Welcome Friends

Thanks for stopping by. This means that you are on a quest to pursue your purpose. The personal devotions in this blog are our very own or from books we have read. They are to remind you of the treasure in God's promises and wet your appetite for more, drawing you into Scripture itself, as you take this journey in preparing for your next level in God.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, peaceful and prosperous New Year. May your coming year be the best ever. The best is yet to come!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Reviews Written by OOSA Online Book Club "O.O.S.A. Gets It Read!"

4.0 out of 5 stars Let Go and Let God!, November 27, 2011
At one point or another on our journey throughout life we ask ourselves two important questions, how did we get to the point we're in, in our lives, and who are we really? In "It Had to Happen," author Cynthia A. Patterson assists the reader in finding the answers to these two questions while providing the tools for the reader to connect with God.

Each chapter begins with a helpful quote to jumpstart the chapter and ends with questions and the reader journaling their response. The author provides detailed biblical passages to help open and close doors in a reader's life and begin a future of empowered change.

Pick yourself up a copy. I'm certain you will not be disappointed. What is the saying? It's easier to let go and let God. Happy Reading!

Reviewed by: Sabrina

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Don't Worry, Pray and Give Thanks!

How many of you can agree there are passages of scriptures you come across many many times? But, there are times the same passage appears as though it leaps off the pages and you grab hold of it for dear life thanking God for reminding you He got you! My dear friends this is what I call a Rhema Word. It is a seed God has planted in your soul to activate your faith to believe whatever He has promised you shall come to pass.

In light of this Thanksgiving season, I wanted to offer a word encourage to you through Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

It's good to never worry about anything! It seems impossible – we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn your worries into prayers. Are you worrying right now? Then I encourage you stop and pray! Yes, right now STOP and PRAY!

Heavenly Father, I thank you for John 14:27, where you said you left me a gift —peace of mind and heart. And this peace you give is a gift the world cannot give.
Please help me not to be troubled or afraid. At this moment I am willing to accept it from You. I promise not to give it away ever again. I declare this moment to appreciate and enjoy my family and friends and not allow any negative distractions to get in the way of this gift you have given me of peace. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Enjoy my friends, you so deserve it!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review from Teresa Beasley, APOOO BookClub

4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Your Purpose, November 4, 2011
This review is from: It Had to Happen (Paperback)
In It Had To Happen by Cynthia A. Patterson readers are provided tools that will help them find their purpose and strengthen their relationship with God. This book is a guide that focuses on emotions, experiences and self-discovery. This nine-chaptered book includes biblical examples, end of the chapter questions and reflections to journal to give readers techniques for devotion.

It Had To Happen is a book of healing and restoration. I enjoyed chapter five, Don't Give Up! because it expresses to readers that God does not break a promise and what He has for you no one will be able to take it away. You must always seek Him first in your time of need through prayer. I also enjoyed chapter six because it explains the spiritual qualities such as humility and determination readers will need to fight distractions that will try to stop you from returning to God.

I have read previous self-help, inspirational and motivational books and this one was truly written as a teaching tool. The author uses powerful biblical examples so that readers can understand the message from the book. The book allows readers to learn from the lessons by providing them with end of the chapter questions. These questions will give readers the opportunity to come to terms with their emotions in order to heal and move on. This book is very inspirational and I recommend it to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Co-Host... Who Me?

Co-hosting a blog hop? Wow, I was honored when asked by Katherine to co-host her "Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop". Honestly, I had no clue what it was and what I needed to do! Katherine assured me it would be "eazy peazy". She was absolutely right!
Friends, her blog has been so helpful to me from her wonderful encouraging stories, her super-duper giveaways, but most importantly her "killer" recipes. I have been able to cook some amazing dishes through her recipes. Click on the link button and you can learn how too.

Thursday Favorite Things
Katie, I am so honored to co-host with you this week. Girl, you ROCK... Smooches and big hugz!!!
Okay friends here are the details...
"Thursdays Favorite Things Hop" is where you can link your favorite post to share with old and new followers!

Here are the rules, yes there are rules. But just a few:

You must follow Katherines Corner. If you’re a new follower, please let her know and she'll follow back . Please also follow my book blog: It Had To Happen too before you start hopping. Leave a comment for us so we know that you stopped by.
Please, please, please...
*No adult content blogs.
*Blogs only.

Follow as many other blogs in the list as you can. Just click and go.
Leave a sincere comment or message on each of the blogs you visit and follow so they know you stopped by.

Now hop on and lets share our favorites. If you’d like to post this blog hop on your page please just grab the linky code.

Or if you would like to be a co-host please contact Katherine.

Please grab the hop button to share with others, you can copy and paste the image with a link to KatherinesCorner.com OR grab the code from Katherine's Corner it's on the right sidebar.

It’s always nice to have the hop button on the post you link up. But it's NOT mandatory.

Happy Hopping Friends!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wow, Does Time Flies!

New Me

As I sit here and look out of the window, it is such a beautiful day. I was thinking, it is less than 90 days remaining in 2011. This time of year, I usually do self-reflection. I ask myself: "look back on this year which of your goals have you reached"? "Which ones haven't you reached? Has it been a good year"? "A productive or non-productive year"?

Friend, as a word of encouragement to you, take some time to ask yourself these questions as well and dot down your answers. I have an even better idea! Take this time to get a journal and journal your answers, this way when you read your journal this time next year you can see the progress you have made.

I always have kept a journal. Even as a little girl, I kept a diary. My thoughts, my ideas, my successes, my challenges and whatever else I decide to keep track of where my life is concerned. I invite you to do the same. You never know what may happen. Your journal may end up a book ...**wink**!

