Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here's To The Future

Ugh!  The past 48 hours have been pretty bad.  Ugh! is the only polite word that I can say.  After weeks of positive movement and great work, it all came to a halt.  A huge grinding halt.  I went from moving forward to acting stank and lazy.  Really stank and lazy.  Did I say really?  

So I had to hit pause and regroup, refocus and as my pastor says #reset.  Is life hard?  Yep.  But rain falls on the just and the unjust.  I can ask God "why?" when I see Him.  But for now, I gotta put face to the ground and pray.  Then I have to get up and put my best foot forward.  Yes, the future is going to be better.  And God has already instilled in me everything I need to make it happen.  Amen?  Amen.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Myriad Prayer: Fireflies

Do you remember in the movie The Color Purple when Shug Avery and Celie were talking about purple flowers in the field?  Let me refresh your memory:
Shug: More than anything God love admiration. 
Celie: You saying God is vain? 
Shug: No, not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple in a field and don't notice it. 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Motivational Monday!

Topic: Why are you living on Level 6 when you are meant to live on Level 10? Stop living beneath your potential and purpose
Quote:: There is an often touted quote that speaks about our deepest fear… the end of that quote reads “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant? Actually, who are you not to be … Your playing small does not serve the world.”

1. You were born for a purpose (Carolyn)
-You are fearfully and wonderfully made
-God was specific in designing you

2. You haven’t missed your chance (Neysa)
- We have a date in mind when we should have made it, but that may not be God's date
-You may have missed some opportunities but you haven’t missed your purpose
-You should glean some understanding from each experience that will help you fulfill your purpose

3. Get comfortable being uncomfortable (Carolyn)
-You have to be consistent and persistent in the face of adversity, obstacles and setbacks
-Purpose needs to operate in a spirit of excellence
-Always working on your craft

Action Step: Think back over your life, and see if you are using your gifts fully. If not, think of one thing that you can start changing today!

Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Excited About This....

Perfect?  Nope.  Blessed?  Yes!  The storm may be raging yet I will PRAISE!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Self Love

I just gave someone this advice and I have to admit I need to practice it more.  Everyday, I have to wake up and ask myself "What am I going to do today that feeds my purpose?"  Then before I got to bed I need to ask myself the following question "What did I do today that moved me closer to my purpose?"  Sometimes the answer will be huge, other times it may be just a small little accomplishment.  But everyday we have to move closer to our goals.

Just What I Needed...

For the past few weeks I have been everywhere but church.  That's not true.  I've attended a church service at a prison (it was awesome) and a church service with my out-of-town family (it was good) but not at my home church.  But today I made it to church (albeit a bit late) and was it awesome!  Thank you God for a relevant word!

Check out today's service here.

Here are the notes:  

Scripture: Matthew 10:22 "and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."

Topic: Haters Don't Matter

-Whenever there is a gift in you or on you, there will be haters.
-Haters are crazy. They believe that by killing you, your gift will come to them.
-With all the manifestations that are about to happen, haters don't really matter.

I.  The objective of the devil
     A.  Isolation - the devil wants to get you by yourself to disconnect you from your source of strength.
     B.  Interrogation 
          1.  Attack your foundation "what you believe"
          2.  Faith "Why you believe it"
          3.  Why is this happening to me?
          4.  Future "when is it going to happen?"
     C.  Intimidation - using force to intimidate and paralyze you from moving forward
          1 Peter 5:8  
          The devil is a punk and sends others out to do his dirty work.
          Isaiah 14:12-21

II.  Overcome the drama
-Don't get caught up in the emotional drama of a hater
     A.  Insecurity - haters don't hate you, they hate themselves
     B.  Ignorance- Don't miss your assignment by buying into ignorance.  Who cares what others say?  What does God say?

I hope this sermon and sermon notes from Bishop Joseph Walker III bless you.  

Monday, May 19, 2014

What is Modern Day Feminism?

Feminism.  Womanism.  Black Woman.  How do you define any of the aforementioned terms?  It seems that one person's shero is another's terrorist.  But at the core of feminism is the ability to define yourself for yourself, right?

Take a look at this amazing panel discussion.  While I don't agree with everything that is said, I did enjoy the powerful women holding court and sharing their wisdom and experiences.  And maybe that is what feminism really is a sacred safe space for women to share thoughts and ideas without having to weigh them against a patriarchal society.

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