Undignified Praise

We receive so much from God through our praise and worship. We all have different ways to praise God that are uniquely our own. Every now and again God calls us to step out of the box and do something a bit uncomfortable in order to get what we need. Plus, we never know who is watching us. There may be someone watching you who is has been asking God for something but may be afraid to praise Him and you may just be the inspiration they need.

Remember David?

God allowed the Israelites to have victory over the Philistines and regain possession of the Ark of the Covenant. While it was being brought back to Jerusalem, God began to bless the place where the ark resided for a while. David rejoiced, and in his rejoicing he gave God his all. He danced with all his might while the Israelites celebrated. After everyone went home, David was confronted by Michal. “How the king of ideal has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of slave girls of his servants as a vulgar fellow would!” David said to Michal, “it was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people ideal–I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Samuel 6:20-22 NIV)

I just want to take the time to tell God how much I love Him and appreciate everything He’s done for me. Last Sunday I was at church and during the service, the pastor was talking about praising God with the little that we have. As I listened my mind began to recap all of the things God has done for me just that morning. Then I went back over that past week, then the past 2 weeks and over into the preceding months. I began to thank God at my seat for all He had done and all He brought me through. Moreover, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit that sometimes we have to get undignified with our praise. My simple “thank You Jesus for all You’ve done for me” turned into “thank You for being my everything.” Thank You for being my all in all. Thank You for just being You. Thank You, because without you I’m nothing. Before I knew it, I was out of my seat and on my feet. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t mind giving God my all. As I gave my best praise, I could feel the weight fall from my shoulders. I could feel my burden get lighter. I could hear my soul rejoicing. I felt like a new person and everything I was going through didn’t matter anymore. I was alone with God in that moment. I was at peace and worry free. I wished that moment would never end. Some of my family members laughed and made fun of me, yet other members of my family along with other church members praised God right along with me. I didn’t care, I know what I believe God for and I want my blessing.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for all You have done. Thank You for all You are doing right now and will do soon. Thank You for allowing Your Holy Spirit to rest on us and lead us in the direction You desire. Please help us please You with our praise. Please be with us in our praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Whatever you’re believing God for ladies, I EMPOWER you to just give Him praise in advance for it. Don’t give a simple “thank You Lord” but do like David and get as undignified as the Holy Spirit will have you to be. Don’t worry about who’s around or who may see. Don’t worry about anything because we’re not here to please man or ourselves, but God and Him only.

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Bettina Allen is currently working in security, with prior experience in customer service. She loves to read, write and dance. She loves God and is on a mission to be as close to Him as she possibly can. Bettina is constantly learning and growing from life’s experiences. God has given Bettina a word and she would love to share that word, along with all of the lessons He has taught her, with others. Bettina resides in Georgia and attends Life Church of Atlanta. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Resurrection Reflection

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If you’re reading this EmpowerMoment, then you likely just finished celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection commonly referred to as Easter Sunday. Some of you may have travelled to various places to celebrate with friends and family. Some of you may have gone to sunrise service. Whatever you did, hopefully, it was a glorious celebration remembering the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and its significance to you.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28: 1-10 NIV)

 Now that I’ve had children, it has become more important to me to truly understand the entire meaning of certain holidays. It is up to my husband and I to teach our children accordingly. Commercialization can often cloud or diminish the true meaning of a holiday. In the case of Easter, we can get caught up in the new Sunday best attire, the Easter baskets, the egg hunts and the wonderful dinner that we forget to really focus on the glorious wonder of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rising from the dead so that we may have eternal life.

Sure, the world may portray Easter in one way but as Christians it is our job to shine the true light on what Resurrection Sunday is really all about and make sure the message of salvation goes forth. Maybe you are reading this EmpowerMoment and you just aren’t sure if you’re saved. Maybe you are saved but have somehow lost your way. Maybe you are reading and want to be saved. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, all of us can be saved! Jesus’ death and resurrection made it so! All you have to do is confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of your life.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

I can’t thank You enough for what You did for us on Calvary. I know that it is because of You I live and breathe. It is because of You I know that when I leave this place on earth, there is a home for me in heaven. Thank You for generously providing the opportunity of salvation for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 Sisters, I EMPOWER you to think about what Jesus’ resurrection really means and what it really did and does for us! I EMPOWER you to become saved or become sure of your salvation if you are not! I EMPOWER you to know The Truth, The Way and The Light!

 What does Jesus’ resurrection mean to you?

