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Candy Crush Lessons

Yes, I still play Candy Crush…and, yes, mostly mindlessly as an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Early this morning, however, it taught me a lesson that I wanted to share.

I was on level 3119. I’m over here trying to crush candy wheels. They were positioned at the top of the board like they needed to go first. I was thinking “if I can get those taken care of, then I can win this level.” It was frustrating because I wasn’t making headway. I used all 5 lives as well as the extra lives I had asked from my friends. Why wasn’t this working? I tried using all of my extra power ups and such to no avail. I always hate when I’m stuck on a level for more than a day…ugh!

What I didn’t realize or recognize, really, was the objective: to get 3 cherries. Truth be told, I didn’t even need to fool with the obstacle at the top of the board because while it might have made the process to completing that level go quickly (breaking through the other barriers quickly), it wasn’t necessary for victory. I spent hours (don’t judge me) trying to handle an obstacle that wasn’t even in my way.

How many times have we focused on obstacles that consumed us…only to find out we didn’t even need to deal with it? For me, I have focused on overcoming fear, thinking I needed to tackle each and every component of my fear wheel. I was set on working out the emotions that I put the actual execution aside. There are things that I am supposed to do…things I am CALLED to do. At the end of the day, I can focus on the emotions (which are important) or I can focus on the execution of putting myself out there…sharing my work, posting my blogs, encouraging people, utilizing the plans that I give to others for success.

My objective is to do what I’ve been chosen to do: be a conduit for success by encouraging the masses to be REAL in every aspect of life. That shows up in different ways for me: taking a picture, sharing marketing advice, edifying via the radio, or sowing into someone’s business. At the end of the day, when I focus on my main objective, the obstacles of fear and inadequacy become obsolete and the path to victory is so much clearer.

From Broken to Healed

There was a hymn that I could not sing for almost 8 years. Watch this story and let me know if you can relate! https://youtu.be/Q85NldlU6Lg

I’m preparing for #REALConference2019 and am discovering areas where I am yet becoming #REAL. It is a process, but I am definitely seeing progress in my own process.

Today would have been my 7th wedding anniversary. Five months ago on January 9, 2019, at 10:10am….my divorce was finalized. My marriage lasted 6 years and 7 months.

To say that the last few years of my life have been difficult is a gross understatement. Through all of the ups and downs, I lost me. I was a shell of the person I was supposed to be. I became my titles of wife and mother and forgot to be Leesha. I actually didn’t know who Leesha was anymore. I put my purpose aside for the sake of my position.

There are some of you out there who are currently in that predicament. You’ve lost the essence of who you are. There are dreams and visions that can only come to pass through you, yet you cannot see the forest for the trees. Those “things” look so far off…so unattainable because of life. Hopefully, it doesn’t take something as devastating as divorce to help you get back to who God created you to be.

There are a few things that I am learning as I navigate this new space. Maybe my steps – missteps and all – can help you do and be better…

Journey of self discovery and rediscovery. I really had to reevaluate EVERYTHING in my space. While I was going through my divorce, I started discovering some traits that I adopted for the sake of survival…but they were toxic. I started the process of acknowledging what was wrong and pursuing the steps to make the necessary changes…and I’m still in the process.

Just trust God. I realized that I had walked away from what I knew to become someone else. I started treating God like a cosmic genie to help out when I was in a jam instead of constantly communicating with the Creator of the universe who happens to be my Father. When I started to refocus on God, things started falling in line. The peace I was missing showed up in a major way and allowed me to navigate through this difficult time without staying bitter.

Jump in. This step might not be for everybody…LOL! For me, in order to get back in line, I had to jump, headfirst, fully clothed, into the deep end. Fear has always been my fall guy for not doing something – not going back to school, not doing the REAL Conference, not running my business properly. After much prayer and self-talk, my way of getting over the hurt was to get in the mix. I signed up for more education. I am planning for REAL Conference 2019 (www.realconference.org). I have a team around me to help keep me accountable for my business.

My journey is not just for me…it is for someone out there who is struggling with their identity, someone who feels far away from purpose, someone who is looking to be restored, elevated, and affirmed so they can be liberated! You can make it! You can do it! God’s got you…don’t ever forget that!

I hope this helps! Regardless of where you are in life, God has a purpose and a plan for your life. Your life matters for more than just doing for others and fading into the background.

