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MEMORE MAGAZINE

SISTERHOOD Bringing True Sisterhood Back

MEMORE February Issue | DIANDRA M. SMITH-HALL 1   


the world. We want to thank you for believing in our goal to Renew the spirit and

DEDICATION/THANKS

soul by pulling down negative thoughts trapped in the mind replacing them with the Word of God confessing the positive, to shred up superficial images, ideas, and expectations to build up confidence, love, and acceptance for oneself/others, mentoring (being role models) for and to Young girls/ Women through the hard times of life to becoming MORE and BETTER through CHANGE inspired by the Word of God and Salvation through Jesus Christ, creating Loving, Caring, Supportive, Wise, Strong, Godly Girls, and Women that will pass the baton through being living testimonies of a METAMORPHISIS (CHANGE).

MEMORE would first like to thank God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Teacher and Comforter for blessing us to be able to reach the masses of Women and Young Girl’s that are hurting and constantly bombarded with the stimulations and expectations of the world to be someone other than themselves. Thank you for allowing us to birth this magazine that is a ministry tool to bring back the GOD-consciousness and the right spirit in knowing that we are your Daughters and that we are chosen, royal, and predestined to win in this life. We want to also thank MAGCLOUD for publishing our Magazine. You have made this process very easy and effective. It is through your gift that we are able to bring the vision of MEMORE to reality. Last but not least we want to thank our readers for purchasing and joining with us to pass the word of Jesus and the strength of MEMORE to others throughout

MEMORE PURPOSE STATEMENT WE make profound changes in our Spirit and soul from one stage to the next, making a complete change of form, structure, and spiritual substance to being MORE of ME (MEMORE). OUR FOUNDER/ CHIEF EDITOR DIANDRA M. SMITH-HALL an Inspirational  Writer/Speaker, Poet, Author, Entrepreneur of MEMORE  MAGAZINE, Lite 2 See Novelty Store, and  Founder/President of StayathomeWoman Metamorphis  Inc. My Inspiration… God, Jesus, Life. Why Write? It's a  God‐given gift; I want to help bring healing to hurting  people, and families through my inspirational writings.  There are many don't have nowhere to turn, a shoulder to  lean on, and even an ear to hear. If I can encourage,  sympathize, and bring THE ANSWER (JESUS CHRIST) to  anyone then my writing and life won't be in vain. My  mission is to help (through my writings) bring restoration 


and healing to families, and to encourage women young  and old that they “can do all things through Christ who  strengthens them”. Diandra  

CONTENTS IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE A WORD FROM OUR EDITOR ADVERTISEMENT FOR WRITERS CONFESSION OF THE MONTH THE IMPORTANCE OF SISTERHOOD BY DIANDRA INSPIRATION FROM THE POET HONORING AND LOVING OUR SISTERS BY DIANDRA DEVOTION FOR THE SPIRIT AND SOUL BUST THE DOOR IN BY DIANDRA FIND A HOLLOW PLACE IN THE DOOR BY DIANDRA FOCUS POINT FOR THE MONTH SHIFT YOUR FOCUS BY DIANDRA IS IT ABOUT NUMBERS OR SOULS? BY DIANDRA WORD OF PRAYER: PRESSURE CAUSING BURDEN

WORD FROM OUR EDITOR Hello ladies, I want to welcome you to MEMORE MAGAZINE. Thank you for your interest in a Magazine that is designed for the spirit and soul of Women. In this month’s issue we are focusing on the issue of SISTERHOOD. There is so much division amongst women such as covetousness, jealousy, envy, gossiping, lying, stealing, and etc. This must not be in the body of Christ. We are God’s Daughters and we are called to uplift one another in the love of Christ. We are going to delve into what TRUE Sisterhood is and bring it back! Diandra


CONFESSION OF THE MONTH [WE POSSESS WHAT WE PROFESS]

Want your voice to be heard? Want a place to shine your light for Christ? MEMORE is the place for you. We are looking for Writer’s that are dedicated to reaching out to women that are hurting and looking to become all that God wants them to be. If you are interested in getting a start as a writer and want to be a part of MEMORE please send your writings to MEMORE at Stayathomeministries@yahoo.com. We will be sure to look at each submission and get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you,

Trusting the Lord despite how the  door looks. I know not where I am going to in  my present, but I know my destiny. Don’t know  when or how? Yet, I am going to get there this I  do know. I believe it’s ALREADY DONE! [James  Fortune]   

