Sunday, June 28, 2015

Meet Deondriea Cantrice



Welcome to June's author of the month, Deondriea Cantrice.  I have had the pleasure of reading Deondriea's books and I loved them. When Emotions Lie is one of my favorites. I wanted to jump into the pages on a few occasions. Not only is she a wonderful writer, Deondriea is a motivational powerhouse in her own right and just love her shoe game. Lets welcome Deondriea.

Bio

Deondriea Cantrice is a dynamic speaker, engaging facilitator, and celebrated author who has presented her life-changing messaging to many multifaceted audiences around the country. From CEO's to at-risk youth, she expertly entertains, educates, and inspires any audience with her tales of true life. Deondriea greets everyone she meets with a smile, and endeavors to have a positive impact on everyone she encounters through effective communication, veracity, and affirmative interaction. She believes that, "with direction and discipline, accomplishment is attainable."

I asked Deondriea a few questions, here is what she has shared:

What do you enjoy most about connecting with your readers? I love hearing their feedback about my books. How the story has impacted their lives. Also, the feedback presents the opportunity for me to become a better writer.

How did you come up with the story for When Emotions Lie? Many people see what they want to see instead of accepting people and/or situations at face value. I noticed people were making life changing decisions based on their emotions rather than reason. When Emotions Lie is a fictional tale of what happens when bad advice is given the opportunity to speak.

What are you currently working on? I am working on my next fiction title called, Hellava.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I have always enjoyed writing and have written in various aspects for my job. In 2008, I decided it was time to publish and since that time I have published 5 additional books.

What do you do when your are not writing? I enjoy watching movies, traveling, and shopping.

What two pieces of advice would you give to aspiring writers? Know your craft! it is not enough to have a story to tell. As an author, it is important to tell a story in a way that makes readers want to buy it, share it, and continue to purchase your works. Don't expect people to support your works. Because thousands of books are published daily, all of which desire to gain a share of the readers wallet. Having a good book is not enough; authors must be prepared to market and promote their works.



Synopsis for When Emotions Lie

They say a good man is hard to find, but some would argue that a good man is hard to keep. Alicia believes her marriage to husband Arlington is a fairytale come true. Until, she is confronted by Piper, a woman that claims to be Arlington's girlfriend. Alicia lets her emotions get the best of her and yields to the advise of her friends, Cassie and Myra. Little did Alicia know, her friends advice is jaded by their own emotional instability.

Alicia plays the odds with her marriage by betting on her emotions instead of gambling on her husband's sincerity. When the truth is hidden within a lie and lies tell the truth, who do you trust When Emotions Lie.

Deondriea is the author of several books, Rhythm Can't Keep Time, Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough, You! Branding Yourself for Success, Tip Toes, Steel Toes and Stilettos, After The Rain, and Write and Grow Rich. Deondriea has been named as a finalist for the Stiletto Woman and Business Award (SWBA) for the 2014 Author of the Year.

You can find Deondriea's books at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnobles.com, and www.deondriea.com. You can connect with her at www.twitter.com/deondriea and www.facebook.com/deondriea.

Thank you for stopping by to meet Deondriea, make sure to add her to your reading collection.

Be Blessed
 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Responsibility - Own It


To all of you men who have fathered children but have no participation in raising those children. You are doing a disservice. You are an insult to the creed God gave. It is your responsibility to be up front and center. It is not your right to ignore one child but claim the other.

To the woman who do not demand or allow his participation in his children lives, you are a part of the dysfunction that that child will carry be it birthed by you or another. If you are a wife and you are blocking him from his children before you, you are disrespecting your husband, if you demand him present in the children you two created but not in the ones before you, you are guilty as charged. Turn it around. Get your emotions in check, it is not about you, it is about the children.

Stop feeding lies and discord. Stop playing the victim. Stop labeling by calling men who are trying dead beats. Stop thinking the government system will fix your problem just because of a right of child support. That program is in place for a reason not an excuse. Remember, you are a part of the problem too. You can not teach a child if you are not teaching the truth of his or her true identity. One day all will be held accountable for the action or the lack of action. There will be a cost to pay and dearly you both will pay. You men will never earn the respect due you if you cast your seed away as trash. You will not be rewarded but penalized and convicted. Unhappy fathers day to you. I can not celebrate any man who is not doing his part. It is like registering to vote but not voting, your voice is not counted.

