Challenge 28: Celebrate Others

Me with the Revs. Sharon D. Moore and Minetta Hare at the Victorious Vessels Women's Retreat

Me with the Revs. Sharon D. Moore and Minetta Hare at the Victorious Vessels Women’s Retreat

This weekend wore me out physically but lifted me up spiritually. On Saturday, I ministered at the Victorious Vessels Women’s Retreat at Ebenezer AME Church in Detroit alongside some powerful, serious and humble women of God, beginning with the Rev. Sharon D. Moore, convener. I have talked about Rev. Moore before. She is not only my sister in Christ, but she is also my biological sister and my biggest cheerleader outside of my husband. She has always been this way with me and others. She is just an encourager and this weekend she was just that. She invited me and three other ministers—the Rev. Minetta Hare, the Rev. Dr. Velva Burley-Flowers and Minister Jacqui Showers—to teach on prayer and stated that she wanted to read each of our biographies WORD FOR WORD (which she doesn’t usually do) because she wanted “us to celebrate our sisters.” And I celebrated my sisters and felt so loved as the women celebrated what God has been able to do through me.

On Sunday, I had my first informational session for my business, Soul Delights, at my church, Evangel Ministries in Detroit. Like my sister, my pastor, Christopher Brooks, is an encourager and has always lived what he has preached about helping people, particularly us in his congregation, fulfill their God-given dreams. He, therefore, has purposed to promote church members’ businesses and my using space in the church for my session was the way this weekend that he celebrated what God is doing through me.

I am so grateful for my sister, my pastor, my church members, my family and sister-friends that love me without malice or envy and celebrate me sincerely.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

God says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

Celebrating, appreciating, and congratulating—not hating—is what God calls us to do for one another not just for us but to give Him glory.

Take a Risk Challenge: Love a brother or sister this week by intentionally celebrating, appreciating and congratulating them.

One Thousand Gifts List

My shrimp/pasta/pesto/broccoli dish turning out delicious
Bird watching out the window with Nate
Not knowing what God wanted me to blog about and being okay not posting something until I hear something
Hearing clear messages from God about things to write and taking a seminary class on iTunes University
Looking for butterflies out the window with the boys
Justus coming to get me to dance and Nate dancing with me with the “get down” face—LOL
Killing 10 flies with the boys with Joshua leading us
God delaying giving me my blog post but giving me a powerful lesson about His Lordship
Remembering I hadn’t taken my medicine and deciding to get it only to discover that the cabbage wasn’t put in the refrigerator
Nathaniel shouting “surprise” for no apparent reason