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Saddest Words I Ever Heard | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Growing up there was a song, “Almost,” that started with the singer bellowing, “The saddest words I ever heard were almost…not quite, but almost.” The lyrics illustrated various scenarios of almost achieving victory. But, the one I remember the most was the guy who likes this girl but he is too shy to let her know how he feels. Once he gathers the nerve to tell her, she is dating another guy. I often think about these lyrics and realize that so many people live them out every single day.

Almost is never good enough. This sad word haunts many about all the missed opportunities that slipped away. You were almost there, but you never quite hit the mark. So it is with many of our dreams, visions and our goals.

We have them and we ponder over them year-after-year. We dwell in the land of “fit tin’ to” and we never quite can get to the land of accomplishing it.

When I was a young girl I remember a pastor telling us about his dreams. One dream was that he was going to have a great affair at Cobo Arena in Detroit, with renowned guests and singers. The place would be packed out.

Well, it never happened when I was young; but it did happen when I was an adult. Just like that guy who finally got up enough nerve to approach the girl but it was too late, so it was with him. Sure, he had the event, but by that time the dream had fizzled to about 200 people in a place that could seat 12,000. He almost realized his dream, but he was too late for its complete manifestation.

Timing is critical when you are in pursuit of your dreams. There is an allotted time for everything and when the iron is hot, you just have to strike it hard with everything you got.

These are haunting words when you were so close to success but for whatever reason you didn’t quite succeed. More often than not your inability to succeed is steeped in fear, just like the guy who was too shy to pursue the girl.

In a conversation with the pastor, he indicated that listening to others prevented him from pursuing his dream. You have to be so careful of those “others” who claim to support your dream when in actuality they are there to stop your dream. Everybody who says they are with you is not really with you. Especially when you share your dream and they find myriad reasons why you shouldn’t pursue them.

Later for haters! Who need them? For sure, not me and not you!

You do need to have faith and passion in your dreams. You do need to have the courage to step out and to do them. You do need to be relentless in your pursuit. You definitely need to move away from the saddest words I’ve ever heard, “not quite, but almost.”

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Words. A Selfie | Showers’ Blessing Inspire | Jacqui Showers

Remember when it was considered vanity to take pictures of yourself. Toss that notion out of the window. 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. These past several years, selfies have invaded our lives and become all the craze.

I recall when selfies were just emerging. 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 several years. Now millions take selfie photographs and post and send them everywhere. 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 words 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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Endless Love Trilogy | Showers’ Blessing Inspires

God has poured his love into us and in turn He asks that we spread that same love to others. The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul. And, the second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is interesting to know that God instructed us to love ourselves. Wouldn’t you think that this would be as natural as breathing? But it is not.

You really can’t begin to love anyone if you haven’t first learned to love yourself. We are our worst enemies. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else. We don’t love ourselves enough not to engage in unhealthy and unproductive habits. Many times when we gaze into the mirror what peers back is something we find despicable. Love prevents you from abusing and misusing yourself and others.

People who don’t love themselves have a hard time loving others. We were all created in the same image of God and as I look at myself I also look at you. My mother instructed us to love one another.

Statistics indicate that men who abuse their wives do so more because of the hatred they have for themselves rather than what they have against their wives. Violence on another is actually violence inflicted on oneself.

The love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13 states, If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end…Love never dies.Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit…But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. Everything will fade away, but love continues for all of eternity-simply because God is love.” (TM)

You learn to love others and yourself only when you learn to love God. God saw you in His own image of love doing unto others as you would have them do unto you—loving them as you love yourself.



Father, Bless me to walk in the greatest two commandmentsto love you with all my heart, mind and soul, and to love my neighbor as I love myself. I know there is no self-condemnation in those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Bless me not to be so critical that it affects my ability to love You, others and especially myself. Learning to love You helps me to love myself. When I learn to love You and myself, I become better at loving others. In turn I no longer will do things to hurt myself or others. I pray for You to teach me to love as Jesus loved. Teach me to love those who persecute me, who say all manner of evil against me, who slander my name, who defame my character, in essence teach me to love my foes as I love my friends. Bless me to reflect love because You are love and I am a reflection of You. Amen.

The Dream Never Dies | Showers’ Blessing Inspires | Jacqui Showers

Dreams that transcends you, also transcends time. They live beyond you, because they are for the greater good. They have an impact on lives, because they are rooted in serving humanity. Self-centered dreams produce self-centered actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a selfless dream that continues to live today.

The third Monday in January we are reminded of how one dream can have a lasting impact on society and transform a world. It’s the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Just like Dr. King, you also have a dream and must live it.

A God-given dream moves beyond the limitations of this world. It is not limited by demographic, sociographic or geographic circumstances. Nothing can prevent it from becoming a reality.

Don’t ever stop dreaming. Rooted in your dream is your purpose for being. Each of us have been created with the capacity to fulfill every dream that has been placed inside of us. You cannot allow your dream to remain dormant. Your dream is bigger than you and beyond you. Don’t minimize the importance of your dream to have a major impact on the lives of others.

Your dreams have influence. Each one is waiting for you to make them a reality, so they can influence the world for a greater good. You cannot be selfish with your dreams. Remember they are not exclusive to you. They are vastly bigger than you for the greater good of humanity.

Do you have a dream? What is your dream? Does your dream move beyond you for the betterment of humanity?


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Happy New Year! | Showers’ Blessing PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Enjoy the new year. You’ve earned it. Take the pressure off yourself and release it all to God. Make your #1 resolution not to be anxious for anything, but in prayer and supplication bring every concern and worry to God. If not, every resolution you have written, you will try to do within your own might. That will make for a long laborious year with little fulfillment. Rejoice in knowing that you have cast every care and concern on God and have included Him in every resolution. Believe me, he is capable of handling all that and more. Inhale. Exhale. Now, experience great success throughout this year.

