Yesterday, I began the story about this dream of mine to open a premier, internationally acclaimed place for sisters to gather.
Sistah’s Home Mission Statement: Sistah’s Home is the premier place where the Love of Sisterhood is expressed and experienced all the time. Hospitality, Hope and Help are our cornerstone values, and our collective efforts keep them strong.
Vision: Sistah’s Home is an opulent, waterfront resort property within Chicago where women and men from around the world feel welcomed and at home. This place will serve as a respite for renewal and rejoicing.
As my commercial says, I am a bold, brave and beautiful woman. This dream is big, and some may say, too big to be real. For me, it is a promise from the universe. Sistah’s Home – the Place of Love in Action! has always been on the horizon as a monument of our love and care for each other as sisters. The idea for the name came from my recall of some of the times I have witnessed the joy when a sister returns home. A sister coming home was like a signal to all that good times and good food were imminent and you’d better get there. A sister’s return home had a wide ripple effect. The whole community would somehow become engaged in acknowledging her return. It might be as simple as a wave of the hand, a smile in passing or the fabled church service and dinner, but the news would spread that sister was home! “Sistah” was a fond expression used by many descendants from the south in place of the name of the woman even if she was a mother, an aunt, daughter or wife.
Today, I felt like a sister who had returned home. I felt so honored as I found favor everywhere. Today, I was gifted a place to have the Prayer & Praise Breakfast with a Forgiveness Treatment for Saturday, October 20. 2012. It will be held at the Chesterfield Tom Thumb Day Care Center – located at 9208 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago. The time is 8AM until 10AM.
Today, (day number 19 until the unveiling) a sister offered to take care of the food preparation and serving. Today, another sister stepped to the plate and offered to provide help with financing my personal expenses (you know those hair, make-up and accessory desires). Today, my belief in sisterhood was reaffirmed, as once again, sisters’ rose to the occasion. I know we love each other. Right here and now, I can tell the world that nearly every good thing I have received has been from a sister. Praises to the Sisters! My eternal gratitude is offered to every good sister who stands in support of me. We are worthy of all the goodness of life. Sistah’s Home and the love, hospitality, hope and help that flows throughout it will be our gift back to the world.
I am asking for a $20 donation to help provide an honorarium for my special guests, Janine A. Ingram, author of Born to Be Rich and my own mother, Mrs. Doris Redic. The two of them will facilitate the Forgiveness Treatment. Forgiveness is an essential element to Sistah’s Home’s manifestation as it clears the way for our faith to reach our highest vibrations. Even school kids know that the higher the vibration, the greater the joy. There is considerable work to be done in the forgiveness realm for all of us. We’ve got ourselves, others who have harmed or hurt us personally and then there’s all that societal stuff to forgive. Slavery, poverty, racial hatred, ancestral curses and conditions and sexism are part of the cultural consequences we must release. To be unforgiving does not serve our highest good. I want myself and all the sisters to be free. Sisters let us take our cue from the incomparable song of Patti LaBelle – “Somebody Loves You” and for real, you know that it is me!
Peace and Love
Greetings on this fine, wonderful, Money-Manifesting, Miracle, Monday – Oct. 1, 2012.
I am a Bold, Brave and Beautiful Woman! My radiant smile perfectly complements my “voice of thunder”. My long, strong, sensuous arms embrace the Universe, indeed I am One with all Life, I am One with the One! My very essence is Hospitality, Hope and Help. Oooh, that sway of the ancestors’ hips, on me, is uniquely designed to flow in the rhythms of life. Yes, my gift for harnessing the “energy and ideas” of businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs distinguishes me as an outstanding business coach & consultant.
Claudette, your biggest dreams are realized, as you move forward with assurance and confidence. Opulent Abundance surrounds me and I have many portfolios of great value that allow me financial freedom and independence. My greatest wealth is my belief and knowing that God is the Source of my supply. He is my life-time business partner. My long legs are invariably dancing to the beat of my own inner music and my slender feet take me into action for my community. My lengthy toes curl with massaging and in amazement, at just how “Bad” I am. Claudette your life is filled to the overflow with love, peace and joy. Children, flowers, music and art provide you opportunity to relax and release on a daily basis. And finally, Claudette your enthusiastic actions reveal that you are expecting your greatest good right now!
