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EFYJ Phrases to keep you inspired
What a journey it has been since releasing my first book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS: Daily Encouragement for Your Journey through God’s Word, Personal Testimonies and Songs, just a little over two months ago.
I have had some of the most unexpected blessings occur and divine connections established. But there were also ties that had to be cut and additional work that had to be accomplished in order for the book to be, ultimately, all that God had declared and predestined that it would be.
Our Heavenly Father is a God of order. I am so grateful that He loves me so much that He connects all the dots and rearranges my steps when I’m not even aware that anything is misplaced or out of order.
We serve a God who is our destiny and where it all begins. He is the Alpha and the Omega.
As the lyrics to one of my favorite praise and worship songs states, “I will remain confident in this, I WILL see the goodness of the Lord.” God is a provider, healer, deliverer, way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and light in the darkness. Is there ANYTHING too hard for Him?
When the GREAT I AM, is working in the midst of our situations ANYTHING is possible, so you better get ready!!!
God needs no time at all to turn our circumstances around. I can personally attest to that. In these past few months (like He has previously) my family and I have watched the Lord come through in such a way that it couldn’t be said that anyone, BUT, the Lord did it. And He’s not even done yet.
Each challenge that my family and I face, I view as an opportunity for a breakthrough and miracle to occur. And because I know that eyes haven’t seen, ears haven’t heard nor have minds begun to imagine all that God has prepared for those who love Him, we are determined to wait with expectancy for God to do super-abundantly and infinitely beyond anything that we could ask or think according to HIS SPIRIT that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
I invite you to do the same.
As always I would like to thank everyone who has already purchased their copy of, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, and for taking the time to recommend it to others. This book allows me to share my light and to make a difference in the world through transparency and encouragement.
If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, please make sure to do so on Amazon.
Lastly, I have also revised my Encouragement for Your Journey website, where you can find articles that I have written, radio spots and podcasts that I have been featured on; along with the author spotlight and local newspaper article that was written recently about my journey to becoming an author.
I also have been striving to utilize social media more. Along with Facebook, Twitter has become my new platform for sharing daily inspirational thoughts and quotes. If you are not currently following me on Twitter and would like to do so, my Twitter handle is @brandi_NY2MD.
As I continue to navigate the course that is set before me, my desire to keep each of you inspired and empowered along your individual paths won’t ever dissipate.
Who Am I?
Those are the three words that have popped up in my head, off and on ever since my book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS – Daily Encouragement through God’s Word, Personal Testimonies and Songs, was published.
Lord knows that I will forever give Him all the glory, honor and praise. And each day when I reach for my book, it represents so much to me. It symbolizes all that the enemy tried relentlessly to convince me would result in my demise or forever keep my disqualified. But it also symbolizes just a snapshot (even though the book is 558 pages), of the countless examples of just how amazing, faithful and true our God is.
And yet, the question, “Who Am I,” continued to swirl around.
Although I have met numerous individuals throughout the 40 years the Lord has blessed me to see thus far, I’m not the Priscilla Shirer’s, Joyce Meyer’s, T.D. Jakes’ or Sarah Jakes Robert’s of the world. So “Who Am I” to think that I could not only write a book, but for it to be a daily devotional UNLIKE any other one that has ever been created before?
Who does that? I don’t have the established name or brand, nor do I have the following that others have.
BUT, what I DO have is the Lord and His beautiful grace that has been extended to me. Before He ever placed me in my mother’s womb, the Lord had Your Soul’s Navigational GPS and all that He intended to do through it, written into the days of my life.
And as I look back over all that I have experienced from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, I can see how every single day was preparing me for what the Lord would call me to share in Your Soul’s Navigational GPS.
So once again, Who Am I?
I am an UNDERDOG, who serves the God of the underdogs. I am a daughter of the Most High, who knows that I can do ANYTHING through Christ who strengthens me. I am one who stands on the promise that before the Lord formed me, He knew me and before I was born, He sanctified me and ordained me a prophet to the NATIONS.
Who Am I?
