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Priorities: Missing In Action: Showers’ Blessing

priorities-missing-in-action-showers-blessingThe first car I ever purchased was a Chevrolet Vega. If anyone knows anything about a Vega, you know it was one of GM’s worst nightmares and soon became one of mine. What I remember was the day I purchased it. All my sisters were there as though it was some sort of rites of passage.

A few years later I received my Associates degree and a few of my siblings were there. Then later my B.A. and a couple of them attended. When I received my Evangelists license there was no one there.

I have often thought how interesting so much importance was placed on buying a car. Yet, it was the most temporary aspect of anything I have ever done. It was considered such a major feat that all of my family stopped what they were doing and came to be with me.

Sometimes our priorities are misplaced and we place importance on meaningless things. Oftentimes that is how we interact with God. The things that matters most to Him are not high priorities in our lives. We repeatedly do things and wonder, “Why all the struggle?” The reason is quite simple. God is not in it. We have placed importance on those things that we deem to be important and have given minimal consideration to the things God considers important.

Sometimes the superfluous things of this world cause us to miss the abundance of God. We are so caught up with the Vega’s in our lives we lose sight of what God truly wants for us. There are times when we allow others to define what is important. Whenever we do we lose sight of what is important to God.

We’ve often heard that God is a God of order. God shared with me that there are times when man may feel you are out of order, but you are totally in order with God. Yes, it is a fine line. You have to know when you are in God’s order so no one can place superficial mandates on you.

There was a prophet in the Bible who got his marching orders from God not to eat or sleep in a certain village. Along the way a more seasoned prophet told him that God had also told him that this man should eat with him and stay overnight in his home. The man disobeyed God and placed his confidence and trust in another person. In doing so, he was devoured by lions. This man knew what God had instructed, but he placed more priority on the things of man and lost his life.

You see, what many people don’t realize is when you place God’s priority above all others’ you come into alignment with the order of this world and the plan God orchestrated for your life.

When our priorities are skewed and we place importance on those things that matters least, we become self-absorbed and more and more find we are MIA (missing in action). In essence, God looks around as I did when I received my Evangelist license, and no one is there.

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Scriptures

I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. Gal 5:10 (KJV)

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Psalms 118:8-9 (KJV)

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. Prov 25:19 (KJV)

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: Micah 7:5 (KJV)

And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 1 Kings 13:26 (KJV)

…yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…2 Chron 16:8-9 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, The cares of this world sometimes overwhelm me and I find myself getting off course of what you would have for me to do. There are times I place more importance on the concerns of men and their instruction more than I do yours. Oh, please help me to place my confidence in only You. You are the only one who has my destiny in Your hands.  Amen.

Caught in the Countdown: Showers’ Blessing

countdownpic1I still marvel at the well-oiled machine to fulfill the mandate of the U.S. Decennial Census to count the American people every 10 years. It revs up and increases its intensity as it nears the official Census Day. There are unmovable deadlines and myriad activities to do to ensure everyone in America and its properties are counted by April 1. I was privileged to be a part of this amazing machine during the 2010 Census.

We had no choice but to meet each deadline because they were not moving. Time waited for no one. We unequivocally knew that when December hit, everything had to be submitted to President Barack Obama. Everyone feverishly scurried around using every talent and ability they had to make things happen before that fateful date. Before one Census ends, the government is already revving up for the next one.

It reminds me of a new year. As we approach the finality of one year we arbitrarily place deadlines on ourselves and develop a list of resolutions and goals we plan to attain in the ensuing year. Just like we were in a countdown for the Census, each of us experience a countdown to accomplish all God has placed inside of us.

For instance, if you envision how much time you actually have from the first day of the year to the last, you would probably do more with your gift of time. Every year each of us is given a gift of 365 days, 366 for leap year, to use prudently, wisely and at our own discretion. Now when you realize these 365 days translates into 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds that makes you realize what an awesome gift we have been given. Wow! How priceless!

I realize why God tells us to number our days so we can apply our hearts to wisdom because each of us have been given a finite amount of time duirng our lifetime and we are to maximize each moment to its fullest. Every year He bestows upon us the opportunity to fulfill our purpose while making a difference in someone else’s life. Just like with the Census, the time is going to pass and December no longer will loom in the horizon but it will be upon you.

The question looms, “What are you going to do with such an awesome gift?”

This marks the first day of the year. You have a huge blank canvass of seconds, minutes, hours and days before you with one opportunity after another to succeed.

Do you sit aimlessly day in and day out revisiting those goals that you never seem to accomplish? Or, do you put forth a concerted effort to maximize your gift by doing something every day to ensure that when December hits you have done all you could to fulfill your desires and dreams and in the process helped someone else do the same.

Most people adopt a mantra to keep them focused. Mine is “I’m A Mean Machine in 2014”.These catch phrases are to propel you to do all you promised. Yes, they are nice, but if you don’t maximize your efforts to making them a reality that is all they are — catch phrases. It begins with planning and preparation, moves into starting, and on to doing and culminates with a big finish.

The beauty of this gift is that no one can take it from you. Oh, but yes, you can squander it away. Whether you use the time or not it will be gone forever. The choice is yours.

When my nephew was critically ill his wife’s co-workers gave their personal sick time so she would be able to be with him. That is not the case when it comes to actual time. It cannot be re-gifted and no one else can give you some of their time to replace your time. Once it is gone it is gone.

The time is going to pass regardless. Now, what you do and how you use it becomes paramount. It is up to you because the countdown has already begun. Day one…day two…day three…

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Scriptures

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:12 (KJV)

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Eccl 9:11 (KJV)

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.Eph 5:15-17 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, You have given me such an awesome gift that keeps giving second by second, moment by moment, day by day and year by year. Bless me not to squander such a precious priceless gift, but to use it all for Your glory. Teach me how to use it wisely as I make a difference not only in my life but others as well. Each day, show me how to manage my time as I fulfill all the dreams and desires You have placed inside of me in making this a better place to live, work, play and worship not just for this year but for years to come.  Amen.

The Best Gift of All Is You! Merry Christmas!

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Greetings,

We search all over for the perfect gift. It is our desire that when the person opens the gift they are overjoyed. In some instances we miss the mark. There is one gift that always brings joys — the gift of your time.

Time is the precious gift God graciously bestowed upon humankind. It is the one gift once you have used it you never can get it back. Embedded in the gift of time are opportunities to use it wisely and to give it unselfishly.

Time is a priceless gift. It is not quantifiable, yet it is the one gift that transcends age, gender, race, culture and nationality. It is the one gift that infuses overflowing joy in the hearts of others and keeps giving and giving throughout the year.

The gift of time binds families and solidifies friendships. It can break down barriers and cause someone who otherwise would not have gotten a gift to receive a priceless one. Giving the gift of time is an unconditional act of love.

Because this season is so rooted in the unconditional love of God, spread that same love throughout the season and the upcoming year. It can be shared anywhere—work, home, the mall, the store, while driving or wherever you may be. A small act or words of kindness can change the complexion of anyone’s day.

This Christmas as you celebrate our blessed Savior’s birth, remember to give the best gift of all, your time, as God so graciously bestowed upon you. It will not only bring joy to the intended, but it will bring joy to you as well.

Merry Christmas!

Jacqui Showers

10 Bodies Hanging On The Wall | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

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My brother, my sisters and me—the 10 of us.

I was lying in bed this morning when all of sudden it was like this jolt of joy was injected inside me. These days as we are in the throes of the holiday season have been quite melancholy as I reminisce on those who have left this earth. So many memories flood my mind as I recall all of the time spent together doing all those holiday things in preparation of Christmas.

I remember everyday piling into cars and going shopping. We would shop all day long. More than shopping it was just being with family. Needless to say, many of my most ardent shopping companions have all made their transitions. This year I found myself missing those excursions. It really didn’t matter if you had the money to shop or not, it was more important that we were together. We were doing something that we loved to do — together.

It was such mystery with our shopping as we scurried around trying to find that perfect gift for the person whose name you pulled, all the while hoping that no one else would find out. In some instances, if you were the recipient of a sibling’s name who was hard to please, you just had to tell someone so they could help you. These were great exciting memorable times.

