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Do What you Gotta Do - Words of a CERTAIN Woman

The day after, four years ago, the next day, is very vivid.  Mom is gone, physically.  What now? It is the thirty-first day of the eighth month in the year R&R (ReCover and ReStore).  I found out, that when your mother departs from this life...your entire life changes.  No Regrets...I am glad I showed her love, glad I gave her flowers, glad I arose and called her blessed.  Most importantly, I am happy for her Words.  In one converstation my Mom had with a dear friend, this young lady was going through a very difficult life situation.  Husband had left, she had the children, the saga goes on and on.  She talked to Mom about all of it.  She spent at least thirty minutes sharing from her heart.  After she was done, she said, mother, what should I do, what can you give me from your ocean of wisdom and life experience to help me get through this?  I need a word, I need a plan, I'm listening.  Well, Mother Martha, this CERTAIN Woman, reached deep into the depths of her soul, she tho…

No Regrets -- Words of a Certain Woman

Today was the day, in August 2007 that My Mom transitioned from her earthly journey to the ever after.  It is the thirtieth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore).  I am grateful today for her living example and the words of wisdom and  encouragement that left her lips and fell on listening ears. Many conversations with my Mom are enabling me to cope with life's challenges today.  The pain of her physical absence is still felt, but the fruit of her labor of love is evident and keeping me strong.  Her ability to simply forgive and move on, her actions towards everyone, even those who (it seemed to me) had wronged her.  How do you live a life without even attempting to "get them back"?  How do you go on without having a pity party for yourself after what you had to go through because of someone else?  No Regrets!  My Mom could have had many, but she said she had none.  In a conversation with my sister, she reiterated over and over again, that she …

A Life Remembered--The Late, Great, Martha Stanley

Today my friends, it is the twenty-ninth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore).  I am dedicating this week to the memory of a woman who inspired me to be all that I can be.  Martha Stanley February 23, 1937-August 30, 2007 (three score and ten). Everyday I see her handprints on my heart, in my daily activities, in my thoughts, my actions, as I seek a closer walk with my heavenly father.  A Life that was a living sacrifice, not seeking her own pleasure but Gods.  Her incredible resilient spirit, her tenacity, her humble demeanor could have only come from God.  She was like an ignition for purpose.  She created reasons for others to rise up and do something.  Unprecedented events, this single mother sponsored and each one was a success.  She brought out talents and abilities in people they often did not realize was there. 

In the face of pressure, she did not flintch, when others would have broken, she kept it together.  My mother, the mother of many, she was…

A Good Thing -- for the Hungry

Greetings to my sisters, friends and foes, how blessed we are to be in health and strength.  It is the twenty-sixth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore).  A Good Thing, is still ringing in my spirit.  I continue to appreciate the goodness of God towards me.  While reading in the Gospel of Luke, Mary reminds us of the mercy and grace of God.  She confirms his goodness as she declares that He filled the hungry with Good Things...(Luke 1:53).  The Beatitudes remind us that if we hunger and thirst after righteousness, we shall be filled.  It is A Good Thing to be filled, to be satisfied, content, not wanting.  I was hungry, blind, and lost, it is A Good Thing to be filled, seeing and found.  Sometimes in the midst of adversity, we can forget about the Good Things in our lives.  We can get distracted and spend so much time and attention on  those few difficulties we are faced with.  But, today I admonish you my sister, continue to expect A Good Thing, be A Good …

A Good Thing? A Good Thing.!!

My friends, I remain excited about life, but I must admit, today, seemed to be a cloudy day in my spirit.  It is the twenty-fourth day of the Eighth Month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore).  A Good Thing is the theme this week.  As you may know, when you begin to speak those things, precious promises, not yet manifested blessisngs, by faith, as though they are, you may experience resistance, push back, adversity.  These tenacious acts of faith may invoke doubt and maybe even sometimes fear during the process.  What would you fear.  The unknown?  Even as I write this blog today, I stand in the middle of an unfamiliar place.  I feel both pain and joy, but I know that overall it is A Good Thing.  I have questioned myself often, both my actions as well as my reactions.  A Good Thing ?  I ask myself the question.  Though it is rhetorical, somewhere within myself, I still need an answer.  So, it is A Good Thing that I have The Word on the inside to encourage and re-assure me.  It com…

A Good Thing - To Give Thanks

Greetings to all of you, my friends, sisters, foes and family.  It is good to be here...alive and well.  Today is the twenty-third day of  the eighth month in the yearR&R(ReCover&Restore).  I am still discussing A Good Thing.  So many references in the scripture to this term.  Today, we consider David again, his quest to please such an incredible God.  Just as David did, we are striving for perfection, wanting to return the love that has been so graciously bestowed upon us.  What shall we render? What is compatible to the bountiful blessings we receive daily.  For all the Good Things David said, Thanks, adoration, appreciation is A Good Thing to give unto the Lord.  With the fruit of our lips, with the lifting of our hands with a dance and a song.  It is A Good Thing to Give Thanks.  As we walk and live each day, our lives should be a testament of the blessings and favor of God.  Paul suggested that we should Give Thanks in all  things for this is the will of God in Christ Jes…

Affliction, A Good Thing?

My friends, foes and family, I am excited today, I am alive!  It is the twenty-second day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore).  So much comes to mind when I think about A Good Thing.  It is usually those things that are so obvious, the sunshine, the beautiful flowers, wealth, prosperity, etc.  But, while exploring  the Word, I discovered that Affliction can also be categorized as A Good Thing.  REALLY...?REALLY.  While reading in the book of Psalms David expressed that Affliction brought him to a better place of reverence for the law of God.  A few verses later, David said that He was afflicted by the faithfulness of God.  Affliction is a condition of great distress, pain, grief or suffering.  It could also be a trial to test patience or endurance.  I pondered in my mind the words of the King, It is Good for Me that I have been Afflicted, so that I might learn thy statutes.  Trouble found David, as it often finds us, sometimes because of our own shortcomings, …

GOOD THING

My sisters, friends and foes, today is a blessed day.  It is the eighteenth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover and ReStore).  I am so grateful for A GOOD THING.  Ringing in my spirit this morning was A GOOD THING.  Seeking clarification from the dictionary, good has many definitions, among them, morally excellent, virtuous, pious, favorable, pleasant, propitious, bountiful, and ample.  I will say, all of these will work for me.  What is thing?  It is what you cannot name, an essesnce of a presence, an idea, a state of being, your "thing" may not be my "thing" but whatever it is...it is GOOD if it comes from God.  It will not be withheld from us if we walk up right before the Lord.  You hear me?...NO GOOD THING will you miss, if you walk up rightly.  You determine if  A GOOD THING is coming into your life.  He who finds a wife...finds A GOOD THING and favor too!!  Every GOOD and perfect gift comes from the Lord.  Did you know, It is the Father's…

Stormy Weather

My sister-friends and others. Living today, I appreciate breath and health. It is the sixteenth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). I stand amazed as my understanding is opened concerning the atmosphere, the weather, my journey of life. The way our spiritual experiences coincide with our natural experiences is just blowing my mind. I have become intrigued by the weather, understanding and recognizing that life proceeds in various seasons, and every now and then it is inevitable that we will have inclement weather, one form I shall discuss isStormy Weather. I found out that there are many kinds of storms,many kinds of changes in the atmosphere that cause a variety of weather conditions. One thing that stuck with me concerning this discovery is the way hurricanes are formed. At least three elements are required...one being warm ocean water, the other being moisture in the atomosphere, and another being wind patterns. Wow, I thought about Stormy Weather and …

For the Living

It is a great day and I am blessed to be alive. It is the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). Over the past few weeks, it seems that there has been a wave of deaths(natural). It is an absolute truth that every human, regardless of color, age or economic status will be required to enter into eternity in the same manner, through death's door. Wow, that is something to think about. For the living(natural life), there is much to do to plan for THE REST OF ETERNITY; and we are only given our time on earth to do so. For the living, each day we rise with new mercies, to think over those things we missed yesterday, to forgive and be forgiven, to love and be loved, to live and fulfill our life purpose. For the living we have breath and physical strength to choose our soul's eternal resting place. For the living, we have the opportunity to surrender our natural life to the life-giver who ransomed His own life for us. For the living, we ca…

Just Blessed

My sisters, Friends, Foes...Blessings to you today. It is the eleventh day of the eighth month in the year R&R (ReCover&ReStore). Today I simply say, you are Just Blessed. Standing in this moment, you can smile, be happy, experience the Joy unspeakable and full of glory because you are Just Blessed.

I decree to you, I command on your behalf you are Just Blessed. No matter the storm, despite the pain, you are Just Blessed. You may be in the middle of a difficult season, you may not recognize what is happening, you may not even see the manifestation of it all yet...but without a shadow of turning, with out a doubt in my mind, I say, I declare, I implore unto you my sister my friend, you are Just Blessed. Walk in it, remind yourself today...you are living, breathing, Blessed Somebody. And the best is yet to come.

Epiphany of a CERTAIN Woman
2011

Don't Be Afraid -- Just Love

My sister-friends and others, this is another amazing day to be alive. It is the ninth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). I am grateful to just be alive. I am happy to know that I am loved, perfectly loved. It feels good to know that I am a planned purpose directly from the mind of God. I have experienced love in all its glory. I have been given an opportunity despite what I might deserve, despite what anyone else might think, I have been given the opportunity to be loved. By example, God loved me, so much that He gave. And because of this giving, I have life. I appreciate this love that has been showered on me, and I am inclined, commanded, to share this love. I have seen a great cloud of witnesses in my life who just loved everybody. They loved without fear of being hurt, without knowing whether or not their love would be reciprocated, they just loved. Beyond their own pain and shortcomings, they just simply loved. Understanding what love …

Stabalizing Force

I greet you my friends, it is a great day to be alive. It is the eighth day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). I am understanding better today the reasons for the many fiery trials in my life. I recognize that it is so important to be steadfast, stable, secure, established, and anchored. Looking back over the years, I see that each process was a STABALIZING FORCE. In order for us to fulfill our purpose, we must be stable, steadfast, anchored. God desires stability in everything we do. In our faith and our walk with him. He would rather us be one way or the other, passionate or hot for him or cold, not interested, passive; but He is not willing to accept the uncertainty of being luke warm. When we ask something of Him, he says we should not ask amiss, as if we don't know what we want, He says ask, clearly, decisively, with purpose and maturity. In our daily walk, He commands us through the Word to be STEADFAST and UNMOVEABLE...always abounding …

She-Rose among us

A day, the first day of the week, it is the sabbath. Today is the seventh day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). I am grateful today for the journey. To be counted worthy to travel the road less traveled. I am grateful. This month, I am reminded of the many She-Rose who have influenced my life. My sister, you are counted among those She-Rose of this day. You , sister, are truly able to do things, some might have deemed impossible. When I was a little girl, we watched "Superwoman" on television, she was able to do amazing things with these super powers. Wonder Woman, the Bionic Woman, all fictional women with super powers. Well, I am so glad to know the truth. I have met She-Rose or super women in this walk. Women who can fly above the storms of life, I have met women who could see the invisible and do the impossible. I have known women carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and never break a sweat. I have watched those she-r…

NOW

Another amazing day, it is the third day of the eighth month in the year of R&R (ReCover&ReStore). I am just trying to remind myself to cast all my cares, my issues, my stuff on him. I love the way that we are admonished in the Word to deal with Now. Yesterday has expired, tomorrow has not yet arrived, so what we have is NOW.

When faith is needed, we hear the Words NOW faith. When we have forgotten who we are...the word say NOW are we the sons of God. When we feel like we can't go on...we here NOW unto him who is able to keep us from falling.

I have peeped back at the past, I am quite expectant of the future, but I have decided to do what I am going to do NOW. In the present moment. NOW, while the blood is running warm in my veins. NOW, while my mind is working well, NOW, while I have my health and strength. There have been so many times we should have acted but we did not, so many missed opportunities because we did not think the time was right...I am saying…

The whole me spirit, soul and body.

My sisters and friends, this is the day, that has been made for you. It is the second day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). This week, I am appreciating God's concern for the whole me. I am thankful that God has made accommodations for my total being. As I experience this portion of my journey called life, God has allowed some things, blocked some things and destroyed some things on my behalf and for my good. I am reminded that I am, as a human, made up of three parts, body, soul and spirit. I am finding out, as I mature in the Lord, that his main and most important concern is for my soul. I am reminded as I read the Word and experience life, that everything that happens to me, though it affects my body and spirit, God is most concerned about my soul, my everlasting soul. Everything, everything, everything else is temporary. Everything else is designed to determine where, your living soul will be forever. The soul is in there, under the flesh …

He Knows

My sister-friends, it is the first day of the eighth month in the year R&R(ReCover&ReStore). It is a new month, a new day, a new moment and new hour. During the past few days, I have been greatly appreciating the fact that God Knows. I take time each day to submit my list of gratitude and each day, I am so grateful that I have a sovereign God handling the affairs of my life. Even though, every now and then I wonder, I even ask the question, Who Knew? After a surprising outcome in a situation that was not expected to end a certain way, I ask, Who Knew? Was anyone aware that my name had been put on the list for fiery trials? Who knew that I was signed up to experience hurt and pain from the least expected sources? Who knew that I would have to endure hardness as a good soldier? Who knew that life for me would not be a Crystal Stair? Who knew that trouble would come so heavy on me at times that it would cause me to cry? Who knew that I would not have everything I want…