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The Minister…in Hell!

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 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 NIV

Minister: I can’t believe I am here! I must be passing through on my way to heaven, just as Jesus did, because I did everything right. I know I am HEAVEN BOUND!!! (Rocking my Jesus Freak t-shirt!!) I had a check off list each day; I fed the hungry, found the homeless a place to stay and rebuked people into repentance, so I’m sure I’m just visiting.

Satan: Well, well, well I am so glad to see you!

Minister:  Do you happen to know when I’m leaving?

Satan: (laughing) Leaving? You are in eternity! This is your final stop. You were so easy to convince to get here. I didn’t even have to try hard with “blatant”…

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Terrific Time In Texas

I had an opportunity to take Sophia(my new kidney) to meet her Texas family.  I was able to stay and visit with friends and family for a whole week.texas fun Every one at Chosen Generation Fellowship was excited to meet and greet her. They were so thankful for the blessing from God and my health. I had a fantastic time visiting with Mother Nell Hines and Jessica Moore. We laughed until my sides were hurting. It was so good to just relax with family and remember about old times, good and not so good. . I needed that. Sometimes we can get so caught up in life’s busy work that we don’t take the time to relax and enjoy the day that  God has given.  laughter is good for the soul. Try it.

The photo is when I was feeling and looking fabulously 52.  No shoes, just feeling free and grateful to God. If you are happy and you know  twirl around. I am having a great time being 52.

I thought I was going to relax and not to work. I found out that God had other plans. I was reacquainted with a student of mine from our Empowering Choices class in Texas. She looked so good I almost did not recognize her. She is in Culinary school and making a good life for her and her children. God is the God of as many chances that you need. Seeing her gave me motivation to know that what God has started in Woman2Woman Empowerment ,He will finish and perfect it until the day of His return.  I was able to minister to others and to be blessed as well. Must remember that you are never “Off the Clock” when you work for God. He uses every thing and situation in our lives for His glory.

I missed my hubby. I was so glad to get home to him. I miss my Texas family also. Always good to visit but even better to come home to hubby.

To all God’s people who are stepping out the boat in 2013,keep looking at Jesus. Don’t let the waves distract you nor the noisy winds. If Jesus is telling you to come, then go. Be encouraged and energized. The best is yet to come.

West Texas sunrise near Fritch,TX

West Texas sunrise near Fritch,TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Beginnings,

I am so excited about the Empowering Choices Ex-offender Aftercare Program beginning in Tuscaloosa. God has impressed this ministry on my heart. We have operated the program in one form or another in Maryland and in Texas. Our goal is to assist women who want to have a better and different life experience. I am so honored that God would decide to use me in this way.

I know all about second chances. I have needed and required so many chances to get it “right”. I believe everyone should be given as many chances as they are willing to work for. Who are we to judge how long it should take a person to see the light. How long did it take you? Maybe you still are not there. I believe that the women that God will end our way will be willing to put in the work to change their lives. Believe me ,no one wants to live a defeated life. I saw a commercial on TV that says that talked about a maybe life. If you are not living with all that God desires for you, then you may be living a maybe life.

Change is not possible without the help of the Lord. We think we do it ourselves in our naïve self, but it is through the workings of the Lord Jesus.

The program is scheduled to open May 7th in Tuscaloosa, Al. God has blessed us to collaborate with the Parks and Rec Dept. He has blessed us with the grace to wait for His provision and his promise. Thank you Lord.

We solicit your prayers for and with us. Pray for the women whose lives will be changed. Pray that they are tenacious about being whom and what God created them to be.

 

Be Blessed and remember,

Go Get It  Go Get Your Blessing

Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted

Woman2Woman EmpowermentRejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

Greetings and Salutations,

I am not sure when I start using that opening but I love it. Any Who

I have titled this post Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

That is exactly how I  feel.  I am the founder and director of an organization called Woman2Woman Empowerment . We work with women returning to the community from incarceration. I never thought I would love this type of work, but I do. I love to see the light go on in a woman’s eyes when she realizes she can have better than she does now. I love helping them to move forward in a new direction. I love the look of accomplishment when they succeed in areas that they had previously failed. It is so rewarding. One of my dreams for this organization has been to open a empowerment house . This would be a place for them to stay when they return. The House would be a wrap around type service for them. I can see it being done here in Tuscaloosa, Al. So excited. God has been moving behind the scenes. Putting me in touch with some powerful people in reentry circles. I am so grateful and amazed.

Om May  7th 2013, we will launch the first segment of our Empowering Choices program. We will begin the aftercare support group and the mentoring program. We are actively seeking mentors who live in Tuscaloosa for the one to one portion. But we are also seeking mailbox mentors. We need people,( women for now) who would be willing to encourage an inmate that is currently incarcerated. You do not have to live in AL. You can live anywhere and participate.  No personal info(address or such) are exchanged. If you think you might be interested in such an endeavor contact the office mentoring@empoweringlivesusa.com .  We are also seeking volunteers for the office and  coordinators. Before you write us ,pray about it. It does require at least a 6 month committment.

You might read this and think that criminals deserve what they get. That is not my argument. what you might want to remember is that these women nd men will get out of jail one day. They will be moving into your neighbor hoods and cities. You should want to help get them on a path to being productive members of society. If they are not rehabilitated and redirected , they will revert back to criminal activity. Their criminal activity might just involve you. It is in the  society best interest to help them all we can. And truth be told you have a family member , a friend or some acquaintance that has a direct connection to an ex-offender.  For the protection of your stuff support the organizations and agencies that are working with reentry and rehabilitation.

God is doing great things in the earth today. Find out what He is doing and join him.

Don’t be a Lone Ranger

Each and every one of us has a particular journey, an individual path to walk out in this life. As we walk out our purpose the road converges and we see ourselves walking together. That is the beauty of fellowship. Even though our differences could isolate us and keep us apart, we do not allow them to. We walk together. Even though sometimes it hurts to be together. We realize and know that our strength is not always in our individuality, but in our coming together,in our fellowship with one another. Join arms and hands with someone. Do not take enjoyment in being aLone Ranger. Remember even though his name was Lone Ranger, he still had Tonto.Lone Ranger and Tonto So he was’t as alone as his name implied. Realize we need each other. Search out some one you can connect to and with. Life will be sweeter and more complete.

What Can I Eat Now?

Kidney location after transplantation. Adapted...

Kidney location after transplantation. Adapted from the original source to enlarge labels, and to fix a labelling error – “artery” and “vein” were transposed. See this discussion on the English Wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you know I have had a kidney transplant. When you are on dialysis you have a restricted diet . Your kidneys process a lot of impurities out of your body. When the kidneys do not work properly you have to miss out on so many different food because your body will not process them correctly. So I could not eat oranges,watermelon,yogurt, beans, chili and the list goes on.

But now that i have a fully functioning kidney(her name is Sophia) the possibilities are wide open. I watch TV like a kid picking out Christmas present. when a yogurt commercial comes on I say ,I am gonna eat that . Then I am gonna eat this. so weird and funny. I know I can not make up for 12 years of restrictions in two weeks, but I can try . 🙂

March is National Kidney Awareness Month . Get to know what this organ does for your body. You will better understand how to take care of your body and keep it healthy. www.foxnews.com/…/national-kidney-month-get-to-know-the . When you visit your DR. get him to test your kidney function. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes get checked. Get these two issues under control. Life is too wonderful and too important . Live your best life.  Use wisdom from God and medical science to assist you in the  choices that you make. Be good to yourself .

Go Get it  Go Get your blessing !!! Its your time.