This is my commercial. I get up in the morning greeting myself with a warm embrace and speaking out loud the words “I love you, Claudette”. I thank the creator for me and another day! These practices have taken some time for me to comfortably do them and creating a commercial about myself, was an idea another gave to me. I needed to hear what I had to say about me. Not the business, the baby, or anything or anyone else, just myself. After a number of trials, I got it. Who better than me, could tell me about me? I get to choose the language, the labels and the importance of my life. I was a “fully grown woman” before I got to talking directly to me. This was one of the most liberating personal feats I had taken on in some time. Yes, I’m always learning something new so this was a key step in my growth to become more and more attuned to what’s going on with me. On reflection, I saw that I do it so naturally for others, yet I had not considered the value in encouraging and uplifting my own darn self. When I look in that mirror now, I see a person of worth, a good person, yes, and a person who’s loved.
The words of faith, life, power, wisdom, understanding, love, order, zeal, renunciation, surrender and trust are what I will use to tell my own story of being an “OverComer”. I will use my commercial to keep myself on course, to push through any resistance and move forward with unveiling my dream to the world – “Sistah’s Home” – the Place of Love in Action! I have scheduled a Prayer & Praise Breakfast with a Forgiveness Treatment for Saturday, October 20. 2012. There, I will share my dream’s details. My dream deserves a powerful audience of believers who value the spirit of Sisterhood and believe that now is the time for us to create a place whose cornerstones are Hospitality, Hope and Help!
One this first day of October I have yet to confirm the place or get the sign-off on promotional materials. I do have the menu, the music, and the multi-media visual presentation determined. I’m torn between a Patti LaBelle or a Doris Redic type outfit and I just know the accessories will present themselves to the outfit. You know, Queen Hostess Claudette (I just thought of this title, I didn’t know what to call myself at Sistah’s Home) has got to look like who I say I am. I am asking for a $20 donation to help provide an honorarium for my special guests, Janine A. Ingram, author of Born to Be Rich and my own mother, Mrs. Doris Redic. They will present the Forgiveness Treatment. This is an essential element to Sistah’s Home’ manifestation. So much of the program will be provided at nominal or no cost from people who love and support me. I am blessed to have the help of talented and giving individuals, who want me to have success, in introducing Sistah’s Home.
Keep following my blog so that you can find out where to join me in a delightful 2 hour presentation at my Prayer & Praise Breakfast with a Forgiveness Treatment on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8 – 10AM. See you there!
Peace and Blessings,
The 3rd Book Club Conference Call is set for Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7 PM. We are discussing Bishop Carlton Pearson’s book God is not a Christian, nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu… The Call In Number is 1-218-548-9465 and the Pass code is 201211#. See the Book Club Questions 3-15-12 here.
I must say that I have had an insightful and fascinating journey thus far, exploring and discussing with people who love. Bishop’s premise is that “This book is not necessarily about believing in God, just a discussion of what you believe about God and why you believe it.” The Book Club Conference Call has allowed us to delve into our various, yet important, responses.
In my last post I shared with you what I believe and in so doing, I let you know that my spiritual identity is that of a OverComer! I believe in the great stories of others who have traversed tremendous odds and achieved significance for themselves, but more importantly, for the good of many. Recognizing that I am a signal and as my energy is expressed through me and as me, I send out the good news that – what we seek is seeking us, and dreams can be achieved.
Why do I believe this, you ask, and my answers are because I have an inner-knowing ‘proof’ and in story after story there is ‘proof’ that a most High God favors even the least of us. I have historical ‘proof’ in Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Gandhi, Fannie Lou Hamer, and living ‘proof’ in my own mother, Doris Redic. I am living right now in engaged connection with individuals who are each, to me, a living hero – expressing the universal Christ Principle of giving and doing so in Love. Let me share my lights of hope with you.
Donna V. Werner, The Werner Business Group, www.wernerbusinessgroup.com is inspiring, always energetic and a storehouse of resources to help people. She teaches health and financial wealth and has a check-list for both to help you make informed assessments. She has volunteer time for Seniors, girls on the street, and so much more. Donna’s fervent prayers are heard.
