Slay!

Can you believe it’s May already? So… I know what you’re thinking, “ slay?” Did she just say “ slay?” Yes I did! May is about blossoming and blooming! In order to blossom and bloom, honey you’ve got to jump and you’ve got to slay!

As Christians, we always want to tread carefully, and stay within the lines. But in this season God is asking for us to let go and get messy.. Have you been holding back lately? Is there something you’ve been wanting to do but you’ve been to afraid of what others might think? If you are that person, it’s time to put that to the side and take a chance on yourself! Slay!!!

When we allow fear, certain people and circumstances to hold us back, we kinda cut God at the knees and we prohibit Him from doing the things that He planned for our lives. With every step you take, God can open multiple doors. With every bit of faith that you have, God can take that and give you a life you never knew was possible. Slay!!

I want to challenge you this month, and the coming months to live your best life! This isn’t just another feel good article but an article based on action and strategy. What is God calling you to do? How can you improve yourself? Do you need to spend more time with God? Fast? Study? Do you have to work on your credit? Your weight? Your career? Confidence? Whatever it is, I want you to move forward in boldness and get it done. Slay!!

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Jump and don’t look back!

Can someone take me to Ibiza please? When I take a look at the past year and how life has changed since the pandemic, I’m shocked. Im shook. I’m in a state of “ did this really happen to us?” I know you can relate to me on this. It’s been a pretty challenging yet eye opening time to say the least.

But… as a child of God. As a firm believer, I tend to see the blessings in chaos. Despite many unfortunate deaths, the loss of jobs, homes, etc, taking a look at life and the unseen due to this pandemic has shifted and changed many of our lives for the better!

Many of us are now business owners, ministry leaders, creators, influencers, and more! Prior to the pandemic I was apart of the rat race. Working 40 hours a week at a job where I was miserable and underpaid, while giving my business little to no attention. The pandemic has forced me to evaluate my life in ways that truthfully, were uncomfortable. Kristen you aren’t living your purpose. Kristen you’re being undervalued. You’re being underpaid. Kristen you are just surviving. Have you had to face such truth and reality?

Now I want you to dig deep. I want you to think about your life, your worth, your belief in God, your values, and overall quality in life. Does it match the life you’ve always wanted? I want you to dig deep and get real. It’s never too late to start over.

I’m proud to say at 33 I’m now a full time entrepreneur and business owner. Yes it’s been a journey, yes it took sheer faith and hard work but it’s worth it. I want a life of quality do you? Jump and don’t look back!

So thats your homework. Do a self assessment and think about this article and ask yourself what type of life you’d like to live.

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Water & Nurture Your Soil!

Hi there!

Happy new year and happy January! Welcome back. We have missed you all! We are truly excited to be back before you all with some great content for the new year!

So it’s 2021 and we are three days in. Are you feeling the shift? When that ball dropped did something magical happen? I know many of us felt the opposite right? When that countdown began and after that ball dropped, after that brief moment of excitement reality set in. Reality as in– we are still being hammered by a deadly virus, we are still dealing with many injustices and a controversial election, and last but not least that sad stimulus check!

With that being said, I know it all seems like nothing has changed and that we are still carrying out some 2020 wounds and wrongdoings but can I ask you a question, what God do you serve?! I know the God that I serve, He is a way maker and a promise Keeper! My God!!

Matthew 7:13

When I feel like all is lost, I just nestle in and surrender to the Lord and he makes my path straight. He soothes my wounds and provides my every need. I need you to get to that space and NOW!! Don’t let the darkness in this world cause you to miss out on what God has placed before you.

God said for this next season, and for this year he is delivering on his promises but you have got to water the soil. You have got to work that land like Ruth. Hard work pays off. Having faith and taking chances pays off. We cannot expect different results with the same tactics. We cannot expect growth and fruitfulness if we do not water the soil. The soil has to be fertile. The soil has to be built off of the word of God

“Who and what is in your soil?”

As we press into this new month, I want you to think about the soil that is before you, be it the soil for your business, your ministry, your marriage. Is the soil drizzled with God’s word? Is it being watered properly? How can you work the land for better growth and fruitfulness!

Let’s kick 2021 in the butt and have the best year ever. Remember people have it worse. Some didn’t make it. You did! You are still standing. You are still here. Shift your focus, trust God, water your land, and see the results!

Blessings!

Kristen (founded & CEO)

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t End On Thanksgiving!

2020 has been a very unique year. 

So much has happened and is it just me, or has this year gone incredibly quick? I remember crossing over into 2020, and now we are about to go into 2021!

