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Win your year by embracing these 5 facts!

I want to preface this post by letting you know, this is not your fluffy encouragement piece. I am writing to share 5 truths you will need to embrace in order to truly win your year.

Let’s get started.

1. You will fail.

One of the biggest obstacles I see in clients and have battled with myself is the fear of failure. When we allow fear to guide our decisions, we find ourselves immobilized and stuck in a cycle of recidivism. The greatest thing you can do is to understand that failure is an inevitable part of the process with any venture, but our ability to bounce back is what sets us up to win big.

The truth of moving beyond a failure is that we never start all over again. We are starting from the point of our last achievement, with the added bonus of our last experience. When it comes to failure, think of it as a stepping stone toward your next big win. The harder you play, the higher the stakes! In order to win big, you have to be okay with big risks.

2. You will never be perfect.

I know that you want to wait until you have perfected everything and overcome every flaw imaginable before you move forward but, that’ll never happen. Allow yourself the grace to evolve as you learn and trust that who you are is enough.

Perfection is not realistic, but progress is. Set measures in place to help you to soberly assess your progress in the areas that matter to you. You’ll be surprised how much you forget to celebrate when you’re busy criticizing yourself.

3. You can’t control the future.

There is no amount of planning that will ensure you are adequately prepared for everything that comes your way. And you know what? That’s okay.

Learn to trust your instincts and to prepare from a place of faith and not anxiety. Be adamant about the result but flexible with the process. For example, as you begin working on workout goals in the coming year; you’ll begin to see that you have more energy at a totally different time of day than you planned for previously. Alternatively, a change in your job or hours may require you to make some decisions you didn’t have to before.

Life is always evolving, it’s in your best interest to learn to evolve along with it and adjust your expectations according to your current reality.

4. You are your greatest asset.

Goals are great, but if you are not at your best; you cannot produce your best. Everything you create will be from the surplus or deficit of the state of your soul. How well you take care of your mind, body and soul will dictate how well you execute all the things you want to accomplish.

Learn to listen to your body and cater to its needs. Determine to know yourself well enough to assess when you need refreshing, rest or increased discipline respectively. Do what you need to do so that you can be who you were born to be. Take care of you, the world needs you at your best, water drinking, well rested, spiritually rejuvenated self.

5. Your dreams don’t matter until you work them.

Listen, as a fellow dreamer I totally get it! I live in my head and I’m always overflowing with great ideas and innovations that I want to run into with full force. Dreaming is noble but action is imperative. The key to progress is focus, discipline and a goal that sets you on fire! If you are not passionate about it and convinced that it’s a worthwhile venture, you will likely forfeit it at the first sign of opposition.

If you are likely to procrastinate and get deterred, ensure that you have accountability partners in place to keep you focused.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful! As a reward for reading until the end, I want to offer you a complimentary strategy session to help you win your year in a real way!

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Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

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When the lights go out…

It’s nighttime, the kids are in bed; Hubby’s asleep but will probably say he was resting his eyes once he wakes up. You’re all alone, just you and Jesus.

Who are you now?

I ask myself this periodically, to see if I’m still aware of me. Lately, I recognized that I’ve simply been reacting to the world around me for some time. Instead of asking Holy Spirit what He wants me to do with my days, I’ve been fumbling around and taking him for the ride. He’s been a passenger in the relationship He should’ve been piloting.

I ask myself again, in this moment; who are you Keisha?

Are you living up to your life’s mission of changing the world one heart at a time or have you been changed by your circumstances? Have you been a thermostat or a thermometer?

If I’m being honest, I forgot to be who I am. It’s an easy thing to do when the busyness of life sets in and you’re caught up being who they need. It may not be a husband and kids for you, it may be your boss at work, ministry life or even your parents. But… whatever you’re busy doing, make time to be you.

Fulfilling your reason for being has to be your utmost priority. No amount of accomplishment outside of God’s divine purpose will suffice.

When the lights go out, who are you?

Goodnight.

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The truth about transition.

The world around us is constantly changing, our lives are no exception. Let’s talk about transition, we all go through it!

Meaning:

a change from one form or type to another, or the process by which this happens: (dictionary.cambridge.org)

the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. (google search)

Hebrew words for transition:

  1. The first word for transition is ma’avar, which means to “cross over,” to “pass through” (as in a land or city) or even to overflow (cf. Isaiah 23:10, who speaks of passing through a land “as a stream”) In the word, ma’avar, I see the word, me-avar or “from the past.” We are nurtured by our past relationships with communities, and by their pasts which become a part of us
  2. shinui, which literally means “change
  3. chiluf, which means to “move on” in the way that the grasses sprout anew after the old sproutings have dried up and passed away.

