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By Jill Cloud on March 04, 2013
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Total Comments: 38
on June 11, 2013 says >>
@Bri… Have you been to an experienced, professional counselor for this so that you can sort things (obvious or hidden) out. I am sure you do not want this to become baggage in your upcoming marriage. Whether your fiancé can handle this or not, you have reservations and that should not be ignored. What you have shared is traumatic and it can’t be treated like a shoe that was lost and is now found. It is amazing that you’ve made it this far, now go ALL the way by sorting things out. God Bless!
on June 06, 2013 says >>
After a 10 year friendship with my best friend we are about to embark upon marriage next year and there are a few things that I have been holding back on telling him. That being, as a child I was molested at the hands of 2 individuals so often it became norm in my life. After years of abuse I turned from being molested to being the molestor. I carried this on for about a year then after sometime I learned to heal, forgive and ask for forgiveness. More than 13 years have passed and I’m now torn between telling the man I love the truth about my past or keeping my secrets hidden. I know he would love me through it but I don’t know if I could live with the fact of him knowing the whole truth about my past.
on June 01, 2013 says >>
@kristen Shepherds cove is a shelter for women with children. Our samaritan choice team does feedings etc there. Not certain of their availability. Also leave phone number so someone can contact you. If you are in need of food we have a food pantry.
on May 31, 2013 says >>
Jill do you know of any family shelters? Me and my family are facing and eviction any day now.
on May 31, 2013 says >>
@c. Hines… I have had children not wanting to hug or say hello… Hiding etc as you mentioned. Myself nor the parent felt thought making or forcing was appropriate… I wrote about this stage in hood to Harvard, I hope you have the book. As for the child’s impulses please read chapter 6 of my book to understand stages .... My assumption is that this is a young child, however if this is an older child please share this with his or her pediatrician.
on May 29, 2013 says >>
I would like to Know if making a child say hello of forcing them to give someone a hug or kiss, when they clearly are showing that they want to stay with the parent by hiding behind them, is killing there natural impulse to protect themselves?
on May 20, 2013 says >>
@New Way of Thinking… Great to hear that your heart is opened and softened to “truth.” As you may already know, transformation occurs when the mind is renewed (a new way of thinking) Rom 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. **** So my dear be looking for a miracle/wonder (a special display of God’s power) because after we have freed our mind this way we get the “then” and the “be able” part of Romans 12:2. *****Anyway, about the other parts of your post. (1)Have you mourned the hurt associated with the STD/pregnancy? If not you will unconsciously make him pay. I speak about mourning hurt in my book Good Grief. In Chapter 9 I write about how I became the “Ice Princess.” Walking away from something does not mean you’ve mourned it properly. (2) Was there a sufficient apology/confession given because you not being affectionate is true but his choices were his own. Each person has to own up to the part they have played. And, it is best that each person come up with a new way of dealing with hurt or else we rely on our default (preset options). We must choose a new way so that we can truly move into the new space. *****Not being affectionate is not most of our first choice but was a way to survive. It is more of an illness/dysfunction than a choice to hurt anyone. (3)Not sure what you would like your husband to do to stimulate your mind. But if you are going to try this out you might want to be more specific because a mind is stimulated in many ways. Above all, LOVE is what is going to count/hold in the end. It is difficult to love without affection, as love requires affection and sensitivity (opposite of cold and icy . ****I think about Gabrielle Gifford, the Senator who was shot in Arizona. She suffered from a head wound and now her husband who is/was an astronaut is loving his brilliant wife who probably can no longer stimulate his thinking the way she once did. If Deron lost his ability to speak and could not communicate with me, I would not lose the ability to stimulate my mind. Things like this can change in an instant. What do I know, a heart that loves can do it without words; a heart that loves can be a partner in stimulating my mind by loving me in areas and not robbing me of my peace of mind. I can go on and on… but I’ll sign off this way. love will never fail. Go for love!
