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Try & Try Again…

peanuts-never-ever-ever-give-up-print-c12205001I read this a while ago on Facebook and have been meaning to share it. There are times when we are rejected and being humans we cant but feel hurt a little. When given feedback (constructive one that is) you are allowed to hurt a little but you have to get back on that horse and try again.

Reminds me of the words of the late singer Aaliyah…”If at first you don’t succeed, try and tray again.” Do not let anybody EVER take away that dream you have in your heart. You are rejected the first time? You failed don’t let that make you give up. Keep trying. Persevere. Keep the Faith.  Keep moving forward and in the end IT WILL PAY OFF believe that. Like Paul we should all keep pressing toward the mark.

Read this testimony and enjoy. I have read this book yet but I’m sure if she was willing to go through all that. It must be something.

Refusing to accept ‘No’ for an answer. In March 2010, as the acquisitions editor, I received a submission for publication consideration on the Urban Christian imprint. I rejected it, not because it wasn’t an interesting storyline with great content, but because it was all over the place. It was hard to follow because of all of the technical errors. It also lacked the tension that could exist due to the struggle and conflict between the characters. I wanted to be more connected and care more about what happened to the characters. I wanted to be emotionally drawn in. But with two characters talking in the same paragraph, incorrect punctuation and capitalization after dialogue…I just couldn’t get into it. I rejected it.

The author didn’t complain and ask why it was rejected. She only asked what could she do to make it better, if not for me, but for another publisher, and most importantly, so that it could be something she was proud to put her name on. I gave her some tips and some suggestions. She went in and did the best she could and resubmitted it, but it still wasn’t quite there yet. She worked on it some more and hired an agent. I rejected it when the agent sent it to me as well because there was still something missing from the ingredients. This woman went and hired a professional editor and submitted it yet again. This time I said no just because I was tired of reading it-LOL. Not really-I’m just kidding. I did reject it again, though, because by then it just wasn’t what I was looking for to publish on the line at that time. So she waited several more months and submitted it again.

I said, “God, she did everything I asked, but I still don’t feel like the time is now.” So what then entered my spirit as a reply from God was, “It will be my time.” Needless to say, four years to the day, almost, that I received her submission, Theresa A. Campbell‘s first book was released on the Urban Christian line and I’m currently editing her second one. Between the notes I gave her and working with a professional editor, this second manuscript, God Has Spoken, is bringing tears to my eyes. It is so well crafted and put together, that if she were a student and I her professor, I’d accuse her of plagiarism. That same author who sent me that submission four years ago is not the same author who wrote this book I’m now editing. This Theresa is the never give up, do the best that I can do and do ALL that I can to do, don’t accept ‘No’ for an answer and wait on a ‘yes’ from God Theresa. This right here is why I love my job!

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Gratitude is the Key

faith-oswald-chambers-550x320SUNDAY WORD: Didn’t make it to church today but logged on to watch Bishop Jakes speak. Although I was late,but I think I got there just in time. He was preaching about something we all struggle with from time to time…Faith. I don’t think we consciously want to not have faith or believe, but under pressure we often find out selves struggling to hold on. At least I do, especially when one thing after the other pops up. It is said that when it rains it pours right?
Anyway the book of Luke tells the story about the Centurion’s servant that Christ just had to speak a word and he was healed. When the Centurion made his case for requesting Christ presence in the most humbling faithful manner, Luke 7: 9 tells us ” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
Remember Isreal is supposed to be God’s own people. The other instance in the bible when Jesus talked of such faith was with the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7.
So then the key is faith. The key to everything is faith without an atom of doubt. The question now is, how do we maintain our faith no matter what? How do we shame the devil when all he wants is for us to give up?
I got it….GRATITUDE. The bibles says in all things GIVE THANKS!
Gratitude to God. Our attitude in the good and the bad unlocks the potency of God’s power. Plain and Simple.
After all Faith is the not believing things will work out BUT our attitude while we wait.
Did you also notice that those of greatest faith weren’t those in the church. I’m not saying that those in the church don’t have faith, just that sometimes those not so close to a situation( church pple) appreciate it the most.
Be Blessed
Unoma

No Shaking

hoppeAn anchor secures/ moors the vessel to the sea bottom. When the anchor is firmly placed the ship doesn’t sway about with no direction. The captain of the ship is rest assured that no matter the wind or wave that may come that direction. The ship will stay put. My people will say…No shaking!

So I’ve been spending a lot of time in Hebrews lately. This morning my reading took me to chapter 6.

I read and re read the chapter probably about three times, I really wanted to digest and fully comprehend what was being said. My attention stayed focused on verse 7 & 8

Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

These verses really sunk in. I know that I, like many Christians are constantly drinking of the rain that has been poured upon us by the salvation of Christ. But are we striving to produce fruit/crop? I saw a quote from Rick Warren yesterday that addressed this perfectly…

Anytime you’re using your talents and gifts to help or inspire others you’re ministering. ~Rick Warren. Leave the pulpit mentality alone.

We must not be in a visible area to be able to live a life on purpose, producing fruit in the way we can with the rain that has been poured on us.Just like the fig tree, we must bear fruit less we be cursed. But that’s not all…verse 11 & 12 clenched the above perfectly for me.

 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

In our journey towards producing the fruit we are supposed to ( our ministries) whatever it may be, big or small. There will be times when we meet obstacles. This that will cause us to grow weary or want to give up but something I’ve read and seen a lot lately is persistence & faith. We must keep pressing in order for the promises of God to be revealed.

Hope that His words will surely come to pass should be the anchor for your soul. Just as it was for Abraham and all the others we have read about in the word. He is the same God yesterday, today and forevermore.

Consistency under pressure is key. We must continue to be obedient in suffering with hope as our anchor, no matter what comes out way, we are able to say “No shaking at all.” God’s got it!

Blessings.

Unoma

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If She Can, Why Can’t I?…

beyonce-weave-funLet me start off by saying I’m not a huge fan. I do however, respect her as a human being, mother and artiste doing what she loves.

Anyways, as is my routine every morning, I logged into the internet to see what was going on. Headline: “Beyonce’s hair gets stuck in a fan”. I didn’t open the link to watch the video or read the full article. But my initial thoughts were, “Heeya that’s too bad.”

You see for Nigerians  “heeya”(pronounced hey-ya) can have numerous meanings, depending on how it is said.  It’s supposed to be a phrase for sympathy but can also be used for indifference or just for something to say. My “heeya” meant, ” Hope she is alright. Next…”  I was indifferent. (I’m being honest here. #dontjudgeme)….. but I digress. Then my next thought was, “Chei! she must have had to stop the show, to deal with her snafu.”  There was no way, she would have continued after that. She could have seriously been hurt, so she just had to stop the show.

But then by mid- day people in the office started talking about her. One of her huge fans was like “That’s Queen B, she didn’t even stop singing for a second.”  I was in disbelief so I challenged her.She said, “I’m gonna send you the link.” So with my tail between my leg, I walked back to my desk and opened the link that had arrived before I did. Lo’ and behold the full article explained how she kept singing while she used one hand to try to free herself ’til security came along.  I was like OMG!!!

Why did I say that? Singing is what she loves to do. It’s her job, her life, she been doing it forever. It gives her a sense of fulfillment. We Christians label it passion/purpose.  Follow me here…

When she was singing (pursuing her purpose)  that fan ( mountain, obstacle, nay-sayers, haters, circumstances) tried to steal her joy/ her sizzle(stand in your way) but what did she do? She kept smiling and singing( kept her eye on the prize which is to entertain the people, spread her ‘message’) in the midst of it all. Knowing that( having faith) security(God)  will get/help her out of this mess(any situation). She didn’t have to worry just kept on doing what she had to do. SING!

AHA Moment!! If she can do it, then why cant I? Why cant I( or you)  a blood washed believer, continue on my path smiling and believing that if I keep doing what I’m doing, the best I know how God will always make a way.

With that said, say it with me: I will keep pressing toward my mark. Pursuing my God-given vision with hard work and dedication knowing that no matter what comes my way my God’s got it.

 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.~ Philippians 3:14 . So at the end of the day, like Paul we can say” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith~ 2 Timothy 4:7

Blessings,

Unoma

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