LED to Shine: How to Shed Light on Your Purpose! Part II



 

Ok! Beloved, now that you’ve Basked in the Light from How to Shed Light on Your Purpose Part I, It’s Your Time to move forward closer towards uncovering your purpose in episode 31 – part II! Wherein you’ll discover…

  • why you may not yet be walking in your purpose
  • what you can do to start doing so
  • a useful formula to recognize what may have actually played a part in positioning you for purpose

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Reference to Standford research study:
Hess, A. (2018, June 26). Stanford researchers: ‘Follow your passion’ advice could make you less successful. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/22/stanford-researchers-following-your-passion-makes-you-less-successful.html

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

How to Shed Light on Your Purpose! Part I



 

If you’ve ever wondered if you have a life’s mission, purpose, a calling, in Episode 30 of (Pod)Casting Potential, begin to shine light on…

  • Why you Absolutely have a life’s calling
  • Direction to your path of purpose
  • What it means to be positioned for purpose

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

(Pod)Casting Potential – Dare to Don Your Different 4 Part Series

 



 

 

You have an expressly distinct part that only YOU can fill! In this Dare to Don Your Different – 4 Part Series,  discover…

  • Why you’re intentionally designed different than others
  • The GOOD that can be found in having been rejected
  • What look for to in your Vibe Tribe

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Special OFFERS:
  3. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  4. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!
  5. Full story about Mr. Joe Frappolli (told in Part 1):

    Frappolli, C. (n.d.). The Abilities of People with Disabilities. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/news/insights/cfrappolli-the-abilities-of-people-with-disabilities.htm

  6. Songs played in Part 4:

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International

(Pod)Casting Potential – Find Your Flawsomeness – Part 1 of 4 of Dare to Don Your Different!

 

 



 

 

In this first segment of Dare to Don Your Different – 4 Part Series, episode 20 of (Pod)Casting Potential, I talk about seeing some things that makes you different from others, even if they are flaws, as an Awesome thing, from a God point of view! You will hear…

  • Why what makes you different “up’s” your value
  • How it stretches you beyond what you currently limit yourself to
  • What enables you to facilitate significant shifts in the environments around you

 

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  3. Claim your Complementary One to One coaching consultation!
  4. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!
  5. Full story about Mr. Joe Frappolli:

    Frappolli, C. (n.d.). The Abilities of People with Disabilities. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/news/insights/cfrappolli-the-abilities-of-people-with-disabilities.htm

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

(Pod)Casting Potential: 4 Practical Tools You Don’t Know You Have or Forget to Use – 4 Part Series

 



 

 

In episodes 14-17 of (Pod)Casting Potential, discover how you’re equipped RIGHT NOW to:

  • Be Victorious in the Good Fight of Faith
  • Live in Audacious Authority
  • Take Back Your Territory
  • Walk in True Freedom

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  2. Claim your Complementary One to One coaching consultation!
  3. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!
  4. Article to read more about the Study Finds Solar System’s Water Is Older Than the Sun

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

(Pod)Casting Potential: How Enticement Brings Enhancement

(Pod)Casting Potential - How Enticement Brings Enhancement



Listen and learn how you are being blessed in the midst of your tests!

In this all new (Pod)Casting Potential episode, find out:

  • Ways God qualifies you as the called
  • What tools of success are available to you
  • How you are positioned for advancement

Your questions, comments, or request are welcome via the comments section below or via my Contact page.

And, to invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

Beauty is in the Inner Workings

About four months ago, I did what’s called the “big chop”! That’s a phrase that is popularly used among African American women who have decided to forgo hair relaxers that would alter our natural curl to make it straight. For decades I have used hair relaxers, and my hair was somewhat a medium length. But, recently to get back to my natural texture, I chopped it off! Now instead of sporting 12 inch hair length, it’s more like three inches long when it’s curly. Not everyone was happy with what I did. Many had some unkind comments even if some were indirect. But, consider this… what if I had cancer and lost all of my hair from the treatment? What if I had a disease called Alopecia in which the consequences is hair loss due to my body’s immune system attacking my hair follicles? The most important thing, when the temporary disappears either by personal choice or otherwise, is that my inner person, my heart, is still the same. Though it may become stronger in the ways of the Lord, through such experiences, not basing my value or allowing others to determine my self-worth based on my looks, but tending to what’s on the inside of me is what lasts and what should be honorable unto the Lord. When that’s done, if I lose what’s on the outside, I cannot lose what’s on the inside, which stays with me, and cannot be taken away from me. We get a peek into what’s important to God in 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV; “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” This is what we are to model our inner selves after.  This is what is to be evaluated in others, and what others should look for in you.  All after the heart of The Lord.  For in that, child of God, is where your innate joy and firm confidence resides!