 

Signs you’re in transition:

  • Relationship changes (breakups and broken friendships/betrayal)
  • Spiritual attack & mind battles, usually marked with thoughts of inadequacy and fear
  • Lack of interest in daily activities
  • Possible depression, mood swings & irritability
  • The feeling that there is just “something missing”
  • This nagging awareness that there is just something more

PHASE 1: EARLY (LATENT) LABOR/THe process

The first of the three stages of labor is usually the longest, but (thankfully) it’s also the least intense, by far.

During this phase, we experience sporadic periods of discomfort.

Spiritually, this can manifest itself in bouts of emotional strain and exhaustion. Because the process is not necessarily swift, it will require great adjustment and spiritual awareness. Understanding that you are in a season of transition is vital, with that knowledge you are now equipped to do the most difficult thing this process requires – wait. As with a natural pregnancy, you are  expected to wait in anticipation that something will be birthed from your process. That is the faith God wants us to have in Him, so that in our waiting there is preparation for the promise!

PHASE 2: ACTIVE LABOR

You’ll usually be in the hospital or birthing center by this phase (or if you’re delivering at home, your midwife should be with you by now).

Active labor is sometimes excruciatingly painful. Both in the natural and in the spirit, this phase is preparing you for the release that is coming. You are adjusting and getting into position to ensure that your next phase goes well. You are being stretched to capacity so that safe passage of what you are carrying is ensured and you give birth to the promise you have awaited for so long!

PHASE 3: TRANSITIONAL (ADVANCED) LABOR

During transitional labor — the last, most intensive phases of labor —fortunately, it’s also the shortest.

GET IT OUT!!! The urgency of this phase is incomparable at any other state of the process – it’s time to release! You have nurtured, prepared and positioned yourself for the release of what’s in you. Then, and only then are you able to PUSH your destiny out!

How do I not go crazy during a season of transition?

  • Don’t be afraid: Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Don’t doubt in the dark, what God told you in the light: Ecclesiastes 7:8-11 ESV Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.

  • Don’t try to guess your way through: Proverbs 3:5 ESV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
  • The work was prepared before you were: Ephesians 2:10ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
  • Stay confident! God wants it more than you: 1 John 5:14ESV And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

It’s not about you: 2 Corinthians 1:4-9 ESV Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

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Disconnected

Yesterday, I got ready for work and headed to my car as usual. I got in and cranked the engine, it sounded the same but it didn’t start. I removed the key and decided I would try again, this time – nothing happened.

No lights were on my dashboard, no power to hear the radio, no connection to do anything – my car was basically dead. It wasn’t until the mechanic checked it, that he realized my battery terminals needed to be changed. There you have it, I couldn’t move because I had no power!

This morning, Holy Spirit gave me the lesson in this inconvenient occurrence. We are powerless when we are disconnected!

When I heard that, John 15:5 came to mind; which states: “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

Our dependency on God is what causes us to move from glory to glory as stated in 2 Corinthians 3:18 where it speaks about us being transformed into God’s image. Yeshua is our power source, He is the very essence of our being and the cornerstone of our faith. Are we, trying to operate independently of Him? Maybe not intentionally, but anytime consulting Him isn’t our initial reaction – we are most likely disconnected.

I usually get up, brush my teeth and get prepared for my early morning meetings with Holy Spirit. However, I felt tired and rationalized that I could just lie down and pray. I began in worship by saying “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here”. He responded “Am I?” and I immediately felt convicted and got up. When we aim to alter, to postpone or to tweak the instructions given us by Holy Spirit. We are walking in disobedience. This is an indication that we are disconnected and out of touch with our immense need for God’s presence.

I just want to leave you with this scripture to meditate on today:

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

Until next time,

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

ShaKeisha Johnson, author of 100 days of singleness.

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In case you need a reminder! 

We are liberated from fear, we are destined to conquer mountains that have stifled our ancestors. We are powerful beyond our own understanding and lovely beyond our own perception.

The very thought of us, pushed God into action to create that masterpiece you are for the purpose HE pre-established.

You are a light that directs those who view you back to your creator. Whether or not you decide to shine is entirely up to you!

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

– Shakeisha M.

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Wednesday wondering…

This morning, I woke up with my thoughts bouncing all over the place. My mind races from the state of the church, what God has to say to me personally, to Adele and then back.

Our minds are strange this way, we somehow build connections and references without ever acknowledging it. Are we so caught up in HOW we do things that we don’t even remember WHY?

Has tradition taken the place of a true commitment to Christ?

If God were to once again take the form of man and enter into the modern church, would He be welcomed? Is God even invited anymore? Or has it now become about us?
Just wondering….

Feel free to share your thoughts!

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You don’t get to be ordinary… 

I got tired of praying and fasting. It felt like it didn’t make sense, like nothing was changing, and I found myself slacking off. Each time, a situation arose and it was necessary for me to intercede on someone’s behalf. Funny right?

I bargained with God because I just wanted to chill, to not have to carry the burden I knew was rightfully mine. The very same burden I said YES to before, the same greater level I cried out for. It’s here now and I got lazy. Holy Spirit said one thing to me “You don’t get to be ordinary“. 

