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Why Doesn’t He Speak To Me? | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

SB-Quotes-recognize-Gods-voiceMy niece-daughter’s little boy acts very shy when he first sees me. He won’t say anything to me he just watches me. Sometimes peering from behind his mother’s leg he pays close attention to me as he sums me up. All the while I’m trying to cajole him into embracing and talking to me. Sometimes this goes on for several minutes. The more I reach out to him I begin to see that he opens up to me. Before you know it, he has grabbed my hand as he leads me throughout the house. All the while he is talking to me incessantly. Two way conversations ignite as we develop a relationship. He has learned to recognize my voice and realize that I am truly his friend.

One day after spending the day with him and his mom, he accidently called me. Earlier that day he was reciting his ABC’s to me. He recognized my voice and when I asked him to say his ABC’s he begin to bellow them out in his anticipation to hear my voice. Once he finished I begin to shout with joy. I can see his face beaming as he repeated them again with the same expectation to hear from me once he had completed them.

Oftentimes people say God doesn’t speak to them or hear them. They feel as though they are praying into an abyss and no one is listening. It is not that God is not listening, but oftentimes we don’t speak to him often enough to recognize His voice.

You see, it is hard to hear from God when you can’t recognize his voice because you have not established relationship with Him. Cultivating the relationship requires continual interaction with Him on a daily basis. Not just when you find yourself in a whirlwind of trouble. Why should God hastily respond to you when you have not given Him that same priority?

In the tsunamis of our lives we feel that when we seek God we can’t hear Him. We are expecting to hear a vociferous reply when in actuality He is responding in a small whisper. Because you haven’t spent enough time in His presence you cannot hear Him—or more precisely you cannot recognize His voice. Oftentimes it appears as though others have a higher frequency to hear from Him. The more time you spend with God even in the faintness of His voice you will recognize it and know that He hears you as well.

Communication always entails a two-way transmission. One gives. One receives. Cultivation of the relationship requires frequent communication in order to build trust and intimacy. When one person appears to be aloof or silent they are in the process of assessing whether or not You can be trusted with what they will give you. It is no difference with you.

You trust God in the bad times and expect Him to be there simply because you have made yourself known to Him. What about the good times when He has been beckoning you to come into His presence and you simply don’t have enough time? Don’t you realize that the same rejection you feel is how God feels?

You see when you quiet yourself and make Him the priority of your life, your frequency of hearing Him elevates. God is not a good time God. He is an all the time God. Regardless of your situation, God is always there. He is there in the famine just as He is in the overflow. Many times we are only there in the famine seeking Him and almost demanding that He responds at our every beck and call.

Before the storm hits cultivate that relationship with Him in prayer and meditation. Make time to get to know Him so you will be able to recognize His voice with clarity and certainty. Don’t always be a receiver of His love; but pour out your love on Him as well. Then when you make a call to Him, hopefully not accidently like my grandson called me, you will be able to recite your ABC’s and God will respond with shouts of excitement as I did.

 

 

I Truly Hate Moving! Can I Just Say That! | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

Can I say, “I hate moving!” Did I say, “I hate moving!” Well, I just want to say it again, “I hate moving!”

It is not so much the move as it is the process. By far, moving is one of the most least likely things I look forward to doing. Yet, I found myself moving. It is such a grueling daunting task because it doesn’t just end when you get to the place where you are going, but you have to organize and find a place for all of that stuff. If you are like me, who is clueless about having a successful move, you have a lot of stuff that didn’t need to find its way to the new location.

I did learn some lessons from this move. Although I thought I had everything under control, I quickly grasped in the midst of the move I did not have anything under control. I have a hard time determining that I am not in control when it comes to moving. I should have found some type of moving 101 course to help navigate me through this process. It would have saved a lot of time before, during and definitely after the move.

Nevertheless, I have moved. Would I do it again? I probably will, but I realized that with anything proper planning always produces positive results. Whether you are moving or it’s something else your due diligence in planning will make the difference. These are some of the things I learned that can be employed in any area of your life.

