Lady Benita Henderson


     I am so honored to share with you an interview done with gospel recording artist, Lady Benita Shepherd! Read on and get to know this phenomenal artist, this powerful First Lady, mother, daughter and anointed woman of God.                      

 Gospel Recording Artist Lady Benita Shepherd               

I recognize that my project “Lift Me Up” is an integral part of achieving God’s vision for His Kingdom.

  1. What is your most recent project? Tell us a bit about it. The songs on the CD clearly describes a relationship with God. God is seeking true worshipers to worship Him.  John 4: 23-25  The music  originates from a place or worship from within. When I look at the lyrics I would say its inspirational, encouraging and life changing.
  2. Tell us something about yourself. I was born into a family that loved the Lord. I give honor to my father the late Rev. Benjamin Henderson and my mother Ethel Henderson.  My family tree is laden with Pastors and Ministers. My first solo was at the age of 5 years old at Mt. Elam Baptist Church in Heflin, Louisiana. The song was “That’s Alright As Long As I’ve Got a Seat In The Kingdom That’s Alright’. My sister played the piano for me. We practiced daily in our home melodies for heaven and sang every Sunday at church .  I have always had a heart for God’s people. After college at Southern University; I attend Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College in Sacramento California where I received my Doctorate of Divinity , Pastoral and Biblical Studies.

I realize that we were created to praise. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6

Through the up’s and downs, the highs and lows, sunshine and rain, sickness and pain, I still have joy.

3. What inspired you to write and produce this CD? My good mentor and friend Mr. Michael J. O’Hara  who is a four time Grammy Nominee, two American Music Awards Nominations, two BMI Awards, and has recorded songs by some of the world’s most notable artist and in movies wrote and inspired me to sing the songs. His credits include Anita Baker’s “Just Because” and “It’s Been You All the Time” and Jody Watley’s “It All Begins with You” and “Commitment of Love”. Mr. O’Hara also penned two songs for a Patti LaBelle’s Christmas album, “The Reason for the Season” and “This Christmas.” I thank Michael for the outpouring of love  motivation and encouragement he has poured into my life.

4. How did you choose the CD title as with the song titles? People today just do music from talent and no anointing. Every song I sing must minister to me before I can minister to God’s people. I heard the Lord say  “And if I be lifted up from the earth , I will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32  The title of my CD is “Lift Me Up”.

5. How has your community responded to your CD? I must add it’s awesome! The 1st CD Release Service was on February 22,2015 at my church Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. I was welcomed, interviewed and CD played at KNON 89.3 KHVN Heaven 97.

6. Has your family members, including your church family been supportive and appreciative of your works? My church family celebrates me during Black History Month and throughout the years at Musical Workshops, etc.

7. Now, you are a First Lady at your church, share with us about your church. Where are you located? Who is the Pastor? Are all welcome to attend? Yes, I wear many hats, I am Lady Benita and the proud wife of Dr. Terrence B. Shepherd, Sr., who is the Pastor of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Garland Texas 75040. Our church theme is “We Are Into What God Is Into.” I am also the mother of Terrence Bernard Shepherd, Jr. aka TJ.

8. Tell us your latest news. Are there any new CD’s in the making? Do you plan to add more to this one? This one is a teaser. 🙂 Knowing that one of my gifts is singing I have known all my life that God created me to praise Him. Everything is done in His timing not mine. I possibly may go back in the studio for another song that ministers to my spirit entitled “God’s Got It All In Control.”

9. Where can readers learn more about you, your CD and your church? Readers can like my page on Facebook Lady Benita Shepherd and Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Garland, Texas

10. What do you like to do when not writing and composing songs? I am first and foremost a servant. I am always running for Jesus whether at home, church, school , or work. I am in Administration in Healthcare, I teach interns and externs in various healthcare fields. I am very active in the School District and  sit on the Executive Board. I travel throughout the United States teaching, singing, and sharing the Gospel of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

11. How can the audience contact you if they wish to purchase your CD or to book you for speaking and singing engagements? Contact and Bookings bdhndrsn  or (214)727-8718

12. Please provide your social media links so that our readers can stay in contact with you.

This concludes the interview with Lady Benita Shepherd. I strongly encourage you to purchase the CD for a love offering of $10 by contacting Lady Benita on Facebook, via email or by telephone to the number shown above. Only 3 songs, but they are so powerful! Lady Benita, it was a pleasure interviewing you today! Praying God’s continued blessings and supernatural favor over your life, your ministry, your family and everything and everyone connected to you in this season.

