Even when I walk through the darkest valley ….

About three or four weeks ago, faced with the fear of making decisions and answering the questions“Are you ready to make the changes in your life that God has in store for you? Or are you going to continue to remain stagnant and conformed to your life as it stands?” I could not decide whether it was God’s voice talking to me or my conscience. I later received my confirmation, yet again that it was indeed my dear Father God speaking to me and guiding me towards my purpose. The purpose and passion I had placed to the side for far too long. y faith in God is strong, but there are moments in time when my fear seems almost as strong. We often fear the unknown especially when the unknown has the ability to make major changes (good or bad) in your life. As Psalms 23:4 says ” Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me”…

My faith in God is strong, but there are moments in time when my fear seems almost as strong. We often fear the unknown especially when the unknown has the ability to make major changes (good or bad) in your life. As someone that is used to status quo it is so much easier to stick with what you know than what you do not.

I have chosen to step outside of my comfort zone and break down barriers that driven by fear but with my faith in God, I will not fail.

For those of you who are in a similar situation, I say to you, surround yourself with God and a support system that will not only grow, support, nurture you and push you back up when you backslide. Further, I share these things:

  • Think with you spiritual mind
  • Allow God to guide you and have faith that in the end you will prevail
  • Know that you will inevitably go through a storm in order to reach the sunlight
  • Trust in God
  • Believe in your purpose
  • Read your bible and allow it to move you through your storms and challenges

I will be first to admit, my prayer life was one that needed revamping. When I prayed, I would often be reserved. Failing to talk to God as I would a dear friend or family member. I realized that it is many times that our Dear Father wants us to come to him to share the good and the bad. God is not a Father of season; therefore, he does not appreciate when we are a fair-weather child.

I love my God. He has taken me from many dark places and while I have backslidden so many times, he always had his hand outreached to pull me in and has forgiven me without conditions. It is through God I am able to face fear. It is through his grace, I am able to hold onto faith in him and myself.

Is your current situation questionable? Do you want and need more for you and your family – have that conversation with God and tell him all about it. Place faith in his abilities then look within and know you are a child of God and you are capable of being, doing, and achieving whatever it is God has planned for your life.

Step out on faith, trust and know he will never fail you. Step out on faith –

Questions? Comments?

Please feel free to share them and I will respond as soon as possible.

Be blessed and have a wonderful evening,

Sonya McKinzie on behalf of Women of Virtue TF, Inc

About Sonya

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Sonya is a resident of Lawrenceville, GA. She holds A.A, B.A., and M.A., Degrees in Fashion Design, Business Management, and Human Services Counseling. She holds certificates in Management and Leadership and as a Human Resources Generalist. She is the mother of a  5-year old princess that is the center of her joy. Sonya is passionate about spending quality time with her loved ones, helping others, writing/blogging, and reading and writing poetry.

She is employed as a manager at a nonprofit organization that certifies healthcare professionals. She is also a certified notary public and aspires to advocate for domestic abuse victims and homeless individuals. She is also the founder and owner of the blog, Daily Journeys: Women of Virtue (formerly Darkskinisbeautiful). She almost is the founder and manager of the online support, resource, and motivational web site Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, Inc. She is working on developing the organization into a 501c3 program that assists domestic violence victims and homeless women educationally, emotionally, economically, and psychologically. The organization will focus on domestic abuse awareness and eliminating the epidemic in efforts to empower, rebuild, and save the lives of abuse victims.

Sonya is the author of Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain, which is her sophomore book. In this book, she uses inspiring dialogue by weaving poetry, personal life experiences, and spirituality to deliver insightful messages to address the many aspects of domestic violence. Perfectly Imperfect focuses on breaking chains that abuse creates and have on victims. Sonya discusses her personal encounters with abuse and resulted insecurities as a means to connect with, educate, and inspirationally feed brokenness in her readers. Her hope is to cultivate self-love, and faith that will make an impact on individuals. This sophomore book confirms that by entwining spirituality, hope, faith, and self-love, mountains will be moved.

She is a featured artist with Voices online Poetry magazine and a book reviewer and guest blogger for Readers Hollow. She looks forward to the many endeavors in the coming months…

Do you believe in miracles?

On February 14, 2016 (Valentine’s Day), my daughter and I went to the 9 a.m. church service, which is our norm. However this particular day she was reluctant to stay in her classroom, she clung to me a little longer than usual. Luckily one of the classroom helpers was able to sway her away from me long enough to make a quick exit.

As I walked towards the entrance door of the auditorium, I felt a strong sense of restlessness, and I thought perhaps I was experiencing a bout of anxiety. Seemingly enough the feeling slowly eased within minutes of finding a seat. As soon as they reached the stage, I stood to my feet, chills began to run through my body, and when they began to sing, “I am a child of God” the tears began to fall. Typically, I am private and cognizant of my surroundings at that very moment, I did not care who did or did not see me giving God his praise as I surrendered unto him and the Holy Spirit.

If you read my Blog from Sunday, I touched on the message about moving forward and upward and for some reason the message is still resonating inside of me. There are echoes of Pastor Rouse’s message about God’s plan for our lives. He shared how often we tend to make excuses for not doing what we are called to do; most times we use the excuse that we don’t have time, money, resources, etc. Disregarding God’s desires for us and pushing aside our faith only to replace it with fear, a circumstance that I have found myself in more often than not.

When you think about your passion in life, do you think about God and what it is you are supposed to be doing in this life and on this earth?

