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In the words of Langston Hughes:

I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn’t,

So I jumped in and sank.

I’m lying, I was flyin’ straight to cloud 9 because there’s no place I’ll rather be than up in the sky. See down here the devil is on every corner and all in my mind, but up there is where I can be like the most high, and frankly it just gives me a bit of peace, but I’m sure you think I’m lyin’. I was feeling low and wanted to avoid the things from below. I’ve become consumed and swallowed up with gossip, lies, manipulating, negativity, drugs, sexuality, vanity, and my career, so my sweet escape isn’t sweet victory but to get to the clouds from a puff of that loud.

Cloud 1: “How long LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2 NIV)

Cloud 2: “Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1 NIV)

Cloud 3: I’m as high as I can go yet I still feel a void. I remember them saying if two or three come together then there’s nothing they can’t accomplish. Maybe if I get more people, I can get higher.

Cloud 4: “LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” (Psalm 3:1 NIV)

Cloud 5: “Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.” (Psalm 12:1-2)

Cloud 6: “My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?” (Psalm 6:3 NIV)

Cloud 7: “Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.” (Psalm 3:2 NIV). I’m the black sheep of the family. I’ve been addicted for seven years. My family has lost hope. I’ve intoxicated my soul with drugs, alcohol, and material things. I’ve filled my body with things of this earth and dishonored it. I’ve dismantled my mind with gossiping and put my career as my top priority. My words are poisons and my touch is not one of comfort. I am the most high yet I’m nothing like my Most High. My skies are not clear; I hide behind the secret of my clouds. Everyone below me is moving and the people I brought with me fell three years ago. I’m alone.

Cloud 8: “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1 NIV).

Cloud 9: “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9-10 NIV)

Rock Bottom: I need to change my book, my surroundings, and my habits. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27 NIV).

The old is gone. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).

Dear Daddy,

I want to thank You for being faithful to me in times of my disobedience. Though I strayed, doubted, put other things first, and pulled others into my mess – Your grace washed me clean! Your mercy provided me with a fresh start and gave me a new identity. Starting today, I will walk in my new. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you that if you are dealing with addiction of any kind (work, gossip, food, vanity, drugs, etc.) to seek help (professional and spiritual). It doesn’t matter what labels friends, family or society try to place on you because of your addiction. Your number one label is God’s child. If you are at the grocery store and see chips in the refrigerator with the milk you’ll know that it doesn’t belong there. Understand, that people see your light and know you don’t belong where you are. Nothing can fill the void you may feel but the Spirit of God.

Please take a moment and listen to Casey J’s Fill Me Up

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Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

Faith Friday: His Healing Powers

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Watch this video of Karen sharing her testimony about God’s healing powers.  She suffered from unbearable pain in her right arm, neck, and shoulder. After much prayer, it was one night as she watched the 700 Club and Pat prayed and mentioned healing for a woman ailing from neck and shoulder pain, she believed and received a warm touch from the Holy Spirit and her healing.  She says the pain never came back!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to take whatever is ailing your body or spirit to Jesus!  Believe and fix your eyes on Jesus and not the issue.  Shut down every attempt of the enemy trying to cast doubt in your mind and heart.  Gather scriptures of God’s promises for your healing and restoration and meditate on them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fERV3DreoLg

Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” James 5:16 says “that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”

Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He hath borne our griefs (Hebrew: sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (Hebrew: pains) yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed.”

 

 

LIVE

This month is National Poetry Month and in honor and snaps of it, our EmpowerMoments will feature short poems relative to each writer’s topic.  So enjoy and be encouraged!

I Rest Today

It is in God’s hands I rest today/My burdens, my fears, my anxieties, He takes away/ to give me His life and His strength/For giants I will face/And to finish the race/To trust Him so/And bend my will/To receive His unfailing love, and to Him I yield/to believe the devil’s lies no more/To allow God to renew my mind with His Word, and my heart He shall restore

–Tannika Moore

These past two months I’ve received disheartening news close to home of young life being snuffed out from the bodies and souls of potential greats and also one’s attempt of canceling his dreams and purpose.  Hearing such news reminded me about how I once battled depression and it was during such a time, one day I decided to take my life.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)

I believed every lie the devil told me.  I was overwhelmed with grief and fear, and I thought my only resolve was to end it all.  My aid in my potential suicide was a bottle of pills I figured would help me close my eyes for good.  But GOD… He intervened while I was drowning in sorrow and my face drowning in tears.  It became hard to swallow the rest of the pills after the fifth one.  I was disappointed but God used that moment to tell me something so simple to my ears but powerful to my soul.  Taking your very own life is not an escape but an end.  An end to potential, towards better, to life’s lessons, to growth, to the future, possibilities, opportunities, love, joy, and an impact on others here in the earth realm where it’s needed.  God said, “you will never know how things will turn out (if you end it now).”

