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3 Things about Perfection…

We only have 28 days until 2017 is over. But as the popular saying goes “It’s not over until it’s over.”  The year is not over, you still have time to achieve or start to achieve anything you set your mind to.

Most of the time we pause the plan because we haven’t gotten that little piece we think we require to make it perfect. Come close let me whisper something to you. You close enough? Okay check this…perfections isn’t the plan…purpose is!!


Mind blowing huh? I’m just kidding. But you do get my drift, right? Consistent steps make the path, no matter how small they are. As you know time waits for none. That was so true this year because I personally don’t remember what happened to the year. Did you feel it too? I looked up and October was gone.

Out of my mess has come my message. The message of confident expectations in Gods word.
My former need to perfect my plan halted the move toward my purpose. God told Jeremiah, go…I’ll tell you what to say… He went.
Here’s the real deal about trying to be perfect.
1. It’s an unattainable fallacy. The only perfect being is Christ.
2. It blocks transparency. People will only connect to what they can relate to. If you’re trying to present a perfect front you will have zero impact. Real impact.
3. It reflects your lack of faith and confidence in God.
Move in spite of what it looks like. On the other side lies the miracle.

I remember when I wanted to start my podcast this year. It had been two years in the making but I kept putting it off because everything was not perfect. Well, my spirit nagged me until I just did it. It ran from February to May. It wasn’t perfect but it served the purpose at that time based on all the great reviews it got. I had to pause it to accommodate my writing deadlines. But now when I pick it back up next year, I know what I wanna change and make better and I’m not scared anymore.

Today I want to encourage you, the year is not over and 2018 is full of potential.

Peace & Blessings


Anchor Talk: Forgiveness ~The Real & 3 Steps For Moving On

Today’s verse is taken from Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you ha a grievance against some one. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

God commands us to forgive, it’s not a suggestion. So let’s examine the real then I”ll tell you how I dealt with it.

  1. You can’t do it by your own power.
  2. It’s not an excuse for the other person.
  3. It’s for you.
  4. You have to be willing to surrender.
  5. Doesn’t mean forget.
  6. Not reconciliation.

Dear Past, thank you for the lessons.Dear Future, I'm ready!

What works for me…Get quiet. Write everything out. Purge your heart, then prayer then train your mind a surefire way for you to train your mind is to remember that Christ died for us while we were still a sinner

Anchor Verse: Phil 4:8

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The Intentionality of Journaling

The dictionary defines intentionality as “the fact of being deliberate or purposive.”

When we want to buy a house we are intentional about making our credit look good. When we want a job we are intentional about how our resume looks and how we prepare for the subsequent interview.

Almost everything we want in life we go about intentionally making sure we do everything in our power to get it. The same applies to our Christian walk. Nobody wakes up and is able to be like Christ no matter how many times they are dipped in the water(baptism)It takes a conscious effort in intentionality to get out there and be the light In The Dark

According to 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Obedience to Christ is to follow His commandments and believe in Him. No matter what comes your way, believe in Jesus.

This brings me to today’s post, The Intentionality of Journaling. As we discussed last week a journal helps you share your thoughts through written word, gives you a visual, can be used as testimony( when you see what God has done before).To intentionally capture our thoughts like the verse says, you have to train them.


That’s where the Confident Expectations Prayer Journal comes in handy. It is filled with intentional verses, songs and quotes that will help you train your thoughts on the promises of God. Specifically, it contains

🖊 40 days of praise/worship song suggestions and hopeful promises that will help you strategically defeat the enemy’s plan of sowing doubt in your dark place.
🖊 It also provide space for you to write personalized prayers.
🖊 Record your testimonies in accordance to the fulfillment of His promise.
The Confident Expectations Journal helps you tap into and memorize those promises of God in #confidentexpectation of good things to come. God’s Light Opens Windows In The Dark. Get Ready to G.L.O.WInTheDark

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Hot Off The Press :A-Z Basic Editing Tips: A Motivational Guide for Writers By Barbara Joe Williams

Hey there! I’m back with a new book for this Friday. Today is a good one. Not only do I have the pleasure of introducing someone I learn from constantly on social media but it’s a book for writers too! Yep today our Hot Off The Press book is a non fiction/self help aimed helping you with the writing craft.

