Think on These Things

Frank I. Williams
By Reverend Frank I. Williams 

Are you ready for the Word!

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 NLT)

Our church has participated in prison outreach for many years, at both local and state facilities. In one such outreach efforts, I, along with a group of ministers met weekly with a small group of about 14 young men, ages 18 to19, for a time of conversation and character building. During these sessions we soon noticed a common trend among almost all the young men. They either did not know their father or their father was not an active part of their life. The reasons varied from individual to individual. For some their father was also incarcerated, for others their father and their mother no longer dated and the termination of that relationship created separate paths that strained or excluded the child-father relationship. We also noticed something else, about one-third to one-half of these young men were now also fathers. We encouraged them to do all they could to remain a significant part of their child’s life, even if the relationship with the mother dissolves. Of course this is often easier said than done.

I share this information because I believe that fathers are the key to reclaiming our youth population from choices and cycles that are destructive to their future and their communities. When I read the statics and listen to reports relating to juvenile crime in inner city areas, including the increasing number of boys and girls that are joining gangs and forming neighborhood mini-gangs or crews, my heart is sobered with concern and compassion. Could it be that they are looking for fathers? I make this statement not as a blanket solution to complex social problems, but to help some dad to think seriously about his role in his child’s social and moral development.

This role of the father in the life of his child should not be understated, and should not be underestimated. I know that the state and face of the family unit has undergone serious and drastic changes over the past five decades. There are more single-mother homes, higher occurrences of divorce, and increased childbearing and rearing outside of marriage. And while these complex social norms exacerbate the challenges that some fathers have in connecting with their children, we should consider wisely before we ignore the place of the father. I can imagine a reader saying, “you make it seem as though homes where the father is resident guarantees a healthier family experience.” The answer is, no it does not guarantee that. A father can be there and still be absent at the same time. What I offer in this article is for fathers to think about their relationship with their children in more substantive ways, to diligently seek to overcome any obstacles, and to work toward curing the challenges that hinder a healthy relationship. To do this will take some skill and some hard blows to the ego, especially if you are trying to reconnect with adolescent children. I recall this quote I heard at a mentoring workshop, “children don’t care what you know, until they know you care.”

In truth, when it comes to fathers and their children, we are dealing with more than a presence issue; we are dealing with a heart issue in a cultural context where that matters more and more. The gospel of Luke 1:17 records these words about John the Baptist, “He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” I draw your focus to the portion of that verse that states, he will “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.” This speaks to more than just providing for your children, it speaks to abiding with your children. Get into their heart. The goal is not to simply create “do as I tell you” children, about whom you feel good because they obey you in front of you, but instead, it is to foster a relationship of trust that helps them to understand parental leadership, unconditional love, and that choices have consequences – all at the same time.

If we are not intentional about fostering this kind of relationship by spending quality time and creating a culture of conversation with our children, then we may develop a primarily “correctional” relationship. By this I mean that our tone of voice, our words, and our interaction are always connected with reprimanding them about something. When they are very young, children tend to get over this rather quickly, but as they grow older and begin to mature emotionally, this can create prolonged atmospheres of tension, miscommunication, and exasperation within the child. To remedy this our text above instructs fathers not to provoke their children to anger by the way you treat them. In other words, if your interaction constantly picks at them and provokes their negative emotions, it is creating a condition in their heart that could lead to rebellion or depression. Colossians 3:21 puts it this way, “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” I continue to learn these lessons myself, as a father of three.

Therefore, I am inviting us as fathers to think about how we interact with our children, and how vitally important it is for us to maintain a spiritual presence in their life. This is not about what you buy for them, nor what you provide for them, but how you treat them as a young person. Our children need us to teach them discipline by example, and to nurture their hearts toward a love for God and and openness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our sons and daughters need our love. For those with older children, have you ever asked your son or daughter this question: “how do you feel about the way I treat you?” Or perhaps you could be brave and ask them this one: “what do you remember about your childhood experiences?” “What are your fondest memories?” “What are your painful memories?” “Are you carrying any hurts one wounds that we need to talk about?” Communicating encouragement, correcting consistently with love, and being intentional about listening and without defensiveness will go along way to helping our children and strengthening their heart. May God help us as men to be fathers after His own heart. To all the dads, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day. Until next time, walk good my friends and think on these things.


