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WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
November 2006 - Vol. 1, Issue 1
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Welcome to the Women of Destiny Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.

Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!

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The reality my sisters is that we live in difficult times. Many have surrendered hope to discouragement and thrown in the proverbial towel of defeat. There is war and rumor of wars, HIV and AIDS pillaging our communities, mis-education negatively affecting our children, and unemployment on the rise.
It's easy to give up hope, however God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. God has given us the ability to reach further, climb higher and accomplish more than our ancestors did and we owe it God to press on. How is it that our foremothers and forefathers were able to build schools and successful businesses with less resources than we possess. I'll tell you how - they believed that God had a purpose and divine calling on their lives. They struggled and refused to be denied God's blessings.

Recently I spoke at Georgetown University on a Saturday for a workshop with over 20 students and their parents and then again on Sunday for their Protestant Chapel Worship Service. After I preached on Sunday I stood by the exit door to shake hands as the students and their visiting parents dismissed. One young lady (a third-year student) approached me and asked me if I used to serve as the Chaplain at the Milton Hershey School. I quickly responded, "Yes, were you one of my high school helpers?" She smiled, and replied, "No, I was one of your students, I was in the 2nd grade." Well, I was in absolute shock. This encounter taught me two very important things: 1) Time waits for no one. We must give our all NOW - because we are getting older whether we want to admit it or not, and 2) Everything you do for the kingdom matters - If this young lady remembered me from such a young age an impact was obviously made on her life. We may not remember when or ever know what our ministry is doing to bless others - but we must simply do it. Come on ladies, no matter what you're going through it couldn't be harder than slavery, poverty, or illiteracy. Let's stop making excuses and let's get busy about our purpose on this planet and claim the promises that God has reserved for us.
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Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times. The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her! One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone." Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart. The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!" In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives: Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die. Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us where ever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.

- Anonymous -
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Personal Ministry Coaching (PMC) is a new concept that I designed around the principal of life coaching. While life coaching focuses on assisting an individual with their personal and professional goals, ministry coaching is specifically focused on helping people understand their call and maximizing that ministry to reach the masses effectively. PMC's mission is assist individuals in understanding, creating and maximizing the ministry that God has given specifically to them. Through a process of individualized coaching and assessment PMC will systematically guide its clients through the necessary steps to run effective ministries. Weekly coaching via the Internet, telephone or face-to-face meetings coupled with a monthly assessment constitutes PMC's services. PMC's services consist of seven phases which are:
  1. Defining Your Ministry Goals
  2. Creating and Effective Organization
  3. Developing a Business Plan
  4. Counting The Costs
  5. Moving Your Ministry to the Marketplace
  6. Marketing Your Ministry for Success
  7. Evaluating Your Ministry's Effectiveness

Clients are asked to commit to a six-month personal coaching contract in order to maximize results. The cost of PMC's services are $125.00 per month which does not include the costs associated with the development and implementation of the client's ministry (e.g. website development, book publishing costs, logo development, copyright fees, incorporation costs, etc.)
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We give and we give and give until we many times we are left feeling empty and void. One very important lesson that I've learned over the years is that I am unable to care for anyone when I am depleted. For this reason I am in the planning stages of two wonderfully replenishing events that I would like for you to attend. The first is a Women's Retreat in Atlanta, Georgia during the Spring of 07. The second is a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard "Glory" a Princess Cruise Line ship. This spiritually refreshing excursion will take place August 4-12, 2007 and the price will range from $650 or below depending on the number of persons in your cabin. Ports of call include Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Marten. We will depart from Orlando, Florida. More details will be forthcoming in our next newsletter.
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Have you purchased your copy of Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God? This is the perfect gift for every woman you know during the holidays. Imagine if the woman who were most important to us truly understood and made the most of God's call upon their lives. I believe that we could repair this broken world. Visit www.womenofdestiny.org to purchase your copy of this life changing book or simply click on the cover and visit our bookstore.

COST $14.99 + shipping and handling

Remember we are called for a great work - YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Tait

Women of Destiny Ministry

phone: 770-356-0101

 

WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
December 2006 - Vol. 1, Issue 2
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This is the Women of Destiny Newsletter for December 2006. The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.
Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!
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This issue is all about balance. My next book which is already in the works is entitled, "Balance: The Key to Your Destiny" I feel passionate about ministering in this area because I have personally witnessed in my life and in the lives of so many others the detrimental effects that the lack of balance can have. Balance is that delicate tight rope walk in which every major area of our lives is centered and evenly distributed. Webster defines it as keeping oneself or something else from falling, by holding steady; or one's normal, steady state of mind.
The major areas of our lives that must remain in balance are: Spiritual, Physical and Financial. No one can escape these critical areas of balance in their life lest they fall prey to moral dilemmas, physical dis-ease, or financial hardship or ruin. Balance - is recognizing that it really doesn't matter how much money you have if your physical body is plagued with diabetes, high- blood pressure, obesity, etc. It is also recognizing that the overwhelming pressure of owing everyone money you don't have is keeping you from thriving in your calling or experiencing unnecessary stress and anxiety which now threatens your overall health.

Recently I recognized that my life was once again out of balance. I was working and traveling at an incredible pace and even I didn't know when I was coming or going. My kids said to me in a rather pitiful voice, "Are you going out of town again?" You see Friday nights at the Tait home are "Family Fun Nights" and we hadn't done anything fun in over a month. I heard the plea in my children's voices to please give them their time back. Okay, things were officially out of balance and work was the cause of major stress and time missed with my family. The first thing we must do is acknowledge when our lives are out of balance. Denial is helping no one. Secondly we must inform those around us from our bosses to our children to our spouses or partners that we recognize the imbalance. When we fail to do so, we send the rather erroneous message that the important things really aren't important. Thirdly we must be willing to take the necessary steps to get our lives back in harmony. If that means canceling a trip, quitting a job, reorganizing our schedules, consolidating our bills, getting our yearly check up, etc. Let us not go into 2007 unbalanced - let's follow these three steps and get our lives back on track.
If you would like to read more about balance and how to achieve it you can read "Today's Minister's Wife: A Newsletter for Today's Leading Ladies" Volume I, Winter Issue 2006. Yours truly is featured on the cover. Subscribe at www.todaysministerswife.org.
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Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) - With the new year around the corner, many of us are contemplating ways to better ourselves, and enhance the quality of our lives. So as tradition would have it, many adopt new year resolutions.

