Monthly Archives: February 2012

What Discovery?!

Let the scientists tell it they’re always discovering some “new” planet or galaxy or whatever they want to call it….The fact of the matter is….It’s not new because God created it, it’s just newly discovered to them. We know that the human eye cannot behold all that God has created at once, and certainly will not discover all that He’s created in our lifetime.
Let us look at Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Then take a look at Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

To me all of this says that Our God, which is the Creator of all things has created things that our eyes haven’t seen, but from time to time He uncovers things for the human eyes to see.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to your comments.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement


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This Is Where We Come In!!!

There has been an outbreak of violence involving children and teens everywhere in the last couple weeks.  Please join me in the following prayer and go so far as to send it to others that you know will pray.

Father, we come to you united and standing in agreement for the deliverance of our children.  We come against the assignment of the enemy against every child and teenager in the name of Jesus.  We plead the blood of Jesus over our children and call them out of every snare that has and seeks to entrap them in the name of Jesus.  We rebuke the spirit of rage, anger, murder, violence, rejection, depression, wickedness, and every other spirit assigned to them as individuals and as a generation in the name of Jesus.  We speak to these spirits and command that they be loosed from children and teenagers everywhere, we rebuke every generational curse and every word curse spoken over our children in the name of Jesus.  We call these spirits to be plucked up by the root and cast into the depths of the sea in the name of Jesus.  We decree and declare deliverance for our children and we say that they are people of integrity and character that honor their fathers and mothers and others in authority in the name of Jesus.  Our children are blessed and mighty in this earth with a kingdom influence in this earth in the name of Jesus. Father, we ask that You heal every hurt in our children, mend every broken place in the name of Jesus.  Open their eyes Father that they may see the error of their ways and be turned around in the name of Jesus.  Move every obstacle Father that stands in their way of getting to you in the name of Jesus.  We decree and declare that our children shall influence this nation in a greater way to turn people’s hearts back to you, they shall live and not die and they shall declare and do the work of the Lord in every place in the name of Jesus.  We thank You Father for deliverance for our children in the name of Jesus.  Send peace, healing, understanding, love, and acceptance to our children Father, cause people of mighty, positive, and powerful influence to them to get them back on track.  Father, every parent that is not in their place in their children’s lives Father cause them to come forth and be and do what You have called them to be to the children of this nation and children everywhere in the name of Jesus.  Father, turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children and the children back to the fathers in the name of Jesus.  We give you thanks and praise for the deliverance of our children Father, we decree that it is so in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement


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There are those special moments in life that shine with encouragement and sheer wonder.

I experienced one of those a few months ago and it changed how I looked at life.

It was an ordinary day. I stopped by the mail box before and discovered a small brown envelope with handwriting that I did not recognize. My eyes went to the return address.West Virginia? I knew no one in West Virginia.

Curiosity arose as I walked into my home and put down all the other things in my hands.

“What’s that?” I overheard one of my daughters say. I shook my head and began to open the envelope.

Slowly I took out the mysterious contents. Various sizes and shapes of paper with writing on them. Some typed. Others handwritten. Then I saw a simple handwritten sheet with my name on it.

Dear Sharon it began.

As I read my heart…

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in General


Adventures on The Road Home-The Next Day

My first post about our journey to find a new home church ended with “Now the next day is a whole other story…but you’ll have to come back to read that.” You’ll have to read the first post to get the full picture. LOL!

