Feb19

Birthday Countdown & Reflection, TOMORROW is PARTY DAY and I am not feeling well. Here’s what I had on my mind today.

BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN/REFLECTION

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Sometimes being a mother is overwhelming. So many decisions to make and sometimes it seems like so many life altering things that we could mess up in the process. Our children never came with an instruction manual! We must be quick to forgive ourselves as parents when we don’t’ get “it” right or when we just don’t know how to handle the sticky or stinky situations that arise!

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Caption: Ailani Faith upon birth; the rowdiest she’s ever been in her whole life!

 

Yes, we understand that these are little people each unique in their own right. They are all individuals which means one person’s parenting style may be different from the next and that is fine. There’s no need to compare our children nor ourselves to other parents.

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Caption: Ailani and Mommy before her pre-school graduation from Future Scholars in Hainesport,NJ (highly recommended).

 

 

Truly, my focus is giving my little girl everything she needs and some of what she wants and counting on God the Father to give her her heart’s desires. When I fall short as a mother and am confused about how I should proceed sometimes, I seek our Father, Abba, Daddy, God! I count on Him to supply all of our needs and feel in the pieces that I miss, don’t see and am not capable of fulfilling.

 

 

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Feb18

Basing your “self-love-life” off of what people say about you or to you can be a slippery slope.

BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN/REFLECTION

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It’s always a good idea to love yourself no matter the phase of life you find yourself in.

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Basing your “self-love-life” off of what people say about you or to you can be a slippery slope.

I think I lost bits and pieces of who I thought I was when people’s perceptions of me began to change like the blowing of the wind; soft and subtle one minute and fierce then troublesome the next! I was picked apart until I was no longer recognizable to myself. Which I can’t say was a bad thing because it forced me to ask myself a series of serious questions:

Who am I?

What am I doing?

Who created me and why?

How can I be healed from the past hurts that haunt me?

What does God think of me?

Those were questions that I was left to answer on my own upon entering motherhood. One thing that I can tell you for sure is that those people who picked me apart, definitely weren’t there to help me sort through the pieces that were left behind to begin to allow God to put me back together….

I had this little face staring back at me.

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Waiting to see whom I’d become… Who I would be to her? She’s still waiting, taking bits and pieces of me fitting them into the pieces of her world. She’s always been stellar with puzzles. I just what to be a perfect fit in her life!

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Feb17

I use to be afraid that people would think that I am bragging on myself or putting this little girl of mine of a pedestal. But, now I say ..

BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN/REFLECTION

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Sometimes I ask myself, “What are you waiting for?” Before I plan anything for myself, my family, especially my child always is at the forefront of my temporal lobe! As a parent, I’ve learned that every action that I make directly impacts my child’s world. As I typed that, I realize that every command from God that I drag my feet on, directly impacts my child’s world.
I can’t explain how much this little girl means to me. When she learned to speak I was in awe about how deeply our connection continue to blossom. I wasn’t sure that my love towards her could run any deeper. I can’t even say that she is my best friend because we don’t even have that relationship that one would characterize as a friendship.

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Being Ailani’s mother, a writer and lover of words I am now baffled because I can’t find the single word to describe the role this little, precious girl has in my life. Not just my life for that matter, but each life that she interacts with. It’s amazing to watch. I don’t even begin to take credit for such interactions. Her essence is divine. I can only say that I am thankful for Ailani Faith, exactly as God knew her to be before she was formed in my womb.

 

What a marvelous work she is. What a marvelous work she will always be, no matter what she goes through!

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She’s like honey directly from the Honeycomb once the Queen Bee says it’s free for the taking.

Ailani is like warm sand and sunshine kisses upon surface of ones skin.

My little Faith is the hope for some one’s tomorrow.

She’s the cherry on the tippy top of my favorite ice cream… to be savored to the end.

This little girl is the dream I never dreamt.

 

I use to be afraid that people would think that I am bragging on myself or putting this little girl of mine of a pedestal. But, now I say so what; a little girl is suppose to know how much she is loved by the one who birthed her. She is suppose to feel like the cream of the crop, crème de la crème. She has to know who she is and what’s to be loved and cherished about her before the world has a chance to attempt to “beat it out of her!”