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SISTERHOOD

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I recently went through a situation where the enemy had divided me and a close friend up. I had prayed asking God what had happened to our friendship? The LORD revealed to me HURT was the divider. I received a phone call from her and she shared that she was HURT about something she had (thought) she had heard


me say to her, but in reality I did not. The enemy came and made what I said sound distorted. How many of us have friendships broken because of distorted hurts? It is so important to have sisterhood amongst the women of God. We are to be ones who uplift each other in the Lord being one another’s cheer leaders. Yet, the enemy has made us coveters of the other and gossipers rather than confronters. This is why StayathomeWOMAN Metamorphis Inc. and MEMORE MAGAZINE were birthed to bring us back to sisterhood. Many of our generation do not know what it means to have a friend nor what friendship is, and not knowing how to be a friend. We carry this notion that a friend does what we like, but Jesus said a “friend sticketh closer than a brother. “ Jesus said a friend would lay down his life for his friend…sounds like a covenant huh? That is what friendship last time is A COVENANT. When is the last time you told your friend how you felt without holding offense in your heart towards her? Have you told her the truth rather than what she wanted to hear? Ladies, we have to get back to building one another up. We have to get back to Sisterhood. DIANDRA

INSPIRATION FROM A POET

MOUNTAIN Seems like a mountain I am climbing   The higher I go seems I get afraid  Promise is ahead of me and I can’t stop now  Come too far and won’t turn back  I hear the nay say in my mind that tries to  hinder  God keeps pushing me up telling me to keep  going  Seems like a mountain I’m climbing  I look down at times and can’t see anything  behind  Nothing behind but a fall backwards  Backwards to the past and struggles  Come too far and won’t turn back  Seems like a mountain I am climbing   As each step I take gets a little harder   Strategizing just how I am going to make it to  the top?  Come too far, can’t stop now, won’t turn back.  WRITTEN BY:

 

Diandra M. Smith-Hall


This scripture is right on target  when it comes to SISTERHOOD.  Friendship is not just someone you  are acquainted with, but one you  are in covenant with like Jonathan  and David. Jonathan and David was  Brother’s for life until death, and  past death so much in covenant;  that even though Jonathan had died  in war with his Father King Saul,  David fulfilled his vow to him  through his son Mephibosheth. A lot  of us look at the people in our  lives and say “oh they are my  friends, but do you really know  them? How can you tell an  acquaintance from a friend  (sister)? There are 3 signs and we  liken this with the scripture James  4:8 NCV. 

HONORING AND LOVING OUR SISTERS IN CHRIST BY DIANDRA

Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, CLEAN SIN OUT of your lives. You, who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, MAKE YOUR THINKING PURE. James 4:8 NCV

Many of us know the saying in  scripture “he that wants friends  must first show himself friendly.” 

SIGN 1: DRAWING NEAR A true friend puts themselves out  on the line first. They are  constantly looking for ways to  help. An acquaintance is always  looking out for themselves. What  they want, how they feel, when they  are going to get theirs in this  life. A friend shows himself true  when they can put them self aside  and help you out and up when  needed.  SIGN2: CLEAN OUT SIN A Friend cleans whatever offense,  hurt, rejection, pain that may  hinder or divide your friendship  out by confrontation in the love of  Christ. The love of God is  unconditional it is not based on  what you may or may not do. The  love of God seeks to redeem and 


restore. Your Sister in Christ if  carrying these negatives in her  heart and mind will come to you and  letting those negatives out in the  open thus promoting healing in the  relationship. So many friendships  are broken because the  communication is not present…no one  wants to talk, but many are so  willing to just carry the baggage  and be broken. 

them. I believe that in this day in  time God wants to get His women  back in line with Hi first and then  with one another so we can learn  from each other what TRUE  FRIENDSHIP/SISTERHOOD is. 

SIGN 3: MAKING YOUR THINKING PURE

  DEVOTION FOR THE SPIRIT AND SOUL

A friend a Sister in Christ when  negatives try to form in her mind  about the friendship would denounce  it with a right attitude through  the love of Christ. For example:  You have a friend that has children  and you call her, but she says  “girl, I will have to call you back  these kids are driving me crazy”  yet; you hear…”girl I have to call  you back because I am BUSY.” Do you  stop talking to and reaching out to  her or do you call her later and  ask her did she say what you  thought she said? And even if she  did...do you get offended and stay  that way or you sympathize with her  and call her when she is less  stressed not letting it affect your  friendship because you value her?  Honoring and loving our Sisters in  Christ is all about having the  right attitude (thinking) towards  and about them. If we are walking  in the honor and love of Christ  despite what they say or do will  have little effect and influence to  how we see, and what we do for 

By DIANDRA M. SMITH-HALL      

   GREAT EXPECTATIONS…FATHER KNOWS BEST

Don’t pray to God repeating yourself  over and over, because you believe  that the more you frequently ask for  something the better chance you  have of having your request granted.  Jesus spoke the reassurance that God  already knows what you need. The  purpose of prayer isn’t to be noticed  by other people‐or even by God. God  already notices you. He knows  everything about you and your life.  Prayer is not a way to draw God’s  attention to your needs. It is a way to  draw your attention to how much  you need God. NEED draws our  attention towards GOD.  

