Monday, June 1, 2009

Press On!


Philippians 1:3-6
3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.


Just recently, I fought back and forth about if I should pick up on my Novel again or leave it alone for a while and not pursue publication. I wrote it about a year ago. I can't count how many publishing houses I sent it to- only to get a nice rejection letter from them. I've even had some publishers give me good reason for their rejection. In the Publishing business, I hear that's actually a good thing. Well, it didn't feel "good" to me so I decided to put my Novel to the side and leave it alone. I was growing weary and coming to the conclusion that I am NOT a good fiction writer and maybe I should just leave that part of writing for the experts.

Well, I had a revelation the other day. I thought to myself I just can't let this thing beat me, I have to press on!

This is truly a huge challenge for me. Who wants to really beat challenges all the time? Can't the things in life just be easy? After I asked myself those questions, the Lord revealed something to me... He who created a work in me, will be faithful to complete it.

With all of my heart I believe God wanted me to write this Novel. Yes, I can be a successful story teller. The message behind this book is extremely powerful and I'm sure will stimulate its readers to trust the Lord. So, I couldn't just leave it for the birds. I simply revisited my 400 page manuscript and said, "Ok Lord, I'm going to do this. I'm going to Press On!"

And so I have...and so can you.

I want to encourage you with something today. Everything is not going to be easy. Sometimes you have to put extra hard work into things- blood, sweat and tears. But, the results will pay off. I am a testimony of that. With my first book "Simply Wisdom: Tid Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey" I had slight doubts about how it would reach people. But since it's publication, I've been getting the most amazing feedback from its readers!

Press On! Keep Moving Forward! And, Keep trusting that He who completed a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it!


Thanks for visiting Simply Wisdom. I pray this entry has encouraged you today. To order a copy of my book Simply Wisdom: Tid Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey, please visit the links provided on this website. This book is available in print and as an e-book! Keep trusting God on your journey!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Your Steps Are Ordered!


Psalms 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.


When I was working outside of the home, the job I loved the most was being an Enrollment Counselor for the University of Phoenix. My husband and I were married for only two years and we were living "the life" it seems. We both had pretty good jobs, making very good money. Well, my job at the University of Phoenix was certainly a learning experience for me. I was graced with the opportunity to consult with students who were interested in continuing their education. I met with lots of students each month- different types of students. Some were much older and some were right out of high school. It was such a rewarding experience for me because I was actually operating in my calling- just for a secular position. I had no idea that this experience was going to prepare me for what was to come; for my today.

I worked at the University of Phoenix for a little over a year. I left due to complications with my first pregnancy and decided to stay home and raise my son. It was a huge leap of faith in many ways, but it was certainly worth it. I often considered putting my son in daycare and going back to work there- though I was offered the position there twice after leaving- but I knew God had other plans. My main reason for attempting to return was income. Little did I know that the Lord had other plans.

While I was at home raising my son, God put it on my heart to start writing more. I went from Freelance writing for Christian magazines to writing my first novel. This lead to my writing and publication of my first book Simply Wisdom.

Why am I sharing this with you?

I'm sharing this because it is my testimony of how God ordered my steps. If you would have asked me about three years ago if I think I was going to be a published author in 2009, I would have answered, "I doubt it". I was too excited about being where I was- a successful professional. That may have been my plans, but God had other plans.... and his plans are always far better than what we could imagine.

As you continue on your journey, you may question where you are today and wonder where you will be in a few years with your career. Well, let me encourage you with this. You may not know, but rest assured that God does.

I used to sit at my desk and draw arrows on a sheet of paper- random arrows going in different directions. I didn't understand why at the time, but as I reflect, I realize it's because I was really seeking direction and wasn't sure if I was going to stay where I was or move forward. There's one thing I knew though. I knew I wanted more and that working at the University of Phoenix was not my final destination.

Let me ask you a question. Do you trust that God can lead you exactly where he needs you to be?

Your current experiences are not in vain because they are preparing you for what's to come. So, continue to work hard. Be diligent at your current work place and allow God to mold you before moving you to the next level.

