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Girl Trek – The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness and Goodness


Today’s Fruit of the Spirit was Kindness. I apologize for going directly into the next day, I jumped the gun. It has been a long day. My write up for kindness was sent to my team members last night. I have to admit myself they are so closely entwined.

Day 5: Fruit of the Spirit (KINDNESS) The Bible says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31) You have to love in order to be kind. That is why LOVE is the first Fruit of the Spirit to grow in. Now we are at day 5, I challenge you to show kindness to someone who you have challenges with every time you encounter them. God is Love. You can be too. “Hit the Grow Walking”

Day 6: Fruit of the Spirit (GOODNESS)
The Bible says, “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge”when-found-him-pp
(2 Peter 1:5). Today, we pray for our kids. We want good kids – not just smart kids. We pray that our schools will teach knowledge and virtue. Walk to a local school, a day-care center or the library. As you walk, pray that God will lead educators to model and teach good character as well as academic excellence. If the Spirit leads you, send a local principal, dean, teacher or staff member a note or e-mail of thanks and encouragement. Go the Extra Mile: Invite a girl in
your life to take a walk with you. As you walk, listen to her. Serve as a mentor on the trail. Ask her what she cares about. Give her positive feedback, good advice and kind words. (Source: www.girltrek.org)

There is a good study on the Goodness of God and the Study of Psalms 107. So as you complete your walk today, why not turn to Psalms 107 to read and meditate on it. Then download or read on line the paper written by Ron Hutchison.

 

 

New CFO in Town


Good Morning,

My brother blessed me with 1 Chronicle 4:10 this morning.  It is the Prayer of Jabez. It is not new to me, I have read it and prayed it several times. As I wrote the scripture down, the last part of the scripture was a revelation. I realized it is not only important to pray and ask the Lord to “enlarge my border”. It also says, “and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain.” Wow!

We do have a tendency to ask the Lord to give us more. Nevertheless, more is not necessarily something we can handle unless God’s hand is also in it. Maybe that is why so many lottery winners fail to maintain or increase their winnings. The money is not from God, and if it is, they do not call on him to guide their financial decisions.

This morning I declare the degree, “The Lord God orders my steps. He placed a hedge of protection around my heart, and I will call on His name when decisions, especially financial decisions, have to be made.”

I am not referring to minor decisions that do not impact my well-being or the well-being of my family. I am talking about how I manage the use of my time and money. Do I invest my time on a project? Do I work with this client? Do I offer this product and service? Do I get rid of certain aspects of my products or service?

From this day forward, I am focused on moving from “Good to Great” in serving my clients. No decision will be made. No client will be signed. No opportunity will be moved on without my CFO’s authorization.

I have a new CFO in charge of One Smart Lady Productions. My Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

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CFO of my Life

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”

Holiday Reflections


This Christmas Holiday was bittersweet. My husband, mother-in-law and step-daughter enjoyed our time together opening gifts. Our tree was small in stature. Our gifts instead of wrapped were placed in gift bags…this is my husband’sImage favorite solution. I am a terrible wrapper so I have gone the gift bag route.  Since the bags are much bigger than table, I sat them on the floor. Under the tree, I opted to make it a teddy bear celebration. I use to collect Boyd Bears and found a couple of Janaida’s bears to add to the mix.

After opening the gifts, we all went our separate ways. I opted to work on a project that had been nagging me for a while. The cluttered…junky back bedroom.  It held boxes of clothes, paper work and books.  I had taken over our dining room table to use as my workspace. It’s nice but it did not lend to creative writing and privacy.  So I took on the four hour task of packing, stacking and throwing away clutter.

I now have a work area that I can work on my manuscript, as well as, my client manuscripts.  I can create video and audio training files.  There is a futon that I can now take my catnaps when I’ve exhausted my brain cells. This is easily done because I work on so many different projects at any given moment.

This year, I gave myself the gift of creation. I can slip out of bed and walk down the hall to capture my dreams and develop my story lines.  In 2014, I want to focus, execute and complete my projects professionally and on time. This means turning out manuscripts that are pristine and “ready for the public consumption”. I want to complete my manuscript in time for the April interview with the judges; and breeze through the interview process and be invited to the final Pitch Week in June.

In 2014, I expect to fulfill the first round in this new challenge that God has set down for me.  I have listened to his leading through the counsel of the Holy Spirit that indwells in me.  I know that the writers that he is sending my way are people whose testimonies will be a blessing to all who buy and read their books.

The down side of today, I miss my family…my father, brother and sister who no longer live on this side of heaven. I called my mother and wished her Merry Christmas. I will see her tomorrow. Today, she was blessed to spend time with friends. I remember the big family gatherings that The Wilsons had in Penllyn, PA at Nana and Pop Pops.  It was loud and full of laughter and fun. Now my Christmas gathers have transitioned from 30 or more, to just 4 of us. Times have changes.

So I write this to tell each and everyone, enjoy the family and friends that you are blessed to have in your life. There are no promises with whom you will spend your future times together. I pray that you had a joyous Christmas and you remember how blessed we are to have been given the greatest gift of all, God’s son.

No April Fools


Sometimes  I have to make decisions that on the surface seem extreme; but in the long run becomes the best way to bring peace into my life.

To find peace, I had to know what it is.

First, I had to recognize what wasn’t working in my life.  Next, I weighed my options for each of my challenges. Next, I acted on the one option that was do able at that moment.

I found peace as Jesus did…through prayer and meditation.

Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

This is my testimony and I am happy to share it with you.  It works for me and it will work for you.  God does not want us to live in turmoil.  He wants us to seek Him first before we react to or act on our challenges. With each challenge look to Him.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

On April 1, ApPIP-1ril Fool’s Day, I woke up to footsteps on our stairs.  They were ascending toward our bedroom and I thought they belonged to my step-daughter, who frequently fell asleep on the couch and in the early morning would rise to finish her sleep in her bed.  To my surprise, it was my husband.

He walked slowly into the room and announced, “You have to take me to the emergency room, I can’t catch my breath.”

This was no April Fool’s joke, this was for real.

Over the course of the following weeks, I prayed and meditated in my own way, not kneeling, but staying in God’s presence through conversation with the Holy Spirit, as I went through the paces of my daily routine. Twenty-one days later, I am so happy to report that my husband is doing well and gaining strength.  He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  Three words that sent chills through my body.  My husband had three blocked arteries that were cleaned out and a stint placed in one about a year and a half ago.  That was our first medical scare; and now Congestive Heart Failure.

After 5 days of going back and forth to the hospital, taking our daughter back and forth to work, working on three book projects, and taking care of the day to day duties of our home…I was exhausted.  After my husband, Willie came home from the hospital, we agreed that we would go away to celebrate overcoming this latest challenge. We did and it was wonderful.

That Monday, when we returned home, I had also made a decision that I would be more responsible in caring for my husband, his daughter, his mother (who had been away visiting during this time), our pets, and the house, in addition to fulfilling my duties as a publishing consultant.  Whew! I’m tired just thinking about this.

Of course, I prayed and reminded the Holy Spirit that he had this and that I needed clear directions into how to proceed without losing my mind.  This week I have ultimately accomplished more than I ever dreamed in bringing peace to our home and to my life.  Am I tired at the end of the day? Yes, I am.  But I have had a glimpse into the world of “June Cleaver” the television mom from “Leave It To Beaver”.

Somehow, I have managed to put a smile on each one of our faces.  There has not been an angry word, sucking of teeth or door slam in this house over the last 6 days.  Sacrifice is no joke, and the results of being committed to serve my family is the right path to true peace in my home.

This may not be your option, but I am so thankful that it worked for me.  Every waking hour has been given away…I have even set aside time for myself.  It is true, God does not give us more than we can handle, because He knows the answers to our challenges.  All we have to do is turn to Him.

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” and  you will find the road to peace.

Life Goes On After Loss of a Spouse or Loved One


As I woke this morning I instantly felt Joy in my heart.  I had a great night’s rest.  I woke up chatty as my husband, Willie dressed for work.  Joy is a feeling that permeates my whole being…my body, my heart, my mind and my spirit.  Joy allows my smile to come to me as I remember certain people in my life.

This morning my mind is on my late husband, Donald.  December is the anniversary of his passing.  Although I currently share my life with a new husband and a new family, I cannot erase the 31 years that Don and I spent together as friends and adversaries.  Yes adversaries.  We had our ups and downs, but mostly ups. Especially during the last two years when he was fighting cancer.

For those who are widowed (male and female) its alright to celebrate your loved one even if you are in a relationship today.   Hindu women as a tradition in the past jumped on their husband’s funeral pryor (fire).  We do not have to celebrate ‘spiritual sati’.  We do not have to die and give up on life because our loved one has died.  We can carry their memory with us until we are laid to rest.

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Be joyful in hope

At this moment you may not know if your life will improve as you go through the dark hours of grief.  But as a follower of “The Way” – the way to the throne of Heaven, you know that you are not alone and you have the opportunity to have joy and peace because of the grace and mercy of God.  Remove the negative thoughts that hold your heart captive.  Lean on the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to carry you through your day.  Listen to uplifting music.  It is at your fingertips.  Go to YouTube for Take Me To the King by Tamela Mann...set up a Pandora.com account.  You can even listen to it on your smartphone.  There is no reason to totally isolate yourself from the blessings that are within your reach.

Be patient in affliction

Be patient as you grieve and wait on the Lord.  He will give you the tools and the way out of the darkness.  He will lift the burden from your heart even as the tears continue to flow when you reminisce.   “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV).  Prior to my Dedication page in “Joy Comes Through the Mourning” I have 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 written to set the tone of my book.  Our source of comfort comes through Jesus Christ.  Be patient as he works in you through the Holy Spirit.

Be Faithful in Prayer

Prayer changes things are not empty words.  If you dedicate your life to seeking what God wants for you, you will find yourself moving out of darkness and into the light.  If you use this time of pain and loneliness to seek God, you will lead a very productive and joy-filled life.  Through consistent prayer and meditation, you will become a stronger person spiritually and emotionally.  As we heal our spirits our bodies will follow.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 NIV  Living outside of God’s will is living in sin.  It is God’s will for you to lead a healthy and joy-filled life.  When your life is in line with His Word, working through grief is much easier.  You realize that you have a purpose to your life and it matters that you are engaged in the world around you.

My prayer for you is that you will reach out to the only one who can help guide you through this period.  Call on the Holy Spirit who dwells within you.  He’s just that close. There is no time limit for the veil to lift, but there is a time for you to start seeking God and that time is now.

Oh I realized one more thing as I proofread this message.  This message is not only for the widowed.  It is also applicable for those who have suffered a lost of any kind through death, divorce or separation.

Be kind to yourself and choose Joy.

Deborah Wilson Smart
Author and Independent Publishing Consultant
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Evidence of Living a Highly Favored Life


  • Prayer comes easy.
  • Joy is overflowing.
  • Thanksgiving is continuous.
  • Praising the Lord is uplifting and energizing.
  • Love and Respect are readily given.
  • No unkind word or thought controls the mind or tongue.
  • Wisdom and Love bring everlasting friendships.
  • Miracles are expected.
  • Outcomes match expectation.
  • Expect achievements

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