Peace and Faith During Difficult Times

I pray you find the peace that surpasses all understanding.  It’s the calm that comes when everyone around would expect you to fall apart because of your circumstances.  It’s the kind of peace that comes when you realize you cannot control others.   It’s the kind of peace in the midst of turmoil that allows you to surrender all to God because you realize you cannot do it all.

May you have sweet rest.   May you trust God enough to remember that… “this, too, shall pass.”

May you feel the presence of heavenly hosts around you lifting the weight of stress, grief, darkness, guilt, shame and fear.

May you recall all the times the Lord has brought you “through” and not focus on the things He didn’t do.

May you call on the strength and faith of your ancestors to help you hold your head up so you can press, persevere and have hope.

Remember that prayer changes things.   There is power in your words.   Speak up and speak over your situation.

Life is magic, tragic, wonderful and scary.  Life is in constant change.  May you grow wings of faith to rise above the pain and drama.  There is a place within your soul that no thing and no one can disturb.  Go there!  Go within.

May God’s tenderness, love and mercy cover you like a blanket.

May you begin to trust God and trust yourself enough to know that you will be guided and provided for always.

Your past defeats, disappointments, falls from grace or even the Trickster can make you think you are alone.   Lies!  The truth is God loves you.   Your Father God loves you so much and knew you would have crosses to bear.   Maybe that is why His word says, “Be not afraid” nearly 100 times in the Bible.   One reminder can be found in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled, trust in the Lord.”

Your life is not like a television program.  TV and fantasy can trick you into thinking that everything in life can be solved quickly.  During difficult times you may have to live with unanswered questions.   You may not be able to rescue and save your loved ones from pain.  You may not be able to save yourself from problems that have escalated and snowballed because of inaction, denial, ignorance of fear.    Rain falls on everyone’s roof and maybe this is your season for unwanted rain.  You may feel God has forsaken you.  You may feel sick, afraid, angry, confused, overwhelmed and doubtful.   Faith requires patience.  Take a deep breath.  Now take another one.   And yet another deep breath.

Can you take your hands and expectations off the people or circumstances that are causing you anxiety and fear?   I pray you find the courage to let go and let God.

Be still.  Be quiet.  Let your heart heal in the awkward silence.  There you will find the still small voice of God whispering…”Be still and know that I AM God.”

May the voice of the Comforter steady your heart and mind so that you think clearly to know what to do next.

When you are on your own road to Damascus like Saul in the Bible, you may lose your sight to see your way out.  And just like Saul, the temporary loss of sight could be God’s way to humble and show you He is greater.  Faith is trusting what you cannot see.  It’s a journey you take without the comfort of a map.   God’s word will be the lamp for your feet (Psalm 119:105).  You may not see who, what, when or how your difficult situation will turn around.   Your faith allows you to take one step at a time through the fog of fear.    Your fog will soon clear away.  You will soon have a breakthrough.  You will soon have a testimony.  Remember the words of the Jimmy Cliff song….

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here’s the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
Real, real, real, real bright, bright sunshinin’ day
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

No God… no peace.

KNOW God… KNOW peace.

by Jewel Diamond Taylor

JewelMotivates@gmail.com

323.964.1736

Christian Women’s Retreat Getaway

1) Minister Marina Gordon, First Lady New Philadelphia AME, Carson, CA

2) Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor, Founder of Women on the Grow and author

3) Minister Stephanie Burrell (wife of Musician M. C. Hammer)

4) Pastor Najuma Smith – the full-time Sr. Pastor of St. James AME Church in Los Angeles

Save the dates to join us

Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12, 2010

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

44-400 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells CA 92210-8708 (near Palm Springs)

Phone: 760-773-4444 | Fax: 760-346-9308 | Spa Phone: 760-836-1265

For registration information e-mail JewelMotivates@gmail.com or

call 323.964.1736

Women from all over the nation will be attending, so reserve your space soon.

Kwanzaa Blessings

Wishing you and your family peace and blessings in the new year.

May we all thrive and strive to live with the seven principles of Kwanzaa 365 days of the year.

1. Unity

2. faith

3. purpose

4. creativity

5. cooperative economics

6. self-determination

7. work and responsibility

Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture.

