Grandparents, Inspirational, Righteousness

Get Your Shine On!

When my grandmother turned 80, it seemed as though every moment with her seemed to be more precious and valuable. Now at 85, whenever I call her, I look forward to just hearing her voice. Although I know she will be doing the same thing; sitting at her table; looking out of her window; watching TV, and telling her young neighbors how to live their lives, I enjoy our sweet conversations. The other day she said something to me that was so powerful, yet so succinct, it resonated with me. As the casual conversation started, about the salmon she was cooking, I proceeded to tell her why I hadn’t called in a few days. I was so busy with my girls that my only time to talk was early in the morning and I didn’t want to wake her. After she kindly reminded me that she is always up “fo day” (before day), she said;

“Baby, if the sun is shining, I’m gone shine with it.”

Those words were so powerful to me because they eliminated any possible reason you would have to complain, to look on the dim side of things, to develop excuses as to why things are the way they are, or to walk around frowning in the midst of the beautiful day that God granted us.

Jesus reminds us, “ You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

So, get your shine on. Don’t allow your circumstances to define your attitude!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being a light in me. It is my prayer that this light shines bright. May it shine so bright that any darkness near or around me is consumed. Lord help me to be so full of light that I spill over into my environment and encourage every situation I face and that every person I am around is influenced by this light. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Many of us face dark situations every day at home, work, on phone conversations, or via social networks; but, I EMPOWER you to put your light on a stand. Stand boldly in the midst of darkness and shine the light that God has placed in you. When you wake in the mornings, I EMPOWER you to decide at that moment, that you are going to get your shine on, no matter what!

If this word has encouraged you, are you committed to getting your shine on?

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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.

Compassion, God's Love

He Cares For Me

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Hebrews 4:15 NKJV

Like any other human beings, I just want to know that someone cares.  When I am having a rough time in life, I need to know that there is another person that sympathizes with me, even if they are not capable of fixing the problem.   I often turn to my girlfriends in hopes that they can understand my pain enough to feel what I am going through.   As bad as I desire that connection, I am usually left disappointed because they just don’t get it.  Not because they don’t want to understand, but simply because they just haven’t experienced what I am going through at the time.   Because it is sometimes hard to find someone with genuine empathy, we often find it hard to believe that we serve a God that understands and feels what we go through, but He truly does.  Maybe it’s hard to fathom the Sovereign King of the universe feeling the sorrow or pain or frustration of little bitty us, but His word confirms it as truth.

On several occasions Jesus exemplified His compassion to His people.  One specific instance is revealed when Jesus is interacting with two sisters, Mary and Martha, who are mourning the death of their brother.   In what is often referred to as the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35 tells us that after hearing the news about his friend Lazarus’ death, Jesus cried.  Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.  And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.  (John 11:33-35 NKJV) Seeing His daughter Mary weep deeply troubled and moved Him.  He was so moved by her tears that it prompted Him to weep as well.  How amazing it is to know that Jesus is that concerned with what’s going on in our lives that He feels what we feel! He provides the ultimate example for offering genuine sympathy.

When considering the term ‘sympathy’, the word ‘compassion’ usually follows closely behind.   According to Merriam-Webster, compassion is a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.  Based on this definition, Jesus was sharing the ultimate compassion with everyone He encountered.  Remember the widow whose son had died? She was preparing to lay her son to rest when she met Jesus.  As the boy was being carried to the city gate, the Lord simply saw her and had compassion on her.

And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow.  And a large crowd from the city was with her.   When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:12-13)

He only had to look at her to know that she was going through a difficult time in her life.  And once He saw the need He wanted to help her, which is what compassion is all about.

word-of-god-hug2The next time you are going through and you search your family tree and friend circles for someone to stand beside you and just understand what you are going through, look instead to your Master.   Just as the header scripture suggests, Jesus was a deity wrapped in human form to walk the earth and get a physical taste of all that we have to endure.   Not only does He show up to shower you with His compassion, He also rectifies the issues.   On both occasions, Jesus commanded the dead to get up and walk again.   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak.  And He presented him to his mother. (Luke 7:14-15 NKJV) This is revelation for you as you weather your storm: He cares about you and He is about to resurrect some seemingly dead things in your life!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You so much for caring for me! When it seems like I don’t have a friend or a shoulder to lean on, You remind me that You truly care for me and are closer than any brother could ever be.  I ask that You strengthen me to share the same compassion with others that You share with me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to remember that God truly cares about you! Not just in a casual way, but in such a way that He feels your pain and desires to assist you in your troubles.  His compassion towards you is what motivates Him to remove the sting of death from your situation and bring it back to life.  I EMPOWER you to embrace your resurrection situation!