Let Us Laugh

Every now and then, I get inspired to write some funny stuff…so here’s a short compilation of some good ones.

ALL MY CHRISTIAN PEOPLE

This is the title to my remake of “Single Ladies”! I’ve gospelized it…but it’s still in the works…

All My Christian People
All My Christian People
All My Christian People
All My Christian People
Now put your hands up

verse 1
Up in the church
Came here to learn
The ins and outs of God’s Word
Relationship
So I don’t slip
Applying everything I’ve heard
He’s the Ruler of all
There when I call
He gets all of my attention
Though high on His throne
Never leaves me alone
God Almighty Lord of Lords King of Kings

chorus
If you love Him then you need to put a praise on it
If you love Him then you need to put a praise on it
The devil’s mad cuz you gotta stomp his head for it
If you love Him then you need to put a praise on it

ha-ah-le-loo-ooo-yah ha-ah-uh-le-loo-ooo-yah

verse 2
Gonna praise His name
From the mountaintop proclaim
He’s the one and only God on high
Sometimes I forget
And I take a misstep
Hmm…thinking I can just get by
Just like my Daddy
Sees me doing badly
Gives me the proper correction
But I know He still loves me
It is on Him that I lean
It’s no wonder why I love Him like I do

 

ANOINTED MISTLETOE

The Bible says that a man that finds a wife finds a good thing. Are you a single female, praying to be found? You know that you’re a good thing, right? I have just the thing for you. ANOINTED MISTLETOE! It’s not just for Christmas anymore. For a gift of only $19.95, you can receive your personal branch of anointed mistletoe. We have intercessors praying over this mistletoe, which has been anointed with the finest extra virgin olive oil direct from Jerusalem. The same olive tree Jesus walked under…

Not only am I the spokesperson for this, I’m also a recipient of the blessing of the anointed mistletoe. A friend told me about it. I was skeptical at first, but I prayed, stepped out on faith, and bought my own anointed mistletoe. Five days later, my husband found me. So I know first hand this works! Go to your phones now and dial 1-800-HOLY-KISS.

If you call within the next 7 minutes (because 7 is the number of completion), we’ll double your order. That’s right you’ll receive not one but 2 branches of this anointed mistletoe. But wait, there’s more! We’ll even throw in a bottle of water from the Jordan River!

For less than $20, your life can change forever. That number again is 1-800-HOLY-KISS. Call now…intercessors are standing by!

 

TESTAMENT TABLETS

Have you ever been in a church service and cleared out a row? Did you think it was your praise? You probably thought you had dispelled the demons on your row, but that wasn’t the case. It was the halitosis in your hallelujah. What to do? You open your mouth to give a word that no one can receive because your breath is no sweet smelling savor. Try Testament Tablets! They come in 2 flavors: Old Testament and New Testament…just like the Bible. These innovative formulas are sure to please and be pleasing.

Old Testament Tablets were developed by monks in the Alps studying the book of Leviticus. They used a combination of plants and herbs mentioned in the book and tasted the mixture, thinking it would bring them closer to God. While it didn’t do that, it did strengthen the brotherhood because they all had good breath.

New Testament Tablets were developed by preachers trying to be like John the Baptist mixing together honey and locust. The result wasn’t pretty, but they all had fresh breath and surprisingly supple skin (an added benefit)!

So try Testament Tablets today! Scriptures are printed on the packaging so you can get a word while freshening your breath. Testament Tablets…taking the halitosis out of your hallelujah!

These old Facebook “Notes” are blessing me! Here’s a post from May 6, 2008 that is helpful as I prepare for #REALConference2019.

So, I’m going through the throws of life right now as I plan this REAL Conference. The closer it gets the more I struggle. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Of course, that’s what being REAL is all about: understanding your struggle and overcoming it.

Right now, I’m really struggling…struggling to understand my actions and desires weighted against what purpose God has for me. It’s a daily press, I guess, but some days can be harder than others…and today is a harder day.

