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Power of Influence

Hello Friends, I hope you have gained some inspiration from the I've Got Power series of posts.  It is my prayer that we use these insights to enhance and generate a greater display of the Powers we have, not only for ourselves but to enhance and 'light up' the lives around us.

As we conclude this series,  I couldn't think of a more Powerful way to end than to talk about Influential Power. 

Influence is the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen.

Can you think of anyone that has been influential, affecting change in your life?

Would you like to exercise influential power?


Here are some key areas we can work on enhance our influence:

Openness:  Share personal experiences; be authentic; show empathy; genuinely care about others and seek out ways to be a blessing (check out link for inspiring article written on Blogs by Christian Women).  Openness in so many ways lead to relationship building as well as strengthening the ones we currently have.

B…

Power In Obedience

In the lastI've Got Power post, we revealed the fact that our words have Power.

Today we want to focus on the Power of Obedience.

What emotions do you feel when you hear the word Obedience?

I confess that for me, being obedient (compliance with an order, request; or, submission to another's authority)is easy when:

I perceive the expected outcome to be pleasant or in my likeness,
There are no apparent risks involved,
I agree,
It makes sense to me,
Obedience will not compromise my own plans/agenda. 


1 Samuel 15:22-23(ICB) But Samuel answered, “What pleases the Lord more:
burnt offerings and sacrifices or obedience?
It is better to obey God than to offer a sacrifice.
It is better to listen to God than to offer the fat of male sheep.
Refusing to obey is as bad as the sin of sorcery.Being stubborn is as bad as the sin of worshiping idols.
You have rejected the Lord’s command.
For this reason, he now rejects you as king.” The first step in learning/training ourselves in Obedience starts…

Thank You

Thank you friends for your heartfelt condolences, prayers and hugs from my last post.  I felt the sincerity in your words of hope, encouragement and empathy.

I will be traveling to Jamaica week after next. I have mixed emotions that include excitement and expectation.  It's been about 10 years since the last time I went home. This would be the first time all of my Father's 5 daughters are together, we've met and or spent time together separately but never all together.  I wonder if he has any other children that the rest of us don't know about?  I guess we will find out.

I look forward to sharing my experience when I return.  I hope to capture some highlights for a future post on the 'Jamaican Funeral' as a topic for theCultural Expressions feature; By the way, did you check out the most recent post in that category about Jamaican Mother's?

I'm not done with the I've Got POWER series.  I will not be distracted, I endeavor to stay on course and compl…

Daddy

Dear Daddy,

I've never spoken about you on my blog but circumstances has changed this.  I got  a call that you died yesterday afternoon.  It really didn't hit me till this morning, wondering if it is true so I called your number and it was confirmed.  I call my sister and she was crying, confirmed again.

Daddy, though our relationship has been strained these past several years, I'm so glad we had a heart to heart in the beginning of this year.  You cried and I reassured you the best I could. We didn't have a tight bond like I hear others talk about their fathers, However I am so honored to have known you and had the chance to inter act with you severally.

Daddy, I will never forget when I visited home several years ago. It was about 2003,  I was afraid to travel because of the terrible plane insidence of 9/11/2001. I remember my good friend Mr Milton praying with me and reciting the 23rd Psalm to me over the phone leading up to my trip.  I remember Mommy tellimg me wh…

Singing Songs of EmPOWERment

Hello Friends, It feels like It's been a while since we had my favorite time on the blog...... Song Service time!!  Keeping in theme with the topics of the I've Got Power series, this week we are singing songs of emPOWERment. Let us sing along and be inspired by these empowering lyrics and songs...


What if God is Unhappy What if God is unhappy with our praise?
What if He is not pleased with the words we say?
What if He takes away His love and His Spirit from above What if God is unhappy with our praise?
What if God is unhappy with the way we live? What if He is not pleased with the way we give?
What if he takes away His love and His Spirit from above? What if God is unhappy with the way we live?
We must change the way we walk;
We must change the way we talk.
We must live a life that's pleasing to our King.
We must read God's holy word;
Let His praises be heard.
Lord, just be pleased with our praise. Pleased with our praise!!! Christopher Brinson & The Ensemble

Fear …

About JAMAICAN Mothers

For anyone who has been following/reading my blog over the years, you would know that my Mommy and I have a very close relationship. I have paid many tributes to her in several posts over the years.

This year however, as Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to share with you from a drama perspective of what the typical Jamaican Mother is like  most especially when raising teenaged children.

Jamaican Mothers are typically loving and protective of their children. HOWEVER when our Mothers get MadVex ANGRY with you as a child it's a different story all together. The experiences and relationships are different when we get older though.

Can you identify and or relate to any of the common themes in the video from your experience growing up?


Things Jamaican Mothers Say  Bella Blair Jamaican Mothers Yaad Boys




Diary of a Mad Jamaican Mom Jamaican Sinting



Raising children is no easy task; May God strengthen and bless all Mother's around the World doing their best and beyond to love and train…

Power in Words

Hello Friends!  I'm excited about the topic of today's I've got Power post on Words.

We use words to communicate or thoughts and feelings; We use words to give direction, we use words to compliment, we use words to scold, we use words to express love, we use words to curse; in essence, we use words as our primary means of communication.   The question is, how often do we use words to create?

To create means to bring into existence; cause to happen. A few words with similar meaning to create are produce, generate, build. 

Let us take time to meditate on the fact that Words have Power. This is evident from the account of the Creation of the World as recorded in:

Genesis Chapter 1 New Living Translation Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.”And that is what happened. Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into on…