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“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”

 

 

Now LIVE IT!

One of the most challenging aspects of being a preacher & teacher of the Word of God, as well as an author based on His truths is when He requires you to live out what you preached, taught, or wrote about.  I learned this first hand in 2017.

In chapter 1 of my book, “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry & Money”, I penned the following phrase “The most important thing you can ever do….is GUARD YOUR HEART!” I also advise my readers to analyze their investment choices in terms of persons, places, and things. “Whew”! I never thought those words would confront me, look me square in the eyes and say “NOW LIVE IT!” Truly, I had to require myself to guard my heart this past year. Had I not been determined to do this the challenges of 2017 would have caused me to lose sight of not only who I am but who God is.

Yes, I suffered some loss in 2017. Yes, I cried more tears then I had planned to.  Yes, I had to have some honest painful conversations with myself and with God. Yes I had to make some tough decisions that I never thought I would have to make.  However, I cannot deny the inexplicable truth, that yes, I also gained a sense of peace, wisdom, focus, strength, maturity and valuable lessons that I can undoubtedly use on my journey to empower others.   Amazing! Only MY God can transform a pitiful plight into a platform to minister to others.

My pastor, Bishop Anthony W. Gilyard, prophesied that 2018 shall be the year of acceleration. Who am I to argue with God? He said it. I receive and expect it. I encourage you to do the same.

Whatever you started on your journey to greatness…pick up where you left off and strive and go forward in faith. I know who I am and I know who God is. I challenge you to remember who you are and to remember who God is as well.

What has God commissioned you to do? Just do it in faith and leave the details and the end results up to God. I guarantee you that you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Empowering you to empower others,

Sherabim J. Allen
author of:  “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money” & “Life Won’t  Wait…the Single Christian Woman’s Fight for Focus”

Elissa Gabrielle interview with John Wooden

From John Wooden, Crime Fiction Novelist…

If Wonder Woman were born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, her name would be Elissa Gabrielle. This Jersey girl is proof that women can do it all and have it all. Elissa is an author, publisher and screenwriter. She’s been writing since she was eight-years-old and shows no sign up slowing down. I enjoyed talking with this soon to be Naturopathic Doctor. And, yes, I said Naturopathic Doctor, which is just one part of her story.

Out of all her achievements, projects and life’s work, the one trait that is the most fascinating about Mrs. Gabrielle is her passion for people. She is always on a mission to improve lives and it shows in everything that she does. Currently, she is on a mission to help people live holistic and healthier lifestyles—spirit, mind and body.

Elissa is currently marketing her newest literary work, a joint venture with author Zach Tate, titled No Arms to Hold Me. It’s a thought provoking, coming of age story about a young woman, Zondra Johnson, who has dealt with her fair share of trials and tragedy. She ends up finding eventual triumph. The story is important for women because it chronicles the life of a woman who has made mistake after mistake, but once she learned to love herself first, her decision- making began to change.

Mrs. Gabrielle is no stranger to storytelling. She has authored six books: Eye of the Beholder, A Whisper to a Scream, Glowing Embers in a Dying Fire, Women Most Wanted, Good to the Last Drop and Point of No Return: and several short stories, anthology contribution and her non-fiction title, Testifyin’: The Rise to Grace.

In addition to being an author, this superwoman offers ghostwriting services, manages artists and speakers, and self-publishing services. She has worked with both celebrities and non-celebrities under her Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment Label.

After taking a breath, I asked the powerhouse how she was able to do all that she does and still manage to run a successful publishing company. She flashed that beautiful smile and proceeded to tell me about Peace in the Storm Publishing house.

The name Peace In The Storm Publishing came from a song, “Peace In The Storm” that was written and performed by my father, jazz musician Joe Thomas. He wrote that song when I was eight-years-old. The song, melody and words, had such a profound impact on me that I knew the title would be with me for the rest of my life. I had been rejected in so many ways, by so many publishers, and even authors, when I was trying to become published that I took matters into my own hands and decided to form the company to publish my works. Based on how good I was at publishing, and witnessing so many other great storytellers being rejected also, led me to take on others and ultimately, become an envoy by which dreams would come true. As time went on, my vision shifted to helping others realize their literary dreams. The goals have expanded to take our quality content to higher platforms such as television, film and stage.