So, this is what happened the next day. I wake up from a really peaceful sleep, in spite of what happened the day before. I’m feeling grateful in my heart and spirit and I express that gratefulness verbally to The Father.
I go into the kitchen to start my coffee and hear this weird sound and I think to myself “did I leave the faucet on after washing my hands?”
So, I go to the front restroom of my apartment and low and behold there is water pouring down out of my ceiling, out of a heat fixture that is in the ceiling to boot. LOL! I stand there with my mouth wide open and say “Seriously! Are you KIDDING ME?!” and then I just burst out laughing…I mean don’t get me wrong here, I’m the type of person that leaks, and water running where it shouldn’t normally freaks and frazzles me something awful, but not this day.
I throw my hands up in the air and said “oh devil, you gets nothing, Nothing, NOTHING!” Then I began to thank God that I wasn’t standing at the sink when it happened because the water would’ve fallen directly on top of my head…then I thanked Him that the water didn’t cause an electrical fire…and all I could hear was the song by Jesus Culture “Oh How He Loves Us”…I mean it was like since what happened Sunday didn’t move me, the enemy wanted to try something else, but I instantly went into a mode of praise and thanksgiving unto God. Afterwards I call the maintenance guy, and go back and finish setting up my coffee to brew. By the time maintenance arrives I’m sitting with my Bible on my lap and coffee in hand, with a smile on my face.
This road home, of which we have landed, has truly and continues to be an adventure, but I thank God for it all. In the midst of every negative thing that has happened God has rewarded us with unexpected gifts, friends, and surprizes that we never even dreamed of. I can truly say that I’m more happy in my walk with Him now than I’ve ever been. Growth is good.

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement


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Am I Rambling?!

Today was a day for me that didn’t start how I thought it would and I don’t know how it will end.

I tossed and turned most of the night, my mind simply wouldn’t shut down for more than an hour at a time.  I did what I normally do, lay down and begin to thank God for everything (whether good or bad) and begin to pray for others.  One thing I did notice is that one particular person that I prayed for kept coming back to my mind everytime I would wake up to either “toss” or “turn.”  What that was all about? I have no idea, but I hope they turn out okay.

When I got up I didn’t feel refreshed so I yawned and stretched to see if that would help, it did a little.  Had a short conversation with the hubby about his photos and what we want to do from this point as well as me actually wrapping my mind around us doing some winter shots, different than those that we’ve already done. 

I have sat and contemplated creating a new fragrance, but nothing came to mind so that turned into a shade of gray for me.  I thought I would have been out and about by now, with him, but that didn’t happen due to some prolonged project.  I’m sitting here making myself accept the fact that its all for the good of all that we are involved in, but I have to admit that I’m pretty darn selfish when it comes to sharing my husband with anybody on Saturdays.  I mean for the most part its our only real off day so, I always look forward to maybe sleeping in, piddling around in our pj’s with coffee and articles or conversations of future and/or present planning.  The spring and summer months I always look forward to what we call our “Sunrise Saturdays” where we go and watch the sun crack the sky, as I worship God with a full heart because watching the sun take its place just does something to me spiritually.  We take lots of photos of course of the sun, people enjoying the sunrise with us, things that the sun touches as it ascends to its rightful place, and each other.  Then its off to a slow breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants and taking care of errands or whatever other plans we have for that day. 

I guess I’m just missing him today and this is my way of getting it out so that he doesn’t come home to a woman with an attitude because I know that at the end of the day a man wants to come home to peace and that’s something that I value and gladly offer him.  I love this man, he’s my best friend and maybe as more years pass (10 this year married) I won’t be so selfish with him…LOL…I just enjoy our time together and tend to frown on anything that comes against that.  So, I smile and rest my head as I take another sip of tea and wonder why in the world did I just share all of this with you…LOL!

