Rip Me Out the Plastic: 7 Steps to Achieve a Fresh Start this Season

This article encourages women to find inspiration and guidance from the Word of God and to commit to carrying out their goals. As we approach a new season, it is important to go in with fresh eyes, a fresh mindset, fresh ideas, and fresh habits to avoid getting caught in the mental traps and debilitating behaviors of the past that hinder growth. To embrace growth, we need to be intentional, reconcile past hurts, persevere through change, and avoid stagnancy and complacency. This article provides 7 steps to help you achieve a fresh start and push through to new levels of growth and success. Whether it’s a small goal or a big goal, these suggestions will help you make the most of this new beginning and take the plastic off that’s suffocating you to breathe fresh air and start acting brand new in the life intended for you. So go ahead…Rip the plastic towards a fresh start.

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How to Push Through Struggles and Become the MVP

Struggling in life is something we all go through, and it can feel like we’re not performing at our best. However, just because you’re struggling, it doesn’t mean you’re failing. When we’re facing struggles, it’s easy to consider giving up and losing hope. But it’s vital to our livelihood to keep pushing forward and trusting in God for what’s ahead. We must shift our mindset away from negative thoughts about ourselves and understand the role or position we’re in during this season so that we can operate in it more effectively. We also can’t function completely void of others, so we must build strong relationships that foster growth, resilience, and success. Remember, our struggles do not define us, and we have the power to push through and become the Most Valuable Player in our story. The overall goal for all of us is to fulfill our purpose, not just to achieve the accomplishments.

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Your Encounter is Closer Than You Think

Friend, whatever you are called and purposed to do, do it with God’s strength and leading. Don’t compromise it no matter how bright the lights might be, or how significant the dividends. We cannot pray and ask God to enlarge our territory, and then turn around and let down the borders of our faith; turning our focus to success and popularity. It’s the boundaries of our faith and the wisdom that comes from it that keeps us safe emotionally, mentally, financially, and spiritually.  Though it might seem like such an easy edit, just like with my book, deleting God will not help you become the best version of yourself. Even when it’s tempting, Sis…Trust God anyway. You’ll never be disappointed. 

To my fellow sisters who may be feeling discouraged, remember to pause and appreciate the encounters with God’s blessings that are all around us. They are always present, even in the uncertainties and chaos of life. Let’s be diligent in becoming more aware of the new encounters God is divinely orchestrating for us. However, do not forget, it’s not the encounter that happens that is the best part…it’s the encounter with Him that makes the difference.

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Who Moved the Start and Finish Line?

…because I can’t see what life looks like moving forward. However, because of the determined soldier within me, who knows that there is still more ahead and that my calling and purpose depend on me continuing to go forward; I know that I have to keep running. Everything that lies ahead for me is contingent upon it. But that doesn’t make it easier or make feel any better.

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From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks

From battle scars to beauty marks…sounds like a bit of a S T R E T C H doesn’t it? No pun intended. But, that’s only if we correlate “battle” with trauma and injury which seem so infinite. However, I believe, if we submit and commit to the process of healing, whether physical or emotional, transformational beauty is possible. 

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The Valley Has Lights

Embracing Your Wilderness: The Valley Has Lights

Embracing your “wilderness” might seem hard to fathom; especially when you’re right in the middle of it, or when it also feels like your wilderness is in the depths of the valley – your lowest point.
These two (the wilderness and the valley) don’t always take place together, but the uncertainty that is felt with either, sometimes makes them feel interchangeable or interwoven.
It’s seemingly difficult to imagine all the purpose which is actually manifesting itself out of the experiences of the unknown. But honestly, it’s actually more likely to happen that way than you think. In fact, I would argue that the wilderness and valley are necessary elements in discovering your place of purpose…

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Bring LOVE to the Table

As we began to talk, we first started with the question of why people (mostly women) continue to stay “at the table” (or in relationships) longer than we should. The question was asked,” How will we know when it’s time to get up?

So, you would have thought we would discuss mistreatment or incongruency in relationships; lack of support and compassion; being unequally yoked (whether talking about an intimate love relationship or any other relationship/friendship). But the conversation took a turn.

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7 Steps to Creating Time with God

7 Steps to Creating Time with God: A Checklist and Step-by-Step Guide (with free printable download!)

A glimpse inside this blog: If you are looking to develop and/or deepen your faith walk, the 7 Beginning Steps to Devoting Daily Time with God – Checklist and Step-by-Step Guide is a step in the right direction. This checklist and guide come with a FREE 18-page printable PDF version for your convenience.

The guide provides steps to help you set a daily atmosphere for communing with God, in a way that yields connecting and understanding. I use and created this checklist to help bring structure and routine to my own daily time with God. Because women have often asked me what I do to maintain my faith and to stay prayerful, I decided to share it.

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Arrested Development


Rather than referring to stunted physical growth, I’ll be referring to stunted emotional and relational growth. Not only referring to the kind of emotional blockage that occurs as a result of children’s experiences, but also the emotional barriers that continue to present themselves in the lives of adults still dealing with the residue of the emotional distress. The damage – that though suppressed, ignored, and hidden – continues to plague both their maturity in certain areas and their relationships.

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