Be Encouraged…

There are times when people choose to walk out of our lives. Unfortunately, they may also walk away from God. Our prayer is that they come back to God and God will let us know whether they will come back to us. Sometimes, He removes people to make our life better, because they are in the way of what God wants to do in us and through us.  There are other times that they are removed so that we don’t interfere with what God is trying to do in their lives.      

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

Restoration

Since yesterday, the eyes of my understanding has been enlightened, so I decided to share … My thoughts about my son had become so very heavy on me for the past several months. I’d prayed, but I just couldn’t shake the spirit of heaviness. It’s been almost two years, since I’d seen him. This wasn’t the first time that he had left for years at a time. But this time, I’d decided that obviously God had His reasons for us to be apart and I just needed to be “ok” with that…. what I hadn’t realized was that I’d also decided that if/when he came back, there would be more drama and he would just leave again. I was tired of being brokenhearted.

God’s revelation for me started about a week ago, when I hear a church elder say that we are not experiencing God’s Fullness of Joy, because we are afraid to love deeply. We have become so guarded with our hearts and we just don’t want to be hurt again. However, we must understand that God is standing by ready to heal our broken heart, if we’d let him. He wants to restore many of our closest relationships, but He’s waiting on us.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, my son’s picture as a child showed me how vulnerable he used to me and he needed a mom. Although my son is grown, I’m still his mom and for me to be “ok”, I’d hardened my heart and given up on any hope of reconciliation and God’s Total Restoration. Today, God said to me, and possibly, to some of you too! …

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 KJV

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

I don’t know what God has in store for me, but I do know that He can do the impossible, if only I believe, do my part and keep “Moving Forward by Faith”!

No Matter what … I’m Still his Mom

Yesterday after my organizing appt., I had a “sort & purge” adventure of my own. My journey started in the crawl space under the steps and of course, one thing led to another. I went from the basement to my closet and ended up in the junk drawer of my night stand, where I found this pic and a flood of emotions followed. The Holy Spirit has a very interesting way of getting your attention, so I decided to share by doing a blog post.

My Own Personal Moving Forward by Faith Moment

If you followed me in the early days, you know that my son and I have always had an “interesting” relationship, but I won’t bore you with the details. In 2018, I wrote a book and originally, there was supposed to be a chapter about my son in this book. But while writing about what he’s done, what he hadn’t done, what’s he should have done and what he shouldn’t have done, the Lord revealed to me that I was still holding my son hostage to his past and it was time for me to release him to walk in his present and to move into his future. It was no longer about who was to blame, but about us continuing to grow in His Grace.  I knew that God had already written the next chapter in our lives and one day it would be revealed. I truly believed that my son and I were well on our way to reconciliation, but I never imagined that he would just walk out of my life, yet again!

My son will be 43 on July 11th and it will be two years since we’ve spoken. The Holy Spirit continues to assure me that God has him. Although I know, in my heart of hearts that God’s in control, I still struggle to understand. Yes, I’ve even asked God if I had to be my son’s mom (an oxymoron), but, of course, God said that that was not my decision. The pic just reminded me that No Matter What, I am Still his Mom! There are just certain things that God does or allows, that we will never understand. We will just have to…

Keep Moving Forward by Faith!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

I’m Excited.. Why you Ask?

I received an email yesterday and it read,

“Hello, Candy Speight, This is a brief note to let you know that one of our partners recently reported sales or downloads of your book. (One sale or download was reported.)”

SmashWords, your ebook, your way!

Wow! It’s 2021 and there’s been a 2ND download of my book. So you may ask, “Why are you so excited?”

As you may remember, in 2018, the Lord compelled me to write a book. Once the book was completed, the Lord revealed that the lessons learned were first of obedience, which is so very important, especially when it clearly makes no sense and second, He showed me ME. After that, if just ONE person gets something out of my book, it becomes a SUPER ABUNDANT BLESSING!

“The steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord and deligheth in his way”

Psalms 37:23 KJV
If you’re interested, you can be #3…

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Are You too Tired?

Are you just too tired to take another step? Tired of being isolated? Tired of being with/without family? Tired of being alone? Just Tired! I truly understand, however, we must take the next step. Why, you say? Because first, we can not stay in this spot and better yet, when we take the next step, the Lord will show us the next one.

Now we need to get some preliminary things out of the way…

  • You may not know the Lord. Well, for now, that’s ok, He knows you! You will just have to trust me on that. We will talk more about that later.
  • You may know the Lord, but you are not very happy with Him right now. Well, that’s ok too, because He knows that already.
  • Either way, we need to have a conversation with the Lord and let Him know that we’re going to take the next step and we need Him to show us just a little light, so that we can see the next one. Now, take the step, one foot in front of the other. Fairly simple!

No, not really… We will wake up tomorrow to a new day! … but we feel the same.

So here’s some advice:

  1. Get up tomorrow when you wake up, try not to snooze and put your feet on the floor.
  2. Turn off the phone or at least silence it for ONE hour. Please do not scroll! Everyone else in the world seem so happy????
  3. Find a quiet spot and open the curtains to your new day. Rain or shine, it’s gonna be a Good day!
  4. Open the window if possible, we can definitely use some fresh air.
  5. Fix you a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath and now you are ready for your next step.

We’re Moving Forward by Faith… but it’s definitely not easy. Life may seem dark right and we can’t see what’s in front of us, but with each step we take, the Lord will light up the next one.

Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105

Moving Forward by Faith

Last week, we talked about REIMAGINE, REFINE AND REENERGIZE, as we nagivate through this thing called Life and to Move Forward by Faith … taking One Step at a Time!

Last week, during my morning devotions, I asked the Lord; “What does it really mean to move forward by faith?” In Hebrews 11:1, it says that Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, but I needed the Lord to speak to my specific situation. While waiting for His response, I decided to read the March Devotions written by Ms. Angie Hyche, Education Director of the Faithful Organizers and owner of ShipShape Solutions. The title was “A Godly Perspective on Your To-Do List” and her scripture was from Galatians 5:25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”. I was absolutely amazed by God’s quick response. As a fellow professional organizer, Ms. Hyche spoke about how task-oriented we are and as such, we can not allow our to-do list to direct our day. We must listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and [in all things] glorify God.

“A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life.”

Sarah Young, Author of Jesus Calling

Moving Forward by Faith means to seek the Lord’s Guidance and Direction with our Every step… One step at a time. Stay Tuned, there’s more to come…

Order, Organize & Obedience Launches Today!

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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.

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Me and Brother Dominique (Xerox mascot, year ? )

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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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

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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!