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in General


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I’ve arrived at a time in my life where I’m realizing and accepting a lot of things.
The first thing that I’ve really come to accept is that I’m not perfect. Yes, yes, yes, I know you’re thinking “well, none of us are perfect,” but saying that and living it with conviction is two totally different things.
Living the fact that we aren’t perfect means that when people put their expectations on us we no longer try to live up to those expectations without regard for our own life’s happiness. The past for me was a lot different. Having people in my life that put their expectations on me, and try to hold me up to some higher standard when it comes to my treatment of them had me for years walking on EGG SHELLS…I’m mean to the point that everything that I did I always stopped to consider whether or not it would hurt one particular person or a group of persons feelings. For a long time this made miserable because little did I know that the more I accepted their behavior the more I gave them permission to treat me that way.
I was always double checking to see how what my decisions would do to them or if something that I said or did offended them. I never took into account my own feelings and how their treatment of me was affecting my outlook about myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we are suppose to act in such a manner that we could care less about what the people that we have in our lives say or think, but what I am saying is that it is wrong for a person to hold anybody to a standard of expectation in a relationship that clearly under minds another. All relationships that we have or engage in should be MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. To allow a person to always take, take, take, from you in anyway, whether it be naturally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and they don’t pour back into you is to set yourself up to be depleted of all of your resources regardless to what they are.
I have learned that when people hold you up to their expectations that’s exactly what they are, THEIR EXPECTATIONS. I came to a decision that Egg Shells were never made to be walked on and therefore, I have decided to retire my EGG SHELL WALKING and move on to walking on a clear and stable path for myself, my life in general, and even in my life with my husband (which began to be affected by my Egg Shell Walking)…I’ve taken my life back.
I know that there are those that no longer desire to be a part of my life, but that just makes room for more MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS; after all, that’s what I asked God for.
I must tell you that it is far better and easier to just be me, and let others be who they are. We as people don’t have to always agree, but I feel that we can always find a way to respect each other, and honor each other without pushing our expectations off on each other.
I’ve learned to truly accept that I’m not perfect, striving to always grow to be better, and the fact of the matter is nobody else is either, so, I won’t push my own expectations off on them.

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement


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30 Days From Now

Today I started another batch of “Amber Unique.”  For those that don’t know, Amber Unique, is the signature fragrance for my business, “Fragrance Cafe.”

Amber Unique is so special to me because it took literally 3 years to perfect and of course in the third year is when I really figured out that this fragrance oil smells amazingly wonderful after it has cured for exactly 30 days.  Now a couple of our fragrances have a cure time, but this one is the only one at the time that needs a whole 30 days to come to perfection.  I have come to call this fragrance my favorite.  I call it that because of all of the research I had to do to come up with the fragrant notes that I use to make it, makes me feel especially proud to call this creation ours.  Everytime a person, mostly women, that tells me they like amber fragrances experience Amber Unique, they love it.  To my surprize a couple of men like it enough to wear. 

So today I sat down to blend another batch to start the process all over again.  For each fragrance or fragrant note I add I found myself taking a sniff of each one.  The experience that I get when I smell the uniqueness that each note adds is indescribable.  Then as the days go by and I give the bottle a swirl a couple times a week, its amazing to actually be able to detect the changes in the fragrance with each passing time interval.  Blending fragrances, all of our fragrances except for the ones that hubby blends, brings me such joy, and relaxation and of course nothing compares to the rejoicing of my heart when others experience our fragrances and it brings a smile to their face as well.

Ointment and Perfume really does Rejoice the Heart.


Posted by on February 8, 2012 in General, Perfume Oils and Body Products


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Adventures On The Road Home-Landed

Well, we finally made it.  We’ve chosen a place to settle in as our “home” church.  It has truly been an exciting, fulfilling, and faith building journey.  In the beginning we called it a church tour, we had some ministries that we had wanted to visit for a long time, but religious thinking and allow others to control our actions kept us from doing so.  It feels so good to just really be free in the Holy Spirit. 

In the beginning we created a list of things that we want God to do for us in this year.  The first thing on our list is Confirmation.  We wanted confirmation of our decision and on some other things in our lives and God has been more than faithful to fulfill our request.

It seems that every time we visited a place God would use somebody to say “restoration is coming to your house.”  I mean yesterday in service must have been about the 5th time God used somebody to speak to us concerning all that we’ve been through spiritually over the years, naturally, emotionally and the list goes on.  What I love about God is that He wanted to make sure that get the message of Him saying to us “I’m restoring you.”   Since the beginning of the year we’ve have been given specific words that pertain to us personally and to us as people of God as a whole.  I have truly come up, and so has the hubby J, in a level of faith.  I have learned what it means to be free in God even more than what I thought it could ever mean.  I have also learned that some people that I thought were with an for me and what is best for me really aren’t ; that is a hard thing to accept, but God is faithful to heal all hurt and pain from the past.  He even said that He is going deep to remove some things that I didn’t even realize I had allowed to set in. 

