I remember being barren for the first 4 years of my marriage. It was a difficult time. My side of the family is small but I married into a huge, supportive and loving tribe. And Lord were my prayers answered! I mean like literally almost everyone had 3 – 6 children each. Just a kabillion of them LOL!

I can laugh and smile now. As a single woman; I remember praying that my future husband would have a big family. But I had completely forgotten about that prayer request to be honest. Actually I was so deeply in love at that time – it didn’t matter if my now husband of over 21 years, was an only child…

I can laugh and smile now.

I can laugh and smile now.

But it ABSOLUTELY sucked when we began to try to have children. And false pregnancy test after false pregnancy test after false pregnancy test…my GOD. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME????

It never dawned on me that it could be my husband, right? And it wasn’t.

But why as women are we automatically conditioned to absorb blame in a subconscious effort to cushion the fall of others?

No matter the matter?

I digress.

And instead – I testify.

If you’re new here – welcome. Here’s the abbreviated version.

Kayla was born 6 weeks early. 5 lbs 8oz.

Kevin Jr. was full term. 10 lbs. 6oz.

Kyle never got to see the light of day and is the inspiration behind the song I wrote entitled It Hurt Too Bad (Not To Be For My Good).

Not sure why the Lord would have me share this again nor why would he want me to share it at this moment.

But be encouraged. No matter what you have been believing God for.

After my last at home pregnancy test read negative I gave up. But my Dr. asked if she could do a blood test. Needless to say I was already almost 6 weeks pregnant with Kayla.

Sometimes under the guise of your life’s false negatives, closed doors and rejection – your positive results are just being better prepared to be revealed.

Because of Him,

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Welcome to Day 18 of #TheLoveLetterProject Writing Challenge created by Marie of The Notion Of Love! If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the rules here!

Day 18

To Anyone Needing Strength

The vintage piece I’ve selected for today’s prompt is entitled: When You Regret An Answered Prayer.

Be encouraged…so glad you’re here💫e

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So my heart is still racing & I’m still physically exhausted from a nightmare I had in two different settings last night. Exhausted from (in the dream) fighting a spiritual war through natural means. Fought it in the natural because of the way my enemies came packaged. Sweet, adorable, seemingly kind, as though approaching with good intentions. FAMILIAR to me and on familiar territory.

I fought defensively as not to hurt them (physically blocking etc) to keep them from hurting me WITHOUT destroying them. But I didn’t realize they were out to destroy me. It wasn’t until I woke up that it clicked it was a SPIRITUAL battle and should’ve been fought proactively the entire time.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

A lot of us are handling nouns that are destroying us with kid gloves because they are FAMILIAR. Friends, family, business partnerships, relationships, places and moments that are continuing to hurt us and stop us from progressing to the next level.

People in our lives that we REALLY thought were sent by God but they are really on assignment from the enemy to steal, kill and destroy your DESTINY. Satanically energized to CONFUSE you of your identity and worth.

We continue to get sucka punched by the same person, place or thing BECAUSE our guard is down. And our guard is down ONLY because of the familiarity of the connection. WAKE UP. Like the cute little boys in The Passion Of Christ who eventually revealed themselves as demons assigned to torment Judas. He didn’t see the attack coming because of the spiritual condition he was in…💫e

S e l a h

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Humbled By The Invitation!

Looking forward to sharing on Monday Night’s prayer call. Though it’s a call designed for women – ALL ARE WELCOME! Be sure to call in by 8:55PM EST at (302) 202-1106 • Access code is 765011. Please mute out your background noise!

For those of you who have been inquiring about my Inspiration With E Radio Show – thank you so much!! Links to hear Season 1 can be found here or by visiting GRINDHARD RADIO on BlogTalk Radio or iTunes and searching for Inspiration With E.

The show was on a scheduled hiatus during the holidays and is currently pending a Season 2 relaunch date! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Feel free to introduce yourself below! Stats say you’re here and reading but just a wee bit shy! Welcome new faces!💫e

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PRAYER WEDNESDAYS – 6 WEEKS



As most of you know, my own radio show, “Inspiration With E” launches next Sunday night – Aug. 20, 2017. 7p – 830p @grindhardradio


The season runs for 6 weeks so the WEDNESDAY before each show has been set aside as a day of prayer specifically for the show and my guests. 


DISCLAIMER 

I am a woman of faith BUT at times my show will feature secular music, and interviews with different races and/or non believers. IF that is an issue for you, PLEASE keep the negativity far, far, far away from me. I am VERY serious about life outside the 4 walls and showing much LOVE to EVERYONE is very important to me. 
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1- LIVE & On Demand Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 

2- Call in LIVE on the air: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I. -*Listeners who call in are automatically muted when calling in) 

3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! 

Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU! All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e
So if you’re on board with inspiration for ALL and/or will be praying or need prayer…Holla below.

 ***PLEASE*** (nothing personal but…) DO NOT SEND DMs  – Thank you. If your request is private in nature, just type “Pray For Me” & we got ‘chu. 

If you or a loved one are in crisis or have difficulty coping the National Suicide Hotline is available 24/7 @800273TALK 

Much love💫e

8/14/17

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I PRAY

Mommy prays that you always make each other laugh. That you always look out for your little brother & that you always look out for your big sister.

 
I pray you always feel comfortable in your shade of melanin skin as you endure the insidiously frustrating questions as to whether or not you have the same parents ’cause one’s eyes are hazel & the other’s dark brown.

I pray you stay strong & hold your ground when they reach for your Locs & Afro out of ignorance & curiosity.

I pray you remain humble & walk worthy of your calling, even when Mommy & Daddy aren’t looking.

 
We not only love you, we respect, admire & like you; our miracles.

Be blessed beyond measure & strengthened for every mile of your journey🌹Mommy

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“Enslaved to our uncertainties, help us with our unbeliefs..oh oh God forgive us…” Having family devotion every morning is NOT easy because life isn’t. It’s hard to teach children what you’re still learning. When you’re gifted with alert, spiritually gifted, astute children it’s hard to hide HELL both inside and outside the home. As parents we wipe our children’s tears but I promise you if you pour the Word of God into your children there will come a time when they will wipe yours. 

Our firstborn and I bonding afterwards💞 Praying your tears are only tears of joy today🌺

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Life has a way of knocking the wind out of us. We hurt in invisible places and scream in inaudible realms. Pain though painful reminds us that we are alive some days. 

Breathing is a sign of life too. I believe the enemy, our inner-mes and friendemies cut off our circulation. Preventing us from taking deep breaths and mocking our efforts to fight to do so on the foggiest of days. 

Don’t be afraid to breathe again. Don’t be afraid to let God breathe into you again. Don’t be afraid of the sound of your resuscitation. 

Love you to life💞e

P.S. I’m very proud of you. Someone needs to know that. Breathing takes courage. There are times you will need help such as in the natural; e.g. Asthma inhaler, CPR, oxygen tank. But don’t let pride prevent you from getting the help you need. Please feel my heart for you today. I’m praying for you. Crying out to God on your behalf. Breathe. It’s going to be ok. Healing is on the way.

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GOD REMIND ME

Every time I feel a little down

You send sunshine my way

I kept looking down the street for my smile 

Then found a note from You 

Asking me to stay 

I wandered and wandered away on purpose 

I did not want to feel Your invisible touch 

Instead I kept looking to man 

But he’s limping and 

Loving me on a crutch

Remind me what it feels like

To be loved, complete and free

Remind me what it feels like 

To be loved by You 

Just because I’m me

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 SOMETHING ‘BOUT A MAN ON BENDED KNEE


Something ’bout a man on bended knee

To the very core it reveals his humility

Whether asking for a hand
  
Or fighting for his country 

  
Or seeking the face of his Creator 

For direction he so desperately needs

  

Something ’bout a man on bended knee

Gathering his composure to be strong for me 

 Humbling himself before the big game 

 Humbling himself by knowing

Who to thank 

 
Vulnerable before his Maker

Knowing where his strength comes from 

 

Not wanting to make a move without Him

Not embarrassed to become undone 

 

Something ’bout a man on bended knee

Who lays his pride aside

Recognizing there’s One greater

Guiding him during the day 

 Watching him overnight 

 
Something ’bout a man on bended knee

Rising from the ashes valiantly 

Recovering from every fall

Admitting he doesn’t know it all

Not afraid to stand again

 Strategy in sight

Eyes superimposed with vision 

 Able to lead

Cause he knows Who to follow 

Grind defined 

Back straightened 

Renewed mind 

Ready to proceed  

Empowered by new clarity 

   
Soil rich with revitalization

Now a better candidate for synchronization 

How can two walk together except they agree?

Agree it takes a strong man to be 

A man on bended knee

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