Archive | June 2012

Can You Hear Me Now?

Q.        What’s the difference between the woman that’s moving in her vision and the woman that isn’t?view details

A.        They haven’t completely told God yes.  Meaning they haven’t fully committed themselves – mentally and spiritually – to the vision God says is possible for their lives.

They hear what others say; they read what others write and they see what others are doing, yet they do not move.

They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. Psalm 135:16-17 KJV

From God to You…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can you hear me now?  I am calling to you.  “How are you calling Lord?”, you ask.  By my teachers, and pastors, and my bible study leaders. By my writers and life coaches and my business leaders.  By my examples I send your way; by the words I have spoken to you and the promises I have declared over you.

Can you hear me now?

I want you.  I need you.  The time has come for you to move.  Fear is no longer an option.  If you fear it’s because of your “lack of surrender and submission” to the call I have placed in your life.

Can you hear me now?

I can’t use you if you won’t fully commit.  I can’t lead you if you won’t follow.

 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.   For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 16:24-25 KJV).

The people, they’re waiting for you.  “What people, Lord?” you ask.  The ones whose lives I’ve called you to touch.  The ones I’ve ordained you to change.  The ones I will empower you to speak into.  The ones that are slowly dying  emotionally, physically, and mentally because of your hesitancy to move.

Can you hear me now?  I love you.  Trust me.

Scared?  Why?  I am with you.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I promise to uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Prove me, my daughter.  Prove me, my son, and see if I will not open up the windows of heaven and pour upon you blessings for your obedience (Malachi 3:10).

Prove me and see if I will not guide you in my way everlasting.  I am calling, I am waiting.  PROVE ME!

Can you hear me now?

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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6 Key Ways to Know if You’re in a Transition

Change is never comfortable.  Sometimes it can be downright painful!  But it’s part of life, and at times the will of God.

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Change can manifest in different areas of our lives and when it comes, we are not sure how or the best way to respond.  Relationships, such as marriage or divorce; Emotions, such as death or birth; Career, as in promotion or retirement and Spiritual Growth – it’s all there.  We find ourselves going through phases, a shift, growth – a transition.

Are you in transition from your purpose to your vision?

What is vision? “It is the big picture of what God says is possible for your life.”

Here are 6 key ways to know if you’re in a transition.  A vision transition.

1.     An Inner Restlessness

When you’re in transition, especially at the beginning stage, life may feel as if it’s in limbo.

There is discomfort and discontent.  Not physical discomfort, but emotional and spiritual discomfort.  Your old self seems to be disappearing.  The things you once did you don’t enjoy as much anymore.  The people you associated with, you’ve withdrawn or don’t seek their counsel any more.  And the spiritual walk you had before – or lack of – doesn’t seem to be enough.  You find yourself seeking a change, but what sort of change you can’t describe.  Something is off, but you don’t quite know what it is.  You don’t feel like “you” and you’re desperately trying to figure it out.

2.     A Desire For a Deeper Relationship With God

The word relationship means having a connection, association or involvement.  Have a personal one means having a deeper, one-on-one connection, association or involvement.

When your mind is a-twitter and you can’t seem to put your finger on what’s out of place in your life. When you start experiencing feelings of discontent and life feels meaningless, then you start searching for answers and comfort, encouragement.  You go to the one whom you know has the answers; God.

A relationship starts to build and you have a desire to know and learn more about Him.  In this stage you may start attending church services regularly, or find yourself in the Bible more often.  You start growing and God starts to speak to you in your own way.  His Spirit is there cocooning   you as you grow.

The more you seek after Him, the more you grow.  Your faith grows and His desires for your life are revealed.

3.     The Soul Searching

Soul searching, it sounds so deep and serious!  But it’s really a good time. In this stage you’re asking questions.  Questions like, “God, what is your plan for my life?  What is my purpose?  Why am I here on earth?”  You start to look deep within yourself, searching for clues as to who the real you is and how to live this real person fully and authentically.

You develop a desire to please God and you start asking and wondering how you can live a life that is on purpose with Him at the center of what you do.

You consider serious changes to your life, career, family and finances.  There is a lot of introspection and examination. You may consider the ultimate question of “If I could do one thing for the rest of my life and not have to worry about finances or time, what would it be?”  God reveals even more of what He has for you and your purpose, the ultimate reason you are here on earth is ignited.

4.     Quest for knowledge and understanding

Clarification, direction, purpose, reason; these are all information you are in search of.  This stage usually consists of individuals wanting and seeking more knowledge and understanding.

It involves a lot of digging deep and doing some research and examination.  You learn things about yourself in this phase that you didn’t know about.  Things you’re glad you learned and others you would have preferred to not acknowledge.

Some call it a wilderness experience.  Some may say it’s a breaking experience; however, both are due to the purging, cleansing, improving and repenting that happen in this stage.

You seek guidance and direction from individuals that can assist in getting clarity and direction in life; individuals such as Life Coaches, pastors or business leaders.

Seminars, workshops or conferences that will empower and guide you, are usually prevalent during this stage.  You research and follow others that you feel can speak into your life through their sermon, classes, speeches, or books.  You read, you listen, and you apply.  A change starts to happen.  You can feel it and others can see it.

