Category Archives: Showers’ Blessing Inspirations

Our weekly Wednesday inspiration—your mid-week pick-up, that showers you with the rich-transforming blessings of God as you become all God envisioned so you can experience what God S.A.W. (Spiritual, Abundance and Wholeness).

Thankful! Grateful! Blessed! Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings,

Never forget the awesomeness of God and all the blessings that he bestows on you. Every day you are blessed to be a blessing. Be thankful and grateful for the enormity of God’s blessing and the illimitable possibilities God has for your life. Just be thankful to God for opening the windows of heaven and pouring out blessing after blessing after blessing, enabling you to pour out continuous blessings of love and time to others during this Thanksgiving season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessing to ya’

Jacqui Showers

The Bold Encourager
Business Encouragement Coach

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Words Frame Our Word | Showers’ Blessing Inspire | Jacqui Showers

There is something to be said about the words we use and how we use them. Our words portray who we are for all the world to see. They frame our world and are a representation of the image we project. Our daily vernacular either builds us up or destroys. Faith words bring life and fear-based ones don’t. You make the choice about the image you want to project. #showersblessing #ohbreakout #themeplace #IDECIDED #jacquishowers

Love-Lights in the Marketplace| Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

“I was afraid of you and avoided you,” a colleague once told me. Again, I received those same words from another person who attended my church. Wow! I learned their feelings after I got saved. Even then, I was amazed at their words, and even more that they avoided me because of fear.

I thank God for those whom I met along the way who represented Christ to the point I coveted what they had. They were not brow-beating me with a fire-brimstone message trying to force me to being saved, but they simply displayed love and devotion to God through their actions and deeds. Neither were they afraid to engage in conversations with me that included a broad spectrum of topics including faith.

Every day we encounter people in the marketplace. We cannot be afraid to interact with them. We cannot become so holy that we can’t even hold a decent conversation with them, because we use religious jargon that repels and not compels. Love and kindness is what draws, not pious conversations that are steeped in condemnation and judgment.

You want to make such an impact that you love people to want what you have. How do we love people to want to serve the Lord through business? How do we become that person of influence for someone to say that I want to live for the Lord? You may never say that you need to be saved, but your life speaks volumes that causes them to want to be saved. It worked for me!

We have to be that way in the marketplace where people covet what we have. Not because we are beating them down and not because we are afraid to associate with them, but because we love them. Love and kindness, have I drawn thee. As they watch us, they see God through us in our actions, our work ethic and how we extend love to them regardless of how they treat us. God is calling for us to go out into the 21st century mission-field, the marketplace, and draw them through love and kindness.

How loving is your light? Do your words align with your actions and deeds? Are you afraid to engage others in a conversation?.


 

Words. A Selfie | Showers’ Blessing Inspire | Jacqui Showers

Remember when it was considered vanity to take pictures of yourself. Toss that notion out of the window. I’m amazed how many people take pictures looking in the mirror. Do you think they wanted to have their picture taken so badly that they couldn’t wait for someone else to do it? I don’t think that it is the case because sometimes there is more than one person in the picture. These past several years, selfies have invaded our lives and become all the craze.

I recall when selfies were just emerging. A selfie is, according to Oxford Dictionaries, “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Although the word selfie made its advent by an inebriated man in Australia in 2002, who fell, busted his lip, took a self-portrait and sent it his friends labeling it as such, it has gained more popularity within the last several years. Now millions take selfie photographs and post and send them everywhere. They have even gotten some high-profile people in trouble.

Words fascinate me primarily because they appear to have a life of their own. I think that we take them for granted because they are a part of our everyday vernacular. We use them without much deliberation about their origin or their impact. We may hear someone use a word and over time it becomes a part of our everyday usage, like selfie has done.

It is fascinating watching children learn new words. Parents are so excited when they say their first words which are usually “Mama” or “Dada”. The way the parents act you would think they have just given the presidential address. Quickly young children evolve from the one word chants impressing their parents to incessant chatter causing the parents to say, “Could you please be quiet?” Weren’t these the same people who were ecstatic that this child identified them?

Words invade our lives in such a way that we are not aware of their invasion. I’m always intrigued about the algorithms of words and how they appear to attract each other. This law of attraction has become more apparent over time. I may say a word or may be reading, and all of a sudden someone on television will say the exact word. This has happened too many times for it to be a mere coincidence and sometimes it is such an odd word that it makes me say, “Uhmmm.”

Our words have power. Life and death are inherent in words. We’ve all heard that whatever you say is what you will attract. There is something to be said about the words we use and how we use them. Like a selfie, our words illustrate a snapshot of who we are for all the word to see. In essence, we are what we speak. Negative words result in a negative snapshot; as positive words result in a positive one. You determine the snapshot of yourself. Do you want a dirty mouth or a clean one?

