A Publication for Women on the Journey to Queenhood
PARENTING GOD'S WAY
Indulge in the stories of mothers who learned how to let go and let God lead them on their parenting journeys
Meet young female students who beat the odds of COVID19 impacting their preparation for CSEC Examinations and achieved exceptional success.
NOVEMBER PARENTS' MONTH A Tribute to Mothers
The story of mothers' unconditional love and support for their daughters' pursuit of PURPOSE
The Editor-in-Chief introduces the third issue of Singled Out Magazine. Gratitude is expressed to God for His faithfulness to inspire the vision of teh publication.
PAGE 6 THE PUBLISHER'S MESSAGE Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie, the Publisher highlights some of the content of the November Issue of Singled Out Magazine.
PAGE 10-13 THE INTRODUCTION HOW IT ALL STARTED The background of how Singled Out Magazine became reality is shared by three women. They share their memory of the moment.
PAGE 16-17 THE LOVE OF A GODLY MOTHER 'LEARNING TO LET GO Elaine Simpson, encourages mother to embrace God's guidance to parent their children.
A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS In celebration of Parents' Month, Singled Out Magazine celabrates MOTHERS.
THROUGH THICK AND THINS The story of a mother who exercised faith and supported her daughter on her journey to discovering purpose; never giving up until God's plan for her life was clear.
LIFE TALK LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS Shamelia shares thoughts about living with meaning. Explore practical tips to live a life that matters.
PARTNERING WITH GOD TO PARENT: MOTHERHOOD JOURNEYS The stories of mothers who practiced to seek God's counsel in parenting their children.
RECOGNIZING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Meet Young Women who are committed to excellence and recognized for their outstanding performance in the recent CSEC Examinations.
PAGE 48 WORDS OF WISDOM
Ineke Murray, an author, blogger and entrepreneur shares words of inspiration to encourage the soul. Exlpore the art of being successful
LIVING FOR GOOD HEALTH Skincare Specialist, Diane Prince encourages healthy eating to promote good health and a glowing skin.
Highlights of the handy work of Aaliyah Simpson-Mason; she creates a work of art applying makeup on herself.
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EDITORIAL SHAMELIA SIMPSON-MCKENZIE
Three time is a CHARM...and here we go!!! I never doubted that there would be more than enough to share in Singled Out Magazine, but I am still amazed at the ease with which the content of this wonderful publication flows.
Editor-In-Chief / Publisher
FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE ELAINE SIMPSON SHEENA MURRAY INEKE MURRAY AALIYAH SIMPSON MASON
This is a testimony to the goodness of God Who is the author and finisher of all that is unfolding in each issue of the magazine. We are publishing the third issue.
Over a thirty day period, there is so much happening that is worth sharing; and not only is the present worth sharing, so too is our reflection of the past. It is always important for me to reflect on the past and remember where and how it all started. With a grateful heart I offer praise to God for His faithfulness.
I hope you enjoy this issue
Shamelia A. Simpson-McKenzie
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OTHER FEATURED GUESTS SHANEIKA GOOD LATEVIA WALKER OLIVIA-JADE GIBBS JOHNOYA GUNZALEZ YANIQUE BECKFORD SHANTAE SMITH TRISHANA MARTIN
Our Team. Editor in Chief - Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie
Publisher -Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie
Columnists - Elaine Simpson, Ineke Murray, Christine Stewart-Good, Shallian Lewis-McLean, Diane Prince, Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie
Contributors - Claudia Robotham, Sheena Murray,
Chief Photographer - Stevert McKenzie
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SUBSCRIPTIONS (876) 460-9985 P.O. Box 6987 Reading P.O. Montego Bay. St. James Jamaica WI The Singled Out Magazine is published by The SASM Publishing Company. Website: thevirtuouswomanproject.org Facebook: singledoutmagazine Instagram: @singledoutmagazine
MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER Every issue of Singled Out Magazine gives a new wave of excitement in my heart. I am encouraged by the widespread readership each month as I pound away at sharing the publication online, and enjoy the support of so many others who help to spread the good news with others. Then there is the unwavering support of the women who believe whole heartedly in the vision of our magazine project; their fervent prayers are fuel for this fire. I can't say enough thank you. Singled Out Magazine is read by readers from all over the world; they know that our base is in Jamaica, and we are privileged to be able to share with them the richness of our experiences and culture. The month of November is celebrated as Parents' Month in Jamaica. It's a time we set to recognize, celebrate, inspire and empower parents. The role of a parent is so important and we never want to take for granted the great value that parents give to the life experience. In the November issue of Singled Out Magazine, you will hear from the mothers who are extremely supportive of their daughters' call to purpose. Also you will meet mothers who share their personal tips for parenting with God at the helm. If you are a parent, you will be encouraged and inspired to believe that all good efforts have great rewards. We are delighted to be able to recognize some young women; High School students who excelled in the recent CSEC Examinations (Caribbean External Assessment for High School Students). Their academic accomplishments are worth celebrating, especially considering that the Global Pandemic of COVID-19 interrupted their studies. There is much in store in this issue; we are so grateful that you will take the time to indulge. Thanks a Million!!!
