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God’s Storehouse Ministries

God’s Storehouse Ministries:  Who we are. What we do. Why we do this. Where we provide services? How can you help?

For this article I thought I would address the elephant in the room that many have shunned or ignored due to not fully understanding who we really are. Today I address God’s Storehouse Ministries—the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s.

  1. Who are we? Before I tell you who we are I will tell you who WE ARE NOT. We are NOT a church! We are a community based non-profit (501c3) organization.
  2. What do we do? Our organization provides:
  • Information & Referral Services,
  • Food donations
  • Clothing donations
  • Furniture, dishes, pots, pans and all of the fixings for those rebuilding their lives after a disaster has occurred and have no means of obtaining these otherwise (Effective mid 2017)
  • Adopt-a-Family Programs for families during the holidays providing food and toys for indigent families
  • Financial Literacy Programs for children ages 12 –18 (Effective mid 2017)
  • Business Start-up Assistance (Effective mid 2017)
  • Etiquette Classes (In partnership with M. Shannon Consulting)
  • Prom Dress donations to local high schools to include jewelry, shoes and accessories
  • Referrals for spiritual guidance/possible church memberships to those seeking to churches we’re in partnership with
  • And so much more!
  1. Why do we do this?

Disaster can strike at any time. No one is immune to life and the rollercoaster many find themselves on. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods…one or any of these things can wipe a family out. Many have no insurance to replace these lost items and look for places to go to meet the needs. Many families are single-parent households and some due to a parent being absent due to incarceration, divorce or deceased need more help than others.  Those previously incarcerated and recently released from prison often need assistance in preparing for and securing jobs. God’s Storehouse Ministries can and will either provide the services ourselves via the various programs we offer, or refer them to the appropriate resources we’re in partnership with that can help meet the need.

Financial literacy programs as with etiquette classes are a part of properly preparing disadvantaged youth better prepare to become successful as adults. Resume writing and job readiness helps prepare those searching for jobs improve their chances of obtaining one.

  1. Where do we provide the services

Our office is currently located in the Carson Plaza Suites. These are the Executive Offices. We are in the process of securing a building that will adequately provide us the space to house large donated items such as furniture. Services are currently provided in the SouthBay area of Southern California. Plans are in the makings to expand to other areas outside of the SouthBay area.

God’s Storehouse Ministries does currently have agreements with some of the courts in the Southern California area to work with the Court Referral Community Service Program with paperwork in process for even more courts. We will accept non-violent, non-drug related offenders to work with us in helping to meet the needs of our clients.

  1. How can you help?

The thing that is needed the most to help us better serve those within our community is financial donations. These donations may be made by going to our website at www.godsstorehouseministries.org and clicking the “Donate Now” button, by sending payments via Paypal to us at info@godsstorehouseministries.org or by mailing a check or money order to P. O. Box 5397, Torrance CA 90510 or via our Go  Fund Me accounts. All donations are tax-deductible.

You can also help by showing your support for us and liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GodsStorehouseMinistries

You can further support us by spreading this article with your circle of friends or your network of influence.

If you’re a business that provides any of the items we donate to others in need, your donations are greatly appreciated and much needed.

If you are a church, non-profit, or other service agency and wish to consider partnering with us, please email your interest to us at info@godsstorehouseministries.org.

With your help, 80% of the programs can be provided to the recipients for free or near free.

  1. Are we fully operational now?

No we are not and the reality of it is we will not be without your help. Many of the services we provide are in partnership with other service providers/churches. We have done some of the above, actually most of the above, on a small scale, TOGETHER we can help many that are disenfranchised and disadvantaged become productive, successful people and help others rebuild their lives after disaster. We know anything that can happen to one, can happen to another.

7. Why are we passionate about what we do?

The majority of us have found ourselves in need at one point or another. We have reached out, looking for a hand-up and not a hand-out and found that that the resources were either not there or if so we were unaware of what was available or we didn’t qualify.

We have walked through the pains of being on the other end, felt them so intensely that it is now our desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

We have suffered, sacrificed, gone through the pains of being mislabeled, misunderstood, unappreciated for the work we do as we ourselves found ourselves in need while pursuing this.  We realize that without the full support of the communities we aspire and desire to serve, we will never become fully operational.

We aspire to be a part of the solution but we cannot do it without your help. TOGETHER WE CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Our mission is: To holistically meet the social and spiritual needs of those in our community or connect them with resources that can.

