Ready to Love

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, today I woke up feeling blessed and overjoyed from spending time with my family and enjoying them these last four days.  I was NOT ready for them to leave this morning, but I know their time in Georgia for now was up.  However, as I laid in my bed, l began to reflect on life and what is truly important to me.  Career and living out my life’s dreams are ok, but there is nothing greater for me than experiencing true love.  True love to me is not the “fleshly stuff” but supporting one another through anything, having each’s others back when one is lacking and picking up the slack to the point where the other person’s shortcomings are never noticed, building a “brand” together that takes the world by force, and creating an extension of the family that reflects our love for one another.  I am “Ready to Love”.  I prayed and asked God to place me in position to be found as a wife and to release my husband to find me because “the man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22 NLT).  I am a well-balanced treasure packaged with “wifey materials” and my husband is one blessed guy and for this I say, to God be the Glory!

 WR2W, we must know to give God glory for all things even for the process of being made into the wife He is calling us to be and for the husband we are “Ready to Love”.  My prayer is that in our time of waiting, we focus on God and being obedient through the process.  We are to take our focus off of wanting to be married and when the husband is coming and center our focus on being prepared to be a godly wife and fulfilling our assignment.  As I was writing the previous sentence, the Holy Spirit directed me to Titus 2:12 and when I turned there, I was reminded “and we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures.  We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God (NLT).  The Holy Spirit then sent me to verses 4-5, wow, they were already highlighted, and read as thus “these older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands.  Then they will not bring shame on the word of God (NLT)”.  I am so in love with God and His word that I am “Ready to Love” as the scripture instructs.  When we become consumed with God and the things of God, all our desires and earthly wants and needs are no longer important.  Godly living and destiny surpass fleshly living and desires because we have taken delight in the Lord and accepted God’s will for our life instead of our own will as our hearts’ desires (Psalm 37: 4).

 WR2W, I encourage each of us to live a godly life and “don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what [we] need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then [we] will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard [our] hearts and minds as [we] live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) and we will become content in whatsoever state we are (11), and then and only then, can we be “Ready to Love”.  I have learned to be content and to fully trust God with every entity of my life because I am fully persuaded that He has my best interest and will only give me the best.  This is why waiting to be a godly wife who is loved by my husband as Christ love His bride (The Church) and why I am “Ready to Love” for the first time as God has instructed have become easier and my portions.  It is my prayer that we pray for each other, and individually, we keep our heart and mind focused on God throughout our process.  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Ready to Love

 

 

Get Up, Get Dress, Get Out

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, it is time for those of us who rather lay down all day and never leave the house to “Get Up, Get Dress, and Get Out”.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is good for us to lay around and catch up on our rest and recharge.  For me, this week was necessary.  Sometimes, it is good for us to turn off all electronic devices, don’t answer any calls, and do nothing but take a mental break to avoid a mental breakdown.  Well, I was not able to fully do all of this because I had to work, but as much of it as I could, believe me, I did!  However, now it is time for me to “Get Up, Get Dress, and Get Out” of this house because these four walls definitely seem to be closing in on me, lol.  I hear people tell me all the time, “Tam you are too young not go anywhere, how do you want to meet someone, he is not coming to your door and get you”.  And to be perfectly honest, I know they are right, although I joke back by saying, “how you know, he could be the FedEx guy”, but then I need to be honest with myself because I am not ordering any packages, lol.  I must do better!  I keep saying this to myself, but until I choose to do better, I guess I will continue to wait on someone or something I am not putting any “good works” into receiving.  “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works” (James 2:26 NLT).  

 Therefore, I encourage each of us to start making a special effort to do our work and “Get Up, Get Dress, and Get Out”!  Even if we go to the movies, the mall, grocery shopping, the park, somewhere, we are trying.  Friday, I realized that this is a spirit of laziness because I did not want to do anything outside of work.  All I wanted to do was wish, and I have never discovered where wishing got a person a dream.  We are not little children anymore where our parents tell us “make a wish and your dream will come true”.  We need to stop telling our children that anyway because that is not the whole truth which in my opinion is a lie.  The part that is left out, I will fill in, “make a wish, put it into prayer, work hard to achieve it, and our dream will come true”.  Now, this is the possibility of truth because we gave it to God and at least we tried.  But most importantly, we gave it to God and did not magically leave it up to Him to bring it to pass while thinking we do not have to do our “good works”.   Now, it is true, sometimes God gives us things that we did not apply for, did not ask for, etc., but I guarantee if we really evaluate the situation, we were in position to be seen or thought about to receive the blessing.  We still had to “Get Up, Get Dress, and Get Out” to be seen, thought of, and/or remembered!