Remember that song about the beer bottles hanging on the way and if one should accidently fall then there would be one less bottle hanging on the wall. I often think about that at one time there were 10 of us hanging out together and now there are six. One thing I’ve come to realize is that we are going to be like those beer bottles hanging on the wall where one day there will be no beer bottles hanging on the wall. One day all 10 of us will no longer exist in this world and we won’t be hanging out together.

Yet we still have a mandate to uphold the traditions and love of family instilled in us from our mother. Yes as time goes by there will be less of us hanging out with each other, but as long as we are still alive we have to make sure that those coming behind us hold on to family and love. We have a mandate to ensure that they understand the traditions of getting together for the holidays and just hanging out with each other.

Yes, sometimes we are going to fight and we are going to get upset with each other. It is all right as long as you don’t stay in that place. I cry out to my nieces and nephews for them to understand the legacy of their grandmother, Rosie Showers, whose simple instructions was for us to “love one another.”

Regardless of the disagreements or agreements we have held on to those words. At every interval when it appeared as though there was an unknown force trying to divide us each of us go back to those words echoed by our mother, “Love one another. Stay together. Look out for one another and take care of one another. Never stop getting together.”

This holiday season grasp those words when it comes to your family or even extended family members. Family is worth fighting for and you must fight for your family. The love of family is priceless. No amount of shopping for that perfect gift can take the place of the love of family. Really that is what this holiday season is all about — the love of family.

God loved us, His family, so much that He gave His only begotten son that we could have the right to an abundant life in this world and spend an eternal blissful life with Him. How priceless can it get?

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Scriptures

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:33-35 (KJV)

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb 10:23-25 (KJV)

Above all, love each other warmly, because love covers many sins. Welcome each other as guests without complaining. Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (GW)

My loved ones, let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God. He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love. And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins. My loved ones, if God had such love for us, it is right for us to have love for one another. 1 John 4:7-11 (BBE)

Prayer

Father, I am so thankful You gave me a family. I love my family and every day I celebrate each one of them. I cherish the priceless moments we share together. Although some of them have already gone to be with You, I cherish their memory and the love we shared. Each time we come together it is memories of love and family that we passed to those coming behind us. In doing so, we are able to share the ultimate love of family when You gave Your only Son that we could be free of sin and the limitations of this world, have an abundant life in Your Son Jesus and spend eternity with You.  Amen.

Nothing But Love!

family-collage-showersblessing-chirstmasI am always amazed at how fast Christmas comes upon us. This year is no different. Actually this year has been one of those unforgettable years. With the transition of my sister and best friend, Patricia, once again our family find ourselves shifting to fill the gaping hole left with her departure. For me it is even more paramount, because she I would be hustling and bustling doing all sorts of things including one of our more loved pastimes—shopping. We would always be planning for the family holidays. We believed in family and family getting together.

My mother’s prayer was that when she made her transition we would continue to get together for holidays. The Christmas festivities were so important to us. Before she went to be with her Father, I made a conscious decision to make her dream a reality. I started planning all our holiday events. During this time of year, I would compile a calendar that included every place we would be beginning with Thanksgiving, picking up at Christmas Eve with an event planned for each day through New Year’s.

Each day was carefully planned. I would put together an event calendar along with a newsletter. These items would be mailed to each household prior to the holiday festivities so everyone could know exactly what was happening and whose house we would be gathering on that particular day.

It included having a secret pal throughout the year. Christmas Eve became the biggest day ever and everyone was there. Everyone wanted to know who pulled their name and what they got. It literally would take over two hours for every gift to be given as each person shared a story of love about the trials and triumphs of purchasing their respective gift. Even more importantly, you wanted to experience the excitement of Christmas Eve. I remember having so many gifts that they almost took up half the room. We would sing, dance and even at times a mini talent show from the younger children.

Along the way we have not been as diligent with our holidays. What I’ve come to realize is that everyone misses those times. Yes, we have continued to get together, but we allowed the vicissitudes of life to get in the way of what we hold dear. This year as we proceed through the grieving of our beloved Patricia, we need to go back to our roots. It is what each of those who have preceded us would want.