With out delay, allow me to introduce Barbara Joe Williams , she co authored the book, A-Z Basic Editing Tips: A Motivational Guide for Writers with Felicia S.W. Thomas



Overall, very helpful tips and hints on the writing process. The length is perfect for the writer who needs information, but doesn’t have time to invest hours digging for it in reference books or online. Maybe not a catchall writing reference, but definitely a catch-plenty! Well done . . . Alfred Haynes, aspiring author and beta reader.



In general, you want to avoid abbreviations whenever possible, especially when writing fiction. However, sometimes it is appropriate. Use a period after each letter in an abbreviation, unless the abbreviation serves as the name of organizations or government agencies such as: AFL, AMA, NEA, TWA, etc. If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not to use a period, consult a modern dictionary for updated practices.

Abbreviations should be used with titles before proper nouns.

For example:
It would be inappropriate to write, “She went to a consultation with the Dr.”

It would be appropriate to write, “She went to a consultation with Dr. Smith (or the doctor).”

Abbreviations may be used with dates or numerals, but only when specific dates are given: A.D., B.C., A.M., P.M., and No.
For example:
It would be incorrect to write, “We went to the doctor in the P.M.”

It would be correct to write, “We went to the doctor at 2:00 P.M. yesterday.”

Always spell out personal names and the names of countries, cities, days, months, states, and days of the week. In addition, the following words should be spelled out when writing fiction:

Parts of an address – Avenue, Boulevard, Road, Circle, Court, Lane, Drive, Parkway, Terrace, Street, North, South, East, and West.

Numerals – pounds, feet, yards, ounces, miles per hour, and volume.

Other words that should be spelled out – chapter, company, page, and subject; there are many others; consult a grammar guide.

In nonfiction writing, spell out proper names first with the abbreviation in parentheses next to it.

For example:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Capital Regional Medical Center (CRMC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), etc.

However, don’t go back and forth between the spelled-out name and the abbreviation. Also, do not open a sentence with an abbreviation.
All right/alright

Alright is not all right. It is not like the words altogether and already, which have legitimate meanings. Altogether blends “all” and “together” and means totally or taking everything into consideration. Already blends “all” and “ready” and means before, by now, or the time in question.

Alright is a different story. It’s not a real word, but “all” and “right” jammed together. It’s used so much it has practically become acceptable. It is used on television, on billboards, and in many forms of media.

Let’s start a movement to get rid of this word. Avoid using it as much as possible and use the correct form: all right. All right means satisfactory, fairly well, an emphasis on certainty, or expressing or asking for agreement.

For example:
It would be incorrect to write, “Alright, I’m ready to go.”

It would be correct to write, “Are you all right?”

Alright has become the new ain’t. Ain’t is the slang term for “am not” and is usually associated with the Southern or rural vernacular. Ain’t is quaint and has become more than acceptable in fiction writing, but it would be improper in nonfiction.

Alright should not be acceptable in any writing, especially since the word shrinks every day.

You’ve seen alright with the “l” and the “r” dropped in the middle of the word, and now it’s “aight”. In text speak, it’s “ite.” “All right” can’t get any smaller – well, yes it can, by not using it.

About Barbara


Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction books. She is an independent publisher, and motivational speaker. She founded Amani Publishing, LLC, in 2004. She also co-founded the Tallahassee Authors Network in 2008. Barbara has an A.A. degree in Office Education from Tallahassee Community College, a B.S. in Business Teacher Education from Florida A&M University, and a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Florida A&M University.  She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with a husband, a teenage daughter, and a golden retriever.

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