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You Just Never Know

As I sat in service listening to my Apostle speak about life and transition I was inspired hearing his testimony.  He was encouraging us to make the changes that we want in our lives and how to go about making those changes by starting with “the decision.”

He told us how he came from a family of under achievers.  He said that his family was known for being shy, not speaking out on things, and just barely getting by.  He stated that even he himself barely made it out of high school.  When he said “you’re looking at a man that barely made it out of high school,” I shook my head in disbelief.

I’m talking about a man who is a Judge (well respected and honored) in the City of Detroit, and has been for some years.  A man with the integrity that other men aspire to, a man who in his 50’s decided he wanted to go back to school just because he wants to learn more about some things, a man who’s whole family (wife, 3 sons, and 2 daughters) are all in school).  I’m talking about a man who’s daughter is a practicing attorney, and still decided to go back and get her masters degree.  So, as you can see education seems to be something that is the base of this family.

The Apostle said that he took a year out of his life as a set back to set himself up to go forward and change the history and legacy of his family.  He was encouraging those of us that sat in the congregation that day to reach for what others may not see for you.  He exhorts us all the time to trust in the plan that God has for us and for our lives.

It really inspired me to sit and listen to his testimony of accomplishing the very thing that his family was known not to do.  He re established the “talk” about his family of being under achievers to a legacy of education.  

You just never know when you look at a person and what they have accomplished, what it took for them to get to where you see them.  Not only that, you just never know what it took to inspire them to reach for what seemed to be the unreachable.

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in General

 

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That Time Again

Yes, it’s the time of year that I love most; Fall/Winter.  I don’t know if its because of what it represents, hibernation of nature and renewing itself for the warmer months that are sure to come back, or if it’s because of the changing of colors of the trees, to start anyway, and then the snow that makes everything so beautiful when it first falls.

This time of year does represent something spiritual for me.  I remember a long time ago that somebody told me that the colors that the leaves change to are always there, they just don’t appear until it’s their season, their time.  For some reason this struck me as information straight from God.  I thought to myself, “that’s just like the people of God.”  You know that God has a work for all of us to do, but the timing and release for us to walk in that work isn’t always when we think or desire.  While we are waiting for God to release us, we are molded, cultivated, pruned, trimmed, plucked, planted, fed, and watered.  All those things keep us “green” while the Lord perfects us and when our “season” comes, He releases us and our “colors” come through.

Then when it comes to the snow, it puts me in the mindset of the Blood of Jesus and how he covered, but rather took away our sin.  The snow when it first falls is so white and untouched.  God looks at us through the blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross, so when the snow falls it always gives me a gentle reminder of what The Father has done for me.

The colors of Fall are so rich and warming. Sometimes I can even detect a hint of Fall fragrance in the air when I see certain colors, just warms me right up on the inside.  Then we have the Christmas season of winter, with the decorations and lights, and festive colors.  It keeps me in a festive, yet creative mood and mindset throughout the whole season.  I love to go to different cities where there are different cultures to see how they decorate and celebrate.

The food, the movies, cartoons, clothes, getting together with friends from near and far, taking silly photos, hugs, kisses, Hot cocoa, sweet potato pie, and a host of other things that just give me a warm fuzzy feeling at this time of year.  Sometimes I wish that I could bottle or box it all up, and open it up to pour out in the middle of summer because for some reason people are more loving, more caring, and more considerate of others at this time of year.  If we could get that going all year, the world would be a better place, but that’s wishful thinking.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.  I hope you have an Amazing Day!

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Behold, I Shall Do A New Thing!

Hello Everybody!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and I’ve really been going back and forth in my head as to what to write about, whether it be what’s new with Fragrance Cafe’ or my personal life adventures 🙂 or, my spiritual journey.

Well, many of you can probably tell that I’ve chose the Spiritual Journey.

To fill you in a little; my hubby and I joined ourselves to a new ministry after being loyal members of another ministry for about 12 years.  This happened after God began to show some things that He wanted us to know concerning His Kingdom, Kingdom Living, and the true function of a ministry.

As He began to reveal some things to us, it became evident, although not comfortable, that it was time for us to get ready to leave this particular ministry.  We stayed before God concerning this matter because after all, I was spiritually born in this particular ministry.

