What Happens In Vegas Shouldn’t Stay In Vegas

7 years ago, I arrived in Las Vegas, NV with a suitcase, my 3 oldest children and one on the way. I was broken, feeling hopeless and at the point of giving up. I was trying to move away from all of my emotional baggage but I soon discovered it had joined me on my journey. In those 7 years, I dealt with homelessness, being terminated from not one job but two, lights being turned off, losing my car and the list goes on. However, in the midst of all the pain, heartache, shame and loss, I found and established a relationship with God.

I didn’t realize when I boarded on that bus that I was embarking on not just a physical journey but a spiritual journey. I was away from everything and everyone that was familiar; it was just my children and I. I could no longer point the finger and make someone else responsible for the pain that I was experiencing. I can remember one day just crying out to God. I said “Lord show me my heart, show me those things that are causing me to continue to self-inflict pain”. Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. God began to show me the condition of my heart. Not only did He show me the condition of my heart but He began to teach and show me His truths and through the teaching my heart began to heal.

I felt like a new creature. The weights were being lifted, my peace was being restored and I finally had joy within my heart. But I had no idea that God was preparing me for something greater than me. My story of transformation became Sunday Mourning which some of you may be familiar with but it didn’t stop there. I began signing each copy of Sunday Mourning with “I show my scars so that others know they can heal”. Each time I signed those words it was like an affirmation that God was going to do more with my pain than I ever could by holding on to it. Those words soon became a shirt and have connected me with so many men and women across the Country that are willing to allow God to use their scars to encourage and minister to someone else.

Today I can say, I’m leaving Las Vegas lighter than ever and no emotional baggage will be following me on this next leg. I’ve learned so much about myself, allowed God to heal the wounds that were threatening my life and purpose and now I’m freer than ever to “Show My Scars”. I am excited about what God has in store for me. You never know where God is going to have me “Showing My Scars”.

I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

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Le’Andria Johnson Showing Her Scars

Le'Andria Johnson

A week ago today, I boarded a flight headed to Atlanta, GA.  I did not know what to expect.  I actually hadn’t even taken any time to really think about what I was embarking on.  I was flying out to meet with thee Le’Andria Johnson.  Now if you know me, then you know I have been a fan/supporter since day 1.  Le’Andria Johnson was first introduced to us all on season 3 of BET’s Sunday Best.  She has since gone on to win a Grammy and two Stellar Awards.  So how would it happen that I would be going out to meet with her?  I still don’t have the answer to that but I will say it was nobody but God.

I was picked up from the airport by Robert Hatcher, Johnson’s road manager and it was like we had known each other for quite some time.  We grabbed a bite to eat from Waffle House (I need a waffle on this morning, lol).  He didn’t bother to let me know that we would be meeting with Le’Andria moments later.  We finished eating and drove over to IPC Ministries.  If you do not know, Le’Andria actually Pastor Le’Andria Johnson began a ministry a few months ago in Hapeville, GA.  We were meeting to discuss the expansion of IPC Ministries to Las Vegas, NV.  It was also during that initial meeting that Johnson would show her scars.  We discussed music, ministry and transparency.

My first question was how are you able to be so transparent and open about your life? Johnson’s response, “Being transparent is the key to someone’s locked door”.  Johnson went on to discuss life after Sunday’s Best and how she was still in a place of not surrendering her all to God.  “I did what I needed to do to stay sane and that’s operate in a church and still give God some of me.  On Sundays, that was my only grace period, my only way out.  That was my way of saying Lord forgive me for the week.  I’m coming to sing for you, shout for you and dance for you.  And I was doing it from a pure heart then.  But I didn’t realize the effect that it would have on me and the people around me.”

It was during that time that God began to deal with Le’Andria.  If you recall, Johnson began to share her testimony of being delivered from alcohol.  Soon after, she would let close friends and family know that she was expecting her 4th child out of wedlock.  It was suggested by some for her to have an abortion.  Her record label, Music World operated by Matthew Knowles,  told her it was career suicide to carry the baby.  Johnson was fully persuaded that she would not abort her baby but allow God to use the very thing that man tried to kill her with as a testimony.  “I did not kill to be killed” became one of Johnson’s slogans during that time.  If you recall my post titled Le’Andria Johnson: Sooner or Later, I could see then what God was doing through her and the pregnancy.  I then asked Johnson, “How were you able to stand and endure during those times?”  I knew it was nobody but God but her response was confirmation.  “He was my strength.  He said I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.  God I know that you forgave me and if you forgave me, you’re telling me to move on.  But I knew there were millions of Le’Andria’s in the world.”  I thank God that she was able to stand and that He was her strength.   “Those scars were for you to go through because you were going to be strong enough to tell someone else how to get out of it”, said Johnson.  Now that is what showing our scars is all about.

