Empowerment Unabridged is Back!!!

Welcome back or just welcome if this is your first time here! I started this blog back in 2014 and just like my past efforts with Empowerment Unabridged, I gave up on it… I felt like it was too much work to be consistent with. I was trying to live up to people’s expectations that were never even expressed to me. Being a perfectionist I always had this idea that in order for me to do something it had to be perfect. If it wasn’t perfect I wasn’t going to do it or I wasn’t going to continue doing it. I wanted everything to come easily to me like it had in the past… When it comes to building a business nothing is ever perfect, it took me from August of 2013 until July of 2017 to come to terms with this So, I’m back and better than ever! So much has happened since then and if you follow me on social media, purchase my book, or hear me speak anywhere you’ll hear more about it.

I got this idea to start blogging again in the beginning of October of 2017 from the 20/20 Content Creation Challenge by Kemberli Stephenson. It gave me the idea to use the blog as the sounding board for all of my other social media and email content. I came back to the blog, read the posts, and saw that some of them were my poems. So, I decided that I will use the theme I choose for the week to create a poem pertaining to Empowerment Unabridged. I will start out sharing poems about my life and what Empowerment Unabridged is all about, then move into more information and empowerment pertaining to holistic wealth and financial freedom. The plan is to post at least once a week but we’ll see how it goes. Life happens and now I’m used to that! I don’t freak out or have a meltdown about things that don’t go as planned. The action is in my hands, the outcome is in God’s hands. This is part of my journey of recovering from being a control free to truly surrendering.

I am in the process of publishing my first book and just launched some new coaching programs on October 5, 2017. I also just shifted the brand of Empowerment Unabridged the next day, focus on holistic wealth. The idea of this is that our wealth or lack thereof affects every aspect of our lives. In order for us to be holistically wealthy, we have to look at how money affects our spirit, soul, and body. This shift from 3 different areas of focus (freedom, holistic health, and holistic wealth) to one area of focus (holistic wealth) came from a video by Jereshia Hawk and Jordan Gill that snatched my life and gave it back to me with more focus. So stay tuned and please be patient with me, I am on a journey not seeking a destination…

p.s. before you leave check out the other pages on the blog and add/follow EU on all social media outlets. New stuff coming there too… (SoundCloud will be the recorded version of the poems I write here)



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How to Become a Morning Person [Infographic]

Awesome post! Great insight that will be really helpful!

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25 Ways to Communicate Respect

I absolutely love this post!

Loving Life at Home

Actions speak louder than words. You can say you respect your husband, but he’ll have a hard time believing that unless your behavior backs it up.

What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.

  1. Choose Joy
    It’s true: A happy wife makes a happy life. Please don’t use moodiness as an attempt to manipulate your man, but in all things rejoice, because that’s the right thing to do. (1 Thessaonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4)
  2. Honor His Wishes
    Give weight to what your husband thinks is important. Make those things a priority that matter most to him, whether it’s having dinner ready when…

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A.07: Using the Terms ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Girlfriend’

I love this! It explains exactly how I feel about the gf/bf title… Doing some research for my book!

A Method for Dating

Let’s say that this (or any other) dating method actually works so well that you’re able to go on more than one date with the same person.

What should you call the person you are in a relationship with?

“This is my girlfriend, Suzy.”

“Um, this is, uh, the person I’m seeing, Chris.”

“Well, this is my . . . um . . . This is Christy. We’ve been hanging out quite a bit lately.”

As silly as it may seem, this is actually a fairly significant issue for any dating relationship that makes it past the first DTR. For some, the term ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ is a very important and significant benchmark in a dating relationship. For others, though, it’s actually a term that some men and women prefer to avoid.

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Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

If only he could see what I see when I see him
Is it love that had me blind to the real him
If God looks at the heart
Who am I to judge him by a false start
If only he could see what I see when I look into his eyes
Past the pain, the negative labels placed on the line with his name
Past the lies of the enemy, the guilt, fear and shame
I see a king, a sinner saved by grace, a man with the ability to rise above the stigma regardless of his style,  tattoos,  hairstyle, or his race
If God looks at the heart
Who am I to say where he won’t go because of where he’s been
Life has beaten him down so much that that’s where even he feels he belongs
Forgiveness doesn’t register because of people magnifying his wrongs
If only he could hear what I hear when he speaks
The power to move mountains, crack the sky, heal the sick, and raise the dead
But life and society has shown him that he’s inferior instead
If everyone were colored blind would a history of slavery even matter?
Would it even exist?
We must free our minds from the color lines and love everyone as if we were color blind
One day we’ll all be leveled when He comes back and every knee is bowed and eyes are closed because his glory will be too much for our eyes to behold
If only he could see what I see through my real eyes that realize real lies….

