I’m Aware: The Big Picture – LOVE!
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poorand give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13: 2 – 3
This past Valentine’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting the praise party of my dreams, Wine and Women. Over forty women packed into a studio space on a snowy winter night to celebrate growth, LOVE, and happiness according to GOD. We drank wine, of course, just like Jesus! We engaged in deep heart felt conversations. We laughed, we cried, and we meditated to the most amazing soundtrack of “holy hip-hop gospel” arranged by DJ moi. Praising Jesus is much cooler to a “trap beat.”
You can view beautiful pictures of our evening together on The Clarissa Joan Experience Facebook page. The smiles of the women in attendance are infectious.
Not only was Wine and Women a celebration of LOVE, it was also the official launch party of The Be.ing Academy, my new faith-based e*learning platform whose mission is to transform lives one scripture at a time. The academy empowers believers with tools to enhance the quality of their lives via practical application of The Word of God.
On the eve of my 29th birthday, this Friday, February 19, 2016, I have a lot to BE. grateful for and the bigger picture is LOVE!
I love GOD, I LOVE who I am, I LOVE that I am surrounded by LOVE, and I LOVE my life! This is the GREATEST accomplishment beyond my wildest imagination. To LOVE all of me, and to be conscious about the need to practically sustain a life of LOVE from here on out is PRICELESS.
I did not always lead a love filled life. The exact opposite is true. For most of my life, I was driven by fear and ambition. I had loving moments. I had lots of happy and joyful times. I even loved lots of people, but I loved them conditionally. I even loved myself conditionally.
It would be a quarter life crisis post graduating college that included mentoring youth in NYC, supporting my younger brother through a traumatic experience with gun violence, almost losing the LOVE of my life to hopelessness, finally marrying the LOVE of my life (to GOD be the glory), burying my mothers (my biological and my guardian), giving birth to a deceased son, giving birth to two beautiful daughters, and stepping out on faith to build a career of my hearts true desire that would inspire me to finally seek to live a love filled life.
I never imagined any of this. I never imagined I needed anything in life aside from a degree and a great career, honestly. I soon found out that having everything means NOTHING if you do not have LOVE!
It’s funny, because I use to be anxious and worry about everything. I never lived in the present. I always thought about my life tomorrow and I missed many joys of “today.” Now, while I still do believe that “he who plans to fail, fails to plan.” I must admit I find a lot of peace in surrendering to the LOVE of GOD working in my favor daily and to the holiness of each moment.
In his most famous sermon, Jesus teaches the disciples this:
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:31 – 33
I have spent the last seven years, learning how to seek the kingdom of God first. I now believe that I deserve LOVE always in all ways. I believe my purpose is LOVE, and I am to only give resources like energy, time, attention, and money to that which helps me grow in LOVE!
Over the next 6-months, you will be receiving more information about The Be.ing Academy’s 2016 growth strategy and how you can be involved. For the month of February, I will be offering free spiritual coaching consultations in honor of the academy’s launch. If you are interested, email me at email@example.com.
Workshops for The Be.ing Academy will kick-off this April 2016. I look forward to seeing you there!
In the mean time, remember every moment of your life is always an opportunity for love in all ways. Be sure to leave me a comment about how love is showing up for you each day!
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Be.Love! (Translation: Believe!)