How It Started
While attending church one Sunday, the pastor said that at times we look so perfect on the outside but our inside is all shattered. He described how we carry some things so deeply that others may not be aware we are going through trials.
At that moment, I regained perspective in my life. I realized that although my life had been filled with tumultuous trials, setbacks and milestones, God had never left me. I was finally able to see that God had been there all along - regardless of how much I just wanted to see change. God continued to show himself – even when I didn't want to see Him. I was going through so much all at one time, I had to do something. I did; I surrendered it all to Him. Inspite of It All, He never gave up on me!
"Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
"See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—"
Habakkuk 2:2-4, NIV
In Spite of It All represents the resolution to give up prideful and selfish endeavors - the deadly poison we inflict upon ourselves. It is about how we become convinced that it (pride) is lifting us up; but through God, we can stop confusing our prideful behaviors with strength. In Spite of It All releases fears, insecurities, and apprehensions by demonstrating God’s transforming grace. My prayer and vision for In Spite of It All is to:
- Motivate women to have an intimate relationship with and deep love for God;
- Inspire women to seek insight from God’s word;
- Inform women about the common threads (in Christ) binding all our experiences;
Embrace the passionate inspirations, sobering musings, and creative expressions inspired by God.
I allowed errant perceptions and fear to be my culprit in life.
As fear ran and stuck on me like wax dripping down a candlestick and perception stunted my spiritual growth, I started feeling lost and frustrated. I began to isolate myself and became a secret keeper - trying to live with what I could no longer bear. Women are known to be good at keeping secrets, without realizing that the enemy uses it to disgrace and demoralize our minds and block us from trusting and hearing God's voice. By becoming the secret keeper and allowing perceptions to become the culprit in my life, I wounded myself losing trust and becoming blind to reality. The solution: I surrendered to God!
Unsure when it began, I identify with the dissolution of my marriage as one of the first change agents. As I transitioned from being married to becoming a single mother my desires changed. I longed to be ever present in my children’s lives. I wanted to shield and protect them even more. Having acknowledged that meant I was in need of rescue. In order for me to save them, I had to be saved myself. I needed to realign myself with God and allow only those in my life who chose to know, live and love God. Seeing this one purpose of life would allow Godly character, love, work ethic and discipline to live within my children.
However, the present moment of my spiritual journey was manipulated. It wasn't until I began a dance with breast cancer that I realized I was not leading. It (cancer) decided to snatch the sound of sweet melodies from my life and rip the strings that tied together my unsung songs. I became so broken and shook up to the point that I could not call out to God. I shut my heart down and suffered over the apparent imperfections of life. But that was only the first dance. Eventually, a second dance with cancer ensued and this time around I submitted to a new leader. God was in control and helped me understand that He had been leading the dance all along.
My life completely changed. I continued to try to
maintain a way of living that would sustain and reward my children for a life
that they so deserved. Gracious family
members and friends stood in when I could not stand at all. At times I found myself doubting my
capabilities of not only taking care of my children but myself also. I still carried on an air that I was so okay,
confident and not becoming a display. At
that time in my life I really thought I had lost more than I gained.
In spite of it all, with everything that was spinning in my life, I was able to go through the fire, cringing, weeping, broken, empty, enduring and even losing everything. But this was only the beginning of my spiritual journey. I became encouraged as I began to meet women that felt comfortable just sharing openly with me about their lives. These women taught me more about the love of God and His word. In spite of it all, God granted me grace while I was in the fire! God sent me what I needed, through creative women, to connect directly to Him.
You will read many of these women’s stories in the magazine. Their untold stories spoke to me as I know they will to you. They will take you to a place in your life that maybe you could never really talk about. As you embrace these creative musings they will empower, encourage and inspire your soul. In Spite of It All magazine captures the essence of women all over and gives them hope!
Giving Back to the Community
Yes, there are other inspirational magazines already out there, but In Spite of It All is different. It springs from a well of collective spiritual experiences shared by women everywhere resulting in a magazine that not only inspires, but provides the healing balm necessary to transcend a broken spirit. In addition to uplifting and inspiring others through articles, poetry, art, and short fiction, we believe in sharing in a real world sense as well. That’s why it is our intent to share a portion of the profits to help others haunted by the demons of past hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
Initially, we are collaborating with two regional non-profit organizations making a difference in the community:
- One of these is a Columbia, SC faith based organization helping single mothers in transition rebuild their lives. These women come from all walks of life. The program fosters a sense of hope by showing women how to break the destructive cycle of chronic poverty. It works by responding to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the women and children in resident.
