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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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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Sources: www.biblegateway.com and A Pocketful of Promises for Women

 

10 Keys to Happiness Principle #4: Volunteer

Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  (NIV)

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

It’s spring time.  The sun is beaming, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping. As spring is swiftly shifting into summer, it’s time to think about how we as women of God are helping others transition to the next level.  As we continue our conversation about the “10 Keys to Happiness” by Nicole Saunders, she expresses in Principle #4 Volunteer “ism” is key in terms of seeking happiness in one’s life.  Saunders (2012) states, “Researchers coined the phrase “helper’s high” after surveying more than 3,000 volunteers and finding that 95 percent felt healthier after charity work.  And while giving money boosts happiness, too, face-to-face interactions have a greater impact because they allow individuals to engage more fully” (Essence).  Therefore, as Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™(S.H.A.M.E.), it’s time to dusk off the old phone book, boot up the Internet, or ask around to find out where our services can best be applied during this season.

As we continue to grow in the word of God, keep in mind that helping others can birth a new sense of purpose within our lives.  1 John 3:17 (2011) says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (NIV)  Or, Proverbs 22:9 (2011) supports, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor” when doing the will of God.  It is my prayer every day that God allows me to bless a stranger as I too pray that He allows a stranger to bless me indeed.

After all, I believe Philippians 2:4 (2011) says it best when it states, “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” should validate that we are to be a blessing to others and not just ourselves when seeking and completing the will of God.  So, as we continue to strengthen our daily walk with God, please consider contacting a local food bank, church, abuse shelter, school district, etc., to see if they can use your services today.

Make volunteerism key this year,

~Shamenomore

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

Finding Your Happiness Principle #3: Get More for Your Money

Hello Ladies,

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV)

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

What are your expectations during this season in your life in terms of finding happiness?  How are you planning to improve your well-being and self-esteem?  How are you working towards finding true contentment as you face life challenges day-to-day?  You should ask yourself these questions often in terms of seeking fulfillment during this season of your life?  As we continue to explore the “10 Keys to Happiness” by Nicole Saunders, she confirms that principle #3 is meaningful when seeking happiness in your life: Get More for Your Money.  Saunders goes on to write, “Studies have shown that once basic needs are met, the amount of cash we have doesn’t affect how content we feel.  But there’s a difference between spending money buying “things” versus spending money on people or activities.  Cornell University researchers found that shelling out for an experience, such as a vacation, improved well-being.”  Remember ladies, we must take care of God’s temple as noted in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

As a woman of God, it’s important that we find something worthy to partake in that will rejuvenate one’s spirit for life as stated in 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (NIV)  For example, for the last week, I’ve started to paint again.  I’m no artist but I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands creatively.

I’ve enjoyed purchasing new flowers for my flowerbed, painting a room in my house a vibrant color that speaks life into my soul, and I’ve planted seeds in my garden that became a family project for my son and I too enjoy quality time together.  These activities cost little to nothing to enjoy the simple things in life while decreasing my stress levels; meanwhile, I am reestablishing balance in my life.   Furthermore, When I see my rose bushes start to blossom it warms my heart to see life take form in so many beautiful array of colors.

As summer quickly approaches without an excuse or invitation, I’ve started to reflect more on my well-being and living purposefully for God.  After speaking with a friend several days ago, we reminisced about future travels and how each year we’ve dreamed of taking a voyage somewhere to recuperate from the hustles and bustles of life and because we’ve placed work high on the priority list, we’ve never had the opportunity to experience any of those wellness trips.  We laughed and then I suggested, let’s start small this year and work our way towards a grand trip towards the end of the year.  That’s when we decided that we would set out and travel the beaches of the Carolinas.  How fun it would be to take a mini road trip every other weekend and just visit at least three or more beaches before the end of summer.  It’s funny yet sad how we’ve never thought about visiting these beaches before just because we’ve lived here all our lives, and then it dawned on us that we’ve failed to take advantage of these beaches that other people pay hundreds of dollars to enjoy each year because our priorities were in the wrong places and our vision was skewed towards a dream that was not obtainable because we were reaching to far too soon.