Other Donations We Are Currently In Need Of

  1. 3 IPad’s
  2. AMC Gift Cards
  3. Toys appropriate for ages 5-12
  4. Cash Gift Cards
  5. Turkeys, hams, yams, green beans, canned goods, dry goods, soft drinks, potato salad, water, pies, cakes
  6. Children’s coats (girls and boys—all sizes)
  7. Boxes of paper
  8. Ink Cartridges (HP 564XL)
  9. 3 Laptops
  10. Boxes (large) to use to package clothing/dishes/pots & pans, cutlery, food items, wall hangings, shoes
  11. Costume jewelry to be given away with prom/homecoming dress donations
  12. Gift cards to shoe stores (prom/homecoming dress donations/others in need)
  13. Tape for sealing boxes
  14. Staplers, staples, office supplies

What We Will Give You In Exchange for Your Donation

Your donation of items shown above will get you–

  1. Acknowledgement on websites as sponsors/supporters at www.godsstorehouseministries.org, www.reginamixonenterprises.org and www.regsbooks.org for 12 months
  2. Acknowledgements at events and on event flyers
  3. Acknowledgement on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and others)

Sponsorship/Monetary donations of $5,000 or more

  1. Contact us for sponsorship details

God’s Storehouse: Where families can pray together, work together, play together, learn together, and prosper together!

So now you know!

Visit our website at http://www.godsstorehouseministries.org

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The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

In this parable we see the difference between the ones prepared to meet the bridegroom as opposed to the ones who were not.

This particular scriptural reference illustrates how we should prepare ourselves for Jesus return and clearly tells us that we should be constantly preparing as we do not know the day or hour of his return; we should prepare ourselves to become his bride and not wait or procrastinate in doing what we know we need to do. We must have and keep enough oil on hand to prevent our lamps from going out. We must stay ready!

In this reference, Christ is considered as the bridegroom of the church.

Now let’s talk to the women that have prayed and asked God to send them a spouse. Time rolls along and you seem to be always the bridesmaid and wonder when your time will come when you will become the bride. You realize that you don’t just want anyone, you only want God’s best for you and have decided to wait until he comes.

What are you doing while you are waiting? Are you preparing yourself by doing everything it takes to make you fit and ready for your mate? Are you spending time in prayer, learning how to do the things a virtuous woman should do as you prepare for your mate? Are you learning to cook and clean? No real man wants a woman who cannot prepare at least one meal nor does a real man want to walk into a filthy house?

Are you growing in all aspects of your life–spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, etc.?  Or my sister, are you lazy–sleeping late, procrastinating about doing things, not taking care of your physical body, still stuck in 1999, and not growing?

If you sincerely desire a mate, the scripture does tell us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. Guess what though? God won’t give us His best until we’ve become His best for the mate He has chosen for us.

So, my sisters, as you prepare to become the bride of Christ, which is what we should be doing daily: if you truly desire a mate, His best in human form, you should be PREPARING for him.

Your day will come…and you will no longer be the bridesmaid: YOU will be the bride! Get ready, get ready, get ready! And don’t you dare settle for less than His best just because you want a mate. Wait for His best!

There’s this writing that I have that is entitled “RELATIONSHIPS”. A part of it states that while God is preparing you, He is also preparing your mate, AND at the set time, when you both are ready, He will surprise you with His love in human form. Don’t you want that? Well, keep preparing yourself and wait!

Marry Jesus first by becoming totally and completely devoted to him and then…

Here comes the bride…here comes the bride…

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It’s restoration time! Yes, it is time to aggressively work towards becoming the you that God intended you to be.

Jeremiah 33 tells of the promise of restoration–

Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.

This particular chapter deals with restoring a nation. My challenge to each of us is to allow God to restore you and as He does, know that it is the beginning of a restored nation.

30 DAY CHALLENGE BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14,2016!

Let’s go…DAY 1 CHALLENGE–NO FEAR HERE!

Today every time you are confronted by fear, say to yourself “I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO FEAR. FEAR NO LONGER LIVES HERE. I REPLACE ALL FEARS WITH MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH.

Sounds elementary, but fear is one of the things that holds many of us back.  Repeat it over and over again.

DAY 2 CHALLENGECourage and Wisdom–Understand that there are some things in life that you absolutely cannot change. Recognize and know that this is a part of life. Today’s challenge is to recite The Serenity Prayer at least 3 times when faced with issues that are beyond your control. Rest assured, you will have ample opportunity to do so

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right;

If I surrender to His will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.

DAY 3 CHALLENGE–JUST DO IT!

Think of just ONE thing that you have put off doing that you know once it’s completed you can exhale AND THEN just do it! Feel the sense of accomplishment you will have upon its completion. Share with us what you did, how long you had procrastinated about doing it and if you were able to breathe that sigh of relief once it was finished. We want to hear from you.

DAY 4 CHALLENGE: READ!

Read something today that takes you out of your comfort area, something you wouldn’t typically take the time to read. It can be educational, motivational, inspirational, romance, fiction or non-fiction, self-help or anything that takes you away your norm.

Spend at least 30 minutes today reading. Let’s go! (Are you still with me?)

DAY 5 CHALLENGE–INVEST SOME QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES

Yes I said INVEST some time! Set aside a few hours from your daily activities to invest in spending some quality time with your loved ones. Investments yield a return! Let’s go! We’re on our way to becoming a better version of ourselves and a new life.

DAY 6 CHALLENGE: Move Your Body! Get up and get moving. 30 minutes of physical exercise is all that’s required. Walk, run, play, enjoy!

