Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I've loved to write since grade school. I am a Biblical Counselor, Chef, and self published author of the books titled, “One For The Reason Of Love” and “Betrayed With A Kiss.”

Sometimes we hold ourselves back out of fear. Fear that we’re not good enough. Fear that we’re undeserving. Fear that we’ll fail. There’s a saying, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.” Dear friends, I come to you today, asking you to let go of your fears, for your sake.

Let go of the negative “what if’s” and thoughts of rejection. Whatever you’ve been afraid to do, now is the time to give it a try. No matter which way the dice rolls, you’re a winner, even if things don’t go your way the first time. Keep trying! Rejection, those who sleep on you, disappointments, and even failed attempts don’t define you.

What you do after the disappointments and failed attempts does! So, give it a go! Take the leap. You might be surprised! Your dreams, career, love, health, and your life is waiting on you to step out on faith.

Get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes all it takes is one act of faith to change your life forever. Don’t think about what comes next, think about right now. Give yourself a chance. Believe in God and believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything!

Have faith and know that you’re worth it! One thing’s for certain, what God has for you is for you. ❤️

Mark 9:23

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

I pray your health, strength, and peace of mind in the Lord. May God protect you, cover you, uplift, direct, and sustain you. May you begin this day with no worries, and every day after, because you completely trust God with you and your loved ones life. May God bless the work of your hands. May you be successful in all your endeavors. May you be refreshed as much as you refresh others. May you gain revelation, a fresh perspective, and wisdom, as you walk in truth. May the love you give to others, return ten fold unto you! In Jesus name!

Hey loves! Hope you’ve enjoyed this short story so far! This is the final chapter of “I’m just here for the wings.” Be sure to check out my other holiday short stories here 👇🏾

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Chapter 4


Aleah couldn’t stand the thought of suddenly disappearing from Tim’s life after they’d gotten so close. They had enjoyed the last month together, but did Tim feel the same way about her that she felt about him? She wasn’t sure. She didn’t want to be a rebound, but their connection felt genuine. It had to be genuine right? 

After all, she was never looking for love. She’s an Angel!.. but love happened. Tim definitely wasn’t looking for love, seeing that his heart had recently been broken. This decision was tough, and either way, she had to speak with Tim. She called him and told him that she was offered a job position, and she would leave her apartment at 11:59 pm on Christmas Eve.

Tim thought that it would be a great opportunity for her, and encouraged her to take the job, although it was far away, and there was a possibility they’d never see each other again. Although he wanted her to pursue this career opportunity, deep down inside he wanted her to stay, but he didn’t want to tell her that. How could he ask her to choose him over this great opportunity, and he’s only known her for a month? He knew how much this job opportunity meant to Aleah and he supported and respected that above his feelings.

Tim called Autumn on Christmas Eve morning to tell her about Aleah’s job offer. “Mom, I really like this girl. She’s fun, quirky, beautiful, intelligent. I just never thought I’d fall head over heels for someone this fast, and now she’s leaving to accept a job in God knows where.” “Tim, have you told Aleah how you feel about her?” Autumn said. 

“No, because I don’t know if she feels the same way. I mean, how do I know that what I feel for her is real. Maybe I’m just lonely,” Tim said. “Only you can answer those questions son, but if what you feel for her is real, tell her. I’m sure that somehow the two of you can make it work.” 

“How mom? She really wants this job, and I can’t take that from her. I can’t ask her to stay here and be a delivery driver when she has an opportunity to travel the world, and follow her dreams.” “What exactly is this job?” Autumn asked. “I don’t know. 

I think she’s going to be a flight attendant or something. She mentioned something about flying. I can’t remember,” Tim said. “Well, Tim. You can do one of two things. 

You can stay here and let her go, or you can go with her,” Autumn said. “Mom, that’s insane. I’ve only known her a month. Why would I follow her to Timbuktu or wherever she’s going? What if it doesn’t work out? 

What about my career?” “Tim you’re a doctor. People will always need a doctor. You will always have a job,” Autumn said. “Yeah, but what about you? 

I can’t leave you here,” Tim said. “Tim, I’ll be fine. Besides, I met someone.” “What? Who? 

Old dude from the dating site?” he said. “Heck no. His name is Adam. He’s actually coming to dinner tomorrow night.” “Over grandma’s and grandpa’s?” 

