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The Seth St. James Series
Unlocking the mystery…
People have always been intrigued by Seth St. James, especially her green eyes. After all, she looks nothing like the woman who raised her. But Seth’s past is cloaked in mystery. No one knows about the tragic accident that left eight-year-old Seth an orphan in the care of her surrogate grandmother, Madelyn. Together the two have worked hard to keep what really happened that fateful night a secret.
Windows to the soul….
Twenty years after that mysterious accident, Seth has worked even harder to lead a normal life. And she seems to have put the past behind her. But a visit from a stranger jolts her back to the night her family was killed and the memories send her world spiraling out of control. As she struggles to hang on to her sanity, Seth sets out to uncover the truth surrounding that horrible night. It’s not long before she discovers life-changing details about her family’s sordid past and the man who may have murdered them all – a man she was learning to love.
Filled with deception, sensuality, and suspense, The Green Eyed Butterfly will take you on a transforming journey and just when you think you know what’s going on…you’ll be forced to think again!
A Family Affair…
Almost two years after tracking down and murdering the men that destroyed her family, Seth St. James is finally able to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Enjoying motherhood and wedded bliss, Seth’s husband Alex is tragically killed in a car accident. Still mourning the loss of her husband, a knock at the door reveals yet another illegitimate sibling. Haunted by his own past, Seth’s new brother has one request. He needs Seth to help him find out what happened the night his mother was killed by their father over twenty years ago.
Uncovering the Truth One Lie at a Time…
Trying to help her brother discover the truth about his mother, Seth uncovers more skeletons from the past. A three a.m. phone call from a familiar stranger sends Seth out into the dead of night to uncover a body that was buried in her backyard more than two decades prior. Uncovering the body turns Seth’s life upside down as she becomes the prey instead of the hunter. With few options, she must turn to her ex-lover and the possible “real” father of her child to help her take on the notorious gangster who has a price on her head. Forced into hiding Seth struggles with being the ruthless killer that she knows lives inside her or disappearing forever to protect her family. Once again, Seth St. James takes you on a wild ride as she uncovers the twisted truth one lie at a time!
Unlocking the mystery… People have always been intrigued by Seth St. James, especially her green eyes. After all, she looks nothing like the woman who raised her. But Seth’s past is cloaked in mystery. No one knows about the tragic accident that left eight-year-old Seth an orphan in the care of her surrogate grandmother, Madelyn. Together the two have worked hard to keep what really happened that fateful night a secret. Windows to the soul….Twenty years after that mysterious accident, Seth has worked even harder to lead a normal life. And she seems to have put the past behind her. But a visit from a stranger jolts her back to the night her family was killed and the memories send her world spiraling out of control. As she struggles to hang on to her sanity, Seth sets out to uncover the truth surrounding that horrible night. It’s not long before she discovers life-changing details about her family’s sordid past and the man who may have murdered them all – a man she was learning to love. Filled with deception, sensuality, and suspense, The Green Eyed Butterfly will take you on a transforming journey and just when you think you know what’s going on…you’ll be forced to think again!
Learning How to Empty Your Emotional Trashcan
Are you running on empty, feeling like you have nothing left? Are the pages of your life-book stained with the residue of a painful past? Do you feel like you’re sitting at the bottom of a pit, weighed down by the burden of depression, abuse, grief from the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship or unforgiveness? These are signs that your emotional trashcan is overflowing causing you to feel like you’re spinning out of control.
Our emotional trashcan is an internal space where unresolved issues, fears, failures, and insecurities are tucked away and forgotten. Over time, this collection of clutter becomes a distraction and hinders you from seeing who you are authentically. Changing the way you see yourself is not about altering your physical appearance, it’s about healing from the inside out to see yourself as God sees you; fearfully and wonderfully made.
In this authentic account of her battle with poor body image, depression, unforgiveness, and the emptiness of growing up without her biological father, Kiffany Dugger provides the ultimate guide to forgiveness and healing. This book will help you take the first step to:
To rediscover (v) means to bring back into existence; to recast something familiar or old into a different form. Most of us spend a lifetime searching for something that lives deep inside of us waiting to be discovered. By Changing the Way You See Yourself, you declare that you will reach deep inside yourself and cultivate that extraordinary something that dwells deep within. This book will help you take the steeps to release emotional shackles and be bold enough to strip yourself bare and rediscover your greatness. Changing the way you see yourself is not about altering your physical appearance. It’s about digging deep inside emptying yourself of the emotional toxins that you’ve been exposed to throughout your life and rediscover your power. This book will help you empty your emotional trashcan and Change the Way You See Yourself!
“In some aspects, gardening is much like the changing seasons of life. After a seed of insecurity is planted, we water it, feed it, and watch it grow into a plant that is difficult to manage. Some of these emotionally damaging seeds are like self-seeding annuals. We tell ourselves that we are unworthy, ugly, fat, too skinny, and not good enough, so we conclude that nobody loves us. We plant negative seeds, and they continue to spring up in other areas of our lives like our marriage, our job, friendships, church, relationships and parenting.”
“If you have ever had the unfortunate opportunity to experience a hangover, then you know that is the physical effect caused by consuming too much alcohol. The night before, you told yourself that you were fine and not intoxicated, but the morning after revealed a different story. In the same way, sometimes we convince ourselves that we’ve healed and gotten over whatever emotional trauma that we’ve experienced, until something else comes along, and we experience the hangover of old negative emotions.”
“Unforgiveness is like a traveling bullet, it destroys everything in its path. The unwillingness to forgive is what hinders us from enjoying a healthy and fulfilling life. Harboring resentment, pain, and hatred toward someone who has hurt you emotionally or physically can cause damage that could take a lifetime to repair.”
“Sometimes we handle ourselves as roughly as I handled that glass. We allow ourselves to be dropped, shaken, and bruised; and with each traumatic event, a piece of us is chipped away, leaving us more broken. Yet it is not always other people who cause us injury or harm; sometimes it is our own actions that affect us. Instead of going through the process of healing and purging our emotional debris, we hold on and add other toxic things to an already full emotional trashcan. As we continue to add problems on top of situations and situations on top of issues, we discover that we have turned ourselves into human trashcans.”
“When you think of the word “malnourished,” you may immediately think of lacking food or nutrients, which equates to starving. Buzzwords like “starving” and “malnourished” send visual images of starving third-world countries scrolling through your mind. On the other hand, being emotionally malnourished involves starvation of the heart and soul. Emotionally malnourished people starve themselves of accepting love because they either feel that they are not worthy or they are unable to trust due to the pain of lingering emotional wounds.”
“If you are unhappily single and feel a man will help fill that void, actually you could already be too full for God to bless you. You are too full with the regret of past relationships, unforgiveness, and bitterness. You can’t let go of a man who hurt you ten years ago. You are unable to give or receive true love because you don’t completely understand what love looks like or feels like. You are afraid to trust because you don’t want to risk getting hurt, cast aside, or abandoned. You are too full with trash from your past, so God needs to empty you to bless you.”
“Relationships of any kind are often like entering into a rental or leasing agreement. Sometimes, we allow people to treat us like rental and leasing services. The most common reason people rent cars is to prevent their own vehicles from incurring any unnecessary mileage or wear and tear. Some of us rent cars because we are unsure if the car we own is reliable enough to handle a long trip. Most rental car companies allow unlimited mileage, which means we can take long trips without worrying about accumulating excessive mileage on what we own. Basically, the car is not ours, so we have no real interest in making an investment toward ownership. If we’re tired of driving what we own and want to try something new, we just rent a temporary fix. When we are done with a rental, we can return it dirty, worn, and empty and only have to pay a small service fee. Unfortunately, we allow people to treat us, as a lease without an option to buy.”
“Perhaps you are like Hope. You appear to be sitting on top of the world, but the reality is you are struggling to hold on and desperately playing the one string you have left. Maybe you thought your life would be filled with a husband, two kids, and a dog, but instead you are single with no prospect in sight. Possibly when you were a child, you dreamed of becoming a dancer. You have been trained and educated at one of the finest performing arts schools in the country. Even though you have put time and energy into developing your talent, rather than performing on stage, you are stuck working in a 4×4 cubicle, wishing you were someplace else.”
“We are all born with an inherent gift from God that makes us special. Sometimes we are thrown off track, crippled, or broken by some event that happens to change our course, but we are never lost with God as our guide. Through God’s awesome grace and mercy, despite our condition, we will always eat at His table. God did not create us to walk around with our head hung low, seeing ourselves as dead dogs. Even if life has dealt us a blow that causes us to walk with a limp, we should limp as a child of the King would—with God’s wonderful grace.”
“You cannot change the way you see yourself until you are honest about who you are authentically at your core—not how others see you, but how you feel when no one else is looking. Knowing who you truly are will help you become the person God has designed you to be. Our self-image is the picture etched in our minds and carried in our souls. Our self-image is what we see each time we look in the mirror. If what we see are unhealthy, insecure pictures of fear, doubt, shame, and hopelessness, then we have already dishonored God’s creation. Genesis 1:27 (NIV) says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
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