“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist   

At a time when there is much chaos, confusion, division, misogynists, hatemongers, and all manners of diversionary efforts taking place to get us and keep us unfocused as it relates to our pursuing our dreams and visions, now is the time to dig in deeper like never before in pursuit of our purpose.

Imagine this if you will, your taking a laid back approach as it relates to your dream could be the diversion that’s hindering or delaying the blessings of so many. Your not acting now could be the difference between the opening of doors for many others to walk through. So now that you’ve thought about that–What’s really holding you back?

The media constantly displays the negatives: the Presidential campaign and all of the tomfoolery that’s taking place with it, the shootings throughout the world, the fallen or disgraced sports figure, government head, or entertainer, in essence the bad news. After all, we know that bad news spreads a lot faster than good news. So what part can you play in reversing or flipping the script in the sharing of more good news and pursuing your dreams and purpose?

Number one, you can get up from where you are, stop watching and reading the same news stories over and over again, be a part of solutions to help our ailing country. Next you can and should begin to live your dreams! Yes YOUR dreams! As I’ve mentioned several times your dreams and purpose is not just to benefit you but should benefit countless others.

I recently read a letter Kobe Bryant penned to his younger self…and I also read the accompanying comments. It amazed me that instead of focusing on the great message the letter contained as it related to some lessons he had learned as he aged, there were several who launched an attack starting with his rape of a white girl and concluding with why shouldn’t he take care of his parents and family members with all the money he had amassed. My first thought was –how ridiculous and my next thought was it’s very easy for others to form an opinion as to what one should do with their own money and the wisdom they’ve learned. Why do I bring up Kobe while talking about Living Your Dreams? Glad you asked.

As you begin to live your dreams and pursue your purpose, there will be many that will have their opinions and unfortunately a lot of them won’t be favorable. You must develop tough skin and LIVE YOUR DREAM and stay true to your purpose regardless of the opinion of critics that can also be some you love dearly. You may have to distance yourself from some and even have estranged relationships as you go and grow. Don’t allow the fear of what others say and think get you off-track. Keep moving forward!

Be bold. Be confident. Study and learn all you can about your dream. Speak. Listen. Pray. Plan. Prepare. Have Patience.  Grow…and then go! Don’t allow the fear of what others will say or think stop you. Don’t allow fear in any way to hinder you. It’s your time to Live Your Dream! You won’t fail if you consistently pursue. Forget the fear of others as with the fear of failure. Move forward!

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Mike, a well known architect, suffered tremendously for years internally as he had no idea who he really was. Trying to please everyone was actually what landed him the job that he has. His efforts to please his parents early on landed him in his current position as this was always their dream for his life. However deep down inside Mike really had aspirations of becoming a lawyer. But, to appease his father’s and mother’s wishes he became an architect and was miserable for many years.

Now in his 40’s Mike has finally realized that this is not actually what he wants to do, but he doesn’t know how to break free and be honest with his parents, so he continues day-after-day- after day–smiling on the outside but screaming on this inside.

Mike suffers from a case of mistaken identity.

The bible tells us that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy but that Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The thief has stolen Mike’s true identity and as a result Mike is miserable.

Mike finally came to the realization that in order to break free, there were several things he had to do. In order to be true to who he was he would have to break free from the past as it related to his parents desires for him. In order to be happy and really live he would have to pursue HIS purpose and so he began the journey of discovery, healing, and purpose.

I share with you about Mike (who happens to be a fictional character) for the sake of these writings. What I ask you to do is take a look at yourself. Ask yourself some serious deep questions if you feel unfulfilled and are doing things for the sake of pleasing others. Questions like–

  • Who am I?
  • Whose am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • What do I believe to be my purpose?
  • Who or what is holding me back?
  • What steps do I need to take to get my life on track for where I want to go?
  • How and when will I begin?
  • Who will I need to help me correct my life’s course?
  • Do I need to continue education in certain areas?
  • Do I need to shake off feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem?

