Over time, I've learned that our life stories can never change, but if we build enough courage intrinsically to share then publicly, it will help and can even save someone’s life. Throughout my life I have faced many trials, self-doubt and have fought against many odds but still have been blessed with so much knowledge, courage and talent to create projects and opportunities in arenas I only dreamed I'd be in. I have worked with some of the most recognized faces in the industry, marketed products seen and used daily in homes across the world, and strengthened my work ethic to its highest level.
Thank you to all who continue to call, text, email and encourage me while I continue to press through the completion of my first book. I have finished my first round of edits and now diving into my second round of revisions. Over the past few months I have seen tremendous growth in not only myself but also my support circle around me. It continues to inspire me and add to a story, which is my own. The people and experiences I continue to encounter are always beyond my imagination and I’m excited for the day I can send a message telling everyone it is complete. Israel was amazing; it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and allowed me to see through eyes and document experiences I never thought were possible. With that said I will be traveling to India not only for inspiration but to serve others and hear stories of women who have been through enormous amount of adversity. Here is a little about my trip below along with the revised version of the first chapter of my book.
About 2.2% of India’s population are Christian. With over 2000 unreached people groups, there are 1.2 billion people living with out Jesus Christ. In early November I will have the chance to travel to the heart of India, the Madhya Pradesh province, to provide Christian teaching to women and children in the region. In partnership with Mid India Christian Mission and The Crossing Church a team of 14 of us will be sharing Jesus with Christian women who lead ministry in their local churches. In addition, we will also work with Mercy Home for Girls, a Christian home for orphaned or abandoned girls, and Oasis of Love, and a ministry for handicapped adults and children. You can learn more about Mid India Christian Mission at their website: www.midindia.com
The REACH India trip is an amazing opportunity to invest in the women of India. As we facilitate a women’s conference, and visit various mission projects, I am looking forward to building relationships and learning from the people of India. I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and anticipate a significant shift in my understanding of God’s love and the hardships of life in another country.
In order to seize this remarkable opportunity, I need your support. First and foremost, I need friends and family to pray for our team. The prayer support of friends and family is just as important as the ones who go on the trip. Would you please commit to pray for our team as well as me personally? You can specifically pray for our team to have the strength, especially emotionally and spiritually so that we can be witnesses of God’s love for the women of India.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for considering how you can also be part of changing the life of women in India. I look forward to sharing with you all that we were able to do to help empower life transformation in the lives of women and families.
So that you can preview a piece of my work, I have included an excerpt from the book as well as a link explaining my passion for this project and the convictions to which I hold my life's standards.
I wonder about that term “freedom of choice”. When does this statement actually apply to the reality we live? I assume society would say at the age of 18, but what about all of the things we aren’t allowed to choose prior? We get to choose…wait, no, we are born into our living environments here on Earth. The entire process: our parents, our siblings, even the socio-economic status we would encounter all decided, for us, by God. We simply get to come to the home prepared for us, to the blankets and gifts made for us, and the clothing chosen for us. It seems peculiar to me that ‘choice’ is so loosely characterized as the gift given to mankind, however, it so often comes misguided and unwanted.
Aside from material possessions, before we were born, our parents chose certain emotional things for us. Things like bitterness, un-forgiveness, pain and economic struggle come to us free of charge, but at the same time are heavily priced if we ever decide to depart with them. Is it fair for children to develop these predetermined scars because of the environment they had absolutely no choice to be in? Or are the aforementioned concerns disregarded because at the age of 18 the child will be forced to deal take responsibility for it all?
When you are born you become an individually new entity to member’s of your family’s life. On the other hand, as a child your family now encompasses all you know about life. These people feed, clothe, bathe, communicate and love you, if one of those elements ever go missing is it fair to assume that the child’s decision-making skills are mature enough to choose properly. Bringing me again to the question… Does a child really have a choice? If the answer is no, then when is it right time to say the child is eligible to choose on its own? …Confused yet? Good, well, this is the heart and breath for which I write this book.
If you have picked up this book then it’s safe to say that you’ve made a choice, which leads me to believe that you are competent enough to make your own choices. Knowingly or unknowingly, the choice you have made by picking up this book was the choice to venture into the world of self-actualization. Thereby, relinquishing the responsibility from your mother, father or an ‘Ex’ who you may feel have left you disadvantaged in this world. You are choosing, by completing this book, to walk away from the pain, forgive the past, and move forward- embracing the warmth of the unrestricted, you.
To the men reading this book: I want you to know that women are not the enemy, though at times I know it can feel that way. Throughout this book, my plan is to express the enemy women continuously fight within. Enemies that make it difficult to be what you need us to be, which in turn result in the reality that if we are in this state of mind while dating you, then, you too aren’t capable of being what we need you to be. By the end of this reading it’s my hope that we, together, can grown into whole individuals willing, but more importantly, able to love one another. I pray you stay along with me for the journey.
To the women reading this book: The choice you make by continuing to read this book is the choice to begin looking intrinsically for your truth. You are now the person free to make her own decisions, the person no longer allowed to blame your pre-existing conditions on the outcome of her life because your voice is now unlocked through the words from which I liberate you. The choice you have made is to take your story and illustrate the importance of becoming your own biggest fan.
Don’t get for a moment get it twisted into thinking that for some reason I cannot relate to your story for I, too, understand the struggle of being living with labels, wading through life heartbroken, and faced with the heavy burden of trying to put the pieces back together. Inasmuch, sweet girl, I’ve come to learn that we simply cannot continue harboring the pain of the past and creating illusions of why we aren’t able to be what and who God created us to be. It’s time we grow from here. I pray you continue on your journey to freedom because she has a story, she has a message she has scars that she’s overcome because she made a choice. She Is…You.
Romans 9:11: - “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;”
Father God I ask that you create in her a clean slate and that she is no longer bound by the scars of her past. I ask that you make her new, even whole, once again. When you brought her into this world you knew all she would bare. I ask that her wrongs are forgiven for she may not have known, but God today she is responsible and has taken the steps to correct her walk and for this she is born again. With a true repentant heart, Lord please lead her on. In Jesus’ Name…Amen.
All monies donated will go toward marketing, editing, trip and publishing of the book.
Finally, I would like to thank you again for taking the time to even consider supporting my project. If you are receiving this message then you have impacted my life in some form. I would like to offer to the first 10 supporters for your gracious donation a signed copy of the first release when published. Thank you again.
Link to me speaking about what to do “in the meantime” while going after your purpose.
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$1,500 - Israel Trip
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