No Fear

As we remain in prayer for all of those affected by the storms who ravished both the United States and the Caribbean islands, I want to admonish you to withstand the storm you may be facing in your own life.

We all sat on the edges of our seats as Hurrican Irma progressed from Category 5 all the way to a tropical depression. The point is as big and fast as the storm was, it did not last forever, and now it is gone.

Just as recovery efforts are in effect to restore electricity, businesses, and homes, you too, can be to recover from every thing that has harmed, hindered or hurt you. Don’t let the fear of shaky, rocky, turbulent circumstances keep you reaching your fullest potential and soaring into your purpose and destiny.

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A Praying Time

Please join me in praying for our nation and neighboring nations that have been adversely affected by the devastating weather that has battered so many areas in the last few weeks.

This is definitely a time to pray without ceasing. After the storm is over we will be joining with other agencies to see how we can help because faith without works is dead. I encourage you to pray with us and find a way to help out in any way you can.

Blessings to you all.

The Gift of Hope

This last week we (Hinton Cares Foundation) were honored to host a free Pancake Breakfast this past Sunday at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham. We are currently preparing to serve dinner tonight as well.

We have been blessed by the support of all you and want to thank you for supporting us in our mission of spreading hope and support to families who have children battling cancer and other terminal diseases.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are determined to do our part. We will be giving away the Baby Steps book (babystepsthebook.com) along with care packages that contain snacks and goodies to families that we visit in the medical facilities.

Please be sure to follow me on Facebook & Twitter to get the latest details on how you can support our efforts. We appreciate you more than words can express. This mission is serious for us because we want to always represent the gift of hope!

The Power of Light

I am not sure if you have ever been driving at night and you hit a country Carolina road where there are no street lights, but I sure have! Sometimes there is nothing worse than finding yourself on one of those roads after dark.

Have you ever noticed that even a road you have driven on before can be difficult to maneuver in after dark? That is because sometimes familiarity fades in the black of night.

Well, some of you may be facing darkness right now in your life. Your money is funny, you seem to have more bills than money, you are in constant prayer for everything: your kids, spouse, supervisor, the cat, the dog and the car! I just want to encourage you. Some of these prayers you have prayed before. Some of these challenges you have faced and God has given you the victory. I want you to remember those times. As the song goes, “Same God back then…same God right now. If he did it before, He can do it again.”

I don’t want that just to be another song for you. I want you to make that declaration as you turn on the headlights of your life. The same way the headlights shatter the darkness, the light of the Father will overtake your situation, He will illuminate your path and be with you until your weeping night turns to morning joy. There is power in the light. Use it!

Don’t Get Weary

We all know people who do “just enough to get by.” Unfortunately, those people are often like that in every area of their lives. It may seem like they have it easy, but eventually “the easy way” generally has a very big price tag. It really is true…you reap what you sow.

I want to encourage you to not get weary in your well doing, the Word is true. You will reap a harvest if you faint not. Seeds of loyalty, honesty, integrity, generosity, and kindness will not fail you. Often, it can seem like the mean, wicked people are prospering and getting ahead, trust me it is only for a season. In the end, the harvest we plant is the one we will plant.

So always do your best and expect greater, because your best days are ahead of you and not behind. Keep striving!

Use Your Gift

I know that life can be stressful and unpredictable. I know that sometimes a relationship challenge, a health scare or a career detour can upset your entire existence. Trust me, I understand, I have been there myself. In spite of which ever challenge may be affecting or may have affected you, I want to encourage you to be determined to use your gift.

God had blessed each of us with very unique giftings. Each of has gifts that are as unique to us as our very fingerprint. Every day you refuse to use it, is a day you are wasting a gift that God gave specifically to you. Don’t do it!

Use your gift. If you cannot use it at your job, use it at a volunteer agency, but whatever you do make sure you don’t sit on your gift. There is someone waiting on you. Someone needs to hear your song, read your poem, hear your motivational message, taste your cooking or experience your life through a written book or even spoken word. Your talents and gifts matter.

Quitting Is Not An Option

I don’t know about you, but for me, the month of August had some highs and some lows. I have decided that the low places are not going to cause me to stop pursuing my goals, I am determined to finish the journey that I have started on and I want to encourage you to do the same.

The toughest hit is the one you never see coming! Many of us watched the historic Mayweather vs McGregor fight. Well, one of the things that fascinated me about the fight is that the first 4 rounds McGregor was actually ahead! So just know that you can actually have moments where you look defeated when in fact your victory is sure. The key is you have to just keep going. You must decide that quitting is not an option. The same way Mayweather used strategy to win a fight against someone significantly younger than he was, you can strategize to become successful over whatever odds you are facing. No matter how tough it gets, just remember, quitting is never an option.