ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 11

~Day 11 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Jackie Spencer, Fort Worth,Texas; by way of New York State! – Published Author
FACEBOOK: JackieSpencer
 

Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. 
·         My name is Jackie Spencer.  I am an Elder at The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, under Bishop TD Jakes and campus Pastor Patrick Winfield.  I have 10 wonderful grandchildren and 2 lovely daughters, as well as 3 darling great grands and one on the way.  I have worked for the State of NY for 30 years in the areas of psychology, rehabilitation, staff and leadership development and the development of programs for developmentally disabled individuals and for children 6 wks to 12 yrs. I have a strong background in the Word of God as well as in research.  Research is my passion, especially when it can be used to help someone reach their full potential. (Regina: THAT is a lifetime of experience!)
Explain what type of business you operate?
·         I have authored 2 books and I am working on my 3rdmanuscript.
How long have you been in business?
·         I’ve been gathering information for the book I am currently working on for years; but I felt the need to publish my other 2 books first.  Those 2 books were written primarily for my grandchildren.
How did you get the name for your books?
·         The title of my first book “A Black Man’sJourney Through the Annuals of Time”, came about as I was doing storytelling with my grandchildren about where they came from.  The title of my second book “The Sheep of His Pasture” came about as I was thinking of a way to tell them who they are in Christ.
What motivated you to write these particular books?
·         I became ill and was hospitalized and I thought I was going to die.  I didn’t want to die without making sure that my grandchildren had something to refer to that would continually remind them who they are and whose they are.  I don’t have a lot of money, so the best thing I could leave them is their identity.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
·         Business cards, an updated computer system, a telephone, a network, and a support system. (the last 2 are not the same)
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
·         In 5 years I hope to have finally finished my current manuscript and to be teaching the information contained therein to upcoming leaders.  The manuscript is on leadership.
What inspires you?
·         I am inspired by family and the desire to see people reach their full potential.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
·         Haa Haa, it’s Jesus.  He is the world’s most successful leader and He’s still in business after over 2,000 years.  Can’t beat that with a stick! (Regina: Of course you would say Jesus!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
·         I would tell them to first research what their gifts, purpose and passions are, then evaluate their skill set and hone their skills.  As Jackie Mom’s Mabley once said “practice baby practice”.  I would tell them to make certain that their plan lines up with those of the master planner; after all He created them, and He knows their purpose.  I would end by telling them that once they have their direction straight, not to give up and not to be distracted by the issues of life – keep moving forward! (Regina: I DEFINITELY AGREE!)
Is there anything you would like to add?
·         There is a plan and purpose for every life, but we must search it out.  If you know where you’ve been, it will help you to get where you’re going without repeating the past.

Looks like The Elder has spoken! And let the church say AMEN!!


Smooches,
Regina

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Thank You…

I thought about this today…

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

ALL I can say is THANK YOU JESUS…

Smooches,
Regina


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Tested, Trialed, And Tempted, But STILL Blessed!

 Why is it that some people MAINLY Christians feel that because you claim to be a Christian your life should be all rainbows, ponies, and roses??  Roses stink by the way.. but I digress!  The life of a Christian is anything but easy! We are TESTED, TRIALED, and TEMPTED daily!  If YOU are NOT getting the 3T treatment than maybe you should re-evaluate your standing with God.  That is not to say that God is the one sending the trials your way because that is not always true.  Some test and trials God sends.  Some tests and trials God USES!  Yes, God will ALLOW you to be tested.  In Luke, chapter 22, Jesus tells Simon that Satan has asked to sift him (Simon) like wheat.  In the book of Job God allowed Satan to test, tempt, and attack Job in numerous ways.  Job lost EVERYTHING! He lost his belongings, his house, his land, and Job even lost his friends and his family. His very character was attacked, BUT YET, Job praised God!

When all was said and done, Job STILL in spite of all the TESTS, TRIALS, and TEMPTATIONS, amidst all the destruction, death, and devastation……. JOB STILL PRAISED GOD!
Are you being sifted like wheat? What have YOU lost? What Trials, Tests, or Temptations have you gone through, lived through, going through? Will you STILL praise God?

I have good news for you Job came through his tests, trials, and temptations.  He was tried and found worthy in Gods eyes.  Everything that Job lost, God replacedmultiplied, and magnified in Job’s latter days!
Job 42:12-17 tells of the increase that God blessed Job with.

12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days. 

 So, there you have it. After all the Tests, Trials, and Temptations, GOD BLESSED JOB ABUNDANTLY!

Be blessed beloved, there is a light at the end of that long dark tunnel!

Regina

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The Virtuous Woman

Ever notice that there are NUMEROUS times in the bible where it mentions God having to step in and be a Father to the Fatherless but it never mentions the Motherless…..

But then the bible also has almost an entire chapter on the Virtuous Woman…

The Virtuous Wife (Proverbs 31:10-31)

10 Who[b] can find a virtuous[c] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Be Blessed!
Regina

P.S. – No I am not in any way male bashing or downgrading the male importance! I was reading something and this dropped into my Spirit!

