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Thank You and The Year in Review from Peace In The Storm Publishing

Dear Readers and Supporters,

On behalf of Peace In The Storm Publishing, After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing, and ASP Kids, I extend my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to you for another year of your continued support and encouragement.

Many of you read our books and cheered us on for every endeavor. You celebrated Peace In The Storm Publishing and its imprints when we won Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2018 African American Literary Awards. Our very own Carla Victoria Wallace won for Children’s Book of the Year. Our Queen, Cheryl Lacey Donovan won for Female Author of the Year for “Can I Be Me?” We celebrated Toni Carter on her win for Fiction Book of the Year with “Blood, Lust and Love.”

When Cheryl Lacey Donovan came to me with the concept of a new movement – Real Life Real Faith – I was completely blown away. After years of hard work, Real Life Real Faith Magazine won for Literary Magazine of the Year!

H.M. Trey hit the Amazon best sellers list with the release of “The Color of Love.” He recently released “The Desires of His Heart.” And stay tuned for Mr. Trey in 2019 because it is not a game.

In 2018, authors Sharel E. Gordon-Love, AJ Love, Junita Pullins and Carla Victoria Wallace all released children’s books under our imprint, ASP Kids.

Our beloved, Sherabim Joy released her first Christian Fiction novel, “After the Benediction,” and is now working on her very first children’s book slated for a 2019 release.

We hit the best sellers lists, had multiple book signings and Cheryl Lacey Donovan moderated panels for the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP!

So what’s in store for 2019? Lots!

Our Queen of Church Drama Jessica A. Robinson returns and expands her horizons with “Drama so good, you’ll swear it’s a sin.”

H.M. Trey returns with more sizzling romance and contemporary fiction.

Sharel E. Gordon-Love returns with more inspiring Christian fiction.

AJ Love, Carla Victoria Wallace, and Sherabim Joy return with new Children’s Books!

Veronica Rivers returns with soul-stirring poetry!

As for me, 2019 will mark my return to the literary world with a new novel, a new children’s book, plus a non-fiction book to help you live your best life.

We are so grateful for your love and support.

Always in all ways,

I remain,
Elissa Gabrielle
President & CEO
Peace In The Storm Publishing

“Lessons From the Bamboo”

Hi All!

It’s been a few months since I posted a blog, but I wanted to stop in and offer some words of encouragement. It always amazes me how God uses the most simplistic occurrences to speak to us & give us insight.

At the start of the Spring/Summer season I noticed small bamboo shoots sprouting up in my front and back yard but I did not give them much attention. I’ve been at my current residence for almost 5 years & I don’t recall seeing them before. 

Anyway, one day I was in my kitchen and    as I passed the window I was amazed to see a bamboo shoot taller than my 5’8 frame towering in my backyard. Intrigued, my son and I went to investigate it.

I was perplexed regarding the suddenness of these bamboo shoots sprouting up after never seeing them before. I shrugged it off and attempted to pull the shoot out of the ground so I could cut the grass. My son tried to help me, but it was rooted so deeply the strength of my son & myself was not enough. That’s when God  started speaking to me and giving me answers to some questions I had put on the altar months ago.

The disillusionment & heartbreak from failed relationships is real. Sometimes we even resort to blaming ourselves when business, personal, familial or spiritual partnerships sour. The truth is it’s not our fault. 

The individual who caused us pain already had something negative deeply rooted in them before they ever met us; they just kept it buried and hidden.

from our sight. However, just like the bamboo shoots, when the right time & the right season set in the “real them” manifested. 

We must understand that no matter how hard we try, we cannot change a person that has deep rooted seeds of resentment, bitterness, anger, hatred, rebellion, discontentment, disobedient & emotional disease rooted in their spirit. If they are not willing to line up with the Word of God all we will accomplish is to temporarily trim weeds & branches off of them. However, the root will still be there & will sprout up again at the right time.

