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If I Had The Power To HEAL…

March 16, 2016

Recently,  I was asked “If I had a super-power what would it be?” Immediately my heart began to race as if that super power would truly be granted. I mumbled several things and finally said, “To  HEAL!” I wish I had the power to heal every physical ailment, emotional and/or mental disorder. Three weeks later, I find myself still mentally processing the icebreaker activity and wondered, what if I can really possess the power to heal? Have I healed anyone before, unintentionally?

The act of healing in itself has transcended into various forms across religions and their respective  remedial purposes.  I personally wouldn’t consider myself a “healer.”  To be frank and honest I truly believe the miracles from being healed is a respected area for the head of the church and/or those persons who’ve attained appropriate credentials in the concentration of healing, however, after reading  “Draw the Circle, The 40-Day Prayer Challenge”, by Mark Batterson, I’m slightly convinced I have the ability to heal… slightly. Batterson challenges it’s readers to seek prayer not only as the gateway to commune with God, but also to heighten a sixth sense. This action will in return help plant your dreams, blanket you with peace, grant you discernment, and lastly, help you take a deeper dive to understanding God’s agenda. He ultimately wants for us to be  healed, restored,renewed, and to be forgiven! I’m sure throughout our lives we’ve heard many versions of what God intended our purpose  to be, but as for me, Healing as my purpose  came to me as a revelation: through the ministry of counseling/therapy, support groups, and small-talks with families, married couples, and teens.

Keep in mind, like many prayers and dreams, God doesn’t answer them all at the times and format most desirable and convenient to us. Batterson states,

“I wonder how many of our prayer requests are within our own power to answer. Yet we ask God to do what we can do ourselves. And then we wonder why God doesn’t respond. Maybe it’s because God won’t do for us what we can do for ourselves. God isn’t honored by prayers that are within the realm of human possibility; God is honored when we ask Him to do what is humanly impossible. That way, God gets all the glory!”…  Reflect on that.

Occasionally, we don’t pray prayers of healing because we’re afraid they would go unanswered, are too big, unable of being resolved, or just outright ridiculous. We’re  defeated before the request is denied, already in progress, or advised that right now is not the moment for God to show his Glory.  In addition, we’re left contemplating in our own confusion and questioning our faith, which is deeply vested into a source we live and die for, but yet, with belief, it has left us broken with unanswered prayers. Batterson speaks on this emotion and encourages persistence to keep asking, keep praying, keep seeking; I know it sounds cliché, but it’s all about God’s perfect timing that will calm your anxieties with HIS perfect peace.

We all  have responsibilities within our prayers to bridge a stronger relationship with God.  We are ordered through faith to release burdens and prayer requests to Him. With the act of Faith, one will begin to feel a sense of healing and anxieties being lifted off your shoulders. You’ve then, learned to exchange that worrisome-spirit for prayer.

Today, I believe that If you’re a praying person you’re a healing person. You’re eager to encounter God repeatedly and intimately in purpose to thank Him, restore others and yourself. Obviously, the “healing” power won’t transform you into a doctor, psychiatrist, financial adviser, and/or that recently hired attorney, to name a few. However, the most beautiful healing orchestrate grace,  peace, sanity in a chaotic world, and the understanding that you can always go to God to observe this intimate time of communication to address your needs and the needs of others.

If you’re able to understand this and offer yourself as vessel to bring peace, grace, sanity, and help your brothers and sisters understand the beauty  in going to God in prayer,  then my friend, you’ve just brought Healing to the broken.

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New Year, Next Chapter… Is it Necessary?