The usage of profanity has become so widespread that the notion of proper etiquette was thrown out the window a long time ago. From the young to the old you hear expletives hurled like nobody’s business. These profane babblings have a negative effect on our lives. It appears as though we have become insensitive to them as more and more people, regardless of age, race, gender or ethnicity, cavalierly toss them around.

I’ve become very sensitive to the words I use, even in idle conversation. Our words frame our world and they are a representation of the image we want to project. Our daily vernacular either builds us up or destroys us. Faith words bring life and fear-based words don’t. It is as simple as that.

What selfie will you snap today? Negative or positive? Life or death? Faith or fear?

#showersblessing #ohbreakout #themeplace #IDECIDED #jacquishowers

 

Endless Love Trilogy | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

God has poured his love into us and in turn He asks that we spread that same love to others. The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul. And, the second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is interesting to know that God instructed us to love ourselves. Wouldn’t you think that this would be as natural as breathing? But it is not.

You really can’t begin to love anyone if you haven’t first learned to love yourself. We are our worst enemies. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else. We don’t love ourselves enough not to engage in unhealthy and unproductive habits. Many times when we gaze into the mirror what peers back is something we find despicable. Love prevents you from abusing and misusing yourself and others.

People who don’t love themselves have a hard time loving others. We were all created in the same image of God and as I look at myself I also look at you. My mother instructed us to love one another.

Statistics indicate that men who abuse their wives do so more because of the hatred they have for themselves rather than what they have against their wives. Violence on another is actually violence inflicted on oneself.

The love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13 states, If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end…Love never dies.Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit…But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. Everything will fade away, but love continues for all of eternity-simply because God is love.” (TM)

You learn to love others and yourself only when you learn to love God. God saw you in His own image of love doing unto others as you would have them do unto you—loving them as you love yourself.

 

Prayer

Father, Bless me to walk in the greatest two commandmentsto love you with all my heart, mind and soul, and to love my neighbor as I love myself. I know there is no self-condemnation in those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Bless me not to be so critical that it affects my ability to love You, others and especially myself. Learning to love You helps me to love myself. When I learn to love You and myself, I become better at loving others. In turn I no longer will do things to hurt myself or others. I pray for You to teach me to love as Jesus loved. Teach me to love those who persecute me, who say all manner of evil against me, who slander my name, who defame my character, in essence teach me to love my foes as I love my friends. Bless me to reflect love because You are love and I am a reflection of You. Amen.

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Nov 23


Father, Thank You so very much for doing exceedingly abundantly far more than I would ever dare ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond my highest prayers, dreams, desires, thoughts, or hopes. Mere thanks do not adequately express my gratitude. Thank You so very much for loving, caring and protecting me every day and for blessing me with the best gift of Your Spirit to succeed beyond my loftiest expectations in every facet of my life. Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS March 22


Father, Thank You for blessing me to be a blessing. You have blessed me with an enterprising spirit and a thriving business to create wealth in creating opportunities for others. As I servant leader, I humbly serve Your people with the same love and compassion as Jesus did when He fed the five thousand. Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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Merry Christmas! Celebrating Love!

Greetings,

As I was perusing through Facebook and reading some of the comments, I heard a recurring echo that many were not feeling Christmas this year. For some it was because of the loss of a loved one and the holidays have taken on some new complexities. Other voiced that they couldn’t put their finger on it, but they just weren’t “feeling it.” Even myself in the past few years have had to push myself through the Christmas holiday season.

At one point in my journey, and to a vast extent now, Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is as much about being with family and friends as it is about the birth of Jesus. I believe that embedded in being with family and friends is the birth of Jesus because of love. In recent years, our family dynamic has changed. We have lost family members who have made their transitions. There are those who have elected not to participate for whatever reason. It doesn’t stop Christmas from being memorable.

Christmas was the highlight of my year. I anticipated it as much as I did when I was young child. Even when I lived away, not coming home for Christmas was never an option. I anticipated celebrating every day with family and friends that kicked off on Christmas Eve and culminated on New Year’s Day.

Things change. Sometimes I find myself longing for those days of old. This year, I made a conscious decision to just enjoy the holidays. It is too important in our lives. With so much happening and many still reeling from such a contemptuous presidential campaign and even post-campaign events that ignites uncertainty, I can’t help but believe what is happening in our society is also playing a role in how we feel this holiday season.

There comes a time when the true meaning of Christmas must take paramount over feelings and outside circumstances. I realized years ago, it was beyond feelings, gift giving or decorations. It was rooted in living out the greatest two commandments to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

God loved us so much that He sent His only Son that we would not only have eternal life, but experience an abundant life here on earth. It exemplifies his unconditional love for us. I believe with all my heart, we must move beyond the feelings, woes and even the loses and embrace love.

Love for family. Love for friends. Love for neighbors. Just love for everyone regardless if they are like us or not or espouse to our philosophies or beliefs. We truly need to just love.

With love comes joy, peace, faith, happiness and the sheer ability to look beyond everything else and enjoy the Christmas season. Join me in making love the guiding force that propels you through this joyous season of celebration.

