Keep Building

During my quiet time I was reading about “word curses” and when spoken can wreck havoc over your life, business, or ministry.

These “word curses, when strategically spoken can have the same effect as an one, two, knockout punch in the boxing ring. The only difference is that the “word” wounds to the soul does not manifest as quickly as the physical wounds.  More importantly, when left unchecked the results can be cancerous to your vision, hopes, and dreams.

The enemy will always attack you in your purpose.  He will always attack when you are moving closer to it.  The attacks can be word curses and people speaking against on your job, business, or the arenas in which you operate.  Other times these attacks can be seemingly unrelated to your purpose or vision.  I pondered on this and I heard that we are so busy watching the “bombs bursting in air,” and all the mayhem the enemy is kicking up around us that we forget that we are in warfare.  We are in a battle.  The enemy does not play fair.  He is out to annihilate you.

Why are you watching the explosive?  You are more powerful than those that are opposing you.  Use the authority on which you stand and put a stop to it.  You have the same power and anointing in you to speak to the raging sea and command it to “be still.”  Pick up your weapon and fight.  Advance toward the enemy, do not turn around, and run.

Pursue the dream that God has given you.  Like Nehemiah, build the wall and fight.  Fight the enemy and build.  For if you put your tool down to fight the enemy, the dream will stop being built, and if you try to build without fighting back you will be defeated.

untitled-designIn Nehemiah 4, Sanballat was indignant that the Jews were rebuilding the wall, restoring, the foundation, and closing the gaps, (weaken walls are entry points for the enemy to gain access, enter in, and take control). They, (Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, and the Ammonites) conspired together to attack and create confusion.  This did not deter Nehemiah, because he

  • Prayed to God
  • He was on the lookout (set a watch) against them night and day.

Sanballat, sent “word curses) through letters of discouragement, lies, false prophecy, and started rumors against Nehemiah to stir fear in Nehemiah and the hearts of the people. Nehemiah resolved in his heart that he would not stop until the wall was built, restored, and completed.

Lies, false accusation, rumors, and misunderstandings will come to shut your mouth and halt your vision.  Think it not strange when these things happen to you. You do not have time to look at what the enemy is doing, therefore, do not fix your eyes on his strategies.  Keep your eyes and mind focused on the fact
1) that the battle is yours
2) victory is certain
3) Fight and build
4) Build and fight
Do not let the enemy steal your vision and/or your purpose.  If you are a threat to the kingdom of darkness, you are on His hit list.  Time to rise up and stand in the authority that God has to you.  No more fitting in. People are looking for real answers and real solutions.  #rescriptyourlifeforsuccess #fightenemy #allpowerisgiventome #yourweaponisprayer #action

Stop Praying-The Answer is Here!

thomas edisonA man was trapped in his house during a flood.  He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety.  The water started to rise in his house.  His neighbor urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety.  The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.”  The neighbor drove off in his pick-up truck.

The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision.  As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof.  A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground.  They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety.  He told them that he was waiting for God to save him.  They shook their heads and moved on.

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The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that God would save him.  The floodwaters continued to rise.  A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof.  The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him.  The helicopter left.  The flooding water came over the roof, caught him up, and swept him away.  He drowned.

When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me?  I believed in you with all my heart.  Why did you let me drown?”  God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat,  a helicopter and you refused all of them.  What else could I possibly do for you?”

http://blog.eternalvigilance.me/2012/01/the-parable-of-the-flood/

This is a scenario, which repeats itself daily in the lives of many people.  Those who are crying out for a solution to their financial troubles, struggling marriage, emotional trauma, yo-yo dieting, etc. The answer appears but since it is not wrapped in the gift box you want, you push it aside.  “That cannot be it,” you say.  “It has to be more complicated or cost more, or require more time, or less time, etc.”  Frustrated, you wonder why things in your life are not changing.

I can give you the answer.  It is simple.  You are P.O.O.R.  You Pass Opportunities Over Repeatedly and expect to get different results.  That is insanity.  Doing the same thing but expecting different results.

I cannot even count the times I prayed for something only to miss it.  I was thrown because its appearance did not match my expectations.

Holy Spirit is not going to come down, sit in your flooded living room, and tell you to take the pick-up truck or helicopter when he already made the provision for you.

Yes, I pray and I added action to my prayers for we know that faith without works is dead.

The next time someone complains, about a situation that is not changing,  ask him or her if the answer already appeared.

