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Here for a Reason

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV)

God has been dealing with me about the reason for the position He put me in. Four months ago, He moved me to a new church. I enjoyed being there and knew that God had me there for a reason outside of myself. Soon after I joined and started inviting people myself, negative things began to be brought to my attention. I didn’t jump off the deep end right away but began to watch more closely. Once I saw myself the negative things people had brought me, my excitement and readiness to jump in and work slowed a bit. I began to question God’s plan for me. At one time, I even asked Him to move me as things began to look ridiculous. I had lost sight of His divine plan. I was at war with God’s promise and the clutter people were throwing my way.

I didn’t realize the clutter people were throwing my way were distractions. I began to focus on everything else instead of fixing my eyes on Jesus. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)

I just can’t give up now
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me

Never said there wouldn’t be trials
Never said I wouldn’t fall
Never said that everything would go the way I want it to go
But when my back is against the wall
And I feel all hope is gone,
I’ll just lift my head up to the sky
And say help me to be strong

Needless to say after a few uncomfortable conversations with God and my mom, I realized I had gotten off track and needed to make a serious change quickly before it was too late. I thank God for understanding my solution and offering His grace and mercy. I’m glad I was afforded another chance to make things right. God took me to Esther and explained to me that the same way she was placed in King Xerxes’ life as queen so she could save the Jews from total destruction, I was placed in that church to help. As long as I’m worried about what outsiders think and say, I’ll never please God. Where He can’t use me, He’ll send someone else and I don’t want that to happen.

I’m beginning to understand my place more clearly. I’m grateful that God is willing to use me as a part of His master plan. I’m not concerned about what everyone else has to say. I’m not even worried about what I see anymore. I know what God promised and understand that if I say no, He’ll find someone else.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for placing us on this earth with purpose and destiny for a specific reason. Thank You for Your guidance and everlasting, unconditional and understanding love. If any of us have lost sight of You, please bring our attention and focus back to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust God no matter where He sends you. Know He has placed you on your job, in the family you are in, at a certain church, etc. for a reason. Unless the church, job, relationships, etc. are leading you down a path of habitual sin and are operating contrary to God’s Word, stay in position. Don’t move ahead of God and lag too far behind. Follow Him, seek Him and stay right by His side! He is at work and allow Him to invite you to join what He is already doing.

Please take a moment to enjoy this song by Mary Mary called “Can’t Give Up Now

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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.”

Perfect People

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

If you’re perfect, make some noise!!! Silence…  Every once in a while I have to remind myself that though I may strive for perfection, I’m not perfect and neither is anyone else! Imagine that!

As it is written; none is righteous, no, not one. (Romans 3:10 ESV)

The Walls Group song Perfect People affords the following reality checks:

-My very best is good enough.

-No one sin is greater than any other sin, so I have no right to judge.

-I may not have all I want, but I have all I need.

-God never said life would be perfect.

-If I was perfect, then I wouldn’t need God and that’s impossible.

Chorus
If you’re a miracle today and God has always made a way
If you have food to eat, a place to sleep and you really can’t complain
This song is for you
After everything you’ve been through
This song is for you

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (II Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thanks for Your perfect love. Thanks for Your perfect grace. Thanks for Your perfect mercy.  Thanks for Your perfect power. Though I strive to be more like You, thanks for not making perfection a criteria for everlasting life with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to give yourself a reality check in regards to how you view yourself and how you view others. May God minister to you as you listen to the song, Perfect People.

 What reality checks have you had in regards to perfectionism?

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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: Yesterday

Ladies, enjoy this flash from the past which was originally posted on June 29, 2011.

