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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

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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?

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Challenge: Prosper. Reproduce. Take Charge. | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

What would you do if someone walked up to you and said, “You’ve been empowered to change the world and I am giving you everything you need to succeed.” Would you shirk back in unbelief or would you move forward? Would you walk away and say that they don’t mean it or would you trust them? Or would you allow the clamorous noise all around you to prevent you from embracing the challenge, or would you forget societal limitations and forge ahead in unbridled passion to succeed?

Many of us are waiting for that to happen as we idle away the time. It has already happened. Unfortunately, the majority of people have not taken advantage of it. You see, way back at the beginning of time you were offered that challenge with no limitations. It has been staring you in the face from the time you were born.

That’s right! From the very first day you took your first breath and let out a bellowing cry to let your Mama, Daddy and the doctor and nurses know you were alive, the challenge has been there. Along the way things happened that take your perspective off the challenge and evoke a measure of fear that causes you not to pursue the challenge.

You were given the challenge to, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!” In essence, you have been empowered to use every resource known to man as you take authority over what God has entrusted you with in servicing Him and humankind. In doing so, everything you do will transform the landscape of this world in trajectory with its intended purpose and yours.

Everything that you need to fulfill the challenge was craftily placed inside of you, along with a blueprint instructing you what to do and how to do it. Oftentimes, the blueprint is not accessed and you meander through life trying to figure it out on your own. Not only was the blueprint placed inside of you, but each of us have access to a manual for prosperous living that enables us to prosper, reproduce, transform the earth and take charge.

The challenge is there. All you have to do is take it. Forget all the negative experiences that has happened to you. If you can’t forget them use them in your pursuit to fulfill the challenge. Let go of all the negative stimuli echoing from society that tries to inflict gender, racial, age, socio-economic or whatever barriers on you. Overcome them and forge forward.

The challenge has been proffered. You have been empowered. All you have to do is embrace it with fervor as you prosper, reproduce, transform the earth and take charge.

Are you challenged to succeed? What are the barriers you need to overcome? Are you ready for  the challenge to prosper, reproduce, transform the earth and take charge?

 

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Get Back On: Finish Strong | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

We’ve reached the last day of the first month of the year. The New Year is about assessment and evaluation. You see, we woke up on Dec 31 and meandered through the day until the clock rolled over to 12 midnight marking another calendar year. Ideally, it would be great if the miraculous happened, everything was transformed, and you were assured that everything you endeavored to do, you would do it.

There is no magic potion or quick fix. In the striking of midnight nothing really changes—except our hopes and expectations. We anticipate change, because we desperately desire for change to happen. Realistically speaking, transformation is up to each of us. God has provided you with everything you need to change. But, the question looms are you ready to make that transformation?

In our heart of hearts, we’re probably ready for change. Changing is more than just saying that we are going to change, it is actionable. In my soon to be released book, I DECIDED: Moving from Resolution to Execution, it summarizes that the best resolutions are those that you make happen. Essentially, those yearly resolutions need to jump off the page and run swiftly through the year with a determination that you will have accomplished what you initially set out to accomplish.

Every new year, or a new season, marks a launching pad to get started. Many are united in rituals of change. None is as significant as the end and beginning of the year. There are those who are serious about succeeding. Conversely, there are those where resolutions are faddish for the beginning of the year, but they have no intentions of completing them. By now, at the end of January, there are those who have already abandoned their resolutions.

Success begins and rests with you and your commitment to your resolutions. No one else in this world can make them happen. I can’t make them happen for you; conversely you can’t make them happen for me. Howbeit, we can encourage each other, but we can’t do it for each other.

Everyone needs someone to sharpen their iron, hold them accountable and provide critical positive criticism. Positive criticism may appear to be negative in some instances, but it is positive when it pushes you beyond your comfort zone and highlight those areas you need to improve. How in the world do you expect to expand and grow if there is no one to provide critical positive criticism?

There is nothing that can be done at this point. You can never revisit the previous year, or for that matter this first month, except in your memories. You can determine that every resolution you made, you will accomplish. It’s better not to make a vow, especially to yourself, then to make a vow and not keep it. You deserve better than that.

Even if, you have already fallen off the resolution bandwagon, just get back on. You still have 11 months to finish strong.

Have you gotten off the resolution bandwagon already? Do you plan to give up, or get back on? Are you determined to finish strong? What will do to finish strong?

 

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The Dream Never Dies | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

Dreams that transcends you, also transcends time. They live beyond you, because they are for the greater good. They have an impact on lives, because they are rooted in serving humanity. Self-centered dreams produce self-centered actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a selfless dream that continues to live today.

The third Monday in January we are reminded of how one dream can have a lasting impact on society and transform a world. It’s the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Just like Dr. King, you also have a dream and must live it.

A God-given dream moves beyond the limitations of this world. It is not limited by demographic, sociographic or geographic circumstances. Nothing can prevent it from becoming a reality.

Don’t ever stop dreaming. Rooted in your dream is your purpose for being. Each of us have been created with the capacity to fulfill every dream that has been placed inside of us. You cannot allow your dream to remain dormant. Your dream is bigger than you and beyond you. Don’t minimize the importance of your dream to have a major impact on the lives of others.

Your dreams have influence. Each one is waiting for you to make them a reality, so they can influence the world for a greater good. You cannot be selfish with your dreams. Remember they are not exclusive to you. They are vastly bigger than you for the greater good of humanity.

Do you have a dream? What is your dream? Does your dream move beyond you for the betterment of humanity?

 

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Happy New Year! | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Enjoy the new year. You’ve earned it. Take the pressure off yourself and release it all to God. Make your #1 resolution not to be anxious for anything, but in prayer and supplication bring every concern and worry to God. If not, every resolution you have written, you will try to do within your own might. That will make for a long laborious year with little fulfillment. Rejoice in knowing that you have cast every care and concern on God and have included Him in every resolution. Believe me, he is capable of handling all that and more. Inhale. Exhale. Now, experience great success throughout this year.

Happy New Year!

Jacqui Showers, The Bold Encourager

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

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