Life is ever changing. Things happen and as time moves forward we often forget about them. Capture those precious moments of your life and then go back and read them just to see how far you have come. You would even surprise yourself! Keep moving, stay on purpose, and have an awesome week!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Be Careful What You Say!

"Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true”. ~ Brian Tracy

Proverbs 18:21 says, w
ords kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose.

This is really great advice from Brian Tracy and from scripture out of the Bible. If you become aware of the things you constantly say about yourself you might just uncover something valuable. You might just become aware of your self limiting beliefs that are unconsciously holding you back from really accomplishing great things in your life.

If you can become consciously aware of what you say and think about yourself on a consistent basis you will begin to see why it is that you are where you are and why you're doing what you're doing. If you're in a great rewarding place then you have positive self talk and you say and think great things about yourself. But if you're not where you want to be then you need to do two things.

First - Become aware of your self talk. Do you call yourself names? Do you put yourself down?

Second - Change it from negative to positive. If you don't know what to say at first then start by saying affirmations.

Try it this weekend, only positive you'll be able to move forward and make progress in your life. Take care!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

All of us can remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the pain that spread throughout the country and the unity we all felt in the days and months that followed. It was the worst terrorist attack on Americans in history, and it also was the worst international terrorist attack ever, according to the U.S. government.

This year, we reached the 10th anniversary of that horrible day, which, for many of us, seems like it happened yesterday. Please take a moment this weekend to pray for the families and memorial services that will take place in our country.

Reminder - DOVE Volunteer Meeting

We are expanding and looking for mature women who have a genuine passion for serving women.

If you or someone you know may be interested in joining a team of women on fire for the Lord and think outside the box in reaching other women, then come out and fellowship with us. Here's what we need:
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Special Event Planning
  • Administration
  • Media/Audio Production
  • Fundraising
  • Organizing
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Hospitality
In addition, we will be discussing our various different programs and services. Come out and join us for an awesome time of empowerment and fellowship.

Event Info

September 10, 2011
First Colony Library
2121 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
12:30PM - Meeting Room

September Community Event
Stilettos & Scripture

"Every daughter has a role to play in God's story of redemption." Are you ready to let Jesus Christ shine through you and take His truth to a lost world? All of us have our own circle of influence: community, church, sorority, workplace, neighborhood... that is in desperate need for the truth of Jesus Christ.

Stilettos & Scriptures is a women's empowerment community event where women come together monthly for food, fun, fellowship and the Word. For more details 832-323-DOVE (3683).

Event Info

2121 Austin Parkway

Sugar land, TX 77479

September 17, 2011

12:30PM - Meeting Room

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Preparing Women for Purpose!

I pray you had an awesome weekend with family and friends. I wanted to share with you an excerpt from our devotional we will include in a care package to women who contact us for services. It is my prayer it blesses you. We have included below our upcoming events. So, please mark your calendars and come out and join us.

"Don't Give Up!"

Psalm 112:7

"They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them."

Don't give up. This is your focus this week. It's a matter of sheer determination and settling your mind in what you believe concerning the truth in God's Word. That way when you hear bad news this week, you will remain steadfast because your heart and mind are set; the decision has been made. This week scripture focus is to encourage you to "confidentially trust the Lord to care for you". This means you believe God and agree to follow where He leads even when you don't understand what it's all about or why you are headed in the direction you are going. Embrace the scripture for this week and don't give up no matter what.

Pray this Prayer: Lord, thank you for my life today. Thank you for causing me to serve you with my whole heart. I choose to build myself up today that I will not waver. I praise you because I will not stray today but will be steadfast and immovable! Even in the midst of adversity, I will not be moved. I bless you because I am the head and not the tail. I am going over and not under. I am more than a conqueror! Victory belongs to me. Therefore, I will not give up. In Jesus Name Amen!

DOVE Volunteer Meeting

We are expanding and looking for mature women who have a genuine passion for serving women.

If you or someone you know may be interested in joining a team of women on fire for the Lord and think outside the box in reaching other women, then come out and fellowship with us. Here's what we need:

  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Special Event Planning
  • Administration
  • Media/Audio Production
  • Fundraising
  • Organizing
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Hospitality

In addition, we will be discussing our various different programs and services. Come out and join us for an awesome time of empowerment and fellowship.

Event Info

September 10, 2011
First Colony Library
2121 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
12:30PM - Meeting Room

September Events
Stilettos & Scripture

"Every daughter has a role to play in God's story of redemption." Are you ready to let Jesus Christ shine through you and take His truth to a lost world? All of us have our own circle of influence: community, church, sorority, workplace, neighborhood... that is in desperate need for the truth of Jesus Christ.

Stilettos & Scriptures is a women's empowerment event where women come together monthly for food, fun, fellowship and the Word. For more details 832-323-DOVE (3683).

Event Info

2121 Austin Parkway

Sugar land, TX 77479

September 17, 2011

12:30PM - Meeting Room

About Us
DOVE Ministries Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women in our community by providing a valuable service. We offer mentoring, counseling, personal and leadership development education to women of all walks of life.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Woman with a Passion to help others Pursue their Purpose!

We've had an awesome week and I wanted to close out these WE Rock (Women Empowered) interviews with an international minister, author and consultant. I connected with Rev. Barnett a few years ago, when she ministered at Higher Dimension Church. It was a powerful word and I prayed Lord, I need to connect with her. Today, I am very thankful to have her here to tell us about her ministry, her book, and a little bit about herself!

CP: Thank you Rev. Barnett, I am so excited to have you here. Give us a brief bio of who you are?

