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Dating in the Digital Age

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Don't let the title fool you, but this book is for any single adult who has the pleasure of dating in these innanet streets!


If you're a single woman who has ever received that "Hello, Beautiful" text message, you already know the challenges of dating in the digital age when you receive more characters than phone calls or visits.


This ebook is funny, informative, and above all it is a quick read!


And even if you're married, it makes for good comedy!


So the next time someone text you WYD, you'll consider what you really need to do.


Thank you for your support!

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You Are Appreciated: Honoring the Labor of My Sisters

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A #LaborDay reflection honoring #women:


Today I'd like to honor the sisters/sistahs who labor tirelessly to keep the wheels turning.

 

From working 2 to 3 jobs as a mama trying to make ends meet to staying up all night to bake cakes so the PTA or the church house can meet their budgets, what would we do without hardworking women?


It's work just walking out into the world as a woman, as our work is expanded by all of the additional expectations of bosses, coworkers, clients, customers, patients, and students. We get one paycheck although we have multiple assignments.


Even if we have one title or job description, the assumption is that we'll always serve as ex-officio members on everyone's committee or team! If we are students, we become the instructors on life for those sitting near us.

We.stay.working. 

So today, whether you are working on your entrepreneural endeavors, finishing out your shift, or sashaying around your house in a caftan, I salute your labor.

I salute your rising early in the morning and being the last to go to bed.

I salute our labor.

I thank #God for our gifted hands and righteous minds that make ways out of know ways.

I salute you, �� woman.

In Power and Perseverance, 

Dr. Lecia

From Reggae Beats to a Moment of Remembrance

Posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (1)

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The Pain and Tears of History

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (1)

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Some exciting things have been going on in my world, and I will soon share them via my new website. If possible, please like my new https://www.facebook.com/DrLecia/" target="_blank">Facebook page for updates. You can also search for @DrLecia on FB.


I recently took a trip to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. When time permits, you can read about it here

As always, continue to look and live!



Writing Words on Fiyah

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow! I’m wrapping up the first weekend of May 2018 and wondering where the time has gone.


As the year fades away, I’m more focused on the things I placed on both last and this year’s To-Do List. Writing the next book is still #1 on the list. This weekend, I made a major investment in accomplishing that goal by attending the #ScribesArise Writers Bootcamp held in in the suburbs of Chicago. During the gathering, the words “charismatic,” “prophetic,” and “burning words” were used, so it was not ordinary writer’s retreat. I left not only inspired, but also infused with the fire of he Holy Spirit to continue writing words that are on assignment. Like the prophets and scribes who produced the writings


While most academicians will work to churn out research articles this summer, I’m looking forward to pouring out my soul in spiritual writing. Just go to any bookstore (yes, they still exist) and you’ll find rows and rows of books from well-known authors like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Joel Osteen, just to name a few. The categories have expanded over the years, and I’m still talking about all of the books that are supposed to be alongside the many authors and books that fall under “Christian Life” or “Spirituality.”



A sister must get to work. I’ve been writing, but now I’m writing with more intentionality.


My prayer is that I won’t take the words inside of me to the grave, but my prayer is that they will be released to heal, inspire, and restore. They'll be released to help people LOOK and LIVE! 


May the words you have on assignment flow out onto pages, blogs, songs, prayers, and books in this season. May our names not be recorded in the card catalogue of all the books that went to the grave with authors who did not birth them during their lives. 


Don't Let Folks Put You in a Tomb

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Beloved, others don't have to understand your dreams, goals, or your motives.


I was recently sharing with a few women about my interest in "marketplace ministry." Someone chimed in it was because of the money that could be made. I quickly corrected their assumption.


I believe LIGHT needs to be everywhere decisions about my life are being made. The engineers designing these phones we stare into all day may never make it to a church or synagogue, but what if they encountered a voice of LIGHT during one of those company meetings or professional development sessions everyone hates. What if we envisioned that people could encounter the divine in every aspect of life, including in their workplaces and social spaces?


Did Jesus meet people soley in the temple, or did he encounter them at wells, in graveyards, near the sea, and moving through towns?

 

I'm glad today that Jesus' divinity didn't allow people to place him a box that could only accommodate his humanity. Many just want Jesus to be Mary's baby, the carpenter's son, and some still believe he was simply a prophet. I'm glad today that he was all of that as well as Savior of the world.


