Perhaps you watched the 1975 movie Mahogany, starring Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers, a woman from humble beginnings who becomes a glamorous fashion model using the name "Mahogany." While I recall certain parts of the movie what is constantly replayed in my mind is the theme song. The song is deemed poor grammatically as it ends with a proposition, but it flows very well musically. This Intentional Moment story is not about the “what not to do” as far as grammar is concerned, but it speaks to the need we have to evaluate our decisions, the way we live our lives.
The song is about evaluating life's journey, asking if what lies ahead is what you really want. It's appropriate for the film, as Ross' character finds that fame and fortune may not be what makes her happy. We are well into 2019. I admit it seems like I just celebrated New Year’s and here we are in February! As I take stock and evaluate the past months, there are some areas I can say I don’t like where I’m going, and I need to mak...
2018 was an eventful year in many ways. I can say personally I experienced many trials, and some joys. I can also say there has been exponential growth in my life spiritually, and emotionally.
As we enter into 2019 I encourage you to take time to reflect. The New Year is great for goal setting, and new resolutions, but if you do not take time to reflect on what has taken place in 2018 you will miss and overlook important landmarks in your life.
Here are a few questions I want to pose to you as you move forward.
What was the most important transformational moment in 2018?
What was your greatest challenge in 2018?
Where do you see areas of growth in your life from 2018?
What do you need to do differently in 2019 to progress and reach your maximum God-given potential and destiny?
Together, let’s move forward and heed lessons learned from our success, past mistakes, failures, and challenges. As long as God gives you breath and opens your eyes to see another day, you need to live it with intention...
Collaboration is needed in all areas of our lives. We interact with multiple people, diverse in race, and personality. How we work together determines the outcome and progress. During this season of my life I have taken time to dig deep and assess relationships in which I collaborate well in my personal life and work life. How is this done?
I take time to quiet my mind and focus on current relationships, I assess the people in my life, but also myself. We are all flawed individuals. It is important to be aware of our idiosyncrasies as we build relationships.
During my assessment I was able to come to peace and understand that some relationships caused tension and conflict. Within, I knew it was time to move on. In these situations, we must respect one another as we move in different directions.
As we come to the end of another year, we all must intentionally examine ourselves and our relationships. Many of our goals and dreams are hindered due to a lack of...
I have never birthed a child but hearing from several sisters what they have experienced speaks to a process that requires perseverance and patience. These birthing requirements are not only needed in the physical realm, but also in the spiritual realm. I experienced this in birthing the first workshop for Live With Intention.
It is truly quite difficult to even write about the constant irritants and obstacles I encountered planning and executing this workshop. When God gave me a vision for LWI a few years ago I did not know how it would come to pass. I knew I wanted to write a Bible study based on Luke 24, but did not foresee workshops. The vision became clearer knowing workshops were a part of His plan.
I proceeded with the planning, sending out the information and placing event details on my website. I did everything I could to spread the word. Registrations were slow..really slow. I thought, Lord really? I do not understand at all. I teach Bible studies, have connections with severa...
For the last seven years I have been a part of an incredible mission team called Roatan Alive. During the summer we dedicate two weeks to serve people through various services. Being a part of the team has been a life-changing experience.
Although I hold each moment of the trip close to my heart, the highlight of my two weeks has always been the privilege of teaching at the women's conference. Being able to help other women feel empowered and find contentment through His Word is spiritually rewarding.
This year, after Thursday night service, an unfamiliar feeling came upon me. Over the next couple of days, I found not rest. I was bombarded by thoughts and I could not find peace. I tried as best as I could to move on and resolve my uneasiness.
It just so happened that Saturday a teen conference was scheduled. I joined the team to serve the teens. As the event was taking place I sat down scrolling through my emails. A young lady approache...
I Peter 2:9 " But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
That was the verse for our SHIFT Student Ministry Summer Camp. The theme was "Chosen". It evolved from a conversation with a young lady who grew up in our church. Now in her young adult life, she serves in student ministry. When she entered college she had one career choice in mind. However, it appeared she was not progressing in that area at all. She was starting to feel weary, unclear of the direction she was to take. With the turn of events in her life it was easy to come to the conclusion that the door to that career was closing. She left the college she was attending and returned to South Florida.
We were happy to have her home and encouraged her to seek God as to the career choice He had for her. She is not a person who gives up easily. She has a persona...
We have all experienced distractions. They are not only annoying, they are time killers, and steal the joy of living in the moment. I learned this recently, while leading praise and worship. When I am on stage a lot is going on around me, the instruments are playing, people are singing voice parts; the goal is to bring all of what is happening together into a unified joyful sound of worship. While this is the goal, it does not happen all the time. There are times someone is not singing the part correctly or a musician may play the wrong cord. There can also be feedback from the sound tech that comes through on the stage, all of this can be a distraction. How I responded to the distractions was not helping me or my team.What could I do to change my reaction or rid myself of the distractions since there will always be a missed note, or a cord misplayed?
The answer to my distractions were, earbuds. You may not sing, but you have probably seen them used. The earbuds go into your ears allow...
I wish, I wish, I wish! How many times have I personally repeated these words? Too many is the answer. I wish I were ten pounds lighter, but I don't want to go to the gym. I wish I could go to Italy, but I will not discipline myself not to buy the next new blouse,and save the money to take the trip. I wish I had pursued Live With Intention-Inc years ago when the passion weighed on my heart. I wish, I wish, I wish. Oh I have so many to add to the list. What about you?
Let me encourage you today to stop wishing and move forward. Every day is a precious gift from the God almighty. He wants us to make the most of every opportunity He gives us. In Ephesians 5:16-17 the Apostle Paul writes, "making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
All of my detailed list of wishes won't change if I don't decide to apply the needed actions. I am back at the gym, eating healthy. I'm spending...
Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I have felt this way since childhood. I can remember living in Memphis rising early on Easter Sunday to attend Sunrise service. Hearing the many details in the Word of what Christ went through is mentally inconceivable to me; it is overwhelming. The insults He received, the anger, rage, betrayal, denial, false accusations...yet He forgave.
Fast forward, during the 2018 Resurrection messages on Cross Talks from my husband he preached a life changing message to me. Of course as a Christian I have been taught about forgiveness, I have struggled with forgiving painful offenses, and I am sure people have struggled with forgiving me. Forgiveness is not an attribute that comes easy to any person, yet it is required by Jesus thus making it supernatural.
When my husband began reading Luke 23, focusing on the thief on the cross I listened closely. The two men hanging on the cross, one on each side of Jesus are known as thieves, you and I a...
I was having a conversation with a sister in Christ. We were talking about how busy life has been, how we are missing living in the moment. She sensed the Lord was telling her she needed to be still. Now for many of us be still would simply mean stay still, stop, do nothing. She understood it differently for her life. He was making her more aware of the things He wanted her to engage in during this season of life.
As she sat outside one day enjoying some quiet time with the Lord she heard the sound of what she had long ignored or forgotten; birds were chirping away! It was a sweet sound to her ears. She questioned herself wondering how long had it been since she heard birds singing. She then took gaze of the moon. The sight was beautiful and reminding her of God's creation. My dear sister had not been aware of the everyday wonders of His creation. She was so unaware of how He speaks even in nature. She realized changed was needed, so she asked the Lord for His guidance.