Archive | August, 2016

The Call – Transcript

17 Aug

THE CALL
Dr. Jones sings: I give myself away. I give myself away so you can use me. I give myself away. I give myself away so you can use me.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THE HOUSE THAT DIGNITY BUILT.
I AM DR. DAINTEE G. JONES, AND I AM HONORED TO HAVE A MOMENT TO SPEAK WITH YOU. THE HOUSE THAT DIGNITY BUILT, AN INITIATIVE OF THE DIGNITY IN DIRECTION GROUP, IS A COLLABORATION OF MINISTERS WHO ARE EAGER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR FIRST SERIES OF MESSAGES HAVE A THEME CALLED ‘THE SUM OF PEACE’ WHERE OUR MINISTERS WILL PREACH AND TEACH ON THE ELEMENTS OF PRAYER, PRAISE, PROTECTION, POLICY OR CULTURAL CHANGE, PARTICIPATION, AND PERSISTENCE.

THIS SERIES IS IN RESPONSE TO THE INCREASED LEVELS OF VIOLENCE IN OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY, SO WE WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT BY BEING ON ONE ACCORD, ONE OF PEACE.

BEFORE WE BEGIN OUR NEW SERIES IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, I’D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SHARE MY MINISTERIAL TESTIMONY WITH YOU.

DURING DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE, I’VE RECEIVED A CALL THAT CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF MY JOURNEY. ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES I RECEIVED A CALL WAS FROM A DIRECTOR WHO WAS STAFFING A PLAY AT THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. SHE HAD LOST A PERFORMER, AND CALLED ME TO FILL IN FOR THE ENTIRE RUN OF THE SHOW. I DIDN’T HAVE TO AUDITION EVEN THOUGH I WASN’T A THEATRE MAJOR. I RECEIVED HER CALL BECAUSE I HAD VOLUNTEERED WITH HER FOR A CHURCH DRAMA MINISTRY AND HAD PROVEN TO BE DEPENDABLE, SO WHILE I HAD NO AMBITION TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER, I ANSWERED THE CALL.

ONCE I STARTED REHEARSALS AT THE THEATRE, I WAS ASKED BY SOME OF THE OTHER PERFORMERS WHERE I’D STUDIED AND WHAT HAD BEEN MY MAJOR. SOME WERE A LITTLE WORRIED THAT I HAD STUDIED BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RATHER THAN THEATER. I WAS EVEN TOLD THAT I WAS TAKING A JOB AWAY FROM A REAL ACTOR, AND THAT IT WASN’T FAIR FOR ME TO DO THAT. WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FAVOR SIMPLY ISN’T FAIR. I ANSWERED THE CALL THAT I RECEIVED.

YEARS LATER, I RECEIVED ANOTHER CALL. I WAS HIRED TO WORK AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR; HOWEVER, ONCE I ACCEPTED THE POSITION, I WAS ASKED TO SERVE AS CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT. I KNEW FROM WORKING IN HIGHER EDUCATION FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES THAT THIS WAS NOT A COMMON OCCURRENCE, SO I LEAPT AT THE OPPORTUNITY. AND AGAIN, I WAS APPROACHED BY SOME WHO SAID THAT I HAD NO RIGHT TO ACCEPT THIS ROLE, BUT MY RESPONSE WAS THE SAME. I ANSWERED THE CALL THAT I RECEIVED.

NOW, LET’S FAST FORWARD TO TODAY. I HAVE RECEIVED THE CALL OF MINISTRY. I DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING; NOR DID I ASK FOR THIS DUTY, BUT HERE IT IS. I WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WORKING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, AND I’D GLADLY ACCEPTED THE ROLE OF THE TRIBE OF ISSACHAR WHO ARE KNOWN AS PROFESSORS. YET, THE DREAM THAT I’D HAD WHERE I WAS ESCORTED TO A FOUNTAIN WITH THE HEAD OF A LION HAS BEEN MANIFESTED. THE TRIBE OF JUDAH IS REPRESENTED BY THE SYMBOL OF THE LION, AND THIS TRIBE IS A CLAN OF PRAISE AND PRAYER. LORD GOD, I AM READY TO PRAISE YOU. ALSO, I’VE ACCEPTED THE TRIBE OF LEVI SINCE THERE ARE MINISTERS ON BOTH SIDES OF MY FAMILY’S LINEAGE. YOU SEE, IT’S IN MY BLOOD. BESIDES 1 PETER 2:5 CLAIMS THAT EACH OF US IS “BEING BUILT INTO A SPRIRITUAL HOUSE TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD”. ALSO, I AM CALLING ON THE SKILLS OF THE TRIBE OF GAD WHO WAS ABLE TO CREATE A WORTHY COMPANY OF WARRIORS. THE MINISTERS OF THE HOUSE THAT DIGNITY BUILT FIT THIS DESCRIPTION OF WARRIORS AS THEY FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENCE.