I am a jewel in His crown, who recognizes that when God’s SUPER meets my natural, I will see Him do super-abundantly and infinitely beyond ANYTHING that I could ever ask or think according to His power that is at work within me.
Who Am I?
I am weak. I am flawed. I make mistakes and fall short. But I am also one who LOVES the Lord and strives each day to live righteously, to stay faithful and obedient to Him; so that He gets the glory in all that I say and do.
Who Am I?
I am one who realizes that how things begin are no indicator to how they will end. I am grateful that my earthly heritage does not decide who I am, where I will go or what I shall obtain. It is my heavenly heritage that has the final say.
GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY!!
And so I rejoice and praise Him in advance, as I wait with expectancy to see all that He intends to do in my life with this book and all that I have yet accomplish through Him.
For the doors that couldn’t have been opened until Your Soul’s Navigational GPS was completed, I am grateful. For the doors that had to be closed shut, so I would not get distracted and off course from where God desires for me to be, I am grateful. For the opportunity to introduce something new to the world in a way where credit cannot be given to anyone BUT God, I am MOST grateful.
Each day, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, ministers to me in ways that only God could orchestrate. It is my desire for each of you to have that same experience. Make sure to order your copy at either one of the Amazon or Barnes and Noble links provided below. And please don’t hesitate to recommend it to others.
As always, thank you for being a part of my journey and for your support.
Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!!
What a weekend it has been my Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!!
I am here to encourage and empower everyone who has the opportunity to read this blog, to keep trusting and believing in the Lord. Just WAIT on Him and do not allow yourself to grow weary in well doing, because in due season we shall reap, IF we faint not (Galatians 6:9).
When the decision was made that it was time for me to bring everything together so that my book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, could be published, it brought out anxieties that I didn’t even know that I had because everything about my journey to becoming an author and getting my book published was unconventional.
But as soon as those anxieties attempted to rear their bothersome heads, I spoke the Word of God over my situation and got excited to see how God was going to move and accomplish the things that He had already promised He would.
Now that I have the book in my possession, I am more focused and determined to promote and market it to THE NATIONS because I truly believe that no matter who you are or where you are, we can all use some encouragement and inspiration.
My book is unlike any other daily devotional you have seen or read because the times we are living in are unlike any other.
Glancing over at Your Soul’s Navigational GPS on my table, fills me with so much gratitude, but also reminds me of how much this Encouragement for Your Journey daily blog has been a blessing to me each and everyday.
What started off as a motivational Monday morning email to about thirty (30) family members and close friends, whom resided here within the United States, eventually evolved into the daily blog that many of you had become accustomed to receiving and that grew to a few hundred following between email, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; both here in the United States and across international waters.
The opportunity to increase the number of individuals that I could share the message of God’s goodness with, has always been important to me.
It has equally been my desire to continuously empower and inspire others through transparency and God’s Word. Whether sharing what the Lord has placed upon my heart with only one or one million, the message doesn’t change. I recognize that all that I have encountered was preparing me for a time such as this.
And that was why, on Friday, I was so overwhelmed and cloaked in a garment of praise and thankfulness because of the divine connection and door that ONLY GOD could have opened for me.
If you’re not aware, there is an amazing publication called, Today’s Purpose Woman Magazine. Today’s Purpose Woman is a magazine and blog that encourages and empowers today’s woman, to live a higher purpose – God’s purpose for their lives. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out the website.
On Friday, the magazine made the announcement that I would be the newest writing partner, who would be contributing articles monthly to the magazine. Isn’t God so amazing and faithful?!?!
Not only does this God-directed opportunity provide me with the platform to speak to the hearts and inspire an even greater audience, but it also presents me with the chance for more divine connections to be established; as I continue pressing forward for my Encouragement for Your Journey ministry and all the projects that are birthed from it to be elevated to that international and global ministry that God has already declared it would be.
From weekly emails, to a daily blog, to a newly published book and now opportunities to accomplish kingdom work through writing and speaking on platforms that I didn’t even know existed prior to the book being published, I give God ALL the glory.
In each communication that I create, I will close reminding each of you that if you haven’t ordered your copy of Your Soul’s Navigational GPS yet, please do so and don’t forget to recommend it to others. I know that anyone who purchases it will be blessed by it.
