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Shop Til You Drop

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time: 2pm-6pm

Location: Gethsemane Baptist Church

5405 Roanoke Avenue

Newport, News, VA 23605

If you are in the Hampton Roads area, you don’t want to miss this great event. Come enjoy an afternoon of shopping and fellowship. There will be over 30 vendors with some awesome raffle drawings and FREE give-a-ways!

I will have a table set-up for FIT FOR A PURPOSE, LLC. http://www.fit4purposellc.com/with my books available for sale! I’ll also be collecting #pridefulproducts, which are sanitary products that are collected for women and girls who are homeless. For every package of sanitary products you donate, you will receive extra entries for a FREE give-a-way.

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Be a friend and invite a friend and join us for an afternoon of fun! I hope to see you there! God bless!

~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA

Owner of Fit For A Purpose, LLC.

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good afternoon! Happy Black History Month!

TFTD: Gratitude over a Bad Attitude

 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Take a moment to think about the things you’ve asked God for over the years. Have you asked God for a new job, a new house, a new car, a man/woman, to start a new business or to go back to school? Maybe you’ve asked for something else, but I would venture out to say you’ve asked for something. I would even step out on a limb and suggest that God has answered at least ONE of your prayers. Now that you have that thing in mind, take a moment to think about how you felt when you got it. Were you excited, happy, thankful, grateful? How long did that feeling last?

When we desire something, we display a hunger for it. We have to have it. When we acquire something, we display a sense of gratitude and appreciation. Then for some, not all, when we maintain that thing we shift from an attitude of gratitude to having a bad attitude. Truth be told, sometimes we can be right out nasty. That person or thing that we prayed tirelessly for and asked others to intercede for us, all of a sudden we are cursing that thing. Maybe you’ve never done this, I know I’ve been guilty of this. Pleading with God. Fasting and praying. Proclaiming, “Lord, if you do _(fill in the blank)_, I will be ETERNALLY grateful.” Sounds familiar? Unfortunately, we don’t measure eternity the way God measures it.

The Word says, in EVERYTHING give thanks. Why is it that we can go from being grateful to being angry and resentful? Why is that we go from praying for God to bless us, but in the same breath we are telling God He got it wrong? You do realize when you curse the blessing God gave you, it’s as if you are saying “Lord, you didn’t get this blessing right. I’ll take another.” It’s important to have an attitude of gratitude. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t desire new things, better positions, more money, etc. I’m saying that in your transition be grateful. Continue to thank God for where you are because He brought you from somewhere to get to where you are now. Give God thanks for entrusting you with that man/woman, job, house, or car.

How would you feel if you spent time picking out something for someone and they didn’t say thank you? How would you feel if they looked at it, said thank you and then shortly thereafter through it away? I don’t know about you, but I would feel terrible. I would be a little upset and call them ungrateful. How do you think God feels when we curse the gifts He’s given us?

No matter where you are in life, I encourage you to be intentional about showing your gratitude instead of having a bad attitude. Ask God to show you the value in EVERYTHING. You may not like everything; however, you can find the blessing in anything if you open your eyes and look for them.

Practical Application: Write down the top five (5) things you have been complaining about lately, ask God for forgiveness and to help you change your attitude. Now write down three (3) reasons you are thankful for those five things. Take that list and put it somewhere you can refer back to it later. Whenever you feel like cursing your blessing, pull out this list and begin showing gratitude.

God bless!

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.

To Whom It May Concern

Sunshine’s Reflections

TFTD: To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern

By: Nicole L. Ellis

To Whom It May Concern,

I decided to text you because it appears to be the only way I can reach you nowadays

It was urgent that I connect with you because I have so much to say

You spend so much time glued to this tiny device

I wanted to take a moment to give you some advice

I hardly recognize you when you don’t have this thing in your hand

Your life has become consumed with how easily you can access things on demand

You’ve become a slave to an object that doesn’t hold your future and didn’t give you life

Your dedication to this cell phone has caused so much misery and strife

Opportunities lost

Feelings shattered

Your family and I were wondering if we even matter

Responsibilities neglected

Possibilities ended

Instead of focusing on Me you are consumed with who you unfriended

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?

This is a story that will slowly unfold

How many more hours will you give to that game?

Social media is not a reflection of reality and you are not a part of the hall of fame

Your spiritual life is diminishing

Your ambition is non-existent

Who do you call when you need spiritual assistance?

Can that object heal your body and provide all of your needs?