For many African Americans, our goals almost always include self-improvement in some form or facet. However, weight loss usually ranks at the top of many lists. We are obsessed as a nation with weight loss through dietary fads. Dieting is the number one approach for dealing with obesity and excessive weight gain in the U.S. We spend billions each year within the diet industry, but yet the number of obese persons has increased by 50 percent in the last decade. So all of that money, time, and effort ends up being spent for nothing by years end.

Statistics show that although most diets can help you to lose at least 10% of your total body weight, 67% of American dieters regain their weight within a year after stopping. 95% of dieters regain their weight within 5 years, and 33% end up gaining more weight than what they had before they started dieting. Why? The answer is simple: Diets do not address the underlying imbalances in the body and lifestyle factors that are the primary causes of obesity and excessive weight gain.

Safely, effectively and permanently losing weight involves a lifetime commitment that includes factors that encompasses a holistic health approach - The big picture that is. Diets and weight loss specialists tend to neglect this area. In fact, there is a common misconception that obesity is only caused by overeating and lack of exercise. While this can be true in some cases, there are other factors such as dieting, food allergies, hereditary and social factors, insulin imbalances, metabolic disorders like dysfunctional thyroids, and toxins in the body.

In order to lose weight successfully each of these factors should be looked at and properly addressed. These are the underlying factors that diet programs totally overlook. Instead they focus their attention on calorie and food restriction. Restriction can lead to rapid weight loss, but is dangerous because it triggers the body's survival mechanisms, which is to store calories in the (form of fat). This in turn leads to binges and overeating as soon as the diet is over.

So not only does your metabolism slow down, but fat cells become bloated and fatty toxins are stored in the body's tissues. Thus, weight is put back on over time. This example explains why successful weight loss cannot be solely achieved through the latest fad diet or weight loss supplement. So on your quest for weight loss, what exactly should you be looking for as a solution?

For starters you want to listen to your body for clues that you are making the wrong food choices, and change them. Acquire good eating habits that help you reduce body fat, and stop depending on quick weight loss dieting. Do your own research and you will find that diet foods are loaded with chemicals such as artificial sweeteners like aspartame and artificial flavoring such as MSG, commonly disguised as hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
These chemicals cause damage to the body's organ that is responsible for regulating body weight, thus contributing to obesity among people who eat foods containing these substances. Not to mention that you become physically addicted to them. Bottom line is that sugars and processed foods have no place in your diet when you want to lose weight. Read your labels. There is no one product or magic potion for successful weight loss and good health.

The key to lasting success is a comprehensive dietary/lifestyle program that addresses all your causes of excessive weight gain and obesity. Remember this is a life long commitment involving lifestyle changes, not just another new year's resolution or another jump on the latest fad diet train.
Take charge of your life now! Look better, feel better and be better than ever!!

By Makeisha Lee, Black Health Consultant www.CleanseFormula.com
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It's time to take your ministry to the world! The best way to make that happen is through Personal Ministry Coaching. PMC is a new concept that I designed around the principal of life coaching. While life coaching focuses on assisting an individual with their personal and professional goals, ministry coaching is specifically focused on helping people understand their call and maximize their ministry to reach the masses effectively. PMC's mission is to assist individuals in understanding, creating and maximizing the ministry that God has given specifically to them. Through a process of individualized coaching and assessment PMC will systematically guide its clients through the necessary steps to run effective ministries. Weekly coaching via the Internet, telephone or face-to-face meetings coupled with a monthly assessment constitutes PMC's services. PMC's services consist of seven phases which are:
  1. Defining Your Ministry Goals
  2. Creating and Effective Organization
  3. Developing a Business Plan
  4. Counting The Costs
  5. Moving Your Ministry to the Marketplace
  6. Marketing Your Ministry for Success
  7. Evaluating Your Ministry's Effectiveness

Clients are asked to commit to a six-month personal coaching contract in order to maximize results. The cost of PMC's services are $125.00 per month which does not include the costs associated with the development and implementation of the client's ministry (e.g. website development, book publishing costs, logo development, copyright fees, incorporation costs, etc.)
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Okay ladies now is the time to treat yourself to some rest and relaxation. We already have over fifteen people booked for the 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise. This will be the perfect trip to help you remain balanced. Trust me, by August you will need seven days away.
We will be cruising aboard "Glory" a Carnival Cruise Line ship. This spiritually refreshing excursion will take place August 4-12, 2007 and the price for 1 passenger in an interior cabin is $549 if you book by January 10, 2007. Ports of call include Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Marten. We will depart from Orlando, Florida's Port Canaveral. To book your cruise call Carole at (321) 695-9913 at Travel By Design.
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Don't miss this opportunity to purchase your copy of Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God and its companion CD! This is the perfect gift for every woman you know during the holidays. Imagine if the woman who were most important to us truly understood and made the most of God's call upon their lives. I believe that we could repair this broken world. Visit www.womenofdestiny.org to purchase your copy of this life changing book or simply click on the cover and visit our bookstore.
COST of the Package $20.00 + shipping and handling
The next issue of this newsletter will be our special MLK edition in January. Remember we are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!
Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Tait
Women of Destiny Ministry

email: lisamtait@aol.com
phone: 770-356-0101
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WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
April 2007 - Vol. 1, Issue 3
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The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.

Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!

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Recently I completed an Audio Lesson entitled "Balance: The Key To Your Destiny." I am proclaiming 2007 as the year of balance. Ladies we need to get off the merry-go-round of life and stabilize. As I outlined in our last newsletter there are three major areas in our lives that must remain balanced. Those areas are: Spiritual, Physical and Financial. No one can escape these critical areas of balance in their life lest they fall prey to moral dilemmas, physical dis-ease, or financial hardship or ruin.
In the last newsletter I shared ways in which you could achieve balance in the three aforementioned areas. However, it will do you no good to gain this wisdom if you aren't aware of the hindrances to balance. These are the natural enemies to you achieving a balanced state in life.
1) The first hindrance is Lack of Commitment. Decide what you want, put your hand to the plow, and don't take no for an answer. Commit to achieving a balanced financial life. (Budget, pay your bills on time, improve your credit rating, stop unnecessary shopping, tithe, save, and seek financial freedom.)
The second hindrance is Lack of Faith. If you don't believe it, you can't conceive it, and you won't achieve it! Ask, seek, and you will find.
The third hindrance to balance is Lack of Knowledge. You can have all the money in the world, all the heath in the world, all the favor with God in the world but if you lack the understanding to know what to it they will all soon vanish.