DAY 7 CHALLENGE– Attend the CHURCH of your choice. Be it in person, live streaming, TV–get your word in today. Get some good food for your soul to help carry you through the day and/or week until the next refueling takes place.

Day 8 CHALLENGE–MEDITATE! Take some time to meditate. Get quiet and say over and over again “Something good is going to happen to me today. Something good is going to happen through me today.” Meditate on a scripture that encourages you. SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING TO AND THROUGH YOU!

DAY 9 CHALLENGE–SET SOME GOALS! I’m not hearing anything from anyone!!! Are you with me? Okay, let’s go. Today is a great day to set goals and develop life plans. Set short-term and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself 3 years from now? 5 years from now? 7 years from now? Write the vision out. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but as Stephen Covey writes…begin with the end in mind. See yourself accomplishing this. One, two, three…let’s go!!!

DAY 10 CHALLENGE–BUDGET! Look at us! We are moving forward. Today’s challenge is to put in place and implement that often dreaded “B” word. Yep, it’s time to set a BUDGET and please be realistic when doing so. This is work people but well worth it! Get a bright red (or any color) budget book. Write out everything you owe to include the due dates. Start with your regular household expenses, and then move to others you have such as gasoline, cleaners, entertainment, oil changes, tire replacements, trainings, and miscellaneous. Don’t forget to include your giving. That should be at the very top of your list. Look at your NET monthly income you bring home each payday.  Write those pay days down and working with your BUDGET determine what you can pay and when you will pay.

And know that you are going to have to say no to many things but the end will be amazing!

And, if you have messed up with the finances, don’t beat yourself up…we are all beginning again. Time to right wrongs that have been in arrears!

DAY 11 CHALLENGE–KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORES! Order your free credit report by going to creditkarma.com or freecreditreport.com. Check out https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/artic…/0155-free-credit-reports. Know where you stand financially. You can get a FREE annual credit report and Credit Karma affords you the opportunity to review your credit reports on a regular basis.

I’ve heard that  https://www.creditchecktotal.com/ is an even better resource than Credit Karma and is more accurate. There is a minimal cost for this one.

DAY 12 CHALLENGE: Reach out today by calling or visiting someone you’ve not heard from in a while. Surprise them! Let them know you are thinking about them. Kindness goes a long way.

DAY 13 CHALLENGE: Relax! If you’ve been doing the challenges along with me you owe yourself a day of relaxation. Enjoy your holiday weekend. Do something fun! Let your hair down and embrace the kid in you. That’s it!

DAY 14 CHALLENGE: It’s Sunday!!! All day long! Attend the church of your choice–in-person, live streaming, TV–Give Him what He so rightfully deserves…your time.

DAY 15 CHALLENGE: Celebrate your personal independence day with family and friends. Think of a few things, or perhaps one, that you have been delivered from or are grateful for and CELEBRATE!

If you’ve been doing these challenges, you have a reason to celebrate!

DAY 16 CHALLENGE: Before I give the challenge, please allow me to thank those that are actually doing the challenges daily. A challenge often allows us to reflect, get out of our comfort zones, and take some corrective action. So, I say thank you and we are past the half way point! Yay!

FORGIVENESS is the challenge for today. Think of someone you have harbored ill-feelings as they did, or you perceived they did, you wrong in some kind of way. Now make a conscious decision to forgive that person. That person could very well be YOU! It could be someone else. You’ve heard it before, unforgiveness is like poison, when taken, spreads throughout your body. It creates all kinds of negatives like stress, emotional pains, physical symptoms,  lack of energy…the list goes on and on.

DAY 17 CHALLENGE: Go somewhere new. Yep, go somewhere you’ve never been before. This can be a park or riding through a new neighborhood, to a beach, a new restaurant…just go somewhere different. Get outside your regular neighborhood (unless of course there are places in your hood you haven’t seen)

There’s so much more to see even in your own city you’ve lived in for years. Find those spots.

DAY 18 CHALLENGE: Be CHEERFUL ALL day long. When negative thoughts enter your mind immediately replace it/them with positive ones. Do this as often as you need to throughout the day.

DAY 19 CHALLENGE: Hydrate! Drink at least 8 glasses of water today. The body needs water!

DAY 20 CHALLENGE–GET MOVING! Let’s move that body again. 30 minutes of brisk walking, jogging, workouts at the gym or at home. Just move that body for 30 minutes.

DAY 21 CHALLENGE–TIME FOR CHURCH! It’s Sunday again! Yes! Now let’s actually go into the sanctuary for praise and worship and the assembling of ourselves together with other believers. This time– no live-stream or TV, but rather in-person. Let’s go!!!

DAY 22 CHALLENGE: Let’s incorporate 2 items together…READ and HYDRATE. Read something uplifting and encouraging. Get full of hope so that you can pass it on.

Drink 8-glasses of water. You can do this! 4 bottles of 16.9 ounces helps you exceed this goal.

DAY 23 CHALLENGE–BE GRATEFUL! Have an attitude of gratitude. Focus today on all you are thankful for. Take the time to list some of the things you are grateful for and sometimes take for granted.

