Keep Pushing!

Keep Pushing!

I have been excited about all the wonderful things that are happening in my personal life. God is moving and you can see it.  People have told me that I look happy and that there is a glow on my face. When I talk about all that God has done, there is an excitement in my voice and a twinkle in my eyes. I have to say it out loud…GOD IS GOOD! But, just as good as my personal life is going my professional life is a stark contrast. There always seems to be evil lurking in the shadows. You sense it although you cannot see it. I’m being challenged on every hand. I recognized it is not about me but about He who holds me.  It’s a spiritual attack. But, I hold on to that fact that even though I can't feel God sometimes, I can trace Him. His track record is still in tack, smudge-free and has not been compromised.  Like the gospel singer, Tye Tribbet, sings, “If He did it before, He’ll do it again,” I now this is so true! Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”  That is the dichotomy! To have peace and trust in God when facing challenges.  I still see God working things out of me and working things in me. I’m growing stronger as I lean on Him and I acknowledge my need of Him and I vow I’m going keep pushing to see what the end will be!

Until next time, remember "Be the Flavor that Savors."

  

NaNoWrimo!

NaNoWriMo

 

National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is called is coming! Yes, it is right around the corner.  Seven days to be exact! What is NaNoWriMo you ask?  NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is that they “believe in the transformational power of creativity.  We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page.” What I love most are all the tools the website provides to its participants such as: tips for writer's block, local places writers participating in NaNoWriMo are meeting, and an online community of support. The focus is on completion instead of perfection. NaNoWriMo's main goal is to encourage creativity worldwide and to provide writers a jumpstart on writing projects. The undertaking started in July 1999 with 21 participants, but by the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words. To date, over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been published.

The challenge starts on November 1st, participants from all over the world embark on a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days.  The challenge is simple start writing on November 1st and finish at midnight on November 30th.  I am so intrigued by the idea of participating in NaNoWriMo. So, I’ve decided to join the thousands of people dedicated to this mission.

 

I am excited because I’ve wanted to write a book for a long time but put it off for various reasons. Maybe you’ve had a dream you thought was out of reach.  Your dream may not be to write a book but whatever your dream may be take a chance. Let’s take this undertaking together and see if we can elevate, edit and embrace.  We will elevate our current thinking. Edit those things that hinder us from moving forward. But more importantly, embrace our future goals.  Together we can make our story legendary!

Please, cheer me on and stop by periodically to find out how I’m progressing.

Until next time, remember “Be the Flavor that Savors.”  

Plans!

PLANS

I will begin by apologizing for the late blog. I made plans to place the entry on Sunday but as you can see that did not happen. Out of nowhere I got extremely busy and let’s just say the entry got pushed to the back. You know that thing called LIFE, it will get you every time.  It’s like the scripture says in Proverbs 16:9 (NLT), “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Or “many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) or in the secular of Woody Allen, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Well, that sums up my attempts to plan.

 

After I had time to reflect over this week and saw some of my friends and family going through their personal storms. Many had made plans that got changed and turned upside down. I realized I could give a hug, share a word of encouragement and sit with them but I couldn’t go into the storm with or for them. These storms for many came out of the blue.  They did nothing to deserve this pain, hurt and fear.  I say to them to pray and be still and wait on God. But I understand it’s hard to grasp that when the very thing you need to hold on to is something that is invisible. But that my friend is the only thing that will help you get through. I’ve heard preachers say we all fall in one of three groups: you are either going into a storm, in the eye of the storm or coming out of a storm. This shows us that in this life there will be storms. This is guaranteed.

 

I’ve been there when you go from a beautiful sunny day to being surrounded by threatening storm clouds. If you are honest you know you have as well. I don’t know what you did to get to your rainbow. I can only tell you what I did to get to mine. I had to remember that there is only one person that said they would never leave me or forsake me and that was – Jesus! He was true to His word and through tears and great pain I got stronger and my days got better.

 

If you are in the midst of a storm or you know someone that is in the eye of a storm. Remember that storms don’t last always.  Consider putting your hand in the hand of the man that calmed the waters.  Put and keep your hand in the hand of the man that calmed the sea. 

 

Until next time, remember “Be the Flavor that Savors.”  
 

 

Why Tea Leaves?

Why Tea Leaves ?
So why did I choose tea leaves for my blog name? Well, first you've got to admit it's kind of catchy and it goes with Grab Tea with Yogi! We all know that tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves or tea bags.  Not surprising, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world! It can be used for medicinal purposes or just to soothe the soul.

 

I'm reminded of a story I heard about handling adversity.  Life is full of trials and tribulations, which are like getting thrown into a pot of boiling water. We choose how we will react.  Imagine there are three items: a potato, an egg, and a tea bag/tea leaves. The potato seems strong and unchangeable at first, but when thrown in boiling water, it becomes soft.  By being placed in a hot environment it loses its strength. We then see the egg that starts out soft on the inside and since it's hard on the outside looks like nothing would ever change it. But, by being placed in a hot environment it becomes hard.  Then lastly, the tea bag/tea leaves. Once it gets placed in boiling water it releases flavor and fragrance.  The potato and the egg let their environment change them but the tea bag/tea leaves changed the environment even under the worst of conditions.  It teaches us to be like a tea bag/tea leaves whenever we are faced with adversity. 

I'm just like you.  I have been through a lot and if I'm honest I'm still facing my challenges. But, like the tea bag (tea leaves) I am confident that any circumstance I'm faced with I will either change it or I will make a positive impact. You should make the same declaration that your environment will be made sweeter because of you!

Until next time, remember "Be the Flavor that Savors."

 

My First Blog Post!

Welcome to my blog!
 

 

It has been a long time coming. I'm excited about this adventure and where it will take us. I can't wait to share posts with you and I hope you are looking forward to them. Every Sunday, make sure you check back to read new posts.  The blog will touch on issues that I've experienced or issues that others would like discussed. In the end it is my hope that the post will challenge you and encourage you. So let's begin each week together!  I can't wait to grab tea with you!