If you would like to learn more about balance and how to achieve it you can order our newest Audio Lesson. Just visit our website at www.womenofdestiny.org.
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(BlackNews.com) -Why are Black men avoiding marriage? Ask Former NFL Running Back Jerone Davison. Pastor Jerone Davison is the author of the popular book The Spiritual Fragrance of a Woman - the Fragrance that Attracts the Right Man. Pastor Jerone is a young man who loves the people in his church and prays that their heart's desires will be met. He is passionate about the futures of single women in the church and prays to see them happily married.

"The question in our churches is why aren't our daughters getting married? Why aren't the men who come to church and get saved choosing to marry the single saved women in the church? Are the women doing something wrong? I don't think so. Are all of our men going Gay, DL, Thug Life or Crazy Coo Coo Style? I pray not," says Davison.

The low marital statistics in the Afro American community is not only off the hook but off the charts, being the lowest race to commit to marriage. "Have we all fallen to the hype of Hip Hop or have we just walked away from Bible believing values and morals? What's up?"

Davison says that one of the reasons why he feels black men don't marry is because most have grown up in single parent or illegitimate homes. Most have never seen a good marriage first hand leaving no desire for marriage. Marriage for most of today's men is nowhere on the list of life's priorities. This is a major issue and is growing uglier by the generation. Which is why the women in our communities must be more demanding of a marital commitment from their boyfriends before sex? Challenge them to be responsible men by making them wait and make a decision. Premarital sex changes everything it changes his feelings about the woman which is why most of the time it's a hit and quit it situation.

Secondly, most of today's men don't understand the spiritual or natural significance of marriage and the impact it has on our children thinking that marriage is only a piece of paper. This is where the Church comes in. We've got to preach about marriage. After all car registration is paper, a driver's license is paper covered by plastic, a receipt is paper, etc., and without most of these you would be consisted illegitimate just as illegitimate as shacking up and pretending to be married.

Lastly, the Fear Factor. Men have a fear of losing sexual excitement, thinking the more the merrier; they fear that one woman can't satisfy. Not knowing that sex in marriage is the greatest love of all because God's blessings are on marriage and marriage has the big three - love, commitment and trust... Marriage is a true gift from God and it's a shame to see it go to waste.

The Spiritual Fragrance of a Woman - the Fragrance that Attracts the Right Man can be purchased at www.amazon.com or www.disilgold.com
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily of the publisher of this newsletter.
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It's time to take your ministry to the world! The best way to make that happen is through Personal Ministry Coaching. PMC is a new concept that I designed around the principal of life coaching. While life coaching focuses on assisting an individual with their personal and professional goals, ministry coaching is specifically focused on helping people understand their call and maximize their ministry to reach the masses effectively. PMC's mission is to assist individuals in understanding, creating and maximizing the ministry that God has given specifically to them. Through a process of individualized coaching and assessment PMC will systematically guide its clients through the necessary steps to run effective ministries. Weekly coaching via the Internet, telephone or face-to-face meetings coupled with a monthly assessment constitutes PMC's services. PMC's services consist of seven phases which are:
  1. Defining Your Ministry Goals
  2. Creating and Effective Organization
  3. Developing a Business Plan
  4. Counting The Costs
  5. Moving Your Ministry to the Marketplace
  6. Marketing Your Ministry for Success
  7. Evaluating Your Ministry's Effectiveness

Call for a free consultation. Let's get started on your website development, book publishing, audio book, sermon CD's, logo development, copyright materials, and incorporation.
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God Specializes in Comebacks is a sermon that will change your life. Need a word to inspire you? Ready to move to the next level? Order this CD today! Come on it's time to leave the pity party and prepare for your comeback.

Cost of the each CD is $10.00 which includes shipping and handling.

Remember we are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!

Sincerely,


Dr. Lisa Tait
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WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
June 2007 - Vol. 1, Issue 4
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The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.

Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!

Woman with Money
As you know by now I have been dealing with the issue of balance this year. It is my goal to assist everyone I meet in achieving balance in their spiritual, physical, and financial lives.
But here's the problem. People don't mind you helping them with spiritual matters, in fact I've found that people are more than open to spiritual counseling. They don't even mind you sharing a few health tips with them or working out with them at the gym. But when it comes to the topic of money - people loose it, they clam up, they quickly let you know that is my personal business.

Listen the truth is that until you decide to stop running from your financial woes you will never achieve balance and without balance it's impossible to fully embrace your destiny.

So can we talk? Let's begin with simply coming out of denial and admitting that you have a problem. We can't face what you won't fix! Okay, you know you have a problem with your finances when you have to hide bags in the car and bring them in when everyone is asleep. You have a problem when your closet is full of clothes and shoes but your savings account is empty. It's a problem when you have to search through your purse to find a credit card that's not maxed out. It's a problem when you have to get $6.70 worth of gas in your car until pay day.

So I'll admit it, I know about this because I've been there and done that. But I realized that if God ever hopes to get the best from me I have to manage my finances so that I am not totally stressed out, or unable to pay for a ministry project, or lack respect from ministry colleagues because I'm always broke. Amen somebody.

So let's make a vow to achieve some balance in our financial lives this year, raise our credit scores, create substantial savings, tithe, invest, get properly insured and remove the stress that unpaid bills bring.

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Michelle Singletary
By: Michelle Singeltary

My grandmother, Big Mama, often wrote her budget on the back of old envelopes.
I marveled at how she, a nursing assistant, managed to stay within her budget making just above minimum wage while raising five grandchildren -- without the help of state aid, which she was entitled to but nonetheless refused.
But Big Mama's skills went beyond just drafting a budget. Despite all kinds of financial mayhem, she was able to stick to her budget, never once paying a bill late or using credit as a crutch in leaner times.
A lot of people can draw up a budget but it's worthless unless you can maintain it. So how did a woman making so little manage to follow her budget?

Let me share with you the secrets of Big Mama's budget management system.
The first thing my grandmother did was to automate her savings. She had part of her paycheck automatically deposited into a no- fee credit union savings account. This was her emergency money.
As disciplined and frugal as Big Mama was, she knew that if all her paycheck went into her regular bank account, she would spend it. So she put in place a mechanism to make sure she saved something from every paycheck.
This system will only work if you put up roadblocks that will make it harder to dip into this account for everyday living expenses. For example, don't get an ATM card when you set up the account. Consider choosing an institution with few branches. If you make it as inconvenient as possible to get the money, you will leave it alone until a real emergency emerges.
The next secret to Big Mama's budget system was to keep track of when her bills were due. This too she did on the back of used envelopes. Big Mama was fanatical about staying on top of what bill she needed to pay from each paycheck. On her paycheck envelope, she would write down how much was going to her emergency fund first. Then she noted which bills were being paid from that check.