Victoria Horsford
By Victoria Horsford 

WHAT'S GOING ON

New York, NY

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, 53, has agreed to a debate with her Democratic challenger Adem Bunkeddeko, 29, which will air on June 19 on NY1 show, Inside City Hall, with Errol Louis. Both candidates are children of immigrants. Clarke’s parents are Jamaican. Bunkeddeko’s parents are Ugandan.

June 26 is federal primary day in New York.

The Harlem Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity launches GRADUATION HAIRCUTS FOR KIDS INITIATIVE, providing 150 free haircuts to children in Harlem and the South Bronx. Larry Scott Blackmon, Harlem Alphas president enthused. “Several Harlem institutions partnered with the fraternity to make the initiative possible, including Baylander IX-514 where a fundraiser generated large donations. Harlem Masters Barbershop on Malcolm X Boulevard is the official haircut site.” Visit Harlem Alphas.org for free haircut particulars.

Corporate America

There are no glass ceilings for Mellody Hobson. Earlier this year, Hobson was named to the Mellon Chase Board of Directors. Last week, Starbucks named Hobson, Board Vice Chair shortly after Board Chairman Howard Schultz announced his retirement last week. Hobson has been a Starbucks trustee for about 10 years. Schultz, it is rumored to be considering a 2020 U.S. Presidential run.

Art/History

JUNETEENTH also known as Emancipation Day, celebrated on June 19 in many cities throughout the United States. On June in 1865, Union soldiers landed in Texas with the news that the Civil War ended and that all slaves are free. In NYC, the National Parks Service commemorates Juneteenth with lectures and performances and an evening at 15 New York Museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan , from 4 pm to 8 pm. For full itinerary, call 212.637.2019 or visit www.nps.gov/afbg.

The Broadway play producers of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, the 2018 Tony Awardee for best musical revival, brought the work of some local non- performance artists into its theater lobby. It is a vibrant, colorful newly- installed Caribbean inspired mural created by art students at a Brooklyn H.S, who were supervised by Haiti-born fine artist Yolene Legrand. ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is set in Haiti.

Music:

A lost 1963 recording by saxophonist John Coltrane was recently discovered by his first wife’s family, who turned it over to Impulse! Records. The lost recording was made two years before his magnum opus A LOVE SUPREME. Lost recording, newly titled “BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE; The Lost Album,” is a seven- song collection which will be released on June 29.

Bob Law, Dean of Black talk radio, is back. He will host a weekly show, TALK BACK, which airs on WBAI-FM, on Tuesdays, from 3-5 pm, TALK BACK on WBAI-FM. Show debuts on June 12. Sistah Souljah is first guest. Listeners are encouraged to call. Welcome back, Bob!

Education Matters

A Memorial to Dr. Lorraine Monroe, will be held at the Frederick Douglass Academy on June 23, 4-7 pm, located at 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, NY. A native New Yorker, Dr Monroe died earlier this year. Founder/principal of the Frederick Douglass Academy, a college prep school within the NYC public school system, which boasted about 95% admission to 4-year college. She graduated from teacher to principal, ultimately to NYC Board of Education administrator. After earning her doctorate in education, she was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University and at Bank Street College. She also founded the education-centric Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute. Memorial is being organized in collaboration with the FDA alumni and friends. Contact Vanessa Silva, Assistant to Principal of FDA at 212. 491.4107, X1551.

