Your Miracle Is Right Around the Corner

Around the corner

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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MAKE YOUR MARK FRIDAY: Let’s Move!

Proverbs 22:9 says, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” (NIV)

Hello Ladies,

Today is “MAKE YOUR MARK” Friday.  As a woman after God’s own heart, how do you plan to make your mark today?  As women, it’s imperative that we grow in helping and saving others.  Philippians 2:4 says beautifully, “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (NIV) is a great way in which we should live and govern  our lives.

For example, Esther in the Bible was an orphaned, but she never allowed her circumstances to yield her growth in helping others.  And while she waited, she took the time to hone her skills.  Esther wasn’t a woman seeking wealth, but she was a woman looking for a greater purpose in life.  Therefore, how do you plan to MARK this day as your day of purpose?

During Esther’s time, it was not permissible to go before the King and make your petition known, but Esther had a TRUE purpose that didn’t contain FEAR.  Her purpose was bigger than her life.  It was to save her people.   In Luke 6:38 it affirms, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”(NIV)  Today is Friday, it’s the end of the work week and many of us are gearing up for a weekend of fun.  However, before you cutout to enjoy your family and friends, or just to relax, think about ONE person that needs your help.  Who can you save today no matter how big or small?

So I’m planting a seed of ACTION, are you a woman of faith and courage?  Like Esther, who has God PLANTED in your HEART to help?  Ladies, Esther had a watchful spirit.  This spirit was used to determine the time that she needed to take ACTION.  Today is your time and season, so remain watchful and make your move TODAY!

Continue to have a MAKE YOUR MARK Friday, July 13, 2012

~Shamenomore

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Sip, Reflect & Let’s Talk~Principle #2: Accentuate The Positive

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22, NIV)

Hello Ladies,

Today is a great day, and I’m excited to share Principle #2: Accentuate The Positives from Nicole Saunders “10 Keys To Happiness” article that’s written inside Essences May 2012 issue.  I’ve found this principle to be noteworthy as I mediate and reflect deeply in finding and embracing my own happiness over the next ten weeks.  As I sit on my front porch, I’m thinking about two things: First, how do I fully accentuate my positives in terms of defining my truth as a woman? Second, how do I stop telling my “story” in the words of Iyanla Vanzant and begin to tell my real story.   Saunders (2012) states in Principle #2: Accentuate The Positives:

“People who focus on good past experiences and reinterpret negative ones in a more pleasant light tend to be happier.  “Counting blessings doesn’t mean you have to be naïve,” says Chris Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan.  The world can be cruel and you shouldn’t deny the terrible things that may have happened, but the world can also be wondrous.  It’s up to you to decide on which truth to dwell.” (p. 133)

Pretty much, Iyana supports a belief like Saunders in her own words as I watched Oprah’s Life Class: the Tour Iyanla Vanzant on Stopping Pain yesterday.  It was a great piece, which allowed me to rethink Principle #2: Accentuate The Positives in terms of what Nicole Saunders was declaring. Iyanla states that you have to stop telling your “own” story and embrace the “truth” in terms of your pain in order to fully heal while finding your happy place. 

At sixteen I became pregnant [that’s my truth].  Yes, I embodied this stigma and understood these words immensely before these words became a hit show Sixteen and Pregnant. I often wondered how a smart girl like me found herself at such a disadvantage so young.  By the grace of God, I was still able to complete my studies by sixteen; I continued to make good grades; I participated in sports, I graduated early from high school, and I even entered college early. I was determined to make it out of that rural area and show myself and the world that that poor decision one fall night would not determine my fate in life.

Over the past couple of years, people have always asked me, how did it feel being a single mom at such an early age?  I have thought about this question often, and I believed to this day that that very unconscionable choice has helped shape who I am today.  After reading and digesting Principle #2 and pondering the words of Iyanla, I said to myself that in order to accentuate the positives, I must first “stop telling my story” and tell my real story.   In hopes of helping my Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.) accentuate their positives and tell their truth, I’ve posted the clip below from Oprah’s Life Class: the Tour Iyanla Vanzant on Stopping Pain.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Full-Episode-Oprahs-Lifeclass-the-Tour-with-Iyanla-Vanzant

For some reason, a lot of people think that you set out to be a teen mom.  However,  that mistake for me was about me filling a void deep within looking for love in all the wrong places as a teenager whose father died in a horrible car accident at the hands of a drunk driver.  As a young Christian woman after God’s own heart, my light bulb went off at that very moment and I couldn’t believe how often times we “tell” our story [the way we see it] but we never tell the truth in terms of the root causes that encompass our “true” pain.  So, as I continue to ponder Principle #2: Accentuate The Positives, I will continue to work on “telling” my true story in order to receive full healing in terms of accentuating my positives and living a happy life.

Accentuate your positives and let’s start talking,

~Shamenomore

Build a Lasting Friendship: S.H.A.M.E.

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

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 KJV)

My breathe was taking away by the death of an Angel towards the weekend.  I couldn’t believe the phone calls, the Facebook messages, or the talk among family members and friends as they all echoed that she suffered a heart attack that caused a one car accident.  I was numb beyond disbelief.  This person was truly sent from Heaven by man’s standards.  It’s funny how nice people are taking away much too soon. That’s why 1 John 4:7 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (NIV)  That’s when I heard God whispered…the life one lives today will be the life people remember tomorrow.

I can’t believe my friend, cousin, and sister in Christ is gone in her late thirties.  Who would think that a young, vibrant woman would die of a sudden heart attack so young? This death shocked so many of us because of her age, her jubilant spirit for life and her heart to help others.  As women of God, can each of us honestly say that we could be voted friend, sister, mother, cousin, or wife of the year?  Can we justly say we extend ourselves to help others unselfishly, or should we admit that we only render help seeking a favor in return?  Remember, Proverbs 17:17 states, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” (NLT)

As Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.), it’s funny how God will make us stop in our tracks and think about the people who we could have helped more or hope that we could have recanted the “words of hurt” or “words of sorrow” that we’ve echoed out of rage.  That’s why it’s important that we tell people how much we care about them and give them their flowers while they are alive.  Oftentimes, we fail to show people that we don’t take them for granted until it is too late or the person has decided to part ways for good. Remember, 1 Peter 4:8 states, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up many of your faults.” (TLB)

Therefore, I’ve learned that we live in a world where we take relationships [personally or professionally] for granted.  We speak slowly when expressing endearing words like I love you, we refuse to give hugs because we’ve become so sedated worrying about what others might think, or we fail to visit often because technology has become our silent non-emotional communicative device of choice.   Hum

The older I become the more I struggle with forming human relations or adequate strong bonds of sisterly relationships because of the fake overlays. I constantly have to remind myself that some of us fail to appreciate good relationships because we were never taught how to be a good friend, mother, sister, or partner.  I believe as women, we are nurturers by design; therefore, we love hard and we internalize hurt even deeper than our male counterparts to a degree.  That’s why it’s important that we work on forming lasting relationships that bring about balance and joy.  As women of God, we must remember according to 1 Corinthians 13:7 “If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost.  You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him”. (TLB) Wow, what powerful words to live by daily.

As of today my sisters, pick up the phone a little often, drop a handwritten letter in the mail just to say I’m thinking about you, help make a meal, babysit for a day, surprise a friend with a love offering, take someone out to lunch, or even say a prayer for someone who needs it.  All these little components are important in life when forming strong, healthy relationships because if we implement 1 Corinthians 13:13 according to God’s words “There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love” (NLT) then we should be rich beyond our wildest dreams.

Build lasting relationships starting today,

~Shamenomore