Empowerment Blog

Resurrection Sunday 2017 Spoken Word - "Never Forsaken"

Sometimes in life, we feel that God has forsaken us. However, I offer you today to reflect on how Christ laid down His life just for you. How he laid there all night Friday, all day Saturday, and then early on Sunday morning he got up for you and all of your sin. As you listen to this poem, I encourage you to let the words percolate through your whole being, so you may be liberated from the "My God, my God why have you forsaken me" attitude.

God has laid it on my heart to continue the prayer call every Wednesday. We encourage you to join us from 6:00am - 6:15am PST. You may call in at 408-638-0968 meeting id: 680-646-110.

The Wait is Over: Pre-Order Your 21-Day Relationship Healing Devotional & Journal

Dr. Gimel Rogers, who earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed minister is releasing her first title! The 21-Day Relationship Healing Devotional and Journal is a poetry-based book that promotes restoration through reflection. It's Maya Angelou meets Joyce Myers with the spice of Dr. Gimel.

Whether single and waiting on your king, recently single and need a healing, being courted by your king, or married to your king it is always important that we are reflective on past relationships to ensure we left the baggage when we got off "that train." Being whole and healed allows you to be fully the woman that God has called you to be. I am so excited for your journey and always remember that you are a warrior woman and you are a queen!

Start your healing journey now and pre-order your 21-Day Relationship Healing Devotional and Journal today! Your book will be signed by Dr. Gimel and come with an exclusive turquoise "Live Within Me" t-shirt. Orders must be placed by May 1st. If you order by April 17th you get your restoration through reflection journal and exclusive turquoise shirt for only $30 which includes shipping and handling!

Do the colors have a meaning?

Some people have wondered why orange is F.I.R.E.'s main color. Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief. It is optimistic, uplifting and rejuvenating to our spirit by restoring balance. It frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves while encouraging self-respect and respect of others. Most importantly it is the FIRE of God, deliverance, and passionate praise.

              Turquoise represents healing

             Turquoise represents healing

Below is an exert from the book

Comparing Yourself To Others Decreases Your Self-Concept

During the month of February, many people think of relationships and love. However, few people think about the relationship with themselves known as an intrapersonal relationship. I encourage you all to become more introspective and take a look at how you treat yourselves this month. For example, at the beginning of every year, most people set weight loss or fitness goals. The downside is that most of these goals are based on other people's goals or how other people look. The bright side, considering all factors are equal, you know that your goal is achievable. 

However, today, I would like to focus on the cons. Basing your goals on other people's is a form of comparison. Comparing yourself to others typically sets you up for failure. Not failure in the sense of achieving your goal, but failure in building your wholeness of self. If you are a person that has been called derogatory, negative, or simply mean names, then it has impacted your identity. The key is, what do you do with that information. Do you reject it and reaffirm yourself or do you internalize it? When you reject it and reaffirm yourself, in turn, you build your self-concept. On the contrary, when you internalize it, you start to believe in the labels that have been put on you, and you too start to put labels on yourself. Internalizing and believing in these negative labels can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, and then those labels become your very own self-made prison.

If you find that you are continuously comparing yourself to others, I encourage you to do the following:

1) Stop comparing yourself to others: It is okay in life to have markers but when you internalize the markers they become comparisons, which is unhealthy
2) Set a goal based on your preference: Take time to get to know your body type, identify a healthy weight for your height, understand where the fat on your body is typically stored and the locations that usually tone first

Therefore, setting your own goals based on your own desires develops your positive self-esteem (how you feel about yourself) and self-efficacy (the agency to accomplish the goal set forth), leading to a healthier self-concept (an overall view of self). A healthier self-concept will provide a more accurate depiction of your capabilities. During the year of completion, I encourage you to strive to a healthier self-concept.

January's Temple Talk: The Year of Completion

Join us Friday, January 20 at 7:00p.m. PST for our monthly Temple Talk, The Year of Completion: Going Higher in 2017. One Temple Fitness is all about assisting you to becoming your healthiest and being the best you that God has destined you to be!

2017 The Year of Completion

As you begin this year, I encourage you to develop four areas while striving for completion. First, your emotional health, second your spiritual health, third your physical health, and fourth your intellectual health. These four target areas are key to becoming whole. Additionally, wholeness in these areas necessitate completion because it is usually these areas that we struggle in the most. Whether you are aiming to complete a degree, a health management goal, develop your prayer life, or better understand your emotional self, now is the time to make it happen! 

I encourage you to let the trials and tribulations of 2016, 2006 or even 1996 stay in the past. Forgive to become free, let go to become liberated, and ascend to achieve. It's time to go higher, no more mediocrity, excuses, or being your own roadblock. The time is now! Healing is now! Freedom is now! Love is now! Peace is now! Joy is now! Happiness is now! Authenticity is now!  

Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers

Andrea D. Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, assistant professor and chair of education at Spelman College, has published her first book, “Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers.” The book is an autobiographical and research-based exploration of the perceptions of Black middle and upper class preservice teachers about teaching and learning in high-poverty urban schools. 

This groundbreaking book is the first in the sector to explore the experiences of middle and upper class Black student teachers who, like their white counterparts, also may lack experience interacting with low-income students. Through the narrative, Dr. Lewis provides her audience heavy introspection of her journey and offers unique insights from former college students and teachers who experienced the same boundary crossing in their first school-based teaching experience. If you are working with or interested in being an educator of students from diverse backgrounds, this book is highly recommended!

Andrea D. Lewis is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College. Lewis has received awards for exemplary community service and excellence in education from numerous organizations, including Atlanta Public Schools, the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, United Negro College Fund, Turner Broadcasting, and Outstanding Atlanta.