Lady Benita Henderson CD Release Lift Him Up



LATER…A Word I Grew to Hate
At one point in life, I would get goosebumps when a person lovingly said “later” as opposed to goodbye at the end of a conversation. This was fine and dandy for a while, but “later” became a word I grew to hate.

Soon I came to realize that later could be the destruction or downfall of many things and the cost is too great.

Let’s take a look at later…

• If one pays a bill after its due date, there is an additional fee associated and later costs one more dollar wise as with causing a negative on ones credit reports
• If one has a terminal illness or even one that’s not and they procrastinate on getting medical treatment, later may be too late
• If one knows they need to quit destructive habits and develop better ones, later may be the difference between death and life
• If one says “later” I’ll work on developing and having a balanced life but constantly puts off taking action…you got it, later may be too late
• If one plans to pursue educational goals but year after year after year one says “I’ll do it later” well the time one spends contemplating and procrastinating could be the time spent in pursuit of their desired goal

Now there are some things that we have to put off until later, but for those that we can and should take action on, don’t procrastinate as later may be too late.

“Later, a word I soon grew to hate
As later is just another word one uses for procrastinate
Procrastination is a thief
Often causing one much grief
As the price for later becomes too great

Sometimes I know I tend to exaggerate

But not this time

Later, ah later, is one word I absolutely grew to hate.”

I encourage and challenge you to develop a plan of action that will help you no longer procrastinate on issues that you KNOW need to be addressed. Start with the plan, develop your strategic steps and move forward.

Don’t allow “later” to become your norm. Do it now!Regina Mixon


If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time


Over the past month or so I have been isolated somewhat nestled in the country spending a lot of time reading, reflecting, meditating, listening to various messages from spiritual leaders while seeking guidance and direction for this season of my life. It has been so peaceful, so relaxing and much needed.

I’ve shied away from social media and basically cut myself off from many as I sought God’s answers for where I go from here.

Leaving my family in California: my daughter, grandson, and sister was extremely difficult for me, but nevertheless necessary. It was hard but I knew I needed this time for me. Not hiding but seeking.

Wearing very little make-up, dressed mostly casually with flip-flops as my normal foot attire, I was and continue to be at peace; a peace I had not experienced in a long time. It didn’t hurt that I left those shown above but was surrounded by many other family members who continually showered their love on me. Again it has been much needed.

As I reflected, the thought came to mind, what would I have done differently over the past 20 years or so if I had my way, If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time.

My first thought was that I never would have left my government job. I would have stayed there like many do, then retired after so many years of working with a nice monthly retirement benefit. I would have served others through the job given me and been very happy.

Secondly I thought, I would never have moved back to California as I have always loved my hometown. I would have stayed in the house I purchased at age 25 or perhaps obtained another one right here at home. My daughter would have graduated with her high school where she started.

Next, I thought I never would have written so many books spilling my guts about my goals, visions, and dreams putting my business out there for all the world to see and read nor published books for others.

I likely would have continued to fellowship with my home church where my gifts were used to teach and sing and minister to others in many different ways.

Continuing, I never would have attempted to start a non-profit or a business knowing how difficult the task could be. Honestly, I didn’t realize just how daunting it could be until starting the process.

So yeah, If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time I would have done a lot of things differently…but then I started thinking…if I actually hadn’t done all of those things…

  1. I never would have met many wonderful people that I have during this journey
  2. I doubt that I would have become the encourager that I am through sharing my strengths, weaknesses, difficulties, etc.
  3. I may have not learned the value of “true friends” or even came to understand what a true friend really is
  4. I may have taken the most important people in my life for granted forever out of sheer ignorance—those that are true family members
  5. I never would have had my amazing, wonderful grandson
  6. I never would have been able to take my level of helping others to one I never thought I would be able to or could do.
  7. I never would have learned all of the various things learned, mostly through trial and error, about the book publishing process.
  8. I may never have traveled to so many places meeting new family members and making friends along the way.
  9. I never or may never have found my strength.
  10. I may never have come to know God on a deeper level and to really know that He loves me just as I am but enough to keep growing me daily to become more like Him.

