The Inspiration to Move Forward

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As I sit here reflecting on what I have accomplished on this week, I can’t help but think about the many different hats that we wear as women.  That thought is what prompted this particular blog post.  The more that I reflected, the more I was interested in what you have to say.

Do you ever get overwhelmed in the process of juggling the many different roles that you play in your life?  I know that my life can mirror a whirlwind at times.  I work full-time as an advisor and then I teach part-time as an adjunct instructor at several colleges.  Let’s not forget that I have 4 children (3 of which are teenagers) that demand their personal time from me.  Also, I am very involved with my church ministry and volunteering in my community.

With all of that being said, there is one thing that I do realize.  All of those different roles are essential to the person that I strive to be in life.  Number one, I want to be an example and role model to my children.  I want them to know that they can excel in every area of their lives.  Most importantly, my relationship with Jesus Christ shapes and guides everything that I do in life so my spiritual life is crucial to my success.

The truth of the matter is that no matter how tired I get, I cannot give up and I won’t give in.  I realize that my life is an inspiration to someone and if I give up that person may give up.

I want to send that same message to you on today.  You cannot give up no matter how hard things get in life.  I know that sometimes it may seem as if you are losing the battle because you are trying to keep so many things afloat.  The truth is that as you overcome challenges and hardships in your life, you are proving to someone else that it is possible.  You are helping someone else to hang on for dear life.

I want to encourage you on today:  hang on for dear life.  Keep pressing forward because someone else’s future depends on your success.

As I stated earlier, I am interested to hear what you have to say concerning this issue.  Who or what encourages you to keep pressing forward in spite of the difficulties and challenges you face in life?  How do you overcome the urge to throw in the towel?

Remember, success is not an event but a journey.  Embrace the journey and make the most out of every single day!

Inspiring You Forward,

Dr. Erica Wyatt a.k.a. Dr. Inspire

Are You Trusting the Process?

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 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

Do you ever get frustrated with life?  If you are anything like me, you get very frustrated with life.  Patience is indeed a virtue that I am still working to acquire.

I have been a Christian for over 11 years, and I can say that things get a lot easier as you learn how to trust the process.

Learning how to trust God with the intimate details of your life is a very complicated process.  

It is easier for some than it is for others!

For me, this process was very difficult.  One thing that I have come to realize is that our personal experiences in life can hinder our ability to trust the process.  If you are anything like me, you prefer being in control of every situation.  However, if you have lived long enough, you know that this desire is far from reality.

 Life has a way of teaching you very quickly that you are not in control!

I want to encourage you on today that if you are not already, you have to learn to trust the process.  As you trust God, you allow Him to demonstrate His faithfulness in your life.

Every time He proves Himself faithful in your life, it increases your faith in Him.  

You will eventually become an unstoppable, whirlwind of faith!

Learning how to trust the process causes you to grow in a way that is very significant for your faith walk.  We are called to live a life of faith and this requires constant growth and development.

The only way that faith grows is when its tested and tried!

Hold fast to the vision that God has given you for your life and trust the process. Don’t give up what God has placed in your heart and spirit because things don’t always work out according to plan.  Trust that God knows what’s best for you, and He knows the best route for you to take.

Trust God and trust His process for your life!

Please leave your thoughts, comments and insight into trusting the process and learning to live a life of faith.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Inspiring You Forward,

Dr. Erica Wyatt a.k.a Dr. Inspire

Conquering Your Fears

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline 2 Tim 1:7

I absolutely love the caption in this picture “fear is a liar” because it sums up my thoughts about fear so well.

As a single mother, I have experienced fear in many different shapes, form and fashion.  If you are a single mother reading this, I am sure that you can relate.

Life is hard all by itself and being a single mother just adds fuel to the fire.  We worry about everything from being alone for the rest of our lives, having the money to provide for our children, conflicts with the father of our children, being a good mother, etc.  The list goes on and on and on!

As I sat and thought about what I could say to encourage you on today, I was reminded of my personal journey with overcoming fear.  The scripture that I referenced above is one that I quote to myself very often.

The word of  God reminds us that anytime we experience fear or anxiety, it is not of God.  In other words, “fear is a liar.”  It comes to paralyze you and to hinder you from living the life that God has ordained for you and your children.

One thing that I do know in a world full of uncertainty is that God provides for His children.  He still makes a way out of no way and this is true for everyone who trusts in Him, including single mothers.

So what am I trying to say?  What I want you to know on today is that you do not have to fear.  You may not have everything figured out, but you can begin to trust in the one who knows the end from the beginning.

The next time fear rears his ugly head in your direction, open up your mouth and declare, “fear, you are a liar.”  I choose to trust God!  Believe me, it works like a charm.  You will begin to empower yourself to accomplish your goals and live the abundant life that God has in store for you and your family.

If you have been encouraged and inspired by reading this, please leave your comments because what you have to say just might inspire someone else.

Inspiring You Forward,

Dr. Erica D. Wyatt

God-Breathed Purpose

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Genesis 2:7

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace,which he has freely given us in the One he loves.


It amazes me when I think about the fact that before the earth was even formed, God had me on His mind.  He knew every intricate detail of my existence before I was even formed in my mother’s womb.  He proclaims to the prophet Jeremiah:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5)

Jeremiah’s story is our story.  God knew each and every one of us before the foundation of the world, and He called us to a specific purpose in Him before time began.  When He breathed the breath of life into us, He equipped us with every tool that we would need to fulfill His God-given plan for our lives.  This is why I like to refer to purpose as “God-breathed.”

Your purpose has been set aside just for you and no one can fill the shoes that God has designed for you.  This is why it is so important that we embrace the calling that is on our lives.  Somebody is in need of what you have!  You are vital to the fulfillment of God’s plan in the earth.  I know you may be saying “Why me?” but my question is “Why not you?”

The word of God declares:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Corinthans 4:7)


God knows that man is fallible and this is the prime reason that He has chosen us to do the work.  He wants to get all of the glory out of our lives so He causes us to have to depend solely on Him.  You will not fulfill God’s purpose for your life because of you, but it will be all because of Him.  God is truly an amazing God!

We know that there is nothing too hard for God, so you are destined to win!  As Paul declared in the book of Philippians:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Phil 4:13).

As long as you keep your trust in God, nothing will be impossible for you!  God breathed His divine breath into you and along with it came His eternal purpose for your life.  Walk in it, embrace it and fulfill it!

Please share your thoughts and comments on God’s purpose for your life.

Erica

A New Year: My Year of Accomplishment

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This is the time of the year when everyone begins to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  It is also the time of year that many others begin to mock those who are making these resolutions.  Personally, I am not the “resolution” type.  However, I understand the ideal behind making resolutions for a brand new year.

We are people of growth and change, and it would be abnormal if an individual did not desire to experience change in their lives from one year to the next.  Even though I do not make New Year’s resolutions each year, I do set goals for myself and my family.  I truly believe that if you fail to plan then you surely plan to fail.

The theme for myself and my church family on this year is: Year of Accomplishment.  I have to say that I am excited and overjoyed by this theme because one of my strengths is that I love to achieve things in life.  With that being said, the things that I want to achieve on this year are still somewhat of a mystery.

My last great achievement was the completion of my Ph.D. in January 2014.  Now, I am being challenged to go to the next level in my personal and professional life.  I have always loved a good challenge, but I would not be entirely truthful if I said I was not experiencing some feelings of fear and uncertainty.

Regardless of that fact, I have never been one to allow fear to overcome me.  With that being said, I am accepting the challenges of this new year, and I am certain that I will come out on top.

One of the #1 things that I will be working on this year is completing my memoir.  I have been working on it in bits and pieces and contemplating it for a few years now, and I believe that this would be the perfect year to complete that project.  I believe that this year will be a great year for my writing, and I am going to flow with the momentum.

What are some of the things that you are seeking to accomplish on this year?  What challenges are you anticipating?  How will you overcome those challenges?

It is always a good idea to sit down and evaluate those things that you seek to accomplish in life so that you are better prepared.  I am excited about this year, and I am looking forward to being able to share my accomplishments with you!

I will be praying for you as you pray for me on this year.  I know that this is going to be a great year for us, and I encourage you to embrace the challenges on this year and forge ahead to accomplish all that you desire!

Please feel free to leave your comments.  I would love to hear the goals that you have set for yourself on this year!

Happy New Year

Dr. Erica D. Wyatt

2015: The Year of Accomplishment

A Single Mother With A Legacy

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My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.  Hosea 4:6

 

 

We have just embarked upon a new year and this is the time that many of us reflect on what we have accomplished and what we desire to accomplish over the course of the next year.

As I began to think about what I would like to accomplish in 2015, I decided that one of the things that I desire most is to step out into my personal ministry.  I know that God has called me to do great things and more than anything, I want to please Him.

In order to go forward, I understand that I must first evaluate where I have come from.  Who am I?  What have I accomplished?  What do I desire to accomplish?  These are some of the same questions that you may be asking yourself.

I am sharing this piece of who I am because I understand that successful ministry requires transparency.  I may have accomplished some remarkable things in my life but those things did not happen overnight.  There is a story of hardship, struggle and more importantly victory and triumph behind my success and accomplishments.

So, who am I?  First and foremost, I am a woman who loves God.  Is that the beginning of my story?  No, it is not.  So, where did it all begin?

My story began as an 18 year old teenage mother who had dreams and aspirations to be somebody in life.  Most of all, I wanted to be a college graduate.  I wanted nothing more in life than to go to college and to be successful.

Over the course of the next 18 years, I would become a single mother of 4 children, enlist into the military, marry and divorce twice, experience homelessness, and experience living in poverty.  Most importantly in the midst of all of those challenges, I  would obtain my Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Ph.D.  I would go from having no job to obtaining a position at a four-year university and teaching for multiple colleges on the ground and online.

Why is all of that important?  It speaks to not only who I am but the experiences that have made me who I am today.  It defines why I do what I do and why it is important to me.

I value education, and I am a living testimony to just how God can take anybody, no matter what they have done or who they have done it to and totally transform their lives.  When you trust God, it is possible to overcome any challenges and obstacles that lie in the way of you accomplishing your goals.

God and education are the foundation of the legacy that I am building and leaving for my children.  Who are you and what will your legacy be?