 

Gratitude

Gratitude Determines 
Our Attitude
Happy Thanksgiving!
Did you know that gratitude is thankfulness from within?
 It is a mindset of blessings and thoughtfulness in who you are and that which you hold near and dear to your heart.
You choose whether to look at your life in terms of what is missing or what you possess.
You can make a list of what you do not have and what has happened to you.  On the other hand, you can make a list of the blessings that are standing before.
Your perspective today will greatly  influence your tomorrow.
Want to know how to create an attitude of gratitude.
It is SIMPLE!
You can begin to today by writing down 10 things ,  people, or events for which  you are grateful.
You do not have to stop at ten,  continue, and write an exhaustive list.
Make a bedtime habit of writing of reviewing your day, thinking about ALL the good, which actually occurred.
Think about, things, or events you are most  grateful for and write them down.
Doing this everyday will begin to re-shift your thinking and develop and attitude of gratitude.
 An attitude of gratitude will bring more of the good things  that you desire in your life.
Choose today to appreciate all the good in your life and think on these things.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Charlene D. Winley Enterprises LLC
Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate.”  

 

 

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Identity-Who Are You?

Identity

 Every once in a while a new buzz word surfaces, catches fire, and immediately everyone begins using it.

Identity, is the “buzz” word I am alluding  too.

It’s going around like wild fire and so are the plethora of definitions and meanings surrounding the word.

When I speak of IDENTITY, I am referring to the very nature and essence of who you are and who God created you to be.

Psalm 139: 14-19 describes how God fashioned and knitted your parts together.who are you

Psalm 139:14-19 (NCV) I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.  I know this very well.  You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body.  When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.  God, your thoughts are precious to me.  They are so many!  If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you.

Genesis describes the first CPR procedure ever recorded in history.

God breathe life into man.

Genesis 2:7 NCV Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it.  He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living person.

Job 33:4 (TLB) For Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

When God breathed His breath into man’s clay form, He caused an inanimate object comprised of dirt and clay to change into a living being.  This living being immediately was equipped with

  • A spirit
  • A mind
  • A soul
  • A will
  • An intricate self-sustaining body equipped with a central nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system; just to name a few.
  • An unique DNA~ His Divine imprint
  • Emotions, and everything  which, comprises and defines you as YOU,  and what He has called you to be.

You are not an accident. You are an unique, handcrafted, and one of a kind masterpiece.

Walk today in your new identity and  the world will respond in kind.

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Charlene D. Winley Enterprises LLC • ReScriptYourLife4Success Unlimited •  drwinleyspeaks@gmail.com

 

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Get Up! Your Destiny Awaits

“Why Sit Here Until We Die? 

You probably heard the story of the four leprous men sitting outside the gate of the city waiting to die.
(2 Kings 7:3) One of the four lepers had enough fight left in him to ask the question.

“Why sit here until we die?”

LLL Despondency

Death was certain, whether they stayed at the gate or whether they walked in the camp and died at the hands of the Arameans.  Alternatively, maybe they would be shown a little mercy and get a meal out of the deal.
Whatever the case, DEATH was certain to come.

Many of you today are suffering with leprosy of the mind, soul, and/or spirit.

You are despondent because things have not worked out for you or the way you wanted them too-Get Up!

Perhaps you’re sitting on a pile of dead dreams, gripped by fear, and afraid to launch out into the deep again-Get up!

Perhaps you’re facing another failed business attempt-Get up!

You may even dealing with a divorce, eviction, adultery, and addiction-Get up!

The word for you today is to GET UP and start walking toward the camp.  Start walking to where you want to be.  As the lepers walked toward their “Destiny” (which they thought was death), God began working on their behalf.

The Arameans heard a mighty army coming and fled the camp leaving all their possessions, money, food, and medical provisions.  The lepers had everything they needed at their disposal.

You do not know what awaits you if you do not LEAP; move from a leper to a leaper, and take possession of what rightfully belongs to you. As the lepers moved, a shift occurred in their identity.

No more “Whoa is me,” this happened, that happened, he did this to me, she did that to me…

STOP and shake yourself off.  Start moving and the atmosphere will shift in response to your faith.

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Life’s Pit Stops

The month of April is about new beginnings and awakening from the deadness of winter.  I’m ecstatic as I head off to expose my toes to the sun and set myself free from the confines of the harsh, cold months. It’s spring, and summer will soon follow! Life is going to be blissful!

Then, I think about some of my sisters for whom the change of season may not be so bright. Perhaps, winter dealt you a horrible blow or a tragic event may have stopped at your door.  Maybe you simply feel like a failure because you haven’t yet accomplished your goals in life.

lifes pit stop

Don’t lose heart, my dear – failure is just a pit stop, not the final destination!

A pit stop is a place during a race where a car stops for refueling, repairs, or a driver change to help get it back on the road ASAP.  During a road trip, pit stops also are for resting and eating.

In life, a pit stop can be a time to re-define and realign your goals and get you back into the game.  But it’s important to make sure you don’t confuse a pit stop with flat-out quitting before reaching your destination.

During several pit stops in my life, I discovered three keys to navigating the pit and overcoming adversity:

1.      Recognize adversity for what it is . . . just a pit stop.

Adversity is not a destination; it’s just a pause in your journey to refocus or change your game plan. It’s during these pit stops that needed adjustments are made to equip, empower, and enable you to get back on the road.  The pit can be a dark, lonely place, but there will be some who get in the pit with you to offer support.