Now, to those men who have tried but are blocked at every road, give it to God because He can make a crooked path straight. I understand woman so I know the games they play in using the child as a pawn or meal ticket. I understand a woman who mistreats a child because of the father. I understand the thought of a woman who says, if you won't be with me, you can't see your child. God will turn it around in His time. God will show that child the road to you, you just be prepared. Set aside a savings account for that child, write letters to that child and save them. Create a life for yourself that when that child finds you, you can be a blessing and not a curse. Create a positive legacy, that is your responsibility.

Be Blessed

A Daddy's Girl


Happy Fathers Day to my Daddy. I know you are in a place of complete healing and rest. Being self-employed, you taught me how to paint, sheetrock, repair plumbing, lay carpet, and flooring. My fondest memory is of you taking my friends and I roller skating and seeing you for the first time roller skate by me going backwards. My Daddy was Super Cool. You taught me electrical repair, but I knew after a few volts, I was not the one and because of those volts, I DO not jump cars. I got cables though. You taught me that nothing in life is easy and you have to work hard and sacrafice to get what you need. You told me to teach my children as best I could. You taught me how to have a plan even though I did not execute them at times. You taught me to think. You taught me by example of how an honest man is to present himself at all times.

Daddy you set the bar high in so many ways. I could not have been prouder to call you my Daddy as a child. I was proud to see you walk the halls at school or sitting in the principles office, and sometimes waiting for me after school. Sitting in the pews watching me sing in the chior. You took me around many civic leaders in our community, foundation. You taught me to learn when people were laughing at you or with you. You taught me what it was like to always be honest. Though you knew I was plucking out my own feathers, you had the patience to wait and let me hit the ground, scoop me up and tell me again. I got it and your words and the smile in your eyes let me know, you were proud.

Even though I ignored much up until adulthood,  thank you for all of the knowledge you shared and shown. Thank you for loving and respecting Mommy until she passed. I remember what you said, and I cherish those words. You told me to keep an eye on my lil brother George Moore III as best I can. I understood what you meant. He is good. Thank you for laying the foundation. You are always present in my heart. You often said,  don't take no wooden nickels and that it is okay to cry, just don't cry for attention, but for a solution. I got it. I love you Daddy.

Happy Father's Day Mr. Moore aka Big Moore from your Lil Moore.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Be Unstoppable



We are six months into the New Year. With summer now upon us and the children out of school, I am sure you are wondering where the time went and you suddenly realize you have gotten off track. Get up. Get moving. Go back and revisit your list. Get back in the game because you are a winner and you can't stop now.

I started my life changes in November 2014.  I call them life changes because I am a firm believer that anything you do should result in change in your life, for the rest of your life. One of my life changes was related to my weight and overall health. Most of you know who follow my blog that I suffer from cervical spinal stenosis. This is a chronic condition of the spine where the bones are pressing into the spinal cord. This condition can cause severe pain and numbness. And when I say severe, I mean just that. This condition can leave you in so much pain, you can only lay down and pray for relief.  I am not discouraged, but yet I am convinced of the word that tells me that I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength. You can too. There is victory and power in those word.
We have a duty to present ourselves unstoppable. It does not matter what the change is as long as it gives you accomplishment and growth. The change should bless others and point them to our loving Savior Jesus Christ. Your life change is not only for you, it is also for those who watch you, love you and care for you. Whatever it is that you wish to change in your life should be noticed in the way you talk, the way you talk, and most importantly in the way you smile.  Your life change should bring about a new attitude rendering you, unstoppable.

I leave you with this word. Meditate on this and step on into your greatness.

THE TRUMPET by BILL BURNS:

Today, is a day for a fresh start--a new beginning.  For those who have heard my word and heard my desire; For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, I will take you further into the realm of my kingdom than ever. In the excitement of that which you see and know, you will be compelled to live and flourish in the kingdom of Almighty God. 
So, I say to you today, begin again.  Begin in the strength and the power that I provide. 

Become one with Me and walk with Me, and your life will take on a brand new, fresh meaning, says the Lord.

