The Journey has been an Adventure!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

This journey of authoring my first book has truly been an adventure, yet truly a blessing… and guess what?  My journey will continue, as I enter my next season of life.  I have completed the 3rd round of editing and I refuse to do a 4th.  Believe it or not, at this point, it doesn’t matter rather there are ten downloads or 10,000, my book is finished.  It’s amazing how much is revealed when we write something on paper and read it, especially as it pertains to our life.  The Lord showed me so much about me and how my steps have always been ordered.  I now realize that there were a number of crucial lessons that I needed to learn before I could move on to my level in life.  We never know what God will do to get our attention, in order to keep us on the path He has outlined for us, to fulfill His purpose through us.

My book will officially be released on August 31st.  There’s no turning back now, although I’ve thought about it many times.  I’ll just have to take my next step forward on my life’s journey….

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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!

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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.

A Little Backstory – Part II

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How Did I Get Here?

In early January, 2018, I found a new zeal for God’s Word, even before the real journey began.  I truly wanted to hear what the Holy Spirit was saying.  I started to read the Bible consistently and I started listening to various sermons, especially Bishop TD Jakes of the Potter’s House and Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church, who said, “Peace comes after obedience.  We may NOT experience God’s peace until AFTER we do what He tells us to do!”  

Later in January, the Lord impressed upon me to host an Order Your Steps event, a women’s workshop focusing primarily on helping them to establish more Order for their lives!   I’d always conducted workshop for small groups on the organizing process, but I’d always driven solo.  This time I’d have people speaking with me.  So what began as a fall season event with a “New Beginning” theme, evolved into a Mother’s day weekend event, which in my opinion may not have been the best time? Usually, Mother’s day is a very, very busy period for mothers and families, so most women would not be available for a workshop.  But the Lord was ordering my steps, so by no surprise, as I lined up the venue, vendors & even the speakers, everything seemed to fall into place.  My workshop now entitled “Ordering My Steps: A Mother’s Perspective” was off and running!!

As I read, God’s Word says, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”.  1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV

So, I knew that whatever happened from that point forward, I’ve had to see it through, but, I also knew that it was not going be easy!  From my previous experiences, God doesn’t normally give you something to do, if you can do it without Him.

Now, we’re moving forward!  The invitations were sent, we marketed on social media and life is good!  Five tickets sell, Yayy!! Then a whole another month goes by and not one ticket sold.  What do I do now?  Shortly thereafter, I woke up one morning and the Lord said, “Plant the Seed”, and so I searched the scriptures and the Holy Spirit took me to Zechariah 8:11-13.

“But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts.  For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.”

As I continued to study, the Nelson’s New King Jame’s Version Study Bible stated that “While in Babylonian captivity, the people had been subject to God’s discipline.  Zechariah encouraged the people to focus on God’s chose of Jerusalem and that God had promised to come among His people and completely restore them.  Because of their obedience with regard to rebuilding the temple, they could now anticipate His Blessing”.  I heard God’s Word, but I still questioned…

Doubt

Did I really hear God?

Did I say something wrong?

Did I do something wrong?

 

Stay Tuned for “A Little Backstory “ – Part III

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