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Appreciate The Small Beginnings

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.

Be Blessed!!

Brandi

A Little Bit More About The Book

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.

Be Blessed!!

Brandi

!!!!TODAY IS THE DAY….IT’S THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE FOR MY BOOK!!!!

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!!

Be Blessed!!!

Brandi

!!SEVEN MORE DAYS UNTIL THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF MY BOOK!!

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!!

Brandi

My Book Is Ready For PRE-ORDER….I’m OFFICIALLY An Author!!!!

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.

Many Blessings,

Brandi

Don’t Be Confined To The Opinions Of Others

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!!!

Brandi

My Trust Is In The Heart Of The Lord

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!!!

Brandi

These Next 40 Days Will Be Unlike Any Other

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!!

Brandi

Faith In God Also Requires Faith In His Timing

When I submitted my manuscript to my publisher last October, I did so, with the intention of having my book in my hand on my 40th birthday, which was November 27, 2016.

Welllllllll, as we see that did NOT happen.

At first, I felt disheartened and a little defeated because I just knew that having the book published by that date would have been so special. Looking back, I can see that I wasn’t asking the Lord for HIS will to be done, but I was hoping for a little of my own will to prevail.

That’s a definite NO NO!!

I have, NOTHING BUT, faith in the Lord and what He has called me do. But in this instance, I realized once again, that I couldn’t/shouldn’t eliminate GOD’S TIMING from the equation.

Since the moment, I decided to stop shying away from taking my ministry to the next level, the enemy has been there at every turn, trying to make me question and doubt, what I KNOW the Lord has placed inside me to do.

Ignoring the enemy and focusing on the promises that the Lord has made over my life, hasn’t ever been the hard part. Recognizing that oftentimes our clock won’t match up with God’s, COULD cause someone to get discouraged. But, I REJOICE knowing that we serve an ON TIME God.

God has had all the days that were ordained for us, written in His book before any of them took shape and ever came to be. Not only that, but I have come to learn that I do NOT want anything that is not God’s will for my life NOR do I desire to accomplish or acquire anything any sooner than the Lord has already predetermined that I should.

When I reflect on, so many previous circumstances and the time-frames I had given for there to be resolution, I shudder to think of ALL that I would have missed out on, had God’s timing been aligned with mine.

My book, along with everything else in my life, will happen at the appointed time God has set and I am SO GOOD with that.

Time and time again, I am reminded that having faith in God, requires faith in His TIMING as well.

Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!!

Brandi

It’s ALL Working Together For My Good

Romans 8:28, according to the Amplified Bible/AMP translation tells us, “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

What I love about this verse is that God didn’t say that only good things, pretty things, pleasant things or easy things would work together for our good. God said that ALL things work together (as a plan) for good for those who love Him and who are called according to His plan and purpose.

That means that those bad things, ugly things, unpleasant things and difficult things, along with everything else are working for our GOOD.

The enemy would like to do all he can to cause us to think and believe contrary to this TRUTH, but oh, we know that the enemy’s native tongue is lying.

God is NOT like man that He would lie; NOR are His ways or thoughts anything like our own (Thank You Jesus!!).

When I look back on my life thus far, there were so many days that I didn’t understand why things were the way they were or how I was going to make it through, but I’m here today to tell you that not only do I celebrate my mountain high experiences, but I am so grateful for those valley low moments as well.

I have experienced the kind of lows that would have rendered me the undisputed limbo champion, BUT GOD… He was there all along showing me that not only would ALL things work together for my good, but that EVERYTHING that the enemy intended for evil, GOD WOULD turn it around for MY GOOD.

And that is why I don’t have ANY regrets and I will continue to wait on the Lord because I know that He is DEEPLY concerned about me and IS working on my behalf.

Be Blessed My Encouragement for Your Journey Family!!

Brandi

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