Some of my pit stops were more difficult than others. I experienced the death of my parents and siblings, two failed businesses, a failed marriage, sexual molestation, and homelessness. Although at times I wanted to roll over and die, I survived. I had to decide that life was worth living and whatever I was going through, I would make it. Even if I couldn’t do it for myself, I had to do it for my children.

Can you relate to what I’m saying?  Have you experienced being in the pit a few times in your life?

As a bishop’s daughter, one of the most devastating things was the divorce.  This wasn’t supposed to happen. I was a Christian. We were supposed to remain married forever.  Although I tried to hold on to my husband and family, it wasn’t going to be. I wasn’t just in a pit – I was under it.  I felt rejected, like I had failed and disappointed God in the worst way. How can any good come out of my life now, I wondered? The Bible says that “unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around” [Proverbs 13:12 MSG]. With each disappointment, I had to decide whether I wanted to wallow in sorrow or push through it.

This brings me to the second key:

2.      Learn what you need to know.

run your race in life

The only way out of the pit is by going through it. While you’re in the pit, learn what you need to know to become more effective, powerful, and courageous. I had to recognize the part I played in the demise of my marriage. It takes two to break up a marriage – that was a bitter pill to swallow. I learned that although I took on my husband’s name and we two became one, I was created as Charlene, in the likeness of God, and He continued to have a purpose for my life.

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. Two days before my divorce, my sons and I were evicted and we ended up in a homeless shelter.  As we journeyed through the divorce, we spent many days talking, crying, and asking God questions. Know that the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.

The pit stop taught me to believe in myself and trust that better days were ahead. It was during those times that I learned to grow stronger in my faith and trust in God.

3.      Rev up, shift gears, and move on.

Don’t die in the winter of your storms.

Now that you know it was just a pit stop, how do you move on? Don’t give up! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start over again.

Get a vision of where you want to go. You may not be able to totally plan out your life. No worries – just plan the next step. Perhaps it’s changing a job, getting out of debt, ending a marriage, or starting a new business. I had to step into that place of leadership and determine how life would be for my sons and me. I decided that my family would not be a statistic. My sons were not going to be gangbangers, high school drop-outs or teenage fathers.

Create your game plan. Look around for resources. Remember the people in the pit who were in your corner – they can help point you in the right direction. I needed plenty of help and resources. The time we spent in the homeless shelter gave us an opportunity to bond with each other, refocus, and get clear directions.

Believe that you have what it takes to overcome.  Set your sights on tomorrow and see yourself as if you’ve already got the victory over your adversity – in a new job, out of debt, etc.! Pray for answers and then wait on God.

Remember, the pit stop is just a brief stop on your journey. Don’t die in the winter of your storms. Hold on – spring is coming!

originally posted  April 13, 2015- http://inspirenewlife.org/lifes-pit-stops/

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Waiting: Being Patience in the Process

If God gives you an idea or something greater than yourself, hold on it until it is the right time for birthing.

Do not seek help from others to bring it forth. Good connections are not Divine connections, and just because you may have worked together on a project in the past doesn’t mean that you are to move forward with that individual, team, organization in the future. One of the greatest lessons I learned in being a leader is watching and waiting. Some call it discernment; others call it intuition, instinct, or gut feeling, but knowing whether or not or when to make a move is critical to your growth and essential in making sound decisions.

I recall earlier when I began to step out and hone my skills as an entrepreneur. I was given a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). Not knowing how to bring forth the fulfillment of the vision, I stepped forward in my own understanding and did not wait to hear clear directions regarding the right timing.  Anxious, with the awesomeness of the vision, I ran and connected with like-minded people and watched the vision get twisted and turned. In Christendom, we call it, “birthing an Ishmael.” I can only equate it to a mother expectantly waiting for the birth of her newborn. Longing to touch, smell, and hold her newborn snuggly against her breast, only for the obstetrician nurse to say, “Excuse me, I have rights. I helped you birth the baby, so I can take the baby home with me.”  Stunned you shake your head wondering what happened and say, “I thought she was going to help me deliver my baby, if I knew this was going to happen, I would have waited and birthed it on my own.

Not being able to discern, not trusting my gut feelings or myself led me to make many wrong decisions and develop poor alliances.  As things began to unfold, then hindsight provided insight into what was really behind “Door Number 2.”  By then it is no longer what I envisioned, but a tangled, crippled version of what it should have been. Learning to let go proved painful but always necessary.  I have since learned to wait, pray about it, seek wise counsel, and put pencil to paper to flesh it out.

As a leader, people are drawn and want to connect to you. Remember, the next time before connecting with someone, asks yourself, “Why am I connecting to this individual? Is it for me or is it for them? Is there a reciprocal benefit for both parties? If not, has the lines been clearly defined up front? Is it a good connection or a Divine connection?  Wait…if you are patience in the process, you will bring forth your vision.