Have a Merry Awesomely Blessed Christmas!

Jacqui Showers

The Bold Encourager
Business Encouragement Coach

Celebrating Thanksgiving! Celebrating Family!

Greetings,

As I approached this Thanksgiving, I was somewhat melancholy. I found myself missing so many family members and friends who were no longer here. Yes, I longed for Thanksgivings of yesteryear. Reflecting back, I realized that this was my most favorite time of the year, the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Although I lived hundreds of miles away from my family, I always managed to travel back to share in the holiday festivities. Rather than allow myself to be pulled into a place of melancholy, I decided to celebrate their lives by enjoying the holiday season.

Many are experiencing the loss of loved ones as they celebrate the first Thanksgiving without them. Others just missed their loved ones, like me, even though they may have made their transitions in previous years. Nevertheless, it causes you to reflect on how much you miss them, love them and cherish their memory.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving and the rest of the Christmas season, garner joy in knowing how much their lives touched yours and brought meaning to you and how much you touched theirs. Don’t be afraid to remember all the great times shared. I am not minimizing the intensity of the loss, I know it quite well having lost mother, father, four sisters, a niece, two nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, two pastors and friends. I am no stranger to it.

I realize celebrating their life, contributions and legacies is more beneficial for my well-being. Remembering them is all of part of moving forward. They are as much a part of me as they were before they exited this life. Love and memories live in the heart and can never be destroyed. If you want to cry and shed some tears, that’s all right. Go ahead and do it. But also, laugh about the good times as well. Cherish and delight in the memories. Don’t allow the melancholy of the loss to consume you and push out the great memories you shared. Make a concerted effort to celebrate their life with joyful appreciation of how it brought meaning to yours.

If you have never lost anyone, reach out to someone who has. Spend time with them in celebrating their loved one. Don’t become impatient when they talk about them too much. They just need a compassionate listening ear. You’re there to help them through a difficult process. What an awesome gift to give—the gift of you.

Whatever holiday traditions you had, believe me your loved ones want you to continue with them. They enjoyed them while they were here with you and they want you to continue to enjoy them. Not to mention, for you to pass on to subsequent generations the importance of family and upholding family traditions.

That’s my commitment. Not to focus on what is a perceived loss, but that I am and have been so blessed with family, both then and now. In our hearts, each one is always with me. Won’t you join me in celebrating Thanksgiving for every blessing of family God gave each of us!

Have a Happy Blessed Thanksgiving!

Jacqui Showers

The Bold Encourager
Business Encouragement Coach

Don’t Believe the Hype: Against All Odds | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

“No one can ever tell me that a woman cannot raise a man,” my only brother stated at my mother’s 80th Birthday Celebration. “Because my mother raised me,” he added. On that day I don’t remember anything any of my sisters said nor can I remember anything I said, but my brother’s words continue to resonate loudly in my ears.

My brother communicated so eloquently all that my mother had taught him. Over the years in one conversation after another he has shared even more. I remember when he said that he told my mother that he wanted to be a “pimp.” According to my brother, my mother sat him down and explained in detail that was not a vocation he wanted to pursue. She told him the importance of loving and treating women with respect. After that conversation his mind was changed as well as the vocation he would pursue. He went on to attend Center for Creative Studies and became a Graphic Designer.

In a family where he was the only son of ten children—and a twin at that, he could have easily accepted the dismal statistic associated with a male growing up in a single parent home headed up by a woman. It would have been easy to use this as an excuse to treat women badly and not to excel in life.

Sometimes you just can’t believe in the “hype” of statistics; because if you do, they will be the governing force of your life. Yes, statistics have their place. You have to determine within yourself that their place is not to direct you down a pathological path of destruction, but one that catapults you to supersede the limitations inherent in the numbers.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in research and I understand its importance. However, far too often it is used as an excuse not to excel. Behavioral issues are always qualified by statistics. When in actuality it is taking responsibility for your actions. Unfortunately, our society has provided a scapegoat for many of the ills that plague our communities. Repeatedly, via the media, our community, and yes our families, these limiting statistics are talked about even more than the liberating Words of God.

What if we transformed our words to quote God’s promises of an abundant life rather than statistics? What if, rather than presenting the glass half empty, we illustrate that it is three-quarters half filled? What if, we drowned out the negative statistical numbers and focused on those that defied the odds?

You know what would happen? I do! Those statistics would not determine the outcome of children, but the positive words we speak. You know what, all those jails that have been built to house young men, most notably young African-American men, would have to be torn down and money poured into colleges and universities because they would have chosen another path. Why? Because the transforming words spoken would propel them to choose a better alternative.

When we no longer glorify negative lifestyles depicted in the media and ultimately emerge into our society, we will begin to see transformation happen. Don’t believe the hype! Our words have power! Our lifestyles have power! Believe me they are more powerful than statistics.

My mother didn’t believe in them. Thank God, neither did my brother!

Are you allowing statistics to determine your destiny? Are you overcoming statistics? 

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