Saturday, March 1, 2008

Counting our blessings

Today I realized something about myself that was quite troubling to acknowledge. This new self awareness is indeed a blessing and an opportunity for personal growth. It is quite simple! For months I have been sad and deeply hurt about the recent events that took place in my life. I was greatly disappointed in the betrayal of friendship and trust, I was deeply hurt and disappointed in the lack of leadership and people's inability to stand up for something that was unfair and unjust. This week I was alarmed and hurt all over again, like the scar had been peeled back and the wound exposed again. A person that I had trusted revealed herself yet again. Her plan was revealed and I was shocked. I was blinded by the hurt and pain and wondered dear God how much more, how much more. How many more snakes in the grass have to be revealed, I just want to put this all behind me. But today after speaking with friends and trying to process my pain, my anger, my disappointment and my sense of betrayal again, I felt sad and sorry for myself. In the midst however in conversation with an empathic soul, a stunning truth was revealed. It was like God found a window of opportunity to say to me, Nadine how much more positive evidence can I give you. I keep showing you the positive and you keep looking back at the negative. I bring you good visionaries and you still look back at the snakes in the grass and give them power over your mood and mind set. It was like a light went off and I said, my God you have given me over 1500 visionaries to build the foundation of Soul Purpose. 1500 visionaries who will be the rocks and the pillars of this new venture. 1500 who understand, who love the vision, who understand empowerment and who want to do the right thing. Then Nadine why do you look back at the handful of people who betrayed you, took advantage of you, used you and spoke ill of you. It is important to move forward; to look forward not look back like Job did but forward in your calling. This for me is a new revelation. I am guilty of looking back. I am guilty of giving power to the people who did not mean me well. I am guilty of not giving honor to the gifts I have been given.
Today I make my vow to try really hard to not look back but to focus on the blessings and gifts that right here in front of me and right here beside me in my calling. I apologize for these moments of weakness and I realize the glory and the gifts I have been given. My eyes have been re-opened and the backward facing blinders have been removed, and for that I am grateful.
The power of the 1500 is bright, powerful, amazing and most important a testimonyto God's Will in my life. To God be the glory!
Much love Nadine

PS
Here are some words that were sent to me today that helped greatly with my healing:
Also, I looked up the verse I referred to when we spoke. I have pasted them below. Lady Nadine, you are the sower. We (Visionaries) are seeds on good ground and we shall bring fourth good fruit. Be blessed and I'll call you next weekend when I am in town.Matthew 13:1-8 (King James Version)
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Think about it this way, there are 1500+ visionaries waiting for Soul Purpose to launch, and when it does most (if not all) of us will TAKE OFF RUNNING with this opportunity.

In light of that, chew on this...the greatest revenge in the world is success.

Peace and Blessings,

Jane P.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Testimony Lady Nadine!

Thank you for not being ashamed to share your pains and weaknesses with your Visionaries.
Thank you for showing us how to "Let Go and Let God".
Through trials and persecutions
"Great Leaders" are born and we are greatful that you have been chosen for "such a time as this".

We feel your pain, we share your pain but most of all we Glory in the Lord with you.

Your Prayer Warriors are making intercession for you daily and remember the words of R. Bethea, "Dig another well because you have already seen the anointing of God manifest in your life and bring forth fruit.

Stay Strong my Sistah! Keep Pressing and Keep Straining Ahead!
Remember Apostle Paul said I am focusing all my energies on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I "straaain" to reach the end of the race and receive the prize.

God's richest blessings to you and your family.

I love you...Your Sister in Christ!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lady Nadine, Chief Visionary and my leader!

Walk the walk before you.

I know your pain. About 10 years ago I went through something quite similiar. One day I hope to share with you my experience. The utter shock and awe of it all. My husband constantly tells me, "I don't know why you are always surpised, whenever people are involved you must be aware of that the potential exists." The after effects was me spending 3 years trying to make sense of it. I have come to realize that the battle is and was never mine to begin with. God gave me the victory on Calvary. But as flesh, we must walk the walk. Lady Nadine, if you build this thing . . . if you toil and give birth to it, they will come.
Be blessed, stay strong and walk this walk - only YOU can.

Truly this is Nirvana.

La-Rhonda said...

