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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

I challenge you to refrain from making New Year’s resolutions. So many resolutions are short-lived empty promises. I urge you to seek God on how to make transformative decisions. What can you do that will change your life and the lives of others on a permanent basis? What can you do to be more like Christ? What can you forfeit in order to grow closer to Christ? What can you do to move towards your calling instead of running from it? This is a season of spiritual advancement and God can’t get you to the next level if you continue on the same path as last year. Take time to reflect on 2014 and seriously ask yourself how you can make this year a different one.

I pray that your 2015 is mind-blowing. I pray that the shackles of fear are broken off and you get to experience a new level of Liberation!

God bless!

~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Isaiah 9:6New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. Don’t get caught up in the commercialism and materialism of the world. Spend time reflecting on the birth of Christ. If Christ wasn’t born He wouldn’t have died for our sins and we would be living a life of destruction destined for hell.

Enjoy your family, help those in need, pray for others and don’t allow trivial things to keep you from loving one another. Forgive more, laugh often, love hard and LIVE!!!

God bless you!

~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA

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From pain to the promise

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning! Happy Monday to you all!

TFTD: From pain to the promise

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.”

John 16:21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:19 p.m., I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This was my third pregnancy and completely different from my other two. I experienced various levels of pain and discomfort during my pregnancy, during the delivery and now while I recover. God being Sovereign has a way of speaking to me and allowing His message to become practical.

God showed me that pain, although uncomfortable and sometimes excruciating is not ALL bad. Yes, I said it, pain is not always a bad thing. As it relates to pregnancy, we shouldn’t be too surprised because God told us in His Word that childbirth would be painful (See above scriptures). While in the hospital God began showing me the correlation between birthing a child in the natural and birthing a vision. There is pain when carrying a baby (vision). Discomfort and stretching are inevitable during this process. However, the pain is necessary in order to prepare your mind, body, emotions and spirit to carry the baby (vision). Carrying a baby (vision) requires mental, spiritual, emotional and physical fortitude. God allows you to go through the necessary things in order to prepare you for the large task ahead.

After you carry the baby (vision) to term, you have to prepare to deliver the baby (vision). My actual due date was December 14, 2014 and our new baby girl was ready to enter the world. I experienced pain that I have never experienced before. With my first child, I immediately received an epidural anesthesia, which numbed me from the waist down. I didn’t feel the contractions or when to push. With my second child, I received an epidural between 5-6 centimeters and the medicine didn’t have a chance to fully kick in so I experienced a moderate level of pain. Now for this child, I didn’t receive any medication. I endured as long as I thought I could physically and called for the medicine, but they said I was already 9 centimeters and ready to deliver. This was the most excruciating pain I have EVER experienced and even when I wanted to give up because I didn’t think I could do it physically; my husband, the nurses and the doctor encouraged me and said, “You can do it.” They were right, I could do it and I called on Jesus and gave about three hard pushes and gave birth to a beautiful princess. There is pain when you deliver and give birth to a baby (vision). You have to travail in order to push the baby (vision) out of you, but in the end it’s worth it. God tells us in His Word in John 16:21 that after the birth, you will forget the anguish and have joy because of the new life that enters the world. You may be spiritually pregnant with purpose and destiny for a while yet terrified to deliver the vision, but I want to encourage you to PUSH and allow the pain to lead you to the promise God has given you through your vision.

Now it seems obvious that there would be pain while delivering a baby, but what about when it’s time to heal? There is pain when healing from giving birth to a baby (vision). The body undergoes a traumatic experience and sometimes a mother can experience tearing, cutting, extreme blood loss and more during a natural birth. The contracting of the uterus, healing from a c-section, episiotomy, etc. can be painful, but it’s a necessary part of restoring your body back to its design. God has to restore the body in order to equip the mother to care for the new life that has entered the world. Yes, after you deliver the vision you will experience a new level of pain associated with healing. Don’t run from the process, embrace it.

