You Got This!

How many times have you wanted to give up? Say ‘Forget It’. We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now. We want to give up and stop the race now. But don’t do it. Keep pushing, keep fighting, keep pressing forward. You are a soldier, you can do this.

God has given you a gift, a vision of something that He has called you to share with the world. This vision was given to you because God knows you can handle it. You may not think you can, but that’s thinking naturally. Think supernatural.

Your vision is there, you can see it. God has shown you the outcome. Do you trust God to guide you through this process? He has the plan all mapped out just follow His lead.

Strength and faith are with you. You got this. Your dreams are becoming your reality!!

Tastefully Simple Fall-Winter 2013

Tastefully Simple has a new seasonal catalog, their Fall-Winter catalog. When I tell you this food is amazing I mean it, I’m not just saying it because I am a consultant; I mean it!! This season they have brought back their standards, some favorites and even provided us with some new stuff.

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There is a new Multi-Grain Beer. Bread, Sun-Dried Tomato Bisque, Plum Teriyaki Sauce and of course Mama Mia Marinara Sauce is back. These are just a few if the items that are available now. Be sure to stop by the site and see what’s available.

You can order directly through the site or contact me. You can also host a party to ear FREE GROCERIES. That’s right, I said FREE!! There are various options to host a party: Taste-Testing (sampling the food; I can be available via Skype), a catalog/Facebook party ( you email your friends and family and ask them to purchase food) or have a fundraiser and get the money or the food to support your group. I’m here to help you any way I can.

Strength, Courage and Faith

The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.” (NIV) ( Judges 7:7 )

Why would God lead Gideon into battle with an army of only 300 men against an army of 135,000 Midianites? Gideon placed his trust in the Lord even against overwhelming odds. When you feel that the odds are against your favor and the Lord is leading you into battle, remember Gideon. He went on to victory because he dutifully followed the Lord. When you feel the odds are stacked against you, could God be using you to demonstrate His strength?

This was the devotional I just read and it is so timely. It speaks to where I am right now, in the middle of a battle. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be or how things will change but I am trusting God to do His will. I’ve been at this point in my life before and I’ve pressed through it, I just have to keep going.

How many times does God give us a lesson that we don’t learn? We are quick to say we want to trust God but we in turn want a microwave response. Hold out and be patient. This test will bring out another testimony, I know it will. I have my work cut out for me but I know with God’s guidance I will be okay.

What about you? Are you in the middle of a battle and you feel you don’t have enough armor to fight? God has given you all you need, just use your resources.

Tired of waiting?

God has given you a promise and you have been waiting for it to prosper. Be patient it is coming. Noah had to preach the same message for over 100 years before it rained. Just hold on a little while longer, your birthing season is here. Your promise will be fulfilled.

This was the text message I sent a few of my friends this morning. After reading through some scriptures, and thinking back on yesterday’s sermon in church, a few people came across my mind this morning so that’s what I sent them.

I don’t send a lot of these and I should but I get nervous and I’m not sure how people would perceive them. Often times The Lord will lay things on my heart and I’ll just pray about them but not follow through on the rest of His instructions which is to send that person or persons a simple message. Well today I just went ahead and did it. I didn’t make an excuse about it, I just did it.

How many times has God placed something on your heart and you have waited for it to prosper? You wait days, months, and sometimes years for the promise He told you to come forth. Don’t worry it is going to happen. It just takes time and preparation.

I have been a nervous wreck about some things that God has laid on my heart. Many of them I can’t even speak about yet because He has said, now is not the time. As I prepare for those other gifts to prosper, He has allowed some gifts and blessings come to life. My life is a testimony that I have not shared with many like I should have all because of fear. Well my fear of not telling my story is hindering someone else’s growth.

No more waiting, no more fear. Stop making excuses and remember the promises God has on your life. Be patient and know that your time is coming but preparation is key. Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing so that God can manifest the other gifts in your life?

I just want to write!

After years of trying I started school again last summer. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. Most of my classes have been pretty interesting, I did have one class that I struggled with and the professor wouldn’t explain anything.

I really like my program, I haven’t started my actual journalism classes yet. But the communication courses that I have taken have really helped analyze a few things in my life, especially with the way I interact with people. I’m looking forward to learning more. I’m even considering becoming a teacher. I’ll start looking at Master’s degree programs this summer since I graduate next summer.

My dreams and goals are already becoming a reality. My food blog Southern Root Kitchen is doing better than I ever expected. I love food and writing, being able to incorporate both is fun and exciting. This year I have decided to expand my topics and discuss more topics about the kitchen, the decor, and appliances.

Writing has always been a passion of mine but I let others talk me into believing that a career wouldn’t get me anywhere. I know that’s not the case. I can do this and have the flexibility to be there for my family when they need me.

The opportunity to write for a living is a goal of mine that I will achieve.

I almost let myself get in my own way!

I’ve been dealing with a lot lately. My mom’s Lupus has been acting up and she is always sick. My sister is working full-time, in school full-time and taking care of her son. I’m working on building my business, going to school and trying to keep my head above water. Well I almost told myself that all this hard work was not worth the hurt, the rejection and the loneliness of wanting to fulfill my dreams. I think I have always wanted to be my own boss. I can be around people all time or I can hide myself in a corner and just be alone. Either way, I’m happy. I am where I am supposed to be. God is working in me and I am grateful. It took a HUGE leap of faith to start this journey and my faith is what’s keeping me here, but I almost let myself in get in my own way.

Being frustrated about the process of building my business, not being considered for writing gigs, being passed over on assignments get your spirit down. I got tired of being knocked down and was ready to give in to what everyone else was already saying that I wouldn’t make it and I am wasting my time. I am living out my purpose, every day is tough because I don’t know what’s going to happen, where my income is going to come from and it becomes overwhelming. People telling me that I need to give up and stick to a 9-5 job and just be happy with job security. Well a 9-5 is always job security, I know I’ve been laid off twice. Through out the whole day I just kept hearing God say ‘Be still, I am with you.’ DeWayne Woods ‘Let Go, Let God’ happened to be playing on the radio at the same time and I just lost it. Face full of tears, crying out for God to guide me, comfort me and protect me as I walk this journey. I am so scared because I can see the vision God has given me but I know that I can’t tell everyone because someone will make it their priority to discourage me. I keep a lot of things to myself  because I have experienced hurt when people that you trust so much don’t believe in you. I’m standing tall and I will get through this.

God is doing some amazing things in my life right now. I have been blessed beyond measure. My food blog Southern Root Kitchen is doing well and growing everyday. Next month I will be headed to DC for the Metro Cooking Expo Show. I’ll get to interview people about their businesses, check out demos from Food Network shows and even do some taste testing. I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity. I almost ruined my chances of progressing due to fear. I almost put myself and my weakness first and left God out of the equation. No more of that. I am here because God says I should be.

Irritation

Today was one of those days where I was just really frustrated. I woke up with an attitude and a headache…not good. My attention span was short. I couldn’t seem to focus on anything. No matter what I tried to work on nothing would come full circle.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I have a website to work on and articles to write. On top of a business to run. Lord, please allow me to focus on my purpose in life.

This journey is tough. I know people are not going to understand why you have me doing what you have me doing. Give me the strength not to second guess myself or you. I am your servant here to do what you have called me to do. I thank you for this gift. Thank you for trusting me to carry out this plan.