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No…No…No! YES! | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

Heath Hinegardner

Years ago I read this book entitled, Guerilla Tactics in the Job Market by Tom Bolles Jackson, and still espouse to the book’s basic premise about any job search campaign. Regardless if you are looking for an executive or secretary position you will have a string of “No’s” and then you receive your big “Yes”. Yet, the only way you don’t get the “Big Yes” is that you simply give up. You have to make a decision that “no” is not an option. I have applied this premise to areas other than looking for employment.

How many times have you started a project and stopped. You keep telling yourself you’re going to finish, yet that day never comes. In essence, you gave up. The only way you truly achieve success is never to give up. Never accept “no” as a part of the equation. View it as just meaning not right now and there is something better for me.

Perseverance and persistence leads to success. Completion only happens when there are corresponding actions. Ninety-nine does not get you to the finish line—100 does. There are many people who start out well on a path to unparalleled success, but along the way they simply gave up. In many instances, it had nothing to do with their intelligence because they had that. In some instances they had money and resources. However, they lacked perseverance and persistence. They left the track before reaching the finish line.

My mother would say, “Don’t sit on the stool of do nothing.” Believe me, if you sit on that stool too long nothing happens. Time will pass and you will be at the same point year after year. All too often people become so complacent they forget how to do anything. They talk about what they want, but they never take action. They find themselves in a state of immobility waiting for something to happen; when, in essence, it begins with them taking action.

Whenever you make a decision not to complete the task or the race, you have said you don’t feel you are worthy to be a winner. You have to make a commitment to yourself to run the course. Apostle Paul wrote, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. . .”

I remember when I attended Wayne State University I had one class left to graduate and I stopped going. For more than a year I did nothing. It didn’t have anything to do with lack of desire. I had that. Essentially, I was perched on that stool of do nothing. It haunted me every day that I had received an incomplete. I had not finished the course. In essence, I had given up and accepted the “no”. And, I was too close to give up.

I went back, completed the requisites and received my degree. I was elated!

My perseverance and determination opened a world of possibilities I never would have experienced. Regardless of the obstacles that confront you, realize if you give up you will never achieve the success God envisioned for you. Not just in this life, but for all of eternity. God saw you fighting the fight and finishing your course. He saw you not accepting “no” as an option because you never allowed the strings of “nos” to stop you from receiving your big YES! God saw you as a finisher!

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Scriptures

. . .The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started. . .and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. 1 Corinthians 8:10-12 (TM)

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain 1 Corinthians 9:12

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, Give me a spirit of perseverance and persistence as I run this race so at the end of the day I can hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Don’t let me give up when things get hard, but keep me focused on the goal that lies ahead. You said to forget those things that are behind and press towards the mark of the high call of God. Bless me not to allow circumstances, situations and experiences keep me from completing the corresponding actions that leads to the big YES inherent in my success You envisioned for me.  Amen.

From Conception to Resurrection | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

I remember my mother telling me that if a woman wanted to know the exact date of their baby’s birth all they had to do was count nine moons from the date of conception. Now that may sound rather primitive, but recently I was reading a book by the late Zola Levitt, The Seven Feasts of Israel, where he stated almost the exact words my mother said years ago. Levitt focused on the Seven Feasts of Israel and related it to the entire gestation period of a woman’s pregnancy, according to the Jewish calendar.

Beginning with Passover and culminating with Chanukah, Levitt meticulously explains that there is a correlation between the birthing process and the Seven Feasts of Israel outlined in Leviticus 23 (see Scriptures below). What is interesting about Levitt’s revelation is that during the Resurrection Season three of the Jewish Feasts take place—Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits.

Passover represents ovulation and new life. On the fourteenth day of the first month in the gestation cycle the egg appears. God instructed Moses that the Passover Feast should take place on the fourteenth day of the first month. During the Passover Feast the Jews place an egg on the table symbolic of the new life granted by the sacrifice of the lamb in Egypt. We are all familiar with the pagan Easter egg that also represents new life. His crucifixion onPassover gave us the chance for life everlasting.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the planting of the seed or the fertilization, occurs the night following the Passover Feast. Within 24-hours the human egg must be fertilized or it will pass on. Twenty-four hours after the Passover Feast Jesus was buried. His burial in the earth prepared for each of us the glorious resurrection to come.

