This morning

I woke up this morning feeling different. I’ve been living in a state of fear and this morning I woke up feeling different. It was a feeling of “girl get it together”. It was sort of an odd feeling but I thank God for it.

Fear is such a crippling emotion. Once you fall into it you can’t even move or think right. You’re like frozen. There is a scripture in the Bible that says God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. I totally get it now. Without a sound mind you’re lost. I dont care how many degrees you have. How huge your vocabulary is. It doesn’t matter. You are not able to advance any agenda if you’re working in fear.

So I decree on this day that I will not walk in fear anymore. When and if it tries to return I’ll use the tools I’ve learned in therapy to overcome it. I’ll pray. I’ll meditate. I’ll journal. I’ll go for a walk or something but I will NOT stay in the state fear. I will NOT.

You know in life you’ll experience various things and guess what? That’s okay. But during or in the experience please make sure that you’re growing. Don’t become stagnant. Don’t let it make you bitter or angry. Fight through it. Life is not as short as people say it is. But life is very valuable. And if you’re able to experience it, do just that. Experience IT. Be open to the challenges. But don’t let it become a wave that takes you under. There are tools that can help you overcome what ever challenges comes upon you.

I encourage you to visit my blog and read these post. Come back whenever you feel the need to. I’m here to help and not judge. The word of God teaches me that we overcome by the words of our testimonies and by the blood of the lamb. So I don’t mind sharing with the world my testimonies if my savior will get the victory and if I can help someone. Don’t be out here thinking you’re alone. That’s a trick of the enemy to getting you feeling you alone. But let me tell you you’re not alone. Just this past Saturday I got so low I wanted to just sleep away, literally. That’s a dangerous place. I’m always in a state of encouraging myself and I’d love to encourage you.

Be blessed my beautiful readers. This too shall pass. And guess what? If you keep pressing your way hopefully you’ll see a new day tomorrow and you’ll be blessed with some new mercy and grace and that right there will be the strength you need to move on. Don’t give up and don’t look be. Be encouraged!

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Why Me?

Why NOT me? I mean like really who am I? So I think because I’m educated I’m not going to experience any ups and down in my life? Or because I’ve seen the world I’m better than those that haven’t left the states. Or do I think because I wear beautiful dresses and shoes that I’m all that? Or check this one out, because I’m naming the name of Jesus Christ I’m exempt from going through?.. 😳😳😳😳. What the mess. I pray no one is really feeling this way. I surely pray not.

Inside you’re asking yourself why me, why not be thankful that you’re considered worthy enough to experience EVERYTHING that you’re going through. Why not count it all joy? Why not try to figure out the message and the lesson in it? More than likely it has NOTHING to do with YOU. You’re just the vessel that’s being used. These light afflictions that you’re experiencing regardless of how it my hurt is NOTHING compared to what Jesus had to endure at the cross. When I get into that “why me” mode I begin to think on what Jesus said, if it be your will Lord suffer this cup to pass, NEVERTHELESS, not my will but your will oh Lord. Get you a NEVERTHELESS down on the inside and watch how things begin to look different.

In my efforts to get my life situated after the last five years of darkness I’ve been really digging deep. It’s been hard and it’s been very lonely and emotional but I’m so glad I’m accepting and working through the process. Mental health is real. I dont care if you know Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or the Hindu Gods, if you are blessed enough to keep opening your eyes morning after morning you’re are going to be tried. And some of us is going to be tried like gold (if you don’t know the process of how gold is made look it up). But if you can stop being the victim and step back and look at things without pity you’ll begin to understand the why and the what. The plan will begin to unfold right before your eyes. You’ll sit back and begin to laugh because you see it for what it’s worth.

I know everyone is looking for a purpose in life. But when you get through searching come back and read this blog again. Your purpose in life is to help someone else. It’s NEVER about you. So STOP putting so much stock in yourself. You’re really not all that. You’re a vessel. And the sooner you accept that the sooner the clouds will open up and the burden will feel less.

I can’t leave this little nugget out. A lot of the stuff we are going through is because we won’t let go of these toxic relationships. 😳😳😳😳. Did I say? Yes I did. And I’m speaking to myself first. We want people to be who we won’t them to be when their not capable. They couldn’t be that person if they honestly tried. I mean think about it. You can learn new skills. Get a higher degree. But your character, morals, and values were created years ago. Those are probably not going to change at 50 years of age. Let go of those toxic relationships and work on your mental health and watch all that stress start falling out. It’ll literally feel like you dropped a heavy bag of books from your arms.

As always be encouraged. Pray. Seek counseling if you need some. Don’t worry about the nay sayers. They messed up too. Work on YOU. Stop trying to change people and/or the situation. Rest in your journey. It’s going to all work out.

I encourage you to read Shook One Anxiety playing tricks on me by Charlamagne Tha God. I just finished reading it the other day and I cried and laughed at the same time. You’ll want to work on you after reading this.

Change

I’m really working on me like never before. I mean I’m praying more. Going to natural counseling to deal with old demons that I’ve never confronted. I’m forgiving those that have hurt me and asking Jesus to help them. This is not easy but it’s needed. I wish I would have started years earlier but it’s okay. Better late than never. And guess what? Day by day I’m feeling better.