January 7, 2016

Ahhhh… New Year, next chapter…No pressure right? Let’s see, well, the next chapter does require a new sense of preparedness; somewhat like a blank canvas. The question is, should we consider a “next chapter” because we’re in a New Year? Shouldn’t we feel somewhat content and present with where we are? Or should we immediately associate the New Year with establishing a new expectancy of ourselves? To be clear, there’s absolutely nothing wrong about recharging, beginning a new phase with the goings of the new year, but as millennials, and ever evolving individuals, lets shift a bit of our energies into celebrating our “nows.” Celebrating where we are and appreciating how far we’ve come. As the saying goes, “I’ve prayed for this moment in my life,” and for that we celebrate those current victories, and usher challenges for more victories. For that we embrace the present. For that we become more mindful, and less anxious for the next bite of success. Success, and the chase of it is quite relative and subjective. We all have our own ideals, perspectives, and theories of how we should exist successfully. For some we strive so tirelessly for success due to the fear of failure, and the repeated mistakes we watched our family, friends, and even ourselves inflict. For some we seek to retain our reputation. I’ve once read, “ Your reputation is not located in you. It resides in the minds of others,”-Wayne Dyer. Obviously, we don’t control our reputation, others do. Regardless of what good or bad deed we construct; so might as well live your way.We stretch ourselves thin, stacking more goals, tasks, and resolutions to only find ourselves doing the same act over and over again, each year. Growth, must certainly persist, it’s simply non-negotiable. This is all part of change. Change big or small is change. Change has no measurement to success, in which we all presumably try to achieve each New Year. Lets release ourselves from the pressures of “New Year, New Me,” and really approach this belief to become spiritually responsible, and create a lifestyle that allows us to reach our goals while we free space to consecrate our mind and spirit to be at PEACE. I mean, isn’t that the end goal?…to find peace. Disappointment, change, and challenges will meet you this year and EVERY year. Lets assure that our “New Year’s” agenda is God’s agenda, if not, please proceed 2016 with caution.  

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Embracing while Empowering

December 20, 2015
Two embracing women sitting on a couch in the living room

I think it is safe to say that everyone has faced obstacles or challenges at some point in their lifetime. Whether it has been financial stability, depression, family issues or maybe you’re not feeling like your usual self; there are no limits. Tribulations aren’t that easy to get through, especially when you are dealing with these challenges alone. 

 What can allow situations like this to run smoother is when you have a great support system. It is truly uplifting and inspiring having someone telling you that everything will be okay and you will get through this.  Obtaining a strong support system shouldn’t be perceived as a weakness it doesn’t limit your independence. 

 It is just extremely beneficial when you have a group of people who care about you and accept you for who you are as a person and to be there with you every step of the way. These are the right people you need in your life. This could be a loved one, a friend, family of even be a mentor. Your support system is always there; there’s no need to look or search because at the end of the day they will reveal themselves.

 As women it is vital for us not to withhold strong individuality and independence. As Latinas we are strong, determined and courageous women, but even with that having the right guidance is very important. Some women don’t have the advantage of having the right support and love that some of us have today. This is why it is imperative as Latina women to support each other and be there for one another through everything. This means by being a helping hand you never know that by simply showing your support it could change someone’s life. 

 I learned that you never know what someone is going through and you never know there story. This person may perhaps be suffering through a traumatic experience or recovering from a difficult situation. We must engage and unite as a community. We continue to grow and flourish into a healthier people by elevating others. While empowering each other we are not only embracing but giving our support and that is what matters most. We are building and shaping our Latina community into something more moving and enriching. Change isn’t always a bad thing. 

-Jenay Wright

 

 

 

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Holiday Blues, Family Feuds…

December 20, 2015

This time of year brings an onset of many mixed emotions; varying from finances, evaluation of the year’s accomplishments, and of course the family dynamic. This season calls us to attend family gatherings and fellowship over food and laughter, but for some, the sentiments are exactly the opposite.

It can be somewhat unclear what defining moment or act(s) that trigger the agonizing sense to hang around family. However, a jab at figuring it out at that the family reunion isn’t the best tactic.

Who’s to blame for not maintaining healthy traditions and frequent communication to keep families glued together? These unstable mechanics and lack thereof represent a multitude of what we can safely term, dysfunctional families gathering together.   The intent is plausible but the behaviors that in sue when there’s instability are what drives people apart.   Many normalize these occurrences and in fact make joke about the “tensions” or  “what’s going to go down at the Thanksgiving table,” where we should instead, take keen notes  and devise a plan to divert what  could lead to generational and mental misfortunes down the line.

To add, as an alternative, some members choose to avoid the act of congregating with all family to avoid any confrontations that can potentially disrupt their inner peace.  This can prove to be conducive but for how long are we able to negate our blood and live as if they don’t exist. Our consciousness can only bear it for so long. Working towards a common ground and agreeing to disagree is a lot easier on the mind, body, and soul.

This environment can be created and broken at a young tender age; when the mind is vulnerable and open to options and unbiased reasoning. Guiding your child(dren) in the best direction possible is a responsibility that not only do parents lift the heavy burden of, but it is vital for the purification and peace for the generation to come. Parents must resolve to filter if not refrain all together from positioning negative energy and opinions of family members and people in general.