“Yep,” Autumn said, in a matter of fact tone. “Too bad you’ll be working,” Autumn said. “Hey, if Aleah has to make a decision today, when does she leave?” “That’s the thing mom, she’s leaving her apartment at 11:59 tonight,” Tim said. “But I thought she was coming over for Christmas dinner tomorrow.

We were looking forward to having her. I guess it’s too bad… Well, what are you going to do?” “ I don’t know mom. I just don’t know…” 

Hours seemed to fly by. Aleah or Tim hadn’t heard from each other all day. Ten minutes before midnight on Christmas, Tim got a break, and rushed over to Aleah’s apartment and knocked on her door. He looked at his watch and the it had just turned midnight. He knocked again, but no answer.

“I’m too late. She’s already gone,” he said. He had been trying to call her for the last hour, but she hadn’t answered. He went back to work. Later on in the afternoon on Christmas Day, Tim’s boss told him that he could get off early, but there was a possibility that he’d need him later on tomorrow night. 

“Go home and enjoy Christmas with your family,” his boss said. “Brent, thank you so much. I really need this,” Tim said. “I know. Merry Christmas,” Brent said. 

“Merry Christmas,” Tim said, before leaving. Tim went home and showered before going to dinner at his grandparents. When he got there, they all exchanged gifts, and sat down for dinner. “Have you heard from Aleah?” grandma said. “No grandma, she was offered a job, and she went for it. 

She left last night,” Tim said. “Oh, Tim. I’m so sorry. She was such a sweetheart too. Well, babe, you want to say grace before we eat,” grandma said to grandpa. 

“Sure,” grandpa said. Just then, the door bell rang. Who could that be on Christmas Day? I’ll get it,” Tim said. When he opened the door, it was Aleah. 

“Delivery for Tim,” she said, with a smile. “Get in here,” he said, with excitement before grabbing her with one arm and holding her close. The two of them shared a kiss beneath the mistletoe that hung above the front door. Everyone was excited to see Aleah. She sat down at the table and grandpa prayed over the food and they all enjoyed Christmas dinner together.

Brodie sat on a cloud and watched from the sky while eating a sweet potato pie. “Well done Aleah,” he said, with a smile. “Well done,” he said, again, before flying away and disappearing into the sky.

The End.

True love comes when we least expect it. Don’t give up hope and don’t ever stop loving. Your person is out there. ❤️

“I just wish I could go back to simpler times, you know? Entertaining babies in their cribs was much simpler than playing love connection with adults,” Aleah told Brodie. “I have spent so much time learning about Autumn, and I still can’t figure her out. It’s like all she’s meant to do is be there for Tim and do what she love, which is making her handcrafted accessories. She absolutely loves it, and you should see the smiles on peoples faces and the joy it brings to them when they walk in her store, and her spirit is so beautiful, she can brighten up any room. 

She knows how to make people feel at home,” she said. ” “Sounds like you’ve grown very fond of Autumn,” Brodie said. “I have, she’s a sweetheart, and Tim… Tim he’s…” Aleah, said with a smile before sitting on her couch. ”He’s amazing,” she said. 

“You and Tim have been spending a lot of time together since he and his ex girlfriend broke up,” Brodie said. “I know he’s a great guy. I still can’t believe his ex stood him up on Thanksgiving, only to be with, Larry the lazy guy,” Aleah said. ”Well, with Tim’s schedule, he and his ex didn’t have much time to spend together, but she found someone who had a lot of time on his hands. She’s happier, because she’s with her person,” Brodie said. 

“Are you kidding me? The guy who stays at home and plays video games all day, is her person?  But Tim is a whole doctor!” Aleah said. “ True love isn’t about positions and titles, you know that! What matters is, what’s in a person’s heart, and how they connect with others,” Brodie said. 

“That’s true,” Aleah said. ”But enough about his ex. Something tells me that you want to be his new,” Brodie said. Aleah laughed, “That’s ridiculous. An angel can’t be with a human. 

We learned that in angel school remember? Remember what happened in the past? That was a disaster! But somehow when I’m with him I feel like I can fly. It’s as if, I have my wings,” she said. 

“You are in love with him,” Brodie said, with shock and excitement. “I am n- n-,” Aleah said, trying to get the word not, out. “Remember, we can’t lie,” Brodie said. “I am? I’m in love with Tim? 

Oh my goodness. What will the boss think? I’m never getting my wings. Brodie, help!” “Aleah, look!” 