Implantation of the human egg marks the moment when the fertilized egg arrives safely in the uterus and begins its miraculous growth into a human being. This process may take anywhere from two to six days before it implants. The Festival of First Fruits (Easter), the spring planting, is not on a definite time cycle and occurs on the Sunday following the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. It could be the day after, or it could be almost a week away. This represents the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is evident that God designed the conception of each of us in accordance with those first three majestic feasts, so appropriately fulfilled by our Lord. In so many respects everything that God impregnates us with goes through a cycle that begins with conception and culminates in victory. In order to truly embrace the new thing, we must first crucify and bury the old thing.

Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected giving us entitlement to eternal life. Just like the fertilized human egg, Jesus after his burial traveled into hell’s gates and defeated death. It was in this victory that He was able to rise with all power in His hands. The seed had been planted that opened the doors for us to have everlasting life. This is the Festival of First Fruits!

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad! Jesus, Our Lord and King, overpowered death! Rose from the dead! Not only did he have all power in His hands, but he bestowed upon us that same resurrection power!

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Scriptures

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.Lev 23:5-14 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, This is a blessed season! This is the time when we celebrate the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us to have eternal life. For that I am forever grateful. Because of His selfless act and obedience to You, I am not bound by the limitations of this world nor death. And, it is my responsibility to share with others so they can partake of the feasts and sup at the King’s table as well.  Amen.

Say “No” Like a 2-Year Old | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

The beauty of 2-year olds are their ability to say, “No.” It is as though this has been some required course all 2-year olds have to take. Interestingly enough they all are scholars in using these two letter words effectively. Whatever you ask them the answer is always, “No.”

Sometimes it can be grating on your nerves because they have found their inner self that lets them know they can stand up to you. It doesn’t matter if you are taller or bigger, in the finiteness of their minds they have resolved that their “no” is much bigger than your size. Howbeit in most instances they will not back down. You stare at this pint-size of perceived power in amazement that they will adamantly defy you and it appears with no remorse. At this stage in the game, everything revolves around them.

We can learn a thing or two from these pint-size powerhouses. They are territorial about themselves. Oftentimes we are not that way. We allow any and everything to creep into our lives because we are reluctant to realize that we have been empowered to say, “No.”

Once you realize that in order for you to be successful this has to become a part of your vernacular. All too often people will try to infringe on your time and when you do say “no” they act as though you are selfish.

Well, let me help you out a bit. It is more selfish to say “yes” to situations than it is to say “no”. If the “yes” infringes on your being able to do what you need to do then that is truly being selfish and not just to yourself but to others as well. You see, there comes a time when you have to just act like a stubborn-willed 2-year old and say “no”, regardless of the consequences.

This is especially true when it comes to protecting your time of refreshing and revival. Most people won’t honor that time unless you force them to honor that time. You have to be dogmatic because it is in this refreshing, revival and renewal that you will emerge better equipped to say “yes”. In essence, you will be better equipped to be the selfless person who can truly help them because you were brave and bold enough to tell them “no”.

It is in the “no” that you will be liberated to say “yes” without feeling guilty. Now how old are you? Then act like you’re 2-years old and be steadfast in the power of the “no”.

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Scriptures

Above all things, my brothers and sisters, do not take an oath on anything in heaven or on earth. Do not take any oath. If you mean yes, say yes. If you mean no, say no. Do this so that you won’t be condemned. James 5:12 (GW)

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, Each day I’m learning how to say “no” in order for me to bask in Your presence for renewal, revival and refreshed. Exercising the power of the “no” actually is a “yes” to You and others enabling me to selflessly give of myself with passion and fervency of spirit, whereas I will not experience burn out from the assignment. Amen.