- The other is a Durham, NC faith based non-profit that has developed a manhood training program utilizing mentoring, counseling and self-development skills to help young men successfully transition into adulthood. It instills self-esteem and confidence while reinforcing a positive concept of manhood. With an emphasis on faith, the program teaches responsibility, respect for women, education, positive work ethics, and respect for cultural diversity.
We Need Your Help
Launching a brand new magazine is a massive undertaking and we need your help and support along the way. We’re estimating that we’ll need at least $25,000 to get this unique project off the ground. Keep in mind this is a frugal estimate and we welcome all the support we can get. Remember, not only will you be helping us launch the magazine, but you’ll be making a difference in the community too!
Here’s how your funds will be used to support the launch of In Spite of It All magazine:
Domain name and hosting
We've actually already registered the domain name – InSpiteofItAll.com. In addition, we‘ll need hosting capable of handling multimedia as the magazine will also have an electronic version online.
We'll need software for laying out, designing, and publishing the print magazine. We’ll also need to purchase and implement software that will allow us to establish an electronic version of the magazine. In addition, we'll need to implement membership capabilities on the website. We’ll also need email software to keep in touch with our subscribers.
Yes! We purchased a domain name, but that’s only the first step. We will to hire need an experienced web designer to breathe life into our vision. We've managed to accomplish many things, but web design is definitely NOT our strong suit.
Writers / Contributors
Good writers are worth their weight in gold. Therefore, we will need to pay writers to ensure you are receiving a quality product each month. We need writers who can draw you in and keep you inspired.
With that being said, we invite you to share your own personal spiritual experiences to help uplift and inspire others who are 'going through'. If you are interested in contributing to In Spite of It All, please email us your ideas for article, poetry, short fiction, or inspirational art. You may find yourself featured in an upcoming issue.
Along with writers, every magazine needs an editorial staff. After all, who wants to read a poorly laid out magazine full of spelling and grammar errors? Though we’ll be using high quality writers, we still need experienced editors to make sure In Spite of It All is everything we envisioned for you.
Social media manager
We've established a basic social media presence at Facebook, Twitter, and Google. We’re in the process of getting our LinkedIn account set up as well. However, managing social media is a demanding job. We are finding we will soon need a dedicated person to help us grow and to get the word out.
The need for quality graphics is immense. We are constantly networking in the community and need quality graphics for professional correspondence and more. In addition, we will also need to hire a dedicated graphic designer for layout once we have everything in place.
Whew! Printing is expensive! Once we have actually laid out the first issue, we’ll need to source a printer to produce the physical magazine.
And of course, we will need to pay postage costs for mailing the magazine to subscribers. We'll also need to mail all those wonderful perks to you once the campaign has ended. Mailing definitely is NOT cheap these days.
This is by no means and exhaustive list of everything we’ll need to properly launch In Spite of It All. However, it will sure go a long way in getting us started. There will definitely be other miscellaneous costs associated with producing the magazine.
We Appreciate Your Support
We greatly appreciate your support and help with our vision in the launch of In Spite of It All magazine. As a small token of thanks, we are offering several perks for your selfless donations. Here’s a brief list of some of the perks you can earn with your support:
- Highly discounted advertising rates in our first print issue
of In Spite of It All
- Special Recognition in the first print edition of the magazine
- 1-3 month trial subscriptions of the e-magazine version of In Spite of It All
- In Spite of It All Inspirational bookmarks
- In Spite of It All Inspirational ink pens
- In Spite of It All Inspirational coffee mugs
- In Spite of It All Inspirational t-shirts
- In Spite of It All LIMITED EDITION ‘Thank you’ post cards
And MUCH MORE!
Be sure to browse the ‘Perk’ section to get a full overview of how much we appreciate your help and support!
Other Ways You Can Help
While we certainly need and appreciate your monetary support, we need your help in other ways as well. In order for this campaign to be as successful as possible, we need to get the word out.
Most of us have social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc. You get the point. PLEASE SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN to let your family and friends know about what we’re trying to accomplish with In Spite of It All. Doing so will give us a better chance of reaching our goal.
Again, thanks for your support!