Monthly Archives: December 2012

Aspiring Authors Writers Workshop


 

On December 28, Breathe Again Magazine hosted the Aspiring Writers Workshop in Richmond, Virginia.

Venus Mason Theus, author of Brown Paper Bag facilitated the workshop via Skype. Praise God for technology. We originally scheduled Venus to conduct the class in person, but due to sickness in her family, she was unable to make it from Detroit. As opposed to cancelling the event, we pressed on and made it work.

In the class the attendees were taught about authorpreneurship, marketing, self-publishing vs traditional publishing, non-fiction vs fiction, styles of writing, the importance of public speaking and so much more.

The attendees left the workshop empowered to start and /or complete their future bestseller.

Read what others are saying about the Aspiring Writers  Workshop:

Last night (12/28/2012) was priceless! I am so glad I was able to attend the Aspiring Writers Workshop. The information was second to none, in terms of the quality, timeliness and encouragement. We all left with the charge to “get that book written in 2013.”

Shirley T. Burke

www.esteeminstitute.com

 

A huge thank you to Venus Mason Theus and Agape International Ministries Worldwide.

Stay tuned for the next upcoming Breathe Again Writers Workshop scheduled in February 2013.

Purchase Brown Paper Bag by Venus Mason Theus today

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Free on Kindle : Where Is God When It Hurts?


By Philip Yancey

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If there is a loving God, then why is it that … ?
You’ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain.
Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring and now is watching from a distance?

In this Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.

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Free on Kindle: Faith & Fertility: Overcoming Infertility with Faith

By Wanza Leftwich

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“You’re infertile.”
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~Wanza Leftwich

Wanza Leftwich never gave up her dream of becoming a mom. Through tears and fear that turned into faith,, Wanza learned key principles that helped her overcome infertility.
In this candid book she shares

*How to align your heart and mind for fertility

*Why agreement with your mate is more powerful than a medical diagnosis

*The Kingdom purpose for children

*How to be happy while you’re infertile

Faith and Fertility will renew your mind, uplift your spirit and fuel your faith to believe until you receive.

Merry Christmas

May you have everlasting joy this Christmas.

Please don’t stress out about Christmas gifts and not having enough to buy presents.

Make memories this Christmas that will last a lifetime. Appreciate those around you. Hug them, kiss them, laugh with them, take pictures and talk about Jesus being the reason for the season with your babies. Toys will get broke, lost and some won’t even be played with, but memories will last a lifetime.

Make memories this Christmas!

God Bless You,

Nicole Cleveland
Founder of Breathe Again Magazine
Author,Motivational Speaker & Radio Host
http://www.breatheagainmagazine.org
http://www.nicoleconline.com

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Give the Gift of Life

Help save Elizabeth Chalker’s life by being a blessing and purchasing her book. Elizabeth is suffering from late stage Lyme Disease and gets very little support to live. She survives off the sales of her book. She is in constant pain 24 hrs a day and has to sit perfectly still with ice on her head for several hours out of each day because her brain swells.Please help support Elizabeth by purchasing her book. Click here to help save Elizabeth’s life

P.S. You can listen to her interview on Breathe Again Radio by clicking here.



Single Mom: Staying In Touch With The “Real” You


 

We’ve heard over and over again that single mothers are both “mom and dad”. Although, we cannot in reality be two people, many of us do a “bang up” job raising healthy, successful children in spite of the missing mate. But being the only parent in the house is an arduous task. So, we must aggressively take good care of ourselves – mind body and spirit – so that we don’t lose ourselves in the daily demands of raising our children.

This is why the primary focus of our single mother support groups in Kansas City is to focus on the women behind the mom character. At the meetings we spend the bulk of our time discovering how we, as single moms, can lead mentally stable, balanced, complete lives. To be able to raise our children confidently and effectively, we’ve got to take good care of ourselves mentally, spiritually and physically.

Here are 5 tips to guide you in staying in touch with yourself as you parent your children.

