Limitless Together

Written by Jackie Tinkler

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I came across a recent blog post written by Joyce Meyer on unity where she said,  “Where there’s unity, there’s blessing and anointing. When people are thankful for each other and choose to live in unity, they will experience the power of agreement.”

How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1 NLT

Think of all of the ideas, plans and dreams you may have had over a lifetime.  Somewhere along the way, someone had to agree with those plans.  Somewhere there had to be a unified YES!  When we’re hired for a job, a team of employers come into agreement about us.  When we plan a family vacation, all come into agreement about where to go.  What happens if one person disagrees?  Typically, we reevaluate and make different plans!   Or, what about when friends want to meet for lunch?  Several choices are presented and agreed upon.  Those are small examples, but what about the big stuff?  What happens when important life choices are put on hold for lack of agreement?  How do we arrive at unified decisions? Are we praying together to seek God’s will at that time?  Are we humbling ourselves to listen for His direction?

Jesus walked in agreement with his Father God COMPLETELY and went to the cross.  We now have forgiveness, wholeness, redemption, restoration, healing and all things through the power of  Jesus’ agreement and sacrifice.  There’s power in agreement!

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18: 19-20 NIV

I remember leading a ministry meeting several years ago. Whether we knew it or not, the health of the ministry began with those meetings. However, progress would stop when an idea was presented not everyone agreed with.    The room would suddenly get quiet and the air would get thick.  There was no movement happening!   It was so uncomfortable!  We would regain momentum when we would talk it through and all agree to either table the idea or go forward in unity with a decision all were comfortable with.  Only then the tension would lift and peace would guide our way.

Something to  ponder….

What wonder-working, amazing things can we do together in agreement with God’s will?

Am I loving myself and others to God’s best with His purposes in mind?

How can we overcome disagreement and still move forward in unity?

If coming into agreement means compromise, being out of God’s will, or hurting myself, family, or other people we should agree not to move forward.

We can be limitless together. We have the mind of Christ to accomplish infinitely MORE!

 

IMG_3892Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

God Don’t Make No Junk!

Written by GeNeise Fuller

I know I am somebody

Because God don’t make no junk.

He raises me up in Heavenly places

When it appears I have sunk.

I am created in His image

I am a new creature, I have a new mind.

I get intoxicated by His Presence.

I don’t need drugs, pills or excessive wine.

Because the Father God, don’t make no junk!

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Hello Precious Ones!

Can I tell you about the power of YOU?

YOU are a Masterpiece! 
YOU were well thought of and strategically created for such a time as this.

You are not a person who was haphazardly born. Your purpose for living is greater than anything you may be going through.

You might ask, “What is my purpose? I don’t have a clue.”

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Ask yourself, “What is it I love to do the most, even if I wasn’t getting paid to do it?”
  2. Write it down; it could be several things.
  3. Narrow your list down to the top three.
  4. Step out and do those things!

To be fair, sometimes the thing you despise the most becomes your assignment or purpose to change it in some way. For example, a few years ago, I saw an injustice done to a helpless person. I didn’t like what I saw and I was left with the choice to do something to bring about a change or to allow it to remain the same. It was scary because it was new territory for me. I had never stepped out in that way.  But, it has become the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It’s still making an impact today. I had to believe in myself, in who created me and why I was created. I am a Masterpiece! God didn’t waste His time creating junk. I am somebody!

Regardless of what others say or do or think about you, you can step out and make a difference.

Let me know how you’re doing.

For those of you who know your purpose and you are ‘procrastinating,’ get to it! I know you can do it. I believe in you. I don’t have to know ya to believe in ya.

Keep your head up and ‘Do You!’

Much Love,

Lady Ge’
 aka The Poetry Therapist™

GeNugget: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.“ –Psalms 139:14 (NIV)


#GodDontMakeNoJunk8EB738AD-142C-4F2C-9F0D-C726509CFAF9IMG_6152GeNeise Fuller is a Singer/Songwriter and Poetry Therapist. Her innovative music is filled with words of Hope, Joy, and Victory and her poetry incites raw boldness and healing to readers and listeners alike. Her GeNotes’ blog posts are written articles designed to help encourage and empower hurting women. She is also Founder/CEO of A.C.C.E.S.S. Organization, Inc. A company that is Approaching the Cause of Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke through Education, Visualization & Communication as well as a dance coach and dancer. She has written a book “When Is It MY Time” launching Spring 2019.

Enjoy The Holidays Without Disappointment

 Written by Jackie Tinkler

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Schedules, drama, and high expectations can all take the joy right out of the Christmas season.

The holidays might not always unfold the way we plan and truth be told, they can actually be a mixed bag of excitement and stress all at the same time!  We may even think that somehow problems will disappear magically only to be disappointed when things don’t meet our expectations.

How do we get through the stress of the expectations of family, friends and even ourselves in a practical, life giving way, while still focusing on what’s important and the real reason we celebrate?

Here are a few ways to make it easier to navigate the holidays when things don’t go as expected.

  1. Remember to keep Jesus first and why we celebrate.  Pray for your home, friends and family and ask God to bless them.
  2. You matter too!  Guard your heart.  It’s okay to say “no” to too much or “no” to unproductive discussions about the day.
  3. Set boundaries (with love) when others are unwilling to bend or are insensitive to your limits.  Remember that everyone has their own idea of how they want things to be for Christmas.  We have to love ourselves and love them enough to honor what’s best.
  4. If money is an issue, use your creative talent to make something special from the heart.  You don’t have to go all out for appearances.
  5. Give the gift of your time to a community outreach. Serving others is a blessing and will keep things in perspective.
  6. Family traditions are hard to break, but if they’re not fun or meaningful anymore, then maybe it’s time to explore something new.
  7. Let go of perfection.  Your house doesn’t have to be perfect.  It’s okay to ask people to bring a dish and it’s okay if wrapping paper and dirty dishes make a mess for a few hours.  Enjoy people!
  8. Lean on God through the stress.  Talk to Him when something feels out of your control.

Let us know how you’re doing! Keep Jesus at the center of Christmas and you will surely have a blessed holiday!

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“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.  They were terrified, but the angel reassured them “Don’t be afraid!” he said.  “I bring you good news that will be great joy to all people.  The Savior-yes-the Messiah, the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign:  You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Suddenly the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:8-14 NLT

IMG_3892Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Let Your Dreams Grow

Written by Jackie Tinkler

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As I peeked from behind the massive dark curtain onto the expansive stage which overlooked rows of theatre seats, I was afraid and excited all at the same time. I was waiting in the wings for my turn to dance and what would seem like eternity. We practiced, we knew every step, and this was the night before the big night. Just one more rehearsal…

The lights were bright, the music was enchanting, and there was a scuffle of tap shoes hitting the stage floor with force and rhythm. It was all I could take! My nervous energy got to me, so I ran out on that stage and danced like I never have before. There was one slight problem. I made my entrance too early and found myself dancing with the wrong class. There was a sea of girls, clicking and clacking all around me and they had to be at least six feet tall.

“This is not where I’m supposed to be,” I thought, “but what do I do?” By now, I could hear astonished laughter from the wings. Instead of running off the stage, I continued to keep up with every step, dancing until the song ended. Did you get that? I kept dancing!

This story from my childhood dance recital resonates with fearless innocence. It was the first time, I believe, I was brave and fearless and learned not to quit when things got uncomfortable. I just thought, “I can do this!”

Some of us may feel what we are currently experiencing, our happy ever after, is not the dream we signed up for. How can our wonderful, joyful, beautiful dreams be mixed up in a difficult place like this? Fear beckons us to turn back and run! But God wants us to hang in there for the duration of the dance. Why? Because there is more and He knows you can do this! God’s dream is to watch us mature, be complete,  and lack nothing. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV

In essence, we are permitting the difficulty or delay to create MORE in us so we can handle the promises of God through us with complete maturity and success. It’s as if we’re letting our dreams grow rather than letting them go.

“So, don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 The Message

You see those tight, awkward, lonely, tough places are where our dream grows bigger…they are the very things that give us sparkle, add depth, give us strength for the future, and help to keep us ready for MORE.

Father God,
You are the author and finisher of our faith and life. When life gets difficult, give us the patience to keep going and not to quit. You see what’s ahead and the things we need to be successful on the journey. We place every dream, difficulty, and obstacle into your capable hands so you can create Something More in us.

IMG_3892Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

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