In what area of your life has God extended His warm compassion to you?

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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.

God's Grace, God's Protection, Spiritual Warfare

Faith Friday: The Power of The Blood of Jesus

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!

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV)

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Rev. 12:11 NIV)

Remember how Jesus equipped the disciples to go out to evangelize, disciple, heal and deliver others (Luke 10). When the 72 returned from their mission, they were full of joy and told the Lord that even the demons submit to them in His name. Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20 NIV)

These scriptures all remind us that walking by faith isn’t just about stepping out into the unknown with complete trust in God, but it is also about walking in the authority of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Blood of Jesus. It is about putting on the full armor of God, not being afraid to stand in the gap for others, and surrendering to God even if it cost us our lives. It is NOT about shrinking back or letting the enemy intimidate you because The Lord graciously shares His authority and inheritance with everyone who believes in Him and calls on His name.

Please watch the video below of a woman of God operating in the authority of Jesus Christ and pleading His blood over a mother and her week-old baby:

God's Promises, Patience

When Is “It” Going To Happen?

“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)

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” (Psalm 25:3 NIV)

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14 NIV)

Have you ever felt as if the things you’ve prayed for were taking too long to happen? Have you grown tired of waiting? I know the frustration of waiting because I am feeling that way right now. Sometimes people think that because you’re a Christian you never get frustrated or you never have any issues. I have been single for almost two years now and I’m wondering when I’ll be in a relationship again. I’ve been out of college for three years and haven’t gotten a job in my field (Social Services) yet. I also wonder when I’ll be able to get my foot in the door so I can start my career.

I would like to share the stories of two women mentioned in the Bible who too probably wondered when God would change their situation. They are Hannah and Sarah. Hannah was married to Elkanah. Elkanah also had another wife named Peninnah. Peninnah had children and Hannah didn’t. Penninah would tease Hannah about her being barren (1 Sam. 1:6). I could imagine how hurt Hannah was by that (1 Sam 1:7-8).  Who would want to get teased about not being able to conceive a child? Hannah prayed for God to bless her with a son and promised him that she would dedicate him back to God.  Hannah was praying deeply to the point that the priest Eli thought she was drunk while she was praying (1 Sam. 12-14). Hannah’s lips were moving but there was no sound coming from them.  God blessed Hannah with a son named Samuel. Hannah kept her promise to God and God also blessed Hannah with more children (1 Sam. 1:24-28; 1 Sam. 2:21).

Sarah was married to Abraham. Sarah and Abraham both were of old age. God told her husband that they would have a child (Gen. 3:3-4). Sarah didn’t believe that she would have a child at her old age (Gen. 18:11-12). God gave Sarah and Abraham a son (Isaac) just like he promised (Gen. 22:1-2). Before Sarah got pregnant with Isaac, she told her husband to sleep with her slave Hagar because she couldn’t have any children (Gen. 16:1). Hagar had a son named Ishmael. Sarah began to dislike Hagar because she was able to have a child and she wasn’t (Gen. 16:4-5).

I know that God will bless me with the things that I desire if it’s according to His will just like He did Sarah and Hannah. I have to continue to have faith and trust Him. Everything will happen according to His timing. God always keep His promises.

I believe that there are things that we can do to motivate us towards where we want to be in our lives (i.e. vision boards, positive affirmations, setting goals). I also believe that we have to put to action things that we would like to change. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26 KJV)  However, before we set goals or put to action anything, we should pray and ask God for His direction.

Dear Daddy,

I know that You have great things in store for Your people. Help me to wait on Your timing. I’m not in control, but You are. Give me patience and endurance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to wait on God. Don’t move ahead of him and get an Ishmael because you’re not willing to wait. Ask God to give you strength and hold on to His promises. Ask God to help you to exercise your faith.

What are you waiting on God for? What has he promised you?

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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 treasurer of the Kings Alpha E-line Chapter, 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)

Comfort, Grief

Grief Support

Your friend loses a parent to cancer. Your classmate loses a sister in a drowning accident. Your church member has a miscarriage. Your cousin loses her husband to a heart attack. Your coworker loses her son in a car accident. Many of you have likely had an experience exactly or similar to one of these examples. What do you do? Likely, you want to immediately offer some comfort to the person impacted whether by offering words of solace or doing a nice deed. But have you ever considered just letting the person grieve?woman-friends-grieving-consoling-mdn

Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.  All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him. (Genesis 37:34-35 NIV)

The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. (Deuteronomy 34:8 NIV)

These scriptures indicate that it takes time to grieve and that grief has a season. It is human nature to want to come to the rescue of those we love and care about even if the situation is something we can’t control or fix such as the death of a loved one. This EmpowerMoment is to encourage you to think before you act and to imagine yourself in the person’s shoes who you are attempting to help. Ask yourself, “would what I’m doing help me if I were in their situation?”