Please be mindful, that self-expression and healthy and acceptable confrontation is necessary to deal with any fringes or disagreements we have amongst each other.  We want to be examples of and exhibit healthy discussion and problem resolution without violence.

Many of us from time to time have been shunned  by family  because of the life we chose to live, the paths we made for ourselves, the religion we’ve learned to love, the new spouse we deeply admire, etc. and because we don’t mirror our family tree we are forgotten or to be forgotten.  This isn’t natural this isn’t normal, but it is normal that it does happen in most families.  Our heavenly father created us equal not duplicates. We are all his precious children and in Him we are loved no matter what.  Of course absolving from activities that hurt oneself or another is a practical concern, but otherwise we are to be accepted for the uniqueness we offer to the world.   Creating an environment that encourages different skills, trades, imagination and intelligence to be celebrated is as beautiful as the many nations that exist on this planet.  Making good choices can be considered a skill. Skills develop through trial and error. Make conscious efforts to listen to wise counsel and learn to rise from the bottom. 

“Love from acceptance, don’t live for acceptance.” Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

 

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The songstress, Ruth B, has captured our ears!

December 5, 2015

We’re slowly becoming “Ruthies”, lol, a fan base for this up-and-coming young 20 yr old soulful talented artist/songwriter, Ruth B. We encourage you to listen deeply to one empowering song “Golden,” by Ruth B. It literally gave us chills. Its very deep, organic, and will surely give you another reason to affirm why you’re beautifully golden!!

Lyrics to “Golden”

https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Ruth-B-2/Golden

Her album:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-intro-ep/id1058970671

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Brainstorming Growth…

January 10, 2015
Diverse Businessman Brainstorming About Growth

Recently, I  was involved in a group discussion pertaining to growth. Although, the ideas exchanged were from various subjective views, it evolved into a quite informative brainstorming session.

Questions that arose…How is growth compared and  measured?  How is it realistic and both visible and tangible to others?  How much growth was experienced? Where were you before…or how did you begin? Does self-growth validate self-worth?

Growth is an area that people take very personal and quite serious if you ask me. The hard work, diligence, and the journey necessary to experience some level of improvement in growth will generally invite feelings of discomfort, elements unknown, and additional commitment.  This may very well be the few of the many reasons why growth is avoided in hopes that it self-evolves. Most people may agree, that growth should manifest its strength over time, trial, and that intentional efforts may manipulate your end result/outcome.

Let’s be honest with ourselves.  EFFORTS intended for the betterment of yourself, whether its spiritual, physical and mental are NEVER null and void. Kudos to those that choose to grow up and out of their circumstances! I’ll admit, as a child, when my parents would say “You need to grow up!” I accepted  these words as being somewhat offensive.

So what’s the bottom line? Where and how do we begin to foster growth in our lives? What if you like the person you  currently are…is growth welcomed, now, or again? I asked myself this when I was preparing to take the leap of faith and marry the man that was  put on earth for me. But I wasn’t sure that I was ready to accept the responsibility and commitment that  accompanied such a huge step.  I figured that  as long as we are kind, loving and respectful to one another, it was sufficient.

I LOVE who I am and want to remain that way. But when a voice whispers, “you need to grow up”, or “you need to be a big girl now,” it becomes frustrating since I wasn’t ready to receive this advice. The growing has a lot to do with IDENTITY.  If identify myself as a woman of truth, respect myself and others, embrace my beliefs and culture, then that’s growing up, right?

Not really! What about my LEGACY!?

Take the time as I have, to examine if  you’ve done anything daring or impactful in declaration of love, spirituality, service, and peace. Just ask yourself, and be honest. DO you really feel that living day to day, with the same routine, having the same responsibilities, really is, an onward path to building your LEGACY?

Be phenomenal, and radical about your mandate and beliefs.  This world is a host to many  ordinary and mediocre humans. Kick the coziness and the sense of comfort out of your system, and brave the risks and  journey the unknown.

Another question, to pose is are you being CHALLENGED enough? The landscape of change has  always prepared me for “war” against odds presented. I used to avoid them all together  because I  simply embraced  being comfortable and happy…well I thought I was happy, until I noticed great people who have made huge impacts admitting that avoiding the comfort zone was a contributor to their successes.

From this moment forward, everything I’ve done, and the rewards that resulted,  was gained through overcoming the challenges.

Growth is a personal investment; take inventory of yourself. It’s essential to our progression and essential to our self-assessments as  humans.

