I live everyday of my life in expectation. Like an expectant mother in her last trimester of pregnancy approaching the final week of her due date, I'm expecting.
Like parents who tie a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in the front yard awaiting their sons return home, I'm expecting to see the long awaited promise walk through the doors of my life.
As the April rain pours from heaven into the flowing rivers of the Niagara Falls, I'm expecting abundance to overflow into every area of my life.
Like a fisherman casting his net out in the deep, calling for help to pull up the load, I'm expecting the windows of heaven to pour out a blessing that I won't have room enough to receive.
I'm expecting to give with every measure of abundance given to me, because I know and understand that more will be added. I'm expecting, ready and waiting.
Inspired Journal Entry 10/13/13
© 2013 by Chi T. Mathias. All rights RESERVED
Celebrate Women's History Month on March 9th from 5:30-8:30 pm with me and my Sistahs at the Massage Luxe South Grand Relaxation Mixer. Come and be pampered and hear about how we are making significant changes in the community. Panelist include myself, Chi T. Mathias, Visionary & Creative Director of the Grand Center Creative Arts Building & Founder of The Musik Institute, Inc.; Tracie Berry McGhee, Visionary & Founder of SistaKeeper Empowerment Center & Imani Therapy; and Selena J, Visionary of The Mediation Lounge. Our stories will enlighten and encourage you.
The evening will be filled with massages, skin analysis, facility tours, service and product discounts, book autographs, meet and greet with staff, and volunteer opportunities. Admission is $10, partial proceeds go towards youth scholarships for students to take private guitar, voice, piano and violin lessons at The Musik Institute in the Grand Center Creative Arts a Building.
I'm still celebrating the new year! We are having a blast! We are off and running and haven't stopped yet! Have you heard about TheCreativeArtsBuilding.com? Well check us out and most of all stop by and visit!
We are also celebrating an anniversary this month! The Musik Institute was founded 7 years ago as a mobile business offering private piano lessons in the comfort of our students homes and private and group vocal coaching in local churches and within the community. Since then we have evolved into a a non profit organization with a physical location and now offer private and group violin and guitar lessons in addition to voice and piano! Be sure to visit us at TheMusikInstitute.org to learn more about our work with children and youth in the St. Louis community. Also consider sponsoring a talented child who may not have the financial means to take lessons.
All The Best,
Chi T. Mathias, Founder & President
As children, many of us entertained fantasies or even goals of being an actor, singer, dancer, artist, or musician. In some cases, we received enough encouragement to develop our abilities in those creative arenas, but somewhere along the way we stopped. This stopping may have been due to circumstances beyond our control or to our own unconscious acts of self-sabotage. Being creative can be scary in a world that seems to value logic over imagination and practicality over dreaming. We can forgive ourselves for shutting down or turning our attention away from our inner artist, but perhaps we can also take steps to reclaim our dreams. Its time to find your creative outlet @CABStL, if not you then send us your kids! Oh and like us on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Creative-Arts-Building/1454944618099161
Everyone’s journey is unique to them. Along the way we are given keys to unlock the doors of life as we make choices. Like the Oracle did for Neo in the Matrix, each door will take you further into your own matrix. Each season of life will present a unique set of challenges and many triumphs. That’s the stuff that life is made of. Embrace every moment. The good as well as the bad. The ups as well as the down times. Write about it. Cry about it. Laugh out loud. Share your lessons learned. Inspire someone else. Encourage others. By no means do you ever give up on YOU and don’t you dare give up on God.
If He could come into a two bedroom high-rise apartment and spare my life, keep me from losing my mind time after time. Teach me what I did not know. Forgive me when I made mistakes. Open doors that no man could close, not even myself. Then my friend, He can and will do the same for you. Is there anything too hard for God? Write down every problem in your life that you foresee on a sheet of paper and pray this prayer:
Father, You are so faithful. I thank you for my life. I thank you for all of the years you have kept me, provided for me, opened doors for me, protected me and how you love me. I believe that you love me and that you want the best for me. I know that there is nothing too hard for You. On this paper are the things that are too hard for me. These are things I don’t know how to handle and I give them to you. I choose today to no longer worry about these things. I trust You.
Excerpt from The Endurance Ride of Life by Chi T Mathias
ISBN-13: 978-1484966082 ISBN-10: 1484966082
© 2013 by Chi T. Mathias. All rights RESERVED.
In my previous post #The Power of The Holy Spirit, I alluded to the lives of the disciples of Jesus Christ who were once followers, now ready to lead. I also shared that the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives empowers us to do the extraordinary. The last few months I have faced all sorts of leadership lessons, personally and professionally. The constant question that I asked myself was, how do I ascend from a good leader to a great leader? Again, experience and observation, coupled with God's Word and Wisdom granted this revelation.
As good leaders ascend from good to great, they begin to see things from a different perspective. This change in perspective shifts their position from the Overseer Leader to the Shepherd Leader. Our greatest example of a shepherd leader is our Heavenly Father. In Psalm 23 we read about the nature and the leadership of our Heavenly Father described by David, a model shepherd himself. "The Lord is my Shepherd." The term "shepherd" is used throughout Old and New Testament scripture to illustrate leadership. Leadership involves both the rod (correction) and the staff (direction). Leadership communicates love, compassion, nurturing, intimacy, and the spiritual care a godly leader provides.
