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There is Nothing More Beautiful than Knowing Your Worth by Elissa Gabrielle

THERE’S NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN KNOWING YOUR WORTH…but if you’re not on a journey to become completely whole, you may not recognize it.

Here’s the thing. People’s opinions of you, whether good, bad or indifferent must not outweigh the opinion and belief you have in yourself.

Growth hurts but also the regret of remaining the same. You want to surround yourself with people that upon learning of your story’s worst chapter, (we all have a chapter we don’t want read aloud) they won’t hold you hostage because of it. The people to keep around are the ones that will challenge you to be your best self – it will hurt, as evolution is never smooth. They will identify their brokenness and assure you that you can be put back together just like they were, even if you are shattered in a million pieces.

Stay clear of those who want you to serve a life sentence based on past failures and always remember, fall down twenty times, rise twenty-one. People that want to tie a noose around your neck are manipulators and usually lack so much in their own personal character that they wind up feeding off your glory. Shed the shame and release those burdens.

YOUR GLORY… How can you be broken and still have it? The detractors will identify something in you oftentimes way before you even recognize it. They will despise you on a level you didn’t even know you were on.

Your initial instinct is always correct – that’s your Spirit of discernment guiding you. Obey it.

You are stronger than your storms, more beautiful than you realize, smarter than you’ve been told and most importantly, you deserve all of the goodness and abundance of blessings waiting for you to take hold of it.

Fearfully and wonderfully made you are and to deem yourself anything less than would be blasphemy.
Don’t be afraid to live your best life.

Love & Light
Elissa Gabrielle

Who Sits On The Throne of Your Heart?

sheriblkandwAlas, it happened! All that you had been praying for, waiting for, and expecting God to do for you has arrived! However, after a few months, the novelty  of it all begins to wear off and you find yourself in the same place of discontentment, despondency, discouragement, and depression that you were in prior to the blessings being released in your life. How can this POSSIBLY BE?  This can happen when our heart has been convinced that material things and circumstances have the power to fill voids in our lives that only God himself can fill!

Women, a husband, a child, a house, career advancements, and even ministry advancements cannot fill the emptiness that we experience at times. God has allowed the emptiness to exist as a means of drawing us closer to Him. Many of us have allowed our craving for THINGS to become our central focus and thus have  ejected God from sitting on the throne of our hearts! This is why once we have obtained the things that we always desired our happiness only remains momentarily.

Material possessions will decay and people who we have pledged our allegiance to may disappoint us, however, God will always be a present help for us in our time of trouble. When God is allowed to sit on the throne of our hearts, “life can happen”, but we will not allow it to damage our positive outlook or our faith in God’s sovereignty.

Remember this: (Isaiah 6(b)-8) NLT
“people are like the grass.  Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.

The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord.  And so it is with people.

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

“Heart of a Woman”
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Heart Conditions

Sheriblkjacket     Who have you entrusted to handle your heart and the things that mean the most to you? Many women have been mislead by those who have pretended to care about their most intimate thoughts and dreams only to experience the sting of betrayal in return. The most costly and devastating investment that we can make is to place our hearts into calloused hands.

Perhaps you have experienced the pain of being broken-hearted. Instead of retreating and refusing to love or to trust again, I encourage you to pour your heart out to God about the things that matter the most to you. I guarantee you that He will not mishandle or abuse you. He will not use you for His pleasure and then cast you away. You are too precious in His eyes and He loves you too  much.

Remember this:

Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

 

Sheri Curvin

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The Rebirth of Peace In The Storm Publishing (New Dawn, New Life, New Vision)

ElissaGabrielleBlackHeadShotBrickPeace Loyal Readers:

“I walk by faith and look for things yet to come. My soul and my spirit in you my lord I trust. Held up by the knowledge that you, you are just. I know that you care and will always be there. Dear Spirit, watch over me, Teacher and my comfort be. My spirit, My Lord set free, as I draw close to thee. Be with me in darkest night. Shield me from evil’s might. Remove from my side the thorn. Be my Peace In the Storm.”