Shirley Godley and Ashley Flannagan-Brown will co-host the 3rd Reunion of THE MODERN SCHOOL, on Saturday, August 4 at 7 pm at Riccado’s By The Bridge, located at 21-01 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens. Founded in 1934 by Mildred Johnson, The Modern School was a Harlem based Black pre-school-elementary school, which closed in 90s. For more info, contact tmsmemories@gmail.com.

Caribbean Americans

More info on the achievements of Caribbean Americans during Caribbean American Heritage Month. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Debra Lee, BET Chair Emerita, Kamilah Forbes, executive producer, Apollo Theater Actors: Queen Latifah, Anna Maria Horsford, Jada Pinkett Smith MUSICIANS Sonny Rollins, Rihanna, Wycliffe Jean, 50 CENT. WRITERS/JOURNALISTS: Lynn Nottage, Dame Pearl Duncan, Constance White, Paule Marshall, Vynette Pryce, Joy Elliott , Malcolm Gladwell, Joseph Bethune, and Yusuf Khan PUBLISHERS Drs Faye and Karl Rodney, NY Carib News, Jean Wells, Positive Community; David Greaves, Our Time Press . EDUCATION: Professor Carol Boyce Davies, Cornell, Fern Khan, Dean Emerita, Bank Street, Professor Leyland Hazlewood, Javaid Khan, Professor Nafees Khan, PhD, Professor Yinka Stanford, Dr. Keith Taylor, Dr. Juanita Clark Merritt, and Wanda Ballard-Wingfield. NONPROFIT EXECUTIVES: Elizabeth Alexander, Mellon Foundation; Roy Paul, Cents Ability; Voza Rivers, Harlem Arts Alliance, Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and Stanley McIntosh.

The Caribbean Starr restaurant is the new kid on the block at Lenox Avenue at 124 Street, Harlem. It’s a winner. Opened for almost two months, word of mouth has been great for the bistro which boasts about being the jerk and seafood center. The menu is traditional Jamaican fare, including sizeable, delicious portions of ackee and codfish, jerk, fried, baked, stewed and curry chicken, curry goat, curry shrimps and oxtails. Cornmeal and banana porridge are breakfast faves. Special rice dished include seafood, callaloo, spinach and jerk tastes like some more, please! Yes, there are cowfoot, red peas and seafood soups. Caribbean Starr closes at 11 pm until it gets is beer and wine license. Most of the dishes exceed expectations which explains Starr’s early popularity. Call 917.261.7668

JUNE PLEASURES

The Harlem Swing Dance Society and the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra co- host TONIGHT WE DANCE A Night of Jazz and Swing, on June 16, 5-8 pm at the Marcus Garvey Park, at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, off 122 Street on Mt Morris Park West, Harlem. Sponsored by City Council member Bill Perkins, event is free and open to the public.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, June 17

Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams, NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton and Councilwoman Laurie Parks present the 3rd Annual CENTRAL BROOKLYN ARTS AND CULTURE WALK 2018, on June 24, from 12 - 5 pm, along Eastern Parkway, between Flatbush and Washington Avenues. Stages will be set up for dance and music performances, rides for children and a variety of arts and crafts activities are planned.


God First … Details To Follow

Excerpted from The Quest

Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla
By Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” —Matthew 6:33

Grazing cattle do not become angry or distressed if their pasture changes. Fish do not grow resentful as the mighty currents change their water. The cows will have grass to eat, and the fish still have a home. Animals, it seems, accept change as a fact of life.

If only we humans could do as well! How shockingly easy it is for us to jump off the path, only to chase down one blind alley after another in desperate pursuit of something—anything—which waves a seductive promise of fulfillment and satisfaction. But one by one, each alley leads to the same deadend: another alluring mirage which grows dim, disappears, and disappoints.

And so the days of our lives spin by as we quicken our pace to get more … more ... more. Or to do more … more … more. Or to be more ... more ... more. And the more we get, the more we want. The more we do, the more that needs to be done. The more we become, the more we want to be. Finally, in a frenzy if getting and doing and becoming, we exhaust ourselves, despairing of our hollowness and echoing Maxwell Anderson’s chilling words in the song “Lost in the Stars:”

Sometimes it seems as if God's gone away,
Forgetting the promise that we heard Him say,
And we’re lost out here in the stars.
Little stars—big stars—blowing though the night.
And we’re lost out here in the stars.