Janine Ingram, a praying woman, AUTHOR, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, VISIONARY AND LIFE COACH AUTHOR OF “BORN TO BE RICH” INSPIRATIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR, www.borntoberich.org and www.janineaingram.com. Janine inspires people to take their actions and talents to God each day in a 6 AM Prayer Conference Call – The Source, with individuals from across the globe. The number for this powerful time of prayer is 1-712-432-0900 and the Pass Code is 772719#. Janine is also a community activist and business woman who offers tangible solutions for the improvement of our family and financial quality of life.
Syron Smith, Founder, National Block Club University – (NBCU), www.nationalblockclubuniversity.com, provides a systemic way to create todays’ village, block-by-block. NBCU’s blue-print uplifts communities with plans for each person to have safe places to meet with learning centers for all. The “Daily Living Habits” promotes our togetherness and helps to build real global connections for our communities. The NBCU Conference Call connects a selected zip code, a career focus club, a suburb and an African country. They share concerns in one call at 7 PM – Monday through Friday. The call in number is 1-570-633-0091 and the pass code is 864123#.
JOY Sigur Ramza, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, is as the name states, JOY! An artist, musician, creator of “Speak Life – Be Supreme” a divinely created, decorative ‘little sack’ of meditations to provide the words needed to speak life to yourself and others. Always organizing and proactive in her community, Joy has data-base development skills and visual enhancement talents that are par non. Joy uses those gifts to help community organzations.
Phillip Jackson– Founder, The Black Star Project, www.blackstarproject.org lives, breathes and takes action in his belief that “Those who control the education of the children, controls the future of that race.” He directs his primary focus to African-American men and boys, but Phillip certainly adds great contributions to women, girls and the larger community. He promotes education as the key to change for us and takes leadership in providing services and information to both large and small entities within the city and nationally. He expands awareness of today’s social injustices and offers examples of what can be done about them.
Naomi Davis, Esq. Founder of BIG, Blacks in Green, email@example.com , is running for 20th Ward Committeeman in Chicago. Naomi is also an environmental activist and promotes economic development for communities of color. Her political campaign is convincing, and after working briefly with her, I believe that even in this unpaid position she will continue to be responsible and dependable. She will take care of voter registration turnout, forums and other diverse political participation for the good of all. Naomi restores belief in elected officials with integrity.
Dororthy “Mama Sunshine” Lyles can be contacted at cosmicdiva1us. Mama Sunshine, a vocal and storytelling artist in her own right, has a special ability to summon the music and the musicians together in the universe who give us gifts that take us to a higher consciousness. Her arrangements of talents are designed to invoke our ancestral and eternal energy – one with another. Indeed, she knows that music carries our heavy emotional loads and her presentations give us release and renewal.
These people, and the issues they have addressed over time, are examples of good. They are my personal reasons for why I believe we can each be a OverComer. Visit their links and read more of their personal stories and learn about the true qualities of heroes. They are living expressions of the sharing, caring nature of the Christ Principle. Each of them seem to know that the Potter continues to put OverComers back together after each set-back and against the greatest odds.
Peace and Love,
Psst!!! —- I do not know any of my heroes religions, just their spirits.
Deep in my heart, I do believe, We Shall Over Come someday….Charles Tindley
One of the first comments I received about the Conference Call Book Club selection of Bishop Carlton Pearson’s book, God is Not a Christian, Nor a Muslim… was that I had created a fire-storm. I had alienated some friends, and perhaps, consigned myself to a particular point of view that would permanently define the kind of audience I would have. The comments seemed fair enough to consider and give a response to. After all, the focus of the book is to discuss what you believe and why you believe it.
I identify in my spirit with people and stories that tell of how extreme circumstances underscore subsequent high levels of success. My earliest memories are of overcoming the “no” response to my requests. As I grew older I considered myself “resourceful” in finding ways to do what I wanted to do and what others said I could not do. As more time passed, “defiant”, “hard-headed” and “opinionated” became platitudes of others about me. I have from a very early age on, had my own mind, feelings and beliefs about my life.
I know in my heart when sincerity is expressed and when it is not genuine. My natural antennae give no regard to who says it, whether a trusted family member or an outsider, it knows if what is said is authentic. Time and development of my inner voice has helped me to discern the word of God, from wherever and whomever it comes. This inner voice also directs who and what I listen to. I choose people and stories that address good for myself, my family and my community. Recognizing that there is the mental, physical and spiritual me, I work to strengthen each of my aspects to better serve the good. What better way to connect and engage in discussion of books that focus on “OverComers” than a Conference Call Book Club? I know many busy people and this should be an easy, fun and informative way to do it.