Shamelia A. Simpson-McKenzie Publisher
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WITH: SHAMELIA SIMPSON-MCKENZIE Do you know that one unforgettable moment that sets something in motion that you cannot come back from? I know that you do. The idea of this magazine began with one of those moments. As often as I can, I am compelled to look back and reflect on HOW IT ALL BEGAN. This is one of those moments, especially because you, as a reader have joined this journey. I believe that it is extremely important that you have inside knowledge of how this idea came to be a reality so you are able to follow the progress and even play a role. Looking back matters; this concept is actually an ancient teaching, It is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sankofaâ&#x20AC;?; it is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. (Source: )Sankofa.org The vision of Singled Out Magazine began long before even I knew it did; the idea was in the mind of the Creator. It was a matter of time before it would be revealed and later manifested; in between that it was about asking and seeking. In the next article, HOW IT ALL STARTED , you will meet the three women (including myself) who were together on the day that unforgettable moment occurred... it was April 9. Now, fifteen years later we all are able to "go back and get it" (all the knowledge we have gained) and "make positive progress".
Meet Elaine, Shamelia & Ineke
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HOW IT ALL STARTED ELAINE SHARES HER STORY Thinking it all ended at the age of eighteen, I soon learned that parenting an adult child was a whole new ball game. I often wondered if I had done all that I needed to in parenting my daughter during her formative years. While her reality at that time was not all that bad, what concerned me most was that dream I had. In the year 2000, I began to see life from a different perspective. I had learned that nothing could be left to chance...seeking God's counsel was essential. In the year 2000, I had come to understand the importance of being prayerful. I share these stories to encourage mothers of the hope that they have in trusting God with everything that concern their children. By the time the story would begin, it is March in the year, 2005. One morning, I had an unpleasant dream about my daughter, Shamelia. I prayed for revelation, and by April, I was lead to take a trip to visit her in New York where she lived at the time. I had no idea what would happen, all I knew, I made the decision to walk in faith and obedience.
One thing I remember is that by the time it ended, both Shamelia and Ineke had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that was a life-changing moment. Little did I know that it was the day that their journey to wholeness would begin, and their lives would never again be the same. I remained with them for four months, sharing the Scriptures and encouraging them in their faith. They both were growing in the knowledge of God; and soon began hearing the voice of God.
I arrived in New York on April 8 and was picked up by my daughter, Shamelia and her friend Ineke; they were best friends since high school and had been sharing an apartment.
Fifteen years later, it now makes sense. It was all part of God's plan to lead them both into their life purpose. Today; this magazine is all part of what they were preparing for; they were Singled Out by God.
How it started, the next morning, I invited the girls to join me in morning devotion. I remember them being quite excited to join me.
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HOW IT ALL STARTED SHAMELIA SHARES HER STORY
All glory, honour and praise belong to God; Who is the author of the story of which I share.
The Bible teaches that God does not change; I have come to learn that this is an unchanging truth. I also know that God is still active in the earth; He is doing mighty things. I know that this project is one of the many things that God is doing. I encourage that we be attentive to what is unfolding, and seek God for revelation knowledge of His inspired activities. My mother Elaine shared the story about As time passes the details will be the dream she had about me, of her shared, but there is not much time visit to New York, where I was living, and today. her invitation to Ineke and I to join in her devotional exercise. All in all, how it really started was: An unpleasant dream Talk about the moment that takes your A mother's prayer and proactivity breath away; for me, and I know for God's intervention Ineke too, it was that moment. There A call to pursue purpose. began what I call our Transformational Journey. After fifteen years of staying the course, For me, it was almost as if I entered into a new dimension of myself. Possibly similar to the Apostle Paul's experience on the Damascus Road. It seemed that at that moment I was able to see; definitely from a different perspective. The stories between now and then are many; some happy moments and some not so much; all in all, they are inspiring and will benefit other women who will hear that call and dare to answer. PAGE 12| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
the result is God's faithfulness to bring to pass the plans He has for me and by extension for many other women who will be impacted by the vision in progress. The Singled Out Magazine project is one aspect of the purpose to which we all have been called. I am grateful to God for choosing us, and extending His hand to lead us on the path of purpose. The Most High is worthy of all praise!!!