  1. Map out a strategy. If you do not have a strategy in place, you will be just like I was—delusional. You will think that you have everything under control when in actuality you don’t. A clearly delineated strategy will help you through the process and allow you to enjoy your new place hassle-free.
  2. Let it go! Make a conscious decision you are going to let go of things that you know very well you are not using and will not use. You still make excuses about why you need it to justify not getting rid of it. Purge yourself of that stuff. Minimizing must become a priority. If it is something you have not used, or worn, within the last six months or better, get rid of it. Definitely if it has been hanging around for years—give it away or just throw it away. Just let it go!
  3. Ask for help. I will confess that there are times when I have difficulty in asking for help, especially when I think I got this. Actually I don’t! Do this early on. You need the most help as you are preparing to move to make the day of the move seamless. Try to elicit the help of someone who is going to be hard nose and force you to throw away those things you have been holding on to for years. You are too emotionally attached to make the decisions yourself. Twenty years ago you could wear those size 6 jeans, but today your size 14 can’t fit in them. Do the math and quickly give them away.
  4. Streamline the process. When you streamline the process on the front end it makes everything easier on the back end. Clearly label where everything goes. Or you will have to sift through all of that stuff wasting a lot of time you don’t have on the back end of the move. Make sure boxes are clearly marked so you don’t have to spend hours searching through every box. Those moving you will know exactly where everything goes.
  5. Allot the necessary time to pack. Yes we’re all so busy. Scurrying from here to there and working on one project after another, but you have to factor in the hours needed to get everything packed up and ready to go. You can’t do everything in a day, but you can factor in 2-4 hours a day to do something towards your goal. When people kept asking me if I was packed, I would say yes. When they came over they could see I was nowhere near being there. Now I was living in denial and kept saying that it didn’t look as bad as it seemed. On the day of the move, it was extremely worse! Be realistic! If it is not packed up, you still have a lot of packing to do.
  6. Set a deadline. With anything you have to have a definitive goal date when everything needs to be done. With moving it is quite easy—it is the day you move. In actuality it should be a few days before you move so you can truly ascertain the status of where you are. Keeping that target date in focus will ensure that you do everything necessary so when the movers come all you have to do is pick up and go. It doesn’t have to be a 12 hour ordeal. I hope I’m not telling on myself.

What is it that you loathe to do? How can you streamline the process? Have you contacted The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute? If not, take a moment to connect with The ME Place.

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What If? | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

A close friend of mine’s mother was a beautiful artist. She had such a great eye for detail and her paintings were awe-inspiring. As much as I was inspired by the paintings I was even more inspired by the woman. She didn’t begin to paint until she was close to 50-years old. Wow! She never even had a lesson. One day she decided she would paint and she did creating hundreds of works of art. This marked the second half of her life. She lived well-passed 90.

What if she had never picked up that paint brush and started on the journey to become a creative artist? What if she only dreamed of doing the thing that was burning in her heart, but she never did it? What if she allowed age to prevent her from painting because she thought she was too old?

Many of us live in the realm of the “what ifs”. The “what ifs” in our lives either work for us or against us. Regardless the choice is ours. No matter what you embark on in life there will always be a host of what ifs in your pathway. You must make the decision to burst through the “what ifs” and live your dreams. If not, at the end of your life you will always wonder what you missed out on.

Each one of you reading this has so many desires and dreams yet to be fulfilled. Some of you will do them. That is great! There are some who will allow their dreams to be securely placed on the shelf of “what if”.

What if they say my work is horrible? What if I don’t have enough money? What if they think that I am too old…young…stupid…ugly, or whatever? What if I get sick? What if they don’t work with me? What if they laugh at me? What if I fail? What if I am successful?

At some point you emerge beyond this point of limitation and you do as my friend’s mother did; you do whatever you want to do regardless of the “what ifs” in your life. Nothing should play a factor in preventing you from embracing life in its fullness. That most definitely means using every God-given talent and gift that has been given to you.

