Category Archives: Inspiration

I’d love to meet you!

Hey Luvs!

I’ve been asked to be a part of a really cool event happening Saturday, Nov. 7. Author’s Reveal is a FREE, virtual event hosted by my dear friend, Rena Neal, founder of Women with Voices. You don’t want to miss this event, especially if you want to learn how to market your books, project or products. To join us, all you have to do is hop on the Zoom meeting. The registration info is at the bottom of the flyer.

I hope to see you there!

God’s promises for your provision

The Bible is full of examples of God providing for His people.

Yet, during this season of economic uncertainty, you may have lost sight of God’s promises to meet your every need.

Beloved, if that’s you, don’t worry. I’m writing today to remind you of God’s promises.

The following eight scriptures relate specifically to finances. As a son or daughter of the Most High God, these promises belong to you!

8 Promises That Belong To You

(1) I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. –– Psalm 37:25

(2) The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. — Psalm 34:10

(3) Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” — Luke 6:38

(4) And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:19

(5) “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. — Matthew 6:31-33

(6) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. — 3 John 1:2

(7) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. — Joshua 1:8

(8) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it
.

 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;
 “And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the Lord of hosts
. — Malachi 3:10-12

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October gift bundle

Hey Luvs!

October has arrived! You know what that means – right? We’ve entered the fourth quarter, and now we’re on a fast track to the end of the year.

I know… I can’t believe it either. Where has the time gone?

Welp, this month’s gift bundle is ready and can be downloaded here:

If you haven’t downloaded this month’s magazine, you’re missing out! Download your complimentary copy here!

Believe in Your Own Sauce

Hey Luvs!

I pray you are well and abounding in every good work.

Over the last couple days, I felt an urge to remind you to embrace your gifts and talents. Even in this season of uncertainty, God has a work for you to do.

Yes, especially in this season….

Has He called you to start a business? Maybe you have the desire to go back to school. Or maybe you find yourself doing what I did the other day.

Asking God for the umpteenth time… Lord, what should I do?

This time, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “What did I give you?

So, in taking stock of what I consider to be my natural abilities – writing, speaking, administrative work, and so forth, I compiled a pretty decent list of attributes that could one day open doors for other opportunities.

My point in sharing this story is that we can sometimes overlook the answers that are staring us right in the face.

If you’re confused today about what path to take in your business or career, consider the question:

What did God give you?

Take stock of your natural inclinations. What are the activities that interest you or come natural to you? This is usually a signpost on the road to destiny. Above all else, embrace the unique way you do any and everything. That quirkiness is what makes you special. It’s the attribute that sets you apart from everyone else. There’s a tribe that needs your ‘special sauce’.

My sister, my brother, it’s time to believe in your own sauce!

Discovering Your Spiritual Gift

Hey Luvs!

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but I’m baaaack and feeling renewed!

Today, I want to give you a few resources that will help you discover your spiritual gift. This is one of my favorite topics. I love to see people flourish in every arena where God has called them. There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you’re confident — you just know that you know– you’re doing the thing that God called you to. If you’ve ever watched someone flow in their calling, then you know it’s a beautiful sight to behold. You were likely drawn to their energy and genuine passion for the thing they were doing. You witnessed what it looks like to be focused on Living Your Making rather than making your living.

As a child of God, you can rest assured that you too have been equipped with at least one spiritual gift. This means there’s something God has called you to do to help advance His Kingdom. How cool is that!

To be clear, spiritual gifts are not the same as a specific calling to the Fivefold Ministry. An individual who operates in the Fivefold Ministry most often serves in the role of either an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher.

Ephesians 4:11-16 talks about the Fivefold Ministry, and states:

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them

Click to go directly to gift spiritual gift assessment.

Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit. There’s a couple passages of scripture that talk about spiritual gifts. The first is found in Romans 12:6-8, which states:

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

More on spiritual gifts is found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, which states:

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

By now, you’re probably wondering which gift you’ve been given. That’s a great question.

I came across two spiritual gift assessments that I think will help you discern which gift or giftings you’ve been given. Please know that you can operate in more than one gift as many believers do.

SPIRITUAL GIFT ASSESSMENT

LifeWay Christian Resources has a free assessment that you can download.

Another free assessment is available from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

These are great assessment tools that will help shed light on where you’re most gifted.