Johnson is currently working on her upcoming single and album and quite a few other projects.  She recently recorded a song with Reuben Studdard that is soon to be released and she can be heard on many other albums of some of your favorite gospel artist.  However, right now Johnson’s heart is in ministry.  She is reaching out to the unchurched or those that have given up on the church in unconventional ways.  If you are in the Las Vegas, NV area you can pick up a complete copy of the interview in The Answer Newspaper.  Also, if you are interested in finding out more about IPC Ministries or being a part of the Las Vegas location please send an email to rn @ rhachellenicol (dot) com.  Continue to keep Pastor Le’Andria Johnson in your prayers as she continues to impact lives and minister.   “We’re in the same boat with our messed up, imperfect selves but we have one thing in common, the tree of life, an all access pass to God.”

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

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Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

Why I Show My Scars

I show my scars
6 years ago, I arrived in Las Vegas, NV on the bus with my 3 oldest children, one on the way and a suitcase. I wanted to start over and escape the hurt, pain and shame that had come from the choices I had made. I soon realized that no matter how little baggage that I physically carried with me, I was carrying so much more emotionally. Having escaped a near fatal suicide attempt, I knew I wanted to live but I didn’t know how to release the pain so that I could even breathe. All I knew how to do was to keep going about with my life as if everything was okay.

I found employment within the first two weeks here. My children and I moved into our apartment but it was so hard to make it a home; I was broken. I didn’t know how to surrender all the baggage and issues that I carried with me. They had become so much a part of me, I didn’t know that I could release them and find a greater peace. Things went from good to better and then quickly to worse. My internal turmoil was having external impacts on my life. I lost everything; my career, car, home was all gone. But I had been in that very place before prior to my move. Why couldn’t I be free from all the pain?

I had tried everything to escape and get some relief. Even after being born and raised in the church, I didn’t truly understand how to surrender it over to God. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7 I knew the scripture but I didn’t understand how to apply it to my life. I had been taught to keep everything inside. “What goes on in this house, stays in the house” is what laid the foundation for the prison that my soul was being held captive in. I prayed and I cried out to God like never before. I asked him to show me my heart and those things that were causing me to self-destruct.

It wasn’t until I was able to give it all over to Him that I was able to heal. I was able to trust Him completely with all of my issues, heartache and pain. He in turn gave me so much more. He gave me a new life in Him with purpose, vision and compassion for those who may still be suffering. “I show my scars so that others know they can heal.”

This journey has not been an easy one. If you recall my post titled “Don’t Quit“, I was on the verge of throwing in the towel but He whispered “don’t quit”. The blessings and doors that He has opened since have been more than I could have ever expected and they haven’t stopped. On this Wednesday, I fly out to Atlanta to meet one of my favorite gospel artist, Le’Andria Johnson, Sunday Best Season 3 and Grammy award winner. That was nobody but God. I hope that each time I share a portion of my testimony and show my scars, I can inspire just one to keep on holding on, don’t ever give up. God has so much in store for you. He has not and will not forget His promise concerning you. Join the I Show My Scars Challenge, someone needs to see your scars.

I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

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Sharing is Caring…

When I am not writing, I am typically reading.  I often make sure to leave comments on the sites I visit and share the information I come across.  Well today, I feel like I struck gold.  I came across a blog post titled 50 Simple Ways to Advance Your Ministry on the Internet and I was blown away.  So many valuable ways that I hadn’t even considered (until now).  Here are the first 25:

  1. Share Jesus
  2. Make observations
  3. Question things you don’t understand
  4. State your position
  5. Blog
  6. Challenge the status quo
  7. Present alternate views
  8. Offer your perspective
  9. Provide commentary and share insights
  10. Grapple with and unpack complex issues
  11. React to what you’ve seen, read or heard
  12. Challenge opposing positions
  13. Ponder big ideas
  14. Give props to people or organizations
  15. Launch an initiative
  16. Specify details
  17. Resolve problems
  18. Vlog
  19. Offer solutions
  20. Inspire spiritual growth
  21. Compile resources
  22. Leave comments to stimulate conversation
  23. Invite action
  24. Give tech support
  25. Share videos you like

Do you have any ideas of what the other 25 may include?  What ways are working for you?

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