 


BUST THE DOOR IN BY DIANDRA

Yesterday, I decided to  go upstairs after  washing my Daughter’s  hair and lo and behold  my bedroom door was shut  tight. Yes, I was locked  out of my bedroom and I  was upset. I thought to  myself “How am I going  to get in? So many  thoughts came and the  first was try a wire  hanger…did that and it  did not work. I stood  for an hour messing with  the door and by this  time it was 4:00 pm and  I still was not able to  get in my bedroom door.  So, after being tired  and not wanting to do  the same ole thing  (using that hanger) I  decided to BUST the DOOR  IN. What? You may be  asking, but I did and  the door came open. I  realized that sometimes  you have to kick the  doors of blessing open  to get what God wants.   


It’s not that God does  not want you to have  your request, but like  my door sometimes life  and the devil locks the  entry way. You can pray  (which we should) yet at  times the door still  remains shut and nothing  seems to be moving. Can  I tell you…BUST THE DOOR  IN! Stop waiting for God  to just lay the answers  right at your feet…it’s  in front of you and you  need to get offensive  and tackle the devil. I  learned through that  experience that when  things look bleak and  nothing is happening  that there is a door  that’s shut blocking me  from the answers God has  for me and I am not  going to let the door  remain shut. I am going  to pray, stand, and BUST  the DOOR IN!  DIANDRA   

 FIND A HOLLOW PLACE IN THE DOOR by DIANDRA    Guess what? It happened again; another door was shut and locked where I could not get in. I was in the middle of my devotions when I went to go to my Kid’s bathroom to help our son Jeremiah to go potty. Pray for us we are still trying to get Jeremiah to be encouraged to do number 2 on the potty. Anyway, as I proceeded to do this I noticed the door was not only shut, but locked. My goodness…not again I thought to myself. This feeling of tiredness and strength rose up in me as I felt the door for a hollow spot. When I found the hollow spot I then busted the door in and it came open. Can I tell you something else? Find a hollow place in the door…I mean


when life and the enemy says NO…YOU CAN’T GET IN…look at that door and say I CAN and I WILL. These doors that life and the devil try to lock, and say it is impossible to get through is nothing but a lie and deterrence. Those doors are weak because Jesus has destroyed it’s power 2000 years ago and all we have to do is take that same power that has been given to and is within us and find that hallo (weak) spot and bust the door in. It’s funny that this happened to me twice and I heard that the number 2 means establish or established. 2011 is around the corner and 2010 was a blessing, yet I know many have gone through in this year. 2011 is the year where we are simply going to have to BUST THE DOOR IN. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of allowing the enemy to tell me otherwise than what God says. With God there is NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE. While I am at it can I say this…if you have Jesus you have been given POWER of ATTORNEY from the Lord…use it. I have gone through this experience when my Dad died in June of 2007 and I was given POWER of ATTORNEY from my Dad over everything he had. I had limited understanding of my POWER, but God enabled me to be able to still walk in it. Let’s just say I had to make

difficult choices to whatever pertained to my Dad. God later showed me through legal counsel as well as research that I had POWER to ACT as my Dad in any given situation. Why… because I had been given POWER of ATTORNEY over everything that was his. Likewise you have been given POWER from Jesus that in any situation that comes against you and the door is locked and shut tight. Act like Jesus…do what Jesus would do, FIND THE HOLLOW (weak) PLACE and BUST THE DOOR IN.

FOCUS

POINT

Choose Disappointment or Go Forward?  Disappointment is a hurting thing it causes you  to grieve the expectation and hope that was  deferred (Langston Hughes). This hope deferred  has scared me, but yet I know that I cannot let it  dictate to me what my life is and what I am  going to do. I am learning that I must do what  God wants me to despite what others do or  may think. One thing is hard when you have to  kick the dust off your feet and go forward. 


Going forward is rough when you are looking  behind trying to change the outcome. You can  only change your destiny and what you are  going to do not others. Even though you want  your loved ones saved the choice is really theirs.  Jesus gave his life and died in our stead offering  salvation yet it is our choice whether we choose  to accept him. I want to lift those who are in  bondage up and out yet I realize I don’t have  that power only the power of choice to choose  for myself. When I stand in front of the Lord I  have to give an account for myself no one else  and so it is with everyone, we all have to give an  account for what we choose to do here on this  earth which determines our end. I choose to  follow Jesus, I’ve gained him, I was in bondage  and now I am free and I choose to stay free and  fly high.   

