Hold On

For the past month, I’ve been struggling financially. I was laid off twice last month. I was also laid off in May until I started working for summer camp. Over the summer, I worked in a dining hall feeding kids from various summer camps that were on a university campus. During my layoffs, I’ve been depending on my savings account to pay for my bills. I’m grateful that I had enough foresight to save the refund from my income tax. In addition, I received my unemployment so they have come in handy. Recently, I returned to work on August 10th (my birthday).

When I experienced my lay off at the end of July, I had a moment of despair because things weren’t going the way that I wanted them to. I didn’t receive my unemployment as quickly as I thought I would. My last day of work for summer camp was on July 22nd. Summer camp was supposed to end on July 31st. So it ended earlier than I thought it would. Lately, I’ve been having more money going out than I had coming in. I have been really stressed about it and trying my best to keep up with my bills.

2nd Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT states “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” This scripture remind me that even though I’m going through a lot right now, God is with me. I’m still standing despite my situation. Romans 5:3-5 NLT states, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” This scripture tells me that trials are normal but out of our trials we begin to develop things inwardly that make us stronger and better. These scriptures encourage me to hold on because not only am I getting stronger but help is on the way.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for not abandoning me when things get rough. Help me to remember that You’re omnipresent and that You’re with me at all times. Give me the strength to endure everything that is thrown my way. Help me to lean more on You and less on my own understanding. Bless me with the job that I need and help me to appreciate the one I have. Bless my finances and my mental stability. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies I EMPOWER you to be encouraged. Remember that trials are normal but they won’t last always. Hold on to God’s word in your heart and know that God is with you no matter what you’re going through. Hold on

How do you hold on in tough times?

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Thank you, you, and You

ThankYou

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)

I just want to take a moment to say thank you to you and you and especially You! Less than a week ago, I celebrated my first year in practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I can hardly believe it! As I reminisce on all that has transpired up until this point, I can’t help but to be filled with gratitude. The devil had so many stumbling blocks along the way but what he meant for evil, the Lord meant for good. I can’t thank God enough for certain people in my life that He allowed to help me in some way or another!

And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19 ESV)

It was several weeks after my mother had passed away and I sat listless, nearly lifeless, and without a clue of what I was going to do with myself. I had spent nearly the last year caring for her as she fought cancer with everything in her. I thought her healing would manifest on earth. Being sucker punched doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions I felt. Furthermore, my emotions were still raw regarding the son I’d buried just about nine months prior to mom dying. One of my favorite uncles was visiting and I remember like yesterday him asking, “Retta, what are you going to do with yourself now? It’s time you think about the future.” I responded with “I don’t know, I’m thinking about nursing.” That was nearly eight years ago and as down and out as I was at that time I knew God had cultivated something greater in me. I was not going to be destined to a life of depression, grief, and turmoil!

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed and enlarge my borders, and that Thine hand might be with me and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” And God granted him that which he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV)

With the help and support of my family and friends, I embarked upon a new journey in life. I discovered not only my passion, but my calling…nursing. I can even recall one of the last conversations with mother when she told me that she thought I should be a nurse. The same uncle who questioned me was the same one who provided the finances (and ongoing support) for me to start my journey. Another uncle provided me with unwavering support and guidance through counseling sessions and prayer at a time I felt like God had deserted me. I had aunts (my mom’s sisters) who engulfed me with love, support, prayers, and shoulders to lean on. I had a few close friends and cousins who went above and beyond to encourage me, provide healthy distractions and ongoing prayers. The list continues from my in-laws, extended family and church family who all offered support in some way.

Then there was and still is my husband who never turned away from me no matter how rough it got. He saw to it that every need was met. He was patient with me and loved me through all the emotions that come with loss.

Now nearly eight years later, I’ve gone from taking a class to receiving a BS degree to become a nursing assistant, working my way through nursing school and becoming a registered nurse, and then becoming a relief charge nurse to clinical coordinator all while returning to graduate school and becoming pregnant two more times (after losing our first son, I didn’t think we’d have more children). I’ve completed clinical rotations and residency, graduating with honors though I didn’t get to participate in commencement due to the arrival of my youngest son two days before the ceremony. I passed the national certification exam and found employment that suits my personality, passion and skill set. Now…one year later I’m reflecting on the good ness and mercies of God. You can’t tell it, let me tell it what He’s done for me! What He’s done for me, He’ll do the same for you! To God be the Glory for the things He has done! I thank Him and I thank those of you who shared with me along the way.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble. (Psalm 107:1-2 ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your will for my life. Thank You for turning things around in my favor! The devil thought he had me but You sustained me! Thank You for placing the right people in my life at the right time! Greater is coming and greater is here! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you to not give up when the situation seems grim! I EMPOWER you to trust Him and embrace the support He provides you through others. I EMPOWER you to be thankful in all things. I EMPOWER you to share! Share your trials and triumphs with others so that others may be empowered. You never know how your testimony can help others. Then, when you look back over it all, always give thanks!