If your answer is yes, then it’s obvious why you don’t need Me

The reality is I am your Father and your Friend

I will love you today, tomorrow until the end

The end of time when I call you home

I want you to know I am here for you and that I will never leave you alone

I urge you to get your spiritual house together

Study my Word so you can brave the weather

Storms will rise and winds will blow

That cell phone won’t help you, only the Word that you know

Hide my word in your heart

Stay connected to Me and we will never part

Take up your cross and become dependent on the One you can’t see

Take up your cross and come Follow ME

~Signed Jesus

Have you become so consumed with your cell phone that you spend more time on it then in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Have you loss countless hours on social media or playing games? How much time do you devote to studying the Word of God? It’s important not to become a slave to your cell phone. It’s important not to make your cell phone your god. Will you consider fasting from your cell phone? Will you replace hours that you play on your phone with time reading God’s word and creating new memories with your family and friends? I challenge you to take inventory of how you use your time.

God bless.

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.

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!

TFTD: Get rid of the Nebuchadnezzar spirit

Happy New Year to you all! I pray that you had a blessed holiday.

Today is January 8, 2016, how is your year shaping up thus far? Typically at the beginning of the year everyone is filled with hope and determination. Somewhere along the lines hope is lost, procrastination sets in and discouragement tramples on dreams. At the start of the year people are motivated. By the middle of the year folks are barely hanging on to their goals and dreams. Towards the end-of-year people are ready for the year to be over. This year, I encourage you to do things differently.

In order to have a different outcome this year you will have to change. Do you have the Nebuchadnezzar spirit? What is the Nebuchadnezzar spirit? I’m glad you asked. While studying the book of Daniel, God revealed to me how King Nebuchadnezzar was a strong, wealthy and a proud leader. He wanted things done his way. Even though King Nebuchadnezzar witnessed the power of God through Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, he still did what he wanted. Even though the king verbally said that Daniel’s God was “Truly the God of gods”, he still did what he wanted to do. Even though the king witnessed the miraculous wonders of God sparing Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego from the fiery furnace, he still did what he wanted to do. The Nebuchadnezzar spirit, is when a person has witnessed and/or experienced the greatness of God and STILL rejects Him personally.

Perhaps you know someone who has seen God work in the lives of others and even in their own life, but they refuse to change and live according to God’s will and purpose. They may have the Nebuchadnezzar spirit. It’s a dangerous position to be in. To have power and influence and remain so proud and stubborn that you overlook God. You can’t continue to live a life contrary to the Word of God and expect to live a blessed life. In Daniel Chapter 4- King Nebuchadnezzar was separated from his kingdom and made dumb and ate with the wild animals until he would acknowledge who GOD was. It wasn’t until that time that God restored his kingdom.

How many chances do you think God will give you to get right with him? How long will you allow the Nebuchadnezzar spirit to cause you to live like a heathen? What does God have to do in order to get your attention? Maybe he needs to strip you of your dignity, position and title. Or perhaps you will choose to change today? The choice is yours.

God is all around you, He is wondering when you will acknowledge Him and live for Him.

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.

One Day Only!!!

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good afternoon!

TFTD: One Day Only!

One Day Only!” These three words have flooded my inbox, are plastered all over the sale papers and are echoed on the radio. With Christmas only a day and a half away, companies are making their final attempt to get consumers to buy their products. What is it about these words that cause shoppers to go into a frenzy? I know when I see “One Day Only” from my favorite stores I get excited and begin contemplating whether I can purchase it now. I even feel a little anxiety about possibly missing out on an opportunity to capitalize on a big sale. I start crunching numbers and I even begin having a conversation with myself outlining the pros to purchasing the item TODAY! Have you ever experienced this? Sure you have. (Giggling) Companies have done their research and they understand the neurological, psychological and physiological effects that occur when a person sees or hears the words “One Day Only!”

These words prompt us to feel important. If we purchase the item TODAY then we will be among a small group of people who capitalized on this exclusive offer. We would miss out on an opportunity of a life time if we didn’t purchase the item TODAY! Many people cave to the subtle marketing pressures and end-up buying something from that store. Hey, I’m guilty of it. But how eager are you to rush to accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior? When you see the offering of Christ is free and available to us all, how important do you feel? Do you contemplate the pros and cons of accepting Christ? Perhaps, you feel a rush of excitement at the thought of being apart of this exclusive offer.

I wonder how many people would accept Christ if His salvation was offered for “ONE DAY ONLY?” In the same manner people rush to purchase an item today because they are unsure if it will be available for sale later is how you should rush to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior if you haven’t already done so. Tomorrow is not promised. There is no guarantee that you will have a chance to accept Christ as your personal Savior. However, the difference between the store offering a sale for a day and Christ is that IF you are fortunate enough to see a new day, the same offer for Salvation will be extended to you even though the store sale will have expired.

2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God wants you to be apart of His family. Don’t allow another day to go by without asking the Lord to come into your life.

John 3:16 says, “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

If you believe this scripture, accepting Christ is simple. Refer to Romans 10:9, which says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity?