God creatively placed inside of you everything you need to succeed. The beauty of it all is that He did it and knew at the precise time those talents and gifts would be released for you to use them. Use them, you must! One thing is for sure, you will never experience all God envisioned for you if you don’t conquer the “what ifs” and just do it!

What are the what ifs in preventing you from moving forward? Are you ready to overcome them? Have you contacted The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute? If not, take a moment to find out about The ME Place.  

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Blow the Dust Off | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

As a young girl playing hide and seek, sometimes there would be a box large enough to hide in. You would climb into the box, close the top so you wouldn’t be found. You had confidence in knowing that you had successfully deceived the person looking for you. Oftentimes, you could hear their footsteps; totally clueless that you were right there. Until they found you hidden in that box, you didn’t have to deal with the consequences.

In our quest to understand who we are and why God created us, it means we have to be willing to deal with all the things we have carefully hidden in a box. Sometimes this is a hard thing to do because we don’t always want to look at those things we have neatly tucked into a box and placed on a shelf to collect dust. Over time the box gets pushed to the back of the closets of our lives until you no longer can see it. Or, you think you no longer see it. Sometimes you look for it and can’t find it until the perfect time when you are ready to deal with its contents.

As you sift through the stuff tucked away you experience so many memories—some good and some not so good. To move forward you have to take the time to sift through those things that have limited you. Some of the things you will be reticent to let go; and that is okay. Eventually you will have the courage to release them so you can move forward. But, some of the contents will testify of the overcoming power of God and you will hold on to them to remind you of God’s faithfulness.

What is interesting is that as you rummage through the contents, you begin to realize that the person who tucked that box away no longer exists. In most instances, you emerge more mature, confident and capable. You see, God never meant for you to hide in a box. So, courageously and confidently dust off the box, take its lid off with overwhelming expectation and experience the incomprehensible possibilities God has for you.

Are you tired of being in the box? Are you ready to experience the exceedingness of your potential? We’d like to know…

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Are You Accountable? | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

When I lived with one of my sisters, my mother charged us with looking after each other. She told my sister to take care of me because I was her baby sister; and told me to listen to and look out for my sister because she was my older sister. In essence, she made us accountable to each other. Over the nine years we lived together and well beyond we held each other accountable. Howbeit, my sister would take it way too serious. Often I had to remind her that just because she was a Captain in the army did not mean I was under her command.

Reflecting over those years I appreciate her constant urgings, support and shoving me out of my comfort zone. It caused me to stretch and do things I probably never would have done. Accountability makes you do things you want to do, but sometimes need someone to give you a nudge, if not a shove, to enable you to do it.

All of us make resolutions and set goals. Sometimes we aren’t successful in reaching them. Having someone to be accountable to helps you break through barriers you may or may not be able to do on your own. In our quest to be true to the vows we make, there are times when we need that extra push and that extra support. I know I do!

Having a mentor or coach is important in helping you to stay focused and keep moving forward. Knowing you have to be accountable forces you to do what you know you should be doing. They in turn do whatever is necessary to help you achieve your goals. When you identify that person, make sure they truly hold you accountable, are trustworthy, honest and can provide support that pushes you beyond your place of familiarty. They cannot be apprehensive about telling you when you are messing up and must be able to speak the unadulterated truth, regardless of how painful it may be. Remember they have your best interest at heart. They want you to succeed. So, after you mull over your hurt feelings, settle down and listen. It is for your own good.

You want to lose 30 pounds? You want to exercise? You want to write that book? You want to start that business? Elicit the support of a mentor or coach. When you’re serious about being successful, you will get the necessary help you need. That is what accountability is all about.

What measures are you taking to achieve your goals? Have you secured the help of a mentor or coach? Have you contacted The ME Place Mentor Empowerment Institute? If not, take a moment to find out about The ME Place.  

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5 Ways to Make It Happen | Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Within everyone’s potential is the ability to make things happen. Sometimes it seems as though it is not within your grasp, but it is. Follow these five principles and you will experience the success you desire. You don’t have to wait for things to happen, just rush towards them with passionate determination and you will definitely make them happen.