“What?” she said, not realizing she had wings and was floating in the air. “You’re fl-,” Brodie said, before Aleah finished his sentence. “Flying. I’m flying! But how?” she said as she floated in the air. 

“You did it! See!” Brodie said, before making a movement with his hand and showing what was currently going on with Autumn. ”Hi, are you closing the coffee shop early today?” Autumn said, to the vendor next to her. “Yes, my son has a football game today, and I promised him that I’d be there,” the woman said. “Oh, well can I get two coffees before you go?” Autumn said. 

“Of course,” the woman said. After the lady locked up her café for the day and left, one of her regulars came in at his same time as usual, before his night shift at work. “Aww man, she’s closed?” the man said. ”Yeah, she went to her son’s football game, but, I got you,” Autumn said, handing the man a coffee. “Black right?” she asked. 

“No sugar, no cream,” he said. “I told you, I got you,” Autumn said, in a flirtatious tone. “Wow, thank you. How did you know what I like?” he said,  with a smile. “ I pay attention,” she said. 

“I see! Well, what do I owe you?” “Nothing,” Autumn said. “Now go! I know that you rush in here every evening on your way to work,” she said. 

“Wow you do pay attention. Well, at least let me take you out to dinner. I know you love the Mediterranean place down the street, and I’m off work tomorrow. I can pick you up tomorrow night around eight, if that’s cool?” the man said. “Seems like you’ve been paying attention as well,” Autumn said. 

“I’ve seen the delivery guy bringing you food a couple of times,” he said, before they both shared a laugh. “I’m Adam by the way,” he said, before they exchanged information. “Well, I have to go. See you tomorrow night,” he said. “Bye,” Autumn said, in a flirty tone. 

Then Brodie made a hand movement and the visual went away. Aleah came down and stood on the floor. Wow! She did it! I knew she liked that guy. 

I told her to go for it,” she said. “And she did. Adam is Autumn’s person,” Brodie said. “Wow! That’s so amazing,” Aleah said, but then she didn’t look so happy.  “Oh no! 

What’s wrong?” You have your wings! You can move up to guardian status now,” Brodie said. “I. I just feel like.” 

“Like you and Tim are meant to be, huh? I know. Well, it’s not as ridiculous or impossible as it may seem. You have a choice. You can keep your wings and move up to a guardian angel position, or with a snap of my finger, you can forget your present life as an angel, and become mortal. 

There is no guarantee that you and Tim will work out, but with love, you must be willing to take that chance, but it’s completely up to you,” Brodie said. “But won’t I like mess up a divine plan or something? Everybody has a person right? I love him too much to come between that. I don’t want to bring confusion into his life. 

He’s already going to be spending Christmas alone, well, not alone, but at work. That has to be pretty depressing, considering that he lost his ex because he’s always at work. I just don’t know,” Aleah said. “Well, you have until 11:59 pm on Christmas Eve, because Christmas Day, the guardian angel position has to be filled, and if you decide to keep your wings, you will lose your memory of Tim forever,” Brodie said. “Wait. 

What? Why?” Aleah said. “Because, the love you feel for him could be a distraction, and it could keep you from doing your next job,” Brodie said. This was a tough decision. Aleah had thirty hours to decide if she wanted to keep her wings or take a chance at love, which had no guarantees. 

After Tim’s girlfriend stood him up without explanation on Thanksgiving Day, the next day, she came to his job and broke up with him. He had the ring in his pocket and was going to propose, until he saw Larry, her new boyfriend standing beside her. She had been secretly seeing Larry on the side and had fallen in love with him. Tim was heartbroken, but he held his composure and wished her well. Later that night, he went to Autumn’s house and cried. 

He was crushed, and vowed never to fall in love again and to stay focused on his work. “Son, don’t allow this to turn your heart cold. Never regret loving someone. Continue to love, and do it with all of your heart. The right one will come along and appreciate the man you are, and love you for you,” Autumn said. 

“Okay, but I’m not looking for love anymore. If it happens great. If it doesn’t great. I’m only focusing on me and my career right now,” Tim said. “As you should,” Autumn said. 

“Now help your mom put up this tree and decorations. Are you still coming over for Christmas?” she said. “Unfortunately, I will be working Christmas mom. I had a choice of taking off Thanksgiving or Christmas, and I chose Thanksgiving because that was the day I was going to propose,” Tim said. “Well, it’s okay. 

