If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Part 5)

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I pray you’re having a wonderful August! This week I thought I’d let these images do the talking! I pray they encourage you! To find more images like this, follow Abounding Faith on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Abounding Faith on TV

I recently had the pleasure of being invited by Pastor Luis Ortiz of Ebenezer Productions to talk about my books Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith on his TV show. The interview aired live in Brooklyn and on Facebook Live. The above video is the Facebook Live version. I pray that what I shared in the video blesses you! I plan to share the fancier version of the video as soon as it’s ready.

Here’s a pic of me in the studio after the video was shot.

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As a writer, I’m more comfortable being behind-the-scenes but the Lord gives me the grace and courage to speak about Him in different settings including on live TV. All Glory to God!

I plan to keep speaking and writing as long as the Lord keeps giving me something to say!

If this video encourages you, please leave a comment here or on the video. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Blessings to you as you Wait on God Well and live by Abounding Faith!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Letting God Lead! (Revisited)

When God opened the door for me to appear on the show “Open” on BronxNet last August to talk about my book Waiting on God Well, I prayed and went. It was a different type of mission field. But as long as God was there, I was fine. I couldn’t have asked for a more gracious host than Bob Lee! He even let me pray on air! Glory!

I hope you’re encouraged by taking another look at the interview and the original “Let God Lead” blog post from last year.

Blessings to you as you Wait on God Well!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Living by Abounding Faith – Update!

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It’s been a year since I took the leap of faith and left my full-time job to focus on writing, speaking, life coaching, hosting events, and starting Abounding Faith’s online store.

What a year it’s been! God is Faithful!

Has the year been easy? Nope! Has it been worth it? Absolutely!

I could not have made it through this year without the support of my loving family and friends! You know who you are! Thank you for being there to listen to me, rejoice with me, and to offer guidance along the way! Thank you for believing in me and praying for me and thanks for your moral and financial support!

I am in awe of what God is doing in me and through me. My goal is to continue to live out the call God has placed on my life to communicate Christ through writing and speaking. I hope to continue to share God’s love with those who are hurting, lost, or discouraged. I want to encourage and empower men and women to grow in their faith in God and to live the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10!

I look forward to continuing to encourage you to Wait on God Well, live your God-given dreams, and believe God for the impossible!

I’m grateful to my readers and online community! I’m touched that you are being blessed by my writing and speaking and that you are telling others! I appreciate how you are helping to spread the word about my books, online store items, and events, etc.

I’m delighted by the ministry partners the Lord has connected me with in this season. They include my friends at Queens NY AGLOW, WOW! Women of Wonder, Heidi Jensen author of the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear curriculum, Chaplain Jamary of Woodcrest Nursing Home, Pastor Gary Fishman, and Pastor Luis Ortiz of Ebenezer Productions.

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These women and men have been a source of great encouragement for me during this past year in particular! I’m blessed to co-labor with them to do Kingdom work!

What’s ahead for Abounding Faith? I’m praying about it, but God willing it includes more writing and events and continuing to grow my online community. I’m also looking to expand my network of partners so stay tuned!

When you think of me, please pray! Thank you in advance! I look forward to having much more wonderful news to share! All for the glory of God!

If you’re looking for ways to show your support for Abounding Faith, here are a few ideas to consider:

God bless you as you continue to walk by Abounding Faith!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45).

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Storms Don’t Last Forever – Vacation Greetings July 2016

Here’s a short video I shot during my recent family vacation. I pray it reminds you that storms don’t last forever!

Hope you’re having a blessed summer!

To view more encouraging videos from some of my past vacations, click here.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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5 Tips for Christian Speakers

5 Tips for Christian Speakers

The Lord is opening up more doors for me to speak lately, praise God! It’s always a blessing to get to talk about God and to encourage others in a group setting or while out on evangelism outreaches!

It’s so rewarding to have people say that they were blessed by the words I shared. Some have been moved to tears and have said they were touched because what I said was exactly what they needed to hear.

A sister-in-Christ recently gave me one of the best compliments I could ever hope for. After hearing me speak she said, “That was not you speaking. That was God.” Glory to God!

Our goal as speakers should not be to draw attention to ourselves, but to Jesus. He is the One who died on the Cross for our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

We are His ambassadors and witnesses. Our message should point people back to God and His love for us!

If you’re being called to speak in your small group or even to larger groups, I’d like to share a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re speaking to 10 people or want to speak to 10,000, your preparation should still include:

Remaining Prayerful  Pray as you prepare your message. Pray for those who will be listening. Ask God to give you the right words to share and to help you share them with the right heart and attitude. As you practice what you’re going to say, ask the Lord to show you which Bible stories, points, and personal testimonies should stay and which should be cut. Jesus should be the center and hero of your message. Don’t forget to pray right before you give your message. If you have prayer partners, ask them to pray for you as well!

Knowing Your Audience  Learn as much as you can about who you will be speaking to. Is the group composed of mature believers, new believers, seekers, or mixed? What is their average age? Will males and females be in the audience? Ask your host what topics the group has been studying lately or what issues the group members have been struggling with. This information will help you as you decide which stories or verses to share and will help you share a timely word with them.

Being Sensitive to the Holy Spirit  Even after you’ve prepared, let the Holy Spirit take the lead. You’ll find yourself sharing parts of your testimony or Bible verses you didn’t plan on talking about. That’s fine. Have a plan for your message, but remain flexible. And remain calm if you find people shedding a few tears. Let the Holy Spirit do His work.

Being Prepared in Season and Out of Season  You never know when you’ll be handed the microphone in a prayer meeting or asked to share a testimony at a gathering, so it’s important to continue spending time with the Lord on a daily basis. It’s out of that ongoing relationship with Jesus that you will find fresh words to say. The Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembrance at the right time!

Arriving Early  It’s always good to arrive at the meeting place a bit early so you’re not in a rush and flustered. You’ll have time to compose yourself, get familiar with the space, and ask your host any last minute questions. You might want to pray before the place starts filling up or greet a few of the guests as they arrive. As the time gets closer for you to speak, remember to get quiet before the Lord so you can hear any last minute instructions.

Having Fun!  Here’s a bonus tip, remember that in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Give your nervousness to the Lord. It’s a privilege and honor to speak about the King of kings! Smile, laugh, and interact with your audience. If you start to cry while sharing your testimony, that’s ok. You’re human. Shed a few tears, but keep going! Be yourself and share the message that God has placed in your heart with love and compassion for your listeners. Amen!

I’ll be sure to share more tips with you soon! If you’d like to learn more about having me come speak at your next event or gathering, please click here.

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Reflections on Speaking Up

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The Lord continues to open doors for me to speak about Him, and I am excited! This is part of what I’ve been Waiting on God Well for during these last couple of years.

I didn’t know how, or when, or really even what I wanted to say. I just knew that God was calling me to write and speak for His glory.

A few weeks ago, the Lord allowed me to once again run the service at Central Delaware Trinity Covenant in Upstate, NY. What an honor! It was great to visit my college friend and the folks at her church. It’s a blessing to get to do even simple things like choosing the bulletin for that Sunday’s service. It’s a privilege to get to lead the service, bring the sermon, and fellowship with the congregation afterward.

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The following Saturday, the Lord allowed me to visit my friends at Woodcrest, the nursing home where my friend, Chaplain Jamary, runs a beautiful Bible study and service. My friends at Woodcrest were the first small group to study Waiting on God Well. They are the first small group to be reading Abounding Faith. It was a bit surreal to join them as they studied my book! I was encouraged to hear their thoughts about that week’s Bible character, Paul. It was also a blessing to get to worship with them and speak to them during the service time.

I’ve also gotten to speak to Connect Group leaders from Every Nation NYC and got to run the Prayer Breakfast that my friends at Queens NY AGLOW held yesterday where Elder Barbara Chisholm of Perfecting Faith Church was the guest speaker.

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I don’t take all of this lightly. Speaking about God and to His people is an honor! Now I’m starting to see why He’s been taking so much time and care preparing me for this season of my journey. I certainly didn’t get here overnight. And I still have a long way to go and lots to learn, but I’m delighted that the Lord would allow me to be His ambassador and witness through the written and spoken word.

I’ll be sure to share lessons I’m learning along the way. For now, I’d like to thank you again for being on this journey with me! God is moving! I’d like to remind you that God loves you more than you know! He loves you more than you can even imagine!

God wants to speak to you through His Word, the Bible. The Bible is God’s love letter to you and your instruction manual:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

I hope you are taking time to soak in God’s presence. That’s where He’ll reveal His plans for you and give you the grace to make it through your day, week, and life!

I look forward to sharing more with you about my speaking journey!

If you’re having an event or gathering and would like me to come speak to your group, I’d be delighted to learn more about it! Please visit my speaking page for more information.

Blessings to you as you take steps forward in your faith journey!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Thanks Readers and Online Community!