HOW IT ALL STARTED INEKE SHARES HER STORY After 15 years of being best friends, Shamelia and I were sharing an apartment in New York City in 2005. After picking up her mom, Elaine at the airport on the Friday evening on April 8; that Saturday morning devotion was a gateway to an unexpected experience. The encounter was so intense it brought tears to my eyes not because I was in pain but because a transition was taking place within the very core of my soul. The beginning of this journey was a bit different for me than for Shamelia. I was raised to believe in God but attending Church was not a practice in my family. When I heard Elaine talk about God the way she, it made me curious to learn more about the God she shared such a unique relationship with. Along the way, there were joys and peace; there were also moments of uncertainty, of sadness and definitely moments of anger. Choosing to live God's way meant walking away from things that I once held dear and clinging even more to Him and in some ways the letting go hurt. I remember at some point, the journey for me was exciting, exhilarating and packed with what I considered then great adventures; much like some of the characters in the Bible.
I truly didn't know what to expect but I knew the feeling I was having was like no other, and it was enough for me. Then seemingly the sensational feeling wore off, and I realized that saying yes to God didn't mean life was all rose colored and issue free. In fact it would take real work, real commitment, real dedication and real diving into the Word of God in order to build a real and meaningful relationship with God. As I look back and reflect on my present relationship with God, I have come to realize that without those moments of happiness, sadness, confusion and joy; I would not be where and who I am today. I have become a better version of myself I am eternally grateful for the journey and the privilege to be Singled Out by the Creator of the Universe. PAGE 13| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
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THE LOVE OF A GODLY MOTHER Trusting God with the Life of Her Child
by Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie
Elaine Simpson is my mother; a woman of faith and perseverance. Her prayers and unwavering support has helped to make the vision of Singled Out Magazine a reality.
She is the leading character in the story and as her daughter, I celebrate her. November is Parents' Month, in this issue of Singled Out Magazine I am honouring my mother. She has a platform to encourage other mothers as they parent their children.
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LEARNING TO LET GO Trusting God with the Life of Your Child
As we celebrate Parents' Month in November, I pause to honour the mothers who are so deliberate in nurturing your children with the hope that your best efforts will be enough and life will be kind to your precious ones.
WITH ELAINE SIMPSON Time has been kind to me; as the years have passed, I have learned so much about parenting with the help of God. What I believed were lost opportunities during the earlier years of my motherhood journey, I now am able to redeem as I
I know that I speak for most mothers when I say that there is an unexplainable joy that is felt when there is a small person growing within our bodies. Then we give birth and watch every moment of our children's development.
mother adult children. I encourage mothers to embrace God's recipe for parenting success. Our children are a gift from God; the Scripture teaches that: "Children are a heritage from the LORD,
Then there may be those times we are anxious when we feel that we cannot provide the protection our children need. I remember feeling like that and not knowing what to do.
offspring a reward from him". (Psalm 127:3)
God knows you and your children by name and nature; He is aware of all your needs and cares. In the Bible we are encouraged to: "Cast all your cares upon Him (God), for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7).
I learned from my own parenting journey that if I ask God for help, He will help me. I encourage you too to trust God with the life of your children; pray without ceasing, have faith in His love for you, and open
Above Elaine Simpson.
"Trust God with the life of your children; pray without ceasing and experience the peace He will bestow as you rely on Him". - ELAINE SIMPSON
your heart to experience the peace He will bestow as you rely on Him. TRUST GOD WITH THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD. HE IS FAITHFUL!!!
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A Tribute to Mothers
KNOW THAT A
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Happy Parents' Month
The Team at Singled Magazine honours MOTHERS
On Children Kahlil Gibran Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, But seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children As living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, And He bends you with His might That His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, So He loves also the bow that is stable. The Poem above: On Children is the work of Kahlil Gibran, the author of the book, The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He was born on January 6, 1883 and died on April 10, 1931 PAGE 19| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
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Through Thick and Thins by: Sheena Murray Sheena Murray is an amazing woman whose faith and unwavering support has contributed to making the vision of Singled Out Magazine a reality.
The story of how it all happened is one that will unfold over the course of the magazine's publishing.
In celebrating Parents' Month, Singled Out Magazine is recognizing Sheena as a model parent who I deeply admire. She is my second mother, and I am so excited to have her share her story in this issue.
In her article; Through Thick and Thins, Sheena Murray shares some
highlights of her parenting journey. She is the mother of three adult children and two grand children.
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life to ultimately nurture and guide the designed footsteps of another human being toward the fulfilment of their purpose.
