Sunday, September 27, 2015

You Matter!

Hey you! Yeah, you! You matter! In a world full of people, it's easy to feel insignificant. Sometimes, you compare yourself to those around you and feel that you just don't measure up. Everyone else seems to be doing big things and you're still trying to figure out your purpose. I feel you. I've been there. Honestly, I still visit there sometimes. But, you must know that you matter! If you never own your own business or make tons of money, you still have a purpose in this world. Not only do you matter, but you are valuable. Don't allow anyone to make you feel like you're less than. Know your worth! You were one of God's greatest investments so make sure he gets a good return.You are loved. You are worthy. You matter.

♥ Ghia

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Live Your Truth!


Sooo...tonight I watched the season premiere of Iyanla Fix My Life, a show where Iyanla Vanzant basically helps people get to the root of their internal and external distress. Iyanla has come under a lot of scrutiny for being too "aggressive" and too "in your face" but some people need that type of intervention. I actually am a fan of the show and Iyanla because she is true to who she is and she has an amazing way of getting down to the truth of the matter. I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but I connect with her desire to help hurting people.

Tonight's episode was about two African-American male preachers who were gay but living a double life. Homosexuality in the black church has been a hot topic lately so thousands of people tuned in to see how Iyanla would tackle the taboo issue. This was the first of a two-part episode and the resounding theme was "live your truth!" Both of these men allowed the fear of people's opinions to hold them and their truth captive. Iyanla says to one of the men, "You don't want to disappoint them [family] but you lie to them?' Wow! These men were masking their truth and living lies to appease other people.

How many of us do the exact same thing as these men? We hide our true self to make other people feel comfortable. We don't speak our truth out of fear of offending others. We basically please everyone else at the expense of our own happiness. And this issue is bigger than just sexuality. We lie about our potential and dumb down our greatness. We settle with fitting in rather than standing out. We lie to ourselves and to others. It's sad to think that many people leave this life either not knowing their truth, not living their truth, or both.

Are you living authentically? Do you really know who you are? Many of us can't gain victory over certain struggles in our lives because we try and conceal the truth rather than allowing the truth to set us (and others) free! People might not like or understand your truth, but they will respect it! I read a quote recently that said, "It's better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not." Ain't that the truth! When I say "live your truth", I am not saying to please only yourself. But, what I am saying is be honest with yourself and the world about who you are, where you come from, and where you're going.

In conclusion, it's important that my truth aligns with God's truth as a Christian. It's a process. This is why the bible says, "Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus."  God knows our truth...the good, the bad, and the ugly...yet he loves us! For this reason, we should be more concerned with pleasing Him than pleasing others. But, before we can please God, we have to be honest with who we are. After all, it's the truth that will make us free... Be free today!

Ghia ♥

Thursday, September 10, 2015

We have been branded! #TheGiftofTruth

Heyyyyy!!! I am super excited today!!! I have wanted to brand my blog/ministry for a while and I am excited to report that I did it! I worked with a very talented graphic designer, Cavondra Ball (Chief Creative Officer of Creatif Consulting, Inc. and fellow church member), to develop my brand. Within a few short weeks, she was able to bring my vision to life and I am excited to share it with you all!

You will notice that I have essentially three logos...well one logo and two icons. I wanted to have smaller logos or stamps to use on Instagram posts and other items that didn't necessarily require a full logo. So...Cavondra introduced me to the concept of icons and I love them! If you want to get in contact with Creatif Consulting, Inc. for your branding needs (and I encourage you to do so), email them at getcreatif@gmail.com.

The Official Logo

Icon #1

Icon #2