and love for country. We could take pride in offering sacrificial service! What a glorious day it would be for the Republic if we made our beloved Country a priority. Liberia will outlast you and me, and anyone else.
Maybe, we could begin with healthy dialogue. I believe this is how national unity can be forged. It begins, continues, and ends, with good healthy dialogue. It begins, continues, and ends, with respect for what each person has to contribute to the conversation. We can accomplish the task of nation building if we open ourselves up to listen and hear one another. What if we made it a national lesson to learn that we can, nationally, respectfully agree to disagree!

“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:1-14 Holy Bible NLT)

Liberians, we have a vast divide to bridge. We have deep seated emotions to attend to. We have open wounds to bandage. There are hearts to balm. There are tears to dry. There is much anger to assuage. We must find a way to replace bitterness with kindness. We must restore the easy laughter Liberians are known for. Yes. The divide must be bridged; the gap can be closed. All the Liberian stories must be told. What is meaningful to me might not be meaningful to you. Nevertheless, it is my story. It is your story. It is my memory. It is your memory. It is our collective narrative. We must tell those stories over and over. Over and Over and Over.
As a people, we must understand that no amount of naysaying can undo history nor rewrite the History books. We must get it into our system (head, mind, body, spirit, gut) that true progress happens by building on foundations that others have laid through their sweat, sacrifices and toil—their collective labor. As a national lesson, we must learn that it is acceptable to continue legacies; it takes nothing away from you when one builds on the groundwork of another. It is perfectly normal to continue the legacy of another person who has made great accomplishments.
The one who takes up where another leaves off, and builds up from there, indeed, has made a laudable attempt. The fact is the fact is the fact. I cannot stress this enough: Heroes and Heroines (SHeroes) have left their marks. When we acknowledge and celebrate those who were before us we tread a path to greatness. We benefit from their wisdom, insight and knowledge. We profit from their experiences. We reap the rewards of their labor. Liberia has benefited from the greatest statesmen and women to have graced the African continent. Liberia has been an integral part of monumental achievements in the global sphere. Liberia was once a trailblazer on the African continent. Liberia has participated, favorably and respectably, in movements and causes and struggles throughout the African continent. Those who took the country into these arenas must be remembered and celebrated. Many Liberian dignitaries were respected and revered by their colleagues and associates, all over the world. Liberia had a face globally.
I believe this is a Liberian conversation that is desperation poking its head to be heard. All our history must be passed down to generations. Truth has a way of forcing its way out of hiding. The truth will see the light of day. At the appointed time. My prayer is that we keep talking until we get it, even if at least, half way right for our country and ourselves. The more we talk, the more we understand one another. The more we understand one another, the more we break down the barriers that keep us from celebrating one another. The more we break down those barriers, the more we emphasize the extraordinary group of Africans that Liberian were created by God to be.

“It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and starts to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says: I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature! This is what the Lord says: Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them away for the evil they have done. I, the Lord have spoken!” (Jeremiah 31:35-37 Holy Bible NLT)

My purpose with “HortenseInspiration Changing the Narratives” is to help wake up the nation’s consciousness. We, Liberians, are often a complacent people. We move when there is crisis. We are loud when there is calamity. We break down the altars of Heaven when troubles assail our nation. We are on our holiest behavior when disaster lurks. God Almighty always intervenes and releases Liberia. Albeit, in his time. God continues to be our deliverer. When it seem like the crisis has passed we resort to blasé—same ole same ole. We are quick to lose our passion and our commitment to see things through. It’s a national flaw. We must remedy this type of behavior. A beautiful republic is depending on us. This unique little haven, located by the sea, that beacon called the Republic of Liberia, is depending on us. For posterity sake we must preserve this, our one glorious land of liberty. One sure way is to make all our voices heard.
I admonish each of us to do our part. Each one must do your part, and do it grandly. As a devoted and committed Christian and servant of the Living God, I believe in the remarkable, dynamic power of prayer. I believe when prayers accompany our actions and advocacy, Jesus Christ will bring redemption. The Lord is God; with God nothing is impossible. All things are possible with God. As a woman born and raised Liberian, I believe in Liberia. I believe in a day coming when our Country will rise from the shameful ashes of today. I foresee a time when the world will take notice of Liberia in an astounding way. I believe Liberians have it them to change their own narratives. If only we could see beyond the dark cloud of hate and division. If only we could give the forgotten past a chance to shape the future. Maybe, what we need to do is look a little deeper into the buried treasures from yesterday. God Almighty, help us and be our guide. Jehovah Sabaoth—God of Heaven Armies—The Lord of Hosts! Help us, Lord. 
#RaisetheBar  ~HortenseInspiration
Svrt. Hortense D. Grimes (DOITFORCHRIST)

Blessings and Peace,

Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Rogues Rogues Everywhere


The masses must cry out in repentance. The masses must cry out for God’s forgiveness. The phrase, “The plot that failed” is being manifested in Liberia in recent times. I say, beware the hole you dig for somebody today you will fall in it tomorrow.

