In His Presence

In His Presence

Happy February lovebugs!

I am so excited about this post because it’s so near and dear to me. My heart bubbles with joy as I write and a blush covers my face because it’s something so sweet about entering God’s presence. It’s the very reason why, I believe, that I am able to share these heart to heart messages with you. Sooo, kickback, relax, and read on!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace the quiet moments of the day. Stillness–a place free from noise…complete calm. If you’re a parent, college student, business owner, pastor, teacher, member of a fraternity or sorority, or simply someone juggling multiple tasks at a time, finding a moment of silence may seem difficult. It may be so difficult that you find yourself consumed by routine duties.

When life is too loud, it’s easy to become frustrated, distracted, and imbalanced. It’s no wonder why we find ourselves feeling anxious at times because there is always something going on. Lets be real though! When there isn’t much going on, we often find ourselves indulging in our phones, on social media, scrolling on Google, shopping on Amazon, catching up on our favorite t.v. shows, or watching the most recent Netflix release. In case you thought you were alone, you’re not. Ha!

Yes, there’s endless things to do in our down time, but there’s something about entering a quiet place. A place where there is no t.v., no radio, no podcast, no YouTube video, no phone, no news, no conversation, no racing thoughts. This may sound foreign to some, but this place does exist.

Normally, my quiet place is inside my car. Whether I’m going to town to pick up groceries or going to the dumpster to rid some trash, I enter my quiet place. My radio is usually turned down and the only sound I can hear comes from my car. Some days or nights I crack the window and listen to the shuffling sound of the wind. During these rides are when I enter God’s presence. This is where I hear His voice. Yup, right in my 2005 Honda Accord!

The beautiful and most precious thing about God is that He can be accessed anywhere. Literally, ANYWHERE. All He wants for us to do is “Be still…” (Psalm 46:10). In other words, be calm. Can you calm down all the other voices-the voices of friends and family members; the voices of your favorite YouTube stars? Can you set aside your busy schedule? Can you press pause on your own thoughts to be in His presence for a little while? God doesn’t ask for much. The aforementioned scripture, Psalm 46:10, goes on to say, “Be still and know that I am God.”

This post is for you who find yourself swamped in things to do. This post is for you who feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water. This post is for you who find yourself overwhelmed and struggling to hear from heaven. I encourage you to find that quiet moment during the day. Many churches have been closed due to the pandemic, but you do not have to wait for churches to reopen to get into the presence of God.

Your world may be hectic; it may feel like everything is spinning out of control, but KNOW that in His presence is peace.

In His presence is strength.

In His presence is comfort.

In His presence is wise counsel and wisdom.

In His presence is compassion.

In His presence is divine power.

In His presence is an ever-present help.

In His presence are miracles.

For those of you who have been lied to a time or two and stand in doubt, I can assure you that God’s word is His bond. Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

You, my friend, are one loved soul. I have been sent to remind you to KNOW that you are safe, KNOW that you are covered, KNOW that you are never alone.

Today, I challenge you to find your quiet place. Press pause for a bit. Get into God’s presence and grab a hold of the reassurance you need to go a little further on your journey. How will you know His voice, you ask? His voice is still. His voice is also quiet. His words are gentle. When He speaks, you will know.

Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4). You are never too far from Him. It is literally up to us, however, to turn down the noise.

As I encourage you, I encourage myself.

Stay sweet,

Takelia

Begin Again!

Begin Again!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

This is literally my first post since last year. I know! I know! It’s been a while.

If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to get lost is the hustle and bustle of life. It happens; But when it does, the message I have for you today is that it is perfectly okay to Begin Again!

Most of us would probably agree that 2020 was an interesting year. Who knew that many of us would become unemployed, work from home, home school our kids, or have to wear a mask for a simple grocery store run, as if life wasn’t already hectic. Geesh! We’ve all had to adjust to quarantine living…got dishes?