If you’ve ever looked into the night sky, undimmed by city lights so that you can see all the stars, you know the felling of insignificance which can overtake you. You can feel swept away by the incomprehensible magnitude of outer space. Yes, we are “out here in the stars.” We are in and of the stars, but we are not lost! Right where you stand is the hub of the universe, and you are the star of a cosmic extravaganza even more vast and grand than outer space. It is your own inner space. When you discover that universe, it becomes quite natural to live each day putting God first.

What does putting God first mean? It means being true to the Presence which made you. It means thinking and acting from your highest level and always being open to God's will as it seeks to unfold itself through you. It means, to use the farmer's metaphor, putting your hand to the plow and furrowing straight ahead rather than in meaningless circles, eyes neither to the left nor right but always fixed on God. Then the healing, the prosperity, the peace, or the whatever you have been hoping for will take root in your life.

When you place God first in your life, everything else easily sprouts and grows naturally. This is simply another way of phrasing Jesus’ “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

It’s so heartening to know know that with God first in your life, you don’t have to concern yourself with the details of how things are going to work out. The need to manipulate other people and the pressure to control events disappear.

Changes can take place all around you, and they will merely be experiences to learn or grow from or to accept or to ignore. The pastures may be relocated or the water changed, but that which counts the most can never change—the presence of God within you. The more you allow it free rein in your life, the less crucial the “pastures” and “water” become.

Perhaps you are already discovering this for yourself. Your concern over the details of life wane as your desire for something more, something greater, increases. The further you travel in your spiritual journey, the more you need and feel God.

Remember, the Power within you has infinite patience and comes forward only when It is called. As you enter this leg of your journey, do so with a joyful shout. Let your voice ring out through the primeval forests of you inner world: “O, Lord of my being, live Your life through me.”


Gospel Music Legend Melvin Williams Receives First EMMY Award Nomination

Melvin Williams
Melvin Williams 

New Documentary on PBS Follows Williams’ Journey from Mississippi Cotton Fields through Five-Decade Career in Music and Entertainment

Gospel Music legend Melvin Williams, a member of the award-winning Williams Brothers, has received a 2018 Southeast EMMY Award nomination for Special Event Coverage of his new documentary, “Melvin Williams: Down Home Gospel.” The film, which examines Williams’ journey from his roots in Smithdale, Mississippi, to a stellar, five-decade career in music and entertainment, will premiere nationally on PBS during Gospel Heritage Month 2018 (September) in more than 200 markets. The film initially aired on Mississippi Public Broadcasting on March 4, 2017, and January 26, 2018.

The 44th Annual Southeast Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by CNN’s Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, the Southeast EMMY Awards categories honor journalists, television producers, photographers, documentary filmmakers, and others making a positive difference by connecting audiences with new ideas and trusted information.

“I am honored to receive my first Emmy nomination for ‘Down Home Gospel,’” says Williams, a 19-time Stellar Gospel Music Award winner who has been singing since the age of 6. “I feel blessed to share my story and my family’s story with the world. I love gospel music, and I am on a mission to preserve its roots and culture globally.”

In “Down Home Gospel,” Williams’ acoustic band performs a stirring set, ranging from freedom songs to his own Gospel hits, including “Cooling Water.” He also talks about his humble beginnings in Mississippi, his parents, three sisters, and seven brothers (one brother died a few months after birth, and his brother Frank, who founded the Mississippi Mass Choir, passed away in 1993). He also shares stories about the family’s musical legacy, from the Little Williams Brothers to the Sensational Williams Brothers to the Williams Brothers to Melvin’s solo career, and how his brothers Frank and Huey of the famed Jackson Southernaires influenced his career. The 60-minute documentary features music from Williams’ ninth solo album, “Melvin Williams: Down Home Gospel,” which will be released this fall.