What are you thankful for this morning?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8.

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

 

Flashback Friday: Closer to God

From the earliest I can remember, I have loved to learn. I was a voracious reader and read any and everything I could get my hands on. I was the child who wanted summer break to be over, so school could begin again. I read through encyclopedias and highlighted new words in dictionaries. I just wanted to know everything!

My spiritual journey has reflected the same characteristics. Even at a young age, I took notes on Sunday sermons. If something interested or intrigued me, I would research it more on my own time. My father, who was a pastor, would be the recipient of all of my curious questions on Christianity and the Bible. I loved attending conferences and workshops, and eventually my quest for knowledge led me to seminary.

Although we serve a majestic, holy and awesome God and will never be able to tap into the fullness of Who He really is, we have the privilege of getting to know more about Him every day. Our God does not stand off looking down on us. Through Jesus Christ, we are able to come close to the Lord and get to know Him intimately.

I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15 NLT)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:8 NLT)

Yet, how often do we go after a closer relationship with the Lord? Even myself, with all of my chasing after knowledge, I have to make it a priority to chase after relationship as well. We have been given so much through the gift of salvation. However, many of us miss out on our benefits. We should be seeking to know more and more about the Lord on a daily basis.

It’s like when two people fall in love. They spend hours talking to each other, finding out things about each other, and getting to know how the other person ticks. And good relationships thrive on keeping that communication open, building on the initial foundation and allowing the happenings of life to reveal the intricacies of each person. As each person learns something about their love they are able to love their partner more effectively because of that knowledge. It takes work and effort to keep this up as time passes and changes come as people grow. But real love is up to the task.

When was the last time you learned something new about the God you serve? When was the last time you shared a time of intimacy with Him? When was the last time the Lord revealed something new to you?

Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You so much for loving me! Thank You for giving me the privilege to know You intimately. As I take time to come into Your Presence, allow me to hear Your voice and all that You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to enhance your relationship with the Lord. I EMPOWER you to go after a deeper knowledge of the God you serve. I EMPOWER you to tap into your benefits as a friend of God Almighty!

What ways are you drawing closer to God?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Tiara Wilkinson hosts the devotional blog “My Morning Ti” which encourages believers in their Christian walk. She also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Tiara will be publishing her first book “Days of Destiny and Purpose” in the spring of 2014. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

I Am a Living Testimony

testimonyApproximately a year ago, my father was in a horrible car accident that left his neck broke in numerous places. When my family heard the news we were terrified because when you hear about, people usually don’t recover from neck injuries like the one he had.

I remember receiving the phone call that he was transferred to a trauma unit and placed in ICU because of the severity of the injury. At first fear tried to overtake me but I remembered For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT). On my way to the hospital, I began to pray and tell God that His Son’s blood still works. I began to trust that by His stripes my father would be healed.

When I walked in the hospital and saw my daddy lying there unable to move, I began to pray. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7, NLT) I believed and so did he.

A year later, my daddy is walking/jogging 3.6 miles at least five times per week, he’s driving, and he’s living life to the fullest. Most of all he does not take for granted that nobody but God saved his life as well as gave him movement in his neck. Every time my dad gets up and tell his testimony, I get shivers because I know that He is a living testimony. Every time he talks about the accident and how God delivered him, it reminds me of when God healed the demon-possessed man: “But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.” (Mark 5:19-20, NLT)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your healing powers. Thank You for being a miracle worker. God, I am so grateful that Your word is the same yesterday, today and forever. God I pray that the testimonies that I give are to glorify You. I pray that You touch someone right now that has been stricken with an incurable illness and heal right now God so that You get the glory. I pray that Your virtue works through his/her body. Restore them and make them whole that they too will be a living testimony. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to trust and believe that God still works miracles. I dare you to give your illness, your depression, your family, your finances, your job and your whole being over to God and watch Him work. Ladies, live your life so that you are a living testimony. Live your life so that someone is helped and set free because of your testimony.

Take a moment and tell us your testimony………

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears! For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Princess Status

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17 NIV

My husband and I were working on a project the other day – my daughter’s chandelier for her room. The reason why I wanted to go through the trouble of refinishing an old beat up chandelier to hang in a 6 year old’s room, was beyond his care for understanding. See, I have a princess, I actually have two. And while a decorated chandelier has absolutely nothing to do with their princess status, they have connection as an heir to the throne of God. So, I kind of like to play up that Princess theme, or maybe I am just addicted to Pinterest, but whatever.

