“Okay Lord, I’ve fasted, prayed, confessed and believed that things were going to change in my life. I’ve done this over and over and over again, so the question to you is– what’s really wrong with me?” Does this sound familiar? Does it sound like something you’ve thought to yourself or maybe said during certain seasons in your life? I definitely have!

I’ve asked questions like why I am not getting the results I want. Then a light bulb went off and I had an “aha” moment. Eureka! Could it be…is it possible…no it can’t be…but maybe, just maybe…oh well I’ll say it…maybe I am actually not doing what I truly need to do. Wow, that was hard to admit.

But before you start to judge me, I encourage you to look at the man or woman in the mirror first. When you finish reading these writings you might just be able to empathize with me. Hence, you might just see yourself.

Okay, so you want to grow spiritually, physically, financially, relational, intellectually—you just want to grow and be the best version of you that you can be—the real authentic you that you’ve been hiding. My question to you is–are you being consistently consistent as well as persistent in manifesting the changes or being the person you desire to be?

You’ve heard the saying if you want to have what others have, you have to be willing to do what others have done, i.e., you’ve got to pay the price.  That is, those things that are done the right way.

Joyce Meyer talks about planning your pain and planning your pleasure. Believe me when change takes place there will be lots of pain. We try to hold onto what’s comfortable and familiar. Those 30 pounds that you’ve been thinking about losing—it’s really okay. That exercise program you started and stopped—that budget that you were so adamant at the beginning of the year you would stick to—that vow to read your bible every single day—the promise you made to yourself to read, study, and listen to tapes of others to become literate in so many areas all fell by the wayside. Your plan of being focused, faithful, fearless…Wait a minute! That wasn’t you. That was me!

Well Resurrection Sunday just passed and it is time for the resurrection of me. It is absolutely not too late to start over. I will become and be wiser. I will lose the weight. I will establish and maintain my budget. I will have not just good relationships but great relationships with those I love. I will read and study and be the best me that I can be. I will be consistent and persistent and I will move forward.

What’s wrong with me? Nothing. Just needed a reality check; a wake-up call. And I say there is nothing wrong with you. Just consider this your wake-up call and let’s plan our pain as well as our pleasure. Yes, when we’ve accomplished one thing we should stop and reward ourselves and continue moving forward.

I’m in it to win it! I know you are too!

Hey, the resurrection of me! Yes!!!

Having an insatiable appetite for knowledge has led me from an avid reader to a voracious one, absorbing and digesting information to obtain answers to some of my many questions.  Not only have I progressed in my desire to read more devouring and analyzing the works: I have also started listening to and watching more tapes/DVD’s as a means of learning.  Questions such as who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Who are pioneers in their fields?  Who inspired them?  Who motivated them?  Who were their initial team members?  Did it consist of family, friends, co-workers, church members, etc.?

What did they do?  What field did they go into?  What led to their success?  What methods did they use?  What obstacles or challenges did they have to overcome in order to achieve or realize their vision?  What mistakes did they make along the way?

When did these events take place?  Where did they take place?  Where did it all get started if the pioneer launched out obtaining franchises?

Why did they do it?  Why did they go against the grain so to speak and persist in accomplishing their goals?

How did they do it?  Did it start slowly and progress to the desired result over a period of days, months or possibly years?  How did they obtain operating capital to start their business?  How did they promote and market their products? How did they get dedicated people to become a part of their team?  How did they overcome the challenges of day-to-day living?

I’ve heard it said many times, “In order to know where one is going, its imperative one finds out where others have been”.  Maybe not in those exact words but why reinvent the wheel when there are many that have paved the way for us?  Undoubtedly, there is much truth in this saying.

Now don’t assume that I search these merely for the sake of starting a business; answers to these questions can basically help anyone pursue their purpose with passion.  Answers provide a means of helping remove excuses and a wealth of information for those pursuing whatever their intended or desired goal.

As an example, if one is focused and determined to purchase a house, get a degree, start a business, answers to the above questions will possibly help the vision or dream become reality.  There is nothing that is taking place that has not happened in someone’s life before you.

Don’t neglect the most important reference book there is—the bible.  This book contains some invaluable information and provides history on some of the greatest people that ever lived.

Obtain the knowledge necessary for you to accomplish your goals, visions and dreams by studying the works of those that have gone before you.  You’ve heard it said, “Knowledge is power”.  I disagree, knowledge in and of itself is useless, but properly applied it can lead you to great power.