God wants a renewed yes and it requires a new sacrifice. I’ve decided that there’s no going back for me. 

I wish that meant I wouldn’t get distracted, I wish my heart was always where it should be but there are moments God has to pull in the reigns on His delinquent daughter. 

Before Yeshuah, before He revealed purpose in my life – I was empty. I was lost and felt useless. Living for Christ may sometimes feel like a daunting task. 

Then I’m reminded ….

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭NASB

None of this is about me. 

I am purposed beyond feelings and destined beyond my current destination. My tantrums to feel comfortable are hindering my birthright to be extraordinary. Just keep going

It’s time. Be who God has called you to be, the world is waiting and honey “You don’t get to be ordinary”. 

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing! 

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The purge…

I wish I didn’t have to write this. I wish I could present scars to the world instead of the open, gushing wounds that I have to offer. I wish that being someone who God has called to help people heal didn’t mean I have to feel the immense pain I encounter.

It’s as if my soul screamed for 18 year old Keisha. It’s as if she were in that room again, that room where she felt dirty and confused. She was in that room alone, alone aside from the one person who decided to soil the one treasure she had left. Driving home I screamed, in a voice I didn’t recognize and from a place I had only previously visited once. Images that I convinced myself were a figment of my imagination flashed as true as 9 years ago when it happened.

But, they didn’t know. Nobody knew. I silenced my sobs so that my pain would not offend, I muffled the sound of my anguish so that it wouldn’t bother anyone and I moved forward. I’ve been healing in layers, and the deeper it goes… the more I feel depleted. There is an indescribable anguish that I felt that day, that day I can barely remember but can never forget. Tonight God told me, they didn’t understand. He didn’t know that he had taken something I fought to keep. This body, this special part of me was all I thought I had left, it was all that made me special. Only now, it wasn’t special. It was worthless. I was worthless. Her, she didn’t know either. She didn’t know that taking him back after would be like puncturing the flesh of a cadaver. The pain wasn’t there, but the damage was.

I wanted to forgive, but what was stopping me? The truth. I didn’t feel they needed to pay, I didn’t truly hate them. It just hurt. All of it just hurt. It hurt more than I know how to process, so I screamed tonight. I screamed for 18 year old Keisha who just wanted to know why. I screamed for the hurt I suppressed so I didn’t bother anybody. I screamed because it was all I could do. I screamed because even though I told God I don’t want to feel it, I don’t want to face it – I had to.

So, no I don’t have scars to show. I have wounds because as God reminded me tonight, I just don’t have the liberty of healing in private. Whoever I wrote this for, whoever this particular truth will set free – I love you.I pray that God will bring you to the point of anguish and desperation where your pain is unbearable. It’s unbearable because He bears it for you. He doesn’t want us to hide our pain, to pretend it doesn’t hurt or to try fix ourselves. He wants us to give it to Him. Tonight I forgive them, I forgive me and I ask you Father, “forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Live a little, love a lot, forgiveness is a blessing.

 

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Letter to the single mom… 

Dear beautiful,

After having my daughter, I felt like I didn’t deserve God’s grace because of what I’d done. My virginity was this treasure I kept; it set me apart and made me special
now it was gone. I felt worthless and finished. 
The open shame of my secret sin and the public evidence of it proved to be burdensome. I was ultimately avoiding love because I didn’t deserve it!

I wasn’t different anymore, I wasn’t special. I assumed God was like man, I assumed I had to earn His love and that failing Him meant He didn’t love me anymore. I couldn’t be more wrong! 

This very open shame proved to be a very public blessing. This treasure I gave birth to, is a great part of the reason I sought restoration. 

Fornication is wrong, there’s no excuse for it or pardoning of it by any means. But, if you’re a screw up like me that needs grace, and you desire to be pure and to give God all that’s left of you – do it! You’re not too dirty, you’re not used up, those stretch marks and that C-section scar do not mean a thing to the lover of your soul. 

You don’t have to live your life punishing yourself. Let God restore you, let Him heal those broken places and give your life and the life of the blessing(s) you bore over to Him and watch Him give you beauty for your ashes! 

My journey to wholeness began with 100 Days of Singleness, you can order the book HERE!


Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing! 

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Pt. 2 – Swallowing the pills of the past… 

It was a bitter pill to swallow, the inward denial and subsequent suppression of my true feelings numbed me completely. I was not only numbed from feeling pain, but from experiencing anything that was deemed unsafe – that included receiving love that in my adolescent estimation; I did not deserve. 

After there was nowhere to hide that I was self medicating the pain, life would soon hand me an even bigger pill to swallow – one that lent a bitter backstory of its own. This pill would be equipped with a villian that was simultaneously a savior in my eyes; and a hero that for years – had been the villian of my imagination. 

Pills and potions, the opened up a door I soon learned; would leave me addicted to the high of a soul made numb for years to come.

You’ll see what happens next in part 3…. 

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