Therefore encourage one another and edify one another, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fashion Friday


Every Friday our goal is to share different attire from various age ranges to show you that you can still dress cute without having to display your goods. There are some things the world SHOULD NOT see.

The sad thing is... you see online and also on television how women YES grown women are dressing with less and less clothing on. We have to set an example  NOT ONLY for the younger generation but for ALL WOMEN!!! 


Thanks Likyla for being our model for today.

We love comments so, tell us what you think. If you have an outfit you would like to share, send us an email.

Friday, June 15, 2012

My Reflection

Sleepless nights, tear stained pillows, depression, and loneliness once surrounded me. I was losing myself and I did not know how to repair me. As I looked into the mirror, I did not see a lady full of love, ambition, and strength. Instead, I saw a little girl full of strife, sorrow, and agony. “Who are you” is what I once asked myself.
As I looked at my reflection, I could not see who I ultimately was, but who the devil told me I ought to be. I heard his vicious words day in and day out telling me who I would never be. As I looked into the mirror, what did I see? I saw a frightened girl tired of her misery. He told me my life was worthless and as I looked at my reflection I began to believe him. Who am I to say I am powerful, wonderful, and amazing? 
I looked into that terrible mirror that I thought would be the last time. I wanted to give up on that dreadful life. That mirror I thought was once so terrible had a different reflection I did not usually see. The days I gaze at myself into that looking glass I have complete silence surrounding me but today was unusual I left my television on. I heard a voice booming through my small screen saying, “Joy comes in the morning”. “But how could my joy come in the morning when I have sleepless nights,” is what I uttered to myself. “No problem is too big or too small for God” is what I heard the mysterious man say. I looked back into the mirror in dismay because, who is God to rescue me from my problems when I have endured all of this pain for so long? Where was He when I cried and contemplated about taking my life?
I looked deep into the mirror for several seconds and I saw this little pocket size Bible I was given years ago. It was under my bed on top of one of my favorite sandals next to some old papers. I began to scan through it while listening to the speaker on the screen and he told me that when you’re walking with Jesus no unworthy condition will prevail.  As I listened to his angelic words, I decided to look at my reflection to see if I felt any different. I gazed at myself for almost a half an hour when I got the notion to pray. As I knelt down to pray, I felt a feeling of release taking over me. It was like a pressure was taken off of me. Prayer really changes things.
 I was once that girl that thought my life would never change, but God showed me otherwise. If it was not for His sweet comforting words, I possibly would not have been here today. Oh and that pocket size Bible I found under my bed the last scripture I read before closing it was Isaiah 41:10; It states, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Do not give up God is with you.

Image courtesy of Free Digital Photos

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Heaven's Grocery Store

I was walking down life's highway a long time ago.
One day I saw a sign that read, "Heaven's Grocery Store".
As I got a little closer the door came open wide,
and when I came to myself I was standing inside.
I saw a host of Angels, they were standing everywhere.
One handed me a blanket and said, "My Child shop with care".
Everything a Christian needs is in that grocery store,
and all you can't carry, come back the next day for more.

First, I got some Patience, Love was in the same row.
Further down was Understanding, needed everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith,
I just couldn't miss the Holy Ghost, it was all over the place.
I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run this race,
but then my blanket was getting full, and I remembered I needed Grace.

I didn't forget Salvation, which like the others was free,
so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my master's will.
As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and had to put it in,
for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
Peace and Joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
Song and Praises were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, "How much do I owe"?
The Angel smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."
Again, I politely asked "How much do I really owe?"
The Angel smiled again and said, "My Child, Jesus Paid Your Bill
A Long Time Ago."

Ron DeMarco
©Copyright 1990

Friday, June 1, 2012

Featured June 2012 Sister In The Spotlight: Robin Shockley

Co-founder, Facilitator, Minister, Speaker, Writer, of
Legacy Tree Ministries

Brief Background on Minister Robin Shockley:

Robin Shockley is a part time employee in the corporate world but a full time servant to her family and ministry. She is the Co-Founder of Legacy Tree Ministries where she is devoted to communicate the truth of God's word in a way that will draw women into a love relationship with Jesus. Robin is passionate about encouraging a woman to see her worth, her value and her importance as a power of Godly influence in today's world. She does this by speaking at conferences and retreats as well as the small intimate settings of bible study. She desires to trigger the mind to think and focus on all the possibilities that God has for His people. She enjoys teaching women the importance to be real with yourself before you can be real with anyone else. She feels it's time to forget the past and press forward with new beginnings. She and her husband Gene are Elders and Robin serves as a Mentor to women under the Mentor program at their church Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville SC. She is active in the community with various programs and other ministries. Robin has received her ministry ordination through Redemption Ministerial Fellowship International and she in the process of having the Legacy Ladies mentoring documents copyrighted. She has spent the last five years with other women training them for mentoring and leadership. Robin enjoys writing, taking trips and spending time with family. She has been married for 22 years and she resides in Greenville SC with her family whom she has the privilege to serve with in ministry. She is a true example of a woman who was changed from a "boxed in" religion mindset to a God given personal relationship with our heavenly Father. Robin also coordinates outreach events in her community representing Girls gifted 4 God, which is a branch ministry connected to Legacy Tree Ministries. She and her daughter organize functions to help educate women about the inner beauty and that each one has a unique gift given by God for a purpose.

Overview of Robin’s Testimony:

I am the legacy of a teen pregnancy. My mother was 17 yrs old when she gave birth to me and for years I struggled with rejection from my biological father because he left when I was less than a year old. Though I grew up in a loving home with a wonderful family and was fully accepted by all whom I made contact with, the enemy trapped me into believing I had to strive to be “perfect” to be accepted by God since my birth father did not want me. Though outwardly I was smiling, inside I was dying. I had no identity. I remember in 3rd grade writing on a piece of paper " I hate myself" on every blank area of that paper during class while the teacher was speaking. I covered my emotions up so well by putting demands of control on my family. I carried this rejection into my marriage. After a few years into my marriage, I took some sleeping pills hoping to not wake up the next morning but God had a plan. I fought so hard to have a perfect life, it caused me to almost lose everything because of that. I did not understand "life happens" and you have to deal with it by leaning on and trusting God. This identity crisis finally broke in chaos when I swayed from my family and turned to the world's lifestyle. I was manipulated by the excitement of not having to be perfect and live free. What I did not understand was I really wasn't experiencing true freedom. A little over 7 years ago, I found out I was anemic. That was about the time God began speaking to my spirit about the woman with the issue of blood. She did all she could do to get to the hem of Jesus garment to receive her healing. I felt like this woman. I knew not only was I physically sick, I was spiritually and emotionally sick. I had been to church all my life, but I was so "boxed in" by religion I did not know what true freedom meant. Until, God spoke to me in church one day that he can restore my soul unto HIS salvation by repenting to receive a pure and clean heart. At that moment, I realized I could be fully healed. Later that week while driving the Lord showed me a vision that was so clear that he hated my sin, but he loved me, despite all my imperfections. That day was a stepping stone to real freedom. And I've never looked back since.

Today, my family is restored and we serve in ministry together because I made a choice to stand in the gap. I refused to let the enemy of my mind win. Legacy Tree Ministries started out as writings of visions, dreams and devotions that God gave me over the course of 20 something years to leave behind as a legacy for my family. But three years ago he spoke to me in the middle of the night that this legacy will spread and it will not be for just my generational line. We now have several branches of the ministry where different members of my family reach out to others through singing, speaking and writing. God's hand has been on me even before I was born and as Jeremiah 29:11 says, He knew the plans and it was to do good and to bring me a future - a future to share and testify that real freedom reigns in relationship with Christ and not in religion. Psalm 145:4 "one generation shall command your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts". Today I am a testimony and I am declaring His mighty acts with all who I come in contact with. Just recently God has called my husband and I to serve the community we grew up in. Our hearts desire is to do more for individuals through mentoring families such as providing a place for teaching and training for them to build their own legacy life.

Robin's Favorite Bible Verses and Quotes:

The task ahead of you is never as great as the power within you.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:13

But if you look at me closely, you will see in my eyes, this girl will always
find her way.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

Restoration with God is multiplication.
He not only restores you, but he multiplies you. ~ Apostle Ron Carpenter Jr.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:3

I like to leave you with the thought to close your eyes and imagine who you desired to be as a little girl. Maybe you dreamed of being a teacher, a singer, or a nurse. I encourage you to write these memories down and ask God steps you can take to bring this dream alive again in your heart. You dream is not dead, it is only sleeping. Arise o sleeper and take up your bed and walk it out! The best is yet to come and you have a destiny designed just for you to impact your world!

You can learn more about the ministry vision God has birthed in me by contacting me at robin@legacytreeministries or either on my family website Legacy Tree Ministries & Girls gifted 4 God are both on FACEBOOK.

Thank you so much Minister Robin Shockley for being transparent and giving us words of encouragement.Your heart for God really shines through. The seeds you have sown is sure to reap a harvest.  May God continue to pour blessings upon you and your ministries.