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A Blessing and a Lesson

I was in love but he was just in the moment
I’m heartbroken because I was hard headed and didn’t listen to what mama told me
All I really wanted was someone to love and to hold me
Give me attention so I could free my mind of worrying
I knew he was being selfish but so was I
Trying to force him to be something I knew he wasn’t deep inside
I chose to close my eyes to The Truth and live in a lie
Now I’m back to the drawing board
Back to where I should have stayed in Your presence Lord
I stepped away to please my flesh because this spiritual connection with my Creator wasn’t enough
The path I was on seemed to be just right
Getting back to You won’t be that rough
The entire time I ran from you into another mans arms
You stood there calling me arms open wide waiting once again to hold me tight
To me if I loved him enough eventually he would grow to love me
I had to be chin checked in order for me to see the reality
I still took the detour even though the sign said dead end
I took advantage of a situation instead of just being a friend
After all this time we’ve never ended on a bad page
But I guess this is the conclusion of our story
I fell in love with him from a young age
I had the opportunity to love him with my all and for that I give You glory
There is a lesson to be learned so I’m not salty
You continue to show me that no matter how smart I think I am compared to You my logic is faulty
This pain is only temporary and not much of anything compared to the pain You felt when You died for me
You did all of that for me to show me I would never be alone that no matter who walked away from me You would replace them 100 fold
A lesson to be learned I don’t regret it but I’ll surely never forget it
I walked away from the ones who loved me for the one I loved who clearly didn’t love me
Hurt people hurt people so I’m asking You to heal him so that the next one won’t have to feel this
This may or may not be the completion of our journey but I pray and thank You for giving me another day
I won’t make empty promises but in this moment You have my full attention
My sins are gone, forgotten, and forgiven to no longer be mentioned
Thank You in advance for what You have in store for us
Help us get closer to You than we’ve ever been
Help us not to regret anything even the blatant sin
I think if I got the chance to redo it I would do it all over again
I got the chance to love him as more than just a friend
To show him he’s a king and that he deserves more
That although he may not know how to love me or himself
You are there all the time and You love us more than life itself


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Life is absolutely beautiful if you let it be. It is a matter of your perception on the world you have drawn to you. We must take full responsibility for where we are in our lives because in some way we are where we are based off of our habits past or present. The good thing about it is that we can change it by changing our focus. My life changed and is changing because my focus has changed. I am not focused on myself or others I am focused on God. My direction and guide. He keeps and protects me and has already done everything that is to be done in my life. It is up to me to listen and to follow. Prayer is more than just dumping all of your thoughts on God it is stopping to take the time to listen. Even if you don’t stop, having an open heart to hear the Holy Spirit and it’s still small voice that constantly speaks to us all day long is what praying without ceasing looks like. If we really understood the power we have from the Holy Spirit within us we would be so much better of as a whole. The Holy Spirit within us and having the fear of God within our hearts gives us the ability to do the seemingly impossible. I am still learning about the fear of God and how powerful it is but I have recognized it. Instead of me focusing on not fearing what may bring me fear (focuses evidently aren’t right), I need to focus on God and fearing Him instead. The Truth, the real truth, lies within all of us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit which is, was, and is to come. The Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, healed the blind, lame, and deaf, and so much more. The same Holy Spirit that nudges you and wakes you up in the morning. The same Holy Spirit that gives you the motivation and will power to take your next breath, to take your next step, to blink, to make your next move. That’s love, that’s beautiful. Willpower is what is giving you the motivation to even read this. Beauty is so much more than what the eye can see, so much more than your ears can hear, so much more the hands can feel, so much more than we can ever imagine. We are all beautiful because we have access to the Holy Spirit that Jesus left for us when He returned to the throne. We are all beautiful because we were ALL made in God’s image whether we believe in Him or not. That is something that will not ever change. Beauty is all around us if we will open our heart to see it. Our heart sees more than the eye can ever see. Our heart posses our vision. Our heart possess those answer we feel are unanswerable. Our heart possess our true selves. Not the person we pretend to be to others. Not the masks or facades we put on, on social media websites, in church, and other public settings. This is what God looks at when He looks at us. The heart that was saved and cleansed when Jesus was beaten, bleed, died, and rose for us. You are beautiful, you are free, you are saved, you are worthy, you are loved, and you are chosen. Be you, beautiful.


-Jalisa Ray

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