I understand. Listen, don’t beat yourself up about any of this. We all live and we learn. When your father died, I vowed to never remarry, but it’s been twenty six years, and it’s something about your forties that have you reconsidering a lot of things you may have sworn you weren’t going to do back in your twenties. It’s time for momma to get her groove back. 

I’ll always love your father, but I believe he’d want me to be happy, so I’m going to start dating. I’ve been on this dating site, and I’m going on a date tomorrow,” Autumn said. “Dating site? What dating site? Oh, no mom. 

Most of the guys on dating sites are looking for one thing,” Tim said. “How would you know?” Autumn said. “Because, I used to be one of those guys in my late teens and early twenties before I met, you know who,” Tim said. “Yeah, well your momma can handle herself. Okay?” 

“Yeah, well I still need to check this guy out before you go on a date with him,” Tim said. Autumn laughed, and then she went over to the mantle on top of the fireplace and grabbed the first picture Timmy took with Santa. “Remember this day?” she said. “Yeah, it was torture, and the only reason I did it was because you promised me hot chocolate and cookies,” Tim said. “Oh, the cookies,” Autumn said, as she put the picture down and ran to the stove to quickly take the sugar cookies out of the oven. 

“Perfect,” she said. Tim picked up the picture and smiled at his six year old self. “I can’t wait to have a Tim jr. so that I can continue the tradition of torturing him with a big fat guy with a big white beard in a big red suit, just so I can get a holiday portrait. Autumn laughed. They continued to decorate the tree and eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, with lots of marshmallows. 

Two days after Thanksgiving, Aleah went to shop at Autumns store and noticed she was smiling at a man at the cafe next door. “He’s cute. You should go for it,” Aleah said. The man smiled at Autumn, checked his watch and grabbed his cup of coffee and rushed out of the mall. “He was checking you out too, you know,” Aleah said. 

“Yeah, but he’s always in a rush, but um, honey, he is fine,” Autumn smiled with delight, as she watched the man leave. “Anyway, I’m sorry baby. What can I help you with?” “Your mom gave me your card and told me to check out your boutique. This jewelry is amazing. 

You made all of this yourself?” Aleah said. “I sure did. I love making jewelry. Always have since I was a little girl.” A couple of regulars walked in. 

“Honey, I’m home,” one woman said. Hi Autumn. What do you have new for me?” another said.  “Excuse me sweetie, I’ll be right back,” Autumn told Aleah. “Sure go ahead. 

I’m just browsing.” After an our in the store, Aleah left with hundreds of dollars of accessories. Autumn was getting ready to close the shop when Tim walked in to surprise her with take out from her favorite Mediterranean restaurant. Autumn introduced Tim to Aleah, and immediately they hit it off. Aleah was supposed to help Autumn find love, but it seems that Autumn was the one playing match maker. 

Tim and Aleah went on several dates and talked on the phone every day for the past month. Tim was such a great guy and Aleah couldn’t believe that his ex would dump him for a guy that literally stayed home most days playing video games. Aleah enjoyed spending time with Tim and wanted to help him find love, but that wasn’t her job. Autumn was her person, and she had to help her find the one for her. A couple of days before Christmas, Aleah went to buy more accessories for Christmas gifts. 

“Oh, hi Aleah,” Autumn said. “Hi Autumn. You know it’s something about this place that makes me feel at home whenever I’m here,” Aleah said. “That’s love you feel,” Autumn said. “It sure is. 

You can tell that you love what you do, and you love people too,” Aleah said. “I do,” Autumn said. “Speaking of love. Have you and Mr. Dark Chocolate and black coffee went on a date yet?” “Mr. Dark chocolate?” Autumn asked. 

“Don’t pretend as if you don’t know who I’m talking about. You know that tall dark and handsome guy who comes here all the time to get a coffee from next door.” “Oh, him,” Autumn smiled. “He’ll be here soon. Speaking of dark chocolate…

I’m not the only one who likes my man tall, dark, and handsome. Tim told me that the two of you have been spending a lot of time together,” Autumn said. “We have. Tim is a great guy. You did well with him, but we’re just friends,” Aleah said. 

“What? You’re not down with the swirl?” Autumn said. “Huh? What? Of course I am. 

I mean, I don’t think of Tim in that way. Truly, we’re just friends,” Aleah said. “Okay,” Autumn said, throwing up her hands and then ringing up Aleah’s items. “If you say so, but the best relationships begin with friendship. Tim’s dad and I started as just friends.

