I live in what is called ‘West Baton Rouge’, which is not exactly in Baton Rouge, but on the outskirts. Some would define this as ‘country’ because we are not in the city (thank you for that! LOL) You have to go over the Mississippi River in order to get to the west side. The bridge can be CRAZY at times, it definitely wasn’t built for the volume of people that live here, that is for sure! Well along the west side is around 4 towns (there are more, but I am sharing the ones that are the closest to the bridge) There is Port Allen that is right off of the bridge you take a right, if you take a left it leads you to Brusly, then Addis, and then finally Plaquemine. Going from Port Allen to a town called Brusly is literally like 2 miles away, and in that you have to go under the ramp where the bridge goes to go to Baton Rouge, then it takes you up on a ramp that is called the ‘intra coastal’. For the short of it, there is literally NO OTHER WAY to go across but here. You bring in traffic from all angles so it is an important travel area.
As I sit here this morning in prayer I said to God, why is it my last session? It finally was beginning to feel comfortable! And then I remembered even the words that came out of my own very mouth on this last episode of Soulfood Sundays with John Garay where I said “God doesn’t want us comfortable, because when we are comfortable we aren’t growing”. I immediately knew that was my answer.
A few weeks ago the Lord put on my heart to once again make room in my schedule and ‘clear my plate’. I’m not exactly sure the whole reason, but this time around, I fully trust. It’s interesting that the last recorded Soufood Sundays was about Faith because I am right in the mix of my own faith in the process (God, you are so good!). I wish I could say “oh, it was in the masterplan to end with the session being on faith” because doesn’t it fit so well together? LOL, but the truth is, it just ‘happened’, and that is what is so awesome.
What is your definition of ‘fearing God’? I have found that people have so many different views. Last night in SOULFOOD SUNDAYS, I took a leap into a touchy and uncomfortable topic to discuss. I shared how I felt hurt by ‘religious people’ and the church when it came to how they presented God. As this thought that one must FEAR GOD and be almost paralyzed with fear.
Have you experienced this? Have you been taught to fear God and that you are a sinner and presented in such a way you feel dirty? Well you might want to listen to last nights message HERE so you can hear what I shared about my experience as well.
There is a saying, ‘a deer in headlights’, and I’m sure you have heard it but in case you haven’t it’s when a deer sees the lights from a car it can leave them frozen because they maybe feel caught off guard. They feel stuck and don’t know if they should go forward or go backward, or even it’s put them in a state of shock.
Sometimes our life challenges can bring on a similar message of fear….
Maybe you are thinking about making a bold change and move out of the state you live in, or maybe it’s a new job you are going after. You have this opportunity to make more money but right now you have a job that feels comfortable and stable. You know the job that is being offered will give you a fresh new start and an opportunity to learn something new, but you can’t shake off that fear of making the wrong decision.
Do you need a little inspiration today? Recently I was blessed to have a soulful conversation with Garrison Redd.
If you have ever felt like you wanted to quit, or have felt hopeless, you are going to want to watch Soul Stories Episode 8: Abled with Limitations, your now is not your forever. Garrison walks us through his own journey, adversity, challenges and what he overcame in his life after being shot at the age of 17. Garrison has turned his adversity into passion and started his own foundation called The Garrison Redd Project, which helps to bring awareness to Companies about hiring people with disabilities, bridging the gap between employer and individual. “When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade”, come join Garrison and myself as he shares his own secret recipe!
Listen to the FULL EPISODE HERE
Happy New Year! We are one week into 2019….. I’m so psyched to welcome 2019 and all the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth God has for all of us! I want to share some awesome stuff with you!
New Year’s is a special and sacred time, and people can have all sorts of emotions with it. Sometimes people reflect on the things they ‘didn’t accomplish’ and so thoughts of disappointment can be present, and yet others can feel gratitude for all that we’ve experienced. Wherever you are at, I want to offer to you a few things I have been doing and as I have made some subtle shifts with how I enter in a New Year. If it resonates, wonderful! Keep the things that feed YOUR SOUL!
In my happy place these days you will find me behind a microphone and camera and sharing space with some really incredible and special people. If you would have told me years ago this is what I would be doing, I honestly would have laughed at you.
Well this week launched Episode 2 of Soul Stories, with John Garay that you are not going to want to miss. We had a fun conversation and he shared some incredible golden nuggets for all of us, come listen to the replay HERE…….
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Gosh, today is the BIG DAY FRIENDS! I am so excited……!!!!!!
Sooooo, ‘Step forward and shine’, this is what it means to me:
- To let your personality and character show: Unapologetically show up and be proud of who you are. Just. How. God. Created. You. Then you can Step forward and shine!
- Nurture relationships: This also includes the relationship with yourself! You can really step forward and shine when you are honoring sacred relationships first.
- Honoring your self-care: Ensuring that your cup is full so you can give to others, which allows you to step forward and shine.
- Embracing a positive mindset: This helps you to build that confidence for future endeavors enabling you to STEP FORWARD AND SHINE!
Gosh! Today’s message on Dream Big Noon-Spiration was an uncomfortable message to share. Sometimes what is inspired in me to share with everyone is not always the easy thing to say, yet, I am trusting in God.
Have you been through an experience or situation where it’s not easy to “see the good” or focus on the blessings? Whew! Me too! I’ve been there! Still can go there! I remember many times where I pray about it and ask God “really!? Ok, God, where are the blessings in this situation”! Have you felt that way? Sometimes being able to expand and see the light takes time, especially if we are still emotionally engaging in the experience or memory. Give yourself some time to get through it without judgment. And when you are ready to shift the way you feel and the way that you are engaging in the memory, set aside all of the pain and hurt long enough for you to ask yourself these short questions: