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This book uncovers the truths and realisms of divine purpose. It highlights the significance and sacrifices associated with God-ordained dreams, callings, gifts, and purpose. It stresses the impacts of the good, the bad, and the ugly and how it all works together to build you and your life to meet the conditions needed for you to effectively achieve your purpose. Mary and Joseph’s life is a true example of how those components played a major role in their process of achieving success with their divinely ascribed assignment.

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Your New Season Has Been Set in Motion

th4299J30LThe inauguration of your new season is at hand. It’s time to reposition yourself. It’s time to shift from that place to this one. During presidential inaugurations, the newly appointed president, or the one who’s just been re-elected for another term is usually announced in November. However, the installation does not take place until January. In the meantime, preparations are underway for the big shift.


With that being said, this is officially the time and term for the people of God. The doors have been opened to you. This is your time and your season to walk through and shine as you never have before. Similar to that of a new president, your new beginning has been set in motion. You’ve been eagerly anticipating this day for a long time.

Embracing this season did not come without its share of challenges and contradictions. You’ve stepped out by faith, leaving the familiarity of your comfort zone. You trusted God to prep you and lead you through your wilderness tests and temptations. In dark times, God guided you with His Words of assurance just to make sure you made it through successfully. All of this was to ensure that you meet your appointment with destiny.


Well, the time is here, the beginning of your God-ordained purpose, calling, assignment, etc. Hopefully, you’re not approaching this feat empty-handed, without anything to show for where you’ve been. You see, even though we obtain college degrees, I learned that it takes more than that beautifully designed certificate of completion to obtain that special job we’ve been so earnestly seeking after. Most times, the company want some experience with it. It’s not enough to learn it. They need to know if you’ve actually walked it out in some way, form, or fashion.

Thus, the experience you went through to get here is very much needed for where you’re going. Bring it with you when you walk through your open-door. The experience you gained in your struggles will assistance you in your purpose on this level.

Keep Hope Alive


Hope is a gift that was given us of God. The gift is designed to empower us  to maintain our expectations. It is no secret that whenever we’re given a promise from God that the devil launch attacks in an effort to divert us from that blessed hope of achieving it. He knows that if he could cause us to lose the hope of it coming to pass, he can cause us to lose trust and confidence in God.

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. Hebrews 6:18 (MSG)

God expects us to keep our hope in Jesus Christ alive. There are many promises hanging over our heads that has yet to come to pass in our lives. The enemy is fighting hard to hinder us by attacking our hope so that our relationship with God will be disturbed by mistrust. However, you have the power to fight him off and win. The Word of God and prayer is the key to maintaining your stance on the hope that is within you. Don’t let trials and tribulations come and cause you to take your eyes off the goal. Please understand that challenges will come, but they are not supposed to overcome you.

thLQM2PD3TYou must do like David suggested in Psalm 34, “Oh magnify the Lord with me…“! David understood the art to holding on to his hope and  getting through his adversities. Magnify the Lord! To magnify the Lord simply means to make Him bigger than anything in your life. If you can grasp this concept, you’ll win every time.

You see, there are many pages in our book called life, and you must determine which page you’re on right now. On that page there are many letters, words, and sentences that make up your page. Everything on your page is important and makes up your story. The key to winning in life is knowing what to focus on. Place your magnifying glass on “JESUS”, that is, if He’s on the page (and He should be). Now, I’m aware that there are many other things on that page such as spouses, children, job, finances, you, dreams, callings, and etc. All of these things should be on the page, for they are very much a part of your life and do require some attention. However, your magnifying glass should be on the Lord. Know this, that whatever your magnifying glass is placed on, that is the most important thing in your life. That is the thing you’re focused on the most. Everything else on your page takes a backseat to whatever you have magnified.

Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe that’s why hope is dying in so many lives today. Jesus has been blurred out and has taken a backseat to everything else.  Maybe the answer to your dying hope is just as simple as flipping the script–or in this case, flipping the focus.

Pick up the Word of God, visit your prayer closet more often so that you can reposition your magnifying glass. It’s just as simple as that. Make changes accordingly. Keep your hope alive.



The Power of Storms

The Power of Storms (Part 1)


Storms are defined as any natural or spiritual adversity that comes and disturbs or interrupts the environment affected by them. They have the innate ability to cause severe damage and loss. All storms and natural disasters are not due to modifications or unsettling conditions in the atmosphere. Some natural catastrophes are derived from changes or disturbing conditions in the earth. Those that are most prevalent for our region include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and rainstorms. Some areas of the country are known for extreme heat, droughts and earthquakes, whereas other regions are known for snowstorms and blizzards. Though these are all diverse forms of calamities, they all have one major thing in common—they have the probability of producing devastating impacts on the areas most affected by them.

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No One’s an Exception

One thing I’ve come to understand about storms is that no one or place is exempt from them. It doesn’t matter where you reside in the world. Not even your financial status or the caliber of your anointing exempts you from them. We are all subject to natural atmospheric and life storms. Yours may differ from mine, nonetheless, they’re all storms.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.   John 16:33 (KJV)

The storms of life have a few similarities of the natural storms we encounter in the earth. Just as they pop up from time to time in the earth, so do they in our lives. As well, just as the meteorologist warns us of the probability of inclement weather, so do the Word of God.


Storms Generally Have Assignments

Life storms generally come with an assignment. The assignment can be anywhere from serving as a form of disciplinary action, to using them to build us for whatever purpose God has ordained for our lives, and even to the devil trying to hinder what God is doing in us. All storms do not come to kill us, though many times we feel we’re not going to make it through them. Some storms actually come with the power to make us and mold us into the people that God has originally predestined us to be. Much like basic training in our U.S. military, we undergo a lot of tough, strenuous, mind-challenging drills and maneuvers to prep us for the army of the Lord. A weak, whinny, untrained soldier won’t cut it in this walk with God. Learning how to take a licking and keep on ticking is imperative. That means enduring personal conflicts, frustrations, and challenges along the way. Whether we feel the effects of the storms or not, we shouldn’t be alarmed by them. The storms are proven effective and are designed to build a tough and relentless you. Besides, God never leaves us alone in them. He either walks us through them, or He simply deliver us out of them. The point is; they don’t last forever and God is with you. You’re coming out on top!

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV)


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Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Laughter Strengthens Relationships

Amusement has a way of assisting with establishing bonds with groups and individuals when you laugh together. This is primarily due to the empathy hormone which releases oxytocin. A little laughter is very effective. As you can see, it has the power to help encourage stronger relationships.

It’s Contagious!

Laughter is much like a disease—it’s contagious. What sick person wouldn’t want to contract this disease? What despondent person wouldn’t want to come down with this bug? A depressed person would likely welcome it! When you laugh, you touch those around you. You lift the spirits of others, and you add some spice to one’s day.  Ultimately, when you laugh, you manage to make challenges appear less challenging for you and for others.

The gift of laughter is effective and it’s powerful. I challenge you to make a choice to laugh and be happy—in spite of what life throws your way. When you do, you’ll find that to every challenge and adversity, there is a positive side. You’ll also find that you can inadvertently affect some else’s day while diligently enriching yours. Choose to laugh and be happy.


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Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Why Choose to Be Happy?

Indeed, being happy is a choice. You have been created with the power to withstand anything or anyone who come against your happy. Understand that when I say “your happy”, I mean your peace, your joy, or whatever you do to preserve your happiness, especially in the midst of a life crises. You have the choice to reject or accept it. It’s really a gift that happens to go hand-and-hand with laughter. Understand that both happiness and laughter will stand alone just fine, but together, they complement and enhance each other. Choose to be happy no matter what, and embrace laughter.


The Benefits of Laughter

Laughter makes you look younger. Your facial muscles are at work in the process which causes an increased flow of blood throughout the face. When proper circulation flows effectively, even in the small capillaries, it results in a youthful healthy look.

Laughter also revives your body and mind. It resuscitates it with increased oxygen flow around the body when air is thrust from your lungs.

Laughter, moreover, helps form resilience in tough situations. As you laugh your way through your challenges, it helps you to retain mobility in situations that would normally leave you stuck and unable to maneuver through it. There’s nothing worse than trying to solve a problem while feeling stuck and stressed.

Laughter is known for its many health benefits associated with it such as reduced blood pressure, stress, and heart disease. Laughter even manages to help reduce pain. It develops pain tolerance and effortlessly works to improve your health as compared to being stressed, sad, and gloomy.

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Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

There is so much power and effectiveness in laughter. Very few people realize this. Some people are so bogged down with the cares of life that it’s really frustrating for them to see others happy. However, nothing can be more healing than a merry heart, even when you are going through life challenges. Merriment has the ability to steer you into a happy place–the place you go to when life is not playing fair. Laughter does not take away the storms you encounter, but it does help to ease the anxiety, worry, and despondency—everything that comes to keep you down while you go through. Laughter is so effective that it is encouraged even in the medical world. It has a number of health benefits, and happens to be very therapeutic for patients. No wonder the bible endorses it as being good medicine. It is good because of the results it yields to those who embrace it.


Find Your Happy

When you maintain “your happy”, your response to challenges and adversity tends to prompt a very different and optimistic perspective to your problems. A merry heart makes it easier to see the positive side of any affliction. This is simply because you refuse to highlight the negativity, but instead choose to focus on the positive. It can be very difficult to find a positive in a negative situation, but the truth is, the positive is always there. You just have to distance yourself from the negativity to find it. Only a merry heart will spot it.

Laughter is the key. It is the vehicle that drives you away from the situation long enough to view whatever you’re going through from a different and positive perspective.


Live Your Own Life, Not the Hand-Me-Downs of Someone Else’s

handmedown.jpgThe Onset of Becoming…

It can be pretty rewarding living in a household with multiple brothers and sisters. The play time, the talks, the company, the learning experiences, and even the disagreements is very befitting as a child. The one thing I really favored most as a younger sibling was receiving second-hand belongings from my older sisters. I enjoyed it because  I admired my sisters, and truthfully, I always wanted to grow up and have a life just like theirs. They seemed to have it all together. They all had jobs, husbands, children, cars, homes, etc. From my small observation of their lives, they were extremely happy. So, because I admired them, and they appeared to be very well-off and contented, I wanted to be just like them. Thus, when they gave me anything from clothing and shoes to hair brushes and hairpins, in spite of what it was, what it looked like, whether it was too big or too small, it was wholly received and appreciated. Their hand-me-downs was deemed to be of great value to me because it belonged to them. Now, though I was a kid at the time, I valued what my sisters had because honestly, I had nothing of my own that I perceived valuable. I had no life, other than the one that  was handed to me. I regarded my life to be nothing—no dreams, aspirations, plans or purpose. All I had to cling to was someone else’s. Thus, theirs looked better, and because it looked good on them, I thought it would look just as nice on me too.

 1 Corinthians 13:11(KJV)
 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

At some point in your becoming stage, God aligns you with His plans for you.

As I grew up, life and changes compelled me to steer away from striving to be like my siblings. I didn’t know where it came from or when it started to occur, but as I progressed to young adulthood, my cravings for life changed. I began envisioning myself suited in black corporate attire, carrying a briefcase, accompanied by an entourage of other business associates, managing my own business.  Understand that I’m still living in the same circle with the same people in the same neighborhood. That basically consist of living in a low-income housing complex with our basic needs met through welfare, social security and food stamps. Our circle were mainly comprised of those who lived to same way. When this change of heart occurred, nothing else in my life changed except an appetite for something different. I had no idea that the hand of God was on my life, much less aligning me with purpose. My hunger for something new soon inspired me to move in a totally different direction–not away from the principles that was taught to me as a child, but away from the life that was handed me from birth—poverty, lack, project-living, broken home, broken life, broken me, etc. This is not intended to downplay any childhood rearing, for I believe my parents did a great job of preparing me for life. This is to highlight your understanding of realizing that at some point, you’ll have to discover what works best for you, as it relates to the plan and purpose that God has already pre-ordained for you. It’s about discovering your uniqueness, and working it—prayerfully.