Discussion of God is Not a Christian, Nor a Muslim… is meant to address our spiritual make-up. What make-up do you use, if any, and why wear it that way is an analogy which hopefully will inspire you to join into the Conference Call Book Club. Bishop’s story describes his overcoming immense obstacles, both personally and professionally and how he is still standing in the abundance of God despite the journey’s cost and with his evolving authentic self.
Further confirmation that overcoming is struggle is described by Vincent Harding, author of Hope and History and There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America. Dr. Harding says that for the money question, the compassion question, the racial question, now the religious question—all of these are things that we have to take hold of. We should not see them primarily as more burdens, but, “Lord, what a gift you are giving us to try to make a nation out of this stuff. Wow.” It seems to me that’s the spirit we need to bring. And many ask, How do you struggle when folks are constantly pushing back? I can only say, How else do you struggle? That’s what makes struggle—not constant victories, but getting up after you have been knocked down, again and again. That is what makes for your faith in the fact that you are a follower of the One who took up the cause. (This article is adapted from a fall 2011 interview with Dr. Harding by Sojourners editor-in-chief Jim Wallis in Washington, D.C.)
When Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, was in her senior year at Spellman College, back in 1960, she wrote this in her diary: “Now, as never before, is the chance offered to do something. This is a history-making epoch, where we, me, the young, can be major characters. Now is the time to act, to work, to sacrifice. Life is so pressing. Time is so strained. I’m very frantic in my quest to use it, not to waste it. Now is the time. Each moment must be made to count.” She was 21 years old then. She’s 72 now, still working at the tasks. (This article is adapted from The Black Star Project Journal.) This is indeed the time to overcome what may stand in the way of progress.
As I receive suggestions and comments I expect to get ideas for other featured authors. The next book will focus on a OverComer who has had physical challenges and I will conclude the Conference Call Book Club with the review of a book that will give us insight of someone overcoming mental challenges.
I invite you to join tonight’s Book Club Conference Call to delve into our various, yet important, responses. Get on the call with me and bring your insight and enlightenment.
Time: Thursday evenings from 7 – 8 PM Central Standard Time
Dates: 2/23, 3/1, and Finale 3/15 “At a Place to Be Announced”.
Call In Number: 1-218-548-9465
Pass code: 201211#
Now that you know what I believe, look for the next post in which I talk about why I believe what I believe.
Peace and Love,
following is a post I sent out on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012, to over sixty people. I love books and had been talking about a Book Club for some time. The question was always, when can we get together to discuss any book. I thought about the great benefits of Conference Calling and decided to try it in this experience.
2012 shall be my year of “new and different” ventures with this massive explosion of technology to connect one with another. Bear with my learning and let’s stay connected.
Happy Valentine’s Day, My Love!
Yes, US, my Love. We are the ones who give care to the sick, a steady hand to the frail, a hug to the hurting, a smile to the unsure, WE are love. What is so amazing to me first off, is that I AM included in these expressions. Secondly, that each one of us is so unique in our being.
I know many people and perhaps nearly as many views on what Love is. Wondering if religion makes the difference, I often ask people “What religion are you? Of course a variety of answers unfold. This year 2012, a year of “Divine Order”, has me wanting to connect more certainly and directly with others who are love. I believe that those who are love operate from a place within themselves that is beyond the tactile sensory responses to life before them. These are the people who make life worth living and it is because they give.
Bishop Carlton Pearson has a book
God is not a Christian, nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu… thatI want to explore and discuss with people who love. Bishop’s premise is that “This book is not necessarily about believing in God, just a discussion of what you believe about God and why you believe it.” I would like to host a Book Club Conference Call to delve into our various, yet important, responses. Join me with your insight and enlightenment.
Time: Thursday evenings from 7 – 8 PM Central Standard Time
Dates: 2/23, 3/1, 3/ 8 and Finale 3/15 “At a Place to Be Announced”.
Call In Number: 1-218-548-9465
Pass code: 201211#
Call focus: 272 pages in book, equals 68 pages per call or contact. I will provide weekly comments and, of course, opportunity for yours as well during the call. Questions can be directed before or after our conference calls to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace and Love, My Valentine!
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