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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, Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

Flashback Friday: His Blood Still Works!

Ladies, enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on Oct. 2, 2013.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

For the past two days our EmpowerMoments have been corporate prayers: prayers that unveil our grief, troubled hearts, and restless minds. They have also been prayers that remind us of God’s Word in the midst of all of our uncertainties and confusion. They’ve been gap fillers for intercession on our behalf, to the Father.

We know that our World is all out of sorts right now. In times like this we feel hopeless and overwhelmed with the thought of it all, I know I do. I read a message on my Facebook timeline the other day that read something like this, “When I look at my children peacefully asleep, I can’t help but want to protect them from the dangers of this world. But since I can’t all I can do is show them Christ.” I feel the same way. Therefore, in the spirit of EMPOWERING ourselves in Christ, let us continue to pray, for God tells us to “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV. Let us pray:

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Dear Daddy,

We come to You knowing that without Your grace, Your strength, Your power and Your mercy, we are nothing. Lord, sometimes we are unable to wrap our minds around our situations, our circumstances, or even decisions made by others that affect us. Please forgive us for trying to. Lord Your Word tells us, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:11 NIV. Father, please give us the confidence to walk boldly in this Word that You work out everything as you see fit. Do Your will. God, I personally want to intercede on the behalf of my sisters, my sisters without jobs, support systems, active fathers for their children, loving husbands, and peace of mind. Lord may You grant us serenity in the midst of our circumstances. Your Word reminds us that “[Your] grace is sufficient for [me], for [your] power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV. Jesus tells me in Your Word that “[My] heavenly Father knows that [I] need all these things and that if I seek your kingdom and you righteousness, that all my necessities will be added to me. Matthew 6:32 -33 NKJV. Therefore, help me in my quest to trust You, to believe that Your Word is true and that the things I ask for in accordance to Your will, will be given to me. Lord help me to hear Your voice to stay in Your will.

Lord, bless our country. It is apparent that as the days go by we stretch further and further away from being unified under God. Lord, the blood of Your Son still works and I plead the blood over our country and nation, over every country that this Empowermoment reaches and even those that it doesn’t, every household connected to every reader, every job connected to the browser that opened this page, every hand that clicked on this link in, Jesus’ name. Jesus said “whoever believes in me will do that works I have been doing, and they will do even great things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV. Lord help us to believe that You will do the work that You say You will do if we trust You. I believe that You can heal, I believe that You can restore, I believe that You can redeem, I believe that You can provide, I believe that You can grant us peace, in the name of Jesus.

Lord as we move forward throughout our day today; EMPOWER us to be mindful that You are in control. Open our ears to hear Your command, open our hearts to act on the things You have called us to do, and open our mouths that we might share positivity and the love of Christ to everyone we meet. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Daughters, I EMPOWER you to walk boldly in God’s Word, speaking life over every situation you encounter. His blood still works!

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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.

Stop and Smell the Roses

training_sense_of_smellI have had a resident teacher in my classroom the entire year. She is a perfectionist which has its positives and negatives. She just finished something called lead teach where she was in charge for almost two weeks. Within those two weeks, she had a hiring observation where an administrator observed her teaching and had to determine if she was hirable. Getting prepared for the lesson of course was stressful and overwhelming for her. I am a true believer of what you do in the practice you will do in the game. I believed she would be fine.

The big day came where my boss’ boss observed her. I was sitting outside the classroom praying and believing that she would do well. The students were great and so was my resident. She did an excellent job. The observer came out of the room and said she was outstanding. I was so excited, I ran in the room screaming and yelling because I was proud of her. At the end of the day instead of celebrating with me, she reflected on all the bad things that had happened throughout the lead teach. She even had a melt down and started to cry. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening but I had to tell her to stop, look around and soak it all in. I had to tell her to stop and smell the roses.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6: 31-34, ESV)

In life, it is okay to think about what is next. It is okay to think about innovative ways to become better. It is even okay to reflect on becoming better at whatever your craft or passion is. The part that we often forget is to stop and smell the roses. We forget to celebrate ourselves for our accomplishments. I too am guilty of not stopping and smelling the roses.

I have had an interesting and fulfilling year as an educator. This year has been most rewarding, first because 100% of my students are enrolled in high school for the fall. Next, my students are making growth at an extraordinary rate. Also, I have been rewarded and recognized for the work that I do constantly. Guess what? I was the archetype of my resident. Instead of stopping and soaking it all in, I became stressed because I have been an educator for 10 years and I am not an administrator yet. I began looking passed my accomplishments and I began looking at my shortcomings, and I too had to stop and smell the roses.