 WR2W, if a person never knows our name, never sees our face, never heard about us through connection because all we ever did was laid around, caught up on our rest, and never went anywhere, 9 times out of 10, we will miss the blessing that has been released with our name on it.  I would like to think of this as the power of appointment.  I am ending this year strong and entering next year with even more strength working hard to execute the power of appointment.  I will make a special effort at least three times a week to “Get Up, Get Dress, and Get Out” of the house outside of work.  Will you join me?  If we want to live our best life which is a blessed life, we better do our “good works”.  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Putting in Good Works

Grateful

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, I am so grateful for all your love and support this weekend.  OMG was not the Lord good to each and every one of us.  The fire of the Holy Spirit was in the building and I cannot thank God enough for the presence of His glory.  We fasted, prayed, and showed up with great expectation and we received more than what we could have ever imagined.  Truly, I am grateful, and I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul.  I am so excited about what God has for us in the upcoming months.  Tamaria J. Hawkins Ministries, Inc. is looking forward to #heelsconference2019 and sharing with you the details so you can begin making plans to be a part of this amazing experience and opportunity to give God all the glory!

I am grateful for my team, they did such an amazing job!  O my, what can I say?  I am absolutely speechless.  God could not have given me a better team.  Everyone on the team is hardworking, all must have overcome the “L” in HEELS, because none exhibited the spirit of Laziness during this year as we prepared for the conference nor this weekend.  They were patient with me and executed my vision with so much grace and class, and I know patience was their virtue when dealing with me, lol.  Thank God for Jesus, can I get an Amen…. I am shouting right now!  I also would like to give God glory for such an amazing, anointed, God ordained music ministry.  From the singers, to the musician and drummer, and the beautiful dancers…. Yes Lord, it was nothing short of amazing.  All I can say is to God be the Glory!  And what can I say about these powerful women of God who revealed God’s word in such a way where we were all arrested under the power of the Holy Spirit and subjected to change.  The word of the Lord penetrated our hearts and changed us from the inside out.  When I tell you these anointed vessels of the Lord took us “Under Construction” and we had an awesome time feasting on God’s word.  We must have laughed, cried, smiled, laugh some more and cried all over again.  What a time, what a time!

Moreover, a big thank you goes to my photographer for capturing every moment, I know Half Pint must have taken over 1,000 pictures and that is not an exaggeration.  Thank so much for your professionalism and dedication to capturing beautiful and cherished memories.  Thanks to Bees Catering Service for the delicious food, people are still talking about how tasty it was and wanting another plate, lol.  A special thank you goes to my Pastor and First Lady, and my Mt. Calvary Baptist Church family for allowing us to house #heelsconference2018 and showing such great hospitality in helping to make sure that everything ran smoothly from the sound room to keeping the bathrooms clean to being available to open and unlock the church and whatever else we needed.  We are truly grateful because you made this weekend a huge success so thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  God has been faithful, and blessings and favor have been immeasurable.  WR2W, please stay tuned because the best is yet to come, and I hope you are Women Ready to Work, I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Grateful

Lemonade

365 Days of Growing Together 
“Under Construction”

Hi WR2W, I want to share with you today how to make the best lemonade you could ever drink.  It starts with knowing Who makes all things bitter, sweet.  When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  Yes, I have heard this saying ever since I can remember, but nobody ever told me how to take bitter lemons (life circumstances) and make them into a refreshing, bubbling spring (peace everlasting).  Well, that day is over because I am officially coming to tell you how and His name is God, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit!  When most people refer to this saying, they are speaking naturally, but I have never heard anyone say, take this lemon baby and add the blood of Jesus to the glass and mix in a bit of that sweet Holy Spirit and to top it off, to make it cold and solid as ice, add in some prayer, praise, and worship.  This combination in one glass is the best lemonade that will quench every thirst, forever.

 WR2W, I invite you to #heelsconference2018 to help you look beyond the lemons (life circumstances) and give you the ingredients to make the best lemonade you will ever taste.  Come all and “taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NLT).  When I tell you that your life will forever be changed, it will, and you will never want to go back to being thirsty.  In order for you to understand that sentence, you need to join us on Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, 2018 at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 414 Weeks Street, New Iberia, LA 70560 where all lemons will be squeezed to make the best lemonade ever sold on the market because it is sold out for Jesus.  Life is not supposed to start as lemonade, it is supposed to be made into lemonade.  The bible tells us in Job 14:1 (KJV), “man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble”.  So, this is biblical proof that lemons are purposed in our life to be processed throughout our life to make that “good ole fashion, down home, southern type” of lemonade, I’m a country girl “ya’ll”, lol.  

 WR2W, life can be so much sweeter and refreshing if we had the joy of the Lord in our life and we knew Him in the pardon of our sin.  Then and only then, will we no longer focus on the bitterness of the lemon, but on squeezing all bitter juices from our heart into a glass filled with the blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and all byproducts of serving the Lord in excellence and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.  My sisters #heelsconference2018 is the place to be so share the good news with all whom you know.  We will be going “Under Construction” together squeezing lemons (life circumstances) and making lemonade (peace everlasting)!  Please register today at http://tamariajhawkins.com/conference/ or via CASH App ID: $HEELSConference and put your name and for registration in the note section.  You don’t want to miss it.  I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!

Signed,
Making Lemonade