This is my perspective now, but it wasn't always the case. When I conceived my first child I was overjoyed! I was 'madly' in love with my boyfriend - now my husband - who was a loving, kind, caring person and still is. My thought was: What could go wrong?
Having the money to raise our child was the farthest thing from our thoughts! Then, reality and panic hit. The question in our minds was:" are we really ready for this"? The other worry was: if my mom would throw me out? Because, you see, even though we had both finished high school, we still lived with our parents, and we had no permanent jobs.
But God had a plan for us; it took the support of our village - our parents, family and friends to cushion us in those early years. When we went to work, there were more than enough hands to care for our new baby girl- Ineke is her name.
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Through Thick and Thins
provides an amazing opportunity to experience the unfolding of
by: Sheena Murray
Being a mother is an exceptional blessing bestowed by God. It
Through Thick and Thins
My motherhood journey was further
Parents; mothers in particular can give so
enhanced with the blessing of another
much strength to their children when God
daughter, ten years later, Naifa, and a
leads them on a path. While I didn't quite
son, six years later, his name is
understand what was happening, I pledged
Seboukweh. Each of my children taught
to be supportive and encouraged my
me different lessons; each demanded a
daughter on the path she was on.
different form of nurturing, had their own personality and preferences; but the
Each time she faltered on her journey, I
demand was fulfilling as I met each
cheered her on and reminded her that God
was in control. I reminded her that patience was a virtue and that prayer without faith
In raising my oldest daughter helped to
was meaningless. I also reminded her that in
prepare me for her other siblings; I am
praying for an outcome, "No" was also an
grateful to God for the gift that she is. As
answer. Over time, her 'footsteps' became
I write theses words, I reflect on the how
steadier, the uncertainty began to lift and the
this opportunity to share this story is
light of that first commitment began to
even possible. It is all because of a life-
changing experience shared between my daughter, Ineke and her friend,
As I witness the faithfulness of God in my
Shamelia. There is no denying that God's
daughter's life, I have learned to worry less, to
hand has written.
let go and let God and to believe in my her ability to stand tall amid chaos and
I am so proud of where that experience
confusion, to be true amid uncertainties, to
has led them and how I am able to
stand out from the crowd of the ordinary, to
contribute to the great work they are
speak her truth clearly and to live her
both doing in fulfilling their purpose.
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the ultimate parent who will guide, protect, comfort and love her beyond the capabilities that her earthly parents ever can. Through my daughter's transformational journey I've become more spiritual, relying more on God and less on myself. I'm more at peace when things do not go as I expect them to because I know everything has a purpose and that regardless of how challenging or confusing situations may appear to be, that too shall pass as God always has my back.
Being a mother to an adult child is an adventure of its own. The needs your children have at that stage of their lives differ from when they depend totally on you. When I give thought to the final outcome of my older daughter's life, I feel pride, happiness and contentment and thankfulness. I know now that God's plans are better; even perfect. Ineke is an entrepreneur; she own Peace reigns Boutique, and is also the founder of Precous Gemms, a charity that serves children in her homeland, Jamaica. As her mother, I am delighted to support to her as she pursues her purpose. I will do so -THROUGH THICK AND THINS
God is the ultimate parent who will guide, protect, comfort and love her beyond the capabilities that her earthly parents ever can.Â
Ineke & Sheena at a charity project at Ascot Primary School
Ineke & Sheena speak with an teacher at Ascot Primary School
Ineke & Sheena saying goodbye at NMIA Airport
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Through Thick and Thins
I have also learned that although I believe I did my best to prepare her for life, God is
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The Blessings of Obedience If You Obey Me, You Will Have Plenty to Eat Deuteronomy 28:1-5
by: Claudia Robotham If you are ever worried about having enough, then your worry ends now. The Word of God is meat, giving every sustenance we need to survive. Reading God's Word and living by it invokes blessing from God. When we are obedient to God, we will enjoy His blessings in all areas of our lives. Obeying God involves reading His Word and applying the principles in our everyday life. Listening to the Holy Spirit gives freedom that's makes you joyful in knowing that you are living in the will of God. You can testify about the goodness of God. These words are to encouraging you: Deuteronomy 28:1-5) "If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
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LIFE TALK LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
by: Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie
What makes you happy? Is it money, spending tie with family or friends. Is it having a sense of peace and contentment?
Whatever makes you happy should also have an eternal value. Why, because everything that you do
The woman who desires to please God is careful with her time. She takes care to guard every aspect of her life to ensure that it honours God and ensure that her activities contributes positively to her life. To that woman, the subject of purpose is important; she knows that she is:
matters; every action has a consequence.
We live in a time where there is so much to do; with so many options for activities, What then to do?
