Sunday, December 2, 2018

Derived Purpose

Matthew 25:14-19

Do you believe there is purpose in everything that happens to you and around you? Do you believe that God uses every experience? Do you believe that every person alive has a purpose? Then you are referring to Romans 8:28 which states, "And we know all things work together for good to those who are the called according to His purpose."  If you do indeed believe this to be true and read the last Get Your JOY In The Morning on "Highs and Lows," then you will understand what I am about to share.

In our time together last, I shared about my recent lows. Well there was one more low to arrive the day after Thanksgiving and the day prior to my classmate's home going service. The fourth person in the month of November had passed on, once again, cancer. The irony, it would make the ninth passing in the 2018 calendar year of those whose lives had crossed my path. I'm not talking over the two years, you all are not ready for those numbers.  I remember when I was first introduced to "Jess" by her then boyfriend who would later become her husband. 'Jess," had a beautiful and bright smile that I cannot forget. I saw her, her boyfriend and the family every week for a period of years. We also traveled together. Though I knew this loss was coming as her husband posted about the waiting, I just didn't realize it would be so soon. My heart goes out to the family.

In processing my grief, I had a reality check. I shared some realizations for you before, but let me break this down for you in numbers. Out of the nine people who have passed this year, three were blood relatives, all on separate sides of my family ranging from ages 53-92. The remaining were friends, classmates, former co-workers and associates. Of the nine, five were between the ages of 30-47. Does this now bring more relevance to what I shared in the last post?  I am not attempting to focus on the morbid but to focus on the reality and importance of understanding and following YOUR GOD given purpose. I'm also here to focus on the fact that death is not a respecter of age. Many of you know from the book, Get Your JOY In The Morning, that I was on my way to joining the numbers ten years ago of those who would pass on at an early age, approaching the age of 33. My solace and my drive, comes from the knowledge and faith that I asked GOD for more time so that I could live out and do what HE called me to do. He came to collect on that promise one calendar year later to the month. Hence the devotionals you read and all the things that have come thereafter.

You have spiritual gifts, also known as charismatic gifts, if you have received the Holy Spirit upon your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You also have talents that GOD has placed in you that may or may not be developed. The parable of the talents is in the scripture referenced at the beginning. Yes, it refers to money. But also symbolizes the gifts you have been given. If you know Proverbs 18:16 and Jeremiah 29:11 (look them up), then you will understand GOD has already mapped out a plan for your life. You just have to be willing to seek HIM out, that you may discover the gifts and talents. Why I am sharing this with you? Some of the people that have gone on in the last two years were found in purpose when the Lord called their name. The prophetic dream I had 27 years ago, showed a lot of what I see now, but again, no faces. Part of my purpose and that of what GOD has called me and those with me, through Get Your JOY In The Morning! LLC to do, is to reinforce, the necessity of finding YOUR GOD given purpose. It's especially for those who are considered to be young. Is this making sense to you now? How long will you wait? When the Lord calls your name to come home, will HE find you in purpose?


Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Highs and Lows

Job 1:10

Yesterday, I posted a heartfelt post to my Facebook page, not for Get Your JOY In The Morning, but to Joy TJ Riley.  I did it under the privacy setting of friends and not public because yet again, I have been stricken with grief twice in two weeks. I have been trying not to make so much of my pain public. As I have been told in various ways, seminars, etc to only share the successes. However, GOD has said differently. And even one mentoring program I subscribe to has echoed the transparency of a success journey. Some of the lows have to be shared to demonstrate the balance of a faith journey. It is also to highlight that GOD is still GOD even in the lows of a journey. Oddly enough, after I shared it, a friend responded that each time he reads the posts, especially when I experience loss, he can't help but to think of Job. And that was exactly what GOD wanted him to receive in the message. Adversity is not always because of what we've done wrong. Sometimes, it really is because of what we've done right and/or who we can be on the other side of it.

Noticing a pattern. With every major success, major loss follows. And with major loss, success follows. I don't always get a break before the losses hit. Sometimes, more loss than success. Not that GOD didn't warn me about this time period in my life 27yrs ago. I just didn't quite understand the dream, no faces. And in riddles til 2yrs ago as I got closer. The loss has seemed to be more than I can handle at times. I'm sharing because this is not make believe. I can't make this stuff up! Writing this through tears. Losing a cousin and a classmate in two weeks and advanced problems with another family member on another side, just following the show run. Upon the May debut show run, I had major loss the day before my birthday/2 weeks before the show and one following. The lessons: love GOD and others, it's okay to show them, make the most of your time, create memories and by ALL means, follow your GOD given purpose!

