Sunday, June 30, 2019

It's Been a Minute

Good morning!

It is the last day of June 2019, and this is my first blog post of the year! Yikes! 
That's a long time; however it is all for good reason.  So far, 2019 has been amazing, and I declare in the name of Jesus that the second half of 2019 will be even greater!

In January 2019, I released my first book! It is entitled, Gathering the Fragments: The Wheel and The Kiln.  It is a testament of a three-year process of healing and restoration where God gathered my fragments and set me on a course to where I am now, and where I'm headed to. 
The first week of its release, it held at #1 in the Women's Spiritual Growth category on Amazon and currently has a five-star rating!  I was so excited and amazed by God.

Gathering the Fragments endeavors to encourage single women to seek purpose over companionship, and to turn their pain into their platform!  Although this was written with singles in mind from a fellow single woman's point of view, I truly believe anyone can glean something from this book. 
It is available on Amazon Kindle (release of print copies TBA).




January, February and March were filled with promoting my book and getting ready for another special occasion.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, I married my "pleasant surprise," Ali.
Pleasant Surprise?  Yes.
Why a surprise?  Because Ali was my doTERRA client at first. 

When we connected, it was strictly business. Strictly. What started out as business, along with helping someone manage their health naturally, organically evolved into a lifelong covenant partnership. My PURPOSE connected us.
My husband saw my coworker KiJuan using doTERRA essential oils and inquired about them.  KiJuan told him that he could get them from me.  That's when KiJuan introduced us. (Thanks KiJuan!)

Let me back up:  Ali had been coming to the radio station where I work for about three months at that time.  Prior to our former introduction, we never went past "Hello."  He came there for one reason: 
to minister the Word of God over the airwaves.  He wasn't coming to my office, flirting or trying to initiate conversation.  He was there on divine assignment. (Special thanks for our pastor, Ovella Davis for entrusting her Tuesday segment of Best of Detroit Gospel to Ali!)
I would buzz him in the door, say hello and walk back to my office.  He would return the greeting, go into the control room, speak with KiJuan before the show and then do the broadcast. After he got off the air, he spoke with KiJuan and then left the station. 

Later after we connected, he admitted that he was attracted to me when he saw me months prior.  However, I find it very attractive that he was, and is, a man of integrity.  He stayed committed to his assignment and did not allow flesh to distract him.  I must add this:  at that time, the last thing I wanted was a relationship of any kind.  I was married to my purpose (serving in ministry, editing and being a wellness advocate). doTERRA, through the grace and wisdom of God, opened the door for us to connect.

This business/client relationship turned into a friendship. A month later, he asked me out.  Later that same month, we committed to an exclusive courtship.   Nine months after, he proposed to me.  Had Ali approached me on his own doing (without doTERRA being our bridge), I would have turned him down immediately.  So God utilized the one thing that had my attention to connect us.


The key word is purpose.  We never know what and who is tied to our purpose!  We have no idea what good things await us when we walk and operate in our purpose.  That's why the Bible clearly states, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not until thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).

Acknowledge God; seek God first above all things-above your own agenda and wants.  Let's parallel this with New Testament Scripture--the words of Jesus Christ: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33 KJV).  Jesus encourages us to first seek the kingdom of God.  Seek God for how you can bring His influence to the earth! I tell people often that doTERRA is more than a business; it is my ministry. God gave me the desire to help people manage their health naturally, which was birthed through my sister Donna's terminal illness and demise, along with my own health issues that developed the same year  her health took a turn for the worst. When Jesus ministered, He attended to the natural need of those who were lost--their physical healing! The sin was addressed later (John 5:6-15).

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (emphasis added).
This is how we, as disciples of Christ, should operate. When I truly began to seek the kingdom and walk in what God gave me the desire to do, that purpose connected me to my now husband.  We both love essential oils and use them daily. Ali has even been my "Hype Man," telling his friends, family and coworkers about the oils.
 
To my single sisters and brothers, you should desire a mate who believes in you and pushes you into your purpose.  Those days when I waver and mentally vacillate as to what my purpose is, when I confide that to my mate, he, as my husband, friend and priest of our home, lovingly reminds me of my purpose and encourages me to seek God more, as there is so much more in me to do for the kingdom.

So, there ya have it.  The first six months of 2019 was developing me for two new titles: published author and wife. It's been a wonderful journey and I'm looking forward to doing all God has ordained me to do for His glory.   Also, I have a new blog post baking in the oven, so stay tuned!

