On Giving and Getting in 2016

2016 has been a roller coaster of a year. As I sit here preparing my last presentations and talks for 2016, I am also tying up loose ends from various projects. I always find myself reflecting at this time of year. I am in awe for all the good that has transpired this year, and am overwhelmed with sadness and disappointment from other events that have taken place in our country and in our world. I wanted to take this time to give you a quick update, let you know what is coming, and to thank you for joining me on A Sista’s Journey.

This will most likely be my last post of 2016. If WordPress sends me one of those “End of Year” wrap-ups, I’ll share any interesting information by amending this post.

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Set Your Intentions

Today is the first of the month, and not just any month. Today is the first day of December. During this time of year, most people settle into a frenzy of shopping, house hoping, and going from one activity to the next. Not me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year! I enjoy all the bright Christmas lights. I love the simple reminder about the miraculous baby who came as Savior of the world. I love Christmas songs, children roasting s’mores over the fire pit, lighting the fire place for the first time, eating well, and wearing warm fuzzy socks as I watch classic Christmas movies.

However, I do not enjoy all the noise, and the hustle and bustle we have made of things. When the rest of America goes into a frenzy, I take December to be still—pause, reflect, and pray.

December is the time to reflect on the goodness of God, and thank Him for who He is, what he has done for our salvation, and all the blessings he has bestowed over the year. It is also a time to set my intentions for the next year.

Notice: I set my intentions. I do not make New Year’s Resolutions.

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A Leader’s Gift of Hospitality

One evening I was hosting leadership training. For several of the women on the mentoring team, this was their first time visiting my home. Upon arrival, one of the ladies said, “Your home is exactly as I thought it would be.” I smiled.

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