LRB: I am a native of Houston, Texas well-known for a very relevant and spiritually-empowering speaking gift. I am a servant-leader in the Body of Christ who ministers God word that is bold, relevant, energetic and theologically sound to reveal the will of God empowers believers to live it! I am so honored to be called by God and gifted to serve in diverse contexts, to deliver His truth with compassion while touching the heart and stimulating the mind. I have been so blessed to gain the experience in international evangelism and missions, my personal motto is: "The world is my pulpit!"

In November of 2008, “author” was added to my resume’ with the publication of The Intensified Life:Experience God and Live to Tell About It! The book is a study based on a teaching series I created in 2006. Testimonies from men and women about the experience were powerful and continued for more than two years. With the sponsorship of HER Call Ministries the book was published with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the support of Christian leaders in America, Jamaica, Africa and India. The Intensified Life is available nationwide through major book retailers and the Internet.

As CEO of Essentials Intensified Consulting I am providentially poised to share my gifts with the Body of Christ and make eternally significant investments for God's Kingdom. Natural skills and advanced training in counseling (MA in Community Counseling) have combined with spiritual discernment, biblical training (MA in Practical Theology) and practical experience has given me a dynamic foundation from which to advise and provide consulting services to ministries. After serving for more than six years on a pastoral leadership team, including three years as an assistant pastor, I have launched a significant and successful 501c3 non-profit ministry, HER Call Ministries.

CP: This is awesome. With that said, can you give us a brief overview of Her Call Ministries?

LRB: Her Call Ministries is female clergy and visionaries with high-tech training, networking venues, leadership and ministerial resources. Our vision is to inspire and equip women to be dynamic and biblically sound ministers and leaders to advance the Kingdom of God. Our mission is to provide training, coaching and networking that enable women to pursue a plan of action for integrating faith, family and finances in order to fulfill their unique call to ministry in the Kingdom of God.

CP: I love Her Call Ministries logo. It was interesting to read what it represents. The 5-diamond logo represents the standard of excellence with which you aspire to achieve in everything you do to serve and partner with other women. Who do you imagine is your ideal client?

LRB: I love partnering with leaders who want to bring transformation to their organizations/ministries. I believe I am a challenger to those who may be stuck in an old paradigm and need change. I love exposing leaders to new possibilities and collaborating to implement processes that engage people to use their gifts in creative and productive ways. Therefore, my ideal client is anyone interested in integrating spirituality in their business culture or ministries looking to enhance team performance to impact more lives for the Kingdom of God.

CP: If given the opportunity to speak with one of the most influential women past or present, who would it be and what would you ask her?

LRB: This is a difficult question because there are several women who could speak to different aspects of my life and no individual woman I know of that can speak to the whole. As of today, I can say Mary, the mother of Jesus, simply because she was closest to the one person who has had the greatest impact on the world. I think I'd like to know about the things Scripture does not tell us and ask her to clarify what we think we know about her first born child. She witnessed many things and pondered them in her heart. That's the information I'd like to know. How did she survive seeing her child tortured? What was it like learning that his body was no longer in the tomb? Yes, Mary is the woman I would like to talk with right now but if you ask me next month that may change.

CP: What one book, written by a woman, do you wish you'd written yourself? Why?

LRB: The first great book I recall reading that impacted me was "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. It is a classic devotional and as much as I loved reading it I can't say that I wish I had written it. God has given me grace to be very please with the gifts HE placed in others but I don't wish for what they have. Instead, I am driven to seek God so that my gifts are matured and manifested for His glory. So the books I have written (and still work on completing) are the only ones I "wish" for myself.

CP: What was your journey to get where you are today? Any advice you can give to younger women?

LRB: I feel as though I was thrust into ministry from the time I was in high school participating in the Bible club to this very day. I am grateful that my college years are loaded with tremendous spiritual growth and ministry activity which helped to shape my life. I heard the call to preaching ministry in graduate school and God blessed me to attend seminary so I could have a good start in the world of church work as a young woman. When my time of transition came into more independent and international ministry it was through a series of challenging, yet ordained circumstances. My path has been an adventure with God that continues to keep me in awe of His grace and faithfulness. I don't think I have reached the full measure of my potential or the next plateau of productivity by any means. Steadfast service in the calling on my life and faith that God orders my steps keeps me busy.

Younger women should invest as much time, prayer and energy as possible into knowing God's voice and will for their lives. Every dream will not come to fruition immediately. Some plans will be changed and others will only be revealed in hind-sight. Nothing can replace a noble character and a spirit of excellence so never take a short-cut or minimize the value of integrity.

CP: Do you find it difficult to manage your time, speaking engagements, shifting focus between marketing your ministry, as well as any day-to-day responsibilities?

LRB: Yes! However, I am only committed to doing what I believe God requires of me. Therefore, marketing and day-to-day responsibilities are subject to the direction of God. I do have a planner and lists of things-to-do but all of it is prayerfully considered and totally subject to change as God leads.

CP: What's next for you? Any upcoming events in the horizon?

LRB: I am working to complete a book that should be available this Fall. HER Call Ministries is expanding so there are a few events beyond Houston we will host to get more women connected with our mission. We are also prayerfully planning and extremely excited about our 5th year celebration and major conference in 2012.

CP: How can we stay connected with you?

LRB: Visit my website at http://www.lekeshabarnett.com/Home_Page.html.

Thank you so much for stopping by Reverend Barnett! I’m sure everyone has enjoyed meeting you and hearing about you as much as I have. Also, I want to encourage you ladies to go to her website and find out more about Her Call Ministries.

Powerful Interview of a Woman Who Empowers Others

This is the last day of our celebration week and we welcome my new co-laborer friend and lovely lady Michelle V. Green. Michelle and I connected on Facebook and I am very thankful to have her here today to tell us about her organization, and a little bit about herself! Please meet Michelle!