Next thing you know, we were married. Shortly after I gave birth he was called to war, and lost his life in battle, God rest his soul.” “You miss him, don’t you?” Aleah said. “I do. Even after twenty six years, but lately, especially the last month, I’ve really been feeling as if it’s finally time for me to move on. 

It’s like, I suddenly had the urge to just, move on with my life. I wonder what’s up with that.” “I know right. Well, I have to go,” Aleah said, grabbing her bags of accessories. “Okay, see you at grandma’s for Christmas dinner, right?” Autumn said. 

“I’ll be there,” Aleah said, throwing up her hand to say bye as she rushed out of the door. “Strange child. She’s sweet though, but strange,” Autumn said, before humming to the tunes of “Let it snow that played on the radio.” The cafe owner next door was moping the floor an hour earlier than usual. Autumn knew that she usually does that around 6:55 because she closes at seven in the evening. 

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited because it’s that time of year when I write Holiday short stories! I began this last year because usually during this time of year I’m cuddled up with some hot cocoa or wine, and I’m watching the Hallmark Channel, but I was inspired to start writing my own stories! The truth is, I write more than anything else, so why not combine my love for writing with my favorite time of year, and put out something that will put a smile on people’s face and hopefully lighten the load they’ve been carrying all year? This year has been a challenge for all of us, but by the grace of God we’re still here. 🙌🏾 I thank God for keeping us, and pray for the families that have lost loved ones this year.

May God comfort your hearts and bring peace to your mind this holiday season and forever more. Hopefully the stories I write will uplift your spirit and inspire you in some way. Now, without further ado, I introduce my first short story for this holiday season. Oh, and stay tuned by signing up for email notifications, so that you won’t miss anything! Here’s chapter 1 of, “I’m just here for the wings,” by yours truly, enjoy! ❤️

(Winter wonderland plays in the background as people shop in the mall. Music fades)

“No mommy, no! Please don’t make me go,” Little Timmy cried, as he tightly grabbed his mother’s trench coat. “Autumn, maybe this was a mistake,” Timmy’s grandmother said. “No, he’s fine,” Autumn said, as she adjusted her purse strap on her shoulder and bent down. “Timmy, remember we talked about this? 

There’s nothing to be afraid of. Santa’s your friend. See, look at all of the other little girls and boys. They’re happy to see Santa because they know that he’s going to bring them whatever they want on Christmas Day! See how big they’re smiling,” she pointed to a brother and sister who sat on both sides of Santa’s lap? 

“All you have to do is sit on Santa’s lap for two seconds and tell him what you want for Christmas, and afterwards, we will go and get some hot chocolate,” Autumn said. “With lots of marshmallows?” Timmy asked. “With lots of marshmallows,” Autumn said. “Can we get cookies, too?” Timmy asked. “Sure, but you have to go talk to Santa, quick, so he’ll know what to bring you.” 

“Okay,” Timmy said. “That’s my big boy,” Autumn smiled, and stood back up. A woman dressed in an elf costume came to greet Timmy and walk him to Santa. Autumn’s mom began giggle. “You are determined to get this picture, aren’t you?” she said. 

“By any means necessary, mom. He’s growing up so fast, and I just want to capture every moment,” Autumn said. “I know, but you were scared of Santa when you were his age too, remember?” Autumn’s mom said. “I know, and in order to get me to take the picture, I remember you told me the same thing I just told him,” Autumn said. “I remember,” Autumn’s mom said, with a smile.

“Awww. Look at him mom! He’s already six,” Autumn said, while looking lovingly at Timmy talking to Santa and then taking his picture. “Yes, time flies. Before you know it, he’ll be graduating high school, off to college, getting married, and you’ll be grandma Autumn,” her mom said. “Whoa mom, slow down. 

I don’t even want to think about being a grandma right now. I’m still young and fine,” Autumn said. “Yeah, well keep living,” her mom said. The elf began to walk Timmy back to Autumn. “What’s that supposed to mean?” Autumn asked her mom. “Hey, big guy! 

You did so good,” Autumn said, as she took Timmy’s hand and the three of them began to walk. “Honey, all I’m saying is, enjoy being young and fine, because one day young and fine will turn into old and ouch!” “Old and ouch?” Autumn said, with a laugh. “Yeah, the older you get, the more ouch you get. Ouch!” her mom said. 

“Grandma, are you okay?” Timmy said. “Yeah baby, grandma’s just old. Let’s go and get that hot chocolate and those cookies you were asking for,” she said. After they went by the grocery store, they went home to bake Christmas cookies and make hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows! “Grandpa!” Timmy said, as he ran to greet his grandpa who had just walked through the front door. 

Hey, my favorite guy! How was your visit with Santa?” he asked. Grandma and Autumn greeted Grandpa as well. “I brought firewood, and it looks like I’m just in time for cookies and hot chocolate,” he said. Grandma turned on a Christmas movie and Autumn was asleep on the couch in ten minutes. 

Her dad went to get a blanket and put it over her. When he came back to sit on the other couch between Grandma and Timmy, Timmy said, “Grandpa, want to know what I asked Santa for?” “Sure buddy. What did you ask Santa for?” his grandpa said. “I asked him to bring mom someone, so she won’t be lonely,” Timmy said. 

“But your mom isn’t lonely, bud. She has you, and she has me, and grandma,” Grandpa said. “I know, but, you know what I mean, grandpa. You and grandma have each other, and one day I’m going to have someone and I don’t want mommy to be alone,” Timmy said. “Well bud, you don’t have to worry about that for a long time. You’re just a kid right now,” Grandpa said. 

“Yeah, but I have a girlfriend, and I bought her a Christmas gift today,” Timmy said. “A girlfriend?” grandpa asked, while looking at Timmy, then grandma. “A girlfriend? What do you even know about a girlfriend? You’re in kindergarten,” grandpa said. 

“I know, but I grew up! I’m a big boy now,” Timmy said. Grandma and grandpa laughed.” “Yes you are Timmy. Yes you are,” grandma said. 

That was twenty years ago, and today was Thanksgiving Day. The day that Timmy had planned on proposing to his girlfriend of two years. “So what does all of this have to do with me?” Aleah, said. Aleah is the newest Angel on a team of Angel’s who’s job is to bring soul mates together. “You mean to tell me that God really does make someone for everyone?” Aleah asked. 

“Of course, but not in the way that you may think. Not everyone wants to be married, but everyone needs love, and family, even if they’re not blood related. So, it’s our job to help people find their person or purpose, if you will,” Brodie said. “You mean to tell me that this poor woman has been waiting on me to play matchmaker for twenty six years? Why couldn’t one of you have hooked her up with someone?” Aleah said. 

“Because, everyone has someone, and Autumn is your someone,” Brodie said. “Oh, no. Sorry. I don’t get down like that. I’m just here for the wings. 

I was told that I had to come here to get them, so, if you’d just point me in the right direction,” Aleah said. Brodie laughed, “Not like that silly. I’m talking about your mission. You are assigned to Autumn. Help her find whatever’s missing in her life, and you will find your wings,” Brodie said. 

“Well that’s easy. She needs a husband. Her son said it twenty years ago. I’ll just send someone her way and set the chemistry, they’ll fall in love, and I’ll get my wings,” Aleah said. “Yeah, except you can’t interfere in that way. 

It has to happen naturally, and she may or may not be missing a husband, but it’s up to you to find out that missing puzzle piece, in her life, guide her to it, and hope for the best,” Brodie said. “Wait? Hope for the best? If someone is made for someone else, why would I have to hope for the best?” Aleah asked. “Because, many people allow distractions, life, pride and many other things to get in the way, but it’s up to us to try our best to make it happen without making it happen,” Brodie said. 

“I don’t understand,” Aleah said. “You will. Now, off you go,” Brodie said. “Wait, if I fail, does that mean I won’t get my wings?” Aleah said, to a vanishing Brodie. “You won’t fail. 

Have faith,” he said, before completely disappearing. After Brodie disappeared, Aleah found herself at Grandma’s door delivering a package. She rung the door bell. Grandma looked into the peephole. “Oh, thank goodness! 

Honey, it’s here,” grandma said, as she signed for the brand new turkey fryer. “Happy Thanksgiving,” grandma said, to Aleah. “Same to you, ma’am,” Aleah said, before she walked away. “Hey, those earrings are nice,” grandma said. Aleah turned around.

“My daughter makes earrings similar to the ones you have on,” grandma said. “Oh, these?” Aleah said, touching one of the handmade dangling earrings. I can’t remember where I got these, but I love the design. They’re my favorite,” Aleah said. “Wait a minute,” grandma said, as she went into the house and came back out with one of Autumn’s business cards. 

“Check out my daughter’s website. She has a boutique downtown as well,” she said, while handing Aleah the card. “Okay, I will. Thank you,” Aleah said. “Thank you. 

