Thursday, February 8, 2018

It’s YOU and the time is NOW!

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! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Let's Finish 2017 Strong!!!

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!!!

Happy Holidays! =)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Daughters of Destiny Spiritual Mentorship Academy UPDATE!!!

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), 
 Miami, Florida 

 "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), 
Tallahassee, Florida

"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 😊

Friday, October 20, 2017

7 Steps to Living a More Fulfilled Life

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.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Join the 30 day reflection challenge!

Hey there! The Daughters of Destiny Spiritual Mentorship Academy is underway and reflection is a key part of the journey. I created a 30 day reflection activity for the academy participants that I wanted to share with you also. I believe talking about your experiences and journaling are both very powerful tools to use in the healing process.

The stipulations are pretty simple: complete one reflection exercise (journal entry) each day for 30 days and go in the order listed on the exercise. That's right, no skipping! Lol.

If you're joining in on the reflection fun, let me know! Send me an email or contact me on social media.

Happy reflecting! ❤️

Monday, August 21, 2017

Daughters of Destiny Spiritual Mentorship Academy--NOW ENROLLING!!!

I am super excited to tell you about this wonderful opportunity!!! The Daughters of Destiny Spiritual Mentorship Academy is a 7 week program for women who feel stuck or stagnant spiritually and need a push! This program will be facilitated by Elder Ghia Kelly, Founder of The Gift of Truth Inc., a woman committed to empowering other women and helping them walk bodly in their God-given purpose. This 7 week academy will focus on truth, transparency, and transformation and will include weekly group sessions, individual spiritual coaching, and spiritual reflection activities and exercises. There are only 7 spaces available and this first cohort will be offered at an introductory cost of $50 USD. The academy will start October 2nd and conclude the week of November 13th. All sessions will be conducted virtually so women can participate from any location as long as they have a smart phone or tablet and internet access. 

Weekly sessions will focus on various topics including: 
Making peace with your past 
Pursuing your purpose 
Extreme Thinking Makeover 
Sanctifying your circle 
Matters of the heart 
The power of a praying woman 
Choosing you first

→→ Click Here to Register ←←

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8 Years, 8 Lessons...

Well, it's my 8th wedding anniversary and I can't believe it's been that long since I said "I Do!" Eight years and two kids later, I have grown soooooo much as a woman, wife, and Christian. Marriage is a journey, full up peaks and valleys but most importantly full of lessons and opportunities for growth. Here are 8 of the lessons that I've learned, and have yet to master, in 8 years of marriage.

1. Choose your battles wisely. Everything isn't worthy of a fight. I am one who stands firm on what I believe and I make sure that my voice is heard but that doesn't always work in marriage. It may benefit me but it doesn't benefit the marriage. Some things just need to be ignored for the sake of peace.

2. Remember you're on the same team. The enemy loves to bring division in marriage because if he can divide, then he can conquer. No matter what the issue is, you must remember that your spouse is not your enemy. Instead of fighting against each other, join forces with your partner and defeat the enemy of your marriage together. One can chase a thousand but two can put 10,000 to flight! You are stronger together.

3. Prioritize your marriage. It's so easy to get so consumed with doing, bills, kids, church...that you forget to put your marriage first. Like a tender flower, your marriage needs to be nurtured in order to grow. If you fail to water your marriage with love, kind words, and quality time, it will diminish over time. When your marriage is thriving and healthy then you are able to thrive in the other areas of your life as well.

4. Stop comparing your marriage to others. We all have been guilty of this at one point or another. You know, wishing our marriage was more like someone else's because they "seem" to have it all together. But what you don't see (and what they may never tell you) is that they have problems too! The perfect marriage does not exist so stop looking for it. How do I know it doesn't exist? Well, because we are all human and we are all flawed. Your spouse will mess up at one point or another and so will you. Your marriage is unique. What works for you might not work for another couple and that's okay. Just know that someone somewhere wishes they had what you've got.

5. Don't keep secrets. Your spouse should be your confidant, the one person you can expose yourself to both physically and emotionally. Push yourself to be vulnerable even when everything in you wants to put up walls out of fear---fear of rejection, fear of betrayal, fear of being misunderstood. You have to trust that your partner will embrace your nakedness privately but also cover you publicly. There's a fine line between secrecy and deception and you must not give the enemy a foothold in your marriage. Dare to bare all!

6. Forgive and do it quickly. Forgiveness pleases God but it also frees you. If you hold on to the offenses of your spouse, your heart will eventually grow cold and callused. Where there is the absence of forgiveness, there is also the absence of grace. So, not only do you end up locking your partner out of your heart but you also lock out God's grace. Forgiveness is the only way to uproot seeds of resentment, anger, and bitterness.

7. Laugh out loud. Marriage can be tough and sometimes the only way to get through with your sanity and your marriage in tact is to laugh. Laugh with your spouse. Laugh at your spouse. Laugh at yourself. Laughter can be medicinal so as you laugh, you're healing yourself and your marriage as well. Allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength.

8. Try to always speak life. Whether you're speaking to your spouse or to your marriage, speak life! Let your words bring edification, illumination, and hope. You have the power of life and death in your mouth. You can build up or tear down, plant or uproot, create or demolish. What you speak will ultimately become your reality.