Don’t Just Look At It—Do It! Showers’ Blessing Inspires

A friend of mine’s son was searching for a job and was unable to find one. He couldn’t figure out why he was not successful since he was doing everything within his power to land a job. When he asked his mother, she pointed out that every day he read the sign on his door indicating he didn’t want to work for anyone but himself. She told him to simply take the sign down. He did.

Within days this young man acquired a great job and was promoted repeatedly. All he did was take a sign off the wall that didn’t reflect his desired outcome.

Oftentimes you are not successful because of the stimulus viewed every day. The more you meditate on that picture or words that provide you with the stimulus to achieve, believe me you are going to achieve. Conversely, if you meditate on negative stimulus, you got it, you won’t be successful.

Jacob proved that when he took the goats and had them mate as they looked at the speckled, striped and spotted trees he had altered. As they mated and focused on the stimulus that was in front of them, their offspring was born speckled, striped, and spotted. What happen was that Jacob increased and became very wealthy because he provided the necessary stimulus to create his desired outcome. (Genesis 30:37-31:13)

I read an article about a woman who would read aphorisms all the time, but did nothing in making them come true. “An aphorism, by definition, is a succinct statement containing a truth of general import. But because they are so clever and catchy, it’s all too easy to collect them, pay them a little lip service when the occasion presents itself, and then fail to translate that truth into action.” (Jeanine Gajewski, Washington SmartCEO Magazine, June, 2008) You have to be careful that you don’t become more absorbed in meditating on the stimulus without doing anything about it. I’ve been guilty of that as I’m sure most of you have been.

I’ve come to realize that it is absolutely nothing wrong with meditating on the stimulus; the problem comes when you don’t act on it. The inherent truth in each of them has as much to do with meditating on them as much as it has to do with taking action. In order for them to propel you to another level, they have to become a part of your life. You have to put them into practice. The more you focus on them the more you will experience transformation of your mindset; and the more your mind is renewed the more you will take action and experience success.

Whether it’s journaling, photo-journaling or just hanging words or pictures some place where you can visibly see them, if you don’t do anything afterwards it is an exercise in futility. Faith without the corresponding actions does not lead to success, but dismal failure.

But faith with action leads to unparalleled success. With that said, get focused, take action and expect stupendous success!

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Scriptures

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Josh 1:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:2-3

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Prayer

Father, Bless me to be a person who doesn’t merely meditate on pure and good things, but to be a person of action. I don’t want to just give lip service, but I want to be a doer. In doing so, I will experience all You have for me as You make my way prosperous and I will experience great success. Amen.

Life-Quakes’ Undercurrents: Showers’ Blessing Inspires

life-quakesAt a family gathering one of my sisters stated there was an undercurrent causing family unrest. As the perceived undercurrent was revealed it caused a tumultuous reaction from some family members. I must admit I coaxed my sister into the revelation for the express purpose of ridding our family of this stronghold with the express purpose to divide us in order to destroy us.

There are so many undercurrents in life with the mandate to prevent you from reaching your destiny and fulfilling your purpose. The only way to conquer them is that you have to confront them head -on. If you don’t, they will continue to be the controlling force of your life.

They lie just beneath the surface hidden from others, yet potent enough to cause havoc in your life. These undercurrents include sexual molestation, abandonment, rejection, verbal and physical abuse, and myriad others so subtle they are not easily recognizable.

Left to fester and grow, even when it appears that you are moving, they are actually causing stagnation and havoc. At a moment’s notice, they rear their ugly heads causing rumblings beneath the surface that cause you to become unraveled.

Initially, these rumblings don’t register high on your personal Richter scale but left unchecked they can cause a major life-quake. It is for this reason people don’t quite understand why something that happened in childhood can be so prevalent in adulthood. In essence, the earlier rumblings were ignored although there were many signs of covert unrest.

Once it gets to the point of a life-quake, it no longer lies beneath the surface. Yet, it is then that restoration and healing can take place. Life-quakes, as destructive as they may appear, ruptures the turbulent undercurrents in order for you to begin to rebuild and become all God envisioned.