Mind Body Spirit Connection

The mind, body and spirt are one.  What your mind thinks affects your cells.  Your emotions are triggered by what you think and the level of your faith.  Your body is the host vessel for the Holy Spirit.  As you grow in any of your tri-dimensions, it affects your total well-being.  This principle has been the cornerstone of my teaching.  I refer to my speaking style and approach as a wholistic one.  1. Biology (body) helps us to understand our bodies (i.e. nutrition, generational disease like alcoholism, diabetes, exercise, stress, etc.).  2. Psychology (mind), which was my major in college, helps us to understand perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, brain functioning, personality,behavior, and interpersonal relationships, childhood, trauma, shame based issues, addictions, coping skills, attitude, choices, habits, etc.  Spirituality (study of God) helps us to build awareness, connection, gratitude, wonder, curiousity, honor and relationship with our Creator.  3. Spirituality is the revelation of the mystery and miracle of God around, through and in our lives and environment.  Spirituality is studying universal laws and the omnipresence of God who loves us.  Spirituality for me is about developing a relationship with the Divine, not a religion.  Study and practical application of Jesus teaches the way to live with compassion, restoration, forgiveness, mercy, grace, love for one another, serving humanity, to die to our selfish desires/ego/pride, suffering rising above our haters, persecutors and giants and posessing peace in the midst of our storms.

My perspective and style of teaching is what I call “SpiritPsyBio”, an integration of pursuing a better awareness and power by connecting the dots of the Spirit, our mind and our bodies.  I do my clients and audiences a big dis-service if I only address one dimension of their life.  I don’t separate, I integrate all three…mind, body and spirit.  I strive everyday through action, thought, words, gratitude and focus to align my mind with the divine.

I learned that it is difficuilt to motivate someone to change their self-destructive habits of procrastination, addiction, anger, depression or crime if I don’t seek to understand their psyhological damage, mindset or maladaptive coping skills to survive because of poverty, lack of education, family dysfunction, racism, addictions, peer pressure or media messages.  As a minister, giving the word of God to someone sick in their body or psychologically wounded will not be enough for their breakthrough.  The whole person must be healed.  I can’t inspire someone to have more faith in God if I don’t address their line of thinking (brain).  Dr. Gershon, coined the term “second brain” in 1996.  He is one of a number of researchers who are studying brain-gut connections.  The brain controls behavior.  Butterflies in your stomach (gut) rise when the brain sends a message of anxiety to the gut, which sends messages back to the brain that it’s unhappy. But the gut has been referred to as your second brain.  Your gut is where you have feelings, nervous, lonely, happy or depressed.  Your stomach (gut) dictates your mood and appetite.  95% of all serotonin in the body is in the gut, where it triggers digestion. Nerve cells in the gut also use serotonin to signal back to the brain. This information can train us not to eat certain foods by communicating pain, gas and other terrible feelings.  Just like the brain in your head, “gut brain” is also able to learn, remember, and produce emotion-based feelings.  We really do have feelings in our gut.  Our two brains communicate back and forth via a major nerve trunk extending down from the base of your brain all the way down into your abdomen. Because of this, your two brains directly influence each other.  When one brain becomes upset, the other joins right in.

If someone has body image issues or poor eating habits, I must start there before challenging them to build up their self-esteem.   I can’t motivate someone to write a book or start their business if they lack faith and don’t believe they were born on purpose with a purpose.  If someone lacks faith, it can affect the outcome of their surgery, marriage, business venture or ability to speak up in an abusive relationship, or buy their dream car or home.  Anything is possible with faith in God and action.

The achievement of success and progress in your life will be determined by the level of your faith, the health of your body and the thoughts you think.  Who you love, what you think, feel, eat, believe and do creates the life you live negatively or positively.  Your stress, relationships, emotions, lack of sleep, poor diet and lack faith can be the root for your illnesses, procrastination, depression, or drama. It is a fact that nearly 90% of diseases that afflict humans are self-induced.  You are a whole being.  So I teach and motivate the whole person.  As a personal success life coach offering one-on-one phone counseling, my approach is SpiritPsyBio.  I’m interested in your wellness by integrating what I have experienced and studied about Spirituality, Psychology and Biology.

Where and with whom do you place your faith?  Are you willing to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Call me 323.964.1736 or e-mail JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Let Hope Feed Your Soul

The definition of HOPE is to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence…the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent. ~ Jean Kerr

If you’ve destroyed a man’s hope, you’ve destroyed the man. ~ John du Plessis

There is no worse death than the end of hope.~ Pelagius

One who has health has hope, and one who has hope has everything. ~ Arabic Proverb

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.~ Psalm 1:24

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. ~ Anne Lamott

I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:74

Hope dies last but is first to be resurrected from the ashes.~ Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Hope is the poor man’s bread. ~ George Herbet

Fear can hold you prisoner.  Hope can set you free. ~ The Shawshank Redemption

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. ~ Thomas Fuller

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. ~ Psalm 23:18

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Our ancestors had hope for freedom.   Our President Obama had the audacity to hope.    Every time I’m at the end of my rope… I still have hope. ~ http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

To book Jewel Diamond Taylor for your conference, women’s ministry, leadership training or seminars for overcoming depression, grief or stress, call 323.964.1736

Extreme Heart Makeover

After a long season of loss, betrayal, bitterness, abuse, divorce or loneliness one’s heart can become either too hard or too fragile, too closed or too open.

I find in my travels, speaking and counseling that far too many women suffer extreme heart issues.  The emotional pendulum swings from one end of extreme hardness or being extremely needy, desperate and naive. There are those extremely independent (“I don’t need any one)…all the way to the other extreme mindset of being too dependent. If you are afraid of being alone or think a relationship validates you and makes you whole, you could have a relationship addiction. Unfortunately I see this all too often.

When your self-esteem is healthy, the emotional pendulum swings in the middle because of healing, balance, prayer and self-awareness.  Open your eyes and see your real worth and beauty in the mirror.  Get balance in your life.   Seek advice help from the wise women in your life.  Pour all that misguided and untapped passion into your goals, purpose and dreams.  Begin to transform your thinking to believe you can take care of yourself.  If you think a man can save you, you are setting yourself up for an unhappy,  abusive and dominating relationship. You can do good all by yourself until the Lord sends the right one baby!

When you both bring something to the table, your chances for harmony, respect, love and common goals are increased.  But if you get into a relationship feeling empty and expect some one to fill your cup, you are giving away all of your power, value and self-worth.

I write in my book, “Follow Your Heart But Take Your Brain With You”  that the scent of a woman is powerful.  Dogs can smell desperation, neediness, immaturity and weakness.  A woman with self-esteem has the aroma of confidence, faith and self-worth.

When your heart is smart you can avoid the pitfalls, problems and pain of living in a chaotic, drama filled, sitting by phone, life on hold and stressful world.

You can’t make someone love you or make someone stay.  If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and “a life,” you won’t find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain.

Don’t allow other people to control, manipulate or validate your existence. Value your dreams, body, goals, time and peace of mind.  If you don’t… no one else will.  Learn how to discern between lust, like and love.  Learn how to love smart.  Don’t allow your heart to be attacked by abusers and losers.

As you heal your heart of illusions, grudges, fantasies, desperation and bitterness, your opportunities increase to have a righteous relationship.

As the Self-esteem Dr. I have performed many heart makeovers and CPR to help women breathe again.

Read Proverb 23:7 and remember that as a man(woman) thinketh, so is he(she).  This powerful teaching reminds us that  right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.  If you think in your heart that you are not worthy…not pretty…not loving…not blessed…not qualified…then you will have more that in your life. Begin to speak and think in your heart that you are qualified, beautiful, divine, blessed, grateful, anointed and loved. Wear the sweet aroma of self-esteem, confidence and a daughter of the Most High God. “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” – Proverbs 4: 23

by Jewel Diamond Taylor, The Self-esteem Dr., Author, Conference Speaker, Women’s Retreat Leader, Life Coach, Founder of Women on the Grow

To contact Jewel or call 323.964.1736

e-mail –  JewelMotivates@gmail.com

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