  1. Make up your mind retreating is not an option. As long as you are too afraid to run towards what you want, you will never experience the success you desire. Once you make the decision to pursue with passion your heart’s desire, you will begin to make things happen.
  2. Keep running forward and never look back. When you look back it will cause you to stumble and fall. You have to be determined to keep moving forward with purposeful determination to succeed every single day.
  3. Progressive forward motion causes everything to fall in place. No longer are you waiting for things to haphazardly happen, you have taken authority to make them happen. Exercising due diligence every single day incrementally reinforces for you to not give up, but keep pressing forward.
  4. No matter what happens, don’t stop. You may get a little weary, but you can’t stop. Your progressive steady motion thrusts you forward, even when it appears you can’t go on. With each step the vision becomes crystal clear spurring you to a great finish.
  5. Revel in your victory. You stayed the course and because you did, you will experience great success. Keep your sights set on the finish and you will get to that place of victory. It is in that place where you will be able to experience illimitable success in every thing you endeavor to do.

Let me now what is it you to make happen, but having trouble staying the course? Will these principles help you stay the course. Let me know your comments below. 

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Take It to the Next Level | Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

What are you doing to go to that next level? That next level of thinking? That next level of being? That next level of living? That next level of achieving your goals and living your dreams? #showersblessing #themeplace #IDECIDED #nextlevel

Break Barriers! Experience Success! | Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Breaking barriers is wonderful. You have to know there are barriers that should be broken and those that shouldn’t. Your success is knowing which barriers to break and which ones not to break. Either way, you have to be a barrier breaker in order to experience the success you desire. Break barriers! Experience unparalleled success! #showersblessing #ohbreakout #themeplace #IDECIDED

5 Ways to Move from Perfection to Excellence |Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Sounds like semantics to me. But it is not and you can easily think that you are operating in excellence when you are actually a perfectionist. If you always want things to be perfect and find yourself never completing anything, then you guessed it that is perfectionism. If you give it your very best and know when to release it that is excellence. Determine for yourself where you are.

  1. Many of us suffer from the debilitating limitations of perfectionism when we think we are actually exhibiting a spirit of excellence. You want everything to be perfect and you never complete anything. There is a difference between the two of them. Don’t get deceived there is a close alignment— however, one uplifts (excellence) and the other condemns (perfection).
  2. Striving for excellence you may sometimes fall short of your goal, but you don’t stay down. You get up, access your mistakes and keep moving forward. A perfectionist lives in constant condemnation, but when you strive for excellence you realize erasers were created because you would make some mistakes. It is called being human. Sometimes you may miss the mark, but you realize that you always have another chance to get it right.
  3. You must also recognize that there is a difference between striving to be perfect versus endeavoring to perform with excellence. Achieving perfection is an impossible task because it never makes allowances for errors or missteps. Consequently, condemnation and discouragement often follow one’s pursuit of perfection because these unrealistic expectations lead to feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy.
  4. The challenge is knowing when you have crossed over from performing with a spirit of excellence to operating in perfectionism. Perfectionism is fear-based and excellence is faith-based. Perfectionism always grips you with fear. You are always concerned that you never get it right. Consequently, you don’t even when you do because all you can see is the negative connotations and not the positive ones.
  5. Perfectionism impedes your progress. Excellence propels and sets you a part for greatness. You no longer operate in a place of self-services, but you move into serving others. Recognizing the dichotomy of how these two forces operate enables you to move beyond the limitations of perfectionism and propel forward with the illimitable liberating spirit of excellence.

How do you view yourself? Do you find yourself never completing tasks or feeling as though you never get right? Or, are you able to let it go and move on?

 

 

 

 

Victory: Vision Within Vision|Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

Locating, writing, affirming, planning, promoting, marketing, managing, leading, mobilizing and celebrating is the victory inherent in the vision within the vision on your road to success. Meet me nightly @ 11:59—A Minute ‘til Midnight Prayer Call as you take quantum leaps to accelerate the realization of vision.  #showersblessing #IDECIDED #vision #victory #marketplaceministry #prayer

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