Yeah, what if my life had been my way? Through the ups and downs, the losses (or I choose to call “the investments”), through the glares, the stares, the many negatives, one could say “poor me”. Well, I am not that one!

I can say and will continue to say—“Lord, Lord, Lord you’ve been blessing me. When I look where You have brought me, You sho been blessing me!” I can tell the world that I am BLESSED and If I Could Turn Back the Hand of Time I wouldn’t because I trust that He knows what’s best for me better than I do and my life is in His hands. It’s alright. It’s ok. What say you?

A charge to keep I have! A God to glorify!

Can you look back on your life and see that even in the midst of the most difficult seasons you have much good that’s taken place and be thankful for the good? Can you see that even when you felt like you could not make it another step that with God you were able to and actually were surprised by the strength given you to endure where many would have caved in?  Can you or do you realize that sometimes what appears to be losses are necessary on your journey to becoming the person God intends you to be? Can and will you take your pains and turn them into purpose by sharing and encouraging others that are hurting? Can and will you provide hope to the hopeless, help to those who feel helpless and provisions for others as God blesses you?

Only you can answer these questions for yourself. I can truly say I can and I will.

Again, what say you? Can and do you see all of the breakthroughs you’ve had while going through? We’ve all learned a lot of Life’s Lessons the Hard Way. Use them for His glory!



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Women Waiting to Exhale: You Have Permission to Exhale” is an anthology written by authors: Courtney N. Williams, Felonesecia L. West, Kinedia Brown-Diggs, Lattreta White, Raven N. Hunter, Regina Mixon, Roz Roberts and Tiffany Washington.

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Let me begin by saying what, Women Waiting to Exhale: You Have Permission, is not. It’s not your Wednesday evening prayer meeting and it’s not a blind lady conquers Mt. Everest. It’s real, gut wrenching stories, relatable tales, babies having babies and men siphoned off to the streets to hit the pipe. It’s about overcoming the DNA that wants to push you into making the same mistakes over and over again.
Each chapter has a wonderful introduction by Regina G Mixon, a brief bio of who the next voice will be and a grateful nod to their family. Then it’s a quick dive into each of these varied women’s lives. And their stories shine light on the things most of us keep in the shadows, sexual assaults, failed relationships, divorce and poor parenting. These brave women face their fears and usually with a bible in their hands.
And these are God without action bares no fruit gals. They pummel you with a force and it’s pushing you to forgive yourself, learn to love yourself and that’s a big first step toward the final result which is, the storm will end, things will be okay. Give it some time and you can accept that death, learn from the mistakes of a failed relationship and move beyond the divorce. Many of those physical problems will be resolved. The problem child that you helped create will settle down. Your special needs child will improve. In understanding Gods perfection in creation one’s self esteem is lifted in recognizing the uniqueness and beauty not just inside but outside as well.
I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little fixing, a nudge toward improving your relationship with yourself as well as with God. Reading this book was a pleasure.
Richard A. DeVall

“Sometimes you just have to take a good hard look at the past, light a match, toss it over your shoulder and boldly declare…It Is FINISHED!” Give YOURSELF permission to EXHALE!!!

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But they that wait

Absolutely! But what do you mean by this? I’ve always heard “Do it now”, “Procrastination is a thief” “Move even if you make a wrong move, just take action” and now you’re saying there is a good time to wait? Yes I am!

There are times when we come to the realization that everything happens in God’s timing. No matter how we try to push, beg, plead, whine, roll over and play dead, to get whatever it is we think we want; if it’s not God’s timing it will not happen.

No matter how many lessons or messages we hear, and we know that they are great messages that if applied can take you to another level, no amount of pushing will make it happen. Why? Because maybe there are other lessons one needs to learn to be fully prepared for the assignment ahead. I’m telling you, when God blesses you, you have to develop tough skin and be prepared for the attacks that comes with the blessings! You cannot be a wimp and receive God’s best. You have to know who you are!!!

I shared this before and it bears repeating: I am so grateful that some things did not happen in my life when I wanted them to happen. Being grateful is an understatement. You see, I realized I had many, many more lessons to learn.

