December 2020


It’s Time to Get to Work!


“So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work”.(Nehemiah 4:6)

Ladies once we have accepted the fact that it is absolutely the will of God for us to accomplish all that He has embedded in our hearts to do, then it is time for us to get to work. Setting goals for ourselves is a wonderful thing to do. However, achieving the goals that we have set for ourselves is a far more satisfying experience.
The difference in setting goals and actually achieving goals are rooted in our state of mind.
Today’s Scripture focus proves that when we shift our mindset to accomplishment, only then will we experience our visions and dreams for our lives manifested into the tangible. In the text, Nehemiah had the mindset to rebuild his beloved city of Judah which had been vandalized and left in ruins. While others were complaining and mourning about what USED to be…Nehemiah envisioned what it COULD be. He developed a strategy to cause his vision to become a reality. His enthusiasm, determination, and hard work were so contagious that it fueled the original complainers to transform into workers in rebuilding the city.
What strategy can we develop to aid us in shifting from being mere goal setters to becoming goal achievers?
1. Set strict written deadlines for ourselves for the things that are in our heart to accomplish. For example, if the goal is to return to school, establish a deadline for submitting the application to the chosen school.

2. Connect with an accountability partner. Find someone who will not tolerate our excuses for NOT accomplishing our goals. Submit copies of our written deadlines to them.

3. Associate with others who have already accomplished what we are attempting to. Their success will motivate us to pursue our own.

4. Seek out a mentor who can provide us with the wisdom and direction that we need to navigate through the challenges that will arise on our journey of accomplishment.

Guess what? Of all the women walking on the planet, God chose to put HIS idea and creativity into YOUR heart. Let’s not insult Him by not doing anything about it. Let’s stop making excuses and “JUST DO IT!” It’s time to get to work!

Look for my upcoming release, “Heart of a Woman” coming soon!

Sheri Curvin

“Who Lied to You?”



“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead all these people to possess all the land that I swore to their ancestors I would give them.” Joshua 1:6 (NLT)



Conducting ourselves as godly women 24 hours day for 7 days a week can be challenging. The circumstances, responsibilities and experiences in our lives can slowly cause our courage and confidence to dissipate and in turn tempt us to bury our dreams and our visions for our lives. We may even go as far as talking ourselves into believing, “well, I guess it’s not meant to be”, and we settle for the status quo.

My question to you is, “Who lied to you and told you that it wasn’t meant to be?” “Who corrupted your thinking into believing that you were not strong, smart, wealthy, or attractive enough to accomplish the dreams ,the goals, and the visions that are in your heart? “ It wasn’t God, because He is the one that embedded them into your heart! Sometimes “life happens,” and we experience tragedies, set-backs, hurts, and disappointments that will attempt to eat away at our faith, leaving us afraid to try anything else. Yet, in the midst of our struggle to move forward, we continue to feel the tug of God at our heart to go out and to conquer and to possess everything that He promised that He would give to us.

God is not like people. He does not hold our mistakes against us. As a matter fact, He will use the “craziness” of our lives as an opportunity to make His name great. God is not asking us to be perfect, but He is requiring us to stop holding ourselves in bondage because of our past. He wants us to be courageous in Him and to move forward.

Take it from a professional “screw up.” Don’t give up on yourself because God has not given up on you! That’s why you keep feeling the press in your heart to purse regardless of your past. Don’t’ be afraid. Be courageous! God is with you MORE than 100%.

You are not weak. You are strong in the Lord. You are not a coward, but you are a courageous warrior in Jesus name. Just do it…whatever God has placed in your heart and you will experience great success.
Look for my upcoming release “Heart of Woman,” coming soon!

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An Angel Walked Among Us by Elissa Gabrielle

Prince. "An Angel Walked Among Us" by Elissa Gabrielle


Prince was the epitome of grace. A fashion icon. An innovator. A Genius.  We will never see another artist of his ability in this lifetime. He was unmistakably the most authentic and prolific musician, singer, songwriter and composer of our generation. The nation mourns the death of a king, our Prince.

I liken Prince to an angel. Oftentimes, an angel will walk among us and we are not fully aware of what’s happening at the time. We know there is something glorious about that person, and the word ‘angel’ doesn’t come to mind, necessarily. It is only in hindsight that we can clearly see with 20/20 vision and upon reflection we are able to put the pieces of Prince’s legacy together.

Prince was a meaningful part of our daily lives. His music played a role in the most pivotal and integral chapters of our existence. He liberated us through his liberation. He sang songs with words, real lyrics that depicted how we felt about a particular subject matter and the most crucial times in our daily walk. He was wonderful that way.

Prince was our friend and our freedom.

As I lay in bed, before the dawn, I watched the moon and the stars and reminisced as I heard a Prince song, “When 2 R In Love.” I wondered as I lay there if I could have my Prince’s “Kiss” before I put my toes to the floor. Funny, I heard in my head, Prince singing, “If I Was Your Girlfriend.” I could feel a presence of Prince looming over my being with his lyrics, “I Feel For You.” In the dark. I smiled as I finger combed my early morning wild hair, but that made me think about Prince and his hair, how he slayed, and him singing, “She’s Always In My Hair.”

