5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SACRIFICE FOR A RELATIONSHIP 

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SACRIFICE FOR A RELATIONSHIP  1. YOURSELF. When you are in a true relationship that is balanced, you should never be required to change for companion/spouse to maintain the relationship; the person that God designed for you will accept you for who you are, flaws and all. Your divine mate would…

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The Power in Encouragement

I am in a season; it is a very challenging one. I believe it is fair to say that when we are in a season of challenge, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It often feels like you might be stagnated and in that season, it is…

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WOMEN OF VIRTUE TRANSITIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. — June Newsletter

The Newsletter for Those Fighting to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence June 2016 From the Desk of Sonya McKinzie, CEO & President As a fourteen-year survivor of domestic violence, I understand what it is like to feel that you have lost yourself in someone else, to feel powerless in a powerful world. In my…

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I’m Walking In God’s Favor…

  “Regardless of your situation or what happens today, be content in all things”; this is what I read on a blog this morning and immediately fell into deep, deep thought. I have faith in God, my savior, he will supply all of my needs. I am confident that my purpose is to encourage and empower…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Inspiring the Future

2015 has been a long, hard year for me. It seems that this entire year has flown by. It is hard to believe that we are already in October, and less than 2 weeks away from my 40th birthday. Seems I have not had much time to sit and enjoy my accomplishments (i.e. quiet time…

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The Perks of Being a Single Parent

As a young girl, young adult, and a matured woman I remember how I dreamt of the perfect unity between me and the man I would essentially spend the rest of my life with. Of course thinking deeper, I imagined raising beautiful children in a home with both parents as I did not have that;…

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Modern Day Adam and Eve

by: Sonya McKinzie Nothing else matters, when you are here and your hand is in mine, when we are standing eye to eye, wrapped in each other’s love We are Inseparable, Passionately inseparable We are Spiritually connected And we are Godly In the name of God God blessed us We are the modern day Adam and…

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Acoustic by Sonya McKinzie

  Acoustic  Written by Sonya McKinzie Our soul sings a ballad Songs that unite us Mentally, spiritually, and intimately acoustically we vocalize passion deep desires in our hearts In unison our bodies take to flight In the darkness our sensual fire ignites Souls that are dancing in the moonlight acoustically musically we are lost in one another…

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Assassination of negativity

  The assassination of negativity by: Sonya McKinzie There is no place for it negativity there is no place for it inside of me It has been assassinated cut down cut out no longer capable of getting the best of me No more negativity The is no longer an open door It has been pulled…

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What is meant for me ….

What is meant for me by: Sonya McKinzie What is meant for me cannot be taken away from me. While I might endure struggles with trials and tribulations along the way the result is God’s divine mercy on me; his sacred intervention, and favor in me defines what is meant for me. No one person…

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My baby girl and her grandmommy

I love the look in my mother’s eyes when she looks at my baby girl. The smile in her eyes is duplicated in the eyes of my baby girl. My baby girl looks just like her grandma.. they share the same big and bright smile that is often followed by laughter and sunshine. They share the same…

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Underestimating the power of a touch

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia

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Relationships: A Black Woman That Is Standing Still

  Today while chatting with my mother on the telephone we discussed a variety of topics, as we always do. One of the top discussions was relationships and more specifically “Men”. We were talking about the many challenges we experience as African American women in relationships and how difficult it is to find a man…

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Mental Imagery: Black Unicorns and Blue Waterfalls by: Sonya McKinzie

Black unicorns and dark blue waterfalls Concealed deep within the forest Mental Imagery Underneath the lush greenery Amidst the saplings Nearby the ripening trees They run, hide and play By the riverbank neighboring the dark blue waterfalls Black unicorns Sip from the shallow brooks that babble over the unique stones How enchanting and Intricate they…

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Spiritual seeds must be recognized and then nurtured to grow

It is 5:02 a.m. and my day has already started with a heavy heart and mind (as it usually does). I tossed and turned last night with the draining thoughts of my “Integration of Psychology and Theology” on my mind, my daughter starting her first extra-curricular activity at daycare (ballet and tap), work and my…

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External beauty is overrated