CP: Thank you so much Michelle for joining us today! Give us a brief bio of who you are?

MVG: Thank you Cynthia. I am a native of New Orleans, LA and have always been in the business of encouraging and helping family & friends reach and SURPASS their goals. My parents have always praised all that I have done all that I say I will do, so I’ve always had the Confidence to “Just Do It!” The word “can’t” was not allowed in our household. I think that alone shaped a big part of who I am today.

I attended Louisiana State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2003. Upon graduating I moved to Houston, TX to work at NASA as a Systems Engineer and obtained a Master’s of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006.

Since moving to Houston I have used that same childhood confidence and started to check off one by one the items on my “Life Goals” list that I created as a little girl. Just a few of those things included having a successful career in the Aerospace industry, obtaining a Master’s Degree, becoming a licensed Real Estate Broker, becoming a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, becoming a professional model, starting my own fitness company, 1st Choice Fitness and a few more that I am still working toward to be a 100% entrepreneur!

To much surprise I was a natural born introvert! It was through many life experiences that my extrovert tendencies started to pour out and now my well is over-flowing! I have discovered many of my life passions which include health & fitness and empowering others to be as great as they are called to be. I have too many hobbies to name but some of my favorites are traveling, star-gazing, boxing, kickboxing, rock-climbing, horseback riding, roller skating and spinning. In addition, on my journey of achieving my “Life Goals” I have met some AMAZING people and have had some very fulfilling experiences. To name a few I have met and trained several NASA astronauts; conducted health & wellness seminars during Johnson Space Center’s Safety & Total Health Day and held free workshops in my community; I have traveled the world gaining knowledge, networking and meeting fellow entrepreneurs; I’ve trained with ex-heavyweight boxer Lee Canalito for several years; and I have walked the stage with fellow models and been featured in Mirror Mirror episodes on ABC. Of course one of my most fulfilling experiences to date came with the establishment of Women Empowered (WE). It gets better every time!

Since I also am the owner of 1st Choice Fitness, several people also know me as the “Boot Camp Instructor”. My training specialties include healthy weight loss strategies; cardiovascular fitness for overall heart health, strength/balance training, new client coaching & motivation, and most importantly health & fitness education. You can check out my website www.1st-choice-fitness.com and be sure to “Like Me” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/1stchoicefitness#!/.

CP: Wow, you are a busy lady! Can you give us a brief overview of your organization?

MVG: Women Empowered (WE) was established in July 2010. Since then, quarterly seminars are held at various venues in the Houston area to discuss a plethora of Women's Topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, Women's Social Skills, Finding Inner peace, Forgiveness, Life Transformation, Self-Improvement, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Effective Leadership skills for Women, Assertiveness skills, Increasing self-esteem, Finding the Entrepreneur in YOU, and of course Self Empowerment & Exploration.

Women’s empowerment is one of my passions. “I love seeing women who have been “sitting on the sidelines” finally give themselves permission to express their Magnificence!”

I hope you will join Women Empowered (WE) on your journey as well! https://www.facebook.com/groups/208468662525311/.

CP: Who do you imagine is your ideal client/participant?

MVG: The ideal 1st Choice Fitness client would be anyone with the willingness to want to live a healthy & fit lifestyle. As a personal trainer I provide the knowledge and the tools for anyone to be half successful but it takes the consistency and determination of the client to bring the other half.

The ideal WE participant is a woman (all ages) who is looking to either empowered or be empowered! So that would be all of us! I have had several WE participants come to a seminar “just to see” and have left more empowered than ever! WE has made many connections and formed long-lasting relationships. WE has encouraged women to start their own businesses, apply to law school, and to start their own “Sister Circles”.

CP: If given the opportunity to speak with one of the most influential women past or present, who would it be and what would you ask her?

MVG: It would definitely be Ernestine Shepherd! At the age 74 she holds the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Female Body Builder and is in better shape than most people, decades her junior. Like me she is a certified personal trainer and spends her days running, lifting weights and working out. She is a role model not just for senior women everywhere, but for every one of us. As a fan of hers I know her story of what motivated her journey. If I met her I would ask her if she still does it for her sister (her original motivation) or if her sister is now all of the other women that she encourages and inspires on a daily basis. I’m pretty sure I know that answer but from one female personal trainer to another that would be a great conversation to have!

CP: What one book, written by a woman, do you wish you'd written yourself? Why?

Truthfully, I do plenty of reading. However, I have not actually had much time to actually read an entire book these days. I’m still waiting on my next 9 hour flight to get the time to read a book written by a friend of mine, “Running from Solace” by Nakia Laushaul. I can’t wait! You can also check her out at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nakia-R-Laushaul-presents-The-Truth-As-I-See-It-In-Poetry-Prose/346645442878?ref=ts

CP: What was your journey to get where you are today? Any advice you can give to a younger woman?

MVG: My journey to where I am today all really began with my ministry of health and fitness in being a personal trainer. I meet all types of women/men who are often seeking to be fit but not necessarily healthy. Of course, it’s my job to provide you with the tools and knowledge to understand that you need both! So as I taught these lessons I began to take it a step further. To be able to complete the walk the Lord has outlined for you much is required – a healthy mind, body, and spirit! We also consider health as a basic and dynamic force in our daily lives, influenced by our circumstances, beliefs, culture and social, economic and physical environments. In order for me to be able to encourage others I must encourage myself and constantly seek the tools and knowledge to walk the talk! Hosting WE Seminars allow me to do just that by bringing other like-minded women together to empower each other on topics that aid in having a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Advice I always give to younger women is to find a mentor. It can be your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, or someone that just exudes the qualities you’d like to have! You can have a mentor for every aspect of your life (school, work, fitness, personal matters, etc.) and know that you can have a mentor at 10 and still have one at 90. A good piece of advice I once received was to encourage someone else because it may come back around to you just when you need it!