When I asked Elissa for a bit of advice for aspiring authors this is what she said, Never give up. When you need something to believe in, start with yourself.

If you follow Elissa on social media, you’d know that she lives by self-affirmation and her faith in God. She pointed out that being a publisher meant carrying heavy burdens. You’re responsible for someone else’s intellectual property. There are those authors who want their publisher to do more for them than they are willing to do for themselves, and you have to steer them in the right direction, to the point that they want it more than anyone else. In life, you cannot demand more than you are willing to give.

Elissa admits that being a publisher means that you must deal with varying egos and personalities. Sometimes those egos outweigh a person’s talent. She also pointed out that publishers must deal with authors who become destructive because they are unappreciative of the opportunities they have been blessed with.

When discussing the rewards and benefits of Peace in the Storm Publishing, the publisher states, It is a beautiful and spiritually-satisfying feeling to know that I have taken someone from manuscript to masterpiece. That is a blessing. That is God. Peace In The Storm Publishing has been nominated and have won multiple literary awards and while those accolades are amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful, the true reward has been that I have taken the gifts God has blessed me with, used them for a glorious purpose and left situations and people better than how I found them.

One of the mottos that Elissa Gabrielle lives by is, Be you and the world will adjust. She explains how one has to walk in their own truth, while keeping their eye on the prize. If you’re looking to see what everyone else is doing, you’re not focusing on the direction of your dreams. You must stay focus to receive what it is that God has for you.

Honesty, integrity, authenticity and longevity are what make Peace In The Storm different from other publishing houses. This year, the publisher celebrates 10 years of drama-free and scandal-free publishing. Something she is extremely proud of.

Peace In The Storm has expanded with imprints that cater to different demographics and genres. These imprints include After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing and ASP Kids, which is the house’s newest imprint. She recently formed Imprint Mass Media with co-founder Zach Tate. With this new venture, we serve as publishers, consultants, ghostwriters, screenwriters and content developers.

The conversation turned personal when I gave my condolences to the recent loss of her father. This comes after losing her mother and other family members, all of whom she helped nurse to Heaven. When I asked her how she managed to make it through and still be able to do what she does, she replied, Honoring your father and mother is being respectful in word and action. In every way, always and in all ways I give honor to my father for creating me, and my mother for giving me life. Being a caregiver and an advocate is not for the faint at heart. It is a task that requires insurmountable strength. It is daily heartbreak and heartache. It is anxiety, depression, sadness, grief, and physical, spiritual, emotional pain and anguish. It is life shattering and life changing. It is work. As a child, it is mandatory. It was an honor, even in the midst of the trials, to take care of my parents in as many ways as I could. I would trade nothing for the journey, except to have them back. The advice I would give to women is to make sure that in the process of taking care of everyone else that you don’t lose yourself in the process. You must eat properly, pray and meditate daily, and move daily. Above all things, you must go to God in prayer at all times to see you through.

When Elissa Gabrielle’s cape is in the cleaners, she spends her free time with her husband. Together, they love to travel and spend much needed time together. In addition, Elissa is studying and living a more holistic life and working to fulfill her personal health goals so that she will be a good doctor to those in need.

Gabrielle admits that she is good at fixing broken people and has helped countless people live more meaningful lives. Some have gone on to lower blood pressure, lose weight and even have better outlooks on life. She has helped others live who had otherwise thought about ending their lives and she says she is looking forward to doing more of God’s work. Less of me and more of him, she says.

And, if you thought that was enough for this superstar to handle, hold the phones. Gabrielle has her eyes planted on television and film, and travels to help others’ spirit, soul and body when she receives her degree and becomes Dr. Elissa Gabrielle.

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