We see there is pain while carrying, during delivery and even in the healing process, but did you know there is also pain associated with feeding and nurturing the baby (vision).  After the baby is born, breast-feeding mothers experience a unique pain to provide adequate food supply to their babies, all mothers endure sleep deprivation, emotionally and mentally you are stretched as you adjust to this new life (vision). A mother’s life is no longer her own because there is this little life who is depending on her for so much. The same is true for the vision God has given you. You will experience pain as you feed and nurture the vision. Now that the vision has manifested you have to put in serious work. You will experience late nights, mental and emotional battles, financial stretching and so much more. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Don’t run from the pain, embrace the process! Your vision is depending on you to LIVE!

God has reminded me that PAIN is a necessary part of the process to carrying, birthing, healing and nurturing the vision. And the blessing is that no amount of pain you endure will negate the manifestation of the promise. The pain you experience won’t compare to the joy you will receive from the promise being fulfilled. Look at Jesus Christ (John 3:16), He endured pain that He didn’t deserve in order for us to experience His promise of everlasting life. Surely, if Christ could endure pain for us, we can endure pain to carry out what He has placed in us to do.

I encourage you not to look at pain as a negative part of life, but a necessary part. While you are experiencing  the pain seek to grow closer to Christ; call on His name, study His Word, seek His face, pray without ceasing, assemble with a Bible teaching church and stay remain connected.

I thank God for the reminder. I pray you do to.

What are you pregnant with? How much pain are you willing to endure to get to the promise?

Have a blessed day!

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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“It Flickered”

Sunshine’s Reflections

 

Good morning! I know I haven’t posted in a little while. I’m alive and well and preparing for the arrival of our new addition! She will be arriving any day now.

TFTD: It Flickered

Yesterday, I went to open my USB and the light came on, but it didn’t connect to the computer. I tried on several computers with no luck. I prayed and solicited the prayers of my husband and some prayer warriors (two sister girls). I know some of you are probably reading this saying, “PRAYING OVER A USB, How absurd.” Well this wasn’t just any old USB it was the “Nicole Holy Grail of USB” it had ALL of my POETRY, All of my various ministry files, my business documents, my book projects–in short 3,399 FILES of my life on this drive!!! (Now you see why I had to call on JESUS). I had hope that the USB would work because the “light” flickered.

I called the IT guy in my department and he dashed over to my office and tried the USB on three different computers and still no luck. He said the USB is DEAD. *MY HEART SUNK* He said you are welcome to try in a couple of days, but I doubt it will work. I asked him were all of my files lost. He replied, “you won’t be able to retrieve anything.” After he left my office, I closed my door and I burst into tears. I didn’t cry because I am pregnant an emotional, I cried because I felt all my hard work was gone. (Even though you are a believer, it’s okay to cry) So I cried and PRAYED again. Then I called my husband. He was in a meeting and I left a message with the lovely lady at the front office. I told her it wasn’t an emergency, but she called my husband anyway and in turn he called me, which was a blessing because I needed to speak to someone. I was a mess. I was crying and crying and crying. My husband heard me out, comforted me said, “Bring it home and I will look at it.” He told me he loved me and I repeated the same. I got myself together because I remember the “LIGHT” had flickered. At the end of a busy Monday for my husband, he came home, took my USB, began working on it and even praying for God’s help. When it was all said and done, my USB opened, he backed it up to two other USB drives and I backed it up to my hard drive. I was so overjoyed.

Here is the message God revealed to me: There are some people who will help you (IT guy); however, they don’t have a vested interest in you. My husband had a protected commitment from God in my well-being. God has a permanent commitment established by His spiritual law and love in me. They looked past what appeared to be an obvious sign of doom and gloom and as a team-God equipped my husband to do what others couldn’t do. And even though I was a blubbering mess yesterday I had faith because the “LIGHT” had flickered. You have to see the potential and the promise in a situation even when someone else (trained professional, ministry leader, boss, friend, family member, neighbor, etc.) tells you it’s DEAD!!! (Oh someone will get that later). I am eternally grateful to God for this experience and I love my husband with the love of Christ for seeing past what others said and putting a smile on my heart and my face. Find the blessing in every situation. Trust God even when the situation seems dark and grim because beyond the surface, the LIGHT is still flickering!

 

Be blessed in this season. Don’t give up hope. Trust and believe that God will always see you through!

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Consider making a contribution to a life changing project. Click link to donate: http://www.gofundme.com/b0n5sc