   

SHIFT YOUR FOCUS BY

DIANDRA

We are all bombarded with the issues of life, but how many of us are perplexed, concerned,

fretful, anxious, and worried about tomorrow and even days ahead? I recently poured my heart out in prayer asking God to forgive me for not TRUSTING THE PROCESS. Yes, I seek, knock, and ask Him what He wants and He gives me the instructions, and I begin to move, then here comes life’ situations and torment for the coming days. It’s like being on stage, you have the scene and you already have your lines that were given to you to say walking out and reciting your prepared words …you look seeing the stage scenery has changed and you begin to fumble and crumble. That is how it is in life when we are DOING what He tells us. We look at the scenery of life changing and we begin to fumble by WORRYING. The Lord revealed to me that is what was happening to me I was on the stage saying my lines then the scenes changed and I began to be concerned with the affairs of life. Sounds like Peter huh? He was walking on the water until he saw the storm rise then he lost his FOCUS and fell in the water. Peter did something that helped him…he asked Jesus to SAVE him. Jesus knowing Peter had little faith asked him why he doubted. Let’s face it God tells us something, we move in it, then when the scene changes we begin to doubt...why? Because like Peter we have taken our FOCUS off of Jesus and unto the STORM. Jesus wasn’t talking about Peter’s little faith in Him because he had enough faith to ask Jesus


could he walk on the water…Jesus was talking about his little faith in THE PROCESS of the WALK. It was a distance that Peter had to walk to get to Jesus. When he saw the storm arising Peter feared that he would not be ABLE to reach Jesus that he would not be able to CONTINUE in the process of walking FORWARD and TOWARD Jesus. We all have that same fear that tries to torment us into sitting down and doing nothing. Today, I want to challenge you like God has me to SHIFT YOUR FOCUS and move FORWARD.

IS IT ABOUT NUMBERS OR SOULS? BY DIANDRA What is the motive behind the things that you  do? I had to stop and recollect the meaning of  why I do what I do? I have been making baby  steps toward the calling that God has for me  and I noticed that I had allowed the enemy to  cause me to play tug of war. This tug of war on  giving up before I start walking in the call, or 

just keep on going forward? While God has  encouraged me he has allowed the test to let  me see and decide whether this call is about  numbers or souls? I come to realize that the  flesh wants to see a ready‐quick outcome, but  the spirit of God works in process that  determines a desired outcome.  I am reminded  of the parable that Jesus said where the  shepherd would leave the 99 for the 1 that was  lost. Then I look at the parable where a woman  lost a coin and searched her whole house until  she found it. When she found it she threw a  party inviting all her friends to celebrate her  findings. Last but not least the parable of the  prodigal son. We all know this one that speaks  so much volume on the true heart‐nature of a  person. To think of it in that parable I thought  about the elder son’s response to his brother  being lost, but now was found…he was not very  happy at all. He cared more about the fact he  was not celebrated though he had stayed and  obeyed his father. How many of us want the  celebrated‐outcome more than we want the  one soul to enter the Kingdom of God?  I have  been guilty of this yet I have repented to God  and made the choice that the call is not for me  to get numbers, and even a pat on the back…it’s  about souls. The elder brother had this problem  he wanted the feast, the celebration, and kudos  so much that he could not see the truth. His  brother was out there lost and now he had  made the decision to come back home. When I  stand in front of Jesus I do not want him to say  depart because I cared more about numbers  than the souls that was reclaimed. I would like  to encourage those that are starting to step‐out  on the call of God on your life don’t let the  enemy persuade you to think about how many  people you can encourage and help reclaim to  God, but look at the truth…you are winning that  one soul back to Christ and Heaven is  celebrating over that ONE SOUL. 


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WORD OF PRAYER Right now, I am dealing with pressure that is  weighing on me, what do I do when I know that  the LORD wants me to move and I hear silence?  My heart and my spirit is crying out to God  asking Him what He wants so that I will not be  out of his will.  When the Lord speaks and I  obey and things begin to seem array it can  really make me second guess myself and  wonder if I did wrong? Then when I take a step  backward and look at the situation I see that  God wants this for me. I really have been  burdened down and I sense the adversary  around my house and I am wondering how is he  getting in? Am I doing something that God does  not want me to? Lord, I feel myself running and  I am feeling afraid… Please help me?     

MEMORE would like to  take the time to thank  our readers for your 

In our  next issue we will be  focusing on SUBMISSION  and what it really  means? Join us as we  delve into this hush‐ hush subject. Missed any  issues? MEMORE is also  online at:  http://www.openzine.com/ aspx/Zine.aspx?IssueID=1 2062  God Bless you!  DIANDRA



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