New Way of Thinking.
on May 18, 2013 says >>
Hello Jill, I wanted you just say thanks to you for sharing like you do it has helped so much. I have been married for 6 and a half years and I have issues with hugging, kissing and being intimate with my husband period. I really don’t know why because he is such an affectionate man. I always wanted that in a man now that I have it I don’t know how to return it. I think because of my issue he began to feel unwanted which was a trigger of his like you and Deron talked about. He told me that it lead him to cheat on me and after he gave me and STD while being pregnant I left him. We have huge communication issues that we both can openly talk about now that we are apart. He told me he wants us to get back together but I feel we need to try to find out more about how to stay together because I don’t want to go through this again. Just taking time to write this to you helped me see that one of the reasons I have had trouble being affectionate is because I need him to stimulate my mind with conversation and not just my body. I don’t think he listen to that part til now.
on May 09, 2013 says >>
@Being real 2myself27… Thanks for sharing. I am responding to you as a person, as marriage itself isn’t a problem—it is a word that has had the same meaning FOREVER. So the problem typically has to do with humans. (smiles) *** Ask yourself: What does “now that I have been in a relationship with someone else” have to do with “trusting your husband again?” *** How does someone “realizing that they lost a good thing” equate to change? ***Trust takes time and if you’re looking to feel secure immediately it is highly unlikely since this person has not had time to SHOW change. ***You have a decision to make and no one can do that for you. Because of your past and the hurt that normally lingers as a result of multiple infidelities, I recommend you go to a licensed counselor. Your situation has history and repeats and needs more than a Band-Aid solution. I wish you much success and will say a prayer for you as soon as I hit the “submit button.”
Being real 2myself27
on May 08, 2013 says >>
Hello Mrs. Jill I have been with my husband for 19 years and we just recently separated I guess now for about 14 months. I’m not sure if I did the right thing by leaving him. We have visit ur church several times and he has done jobs for the church as well. But he’s been unfaithful to me for so many years and I have talked about the situation several times with him. But when I put my foot down finally and left him I think he realizes what he has lost. But now that I have been on a relationship wit someone else now I’m not sure how to build that trust again. Deep down inside I really love my husband but I’m scared to rekindle things because of the past please guide me in the right direction….
on May 01, 2013 says >>
@So Enlightened… I have moved your conversation to the How to Study Blog area at queenbe.com. There you will see my response to you.
on April 30, 2013 says >>
I’m taking How to Study the Bible in MD and I’m just now catching up. My observation from week one is that I too am a person that understands concepts and have for most of my life. However, I lack knowing how to apply scriptures to my life. I hope that I can learn to apply the truth and understand the true context of scripture. If you would have asked me before what I planned on getting out of the class, knowledge would have been more important than anything. This would have caused me to be like the people who feel puffed up from having knowledge. This is probably why I wasn’t able to take the class before (I think I was in school before) because I have been through some things were my knowledge wasn’t sufficient. I have been in church all my life and it is not until recently where I truly understand and started to believe in what we call ‘the gospel’. I could write a whole essay on this, but the part I will point out is what I had the most trouble with, believing that God loves me regardless of my sin. I want to say more on this, but I trying to keep it short. My question is what is the application or resource where I can get all the bible tools in one? I think you said pc, were you referring to the internet?
on April 25, 2013 says >>
@ Shelle Dare, Thanks for asking and sharing! Your question: “Can you tell me how you and Deron have made it for so long. What is it that I am doing wrong. Please help. I dont want to treat him bad because of my pass relationships. domestic violence, molestation and alcoholic men.” *** I was a piece of work in the beginning of my marriage and I wasn’t trying to be. Lol!!! This was a result of me not understanding men. So I purchased a book back then entitled “How to make sense of the men in your life” by Dr. Kevin Leman. This helped soooo much because I had a long list of things that I wanted Deron to change that were indicative of most men. In other words these things were different, not wrong. Deron did the same with me, he read about stages of a woman. This helped him be sensitive to what he would not understand as a man. Being informed is the way! Oftentimes people criticize and speak abusively of things they don’t understand. See Jude 10… Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals, these are the very things that destroy them. *** Starting Wednesday, May 1 Deron & I will begin a RELATIONSHIPS series for approximately 6 WEEKS. We will also conduct a WORKSHOP that explores the differences between men and women and that helps us understand what makes us tick and what ticks us off. ****It seems that you’ve had some traumatic occurrences in your life which are bound to bring extra baggage to the relationship. Seek out a professional/licensed counselor to help you unearth the deep hurts caused by trauma. A spirit that behaves in an “evil” way is an injured spirit—hurt spirit/feelings. We are transformed when we allow our minds to be renewed. So reading is not only fundamental but essential. Have a nice day and STAY TUNED for the upcoming workshop.