Religion Forgiveness

Forgiveness

By Rev Duke Tufty 

I would not carry with me
the glowing ember that burned my hand,
Nor would I go about my day with a sliver wedged deep into my skin.

In that same manner,
I release situations of the past
which disrupt my peace of mind and cause ill feelings,
for they only continue to hurt me
as long as I choose to hold on to them.

Today, I willingly forgive and release
all harsh feelings toward myself or others.
I rise above and move beyond uncomfortable memories,
and claim my right to live this day

with a Peaceful Mind,
a Peaceful Heart,
and a Peaceful Spirit.

I AM FREE, I AM UNLIMITED,

THERE ARE NO CHAINS THAT BIND ME.


Dandelion seeds floating in the air

Let Go! Let God Fill Your Need!

By Mary L. Kupferle 

If you are anxious, tense, or concerned about anything in your life, dear friend, begin now to relax, let go, and let God fill your need.

No matter what seems to be missing from your life—be it a much-loved person, a special place, an activity of great value, or a feeling of well-being—know that God is right now filling your need.

Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my need. Accept the reality that God's wisdom is ever present and available, ready to fill you with new understanding, light, and life. Let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate you from the desires of your heart. Let go! Let God fill your need!

God's light and substance and divine activity will move in and through you as you let go. God's creative process is awaiting your acceptance of its productive, healing action. Let your thoughts be lifted up. Let the presence of God dissolve your fears and doubts and remove every unbelief. Let go and let God within you do the work.

Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments throughout the day to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: I let go. I let God fill my need.

Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith and courage. Your http://www.unity.org/prayer will be more effective, and your understanding of the presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God's love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.

God always provides knowledge, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, supply, or anything else you need. Whatever your life experience appears to be, you have—at this very moment—an opportunity to let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and through you to fill your every need.

During the most critical point in the life of Jesus, when the minds and hearts of His disciples seemed totally depleted of courage and faith, their needs were filled. As the disciples viewed the amazing example of Jesus' quiet surrender, they learned of the miracle-working power of letting go and letting God. Their eyes and minds and hearts were opened to the message of abundant life, eternal life, and love for all humanity.

God's love and goodness will always fill every need in your circumstances, every hunger of your heart, every longing of your soul for peace and assurance, and every good desire for the expression of eternal life and well-being.

Although it may sometimes seem you are separated from that which has been your greatest avenue of comfort, security, or supply, remember: God always fills your need. No matter how great the gulf seems between you and the solution to your deepest desire, you can trust God. Tell yourself again and again, as often as you need to do so: I let go. I let God fill my need.

Let go. Let God fill your need. God never leaves a void. God will never desert you or forsake you. God's presence of love and wisdom is ever nurturing your soul in its gradual unfoldment of spiritual potential. God's power is ever at work within every circumstance. As you let go and trust God, everything is transformed—yes, everything—into a blessing. God continuously makes dark places light, rough places smooth, crooked places straight, and empty places full—full of loving-kindness and abundance of joy.

Let go. Let God fill your need. Let the creative process of God begin now to fill every point in your life that needs the touch of divine love and healing power. God is ready to do what you cannot do by yourself.


Think on These Things

Frank I. Williams
By Reverend Frank I. Williams 

Are You Ready for the Word?

"My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2

When last have you had a Gospel Conversation with someone? Maybe you're thinking that in today's culture it is best not to have spiritual conversations with people, and just let them believe what they choose. Or maybe you are uncomfortable bringing up the topic of God and Jesus Christ. We all experience fears, feelings of uncertainty, and being unprepared to respond to questions others may ask, or opposing arguments one might encounter when having a Gospel conversation. Sometimes, one my even feel unqualified to share the Gospel because they are struggling with their own personal issues and don't want to come across like they have it all together. I understand that, and so does God. The truth is, no one is ever good enough to deserve or earn the grace of God. So, when we share in Gospel conversations with others, it is an attempt to offer good news to a friend or a stranger of what God has provided to all of humanity to prepare us to have eternal life. With this in mind, I invite you to look at our main verses above and consider why is it so essential to share the Gospel with family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.

