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    We Brag Different

    Do you journal? If not, you should definitely start. You can use a variety of formats in case you’re not a fan of the traditional pen and paper. Creating a new file on your desktop can help if your hand cramps easily and you’d rather type or there are also journal apps galore to help you find a format that you like best. Now that we’ve eradicated all of the excuses, let’s talk. Lately, I have been amazed by the number of prayers that God has answered on my behalf and the ministries that I lead. What makes the new opportunities even sweeter is the time I get to read…

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    HELP! My Pastor is in Trouble!!!

    According to pastoralcareinc.com: 72% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week, 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.  23% of pastors report being distant from their family, and 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.  Often times, we hear the phrases “the church is a hospital,” “the church is for sick people” or “the church is for the broken.” But what happens when the Pastor is the one that is in need of help?  The role of the pastor has evolved from being someone who preaches, visits ill members and helps to bury…

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    Say No to Insecurity

    There’s been a lot of talk lately concerning self-love and freedom in connection to our hair, or the lack thereof.  There’s been even more action attached to our words– we’re going back to the natural state of our hair and cutting it all off or doing big chops–from celebrities to everyday women such as myself.  Of course, we know women have been “going natural” and rocking short cuts for a long time now. However, the intentional reason behind it, I believe, has peeked to a new level lately with rhyme and reason. I question if this refreshing breath of freedom is the recent birth of the understanding that we are…

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    3 Tips to Conference Confidence

    It’s that time of year that we are being inundated with advertisements for conference and retreats and it can be overwhelming to decide which is right for you. I mean, if you name a subject-any subject-there’s an expo, a conference, or a retreat for it, but the question that we have to ask ourselves is will it add value. As someone who loves to attend conferences (and host them), I have to think carefully about where my time and finances are best spent, and I bet the same is true for you. We don’t have time or money to waste so I’ve answered a few questions for you to consider…

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    5 Steps to Burnout Freedom

    It’s Spring, and it just so happens to be that time of the year when we are beginning to feel the burnout of being so disciplined from January until now. Sound familiar? Unless you’ve got a goal that you are staring in the face that is giving you life every time you go to the gym, you probably need a little motivation. With the upcoming release of my newest book Two Dreams and a Goal: The Second Colorfully Candid Diary, I’ve been a little obsessed with the difference between the two. I think Napoleon Hill’s statement sums it up best, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” If you…

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    Your Time, Your Season

    Sis, it’s your year! Yes, YOU! And I’m not talking about the typical “girl it’s your year” simply because it’s a new year. This isn’t just a declaration but a promise to the women of God! I know we often hear women go by the dated, yet relevant theme song, “Run the World,” and there’s no doubt that girls do run the world, but I give credit to Proverbs 31 for setting the tone first. This woman is the epitome of strength, faithfulness, wisdom, passion, business savviness, ambition, worth, value and so much more. She’s bold, fearless, her hands are created as unto the Lord, and she’s here to take…

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    Free to Forgive

    Bitter. Angry. Cold. Entitled. All words that infiltrate my thoughts when I think about some of the feelings we battle with when we harvest unforgiveness in our hearts.  I wonder how a moment of hurt could pierce the heart so deeply that it causes a person to shut down, reject love, adopt an unfamiliar character–change who they are, loose peace, paint on artificial happiness, and the list goes on. How could one person, or an encountered experience have enough power to destroy the person God has called each of us to be? I say “us” because I refuse to single you out knowing that I existed in a place of…

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    911…Who’s Saving You?

    If your 2017 has been anything like mine, I ran out of the year like a woman with her hair on fire. Now that the year has gotten underway, I don’t know about you, but I am living my BEST life this year! What is the BEST life you say? Your best life is living the life that God has for you. Your best life is the life without and limits that we often place on ourselves because of our past. As women we are the first ones up in the morning, and the last ones to lay down. By the time we get to ourselves we have nothing left!…

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    Mentoring: The Time is Now

    2017 was the year many of us broke free, made momentum, and defined new trends of success within our families and our spheres of influence. When I look back from this new space I occupy this year, I realize that I’m grateful for the struggles I’ve endured because they’ve led me to appreciate my successes in ways that I never would have if I didn’t have obstacles to overcome. I’m sure you can say the same. Looking around at the women I call friends, I’m amazed at the accomplishments we’ve made. Some graduated as first generation college students. Some kicked addictions. Some stepped out on faith and opened new businesses,…

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    Holiday Blues

    When everyone’s NOT waiting on the holidays…. The seasons are changing, leaves are turning colors, and we’re a few days away from Thanksgiving, and just over 30 days away from Christmas. For most, the holidays are a time of food, family, fun, YOU NAME IT! However, for some, the holidays are a reminder of what used to be. Grief grips everyone differently, and is managed in different ways. Grief is defined as keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. So, whether you’ve experienced a death of a loved one, a break-up, divorce, or a distant move, you could experience holiday grief around this time…

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    When Better Gets Worse: Hear No Evil, See No Evil…

    Nita, a vibrant, beautiful young woman loves her church and she loves serving. She’s been in church all her life. She was born and raised in the Christian faith and considers her relationship with God the strongest one she has. Second on that list is her charismatic and friendly husband, Shawn. Nita and Shawn have been married for eight years. They were high school sweethearts and went off to college together. They enjoy serving in the Young Adult Ministry and Worship Team at their Church. Their pastors often ask them to host guests that come into town. Today is a wonderful day for Nita and Shawn because they will find…

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    The “I Do”

    What is marriage? I mean, if you had to define the word “marriage” how would you define it? If you had to describe it, what would you say? Would your definition or description be a combination of what you’ve heard others say? Or, would you use your own experiences and combine that with what you think it should be? Would you use a cute cliché, or quote a scripture to sound deep? Well, after 5,315 days of being married allow me to share my definition. Marriage is what happens when a triangle and a circle become a rectangle. Marriage is the perfect blend of R&B, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Rap,…