Those are the words to “Peace In The Storm” a song my father, Jazz Musician, Joe Thomas, wrote when I was eight years old. I remember him playing the melody on the piano at our home in Newark, New Jersey. I also remember reading the words and it was then that I realized the power of words and I began to write. I’ve been writing ever since.

I had to go to these words and lean on them a couple years ago when my beautiful mother died. She died. The thought of it still makes me numb. The fact that I have to say, “My Mother is dead,” destroys me. She died. My mother is dead. And, when she died, I died. I kept dying. Each day, a part of my soul seemed to die. My spirit suffered a long and painful death because the woman who birthed me, who was my breath taker when I could not breathe on my own was gone. My lifeline disappeared and the journey to her disappearance, that awful cancer, changed me in a way that’s hard to explain. One thing is for sure, I am forever changed.

I died the day my mother did.

I slept for eighteen hours a day sometimes. There were times I didn’t sleep at all. Grief overwhelmed me internally. For the better part of six months I was on auto-pilot.

I didn’t miss a beat with life it seems. I functioned, and only by the grace of God did I function.

Then, one day, I was awakened. Fresh air was blown into my lungs. I became alive again. I looked at my legs and my pretty feet. I stared in the mirror and saw the shape of my eyes. The pout in my lips. The color of my skin. I thought about my generous spirit. My gifting soul. I was reminded of my kind and gentle nature. I, too, was reminded of my feisty mouth. I took my hair out of my signature scarf. I combed and brushed my hair. I washed it. I remembered the way I walk, tall, straight, with confidence.

My spirit was awakened. I was reborn. The rebirth of my soul was happening and I whispered the words, “She lives, because I live.” She lives because I have her feet. She lives because her generous, giving, gifting soul lives in me. She lives because of that feisty mouth she passed down to me.

I live. I can live. Because she lived.

Isn’t it something how God works in our lives? The rebirth of my soul and spirit is in alignment with the Rebirth of Peace In The Storm Publishing.

It’s a NEW DAWN with NEW LIFE here at Peace In The Storm Publishing. New faces, new imprints, new vision. Sharel E. Gordon-Love continues to be our rock and our substance. She pushes us all to new heights, even when we run out of gas. And when she speaks, we all listen. The Holy Spirit is so very present in here that it permeates through us all. Jessica A. Robinson continues to develop new blueprints and road maps to help us reach the Promised Land. Jessica has been a steadfast source of encouragement for me and loves me in ways that most people don’t. Cheryl Lacey Donovan stretches us all beyond our limits and teaches us that we are indeed limitless. And that hurricane, Zach Tate assures me every day of the week that I am worthy. He sees the best in me even when I can’t see it in myself. These are the new publishers that have helped me to expand the brand and they are worthy to be acknowledged for staying by my side when the rest of the world walked out. But out of tragedy was born something glorious – After the Storm Publishing, The Official Imprint, Imani Faith Publishing, Jessica A. Robinson Presents and a new Peace In The Storm Publishing. We now have Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment and Real Life Real Faith Media. No surprise God orchestrated this so many years ago.

With newcomers Cee Cee H. Caldwell-Miller who is such a beautiful breath of fresh air, Toni Carter who writes like a veteran, Linda D. Wattley who is profound in every sense of the word, H.M. Trey, Jacqueline D. Moore, Carla Victoria Wallace and the rest of the new visionaries, I feel in my heart and soul that we are evolving and journeying to new chapters; to new heights and are undergoing our own metamorphosis of being born again.

On behalf of the authors of Peace In The Storm Publishing, I welcome you to the “Rebirth of Peace.” And our new homes of publishing some of the best literary talent the world has to offer. Visit us online and you’ll see a culmination of everything that we put our heart and soul into on a daily basis. You’ll see memories of happy times passed and hopes for our literary future.

We love you and we thank you for the support over the years. The absolute best is yet to come.

Remember, even when you’re gone, your soul can still be reborn.

Always and in All Ways,
I remain,

Elissa Gabrielle

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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

www.PeaceintheStormPublishing.com

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Producer: “Real Life Real Faith with Cheryl Lacey Donovan”

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