What can your list look like? Good health, great family and friends, a job, a roof over your head, a vehicle to drive, the gift of being alive, your children, you get the gist of it. Being grateful or expressing gratitude does not mean just for material or tangible things. Go deeper.

DAY 24 CHALLENGE–ME TIME! Okay so let’s plan some time for you. Plan a mini getaway to spend time pampering you. You deserve it! Don’t just plan it though, follow through and actually go. We often put ourselves on the back burner. Let’s do a little something for us…a spa day, a day of pampering, golfing,  a trip to somewhere you’ve wanted to go but put off. Let’s do it!

DAY 25 CHALLENGE–BOUNDARIES ARE NECESSARY! Establish some boundaries. We know that if we don’t plan our time, talents, money, and other resources, people will do it for us. Set some boundaries. Say no for a change. Don’t say “yes” when you know you’re already booked or already have plans. This can be difficult but is absolutely necessary if you want to “do you”. Don’t allow others to make their crisis situation your crisis. You are working on becoming whole and saying no is absolutely necessary.

DAY 26 CHALLENGE-EMBRACE CHANGE! Change is inevitable. Sometimes we RESIST changing or changes, but today I ask that you EMBRACE change and recognize that we are stagnant if we never change. Everything changes–relationships, jobs, changes in locations or moves, et cetera. Stretch yourself. Grow. Say to yourself: Today I accept the fact that as I grow and change, others are doing the same. I welcome and embrace POSITIVE changes in my life. You ARE changing for the better!

DAY 27 CHALLENGE–LET’S GET SOME BALANCE! The word for the day is BALANCE. Today decide that you are going to have BALANCE in your life and think about ways you can begin to accomplish this. Too much of anything is not good for us. There is a time for everything–a time to work and time to play, a time to learn, a time to teach, a time to get, a time to give, a time to exercise, a time to worship, and a time to pray. I know many are workaholics and lives are totally out of balance. (Hands raised) Let’s begin the journey of having balance so that our lives are in proper alignment and we can live our best lives now.

Wow, only 3 more days! I hope and pray some are still going on this journey of jumpstarting and becoming a better YOU!

DAY 28 CHALLENGE–BREAKING ADDICTIONS! Suffering from any habits or addictions that are holding you back? It’s time to get focused on breaking old habits and beginning healthier ones. As an example, if you are addicted to chocolates, diet sodas (or any sodas for that matter), unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, procrastination, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, or anything that you know is preventing you from being the best that you can be, it’s time to address and implement a plan of action to replace the old with new, more fulfilling, healthier actions to help you be fit for the fight.

And it’s Sunday again! Attend the church of your choice today.

2 more days to go!

DAY 29 CHALLENGE: The words for today are CONFIDENCE and COURAGE. Go about today CONFIDENTLY walking in the knowledge that any of the challenges given, you can and will do. Be COURAGEOUS enough to make necessary changes in your life to become a better you. Be CONFIDENT that the Almighty that has begun a good work in you will give you the wisdom, knowledge and COURAGE to complete them. Now walk boldly in CONFIDENCE and COURAGE.

DAY 30 CHALLENGE: CELEBRATE! Yes celebrate the fact that you took the necessary steps to begin the process of becoming a better YOU! Understand these tidbits are just that and they work if we work them. I’ve tried to address spiritual, physical, financial, and relational issues. Now the real challenge is to continue taking the necessary steps on a daily basis to become the you that you aspire to be. I am rooting for you! You can do it!

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Beautiful embossed Certificate of Completion’s along with a special gift will be presented to the first 30 that responds that they  have taken this journey with me. Please send  your name and mailing address to info@regsbooks.org to receive your gifts. Please include in the SUBJECT LINE: I COMPLETED THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE.

Also include any testimonials as to struggles, deliverances, changes that took place during this journey. I look forward to hearing from you.

Each and every day during this 30 Day Challenge, reach out and encourage someone! So many are hurting. Be an encourager!

Thank you again for starting this journey with me. Print this and place it somewhere you can refer to it often or save this post as a favorite. Share it with a friend or loved one. Don’t forget…CELEBRATE!

Isaiah 53:6-8English Standard Version (ESV)

All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Let’s get back to doing it His way and allow restoration to take place in our lives, our nation, one person at a time. God knows we need it!

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Let’s face it, we have hurt others and others have hurt us. Is just saying I’m sorry really enough for restoration in a relationship to take place?

Think about it for a moment. You have that one person that repeatedly does you wrong and is quick to say “I am sorry”. How does that make you feel? I know that we are not to live on feelings alone so what or how does that help rebuild the relationship? Is it enough when you know it’s actually a pattern and the other party has no intent to make the necessary changes for restoration?

Let’s take a look at Mack (Fictional character)–

Mack is my brother. Mack has for years misused and abused and taken advantage of my kindness. Mack borrows and never pays back. He borrows money, my car, my other possessions but they never come back. He treats my house as if it’s his, bringing his friends over when I’ve clearly stated that it is unacceptable; eating my food, and just having the run of things.