The masses cheered  in jubilation, on and on, “Native woman born soldier. Congau woman born rogue.” In Liberia today, it is evident that the native woman born the worse rogues than the Congau woman ever could.
Hortense Duarma Grimes (~HortenseInspiration)

When you profess to abhor a scenario to the point of extinguishing it, you cannot turn around and recreate the identical scenario and pass it off as excellent undertaking on your part. Such is the case in the Republic today.

Until the masses say out loudly that Liberia was wrong for executing 13 innocent, outstanding ordinary men by firing squad for alleged Rampant Corruption, there will be no lasting scenario of peace and prosperity. Until the masses repent from joyously, gleefully and satisfactorily clapping their hands because they killed "all the rogues who were suppressing them and stealing the country’s money…" Until Liberia admit that the bloody aftermath following the 1980 military Coup was wrong... There will be no lasting scenario of peace and prosperity. Admittance is the first step to recovery from addiction.

BECAUSE it has come to pass in today’s Liberia, that Rampant Corruption is Good and Acceptable when it is practiced by the heroes of the masses. The masses are still selectively indulgent. We should know that Almighty God sees the hearts beneath the faces.

Liberia’s woes will not end because of protests and uprisings. Liberia’s woes will not end because the masses are tired and want it to end. Liberia’s woes will end when the bloodshed is appeased by Almighty God. The masses have to speak it out that they were wrong for rejoicing at the barbaric execution of the 13 Men and the rivers of innocent bloodshed from systemic murders in the aftermath of Coup d’état 1980, all because of rampant corruption.

God Almighty has not turned over the administration of earth to mere mortals, human beings. Jehovah God exacts penalty for the shedding of innocent blood. Until the masses cry out in repentance and sorrow, Liberia woes will continue in a cyclical pattern. No Rest.

The masses cheered in jubilation, “Native woman born soldier. Congau woman born rogue.” In the Republic of Liberia, it is quite evident today that the native woman born worse rogues than the Congau woman ever could.

Liberia, we must know the error of our ways. Individually. Collectively. We must acknowledge and accept the error of our ways. Only then can we cry out in true repentance and ask God’s forgiveness. Almighty God will forgive our collective sins. Almighty God will erase our collective transgressions and pardon our iniquities. Loving and generous Jehovah God will heal our land. Then shall Liberians see the nation restored.

We appeal to a merciful Almighty God for the country, Liberia. In His Mercy, the Lord will deliver in Jesus Name.

*Writing includes local Liberian vernacular

Servant Hortense D. Grimes (DOITFORCHRIST)


Blessings and Peace,
Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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Dethrone Ungodly Powers


BECAUSE… Life has its way. You may think you never have to return to Liberia. You may choose to remain silent about Liberia. Your life in the Western Diaspora is comfortable, to say the least. You have arrived. Or have you! You may think it is irrelevant for you to stay active about Liberia. But life has its way. Life has its way of including you in its way. One day, your only child, or all your children, could surprise you with these words, “… I am moving to Liberia ...” My friend, that means you, too, have moved to Liberia. If nothing else, your heart would have moved to Liberia. And we know where the heart is that’s where your life stays.

There was Goliath. There is David. There was the Philistine. There IS The Living God
Hortense Duarma Grimes (~HortenseInspiration)

Diaspora Liberia, we need to do more with our voice. May I speak this to you: The most important way in which you can use your voice for Liberia is for you to pray for your native Country. Liberia needs prayers to bring about Divine intervention. Actions and Advocacy are extremely important, no doubt. However, Liberia needs prayer to break through, for the actions and advocacy to yield results. The only force that can release Liberia from the snares it is entangled with is the force of Jehovah God. Prayer moves the hand of God mightily. Liberia needs the hand of God to move mightily for the country. There was Goliath. There is David. There was the Philistine. There is The Living God.

Hear me. Pray strongly against principalities and powers of darkness operating against Liberia. Pray to dethrone the power that wants to eclipse the will of God for Liberia. To date, Liberians have served 39 years and 2 months of a 40-year sentence. We have ten months left to be released. The sentence began in 1980 with the atrocities of the military coup and its aftermath. Liberia must be careful to not begin a recount of time in the vast desert.

Let us PRAY TO MOVE THE HAND OF GOD that all eyes may see clearly for the sake of this nation. Pray that God will make us humble and expectant.

