By Inspirational Columnist and Author: Linda Mose Meadows


However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
1 Corinthians 2:9

Monday, January 5, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR~ WORK YOUR PLAN!



But you are a chosen people,


a royal priesthood, a holy nation,


a people belonging to God,


that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 (New International Version - UK)



Friends, I am sure that you’ve all heard of the great soulful songstress Mary J. Blige? If not reference You Tube and become familiar with a legend. She’s a woman with heart, soul and true grit. In her song Work That, she reminds not only women, but all of God’s children to “work” what God has gifted us with, and recognize that we are royalty. Scripture assures us also that we are a royal priesthood and a holy nation! How about that! Simply stated: Work what you got! My translation is to embrace your calling- embrace what God has purposed for you to accomplish-one action step at a time!

Why this song you wonder? This song sprang in my spirit as I sat in the Frank Merriweather Public Library at home in Buffalo, N Y –it’s an architectural marvel in the heart of the Buffalo community. As I sat at the computer terminal I began wondering which song would convey my message of work your plan? The scripture :


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. [b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
Jerimiah 29:11-14

Mary J. Blige like the Erank Merriweather Public library founder’s, developer’s and librarians, they believe in embracing and building up others through resources and services. In an effort to begin anew and start 2009 in the spirit of restoration and personal growth, I trust this information will empower and encourage your hearts.

I really appreciate how the Holy Ghost directed me not only to Youtube’s videos, lyrics of Mary J. Blige but, more importantly her foundation for everyday women entitled:

Foundation of Advancement of Women Now

I salute this soulful woman of God and will endeavor to :

Work my divine centered resolve and spend more concrete time studying and praying so that I move in the direction that God has for me-action ministry and service.

I will take my own medicine and step out further on faith- one step at a time and “work my thing out”, eating better, living healthier, speaking & thinking in the affirmative, learning more and embracing new concepts as I move along my way.

I am listening Lord and taking heed –I encourage you to do the same. Happy New Year!

Enjoy the music, take heart regarding the lyrics and be sure to receive the practical instructions for personal Growth for making a new year’s resolution that are posted on Mary j. Blige’s website! Strut your stuff like Mary! Work your plan, dream big and live on, live on y’all! I praise God for you!!

Work That

Mary J. Blige's Lyrics


Work your thing out

Work your thing out

Work your thing out Work your thing out

Theres so many-a girls

I hear you been running From the beautiful queen That you could be becoming

You can look at my palm

And see the storm coming

Read the book of my life

And see I've overcome it

Just because the length of your hair ain't long

And they often criticize you for your skin tone

Wanna hold your head high

Cause you're a pretty woman

Get your runway stride home

And keep going

Girl live ya life

I just wanna be myself

Don't sweat girl be yourself

Follow me, Follow me, Follow me

Girl be yourself

That's why I be myself

And I'm gonna love it

Let em get mad

They gonna hate anyway

Don't you get that?

Doesn't matter if you're going on with their plan

They'll never be happy

Cause they're not happy with themselves

Na, na work what you got

I'm talking bout things that I know

Na ,na work what you got

It's okay show yourself some love

Na, na work what you got

Don't worry bout who's saying what

It's gonna be fine

Work what you got

Feelin great because the light's on me

Celebrating the things that everyone told me Would never happen but God has put his hands on me

And aint a man alive could ever take it from me

Working with what I got I gotta keep on Taking care of myself I wanna live long

Aint never ashamed what life did to me

Wasn't afraid to change cause it was good for me

I wanna... I just wanna be myself

Don't sweat girl be yourself

Follow me, Follow me, Follow me

Girl be yourself

That's why I be myself

And I'm gonna love it

Let em get mad

They gonna hate anyway

Don't you get that?

Doesn't matter if you're going on with their plan

They'll never be happy

Cause they're not happy with themselves

Na ,na work what you got

I'm talking bout things that I know

Na ,na work what you got

It's okay show yourself some love

Na, na work what you got

Don't worry bout who's saying what

It's gonna be fine

Work what you got

Work that

Work that

Work that Girl don't hold back

You just be yourself

[3x]

Na, na work what you got

I'm talking bout things that I know

Na, na work what you got

It's okay show yourself some love

Na, na work what you got

Don't worry bout who's saying what

It's gonna be fine

Work what you got

Work that

Work that

Work that Girl don't hold back

You just be yourself

Work that thing out

Work that thing out Work what you got


reference: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/mary-j.-blige-lyrics/work-that-lyrics.html








Personal Growth

Jan 1

Keep your New Year's resolutions: Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals
Posted by FFAWN on January 1, 2009 8:00 AM

Do you find it difficult to keep your New Year's resolutions? Do you find yourself coming up with excuses for why you haven't done something you promised yourself you would months ago? Still haven't lost the weight you gained during your last pregnancy? Haven't found room in your schedule to spend more time with your family? Is the basement still a mess after several halfhearted attempts at "spring cleaning"? Here's a decision-making process that might be able to help. Instead of making empty promises and setting unachievable New Year's resolutions this year, try creating S.M.A.R.T. goals.

When you set goals, you need to carefully consider what you want to achieve and be honest with yourself about how much work you're willing to put in to make them happen.

Having goals helps you feel in control and can give you a sense of purpose. You should keep setting new goals for yourself and not feel limited to just one or two. You should also reassess your goals from time to time and measure your progress.

The S.M.A.R.T. process is an effective way to set and meet your goals.Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. Try to choose goals that deal with behaviors, not feelings. For example, you're your goal to walk 20 minutes each morning instead of just deciding to get into shape.

To help yourself set a specific goal, ask yourself the five "W" questions:

Who: Who is involved?

What: What do I want to accomplish?

When: When will I work on my goal and what is a realistic time frame for reaching my goal?

Where: Where will I accomplish the goal?

Why: What are the reasons, purpose, or benefits of accomplishing the goal?

Measurable: Choose goals that have results you can measure - when you can measure your progress, you have a better chance at staying on track, reaching your target dates, and having results you can take pride in.

When you start planning, decide on the steps you need to take to reach the ultimate goal and set deadlines for each step. Try noting your daily progress each day in a diary or a chart, including how you feel about your accomplishments.Achievable: Be honest with yourself about what you can achieve.

Goal setting is a great way to push yourself beyond your current limits, so you should pick a goal that requires effort and hard work, but be sure to choose a goal that is within reach. For example, you may not be able to run a marathon this year, but over time you can gradually increase the distance you can walk.

Rewarding: While it is exhilarating to reach a goal, you should be sure to find extra ways to reward yourself along the way. Plan rewards ahead of time so you have something to look forward to. For example, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes when you can walk a mile without stopping.

Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no deadline, there's no sense of urgency. Keeping track of your progress will help you stay motivated. Remember, reaching your goals can require a good deal of time and effort, and you need to find ways to keep yourself motivated. When you accomplish your goals, you will feel great about yourself, but be prepared to work hard to get there!Sometimes just sharing your goals with others can help you stay motivated. Please share your progress with us below in the comments section - we'd love to hear your New Year's resolutions and how you plan to make them happen!

Reference: Foundation of Advanced Women Now

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