At the University of Phoenix, I found such a delight in talking to people about their future. We talked about careers- their hopes and dreams. And, there was nothing like giving them an extra boost of confidence to stimulate them to move forward. As I reflect, I remember just how much I appreciated that job. And even today, in my first book, God has given me the opportunity again to send similar words of encouragement. He knew what he was doing by having me work there!


Take heart in knowing your steps are ordered. Meditate on the scripture above and pray and ask the Lord to give you peace as you continue to trust Him!


Thanks for visiting Simply Wisdom. I pray this entry has encouraged you today. To order a copy of my book Simply Wisdom: Tid Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey, please visit the links provided on this website. This book is available in print and as an e-book! Keep trusting God on your journey!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Your past does not dictate your future

I was talking with someone very close to me a few weeks ago and she mentioned her struggle with moving forward in her purpose. She explained to me how she felt like her childhood experiences are what's making her remain still. This is her story. Her name was changed to protect her privacy.

As a child, Sheila often felt neglected and because of this, she felt as if she couldn't move on to the next level in her life. Her parents weren't 'too' strict, but were certainly highly opinionated (as most parents are). They often discouraged her to moving forward in what she wanted to do. Unfortunately, because of misguidance, she made some wrong decisions that caused her to go a different route that she didn't expect. She graduated from a school that she didn't want to; because she was kicked out of the good one she started in. Poor Shelia really lost a sense of who she was and what potential she once thought she had. She became a loner who gravitated to the wrong crowd. She decided to do things her own way- without their support. With the discouragement, coupled with unsupport that she received from her family; she figured this was the best route. And even today, she is struggling with the idea of doing something great because no one ever really instilled it in her before. Now even being married with a beautiful daughter, she feels helpless and inadequate.

How many of you ever felt like your past was getting in the way of your future? Let me ask in a different way. How many feel like your past IS getting in the way of your future?

I'm sure some readers will say yes. And maybe you won't comment on this post, but maybe deep inside this is starting to tug at your heart because you actually may feel exactly what Sheila is going through.

The truth of the matter is, Past Rejection hurts! It stings and feels like someone or something has complete control over you and is stopping you from stepping out of it and moving on. Am I right?

Being bound by things that happened to us can really cause great damage. We begin to feel insecure. We begin to feel worthless. We begin to feel like where we are today is the end of the road for us. Well, let me plainly be honest- and I want you to feel me on this- Your Past does NOT dictate your future. You can move out of it and step into what God has for you!

As I shared with Shelia on the phone, you can't allow your past to be an excuse to God. The truth is, that's not a good enough excuse for not walking in your calling. That may sound cold, but it is really true. When you stand before the Lord, it's not going to be you and your parents or you and anyone else who hurt you. It's going to be you and Him.

Forgive and Let Go!
In Shelia's case, she has to forgive her parents. Forgiving people is not easy, but oh when you do- it will take that weight off of your shoulders. Unforgiveness is bondage. It holds you prisoner. It keeps you in one place and prevents you from moving forward.


Matthew 6: 14-15- 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

As you read in Matthew, you’ll learn how crucial it is to forgive. Just think about it this way. Think of all of the terrible things they did to Jesus before he was crucified. They spit on him, nailed him to the cross and there he hang before he died. Yet, he still forgave them by dying for us. In a like manner, we should forgive those who persecute us- those who hurt us. In fact, scripture tells us we need to “bless” those who persecute us. (Matthew 5:44).

Shelia’s parents did their best. They were wrong to discourage her and not give support- but they were doing their best to raise her. But now that she is an adult, she has to look pass the past and think of what God can do in her life right now.

I wonder, what past situation you are allowing to hinder you from moving forward. Maybe it’s not your parents. Maybe it’s something your old boss said to you. Maybe it’s your own personal inward feelings of inadequacy because you didn’t make straight A’s in school. Whatever it is, I encourage you to let it go. Release that thing to God and allow him to show you how to move forward. Once you submit it to Him, he’ll take care of the rest!


Excerpt from Simply Wisdom


"The truth is, there are times in our lives when we really need to step back and trust God without always running to (or trusting in) in other people. It is so easy to put our trust in man. We have friends that we may consider very reliable. However, God is far more reliable than any friend we will ever have.” (Simply Wisdom, pg. 34)

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Simply Wisdom" is Officially Published!


