Step By Step

Every step of obedience is a step toward your destiny.
Whatever God calls you to do, do it with your whole heart. (Colossians 3:23)
In prayer, if God asks you to do something, whether it’s change careers, move to a certain place, let go of a certain friend, speak a Word to another person – do it.
You know it’s God’s voice when it lines up with His Word and His will.  
The more you draw near to God, the more He’ll draw near to you.  (James 4:8)
No good thing will He withhold from you, but it takes every step of obedience to make sure you get there. (Psalm 84:11)
Though it sometimes may not make sense to the natural eye, there is always a blessing on the other side of obedience; for we walk by faith and not by sight.  (2 Corinthians 5:7)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Psalm 37:23

Remembering LaShawn Daniels (1977-2019)

LaShawn Daniels, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, died Tuesday as a result of injuries from a car accident at the age of 41, according to CNN. His writing credits spanned decades and genres, and included hits like Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right but It’s OK,” Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” Destiny’s Child “Say My Name,” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” Daniels’ wife, April Daniels, posted a statement to Instagram announcing the death of her husband.

“It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member and friend, LaShawn Daniels who was the victim of a fatal car accident in South Carolina,” writes wife April Daniels. “A Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.”

Daniels, better know as “Big Shiz,” was instrumental in creating the sound of late Nineties and early 2000s R&B and pop. In a 2018 interview with Rolling Out, Daniels described his working relationship with Whitney Houston. “We would talk about relationships and she loved talking about real situations,” he said. “She didn’t want to sing about anything that was fake, Whitney always wanted to keep it real. I think that’s another thing that made her special and people relate to her. It would start from a conversation and we’d go from there.”

LaShawn is survived by his wife, April, and his 3 sons.

 

 

Quote of the Week: “DON’T BE A PART OF BREAKING GOD’S HEART”

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” {Ephesians 4:30-32}

Are You Weary?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

The word, “Labor” in this Scripture in the original Greek means “to toil, be weary or exhausted.”

God never intended for you to ever be exhausted about anything, instead He wants you to come to Him and find rest.

The word, “Rest” in this Scripture translated from the Greek means “to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength” and “to refresh, to give oneself rest, take rest” and “to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation”

Now that’s the perfect will of God for your life, and if you find yourself in a state of unrest where you’re exhausted, it’s an indicator that you haven’t given that thing fully over to God.

So here’s your #reset opportunity as we enter into the second half of our #30daychallenge

Take inventory of what you’re dealing right now, and see where you haven’t given something fully over to God then give it to Him today, and find rest unto your soul.

*Originally published  on Kim on the Web.com.

Remembering B Smith (1949-2020)

At age 70, Smith succumbed to early onset Alzheimer’s, which she had been battling for years. She died Saturday at her Long Island home with family nearby.

Plenty of media have described Smith as the “black Martha Stewart.” And superficially, one could see why: Both women had been models (Smith appeared on the covers of several fashion magazines, the first brown-skinned black model to be featured on Mademoiselle’s cover in the 1970s). Both had a genius for cooking and entertaining. Both eventually built an empire based on their skills (food, decorating, entertaining, home keeping). And when people (mostly white people) called Smith the black Martha, they meant it as a compliment. Smith saw it as well-intended but shortsighted.

“Martha Stewart has presented herself doing the things domestics and African Americans have done for years,” Smith told New York magazine in a 1997 interview. “We were always expected to redo the chairs and use everything in the garden. This is the legacy that I was left. Martha just got there first.” True, but Smith made up for that by diving into everything she did with passion.

Born to a steelworker father and a mother who was a part-time housekeeper, Barbara Elaine Smith left her Western Pennsylvania hometown of Scottsdale for a modeling career right after high school. Barbara became B. as her modeling career took off. After a successful career with modeling agency Wilhelmina and several lucrative corporate contracts, Smith became interested in restaurants.

She married her second husband, Dan Gasby, in 1992, and together they created an empire that encompassed bestselling cookbooks, the weekly show and a lifestyle magazine that was briefly published by American Express. Eventually there were also housewares, bed linens and even an At Home with B. Smith furniture line.

Smith opened her first eponymous restaurant in Manhattan’s theater district in 1986. Two more B. Smith restaurants followed: one near her weekend home on Long Island and the other in the historic Union Station complex in Washington, D.C.

Smith had been showing signs of forgetfulness for a while. In 2013, after she lost her train of thought while she was doing a cooking demonstration on NBC’s Today, she sought a doctor’s opinion.

The devastating verdict: tests indicated she was in the beginning stages of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She and Gasby went public with the news in 2014. Smith put on a brave face and told the public she intended to live and enjoy life until she couldn’t.

The B. Smith who appeared in a public service announcement the following year was a woman whose wattage had dimmed considerably. Her disease was progressing swiftly. Her famously radiant smile flashed less frequently. Her sparkling eyes looked vacant, she forgot things easily and she once got lost in Manhattan for several hours.

Despite that, she and Gasby did several interviews to educate the public and destigmatize Alzheimer’s. They also wrote a book, Before I Forget, about dealing with the disease. They were determined to try to make a difference, as Alzheimer’s is known to be more prevalent in women and African Americans.

It’s a hard call that more and more Americans are going to have to make, as more of us are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Last year, the Alzheimer’s Association estimated 5.8 million people have the disease; 200,000 of those have early onset.

Quote of the Week: “YOU SHOULD LIVE WHERE YOUR FLESH NEEDS TO DIE”

Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the
misdeeds of the body, you will live
.
” {Romans 8:8-13}

A Healthy Relationship

They have the, “What can you do for me?” mentality etched in the back of their minds.

They look at the other person’s bank roll and feel they can get a slice of the pie if they run their game right (of course this doesn’t apply to YOU godly woman, right 🙂

Some people may view their relationship with God the same way.

The only time God hears a peep out of them is when something is wrong, when there’s a storm in their life, or when they need a financial miracle.

Some view God as their slot machine – if they pull the right levers at the right time then cha ching! “Lord, I believe I receive my financial breakthrough right NOW!” and they’re all shoutin’ and dancing in church and may even throw in an extra dollar in the offering bucket, expecting their hundred fold return tomorrow.

Yet they never take the time to really come to God, get on their knees to pray and simply say, “Thank you.”

It’s okay to come to God in prayer not asking for anything at all.

A healthy relationship is not built on one where one party is always receiving, but where both parties both give and receive.

Give God your time, give God your adoration, give God your love, expecting nothing in return, and in the end you’ll find you’ll be blessed and that God will favor you – simply because you seek His face and not His hand.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Psalm 27:7-8

*Originally published  on Kim on the Web.com.

CV Quote of the Week: “TEAMWORK DIVIDES THE RISK & MULTIPLES THE EFFORT”

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. {Ephesians 4:15-16}