2016 Year in Review, 2017 Year in Reach

Has it really been a year since I have blogged? Well, records don’t lie, it has been over a year. Enjoy the review!

First, ministry:

F.L.O.U.R.I.S.H. Women’s Bible Study

In September, I celebrated one year of faithful service to the women in my life that call me sister, mentor, minister and friend. Once a month, I host a women’s bible study called F.L.O.U.R.I.S.H. It has been a true blessing preparing God’s Word to share with others and also being prepared by His Word to live for Him and to teach for His glory.

In 2017 we will meet every 1st Saturday from 12noon -2pm. Here is the schedule:

1st Quarter: January 7, February 4, March 4

2nd Quarter: April 1, May 6, June 3

3rd Quarter: July 1, August 5, September 2

4th Quarter: October 7, November 4, December 2

R.S.V.P. to aprildbarker@outlook.com

This year we will be recording and making live videos, publishing devotional tools and sharing more teachings on the blog. Get ready to F.L.O.U.R.I.S.H. in 2017!

 

Secondly, business:

Empire of Dreams, LLC. is in transition!

What a wonderful time I had in the offices at 210 S. Main in Duncanville, however the office is moving to Cedar Hill in 2017. We have outgrown our spot and are actively searching for more adequate spacing to house all that God is doing. While there are several books in the works to be released in 2017, FIVE books were completed this year by some of my author coaching clients.  Click on any of the links below to purchase today!

“Can You Say this Five Times Fast?” Joshua C. Barker

“Breaking the Power of Addiction” Shawana Harris

“One Step at a Time” Elmer & Eileen Lehman

“Prayers for Him” Stacey Davis

“How to LIVE Financially Successful God’s Way” Angela J. Payne

Are you ready to bring your dream from mental to manifestation? E-mail me today to schedule a Dreambuilding Session: aprildbarker@outlook.com.

Lastly, personal:

In January 2016, I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “I am bringing you out of oppressive situations and circumstances”. What a word. In blind faith I said, “‘kay.”

Little did I know, I would experience several losses that brought me to an humbling experience of reflection and repentance, a deepening of love and commitment for Christ and my family and an abundance of growth naturally and spiritually. What I have discovered is that every scripture I have read in God’s Word is true. Here is one passage that is especially telling in how we as believers should respond to what some call, “A Fiery Trial” and  I call, “The Humbling”.

“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:19-22

“In all this” I have learned the hard way to speak and act in discretion and faith no matter what is being taken away from you because the Lord that takes, will ALWAYS give  back greater.

“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.” Job 42:10-16

What a promise!

In a couple of days, 2016 will be gone and 2017 will be here. Let’s go into the New Year  rejoicing in all that the Lord has done, is doing and will bring to pass.

In 2017, as we prepare our hearts for promotion and to receive the promises of the Lord, let’s apply all of the teachings we have received personally and pastorally. Let’s be faithful until the end! Let’s petition heaven with prayer and thanksgiving, preparing for all the blessings God has in store.

“Lord, bless us indeed! In Jesus’ name. Amen!”

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me  from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” I Chronicles 4:10

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December Availability-

2016 could be THE YEAR that you STOP allowing the actions of other people make you feel angry, defeated, victimized and paralyzed.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET!

Here it is!

My first ever tell-all session!

Every year, for the last three years I’ve prayed to God in early November to help me be emotionally and mentally prepared for all that He has for me in the coming year and it works! This year, on November 2nd at 9am, I opened my offices for my “EXCLUSIVE Walk-in Sessions” to show you how to do the same! The feedback has been phenomenal!

NOTE: This is the highest level of access to me and the ONLY WAY to get access to a live, in person session with me during the day! 

Want to move forward without taking hurtful glimpses into your past? Take control and stop waiting for someone else to change your life! I’ll show you how in this 3 hour, intensive, mastermind session. (You get three hours for the price of two!)

LISTEN…..

In 2012 I committed to only work doing what I love, writing and ministry. I traveled internationally doing both!
In 2013 I started several programs within my local community and published three books.
In 2014 I published two more books and started more programs while also traveling to several states making great ministry and marketplace connections.
In 2015 I launched out, establishing my own marketplace ministry headquarters. I helped two first time authors self-publish, was able to travel again ministering internationally  and began a local monthly women’s leadership Bible Study at my headquarters. Plus, the year is NOT EVEN over yet!!!


Now I want to show you how to take your dream from mental to manifestation!

Are YOU ready for the Program?

If you’ve had any session with me or attended any of my Bible studies and are starting to see some results in your mindset change and leadership skills, this session is for you. Do you have NO CLUE how to walk in complete liberty from your past, people and walk into purpose? This session is especially for you!

