OVERCOME

Scripture Reading: Revelations 3:7-13

For the past several years, I have entered the year with a single word and scripture where I focus, set my intentions or goals for the year. Sometimes those goals are professionally related (finish a project, write the book), and at other times, it’s more personal (rest, read, or relax more). Most of the time, God surprises me with new and unexpected things. For example, in 2016, my word was “Greatness.” God spoke clearly and vividly through a dream as I entered that year. There is much more to this story, but the short of it is: when I got to the end of the year, I was dreaming bigger. One thing that I have always wanted to do was visit the continent of Africa. By the spring of 2017, I was in discussions about visiting the continent, not once, but twice that year! (I can’t wait to go back!) This year was a lot different than the previous ones. December 2018 found me wrapping up the “A Sojourner’s Truth” book tour, and I was tired. Then I hosted friends and family, including a lot of sick kids…which made us sick, for much of the Christmas holiday. So, I did not enter this year rested, reflective, or intentional. The year just came, and I just was. I had this nagging feeling (lie) that I was behind. But I entered into the year with the purpose to celebrate anyway, because I was turning 40 years old, after all. We did practice the discipline of celebration. I did get some days away to pray, rest, and be present, quiet, and still with the Lord. During that time of reflection, this is the word that kept coming to mind. This word was the continuous call that God gave to the seven churches in the province of Asia (Revelations 3:7-13). There are eternal rewards for those who overcome. So, I decided to move forward this year with an “in spite of…” and “…but God” attitude. God is with me.

It is hard to believe that we are almost half way through the year! Have you thought about any words, messages, prompting, goals, or dreams that God has given you this year. What have you done with them?

Take some time to reflect on God’s word and purpose for you this week. What do you need to remember? Where do you need to write down, commit to, or adjust?

God is faithful to do exactly what he said. God is with you. Therefore, you will overcome.    

Blessings, Natasha   

#ASojournersTruth podcast: Peer Mentoring

We are publishing the last episode of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast, Season 2 with a conversation about peer mentoring. I am having this conversation with my dear friend, sister, and peer mentor, Lieutenant Colonel (select) NaTasha Everly. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

NaTasha Everly is a native of North Carolina and graduate of the United States Naval Academy. She has served 17 years in the Marine Corps and traveled all over the world. NaTasha is married to an another active duty Marine and they have 3 young children (6, 3, 1). In her past time, NaTasha enjoys spending quality time with her family, volunteering and organizing non-profit events, reading (or rather listening to audio books), watching movies, and cultivating meaningful relationships with new and old friends.

In this episode, we answer some of your mentoring questions from throughout the season. I recommend checking out Truth’s Table season, “Are You Okay, Sis,” to get practical tips and expert input on mentoring those with mental illness.

RECOMMENDED READING:

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently by Tony Dungy

Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us about the Business of Life by James Kerr

There are several mentoring resources, opportunities for mentoring coaching and consulting, and free downloadable tools available on my website: www.natashasrobinson.com.

Thank you for joining us for Season 2! We look forward to returning in the fall/winter with a new season and other important leadership and culture conversations.

#ASojournersTruth Podcast: Mentoring Youth

We are wrapping up Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast where our theme is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

In this episode, Natasha speaks with her mentor, friend, and colleague, Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes and two mentees from her nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc., about mentoring youth.

Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes is a passionate advocate for equality in education. She is an entrepreneur, professional writer and editor atJHwriting+, assisting others in attaining their personal and professional goals. Her vision is to inspire by example, to encourage and uplift, and to raise expectations, ensuring academic success is not only anticipated, but required. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, completing 20 years of honorable service in the field of Human Resources. She received her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a concentration in Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her doctoral degree in Education from Capella University; her dissertation examined factors supporting the academic success of African American male adolescents. Nicole currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband of 22 years. Dr. Hayes is a founding director of Leadership LINKS, Inc.  

Listen When the Youth Speak

In this episode, mentees from my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. share their heart and what conversations their peers would like to have with mentors. The youth want to talk about:

  • Influence
  • Time Management and priorities
  • How to deal with people and have healthy relationships

What are you learning from mentoring youth?