First Book "Simply Wisdom" is Officially Published!


Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the release of my first book "Simply Wisdom: Tid-Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey". On a personal note, this book exemplifies my greatest passion: encouraging others to pursue their purpose in the Lord! I firmly believe God has equipped us all with a unique gift and ability. What we do with those gifts and abilities matter to God because ultimately He wants us to share them with others and use them for His glory.

In this book, I share personal testimonies and lessons the Lord has taught me as I sought God for my purpose. I've learned very valuable lessons that I am sure will encourage you as well. I wrote this book with the mind and heart to empower you to flourish in your God-given talents! To read the Press Release for Simply Wisdom, please click HERE.

Simply Wisdom is available for purchase in Lulu's Marketplace. Click HERE to view and purchase. To purchase this book in the Kindle addition on Amazon.com, click HERE. And, if you would like to receive a signed copy with an encouraging message just for you, click HERE to order by PayPal!

I'm humbled by your love, prayers and support throughout my writing endeavors. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send an email to kennisha@kennisha-hill.com and I'll get back with you asap.

Also, I encourage you to take a moment to visit my new website http://www.kennisha-hill.com and visit my blog!

May God saturate you with his love, grace and peace!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill
www.kennisha-hill.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

Beat the Challenge- With the Help of the Lord!



Sometimes the idea of fighting so hard for something can be exhausting on itself. Through this unpredictable life, we are faced with so many challenges. Often times we ask ourselves, "Why try to fight it?" Why not just let it win and give in. Well, I'm here to tell you today that you CAN beat the challenge. I'll give you a very small example.

When I was more actively ministering by song, I used to be terrified to sing certain songs by Yolanda Adams. I'll never forget the first time I sang one of her songs. I sang "Let us worship Christ the Lord". If any of you have ever heard that song, you'll know that Yolanda is an extraordinary singer. Her vocal range is incredible. Well, I was about 16 years old when I was preparing to sing it one Sunday morning. I practiced day and night- persistently attempting to hit those high notes with ease. Well, I'm no Yolanda Adams, but I did the best I could do. My goal back then was to beat that challenge. I approached my goal with a fighter mentality. And, that's what we must do when we are approached with challenges!

Let's face it everyone, things take hard work and determination. If we always let the fear of the challenge get to us, then we'll never move forward. Instead of letting the challenge win, we should put on our boxing gloves and hop to it.

Here's even more reason why you should fight it. Its because you have the Lord on your side and there is NOTHING too hard for God. You can't do it on your own- but with the strength of the Lord you CAN do all things!

Jeremiah 32:26-27

26 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

You know the answer. Clearly, there is nothing too hard for Him. Listen. Our God is the creator of ALL! He is the one who created the sea and the land. He is the one who created you in His image. He is the one who got you where you are today and by His grace and will, he will get you to the next level.

So, the next time you are faced with a challenge that looks unbeatable, stare that thing in the face, pray, put on your boxing gloves and get busy. Don't let anything get in the way of your purpose. Your challenges only come to make you stronger and wiser. Approach things with that attitude and you will continue to soar along your journey!


I pray this entry has motivated you this morning! Thanks for visiting The Ready Writer!


Prayers and Blessings,
Kennisha

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NEWS!!! NEWS!!! NEWS!!!

My first book, Simply Wisdom: Tid-Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey will have an early release date of May 11th! I originally set a release date of June 1st, but by the grace of God it will be available for purchase much sooner! I'm please to announced it is published! I'm so excited to share this awesome book and pray that it will be a delight and encouragement to its readers. This book will be available as an e-book and a printed copy. More details will follow soon!!! Thank you all for your support and love through my writing journey!

Kennisha Hill

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Art of Networking!



People make the world go-round. You've heard that saying, right? Well, I can't hold that saying to truth, but, I do believe people are here to help us along our journey's.


Just yesterday I had such a fulfilling conversation with a friend of mine who is a Professor at Texas Women's University. It turns out we have such similar interest with writing. She is currently working on her first novel and I have a finished novel that's about to undergo editing to be published soon. It was such a blessing to speak with her about my writing journey. We both agreed that it's great meeting other people who share the same passions that you do. It helps on so many levels.