You see, I write about Mike’s suffering with a case of mistaken identity, but this very well could be you. Having been the victim of identity theft, not one, not two but three times, I know the discomforts and pain one goes through in an attempt to regain or have our identity restored. Just as we go through the emotional discomforts and often physically draining process of the time, effort, and energy in getting our identity restored, so we must go through the same, or a similar process in getting our spiritual identity restored; of finding our true selves.

Once we go through the process of answering the hard questions, we are well on our way to becoming amazingly free; free to be the real us that God intended us to be. You see, He put the desires within each of us to do certain things. Others unintentionally often douses our desires and puts our “fire” out with loads of water/guilt/opinions in an effort for us to become who “they” expect or perceive us to be.

People, sometimes well-meaning, other times not, can and often will stereotype you due to your upbringing, your occupation, the color of your skin, where you live, your educational background, and how they perceive you to be BUT that doesn’t define who you truly are. They will try to silence the real you. Don’t allow that to happen.

Dig deep and break free. In doing so, you are no longer suffering from a case of mistaken identity and then are able to live your life as God intended.

No one can rob you of your true identity unless you allow them to do so. Be the real you and the best version of you that you can be– daily growing. It’s time to break free!

Identity-Theft

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“As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Division in any form is what saps us of our strength. A mind divided, a house divided, a church divided, a nation divided…these are the traps of the enemy and we see the consequences. In love and unity there is much strength and much power.

We have been, in many instances, our own worst enemies. We promote those that look like us, act like us, talk and walk like us. We shun and are fearful of those that don’t fit into our conception or idea of what we deem ourselves to be.

We harbor hurts, ill-feelings and grudges against those who we believe did us wrong. We play over and over in our minds the song “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong”. We hang onto injustices that leads us into a state of anger that we have a hard time letting go of. And so we hurt and never heal.

We see in our individual homes the division as each person wants to go his own separate way often ignoring the leadings and teachings of the parents and sometimes take advantage of the heads of the households. Entitlement, freedom of speech, no disciplining of our children all have played a major part in this.Children rebel against sound teachings. Churches are constantly divided over clichés and everyone’s different understandings of the Bible. We fight and bicker among our co-workers as each person strives to be “the best” and the idea of teamwork is something, although a great concept, tossed out of a window. We have to be the best! (And there is nothing wrong with giving what you do your absolute best. There is a problem when it becomes more “I” than “we”)

And then we wonder why our country is in such a mess…our homes…our schools…our churches…OUR NATION. Can it be that there continues to be so much division and competition that we lose sight of what our country was founded on? On what really matters most?

Growing up, I remember in our small community how families regularly came together, prayed together, worshipped together, played together, and grew together. I distinctly remember my grandmother having a garden and sharing her vegetables and fruits with other surrounding neighbors. I remember the neighbors doing the same–sharing whatever goods they had with others in the communities. Lack was removed as they all helped each other.

If one person had a cow or pig slaughtered, many in the neighborhood reaped the benefits. Many of us were poor by the world’s definition but we were always rich in what mattered most.

We were taught respect…to say please and thank you. We were taught to not to take anything or anyone for granted as no one ever had to do anything for another: it was only by God’s grace and the goodness of that person. We did not feel ENTITLED!

As kids we often fought among ourselves. Bruised elbows, bruised egos, bruised everything but we soon came back together.

The teachers encouraged students to be the best that they could be. They taught us, as with the elders, what mattered most in life. Some of us listened and some didn’t and strayed BUT the values were instilled in us. We WERE RICH!

I had a teacher go to bat for me when an injustice was done against me. I didn’t even have to worry about fighting the battle. God had already placed someone in my path and prepared them ahead of time to fight the battle for me.  I thank God daily for Mrs. Frankie Mitchell! Because of her and this situation, I grew to learn that there are many battles I don’t have to fight. And neither should you. God has already prepared someone ahead of time to fight the battles for us. Actually His word says that vengeance belongs to Him.

