Sunday, December 30, 2012


Yolanda Conley Shields    

Every single person who is born has a Purpose.  I heard a message today at church from Pastor James Lowe that had me come home and reflect on what God has really called me to do.  He asked, “What word did God say to YOU about what He has called YOU to do”?  Have you heard a clear word from God, but have not moved on it? 

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 ESV 


Today is the Day, don’t miss out on what God has for you and move out too soon, or don’t move soon enough when you hear.  I believe anything that God gives you will not only benefit you but others.   

So begin to pray and study the word and wait to hear a word.  If you have already heard, move out in 2013 without delay.  We can be good at a lot of things, but it may not be the thing that God has called us to do.  God spoke to Jeremiah the prophet in the book of Jeremiah and said to him, “I knew you before you were born; before you were created in your mother’s womb.” Everyone may not agree with what God has called you to do, but if you have heard MOVE!  God will give you the next steps and the right people to walk with you to fulfill what He has called you to do. 


The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8 ESV

What I know for sure is that we all are called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.  The first step is to spend some time fasting and praying to hear clearly and to also know that whatever it is that it will not only impact you but others.  It is BIGGER than you! Sit down today and write out what you know you have been called to do.  After writing it out decide what the first step is for you to get started.  God is ready! Are YOU Ready? Write the Vision and Make it Plain (Habakkuk 2:2). Don’t feel bad about messing anything up because it’s all part of the plan. Our mistakes often lead us to more wisdom and understanding.
Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Saturday, December 29, 2012



When things aren’t working out as you wish, be patient.  Stop trying to move ahead of God.  His timing is perfect.  Trust Him

This has been a year of DREAMS fulfilled.  What a year it has been.  As I take a look back I continue to see how blessed I am. We can focus on the dreams not fulfilled or focus on how God has blessed us.
Many of the things that I had on my Bucket/Goal list were accomplished in 2012.    -->
2012 Trip Paris France & Nancy France
2012 FIAT
From my trip to Paris, my new Fiat, completing my first Book to be published in 2013 and seeing clearly the next steps God has for me professionally and personally.  I continue to be amazed.
Working on my first book


At the beginning of the year we talked about what the number 12 meant.  Lets take a look back. 2012 -The number 12 represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness.  God completed many things this year and gave me a clear vision of the destiny and purpose He has for me. I continue to spend the last days of 2012 Praying  for clear vision and direction for the coming year. 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. Habakkuk 2: 3
2013 will be a year of transition and New and amazing things fulfilled.  God's timing is perfect; He is never late. Even when things seem out of control God is still working and has a plan for your life. 

Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages. Isaiah 49: 8
For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works -which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2: 10

Let us take a look at 2013.  Some people are sharing doom and gloom for 2013, but I will only agree with the promises of God and say Yes and Amen!!  I know 2013 will be amazing.  If promises were fulfilled in 2012 why not believe the same for 2013. 

I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering. Jeremiah 29:11 (CEV)
The number “13” in not an evil number as many people may have shared with you or has gotten you to believe. But rather, it is a number of great promise and blessing. The number “13” is a number of great blessings given by God.  Recapping the story of Abraham, we all know how God came to Abraham and said that he would make him the “father of many nations” as well as becoming the  “father of our faith.”  The Number 13 Promise is a “two-fold” promise. It always involves man and it always involves God. It always has seasons, times and circumstances in which God and man participate. 1. The promise is always initiated by God and destined to change the world forever.  2. Concerning man, to obtain the promise is beyond hope---impossible! 3. Concerning God, the chosen opportunity to manifest His plan of blessing and change.  4. The number 13 promise always has an underlying knowing that man can’t make it happen himself. 5. The number 13 always has the underlying fact that God determined it, said it, and it would happen regardless of the circumstances.  6. The number 13 is the difference of what man can do and what God can do. 7. The number 13 is the number of (new) life. (Taken from Stephen Gola Blog)

God makes everything happen at the right time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (CEV)

I read this in a blog post today from Garris Elkins:
Provision will flow from what appears to the natural eye to be a place of nothingness. It will become a miraculous provision that will surprise not only those who receive it, but it will surprise My people. You will say, 'Where did this come from? How did abundance come from nothing?

I will keep you posted as God continues to fulfill dreams and guides me in this new season. EXCITED! 2013 HERE I COME

Thursday, November 29, 2012



Teaching children to be Philanthropist: You are never too young

By Yolanda Conley Shields

The largest wealth transfer in history has more affluent families placing a greater emphasis on teaching their heirs about philanthropy.  You don’t have to be wealthy to teach your children the importance of giving back.  It can start just by putting up a Lemonade stand in your neighborhood to raise money that can be given away to a local or international charity group.  When children learn that they have something to offer to someone Less Fortunate than themselves, they rise to the challenge.  What are you doing to teach your children to give back?  

