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,