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Is your tank empty?

Growing up, my grandpa “Papa” used to tell me, “when you’re old enough to drive, don’t let your tank get below the half mark.” He was giving me a helpful tip and throwing a little shade (sarcasm) at my grandma “GiGi” because of the “few” times she ran out of gas. GiGi was notorious for thinking she had enough gas to make it home. She knew if she made it home with little gas, then Papa would fuss but would take her car to the gas station for a fill up. While GiGi had a nice strategy, it didn’t always happen as she had planned, so Papa would have to come help out when we would be stranded. I am laughing right now thinking of how frustrated he would get. ha ha ha

I just had to add that cute childhood memory in about my Papa and GiGi because they were so wise and funny but also because Papa’s wisdom ties into the topic.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how our faith can become weak and the parallel of a car running low or out of fuel. Even when you are typically optimistic or full of mountain-moving faith most times, but life’s challenges (i.e. financial distress, divorce, workplace toxicity, sickness, etc.) still leave you feeling TAPPED OUT with an empty tank or trying to pull from a low reservoir.

It’s OK to acknowledge feeling spiritually, physically, and even emotionally exhausted without taking up residence in that feeling. That means, don’t dwell in those feelings and become paralyzed from moving towards your dreams or living life to the fullest.

Here comes the parallel!

In other words, when you have allowed yourself (car) to run extremely low or out of gas, DO NOT give up hope and sit on the side of the road. No no no! Briefly ask yourself when was your last fill up? Not when was the last time you stopped to get just enough fuel to make it to the next destination, but when was your last fill up?

Regardless of the reason you missed or ignored the warning indicators that YOU (the car) were getting empty, yet still allowed yourself to run low on your faith fuel; stuff happens! Sometimes in our spiritual walk, we are guilty of giving giving and giving again to other things and people so much that we lose track of our own maintenance (self care).

Whatever the reason is that has you empty, low on faith, or just straight up stuck, just know you are not alone. TAP into your resources and THE SOURCE to get back on this highway of life. Fill your tank and KEEP IT PUSHIN’! Are you too shame to ask for help? Don’t be shame. Ask for help. I know firsthand that asking for help isn’t always that easy, but keep the end-goal in mind, drop your pride, and ASK FOR HELP- if need be. The bottom line is, TAP into THE Source.

As a believer, my source is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is my strength, way-maker, and strength when I am weak. When my faith is TAPPED OUT, I  quickly realize that I’ve allowed myself to get below the half mark into the empty zone. It comes down to what Papa said, “Don’t let your tank get below the half mark…” Even though he was giving me practical driving tips, he had no idea he was teaching me how to avoid running out of gas in my car and faith fuel.

I can hear Dr. Phil McGraw saying,” you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” So, acknowledge you’re running low on faith or attempting to face the difficulties in life with an empty faith tank.

truck at the gas station

As a Christian woman, my faith gets weak when I am not consistently staying immersed in God’s word. What does that mean? That means, when I am not consistently readying my bible (the word of God) or filling my Sundays when events outside of going to church, my faith tank runs low. Sure, I listen to praise and worship music or motivational speeches among other things, but God’s word tells me that “faith comes by hearing, hearing the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) There is NO substitute for God’s word. In the words of my teenager, “PERIODT” (not a typo on the spelling of PERIODT) lol

So, while contemporary gospel and Christian music is good, it should not substitute the need up my spiritual faith tank with anything other than the fuel of God’s word. Can I get an AMEN or nah?

What to do when your faith tank is nearly empty?

  1. Fill your faith tank with the word of God and HE will guide you on what’s next. (Even if you have to get help to get to the faith station, just GET THERE)
  2. Do the best with what you have. There are a lot of faith-based messages on media platforms like YouTube and many other podcasts. Go for a walk, put those headphones on and fill up on God’s word.

Just remember to KEEP YOUR FAITH TANK FULL or never allow your faith tank to get below the halfway mark. Cool beans?

Question for you. Like my pastor asks our congregation after he has preached the word of God, “Did you get anything out of this?” Yes, I’m asking you (the reader). What feedback do you have on this topic of running low on faith and did you get anything from this post?

