5 Inspirational messages from Sarah Jakes Roberts

5 Inspirational messages from Sarah Jakes Roberts

Sarah Jakes

Whenever I listen to a message by Sarah Jakes Roberts, I can’t help but scream! Her words have a way of cutting deep. I guess it’s not just the words but the energy behind the words. Looking at her life story, all that she has been through I’m inspired. Being a mum at 14, going through a public divorce while being the daughter of a pastor. Not just any kind of pastor but the well renowned bishop TD Jakes. I can’t even imagine the pressure, pain and shame she experienced. After going through all that, yet she was able to turn her pain into purpose.

Now being a mom of 4, wife, ministry leader, entrepreneur and creating her own fashion line, I’m convinced that any woman, no matter what she has gone through or is going through will be able to relate with her messages. I believe these quotes from Sarah Jakes Roberts will inspire you to become all that you were born to be.


When asked by black enterprise how she plans her content and prioritizes the messages she delivers, she said …

I deliver messages that resonate with where I am. It probably has a lot to do with the passion that I end up bringing to the message. I don’t look at what’s going wrong in the world and say, okay I’m going to preach about this because it’s the headlines. I think some people do that and that works for them. But I literally go into prayer and access my own life. I focus on where am I and what do I need to hear.

1) Sarah Jakes Roberts – Don’t settle for safe, embrace the uncomfortable to become unstoppable

“Despite the many tears that threatened to dilute it, your faith did not dissolve. Your heart is still pumping. Your pulse is a sign that this world needs you.”

“She caved into the pressure to be like everyone else and robbed the world of the wealth assigned to her truth.”

link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFqTtcvbTmM

2) Random quotes- Sarah Jakes Roberts

“Remember this: you are strong enough to confront your history. Don’t turn away from your brokenness. Remember that you’re not doing this alone. God foreknew this moment would come. Every now and then we need a reminder that someone else has defeated a giant we must face. Allow this book to be that reminder. Instead of counting the reasons you have to be afraid, give yourself permission to be brave. You’ve already survived the trauma, but you can’t transform your pain into purpose until you’re willing to pick it up again. Roll up your sleeves, wipe your tears.

“Instant gratification often results in long-term disappointment. The many broken promises I have made to myself have created wounds I am still discovering. Growth occurs when we confront our personal experiences and how they’ve changed us.”

“Imagine where your Light will take you when you begin to trust God and not the negative opinions or thoughts that live in your heart.”

Sarah Jakes Roberts

3) Come out of hiding- Sarah Jakes Roberts

I don’t know who you are but this is the year of revolution of you. You’ve been dipping your toe in the water and I hear God saying that it is time for you to jump all the way in. That all of us come to a time in a season of our life where we can no longer afford to just dip our toe in and we are saying, ” I don’t want to fail so I’ll just keep my hand on the plough over here and I don’t want to fully commit so imma just keep my options over here.” I hear God saying that you are never going to experience the miracle transformation power of God unless you dive all the way in… I hear God saying that your fear is keeping you from diving in but if only you’ll dive all the way in. Then I’ll show you how to swim in this water. I’ll show you how to show up in that boardroom, I’ll show you how to navigate this relationship, I’ll show you how to raise that child… If you would speak the words I speak over you and do what I say do then you will recognize that it’s time for you to COME OUT OF HIDING.

link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwc5XxATWlM&t=982s

4) Victory over insecurities

… And I was thinking about this in the context of our insecurities. I’ve always wanted them to disappear, does anybody else feel this way too? I just want them to disappear… But I realise that maybe we are praying the wrong prayers. Maybe the prayer should be instead God help me to navigate my insecurities.

link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OsEiwHZPs

5) Girl Get Up- Sarah Jakes Roberts

I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, God I need you like never before, there is something sick down on the inside of me and I need it to be healed. I’m tired of making love with the thing that’s trying to kill me. God make me lose the taste out of my mouth, so all I want is righteousness, so that all I want is wholeness. God help me to forgive, God help me to release bitterness.

We have to break through some things before we can get to where God has us. Saturate…I hear the word saturate. His glory is going to saturate your life. He’s coming for your children’s, children’s, children, coming for your finances, to saturate it. You’re the gate. If you open yourself up, God will saturate everything connected to you.

I need a move of God, I need a miracle, I need weight again. Without weight, I can’t be the force that God has called me to be.

link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWIusnIHCSE

I pray that as you read these words may they come alive in you and begin to revitalize your soul in Jesus name, Amen.

SELF LOVE

SELF LOVE

SELF LOVE

What is SELF LOVE? Alright! I know you’re very eager to know what self love is that’s why you are here. Self-love, defined as “love of self” or “regard for one’s own happiness or advantage”, has been conceptualized both as a basic human necessity and as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness.