 

Now I think to myself upon displaying my affections publicly toward my little beauty, “So what to whatever you conjure up about my intentions…” It’s not in my job description as mother to wait for someone else to build my baby’s esteem nor is it necessary for me or her to ever hide her shine that everyone sees even if I choose to never open my mouth.

 

In other words, Ailani has always been capable of speaking for herself for as early as I can remember.

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Feb16

I do think that all parents can teach their children to read but we MUST NOT RUSH DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES!

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Faith, just a few months old "reading" one of the book I purchased for her before she was born (from the clearance rack of course).

Caption: Faith, just a few months old “reading” one of the book I purchased for her before she was born (from the clearance rack of course).

 

I didn’t know that babies could REALLY be so smart! I had read about them in my studies as a trained to become a teacher. Child development had always fascinated me during studies and now even today. I’m also a huge BRAIN GEEK. I think because I wanted to know how the human brain could suppress memories. I wanted to know if I could of tricked myself into remembering things I wanted to forget. Therefore, I’ve always loved learning about the brain and babies and how they develop over the years.

I never thought I would have one of those brilliant babies I read about! But we, let’s not say WE I SLEEP TRAINED her (daddy was trained to just sleep at night lol) around 6 months old, which means she always, slept in her own bed. If you’re interested in how I did such a thing read about the Ferber Method and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE T; don’t feel guilty. Babies/children must learn to self soothe! Not to say they don’t need our cuddles and kisses for security when they enter this world because that took is equally as important. You know what your baby needs, but we also tend to cripple them by using what the old folks use call “SPOILING!” (Lol, which I don’t believe in by the way).

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‘Lani Fai’  began using sign language to ME around 8 months. My basis for teaching her sign language was because I said to myself, “I can’t stand a whining baby!” But really when I was a student teacher Mrs. Sylvia Tolson, a first grade teacher in Delaware whom mentored me used sign language to teacher her first graders how to read. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It took away some of the anxiety from the children, especially if they struggled with decoding (sounding words out). Ailani started with the signs EAT, MORE, ALL DONE. We practiced mainly at feeding times (all her foods were homemade by the way)! Then as she grew I began to tie those signs she knew with actual words I would tape around her room. I checked out baby sign language books from the library and her little eyes have always gobbled up the pages of EVERY BOOK that I put in front of her. She’s now in the 2nd grade and as if the last testing dates, she’s reading at a 4th grade level (find post in my journal at SherrieYvette.com from the summer months on how to create a literacy rich environment). She’s been reading since she was two and NO we didn’t spend money on the “YOUR BABY CAN READ PROGRAM!” I do think that all parents can teach their children to read but we MUST NOT RUSH DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES!

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I never waited to create a literacy rich environment. As a teacher, someone who has worked with children since she was old enough to work (15) I’ve always known the importance of such. I started reading to her as soon as I learned that she could hear me when se was in my belly (ask her she’s so intelligent she even remembers that!!!!! SIKE (80s baby) JUST KIDDING!)

I would also play what some people see as CHEESY preschool CDs in the car and we would rock out to those. The same CDs for at least the 1st 5 years of her life!!! She knew all her letter sounds without me even having to teach her (thanks Dr. Jean & Friends; see post I give you titles).

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It’s better then learning all the crap we here on the radio. I knew 5 year olds that could rap the entire Biggie Smalls Ready to Die album but couldn’t chime their ABCs; NO LIE! They even knew how to Crip Walk but couldn’t tie their shoes! NO LIE!

We are our children’s first teachers! I remember taking Ailani to a play at 2 and we were talking and I was telling her about what we were about to see and experience and there were two ladies behind me and one said, “She having a whole conversation with that baby like the baby knows what she is talking about!” Then her friend burst out in laughter. I didn’t turn around or address the two. I simply laughed with them and thought… Little do you two know this is a Little Lady!

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I’ve always called her that. Making certain not to rob her of her childhood by making her thing that she can’t be a child! But letting her know that it’s ok to embrace the gifts that God has given her! I can’t take credit for the Little Lady that will be 8 in 6 days. She is Abba’s daughter 1st and always!