In the midst of all of this, some of us started businesses, podcasts, launched websites, and published books. Some of us we were afforded the opportunity to make steps toward accomplishing goals that we put on the back-burner because we simply didn’t have the time to do so. Some of us discovered passions we didn’t know exist until now. Some of us began projects; projects long passed due because of procrastination, fear or failure, or simply because we doubted our own ability to get the project done. Nonetheless, during such a time as this, we’ve started that thing which God laid upon our heart to do.

How does all of this happen during a pandemic? How do you juggle home life, work life, school, homework, zoom meeting after zoom meeting, host your podcast or Facebook live, manage your website, and maintain your own business all at the same time? Where does the energy come from? How do you sustain this beautiful thing you have created when there’s so much going on all at once? I repeat, there’s so much going on.

On last year, I successfully launched this website, reestablished my social media presence, and self-published my first children’s book, “The Little Bear in a Boat” all by the month of May. I had even began my first Facebook group, “My Beauty is Forreal”, a group created to help women understand and honor their self-worth. I mean I really felt as though I was fulfilling my heart desires and things were great. However, when I sat down to reflect in December, I realized that I had not maintained any of what I enthusiastically began at the beginning of the year. My goal was to thrive, get many followers, sell lots of books in a short amount of time, and just live my best life.

Well, when I realized that most of what I started had been left undone, I immediately began to feel like I failed. I felt as though I failed at maintaining my website. My Facebook account was hacked so I felt as though I lost connection with the network that I diligently worked to build. Not to mention, my Facebook group came to a halt because I no longer had access to my account. While books were still selling, I felt as though I could do more to increase sales. I felt as though I dropped the ball. I began thinking, “People must notice.” I wondered what people may have been saying or thinking. A complete no, no, right? (No pity party you guys, I promise this is going somewhere.)

Have you ever felt like this before? Perhaps, your story is similar to mine in a sense that you began a “thing or things” with great momentum but somehow, someway, you veered off track. Maybe you burned out or needed a mental break. Maybe you failed to plan out how you would stay true to your diet, stay on top of the bills, or break that habit. Maybe you started a task and it completely flopped. If you find yourself any of these categories, I’m here to encourage you to Begin Again!

Yes, 2020 may have been a bit krazy. Everything may not have gone the way you wanted them too but, it is not too late to hit the reset button. God has so graciously blessed each of us with the gift of life by granting our eyes to open and BEGIN a brand new day. Each day we are given the opportunity to start over. I don’t mean to sound “churchy” but, God’s grace and mercies are NEW everyday so what didn’t get done on yesterday, you are blessed with today to get it done. Use it!

Use this day to pick up where you left off.

Use this day to recreate what you’ve already created.

Use this day to breathe life back into that project. Speak life to that “thing” again!

Don’t allow guilt or shame to hinder you from moving forward NOW. 2021 has already made its grand entrance and some of us have already thrown New Year’s Resolutions out the window for one reason or another. If this is the case, do not be afraid to pick up the baton and keep running. Stop beating yourself up about what didn’t get done. Stop beating yourself up because you may have fallen down. It takes a whole lot of courage to get back up and keep going. I want to remind you that you, yes you, have it inside of you to pick up the pieces and move forward. Move at your own pace. You are NOT in competition with anyone except yourself.

Before closing, I want to acknowledge that some of you may be dealing with far worse scenarios than the ones mentioned in this post, but the Word of God says “Be strong and courageous…He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Yes, there’s a lot going on but you are not alone. You and I may not have the answer to every question but we must be strong and courageous. Sometimes being strong and courageous isn’t all about showing physical strength; sometimes being strong and courageous is about being bold enough to face another day and daring to Begin Again.

Much love,

Takelia

P.S. I send condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one or loved ones during this pandemic. May God bless you with His peace that surpasses all understanding. For those of you that may have lost your home, job, or business, I pray that God restores. For those that may be wondering where your next meal is coming from, I declare that you shall NOT lack any good thing. To each of you, I pray that your strength be renewed. In Jesus name, amen.

Cheer Up!

Cheer Up!

Hey, hey, hey, guys! I didn’t plan on writing anything; I just thought it would be really good to have some God time before bed. The boys were asleep. The T.V. was turned off. The only sound that filled the room was the humming sound of the air condition. Pretty relaxing.

