Courage, Death, Gifts/Talents, Health/Sickness, Obedience, Purpose

My Testimony: She Shifted

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

When I found out about our Testimony Series, I started thinking to myself, I don’t really have one. God has me in the season of planting and rebuilding, so breakthroughs and the fruits of this season have yet to sprout. But God kept dealing with me to write about the one thing I don’t want to write about — my Aunt’s death and how it became a testimony in my life. I don’t want to talk about it because it is still too fresh, I am still in denial, and I feel guilty for grieving so hard when I know my cousins are grieving harder. But “to obey is better than sacrifice”. (I Samuel 15:22 NKJV) I am a witness that God can use your gift to bless you.

Around the fourth of December I received a call from my Dad that my Aunt had a stroke, was unconscious, and on a ventilator at the hospital. I was so distraught, yet strangely peaceful at the same time. I was almost mad at myself for having that type of peace. My Auntie was a firecracker. She loved hard, fought hard, talked hard, worked hard, everything she did was 1000%, from her love to her anger. She was so authentic. She understood my “not so saint-like” moments. I told her secrets that I was embarrassed to tell others and she would talk me through them telling me what I was going to do!

About two or three years ago I noticed my Auntie started acting different. She started talking about the Lord more. I noticed a Shift. She shifted into a woman who became verbally expressive of God’s goodness. As the year progressed her Shift became more evident.

As God would have it, I had to travel to Atlanta for work the week she was in the hospital. As soon as my plane hit the ground I rushed to the hospital to see her. I wanted to keep ignoring the voices in my head that she wasn’t going to make it. But I knew what God sounded like; I was in denial. On the drive there I was in a fog. God kept talking to me about my Auntie’s life and how she Shifted. She became the woman He wanted her to be and her time to celebrate with Him had come. At first I was angry because I felt He took her before she could enjoy more of the prosperity that comes with submitting to God’s will here on Earth. I wanted her to experience more of that, but God continued to confirm to me that she had Shifted, and now it was her time.

He also said to me in the car that it was time that I Shift. It was time for me to Shift into the boldness of the call of ministry He placed on my life. I didn’t want it. My words to Him were, “God I don’t read my Bible enough. I don’t pray enough. I’m not obedient enough. I’m not good enough. I don’t know enough.” Seeming as though He totally ignored me, He began to give me orders about how He was going to confirm the power He had placed in me, through her. He said these exact words, “When you touch her, she is going to Shift, and then you will know.” I’m thinking to myself, yeah right God.

See, for the past few years I have doubted my gift. I was never sure if I was acting out of emotion or if it truly was God. He said, “Today is the day I will confirm it for you.”

I arrived at the hospital and saw my Aunt on life support. My first thought was, “Lord, I’m definitely NOT going to touch her, I might break something or hurt her. You are going to have to literally move my hand; I don’t even know where to place it!” My Dad was in there with me and he started rubbing her arm as he and I were casually talking. I heard God say, “Your turn.” I responded, “You gotta do it; I might break something. You will have to take over; I just can’t.” We waited and chatted some more and lo’ and behold I found myself caressing her arm, relishing in her warm soft skin that I always remembered. I began to think that I was hallucinating because her machines started acting weird. My Dad screamed, “What happened, did you see that?” I froze and stood there and watched her vital signs rise and her eyes flutter and open. I almost fell on the floor but my legs were stuck. God spoke and said, “See, just as she Shifted in her life, it is now time for you to Shift and operate in the gift; I put it in you.”

My Aunt died that next morning and I would be lying if I said that I was ok with that. I really wish that her movements weren’t reflexes and that she was in recovery right now, but God already confirmed that the “strange thing” that was going to happen wasn’t to bring her back to us. Rather, it was to use her to confirm His power, that I really do know His voice and should now walk in boldness operating in my gift.

