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It’s Friday! Leap for Joy! Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Joy can be experienced in a moment’s notice and especially when you’ve had a long week. Leap for joy! It’s Friday! Not only that, but you have four days to relax, refresh and become invigorated for another successful week. Now just leap! Enjoy Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the special holiday gift of Monday! #showersblessing #jacquishowers #IDECIDED #themeplace #ohbreakout

Celebrate Our Mother’s Legacy | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

Every May I celebrate life! I celebrate my mother and the legacy of her life. This year would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. Even though she has since left the earth realm almost 20 years ago, I continue to celebrate her life and thank God in His infinite wisdom I was born as her 10th child. Or in the words of my mother, “I am her baby and will always be her baby.” In this week, I celebrate both her life and my life.

A few years ago one of my grand-niece’s mother celebrated my mother’s life in a prayer. She extolled my mother’s life because of her offspring. She never had a chance to meet her, but because of what she instilled in her children this young woman was reaping the benefits of my mother’s legacy.

I remember reading some notes from one of my mother’s notebooks where she had written a plea to the Lord, “Please let my life count.” When I read the plea it brought me to tears. All I could think about was how much her life did count and was continuing to count with each life that our lives touched. Naturally as this young woman prayed and thanked God for my mother’s life, it took me back to that plea. I was overcome with emotion.

Although my mother had been gone from the earth realm for more than a decade she continued to touch and inspire others. Oftentimes we are so consumed with the here and now we lose sight of the fact that one day we are all going to leave this earth. Our entrance from the wombs of our mothers is the first step as we journey towards the distance horizon of the day we leave this earth.

All that we accomplish from the day we were born to the day we leave here should have some impact on someone else’s life. Oftentimes we find ourselves stagnated because we don’t fully comprehend that when we pour into someone else, where they travel and all the lives they touch we impact as well. Wow! Each one does truly reach one.

More than any of my other siblings I have my mother’s physical features and often peer into the mirror and it is as though her reflection is gazing back at me. Each of us has some parts of who she was and this is not just limited to the physical. All of us have the same compassion and love for others as my mother did and extend ourselves to nurture and help others along the way.

So it is with mothers. They instill so much in each of us. Along the way others are blessed by our mother’s, regardless if they are alive or not. Continuing our mothers’ legacy keeps them alive.

Today, celebrate your mother’s life and all that she poured into you. Regardless if your mother is still living or not, you are the most precious of her legacies. Make your mother’s life count by spreading the love and compassion she gave you, not just to your children but to others as well. That is how you keep your mother’s legacy alive. That is how I keep my Mother’s legacy alive.

Happy Mother’s Day

 

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Make Your Plan! Stick to It! | Monday Motivations | Jacqui Showers

Monday is always a great time to make a successful plan of action for your week. Planning enables you to determine each day’s success. If you don’t take this time to assess your week, plan each day and then execute the plan, at the end of the week you will have come up short.

Develop a daily plan of action that guides you progressively through the week. At the end of the week, you will have accomplished what you set out to do. Stay on course. Don’t give up! You’re doing well. You’re being successful. Stick to the plan. Your success depends on it. Now enjoy it!

I would love to hear what you do to ensure that you have a successful week. Do you make a plan? Do you write it down? Or do you formulate it in your head? Either way, do you stick to it?

 

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS Apr 18

PFS-Apr-18-17Father, Bless me to garner insight from those in authority. Provide me with wisdom to learn from their inefficiencies as what not to do, as much as I learn from their efficiencies as what to do. Bless both the negative and the positive to be a catalyst for my success, because there is always a valuable lesson to be learned from both. Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess

 

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PRAYER FOR SUCCESS April 13

PFS-4-13-17Father, Your Son was faithful in life, death and the resurrection. Bless me to exercise that same faithfulness with confidence that You are faithful to perform and finish the work in me. Regardless of the bitter sweetness of the cup, I will remain faithful to the assignment until my purpose is finished and You are glorified. Amen. #showersblessing #prayersforsuccess 

 

 

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10 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Do the Right Thing | Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was committed to live out his purpose in service to humankind without fear of the consequences to his own life. As you kick-off your week in celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy, be committed to rise above yourself in truly living out your dream of service to others by doing what is right regardless of its political, social or cultural consequences. These are 10 quotes by Dr. King to help you through your journey.

  1. “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
  2. “The time is always right to do the right thing”
  3. “On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.”
  4. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
  5. “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
  6. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
  7. “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
  8. “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
  9. “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
  10. “The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.

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Expectancy Never Waits | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

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I was thinking about the CD project released by my church, House of Prayer & Praise Ministries entitled, Expectancy. One of the tracks bellows out, “We cannot wait.” As I reflected on those words, it took me back to a book written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. entitled, “Why We Can’t Wait.”

The book outlines the plight of the Negro since arriving in America. Because of the injustices and inhumanity endured from the shores of Africa, to the horrible middle passage, to slavery itself and to Jim-crow, it meticulously outlined why the Negro could no longer wait to experience the same rights and privileges afforded their Caucasian counterparts. The literary work emphatically illustrates that the Negro was no longer going to wait, but was ready to take action and embrace all of the promises as a citizen of the United States.

I realized we all reach a threshold where we can no longer wait as well. Many of us have not been exercising our privileges and rights. The ugly face of racism prevented African-Americans from experiencing the fullness of citizenship in a country they helped to build through their sweat and tears.

Oftentimes we find ourselves existing below our privilege because we have not tapped into the reservoir of resources that God has given us. No it was never God’s intention for us to fret over the uncertainty of this world, but to walk in complete victory as we become all He created us to be. For centuries, African-Americans were not allowed to experience the privileges inherent in citizenship because of the label of inferiority placed on them. In many instances, we are not experiencing all of our rights and privileges, because of inferior labels inflicted on us by either ourselves or others.

There comes a time when you have to say I can no longer wait for change to take place, because I am going to be an active participant in making change happen. There comes a time when you can no longer idly watch life passing you by without developing and exercising your God-given gifts and talents. There comes a time when you no longer allow outside stimulus to prohibit you from tapping into an infinite reservoir of overflowing opportunities. There comes a time when you no longer live as a second class citizen and you begin to expect more because you know you are a first class citizen. There comes a time when you say enough is enough. I’m taking back everything that has been withheld from me.

This is the time for you to move from idleness to expectancy. You see expectancy involves action. Expectancy involves forward deliberate motion. When you expect something more, you no longer are immobilized by fear; and “no” and “I can’t” no longer has a place in the lexicon of your life. Your mindset has elevated to expect “yes” and “I can.”

Even when all around you is a raging storm of uncertainty, you realize that you dwell in the heart of the storm where there is abundant life. You come to realize that outward circumstances have no dominion over your inner peace. It is this inner peace and joy that propels you to steadfastly move with an expectation unimaginable. You move from limitation, to the unlimited potential inherent in you from the day you were born. What begins to happen is that the fragments of famine and negativity no longer can skew your vision, because your vision causes them to become a micro dot on the landscape of your life and they no longer control your destiny.

Change your mindset! Expect more! Take action! Because you cannot afford to wait anymore!

Are you ready to take action? Are you ready to stop waiting, and be the change that makes things happen?

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Bear Down: Birth Out | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

“Don’t just sit on the stool of do nothing,” my mother would say when it appeared as though you were doing exactly that—nothing. At some point and time all of us find ourselves on that stool doing nothing and wondering how to get off it. Interestingly enough, there is more to that stool than meets the eye.

In ancient times when women gave birth they perched down on a stool and a mid-wife would assist as they brought the birthing stool/chair new life into the world. All the while, the midwife would coach the woman through the pain of labor to ensure the baby’s safe arrival. The mid-wife played a critical role because she was an encourager and a protector, not only for the mother’s life through the birthing process, but the baby’s as well. Her main objective was to ensure that the mother received her promise of a healthy baby.

Many of us are perched on the stool and need someone who can coach us to give birth to myriad talents and gifts that God placed in us. Oftentimes, we find ourselves just sitting on the stool waiting and longing for someone to help us birth out the thing that has become uncomfortable to carry any longer. We are clueless as to what to do. The pain of moving forward appears to be more than we can handle we remain stagnated perched on that stool in fear. Afraid to push!

One thing is for sure if the seed that has been planted is not allowed to be birth it will die inside of you. Just like there was enmity between Eve’s seed and the serpent, there are forces with the express intent to keep you from birthing into your destiny and purpose. His deceptive tactics are always rooted in the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He is forever lurking to prevent you from giving birth.

Rather than stay perched on that stool or positioned with your feet in the stir-ups without any assistance, seek someone who can coach you into your destiny and purpose. Everyone needs someone to cry out, “Push, Your Name, push.” Even more, we need someone who is willing to put their lives on the line as the mid-wives did for Moses when they defied Pharaoh’s decree to kill all the male babies, Midwives are deliverers and protectors of the seeds of purpose.

There is so much greatness in everyone. My task, as a spiritual midwife, is to coach others to experience and become all God created them to be…all He envisioned for them. You see, each of us have been impregnated with seeds of purpose and need coaching through the gestation process to birthing out that which God has sanctioned from the foundation of the world.

Rather than stay perched on the stool, push your way into greatness. Need some help? I’m here to coach you to the greatness God envisioned even before you were born!

Have you ever worked with a coach? Are you looking to go to the next level, but feel you can’t do it alone? Are you ready to work with a coach?

 

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Competitive Edge: Every Day Play to Win|Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

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Years ago, I used to waste time playing computer games. I used to say God was speaking to me. Probably trying to tell me that I have played them long enough. During those days, I didn’t accomplish much, because I didn’t know what I should be doing. Believe me, when you’re clueless about what you should be doing, there is nothing for you to accomplish.

I could tell you that I’ve stopped playing computer games. That’s far from the truth. I will never stop playing them, but I can’t play them all day long. I have to have balance in my life, because now I have some things to accomplish. Computer games were a legitimate excuse for me not to do what I know I needed to be doing, or possibly I was just too afraid to do them. If there is such a thing as a legitimate excuse, because when you are just wasting away time, there is no excuse.

My time was wasted, because I was clueless about what I wanted to do. So, it was easier to deceive myself into thinking that those computers games were really teaching me something. At that time, I was somewhat delusional. Looking back, they actually were teaching me some things.

Any game you play you have to have a strategy to win. You have to be strategic or you are just aimlessly playing a game. If you never take time to know how to strategically play the game, you are just wasting away a lot of time. Regardless of the games I play, I am always trying to figure out the nuances of the game that will enable me to win.

Every game has a strategy. Even the game of life has a strategy. Each of us must figure out what is the strategy to win. Interestingly enough, many of the rules for winning has been given to you. We have an awesome playbook that provides precise instructions. Unfortunately, the majority of us don’t take time to actually read and learn the plays.

Plans, goals, objectives, strategies and tactical maneuvers, even in our lives, are what makes winners. Diligence play a critical role in your success. You see, all those hours I wasted playing games, I was developing a skill called diligence. Every day I played those games, I learned how to win. Although in many instances I was playing against myself, I would meticulously assess each play that computer made. This enabled me to win when I played humans, because my diligence in playing them every day enabled me to discover the strategies to win.

The game of life is no different. Diligence, perseverance, consistency, determination and relentlessness are the cornerstones to winning. When you make a commitment to win, you also make a commitment to do what you need every day to win. Winning is not an overnight sensation, nor does it suddenly happens. Winning is a very methodical approach. Ask any Olympic gold medalist.

They became winners the day they made a conscious decision to do whatever it takes to win. Regardless of the sacrifices, they were willing to endure in becoming an Olympic gold, silver or bronze medalist.

For every business, career, book or whatever your heart’s desire, you make the decision to win when you make the commitment to put in the time. If you don’t put in the time, you won’t experience the win. Most people want the dime, but don’t want to put in the time. If you do the time, you will receive the dime.

You have to plan to win, or you plan to fail. This is what I learned from all those hours of playing computer games.

  1. Steadfast diligence in doing what is needed every day pays off big time. The only way I mastered the games, I played every single day. I master my life by waking up every day to play to win.
  2. It forced me to analyze my strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies for my life that causes me to win every time. In doing so, I am able to know what works and what doesn’t work for me.
  3. Every lost, or failure, taught me how to be a better winner. I didn’t just lose, but I analyzed the lost, took what I needed to win and tossed the rest that would prevent me from winning.
  4. Appreciate and value my competitor. Without the competitor of the computer, I would not know how to win. I took advantage of its ability to beat me, until I learned how to beat it. I learned by watching what the computer did and eventually I began to employ those same strategies. Eventually, I won more than I lost. I use that same philosophy in the marketplace. I learn from others by analyzing best practices and using them in becoming a winner.
  5. I needed to stop playing computer games and win at life. I came to realize that for me to be successful, I had to get into the game with determination and a commitment to my vision, goals and strategies. I could not be clueless anymore about what I wanted to accomplish, but I had to have a clear vision with a well thought out plan for me to be a true winner.

Do you plan to win? What strategies are you employing? What are you doing every day to be that winner?

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Make Monday Magnificent! | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Why do you think Monday is so dreadful? From the onset of the weekend, most people are dreading Monday. No wonder it is so hard to wake up on Monday morning. No wonder it is so hard to get moving.

What if, just what if, your perspective about Monday was transformed from that of dread into one of Monday being magnificent? How much more productive would you be? How much more energy and determination to succeed would you have.

Overcome any negative thoughts about Monday you may have with a determination that you are going to Make Monday Magnificent. Believe me when your mindset changes about Monday, week-long success is evitable. Believe it or not, how you start the week can have a major impact on how you finish it. You see, if you dread Monday than it is going to have an adverse effect on Friday, because when Friday comes you can’t celebrate the weekend because you are already dreading Monday. Invading negative thoughts creeping into your weekend.

If you determine within yourself that you are going to Make Monday Magnificent, the rest of your week can’t help but be magnificent. Even more, your weekend will be magnificent, because those invading negative thoughts have been harnessed to anticipate the next magnificent Monday. It flows into a magnificent week. A productive cycle embedded in success that is well worth the transformation of your thoughts about Monday and making it magnificent.

Do you dread Monday? What can you do to make Monday magnificent? Leave your comments below.

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