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A sweet Aroma

Just a couple of days ago I had an argument, but I would prefer to call it “heated fellowship” (Smile) with two family  members and in that instant I said some really hurtful things. I really acted out on my emotions. Have you ever had an emotional battle internally that spill out expressively with words and sometimes behavior we are not so proud of . Well I surely was at that place and when I calmed down I began to get convicted by my actions and realize I ended this heated fellowship in the wrong way. You see my intentions was to let Jesus take the wheel and calmly discuss ways to resolve our issues and make sure that the Christ in me, at the end of the day was left as the lasting memory. Like a lingering fragrance of a sweet aroma. IMG_3582

But instead this was an epic fail! I was so angry my vision was blurry and I started to see these family members like my enemy and didn’t identify the enemy for this conflict from the jump. Thank God for ten minute retreats. Honey my ten minute retreat help save a lot of lives… No I mean that literally. Ten minutes of silence in the presence of God. Wew…that was good and in my reflection I recognize my part in the heated exchange and I have decided to apologize for my actions. God showed me in this matter that I needed to have a different perspective of how I look at people and how I treat them.

Well, in the beginning God created Adam and Eve and through Christ we have become new creatures in this old planet. Consider this: shifting your perspective to see people through the eyes of God and as God’s creation is far more amazing than we seem to believe…We are made a little above the angels…God is so awesome making us Christians ambassadors, priest, kings and oracles to mold and transform this planet called earth until His return. And I know you don’t, because I surely don’t want to have another encounter with anyone else without them smelling my beautiful aroma of Jesus Christ!

So before you break the bank with buying the latest fragrances…You ought to break open your Word bank and get the aroma of  knowledge of Jesus Christ!  Really life would be so much easier…For Real this time….(smile) Rev. Sakinah

Emotional Deposit… Simply Me.

Ok I am focused Now… I have been under fire with family, school, life’s demands and I really wished I could just disappear. Have you ever felt like that? I wondered if I just vanished like the rapture how would life go on without me. I’m wondering about the people who depends on me so much and even my enemies will they find someone else to hate? ( chuckling) that doesn’t matter really. Just a random thought…Honestly. I have tried and tried again but my heart won’t let my passion for writing go. I just can’t seem to shake this writing fever. I love blogging, sharing my thoughts, sharing my life and most of all the feedback from my readers… You guys are the Best!  There is such a sense of freedom when the “Simply Me” comes out. I wear so many hats these days boy I tell you I am even confused on which one to put on when issues arise in my life. Should I be the Pastor, friend, sister, mother or just plain ole “ME.”?

So I have decided to be me and would like to re-introduce myself…Hi My name is Sakinah and I am a loving, outgoing, funny, caring, witty, ambitious, think on her feet go getter who wants to live life to its fullest potential. I realize that daily someone loses their life and we often hear the sad stories wpid-img_20140127_090635.jpgabout the person who has gone too soon. So I am here to stay and while I am here I will like for you to share my world. I  invite you into my daily discussions on just about anything that comes to mind food, church, life, leadership  you name it I’ll discuss it….Woo hoo I’m feeling free already. One of life’s biggest challenges is to be authentic, living a false life will have you bound to lies and fabricated fantasy that would be hard to make a reality. Take it from me I heard it all and seen it all, it is just not worth it. Learning how to express your true self will come with a boat load of honesty with first yourself and then with others. Let your flaws be know it will paint a better picture of you as you go through life challenges and struggles you are enduring as you right your wrongs. And remember NO One is Perfect!. We all deserve a second, third, forth, fifth chance at life to change, to be renewed and be regenerated in some areas in our lives so why not go for it?

I know life’s demands are jabbing at you to invoking you to make an emotional and crazy  response. So I say think about how you will respond to life, because it will respond back to you depending on your decision. How will you respond to the hand life deals you today? Life is sometimes a gamble, but you are the MVP of your life team. will you get fearful and fold? or will you try to ignore it? or pull your boot straps up and face your opponent in confidence knowing that life won’t always this way.  Hey, let me share this with you God is calling us ceaselessly through every circumstance of life? Through every attack and every battle and Yet He is measuring every spiritual attack that the enemy is allowed to wield against us. So let me drop this emotional deposit on you… God uses every attack to help you to identify areas of needed growth and healing.

In your quiet time today? ask the Holy Spirit to clarify those areas that needs growth and healing and Journal it.

please feel free to comment and share your thoughts…. Love Always Simply Sakinah….

When I revisit a memory about Marijuana details is etched in my mind how neighborhood drug dealers would secretly pass their products in small bags to the customer.  The packaging changed over the years. As the world physically witness an illegal drug become legal. I often wonder how would this effect those who are addicted to the drug and the families that are connected to the drug user. Along with the various drug treatment programs , grant funding  that has helped and currently helping people recover from substance use. legalized weed I was watching  a familiar New York  news channel which had a special segment promoting the legalization of Marijuana in the state of Colorado. It is amazing how legalization can put a different “Spend” on something that was once bared the legal status as a  “controlled substance” go figure .