As I often share, I realized several years ago my purpose for existing; however instead of following through with God’s plan, I feared the unknown and disobediently did the opposite of what God intended for me. It has been preordained that before the end of 2017 his plan for my life will start to fall in place.

Dearest follower/reader, I ask you this question, are you fulfilling your purpose in life? If you are not, then you should be asking yourself why not?

The Bible says in Hebrews 10:30 “God is just a God and He will repay the exact compensation owed you. He will settle and solve the cases of His people”. You must have faith in God and know that he will take care of you. May you are passionate about helping others, but your life is so full you cannot figure out when what, or how you can make a way to do God’s will. Maybe there is a desire you have to start your own business, go to college, leave a disturbing circumstance, and are afraid to make the moves necessary to make the wheels begin to move in motion. This is where FAITH comes in, you must have faith and know God is God and he will take care of you, but in order for him to do that, you must cast all your fears aside. 1 Peter 5:7 says “ Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” and when you do this, he will take care of you as long as you keep your eyes on him.

Whatever it is that rest heavy on your heart, where ever there is doubt if you turn away from God’s purpose for your life one too many times, that wonderful purpose he has for you disappear with your faith in God.

Do not sit aside and read, watch, and listen to others testify, it is your time to become a living testimony and that starts with having Faith in God and running towards his purpose for your life.

Do not stand in the way of your purpose, destiny, and passion. Move aside and allow our Father God to show you how beautiful life will be when you place your faith in him and cast your fears aside.

Always,

Ms. Darkskinisbeautiful

God works in Amazing and Mysterious ways

God works in amazing and mysterious ways and I am blessed by his presence in my life. It has been several months since my schedule has allowed me to have consistency in my postings here on my blog and I have much to share.

First and foremost, my book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain was finally released in December of 2015. It is available for purchased at http://www.perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com/#!online-store/cnec.

Additionally, I received a copy of my interview regarding the book release from Beach Bound Books and would love to share it with you. Please take some time to read my interview here: http://www.beachboundbooks.com/author-interviews/author-interview-sonya-mckinzie. I would love to hear your thoughts about the book and welcome any feedback or suggestions you have regarding future projects.

Thank you for your support and there is more to come!  Sweat, tears, pain, happiness, pride, are amid the numerous emotions we go through but through it all, we always come out on top with God on our side.

Words of encouragement and inspiration are typically my KEY topics of discussion on my blog but today, I was so elated that I felt the need to share a wonderful milestone with you all. I will leave you with words from my favorite author and poet Maya Angelou.

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass” — Maya Angelou

While explicit it sums of what we must do as “Strong Women” in order to achieve our goals and God’s plans for our lives. My dear followers, be blessed and I love you!

Always,

Ms. Darkskinisbeautiful A/K/A Sonya M.

Women of Virtue, Inc. (Perfectly Imperfect) founded by Sonya A. McKinzie in 2015 is projected to launch this amazing venture in steps. Starting late 2016 and early 2017, we expect that we will be a non-profit corporation, recognized as a 501(c)(3) organized by the IRS. Currently, we are working on the first step  which is building a virtual presence.

The purpose of this organization is to provide resources that will help to empower homeless domestic violence victims, survivors, and break the chains of domestic abuse. Through supportive measures such as community awareness we will make a mark on Georgia and beyond that will make a difference in the homeless and abused population.

More information will follow in the months to come. I will be seeking volunteer members for the organization that shares a passion for helping others.

To read our goal and mission plan, please visit our the web site at  perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com .You may view some of the postions at the “Meet the President and W.V members” section of the web site:

Upcoming positions are outlined and will be posted once we begin recruitment. Stay tuned and I look forward to your support.

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Forward & Upward

Listening to my pastor this morning as always he opened my eyes to much as he always does, he discussed moving forward in life and not looking back. When one opts to move forward, they are also choosing to move forward. Of course, we all know to move forward signify a need to forget the past events that have hurt, hindered, or prevented you from accomplishing greater things. The greater things that God has for you in your life.

It is fact that FEAR is not a component of progression. When things that are ahead intimidate us, seeds of doubt are implanted in our minds, which result in stagnancy. It was reinforced in church today that my purpose in life, has been defined and it is now my responsibility to breathe life into what God has for me.

Over the past few years, my cup has been running over and I seemed to have reached a hiatus. As I found myself overwhelmed with challenges, opportunities, stresses, and life tests, I found myself folding and essentially breaking. Bending at the knees and slowly allowing myself to step backwards versus forward. Ordinarily procrastination is classified as the action of delaying or postponing something. Life has taught me that when fear is present it builds walls that block your blessings. Personally speaking, procrastination has resulted in depression, worthlessness, anger, regret, and blaming others for shortcoming. In order to progress, faith has to be present in order to grow beyond mediocre to confident in the choices I make in my life spiritually, professionally, and realistically.

It has taken me a long time to move towards the Christian lifestyle because I was fearful. I ran away from God’s plan for my life versus towards it. I was afraid that the expectations of Christians would be far more that what I could bring to the table. In Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”

As much motivation and encouragement as we receive during our Sunday worship at church, they do not mean a thing if we are ignorant to implementing them in our daily lives. These are things that I am completely aware of and as my pastor shared today “Life is not about me” it is about fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. With that in mind, new life must be breathed into my life.

Forward, Upward- that’s the moves for 2016 and beyond.

Follow me and see what great things are coming.