Here's another trick to manage your budget -- negotiate with your creditors to change your billing due dates. By controlling the due dates you avoid having all your bills come due at the same time.
As far as managing the daily dollars, there are various systems you can use. To keep track of what money was being spent, Big Mama used the envelope budgeting system.
Simply, when my grandmother got paid she would divide the money up into various envelopes for her mortgage, telephone bill, car payment, etc. Once the money was gone, that was it. She rarely borrowed from one envelope to make up for a shortfall in another category. One of the problems with having easy electronic access to your money is there's no immediate visual clue that you are about to overspend in a certain category.

Finally, Big Mama's biggest secret to sticking to her budget was having a purpose for every penny. She never spent any money without considering how that expenditure affected the financial goals she set for her life, such as paying off her home before she retired.
Big Mama would occasionally have to rework her budget. But one thing remained constant: She set financial priorities and let them dictate how she spent.

Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her award-winning column, "The Color of Money," is carried by more than 140 newspapers across the country, including the Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Tampa Tribune and Seattle Post- Intelligencer.

It's time to take your ministry to the world! The best way to make that happen is through Personal Ministry Coaching. PMC is a new concept that I designed around the principle of life coaching. While life coaching focuses on assisting an individual with their personal and professional goals, ministry coaching is specifically focused on helping people understand their call and maximize their mininstry to reach the masses effectively. PMC's mission is to assist individuals in understanding, creating and maximizing the ministry that God has given specifically to them. Through a process of individualized coaching and assessment PMC will systematically guide its clients through the necessary steps to run effective ministries. Weekly coaching via the internet, telephone or face-to-face meetings coupled with a monthly assessment constitutes PMC's services. PMC's services consist of seven phases which are:
  1. Defining Your Ministry Goals
  2. Creating and Effective Organization
  3. Developing a Business Plan
  4. Counting The Costs
  5. Moving Your Ministry to the Marketplace
  6. Marketing Your Ministry for Success
  7. Evaluating Your Ministry's Effectiveness

Call for a free consultation. Let's get started on your website development, book publishing, audio book, sermon CD's, logo development, copyright materials, and incorporation.
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Our website has now been redesigned to bring you even more inspiration and information. Visit us each day and get your daily devotion, or view an awesome Inspirational Presentation, check out the Photo Gallery, or read past WOD newsletters, and don't forget to visit our bookstore for informative products and services.

Visit us today at www.womenofdestiny.org or click on the image to the left.
The Key To Your Destiny is the next exciting offering from Women of Destiny Ministries. This book deals with the delicate balance of our spiritual, physical and financial lives that can move us closer to our destiny and it provides the reader with practical tools for achieving a state of balance and harmony.
Available in a bookstore near you - August 2007.

You can order your copy at www.womenofdestiny.org

Remember we are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!

Sincerely,


Dr. Lisa Tait
Women of Destiny Ministry

phone: 770-356-0101

 

WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
August 2007 - Vol. 1, Issue 5
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As I continue to deal with the issue of balance this year I want to look specifically at the topic of emotional well-being. Again my goal is to assist everyone I meet in achieving balance in their spiritual, physical, and financial lives.
When we deal with the issue of emotional well-being we are referring to combating such issues as depression, despondency, stress, and anxiety in an attempt to experience joy and genuine relief.

A national study by the Black Women's Health Imperative found that 60% of us have symptoms of depression. Yet most of time, we're depressed, and we don't even know it. The main issue is we don't know the signs and symptoms of depression. Some of those symptoms are fatigue, mood changes, changes in eating habits and sleeping patterns, backache, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, inability to concentrate, restlessness, low self- esteem, hypertension, or anger. I don't know about you but I have to admit these symptoms are hitting a little too close to home.

So what can we do about it? Let's begin with learning how to help ourselves. Here are some things we can do to combat depression: Set realistic goals; Break large tasks into smaller ones; Be with people as much as possible; Participate in activities that make you feel better; Exercise; Understand that you'll feel better gradually, not immediately; Delay making important decisions until the depression has lifted; and Let your family and friends help you.

Our emotional well-being is intricately associated with our spiritual well-being. We must never forget this. There are some things that will only dissipate and leave you through prayer and fasting. I believe "hope" is the best antidote to depression therefore it's important to get plugged into a Spirit-filled Christian community.

I must also mention, however that depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance and if it persists you should seek medical treatment.


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On the day that Robin Roberts made the announcement to the world on Good Morning America that she had breast cancer I opened a piece of mail that was calling me back for a second mammogram. Without panic or worry I picked up the phone scheduled my mammogram and went about the many chores of my day.

Breast cancer isn't always detected with the naked eye. Its early signs are often hidden within your breast tissues. Changes to your breasts that you do see may not be the result of breast cancer at all. Lumps and bumps may come and go, as your hormones ebb and flow, and as you age. Breast skin may change texture due to sunburn, radiation treatments, or infections that cause rashes. So how would you know for sure whether or not a lump, skin rash, or skin dimpling is benign or cancerous? You will need help from your medical professionals to get a clear diagnosis.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
Women who are between 20 and 30 years old should have a clinical breast exam during their annual physical. If irregularities are found, a mammogram and ultrasound can help clarify the nature of the problem.

Getting the Right Picture: Imaging Studies Mammograms
A mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening and early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 years old and up have an annual mammogram, though some other medical associations push that recommendation to age 50. Mammograms can help detect 85 to 90 percent of all breast cancers, even before you can feel a lump.

To follow up on Robin Roberts you should know that she had surgery on last Friday, and radiation as follow-up therapy. She is 46, single, and her family has no history of breast cancer. On last Tuesday's GMA show, she told viewers, "I am so blessed that I found this in the early stages and the prognosis is so promising that my doctor expects me to be flying planes and hanging on to submarines in the middle of the Atlantic and scaling the Mayan pyramids in no time."

So I'm sure you're asking yourself, "Does Dr. Tait have breast cancer?" My response is simply this, "Do you?"
Get your mammogram done today.

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The Obstacles In Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand - "Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition."

Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
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Dr. Lisa Tait
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"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
October 2007 - Vol. 1, Issue 6
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The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.

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As promised I am still dealing with the issue of "balance" in 2007. Ladies I believe once we achieve balance in our spiritual, physical and financial lives we will truly begin to see miraculous things occurring in our lives. Let's deal with one area that most sisters struggle in and that is finding sisterly support.

As I wrote in my book, Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God" I believe that women can do anything. There is only one problem - we can't seem to get along. We find it extremely difficult to support one another. A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are.

Contrary to what you might believe, it takes nothing from you to support another sister. In fact it adds quality to your character, health and emotional well-being. So what are some of the things we can do to encourage and befriend our sisters:
  • Look for genuine opportunities to give her accolades and praise.
  • Communicate your concerns with her and agree to disagree (don't argue).
  • Take time to listen when she has struggles.
  • Remain optimistic even when her situation looks grim.
  • Send encouraging (not junk) emails to lift her spirit.
  • Pray for her and call her by name - God hears you!
  • Financially support her dreams if at all possible.
  • Know when to refer her to someone with more expertise than you. (e.g., counselor, financial manager, pastor, etc.)
  • Honor your friends by supporting their ideas (i.e., don't copy - it's never as good as the original).

In conclusion study after study has found that social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. There's no doubt, says Dr. Klein, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University, that friends are helping us live longer.

In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60%.

Friends are also helping us live better. The famed Nurses' Health Study from Harvard Medical School found that the more friends women had, the less likely they were to develop physical impairments as they aged, and the more likely they were to be leading a joyful life. In fact, the results were so significant, the researchers concluded, that not having close friends or confidants was as detrimental to your health as smoking or carrying extra weight.

BreastcancerEarly Detection: Do You Know The Facts?

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007, 178,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,460 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 2,030 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die this year.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition.

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woman readingA Letter of Love

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: "How is my little boy ? Is he going to be all right ? When can I see him ?"
The surgeon said, "I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it."
Cynthia said, "Why do little children get cancer ? Doesn't God care any more ? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?"
The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university."

Cynthia asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick dark curly hair. "Would you like a lock of his hair ?" the nurse asked.

Cynthia nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Cynthia.
The mother said, "It was Kevin's idea to donate his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. "I said no at first, but Kevin said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom." She went on, "My Kevin had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could."
Cynthia walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Kevin's belongings on the seat beside her in the car.
The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Kevin's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son's room.
She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She laid down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Cynthia awoke. Laying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

"Dear Mom, I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say "I Love You". I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know. Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD ! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him 'Where was He when I needed him ?' "God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children. Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool ? I have to give God His pen back now. He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore. The cancer is all gone. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.

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MayaAngelouIn April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts. "They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first."

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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Recently I viewed a phenomenal short video entitled "A Black Woman's Smile" by Ty Gray El. Take the time to view it with your daughter, granddaughter, girlfriend, or co- worker. It will educate, inspire and enlighten you as to the strength and beauty of the black woman. Enjoy!

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Remember you are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!

Sincerely,


Dr. Lisa Tait
Women of Destiny Ministry

phone: 770-356-0101

 

WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"
December 2007 - Vol. 1, Issue 7
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MainPhoto-Green The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!
homeless(By Lisa Tait, Atlanta, GA)

I was minding my own business, picking up a few items for Emergency Food Baskets at the Atlanta Community Food Bank when one of the employees strongly suggested that I take three cases of 7 Eleven sub sandwiches and give them to the hungry. I gave it a momentary thought and then quickly dismissed his idea as I thought about all the work I would have to do to deliver these 80 sandwiches. The employee kept pushing me to take the free sandwiches and give them away. Finally I agreed and like a soldier on a mission I ventured off into downtown Atlanta to find the homeless and hungry.

As I turned down one street I happened upon a park and there was a large huddle of homeless men and women gathered together, keeping warm in the wet weather. I pulled up, rolled my window down and offered my prepackaged sandwiches. To my surprise without flinching they began to submerge on my vehicle and politely, one-by-one take a sandwich and promptly say "Thank you and God bless you."

My second stop was for two fellows who were not far away digging in a trash can looking for anything to eat. One was black, the other white. It hit me, hunger doesn't discriminate. I held up the sandwich and said plainly, "Hey do you guys want a sandwich?" They walked over and politely took the sandwiches from me but not before saying "Thank you so much!"

Desperate to find more homeless and hungry I continued my quest throughout downtown Atl. (The Underground, CNN Center, Auburn Ave., MLK, Jr. Drive). I noticed the churches were locked shut like prisons - not open or accessible to the people - I kept driving.

I spotted a white man who looked like he could have been a veteran. He was in a wheelchair, sitting up against the fence, not begging for money, just waiting. Waiting perhaps for someone to bless him out of the kindness of their heart. I rolled down my window and asked him if he wanted a sandwich. A smile broke out across his face and he began to wheel himself over to me, but I told him to stop, someone was coming along who could give it to him. A well dressed white business man was approaching. I said "Sir, can you give him this sandwich for me?" He looked at me and kept walking. My voice now desperate, "Please sir I'm just trying to feed the homeless!" He stopped, turned around and came back to my car, apologized and handed the man the food.

I did this for about an hour, burning up gas, searching frantically from block to block, hoping that I wouldn't look like a fool if I asked the wrong person if they needed help. But when I pulled over to hand out the last of the sandwiches right in front of the MLK Center I got it. I realized why Dr. King gave his life. It was never about him - it was always about helping and liberating others. You may not think liberation is found between two slices of bread but these are the words of the last women I helped right before I broke out into tears: "Yes, I want a sandwich - Oh thank you Jesus, how did you know this is just what I needed, God bless you Sis, God bless you (screaming as I pulled away)!
For Christmas I want to challenge everyone to give until it hurts. Mother Theresa defines this as love.
Take your children on a giving spree instead of a shopping spree. Collect blankets from friends, family and co-workers and deliver them to the homeless in your community. Your children will appreciate what they have a lot more if you try this.
Maybe you could send a letter or a Christmas card to an American soldier recovering in the hospital this season. The address is:

A RECOVERING AMERICAN SOLDIER
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001


Please let me know what you did this season to bless others and I will publish it in our next newsletter.

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Anthony HollinsI want to dedicate this month's newsletter to Rev. Anthony Hollins, a man with a dynamic ministry and message. Rev. Hollins coordinated the Dance Ministry at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. His life was one of complete commitment and abounding love. To meet Anthony was to love him and his positive attitude, gracious demeanor, and unbelievable talent was a gift to all who encountered him.

