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Everything gets better with time| Hello October!

If you would have told me back in February that a month later we would enter a complete shut down due to the COVID-19 viruses, I could believe that. However, if you would have told me 200,000 COVID related deaths, unemployment rates hit millions, George Floyd's death, Breonna Taylor's death, Kobe Bryant's death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, and so many countless other tragedies would happen... I would be in complete disbelief. What I want the readers of this newsletter to know, is that everything that this year has destroyed, God has placed seeds in our hearts to begin growing again and adapting to change.


I've witnessed so many people begin adapting by birthing parts of themselves that simply could not be done otherwise because of lack of time and resources. New business, new creative outlets, new schedules, new ways to say I love you, new ways of spending time, new ways of dating, and the list goes on. I think what I've valued most is the ability to utilize my time for working, but also growing in areas of reading, new cooking recipes, and catching up on much needed rest. When we think about where we are today, we have to look back at the decisions we've made in the earlier months of the pandemic and think about what it means for us.


I remember making an Instagram post back on March 20th that went a little something like this:


"I was thinking about how much I’ve waited for this time. To literally work from home and focus on multiple areas of growth in my personal portfolio. Somehow, I see this quarantine as a test. A test to see if I’m committed to everything I feel God has called me to. A test to see if I am willing to adopt the “try it” mindset on a free trial for 30 days mistakes and all. ⁣


Take advantage of this minimal season to enhance your life and really work on the necessary skills to elevate yourself. Some times that means slowing down and really basking in the ambiance, for others it could mean kicking into high gear and pressing Go! ⁣ All I know is that, we don’t want to look back on this month or possibly the ones to come and do absolutely nothing with this time given. Take advantage of what could be deepened as a result of spending quality time at home. "


So in embracing the months that came, I knew it would be difficult but I was determined to see something better emerge for my life. I say all this to say, things get better with time is what I'm learning. We may not be out of the woods concerning the coronavirus, but we definitely are beginning to adapt, flow, and be flexible with the circumstances because what choices do really have? Giving up, is never an option.


I sincerely hope that this month, you're able to finish strong as we move into the holiday season. If that's finishing with your sanity in tack, awesome. If that's finishing with a new launch, great! If that's finishing with a new life perspective, even better. Whatever your circumstances have been, I pray that you find the Good and the God in what's happening. It's very hard to see him, with so much negativity being thrown our way on a daily basis. I'm rooting for you and I know you're rooting for me to.


Happy Birthday to my Mommy on October 31st!


 

Felder Official Bookstore - October Release!


Believe in Humanity |Journal Series

(Available beginning October 5th)




Believe in Humanity, Journal Series

As our world wrestles with global challenges such as climate change, poverty, racial injustice, pandemic deaths, terminal disease, human trafficking, domestic violence, and countless other disparities… our purpose is to remind each other of the good in humanity. Believe in Humanity, through courage, God’s blessing, having compassion, building unity, and sharing inspiration. Each of these five characteristics of belief feature a journal with a definition and color, symbolic to the belief characteristic described. Journaling helps to evoke and encourage change where applicable and often helps with confidence to express yourself verbally and nonverbally. Journaling also develops a greater sense of self-awareness. Often, our journal is a place to capture the thoughts that we are not able to express aloud. This journal is perfect for travel, where you never miss an opportunity to jot down thoughts. This journal brings life to moments that we experience and gives them a place to call home in our hearts. Believe in Humanity. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.


Believe in Humanity Journal Features

  • Over 120 pages for freestyle writing and reflection

  • Journal comes in five themes (Courage, Blessing, Compassion, Unity, and Inspiration)

  • Size perfect for on-the-go

  • Series of collectable journals to encourage longevity in journaling

  • Classic style for minimal journal depreciation

  • Legible for pen, pencil, marker, and more

  • Investment in self-development and purposeful living

Purchase this journal as an ode to believing in the good we can achieve when we come together. Engaging with a journal creates an atmosphere of feeling thankfulness. Everyone deserves a moment each day to reflect, write, and collect thoughts. Purchase this journal for a loved one, as a meaningful gift. Purchase this journal for the family as a shared effort to engage on emotional levels about topics that are not easy to discuss. Purchase this journal for your organization or favorite group with shared hobbies. Purchase this journal as a peace offering to someone you find yourself in unrest or disagreement with. This journal series benefits mental health and longevity of healthy self-expression. Happy journaling, your future self says thank you today.

 

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Bishop TD Jakes | Making Great Decisions


 

Journal Entry

Vulnerability and connection are an important part of sharing your truth.

Here is a journal entry of mine, I'd like to share with you.


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Scripture for the Road...


Acts of Apostle, Chapter 7 - Stephen Addresses the Council


"As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, Lord Jesus receive my spirit. He fell to his knees shouting Lord, don't charge them with this sin! and with that he died. Acts of Apostle 7:59


What really draws me near to Christ is the entire story of Saint Stephen. He was the first person to be considered a #martyr for believing in Jesus Christ. In other words, he was the first man killed, stoned to death to be exact because of his religious views, the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the resurrection all for the sin of this world.


In this chapter, Stephen recaps the entire old testament (The TaNaK) and how it leads us to Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection. The unique thing about this chapter is Stephen is speaking to the council, who are in disbelief, opposition, and use slanderous rhetoric toward the early Christian movement. However, Stephen spoke his truth. He believed with his whole heart and followed the messianic history. His intentions were pure and he meant well. With all of these things, he was still treated poorly, undermined, and eventually killed.


This story is a true example of what it means to speak truth as you know it, have the best of intentions, and still not be received, heard, or justified. The bible talks a great deal about those who believed, those who were lukewarm/neutral, and those who didn't believe he was in fact the Son of Man as he described himself. The Good Shepard. The Lamb of God. In this historical event I admired Stephen for being who he was despite the discord. Similar to the events we face today around injustice and revealing the truth. Despite the opposition, he continued to speak his truth. The most valuable scripture ending, was when Stephen prayed for the very people who were stoning him as they were in the act of killing him. This is fairly similar to the prayer Jesus prayed on the cross right before he was crucified, and sent his spirit up.


Christ Words - "When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified-one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing." Luke 23:33-34


Saint Stephen's Words: "As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, Lord Jesus receive my spirit. He fell to his knees shouting Lord, don't charge them with this sin! and with that he died. Acts of Apostle 7:59


Here's what Jesus and Saint Stephen have taught me:

  1. Speak the truth, no matter how difficult it may be. It will be received by those meant to receive it.

  2. Make it a point to actually pray for those who persecute you, try to disrespect you, belittle you, or throw jabs at you. I figure, if Jesus can pray for people as they are killing him and Saint Stephen able to do the same, surely we can pray for people who say dishonest things about us, treat us with disrespect, or try to devalue us, simply for being who we are. A prayer never hurts, only benefits you and those around you.

  3. Know that your spirit has eternal life, as you live your life in Christ.

  4. Death can be scary to hear about, witness to seeing, and may be traumatic in reliving the events, but it's a part of all of our lives. An inescapable part of our own lives. Let us remember that we have purpose while we are breathing and being, not to take this time for granted.

  5. Finally, Trust God. Lean not on your own understanding. You are loved. You are covered. You are purposed.

Choose life, through God's purpose every single day.


Love you Fam.


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