According to the Brain and Behavior research foundation, self love is the state of appreciation that grows from actions that support our physical, physchological and spiritual growth. Its means taking care of one’s own need and not sacrificing one’s well being to please others

Ways to develop/practice self love

1) Practice good self care

  • Take care of your body, emotions , spiritual and mental health.
  • Don’t neglect yourself. Treat your self out , pamper yourself, create time for your self care routine.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others!*
  • Know that you are who you are. You are just fine the way you are and you are God’s own master piece formed in his image and likeness.

2) Be kind, patient, gentle and compassionate with yourself

Yes, you may have done some very awful things and made some terrible mistakes that may still be hunting you till today but be kind and compassionate enough to forgive yourself. Embrace the freedom that comes with forgiving yourself and move on. Stop beating yourself over failures and mistakes. Forgive yourself and find a way to move on or correct them. Be kind to yourself. Appreciate yourself and be happy when you do something good or successful. Even if no one notices your effort or work, appreciate yourself. Also, learn to be patient with yourself. You may not have everything figured out now, just be patient with yourself and its going to work out with time.

3) Make room for healthy habits

Take actions based on needs and not wants. Take out time for meditation, sports and affirmation. Read books, study something even just on the Internet. I also like to state that, You must learn not to worry about other people’s opinion. Allow yourself to make mistakes and be brave enough to learn from them. Exercise boldness in public and interact with others.

4) Have intimacy with God

God is the ultimate. Sometimes all we just really need to feel loved again, is to open our heart and receive the love that comes from the warm embrace of God our father. Remember, your value doesn’t lie in how your body looks or who people think you are. The truth is that their opinions don’t actually define you. Most times, other people’s opinion of you is just a reflection of who they are and you can’t be responsible for that.

5) Allow your self to feel both pain and joy ,love as fully as you can.

See beauty in life, take the opportunities life presents to you and create your own.

Remember, self love is putting your mental, emotional ,spiritual and physical well being first😊.

The bible clearly says;

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

It is so clear and needs no further explanations. In my opinion, the criteria for loving others genuinely is loving your own self genuinely.

Why is it important to love yourself?

  • The key to a greater life satisfaction is self love.
  • Self love gives you a positive attitude towards life.
  • It will strip bitterness from you.
  • Self love builds confidence for one’s own self.
  • It wipes off the seeds of jealousy, depression and all that shit won’t even exist. Even if it gets to exist, it will not be as loud as it is in the world today.self lovr

In the end, if we all could love ourselves more, the world will definitely be a better place because we would all know how to love one another.

It will enable us to have more confidence in our own selves, trust the process God is taking us through.

I encourage you to trust God to teach you how to love yourself because only him has the complete recipe of love.

He is love himself, He is a loving father and his love for you is limitless.

I’ll like to end by letting you know that;

The solution to that depression you are going through right now is intimacy with Jesus

Begin your journey by getting into his loving arms and in no distant time, you’ll be full of love for yourself and others.

 

❤️❤️❤️

Building Self confidence

Building Self confidence

BUILDING SELF CONFIDENCE

Self confidence is an attitude about your skills and abilities. it means you accept and trust yourself and have a sense of control in your life. You know your strengths and weaknesses well and have a positive view of yourself. You set realistic expectations and goals, communicate assertively and can handle criticism. In this post on building self confidence, we will dive into the importance, types and causes of self confidence. Then, we will also talk about the ways on how to have a healthy self confidence.

Different factors contribute to influence our self confidence such as: genetics, personalities, life experiences, thoughts, age, health, comparison etc.

Why is self confidence important?

Self confidence or self esteem is very important in life as it is one of the determinants of success or failure. it is very important because it influences a person’s life choices. it plays a significant role in one’s motivation in life. Having a high self esteem can help you navigate through life with a positive attitude and outlook. On the other hand, having low self esteem might hold you back from achieving your goals and hinder you from maximizing your potential as you would navigate through life always having the perception that you are not good enough or you don’t have what it takes to succeed both at school or work.

Types of Self esteem

  1. Low self esteem: people who have low self esteem, think of themselves as below average. They do not believe in themselves nor trust in their abilities neither do they place value on themselves. Low self esteem can affect a lot of things in one’s life. Some of the effects of low self esteem are poor relationships, addiction, depression and anxiety.
  2. High self esteem: people  who have high self esteem tend to love and accept themselves. They believe in themselves and their abilities. They have the confidence that whatever challenges might come, they will be able to surpass it
  3. Inflated self esteem: people who have high self esteem tend to think of themselves as better than other people and are always ready to underestimate others. This is actually a very negative type of self esteem because it prevents people who have it from forming meaningful and healthy relationships. They always want to be ahead and most times do not mind hurting people to achieve the success they desire, thinking that will bring them happiness.

