Breast Cancer Awareness, Contests

Empower Yourself to Win!

Each month EmpowerMoments features a contest with some really cool prizes. Everyone loves to win FREE stuff so be sure to participate! Come and join the winner’s circle!

October’s Contest:

In honor of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, we are giving away this I Love My Girlz t-shirt. To enter, simply leave a comment with the name of  the Breast Cancer champion that EMPOWERS you, whether living or deceased. We are honoring their fight!

The mission of the I Love My Girlz Movement is to increase  the early detection of breast cancer by providing mammograms to women in need, through the sell of the shirts. So even if you are not the winner, please support by purchasing a t-shirt because $5.00 of every purchase helps to fund a mammogram. Click here for details.

**The fine print: You must be an active subscriber at the end of the contest period to be eligible for the prizes. Limit one entry per person. Contest winners within the last 60 days are ineligible. Contest ends October 31, 2011 @ 11:59pm CST.  All winners will be chosen by a random number generator and announced on November 4, 2011. If you have any questions, please email us at empowermoments@gmail.com. EmpowerMoments team members are not eligible to win prizes.**

Breast Cancer Awareness, Encouragement, Faith, Health/Sickness, Inspirational, Motivation, Spirit of Infirmity, Strength, Trials

Her Story

Sometimes God places people in your path that you never forget. They kind of leave footprints on your heart.  When I reunited with Janae’ on facebook I was just beginning my workouts. Perusing through her photos and catching up from 5th grade until now, I saw a fit, fine, hotty with more muscles than I could name (I’m an Anatomy teacher, go figure). I was so inspired by her pictures that I was encouraged to work on my “bod”. Months passed and I started seeing different posts from her. These posts were about her new journey…Breast Cancer.

This is Janae’s Story:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 I am a 30 year old young lady, healthy, very active, and in shape but on March 29, 2011 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I’m one of the healthiest people that my friends and family know, so none of us expected for this to happen to me. I was shocked but I believe with every being in me that my God will NEVER give me more than I can handle. Since then, my life has been slightly different but change is good, it makes us grow as people, making us better to and for one another. This has not only had an effect on me but on my family and friends as well. I love that it’s teaching my people to be grateful for what God has already done no matter how small we may think it to be. We get so caught up sometimes that we forget about how blessed we already are until we see someone else’s situation that may be different from our own. We are blessed.

Monday, June 24, 2011

So on a day to day basis we think about what we can do to get to where we want to be. Maybe if we work more hours, we can save more money. If we save more money I can buy the car I want or the house I want. We try to plan our lives how we want it to be or how we think we should have it. Every day I learn more and more that it’s really not about us at all. Breast Cancer was so NOT a part of my plan (I mean really who ever has that in their plans) but what I do know is that I believe that this has happened to me for a reason. Don’t get me wrong, I in NO WAY believe that God gave me Cancer but I do believe that it has happened for a reason. I am a NPC figure competitor (body building) and I’ve always wanted to be in magazines and share my story and just reach out to people and educate them about health and wellness. I honestly believe that I will still do those things but on another platform. Maybe my calling is to speak on health and wellness from a Cancer perspective, but that wasn’t my plan, but it may be God’s.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This is where the down side comes in, since I haven’t been working like I’d like to or like I know I’m capable of doing outside of treatments I don’t have the money that I’m use to having which is really hard for me to take in at times. Don’t’ get me wrong, I have a nice place to lay my head, food to eat every day (and I do love to eat LOL), a car to drive, and even a couple of jobs that I can go to when I have the energy to do so. So why am I worried? All in all God shows me every day that I am blessed more that I think. When I think of it all God tries to bless me and lots of times I don’t accept because I’m not humbling myself enough to receive the things he has in store for me.  “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalms 25:9 NIV I have someone everyday ask me, “Are you good?”, My reply “I’m good (because HONESTLY I am)” or I figure God will take care of my bills when the time comes and he surely does. I guess you could call all of that Pride and I guess as humans we all have some of that somewhere where it’s not needed.  I’m learning to humble myself and receive what God gives me through others.

I wanted to share Janae’s story because to me she is a remarkable woman. She has touched so many lives through her faith in God and His provisions as He carried her through her treatments. My hope is that you are EMPOWERED by Janae’s story and realize that “It ain’t what it look like.”  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Janae’ and her display of unwavering faith. God, teach me in my own times of challenge that through You I already have the victory and that You work out everything in conformity with the purpose of Your will (Ephesians 1:11 NIV).Lord, I asked that You bless her and all cancer patients with the strength to endure, with doctors that are believers and led by You, and the provisions for all of their needs. Lord, bless and protect Janae’ especially, that her life prospers with abundance from being obedient to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

Today, I am EMPOWERED to live my life realizing my glass is half full and I hope the same for you. As Janae’ states in her blog, “Positivity at all times is part of my change and that one thing can make such a difference in other areas of my life.”

