Dear Daughters & YBW:
I trust that you have been doing well since my last letter to you.
It breaks my heart to see so many defeated and discouraged young black women in the world today. One of the goals of this book is to show you how you can live a successful, blessed, and victorious life.
The people who are happiest and who are genuinely successful are those who are divinely blessed by God. Well, you ask, how can I be divinely blessed by God?
First of all, God wants you to be obedient to Him. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 says: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
In order to obtain the blessings of God, you must obey His commandments. If you disobey them, you will be cursed. I have learned that God is no respecter of persons. He never blesses disobedience: He never has, and He never will, but He does bless those who are obedient to Him.
Second, you must study and meditate on the Word of God. It is vital to your success. All the knowledge you need for success in this life will be found in the Bible. Joshua 1:8 says: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Third, obey your parents and those in authority over you. Always respect them and love them, even though you may walk your own road as you get older. Ephesians 6:1-3 says: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” The Bible also says in I Peter 5:5: “Likewise, ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder.”
God wants you to be a grand success in this life. The road to genuine success is very simple, but not easy. As I mention above, be obedient to the Lord, which includes: prayer, read and meditate on the Word of God, listen to and honor your parents. Additionally, always tell the truth no matter what, and make up your mind to do whatever it takes to reach your God-given goals. Remember, true success in life is doing what God created and gifted you to do, and doing it well for His glory.
Blessed with Success,
“We are not women of the world. We are women of God. And women of God will be among the greatest heroines of the 21st century.” – Sheri L. Dew
“There is one discouraging thing about the rules of success — they won’t work unless you do.” – Anonymous
“When we do what we can, God will do what we can’t.” – Anonymous
“May you be truly blessed to always glitter with a radiance that shines from deep within you.” – Barbara Becker Holstein
BIBLE GEM: “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” – Proverbs 10:22
TALK TO GOD: Dear God, I want to be a success, and I want You to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others. Help me to do my best for You all of my life, and help me to obey You so that I will never have my blessings hindered. I thank You in advance for everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
BOOK: 10 Spiritual Principles of Successful Women: Discovering Your Purpose, Vision, and Blessing, by Victoria Lowe
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This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Letters to Young Black Women: Loving, Fatherly Advice and Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.