If you know that God has given you a vision or dream and it seems that your waiting period has lasted for months or even years, know that you ARE NOT waiting on man, but rather for God’s timing. Study, learn all your can, perfect your craft and gifts and know that in due season you will reap if you faint not.

Doors swing wide open when you are ready! Manifestations take place in a huge way when you are ready!

In Habakkuk it tells us …though it tarries wait for it because it shall speak at the appointed time. Pray while you wait, work while you wait, learn all you can while you wait, trust God like never before while you wait, praise while you wait, be good to others while you wait, realize you ARE NOT waiting on people so let them off the hook while you wait, and SUDDENLY what you’ve waited for begins to manifest before your eyes!

Is there ever a time when waiting is good and necessary for one? Absolutely!!!

Don’t become weary in doing well and waiting: your harvest is on the way!

I don’t mind waiting. I don’t mind waiting. I don’t mind waiting on the Lord.”
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Ever had that moment when clarity came as to why you experienced what you have for so long? Ever had the divine revelation that what you had gone through was not even about you, but preparing you mightily to minister to others? I did and it came today.

God’s ways are not our ways. His methods of preparing us to minister to the masses are truly not ours. Let me share with you.

When in Louisiana, I endured some of the hardest times in my life—that is after God said He would use me for ministry. Prior to that, it wasn’t perfect by any means, but what took place after the calling were hardships and lots of them. Those led me to go off in search of sources to assist me in my struggles; they helped me to identify resources and gaps within the NW Louisiana area.

Fast forward, a few years later and I relocate back to the Southern California area. Things started off rocky as I was dealing with issues from my past while trying to move forward. Not only did I have unresolved financial issues after not being gainfully employed for 4 years, but I had unresolved hurts that I was dealing with. Things began to taper off and life was well…for a while. But then…

Disasters struck. Many things occurred that were totally beyond my control. The dark cloud came and hovered, like in Louisiana, for many years. These led me to go in search of help in the Southern California area.

God has been preparing me; or rather many of us, to collaborate, identify and fill gaps. The easier way for me would have been to just connect with the organizations I know provide the services, find out exactly what they do, and include it in our Information & Referral Program with God’s Storehouse. That was my way. It didn’t happen that way.

When a person has felt the pains so intensely, one who was once well-respected in the community, seeks to their lowest point in life, and cannot find the help they need or even after searching for months, can’t connect with the help, the person walks through and feels the pain so intensely that they can never be the same.

Now just imagine what a person goes through feels when they are not respected, considered an outcast, a nobody and they go off in search of help. Everyone loves a person when they are winning, but who loves and respects and extends a hand to those that are hurting? Those looking for a hand up and not a hand out? Some do, but sadly many pass them by.

I’ve gone into stores and other places dressed in my suits, heels, dresses, whatever, and gotten full respect and treatment. I’ve gone into some of the same stores in sweats and jeans and sneakers and looked at as if I were a thief.

I’ve experienced dealing with loved ones on drugs, suicidal, abused, in dire need of rental assistance or food or need in some kind of way. I’ve seen how they were treated. Heck, I’ve lived through the pains. Divorces, victims of domestic violence, those trying to start businesses and non-profits and keep going to the wrong people (those that say they can provide a service) while being misinformed and taken advantage of on every level.

I’ve seen people’s frustration as they attempted to connect with people to pull together a book not fully understanding the process.

I’ve experienced isolation, rejection, all of that. It hurt like hell but it didn’t make me bitter but better—better to the point that now that my season of suffering has ended, I am going to do any and everything, with God’s help, to get my life on track and then go out and help others in a huge way through the lessons learned, the services offered, by being compassionate. Isn’t that what matters most at the end of the day?

I walked through the pains and I felt the hurts. I know I’m not the only one.

Don’t allow the enemy have you hang your head in shame or feel guilt over something you had no control. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you into thinking your suffering was in vain. Allow God to use your pain for His purpose.

Why NW Louisiana and Southern California? Those are the areas where God’s Storehouse and Regina Mixon Enterprises will serve. How can one fill a need if they don’t know the need?