I grabbed my handy dandy book of devotionals called God’s Words of Life for Women. I flipped through the pages to find a scripture to focus on during my quiet time with the Lord. I browsed through the pages not exactly knowing what scripture to read. I turned to the table of contents and read each topic but I didn’t feel like any of the topics pinpointed my current spiritual/emotional state.

Before moving any further, let me give you a little history about my handy dandy devotional book. I’ve had this book for years. I can’t say the exact year I purchased it or even where I purchased it from. It’s been that long. But, what I can tell you is that since buying this book, it has taken a special place in my heart.

One of the things I love the most about the devotionals in this book is that each topic is relevant for any situation or circumstance you may encounter during life’s journey. Some of the topics include “Changes”, “Contentment”, “Finances” (hello somebody), “Perspective”, “Self-Worth”, and so many more really rich ones.

One of my fondest memories of referring to this book was when I experienced a period of anxiety and depression. I’d often refer to this book for at-hand scriptures. If you’re anything like me, you don’t always know where to begin in the bible. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit lives within us and knows what we need and intercedes on our behalf. On days and nights that I found myself wrestling with anxiety and/or panic attacks, this devotional book helped me navigate my way through the Word of God.

Getting back on track, tonight, unlike any other times, I picked up my book and was led to the topic “Encouragement”. In this particular section, I noticed that there was not as many scriptures provided compared to the other topics I had read. The topic “Encouragement” had only six scriptures. At the closing of each topic is an inspirational passage providing insight from profound women like Rosa Parks, Emilie Barnes, and Joni Eareckson Tada to name a few.

I believe the topic “Encouragement” stood out to me the most because it’s something that I’ve found myself searching for the past couple of weeks. Have you ever given someone encouraging words during a time YOU needed it also? Many times the same words you pour into others are the same words you need poured into yourself.

Out of the six scriptures given, Proverbs 12:25 stood out most stating, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” That’s powerful, right? How many of you have ever found yourself anxious about a situation that you had absolutely NO control over? Please tell I am not alone. You’ve found yourself feeling uneasy, concerned, or restless about a family matter, deadline at the job or school, bad report from the doctor, or the bills keep coming with no money in your pockets. You’ve had to make decisions like decide whether to buy food to eat or put gas in your car so that you could make it to work the next day. You’ve had to decide whether to pay your car note or the light bill. You’ve been afraid that the repo man would show up at your house like a thief in the night to take away the vehicle you just gassed up for work in the morning.

You’ve felt like there’s no way out and that the walls are closing in. You’ve felt like there’s no way to break free; no way to shake the unbearable feeling of distress. You’ve needed someone to talk to but did not know of anyone who’d listen without judgement. On the flip side, you may have had someone who’d listen and not judge but you’ve thought, “I don’t want to be a burden to anyone. They have burdens of their own.” You’ve even talked yourself out of casting your cares upon God. You think to yourself, “Why bother? I told God last week John John wasn’t good for me and he and I are supposed to be linking up later. This isn’t right. I know I shouldn’t but…” You suffer in silence. You are the “anxious man”.

I am so glad that the God I serve is a Certified Code Breaker. He has shown up for me too many times for me to keep quiet about who He is and who He can be in your life.

Yes, “An anxious heart weighs a man down”, but the good news is that “a kind word cheers him up”. Trust me, the Lord knows how to reach us. He is faithful to deliver that “kind word” to His children. Your kind word may be via phone call, text message, voicemail, in-person visit, Facebook post, Instagram video, Tweet, or a Heart to Heart blog.

The true and living God is indeed a Wonderful Counselor. He knows what we need and when we need it. When there’s no one else you feel you can turn to, turn to Jesus. When you feel there’s no way out, turn to Jesus. When you find yourself warring on the battlefield of the mind, turn to Jesus. Sometimes all we have are our tears and brokenness but God will Not turn us away. Sometimes all we have are our broken promises, but He promises to NOT turn away from us. Sometimes all we have are our confused thoughts. Still come to Jesus.

