What Are the KEYS?
The KEYS: Resources that we use in order to further cultivate us spiritually, emotionally, or physically. This can be books, devotionals, development plans, songs, videos, or anything. We want to be able to share what things we use to grow on a daily basis.
Don’t Let Your Crown Fall Girl
Captivating – John & Stasi Edlredge
“….And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,“ This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:22-23 ESV
This book relates to all my ladies,
A couple months ago, I was in desperate need of a new read. I wanted something that challenged my perspective. I raided my sisters bookshelf, because she was moving soon, and I came across the book Captivating written by John & Stasi Eldredge.
And let me tell you, I’m re-reading it again.
As I have finished the book, I can easily say I want all of my friends that are ladies to read it. It made things plain and clear from a Godly perspective when it comes to the nature of what it genuinely means to be a woman, holistically. With the world throwing flat tummy tea, Instagram models, and the idea of contouring your face just to be recognized, it is easy understandable as to why so many women’s perception of themselves are distorted. Now don’t get me wrong, a little beat face doesn’t hurt, but all I’m saying is the essence of a women is far from what God created us to be.
As women, we all have been created uniquely in the image of God, but in a different form of beauty than man. Let’s be honest here, as a women, we all have struggled with being our authentic selves while battling the many expectations that society has placed on us. This great read makes it plain from EVERY angle. The book discusses the idea of the heart of a woman, how the beginning of sin has impacted us, attacks on a woman’s beauty, the wounds that women have, expectations from society as a woman, as well as the impression of being romanced by a man, but most importantly God first. Ultimately, it plainly illustrates the contrast between what the world says about women, and the truth about how God truly sees His most beautiful creation.
Free Flow Thoughts
1. Many women struggle with insecurities and battle with the idea of what beauty truly looks like. Satan fights to diminish how women see themselves, because he hates us (Yeah, He’s really coming after your life Girl!) He fell from the kingdom of God, because of his proud heart and corrupted beauty. Don’t you think he would love to kill and cause confusion to one of God’s greatest creations?
Of course he would.
Women are capable of bringing life into the world by giving birth, which satan also hates. He wants to be able to create life, bring beauty and joy into the world, but he cant because of his own demise and pride. This only means he’s coming after yours.
2. Being romanced is beautiful. However, before you can truly give your heart to a good man (keyword: Good) , women have to understand that God is the ultimate romancer. We all want to be loved and cared for. Yes, we are AMAZING by ourselves without a man in our lives, but God created us to love and be loved. But imagine having the infinite love of someone who cares so deeply for you and has your best interest at heart? Someone who will listen and not just pretend or someone who will be there despite the issues. Think about it.
3. Women were created to “play” the infinite roll in the story. God created us last in His image, and we were essential to the plot (Examples: Adam & Eve, The Story of Ester, Mary giving birth to Jesus, The Cannanite Woman) . Throughout history, women have been necessities to complete the picture. Additionally, we crave true adventure and significance when it comes to the relationships and pursuits that we have. When it comes to being a woman, we are nurturers, fighters, and we naturally make things grow (families, homes, businesses, ideas, etc. ); therefore, the want/need to play a “role” in the story is natural for a woman. You don’t have to fight it. God created us this way.
1. “It changes things to realize that, no it is because you are glorious that these things happened. It is because you are a major threat to the kingdom of darkness. Because you uniquely carry the glory of God to the world. You are hated because of your beauty and power. (P.65)
2. “A woman is a warrior too. But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way.”(P.11)
3. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty of our own to unveil. (P.17)”
4. “God wants to live this life together with you to share in your days and decisions, your desires and disappointments. He wants intimacy with you in the midst of the madness and mundane, the meetings and memos, the laundry and lists, the carpools and the conversations and projects and pain. He wants to pour his love into your heart and he longs to have you pour yours into his. He wants your deep heart, that center place within that is the truest you. He is not interested in intimacy with the woman you think you are supposed to be. He wants intimacy with the real you. (P. 121)”
With the culture throwing so many raw, undefined ideas of what it means to be a woman in our faces, it is refreshing to read a book that is relative and relevant from a biblical perspective, starting with the beginning of creation. So if you’re looking for a read that uncovers the true reality of being an authentic woman biblically, this KEY is for you.
You can find this gem at: Captivating – Stasi & John Eldredge
– Destiny DeYonne
Never Eat Alone- Keith Ferrazzi
Let me start off by saying the book Never Eat Alone was God sent. It was given to me by my Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at my internship at SMU, during a time that I was fasting from social media and secular music. Before beginning my fast, I was struggling with pushing my brand effectively and efficient
ly on the various platforms available to Millennials. So upon receiving it, I took it as a little nudge from God saying, “What you are doing is cool and all, but there’s a better way.”
And certainly, there was.
The book Never Eat Alone is about connecting people effectively while serving them and ultimately putting yourself in a win-win situation. It is 0% a matter of being a “desperate network marketer”, but being more of a person that is “connecting the right people with the right solutions..selflessly”. As millenials, we are a generation that understands that people need peo
ple and yet, we often fall victims to the lies, such as succeeding on your own and being a “self-made boss”. Trust me, according to statistics shown in Never Eat Alone, anyone that has achieved success and maintains clout has reached this place in life because of the very MANY people that helped them along the way. Whether it was a simple encouraging text or an opportunity to work for a new business, no one made it alone.
So you might be wondering how this simple, yet profound book has impacted me specifically…
Well, let’s start with how it gave me the confidence to not only re-launch my brand but to expand and develop it. From the name change to the way to develop of professionally made website, the book helps to stir your creative juices to reflect, evaluate, and critique where you are now and where you need to be in order to truly reach your goals. Another example is my network of people has already grown since I’ve began to read this book. I like to hover between being an outlandish extrovert and a timid introvert, but Keith catal (the author) uses great examples of how to be a connector of people in both realms.
Lastly, the book is an amazing resource because it teaches you how to notice problems and become a person with a quick solution. Your solutions come from your ever-growing knowledge bank and your ever- expanding network of people. The more people you can introduce to other people and the more knowledge you can provide allows you to become indispensable.
Honestly, it is like raw evangelism in business. You become vulnerable, open up, and create relationships with people you otherwise would have never met or even noticed. So my final tidbit to the beautiful soul reading this entry, go there and get vulnerable. Show people that not only do you work hard, but you laugh, love, cry, and need help just like every other human. Be the kind and resourceful being that God created you to be.
– Enigmatic Soul
You can find it at your local Barnes & Nobles or Check out the link below: Never Eat Alone