Heyyyyy!!! I know, I know, it's been a LONGGGGG time since I've posted. Thanks for missing me!!! I have been busy with life but I wanted to check in with you and share the word of the Lord with you.
I found myself doubting God today. Yep, I struggle with doubt too. I've been believing God for some things for a while and I started to get weary in my waiting. Have you ever been there? Are you there now? Well, today during my pity party, the Lord checked me. There's nothing quite like being checked by God. He said to me, "Ghia, the enemy doesn't want your job or your car, he wants your WORD!" Then he began to bring to my mind the parable of the sower where Jesus talks about the enemy snatching the word from us when it's not deeply rooted in our hearts (Matthew 13:18-19). I realized at that moment that the enemy wanted me to stop believing and forfeit my promises. Wow!!!
How many prophetic words have you allowed the enemy to steal from you because of weariness and frustration? We stop believing and he rejoices. We settle and he laughs. We stop declaring the word over our life and he gains the upper hand. Why? Because the word of God is the only sure thing we have. Heaven and earth will disappear but the Word of God will last FOREVER! God's word is the essence of who he is because he and his word are one. So when we stand on the word, we stand on God! No word = No foundation.
So, I want you to take back your word and hold on to it for dear life. Begin to rehearse and recessitate every promise that God has made you. I believe this is the season of "SUDDENLY" so things are about to change QUICKLY. This beloved is why the enemy wants you to give up and lose heart. Don't let him steal your word! Keep pushing, keep pressing, and keep believing. God's word will not return to him unfulfilled. That's something to get excited about!!!
If God spoke it, he will perform it. God doesn't lie. Stand on that! Like a pit bull locks their jaws on their prey, I need you to lock your faith around the word of God and DON'T LET GO!!!
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I thought it would be good to share testimonials from those who have participated in the Daughters of Destiny Spiritual Mentorship Academy. This testimonial is from Jan, a participant in the first cohort of the academy. Let's see what she gained from being a part of Daughters of Destiny!
The next cohort (#3) will start in July and registration will open in mid-May! I hope to see you in the academy!
Happy belated New Year! I hope 2018 is treating you well and that you are starting the year off strong. It’s only February but some folks have already lost their faith in this year because of opposition, a lack of support, and discouragement. What’s crazy is that the very things that should fuel us are what we allow to stop us. Oh, you didn’t realize that opposition was actually necessary in the journey to greatness? You did not know that the push back was actually a set up? These are the things that fortify us and strengthens our faith.
Sure, it’s tough to deal with opposition and discouragement but those things can only live if we breathe life into them. We relinquish our power over to them when we allow them to hijack our thoughts and change our confession. You start second guessing your ability. You start feeling like God made the wrong choice. You question if the timing is right. Then you take a break. Then you quit. Sound familiar?
If not you, then who? If not now, then when? The answers are YOU and NOW! God chose you because he knew you could do it. And it will never feel like the right time because it’s not easy fulfilling your destiny. Don’t allow fear and negative self talk rob you of your future. And please don’t allow the opinions of others to detour you. I have come to learn that haters are really just students in disguise. You’re not their enemy, you’re their teacher. Teach them that hard work pays off! Teach them what it means to be unstoppable! You can do this! Start the business, write the book, go back to school, accept the position. The time is NOW!
Can you believe we only have 43 days left until 2018? It was just March! Wow! As the holidays approach, it is very easy to start winding down. You know...letting go of your morning workout regimen. Slacking on finishing that book. Snoozing through your early morning prayer time. Adding more cheat days to your diet plan. Well, let me tell you that now is not the time to slow down! You have to end this year strong!
Why lose your momentum only to have to fight to get it back in a couple of months? Keep the pace! Maybe there wouldn't be a need for new year resolutions if we would stay committed to what we started in the previous year. People who make working out a part of their lifestyle and stay committed to it don't need a "healthy living" resolution. Why? Because they never stopped! If you see things through, you won't need a resolution either.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 says,"“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride." I truly believe that how we finish a year determines how we will start the next, not the other way around. I know it's easy to give in to the temptation to relax and slack off but you can do it! Hang in there! You might have to sacrifice now but the payoff will be amazing. When others are feeling disappointed because they quit, you will be basking in the glory of your accomplishment!
I know, I know...I messed up your plans to be mediocre but I really want to spare you the feelings of guilt and resentment. You can enjoy your holiday and still keep your committment. I know you think that no one will know that you quit, but you will know and that's more than enough reason to follow through. In the words of Marie Forleo, "Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently." Make a commitment to consistency because your success depends on it!!!
