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May We Never Forget the Year of 2020 in America.

This year thus far has proven to be a difficult year of divisiveness in America, and now we're at the half way point (June). So far, the one foundational fact that is absolute: The year of 2020 has taken us by complete surprise and by storm. In every single death, injustice, protest, riot, march of solidarity, pandemic parameters and so forth... our lives have been stretched to a capacity that we had no preparation for. Our emotional quotient (EQ), our patience, and our humanity has been put to the ultimate test.


If you have not read the Felder Official Thoughts on the International outcry surrounding the death of George Floyd, I encourage you to read it and share with others. One of the most important things I am learning about political unrest in this country is that we all respond differently. However, we must respond. While everyone may not feel empowered to be on the frontlines of protests, we all have the civilian responsibility to engage. Lift every voice and sing in the most empowering way that you feel. The other note to mention here, is that we must continue taking care of ourselves and each other in the midst of digesting all of the media. We must remember to take care of our hearts and minds during this rigorous time. As I quote from the #GeorgeFloyd letter:


"My prayers go out to every casualty caught in the crossfire of injustice meeting the wrath of internally bleeding souls"
 

So, who's prepared for June 2020?

Whether we are ready or not, June is here and we have life to live. One of the greatest comforts I find in not knowing what tomorrow holds, is knowing who holds tomorrow. I'm hoping that this current year is causing us all to grow closer to the creator. With so much uncertainty, the comfort of knowing that we can rest in God's assurance provides relief along with stability.

Let's take a moment to focus on what's most important: Our growth and continued development. I am excited for all of the harvest that has yet to come. I choose to believe that the continued work and consistency will bring about results that I can be proud of. My message to everyone is this; Do not be discouraged in your heart, while you are doing good works. I'm learning the value of a slow and steady race, although at times it is very discipline driven. I think about what I've learned thus far with Felder Official Bookstore and the publishing that has curated over 100 items on Amazon.


So I urge you to take a look at your goals and plans that you started at the beginning of this year. Once June concludes, we'll be at the half way point and yes time is flying! Revisit some of the things you initially wanted to do at the start of the year, and why these things were so significant. How close are you to your targeted projections? How do you want to shift gears as we go through the month of June? All good questions to consider while we're doing our daily and weekly planning. The final thing to consider is what do we want to change? What seemed to become the distractions in the first half of the year, that we'd like to pivot our focus on? For myself personally, I'll be stepping away from heavy social media interactions as we all could use a break from the daily daunting statistics and all things associated.


When I think about how grateful we all are to live the life that is afforded to us, I think of what life is like for those who do not have that luxury. How can we show our gratitude? By living in purpose, loving one another, and ensuring we hold our selves accountable for our life's work. As it seems our quarantine season is beginning to bow out gracefully, my goal is to continue changing my life for the better. I really want to continue developing my new normal as an Author, Entrepreneur, and Director in Higher Education. Whatever inspires you to continue reaching new heights in this world, keep it close to your heart. I'm praying for a prosperous June for us all.


 

Each journal comes in 10 different colors! Seven different Bible Verses to choose from! See the whole collection HERE





 

An Influential Figure in the Christian Faith passed away on May 19, 2020

RAVI ZACHARIAHS #ThankyouRavi


 

Scripture for the Road


1 John 2:19 NASB "They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us"


Well, this scripture has been a constant reminder for me this month that, those who are meant to be in my life will be. Often times, when things come to an end, we feel a sense of emptiness. We even try to fight hard enough to keep those relationships around, those friendships around, or the ties to the organization perhaps we belong to. This verse is a reminder, that when people leave our lives, that is symbolic of an ending. It's a difficult space to be in when you feel as though, you may not be a priority in someone's life. That simply means, they are not assigned to your purpose and that's ok.


Bishop Jakes says it best in his sermon "Nothing Just Happens". I often refer back to it, when I need the reminder that everything and everyone has a purpose. Everything in life, happens for a reason and nothing just happens to us. It's also a reminder that every step that I take is a step ordered by the Lord. The context of which this verse immerged biblically, was to remind the new found Christianity believers to not be of this world, but to focus on the things above. Store heavenly treasures.


So remember, you never have to fight for a place in anyone's life, because you already belong to Christ. We are validated in him. Acts 17:28 reminds us that "In him we live and move and exist". That is the solid foundation to which we will always belong.


Blessings and Happy June!





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