 Mack repeatedly, year after year, tells me he’s sorry but he never takes any steps to right the wrongs or to stop the wrong behavior. So what’s happening here?

Mack knows I am a woman that loves God and family. Mack knows that normally I would give a person the shirt off of my back. He knows that I’ve allowed it year after year but what Mack fails to realize is that his antics have gotten old and no longer work.

What Mack doesn’t know is, as the song says, “Heard it all before but those lies ain’t working now. Look who’s hurting now. I had to shut him down.” That’s what he fails to realize.

So, Mack says he’s sorry. Big deal! Reality check: change or restoration takes place when people actually change. Otherwise it will never happen.

In order for restoration and trust to be regained in a relationship it has to move beyond mere words to actions. In order for total restoration to take place, as in the case of Mack and my relationship, Mack must be willing to right wrongs and make amends, not just in word but in deed as well. And I must be willing to let go of any expectations of his doing this. In essence, I set he and myself free in doing so.

Let’s be real honest people, if you are in a relationship that has and continues to be one-sided, the phone doesn’t ring unless the person on the other end wants something from you; the calls, emails, and texts you send to them repeatedly go unanswered and unreturned, then maybe, just maybe it’s time for you to reevaluate the relationship.

This applies to personal as well as some business relationships.

You send out invites to various things and those who say they love you never show up. They say they back and support you in your endeavors but their actions proves otherwise. Yet they say they love you. Love SHOWS up!

In my book: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?, I mention the fact that love is ACTION! Love says “I Act On” so if someone is not ACTING on what they are saying, they are talking loud and saying nothing.

There comes a time when we must sever the umbilical cord and move on. Yes, even with those you love dearly. Rest assured, if they are not willing to make the necessary changes for restoration to take place, you are doing yourself and them a huge favor.

Don’t wallow in what was. Recognize that you can only do your part. Appreciate the lessons learned and move on. Sometimes we hold onto what was possibly a good relationship at one time, recognizing that the dynamics have changed and it no longer is what it was and possibly may never be, and in doing so hinder the possibility of meeting and embracing the new–new season, new people, newness of life.

Now, if you’re Mack and you know that you have not honored your part in restoration, get it right! Quit telling a person that you are sorry and work on doing whatever you can to right wrongs. SAYING you’re sorry means absolutely nothing unless there are corresponding actions that follow this that SHOWS you are genuinely sorry and value the relationship.

A moment of total transparency: I have been Mack and I have been on the other end. Translation–I have said to some repeatedly that I am sorry for this or that but there has not been any changes take place for restoration on my part. So as I write to you, I write to myself.

There are some that I’ve SHOWN up for and others I have SHIED away from. So as I encourage you to get it right, I encourage myself to do the same. Believe this, there are SOME relationships worth fighting for and then there are others that one just has to let go of. Pray for Godly wisdom. Ask God to guide you as to which is which and then obediently obey His leadings.

Remember forgiveness is never optional. God commands us in His word to forgive. He does not state anywhere that I’ve read that forgiveness means going back to the way it was. Oh yeah, it says if your brother offends you to go to him and him alone…It also states that if we have any anger or aught against another, before we make our offerings we should go and attempt a reconciliation before presenting our offerings. That, according to my understanding, does not mean everyone is going to welcome and embrace you back or even want restoration.

At various stages throughout the years, I have mentioned to people my intent to move back to my hometown upon retirement. A few people said to me that one can never go back. It saddened me each time I heard it as I have always been told one can always return home.I understand what they’re saying as I believe one can never go back with the expectations that things remain the same after being away for years. People have built new relationships, acquired new jobs, aged, etc.

I still honestly believe that one can always go back home just with different expectations and recognizing that things are not and will not ever be as they were before. And so it is with restoring relationships. Don’t just say you’re sorry. It actually often offends the wounded party. SHOW UP!

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Change is inevitable whether we like it or not. The world is constantly changing. Sometimes it seems for the better and other times for the worst and often it’s a tale of two cities–the best of times and the worst of times. The one thing we do know is that change is inevitable. Might as well embrace it.

Take a look around you. Are you the same person you were two years ago? Do you have the same friends and people in your life? Have you suffered losses due to death or separation by miles or perhaps even separation due to changes in seasons?

Are you working on a job long-term and have experienced new management officials come and go, people promoted and move on, people retiring, people relocating due to the jobs of a spouse or perhaps they obtained a better one or because they now choose to be closer to family? Yes, change is inevitable but we must embrace change. It happens whether we like it or not.

I’ve mentioned before that I was one that never wanted to leave home. Had I been given my way, (so glad now I wasn’t) I would have stayed in the same community with the same people that I love dearly. I could not for the life of me understand why people wanted to and were so anxious to leave upon graduation. Later in life I came to the realization that if one wants to grow and really live life to the fullest, sometimes one must go.