 #1 Find some “YOU” Time
I’m not saying you have to set aside an entire day for yourself, but if you are able, find some amount of  time in your hectic schedule to just enjoy your life. When my son was small, I would use his nap time to listen to music, take a long bubble bath or eat some sinfully decadent dessert. Granted, it wasn’t a lot of time, but it was enough time for me to slow my day, refresh myself, and hear my thoughts.

 #2 Maintain Friendships
Children are fun and we love them, but they are not to be our primary source of companionship. This is too much responsibility for the children and not a healthy dynamic. The roles in families should be clear – parents are to parent and children need to be free to be children. They shouldn’t have to hear you vent about work, relationships and the lack of money. They need a sense of safety and structure.

Friends provide much needed “adult time” for single moms. Being able to confide in a good friend helps us gain insight into ourselves. Sharing secret thoughts is cathartic and also enables us to view the world through a clearer lens. Friends also provide a supportive “net” for us so that when times get rough; our friends are there to remind us of our past victories and our future goals. We all need that.

  #3  Pamper Yourself
Single moms, more than anyone, need to find creative ways to pamper themselves. Pampering yourself doesn’t need to be an expensive indulgence. Right after put your children to bed, do your nails, write in your journal, brainstorm, or just sit back and daydream.

One of my girlfriends really understands the importance of pampering herself. She regularly spends time sipping coffee from her balcony while listening to her favorite jazz cd. She frequently cooks meals that she particularly likes and she often buys special gifts for herself. I believe this is why she is so enjoyable to be around. There’s a calmness and confidence about her that comes from her inner peace with herself. She clearly loves herself and that makes it easier for others to love her too!

#4  Feed Your Spirit
We are body, mind and spirit. We often take care of our bodies by feeding and nourishing it. We challenge ourselves mentally to build our mind “muscles”, now let’s talk about our spirits.

Our spirits guide our actions and essentially drive our lives. This is why it’s important to spend time feeding our spirits with good books, prayer and listening to good music. A simple rule of thumb is to be very cautious of why types of exterior influences that you allow into your spirit. Violent music, yucky movies and negative people tend to make us tense, angry and discouraged. Instead, fill your life with positive things that will inspire you, educate you and feed your spirit.

So, again, be careful what types of things that you allow into your world. Keep them positive by focusing on whatever things are good, true, honest and of a good report.

  #5 Get Your Blood Pumping
Exercise is a wonderful way to feed your mind, body and spirit. Find a way to become active, single mom! Walking, jogging and running around the backyard with your kids are great ways to get your heart pumping.

If you’re like me, finding a way to exercise can be a challenge. The key is to make exercise as fun and enjoyable as possible. Recruit a friend to be your walking buddy, or join a workout group that offers child care. There are countless ways to exercise on a minimal budget, with minimal time and with minimal motivation!

Single mom, you are the most important earthly element in the lives of your children. You absolutely must find ways to stay focused, motivated and in touch with your inner self so that you can operate at your optimal level. Follow these tips, add to the list and stay centered!

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Teri Worten

 

Meet Linda Whitlock

Linda Whitlock resides in Hampton, Virginia

Her hobbies include writing , spending time with her family and  being involved in charities / non-profit organizations such as  Parents In Action (P.I.A), Relay for Life, and getting Pink Perseverance, Inc. off the ground.

Bio:

Linda is a breast cancer survivor, advocate and author. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 after finding a lump in her breast during a self examination. She is the Author of,  “The Stuff We’re Made Of.”

Business Info:

Pink Perseverance, Inc. was formed by Linda Whitlock, an eight year breast cancer survivor, and husband, Delvin Whitlock, to bring awareness and to educate women of all ages and ethnicities and their families about the importance of taking control of their breast health.

Who do you want to connect with?

Women and their families to talk about the importance of taking control of their breast health and to expose Pink Perseverance, Inc. to other audiences.

 

Visit her online at www.pinkperseverance.com

 

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Meet Paulette Harper-Johnson

Paulette Harper Johnson resides in North Port, Florida

Her hobbies include reading, playing cards and writing

Bio:

Paulette Harper Johnson, an award winning author, writing coach, and speaker which  seeks to inspire women from all walks of life. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women.

Paulette is the author of Completely Whole, That Was Then, This is Now and the Write Now Author’s Manual.

 

Business Info:

Paulette Harper Johnson is the owner of Write Now Lit Virtual Book Tours.  She has a passion to help Christian authors gain the exposure needed to increase book sales. WNL works with both traditional published  and self-published authors .

WNL Book Tours creates buzz for books and increases the publicity authors need though bloggers and radio interviews.

Who do you want to connect with?

Authors, writers, entrepreneurs

 

Visit her online at www.wnlbooktours.com

 

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Kryptonite Killed Superwoman

Author & founder of Breathe Again Magazine, Nicole Cleveland  chats with author and playwright, Rebekah L. Pierce about her new book release, Kryptonite Killed Superwoman during her recent book signing.

 

 

“In an effort to be the superwoman who has it all and can do it all, women are dying physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially by the minute. Kryptonite – the career, volunteer work, the family – the feminism of today – is killing superwoman. What are we going to do about it? What can we do about it?

Kryptonite Killed Superwoman is a collection of blogs, articles and essays/presentations that I have created over the past several years as I have journeyed through this treacherous valley called life. And my desire to have it all, to be it all, nearly killed me physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually. I am NOT superwoman! I am a real woman with real issues living an all too real life. Use the reflection activities after each blog or article to help you navigate through your own journey. They are intended to help you see and know that you are not in this alone. “

For more information and to purchase click here

Lilisa J. Williams – Words of Inspiration – Day 11

What is the Encouragement Campaign?

It is 21 days of Hope, Inspiration & Solutions, just like the mission of our weekly radio show.

Many people don’t know where to turn in the midst of their storm. We tell them to read the Bible, and that’s what they need to do, but where do they go in the Bible? I can remember when I would go to the bible and it was just words. I didn’t know where to go nor what story or scriptures to read. It was just “Thou, Art ,begat, Mennonites,” and many other words I didn’t understand nor could pronounce. ~ Nicole Cleveland, Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

For 21 days you will hear from men and women of faith that have gone from victim to VICTORIOUS !
They will share how they survived and what encouraged them to keep going.

Click here to receive the 21 day series  in your inbox.

Scripture: Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert.”

“Right Now Blessing”

  • Are you stuck in your problem or bad situation?
  • Do you feel there is no way out?
  • Do you need a “right now blessing?

I know how you feel. I felt that same way before I discovered this powerful word from the Lord.

Twelve years ago I was stuck in a bad marriage that lead to separation and “near divorce.” I faced more pain and hurt then I ever could’ve imagined. Through that situation I learned to let go and let God. As soon as I let go God stepped in and did a Right Now Blessing for me and I know he will do the same for you. He will do it right where you are!
Read and re-read Isaiah 43:19 and discover how God has power to do the impossible in the middle of a horrible thing! No matter how messed up things might be, God can do something so great for you. I’m now on my way to 23 years of marriage!

Encouragement: Is God waiting for you to let go so that he can give you a Right Now Blessing? Many times that is the case. See, God has already planned a way of success for you but your plans and the enemy’s plans are stopping His plans from manifesting in your life.

So, just remember let go of your storm and grab hold of his blessing. He wants to do it right now. Will you let go right now? I sure hope so! Remember, God has a “Right Now Blessing” waiting for you!

by: Lilisa J. Williams, Coach
Performance Strategies Unlimited, Inc.
Website: www.release-your-power.com

Shattering Your Strongholds: Paroled Princesses in Self-Produced Prisons


“There is a difference between being delivered and having freedom.
Deliverance is a physical thing, freedom is purely psychological.”

 

“Dear Woman,
 Are you comfortable in your confinement? My guess would be yes. You can be free if and when you really want to be. So stop blaming me, and let me help you. I am not your enemy.”
 

Ladies, this topic is not a typical “From a man’s point of view” topic, because we all deal with it. But, I share it simply because men do tend to get beat down quite a bit for some things, which are mostly products of your own thoughts.

Has anyone ever told you that there is a difference between deliverance and freedom? Deliverance is a physical thing, freedom is purely psychological. Moses was the physical deliverer of the Israelites and brought God’s promise to reality. Their deliverance was successful, but although they were far away from Egypt and out of harm’s way of Pharaoh’s army, they could not be set free from the bondage of their own slave mentality. Not even God would change their minds. Therefore, they could not be allowed to enter the Promised Land, because of an old imprisoned mindset. You are responsible for your own freedom.

As En-vogue used to say back in the day, “Free your mind, and the rest will follow”. If you allow it, your very own mind will fool you into thinking you are still in prison, when the doors are not even locked. The liar has been defeated with the truth, but the after effects of the lies that you were told still remain.

Why do we spiritualize everything we experience in life or demonized everything that comes up against us? Spiritual warfare is waged in our minds, it’s not against demons. The only thing that moves the devil from being under your feet is if you allow him to get into your head. God uses Angels to fight demons, we fight our thoughts. We’re not even supposed to fight against other people, but the very ones we say we love, get it the worst. Walking in the flesh is simply having a wrong way of thinking, or living life based on our wrong thoughts. Walking in the Spirit is simply a right way of thinking and acting on it.
Ephesians 6:10-19 teaches us about our real enemies, (the word Prince means first, or ruler. A principal is a person, the first ruler. A principle is an idea or thought, a rule or standard that controls a law regarding practical life. So principalities are the first line of thought that rule your mind, and sets the standard for how we conduct our daily lives. Now read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 in the context of thinking.

The wiles of the devil, his plans or methods (meth: a systemized way of doing things / odos: a road). So Satan’s method is to make a roadway to gain access into your mind in order to affect your entire life. Devil- Greek word for Devil is diablos (dia: circle, hole, diameter / bolos: to throw, hurl, or shoot).
Satan is one who throws accusations for you to receive, believe, or as suggestions for you to consider, meditate on, and eventually follow. Your initial thought is not the sin; it’s the follow up that gets you.
The context of Romans 12:1-3 is actually dealing with our thinking (spiritual warfare). YOU present your bodies a living sacrifice. This is YOUR reasonable service. Your worship, is to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so (that you might know the good, acceptable, perfect will), as you wash your thought life with the word; you eliminate Satan’s access into your life.
The war is in you, but it’s not between you and the devil. The battlefield is in your mind, between your spirit (the real you) and your soul (your innermost thoughts, subconscious mind). You think it’s too difficult to control your thoughts and mind? If everyone could see your thoughts, would you be able to control them then? I thought so.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Thoughts lead to imaginations, (images) and imaginations lead to strongholds (your way of thinking). Strongholds cause you to form decisions, whether they are right or wrong. You build a mental fortress to protect them, (your personal right to believe what you believe, based on your past experiences, perception, religion, family, community, etc.).
So, how do you break out of this self-imposed prison that have been holding you hostage for your lifetime? First, you cast down strongholds by casting down your imaginations. You cast down your imaginations by taking every thought captive to make sure that it is in obedience to the word of God (Christ Jesus). You create a system of replacing your wrong thoughts with right thoughts, immediately.

To take captive, means to conquer with a sword (the Word of God), i.e. (Put on the full Armor of God). Take every thought captive when it appears, when you recognize it, you are removing another brick.

 
Proverbs 4:23,
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it flows the issues of life. Above all else, guard your heart (carefully watching the activity of your thoughts, motives, and intents), because everything that happens in your life will start with your perception of reality and your thinking.
 
Self Denial
 
You become what you say, You say what you believe, You believe what you think,
You think what you hear, You hear what you listen to, You listen to what you agree with
You agree with what you allow, You allow what you do not confront
You do not confront what you fear, You fear what you do not love
You do not love what you do not understand, You do not understand what you reject
You reject the very thing, That comes to bring you deliverance
…and therefore deny your own FREEDOM
 
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John L. Donelson is the author of the forth coming book:

Letters to a Woman From a Man’s Point of View
How to Deal With Male P.M.S.
Power, Money, and Please Don’t Forget the Sex!

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