The core of our family planners is getting older and some have already made their transitions. It is our desire and prayer that those coming behind will step up and do their part. Sometimes that is a slow process. Needless to say, the family ties need to continue. Over the course of time, some things have changed. But the core of who we are has never changed.

We are still that family rooted in love. This is the gift my mother passed to each of us. That is not to say that we don’t get on each others’ nerves sometimes—we do. But it is to say that we’ve come to celebrate and love the differences that make us one as much as we do those things we have in common.

I feel it is no different with any other family. There are the foundational truths that have keeps you together. In the process these truths and alliances are attacked. In essence, you have to fight for your family, traditions and your love for one another. You have to set aside petty differences for the common good and posterity of the family. It is bigger than you. It is bigger than me. It is bigger than life itself.

It is making sure that those coming behind understand the importance of the Christmas season. It is built on nothing but love.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

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Scriptures

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. And if I have a prophet’s power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me. Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things. Though the prophet’s word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end. For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet’s word gives only a part of what is true: But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary. When I was a child, I made use of a child’s language, I had a child’s feelings and a child’s thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child. For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God’s knowledge of me. But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:1-13 (BBE)

Prayer

Father, This is such an important season to express and show love not only to my family, but others as well. It is a time for me to relinquish my selfish motives in order to embrace the truth of this season—love. You loved me so much that You gave your only Son for me to be free to inherit eternal life. Bless me to love in order that I can help others experience that freedom; and to be a blessing to the family where you so craftily placed me. Teach me how to celebrate the differences that makes us one not just during this Christmas Season, but throughout the year. You do it, Your Son Jesus does and I know I can too.  Amen.

It’s A Wonderful Life!

wonderfullife 10As long as I can remember the Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” with James Stewart playing George Bailey airs every year. For the past several years I have not seen it. This year I want to see “It’s A Wonderful Life”. It is such a testament of our significance in a world that may deem you as insignificant.

Our smallness does not equate to our insignificance, but our smallness is our significance. Jesus’ birth is indicative of this as well. In celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ it also echoes of the same proclamation of the smallness of our significance.

So many want the notoriety of fame and fortune and feel that if only people knew who they were they would be considered to be important. All too often, they live below their level of potential because they are looking to be “big” in a world where they envisioned their smallness.

You can’t help wonder why God did not allow His son to enter this world with much fanfare. Yet, He was born in a barn wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. How small can you get than that? Because the world labeled Him insignificant they refused Him and His parents’ occupancy.

So many stand at that door desperately wanting an invitation to come in and yet feel that the door is never opened to them. You can get caught up in a perceived insignificance or you can do as Jesus’ parents did and use what you got. It may appear as though they settled for a stable where they only had a manger to lay their baby’s head.

No doubt, Mary, who had an intimate encounter with the Lord, wondered why the struggle was so intense if she had birthed the Messiah. She had been chosen it appeared above all women for such an honor, yet it appeared as though her life had little meaning. She was a mere teenager who had already undergone intense ridicule and scorn, yet she found herself being turned away yet again.

Even Joseph may have had his own reservations because he had agreed to remain with Mary, although he knew the child was not his. It appeared as though that one act of obedience after another only caused increased persecution, shame and rejection. He may have pondered, “When is it all going to end?”

Each of these people, including George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, appeared to have no significance and much struggle. George Bailey was provided a glimpse into how critical his life mattered by a guardian Angel named Clarence. Even his guardian angel was questionable. Yet, in the movie it was revealed to him how much his life counted had he not been born.

Have you ever thought about how much your life matters? After my mother made her transition to be with her Heavenly Father I found a notebook where she had written I want my life to count. When I read those words I was overwhelmed with emotion about how much her life did count.

There are times when each of us feels that if only we were bigger we could make such an impact in the world. If only we could have been born into a family that had more money, nothing would have stopped us from making a difference. If only I had two parents, I would be able to function better and I know that would have made it possible for me to fulfill my purpose.

I can go on and on because the list is endless. I want you to know that your smallness does not equate to your insignificance, your smallness is your significance. It is the extraordinary of ordinary that makes the difference.