With that statement, I have come to realize that:

  1. God is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrew 12:2).  Therefore, I have to trust Him and follow the story He penned just for me.
  2. He never once said it would be easy or even get easier.  But there will be good times, times of learning and growing, reaping and sowing.  No matter how hard the journey gets and no matter when the storms come, God will be my peace in the midst of any storm (John 16:33).
  3. There’s life after death, there’s sunshine after the rain, joy in the morning, and the tides will turn  and the seasons will change.
  4. I am valuable to God, His kingdom, and to those who love me although the devil will try and tell me otherwise.  Note: the devil is a liar.  Shut him down immediately with God’s Word/Truth and His promises!
  5. God also told me that my loved ones would be so hurt, and that I was loved and needed.  Even more so, God loves me, and you, more than we can fathom.  Give Him a chance to continue showing you His love daily.

I am grateful and am thankful for God’s mercy, love, and intervention.  I am still here and able to achieve my full potential and my destiny, and I am able to learn and grow and see God’s glory here and now on earth.

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for Your unfailing love and Your saving grace.  Thank You that I am valuable to You and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!  Thank You for delivering me and exposing the devil’s lies.  Thank You for placing in me potential and gifts, and with salvation, a hope and a future.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to LIVE!  Don’t believe the devil’s lies that your life means nothing and that you are not valuable or loved.  God loves you!  He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb and He placed so many “nuggets” and “diamonds” in you that threatens the devil every time God wakes you up.  Don’t let the enemy talk you into aborting your destiny, killing your potential or hating the very being God took the time to create and His Son took the time and His will to die for!

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to build people up through God’s Word, encouragement, mentoring, support, and her writing. In 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. She  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

He’s Still A Miracle Worker!

A few weeks ago, my uncle was scheduled to have surgery that would allow him to have dialysis. He was in the operating room and when they intubated him he aspirated (vomiting in which substance goes into the lungs) and then his heart rate slowed down into twenties (normal heart rate is 60-100). Immediately, surgery was aborted before it even started and what was supposed to be a routine and uneventful outpatient surgery had become an emergent situation.  The vascular surgeon (surgeon who performs such procedures as grafts and fistulas for patients requiring dialysis) came out to inform my aunt about what all had transpired and how they were working diligently to get him stabilized. A cardiologist (heart doctor) and a pulmonologist (lung doctor) were consulted right away.

Upon receiving all the details of what was going on with her husband she turns to me and says, “Call the prayer warriors.” I proceeded to do as I was told by calling people who fit that description as well as other family and friends. Meanwhile, the healthcare professionals were working expediently to transfer him to the cardiac area so the cardiologist can more closely examine the heart and possibly even put in a pacemaker. But then something miraculous happened. His heart returned to normal function by itself during the procedure without any intervention! The cardiologist found no blockage of the arteries and also said that he had not had a heart attack. He said he wasn’t sure what had happened but that it could have been a vagal response. He explained that my uncle had third degree heart block but had turned around! He was somewhat amazed. He did not require a pacemaker after all!

Once my uncle returned to his room in the surgical intensive care unit something else happened. To the nurses dismay, he extubated himself (pulled out his breathing tube) despite sedatives. Thankfully, he did not have to be re-intubated and was able to breath on his own right away. Interestingly enough, the pulmonologist had already said that he didn’t see much in his lungs and didn’t anticipate having to do a bronchoscopy (a procedure in which a scope is placed into the lungs). He admitted he was kind of surprised at the findings based on what had happened in the operating room. My uncle went on to make a speedy recovery much to the surprise of many. He doesn’t really remember much of what happened. He’s just thankful to God that he is still here to tell his story and so are we!

The moral of this story is prayer changes things! Only God can cause a change like that! He worked it out for his good! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3 ESV)

Let this be a testament to you that God is still in the miracle-working business! May it remind you that if He did it before, He can do it again! To God be the glory!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for steadfast faith! Thank You for supernatural healings! Help us to always trust in You and to never doubt You. Thanks for showing us there is nothing too hard for You. We worship and adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look to God first when all around you is sinking sand! I EMPOWER you to trust Him to have your back and to not panic! I EMPOWER you to work your faith and stand on His promises when challenges arise!