What are working on in your life? Have you forgiven those that have caused you harm? Even yourself? I realized I hadn’t forgiven myself for several things. But my goal is to walk in peace and love. I also realize I can’t live in those spirits if my inside is jacked up. And it’s been jacked up a long time. Looking at others and not looking at myself. So on today I encourage us all to look our own faults and others faults and see the need. Work on yourself. Press daily to be a better you than you were yesterday. That should be your ONLY competition. Be encouraged on today.

BARTER INCOME – DO YOU REPORT IT????

Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Usually there is no exchange of cash. Barter may take place on an informal one-on-one basis between individuals and businesses, or it can take place on a third party basis through a modern barter exchange company.

Bartering is the most ancient form of commerce. While our ancestors may have exchanged eggs for corn, today you can barter computer services for auto repair.

Another example of a one-on-one, non-barter exchange transaction is a plumber doing repair work for a dentist in exchange for dental services. The fair market value of the goods and services exchanged must be reported as income by both parties.

Here are a few things you should know about bartering:

Barter Exchange A barter exchange functions primarily as the organizer of a marketplace where members buy and sell products and services among themselves. Whether this activity operates out of a physical office or is internet based, a barter exchange is generally required to issue Form 1099-B, Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions, annually to their clients or members and to the IRS.
 
• Barter Income Barter dollars or trade dollars are identical to real dollars for tax reporting. If you conduct any direct barter – barter for another’s products or services – you will have to report the fair market value of the products or services you received on your tax return.

• Taxes Income from bartering is taxable in the year it is performed. You may be subject to liabilities for income tax, self-employment tax, employment tax, or excise tax. Your barter activities may result in ordinary business income, capital gains or capital losses, or you may have a nondeductible personal loss.

• Reporting The rules for reporting barter transactions may vary depending on which form of bartering takes place. Generally, you report this type of business income on Form 1040, Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business, or other business returns such as Form 1065 for Partnerships, Form 1120 for Corporations, or Form 1120-S for Small Business Corporations.

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Alliance for Affordable Services

Dear Valued Consumer Here is an exciting offer from the Alliance for Affordable Services.  The following services have been combined into one product and are available for a single person for $25 monthly or $40 for an entire family.  The following list is the top ten reasons or more utilized services, but the program includes over 20 more additional services ranging for discount of rental cars to dental plans to annual college scholarships for your deserving child.

1.        Emergency Roadside Assistance – for you or your family and goes with you not you vehicle.  You can be in anyone’s vehicle.

2.       ID Theft Resolution – Trust me, this can help anyone who has experienced a problem of this type.

3.       Legal Club of America – Available on the family plan, it provides you with immediate access to an attorney for anything you can think of or any legal questions you may have.

4.       Alliance Consumer Club Rewards – This is a program that works in conjunction with other programs.  Example, if you were planning a trip and you used the Alliance to plan the trip.  First, you would receive discounts for hotel, rental car(s) or amusement park tickets, and then they would subtract a portion of your total accumulated Rewards Cash from you trip total, reducing the total amount you were paying.  Savings on top of saving.

5.       Amusement Park Discounts – Can save up to 40% on tickets.

6.       Dent Zone – What can I say about this benefit, you probably know someone now who has a cracked windshield or a dent in their vehicle, after you receive your cards you simple can them and th ey will repair it for free.  That is worth the initial payment!

7.       Hotel Access Card – This card gives you up to 50% discount count on hotel within the US. Catch is you must pay the small fee of $6.95 to get the book of hotels accepting the card and the card comes with the book.  (I have it and its worth the small fee)

8.       Hotel Discount Program – Only 10% off best rate, that’s why I ordered the Hotel Access Card to receive up to 50% off.

9.       Global Emergency Services – Ex. You went to visit someone and were in an accident, it would pay for your spouse to join you. Limited to CONUS.

10. Health Benefits The big thing.  It pays the primary $400 a day for an illness or accident while in the hospital; $20,000 accidental death; $30,000 common carrier; $750 emergency room visit for an broken or dislocated bone;  and $5000 if the primary or spouse ever has a heart attack.  The illness coverage is limited to 10 days, but it pays for 180 for an accident.

a. Ambulance Benefit – $200 reimbursement for ambulance

b. Diagnostic Imaging Services – Average cost of MRI is approximately $1500 and the average insurance deductible is $2000, meaning if you had one that did not result in surgery, you basically will pay the full amount.  This benefit cuts the cost of the imaging up to 70%, meaning if you use the alliance location (the program provides you with a list of locations that accept the alliance) you would only pay $450 instead of $1500.

c. Hospital Advantage Card – Cost additional $15 a month.  This service negotiates your bill for you. If you know you are about to have surgery or as soon as you are admitted to the hospital, you call the service to start the negotiation of services.  They save on average 45% of billed services; this reduces the total bill after hospital confinement, thus saving you money.  If your bill was $20,000 before negotiation and $12,000 after the process.  Which would you rather pay, 20% of $20,000 or 20% of $12,000? $4000 or $2400? Saving of $1600.

If anyone would like to join the Alliance or receive more information of the Alliance for Affordable Services submit an email to me as lashun.fuqua@healthmarketssales.com or call (901) 603-3999. The is NO underwriting; therefore, anyone and everyone qualifies.

Thank you.

Sincerly,

La Shun Fuqua License Insurance Agent

Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas