We Share To Empower: LaWanda Lewis Burrell
Heeeeey Honey Bunches! We Share To Empower is a series within our blog where guest bloggers can share their testimonies of something awesome God has done in their life! Today, read LaWanda’s story:
Writing has never been optional for me.
Like eating and breathing, it’s integral to my existence.
Writing is therapy, it allows me to dream while I’m awake.
Growing up I was often told that I was a great storyteller with a broad imagination.
I was inspired to write my book after accepting a position as a HR Director, but later noticed it was a toxic work environment.
After dealing with many negative situations, I gained the courage to speak up for the unethical behaviors, but was later harassed and terminated.
I had hatred in my heart after losing my job.
I was the only black person working in that department and there was no respect for me and my decision-making.
I had been in human resources for over 15 years and didn’t know what else God had in store for me.
While being unemployed, I received countless rejections from other employers.
It was mind-boggling the amount of interviews I had gone through, but no success.
I endured many sleepless nights and overwhelmed with stress, but once my emotions subsided, I put things in perspective and finally opened my heart to forgive.
After praying in the closet, I reached for a box on the top shelf and out fell a journal that I had written 5 years prior.
I immediately started to type my first draft of mybook, Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
God blessed me with a book contract after I forgave the ones that mistreated me.
What they thought would be a setback was a setup for a comeback.
In my autobiography, I share inspirational true stories of my challenges and personal struggles where I had to lean to God for understanding and stand up and speak for my beliefs.
I motivate you to have a life of purpose, understand your self-worth, and be kind to one another.
My powerful testimony will fill you with hope and faith and encourage you to love and forgive. Always choose faith over fear.
Not only did “Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up” gain interest from a publishing company, but it also birth a book business, and caught the attention of a producer to one day be turned into a film.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
My pain turned into my passion and God revealed my purpose.
Don’t allow the letdowns of life stop you from pursuing your dreams, God may be pushing you into a new chapter to reach your destiny.
Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who forgive and stay in faith.
Guest Blogger: LaWanda Lewis Burrell
I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of Empower Her Blog. My name is LaWanda Lewis Burrell, a native of Greenville, Alabama but I have lived in Houston, Texas for over 20 years. I am a wife, mother of three beautiful children and a published author of Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up and The Adventures of Captain Midnight, written by me and my 10-year-son about facing your fears, trying new things, and never giving up on your hopes and dreams. I’m a 1998 graduate of Stillman College and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Order of Eastern Star. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy family time traveling, baking, scrapbooking, bike riding, playing board games, and binge watching some of our favorite TV shows. I also enjoy volunteering in the community as a board member of the African American Library at the Gregory School Friends Group and member of the Harris County Remembrance Project. My husband and I are business owners of SUSU Entertainment LLC, a book writing, audiobook narrating, and publishing company. We pride ourselves in publishing, good quality, inspirational books with purposeful meanings. We recently published a book for first-time Author Jacquie C. Hamilton entitled “I Need Thee.” It is a mind-blowing journey about a 40-year-old woman feeling trapped in an 11-year-old body. Her life is brutal but through her strong faith, positive mindset, and willingness to never give up, she learns how to reclaim her power and focus on turning her pain into her purpose. For more information on LaWanda and more check out her following sites, recent book, and more: SUSU Entertainment LLC firstname.lastname@example.org www.sosweetauthor.com Facebook: @authorlawandaburrell Instagram: @wandavision2020 When Love Comes Knocking is about a journey of complicated situations of love that requires you to put forth a lot of patience and understanding. You will have to decide if the issues will keep you together or break you apart.
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