Rev. Hollin's life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Trinity. Please consider giving a donation to the Trinity United Church of Christ -HIV/AIDS Support Ministry or to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference - Rev. Anthony Hollins Social Justice Leadership Award.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
4533 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Remember that December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. Each year tens of thousands of people contract HIV/AIDS in the United States alone. Some 25 million people have died of this disease since 1981. Supporting the search for a cure and inspiring personal involvement remain the essential thrusts of World AIDS Day on December 1.
Here are ways you can get involved on World AIDS Day!

Step One
Organize or support existing HIV/AIDS testing for World AIDS Day. Money raising activities such as walk-a-thons, bowling for AIDS and other creative events raise the public's awareness and education levels, especially when linked to testing.

Step Two
Coordinate community leaders to respond with public programs and forums. People involved with government, faith, health and education have the influence and means to educate the community.

Step Three
Arrange a local prayer and meal day for the community of faith. Advertise the event for the public. Focus on the devastation AIDS brings and offer material to get people involved.

Step Four
Promote a World AIDS Day event through the media. Implement talking points, articles and events through print, television, radio and the Internet.


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black graduatesA TRUE STORY

(One young man's encounter with a new friend)

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. " They really should get lives." He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship. Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled." Thanks," he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and Dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

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dashIt's all about inspiration! Have you ever had a really hard day and someone called you or sent you an email of encouragement and it completely changed your outlook. That's what we're all about at Women of Destiny. We want you to be inspired and motivated to give this world your very best. Check out our website today in your free time and view one of our Inspirational Presentations. I promise you - it will fuel your spirit.

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woman2Hello friends, here is some very good advice. Follow it, pass it along, but please don't ignore it. It could change your life for the better.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, 'I love you', mean it.
FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN . Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson!
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.
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If you haven't purchased your copy of Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God do so today. The purpose of this book is to assist you in discovering your true identity and awaken you to the reality that you are a "Woman of Destiny." You have been endowed with God- given talents and gifts that make you unique and rare. It is this uniqueness that blesses the world and enriches the lives of those around you. Prepare to tap into your potential and birth the promise that God has placed within you. This book is a journey that will educate and empower you, allowing you to respond and fulfill God's destiny for your life.


You can purchase your copy at one the following bookstores:

  • Cokesbury, Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur, GA
  • Called To Conquer, StoneCrest Mall, Lithonia, GA
  • The Shrine of the Black Madonna, Atlanta, GA
  • Cokesbury, The ITC, Atlanta, GA
  • African American Images Bookstore, Chicago, IL
  • Expressions Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD
  • John 3:16 Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • Liberty Temple Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
  • Mt. Zion Bookstore, Cleveland, OH
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Ella MitchellDr. Ella Pearson Mitchell turned 90 years old this October surrounded by family and friends on a fabulous cruise ship celebration.

The Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell is a teacher, preacher, and outstanding church woman from Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Mitchell graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she met her husband Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, with whom she has ministered for over sixty years. Together, they have served as co- mentors in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and were founders of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. Dr. Ella was the first woman Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and also taught at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the School of Theology at Claremont. Dr. Mitchell is the editor of four volumes of the series, Those Preaching Women, and, with her husband, has completed the their joint autobiography, Together for Good, which shares the secret to lasting love and friendship.

The fifth volume of Those Preaching Women is scheduled for release in 2008 and I'm truly honored to be a part of that landmark work.

If you happen to see Dr. Mitchell at a conference or Sunday worship give a great big hug and thank her for blazing a path for women in ministry. Love you Nana.

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Remember you are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Tait
Women of Destiny Ministry

email: lisamtait@aol.comphone: 770-931-3233web: http://womenofdestiny.org


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WOMEN OF DESTINY

"A Newsletter for Women on the Move"

 

January 2008 - Vol. 2, Issue 1

In This Issue
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The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more. Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!

Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions to lisamtait@aol.com. God bless you and enjoy!

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(By Lisa Tait, Atlanta, GA)

I was minding my own business, picking up a few items for Emergency Food Baskets at the Atlanta Community Food Bank when one of the employees strongly suggested that I take three cases of 7 Eleven sub sandwiches and give them to the hungry. I gave it a momentary thought and then quickly dismissed his idea as I thought about all the work I would have to do to deliver these 80 sandwiches. The employee kept pushing me to take the free sandwiches and give them away. Finally I agreed and like a soldier on a mission I ventured off into downtown Atlanta to find the homeless and hungry.

As I turned down one street I happened upon a park and there was a large huddle of homeless men and women gathered together, keeping warm in the wet weather. I pulled up, rolled my window down and offered my prepackaged sandwiches. To my surprise without flinching they began to submerge on my vehicle and politely, one-by-one take a sandwich and promptly say "Thank you and God bless you."

My second stop was for two fellows who were not far away digging in a trash can looking for anything to eat. One was black, the other white. It hit me, hunger doesn't discriminate. I held up the sandwich and said plainly, "Hey do you guys want a sandwich?" They walked over and politely took the sandwiches from me but not before saying "Thank you so much!"

Desperate to find more homeless and hungry I continued my quest throughout downtown Atl. (The Underground, CNN Center, Auburn Ave., MLK, Jr. Drive). I noticed the churches were locked shut like prisons - not open or accessible to the people - I kept driving.

I spotted a white man who looked like he could have been a veteran. He was in a wheelchair, sitting up against the fence, not begging for money, just waiting. Waiting perhaps for someone to bless him out of the kindness of their heart. I rolled down my window and asked him if he wanted a sandwich. A smile broke out across his face and he began to wheel himself over to me, but I told him to stop, someone was coming along who could give it to him. A well dressed white business man was approaching. I said "Sir, can you give him this sandwich for me?" He looked at me and kept walking. My voice now desperate, "Please sir I'm just trying to feed the homeless!" He stopped, turned around and came back to my car, apologized and handed the man the food.

I did this for about an hour, burning up gas, searching frantically from block to block, hoping that I wouldn't look like a fool if I asked the wrong person if they needed help. But when I pulled over to hand out the last of the sandwiches right in front of the MLK Center I got it. I realized why Dr. King gave his life. It was never about him - it was always about helping and liberating others. You may not think liberation is found between two slices of bread but these are the words of the last women I helped right before I broke out into tears: "Yes, I want a sandwich - Oh thank you Jesus, how did you know this is just what I needed, God bless you Sis, God bless you (screaming as I pulled away)!

