Monthly Archives: February 2012

Brown Paper Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Paper Bag by Venus Mason Theus will have you shaking your head, talking out loud as read and on the edge of your seat.

I fell in love with Natalie, Bernadette and even the sinister Albertina Baptiste.

Natalie was ridiculed because of her dark complextion by her colored peers all throughout school. Growing up without much ,she was determined to follow her dreams.It seemed like Natalie had it all – A “well to do” young man that was madly in love with her, a growing business and a family that loved her. It was going so well until her future mother in law decided Natalie was “not good enough.”

Despite shame and a broken heart, she pressed her way through,depending only on the Lord. Natalie’s character speaks to women everywhere that’s  been left with a child and no support.

Bernadette is a widow trying to do the best she can for her son. Along comes a very married man with status, money and an offer that would change her semi-broke status to living a very comfortable, rent free  life. Although she knows it is wrong, she is tired of struggling. She, like so many women find out the hard way that nothing in this life is really free.

Brown Paper Bag by Venus Mason Theus reminds us that discrimination exists, even among our own race.

An excellent read that will have you cheering for Natalie’s happiness and Albertina’s downfall.

I can’t wait to read the next one.

If Not For Your Grace By Israel & New Breed

 

 

Where would we be without God’s Grace ?

I know for a fact, if it was NOT for HIS GRACE I would not be here. He has covered me and kept me.

May this song minister to you.

 

Where would I be

If not for your grace

Carrying me

Through every season

Grace the restores

Grace that redeems

Grace that releases me to worship

When I look back over my life I see…It was Grace that was covering me !!!

 

The Curse


Bad luck followed me all my life. Nothing came easy. Life in Bulgaria, a country behind the Iron Curtain, was hard. Depression and fear followed me from early childhood. I knew at some point a wizard had turned me into an invisible frog. My Prince would never be able to find me and break the magic with a kiss. I was invisible! I believed I was under a curse.

 

It all began with my grandmother. When Grandma was born, her mother put her in a basket and left her by the roadside in a small village of Bulgaria. She, and a few other women, hid in the bushes to watch who would be the first passerby. Grandma’s mother had given birth to five children already, all of them stillborn. Afraid that her baby might have inherited the bad luck of the rest of her children, the desperate mother followed the suggestions of some of the elderly women in the village. They believed the child would acquire the good luck of the person who would find her. The beggar of the village almost tripped over the basket on his way to the village pub—so much for good luck!
Poverty and misfortune was constant companion of my grandma since then. She got married to the love of her life, but her husband suddenly died just before their child was born.

 

Grandma married again after struggling to raise her daughter on her own for several years. Her second husband owned a grocery store and had saved some money by hard work.  One day the communists confiscated all his money and property, called him “capitalist” and threatened to kill him. Poverty grabbed my Grandma by the throat again. Her husband never recovered from his nervous breakdown and began drinking.
Grandma, a tough Bulgarian woman, worked for twelve hours a day to raise her daughter and to take care of her husband.

When her daughter married, she left me, her firstborn daughter, with Grandma to raise me up. Prematurely born and abandoned, I developed a lot of health issues. Sick and poorly fed during my childhood, I found alcohol early. My life was speedily going downhill. I blamed it all on Grandmother’s curse. Convinced that misfortune would follow me all the days of my life, just like it never left Grandma, I sank into a bottomless depression.

 

My bad luck changed dramatically since I became a believer in Jesus Christ. I realized I was not under a generational curse any more. Jesus took up the curse on the cross. The Word of God says in Galatians 3:13-14:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

I do not walk in the bad luck of my Grandma anymore. I am the recipient of the blessings of my heavenly Father. Every day for twenty-two years now, I wake up with a song in my heart looking forward for the next move of God in my life, trusting my Father in heaven for his grace. He has restored all that was stolen from me through the years of my misfortune. Jesus loves me with unfailing love. I am called a daughter of the Most High God.

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Nadia Ianakieva is an inspirational writer. Her book The Red Dress Decision: True Stories of a Life Filled with God’s Miracles depicts her experience as a believer in her native country Bulgaria and later in the US where she lives with her family now.   www.wix.com/nianakieva/nadiaianakieva

My Heart Speaks

My Heart Speaks by Larie Norvell is inspired by Luke 6:45.

My Heart Speaks shares Larie’s journey to spiritual maturation through cancer, sexual abuse, having children, and other various tests of her faith, character, and sanity.

These things have taught Larie that a life of “mess” has a MESSage.

An inspirational compilation of spiritual lessons and life experiences from a young woman who attempted to live a “Perfect” life.  Larie has come to understand that she is not perfect and by publicly acknowledgeing this, she hopes to encourage others to know the same.

Purchase your copy here.

Meet Sharvette Mitchell

 

 

Sharvette Mitchell resides in Richmond, Virginia.

Her hobbies include shopping and surfing the net.

Bio:

Sharvette Mitchell is the owner of Mitchell Productions, LLC, a company created to provide stylish online marketing solutions. As the owner and designer, Sharvette creates effective websites and online marketing tools that assist ministries, non-profits, small businesses, authors and artists with showcasing their organization/ministry or products and services to the world!

On a weekly basis Sharvette can be heard on “The Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show” which broadcasts on Stellar Award Winning www.iShoutForJoy.com and www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Mitchell-Productions, the leading internet talk radio station.

In her spare time, she volunteers at New Jerusalem International Christian Ministries, under the leadership of Chief Apostle Olive C. Brown & Bishop Joel V. Brown as the lead Ministry Affairs Coordinator. In this role, she oversees 16 different Ministry Leaders who are responsible for all of the ministries in the church. She approves programs and events and provides consultation on marketing the individual ministries. In addition, she acts as the online marketing/communication consultant by managing three of the church websites and all email marketing tools.

Business Info:

Web Design Business- Mitchell Productions, LLC – Targeting  small or new businesses, authors, churches and non-profits.

The Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show- Listen every Tuesday from 6-7pm ( est ) Providing  various guests exposure to my audience base which is mostly women .

Media Coach-  Provides  single or group coaching for new artists and new authors seeking radio interviews or for new internet radio show hosts

Who do you want to connect with?

I want to connect with other like minded women and people!

 

Visit her sites -

www.mitchell-productions.com

www.sharvette.com

 

 

Meet Dr. Willie Mae Hawkins

 

 

Dr. Willie Mae Hawkins resides in North Carolina.

Her hobbies include reading,riding her bike, spending time with friends and meeting people.

Bio:

Dr. Willie Mae Hawkins is an inspirational speaker, consultant, life coach and author (www.DrWillieMae.com). She is the founder and president of Spring, Inc.- A National Single Parenting Ministry.

As an ordained clergy, Hawkins serves as a Regional Women’s Ministry Consultant for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, where she primarily serves over 219 churches. As a liaison and resource representative, she provides spiritual support for more than 20,000 women.

Dr. Hawkins is the author of several books including She Builds a Vineyard: A Single Parent’s Transformational Journey, and How to Establish Spiritual Transformation in a Single Parent Home. (www.shebuildsavineyard.com).

Business Info:

Spring, Inc. is a national single parenting ministry. Its mission is ministering to strengthen single parents to be the best for themselves, their children, and the Kingdom of God. It provides mentoring, coaching, counseling,  workshops and seminars.
Who do you want to connect with?

I desire to connect with caring professionals who desire to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

Visit here site – www.spring-inc.org