Posts Tagged #inspirational

Be Encouraged & Endure


Over the past two weeks several friends that I hold dear have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. My heart goes out to Helena, Robert, Pam, Gwen and Teresa. And also to other friends whose relatives are fighting to recover or to live.

While I pray for them and the millions who are suffering in some way due to this virus, I also pray for those of us whose impact has thus far been limited to having to shelter in place and sacrifice our norm. For let’s be real: This right here isn’t normal.

There’s the surrealness of it all. In may ways, it feels like we’re living out a sci-fi movie.

There’s the surrender required during it all. This is when the best place to be is at the center of the storm, wrapped in the Almighty’s embrace, due to what we can’t control.

And certainly, there’s the shifting of it all. Those of us who survive will come out of this indefinite period of disruption changed, no matter what.

If we’re intentional, perhaps this era will leave us wiser, more gracious, more authentically ourselves and more focused, connected and settled – ready to live our purpose or lean into discovering the next phase of our life’s unique calling. And many will be like my friends – forever touched by the losses this difficult season has wrought, fighting to forge ahead.

Wherever you land on this spectrum, be gentle with yourself, yet determined not to let this time of shutdown be a blur.

This doesn’t mean you must write that book, build a new business or “boss up” in some other way, although if you’re up to it, you can. What this season does offer is a chance to do the deep work to polish the gem your life already is.

Be courageous and love more deeply – yourself first, so you can truly love your neighbor.Look within and be real about the state of your soul. If you’re good, remain steady and firm and pour out from that full well. If you’re shaky, use this time to brutally self-examine, forgive yourself and others, and do whatever else it takes to transform into a person you’re proud of and gracious toward. We all have room to grow.

Challenge yourself to avoid self-numbing to the point of missing the lessons you’re meant to learn or the blessing you’re meant to be to others.
Be okay with everything not being okay. And even so, still find a way to live, love and laugh your way through as much of this as you can.

That’s what the doctor’s and nurses on the front lines are doing with the dances and songs they’re flooding social media with, between their calls to loved ones of dying patients.That’s what so-called “ordinary” people around this nation and globe are doing as they find time to help a neighbor or stranger, or celebrate someone’s birthday while social distancing or make an extra phone call to say hello, or share a meal or buy someone’s groceries. That’s what every essential worker is doing every time he or she leaves home to do a job that could be putting him or her at risk; and every teleworker who is pouring into others online, via email and on calls, keeping systems in place and processes moving forward.

I heard on the news (which I watch sparingly) today that social distancing and sheltering in place is slowly but surely making an impact. Certainly, we’re not out of harm’s way. There are more waves of valley moments seemingly ahead. But what this proves is that the one thing we CAN control during this time is our choices.

Choose to continue being a ripple in the proverbial ocean. Your sacrifices and prayers, virtual hugs and words of encouragement, dollars and donations, and other acts of kindness, are making a difference.


For those who are grieving, we grieve with you.For those who have something to celebrate (birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, end of cancer treatments) we celebrate with you.For those who are struggling, we see you and are helping however we can. If you feel unseen or unheard, don’t go it alone. Reach out to a friend or relative or even a stranger; for right now, we’re all family.

For those who took time to read all of this, please receive my virtual hug and smile. Know that I am praying for you, and for our world.

Also hug yourself and think about things that make you smile. Cry if you must; curse if that helps. Then, rise up and resolve to push through. Let your faith edge out the fear, and conquer the battle for your mind and your sense of hope.

Embrace this sober wisdom that my late mother shared with me in our last conversation in 2005: “Sometimes you have to lose to gain.”
We don’t know when, we don’t know how, but If we’ll endure through this night, morning will come, beauty will replace ashes, and hope and healthiness will reign through the land once again.

~ Stacy Hawkins Adams©

Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams
Through her fiction and nonfiction, author, journalist and writing coach Stacy Hawkins Adams inspires readers (and budding writers) to find meaning in their own stories, grow from life’s lessons and thrive. Like this post? Please leave a comment, then share it with others. Also visit Stacy at StacyHawkinsAdams.com to sign up for her newsletter, and friend/follow her on Instagram @StacyInspires, Twitter @StacyInspires and Facebook @StacyInspires. Learn more about her coaching services at AuthorInYou.com. View all posts by Stacy Hawkins Adams

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Victorious and Blessed New Year 2107

yellow-n-y-10891993_10202348849322928_2962174530465215386_nVictorious and Blessed New Year 2017!

Greetings to you and your family,

Welcome to Victorious 2017. Step into God’s Complete Victory in 2017. The number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.” Expect victory (1 Corinthians 15:57) because God causes us to triumph . (Corinthians 2:14).  Expect greater , new opportunities and new beginnings, new associations, etc. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

MORE than anything else in life we need to be able to walk in complete victory — in every situation. The full and complete victory was purchased for us at Calvary when Jesus took upon Himself our sins and failures. It is not enough to be set free from sin alone – our old sinful nature has to be replaced with Christ’s Victorious nature. “Christ in you, the hope of glory .#victoryin2107

In 2017 walk in faith(2 Corinthians 5:7)favor( Psalm 90:7) and thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 ) Pray and God will answer  as he encourages you to call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things. ( Jeremiah 33:3)

Sit down and reflect. Write 3 goals you want to complete by the end of the year, 3 goals that should be done in  to 6 months and what you want to occur in your life this month. Your goals can address your health, career, family, personal and financial concerns. The Lord said to write the vision.  Make the goals specific, with a time limit and make sure they are measurable, realistic  and achievable. (SMART)

As you go forward in 2017-Release baggage of the past. Lay aside every weight, sin and burden.Forget the past and PRESS and move forward to YOUR GREATER- to the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ.( Hebrews 12:1-3. Philippians 3:13). Keep Praying and Pressing. Pursue your dreams and do not fear shining with the spirit of excellence.
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off {and} throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to {and} entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance {and} steady {and} active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1-3 AMP
I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward Philippians 3:13-14 # #letgobaggage #releasebaggage

As a follower of the Lord, you don’t have to go through life downtrodden and defeated. Come see what it means to be on the winning side!

1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Boldly proclaim “victory in Jesus!”yellow-n-y-10891993_10202348849322928_2962174530465215386_n

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader, copyright Jan.2 2017 ldfaygo@gmail.com

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