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Scriptures

That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:16-17 (KJV)

At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations. Jer 50:46 (KJV)

I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. Jer 4:24 (KJV)

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, eveninto his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.Psalms 18:6-7 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, My past continues to cause unsettling rumblings that prevent me from walking in the destiny and purpose You envisioned. Today, the undercurrents of my past no longer are strongholds causing stagnation in my present and preventing me from walking boldly into my future. Seismic life-quakes propel me to be more than a conqueror in my passionate quest to become all You created me to be and experience unimaginable success.  Amen.

Can You Hear Me Now? Showers’ Blessing Inspires

can-you=hear-me-now“Can you hear me now?” How many times have you asked that question while on your cell phone? You even find yourself moving from one place to another in hopes the reception will become clearer and the person on the other end will be able to hear with clarity. At moments you find yourself shouting in hopes that if you speak louder they will hear you.

Cell phones have become such a part of our lives. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are you have some relationship with a cell phone. My 4-year old grandbaby-like calls me on the phone. Sometimes we are disconnected from the call and he will immediately call back to find out why I hung on him. Or, he will call and I may not answer the call. When I do speak with him he will ask, “Why didn’t you answer my call?”

I’m sure that each of us has asked that question as well, especially to God. Many times we feel God is not hearing us and when we call He is not answering. We want to ask God, just like my grandbaby-like, why He didn’t answer or why did He disconnect from the call.

We’re always questioning God about what He isn’t doing or not doing. Do you ever think about how God feels? He is always providing us with information to lead and guide us in the right direction, but we don’t always answer or if we do, we sometimes just hang up on Him because it is not what we want to hear.

I can just imagine God asking, “Can you hear me now?” because there is no sign of life on the other end of the line. Or, we just simply hang up on God because He is not providing the answers we seek. Recently my niece asked what you do when God’s answer is not what you want to hear. Can you get mad at Him? I told her you can but it is useless because His answer will remain the same.

Can you imagine if your spouse, child or friend just stopped listening to you or simply hung up on you? You would be outraged! You would scream at the phone in hopes that your actions would in some way have an impact on theirs.

God is no different as He provides us instructions. Howbeit it may not be what you want to hear, but it is all for your good. You may feel as though He is not hearing you, but He really does hear you. There are sometimes when He appears to be silent, but He hears our every word.

More often than not, we are the ones that have a hearing problem. God continually asks, “Can you hear me now?”

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Scriptures

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: Jeremiah 29:12-14a (KJV)

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Isaiah 55:6 (KJV)

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (KJV)

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)

And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 1 Samuel 3:10 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, I have tuned in to hear Your voice with clarity as you provide instructions for my success. I will seek You daily so I can know Your voice and will heed Your call. I thank You for listening to me and answering every call. Amen.

I Wonder! Showers’ Blessing Inspires

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Sometimes I sit down to write and everything just flows; and other times I agonize over what to write. I start and stop. I think about something and then say, “Naw that’s not it.” You see it is those times that I am writing within my own might. I constantly ask, “I wonder is this what I need to say or if that is what I need to write.” I can hear my mother echo, “You asked the right person when you asked I wonder.” This was one of her favorite refrains.

You see “I wonder” expresses doubt and uncertainty. It is in my asking “I wonder” I no longer relinquish my fingers to God. Instead, I try to force myself to be this prolific writer within my own might. Without God anointing my hands, believe me each week you would read a bunch of mess. Actually you wouldn’t be reading at all because I would be too afraid to write.

This is true because fear prevented me from writing. This was a major hurdle I had to overcome. The only way I could do it was to stroll through the Word of God. In essence, I found scriptures pertaining to writing. I begin to pray and believe those scriptures. Only then did confidence in my writing propel me to another level.

I didn’t take any new courses. I was too embarrassed and ashamed to ask for help. I didn’t want people to know I couldn’t write. As much as I desperately wanted to seek help I couldn’t. I tacitly suffered and feared everyone would realize I was just a charlatan.

