Welcome Spring

As we know, March is the month when Spring comes around. It’s a season that some look forward to because it means the cold months are now months ahead but others can dread this season, namely due to seasonal allergies. In the spring-time we look forward to all the things that can allow us to enjoy nice weather, like the sunshine, birds chirping and the light airy breezes that give you a reason to find an outdoor activity.

When Spring is near, plant life begins to grow again and there is such an unspeakable beauty even from the smallest bud on the tree that can lift and lighten your day. All that was once cold, dry, and dreary begins to turn bright and sunny. For some, a new season gives a fresh hope of something to look forward to. A new season. A new chance.

In the springtime, this is usually when gardening takes effect. In fact, depending on your regional climate, March is a good time to get some seed into the ground. Imagine having some garden-fresh veggies by April or May. As March can be a good time to sow seed in the ground, in retrospect, it is also a good time to sow a good seed in the life of others, anytime. Are you sowing seeds that will produce a good harvest? “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson Sowing good seeds can be done in different ways but it is important to know that whatever you do for others let it be done “heartily and not unto men.” Whatever seed you sow whether it is a good or bad seed, you can expect that in return.

Blessing someone else is just a bigger and better blessing that will be in store for you. Don’t be “weary in well-doing” because what you give and do for others heartily will come back to you right in God’s perfect timing. I don’t believe that we are necessarily blessed just because we do things for people. I believe that God expects us as believers in Christ to take care of others, feeding the hungry, helping the poor, and caring for the sick. I believe that giving from your heart is what pleases God and leads to your blessing. That’s a reward in itself for me and yet I am still surprised when I am blessed unexpectedly, and left unspeakably in awe. God then brings back to my remembrance the good seeds that I have sown, he reminds me that everything is already done in his will because he is sovereign. In Ecclesiastes 3:15 it says, “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requires that which is past.” There is an order to how God works in your life and only he knows it. The order that has been which is now is exactly where you are meant to be to receive your blessing, to receive your breakthrough. God wants your NOW. He already knows what has happened and what will happen but he is calling you to NOW. He is calling you to the present place and he is preparing you to receive what he has already given you. Get ready to walk in your NOW season. Welcome it. It is time for you to be a giver NOW. It is time for you to be blessed NOW. It is time for you to conquer the enemy NOW. And because he is “I AM”, there is no one greater than God to give you what you need and what you are asking for NOW.

God will bless you because he is a giving Father and because he has an undying love for you. It is God’s desire to work supernatural blessings in your life and he is always ready. Are you ready to receive? Sow good seeds so that you may reap a great harvest that is in “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over”. This is the promise that is in store for you. I have talked about good seeds but bad seeds can be sown as well. I will save that for another time, for now let’s focus on doing the good. Let’s welcome Spring and this new season as an opportunity to do a new thing and give more to others, cheerfully and heartily. I believe that if you give for the right reason, you will see the blessing you have been hoping and praying for. Welcome this season as an opportunity to bless yourself by blessing someone else.


“For behold, the winter is past. The flowers appear on the earth once again.”
-Song of Solomon 2:11-12



The greatness of Community

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King. On today’s post I will be talking about the importance of community. When people think of the word community they tend to think of a neighborhood or a collective group of people. Although that’s not incorrect, community can also be a way of life.

Why is community important? Community is a “feeling of fellowship with others; a sharing of common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Have you ever wondered about the changes you could make in your own neighborhood or even in areas that are deprived by not only having the same goal in mind but also the will to accomplish that goal with others?

Community is not just one person and building relationships cannot only happen with one person. There’s a saying from an African proverb that if you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” It takes togetherness to accomplish community goals and overcome obstacles. Connecting with others can help to develop the relationships we need to gain the resources necessary in order to conquer an objective.

Communities can exist with an internal or external purpose. Internal community serves as a purpose of supporting one another, to learn from each other, and to also feel a sense of belonging. External communities exist to carry out a complex goal . Community is a median to the experiences we have as humans. As a community there is a sense of belonging and a support system. Ever heard of the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” That was more than a saying, it was and still is for many a reality of the support system that is needed from those trusted around you.

The support system you have may not always be family. It could be those living a few doors down, friends, co-workers, church members, or acquaintances. Whomever you rely on that you consider part of your trusted community, what are some ways that you can share relatedness and promote potential community growth for others?

Community is God’s desire for us. He doesn’t want us to be alone or do things alone. Yes, I know some people say that being alone and doing things on my own offers peace, but does it? Does it give you peace when you are facing a situation and really need help but because you have chosen to be in a silo it’s awkward or maybe embarrassing to ask for help when you have no other choice and really need it. Don’t let it get that far. There is a difference in knowing when to embrace your peace but also knowing the importance of needing others.

In Romans 12:4-5 in the amplified it says that ” for just as in one physical body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use, so we, who are many, are nevertheless just one body in Christ, and individually we are parts one of another mutually dependent on each other.” Wow, that was a lot and relevant because we all have something (a resource, a talent, an encouraging word) that we can provide to help someone else or many others. We were created to depend on one another and to not consider it a burden. Consider it a blessing that God has equipped you so that you can keep on giving. Give in your community. I like to call that the domino effect. God bless you and you bless others and the blessings keep going around. That can also be called sowing and reaping. 🙂

Noticeably, community is important to me, as the Founder of Faith, Family, and Community I believe that fellowship, communication, and togetherness is a bridge for mighty changes. As a community, it can provide a sense of belongingness and is also a sign of mature faith. Everyone is in a different stage of their faith. As a believer of Christ, as a community of people, this allows us to pull the weak up, encourage the fallen, and to pray for the broken-hearted. God’s desire is for us to flourish together, “when the righteous flourish, the people rejoice.” -Proverbs 29:2.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” Here are some ways that you can get started with community building.

  1. Start a conversation. In order to make anything happen, first talk about it. Create ways to converse, engage, and share.
  2. Serve on committees that focus on a specific problem.
  3. Take leadership roles when engaging in community partnership.
  4. Volunteer.
  5. Get involved in the planning process from the start with goal making to finish in executions.

As you notice, all these tips are actionable. Take action in your life and for community and if you are being affected by a problem, get involved and help drive a change.

Here are some additional national resources:

http://www.hhs.gov

http://www.grants.gov

http://www.hud.gov

Until next time my friends…..

He knows your name

In an earlier blog, “Your Own You”, I talked about the book When Women Pray and how these resilient women from the Bible never gave up. They never gave up because they were expecting something, hoping, and believing and although for some of those women it took many years to see there reward, they did because of their unwavering faith. In the end they inherited their blessing. Those women were persistent in reaching out to God and in return they were blessed.

Faith can do the impossible because it sometimes take believing the impossible to get it done. Now, what is faith? There are two definitions of faith. Faith is defined in the natural principle as “a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV defines this in the biblical tense. If you weren’t already, now that you are aware of what faith is, how do you use your faith? Is your faith being used when things are going in your favor or is your faith being used when problems have you really down?

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Faith can move mountains. Imagine what faith could do with unwavering belief. There are some reading this post right now that can testify to that. Although, I’m not irrational to think that faith isn’t sometimes hard, it can seem hard, especially if you are hoping for something and not seeing the physical results. However, I do realize there isn’t a need to see a play by play of how God is working out the situation, it may be a little bit worrisome but know that God was already working on your behalf before you even asked.

God is working on your behalf even when we don’t see it and even when we don’t deserve it. He’s creating ways and opening doors simply because he cares and loves you. He loves us. I was reminded by someone dear to me that we are called God’s “beloved”. Beloved means that you are “dearly loved,” and unlike people’s love, God’s love doesn’t change on a whim, it’s unconditional and consistent, it’s true and it’s pure.

If you are repeatedly going through the same situation and it feels there is no way out, ask yourself, “have I given this to God?” Invite God in so that he can not only change your situation but change your life. Not only is he there to care for you but he is also there to provide for you. He “shall supply all your needs according to his riches through Christ Jesus.” When you feel like no one cares, there is someone who cares and there is someone who knows your name. God knows your name and you are his, because he cares. You are his because you are wanted. You are his and he keeps you. “Oh to kept by Jesus.”

I would like to share with you this song that has a special way of touching my heart. It touches my heart in the most spirited of ways because I know how it feels to be loved and cared for by my Saviour. Because I know that I make mistakes, because I know that I don’t always get it right, I am content with knowing that even through my worst, God still knows my name. I hope that you can enjoy this song in the fullness of God’s love for you, because he knows exactly who you are and he knows exactly what you need. “You Know My Name by Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Jimi Cravity.”

Your Own You

As we are in the beginning days of celebrating Women’s History Month, I want to share how being yourself and accepting yourself for who you are plays a large part in your empowerment and empowering others.

It is hard to empower others and even support them when you lack self-confidence. Owning your empowerment means that you possess confidence about yourself. Empowerment is “the process of becoming more stronger and confident.” I’ve heard people ask a general question, “do you know who you are?” For some, they could automatically say yes I know who I am. For others, they may not be able to answer so frankly. Let me tell you a little secret that’s really not a secret. You actually do know who you are because God has already told you. It’s written in his word. The only thing you need to do is believe it. I think about all the women who may not know who they are in Christ and may not be confident enough to do the things that they are inspired to do. It’s a process and all of our paths are different. Start where you are and allow God to grow the rest.

I recently read a book that I am actually re-reading again because it was that good and life-changing for me. It honestly has changed my life for the better because it was so inspiring and it humbled me to another level of gratitude. It is called When Women Pray by T.D. Jakes. While reading this book, from the very beginning I was able to relate to these women. The book contain stories from different women which are in the Bible. It wasn’t the actual trial or problem that they were going through that I was able to relate to, it was the strength, and the courage, and the un-relentless passion that they had to not give up. Have you ever gone through any hardship and no matter what, you knew that the only answer to that problem was God and because God’s rescue would be your only answer you would rather wait on his complete deliverance than a short-term solution? Each woman had their own problem they were facing but in the end, they either were delivered, blessed, healed, or overcame the problem they were challenged with. This only occurred simply because they were confident in God’s promises for their life. Now, as much as I would like to go into more detail with a summation of the book, it would do a bigger justice for you to read it yourself and I can say that if it blessed me the way that it has, I can imagine what it will do for you. So I admonish you to own a copy. These women were empowered to keep going, keep believing no matter the downfall, no matter the sacrifice.

Once you become confident in the believe of who God says you are then there is no going back to a mediocre lifestyle and way of thinking, because you realize your self-worth, you realize your authority in your own empowerment. There are some people walking around not knowing how to be empowered or not knowing what to do with the authority they have, simply because they don’t realize their potential and there are those who have the authority and abuse that authority because they realize the infinite possibilities of their potentials indeed. I digress, being empowered gives you the authority to command things in your life that you otherwise lacked the realization of doing. How abstract is that?

When you are empowered, it’s easy for you to support others, regardless if it’s behind the scenes or in front of the crowd. When you empower others, you are giving to someone else what they may not have had before, like courage and inspiration. You are giving to them the very thing you once needed, a helping hand, an encouraging word, a chance and even, perhaps an unknowing confirmation.

I’ve realized that when you begin to accept yourself, faults and all, it begins to get much easier to walk in self-confidence. You become happy and you gain freedom. When you accept yourself, your skills, your talent, your God-given favor, then you are free to walk the path God is leading you. There is beauty in that. There is security in that. There is life in that.

When you were created by God, he only made one of you. Not only did he make one of you, he made you with your own mind, thoughts, talents, and gifts. How special is that? That makes you very special. In fact, most people possess a skill or a talent that they will never tap into simply because it’s easier to do what other’s do or because they are too afraid to take a risk. Might I tell you something, “don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” – Michael Jordan

When you gain your empowerment, take an opportunity to let someone know who has been an instrumental light in your life how much they mean to you. Take an opportunity to own how great you are. Take an opportunity in the pleasure of going after your dreams and the liberty you have with all the possibilities around you. Take an opportunity to help bring the next person up behind you.

…until next time my friends.

Women’s History Month

Celebrate! Today is the first day of Women’s History Month, which spans back to the 1980s in US history. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that. Not because I myself am a woman but because their has been so many women through the decades of time that have paved the way and made an impactful difference throughout history.

Largely, Women’s History Month with a call-out on International Women’s Day, which is on March 8th, came into existence because thousands of women who were degraded, mistreated, paid unfair wages, and no voice decided to become empowered and fight for better conditions, labor laws, and the right to vote. There have been many struggles and sacrifices from women of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Women’s History Month did not start out as being recognized for an entire month. No, it actually started out as being recognized for a day, it later grew into a week and then a whole month. Wow, what progression. When a movement takes place across nations, it allows the voice of empowerment to lead the way. This empowerment that steadfast women took up decades ago still exists by many women that are still fighting for women’s rights to this day in feminist movements.

Today I want to take this opportunity to give thanks to the women that made grave and courageous sacrifices. I would like to give tribute to the women that trotted against a beaten path and to those still trying to achieve a better future for today’s world. There are women rallying for you that may not be nationally recognized or receive a medal, that does not disparage the work that is being done. Let’s empower each other. Let’s help each other get to a place to break down barriers. The women that are in your lives that are just ordinary loved ones to you, have made a difference and made sacrifices for you and your family. These women which may happen to be a mother, sister, friend, grandmother, aunt, god-parent, or guardian, have made some type of positive impact in your life that has pushed you to become your greater self. There are nationally acclaimed women such as Vice President, Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris is the first female, serving as the 49th Vice President in the United States history. The first in history to be made and more to look forward to.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.” -VP, Kamala Harris

Here are some ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month

  1. Awareness: Research the history of women’s rights.
  2. Support, Support, Support: Support a women’s non-profit organization.
  3. Virtual Girl’s Day: Watch a movie that was directed or has female leads. Might I suggest Suffragette, which is a “2015 film which recently came to Netflix, shows working class women’s struggle for voting rights….”
  4. EMPOWER: Share or post an empowering women’s quote. Have a look at mines.
  5. Female Entrepreneur: Support businesses owned by women.
  6. Uplift: Acknowledge another woman on how they have inspired you or propelled you in an area of your life. Speak kindness to each other.
  7. Self-love: This is my favorite. Write a note to yourself, acknowledging 8 things that make you great. You can do it because you are GR8AT!
  8. LEAD FOR CHANGE: Consider a mentorship for another girl.
  9. Volunteer: Join a women’s club, book club, volunteer at a women’s shelter, support an organization to help women and children.

What’s your empowering quote? Here’s mine.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

-Maya Angelou
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