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1Timothy 6:6-8, ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for blessing me in all areas of my life. God, teach me to be content in whatever state that I am in. God, teach me to celebrate life and the things You have allowed me to accomplish. Teach me to stop and praise You for not only what You are going to do but what You are doing right now. God, please continue to teach me to stop and smell the roses. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to stop and smell the roses! I know that we live in a world that is fast paced. I know that it is not always easy to stop and see your accomplishments, yet I EMPOWER you to stop and soak it all in. I know that we are mothers, wives, employees, employers and entrepreneurs but if you do not enjoy it now there is no guarantee, you will enjoy it later. When you are done reading this EmpowerMoment, I want you to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy where you are and what you have accomplished.

Have you stopped to smell the roses today?

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Mrs. 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.

Dealing With the Unexpected

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”- Proverbs 20:21 NIV.

You’ve probably heard of the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Even though a person has a plan to do something, there may be unanticipated circumstances that occur during the implementation of that plan. Even with the best planning, I’ve had a few unexpected situations to happen in my life. I expected to have an automatic job in my field (Social Services) after I graduated from college. I didn’t expect to struggle to find employment and end up working a minimum wage job. When I was in college, I expected to pass my internship for Social Work and to have my B.S.W. (Bachelor’s of Social Work). I didn’t expect to fail my internship, change my major again, and remain in college another semester.

So, how do you act when things do not go as planned? Do you give up and throw in the towel? Do you stop having faith and lose hope? Here are a few things that I’ve learned from unexpected situations: 1.) God is in control of the situation. His ways aren’t our ways (Isaiah 55:8 KJV); 2.) God will give you the strength to endure situations even when it feels like its unbearable (Isaiah 40:29 KJV); 3.) Unexpected situations can be resolved. There might be multiple solutions to solve the situation; and 4.) Stay focused (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).  Don’t allow the situation to consume you.  I’m not always the best at handling situations that don’t go the way I want them to; but I’m learning how to deal with them better each time they come my way.

Dear Daddy,

Give me the strength to deal with my unexpected situation.  I might not understand the reason why the situation is happening but I believe You can turn everything around for my good. I know that You are in control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to hang on when things happen unexpectedly. You can make it!  Remember that God is with you every step of the way!

**I dedicate this post to my roommate “AJ”. God will bring you through your tough situation.**

Have your plans ever been interrupted with unexpected issues? Please share how you dealt with the situation.

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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)

I Need Just A Little More Jesus

You went to a fancy, costly restaurant you have never ventured to before only to be disappointed by the measly meal portions and still hungry when you arrived home. If you are like me, your sentiments would be, “pile a little bit more of those vegetables, bread or meat on my plate.”

Recently, I made minor changes to my diet. I added MORE to my diet. I desired to feed myself healthy as well as full consistent meals. I don’t want to walk around weak, sluggish and faint for eating the wrong things as well as not eating enough.

It is my spiritual diet that needed to be revamped. I decided to kick up my devotion time with God a notch. I want to live a healthy, impactful life, and my spirit needs to be fed and very well taken care of.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 KJV)

The day is growing increasingly wicked and the Lord is coming back for His Bride dressed in her white dress without spots or wrinkles and ready for her Groom. The Body of Christ is experiencing much pressure and resistance of Godliness is increasing all the more, so God is expecting His Bride to be fully equipped and devoted to Him during these times.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 NIV)

Each day is new and I can’t expect to make it through the day off of yesterday’s meals and water. Nor can I grow spiritually from a diet of a once a week reading of the Word, a sporadic attendance of fellowshipping with the saints, and a lacking prayer life and intimacy with God.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

It is like an infant. An infant cannot grow without a diet of milk. As a baby grows, his/her little intestinal tract begins to maintain a little more than just breast milk/baby formula. Around four months, mothers are encouraged to begin adding rice cereal to their babies’ diets. As babies grow they are able and ready to digest more food and as they become toddlers, they are able to eat small rationed meals. Although I believe I am past the cereal stage, I too found myself unguarded in certain areas, slipping back into spiritual slumber and still in some of my comfort zones.