In just a minute, I’m going to put on my robe and tell the story how I made it over. Are you ready to put your robe on? Why don’t you join me by sharing your story? Oh freedom! Ah, that moment when…

I Shall Wear a Crown
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Los Angeles Black Parent Magazine, the magazine for parents in and around Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Black Parent Magazine is published by Michelle Marts-Shannon. It is a quarterly online magazine that provides comprehensive information regarding information beneficial to our community and to all parents. Los Angeles Black Parent Magazine is designed to bridge the information gap in our community. It truly takes a village… Take a Look:


A magazine has been created with Los Angeles Parents in mind. The articles included are designed to motivate, uplift, encourage, and bring awareness to parents and families.  Take a look at the blog which includes blog posts from guest bloggers. You’ll love the fun things to do with your kids and fun activities for your children. Are you an author, actor, or entrepreneur? Submit a request for an interview! Each issue features books, actors, or entrepreneurs that we absolutely need to know about. Promote your event, promote your business, or place an advertisement. LA Black Parent Magazine wants to hear from you.


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Michelle Marts-Shannon, in addition to being the publisher of Los Angeles Black Parent Magazine,  is also the owner of Hire the Virtual Biz Owner, and M Shannon Etiquette Consulting,

Currently residing in the Los Angeles area, Michelle is a wife, mother, business owner, and very passionate about helping people go and grow; helping through the many services she provides.

Although the magazine is Los Angeles Black Parent Magazine, it does contain items and content that can benefit all, such as: tips for money management, exciting places to see and go affordably priced, education, tips for entrepreneurs and so much more! So you see, it’s not just a magazine for Black parents, but for all.

Granted there are articles included that are unique to Black families, but anyone can gain valuable information by reading the magazine.

If you have an article that you believe can enhance the lives of others and want to see it published, send an email to Michelle Marts-Shannon at  If accepted for publication, a professional headshot is required to accompany the article.

Michelle has also been very instrumental in the start-up and continued operations of God’s Storehouse Ministries, Regina Mixon Enterprises, REGS Books, and every other program or event our organizations have held. Her gifts of sharing with others as with her deep desire to empower and educate our young has led us to soon embark upon a partnership with her serving in an official capacity as a Consultant/Independent Contractor with God’s Storehouse Ministries and on the Advisory Board of Regina Mixon Enterprises.

To learn more about Michelle, check out her websites shown above.
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This is the truth so help me God! I am a living testimony!!!

It happened to me and I know that I am not the only one!

In my writings, I attempt to provide real and relatable messages of the powers we have available to us to break through barriers to live the life God planned for us. Regardless of where you are on the socioeconomic scale, you can begin to live a very fulfilled and rewarding life with your eyes wide open!

God alone changes the trajectory of one’s life after the season of His allowed or permitted sufferings. Won’t He do it?

In order to find one’s strength, sometimes the plan is for one to go through and grow through adversities. Once one has made it on the other side, one can really help to open the blind eyes of others simply by sharing.

How? By sharing biblical as well as pragmatic principles towards helping others be or become the person they were designed to be.

I told you a few weeks ago to get ready for some changes as many changes were taking place with me personally, Regina Mixon Enterprises, and God’s Storehouse Ministries and they have and continue to do so. I’ll continue to share my journey with you in hopes that someone is encouraged as they go through their struggles. I’ll continue to share the wisdom gained in hopes that if only one person wakes up, this journey was not in vain

A new dream and vision was given me sometime ago and that is one of First Loving myself totally and completely and showing it as with First Leading myself. Believe me I do! I believe not only that I can F.L.Y.: I believe I can S.O.A.R. and I am! This girl is on fire and on the move! WINNING!!!

You can too!

If He has to reach way down, Jesus will pick you up! When you’re at rock bottom, the only place to go is up! Go up with more wisdom! Go up with more knowledge! Go up with more power! Go up with more compassion! Go up with more courage! Go up with more tenacity! Go UP!

Remember: Be blessed and go out and be a blessing, but don’t allow anyone to make you or have you compromise your beliefs; don’t be gullible; don’t settle for less than God’s best in every area and all aspects of your life; don’t allow anyone to minimize the gifts and talents God has given you nor downplay your worth; don’t discount your works and/or services. I did and the price paid was a very costly one. Be true to who you are! As Whitney sang “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all”. Well that comes after loving God first!