Be Blessed


Saturday, June 13, 2015

It Starts With You


I was raised in a home where being respectful was more implied than verbally demanded. I knew that I had better respect any adult and it did not matter whether I knew them or not, whether in our home or not. I had best be very careful on how I spoke to any adult.  As a child this time of growing will show how a child will act and live as an adult and what contribution they will provide either negative or positive. It all starts in the home. Sad to say that many children and adults for that matter lack respect for self and others. Many have no idea the magnitude in which their behavior will have on their lives and how they will be received by society.

As I write this post, I think back on the many, many, many, and many more times when I got a serious whipped by my mother, my aunt, and once my oldest sister even got in on the adventure of keeping me line. I even got a swat in school, and that really was not my fault. Now, let me be very clear. I grew up in a time when corporal punishment was the law, period. I was also a pro at being on restriction. I understand that today  whippings have been taken to a whole other extreme with child abuse and the like.  Do not take what I am saying to mean, beat your children.  I am not saying it...I am saying that as a parent it is your responsibility to raise your children in a way that they will straighten up and fly right. What your children do is a reflection of what you allow them to do. Period.

God instructed Moses to write the Ten Commandments and do you know what one of those commandments said In Exodus 20:12? I won’t give it to you here. Why? Because I encouraged you to go and read the full chapter. It is worth going back to every now and again to be reminded. The word respect is stated in the King James Version 38 times, and in the New Living Translation which is my favorite version, 90 times. So, if respect was not important for daily living, do you think God would have expressed it?  Praise God that He knew.

For those of you who read my blogs know that I am concerned about the future of our children and the impact that these children will have on the world.  Though we know that there is no control in our hands, God is in control, and we can only pray for change and while we pray, execute change by teaching our children. By being positive examples for our children. Yes as parents we get tired, we get frustrated, and in some cases we look for the fastest and easiest way out of doing that which we know we must do. It is our responsibility as parents to raise these children and to give them the best foundation we can. We also must understand that without out a firm foundation some of our children will not have a chance. And who's fault will that be? Think about that.

From today and forward, I encourage you to look around you, look at the children you gave birth into this world, and look at all children collectively. Are you doing your part?  Have you created the foundation for successful living? Have you given up? Dedicate yourself to going the extra mile. Talk to your children, listen to them for understanding not just to give a reply and most importantly, turn off the television and disconnect from social media. Get active. Get outside. Create activities inside. This will build unity and create a lasting memory that your children will later thank you for.  Let your pride down and ask for help if you need it and be open to wisdom and advice from mature and seasoned mothers and fathers.  Satan comes to steal, keel, and destroy. He wants to separate and with the weak he starts his attack. You must do everything within your power to not let it happen. I does start with you.

Lastly, please do not humiliate your children in public or on social media. The suicide rate amongst our children is very real and it must be stopped.  Remember, it really does still take a village.

Be Blessed and encouraged.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Drawing Of The Water




I have worked for the non-profit humanitarian organization World Vision, Inc. for several years and I learn first-hand the many disasters that affect so many around the world. I see up close and personal through media the effects of hunger, devastation and disaster. My heart goes out to the millions who are affected in so many ways, especially the children. We in the western world really do not know what it is like to be hungry or to live in a land that has no clean water. We can never relate to walking miles just to dig for water, dirty and disease ridden water, and to carry that dirty water back to our homes to cook, clean, and bathe in. We can just go to our taps and turn it on and presto, clean water.  Lack of water is the main cause of death.

In John 4:13 Jesus talked about the benefit of water. Not the running water from our taps, wells, or streams, but eternal life-saving water. Jesus replied, Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.

This water is eternally and spirituality life-saving. This water changes our lives in the spiritual. When Jesus sat at the well and talked with the Samaritan woman, she did not know what type of water he was talking about. When he shared with her about this water she was amazed and asked how can she obtain the water. She was thinking that she would not have to come to the well and draw water. The Samaritan woman later learned about the water of life.


That is what God wants for us, to believe, and when we believe we have that life sustaining water. When we believe we know without a a doubt that there is a Messiah. I encouraged you to seek this life changing water of Jesus Christ. He knows you. He cares for you. He loves you and his arms are waiting for you. There is nothing that you have done that is so bad that you cannot go to the Father.

I am so thankful that I know and have a Savior that is all knowing and all caring. I am thankful for the life-saving water that flows freely and sustains my life and for that, I will forever be nourished by the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

Be Blessed