I’VE ALREADY BEEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS CALL TO MINISTRY SINCE I AM A WOMAN, AND I HAVEN’T ATTENDED A SEMINARY, BUT I EMPHATICALLY REPEAT MY REPLY WITH A RESOUNDING EXCLAMATION. I HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL THAT I RECEIVED, AND LIKE MOSES, SOMETIMES I STUTTER, BUT I WON’T LET ANYONE ELSE SPEAK FOR ME. LIKE DEBORAH, SOMETIMES GOD CHOOSES WOMEN TO OVERTAKE THE ENEMY. LIKE JOSEPH, SOMETIMES MY DREAMS BECOME SOLID IN MY WAKING HOURS. LIKE PAUL, I HAD TO CHANGE TO MY NAME. LIKE ESTHER, I WAS CHOSEN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. LIKE SAMPSON, GOD HAS GIVEN ME STRENGTH TO BE EQUIPPED FOR MY WORK.

SO MY QUESTION FOR THESE DOUBTERS IS THIS: “HAVE THEY ANSWERED THEIR OWN CALLS?” THEIR CALLS SHOULD BE FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN QUESTIONING MINE. I REJOICE IN BEING MYSELF AND FOLLOWING THE CALL THAT GOD GAVE TO ME; AND I PRAY THAT OTHERS RECEIVE THE FULL BOUNTY OF WHAT GOD HAS FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO ANSWER THEIR OWN CALLS.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY! LET HIM USE US IN A MIGHTY, MIGHTY WAY!

AGAIN, I’M DR. DAINTEE G. JONES, AND THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE THAT DIGNITY BUILT.

STAY TUNED FOR OUR UPCOMING SERIES CALLED THE SUM OF PEACE. FOR THE FIRST SERMONS, WE WILL FOCUS UPON PRAYER AS AN ELEMENT OF PEACE. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EXCITING ENDEAVOR!

UNTIL NEXT TIME, I PRAY THAT YOUR LIFE IS ONE OF IMPACT AND POWER, AND THAT YOU’VE ANSWERED YOUR OWN CALL. AMEN AND ASE’.

(The YouTube clip for this speech is located at https://youtu.be/Io4s9XGbg64)

Direct your path to enjoy your journey!

Dr. Daintee G. Jones

Founder

The House that Dignity Built Ministries

an initiative of The Dignity in Direction Group

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Kimberly Nicole Art

7 Aug

Hello Dignity readers,

If you are fans of contemporary art, consider viewing or purchasing art by Kimberly Nicole, a Houston artist who has a strong grasp of geometrics, color, and abstraction.

Some of her pieces include ‘Emerge’ where a woman emerges from water in a similar fashion to the Aphrodite or Venus at her birth. In contrast to the goddess, Kimberly’s figure emerges with only the face breaking from water, as if her birth is still in process. Kimberly captured an actual image of a woman, and created a sensory-rich experience from it.

Another interesting piece is called ‘Rehearsal’ where she imposes pointellistic effects onto a background with intertwined dancers as the paintings’ focus.

My favorite piece is her rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King that is called ‘Dream On’. It is infused with jewel tones where Dr. King is covered with fiery effects. The church’s wall are green as if to depict the harvest of reproducing fruit while the congregants are blue. This blue hue appears to denote the somber emotions of people in the middle of a struggle.

For her contact information, visit my website at http://dignityclasses.weebly.com/featured-businesses.html

Direct your path to enjoy your journey!

Dr. Daintee G. Jones
Founder
The Dignity in Direction Group
http://dignityclasses.weebly.com