The scripture says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Time and time again, we are encouraged to bring our issues, bring our burdens, bring our ups and bring our downs to the Lord. No matter what the situation is, big or small, you do not have to suffer in silence.

Somebody, like me, needed to know that God sees you. He’s a good, good, Father. Somebody somewhere has a heavy heart and its been weighing them down. Somebody needs a “kind word”.

A kind word can deliver you.

A kind word can lift you up.

A kind word can stop a suicide attempt.

A kind word can change a frown upside down.

A kind word can bring calm to your storm.

I pray that the power of Jesus Christ will break the chains of your bondage and set you free. Receive your “kind word” this day and CHEER UP!

From my heart to yours,

Takelia

The Flat Tire Experience (Extended Edition)

The Flat Tire Experience (Extended Edition)

Happy Sunday guys! Today’s message is a continuation of a post that I shared on social media. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, you’ve heard my testimony about “The Flat Tire Experience” I had with the actual tires on my car, but I learned through a dream that this flat tire nightmare I seemed to be having, had greater meaning. I wonder how many of you may be having a “flat tire experience” in your life and not know it.

For about a year, I struggled with tire issues. I mean it wasn’t too serious at first. We all have a slow leak from time to time, right? Well, my flat tire experiences became more and more frequent throughout the year. The more I encountered these slow leaks and complete flats, the more frustrated I became because with each occurrence there were delays. Some mornings, I was delayed getting my son to school. Some days, I was delayed getting to work. Some days, even after work, I was delayed in getting home because I had to get help from a co-worker to make it to the air pump. There were other times that I had to completely remove the flat and replace it with the spare. In such cases I felt like I was delaying someone else from getting to their destination. I mean it was horrible.

Financially, I couldn’t afford to get all new tires so I replaced them with used tires to get me from point A to point B. The used tires carried me over for a while but it wasn’t long before those tires needed air as well. In March of this year, I found myself in a better place financially and could finally afford to replace all four tires with a new set of wheels. Praise God! It took some time, but my prayer was definitely answered. I mean not only was I able to get the tires I badly needed, I was also able to choose a set of rims that I wanted. Can we say, Bonus!!!

Now, I’m riding smooth and my flat tire nightmare is over. At least, until I dreamed that I had four flats. OMG! Ya’ll the dream felt so real. In the dream, I had woken up, walked outside, and seen that the tires on my car was completely deflated. I was kneeling down beside the tire and I can remember feeling helpless and frustrated as I looked in disbelief. The feeling I felt in the dream was all too familiar. I thought I had escaped from dealing with the dreadful feeling of being delayed. When I woke up from the dream, I sat up in bed, shook my head, and thought, “What in the world?”

I’m no dream interpreter but I definitely wanted to know more about the meaning of flat tires. What I learned, after looking up several interpretations, was that tires are more important than I’ve ever really thought about. In fact, they are just as important as the transmission and motor in the car. You can have both a quality transmission and engine but without the tires you could not go anywhere.

Tires get us from one place to the next. The car, itself, is nothing without the wheels. One of the common threads that all of the interpretations had was that tires hinder progress. And if not pumped back up or changed, the tire or tires will eventually bring you to an absolute stop.

In life, we all get a flat tire and if you haven’t, I will say like the older folks say here in the South, “just live a little while longer.” A flat tire experience in life can be financial circumstances, unhealthy relationships, health issues, job loss, anxiety and depression, procrastination, so on and so forth. Anything that hinders you from fulfilling your God given purpose can be your flat tire.

As crazy as it may sound, we can sometimes hinder ourselves from making the necessary steps to get to the next level in our lives. Yes, sometimes, WE are our own flat tire. Lack of discipline, self-control, and consistency, are some of the most common flat tires that hinder personal growth. Don’t get me wrong, there are times in life when it feels we’ve ran low– ran low on ideas and creativity, ran low on funds to move your project from one phase to the next. There are times when we lose momentum but the word of God says, “do not grow weary in well doing” (Galations 6:9).

Whenever you feel like your tire pressure is running low, increase and power-up in the Word of God. The Word works! Let your faith be your fuel. Don’t grow weary. Don’t get frustrated. Trials and tribulations may come, but you will arrive to your destination right on time. When God has purposed you to fulfill a thing, you can count on Him to get you from point A to point B. We all have a part to play. Yes, we fall short every single day but thank God that His grace and mercy is renewed also every single day.

I want to encourage you today just in case you’re in the middle of your “flat tire experience”. You are not alone. So many times, I found myself on the side of the road watching everyone else ride on by. So many times, I found myself sitting on the side-lines waiting for someone to help with a spare so that I could go a little further. If this is you, be of good courage! Remember that your Help is on the way. Your Help is closer than you may think or feel. It may look like others are passing you along the way. If so, don’t worry about it. Your destination awaits YOU. There aren’t any detours, stops, or hindrances that will ever change that. What God has for you, is for YOU.

God’s favor is REAL! You may have had to pull over a time or two, but when you get there, you will be RIGHT ON TIME! I pray this message blesses you and that you find peace during your “flat tire experience.” Keep calm. Breathe. Pray. You’re well on your way!

Much love,

Takelia

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Hello there! I don’t know about you, but I really like the sound of something new: new clothes, new shoes, even the new shoe smell, new accessories, new house, new job. I get so excited when I hear the announcer on the hit daytime television show, The Price is Right, say, “You’ve won a brand NEW car!” The curtain is pulled back, the prize is revealed, and the winner leaps for joy right before claiming or taking hold of their winning. I mean I absolutely love it. The “newness” of things stretches far beyond materialistic items. After reading this post, my hope is that you will gain a new perspective on where you are right now in your life and begin celebrating where you are heading.

For starters, let’s look at the terms “new” and “beginning”. The term “new” is defined as something recent, fresh, modernized, restored, having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc. The term “beginning” means to come into existence, arise, originate, activate, or establish…the list goes on.

We all have reached a place of “new beginning” at some point in our life. To the 2020 high school and college graduates, you’re at a point of “new beginning”. To the individual that was laid-off for one reason or another, you’re at a place of “new beginning”. To the woman or man going through the divorce, you’re in a position of “new beginning”. Some of us are changing career paths or leaving one position for a higher position; nonetheless, it’s a “new beginning”. Somebody’s transitioning from living at home with parents with little to no responsibility to having their own place and all the responsibilities that come along with it. Somebody’s a new parent with a new baby and they’re adjusting to parenthood. A new beginning!

If we can be real, as exciting as receiving and/or obtaining that “new” thing can be, it can also seem daunting. Can you remember a time when you should have been leaping for joy over something; instead your bones rattled with fear because of the uncertainty of that thing; a fear of the unknown?

Well, when I graduated from college, I can remember being greeted with the old “Welcome to the Real World” phrase. Omg! The “Real World”, to me, sounded so BIG, so intimidating. I mean, I had mix emotions about that thing because it seemed as though I had more thinking to do in regards to where and how I was going to fit into this “Real World”. Will I fit? Will I get the career I want? Will I be good at it? While I should have been celebrating, I sometimes found myself fretting.

While some circumstances can be more strenuous than others, do not fear your “New Beginning”. Isaiah 43:19 states, “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?” (NKJV). The Lord, our God, want to do a new thing for us, but too many of us are afraid to leave our place of familiarity. When we leave our place of familiarity it takes us outside of our comfort zone, making us uncomfortable and even vulnerable. Too many of us are hung up on hindrances that won’t allow us to accept and embrace the blessings God have for us.

God is waiting to pull back the curtain. He’s waiting to take us to the next level. He’s ready to restore that which has been broken. He is calling us out of our wilderness. He’s ready to renew our strength. He wants to give us the desires of our heart but He says, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18). The word “consider” is important here because to “consider” something is to think carefully about it before making a decision.

Each day, we are given a fresh start. Before our feet hit the floor, we have a choice to make. We must choose to do something new!

