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Betsy A. Calloway
God’s unmerited favor…
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:8 about how God’s grace is sufficient. When you have a revelation about the grace of God, and how we are so undeserving, but because the love God has for his children, He extends grace into our lives each and everyday. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
My life is teaching me this- everyday I am overwhelmed with gratefulness of how the Lord continues to watch over me, protect me, provides for me, and allows for me to feel His presence in my life. But for His grace, I would be lost.
Amazing Grace, how sweet it is.
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The Speak Life Movement was born out of a unique crossroad of racial tensions and unity in America. America had just experienced 3 verdicts that epitomized the under toned racial inequalities that were always present here in America, but was brought to the forefront through the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown case, the Eric Garner case, and the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin trail. In the era of social media such as, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, people are using words and imagery to express their anger, their grief, their feelings of injustice- in 140 characters or less. The stark white words on the backdrop of solid black t-shirts, “I can’t breathe,” or the words spray painted on cardboard, “hands up.” All depict so vividly the pain, the outrage, the suffering, the disappointment that America is experiencing. Now, more than ever before, people are using singular words and single snap pictures, to say and express their turmoil and vast well of feelings and emotions, just like when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg Church door.
The Speak Life Movement ignites the conscious awareness of the POWER of the spoken and written word. Its premise is that words are alive, an entity that lives, breathes, reproduces, creates, destroys, divides, and unites. It has the power to build up nations, and it has the same power to destroy generations of people. Words have the power to influence the greatest and most powerful leaders of our time. Think about some of the most transformative speeches in history. Dr. Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, resonated throughout every man, woman, and child who has ever heard those words. For 17 minutes, King strategically and craftily arranged and aligned his words, as a conductor to an orchestra. He knew his words could evoke the change that America needed so desperately. We were looking for a voice who could express exactly what America was feeling inside, what the world was feeling inside. A dream, expressed through words, became action. Words effect change. We believe in breadth and depth of words, and the power of what they can become.
The Speak Life Movement offers a platform for people to share their stories of tragedy and pain, and how they transformed that energy into triumph and victory. Everyone has a story; we can learn and grow from the tragedies that shatter our world. We can gather strength, fortitude, and resilience from the tragedies that are all around us. Suffering comes to us all, but for a reason. All this pain and all this loss is for a reason. Maybe these things happen to open our eyes of our souls, to see beyond the physical attributes that make us different, but allow us to see what makes us the same. See beyond the skin of brown, white, honey, or caramel, but see the beauty that lies within me- see my spirit of love, generosity, compassion, concern, and the desire to want to make a change in this world, but I’m not sure how.
Let us speak words of LIFE. Words that builds and uplifts. Words that inspire and activates positive change in this world. Words that become action. Words that pursue justice and truth. Words that are honest and transparent. Words that love and heal. Words that gives us strength. Words that comfort us during our darkest hour. Words that brings peace and eases anxiety. Words that dismantles anger and diffuses hate. Words that harmonizes with the melody of the soul. Words that create joy. Words whose seeds of greatness, will bring forth a harvest of impactful change.
Even the words- Speak LIFE evokes the divine energy to create a momentum of consciousness of what you speak from your mouth, or what you decide to write from the tips of your fingers.
Will your words create a life of positivity and beauty, or will your words be those that tear down and create hate and discourse. Be intentional in your words, for words become action.
Betsy A. Calloway
It’s been a challenging couple of months for me. I’ve had numerous hospital stays lasting no shorter than 5 days each visit. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing the battle with my failing kidneys, sometimes I feel like I’m believing in hope, but hope does not believe in me. Some days I feel angry, and some days I feel indifferent to my circumstances. But what I have realized about myself, which I already knew, but life likes to test what you think you know- I DO NOT GIVE UP!!!
Even though I have had a few set backs, I feel the need to brush myself off and get back up and try harder. I am determined to share my story, and I am determined to help as many people I can in the process. I don’t know how I am going to accomplish all this, but I will.