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Black Billionaire To Pay Off Student Loan Debt Of Entire 2019 Morehouse Graduating Class — Black America Web

I’ve been praying for God to cancel my student loan debt for YEARS even though it seemed soooo far-fetched. Ohhh but Billionaire Robert Smith let God use him to bless Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class with a promise to CANCEL THEIR DEBT. Wait?!! Those blessings really do happen?! This is a sign to keep praying for more than we can ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20 Holy Bible). There is NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE with God!

God Bless Robert Smith for blessing so many others.

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black […]

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Be inspired to think outside the box

Have you ever received a text from your friend or penpal asking if you are “drawing inside or outside the lines?” I have received such a text. Basically, this pal was asking if I am taking my own advice like what I shared during a previous interview with host Chundria Brownlow’s podcast on the topic, “Stepping Boldly Outside of Comfort Zones.” Of course, I’m taking my own advice. Well, not right away, but then I hit a bump in the road and have to remember what I would advise a client or friend.

Anyway, I got to thinking about a few quotes that have inspired me to color outside the lines or think outside the box. So, check out a few encourage you to think outside the box, color outside the lines, or move beyond your comfort zone to create your own opportunities.

Outside the box inspirational quotes:

  1. “But out of limitations comes creativity.” ~ Debbie Allen
  2. “When opportunities were not presented to me, I was INSPIRED to CREATE my own opportunities.” ~ Bianca LaTrice
  3. “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela
  4. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” ~ Unknown
  5. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  6. “Now to HIM who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to HIS power that is at work within us.” ~ Ephesians 3:20 (New International Version Bible)
  7. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” ~ Former First Lady Michelle Obama

 

So, whether you refer to the phrase as thinking outside the box or coloring outside the lines, just don’t allow fear to keep you stuck in your comfort zone.

Good Night.

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The Process Isn’t Pretty

The process of building something new and amazing doesn’t look beautiful in the PROCESS.

Don’t quit because things aren’t how you want.

Don’t quit because your life, relationship, career, etc is not what you had hoped.

Your life isn’t over, it’s just UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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#YourNewSeason

Hebrews 3:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)

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THE BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE

Last night, my family, church family and I went to see the movie premiere of THE BREAKTHROUGH! Wow and wow again. This POWERFUL movie had soooo many thought-provoking and lifechanging messages. The story was just WOW. I mean just WOW! There were many relatable moments and moments I just couldn’t imagine experiencing.

I’m struggling to write this because I don’t want to share many details like some other reviews I saw. So NO spoilers here but just WOW. BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost.

Let me say this one more time. The Breakthrough is based on a TRUE STORY. I mean WOW.

You, your family and friends have to go see this movie when it hits theaters next week on April 17th. I feel confident that you will thank me later.

My church family and I are soooo proud of our own Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, Devon Franklin and Stephen “Steph” Curry who produced and executive produced this OUTSTANDING movie. At the end of our church services, we end by saying, Let’s go change the world.” Well, I know this movie will change lives for the better.

I don’t want to say much more until you have seen the movie. So, I will HUSH for now.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote a pretty detailed review stating,”In the mini-genre of Christian, faith-based films, Breakthrough must be credited as one of the most effective additions to the roster. Admittedly there is not a high bar to meet, but this inspirational story directed by Roxann Dawson benefits from strong performances and a minimum of treacly preaching. Basketball superstar Stephen Curry acted as one of the executive producers. Box office should be solid.” I don’t want you to read their review until after you see the movie. Ok?

Would you do me a HUGE favor? After you see this movie, PLEASE return to this blog post to share YOUR thoughts on the movie. Cool beans? I loved the movie and I’m very interested to read what YOUR reviews are about THE BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE.

Production: Franklin Entertainment
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Marcel Ruiz, Mike Colter, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert
Director: Roxann Dawson
Screenwriter: Grant Nieporte, based on the book by Joyce Smith
Producer: DeVon Franklin
Executive producers: Stephen Curry, Becki Cross Trujillo, Samuel Rodriguez
Director of photography: Zoran Popovic
Production designer: Gae Buckley
Editor: Maysie Hoy
Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Rated PG, 116 minutes

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On My Heart

Having a smile on your face doesn’t equal having peace. So many times we have a smile on our faces to mask pain or anguish. Lord knows I’ve done it.