CP: Michelle, you are a busy woman. Do you find it difficult to manage your time, speaking engagements, shifting focus between marketing your ministry, as well as any day-to-day responsibilities?

MVG: Yes and no. Although I work full-time, train part-time, and host quarterly WE seminars I am very good at planning and being Ms. Organized! Therefore, my planner stays full with clients, networking and marketing events but if I write it down I must check it off. The good thing is that I have a great support system. My husband supports all of my endeavors (as I do his) and is always willing to lend a hand or help. As women we have a natural tendency to “do it all” and not ask for help or say “yes” when help is offered. Through some of the lessons learned and great mentors I have had in recent years I have learned to let go once in awhile. That being said I usually know when I’m at that tipping point and need a break. If not, my husband is definitely aware of when we “need a vacation”.

In addition, I have a great network of women that always help me pull off the WE Seminars. They do a number of things from speaking at some of the seminars to helping me arrange locations, speakers, donating door prizes, snacks and of course spread the WE word! Special thanks to Nakia Laushaul, Sophia Flot-Warner, Alexa Jones, Reba Charleston, Ingrid Walker, Angel’a Jones, Andrea Cojoe, Adria Carter, Lillian Johnson, Cheryl D. Jones & Nina James.

CP: Michelle tell us, what's next for you? Any upcoming events for your ministry?

MVG: The next thing up for WE is to continue to get bigger and better while reaching more women to become involved in the journey of empowerment.

The next WE Seminar will be held on November 5, 2011. Join the Women Empowered (WE) Group on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest and for more information.

Thank you so much for stopping by today Michelle! I’m sure everyone has enjoyed meeting you and hearing about you and your endeavors as much as I have. God bless you my dear!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WE Rock Week! A Woman of Wisdom, Esther "Renee" Daniels

It has been an awesome empowerment week. We have had some amazing women. Now I want to introduce and wonderful woman of wisdom. She is a very good friend of mine who I have grown to admire -- Minister Esther "Renee" Daniels.

CP: Give us a brief bio of who you are?

ERD: I am a native of Beaumont, Texas and married to my soul mate Andre’ Daniels reside in Houston, Texas. Renee’, as most of my friends call me, is always on a mission to spread God’s word. I am a chemical dependency counselor and life coach. I am Founder of Titus Works, Ministries.This ministry is to spread the word freely to ages 25 and up. Titus based on the Word of God in Titus chapter 2, teaches the old shall be there to guide the young into a better life with Christ. This ministry strives to do this in a unique way through telephone conferences with powerful speakers and topics is keeping it real with people and God.

CP: Can you give us a brief overview of your organization/ministry?

ERD: Titus Works, Ministries.This ministry is to spread the word freely to ages 25 and up. Titus based on the Word of God in Titus chapter 2, teaches the old shall be there to guide the young into a better life with Christ. This ministry strives to do this in a unique way through telephone conferences with powerful speakers and topics is keeping it real with people and God.

CP: Who do you imagine is your ideal client?

ERD: I imagine that my ideal client is anyone who has a need; I am so willing to be of service in whatever capacity I can. What usually happens is God will bring people on my path that needs what I have. What I have is the experiences of my life that God has brought me through and it is all used for his good! People are always looking for an answer, for their truth and God has blessed me to have the courage to share the blessings of God to bring hope!

CP: If given the opportunity to speak with one of the most influential women past or present, who would it be and what would you ask her?

ERD: Wow that’s a good question. . . although there are many influential women in this world that I respect and appreciate, I don’t really have a person in mind that I have a question for. I am a person who has for a big portion of my life lived by imitating what I saw or what I was told my life should look like. As a result of not knowing who I was, therefore at this time in my life I am trying to stay focus on what it is God has for me to do. He places the people on my path that I need a particular type of guidance at that particular time.

CP: What one book, written by a woman, do you wish you'd written yourself? Why?

I wish I had written the book “Transforming for a Purpose, Fulfilling God’s Mission as Daughters of the King” written by Anita Carman. The reason I say this book is because I am watching my life be transformed right before my eyes, and it is so amazing. One of the things she says that touched me so was, “Imagine the freedom of finding your compass in an unchanging God and arriving at a place where no human or event can rob you of your purpose.” She also says, “We are not hired help, we are daughters of the King, and He wants us to see with His eyes, feel with His heart, and leave this earth changed with His fingerprints.” This is my desire to live a purpose filled life that when it is all said and done the fingerprints of God will be over all that was on my journey.

CP: What was your journey to get where you are today? Any advice you can give to a younger woman?

ERD: Through my life I have experienced many things, some of which I am very proud of and some of which I am not so proud of. But as my friend Elder Patterson would say, all of it had to happen! I have come from a very lonely childhood low self-esteem, drug addiction, a failed marriage and many many disappointments. But GOD! I have been given the opportunity to experience God’s amazing grace and mercy. . .recovery of 23 years from that drug addiction, in a marriage filled with great love of 14 years, and still some disappointments but knowing that God knows what is best for me. As for the self-esteem well it is a whole lot better but still being worked out. My journey has been about progression even when it sometimes did not feel like it. I am so grateful that God’s thoughts are not like my thoughts, because if they were so much of my journey would not have taken place.

