Thursday, October 29, 2015

Prayer on Periscope!

Happy Thursday! I wanted to share a clip from one of my recent morning prayers on Periscope. God led me to start praying on my way to work and these times of prayer have been nothing short of amazing! You can join me in the morning for prayer around 9 am! Follow me today! :)



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#ContagiousGenerosity

Heyyyyy!!! I hope you are doing well as you read this post. A few months back, a couple of fellow church members of mine had the awesome idea to start a #ContagiousGenerosity campaign in our church. The campaign is really simple...be generous and encourage others to be generous as well! The idea is to shift the culture of the church as it relates to giving and move beyond just tithe and offering. Isn't that genius?It didn't take long for people to catch the generosity bug!

Well...today I had an opportunity to be generous! I decided to eat lunch at the food court in the mall (gotta love that bourbon chicken! lol). While sitting and watching a periscope broadcast on my phone, a guy walked up and asked if I was finished with my food. I was kind of caught off guard with this question since he didn't appear to be a mall employee. So, I responded to him and said, "yes, I am." He then said asked if he could have the food that remained. Immediately my heart dropped. This man was hungry, I mean desperately hungry. I then explained to him that I didn't have much left for him to eat. He seemed a little disappointed at first, but his spirit immediately was lifted when I asked if he wanted me to buy him his own plate. It was really a no-brainer to me. He had a need and I had the money to meet his need so I did. After I purchased his food, he was extremely grateful. What blessed me the most was not his response but the response of the Asian woman behind the food counter. She was able to witness my generosity. When he left with his food, she asked me if I knew him. I replied,"no, but he was hungry so I gave him food." You can tell she had never witnessed anything like this and was at a loss for words. All she could say was,"you're a nice person."

So, I want to challenge YOU to continue the generosity THIS WEEK! Look for an opportunity to bless someone you do not know or don't have a close relationship with. Pray and ask God to lead you. In my opinion, this is really what it means to be a Christian. Jesus was a giver, so much so that he gave his life. Surely, we can give of our substance! If you are not able to bless someone financially, bless them with your gifting, your time, or your kind words. If you take me up on this challenge, I want to know about it! Comment on this post, email me, or tag me in a facebook post. I can't wait to hear from you!

For more info on #ContagiousGenerosity, consider purchasing the following book by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard...




Happy giving! :)


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don't Downsize The Vision...Think Big!

Have you ever found yourself second-guessing your ability, wondering if your dreams could really become your reality, or shrinking back to the realm of what was possible because believing the impossible was way too uncomfortable? Oftentimes, dreams are not aborted by external forces but by our small thinking and futile faith. I am in the place where I am learning how to be led by purpose instead of leading myself away from it. The thing about a God-given dream is that no matter how hard you try, you can never just forget about it. The more I tried to ignore the call to purpose, the louder the alarm sounded. The voice of purpose began to speak in my dreams, during my times of prayer, and even through other people. It was at that point that I decided to yield to the fact that God wanted to do something extraordinary through me and that I, Ghia Kelly, was worthy of greatness.

I am sharing this with you because I believe God wants to do something extraordinary through you as well. So, do me a favor and STOP downsizing the vision God gave you! Can you imagine what would've happened if Noah decided to downsize the dimensions of the ark because it seemed like too big of an undertaking? He would've either had to leave some animals or people behind or run the risk of sinking the ship by exceeding its capacity. Beloved, trust that God knows what he is doing. Everything that God speaks and orchestrates is intentional, meaning there is a desired outcome. If God told you to build "it" 50 cubits high then 40 cubits is not sufficient. Remember, partial obedience is still disobedience. Think big! Exercise your faith! Trust God!

I will end this with one of my favorite quotes...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Truth Encounter! Save the Date!


Calling all ladies in Tallahassee and surrounding areas!!! Mark your calendars for November 20th for "The Truth Encounter" Women's Empowerment Seminar!!! It's going to be EPIC...an evening of TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY, and TRANSFORMATION!!! More details to come... #TheGiftofTruth #TruthEncounter #SaveTheDate #FreeEvent #MeetMeThere #BringAFriend

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Most people paint October pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness but did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? It's important that we bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence since 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime! Not only that but domestic violence is the number one cause of death for young African-American women and the 7th leading cause of premature death for women overall.

I have been working in the anti-violence movement for the past 8 years and it has been a rewarding yet heart-rending journey. I have the opportunity to speak up for abused women and their children, but I am also privy to horrible stories of violence. I am often in awe of the strength of survivors of domestic violence and their resilience. For so long society deemed these women as weak because of the violence they endured but that couldn't be further from the truth...they are survivors!!!

So, help me paint October purple and bring awareness to domestic violence! The next time you hear someone saying that someone "deserved" to be slapped or hit, say something! The next time someone you know discloses violence or control in their relationship, let them know they deserve better and encourage them to get help! Help is available!