The blogs that we have shared over this Black Music Month have been inspirational and very telling. Some of them have been personal experiences and some have been messages inspired by God for others. They have had common themes of love, gratefulness, healing, faith and moving forward. It has been a purging process for many as they anxiously await the message of the day and the song affiliated with it; but these are more than just words and songs. We are writing to share experiences and reach souls.  We want you be the best you! Leave everything else in yesterday.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-31 NIV

I had enough heartache and enough headaches
I’ve had so many ups and downs
Don’t know how much more I can take
See, I decided that I cried my last tears yesterday

Being happy is a choice. When your soul is exhausted and you find yourself at your wits end turn to Jesus and He will give you rest. Many times we get so bogged down in the moment or in the seasons of our life that happy is nowhere on our horizon; however, if you let go of the baggage and decide to have no more drama you will find yourself pretty close to Happy’s doorsteps. This journey to happiness doesn’t mean that you won’t experience pain, heartbreak, failures and other disappointments but it does mean that you will put it in perspective and move forward.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NIV 

Either I’m going to trust you or I may as well walk away
‘Cause stressing don’t make it better
Don’t make it better, no way
See, I decided that I cried my last tears yesterday

As I write this I am reflecting over the thousands of situations I have stressed about in my lifetime. I can’t think of one situation where my stress resolved the issue, got it fixed faster or better. Can you? Why is it so hard to trust God when He is a God who has NEVER failed us? God gives us the power of choice and we can either trust that He is going to do as He says or we can stress about it and give up. My grandmother always tells me “talk to God about it Chanceé and see won’t He fix it, He can do it all.” 

There ain’t nothing too hard for my God, no
Any problems that I have
He’s greater than them all
So I decided that I cried my last tears yesterday

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 NIV

As we put our Yesterdays in their proper place, we may feel alone but I am reminded that He always has eyes on us and never leaves us. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 NIV

Because God is the truth, I can confidently move away from yesterday and every thing associated with it.  I can let He who watches the sparrow have control so that I can get to happy.

Dear Daddy,

In my moments of weakness, remind me that You are the burden bearer and the heavy load sharer. Lord, help me to recognize those things that belong in Yesterday so that I can move to higher ground today. As I make decisions that may be unpopular and uncomfortable remind me that You are always with me and will never leave me alone. Thank You for being true to Your word and watching over me even more than You do the sparrows. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to make a decision on your future and cry your last tears YESTERDAY. As difficult as it may be, turn it over to God because realistically what can YOU do about it? In your daily walk, remember He constantly watches over You so there is no need to worry. God’s got it!

In celebration of my last blog for Black Music Month (and because I am having a praise break), please enjoy this double play:

“Yesterday” by Mary Mary

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” by the Mississippi  Children’s Choir

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Ms. 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.

My Everything

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4, 5 NLT)

It took me a minute to figure it out. I was used to being at the top of my game; I wasn’t a stranger to losing, my life was blessed… I had no reason to think otherwise.

Then the trials came, the testing began, and God began to allow His purifying fires to burn. I started to lean to my own understanding. I trusted in my own strength, my own intelligence and my own knowledge to get me through. Yet, all that I had by myself was not enough.

And when I inevitably came up short, I grew frustrated. When I failed, I was depressed. When I missed the mark, I got angry. When I took wrong turns, I lost precious time.

Like I said, it took me a while, but I figured it out. Once I figured out that I had to make God my source, it all fell into place. God had to be my main source. He had to have full control. He had to direct my every footstep. He was the One who held every answer I could ever hope to know. When truly I made God the head of my life, everything else fell in line. Even those things that I would think were disappointments, missed opportunities, and failures – in time, God showed me how He caused them all to work together for my good (Romans 8:28).

We have to learn how to remain in God. When we remain with Him, we aren’t moved by circumstances. Our attitudes aren’t changed when things don’t go our way. We don’t get out of character just because our surroundings change. When we remain in God, He is able to remain in us and allow the fruit of His Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, gentleness…) to come out of us.

Dear Daddy,

I thank You that when I remain in You, You allow me to be fruitful! Help me to remember to look to You as my source instead of trying to do things on my own. Open my eyes to all the ways You are causing things to work together for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to remain in God no matter what circumstances come your way. I EMPOWER you to hear and obey the voice of the Lord as you seek Him to direct your every step!  