"fearfully and wonderfully made..." (Psalm 139:14).
This woman of worth desires to LIVE A LIFE THAT MATTERS. As such she is deliberate about what she does and how she does it.
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WHAT'S YOUR FAITH? On the subject of FAITH; how would you define your FAITH?
ponder: 1. What is your perspective of faith? 2. What place does it have in your life? 3. How are you impacted by faith?
Usually, the issue of faith is influenced by the teaching of the Bible. Singled Out Magazine embraced the Bible as the basis of
On this topic, here are a few questions to
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LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. God has already done everything He's going to do. Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. KHALIL GIBRAN
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BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR BELIEF able to explain the source of your faith. Ultimately, the Source of your faith should be- God. I know you have so many stories about how God came
conscious of the breath in your lungs and see it as more than enough reason to have faith in the Creator of the Universe.
Whatever you have come to understand and believe as you spend time
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
If you have answered the questions asked about faith, then you are also
reading the Word of God, and learning more about His nature and character, I encourage you to trust in what you have come to believe. The Word of God is true. I know that you believe that God is love, and He is good; as you keep believing that He is, He will continually prove Himself to be Who He is, and your faith will be strengthened. The Most High God never changes. He will be Who He is ALWAYS!!!
KNOW THE PLAN
In my personal journey with God, I have found myself being somewhat confused about what exactly God expects of me. For sure I believed that there would be a day when I would
decisions I made so I wanted to do the right things.
gold!!! I was reading the Bible and stumbled
changed my life forever. The light I was curious to know what does God expect of me when I awake each day? How was I to use my time in a way that makes sense?
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REVELATION OF THE PLAN So here is what I found: "For I know the plans I have for you,â&#x20AC;? declares the LORD, â&#x20AC;&#x153;plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
you feel the first time you read it, or what did you think?
Have you ever read this passage of Scripture? If you have, how did
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
As for me, I fell instantly in love with the passage; the question I had in my mind was answered. This became my favourite Bible passage ever.
So what did I learn? I discovered that God had a plan for me;
surely, He has one for you too, What else? I no longer had to worry
about what I was to do with myself, how I was to use my time. All I needed to do was to ask God to reveal His plans for me.
I did, and He was kind enough to share His plans with me. Soon I became better at knowing what to do, and how to do it. I made it a daily habit to simply ask God: what would you have me to do today? I know that it may sound a bit weird, but its just that, and it's Scriptural too: "Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened... (St. Matthew 7:7)
You should know that God had a plan for you; it's a plan to prosper you and give you a bright future. Believe that with all your heart and then prayerfully seek God for that great plan. You will be excited about what He has in store for you.
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YOU'RE GIVEN THIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU'RE STRONG ENOUGH TO LIVE IT.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE PLAN Stay with me darling; remember now, we are talking about: "LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS". Earlier, I mentioned that this possibility hinges on FAITH. It requires believing in God's love and goodness. We also talked about the GREAT PLANS that God has for you according to Jeremiah 29:11.
Now let's say that you earnestly seek God for the revelation of His plans for you, and you get insight into what those plans are; what then do you do?
This is where your attention and commitment will be required. it will be necessary to take great care to focus on the plan so that they can come to pass. Some effective ways to do this are:
How to Pursue God's Plans for You Write down what God reveals to you
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
Pray for clarity about the plans you see in your mind's eye Daily seek God to instruct you what to do in preparing for the fulfillment of His plans for you. Read the Scriptures daily; there is usually instructions, directions and revelation in the Word of God. Invest in a journal; write in it daily. Use it to write prayers, express your thought, and ideas that come to your mind. If I know nothing else, I know this one thing: God is faithful to do what He promises to do. His plans for you are guaranteed to be successful; but you have a part to play. PAGE 34| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
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FULFILLING YOUR HEART'S DESIRE When God reveals His plans for you, what you will also learn is that they are actually the desires of your heart. Oftentimes we cannot find the words to express what we feel in our hearts. God created you and I; He knows us best, and He is very aware of what is best for us all, and
If you are curious about God's plan for you, I encourage you to ask Him. I guarantee that when you discover those plans and pursue them you will have a sense of fulfillment that you never imagined.
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS involves doing things in a certain way. In seeking God's counsel and direction, you will experience a sense of peace and fulfillment; and why? Because you will have God's blessings and favour to accomplish what is His good and perfect will for you.
Why How You Live Your Life Matters God created you for GREATNESS; anything else is unacceptable. TIME is the MASTER; how you use your time will determine what aspects of the plans are realized and when. The promise of peace involves you discovering why you were born, and what you are to do - GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU. Your ETERNITY is dependent on your PURPOSE. Your PURPOSE is revealed when you DISCOVER God's PLANS for YOU. PAGE 35| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
more so, what we deeply desire.