When I work with ladies in leadership roles, whether they’re managing a household of five or managing a staff of 100 the SAME problems exist within. They simply don’t have enough support, deal with weary minds plagued with defeat or have systems and processes that need better time management solutions. If this is you? JOIN ME for a group session or one on one!

Let’s spend this time together. ME and you. YOUR household, ministry and/or business deserves this! And so do you.

Choose your morning or afternoon slot today…. the registration for the session is only $50.00! 

This Special will be for the whole Month of December!

 Also, ask about evening and Saturday Scheduling.

1st Week of December Available Sessions:

Monday, Nov. 30th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

Tuesday, Dec. 1st 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

 2nd Week of December Available Sessions:

Monday, Dec. 7th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

Tuesday, Dec. 8th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

 Monday, Dec. 9th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

Tuesday, Dec. 10th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

 

3rd Week of December Available Sessions:

 Monday, Dec. 14th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

Tuesday, Dec. 15th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

 Wednesday, Dec.16th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM Available

Thursday, Dec. 17th 12pm-3pm    PM AVAILABLE ONLY

Friday, Dec. 18th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM AVAILABLE

Closed Christmas Week!

  One-on-One SESSIONS!
A wealth of wisdom with hundreds of dollars’ worth of information!

Are you ready?

 Call and schedule today or e-mail me at aprildbarker@outlook.com. 214.772.1941

 

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Prepare Properly for 2016: Schedule an Appointment with April, Today!

2016 could be THE YEAR that you STOP allowing the actions of other people make you feel angry, defeated, victimized and paralyzed.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET!
Here it is!

My first ever tell-all session!

 
Every year, for the last three years I’ve prayed to God in early November to help me be emotionally and mentally prepared for all that He has for me in the coming year and it works! This year, on November 2nd at 9am, I will open my offices for my “EXCLUSIVE Walk-in Sessions” to show you how to do the same!

NOTE: This is the highest level of access to me and the ONLY WAY to get access to a live in person session with me during the day! 

Want to move forward without taking hurtful glimpses into your past? 
Take control and stop waiting for someone else to change your life! I’ll show you how in this 3 hour, intensive mastermind session. ( You get three hours for the price of two!)

LISTEN…..


In 2012 I committed to only work doing what I love, writing and ministry. I traveled internationally doing both!
In 2013 I started several programs within my local community and published three books.

In 2014 I published two more books and started more programs while also traveling to several states making great connections.

In 2015 I launched out, started my own marketplace ministry headquarters. I helped two fist time authors self-publish, was able to travel again internationally ministering and do a local monthly women’s leadership Bible Study.

Now I want to show you how to take your dream from mental to manifestation!


Are YOU ready for the Program?


If you’ve had any session with me or attended any of my Bible studies and are starting to see some results in your mindset change and leadership skills this session is for you. Do you have NO CLUE how to walk in complete liberty from your past, people and walk into purpose? This session is 
especially for you!

When I work with ladies in leadership roles, whether they’re making managing a household of five or managing a staff of 100 the SAME problems exist within. They simply don’t have enough support, deal with weary minds plagued with defeat or have systems and processes that need better time management solutions. If this is you? JOIN ME for a group session or one on one!


Let’s spend 6 this time together. ME and you. YOUR household, ministry and/or business deserves this! 
And so do you.

Choose your morning or afternoon slot today…. the registration for the session is only $50.00! 


This Special will be for the whole Month of November!
1st Week of November Available Sessions:
 
Wednesday, Nov. 4th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Thursday, Nov. 5th 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Friday, Nov. 6th 12pm-3pm Afternoon ONLY AVAILABLE
 
2nd Week of November Available Sessions:
 
Monday, Nov. 9th 9am-12pm Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Nov. 10th Afternoon Only AVAILABLE
Wednesday, Nov. 11th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Thursday, Nov. 12th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Friday, Nov. 13th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
 
3rd Week of November Available Sessions:
 
Monday, Nov. 16th 9am-12pm Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Nov. 17th Afternoon Only AVAILABLE
Wednesday, Nov. 18th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Thursday, Nov. 19th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
Friday, Nov. 20th Both AM/PM AVAILABLE
 
Closed Thanksgiving Week!

One-on-One  SESSIONS!
A wealth of wisdom with hundreds of dollars worth of information!


Are you ready? 
 
Call and schedule today or e-mail me at aprildbarker@outlook.com. 214.772.1941

Flourishing in Christ,

April D. Barker
Author. Minister. Speaker. Entrepreneur. 
 