Each of us has been provided an allotted amount of time to make a difference in this world. Our experiences, families, talents, gifts, etc., is what provides us the canvass. God is the only one who can reveal to you your significance in a world that bellows out your insignificance.

George Bailey came to that realization when he was given an opportunity to see all the lives he touched. Interestingly enough, he touched the lives of people he never met because of the lives of those who came into his sphere of influence. It is no different with my mother. Every person I come in contact with is a testament that my mother is still making a difference.

We all know that Jesus, even to this day continues to touch each of our lives. Because of one perceived insignificant birth more than 2000 years ago, each of us have significance. Have you met Him? If not, you definitely want to meet Him. In doing so, He puts the extraordinary in your ordinary and teaches you to celebrate the significance of your insignificance.

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Scriptures

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord’s power been revealed? He grew up in his presence like a young tree, like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or majesty that would make us look at him. He had nothing in his appearance that would make us desire him. He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn’t consider him to be worth anything. He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded him, beat him, and punished him. He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds. Isaiah 53:1-5 (GW)

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isaiah 32:2 (KJV)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 (KJV)

The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy. Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David’s city. This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 (GW)

And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high. Matt 23:12 (BBE)

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matt 20:16 (KJV)

Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip told him, “Come and see!” John 1:46 (GW)

Prayer

Father, Bless me not to equate smallness to being insignificant, but help me to realize that my smallness is my significance and to celebrate the ordinary because this is where I am most extraordinary. As I celebrate Jesus’ birth, bless me to see the inherent significance in my life in touching others’ lives as they find the significance in their lives in transcending the same significance to others. In doing so, each of us can celebrate our significance of insignificance in Christ Jesus  Amen.

It’s A Wonderful Life!

wonderfullife 10As long as I can remember the Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” with James Stewart playing George Bailey airs every year. For the past several years I have not see it. This year I want to see “It’s A Wonderful Life”. It is such a testament of our significance in a world that may deem you as insignificant.

Our smallness does not equate to our insignificance, but our smallness is our significance. Jesus’ birth is indicative of this as well. In celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ it also echoes of the same proclamation of the smallness of our significance.

So many want the notoriety of fame and fortune and feel that if only people knew who they were they would be considered to be important. All too often, they live below their level of potential because they are looking to be “big” in a world where they envisioned their smallness.

You can’t help wonder why God did not allow His son to enter this world with much fanfare. Yet, He was born in a barn wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. How small can you get than that? Because the world labeled Him insignificant they refused Him and His parents’ occupancy.

So many stand at that door desperately wanting an invitation to come in and yet feel that the door is never opened to them. You can get caught up in a perceived insignificance or you can do as Jesus’ parents did and use what you got. It may appear as though they settled for a stable where they only had a manger to lay their baby’s head.

No doubt, Mary, who had an intimate encounter with the Lord, wondered why the struggle was so intense if she had birthed the Messiah. She had been chosen it appeared above all women for such an honor, yet it appeared as though her life had little meaning. She was a mere teenager who had already undergone intense ridicule and scorn, yet she found herself being turned away yet again.

Even Joseph may have had his own reservations because he had agreed to remain with Mary although he knew the child was not his. It appeared as though that one act of obedience after another only caused increased persecution, shame and rejection. He may have pondered, “When is it all going to end?”

Each of these people, including George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, appeared to have no significance and much struggle. George Bailey was provided a glimpse into how critical his life mattered by a guardian Angel named Clarence. Even his guardian angel was questionable. Yet, in the movie it was revealed to him how much his life counted had he not been born.

Have you ever thought about how much your life matters? After my mother made her transition to be with her Heavenly Father I found a notebook where she had written I want my life to count. When I read those words I was overwhelmed with emotion about how much her life did count.

There are times when each of us feels that if only we were bigger we could make such an impact in the world. If only we could have been born into a family that had more money, nothing would have stopped us from making a difference. If only I had two parents, I would be able to function better and I know that would have made it possible for me to fulfill my purpose.

I can go on and on because the list is endless. I want you to know that your smallness does not equate to your insignificance, your smallness is your significance. It is the extraordinary of ordinary that makes the difference.