Choose to walk in the renewal of your mind.

Choose to be different.

Choose to make a difference.

Choose to activate your faith.

Philippians 3:12-14 reads:

Not that I have already attained, or am perfected; but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do no count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (NKJV).

No matter where you are right now in life, I encourage you to press. I encourage you to reach. I encourage you to lay hold of what God has for you. Get ready for your overflow. Go ahead and dance like David danced!

It is a new day! It is a new season!

Your “New Beginning” starts now!!! 🙂

From my heart to yours,

Takelia Hammett

Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day Special

Hello friends! This is a special blog post specifically for my Mommy readers. Fellas, please do not shy away from reading this post because my hope is that you too could take something away from this message. It is an honor and privilege to be a parent, particularly a mother. Thanks for being here. Let’s dive in!

First off, huge shout out to all Mothers…first time mothers, seasoned mothers, single mothers, married mothers, widowed mothers, divorced mothers, mothers of special needs children, mothers of adopted children, surrogate mothers, spiritual mothers, working mothers, and stay-at-home mothers, and to grandmothers and god-mothers for taking on the responsibility of a mother. No matter which category you fall in (maybe I failed to list it above), know that you’re a special type of being and that YOU was chosen, by God, to raise the little one or little ones in your care. It’s not a mistake. It’s not a coincidence. You are just right for tending to your assigned seed.

Stop doubting your abilities to be a great mother. Stop beating yourself up for what you didn’t get done during the day or even throughout the week. What I’ve learned is that pacing yourself and having patience with yourself is key. Yes, we all want to be Super Mom, but that isn’t determined by how many things you cross off your “To-Do List”. Sometimes our “To-Do List” seems like a mile long and when we’ve only gotten two or three things done, we feel like we’ve failed. But, that is not true. Perhaps prioritize the things you really want to get done for that day and work your way down the line. You will find yourself feeling more fulfilled at the end of the day. By the end of the week, you will see that you’ve tackled each task like the true champ you are.

When I was a first time mom, I received so much help from family and friends. Despite the outpour of love and support they were giving me, I felt bad. Yup, horrible! I felt like the things my family and friends were helping me with, I should have been doing on my own. One of my cousins came all the way from New Jersey to visit and she absolutely blew my mind because she actually took her time to wash the dishes for me, showed me how to properly store my breastmilk, and even came along with me to my son’s doctor’s visit. On another day, some other close cousins stopped by to prepare a meal. I can even remember a church member offering to help carry my son’s carseat to the car while I carry the diaper bag. My church member simply wanted to help lighten the load and I would reply with a smile, “I have it.” Not taking no for an answer, my church member insisted on helping me carry everything to my car mostly every Sunday. The help was much needed and I was very appreciative, but “the Mommy in me” wanted to get things done myself. I was all wrong. Accept help.

Whether you’re a first time mom or a seasoned mom, be patient with yourself. Our stories are different, circumstances may vary, but one thing’s for sure, you will need a portion of patience, sometimes, if not all the time, a double portion. It seems it took me every bit of five years of trying to find a rhythm that works for me as a mother. Now I have my second child and I’m learning to find a whole new rhythm. Some days I’m off beat, some days I try to stay on beat, and other days I’m dancing to the beat. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, remember to stop for a moment to breath. Inhale and exhale.

Your child or children need you and you are equipped to handle any and every situation. God made us that way. You don’t have to try to be Super Mom, you already are. God has given us special powers to endure, to sacrifice, and to nurture. I believe when we really take the time to recognize and understand who we are and Whose we are, then will we be able to relax a bit. Yes, every loving mother or parent period for that matter, will always be concerned about the well-being of their child/children. But, there is a place of peace when you “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV).

I would like to leave you with this…simply do your best and Jesus will take care of the rest! 🙂 God called you to be a mother for a reason. There is no manual to parenthood, but rest assured, you are not alone. I’m not just saying this. As I encourage you, I encourage myself. I will share with you one of my favorite scriptures and I pray that you find hope and strength in it just as much as I have: Isaiah 41:10 states:

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Again, this has been a special Mother’s Day post. I know it’s one day shy of a week since we celebrated Mother’s Day but don’t judge me. Lol! Maybe you had a trying week or haven’t been told you’re special or simply needed a quick reminder, this post is for you.