When I finally stated that I had a major fear of writing, I begin to conquer the thing that for years conquered me. Oftentimes we hear of stories where people have nightmares about some big monster coming after them. They fearfully run from it. Then one night they stop running and confront the thing that tires them out in their night visions. As soon as they turn around and take control of the situation the big monster becomes an unimpressive image. It is in that instant they are able to look at the thing and know that they are more than a conqueror.

So many people live in utter fear of their own gifts and talents. They are so afraid, as I had been, that they never experience the fullness of creativity God placed in them. Each of us has a wealth of untapped gifts and talents that can broaden our territories enabling us to live a more abundant life.

There comes a time when you have to stop asking the infamous “I wonder” and ask God to give you courage and confidence to conquer the fears that prevent you from excelling. Believe me He will. When you embrace all God created you to be, your gifts and talents propels others to do the same. You see, there is no need to wonder anymore. Just ask the one Who has all the answers.

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Scriptures

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Heb 10:35 (KJV)

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Heb 10:38-39 (KJV)

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37 (KJV)

Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Acts13:41 (KJV)

Prayer

Father, There is so much you have for me to do. You have creatively placed in me so many talents and gifts, yet I find myself too afraid to use them. I realize they were given to help someone else. I’m tired of hiding behind this cloak of fear and trepidation. Today I confront the things that have caused me not to be all you created me to be and denounce any drawbacks spirit that tries to stop me from being more than a conqueror through You who loves me.  Amen.

Cut! Scrape! Dig! Victory! Showers’ Blessing Inspires

cut-scrape-dig-victoryRealizing the juxtaposition of who God is as it relates to mankind unveils the truth of why you were created. In this realization of truth you begin to peel back the layers of calluses that have built up over the years from your life experiences.

These calluses have become painful reminders of not so pleasant experiences and places. Whenever you go to put on that shoe that appears to fit, these calluses make you cry out with pain. Every so often someone steps on your foot causing excruciating pain to reverberate through your body to the point of being unbearable. These are the press points of hurt, deception and lies that prevent you from fulfilling your potential. The area where the density of the callus is the most severe is where pressure is applied the most.

For years I had a corn that formed between my fourth and baby toe. When it first started to grow and cause excruciating pain I was miserable. All I could wear was an oversized sneaker or a soft house shoe. The lightest touch would send pain riveting through my body. I tried different things to stop it from hurting, but to no avail. Then one day someone suggested I visit their podiatrist.

I scheduled an appointment and went there. As the podiatrist looked between my toes he realized that unbeknownst to me I had broken my baby toe at some point and a corn had formed. The corn had grown so much it was beginning to appear as though I had webbed feet.

Needless to say, the podiatrist began to clean out the corned area. There was so much built up dead skin that it seemed as though it took forever. He would cut. He would scrap. He would dig all with the express purpose of getting rid of the dead skin that had built up. Suddenly he was finished!

I immediately noticed that all the hurt and pain was gone. Between my toes was clean as a whistle. There was absolutely no pain. It was that quick. The corn had been removed and the pain ceased.

Oftentimes we endure the pain from the corns and calluses of life because we don’t know how to stop it. It is as simple as scheduling a visit with God, your spiritual podiatrist who scraps, cuts and digs out all those corns and calluses causing you so much hurt and pain. In an instance, the pain ceases.

Subsequent visits to the podiatrist I paid careful attention to the tools he used and I closely watched what He did. The next time the corn returned I got my tools and started doing what the podiatrist had done. Overtime and repeated cutting away of the dead skin that would occasionally form between my toes, the problem was alleviated.

The toe claimed to have been broken was never repaired. However, routinely cutting, scrapping and digging caused the corn to go away forever.To get rid of those dead issues, people and things you have to cut, scrap and dig them out so they can no longer cause you pain and thwart your progress.

Your success is in your daily routine. When you routinely speed time reading His Word, in prayerful communication with Him, and applying the blood of Jesus those corns and calluses of life disappears.