Dear Daddy,

Over and over again You show Your power, Your majesty, Your glory, and Your omniscience. I am grateful that my Aunt received Your gift of salvation before she died and that I was able to experience her Shift into the Woman of God You were molding all along. God, it is my prayer that just as You held my hand and guided me to the brink of my Shift, that You do the same for my Sister in Christ reading this EmpowerMoment. Lord, it is my desire that You confirm in her Spirit the direction You will have for her to go and the confidence she needs to get there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to Shift. It is time to put old things away and Shift into a life of obedience with God. Is it time for you to Shift into a new dimension or to Shift some things around? I’ve Shifted to walking boldly in my gift from God. I’m a tad scared at times, but I’m dedicated to learning, refining, growing, and understanding more and more about this gift He has trusted me with. I EMPOWER you to seek your heart and your ways and Shift where God says so.

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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.

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Children, Gifts/Talents, Mentoring, Mother/Daughter, Motivation, Teacher/Student

A King Josiah Anointing for Our Kids

“…But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.” 1 Corinthians 7:7b ESV

My 6-year old daughter is the epitome of over exaggeration and dramatized behavior. She can produce a tear at the drop of a dime, she has a facial expression and body gesture to appeal to any situation and she has the power to convince you that something is much more serious than it really is entirely through actions. It is so evident that our family has coined her ‘Drama Mama’. I must admit her behavior is sometimes extremely annoying because I don’t know what to take seriously and what to just brush off. I often remind her of the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” But recently I have come to the realization that God has given her the gift of drama for a purpose and it is up to her father and me to channel that energy into positive experiences. Only God knows how this gift applies to her purpose and destiny in Him but the last thing that we as her parents should do is extinguish the fire. Yes, she is only six years old but God is already starting to reveal who she will be in the Kingdom. He has a mission for even the youngest of them…

In the first book of Kings we are introduced to a baby named Josiah, “…This is what the LORD says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David.” (1 Kings 13:2 NIV) Just a few short years later in the second book of Kings, Josiah’s father, King Amon, was murdered and Josiah became king in his place. Guess how old Josiah was when he began his reign? “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.” (2 Kings 22:1 NIV) Imagine that! At only the tender age of eight, Josiah was already ruling a nation. What great things God must’ve placed in that young lad to equip him for such a position! I imagine that as a young boy he possessed superior leadership skills (that some mistook for bossiness). He was probably an excellent decision maker (which was probably confused with being opinionated). I am sure he had the ability to persuade the people (and most may have viewed that as manipulative.) You get the point? God has given our children what they need for where He is taking them. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are encouraging and cultivating those gifts.

Outlined below is a simple three-step plan to help us help our children become everything God intended for them to be:

(1)    Ask God to reveal your children’s gifts and talents to you. Before my daughters were even born, I would pray for their futures and ask the Lord to show me a glimpse of what He had planned for them. Part of that was to know what special things they would possess so that I could help to protect and nurture their gifts. It is not too late for you to seek God about your children’s hidden treasures.

(2)    Once you know what is on the inside of your children, you MUST assist in the cultivation of those gifts. After I realized that all of my daughter’s drama was not just to get under my skin, I made a choice to help her develop her craft. I have been searching for the perfect drama and acting school to enroll her in. It is imperative that we encourage our children to be who God has created them to be!

(3)    Speak into your child’s future. “You are going to be an awesome actress one day!” That is an affirmation that I speak over my daughter because I understand that it somehow aligns with her destiny. I don’t have to know when, where or how that statement will affirm itself, I just have to believe. So it is with your children. Speak over them daily. If your daughter loves to talk (aka talks too much), tell her what a great news reporter she would make. If your son insists on bringing every stray animal in the neighborhood home, affirm his future as a veterinarian.

It is never too early to begin helping your children reach their God-given destinies. Remember Josiah was only eight years old! Your children’s hidden gifts and talents may not look like everyone else’s. They may not be straight ‘A’ students or musically talented, but God has given them SOMETHING to work with. It is your responsibility to identify it and help them utilize it!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for blessing me with my wonderful child(ren). I ask that You would begin to reveal to me the special gifts that You have placed inside of them. Please give me the wisdom to recognize who You created them to be, the ability to affirm what You said and the resources to aid in their development. I ask that You give my child a King Josiah anointing that they may make huge impacts, even in their younger years. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to EMPOWER your children! Find their gifts and maximize their potential for the kingdom by helping them grow those gifts in the Spirit. I EMPOWER your children to walk in a King Josiah anointing!

Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  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 two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Assignment, Gifts/Talents, Motivation, Prayer, Procrastination, Submission/Surrendering

Shake Us Again!

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11 NIV)

As a self-declared music fiend, I sometimes find it hard to separate from my music at bedtime. During those moments, I fall asleep with my ear buds in and let the music take me to LaLa Land. A couple of months ago I did this very thing and set my Pandora to a gospel station. At about 12:30 am, I was in a deep sleep only to be awakened by a powerful song, “Shake Us Again.” It was as if God himself was literally shaking me in the depths of my spirit to wake me from not only my natural sleep, but my spiritual coma.  As I lie there listening to the words of the song, the Spirit began to remind me of the fervency and passion of which I used to pursue the things of God. I thought of the days when I would wake during the third watch of the night to pray. I recalled when a day couldn’t go by without me reading the Word because I would feel famished in my spirit.  My mind flashed to the times when I looked for a way to impact someone’s life each and every day. As I pondered further, I realized that God had been standing at my bedside each night wanting me to awake and pray and I was pleading for a few more hours of sleep. He was yearning to give me fresh manna from His Word each morning yet I was so busy being busy. He had been surrounding me with opportunities to bless and minister to His people but I was so caught up in my own issues that I failed to notice. So at 12:30 am, He used that song to shake me up to wake me up. He gently whispered in my ear:

“It’s time to get back in your position. I didn’t equip you with all of this greatness for it to lie dormant in your belly. It’s time to wake up! Be the woman that I predestined you to be before the foundations of the earth.  (Ephesians 1:4) Get your prayer life back. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) Study to show yourself approved unto Me. (2 Timothy 2:15) Serve my people by allowing Me to use everything that I placed in you for My glory. (1 Peter 4:10-11) Wake up my dear!”

I did my self-reflection a few months back; now it’s your turn! So I ask, what happened to your passion and fervor? What happened to the gifts that God placed in your belly? They are still there; you just have them lying dormant.  Romans 11:29 reminds us that God’s gifts and call are irrevocable. (NIV) He didn’t take back what He gave you but He expects YOU to use it! Your gifts and talents are just waiting patiently to be utilized and manifested for the Creator’s glory. It’s up to each one of us to utilize the things that He has gifted us with to advance the kingdom. Are you honestly doing your part? If not, wake up you sleeper! 

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for taking for granted the things that You have gifted me with. Today, I ask that You shake me again. Wake up everything that is lying dormant in my soul. Wake up the anointing, wake up every gift, wake up every talent and shake off the old things. Lord, today I declare that I want You to use me until I am used up! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to ask God to shake you up to wake you up! I EMPOWER you to utilize everything that He has placed in your belly. EMPOWER your gifts, talents and treasures to wake up and manifest in ways that you never imagined. I EMPOWER you to live your life on purpose! Remember what you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God!

Read a related EmpowerMoment: The Pursuit of Excellence

Enjoy Dr. Juanita Bynum’s “Shake Us Again”:

Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  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 two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Attitude, Gifts/Talents, Gratefulness, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Submission/Surrendering

Your Trash Is NOT God’s Treasure!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

We’ve just moved to a new house and we have tons of unpacking to do. Somehow, I’ve managed to make about three trips to the Salvation Army (hmm, that name just rang something inside of me…moving on) to donate clothing, furniture, décor, rugs, you name it. As I was starting the tenth box of things to donate, I found a lot of old socks. After I began to dump them into the donation box, I was convicted. Why was I giving trash to the “Salvation” Army? (There’s that name again!) Would I buy these socks? No! So, why would I expect someone else to purchase them? I began to think on this matter and realized how easy it is to do God the same way, especially in ministry.