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I’d like to take a moment this week and thank my readers and online community! Thank you for taking this journey with me! I appreciate your support and encouragement!

Your “likes,” comments, shares, and feedback encourage me to continue writing and speaking. Private me would probably keep most of my thoughts hidden in my journal instead of sharing it with the public. I’m delighted to hear that you are being blessed!

There are a few groups of people I’d like to acknowledge:

Thank you to those of you who are faithfully reading my blog and to the more than 400 of you who have clicked “like” here! I pray you are being encouraged and will tell your friends about my blog.

Thank you to those of you who are buying my books and sharing them with others! I love hearing how you are being blessed! I pray you are being inspired to Wait on God Well and to walk in Abounding Faith! Please take a moment to write a review on Amazon to help encourage others to read the books. If you have pics with your copies of my books, please send them my way!

Thank you to those of you who are connecting with me on social media! I just crossed 1,000 followers on Twitter! Praise God!  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and Periscope! Thank you for the likes, retweets, shares, and hearts!

A special thank you to those of you who are attending my events and inviting me to come speak at your events and gatherings! I’m excited about this door that the Lord has opened!

Whether you are reading my words, hearing me speak at events, chatting with me during life coaching calls, or shopping at Abounding Faith’s online store, I pray that you are encouraged!

God is moving! There is more to come. Please feel free to invite your friends to join this journey and be inspired.

If my words are inspiring you and encouraging you on your faith journey, praise God! I’d love to know! Are you drawing closer to God? Are you growing in your faith? How is God moving in your life in this season?

Wherever you are in your faith journey, I pray that you will live for the audience of The One and not the applause of man. Purpose in your heart to obey God and to follow His leading and His timing, and He will amaze you by how He shows up and shows off in your life! Glory! “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

I’d like to leave you with this priestly blessing found in the Bible:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Great Gifts for Grads, Dreamers, and More!

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Looking for gifts for the special grads in your life, the dreamers you know, or friends going on missions trips this summer? I’d like to share these mugs, journals, tote bags, greeting cards, and T-shirts with you from Abounding Faith’s online store.

I’m delighted that the Lord has allowed me to design these items and that I can share them with you! I pray these designs inspire you (and your loved ones) as you walk by faith and live your God-given dreams!

There are more than 100 items to choose from including passport holders, luggage tags, pillows, and more!

A big thank you to those who are already shopping at Abounding Faith’s online store! I appreciate your support as I live out the dreams that God has placed on my heart!

There’s a taste of some of the collections below. I hope you see something you like! Feel free to send me pics of you with your items. And please tell your friends about Abounding Faith’s online store! Thanks! Blessings!

The Abounding Faith mountain and ocean collections: The mugs and journals are perfect for quiet times with the Lord!

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The Pray, Dream, Do, Repeat collection: Inspiration for dreamers and doers!

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The Christ Loves the Nations collection: Passport holders, luggage tags and more for those who’ve answered the call to Go Ye!

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The Miraculous Lovely collection: Celebrate the beauty of God’s creation and His Amazing Love for Us!

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Happy Halftime of the Year!

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Happy June! It’s the month when we celebrate summer, grads, dads, and weddings. It’s also the halfway point of the year. It’s the perfect time to take stock of how the year is going.

How are you doing with your goals? Do you remember the one word you picked out for 2016 or the resolution you made in January?

Despite any trials, tests, or difficulties you may be facing, is this year shaping up to be as great as you had hoped? Are you drawing closer to Jesus? Is your faith in God increasing? I pray your answer is, “Yes!”

You may recall that my one word for this year is NEW. I’m delighted that so far my year has been filled with new experiences! You can read about the launch of my new book Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible, my very first Abounding Faith Live event, and hear about my visits to the United Nations. I’m also getting to meet new people and visit new places.

Can you tell that I am grateful to God for this *new* season that I am in? I’m so thankful for those who are praying for me as I continue on my faith journey!

I pray that you are see God moving in your life and that you will accomplish all the good works God has predestined for you.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

If you are feeling stuck, discouraged, or confused about how to live your God-given passion and purpose, I would love to help you make the rest of the year the best of your year as your Life Coach. I would be delighted to help you identify your God-given dreams, explore what’s holding you back from living those dreams, prayerfully map out a plan together so you can reach your goals, and hold you accountable and pray for you along your journey. If you’d like to learn more about having me as your Life Coach, please click here.

May you be even more fruitful in the upcoming six months! Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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