For Christmas I want to challenge everyone to give until it hurts. Mother Theresa defines this as love.
Take your children on a giving spree instead of a shopping spree. Collect blankets from friends, family and co-workers and deliver them to the homeless in your community. Your children will appreciate what they have a lot more if you try this.
Maybe you could send a letter or a Christmas card to an American soldier recovering in the hospital this season. The address is:

A RECOVERING AMERICAN SOLDIER
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Please let me know what you did this season to bless others and I will publish it in our next newsletter.

Anthony Hollins
I want to dedicate this month's newsletter to Rev. Anthony Hollins, a man with a dynamic ministry and message. Rev. Hollins coordinated the Dance Ministry at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. His life was one of complete commitment and abounding love. To meet Anthony was to love him and his positive attitude, gracious demeanor, and unbelievable talent was a gift to all who encountered him.

Rev. Hollin's life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Trinity. Please consider giving a donation to the Trinity United Church of Christ -HIV/AIDS Support Ministry or to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference - Rev. Anthony Hollins Social Justice Leadership Award.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
4533 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Remember that December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. Each year tens of thousands of people contract HIV/AIDS in the United States alone. Some 25 million people have died of this disease since 1981. Supporting the search for a cure and inspiring personal involvement remain the essential thrusts of World AIDS Day on December 1.

Here are ways you can get involved on World AIDS Day!

Step One
Organize or support existing HIV/AIDS testing for World AIDS Day. Money raising activities such as walk-a-thons, bowling for AIDS and other creative events raise the public's awareness and education levels, especially when linked to testing.

Step Two
Coordinate community leaders to respond with public programs and forums. People involved with government, faith, health and education have the influence and means to educate the community.

Step Three
Arrange a local prayer and meal day for the community of faith. Advertise the event for the public. Focus on the devastation AIDS brings and offer material to get people involved.

Step Four
Promote a World AIDS Day event through the media. Implement talking points, articles and events through print, television, radio and the Internet.


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A TRUE STORY

(One young man's encounter with a new friend)

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. " They really should get lives." He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship. Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled." Thanks," he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and Dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

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It's all about inspiration! Have you ever had a really hard day and someone called you or sent you an email of encouragement and it completely changed your outlook. That's what we're all about at Women of Destiny. We want you to be inspired and motivated to give this world your very best. Check out our website today in your free time and view one of our Inspirational Presentations. I promise you - it will fuel your spirit.

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Hello friends, here is some very good advice. Follow it, pass it along, but please don't ignore it. It could change your life for the better.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, 'I love you', mean it.
FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN . Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson!
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.
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If you haven't purchased your copy of Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God do so today. The purpose of this book is to assist you in discovering your true identity and awaken you to the reality that you are a "Woman of Destiny." You have been endowed with God- given talents and gifts that make you unique and rare. It is this uniqueness that blesses the world and enriches the lives of those around you. Prepare to tap into your potential and birth the promise that God has placed within you. This book is a journey that will educate and empower you, allowing you to respond and fulfill God's destiny for your life.


You can purchase your copy at one the following bookstores:
  • Cokesbury, Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur, GA
  • Called To Conquer, StoneCrest Mall, Lithonia, GA
  • The Shrine of the Black Madonna, Atlanta, GA
  • Cokesbury, The ITC, Atlanta, GA
  • African American Images Bookstore, Chicago, IL
  • Expressions Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD
  • John 3:16 Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • Liberty Temple Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
  • Mt. Zion Bookstore, Cleveland, OH


Give a loved one a gift of inspiration and motivation this season. Along with your purchase of the book Women of Destiny include this T-shirt. Every woman should wear this shirt and profess to the world that she is a woman of purpose, promise and power! Order a WOD T-shirt in sizes: M,L,XL and 2X. The cost is $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.

Click on the link below to order other WOD products in time for the holidays.
Ella Mitchell
Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell turned 90 years old this October surrounded by family and friends on a fabulous cruise ship celebration.

The Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell is a teacher, preacher, and outstanding church woman from Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Mitchell graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she met her husband Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, with whom she has ministered for over sixty years. Together, they have served as co- mentors in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and were founders of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. Dr. Ella was the first woman Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and also taught at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the School of Theology at Claremont. Dr. Mitchell is the editor of four volumes of the series, Those Preaching Women, and, with her husband, has completed the their joint autobiography, Together for Good, which shares the secret to lasting love and friendship.

The fifth volume of Those Preaching Women is scheduled for release in 2008 and I'm truly honored to be a part of that landmark work.

If you happen to see Dr. Mitchell at a conference or Sunday worship give a great big hug and thank her for blazing a path for women in ministry. Love you Nana.

Remember you are called for a great work - FOR YOU ARE A WOMAN OF DESTINY!
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Tait
Women of Destiny Ministry

phone: 770-931-3233


Women of Destiny Newsletter - "An Inspirational Newsletter "
  July 2008
In This Issue
Our Purpose
Moving From Bitter to Better
A Website For Women
The Inspiration Station
Words of Wisdom
Women of Destiny
 
 
Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection
   
 
Brought together by the "dean of black women preachers" herself, Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, this treasure trove includes the "unfettered, creative exchange of sacred rhetoric" by God's women from every tribe, nation, and language group. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and challenged! I am honored to be included among the contributors. 
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The purpose of this newsletter is to educate and enlighten you such that you are empowered to live out your God-given purpose. You will find interesting articles, testimonies, information on upcoming events sponsored by WOD Ministries, special offers on products, feature articles by guest writers and much, much more.

Please forward this email to your friends and family members and encourage them to sign up for this free, inspirational newsletter. You may also forward your words of encouragement, article submissions, prayer requests or suggestions via our website. God bless you and enjoy! 
 