The Invisible Painter A painter’s brush in an invisible hand Creating magnificence on nature’s canvas Mixing the colours red, green and blue All in the spectrum - every shade, every hue. Each picture evolving before the admirer’s eyes Oh, what beauty each stroke envelopes Enriching our daily lives. Each masterpiece priceless and yet free for all to enjoy The Creator is oh so generous Give thanks one and all!
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Reflecting on the Motherhood Journey ENJOY
BY SHALLIAN LEWIS-MCLEAN
The journey into motherhood can be one of the most exciting life changing a woman will ever experience; especially for those who are expecting for the first time. The pregnancy period will be a good time to learn about this new role that will bring many changes and adventures of being a mother. I remember the very first time I saw my baby girl (my first child); even after all the pain I went through it seemed like nothing when I held her in my harms. Looking at her gave me so much joy; I knew right there and then that my life would be changed forever. I told her that I would never let any harm come her way. God knew it would not be easy being a single mom at the time, but I knew that He was always watching over us. The little things that she used to do just made my heart melt, or a painful cry that could break my heart.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING
Always spend quality time with your kids, they will appreciate it and you will get to know more. When your child/Children wants to talk, take the time to listen, ask God to give you patience with them. When your angry think before you talk, God knows, I learned the hard way, trust me they do remember.
Parenting has not always easy, but I always remember that: " I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) The Bible teaches that we are to raise up our child / children in the way of God: ''Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (â&#x20AC;?Proverbs 22:6). I am a mother to three wonderful children, and I am grateful to God for being my guide as I raise them to love and honour Him. I encourage mothers to always pray for your children; ask God to guide you in your role as a parent. Believe me, He will; He delights in helping His children to live a peaceful and successful family life. PAGE 38| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
SHALLIAN LEWIS-MCLEAN Wife and mother of three wonderful children. Her daughter, Latevia Walker is being recognized for achieving Academic Excellence in her CSEC Examinations
Being a Mother by God's Design ENCOURAGING LEADING
BY CHISTINE STEWART-GOOD
''Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Before giving birth to a child, mothers may believe they will know and understand their child in every way. For me, I have come to learn that I am just a guide for my children, and my Creator and King is our parent. As a practice, whenever I am going through a challenging situation, and I need to make a decision, I often feel confused and disoriented, so I say: 'Lord I don't know how or what to do, please take control of this situation for me. I have tried but it is not my will it is yours, have your way Lord let your will be done.' Sometimes instantly, or within a few hours or days, I forget about my troubles because I asked the Lord to help me to handle the situation. He always comes to my aid. I am always reminded of the Scripture that says: ''Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever". (Deuteronomy 5:29) In parenting my children. I rely on God's help and direction. He reassures me through His Word. ''I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.â&#x20AC;? (1 John 1:4.)
CHRISTINE STEWART-GOOD Wife and mother of two beautiful daughers. One of her daughters, Shaneika Good is being recognized for achieving Academic Excellence in her CSEC Examinations
''I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 1 John1:4
As I strive to live to please God, I strive to guide my family to embrace the will of the Lord and allow the Him to be Lord of every thing. ''Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (â&#x20AC;?Proverbs 22:6). As long as God is the Head of the family, in the good times and challenging times, it is beneficial to allow the Lord to lead. His reassurance will give you peace that your family will be well. Let the Creator, Lord and King be your everything. He is FAITHFUL!!! P A G E 3 9 | S I N G L E D O U T M A G A Z I N E
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The Promise A bow of promise stretched across the sky Given to humanity by the Creator on high Wrapped in the brighter colours of red, gold and blue A glimmer of violet mixed with the other hues too. A breath of thanksgiving escapes the lips in a whisper You have kept your promise, oh thou Great Creator! Such beauty, such warmth, such magnificence and splendour Take a moment to enjoy, a lifetime to remember Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colour wheel in all its perfection From which mankind receives much inspiration Pause a moment to appreciate life's bounty Make time for reflection Creationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundless generosity Ours to enjoy for all eternity!
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Name: Sheneika Good Age: 17 years old Name of High School: Mt. Alvernia High School
Location: Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica. Number Subjects: 8 Subjects: Mathematics, English Language,
Physics, Chemistry, Biology , Spanish, Food and Nutrition, Information Technology CSEC Results: 7 distinctions and 1 credit Present Academic Pursuit: Sixth Form at Mt.