Don’t take a chance with your life, choose Christ today! I encourage you to share this with your family, friends and even strangers.

God bless!

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.

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you all! I pray your week is going well.

TFTD: Prayer and Fasting

Mark 9:28-29 (NKJV)

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”[a]

Think of the mother whose child is acting unruly in public and she gives her child a stern look and they instantly behave. Or perhaps you can imagine the supervisor who walks into the office meeting that was spiraling out of control and miraculously the “climate” of the room changes. Sometimes the mere presence of authority can shift things. However, there are instances that require MORE.

Often times I can go throughout my day and exhibit a level of control as it relates to my relationships, my job, finances, ministries, etc. It seems like things are going right and I have a handle on my day and all of a sudden a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix. Why can’t I handle this situation, why can’t I cast this “demon” out, why doesn’t my usual methods work? Have you ever asked yourself these questions when challenges arise?

Well, I have great news! The reason why your usual methods aren’t working is because SOME things only come by prayer and fasting! Much like the disciples in Mark Chapter 9, I find myself baffled by my inability to do what I am normally capable of doing. But then God reminded me through the text that some things can’t be changed through the normal day-to-day functions. Some things require a level of surrender, humility and sacrifice. But, you do pray, you say. Well there is a difference between praying over your food and thanking God for waking you up this morning and praying until heaven opens! But, you do fast, you say. Well there is a difference between turning down your plate because corporately your church is fasting for a new campaign or doing it for detox purposes and laying aside things of the flesh in order to hear from GOD.

Some things you have to tap into the spiritual realm in order for God to manifest in the natural. I know you are used to handling certain situations on your own, but now is the time to seek God on when to pray and fast. Fasting should not be restricted to one time of the year. On the contrary, you should fast all throughout the year. If you want to see lasting change in situations, you may need to fast and pray.

Don’t get discourage when your usual methods fail. Rejoice, because it may mean you need to fast and pray. God will give you strength for the journey. Bombard heaven with your petitions. Tap into your supernatural power and ignite your spiritual gifts through fasting and prayer.

If you are wondering when you should start-I would say RIGHT NOW!

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.

What’s new

What’s new?

Good morning! Many have inquired if the blog is still up and running. The answer is yes! A lot has been happening behind the scenes and has redirected my attention. I will be blogging more and in the upcoming year, I will be starting a new spiritual health and wellness blog.

I pray that although the blog has been on a temporary hiatus, that your prayer and devotional life has not stopped. If you are looking for great devotions, I would highly recommend YouVersion. YouVersion is an app available on your cell phone or even on your computer, where you can sign-up for free devotional plans. It has the capability to read the lessons to you, you can select devotions based on specific subject matters, you can interact with a community of bible readers and friends and so much more. It’s an awesome way to grow in the Lord. Visit: https://www.youversion.com/.

So, what’s new???

I have been collecting Prideful Products the entire year and distributing them to local homeless shelters in the Hampton Roads area. This Christmas season, I am collecting feminine sanitary products along with gently used or new purses and handbags. If you would like to be apart of this effort, please message me at niklellis@live.com. I am accepting monetary donations, coupons, as well as, any type of sanitary product. Everyone woman should be able to get these basic necessities with a sense of Pride and Dignity. Little means much when we are all working together!

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

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I have completed my certification as a Leadership Coach with Crowned Ministries International Leadership Coaching (CMI-LC) in October 2015. Completing this certification has allowed me to grow so that I can better serve my family and my clients through Fit For A Purpose, LLC, (F.4.A.P).  If you are interested in finding out more about the Leadership Coaching program visit: http://cmileadershipcoach.com/. Also, I will be starting a new coaching session for spiritual health and wellness with F.4.A.P in January 2016. Visit http://www.fit4purposellc.com/ and leave a note in the “Contact Us” page if you are interested in the free training session that will be offered in January 2016.

 

Nicole CMI Pic 10-2015

I completed my second book, Fit For A Purpose: A Spiritual Journey to Physical Weight Loss. The official release date is coming soon! There are some advanced copies available for sale. Email me at f4apllc@outlook.com for an advance copy.

“In order to achieve total health and wellness, it’s not enough just to have a healthy diet and proper exercise. Physical weight loss begins with the spirit. I believe we are all called for a specific purpose and need to be spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally fit to carry out our calling. This book takes a personal look at my spiritual journey to physical weight loss while providing practical tips on how to shed weight in four areas of your life.” ~Nicole L. Ellis

F4AP Book Cover

I recently started a new job! I celebrate this promotion and give God all the glory and the honor for this elevation! I rejoice for this new assignment. God answered a prayer that went out two years ago! He is so strategic! Wait on the Lord and while you are waiting prepare for the shift!

Psalm 75:6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

I began a prayer call for WIVES only in August 2015. If you are a wife and need prayer email me at niklellis@live.com for more information.

