(this was shared with me today and I find it inspirational…enjoy)   ~author unknown

I wanted you to be the first to know that I have moved and to give you my new home address: I have moved from Beggars Alley located on Poverty Lane at the corner of Bleak and Busted Circle. As of today, I have a brand new home.

My new address is: 123 Living Well Drive in the Abundance Subdivision, located at the corners
of Blessings Street and Thankful Peak. You get there by taking the Praising Him Interstate, which runs North, South, East and West.

I no longer have to travel on Begging Peter to pay off Paul Route, because it is located at a dead-end intersection called: I Don’t Have, that crosses Borrowers’ Junction & Complaining Lane. THAT road does not lead to my new home.

I no longer hang out at Failure’s Place near Excuses Avenue, near the Procrastination Mall. I have moved on to an upscale community called Higher Heights with unlimited potential and opportunities for me to Succeed—-can’t you tell? Just look at me!

I met the neighbors and I love living next to them. Let me tell you about my new neighbors: The IT Family: Mr. CONCEIVE IT, Mrs. BELIEVE IT and sister ACT ON IT. Then there’s FAITH & HOPE from next door, Ms. PERSISTENT & Mr. POSITIVE across the street, Steve & Eve ACHIEVE from down the street AND my favorite neighbors are the family who live in a beautiful High Rise on the Penthouse Floor. The head of the house is God, he’s the Father, Jesus, his only Son and H.S. (who’s hardly home because he’s always traveling, he’s a real people person).

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! The best thing is that if you’re tired of living where you’re living, there are TONS of homes for sale in my new neighborhood!

Oh, just one thing I want to warn you about. There’s this Big DOG named BLESSINGS and every single time I leave my house he chases me down and overtakes me!! It’s like he’s everywhere!! I see Blessings in the city and Blessings in the fields, I see blessings when I come and when I go!! Since I can’t get away from him, I’ve learned to just expect him and Embrace him. Good thing he doesn’t bite!!

I am so thankful to be a product of my new environment. All of my clothes are now custom designed by the MASTER TAILOR and MADE to fit just me. I am dressed in life’s finest!! I have a new walk and a new talk all because I CHOSE TO MOVE!!

Life is good because: God is good.  Have you moved too?

7 is often referred to as a lucky number. Some say it’s the number of perfection and/or the number of completion. I’m inclined to believe all three and then some. I’ll do my best to put into words the power of 7 women coming together in our monthly U Grow Girl! Circle of Thought meetings.

Charlotte Cynthia Kamilah Marilyn Tamarah Marenda Leslie

We have been going strong since September 2007.  Together we have set goals, achieved goals, celebrated successes, explored areas of opportunity, and identified personal strengths and weaknesses.

Our U Grow Girl meetings are a much needed outlet where we comfortably and openly express our feelings, thoughts, ideas, and struggles without judgment, guilt, shame, envy, gossiping or any other pettiness often associated with women coming together.

New comers to our group can feel the Love.  There is always a very strong warm welcoming feeling in all of our meetings.   The women of U Grow Girl exude: Love, Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Diligence, and Humility.

Our diversity challenges us to see beyond our individual perceptions and paradigms, which enables us to see the bigger clearer picture in the grand scheme of things. With each meeting we learn more about ourselves, others, and life in general.

Over the past 9 months I’ve come to realize that having the support, encouragement,  knowledge, wisdom, and feedback from women of differing backgrounds and generations actually provides perspective that lightens the path to ultimate personal development and growth.  Our discussions always lead to (often times unintended) insights that each of us are able to immediately apply to our every day lives.

Our U Grow Girl meetings bring a whole new meaning to the saying, “Together Everyone Achieves More.”

In our last meetings we discussed the danger of anger, the importance of forgiveness, setting priorities, persevering through difficult times, and effective communication in relationships.  For the month of June we decided not to hold our regular meeting but to help one of our members move.  We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk, and together our efforts = U Grow Girl!

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I believe in miracles. Miracles happen around us every day. The living life abundantly lifestyle is about acknowledging, believing in, and even expecting miracles.

What is a miracle?

According to the dictionary, a miracle is: An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.

I know a woman that was diagnosed with cancer. She was on the phone with someone while they were praying for her. While on the phone she began coughing and she coughed up some blood during the prayer. When she went back to the doctor no trace of cancer could be found. True story! Doctors couldn’t explain it. This was many years ago, this woman is healthy and strong and has never had any other problems. That is a miracle!

Years ago, my dad was getting on the freeway, my grandfather was in the back seat sound asleep. While driving up the on ramp, my dad went into an epileptic seizure causing him to floor the gas pedal. My grandfather woke up, hopped over the seat and miraculously was able to gain control of the car and get him and my dad to safety. Nobody was hurt. That is a miracle!

Miracles are real. We can all look back on our lives and the lives of others and point out instances of miracles. In acknowledging that miracles are possible and that they indeed occur, why shouldn’t we expect or hope for miracles even in the most dismal of circumstances?

I have heard people say, “there’s no hope.” I have seen people give up hope. It saddens me. Why? Because what you believe is what you will receive. What you say is what you will have. These are universal Spiritual principles that work whether you believe in them or not.

Do you believe in miracles?

Tess Buys a Miracle

Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn’t have the money for the doctor’s bills and our house. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.”

Tess went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it! “And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages”, he said without waiting for a reply to his question. “Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.” “I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist. “His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?” “We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. “I’m sorry but I can’t help you”, the pharmacist said, softening a little. “Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.”

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?” “I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up. “I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money”.

“How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago.

“One dollar and eleven cents”, Tess answered barely audibly. “And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents–the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.” That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. “That surgery”, her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?” Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost… one dollar and eleven cents …… plus the faith of a little child.

A miracle is not ALWAYS the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law……

~Author Unknown But It’s Said That This Is A True Story~

The helicopters were in full effect last night. I don’t know the full scope of what happened last night in my neighborhood, but of course I heard that it was gang related. Its crazy… Like I said, I don’t know what really happened but I’m hopeful that gangsta’s in Compton and around the country will change their thinking and change their lives!

A gunman armed with a high-powered military-style assault rifle traded fire with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night on a city street in Compton before fleeing on foot, authorities said……..

Compton, which had seen a downturn in violence over the last two years, has had six homicides since April 17, including the shooting deaths of a man in a wheelchair and the friend who was pushing him.

Instead of venting my frustration about what’s happening in my city I’ll meditate on this blast from the past. Believe it or not some gangsta’s read (I don’t know if they read my blog. They are all over Myspace and Youtube)…but if any happen to stop by here, maybe they’ll watch this video and introspect. Hope Springs Eternal.

Despite what you may have seen on the news we are still birthing a new Compton. The media hasn’t mentioned any of the good things happening here but is always quick to show up to report anything bad.

Some people say, “I don’t like to get my hopes up.”

Nobody likes disappointments and that’s why some people steer clear of having high hopes. Our hopes are our expectations. When we set our expectations low, what then should we expect?

It’s ok to set your hopes and expectations high.

The Law of Expectation

Whatever you expect with confidence tends to materialize in the world around you. You always act in a manner consistent with your expectations, and your expectations influence the attitudes and behaviors of the people around you. —Brian Tracy

HOPE…

HOPE looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst in them.

HOPE opens doors where despair closes them.

HOPE discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot be done.

HOPE draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of mankind.

HOPE “lights a candle” instead of “cursing the darkness.”

HOPE regards problems, small or large, as opportunities.

HOPE cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to cynicism.

~Author Unknown~