Until Liberians are ready for their promise land, another forty years of roaming could begin. God Almighty has equipped believers with power to overturn situations. It is called Prayer. Prayer is the ammunition that Christian believers have to overturn adversity and unfavorable conditions, whatever those may be. Pray to Almighty God in the Name of Jesus Christ. PRAY. Pray. PRAY. Pray. Keep Praying.

*Article written and first published June 2019 
 Servant Hortense D. Grimes (DOITFORCHRIST)


Blessings and Peace,
Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Telling It Congo In Congau Talk


The Republic of Liberia was founded in 1822, by freed black slaves from America. The Freed Slaves who returned to Africa, and founded the nation, Liberia, were referred to as the "Settlers". The descendants of the Americo-Liberian Settlers are known as Congo people, in Liberia. Congo (hereinafter “Congau”) (pronounced “kon gow”). 

Continuance of HortenseInspiration Changing the Narratives. #RaisetheBar,  Movement launched July, 2018. A thoughtful, thought provoking and provocative campaign telling the truths about the Congo people. Giving the world the Congau stories. - Hortense Duarma Grimes 

If you believe there is a Race crisis in America, then you must believe there is ongoing Ethnic war in Liberia, waged by the dominant Native people against the descendants of the Congau people. For those who think this idea is far fetched or unnecessary or non-existent, you have not been paying attention for the last several decades. 
The situation has deteriorated, alarmingly, particularly since the emergence of the recent native president. President George Weah, referred to by his followers as “Country Giant”, has himself alluded to this. Mr. Weah shed his presidential trappings for a day and assembled a rally, where he proclaimed to the nation, and the watching world, that he was not speaking as the President, but as a thug. He further stated he wanted to display this act freely, hence, he left Liberia's Presidential automobile (his official car) and drove his private car to the rally. The Country Giant chose to abandon his presidential role for a short duration to emphatically tell you, Congau sons and daughters, that we have no right to aspire to political roles in Liberia. He proclaimed to the world that as long as he, George Manneh Weah, is president of Liberia you will never win in your country. Liberia now belong to the native people; it's their time, they claim. Lord have mercy on us!!!

The Native people refer to themselves as "Country people." The natives, Country people, have declared it is their turn to rule Liberia. Exclusively. They are determined to ostracize the Congau people. For the most part, they also exclude many of their own native people who embrace a civilized mentality.  

President George Weah, the so-called Country Giant, and hero voice of the native people, has presidentially declared that Congau people deserve no place of leadership in Liberia. Congau people are ordered to stay silent and be losers. Or die, if they resist. Lord have mercy on Liberia.

Last I checked, the Western World told me Liberia has a democratic form of government. The Western World supports and champions democracy in Liberia. How does this fit with the Western World? If you believe that overt racism exists in America today, then you'd better believe overt ethnicism exist in Liberia today. The Slaves dared to do great. How dare they? Those niggers built a what? Republic. Yes, those niggers founded, established, built and maintained a thriving nation. They were trying to preserve it, imperfect though it was, just like yours. Until...

We have yet to understand what happened in Liberia to warrant a military Coup in 1980. A coup in the most peaceful West African country! They say it was to liberate the oppressed and suppressed native people. Okay. I agree. Fast forward.

The Country Giant is a huge disappointment to Liberians who believed we had crossed the bridge and become one people. People like me who saw all Liberians as being one and the same, Liberian, period. Apparently, that's not the case. This is the sign of terrible things to come. It is a glaring sign that this divide is deeper than we want to accept. It is a sign that under the surface there still brews the kind of intense, thick emotions that have led to ethnic cleansing in countries.

Remember Yugoslavia? Remember Rwanda? Remember other places? Never say it cannot happen in Liberia. Remember, Liberians never thought a Coup could happen in Liberia. Did it? We did not believe a Civil War could happen in Liberia. Did it? Liberians never thought wickedness beyond human imagination could be carried out on one another. Did it happen? Yes. Of course, it did. YES x3+.

There has to be an Evolution of truth. There must be an unearthing of the hidden, buried true stories of the Settlers. The Americo-Liberians, under whose rulership Liberia was a serious country counted among respected nations of the world. I have no problem starting and continuing the evolution of these hard truths. The facts must be uncovered. 

It is past time today's World heard some truths. That might change the narrative. For the most part, Western media reported what it wanted to be the Narrative of Liberia. Partly because it was unfathomable that "Freed Slaves" should succeed independently at anything. Let alone freed black slaves be accredited with building a successful, thriving new republic. Slaves were treated like and likened to animals. In their masters' minds, "Who do these niggers think they are?" Lord have mercy on us.