And don’t forget, the bible tells us that wisdom is the principal thing but in all of our getting, get understanding.  Get wisdom, knowledge and understanding.   In doing so, you are guaranteed success and power.



Vision is the ability to see something in the spiritual or supernatural realm or to see it before it comes into existence.

Faith is the belief that one can bring the vision to pass.

Works is taking action on a consistent basis to accomplish or complete a task or project.

So you see, having these three things assures one of success in any endeavor. From a biblical standpoint, the bible tells us where there is no vision the people perish.  It further states that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen and without faith it is impossible to please God.  Lastly, it goes on to say that faith without works is dead.

I’m reminded of the life of Walt Disney, born Walter Elias Disney.  He is but one of numerous visionaries.  Today, however, I’ll write a bit about him.

For those that don’t know, Walt Disney always danced to a different drummer so to speak.  His love for art, nature and family was shown throughout his lifetime.  The love of art led to many dreams in pursuit of what we now know as DisneyLand and Disney World.  Not only that, but Walt completed and has to his credits Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. He was a pioneer in television.  He adds many firsts to his credits.

He had setbacks during his lifetime…financial, the loss of his mother but he had vision and faith enough to believe that his works would pay off and we all know it did.  Was he a success?  Of course he was!  The animated series, Disney Land, and so much more stand as a testimony of this.

What if Walt had given up with each obstacle that came his way?  What if he decided that even though he knew he had the vision and the faith, he was not willing to put in the works?  What if he allowed some well meaning folks to deter him from his goals?  What if Walt kept the vision to himself and chose not to share it with the world?

This would have resulted in losses in so many ways.  By pursuing his vision, having faith enough to believe it could and would come about, and working consistently towards it he has entertained countless people via movies, television, and at the theme parks.  His tenacity and persistence led to the employment of MANY and the education of yet many more.  So, in answer to the “what if’s”, many would have lost out.

Walt once said, “It’s the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something.” And so, he established the California Institute of Arts.

My brother shared something that was told his class recently in reference to Walt Disney.  The instructor stated that after Walt Disney World Resort was completed one of Walt’s top men said he wished Walt had been there to see its finish. (Walt Disney died December 15, 1966.)  His third in command made a statement that was very much true.  It was, “Walt saw it before we did”. Walt Disney had the vision.

Having the vision, faith and putting in the works during our lifetime in pursuing our God-given gifts oftentimes leads to generational blessings.  Walt Disney’s life is a testimony to that.

Whatever gifts and talents you have, I challenge you to stir up those gifts.  Don’t just think about you and downplay the visions inside you…think what affect will my not taking action or not pursuing my purpose  have on generations down the line.  One person with vision + faith + works can lead to the success of many.  Don’t waste your gifts.  Don’t waste your time. The vision inside you is not about you but to benefit generations to come.

When one is passionate about their gifts, many doors of opportunities open.  Look for the open doors and walk through them knowing that every step you take is positively affecting the lives of many.

A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.  Leave a lasting legacy.

Remember the song by the same title.  I used to love it.

So, you’re feeling pretty lonely during the holidays.  Your family may be scattered in various states and you just don’t have a clue what to do.  May I make a few suggestions?

  1. Get you off of your mind. Yep, I said it.  Go and feed the hungry. Volunteer to give out clothing or something to those in need.
  2. Get you off your mind.  Pay a visit to a nursing home or visit someone in jail.
  3. Get you off your mind.  Write letters. Send cards. Mentor someone.
  4. And if you must keep you on your mind do me a favor, count your blessings…name them one by one.  We all have so much to be thankful for.

So, if you find you’re feeling extremely lonely during the holidays and find yourself asking, “What do the lonely do at Christmas?”, I suggest the very first thing is get you off your mind!  I guarantee you once you do that you will find you’re not so lonely at all.

Happy Holidays!

Allow me to pose a question or two to you.  How many have found themselves caught up in situations that they really don’t want to be in?  Let me give you an example.  You have two people you are extremely fond of and they are at odds with each other.  You are in an awkward position.

Is it fair to have to feel that one has to choose sides?  Is it even right?  Not!

If neither party has done a thing to offend you then why should you have to endure unnecessary separations because of their actions. Totally ridiculous!

The bible tells us if we have a problem with our brother or sister we should go to them and tell them of the offense.  If they don’t hear you then you take a few others with you to try to resolve the situation.  My point is there are steps to take but never have I read where it says to go to someone else before going to the offender and blab about what he or she may have done.

I do understand that everyone we deal with may not be Christians but we as Christians should at least follow our road map.

Please give me your thoughts on this.

