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Still Breathing! Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Hold the palm of your hand in front of your mouth. Now breath into your hand. The breath of air that emanates from you indicates that you have the potential to excel. One thing about the breath that saturates your body is that there are no limitations on what you can do. Limitations are placed on you by you or inflicted on you by others. However, God has provided you with unlimited potential to succeed. Every second as you breathe, it echoes the greatness inside of you yet to be unleashed.

If you’re still breathing, then you still have the capacity to achieve phenomenal feats. Breathe in. Breathe out. Excel in every endeavor. #showersblessing #jacquishowers #IDECIDED #themeplace #ohbreakout

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Expectancy Never Waits | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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I Earned It! Narcotic Dogs’ Approach to Success | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

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Professional canines armed for success confidently anticipates their reward. They know when they accomplish their goal, it is time to receive their prize that can be as small as a tennis ball. Imagine, the abundance of your rewards if you adopted a dog’s approach to success.

In a conversation with a police officer, I was amazed at the relentlessness of narcotic dogs. The person was explaining how those dogs will not give up until they have found their prey. These dogs enter that house and no matter where the drugs are hidden they will find them, because they have one objective and that is to get the toy for achieving success in finding the drugs. Regardless of where their perceived prey (drugs) may be, they are determined to find it in order for them to get their ultimate goal which is to be able to play with the toy.

Relentlessness pays a big dividend to your success. When you adopt the same relentlessness as those narcotic dogs, you will experience unparalleled success. You will acquire a dogmatic attitude in pursuit of your goals. Regardless of the obstacles that may confront you, you will never give in to them. Just like those narcotic dogs, you won’t allow obstacles to stand in your way. If you don’t have the ability to do it yourself, you will team up with someone that does.

Partnering with others can be a major catalyst to your success. Those narcotic dogs cannot be successful without their partner police officers. Without the police officers the dogs would never be able to get to their destinations. No one becomes successful by themselves. You need someone else. There is a reason God said that man should not be alone. Just like those dogs need the support of their police partners, the police officers need the support of those dogs. Purpose ignites purpose.

You have to understand the mandate of the assignment. Those dogs understood their assignment. They were focused. Nothing distracted them from their assignment. They didn’t try to drive the police car because they knew their assignment. You have to learn to stay focused on your assignment. In essence, stay in your own lane. It is the distractions away from your assignment that cause you not to be successful. Identify those distractions and don’t allow them to prevent you from reaching your goals.

Being committed you understand that you are not working for anyone but God. When you are able to move beyond yourself to a higher call, you will be dedicated to your assignment. You no longer work for someone else, but everything you do you do it with the express purpose of pleasing God. Those dogs worked to please those police officers in charge of them. It didn’t matter if they were watching them or not. Once they were released and given their assignment, they took off and didn’t quit until they had completed the assignment.

Fearlessness propels you forward. Cowardice no longer is a part of your make up. Those dogs are fearless, because they are determined to achieve their goal. They never lose sight of it. Fear of the unknown or anyone will not stop them. You have to be just as fearless in order for you to be unstoppable! Fear’s mandate is to stop you from being successful. Even in the midst of fear, you got to forge ahead. The more you burst past the fear, your confidence increases manifold.

Victory breeds victory. Those dogs knew that once they found the drugs they would receive their prize. Your determined fearlessness to be successful, enables you to reap your reward as well.

Are you relentless to achieve success? What is getting in the way of your success? How can you overcome them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Be You! Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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