Recently you may have been dealing with undue & unGodly criticism of your outward appearance.  Accused of being too thick.  You looked better with your hair…  He’s ugly…  Whatever the remarks have been, be reminded you that you are beautiful the way God made you! Those who negatively comment, expressing disdain for your outer appearance resent something about themselves, in addition to having an “inner spirit” that is not set on the things of God, but instead it is set on fleshly (no pun intended) things. 1 Peter 3:3,4 NIV says; “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” These verses teach us that we are to be concerned with things that are eternal & “unfading”, not temporary as are outward appearances. Of course this does not suggest we walk around unkempt. Nor does it mean, for those of us who have a natural talent and flare for style that we should not enjoy participating in dressing fashionably.  It also does not mean that we should not strive to keep our bodies healthy with periodic exercise and healthy eating habits, for our bodies are the dwelling places of the Spirit of the Most High God.  What these verses are advising is to place worth in that which is most important and lasting. Life is ever changing, as are people and their varying and unique opinions. If you measure your value by your looks, you will be unstable in your opinion of yourself, becoming a human version of a chameleon all in efforts to be accepted. In doing this, you continuously set yourself up for disappointment and exhaustion when you cannot consistently live up to what others expect of you.

In instances where you are in the presence of continuous opinionated negativity, being judged based on your appearance, stand strong in the Word of the Lord! Many blessings have been lost, missed, and forfeited due to choices made that were set upon the shaky and shifting grounds of outward appearances. This issue is not solely relative to personal relationships and outward beauty, but also equally applies to healthcare, educational, and business relationships in regards to race, gender, education level, ethnicity, and socioeconomic standing. You may be an experienced and well-prepared Mexican or African American nurse, but a patient didn’t want your services because you weren’t the race or ethnicity they desired.  Yet, you know in your heart of hearts, you are a Divinely designed nurturer and are great at your job.  I just read about a person who was desperately seeking direction from an adviser, but turned down the person available to him because the available person did not fit his external criteria for an adviser.  As this man experienced others he thought would fill his needs, he found they all came up short.  Could it be the one he’s been rejecting, based on outward appearances, is the very one who holds his blessing?  It certainly is possible.  Despite what a person thinks, despite if they have chosen or chooses to leave for another person who they think “looks” better, be confident in knowing that the most valuable blessing you bring to the people around you is what you carry in your spirit. If that is pleasing in The Lord’s sight and yet is not what they appreciate and see as valuable, let them go. God will send more suitable opportunities your way!

At this day and time, we still need to learn to look beyond what we perceive as external barriers to find the beauty within ourselves that connects us in unity.  As we push forth in that process of finding and living out the unity of the Love of God, when the unnecessary, the temporary, the fading, gets in the way, refuse to be set back. Resist trying to get them back. Renounce the feeling of being taken aback by such types of attack.  Stay in peace with an understanding that it’s not the bling on the outside, but your inner shine is what matters most.  And, simply pray that God will enter the hearts and have His way with your critics. Ignore their hurtful comments, leaving them in the hands of The Father, because you are made in the image & likeness of God, who penned your unique design, weaved you together in your mother’s womb, and spoke forth, “And it is Good!” Be assured that when the Word of the Lord is spoken, the Church says “Amen!” because it is so!

Priceless Artifact Being Restored

Transformation is taking place,

Moving you towards a Godly space,

Where you won’t want to do an about face.

Within yourself you are rising higher,

Wherein the best in you will transpire.

Though God’s miracles work best,

Through which many great blessings manifest,

This process also includes moments of correction

That are never intended for your rejection,

But as an inoculation ensuring your protection

Against the world’s injection of infection.

Effects of life that adhered to you has begun to be chipped away;

Some that is familiar you’ll desperately want to stay.

The pain of it may make you want to chase after what fell,

And salty waters will temporarily overflow from your internal well.

But soon you’ll began to realize the freedom of what is true,

As the exquisite essence of you

Begins to show through.

Understand and in faith be sure,

You have the strength to endure,

As the veil of what others expect to see,

All which is important to society,

Is ripped uncovering who you were truly meant to be.

For it is a necessary part of your destiny!

Metamorphosis is not meant to destroy,

But to bring you innately genuine and unending joy,

As God wants for His child, His baby girl, His baby boy!

Truly let go of the fight!

This is a journey back to delight,

Part of your Divinely inherited right,

Allowing you to walk transparently in the light!

Declare to yourself, “Before I was formed

For the day I would be born

Into a world that would try to redefine

My authentic design

Of the image and likeness in Kind

But was rescued to be refined

To display my original luster and shine.