"Not only does leadership demand the shepherding of others, but leaders must exhort them and build internal motivation in the hearts of their followers." John Maxwell
In my observations and in my own personal experiences, effective leadership is not always so easily demonstrated without proper preparation. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 challenges us to walk prudently, to draw near to hear, and to not be hasty in our speech. Ouch! What lessons we can all learn from this. In the text Solomon describes three major pitfalls lying in wait for careless leaders:
1. Hasty Speech - leaders must listen as much as they speak. It takes more than words to fulfill dreams.
2. Empty Promises - leaders tend to say what others want to hear. Don't promise what you can't deliver.
3. Lame Excuses - leaders diminish their influence when they try to reverse a mistake with a lame excuse.
10 Commandments of Leadership
1. Leaders must be willing to listen as they lead
2. Leaders must be willing to learn as the lead
3. Leaders must be willing to serve as they lead
4. Leaders must reach the heart before they ask for the hand
5. Leaders must keep their hearts and motives pure
6. Leaders must keep their word
7. Leaders must stay on their knees in prayer for those they serve and lead
8. Leaders must make excellence a lifestyle
9. Leaders must remain committed to what really matters
10. Leaders must display integrity and sound ethics
"Leaders are compassionate listeners of the heart who use their hands to ignite a flame of hope in the lives of those they lead" Chi T. Mathias, Visionary | chitmathias.com | Compassionate.Humble.Inspired
Join us every Tuesday @ 7:30 beginning November 11th for a 7 week journey of #GENUINE servant leadership. The Leading The Way Bible Study at The Creative Arts Building in Grand Center located at 3617 Grandel Square 63108. RSVP REQUESTED @ 314.224.5377. Please bring a friend, a refreshment of your choice and your John Maxwell Leadership Bible. Don't have either of these? Come anyway! #NOEXCUSES #THETIMEISNOW #WHATRUWAITING4 #STL #HEALING #INSPIRE #EMPOWER #TRANSFORM #LEADERSHIP #ABUNDANCE #GRATITUDE
As a new CEO of a God sized vision, it became apparent after several months of planning birthing and growing, that I had neglected my self-care. My energy was depleted; immune system was compromised and I became ill; enthusiasm for growing the business was starting to fade; I was gaining weight “quickly” because my eating habits were terrible; mentally I was exhausted and I felt as if the weight of the world was on my shoulders. Oh and I was irritable and my mood was starting to SHOW. I lost sight of self and therefore, was losing control.
The mission of the vision I had birthed was to inspire, empower, and transform communities’ one woman, man and child at a time. Yet the woman in the mirror was desperately in need of a dose of this God sized vision for herself. I’m thankful for the team God has put in place to not only facilitate life transformation in our community, but each other, spirit, soul and body.
I am GRATEFUL for you Tracie Berry McGhee, my SistaKeeper for life, who not only is my sounding board and confidant but a keeper to thousands of women and girls worldwide! “A SistaKeeper is WE”!
I am GRATEFUL for you Selena Johnson, my spiritual thermostat who always reminds me to listen to Spirit and take care of Chi.
I am GRAETFUL for you Rebecca Bennett, my coach, cheerleader and mentor on all things business.
I am GRATEFUL for you Raquel Hunter, my flexibility coach who keeps me flexible with Yoga for the Soul.
I am GRATEFUL for you Simone Phillips, my journey healer who pushes me to be everything God says that I am.
I am GRATEFUL for you Marlon Lee, my fitness trainer and wise counselor, who keeps me physically healthy and strong.
I am GRATEFUL for YOU, my COMMUNITY, who has committed to taking this journey of life transformation with me.
WE WELCOME YOU TO THE CREATIVE ARTS BUILDING IN GRAND CENTER
Where we are Inspiring Creativity, Empowering Communities & Transforming Lives
Stop by, you’ll be glad you did and your life will never be the same.
What I learned from the life of The Apostle Paul, is that he had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he did not allow his external life to cause internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally. The great basis of his consistency was the agony of God in the redemption of the world, The Cross of Christ. Get back to the foundation of the Cross of Christ, doing away with any belief not based on it. When we understand the message of the Cross preached, the energy of God is released. (1 Cor 1:21-25)
Holy Spirit Inspired Soul
We are all familiar with the Proverb "pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling" Proverb 16:18, but what revelation do you get personally when you read or hear this wisdom? For me, it moved a mountain in my life...
Excerpt from "The Endurance Ride of Life"...
Life has a way of taking you on a journey that you may not understand, until you are smack dab in the middle of your purpose. After a prolonged period of dissatisfaction with where life has taken you; underutilized God-given gifts; a lack of passion; and listening to the voices of others telling you, that you were created for another purpose. It’s time to resurrect the purpose you were created for.
Many of us spend a great deal of our lives unfulfilled and wandering in the wilderness of a purposeless life. Many of us go through life empty, broken, looking for love in all of the wrong places and numbing the pain of unfruitful lives. Many people die in this state. Never fulfilling the purpose they were created to fulfill because of fear, feelings of inadequacy, and constantly making excuses for their situation.
My question for you is, “what are you willing to endure to finish strong?” Are you willing to endure the process of transformation in order to manifest your greatness? Are you willing to die to your selfish pursuits and ambitions and allow Jeremiah 29:11 to really manifest in your heart? Will you totally surrender to the One who has your world in the palm of His hands? He is waiting on you with his arms open wide to accept you just as you are. With every one of your flaws, fears, and failures, He still has a dynamic plan for your future. Are you willing to seek after Him with your whole heart to finally discover what it is? #GOTPURPOSE