I have a brother and sister-in-law that have fought many battles on my behalf and I thank God for them daily. I have friends who have fought battles on my behalf where I never had to say a word.

Back to my community: You’ve heard me say over and over again I never, ever wanted to leave home. I love my people. I came to understand that sometimes in order to grow, one must go. You’ve seen the funny commercial–“Should I stay or should I go?” That was me when it came time to leave all that I valued and loved.

You might ask, why is she sharing all of this? I’ll gladly explain. Even though we all did not agree on the same things, we loved each other still. Even though we fell out, we understood and realized the importance of coming together and did so quickly. Even though we went our separate ways, many of us were never divided. Even though we faced difficult times, we understood the importance of unity.

When one of us obtained a place of position where we could help another we often did so by helping them secure employment in the organization we were in. God had graced us with the position and given us favor to help someone else. We answered the call and many lives were changed but did they change for the better? Some did and some didn’t.

Some later became so high-minded that the thought of encouraging and helping another flew out the door. Phrases like:”I got mine, they can get theirs the best way they can” became popular”. Seeing a brother or sister in need…well many learned to turn a blind-eye or a deaf ear to the cries and hurts of the people.

People, this is a clarion call! Love is the key and also UNITY. All lives matter. Let go of the division. Stand for what is right. The atrocities that we face are the results of our own insecurities, fears, wrong thoughts regarding others, prejudices, and ultimately has led to division, hurts, losses, anger, broken relationships and astronomical sufferings.

Out of some of my most hurtful, embarrassing, shameful and devastating moments, times when I thought I would just curl up in a ball and die, came some of my greatest strengths. And so it can be with any of us.

Yes, I am a believer, a child of the most High God and God is saying “Please return your love back to me”. He is the ultimate healer. He is the answer. So if you’re angry and upset with the happenings in the world, do YOUR part in helping to be the change you wish to see. That’s all each of us can do. Let’s get back on track…PLEASE!

I am in competition with no one. I run my own race as at the end of my jouney, I’ll stand before God alone, face-to-face and my only desire is to hear Him say–Well done they good and faithful servant. That’s it.

UNITED WE STAND! DIVIDED WE FALL! If we want to stand and be the people that God wants us to be and have our nation restored, then standing in unity is not optional but a necessity. I’m just saying…

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2nd Puzzled Face Image

Ponder that for a minute. Seriously think about it. Which are you or have you spent most of your life being? Interesting question huh? Now which do you aspire to be? Let me tell you the difference between each of the three–

  1. A doormat is something we are all familiar with. It’s either outside or inside and something that we walk on as we either enter or exit a door. One definition defines a doormat as a person who is the habitual object of abuse or humiliation by another. Have you allowed people to walk all over you, brushing the dirt from their feet off on you? To humiliate you?
  2. A door opener is something or someone that holds the door or opens the door for another to enter or exit through;something that is effective in leading to opportunity or success: Do you or have you spent your life as someone who goes before others opening doors?
  3. A Gatekeeper watches the gate or guards the gate ensuring the right people enter through and the wrong ones stay out. These are designed to keep certain elements from attending various events. It is one who is used to identify, count, supervise, guard, and monitor the traffic flow through it.
 

So which are you?

A while back I watched a pretty interesting movie where there was a young lady who had been pretty much a people pleaser. She never spoke her mind or her true feelings and because of this, she allowed people to trample all over her. She was a “yes” person.

This young lady was also an author though her upcoming book was not what her publisher had expected. It was dull and lacked that extra oomph.

She spent some time in a support group and that is where she found her strength as with her voice. The title and contents of the book changed and she no longer became the “yes person”. The book’s title was “My Life as a Doormat”. Now honestly, can’t a lot of us see ourselves as having lived a life like this?