But with that being said, I just thought I’d remind you that despite all that has happened this year, God is still on His Throne. Of course, life can get rough and it can be hard to ‘be still’. It’s in our nature as humans to get a bit worried at times. But the reality is, God already had everything mapped out. Our lives and everything happening right now is just a replay to Him! 

God is with us, even when we don’t ‘feel’ Him. Having breath and a beating heart equals purpose. There is a purpose as to where you are right now. There is a reason for your being! 

You may end up ‘leaving’ this pandemic with a business/(s) – Great! 

You may end up with a new house/new car – Amazing! 

You may have endeavored into other projects or started a ministry – Fantastic! 

You may have connected to your Kingdom spouse – Wonderful!

But don’t be discouraged if any of these things haven’t happened to you yet. Listen, coming out from this pandemic alive, healthy and well is a whole blessing in itself. No matter where you are, what you have or what you don’t have right now – just take some time to say “Thank You God!” 

Your heart is still beating… You have life… We are almost in 2021 and guess what? You will be just fine under the mighty shadow of His wings!

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings”

Psalms 17:8, ESV.

And for this Christmas, let’s focus on God’s goodness and the gift of life. Whether you have enough money this year to buy a sack of gifts or not, please do not stress out about this. I read a quote recently which said, “Sometimes your presence is the present.” 

Giving God thanks continues even after Thanksgiving! Let’s give Him thanks daily for the gift of life and our Saviour, Jesus Christ – Remember this word for Christmas!

Peace & Love,

Rufaro.C

Overcoming

By Shanora Floyd

I always pictured  my life when I was  younger as always smiling , laughing and just enjoying life as a whole.  Not a care in the world. But unfortunately  life isn’t always fun and games. I never thought I would have to overcome so many hurdles in my life and still be able to stand strong before you today. Being molested at a young age caused me to not love myself. I felt unworthy of being loved by a man or anyone at that fact.  As the years went & I got older I ended in a domestic violent relationship while  still carrying the hurt from when I was young . Having words thrown in my face like “

If it wasn’t me saving you , you would be nothing”. That’s  coming from a person who was also abused as a child  and  battling depression. When I got married( not the same from the domestic relationship) but to the person who I was best friends with since childhood , it was supposed to be the happiest day of life. A girl’s dream came  true. I was on top of the world to Only to have my heart shattered into little pieces. Being cheated in marriage that I thought would last a lifetime. Leaving me with a house, unpaid bills and my daughter. I thought  to myself “what did I do to deserve this God ?”. “Am I really this unloved by you?”. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to a person who has a good heart. 

In Romans 5 :3-5 reads “ Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Even through all the hurt, tears, anger and unworthiness I went through in life God is bigger than all of it. I may not have understood back then why God was the way He was but today at this very minute as the scripture points out because of my suffering I went through it produced a woman with more hope for life than ever. God’s love conquers all my fears, anxiety and situations that I went through and will go through. With God’s help, love and patience I had overcome & gained victory in life.

A Turning Point!

Mrs. Lory, it’s not recommend that you have anymore children based on the radiologist report.

“Say that again Doc!!!”

Those were the words that rolled off my tongue as my OBGYN read medical reports from my second pregnancy.

“Yes, due to the amount of scarring from both your c-sections, it’s not recommended that you have anymore children!”

Hearing that news made me sink deep into the examination chair. It felt like I hit the bottom of a black abyss. The words kept tumbling around my brain, over and over! It’s not recommended, it’s not recommended!

“Mrs. Lory, I’m recommending preconception counseling, just in case you want more children!”

I left that office stunned and in tears. I picked up my cellphone and I told my spouse the news as the tears came flowing down my face!

“Listen, your health is the most important thing, and I know we said that if we worked things out, we would have more kids. But your life is more important!”

Hearing him say those words were both comforting, yet sad. But It wasn’t that it was impossible to try, but that it wasn’t recommended….

I had to sit alone with God on this one. I was upset! I was confused and my woman card felt as if it had been taken away. Why God? Why me?

During a night of praying God began to minister to me. After feeling what felt like an overflow of his deep love, he began to tell me some things.

“Kristen, you know that all things good and bad work together for my perfect will in your life right?”

“Yes lord I know!”

“Think about your life, think about some of the health issues you’ve been having lately. Perhaps you received some answers as to why periods are so painful?”

Suddenly, it was as if firecrackers went off in my brain. Well Ain’t that something? God used what seemed like a moment of sadness and failure to expose some underlying health concerns, which then prompted me to want to take care of my health.

Are you in a place in your life where you need to handle something?

Have you been neglecting your body? Your spouse? Your family? Your purpose?

Sometimes, God will use the bad news to expose, correct, and realign us. He chastens those he loves. It doesn’t always feel good. It doesn’t always make sense, But God’s plans are to prosper us and not to harm us.

I’ve got some huge decisions to make I tell ya! But–when it comes down to it, not only has this pushed me to want to take care of my body and seek more answers concerning my body, I’m also content, grateful, overjoyed, and in love with our God. His love is endless and his mercies are new every morning! What’s there to be upset about, after all he’s done for me? God simply told me to press on!

There are women who can’t even conceive. There are families who have lost children. I can’t and I won’t be selfish! I’m grateful that I was able to have two beautiful children! I will press on!

Where are you today? What have you been holding onto?

Are you at a turning point in your life right now? Is God telling you to press on? No matter your problem, just know that it could always be worse and that we serve a mighty God.

I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future~ Jeremiah 29:11

A turning point!

Progress And Finesse!

Those were the words I kept hearing over and over again in my spirit as I spent time with God. “ Progress & Finesse!” I kept asking Myself, what does He mean?

Let’s rewind to over a month ago! Let me paint the picture for you. My job had become a place of toxic vitriol. I had become the things I despised the most. Gossip, slander, unprofessionalism, and exhaustion had become my new normal, and the Christian leader that everyone knows and looks to for guidance was suddenly gone.

My health had taken a dip for the worse and I had found myself sick, drained, and in pain from minor illnesses that had been plaguing me for years.

My finances had become so dry to the point where I was allowing it to lead and guide my judgment.

My relationship status which had been in separation mode for over a year, went into reverse and I decided to reunite with my spouse only to find myself more drained and more confused than ever.

The ministry had taken some hits when I decided to take a break and remove myself from the rat race that YouTube creates, losing subscribers like nobody’s business!

This was my new and sudden normal. After three years of pushing and leading a ministry, relocating to a new residence, and taking care of my bills and finances, I was right back to square one. I was slumming from the bottom. I was desperate for God’s guidance.

So I assume you are wondering, “!what happened?” I’ll tell you what happened. I removed God from his role as head chief in my life. I became distracted. I was distracted by shiny things and numbers. And while he was testing me and pushing me, instead of keeping him first, I tried to forge ahead in uncharted territory, where I had no covering and no clear direction.

“God are you angry with me? Is this my punishment? “

That was what I asked myself over and over again as I laid down on my bed and cried.

“I need you Kristen!”

What? God, did you just say you need me? I heard that still and subtle voice clear as day in my head. I also heard ” keep going!” And suddenly those thoughts of ” I’m a failure,” left my mind.

God told me that I was right where he needed me to be. He told me that I had to take a step back in order to fully move forward. He told me that while I thought I was failing miserably, he was behind the scenes moving things around for my good and for his perfect will.

A great bishop once said that life goes on. Despite what happens good or bad life goes on. So I took that advice and decided to get back up. Are you in a place in your life right now where God is telling you to get back up? Maybe you took a wrong turn? Maybe you made a mistake? Whatever the sin, regardless of your mistakes, God is telling you to GET BACK UP!

Fast forward to a month later and I’m back to being me. I was blessed with a new job, My health has taken a turn for the better. I’m running again, I’m living in God’s love and scripture everyday, and the ministry is progressing forward. See—progress and finesse!

This new level that God has brought me to might not be the end all be all because I want more. However, on this current level and in this season God is telling me to perfect this level before He can take me to the next. Showing him consistency, healthiness, stewardship, surrender, and obedience mixed with faith is what he is requiring!

” what is God asking you to progress and finesse in this season?”

Regardless of your answer or season, just know that you are not alone and that God is a God of Grace and Mercy!

Lord, let your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. ~Matthew 6:10

Progress and Finesse!

Run To The Father!

Sis, this is the reality. 

Until we reach eternal Glory to be with our Heavenly Father forever and ever, we will face struggles here on this earth. As long as you are a living spirit inside a flesh body on this Planet Earth, you will face issues, fall short and sin. Even if you are ‘paper Bible saved’. The flesh is full of sin and there will always be a war between our flesh and the Spirit. This life won’t always be peaches and cream, as Jesus perfectly stated;

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you].”

John 16:33, AMPC.

Within the book of Galatians, Apostle Paul makes a clear reference towards the battle between the flesh and the Spirit:

“For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other]…”

Galatians 5:17, AMPC.