Alvernia High School Career Aspiration: Physician Name: Latevia Walker Age: 18 years old Name of School: Mt. Alvernia High School
Located in: Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica. Number of Subjects: 9 Subjects: Mathematics, English Language, Biology ,
History, Spanish, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Technical Drawing, Information Technology CSEC Results: 7 distinctions and 1 credit Present Academic Pursuit: Associate Degree in Business
Administration at Montego Bay Community College Career Aspiration: TBD
Name: Johnoya Gunzalez
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Age: 16 years old Name of School: Mt. Alvernia High School Located in: Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica. Number of Subjects: 9 Subjects: Principles Of Business, Mathematics, English
Language, Food and Nutrition, Physical Education, Information Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Social Studies CSEC Results: 6 Distinctions 3 Credits Present Academic Pursuit: Bachelors in Business Administration at University of Technology
Age: 17 years old Name of High School: Mt. Alvernia High School
Location: Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica. Number Subjects: 9 Subjects: Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies,
History, Biology, Information Technology, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Technical Drawing CSEC Results: 7 distinctions and 1 credit
Name: Yanique Bernard
Present Academic Pursuit: Business Career Aspiration: Accounting and Real Estate
Name: Trishana Martin Age: 18 years old
Located in: Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica. Number of Subjects: 7 Subjects: Mathematics, English Language, Biology,
Geography, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Food and Nutrition. CSEC Results: 4 Distinctions 3 Credits Present Academic Pursuit: Associate Degree in Commi
Chef at Western Hospitality Institute
Name of School: Mt. Alvernia High School
Name: Shantae Smith Age: 17 years old Name of School: St. Jago High School Located in: Spanish Town, St. Catherine Jamaica. Number of Subjects: 9 Subjects: Additional Mathematics, English Language, English
Literature, Geography, Physics, Spanish, Principles of Business, Mathematics, Information Technology
Career Aspiration: To be a professional and extra-ordinary Chef
CSEC Results: 5 Distinctions 4 Credits Present Academic Pursuit: Bachelors in Shipping and
Logistics at Caribbean Maritime University Career Aspiration: Logistician or Aircraft Engineer
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AN INTERVIEW WITH
Olivia-Jade Gibbs Olivia-Jade Gibbs is an 18 year old young woman who exudes excellence. Her promise to herself is: "Only my best is good enough; I will give my best at all times". Her academic accomplishment is proof that she is a Promise Keeper. Olivia shares her interesting academic journey with Singled Out Magazine. We celebrate with you Olivia-Jade All the best Shamelia and the Team
In life, there will be many low points but rising above them is what defines you and writes your story. Olivia-Jade Gibbs
How would you describe your
Who were your greatest supporters
High School Life?
during your time in High School?
I would describe my high school life as a stepping
My parents, Marsha and Everton Esmie gave me the
stone to becoming the person I am today. My high school years were eventful; 5 years filled with hard work and determination. I was pushed to become a more productive, multi-faceted student. Despite the fact that it had its ups and downs, it was a very beneficial 5 year period. It did not have the best start, but as it went along it became more of a learning experience and created some of the best memories that I could ever have.
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best support during my tenure as well as my sisters. My pastor, Rev. Orton Deans and his family, who are like my second family, were also of the greatest support. At school, my principal, Mrs. Reynolds, the guidance counselors, Ms. Brown and Mrs. Barnes, along with my 8 subject teachers continually motivated me even when things got stressing. My friends, more specifically my friend group, my church friends and some of my batch mates, also helped me through my time in high school. My extended family was also there for me. Lastly, and most importantly, I had the support of my Father in Heaven to whom every praise and honour is due.
What are the most memorable moments of your High School Life?
What would you do differently if you had a second chance at your High School years? In all honesty, I would not change anything about my high school experience. The experience was
My 5 years at Mount Alvernia were memorable in
not perfect but they had moments that were some
great and not so great ways but the most
of the best times of my life. I’ve been that things in
memorable of my 5 were my last 2. The last two
life have a reason behind them and that is
years were the years where I became a Sub-Prefect
something that I live by. Aside from the fact that I
and Prefect, Vice President of the ISCF club, a
maybe would have started having confidence and
member of the Interact Club and very active in my
believing in myself earlier, if I had a second chance
academics and the school’s life. I also was a part of
at my high school years, there is nothing I’d do
the group of 12 that started the annual Miss Mount
Alvernia Pageant. This was a great accomplishment that I’m happy to say I was a part of.