For more inspiration, please visit “Limitless Creations w/ Kimberly”. Kimberly is one of my besties, my sister in Christ. In the wake of Mother’s Day, she gave me, along with several other moms, the task of responding to the prompt, “What does being a mom mean to me?” The video is now available on her YouTube channel above or simply click the following link: https://youtu.be/cUQ3PVcJB34.

Please check out all of the feautured moms responses. (Yours truly shares also)! Thanks for reading all the way to the end.

Feel free to leave a comment below sharing your mommy experience. Someone needs to hear from you. 🙂  

Much love!

“We Shall Overcome: Then and Now”

“We Shall Overcome: Then and Now”

Hey ya’ll! Today’s blog title is a familiar one but, befitting for such a time as this. I’m sorry for sounding preachy, but I couldn’t think of a better way to phrase it. Thanks for understanding! 🙂

So, let me begin with a little background history about the title, “We Shall Overcome”. I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence whatsoever, but this is NOT my original title so I must give credit to where credit is due. “We Shall Overcome” is a revered protest song, originated by folk singer, Pete Seeger, that has undoutbtedly resonated not only within the African American community, but throughout the entire world (McCollum, Sean). The beloved song was referenced in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Last Sunday Sermon” in March of 1968 and have been sung on countless occassions as an anthem to freedom movements (McCollum, Sean). Some words that come to mind when I hear the words “We Shall Overcome” are strength, boldness, and comfort. The lyrics of the song are simple yet powerful as it is the ultimate declaration to prevail against struggle. 

I like the term “We” in the title because it includes EVERYONE. Get this, no one is excluded (this is going to be key as you read on). The term “will” in the title is important because it is being used to make a promise. This is good news because no one is excluded from the promise. How many of you know that God’s promise is for ALL of us, IF we believe?

We shall overcome!

Overcome, what? Sadly enough, we are still in a struggle. In case you’re wondering what kind of struggle(s), just turn on your T.V or read the headlines of your local newspaper. Listen in on your local radio station conversations or take a look at your social media newsfeed. Today, I read while strolling down my Instagram feed, another innocent, young, black male, Ahmaud Arbery, “MURDERED”.

You’ll see that the world is undergoing all kinds of turmoil and destruction. There’s senseless shootings, killings, and kidnappings. On the otherhand, there’s sickness and disease…the most recent COVID-19 that has claimed the lives of so many. It is disheartening to watch the news nowadays because it’s seemingly filled with more negatives than positives.

If I can be honest, some of us don’t have to turn on the news to know that “the struggle is real.” Some of us are experiencing firsthand unemployment, sickness, broken homes, financial instability, excuse my wording but downright hell.

John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” This includes our youth, our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends, pastors, teachers, and official leaders. Again, no one is excluded. But NEVER fear!

The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions [pain, distress, grief, misery] of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19, NKJ). Notice that the text does not say that the Lord delivers him out of “some” or a “few” of them, but ALL.

No matter what your struggle or affliction may be, be it racial oppression, depression, lack of income, addiction, grief of the lost of a loved one, suicidal thoughts, loneliness, anxiety or whatever, remember that when you have a relationship with God, He has the power to deliver you and change your situation.

David said, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles…” (Psalm 34:4-6, NKJV).

When you have a relationship with God, you don’t have to worry or be anxious about anything (Phillipians 4:6). We have assurance from Him. The Lord spoke in Psalm 91:14-16 saying, “Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known my name; He shall call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation” (NKJV). Catch this ya’ll, there goes “I will”. There’s our promise!

I am so glad that God is not a man that He should lie. In fact, our Heavenly Father says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35, NKJV).

Our God is too mighty for us to believe that we are doomed, our situation is dead, and that there is no hope. God is too great for us to live timid, ashamed, and/or broken-hearted. I believe it was Paul who asked the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it it written: For thy sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37, NKJV).

