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It’s hard to believe that May is here and Spring is just around the corner. Spring is the season of Rebirth, Refreshing and Restoration. As we prepare for Spring, we are going to focus on Ordering Your Steps: Mind, Body & Space!
As you may or may not know, the Lord has had me in a season of obedience, since 2018. In May, I hosted my first Ordering Your Steps (OYS) women’s workshop, entitled “A Mother’s Perspective”. I must admit that it was a struggle initially, because being who I am, I wanted to control all the details and I had my own expectation of the outcome. However, my lesson in obedience required just the opposite. I had to listen to the Lord’s direction and allow Him again to Order My Steps! Let’s just stay that the event was very interesting. In my eyes, I can’t honestly say it was successful, but I am confident that it was just what God had planned. In September of the same year, I began writing Order, Organize & Obedience, another very interesting experience, one I’ll never forget. Ultimately, what God revealed to me, had nothing to do with the book itself.
In 2019, my 2nd Annual OYS event, “DeClutter Your Mind” was absolutely AMAZING!! This time, I found it much, much easier, just to let God do what He does best. He orchestrated every moment, from the idea to the event itself. The Lord began to show me more and more about how the overall mission of Order Your Steps is evolving into more than just the opportunity to minister to individuals one on one, but to have the opportunity to reach women in many other areas of life.
Then around the middle of last year, I was asked to accept the position of president of our Business and Professional Women’s Federation (BPWF) for the DC Jurisdiction of our church. The mission of the BPWF is to strive to provide business minded women with an opportunity to put their professional abilities to work to achieve their dreams and God-given purpose. This was right in line with what the Lord has shown me as He expands my role as owner of Order Your Steps, to reach even more women.
It was shortly after my appointment that I was listening to a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes. He was talking about how the Lord will show us our dream or purpose, but we must do the work to achieve it. “The Door is Open but You Gotta PUSH”! He used the analogy of a woman giving birth and although the womb in open, we must push really hard to birth our baby. By the same token, we must push really hard to birth our dream. The Lord continued to impress upon me to share with my audience, who are primarily women, the idea of putting forth all of our efforts, through the pain, frustration or disappointments, to birth what He has put in us.
As a result of the Lord’s prompting, in April, we will host our 3rd Annual Ordering Your Steps Women’s Workshop, entitled “Birth Your Dream”. This workshop will focus on tapping into our God Given gifts and talents that just waiting to burst through, those things that God has put in us that are waiting to be birthed. Whether a promotion, a thriving ministry, starting a new business, etc., we must acknowledge the Lord as the true owner of our career, business or ministry and view ourselves as just a steward over it. We want this event to spar and ignite the participants to take at least one step closer to their goal, dream and purpose.
In January, 2020, I was reading my daily devotional from the Spirit of Prophecy bulletins by Marsha Burns and this is what it said:
Expansion is the order of this season. You can reach higher, go deeper and search wider to know Me more intimately and to accomplish that what is set before you, says the Lord. Refuse to allow a sense of not being capable to cripple your efforts. Go forth with courage and expectation.
Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”
Once I read this, I soon realized that what began as one event, would become a three-event series. Again, the Lord has orchestraed every moment according to His plan. Therefore, in the works is a July 18th “Live Your Dream” networking event, which will be an opportunity for all current and potential entrepreneurs to get to know each other. This will be a chance for us to share our successes and lessons learned. It is critical that we support each other and not compete with one another. We are much better together! Then on October 10, we will host the BPWF Women’s Conference entitled “Pursue Your Dream”. Stay tuned for the AMAZING details that are evolving as we speak
We are sooooo super excited about what the Lord is doing through us. We will keep you posted as we proceed. Tickets for our Birth Your Dream April event will go on sale on February 15th, in only two more days. You don’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there…
Four months ago, I was asked by a client to organize his massive comic book collection, so that it could be appraised and donated to his alma mater. I vaguely remember the first day that I entered the attic and saw ALL the boxes. Initially, we were going to focus on only the Marvel comic books, which was 85% of all the boxes. As I started to browse, I discovered that in some of boxes the comic books were in numeric order and he had already logged many of them. However, after further investigation, to my dismay, we discovered that # 1, although the comics was logged, we did not know what specific box that the comic was in and # 2, a lot of the boxes had a mixture of all different Marvel characters & others that needed to be sorted.
Today was Appraisal Day! There were 70 boxes of Marvel & Non-Marvel (DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, etc.) comic books and all the boxes were numbered & labeled by character. OVER 20,000 comic books were sorted in numeric or alphabetical order, duplicates have been purged and the boxes were organized. Ultimately, we developed a Comic Book Guide Sheet by box #, comic book character and a brief description of the contents. The appraiser was able to identify very quickly what he wanted to look at and where it was located. I must say that this project has truly taken my professional organizing skills to a Whole New Level!!
OH MY GOD! The Comic Book Project is Done!
It’s hard to believe that September is almost over!
We started our Newsletter last fall, to share not only organizing tips, but tips for Ordering Your Steps for our Mind, our Body and our Space. We’d like to share our latest issue, so please take a moment to check it out…
I just sold my first online copy of my new eBook. What’s truly AMAZING about this experience is that God has already blessed me beyond measure! This has truly been a Divine Teaching moment for me. My Journey of Obedience continues… I have taken my step and He will direct my next one!
By the way, I sent the blog post link Order, Organize & Obedience Launches Today! to a friend & client and this is what she said…
“Awesome read!!! Instantly I wanted to know what happened! Great lead to purchase the book!
Easy reading and very inviting!!!
Excited to learn more about your journey!” S.G.
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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