In the beginning, I wondered why God named my ministry “Order Your Steps”… but, now EVERY time I hear it spoken or see it written, He reminds me of the path that I’m on and the message that He’s ordained that share with others.
It’s Official! Today is the Day that my first eBook is available to the public. My true testimony is not in the box itself, it’s what the Lord taught me through the experience of writing the book. I pray that you find something that will touch you and bless you in some small way. Here’s another small excerpt… I hope you enjoy!
Chapter Two: LIFE IN CORPORATE AMERICA con’t.
In the midst of my personal challenges, life at Xerox continued. Officially, I was a customer service representative and I spent all day on the phone taking requests for service manually, with pencil and paper. We were rated on our neatness and accuracy, which was right up my alley. I was really good at my job, but within 18 months, I was hit from behind by technology. But why, I asked? Things were fine just the way they are. I won’t take you through the gory details of what it took to maneuver from a strictly paper process into this new world of computers, but it was not pleasant. It was just not fair my life was now turned upside down. I can’t do this, I thought to myself. Don’t they know how disruptive this is… it’s hard to breathe! I can’t function in this chaos of change. But ultimately, I discovered that I was not going to let this wave of new technology get the best of me. I was still young and I should be able do this. It just may be a little different from what I’m used to. Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Now, as if that wasn’t traumatic enough, as I was making this transition into this new world of technology, I found myself on the fast track into the realm of management. Was I destined to be a “them”? There were tons and tons of manuals of policies and procedures to read that were very interesting, not really. At the time, I really didn’t know what being a manager really meant. For the moment, it would be more money and more responsibilities. But I found that it was even more than that. I’d have an opportunity to develop my own plan on how my team would operate. I would be able to strategize and maximize the talents of my employees to achieve the success of my team, my way, I thought. I would be able to establish order in the chaos. All I had to do, by definition, was “to get the people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. This was again right up my alley. These were mature adults that I had worked with already and they know how to do the job. I thought to myself that this is going to be fun, again so I thought.
Within two years, I was a manager, but what I quickly discovered was that people don’t always do what they are supposed to do, even when they know how to do it. One day, my manager’s manager called me in the office and I knew immediately that there was a problem. Apparently, 2nd level management felt that I was “too defensive” with regards to justifying my actions and those of my team, among other things. I was devastated! I wanted to scream or yell. I really just wanted to cry. I must admit that I really didn’t like feeling as though I’d failed. Were they supposed to be smarter than me, just because they had more experience than I? Or was it simply that they were better at creating chaos? At least, that’s what I thought at the time. As I look back, God knew better and my demotion was in order, even if I didn’t know it at the time.
Let’s skip ahead to the year 1984 and I’m in the midst of my own real life of chaos and disorder and I’m about to get married, which added a whole new dimension to the equation. We’ll talk more about that little later. In the midst of the turmoil of this period of growing and maturing, I began to discover that sometimes our steps are ordered in a way that we don’t always understand. We have to take a step and He will order the next. Little did I know this revelation would play a huge part of my future?
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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…
My journey continues and I can’t wait to take my next step!
Official Release Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
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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 lives. 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….
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
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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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!
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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