When I was finally tired of playing around with my life and searching for who I was I decided to go church hopping. I wanted to find one that I could join. When she was 2 we walked through the doors of Living Faith Christian Center and we sat through the service and vowed her heads and closed our eyes for the alter call. Ailani Faith had responded to the churches call to join while I had my head down being a chicken and ignoring what I felt on the inside of me!! Little Faith with her hand raised in the air (not saying she understood what was being asked at 2) gave me courage to walk up to the front of the church and join just as I had been prompted to do in my sprit!

I love being her Mommy. Recalling these moments not only make me feel proud but I feel special. That God would see fit to allow to experience this little princess despite my sin nature.

He is a good, good, Father.

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Feb15

Nightmares of me in being abused began to plague my nights in between breastfeeding. I was scared for her!

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Caption: 2 days old in the car on the way home from the hospital! 

 

One snowy winter day we got to take Ailani Faith home. I had fallen in love for the first time in my life! My life had become dedicated to this little Cutie Pa-tooty who soon got her first nickname, ‘Lani- Poo! I just remember being so happy and everything that people told me (People told me how much of a #disappointment I would be to the children who looked up to me because I was NOT #married. People told me that I would probably loose my #job because I was a non-tenured #teacher and managed to get myself pregnant in the first year of my contract. People told me that her #father wasn’t a suitable choice for a father because he already had #children and a “wrap sheet.” People told me that I was going to #struggle. People told me that I let me them down.) had now become a DISTANT whisper that really was no longer audible. I had this little girl, who I called Faith in my arms and she served as an important reminder in my life!

 

HEALING IS NEEDED, FAITH-KEEP IT, PAST IS GONE

She was such a good baby! I took the best piece of advice another Mommy had given me when it came to everyone’s opinion on how to take care of a baby. She said to say THANK YOU after you listened to what they had to say and just continue to do the things that you, Mommy feel is best. So I refused to give my baby a pacifier or a bottle (mom was like SHERRIE, so WHAT give the baby the binky lol). But one thing I knew before she entered this world was that I would be the type of mother who always made clear and deliberate decisions when it came to her child’s well being; even with something as meaningless as to BINKY or NAW! I stuck to what I felt was best for little Lani Poos as we called her.

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And daddy, well daddy was just so thrilled that he got to be with his little girl during these stages of her life. I saw a man develop a love outside himself for this little being. I saw a man methodically trying to grow in leaps and bounds beyond his past experiences because he understood the value of the life that he held in his hands each time she cried or when he returned from work! Many people don’t know or understand his journey. But, I believe that Ailani’s father’s testimony is powerful and set for many young men to hear. Again, I will leave that testimony for him to share and continue to encourage him to speak boldly, after all, it’s how we overcome!0527081528

 

3 months later she met her best friend, Aniya Hope. The feisty cutie came early just to meet her cousin, Ailani Faith! They remind me so much of my sister and I when we were younger! It wasn’t until recently that I heard the statistic that pretty much said that research has shown that when the eldest child in the family has a baby then the other girls tend to follow suit, whether it be a subconscious decision or deliberate one. As you see my little sister had my amazingly spirited niece HOPErs, as I like to call her 3 months after I gave birth. When she told me that she too would be having a baby I remember those words that people told me being confirmed in my head. Me, always being the leader in the family wanted to BEST situation possibly for each one of my siblings and I didn’t want to give anyone the impression that having a baby without the FOREVER COMMITMENT, stable environment and financial security would ever be something we should aspire to have. All of my female siblings from my Mom now great mothers who I admire in each individually as a Mommy!

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But, what I did know at the time was that these babies were here and as mommies we had work to do.

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Caption: Ailani Faith & Aniya Hope at 2 playing under the covers. One of my favorite photos. 

 

Me particularly, I had work to do. After the bliss of having a baby subsided. I noticed how my past childhood began to haunt me and seemed to loom over my child’s head. I would have visions of her too being sexually abused simply because of what I had experienced as a child.

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Nightmares of me in being abused began to plague my nights in between breastfeeding. I was scared for her! Never wanting her to end up in situations that would leave her “back against the wall.” I was already a careful Mommy and I know that if I continued to allow my past to haunt me I soon would become an over protective mother which was not in the plan I had for my relationship with my child.

