Sunday, December 29, 2019

Bold, Without Bounds

Good morning!  This is the last Sunday of 2019!  Thank God for His grace and mercy!

I must take this space right here to say, thank you Jesus!  As you can tell, I haven't blogged much this year.  This year was a pivotal one with being a newly-published author and newlywed; but somewhere along the way, I hit a major "writer's block." I have blog posts "sitting on ice" right now. They are saved as drafts, and I'm just waiting for the inspiration to finish them.

I've learned that when it's God, it doesn't have to be forced-it just flows.  God would give me a download and whenever I sat down to write, the words would flow effortlessly.  And in the flow, God would give additional downloads for me to incorporate within that blog post. I hit a horrible dry spell.  So I prayed, asking God to renew my hand to blog as I've done before. And praise God, on this last Sunday of the year, God answered my prayer.  Thank you, Abba!

Each morning, I try to read a few Scriptures before I get out of bed.  This morning, I did a topical search of Scriptures in my YouVersion app on strength. Was I in need of strength this morning?  Maybe to get out of bed (smile); other than that, I felt okay.  I was curious to see what Scriptures would filter through this topical search. When I read this particular Scripture, the title of this blog post downloaded fast! My answered prayer!


Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God's kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity. Even though I am chained as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.
Ephesians 6:20 TPT

Can we say, a brotha was "down for the cause" or what?  Even though I am chained (bound) as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.  Apostle Paul did not allow his present circumstances at the time to strip his identity or deter him from his true purpose.  In fact, he was still preaching through his epistles, which makes up approximately 2/3 of the New Testament. 

I admit; consistency, when it comes to certain things, is my challenge.  If I don't see the desired results within my own ideal time frame, I will throw up both hands thinking that, either it's not my season, or God does not want me to do this.  Not the best trait to have, I'll admit that and will work on that!

Apostle Paul, being locked up in prison for doing what he was called to do, could have easily allowed discouragement to be his "way out" of doing what God had him to do.  He could have been like "Yo, I'm in here for doing your work; I can't go out and preach so Imma just sit here and await trial." No; his heart yearned for the churches he planted; he was a true apostle--a father figure.  He wanted to see the proselytes grow and flourish spiritually in the things of God.  He utilized what he had access to--pen and paper--to boldly continue the work without bounds. 

I am reminded of a scene from the new movie, Harriet, which chronicles the life of Harriet Tubman, from her escaping slavery to her working the Underground Railroad to free other slaves.  In one scene, as she was trying to guide her family to freedom, they came to a body of water.  They were on the right path; however crossing the water was their challenge. No boat, no raft to carry them safely across.  Harriet prayed, asking God to allow the water to flow through her.  As she started to cross, you can see her descending into the water with each step, like she was about to go under.  As she continued walking, she ascended. She sought God and trusted His leading.  She was bold to lead people through the water to their freedom.

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**Not my photo**

There's another scene where she was about to go back and free her family.  The gentleman she was talking to tried to dissuade her, telling her that she couldn't go from a logical standpoint.  She boldly responded, "Don't you tell me what I can't do!"  That's bold, without bounds. Like Apostle Paul, she was a "sista who's down for the cause." She committed to doing the work, and to God's leading.  Apostle Paul and Harriet Tubman both experienced a form of bondage. Although one became free, they both were still committed to doing the Work.  

The Scripture that comes to mind is Isaiah 43:2:  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

Isaiah the Prophet lets us know that without a doubt, we will face tests and trials of some sort. But praises be to God, we are not alone during these troublesome times.  God is with us--Emmanuel! 
However, the question is, will you be bold to do the work, and not allow anything to hinder you, even when the roadblocks arise?  Will we stop at the river bank and stand still, or will we seek God and ask Him to guide us safely through?  

These questions challenge me as well!  So, I ask that you will join me in some deep soul searching as we cross over into a new year. Not only are we crossing over into a new year, but into a new presidential election year.  With election comes new bills placed before Congress, and new laws.
We are living in a wicked day where laws are being passed left and right that would not have even made it to the table this time 50, 40 or ever 30 years ago!  Standing on our faith is slowly being identified as hate.  Saying the name of Jesus is taboo in certain places.  This is the day we are living in. Let us not become desensitized or ignorant to what's really going on in the realm of the spirit. 

We must be bold, without bounds. After all, Jesus was bold enough to endure the cross to set us free.
May your last days of 2019 be sweet; may God guide us all as we cross over into 2020. Be steadfast in the faith.

In His Love,

Shairon

"Do not fear, for I am with you:"
Isaiah 43:5
   

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