I am created by the Divine!

I am one of a kind!

I was lost then found and restored

Now I am free

Of debris

That covered over me!

I am being Transformed!”

by Lukeisha Carr

Face to Face in the Mirror

reflectionEdited“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26,27 NIV

You’ve heard time and time again that God has great plans for you. The Scripture above reminds us of how God originally made us, empowering us to carry out all that He’d planned for us. You know you are a child of the Most High God and it’s time to step into a more fulfilled and purposeful life… but wait… it’s still not readily perceived where it can be touched planned and lived out. Looking around things still seem the same; you’re still doing things that don’t shine with joy brightly in your heart. Things seem to be stuck on repeat as if you’re reliving each day again and again. Excitement sought in some things are proving to be empty, even depleting at times. There’s a longing in your spirit to know what it’s like to consistently wake up each morning and be excited about the day ahead. And, an even deeper yearning to be so incredibly comfortable with who you are, you can build empires with bricks thrown at you instead of being buried under them. Though you know you are a beloved child of God, you may still have questions about who you are, why you’re here, and what else is in store for you. At this crossroad of your life, it can be tempting to settle, but DON’T! Reconciling with your true inner self isn’t a lost cause, but is simply being missed due to a veil of mist hiding your reflection; a fog that can be wiped away!

This veil is one that’s been placed over your eyes by blinding circumstances and old ways of settling them to survive. It’s an outdated covering that when Christ shed His love for you, He rendered its old practices that only hid the truth, ineffective and unnecessary. Now that you’re under the wings of The Lord, you no longer need to simply survive, living out a daily grind, but can fly to new heights and thrive! It just takes a little focus.

 

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIV

The Message Bible version of 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 reads:

“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”

 

God desires for you to be a participant in the plan He’s laid out for you, but you don’t have to do all the work alone. He’ll remove all that blocks your eyes from recognizing the beautiful Truth of who you are in Him! He only asks that you seek to get to know Him deeper than just knowing Him as God. He is accessible through prayer, His Word, and His Spirit through which there’s a love so high, deep, and wide on all sides that it engulfs you for a full 360 degrees and He wants to share it with you. Spending time with The Father, learning more about Him reveals not only more of Him, but more of you. Psalms 139:1-4 NIV says; “You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely.” No one knows you better than The Lord! So, who better to search out, than your Heavenly Father!

The word contemplate, in 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV, means to ponder thoughtfully. In setting aside worries at hand and pressing personal desires, to gaze upon the greatness of the Lord in inquiry about Him for a few minutes throughout your day, God’s revelation of Himself will cause you to grow as He begins to refresh and restore you to His image and likeness as He originally intended you to be. It’s also seed sown that reaps peace into your soul by occupying your mind with His infinite and vast goodness and wisdom.

As you turn your face to face God, you’ll begin to see that, just as a young child finds himself or herself in its parent as he/she observes and thinks over what’s seen, you’ll find yourself in your Heavenly Father. Our Magnificent and Loving Father’s plan has been to restore all of us and our world to His original design. The word Eden, from The Garden of Eden, has an original Hebrew root meaning of “delight”, “pleasant”. Though this process of getting you to a delightful and pleasant life is not instantaneous, you are free, brother/sister in Christ, to live out your full Sovereign inheritance! In God, you are not helpless, and can now decide not to forfeit the Power within you. You are one of a kind! A special and rare edition to this world! You are a unique expression of God’s creativity! By the Power of the Lord Jesus, recognize it, touch it, be it, live it as the image that reflects back at you, in the mirror of the Word of God, reveals the full true you in Christ!

 

Prayer to See Your Face in The Father’s Face

Most Gracious and Loving God, I come to You to learn and understand according to Your supreme wisdom more about You, Lord, so that my love, for You first and foremost, others and myself, may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Please remove anything blocking the eyes of my heart and make known to me the path of my life, and fill me with joy in Your presence.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Truth of Your Identity

Question of Identity“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29 NIV

“But, when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:4-7 NIV

 

Ask yourself, “Do I know who I am?” Some will respond with a resounding “Yes!” Many of you may understand that you are God’s children, but have you been living it, believing it? Or have you allowed the circumstances of your life to overpower the reality of who you truly are, labeling you with a false identity? And, others may sit and ponder, looking back on their lives and say, “I thought I did, but now I’m not so sure anymore.” If you’re inclined to answer with the latter, resist being envious of those who do say yes, because often, even they, may be mistaken depending on that which they are characterizing themselves. And if, you’re at the point where the appearance of a shortage in identity is sinking you into a place of despondency, read on towards the Source Who’s developed and will reveal the truth of your identity.