I've come to realize that networking and connecting with people is an art. There's so much good that comes to meeting others and developing a support system. I'm sure many can agree; being an artist certainly places you in a very unique group. I see it all the time and hear about it too. When you have dedicated yourself to the beauty of art in any form, you easily learn that not many "civilians" are as interested in what you do. Most of the time, it's because they don't understand your love and passion for it. That's primarily why actors network with actors, writers network with writers, photographers network with photographers. Musicians do the same. We are a unique people that freely desire to use our talents... and it's even more special when you can use them for the Lord.

I'll use myself as an example.

When I first started writing, years ago as a child, I had no idea about networking. I was so young, yet, I was very determined. So, inspite of objections and even some rejection, I decided to keep pressing forward. Now, years and years later when I got more serious with my pen, the Lord showed me how much I needed to network and meet others with similar goals and interest. This prompt me to research and find organizations in my area. And so, I started to attend groups specificially for writers. I can't explain how excited I was to meet other people who loved to write as much as I do! I learned how to network and I've met such amazing people through my experience thus far.

Here are a few tips to help you network!

1) Step Out and Meet People- don't be afraid to meet people. They can really help steer you along your journey. You never know who God is placing in your path.

2) Develop a hunger for knowledge- it's a lot easier to learn things from others if you have a willingness to learn. You don't know it all, so come prepared to learn.

3) Research groups and organizations for your benefit- Whatever your interest is, I'm sure there's an organization out there for you. Do your homework. Search online for local groups and then check in with them. Learn how you can become a part of their group. If you have no time to join an outside group, look for online groups. They are out there too and are as effective!

4) Stay Connected- one group meeting isn't enough. Really chime in and stay connected. Focus on building relationships rather than thinking about only getting what you need from the group. This helps to build great friendships!


I really hope these tips help you network and connect with others in your particular interest. I'm sure it will be more of a benefit to you if you were to take note of these suggestions!


Questions? Comments? Concerns about this topic? I'd love to hear from you!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill | www.kennishahill.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A "Delay" Is Not Necessarily a "No"!


A couple weeks ago, as my husband was leaving New Jersey, he called to break the news that his flight was canceled due to the pilots not getting enough rest. Honestly, my first reaction was "Aww man!" considering he had been up there working for a few days. I was ready for him to come home to me and his son. Well, instead of pushing their flight to the next day, his VP was able to get them on a much later flight that evening. This still wasn't good enough for me- at the time- because as I mentioned, I was ready for him to come home. I was frustrated, but quickly got over it as it dawned on me the reason why their was a delay in his return. Thank God the flight crew decided to reschedule the flight. The last thing we needed was sleepy pilots behind the wheel of an airplane. I had to realize that "No" my husband is not coming home as originally scheduled but "Yes" he is coming home!

Sometimes we hear unexpected "No's" about projects we are working on. I can't begin to tell you of the countless times I've heard "NO" after I've submitted a synopsis for one of my books or an article for a magazine. Rejection certainly comes- it's even expected (Simply Wisdom,Chapter 19.) But, getting rejection is only a delay.... it's not really a NO.

Here's why:

Delays happen for a reason. Either this wasn't the avenue you were to take, this wasn't the book publisher meant for your book, or that client was not meant for you. It only mean, there is something better out there for you- someone who will appreciate your work and believe in your vision.

This is where we should trust God. Pray for God's peace for your journey. Pray that he will give you peace and understanding in the midst of your delay's. Remember, my husband did come home, Thank God. He arrived a little later than expected, but, he came. That goes for you too. Your project may not get done today. Your book may not be published when you think it should. Your CD may not be released right away. Or your degree may be pushed back a few months. But, rest assured that it WILL it the right timing!


Blessings,
Kennisha Hill
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

What Motivates You to Success?


Money, Power, Wealth, Fame... these are a few reasons why people want to be successful. Let's face it, we all could use some extra change in our bank accounts. While money is important to many, there are others who desire a certain position of Power. They want to be the boss. They want to be the ones rising above and beyond others to the top to become VP's and High Level Executives. Then, there are others who just desire an abundance of wealth for themselves and their families. The big $500,00.00 homes and fancy cars are appealing to them. And finally, fame. I can't tell you how many people I've heard say they want to be the next famous super star. They want to be the next NBA player or the next Multi-Platinum Artist.