This is why we should follow what Jesus taught; actively denying ourselves and killing our flesh daily (Luke 9:23). But, I understand that this is not easy!! Just to be transparent, I had a moment recently where the enemy attacked my mind again… I fell into a low place within my mind. I was reminded about my current situation and began wondering to myself:

  • “God, why am I still in this season?”
  • “Why haven’t things happened for me yet?”
  • “Is this how my life will remain?”
  • “It’s been years and I am still waiting to enter my promise land, but other people seem to receive their blessings much quicker…

As I was crying, I had an imagination of being ‘at the back’ and I thought to myself, “Jesus, so many people are out here in the world crying for you to help them… and I must be at the back of the que, so i’ll just wait.”

So I started questioning my identity, and feeling ‘less than’ compared to other people. So much comparison began to creep into my mind and heart. And I could sense bitterness creeping into my heart and this was a ‘fleshly’ moment for me. The Bible talks about staying away from these characteristics of the flesh, and how bitterness can defile us. The Bible also tell us to take captive of every thought and imagination which does not line up with the Word of God, as we are told in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (I have now began to actively meditate upon this scripture in order to fight the attacks which the enemy tries to throw towards my mind!). 

Quick Advice: I had to learn to be careful about what I speak when I am upset or in a ‘low season’. Word curses are real and you don’t want to speak negative words over your life – Proverbs 18:21!

Then I realised, “Rufaro, it’s the enemy trying to take a grip and a hold over your mind again… DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD.”  So, I decided to listen to a worship song and speak the Scriptures over my life. It wasn’t easy because even after reading the Scriptures, I was still crying and upset. But I was reminded that the Word of God which I spoke over my life, (the Supernatural Word of God which is sharper than any two edged sword – Hebrews 4:12!), was not in vain. 

But even though I fell into this ‘mind trap’ from the enemy, I later had to remind myself about the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ! Unfortunately, many Christians do not know the Gospel or they cannot articulate it. But because I knew the Gospel, I knew that I could run to my Abba Father with the issues and the pain within my soul. 

I’m sure you have heard of the quote which says:

“Religion says, ‘I messed up. My Dad is going to kill me’. The Gospel says, ‘I messed up. I need to call my Dad”

So I want to encourage you sis. Run to Abba Father! When He becomes personal to you and when you understand what Jesus has already done for you, you can approach His throne boldly and pour your heart out to him (Hebrews 4:16). So whether you have fallen into a sin which has kept you in a repetitive cycle, whether you have been struggling with your character/attitude, making the mistake of believing in the lies of the enemy, feeling ‘dirty and unworthy’ or you think that you are beyond repair… I want you to remember the Gospel!!! 

Here is a short synopsis for you, in regards to the Gospel:

  • We all came into this world as sinners. We were born into sin because of the sin of Adam and Eve – this is know as ‘Original Sin’.
  • Because of the concept of Original Sin, we became separated from God. God is a Holy God and no sin can stand in His midst.
  • But God was so loving to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty of our sins on the Cross. Jesus was, is and will always be the Perfect Atonement for our sins.
  • Nothing we can do can erase our sins. We need to repent of our sins and turn to Jesus. We are saved by faith through the selfless sacrifice which Jesus made for us. So, we are saved by Grace and not by our works.
  • As we receive and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Saviour, we become Sanctified, Righteous and Justified before Abba Father.
  • By being connected to Jesus and our Heavenly Father, we have access to the gift of eternal life!

In my particular situation, I had to remind myself that no matter how I am feeling, I can freely run to Abba because Jesus made this possible for me, through His sacrifice!

So what does this mean? Every time you find yourself in a low season or whenever you fall into sin, run to Jesus. He already paid the debt for our sins and mistakes. I once read a quote which said, “The devil wrote a check for my life, but it bounced”. GIRL!!! The check bounced because Jesus dealt with our debts over 2000 years ago!! Tap into this and believe it. However, when it comes to understanding Grace, it doesn’t mean we should abuse it by consciously living in sin with the excuse of “Jesus will forgive me anyway, so I can just live this way.” But we should always make the effort of praying for the Holy Spirit to fill us/re-fill us, lead us and help us to walk in the Spirit. Once we pursue the leading of the Spirit of God who dwells within us, the issues of life and the fight between our flesh and the Spirit become easier. How so? Because Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit is our helper!

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.”

John 14:16, AMPC.

I recommend listening to ‘Promises’ by Maverick City Music. No matter how hard things may get, remind yourself –  “My hope and firm foundation… He’ll never let me down!”

Love & Peace,

Rufaro.C

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