W.A.V.E- Now On Anchor Podcast!

June 4, 2018 W.A.V.E will launch its first podcast episode! As women are going about their day to day activities, they can plug in their headphones, and be inspired. Listeners can leave a comment or question to the voice message on the podcast, and be heard. Get ready for motivational pick-me-ups, important topics of discussion, & weekly challenges to make you better.

Tune in every Monday-Friday for new episodes.

To listen to and get notifications of new episodes, click the link below, download the Anchor app, and click the ‘favorite’ button. https://anchor.fm/imawave

#IChallengeYou

I CHALLENGE YOU:

As you go through your day, take the time to speak wisdom and confidence in at least one girl. Remind them of their beauty, intelligence and worth. Your words can help shape their minds and inspire them to tack the day, and the rest of their lives. ❤
Share your results with the hostages. Tag 3 friends and motivate them to inspire someone!

#WAVE #ICHALLENGEYOU

GO!

Women In Business-Quinn Barlett

Last night, Quinn Bartlett celebrated a successful launch party for her new business, 12 Twelve Events. 
fb_img_1511728150600825909677.jpgAs family and friends entered the venue, they could tell immediately that Quinn can do more than just cater. “I can do any type of decorations. I’m very creative. Whatever you want, I can do.” Quinn’s guests were met with laughs, fun and great music. Along with the great hospitality, guests were served an appetizer, main meal and dessert.

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Quinn’s creative skills, and quick thinking, can turn an avenge venue, into the location of your dreams. When asked where the name 12 Twelve Events came from, Quinn had a perfect reason.

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12 Twelve Events is available for parties, wedding and ANY event that you want. Depending on whatever type of food you want, Quinn is able provide that. Even going so far as making sure there’s enough for you and your guests. “I love to feeding  people, so I’ll make sure you and your guests are well fed.”

 

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For information concerning possible events, and pricing, you can contact Quinn by phone, email and be sure to like 12 Twelve Events on Facebook.

 

 

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Feature Friday- Manzura Ishan

Manzura, moved to the the United States from Central Asia five years ago without knowing any English. She started off cleaning houses in Ohio, shortly after she started her own closet organizing business for an affluent clientele. After a couple of years she sold her business. After giving birth to her now two year old son she went to technical school to receive her nail license. Manzura currently works as a nail tech at a salon in 30a, helps her husband manage their new women’s clothing store Lela which just opened in Pier Park and is opening a mobile boutique in Tallahassee with the name Novus Racks.

I Spent An Hour A Day With God For A Week- THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED (Part 2)

In part 1 I shared my desperate need for God. His request for me, was to put my last meal of the day down, and spent one hour with Him for a week. I didn’t understand the reason behind it originally because I had just been flowing with the chaos of my life for so long, it began to feel normal. However, God was NOT having it. So, here’s what happened during my week with Him.

1. I Let It Out

I love how God will let you just come into His presence, and just let it all out. The first night all I did was cry. I let out every feeling of confusion, frustration, and fear that had built itself in me. It was not a pretty sight; My face was all red, nose running, hair all wild, just a mess! But with God that was okay. He didn’t need me to come to Him all pretty on the outside, but tore up and falling apart on the inside, which is exactly how it started at first. He needed me to come in with that broken spirit and contrite heart. That’s what moved Him. Once I got out all that was holding me down out, I was able to take the next step.

2. I Welcomed God into my chaos 

Though God is all knowing and omnipresent, He still wants to be welcomed into our lives. That includes the out of control parts. I wasn’t hearing God because I wasn’t including Him in my life. Those “screaming fans” of my life were drowning out His voice. I felt I could handle things on my own, and I didn’t want to bother God with my chaotic life. During that week, I named every issue and situation in my life, good and bad, and every time I started it out with “God I welcome You into…” A lot of time we complain and welcome other people into our mess, and they can’t even do anything about it. Instead welcome the One who can actually do something about it, and that is more than honored to.

“Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” 

1 Peter 5:7

3. Thankfulness 

When things are always going bad, it’s kind of hard to see the silver lining. That week taught me to be appreciative of what I ALREADY had. The more I spent in His presence, the more He cleared my mind so I could see those blessings. I thanked Him for the fact that even though I shut Him out, He never left me. That everlasting love that draws me to Him, was that same love that kept a hold of me. 

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.”

Jeremiah 31:3


4. He Cleaned Me Up

During that week, I was completely renewed from the inside out. The first thing He renewed was my heart. (Create in me a clean heart. Psalm 51:10), then came my mind (And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Roman 12:2) Once those things were made whole again, everything else followed suit; My speech changed, my attitude simmered, I started to care about my outward appearance again and my joy returned. Things felt fresh, new and hopeful. I had a peace about me that I couldn’t explain, but what I DID know was it was God.

5. Gained Control Over My Flesh

For the fasting part, I was learning to resist my flesh and focus on things spiritual. I had to learn to tell myself no. “No, you’re not going to talk that way. No you’re not going to give up on this. No, you will not give up on God again, no, no, no!” When we live under the authority of our flesh, you’ll be amazed the things you’ll find yourself doing and saying. Flesh will not control me, but I will have authority over it!

6. I MADE Time For God

This was the biggest thing of that whole week. I learned to MAKE time for God. I was able to make time for any and everything that flooded my life, but I was forgetting to make time for the most important thing. God is the center of our lives, and to make time for Him symbolizes that we are acknowledging Him as that, but also that we aren’t just using Him as like a genie in a bottle. You know, only “making time” for Him when we need something. I started seeking Him early in the morning. Thanking Him for waking me up, praying for others and myself and laying out my entire day WITH Him.

That week with God gave me more insight and renewal then I could ever image. I feel more connected and more able to withstand the things in my life. The feeling that I experienced was something that I always wanted to have. I wanted to stay with God all the time, in that closet. I wanted to talk with Him, and listen while He talked to me. The fact that He even thought that much about me, to help organize my life, shows me no matter how low, God will still go.

I Spent An Hour A Day With God For A Week-THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED! (Part 1)

At a time when things were so overwhelming in my life, it was hard to hear God. It was almost like being a celebrity, and having a crowd of people swaming you, screaming for you, and needing your full attention RIGHT THEN. However, the only difference is in this situation, I was the celebrity in the mist of chaos and confusion. All the “screaming fans” of my life were screaming and needing me at the same time. 

It wasn’t too long that my entire spiritual life started to suffer for the lack of conversing I was not doing with God. I couldn’t think straight, my attitude was all over the place; happy one minute, sad or angry the next. I just felt overwhelmed and just going with the flow of life. I needed to find a way out soon, or I physically, mentally, emotionally AND spiritually wasn’t going to make it.

One night, when I found a second to be still, I heard God speak to me and say, “Put your last meal down of the day, and spend one hour a day with me for a week.”

I prepped myself for this encounter because I did not know what to expect. I knew I NEEDED to do this, but for God to ask it of me was important. I designated an area for me to go to where it was just Him and me I turned off all electronic devices except for my speaker to play worship music, and I tried my hardest to FOCUS just on this. 

Now, as dedicated as I was, it was still a fight. The hour was kind of hard at first because I figured I can pray all I need to pray within like 5-10 minutes, what am I going to do for the rest of the time? What about all the other stuff I have to do? What am I gonna make for dinner? Oh, no wait. No dinner. Did I call my mom today? All of these things ran through my mind. The more I over thought about it, the more other thoughts made themselves welcomed.

Praying was like trying to talk with swollen tonsils, my hands were drenched in sweat and I felt my heart in my throat. Why was this so hard?! Was there something that God was trying to do, and was there something or someone trying to intervene? 

I remembered that He wanted me to spend time with Him, not give Him just your list of demands and leave! When I finally realized it, and understood that my relationship with God was critical, and I needed Him NOW, I fought with everything I had.