I’m at a point in life where I’d like things to come together. I’m almost 30, so the desire to be married and have kids is strong…very strong…almost consumingly so…and folks don’t understand that, I guess. I don’t understand it myself. I don’t want to forfeit that…not now…I’ve got too much in store for me…

My eternal purpose trumps my temporary pleasure. I want to serve God wholly, but I keep failing Him miserably. I’m beginning to see myself as unworthy…as I know I am…of anything He could or would give me. And therein lies my struggle…I’m ashamed for feeling this way…

I’m working on it, though…trying to see what God sees in me…trying to find my worth. I know that I’m His child…I know that He’s called me for a purpose…I know that He has big plans for me. However, there are times…like now…when I don’t feel like it…when my love for a person seeming equates to heartache and grief…when all my deeds seem null and void…that I just want to throw in the proverbial towel. Bring on the chocolate…bring on the man…bring on the self-indulgence that pushes me away from my purpose…

I can’t do that though… It’s crunch time! It’s time to tighten up. It’s time to get my mind right. It’s time to get things in order…it’s time to get REAL! I’m in process. I know I have an expected end! I trust you all will pray with me in this process…

He Did It Again

I was stressing out over a payment that was made from my account. I thought a free trial ended on the 13th, but it ended on the 12th. Almost $700 was about to be gone out of my account…$652.24 to be exact. I freaked all the way out. That $652.24 was surely going to be $700+ because of overdraft fees and fees for the other fees. You know what I mean, right?

On top of that, another draft was made on my account for something else that wasn’t supposed to happen at all. Another $30 was taken. Complete freak out mode!!! I’m thinking about making sure I can pay my rent and the rest of my bills, get clothes for my growing 7 year old, put gas in the car and food on the table, and so much more. I called my mom to talk it out.

First thing I noticed about the call is that I wasn’t asking her to bail me out. (Is this what life at 40 looks like?) In the past, my parents have bailed me out of situations that were mostly my own doing. They have been there for me through all kinds of stuff. My dad even offered to loan me the money that was going to be taken out of my account. I declined that offer.

As I was talking with my mother, she gave me the sage advice of praying about it without freaking out. She also told me to call and see if the charges could be reversed. Wise woman, that lady…wise woman. My mother also said if everything happened and the monies were gone, chalk it up to a lesson learned. She calmed me down with her Jesus pep talk.

I’m still crying now…but because God showed up for me less than an hour later. All the charges had been reversed and refunded. How amazing is that? I got my panties in a bunch for nothing. God handled it…

How many times do we freak out about stuff out of our control? Sometimes I have the wherewithal to pray immediately, but most times, I don’t. I needed the Jesus pep talk to calm my nerves so I could go through the process of restoration for my bank account.

This isn’t the first time God’s shown up for me…and it definitely won’t be the last. I’m just so grateful that He did!

I See The Storm

I wrote this blog while I was in Panama with my parents back on March 6, 2011. I thank God for relevance so many years later.

As we were traveling back from Colon today, I saw that we were heading directly into a rain storm. We were about 3 miles out when I spotted it. I was hoping that we were behind it so we wouldn’t have to go through it. As we got closer to it, the storm seemed larger and more ominous than when I first saw it. We could even see the line of demarkation, if you will: sunshine here and 5 feet later dark rolling clouds. The rainfall was nothing short of torrential. We had to slow down significantly, slowing down the process to our destination. It was kinda scary for a bit, because our visibility was greatly diminished.

I wasn’t sure how big the storm was, but in the middle of the storm, I looked off into the distance and saw the sun peaking through the clouds. It was just a quick little pocket of sunshine, but somehow it made me feel better…

You know where this is going, right?

Sometimes as we face the “storms” of life, we see it off in the distance. We want to avoid it, looking for exits or ways around it…but there are none. The only way is to go through it.

When you get to your storm, as much as you expect it, it may be bigger than you think your “vehicle” can handle. Just know that in the middle of your storm, God will show you a ray of sunlight letting you know the Son is still shining.

God is daily amazing me…letting me know how great He is and how much He loves me!

I used to be a writing somebody! I’m getting back in the habit soon. Here’s a post from April, 23, 2009.

I was on the phone with a family member last night when she told me she was involved in a car accident. Someone crashed into the back of her vehicle. She and her car were ok. The other person’s car was messed up, but that person was ok as well.