I’ve been a member of the choir all of my life. I’ve even recorded (I’m a PIP, don’t get it twisted). But to be honest, I recall some Sundays, especially third services, when I would just get up there because that was my normal routine. It was not until I encountered a message from God that every time I open my mouth I should speak, act, respond, sing, and praise as unto the Lord. It should always be done with the level of pride and honor I take in being His messenger, even if I am talking to a grumpy customer service representative.  In ministry, I have been very careful to do so. But my “life” is supposed to also reflect this, right?

What are you offering to God? Are you just giving Him what you have because you’ve always had it, like those old socks? Or are you making sure that everything you do is done unto Him, with a loving and sincere heart? Wives, are you being the wife God has asked you to be, even though your husband is not up to your standards? Women, are you being the role model that God has called you to be in speech, grace, interactions and attitudes? Employees, are you walking into work with a trashy attitude, expecting God to bless you with a raise or a better job? Students, are you presenting your assignments in a timely manner and in an honorable fashion that can be stamped as being submitted by a child of God? When you tithe, are you just writing a check or are you giving as an act of worship, as your best portion?

I’m reminded of the story of Cain and Abel. “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.”  (Genesis 4:3-5 NIV) They both gave sacrifices to God, but Abel’s sacrifice was of his first, best and fattest lambs and therefore God favored Him. Are we giving God our first, our fattest and our best?

The saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This may be true with man, but not with God. You are to give God your best!

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for not giving You my best at all times. Help me to recognize that everything I do, even if it is donating something to someone else, should be done in worship unto You. Lord, please order my steps and help me to give in love, without motive of return. Please forgive these sins, and restore me with an attitude of gratitude in all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you today to make a conscious effort to do all things as you would do them unto God. Make sure that you are giving God your best in everything you do, and God will favor you for doing so. (Psalm 37:4) 

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 Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Gifts/Talents, God, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Obedience

If You Want to Keep It, Don’t Make a God Out of It!

I used to be able to write. In one sitting I would write three pages or more. I started keeping a journal on my 12th birthday and wrote in it almost everday thereafter but one day it was gone!  My passion and my will to write was GONE!! I tried to force myself to write but nothing came to mind.  I even got a journal starter book with prompts to spark thoughts but when I used them I could not get more than a paragraph written because the writing felt forced, contrived, and counterfeit.

Here I am SEVEN years later!! My desire to write never went away so I was reminiscing on times past and started reading some of my retired journals.  At that moment God  revealed why I had not been able to write!  Through reading my old journals I realized that in my writing I would tell what was going on, define the issue as I saw it, and then prescribe MY solution to it.  NOT ONCE, did I consult God or His word on it.  The word says, “…In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and he shall direct thy paths…” (Proverbs 3:6 KJV)  The violation of this key precept caused me to make unwise choices and delay what God had purposed for me to do.

My writing and what I had to say had become more important to me than what God had to say.  This has been my experience in not only my writing but in relationships where I put a boyfriend over what God desired or when I put money over what God had instructed me to do.  ANYTHING that we put above God is going to have to be removed because, God said, “…You shall have no other gods before me…” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)  

In those seven years of not writing, I witnessed God remove other things from my life that were blocking me from Him.  I have gone through a process of EXTREME spiritual growth.  I am at the point in my life where I consult God about EVERYTHING!!! I don’t always accept or adhere to the answer He gives; but, I am definitely working on it!

Because I have reached this point of growth, it has allowed me to pursue my passion of writing again and is also restoring other things to me.  Not only am I thankful but I also have a renewed sense of purpose. Never again will I be tempted to disregard the wisdom and divine word of God in favor of my limited human thinking.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being a God of correction.  Thank You for giving us another chance to realize the extraordinary destiny we have in You.  Thank You for removing anything in our lives that stands between us and You.  We also thank You that we are able to have an intimate relationship with You where we can talk to You, seek Your counsel, and receive direction from You.  We ask that You continue to lead us and direct us in every area of our lives so that we can successfully fulfill the purpose You have for us. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to reflect on the people, things, and/or habits in your lives that you deem important.  Evaluate where those things are in relationship to God.  Are you in violation of God’s word and His desire for your life in your interactions with those people, things, and/or habits?  If so, seek the Lord’s forgiveness and begin taking steps to diminish those things that you have put before God. Increase your relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer and the reading of His word so you can learn what He desires from and for you.  Knowing this will make it easier for you to recognize when you are flirting with danger and putting something or someone before our God.

