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Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Wall

Back against the wall and the walls are closing in. Do you coward in the corner or brace yourself, ready to defend?  Champ or chump, choice is up to you.  The only way to find out is come out swinging and make it do what it do.  But the victor is not based solely on the one who wins, but victory comes in having the courage to pick yourself up, push yourself off the wall, and fight to the very end. ~ BrotherWord

There are tests in life that will have you teetering on the verge of complete collapse.  Whether physical, mental, or emotional, everyone has a breaking point which they feel they can no longer go any further.  How many of you have been at that point?  How many have been at the bottom with no hope of ever rising again?  How many have thrown in the towel and gave up?

This thing called life is not for the meek or faint of heart and as I am often reminded, those that have and are living in their purpose, the attacks are more frequent and twice as brutal!  Isn’t that how a typical boxing match works though?  There are two fighters in the ring, well trained, willing to throw punches, and ready to defend.  But how quickly it changes when one boxer is taking a barrage of punches, pushed up against the ropes, and all the training in the world does not seem to matter.

No different in life.  Ethnicity, social class, education, financial status, none of it makes us impervious to the punches of life.  What separates champions is what they do in times of adversity.  What will you do when you take a punch, get knocked down, find yourself with your back against the wall?  Fight!  There is not other answer.  Fight!  Sometimes the fight may mean swing and punch your way out.  Sometimes it may mean ducking and avoiding the blows.  Other times it may mean being strategic and cerebral.  Could also mean taking an emotional and spiritual account of matters and reassessing your inner person.  Either way, fight with every weapon you have and do not stop fighting until you find  yourself victorious.  You may find your back against the wall, but that does not mean that is where you have to stay.

Never give up or give in.  It is at the bleakest times we shine brightest and when we discover there is no limit to how far we can go.  At the edge of despair and defeat, God will either catch you when you fall or teach you how to fly.

Breathe of Life

BrotherWord - Feel Good Fridays

Miracles happen around us everyday, but oftentimes we are blinded to them because our idea of what a miracle looks like is based on something only derived of on a hollywood movie set using a green screen and plenty of CGI.  But prayer is powerful and miracles still exist!

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Tony Yally is living proof that miracles still happen and how a little faith can turn even apparent death around.  Pronounced dead after 50 minutes of no recordable vital signs, Yally’s son refused to accept his passing and began praying over his father’s body.  What resulted could only be deemed a miracle as doctors have no explanation.  Check out the video below about this astonishing story.

It’s #FGF and we are feeling good for the Yally family and also for knowing that no matter the situation or circumstances, it is only dead when we give up.  No, every story will not be as triumphant like the Yally’s, but what is universal is that life only ends when we stop living it!  #FeelGood knowing you too are a walking miracle!

Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Detour

Have you ever had a certain vision or image in mind or a design or pattern in which you think things should happen or unfold only for it not to remotely resemble what you envisioned?  It can be frustrating and deflating, but do not let the detour deter the dream!

The beauty of dreams are that they are organic, fluid, ever evolving, and just because they may start one way, it is not unusual for them to take an alternate route.  What so many of us miss is the beauty and message discovered in the detour.  A detour does not necessarily mean you have been knocked off course, but instead reveals another way in which to reach your destiny.  A detour is not a dead end!

You may have a usual route you take daily to and from work.  After awhile, your vehicle could pretty much drive itself home.  It becomes bland, mundane, and unadventurous.  But now there is construction or an accident and you have been detoured and forced to take an unfamiliar passage.  Although this new direction is foreign, it yields its own perks.  You get to see new parts of the city, come across new establishments, and because it is new, your every sense is titillated, soaking in the fresh and fascinating scenery.

Same with life.  Sometimes in life we get knocked off course for one reason or another or without rhyme or rationale, the course simply changes.  Do not let the detour deter the dream.  Although the road you traverse my change, it is the journey that should be cherished.  Destiny is not determined by where you start, so no matter where you start or which roads you travel, your destiny is married to your willingness to withstand and continue on no matter where the roads lead.  