Check out my article written in February 2016 which further deals with the subject matter “Losing to Win”



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Raven M. Hunter is a first-time Author of “You Are Not Your Circumstances”, an inspirational speaker and coach, CEO and Founder of Inspiring and Empowering Lives, LLC, and a single mother who has had circumstances that God has helped her to overcome. She wants to encourage and motivate people that they can overcome their circumstances when they put their trust in God. She is a Sunday School Teacher and a minister in training at her church in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She has an annual conference around her book, “You Are Not Your Circumstances” to empower women, men, and children that they are more than their circumstances. She also teaches seminars on Financial Healing, Broken Relationships, Getting You Life Back, and do a seminar that teaches her book, “You Are Not Your Circumstances”.  Raven was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas where she is currently resides with her son.



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“This book is absolutely amazing! Raven, a first time author, uses her transparency as she shares some of her experiences to let the readers know they are NOT their circumstances. I could not put this book down and read it in one day! It was just that powerful! Raven challenges us to look beyond our circumstances, to look beyond what appears to be taking place today and see a brighter future. I love it! I am NOT my circumstances. God is about to heal my lame situation! I am about to give birth. I am breaking out of my prison and  Raven’s book tells me how. Purchase your copy today so that you too can realize “YOU ARE NOT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES” It was all necessary!”  Regina G. Mixon, Author, Speaker, Coach, Consultant & Publisher
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Expect the best

So what if yesterday the bottom dropped out and everything that could go wrong did go wrong? To add insult to injury, Sister So and So called you up, just at that moment when you were having a hissy fit, and said “I told you that this was going to happen. You knew that man was going to leave you. You knew sooner or later that car would fall apart. You knew that job was just temporary. I told you so!” And you think, if I hear one more “I told you so” or “You’re crazy for doing this, that, or the other while maintaining a cheerful attitude.” or better yet “You’re just too optimistic. Get your head out of the clouds and come back to reality”, you WILL blow a gasket!  Why not remain optimistic and expect the best? What does it cost you?

I can tell you what you will gain by being optimistic, expecting greater, expecting the best…peace of mind, the ability to really rest in believing that though the bottom dropped out yesterday or even today; tomorrow may just be better; the ability to encourage someone else by sharing. The benefits outweigh the alternatives. At least this is what has worked for me…being optimistic and expecting the best.

Okay, so what are those alternatives? Restless nights, no inner peace, self-focus which denies one the privilege of serving others while going through, inner turmoil, thoughts of suicide, barking and biting at people for no real reason…

Zach Cutler writes in the 5 benefits of being optimistic. They are:

  1. Optimistic people see failure as a new start
  2. Optimistic people are expansive
  3. Optimistic people get healthy
  4. Optimistic people spread good vibes
  5. Being optimistic is the best choice.

The scripture even tells us that we are to expect and believe for greater and better. Not in those words, but all throughout it does clearly state this. It also goes on to tell us to cast our cares on the One who can actually handle them; that He will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our mind stayed on Him. The Word is such a source of encouragement and inspiration. Read it for yourself Sister So and So and maybe then you will begin to realize why your friend has that optimistic outlook. Chances are she’s read the Word and stands on it. Try it, it might just change you.

I’ll share a true story. I have spoken with a particular person several times throughout the years. This person confesses to not be a believer in God and has emphatically, rather proudly stated this countless times. This particular person has also said throughout the years that he feels his life is not going anywhere and often has thoughts of suicide. Yet he has mocked my and others optimistic attitude due to a strong belief in God. My response was–“Even though I have gone through hell, I still remain optimistic, I expect the best and am hopeful that the future will get brighter. I sleep well. I rest well. (Yes they are two different things.) and if I am in la la land or sleeping, just let me be. As Christopher Williams sang–Don’t wake me I’m dreaming…don’t wake me up til my dream is complete… dreams do manifest.” (And yes, I do keep him lifted in prayer on a regular basis because I once was lost too!)

So again, why not expect the best, be optimistic, expect greater, expect your dreams and visions to manifest? Why not? Hmmm? Something to think about. It sure beats the alternatives.

What if what you’re hoping for doesn’t manifest? Dream a new dream and remain optimistic–Expect the Best! Storms come in all of our lives. It’s how we deal with them that matters.

Reality? The Word is reality. Stand on it!

I share with you my experiences and what works for me. This may or may not work for everyone, but at least it’s worth considering.

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