Just like the corns between my toes that don’t come back, the corns and calluses in your life won’t either and you won’t have to endure the pain anymore. It has to do with teaming up with God and doing what needs to be done to ensure they never come back again. God has already cut out the corns and calluses for you. Now all you have to do is walk in total victory.

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Scriptures

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. John 15:1-3 (NIV)

For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms And the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives And remove and cut away the spreading branches. Isaiah 18:5

Prayer

Father, I need you to cut away those dead issues in my life with the express purpose to cause pain and prevent me from being all you created me to be. Teach me how to apply your Word to these circumstances so they will no longer cause me pain and anguish. I am so dependent on you. Each day I will seek you for instruction and guidance as you propel me to walk in unimaginable success I have only dreamed about, but You envisioned for me from the beginning of time.  Amen.

Believe in the Seed: Showers’ Blessing Inspires

dreamstimefree_2009390 copyIn a conversation with one of my nieces she indicated that she wanted to be an actress. As I queried her and gave recommendations about fulfilling her dream, I shared with her that she should get involved with some of the local repertoire theaters. She emphatically indicated to me that she had no intention of doing that because it was gross (my words) and went on to say that she just want to be on the big screen. Well now!

So many times we have a dream inside of us screaming to be released. More often than not, these dreams are deeply buried inside of us because we are too afraid to take a step. A step begins as a small seed that was placed inside of us before we were ever born.

Yet, the seed lies dormant waiting to be watered and cared for in order for increase to take place. Just like there was only one egg that was released from your mother that connected with the one sperm released from your father to create you and an embryo was created; God’s seed of opportunity is waiting to ignite with your sperm of productivity in creating a dream of success.

According to Mike Murdock in his book Dream Seeds, “Our dreams and desires begin with photographs within our hearts and minds—things we want to happen in our future. God plants these pictures as invisible seeds within us. Dream seeds are the invisible visions within you planted by God.”

In a YouTube video playwright and movie producer Tyler Perry indicated that you are given a seed or an idea that you must believe in regardless of the vicissitudes of life that may happen. You can never allow anything to stop you from believing in that dream seed or pursuing it with all your heart because it not only will manifest but it will open the door to other opportunities as well.

Each of us has a dominant gift where our dreams dwell. You know those things that you become so passionate about. It is those things that you always find yourself gravitating towards and longing to accomplish. These are the things that you daydream about becoming and achieving.

For me I have always had a burning desire to encourage others to become the best person they possibly could be. It is a passion with me and I would always gravitate towards it. My earliest recollection is when I won a writing contest for encouraging a young teenager not to commit suicide. Throughout my life I’ve come to realize that my dominant gift, when lovingly and progressively cared for, always opens new doors of opportunities. Even now I continue developing my dominant gift through life coaching, writing, speaking, training, praying and preaching. I’m amazed at how many doors keep flinging open. Behind these doors are the wealth and riches for living an abundant life.

God is the only One who really knows how to get you to birth out your dreams and the path to their fulfillment. Just like my niece, oftentimes we are the very ones who place the barriers preventing us from fulfilling our dreams. Just like when I wrote that award-winning essay I had no idea it would be the catalyst to set me down a path of fulfillment of my dream. Along the way, I had to do some other things to nurture the dominant gift. Yes, I had to battle for the gift of writing that is so vital to the expansion of the gift. I have never given up! Neither can you!

You have to keep believing in the idea . . . in the dream seed that has been placed inside of you. It is that seed, when nurtured, grows and blossoms into a creative bouquet of opportunities and fulfilled dreams. It all began with a dream seed.