Here is the link to order the book: Your Soul’s Navigational GPS For Sale.
Remember to ALWAYS appreciate your small beginnings because it is during those times that God is preparing you for those GREATER things of Him.
Good Afternoon Everyone,
Yesterday, I stepped outside my comfort zone and did a video to let everyone know about the OFFICIAL release of Your Soul’s Navigational GPS.
Today, I’m attempting to come more and more out of my shell, when it comes to communicating via video.
I know that in order to go where I have not gone before, I must do what I have not done previously.
The video above, gives a little more insight into the book and I wanted to have an opportunity to give those who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person, but who have been a constant source of support, the chance to put a face and voice to the name that has been sending daily blogs or communicating with them via the Internet for the past few years.
As always, I appreciate your time and support.
Good Afternoon Everyone,
To say that I am excited and overjoyed, is a true understatement. The Lord is doing so many new things in my life and this book is just one of them.
I can’t believe that my first book is OFFICIALLY RELEASED AS OF TODAY!!!
I am so grateful and will continue to submit to God’s plan for my life.
I have included a video that I wanted to share with each of you on this day!!
I thank all of you once again for your support. I know this is just the beginning!!
Happy Monday Everyone,
I pray that this Monday afternoon finds each of you and your families doing well.
I can’t believe that THIS TIME next week, my first book will be OFFICIALLY RELEASED.
For those of you who have already pre-ordered, THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting what the Lord has given me to share with each of you. For those who haven’t pre-ordered the book yet, it is my sincerest hope that you will.
There is so much going on around us and I’m here to tell you that the reason why I am still able to have joy, peace and walk around with a smile on my face is because, no matter what the news outlets have to report, the God we serve is greater than it all.
Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, is here to serve as a source of encouragement to you and those around you. My family has had a front row seat throughout this entire process and is so excited about all that God is doing. My six year old has said that she can’t wait to start reading the book herself.
The thought of all that, is so unbelievable to me. But our God is able to do the unbelievable and impossible if we just believe and are obedient to His Word.
I must also do my part, which is completely outside of my comfort zone because I don’t like having to sell anything. As I have shared numerous times, I don’t even like asking people to purchase from my children’s school or extra-curricular fundraisers, therefore I would always buy just enough items, so that they could get a prize (haha).
But this is different because with all that God has shown me regarding Him and with all that He has brought me through, none of that was ever meant for me to keep to myself.
I truly believe that everyone who purchases my book, will be blessed by it. This book contains pages from the book that is MY LIFE. And I am so grateful that my assignment is in alignment with God’s will.
I am determined to keep promoting the book and to continue utilizing all of the resources available to me so that I have the opportunity to reach each of you and others that I wouldn’t normally have a chance to connect with.
Many of you have used your social media platforms to promote the book as well and saying, “Thank you,” doesn’t even begin to emphasize the gratitude that I feel.
This is just the beginning of what the Lord is calling me to do with my Encouragement for Your Journey ministry and your continuous support is very important.
Here is the link again to pre-order my book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS.
With this book, I am expecting God to accomplish and move in a way that is EXCEEDINGLY and INFINITELY BEYOND anything that I could ever ask or think of.
I will continue to PRAISE the name of the Lord and give Him ALL the glory, while on the mission to encourage more pre-orders and opportunities for promoting.
Now and forever, may God continue to bless each of you beyond measure!!
My Encouragement for Your Journey Family,
TODAY IS THE DAY!! My first book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, has been completed and is now available for PRE-ORDER. The OFFICIAL RELEASE date for the book is Monday, May 15, 2017.
This whole experience has been so humbling and surreal for me. I remember being eight years old and writing short stories to read to my dolls. I told myself back then that one day I would be a teacher and an author.
God placed that dream and so many others inside of me at such a young age and even when I had temporarily forgotten about them, He was working behind the scenes on my behalf and bringing together every little detail, so that what I thought was a dream, would in His timing, come to be reality.