Aspire to become a gatekeeper. Guard your heart for out of it flows the issues of life. Guard who you allow to walk in and out of your life. Guard who you allow to speak into your life as with the lives of your loved ones. Guard your mouth as far as what you say about yourself and others.

We should strive to live our lives not as a doormat but rather a door opener. Sometimes we must serve in the capacity as a gatekeeper but what we never, ever want to do is serve others as a doormat. The latter downplays our uniqueness as with our strengths. We were never designed to be a doormat.

Just a little something to think about.

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As I write this, I am reminded of a story in the bible that many are likely very familiar with.

John 5 King James Version (KJV)

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.

Again, this is a story many are very familiar with but let’s see how it applies to you life. What things or people have held you back from being all that you desire to be? What excuses have you used to keep yourself stuck in the same situation for 10, 15, 20, or even 38 years? What lies have you believed about your situation that makes you think you cannot do, be, and become all that you desire to? So the question remains, will thou be made whole or will you remain the same? The choice is yours.

I would finish school, but…I would exercise, but…I would start my business, but…I would work harder to improve myself–spiritually, physically, and financially, but…

It’s time to get the but’s out of the way, make a decision that you will not only start the task but finish it, and be made whole. No more waiting for others, no more excuses as to why you can’t, just DECIDE you will and go at it!

It does no good to mumble, grumble or complain about where you are in life if you are not willing to confront and deal with the issues and do the work necessary to make the changes.

It does no good to sit and think–I wish that were me losing weight, starting a business, embarking upon your chosen career path, continuing your education or whatever it may be. The time is always now and the question is always, will you be made whole or will you remain the same? The water is being stirred or troubled!

Now don’t get upset when you see others walking in their purpose as you sit on the sidelines and saying or thinking to yourself–That could or should be me.

Don’t become a “hater” as you see others aggressively pursuing their purpose with passion. Some make the choice that they will be made whole come hell or high water and believe me there is a price to pay in doing so.

The price is often long hours of studying, spending (I like to say “investing”) lots of money in pursuit as none comes in, being isolated and working while others “enjoy” life (or so they think),  The price is often falling down and getting back up time and time again.

Will you be made whole? Challenge yourself to get off the sidelines and get into the game…the game of life. Get fired up and run your race. You can be made whole! Again, the choice is yours.

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Can You Hear Me Now 2

Hello…I said hello…do you hear me…HELLO! Can you hear me now? Why do I keep saying hello? I want you to really hear what I’m saying in the contents of this message. I want you to allow the words to resonate so deeply within that you have no choice but to take back every single thing that the enemy has stolen from you. Again, I say…HELLO!

There’s a great gospel song that states–Everything that the devil stole God’s giving back to me…I want my joy back! Yes, you can have your joy back!

Another song that I truly love is by Shirley Murdoch and it states–I love me better than that. I’m going to get my life back. I want my joy back. I want my piece back. My self-esteem back. Yes, you love you better than what you’ve allowed to rob you of your joy, peace, family, relationships, health, finances, praise, worship, joy and peace. I love me better than that! And I just know you do as well…love yourself better than how you’ve treated yourself.

How do you take it back? You know…speak it, believe it, act on it, be consistently consistent, have a dogged determination that come hell or high water you will get back everything the enemy has stolen from you WITH INTEREST!

How do you take it back? In order to reverse the curse that the enemy has planned for you or for restoration to take place, you must make a 180% turn, not 360 because it will land you right back in the same place you’re in. In order to take it back, you have got to lose some weight. Yep, lose some weight–the weight of carrying problems of others that are too great for you to bear and not meant for you to carry; the weight of trying to take care of everyone but yourself. The weight of enabling (not helping) others and hindering their growth and sometimes we need to shed some physical weight through proper rest, exercise and healthy eating. Hello somebody!