John uses the word "advocate" when referring to what we need with the Father. The word advocate in New Testament Greek is the word parakletos. The prefix "para"means to be beside, or to stand side by side. Jesus is our Advocate before the Father in Heaven. Advocates are qualified people, like an attorney, who appear before a person in authority to defend or speak in favor of their client. You may be wondering, "Why do I need an advocate with God the Father?" Romans 5:8-9, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." In John 10:32-33 Jesus states, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus is our best defense when facing God's eventual judgment of humanity. He administers His redemptive blood on behalf of those who have believed on Him. To be honest, it is dangerous for one to assume that all is well with their soul just because one feels that way. God’s decisions are not based on your feelings or mine, they are based on His principles. 1 John 2:23 furthers this thought, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” At first glance this seems so closed and exclusive in a pluralistic society. However, we can only offer to others what we have received. Additionally, any truth claim must be attached to an actual Source that is able to actualize its proposition. It is not enough for anyone to just believe anything. Our belief must not be detached conjecture, truth necessitates that belief is tethered to it. When one determines that they will meet God on their own terms, this is not brave, it is foolish. It is unwise for us to face God courageously, as if we have some kind of personal merit, or valid case to argue before God. No, let Jesus argue your case on your behalf. Even our legal system teaches us to secure an attorney when you are in trouble with the law or dealing with a matter of legal importance. We have all broken God’s laws and we need an Advocate, and One has already been appointed by the courts of Heaven, His name is Jesus. Won't you make His yours today. Won't you share this in a Gospel conversation with someone else. It could change their life forever. Until next time, walk good my friends and think on these things.

Soul Vibrations Corner

YOUR ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST

ARIES: March 21 - April 20

The trick is to sift through everything that comes your way and select just exactly what you need. The energy you feel will help you to reach your goals. It's vital that you don't promise the world to everyone. While this could help for the present, it may create complications for the future. Little mistakes are easier to correct before their consequences grow too big. You're still at the stage where you can have fun with this. You'll gain exceptional mental clarity & be able to learn concepts fast. Lucky Numbers: 33,40, 44, 45, 46, 48

TAURUS: April 21 - May 20

Try to create an atmosphere of trust. Someone else may get all the glory, but you'll learn an invaluable lesson, that will take you on to even greater triumph. You'll find ordinarily annoying people are surprisingly easy to get along with. Harmonic vibrations will mount to passionate trembles. By week's end, you might find yourself in the arms of the most unlikely person imaginable. Lucky Numbers: 3,10, 11, 18, 27, 40

GEMINI: May 22 - June 21

Be careful when dealing with affairs of the heart. One-sided relationships will be hurtful if you don't keep them in perspective. Don't become fanatical about your fantasies. Limitations due to a lack of open communication are apparent. You will pick up some valuable information if you spend time with an older relative who shares your interests. Attend an antique auction or a flea market. You'll find some good buys. Lucky Numbers: 20,25, 30, 36, 40, 45

CANCER: June 22 - July 23

You need to focus on your career. Your humor, versatility and charm will attract just about anyone you're interested in. Don't hold back; let others know exactly what you think and how you feel about them. You'll accomplish the most if you travel for business purposes. If you have an idea, present it. Don't take on too strenuous a task. Minor injury or exhaustion will result if you do. Make changes in your home that will add to your comfort. It's time to pamper yourself for a change. Lucky Numbers: 12,17, 27, 38, 39, 49

LEO: July 24 - Aug 22

Meditation, plants and pets will reconnect you with your role in the physical world. Try to organize you time to fit everything in without too much stress. Give a little, take a little. Compromise will become your theme. Once you have your priorities straight, you'll be able to start to look at new perspectives & opinions. By week's end, you may want to invite friends over or plan a little casual celebration. Lucky Numbers: 6,18, 19, 32, 42, 45

VIRGO: Aug 23- Sept 22

Do things that make you happy. Be direct in your conversations. Don't let colleagues back you into a corner. You will have to learn to say no if you don't want to be taken for granted. You will have excellent ideas for getting work done more efficiently. Don't let anyone stand in your way. You aren't a follower. It's time you made yourself heard. Use your skills to get things accomplished. You may not please everyone, but that's to be expected. Don't take others for granted or promise more than you can deliver. You will find yourself in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Overindulgence must be avoided. Lucky Numbers: 23,30, 33, 34, 43, 44

LIBRA: Sept 23 - Oct 22

Get out there and enjoy all that life has to give. Look past others misgivings in order to take advantage of their expertise. You may not understand all the workings of a new technology, but you can figure out how to use it for your own purpose. Check your list and make sure you cover all the bases. Others will be ready to open up to you and to share all of what they have, both spiritually and physically. In time, you'll do well, but don't expect the cash to flow immediately. Your financial picture will brighten, as time goes on. Lucky Numbers: 33,40, 41, 43, 44, 49

SCORPIO: Oct 23 - Nov 22

If this strategy has worked for you in the past, then it will probably work again. Strike a happy medium with authorities who are being too rigid about your boundaries. An apology, a smile or a hug will get you what you want. Things are changing quickly and you need to get with the program. True friendships will be able to withstand the upcoming changes. By week's end you'll feel in control once again. Friends and family will notice the transformation and be very happy with the results. You'll have the upper hand in a friendship or romance. Promise them a massage and your wish will be their command. Lucky Numbers: 19,20, 28, 32, 35, 47

SAGITTARIUS: Nov 23 - Dec 22

Partnerships will bring you more resources than if you try to go it alone. Listen to reason rather than emotion. If you start to promote your own ideas others will find it hard to deny your requests. By week's end, you should try to slow down your pace a little so you don't forget certain details that are important to you. You'll need a cool and level head while others are losing theirs. A secret will be revealed in time, so you'd better learn to wait. Know your limits and try to work within them. Open the pressure valve in your head and try to relax. Lucky Numbers: 1,13, 14, 32, 33, 43

CAPRICORN: Dec 23 - Jan 20

Your positive flow has actually put you in a better position than you were before. You may have to act before you think you are ready to do so. Trust your intuition and don't allow others to intimidate you. Friendships and love relationships will flourish once you decide to speak strongly from your heart. Your wishes and dreams will thrive on the new secure place you've found within yourself. Others will feel the energy and benefit greatly from your warmth. Lucky Numbers: 1,12, 23, 25, 26, 32

AQUARIUS: Jan 21 - Feb 19

Your message will come across in a way that encourages others want to join in. You know just which emotions to draw out of others and when to do it. You could combine valid points of view to provide a dynamic effort. Supporters will rally for your cause. Look upward and forward. Doubts should not be considered an option. Teamwork is easy for you and it could prove to be very profitable, in the long run. You'll come out ahead no matter where you start from. By week's end, you may get tired of being patient. Selfishness will try to rear it's ugly head, unless you get what's rightfully yours. Do what you can to maintain your composure but don't give up on your dreams. Lucky Numbers: 7,15, 16, 18, 22, 42

PISCES: Feb 20 - March 20

It's better to keep quiet than to be negative. A surprise will shake things up and provide you with some answers. Try to be as discreet as possible. You're ready to accept the news but not everybody is. If you expect the circumstances to change, you'll be ahead of the competition. By week's end, you should take a couple of days to just lay low and wait. Your idea of home is broad and your positive approach will have a profound effect on those around you. Find out their likes and dislikes. Lucky Numbers: 21,30, 33, 38, 47, 48