Enjoy the detours life present.  They offer us all an opportunity to experience new things we may have otherwise missed, to see new outlooks, and to learn alternate ways to reach our destiny.  Detours also shield us from harm and protect us from unknown mishaps.  Our detours remind us to be patient and to soak in the journey, not overlooking or ignoring the paths we travel or taking for granted the experiences that help us to grow.  Remember, the detour does not deter the dream; it develops the destiny!

“The most fulfilling adventures happen when you start your journey without knowing where you’re going, because only then are you free to experience the unexpected detours you’re meant to take.” ~ A.J. Darkholme

“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed.  You will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.” ~ Michael York

Part of reaching your destiny is understanding your detours.” ~ Tony Eavns

Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Thankful

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed just make your absence felt.” ~ Unknown

THANKFUL today for purpose, for not only discovering that purpose, but having the courage to pursue and no longer run from it.  Purpose can be a scary and tricky thing, but rest assured, it is a divine order and when you chase your purpose you discover your truest self and fulfill your every dream.  Tell me that isn’t something to be THANKFUL for!

Challenging each of you to discover your purpose, what you have been designed and built for and then go after it with everything in you.  You owe it to yourself to live out your dreams and live life to the fullest and ultimately, to be happy and THANKFUL for all that comes along with a life lived on purpose.

It is a double entendre when you really think about it.  If you are living a life on purpose then you are (1.) living the life you were destined to achieve and what was meant for you since conception; and (2.) if you are living your life on purpose, you are intentionally making strives towards greatness, to discovering what life has to offer, and making a concerted effort to be all that you are supposed to be.  Again, is a purpose driven life not something to be THANKFUL for!

Let your purpose in life define you and not life define your purpose.  What you do in this world should make an impact, leave a mark, change at least one life for the better, and someone should be that more THANKFUL for having known you.  Purpose can have three different meanings – to do something with determination, to have an aim or goal, or having a function, role or use.  As you continue to live your life on purpose, it should encompass them all.  Be determined to reach your goals as you aim for greatness while being used to enrich the lives of others.

Be THANKFUL for your purpose and watch everything around you blossom.

Thankful Thursday!

BrotherWord - ThankfulDiscover God’s purpose and dreams for you.  Take steps forward in obedience, enjoy the adventure along the way, and be thankful for it all. ~BrotherWord

You may find it hard to be THANKFUL when life keeps kicking you in the teeth and at every turn failure continues to loom, but I can guarantee you that on your worse day, there is someone out there who would trade with you in a heartbeat.  Life can be a cruel and relenting piece of work, but you are far greater than anything life can throw at you.

So THANKFUL that I was made in His image, made to be a conqueror, made to be great, made to overcome, and made to win!  One of the hardest things to absorb, let alone live by, is understanding that obedience is better than sacrifice and being obedient even when it makes no sense and is incomprehensible, is a feat in and of itself.  But my God!  I am THANKFUL that with obedience comes favor and with favor comes the blessings of God.  Walking in God’s will can be a complex conundrum wrapped in an enigma, yet it is a fulfilling journey that cannot be replicated or replaced.  That is more than enough to be THANKFUL for on any given day!

Tomorrow when everything seems to hit a nerve, when the traffic is moving too slow, co-workers become annoying, family is losing their minds, and the walls are closing in, remember this too shall pass and because of your obedience in fulfilling your purpose, you have already claimed the victory.  Be THANKFUL for the noise because it is an opportunity to calm the hysteria; be THANKFUL for the chaos because it is God’s way of putting life back in order; and be THANKFUL for the unknown, because it is in the wilderness that we find direction, purpose, strength, courage, and gain knowledge.  

Yes, life can be hard, but I am THANKFUL that my God has seen it all and is the architect, so no matter what may happen, when I am obedient to His calling, my prayers shall be answered.  

“Obedience is a word and concept from which the valiant look for their deliverance.” ~ Anonymous

“I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.” ~ Anne Sullivan

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Motivational Monday

Fotor_145252153992384There is no greater motivation than LIFE itself!  Tomorrow is not promised to anyone and at any giving moment, it can come to an end.  Today’s Motivational Monday is as personal as it gets as five years later I reflect on my sister who unknowingly helped to birth BrotherWord and all that has come to fruition.

The people around us affect us in so many ways without them even knowing and through those interactions, we discover who we are, what we are about, and in that rare occasion, they help us to unearth our God-given purpose.  Through my sister I learned that life is what we make of it, the lives we touch, and that fulfilling God’s purpose is the truest route to not only happiness on earth, but everlasting joy and peace.

Find what and whom motivates you to be your best and then latch on to them, learn from them, ask them questions, and most importantly, take the time to let them know that their life has and is making a difference on your life in return.  This thing we call life is shorter than we think and fleeing, so give those you love and cherish their flowers while they are breathing.

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5 years and running and still wondering why. Still questioning God, “Why she’s not still alive?  Why she had to die?  Yet no more tears left to cry.

How do you mourn when there’s so much pain?  When the grief hits so hard from just mentioning her name?

Where do you find comfort when you cannot find peace?  The memories begin to fade, the voice becomes a whisper, when the agony never seems to cease.  

How do you begin to move forward when the past keeps dragging you back? How do you let go of the hurt when every waking moment seems like an anxiety attack?

Look to the heavens from which your blessings flow, remember what you reap is also what you sow.  But when I look upward all I want is to see her face, but instead the clouds hide her and and I find myself in an empty space.

I’m thankful to God for the time spent, the laughter, the conversations, the hugs and the kisses, but what do you do when all you can think about is how much you miss her?

Counseling, communication, and church, nothing fills the void; and here we are 5 years later and it still feels like yesterday, one continuing, horrible nightmare, that has come forth to steal, kill, and destroy.

But the devil is a liar and my Christ is the forever joy that can make us whole, because even in death, Melissa transformed lives and saved countless souls.

5 years later and yes it still hurts, but as God as my witness and my sister as my motivation, I must continue their great works!

We each have a purpose and my angel’s work was done, so now it is up to us all to pick up the mantle and make sure that we complete our task before the setting of the sun.

Can never repay her for all that she gave nor all that she means, so I will live my life in her honor, never forgetting the love we share or the unbreakable bond, knowing she watches over me and I can see her my dreams.

Rest in paradise baby, you fought and won the battle, and Heaven is your reward.  Know that you taught your big brother more than you could ever know and now I live for us both as I edify our Lord.

Rest in paradise on your birthday as we blow out the candles wishing you nothing but peace; and know how much we love you and your memory and legacy shall live on and never cease.  © ~BrotherWord

Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Could Be Worse

For every bad there might be a worse; and when one breaks his leg, let him be thankful it was not his neck.

~ Joseph Hall

As I rolled down the highway earlier this week, probably going faster than I should have trying to make a meeting, suddenly out of nowhere, my rear tire blew!  Anyone who has ever experienced this knows how terribly wrong this could have gone, but THANK God for grace and mercy.  With little traffic on the highway, I was able to decelerate and as I was near an exit, able to coast off the highway and conveniently roll into a nearby parking lot.  No further incident and minimal damage, and more importantly, both my passenger and I were safe.  So THANKFUL that is was not worse.

As we waited for assistance and began to reflect on what just transpired, both of us almost simultaneously uttered the same phrase, “It could have been so much worse.”  Just like life, sometimes our hopes and dreams are blown and shredded suddenly, but if we only take a step back, survey the situation, and reflect on what could have been, we realize what seems so bad, could have been a lot worse.  At that speed, on a blown tire, we could have easily been flipping down the highway or loss control and slammed into other drivers, but because no one panicked and acted decisively, no harm occurred.  What if when life begins flipping out of control, when others impede our progress or attempt to cause us harm, instead of panicking or acting out, we move decisively to make the best out of a terrible situation.  I am not only THANKFUL we came out of the situation unscathed, but very THANKFUL for the tangible lesson learned.

Before you began to think woe is me and how unnerving the current conundrum may be, think about how incredibly worse it really could have been.  One analogy reads, “If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.  If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.  If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.  If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.  If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”  If that is not something to be THANKFUL for, I do not know what is.  

Today, I am THANKFUL that I am still here to tell my story, still have full capabilities of all my faculties, and so THANKFUL that the only damage caused was to a tire.  Remember, life may not always seem fair and may deal you a terrible hand, but even when it does, someone else’s hand is a lot worse.  Be THANKFUL for the good and equally for the bad because we learn lessons, grow stronger, and find a new appreciation for this thing called life.