For more information on how doTERRA essential oils can help manage your health and wellness, stop by my website, www.sltllc.com and click on "Need Essential Oils..."

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon Parks  

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Feeble, But Necessary

2019 is less than a week away!  My heart is filled with such anticipation and expectation. As we approach the new year, I felt a tug to share this download with you all.

During my devotional reading time yesterday morning, I stumbled across a Scripture in Apostle Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.  In chapter 12, he discusses the spiritual gifts, as well as believers being the body of Christ.  This verse particularly struck me:  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary; and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour;... (1 Corinthians 12:22-23).

Feeble and yet, necessary.  And deserving of more abundant honor. Wow! 
Apostle Paul is basically saying that those members that seem to be weaker are absolutely necessary (1 Corinthians 12:22 AMP). Merriam-Webster defines feeble as "very weak; not good enough: not successful or effective."  Now, by definition, it would seem as if Apostle Paul's statement is contradictory. Something that's not successful or effective deemed necessary? Let's look at it from a physical perspective.  Think about those small members on our bodies.  They are small and weak when used alone; however, they carry great purpose.  If we attempt to do a handstand on the weight of our pinkie finger alone, we are subject to break a finger.  Why?  Because our pinkies were not designed for that purpose. So, if your purpose seem minuscule in the eyes of society, so what?!
God created you with an unique purpose.  You may not be purposed to become the next president of the United States or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and that's okay!  You are fearfully and wonderfully made to do something great!  What is that great thing?  It's up to you to seek God and find out. 

Great, swelling titles/positions does not make one with a lesser position or title any less important.  Oftentimes, the ones with less authority, who are working and grinding behind the scenes are the ones who truly make things happen.  Think about films.  When it comes to making a film or thinking about movies in general, the titles that stand out most are: lead actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, writer, director, producer, composer, just to name a few. However, when you see those credits scrolling at the end of a movie, it took more than just the writer and director to make the movie.  There's a seemingly endless list of names who played a role (big and/or small) in bringing that film to the big screen. From the one who sewed the actor's costumes to the one who mopped the set floor.  They each played a significant role.  How about the extras in the films who are uncredited?  Some of Hollywood's biggest actors and actresses got their break in being an extra in a film.  Their role may seem feeble or insignificant to some, but like Apostle Paul said: it was necessary.

No matter where you are or what you are doing now, know that little is much in the eyes of God.  There are many Scriptures to support that thought.  Whatever you do, whatever gift you have, from washing walls to etching a wall in a blueprint for the newest skyscraper--do it heartily as unto the Lord.  The size of your talent doesn't matter.  What matters most is you putting it to use, and not wasting it.  I'm reminded of a quote from a movie, A Bronx Tale: "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent."  Jesus thought so, too. (Matthew 25:14-30)


Picture courtesy of Google

As we approach and step into 2019, go in with a renewed mindset and refined determination to bring your best before God. No matter how big or small your gift or talent is, do it heartily unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

I pray you were inspired,

Shairon

Scripture references: 1 Corinthians 12:22-23, Colossians 3:23 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Oilspirations: My Journey to Health and Wellness


**DISCLAIMER: doTERRA does not claim or intend to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any ailments. This blog is faith-based, intended for inspiration and information purposes only. 
Please consult your doctor if you're interested in natural supplementation.***


“I like what I see; whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.”

My doctor said those words to me with a satisfied look upon his face.  He looked at me like a dad who's proud of his child for eating all of their veggies. Talk about shocked and relieved all at once!
A
s I walked out of his office that afternoon, I thought, “Hmmm, that oil worked.”

That was five years ago. 

Once upon a time, I was a skeptic.  I was not open-minded enough to give any consideration to natural methods of health and wellness.  My mindset was conditioned to the modern ways of "healthcare."  However, two things of major significance occurred in my life that compelled me to embrace God’s way of health and wellness.

I was diagnosed with hypertension. I had a fear of becoming dependent upon prescription medicine; therefore, I had to make some changes, and make them fast. I knew what could happen as a result of a growing dependency upon prescription medication.  Hence, my oldest sister...
My oldest sister, Missionary Donna Washington
1963-2014

My oldest sister became terminally ill and as a result, she carried what I call, a “miniature pharmacy,” with her.  I knew that one or two of those medications clashed with one another.  She had so many, she had to set an alarm on her phone as a reminder to take each one.  
She took all of those prescription meds, to absolutely no avail. 


She transitioned in February 2014 at age 50.

