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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.

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 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?

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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.

The Welcomed Mouse

douglas-carl-engelbart-mouseRecently while flipping through my Flipboard app on my Samsung Galaxy 4 I became intrigued by obituaries of noted individuals. Many names I didn’t recognize, but one thing for sure each of them had made contributions in making the world better.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names, but Douglas Carl Engelbart is not. Yet his efforts contributed to Gates’ and Jobs’ success with the advent of the computer mouse that is used every day in homes and offices around the world.

We interchangeably call it the Microsoft mouse or the Mac mouse, never giving much thought to who created it. The mouse has become a welcomed member of our households, and for me as so many others, I can’t live without it. We search, write and design with it. Engelbart’s contribution to humankind forever changed how we live, work, worship and play.

The mouse is a small thing. Every idea starts small and gains momentum. At first it is conceived in the mind, good or bad, and then manifested into reality. No doubt Engelbart may not have been the only one given this vision, but one thing for certain he was the one who embraced it and would not give up until it was invented.

Passion drove Engelbart to walk away from a steady job because he wanted to make the world a better place through computers. What are you holding on to that prevents you from living your passion and realizing your dreams? Inherent in your ability to surrender the familiar for the unfamiliar is your true destiny and purpose for being.

Many are afraid to walk away from perceived security and venture into the unknown abyss of following your dreams. Faith frightens us. We talk about it and exclaim we walk in it, but it is hard to truly exercise it. I relate it to my not having glasses or contacts on at night. I can see the lights but I can’t make out any shapes because each light bursts out like fireworks—wow my very own fireworks. Okay, let me move on. If I am riding with someone else, I am reassured that as long as I keep moving forward I will reach my destination.

So it is when we have faith in stepping out and living our passions. God desires to give each of us witty inventions to make a difference. You cannot hold back because you don’t know whether or not the vision God has given you will make a worldwide difference or not, but for sure if you do nothing it will not. It is not about notoriety, fame or fortune, but it is about fulfilling the mandate on your life and everything else follows. Yes, these witty inventions, or your intellectual property, are seeds that enable you to make money and generate wealth.

When Engelbart invented the mouse he only glimpsed the magnitude the computer mouse would have on our lives, but that didn’t stop him. He was not even driven by fame or fortune and it didn’t stop him from pursuing and living his passion in making the world better through computers. Because of it, it caused us to open our doors and welcome the mouse into our lives.

Make a difference! Pursue your passion! I want to coach you in making a difference and pursuing your passion. Contact me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place.

Scriptures

They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Prov 8:9-12 (KJV)

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Eccl 11:6 (KJV)

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Eccl 9:10 (KJV)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Romans 12:10-12 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, You have blessed me with witty inventions to make this world a better place to live, work, worship and play. I will not be afraid to pursue the passions You have placed inside of me because I know that these witty inventions are more for others than they are for me.  Amen.

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