I would say to a younger woman, NEVER ABSOLUTELY NEVER allow yourself to settle in any area of your life, but more than that always seek what God would have you to do. When those days come that you are confused about the answers you seek, I pray that you have a mentor in your life that you can rely on to walk with you through life. I really believe that none of us have to walk out our lives alone. That if we allow it God will bless us with that Titus friend we all need. Find your Titus friend, it will bless your life!!!

CP: Do you find it difficult to manage your time, speaking engagements, shifting focus between marketing your organization/ ministry, as well as any day-to-day responsibilities?

ERD: I do find it challenging to manage my time between ministry and my day to day responsibilities to some extent. But, for the most part I have to remember to keep priority in the forefront when planning. I have to learn how to say no when I need to say no. One of my Titus friends says to me all the time, “Renee’ you can’t be at everything and everything is not meant for you” So, I truly look at my calendar and decide what I can do and can’t.

CP: What's next for you? Any upcoming events for your organization?

ERD: At this time Titus Works is getting ready for the upcoming calls for September which are going to be a true blessing. On September 1st our guest will be Dr. Carolyn Miller discussing “What's ailing you. . .that old beliefs are keeping you from GETTING GOOD AT LIFE! Getting help to deal with life issues is not taboo!! Then on September 15th Dr. Conte Terrell will discuss, Do you know what friendship is . . . FOR REAL! Would you recognize it when it shows up? We are also in the planning stages of a Mentor~Mentee Brunch, it’s purpose is to help those who may have a desire to be involved in mentorship whether that is by being a mentor or receiving mentorship. I have also been invited to be a guest on, The Beautiful Butterfly blog talk show to discuss mental health issues around substance abuse in her Mind Body and Soul Series. I look forward to other assignments that God will place on my path of this purpose filled life!

Bless you my friend for interviewing. We cannot wait for your call and upcoming events. That concludes our interview today with my friend and co-laborer Renee.

Monday, August 22, 2011

WE Rock! - Author Interview with Terri D.

This whole month has been a month of celebration. I call it WE Rock! WE Rock means Women Empowered to Rock. For the entire month we have been celebrating the victory of August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment became law, and women could vote. In honor of this celebration, I am giving away two of my books "It Had to Happen" the contest details are in my blog. To continue this celebration, I will be introducing to you some amazing women. These women are authors, entrepreneurs, educators, and trailblazers who are making a difference.

So I would like to introduce my first guest Terri Coleman Washington, her pen name Author Terri D. I loved the book and hope you enjoy.

CP: Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. Give us a brief bio of who you are?
Author Terri D.:I am a long-term transplant resident of Harrisburg, PA. I am single mother of three who has written poetry and short stories all of my life. My children have always been my inspiration to push to get to the next level. I write as a way to express myself and to document my inner most feelings. I have published my debut novel titled Yesterday’s Lies earlier this year.

CP: Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book?

Author Terri D.:Yesterday’s Lies is a poignant tale of a circle of close friends who lives are more intertwined than they realize; that is until the blurred lines of love, lust and friendship begins to reveal the half-truths and lies that exist. Will the secrets they all hold from the past ruin their friendships and lives forever?

Toni and Jada have been friends since High School. They dated best friends David and Benjamin and the foursome even decided to attend the same college together. A tragic event in the final semester of senior year starts the web of lies and deceit that will follow them into their adult lives. The story begins seven years after graduation from college. The secrets and lies from their past start to unravel when an old friend returns from a seven year hiatus. Where has he been? Does he hold the key to unlock the secrets and lies from their past? Others in this small group of friends have their own secrets they have been keeping. When the truth is revealed will, the life changing decisions that were made based on what everyone thought they knew be enough to rip friendships apart.

Things are seldom, as they seem. High school sweethearts Jada and David, Jr have built a wonderful life together post college. Two beautiful children and both have successful careers. When an old friend returns to the scene the half-truths are in danger of being revealed and the consequences could be devastating for everyone involved.

Yesterday’s Lies will leave you asking yourself the questions. What secrets do you keep from the one you share everything with? How far would you go to protect your friends? Could your friendship survive this type of deception? Can a true love survive the deception and lies?

CP: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
Author Terri D.: Any woman who has a close female friend from childhood she confides in or any woman who has ever lost a love.

CP: What authors most inspire you?
Author Terri D.: E Lynn Harris is one of my favorites. So sad he is gone.

CP: Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers, or did you jump right into self-publication?
Author Terri D.: I did not go the traditional route as I was being mentored by a self published author so I did what she had done.

CP: What was your journey as a writer?
Author Terri D.: I always kept journals and dabbled in poetry but did not set out to write a novel. That just kind of happened. I had an idea and starting writing and before I knew it I had a novel.

CP: Any advice you can give to new writers?
Author Terri D.: My advice would be to do a lot of research about the industry and sit down and come up with a marketing plan before you get your book published.

CP: Where have you put your work on sale?
Author Terri D.: My book is currently available on all of the major sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books a million. I have also been working with several independent book stores to have them carry my book.

CP: Is it available in only print, or is there a digital format available?
Author Terri D.: It is also available as an eBook on Amazon and on Smashwords.com

CP: Do you find it difficult to manage your time, speaking engagements, shifting focus between marketing your current book and writing your next book, as well as any day-to-day responsibilities?
Author Terri D.:I had spread myself a little too thin at the beginning of the summer. I made it through all of those events and signings and am taking a brief break before I get started again in the fall.

CP: What's next for you? Any new books in the works?
Author Terri D.: I am currently working on my second novel which happens to be a sequel.

CP: How can we contact you?

Author Terri D.: Yesterday's Lies is the title of my novel.

They can also follow me on:
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AuthorTerriD

This is the end of the interview with Author Terri D. I hope you enjoyed the interview with this amazing woman. Pick up her book. You will really be inspired.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Your Answer Awaits

Have you ever asked yourself why?