All this pain, and all this loss is not for nothing. I will accomplish all that God has imparted in me.
Speak LIFE Movement- it’s here.
Life is beautiful, and I intend on living it with that perspective. I came across a youtube video of a young woman who has decided to accept her lot in life to an early and planned death. Yes, I said it, a planned death. She was diagnosed with brain cancer, one of the most deadliest brain cancers that modern medicine describes. She has decided to die two days after her husband’s birthday.
As I listened to her story, I couldn’t help but feeling deep in my heart- fight to live. Why don’t you fight to live? I am very transparent with my life, and the challenges that I have encountered since I was a small child. I faced many horrifying events that could have killed me, or left my mind in a state of no return. None of these things set root in my spirit, because I choose to live. Not only do I choose to live, I choose to live a life of abundance, prosperity, and joy.
I believe there will be a point in all of our lives, where we will be put in a position to really fight for what we believe we deserve. That fight will come to your door, whether you will step up and accept the challenge, that is your decision to come to, but the revolution is here.
The same energy it takes to accept defeat, is the same energy to accept victory.
Please do not mistake my outpouring, as judgement. We all have our own paths to walk. My heart goes out to her, because I know what it is to face death, and say to it, not today- it is not my time. I choose to fight the good fight, until the Lord calls me home. You can accept what the doctors say, as the final word, or you can say, thank you, but no thanks- I’m going to live, and live fully.
She has come to a place of acceptance, and she has accepted death. We will all leave this earth, and she is choosing to leave in the manner that she desires. I pray that she knows the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior, and I pray for peace and love to flood her life and heart. And when she does passes, I pray for peace and comfort for her family.
There is so much to live for, be intentional in your life. Live with purpose and value. Contribute to the people around and to this world. Live life with love in your heart for all people, be that source of love that so many people are desperately searching for.
The Habit Poem
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command
Half of things you do might as well turn over to me and I will do them- quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed- you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin- I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am HABIT.
I was leaning to write on a different topic, but I was so compelled to write about how I am feeling at this moment in time. The challenge is how does one convey a feeling that is so deep, and so overwhelming that words fall short to even begin to portray how you feel inside. You see, I have a love that is so complete, that even though my life is not perfect, I am confident that God will bring into His fullness. That I will not lack in any part of my life.
It has been a long and difficult road. I made a lot of choices that have brought me to where I am today. If I had submitted to the Will and Purpose of God a lot sooner, maybe I wouldn’t have incurred the hardships that I’ve endured. However, I realize that I had to travel that road, in order for me to finally come to this place of acceptance. Full and complete acceptance of my mission at hand. And many of you may not even understand what I am speaking of, but for those who do, you understand completely.
Tonight, I wept. I wept for all that I loss along the way. I wept for what was, and what could have been. I wept for the disappointments and the hardships. I wept because I understood that I am exactly where God’s wants me and sometimes- a lot of times it is lonely and hard. I wept for others who have loss. I begin to feel an overwhelming pain for others. It was like God allowed me to just feel what He feels for His children. Just a small sample, and just for a very brief time. I wept for being so in love with a man I haven’t even met yet, and to accept his love for me. Tonight, I wept because of God’s undeniable for me.
I begin to wonder what did I do, to deserve such grace and mercy- such love. And I realized that I did not do anything, it is God’s grace that is sufficient for me. There is nothing I can do, other than, be obedient and fully dedicate my life to Christ. To live a life that is reflection of God’s love. There is a song that I have been listening to the last few days by Chris Tomlin, called Indescribable. And there is a verse that says this, “…You see the depths of my heart, and you love me the same…”
God sees everything, and knows everything about me, and still He loves me, and has chosen me to fulfill His purpose for my life. My heart is so humbled every time I think of that. Someone like myself, who is so insignificant, His love gives my life meaning and purpose. I thank God for using me for such a time as this, that He has set me apart to complete His Will. I fully commit and surrender to you.