With this in mind, I thought of the song by Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) titled “A Little More Jesus”. That is what I needed—more of the Word, more intimacy with Him, more time with Him, more trust in Him, more dependency on Him. So outside of my customary Sunday service, corporate prayer attendance and daily reading of the Word, I added to my devotion time more praying in the Spirit, more checking my thoughts (toughest of all), learning to be still and listen to God, and I started watching and listening to sermons. I have been also attending a Sunday evening class on prayer altars and hosting a bible study every other Fridays. Has it been challenging to stay committed? Yes! Have I missed a day or two? Yes! However, I am going to keep pressing in.

In this time and age, a more intimate walk with God and sharing God with the world is so crucial. I need just a little more Jesus today, the next day and so on. Yet God revealed to me that He needs just a little more of me also.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for welcoming me into Your loving arms and desiring a more intimate relationship with me. Thank You for all Your glory, knowledge, revelations, love, peace, joy and so much more that is waiting for me as I seek you with all that I am and all that I have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to seek the Lord and build a more intimate relationship with Him. Now is the time! Praise Him now while you can, seek Him now while He may be found, listen to Him while He is speaking and talk to Him while He is listening. It is our responsibility to be in a prepared and surrendered position so when He comes back, we will not miss our wedding day.

Please click on the link below to watch the video of Erica Campbell’s “A Little More Jesus”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCqI8Emiarg

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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. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. 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.”

 

Consult the Manual!

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

Have you ever read the manual that came with your cell phone? What about the instructions for your toaster? Surely you’ve consulted the booklet that accompanied your refrigerator? Usually, the answers to these questions are ‘no’; unless, of course, something went awry and one of those devices malfunctioned.  Then you probably resorted to finding out more about the product simply to do some troubleshooting.  I am no different than you! The only time I even consider reading the operating manual to my vehicle is when some unexplained indicator light is flashing on my dashboard! As soon as my ride feels a little shaky or I hear a strange noise that I know shouldn’t be coming from under the hood, I reach in the glove compartment to find out what’s really going on.   Unfortunately, by the time I decide to consult the manual, the problem is much bigger than it would’ve been if I just took the time to read the instructions beforehand.

By human nature we tend to think that we are smart enough to know how to do everything, and that includes running our lives.  That would explain why it’s not intuitive to consult the manual for instructions on how to live life.   God has given us His word, His instructions for life, in the Holy Bible.  However, many of us are only consulting it when things start turning for the worse.  Moments of despair or depression usually have us running to find a scripture about hope and joy.  In our times of weakness and fragility, we seek comfort in the scriptures of strength.  Now I am in no way suggesting that we should not be finding encouragement for our distress in the word of God, but what about when things are going great? Consulting the manual for our lives on a daily basis allows us to have a proactive nature versus a reactive spirit.  Ecclesiastes tells us that there is nothing new under sun.  (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Confident that this is true, we can trust that nothing that we have or will encounter is new to God.  He has already given us an answer for every question, situation or trial that we will face.  Thus, if we are gleaning wisdom from the manual on a daily basis, we can be prepared when the battle begins.  Figuratively speaking, we will be prepared when war strikes, while others are scurrying to find the appropriate armor.  After all, the word of God is our sword! (Ephesians 6:17) So be prepared for the battle by sharpening your sword daily!

According to the header scripture, the Word of God is beneficial to us because it teaches, corrects, and trains us to live life properly.  That is exactly what a manual is designed to do.  When the new flat screen television comes home from the electronics store, the manual teaches and trains us how to properly operate the device.   Even if we think we know how to use it, the manufacturer has created the manual so that we can get the most of out of the TV and extend the life of the product.   Getting the most out of this life is only possible when we consult the manufacturer and His manual for our life! Similarly, when there’s an inexplicable buzzing noise coming from the television, the manual can offer the correction for the issue.  I cannot count the number of times that I have opened my Bible after a disagreement with my husband to have God correct me directly from scripture! He shows me the error of my ways and offers an alternative to my negative actions.

When consulted daily, the manual for our life is essential and useful for ensuring that we are operating that way our Creator intended!

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for not consulting the manual that You have given me for my life on a daily basis.  You created me and gave me this life so You know exactly what I should and shouldn’t do to make life work properly.  When I have neglected to study the manual, please nudge me so that I can spend some time reading my instructions.  Thank You for caring enough about me to leave me a guide! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to only operate your life the way the Creator intended! To do so, you must consult the manual! The manufacturer of your life has given you the manual because He already knows what problems and setbacks you will encounter. He doesn’t want you to be surprised or unprepared to handle those mishaps. For proper use of your time on this earth, you MUST consult the manual daily!

How do you ensure that you are spending time reading the manual to your life on a consistent basis?

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. 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.