For many years and still today crime raids were conducted to stop the distribution and selling of marijuana.  The government went from being against drug selling to becoming drug dealers on a street level. I won’t touch the pharmaceutical  drug business. I realize that legalizing marijuana  was a decision made to increase the economy. clearly this decision will affect decreasing value of ones life.  If my memory serve me correct as I sit in complete horror I  have stepped into a sense of my past and I saw my baby brother handcuffed at a police station along with my mother that resulted from a drug raid. My brother was arrested and charged a stolen gun and nine grams of marijuana in his possession. I remember all too well I see my mother pretending to be a strong soldier in this cramped let me save my son mode trying to take the wrap for my brother.  This was enough for him to serve a sentence in prison. The family as I  have know it and had envisioned it for eternity in that moment was destroyed, incomplete just plain ole wrong and devastating.  In a deprived economy state my brother thought he would be the man of his home and help provide for it. But his intentions were misunderstood and my growing relationship was  lost  in time. Days, months, years of growing together that my mother and I had planned were redirected. As he swiftly taken away to served his sentence in prison. I too served years of that sentence of an ongoing temptation of selling drugs to get a speedy bail and get out jail free card for both my brother and mother. God had a different plan!

My question is What would happen to those who have obtained a criminal record from using and selling this stuff has become legal?

    marijuana Astounded by the increased level of public tolerance, because of the cushiony labels that has replaced the criminal description of being a drug dealer to colloquial phrases like “Budtender” and “Cannibas  Tourist.”

Marijuana legalization will continue to plague minority populations. As we as citizens of the United States of America sit back and watch suited up drug pushers in government trade places with the hood dealers and partner with Satan to legally take the minds of people.

Satan attacks the mind before he possess the body for his evil use. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that is  designed to affect the mental activity and process of an user. Amazingly, the legalization has allows people to manufacture, store and sell in some places up to the net worth of $60 million. I would rather save 60 million lives opposed to giving them a pass to use a substance that can ultimately end their lives and the lives of others. Lucrative businesses are erecting everyday will we have ability to buy shares in such business as bud selling. Only time can tell…I just know that this is another way of saying you can do it as long as I get paid first.

Let’s get straight to the point. You must see yourself as a Brand. You must value your brand. Your highest priority is to market yourself, your abilities, and your knowledge as you would any product or service. Your brand is your reputation and it is perceived by those you have relationships with your colleagues, customers, clients, family and community. I can’t emphasize it enough that your most important product is YOURSELF!  Those who ignore this important truth will pay a high price both financially and professionally regardless of the profession.bigstockphoto_big_idea_brand_small

 

Remember that your success is not predicated on who you know, but who knows you and what they believe about you. I realize that there is a high priority on image. However, image is not everything, but your reputation and integrity is.

In a world with advancing technology of camera phones, social media and omnipresent surveillance like lightning it can shed light on a lie, a life scandal and illuminate exposure of behavioral misconduct that ultimately can destroy careers, companies, relationships and most of all your reputation.  It is important to always make a credible response when addressing issues.  There is a far greater price to pay when trying to correct inappropriate behavior.

For me lying definitely is not tolerated in my world.  In my professional opinion I believe when someone lies it can destroy an entire institution and industry because of the deceptive and fraudulent behavior of an individual. The unfolding drama demonstrated when searching for the truth in the midst of this epidemic of lies and deceit within the business world is just simply betrayal of public trust. I have to be honest my rationale is if someone lies to me once, they will lie again. With that being said I have perceived their brand and integrity is at the stage that is beyond repair.

gold BrandThe greatest thing to do for yourself is to do a daily measure of your level of integrity in the areas of your beliefs, conduct, habits and treatment of others. Give yourself a reality check and ask is my personal brand in tact or is in jeopardy due to my choices? Have I put my own ambitions, earning power and success at risk?  I encourage you today to change behaviors, habits and beliefs that are self-destructive, dishonest and illegal.

Finally, I reiterate your reputation is your responsibility and that is your greatest investment. Build your value with education, training, planning and efforts. Avidly protect your brand and the business of You.

 

Finally In the most empathic way I asked myself the question What have I done to deserve a life with such continuing struggle?  I believe that we are created to be relational to all things created by God. However, there is a need to be free from the external and internal influences clouding out true desires that drives us to become islands, we truly crave to be seen, known, understood and valued to have someone to kiss our faces, hold us close, makes us  feel cared for and in a word “LOVED”.

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Relationships are sacred because they provide life’s grandest opportunity. It is the only opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of “Self.” Relationships fail when you see them as life’s grandest opportunity to create and produce the experience of your highest conceptualization of another…. No one can produce the real You but YOU!

Remember, Experience produces concept of self, conception produces creation, and creation produces experience. Life is an interesting exercise in defining what is “fun”.

I used this phrase because it made sense to me that Friends are like a Good Bra, one I wear bras and it is always good to wear a good supportive one at that, you don’t need everything hanging out for everyone to see…and it must be close to my heart, supportive, comfortable and lifts me up when everything is hanging low and most of all it makes me look better!

If you  want to make the most of love,you need to do your homework… This week just look at one occasion in any relationship, whether it’s with your Spouse, a Colleague, a friend or family member, when you Notice yourself getting angry or feeling unliked, misunderstood, unwanted or judged…Shift your perception by focusing on these three steps

1. Focus on something positive outside of the situation in the environment.

2. Find one or two redeeming quality about that person or situation

3. Instead of assuming something is going to be negative, say to yourself, “i’m going to whatever I can in this situation to ensure a positive outcome.”

Most of All Make the Most of Life’s grandest opportunities…Rev.Sakinah O’Kane- Smith

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