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More Beauty, Less Beast – Book Review

Title – More Beauty, Less Beast: Transforming Your Inner Ogre
Author – Debra M. Coty

Publisher – Barbour Publishing Inc.
Date of publication – March, 2012
Number of pages – 224
*Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “More Beauty, Less Beast” to read in order to write my honest review.*
About The Book:
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women struggling to tame that out-of-control inner beast that unexpectedly pounces, roaring and shredding, as it threatens to destroy the divinely beautiful princess hidden within.  In More Beauty, Less Beast, women will find simple, practical techniques for embracing the true beauty rightfully theirs as cherished daughters of the King.  Whether jaded by emotional wounds, unrealistic standards, or lack of confidence, this laugh-out-loud, girlfriend-to-girlfriend encouragement will help women transform their destructive inner beast into the exquisite beauty they were always meant to be.  
About The Author:
Debora Coty is an occupational therapist, a piano teacher, and a freelance writer.  She is also involved in the children’s ministry at her church and is an avid tennis player.  Debora began writing to fill the void when her last child left for college, and it has since become a passion.  Debora has a real knack for getting across sound biblical concepts with a refreshing lightheartedness as attested in her monthly newspaper column entitled “Grace Notes: God’s Grace for Everyday Living.” 
Visit Debra Coty at www.deboracoty.com for more about her and her books.

Now for the good stuff… MY review!
More Beauty, Less Beast was very … Interesting!  The author has a very appealing way of writing that keeps you engaged.  The book is very informal and written so that those who are young in Christ can really understand and appreciate her relationship with God while building his or her own relationship with God and with themselves.  This would be an excellent book for Women’s groups, church groups, study groups, and book clubs.  The end of each chapter includes three questions under the title of “Taming the Beast”!  The end of each chapter is what makes this an excellent book for any group setting.  The groups can discuss the questions together, or a group leader can assign the questions as homework for individual inner-reflection.  The book contains sound biblical scriptures in every chapter as well as a scripture index.
I would not recommend the book for daily devotional reading or for Christian women who are more knowledgeable of the word and have a solid relationship with God.  Nor for women who have already mastered and tamed their inner beasts!  The book seems too simplistic for the more mature Christian woman who SHOULD HAVE already conquered these demons … but you never know they may need a refresher course!  Oh, and if you like the color pink the book is very “girly” and eye-catchingThis book is sure to be a book club/Women’s Group Favorite!  On a scale of 1-10, I would give this book a solid 8!

To check out the rest of the blog tour and see what others are saying about this book go HERE.
To buy this book go HERE.
Guess What?? Debora is hosting a $150 Visa Cash Card Giveaway and throwing a fun “Divine Beauty” Facebook party on 3/22!
Enter Today and Save the Date-3/22!

Debora Coty More Beauty, Less Beast Giveaway



Smooches! Happy Reading!
Regina
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I See You, I Hear You, I Love You

When you look at me what do you see? When you look at your neighbor what do you see? Have you ever bothered to really consider the people around you? When you run into someone on the street and you say, “Hey! How are you?” do you actually really care? More often than not you do not want to hear about someones bad back, or their struggles with their landlord, or how they are having problems on the job. All you really want to hear is the perfunctory reply of, “I’m fine and you?”  They probably want to hear the same from you. 
If all we are receiving from our neighbors, friends, and even family is the customary, perfunctory answers and replies, then how are we effectively communicating with one another? If we are not effectively communicating with one another than how can we show LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER as the bible tells us to do? 1 Peter 4:8 tells us “And above all things have fervent love for one anotherfor “love will cover a multitude of sins”. As a matter of fact, loving one another is so important to God that it is mentioned numerous times in the bible in 1 John, 1 Peter, Romans, Galatians, and in 1 Thessalonians.
I do not believe that God wants us to just look AT someone, look AROUND someone, or talk AT someone. I believe God wants us to actually SEE ONE ANOTHER, LISTEN TO ONE ANOTHER, and genuinely LOVE ONE ANOTHER. We must learn to look at someone and SEE them the way GOD SEES THEM. So lets start working on that, okay?


Soooooo, how are YOU today?


Smooches,
Regina

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I Trust YOUR Plan Father

Do you believe that God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and everywhere at once? Yes, I believe that God is all that.  God is OMNIPOTENTGod is OMNIPRESENTGod is OMNISCIENT.  We do have freedom of choice HOWEVER God already knows what we will choose.  He knows His children, His creations.  I know my children yet they have free choice, so if I sit a bowl of chocolate ice cream, and a bowl of fresh strawberries in front of my child, depending on which child it is, I know what she/he will choose even though they have the free will to choose either one.
God has a perfect will.  He has things in mind for us, His perfect will for our lives.  But He also made provision for when we deviate from the path He has chosen and when we do things our own way, of our own free will.  For those times He also has a permissive will.  The things we choose, that He allows or permits are part of His permissive will.  
God is all knowing so he knew about slavery.  I am sure that did not surprise Him at all.  I do not know if that was His plan or not but I know that it was a blight, an abomination, a travesty for ALL the races involved.  (Not only Blacks were slaves, there were Jewish slaves, Indian slaves, and others).  BUT I DO KNOW that God can and will use all things that are meant for evil, for the good of those who love Him.  Romans 8:28 says so!
Where would I be, where would you be, if it were not for slavery?  Is it so hard to fathom that God had to set things in motion on a certain path to bring about a certain outcome?  Is it so hard to fathom that God knew and made provisions?  Would I be in some small, impoverished village, weaving baskets, hauling water trying to feed my family?  Is it too much of a stretch to think that you are where you are supposed to be?  For whatever reason you are where God wants you.  God knows the plan, and who are we to question it?  God said in Jeremiah 29:11, 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. When I think about slavery, I think about it in a more personal way.  Without my ancestors having gone through the hell they lived through, I would not be here today living this life, going to school for a degree, online, writing/blogging about my life, able to openly and freely worship God, enjoying seeing my children educated, and prospering in a land of opportunities, and freedoms that we would not have otherwise. (**Side note** Now, that YOU have this freedom, time, space, and opportunity WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT?)


of course some people are STILL slave minded…. But that is a blog post for another day…

Peace & Love All!
Trust In GOD’s Plan, and do YOUR part!


Regina

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