Why am I having sleepless nights? Why am I still dealing with this hurt, rather than escaping from it? Why do I keep going in and out of so many dysfunctional relationships? Why is everyone coming to you for the answers and you can’t even figure out your own?

In her debut book, It Had to Happen, Cynthia inspires the reader of God’s providence in the midst of trials what only serve as the launching pad to triumph. She masterfully uses The Woman with the Issue of Blood to take us beyond the surface of the biblical story we've heard and read so many times by interjecting us into the passage in a personal way. Our own struggles are interwoven in suggested parallelisms that bring this woman’s plight into the light of a modern day context. And the discovery questions at the end of each chapter cause us to reflect deeply as revelation and transformation provide soothing solutions that can only come from our loving Heavenly Father who is an ever present help and a Source of unending hope.

Cynthia clearly states in her book “those who don’t know their own history are doomed to repeat it". Your journey to living a peaceful life awaits. Please read a sample of her book and purchase your copy today!

Monday, August 1, 2011

WE Rock Book Giveaway!

Welcome to my very first book giveaway and I am so excited about it. I am calling it WE Rock Book Giveway! WE Rock means Women Empowered to Rock and all month we will celebrate the victory on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution became law, and women could vote.

I have two giveaways of my book It Had to Happen. Here are the giveaway contest details:
1. Subscribe and join as a Follower here on my blog
2. Enter the contest in Goodreads

Goodreads Book Giveaway

It Had to Happen by Cynthia A. Patterson

It Had to Happen

by Cynthia A. Patterson

Giveaway ends August 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Heart and a Fresh New Start

I am excited about being an Author now of my first debut book "It Had to Happen". Although I must admit, the process for writing and publishing a book are both challenging and fulfilling. I recall one day writing chapter five of the book, I hit the wrong key and the entire page was deleted. At that very moment I went into a panic, picked up my cellphone and called my son Michael to assist me. Of course, no answer! So I sent him a text message and of course, instant response. A sudden thought, why didn't you just answer your phone? I responded back with my problem. And Michael's response back was "Mom relax, just click the undo button...LOL!!!". To my surprise that is exactly what I did and the information appeared again.

Whoever created the “undo” and “redo” features are absolute genius! These features allow us to easily correct mistakes. Undo reverses the last action we performed and Redo undoes the last Undo action. Immediately, I had an "Ah Ha, snap, snap" moment! For something as simple as a click of the mouse, we can undo or redo information. We must admit in life, it has taken longer to warm up to the idea. Ezekiel 18:31 encourages us, "Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit". Carefully today, read and mediate on God’s promises so you can undo or redo a changed heart and experience a fresh new start with Him.

Stay committed to God and pray this prayer: Lord, I come to you now in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. I confess that I have rebelled against you and I put that behind me. I thank you for a new heart and fresh new start. I choose today to follow and obey your Word. In Jesus Name…Amen!
Stay focused,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You Can Have It!

Remember the old expression, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." Here's another way to say it: "You can't have it both ways." It applies, for example of a time for weeks I planned for a gathering with family and friends. To my expectation, everyone brought their favorite dish, dessert, breads, drinks... We had a blast playing games, laughing, and dancing to our favorite songs. However, at the end of the night I wondered why these very people did not continue the celebration and stay to help me clean up. I thought to myself, "you can't have your cake and eat it too!"

I thought about leaving the cleanup until morning. However, my borderline OCD tendencies would not allow me (LOL). Two hours later exhausted and glad I did because the thought of waking up to the mess... NO WAY! As I settled in for the evening, I decided to read a bit and came across a refreshing word in Psalm 16:11,"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with the eternal pleasures at your right hand."

Here's encouragement for you as it did for me. Notice the past, present, and future implications there? Turns out, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too! God himself promises! And He makes it possible. At some point in our past God planted our feet firmly on the "path of life", the path of true faith. We would never have found that path ourselves as we wandered through life's wilderness. God searched us out and brought us home to him.

God will continue to fill us with joy in his presence. Regardless of how we feel at any given moment, regardless of whether we happily accept facts at hand, God presence buoys our hopes, calms our anxieties, and ignites our faith.

This fills my heart to wonder. As I look back on my life, I see the sustaining power of God's presence. As I think about it today, my heart overflows. And as for His promise of future joy, I'm at a loss for words. I can have it and this presence carries on until eternity. There we'll inherit the "eternal pleasures" we can't even imagine now.

This made me smile as I shook my head of how I felt earlier and thought, "Girl go to sleep, its not that serious!"

The Perfect Getaway

What's your perfect getaway? A nail salon appointment? A spa appointment? A nice morning sitting on your balcony admiring nature? A candlelight dinner for two? Or a Saturday sitting around in your pajamas, watching your favorite chic movies, while at the same time taking advantage of your only splurge day to eat whatever you want?

We all need to getaway once in awhile. We all need to take a break -- from people, work, and causes we love so much. If you doubt that or feel a twinge of guilt because of it, consider this: It's time and you are way overdue! There are times we will experience fatigue and overload that will require us to have true rest. I had a mentor tell me once "you have to put yourself on your own to-do list". This word of advice was priceless to me. I have a standard ME-day weekly appointment.

But I got to thinking about her advice and realized, one true getaway I do know like no other; is when we go to God. When we go to Him we find this true rest we need.
In the shadow of His wings, our souls live, truly and forever. In His presence there is peace, acceptance, compassion, and security.