Prince was in our blood and present in our personal existence. His music was the soundtrack of the various stages of our growth and development. He said the things that we wanted to say but wouldn’t dare whisper.

My internal alarm went off, and I heard Prince singing to me, “Alphabet St.” I thought about all the things I needed to do as his one of a kind voice slow jammed me with, “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man.” My Prince sung to me from the other side of my shower, “Call My Name.” I was running later, and it was the, “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” as I had so much to do. I made my way to my “Little Red Corvette.” Well it was my red SUV.

I adjusted my music to Prince playing alongside my drive. I checked my mirror, and Prince made my heart swoon singing to me, “The Most Beautiful Girl.” It made me feel like a Queen, and I held my head up high as a woman should being next to a Prince. I felt confident, as Prince sang, “Baby I’m a Star.” I felt sure I could do anything that Prince would want me to do as he sang, “Uptown.” I was headed downtown to talk to a client about a screenplay and then “Adore” jammed. I swayed in my seat and remembered falling in love.

We were free to be what we wanted while listening to Prince sing.

I went into a business meeting and I thought about Prince, and after all these decades how he had handled his business dealings, and to some it was “Controversy.” He did his own “Bat dance,” and it made some folks “Delirious,” when he freed himself  from a record company. He started his own publishing company and controlled how he sold his own records and marketed them. What followed for Prince was “Diamonds and Pearls” it made him “Somebody’s Somebody.”

Prince taught us the importance of ownership and what business truly meant. He taught us about respect of self and to honor the gifts God has blessed us all with, in those power moves.

After a long day with Prince in my heart and ear, I relaxed at home, as he kept crooning. I thought about the times the songs he sang were specifically for me and my life and circumstances. He had to have known me personally.

He knew us all so well. He guided us through life with poignant words, profound sentiments and a path to righteousness in most cases. He loved God and wanted us to love God. And we followed his lead and we did.

Prince questioned the government, unapologetically expressed his most inner thoughts, embraced his spirituality, treated his body as a temple, remained private, respected and never got caught up in life’s scandals.

Let us all be like Prince.

At Real Life Real Faith, we often ask “What Will Your Legacy Be?”

If we’re working towards answering that question, we can take a few clues from Prince.

Be Original.

Be Unapologetic.

Stand Firm in Your Convictions.

Be Unlimited.


Rest in Purple, Angel.

Elissa Gabrielle


Purple Reign

Elissa Gabrielle is the USA Today recommended author of Eye of the Beholder and President & CEO, Peace In The Storm Publishing, LLC, Imprints: After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing, THE IMPRINT, Jessica A. Robinson Presents


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Forward March by Elissa Gabrielle



Forward March…

A New Year has arrived and with the blessing comes the responsibility to live life to the fullest.

To all the dreamers and the people on the voyage to fulfilling your dreams, make no mistake about it: it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…and a new chance to get it right. We’ve been given the blessing; now it’s time to put purposeful action behind the resolutions.

Every journey begins with a line drawn in the sand; a starting point along a road to a better place; but coupled with that starting point has to be the courage to put one foot in front of the other toward a goal of victorious accomplishment. Whatever your destination – big or small – it all starts with one step forward, and then another, and then another. It’s a new year, Dreamers…and a new chance for a FORWARD MARCH.

Although I am nowhere near where I want to be in my literary career, the starting line is far behind me. It is in the shadows of my progress of marching forward. Forward progress can be hard sometimes. I understand the difficulty that comes when you try to pursue your passion and purpose while the world is telling you No and expecting you to fall and fail. When the world trips you, consider it a speed bump instead of a stop sign; don’t give up; instead, FORWARD MARCH.

It is a beautiful thing to HONOR how far you’ve come in the first place. Our lives were magnificently designed to be testimonies of encouragement to others. For that reason, I have been sharing photos of my personal journey. I may never know who may benefit from viewing my voyage, but I know someone needs to see and understand that impossible circumstances can result in possible miracles. What seems impossible in life can bring about outstanding possibilities. Through the word IMPOSSIBLE we should grab hold on to the truth that I AM POSSIBLE.

If you can give thanks for the little things, you will always find that you have enough. And if you’re blessed enough to surpass that, you’ll always be grateful. But you can’t give up.

My Dreamers, don’t give up; even when you’re tired, don’t give up. The world is full of abundance and there is a place for you at the table of victory. All you have to do is take a step forward, then another; never giving up in the process. It’s a new year and a new chance to get it right. Forward march.

I love you to life.

Always and in All Ways,

I remain,
Elissa Gabrielle


Elissa Gabrielle is the USA TODAY Recommended Author of EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. Read full recommendation here:

“The beauty of Gabrielle’s voice is the deep emotional cadence as we enter each character’s point of view. In those special worlds, she writes with the talent to keep you immersed so that you can understand and empathize with their motivations and the conflicts that may overwhelm. Skillful and full of artistry, Gabrielle shares a powerful romance worthy of its resolution.”

~Michelle Monkou for USA TODAY