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A Moment of Transparency #1 (Testimony Time)

Many of you know me as “Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer”, serving up hope to all of those in need through music, poetry, and encouraging writing. What many people don’t know are the battles I face daily, working to overcome. I keep a lot in because my nature is to help others, not complain. Because that is not right to do, I’ve decided to start a new series of short writings entitled, “Moments of Transparency” to get more personal with my audience. This is the first installment, “Testimony Time”. Enjoy!

Report from my doctor’s visit: All of my bloodwork came back excellent, praise God! After being in and out of doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms 6 times in the past 8 month’s, it has been a ride with my health. They contributed my spikes in blood pressure and panic attacks to my GAD diagnosis (General Anxiety Disorder), hereditary factors, stress mainly driven by fear of Covid-19, fear of family/friend loss, oversaturation of social media, and other external and subconscious factors. I was advised to continue to meet with my mental health therapist, do meditations daily, breathing exercises, yoga, and self care. My mind had my body in a state of panic, and the physical effects of that are so real! I wrote all of this to say that mental health is so important y’all. It put into perspective for me why Christ said “Do not worry about your life” in Matthew 6. Why Paul said “Do not conform to the patterns of thinking of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” in Romans 12. Moral of the story.. Give it to God and protect your mental state. This is my testimony. Praising God for His grace and mercy on my mind, body, and soul! 🙌🏾

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The Front Lines…

My newest song is a tribute to all of those that have been affected by COVID-19, as today is the one year anniversary of the pandemic. To those that sacrifice daily…this is our way of saying thank you. Check out “The Front Lines” when you have a moment, and share it with any front line workers or patients when you have a moment. God bless- Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer

Tribute To Those Affected By COVID-19
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Listen to “Get Ya’ Power Up! “Next Level Anthem” (Full Audio Track) Produced by Raisi K!” on YouTube

Be encouraged from this short song everyone! I hope everyone likes the Super Mario Bros. sample in the music! Remember, God loves you!

https://youtu.be/tepbZeeJ170

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Watch “Transparency (New Song 2020) *Music Credit To Raisi K*” on YouTube

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Because most of us weren’t raised to be transparent…

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My Morning Prayer- By Vintage Retroman

I thank You for waking me up this morning/

And sending me on my way/

I thank You for Your grace and mercy/

To be with me this day/

I thank you for loving me continuously/

And keeping me in Your heart/

It is because of You that I woke up this morning/

For God You gave me a new start/

God the Father, I thank You for Your infinite power/

Jesus, thank You for dying for me/

Holy Spirit, i can’t take credit for this poem/

It was You that planted the seed/

My life is not easy or fun at this time, I’m not battling one demon but a few/

But this i know, every stronghold i have in my life, can easily be defeated by You/

So I ask for Your blessing and I ask in this prayer/

Give me love, hope, patience and Your eyes/

So when trouble comes my way that I know it cannot stay/

And I’ll never be taken by surprise/

I love you Lord and I’ll never measure up to the sheer amount of grace that you’ve given to me/

I just thank You for my faith, for my family, for my friends, and just simply one more opportunity.

Amen

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Tribute to My Father, 03/22/2018 from V.R. Rest in Peace Dad.

I truly can remember back as far as about 1987 in my life. I was born in 1983 so I was around 4 years old. My earliest memories of my dad was of him taking me and my older brothers and sisters fishing. I am the youngest of 8 children, so this was significant to me. My dad was the best fisherman I had ever met. We didn’t have much money growing up, so when we fished we did it not for sport, but to eat. My mom had a garden and kept fresh vegetables to cook. My father worked 2-3 jobs just to meet the basic necessities of life. We rarely went out to eat and even more rarely went anywhere outside our town. As I grew up I watched my dad work so hard with our family based cleaning business. My dad built his business in the late 80’s and early 90’s through hard work. My father was such an example of a strong man, not only to his 8 kids but his 25 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, my friends at school, the church and the community. He loved my mom more than life itself. They were married for 47 years! My dad is my hero because despite his mistakes he proved that you don’t have to be a perfect man to be a darn good one! Growing up I remember my father taking us to the drive-in movie theater because it was much cheaper and they had better food than the traditional cinema. He sacrificed to purchase our family the Nintendo Entertainment System and other forms of entertainment when he really didn’t have the money. He played football with us in the back yard. He took us to the Blockbuster video store on Friday nights to check out the latest new releases on VHS. He showed us how to have simple fun and save money through visits to the parks and picnics at nearby lakes. My love of all types of music came from him. To this day I love and appreciate every type of music, from folk to hip-hop, from 70’s and 80’s soft rock to contemporary Christian. My love for sports came from our family sitting in his room watching football and wrestling. Our family was and still are diehard Carolina Panthers fans (Being that we are from North Carolina). But before the Panthers came into the NFL in 1995, all of us loved the San Fransisco 49ers since I could remember (except my brother Deshawn who has always been a Cowboys fan). I’m talking the Joe Montana, Jerry Rice 49ers.  I remember the funny talks my pop had with my brothers and sisters. I remember the political debates between him and my mom in the 1988 and 1992 presidential elections (my mom being a moderate republican and my dad being a traditional Kennedy Democrat at that time). Then after their debate I can see my dad hugging my mom and giving her a kiss and a sarcastic “You don’t know what you’re talking about, but i love you anyway.” 🙂 He taught us all how to never give up! His marriage was a testament to that. Through example he taught me how to love and support my wife and our 4 children. As I sit here with tears in my eyes still finding it hard to believe my pop is gone, I cant help but reminisce on the times we had. Most importantly, my dad loved His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He gave his life to Jesus about 7 or 8 years ago, so i find comfort in knowing that my dad is in the best place, Heaven. Rest in peace to my hero, my dad, my best friend Edward T. Price.

V.R.