Some  people have made light of the amount of loss in my sphere. I do not fault them because it is a lot. However, it makes me more determined, to move forward in my GOD given purpose. Both losses in the last two weeks were from cancer. Losing my cousin hit me because I realized when we were all together two years ago, burying the last living matriarch of the family, my cousin was ill then, we just didn't know. She had a peace about her, was kind and light hearted. She was the daughter of the woman i am named after. And it pained me even more so because my elder had to bury her own child. Knowing that was almost my Mom 10years ago gave me even more concern.

The classmate, was one I had the pleasure of ministering to others with through song and music in college in the University of Maryland Gospel Choir. I spent my morning yesterday making calls to those who rarely check their Facebook pages or don't have them. I also spent most of yesterday with our live recorded CD on repeat, especially on the song my classmate wrote. I wanted to remember the joy of that time and of his presence. I found myself crying on and off because in reality, though he is now at peace from his battle, he wasn't even 50years of age. Some in my generation, also known as generation X, like some of the millennials, are not having the joy of making it to ripe old ages as our beloved baby boomers. And it gives me more determination to live out what GOD has purposed for me, not man, because none of us knows how many years we have remaining. We take time for granted, when outside of the breath of life, it is indeed a precious commodity. In living the highs and lows, remember, the word says that God's power is made perfect in weakness. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's a Wrap!

Good Evening,

I want to publicly thank ALL of our supporters- cast, crew, sponsors, seed donors, advertisers, audience, etc  for their part in making our second show run of Broken Pieces: Some Family Wounds Run Generations Deep a success! Lives were impacted! Myself and several cast members were approached by those in the audience after the performance, stating they could identify with the topic. Some were ready to make changes in their families! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

We will not be doing Broken Pieces again on stage as we are going to television/streaming. Please enjoy our photo below with cast and crew along with our national t.v. producer, Terron, of Stay Fly Entertainment, LLC and affiliate Brandstar Entertainment. Photo courtesy of our sponsor, Divah' Anu Image Media Group. Please also enjoy our gallery at brokenpiecestheplay.wixsite.com/mysite/gallery. Not all photos are posted but enjoy the ones that are. #brokenpiecestheplay

Stay Tuned,

-Joy
 
 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Last Show Run of "Broken Pieces"

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope you are making it a terrific Thursday night! We are less than 48hours away from curtain at the Black Box Theatre!!! Our team, our sponsors and our national t.v. producer are ALL excited about this weekend's performances!! You know there's excitement when the associate producer and national t.v. producer, Stay Fly Entertainment, LLC comes to town to see the production in person! Ladies and gentlemen, I cannot tell you how grateful I am to ALL of our supporters!! This is indeed the last show run of Broken Pieces: Some Family Wounds Run Generations Deep. If you are not at least part of our "studio" audience for our shows THIS Saturday,  or even attending Sunday, then you will have to wait until the show goes into rotation when the rest of the world is exposed to this message of hope and healing! You will not be able to say you were there with family and friends for the momentous community event. You will not be able to say that the laughs that were heard during the "dramedy" were yours. We cannot bring this production back a third time because we have other projects in the pipeline. REMEMBER: NO CASH ON SITE!! ALL tickets MUST be purchased ONLINE at brokenpiecestheplay.wixsite.com/mysite. Please note, shows are listed in order of occurrence so pay attention.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Rent-A-Center Laurel, Capital Remodeling, Inc., Divah' Anu Image Media Group, ProTek and More Than Java Cafe for their support as sponsors. I want to thank the Howard County Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission, Howard County Branch of NAACP, Howard Community College Theater Technology Department, Chris James Films, Stay Fly Entertainment, LLC and affiliate Brandstar Entertainment, our seed donors, advertisers, cast and crew! SEE YOU THERE!!
 