Enjoy this song by Jonathan McReynolds titled “Everything”:

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Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. 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.

 

Embracing God’s Love and Acceptance

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

One of my favorite songs is “All of Me” by John Legend.  It’s such a beautiful love song! John Legend wrote the song for his wife, Christine Teigen.  The song is about multiple things. First, it’s about his relationship with his wife.  There is a giving of both parties and risk that is involved.  The bridge of the songs says “give me all of you; cards on the table; we’re both showing hearts; risking it all though it’s hard.” There are also ups and downs in the relationship but they stick with each other through it all. The second part of the verse says, “the world is beating you down; I’m around through every mood.”  The chorus of the song says, “give your all to me; I’ll give my all to you.”  Secondly, the song is about how much he loves his wife and accepts her for who she is, which is mentioned in the chorus of the song:

“Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh.”

While I was figuring out the main themes of the song, I thought about how our relationship with God is similar. We all come to God for various reasons. Our relationship with God involves us giving everything we have to Him. It’s a challenge for us to accept Christ into our lives because we are giving up who we use to be. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 NIV states, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  We have to leave our past, follow God, and give him our hearts.  Matthew 16:24-25 states, “Then Jesus said to his disciples. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” As we give to God, He gives to us. He gives us His grace, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness, His peace, and Healing.

God loves and accept us for who we are. God loved us enough to send His son Jesus to die for our sins. How wonderful is that!  John 3:16 NIV states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal love”.  God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. However, when we mess up, He expects us to repent.  2nd Corinthians 7:10 NIV states, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” We can embrace God by realizing how much He loves and accepts us.  God isn’t like man. He accepts us as soon as we come to him with a sincere heart, repent of our sins, and accept his son Jesus into our lives.

Dear Daddy, 

I don’t know what I would do without You in my life. I’m glad to have a relationship with You. Thank You for being there for me all the time. Thank You for accepting and loving me despite my shortcomings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to embrace God’s love and acceptance. You don’t have to be perfect to come to Him. Give Him your all and He will do the same!

Listen to the beautiful words of John Legend’s “All of Me”

If you have trouble viewing the video, please Click Here.

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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)

Come On In The Room

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

Two days of no relief from swelling, excruciating pain and a lack of mobility with my right hand led me to the ER.  I was in so much pain and discomfort that going to the hospital was a no-brainer, but on the other hand (no pun intended) I felt disappointed that I, who believe that Jesus is my healer, could not tap into my healing.  After all of my praying, whining and retreating to my bed to get rest and relief, I decided to go see a doctor.  However, I prayed that God would give him/her wisdom concerning my issue because I also had no clue as to why I was ailing.

As I waited in the little room for the doctor to come in, a song came to mind.  It was a song I first heard when I was much younger.  It is one of those old gospel songs sung with an uncanny vocal.  When I first heard the song, I couldn’t understand some of the words yet the song became one of my favorites.

 

Chorus

Come on in the room,

come on in the room;

Jesus is my doctor

and He writes out all of my prescriptions,

He gives me all of my medicine in the room.

 

Chorus 2

There is joy, joy in the room,

joy in the room;

Jesus is my doctor

and He writes out all of my prescriptions,

He gives me all of my medicine in the room.

–Georgia Mass Choir – Come On In The Room

 

As the elderly woman sings the chorus, you can imagine Jesus walking into the room with the sick lying there.  But she is unmoved by the illness and the current circumstances because JESUS IS HER DOCTOR.  The Lord holds her and her loved one’s healing, medicine, joy, and everything they need, and He is coming to administer it all to them.

