Weekly Blessings: Week 77: Be Thankful

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Morning, WB Family!

Today is the first Sunday of December, which means that it's almost time for Christmas, and 2017 is right around the corner.

As I write this post, all I can think about is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary would have been pregnant - extremely pregnant - with Jesus at this time.

Think about how Mary was probably feeling. Nervous, anxious, scared. Too many emotions to name in one post. But yet and still, she continued on with her pregnancy. Why? Because she was carrying the Savior of the world.

Mary probably constantly had to tell herself, "I don't know what I will endure during this pregnancy, during the delivery, or as a mother. But I thank God anyway.

Think about it: Mary didn't know what it was like to create a child in the natural (she was a virgin, remember) or what it was like to even be a wife and mother. I can only imagine how scary this whole ordeal was for her. But she carried on and gave birth to the most precious child the world has ever seen.

Have you ever wondered if Mary knew what Jesus would grow up to do? That's a HUGE responsibility to take on.

But she still carried on.

My point is that, no matter what you may currently be going through right at this very moment, try to think about Mary. Yes, things may be hard of uncomfortable right now, but soon this will all be over and you will be rewarded for your discomfort.

And just like Mary, you will give birth to something precious that God has been waiting to give you all this time.

Take these last few weeks we have in the year to appreciate where God has brought you and where God is taking you (even if you aren't sure yet). Be thankful for the things He has given you and the things He has taken away. Be thankful for the journey and the experience.

Just be thankful. Because I have a feeling 2017 is going to be pretty interesting and something serious for a lot of us!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

SoundCloud Hauls - December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy December!!

It's time for another round of SoundCloud Hauls!!

This month's haul came from a combination of areas, as you will see when you listen to the playlist. There were multiple times last month where I was up until 2AM, just listening to music. This is was also the month that I truly gave Desiigner a chance and fully discovered D.R.A.M. and how much I love him! His music dominated this month's haul.

As you will also see, I don't discriminate against genre or decade, because I have some pop mixed in, a comedy tune, as well as a little 90's vibe going. I just love music, so if I find it and like it, I'm going to share it!

Anyway, here is my December playlist - no, I don't have any Christmas music. Good music is good anytime of the year!

So what did you think of this month's SoundCloud Haul? Do you like D.R.A.M.? Did you discover any cool music this past month? Tell me about it in the comments! Also, don't forget to follow me on SoundCloud to keep up with my music favs!

Weekly Blessings: Week 76: God's Promises

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Good morning!

This morning is another post where I just want to encourage you in these last few weeks left in 2016.

Today's inspiration came from a verse in a pack of cards I received from In Touch Ministries:

Daily dwell on God's promises to you. Hide them in your heart and always remember, "Not one word has failed of all His good promise."

I instantly fell in love with this scripture (1 Kings 8:56) because it really hit home for me. This scripture is God saying that, no matter what, if God said He's going to do, He's going to do it! Every single word that God says is his bond and He won't stop until His word is fulfilled.

If God promised you that business, He's going to give it to you.
If God promised you that ministry, He's going to give it to you.
If God promised restoration in your marriage, He's going to give it to you.
If God promised you generational deliverance, He's going to give it to you.

All you have to do is trust and believe! That's it. God just wants you to have faith!

Yes, sometimes life comes and knocks us down or we get discouraged when things don't go exactly as we planned, but God told us in Psalm 119:11 to hide His word in our hearts.

Those things that God told you and promised you, hide those things in your heart. Always keep them in the back of your mind. Because in due season, you will get it. You just have to keep the faith.

I'm not sure who I'm talking to, but I know that there is someone out there reading this that needed to hear this today.

God has your back. He hasn't abandoned His promise to you. This is YOUR confirmation that that promise that you've been waiting so long for is on its way. You just have to keep believing. You've come too far to throw everything away now. Allow God to bless you the way He wants to, and you won't regret it. 

Have a great week, in Jesus' name!

He's Able - Darwin Hobbs ft Deitrick Haddon and the Voices of Unity

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

Weekly Blessings: Week 75: It's Not Over

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Friday ruined my entire weekend.......

But I did get this post out of it!

Friday I had a meeting with one of my clients that didn't go as planned,due to miscommunication.I felt so bad about what happened that I basically reevaluated my entire life LOL!So many thoughts entered my mind: 

"Was I reaching too high?"
"Will they fire me?"
"Am I cut out for this?"
"Should I do something else?"

So many negative thoughts!!

But thank God for my mom and sister! They reassured me that everything is okay - this was a lesson learned,and my clients still love me. 

What I'm trying to say is...Satan is going to try to use even the simplest mistakes to shake you up and throw you off course. He will try to make things that really don't matter so relevant that they will have you making life-changing decisions that you didn't even have to make. 

Satan took this less-than-graceful meeting to make me consider shutting down my whole business! He used something that God wanted me to take as a learning experience and as a lesson in trusting Him and used it to keep me from operating in my purpose.

Can you believe that?! 

Have you been having the same trouble? Well I want to encourage you today to tell satan,

Devil, it's not over!

Don't allow him to steal your joy, confidence, or peace of mind. Don't let him distract you so much that you fall out of God's will. Don't give him and any room in your mind.

Take a deep breath, have a nice chat with God  and pick yourself back up! The battle isn't over!!

Hope you have a great week!

Small Business Saturday 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We've managed to get through Thanksgiving, which means that Christmas shopping is in full swing!

Finding the perfect gift can sometimes be hard, especially when you are shopping at a big department store or popular shop. You want to find things that are special, unique, and possibly even homegrown. But how do you find something like that? Shop small!

Small businesses can't really be that big of a deal, can they? Well, statistically speaking, they kind of are:

Small businesses make up:
  • 99.7% of U.S. employer firms
  • 98% of all firms exporting goods
  • 55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s
  • 54% of all sales in the U.S.
  • 30-50% of all commercial space
  • 43% of all high-tech employment
  • 33% of the U.S.’s exports value

This is why American Express started Small Business Saturday - to recognize small businesses across the country and show support! During this time, people take a break from Black Friday shopping to check out the businesses in their town that have some great products and services to offer.

In my town, there are a ton of awesome local businesses! I don't live in a huge town, so it's easy to make local businesses a part of your daily life. Below are some of my favorite local businesses to shop with:
  • Photography by Larissa - Photography by Larissa is perfect for capturing those special moments in your life. I'm also biased because she's my sister ;) 
  • Bell & Associates Consulting Firm - These guys are an independent agency that helps with anything from budget counseling, Medicare, and health care, to retirement planning and credit counseling. They're awesome! 
  • Golden Triangle Massage Therapy - Who doesn't love a good massage. GTMT is the perfect place to get one of the best massages in Starkville, MS! 
  • BeYOUtiful Salon by P. Johns - I don't know about you, but healthy hair is SUPER important to me, and the only person I trust with my hair is Priscilla Johnson at Be YOUtiful Salon. She focuses on making sure that your hair is it's healthiest! Love her! 
  • J.D. Scribes - Last but not least, I guess I'll shout myself out! LOL. I own a social media & content strategy company that specializes in helping local businesses succeed online! 
These are just a few local businesses that are near and dear to my heart. What are some of your favorite local businesses in your town? Shout them out and show your support!

Write Now Literary Book Release Tour - Soul Posts:30 Days of Inspiration by Bryetta Calloway

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Write Now Literary is pleased to present Soul Post 30 Days of Inspiration with Author Bryetta Calloway on her book release tour November 17, 2016.

Genre:  Inspirational/Self-Help

Publication Date: November 21, 2016

ISBN-10: 0692797661

ISBN-13: 978-0692797662

About The Book 

Soul Posts features the most powerful and popular Soul Stuff posts from Singer, Actress, and Writer Bryetta Calloway, featuring never-before-published posts from her ever-growing blog (Soul-Stuff.com) for women of faith, women who create, and women who lead. From her work as an artist and creative, Bryetta has built an online community that is becoming a must-join relevant space for women who consider themselves artists, believers, and creative entrepreneurs. With her pointed yet poetically gilded prose, growing presence on stages across the country, and original music she has cultivated a unique point-of-view that resonates with every fan following her across multiple digital platforms. Through social media (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook), Bryetta connects with her fellow creatives on a daily basis, sharing insights of her life with her posts, videos, and images. For the first time in print, this book presents some of Bryetta’s favorite Soul Stuff posts in one volume—from her advice for “Winners Who Quit” to her clarion call to foster “Hope in a Time of Cynicism” and cultivating “Community over Contention: The Fight Against Female Jealousy”—she provides readers with a raw and honest look into the musings of her soul in an effort to empower you to share yours.

About The Author 

A Singer, Actress, and Writer Bryetta Calloway is happily following wherever her inspiration leads. Her love of faith, art and social connection has Bryetta creating and documenting regularly, both in the digital space and in person. Soul Posts is a tribute to every innovatHER, creatHER, and leadHER who has joined her on the Soul Stuff journey.


Hope is My Birthright, Not A Feeling.

Emotions can become so intense and overwhelming that you will feel pulled undertow by the sheer weight of them. Sadness covers you, fear tracks your every step, frustration pushes against you, stress seems to smother you. You feel surrounded, backed into a corner. Your fight or flight response kicks in like wounded prey. No matter that nothing appears to have changed, or maybe BECAUSE NOTHING seems to have changed. Whatever the impetus, you feel the rhythm of your heart uptick as you paddle against the waves of hopelessness. Desperate to seek an intravenous injection of hope. You turn your head away from the world, and you go chasing after that feeling of relief, assuredness, security. Desperate to find respite from the noise of everyday life.

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Weekly Blessings:Week 74:Where Do We Go Now?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Good morning, WB family!

Well, I'm pretty certain you already know what I'm about to talk about.....

This election.

This past week, America chose it's new President - Donald J. Trump. The election of this man sent shockwaves throughout the country and the world - everyone couldn't believe that this really happened!

Well guess what: It did. 

So now the big question is, where do we go from here?

Well, the best advice I have is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I also believe that we can take inspiration from Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The only person who knows what Trump is going to do while in office is God; the only person who would have known what Clinton would have done in office is God. But I can tell you this:

This was definitely a test for America. We are under judgement and this election was one of God's ways of allowing us to make a decision on where we stood with Him. 

Did we pass?

Only God knows the answer to that.

Either way, Christians need to stand up and take back the country. America was a Christian nation - what happened? Christians need to tap into the power of the Body of Christ more than ever now.

We got through the election, but the battle is nowhere near over.

Have a blessed week, in Jesus' name!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via email and I'll make sure to get back with you!!

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