We are once again in the midst of the holiday season, a time for enjoying time with family and friends. It is also during this time that most of us get into the spirit of giving. Although the holiday season is the opportune time to be a blessing to those who are less fortunate, I can't help but think about why we don't often maintain this spirit throughout the entire year. Yes, the need is great during this time of year, however, it does not disappear after we ring in the new year.
When you give this some serious thought, don't we pray and ask God to supply our needs throughout the year? I know that I rely on Him and stand on His promises for my life each and every day! I am everything with Him and nothing without Him! So why then should we only consider giving to others at a specific time of year? I don't know about you, but I am certainly glad that God doesn't pick and choose when He wants to bless us! We have to get out of the mindset that in order to be a blessing to others, we have to always give monetarily. Not true. You can bless others by giving your time. Their are so many volunteer opportunities throughout the community that are critical to meeting the needs of others. All it takes is a willing heart to serve.
One such organization that I have had the privilege of connecting with is MUST Ministries (www.mustministries.org). Just recently I was honored to interview the CEO of this great organization, Rev. Dr. Dwight "Ike" Reighard on my weekly radio show and I wanted to share that interview with you. It's interesting how God allowed us to connect and little did I know, Ike's journey involved his being laid-off from his corporate job too! He has a phenomenal testimony of how that eventually led to his role as CEO of MUST Ministries.
So throughout this holiday season and beyond, please consider what it means to give back. Connect with an organization and give of yourself if you don't have the financial resources. After all, the best gift that you could ever give to someone is your time.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
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Well, it’s that time of year when the children start to bombard you with all of
their Christmas gift wishes and lists and it seems as though every other
television commercial is yet another advertisement about a toy or gadget that every child just can’t live without! Ahhh, I remember those days! Well, now that I am a parent myself, I am gift giver and on the receiving end of the lists. Both of my children are still at the ages where they get excited about putting up the decorations, making their Christmas lists and all of the hoopla that goes along with the holiday season. And why shouldn’t they? After all, one of the greatest joys that I feel on Christmas Day at this stage in my life, is watching the looks on my children’s faces when they open their gifts and it’s exactly what they had hoped for.
Spoiler Alert: By the way, my children figured out a long time ago that “Mommy and Daddy” are the real culprits behind all of the gifts and not the man in the red suit and his elves. LOL!
Although I have still allowed myself to get excited and caught up into the
holiday festivities for the benefit of my family, somehow my outlook and
how I feel are different this year. In what way you ask? I think that the best
way that I can explain it, is that for the first time, I really recognize and
feel the anointing and the power of God working in my life! Let me explain
further. Are you familiar with the scripture Romans 8:28? If not, it says:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.” For me, since God
imparted the vision for this blog in my spirit, it has given me the courage to
face my truths and share my journey of re-discovery and empowerment with others while at the same time growing in my relationship with God. A part of being led to share my journey, has also afforded me the opportunity to reach and inspire others who are going through or have gone through similar
circumstances which then lets them know that they are not alone! The fact that God trusted me to use His vision in the first place, is mind blowing on a whole other level to me! That in itself, told me that He saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. I am also led to believe that because I was at a point in my life of feeling unfulfilled, coupled with the fact that I had enough of a relationship with God (and enough sense) to pray for Him to lead me into my
true PURPOSE, He trusted me with it. Which leads me to then ask this question, “What greater gift then could I ask for?” The answer is simple, Nothing! All I want for Christmas is MORE of God in my life!
I pray that you and your family have a blessed and fulfilled Holiday season and I look forward to the New Year and the opportunity to inspire you as I continue my journey of re-discovery and empowerment through the experience of
being laid off. I’m believing God for GREATER in my life and I know that He has greater for you too! Merry Christmas!
First things first, I would definitely be lacking as a mother, if I didn’t take a moment to express how proud I am of my daughter, Amani and share with you one of her most recent academic accomplishments. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of her no matter what but this is one of those times that as a mother, you just want to go running and telling anybody who will listen! So please humor me for a moment! So now that I have your attention, you are probably wondering what the accomplishment is so I’ll cut to the chase. Just recently, I received a telephone call
from her principal and immediately I thought that something was wrong. You know how we do, human nature always leads us to think the worst first. I have to admit that I got a little nervous but then he assured me that he was in fact calling with some good news that concerned Amani. The reason for his call was that he wanted to inform my husband and I that our daughter had been selected as one of sixteen district winners in the 2013 Water Essay Contest! The contest, in its twelfth year, is sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District in which they encourage and challenge middle school students to think critically about water conservation and in doing so they must write a 300 to 500 word essay about why its important to conserve water. We later found out that there were over 1100 essay submissions and our daughter was in fact selected as the winner representing Paulding County! How great is that? As a parent, it is times like these that make being a parent all
the more sweet! So without further adieu, at this time I want to say to Amani, “Congratulations Baby, we are so very proud of you!”
I felt that it is important to not only take the time to recognize my daughter on her accomplishment but also to point out that oftentimes, we don’t take the time to celebrate or even recognize Any (big or small) of life’s accomplishments.
And in not doing so, we are then not taking time to be THANKFUL or APPRECIATIVE for all of the many blessings that God has given us. That brings to mind then the question, “If we are not thankful for even the small things, than
how can we expect for God to want to bless us with bigger things?” Think about it. Plain and simple, we can’t expect greater.
Which then leads me to talk about the upcoming holiday season. This is generally the time that most people think about giving. Yes, this is a good time to give but then we have to also realize that people are struggling all year and not just during the holidays. So please don’t think that your obligation to serve others has been satisfied when you donate a couple of canned goods or a wrapped toy at your neighborhood market. Don’t get me wrong, this type of giving does serve a purpose and meets an immediate need. But, what we all have to remember is that people have been getting laid off in record numbers throughout the country over the past few years and just when we thought that the unemployment rates where declining, the American people witnessed yet another travesty in Washington in the form of the 16-day government shutdown. The impact of that immediately resulted in more layoffs. I am sure that you get the picture.
My point is, we have to recognize and understand that we have to get back to being our “brother’s keeper” and stop living with a ”crabs in a barrel” mentality. We have to also stop using the cookie cutter approach to
community outreach which leads us to believe that everyone’s needs are the same. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. So as we approach this
holiday season, take some time to give back and to also think about all of
the many blessings that are in your life, starting with your family! But
beyond this, let’s all think about how we can continue to give even after the holidays are over.
At this time I want to wish each and every one of you a “Happy Thanksgiving!” If you are traveling to see family and friends, please BE SAFE! Most of all I want to say that I am so very THANKFUL for your support and do not take it for
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