Your Soul’s Navigational GPS is a book that is intended to be more than just a 365-day devotional. I have always had a heart for people and desired nothing more than to be a source of encouragement to everyone I have come into contact with. My book, has been birthed out of the life lessons that I have acquired during those seasons when I thought I had it all figured out and could do it all on my own, when I felt all alone and couldn’t tell my left from my right and then those seasons when I truly began to understand what happens when we put God first and surrender it all to Him.
It’s a book that I pray will minister to you and provide encouragement no matter who you are, where you are or what you may be facing. Unlike other 365-day devotionals, this book is not date or page-driven; where the book is read in page order. With my book, it is my desire that you will allow your soul to guide you, to the page(s) that you choose to read.
In this book, I selected 365 different verses that have a personal testimony and a suggested song of meditation included with each one. What I love is that the way one page may minister to someone on one day, can have a totally different meaning a week, month, year or ten years down the road.
When I stop and think about where I would be, if it hadn’t been for the goodness of the Lord; that is the entire premise that this book is rooted in. I know that in NO WAY am I perfect but I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN and I want my life, my words and my actions to reflect just how grateful I am for that. For I know that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
This is just the beginning. In the midst of this book being published, the Lord gave me the vision and title for my next book. But for now, my focus is on Your Soul’s Navigational GPS and all that the Lord desires to do in and through me by way of this first book.
One of my dreams is to be a motivational speaker and I recognize that completing this book, was just one of the steps I needed to accomplish, in preparation for that to happen.
I am very thankful for each of you and the role you have had in my life. As I work towards fulfilling the call that the Lord has for me, I pray that you will continue to be a part of my journey.
It is my sincerest wish that you will support my Encouragement for Your Journey ministry by purchasing the book; along with promoting and sharing the link to pre-order the book with others via email, text, church ministries, community and youth organizations and/or other social media platforms that you may utilize on a day-to-day basis.
Be encouraged and know that GREATER is indeed coming!! May God continue to bless each of you and your families beyond measure.
And with nothing but gratefulness overflowing from my heart, I share with each of you the link to pre-order Your Soul’s Navigational GPS.
I thank all of you in advance for your support, as I enter this next chapter in my life.
It is my prayer that when you arose this morning, you did so with a heart of GRATITUDE, remembering not just who you are, but WHOSE you are. I say that because I think a lot of times we get so caught up in what other people’s perception of us is, that we lose sight of who we really belong to.
I must admit that I have been SO guilty of that myself. I have spent most of my life more concerned about what people thought about me, or the words that had been spoken about or against me, than I was on remembering who God says I am. I didn’t ever want anyone to have a negative thought about me and that drove me to stay in situations I had no business in or dealing with individuals I had no business ever having a connection to. My reason for behaving in this manner was because I just wanted to be accepted; to receive that approval.
It didn’t matter if the person or situation didn’t have any intentions to do me well, I thought if I just tried a little harder, loved a little stronger or stuck around a little longer, that would be a game changer. The reality is, it shouldn’t have ever been a game to begin with. Nothing about this life we live is a game and it’s way too precious to be treated as such. What I didn’t know and then had to admit/recognize was that I was serving two masters. I wanted to please God and please man. You don’t even need to have a culinary degree to see the recipe for disaster that was. Man doesn’t have a heaven or hell to send me to. Man will disappoint, lie, mistreat and come up short. Our God isn’t capable of ANY of these traits.
It was through my brokenness and spiritual immaturity that God showed me and I was reminded of who I am. We are, the CHOSEN ones. While I was waiting to be chosen and accepted by others, God had already hand-selected me to be on the receiving end of His favor, mercy, grace and spiritual blessings.
We know that the tongue has the power to speak life and death. When we allow others to speak over us, instead of claiming who God has said we are, we grant the enemy way too much access into our lives. As the chosen ones, WE ARE God’s very own; His heirs. WE ARE fearfully and wonderfully made, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, more than conquerors, the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower and placed above and not beneath.
As a chosen people, we have been set aside and called out, to be ambassadors for Christ; sharing with others just how GREAT our God is.
Don’t allow your self-worth and value to be confined to the opinions of others. When you believe what the Lord says about you, that frees you to SOAR.
Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!!
With my FIRST BOOK being just DAYS away from being available for pre-order (YAY!!), you can BEST believe that I have been encountering spiritual warfare on levels that I haven’t previously. These tests and trials, have been challenging me to display an undeniably unswerving faith and trust in the Lord.
Being someone who was told years back that my vision was better than 20/20, I interpreted that to mean that I would have the ability to view things ever-so clearly, without any hindrances or obstructions. Oh, my goodness, how wrong I was. My vision was limited and impaired on numerous levels. My retinas had lens of brokenness and generational curses that everything was being transmitted and filtered through. What made it worse, was that I allowed what was presented in front me, to influence my thoughts, feelings and actions.
God, did instruct us, not to lean unto our own understanding, right?
I used to have difficulty with that one, because I wanted to believe the adage that said, “Seeing is believing.” That phrase will set you up for failure and get you hemmed up, if what you are seeing and how you choose to proceed is not coming from the trust that you have in the Word and the heart of the Lord.
These days, because my relationship with the Lord is stronger and I meditate daily on His Word, I don’t allow external circumstances to affect me, the way they used to. I have come to know the heart of the Lord in ways I didn’t even realize were possible. And now that my natural sight is in alignment with God’s will for my life, you can say that a spiritual LASIK procedure has taken place. I can properly focus on the realities of heaven, instead of the temporal situations, that I encounter day to day.
I will ALWAYS trust the heart of the Lord more than my very own sight, because I am flawed and will make mistakes. But, I rejoice knowing that our God is PERFECT in all His ways, His promises are proven TRUE, He KNOWS the thoughts and plans that He has for us and He loves us with an EVERLASTING love.
Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!!
So much has been occurring on this end over the past few weeks. Within my family and in regards to the release of my upcoming book, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, there is quite a bit that we are believing the Lord for.
During my quiet times in the early morning with the Lord, I was instructed by the Holy Spirit to prepare to fast, starting on April 1, 2017. I kept seeing that date before me and knew that being obedient to the Lord’s instructions was imperative.
A few days before this past Saturday, April 1st, I was on the phone with my publisher to discuss the pre-order date and official release date for my book. When she asked me if there was a date that I had in mind for my official release, I told her that if Mother’s Day wasn’t on a Sunday, I would have chosen May 14, 2017; because this book has been birthed from all that has been shared in this Encouragement for Your Journey blog.
With that being said, I decided on Monday, May 1, 2017 as the PRE-ORDER date and the OFFICIAL RELEASE date for the book to be, Monday, May 15, 2017!!!! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!!
Once those dates were established, I was filled with so many different emotions.
Knowing all that the Lord has called me to do and how the attacks from the enemy intensify when you’re adamant about living your life according to God’s purpose, I clearly understood why the Holy Spirit was directing me to begin Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries – The 40-Day Surrender Fast on the date I was given.
Or so I thought I knew….
I have mentioned countless times how the various cycles from The 40-Day Surrender Fast have been instrumental in my spiritual maturity and in me having a deeper and stronger relationship with the Lord.
I found it quite symbolic that Saturday was April Fools Day and the Holy Spirit was expressing the importance of me not entertaining any of the foolish, false, mischievous and deceitful tactics of the enemy as I prepare to move forward in my ministry and my family and I prepare to walk through the doors, that ONLY the Lord could have opened for us.
I was more than elated with the symbolism that I received from that and was excited about all that would await me in these next 40 days.
When I opened up The 40-Day Surrender Fast book, I was reminded that I needed to take part in the five-day Pre-Fast Preparations first. In doing so, it meant that today, April 6th, would be my first official day of the Surrender Fast.
So guess when my 40 days of fasting will conclude? Exactly on MAY 15, 2017; which is The OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE for my, Your Soul’s Navigational GPS, book.
I had NO IDEA, but GOD did!!! I recognize the importance and significance that the number 40 has with the Lord and in terms of the time needed for strongholds to be broken.
In these next 40 days and beyond, I know there will be hiccups and setbacks, but I have the assurance that they are actually the high-five’s and setups that the Lord is preparing me for.
Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!