Today I encourage you to embrace change. Step out of your comfort zone. Meet new people. Travel new places. Expand your network. Expanding your network expands your net worth and I do not just mean monetarily. Expanding your network causes you to look at things from a different perspective and to grow.

We know life happens. We know change is inevitable. Don’t resist it, go with the flow. Don’t fight it. Change will happen whether we want it or not. Read the book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” A simple, easy to read book with a powerful message about changing versus staying the same.

The cheese is moving! Are you moving with it or spending time denying it? Regardless, change will happen.

Jeremiah 29:11 lets us know God has great plans for our lives. Realize that He will not force His will or plans on us. We do have choices…stay the same or accept His plans.

YOLO–You only live once! Live! You only have one life so make each day count by growing and recognizing the changes in seasons.

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Daily I see postings on social media of those who feel or believe they have been wronged by someone. Some, in my opinion, not so nice and contain too much information. The pains of being betrayed or let down by someone they considered to be a friend are not only blasted on social media but also told to anyone within earshot. Yes, the people are hurt as someone did them wrong. Can the relationship be saved though?

Relationships can be saved if the parties involved really want and value the relationship. The fact of the matter is we are all subject to hurt another in any relationship. Do we toss the relationship and say “I knew they would hurt me” or “I knew it was too good to be true” or do we put on our big girl panties (if you’re a woman), suck it up, confess your part in the demise of the relationship and allow restoration to take place?

Remember, one person cannot save a relationship: all parties involved much be willing to do their part in the restoration process.

Life is too short for unnecessary drama! Each and every day we are at a loss of words as we hear of this one or that one transitioning. Is holding onto anger, hurts, betrayals, worth risking losing your rewards in heaven or your peace of mind here? I say not…but that’s just my opinion.

Is the constant back and forth bickering really worth it in the end? Again I say no.

Let me give you my list of “Thou shall not’s” Here they are:

  1. Thou shall not go to bed angry from hurts, real or imagined. Empty yourself daily.
  2. Thou shall not post on social media sites the drama between you and another unless it’s for the purpose of sharing something that can help another not fall into a trap. Use Godly wisdom.
  3. Thou shall not allow anyone to use you as a doormat. Remember people only do to you what you allow them to, so why get mad at another when you have ALLOWED it.
  4. Thou shall not rehash each and every day the wrongs someone has done to you. Hello! You have wronged some yourself. Look at the person in the mirror before you are so quick to bash another, think about whether or not you have wronged someone, and then give that person the same mercy you would want someone to give you. I’m just saying!
  5. Thou shall not get family and friends involved in the drama. In marriage relationships many tell a family member the wrong someone has done to them and then just won’t leave it alone. They tell it over and over again. Now you’ve drawn that person into the relationship and guess what? When the two of you make up often the family member is still upset and now unwilling to forgive, unable to understand why you permitted the person entrance back into your life, while the two of you are happy once more. Now you’re upset with the family members because they just don’t understand. SMH
  6. Thou shall not live life based on other’s definition of who you are. Be unapologetically you.
  7. Thou shall realize that some relationships need to end and leave it there. Move on.
  8. Thou shall realize that bashing another serves no purpose other than perhaps making you FEEL better about a situation for a minute. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. If someone has truly wronged you and you’ve done everything in your power to restore the relationship, and you KNOW in your heart you have done them no wrong, God will either show them their ways, restore the relationship, or sever it letting you know that it was only for a season. Trust God!

Can this relationship be restored? Yes relationships can be restored. Keep in mind though that some are meant to be and others are not.

While you are focusing on restoring relationships with humans, make sure your relationship with God is and stays intact. Many songs speak to me. Alexander O’Neal sang the song “What’s Missing”. A part of it goes, “We used to have good love, looked around and now it’s gone. Used to have good love, let’s try to find out what’s missing.” I know some are too spiritual to relate to this. My point is when you believe your relationship with God is not where you want it to be or where it once was, think about what’s missing. Same thing it took to get the relationship, it takes the same thing to keep it. So if you were once praying, fasting, reading your bible daily, going to church regularly, associating with believers and find that now you’re kind of lukewarm, get your fire back by going back and doing what you did that worked. God didn’t move so who did?

Get your relationship right with God and the rest will follow. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing! (Jewel Diamond Taylor)

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Now that I have your undivided attention, how many of you, by a show of hands, can honestly say at one point or another you have said this? Guess what? So have I. But do you really need more money or is it wisdom that’s needed and good old fashion common sense?

Do you really need money or to reevaluate where you are, how you got there, your relationships (whether they are building you up or tearing you down), how you have used the money you have, etc.?

The reality of it is God gives us all we need…yes to include money. The truth is the opportunity to get money comes in the form of opportunities that require action on our part. Action simply defined: WORK!

A part of our action plan is to sit back and analyze what is and is not working, who is in our circle of influence, are they onboard in the real sense or in words only. Have you carried the weight of hoping, wishing, praying that they will eventually come on board in the real sense year after year?  These are the things we often fail to analyze and assess and because of this we say…God, I need money.