So as I journey towards my wellness during this season of myself, I invite you to find something that’s inexpensive to embark upon as well.  3 John 2 says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (NIV)  Therefore, I challenge you to post a pic, chat about it, or even send a video so we can see how you’re placing “wellness” at the core of your life in terms of finding happiness and peace during this season of your life.   Remember Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions™ (S.H.A.M.E.), a little me time is always needed to restore one physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.

Find your happiness today,

~Shamenomore

Living Virtuously While Accentuating The Positives (Principle #2): S.H.A.M.E.

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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NRSV)

Hello Ladies,

Many of us desire to be a virtuous woman just like the woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 even if we’re not married.  However, this powerful scripture not only apply to the married women, but it’s also applicable to the unmarried women and our daughters as well.  Therefore, as we continue our discussion on Principle #2: Accentuating The Positives, I want you to think about your truth in terms of handling your business daily as a virtuous woman or young daughter of God.  For example, this woman took care of her health [ate right, exercised, lived stress free, and obtained her yearly checkups], she acquired property [she was knowledgeable in terms of acquiring real estate…she educated herself], she balanced her finances [paid her bills on time, checked her credit report for fraudulent activities, and didn’t spend beyond her means], and she took care of her home without malicious [she cheerfully prepared meals, cleaned, listen to issues, gave healthy advice, and didn’t waste time with gossip].

Although some of us may not be married, don’t desire to be married, or we’re still waiting on God to provide the proper mate…we need to exhibit virtuous characteristics as we carry out the will of God in term of accentuating our positives.  So as we go about our daily task today, please take the time to mediate on these words while we Sip, Reflect, & Let’s Talk™.

Proverbs 31: 10-31 King James Version (KJV)

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her

maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be

praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Accentuate your positives by becoming a virtuous woman,

~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

Let Go and Let God

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 NASB)

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

Oftentimes as women, we participate in messy settings that result in messy situations.  We’ve all been there at one time or another where this very act of messiness turns into feelings of guilt and SHAME.  However, the issue is that holding on to guilt and SHAME can become the root causation of living life unfulfilling, which can lead to us feeling uncomfortable in our own skin.  As women of God, in order to live a healthy life daily, we must learn to Let Go and Let God Have His Way.

Holding on to our past or a messy situation out of guilt or SHAME is never of God because He’s a God of restoration and healing.  As we continue to develop our spiritual journey, we are continuously faced with various life challenges.  These encounters can prove to be detrimental to life or they can prove to be beneficial to life.  At any rate, these hindrances can present it’s foul existence in numerous entities such as: pretending like we’re happy in a failing marriage, enduring unhealthy friendships/relationships, repeating the generational curse of poverty, working continuously in a dysfunctional job environment, allowing alcohol/drug addictions to cause daily stressors [be it directly or indirectly], failing to recognize spiritual bondage, fostering the hidden spirit of envy/jealousy, participating secretly  in adulterous relationships, supporting the spirit of generational backwardness, or tolerating the generational curse of  robbing Peter to pay Paul just to name a few.  At any level, as Sisters Healing Against Mental Emotions ™(S.H.A.M.E.), we must stop these cycles from rearing it’s monstrous heads generations after generations in order to restore a positive level of normalcy within our lives.  According to Psalm 71:20, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up” (NIV), which means that God can restore any dormant situation no matter how the circumstance(s) may look.

As sisters, we have a tendency to hold on to problems that disturb the very core of our inner peace. But as we continuously strengthen our relationship with God, it’s imperative that we learn the proverbial lesson early-on of Letting Go and Letting God Have His Way!  Remember ladies, God can’t bless messiness because He’s a God of order and restoration.  In other words ladies, living with guilt and allowing SHAMEFUL feelings to take control in our lives daily is toxic to everyone involved.  For example, it’s amazing how we will allow others to make us feel guilty because we no longer want to function in dysfunction causing us to feel a sense of guilt or SHAME like a ton of bricks weighing physically, mentally, or emotionally within our souls.  Therefore, in Psalm 55:22, God says “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken” (NASB). So, what are we waiting for to cast our burdens unto Him?

In short, as we continue to grow in faith by Letting Go and Letting God Have His Way, we must remember that we can choose how we react to various situations in life through evoking prayer and supplication, or we can continuously repeat cycles of generational curses to no avail because we fail to Let Go and Let God Have His Way.