Bloom where you've been planted.

The last few weeks have been full...not in an overwhelming way but in a way that makes me feel good about being exactly where God needs me and grateful for these opportunities to bloom where I've been planted.

I've been able to serve women over the past few weeks who are navigating difficult times of transition. Some are waiting on a miracle and if you're in the same boat, here's a reminder that every day you wake up is a miracle so while you wait on "that miracle" don't discount the miracles being shared daily.

Others are feeling abandoned and lost, like God is silent and forgotten them as they seek direction, purpose, and opportunities to use their gifts. Here's a reminder that your gift is cultivated through practice, your calling is cultivated through prayer.

And a few are discouraged by broken relationships and wondering how to begin the journey of repair. Here's a reminder that "meeting people where they are" isn't as helpful as "meeting them with grace".



Lord, help me to wait.

I’m on the brink of a major decision, one that could significantly impact my life and the legacy I leave for my daughter. I’m sharing this now because far too often I’ve found that we share the victory but not the process.

The truth is, I have to make a decision and I don’t know where God stands (and yes, I asked). I’ve sought counsel and reached out to one of my favorite prayer warriors and I still don’t know the answer. So, I’m leaning on patience as I try not to make a move without God…but we all know that God moves perfectly in HIS time which is sometimes counter to ours.

To be frank, I’d like Him to hurry up and tell me what to do. I don’t want a sign, I want to hear His voice explicitly advising me of the right direction.  Yep, like stop whatever He’s doing and say “Sharnikya, here’s the plan…” I mean, I’ve never made this type of request, don’t I get at least one in my lifetime?

So that’s where I am, waiting somewhat patiently and on the verge of impatience.

If you’re in the same boat, pray with me:

Lord, help me to wait. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


P.S. Queenie isn't waiting for anything, this girl is moving and shaking! More here



"...they should have behaved better."

Last night I invited Tokeitha Wilson of Empowerment Station, author of 'Too Precious to Be' to speak with the group of women I'm currently serving via one of my enrichment programs. She shared parts of her journey and I love that she didn't just include the highlight reel, she shared some of her failures and lessons learned. This is important because far too often we only share the highs, neglecting the blessing of the lows and completely missing the fact that our lows can transform the lives of others.

A few jewels from last night's session are below:

1. When it's time to tell your story, don't just share the highlight reel. Be transparent, discuss the failures and the times you had to repeat the 'test'.

2. Even in times of transition, make sure you get all that God has for you in that space and be sure to give to others during that time as well; It's not just about you!

3. Don't worry about those that contributed negatively to your journey. Thank them for the material and testimony! "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better." - Anne Lamott