Above all else, be sure to ask the Holy Spirit who will guide you into all truth.

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Blessings!

Before the day was …

There’s a passage of scripture found in the Book of Isaiah that soothes my soul every time I read it.

The Word states, “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” — Isaiah 43:13.

Why is this Word so comforting to me?

It’s a constant reminder that God is always present, and nothing catches Him by surprise.

Nothing.

God is not shocked by our earthly situations and circumstances. It does’t matter how brazen or bizarre the details. He knows everything from beginning to end.

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” — Isaiah 43:13.

God already knows the people we will encounter tomorrow; the next day, and the day after that.

He knows.

And yes, God even knew that an insidious virus would arrive on the scene and wreak havoc on both the world economy and healthcare system. Naturally, you may be wondering if God knew that a pandemic was coming why didn’t He stop it from forming? Humbly, I submit to you that I cannot answer that question. I can however tell you with confidence that God has a solution for every problem you will ever encounter.

Before you rise to greet a new day, trust that God is already there. Trust that He has already worked out the details. As a child of God, you can walk confidently knowing that a splendid future awaits you.

The Making of HERStory

Today kicks off Women’s History Month. I love the month of March because it’s a time when women from all walks of life are celebrated for their contributions to society. From the Fortune 500 CEO to a community organizer, you’ll see inspirational stories popping up everywhere. I love it!

When I think of the stories that inspire me, they include those of my mother, grandmother and countless other women I’ve read about.

My mother earned her bachelor’s degree after retiring and raising three children. After graduation, she went on to teach elementary school students for several years. I remember being so proud watching her realize her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. She always had funny stories to share about her time in the classroom. One of my favorites is the time she took her top students to lunch after school. When lunch was over and it was time to take the students home, one kid refused to tell her where he lived because he wanted to savor the moment a little longer. How sweet!

My grandmother didn’t have a formal education, but she worked hard while raising children alone. She was a homeowner, took vacations and always had something delicious to eat when you visited. She earned only a modest income from the hospital where she worked, but she was able to pay off her home. Can you say, “amazing”? How she did that, I’ll never know. My grandmother wasn’t rich in finances, but she was definitely wealthy in the things that mattered most – her relationship with God; family and close friends.

I know there are women in your circle that have and are doing amazing things to make the world a better place. While our stories are unique, I believe we all share a common theme. No one walks a straight path. Our lives take twists and turns that few could ever predict. Our journey to “there” is sometimes clouded by disappointment, delay and unforeseen disaster. Nevertheless, I believe it’s the challenges we overcome that add the sizzle to our story. It’s the setbacks we bounce back from that add spice to our narrative. Do you agree?

This month, I pray you embrace all that you have become and all that you have endured – the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. You see, it’s the tears we cry that water the soil making for a spectacular read. So don’t worry if right now things don’t quite look like you had imagined. If you are a child of God, you can rest assured that your story is still being written. Trust in the Lord to bring His plans for your life to pass. He won’t fail you. I believe it’s going to be oh, so good!

Meditate on this: “The smallest one will become a family of a thousand. And the least one will become a powerful nation. I, the Lord, will make it happen in its time.” –Isaiah 6:22 NLV

Selah.

It’s a New Season

Beloved,

It’s been several months since I’ve written anything on the blog. All is well. In fact, I’ve been simply basking in the glow of a new season.

You see, my life has shifted from the wilderness into a promised land that only God could orchestrate. For me, the promised land manifested as a job in television news. I’ve always dreamed of being a television news anchor. I’ve worked in media a great portion of my career, but what I wanted most was to work in front of the camera as an anchor.

In January 2020, that dream became a reality. I am so very grateful to God for the door that He opened. Traversing the wilderness to get here though was tough! I believe one of the most important lessons I learned during that dry season was to submit to God and allow him to work in and out of me the character that would be necessary to sustain me in the new season.

If you’re in a wilderness season, I can tell you from first hand experience that the longer you fight against the pruning and stripping, the longer you will remain there. And by all means, do not get ahead of God either. Don’t abort the process! You’ll be so grateful that you stayed the course. Soon, you too will have a mighty testimony to share with others. Trust me.

If you’re in a place of discouragement, don’t be. If God can part the Red Sea for me, He can do the same for you! 

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I hope that you’ll listen to my podcast and come away inspired by what I share.

Blessings!