How you can get started:

Introduce your child or students to the idea of helping others and to have them understand that they can also be philanthropic. (They have time, treasures and/or talents to share.)

Things you can do with your children to teach them about giving back:
  •  Write the word ‘philanthropy’ on piece of paper or board.
  • Ask your child or students if they remember what this word means (if they have had previous lessons), or ask them if they know what it means.
  •  Review (explain) that philanthropy is the giving of ones time, treasures and talents for the common good (the good of everyone)..
  • Introduce the story for the day:
  • Wanda’s Roses by Pat Brisson is a story about a girl who works with the people in her community to create a beautiful rose garden.
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is the story of a woman who wants to fulfill her dream of doing something to make the world more beautiful, so she plants flower seeds across the country.
  • Johnny Appleseed by Patricia Demuth is the story of a man who travels across the country planting apple trees for others to enjoy.
  • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan.
After each reading of the individual books, have your child or students discuss in groups how each character in each book has contributed something philanthropic to his/her community. Then call individuals to report for their group. 
  1. Review with students the general theme of the books that were read throughout the previous week. (Giving of ones times, talents and treasures for the common good)
  2. Ask students if they think there are any philanthropic acts that they feel they would be able to do. Hopefully, your child or students will respond positively, if not, give them suggestions of things they already do that are philanthropic or help them discover what they could do to give back.    
See the philanthropy work that young people have accomplished.  You can join them by starting your own project today!

Rena Mateja Walker Burr raised $506 to help homeless children through Wellspring Family Services.
Once on the verge of homelessness, Walker Burr and her mother received help from Wellspring Family Services. After they got back on their feet, at the young age of 5 years old, Walker Burr hit the ground running by going door to door asking for change to help homeless children in her community. After two years, Walker Burr collected $506. She shared her story in a short film and, when it was shown to Wellspring supporters, 110 of them matched her $506 for a total of $55,660.

Young philanthropist helps African children. Grayson Burrows, 10, with help from friends, family, classmates and her church community raised more than $2,000 for Villages of Hope Africa. 

A couple years ago the Youth Life Learning Center students from Nashville, TN became pen pals with students from Uganda as well as collected pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.  For their Christmas project that year the kids at YLLC decided to raise money to help support “The Saturday Club” where their pen pals go on Saturday for academic help and Bible Study. The money they raised went to help buy supplies, food, and many other needs. The students set a goal to come up with $75.00 for The Saturday Club.

What are your children or students doing to give back? Send me your stories.

My Philanthropy work includes: Work in USA and Africa with - Adassa Adumori Foundation, Luila Village Ministry and Youth Life Foundation of TN


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Living a Life of Obedience and Purpose

Yolanda Shields 2012



Living a Life of Obedience and Purpose

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 NLT

Another year has passed and where are you with what you know you are called to do. This is the year to complete what you have not or have dreamed of doing. If you are called to business, education, government, or ministry walk in it today.

2012 -The number 12 represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness. I continue to be amazed at the move of God in my life. He continues to surprise me daily. It is like unwrapping a gift each day. The things people didn’t think would happen, God said YES!

As I go into this year of 2012 I will continue to TRUST His plan for the things that I know He will do this year. His timing is PERFECT but the waiting is sometimes hard. Hang in there! This is the year of divine appointments and completion of things you have been waiting for. Are you ready to take your assignment and complete what you are called to do or the things you know has been promised for you?

Amazing things will happen as you learn to recognize God's signposts in your life, put your feet on His path, and commit yourself to follow where He leads. Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." When you truly seek Him and delight yourself in Him, God will provide you the passions of your heart.

Those passionate desires of your heart are BIG clues for you to discover your own God-given talents. In my devotional time Psalm 139 kept going through my head - "O Lord you have searched me and you know me" - I was reminded that He knows us completely and He loves us incredibly - also verse 23, "Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts" which took me to Philippians where Paul says to be anxious about nothing - my being anxious dilutes my trust when I pray. He is so gracious - I am praying for each of you and your family!

Remember to keep praying and ask Him where He wants you to go. As you pray and delight in Him, God will give you the desires and passions of your heart. Those are clues for you to do ultimately for HIS glory.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night . . . . Then you will have good success. —Joshua 1:8