Jeremiah 1:5(NIV)
  "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Evaluate yourself!

The old life became stifling and too confining for what was inside me, thus realizing I had outgrown a life that was no longer befitting for where I was going. There are certain dreams and plans we may have had at certain points and places in our lives that just don’t fit where we are, much less where we’re going. Struggles in your life now may very well be due to trying to fit and function in a life that’s not yours. Maybe some of you can relate.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. As an adult, do you have a habit of talking with others about important decisions that has to be made, and they often respond by saying things like “if I were you, I would…” and because they are someone whose life you admire, you always go along with their advice?
  2. Are you the type that always need consensus from others before deciding to do a thing?
  3. Do you always need consent or permission from others to follow through on decisions you make?
  4. Do you constantly value everyone else’s opinion and life over your own?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be one of those who are stuck living a hand-me-down life, always receiving bits and pieces of someone else’s life in order to generate one of your own. You’re at risk of taking someone else’s life and making it your own. Can you relate?

Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
29 For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. 30 And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity].

You were built for this!

The key to wearing life that fits you is paying attention to your individuality. You have been uniquely customized to live the life that God has already laid out for you. If you don’t recognize the value of your own; if you don’t regard your life as special and unique, you’ll likely end up cleaving and clinging to a life that’s more appealing and attractive to you, yet, one that belong to someone else. We were created with a specific distinctiveness in the mind of God. Everything and everyone does not fit us or our purpose. At the beginning of our lives, we put on whatever life handed us to wear. Our environment and parental guides were in control then. However, at some point, as life really kicks in, so will opportunities to make choices that will align you with the original purpose and plan designed for you.
Honestly, handing down clothing, shoes, or any other tangible items is well and good, but when it comes to my life, I chose to trust God’s plan for me, to be authentic and original, consistently taking it from one level to the next.

The Gift of Life

life is a gift

…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. St John 10:10 (KJV)

…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows (AMP)

Appreciate It!

Most people really never appreciate life until they come face to face with near death experiences. Life is the most treasurable gift ever, and is the one thing that people tend to take for granted. Many spend their lives placing emphasis on everything from what they want to achieve in life, to nit-picking about what they don’t have, in the meanwhile, overlooking the value of what’s currently in their possession. There is great significance in realizing and appreciating the gift of life.

Grasp it!

As we highlight the aspects of living, I want to approach it from the biblical perspective, which elaborates more so on the effectiveness and quality of life versus the state of merely existing. Jesus came that we might live life and enjoy it to its fullest. This has been God’s desire since the beginning of the world. Take Adam, for example, God created him in one place—a place of existence, and planted him in another—Eden, also known as a place of delight (Genesis 2:8). By this, we understand what was on the mind of God when he created us. Mediocre living was not it. Everything God ever did for His people were always done in a very big and extraordinary way. This gift we call life was far from being any different.

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Maximize it!

After establishing a relationship with God, in order to make the most of your life in Christ, one of the first things you need to do is launch a journey to pursue His plan and purpose for your life. Each one of us was created with a special assignment that we are responsible for completing throughout our time on earth. In order to perform this task, we must obtain and maintain a connection with God. He is the only one who truly knows what He placed in us. It is there where we get all the answers we need when in pursuit of our own individuality. When Jesus came, He not only came to gift us with life, but He equipped us with everything we need to become successful in our own personal callings and to enjoy life as we work towards achieving it. The sooner you realize how important the gift of life is, the sooner you will begin doing what it takes to achieve your full potential, and not only that, but learn to enjoy the journey along the way.


Share It!