on April 24, 2013 says >>
Hey Jill, I am from MD and the cousin of Lisa Cureton and have visited and volunteered at the church on Memorial drive. I have been married twice and did not know what I was doing. Now divorced again a second time and have now met a really good, Christian, filled with the holy spirit and I we enjoy each other. He is native georgian and I have been praying for this to work out. We both belong to Victory World Church on Brook hollow Pastors Dennis & Colleen Rouse. We both have baggage and I have so much more. I am in celebrate recovery 12 step program for Anger Management and my hurt, habbits and hang ups. Can you tell me how you and Derron have made it for so long. What is it that I am doing wrong. Please help. I dont want to treat him bad because of my pass relationships. domestic violence, molestation and alcoholic men… Love you, look forward to hearing from you soon.
In need of wisdom
on April 23, 2013 says >>
Thank you Jill for the new perspective; I needed to be reminded that all things work according to Gods plan. And you are right he is not abusive; he does not mistreat me. He loves me and his family loves him and us (I don’t want to give the impression that they don’t) what I needed was a paradigm shift (which is often hard to do yourself when you are in the middle of something). But I knew exactly where I could go to get some insight I have often thought if I could just ask Jill…… (LOL) so thank you this blog was a great idea!!! Thank you again and be blessed Wisdom Found
on April 22, 2013 says >>
@In need of wisdom… Because I do not know your husband I will not comment on him. I imagine that he would see himself and his what & why’s differently. This weekend Deron & I will facilitate GOT CHEMISTRY. Register for that cuz it seems that you feel that you and your husband had chemistry and now you are not sure. However you are not imagining things when it comes to the significance of family. In preparation for GOT CHEMISTRY I ran across the following: “Have you ever been in love? We all have, at least once. The ATTACHMENT BOND is the term for your first interactive love relationshipï¿½the one you had with your primary caregiver as an infant, usually your mother. This mother-child attachment bond shapes an infant’s brain, profoundly influencing your self-esteem, your expectations of others, and your ability to attract and maintain successful adult relationships. By learning about attachment, you can build healthier, attuned relationships, and communicate more effectively.” In addition, part of getting to your plans is allowing God’s purpose to prevail. Prov 19:21: Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Sometimes our announced dreams are held aside for God’s purpose to prevail—deliverance of our souls from the personal darkness that hinders our progress. The good news is that you said nothing about your husband being disrespectful to you, cheating or abusive (physical or emotional). When we share space, we are touched by all activity… people’s triumphs and their trials. Try not to make your plans more valuable than the person. Plans change… in an instant someone gets sick, injured or loses a job. Look into your indomitable spirit, pull out the ability to adapt to change and live in the present. Try not to apply the energy that belongs to dangerous to a situation of discomfort. Remind your husband of what’s good about him and eventually the voice of God coming through you will be the one that he believes.
In need of wisdom
on April 21, 2013 says >>
What to do when you lose confidence I your husband? I’ve been with my husband for a while (6 years) we had plans in the beginning of our marriage. However as time as goes on it seems as if we are not able to actually make an attempt at any of those plans. The longer I stay with him I realized that he cannot escape the perception of his family. They deem him the family screw up because he made some mistakes during his teen years. (He had a baby really young; he had some other fiscal irresponsibility). I anticipated when we got together that our plans would not have support from outside our marriage; we are very modern in our thinking about how to raise our kids, and make money etc. ( his parents would prefer we got good jobs with benefits work 20 years and retire). We think a little differently. What I was not anticipating however was his inability to even make an attempt at his dreams (since we have always been on the same page with what we want I didn’t think we would have this problem). He is an all or nothing kind of guy if he can’t do what is in his head then he doesn’t do anything at all. I can handle trying something and having it fail but I’m not sure I can handle not doing it at all. Now I find myself losing confidence in him and our union ……. Jill what advice do you have to give?
on April 18, 2013 says >>
@Parentsofpeace Please call the church office between the hours of 11am - 2pm (M-F) and leave your contact information so that I can have someone call you back.
on April 17, 2013 says >>
Greetings Ms. Cloud, we come to you as parent to a young man who is a member of your church. He is currently under doctor’s care and we needed to reach out to ask if there are any brothers of the church who may visit and offer words of encouragement and guidance. He’s life story is more complex than I am able to explain in this open forum, and could explain further if provided a direct way of communicating with either you or someone appointed within your fellowship He thinks very highly of your ministry and desires to be in the presence of the members, but currently unable. Please advise.If this is posted publicly prayers are appreciated.