Princess_crownAs I thought about my daughters’ princess status I was reminded of a comment one of my past boyfriends told me. We were leaving for our first date and my Mom yelled out the door, “Now you take care of my princess.” When we got in his car he immediately said or should I say smirked, “I can’t believe your Mom referred to you as a princess. What is she trying to do, set you up on a pedestal?” I should have ran right then (insert chuckle here); but, I didn’t. It was obvious he didn’t understand my worth. However, I facetiously stung back with a “you better recognize” type of response. As I played this scene through my mind the Lord said, “Make sure you teach your daughters that if a young man doesn’t have the potential to elevate them to a Queen, then he has no business dealing with them while they’re a princess.” Wow! I could not believe my ears. I immediately ran to my note pad to right that down!

IF HE CAN’T PROMOTE YOU TO A QUEEN, THEN HE HAS NO BUSINESS DEALING WITH A PRINCESS!!

I had to share this message. Not just for fellow mothers of girls, but to the princesses all over the world! For some reason (and it’s a good thing) girls get “goo goo” eyed for boys and then men, in the natural order of things. But we have to learn how to filter and discern the attributes of future Kings (or current ones depending on the stage in life when you meet him). The only way to discern this type of man is by hiding yourself in the bosom of God. God tells us in Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighted in his way.” Therefore, we can gauge if the boyfriends and men in our lives are good by the steps they take. His actions (and ours) should be humble, gentle, with patience, and bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2). It is stated, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25 KJV We can gauge someone’s love for us by what they give, and I don’t mean the material things. I’m referring to time, honor, patience, a listening ear, encouragement, and so on. Is what he’s giving you enhancing you?

My message here, is that you are a Princess in the Kingdom of God. You are an heir to the throne. One who has potential to have worth far more than rubies, lacking nothing in value. You are a prized possession, thus why the Lord is jealous for you.

It’s interesting that God shared this “topic” with me because just the other day a few co-workers and I (don’t ask how we ended up here) were laughing at the names our mothers taught us to refer to our “golden gates” if you know what I mean. To my hysterical surprise, my mother’s term for it was a tad raunchy, I learned from sharing it with my girlfriends. So I adopted a new term, “clam shell”. Why do I like that term? Not only is it cute and can be clamped down (smile), freshwater clams produce natural pearls that are rare. Regular pearls are formed in oysters. In order to find a clam with a pearl, one must dig beneath the surface to find it. I heard a quote once that stated, “A women should be so embedded in the Word of God that the man designed for her must seek God first in order to find her.” So ladies and daughters, “Don’t waste what is Holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Matthew 7:6 NLT.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the gift of being a Mother. Whether by birth or by other means, You have given us the gift of molding the lives of younger girls and women. Lord I ask that You teach every girl that she is Your Princess and every woman waiting on her King (whether by marriage or waiting the realization that you are her King) that she is your Lady in Waiting. Lord may You cover her with a double portion of Your grace and anointing to stay fixed on you and satisfied; mentally, spiritually, and physically. Lord may You give all of us women, young and old, the knowledge that we were made fearfully; that our hair is designed as the crown You’ve place on our heads; our lips speak life and honey; our breasts are the very bosom in which we cultivate and nourish those gifts You give us; our wombs are designed to birth wisdom, power, and reflections of Your image; and that our stature is that of what You call woman, a prized possession, that You hold dear only giving over to those with blessed hands. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to act like a princess, an heir to the Kingdom of God. We are ALL God’s Princesses because our ultimate Daddy is the King of all Kings. And because of that, we remain safe in Him and our paths will remain straight.

How do you disconnect from those who don’t treat you like the Princess/Queen that they should?

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.

Faulty Connection

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15: 4-7 NIV

lightning_usb_cable_0_5_m-250x331For the past few weeks, I’ve been experiencing technology issues. Besides my usual bouts with a raggedly phone (smile), my computer connection has been awful. Allow me to explain. Recently I purchased a PC monitor for my Apple Macbook (laptop). If you know anything about Apple products, you can attest that they are only designed to connect with other Apple products unless there is some sort of connector that bridge the two. Because I wanted a larger screen to read from at the office, I ordered flat screen PC monitors and the only cords that would allow the two to work together. Imagine my disappointment and frustration when my monitor kept blacking out, blinking and having the static screen. Of course, I tried to fix the issue my self but quickly resorted to borrowing other colleague’s monitors while they were not in the office. Even with the use of their monitor, I kept having the same issue. Unfortunately, after all of my attempts to connect I decided to send the monitor back for a replacement. While waiting on my replacement, I decide to borrow a colleague’s monitor one last time; however, this time I borrowed everything, the monitor and the connector. Voila magic! Everything worked perfectly.

Previously, I was convinced that the monitor was the source of the problem. Until that moment, it never crossed my mind that the Thunderbolt connector could be faulty. Because of this one malfunctioning device, the monitor could not properly receive and display information from the source (my laptop). This faulty connection kept me from the outcome I desired.

Just like this defective piece of equipment sometimes our connection to the Father is faulty. Have you ever had a faulty connection to Him? Perhaps you were waiting on some results to manifest in your life or you reached out time and time again but it seems as though your prayers weren’t getting through. Maybe you noticed a shift in your relationship with Him. You used to pray, praise and fast but now the relationship has become more of an asking spree. Your connection is faulty because you didn’t nurture the relationship or the tools you are using to connect aren’t the best ones for the relationship that you seek. It’s not enough to attend church God wants an intimate relationship with you and that takes a deeper connection.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33 KJV

You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:14 NIV

In all of the preceding scriptures, one thing is clear the connection that we have to God is important. If He is the vine and you are a branch from that vine, your life will reflect one that remains connected to the vine. The connection that you have to Him is gained through seeking His kingdom. To seek the kingdom, you will exemplify kingdom minded behavior. You will seek God’s friendship through your obedience to His commandments. Think about it. It is impossible for you to have a strong connection to someone that you don’t have a relationship with. Work on building your relationship with the Father and I guarantee you will replace any faulty connection.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the revelation of Your Word. Lately, my connection to You has seemed a bit faulty. Thank You for helping me realize that it is my relationship that determines the strength of my connection. Help me to rebuild the prayer, praise, fasting, obedient life that is pleasing to You. Repair my brokenness and remove me from the things that have caused my faulty connection. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Ladies today I EMPOWER you to examine your connection to God. Are you in right relationship with Him? If there is any wavering on this answer, I encourage you to build or rebuild your relationship with Him. He earnestly desires to call you friend.

How would you encourage others to build a relationship with Christ?

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears!  For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

Photo credit: Mac Rumors

Get Your Fill!

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  Psalm 90:14 ESV

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  Psalm 5:3 NIV

My weekday morning routine during the school year is pretty consistent.  Cook breakfast, pack lunches, check backpacks, transport kids to school, and return home to get my work day started.  However, sometimes a monkey wrench is tossed into my plans and my morning routine is completely knocked out of kilter. Such was the case one morning as we were on our way to school and I ran out of gas! The fact that I hate pumping gas is no mystery to my close friends.  Thus, I often ride until I use the very last drop of fuel in my tank. I’m notorious for the line, “Oh, I know my car.  We can make it a few more miles.” Well that morning my few more miles ran out! As we waited for assistance on the side of the road, my eldest daughter so innocently inquired, “The day just started, so why don’t we have any gas in our car?”  The most honest and intelligent answer that I could conjure up was simply, “Because I didn’t fill up.” I caught a glance of her reaction in my rear view mirror. Her bewildered expression spoke to me loud and clear.  How can you expect your car to keep running if you are not filling it up regularly? And that, lovely ladies, is where the purpose for EmpowerMoments was first born! As women we wear several different hats — wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, leader, employee, employer, minister, etc.  As soon as we walk out of our homes each day, we have to hit the ground running fulfilling each of those roles.  If we are not careful, we will find ourselves running and running and never filling up.  That system leaves us depleted, exhausted, and burned out.  More important, never replenishing our spiritual tank leaves us vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks.  As essential as fuel is to making our vehicles operate properly, so is taking time each day to fill our spirits up to effectively be the women that God called us to be.

Spending time studying and meditating on God’s word each day reminds you of His promises for your life.  It also has the power to energize and uplift when you are feeling discouraged.  Communicating with Him each morning allows you to empty your issues at His feet while He fills you up with His love, His grace, His strength, and His plan for your day.  It’s everything you need to get through what lies ahead.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 NIV

If you are reading this EmpowerMoment, you have taken the first step to making a commitment to get your fill each day.  For the next 30 days, spend some getting recharged as you read through the daily EmpowerMoments.  I have prayed that this is only a starting point for you as you seek to dig deeper into understanding God’s will for your life.  When you feel empowered, please don’t be stingy.  Share the empowerment and enlightenment that you receive with another woman you encounter on your day’s journey.

Let us pray:

Dear Daddy,

I understand how important it is to spend time with You before I start my day each morning.  Every morning I want to seek You for direction for my day.  Please fill me up with Your love, wisdom and strength so that I may conquer anything that comes my way.  Lord, as I stand at the beginning of a new thirty-one day devotional, please help me to complete my commitment.  I am excited about the revelation that You will share with me on this journey.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to pull up to the station and get your spiritual fill-up  each morning before you step out to meet all that the world will bring you.  I EMPOWER you to make a habit of meditating on God’s word and spending time in prayer each morning, starting with the next 30 days, as you commit to reading your daily EmpowerMoments.  Take a MOMENT daily to EMPOWER yourself!

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.