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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: I Want To Be Her

Enjoy this flashback originally posted on September 18, 2013.

Proverbs 31My daughter just started kindergarten and the number one question school aged children are asked is “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As I’ve aged, gracefully might I add, I’ve done countless revisions, modifications, additions, extractions, and replacements in my life in order for me to be who I want to be as a woman. I’ve often wanted to be phenomenal.  Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman” has always been one of my favorites. In her poem she describes the mysterious, sultry and noble woman; a woman who is breathtaking to say the least by her inner strength and grace. But overall, I really want to be like the woman described in Proverbs 31 as a Virtuous Woman.

In this passage, the Virtuous Woman is described as a hard worker, smart, wise (there’s a difference), a planner, and just overall awesome. I want to share some of my favorite passages describing her.

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.” (Proverbs 31: 15 NIV) When I get up early, before sunrise, I find it the best time to provide food for my family. I don’t mean physical food, but spiritual food. It’s during those quiet hours that I like to spend time with the Lord praying over my family, anointing them on their sleeping foreheads with oil, or pleading the blood of Jesus over their lives. But I wish I could do this more often. Sometimes you are just worn out, burned out, and downright too tired. But God requires and deserves more. This needs to be a habit and not just a great idea.

“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” (Proverbs 31:21 NIV) When I think of this, I think of us being prepared for drastic conditions. Have I clothed my family in prayer enough for us to withstand the “cold”? Are they covered in His scarlet blood, to be protected from the storm? In the physical sense, am I remaining keenly aware of my children’s threads, making sure they are appropriate, presentable, and teaching my daughters how to dress as a future woman of God? Are my husband’s stitches always crisp (even if crisp means me commenting on how nicely he ironed his own shirt J ).

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26 NIV) Many of you have read my past EmpowerMoments enough to know that I have the tendency to flip the lip, or at least want to flip the lip, a time or two. But this woman speaks with wisdom and in faith. Thinking on this passage makes me count it all joy, the trials that I have gone through. Wisdom can only be obtained from applying life’s lessons.

When I grow up I want to be her. I want to be wise in my decisions, smart in my living, and discerning when it comes to my friends and relationships. The Bible says, “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. (Luke 6:43-44 NIV)  I want to bear good fruit. I’ve bore two girl children and I want them to grow up and be good fruit. Since the apple does not fall far from the tree, I have to be careful about what influences me. I want the Proverbs 31 Woman to influence me. While I don’t consider her perfect, she is definitely one who I would consider a role model who God placed in print for us to look at.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us standards. I appreciate the tangible examples You provide in Your Word that help to guide me to surpassing the Proverbs 31 Woman, by being a woman after Your own heart. Lord, helps us as women to be mindful of the things we let influence us. Please guard our thoughts and our actions. Our children and mentees are looking up to us for a pattern. Help us pattern ourselves after the women of God You have called us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to get a role model. If she is not the Proverbs 31 Woman, may she be someone, past or present, who exemplifies Godly attributes and points you in the direction of Christ. May she be someone who encourages you not to be like her, but to be like God.

Please take a moment to watch this video clip regarding the Virtuous Woman: The Proverbs 31 Woman Series

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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.

Entitled

How easy is it to constantly think of the benefits of being a child of God? I love thinking of my Daddy and how amazing He is. I grew up without a father, and the day that it finally clicked that I had a Heavenly Father, everything changed. It took a while, but eventually I was able to trust God as my father, knowing that I can trust Him to lead me where I am to go. I love sitting at His feet, spending time with Him. I love the intimacy in our Daddy/daughter relationship. So, imagine the level of shock I had the day the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I had an “entitlement issue”. “Me, Daddy? ENTITLED??!”

Entitlement:  The belief that one is inherently deserving of special privileges or treatment.

