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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Know Your Season: It’s Time

Hello My S.H.A.M.E. Sisters,

An essential to living a healthy, peaceful, and fulfilled life is through moderation and understanding God’s timing in your life. Moderation is simply living with normalcy and understanding your “season”.  Therefore, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says,

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (KJV)  #KnowYourSeason

~ShameNoMore

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We Did It: S.H.A.M.E. ROCK!

Hey Ladies,

Congrats!  We’ve reached 1000+ hits on www.talkaboutshame.com and it’s all because of you.  Therefore, thanks for your continuous support over the last several months with my numerous S.H.A.M.E. quotes, blog posts, etc. For those of you who would like to continue engaging in our wonderful conversations during the evenings as well, please click on facebook and CLICK “LIKE”. If not, I still say thank you again.  As you continue about your day, or begin to bring it to a close, here are several inspirational quotes to help you along the way.

Transform your thinking and you’ll transform your life. ~Shamenomore

By eliminating negative talk and self-doubt, you’ll live better and feel better. ~Shamenomore

Think POSITIVELY and you’ll achieve your goals. ~Shamenomore

When building the KINGDOM of God, let go of the pettiness.  It’s not worth it. ~Shamenomore

Make your MARK in the world ladies.  Don’t be detrude by naysayers, doubters, or DREAMBUSTERS!  What you say matters. ~Shamenomore

Embrace your story.  Embrace the REAL you.  It’s worth it. ~Shamenomore

You know you’re supported when you SEE it and FEEL it. ~Shamenomore

Sometimes you must GET KNOCK DOWN to GET BACK UP so you can tell your story. #NOPITTY

Thanks,

~Shamenomore

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It’s “RECLAIM” TUESDAY: S.H.A.M.E.

Hello my S.H.A.M.E. Champions,

Get ready ladies, it’s “RECLAIM” Tuesday!   The DEVIL has attempted to steal your joy, peace, job, marriage, children, & health.  We’re putting the devil on notice, “NO Weapons Formed Against YOU Shall Prosper”.  Therefore, here are several inspirational/motivational words to help you restore what the DEVIL has attempted to steal the last several years in your life.

Psalm 46:10 states, “God is our refuge and strength and ever-present help in trouble.” (NIV)

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Jeremiah 29:11 proclaims, “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.” (NIV)

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Proverbs 16:7 confesses, “When God approves your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.” (A Pocketful of Promises for Women)

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Psalm 46:10 declares, “He says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

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Psalm 55:22 states, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV)

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Make this day a “RECLAIM” Tuesday,

 

~Shamenomore

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Sip, Reflect & Let’s Talk: Today is RESOURCEFUL TUESDAY

Hello Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions (S.H.A.M.E.):

Today is RESOURCEFUL TUESDAY!  I awoke around 6:30am this morning and found myself praying.  Then I heard a still voice say, “It’s RESOURCEFUL TUESDAY!”  Therefore, get up my sisters.  Renew your spirit.  Shake off the ills from your past and get ready for your blessings.  Your miracles are en route.  All you need to do is BELIEVE and TRUST in him.  However, I want to caution you that resources are more than just money.  A resource is an aid; it is any type of supportive tool or skillset that can help replenish you when you’re in need.  Therefore, here are several scriptures and inspirational words that will keep you motivated along the way.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23: 1 NIV)

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

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“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” (Psalm 34:17-19 NIV)

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“Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t be envious of evil men who prosper.” (Psalm 37: 7 NIV)

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Your RESOURCES are coming,

 

~Shamenomore

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It’s Never Too Late: Happy Belated Mother’s Day

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Good Morning My Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.):

On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a Mother’s Day Tea at my son’s school.  For his section, they recited a poem entitled “My Mommy” author unknown. 

My mommy: cuddles me

Kisses me

Hugs me

And misses me!

 

Pampers me

Praises me

And always AMAZES me!

 

Washes my clothes for me

Tickles my toes for me

Giggles and talks with me

And also goes on walks with me.

 

Says sweet dreams to me

Sings sweet songs to me

I’m SO glad she belongs to me!

It warmed my heart to see him recite his little poem that took him several days to remember.  Because of the reminisce of this event, as I drove home this weekend, I had time to reflect on how important it was to instill in my children morally the importance of spending time with family, honoring good friendships, and spending time with God.  I heard someone say this weekend, “You’re blessed to have a mom to spend time with.  If I could turn back the hands of time, I wish my mother could be here today.”  I felt sadden to hear these words mumble from my uncle’s mouth, or to witness how certain people couldn’t go home because of strife. Therefore, as women of God, we should continue to create healthy, positive homes so we can impart in our children according to Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (NIV)

Moreover, as we continue to honor our mothers who taught us to become confident women, our sisters who filled in the gaps when our mothers couldn’t be there, the aunts who cuddled and gave kisses, or a complete stranger that God placed in your life just in the nick of time to console you when you were at your lowest; it’s important that we pay tribute to those who cared for us when we couldn’t care for ourselves.  When I think about Psalms 40: 1 “I waited patiently for the Lord;  he turned to me and heard my cry” (NIV) even when I’m feeling tired, stressed, disappointed, or even baffled at times, I’m still honored to be a mom because it’s one of the greatest gifts God could have bestowed upon me.

