Years ago, my mom ripped out an article from Charisma magazine and handed it to me for my journey back to campus. The writer, Jamie Buckingham, said, “We must dream so big that without the support that comes through favor with God and man, we could never accomplish what is in our hearts.”
That piece of paper has probably been long disposed of, but I recently came across the quote in an old blog post. I find it fitting, especially because “imagine” is my word of 2019.
This past year was the year God kept dropping the number 8 in my spirit. After realizing the number biblically symbolized new beginnings, I found more hope and clutched unto it. Then, came the new. I graduated with my Masters at Syracuse, officially became a business owner, reigned as Miss Black NJ, and the biggest blessing ever — landed a three book deal.
All, so much newness. But the most important form was the renewing of my heart, mind, spirit. I was able to see God’s intentionality through that number and through this verse, which was actually my theme for the year long before:
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not see it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
God had a message for me all year long and today, I’m going to share the life lessons I learned in 2018. 8 of them, of course — it’s only right.
The BIGGEST surprise I received from God in 2017: signing a three book deal with Baker Publishing Group, one of the most prominent Christian publications out there! Not one, not two but THREE BOOKS! I will soon be able to call myself an author, like whaaaat ???????
I won’t say much. The video says enough for itself! But here’s a quick message:
God has purposed EVERYONE — this includes you! He has MIGHTY plans for your life but are you willing to be a vessel?
Watch “How I Landed a Three Book Deal as a First Time Author” for my testimony and some much needed encouragement as you go into this new year ♥️
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Hi, beautiful people!
I was invited to the ULTA Beauty Holiday 2018 Press Party and left with a SUITCASE and BAGS full of beauty products!!! So perf for stocking stuffing and gifting ranging from $10-$150. You’ll find all the goods linked below in this funny vid with my sister — you don’t want to miss it!
Are you going in circles? Around and around, you go — attempting to make progress but continuously finding yourself in the same predicament time and time again? Maybe, you’re not even making any moves at all — your life is at a standstill. You’re trying to open doors yourself and when you finally realize you can’t do it alone, you ask God… but He makes you wait.
On a job. On a family. On love. On growth.
I noticed around this time of year, I’m a tad bit more irritable. I absolutely love the holidays because of Jesus (duh!) and family. I love the songs and events and movies. However, it is especially around this time where the weight of darker days and biting cold can further remind you of the things you lack.
But it doesn’t have to.
Now can be the end of your discontent. Now can be the end of your frustration.
This post exists to encourage you to develop and maintain a heart of gratitude regardless of what you’re going through…regardless on what you’re waiting on.
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Who hates Monday’s? I used to despise it! ? Things have changed, though. I’m excited to share why my perspective shifted and three ways as to how you can transform your outlook, too! I see too many posts on my feed about how Monday is such an unfortunate day, so I figured it would be cool to write about how you can own it, instead of it running you!
I’m breaking it down into three easy steps in regards to mental, physical and spiritual!
I celebrated my 24th birthday last week and man, I feel so free! I’m so liberated by what God has graced me with and what He saw fit to take away. I have only grown stronger in knowing who I am and who I am called to be: a bold daughter of the King whose life reflects His light.
Have you ever been dared to do something…wild?
It’s Friday and my To Do list is still full.