Janae’ reported her last chemo session on October 13, 2011 and she looks and feels great! There is so much more EMPOWERMENT from Janae’. Please check out her blog at: http://itsmyjourney2mydestiny.blogspot.com/

Early detection is key! Women who are 40 and over should not skip having their annual mammogram – it’s still the best way to screen for breast lumps and abnormalities. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90% of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump – that’s the point at which cancer is most treatable.  Even women with no insurance can have mammograms. Click here to find several resources for low-cost or free mammograms. Honor Janae’ by scheduling your mammogram today!

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “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.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Breast Cancer Awareness, Decision Making, Faith, God

Stuck in the Gray Area

Have you ever been in the valley of decision and instead of being decisive you linger in the “gray area?” You’re familiar with the gray area. It isn’t yes or no. It isn’t black or white. It’s a combination of both. It’s the maybe, kinda sorta, it’s complicated.  Being in the gray area is often confusing and leads to upset and hurt feelings. In my opinion, it often illustrates one’s inability to make a firm commitment.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 KJV

As I peruse Facebook, I see many “it’s complicated” relationship statuses. What does that really mean? I will talk to friends who have been dating a person for a long time and ask, “Where do you stand with X?” I get the “I don’t knows” and the “We don’t have titles.” Sadly, some of us have come to accept this as the norm.

Maybe I am a rarity but I don’t like relationships that exist in the gray area. In those relationships, the rules are always unclear. Often times many of us will accept or perpetuate being in the gray area. We do this either because we don’t want to accept the reality of the situation or we perpetuate it because want the best of both worlds. Lingering in the gray area also happens when we don’t trust the person(s) we are dealing with.

What about your relationship with Jesus? Personally, I have been convicted for my “gray area” relationship with Him. It’s easy to talk about church and the things that you do at church but what about your behavior when the church doors close? How is your relationship with Him then? One day you are on fire for Him and the next day you are lukewarm. What about those times when you are around friends and it’s not “popular” to bring Jesus up? Do you act as if your relationship with God “isn’t that serious?” God doesn’t like being in an “it’s complicated” relationship. As a matter of fact He said, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelations 3:15-16 KJV

At the risk of sounding hypocritical, let me admit that I struggle with relationships in the gray area. While I proudly proclaim my love for Jesus I acknowledge that I have some behaviors that are not like Him. They are antithetical to His teachings and commandments for my life. Yet, there are times I am all too willing to satisfy my flesh. I am trying to have the “best” of both worlds and sometimes my faith in what I have asked for has become weak. I recognize my faults and am continuously striving for perfection and a “black and white” relationship with Him. I don’t want my relationship with Jesus to be considered in any way “lukewarm.” Again, we are admonished not to be double minded. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatheris not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” I John 2:15-17 NIV

The One who has done so much for us including the greatest act of all, being crucified for our sins, deserves to know where we stand with Him. Everyday we are to be obedient to His word. We are to look out for the “least of these.” We are to repent for our sins. We are to witness to others. We are to ultimately live a life that is pleasing in God’s eyesight. We are to remain faithful knowing that He will deliver on His promises.

Get out of the gray area with Jesus, your friendships and relationships. Don’t let fear of the unknown, your indecisiveness, or lack of faith keep you shackled. Ask yourself, “Who am I in the gray area with and why?” No excuse (especially comfort or convenience) that you can come up with will be good enough.

Dear Daddy,

Forgive me for my double minded ways. Help me to live better and do better knowing that being “lukewarm” is not my ticket into heaven. Help me to examine my relationships that exist in the gray area and to let go of those which only exist out of comfort, convenience and lack of faith in You. I know that my relationship with You is paramount so convict me when my actions aren’t reflective of whom I claim to be. Move me to a place of clarity in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies I EMPOWER you to look at your relationships with those of the opposite sex, your friendships, and even your goals and GET OUT OF THE GRAY AREA! God deserves commitment from you and you deserve clear commitments to your future. Release the double mindedness, the people and obstacles that are keeping you in the gray area.

In honor of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, we want to provide daily tips on early detection and possible methods of prevention. Please watch the video below to learn how to perform a self examination. Please note this video may not be work appropriate as actual breasts are shown.

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”