As Christians, we can quickly go into “bible mode” to “comfort” those in the throes of grief. We say things like “I know you loved her, but God loved her best” or “He’s no longer suffering, he’s with Jesus.” The list goes on and on. You may have heard it or you may have said it. The truth is depending on where the person is in the grief process those words are futile.

Having had significant experiences with tragedy and grief, here are a few helpful points:

1. It is ok to let a person grieve and it is ok for you to not try to “fix” it because you can’t. A lot of times silent presence is the best support you can give. You don’t have to fill the time with chatter and “comforting” words. Grieving a loved one is not something you can put a Band-Aid on and though the words coming out of your mouth make you feel better, it likely (at that time) has no impact on the person you are “comforting”.

2. Use the art of distraction. If you are searching for a way to help a grieving person, try taking them out to dinner or inviting them on an outing.

3. Provide them with resources for support such as books, support group information and bible verses without being pushy or overbearing. This allows them to look at the information at their own pace.

4. Let the griever lead the way. Let them set the pace for discussion. Let them cry if they want to cry, scream if they want to scream and so on while you be supportive and not try to quell the emotions.

5. Intercede on the griever’s behalf. This is probably the best and biggest way you can support the person and they don’t even have to know you are doing it. A lot of times the griever may have trouble praying through the despair or may be angry with God about what has happened. It is during these times that you keep them lifted and when they “come back around,” they are thankful.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for allowing me to comfort someone in need as they are grieving a loved one. Guide me to do what is most helpful for him or her. Allow me to be a vessel of strength, faith and prayer for them during this most difficult time. Help me to understand that even though I can’t bring back their loved one, You are sovereign and know the plans for all of us. Keep him or her in Your arms of protection and salvation as they go through this difficult time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I EMPOWER you to reassess how you comfort those who grieving. I EMPOWER you to be patient with those who are grieving. I EMPOWER you to be the best support person you can be. Most of all, I EMPOWER you to keep the griever before the throne of Christ.

How can I be a better grief support person?

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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.

God's Protection, Inspirational

Our Emmanuel

One of the choir members steps forward to lead the next song. Before she proceeds to sing, she exhorts the congregation and reminds us that the praise dance last week and even the testimonies this Sunday morning are all reminding us that God is with us.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23 KJV)

“God is with us” spoke to my spirit and led me to think of all the times God showed me He was with me and my family. One particular event in my life left an imprint as well as demonstrated God’s love, presence and joy in the midst of it all.

I was about 11 or 12 years old and it was just me, my mom and sister, who was 1 or 2 years old. We lived in a building on the southeast side of Chicago. We stayed on the 9th floor. My mom and sister were asleep and I was awoke, writing or typing a story (my love for writing began around this time). I suddenly smelled smoke and so I got up to see where it was coming from. As I entered the hallway of our apartment, I saw a blur of smoke. I went to the kitchen and checked the stove (this is where my constant nightly checking of the stove began). It wasn’t the stove. I woke my mom up and told her I smelled smoke. She then opened the door of our apartment and we saw the smoke out in the hallway.

To make a long story short, my mom grabbed her kids and her purse, and she led us to her bedroom window. She wasn’t sure where the fire was coming from and her immediate response was to lead us to the window. Outside, there were one or two fire trucks out in the streets and people standing down below watching. On the right side of our apartment, our neighbor was hanging out his window.

I recall my mom urging the firemen to come and get her girls and telling him she would just jump. Our neighbor too was urging the firemen to rescue him. I recall my mom dropping her purse down the nine stories, but I was too distracted by the events to hear its thump against the ground. My mom, sister and I were at the window; I was holding my sister on my hip, and then suddenly it happened. The ceiling came down on our heads. My sister screamed, I was crying (snotty nose crying) and my mom in panic. We thought the building was collapsing. In the midst of this all, we hadn’t realized how quickly our apartment turned pitch black and full of smoke.

To fast forward, my sister was rescued by one of the fireman. I believe the ladder couldn’t fully reach to the 9th floor so I believe my mom passed my sister to the fireman and he had to do some stretching. However, he grabbed her but as he proceeded to bring her down, he slipped and accidentally scraped her side. They almost fell but they eventually made it down the ladder safely. The neighbor was rescued and simultaneously my mom and I were rescued. The firemen burst through the door of our apartment and escorted us out. I guess that is why I love firemen to this day (LOL)!

