My recent introduction to a project that I was invited into. (Sharing)

My name is Esther R. Scott, some call me “Essie” or “Rev Essie”. The “Rev” is really not needed. My experiences are very similar to (-)….very. I am beginning to think that maybe a few of us were ‘sent’ due to our experiences in life where we can encourage and uplift those who may have had the same experiences. 
I was what I call the ‘unloved’ orphan that was raised in a few different homes and had people from those homes tell others “we absolutely hate Esther” and they still say it today. I’ve been sabotaged, lied on, cheated, talked about and mistreated like Vicki Winans says in her song. I struggle with sabotage everyday but with God’s Grace, I get Victory….a hard Victory but a Victory nonetheless. In order to be a winner you have to learn to be a loser if that makes sense. Some people are depressed and on drugs because they are a ‘loser’ to the World, not realizing that they are Winners in Christ Jesus. God says that you cannot be friends with the World and love Him at the same time. The World is at enmity with God. If the World hates you, it hated Jesus before you. There are actors and other entertainers still struggling in Hollywood, fighting against “the machine” trying to make the statement that they will not sell their souls for fame or fortune. I could have but I chose not to, therefore, I was what I called, a Semi-Entertainer. Canonsburg, Pa even put me in their Bicentennial Book as one of ‘their’ entertainers along with Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. That was awesome to even be in the same chapter as them and almost on the same page, for which I am thankful. I don’t sing much anymore. I can but I kinda got out of the circuit I guess. I liked it when singers sang and it wasn’t a competition like on T.V.  We just sang and enjoyed it. We didn’t have to be better than anyone, we just sang and made people happy. I don’t like competition, it brings out the ugly in people.
Some of my background information includes Singer, Writer, Preacher, Teacher, Mother, Grandma, and Former Marine. (Honorable Discharge.) I still say that dominating one talent in life is better than being a “Jack of all Trades”. Being a JOAT spreads your mind a bit thin. Focus on one thing in life and do it with all your might. My condensed background caused me to reach out for love and acceptance in any way that I could get it. When you go through that you end up having swine that stomped all over your pearls telling people that “they knew you when” and half of their story is fabricated just enough to keep  the so-called “good people” away. But if they are really “good people” they wouldn’t sit around listening to the gossip right? I was extremely introvert most of my life. My friends find it very odd that I became a preacher of the Word. You know it HAS to be God when I start talking. Lol. 
Due to the many negatives in my life, I gained a lot of weight and became unhealthy including Type 2 Diabetes. I was diagnosed in 2003 with a sugar level of 300. I was approximately 250 pounds or more, my hair was breaking off and I just didn’t care anymore about my appearance. I have videos of my children’s birthdays that shock me every time I watch them. My appearance was screaming for attention yet I still wallowed in my misery….proudly. (Wallowed. Wow, what a choice of words there.)  After beginning the Diabetes meds, I lost 50 pounds but became happy with that loss and didn’t strive for more. I lived that way for years saying, “I’m big and beautiful!” when actually I was big and out of shape, breathing like a 90-year old woman. Recently my daughter invited me to the track that she walks on. I’d walk around once, breathing heavily and then I’d sit on the park bench or picnic table and watch her go around. Wow. That was crazy now that I think about it. All of a sudden and with much prayer I tell you, I began to walk more than one lap with her! I was like…..”What?????” Lol. I actually began doing about 5-6 laps with Lex. About a week later, I did about 8-9 and now I am up to 12. Daily I do between 8-12 depending on how I feel that day. We figured out the size of the track which ends up as 4 laps per mile and it was on after that! 12 laps = 3 miles. I like to keep it between 2 ½ – 3 miles a day, that’s what we did in the Corp. I was in the Corp from 1981-1987. The difference is….we jogged not walked. Hey! I’m 55! Walking 12 laps for a 55 year old sista isn’t a bad thing. 🙂 I am contemplating on purchasing a Track Incliner, Stair Stepper, or whatever the name is, lol, so that I can continue during the winter months. It’s only $177 at Wal-Mart. It’s worth the investment! (Now folks know that they aren’t going to walk around a freezing cold, icy track. Let’s get real right?)
I hope that what I wrote is okay. There has to be a million “I’s” in this writing but that’s what we are supposed to do, introduce ourselves. I refused to speak about myself in the 3rd person, that would be wierd huh? Lol. 
God bless and thank you for reading.

 

Essie thanks God for this opportunity and she prays God’s protection and provision around us all. 🙂
Essie

        


         

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Fwd: NewBirthMinistries ~ NBBI WHAT WENT WRONG?

Sent from one of our members. This is good info and poses a great question that we also should ponder.

 


Dearly Beloved,
WHAT WENT WRONG?
“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” (2 Chronicles 14:2 NIV).
“Asa was angry with the [prophet] because of [the admonition]; he was so enraged that he put him in prison. At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people” (2 Chronicles 16:10 NIV).
Asa was one of good kings of Judah. The writers of the Scriptures chronicled his good deeds thus: he did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God (2 Chronicles 14:2); he removed the foreign gods and the high places (2 Chronicles 14:3, 5); he expelled the male shrine-prostitutes from the land of Judah (1 Kings 15:12); he commanded the people of Judah to seek God and obey Him (2 Chronicles 14:4); he trusted God in time of war (verses 11); he repaired the altar of the LORD (2 Chronicles 15:8b); he led the people of Judah and even some from Israel to reestablish their covenant with God (2 Chronicles 15:10-14); he even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because of her idolatry (2 Chronicles 15:16); and his heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life (2 Chronicles 15:17). Because of these, God gave him and his people rest on every side (2 Chronicles 14:6, 7). Even when somebody with a vast army waged war against him, God gave him a resounding victory with many plunders (2 Chronicles 14:9-15).
Nevertheless, his last years were a tragedy! He abandoned the almighty God for a mere man when another country waged war against him (2 Chronicles 16:1-6). When a prophet of God confronted him for his lack of trust in God, he was angry and put the prophet in prison (2 Chronicles 16:7-10). He also brutally oppressed some of his people (2 Chronicles 16:10b). When he was afflicted with a disease, he refused to seek God (2 Chronicles 16:12). He died in that disease!
One may wonder what actually went wrong in the life of Asa. Why did he start well and ended tragically? The writers of the Scriptures did not give a hint to his decadence. Apparently, his successes went to his head and he forgot his God.
This is a food for thought for all of us. Think about yourself. Are you serving God the way you used to serve Him some years ago? Are you not deteriorating in your devotion to God? What went wrong? You have to think about it in your relationship with God and “Give careful thought to your ways” (Haggai 1:5, 7 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Good Monday Morning! 16Sept13

Rest in Christ, He does all of the heavy work. Pray, relax, speak in tongues, and remember to pray for others and for Jerusalem as the Lord commanded us to. 

Zechariah 8:20-23

20  Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

21  And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also.

22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.

23  Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

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