Dear Nadine,

Not only has God given you 1500 visionaries, but He has also moved on their hearts to devote themselves to such an extraordinary movement. I wholeheartedly believe that this commitment to Soul Purpose comes from the Lord. Long story-short, I was offered a full-time job that allowed me to make more money than I have ever made before. I was offered another position paying significantly less than I made in the past few years. As I contemplated taking the 1st offer, I grieved over the fact that the hours were so extensive that I would not be able to commit time to MINISTRY or SOUL PURPOSE. The 2nd offer would restrict my spending habits considerably. Which job did I choose? Of course, I chose the 2nd one. Ministry and a strong conviction pursue my passion far outweigh immediate financial gain. Also, you constantly remind us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The finances will come eventually. I’m confident in the exquisite product line. Nadine, the visionaries are committed to the great work that God has done through you! For me, there is no turning back. To fulfill my purpose, which I stated in an earlier blog, is essential to living, breathing, and being a change agent in this world. I am so thankful that God has giving me the privilege of partnering with you and the Soul Purpose family.

Be encouraged,

La-Rhonda

Tanya Fussell said...

Hello Nadine,

I want to share one of my most favorite scriptures in the Bible with you. It is found at 1st Corinthians 10:13 and it reads:

"No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for YOU to be able to endure it."

Nadine, you have been through so much in your life and although you have suffered a great deal of disappointment, pain and frustration, God made a way out for you to be able to endure it. He helped you find your new direction in life.

I want to thank you for giving me and so many others that share your vision, a second chance. Many if not all of us chose Soul Purpose as THE company that we know will change our lives. No matter where we come from or who we are, we wanted to join YOU.

Many of us have never even met you in person but know you from your work and we wanted to join YOU.

All of us as Visionaries, Founders and the many others who join after us know this company will be successful because of YOU.

I wanted to show my appreciation for you because I am inspired by YOU.

There is a quote I wrote a while ago that says, "Dreams often become the reality of a positive mind."

I knew that if I kept my own dreams alive and stayed positive and faithful, that my dreams would become reality. Little did I know that I would find Soul Purpose to help add something positive, uplifting and GOOD to those dreams.

I thank you Nadine and believe me, we ALL thank you for Soul Purpose.

Agape,
Tanya Fussell
Proud Visionary Circle Member ID# VC-00673

Anonymous said...

Nadine Nadine Nadine:

You have a MIGHTY FIST that strikes a MIGHTY BLOW right before your eyes.

We are pushing your name and companies so hard because we LOVE YOU, WE BELIEVE IN YOU, we know that THIS IS THE HOUR, that is going to be life changing for us all. All those in the past that meant you no good will, LET IT GO -JUST LET IT GO.

The bible also states he "he will give you new sisters, brothers, moms and dads"

They HATED Christ, so who are we! We know we will be HATED ON. WE KNOW WE are being hated on because of what we are doing and who we represented. It only makes us work harder and stronger.

So keep your head up and do YOU. Keep doing what it is that you do best. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Debbi P - St. Louis ->>>part of that mighty fist!

DreamingMom said...

Lady Nadine, this is the real Ms. Cleo. I am so happy to read that you are a real person with real feelings, just like me. We have walked different lives, but pain is pain. No matter what economic level anyone is in, they have struggles, hardship and pain. I want you to know that I have NEVER been a consultant with any company. Not even warm spirit. I didn't want to be in something I personally felt was saturated.
Then came Soul Purpose. Pre-launch stage. A woman of color, proven track record. WOW. Then I went to your site and you quoted Hebrews 11:1. OK, Lord now what are you telling me. I realize and believe that different opportunities come at different stages in your life. Well, I joined. I read and read some more. I am excited to be apart of your team and I dedicated to changing my own life and realizing my own Soul Purpose. I can't wait to share with you my struggles and my testimony. When you hear it, you will then realize how important it is for me to be apart of your team. Stay on your knees and remember that you are to blessed to be stressed and that our God is to Strong to go Wrong.
Ms. Cleo A. the Pink Praiser

Deborah said...

One of the 1500.........
Nadine, I read somewhere on your website about the end of a dream and I thought no one or no thing can really take a dream or desire that is God inspired. Because Madame CJ dreamed, because YOU dreamed, I am now dreaming BIG. If I had not been for God and for wonderful dreamers such as Madame CJ and yourself (who not only dreamed but put their dreams to faith,work & action) now I too have a dream and am tremendously blessed to see real live stories from your examples. Thank you for your courage and faith. Never stop dreaming! Soul Purpose is just the beginning............

Anonymous said...

Lady Nadine

Remember, the Battle is the Lords'

I agree with the sister, the greatest revenge is SUCCESS!

That has always kept me stretching.

I am Proud to be among the 1500+ visionaries.


MR VC-00666