As a parent, the ones who drain our pockets the most are our children…our ADULT children. I read an article recently that stated many older Americans are delaying retirement…not because they cannot but because they feel they cannot as they are still helping adult children. When does helping cross the line to becoming an enabler. Honestly, as I reflect, I see I have been more of an enabler than a helper. But that’s just me. I know none of you have.

Another part of our action plan is to let go of any and every thing or any and everyone that’s preventing us from being our very best. Maya Angelou stated it so gracefully and eloquently…When people show you who they are, believe them. My problem has been I just could not believe what they were showing me.

Yes, everyone can change but people have to want to change. I believe we never give up hope that a person can and will change until the last breath is drawn but I also believe there comes a time when we have to let them go for their benefit as well as ours. And it’s not just about money, it’s for each of our growth…spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally to help us spread our wings and fly.

As I was speaking with someone last week, it dawned on me that many of us say…God, I need more money as I want to… Let’s take a look at some things we may say we need money for.

  1. To go to school. Guess what, there are scholarships, grants and loans available to help one achieve that goal or vision.
  2. To purchase a home. There are some cities and states that offers homebuyers assistance funds.
  3. To start a business. There are numerous ways to secure funds for business start-ups. You just have to network and do the research to find the ways.
  4. To help with payment of rent and utilities. There are programs available for low-income families to take advantage of that assist with these payments.
  5. To live in general
  6. To give to others
  7. To _________________.

Yes, there are many things we say we have need of money for and rightfully so. The thing is God is not and will not rain money from heaven as some seem to think. He is not a genie granting wishes. What He will do is present us with ideas and opportunities that we can apply and WORK towards that will help us get the money and everything else we need. The question becomes: How bad do you want it? Do you want it bad enough to do the research, studying, networking, training, make the sacrifice of your time, talents and resources, and put in the work to get what you need and want. Are you willing to drop the dead weight you’ve been carrying?

Yes, it takes that elbow-bending, knee-bending, tenacious attitude of being doggedly determined to go after that that you say you need. You don’t need money. You need to stir up the gifts God has given you, work it, search out resources and work with them and allow God to provide the increase or money you need.

Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone? If you are not willing to put in the time, effort, energy, and work, you don’t really need any money. You are just talking loud and saying nothing. Don’t get upset with me, you know what I’m saying is true.

Let me encourage you to remind yourself of this, seeking after money should never be your goal. Of course, we need money to live. You need to always remember to seek first God and his kingdom and all these things will be added to you. Addition comes when you put God first, pray, analyze, assess, let go and then do the works.

So don’t let me hear you say that you need money not another day! You have ALL that you need. Wanna know how I know? The word says God supplies ALL of our need according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus. Faith without works is dead.

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lord-change-me-evelyn-christensonEvelyn Christenson, author of numerous books, wrote this amazing book which went on to become a worldwide phenomenon. This book sold over 2 million copies and reading it I can understand why!  You can read more about her and her works at  http://www.evelynchristensonministries.org/about_evelyn_christenson_ministries.html

What I’d like to share with you in this article is the fact that often we pray for God to change everyone else when we are the ones who need to change. Yes, the change should begin with us and perhaps then we will begin to see the change take place in others.

Michael Jackson sang the song “Man in the Mirror” and a part of the lyrics goes…”I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make that change.”  Yes we need to start with the person staring back at us from the mirror.

The bible tells us (and I paraphrase) while we are spending so much time looking at that tiny speck in another’s eye, we should be dealing with the big plank in our own eyes. Amen, somebody?

The bible also tells us to examine ourselves. How many honestly do that on a regular basis? Or do you spend so much time blaming this one or that one for any and everything without considering the part you may have played in whatever took place?

Do you spend an enormous amount of time focusing on other’s faults, flaws, and limitations that your focus is off the one that it really needs to be on? Do you just LOVE to point out someone else’s flaws or inadequacies thinking doing so makes you look better? It really doesn’t. Reality check:  It just shows your insecurities and the fact that you are not doing what you need to do.

Do you take pleasure in the downfall of another and instead of helping a brother or sister UP, you use your mouth, your resources, your talents and gifts to step on the person to try to keep them down? I’m writing this to get you as well as myself to consider the parts we play or have played in certain situations and relationships in our lives…and to encourage us all to let our constant prayer be…”Lord, Change Me!”

Any of you remember the song, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

I’ve heard, and stated myself often, that if one is not a part of the solution, they are a part of the problem. Be a part of the solution.

Let us all this week begin to pray the sincere prayer from the bottom of our heart, “Lord, Change Me!” Listen and watch what God does in our lives.

One thing that Mrs. Christenson had people do when praying that prayer was to go to a quiet place, read from a specific chapter in the bible, and then read ONLY until God speaks and tells one to stop. Take the time to listen to what He has to say to you about the changes you need to make. She stated it is at that point that many began to experience an awakening as the Spirit led each person to stop right at the point of issues or answers they had been searching for, and as a result revival broke out and lives were changed…for His glory.

