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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Ambassador Shulanda

Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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Greetings:

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Galatians 1:10, NLT). 
 
Defined by God: Over the weekend, I listened to Joel Osteen speak about a subject that I have had to be in deep prayer about and that we all encounter: trying to please people or win them over. We have family, inlaws, friends, coworkers, church members and even enemies that we are continuously trying to please. No matter what you try to do, people will try to undermine what you are doing either by belittiling you, speaking negative words against you and critizing every thing you do. The defining question is ‘why are they really rejecting you’?
  
“If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave” (Matthew 10:14).
 
Spiritual Manifestation:  Like me, you have to understand that the enemy fights you over the purpose God has for your life. He, satan, works through people to operate as a barrier to your destiny. God has already defined who you are; therefore, you don’t have to be defined by anyone else. As J. Osteen reminded us, “don’t stay where you are tolerated but celebrated”.  Why torture yourself to be around people who are against you and force an approval from them. When you get phone calls, voice messages, emails or engage in conversations by these destiny blockers, your response is what will determine the outcome. As a sister in Christ reminded me, sometimes silence is the best response you can give people that think that your life and the world revolves around them. Be respectful and kind, but don’t allow them to disrespect and be rude towards you. Simply put, some people you have to love from a distance. Do not spend your life trying to win them over. You don’t need their approval. You need God’s approval. Manifest your destiny!

With Love in the Spirit,

Evangelist Shulanda Hastings,


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