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I've lived on the east coast, west coast and in the south, which makes for a unique mix of dialect, fashion sense and values. Although I've lived in California for over 20 years, I still say "y'all" and rock cowboy boots any chance I get. I'm a black woman who has spent most of my life living in predominantly white neighborhoods and being the minority at school and work.
There is so so much I could say on the topic of waiting. I could write pages and pages on the importance of patience, perseverance, contentment and hope. Is it just me, or does it seem like we're always waiting for something?
Depression is debilitating. Sadness is exhausting. Brokenness hurts so much. But the good news is, YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH. I promise.
Have you experienced situational depression caused by the death of a loved one or some horrible situation you've found yourself stuck in? Or, like me, you have been diagnosed with clinical depression and battled the physical and emotional effects of the disorder your whole life? Either way, we all go through bouts of depression. I've found that regardless of the cause, there is one thing that holds true...
The ability to stay positive and optimistic no matter the situation you find yourself in, is a skill that can be developed. It can be extremely hard, but it is possible! Here are a few encouraging quotes to remind you that staying positive can make a huge difference in your perspective and outlook on life.
Often times we try to interpret the dreams we have in our sleep. We excitedly talk to friends and sometimes even strangers, about what they think our dream may mean. But what about those conscious dreams we have for our future? Many of us keep those dreams of future possibilities to ourselves, too scared of what friends or family might say if we told them what we hope for.
When you're worried about succeeding or fearful of failure a few words of encouragement can make a huge difference. Here are a few encouraging quotes to help you keep failure in perspective and remind you that success may be just around the corner.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a wife and mother. Like most little girls, I played house and would name and care for all my dolls. Even before I met my husband, I built my life around having children.
For years, I lived my life on the edge of dehydration. I went days at a time without drinking a sip of water. Surviving off of coffee and soda. In my younger days, I even exercised while sipping on smoothies and ginger ale. I can't count how many water glasses at restaurants I left untouched.
Then there came a day when I couldn't stand up straight. Literally.
When did I become fearful of public speaking? If you follow me on social media, you know I have had a really hard time posting videos of myself. It’s so strange to me that something I was never afraid to do before, has now become something I dread. I get super nervous, mix up my words and am so critical of myself. Let me back up for a minute...
My husband and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. We love to travel and have been extremely blessed with the opportunity to visit places all over the world. Some of our travel has been for work and some for pleasure, but most of the vacations we've taken have had itineraries filled with restaurants, adventures and visits to historical sites. This vacation was a little different. We just wanted to relax on the beach and enjoy the sun. Everything started out according to plan with a bright, hot, sunny day in Fort Lauderdale. As we boarded the boat with excitement for all the beautiful beaches we would visit, we hoped that this weather would continue throughout our voyage. But God had other plans.
Entrepreneurship can be hard. No matter how long you've been in business, there is always more to learn. One of the most valuable lessons I've learned is that you can't do it alone. It takes a community of people who believe in your mission and have a similar vision. My husband, friends and family have been a huge support, giving of their time, expertise and energy whenever they can.
As a Christian entrepreneur, it's been extremely encouraging to meet, support and partner with other Christians who also seek to glorify God first in everything they do. When you manage your business like God is the biggest shareholder, you can't lose!
I praise God that each month there are always ladies who reach out and let me know that their box of encouragement arrived ‘right on time.’ It reminds me that God is in control. I’m a planner. I have a long list of theme ideas for future boxes and I regularly look at the list to determine which theme will be next….but inevitably when you are designing something from scratch, there are obstacles that get in the way. A manufacturer can’t meet our timeline, a shipment is late or sometimes, I just don’t feel settled in my soul that each item in the box is just right. There have been many times when I think I have the next box all figured out and the Lord will literally give me a completely different idea during my prayer or Bible study time. I always try to be obedient and switch gears, putting aside my idea for His.
There have been a few boxes that I was really nervous about because it wasn’t the theme I had originally wanted to ship that month, but God. God had a different plan and those boxes touched and in some cases changed the lives of the women who received them. It’s in those moments that I sit back and marvel at how God orchestrates it all.
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