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August 2013

The Lessons In Letting Go!!

It takes a lot of courage to Let Go.

Letting Go isn't a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.  When we let go, we are simply closing one chapter to begin another. 

Some people come in our lives to teach us how to release and let go.

Dropping your child off to their first day of school whether it's elementary or college, a father walking his daughter down the aisle, disconnecting from a relationship that has turned toxic are all forms of letting go.

When letting go, we can reflect on and be thankful for what we had, have, and what's to come.

It doesn't mean that we forget about the lessons, great memories, ignore, or carry negative feelings of anger, rage, or regret.  It has nothing to do with quitting, winning, loosing or rehearsing past hurt.

Instead we aught to cherish the memories, overcome, move on, and embrace our future with confidence and an open mind.

Letting go is more about being thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, cry, develop, and grow.

Let go and grow! #Keepgrowingingrace

WOLVES DO COME IN SHEEP CLOTHING


Had an interesting conversation with a friend and we both had encounters about the success of our business…No we were not gossiping and no we didn’t call names...She stated “there are wolves roaming in sheep's clothing preying upon or trying to prey upon those who are excited and eager when it comes to their new endeavors. I've been shocked at some of the so called "great ideas" I've been propositioned with. All with promises of material wealth. Those tricks don't work on me, but on someone less experienced and more naive, they do. I don't like to see people positioning themselves as some fast track ticket or key to success, as if the only way you'll be successful is if you let them lead the way. I don't like when people take advantage of the talents, passions and innocence of others. They try to put stars in your eyes and glittery images...ain't always gold, that's for sure!” Donloyn Gadson  

One thing I stand firm on and was reminded of was that God said..."Erica you are in control of your own growth and success...in every aspect of your life including financially"...and I immediately felt empowered instead of vulnerable...he meant when I was ready for it...it’s right there…”the right people you need to connect with…they will be in your path…and your growth is not in the hands of anyone cause promotion comes from me (Psalms 75:6)…others can only enhance what I have placed in you”...but he wants us to be in control of it…so it doesn't become out of control #thankyouJesus #feelingempowered  

Make sure you move when you get a peace within yourself so you will not regret it later unfortunately wolves do disguise themselves in sheep clothing…and when its meant to happen it will…yes you may need mentoring, coaching, training, and the right kind of help…but nothing will be able to stop it except you…at the end of the day it’s your vision so be in control of it and don’t allow the wolves to cause you to shut out who God has sent to partner with you  #whenpowermeetspotential #keepgrowingingrace

GROWING IN GRACE

We all have areas that we can use improvement in...whether its our attitude, health, relationships, character, our business, ministry or our money... this is essential for growth. ‪#‎KeepGrowingInGrace‬

The bible clearly states that, "A tree is known by it's fruit" so we must be producers of fruit. If your tree is not producing fruit, perhaps it needs to be uprooted. No one wants to eat rotten fruit it will make them sick.
                                                           
"Grace and religion cannot coexist.  God's true servants and his true leaders live transformed lives by grace, not religion.

The hallmark characteristics of Grace are forgiveness, redemption, kindness, mercy, goodness, non condemnation, love, & newness.
 
Some of us have killed people with our religion & harsh judgements. Some even have faces of stone to match our hearts of stone.

Nothing will kill & break a non Christian seeking GOD or a new babe in Christ faster than cold, empty, condemning religious people.

A religious man condemns, & is a legalist. A saved man is humble & full of grace because he knows that he too was a sinner in need of mercy!" ~Sophia Nelson

Our actions can do one or the other...Run people away from God or Draw them closer to God..."And above all things have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins...As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace  of God" (1 Peter 4:8,10)

God has made us free moral agents...he gave us the right to choose. In fact he created us so that he can have a family to love on and for that same love to be reciprocated back to him and others, not as robots, but in deed and action.

God didn't give us authority over man but dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26)

Am I am issuing out a license to dishonor God...Absolutely not...We must continue to plant seeds of love, be the sunlight, and allow God, the word, and Holy Spirit to do the convicting, convincing, and cultivating of the ground (heart)!

When conception of the spirit of truth has taken place in a person's heart...it will yield a peaceable fruit! Let's all continue to #KeepGrowingInGrace




MY NEW BLOG LAUNCH

This is the introduction to my new blog.

Just like many, I was very skeptical. After much thought and consideration, I was like...why not?

Thanks for joining me as I share, my thoughts, and the opinions of others that inspire me through
blogging and vlogging on varies discussions such as:


Business,
Life,
Spiritual Enrichment,
and Money Management.


For those of you who may not know me let me introduce myself...I am far from perfect, at times foolish, and a part of me will never grow up. Even with all my flaws my purpose is to teach, empower, at times challenge you to make you think...all to inspire you to become a BETTER YOU! I don't profess to be an expert or anything, I'm just transparent about what I've been through & what I go through. Overall, I am a pretty decent and fair person.

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