So, as we continue to push forward this year, I challenge my S.H.A.M.E. sisters to spread our wings and fill in the gap for a young woman who is without a mom or “ANYONE” who needs our support during this season.  Remember, Luke 12:48 states, “But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  (NIV)

Continue to be a beacon of light,

 

~Shamenomore

Working towards Happiness Continues: Principle #1Know What It Is

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Yes, be bold and strong!  Banish fear and doubts!  For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 TLB)

Good day Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.):

The air was brisk this morning as the sun was faintly kissing against my face.  Today, I felt a slight chill that was cool enough to send a sting down my back as if a wasp had begun a silent attack. So, I slipped on my hot pink sweater with one button as I headed towards the door.  I smiled at my youngest as we approached the car seeking restitution from the unsympathetic air, and then I thought to myself how I would refuse to allow the devil to camp in our territory today.  So, I prayed with my son equipping him with the word of God and reassuring him that the devil would not have victory over him in school today.  As his little eyes looked ahead meeting my eyes in the driver’s front mirror, I spoke with a subtle voice of reason directing him to seek God’s guidance before he spoke or wanted to play mindlessly in class.  I found myself saying…FOCUSING is essential today, so stay focus and give God your attention and all will be well.  Therefore, I hope that you guys are still FOCUSING on Principle #1: Know What Happiness Is as we continue to reflect on Nicole Saunders’ article “10 Keys To Happiness” over the next ten weeks.

First, happiness is what I make it to be.  I came to this notion this morning after receiving a knotty message from my child’s teacher concerning him stirring aimlessly yesterday and not focusing in class.  I smiled and stood their quietly as if I was a child being reprimanded for  the first time about behavior modification and how important it was for my six year old not to get off task even for a minute [he’s in kindergarten].  As a mom, I believe in the foundation of education and focus, so I spoke with him about his actions and informed him that we should not have another day like that one today.  Therefore, I equipped him and myself with the word of God.  I spoke life over my son this morning and decided to take action against the prince of darkness. According to Isaiah 57: 17 it states that “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. (NIV)

Second, it takes FOCUS to be happy.  Just like my son’s misbehavior on yesterday, it takes focus to be in a happy place.  Hosea 4:6 affirms, “…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”(NIV)  Isn’t this so true?  If I were to think about this scripture just a little deeper, my mind instantly goes to the old saying, “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.”  Focus is essential to living a happy, positive; yet self-fulfilled life because in order to FOCUS it takes concentration.  For example, I explained to my son that his actions caused a negative reaction in turn causing not only him to be placed in timeout in the carpool line, but it also caused me to receive a parent lecture on him not using his time wisely in class.  Therefore, I further clarified that without FOCUS, he could run the risk of falling behind in his studies and this minor action could have a major reaction to his future.  So, lesson learned for the both of us.

Finally, I believe that happiness is learning from our mistakes. I learned that life is too short to sweat the small stuff, and I believe my youngest learned that for every action there’s a reaction [be it good or bad].  As I continue my journey to learn what happiness is, I will overturn all rocks high and low in search of finding my happy place.  I will apply these words from Dale Carnegie as I eagerly approach every situation throughout my day when he states, “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings”.

Find your happy place sisters and let’s discuss,

~Shamenomore

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

To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required: S.H.A.M.E.

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For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7)

Dear Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.):

To whom much is given, much is required is a fantastic way to reflect deeply this morning in terms of questioning your spiritual path today.  In Luke 12:48 it says, “But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (NIV)  Wow!  These are certainly powerful words that needed to be shared today.

Many of you have been praying for promotions, various financial blessings, restoration in your body and peace within your homes.  However, God wants to know how have you been treating the treasures in which He has shared with you thus far?  Are you being a blessing to others?  Are you paying your tithes?  Are you contributing spiritually and mentally to the building of other sheep?  I cannot personally answer these questions for you, but these are questions that you will need to reflect upon today and answer accordingly for yourself. It is duly noted in Ecclesiastes 2: 26 “To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.” (NIV)

In other words ladies, you must understand that accountability is everything when doing the will of God as Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™(S.H.A.M.E.) because it’s difficult pondering the ifs of life when you have failed to seek Him first in all things.  For this reason, I challenge each of you today to think about how you have handled your resources, your education, or your gifted abilities in which God has blessed you with over the years. Have you wasted your gifts?  Have you refused to operate your gifts at a higher-level in terms of supporting others [family, friends, or community members] when you have the resources and know how to effectively execute the task at-hand?  Or, are you all about self-gratification and self-recognition when working for God?

By the way, as you continue to grow as spiritual-beings, God wants you to think about your blessings and how you can become a greater blessing to His kingdom.  So then, if you’re weak in the area of utilizing your blessings to its fullest potential, then pray to God in this area for deliverance.  Remember, Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)

In the long run, you must keep in mind that you did not create your wealth or status alone but God orchestrated each path for you to tread upon, He allowed you to connect personally with a person at a higher-level, and He allowed others to say yes even when they wanted to say no.  Therefore, He is God alone. According to James 1:5 “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him, he will not resent it.” (TLB)

Search your heart today while doing the will of God,

~Shamenomore