on April 15, 2013 says >>
I am si happy to be a part of the church family. I will be attend the conference. I am so excited. I have waiting for this class this for a long time. I will be there. Love you foreover!
on April 02, 2013 says >>
@Joseph… Sunday, March 31 Deron read/ministered using the story of Job. This story outlined the processes of God when he is taking a leader to another level of understanding and trust in Him. I imagine that when Job or any of us thinks of going to another level, we hardly picture the road Job traveled. This is just one process that God uses in which He teaches us that His ways are not our ways. Sometimes like Job we do not get it! However, at some point in Job’s experience he found himself saying: SEE JOB 42:3 ... Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,things too wonderful for me to know.” .......I too have learned when attempting to follow God it is best to keep your eyes on God’s purposes and that people are “extras” in your story but you are the star/main character. It is what God is doing with YOU that is most important. Peter, James, John, Judas etc. are not Jesus’ story but extras who played a part. What I saw in the story of Job is that his fighting for something that GOD was declaring no longer useful was useless and by the end he finally cried uncle. The second half (coming, anointing) of Job’s life was better than the first. This too is a process of God as seen in introducing people to the New Covenant and requiring them to render the Old Covenant weak and useless. SEE Hebrews 7:18-19: “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” .......Like in the Job story God was introducing a better hope even though people did not recognize it. He knew that He was moving closer to humans and requiring humans through trust, spirit and truth to move closer to Him. True WORSHIP requires this! SEE JOHN 4:24-25 ..... The terms of the Old Covenant was something to hold them over (put in charge)until the real deal showed up. SEE GALATIANS 3:24-25: “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” .......Now that faith (trust and dependent) on God has come we don’t need certain supervision. We no longer need people to validate for us (in relationship)what God is validating by His own presence demonstrated in a stronger desire to worship and depend on Him. When Deron and I began this ministry our focus was relationships because God put in our hearts the brokenness in relationships relative to talk, trust, and truth. The moment we fulfilled this mission as God sees it, the wind began moving things around unrecognizable to us, as it was with Job. Through relationships with humans God was giving us practice in relating to Him. Many of us were at a standstill when it came to getting to love because of the love deficits experienced in our upbringing. SEE 1 John 4:20-21: “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” .....It is difficult to have received the sincere love that God is talking about with no practice growing up. So he sent Deron to a group of people who were robbed and deprived of this through neglect, cracked out parents, molestation, and physical/sexual abuse etc. So through a ministry that strongly urged that we practice talk, trust and truth, God drastically changed the lives of many. It’s all a classroom and the sooner we understand the assignment the sooner we too will discover that when God is introducing us to a new thing we neither perceive it or understood it. SEE Isa 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” ......If we trust that he does not have plans to destroy us WE WIN! I feel like a winner do you? Jesus said it this way SEE JOHN 17:1-2: “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” ...... When Jesus had finished this particular assignment he stated The time has come to glorify your son. THE TIME HAS COME!!!!!
on April 02, 2013 says >>
Did you try ordering this tape from the online store?
on March 31, 2013 says >>
Hello, I would like to order a copy of the girlfriend boyfriend thang for my young people’s ministry. Will you have copies available soon?
on March 30, 2013 says >>
I’m one of the more senior attendees of the church and have seen it migrate from place to place and was just wondering what exactly caused a change in the tone of the ministry. now I hear about spiritual awakening and before we were all told to prepare for the second coming
on March 26, 2013 says >>
@Creative Self (March 12 response)... thanks for sharing that… keep sowing. sometimes we forget that nobody sows for right now but for the future, i.e., fruit does not pop up overnight! We reap in a different season than we sow. As your post points out, you are benefitting from work (sowing) you put in in times past. The eternal appreciation for the girl on the subway would not have given you instant fruit anyway. So, expect good things for the good seed that you are sowing. We sow the seed, God gives it a body. *** 1 Cor 15:37-38: when you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. *** 1 Cor 15:42-44: The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
on March 14, 2013 says >>
Jill - thanks so much and that did help me out with the example you gave. God willing I will make the next conference and mad I couldn’t make the first one.
