Monthly Archives: February 2015

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 20

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Father, Thank You for waking me up this morning with excitement for a brand new day. How awesome is today! It is as awesome as I make it! I will make it an awesome day as I maximize Your awesome gift of time augmented with my vast skills and abilities to succeed. I will not squander them, but I will use them while it is such an awesome day as I achieve awesome success in everything I do! Amen. #showersblessing

5 Ways to Move from Perfection to Excellence |Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Sounds like semantics to me. But it is not and you can easily think that you are operating in excellence when you are actually a perfectionist. If you always want things to be perfect and find yourself never completing anything, then you guessed it that is perfectionism. If you give it your very best and know when to release it that is excellence. Determine for yourself where you are.

  1. Many of us suffer from the debilitating limitations of perfectionism when we think we are actually exhibiting a spirit of excellence. You want everything to be perfect and you never complete anything. There is a difference between the two of them. Don’t get deceived there is a close alignment— however, one uplifts (excellence) and the other condemns (perfection).
  2. Striving for excellence you may sometimes fall short of your goal, but you don’t stay down. You get up, access your mistakes and keep moving forward. A perfectionist lives in constant condemnation, but when you strive for excellence you realize erasers were created because you would make some mistakes. It is called being human. Sometimes you may miss the mark, but you realize that you always have another chance to get it right.
  3. You must also recognize that there is a difference between striving to be perfect versus endeavoring to perform with excellence. Achieving perfection is an impossible task because it never makes allowances for errors or missteps. Consequently, condemnation and discouragement often follow one’s pursuit of perfection because these unrealistic expectations lead to feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy.
  4. The challenge is knowing when you have crossed over from performing with a spirit of excellence to operating in perfectionism. Perfectionism is fear-based and excellence is faith-based. Perfectionism always grips you with fear. You are always concerned that you never get it right. Consequently, you don’t even when you do because all you can see is the negative connotations and not the positive ones.
  5. Perfectionism impedes your progress. Excellence propels and sets you a part for greatness. You no longer operate in a place of self-services, but you move into serving others. Recognizing the dichotomy of how these two forces operate enables you to move beyond the limitations of perfectionism and propel forward with the illimitable liberating spirit of excellence.

How do you view yourself? Do you find yourself never completing tasks or feeling as though you never get right? Or, are you able to let it go and move on?

 

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 19

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Father, When I gaze in the mirror, I’m amazed at the image of exuberant joy that gazes back at me. This joy that wells within my being only comes from You and I am so thankful. It strengthens me and propels me forward to embrace the assignment with confidence and courage knowing full well You are with me every step of the way. Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 18

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Father, More than anything I love You. I may not always understand, but You are a sovereign God knowing the beginning from the end. You know the day we are born just as much as you know the day we will transition from time to eternity. What we do in the between time is what matters most. Bless me to fulfill my purpose with passion exemplified by the dash that links my birth date and my death date. Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 17

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Father, We are strong as we carry on after that unwelcomed stranger reared its ugly head. There is victory because Your Son Jesus took on death and conquered it. Oh death where is your sting? Oh grave where is your victory? Our joy comes in knowing that our loved one lives and dwells with You. We will see them again! Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 16

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS: Father, We don’t mourn like the world mourns. We are reassured that we will meet our loved one again. We may cry because we will miss laughing, talking, sharing and just being with them, but we rejoice in knowing they are no longer trapped in this earthly vessel. They are free to soar in Your presence! Now we rejoice as we celebrate their life and their legacy. Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 15

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Father, The course may have been difficult, but we know our loved one ran the race, finished the course and kept the faith. Now they stand in front of You to receive their heavenly prize. We find solace in knowing one day we will see them again. Through this process of healing we are strengthened day-by-day. It is time to celebrate their life. It is time to glorify You as we celebrate the gift of our beloved loved one’s life and legacy. Amen.  #showersblessing #HOPPstrong HOPPcarryon

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 14

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Father, Today we celebrate love in all of its relational facets. When everything else fades, we still have love. Love is stronger than death. It transcends death. We still have love. We embrace the greatest two commandments to love You with all our hearts, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Bless us to embrace life in its fullest as we experience the love and love the experience. Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong HOPPcarryon

Remembering Bishop Steven J. Bennett Sr.|Showers’ Blessing Inspires|Jacqui Showers

What do you need? I need a Father…a Pastor, I responded like a child who had been battered and abused. That was one of my first encounters with Bishop Steven J. Bennett more than eight years ago. As I sat in his office tattered and torn, I was in desperate need of a safe haven to heal and mend. Bishop Bennett flung open the doors of House & Prayer & Praise and his heart.

Perusing the many remembrances of Bishop Bennett, they resonate that this was a special man…an extraordinary man of character and integrity. He touched the hearts of bishops as much as he touched the hearts of the ordinary guy. He had a way with people that brought them into a place of comfort where they could just be themselves.