So, Father God, I come before you now thanking you and praising you for who you are. Lord, I pray that you would remove the spirit of heaviness, despair, and the desire to give up. It is on my heart that someone needs a breakthrough RIGHT NOW.

Lord, someone reading this feels they cannot bear anymore bad news. Lord lift every burden. In fact, someone feels they are drowning and is questioning their reason to live. The blood of Jesus is against any feelings of suicide. Lord, this is urgent.

As I sit on this lightrail commuting to work, I know YOU can FIX what needs fixing. Lord touch us. Lord we need YOUR peace. Lord we need YOUR healing.

I just keep hearing DON’T GIVE UP on yourself, your dreams, and PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD!!!

So, in the name of Jesus we decree and declare supernatural breakthroughs are here now.

Amen and Amen

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Oakland’s 2nd Annual Black Joy Parade Experience!!! (2/24/19)

Soooo, I’m supposed to be getting ready for bed, however, I need to capture the raw emotion from yesterday’s Black Joy Parade experience.

Yesterday, February 24, 2019, I had the plum pleasing privilege to be apart of Oakland’s 2nd Annual Black Joy Parade with my amazing dance team aka my 100sUnit dance sisters.

I was really going to wait to write about my experience simply because I’M TIRED and the last few weeks wore ya girl OUT but reading an article from The Mercury News inspired me.

What is the Black Joy Parade?

Oakland did an amazing job bringing a positive experience where thousands celebrated our beautiful black heritage. Check out The Mercury News article Oakland’s 2nd annual Black Joy Parade celebrates energy, creativity, excellence for more great information and pictures about the awesome parade. Make plans to attend next year.

My AMAZINGLY talented 100sUnit dance sister Rochelle Westbrooks

So, as you can imagine, 100sunit came to represent our black girl magic and sisterhood; WE DID JUST THAT!! Check out our 100sunit Instagram page for more highlights.

Back to Rochelle Westrooks of CheNailsBeauty based in Sacramento, CA. The Mercury News photographer captured “Rochelle Westbrooks, of Sacramento, raises her arms as she dances during the Black Joy Parade in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)”

There is sooooo much more to Rochelle than the amazing nail designs she creates. This sista is TALENTED as she is a makeup artist, dancer, makes her own extraordinary costume/outfits and is a great mom. Don’t sleep on my sis Rochelle.

My 2019 BJP experience

Pictures are worth 1000 words so I’m going to let the pics share my experience. Check out pics from many of my 100sunit sisters shared on social media. These pics show my AMAZING experience at the 2019 Black Joy Parade.

Thank you Oakland for hosting such a powerful event for so many vendors, performers, and many more to celebrate OUR BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL. As usual, thank you Venetia James and Phyllis Cook who are the founders of 100sunit.com . Their creativity and choreography caused us to WIN for BEST OVERALL at yesterday’s parade.

Thank you to all those who made yesterday a BLACKIFUL day!!

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Kamala Harris for President??

On this day Monday, January 21, 2019, when we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I wake up to read the HuffPost article, “Kamala Harris Is Running For President In 2020.”

Say what?? California Senator Kamala Harris (Democrat) decided to make it official and run for president.

Yaaaaasssssss!!!! I’m so here for it!!!

The article quoted one of Senator Harris’ motivations for her decision to run for president as,

“I love my country,” Harris told ABC. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Kamala Harris for President sure sounds good to me.

Who is Kamala Harris?

From CNBC article,“Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris Jumps Into 2020 White House Race,” Harris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party’s increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters.

You may only have seen how classy and strong Senator Harris handled herself during the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If you haven’t seen those online Facebook or YouTube videos, then check her out.

I’m excited about Senator Harris’ decision; however, I want to know YOUR thoughts on Kamala Harris’ bid for president in 2020.

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