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“Blessed Are the Pure in Heart for They Shall See God.”

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“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, amen.”

As a little girl I quoted that scripture before saying grace at every meal. My mother taught my three brothers and me that we should say a scripture before we said grace. I have no idea why, but I have come to realize that it was a neat little way to hide God’s word in our hearts. I mean, we were blessed to eat three meals a day so that means I was quoting that little verse three hundred and sixty-five days a year, multiplied by three. (You do the math because honey, that is not my thing!)

Well, the seed of that scripture has grown to bear much fruit. As I look back over my walk with God one of the things that I always pray and try to walk in is a pure heart; towards God, my family and other people. I have a strong sense of right and wrong and despise injustice. My desire to have a pure heart in all things came directly from that scripture. And guess what? I am still saying it before grace even today!

Now more than ever, we must plant seeds of God’s word into the heart of our children so they can truly worship God with a pure heart. Now I am not talking about worshipping God through song, I am talking about worshipping God with a life that is pleasing to Him. Psalm 19:14 puts it this way, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

IF you shape the character of your child through creative scripture memorization ideas  not only will they thank you later, but their lifestyle of worship and commitment to Godly living will give you reasons too thank God too! Here are a couple of ideas:

  • For preschoolers: Do like my mother did and give them each a scripture to quote silently before they say grace. (Hey, it worked 30 years ago and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)
  • For Elementary Aged: Post a verse in a frame on various walls throughout the home. Think bathroom and bedroom.
  • For Preteens: Give them a scripture journal and have them write out a new scripture every week. Then tell them by the end of each week they should have written the scripture seven times. Give a sweet treat for every scripture that they can recite by memory. Tell them, “Now that you have filled op your soul with God’s words, here is a little something to fill up your belly.”
  • For Teens: Give them a scripture passage to memorize and have them lead devotion once a week before dinner. (You are having a devotion time with your family right?)

Post in the comments below how you teach your children the word of God:

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Make a “Ten Minute Commitment” to God

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The Ten Minute Commitment

Now that you have completed the first 30 days I have another assignment for you. Please set aside ten minutes of everyday for the next three months to spend time with the Lord. I call it the “Ten Minute Commitment.” It is made up of three components:

  • A Song
  • A Scripture
  • A Supplication

A Song: So, you say you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, huh? Great, the Bible says in Psalms 100:1, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” God is not interested in perfectly-pitched praise. He is interested in the pureness of your worship. So take a moment and learn a song that touches you so that you are prepared to sing to Him in your private time or sing along to some music or even better, make up a song to sing to him. Sing your thoughts. When you begin to sing, it translates the message to him, “Father, come spend time with me please?” What Father wouldn’t come and spend time with His child? Yes dear, you are indeed His child.

A Scripture: Have you found a verse that really touched your heart? Open your Bible and turn to it and read it aloud. Then read it silently over and over. Once you read it silently, take time and reflect over what you read. Every day that we open our Bible it is just like opening a treasure with a new surprise in it. Don’t miss out on the gifts God’s word has to bring into your life, whether a chapter or a verse read your word daily.

A Supplication: This word simply means a prayer or request or if you want to combine the two, a prayer request. This is something that is so important in developing quality time in your relationship with Christ; actually it is important in any relationship, communication. Our God is not like the other gods who are worshipped around this earth. He is not dead, He is a live and He speaks not only through His word but even to your heart within. Take time daily to spend time talking to him. Start off your Ten Minute Commitment by telling God thank you. Thank Him for all the things that you are grateful for big and small. Then relay to Him whatever is on your heart, your mistakes your worries your cares. Ask for forgiveness for your mistakes and turn your worries and cares over to Him. He wants to be in charge of every detail of your life, leaving you free to live the abundant life His word promises is yours. When you pray you may want to kneel for these next three months. It is a sign of submission and reverence.

The Ten Minute Commitment will probably end up taking you longer than ten minutes before long because when something is really good, you always want more. Don’t feel like you have to cut your time with God short, let it grow just as you do and enjoy every step of the best journey of your life now and eternally.

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Deborah Counseling and Confidante Services

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It is my passion and my purpose to show the love of Christ to all that I encounter. After someone has had a one on one conversation with me, my prayer is that they leave my presence encouraged and hopeful.

My marketplace ministry Deborah Counseling and Confidante services provides a safe haven for women in high-level leadership in their church, community, family or corporate America.

It is sometimes very difficult to find a work, life, ministry balance. A session with me will consist of love, support, accountability and answers.

Schedule an appointment today: aprildishon@gmail.com

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