Sunday, August 30, 2015

Me Against the World or So I Thought

I was told once, when I was younger that it would be me against the world. Me vs the world. I believed it, and it served me well for many years.  I was driven to be the best. It strengthened my wall, and I kept people out. No chance of being hurt here! Not me. It was me against the world and doggone it, I was going to win!

How many know having the “me against the world” mentality was a breeding ground for other things? Self-centeredness, isolation, selfishness, being suspicious and defensive—all a result of adapting this mindset.  Thank God I’ve been delivered! No one should feel they are alone in the world. No one should feel that the world is out to “get them.”  
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There’s no denying the fact that the world is and can be an ugly place—cruel even.  Now that it’s my turn as the adult to impact a future generation, what do I say?  I’ll tell you.  I remind them of their strengths! I tell the girls and young women in my life they are beautiful, talented, and stronger than they can imagine! To the young men, I remind them of their power and ability to create a positive life even though media vilifies them.  

I’m available to listen and be fully present when needed, because I never want those I love to feel alone in the world. I want them to be aware that their voices are important and their feelings are validated. I want them to feel free to experience all emotions fully, because God gave them to us for a reason (according to my Mom. Love her!).

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My prayer is that speaking life and empowerment to the young people in my life will take root in their hearts, minds and spirits. So, when they are toe-to-toe with the world, they will not be consumed. They will be confident in who they are! And, if the world knocks them down (because it happens from time to time), they’ll know those who love them are in their corner, ready and more than happy to help them get back up!

So tell me, have you encouraged a child or young adult lately? I believe someone needs to hear from you now.









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Friday, August 21, 2015

Mantra and Meditation

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I learned this valuable lesson after dealing with a --let's say-- difficult person. I was at a weak and vulnerable place in my life and their strong and toxic personality was getting the best of me. I didn't want to use my gifts anymore. And dare I say it?  Running away from the situation sounded like a great option for me. My prayer time and bible study were at a minimum, if at all.  

Then, one day, I thought I'd pray in case God still remembered me. As I waited, I whispered to Holy Spirit and Jesus since they're suppose to have my back and all according to the Word. Then, I heard quite clearly, "it's your perspective." Then, I said it out loud. "My perspective?"

It all clicked!! It was my perspective of the person and the situation which caused me to react a certain way. My reaction always escalated the negative feelings. So, I reclaimed my power and each day I make an intentional effort to pause and evaluate before I respond to potentially negative situations.

I share this revelation with you in hopes you'll glean some inspiration. If nothing else, realize you're always in control and responsible for your actions.

...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 
~ Philippians 4:8-9 ESV  ~


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Love Notes from God: Perfect Love


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My Beloved,
If you're living in fear, you're believing the enemy's lies about My love. My love casts out fear. They cannot dwell together, because fear torments you, My child. I have plans to prosper you--not to harm you. Know that there is no fear in love. Again, I say, there is no fear in the perfect love I have for you.
Love,
Your Heavenly Father

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.


1 John 4:18 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

18 No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.

1 Juan 4:18Dios Habla Hoy (DHH)

18 Donde hay amor no hay miedo. Al contrario, el amor perfecto echa fuera el miedo, pues el miedo supone el castigo. Por eso, si alguien tiene miedo, es que no ha llegado a amar perfectamente.

1 John 4:18New Life Version (NLV)

18 There is no fear in love. Perfect love puts fear out of our hearts. People have fear when they are afraid of being punished. The man who is afraid does not have perfect love.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Smalltown USA

I just read a post where someone asked how can such awesomeness come from a small town--referring to a place in Georgia.

Even though I live outside of St Louis, I don't knock my hometown. Your hometown is where you have your roots. Your foundation. Family. Friends. The people who helped to cultivate who you are. Your heritage! Read Jehoshaphat's story One way or another, your hometown, flaws and all, plays a part in your future.

There's a book called What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should). It's true. Southern hospitality is real and I miss it so much. The mentality out here is different and as soon as God releases me, South here I come!

Leaving your nest to grow is a part of nature's design. But as the wise songwriter said, "making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see your troubles are all the same. You wanna go where everybody knows your name." Catch that, did you?

And that's home for me! Good ol' Sylvester, Georgia!

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!

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