Your Miracle Is Right Around the Corner

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When I woke up this morning, I started to meditate.  I heard the small voice of God speaking. It’s amazing how God’s presence can change our perspective and change our entire day.  Not to get too personal, but as I was preparing breakfast this morning, I felt the visitation of God.  It was very strong.

First, God wants us to “COMMAND” our mornings. Take time to pray, meditate, exercise, journal, or self-reflect.  These strategies can help “set” the temperament for our entire day.  Daily, it’s imperative that we honor God by carving out time to converse with Him. When we fail to command our mornings by honoring God, distractions from the enemy can seep into our spirit causing physical and spiritual disruptions.  When we pray, we’re equipping ourselves to withstand the blows of the enemy.  Get rooted in the word when driving to work, while drinking coffee, or while sitting in bed aimlessly.  Every moment that we invite God in, we willfully build a spiritual bridge that allows us to tap into God’s purpose for our lives.  His word daily is food to our souls and nourishment for our bodies.

Next, God doesn’t want us to compromise.  We must stand strong, and we cannot compromise our well-being in this season.  Stay focus; stay mentally healthy; stress-free, and guilt-free. I must be honest; I use to compromise myself for the sake of fitting in with others.  But as I continually grow in Christ, God reminds me to stand on His word as a guide for my life as noted in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) where it is written that God has a plan for our lives.  It’s not to harm us, but these plans are to prosper us so that we’ll have hope as He guides and directs us into our future.  Therefore, we must stop compromising our peace.  Remember, God doesn’t function in dysfunction.  He’s a man of order. That’s why it’s important that we build a relationship with God and that we converse with Him daily as we “Command Our Mornings.”

Then, God wants us to trust HIM!!!  I believe that God’s building our FAITH in this season.  He’s building our faith with various test and trials.  Through these various test and trails, God is causing us to exercise our faith and depend totally on him.  For it is written in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

Finally, God’s working a miracle in our lives.  Let’s stay strong and not sway from God when situations start to look weary.  Remember, God is watching during the test; he’s just quiet as He conducts an evaluation of our hearts and reactions to see if we’re walking by “faith” or walking by “sight”.

Sincerely,

~ShameNoMore

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Thank You Lord for a Fresh Wind

Fresh Wind

Dear Hurt,

I’ve known you for quite some time.  At one point, I even tried to befriend you.  What’s crazy— is that I’ve felt how you’ve invaded my space.  I’ve seen how you’ve hurt people close to me, and I’ve even inhaled the remnants of your scent that you’ve left lingering behind on numerous occasions.  I’ve tried countless times to evict you, but oddly enough, you’ve crept through the smallest cracks buried deeply within the crevices of my bleeding heart.

I fondly remember the first time you cut me deeply. I was young, barely in my teens when you showed up making promises of befriending me…protecting me…and soothing me as a teen mom.  For years, I’ve tried to escape the poisonous venom that your bite marks left behind, but just like a snake, you slithered your way back into my life with no regard for good will.

But then again, I thank God for a fresh wind, another chance to stand— a renewal of energy to fight and not suffer in silence or shame.  No longer will the numbness, lustful sensation, or the overwhelming fear to doubt God’s purpose for my life abort my will to reposition myself firmly or reap the benefits that He’s spoken over my life.  I know that God  has destined greatness for my life.  And as a worshiper, I must only believe.

I hope you can forgive me, but the time has come where I will no longer live in SHAME because of you.   When I look in the mirror, all I see are the secret lies you’ve told me that you’ve whispered faintly in my ear.   I’ve deleted those files titled “Lies”, and I’ve pressed the button that reads ‘Empty Recycle Bin’ too just in case I have the urge to retrieve you.

Goodbye and Good Riddance,

A Second Wind…ShameNoMore

My Testimony: SHAME NO MORE

Good Morning Ladies,

I am thankful today that “ONE” year ago God allowed me to march across a stage after a six year fight to obtain my doctoral degree.  It was a fight ladies.  Many times I wanted to give up, But God…  He’s a way maker, a soother, a peacemaker, and a healer.

At one moment in time, I literally thought that I was having a stroke because of too much stress.  I was flat on my back at the hospital…But God.  So, I MUST give him the praise because being a single mom, a divorcee, a woman who had a child at 16yrs old…many thought I wouldn’t make it.  They had written me off for life.  Therefore, don’t judge me if you don’t know my [whole story or the real story].  I’ve learned in life that many people think you have it made when you’ve arrived by society’s standards…(SMH).  Like my grandma would say, “Chile live a little longer.”