OK, fast forward, at the beginning of this year The Father began to speak through His prophets concerning His Will for us and what it is that He has in store for us as well as what He wants to do through us.  All year long He confirmed and reconfirmed all that He started speaking at the beginning of the year, and now He is speaking some things to me that are new.

It’s funny how when you receive a word from the Lord through one of His Prophets, you get that feeling of “uh oh, so, that is God and I’m not crazy”  or some may call it a feeling of confirmation.  At the beginning of the year The Lord began to tell my husband and I that He is going to restore us.  Then He said it again, and again, and again for a total of six times.  I’m thinking to myself, “when God tells you something concerning your life, you feel honored that He would speak to you. After all I’m speaking of The Creator of The Universe.”  The fact that God would send 6 different people who don’t know each other, or me and husband, to say “I’m going to restore you” you tend to not only be convinced, but if there is any gratitude in you at all worship should flow from your lips like a fountain.

Then one day a lady came to me and said “yes, you are a prophetic psalmist.”  I was like oh God, please don’t do this…why is it that we always feel unworthy, when God has deemed us worthy?….She began to tell me how God knows that I’ve been holding back and that He didn’t want me to hold back anymore.  She said “Apostle already knows, he’s just waiting for you to come to him so, you need to be obedient and go.”  So, I did, I went to my Apostle and told him what had been said to me and he said “yes, I knew it the first day you took the pulpit, I’m just sad that it hasn’t been cultivated before now, but its there and don’t worry, we’re watching and we’re with you.”

Since the first time the prophetic word was spoken about me moving in the realm of the prophetic, God continues to confirm over and over that this is what He wants for me.  I’m so honored and in awe of God right now.  I continue to say “yes Lord, be it unto me as You have spoken, I accept the call.”  I continue to ask God to bind my ear to His voice.  I continue to worship Him with my life, and learn and study how I can be a blessing to others.  Just when you think you’ve got it all down, God says “Behold, I shall do a new thing!”

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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My Absence

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to access my blog thanks to an unmentionable search engine (internet explorer), but I’m back now.
It was so frustrating not being able to connect with you all. Those that come to my email I could read but not respond at all. So, look forward to some responses on some past blogs on my favorites.

So much has been going on. I’ve created some new fragrances and a couple new products. Of course I’m always reading and researching to see what I could come up with next.

Things are moving right along at the new church home, it’s been officially 5 months since we’ve joined now.

Of course you can’t have life without its ups and downs and I’ve had a few of those too. I’ve also had some very inspirational contact with old friends and new ones. I’m grateful for that.

Now tell me, what have I missed with you all…don’t spare any details.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in General

 

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Right Out of The Box!!!

I had an experience last week!  I was invited to go to the ASD Las Vegas Retail Trade Show.

I had been invited a couple of times over the last month leading up to the event and kept saying, maybe next time.  Well, apparently for me, according to God, this was my next time….My next time to step out of my “box” and into something that I’ve never done or even thought of doing before.

The first thing was that for years I’ve had a fear of a few things, and flying on an airplane was one of them.  I’ve never had a desire to fly and anytime anyone mentioned flying an automatic NO jumped out of my spirit and straight out of my mouth without a thought, LOL!   This opportunity was starring me in the face, an opportunity for me to expand my thinking, my faith, and my business all at once. 

I’ve had a business for 4 years operating out of my comfy home with products that I create myself.  I’ve been looking for the past 2 years to expand and carry other products, made by other people or companies, but mostly I was just looking to expand to create another source of income within this business.

Then it happened. One night I was asked again, “do you wanna go,” and my response was the same, “maybe next time.” The next day I find out that I already have a flight ticket and room reservations to Vegas for the ASD Las Vegas Retail Trade Show.  I was so excited and with my mind racing about what to pack, what to take, where’s my Sales Tax License copy that the fact that I had a fear of flying not even crossed my mind.

When I did stop and think about the fact that I would be flying clean across the country to the West Coast all I could do was smile.  There was no fear…where did it go…I don’t know and I don’t care, LOL!  I thought about how my life has changed so much over the past 3 months and where God has brought me from and brought me to and I couldn’t say anything but HalleluYAH! and I said it a few times.

