About fifteen years ago I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I was living out of a rented room while going to school and working a part time job. I asked myself many questions and praying for something better. One day, while cleaning out some stuff at home, I found a CD labeled CHOICES that was given to me some time before. After listening to it, I felt something that I hadn’t felt in a very long time…HOPE; the hope that there was something better outside of the circumstances I was living! My faith came by hearing!
The information I heard spoke to me about choices and offered me the opportunity to do something different and make a difference in the world. The acronym for P.O.O.R. is People Overlooking Opportunities Repeatedly. As a Social Work major, my passion was to make a difference in the world, but didn’t know how. However, I knew I needed to start with myself first. I knew I couldn’t offer anything to anyone that I didn't have. And that day I made a choice to take an opportunity that I didn’t know much about, but that inspired me to do something more. I wanted to be as successful as the women I heard on the tape. I figured, if they could do it, why couldn’t I?
This journey has been a true blessing. That decision allowed me to grow into the woman that I am today. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I believe that anything good is worth fighting for. And that I would have never known unless I tried. There are opportunities in life that only come by ONCE...and I wasn't about to miss mine. I have learned about who I am and my greater purpose and value. I learned about being a visionary and a goal setter. Little by little, I learned how to interact with people and gained self esteem and confidence. If you are shy, most likely you don’t want to stay shy! Since then I have mentored many women guiding them into their divine purpose to accomplishing their dreams to becoming debt free. None of this could I have accomplished without the favor and grace of God. I describe this transformation as a METAMORPHOSIS.
Esther was a woman in the Bible who had no chance of succeeding and got to be the wife of the most powerful and influential man of that time. Little did she know she was being prepared for “such a time.” After her parents died, her life was molded by her mentor, Mordecai. Through God’s FAVOR, she became the Queen of Persia, and the most loved and favored of the king! With beauty, courage, and wisdom, she risked her life to bring deliverance to her people after an edict was sent to eradicate them. During her reign, she brought prosperity and wealth to her people. She was an entrepreneur and was a woman “POSITIONED FOR PURPOSE”.
The beauty of Esther not only lied in her physical beauty, but her inner beauty. The reason why this is important is that we need to realize that we are each born and created with a unique PURPOSE. Most women don’t know their purpose, and if they do, they don’t know how to develop it. Then, with a purpose, comes a VISION, which is how you see yourself in that purpose or how you want to carry it out. And for this vision, it requires a PLAN, which will allow us to execute our goals in a timely and effective manner.
My goal and VISION for each of you is to teach you the things that I learned and practiced, giving me the results intended and ever surpassing them, things that I did not know early in life. However, I understand that we must first go through a valley in order to get to the mountaintop. The goal is to build up who you are in order for you to build up others.
Once you find your PURPOSE and have a VISION, what is the PLAN for your vision? First of all, I believe you need to learn how to be faithful with what you have already been entrusted. In this journey you will learn what those things are and maximize what you already have. You won’t be able to see the value in the big, until you learn to see the value and appreciate the small. In the parable of the talents,” His lord said, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Mat 25:23)
There is much work to be done to accomplish your DREAMS!
Esther’s Court is designed to help you develop a deep rooted identity in Christ, help you overcome life obstacles with fierce boldness, and assist you in developing wisdom for practical life application.
Metamorphosis is the TRANSFORMATION that the caterpillar undergoes to become a butterfly. It’s a process which requires change, and change isn’t always easy. During this time, I learned about faith and my source. I learned about what it means to be called by God, to be feminine, professional, assertive, disciplined, about the importance of commitment and dedication, and very importantly, how to become a good steward of what I was given- THIS IS KEY! These are principles that once put into practice you will notice a real change in your life. But unless taught, you will never learn them. I want to share with you what I have learned.
All the external changes you want to see in your life like a good job, career, house, a nice car, money, dreams… begin on the inside. Being a good steward of what you have is important to be able to obtain what you don’t yet have. When I was growing up, I was taught about what the world wanted, but not about how to develop my purpose. With all this said, this knowledge you will gain is not just for us to keep, but to be a blessing to others. In addition, and most importantly, the ultimate goal is to have you realize your purpose and begin accomplishing it today! You can’t lead others, until you know where you are going. You cannot give to others what you don’t yet have. Once you know your purpose then you can lead others to accomplish theirs. That is what I lacked. I did not know my purpose in life. Once I found it, everything else followed. However, no matter where you are in your process, there is someone out there who hasn’t even gotten that far. And that’s why you are needed.