You invest in yourself.  You don’t mind spending money on the resources that will help you to grow and move into a more fulfilling life in Christ.  You start to flex your wings and test what you’ve accomplished so far.

5.     Ready, Set …No, wait, I think I’m stuck!

The most challenging phase!  In this stage you’re ready to walk into what God says is yours.   You’re ready to do what God has asked you to do, or place in your heart.

You want to get out there because it’s been simmering within you for so long.  You want to do His will, but you don’t quite know how.  In this stage you may have to learn new skills, change a mindset, move to another state, get rid of some friends or take big steps.

Defeating qualities such as fear, doubt, or insecurity begins to raise their ugly heads.  You struggle to move from the idea, the mandate, to the actual progression and manifestation of what you know is possible for your life.  In essence, sometimes the individual becomes stuck.  Not because of a lack of desire, but because of a lack of faith.  The foothold of fear is refusing to let go.

6.     A Walk of Faith

This stage is the best one!  I call it the “okay God, I don’t know how, but I’m doing it anyway” stage.  In this stage you have moved beyond the fear and doubts and other hindrances and is actually doing God’s vision for your life.

You literally depend on God to lead you and guide you in your vision walk.  You go to Him and wait for Him to answer before you move.

Your study of the word is deeper, your faith is stronger and you not only know the word for yourself but your authority in things of your vision is on point.  You are speaking those things that are as they should be and you have no

Doors start to open.  Favor and blessings are manifested and individuals are drawn to you in bringing the vision into reality.

You are bold and confident with no apologies in what is happening in your life and where God is taking you.

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These stages are not set in stone but are a guide for the person moving from purpose to walking, doing and living their God ordained vision.

Transition is an ever-changing and learning process.  There are different levels in any stage and it can take an individual several weeks to several months or perhaps year, to go thru the refining process that God has for them.

As long as we keep God in the fore front and understand that He has already laid the plans he has for our lives then as we walk through the path of life, we can place our faith in the fact that He’s got us in His righteous right hand.

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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ARE YOU READY TO GO FROM THE OLD INTO THE NEW?


When you look at the definition for the word Transition, it is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, concept, etc., to another; change.

We all go through a transition in life and they can come in different phases and forms.   A spiritual transition can come when God is ready to elevate you to His next level.

Several months back I was participating in a conference call on moving forward powerfully in our business, when the topic of “old wine skins” came up.  Specifically, “old wine skins that God wanted us to get rid of.”

The old wine skin that was being referred to was our “old selves”; the “old us.”

In order for those of us on the call to go where God was taking us, we had to let go of our old belief systems, mindsets and fears. African Americans,African descent,business men,business women,businesses,happiness,happy,men,nature,outdoors,persons,photographs,smiles,smiling,women

And that’s my question for you today:  What is your old wine skin that is keeping you from truly stepping out into what you earnestly desire and God’s will for your life?

What is that fear; the unbelief?  What is the mindset that has been a part of you for so long you don’t even recognize it?

To be transparent, let me tell you what my “old wine skin” was: Aloneness.  Not alone as in company or comfort – having people around, but Aloneness as in support.  The integral support I needed to move the vision God had given me forward. There is a difference.

Matthew 9:17 says “neither do people pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”

During the time of Jesus wine was placed in animal skin – leather, and usually goat skin, to ferment.  The skin would bulge and stretch from the carbon dioxide that was being released and cause the skin to stretch almost beyond their limit.

Well that’s you being stretched.  You’re almost to bursting with all the old stuff God had to clean out of you.

Before God can pour more of Him into you, before He can take you to that next level, He needs you to get rid of one last thing.  That thing that has lain dormant hidden behind other issues and causes: Your Old Wine Skin.

You can’t carry it with you to where He’s taking you.  Where He’s taking you calls for total trust and faith; even when it seems impossible.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Tim 2:21 KJV.

Note: As you travel along the road to walking out your vision and manifesting your purpose, there will always be new levels you will have to attain. Each level you arrive at will require you getting rid of “old” things: Things that you acquired along the way and God does not want you to bring to the next.

Ask yourself, your old wine skin is it a belief system, a Mindset?

  • I am too old to start something new
  • I am not as educated as others will be in the field God has called me to
  • I have a past and people will look down on me
  • I have done lot’s of bad things in the pass; God may have forgiven me for some things but not all

Your old wine skin, is it a Fear?

  • God will not provide the help I need to carry out the vision He placed upon me
  •  I will not be able to find the mate I God has promised me and I will always be a single parent
  • I will not have enough money to do the things God desires of me and me of myself
  • I will fail and bring disappointment on myself and God

Most, if not all, of the mindset and fears had one thing in common, did you notice it?  Lack of faith!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Prov 18:21

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 12:1

I will not; I have done; God will not.  These are all phrases that cancels out what we should be believing God for. Take some time and go before the Lord and inquire of Him what your old wine skin is.  Ask Him to show you where unbelief still resides.

Unbelief is tricky, it has many faces and it shows up in different places.  Places you wouldn’t think of.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11: 9-10 KJV

So as you transition into your new wine skin, know that it is to make you a vessel of honor, ready for the master’s use!

The old you can’t hold the newness that God is getting ready to bring you into!

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana