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Preferred Collection





Cathy Johnson Pendleton, Author



And



Cody Beasley, Artist



Copyright © 1989-2017 by Cathy D. Johnson-Pendleton

Copyright 1991, 1996 and 2001 by Cody Beasley



All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review or article, without written permission from the author, illustrator or publisher.



CONTENTS

About the Author

About the Artist

Acknowledgments



Part One: Thoughts to Ponder

Uncertainty

Please Don’t Judge Me

I Still Wonder

God I Need You

Realization

The Credit and Thanks are His

I Want a Man Like God

Dear God

I’ll Tell My Father

Focus

Stingy Me

Go to You

Take Me for Granted

Looking Within

God Deserves the Same

If God Was Human

Down the Road, Not Alone



Part Two: Daily Concerns

Worldly Passions



CONTENTS

War in North America

The Way It Is

Speak

Society’s Not Bothered

Jealousy Breeds Oppression

Lazy Man

Pains of Distinction

Perception

Struggle to Survive

Elite

Dear Landlord



Part Three: Scratching the Surface

You Shot Your Friend

Love

Togetherness

It’s My Life

Racism

Faces of Pain

Discrimination

Who Cares

Bullies

Something Better

Pain



CONTENTS

City Streets

Jungle City

Hang in There—People of Poverty

Black Men: Wake Up

Oppression

The City’s Expenses

A Different Color







































ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cathy D. Johnson Pendleton is a Christian. She attended Cornell College and received a degree in political science and history. Mrs. Johnson-Pendleton served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Mrs. Johnson-Pendleton worked with both the Clinton-Gore and Reagan-Bush campaigns. She has worked as a counselor with children in homeless shelters for families.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Cody Beasley is a Christian as well as an artist. He also served in the United States Armed Forces as a combat engineer.



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank God for inspiring me to finish this book. This is to all of my friends and family who supported me and encouraged me to continue.

I would like to especially thank my husband, Robert L. Pendleton, Sr., for believing in me. A special thanks goes out to the artist, Edward Taylor for his piece, and a student at Laurel High School.





























PART ONE: THOUGHTS TO PONDER



UNCERTAINTY

I don’t know what to do,

Tell me, Jesus;

I know not where to go,

Or where my life will be;

Tell Me, Jesus

What direction you want me to go?



Let me know where my feet should go?

I don’t know what plans you have for my life;

What will my career be?

Tell me, Jesus

Where will my life be?





























































PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME

Have you ever seen people who look at you and stare?

They place a label on you that says you’re not all there.

The label they put on you says you’re no good.

And then they begin to make fun of you.


If you are not doing the things they feel you should do,

Then they begin to scar you.

Some say you’re not any good;

Oh please, don’t make fun of me—

Because you don’t know when my God is coming down here

To make everything okay.



Because God is Superhuman,

My God can take a bad situation and turn it to a positive thing.

Don’t make fun of me.

Because the very ones that you put down, wears a crown

And will end up having everything.



My God does not differentiate between his children.

He makes no distinction among his flock.

So don’t laugh,

Cause you’ll never know when he will turn everything around upside down.

And you will be confused

For putting me down.

God is superhuman

So mighty, that He can do anything.

My God is more than sufficient and He loves me.



I STILL WONDER

I’m beginning to wonder,

To question my beliefs.

Even though God has answered my prayers,

I still don’t believe.

I go back to my Bible

And I wonder is it all true.

But everything in the Bible is truth.

Because when you see how life is,

Then you’ll know that the Bible is real.

Still, I keep going.



My life seems as though

It has been suppressed;

I wonder should I keep going on,

Knowing that I might not have success.


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