You have got to lose the weight of trying to drag people along with you that talk a good talk but the walk does not line up. They procrastinate. You procrastinate. They make promises and break them. You make promises and break them. They lie and cheat. You lie and cheat. Whatever you’re around the most is what you become. Hello!

You know the people I’m referring to, those still whining, still complaining, still broke, never grateful for anything…those are the ones you need to run from.

Okay so your reputation is tarnished, your character is in question, your life is chaotic, you live in a constant state of back-and-forth, and just when you break free from all that’s been holding you back and those that want to spend their days mumbling, grumbling, and complaining about how bad life is and you start to SOAR, you run right back to the people or situations that helped get you where you are today. Say this with me: Not anymore! I’m drawing the line in the sand today. I will not complain and remain, but I will praise and be raised. Hello somebody! GP (God’s People) are you with me?

The challenge becomes one that we each can do…spend some time daily working on improving you. Right wrongs that have been in arrears. Deal with and confront your situations. Pray about them first. Don’t go half-cocked and once you get clarity, get to stepping!

Join me as I reclaim what the enemy thought he had robbed me of and gain back everything he took away…WITH INTEREST. Let’s do this for 30 days and watch how the turn around takes place. We will find that EVERY TIME we turn around He makes a way!

Email me, or share with me on Facebook or twitter your successes. I want to hear them. Iron sharpens iron and sharing your successes will not only encourage you but many others as well.

Time to take those bricks that have been thrown at us and build a powerful wall!

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Storms

When growing up in Louisiana, it seemed there would always be thunderstorms… thunder and lightning. Oh my! They scared the dickens out of me! But, I learned something later in life that I’d like to share with you today: I could get my best rest in the storms. Yes, I would often sleep through the thunder and lightning like a newborn babe! And when I awoke the storm had passed.

And so it is, fast forward to now: I learned that during the storms of life how to rest. Yes, when life comes crashing down on me and I don’t know what to do or which way to go, I rest. When problems arise that causes me to shake my head, I rest. When chaos is all around, confusion in my head and life, I rest.

When the tumultuous attacks that seem to be never-ending come against me, I rest. You might say but how? I will share with you my secret so that you too can get your best rest during the storms in your life.

I rest in knowing–

  1. Storms don’t last always
  2. God is with me in my storm
  3. He alone can do what I cannot do about the storm
  4. He calms the storm and gives me peace in the midst of it
  5. This too shall pass
  6. No weapon formed against me shall prosper
  7. The Greater one lives in me, loves me, and only wants what’s best for me.

Now that you know my secret, you too can rest in the midst of your storm. You can ride out the storm knowing that God is in you, with you, and working through your storm to help you be and become all He desires you to be. You can trust that your storm only took you by surprise and definitely not God.

Worrying is pointless. Trying to figure out what you’re going to do is sometimes a big waste of your time, efforts, and energy often leading to your making poor decisions. Telling others of your storms does nothing for either party. Most likely they are going through a storm themselves.

In the 8th chapter of the book of Matthew (also recorded in other books of the gospel), there was a great storm that came. The people were so afraid they were going to drown. They cried out to Jesus, who was by the way napping, asking him to save them. Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm and there was a great calm. He did it just by saying “Peace, be still”. He can do the same in our lives as well.

I will add that he also rebuked the people asking them where was their faith. Have faith!

So, if you want to really get some rest while riding through your storm, think on and do the above. Talk to the one who can help you in your storm. Seek guidance from Him and Him alone. Do whatever He leads you to do. Pray.  And trust the process.

Now go and get some rest!

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Depression strikes millions worldwide annually. It is estimated more than 350 million suffer at some point with depression. Feelings of hopelessness and despair often is the leading cause of depression. Grief from the loss of a loved one, life’s challenges, abuse, bullying, conflict, illnesses, major life changes, some medications, and the vicissitudes of life leads to depression. Research shows a feeling of hopelessness over a situation is also a leading cause of depression.