Each of us has been provided an allotted amount of time to make a difference in this world. Our experiences, families, talents, gifts, etc., is what provides us the canvass. God is the only one who can reveal to you your significance in a world that bellows out your insignificance.

George Bailey came to that realization when he was given an opportunity to see all the lives he touched. Interestingly enough, he touched the lives of people he never met because of the lives of those who came into his sphere of influence. It is no different with my mother. Every person I come in contact with is a testament that my mother is still making a difference.

We all know that Jesus, even to this day continues to touch each of our lives. Because of one perceived insignificant birth more than 2000 years ago, each of us have significance. Have you met Him? If not, you definitely want to meet Him. In doing so, He puts the extraordinary in your ordinary and teaches you to celebrate the significance of your insignificance.

You are significant. Let’s team up together in a collaborative effort. Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord’s power been revealed? He grew up in his presence like a young tree, like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or majesty that would make us look at him. He had nothing in his appearance that would make us desire him. He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn’t consider him to be worth anything. He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded him, beat him, and punished him. He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds. Isaiah 53:1-5 (GW)

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isaiah 32:2 (KJV)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 (KJV)

The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy. Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David’s city. This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 (GW)

And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high. Matt 23:12 (BBE)

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matt 20:16 (KJV)

Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip told him, “Come and see!” John 1:46 (GW)

Prayer

Father, Bless me not to equate smallness to being insignificant, but help me to realize that my smallness is my significance and to celebrate the ordinary because this is where I am most extraordinary. As I celebrate Jesus’ birth, bless me to see the inherent significance in my life in touching others’ lives as they find the significance in their lives in transcending the same significance to others. In doing so, each of us can celebrate our significance of insignificance in Christ Jesus  Amen.

It’s a Selfie!

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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.

This year “selfie” receives the honor as Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. 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 couple of year. Now millions take selfie photographs and post them all over the Internet—Facebook, Instagram, etc. 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 ones don’t. It is as simple as that.

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

Your snapshot for success begins now! Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark thoughts. Psalms 10:7 (BBE)

Keep your tongue from saying evil things and your lips from speaking deceitful thingsPsalms 34:13 (GW)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. Prov 15:4 (KJV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.Prov 18:21 (KJV)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Prov 21:23 (KJV)

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 1 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, You stepped out on nothing and created a world with Your words of life. Bless me to respect others with my words and refrain from cussing in front of youngsters, the elderly and others. Bless me to create a world with life generating words that build up and do not tear down. Every word I utter will be a snapshot of an abundant life of limitless possibilities.  Amen.

They Brought Their Friends

They-Brought-Their-Friends-Snow-showersblessing copyI’m gazing out the window again, but this time the leaves are brown. Not to mention that yesterday it snowed! I know that may not be a shocked to most of you, especially if you live in or near the metropolitan Detroit area. It is not for me either, but I like a little snow and not a lot.

Years ago my ex-husband stated that one snowflake is no problem, but when it brings all of its friends that can be disaster. As I gazed at the dusting of snow on the rooftops I knew that eventually their snowflake friends were coming. When all of those snowflakes come it is going to be treacherous.

It is nothing more beautiful than fresh driven-snow. It has a cleansing effect as it inspires you to new things. Gazing at all of that snow makes you realize the awesomeness of a Master Planner. You never want it to lose its freshness. As the days pass what was once a great experience quickly loses its glamour.

Slowly the once beautiful fresh-driven snow becomes a nuisance, a chore and an inconvenience. It is no longer white, soft and fluffy creating that awe effect it once did. In more instances than not, that dirty mess lingers way too long.

Like so many things in our lives, in the beginning it is great! You’re so excited and just keep talking about it effusively. You can’t get enough. As time passes it loses its luster. This can be for anything—a job, a relationship, a car, a house and yes even a baby! Reality sets in.

The downtrodden snow is like our everyday reality. We live life. Along the way we experience those fresh snow-driven moments that take our breath away. They give us a reason for being. The freshness of it all inspires us forward and fills us with unspeakable joy. As much as we hate that dirty old lingering snow, it has meaning and inspiration as well.