Did you have academic
What advise would you give to students who will be sitting CSEC Examinations next year?
challenges during your High
I would advise them to complain, cry, scream and
frustrations but to not stay in that state of mind
do whatever they need to do to relive their and to brush it off and do what they need to. I’d
The starting of my high school life was not easy as I
advise them to push through the adversities and
experienced bullying on some occasions.
the odds that have been placed against them
Academically, it was not easy coping with the
because the joy and relief that they’re going to feel
workload as it got greater and greater. It also
when they see their results is going to be worth it
became hard to manage my academic life and my
all. I’d tell them to work as hard as possible and
extra curricular life. It became more difficult
not give up when things get stressing.
finding that balance in the last 2 years especially.
How could you give back to make How did you overcome the challenges?
another student’s experience better than the one you had? I would implement tutoring and motivational
I started to manage my time with allocating a specific time
sessions to build weak areas in one’s school life
slot to my work and to my different activities. I started to
and in their self esteem. I’d give as much of my
have more confidence in myself and I also had to
time as is possible to ensure that anyone that
understand that life will come with high points and low
needs a boost academically or emotionally can
points and that these low points do not last forever. My
have a person their to help them even if it’s just a
friends also helped me through these issues.
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Certificates of Academic Achievments RECOGNIZING
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THE BRAND THAT FUELS THE PROJECT
WORDS OF WISDOM BY: INEKE MURRAY Before you could walk you first began to crawl Before you ate solid foods you drank milk. Before you were born you endured a process of fusing all your body parts and organs together. So it is, that in order to get to elevated levels in life it is necessary to first go through different stages to learn the many lessons you will need to move forward.. Rushing through is not an option; you are encouraged to take time to bask in every moment. Be intentional about learning and growing... This is what guarantees your success in life
INEKE MURRAY An author, blogger and entrepreneur. She adopts the name: "peacereigns" Check out her website: www.peacreignswithin.com On Instagram: peacereignswithin1
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TAKE TIME TO BASK IN EVERY MOMENT... BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT LEARNING AND GROWING; THEREIN LIES YOUR SUCCESS. INEKE MURRAY
WEBSITE: www.peacereignswithin.com TELEPHONE: ( 929) 413-9365 INSTAGRAM: @thevoiceofpeace1
Naturally Gifted written by Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie / photography by Aaliyah Simpson-Mason I am so excited to be able to celebrate Parents' Month in a unique way. In this issue of Singled Out Magazine I get the opportunity to highlight my first-born child: Aaliyah.
It amazes me how fortunate millennials are; they have so much information at their finger tips that makes it easier for them to come into themselves.
She is my joy; I am so proud of her. While I parent her from a distance, since she lives in the United States she makes it easy for me. Thank you darling.
Aaliyah has a natural interest in make-up artistry; with the help of YouTube she teaches herself. Take a look at her work on herself.
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Make-Up by Aaliyah J
Supporting Aaliyah's Gift Aaliyah's talent is undoubtedly natural; I've always wondered why the area of my gifting is not expressed in these practical ways. I guess it skipped a generation, because my mother and grandmother are skilled too. Nevertheless, I celebrate my daughter and pledge to support her in her endeavours. believe it or not, she is not interested in making it a career path. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. I know that God will inspire her work and undoubtedly she will use her talent to glorify Him. It's a joy to support her in celebration of her own Singled Out journey.
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Healthy Living A Natural Way to Maintain Good Health BY DIANE PRINCE
The body is the temple of the Lord; this truth is confirmed in the Word of God at 1 Corinthians 6:19. As a child of God, I know that you desire to make your temple a great place in representing God. How we treat our bodies has a great deal to do with how it looks and feels, As a skin care specialist, I have a passion for the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. We will look at ways we can nourish the body with proper nutrition that will benefit the skin. PAGE 52| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
The earth produces every ingredient that humans need to lead a healthy life. All we need to do is to learn about the foods that are good for us and develop the discipline to eat in a way that promotes good health in our bodies. Our health depends greatly on what we eat; what we eat will determine how our bodies look and feel. We will look at the foods that promote healthy skin and no doubt health in other organs too.
THE VALUE OF COLOUR
BY DIANE PRINCE
Indulging in the Earth's Bounty; consuming brightly coloured fruits and vegetables Natural fruits and vegetables are a great source of natural vitamins and minerals. It is important to eat as much from these food groups as possible to benefit from the nutrients that they give to the body. Some nutrient rich fruits and vegetables include; Carrots, Apricots, other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.. Spinach and other green leafy vegetables. Tomatoes and Berries. Beans, peas and lentils. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals.
"EAT A RAINBOW OF COLOURFUL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERYDAY" Free radicals, smoking, pollution and sunlight can cause wrinkling and age spots. Eat a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables and aim for at least five portions a day. Drink plenty of water too. Remember also to schedule your appointment for a facial at least once per month. Diet and great self care makes for really good health and wellness. PAGE 53| SINGLED OUT MAGAZINE
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