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Wednesday Word

January 30, 2019
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This Wednesday Word No. 110, courtesy of Quote Master and spoken by the late poet-activist-womanist Audre Lorde, is a reminder to take care of yourself. I dare to venture that it’s necessary for you to take care of yourself first. Truly, how can you pour into others when your well is dry? I have to keep that in mind when I feel like I’m exhausted with my daily work responsibilities, and work events and after-work events. Especially now with my condition, rest is vital to me to have a long, healthy and stress-free life. Another version of the quote has Lorde saying, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Because the notion of putting yourself first is contrary to what women are taught. Some of you may have even observed the women in your lives taking a back seat to everyone else. Where did it get them? Probably exhausted, frustrated, depleted, and hopefully, not to an early grave. So I implore you all to pause and take inventory of your life. Are you regularly practicing self-care? If the answer is “no,” I suggest you make plans to do so before the day is over. Need ideas? Dear Black Women has you covered! Take care, friends!

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Wednesday Word

September 9, 2015

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I’ve had my share of setbacks. So many times when I missed the mark. There are those days when I think about how I would have imagined myself being “further along” in life, or closer to living out the plans I had outlined for myself. Can you relate? It can really bring you down and make you feel defeated. However, I’m learning to view each misstep as an opportunity to redirect and sharpen my focus for the target. You should, too. You’re being perfected. Each time you fail, there’s a new opportunity to reflect, learn and redirect. Thank God for those teachable moments! And how much sweeter is the victory, when you consider the journey it took you to get to the destination? What may be seen as a failure is the very thing that provides you with momentum to press on toward the mark. May this Wednesday Word No. 31, courtesy of YourTango.com, remind you to use all those past failures to fuel your drive for future success. It may take you five, 10, 25 or even 100 times to get it right, but you will get there in due season. So just focus, and keep aiming.

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Wednesday Word

September 2, 2015

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I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting as of late. It dawned on me how quickly this year has zipped by. I know I say it every year, but this time around it truly does feel like I blinked and now we’re in September. Where has all the time gone? This time last year, I was in a really strange place. I had just started working at a nonprofit as an AmeriCorps VISTA after being laid off from my magazine job. I thought I was struggling living off unemployment and sending in hundreds of job applications. You would think I’d be happy to get a new gig, but in reality I was scared about the yearlong commitment I had made by accepting the role. It required me to literally live in poverty for the duration of that term. It was much more challenging and rewarding than I anticipated. Well, I came to discover the latter way later during that particular season. But when I think back to that trying time in my life, I can’t believe that I survived it. In the midst of the struggle, I found strength. I learned that I’m much stronger than I thought I was. May this Wednesday Word, courtesy of Oprah Winfrey, remind you to be grateful for the tests because those are the moments that show you what you’re made of. In life you’ll have to go through some stuff. But when you go through the fire, you will emerge like a phoenix from ashes. I know I did. If life was always going swimmingly it would take the value away from authentic happiness. So I thank God for being my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those experiences and the resolve I acquired in the process.

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Wednesday Word

August 5, 2015

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Sometimes I view my differences as unique; other times I’m not as positive. I was temporarily having one of “those” days not too long ago, where I was second guessing myself and feeling reeaaally small. Thankfully, I wasn’t there for too long. And if you’re there, I’m here to pick you up from that gloomy place and shine some light your way. Listen up! This Wednesday Word No. 26, courtesy of My Purple Dreams, was exactly what I needed to hear. My unique qualities are what make me ME. And your quirks and flaws are what make you YOU. So, it’s best to embrace those intricacies. After all, they’re what make you beautiful. It’s no coincidence that my devotionals this week focused on two scriptures about who God created us to be. 1.) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 AND 2.) “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14. Basically, these scriptures are the mic drop to this post. There’s no refuting Truth!

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