Needless to say there has been a lot going on. God has given instructions and I have moved. Every piece connecting to another piece. I’m in a place in my life where I just want to be used by God. I don’t care about all of the details. I am not interested in what other people think. I just want to serve God.

I encourage you all to seek God on what your calling is and then walk in it. Walk in your purpose. Give God your “YES” and watch Him take care of the rest. Always make yourself available to the shift of God in and around your life. I’m in a season of stretching and God is molding me into who He created me to be.

So what’s new with you? Are you living a life of purpose? Are you making a difference in the world or are you squandering your gifts due to fear and complacency?

I pray God’s blessings over your life. God bless!

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.

 

 

Faith requires movement

Sunshine’s Reflections

 

TFTD: Faith requires movement

James 2:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 

WOW! It feels like forever since I sat down to blog. God is truly a Wonder and my life has shifted in directions ordained by Him. I can’t wait to release the many testimonies. However, in the meantime, I will lift up my PRAISE! God is worthy of all the praise. Not because of what He does, but because of WHO HE is! I dare you to get to know God intimately. His love is never-ending and His grace is sufficient. His mercy races before you and then waits for you. His provisions exceed your expectations. His compassion is beyond human comprehension. He is GOD!

Today, I have a message for someone. Faith requires movement. God has heard your prayers and He wants to know when you are going to move. So many Christians pray and ask God to answer their prayers. And it’s not until He moves that they will be sure to give Him all of the glory and the honor. See their prayer is contingent on God moving. They are essentially saying, “God I will believe you and trust you when you move.” When God is saying, “When you move, you are showing me that you believe me and trust me and in turn I will move.” Faith requires movement on your part.

Most of the answers to your prayers are attached to your next move. You see, when you pray according to the WILL of God, your prayer is answered immediately. It may not manifest in that moment; however, God has already answered your prayer. Sometimes the release of your prayer into the natural is contingent on another person, a series of events, a changed heart or even on you! There are so many believers who are holding up their prayers because they won’t move! Faith requires movement.

You asked God to start a new business, have you started preparing a business plan? You asked God to go back to school, have you applied yet? You asked God for a new house, have you started saving money and meeting with a real estate agent? You asked God to help you lose weight, have you started exercising? Faith without works is dead. You can’t say you have faith yet you are stagnant. You are holding your blessings hostage due to complacency and fear. Faith and fear can’t occupy the same space.

I’m here to encourage you to get your faith in motion. You don’t have to know all of the details, have all of the money, know all of the plans or have all of the skills. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed and to take one step-at-a-time. I am a living witness, when you walk by faith, God will move on your behalf in a supernatural way. You may be taking baby steps, but God sees your faith and will allow you to leap pass obstacles into your blessing.

Take a moment to think about what you need from God and ask yourself, “What is my next move?” It’s time to put your faith into action. Your blessings are waiting on you. The prayer has already been answered. What will you do next?

Have a blessed day.

I encourage you to continue walking by faith and not by sight!  

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.

Passion to Push

Poetry Corner

Passion to Push

by: Nicole L. Ellis

Have you ever wanted something so bad you could almost taste it?

Although the meal you desired was not present in the natural

Your mind interacted with your senses and you could almost embrace it

The sweet aroma somehow met your nostrils

The delectable dish danced on your taste buds

And you would do almost anything to devour the meal that only met your mind

That drive, that insatiable appetite to possess what only began as a thought is Passion

Do you have passion to push

Push past the excuses and lies

Passion to push past the discouragement and defeat

Are you willing to pay the cost to be the boss

Or forfeit your dream and experience a loss

A loss of hope, happiness and a future

 Or are you willing to dig deep and bandage your wounds with a suture

Do you have passion to push

Push past the embarrassment of temporary defeat

Passion to push past the desire to compete

Will you abort the vision and bury it underground

Or will you clip its wings so it can no longer be bound

Everyone dreams, but only a few push from imaginary thought to manifestation

The road to success is a journey and not merely a destination

The possibilities are endless for meaningful success

However, you have to decide that you won’t settle for less

Be willing to see the dream before it becomes reality

Work hard so your goals don’t become a fatality

Embrace the fact that the process never ends

Possess the passion to push and you are destined to win!

 

“The dream is free, but the journey isn’t.”

~John Maxwell

 

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

Prideful Products.EditEvery person, no matter their race, religion, ethnic background, social status or gender should experience a level of self-respect and personal worth in their lifetime. A woman’s “special time-of-the-month” is one of those moments. We the people, both male and female, band together to purchase Prideful Products to support all women, no matter their circumstances in living each day with the PRIDE and DIGNITY that all women deserve.” Donate and support the cause. Help woman and girls who are homeless maintain their dignity each and every month.

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~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA