The Next Chapter

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Isn’t this the coolest flyer?! It was designed by Elayna, owner of Inked Designs

We had a “mini” pre-launch reception to introduce Order, Organize & Obedience to my church family, but interestingly enough, the showing was not what I would have liked, but God ALWAYS orders our steps and I sold my first two copies of the book.  Although, I wonder if I should proceed with the launch of the eBook, I feel the need to see this project through.  This is my season of obedience and I cannot judge the situation by what I see, so I’ve decided to give you the next chapter of my journey…..

Chapter 2 – Life in Corporate America

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Me & Brother Dominique (Xerox mascot)

My saga begins in August, 1979, when my career in Corporate America began.  I’d worked for various companies since I was 14, so how different could this be?  I have always been a perfectionist at heart, so I’ve diligently pursued mastering the tasks at hand.  Doing stuff the way it is supposed to be done, is how I find order.  But what I later discovered in Corporate America is that once they purpose in their hearts to introduce chaos, it is like living in a World of Espionage.   They sought to sabotage my orderly existence.

Well, I’m the ripe old age 23 years old and that in itself came with life challenges. I’ve just returned from Austin, Texas (a really long story) with my one year old son and I’m back at home with my mom and dad.  I’ve just been rehired by Xerox Corporation in their Call Center in Rosslyn, Virginia.  Interestingly, within a few months after our return, my parents decided to split.  I tried to convince them to allow me to keep the house, until they came to their senses, but they were sure that the split was permanent and the house was sold.

We lived right outside of Washington, D.C. at the time, which was a fairly easy commute into Virginia, by metro. But now, although we were blessed to be able to stay with my mom for a while, we were two bus transfers to day care with toddler in tow, another bus ride and then a metro ride to work.  Over the next several months, we went from pillar to post.  After my mom moved yet again, my day care provider allowed us to stay with her.  This was great, until upon returning from work on day, I was shocked to discover that there had been a fire!   By God’s Grace, no one was hurt. However, we had to continue from pillar to post a little while longer, until the Lord blessed us to have our own place.  Needless to say, my credit was less than stellar, putting it mildly, but we found God’s favor with a resident manager and we were able to get our own two-bedroom apartment.  Eventually my parents reconciled and bought another house.  As I look back, the Lord never intended for us to live in my parents’ house, but instead He was preparing a home for my husband-to-be, my son and me.  Although we may have to walk a path that we would not have chosen, many times we fail to realize that even through our valleys, God has ordered our steps.

TO BE CONTINUED…

I’m just going to keep plugging along!

Stay tuned for the rest of Chapter 2…

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It’s Always a Good Time to Downsize!

It’s really too hot and humid in the DMV to stay outside (unless you’re lying by the pool :-D!), so it’s a great time to get rid of all the unnecessary items that you just don’t want to take with you into the next season of your life.  Clutter simply weighs you down, so let’s lighten your life a little!

We’ve noticed that there are a number of Baby Boomers, like myself, who are downsizing, rather they are going to move now or not.  We are realizing that our children just don’t want our stuff, so why hold on to it?  Our young generations are more apt to move to find better opportunities, wherever life takes them.

Whatever your reason, it’s always a good time to downsize!

Currently, I’m working with a client on her entire home and yesterday, we were in the kitchen.

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Pearls of Wisdom

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On April 27th, Order Your Steps held our 2nd Annual Women’s Workshop entitled “DeClutter Your Mind”.  Our minds are so often overflowing with thoughts of what we’ve done, what we should have done or what we have to do!  The workshop focused on helping us to acknowledge our feelings and emotions in a more productive and effective way.  We had three AWESOME speakers that shared with us some tips on Mental Wellness as well as to dispel some misunderstandings regarding Mental Health.  The event was AMAZING!  Here are a few key points that our speakers wanted us to remember.
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“Pearls of Wisdom”
Evangelist Kim Hines started us off with our inspirational message, “I AM THE HEALED”.  She wanted us to hold fast to these thoughts:
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1. Trust the promises of God. If God promised it in His Word, then believe that it will come to past!

2. Trust the process!  My expectation and  time frame of my healing process  was longer than expected, but I refuse to lose faith!

3. In everything give praise.  Although, I am still faced with the challenges of a total knee replacement, I have not failed to give thanks for my complete healing. Believing that whatever we do through,  that it will be for our good and His glory!  Clear the negativity!  God has this!

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Ms. Jewelle Daquin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for combining her love for Christ and her dedication for mental health awareness. She spoke to us about “Silencing the Noise”.  She wanted us to remember these words of wisdom:
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1. Noise for a Christians has severe implications. For a Christian, noise is anything that distracts you from hearing the voice of God.
2. Noise can be both internal and external.  Internal noise are the thoughts that we rehearse that prevent us from moving forward. Feelings of doubt, fear, and insecurity are examples of internal noise.  External noise are the things we hear in our environment. This could be people, music, TV, social media, conversations etc.
3. Our frequency determines our volume. How often we plug-in to things determines how loud it is. If you plug into God often, His voice will be the loudest. If you plug into the things of the world more, that will be the loudest thing you hear.  We renew our minds and silence the noise by tuning into God frequently.
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Dr. Sadie John, Christian Clinical Counselor, who has spent a major portion of her life in service to others, both personally and professionally.  She enlightened us on “Coping with Mid-Life Challenges”.  She left with us these pearls of wisdom:
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1. If we learn God’s principles for life, we will be equipped to handle every issue that arise, whether large or small.
2. Life changes are inevitable. If we learn to cope with change, we’ll lower our risks for anxiety and stress.
3. Examine every thought that tries to stay in your mind, because how we think, affects how we live our lives.
We all were truly blessed by what we heard.  We pray that you will revisit these thoughts periodically, especially when Life becomes Overwhelming and your Mind become Cluttered!
We are truly looking forward to our 3rd Annual Ordering Your Steps Women’s Workshop in the Spring of 2020, entitled “Birthing Your Dream”… Stay tuned for more info.  You don’t want to miss it!

The Conclusion of the Matter, For Now!

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For the months leading up to my Order Your Steps event in May, I experienced several periods of doubt and uncertainty.  Many of you may be thinking it was just an event, why is she trying to make it a deep spiritual experience?  For me, it had been a true walk of faith and unfortunately, it’s been very difficult to explain.  It had been a constant battle to maintain the confidence in knowing that God told me to do something.  So, the fact that when my Ordering Your Steps: A Mother’s Perspective event finally took place, I realized that the outcome of the event was not the most relevant part of the process.  The majority of my learning and my spiritual growth took place all along the way.  So when the event was over, I was still wondering if I’d done it right by God’s standards  However, this is the Conclusion of the Matter, for now! 

I’ve come to realize that my entire life has been a journey of order, organizing and obedience.  The birth of Order Your Steps has been just one step along the way.  But this year, has been an extraordinary time of evolution, maturity and growth for me.  I’ve been even more sensitive to the voice of God and even more aware of the move of His Spirit.  Every step that we’ve taken has been ordered, even when we may have mis-stepped!  Due to the mere fact, that in spite of our many, many mis-steps, we’ll still here!

For the past 10 years or so, my family and I have entered into a new dimension of our relationship with the Lord.  Even in the midst of the many ups and downs, twist and turns, we’ve endured, God has embraced us and loved us even the more, if that’s even possible.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in [us] will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  – Philippians 1:6 KJV 

I know that there’s something more on the horizon for me.  My ministry is much bigger than I can truly imagine.  I’d begun to see workshops and conferences, primarily for women, on a much grander scale.  These new platforms will be enablers for me to continue to use my gifts of order, administration and one of my very first loves, teaching.  My mission for Order Your Steps is to teach, coach, counsel and consult with my clients one on one, to not only organize their stuff, but to put a little more Order in their lives. You know a little about where I am, but let’s take a step back to where I began.

I pray that you’ve enjoyed your time with me thus far and that you will stay with me, as I take you with me on my Journey of Order, Organizing & Obedience!

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A Little Backstory – Part III

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How Did I Get Here, con’t.

The Holy Spirit had to continue to remind me that my true purpose is ministry, which was birthed through Order Your Steps.  I had to be mindful of the task at hand and allow the Lord to lead and guide me along the way.  As the months went by, I could hear the Lord’s whispers in many different ways.  One of our church Elders and my very dear friend would send me the Spirit of Prophecy bulletins for my daily devotional.   It still never fails to hit me exactly where I am in that moment and on March 21, 2018, it was no different.

“Beloved, I want to help you see and hear spiritual truth.  To do this you must look without fear, prejudice, or expectation.  You cannot allow anything to color or distort what I show you, but rather take it at face value.  When you see something, do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.  Look with eyes wide open, ears ready to hear, and a heart ready to receive, says the Lord.” By Marsha Burns*, March 21, 2018 (https://ft111.com)

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”  John 16:13 KJV

Unfortunately, when things don’t go as I plan (as God laughs) I want to change the plan. However, when we’re in the midst of a spiritual journey, the rules change.  The Lord will ask us to do things that are a tad uncomfortable, while we wait until He tells us to take the next step.  He takes us out of the realm of reasoning and into the spiritual realm of faith.  It is now, March and I’m in this most interesting God Set-up and I’m struggling.

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke”, we also believe and therefore speak… II Corinthians 4:13 NKJV (Paraphrased)

So, I tried to encourage myself by speaking positive words into my life.  Every day, my journey will only get better.  I’m living my best life!

Positive speaking worked for a while, but I was having an Abraham moment!  I just didn’t know how God was going to handle this for me.  In Genesis 22, we are told that out of obedience to God, Abraham took Isaac, his only son, up one of the mountains in Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering.  Now I know that my workshop assignment doesn’t come close to sacrificing my only son, but work with me.  Abraham went up the mountain, knowing that the Lord had a plan, but he had no clue as to what would be the outcome, except that they (he and Isaac) would be going back down the mountain, but Abraham did not know how.

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I … And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Genesis 22:10-11, 13 

Although I knew that the Lord has given me an assignment to accomplish, my Faith had begun to wain because I didn’t see the ram.  I could see the answer that God had prepared for me even before He had given me the task or idea.

I could tell you of many situations, when I thought that there may be a ram hidden in the thicket, but to be honest, I really wasn’t sure.  I knew that God had always come through, but because of what I saw; doubt and uncertainty reared their ugly heads!

Although Abraham didn’t see the ram at first, we know that the ram was on the mountain before Abraham and Isaac even got there.  In faith, we must see the ram, to see God’s answer, even before we see it, I knew that I was going to see this assignment through and even if the Lord didn’t appear until my 11th hour, I knew that the ram was already in the bush!

Stay Tuned to “The Conclusion of the Matter, For Now!”

Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.