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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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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He + Me = We by: Sonya A McKinzie

He flows through my mind like streaming water Then drips down slowly All over me Then he bursts Roaring into an explosive eruption down pours All over me He His love is all over me His love is inside of me He and me He + Me = We Connected to create we Our creation…

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This

by Sonya McKinzie When we are apart I long for you Unquenchable thirst Famished Hungry for every part of you You are my male image I am your Eve Come to me Adam and this This is where I should be in your presence The better half of who I am The left to my…

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Interception

When I sit down and think about my life, the first thought that comes to mind is “struggle”. I reflect on a comment a friend made to me just a few days ago, she said “girl, all this mess seems like a ongoing nightmare”. And I told her “all I can do is laugh, because…

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I am not afraid

    As of late, I have learned that by surrounding myself with different people I have a better opportunity of learning different things as well as embracing diversity with regard to my discernment about life overall. With that being said, my circle of friends is small. And the ones that I call friends are…

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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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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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Deeper, Beautiful Peace within

Lately, I have felt a deeper connection to God. Perhaps this is because I have been challenged severely by each and every thing that crossed my path over the past few months which has resulted in my deep evaluation of my spirituality.  Going through turmoil and having no control over the direction of my path…

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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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Love is like a butterfly… by Sonya McKinzie

Love is like a butterfly It is gentle Unique Special Exotic If you hold it too tight You might crush it If you hold it too loosely It might get away When its wings open It shows its true design When it lands in a destined place It ignites beauty and grace Love is like a…

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Seductively Innocent by Sonya McKinzie

Like an angel Singing in a forbidden garden She radiates and shines Though forbidden you stare You long to be the holder of her heart Ode to Beauty She is Beauty An understatement Elegance runs through her veins As she looks over her shoulder You are standing there She appears innocent Yet she has a seductive…

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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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The beauty in being a mother

I cannot recall my age when I first realized that I wanted to be a mother, however I vividly remember being in my early twenties when my OBGYN told me, I might not be able to conceive without the use of fertility drugs, if at all. The devastation of those words haunted me until the…

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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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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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She was there: Dedicated to my mother

  Sometimes I sit and wonder where would I be if I didn’t have my mother. It is amazing how long it took me to see her value. I suppose it is true when you are a child, you do not think of anyone else but yourself. Children tend to be selfish until they encounter…

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Honesty is the best policy?!

A recent incident influenced my decision to summarize my views and thoughts about lying. There is nothing that offends and hurts  me more than someone who I care about patronizing me with lies and dishonesty. I believe that honesty is indeed the best policy regardless of the circumstance. I have heard people say “there is…

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Body

  Skin that is Mahogany brown brandy brown Glazing with chestnut undertones Dark brown eyes that are shaped like ripe almonds Sparkling and shimmering in the darkness Like a bright star in the sky Mentally I am carried away to a place so high High above the earth and trees Beyond the horizon and against…

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The Devil is a Liar —

  The Devil is a Liar — God did not bring me this far to fall backwards …

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Shadows in shattered glass

As a woman, I have been through my fair share of obstacles, as a person, I have felt every emotion under the sun and as a human, I have been no less than the word.  I have carried my number of crosses and have wept many tears over the thorns that tore against my skin…

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Lies

For the past few weeks, I have pondered the question of why men lie so frequently. Through experience I have learned that lies seem to flow through some men like blood in their veins. In reading an article from the online magazine “Ask Men” it says men even lie to one another about any and…

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Right or Wrong: How do you know if the relationship is worth fighting for?

Seems relationships (personal and professional) are based on open and honest communication, and when communication is not properly shared between two people, it could be the death of the relationship. How do I know? At the age of 38 years old, I have had my fair share of flawed relationships.  Over time, I have tried…

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