Most spas require a reservation. Even nail and hair salons schedule appointments. But this getaway is ours for the asking whenever we need it. Even on the spur of the moment. Heavens's door stands open: "Come to me". Whether we're weary and worried or elated and energized, we can come. Need a getaway? Then run into God's arms!

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Changing of Hands: Three principles in obtaining the wealth you need

Are you in a place in your life where you are pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to manage your finances from day to day.If you are continually strapped financially and are sick and tired of it, God has help for you. Many, today, live on borrowed time and borrowed money. The Bible does not teach, as some propose that all debt is wicked and sinful. However, it does teach the undesirability of debt. Debt should be a last resort. God may occasionally allow it in order to teach us discipline. However, He never meant it to be a way of life.

Proverbs 13:22 says,” A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up”. This tells us the wealth will eventually come into our hands when we are living right. God will cause the transfer of wealth to come into the hands of His sons and daughters, from the hands of sinners.

You have to stand on the authority of Jesus Christ and declare by faith that poverty must go out of your lives. Deuteronomy 8:18 is evident that “God is the one that gives the power to get wealth.” So how do we tap into this power we already have to get wealth? Quite simple, it begins with prayer. We have to pray for the power to obtain this wealth.

I believe there are three practical principles relating to this divine prosperity. If applied correctly, they will truly manifest in our lives as it relates to our money:

I. Make Money – You have to be able to make money legally. Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” You need to pray for the wisdom of God to generate unique idea that will enable you to get this wealth.

II. Manage Money – You have to have the right perspective on how to manage money. Haggai 1:5-6 says, “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” In other words, there are some people, even if you give us $1M, $1K, $100, or even $10, we will mismanage it. If you are not a good steward and handle your monies incorrectly, you will go back into begging and borrowing.
III. Multiply Money – Learn how to multiply the wealth God has given you. It is not enough to make money, but you need to multiply it. Pray for discernment to make the right investments. I am reminded of Issac in Genesis 26:13, “And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished”.

Are you ready to experience wealth? Pray and believe in faith God will manifest His power in you to get wealth and wealth will change into your hands.

Burst Open Heaven!

Have you ever felt like there’s a blockage? You move forward, then you take two steps backward? There are so many problems you don’t know what to do? As a word of encouragement, this is the time to really pray. The tenacity of your prayer must be capable of causing the heavens to open for your sake. The Word says “OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence”-- (Isaiah 64:1 - AMP).

Open heavens will enable us to obtain the breakthrough we need in our lives.
When the heavens open the angels of God will begin to ascend and descend bringing multiple blessings for each of us. These blessings include: favor, power, promotion, breakthrough, finances, good health, joy, peace, etc.

One of the curses in Deuteronomy 28:23 (AMP) says, “The heavens over your head shall be brass and the earth under you shall be iron.” This shows that it is possible for our heaven to be closed. So we have to become strategic in prayer to get back what is due to us by busting open heaven.

When your heaven become brass, your angels cannot reach you, Daniel fasted for 21 days. When his angel of blessing came he said: “Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.” (Daniel 10:12-AMP) The heavens were closed because of satanic obstacles. However, Daniel faithfully continued praying until his answer came.

Likewise, we need to continue praying; prayer is the key that turns God’s promises into reality. Now is not the time to give up and get weary. On the contrary, this is the time to gear up. “God will rend the heavens”, the angels of God will begin to ascend and descend upon your life” (John 1:15 – NLT).

Are You Running On Empty?

You know how it feels. At the beginning of this year you were on fire and claiming the blessings of the Lord. You felt like this year was going to be your year! Now your life seems to be going in a gazillion different directions. Truthfully, behind that smile, you’re feeling drained and defeated. Even the fire of your relationship with God, that once burned so brightly, now seems to be barely flickering.

In looking at Psalm 6, we find David. Physically, he is wasting away. He’s been running from enemies too long, and he’s exhausted. Spiritually, he’s dismayed and thinking God has forgotten him. Emotionally, he’s depressed and feeling ready to give up. David is running on empty and he is transparent to God.

David says, in verses 2-3,6 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 6 I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears.

I believe there are some of us who can identify with David and I want each of you to know that you have to shift your focus from your feelings to the facts. David turned his attention to the facts to bring himself out of his depression and run down state. In verses 8-9 David tells the enemy of his mind: 8 Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.

King David got his focus back. It wasn’t about his feelings. It was about the God who was going to take care of him. David may have felt like God had forgotten about him, but the fact is, God knew his case. He may have felt God wasn’t listening to him, but the fact is, the God of his heart heard his cry. So what about you? Are you focused on your feelings or are you focused on the facts?

I’m reminded of a time I too was running on empty. I came to realize it one morning in an “Aha” moment of my life. I woke up late this particular morning. It seemed as if everything that could go wrong, did. I got my hair wet in the shower and couldn’t find my keys to only realize they were in my jacket pocket. To make matters worse I get in the car and was nearly out of gas.

While attempting to pump the gas, I noticed the nozzle did not fit in my tank. In my rush, I was attempting to use diesel fuel in my unleaded tank. God spoke to me through this situation.

Many times we are so busy that we lose sight and focus on the wrong things. We start trying to use other things to refuel ourselves and it doesn’t fit into the plans that God has for us. God says it is time to Re-ignite the Flame! Therefore, when our passion for God wanes and the flame that once burned brightly begins to flicker, Jesus is the one who can and will ignite it.

How can we put ourselves back into the position where He can re-ignite the flames in our hearts? 1) We must pray, 2) We must read the word, and 3) We must believe. Staying in the will of God can constantly infuse His energy in us. God is the only one who can refuel you. God will continue to instill in your passion for Himself, a purpose in life, and a zeal for living so that you can never again feel you’re running on empty…Peace be with you!