I work in gospel radio, and one of the broadcasters at that time introduced me to essential oils.  After inquiring about which oils would help hypertension, she mentioned Wild Orange oil.  I ordered the oil and used it internally by adding two to three drops to my water.  My weekly regimen consisted of using wild orange essential oil one day, prescription meds the next.  I did this every other day-oils one day, meds the next. At my follow up appointment, my BP numbers improved dramatically.  Since then, I stepped out on faith and chose to manage my health naturally.  I am no longer on prescription medication.  I watch what I eat, increase my water intake, use doTERRA essential oils prayerfully and take doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Supplements.  Total game-changers. 


Since then, I’ve shared doTERRA Wild Orange oil with other people who battled hypertension and swelling in their feet and ankles.  My mother, who also takes a plethora of prescription medications, eventually incorporated essential oils into her daily regimen.  It has significantly helped with her swelling and arthritic conditions. I have been sharing the “Gospel of Essential Oils” ever since, and those I’ve introduced essential oils to gave me nothing but praise reports.

As a minister and wellness advocate, I share doTERRA oils, seeing to the need and health concerns of all I come on contact with. I stand upon James 5:14 when I share oil. 

doTERRA for me, is more than a business; it's MINISTRY.  Essential oil is truly a God-ordained miracle.


I plan to continue my "Oilspirations" with you, so stay tuned!

Shairon

IG: @oily.editor

**DISCLAIMER: doTERRA does not claim or intend to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any ailments. This blog is faith-based, intended for inspiration and information purposes only. 
Please consult your doctor if you're interested in natural supplementation.***

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

HUMILITY: Make Haste, Come Down!

I love when God gives fresh, illuminating revelation of His word!

As I was reading my devotional on YouVersion, the corresponding Scriptures to this day's devotional reading took me to Luke 19.  Here we find a well-known story about a rich, chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, and his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

A man of such high caliber, it would seem like brother Zacchaeus had it "all together."  Nevertheless, apparently there was, something lacking, if you will.  My pastor often says that she believes that God placed a "hole in our soul" -- a void that only He can fill. Many seek tangible things and people to fill that void: money, high socioeconomic status, business/career, sex, drugs, food, etc. that may provide temporary fulfillment or relief.  After the ecstasy has waned, the high has dissipated and the food has gone through the process of digestion and elimination, you still have LIFE and all of the issues therein.  Only God can fill that hole in your soul and give you the peace, everlasting love and pure joy that we all long for.  One of the steps to receiving such peace and joy is by HUMBLING OURSELVES before His majesty.

Zacchaeus was short in stature, according to Luke 19:3.  Due to such restriction,  Jesus, who was among the press of people could not be seen by Zacchaeus from ground view. Therefore, Zacchaeus took the aerial view and climbed a sycomore tree in order to see Jesus.



And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Luke 19:5-6

So many nuggets lie within this passage of Scripture; however, the one verse that slapped me and hence, birthed this blog post, was verse five.  Jesus called up to Zacchaeus saying, "make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house."

That day was the acceptable day of salvation for brother Zacchaeus.  Although Jesus may have been talking about his physical house or dwelling place, I believe that Jesus was also referring to his HOUSE-Zacchaeus' heart, his life.  He wanted to abide with him and in him (Luke 19:9-10; John 15).
Before he told him that he needed to abide at his house, he commanded him to make haste and come down. Yes, Zacchaeus was physically up high in a tree, however Jesus' command may have been two-fold.  Jesus wanted Zacchaeus to come down from the tree and COME DOWN- get off his
"high horse." Come down and humble yourself before the mighty hand of God, and do not be slow about doing so.  

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines humble as, "not proud: not thinking of yourself as better than other people; given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people; not haughty, not arrogant."  Although there is no biblical support to show that Zacchaeus was arrogant, the Bible declares that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:25)  Zacchaeus was rich and the chief (not A chief, but THE chief) among publicans (tax collectors). As human beings, it is very easy to get caught up in the hype of success. If it's not managed carefully, pride can sneak in and set your course on a sudden tidal wave to destruction. We can hypothesize and say that brother Zacchaeus may have battled with pride (we all have in some form), being a man of high socioeconomic class; however his heart was tender before Jesus, and Jesus recognized it. 