If they doubted Jesus' potential and motives then trust that they will doubt yours! So here's your Good Friday word not spoken from the cross:

Don't allow your dreams and visions to stay in "a tomb" because of what others think! May the Holy Spirit breathe life into those spaces of your life where you and others have already written obituaries.


The hope of resurrection reminds us that what you thought was dead can live again! May you be blessed on this most special weekend, and as always, continue to Look and Live!


Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons, Chief Encourager 



#GoodFriday #reflection #ministry #inspiration #shifttheculture #resurrection #Lent #Easter #death #newlife #journaling #entrepreneur #looknlive

RECALIBRATE!

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Often we become stuck in "survival mode" and it appears our minds deactivate the sensor for the things that bring us life. Those actions that give us arenaline rushes! Those areas of our lives we where humanity met divinity, and we felt God at work as we sang, danced, gave speeches, wrote, and stirred up our gifts!


Today, what is it that you miss doing because your "sensor has been deactivated"? Have you stopped singing, drawing, sewing, making bath salts, restoring engines, designing, or whatever gave you a high money couldn't buy?


What will it take for your to shift or recalibrate?


In the words penned by Donald Lawrence, "I minister to you as I minister to myself!"

 

After answering the above questions, pray that God would restore the gifts placed within you to "factory condition!" Hope again! Dream again! Always #LookNLive!

Holiday Revelations

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

During this season, many consume alcohol not just because it's a "drink with friends," but the alcohol suppresses the unprocessed pain experienced this year and the year before that.

For some, alcohol makes you "feel good," but for others it's about FEELING NOTHING.


May we all heal in our inward parts and experice love that is stronger than 200 proof moonshine! With prayer, work, and the love and support of others, may your new normal be a love hangover! 


I know it has been a long season, and last Christmas you prayed love would find you by this Christmas. What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas? Hold on! Wait for love in action and not just a title! #looknlive


Prayers for all who have experienced traumatic events this year. May appropriate processing and #healing take place so you can live your fullest life! #looknlive

Black Sock Revelation #MotivationMonday

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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Praise God for a weekend of rest and renewal!


After a quick trip to Savannah to do some further study of Gullah/Geechee culture and an impromptu birthday celebration for a friend, I’m rejuvenated to finish December STRONG!


Finishing the month strong means finishing the year strong. 2017 has been a year for the books, literally. The past six months have alone reminded me God is a God of miracles who is our ever-present help in the time of trouble.There’s trouble that just comes with the adventures of living in the land of the living, and then there’s trouble we bring to ourselves. Yep, we contribute to some of our trouble.


Recently I realized that I’ve been spending too much time getting ready in the morning. More specifically, I’ve been spending significant time looking for black socks. Not only was my lack of planning causing my trouble, but also continuing this search over and over was costing time. Inevitably time always cost us money.


During my time in Savannah, I stopped into a store and purchased 6 pairs of black socks. Yep, two different styles of black socks. I was “too shame” that I had gotten so frustrated before departing that I simply put on two different socks and kept it moving. It took a matter of 15 minutes for me to solve a problem that I began to have since the weather changed.



While the purchase of socks was a simple answer to my recent troubles, it reminded me that there are other areas of our lives that cost time and inevitably money.



As I approach and prepare for 2018, I’ve started to assess what else looks like my drawer of mismatched socks.



What is it that you’ve been “rigging” and trying to make work when its season is past due?


What are you holding on to that no longer functions, matches, or will serve you where you are headed?


In what area of your life are you wearing 'mismatched socks' and masking it as having it all together? I could go on and on with the questions, but there’s some rearranging of my own “drawer” that continues. 


On this #MotivationalMonday, may you have warm feet that run to get your own “sock drawer” in order! And as always, continue to #looknlive! 





Gifts That Keep Giving

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

It's that time of year to start thinking about #holiday gifts. If you start early, you can be intentional with your gift-giving. I love gifts with stories attached. I just love gifts; it's one of my #love languages!

For example, I recently wanted to leave a gift with the unit that had invited me for a #Gullah presentation. Because I had a few months to think and prepare, I was able to gift the Center a #sweetgrass #ornament that had been made by the young son of the sweetgrass artisan who made the earrings I wore that evening.

I had a story to share because not only was the gift rare, but also purchased directly from its producer.

As I presented the gift, I could share that story as a sign of hope for the preservation of the #culture!

#Christmas #Kwanzaa #hospitality #sharing #lovelanguages #digginfortreasure


If your group or organization would like to learn more about Gullah culure, send  an email to [email protected] to book a presentation or by Dr. Arlecia Simmons. 


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