What Causes Low Self confidence

Low self confidence often begins in childhood. Our teachers, friends, siblings, parents and even media send us positive and negative messages about ourselves. For some reason, the message that you are not good enough is the one that stays with you.

To boost your self confidence, you need to identify the negative beliefs you have about yourself then challenge them. You may tell yourself, “you’re too stupid to apply for a new job” for example or that “nobody cares about your.” Start to note this negative thoughts and write them on an piece of paper or in a diary. Ask yourself when you first started to think these thoughts.

Next, start to write some evidence that challenges these negative beliefs such as “I’m really good at cryptic crosswords” or “my sister calls for a chat every week”

Last but not the least, you could always check out our article on quotes that build self confidence, any time you need to be reminded of your self worth.

Is Skin Bleaching also a way of getting better?

Is Skin Bleaching also a way of getting better?

Is Skin Bleaching also a way of getting better?

During the social media campaign “10 days of body talk“, a lady asked, “is skin bleaching also a way of getting better, just like how fat people do physical exercises to lose weight and get better, why is it so much of a great deal for someone to bleach their skin in order to attain a better complexion?”

Honestly, I was quite impressed with her question because don’t we all just want to get better, grow, develop and be the best versions of ourselves? while she spoke, I kept asking myself these questions…

What is “getting better?”

Really, what is getting better? fair skin or dark skin? who said which was better? Do you really know which is better or are you allowing society and fashion trends decide for you? Using the same example of Sports, there is no best size, rather there is a healthy size. In the same light, there is no best complexion. Beauty, they say lies in the eyes of the beholder, but I hope you never forget that you are a beholder too. Every detail about you including this skin tone is yours to behold; confidently, unapologetically, YOU.

At what cost?

Apart from  low self esteem, the thing with skin bleaching is that it destroys the skin over time. The adverse effects of skin bleaching take a lot of time and resources to be reversed and mind you, some are irreversible. At what length are you willing to go just to “get better” and if you are using something that in a long run damages your skin, then can you really say you are getting better? So to me, when it comes to skin, getting better means loving your skin and giving it the best treatment that will nourish it not ruin it. Yes, you can make your skin glow while maintaining your complexion and  without necessarily bleaching it.

5 Inspiring poems for black women

5 Inspiring poems for black women

 I hope these five black poems strengthen your spirit as you read, for they are masterpieces crafted with love, magic, whispers and sighs. 

Only a Black woman can know what has been denied other Black women. Only a Black woman can give us the words we need to weave gold and silver threads into the tapestry of our lives. “O ye daughters of Africa, arise! arise! awake!”

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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

To a Dark Girl by Gwendolyn B. Bennett

I love you for your brownness

And the rounded darkness of your breast

I love you for the breaking sadness in your voice

And shadows where your wayward eye-lids rest.

Something of old forgotten queens

Lurks in the lithe abandon of your walk

And something of the shackled slave

Sobs in the rhythm of your talk

Oh, little brown girl, born for sorrow’s mate

Keep all you have of queenliness

Forgetting that you were once were slave

And let your full lips laugh at Fate!

I am a black woman by Mari Evans

I am a black woman

the music of my song

some sweet arpeggio of tears

is written in a minor key

and I

can be heard humming in the night

Can be heard

humming

in the night

I saw my mate leap screaming to the sea

and I/with these hands/cupped the lifebreath

from my issue in the canebrake

I lost Nat’s swinging body in a rain of tears

and heard my son scream all the way from Anzio

for Peace he never knew….I

learned Da Nang and Pork Chop Hill

in anguish

Now my nostrils know the gas

and these trigger tired fingers

seek the softness in my warrior’s beard

I am a black woman

tall as a cypress

strong

beyond all definition still

defying place

and time

and circumstance

assailed

impervious

indestructible

Look

on me and be

renewed

To Black Women by Gwendolyn Brooks

Sisters,

where there is cold silence

no hallelujahs, no hurrahs at all, no handshakes,

no neon red or blue, no smiling faces

prevail.

Prevail across the editors of the world

who are obsessed, self-honeying and self-crowned

in the seduced arena.

It has been a

hard trudge, with fainting, bandaging and death.

There have been startling confrontations.

There have been tramplings. Tramplings

of monarchs and of other men.

But there remain large countries in your eyes.

Shrewd sun.

The civil balance.

The listening secrets.

And you create and train your flowers still.

Phenomenal woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my fhand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


I love black poems so I’m always searching for them. You might want to recommend any other black poems you know in the comments section.

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