Only you can open up the opportunity to reward yourself with being the  better person you’ve always yearned to be. Growth is essential for our well-being, whether it’s personal, spiritual, physical, or mental. http___signatures.mylivesignature.com_54492_320_5C901DB21899B290D7B659227EE24F4F

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Feed Your Faith, & Enjoy It!

October 14, 2014
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Fun is absolute!…along with faith, love, and security. My father would say, “Sarah, the spiritual walk is a difficult one, but the walk without God is an even harder one.”  You would think the devil alone has the mass forces to distort your idealization of your faith, but sadly enough Christians, yes Christians as we well know, add their steam in making the process less enjoyable and productive. I make a point not to become a “spiritual lame or surrounded by the “spirit of lame.”  These persons are described as wanna-be holy characters who completely feel obligated to police others when they aren’t operating as a “Christ-like” Christian and occasionally the first to nod their heads in disgust, and wave that stiff index finger fervently back & forth the moment you “slip-up.”  This produces missed opportunity to communicate truth to one another–then the lack of any desire for spiritual affiliation continues. Way to go, *slow-claps.* Respectfully, don’t allow these holy-roller falsies turn you off from enjoying and celebrating a better you. Create an echoed thought to yourself stating, “I see myself as God sees me, only how God sees me.”

Being truthful to your person is key for spiritual-centeredness. Living in truth doesn’t mean boredom. Truth is about being free and completely accepting yourself, ALL of you.  You’re not guaranteed a closer seat to God by portraying this holy, clean perfect vessel for all man-kind –just stop it already.

Here are few suggestive pointers…

1. Surround yourself with youthful non-judgmental people. Duh, the obvious. They understand spiritual warfare, and won’t nail you to the cross when they hear you strategically lace cuss-words in speech at somebody (cuss somebody out!),  miss a spiritual/church gathering, or see you mesmerized in dance to the most ignorant, ratchet song; Gucci! Music is healthy, music does not always mean to intoxicate yourself with the message, but sometimes its just the beat, soundtrack, or how it makes you move your body. It’s about maturity; listen to the song, but don’t live through the negative message.

2. Believe in FUN, and believe you’re entitled to it. When you’re not having fun at anything, sadness will linger, you’ll isolate yourself, and then consider the whole mission of living spiritually an obligatory ticket into heaven. God wants us to be cheerful believers, and an attraction into the spiritual walk.

3. Become an expertise with a certain ministry, either its youth-group, women’s-group, men’s-group, or even studying different books in the bible. Studies have proven that a person’s self confidence boosts tremendously when they have perfected an area of study/profession. This creates passion, which then gives you a sense of meaning and pleasure at what you’re doing.  Being insecure about your belief increases hostility, which ruins the reputation of a Christian.  “There’s nothing so annoying as arguing with someone who knows what he’s talking about.”-Anonymous

4. RELAX, MAINTAIN. We will have to the read the Bible 50 times before we can fully comprehend the message. If you’re the type of person who wants to learn and know everything instantaneously, you’re in for quick disappointment. The Bible itself is a history matter, theology matter, language matter, and even controversial matter. These areas take years for full understanding and application. Also, there isn’t a specific allotted time that suggests you’ve reach the spiritual ladder, and recognize your purpose in the walk. Its an internal awareness that you will feel, and later your loved ones and friends will notice, but remember its all about YOU.

5. Get creative. We all have an innate gift, some are still trying to surface that gift…keep trying, its there. Talk it over with friends that notice your hidden talents. Once discovered, pray about how God can use you and talent for his kingdom. There are so many modern day churches that are doing the coolest things to keep their youth congregation engaged. Its all about figuring out the best way that works for YOU to stay connected. “Create Creativity.” http___signatures.mylivesignature.com_54492_320_5C901DB21899B290D7B659227EE24F4F

 

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Value yourself responsibly-Your child is watching

October 13, 2014
http://youtu.be/Pqknd1ohhT4

Everytime I see this commercial I get tearful and filled with guilt. As mothers we fail to become aware with how we’re infecting our little ones with our self-destructive behavior of hating our image around our children. Our silent whispers, of how our face and hair looks -they hear it. When we’re casually talking to our spouse and friends about the areas we lack in -they hear it. When we’re self conscious and over protective of our children -they see, feel and hear that too. Lets create an imaginary trash and start depositing our violent negative thoughts there. Don’t allow this for yourself, your home, and most importantly your little angels. They are your reflection.

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