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The Meaning of the Resurrection

Watch Jesus bring life to our dead situations…

Easter is a major Christian holiday for millions of Christians that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday remembers the crucifixion and death of Christ, while Easter Sunday remembers His life and power in the resurrection.

As we celebrate Easter this year, ask yourself, what does this Easter Resurrection mean to you? Do we truly understand the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives? Christ rose from the dead and we no longer have to fear death because Christ has the victory over it.  The Resurrection should be an important foundation of our faith. The Bible tells us that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to grant us salvation through him.

This salvation in Jesus’ death and resurrection did not only redeem us in death, but also in life. His sacrifice gave us life and life more abundantly. The Resurrection power shouldn’t be a moment we ultimately are waiting for after we die. The promise of God’s life giving power is for us now and who we are in Christ.

Simply, allow this Easter Resurrection to remind you that the victory is won.

Anyone in a fight or battle, wants to see the victory.  Some who go into the battle may not know if they are going to win or lose. Jesus is a prime example of someone in battle for his life and hoping God allows him to not go through it. Jesus would rather not experience the battle and skip to the victory. In Jesus’ case,  he believed he had the victory, but it didn’t prevent him from experiencing the battle. Feeling alone and hopeless, like many of us, he was extremely sorrowful and troubled that he had to go through a painful trial, but in order to be victorious, he had to persevere.


Do you have a dead situation in your life that needs the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ? Are you in a season where you feel abandoned by God and you don’t see any life in sight? Remember, this may be your Gethsemane and you won’t experience the Resurrection power until you go through the process.

For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

Through the power of our resurrected Lord, there is glory after our troubles and life in our dead situations. Jesus is no longer on the cross or in the grave, but He is risen. He did this once and for all and didn’t just manifest itself on Easter Sunday but it is available to us consistently.



Lord strengthen my faith in you to resurrect my dead situations in my life and to have faith as Martha when she proclaimed, I know you can raise Lazarus from the grave. Therefore, I know you can raise my ______________ and bring new life to my situation.

I pray you would help my faith rise to such a level that the things that need to die to be re-birthed wont discourage and hinder me. I want my faith to rise to a level to enhance my relationship with YOU.

I will not only remember the sacrifice you made but the faith YOU had while sin abused and killed dreams and hopes for mankind. When the tribulation ends, your power is able to resurrect them again and it will produce a glory that will be magnificent. So it will be with me. In Jesus name...Amen.


Feel free to comment and let us know how you filled in the blank.

Let's pray for one another.


Writer: Rev. Melanie M. Thigpen

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Nashawn Knows How to Throw A Party - A VISION Party

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of sitting down with this curly headed bundle of joy to gather some insights into how we can each bring our visions to pass. Nashawn Turner is a celebrated author, speaker, transformational life coach and visionary. When you first meet Nashawn you are greeted with a cheerful voice and bouncy curls. Her whole presence just says sunshine and joy. She exudes the ‘I can make it’ persona.


The author of two life changing books: Thriving Not Just Surviving and

The ESP Marriage, Nashawn encourages readers to dig deep to root our problems and prepare for a successful life. This multi-talented writer is the winner of such honors and recognition as the 2008 Christian Choice Book Award for her writings which explore intimacy issues that block your blessing in the bedroom and the boardroom.

As the President of Uniquely Designed Coaching, LLC she often gives conference goers tools to Empower them to live their Uniquely Design Life to the fullest. This power broker knows how to throw a dynamic Vision Party that will move you into the next step of your destiny.

Here are some questions we asked this game changer to help our readers get a jump start on the New Year.

LW: Nashawn, You often use a ‘vision board’ in your seminars. Why do you say we need a vision board?

NT: “One of the things I’ve grasped hold of is what God talks about in Habbakuk 2:3 “Write the vision….” It’s so important for people to have a vision and a vision board. It makes it more clear and real plain. You know exactly what you are believing for and working towards. A vision board is the coming attractions to your life. It helps you to know where you’re going.”

LW: What is the correlation, if any, between coaching and having a vision board?

NT: “As a coach, our number 1 goal is to help you identify and gain clarity about your vision. We help you to stay accountable to that vision by supporting you so that you can win! So that vision board allows you to articulate that vision visually. It becomes a powerful tool to help you to engage with that vision and to be able to capture that vision to keep you motivated and to inspire you to action.”

LW: What are 3 or 4 tips for people who should have a vision board?

NT:    1. A vision board should be connected to your values.

        2. A vision board inspires you for more. Be able to envision God’s plan for you.

        3.  A vision board activates your faith! Consider God’s promises for your life.

LW: What are a few pointers for people who have begun work on a vision board and need encouragement to continue?

NT: “You have to keep the vision before you. I tell people to put it up somewhere you will see it every day whether it’s in your bedroom or your office.”

LW: Tell us a bit about what you do and how people can benefit from the service you provide.

NT: “I am a transformational life coach and empowerment expert working with women to take control of their personal and professional lives to gain clarity and focus to maximize their potential. I help them to see the ‘Bigness’ of their dream in order to activate a more abundant living; and an unprecedented life that’s in line with their God given design. I help them to get unstuck.”

For more from Nashawn Turner check out her website and social media.

Twitter: @Nashawn_Turner



LW out on the town at JiJ 2016

It was a wild time on the RED CARPET at JiJ 2016.

Our hosts, Karen Stewart-Ross and Hope Eaglin were on site with our Ambassadors and the powerful women who support JiJ each year!

Here are a few behind the scenes photos.... Makeup by Shemeika Johnson  (Hope is getting Red Carpet ready)


This dynamic duo snagged some coveted interviews with several JiJ Ambassadors. Hats off to two of the most beautiful and hard working women in the business. :)


Hope and Ambassador Rose Oma.


Karen grabbing a quickie with Pastor Brenda Palmer.


Love is in the Air

Love Is In The Air

Well, the holiday’s are over and the 2016 New Year has arrived. If you’re single, separated, married of divorced, everywhere you look around, every sight and every sound is Valentine’s Day. It’s close and it comes faithfully every year. Soon after New Year’s Day, the shelves are stocked with commercial chocolate candies, flowers with red and pink hearts. One thing is for certain, somewhere, somehow, love is in the air.

Depending on where you are in life, there is someone you hold dear. There is someone that brings out the best or worst of you, or both. The hope of this glorious new year is the promise of new beginnings and opportunities. The possibilities with the one you love, meeting new people and experiencing your purpose.

Commercially, the world solicits love on one day a year, but truthfully love is experienced, shared and even challenged every day.

Take a look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8... or listen here

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love is defined differently for most people. The Bible’s definition is clear in 1 Corinthians 13.  Here is a tip to see if that special someone you hold dear passes the love test.  Replace their name with the word love in the scripture and see if they pass.  Then, replace it with your name. Tom Jones sings “and I don’t know if I’m being foolish, I don’t know if I’m being wise, but it’s something that I must believe in”. Without God, and believing in His Love, our love can be a tricky thing. Love can also be a two-way street.  Instead of being someone’s Valentine or crush this year, let’s try to seek out and live a life of true love.  

By Melanie Thigpen

Melanie Thigpen