 

Let’s take a glance at what the Scriptures above are saying to us. Galatians 3:29 refers to a promise God made, hundreds of years before Jesus came, to a man named Abraham. God promised him that all people of the earth, that includes you, would be blessed through him by way of Jesus as Abraham’s descendant. So, thru Jesus, you are a child of God through adoption, noted in Galatians 4:4-7, and are heirs to the same promise.

 

Often, harsh experiences we have during life, can enslave us when we are not in or not fully owning our position in Christ. To be enslaved means to be one who miserably gives in to another person, emotion, or influence. In other words, we end up unhappy because we are so bent on gaining and retaining certain people or things in our lives that may not be good for us. These are often things others or we define ourselves by: other people’s opinions of us; our own attitudes and emotions that aren’t pleasing to God; or desires that overtake our abilities to maintain integrity, or a balanced life. But, like blow bubbles that float, whether large or small, frailly through the air, these things are temporary. So what happens when the illusion disappears? You’re left in the aftermath of the smoke wondering; “Who am I? Where did I go? How do I get back to me?” Therefore, as a child of the Most High God, define yourself by what is Eternally internal, and not by the temporal external.

 

Hope rests in the presence of honesty & truth, removing false identity, revealing the authentic God-created nature of who you are.  Be honest with yourself in admitting the bad attitudes and emotions, such as being selfish, judgmental, angry, deceitful, haughty, or others of that nature. One or more of these attitudinal/emotional areas is where I struggled for a long time, and sometimes still do to a lesser extent thanks be to God for His help and guidance. I will never forget when God first revealed to me that I had anger issues. Kicking in denial during prayer for days, until I realized that I would not win the wrestling match against God. Now, I’m glad I stopped fighting, but never let go of His hand. I learned there’s no shame or condemnation in Christ. We all fall short of the glory of God in one way or another, but we are given His glorious gift of mercy and grace! So, I resolved to remove the mask of perfection; dissolve the caked make-up of claiming that was who I am & had the right to be, because those behaviors are not what God made me to exhibit. I daily remind myself to consciously accept whatever it is that the Holy Spirit reveals to me and, though it may take some time, I work with Him to change it. So, give it a try. As you do this, that which God originally intended for you to be will come forth; loving, kind, humble, truthful, etc.

 

Another area where honesty is required is understanding where your gifts and talents run deep and where they fall short. Often the green-eyed monster will rear its head, or we run ourselves into the ground working so hard to keep up with those who were gifted to do what they do so easily. Why? Because we are attempting to live up to the labels that others; our parents, spouses, or friends place on us; labels that we sometimes place on ourselves. This was an area of personal struggle for me too. Although I wasn’t competitive or jealous, after experiencing repeated rejection throughout my life, I was trying to obtain external praise by being good at something that really was not my gift. Sadly, I wasn’t even aware of it. I ended up burnt out and miserable, eventually nearing a nervous breakdown. God showed me that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be successful for the right motives, but I had to put the “trophies” of material gain, titles, and the external praises thereof, aside. He taught me that what I worked so feverishly for, was more easily lost than gained.

 

Lastly, replace the label lies placed upon you, by yourself or others, with God’s Truths. Here are a few starters, but there are many, many more in His Word. Truth will always be stronger than the label lie.

 

Label Lie is: “No one likes or wants you.”

Truth is: “I am a loved child of God, co-heir with Christ, forgiven and complete.”

 

Label Lie is: “This struggle feels like it’ll never end.”

Truth is: “I am an heir of the blessings of God! This will turn around for the good!”

 

Label Lie is: “I can’t stand my lips/legs/thighs/hair/…!”

Truth is: “I am God’s workmanship, fearfully and marvelously made!”

 

Label Lie is: “You’re not cut out to do this.”

Truth is: “I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

 

Label Lie is: “If I don’t do or get this or that, what will people think of me?!”

Truth is: “I am God’s temple, an anointed vessel, gifted & usable by God!”

 

Notice that the words “I am” are bolded. Keep in mind that one of God’s names is “I AM”, meaning He “is” whatever He needs “to be” and whatever we need Him “to be” for us.  As children, God made us allowing us to have the free will to do what we choose, but you’ll find freedom and genuine joy in being who God created you to be.  He created you for specific reasons; enabling you to complete tasks, assignments, and to live a life that only YOU are able to complete and live in your own unique way!

Christ freed us from more than eternal death. He freed us to live a life abundant in contentment and joy. He freed us from the tiresome tasks of trying to make ourselves acceptable.  So, be encouraged & pray to your Creator, who knows what He’s placed in you, to seek the strengths, talents, and True Identity He’s given you!

 

May Blessings and Favor overtake you, in the Name of Jesus! Amen!