External beauty is overrated What is it that you see When you stare back at me Perhaps it is a shallow shell, Vacant Empty Hallow External beauty Look a little closer Now tell me What do you see Is it my spirit Or my soul The inner place that defines me When I look in…

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He Appreciates Me by: Sonya McKinzie

He is in my blood Spiritually, he pumps through me like an artery to a heart I carry his soul inside my chest Thoughts of our last “spiritual” encounter lingers beneath my breast He watches me as if I were a miracle unfolding before his eyes He collects memories of me My words My appearance…

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Encouragement right in the nick-of-time

Words of encouragement for the week: (Psalms 2:11) Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. (Psalms 40:8) I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” (Exodus 23:25) So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And…

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Christians: Our trials and tribulations

Lately, it seems that many things that I have placed my hands on have broken into many pieces. I have been challenged at each and every turn and it seemed that I was unable to find a place of peace inside of me. My history has been that when I have hit a wall and found…

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Inspiring Conversational Pieces

  Yesterday while on one of my favorite social media web sites, a childhood friend’s daughter reached out to me and asked if she could vent to me for a moment. And while this was unexpected I welcomed her conversation. She expressed her annoyance with a family member of hers and that she could not…

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Relationships from a black woman’s perspective

When the topic of relationships arises, I will be one of the first to admit that I have made a million mistakes in my relationships. My expectations were set to high and sometimes too low. There were times that I felt that if I spoke up one time too many, I would crash the boat….

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I am … by Sonya McKinzie

I walk in her shoes every day the shoes of a black woman Chocolate covered skin embracing demure elegance shimmering in modesty all while carrying my burdens with modesty Yes, I am a black woman in every single form I am a woman that is a mother I am a woman that is a daughter…

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Trusting in God in uncertain times

There are times when I sit in silence and meditate on my past and current situations and wonder “Why am I allowing these two situations direct my future”. For instance, a few years ago, I said that I wanted to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina; however when I found out I was pregnant, I immediately…

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I am remembering by: Sonya McKinzie

I am remembering the sunshine against the horizon the fragrance of salt water in the air the music of water crashing against the sea shore I am remembering Peace I am remembering a bath tub adorned with scented candles a warm bath on a winter’s eve bubbles all around me I am remembering Contentment I…

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Clarity and Peace

Something was brought to my attention last week that made me re-evaluate me and the kind of person that I am.  A comment about my strength, determination and courage was placed on the forefront; however it was followed by the question “When was the last time you allowed God to take control over your life”…

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My mother- a poem by an unknown author

My mother taught me RELIGION. “You’d better pray that will come out of the carpet.”My mother taught me TIME TRAVEL.“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”My mother taught me FORESIGHT.“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep…

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An Ideal Relationship in the eyes of God

When I think about the ideal relationship in the eyes of my God, the characteristics that come to mind is a unit that supports one another; alternating the weight of the world when one of the parties are weak and sharing it when both are able to do so. A relationship where both parties are…

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Got Humility?

  Good Night! Always, Ms. Darkskinisbeautiful

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New

  I cannot breathe I cannot live I cannot speak I cannot see without you Like a boat in the middle of a raging storm I am at sea lost a tragedy God please come rescue me The fog is thick Its breadth makes it impossible to see Darkness is all around me I am…

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Moment in his presence: Move and Mold Me

Dear God, I am connected to you spiritually, emotionally and physically and yet somehow I am missing the message in between.  Am I failing to prove my commitment to you and your will? What is it that you want me to do?  Please show me the way and whatever you ask of me will be done… Am I moving away from your will for my life?…

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She is ….. Power…. by Sonya McKinzie

She is powerful She is free She is miraculous She is strength at its best She is tireless She is beautiful Inner and out She is fearless with out a doubt How majestic is she A question unanswered with endless possibilities She carries babies in her womb A family on her shoulders Savoring life as…

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Dear God, I Thank You!

These past few years have been very challenging for me but with all the challenges (Good and Bad), I consider the challenges to be blessings from God that have and continue to strengthen me. It is almost as if these obstacles have been bitter-sweetness… I have had bad experiences with people who I thought were looking…

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