- What is the working title of your book?
- Help, I Don’t Like Myself!
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
- My diagnosis with Depression
- What genre does your book fall under?
- Self Help
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
- Angela Bassett
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
- Learning to love me as God loves me!
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
- Six months
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
- anything on self help and christianity
- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
- Dr. Jacque Luck
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
- It is a real life experience written in relevant words from a place of pure love
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Today is 12/12/12. For a number of reasons, people will find themselves stopping for a moment to process this fact. It is a one time occurrence and has significance in many areas. For me this day represents the fact that I have survived two years of the grieving process of losing the first man I ever loved, my Daddy. Yesterday was the two year anniversary of the transitioning of the late Apostle James F. Greene. Today, as unbelievable as it is to many, including myself, I am smiling and rejoicing his transition. I know this may sound weird but over these past few weeks, days, hours and moments, I have grab firmly to the concept that his life and legacy was incomparable. His very presence changed the atmosphere in a room and when he spoke, oh my God, the wisdom he possessed was truly amazing.
Today I celebrate and hold close to my heart the privilege of being his daughter. Many have reminded me of how blessed I was to have this man in my life all of these years and to have his bloodline and spiritual mantle in and around me. As I reflect on this past year, I see with fresh eyes the depth of the valley experience tied to his leaving. I recognize and acknowledge the pain, hurt and devastation of the loss. I do not and never will minimize the depth of that loss and the void it leaves in my life. Yet, from THIS place on my Journey, I can acknowledge the pain without surrendering my power over to it.
Valley experiences are a part of our Journey. There have been and there will be stages where we feel down, uncertain and maybe even a little lost. However, what I have learned is that these Valley experiences are not to be avoided and unwanted because they too have valuable lessons to teach us.
In the Valley, I have learned that I possess strength that I had not tapped into before. In the Valley I learned that I am abundantly loved and uniquely special. I learned that even when I can’t “see” it, my help is right there with me. I have learned that I am NOT alone nor am I forsaken. I have learned that my story is a gift and I MUST share it with confidence. I have learned that others will be lifted out of THEIR valleys as they watch how I come out of mine. I have learned that being real and honest is not a sign of weakness, but rather an expression of strength. I have learned that while my Dad was my greatest “resource” he was always pointing me to my “source”, my HEAVENLY Father. I have learned that there is only ONE ME and NO ONE else can be me but me!
In my opinion, the greatest lesson of the valley is to gain an appreciation for the mountaintop. After you have gone through the dryness of the valley, you genuinely appreciate the water on the mountaintop. When you have endured the barrenness of the valley, you marvel at the fruit you produce once you reach the mountaintop. When you walk alone through the valley season, you truly appreciate the love and fellowship that you find at the mountaintop.
I admonish you, my friend, to appreciate your valley. Don’t be so anxious to hurry out of it, because you may miss an important lesson. As we are moving forward to our NEXT, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we have learned. Let’s look at how we have grown and developed. Let’s make sure that we have learned what the Father has designed the valley to teach us and then…………………………………………………Let’s Go to the Mountaintop!
Peace and Blessings to you and yours! I am Loving you to LIFE!
“What I Love About Christmas”
Jamesina E. Greene
Virginia Beach, VA
“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, PRINCE OF PEACE.” Isaiah 9:6
Ever since childhood, I have looked forward to Christmas. Raised in a Christian home, I was taught from the very beginning that the Holiday was about the birth of our Savior, and not about collecting gifts for myself. Even as we prepared for the gift giving part of the Holiday, I was constantly reminded that “giving” to someone else was much more important than “receiving.” Therefore, one of the things I love most about Christmas is giving to someone and see a genuine smile and appreciation from them. I love to make others happy and I feel that Christmas is one of the best times to do it.
I absolutely love the sense of peace and tranquility that generally accompanies Christmas. There is an overwhelming sense of unity among people and total strangers even seem to be nicer to each other. In general, people become more caring and generous as social calendars become filled with events to raise monies and provide for those less fortunate. During the Christmas season, the “spirit of giving” replaces selfishness and comes from a place of love and sacrifice for everyone.
From the first time I moved away from until the recent deaths of my parents, Christmas always gave me a sense of “home.” I knew that no matter what else had happened during the year, if I survived until Christmas time, I was going home and everything would be fine once I got there. I looked forward to the unconditional love and sharing that home provides. I loved that when I walked in the door I would immediately be embraced by loving arms and pure hearts.
The Christmas and winter seasons symbolize for me a time of “endings” and a time of “beginnings.” The “endings” providing a time for reflection and evaluation. The closing of old doors and the cleansing of unproductive elements. While at the same time, I sense the anticipation of “beginnings” just around the corner. As I prepare for a New Year, I do so with excitement and peace. I rest in the knowledge that God has a specific plan for my life and I am looking forward to my NEXT!
From now on, the Christmas and Winter Seasons will be a time of mixed emotions for me. In December 2010, my father transitioned to his eternal resting place and I know that I will always hurt for him. However, when I think of him and all the valuable life lessons that he taught me, I smile. Christmas was one of his favorite holidays, because he was a giver at heart. He gave without hesitation to family, friends and strangers. I am honored to have inherited his “giver’s heart.” Christmas is a perfect time to use it.
Jamesina Greene is a published Author, Minister, Teacher and Inspirational Coach. She is a mother of two sons and the grandmother of four. Her first published work, “Help, I Don’t Like Myself!, shares her personally battle with Depression and her journey from a place of self hate to self love. She recently published a Mini Book for Moms on the Go, entitled, “A Mother’s Cry” and a 12-month Daily Journal, “My Journey”. Currently she is working on her first novel, completing a literary work which she began with her father before his passing and a Children’s Book with her grandchildren and nephew.
To contact Jamesina, please do so at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaiah 40:4; Psalm 111:10; Ezekial 11:24
Wow! We are at the end of another year. As we look back, we can see just how far we have come. Our Journey has not always been easy, but we made it. We are triumphant! Lessons have been learned and will not be forgotten. We have stretched and we have grown. As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, let us always do so in the Spirit of Love. This month will always be one of happiness and sorrow for me. It is the month that the first man I ever loved, my Daddy, transitioned to his heavenly resting place. That experience was meant to kill me, but instead it made me better. What seemed to be an ending was actually a beginning of a divine shifting for me. This experience made me aware of a inner strength that I did not realize I even possessed. It pushed me to be the me that I was predestined to be and provides me with the focus to “finish the race.”
Each year at this time, we take time to reflect over the past 12 months. What have we accomplished? What have we learned? How have we grown and developed? What pain have we experienced that has pushed us toward new life? Always remember and move toward your goal. Your vision of promise is yours to have. Go get it! Remain faithful, it will pay off. Nothing and no one can take away your inheritance. What’s YOURS is YOURS! Since the deaths of my parents, I have adopted a clearer understanding of MY LEGACY. No one can take what belongs to me. In addition, having a better understanding of the mantle, I also have a better understanding of the attacks that come with it. YET, “The Legacy Continues.”
Remember, there is a direct correlation between what you have in your hand now, and what you will have in your hand in your future. As you release what is in your hand NOW, it automatically goes into your FUTURE and prepares your harvest for presentation at the appointed time.
Finish the Race! Don’t give up now, you are too close to the finish line. We have stumble, staggered and even fallen this year, but we HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. Even in those moments when we faltered, our eyes remained on the goal. Keep moving. Keep excelling. You can do it! I believe in YOU and even more importantly, your Creator believes in you. Let’s do this!
Finish the Race!