My family member said that she had been wanting another vehicle. She has only had the vehicle a little over a year and has had to take it in several times already. As she was watching TV that morning, she asked God to show her another vehicle that she could get that would better suit her. She then saw a Honda Civic come on the screen…and she thought “Hmmm…maybe…”

The car that hit her later on that day? You guessed it…Honda Civic. The vehicle that protected her and didn’t have a scratch on it was the one she wanted to get rid of…

Maybe there is something surrounding you that you don’t want any longer…maybe it’s the church to which you belong or the job that you don’t like that much…and you want to get away or go somewhere else. Understand this: that thing you are not wanting any longer could be the very thing that will protect you.

That church with all the crazy people in it that get on your nerves, but the Word is on point…is keeping you from falling into temptation and increasing your faith. It’s protecting you from getting a Word with no power that doesn’t challenge you at all. You could be turned with every wind of doctrine that blows, but you’re not…because you have a firm foundation in God that is being nurtured right where you are.

That job that you don’t like – your boss seems to pick on you, your co-workers are way too nosy, or it’s not what you really want to do – and you just want to find something else. Again, another area in which God can increase your faith. Plus, in this economy, YOU HAVE A JOB, and a certain sense of job security. Be thankful for that.

Whatever your situation…however frustrating and seemingly lackluster…know that you’re there for a reason. Ask God where you should be right now, and if He says “right where you are,” take it for all it’s worth. He’s using these instances and situations to develop us, to increase our faith, and to strengthen our resolve.

I thank God my family member is ok. And I thank God for the lesson learned from the situation. The very thing she didn’t want is the very thing that protected her…

TMI Revelation

As I’m preparing for #theREALroadto40 and #REALConference2019, I find myself looking back at some old notes I’ve written. Here’s one from February 4, 2010.

As you well know, “TMI” stands for too much information. If you didn’t know, now you know…glory glory… The content of my revelation isn’t TMI but the location is…

I usually do a Praise & Worship set in the shower. Hey, it’s me and Jesus…why not worship Him? Plus, it’s a good time for me to sing…the acoustics are great and I don’t sound half bad…

God has been doing some things in my life. Showing Himself in miraculous ways…different ways…like He told me He would a few weeks ago (reference my note “Directions”). This morning, I was singing “Thank You, Lord” a la Walter Hawkins. I got to the line where it said “it could’ve been me outdoors with no food and no clothes…” and I adlibed (because I sing the lead and choir parts…LOL) “it was me outdoors with no food and no clothes…I was alone without a friend…just another number almost at my tragic end…but You didn’t see fit to let any of those things take me out (I’m adlibbing y’all) and everyday by Your power you keep on…” I broke into tears right there in my shower…

There have been times when I felt like the enemy was trying to take me out…most recently, this past weekend. But God has kept me…and I’m thankful…oh so thankful…

Now here’s the revelatory part…

After my P&W set, my neighbor downstairs (who is also my friend) calls me to ask if everything was ok. She heard a lot of banging and stuff upstairs…LOL! I told her that I was just having my morning praise & worship set in the bathroom…she understood…she knows me…and she knows Jesus, too! I told her…

“I think I just got a revelation. Normally when you’re in the bathroom, you are stripped of everything. I take that time to be stripped before God, which is why I think He meets me in there like that…”

God knows how to deal with me…and I’m glad He met me in my bathroom this morning…LOL!

Directions

Another oldie but goodie as I prepare for #theREALroadto40 from January 15, 2010.

As I was preparing for my trip from NC to TN, I went to Google Maps to get directions. The directions took me up through VA and back down to TN. It confused me because I knew I-40 would bring me straight to Nashville. Why would the directions seemingly take me out of the way? It just didn’t make sense…

Also, I put my car in the shop expecting to get it back in time for this trip. The man assured me it would be done…and it wasn’t. I was upset, but the dealership got me a rental car so I was ok to make my trip.

While driving up 52 North, looking at the mountains in awe of God, God dropped a few nuggets on me. First, He said that “I have to take you a way you’ve never been before. Though it may seem unconventional and out of the way, it actually is the best way for you.” You see, though going I-40 is the most direct route, it’s actually 15 miles and 1.5 hours longer than the way that I was given.

The other nugget was that “the vehicle that will take you there isn’t your own. I (God) am going to use something other than what you expect to take you this unconventional route.”

I’ll type more tomorrow, but God gave me those early in my trip so I could ponder on it, praise Him for it, and put it to work for me even on the road. So I thank God for the revelation and the “directions” He’s giving me…

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