I believe people waste a lot of valuable time in strife, division, confusion, separation, etc.  None of that is of God.

I say, get it right and move on but don’t get others caught up in the drama.

Comments welcomed

How many have heard the phrase, “no man is an island”?  I’m sure many of you have but what does it mean to you?

The bible gives us such clear insight into that phrase.  I’ll give you a few scriptures to support this.

  1. “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For the body is not one member, but many.” I Corinthians 12 & 14
  2. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

As you can see from the above, we were never designed by God to operate alone.  These scriptures make it clear we need each other to survive and thrive.

The Power of Prayer

Prayer is a dialogue between God and man.  It is during these times that we not only acknowledge, praise and petition God; but also when we listen to hear what He is speaking to us.

Stormie Omartian has a series of books, “The Power of a Praying Wife”, “The Power of a Praying Parent” and possibly others.  She, along with many, recognizes the importance and power of prayer. It has been recognized throughout time that there is power in prayer.

The bible tells us that we should always pray and not faint.  The Word tells us to pray without ceasing.  It goes on to say that when we pray we should believe.  The Word tells us that whatsoever things we desire when we pray, believe and we will receive them.

Prayer is such a powerful tool.  The challenge today is to put into practice on a regular basis, praying.  Pray over your children, jobs, family, ministries, whatever.  Exercise your God given right to pray and hear from Him.

There is definitely power in prayer.

The Power of Purpose

Knowing your purpose and walking in it gives one such a continual high!  Each of us are here for a reason and a season.  Pray and find out your purpose for being here: then pursue it with such tenacity that all will know why you’re here.  They will see you walking out your divine purpose.

In the bible, God said before He had formed us in our mother’s wombs he knew us and had predestined our lives.  Believe this, none are here by accident.  We are all here to fulfill a purpose bigger than ourselves.

Realize that in pursuing your purpose it will require work and most times lots of it.  Faith without works is dead. We must be willing to walk out our purpose and obedient to the Holy Spirit.

Begin to walk in walk in your purpose. God has a great plan for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The Power of Partnership

The opening scriptures helps us to know the power of partnership.

From a personal perspective, there is no way I could do any of what I’ve done without having committed partners.  I have been blessed to  partner with Sisters of the Word Book Club, Women on the Grow, Black Christian Books, Kings Highway Web Design, Pastor W. Terrell Snead, II, Women of Purpose and Determination, Dr. Carroll with Affordable Publishing, Lightning Source Printers and so many others.  I have, and continually need partners to fulfill my purpose.  So do you: remember no man is an island.

We need each other to survive.

What exactly is a partnership?  My definition of a partnership is a marriage per se; a coming together of two or more people for a common cause.

Partnership should take place with God first.  As Jewel Diamond Taylor always says, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. First things first.

Next, pray about the people who come into your life.  Partner with those you believe will help you to go and grow and fulfill your purpose.  There is so much power in partnership.

Partnership=marriage.  Is it time for a wedding to take place?  Possibly many?  Do it.  Remember though, first things first.  Marry God first.  Take Him as your main partner.  You can not fail in doing so.

I’ve given you food for thought and would love to hear your comments.

Remember…prayer, purpose and partnership.

Stay blessed!

Today is the day set aside to give thanks for our many, many blessings.  I am a firm believer that every day is a day of Thanksgiving.  However, since this is the designated day on our calendars, I will  list the many things I am thankful for.

  1. For Family
  2. For Friends
  3. For great Co-workers and colleagues
  4. For life, health and strength
  5. For the basics that many take for granted–electricity, gas, food, clothing, a roof over my head, a job
  6. For having a God that loves me in spite of me
  7. For having so many wonderful people in my life
  8. For Jewel Diamond Taylor (one of my mentors)
  9. For Henry Harris with Spiritco1 internet radio and The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy
  10. For Annette Jones Davidson and Women of Purpose and Determination
  11. For Sisters of the Word Book Club members
  12. The list goes on and on…

Whatever you do this day, don’t only say to yourself how thankful you are, acknowledge it to those who have made a difference in your life.

If you notice on the list, the main things I am thankful for are God and people.

Look for my upcoming book, “Glory, Wind Beneath My Wings” scheduled for release February 19, 2010. Check out the cover on our website…www.regsbooks.org.

In this book, I profile many who have been the wind beneath my wings.  It is my personal “Who’s Who” and profiles  unsung heroes and sheroes. It’s my way of saying thanks.