Therefore, live ladies.  Write that book like me.  Complete your dreams; you can do it.  Fight to the end; it’s possible.   Even when people talk about you, belittle you, don’t promote you, attempt to hinder your growth, lie on you, or walk away from you…it’s for a purpose and for your good.   That’s why I started my group SHAME NO MORE because I’m truly overcoming all the SHAME [obstacles] that was attempting to hold me back in life [big or little]…and I truly want the same for you.  ~Give Him the Praise & Let’s Start a New Chapter

Sip, Reflect, Let’s Talk: Principle # 1 Know What Happiness Is

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A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance (Proverbs 15:13 AMP)

What is happiness truly?  I’ve pondered this question as I have recently read an article in Essence entitled “10 Keys to Happiness” in the May 2012 issue by Nicole Saunders.  It was a great piece, which caused me to ponder am I really happy as a Sister Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.).  I personally believe that it’s empowering and important to find happiness in life when seeking spiritual wholeness as a woman after God’s own heart.  However, as a young Christian woman who has been hurt numerous times by friends, love ones, etc., I have secretly asked myself for years can happiness be difficult to fulfill when seeking physical, spiritual, and personal wellness.  Therefore, I’ve decided to challenge myself and challenge you as we Sip, Reflect, & Let’s Talk™ over the next ten weeks about each principle and how we view happiness in our own personal and professional lives.

Principle #1: Know What Happiness Is.  Really?  I’m currently in my thirties, and I have found it difficult in the past to secure true happiness.  I could deem myself successful in terms of owning a home, car, and obtaining various degrees throughout life.  However, do these tangible items truly bring me inner happiness?  I’ve said to myself, if I’m really going to tackle these principles weekly, then I must be completely honest with myself and my readers.  Many of my personal friends know that I’m divorced, I’m a single mom, I’m raising three kids (one of them my brother because my mom is disabled) and I’m always working (sometimes 40+ hours weekly) leaving no personal time for myself.  Educationally, I do understand the word happiness and its definition.  I’ve rationalized it; I’ve owned it; I’ve interpreted it, but at times, I honestly find it difficult to grab hold to it and implement it when I’ve suddenly become overwhelmed with life myself.  So, as I’ve embarked upon this journey of truly soul searching in terms of finding personal happiness, I’ve started here with these words according to Psalm 144:15 “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord” (NRSV).

Sometimes I think to myself that there is always an issue that attempts to steal my thunder just when I think that I’ve truly found personal happiness.  As a Sister Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.) I’ve attempted to strengthen my prayer life tremendously over the years.  I’ve surrounded myself with praying, positive women.   I’ve learned to take  ten or more minutes every morning before I start my day just to mediate and pull myself together before I start to juggle mommy and work.  And finally, I’ve learned how to say “NO” without feeling guilty.  In working to find my personal happiness, I’ve started to understand that I can’t worry about what other people think about me.  I’ve learned that in order for me to live an abundant life, I must have purpose in everything that I do as a woman after God’s own heart. 

Additionally, I’ve learned that I tend to grow weary when I’m not creative or at my best.  If I’m not stimulated with conversations, if I’m not growing [physically, mentally, or emotionally] with certain friendships, if my job doesn’t present frequent challenges, if my home environment exhibits disarray, or if my church home is not feeding me spiritually then maybe it’s time for an internal and external change… and that’s okay.  As a woman of God in search of my own happiness, I’ve learned daily that the only way that I can become the best me is by learning to accept who God has designed me to be even when others don’t agree with me.  My happiness and my freedom is everything…in terms of me developing holistically. 

My Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.), I want to challenge you to think about the last time you’ve lived life truly happy and with purpose.  Author Nicole Saunders (2012) states, “…you’re more likely to sabotage your own happiness simply by having unrealistic expectations of what it should look and feel like” (p. 133).  Wow!  These are truly powerful words to ponder this week.  If it’s not too much to ask, I would like all of us to journal about each principle in hopes of finding inner peace.  When embarking upon this journey to find happiness, ask yourself, what do you intend to change in your life to ensure that you find happiness? What do you intend to add to your life in hopes of finding happiness? Remember, in order to be truly happy, we must first find happiness within ourselves by finding inner peace by seeking God’s words, aligning these words within our daily lives, and we must start to implement His words according to His purpose for our lives. 

Find your happiness today,

~Shamenomore