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, IL.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. 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 hope and a future.”

Goals & Dreams, Inspirational, Motivation

The Pursuit of Excellence

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you ever heard of Gary S. May, PhD? While I am sure you may not have heard of him, you probably have heard of people who are just like him…Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry…I bet those names sound a bit more familiar.  He isn’t a billionaire (hmmm I may need to check on that) but just like the “media celebrities” I named he is doing what he loves using his God given talents. He is no actor, athlete, politician, or reality TV star. He is an academician and I would argue that his impact on society has been far greater than many celebrities and politicians you can name.

A Little Background: Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit in on Dr. May’s public presentation. He is one of my mentors and amongst four candidates interviewing to be the next Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. If you are giving me the virtual “Kanye Shrug” let me tell you why that is a big deal. Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering ranks #4 in the nation and thus far, outside of the HBCU’s and with the hundreds of engineering schools in the country, I have found only one African American Engineering Dean at a predominantly white university. I could spend time here telling you about the importance of engineering blah, blah, blah, but that’s not as important as the two lessons I learned by watching Dr. May make it to this step in his career:

  1. The Pursuit of Excellence
  2. Exhausting the Talents God Gives You

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10: 31) As I sat watching Dr. May’s presentation I was both empowered and convicted. Empowered because I felt a renewed sense of faith in my own abilities and convicted because I haven’t been the best steward of my talents. In the above Bible verse, God tells us to be excellent in all things that we do because we are doing it for His glory. How many of you are working at mediocre jobs, in mediocre positions, receiving mediocre pay, leading mediocre lives, raising mediocre children, have mediocre friends and dating mediocre people all because you do not recognize, are afraid of or too lazy to pursue excellence in EVERY aspect of your life? Ladies, our father demands excellence. Is he pleased with your pursuit of excellence? Would you feel comfortable speaking directly to him and saying “Lord this mediocrity I have in my life is for Your glory…this is the BEST I can do” He doesn’t want us to be the best black person or the best woman. He wants OUR BEST, wants us to HAVE THE BEST and wants us to BE THE BEST! Period.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou

Dr. May also reminded me of what happens when you use all of the talents God gives you and invest your talents in doing what you love. I don’t know any person who hated their job and achieved greatness at the same time. In the parable of the talents Matthew 25: 14-30 (please read in your quiet time) we learn that God gives each one of us talents and certain abilities in which we are gifted. God rewards us for using our talents and when we don’t He takes our talents away and punishes us. Matthew 25: 29-30 tells us “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” God has given me so many dreams, visions opportunities and outlets to express my talents and while I can’t sing or dance I have sat on some of the things that I know I can do well. I haven’t fully invested in nurturing and expressing myself through those gifts. I don’t want God to take those talents away. What about you?

Dear Daddy,

Give me a spirit of determination to pursue excellence in ALL that I do whether it is my career, my family or my personal endeavors. While I understand I am not perfect, I must continuously strive to do what is pleasing and brings You glory in every area of my life. Help me to recognize all of the talents that You have given me and to use them according to Your purpose and not hide them. Lord, help me to use my gifts to serve You and others. God, give me guidance so that I will know how to use my talents in ways that are pleasing to You. Jesus, when I stand before your throne I want to be exhausted and used up knowing that I lived my life to the fullest using every single gift that you deposited in my spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, EMPOWER yourself by thinking about ways that you can become excellent in all that you do. Ask yourself what perfection looks like (as a wife, single woman, mother, Christian, employee, employer etc) and strive for it. EMPOWER yourself by recognizing that everything in life is a gift from God and must be used responsibly. Ask God to expose all of your talents to you, make a list of them and then write a short paragraph on how you plan to use your talents. Each day read it and begin execution.

P.S. If you want to find out more about Gary S. May, PhD Click Here

Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Atlanta, GA 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 Philipians 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: every where 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 strengtheneth me.”