My friend. The fact is, after all, we have already lost our Liberia. We have lost Liberian culture, values, and our unique way of life; frankly, we've lost, forever, Liberia as we knew it. What do you have to lose by telling your truths? The massive dissemination of misinformation needs to be checked. At least. 

*Writing includes local Liberian vernacular

Srvt. Hortense D. Grimes (~HortenseInspiration)
DOITFORCHRIST


Blessings and Peace,

Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pray, Global Citizen, Pray!


I first published this Article in March of this year (2019). I believe the message needs to be reiterated. Again and again. Help me spread the word that the world needs our collective and individual prayers. -Servant Hortense 
(~HortenseInspiration) DOITFORCHRIST

The World has become a Global Village. Physical boundaries and land mass designations no longer isolate members of this Global Village. The phrase, “we are one people,” might as well be the slogan for our times. The Global Village is hurting in many ways. Global citizens are hurting one way or another. When a country mourns, the world should mourn. When tragedy strikes one part of a whole, the whole is struck. Every global citizen can make a difference with your voice. Every voice can bring healing if the words coming forth are soothing.

Use your voice to pray. Prayer is a balm. Prayer heals. Prayer uncovers hidden answers and offers different outlooks. Prayer is restorative. Prayer can make sense of anything and everything.

Pray for Presidents and Heads of State of all countries of the world. Pray for Leaders, Government Officials and decision makers worldwide. Pray for the President of the country where you reside. Pray for the President of your native country.

Pray for the United States. Pray for the ruling establishment. Pray for the White House. Pray for the Naval Conservatory. Pray for the US Capitol. Pray for the Congress. Pray for the Senate. Pray for the Judiciary. Pray for the Supreme Court. Pray for the Military. Pray for Law Enforcement. Pray for the Media, both liberal and conservative sources. Pray for the networks, radio stations, satellite and cable news. Pray for your favorite channel and other outlets. Pray for the Media worldwide. Pray for the information entering your psyche. Pray for your subconscious absorption of content. Pray for discernment. Pray for all the good powers that be. Pray against evil manipulations. 

Pray for America, because the world looks up to the United States. This is not about politics or preference, if I may add. Absolutely nothing to do with political party or affiliation. If anyone cares to know, I am for whoever is in the Oval Office. The Office and its Occupant hold my loyalty and prayer support until they leave that space. As long as that person controls the "Switch", I am their prayer warrior every day until they turn over the Switch to another. I then transfer with the next occupant. Simple as that.

As a Christian some choices have already been made for you. The Bible says to “Pray for leaders and those in authority.” God did not qualify this instruction with specifics, neither does the Lord make it subjective to affiliation. The Word simply commands us to pray for our leaders...and honor the king. “The Word was God and the Word is God.” The God of the beginning who is God in the middle and will be God at the ending simply commands you to pray. The same God says “obedience is better than sacrifice”. Fear God and keep his commandments.

At the end of the day, what one does for Christ sake is only for one’s own benefit. God wants you to pray, because the decisions these leaders make trickle down to your little precious world. My friend, it is in our own best interest to pray about happenings in the Global Village and particularly your little dot on the map. Where you woke up this morning. Where you are now, as you’re reading this, pray for that place. Pray for those leaders in your dot on the map. 

The Global Village needs her global citizen to rise and pray. Amen. It is imperative that you pray for the most powerful nation in the Global Village. I dare say, one cannot be hateful of something and genuinely be praying for its benefit. Prayer means you care. Hence, the emotion of hate must fade for the emotion of caring to initiate your prayer. In the end, let no one and no situation stop you from obeying God’s Word. As Christians we are called for, and often asked to do, the difficult things. God makes it easy to oblige. It’s called submission to the will of God. It’s called Divine interpretation. It’s called God’s grace. It’s called living for the glory of Almighty God.

My friend, these are not times to stay on the surface. The times demand you go beneath what appears as face value. Open your hearts and mind to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. When one is in Christ you have more insight than the non believer average person. Stay tuned into Scripture, and allow the Holy Spirit to convict you about events and incidents. There is a desperate need for prayer in the world today. It is serious. Christians, take up the mantle of prayer. It is urgent. Your prayer can make a huge difference. Your prayer can cover a multitude of transgressions. Your prayer is what the World needs.

Enjoy a terrific day. God loves you. Jesus died to show you just how much your Heavenly Father loves you! Take courage in Christ love for you. Be comforted. Blessings abundant, today and always. I love you with a sisterly love.~~
Your friend, Hortense



Blessings and Peace,
Hortense Duarma Grimes
Servant of the Living God
Founder, Do It For Christ Ministries
Creator, HortenseInspiration Media
Dreambearer & Dreamcarrier, Solace Africa

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