After being rescued there was relief, thank-you-Jesus’, and some funny moments also. One of those funny moments was when the firemen got us to safety, the stairway. While in the stairway, a few of the firemen put down an elderly women they were carrying; they were fussing over who would carry my mom down instead. They ended up carrying the elderly lady after all, but that part tickles me to this day. To fast forward again, one year or two after this event another fire broke out in the same complex. Two girls were telling their story (on the Montel Williams Show) of how they too were on one of the higher level floors. Their mother DID jump. She died and all I could think about how that could have been my family. I couldn’t imagine what life would have been if my mom jumped or if we hadn’t made it out of that building. I think of my experience and realize that God was with us and He is still with us.

I think about all the tragedies and struggles my family has faced and know that God was there to comfort and guide us through it all. I think about how all the young men in my family are still living and have not fallen victim to gun violence. I think of how hard it has been for my mom being a single mom, yet God is with her.

I am elated to know that God is omnipresent, yet still personal and with each of us individually all at the same time. How awesome and mindboggling is that? Jesus was with us literally in flesh when God sent His only begotten son here on earth. Now God has sent His Holy Spirit to indwell all of His believers and He reminds us that He is with us always.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8 NIV)

It is important that God is with us because He can enlighten us by giving His perspective on the issue we are dealing with. If God is with us, His grace and mercy will be too. If God is with us, we are covered and protected too. God is with us; however, we are not always with Him. Sin and other things like idols, excessive hobbies or distractions can come in between our relationship with God and dull our hearing of His voice and our yearning to fellowship with Him. They can also hinder us from being/living in His presence. So let’s remember that although God is always with us, we may not always be experiencing the power and manifestation of walking/living in His presence, and we need to live in His presence.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always being with us! If it had not been for You, where would we all be? Thank You for Your mercy and grace, Your protection and Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to remember our Emmanuel. I EMPOWER you to remember, when you are going through and when you are having good times too, that God is with you! Trust Him, abide in Him and remember that He will never leave you or forsake you.

Share an experience where God demonstrated that He is with you.

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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.”

God's Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth

Imperfectly Perfect

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)

At one point or another I have wished for longer hair, a flatter stomach, a smaller waistline, a bigger butt, thicker eyebrows, stronger nails, and the list goes on and on.  There was always something that I longed to change about my body.  Being surrounded with images of women with seemingly perfect bodies on the big and small screens only added to my frustrations and insecurities about my own body.

When God created each of us, He crafted a unique being.  He knitted together a masterpiece.  He made us fearfully and wonderfully! Do you truly grasp what it means to be fearfully made? In the scripture, fearfully does not refer to being afraid. Rather, it signifies how much reverence and respect God placed inside of you for the masterpiece that He created.  We are to show respect to God for the body that He has blessed us with.

This means that regardless of not having the flawless skin you desire, that perfect hour glass physique like the supermodels or the ever-bouncy, just left the salon hair, you still bless God for everything about you.  Why? Because even with your acne, love handles and limp hair, He still loves every fiber of your being just the way that you are!

By no stretch is this meant to be an excuse for us to maintain unkempt demeanors or slack in taking care of our bodies.  However, this empowering moment is designed to remind you of how special you are to God so that you too value what He’s created.   You are literally a custom design.   With over 7 billion people walking the earth today, there is not one other version of you! Basically you are a 1 of 1! That’s why you don’t look like the girls on the TV or in the magazine.  So embrace the body that God has given you! It’s tailored specifically for you! you-are-perfect

Will I ever have longer hair, a flatter stomach, a smaller waistline, a bigger butt, thicker eyebrows, stronger nails, or any other physical attribute that I have ever longed for? Maybe.  But maybe not.  Either way, I’ve truly discovered the beauty of everything that God has placed within me.  Now I’m focused on becoming the best me on the inside so my beauty exudes to the outside! I pray that you grow to do the same!

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for not reverencing Your creation.  Although there is always something that I feel could be better about my physical appearance, help me to divert that attention to all of the wonderful things in my life.  When I begin to feel down about how I look on the outside, remind me that You are concerned with what is on the inside of me.  Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to embrace the wonderful creation that God made when He designed you.  Refuse to get caught up in the so-called “perfect” images of women that society bombards you with.   Instead focus on the beauty of everything that God has placed inside of you.  Those are the beautiful attributes that spill over to the outside and make you absolutely gorgeous!

When the enemy attempts to attack you by planting seeds of inadequacy or low self-esteem, counterattack with the following scriptures:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:17 NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  (Genesis 1:27 NIV)

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV)

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  (Proverbs 31:30 NIV)
What are some things God has revealed to you that makes you unique, beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made iinside and out?

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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.