Hey!!! The first cohort of the Daughters of Destiny (DOD) Spiritual Mentorship Academy is just about to end (sigh!) and it has been an AH-MAZING experience for me and the participants! The DOD Spiritual Mentorship Academy is a 7 week program for women who feel stuck or stagnant spiritually and need a push! This program is facilitated by yours truly, Elder Ghia Kelly! Not only am I the Founder of The Gift of Truth Inc., but I am a woman who is committed to empowering other women and helping them walk bodly in their God-given purpose. This 7 week academy has a focus on TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY, and TRANSFORMATION and includes weekly group sessions, individual spiritual coaching, and spiritual reflection activities and exercises.
Don't believe it's been life changing? Just check out some of the testimonies from the women of Cohort 1...
"I am feeling unstoppable! After the [mentorship] session on Sunday, I felt empowered! I wrote quotes from the session on a few mirrors in my house so that my girls can read them too."
-J. Harrell (Mentorship Academy Participant),
"I am too feeling empowered after Sunday's [mentorship] session! So much so that my week is off to a great start. I remain excited and invested in this entire process."
-K. Patterson (Mentorship Academy Participant),
"Being apart of the Daughters of Destiny Academy has taught me so many things. I’m so grateful for placing you in my life Ghia C. Kelly."
-C. Poole (Mentorship Academy Participant), Tallahassee, Florida
"I think I'm moving into my greatness and beginning to not only like my uniqueness, but to enjoy it as well. And I like being confronted with the unforgiveness issue because it's something I have to deal with and not let things get built up."
-J. Williams (Mentorship Academy Participant), Tallahassee, Florida
While I am sad that the 1st cohort is ending, I am SUPER excited to pour into a new group of women! Cohort 2 will start in February 2018 and registration will officially open in January. I hope to have you join in on the awesomeness and invest in your spiritual future. Feel free to share this information with any other woman who might benefit from this opportunity. Remember, there are only 7 slots available!!! Please email me HERE if you have any questions 😊
It is my belief that true happiness is not rooted in how successful you are, but how fulfilled you are. Fulfillment is synonymous with satisfaction, achievement, and accomplishment. You can make a lot of money and have millions of followers on social media and still not feel fulfilled. The beating of our hearts give us life, but walking in purpose and making an impact in the lives of others is what makes us alive.
I have encountered a number of people recently, many of them Christians, who are clueless as to their purpose. How is it that we have a relationship with the creator yet remain clueless as to why we were created? Fulfillment comes when we are clear about who we are, whose we are, and why we are. Below are 7 steps that I believe will help you on your journey to living a more fulfilled life.
1. Find your purpose [in God]. Purpose gives us a vision for our lives. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” What that means is that you will start to truly live once you start walking in purpose and you will no longer feel like you’re wondering aimlessly. We can not find our purpose in a book or in another person, we must find it in God alone.
2. Disconnect from toxic and draining relationships. Relationships can either help or hinder us. If a relationship is not producing any fruit, meaning it’s not beneficial or helpful, then it’s useless. Why continue to nurture relationships that are literally sucking all the life out of you? Kick dysfunction out so that fulfillment can enter in.
3. Stop comparing yourself to other people. You can’t live a fulfilled life when you want what others have. It is okay to look to others for inspiration but that’s it. Inspiration should make you want to become a better you, not become someone else.
4. Accept where you are. Yes, you read that correctly. What I am referring to is contentment, not complacency. Work towards better but also embrace where you are. Some of the most important lessons are learned in the journey to becoming the best version of ourselves. Your now has purpose.
5. Believe that better is possible. You have to change the internal dialogue you have with yourself about your future. Often times, we profess faith while hoarding doubt in our hearts. You not only have to believe that better is possible, but it’s possible for you. According to Mark 9:23, “Everything is possible to the one who believes.”
6. Stop settling for less than you deserve. When you truly know that you have a purpose and that better is possible, you will stop settling for less than you’re worth. Impatience can also cause us to settle because we accept what is available rather than wait for what we really want and deserve.
7. Finish what you start. Procrastination is the arch nemesis of your progress. There’s nothing more fulfilling than checking things off your to-do list and getting things done. Make a commitment to seeing things through. Your integrity hinges upon your ability to make good on your word. If you say you will do something, do it and do it exceptionally well.