Happy Sunday! I hope these last few weeks were just as good to you as they were to me.
Yesterday I attended the Always a Lady Conference and to say that it was amazing is a complete understatement. I wasn't expecting to receive half of what I obtained. The people were so loving and full of life. Not to mention the leadership workshop (taught by Nicole Bonds) wrecked my life to another dimension. She is absolutely amazing yall!! There were so many great nuggets of truth and wisdom. Her words were so profound, authentic and most importantly REAL. ANNDD..She's my new accountability partner for staying on track for my goals (Let's just say that things just got super real...haha). Just what ya girl needed. I can honestly say that I left this conference recharged. It stretched me. It encouraged me. It empowered me.
Also, I got to meet one of my ALLL time sheros - Dr. Jackie Walters (from Married to Medicine). I mentioned under my About Me section, I love medicine (especial that pertaining to women and children's). Dr. Jackie is an Ob/Gyn in the Atlanta area and let's just say she's a BEAST!! She is one of the sweetest individuals you will ever meet. One thing I can honestly say, what you see is what you get with her. She is who she is. I was able to actually sit and have a conversation with her and she was so attentive, encouraging and caring. I was humbled by her spirit because although she is who is she, she did not make me feel as if I was a bother by talking to her. In fact, she was quite the opposite. From her, I was reminded to stay true to who God has and will call me to be and to not become easily influenced by notoriety, money or profession. But to remain humble and watch the Lord do His work within me (Ok, I hear you James 4:10). When being used by God, I must be willing to extend my hand forward to grow but also use the other to reach back and bring others as well.
I say all of this (or continue to say) FOLLOW YOUR PURPOSE!! Ask God to guide to places, events and people who are on the wavelength you seek to be on (Did you catch that?). Pray and seek for mentors or groups of friends who push and challenge you. If you are not being challenged, you are not growing. NOTHING comes from our comfort zones. Put yourself in "uncomfortable" or new positions that will ultimately grow you. Network and connect with others. P U R S U E !
Philippians 3:14 (NLT) reminds us to "…press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." I want to encourage you all (and myself as well) to not to be so spiritually minded that you are no Earthly good. Relentlessly go after (ALL) that which God has placed on your heart. Who is in your sphere of influence? Who's sphere of influence are you in? Find your circle of encouragers and people who push you by not allowing you to settle. Hey, rebuild your circle if needed.
May I be honest? The saying "No new friends" is the most STUPIDEST thing ever. You shouldn't sacrifice yourself to stay friends with "Pookie" if he/she isn't growing or challenging you to grow (**cough cough** "Pookie" also includes family). No, you don’t have to forget where you've come from or the people who were there from the beginning. I highly discourage this. However, this also doesn't mean that you negate opportunities to grow and flourish by rejecting opportunities to meeting new people in fear of how it will make "Pookie" feel. These "new people" may be the individuals God has sent for you to get to the next stage in your career, faith, education, etc. I recall a message by my Pastor (Robert Campbell) one Sunday. He stated that sometimes we become so consumed with not letting people in, that we ultimately end up shutting ourselves out. **cue the shouting music**
Trust the process. Do not become stagnant and complacent. Meet new people. You never know how God will use them to add value to your life or vice versa. ALSO, let me be clear, you don’t have to befriend everyone you meet. Ask God for His wisdom and use discernment. Remember that some people come into our lives for a lifetime but others just come for a chapter or just for a lesson. Be thankful for it all. All of these are needed in order for us to continue to grow. Additionally, be prepared and know that everyone may not understand your journey and that's okay. Love, pray for and be kind to them anyways. Your obedience to Christ is priority. Strive to make Proverbs 3:5-6 a mandate for your life - Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take (NLT).
So let's all continue to grow and flourish and become nothing less than who God has created us to be!
XOXO - Queda
PS: I will have some giveaways coming up soon! :)