Happy Thanksgiving. Hey, are you the new delivery driver? What happened to what’s his name… Brodie?” grandma said. “I’m not sure ma’am. He just… disappeared,” Aleah said. 

“Oh, that’s too bad. I liked him. Well, I’m grandma. What’s your name?” “I’m Aleah.” 

“Nice to meet you, Aleah. Well, I won’t hold you any longer, I have to finish up dinner before my family gets here. I’ll see you later,” grandma said. “Okay, nice to meet you grandma, and whatever you’re cooking, sure does smell good,” Aleah said. “Thank you. 

“Hey, I’d made a sweet potato custard for Brodie, but since he’s no longer around, would you like to have it?” grandma said. “Sure, thanks!” Grandma went inside to get the pie and brought it back out to Aleah. Aleah thanked her, said goodbye, and drove away. Later that night Aleah was about to cut her a piece of pie, when she saw Brodie in her kitchen. 

“How did it go, today?” he said. Great,” Aleah said. “Anything interesting happen?” he said. “Yes! Autumn’s grandmother is a talker, and she also asked about you.” 

“Did she? What did she say?” “She asked what happened to you, and I told her that you just disappeared… like my pie. Brodie, where’s my pie?” Aleah said. “You mean, my pie,” Brodie said, before burping. 

“Excuse me. That was delicious.” He then went to Aleah’s refrigerator and began to drink the milk out of the carton. “Brodie!” “Huh?” 

“What are you doing, coming into my house and eating and drinking everything?” “Aleah, you don’t even like sweet potato pie. You like pumpkin pie. I brought you a pumpkin pie. It’s on the table, and you don’t drink regular milk, you drink almond milk,” he said, before opening the fridge. 

“Your almond milk is in here. Oh… Okay. You’re right. Sorry. 

I just thou-.” Brodie cut her off. “Listen, I got you. We’re all on the same team, but right now, I have to check on another amateur. See you later?” he said. 

“Sure,” Aleah said. “Goodnight,” he said, before vanishing into thin air. “Goodnight.” Aleah grabbed a fork and began to dig into her pumpkin pie. “Wow, this pie is heavenly,” she thought, as she took another bite.

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Protect your energy! If you’ve been around someone with a negative mindset and you’re usually a positive person, but now you all of a sudden feel frustrated, doubtful, or even angry, and you don’t know why… It’s because of the spirits you’re surrounding yourself with! Be mindful of who you associate with, what you entertain, and how you feed your mind. Just because you care about them, doesn’t mean you should hang around them. Just because you like “it” doesn’t mean you should entertain it.

Watch what and who you listen to. Be mindful of what and who you pay attention to, and be cautious of who and what you entertain. Protect your spirit at all costs. The wrong energy can be distracting and cause you to lose focus on the ONE that really matters. JESUS! ❤️

In Him is hope. In Him is love. Nothing is impossible for Him, and we can do all things through Him. If your energy has been off lately, no worries, you can still get your mind right. Focus on the One above you and not whatever’s going on around you. 🙂

Colossians 3:2

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.” – Edward Mote

Ever known someone who basically walked away from their blessings to pursue greener grass, in hopes that the greener grass would bring them lots of quick green money, love, or happiness? “Green grass” isn’t always about being with a “better” person, but it always has something to do with what we think is better… not what God thinks, but it’s more of leaning to our own understanding, if you will and it always has something to do with the three temptations of sin. Let’s examine the three temptations of sin:

1 John 2:16 (NIV) 

“For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.”

We see it, we want it for ourselves. If we feel it, we don’t stop until that feeling is satisfied. We desire praise from others, power, and bragging rights… None of these things are from God. Humbleness can get you further than pride can, when you humble yourself before God.

Want to know how to distinguish a faith move from a move that stems from your own understanding? A faith move won’t have anything to do with the three temptations which are listed above. In other words, the faith move won’t be about you! In fact, you’ll think it’s insane! However, after a while you’ll find peace and take the leap of faith and do what God has told you to do. It will still seem crazy, but you will have peace in knowing that God has you! 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” 

When we make moves based on our own understanding, we are basically making a move that doesn’t have anything to do with God, and everything to do with how we feel at the time. The horrific thing about making moves while in our feelings is that the move is self centered. We must be careful as children of God because God should be first, yes, even before ourselves! When we make a move based solely on our feelings, we will do anything to achieve the desired result, even things outside the will of God! Yikes! That’s scary! 

We must make sure that we move in faith and within God’s will or else, sudden moves could cost us everything. Making moves without God’s permission in hopes that it will yield the best possible outcome, is like counting your chickens before they hatch. Don’t put your trust in yourself, other people, or what could possibly happen, especially when you’re moving by way of your own understanding. If you walk away from something God has blessed you with, just because it’s hard, in pursuit of something you see as easier and more beneficial when doing it your way, you will end up disappointed. Don’t do things your way and expect God to bless it. 

We can’t do His will, our way. Sometimes life will be hard. Sometimes we will have to put in extra effort. Sometimes we will have to wait a long time. Sometimes we will have to be still, even though our feelings are making us anxious.

Whatever you do, make sure that you make your next move your best move, by listening to the voice of God, because whether He says, “Be still,” or “Move forward,” you can be sure that His Way is most rewarding, and no matter what obstacles we face, it always works for our good when we choose to follow Him.  ❤️

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That moment when you handle a situation well and God is like…

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Our response to the things we experience in life, tells us where we are in life. It tells us how mature minded we are, areas that could use growth, how far we’ve come in life, and how far we have to go. When I was younger, I wore a chip on my shoulder. I stayed in defense mode, because I grew up in an environment where there was more hate and animosity than it was understanding and love. My family was great, and I’ve always had a loving supportive family, but outside of our home, the neighborhood that I grew up in was cut throat.

It taught me to be tough. You always have something to prove in that type of environment, but as I got older, God taught me how to get understanding first, how to be patient, humble, and most importantly, how to love people. I learned that I don’t have anything to prove to people, because I am confident in who I am in Christ. Jesus inspired me! People hatred, mockery, and insults didn’t faze Him, because He knows who He is!

I’ve taken notes from His life and applied them to my life. I want to have the amount of focus, and security within who I am in Christ, that what I go through doesn’t bother me, and for a while now, I’ve been living that way! People’s insults don’t bother me. Rejection doesn’t bother me. Negativity doesn’t bother me.

Whenever I’m faced with any of these things, it’s as if I am not. I continue to have a great day, and I continue to focus on what God has called me to do, because my calling is more important than what people call me, how they see me, and any weapons they form against me! Nothing can stop me from reaching my destiny in Christ, and the feeling I get when I know I’ve pleased God is greater than any feelings of trying to please myself or trying to prove a point to people. So, always respond in love my good people, especially when someone comes at you with hate for no reason. You can do more with kindness than you can by allowing someone to cause you to step out of character and stoop to their level of misery.

Misery loves company, but don’t entertain it!

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Be careful with who you choose to confide in because some people have their own agendas. The wrong person will use your weaknesses and even your words against you. Your secrets could very well become everybody’s business if you tell someone whose loyalty can’t be trusted. We all need someone to talk to, that’s how we connect with others. Healthy connections makes us feel loved, valued, appreciated, and it makes us feel like we’re not alone in life. 

Confiding in the wrong person makes you feel the opposite of all these things and could send you into a deep depression. We all need someone to talk to, so that we can express ourselves instead of keeping things buried inside that could hurt us later. We all need each other. God said it wasn’t good for man to be alone. This tells us that companionship is very important. 

If it wasn’t, God would have only created man, and no one else. 

God knew we needed healthy connections with other people in order to be our best selves! So, how do we know who we can trust? Start with a professional. A therapist, a pastor or Biblical counselor who is known to be trustworthy, or even a support group of your interest. 

All of these could be safe havens where you could freely express yourself without judgment and get feedback from people you can trust and who can give you sound advice. 

Many people in support groups share similar experiences that could help you in a positive way. Maybe their experiences can help you gain perspective so that you can navigate life in a more positive or productive way. You never know. Oftentimes we find that special someone to connect with by talking to a pastor who introduces us to someone with a similar story, or we find that one person we really connect with after being in a support group for some time. The main takeaway from all this is, talk to somebody! Don’t keep things buried inside! 

Talking to someone we can trust is how we connect with others and form lifetime bonds. Don’t be so quick to tell everyone your issues without getting to know them first. If you lead with your emotions, you could run people away or the wrong person will use your weaknesses against you. It’s best to talk with someone who will listen to you and if you ask for their advice, they’re unbiased, can give you a godly perspective, and someone with no secret agendas. Someone who genuinely cares about your well-being and is here to help you become your best self. ❤️

I’m here for you, whether you need to vent or you need advice, bring it!

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