When I got to the airport I thought, “I’m actually about to board a plane.”  When the time came to board I did it without any hestitation, it was like getting on a long amusement park ride to me.  The sound of the jet engines didn’t freak me out as I’ve heard it does some people, and I think that’s because my hubby and I are drag racing fans so, being that close to one was actually thrilling to me.

I have never been that far away from home and never that far away from my husband, but the experience was something that I will appreciate for the rest of my life.  I’m thankful for the people that God has placed in my life and that they are people that are go getters with a plan for their lives that they implement daily.  I have prayed for people of like passions, and like faith that my hubby and I could be friends with and the relationship be mutually beneficial.  God has answered my prayer….I have jumped Right Out of The Box!!!! and I must say that the view from here is just great….looking forward to more adventure this year, God said He was going to do some amazing things for us this year….I believe just what He said.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Good Deeds For Sure

Ok, so last weekend a few friends (the hubby, and the worship team of my church) and I all got together to see the new movie by Tyler Perry. The main reason I wanted to see it is because I had been reading a few Face book stats from men saying that it was a typical “Tyler Perry, angry woman gets saved by a nice guy” movie…and I not only disliked the remark, but just felt that Tyler has so much more in him than that.
So, during the movie I had some moments of laughter, thought provoking moments, and truly gut wrench crying moments. This movie put it all out there. I mean just when you think that you know the woman that you might work with, how she’s always angry and snappy, how she seems to always be running late and having excuses; this movie makes you stop and say “wow, you just never know what the next person may be dealing with in their life outside of the job.”
I found myself shaking my head in pain for this woman as one bad thing after another, after another, after another just seemed to fall in her path. I know a few women that have dealt with the very thing that this woman dealt with in this movie, but the only thing is that they had to just struggle through. Nobody came to their aid, nobody was in their life who could really do a “Good Deed” to bring them out of their situation. When you see people in your life struggle, regardless of how they got there, and you CAN’T do a thing to help them directly it crushes you on the inside. I watched this movie with so much emotion because to me it was like watching a 20/20 story or documentary…well in actuality it was a documentary. How many of you have been or know of somebody who’s been in that situation or almost in that situation? Either way it is a scary thought.
Even the seemed to be angry and ungrateful brother had some underlying issues as to why he “seemed” angry, ungrateful, and even bitter. You just never know what is in the heart of a person; which is why its so important to walk in love toward people in this world. As humans we face 100 million things on a day to day basis, some of which connect us in so many ways that we really don’t have the room or time to be judgmental of each other because we all have something that we are dealing with. What you deal with may not be what I have to deal with, but it still remains that we all are connected by certain human struggles.
At first look this woman just seemed to have a really really bad day, but as you sit and watch and take in all that is going on you see that she is in this predicament do to a loss in her life and her having to make a quick decision to keep her and her daughter afloat.
Wesley, who is “The Man” in the movie, even had his own issues that he had to deal with, but as he learned more about this woman, he also learned more about himself and his real dreams and desires for life. His character showed me the sacrifices that we as people sometimes make, all with good intentions, but can be detrimental to our own dreams for our lives. His desire to make sure that the dreams of his father and mother stayed afloat was draining him, to say the least, as he worked endlessly to appear in control of it all. He had dreams of his own that were on the back burner because of what his mother “wanted” for the family business. The disrespectful and degrading relationship of the younger brother and the mother made me literally want to slap his face…LOL…I’m so serious, but later I understood, he too had a dream. It was amazing to watch one brother live the dream of the other while putting his dream on hold and the other brother become bitter and resentful to him for “living his dream” so to speak.
When Wesley really found out the truth of what was going on with this woman there was something in him that would not allow him to just sit by and watch, but he absolutely had to do something. This was so inspirational to me because of the dreams that I have to help people on a larger scale, but for now I do what I can.
What a different type of world we would be living in if as a people when we see others that truly need help step up and do something to help them. We may not be able to do it all but there is something that we all can do and if we just start there change would really be obtainable.
One thing I can say about this movie, without making this movie review into a book, LOL, is that it pricked my heart. It made me take a lot of things into consideration in my life and the lives of those that I come into contact with. This movie makes you go into yourself and for me that’s always a good thing to leave a movie with. Entertainment is a good thing, but a life changing thought provoking movie encounter is something totally different. I’m proud of Tyler Perry and Good Deeds. If you haven’t seen it, you should go see it.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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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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