Has depression lingered over your life for a long period of time and just doesn’t seem to want to let go? Has life’s experiences caused you to question your very existence and everything as it relates to your life? Have your doubts robbed you of living life to the fullest and making the best of every day? The news stories as they relate to unnecessary, uncalled for shootings, deaths, and crimes which seem to be so ridiculous in nature…have these caused you to experience severe depression? Well I am here to give you some good news! You don’t have to succumb to the depression and you can pick yourself up and begin again. You can really enjoy life! You really can! Let me tell you how.

The first step seems so simple and it really can be. It starts with a decision. You can DECIDE each day that you are going to have a good day. You can DECIDE that today will be the best day ever for you. You can DECIDE that you are going to do the best you can with what you have and trust God to do the rest. Yes, it starts with a decision.

Let’s get real, we all will experience losses. We all will encounter things in our lives that are devastating; things that make us wonder why do we keep going. We all will, or may experience children gone wild, spouses gone wild, finances not where we would like them to be, inability to pay debts, health issues, job losses, loss of loved ones, loss of houses, etc. None of us are immune to life and we will go through these various things. The key is we will go THROUGH meaning we will not stay there. If you do not or have not experienced any of these things yourself, knowing that a family member, friend, or loved one is going through it puts you smack dab in the middle and you are in essence going through too.

DECIDE that no matter what may come your way, you are going to make the best of today. Not faking it but rather faithing it all the way. I am a firm believer, as I’ve personally experienced, the bottom may drop out today and tomorrow the Son shines so brightly that it’s sometimes hard to remember the devastating thing that occurred on yesterday.

The next step is actually shared in the above paragraphs: TRUST God. TRUST and believe that God is behind the scenes working everything out for your good. TRUST and believe that God loves you even if it seems no one else does. TRUST and believe that nothing that happens to you is an accident. Believe in serendipity, that good will find its way to you. TRUST and believe.

The next step is to daily look for something to be GRATEFUL for; speak those things out loud, write them down. You will find that once you start being GRATEFUL for what you have the depression starts to fade away. During the loss of a loved one, be GRATEFUL that God shared them with you for a season. During the loss of finances, be GRATEFUL that you still have life which gives you an opportunity to recover or bounce back. When facing health issues, be GRATEFUL that you have family and friends that love and care for you. When confronted with a job loss, be GRATEFUL that God has gifted you and even though it may take a minute to find another one, believe that it will happen.

BELIEVE that your current situation can change. No matter what you are currently facing it can all change SUDDENLY. BELIEVE that no storm or dark cloud lasts forever. BELIEVE with God’s help and sometimes the help of others, you have the POWER to turn the situation around. Seek outside help if needed to help you gain clarity about whatever you’re facing or dealing with. Sometimes a professional or an impartial party is needed to help you start to BELIEVE that your situation can turn around. Seek the help you need and BELIEVE it can be done.

HELP OTHERS. Do something for someone else. Get outside yourself and your circumstances and focus on doing something good for someone else. Once you start to do this, depression has no choice but to leave. After all, how can you focus on others and depression over your situation linger? Can’t be done.

LOVE is the final step. LOVE yourself enough to forgive yourself if you are a contributing factor in whatever took place. LOVE others enough to not judge or be critical but be supportive in helping them get to a point of freedom from depression. LOVE God enough to believe He is working everything out. LOVE is a very powerful tool to overcome depression.

Live, laugh, love!

Right any wrongs that you can that attributed to the depression. Those that you can’t, TRUST God to work them out. You’re too blessed to be depressed! Don’t waste another day wallowing in depression. Get up and get moving towards making each day the best day ever!

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Let me tell you a little story of “The Haves and the Have Not’s” and no it has nothing to do with Tyler Perry’s show by the same name (just inspired by it). This is a story of The Haves (the affluent) and The Have Not’s (the dejected and downtrodden).

