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‪17-year-old Virginia Christian was the first and last female juvenile to be executed in the electric chair. At a time when Jim Crow legislation and racial purity laws were in effect, Virginia was not granted a fair trial. Virginia was a servant to Mrs. Ida Virginia Belote, a 72-year-old white woman from Hampton, Virginia. Ida was known to frequently beat and berate Virginia and on the 18th of March, 1912, she accused her of stealing a locket and skirt.‬ ‪

Virginia denied these claims before Ida started to beat her with a cuspidor. Ida then reached for a nearby broom but Virginia managed to grab it before her and cracked Ida over the head. Ida started to scream and in an attempt to muffle the screams, Virginia shoved a towel in Ida’s mouth, causing her to suffocate. She readily confessed to the murder. The following morning, newspapers described Virginia as: “A full-blooded negress, with kinky hair done up in threads, with dark lustreless eyes and with splotches on the skin of her face. Her color is dark brown and her figure is short, dumpy and squashy. She has had some schooling but her speech does not betray it. Her language is the same as the unlettered members of her race.“‬ ‪

Virginia was not allowed to defend herself or explain her actions. The constant beatings from Ida were not taken into consideration. Five months later, Virginia was executed.‬

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“Amid the chaos of that day when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots and all I could smell was the violence in the air I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true. That three words went through my mind endlessly. Repeating themselves like a broken record. You’re so cool. You’re so cool. You’re so cool.”

True Romance, 1993 (dir. Tony Scott)

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. - Zechariah 4:10
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It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring photographer, business owner, or you’re desiring more recognition at your work, or approval from your family, God wants to use you, small beginnings and all.
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It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t accomplished by now. Now is not the time to look down on yourself or lose faith in what God can do. Don’t stop dreaming. Don’t stop journaling and writing down those things that you want to do to bring Him glory!
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This verse is a part of one of the eight visions God gave to the prophet Zechariah where He would reveal to Zechariah His plan for Israel. This vision here was about Zerubbabel, who was the head of the tribe of Judah and the one who would rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. What’s important to know is that while the temple needed to be built, it didn’t happen right away. The foundation was laid down, but it took years for the temple to be finished.
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Remember this in your life. It’s okay if you haven’t made the progress you thought you would have made by now. Don’t despise where you are right now. Keep trusting God because there is more ahead!
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It doesn’t matter if you work at a coffee shop or a law firm, understand that God uses every single day of your life to work together for good. Even when your tasks at work seem mundane, or customers or clients are wearing you down, you’re getting stronger in these moments. Day by day, God is refining you and preparing you for what is ahead.
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So keep planting seeds. Even when no one is looking. Even when you’re being overlooked. Because even if no one supports you or stands by you, God sees those that are being faithful and He honors that. He sees those who aren’t doing things for their own selfish gain and He blesses that.
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Those seeds will grow.
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Keep planting.
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Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo