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Encouraged by a cell phone


To all of you that use the cell phone light like I do, I just want to say this.  For me, as I was walking through my dark house trying to get to my bedroom, it was truly an exercise in faith. I could only see the light at my feet. I had to trust that even though I could only see three feet in front of me, if I kept following this light, I would get there.

It reminded me of a scripture in the bible, Psalm 119:105 "The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my pathway." Back in those days when people would travel through the night, they would use little lamps that were attached to their feet. The lamp only gave them enough light to see just a few steps in front of them.  As long as they kept moving, they could find their way. If they stopped moving, so did the light.

This moved me because this is how I have lived my entire life. I have always walked by faith. Sometimes there was only a little light, a little hope that kept me moving.  There were so many times that I didn’t know how I was going to make it. So many times I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from, if my hope would be realized or if my dreams would come true. But no matter how dark it got, I kept moving.  That is one of the keys to making your dreams come true. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

If you’d allow me to, I’d like to challenge you to do more of that this year. Live by faith! No matter what you see happening around you, no matter how dark it may be, follow the lamp at your feet that God provides to us all, no matter who we are.  A small step is still a step forward.

At the top of every year, I stop and go away to reflect. I will usually take out my journal and read over some of the past years and look at all the things God brought me through, no matter how dark the times. What rereading my journal taught me is that there was always a lamp at my feet. I think if you look at your life, you’ll see a lamp too. :-)  If you don’t, look closer. I promise you it's there!

If you’re struggling in any way, financially, school, business, relationships, children, sickness, heartache, I so believe that God will be a light unto your pathway. IF YOU LET HIM!!  Stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and look at the light at your feet and you’ll get there.

I hope you remember this every time you use your cell to light a path.  God Bless you in 2012! You can make this your best year yet, through faith.

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  • jovanie yearwood

    that was very refreshing it lifted my spirits all that u are doing is so great my 8 year old loves u keep on blessing the world even tho there are neg. people out here

  • Jahnathen L.P Boston, MA

    Hi mr. Perry, first I want to just say congrats in all your recent success you encountered these pass years. Also, I would like to thank you for all the plays & your referrals to Jesus. To be honest, I never took the time to acknowledge how great GOD is until about a couple of years ago & I really appreciate you for helping me find GOD in my life. Ever since, everyday seem like a present to me, for being present on this earth & I (physically & mentally) feel stronger about that...& too be even more honest, I NEVER thought I would be writing fan mail to you but as I'm sitting here watching one of your recent masterpiece "a Madea Christmas" I felt the need I had to let you know some way or some how, how I feel about your Art. But enough with all that sentimental shit, I would just highly appreciate if you can E-mail me at "" so I can share a few PRIVATE ideas about a few projects that i think will absolutely benefit you & probably, we can sometime in this unknown future discuss it if you are ever interested about what I have to say. But let me continue on with this play and oh yeah, stay blessed Mr. Perry & Amen

  • travis pensacola, fl

    Hey Tyler I was wondering are you coming to pensacola soon?

  • ray st.lucia

    hey tyler we were wondering down here in the caribbean if one day you would be able to collaberate with will smith,jada,tom cruise,denzel washington,forest whitaker,morgan freeman,danny glover and samuel l jackson and a few others to deliver some more great blockbusters

  • Dottie Kennedy Lumpkin, Ga

    I like your light, I have a light of my own . I am a writer and right now I am on a crusade to open a library in my small town it is greatly needed. I also have a story idea for you and Medea acting as a White House Nanny. You can imagine the fun she can get into and the trouble. If you are interested let me know. I also have a play for Martin Luther King day called I Have a New Dream. I wrote it with my students when I was teaching. About this Kardasian thing, I know that there are problems with that family and I am sure Media could set them straight. I love your movies, they are truly inspired and a joy to watch. I think out side the box and I can see you are a kindred spirit. If you'd like to hear my Media story, let me know.

  • Bethany Bartlett Winter Garden, FLORIDA 34787

    +++GOD+++ BLESS Greeting Tyler, I cried as I read YOUR experience about the cell phone because I have a similar experience also. I used MY cell phone for a light to read the BIBLE one night because I could not make it to the light switch so MY lamp at my feet is Thy word have I hid in mine Heart, that I might not sin against Thee. (PSALMS119 BETH) Thank You, for your encouraging words thy Man of +++GOD+++! IN +++JESUS+++ NAME I DO PRAY! +++GOD+++ Daughter+ QUEEN+ YOUR COUSIN

  • Joni White-Thomas Covington GA. 30014

    Hello Mr. Tyler, God has truly given you wisdom. You may not have a master's or a Phd degree; but you are a student of the Lord Jesus. Taught by God. I use my phone in the dark sometimes but you shed new meaning to this action. Thank you, my faith has increase by your words of encouragement. Please Tyler don't cry anymore for your mother she is asleep in the arms of Jesus. I too have lost my mother in 2005 and still needed one so I adopted a mother, a woman of substance she is loving and kind. I noticed that life goes on and when someone is gone on you have a choice to move or stand still emotionally. I encourage you to adopt a mother. God love you and so do I. Keep up the good work that you are doing for the Lord. God bless you and staff members.

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  • Tee Elizabeth, nj 07201

    Dear Tye, Within each day I try to truely keep moving. Through all the twist and turns that has been put before me. I try to always keep moving because if I let the negative things stop me from going on. I will not know at the end what God has for me. We must go on. To much is happening I must keep the faith and hope that there is always a light that will shine for me some where. I just ask that you please pray for me and my Mom that is in the hospital. She can't talk know and is on dialysis so so much . Wishing I can take away her pain . The light that lay before me,

  • Angela Bryant High Point, North Carolina

    Blessing Mr. Tyler Perry, I thank God for you bringing reality to my family and have truly enjoyed your plays, movies and all of your work. I really appreciate the old gospel tracks that you used in your plays from time to time, this is my foundation. I cannot express how your work open up so many challenging areas in my life as well as my husband, you are giving us hope for those things we couldn't discuss at an early age and you are giving us solutions to solve problems that we didn't know how to solve when we were children. Thanks for reminding us that our family is still our family no matter where they are in life, they still deserves the love that Christ gives to all of us each and everyday. May God continue guiding you by the light one step of faith at a time. Tell your family i am so proud of you and because God has chosen you to show me no matter where I am in life I got the right to come out. Remember Mr. Perry to Pray always for your Purpose, Plan your Visions and keep the Faith for the Promises yet to come. Lord, I pray for Mr. Perry strenght to continue seeking you early before the birds awake so that he can hear only you in his quiete time with you. Lord cover him with your angels of protections and Lord lead him on every film, movie, play and skits as well as every statement that comes out of his mouth or the mouths of those that work with him, Lord allow his staff to work in unity with one heart and one mine so that you maybe Glorified and not man, help Mr. Perry to stay humble and work with the same compassion he had from the beginning when you first open the doors for him so others may see how you can take nothing and make it into something. Lord I pray that he will always be a giver to others and a blessing to many, for you have call him out of darkeness unto your marvelous light. Lord protect Mr. Perry through the storms, rain, and midsty clouds, allow up to keep looking up and preserving toward the high call that you have call him to, Lord give him days of rest and peace that surpasses all understanding, Lord allwo Mr. Tyler to relax and let you work through him on every event that you put in his hands. Lord, thank you for finding the right man for the right work in the end times, we believe Lord that all things are possible to those who keep the faith no matter what place they may find themselves. Mr. Perry I love you and your work continue listenin to the Holy Spirit and He will never leave you or forsake you even until death, He will be with you no matter the lost remember He bared the cross so that you could endure to the end. Be Blessed and I look forward to working with you and I shall continue to support your work, my children truly enjoys your plays . Thanks for all you do!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lyndia Winterville, NC

    Hi Mr. Perry, It gives me a great pleasure to e-mail you this evening. I have followed all of your plays and movies. I am looking forward to your new play that is coming however paying school loans are expensive and I hope you can help a sister out and send me two tickets, so I can see the play in Durham. I also desire for you to come to Kinston, NC and visit the smaller church families that follow you and support your endeavors. I know that this is a bold request, but in God's word it said, You have not because you ask not. So, I am exercising my faith and asking you to come to 602 JP Harrison Blvd. in Kinston, NC while you are in the Durham area. It is only two hours from where you are performing, and I would appreciate a Master's Degee gift, in that I have completed my degree and I desire a new Lexus....Be blessed and I will wait for your reply. You gave me the fight years ago, as I came from a poor rural Moss Hill area on a farm, and worked since I was five according to my mother, but your plays pushed me to be more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, Giving him all the Glory for my accomplishments when man said no, but God said, YES I can. Boldly submitted Lyndia

  • Kris Finlayson SLC Utah

    Tyler, so many positive things you have done for my wife and I. My favorite part about your work, your art, your movies/plays/etc. is that you simply and humbly yet powerfully show that Christ our Savior has a sense of humor when he wants one, that he is firm when he needs to be, and that with the Lord there is a time and place for all... however ONE fact of our savior is that no matter the day/time/hour/minute... HE IS ALWAYS THERE .. Tyler thank you and thank you to your family and staff.. please continue on and do your thing! love and respect -Kris Finlayson

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