I ate my slice of "humble pie" when I was laid off work back in 2009.  The Lord revealed to me overtime that I had some pride issues when I was working for the County. To date, that was the best job I've had from a financial standpoint. The job provided opportunity to grow and embrace promotion. More than likely I would've still been there if I wasn't laid off. Lord only knows where I would be now; nevertheless, I had to "make haste and come down" so Jesus could abide at my house. Although I was saved and lived a righteous life to the best of my God-given ability,
I needed a true heart check.  God checked me, took me through a season of dying to myself and learning Him as my true Source.  The job became my pride, my joy and my source. 
God knocked me out of my "sycomore tree," and I fell straight to my knees. And that, was grace.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

There is a process to capturing the attention of God, and it requires HUMILITY.  It is much better for you to humble yourself and not let God do the humbling FOR YOU.  Pride and a proud look are deplorable in the eyes of God.  Prides goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. A proud look is an abomination. (Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 6:17)  True humility is a key-vital component to living a righteous life, pleasing before God.  

If you struggle with humility, it's okay.  You are not alone.  Pray, and ask the Father through Jesus Christ, to help you to humble yourself.  Ask Him to remove every prick that's hindering you from growing to greater.  And begin to thank Him for cleansing your mind and your heart. 

I pray you were inspired, for it is truly my "Desire to INSPIRE"...

Shairon 

Scripture references: Luke 19, Proverbs 6, Proverbs 16

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Rooted

It is times like this where I am truly grateful for my faith in God.

Just like many people, I have some personal challenges I'm currently dealing with. When pondered upon too long, the weight of the situation(s) have the power of evoking unending waves of anxiety, if not managed properly.

As I was getting ready for work this morning (8/21/18), I kept hearing the word "rooted" in my spirit.  It resonated with me as Scriptures pertaining to such topic popped in my mind. I thought about the first Psalm of David, when he said "and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season..." This number of Psalms illustrated the way of the righteous man.  A righteous man/woman is planted and rooted in God.



Root is defined as "the part of a plant that grows underground, gets water from the ground, and holds the plant in place." It is also defined as "the cause or source of something."


Trees thrive best when planted by water.  This is how roots gain nourishment for strength to keep the tree planted. God is our wellspring of joy and our source of strength.  Jesus is even described as the "living water," and if we drink from this water, we shall thirst no more (John 4).  Ultimate fulfillment comes from God alone, through His dear Son, Jesus Christ.

Roots are unseen.  They are hidden in soil. The strength of the root is shown through the effervescence and vivaciousness of that tree.  As righteous men and women of God, we do not have to scream that we are saved and devout followers of Jesus.  Our proclamation will show through the life we live, especially in how we weather the storms of life. 

If you are spiritually dehydrated, it can weaken your roots (faith in Jesus). Ever notice how most trees remain standing during the strongest of storms?  The reason why they stand is because those trees are rooted securely.  Of course, we've seen trees that were uprooted during tumultuous storms. More than likely, those roots were either old and/or weak, or the roots were unable to anchor themselves in the soil.  Are you maintaining your roots? Are you planted and anchored securely in Jesus?

Salvation through Jesus is more than a mouth confession and belief.  It is a lifelong walk and journey!  In order to gain natural strength, we feed our bodies with nourishing, healthy food. A righteous man or woman of God have the remarkable ability to remain strong through the trials of life because they are fed with the Bread of Life and Living Water - Word of God. 

I remember watching my mother rejoice at my sister's (her first born) funeral.  My mother praised God in dance all in front of my sister's casket. To some, this would seem odd. Even ludicrous. To righteous men and women, this is our norm. Why on earth would a mother rejoice while her daughter lie in a casket? Because my mother is planted and rooted in Jesus.

My mother could rejoice because she knew that her daughter was saved.  She lived a righteous life before man and God.  Mom knew that her first born was at eternal peace.  My sister did not have to suffer anymore.  No more pain. No more medication.  No more surgery after surgery after surgery. Weeks before her transition, we gathered around my sister's bed and prayed fervently for her.  She emerged from a state of unresponsiveness straight into a loud praise.  She cried out in a clear strong voice: "YES LORD!"  Why?  Because she was securely planted and rooted in Jesus.

Jesus is the root cause of my peace in the midst of the storm.  He is the reason why I am no longer worried about various life circumstances. I am rooted and grounded in Jesus, who is the Root and Offspring of David (Revelation 22:16).

Plant yourself in Jesus, water yourself with the living water of His word, and you'll be able to stand to weather the tumultuous storms of life.

I pray that you were inspired,


Shairon 

Scripture references: Psalm 1, 1 Peter 4:12-13, Revelation 22:16

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