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Scriptures

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: Isaiah 55:10 (KJV)

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalms 126:1-3 (KJV)

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform Romans 4:18-21 (KJV)

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:2-3 (KJV)

Plant your seed in the morning, and don’t let your hands rest until evening. You don’t know whether this field or that field will be profitable or whether both of them will {turn out} equally well. Eccl 11:6 (GW)

Prayer

Father,You have impregnated me with a dominant gift that requires nurturing in order for my dreams to come true and new doors of opportunity to open. Cast out all fear that causes me to be the stumbling block to my own failure. Bless me to understand You have creatively carved out a path for my success that is inherent in the invisibility of my dreams waiting to become visible. Sometimes, it may not appear as though I’m going down that path, but help me to relinquish self-imposed limitations in order for me to take a step towards fulfillment of my dreams and to never give up so I can live them in total abandonment. Amen.

Keep Scoring! Keep Winning! Showers’ Blessing Inspires

magic-johnson-earl-g-gravesI remember attending an event at Howard University years ago to see Earl G. Graves and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. At the time they were embarking on a business partnership and were on a public relations blitz to announce their newly formed partnership to purchase a Pepsi franchise and become the largest minority-controlled franchise in the nation.

Many were there to see Magic more than they were Graves. That particular day, Magic gave way to Graves. In essence, Magic Johnson was a rookie again—only this time he was an aspiring business man. What resonated with me in that room crowded with students eager to hear what these two guys had to say is what Magic stated about his basketball career.

Magic related to the audience that he had teamed up with Graves in order to learn about entrepreneurship and business. Graves was a consummate business man as the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine and many other business ventures. As Johnson talked he said that many of his heroes in basketball left the game and was virtually broke or had to work well beyond the time for them to retire just to pay their bills. He didn’t want that to happen to him. Although he was retired and had to do so early, he had a plan for the next phase of his life.

Fast forward to Magic today he is a consummate businessman. He learned under the tutelage of Graves and has successfully amassed businesses that span across the globe.

Magic is my all time favorite basketball player. I felt that he had such a command of teamwork and realizing that it took more than him to win the game. It took the entire team.

To be successful you have to realize that it is a team effort. Regardless if you own the business or you are an employee, you have to grasp that to win you have to team up with others. Just like Magic teamed up with Graves, you have to be willing to learn from someone who has already gone where you are trying to go. Magic understood that in order for him to be successful he had to team up with someone who was already successful.

You must have a teachable spirit. You may be well-versed in one area, but you need instruction in another. You have to be open to that instruction as Magic was with Graves. He realized that he was just a rookie, but Magic knew that as long as he was willing to learn he would be successful.

If you haven’t learned how to be a follower as a precursor to being a great leader, then you will never be a great leader. Regardless of what position you may have, there is always someone that you will have to follow. Although Magic was a star on the basketball court, he was not one on the business court and he was willing to follow Graves’ lead in order to become one.

You have to have a contingency plan in case something happens as it did with Magic that shorten his career, or when that particular phase of your life is over. Magic clearly had a strategy for when he no longer would be able to play basketball. Even before his career came to a screeching halt he had given considerable thought to the next phase of his life. Where you are today does not mean you will be there next year. Do you have a strategy for the next phase of your life? If you don’t you need to establish one.

You have to set your sights high and not settle for less. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are as long as you have breath in your body and you are in your right mind, you will be able to achieve great things. If you want to own your own business, go ahead and do it. If you don’t, that is fine as well. Just don’t go and crawl up in some hole and do nothing.

Remember, the game isn’t over until you take your last breath or you simply take yourself out of the game. Keep breathing. Keep scoring. Keep winning from one phase of the game of your life to the next.

Do you need a strategy for the next phase of your life? Join me for a complimentary coaching session @ The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute.

Scriptures

But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead. Eccl 11:2 (NLT)

Plant your seed in the morning, and don’t let your hands rest until evening. You don’t know whether this field or that field will be profitable or whether both of them will {turn out} equally well. Eccl 11:6 (GW)

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Prov 27:17 (KJV)

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl 4:12 (KJV)

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

Prayer

Father, Regardless of what phase of life I’m in I will be successful. I will never stop dreaming and planning because I don’t know what might happen tomorrow, but I know that You have nothing but great things for me. Every day I believe in Your promises for greatness. I team up with others as we propel each other to experience that same greatness.  Amen.

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