 Banyon TreeMoving From Bitter to Better 
 
     I will never forget the first time I was released, fired, terminated from a job. I was a model employee, worked 50-55 hours a week, had glowing evaluations, could always be counted on and was honest in my dealings. However, one day the boss decided it was time to clean house and I was the first of many causalities to follow. After getting over the initial shock of being let go, after dealing with
the fact that this was the first time I'd ever felt such maltreatment, I became bitter and angry because I didn't deserve what happened to me. 
       I was the employee that people dream about having, but on that day I was the employee packing up my belongings under the scrutiny of staff security. Perhaps I'm not the only one out there who's ever been through something this hurtful and devastating. Maybe there are one or two people reading this who have experienced the pain of a divorce, or being fired, or having someone lie to you, steal from you or betray you. Maybe there's someone else reading this that's experienced the hurt and bitterness that arises when you give your all to someone or something only to be let down. It could have been that child that you invested years of training into who went astray, or perhaps it was that house that you had decorated perfectly only to loose it to a fire or flood. Or maybe you placed your hopes in the Lakers only to watch the Celtics win. The truth is we all face disappointment, ask Hillary Clinton, if you don't believe me. We all encounter situations where we are left bitter and angry. But the issue is will you remain bitter or will you get better? Maya Angelou once said, "Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host."  
     The first thing we must do if we ever hope to move from bitter to better is we must Discover the Deep Root. If we closely examine the lives of persons who are bitter, angry and resentful we will discover that there was an occurrence that caused these emotions. We don't just wake up one morning and decide to be bitter. Something happens and under the surface, where no one can see, a negative emotion begins to take root and grow. The problem lies in the fact that I can cover up these feelings. I can put on my designer clothes, get my hair done; even put a smile on my face, but underneath the surface there is a root that is spreading and growing like cancer. Onlookers may not see the bitterness at first but as soon as you do something or say something or mention the perpetrator's name, those emotions come to the surface and we all get to experience your true feelings and see what you've really been through.
     Listen, we must discover the root of our bitterness, before we are completely exposed. Pictured above is the Banyon Tree which is indigenous to Key West, Florida. The thing that makes this tree so rare and peculiar is that the roots are above ground. These trees unlike other trees can't hide what's happening beneath the surface because their roots are exposed. And many of us don't even recognize it but our roots are exposed. People can clearly see that you are damaged goods. I don't even have to know you that well or talk to you that long and the bitterness exposes itself. I'll strike up a conversation with you and say, "How's it going?" You answer, "How does it look like its going? I'm hot, you're late, gas it too high, and I'm tired!" 
     "No, you are bitter and your roots are showing." We may not know exactly what happened to you but your roots are showing, somebody hurt you, damaged your self-esteem, made you feel alone and you chose to become bitter and not better. "Don't let your roots show!"
     There are two other things you must do if you ever hope to become better and not bitter, but I'll share those with you next time. So stay tuned for the next exciting Women of Destiny Newsletter.
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The Women of Destiny Website has been updated just for you. If you need some inspiration, education and motivation this is the website that delivers. Have you ever had a really hard day and someone called you or sent you an email of encouragement and it completely changed your outlook? That's what we're all about at Women of Destiny. We want you to be inspired to give this world your very best. Check out our website today in your free time and view one of the Inspirational Presentations, or Weekly Devotionals. I promise you - it will re-fuel your spirit and leave you refreshed. 
Babynboy The Inspiraiton Station
"Keep on Singing"
 
     Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby is going to be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sings to his sister in Mommy's tummy.
     The pregnancy progresses normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. Then The labor pains come. Every five minutes ... every minute. But complications arise during delivery. Hours of labor follow. Would a C-section be required? Finally, Michael's little sister is born. But she is in serious condition. With sirens howling in the night, the ambulance rushes the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.
     The days inch by. The little girl gets worse. The pediatric specialist tells the parents, "There is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst." Karen and her husband contact a local cemetery about a burial plot. They have fixed up a special room in their home for the new baby - now they plan a funeral.
     Michael, keeps begging his parents to let him see his sister, "I want to sing to her," he says. Week two in intensive care. It looks as if a funeral will come before the week is over. Michael keeps nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. However, Karen makes up her mind. She will take Michael whether they like it or not.
     If he doesn't see his sister now, he may never see her alive. She dresses him in an oversized scrub suit and marches him into ICU. He looks like a walking laundry basket, but the head nurse recognizes him as a child and bellows, "Get that kid out of here now! No children are allowed. The mother rises up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glares steel-eyed into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. "He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!" Karen tows Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazes at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. And he begins to sing. In the pure hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sings:
     "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray --- " Instantly the baby girl responds. The pulse rate becomes calm and steady.
     Keep on singing, Michael. "You never know, dear, how much I love you, Please don't take my sunshine away---" The ragged, strained breathing becomes as smooth as a kitten's purr.
     Keep on singing, Michael. "The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms..." Michael's little sister relaxes as rest, healing rest, seems to sweep over her.
     Keep on singing, Michael. Tears conquer the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glows. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't, take my sunshine away."
     Funeral plans are scrapped. The next, day - the very next day-the little girl is well enough to go home!
     Woman's Day magazine called it "the miracle of a brother's song." The medical staff just called it a miracle. Karen called it a miracle of God's love!

NEVER GIVE UP ON THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.
 
(This is a true story)
1Cor Words of Wisdom
 
When Mother Teresa spoke on issues like family, children, or God, her words overwhelm the reader by their profoundness. Mother Teresa was not just another protagonist for the weak. Her acts of selfless service to humankind touched people of all strata. She was a darling of the masses; a phenomenal woman in the garb of a nun. Let us gain from these Mother Teresa quotes.
 
Loyalty
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Family
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other. And in the home, begins the disruption of peace in the world.

God
I am not sure exactly what Heaven will be like. But I don't know that when we die and if comes the time for God to judge us, He will not ask, "How many good things have you done in your life?" Rather He will ask, "How much love did you put into what you did?"

Love
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

Kindness
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Love
Love cannot remain by itself.  It has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that act is service.
 
Prayers
Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.

1Cor Five Principles For Pursuing Your Purpose In God!

If you haven't purchased your copy of Women of Destiny: Five Principles for Pursuing Your Purpose in God do so today. The purpose of this book is to assist you in discovering your true identity and awaken you to the reality that you are a "Woman of Destiny." You have been endowed with God-given talents and gifts that make you unique and rare. It is this uniqueness that blesses the world and enriches the lives of those around you. This book is a journey that will educate and empower you, allowing you to respond and to and fulfill God's destiny for your life.
 
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  • African American Images Bookstore, Chicago, IL
  • Expressions Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD
  • John 3:16 Bookstore, Baltimore, MD
  • Mt. Zion Bookstore, Cleveland, OH
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Grace & Peace,
 
You are a woman of destiny. Continue to bless the world around you with your gifts.
Dr. Lisa M. Tait
CEO & Founder, Women of Destiny Ministries 


P.O. Box 2227, Stone Mountain, GA 30086/ www.womenofdestiny.org/ lisamtait@aol.com