I highlight, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” “Conqueror” is key! In order to conquer something, you must….OVERCOME.

If you haven’t done so already, declare it with me, as the lyricist eloquently, yet courageously wrote, “We Shall Overcome!” It’s a promise! It was then and it is now.

Smile loves this has been yet another heart to heart, I love you!

  

Work Cited

McCollum, Sean. “We Shall Overcome: The story behind the Song.” The Kennedy Center.org. 17 Sept. 2019. Web. 8 May 2020.

 

Dreams Do Come True!

Dreams Do Come True!

Hey ya’ll! As I’m writing, I still can’t believe I’m writing my first blog post. This really is a dream come true and I’m so excited that you’re here to share it with me. Please, please, please drop in from time-to-time for some “Heart to Heart” inspiration. Lets get to it, shall we?

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and even LinkedIn, you know that I am a fan of Marianne Williamson, an American author, most commonly known for her poem, “Our Deepest Fear”. If you are not familiar with the poem, I do highly recommend reading it. This poem is special to me because a close friend of mine shared it with me during the time I had been running for Miss Allen University. At the time I was running for the title, I wasn’t sure if I would actually become the reigning queen.

My opponent was a beautiful young lady. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated (shout out to my Delta readers) and in my mind that meant she automatically had more connections than I did. I mean, I just knew that she would have more people backing her up. I was sure that she was more familiar with campaigning and would have no problem gaining the votes of our student body. In spite of believing that God told me to run for the position, I didn’t feel like the most qualified candidate. I seriously doubted.

One night during the campaign week, I crumbled under the pressure of getting things together for my campaign and juggling my classwork load. My ideas had ran low for winning over the student body’s votes and the few ideas I did have didn’t really seem all that elaborate. On top of that, my money was looking funny, so I couldn’t quite invest in the campaign like I thought I needed too. Time was winding down.

The night I had my meltdown, God had already worked things out. My friends assured me that everything would be fine. They asked, “How can we help? What do you need us to do?” So in their spare time, they would campaign for me while I was in class. One of my friends reached out to the former Mr. Allen and asked for his helping hands. He was very well-known around campus, but he knew little about me. In fact, I had spoken to him prior to the night I wanted to give up and he had already told my opponent that he’d work with her. For whatever miraculous reason, he had a change of heart and joined my campaign group. God used someone I had little to no connection with to be a part of my team. It’s amazing how God will send the right people at the right to time to work on your behalf.

In the midst of all the campaigning and preparing for voting day, I remember thinking, “God, I know its You.” When He has His hand on You, it is undeniable. When He gives you an assignment, know that He has already equipped you to complete it. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses and He is faithful to give us the help we need, exactly when we need it.

Things may not look like its going to work in your favor. The odds may seem stacked against you on our job,  at your school, in your home, in your relationship, in your marriage, in your health and finances. It may look like you’re going to be defeated, but remember with God on your side, you will WIN.

What God has for you, it is for YOU! Maybe you’re like me and you’ve doubted a time or two…or three or four. Maybe you haven’t met all the qualifications or simply don’t feel qualified at all. Maybe you’re not the most popular or don’t have the best idea all the time. Listen, the devil is a liar.

Do not fear failure.

Do not fear competition.

Do not fear intimidation. 

You are victorious. I won Miss Allen University, not because I was so great or any good deeds I had done. It’s about God’s plan and purpose. Guess what, the young lady that I ran against that year became Miss Allen University the following year. God can and will use any one of us IF we are willing to be a vessel, be a mouthpiece, be a witness to His people.

Will you be a vessel? Will you speak for Him? Tell somebody about His goodness!

I’ve enjoyed our heart to heart. Because this is a “heart to heart” feel free to comment below. I love you and until next time,

God bless! 🙂

  1. I feel refreshed and inspired after reading this! Thank you so much 👏🏼

  2. This post is so relatable!! Being a first time mom and a single mom at that, I’m learning to pace…