I encourage you to purchase and read the entire book. If you are REALLY serious about changing for the better, get the book.

“Lord, Change Me!” Let the revival begin!

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Are You Ready for Accelerated Blessings?

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I might take it up again. No man taketh from me, but  I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17-18

In the above scripture, these are the words of Jesus. As Christians, children of God, these words can and do apply to our lives as well. The bible tells us that greater love has no man than a man lay down his life for a friend. We lay down our lives but we also have the power within to pick up our lives and start anew.

So…are you ready to see acceleration take place in your life? Have you gotten tired of having your life on hold? Are you ready to see exponential growth in all areas of your life? Boy I have some good news for you! This is your time!!!

You can get unstuck and now is a great time to do so. You can see rapid changes take place regardless of what has seemed to be insurmountable odds against you–NOW!

You’re probably asking: What is the secret? Let me tell you the real secret to seeing an accelerated turnaround in your life. Are you ready? This answer may shock you. You may think it’s so simple and wonder how in the world you missed it all this time. Well here goes…get radically obedient in doing what you KNOW you need to do. Take that leap of faith you’ve delayed taking due to fear or whatever has held you back. Be determined that now is your time. Say words daily such as “Today I will_______” and follow through.

Walk the walk. Talk the talk. Decide it’s your time and then go after it with such gusto that the heavens open wide and blessings are showered down.

Let’s lose procrastination…now is the time.

You’re asking yourself, “Okay now is the time for what?” Allow me to answer that. Now is the time to stop procrastinating in doing any and every thing you need to do to better your life. Some examples:

  1. Suffering from obesity–now is the time to lose weight and become healthy
  2. Suffering from lack–now is the time to get that budget on track
  3. Church hurts kept you away–now is the time to go back
  4. Family drama kept you in bondage–now is the time to break free
  5. Desire to continue your education but you procrastinate–now is the time to do it
  6. Desired for years to publish a book or start a business–now is the time to go for it
  7. Aspiring singer–now is the time to get coaching if needed, get into the studios, attend functions and do whatever it takes to bring it to manifestation
  8. Harbored unforgiveness and have that “Somebody done somebody wrong song” playing over and over in your head–now is the time to let it go
  9. Aspiring speaker–now is the time to get coaching, get into Toastmasters, step up when opportunities present themselves and go for it. Now is the time to say “yes” to you and your dreams.

NOW is the time for ACCELERATED BLESSINGS and SUDDENLY’s to take place in your life. Now is ALWAYS the time. The blessings are for those that are both WILLING and OBEDIENT. You’ve sacrificed enough! The word says if you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land.

Reminder: You decide what it is you want out of life. You determine your purpose. And if for some reason you believe that your purpose in this season of life is different than what it was before, it is totally okay. This is YOUR life! Aim to please God first, then yourself and go for it. Don’t allow anyone to define who you are.

The wait is over…walk into your season of accelerated blessings!

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Ann: Yolanda, my life has been extremely hard. I’ve gone from bad luck to bad luck to more bad luck with no end in sight. I go to church. I give. I help others. I pray. I fast. I put God first in my life and yet still, the darts continue to come after me year-after-year. Can you help me?

Yolanda: Ann, the bible tells us that it rains on the just as well as the unjust. The bible also tells us to not think it strange when we go through these various tests and trials. One more thing the word tells us–weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

Ann: Yolanda, I hear you and I want to believe but when does morning begin? I am so tired of everything just falling apart. When will it end? Will it ever end?

Yolanda: Just know this, after you have done all you can, STAND! Stand still and see the salvation and deliverance of the Lord. STAND and trust and believe that even though He may not come when you want him to, He is always on time. STAND on your faith. STAND and keep moving forward giving Him the praise, honor, and glory. Now as far as when it will end, this I cannot say. What I can say is it will end and when it does tell of His goodness everywhere you go. Heck, as an act of faith, just tell of His goodness in the midst of your struggles and trials. Don’t wait until the battle is over, SHOUT now and watch the walls come tumbling down.

My last piece of advice to you is don’t lose hope, don’t quit, don’t despair, don’t compare your life to others…just pray, trust, act on what you believe the Lord is leading you to do and praise your way through. God trusts you to stand.

Ann: I wish He didn’t trust me so much! {sigh}

We see that Ann faces problems many of us encounter. She goes off in search of answers from her sister in Christ, Yolanda, not knowing that the answers she really needs can only come from God.

What Yolanda did do was encourage her through the scriptures which is commendable and what we as saints should do for each other.

When the answers don’t come like we thought or had hoped; when the situation doesn’t turn around as soon as we believed; when we’ve screwed up and made tons of mistakes and want our lives back on track NOW and it doesn’t happen–my word to you today is just keep STANDING. You can STAND to be blessed!

Connect with believers. Disconnect from all others and STAND on the promises which are found in the word of God.

Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart and don’t lean to your own understanding. He has a plan and it’s a good one; sometimes it just takes a while for the manifestations to take place or for things to turn around.

Can you STAND to be blessed? Yes, you CAN!

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