His preaching style demanded experiencing it in living color. His preaching went beyond mere words. Bishop Bennett would preach with every ounce of his being and his body. I will forever remember him running from one side of the church to the next in such colorful animation that demanded your attention. We’d cry, laugh and in many instances cringe at the rawness of truth emanating from him. I once told Lady Valorie Bennett, his wife, that if anyone fornicates who attended House of Prayer & Praise they were going straight to hell because Bishop don’t mince words. You didn’t have to question the wrongness of your actions, he made it plain, simple and raw! He left us doubled over in laughter exclaiming, “Did he just say that?”

Bishop Bennett was a Father in every sense of the word. He taught how to pray hard, praise hard and play hard while doing it with intensity of worship until the Lord. For me it was “freedom church.” You were free to be you. He didn’t teach the strongholds of religion, but the freedom in relationship. His life was a demonstrative orchestration of righteousness, integrity and living the abundant life in King Jesus in every arena of his life.

One of my favorite moments was when he would gaze over at Lady Val and begin to bellow Stevie Wonder’s song, “Knocks Me Off My Feet”. This expression of his unyielding love resonated in celebration of his love and commitment to the covenant of marriage that he espoused as an exemplary husband and father.

Even as I write this email, I will never forget one Wednesday evening when Bishop Bennett told everyone to give me their emails so I could send an inspirational message to them every week. He had no idea that God had told me that very thing, yet I was reluctant about doing it. He was always the pusher who believed in your dreams and not afraid to push you there. He wasn’t afraid to push you forward while providing you with incredible leadership.

Not long after coming to House of Prayer & Praise I was planning to host a conference. I had been searching for a venue when Bishop Bennett walked up to me and said, “I really want you to have the event here.” I was overjoyed and elated. Oh Break Out had a home! He had come to me and I didn’t have to be concern about his motives or clandestine actions. Both he and Lady Val has always been extremely supportive. Wow! What a concept?

A few years down the road, Bishop Bennett stopped me after service. He stated that I was a business woman and I did it well. Then he proceeded to say that it is time for me to take Oh Break Out out of House of Prayer & Praise because it is a business conference and not a church service. He went on to say that I needed to take it to a hotel. The very next year we hosted Oh Break Out at a hotel. Believe me I was scared. All of my expenses increased. I felt that if he believed in me, I had no choice but to do it. I did. It was a huge success.

Bishop would always wonder how in the world I was able to do all the things I did. His belief in my faith walk was so encouraging, because sometimes it was hard to walk. Just before Oh Break Out last year, Bishop Bennett said to me that he was glad that he wasn’t me. He said, “God never gave me to do anything where I didn’t have any money! Jacqui your faith is so big.” I said to him that I was glad that I wasn’t him because he had to pastor all of these people and deal with their diverse personalities. He encouraged me to move Oh Break Out back a few months and I heeded his instruction. I valued his insight and input as a leader and as a Spiritual Father. I will truly miss his wise loving counsel and instruction.

Bishop Bennett was a remarkable man. Words can’t adequately express the breadth and depth of his greatness. He is an unsung hero. Every life he touched feels the impact of this incredible lost.

For me, there is a major void in my life. I lost a true Father, yet I am not fatherless. His teachings, love, joy and instructions are with me always as I carry on.

Bishop Bennett has been an incredible Father to me over these past several years. Now he is with his special friend, my sister, Patricia Holmes Ellison. I am forever grateful to Patricia for the gift of Bishop Steven J. Bennett, her special friend from junior high school, and the House of Prayer & Praise family. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

Bishop Bennett was a remarkable man. Words can’t adequately express the breadth and depth of his greatness.

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Scriptures

I don’t write these things merely to make you feel uncomfortable, but that you may realise facts, as my dear children. After all, you may have had ten thousand teachers in Christian faith, but you cannot have many fathers! For in Jesus Christ I am your spiritual father through the Gospel; that is why I implore you to follow the footsteps of me your father. (1 Cor 4:14-17)

It is quite true to say that a man who sets his heart on holding office has laudable ambition. Well, for the office of a bishop a man must be of blameless reputation, he must be married to one wife only, and be a man of self-control and discretion. He must be a man of disciplined life; he must be hospitable and have the gift of teaching. He must be neither intemperate nor violent, but gentle. He must not be a controversialist nor must he be fond of money-grabbing. He must have proper authority in his own household, and be able to control and command the respect of his children. (For if a man cannot rule in his own house how can he look after the Church of God?). He must not be a beginner in the faith, for fear of his becoming conceited and sharing Satan’s downfall. He should, in addition to the above qualifications, have a good reputation with the outside world, in case his good name is attacked and he is caught by the devil that way. (1 Tim 3:1-7 Phillips)

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Feb 13

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Father, There is no joy like the joy that You give. I need Your joy to take away the heaviness of heart. I will rejoice in knowing although I walk through the shadows of death, I am not alone. You are with me every step of the way. In Your infinite wisdom You have placed others with me as well. Bless me to reach out to them when I feel an overwhelming sense of aloneness and grief. Even more, to look to You for Your joy, peace and comfort. Amen. #showersblessing #HOPPstrong #HOPPcarryon

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