Regardless of how dirty it becomes, it will not depart until its purpose is complete. I’m always in awe of snow intermingled with oil that remains into the summer. It has this stubborn will not to give up its place of purpose. It doesn’t care if it’s a nuisance or an eyesore.

We have to have that same tenacity. We have to be that relentless in fulfilling our purpose. It doesn’t matter what someone says or think, you have to be as dogmatic as that oil-mixed snow. You cannot allow anyone to take you off course because you are purpose-driven.

Some may think that you have exceeded your usefulness and that is all right. You alone will know when the season is over for you. Then all of sudden you will mysteriously melt away leaving people wondering what happened, but you will have moved on to fulfill your purpose in the next season like the freshly fallen snow.

Whatever season you’re in, enjoy it! I would love to guide you to your season of abundance. Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Eccl 3:11 (KJV)

As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. Prov 25:13 (KJV)

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. Prov 26:1 (KJV)

If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap; Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing. Job 9:30-31 (BBE)

“Rain and snow come down from the sky. They do not go back again until they water the earth. They make it sprout and grow so that it produces seed for farmers and food for people to eat. Isaiah 55:10 (GW)

Prayer

Father, The freshness of the assignment ignites passion and propels me forward. I ask for the same enthusiasm and passion as I proceed through the assignment. Regardless of what others may say or think, I will remain as committed and enthusiastic about the assignment as I was the first day.  Amen.

Seasons of Transformation

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Okay I’m sitting here trying to decide what to write and I have to admit I’m clueless. I keep gazing out the window in hopes something will trigger my creative buds. So I just decide to write anything and let it rip. Every so often I glance at the transforming trees as they are no longer green as they were during the Summer; yet they aren’t even their brilliant colors of yellow, red and orange inherent with fall. Every time I look at them I can’t help but think about how change is taking place.

Howbeit it may not be the anticipatory change, yet change is here. Fall is the time of year when we inevitably know that winter is coming. The majority of people, especially in snow areas, do not anticipate winter. Could it be that we misunderstand the inherent hope of winter.

Winter is what faith is all about. It is when the vision is given and the mandate is provided. Winter is the bedrock of conceptualization where the bud cannot be visualized. Spring is the manifestation of the new birth of winter. It is the evidence of faith hoped for. It is in the trials and tribulations of winter where we painstakingly endure to the sprouting and blossoming manifestation of spring.

Summer is a time just to enjoy. There is a lackadaisical attitude about summer because there is just way too much to do—that doesn’t mean what you need to be doing. There is not much sowing and planting. It is just being and enjoying. Before you know it, fall is here again with its arrays of colors reminding us of an abundant harvest.

Seasons are fascinating. God knew we needed seasons of transformation. No different than the seasons of transformation from spring to summer to fall and on to winter, we need indicators letting us know when one season has ended and one begins. Just like the environmental seasons, the seasons of our lives overlap. Just as we are harvesting and reaping all that we have sown, something may be taken away from us. It is called life.

It is the vicissitudes of life that keeps us moving forward. It is the vicissitudes of life that make us stronger to endure the fluctuations inherent in every season. One thing that we have to realize, even with the seasons of our lives, absolutely nothing stays the same. Every aspect of this temporary world is forever in a mutational state of transformation, including us humans.

That is what makes it exciting—everyday life is changing. Every day something new is being birthed and something is going into hibernation. Embracing change is what makes life meaningful and intriguing. If we did the same thing day-after-day, we would all just wither away. No one would ever fulfill their potential and we could never celebrate the differences that make us one.

Well I guess I did have something to write about after all. In essence, my season shifted from idleness to creativity.

Whatever season you’re in, learn to enjoy the harvest! I would love to guide you to your season of abundance. Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Eccl 3:1 (KJV)

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Eccl 3:11 (KJV)

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Dan 2:21-22 (KJV)

As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field. The wind goes over it and it is gone; and its place sees it no longer. Psalms 103:15-16 (BBE)

Prayer

Father, Bless me to rejoice in every season. Each season holds its own nuances of creativity and abundance. Give me the strength to endure those seasons when I don’t understand all that is happening, but bless me to weather each season with strength, courage and perseverance.  Amen.

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