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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

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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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER, Real Life Real Faith Media

Magazines: Real Life Real Faith, Journey to Wellness, Mommy Matters, Men of Faith, Women Walking by Faith, Wisdom for Everyday Life

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

www.RealLifeRealFaithMedia.com

www.RealLifeRealFaithMagazine.com

PERSISTENCE. PRAYER. POWER will lead you to your PURPOSE.

Purple ReignBeloveds,

I can’t tell you the number of times people laughed at me. I can’t tell you the number of times that I didn’t have support even from my family and those who claim to be family. I can’t tell you the number of times that others belittled my dreams. I can tell you that my dreams had become so big that I had to stop sharing them with small-minded people. And I can tell you this…

PERSISTENCE. PRAYER. POWER will lead you to your PURPOSE.

This goes out to all of the dreamers and the people on the voyage to fulfilling those dreams. Although I am nowhere near where I want to be in my literary career, I am very far from the place I started. I understand how hard it is to pursue you passion and purpose when the world is telling you “No,” in so many ways every chance it gets. Don’t give up.

It is a beautiful thing to HONOR how far you’ve come in the first place which is why I am posting photos of the journey because someone needs to see and understand that impossible circumstances can make possible miracles. Amen?

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. There is a place for you at the table. Never, ever give up.

Love You to Life.
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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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER, Real Life Real Faith Media

Magazines: Real Life Real Faith, Journey to Wellness, Mommy Matters, Men of Faith, Women Walking by Faith, Wisdom for Everyday Life

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

www.RealLifeRealFaithMedia.com

www.RealLifeRealFaithMagazine.com

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

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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

www.PeaceintheStormPublishing.com

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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER, Real Life Real Faith Media

Magazines: Real Life Real Faith, Journey to Wellness, Mommy Matters, Men of Faith, Women Walking by Faith, Wisdom for Everyday Life

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

www.RealLifeRealFaithMedia.com

www.RealLifeRealFaithMagazine.com