You may not be an author but there are many ways to acknowledge those who are and have been the wind beneath your wings.  People need to know they have positively impacted your life.  Many don’t fully understand the roles played in your success.  Tell them!

For every success, there are many people behind the scenes assisting, praying, encouraging, believing, and helping to make whatever dream a reality.  Acknowledge yours and always give God the glory.

 

 

 

For those that are interested in networking, meeting new people and promoting your business and/or ministry, check out The 411 Cafe Network at http://411cafenetwork.ning.com.

Look at what Joy has to say about it–

The 411 Cafe’ Network is more than just a newsletter, website or a networking event. It’s about people coming together in a common goal who understand the power of networking and sharing information. It’s about using our collective human resources to better our lives, our families and our communities!

Use this website to promote your business, share your good news and photos. But also take that extra step and to get to know your fellow 411C members, learn what they do, connect with them and see how you can be of service to them and let them know how they can help you.

I want to thank Regina Mixon for an excellent presentation yesterday at the September 411 Cafe’ mixer at my home in Carson. Regina reminded me why I originally published the 411 Cafe’ newsletter and re-energized my passion and dedication to truly making this an effective and successful networking service for everyone!

I’m asking and encouraging all 411 Cafe’ members to learn about the businesses, events and 411 featured on this website. Share the information with your family and friends, let’s help each other. Refer your family and friends to the services, businesses and events featured on this website and let’s see how much of a blessing we can be for one another!

Thank you for telling everyone know about the 411 Cafe’ website.

Joy Lewis,
Founder/Publisher
411 Cafe’ Network/Newsletter

 

 

For those that were not there, you missed a real treat!

Our 1st Meeting of the Minds Networking Event was held at Lucy Florence Coffee Shop in Leimert Park (Los Angeles) on Saturday, August 8, 2009 and was absolutely awesome!  There were so many phenomenal women in attendance.

Each business or ministry represented shared details as to who they are and what services are provided.  We were graced by the presence of Rae Jones, (Raediant Communications and The Bio Shop); DeBorah Pryor (DeBorah Pryor Presents The Art of Communication, The Bio Shop); Vicki Phillips (The Bio Shop); Dr. Netreia Carroll (Affordable Publishing, Shaback Ministries/Others); Meme Kelly (Author, Sisters Supporting Sisters, SHOUT); Delicia Smith (Delicia Smith Jewelry); Marline Oyan (Maroy’s Fragrances); Rose Edmonds (RoseMar Designs); Melody Joy Thompson (HOPE Human Services) and Davida Moore-Blackwell (The Business Connection).

There was lots of food, fun and fellowship.  The food was scrumptious and the service excellent!  Thanks Richard and Rhonda!

Door prizes were awarded.

REGS Members present: Emily Nicole Mixon, Linda Kinchelow, Gail Marie Hughes King, Victoria Gipson and Regina Mixon.

2nd Meeting of the Minds Networking Event

The 2nd Meeting of the Minds Networking Event was held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at The Word of God Baptist Church, Los Angeles California.  Once again, the participation and attendance exceeded our expectations!

Once again, we came together with women on the go discussing ways we could collaborate to take each of our businesses to the next level.

Those in attendance were–Iris Palmer (Body Magic); Meme Kelly (Author, Sisters Supporting Sisters, SHOUT); Joy Lewis (The 411, EnJoy Promotions); Marline Oyan (Maroy’s Fragrances); Meron Belachew (Jewels and Co.); Winona Sholes (Princess House); Davida Moore-Blackwell (The Business Connection) and Minister Cheryl Rentie.

We were graced by a wonderful praise dance performance by Robert Nubine.  There were several members of The Word of God Church that came and supported those in attendance.

Food was served buffet style and again door prizes were given.

Photo’s were taken by Michael Riddick.  Thank you Michael!  You are the best!

REGS Members/Staff in attendance: Regina Mixon, Emily Nicole Mixon, Gail Marie Hughes King, Victoria Gipson and Robert Nubine.

UPCOMING EVENT

The next Meeting of the Minds Networking Event is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2010.  This will be an event like no other.  The event will be held from 10 AM – 2 PM.  The place TBD.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, please make plans to attend.

 

 

Happy Holidays,

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.

Please take the time to check out my articles on Black Christian News site.  http://www.bcnn1.com.  There are many great contributors to this amazing newsletter.

Remember as you enjoy this Thanksgiving season those that are less fortunate.  Make it a priority to do some act of kindness for someone in need.  Also, remember, whatever you do, to give thanks to God for all of His wonderful blessings.

With much love

 

 

 

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