I began to pray! It was all I knew how to do at the time! Each time I saw her face it served as a reminder:

HEALING IS NEEDED, FAITH-KEEP IT, PAST IS GONE

I prayed and prayed and prayed! At the time it was all I knew to do! I didn’t realize that it would take MORE THAN MY PRAYERS TO RECEIVING HEALING from the past wounds that we still gaping wide open! I would have to accept the healing! Often times we pray for help, neglecting to realize that 100 percent of the time Abba (God the Father) is waiting on us!

I soon learned that faith without work on my part was futile. It was meaningless! I would have to dig deep and choose to remember before I could forget. I would have to stop holding on to bad habits before I could let go. I would have to stop thinking bad thoughts before I could be free. I would have to loose some people and places that served as dead weight before I could mount on wings like an eagle and soar. I would have to expose the lies I had managed to tell myself for years to be able to accept truth that comes from the word of God! I would choose to have FAITH over being fearful every time!

 

This little face reminds me constantly that:

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  1. Healing is needed perpetually! It’s freely giving too! Jesus (whatever you choose to call him) died so that we could be free!
  2. Faith is to be kept! You can put down and then pick up your faith and expect results! KEEP FAITH (I’m so glad we kept our little Faith even though abortion was NEVER an option because I could never grasp my mind around the concept).
  3. The past is gone. We don’t have to live in it or allow us to haunt our lives or loom over our children’s head!

 

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Feb14

People told me I would be fired because I was pregnant

BIRTHDAY COUNTDOWN & REFLECTION

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Where do I start? I guess I’ll start with this photo and the God’s honest truth!

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I WAS BIG AND PREGNANT APPROACHING 200 POUNDS AND JUST COMING TO TERMS WITH BEING PREGNANT.

 

I HAD NO IDEA WHAT HER FATHER WAS THINKING. I KNEW THAT HE DESPARTELY WANTED TO BE FATHER TO EACH ONE OF HIS GIRLS!

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Caption: Ailani and her amazing father! Their bond is unbreakable. They give each other LIFE!

I get totally emotional and reflective as her Birthdays approach!

 

As all parents tend to say, this baby girl changed our lives. Sounds cliché’ but, it’s the truth. I’ll speak from my experience and allow Daddy to share his own if he wants.

 

Something I said and thought inadvertently was that I wanted to have a baby by the time I was 25 but, I had SWORN OFF MARRIAGE!

 

Backwards thinking now in my 33 year old mindset. But, believe it or not Ailani’s birth was not a planned pregnancy and contrary to what people believe you can get pregnant while using birth control! I too believe in the power of words. Look at what I had managed to manifest through my words. I DID NOT WANT A BABY WHEN I HAD HER!

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I found myself pregnant at 24 and unsure of what was ahead!

 

She changed me…

Made me GUNHOE to break cycles and seek healing for my brutally battered spirit & mind. I was bleeding profusely, but no one could see it. I didn’t want to stain her life by allowing my old wounds stay gaping wide open thus, perpetuating a cycle that someday she would spin in if I didn’t choose to deal with the wounds.

 

People told me how much of a #disappointment I would be to the children who looked up to me because I was NOT #married. People told me that I would probably loose my #job because I was a non-tenured #teacher and managed to get myself pregnant in the first year of my contract. People told me that her #father wasn’t a suitable choice for a father because he already had #children and a “wrap sheet.” People told me that I was going to #struggle. People told me that I let me them down. People NEVER TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS A #GOD WHO LOVED ME and WOULD NOT CONDEMN ME but HEAL ME and RIGHT MY WRONG #THINKING!

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I remember reading to her while she was in my HUGE belly a book of children’s Bible stories and when I was done reading my baby these stories that night. I cried (and now I cry as I type this because those emotions flood in again) and cried aloud! I was crying and the words I had become familiar with since college popped in my mind, “O ye of little Faith!”

 

After that talk with God that evening. I decided to name her Faith. Because she would serve as a reminder to her father and I that no matter what we face in the life, that we are to KEEP FAITH.

 

So we kept FAITH; literally & figuratively!

 

My little Faith will be 8 in 8 days.

 

So let the #COUNTDOWN BEGIN!