Now, don’t get me wrong. We do receive special treatment, God’s favor, as children of God. However, that’s not what the Holy Spirit was revealing to me about myself. Even though I had been faithful in serving in church, at some point (unbeknownst to myself) everything had become about me. How often does this happen among believers? We are faithful in following God and are being faithful in what He is instructing us to do, yet suddenly volunteering to clean the bathrooms at the church seems like a job for the janitor. God, why do I have to be the person to miss ANOTHER Sunday service because no one else signed up to volunteer in the nursery this morning? Why does the pastor have us raising money for sister so-and-so while we still have people in this church that are struggling and needing help…like ME?! Suddenly, prayers fuel from your flesh instead of moving according to what the Spirit wants you to operate in. One day you may look up and realize that even your worship is about you. You’re basing your mood off of what song the worship leader is singing or if you’re favorite worship leader is singing.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 3-8 NIV)

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 ESV)

When God showed me this, I knew something needed to change. Immediately I started praying for humility in my life. I started noticing opportunities in which I was tested, and sometimes I would pass those tests, and other times I wouldn’t, but I learned to chalk up every opportunity as a lesson. God had to reveal to me that my “Yes” to Him was not for me, but for THEM! My life was mapped out from the beginning of time for the purpose of the people who I am to touch and to lead back to Him and not for my own glory, but for HIS! How could I weep for nations when I am so focused on how my own selfish prayers aren’t being answered? How do I touch my co-workers when I operate so much out of my flesh that now I can’t STAND the sight of them?

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22: 4 ESV)

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You that You love me enough to not leave me where I am. Thank You for taking the blinders of selfishness off and introducing me back to the person You’ve called me to be. Continue to teach me a new level of humility, the same humility that Jesus exhibited while on this Earth. Give me a deeper revelation of what my “yes” to You really means for my life. Thank You that You are just so awesome, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today, I EMPOWER you to uncover those areas of your life in which you are selfish. Ask God to reveal areas in which you’ve forgotten the reason behind your “yes”. Invite Him back in by decreasing yourself and increasing His presence. You don’t have to be seen. No one has to know your name. You just have to be a willing vessel that He can use. Be encouraged! As you humble yourself, He will exalt you!

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Alexis Perry lives in Hamilton, Alabama where she is a full-time student at The Ramp School of Ministry. She has a passion for seeing women and youth find their true identity in Christ. She aspires to have a women’s ministry centered around true identity, adoption into God, and intimacy with the Father. One of her favorite passages is Psalm 139: 1-3 (ESV), “O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.”

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Absolutely everything! Do you love God? I mean really love Him. Not the kind of surface, shallow love that exists because something amazing just happened in your life but the kind that exists when you don’t get your way, bills are due, the children and/or the husband isn’t acting right, and your stress level is at an all time high. Do you love Him then?

If you say you love Him, then why do you hate your brother?

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? I John 4:20 NKJV

My heart ached as I watched the mob ensue around this young man. Seeking refuge he ran into a clothing boutique in fear of his life. I’ll spare showing you the video that I was subjected to but I’ll paint the scene. Picture it, you’re going about your day walking across the parking lot in a strip mall when you see a young man pull out a tube of lipstick and apply it to his lips. What do you do? Do you move along about your business or do you begin to hurl angry insults, grab your cellphone to take a picture and begin to cause a ruckus? You say you love God, right? Well, why do you hate your brother?

Someone recently shared a video with me and in a particular country a young man was seen doing as I just described. Instead of minding their own business and greeting the young man with a “hello,” he was chased into a clothing store as people tried to take pictures and video with their cell phone. The crowd grew to well over 200 people – all of them hurling insults, degrading him and calling for him to come out of the store (which locked their doors to provide a place of refuge for him). The police were called and had to escort him out and into their car. He came out with his head covered and although he was placed in the police car the crowd began to chant and push the car. I could only imagine what would have happened if the crowd would have actually got to him.

I was simply infuriated. You say you love God, right? Well, not if you hate your brother. I anxiously looked through the crowd for the “good” Samaritan. I am sure there had to be at least one person in the crowd who professed to love Jesus.

Loving Jesus, means doing it when it’s not convenient, when it goes against the tradition, and when you disagree with someone’s lifestyle. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Fornicator, Adulterer, Liar, Cheater, Black, Brown, White, Short, Tall, Fat, Skinny, Long Hair, Short Hair –God loved all of us so much that He gave his only begotten Son for us so that we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

I am so glad to know that God’s love covers my sins and yours. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8 NKJV

 Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing me unconditional love. You have loved me even when I don’t feel like loving myself. Lord teach me how to love like you do. Help me to understand that love is an action verb and my brothers and sisters should feel it at all times – even when I disagree with them. Encourage my soul and help me to love strangers just as you do because they too are your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 Ladies I EMPOWER you to LOVE. Check yourself. Are you showing love to your brothers and sisters? I EMPOWER you to show love to someone that you do not know. Remember to love others just as you want God to love you.

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner 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  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 strengthens me.