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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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Be You! Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

In a movie or theatrical performance, they search for the right person to be cast in that role. In their search they go through a process of elimination enabling them to select the right person. There are various criteria they may consider. It doesn’t have to do with rather or not they are an accomplished performer or not, as much as it has to do with if they are the right person to be cast in that role. Finally, they make their selection, because they feel they have found the right person.

God, unlike man, didn’t go through a period of searching for someone to play you. He created the role of your life specifically for you. As such, no one else can play the role of your life, but you. He perfectly cast you for the part. You are not too fat…or too skinny. You are not too dark…or too light. You are not too tall…or too short. You are just right for the role God created for you. There is no one else who can be you, but you. Conversely, you cannot be anyone else because their role was created for them.

In the process of creating the role for you, God also envisioned you being successful. Whatever is preventing you from embracing that success, you got to deal with it. There is no reason why you should still be wondering what to do. It is easy to know. Just take a moment and ask God. Once He tells you, do whatever He says to do and do it with unbridled passion, fervor and fearlessness. You have already been cast in the perfect role with every resource you need to be successful.

Some of you are going to be entrepreneurs. Be the best entrepreneur you can be. Don’t get stuck in a job because you think that is who you are. If you are frustrated, your frustration comes from not being the person God created You to be. Go ahead and start that business.

I always encourage others to go back to your childhood. The initial revelation of who God created You to be is there. In the deep crevices of Your heart, you know who you are. Believe in yourself enough to just be you.

Recently, I was talking with someone who told me that when they were younger, they loved to write poetry. Even now they had poetry, books and plays inside of them. Yet, they were trying to figure out what is their ministry . . . what is their purpose. Whatever God created you to do is your ministry—that is your purpose for being. Your ministry is beyond the four walls of church and extend into the marketplace.

As we talked, I explained to her that her gifting is where her ministry lies. More than likely, her writing is all a part of who she was created to be. She didn’t want to have those gifts and talents to die an untimely death and never realize their potential to transform lives in the earth. You see, every talent, skill and gift is to help someone else. Nothing was created just for ourselves, including ourselves. That is the reason God created Eve, because He knew Adam needed her.

In the process of being you, know that You have been perfectly cast for the part. It is up to you. It begins with believing in yourself. Just be you! Be the best you that you can be. That is all God requires of you.

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Celebrating Mothers! | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

SB-Picquire-Celebrating MotherEnjoy this encore post, Celebrating Mothers, written a few years ago celebrating my Birth Mother and my Spiritual Mother.

This past weekend I celebrated motherhood with my spiritual mother who turned 80-years old. I remember not so many years ago celebrating my biological mother’s 80th birthday. Naturally, the celebration caused me to reflect on a mother’s love and how blessed I am to have two people who nurtured my growth and loved me unconditionally.

Mothers have an awesome task regardless if they are your natural mother or not. What I realize is that there are those who become surrogate mothers for whatever reason. It has nothing to do with age, because I was over-grown when I met Arneta Supples, my spiritual mother. My birth mother, had recently made her transition. Never did I ever think that I could embrace someone else as mother.

My Mother

You see, my mother, Rosie Showers, means the world to me. I simply loved and adored her and continue to do so even to this day. I, according to my mother, was her baby and would always be her baby. I took such pride in those words. The mother-daughter relationship and friendship we shared was priceless. I continue to grow and increase daily from her life’s lessons.

My Spiritual Mother

Mother Supples embraced me as one of her own daughters. She was always there, similar to my birth mother, with a quiet-confidence offering advice and guidance through the good and tough times.

Interestingly enough, I celebrate both of their birthdays this month along with Mother’s Day. I look just like my birth mother. It is unbelievable when I gaze into the mirror and it is as though she gazes back at me or I look at my hands and I see her hands. Ironically, my middle name is the same as the first name as my spiritual mother.

Yet these two women have been instrumental in my natural and spiritual maturation process. I celebrate both of their lives, Rosie Showers and Arneta Supples, because of how they touched and influenced my life and each of them loved me unconditionally.

Celebrate the mothers in your life. Without them where would we be?

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Monday Matters | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

When you begin to believe that Monday matters, it is going to make all the difference to how successful your week will be. Incorporating these habits into your week will cause you to take authority over your week. Monday matters to your success. How you begin will determine how successful you finish.

  1. Wake up early. Kick your week off right by waking up early. This provides you time to meditate, exercise and spend time with God. It also enables you to clarify your goals, plan out your week and take authority over your week. Successful people wake up early and take authority over their day. If you are striving to be successful, set your clock to wake up early.
  2. Pump up your mind. You have to immediately get your mind ready to achieve great things. Repeat statements like, “I refuse to be unhappy today. This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it. There is nothing I can’t do as long as God is on my side.” Visualize yourself being successful. You can write at the top of your day in bold letters, “Success!” Also visualize completing each assignment with a stamp of success on each one. Read material that puts you into a positive mindset and expands you to achieve success.
  3. Pump up your body. You have to take care of yourself. Make sure you eat healthy and exercise. The only way you’re going to be successful is to take care of yourself. Meditate on positive stimuli to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle such as this prayer for success on establishing a healthy lifestyle. Factor in exercise at least 3-7 times a week to function at your optimum level and to keep a positive frame of mind.
  4. Incorporate rest and relaxation. Restful sleep is important. Make sure you get the necessary sleep you need to stay on top of your game. Strive for 6-8 hours a day. Sleeping will enable you to wake up every day with renewed vigor to succeed. Along with sleep, factor in time just to relax or enjoy others company. Balance is the key for your success and factoring in sleep and relaxation is all a part of your establishing a successful week.
  5. Move beyond yourself. Realize that you woke up with a blank week not only for yourself, but to know what you can do for others. Include in your planning opportunities to do something good for someone else. A simple phone call to encourage someone goes a long way. Take someone out to lunch, just to brighten their day and it will brighten yours as well. Provide encouraging words to co-workers, clients or business associates by email or on social media. Just be a reservoir of encouragement every day.

 

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS April 4

PRAYERS-FOR-SUCCESS-APR-4-2016-1Father, Thank You for boldness, confidence and courage. Every day door after door after door of new opportunities are being flung open. I am walking boldly, confidently, courageously through every door, regardless of how big it is. I knock on big doors and big doors of opportunities are flinging open. It’s awesome! I am so excited about my future. Amen. #showersblessing#prayersforsuccess

Perfecting of Patience | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

Without tribulations there would be no patience. Without patience you would never have any experiences, hope and faith. With every trial and tribulation, you have to know you are building patience and your patience is strengthening your character. In the process of patience having its most perfect work, a transformation happens. That transformation catapults you into a realm of victory. Had you not gone through what you went through, you never will be able to possess the strength, courage, confidence, character and faith to endure to the finish.

 

 ~Jacqui Showers

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