 

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Dec7

Written by my 7 year old, 19 Days Until Christmas

 

What the true meaning of Christmas is really about is Jesus being born. But the word Christmas is not in the Bible. So here is the real Bible story. God had sent an angel named Gabriel to the town of Nazareth. The angel had some amazing news. God has chosen you to be the mother of the baby Jesus, Gabriel said. He will be called the Son of God. Joseph and Mary went from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted in the sences. Bethlehem had a lot of people there already. And Mary’s baby was ready to be born. And there was no room in the all the inns. So they had to stay in a stable. And then Jesus was born in a manger in the stable. Jesus came to the world to tell people about god. He is the Lamb of God.

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When I see some one forget about Jesus I feel a little weird. And how I remember Jesus I do a calendar that shows how I can show Jesus love. And some things that I usually do .I do some traditions. And they are 20-dollar treasure hunt [at the dollar tree and you buy the stuff for other people], write the names of Jesus on candles and go to the nursing home. When I go to the nursing home I fell icky and exited. I feel exited because I’m ready to give and I feel icky because of the old people always want to give me LOTS of kisses. They love seeing a little girl who is kind.

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Remember that Jesus is the reason for every season!

AILANI FAITH

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THIS ENTRY WAS WRITTEN ENTIRELY MY 7 YEAR OLD FROM HER PERSPECTIVE AND THOUGHTS. IT’S WHAT SHE WANTED TO SHARE. FEEL FREE TO LEAVE AGE APPROPRIATE COMMENTS FOR HER AND I WILL SHARE THEM. ON PAGE 23 OF SELAH, STOP & THINK (find links on the homepage if you would like a copy) THERE IS A POEM I WROTE WHEN SHE WAS 3 AND SHE HAS TRAVELED TO MANY VENUES SHARING THIS POEM CALLED, THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH. THE  WORDS ABOVE ARE HER OWN! I PRAY THAT SHE CONTINUES TO GROW INTO EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAS CREATED HER TO BE AND ALWAYS SEEKS TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING THAT COMES FROM GOD.

 

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Nov23

Wreck it _________(insert your name here)

 

Taking time to STOP & THINK is critical. Shedding ourselves of things that no longer do us well or catching on to habits that impede our growth, seeking deeper understanding and relationship with God and those we care about is essential!

How much time do you spend each day assessing what you feel, thinking through your actions and monitoring your “comings and goings” with the environment around you?

When I stop and ask myself that I can be honest and say NOT ENOUGH TIME.  I need to be slow to speak, slow to react and put a cap on the actions that come about due to my feelings. Feelings come and go…literally; especially if you’re a woman.

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Therefore, it’s so crucial to our mental health to SELAH (stop, think critically, pause, reflect). But yes, I know that we don’t like to stop for to long because we all are in such a hurry. Life has us rushing along forgetting to lavish in the bits of heaven here on Earth. Just think about how you feel when the traffic light turns red and you have a destination to reach at a certain time. You, well, let me just speak for myself, I BURST INTO BITS OF FRUSTRATION and my mature 7 year old has to talk me down from the back seat of the car, “Mommy I thought you said you were going to be nice today!”  Me, feeling silly, neglecting to see that those STOP signs are there for my protection.  If I proceed never heeding the signal to STOP then disaster could be the end result! I could harm myself, my little girl, and those around me.

 

Don’t allow life’s nuances to hurry you along. Take some time to #SelahWithMe!  Know that settling in and thinking critically for a bit is key to life’s success. Know that never taking time to reflect and evaluate what you are experiencing emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually can be a wreck waiting to happen.  Heed the moments to STOP & THINK. Make them a purposeful part of your day.

As I type this for the visitors of my site, the spirit that abides in me is ministering to me too.  I need to SELAH…

THANK YOU to those of you who have participated in the #SelahWithMe Book Chat via conference call.  It was designed to give space and time do what the word implies, STOP, THINK CRITICALLY, PAUSE, REFLECT!

 

Here are a A few nuggets of wisdom that have stood out to me in recent Bookchats with the participants:

  1. Why would you fear what God is telling or has told you to do?  God is the one who has ALL the answers.
  2. When we struggle with believing we ought to pray, “God please help me with my unbelief!”
  3. There is a consistent need to THINK and STEP outside the box and once your out of the box, there’s no need to get back in it. (WOW, RIGHT? Thanks for that nugget Karen)
  4. “Faith without works is dead.” James 2:14 We can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives us strength. Phillipians 4:13
  5. Live beyond your fears!
  6. Don’t speak over people OUR words or what we think. Speak life and what God says about them. 0eabaf8c0e33bcc085358027933a8e65
  7. Don’t do life alone.  Weed out the destructive individuals in your life (don’t be sorry about doing such) and identify those        friends who are like iron because we know that iron sharpens iron.                                            images-8

Please keep in mind that my book, Selah, Stop & Think was composed as a ministry tool to simply encourage those who decide to pick it up, to slow down and stop and think about life outside the realm of their daily lives and routines.

 

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Nov7

#SelahWithMe Book Chat Week 2 is here

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Have you experienced UNSPEAKABLE JOY this week?

Thanks so much to those of you who decided to #SELAHwithME during the 1st Book Chat via conference call last week. I hung up the phone feeling encouraged, refreshed and ready for a new week; feeling like I could conquer everything that had hit me hard in the previous week!

Will you join again on Sunday, November 8th at 9pm? If you didn’t make the 1st call, it’s ok, just dial in this week!
I want to know if you made an intentional effort to remain in peace this past week or have you found yourself caught up in the week’s “MESSES?”

Here’s a quick reminder of the main points of discussion that resonated with me from last’s Sunday’s #SELAHwithMe Book Chat:

1. “Live in the purpose God put you here for because then you will begin to experience unspeakable joy!” ~ Karen, Selah, Stop & Think Book Chat Participant
2. When living for God, with Him as priority, know that; “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23 It’s never to late to begin again by repenting and promising to try our BEST to keep Him in first position.
3. God cares for the birds of the air, He provides for them. Won’t He show Himself and be faithful to us? Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” http://wp.me/p50t6c-jr (CLICK & READ THIS)
4. We don’t have to wait until we die a physical death to experience Heaven. We are meant to enjoy the Earth and all the NATURAL things that God created in it. Let’s not focus so much on achieving man made success or acquiring man made objects so much so that we miss what we were created to experience and subdue while here in the Earth. ~Poem, Heaven on Earth pg. 96
5. Don’t join in complaining sessions in your environment. Simply seal your lips and take mental notes then go pray for those individuals who are complaining and what they are complaining about. Participating in complaining and griping takes you out of perfect peace thus, stealing your moments for unspeakable joy!
6. Be bold for Christ! ~360 Degrees of Separation pg. 64
7. The children are our future therefore, it’s a perfect time for us to begin to nurture them so that they will be well equipped for the future that’s sure to arrive with no delays. Never stop loving thus teaching them. ~If the Children are Our Future, Why Don’t We Treat Them as Such pg. 25

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8. Affirm yourself! Know who God says you are or else you will begin to internalize what people say about you or develop parasitical relationships with people and expect for them to fill voids that only God can fulfill. ~Through the Eyes of Faith pg. 23
9. The word of God is meant to encourage us. But we have to open up (or download for those tech savvy folks) the Bible to find out what He is saying to us through His word. No excuses. Stay encouraged by digging deeper into His word (find me/ lets be friends in the Bible App @ Sherrie Yvette)!

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10. We overcome by sharing our testimony. We shouldn’t be ashamed of what we have been through or are currently going through. God is right there, willing and waiting to clean us up and put some shine on us.

With that said, those of you who were silent on the call last week I hope you found something that you could latch on to! Please continue to dial in and speak up if you feel led. If know one dials into the calls or speaks up know that I will be there, praying seeking to sup with the one who gives us life!
Sunday, November 8th I will open in prayer promptly at 9pm.

I will pray for 5 minutes or until the 1st caller enters (directions below) the Book Chat.

Next, we will read and discuss original poetry from the book, Selah, Stop and Think by Sherrie Yvette.

After each poem in the book is a coinciding scripture that will be the foundation and basis for our discussion. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS BOOK CHAT AS A PLATFORM TO DEBATE OR PUSH YOUR OWN AGENDA. Although, I do expect differing opinions but, they should be discussed in a manner where one can be enlightened, feel respected and empowered.

The book, Selah, Stop and Think also doubles as a personal journal. You are encouraged to scribe your reflections, prayers and maybe your own poetry and feel confident in sharing during the Book Chat.

INSTRUCTIONS for ENTERING BOOK CHAT:
1. At 9pm each Sunday in November
Dial – (641) 715-3277
Enter Access Code – 376789#
2. You will be prompted to announce yourself, but you don’t have to if you wish to remain anonymous or don’t want to give your name.
3. Join in prayer (MUTE your phone if you have background noise).
4. Listen for the reading of the poems (MUTE your phone to avoid feedback).
5. Chat openly and honestly, but to respect all participants while remembering the goal of the Selah with Me, Book Chat (MUTE your phone if you just want to listen to the discussion then simply unmute the phone to be heard). Talking over one another will create chaos but, be mindful that we want those who wish to speak to have the opportunity to do so.

Please keep in mind that Selah, Stop & Think was composed as a ministry tool to simply encourage those who decide to pick it up, to slow down and stop and think about life outside the realm of their daily lives and routines.

Continue to join the book chat every Sunday for entire month of November! You DO NOT NEED THE BOOK, Selah, Stop and Think to participate but, it is recommended.

Please visit, SherrieYvette.com to purchase your copy if you want (all books ordered directly from my site are signed and delivered by me). There are several avenues to purchase a copy (bn.com, amazon.com, and many more).

Email SherrieYvette@outlook.com with questions.
Sherrie Yvette
www.sherrieyvette.com

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Oct29

Selah With Me, Book Chat

 

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The quest for change sometimes seems daunting. Sometimes mulling things over in our OWN heads do more damage than good because we tend to become bogged down with negative self talk due to our life experiences.

 

Therefore, we should take everything to God in PRAYER and heed WISE counsel from like-minded individuals.

 

The Selah With Me, Book Chat will give those who dial in an opportunity to do just that; slow down to THINK, PRAY, & participate in positive DISCUSSION with hopes that you leave the conference call line with a few nuggets of WISDOM.

 

Sunday, November 1st I will open in prayer promptly at 9pm.

 

I will pray for 5 minutes or until the 1st caller enters (directions below) the Book Chat.

 

Next, we will read and discuss original poetry from the book, Selah, Stop and Think by Sherrie Yvette.

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After each poem in the book is a coinciding scripture that will be the foundation and basis for our discussion. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS BOOK CHAT AS A PLATFORM TO DEBATE OR PUSH YOUR OWN AGENDA. Although, I do expect differing opinions but, they should be discussed in a manner where one can be enlightened, feel respected and empowered.

 

The book, Selah, Stop and Think also doubles as a personal journal. You are encouraged to scribe your reflections, prayers and maybe your own poetry and feel confident in sharing during the Book Chat.

 

INSTRUCTIONS for ENTERING BOOK CHAT:

  1. At 9pm each Sunday in November

Dial – (641) 715-3277

Enter Access Code – 376789#

  1. You will be prompted to announce yourself, but you don’t have to if you wish to remain anonymous or don’t want to give your name.
  2. Join in prayer (MUTE your phone if you have background noise).
  3. Listen for the reading of the poems (MUTE your phone to avoid feedback).
  4. Chat openly and honestly, but to respect all participants while remembering the goal of the Selah with Me, Book Chat (MUTE your phone if you just want to listen to the discussion then simply unmute the phone to be heard). Talking over one another will create chaos but, be mindful that we want those who wish to speak to have the opportunity to do so.

 

Please keep in mind that Selah, Stop & Think was composed as a ministry tool to simply encourage those who decide to pick it up, to slow down and stop and think about life outside the realm of their daily lives and routines.

 

The Book Chat will begin on Sunday, November 1st at 9pm and every Sunday there after for the entire month at the same time! You DO NOT NEED THE BOOK, Selah, Stop and Think to participate but, it is recommended.

 

Please visit, SherrieYvette.com to purchase your copy if you want. There are several avenues to do so (bn.com, amazon.com, and many more). Email SherrieYvette@outlook.com with questions.

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