Even though I sat in that room waiting on the doctor, I knew his skills or education was not going to suffice without the Lord’s help and wisdom.  When we are going through, we sometimes forget all that Jesus is and can do.  God is Yahweh, the Great I Am and He said that He would supply all of our needs according to His riches and glory.  Those needs are not just financial, but sometimes are emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, or career or health-related.  Whatever you need, God is and has!

You need love; God is and has it, the real and unfailing love!  You need strength; God is God Almighty and has strength for you to endure!  You need healing; God’s Word is a healer and He will revive you!

Notice the lines in the chorus that says “And He writes out all my prescriptions, He gives me all of my medicine in my room.”  Exchange the words prescriptions and medicine for His Word/The Word of God.  Whatever we need is in God’s Word.  It is our medicine, our help and His written prescription to make it through life and live according to His standards.

Meditate upon these scriptures that reminds us of God’s medicine and promises:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Mat 4:4 KJV)

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (Prov 30:5 KJV)

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Prov 4:22 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the Holy Spirit who reminds me that You are the Great I Am!  Thank You for being all that I need.  Thank You for being my doctor and writing Your Word for me not just to know, but to live and use as my defense through any storm, battle or lack.  Thank You for being omnipresent and God Almighty!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to allow Jesus to come on in the room and be all that you need.  Welcome Him in to every area of your lives.  Believe and trust in His Word to perform what it says it will do!  Then take your medicine the way He prescribes and daily, remembering that He is and He has it all for you!

Enjoy this song by the Georgia Mass Choir titled, Come On In The Room:

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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. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. 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.”

Have A Praise PartY

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

Have A Praise PartY!

I shall rise above the ashes.

I shall rise above the bitterness in my heart.

I shall rise above the comments about me snickered behind my back.

I shall rise above my poverty.

I shall rise above depression.

I shall rise above the inadequacies that so distinctively bound me to deep seated insecurities.

I shall ignore the voice that makes me doubt.

I shall move the mountain of darkness that clouds my hope for freedom.

I shall look to the hills, where my help comes from, my help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:1-2 (paraphrased)

I shall set my mind on things above, not on earthly things, Colossians 3:22 NIV

These are the phrases that go through my mind when I sing this song. For many people this song is nothing but an irritating repeat on their local radio station, but this song literally brings tears to my eyes. Why? Because it causes people to break out from and ignore their circumstances and to dare to be HAPPY! Because of God’s freedom, I am at liberty, I feel like a room without a roof! When I decided to have a relationship with Christ, I was no longer bound by the chains of my past shame or by the thoughts of man. This song rings freedom. The freedom to not be perfect, to not look like everyone else, to not dance as good as everyone else, to not look as good or dress as nice, but to be Happy regardless of your current situation or circumstance!

I become teary eyed because I serve a God who has the audacity to bless me in spite of my wrongs, short comings, lies, disobedience, and ways that aren’t so good. He humbles me. The Bible tells me, because I love and accept Jesus and recognize my responsibilities as a Christian, my past has been erased, my sins where like scarlet, but he made me white as snow (Isaiah 1:18 KJV). Therefore, I am able to lean on Jesus who will keep me from falling, having the ability to present me faultless to the Father (Jude 1:24 KJV).

That makes me Happy.

I am Happy because “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NIV.

Doesn’t the thought of that just make you want to shout?

Dear Daddy,

When I think of Your goodness, my soul cries out HOLY HOLY, how great You are! Lord, help us to be able to look over our circumstances. Help us to force our attitudes into happiness until You see fit to move us. Father, help us to remember that in due time, You shall make every crooked path straight and every insecurity certain. Help us to smile, dance, love, and laugh so that we may be a light to others. May we be the vessel in which Your glory can shine!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be HAPPY! H.ave A. P.raise P.artY. Get up out of your chair, listen to these lyrics and dance like no one is watching. God already said that all things will work to your good, so instead of pouting, get up and dance!!

Are you committed to being HAPPY in spite of your circumstances?

Listen to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy and dance as if no one is watching

Please click here if you cannot see the video.

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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.