on March 14, 2013 says >>
Thanks for Asking Stephanie! During the Hood to Harvard Conference one parent shared that her son was going “back and forth” with her and she did not like it! After allowing her to speak she discovered that she was listening to him with the ears of her inner child and not her adult ears. This exchange during the Question & Answer segment of the Conference appeared to be REVOLUTIONARY for all in attendance—Evident by tears, godly sorrow and a lobster/lamb chop dinner Deron and I received as a token of appreciation. Lol!!! Be sure to sign up for the NEXT CONFERENCE coming in APRIL. You are not alone in wanting to CHAMPION this cause of getting your child to their promised land without losing yourself along the way. ALSO… I am not able to give you the long version but I can leave a little something. In 2012 while visiting Talita in Boston I felt that she was short with me… I did not like it! I did not use the word disrespectful but called the behavior according to its action, i.e., “I felt that you were short with me.” We talked about it, she apologized for being what I call the NUTTY PROFESSOR and she shared with me that on her way to Harvard the next day she felt soooo bad that she cried on the bus, in front of others. Lol!!! ADDRESS THE ACTION, i.e., I do not appreciate you raising your voice etc. “I don’t like your choice of words…” Now you both have a real issue on the table.
on March 14, 2013 says >>
Jill for Clarity - my daughter has no cut cards when she is speaking and at times I may feel it is rough - so trying to allow her to be her without cutting her off and me catching feelings
on March 14, 2013 says >>
Jill, I value voice, and I allow my daughter to speak her opinion when we have discussion. However what I am realizing is that even though I may allow it, there is an inner voice (what I am learning) that she can only talk a certain way, and if she gives a lot of emotion I hear this voice that she is being disrespectful or look how she is talking to you. That is when my feelings get involved. Now I dont’ do this always, but I am trying to stop this process I do. What advice do you have that can help me????
on March 12, 2013 says >>
Ok, so, in all actuality, I know my gifts were only beginning to be stirred! What have I been doing to manage my vision? The first thing that comes to mind is something you guys taught me: do all you know to do. One thing, I made a decision to be responsive to every thing God presented to me, even if I could only say, “Ok, I DO hear You—I’ll move however I can…etc” Well, the cleaning job just started as a way to make ends meet, but I resolved to be the best at serving people and it became fun. Then I quit twice because I didn’t believe I could work and do well in my class at the same time. However, the owner coached good words to me, and I began to believe that all things CAN be done, which are believed, and I went from just taking a class, to taking a class, working, AND doing graphics work for the company. We began generating all sorts of ideas—new life!—for expanding the company, and I played the role of PR in some capacity. I was thirsty to serve. In fact, I had been WAITING to BREATHE OUT!! Just like you said in service, Jill. I even gave, for example, significant money to a young mother on the metro. Not that I don’t do that type of thing, but this time when she said, “Thank you,” in what I thought was a non-chalant way, I made a new decision to say, “Yes, it STILL was good to give it to her, just like God does—it wasn’t for me to feel appreciated, but for HER”. And sure enough, we got on the same bus and she struck up a conversation and I ended up giving her your internet address, telling her your story! And to top it all off, I got a phone call from a manager at Macy’s and ended up designing a flyer for one of their upcoming events. Wow. But I want to give more! I strike up conversations with misunderstood (is that the word?) people, really all people, so that they feel accepted—especially since I now have a measure of the gift of self-acceptance—and the practice I’m getting, of being positive, believing, trusting that everything is meant for my good, and even business knowledge is helping me towards my goal of the creative facility that I see in the future. One last thing…when I was a child I took piano lessons. It was traumatic because I would self-destruct every time I hit a wrong note. I couldn’t understand why I kept messing up. I would shake, hang upside down over the bench, everything, until I just gave it up—after at least seven years. Well, while designing my most recent flyer, I noticed something: I was consciously patient—not only with myself, but with the Universe—as I kept making “mistakes”, I said “no” to frustration and literally used the word, “hmmm…” to just use my mind to search for a solution. I got through it miraculously. I felt delivered.
on March 11, 2013 says >>
Wow! Thanks, Jill! Your response was just what I needed, I can tell. I’ll be re-reading it and letting it soak in as I read chapters 7-9 of H2H also! I am beginning to feel mobilized.
on March 08, 2013 says >>
@Drake John 14:28-29 … “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is GREATER THAN I. Think of it this way… you are one person you have a brain, a body and emotions/expression but this is all you functioning in various ways. They all agree and do not have conflicting messages. The spirit/breath uses the body to express itself. We know that the Spirit is greater because the spirit can live without a body but a body cannot live without a spirit. John 6:63 … The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. When our mind, body and spirit are not in agreement we experience warfare… disharmony… dis-ease (disease). So in a perfect world they are ONE (in sync…) and do not war against each other with conflicting messages.
on March 08, 2013 says >>
Hey Aunt Jill this is Drake, how are you? I have a question concerning our religion and prayer and the relationship between God and The Messiah. If our religion has one God then who is greater God or Christ?
on March 08, 2013 says >>
@Parent Need Help The next Hood to Harvard Conference is coming soon, probably in April as I have a few other gigs coming up. I am working on a location in Bowie. I will post it on my facebook page as well. Thanks for asking!
on March 06, 2013 says >>
As life would have it, after walking through this door and excitedly making myself available for Drake Alexander, I was offered an opportunity to teach a 6 week ï¿½How to Study the Bible for 21st Century Livingï¿½ class in downtown D.C. on Tuesdays, around noon, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. If you could see my face you would see an ENORMOUS smile. At any rate, I will be sending more information soon so SAVE THE DATE and BE ON THE LOOKOUT for this 40 Minute Spiritual Workout! This will also be coming to the Soul Factory in the very near future as well. Quotes from How To Study Your Bible for 21st Century Living pg 8- “A religious view focuses on rituals and practiced beliefs; the way they did things back then ... Jesus had a talk along these lines with people of his day as recorded in John 5:39-40 “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. “If the Bible was written in the 21st Century, God’s miraculous ability would be the same but the examples, tools, artifacts, manners and customs used would differ.”
on March 06, 2013 says >>
@Creative Self… As in the case of your brother, sometimes a compliment starts a fire. Lol! One reason that nudged me to even think about going back to school in 2005 was the result of a good friend saying, “Jill you are always helping others, but you are not getting to the things you told me that you would like to do.” That kiss turned into a slap into reality. In CHAPTER 7 of my book FROM THE HOOD TO HARVARD, I talk about this moment in my life… The chapter is titled Promises, Promises… Quotes pg 88- “... I was going about my business and waiting for the day that the sacrifice to go to school would not FEEL like a sacrifice. Pg 89- “dreams like children should not be left to manage themselves…” So CREATIVE SELF what are you doing to manage this dream OF YOURS? Also refer to chapter 8 of Hood to Harvard titled Paying the Price. I quote President Obama from his book the Audacity of Hope. He states “If we are not willing to pay the price for our values, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, the we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe them at all… our values must be tested against fact and experience…” By the end of this week or the beginning of next week I hope to send out a list of the upcoming seminars/classes/workshops I plan to do. So look out for that! One of those workshops will touch on discovering your values. I shared with a group who went through this values workshop years ago the importance of sowing into their value/mission/vision at least once per week. In addition, the talents used in the parable in Matthew 25 is gold. Sometimes we interchange career language with “using talents” mentioned in Matthew 25. Read chapters 7-9 in Hood to Harvard, allow a few things to soak in. You will find that some times we are UNCLEAR of what to do and other times we are AFRAID to move in the areas that are clear to us.
on March 04, 2013 says >>
Hello Jill, I hope you are well. My question stems from being unsure of what direction I should be taking in this season. Growing up I was always hailed as my mother’s “smart child”, her “creative child”, her “special child”. I have many talents, but for about a decade I’ve undergone a process off humbling—not trusting my talents as my strengths, but seeing God as my strength. My written dream is to found a facility that caters towards the mental and emotional needs of children and their families by engaging them in different art forms. My problem is that I often move upon impulse. For example, right now I work for a cleaning company and when my brother found out, he “stole my joy” when he exclaimed, “People should be cleaning YOUR floors, as smart as you are!” This made me want to run off and do something, but I was calmed when I was re-grounded by the fact that I was learning from the relationship I have with the business owner. I guess he just reminded me that I’m tired of not using my talents…but maybe it’s really that I’m tired of not being glorified for my talents…Maybe I answered my own question. But still, I am nevertheless a little anxious about hearing God say, “Why didn’t you use this? Why didn’t you use that?” I hope this isn’t rambling. Do any words of guidance come to mind by any chance?
Parent Need Help
on March 04, 2013 says >>
Hi Jill, when will you be doing the next Hood to Harvard Conference?
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