It’s Done!

Order, Organize & Obedience is UPLOADED!!  OMG!  I thought that this moment would NEVER come.  As I mentioned briefly in my last post, this eBook has meant so much more than will ever meet the eye.  When the Lord told me to write this book almost a year ago, although the content via my blog started over eight years ago, I could not fathom the magnitude of the lesson that I was being taught during this process.  You’ll be pleased to know that much of the book is a lot more upbeat.  It’s a great mix of my life, my career, my business and more. But now that the book is done, I must tell you that I uploaded the book on Monday and on Tuesday, I cried.

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

Although, I thought that this chapter of my life was over, once I acknowledged what the Lord was showing me, I believed that if I did my part that my son and I would be on our way to a new beginning (although now I realize there was really nowhere for us to go).  For the past 25 years, my son and I have struggled to define what our mother-son relationship should look like.  Unfortunately, we continued to discover that our definitions was based on different perspectives and different expectations. So when God told me to open the door, I understood, when my son walked through the door, I understood, but when the Lord closed the door, I didn’t understand and I cried.  But on yesterday, I heard God say to me, through Bishop TD Jakes’ message, entitled “Blind Spot” and Pastor Steven Furtick’s, entitled “Trust Me, I’m Trying” today,  that I must take off the blinders, stop trying and just Trust Him.

A brief summary of what God showed me is now hidden in a small section within a chapter near the end of the book.  As God writes my next chapter, I hope that I will be able to share it with you one day.  In the meantime, the release of Order, Organize & Obedience is less than SEVEN days away.  I hope that you have an opportunity to read it and please let me know what you think…

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My journey continues and I can’t wait to take my next step!

Official Release Date:  Saturday, August 31, 2019

Order Pre-Release Copy for only $4.99

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 next 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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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!

A Little Backstory

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As I mentioned briefly a few weeks ago, my new eBook, Order, Organize and Obedience is a tale spanning four decades of my journey with God to find order in the chaos of my life.  It begins in August of 1979, as I’m returning to DC from Austin, Texas, after only five months.  I will take you through my life in Corporate America, into my life as a wife and mother and all that I learned along the way.  I had always known of God, but I never really knew God truly for myself.  Over time, I have realized that my steps have always been ordered by Him through the good times and the bad.  This can especially be seen as I recount how the Lord orchestrated my leap of faith culminating into the birth of Order Your Steps.  Order Your Steps was not only a business, but a ministry that God had ordained for me. He has not only allowed me to share God-given gifts and talents, but to also be able to share His Word through my testimony, which you will find a few sneak peaks in my blog over the next few months.

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As my story begins, it’s Monday, September 17th, 2018 and I’ve been up since 7 am.  It’s now a little after 8:30 am and I’m finally here!  I’m sitting in front of my computer, ready to start the writing of my book, but now what?  Where do I start?

Early on, during the inception of my own professional organizing business/ministry, Order Your Steps (I’ll explain more about that later), one of my objectives was to write a How-to-Organize eBook.   I started to write a blog entitled Finding Order in Corp USA.  Its primary purpose was to share my life at Xerox, as a backdrop to owning an organizing business.  But what I discovered was that people were more interested in me and my mission, versus learning just about my career and organizing.  So as Order Your Steps continued to evolve, I focused on my blog posts and the eBook took a backseat.  But now I believe that the book has taken the forefront and I’ll try to explain why.

Have you ever been in the midst of a God Set-up?  You probably have, but you just didn’t know it at the time.  I’m realizing that I’ve had numerous Set-ups throughout my life, but let’s just talk about this year, for now. I’ll give you a little backstory how this particular Set-up unfolds.  My last organizing session with a client was on September 7th.   So, a few days in, I decided that God was giving me a period of rest, which He’s done before.  So I didn’t really worry… at first.  I just started to look forward to my next scheduled appointment, which would have been the 12th of September.  But then, as the 12th got closer, the client rescheduled, and then another client rescheduled and then another.  Now, I must admit that I was becoming a little concerned.

Interestingly enough, Order Your Steps turned 7 years old on Sept. 13th and the number 7 in the Bible represents “Completion”.  I knew in my spirit, with an assurance that Order Your Steps (OYS) wasn’t over, but that we had entered our year 8, our Year of New Beginnings.  Since 2018 began, I felt that my business/ministry was evolving into its next phase.   In a few days, I’ll be 62 and I must say that although I really truly love my job, it has always been rather labor intensive, i.e. walking lots of steps, lifting boxes, carrying clothes, etc. etc. etc.  So you can understand that now that I’m 60’something and to be truthful, even when I was 50’something, I’ve needed periods of rest from time to time.  The Lord would always provide His strength and stamina and then He would set aside a time of rest.  However, it’s now 11 days in, with very few client organizing sessions on the calendar?!  I don’t believe that I’ve ever had 11 days straight without an appointment, that I can remember.  God always had another client on the horizon, seemingly coming out of nowhere … Thus, the Set-up!!  There’s obviously, maybe not so obvious at first, something that I should be doing, during this “time of rest”.

September has been a rather interesting month thus far and I’m acknowledging the push from the Holy Spirit to do something productivity, so I’m writing my book.  I’ve realized that even when God says “Be Still”, He doesn’t mean for us to stop moving!

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

What do you think thus far? 

I welcome your comments!

 

 

The Journey of Obedience – Journal Entry #2 (March, 2018)

I don’t know about you, but when things don’t go as I plan, I normally want to change the plan (which is a NATURAL thing to do??).  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 (like WAITING 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.  Contrary to popular belief, when we operate in faith, it does not mean that there’s the absence of doubt.  I’m now two months into this new journey 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

So, I ENCOURAGED myself with this Facebook Inspiration post…

EVERY DAY….. Your journey will only get Better!!

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… knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.    II Corinthians 4:14 NKJV

Resurrection power come forth, as we speak to all the lifeless things in our lives!

Then, as the month draws to a close, this Facebook memory pops up!!!

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DO YOU?????

 

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Journey of Obedience – Journal Entries #1 (March, 2018)

My day started with a Facebook memory for March 21st, 2012…

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The Holy Spirit reminded me that my true purpose is MINISTRY, which was birthed through Order Your Steps in September of 2011!  I had to be mindful of the task at hand and allow the Lord to lead and guide me along the way.

A very dear friend and minister sends me the Spirit of Prophecy bulletin for my daily devotional.   It never fails to hit me exactly where I am in that moment and today was no different…

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Revelation 19:10b “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

                           SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND    by  Marsha Burns           

March 21, 2018:  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.

 John 16:13 “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.”

Coincidence?  I think NOT!!

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NEXT JOURNAL ENTRY:  March 23rd of 2018