Happy New Year!

Jacqui Showers, The Bold Encourager

Lace Them Up! Get Out There!

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You can run, but you can no longer hide. Regardless if you are a business, faith-based, community-based or individual, if you don’t have an online presence you are missing the mark. Your online presence is even more critical now than ever before with  3.7 billion consumers using the Internet as a resource for information. Some even say it is their primary resource. They live or die by what they read or hear on the Internet.

If you have not included it into your marketing strategy or you are still on the sidelines afraid to lace up shoes and get in, you are already far behind the game. The evolution of online marketing and having an online presence is only increasing moment-by-moment. If you want to play, lace up those shoes and get into the game.

One of my sisters is petrified of the Internet. Her shoes are still unlaced…actually she hasn’t even put the shoestrings in yet. It is almost comical how she feels that it has this supernatural power over her. Many of you feel the same way. Don’t be afraid of it.

Truly it is not big as you, but it definitely can help you be big. The beauty of it all is that it doesn’t have to cost you an enormous amount of money, in some instances you don’t have to spend a dime, just your time.

Here’s some tidbits I want to share with you on branding and marketing on less than a shoestring budget…

  1. Post consistently. Be careful not to be overbearing. You must be consistent with posting. You can’t do it today and then wait a month, week or a few days and do it again. Your goal is to build up a following. You need evangelists to carry your message far and wide. Be consistent so your evangelists can help you spread the message. Create a schedule incorporating each of your social media platforms in leveraging your content.
  2. Target your posts. Every post should be targeted to your target audience on all the social media platforms you use like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. If you don’t know who your target audience is, you need to take some time and figure it out. It is useless posting and you don’t know who you are trying to reach. If you don’t know how, seek assistance to help you with your market segmentation.
  3. Manage your posts. Tools like Hootsuite and Buffer can help you manage your content and share even when you are busy, for little to no cost. You can set it up with scheduled posts to each of your social media platforms all in one swoop. Your content can post immediately, or you can schedule it as far as six months in advance. You want to work smarter and not harder. As you grow, you may want to invest in expanding those services. Each of them offers free usage with limited capabilities. That can be enough for you in the beginning. I’ve come to realize that it takes ingenuity, courage, confidence and just plain ole get to it-ness for you to be successful.
  4. It’s in the mix. No one will stay engaged to anything if they get the same boring thing every time. Mix it up. With YouTube, Periscope, Facebook Live and more, you don’t have to put the same content out there every time. Learn how to repurpose your content from a blog post, to an email, to a podcast, to a Periscope or Facebook Live stream and more. Your content should not just be words, but pictures, videos etc. Be creative with your posting, but make sure your graphics are high quality and aesthetically appealing. You don’t want to look amateurish; and you don’t have to look amateurish. There are enough sites out there like Canva and Fiverr where you don’t have to unless you want to, or you’re just too lazy and don’t care.
  5. Consider the source. You are only one source, but there are myriad sources to draw from. Include your content, others’ content, business related posts, quotes and other topics to capture the attention of your audience. You have to cultivate relationships with others and share their information. It is a quid pro quo hook-up. You help them and they will help you. You can only reach so many people, but with the help of others you can reach even more and help them do the same.
  6. Be creative…show off your personality. People get bored with just seeing stuff about your business, let your personality burst forth. Humanize yourself. Give insight into who you are and your brand. Because you are your brand. Act like a 2-year old! Have fun with it while providing invaluable information that keeps them coming back, becoming an evangelist for you and even more, become a loyal and committed consumer for your product or service.

Got it! Don’t trip over your shoe laces any more. Lace them up. Get out there and brand and market on a shoestring budget with little to no money.

Lace them up, but with little to no money. Take advantage of our complimentary coaching session to learn about strategies to brand and market on less than a shoestring budget. We’ll devise a unique program just for you and your brand. Sign up now! 


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Thank You So Very Much! Happy Thanksgiving!


God is so expansive in all that He does. Sometimes a mere thank you doesn’t suffice. Every day God does exceedingly abundantly far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. He does all of this because of the best gift that He has placed inside each of us to succeed in every facet of our lives.

Grammatically speaking it may appear that “thank you so very much” goes overboard in our expressions for all that God does. Truly, there are no words in the human vernacular to adequately express our gratitude for all God does every day—known and unknown.

As you go throughout this Thanksgiving season, move beyond the superficiality entrenched in shopping from Black Friday to Cyber Monday to embrace the exceeding-ness of God’s love and the thankfulness of the season. Throughout this Thanksgiving weekend, take precious moments to thank God so very much for infinitely blessing you beyond your highest prayers, dreams, desires, thoughts or hopes for your success in every facet of your life.

Have a Happy Blessed Thanksgiving!

Jacqui Showers

Monday Works! If You Work It! Marketplace Meditations PicSpire | Jacqui Showers

Monday works! Your success is contingent upon how well Monday works for you. What you do today, Monday, will determine the outcome of your week. Those valuable minutes when you stop and plan out your week will make Monday work for you the rest of the week.

Transforming your disposition from it’s Monday again, to excitement makes all the difference in the world. You won’t spend all your time waiting for Friday, when you can rejoice in knowing that Monday is the beginning in making Friday successful.

Monday works! If you work it. That success transcend to the rest of the week.



Tackle Your Day! Showers’ Blessing Picspire | Jacqui Showers

I woke up fired up and ready to tackle the world. How about you? #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

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