God is so mindful and attentive of us and He will stop at nothing to make sure that we get what He wants us to have if we stay faithful in seeking Him and what His will is for our life.  My husband and I have suffered a lot in “ministry” and for a long time we thought that it was all just a test.  What a relief to know that we were on the right track about some things and not just being rebellious.  When God begins to reveal His truths to you, nothing in you will accept any different from that, but when you’ve allowed yourself to be steeped in one way of thinking for so long, when truth comes, sometimes its hard to break free.   I’m grateful to God for His faithfulness, of which He does not owe any person, to continue to chase us just as we chase Him…Now I know the true meaning of “blessed are they which do hunger and thirsted after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Shall is a promise and God keeps, always keeps His promises.

So, I say to those who are struggling to come out of religious thinking, be encouraged.  Keep your ears bound to the voice of God, keep your eyes on God and be ready and willing, however scary it may be, to just trust God and step out on faith to do what He has instructed you to do.  He will not lead you astray and He only wants the best for you.  Now I won’t tell you that you won’t be tested by the enemy when you first step out there because he wants to try and convince you that you aren’t serious about God.  I will tell you that when the enemy comes, humble yourself under the hand of God, resist the devil and he will flee…and even better than that, as you continue to trust God, He will continue to prove Himself just because He loves you. 

It feels so good to finally be “HOME.’


Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement


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I was honored this week to have my business, Fragrance Cafe’, featured as business of the week by Jewelry Fetish.  Jewelry Fetish is a custom jewelry designer that offers one of a kind pieces and custom designs that are stylish, unique, and set apart from all others.  Check out the interview.  Then check Fragrance Cafe’ and Jewelry Fetish on Facebook, we’d both love to have you as friends and clients.
1. What was it that sparked your interest in starting your own business, what products or services does your business provide, and how long have you been in business?
Actually what sparked my interest was a sermon I had heard in church one evening called “what do you have in your house?”…It was based in 2 Kings 4:1-7. The story was about a woman who’s husband had died and left her in debt and the collectors were coming to take her son’s away and make them slaves to pay the debt….by the end of the story the woman had taken the oil (about a saucer full) and poured it into jars (by a miracle), sold it, and prospered to pay the debt and her and her sons could live off of the rest.  When I got home that night my personal oil bottles seemed to stand out a little more than usual; see my husband and I had been wearing body oils for years and mixing them together.  That night as I slept I smelled a particular fragrance in my sleep and got up and began to blend the fragrances until I came up with our first fragrance.  We began to sell to friends and family and the word spread as we met other people.
Fragrance Cafe’ offers one of a kind fragrance oil blends and hand made body products.  We are the home of Cafe’ Cream Body Whip, the body whip that’s better than butter.  We’ve actually been operating as a business since 2007.
2. How did you come up with the name of your business?
We came up with the name of the business because we wanted to offer people an experience in fragrance simular to what they would get in a coffee house, you can have your favorite blend served just your way.
3. What sets you apart from the rest?
What sets us apart from the rest is that we aren’t your typical, run of the mill perfume oil business.  We create our own fragrance oil blends from pure perfume oils (uncut), real essential oils, resins, and botanicals from all over the world. Some can be blended and sold the same day and some have to cure for up to 30 days, like our signature fragrance “Amber Unique”
4. What would you say are the most important factors of running a successful business?
To me the most important factor in running a successful business is service in excellence with excellence.  We always try to make sure that our clients are not just satisfied, but happy, and happy enough to tell their friends. 
5. What Company or businesses do you admire the most?
 I really don’t have a particular choice in a company that I admire most, but I admire any company that is woman owned, black woman owned, and anything to do with custom hand made items, whether it be food, art, clothing, jewelry, etc.  I just love the creative process of human beings.
We are offering 15% off any of our 1oz. Fragrance Oil Blends through February 15th for those that are referred by Jewelry Fetish!
We are Fragrance Cafe’
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in General, Perfume Oils and Body Products


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