Archive for September, 2010

One Single Mom's Story

One Single Mom’s Story

As the nurse left the room of the local, free health unit, tears began to roll down my face. My 17-year-old frame began to shake uncontrollably. The nurse confirmed that I was indeed pregnant. I was six months along, homeless, and alone. I had no money, no job, and no future. What would I do wi

Suicide Couldn't Destroy Me

Suicide Couldn’t Destroy Me

My life was no different from any other individual who has felt helpless, hopeless, meaningless, and restless. Only through the endless love, grace, and mercy of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I’m alive to write my story today. Similar to some of you reading this page right now, I was practically

Surrender40

Surrender40

Surrender40 began as a voice from God speaking to our founder, Trachena Muchnick on the eve of Christmas, 2008. No explanation, no real direction at that point, except that she knew that it WAS HIS voice telling her to Feed His Sheep on the mean streets of downtown Miami, Florida. Miami is among th

Meet V.Ophelia Rigaul

Meet V.Ophelia Rigaul

Ophelia resides in Kingston, Ontario Canada. Her hobbies include Finding new ways to live my best life. Meditating. Reading Inspirational Books. Power Walking. Sharing my knowledge with other women. Bio: Too many women today have adapted their natural female behavior to fit a very masculin

Meet Victoria Gwinn

Meet Victoria Gwinn

Victoria resides in Atlanta, GA. Her hobbies include Writing, Singing, Shopping, and Social Media. Bio: Your Thoughts, LLC is a Professional Writing, Personal Assistant, and Virtual Administrative Assisting Company. We cater to all of your writing needs which include: business plans, prop

My Primary Purpose for Being An Entrepreneur

My Primary Purpose for Being An Entrepreneur

As I was preparing to share this message with my friends on my Keeping It Real page on facebook, the thought came to me, why not share it here on my blog! So here it goes… When I first got the idea for being in business for myself, it was June 1990. I was working in Corporate America and not v

She Builds a Vineyard: A Single Parent's Transformational Journey

She Builds a Vineyard: A Single Parent’s Transformational Journey

She Builds a Vineyard: A Single Parent's Transformational Journey by Dr. Willie Mae Hawkins She Builds a Vineyard captures the life of a woman. She aims to reach for the best…for herself, her family, and the Kingdom of God. She sets out to do her work vigorously. In order to succeed, she mus

Life After the Down Low (A Lily Among Thorns)

Life After the Down Low (A Lily Among Thorns)

Men on the down low. Affairs revealed. Marriages unraveled. Though the phenomenon is all too common, the discussion about it rises and falls with the times. A universal dialogue typically takes place only when it has to do with a high profile male’s fall from grace. The ‘DL’ lifestyle has

Forgiving the Unspeakable

Forgiving the Unspeakable

Exclusive Interview with Nicole Cleveland Forgiving the Unspeakable My Father Killed My Mother Recently I met a woman by the name of Lori McKenney. Little did I know she would be such a fireball for the Lord. From the time she picked up the mic, I knew there was a story to be told. You see

A Farewell Journey

A Farewell Journey

I walked along the flower adorned pathway, then stopped at the usual spot. “Honey, I know you are not here but this is where I visit you. I came to reminisce about our happy times together.” I mentioned several highlights in our twenty plus years of marriage. But only silence followed. I sens

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