 
 

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Very Unexpected Blessing for "Broken Pieces"

Good Afternoon,

Some of you may or may not know, but last year, I became a volunteer regional ambassador for the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA). When I have speaking engagements and educate groups on abuse, I do refer to NAASCA as well as another awesome organization that advocates on behalf of children. A little more than two and half years ago, I was on a survivor panel for a televised news segment in Washington, D.C.  I met an awesome activist during that panel. She introduced me to NAASCA. As we spoke over time, I shared that I was writing Broken Pieces. I learned that NAASCA understood and also advocated ALL forms of abuse, including what Broken Pieces covers. After Wednesday's notification email went out and yesterday, I was blessed to the point of tears. My fellow NAASCA family member responded to say she wanted to support. I thank GOD for divine connections, people and organizations that understand what it is the team seeks to do regarding Broken Pieces. So I thank you immensely ProTek Professional Technologies Consulting, Inc. for becoming a silver sponsor!

I am also VERY grateful to The Capital Tailor, Inc., while in the midst of their grand opening this weekend(http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-capital-tailor-inc-hosts-grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-and-private-celebration-at-new-location-in-georgetown-washington-dc-300729942.html?tc=eml_cleartime ), they have graciously agreed to supply a portion of the wardrobe for Broken Pieces.  Not to mention, the CEO, Raiza is a member of our cast and is my company co-founder. Thank you to our gold sponsors, Rent-A-Center Laurel and Capital Remodeling, Inc. Thank you to our platinum sponsor, Divah' Anu Image Media. Thank you to our other silver sponsor, More Than Java Cafe. Thank you to our associate producer and national television producer, Stay Fly Entertainment and affiliate Brandstar Entertainment. Thank you to the Howard County Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission, Howard County Chapter of NAACP,  as well as ALL of our seed donors, advertisers, cast and crew!

"In an imperfect world, there is no perfect family. Cheyenne, a young woman in a bi-racial and blended family, is struggling with the knowledge of generational verbal and emotional abuse. She fears the brokenness within her will never be recognized. Some family wounds run generations deep. How can Cheyenne change her family tree?"  A "dramedy" that will make you laugh, cry and think about how you interact with family. Curtain is just about one week away! Do you have your ticket yet? Tickets are ONLY available ONLINE at brokenpiecestheplay.wixsite.com/mysite! (Shows are in order of occurrence.)
 
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

One More Major Update Regarding "Broken Pieces"

GOD is AMAZING!! It is with an extreme humbling honor that I share the last of the major updates with you regarding Broken Pieces: Some Family Wounds Run Generations Deep! I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our newest gold Sponsor, Capital Remodeling, Inc and our platinum sponsor, celebrity photographer Divah' Anu Image Media! Thank you again to our returning gold sponsor, Rent-A-Center, Laurel and silver sponsor, More Than Java Cafe. I am extremely grateful for videographer and editor, Chris James Films and our associate producer, National T.V. Producer, Terron of Stay Fly Entertainment, LLC and affiliate Brandstar Entertainment! Thank you to the Howard County Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission and all of our seed donors, advertisers and of course our cast and crew!! Join us for history in the making! Our Saturday shows are being recorded as well as audience response for t.v./streaming this message of hope and healing.

"In an imperfect world, there is no perfect family. Cheyenne, a young woman in a bi-racial and blended family, is struggling with the knowledge of generational verbal and emotional abuse. She fears the brokenness within her will never be recognized. Some family wounds run generations deep. How can Cheyenne change her family tree?"  A "dramedy" that will make you laugh, cry and think about how you interact with family. Tickets are ONLY available ONLINE at brokenpiecestheplay.wixsite.com/mysite! (Shows are in order of occurrence.)




Saturday, October 6, 2018

WOW! We are exactly two weeks out from our second show run!!! This time, preparing for a bigger stage. Are you ready for Broken Pieces?!?! It's a "dramedy" on dealing and healing from verbal and emotional abuse in families. We're including audience response. Do you have your ticket?!?! Tickets are ONLY available online! No door purchases. Tickets available at brokenpiecestheplay.wixsite.com/mysite/shows. HUGE THANK YOU to Rent-A-Center Laurel, More Than Java Cafe, Terron of Stay Fly Entertainment, LLC and affiliate Brandstar Entertainment as well as Chris James Films, Howard Community College Entertainment Technology Department, Howard County Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission, NAACP Howard County Branch, our seed donors and advertisers! And of course, our cast, returning and new!