I've heard one friend recently ask, what happens next? You get the big job, making big money but what happens after that? Are you left satisfied with your life and your big accomplishments or do you still feel a little empty inside- given that all you have accomplished are tangible fulfillment's?

I used to sit back and wonder what life would be like if I was a filthy rich millionaire. What would I spend my money on? Would I be debt free? Would I stop pursuing my purpose just because I have money? Then, I was reminded of people who appear to have it all- but then suddenly feel the need to end their life by committing suicide. All of the money, fame and wealth in the world could not buy them happiness. Why is that?

The answer is simple.

It is because Money, Wealth, Power and Fame are temporal and does not bring fulfillment. It does not complete your life. It does not close a gap in your heart. This is where only God can step in and complete you!

We all share different motives, but our common ground should be aiming for a greater purpose for our existence. Where do we find that purpose? There's only one place it rest and it is only in God.


Here's what scripture tells us about Money, Power, Wealth and Fame.

God desires for you to have Wisdom over Money!
Ecclesiastes 7:12
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.


God's Wisdom and Power is limitless. Man's Power CAN fail.
Job 12: 13-14
"To God belong wisdom and power;counsel and understanding are his. 14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt;the man he imprisons cannot be released.

God would rather you have wisdom than wealth!
Proverbs 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!

Man's fame is temporary. Every knee will bow to the Lord!
Psalm 102:15
The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

The Bottom Line
Though money is an essential to healthy living, it should not be your god nor motive for serving the Lord. Our power and fame means nothing. God cares so much more about your service. But here's the thing- he will bless you for your hard work and service to him, if your motives are pure! This is where we should learn to trust that he's got our backs! Right?

So, ask yourself.

What motivates you to success?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Famous Five Questions



I once heard someone say how we live in a microwavable world. We want things quick, fast and in a hurry. Though I thought her theory was hilarious, I also found it to be true. Yes, to most, our human nature drives us to want things done right away. Right?

We seem to fill our minds with the famous five questions:

When are we going to get there?
Where are we going?
What am I going to do when I get there?
How am I going to be able to do that?
And Why Me?


I've personally found myself asking the very same questions time and time again. If this is you- you are not alone!

Some of you reading this are working on finishing college degrees. Some of you just started working in your profession and some of you are entrepreneurs. So, it's typical to question where you are and show concern about growth. But, here's one thing you want to be careful of: Worrying about what you can't control!

We go through things in life for reasons. Sometimes we chose different career paths if one path didn't work out the way we planned. If we don't feel like a certain level of success has been achieved, we immediately step down and try something new.

Listen. God created you with a plan and purpose. He has ALL of the answers to your Famous Five. Instead of giving up, feeling inadequate or lost, try putting your life (career, family, dreams) in His hands. Watch how he then guides you- slowly but certainly answering some of your questions. He'll confirm his word and your purpose! Once he does, trust that things are going to work out for your good- no matter how things appear on the outside.

The road we travel on is very unpredictable. We never know what is going to happen tomorrow. But, when we live our lives trusting that he's guiding our footsteps, he'll give us a peace about our journey- peace that no one can disturb or take away!


Psalms 37: 23-26 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young and am now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth and his seed is blessed.

Have you ever asked yourself the Famous Five questions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts on this topic!


Blessings,

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Welcome to Simply Wisdom

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. ~Proverbs 2: 1-5

Welcome to Simply Wisdom!


I am Kennisha Hill, a new author who is here to encourage you in your divine purpose! "In all thy getting, get wisdom and understanding" is something my dad would preach to us. There is such an enormous amount of truth to this saying. My belief is that we all have a purpose that God has for us to fulfill and the only way to begin to walk in it is to seek Him for his wisdom!

Also, I'm here to let you know that you are capable of doing exactly what he has for you to do regardless of what you think, feel or are concerned about. The topics we will discuss here are all circling around that thought. Please don't be shy but leave a question or response and engage in any topic or post of your choice!

My new book, "Simply Wisdom: Tid-Bits of Inspiration for Your Journey" will be released on June 1, 2009!


Blessings,
Kennisha
www.kennishahill.com