Once upon a time there was an elite group of people–let’s call them “The Haves” that lived in various places throughout the world. These were people of great means, people who had amassed or acquired great wealth. Not all , but many were considered by some to be haughty, prideful, puffed up due to the fortunes they had obtained. So many snubbed those that were less fortunate (The Have Not’s).

This latter group were people who had not been born with a silver spoon and had huge hardships all throughout their lives causing them to struggle. These are the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, those (for the sake of this story) who have fought all their lives just to have the basic necessities in life.

So “The Haves”, or many of them, looked down their noses at “The Have Not’s” and made disparaging comments like: They should just get a better job. I am not trying to help them. They are lazy and need to learn a trade to help themselves. I made it and so can they. They are stupid for finding themselves in the position they’re in. You get the picture. What’s missing is lack of compassion as with the realization that one day they can go from being “The Haves” to a “Have Not” overnight.

What’s the point of this story? To encourage people, no matter where they are in life, to realize that life can and will turn on you without even asking your permission. To encourage people no matter where they are in life to have compassion for those that have fallen on hard times. To encourage people to fully realize that but by the grace of God it could very well be you or I in any of the positions. Yes, one can easily go from a Have to a Have Not, and to encourage you to offer the same compassion to others when they are going through, as you would want someone to offer you. You never know where life will take you.

This message is to encourage you to not look down on others, but as much as humanly possible, help lift a brother or a sister up. A smile, an encouraging word, guidance and direction to help them help themselves, whatever you can give in a positive way is what’s needed.

Many are looking for a hand up and not a hand out. ALL LIVES MATTER!

Karma states what goes around comes around. The bible states what you do for others comes back to you (well not in those exact words but you get the gist of it) It does say for us to do unto others as we would have done unto us.

I close with this. There are many of the “Haves” that offer help to the “Have Not’s” on a daily basis and for this I thank and applaud you. My words today are to encourage those that may find themselves in the first group: the prideful, haughty, proud, opinionated without real facts…to just consider the possibility that one day this could be you or a family member or a close friend and then think about how you would want someone to treat you. No one is immune to the troubles of life. It rains on the just as well as the unjust.

And to The Have Not’s, be gracious enough to accept the help offered. Pride keeps many from living better lives. Charity is love. Accept the help offered.  I’ve heard people say, “I don’t accept charity“. Well you may be turning down a real blessing. Know the difference between a blessing and a handout. Turn down the handouts, accept the blessings.  Just something to think about.

Don’t look at what you have today. It can change SUDDENLY and one can cross over to either side in a heartbeat. Believe me, I’ve lived on both sides.

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You're A Winner

 

You are a winner! Contrary to the naysayers, you’re a WINNER!

Let me tell you why you are a winner (for those of you that don’t feel like it). You are a winner because–

  1. You are alive and reading this today.
  2. You are determined to make today better than yesterday.
  3. You do not wallow in the pains or guilt of the past.
  4. You readily forgive those who have harmed you in any way.
  5. You trust God as your source.
  6. You believe and look for the best in others.
  7. You strive to become a better student.
  8. You push yourself to limits and beyond that some merely think about.
  9. You realize how blessed you are daily and share those blessings with others.
  10. You are grateful for all that has been entrusted to you and strive to be a good steward.
  11. You love, I mean really, truly love with your whole heart.
  12. You acknowledge the fact that you are not perfect but continually strive for perfection.
  13. You experience life on your own terms.
  14. You have mastered the art of forgiveness: forgiving others as with forgiving yourself.

Remind yourself of the fact that you are a winner on a daily basis. Say to yourself that regardless of what has happened “I AM A WINNER!”. Declare boldly and loudly to all within earshot that WINNING is your new normal!

So, again I say, “Hello You Beautiful Winner”

Now remember, say to yourself daily: WINNING IS MY NEW NORMAL! You will be inspired to go to higher heights as you continually SPEAK this. You will begin to ACT like the winner you are.

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