Friday, January 20, 2017

When Change Comes, Make the Big Bold Decision to Believe in Yourself No Matter What

"While writing the story of your life,

don't let anyone else hold the writing utensil.

Know the fact that you are enough,

you are worth it and you can achieve

what your heart desires."

- Unknown



 

And remember the truth that we become a little better every day as we go through remarkable changes based on our experiences and that we have a harvest of kingdom fruit awaiting us which we are perfectly suitable to dwell in.

 

“Storms make trees take deeper roots”

– Sharon Lechter

 

A tidal wave of change takes place based on the vibration of thoughts we have about our own selves. While other people’s negative thoughts can become contagious, make sure to make the big, bold decisions to stay firmly rooted in believing in yourself.


Depression is destructive
while self-confidence and faith are constructive.”
– Sharon Lechter


When your faith is spilling over, there is nothing that can knock you out of the soil. You still stand tall and face the brightness of God’s unmatchable sun. Sparks of possibility seem to never leave us because we are driven by the flames of achievement of being blessed by another day.  


Only God knows what the next leg of the journey will bring but while we are headed there, travel along your path with complete confidence that you have everything it takes to move forward to what is ahead.

I invite you to check out a flashback of a performance I was so blessed to be a part of at Jacob Javitz Convention Center with the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble at the graduation ceremony for the 2013 college graduating class. I was experiencing a bunch of anxieties that day having lost my aunt to cancer the day before who left behind five kids under 18 years old. I was so sad about the situation because we were really close and I couldn't belive my little cousins were left without their mother and my uncle had to do whatever he could to handle it. 

After singing before the crowd of 5500 people, I went home, cut all my hair off and started a whole different way of thinking about my life. Change I guess is a real thing when death plays a part. At a funeral about a week back, for a beautiful family who lost their hero, their father, I was asked to sing Sam Cook's "A Change is Gonna Come." A few days later, I lost a dear friend and his family's and friend's lives were changed forever. The whole point is to never lose faith. 

The song I sang at the graduation, which is also a point of change from experiencing education to experiencing the field and having to deal with maybe not landing the job we want with so much competition for the same work,  was "I Am Changing" originally performed by Dreamgirl Jennifer Holiday and it can be found on youtube at: https://youtu.be/lIyQEJgnWuE


Have a beautiful, faith-driven day everybody! 

31 comments:

  1. I love this article! I agree with everything you have said here! We are our own captains in this journey of life! I also loved how you cut off your hair - a symbolism of change and rebirth! You are an amazing, inspiring, beautiful human. Love to you!

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  2. When we become overwhelmed with sadness and start to question our self-worth, self-love, it can be easy to start to slide into that negative place. I enjoyed your quotes and definitely appreciate the feelings behind them.

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  3. I love that song , A Change is gonna come", symbolic on this day too. I admire you and your strength and bet you will love your new hair!

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    1. Yeah! Today more than ever, the song is so relevant.

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  4. I should get my aunt to read this post as she is suffering greatly at the moment due to the sudden passing of her son three weeks ago. Keeping faith in unbearable grief is proving very difficult for her, and for other family members at the moment. Your post is so positive and uplifting so thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement.

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    1. Sorry top hear about your aunt. A mother should never be witness to the passing of her child. So it is understandable. I pray for her strength and courage. God bless you and your family.

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  5. Great post. We all need a reminder especially when we falter with ourselves. Faith is such a intangible strength that we all need. Though sometimes I question myself and what's going on I eventually remind myself that God is in charge.

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    1. Yup! God is bigger than all our doubts and fears. So trust him.

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  6. These are great quotes. And timely for the day and feelings!

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    1. Yeah! A big day of change come to think of it.

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  7. I so agree with you about change. I do my best to listen to what is going on inside of me and hope to know when a change is needed. It is not always easy, but you gotta do it!

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  8. So powerful! We really are the authors of our own stories, and need to fully believe in ourselves to reach our full potential! -Erin at www.stayathomeyogi.com

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    1. I love that you said that Erin. I think it is so true.

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  9. Thank you for the inspiring article. I try to have a faith based day all day! I know that God is in control, and I am not! So I try to let him lead. I am hoping for changes, but want to trust he knows what is best!

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  10. The quotes that you used really spoke to me. I so often find myself asking "Why Me?" when I should be asking "What can I change/do to make things better/different/happier?".
    Also, I'm sorry to hear of the recent losses of your loved ones. May you continue to gain strength from your music!

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  11. This is such a great post. Honestly after the day that I had today it is something that I needed to read. Change is inevitable and its always coming, but man is it so hard to accept the change. I do try to do my best and listen what is inside of me- and believe in me- but sometimes its hard. Thank you for sharing an awesome post.

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    1. I know that is so real and true. Sometimes it is hard. But you got this. Stay strong. Keep your head up.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this post it was just what I needed today. Your performance was breath taking.

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    1. Good to know it inspired someone. Thank you Rebecca!

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  13. Change comes to us in so many different ways. Some are positive, some are negative and some only seem negative on the surface. I think you are so right though, we are in control. We need to grab the reigns and decide which direction we will go in!

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  14. Oh girl. Change needs to come. THis week has been rough at work for me along with the political mess. Change we need it and we are the change! Thanks for a great song!

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    1. Yes! We do need it every now and then. Thank you for listening. :)

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  15. Change is so scary, but sometimes it is our viewpoint that makes it that way. Love your song and your voice! You are so incredibly talented! I cannot imagine singing in front of such a large crowd having just lost such an important member of my family.

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    1. I know but it would have been wrong for me to say at the last minute that I couldn't do it. You know!

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  16. Very well said I agree 100%. We all have to be ready for any changes in our lives. Life is a constant change I always hear it from my Mom. All we can do is hope for the best and pray. - Farrah Less G.

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