Intoducing the Journey of Proverbs

Happy Monday beautiful people! It’s time to put on your walking shoes and join me on this journey of Proverbs. The month of November is on the horizon and God has great things in-store  for you and I both. However, before we receive those glorious gifts we must first be willing to take heed and listen to what He has to say.

The book of Proverbs is credited by Solomon in chapters 1-29  and Agur and Lemuel in the last two chapters 30:1; 31:1.  In the book,readers are provided with a lifestyle guide on how to live life as a holy, acceptable beings in Christ.In addition, it sheds light on what changes can be made that will lead one to eternal life in heaven.

Although, Proverbs hits on a slue of topics from relationships, emotions, traits and more, the main topics that I will showcase on my blog will be: knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Starting tomorrow I will post verses that focus on those specific topics and explain in-depth if need be.

Before reading the Word, be sure to ask God to show you the message behind the text and reveal to you what He wants you to know in Proverbs. Since Proverbs is written as Hebrew poetry, the first line frequently showcases imagery and the second line complements or contrasts the thought of the first line. When reading each proverb not only should you compare the second phrase with the first phrase but with the entire Word of God.  Overall, be sure to set aside 20 to 30 minutes of your day when you began the journey and truly let God lead you.   Below is a quick view of what the book of Proverbs is ALL about. I can’t wait to begin this journey with you! Stay tuned!

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The Write Moment: Building Fruitful Relationships

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By: Lequvia Ousley from The Write Moment

Hello #JustWrite!! If I can be transparent for a moment, this past month was a whirlwind of emotions and changes. On September 19, 2016, after careful consideration and a month and a few weeks at my new job, I decided to resign for my health and sanity’s sake. Yes, I left a salary and health benefits behind. Although nice to have, those two things are not worth the daily, mental and physical exhaustion I was putting myself through. But guess what I do have? My passion and excitement for writing again and a desire to venture into new territory. What’s that new territory you ask? Well, the very same week I resigned, I shared with my former coworker about my writing and how I wanted to be more focused and she connected me to a young lady at the same job who is launching her very first online magazine. Her name is Erica Relaford and her magazine is called,

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Thank God for Just Write because after I shared the information within the Facebook group, interest in the magazine began to buzz which led to our first official meeting with Erica which included myself, Kim, Ursula, and Tanya. From the moment we conversed about Erica’s vision for the magazine (“Our goal is to win souls that have fallen away from Christ, inform individuals who have never heard of the Gospel and just as the Lord declared in Jeremiah 31:25, “refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” “We seek to empower people with words of wisdom and enlighten those who are unaware of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Bible, testimonials and entertainment”), I knew that I was exactly where God wanted me to be, in a position to help this young lady to do what God has called her to do. Prior to the meeting, it was interesting that as we introduced ourselves, we started to connect the dots, as Kim would say about how we all met each other and what we could do to further assist Erica. It’s amazing to be a part of a group where others truly and genuinely want to help. With that being said, I’ve noticed that this month’s focus has been on relationships throughout social media and daily experiences, whether it was personal (new friendships), professional (beginning and ending a work relationship), and spiritual (deepening relationship with God). I remember around this time last year, I had just finished reading Kim’s book about seasonal relationships (review is posted here) so it is very interesting and befitting to discuss relationships for this month’s blog. One of the subjects that I touched on previously is the importance of community (check out The Write Community blog). As a group, we cannot stress enough the importance and value of community. That community comes in the form of building and maintaining fruitful relationships. As Kingdom-minded literary agents, it is very important to build genuine relationships with other like-minded individuals who will add value to your business/vision and vice versa. If you need help, don’t be ashamed to reach out and express it. You may never know who you can bless with your gifts and the same goes for the other person. Always remember, quality is better than quantity. That statement applies to business and personal relationships. The greatest thing you can have for business are referrals. When you are referred, it speaks volumes about your brand and services which builds more relationships.

As I stated last month, don’t be hesitant in sharing your businesses on social media. If you are not experienced in that area, form a partnership and hire someone to do that service for you. Proverbs 4:7 states,

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The best thing about business and relationships is that both parties are always growing and learning from each other. Your “network is your net worth” is not just another cliche quote, it is the truth.
As I close, if you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering as a contributing writer or editor for Refresh magazine and welcome the opportunity to be a voice for young adults, please connect with Erica via social media and email:

Facebook: Erica Relaford
Twitter: @NetWithErica

LinkedIn: Erica Relaford

Blog: www.christiansincollegeblog.wordpress.com

Email: info@refreshthemagazine.com

In His service,

~Lequvia Ousley~

To find out more about Lequvia be sure to follow her on her Social Media sites and support her blog every month at: The Write Moment!  : 

Facebook URL: LEQUVIA K OUSLEY

Twitter URL: @Quvia777

Instagram URL : @divinegift317

LinkedIn URL:  LEQUVIA OUSLEY

Thanks for Reading

God Bless!

Verse of the Day

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My God if this verse hasn’t touch me it has touched me TODAY! #ImLearning

Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Hillsong United reveals the message behind ‘Say the Word’

Australian worship band, Hillsong United, has to be one of my favorite Christian bands known to mankind.  I always feel as if I am connecting even closer with Christ when I listen to their wonderful hits.

Just last week, in the midst of my praise and worship segment with Christ, He lead me to their song , ‘Say the Word’ from their album ‘Empire’— and since then, it has become my anthem. In a nutshell, the song explains the power of the Word of God and how it is all that Hebrew 4:12 claims it to be:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In addition, the song lets us know as believers, if we speak the Word of God with great praise and believe it with our hearts, our prayers will come to pass (Phil. 4:6). Amazing right??!!

Below Joel and Taya of Hillsong United explain the message behind the hit. Once you check out the message, check out the song.  I promise you it will truly bless your soul, just as it did mine.

Grace and Peace!