“And just when you think nothing could go worse, there are other people wishing they could have your life.”

~ Gabriela Barnard

Thankful Thursdays

 

BrotherWord - Thanksgiving

Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

On a day full of things to be THANKFUL for, I am truly THANKFUL for life’s teaching moments and learning what is truly important.  I know and have seen, and honestly have been one of those people who thought happiness came through the pursuit of power, possessions, and people and did not realize that real happiness is only found within.  I am so THANKFUL on this Thanksgiving for an inner peace.   (more…)

Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Eagle

When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust Him fully because two things can happen.  Either He can catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly!

Are you familiar with the story of the mother eagle?  She provides a nest for her eaglets, nurturing them, feeding them, protecting, and ensuring that they are well taken care of and have an opportunity to grow and experience what life has to offer.  But this is not a lifelong setting and soon the realities of life start to unfold.  Soon the mother eagle will take her offspring in her mouth, fly out the nest and release them!  As the baby eagle begins to descend, she swoops in, catching them and returning them to the nest.  The process is repeated over and over and she begins to disassemble the nest in the process as well.  

The purpose is multi-faceted:

1.) Encourage the offspring to fly and fulfill their potential.  By dropping them, they quickly learn how fleeing life can be and how at a moment’s notice you could be sitting up high and have it all come tumbling down.  In order to soar in life, you have to spread your wings and fly.

2.) To show them that life is not about being comfortable and no matter how much others may provide a comfortable environment, at some point each of us has to leave home and discover our own paths.

3.) That no matter how far we fall, those that love us and care about us will be there to catch us no matter what.  We all will fall short and at one point or another come crashing down, but there will still be those who care who will be there to soften the blow and rescue us for certain doom.

4.) To not be afraid of our potential and even if we are afraid, to overcome it.  We each have to discover who we are and what we are capable of and the only way to do that is my stepping out on faith!

Like the eaglets, many of us want to be at ease, no difficulties, and coasting through life, but it is the challenges of life that shape us and mold us into who we are destined to become.  Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.  

The challenge today is to let go of anything or anyone that is holding you back, anything that is stopping your from fulfilling your destiny, anything that is prevented you from spreading your wings and flying.  If it is not challenging you, it is not growing you, and anything that is not growing you is causing you to become stagnant and decay.  As uncomfortable and frightening as the ledge may seem, it isn’t until you take that leap that you realize you don’t have to fall, but instead roam the sky and discover new horizons.

“In the ashes of adversity, lies opportunity.” ~ S.L. Coelho

Tell Your Story

BrotherWord - Tell Your Story

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” ~ Harley Davidson

A musician’s first album is always their best.  It is their life’s story, the pain, the glory, the heartbreak, the victories, the highs and the lows and everything in between.  It is a culmination of hustle and desire, the blood, sweat and tears of pursuing a dream, a passion that burns deep within and comes flooding out with a force so magnanimous it is hard to contain, and a humbled spirit that never accepted no or rejection.  When finally given a chance to tell their story and pour it out on wax, art is born.  No different for a writer.

As writers we pour our souls out through the pen that paints a prolific picture on paper (or the computer screen – lol).  Scribe, griot, narrator, voice of the mistreated and misunderstood, or storyteller.  No matter how depicted, a writer finds freedom in allowing his or her pen to bleed with syllables and soliloquies that supersede mere conjecture or random thought, but instead take us on a spiritual, emotional, and physical ride that surpasses what was once seen or imagined.  A writer’s greatest gift is bringing the reader into the writer’s world, luring them in, captivating them, and holding their conscious captive for the duration, while permeating their subconscious well after they have finished reading.  If you ask any writer what their objective is when writing, 9 out 10 will readily tell you to allow the reader a glimpse into my world while telling my story with a vivid picture.

One writer when asked why he wrote responded by saying, “You might as well ask me why I breathe.”  How profound to equate the art of writing to the very breath that gives and sustains life.  Writing in and of itself is a lifeline, a metaphysical bridge that transforms words into literary oasis that quenches any thirst, fulfills any desire, and takes us on a magical journey that is only limited by our very own concept of reality and how far our imagination wishes to travel.  There are no other mediums that can transport you to a distant land without ever leaving the comfort and confines of your home such as writing.   (more…)

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