Once you understand your life’s assignment, you have a responsibility to share it with others. Your life is to be shared in a way that will produce others like you. Remember, we are to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). We are to replicate others after our kind. I don’t believe God was only referring to multiplying in the physical procreational sense, but procreating spiritually. Our unique gifts aid us in gaining souls for Christ. However, that requires us to work on us, and ultimately, as we become more and more like Christ, that positions us to lead others to follow us as we follow Christ thus, adding to the family of God. Understand that preachers are not the only examples set in the church for unbelievers to follow. The body of Christ as a whole ought to be the living epistles for unbelievers today.

th3PBRNWN3Enjoy It!

To enjoy life, believe it or not, is one of the most challenging things for many believers to do. Many associate laughter and fun with being too worldly. Now, for the record, there is such thing as enjoying the wrong kind of fun and amusement, but I’m referring to good, clean, wholesome enjoyment. Examples might include a family outing at the beach; a date night out with your spouse; singles night out with other believers at a skate party; or maybe even take your date out to a ballgame. Church is not the only place you can go to enjoy yourself. God is not going to be upset with you if you decide to take the family on a vacation to Disney World. Actually, every example I just used is a form of ministry. Family, spouses, singles, and betrothed couples all need to be nurtured. Spending time together is necessary to enhance growth and development. Not only that, but time spent with families, spouses and loved ones makes families happy campers, and happy campers make happy preachers, deacons, missionaries, lay members, etc. The key is understanding the importance of balance, which ultimately means recognizing the times and seasons for which you are to do what you do, so that no aspect of your life—at home or church, will go neglected (Ecc. 3:1-8).

thJH6HL95V The focal point of this inspirational message is acknowledging and understanding that abundant living is presented to you as a gift from Jesus Christ. Unless you open it, it profits you nothing. It’s just a beautifully wrapped box with valuable contents tucked away inside. Therefore, I encourage you to unwrap it. Receive the life that you’ve been graced with. Welcome the quality and the effectiveness of it! Appreciate it! Grasp it! Maximize it! Share it! Enjoy it! It’s already paid for!

You Are A Gift.


A large number of people do not really know their potential until much later in life when they are less energetic and time has passed them by. The least you can do to live a more fulfilled life is to learn to unwrap yourself so you will not only know what you are gifted in, but how to exploit the gifts so that you can work towards your purpose in life. Life can be hectic making it challenging for people to discover who they really are and what their talents are. The truth is that everyone has talents and unless you keenly listen to your inner self, it can be very taxing to discover what talents you hold. It is for this reason that some do not discover what they are good at until much later in life.

Discovering your gifts

You really can’t discover what you are all about until you take time to concentrate on yourself. One of the best ways of starting the process of discovering your gifts is by upholding your spirituality. A close relationship with God transforms you in an amazing way and you start realizing what your gifts are. While you continue upholding your relationship with God, you should try and spend some considerable amount of time serving others. This is a great way of helping you surface your gifts. Through socializing and taking part in group projects and tasks, you easily get to know what you can do best. People around you can also help you know what you are good at thereby helping you discover something you didn’t realize before.

But the most important stage of un-wrapping the gift of you is listening to your heart. Your full potential is hidden in your heart and when you pay attention, you will easily realize what you love and what you do not like as much. Remember that gifts are not things you only can do with your hands as cooking and crafting, but they extend to those things that are not tangible and can only be expressed by giving and coming up with ideas.

To start with the process, concentrate on what your biggest traits. What qualities do you have? What are your values in life? What do you love doing? What appeals most to you? What areas of life do you find interesting? These are all questions that can help you identify the type of person you are; what your likes and dislikes are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. When you know your strengths, then you should create a strategy to maximize them and to exploit opportunities that they bring your way.

After the discovery

When you realize what areas you are gifted in, you then should work on perfecting them so that you can achieve your purpose and renew yourself. Nothing can be worse than living your life without a purpose or without knowing what your purpose in life is. By taking time to serve God and others, you will not only discover your gifts but you will also know how to treat yourself and live a purposeful life. Love, accept, and discover you and you will experience great changes in your life.


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