Don’t beat yourself up that you didn’t “see it earlier.” That junk was buried and hidden. However, thank God that he didn’t allow you to stay blind but allowed the truth to be revealed so that you could be healed and move on.

It’s not your fault. Thank God that we serve a God of revelation. Learn from the experience & pray daily that God will bring all hidden things to light.

Love,

Sherabim Joy

“Cheer Up!”

A couple of weeks ago, while driving back to my office from my lunch break, I started to feel a tad bit melancholy. I began contemplating on some of the events that had transpired in my life over the course of the past several years. I said within myself “Wow, If certain things had not occurred, my life would be problem free and I would be closer to living a life of “perfection.”
The moment the thought entered my mind, I literally heard God say to me. “No, it would not!” “I made a promise in my Word that most people don’t remember!” I frowned; slightly puzzled. I honestly wasn’t talking to God at the moment and He just chose to interrupt my conversation with myself! However, recognizing His voice, I stopped to listen to what He had to say me.
The Lord said “ I promised in my Word that In this world ye SHALL have tribulation!” (John 16:33). “I forewarned and guaranteed that you will have to endure challenges in this life. If you didn’t go through “that” then you would have gone through something else!” He continued to speak. “BUT it’s a two part promise! I also promised you that I have already overcome every possible ensnarement, trial, or test that can ever touch your life! When I hung on Calvary I overcame it all so CHEER UP!”
Man, my heart was lifted after He reminded me that every challenge that can ever manifest itself; He already overcame it on Calvary’s cross! Because Christ overcame, so shall we overcome!
My friends I encourage you today CHEER UP! Regardless of the intensity of the trial that you may currently be enduring remember that Christ already overcame it with you in mind!

Empowering You to Empower Others,
Sherabim J

“Lessons From Moana”

 

              One of my 4 year olds favorite Disney animated films is Moana. I have watched it so many times with him that many of the song lyrics and scripting have become etched in my memory.

              On one viewing occasion, a particular scene stood out to me and the Lord began to speak to my heart. In the scene, the heroine, Moana, confronts Taka; a perceived monster who was raging with fury. Fearlessly, Moana walks toward Taka melodiously signing these words:

“I have crossed the horizon to find you; I know your name.

 They have stolen the heart from inside you,

“But this does not define you

This is not who you are; You know who you are”

               Moana, then does what no one else was willing to do….she TOUCHED Taka in the exact place of her hurt; thus restoring her heart. Taka then transforms back into the beautiful goddess that she was created to be.

Wow! What a superb depiction of what many women have experienced in life!; the invasion of a selfish intruder stealing, breaking, corrupting, or damaging our heart  and leaving us in an unrecognizable state. The experience caused us to momentarily forget who we were.

Sadly,  onlookers judged, criticized, and labeled us being completely ignorant of the events that left us in the state of vulnerability that caused to release negative behaviors. They perceived us to be something that we were not. If only someone would just take a closer look with the discerning eye of God and allow Him to use them to touch us where we hurt! One touch…the right touch….. will heal us and restore us back to our original glory and beauty!

Today’s post serves as the touch that you need to heal your heart and to remind you of who you are! Your circumstances DO NOT DEFINE YOU! Whether single, married, divorced, financially secure, or economically challenged;  you are not defined by these situations.

Do NOT allow what someone else has done to you or what they may have said about you cause you to act out of character and forget who you are. Acting out of character is NOT who you are; You know who you are and so does God!

As a reminder, God says that you are:

  • More than a conqueror through him that loved you(Romans 8:37)
  • Heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)
  • Fearfully and wonderfully made and that right well (Psalms 139:14)

I command your heart to be healed in Jesus name and to flow in the beauty of his holiness and righteousness!

Remember this, God knows your name and has not forgotten about you!

For more insight on the importance of guarding your heart please pick up a copy of my book “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money.”

 

Empowering you to Empower Others,
Sherabim Joy

Author:

“Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry and Money”

“Life Won’t Wait”

Co-Author: “A Mother’s Love”